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November 10, 2020

Seeing Stars!

Hello Stamplings!

I'm out of my bubble! Yay! But don't worry, I'm not seeing STARS because I bumped my head on the way out!πŸ™†I'm seeing stars because this month the prompt for the Twofer Card Challenge is STARS!
The star stamp my cards have in common is an unmarked stamp that I've had for ages.
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Onefer
Here you can see my OLC detective card design, the two masks I made so I could blend the colors, and the star stamp I used. Seeing it now on my monitor, I'm karacking up that the detective mask is inspecting the star stamp through his magnifying glass. 

I stamped the Katzelkraft detective and the sediment (Paw-some by Taylored Expressions) and applied the masks over them. I used Tim's inks to blend the background and then I gold-embossed the stars across the sky. I decided not to color the detective because he would just compete with the background and possibly be invisible.πŸ”ŽThen again, for a detective, being invisible would be a very good thing, so maybe I made the wrong call there. 

Hammy came through after wards to make the water spots using a syringe which he uses like a pogo stick. He also put a layer of gloss on top of the frosting on the cupcake I added. (The little dog is part of the stamp, but the cupcake is snot.) 

Challenges

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Twofer
This simple Christmas design packs alotsa schparkle! I stamped and gold-embossed the same star stamp I used in my Onefer onto pretty linen paper. From that I die-cut the ornaments from Nestabilities. The sediment (from Stamping All Day) was also gold-embossed. The front panel was attached to a shimmery gold paper mat. Wallah wallah ding dong done.

Challenges
Join Us!

This is our last Twofer Card Challenge of 2020 and I look forward to seeing your festive designs using ⭐★🌟STARS🌟★⭐in the gallery this month!
Pop over to the Twofer Card Challenge where you'll find the Team has made beautiful inspiration star cards for you! We are also fortunate to have the lovely and talented stars Pia and Liz as our Guest Designers this month! 

AND ... πŸ“£

I. This month we have added the same TWIST we did in November last year, which is that you can make two holiday card designs instead of two different occasion card designs!! All the other rules apply.

II. Wait. There's more! Because this is the last challenge of 2020, I want to end it on a positive and joyful note, so there are a few PRIZE$ on offer!! Have fun!

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy, but please be careful. Covid didn't just go away on November 3rd as a part of some giant conspiracy. It's deadly serious and you need to be a star and take care of yourself and those around you. Mwah!

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68 comments:

Jane Willis said...

What gorgeous cards. I love that little detective and his beautifully blended background.

Julie B said...

Two fab cards Darnell. I think you made the right decision to mask out the cute detective, he really shines against the sky as a result.
Keep safe and sane in the playhouse! :)

My Paper Epiphany said...

I love your inventive twofer! The little detective karacks me up too:) Your ornament card is so elegant! I do hope that they get Covid under control for you very soon. Life has improved a lot here in Melb after 6 months of strict lockdown. We are finally allowed to travel to our holiday home.

!neke said...

Great cards Darnell !
groeten Ineke

Gerrina said...

The cards are so different, but I like them both! You really show how different you can use stars! Hugs, Gerrina

Aquarius said...

Two brilliant and very different cards for this starry challenge - love them both for different reasons.

sandie said...

Not sure is my comment went through but was saying love the night sky and that fab detective image. And naturally love how CAS the second card is. You take care too xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two great cards Darnell and so different ..the detective one made me smile... Stay safe my friend.

Anne

Ros Crawford said...

What fabulous cards!! That little Sherlock gave me such a laugh! Your blending is wonderful BTW. Loving that beautiful and elegant sparkly card!
I have to say that I have tried numerous time to get onto your NBUS challenge but no matter what... I can't access it. I've tried Firefox and Google Chrome... I tried picking it up from your blog and other entrants... My computer just spins! I have no idea what the problem is, so sorry I couldn't share with you.

Marilyn said...

Cute cards! Love that little detective and the gold stars!
Have a great day!
Arilyn❤️

Carole said...

Two great starry cards Darnell...love Sherlock!...maybe he is searching for the new vaccine?!!..lol Second lockdown in progress here...will see if it makes any difference. Hopeful this vaccine breakthrough will bring the world some positivity and ultimately an end to this pandemic. Take care xx

Jean said...

Love the cards!

Daffodil Cards said...

Absolutely Love your Detective card, fabulous colours and great sentiment to match, I think you did good not colouring him! As for your bauble and stars they are just gorgeous. I may even case it :)
Keep safe, glad you're out of your bubble.
Faith x

Mrs A. said...

You always come up with such super designs fo4 your twofers. Hugs Mrs A.

Jeanne said...

Your cards leave me starry eyed in delight, Darnell. Love the color blended background on the first one and that starry sky. This is sure a fun card. And the second, those stars look so pretty in the ornaments. Mwah! Perfecto. Yes, Covid is running rampant right now. I hope people will buckle down and help get control of it. Masked virtual hugs!

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are both gorgeous, Darnell, and the detective is so cute! xoxo

Donna said...

Fabulous reports Darnell! Your background on the first is amazing, and the ornaments are beautiful! Hope you and hubby are doing well.

Sarah said...

A brilliant post as always Darnell!! Pleased that you are out of your bubble. What great cards these are, humour and elegance bound together by just one stamp. Love the gorgeous colours of the inks on the first and fabulous masking too xx

Brenda in IN said...

That is some beautiful color blending on the detective card. He is a hoot and I can't believe the dog didn't gobble up that cupcake. The ornaments are so pretty and they do sparkle. I'm glad we can make two of the same cards this month and I'm on it! Yep, Covid is still here and saying it would go away on the 3rd didn't make it so. Take care.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Cards are fab.

Hope you have a lovely week. Sue

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two fab star cards, Darnell!! Great call on the detective left black/white - really pops on your gorgeous background with the starry sky!! Love the white ornaments with the golden star embossing too!!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful sky for your stars and that detective is so much fun! I'm glad he's looking close at that snotty cupcake! LOL! Your twofer stars ornament is so elegant and schparkly!

Lynette said...

How clever and creative you are, Darnell! Both of your cards are so awesome and it's hard to believe they share a stamp. Well done!

conil said...

Miss Marple would be so proud that a detective appeared on your card delving into the mystery of that cupcake. It's gorgeous background is a stunner. And gold on white...so elegant and festive. Gorgeous to the nth degree. You and Kevin are staying safe and well, I hope.

Loll said...

LOVE the blended colours of your vibrant sky as the detective tries to find the birthday cupcake! Gorgeous with the embossed stars on top. Fun and creative card and I think leaving the detective uncoloured was genious! Your two sparkly star ornaments are beautiful and what a lovely Christmas card. Such a great challenge for the last of the year, Dolly! Thank you for all your hard work of running the Twofer challenge! I LOVE to play along! Love, Lolly

cuilliesocks said...

Just love them Darnell, the little detective is so sweet, fabulous colours and sentiment, and your bauble card is so elegant and stylish, again gorgeous colours, Kate x

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and a great theme of stars for this last challenge of the year and love the fun detective and a great idea to mask him and the sentiment as they stand out beautifully against the bright starry sky background. The starry white die cut baubles are so pretty too with the gold stars and coordinated sentiment and love the gold shimmery mat in the background. x

HilaryJane said...

What wonderful blending and masking on your first card, love that detective stamp too, not quite sure what he is examining though. Your second card is right up my street, simple and perfect xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

They are both adorable! Love the fun and colourful feel of the first, and also the elegance of the second one!

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, I am so loving those white and gold ornaments such a festive and classy design. YOur blended background is quite dreamy with your lil detective hunting among the stars for who knows what. Wonderful cards for sure.

JD/ Jill said...

Your cards are wonderful. Love you detective card, and your second card is so pretty...Like the sparkle. I'm all sparkly today! I used glitter! Yikes I got it everywhere! I really like to see cards with glitter...Just don't like making cards with glitter!
I'm happy to see this month's theme...Stars. I have something in mind and hopes it works. (Often, I have an idea for a card...and then it doesn't work and that's a far as it goes!)

JanR said...

Wonderful card! I really like how you made two totally different cards with the same stamp. Loving all the gold too. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon again.

Susan said...

You nailed the Twofer, Darnell, with such radically different cards! Since I love mysteries (in books and TV shows, not real life), I love the first card - it's really fun. But my favourite is the second one - such gorgeous blue for all that lovely gold sparkle to shine against!

Marcia Hill said...

OK, I have to tell you that your detective card is about the cutest card I have seen...I love that you left him uncolored against your vibrant background!! He totally stands out and totally makes me smile! Oh and I like the stars too! And your Christmas card is CAS perfection and just totally elegant! Two FAB cards my friend!! Always a joy to head to your blog (even if I don't always comment!) to see great cards and always a good chuckle too! Stay well and safe!! Hugs. :0)

Lisa Elton said...

Look at little Sherlock and his sidekick, they're too cute!! These are terrific Darnell!!

Cheryl W. said...

I LOVE your star-struck cards. That little detective is a hoot--he reminds me of Hercule Poirot. The ornaments are like beautiful in all their starry wonderment. I am hoping to join in on this one. Watch out star stamps, I'm coming for you!!

TK said...

Great cards, and I love each one. Love the boldness of the detective, and leaving him white is fantastic. Oh and all that gorgeous sparkle on the second card -- wonderful!

nancy littrell said...

Awesome Twofer Challenge..Stars...perfect for getting more Christmas cards added to our 2020 stash. Christmas holidays will be here before we know it. Enjoy the Holidays and I know you will be careful and stay safe. LOVE both your beautiful shiny starry cards, Dolly. I am determined to play this month. Love and Hugs..Nancy

brenda said...

Such fun and sheer elegance all in one post Darnell. The Birthday card is sure to bring a smile to thee recipients face and the Christmas baubles with the gold embossing are just so stylish.

It's really lovely to see you at We Love Chocolate Baroque, thank you so much for joining in with our Christmas theme.

B x

kiwimeskreations said...

Love love love your first card Darnell - and I would love to see Hammy jumping around on his pogo stick syringe :)
Your Christmas card is super elegant and exquisite.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Sandra H said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell everything you have done is creative love the sparkle and uncovered makes him look so special enjoy your day x

Linby said...

oh! I just love that little detective and how you used him on the beautifully blended card with the dreamy stars.
Your baubles looks so beautiful too, lovely and CAS design. Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Chocolate Baroque.

Anita in France said...

Your cute little detective sure is detecting against the most luscious star strewn sky, Darnell ... how beautiful is that blending, made all the more yummy with the gold embossed celestial bodies! Perfect call on leaving him uncoloured ... he wouldn't want to blend in when there's cake on offer! Those baubles are so elegant ... stylish, understated and wonderfully shimmery ... and gorgeously CAS! LYAMYEDMCA ... LFTCWYF! Sending big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Happy Dance said...

First, let me say I'm in love with your detective card. Then, if offered, I'm not eating that cupcake if it's "snot." hahahahahaha! Your blended background is awesome, and I love the pogo stick water droplets Hammy helped with. Gorgeous gold embossed stars; perfect for this card. And your Christmas card...CASimply elegant. Those gold stars make perfect ornaments! This is a real stunner. I like them both oodles. You are a superstar! Sending love and hugs, stay safe, too. xoxo Bev

Kara Lynne said...

This has got to be one of my all time favorite twofer designs, Darnell! First of all, that stamp is incredible and so different than other star backgrounds I've seen. Then, you used it so differently on both of your cards. It's so CAS and elegant on your Christmas ornaments. I love the white on white! It's also the perfect style for your gorgeously ink blended adorable scene! I love the contrast of the white and the wee little cupcake he found. This really made me smile!

Leslie Miller said...

It's a very pretty star stamp! Your two different cards make great examples of the concept, Darnell. Beautiful ornaments all crisply white with the pretty gold stars. Brilliant idea to leave your detective uncolored so he'd stand out against the gorgeous blended background. Such a cute stamp that is! Reminds me of how things mostly appear as shades of gray in the dark of night. Thanks for a year of challenges which I hope to jump into again one of these days. Hugs!

Vicky Hayes said...

I am loving that serious little detective fella and can imagine he would come in very handy for all sorts of cards! I love how the mask of him is examining the star stamp too - it made me chuckle and then I spent a pleasant few minutes thinking about the things I could make him examine if he lived in my craft area!! Little things...! Love the schparkle of the schtars in both cards! Glad you didn't REALLY bump your head - that's something to be grateful for in 2020 :D
Mwah! Vicky x

Pia S said...

First, thanks for having me as a guest designer this month - I really enjoy Twofer challenge and try my best to find time to join.
Also, thanks for sharing your fun detective card with us at Inkspirational - fabulous night sky and colors, I love that you kept the image uncolored. And the clean ornament design is so elegant and beautiful!

Heather said...

Beautiful, Darnell, love the gold heat emboss on the ornaments! Perfect and festive! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

Redanne said...

Darnell, the bauble card is stunning - I have that die and need to look for it now! The stars positively glow - really gorgeous!

I did chuckle when I saw how the Detective (Sherlock perhaps?) is looking at the stamp.... Love your background colours and the stars again look glowing. A wonderful Twofer!

Hugs, Annie xxx

Tammy said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell! I love the embossed stars and your Christmas card is so elegant! Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas.
Tammy x

Craftychris said...

Love both your star filled cards! The detective is so funny and I think he positively shines against your glorious inked background. The wonderful starry baubles make the perfect Christmas card. Take care and stay safe my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxx

OH Babs said...

The detective card is so cute and the star ornaments gorgeous. And you are oh so talented.
Happy Holidays, Barb Roe

Trina P. said...

Awesome twofer! The birthday card is so fun and adorable. It made me smile. In contrast, your Christmas card is beautiful and elegant.
Glad you’re out of the bubble. Enjoy your day. πŸ’™

Mac Mable said...

What a creative and fabulous first card. Wonderful masking, great story telling and an amazing one layer card x. Such an elegant Christmas card and so very pretty x. Two distinctly different cards and I love them Darnell x.

Billie A said...

Awesome cards. I love the twofer.. Great colored background and I am loving the non colored image. It really is awesome. Great colors and wonderful stars. Just a cute sweet card. thanks for sharing over at Alphabet challenge.

oldpunca said...

Everyone has to love your little detective inspecting a cupcake under the stars! Background is fantastic. The elegant Christmas card is totally opposite to the funny detective scene. Just to fall in love with both cards. :-)
Take care and stay safe! Hugs, Sonja

Di said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, Loving the defective detectivE

Hugs

Di xx

KandA said...

Stunning Starlit Twofer Darnell. I love the gorgeous colours and super little detective on your Onefer..... and your Twofer is so elegant xx

AlisonC said...

I especially like the simplicity of the gold and white. Clever ideas both x

frommycraftroom said...

Love them both! Such gorgeous heat embossing. I can see the detectives mind ticking over trying to work out where those stars came from!

Debbie Mageed said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell! I love them both! The distress inked background is wonderful and the detective is such a fun stamp to have in your stash. Love it! I don't play much with my stars so I just might have to find a way to make two and join you! Thank you for playing with us for our 10th anniversary at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

Marlena M. said...

Amazing duo Darnell! Love the night scene you masked with a pop of black and white remaining. Thank you for joining us at INk!

Greta said...

Ah yes--amazing how that didn't happen?!--Covid magically disappearing. How do people with brains actually believe all the ridiculous thoughts out there?! If only the leaders had said "wearing a mask makes you the greatest" instead of "no need to wear a mask". Anyway--For some reason the stars prompt is a hard one for me, but I'm putting on my thinking cap! I do really love your starry ornaments!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous designs Darnell. I keep meaning to join you and well..... Must make an extra effort. Twofers are great at this time of year. Hugz

Rachelle Oltean said...

What a great Twofer and I'm so glad that you joined us over at the Alphabet Challenge! That adorable Sherlock seems to have found the perfect Birthday treat! Thanks so much for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge as we celebrate our 10th Birthday in "P" is for Party!
Rachelle - DT : )

Lynda said...

Loving both the cards Darnell - but that gold bauble card is stunning. Thank yo for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz xx Lynda DT

Cazro said...

Wonderful , for our challenge the bauble card is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz. DT. x