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January 8, 2020

Color Throwdown 575 GD!

Hello Stamplings!

How are you doing? I hope the new year is starting off on the right foot for you. (You know someone reading this prolly broke their ankle on New Year's Day, right? Isn't that just the way? I'm so sorry if that happened to you.) 

The expression comes from a literal meaning that one should start off on the right foot because starting on the left foot is considered unlucky. History doesn't indicate how many people fall flat on their faces trying to catch themselves after they start off on their left foots, nor the cost involved in the resultant dental surgery.

To avoid all that, I'm staying in today where things are very rosy. I'm pickled tink to share that thanks to a recent win, I am this week's Guest Star Stamper over at the Color Throwdown challenge! If you aren't familiar with this fun color challenge, I hope you'll check it out! 

Here is my card to inspire you:
From the angle below, you can see the glimmer of the gold-embossed sediment. It's long been a favorite of mine and a good one to recall at the start of a new year. Or every morning.
The cattail die is from Memory Box, called "Golden Cattails." I watercolored it with my Ziggies. Simples.

Here are the beautiful colors for the current Color Throwdown challenge:

The colors are kraft, gold, green, and white. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to see what you create! The challenge is open until Monday, January 13, 2020.

I'm linking my card to:

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75 comments:

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fabulous card, Darnell!!! Absolutely wonderful colouring and the love die you used, and the sentiment- WOW- it's also one of my fav quotes! Such great design and just perfect for the new year (or day, as you said) :)
Congrats for being Guest Star Stamper, so well deserved!
Big hugs!!

Anke said...

WOW Darnell so beautiful, fantastic watercoloring, great design and wonderful quote, I love it.

All the best for 2020
Anke

Jane Willis said...

Utterly, utterly beautiful, and congratulations on a very well deserved GDT slot.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I love this card.

Congrats on being the guest star stamper.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

kiwimeskreations said...

Hammy would have had to have had a hand, ooops paw, in the creation of this beauty Darnell, if only wiping the card with the anti-static pad for you :)
Beautifully made and perfect embossing :)
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

This is gorgeous, what a fabulous die and I love the colours too. Congratulations on your GD spot xx

Julie B said...

Such a stunning die cut Darnell, looks fab with the sentiment.
Congrats on your well deserved GD spot too. :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Darnell this is lovely, I love the erm, sediment and you’ve dressed it beautifully. These challenges with colour palettes make me quake a bit, and I get fixated, I just love the way you looked at it and broke it into useable words. I must rly that instead of thinking I’ve got to be some palette wielding artista!!! Xx

Lia said...

This is gorgeous and it looks as if the sun is shining on your card!
Lia xx

Anita in France said...

Gosh, what a stunner, Darnell ... the glow from your gorgeous colouring and that wonderful gold embossed prayer is simply delicious ... a beauty! Congratulations on your GD spot! LYAMYHMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card! Love the gold and cattails!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Chris said...

Stunning card Darnell, what a lovely colour combo! Congrats on the Guest spot.
xx

Glittered Paws said...

Absolutely stunning - love the image and the sentiment. What a good way to start the day each day with that sentiment. Cattails are gorgeous. Way to go on the guest spot gig.

oldpunca said...

I gave up the idea to start on the right foot. It was always the challenge how to avoid serious head and dental damage, because I sleep on the left side of the bed. :-)
Congratulation for the GD on Color Throwdown Challenge. The color combo for the challenge is super nice and your card is fantastic. I like the large sentiment and beautiful, peaceful, motif. Well done, as always. :-)
Have nice day!
Hugs, Sonja

Sarah said...

Go you!! Well done on your Guest Spot!! This is a really lovely card Darnell (Bull Rushes we call them over here) and the sediment is fabulous. I wonder if the right foot thing only affects right handed people, our youngest is left handed and always puts his left foot first. I have tried it (stupidly coming down the stairs) and it feels soooo wrong!! xx

Jeanne said...

Congratulations, Darnell! How fun for you. Happy New Year! This card is a beauty and a wonderful reminder! Yup, I could use this daily! ;) I'm getting my annual sickie bug out of the way right out of the gate! Makes for a slow start, but hopefully things will be looking up(and less cough filled) soon! Hugs!

Carole said...

This card is lovely Darnell....super colouring of that fab die and your sentiment is one I have on my kitchen memo board as a magnet. It is such a true one. Hugs xx

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card is so pretty!

Now I am going to be all self-conscious about which foot I am starting out walking on. I have no idea! Is it a mix of both or do I favor one foot? Lol.

Diane said...

Congrats on being a GD....beautifully created card and I love~love the gold embossing, I need to do that more as every time I see it, I think 'why didn't I do that'!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is just gorgeous! This card is so soothing. Congrats on being a GD.

Barbara said...

Weel, Darnell this is so refreshing and a beautiful card. Not only the sentiment but the design as well.

Carol L said...

This is an absolute stunner with great watercoloring and design, but I'm swooning over that wonderful sentiment! Beautiful card!

Donna said...

Fabulous card, love this sentiment and it is beautiful in gold, your image is beautiful, like how some of the coattails are not glued down for dimension! Happy New Year!

Em Louise Fairley said...

It's gorgeous Darnell xoxo

Janis said...

Beautiful, Darnell! Congrats on your Guest Designer gig. I love the gorgeous watercolor cattails and the lovely sentiment in gleaming gold. Wonderful creation!!
<3 J

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Lisa Babitz said...

You water colored the cattail die cut beautifully! I too love that sentiment, and it looks great in gold.

Jean said...

A beautiful card! Love that die!

Bunny said...

This is beautiful. I remember playing with cat tails when I was a kid. I don't remember why we thought they were so adventuresome. Maybe because they could be so many things in our active imagination. Really lovely card. [Bunny]

I Card Everyone said...

WAy to go D!! Congratulations on the win - and what a gorgeous way to celebrate it!
=]

Sue - said...

Beautiful card, one of my favourite prayers too!xx

Krisha said...

Stunning card, as always!
Love the colors and you have been an inspiration this morning.....might have to give the challenge a try.
Happy New Year.

Lisa Elton said...

Congrats on your win and on guesting! Your card is perfectly serene and perfectly pretty!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful card and awesome colors. Congratulations on your guest spot too.

JoAnn said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the design and the great sentiment. TFS

HilaryJane said...

Excellent inspiration for this challenge, I just love those colours. Congrats on your guest designer spot xx

Birgit said...

Now I have the song, "Put One Foot in Front of the Other" from Santa Claus is Coming to town in my head. Winter warlock made it through the door and he did not break any ankle. I love your card and I love that saying. The gold embossing works so nicely with this image. Really nice.

Bonnie Lynn said...

Beautiful card!! Wow! Now I also have the song from Santa Claus Is Coming To Town going thru my head: not that I mind. LOL

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful watercoloured die cut Darnell, so pretty with your sparkly embossed sentiment :)

Cat Craig said...

Its a stunner Darnell. My #1 fave of the year and its gonna be hard to beat it. Fab design and execution.

frommycraftroom said...

I love that sentiment! Fabulous card. Enjoy your day 😉

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Dolly with an amazing sentiment. Definitely we need a reminder of this! Your sun and cattails shine brightly on your card. Congrats on being Guest Designer at CTD! Lolly xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous image and love your choice of colours and a really super sentiment, lovely die. Do you remember the film 'My Left Foot' staring Daniel Day Lewis, that was a pretty good film.


Kath x

Pat said...

Beautifully watercolored!

Fikreta said...

very beautiful card!

Susan said...

That is beautiful, Darnell! Love the way you coloured the die and set it in the cut out rectangle. Great sentiment - always a good reminder!

Bonnie said...

This is awesome, my friend! Love how you've colored it and this is a favorite prayer of mine. I pray it often...

Bonnie said...

Forgot to say, congratulations on your win and your DT gig!

Redanne said...

Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot! Your card is fabulous, I just adore that sentiment, a good one to recall every day, as you rightly say. Love the sun and the cattails too, you have coloured them beautifully! Big hugs, Annie xxx

conil said...

I'd say congratulations are in order for you too with your Color Throwdown win...a what a perfect way to meet the Guest Star gig. You certainly outdid yourself with the coloring, it's awesome. This is one of my favorite sayings/prayers, as well. It look amazing in gold, too.

Maria said...

Congrats on your GDT spot, Darnell! Your card is very lovely! Wonderful cattail dies and sun colored so pretty! And, the sentiment is perfect!

Shelly said...

Yay, YOU!! Congrats and Happy 2020!! :) Your card is gorgeous!!

Pat said...

Congratulations on your win and this GD spot over at the Colour Throwdown Challenge Darnell and love these very prettily coloured cattails, and a great sentiment too. x

Leslie Miller said...

It's the best sentiment/prayer/supplication ever and a favorite of mine, as well. I find myself saying this all the time. So, what better to go with it than one of the most beautiful colored die cuts I've ever seen. No kidding. You did such an amazing job on this, Darnell. Congratulations on your guest spot!

Cheryl W. said...

Your card is beautiful, Darnell! I love those cattails. I think I actually have that very same die. I like the reminders in your sentiment, too. As you said, we ought to read it every morning. Have a great rest of the week.

Karenladd said...

Good grief! I spent way too much time trying to figure out how 575 GD signifies starting out the new year on the right foot, until I realized they are totally unrelated to each other. Does this mean that I may have started my new year out with the wrong brain, as opposed to the wrong foot? Ah..never mind
Now that cattails card is certainly the right track AND the right foot to start the new year. I love the way you colored up the die cut so beautifully and inlaid the elements so beautifully. I just might have to get that die when I win the lottery.
Happy 2020 to you Darnell..and best wishes for a healthy one!

Bobby said...

This is such an inspiring card, Darnell. Those beautiful cattails balance out the wonderful sentiment perfectly. About that right foot thing. Marchers always start with the left foot so does that mean band members and the military are always on the wrong foot? ;)

OH Babs said...

Congrats guest designer. A lovely example of your creativeness. Thanks about the left foot - interesting. BBB

Carol H. said...

Your card is beautiful! Love the dimension and colors!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Happy new year Darnell and what a way to start by guesting at The Colour Throwdown - VERY well deserved :) I think you're right to stay in as you just never know when that rogue left foot might kick in. I've cancelled my day too and am staying in the craftroom where it's safe ;)
Your cattail card certainly is inspiring as is the beautiful colour palette, and I've always loved that saying too - very wise!
Vicky x

BożenA said...

WOW! What a beautiful card, Darnell. I love how you divided the card into two. Your clubs look stunning against the setting sun. The lack of background colors makes the card have a wonderful CAS character and wonderfully emphasizes the colors used for coloring die. This text beautifully complements the card.
Hugs,
BożenA

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Your card is absolutely stunning Darnell

June x

Chana Malkah said...

This is just fabulous, Darnell! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah, Owner

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TK said...

Amen, Sister! Beautiful card, and your coloring too

~amy~ said...


darnell, this is wonderful. Love how you've incorporated the colors for the week. The gold embossing is awesome.

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations with guesting Darnell and what a stunning card you are guesting with. The gold with the colours of the die cut are perfect and look stunning x. A very special card x.

Craftychris said...

Congratulations on your win and being a guest! Your card is perfect and so gorgeous! The shimmering gold on the lovely sentiment and the pretty watercolouring on the wonderful die cut makes this a beautiful card. Hugs my friend and thank you for the explanation of starting on the right foot, now I know! xxxxxxxxxx

Basslady said...

what a delightful card!

thank you so much for playing along with us at make my Monday challenge!

hugs and kisses from germany ,
Silvi

Susan said...

Lovely card. I love the bold sun and warm colors.

Chana Malkah said...

Congratulations! You have been chosen as a Rising Star At A Place To Start for the week of January 6th - 13th. Thanks for supporting our challenge! Please stop by and grab your badge!

The Resident Designers of A Place to Start

Lady said...

great job ... I love your card...
congratulations and thanks for playing with us at a place to start
see you soon
Lady-a place to start DT member

Greta said...

Congrats, Darnell! Your card is fabulous--one of my favorites!

Tammy L said...

I don't know what to say other than this is just a really, really pretty card!
Thanks for joining us at UYS and hope to see you again!
Tammy

Wei said...

Such a pretty creation. Congrats on the GD at Color Throw Down. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

This is just beautiful hun

Thank you for sharing your make with us over at 'A Place To Start' I hope you will join in with us again for our next challenge
Hugs Shell xx