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. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

July 24, 2014

End of July, Beginning of Christmas ~ NBUS #143

Hello, my wunnerful friends!

Thank you for whooshing through your week to arrive here today where we are celebrating Christmas in July! If we look over our shoulders, we'll see August crouched in a "GOTCHA!" pose, so we have got to get on it, people! I usually precipitate in the PTI blog hops that happen on the 25th of each month, but this month I am happily taking part in a Christmas in July blog hop brought to you by The Inspiration Crew.

I made two cards for this fun event:

The Inspiration Crew is a group of online card artists who love being creative. The ladies taking part in today's hop are listed below. I hope you will click on the links and check out the inspiration which these talented card artists have in store for you today!
Christmas in July Blog Hop
Darnell Knauss -  you are here

A number of the designers in today's hop are awarding prizes!! My prize today is the Darice embossing folder called "Brick Pattern." I will select a winner on Friday, August 1, 2014, from the comments on today's post.

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Here is a close-up of my cards which were inspired by a number of challenges.
The buttons on the garland are all from my huge button stash. I'm happy to be using some of them! The brick embossing folder is NBUS and so is that cute NOEL with a button in place of the "o!" It is part of a stamp set from My Favorite Things called "Stitched Stockings."
The stockings are buttons which have been shafted. They and the burlap are from my stash. The sediment is from the PTI set "Holiday Button Bits."

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Between the two cards, lots of challenges came together:


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
SOSS ~ B is for Brads or Buttons




Please feel free to click on any of the challenge links for details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes. I hope you get a chance to join in the fun or at least stop in to see the wonderful works of art provided by the design teams and guest designers!

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New Friends Corner

It's been so wonderful to have carload after carload of new friends joining us this month! Here are five more introductions for you!

Helen Gullett of Creating Joyfully and Living My Given Life. Helen started scrapbooking in 2008 and then in 2010 her supportive husband gave her a Silhouette and she also started making beautiful cards and card embellishments. Helen is well-recognized and published and she is happy to share both her faith and her crafting talents with you!

Rachel of Inky Fingers Are Me. Rachel gets the prize as the newest blogger in our community, having just started her blog this month! PLEASE go visit Rachel to make her feel at home! Rachel, please feel free to ask me or any blogger any questions you may have. We all love helping out each other. I have a tab at the top of my blog with a list of challenges that are my favorites. Challenges are a great way to meet new friends and get your cards out there so they can inspire others!

Donna Ellis of Creative Smiles. On the other end of the blogging spectrum is Donna, who has been blogging since 2010 and working and playing the stamping life since 2004. You are going to need a full weekend and a picnic basket just to get an overview of all the tips, tutorials, recipes, and card art that Donna shares! Her enthusiasm and sheer talent will inspire and amaze you!

Tammy Whitley. Tammy, after searching on Google, I was able to find your Google+ profile, but I did not see a blog listed. I don't belong to Google+, so I couldn't find any further information. If you have a blog, please let me know so I can pass on the information to everyone and follow you, too. Thank you so much for joining me!

Elizabeth Harms of Queenartoypia. I met Eliza through WOYWW and always enjoy visiting her blog where she shares what's happening in her world of art and with her rescue cat Yoda. She brought Yoda back from the brink of death and it has been a marvelous journey of love and recovery which she continues to share with us. Now healthy, Yoda is often the star of her posts!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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Happy Christmas in July
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117 comments:

Claire said...

Gorgeous Christmas creations Darnell - no doubt I will leave mine to the very last minute. I particularly love the button one - how could you have not used that brick emboss folder? It's fabulous!

Sarah said...

These are fabulous Darnell and brilliant for batch making too, simple but with huge impact!! Great job xx

Sue said...

Totally fabulous cards Darnell. I love the brick effect embossing and cute button garland you have created. The stocking buttons are so cute too.
I hope you have a lovely weekend
hugs Sue xx

Sue said...

Fab Christmas cards.

Hope you have a lovely week.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuu
great ideas
bouth cards are stunning
hugs Tamara

Julie Beech said...

I love your your buttons Darnell but then again I am a buttonaholic as one of my craft drawers can testify! :)

Sammy said...

Ok, I can't decide which I like best... The fab brick wall, or the lovely hessian/burlap (I have somewhat of an addiction to the stuff!). Either way, they are both fabulous cards, and a necessary reminder that I really ought to get cracking with those festive themed creations myself! x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely CHristmas card Darnell and two clever designs... its very hot here at the moment in the UK so dont want to think about making Christmas cards just yet.

Anne

Lalo said...

All those buttons are just awesome! Love buttons and when they are on cool Christmas cards...I love them even more!

Sue - said...

Two brilliant Christmas cards Darnell. I can't decide which one I like best - keep changing my mind. But I do like the fun use of buttons for the banner.

Sue said...

What fab cards Darnell! have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

Lynn said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. Love the crisp white with the pop of red and the fabulous burlap. Thanks so much for playing with us at Festive Friday!

Carol L said...

What a wonderful pair of cards with such cute details! I love the button banner and burlap panel. Way to kick off the Christmas season!
No need to add my name to the draw...I'm already a very lucky winner :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your Christmas cards are beautiful! Love the embossed brick background on the first card and I really like the burlap on the second!

Marybeth said...

Love the banner of buttons and that embossed background. Both are darling. Yes,in a few minutes it will be August! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Marilyn said...

Awesome cards!!

Debs Willis said...

Great cards Darnell, the stockings on the burlap work so well, have to try that one, have a pile of it lurking here somewhere.....
hugs
Debs

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow beautiful CAS style Christmas in July. I have the same theme on my current post :) I love the buttons on the first as a garland, so beautiful. The burlap is quite effective on the 2nd. I hope you are doing well, have a great weekend, Hugs, Shirleyx

Chris D. said...

Oooh! Look at these two gorgeous cards! Both are equally stunning, Darnell! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Geri said...

Both are such warm holiday cards, Darnell! I really love your sweet little button garland, though...what a wonderful idea! The brick embossing is perfect for it, too! Delighted to have you with us at Festive Friday! (Can't wait to see more!!!;)

Viv said...

Wow more fabulous creations again Dee, how do you keep doing it ? have a lovely weekend my friend :) hugs Vee xx

Amy C. said...

Great card designs! I love how you used the burlap and the embossing folder is neat!

Lori said...

Darnell!!!! ACK...these are super dooper adorable! I love both of these darling cards...thanks so much for playing along with my challenge at Merry Monday! xoxoxo

SARN said...

LOVE both these CAS and cute cards Darnell. Particularly like the brick wall embossing.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

SARN said...

Oops a daisy . . . forgot to thank you for joining in with Rudolph Day too! Mwah, mwah! xxx

Vickie said...

Love your cards. I really like the brick embossing folder.

icardeveryone01 said...

Darling cards, D....What??? I'd love to have this darling embossing folder!! I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed =]

Lynette said...

Two great cards, Darnell! I especially love the stockings one - the burlap and buttons are great!

LauraJane:) said...

Happy Stockings and sweet Noel banner! Christmas IS coming!

Carole Z said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, great ideas on both! Hugs Carole Z X

KayM said...

Beeeeeeeautiful cards Darnell!! I love the embossed brick texture in the first one and the burlap on the second one is fabulous! The little button banner is adorable too! Happy Weekend! ((Hugs))

Linda said...

Darnell, both of your cards are so darn cute.

Virginia Lu said...

I absolutely adore your embossed brick wall for the Christmas card! So fun and creative, Darnell! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! Hope you are having a GREAT summer so far!

Gerrina said...

Two beautiful CAS-Christmascards! Love the clean bricks BG; looks like they are hanging in a room on the wall! And the second so warm and beautiful that linnen! Wish you a fun weekend, hugs, Gerrina

Lynn K said...

Lovely holiday cards! The buttons strung as a banner is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

Susangail Powell said...

These are great!! I love how you used the buttons for garland (is that what it's called) and I really love the burlap on the second card!!

Sharon Underwood said...

Oh, wow, I LOVE your cards! I think I need to jump on the bandwagon and get started on Christmas cards! What a wonderful brick embossing folder! Thanks for a chance to win such an awesome gift! You're terrific, Darnell!

vic said...

These are amazing Darnell love them all :) hope you have a fab weekend
Hugs
Vic x

Viv's Visuals said...

These are fab Darnell!! Love the stocking one with the burlap which I shall shamelessly 'case' when I'm struggling on the 20th December as I haven't made any cards!!!

KimCreate said...

Cute spring of buttons on your card!

jimlynn said...

BOTH are wonderful - as always! I do love those cute little stockings on the burlap. Precious cards!
Lynn

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a couple of awesome cards. I just adore simple cards with the brick background. So minimalistic and so wonderful! That one with the burlap is no slouch either!

Iris said...

Cute Christmas cards. Love the button garland and the brick embossing folder.
isoscia at aol dot com

Charlene said...

TWO awesome cards Darnell!!! LOVE the buttons!!! Have a great weekend!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely wonderful Christmas card designs. Yes, it is time for the holiday card making. I have a few made, but need a lot more.

Janis said...

These are absolutely adorable!!! Those stitched stockings are super-sweet and look so nice on that burlap ribbon!!!
Thanks for the chance to win the brick embossing folder!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

Oh, these are beautiful!!! Love the embossed bricks on the first card and love the burlap/stockings on the second card! Both are simply, perfect!

Brenda said...

Both of these cards are just as cute as they can be Darnell! I love the button garland, what a way to use up some of those buttons we all tend to collect. I also love those button stockings on your second card, who knew they were buttons?!! Love the burlap, burlap is so in right now. Great cards to add to your Christmas card stash. And please don't remind me that August is waiting to spring on us!!! lol I'm not really to send my baby off to college just yet. lol Hugs, Brenda

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Two sweet Christmas cards ... love your use of buttons (I am button-challenge!) :) Especially love the burlap behind the stocking buttons --- perfect! Lolly xx

Rachel said...

Hi Darnell! Thanks you for your lovely comment on my blog and I have had several people stop by and say hi from your post today. What a lovely friendly community I have found! I have a weekend of crafting ahead so more posts to come and definitely lots NBUS going on :) and you've inspired me to get cracking on my christmas cards. Have a lovely weekend xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Arghhh - don't talk about Christmas! I am trying to enjoy summer! ;)
But I know, you are absolutely right, it's right around the corner and I should at least start thinking about it. Thank you for some fabulous inspiration!

Notes by Nina said...

Two super sweet cards Darnell, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Bonnie said...

You have embraced ribbon and buttons, Darnell! I especially love those shafted stockings! Wish I could have thought of that word when I posted mine.

Sybrina K said...

Hi, Darnell.

Both cards are adorable, but I LOVE the three little stockings. :)

Redanne said...

Both cards are beautiful Darnell, at first I loved the brick wall one and then I saw that beautiful burlap and love that one now..... I think you are the only person who has as much NBUS as I do!! Big hugs, Annie xx

cards said...

These are so clever and cute Darnell. I love all the texture and the simplicity of the layout.
Might have to copy!
Heather T

Karen Petitt said...

I popped around and visited everyone Missy D! Thank you for the inspiration - both of your cards are beautiful and I have fallen in love with that brick wall embossing folder - will keep an eye out for that one!
Apologies for lack of visits and thank you for the inspirations and blog hop Karen xx

Lisa said...

These are so cute Darnell, love the button garland!!

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Love them both. Very nice. Thanks for joining us at SoSS

Julia Aston said...

Two sweet Christmas designs Darnell! love the string of buttons against that great brick wall and the pretty little stockings on the burlap - great texture on both!

scrappymo! said...

These are so fun,
I think I even have those little stocking button too,

Great cards Darnet!

Bobby said...

And Happy Christmas to you, Darnell. You've created two darling cards.

Lindsey said...

Holy moly, these are fantastic! I can't even begin to choose a favorite. I just love them both. And your "beside the sea card"...super love it!

Sheri said...

Both of these cards are delightful! And they remind me that I need to get with it! Even though it is 100 degrees today doesn't mean that before long the snow will fly and Christmas will be upon us. Thanks for the chance to win a very cool embossing folder! You are the bestest in the westest!

Nancy Thomas said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards Darnell. I especially love the first one with that string of buttons.

Susan said...

As usual...two great cards and joyful entertainment!! Sorry I missed your birthday....hope it was FAB!!!

Mary said...

Two beauties young lady. I'm inspired, now I need to get my back end in gear and get to creating.

Karen Schroeder said...

Fun stocking buttons! Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Such beautiful cards!!

Susie

Sheila H said...

Love the cards - the designs are beautifully CAS.

JD/ Jill said...

Great Christmas cards...I am up to 32 done now...(all different)

Pollard Carole said...

Fantastic cards today love your designs so clean and simple but very classy brilliant Love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

Craftychris said...

I am so sorry I haven't been around lately. Everything's just been a bit too much! I am glad I popped in today though cause I love Christmas and your cards are both gorgeous! I will try and pop round the other hop blogs later to get a Christmas fix! That will definitely give me a boost! xxxxxxxxxxx

Barb Ghig said...

Two of the most charming Christmas cards ever, Darnell! I love the crisp, clean design on the first one with your pop of red...so sweet! And those darling little stockings are perfect with your panel of burlap! So clever and both are perfectly CAS!
I hope all is well with you! Hugs,
Barb

Karen B said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards Dippy. Love the stitched sentiment stamp.....works so perfectly with your buttons. Those stocking buttons on the second card look stunning on the burlap. Fabulous!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Pat said...

Two lovely creations Darnell with beautiful buttons and great brick and burlap backgrounds. x

Brenda in IN said...

Both are cute cards today. I really like the burlap with the cute stocking buttons.

Gay Peplow said...

Yup, nearly Christmas Whaaat!!! Oh noo it comes quickly enough but we crafters have to be prepared, I too have been making Chrissy cards, big sigh!!!!
I am loving your two cards Darnell, the first is lovely and CAs with the buttons and the second with the stockings on burlap (or hessian as we Brits call it) is just wonderful. You captured the country feel with that one :D Thank you for your congrats, you are a sweetie Have a great week, hugs Gay x

Di said...

Wow Darnell - two beautiful Christmas cards here. Fancy never having used that fabby brickwork folder - a perfect result though! And I do love your use of burlap on the other card with those darling little stockings!

Hugs, Di xx

conil said...

The NOEL card is simply adorable. Thoose buttons made get this stupid grin on my face. I have buttons coming out of my ears and nose. Have to get on that. That burlap adds so much dimension and texture to the truncated stocking card...love it.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 great cards for this fab challenge.
Love your fab embossing on the one.
I do hope you are keeping well.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pia S said...

You've been so creative with the buttons on your first card. Looks brilliant!
I'm very fond of using burlap on my cards, and you've managed to keep it clean even with the use of this texture. Feels very cozy and Christmasy!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, love both these CAS beauties, Darnell!! Such a great way to use all the buttons and even the sentiment has a button in it!!! Lovely cards!!!

Have a lovely Sunday!!

Nora N. said...

These cards are adorable!! I love the fun way you made the banner with the buttons on the first card and the fun texture of the burlap on the second. Great design!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Darnell, these are both gorgeous cards! I love the brick embossing. Thank you so much for stopping by my place and for the wonderful comment you left.

Hugs,
Em x
Creative Em

Greta said...

Love both of these, Darnell! Creative & lovely!

Cornelia W said...

Super - both of your cards - especially the white one! And that's quite a few challenges you raked up here - genius!
One question - who is Gary??? You need to educate me here. But if you want to write a book I happily illustrate it - sounds like a fun project!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

really cute cards. good luck on the challenges and thanks for the hop I will visit your friends..as always so generous making us discover new people at your blog thanks darnell
hugs bibiana

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome cards! I love that embossing folder with the brick design!

laurie said...

I have some of those stocking buttons, now I know what I can do with them! Cute idea.

And that Noel is such a cute stamp...really pops in the red too!

Happy Dance said...

Well, dagnabbit! I know I visited your blog. And I know I had to take a break and wipe the drool off my chin, but why oh why didn't I leave a comment???!!!! I especially love your brick embossed card. Full of buttons and just the festive red against all that beautiful white! Fantabulous! And what a sweet trio of little stockings! Nice burlappy panel too. Sweet little sentiment! As always, you've made some real lovelies here! Bev

Dianne said...

I do admire you for making these cards, I just can wrap my mind around it at all :O), both cards are wonderful I especially like the burlap one, a blog hop and 6 challenges you go Woman you have to be Super Woman to do what you do, with a little help from Hammy, hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

Diane Jaquay said...

Two awesome card, Darnell! I love the texture on both of these, the brick background is so perfect with the string of buttons, and I love the burlap behind those cute little stockings!

Sharron said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! It's so refreshing to see some Christmas beauties--maybe it's the 100+ degree temperature! The brick embossing is fantastic with the crisp red & white and I love the burlap.

Joyce said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell. I cannot believe that we are already needing to think about Christmas, but the year is rolling right around to that time.

Karen M said...

Love both your gorgeous chrissy cards Darnell - such beautiful designs - hugs xx

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful cards!! I LOVE that brick embossing! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I may have left this comment already. Or I may be losing my mind! lol! Love how the similar layout feels so different due to the different materials used! Love the texture and pops of red on your FF card - so glad you joined us!

mamapez5 said...

Two great cards. I am not good at 'simplicity' and am filled with admiration for those of you who are! I love the trio of little stockings. Kate x

Anita in France said...

One gaspably crisp and fresh and delicious, Darnell ... the other beautifully warm and cosy and equally delicious! Hugs, Anita :)

Violent Kittie said...

Glad you made it to play with us, Darnelle! Your mutilated buttons look great on the burlap. And I just saw Flat Susan! I may have to make a smaller Edna to bring along on my travels! Thanks for joining us for the B is for Brads or Button challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Hettie said...

Farbulous cards there Sweetpea!
Hugs
xx

Taunya Butler said...

I love reading your blog - it always makes me smile!! Great cards - love especially the card with the brick background!! For the first 5 and a half years of our married life we lived in an apartment with brick walls - it was hard to hang decorations up so they were simple and sparse. This card completely takes me back to that time!! Lot of memories were made in those brick walls!! Thanks for your inspiration!!

Alanna said...

Both of these are so fabulous. I love the brick texture on the Noel card and that fun burlap is the perfect backdrop for those stockings.

Katie Melhus said...

Hey SchweetThang long time no visit! I can't tell you how much I'm LOVING this yummy-nummy card you made for Merry Monday! That texture, that brilliant string of buttons - GORGEOUS! So glad you joined us this week at MM :)

MaryH said...

Aw, both of these are cute as can be. Love the tiny red Noel against that fab white brick. I'm a button collector so of course I liked the button bits. But my heart was won by the tiny stockings against that burlap...now that is country style to a perfect "T". Great design, great cards. Love 'em - lots! TFS & Hugs

carol (krillsister) said...

Love love love your card. Both the brick background and the button garland make this card.

Sue Rose said...

Great CAS cards, Darnell! Love both of them!

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell! Thanks so much for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for the "L is for Layer" challenge!

Marie B. said...

Hey Darnell! Great cards...congrats on being a Merry Monday Honorable Mention! :)

Lindsey said...

Such beautiful Christmas cards -- and such fun reading your post! :) Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

cm said...

Goodnes, I'm so late to cheering and applauding that everyone before me has used all the "good" words to proclaim their love and appreciation of your amazing cards and generous give-away! Pooh! Oh well, you know I love x love everything you do, my friend, so I'll echo the others (x 2): awesome cards!!
Hugs~c

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us at CCCB!

Chris D. said...

Hi Darnell! Just wanted to pop by to say congratulations to you! You have been crowned our next Queen of Snark at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! WOOT! WOOT! As Queen, you are invited to be our next Guest Designer! Just check out the blog for details! Congrats again!

Rebecca Luminarias said...

Holy moly, that's a lot of comments! I love the simplicity of both cards, Darnell, but my favorite is the white brick and garland! It's so darling and looks just like a fireplace at Christmastime. Timeless! Thanks for playing with us again at FF this week!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Darnell, these are just delightful. The button detail on the white card is divine - love it - and those little stockings on burlap are just so cute. Elizabeth xx

Victoria Lavender said...

Hi sweetie, congrats on the Snarky!
Victoria xx