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!

February 9, 2015

Heart of Hearts

Hello, dear hearts!

I hope you had a lovely weekend! We had rain, lots of rain and, oh, how we loved every wet glossy droplet in this drought-starved place. We are truly starting the week with a clean and slippery slate!

I've been wrapped up in Valentines and other life schtuff, so I'm not posting as often, so be warned this is a three-cuppa post!

I wish the Valentine holiday didn't come so soon after Christmas (especially when you throw in a NBUS challenge in January), but I have so many heart-related crafty toys, that it seemed a sin not to send the hamster into the Hearts container for a few card ideas. Who knows, like Christmas, I just may start making Valentines all year long!

Today I am featuring the Memory Box die "Heart of Hearts."
This card is pretty self-exploratory. The front die-cut panel is popped up over a smaller panel which I covered in alternating rows of very, very sparkly pink and grey Washi tape. The photo is not the best as I had to quickly snap a couple of shots during a sorta sunny break in the rain. The "love" sediment, accented with a rhinestone is from Hero Arts.

Here is a closeup of the sparkliness. It's interesting how sometimes the little heart cutouts look recessed like they are IRL, but then sometimes they look 3D like they have been stenciled onto the paper. What is the opposite of "recessed?" Abscessed? Obsessed? Upsessed?
Challenges
  1. At Less Is More, the brief is "Pink and Grey." I would like to congratulate Chrissie and the Design Team on the occasion of their fourth birthaversary! Of course, thanks to Mandi, too, who was Chrissie's cofounder four years ago! Head's Up: there are a LOT of prizes this week!
  2. The Card Concept, photo inspiration below. My card is clean and simple.
  3. Inkspirational: Rose colors.
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and featuring Hero Arts.
We'd love you to display our banner
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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I made other Valentines in different colors using this die. For some, I placed patterned paper snippets behind the cutout like below. The sediment is an old wooden stamp by The Rubbernecker Stamp Co. It has E526 written on it in pencil, but I don't know if that's the stamp number or the number assigned to it by whatever store originally sold the stamp.
Challenges
  1. House of Cards February Challenge: LOVE.
  2. Fusion Card Challenge, photo (patterned hearts) and sketch inspiration below.
  3. Just Us Girls (JUGS): LOVE.
  4. Stamplorations: Stamps and Hearts.
  5. Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge, sketch below.


Between the two cards there are a lot of challenge links for you to click on for the details you need regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes so you can play along!

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Oh, and a couple of week sago, I used the die to make anniversary cards in different colors using mats. I got my money's worth out of this die!
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New Friends Corner

I am delighted to present five more new friends for you to meet and get to know!

Millie of Crafting With Creative M. Millie has been blogging since 2012. She makes such bright and happy cards, specializing in cards for kids. Millie also makes wonderful 3D projects. In addition to card art, she loves scrapbooking, candy making, baking, and sewing. You will be inspired as Millie shares her years of experience as a guest designer, winning awards in challenges, and serving on design teams!
Love my craft buddy!

Katherine Elliot of News From the Craft-A-Torium. Love that name! Katherine has been blogging since 2009, and she is a former Trend Reporter for Paper Crafter's Library. She loves making cards and all the wonderful tools that go with our hobby. I could seriously CASE every one of Katherine's fresh designs!

And since I have a soft spot for yellow labs, I love that she has the best-looking crafting companion!

Neva Cole of Finding Snippets of Time to Craft. Another awesome blog name! Neva has been blogging since May of 2013. As she says, because she lives a hectic life, she NEEDS to find time to craft as it relaxes her and brings joy to her life. And craft she does, from ATCs to altered art, so there is a lot to inspire you!

Jò of Jò in Wonderland Creations. Jò is from Italy. She started blogging in 2009 to document all the little everyday moments of her life and her love of all things paper crafting, especially scrapbooking. Her layouts are sensational and beautifully textured, as are her cards. You'll love Jò's zest for life, gorgeous creations, and photographs!

Lucy E. of Littlescrapsoflucy. Lucy started blogging in 2012. Like so many of us, Lucy started her blog as a way to share her cards and enter them in the fun challenges that we all love in our corner of Blogland. Although Lucy does not blog often, the cards she shares are always well done and thoughtful!

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

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Family

I have to share an updated photo of the Mister, our son, and the twins. We saw them (and our DIL) for a lovely oyster bar lunch and, after a walk, some Gelatos for dessert:
Adam, Dan, Papa, Henry
I didn't even notice the sign over their heads when I took the picture!

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138 comments:

Hannelie said...

LOVE your cards today Darnell... fabulous die!
Lovely picture of your guys!

Liz said...

Fabulous cards! Especially love the one with the washi tape behind. I have this die too, so will have to give this a try. I've never used washi tape, although I've got quite a few reels. (It's part of my NBUS!) You've given me the inspiration to actually use it! xx

Taunya Butler said...

Well, I must say that in my heart of hearts - I love these cards and I am super impressed with the cards you made with that cool die!!! What a fun pile of hearts you must have - you should use them as confetti surprises inside your valentines!! He he!! Love seeing your work and I am off to visit some new friends you have introduced!!! Thank you for the way you pull other crafter's in and celebrate them and their talents!! You are really one of a kind - my favorite kind!!! Have a super duper day!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

I absolutely ADORE those hearts cards. They are FABULOUS...especially the glittery one.....& gelatoes! Weird...I just scrapped a LO about gelatoes! Seriously!!!

Linda said...

What a fab collection of cards Darnell, and all from one die .... love them!! Great pic of your men too ... what a handsome bunch!! xx

Sue - said...

Gorgeous - now I need that die even though I'm telling myself not to buy any more stuff!

Julie B said...

Great selection of cards Darnell, I do like the hearts in a heart die. :)

Jane Willis said...

Gorgeous cards, and you've really showed us the versatility of the die! (Tip - never attempt to type "versatility" immediately after using spray adhesive!)
Jane

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Darnell, you must have lots of patience to make such fantastic cards. I love them. Hugs Rita xxx

Suze Bain said...

Love, love, love your cards, I so need that die! Xx

Sue said...

Beautiful cards.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Georgie C said...

Oooh this is gorgeous! I love the way you captured the sparkle in the second picture, looks beautiful xx

Marianne said...

Oh my, your first card is simply stunning, Darnell, but I also love the second one. It really is interesting to see how colours and shading can trick the eye, making you believe certain elements are popped up when they are recessed or vice versa. (Also reminds me of this: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/YoungGirl-OldWomanIllusion.html) As much as I like your antonyms of 'recessed' (esp. 'obsessed'), I'm afraid we'll have to make do with less glamorous words such as raised or popped up.
Have a wonderful week!
Marianne x

Lynn said...

A beautiful set of cards Darnell. Love all the shimmer from the washi tape.

Stamps and Paper said...

Your hearts card are beautiful Darnell love all the different colourways....lovely pics too of your family..

Anne

Carol L said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful cards today, because now you've completely enabled me (again!) I love this die!!

SARN said...

Awww . . . a lovely post full of love and hearts.

Perfect.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

I Card Everyone said...

Darling cards.. even more darling photo!
=] M

Ros Crawford said...

What a super die that is and I love the Valentine's sentiment stamp too! Beautiful cards Darnell ... Have a great week!

honeybeelane said...

Oh my! I love that die and the sparkly pink and grey combination! Ooo! OOOO!

Jeanne said...

Oh, your heart filled cards are so pretty, Darnell! I've looked at and bypassed that die many times. So glad you are getting some much needed rain, but isn't it always feast or famine? Finally, wonderful picture of your sweet men. Love that sign above them, too. I suspect that is your motto! :)

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

These cards are so pretty Darnell! I am a huge fan of sparkle so I have to admit that the first one is my favorite, but they are all beautiful! Really liked the teal green paper being the second card as well. Thanks for sharing! Greetings from snowy Maine...
Nina-Marie :)

Mynn xx said...

These are totally great, Darnell! I LOVE the fun colors and this die is amazing! Super fun CAS designs! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Katherine said...

I feel so loved! Thanks Darnell for the shout out & stopping by my blog(s)! Canine crafter was busy this weekend too, can't wait to share the Valentine HE has made! :)

Krisha said...

What a fantastic use of your heart die! They all turned out great.......as usual....grin

Wasn't the rain nice???

Love the family photo, all handsome guys, and the sign above their heads.......perfect!!

Jenni's Jems said...

These are fantastic and love(sorry but pun was intended) the use of the non traditional colours especially that green!p.s.cute picture of the men in your life hee he x

Čarovnije z male kmetije said...

:)) What a good photo :)))Realy nice sign above them :)) And cards are cute!

Shelly said...

OOooh, la la! These are lovely! And great photo! And I didn't even notice the sign either, until you mentioned it! ;)

Cindy Beach said...

Darnell,
I love coming to your blog. Going to click the follower button.
I need a little dose of your cheer!
LOVE the cards, and the great uses for that die are inspiring!

LITS is something my Mom always says. Usually in regards to avoiding petty differences.
Have a great day!!

Linda said...

Darnell, beautiful cards. Love that heart die and you have done wonderful things with them. Lovely picture of all your guys....

Laura Norris said...

Great cards made with that fun die! It's a stunner, no matter how you use it! Great picture of the 'boys' too! Thanks for sharing.

Craft-E-Place said...

Stunning cards, beautiful selection of colours. That die is amazing!
Elaine

Pat said...

I adore this MB Heart of Hearts die Darnell and the different cards using it are all really lovely. The washy tape behind in strips is a wonderful idea, but I do love the colour blue you have used too. Can't choose a favourite! I love the photo of your outing with the family too. x

Pam said...

Wow! Beautiful cards. I just love that die and the many ways you've used it.

sandie said...

Great idea to back the heart with washi tape, love the added sparkle and so good to see you at Ink x

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, love the simplicity of them, Kate x

Jacee said...

Love these Darnell, what a great design!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sazzle Dazzle said...

That's one FABULOUS die Darnell and love how you've used it. All those sparkly shimmery bits peeping through the hearts make me swoon!
Thanks for you super kind words on LIM and of course for entering our special birthday challenge.
Sarah
Less is More

Lisa said...

That's a great die! What so terrific about all of your cards is the variety of what you put behind the die!! Cute photo of your guys Darnell ;)

Lisa said...

Your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the die you used - it's now on my wish list!! All of the backgrounds look amazing!! And what a sweet picture of your family!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

said...

Thanks for adding me in the new friends :)
I LOVE your cards! I don't have a cutting machine, I'd love to have one :)
I'm planning to write all my post bilingual, so every international friend can easily follow me - I don't like automatic translators, they are quite a mess :)

Susanne Vargas said...

You certainly gave this heart of hearts die a work out and made some fabulous cards with it!

oldpunca said...

Very nice heart cards, dear Darnell. :-) Wonderful background on the first card. The three generation photo is fabolous. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Carol said...

A gorgeous die Darnell and you've made some gorgeous cards with it. Carol x

Leslie Hanna said...

I DO NOT need another Heart of Hearts!!! I DO NOT! Well, maybe I do.

I looove the stripey paper behind the first one.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful cards, they are all excellent. Simultaneously thanks to your inspiration came to me a cool idea for a card. Vision is in me, but if I can find the time to implement it? But I assure you that the card is really a cool;-)
hugs
Bozena

Jerrie said...

What a beautiful card that red and silver heart with lots of little hearts you have created!! I looks like you had a blast playing with your toys!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are so gorgeous. I love that heart filled die.

Em Louise Fairley said...

I love, love, love your heartfelt cards! xxx

Jean said...

That really is a lovely die and the cards you made with it are beautiful.I love all the pretty colours you used as well.
Jean x

Lyndal said...

Super sweet trio of cards Darnell - I {heart} them. Can't believe how fast the twins are growing up!
So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION! Hope to see you again soon :)

hellerlittle said...

What a fab collection of cards Darnell, and all from one die .. they all turned out great.......as usual.. love them !!
Thanks for the inspirations
CU hellerlittle

Jeanne said...

I swear, you make better cards each day! I adore your heart cards. Thanks, I am now enabled to get that heart die! tee hee Glad to hear you got rain - hope it helps somewhat.

Anita in France said...

Well, you used that die to perfection each and every time, Darnell ... one after the other, they're all completely delicious! Gorgeous photo of all your dishy chaps ... yummy gelato too! Bisous, Bisous, Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! That is a great die. I love your attention to the little details like the gem on the word, "love". Those boys are really growing up!

Chrissie said...

These are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Darnell and I somehow think that that die is going to have to make its way into my craftroom in the not too distant future!
Thanks so much for your continued support of our challenges!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Love, love, love that die. . . . . . . Need, want, must have!
I am still wondering who you are sending all these Valentines cards to lol!
Have a great week.
Ang x

Denise Price said...

The nice thing about hearts is that they don't just have to be for Valentine's Day. Any time is a good time for a little extra love. All your heart-filled creations in this post are gorgeous!

conil said...

You DID get your money's worth...think I might need this die for NBUS collection. The patterned paper looks as good as sparklies behind it. Oh, the possibilities. In other news, congrats on your HM Merry Monday win. Loved your card. Wasn't that rain wonderful. Not that looking a gift horse in the mouth, but we could use more.

Pia S said...

Beautiful, each and every one of them! I had such a moment with my birthday sentiment background die... Love it when a die just helps creating loads of cards in no time because the inspiration just comes to you,,,

Bonnie said...

This is definitely a die to drool over! Love it in each color! Great photo. Looks like they're doing some serious eating!

KandA said...

Wonderful cards Darnell. Love the design and rounded corners on the second and also the anniversary cards. Did you end up with little heart confetti all over your playhouse xx

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous heart-of-hearts cards, Darnell! I love the aqua version, and the anniversary editions. I've been whizzing up and down the screen obsessing about the recessing - good fun :)

Marybeth said...

Oh wow, I love them all! Such a elegant and gorgeous look to each card just by changing the background .
The boys are all looking good!

Kathleen said...

Fabulous cards and love the different colours that yu have used and I do have this die and I have a Silver Wedding card to make so thanks for the idea to use this die for the card.
Huge thank you for the lovely card you sent me for my Birthday, it was very kind of you, had a great holiday and came back from 27-30 degs to 0 temp.

Thanks again lovely Lady.

Kath x

Sarah Gray said...

Super sweet cards, Darnell - love that die and how different it looks over different papers/backgrounds! Looks like you are all loved up :)

Creative M said...

Your cards are just GORGEOUS!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me bloggie love and also for the shout out!! Love it!
Have a wonderful day my friend,
Migdalia
*Crafting With Creative M*

Julia Aston said...

Seriously LOVE that heart cut out die Darnell! Both cards are pretty in the colors you used - I think I like your Fusion color best though! and it works so nicely for an anniversary card as well! Thank so much for playing with Fusion!!

Geri said...

Wow! You & Hammie have been craftin' up a storm while I was MIA (had a great trip to Calgary!). Took a stroll through all the posts I've missed. "Let Love Shine" is awesome...as are all the other cards!

I'm 100% positive that the 'Heart of Hearts" die will be flying off the shelf once folks see these sweet creations. My fav is the blue 'graph paper' card - love the sentiment font! Great pics too...cool 3D effect and the scattered hearts on the table!

Geri said...

Ooops...forgot to add sweet pics of the boys (and men) and also "thanks for joining us at CCC" !

Redanne said...

The first card looks very 3D, I never guessed the hearts were recessed - it is a fabulous way to use washi tape. The second card does look dimensional and I love the background on that too. You really have had your money's worth from that die - it is a real beauty. Love the Anniversary cards too! Hugs, Annie xx

Ina said...

Stunning cas cards. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Just us Girls this week.

Hettie said...

I do love a die that can be used for many purposes, not just the one you bought it for. This is a great die and you have done some fabberooney cards using it.
Hugs
xx

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are so beautiful.

Craftychris said...

Wonderful cards! I so love that die! Fabulous photo too! xxx

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, What a creative use of washi tape. Now why didn't I think of that? TFS!

Loll Thompson said...

You certainly have gotten good use from your heart die-cut already!! Look amazing in all the different backgrounds. So pretty!! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. Lolly xx

Nancy said...

Loved your post, your pic of the family, and your cards! LOVE them all!! The washi tape was a great idea! Fabulous...really! Thank you so much for playing with the girls and I at JUGS! We appreciate it very much!

Birgit said...

Great cards and I love that dye cut (is that what it's called?). The sparkle is perfect. Love the lab at your friend's hobby room and your family look like they are enjoying the outing. We have had more snow and over a foot! More coming and temps will be at -2C tomorrow but Wednesday going down to -15C for a high!

Stephanie K said...

Those CAS cards are simply gorgeous!! Love them! xo

Sharyn Polesel said...

That die is gorgeous and your cards are too! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

KayM said...

Oh all of your cards are wonderful Darnell! I love that Memory box die! So pretty! I agree that Valentines comes much too soon after Christmas. I never get many made because I'm always still in Christmas mode trying to play with all of my Chrsitmas NBUS that I'm still so excited about :) Great picture of those handsome guys!! (Hugs my friend)

Nan G said...

Cool die! Love the differing backgrounds you've used. Looks like a fun day out. He's your son alright! :) ;) Said with love and in a good way. Hugs

Marisa said...

That heart die is fabulous! Love the trio you created with it.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

such a fun design! I love each color variation! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

Sharron said...

Awesome die and pretty amazing cards too! Love your trio! Great picture of the guys in your life!!

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous describes what you have done with that die. Love each card! So jealous that you had some gelato...my favorite place in Annapolis closed down.

nancy littrell said...

OMG Darnell, I Love your die cut Heart of Hearts images on all your cards. So glad you added the close up picture of your glittery tiny hearts. Really great looking boys in your family. I have a twin sister and we are really close! Always so much fun. Hugs, Nancy

ike said...

Fabulous family photo and I really adore your Heart cards :-D xxxxxxxxxx

Mandi said...

Fantastic card darl....

I love how the resolution on my iPad appears that the table matches... Look again! Brilliant

Thank you for your lovely words and again for your email

Mandi
LIM

Claire said...

Perfectly CAS Darnell - what a great way to use up that washi tape! I have reams of the stuff that I never use. Now who on earth are you going to give all these Valentines to? Or is there more than the one 'mister?'

Mrs A. said...

Hi Darnell,
quick questshun. Have you just sent me an email regarding ecards and can you reply on my blog if so.
Hugs Mrs A.

Karen B said...

Two gorgeous Valentine's cards Dippy. Love the effect of the washi tape behind the first one. On the second is the sentiment a stamp or computer generated??? Lovely font! Great photo of the "boys".

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Michelle Short said...

What a stunning die! Beautiful cards Darnell. I think the top one is my favourite, I love the sparkle! Thank you for the kind comment you left one my blog this morning :)

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards. What a great die.
Great pic of your guys too TFS :)

Debbie cat mad said...

I love your cards and blog (new subscriber) Please could you tell me where /company the happy valentine and anniversary sets are from .I live in Scotland so often have to buy everything online .Thanks for any help :)

victoria h said...

Wonderful cards & great photo.

Charlene said...

These cards are great Darnell!!!! I may be tempted to get that heart you little enlabler :-)! The men in your life are very handsome!!!

Brenda in IN said...

I love this die! You really made some gorgeous cards with it. I especially love the blue one. I'm glad you had some good times with the family and good a good meal too! Also happy you got some much needed rain. We keep hearing about your drought so maybe this will help a tiny bit.

Jeanne J said...

Great cards Darnell! I love how the peek a boo design changes the feel of the card - my fave is the sparklies of course! LOL!

Irene said...

Hello Darnell

Sorry for the delay in replying but I've not been well.

Thank you for your kind comment on my card and telling me about CASlicious which is now in my following. Also for the link to that fabulous hippo.

I abolutely adore your heart cards.
The colours and CAS design are brilliant.

luv
irene
xxxx



Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous cards with the heart of hearts. I love how you kept the little die cut hearts for the photo. Well here I am commentor number 102, you sure have a busy place. We've had a lot of snow over the past couple weeks with ice rain thrown in and extreme cold temps just to make sure we remember how to handle it all. Enjoy the warmth down there :) Hugs, Shirleyxxx

Yolanda Garrido said...

Wow!! Great cards and fantastic post!!!! I love the colours you used but the second oneeee stole muy heart!! Kisses

Bobby said...

You DID get your money's worth, Darnell. That's a lot of wonderful cards from one simple die. It is interesting that in the one photo the hearts look like they are on top of the paper.

Maxine D said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - love that die - it is so versatile, as you have shown. The Washi tape behind is stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

Robyn Oliver said...

Darnell, you are soooo loved - look at that 105 comments, you are an inspiration to us all. And your cards are fabulous, love that die. Thanks and hugs Robyn

Karin said...

Wow Darnell, I'm number 107, we all love you and your cards :) Gorgeous heart cards, I want that die!!
Karin x

Karin said...

Great photo too!

Michele Henderson said...

Beautiful card! I love it in the blue! Thanks for playing along with us over at House of Cards!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

All of the cards are so pretty!! I love all the different ways you used that fabulous die! And your photo is wonderful! I love all their expressions. The sign fit the photo perfectly!

janelle said...

That is a really great die and beautiful cards, too. I so enjoyed my visit to your blog today, and I truly appreciate your visits and comments to mine. Thanks!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell these are so gorgeous! I really love that die and the sparkle you have underneath. Thank you for sharing with us at the Card Concept!

Shona Chambers said...

So thats where all our rain has gone!!!! I'm so jealous of your precipitation. Its so dry here we had a HUGE fire over the weekend that burnt over 500 hectares of forest and farmland. Was very scary as we knew a few families that had to evacuated but luckily the fire peoples saved their houses. So if you could pop some rain in a card and send it over here, I would be so very grateful!!! Gorgeous cards by the way, that die is 'to die for' and would love to know what your doing with all the tiny heart leftovers??????

Michelle said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! And those twinks are growing up so fast!!

JD/ Jill said...

All great cards...that die (and you using the die...smile) makes great cards. I know this from seeing one of these in real life... smile. As Carol, said in a comment above mine...You are an enabler!!! Now I want to get that die too.
Sending you an email...

Toni said...

Darnell, your posts are always such a hoot! Glad you joined us at HOC this round. Very cute cards!

Toni

Hammers said...

Hello Darling Darnell - your wonderful card arrived this morning, featuring this very die! And then I went to join Less is More and saw your card. I WANT THIS DIE!! LOL always enabling me. Sorry I have been a stranger, I went to Israel, then home and its been cray cray at work. Love the updated photo of the family, how big are the twins now!! They seem to be growing rapidly. Cx

Gerrina said...

A great dies and indeed with other light it looks like the hearts are on top mof the card...
Love the glimmer, but the other cards look also crisp! Hugs, Gerrina

Kylie said...

Now, I've gots to gets me that die!!! Wow, I love it. So simple but beautiful with the backgrounds you gave it. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Joyce said...

I can say with honesty that at least one of your cards today looks even better in person! Thanks so much for the lovely valentine--my first of the year and possibly my only one. Love all the other permutations you made, as well. That is one fabulous die.

Anne said...

What a fab die and good to see it getting a thorough airing the Valentine's Day Darnell!
Thanks for letting me know about the Top Three on my card
Thanks for being my friend on Facebook and one more:
Thanks for joining our fourth birthday celebrations at LIM!
Anne
Less is More

Joanne James said...

Awesome cards Darnell! Your LIM card caught my eye in the gallery and I realised it was a while since I'd popped by to leave you some LOVE, so here I am! This is such a great die and so useful for CAS cards. I'm guessing it would make a nice stencil too.

Brenda said...

Wow, what beautiful cards and anniversary cards Auntie!! I am so loving that heart die, I love the sparkly washi tape..still having a hard time thinking that is washi! My how it sparkles!!! Love the pic of the men and the twins. Those twins have beautiful hair and eyes. Look out girls!!! lol You've got a lot of handsome men in your life Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, love that die too! Hugs Carole Z X

Kathyk said...

How can I NOT have already visited this post earlier in the week, Darnell? Sorry to be so late to the party but ... what fabulous makes - simply FAB-u-LOUS

Kathyk

Caryn said...

Wow Darnell, another masterpiece. I'm always so chuffed when your blog shows up over at the Wednesday Challenge!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Hope to see you again xxx

Sid said...

Striking cards Darnell !

Kim Heggins said...

What a wonderful collection of Valentine's Day cards...just so sweet and they look just as beautiful in person as they do on my computer screen. See you on Monday!

Greta said...

Don't you love it when a purchase turns out to be something you really love to use? That is a fabulous heart die & I love all the card variations! Great picture--glad you shared it. Happy Valentine's Day, Darnell!

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational for our "Rose colours" challenge. Sincerely hope you will join us again soon.
Pia xx

Iveta Pernišová said...

Wau, card are really great! Really romantic and with beautiful colors :)

cm said...

I LOVE these cards, and I ESPECIALLY LOVE and ADORE (yep, shouting!) the gorgeous card you sent to my mom, Andy and I, that arrived just before we headed west. I tucked it away in my knapsack, and opened it yesterday, sharing it with my MIL, who thought is as wonderful as I do! THANK YOU! It will be heading north with me on Wednesday for my mom to LOVE, as well! Mega-hugs coming your way; my heart is so touched!!
Hugs~c

Nonni said...

Great post Darnell and what a stunning die!! Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations. xxx

Yoonsun Hur said...

Darnell, stunning card and wonderful post!!! Thanks for playing with us at the Card Concept! xoxo

Petra Swart said...

Love that stunning heart of hearts die, Darnell!!! Lovely cards!!!

maria f. said...

I spy.... a wunnerful Valentine in the STAMPlorations gallery! And some handsome boys at the ice cream store!

Angela said...

Darnell, your card is so clean and bright and uniquely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your romantic card with us at The Card Concept!

Pat Couder said...

Simple design. I like uisng the negative parts of die cuts too! Thank you for joining in with HOC! Pat DT x