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December 29, 2012

Freshly Made Sketch #66 ~ Happy New Year!

It's a New Day!

All buzzed up from yesterday's round of drinks, I needed to settle down and enjoy a quiet evening last night.  Trawling the web, I stopped at a favorite sketch challenge and made a serene, clean, and simple card to welcome the new year.

The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the talented Tui Nathan.

I choose to portrait a new sunrise peeking over the mountains.
 
 
 
For me, it's a serious moment of card reflection.  Not my usual goofiness, it does happen now and then.  I watched too much news of the world and reflected on the evil therein this past year, which always impacts those deep places in the heart of my shallow, whimsy-loving self.  Places of prayer:
 
How wonderful it would be if we could all lay down our prejudi, our righteousness, our arms, and our hate and simply greet the sunrise on January 1st with humility and appreciation for the world we live in and for our fellow peeps, no matter what, forever and ever, amen.
 
Some would call that delusional: having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions. 
 
I call it hopeful: having a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
 
We just have to put our minds to it.
 
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Just in time for the Playhouse New Year's Eve celebration, please welcome Kylie of Kylie Is Addicted To Stamps.  This talented young woman brings with her loads of inspiration and ownership of two fun challenges, Addicted to Stamps and More and Addicted to CAS (clean and simple)!  She is happily an over-achiever, much to our benefit!  Welcome, Kylie, and thank you for joining our party!
 
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day.

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Paper:  PTI rustic cream
Ink:  SU! not quite navy
Stamps:  All SU! unknown sets
Ribbon:  SU! not quite navy

17 comments:

Ardyth said...

Beautiful card and beautiful, hopeful thoughts!

Jen said...

A beautiful card with a beautiful message for the new year! And your hopeful thoughts are just what we all need right now, I think. Thanks for sharing your card and thoughts with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tracey McNeely said...

Um...beautiful. Darnell it is downright gorgeous and I agree with Jen what wonderful statement. You give us all hope with that one.

Linda Callahan said...

Beautifully done - wonderful wish for all!

Carol L said...

I love how this great card reflects your thoughts on a better world as a new day dawns! If only......

lostinpaper said...

Gorgeous design and such a serene scene. Here's wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Mrs A. said...

What a lovely translation of the sketch. I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly . Hugs Mrs A.

Redanne said...

A wonderful hopeful card and a wonderful hopeful message Darnell, oh that we could all love by it. Hope you have a wonderful New Year. Hugs, Anne x

Kim S said...

Amen.

mypapercraftworld said...

Lovely card and a perfect prayer full of hope, Darnell, thank you! Anita :)

Jen Brum said...

What a beautiful card Darnell! I love that image and that bright beautiful fun! Love that ribbon! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all wake up January 1st with a spirit of humility! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Marybeth said...

Your mountain card is beautiful Darnell, I love watching the sun set behind the mountains.

"Life is fragile handle with prayer"

Tui Nathan said...

You have portrayed a beautiful message in this lovely card .... hopeful and meaningful!
Thank you for the inspiration!

Kylie said...

Wow, just stunning Darnell. It is officially 2013 where I am, so Happy New Year! Thanks for your wonderful card and its message. Thank you as well for your totally awesome introduction! Do I pay you now or later?? ;) Hehehehe xx

Bonnie said...

I'm with you my friend. If we could all watch a beautiful sunrise like this with hands clasped with our neighbors in peace and goodwill our world would be a better place. We all need to do our own little bit in our own little neck of the woods.

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous, CAS perfection and a perfect image for the New Year. :)

Jean said...

This is a great New Year's card!