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October 17, 2019

Yippee! CTS GD-ee!

Hello Stamplings!

I know. I don't usually do back-to-back posts, but I wasn't going to turn down an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at CAS(E) This Sketch! and today's the day the new sketch is published. 

I was a bit stumped at first with the sketch, but it just so happened that a new die rolled into the Playhouse at just the right moment! (I think that's the fastest a new goodie has gone from NBUS to BUS!!) 

I used schparkly glitter paper for the mat and deep black textured paper from my friend Christine for the panel. The NBUS snowflake die is "Snowflake Marquee" from Memory Box and the floating glittery snowflakes are cut from an MFT Snowflakes die. 

The sediment is from the "Merry Sentiments" set by Sunny Studio. I stamped it using an ancient Color Box white ink pad, but for some reason it turned a pretty icy blue color! I panicked at first, but Hammy calmed me down quickly with two thumbs up!

Here's the sketch:
I look forward to seeing how your imagination unfolds using this sketch for the challenge! Thank you, Chrissy, for the previous win and this opportunity to be GD! Please click over to CAS(E) This Sketch! for more inspiration from the extremely talented Design Team!
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61 comments:

Di said...

Wonderful card Darnell - and thanks for the reminder that I have this die, as yet unused! Got it a few weeks ago and it's lovely to see your card using it!

Hugs

Di xx

designbydonna said...

Gorgeous card. Love all the glitter. What kind of white stamp ink pad do you use? I have a small collection of white inks but am not happy with how how any of them look.

Kath said...

A fabulous card Darnell - I love that die, it may be another one for my 'wish list'!
Kath x

I Card Everyone said...

Hey, gorgeous!!! Welcome to the CTS team this week - and thanks for bringing the schparkly to our world!! xx
=]

Sandra H said...

Fabulous card Darnell and l see the thumbs up made me 😂 great die too enjoy your day x

Carole Pollard said...

Loving this great design it’s gorgeous Love and hugs Carole x

Pat said...

Great to see you as a GD over at CAS(E) This Sketch and what a wonderful interpretation of the sketch with your beasutiful large snowflake and little ones surrounding it, and the silvery glitter paper for the mat makes it shine gorgeously and pops with the contrasting black textured paper, a great gift from Christine. x

Lynette said...

I can see what that sketch could stump a person! You did a fabulous job with it, though!! Your card is so pretty and perfectly fits the sketch. I agree with Hammy:)

Jeanne H said...

I too love this card. It's really pretty and I sure like the way the sentiment is placed. Hi and Hugs.

Trina P. said...

Congrats on GD. I see you’re back to B&W Christmas cards and it looks fabulous!... brilliant take on the sketch. x

Susan said...

Perfect card for that sketch!! Love your new die with the glitter paper behind it, and the matching little snowflakes. Congratulations on being a Guest Designer!

Dotty Jo said...

What a stunner! Jo x

Michal said...

Such a beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cat Craig said...

Great card from the sketch. Maybe the ink picked up a touch of the dye from the card stock? In any case it is fabulous.

!neke said...

A real beauty !!!!!!
Great take on the sketch !

X Ineke

Nora Noll said...

That new die was PERFECT for this sketch!! I love the black over the silver and the addition of the white snowflakes. This sketch kind of stumps me too and my mind is trying to figure out where to go with it!!

Glittered Paws said...

Love the die and the sentiment is perfect. Like how you did the glitter paper under the black. And well then there is Hammy - he looks so happy.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a gorgeous card and what a great die. I can see why as soon as it arrived at the play house that it had to be used. I love this design.

Bonnie said...

Such pretty schparkly snowflakes, my friend! What a serendipitous delivery! I agree with Hammy that the blue is perfect! Congratulations on your win and Guest Design spot!

OH Babs said...

Like most of those before me I think that is a swell die. Glad to hear your trip was another fun success. Congrats on being GD.

Fikreta said...

wonderful card!

Kathleen said...

Supere die and a really lovely card, love the black and white.

Kath x

Marilyn said...

Pretty!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely card. Sue

Leslie Miller said...

I recognized this die set right away as one of the new Memory Box dies I've been admiring. You probably did set yourself a new record, but just look how perfect it is for the sketch! A beautiful card, Darnell! Weird how the white ink turned blue. Congratulations on your guest spot!

Bobby said...

Great sprinkling of snowflakes, Darnell, and the white-turned-blue sentiment gives an icy look to your card which is apropos.

Maria said...

Oh, so gorgeous! Love the sparkly snowflake! Your card looks very elegant and so so pretty! Huge congrats on your GD spot!

Lisa Elton said...

This is fabulously frosty and fun Darnell!! Congrats on guesting!! Hammy giving the thumbs up is a HOOT!!

Christine Alexander said...

Wonderful card Darnell I love the silver with the black, you just reminded me to pull out some of my black card stock with this gorgeous inspiration:)

Surekha Galagoda said...

Dear Darnell
The card sure is a beauty. Blessings

TK said...

Freak Out? Why? That icy blue sentiment is perfect with all the other sparkle and shine!

kiwimeskreations said...

Another fabulous card Darnell - and what a handsome photo of Hammy - and of course he was correct, the pale blue sediment is perfect
Blessings
Maxine

papierelle said...

It look's so noble, beautiful work!!
Gundi

Julie B said...

Congrats on the GD gig at CTS and what a super interpretation of the sketch too. :)

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot. So happy for you that you weren't stumped for long. Your card is beautiful. I really like the glittery look peeking through the black panel. The card is elegant and festive! I also like the look of the light blue for the sentiment. Wonderful work, my friend. No wonder Hammy was so happy! :) Happy Weekend!

oldpunca said...

Congratulation for the winn and for the GD! Fantastic card. Your idea how to follow the sketch is brilliant. Hammy has right. Sentiment in light blue is really nice. :-)
Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Sonja

Jean said...

Congrats and what a beautiful card!!

Brenda in IN said...

A beautiful GD card, Darnell. I like the blue and the sparkle is so beautiful.

conil said...

Obviously, you've fulfilled your well-deserved assignment perfectly, and congratulations. This card is lovely...like the non-traditional colors. Think the icy blue sentiment fits the the theme to a tee. Your card is simply gorgeous.

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Darnell, a really classy design. Congratulations on your GD spot. xx

Redanne said...

Congratulations on your GDT spot! Your card is so striking, I love the colours and the design is wonderful and it is a great interpretation of the challenge design. Have a lovely weekend. Big hugs, Annie xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Congrats for your GD!! Fabulous inspiration!

Cheryl W. said...

Awesome card, Darnell! I love the sparkle, and snowflakes are my favorite holiday card image. Once again, thanks for some fab inspiration.

Linda said...

Congrats on your GD spot. Love your take on the sketch. Such a pretty snowflake with just the right amount of sparkle ..... definitely a thumbs up from me too! xx

Carol L said...

How cool does that icy blue sentiment look on this card! I give it 2 thumbs up like hammy did :) Very pretty take on the sketch and congrats for your GDT spot!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

You definitely nailed this! So cool!

Stamps and Paper said...

A fabulous card Darnell - I love that die,and black and silver together..very classy card

Anne

Loll said...

Don't you love when something arrives in the mail at just the right time??!! That's why I try to have something arriving every day. :) Just about, right??!! LOVE this card Dolly. So beautiful with the subtle black striped paper from Christine. This snowflake die is gorgeous! And interesting about the white ink ... it's perfect in blue! Great work and congrats on being GD at CTS! Lolly xx

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with the sketch and making this beautiful card! Sketches always throw me, I told use them too often.

frommycraftroom said...

Good for you turning NBUS to BUS in a short time!
Fab card - love it :)

Kesu said...

How very creative to use both positive and negative die cuts. Love the CAS but very striking card.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Congrats on the GDT spot. Great card too xoxo

Mac Mable said...

Well done Hammy on saving the day...you sure have a great eye for design. I suspect Darnell has taught you all she knows x.
Congratulations on guesting and what a fabulous take on the sketch. A really stunning card x.

Jenelle said...

So pretty! I love snowflakes especially when they're sparkly. The blue sentiment is perfect.

Claire Grantham said...

Congrats on your GDT spin over at CTS - Love your card great use of that NBUS! Cx

Cris G. said...

Feeling the Christmas vibe after seeing your cool card, Darnell. The sentiment is spot on!
Congratulations on your GD spot at CTS. Today I tried to make a card, but I just had a few hours to compose, edit and submit... and that is peanuts to me :). I'll have to find myself a Hammy.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs,
Cris

Greta said...

Congrats on being the GD! Your card is a stunner, Darnell!

Vicky Hayes said...

So happy to find you guesting a CTS Darnell and with such a showstopper of a card too! Not surprised the snowflake die made it to BUS status in such record time - it's a beauty! Love that the shparkly paper is showing through the snowflake and the sediment is, as Hammy immediately recognised, perfect!
Mwah!
Vicky x

Celeste Goff said...

Darnell, your card is so clever and pretty! I love the non-traditional black combined with the blue and shimmery, shiny silver!

BożenA said...

The combination of silver and black is so elegant. A beautiful Christmas card.
I love your Hammy :-))
BożenA xoxo

Lisa Babitz said...

This is gorgeous! You nailed the sketch!!