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March 21, 2019

Clean and Simple Play Time

Hello Stamplings,

Happy Spring!! It's always nice to have you visit! There is so much going on in the world that brings us down and makes us sad. That's why it's wonderful to have this community of artists which allows us to escape from all that for a bit of time every day. I believe every card we make and send helps counteract the darkness, so it's important that we carry on doing our little bit to spread joy and kindness!

In particular, this week I was on CAS Island preparing to play in some of the many fun challenges out there. I got so mojo-juiced I not only made a Twofer, I made a mirror Threefer, so let's get started.

Onefer
Here we have a card with a base embossed using a NBUS holly e/f from Park Lane. The front panel is a photo frame die from PTI. In the photo opening is a background I made by sponging Oxies in Christmas-y reds and greens. Using a NBUS Holly stencil from Echo Park, I created the ghosted holly pattern following Lolly's video instructions on the CAS Stencil blog. The sweet deer silhouette is a die from SSS and the sediment is from GKW.

I just love that sweet deer. To me he looks like he's thinking, "Mmm. Is that freshly planted flowers I smell?" He doesn't know they are just for looking at. Plus he gets confused when he sees people eating them in restaurants, but he gets in trouble when he does it.

Challenges
  

Twofer
This card features watercoloring on vellum. I'm guessing the mum and sediment are both from Penny Black. They were first heat-embossed in platinum. The jewel-tone watercolors were DI inks applied with a barely damp waterbrush. 

I painted the back of the vellum first, but it wasn't bold enough for the look I wanted so I turned it over and also painted the front. Maybe the vibrancy depends on the opacity of the vellum used. I'm very tickled that I can cross "use opacity in a sentence" off my bucket list. The vellum sheet was attached to the card base with two old-timey brads. I'm very tickled I kept a few of those. It doesn't take a lot to very tickle me.

Challenges

Mirrored Threefer

This was a Ripley's Believe It or Not situation. The NBUS cone flower stamp and die from Joy! Crafts has been on and off my desk "in line for use" at least a half dozen times over the last six months. Apparently the universe knew they were sposed to wait for the current challenge at Sunday Stamps! You can see the sketch below. Spooky, right?! I've played in hunnerts of challenges over the years, but I don't think that's ever happened to me before! In addition to the cone flowers, I used a striped e/f for the white side and a tiny Hello label maker sediment from SSS.

The funny thing is, when I purchased these two cone flower items, I assumed the stamp and die were the same size, but when they came, I discovered the die is about a half inch smaller. That was a dilemnation for me and I stared at them with my head cocked. From the top shelf behind me, I could feel Hammy rolling his eyes. "Make two cards, _______," he said drolly, using an endearment he calls me when I'm being especially kanuckle-headed.

Challenges
  • Less is More: Take 3. (I used three techniques: one die-cut cone flower, one stamped sediment, one embossed background.)
  • Simon Says Stamp Monday: Miniature / tiny things. (Wee sediment.)
  • Sunday Stamps: Sketch. Congratulations on your 200th challenge! That's fantastic!
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91 comments:

lostinpaper said...

These are all so wonderful Darnell! I especially love the black and white bold flower numbers, and yes I hear you with the 'size' matchy thing, I've had that happen too, and I think Hammy said the same thing that my Hubby would say lol.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards, but the second one is just stunning.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

oldpunca said...

Amazing and super nice cards in your "mirror threefer" post today, Darnell. I like cute little deer and the wonderful background in ghosting technique. Watercoloring on velum is fantastic. You achieved very intensive colours during coloring on both sides. I have to remember this. Simple sketch has inspired you for two fabulous cards. Well done mirroring and a bonus of two cards. :-)
Have a great first day of spring!
Hugs, Sonja

Julie B said...

Love the way the embossed background echoes the ghosted stencil background and such a cute die cut deer. I have the die for the cone flowers but didn't realise it had a 'matching' partner! Great job. :)

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Jane Willis said...

A fourfer, whatever next? And all of them stunning. I think I'd feel a bit cheated if i bought a stamp and die that didn't match.

Sandra H said...

All of your cards Darnell are gorgeous l love the black and white always a favourite combination of mine the corn flower dies are so effective too on both cards so nice too to see you using velum and watercolours so creative have a lovely day x

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow you have been busy and I love the beautiful cards you've created using the varying techniques! The black and white is so dramatic!!! I love your watercoloured bloom - so classy! Thanks for joining in the fun at CAS Watercolour:) hugs x

Marilyn said...

All of your cards are beautiful! I love the black and white cards
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Ros Crawford said...

It's always a pleasure to visit here and see your beautiful creations, not to mention reading your posts! You are so right about this community brightening up an otherwise dark world... I love your cards and that is so spooky how accurate your last 2 cards are to the sketch... Spooky but beautiful though!

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all gorgeous, Darnell xoxo

Bunny said...

That is a beautiful Christmas EF. I love all of the cards. I especially love the cone flower cards. [Bunny]

JoAnn said...

Wow you have been a busy lady. I love all your cards and the techniques you used on each one. The deer is so cute. The vellum flower is stunning and the two cards with the cone flowers in black and white are amazing. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Gerrina said...

Your first card is so sweet! But favorite here is your 2nd; great the gold and colours! And the mirrored cards show you can do so much with this hobby of ours!
There allways be crazy people, it is just sad that we don't seem to pick them out in time before they hurt others...
Hugs, Gerrina

I Card Everyone said...

So awesome! you are the Embossing Queen for the day, D! and just when did you start modeling? 'cuz that mirrored duo is perfectly vogue-a-licious!
=]

Bonnie said...

Do you think the Sunday Stampers could have a spy that saw that stamp on your desk? Beautiful cone flowers. I wish I had a mirror that could make me look smaller!

Your vellum flower is GORGEOUS! I love the platinum embossing and gorgeous colors! Every once in a while those brads come in handy.

Your deer is adorable and he does look like he's been wondering why he can't eat that foliage. I love how the embossing mimics the ghosting.

You have outdone yourself, Dolly! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas and CAS Watercolour! xoxo

ionabunny said...

Love the deer card. The background in the aperture is lovely with the silhouette deer. I think he's sniffing for cake!! Your black and white twofers are very striking. Hugz

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

All are wonderful CAS cards!!

HJ said...

All of these cards are stunning! I'm glad I don't have to choose a favorite. Thanks for your tips on how I might CASE them. You're so delightful. Enjoy your day.

Jean said...

Those black and white cards are striking!!!

Spring started with about a half inch of snow yesterday! Not what I wanted! Have a good day!

Jo Manna said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, I especially love the black and white classics. They are crisp and elegant. Love your story too, life is full of perplexing surprises. xxx

Lisa said...

They're all so stunning!! I love the designs of each one!! The colors are beautiful on the first and the flower embossed and colored on vellum is so amazing!! I love the black and white cards, too!! I would've assumed the stamp and die would have been the same size, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Lindsey said...

Such a beautiful CAS quartet! And thanks for the reminder (I need a lot of them) that I want to try the watercolour-on-vellum technique, preferably while there's even still a challenge on about it...

designbydonna said...

Wow! Yo've out done yourself this time. These are all beautiful. I love b/w images. The background on the Christmas card is beautiful. My favorite is the flower on vellum. How do you get your vellum to lay flat after heat embossing? I must over heat mine. It is always curling on the edges.

Happy Dance said...

Even with a migraine, you always manage to make me smile and feel way more cheerful. Did God put you on the earth to brighten peoples days? Is that your job? If so, I think I'll thank Him muchly and be super glad I found you! All that leads up to the fact that your blog is a joy to visit. Not only for the spectacular cards, but for your sweet, funny ways. That little reindeer card is adorable. Two beautiful backgrounds to pose him on, too. Your b&w card is a perfect take on that sketch, and serendipitous that you'd left that set out! Very cool card. I love it!! But it's your middle card that has taken my breath away. Beyond the technique, your design is simply beautiful. I love, love, love this card. Girl. Mmm-hmmm! And bradified too! You keep creating sweetie. Missing you and sending hugs. xoxo Bev

Nan G said...

Hi Darnell, love, beautiful and WOWzer x 2! I love the striking contrast in a black /white card. And these two really knock your socks off! Hope you’re enjoying some spring weather out there. We had spring the last half of February and the first part of March then ol’ Man winter came back for a week. Now having spring for a bit before we start early summer temps. I love the hot temps even if I can’t be out in them much anymore. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Furry hugs from the Girls. Just a regular hug from me.

Verna Angerhofer said...

All the cards you made are fantastic! I love the wonderful Christmas design. And, the gold embossed floral is beautiful! And, how you managed to get the sketch design so perfect is beyond me. It looks exactly like it and with that design you got two more beautiful cards. Great work my friend!

Cat Craig said...

What a fabulous post and super cards. Your deer is darling and that ghosted background is sublime. I like that you colored both sides of your vellum. I agree that the opacity probably plays a big role in color come through. I'm not sure I would have thought to add color on the front side too. But now I am armed for when I tackle that challenge. I am so in love with your black and white cards. Stunning impacts. So in love with them and that tiny hello. Have a great day my friend.

Kathyk said...

Darnell, today's makes are all TOTALLY fabulous but I especially like your monochrome makes for the LIM challenge

Happy Thursday matey

Kathyk

Maura Hibbitts said...

What a delightful trio of cards, Darnell! Love how each is unique and uses different techniques, including the wee word. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing make with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! hugs, Maura

conil said...

Well, this visit was purely delightful...a Threefer...I love bonuses. And how many challenges your completed in one post...goodness, this must be a record. That deer is really a...well...dear. Your Twofer is just gorgeous...WOW! Lastly, those coneflowers, so lovely and so like the inspiration. (Personally, I think you planned it.) Also, I can just imagine your consternation when you realized the stamp and die didn't match.

Heather said...

So fun - your black and white blossoms are the perfect rendition of our sketch - so cool! Love the crisp look of your choices - so buttoned up! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

sandie said...

wonderful set of cards. And glad you got lots of mojo. And have to agree this little community is an escape and a little happiness for us all. Even when no mojo like me at the moment....just visiting and seeing the joy of other cards brings a smile to our face.
I have to say that second card is outstanding. I adore the gold and purples together and what fun to water colour on vellum. Sending hugs x

Jeanne H said...

Indeed you have been busy! My favorite is the colorful mum and you used brads! Also just love the black and whites...always stunning together and your cards are super. Am saving this post for inspiration. Thanks!!

Sue said...

Beautiful ghosted snowflake background on your sweet Christmas card. Lovely embossed background and cute reindeer. Thank you for sharing at CAS Stencil.

nancy littrell said...

Four beautiful CAS Card designs, Dolly! What a great idea (thanks Hammie) to make two black and white daisy flower designs. I see what you mean...the stamp and die are different sizes! Have a wonderful and thank you for brightening our day:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

Shelly said...

These are all beautiful, Darnell! And oh how much you sounds like me, I've had a few sets that I've had turn my head at wondering. lol A couple times I was so confused/lost by things, I finally had to take my question to world of crafty friends...then suddenly it all made sense. lol ;) I think we've all been there at one point. ;) I think next time, I'll have to do what you did...just make two! :)
Have a great week, my friend! Hugs

cuilliesocks said...

What gorgeous cards Darnell, the most beautiful of designs, I especially love the floral image on vellum, it's stunning.
I agree that the crafting blogging community is a little shining light and coming on to it takes one away for a wee bit of time from as you say the darkness of what is happening in the world. Kae x

Robyn Oliver said...

Four lovely card Darnell - you sure have been busy. I do love your little deer card with the fabulous ghost background, pretty colours and the dry embossed panel - thanks so much for sharing with CAS Stencil and have a lovely day

Pat said...

What totally gorgeous makes, all four of them Darnell, and love the black die cut silhouette deer over the wonderful ghosted background, and the holly and berries ef is just great in the background, then the 'mum' platinum embossed on to vellum is so bright and pretty with the added colour and a great sentiment too, and your two silhouette coneflowers, one black on white and the other white on black are both so classy, and the white diagonal embossed stripes are beautiful and love the little 'hello' on both. x

Redanne said...

Oh wow Darnell, so much beauty here today! You really do make the most gorgeous cards. The little deer on the first one is adorable!

The flower image on the vellum is stunning, you have painted it beautifully, it still has a wonder delicacy about it.

It really is spooky about the challenge for the mirrored cards. I don't like when stamps/dies are different sizes, it seems such a strange thing to do. The cone flowers are gorgeous, I hope you win the challenge! Hugs, Annie xxx

Mac Mable said...

Now that was a great read...chuckled and inspired all in one...way to go x.Great ghosting effect on your first card and do so love that cute deer and yep he really cannot understand why he can't eat the flowers!
Such a beautiful card with the delicate painting on the the vellum....great you held onto those brads x.
So glad Hammy was there to help you out on the two mirrored cards...what a helpful Hammy he is x Sending hugs x

Kathleen said...

A really brilliant collection of cards, each so special in their own way but the black and white cards look so stunning both ways.

Kath x

Fikreta said...

Very beautiful cards!

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...you have been a busy beaver my friend!! Your deer card with the ghosted background is wonderful...LOVE that sweet image, even if it really does look like he's looking for some flowers to eat! Your 2nd card is FABULOUS Darnell!! Love how you water colored on both sides of the vellum to get those rich and vibrant jewel tones! And yay to you for using the word opacity in a sentence...you've definitely surpassed me there!! And your mirrored cards are STUNNING on top of being extra cool to match along with the inspiration photo!! I've always loved black & white cards and your silhouetted cone flowers are AMAZING!! Well done on spreading joy today my friend!! Hugs. :0) Oh, and thanks for playing along with us at CAS Watercolour!!

Liz said...

Four fabulous cards, Darnell. I especially love the Mirrored Threefer cards, black and white always look so striking. I posted a black and white card today too....great minds think alike! ;-) xx

Carol L said...

I love everything you shared today - they're all awesome! My favorite is the very last one. I don't know why, but that card just speaks to me somehow :) Beautiful foursome today, and I mean that in a non-suggestive way :)

Lisa Elton said...

A trio of loveliness Darnell! I like the fresh clean look they all have!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh, what a feast for the eyes, Darnell! Your ghosted background is perfect for your darling deer and I LOVE how you watercolored the mum....two fabulous cards! I also love how you created the mirrored cards...black and white is so striking and I love how you added texture to your design with the striped embossing...so cool!
Thank you so much for playing along with us at the CAS Stencil Challenge...we always love to see your creations in the gallery :)

scrAPpamondo said...

A stunning compilations of card, Darnell!!! All so beautiful, and I just LOVE the second one stamped on vellum, WOW!! The flower is really vibrant and the platinum embossing looks amazing on your CAS!
Hugs!

Celeste Goff said...

Gorgeous collection of cards (as always)! I absolutely love that gold embossed and multi-colored floral card...it's my fave of the collection. Thank you for joining us at W2CB!

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell wow what a fourfer. your black and white classics are amazing and that adorable little deer certainly looks thoughtful looking back into the distance :) Well done with the ghosting, I'm having a little trouble with that one. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Cheryl W. said...

I'd say you and Mr. Mojo have been pretty darn tight over the last few days. Does the mister realize you're seeing someone else? I don't mean to be a buttinsky, but this mojo fella' is having quite an affect on you--and the results are pretty magnificent. Just tread carefully, my friend, and don't let him take over your life.

Helen F. said...

Three beautiful cards, Darnell! I really love that sweet deer and the embossing folder on your Christmas card~makes me want to break out my Holiday stamps (that I just put away, btw!) :-o
Wonderful inspiration with the two flower cards also ~ glad you teamed up with that Mojo fella again ;-)

Susan said...

Well, you've certainly been busy! Two cards for the CAS challenges in one day! Have to say I love that sweet little reindeer with the festive colours behind him and the lovely embossed holly behind that - a wonderful card for my reindeer challenge over at CAS Christmas! And what can I say about the gorgeousness of the CAS Watercolour card? LOVE those colours inside the platinum embossing. Great idea to paint it from both sides. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas and CAS Watercolour!

p.s. Also love the elegance of your two black and white cards!

ike said...

Excellent cards. That's really spooky with the Daisy die ..... woooooooooooo ... I bet Hammy was a bit freaked out !!! :-D
We having CAS over at IKEsWORLD Challenges this month if you'd like to come and play :-D xxxxx

Kelly Griglione said...

Yay for old-timey brads!!! And how bizarre that your stamp exactly matches the sketch! Gotta love having a personal sketch for your card : ) They all turned out wonderfully, Darnell.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Beautiful display Darnell, I especially love the watercolour on vellum, a beautiful technique and one I do for special cards never ones that people request, we have to keep a little of something just for ourselves.
Your so right about the world and it's wickedness within it. Thank goodness for creative friends who can help us take our mind of it all, if only for a moment.
Thank you for sharing & spreading the crafty love.
Hugs for a beautiful weekend, Take care Tracey xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Darnell all of yours are are lovely but the black and white ones really pop...

Anne

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards ..... love the cute little deer. Thank you for playing along with the CAS Stencil challenge.
Your black and white designs are simply stunning, and you've done a great job with the colouring on the vellum .... definitely a girl of many talents xx

Brenda in IN said...

That is a great background for the deer, along with the holly embossing. The ghosting really shows up and is so pretty. I love your watercoloring on the vellum card. The colors really look mummy. I wish brads would make a comeback as I have so many. A perfect way to attach the vellum. Mine leaked. I wonder why the die wasn't the same size as the flower. Nevertheless, the black and white are beautiful and a wonderful use of both.

KandA said...

You have been busy Darnell.... I love your sweet little deer but think maybe he's sniffing the air trying to find those choccies you've hidden in your drawer! The embossing and colours on the second are gorgeous - I think I may have to go and search the cupboard for some vellum as I'm sure I bought some a decade or so ago. And as for your mirror cards, they are so classy, but how strange not to have them the stamp and die the same size - it's a good job you had Hammy there to give you advice. Have a great weekend xx

Bobby said...

There are so many wonderful things to look at that it's hard to make compliments without it being a foot long in the comment section, Darnell. I see Serena Dipity visited with her coneflowers and they look fantastic in bold black and white. I love that holly embossing folder and your deer is a cutie. Gold embossing the mum really makes it shine and the colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing that one with us at The Flower Challenge.

papierelle said...

Your words have moved me and you are right. All your cards bring great joy, beautiful moments of happiness !! Gundi x

Dotty Jo x said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! Thanks for entering that dear deer into the latest Christmas Kicksrat Challenge - I love that he can smell Spring in the air, Jo x

Annette Elliott said...

Great cards, Darnell! I do believe I am seeing the exact sketch challenge only doubled! I do like the richness of the black and white. Thank you so much for joining our 200th challenge at Sunday Stamps!

Kara Lynne said...

Three amazing cards, Darnell! That little deer is a dear with his little nose in the air to smell the flowers. How in the world did you get red and green to play so nicely together in your blending?! Such a gorgeous mum with vibrant colors in that beautiful platinum! I absolutely love that your cone flowers knew to wait for just the right moment to decide to play. I would be confused about the stamp and die ratio too. Hammy's droll...hmm, his voice just isn't what I expected it would sound like. hahahaha!

Leslie Miller said...

Gosh, you had yourself a good ol' time, didn't you? Good progress on the NBUS and a bunch of really nice cards you can spread happiness with. Here, here on that idea! Pretty eerie about the coneflower. Its time had come. I actually made 3 cards yesterday and they're not even CAS. Well, maybe one sorta is. Surprised myself. We do have fun, don't we?

Sybrina K said...

Hi Darnell! Happy Spring! So glad you made time to block out the world and get crafty. All four of these are lovely, and I'm thrilled that you shared that vellum beauty with us at W2CB. Thanks so much for playing along with our happiness challenge at Words 2 Craft By. And, please accept my apologies for not playing at Two-fer these past few months. I'm on the island and seriously do not have any stars or balloons with me. Lots of bunnies, lots of flowers, and lots of dad things. LOL Maybe next month!

Loll said...

Oh Dolly! I LOVE that soft background of red and green behind your adorable deer! The ghosting gives it a dreamy, peaceful look ... so very pretty. Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Stencil. Your deer would also work for CAS Christmas if you'd like to join us there!

Love your vellum watercolouring. Gorgeous embossed bloom with vibrant colours. A very beautiful and elegant card. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour.

Love your twofer cone flower cards. Very classic with white and black. Great designs. Doesn't it make you a bit crazy when stamps and dies are different sizes??!! Why do they do that?? Lolly xx

Loll said...

Oops ... see that you did add your deer card to CAS Christmas. Thank you Dolly! xx

Monika Reeck said...

The christmas card is sweeett Love the deer and the ghosting BG
the flowers with gold embossing sooo stunning love the coloring
and the one USING MY SKETCH
oh my GOSH
you have that stamp???AMAZING
I made the sketch but Heidi who made the Graphic
and I did never know that this stamp is exist wooohooo
your both card are clever stunning and LOVE the same flower stamp and DIES..
yaayyy
Many thanks for joining with us this time at Sunday Stamps
and using my sketch (SMILE BIG Darnell so kind using my sketch yaayyyy happy Monika)
Big hugs from Me in Munich
Monika

Michelle W said...

It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog Darnell and I always leave with a smile! Love all your cards especially the black and white threefer! Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More.

Trina P. said...

You’ve treated us to an array of fabulous creations, Darnell. Your deer photo framed card is adorable. Wonderful ghosted stencilled background in festive red and green. The embossed holly background adds beautiful texture and dimension. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas. x

Viv said...

Wow Dee so many lovely makes here today! all so different too, I love them all equally of course. Enjoy your weekend my lovely friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Maria said...

Each card is so unique and beautiful! The deer card is so pretty and sweet. Love the colorful background. Gorgeous flower card with the embossing. And, last two mirror cards are elegant and so perfect! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Julia Aston said...

Goodness Sis - you were on a running roll with all of this creativity! Love the ghosted holly behind your sweet little silhouette deer and your gold embossed and colored bloom is just beautiful with all the colors you used on the vellum as well as the pretty sentiment! And last but not least - or black and then white - your two coneflower ying and yang cards are lovely! Now I'm going to take a nap after this long post and multiple comment session !! xx

Greta said...

Lots of inspiration in this post, Darnell! Clearly your cone flowers were meant for that challenge--amazing! I adore the sweet deer card & your painting on vellum is gorgeous!

Donna said...

What a fun collection of cards, your cone flowers are very elegant, and your Christmas card with the ghosting is stunning! Have a wonderful week!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling deer card, Darnell - love the background!! Beautiful flower cards too, especially love the black cone flower! Glad it finally got a trip from NBUS-land!!

Tracey McNeely said...

This was more like a four-fer?! You ended up with four beautiful cards! The ghosting along with that deer and the embossed flower--so so pretty!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow! You have been busy and all 4 cards are wonderfully done. My fave is the first - such a great bg - but they are all really pretty! Your posts are always amazing!!! Hugz

Anita in France said...

Cool, elegant and oh so stylish mirror monochromes, Darnell, with just the perfect touch of texture ... they're gorgeous! Your sweet deer is a delight against his ghosted, Christmassy background ... and what a stunning bloom embossed on the vellum! The platinum outlines and jewel colours are rich and luscious ... and positively glow ... it has a wonderful stained glass feel! Lovely, happy post, sweet friend ... that sentiment with your bloom is perfect for you! LYAMYHAHMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Karen Dunbrook said...

awesome cards as always...love the flower stamped onto the vellum, so elegant and pretty.
Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge!
:) Karen

Nance said...

Such pretty cards, Darnell, all of them! Love that cue silhouette deer with that wonderful colored background against all that white. xx

Aileen said...

Darnell I can never get over how many comments you get on your cards, it must give you so much reading pleasure. I love the collection of cards you have done. Have to mention that first one for Christmas what a wonderful background to the deer, looks just perfect.

Now for the flower challenge well its perfect colouring, vellum with watercolour. I dont know if you used or have zigs but I swear by them and no need to use water which makes them perfect for vellum. Always colour on the front, looks so much better its my favourite technique. So quick and beautiful and wink of stella to thin or spread the colour gives you all the sparkle you will ever ever need. I love that stamp, need to add to my never ending list of wants.Thank you so much for joining us at The flower Challenge xx Aileen DT

ionabunny said...

I have just read this post again and, although I have already commented, I need to say I love 'every card we make and send helps counteract the darkness'. I should also have said thanks for entering the Christmas Kicikstart Challenge where I am a guest elf this fortnight. And have a wonderful day of course. Hugz

Chandhini Swaminathan said...

Love all the cards with different techniques. I am your newest follower.

Linby said...

wow your work on the vellum is just exquisite. Love those transposed black and white cards too.
Sorry I didn't get around to the balloons -mojo went awol!

Brenda said...

It is amazing at how much a card can lift one's spirits! Especially a hand made one! I am loving your beautiful cards Auntie! This first one is just so dang cute!!! I have CASed it, although made it my own, but I love yours more. lol Love that embossing folder too as well as the cute little deer. But it is the holly stencil that you used to make the ghosted image, it looks so cool!!! I really need to try this technique out. I need some good stencils though, so will have to look in my stash to see what I have that will work. The flower on the second card is so rich looking, well the whole card is rich looking! I love the colors and the gold embossing. Then there are the two black and white cards-does it get any more elegant and classic than black and white?!! Love, love, love these two cards!!! Hugs, Brenda

Nonni said...

Hi Darnell, always a treat to visit your blog! I absolutely adore your take on our challenge. The black and white color scheme looks very stylish and elegant and the style of the flowers adds softness to your design too... Wonderful work! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!