Friday, July 02, 2021

Dolly's Birthday

Hi everyone.  Today is Dolly's birthday (Darnell to most of you).  I "met" her on-line not long after starting my blog in 2010.  We have been friends every since.  And lucky for me, I have had the pleasure of spending time with her (and sometimes Mister) over the years. 

I wanted to make something just for her and I believe I have picked her favourite colours (turquoise and green).  I started the card with a 6" square card base, masking off a 1/4" border.  Then sponged soft gray through a beautiful stencil from Funky Fossil called Petal Burst (a gift from a sweet friend).  LOVE this stencil!  I then lightly inked up a stamp (Script from Penny Black), dabbed off some ink and then stamped it on the left side at the bottom.  Placed my flower stencil over top (Fading Florals from Simon Says Stamp).  This is a slimline stencil, so I angled it to get the look I wanted and then taped it down, masking off a few partial leaves.  Then I used my sponging brushes to add ink ... the small heads really make getting into tight spaces easier.  I used Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn for the leaves; Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needles for the Flowers and berries.  I used my white Posca pen (acrylic) to add some details before stamping the sentiment from Special Sentiments (Penny Black) set.

I added more stenciling on the inside and on the envelope, so sharing those below.  The inside panel looks more like one of my usual CAS style cards. :)

Inside ...
Envelope ...
I sponged Distress Glaze over top of the stenciling on the envelope to seal the ink.  

I'm so happy that I also used two NBUS items on Dolly's card. :)  So I'm heading over to enter this card into NBUS Challenge #28 (petal burst stencil, fading florals stencil).

And ... adding this to the Just Us Girls #591 - Word Week Challenge ... Script.  Thanks Bobby!

I did mail this a week ago and I'm not sure Dolly received it yet ... I'm thinking not.  So this is just a little sneak peek of your card Dolly.  

Wishing you the BEST Birthday ever, dear friend!!!
Love you!

Special Sentiments (Penny Black)

Stamps:  Special Sentiments, Script (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (140 lb. Strathmore); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Pumice Stone, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Petal Burst stencil (Funky Fossil), Fading Florals stencil (Simon Says Stamp), Sponging brushes, White Posca Pen

Challenges:
NBUS Challenge #28




31 comments:

HilaryJane said...

This is absolutely beautiful, she will love it. that background detail is fantastic. I have that stencil, so thanks for the idea. Love the colours too and what a good idea to use distress glaze on the envelope, making it that little bit extra special xx

Char said...

I always enjoy your cards, but this is one of my very favorites. Can't wait to adapt this style and colors to what supplies I own.

Viv said...

Beautiful Lolly..... Dolly will love it. x

BożenA said...

Amazing set of cards and envelopes, Loll. Darnell is sure to be delighted with its beauty. So many different patterns and such a beautifully composed play of colors! This is a truly artistic set. Most importantly, it was made with passion and love. It shows.
hugs,
BożenA

Pat said...

These stencils are both absolutely gorgeous Loll and love that you embellished the inside and the envelope as well, all matching beautifully. I love the colours too and I know Darnell will adore it. x

Bonnie said...

This is awesome, Lolly! So perfect for Dolly and I'm sure she loves it! What an awesome stencil that works beautifully with these colors!

nancy littrell said...

Oh my...Gorgeous stenciled flowers for Dolly in her favorite colors. Loved your stenciling inside and on the envie too. A very special card filled with love for our dear friend, Dolly. Love and Hugs my friend. Nancy

Christine Alexander said...

so much beautiful detail Loll, your stenciling is so soft and I love the little extras on the inside and on the envelope ♥

Leslie Miller said...

Wow, wowie, wowwowwow! Your love shows through in this creation, Loll, and Darnell will feel it when she receives it. This is a most amazing and gorgeous card. I'm completely in awe!

Nstiz said...

Wow, Loll. The creativity in this is just amazing. It’s obviously a work of heart. Inside too! This one just grabs me- the color, the design, alll of it. So sad when we can’t time our cards to arrive promptly no matter how early or late we send them. BUT she has a treasure when she receives it.

Susan said...

What a fabulous card for Darnell! Love all the layering of stencils and text stamp, and also love the way you did the inside and envelope.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Truly beautiful card for a special friend! Thanks for the inspiration!

Brenda in IN said...

This is so awesome, Loll. The color combination is simply beautiful and the stencils are so cool. I love the design and the inside and envelope are so pretty. This card will make her birthday happy.

Marcia Hill said...

WOW!!!!! Wish my name was Dolly!! I think this is one of my most favorite cards you've ever done Loll, and you've had zillions!! I'm loving every single detail on this beauty...from the stenciling and script in the background to the beautiful stenciled flowers and leaves and the gorgeous colors!! Lovely, lovely card and Darnell will flip when she sees it!! Hugs. :0)

Bobby said...

I love the design and the blending of colors, Loll. This is a wow card and Darnell with love it. How about sending it to Just Us Girls which I'm hosting where the word for the week is "Script". You used the same background stamp I did on my card.

Mac Mable said...

Great use of both stencils Loll and the most amazing card.....Darnell, I am sure loved it x. I love the colour combination and the tonal effect with the flower stencil and extra loving how you used the background stencil....I am so glad you 'love' it. I 'love' how you've used it x. A stunner of a card Loll x. Great attention to detail with the inside and the envelope too...extra special for your dear friend x.

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Loll. Great design and I love your choice of colours. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Loll, this is a stunning birthday card! Darnell must have been so happy that you chose her favorite colors for the flowers and berries, and you gave lots of love and care to the card by stenciling inside and even on the envelope!
Hideko xx

Chrissie said...

This is the most amazing inking Loll and I'm sure Darnell will love it. Your cards are always inspirational for which I thank you most sincerely.
Like you, despite being an online friend, I too have met Darnell several times...the Mister too, (hope he's soon back on his feet) despite living half way around the world from each other.
Chrissie xx JUGS GD

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Loll, I am sure Darnell will appreciate it. Loving your double use of the stencils, and the fabulous colours you have combined
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

A stunning birthday card. I love the colours and all the layers, so pretty xx

Macimbalo said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love your take on the script theme!

TK said...

Wow, this is fantastic and quite magical -- she will LOVE it, I'm sure

Pauline said...

Wow Loll! this is absolutely beautiful! Love the colours and your unique design using 2 stencils and the bit of lightly stamped script!

Karen Dunbrook said...

Such a gorgeous card.....love the colours and the overlaid look.
I hope Darnell had a great birthday, sure she loved the card!!
xx Karen

ElizStewart said...

Loll... Darnell is very lucky to receive this absolutely beautiful card!

Bobby said...

So glad you sent this lovely work of art to Just Us Girls, Loll.

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations Loll, with 'The Chic of The Week' shout out, with this stunner of a card over at Just Us Girls x.

Darnell said...

You've made me feel very special with this gorgeous card just for me, Lolly! Hard to believe, but it is even more stunning in person!! This will be a treasured keepsake and I so appreciate that you used my favorite colors and went the extra mile to make the inside and envelope stunning as well! Thank you so much and thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS and thank you for the extra-special surprise you included, as if the card wasn't gift enough! (It was!) Love, Dolly

Karen M said...

Oh Loll, this is a fabulous card - a real winner! That is a wonderful stencil and the colours you have used here are eye-catching. Well done on your win, definitely deserved!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Congrats on your win at JUGS - what a stunning card!