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September 21, 2019

Round and Round

Hello Stamplings!

Happy weekend! Of course, if you're out playing because it is the weekend, I'll just say to you that I hope you had a great one! We are entertaining the grandtwins and granddogs this weekend and so far they are all getting acquainted with Nellie just fine. It's a houseful! A house full of joy since today is also the Mister's birthday!

I had some time to get a bit inky during the week and I went from a round daisy focus pocus to a round wreath focus pocus.

Onefer
This is pretty arty for me, eh? I made the background recently by scribbling shades of purple and blue Ziggies on my acrylic block, lightly spritzing the block, and then smooching my paper face down into the ink. It ended up being a meh (to me) background that I set aside to dry, wondering if I'd ever use it. 

Then along comes the CAS Stencil Challenge where Julia wants us to use a baby wipe to remove ink through a stencil and suddenly this little background came to life. You just never know! To finish, I added two sticker butterflies and a simple sediment framed to match the card base. You can faintly see Hammy's effusive efforts with winking all over the flower.

Challenges

Twofer 
This QACAS design consists of a black card panel run through a snowy e/f. Attached is a wreath from Concord & 9th's "Magnolia Wreath," simply and partially stamped in black on the white die cut. You can't tell, but it is stacked three-high. A simple circle sediment from GKW was added to the center. It's an unexpected color for a Christmas wreath card, but I like that about it.

Challenges
  • CAS(E) This Sketch: See below.
  • Simon Says Stamp: STAMPtember collaboration with Concord & 9th.
  • TIME OUT: Photo inspiration. I was going to add the sediment in a pop of green as seen in the photo, but in the end I liked the striking effect of just leaving it black and white.

Nellie (9/19/19)
My photo table is the vantage point for this picture of Nellie wandering the yard and getting acquainted with her new home. The only difficulty we are having so far is calling her by the proper pronoun because our last two dogs were big Labrador Retrievers and both were male. 

Mister: "Where is he?"
Me: "She."
Mister: "She. Where is she? Has he been out?"  !!!

Repeated similarly several times a day. And when the Mister pets her, he says, "Hey, little Buddy." So if we don't get it straight, Nellie may become Buddy. But that's okay, we love him her either way!

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58 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby!! Your cards are so artistry and love especially the first one, wow!!
So glad to see that Nellie is taking confidence with her (HER!) :D new places and with her new name LOL :D
Big hugs! I'm very very very busy :( sorry for my absence from blogland!

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Sue said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby. I know you'll have a lovely weekend with your grandsons and the dogs.

Loving the cards, especially the first one. Sue

Michelle W said...

Happy weekend Darnell! That Ziggy background is perfect for the stencil and baby wipe technique, beautiful artsy card! Love the black and white Christmas card too. Enjoy your weekend with your family.

Viv said...

Happy Birthday to your OH Dee! , great cards again and love that artsy background and sweet daisy too.The dramatic b&w one is fab too. Aww what a cutie Nellie is too, bet the grandtwins just love her ...enjoy!Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' also ;) Viv DT xx

Cat Craig said...

Many Happy Birthday wishes to the Mister. The blue watercolor/stencil card is artsy and fabulous. Your black and white wreath is amazing. Love the texture you added with the EF. Have a fabulous weekend with the twins and the pups and celebrating the mister.

Mac Mable said...

What an artsy first card with a fun and fabulous technique. I am loving this one Darnell x. What a classy and elegant second card x.
Happy Birthday to DH x. Enjoy the weekend with the family and the dogs...Nellie is adorable and Buddy sounds good to me x.

Jeanne said...

A very happy birthday to your Mister! I'm sure he is in his element with his grandsons visiting this weekend. Have fun celebrating! Your cards are beautiful. I really like how different they are. Happy you were able to use that beautiful background in such a lovely way. And the dramatic and graphic wreath card is fabulous. Your little Nellie is so darn cute. Hope the gender thing gets worked out or she may turn into a little Nellie from Little House on the Prairie! LOL But, really she looks way to sweet and cute for that to happen. Happy weekend, my friend!

HJ said...

First, I love your cards. I'm CASEing the daisy card.I'm not arty, so your smooshing technique is my way of getting a beautiful background. Second, Nellie/Buddy is adorable. It is lovely here in Delaware today. I've enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood and now will have some crafty time. How good can a day get?? Enjoy your weekend with your grands (sons and dogs).

Pat said...

Aaah, Nellie looks a little charmer and glad you are having a fun weekend with family and dogs, and Happy Birthday to the Mister too. Now for the cards which are both gorgeous. I love that inky background and the baby wipe daisy looks great with the pretty butterflies and a lovely sentiment, and then your rather dramatic Christmas card with that dimensional wreath design. It is great to think outside the box sometimes and different in this case is perfect. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

conil said...

Zowie, that ink smooshed background really sings now. Have to try that tecknique soon. The B&W Christmas card is very striking...someone's going to love it as much as I do.
Happy Birthday to your most significant other, the Mister. Hope the twins, dogs, Hammy and you make is special for him.
Gender is something we never got too picky about in our house. Steve thinks all dogs are male and all cats are female...never considers how they reproduce.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful card designs and both so well done. Enjoy the time with the family too! Have a great weekend.

Bobby said...

So the baby wipe took the color off even after the Zigs dried? I tried that technique and couldn't get anything to work to save my soul. Your big daisy on the blue is lovely, Darnell, and why not black and white for Christmas. It's elegant and classic.

Bobby said...

Oh, and say Happy Birthday, Kevin. I hope she has a great day! LOL

cuilliesocks said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, lovely daisy image you've used and how you've created two very different styles. Super stamping and colouring.
Little Nellie is so sweet. Happy Birthday to your Husband, I hope he had a lovely time, Kate x x

Marybeth said...

Hi sweet and dear friend. Happy birthday to your mister. I am guessing you got a new dog?
Love your very artsy card and the wreath!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your favorite guys.
Love and hugs to you

Fikreta said...

These cards are gorgeous!
Happy Birthday to your Husband!

Lisa Elton said...

Two terrific cards!! Sounds like your house is full of love and happiness this weekend. ENJOY!! Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the Mister!

Carole said...

Great cards Darnell...I especially like the first one with that inky background and technique. Hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebrations with hubby and the boys! xx

Brenda in IN said...

Oh gosh, Happy, Happy Birthday Mister. What a great way to celebrate with the grands and grand dogs. Nellie will be so happy to get to meet more of the family. A fun baby wipe card with that daisy wreath. Love the blues of the background. That black and white card is outstanding.

Barb Ghig said...

Your smooshed panel is the perfect background for your bloom, Darnell! I love the crisp clean edges on all the petals, and adding those sweet butterflies was such a great idea...such a pretty card! I'm also loving your magnolia wreath with the snowy background and that you chose such a striking color combo...another beauty, my friend!

It won't be long before you get used to calling Nellie 'she/her'...and I think you're going to like having a female! She is so fluffy and cute...I just want to reach out and pet her :) Happy, Happy Birthday to the Mister! Sounds like a fun weekend having the grandtwins and granddogs...Enjoy! Barb xx

Barb Ghig said...

After all that, I meant to add: Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS Stencil! It's always great to see your cards in the gallery!!!

Lynette said...

Great cards, Darnell. I LOVE that first one! What a great technique.

Jane said...

Absolutely stunning Darnell! Loving the varied tones of blue and how amazingly creative and awesome your monochromatic design is. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, really hope to see you play along with future challenges too.

Loll said...

First ... have to say that Nellie is the CUTEST!! She looks like she's having fun exploring the back yard. I bet she has fun with the boys this weekend and Duke?? Hopefully I got that right. Wish her and Jessie could have a play day ... that would be so fun! :)

Love your artsy card with the lifted daisy design. Your background is absolutely awesome and I would LOVE if mine turned out like that. I'll have to try the acrylic block technique. Haven't used that for ages.

Your second card is stunning! It has an art deco look to it. Very elegant. Great work Dolly!! xx

Celeste Goff said...

Two absolutely stunning cards Darnell! I especially love the butterfly card...so beautifully done!

Bonnie said...

WOW! Love this daisy and it's perfect for that gorgeous blue/purple background! Your black and white Christmas card is stunning, and Nellie is so pretty and I'm sure doesn't mind being called a buddy.

Jeanne H said...

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to your DH. Dogs and grandkids are the greatest. Right? Hope your weekend is just grand. Hugs to you, dear Darnell.

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Darnell..... did your hubby know he had so many admires.. best wishes from me too. Your cards are fabulous, especially love your baby wipe blue butterfly card... nicely done with the daisy stencil...very artsy - I have a pile of smooched card I'm not too fussed about but I really should now give them a go. Nellie is so cute too, hugs Robyn and thanks for sharing with CAS Stencil this month.

Julia Aston said...

Hey sis! a lot going on for you over there! Happy BD to the Mister, and what a sweet pooch!! Two grands and two other dogs plus Hammy?!! Love your background that you thought was meh - the baby wiped stenciling worked perfectly here! thanks for playing with my challenge! and your black/white Christmas card is stunning! happy weekend! Julia xx

frommycraftroom said...

That sounds like a fun technique baby wipe ink removing. Love the effect on your card.
Happy Birthday to the Mister.
Nellie looks like she is having a great time exploring.

Vicky Hayes said...

Good grief! There's nothing meh about this background! I absolutely love the daisy you 'wiped' out of it and the butterflies are the perfect embellishment. I like the unexpected black and white Christmas card too. It can only be given to someone who's having an elegant, minimalist Christmas! Lovely to see that Nellie is making herself right at home and either the Mister will get the hang of it or Nellie will just be in touch with her masculine side! How about making her the Budmistress?! Hope you're having a happy weekend with your birthday celebrations and loved ones x

Sandra H said...

Two truly fabulous cards Darnell l just adore your first card with the background so creative and equally love the second card too! happy birthday to the Mister hope he has had an enjoyable day love Nellie looks to be exploring your garden hope you had a great time with the grantwins too take care enjoy your day xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Hi Darnell - pass on my birthday felicitations to the Mister - hope you all had a wonderful day - Hammy included!
That birthday card is simply amazing - love the technique, and how you redeemed what you thought was unusable into this wee masterpiece
I once made and black white and gold Christmas card - didn't look as elegant as yours!! Love it.
Blessings
Maxine

Marilyn said...

Pretty cards! Happy Birthday to your hubby!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

ionabunny said...

Happy Birthday to the Mister. Love that black embossed bg. Dog very cute. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugz

Sarah said...

I do hope Mister had a fabulous Birthday!! What fab cards, especially the pretty daisy, it looks just like tie dye. Looks like little Nellie is very happy in her new home xx

nancy littrell said...

So pleased you added your pretty artsy stencil baby wiped 1st card to our CAS Stencil Challenge, Dolly. I love the colors and your added butterfly stickers:-)

Elegant black and white Christmas wreath card too. TFS both your beauties, my friend.

Love seeing your photo of cute exploring Nellie too. He..whoops, She is really so handsome...whoops pretty!!

Love and Hugs...Nancy

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your cards, Darnell! The white Daisy coming through the blue & purple inks is genius, & I love the black on white wreath! Something you don't see very often, but it's beautiful.
Thanks for your card! I appreciate you thinking of me. I'm making progress, but the incision is itching like crazy!!! Should be able to get rid of the sling in about 10 days. Yes, I'm counting!

Cheryl W. said...

Your little Nellie is just so cute, and both your cards are delightful. I've received a few black Christmas cards over the years, and I've always admired them. Such cards are very dramatic!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow Darnell!!! What a fabulous Christmas card and great take on our insporation at Time Out! Bold and brave, that's what you are !! It's always a joy to have you playing with us! Hugs, Stephanie

BożenA said...

The first card is simply stunning. I love the background and the daisy you have so beautifully recovered from the colorful background Butterflies look fabulous. Second card in the colors of the winter night in Europe. I adore her. Nellie is very sweet :-)
hugs,
BozenA

Mia said...

Nelli is sooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!! Give her a hug from me, Darnell.
As for your cards, they are simply gorgeous! Clever background technique on the first one. And I lllllove the untraditional color for Christmas on your second card. Kisses, my dear friend.

Carol L said...

OH the cards are both SO pretty, but I love how the blue inky background was created! I guess I've been missing visits, because this is the first I've heard of Nellie, but she's a sweetie and oh so cute!! Much happiness with her, and please give the Mr my best birthday wishes!

Greta said...

Glad all the dogs are getting along! Can only imagine all the chaos & joy at your house! Love your wreath (have Magnolia on my wishlist) & good you saved the background!

Anita in France said...

A belated and very happy birthday to Kevin, Darnell ... sounds as though you were enjoying such a happy celebratory weekend with your houseful! Your soft, dreamy, smooshy flower-and-butterfly card is gorgeous ... a delight ... can't imagine how this loveliness could possibly be 'meh'! What a cool, dramatic, striking and oh so stylish Christmas card ... it's a beauty! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out ... and so fun to see sweet Nellie! LYAMYLALMA ... LOCOF! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Linda said...

Firstly ...... Happy Belated Birthday to the Mister. I hadn't realised that his was the same day as our little man's
Second ..... Nellie looks soooo cute!!
And last but definitely not least ..... your cards are stunning. I love the stenciled daisy on the first one, it's so pretty and such a great effect from the lift technique.
Thanks for playing along with the CAS Stencil challenge xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great cards. She's a cutie for sure xoxo

oldpunca said...

Happy birthday to the Mister! It seems you both have a quite loud weekend with boys and dogs. :-)
I like artistic background on your blue card with a daisy. Fantastic done! <3
The black and white Christmas card is very inovative. You have "broken" black background with dry embosing very well. Nice done!
Thank you for sharing photo of Nellie. I have to smile about her changing gender. :-) Our parrot did it by itself. :-) We called him Rocky and after 18 years "he" has decided to becom "she" and started to lay the eggs...
Have a great week!
Hugs, Sonja

Redanne said...

Both cards are so striking, I love the white stencilling on the beautiful blue background - I bet you are glad you didn't thrown away that background now, it looks fabulous.

I always love black and white and although I would never have thought of the combo for Christmas, you have inspired me to give it a go now!

Belated birthday wishes to hubby, I hope he had an enjoyable day. It looks like Nellie is settling in well, she is just adorable (I may say that a lot!).

Hugs, Annie xxx

Leslie Miller said...

Nellie looks right at home. It's funny how quickly you can fall in love, isn't it? I'm in love with your cards, especially the soft daisy on blue which was an unloved background till you got your baby wipes out. I still need to put some effort into finding that big new box I recently bought. Your Christmas card is striking, as black and white tends to be, and I love the unexpected look for a Christmas card. Cool looking wreath. Hard to show dimension against a black background. My weekend was busy work, not even stamping. Today was time out with the dogs and still no stamping. I sure don't want to lose all that stamping momentum I had built up.

Cris G. said...

I'm wondering how you managed to remove that much ink with a baby wipe, it looks like there had never been any ink in that (previous) blue spot! The black and white card is very elegant and beautiful!
Hugs to you and Nellie, and Happy belated Birthday to the Mister 🎈!

TK said...

I love your smooshy background, it made for a perfect sunflower! Your next card is quite intriguing in it's stout, bold color! Enjoy your Mister, your grandsons & granddogs, and especially your new "buddy"!

Ros Crawford said...

Sounds like a whole lotta fun going on in your house! Fabulous cards... I really love that smooshed Bg and Nellie is super cute!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties, Darnell - just love the big flower stenciled out of your background! And what a stunning black/white Christmas card!! Sweet Nellie/Buddy too - bet you're glad of the company!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Look at you getting all inky! Nellie is so cute and I'm laughing at getting the pronoun wrong-hee hee hee

maria f. said...

Awwww. She's adorable. And so lucky to live at your house. Alles Gute for the Mister. And kudos on your artsy fartsy creation. It's just lovely.

Gerrina said...

Your flowercard is stunning! Love the blue and bit grungy look! And the x-mas card is one that will stand out in any bunch of cards! HB for your hubby and hope the dogs kept all in whole pieces? Hugs, Gerrina