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Hi All!

I just got the City Stack set by Concord & 9th. I bought it because it has 3 different landscapes – I love a set that has lots of options. For this card, I used only the houses and one of the sentiments.

I made a few mistakes in the video, so there’s also a little entertainment today. 🙂

I find myself getting cleaner and cleaner with my cards – I like to keep it basic without a lot of fluff. I don’t know if it’s because that’s the trend or just that my preference has changed. My cards have always been on the clean side, but I’m leaning towards more white. Have you noticed?

Anyway, enjoy the video and have a great weekend!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Inktense Pencils used: dark aquamarine, poppy red, red oxide, payne’s gray, golden yellow, spring green, and beech green.

City Stacks
City Stacks
Inktense Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pens
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
SSS Fog Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
MISTI Corners
MISTI Corners
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 8:50 am


    When you said that you’d made a few mistakes in today’s video, I imagined something awful was going to happen. But when you got to your “mistakes”, they were nothing really. In fact, you could just have skipped fixing the “mistake” with White Out. But being a perfectionist too, I can understand why you went ahead and got some. We just can’t help ourselves. Ha! Ha! As for the grass, I thought it was the right size patch because you wouldn’t have wanted it any smaller to accommodate the “Miss You” sentiment on top of it. All in all, this card was a winner in anyone’s book. And, yes, I have noticed you are using more white. For some reason I also started doing the same. I think I started doing this after the Challenge when we had to make our card front bottom heavy. They all looked so clean and striking that I started doing it subconsciously. I’ve also noticed that you are using a lot more geometric designs. This makes your cards more appropriate now for men as well as women. I like that approach too, so keep it up please!

    • wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 12:23 pm


      Thank you Connie!

  2. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 12:22 pm


    Kinda funny but I’m going the other way. I used to have a focal point on my cards and that’s it. Now I’m doing more backgrounds and using more patterned paper.
    I love the way the coloring of the one house made the other two appear to be set back.

  3. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 1:17 pm


    What is the brush you are using? I like this card!

    • wrote on July 27th, 2018 at 10:51 pm


      Hi Dolores! Unfortunately, I have no idea. I left the brush in water overnight and the handle covering came off, so it’s just a piece of wood! From what I remember, it’s just an inexpensive brush I picked up at JoAnn’s in the single brush section.

  4. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 1:19 pm


    I really really love this card. I have been playing with water coloring and I often forget about how well the Inktense (wet brush to pencil) works. As for C&S trending, YOU are my trendsetter. Have a great day!

  5. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 1:39 pm


    “Good enough for government work”? I haven’t heard that phrase in YEARS! I think my dad used to say it sometimes. If not, I don’t remember where I heard it. Anyway, even though I’m definitely NOT a CAS type of girl, I do like this card. I think the way you colored only one of the houses to make it stand out is a neat idea. And then the other images are kind of a “bonus,” rather than everything being the focal point. I find that I tend to like to use layers–even if they’re only “visual” rather than actual panels of paper–and I do love me some patterned paper! I do keep my cards that I’m going to mail as flat as possible, to save on postage, but otherwise–stack ’em up! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this, Darlene! 😺 ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 1:44 pm


    Oh my gosh Darlene!!! I love the idea of the white out stuff to fix those inevitable “ooopsies” that happen once in a while.
    This card is adorable, love the sketchy look on these little houses and how sweet the one you colored looks.
    You are very brave by drawing a frame around your finished panel, I don’t think I would attempt it but you have some pretty steady hand and it always looks fabulous, mistake and all.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  7. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Teresa S

    Enjoy the other remarks, I would like to add this video is also a great beginner tutorial on no line water-coloring. I can’t thank you enough, a million times is not enough, for including the little oopsies. I am also a perfectionist and would have scrapped my card. So nice to know mentors make mistakes, and that it’s okay, like I need permission, lol. And I agree with Connie, not that big of a deal anyway. Nice to see how you fix them too. I have learned so much from you through the years. I continue to learn and to be inspired. Thank you for what you do — it makes a difference.

    Gorgeous card, love the one house popping out. Easily conveys the feeling that the neighborhood isn’t complete, colorful or quite the same since someone moved… conveys the missing. That isn’t something you easily teach with technique as it is more intrinsic, and truly artistic to convey feeling I believe

    • wrote on July 27th, 2018 at 10:52 pm


      Thank you, Teresa! 🙂

  8. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 3:07 pm


    I learned a lot in this video! Thanks

  9. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 5:51 pm


    What a BEAUTIFUL card!!!! Love love love!!! And it was sooo helpful to see the “mistake” and how you fixed it. Very clever. This was a good lesson for me; where there’s a will there’s a way to fixes!!
    Thanks so much Darlene!!

  10. wrote on July 25th, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, yes I have noticed you going more towards white cards…and I noticed that I don’t have many current cards in my favourites (no offence). I just want to put clouds and birds in the sky…a tree…too stark for my taste, but I certainly always learn a little trick or two from you so all is good! Keep up the good work! 😎

    PS – I am the designer paper lover and use it on probably 75% of my cards!

  11. wrote on July 26th, 2018 at 4:18 pm


    Ugh! I posted my comment on the challenge page. What a goofball. Oh well, if you want to read it, it’s the only one on that Challenge page! TFS

  12. wrote on July 27th, 2018 at 1:17 am


    First of all I really like the stamp set. Can be used in so many ways. I have noticed your “white” cards and that is because I love that look so thank you Darlene. I was impressed with the black outline on the house and I keep forgetting to do that. cheers, Glenis

  13. wrote on July 27th, 2018 at 11:43 pm


    Thanks for replying!

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