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December 21, 2014

Christmas Candies and Stars

Greetings, everyone, and happy Sunday Funday!

Thank you for stopping by today. I know you've got a million other things you need to be doing, so I'll get right toit.

I've got a couple of Christmas card designs to share which were inspired, as usual, by fun challenges. First up, let's have a snack of candy cane stripes and peppermints!
I received these lovely glossy candy-cane-striped stickers from Cindy, my local SU demonstrator:
http://www.1stclasscreativity.com/2013/07/happy-christmas-in-july-real-red-goodie-gear-simply-created-kit.html
Using the waste from between the large stripes, I laid my diagonal stripes on my card. In between those stripes I drew lines using a red pen to make them look more like candy canes. Then I ran the card through my BS using a snowflake e/f from Sissix. The attached peppermint candies are embellies I bought years ago, made by GKW. EZPZ QACAS card!

Challenges

The main inspiration for my cards came from the current Curtain Call challenge, where the theme is "Candy Canes."

Over at TIME OUT Challenges, the brief is all about Christmas and love. Who doesn't love candy?

And there are two new-to-me challenges for this post! For this card, I am playing in Showcase Your Style, where there is a sketch (see below). 
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Next, I have a couple of cards using a design which was inspired by the current Fusion Card Challenge {Merry Christmas}, where you have your choice of using the photo or using the sketch or fusing them both. I did a true fuse for one of my cards and only used the sketch for the other. Here is the photo/sketch:
Here is my fusion using both:
And here is the same design using just the sketch in blues and greens:

Isn't that a great card sketch for any occasion?! The plaid patterned papers are from my stash, as are the pieces of vellum which I cut using a fish-tail banner die from MFT. I stamped the NBUS sediment from the MFT "Stitched Stockings" set and sponged distressed ink onto the stars which were cut using a PTI die. Once the ink was applied, it was much happier, not so distressed.

Challenges

For this card, I'm playing in the second new-to-me challenge called Crazy for CAS, where the theme is our favorite "Anything Goes!"

I'm also taking my cards over to Pixie's Snippets Playground for show-and-tell and Christmas hugs from all my fun and rowdy pals there. I've made my famous rum cake, but don't tell Miss.
 Pixies Crafty Workshop
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Personal:

Even during these festive times, people experience tragedies and sad times. With permission, I wanted to let you know that a dear bloggie friend of ours, Carol M. of Just me: c could use your prayers and positive thoughts. Her father is in intensive care suffering from a massive heart attack. Her mother and the entire family could use your support. Thank you.

In happier news, today was the TENTH birthday of our beloved twin grandsons, Adam and Henry, so I'll leave you with this handsome photo:
They are growing up so fast, they will soon be my age, which hovers around 14 and 1/2. They had an exciting day with breakfast out, go-cart rides, miniature golf, and a visit to an arcade! What a fabulous birthday celebration!

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71 comments:

Kathyk said...

FAB-u-LOUS makes DAHLING! and your grandsons pic is super too, thanks for sharing

Seasons Greetings

Kathyk

Inkyfingers said...

I'm in awe that you are still finding time to be so productive Darnell! Such pretty cards but my fave is thr candy cane one - so clean and stylish. Happy birthday to the fast growing Twinks.
Hugs
Carol x

Jessi Fogan said...

Those cards are all awesome! Love the candies :) And I will absolutely keep Carol in my thoughts, and her father. Happy birthday to those precious grandbabies :)
This time of year is hard for a great many of my friends, I find. This week alone I kept thinking there's never a good time for things to happen, but at Christmas it just seems so much more devastating. Thanks for helping to be a positive light :) MWAH!

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant Cards, Brilliant post, and Brilliant Grandsons. So sad about your blog friend I will be thinking about her and sending positive thoughts this Christmas love and hugs Carole x

Sue said...

Loving the cards, especially the green one.

Sending positive healing thoughts to CarolM dad and hugs to her and the family.

Your grandsons are going to be heartbreakers.

Hope you have a nice day.

Lynn said...

I will most certainly keep Carol's family in my thoughts and prayers. Love the picture of your double digit grandsons. Sounds like the perfect day! Love, love, love all of your cards. The candies on the first look real. Thanks so much for playing with us at Fusion.

Kim M said...

All three of your cards are fabulous! I love those candy embellies! Your fusion cards turned out great too. Love the brightness of the green version. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year! Hoping my card has either made it there already or will soon be there. :-). Your grandsons are growing fast and getting quite handsome! My son, Donovan, will be 7 in February and I can hardly believe it! They do grow so fast! Anyway, have a great day! Big hugs! :-)

Mrs A. said...

You stuck sweeties to your card!! and wheres this Rum cake then.I turfed the play house over looking and looking for it.Hope Sarn didn't scoff the lot.
I like the tartan card in the blue.
Have you spotted Rudolph yet?
Happy Birthday to the twins. Next door have twin Grandsons who will be 6yrs old shortly. They are little devils. The Doc had to go and resucue their Nan out of the garage the other day where they had locked her in just for fun!
Speaking of devils I haven't seen Elf Boss lately. Gotta go. hugs
Mrs A.

Di said...

Two lovely cards for the Playground Darnell - and I also lurve the sweeties one :) Rum cake? Yummy!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and the Mister!

Hugs

Di xx

adele holcomb said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome grands and best wishes for Happy Holidays -- all of 'em!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous cards! And what a joy your grandsons must be - they are handsome young men! Merry Christmas to you!

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much, Darnell for sharing...your lovely cards, your handsome grandsons and your generous heart. I was so tickled to receive some happy mail from you! :) I do hope for a positive outcome for Carol's dad. May they find some peace during this difficult time.

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow these are such fun CAS designs and I just adore the fun photo of the twins.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Nan G said...

One million plus one but just had to take a brake to visit! I've been aww-aaayyyy far too long. Georgeous cards my friend! Love those candy stripes! So happy the stars are no longer distressing. ;) Handsome young men those twins and growing up much too fast. Merry Christmas to you from the Girls in FL.

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cm said...

Candies, stripes, snowflakes stars: fabulous! Darnell, your cards are sheer delights, each one bringing a smile, despite the tears, to my face. Your twins: already TEN! Handsome lads, indeed. THANK YOU so much for sharing my news and asking for prayers; during this time they are so incredibly appreciated.(sorry for writing this 3 times
Hugs and much love,
~c

Sarah said...

Gorgeous makes Darnell and what a pair of handsome fellows your Grandsons are xx

Nonni said...

What handsome grandsons you've got! Great cards, you've been very creative with making the candy cane cards! You could enter TIME OUT with your cards as well. :) xxx Nonni

conil said...

Wait to see my card for Curtain Call...you're going to laugh. Still, great minds...what can I say. Love yours with those sweet (pun intended) wrapped candies. Do those grandsons of yours look much taller at ten, or is it that I'm shrinking? Handsome boys...come from good genes.

Nora N. said...

Wowza!! LOVE all three of these cards, Darnell. Such a clever way to create the stripes on the first one. I like that you used embellies you bought ions ago. I have so many that I should dig mine out too!!

I also like how you created the same card in two different color schemes for the second challenge. Fabulous way to get a a lot done. Great designs!!

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the cards Darnell. Very versatile presentation. Beautifully done. Thank you for the heads up on Carol M. She will be added to my prayer list.

My gosh the twins are getting big. Bet they are a hand full to keep up with even at your spry age of 14 1/2. LOL.

I gave you a shout out on my post. Thank you for your kind support these past few months. It meant a loot.

Have a Blessed Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. - Jim

Sue said...

Such a wonderful selection of festive cards Darnell, your designs are fabulous and I love the colours.
So sorry to hear about your friend's father, my thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family at such a difficult time.
Belated Birthday wishes to your grandsons. I am pleased they had a good day.
hugs Sue xx

Barb Ghig said...

Three fabulous cards, Darnell! I love how you add your own 'personal touch' to your creations...it always inspires me...Thanks!
Happy Birthday to those 2 handsome boys! Sounds like they had a great day!
Thanks so much for letting everyone know that Carol and her family need prayers right now...I feel so badly for her, and prayer is powerful! Hugs, Barb

Liz said...

Fabulous cards, I don't think I can even choose a favourite.

What handsome young men your grandsons are! Sounds like they had a great birthday. xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Three gorgeous cards you made there! Those candy embellies look so yummy! And your grandsons are very handsome! Happy Holidays! And now may I have a piece of your rum cake? Even though I haven't had a chance to hop over to the playground in a long time...?

Marie B. said...

Hi Darnell! I'm glad to see you still have some creative time in this season of busyness! You've used it well making three great cards! Happy birthday to your grandsons...they sure are handsome young fellas!! Hugs and prayers to Carol...it's never easy when these things occur, especially at this time of year. I'm glad you got my card as well...Merry Chistmas! :)

Cindy Wheeler said...

Hope you enjoyed your goodies Darnell! Please let me know when you receive your order. Darling cards! Happy Birthday to the boys and Merry Christmas to all!

Redanne said...

Your cards really are beautiful Darnell, I love those candy twists! Adam and Henry are adorable, they really are growing up so fast! They probably would not want to be called adorable so I had better revise that and say - how handsome are they?!! Hugs, Anne xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

All the cards are awesome my dear! I really like how clever you were in making the candy cane strips design. And, the little candy stickers worked fantastically as well.

Janis said...

Fun and festive cards, Darnell!! The peppermints are such a fun addition to the waste stripes!! Great job on drawing in those lines. If I had tried doing that, they'd have been reeling around like an elf with a bit too much Christmas cheer! Ha.

Also love the stars with the plaid. Great sketch and nice interp.

Those grandsons are sure a handsome pair. They look like they could drum up some mischief, too.

Keeping your friend in prayer....
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Great card. I love the combination of white and red color. And these peppermints - an extraordinary idea.
Merry Christmas,
Bozena

Kathleen said...

Most important comments first, two fabulous looking Grandson's wish I had two Grand-Daughters, I;d be hot footing over there to introduce them.
Gorgeous creations as always and all down to you as no mention of the Hamster here, love the first one best of all.

Kath x

kanda said...

Love these super fun cards especially the candy sweets one. Belated birthday wishes to the boys xx

Patti said...

Oh what a great line up from fabulous peppermint stripes to some handsome young Knauss men!! They share a birthday with my sister : ) she is a bit older though... she turns 60 today!

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Brenda in IN said...

Your candy cane card is so much fun. Brillant idea for the stripes. Those peppermint candies look so real. Oh my, the twins are growing up to be cute as can be. How fast they do grow up. I did not know you were that old! You are a fantastic cardmaker for 14 1/2. Have a Merry Christmas, Darnell and wonderful 2015.

Brenda in IN said...

I will keep Carol and her family in my prayers.

oldpunca said...

Very nice cards, dear Darnell. Those two with the stars are really suitable for any occasion.
Your grandsons are sweet boys. Thank you for sharing and happy birthday too them. :-)
Try to survive the week without too much stress. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

frommycraftroom said...

Wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing. Very resourceful to use the little bit and make candy canes.
Happy birthday to your grandsons - my youngest just celebrated her 10th birthday at the start of December.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas :)

Bonnie said...

Three more fantastic cards! Love the stars! The boys are so handsome!

Sheila H said...

Your cards are fabulous and fun! I will
Add your friend to my prayer list. Your grandsons are quite handsome! Isn't it wonderful to be a a grandparent!

SmilynStef said...

Love the texture on those stars ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

Lisa said...

Terrific clean designs on all three Darnell, love those peppermint stripes! CUTE photo of your grandsons, sounds like a wonderful day of celebrating!!

Carol L said...

Ahh yes, I like the peppermint stripes and candies on the first, while the sketch for the last 2 cards looks so easy and clean! I especially love the little star in the word "peace."
The twins are such handsome lads and I can't believe how much they've grown! Please tell them we're shouting "happy birthday" to them from PA!

Donna Nuce said...

Love the peppermint card Darnell! Your grandsons are very handsome. I love the clean and simple on the last two cards! Have a great day!

Greta said...

Love your cards, Darnell--brilliant way to make the candy cane one! Happy birthday to the twins--adorable picture!

Carole Z said...

Fab cards Darnell! Love the candy :) Super photos of your grandsons too, hugs Carole Z X

Gerrina said...

Great cards! Love the candy stripes and stickers; the line you draw is just what it needed! The fusion cards look so modern... Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and join us! Hugs, Gerrina

kanda said...

Just popping back to say thank you so very much for the lovely christmas card that arrived in this mornings post.
Wishing you and all your family a very merry christmas and all good wishes for 2015 xxx

Ros Crawford said...

Happy birthday to the boys!! And I'll keep your friend in my prayers ... Beautiful cards Darnell... Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a big thank you for all the smiles you've given me!

Julia Aston said...

3 Bright and festive cards Darnell love those peppermints and the pretty stars with the plaids - thanks for taking the time to join us in the Fusion Challenge! Your twins are adorable - and what a great celebration they had!! did you join them in the go cart??? You don't look a day over 12!

Shelly said...

Such fun and festive cards, Darnell! Love the pic! And sending warm thoughts for Carol...

Have a Merry Christmas!!!

Pat said...

Three absolute beauties Darnell. What a great way to use the leftover sticker pieces and real sweeties too, and I love the colours of the bp's with the vellum and shiny stars and really couldn't choose a favourite. So sorry for Carol, and always a difficult time, but even worse at Christmas! What a lovely photo, and so pleased your handsome grandsons had a great birthday. On that note, I hope you and the family have a wonderful Christmas. x

sandie said...

Yummy candid, can I have some please!! What an adorable photo. Great to see you at TIME OUT and have a wonderful XMas x

Loll Thompson said...

Adorable cards Dolly. Those candies look good enough to eat!! :)

Wonderful picture of your grandsons ... they are so patient to always be stopping for their Bama to take a photo :) Looks like they spent their birthday at the race track ... how fun is that??!! Lolly xx

Brenda said...

Wow, these are some amazing looking cards Auntie! I love, love all three of them!! I was so sad to get that email from Carol and have been praying for them ever since. Your twin grandsons are indeed handsome!! Sounds like it was a great celebration too! aaah to live in CA where it is nice and warm even in Dec. We had so much frost on the ground this morning that it looked like it snowed. brrrrrr! lol Have a very Merry Christmas Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

Charlene said...

I will keep her and family in my prayers Darnell :-( Love your grandsons pic, there soooooo cute!!! And your cards are so fun!! I hope you and your family have a a Merry Christmas!

Sybrina K said...

Hi, Darnell.

Just popping in to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Bobby said...

Three great cards, two handsome boys and a friend that I love to blog with.

Becca Cruger said...

A)Look at you to use even the scraps of the stickers! I love all the shiny candy too. B) You sure know how to use a sketch to the best effect! Two awesomely bright and beautiful designs. C) Awww - look at that pair of bright shining faces. They are so blessed to have such an awesome grandma like you.

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...so many amazing and spectacular cards! As always I love your creativity with those fun candy cane stripes. So festive. And your pair of Peace cards, I love how just changing out the colors changes the entire feel of the card. You always amaze me with your talent. Merry Christmas my sweet friend.

Shona Chambers said...

How did you find the time to make those gorgeous cards?? I made hardly any this past week, just so much to do which means I'm too tired to create at the end of the day. I LOVE your sweet candies, they are gorgeous and love how you put the clear cellophane around them. They look so real!! And those young men are gorgeous and I can see they will be real heartbreakers when they are older. I bet they are excited about Christmas too and I'm sure you will spoil them rotten!!

SARN said...

What wonderful starry cards and a super pic of your GS's.

14 and a half? You don't look it Darnell. What's your secret?

Merry Christmas hugs going you way. xxx

Geri said...

Your cards are amazing...but the twinks steal the show! They are soooooooo darn cute, especially their hair! Can easily imagine how the wee lasses must swoon when they see these two!!!

Angela said...

What a great series of fun and sweet cards, Darnell! We at AAA Cards appreciate you playing with plaids with us. Happy Holidays!

wienerhoneymooners said...

ADORE these cards, ESPECIALLY one I RECEIVED..thanks so very much!! And I am thinking of Miss C.... such a sweet person.. ADORE the boys pic!!

..and I know Jim, LOVES his card too (Cherokee/Jim Conklin) I saw on his blog his ever so gratefulness!!! You sure bring a WHOLE LOTTA cheer!

Merry Christmas Darnell!!!! & A Happy New Year to you and your Family

Anita in France said...

Your candy stripes are positively yummy, Darnell ... seems I could just pick off one of those wrapped sweeties and eat it all up! Gorgeous graphic stars ... in both colourways ... and gorgeous and handsome young men ... sounds a great birthday! Hugs, Anita :)

~amy~ said...

Twin grandsons...that's awesome!
Love both of your cards Darnell!
Thanks for joining us at Curtain Call!

Monika Reeck said...

1. The card with candy is so sweeet Darnell I love the look of it...may I have that candy one pcs :)
2. Your using the sketch so lovely and I adore your choice of plaid paper...woowww..I love the one in red and the one in blue and green Plaid
3 That twins looks so swweeeeet in his smile..send my regards from Aunty Monika...my son is ten years old and the last one is 8 years...they are sweet ten years old boys...and looks so happy...

Wish you like to visiting my plaid card for AAA cards too Darnell...i see yours there and now visiting you LOL

Yvonne van Bruggen said...

Thank you for joining at Crazy for CAS! Your cards look beautiful!

Anja Curvers said...

Again very beautiful cards Darnell I hope you had some very great days and wish you the best for 2015. Thank you for joining us over at CFC.