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June 19, 2019

Bejeweled and Ombred Friends

Hello Stamplings!

Happy Hump Day! Thought I'd do a quick mid-week post with a coupla QACAS cards. Thanks to a gift certificate, Hammy and I are off for a mani-pedi appointment. What's that? Yes, Hammy is having a double pedi. If Karen is there, he's very patient and stands so still while she does his front paws. I'll try and get a photo this time, but Karen is very wary. I think she might be wanted by the law or in the witness protection program because she weirds out if she sees someone holding their phone up like they are taking her photo. 

That actually happened to me and my sisters once when we were together at a restaurant. We asked the waitress to take our photo and afterwards we noticed in the photos that one of the men at the next table had noticeably placed his hand up to block his face! We were goofing off, so it took a few minutes for her to take three photos and in each one his hand was still up as a shield to cover his face. I've always wondered what his story was.

Okay, squirrel time over. Here's my onefer:
At the recent ESCR, we each took turns leading one or more techniques. The lovely and talented Nancy (Scandinancy Creates) taught us the Cut-Up Stamping technique. Such a simple technique that adds a ton of interest and dementia just by inserting your sediment inside a cut out channel of the image! There are lots of ways you can cut your channel depending on the look you want. (Jennifer McGuire video.) 

I colored this "Bejeweled" stamp by Penny Black using the direct-to-stamp technique where you color on the stamp itself, spritz, and stamp on paper. I'm not sure who makes the sediment because I borrowed it from someone at the Retreat.

Twofer
When you make a direct-to-stamp image, you should always spritz your stamp again and try one more stamp off. Usually it's inky enough to give you an image that you can use for another card. This card was made from a second generation stamping of the first card. The friend sediment is from Gina K's Stitched Leaves set.

Challenges

RRCB 113
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And a real quick Threefer:
Using my Clarity brushes, I inked the 3D circle stencil from Dylusions in shades of pink. Over the top is an ombre-inked stamp from Inkylicious which was a gift quite a while ago from my friend, Linda. Thank you, Linda!

Challenges

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68 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I'm thinking all sorts of things about that man who covered his face:)

Love the cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Redanne said...

It is just too funny about that man, it sounds like the basis for a good story! I hope you and Hammy enjoy(ed) your pedis...

The first card is just gorgeous, I love the grainy look of the flower and the whole design is just stunning. I usually forget to do a second stamping but that card is so pretty I must try to remember. Your ombre card is beautiful too, I love the colour!

Happy hump day to you too my friend. Hugs, Annie xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A wonderful collection of cards Darnell and an interesting tale about the man who covered his face.

Sue xx

oldpunca said...

Perhaps the man was afraid his wife could see him on FB. :-) Because he said to her that he goes to buy the salad...
All three cards are fabulous. I like effective design on the first card. Wonderful CAS. Card with the second generation of stamping is genious with focus on the sentiment. The sentiment on the third card is so sweet and so true! Thank you for the worry. :-)
Have a nice day! Hugs, Sonja

nwilliams6 said...

Great cards, Darnell. Love the flower images and sketches - both look so different while being so similar - super fun and pretty. Your stenciled card is great with the pretty colors and super sentiment. All very well done. Hope the spa day was fun. Hugz

Lisa said...

All three are so beautiful!! I love the designs of each one!! I hope you and Hammy have a wonderful mani/pedi day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bunny said...

I think that man was probably a card maker listening in on y'all's conversation and wanting to hear new ideas but didn't want you to know that he was listening. When he heard the acronym QACAS he thought you said crackers and used some crackers with glue to make a mixed media technique. He then went on to produce the product and made millions.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Lovely cards.

Kudos to Hammy for staying still will getting the pedi. [Bunny]

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - I love them all!
Kath x

Jeanne said...

Beautiful work, Darnell! Hope you all enjoyed your mani-pedis. ;) Funny story about that guy in the pictures, too. I so enjoy reading your posts!

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Gorgeous twofer, Darnell, and an amazing way of showcasing this wonderful wildflower! I especially like the "white space" in order to reveal the flower artwork, and the make the sentiment the focal point! Beautiful! Thank you for your recent visit to my blog! I appreciate your kindness! hugs, de

Jean said...

Wonderful cards! I wonder why the man was hiding!

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all fab, Darnell xoxo

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous split card pretty image. I love that stencil with the pinks too. Great use of ombre on it. Thanks for joining in at JUGS.

Gerrina said...

All thre look good in the bit mutted colours; the first two so elegant and the text on the 3rd so great! Hugs, Gerrina

OH Babs said...

Thanks for sharing the technique - which I will share with fellow cardmakers. Loved your photo story.

Trina P. said...

Dolly, you are spoiling us with a trio of beauties! The cut-up and second pull cards bring back wonderful memories of ESCR. And I think ?I have that stencil... never used it... forgotten about it... thanks for the reminder.
Hope you and Hammy enjoy your mani-pedi! xx

Mrs A. said...

Well praps he just had a bad case of acne! Love your split card. Hugs Mrs A.

Daffodil Cards said...

LOVE reading your posts, the stories you have to tell! Love your cards, I really have to try and get some products together to try all these fab techniques. Wonderful results.
Faith x

Donna said...

Such beautiful card, I especially like the flowers, purple and green is my favorite color combo and your design is so striking!

I Card Everyone said...

Well consider me bejeweled, bedazzled, and beguiled by these beauties, D! I so tickled to have you join us the week at CTS!! LOve the split panel, and those gorgeous glitzy blooms... did you sprinkle brushos on the stamp, then spritz? I'm totally taken by this look!
and those words... sigh... so true! I feel you, Sister... xx
=]

Sharon Underwood said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! The techniques are fun. Hope you are doing well.

Christine Alexander said...

Direct to stamp colouring is one of my fav techniques. I love both prints. Your ombre stencil is pretty groovy, it gave me a bit of a psychedelic trip :)

Susan said...

Love the first cut-up card - beautiful colours from your direct to stamp inking up. And the second is so pretty and soft - a perfect backdrop for a bold sentiment. Great ombre effect on the third card.

Now I'm off to clean the house before my sister arrives tomorrow for a 10 day visit - I'll amuse myself while I'm vacuuming with inventing stories for the man who kept hiding his face!

jimlynn said...

GORGEOUS!!!! No more needs to be said! Love!
Lynn

conil said...

Well, you've been busy...I hope the mani-pedi & pedi-pedi are relaxing for you and Hammy. As you know, I am not fond of having my photo taken and I'm not even wanted for any crime. Must be a lack of confidence (story of my life). Anyway, you seem to be on a real roll love the direct to paper technique you've used. Oddly enough, I've been doing that today too.
Hope you an yours have survived the heat...or maybe you didn't have any. If so, you're a lucky duck.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful floral cards, Darnell - just love the dotty look of the second one! And the friends card looks great with the ombre ball - reminds me of a golf ball - LOL. Have a relaxing day!!

Mac Mable said...

Great to get the two cards from the one technique and what beautiful and unique cards they are x.
What a stunning ombre effect on the stencil with your third card and fabulous colours and a fabulous sentiment too x. Hope you and hammy enjoyed the manicure and pedicure x

Mac Mable said...

Thank you Darnell for playing along again at The CAS Mix Up challenge with your stunning ombre card x.

Pia S said...

A little change of layout can make a big difference. So inspiring to see how different your flower cards turned out. I also think your ombré disco ball looks rather fun. Cool design!

Craftychris said...

Love both the bejeweled cards, I have that stamp and should use it more! The threefer is fabulous too. I am intrigued by the man covering his face - I wonder ........ hugs xxxxxxx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Three beautiful cards and I love that Penny Black stamp. I think I have it in my stash as well. One of these days I will have to try the direct to stamp technique again. I don't know if I have juicy markers though to work with anymore.

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, I love the sentiment on your third card, and the designs of the floral cards are wonderful, gorgeous colours, Kate x

Kathleen said...

Three super cards, especially love the first one, that cut channel is fabulous idea.

Kath s

scrAPpamondo said...

Fun stories of mani-pedi and the mysterious man at the restaurant :)
Fabulous channel card and "how-to-clean-a-stamp" card :D They look both so interesting! And the last catd is just striking!! Well done!
Hugs

Pat said...

Two beautiful floral cards Darnell using this lovely straight to stamp technique, and love the split design with the sentiment stamped within, and then the die cut and stamped sentiment you have added to the second. The Threefer is just fantastic and the 3D effect is splendid and the three colours you have used really work to give the ombre effect and a fantastic sentiment to finish which also has the ombre effect to I think...a double whammy...lol. I hope you and Hammy enjoyed your pampering foot care. x

JD/ Jill said...

Great cards!

And in regard to your mystery man...He may be just like me...and hates to have his picture taken!!!!!!

frommycraftroom said...

Such lovely cards.

Love the technique on the first one - another for my must try list! ;)

Lisa Elton said...

An abundance of prettiness Darnell! Now you have thinking about the guy in your photos LOL!

Cheryl W. said...

Pretty cards today. I hardly ever do the marker to stamp technique, and I need to give it a try again. Interesting story about the restaurant patron. It would be interesting to know why he covered his face--he's definitely not a photo-bomber!

Neet said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell but the first one really caught my eye and now I must look up the links to see how it was really done. Such a clean looking card I simply love it! Thanks for sharing and enabling.
Hugs, Neet xx

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely trio of cards Darnell and the watercolour look to the stamping on the first two really appeals to me. I must practice this 'cos whenever I try it, I get runs. Must be too much spritzing! Hope you enjoyed your mani-pedi.
Hugs
Carol x

Carol L said...

Your trio of cards is fabulous! I love the first two images and how the stamped-off version looks so pretty more as a background than as a hit-you-in-the-face image! Great ideas and designs, and I'm sure your camera-shy fellow diner has his own story about covering his face, much like you cover yours on airplanes LOL

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Perhaps the man was being tailed for insurance fraud and he should have been home in bed! LOL! Three great cards, Darnell. Love the softness of the flowers and the almost circus like quality of that amazing sphere in #3... wow, these are excellent!

Chrissie said...

Gorgeous gorgeous cards!
I would have loved to have been able to join in with you fab gals at the retreat, seems like a load of great stuff went on!
These cards are STUNNING! Just love 'em!

Tammy said...

Three gorgeous cards Darnell! I love how you spritzed your stamp for a second impression, very beautiful!
Hugs, Tammy

Anita in France said...

As you would say about that third card, Darnell ... pinkilicious ... and I would add positively so! I gasped at the first two ... WOW! I've no idea how you achieved the stunning variation of colour on those beautiful blossoms and leaves, but good grief, they're spectacular! That technique needs to be on the next LH list ... please! Hope you both enjoyed the mani-pedi/double pawdi, Darnell ... how blissful! LYAMYHAHMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Nancy said...

Just love your side tangents!! These cards are all fabulous! Love the way you broke apart the panel to reveal the sentiment. Your last card is so fun! I have never seen a 3d stencil that has such a great effect! Super color choice too! Thanks for joining the gals and I at JUGS!! HUGS!

Sandra H said...

Well my take on that man was he shouldn’t of been in the restaurant and didn’t want his family to know he was up to no good..lol your cards though Darnell are stunning l love the split floral image and the sentiment placed at an angle on your first card also as always the floral images are stunning on all cards sending lots of love xx

Fikreta said...

very beautiful card!
hugs

Leslie Miller said...

Really beautiful PB cards, Darnell! Must try the technique Nancy brought to the retreat as it does add so much interest, yet so simple. Your second stamping is perfect for a soft background with the sentiment over top. Interesting story about the fella covering his face. Hmmmm... maybe he was someplace he shouldn't have been or with someone he shouldn't have been with. Or, yes, maybe in Witness Protection. Probably Witness Protection. Way cool stencil on your bonus threefer card! Isn't the sentiment the truth? Nice!

Kara Lynne said...

Were you in Iowa when you had that photo taken with your sisters? For some reason I have it in my head that all witness protection people get moved to Iowa...unless they are from Iowa,lol! Anywho, Your flowers are gorgeous! I love the variation of colors throughout, and how clever to spritz it a second time. That stencil design is so fun on your third card! Reminds me of a disco ball. I love the sentiment stamping to match the background! Miss you, my friend!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell xx

Linda said...

I hope you both had a lovely day at the salon .... I'm off there tomorrow. I've never been one to go and get my nails done, always done them myself. However Lauren took me as a birthday treat earlier this year and now I'm hooked!! Hubby's not impressed though!
Gorgeous cards, I love the floral ones especially with the cut out sentiment, I need to try that. Love the stencil design too xx

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fabulous three-fer Darnell - and I love that you are letting Hammy in on the treat for a quatro-pedicure. He deserves it, with all the winking he does for you ;)
Blessings
Maxine

Bonnie said...

This is one of my favorite PB stamps and I love how you've used it. You got just the right amount of spritz. I usually end up with a watery mess. Your second image is as pretty as the first.

Your ombre stenciling is amazing. The blending of colors make for a cheerful friendly card! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

conil said...

I might have known...congratulations on your CTS win.

Loll said...

I love your two bejewelled cards Dolly! The first one is so pretty with the panel being cut for the sentiment. This is such a great technique and I have already made another card for the upcoming Twofer challenge. :) The soft stamping of the second card is also amazing. And I love it with the large stamped and die-cut sentiment. You've been busy creatng and what fun you had with your third card. Ombre stenciling and stamping, this is so fun and bright. :) Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

TK said...

Beautiful "color direct to stamp" technique, you are MUCH more accomplished than I as mine look like a hot mess! Yours are beautiful!

TK said...

Well looky there! You won CTS too! Congrats, Darnell!

Celeste Goff said...

What a gorgeous collection of cards Darnell!

Jan Clothier said...

Love your cards, Darnell. I'm a big fan of colouring directly onto the stamp and I think your flowers looks amazing shown off in such a clean design. The cut sentiment is a great technique and one I'd almost forgotten about, so you've given me some inspiration. Thanks so much for joining in with us again at Retro Rubber Challenge.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Congrats on your win at CAS(E) this Sketch with this beautiful twofer (second generation) card, Darnell! Fantastic take on the sketch! Love that you added the three tiny black dots.
The 3D circle looks like a dimensional ball with the ombre effect. The color combo is so pretty and the matching ombre sentiment is a wonderful touch. Thank you for joining us at CAS Mix Up!
Hideko xx

Jo said...

Wow, I do love that spritzed flower x 2. Truly a beautiful bloom and card. Great ombre card too ...and the sentiment is precious and matches the ombre theme. Congrats on the win too.
Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Carole said...

These are fabulous Darnell. I really like the design of the first one...clever! I hope to get back into the swing of things shortly but in the mean time I a enjoying all this wonderful inspiration in blogland. xx

Claire Grantham said...

Gorgeous cards, I really love the technique of the first two cards, that is a fun idea. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

Neva Cole said...

Amazing job with the toofer technique, I love to do this as well. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber for our Anything Goes Challenge!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

The flower card is one of those WOW cards! The stencil card - well you probably know that I love those geometric things....

Bobby said...

Your flower looks like one on my shower curtain that I keep looking at and think I should CASE. lol It looks fabulous in both generations.