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April 24, 2015

Day Five - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Hello!

Happy Friday! Thank you for whooshing through the week with me as we have celebrated Stamp Spotlight Week at STAMPlorations!! It's been my absolute pleasure to be guesting along with Shery and her uber-duber talented DesignTeam! 

Here is a last look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:
Today, our spotlight is on The Bee's Knees SMALLBIRDS:
SmallBirds-preview
Aren't they sketchy and sensational?!

I had so much fun with them I made you not one card, not two cards, but THREE cards! 
Cuttlebug e/f; SU ribbon; sediment from Fond Expressions
Challenge: Uniko Studio Challenge: Things with Wings.*

Darice fence e/f; Kaleidescope ink; SU dots; sediment from Noteworthy
Challenge: Less Is More: Things with Wings.


Copper and star papers from stash; star e/f from Darice;
sediment from Noteworthy
Challenge: Mod Squad Challenge: Encouragement.

Between my cards and the terrific cards of the DT, you can see how great these stamps are to play with and how versa tile they are!

Remember, Shery is generously offering PRIZES for this Release Week! Commenting for prizes closes on April 27th and winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on April 29th. 

For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you fantastic inspiration using The Bee's Knees SMALLBIRDS:

Prizes:
  • FIVE (5) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate
  • + surprise prizes (depending on the response we get)

ETA: Wait. What? I see there is some news over at Shery's blog:
According to a little birdie, 5 prizes have been added, so there are now 11 prizes instead of 6 up for grabs! You can read all about it here.
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Hammy and I would like to thank Shery and the DT for allowing us to play with them this week. We really enjoyed showcasing the sensational new release! We'd also like to thank all of you for your wonderful visits and encouragement!!

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111 comments:

Monica Maier said...

Love the cards Darnell, but I think the middle one is my fav! He's the cutest bird in the set (my opin), but I adore the multicolored stamping!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

3 cards - you have outdone yourself here, Darnell! They are sooo so pretty! those cute little wings you put on your first card - adorable. Cool idea to use Kaleidocolor ink on the puffin and the last card just shines!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, what wonderful cards. I like those cute little birdies too.

conil said...

Whooshed by to say, I adore these birds. So happy you used them because I've been eyeing them (which makes my wallet shriek). The e/f's add so much texture to your cards and showcases those darling birds a lot. Happy weekend.

Brenda said...

Wow Auntie, you have rocked these birds! I love all three cards, they are so different from one another and that lets us see how versatile they are! They are sketch and fabulous!! Hugs, Brenda

Clare said...

So cute! Such 'tweet' cards!

Linda said...

All of your cards from each day are so awesome. Today's cards are just so tweet.

Inkyfingers said...

You have made a wonderful showcase for these stamps Darnell and these are all great cards. I would have to shout out loud for number 2 though - it really cracks me up! He looks as though he has definitely had a night out on the tiles in all his multicolour glory!!!

laurie said...

What fun stamps! And what fun cards you made with them! So cute Darnell.

Craft-E-Place said...

Well done, Darnell! Five days of stunning cards and today is no exception - to me you've really shown the versatility of the stamps. A fabulous collection today. Congrats on being invited to Guest designer role.
Elaine

Julie B said...

Wow Darnell you were on a roll there.
Three fab cards to finish spectacular week of blog hopping. :)

pcm said...

those birds are so fun!

vinita jain said...

I learnt so many things along this gorgeous blog hop from you and what a wonderful and unique creations at the Final day! I adore them all!

Di said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - I especially love the birdies :) And, of course, that wonderful picket fence EF ;)

Hugs

Di xx

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow. What an amazing artist you are! I love todays card and how you embossed with birds and clipped blue wings to match, how clever!

sandie said...

What a fun collection of cards. My fav is the second one with the bird perched on the fench and the combo of colours. Have a fun weekend and thanks for joining Uniko

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous trio of cards, Darnell! I love the colour scheme on the first one, and the little birdies look cute with coordinating wings. Love the puffin perched on the fence, and how you've combined star-themed papers to match the sentiment on the third one. I love all their little beady eyes too!
You and Hammy have been fab, fun guest designers, and it's been a pleasure to hop along with you :)

Sari / Granne said...

Gorgeous set of bird cards, you have done a fabulous job. I like the first one best, love the colorcombo and those cute little wings, :=D

designbydonna said...

Wow! It just keeps getting better. Not only more cards but more prizes. Yahoo. Love all your cute birdies. My fav is that last one with the shiny copper.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

One cute stamp and 3 lovely cards loved all of them :)

Sue said...

All three cards are lovely.

Hope you've had a good day and you have a nice weekend. Sue

Dotty Jo x said...

Lots of crafting fun! Jo x

Karen said...

Darnell, all of your cards are gorgeous! What a beautiful showcase of their diversity. Lovely color palettes and design on each. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I'm especially drawn to the first one.. the soothing colors, beautiful embossing, and sweet sentiment warm my heart. I love the eye detailing on each, too! Fabulous work, my dear friend! Have a wonderful day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Taunya Butler said...

I am in awe - each one of these cards is just so lovely and showcases the new stamp set in such enticing ways - by that I mean it has been added to my wish list!! Your first card - I am super impressed with the ribbon you have used and I love how you added a little colorful wing to each birdie!! The second card with he bird sitting on the gate - so cool!! Love the rainbow feel to him and love that embossed gate!! The third card - WOW love the circle the bird stars in and the star embossed background at the top of the card just really sets the tone for this card!!! Awesomely done - you have been such a SUPERSTAR this week!! So fun to see!! Have a beautiful weekend!!

!neke said...

How you used those beautiful stampt!
I love it !
Have à great week - end!
I am now in England to visit the grave of my sisser in law!
Tomorrow back to THE Netherlands!
Greetings Ineke

Deepti said...

These are fabulous creations :) I can't pick a favorite :) I hope you enjoyed playing along with us ! I loved you creations. Thank you so much for guesting at STAMPlorations!

Sarah Gray said...

Fabulous stamps and gorgeous designs, Darnell! Love the multi-coloured inking on your middle card and those sweet birds. Thanks for joining up with us at Uniko too :)

Brenda in IN said...

These are adorable. I love the copper paper and his pearl eye. The middle card catches my eye because of the colors and the top card is a beautiful card and sentiment. I love the bird with the fish in his mouth in this set. Thanks for the link for paper.

Ann said...

Such pretty cards, love the first one.

Chrissie said...

What fabulous cards Darnell, those birds will be in my next shipment from Stamplorations, I love them!
Your cards are ACE!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Redanne said...

Wow, not just a treat but a triple treat! All of the cards are fantastic, those birds are just adorable and your card designs are brilliant - as always!! Hugs, Annie xx

Michele Henderson said...

I just LOVE these sweet little birds! All your cards look great!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Wow, and more Wow! Your 3 cards are all awesome! I don't think I can pick a favourite! You did an amazing job as GD this week - I've really enjoyed your cards! These bird stamps are so adorable! Hope you have a great weekend!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Wonderful group of cards. I love the embossing and the ribbon of the first card. TFS

Georgie C said...

How have you managed three cards?!! You are just on fire! I love these three that you have done. I've just received some Stamporations stamps and a stencil and cannot wait to play :) x

JoAnn said...

Great cards Darnell. I love each one, especially the first one. Have a great weekend my friend.

Bonnie said...

Love how you used that perfect EF on the first one with the blue wings. Fantastic colors on the second one and I LOVE that fantastic sentiment. And that copper and white with all the stars makes me starry eyed! Great job, Darnell!

Barb Ghig said...

Be still, my heart! Your cards are absolutely beautiful, Darnell! I love how you played with these really cute birds, your inks and embossing folders...really amazing cards!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, love these images, so many possibilities, Cathy x

maria f. said...

What a treat it was having you work your magic with this release!

scrappymo! said...

A trio of wonderful cards. The first is my fave...something about the design just speaks to me!

OH Babs said...

My goodness you have been a busy and creative lady.

Pat said...

Three lovely cards Darnell and the sketchy look suits the birds so well. The first with that pleated ribbon and the birds added at the bottom makes the most of the pretty embossing. The puffin sitting on the fence works well and the three toned inkpad and then the three brads to match is a great design idea. The copper mirri with the stars ef is complemented perfectly by the tiny stars at the bottom and the bird topper with the the star and complementary sentiment, a great idea. Hope you have good weekend. x

D.Ann said...

What a fab set of cards! Especially love the embossing that matches the birds with their paper pieced wings, the multi color inks!

Gerrina said...

Wow, you are spoiling us... Three great makes; love the embossing and stamping combination! The second is my fav, don't know why... Hugs, Gerrina

richardbreaks said...

Darnell, these are amazing. So in love with the copper stars one. I have away from the blogosphere for a while; miss seeing your great stuff!
We are mid-move. I will be back once we are settled !

Carol said...

What a gorgeous trio Darnell...love these! Might have to have a spend on this set! Carol x

Mrs A. said...

What a fine collection of birdies you have here. Love all the colours and styles. Hugs Mrs A.

Irish Cherokee said...

All three cards are wonderful Darnell. Love them all.

Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Cris G said...

You sure have been busy, Darnell. Three very inspired birdie cards! Congratulations on your guest spot with Stamplorations, during stamp spotlight week!

Birgit said...

They are all so cute. I love the first one with the light blue and the birdie at the bottom. The 2nd one seems comical to me sitting on the fence happily enjoying the day and the last is beautiful with the paper you used and birdie highlight!

joy said...

This is my favorite stamp set of the new release and I love your cards, Darnell! I like the second one best.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Aren't these guys totally fun!!Love that you made 3 super fun cards~

TangledBlueRose said...

So fun and I adore this set and all your awesome cards! Thanks for sharing each day, love it all. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog and visit/follow :)
I am also following you, cannot wait to see more!~kim

JD/ Jill said...

Your cards are all so cute and well done. It's like they were made for you! smile.
You did a fabulous job as a guest designer this week.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Karen Petitt said...

Oh my - no!!! More bird stamps that I love and now need lol! Love all three of your cards Darnell but I especially have a soft spot for the second one, I have a weakness (like there's only one lol) for multi coloured ink pads, those flag thingies and die cut fence borders lol! Have a great weekend Karen x

Brandi R said...

Oh these are fantastic! LOVE that bird set! ♥

cm said...

Crushing over, smitten by and loving your bird cards, Darnell, which is odd (not the crushing, smitten and loving part) because I'm not a fan of bird images (I'm rather terrified of birds, actually - especially the big huge ravens here. I talk very, very nicely to them!). You, however, have changed my attitude! I'm adding these to my wish list: a set of bird cards for my bird-loving sister has been sparked! Your and STAMPlorations: perfect match!
Hugs~c

Pam said...

These are fabulous cards, Darnell. Three works of art.

Greta said...

Wowzer! You certainly were inspired, Darnell--love all of these! They were lucky to have you for the release!

Lisa said...

Oh what a treat, three splendid cards today!! Love the first one, those little birds are my fave in the set!!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. I am so inspired! Hugs xx

Jean said...

Wow- wonderful cards!! Love the inspiratioN!

Carol L said...

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful array of cards! I just love the first one with the great embossed panel, and I especially like the way you carried a touch of blue over to the bird's wings! Great job on all of them!

Cat Craig said...

Lovin this design of split partially embossed panels. nice!

Cheryl W. said...

Super cards, Darnell! I love that you have shown an assortment of card types, all using these little birds. You know how to show versatility!!!

Veerle said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. Love the enbossed top of the first one.
Enjoy the weekend, hugs xx

Renata said...

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Pollard Carole said...

These are fabulous cards i love this stamp so versatile as you say. My favorite today is the copper reach for the stars card I just adore it Love and hugs Carole x

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, I love these little birds ..... they're so tweet (sorry!) Fabulous cards too, I really like the multi-coloured stamping on the middle one ...... juat gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend hun ..... Hugs Linda xx

Lizzy Hill said...

Lovely cards! I REALLY like the sympathy one...it's a bit different & still works so nicely. They're the hardest ones to make I reckon! Thanks for the ideas:):) oh! And that copper star paper? YUUUM!!!!!

aileen (mum) said...

Darnell, a lovely flock of cards. These new stamps are so cute.

Karen B said...

These cards are so cute Dippy - just love the sketchiness of them. Can't decide which is my favourite as they are all gorgeous.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Kelly Latevola said...

Such cuties, these birds! I love how you inked it up with the kaleidoscope ink!! What a fun look :)

Maria said...

Oh, my! Love these wonderful cards with the birds with such character...sweet! I can't choose a favorite for I love them all...well done! Have a great weekend, hugs!:-)

Bobby said...

Wow, you went whole hog with that stamp set, Darnell. Each and every card shows off those birdies in a new and different way. I must say I'm loving that copper paper.

Lisa said...

All of your cards are just amazing!! I love the birds!! You showcased them perfectly!! Fabulous job on each one!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
these are so super, and what great stamps.
Love your fab designs.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Alanna said...

I love thesee birds and you've showcased them beautifully.

oldpunca said...

Three great cards have you created dear Darnell. The middle one is my favourite. Fabulous CAS! You have really enjoyed crafting with new toys and I have enjoyed admiring every single card. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell and you've showcased those birds brilliantly. Can't pick a favourite card but love the colour combo of your Uniko card and I'm thrilled you played along in the challenge. Thanks so much. Sarah x

Kathyk said...

Your card's fabulous, Darnell and those sketchy birds are fabulous - love the kookaburra!

Just taken delivery of some Stamplorations loveliness myself and broken the seal!

Happy Saturday

Kathyk

Valerie Nolan said...

Fabulous array of cards Darnell those sketchy birds are adorable!
Val x

Joyce said...

Congratulations on your GD gig, and I love the cards you have been making with all those fabulous new stamp sets.

Julia Aston said...

what a sweet set of bird cards Darnell - that's a fun set of stamps!

Jerrie said...

Both cards are so nice. I love the way you have segmented the first card and hit the edges to just differentiate them a little. I love the metallic of the second card!!

Maxine D said...

Stunning cards Darnell (as usual, that's what keeps me coming back!). Love that second one in particular.
Blessings
Maxine

Giorgia Rossini said...

Thank you so much for your visit!
I love your cards for the hop :)

Regina said...

Darnell, these are all gorgeous cards with the new stamp set! My fav is the first!
Thanks for your best wishes and all the lovely comments!
Wish you a wonderful Sunday!
Regina*

Ros Crawford said...

You've really showcased those stamps beautifully this week ... Beautiful cards each and every one! Have a lovely day my friend!

Marybeth said...

What a treat all week , you did an amazing job showcasing all these darling stamps !
Great way to show off these sweet sketched bird stamps with so many pretty cards! Hugs!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooopsie! Just trying to catch up on some comments and realised I missed yours before the LIM challenge closed Darnell. thanks so much for playing along and I love how you've showcased this birdie stamp. So adorable.
Sarah (Less is More)

Craftychris said...

All this are so cute! Fabulous cards. I love these little birdies xxx

Donna said...

Absolutely stunning cards Darnell! You were a perfect choice for guest designer, congratulations!

Shelly said...

These are sooo pretty, Darnell! Those birds are so sweet!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Beautiful cards in all their simplicity - love the colors and the stamps you have used:)

Laurie Unger said...

Fantastic job creating with all the new stamps from stamplorations this week! You continue to enable me with buying more stuff so that I have an endless supply of NBUS! Thanks! ;-)

Helen F. said...

Congratulations on this GD Spot, Darnell! Love these three adorable cards. The sketchy birds are so tweet ;-)

~Rasz~ said...

Wow Darnell! Those stamps are SO SO SO CUTE!!! You know I am not a "stamper" but I could so some fun things with those. I am thinking of getting some more stamps. They really seem to help accent any creation. I love all three of your cards too! Great job! Big Hugs my friend!

Sue - said...

Just catching up on my commenting while I have a few quiet moments. Love these birds Darnell and such a gorgeous card.

*Vicki* said...

These birds are just too cute!! You've done a stunning job with them Darnell!!! :)

ionabunny said...

I have this set and I love them. Your cards are fantastic. Lov the multicolour puffin and the copper one. Must dig out some copper. Hugz

Tracey said...

Love the sketchy look of the stamps too. Really nice cards!

Monika Skinner said...

Love all your beautiful birdie offerings,Darnell. Absolutely adore the multi coloured puffin! Hugs xxx

Geri said...

Three more amazing cards! Sweet creations showcasing the various avian characters! Especially in love with the copper colored card!

You soooooo rocked this DT gig!

Joyce Erb said...

Love all your cards, so sweet and beautiful. Thanks for taking the challenge with us at the <a href="http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com”>Mod Squad Challenge</a>
You can enter all 3 if you want. As long as you are a follower you will be entered 3 times for the drawing.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I think my bird comment got on the wrong post. Just put on your big girlie panties and deal with it!!!

Sarah Mabery said...

Those birds are too stinkin cute. I really like the toucan stamped with the kaleidoscope ink, especially against the white background. And that embossing folder is so perfect with the bird stamps. I can see why you made three cards instead of just one.

Kim Heggins said...

Three fabulous cards...love each one of them. You totally rock these sweet little birds!

Beverley said...

Awesome trio of cards :) you sure have been a busy 'bird'! Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

Nicki S said...

Very cute cards! My favorite is the first one. Those colors and embossed panel are perfect! Thanks so much for linking up to the Uniko Studio challenge!