Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Black and White Starry Sky and Tree

Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another Black and White card. In my previous B/W
card (HERE) I mentioned that you were likely to be bumping into lots of cards like this because Diane and Darlene over at Double D Challenges are in the second half of their month-long 1st Blogoversary celebration and the mood board theme this time is Black and White only.

Additionally, it's the second week (out of three) of Darnell's NBUS-orama!! If you missed last week, don't worry! There's still lots of time to play! This week is Darnell's NBUS #9. In addition to http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/nbus-challenge-9.htmlasking us to use some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff), she has a couple of optional themes this time of CASEing someone's card you have seen around blogland or doing a Hidden Sentiment. You must go see her lovely card.....and the lovely prizes!! :) 

As with my other NBUS card, I got so inspired with the Black and White theme from Diane and Darlene that I didn't opt for either of the two optional options, although I was again inspired by several of the lovely samples over on their challenge site!

This time I used a gorgeous NBUS Poppystamps - Grand Pine Tree die that I won a few months back. (THANKS, PS!!!) This die is so very aptly named!! What a beautiful and grand piece it makes. I totally LOVE it!! Here I cut my tree from the glossy black cardstock inner packaging from an embossing folder. :) I teamed it up with a star-spangled scrap of DCWV paper. 

I guess there is something about the black and white that makes me want to go minimalist.....not necessarily CAS...but just using minimal supplies.  So here we have another no stamping, no sentiment card!

I keep thinking this is hugely out of focus, but it is mostly that fun starry paper with its soft, blurry appearance. (I hope...)
Other supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
Scraps of cardstock

Again, I kept feeling I should add something to this card, but kept rejecting all the ideas I tried. I ended up with a rather arty look that is quite different from most of my cards. I really like it and hope you enjoyed it, too.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and leaving such nice comments!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Darnell's NBUS #9
2. Double D Challenges - Black and White
3. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
4. Die Cut Divas - Sentiment-Free (must use die cuts &/or embossing folders w/ manual machine)
5. The Paper GirlsChallenge #120 - Patterned Paper


  1. What a wonderful tree and looks perfect on that background ..........Lis

  2. OH WOW this is awesome Janis! I just love it and so happy you've joined us with another fabulous creation! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘BLACK & WHITE’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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  3. The tree die is a beautiful choice for your black and white card. I like the idea of the silhouette against the white panel and the stars. I'm really enjoying this challenge and feeling more inspired every day. Thanks again for playing along with us at Double D!

  4. No, those stars are perfectly focused... your eyes must be blurry. J/K. This is cool looking. Grand pine indeed!

  5. Wow...gorgeous card and just love, love how you have used that tree die cut! Thank you for joining us at Double D for our challenge!
    Diane DD DT

  6. The silhouette of the tree looks stunning! Thanks for play along our Sentiment Free challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  7. Oooh, I love that pine tree die, and what a nice size to fill a card front. You made a great choice to let it shine as the focal point and that glossy packaging looks beautiful. I have some of those Darice embossing folder backings tucked away to use for die cuts as well and am tickled that you had the same idea. The starry paper is perfect as a night sky!

  8. Black and white are quite striking.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  9. Wow - this is so effective, I look the non-fussyness of it, its perfect. Thanks for joining the sentiment free challenge at Diecut Divas. Cathie DT


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