A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

June 10, 2024

Die-Cuts, Darlink!

Hello Stamplings!

How's things? I hope you're doing well! We've had several days of company, which was lovely, but it kept me off the grid and unable to email or comment. I hope to mustard some energy and ketchup today and tomorrow. Groan! That was a bad one. (Worse, I've prolly used it before!)

I wanted to keep up with my I.D.E.A.S. schedule, however, so before the company arrived I made a coupla QACAS cards to share:

Onefer
I used a hammered front panel for this one. (Some day I will share a video of my two wee hamsters with their little tiny hammers gleefully pounding divots into the paper! As you may have guessed, Hammy really appreciates having the help of a much younger feller with this task!) I scored three lines along the sides and added the panel to a card base.

The color inspiration came from the Color Hues challenge where the talented Karen has chosen blue and yellow. You can see that I got frisky with the sediment from Creative Expressions and added the same blue and yellow Hughs.

The flower is from Tim Holtz's wildflower dies. I think they've been around for a while, but they are NBUS to me. I recently ordered them after seeing a card on FB or Pinterest. (I lost my note.)

It was fun sponging with my CP inks, so I did the same with a number of the other wildflower dies. They will hopefully be made into cards soon and not loiter in my bits box!

I'm also playing in the Cut It Up A/G and NBUS challenges.

Twofer
This card features another die-cut from the wildflowers set. When I had my overhaul the first of the year, I came across a few sheets of this beautiful printed acetate. I think it was from SU a hunnert years ago. 

For the die-cut spider mum, I found a piece of pp that worked perfectly. This gives a better idea of the printed acetate:

To attach the acetate to the card base, I first glued the flower to the acetate and then added glue to the back of the acetate behind the flower. I also added a drop of glue to the acetate where the sediment is. 

I'm linking to the Simply Clean and Simple and the Triple B A/G challenges.

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Short and sweet! Enjoy your week! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks for taking the time to join as a follower! 

*Life is too short!

34 comments:

Aquarius said...

Super flowery cards - I particularly like the TH wild flower dies

!neke said...

Great cards !!!!!
Love the fragile flowers.
groeten Ineke

Jeanne said...

Pretty cards, Darnell. Love the one with acetate. The comic made me giggle! Have a fantastic week.

Carol L said...

What beautiful cards you've made! That hammered embossing looks amazing on the first card, and the 2nd card is definitely SU! How do I know? Because I have some of the matching dsp too (can you say hoarder?) LOL Have a great week ahead!

Brenda in IN said...

I love that color combination of blue and yellow and this is gorgeous. I had to reread the post as I first thought it said you were hammered when you made it! No judgement! I also like the blue and purple combo done with this wildflower. Great cards and cute cartoon.

Donna said...

These are stunning cards Darnell! I see why you had to have this set!

TK said...

Two sweet as punch cards, Darnell! While I LOVE the yellow and blue and pretty inking, your piece of acetate make a wonderful card too! Wow -- what a piece of acetate!

brandco2450@gmail.com said...

Awesome cards, Darnell! Just love them!

Gail said...

I am loving those!
Every once in a while I come across pieces of acetate!
Now I know where they come from!!
The cartoon is great!

Bonnie said...

These dies are my favorite flower dies and you have given me more ideas of how to use them, Dolly! Love that daisy in blue and yellow and the second flower works perfectly with the background paper and printed acetate! I think I have some of that buried in a drawer.

Diane said...

Both are beautiful floral cards, glad you were able to stick to your schedule this week!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B and Simply Clean and Simple!
Diane TB, SCAS Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}

Loll said...

Two gorgeous cards Dolly! LOVE the blue and yellow daisy ... so sweet. And love that you added both colours to the sentiment. Gorgeous second card with the printed acetate sheet. I had SU!'s patterned paper with that design, but missed the acetate version. So cool! And you've made a perfect match with your sponged flower. Happy to be playing along again this week ... have three cards with dies on my blog. :) Love, Lolly

HilaryJane said...

Those die cuts look great inked in that way, so effective. Love that you have used up some of that acetate too. It is a great way to add interest to a simple card. Thanks for the inspiration xx

Susan said...

Lovely colours on the first card - I love blue and yellow together. And it's a great CAS design with wonderful texture for added interest. The second one is delightfully less CAS - I love all those swirls.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous die cut flowers, Darnell - thanks for the inspiration with D=Die Cuts! Especially love the texture on card one with the inked-to-match sentiment!!

Jeanne H said...

Love your blue and yellow card the mostest! :-) I have that die set somewhere, please come and help me find it! Hugs!

Cheryl W. said...

I have these flower dies, too, and you've just given me some new ideas for using them. Thanks for that! I love the printed acetate. I have some acetate that has a repeating pattern on it. I think I should pull that out and have a think on how I could use it.

Gerrina said...

Love both cards; the look elegant and beautiful!
I could die cut a few from a friend last year and was happy with the results... They are so versatile! Hugs, Gerrina

LesleyG said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, great ways to use the diecuts, and the mustard and ketchup made me laugh! Xxx

Karen said...

Those wildflower dies are lovely--delicate and perfect for your hammered background! Your scored lines add just the right dimension to frame the flower and the two-toned sentiment. Love the swirls on that die cut! Thanks for sharing with us at Color Hues! I'm also a fan of the second card--the colors of the floral and the delightful background you've created.

Melanie Hungerford said...

What lovely cards! I have some but have never used printed acetate, but see it has some great possibilities! Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Clean & Simple!

Craftychris said...

These are both gorgeous cards! I love the TH dies - I have them and don't use them enough. The colours on both are gorgeous and I have such a vision of the two little Hamsters hammering away at that card! They did a cracking job, bless em! I am glad you had a nice few days with your visitors. Take care. Hugs xxx💖💖💖

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhh, those wildflowers are so pretty the way you've inked them! Love the hammered cardstock and the acetate/patterned paper piece. Both cards are gorgeous, and the flowers waiting in the wings are just lovely!

Bobby said...

I love Tim's wildflowers and brought two sets of them to the lake to play around this summer. I hope mine get made into cards too. That hammered background is fabulous and I'd love to borrow the hamsters to make a couple for me. ;) The printed acetate is the perfect background for your patterned paper flower.

mamawcindy said...

Great cards, really like the hammered front panel and also the colors that you chose. Now a follower. Happy day to you!
cindys-greencricut

Christine Alexander said...

wonderful of die cut flowers, so beautifully coloured ♥

Robyn Oliver said...

Lovely CAS cards Darnell.... colouring up some die cut flowers makes for a pretty card...I have that Tim Holtz set and I love it. Been a busy week for me too and so it's nice to sit and put together some cards this afternoon... have a wonderful day, hugs Robyn

Linby said...

You've really brought those die cuts to life. I particularly like the sunshine colours on the first one.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell xoxo

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I love the wildflower, so lovely in the Color Hues colours! Sponging or blending with CP inks is always fun! The hammered background I need to go look for and the printed acetate--wow! Loved the funny too! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Color Hues!

Pat said...

The TH wildflower dies are so pretty and have been on my wish list for ever, and you have used then to great effect here Darnell, and the blue and yellow is so pretty, such sunshiny colours, and love the hammered card and the scored lines down the sides make a lovely frame, and the die cut sentiment looks great coloured the same too. I think that acetate on the second is wonderful, and the added flower coordinates beautifully with the colours on the acetate. I have joined in with this week's I.D.E.A.S. theme too. x

Sandra H said...

Ooh wow Darnell these are lovely floral cards l love how you have coloured the first card along with the sentiment and the printed acetate on your second card equally as pretty those dies are stunning and make wonderful creations x

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh you, with your mustard and ketchup pun! (Actually I thought it was pretty good and will be using that to entertain the family on burger night!) Love the two cards with those pretty die cuts - and I remember the SU acetate from a gazillion years ago! It always makes me feel as if I'm seeing old friends when I see the things I was so familiar with as a SU demo! Vicky x

Sarah said...

What fabulous florals Darnell and sensational inking!! xx