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April 20, 2015

Day One - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Greetings on this fine Monday of a fine new week! I hope this finds you up and at 'em and rarin' to go!

I am bursting my buttons to be joining the Design Team at Stamplorations for Day One of Stamp Spotlight Week! (Well, in truth, it's partly from pride and partly from potatoes.) I have gotten to know the ladies on the DT and consider them all friends of mine, so it is an absolute honor to be playing with them this week!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:
I think most of you know the lovely Shery who owns Stamplorations, along with her husband Dave. This is how Shery describes the new release:


First up are two baby-themed sets that Shirley and I each designed. [Ed. Cool!!]
The Bee's Knees BabyBump features Shirley's trademark fun doodled images 
with a touch of whimsy and sentiments in her handwriting. 
Heaven Sent features images in my sketchy/hand-drawn style 
and sentiments that combine my love of typography. 
When I found out I was pregnant in late December, [Ed. Cool!!]
no way we were going to let a release month pass 
without a baby-related set or two! 

Shirley had the BabyBump set done last year 
and she tweaked it a bit for this release. 
Inspired by Shirley's BabyBump set, 
I worked on finishing Heaven Sent in January 
while fighting the awful morning sickness. 
I already had the teddy bear and rocking horse drawn last year, 
back when I didn't even know (or plan) on being pregnant. 
So I went on to draw a few more baby-related images 
and picked the baby carriage to complete the set.

Congratulations to Shery and Dave!
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Today, our spotlight is on "Fond Expressions."
FondExpression-preview
I chose the sediment, "Your Awesome Overwhelms Me" and made my card in honor of DT member, Cornelia's birthday yesterday! 

Happy Birthday, Cornelia, and many, many more! Your awesomeness truly does overwhelm me and I wanted my card to be a reflection of your bright and happy style of card art!
If that doesn't wake you up on a Monday morning, I don't know what will!

And look at me, the person who said she wouldn't be getting into stencils! Okay, maybe it's just the paste I won't be getting into. Can you imagine the mess Hammy would make, not to mention how difficult it would be for him to run on his wheel with little cement boots on his feet! But, stencils, well, it turns out I kinda like stencils, she says, superrized. You can find this fun stencil here.

Shery is generously offering prizes for this Release Week! 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 stunning inspiration using "Fond Expressions."

Wei Wei

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124 comments:

Diane said...

Good Morning Darnell, what lovely and fun colors and design.

Hugs diane

Jerrie said...

I love all the colors you have chosen!! Great to see you GD at STAMPlorations!!

JD/ Jill said...

Wow! I can't believe that I am not commenter #50 or 100...or something like that...(like I usually find myself...smile...

Your card is fabulous! (as always) Love the vibrant colors that you used on this creative, happy card.

Congrats on being a guest designer...can't wait to see what other creative cards you are going to come with this week.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

WOWZERS - now I am truly awake! Thanks for the birthday wishes and your awesome card to go along with your shout-out! I guess you changed your mind - what happened to that spectacular card you had on the DT blog for today??? I was oogling all over it every time I visited, not that this one isn't spectacular either!!!! So happy to have you as GDT for the whole week. Your work adds so much to our DT and to Shery's growing little company!

Craft-E-Place said...

Congrats on the GUest design spot - well deserved.
Brilliant card lots of inspiration!
Elaine

Vicki Dutcher said...

WELCOME to Guesting! You are so good to mention pregnancy and birthdays! AND using the stencil in a fabulous way! Looking forward to the rest of the week~

Pollard Carole said...

Fabulous card the colours are superb so vibrant i love these stamps just gorgeous love and hugs Carole x

Monika Skinner said...

Wow, welcome with a colourful BANG! Stunning card, Darnell. It so perfectly captures Cornelia's love for rainbow colours. So glad to have you joining us this week. hugs xxx

Julie B said...

Good afternoon Darnell or should I say good morning over in California!
What a bright and cheerful start to this blog hop. Looking forward to seeing what else you've been up to in the playhouse.
So pleased to have you as GD for this hop. :)

Deepti said...

Well this design and bright colors truly make the sentiment pop :) You rocked this set. So so so happy to have you as our Guest!!

Elizabeth S. said...

This is beautiful and love the colors and design! Plus congrats on joining the DT at Stamplorations...excited for you and look forward to many more creations of yours.

conil said...

Love the style of these new sentiments. Will be going on my wish list immediately. For a non-stencil person you really did this one up right. That color just makes be ecstatic...then positioning the sentiment in the negative space of the diecut is brilliant.

Gerrina said...

Great to see you as GDT at Stamplorations! And just as great that you made a card fitting in the challenge at the Time Out challemgeblog! I like it! Great stamping and fun how you put the sentiment inside the diecut piece! Hugs, Gerrina

KT Fit Kitty said...

Congratulations, Darnell! Well deserved! I love your colourful stencilled background - so eye-catching! The sentiment stamp looks amazing too! I think I will do the hop! Have a great day!

Susanne Vargas said...

Congrats on your GD spot! Of course I adore your rainbow drops card! And Cornelia certainly will, too, since she uses those bright colors a lot!
Hope you won't have to eat your words about the embossing paste! It's so much fun!!! (And not too messy, I think)
Have a great week!

LauraJane:) said...

Oh so HAPPY raindrops!! So glad to have you join the team at STAMPlorations for this release week:)))

Birgit said...

I wouldn't mind rain at all if it came down looking like that! Your bright and cheerful card would even make the Grinch smile. ;o)
Congrats on your design team spot! I can't think of anyone more deserving.

designbydonna said...

Love those bright and cheery drops of color. I'm sure your friend with love getting this card for her birthday.

Sue said...

What a lovely bright card.

Hope you've had a good start to the week. Sue

Pat said...

I love this bright and pretty card Darnell and your awesomenesses overwhelm me too. x

Sarah said...

LOVE this rainbow of gorgeousness and what a fabulous sentiment too, in fact the whole set looks pretty fab to me!! xx

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

So colorful and bright card! And so delicious like a lot of rainbow drop candies! Yummy)

sandie said...

Congrats on the GD and what an awesome card! Adore the rainbow rain!! Thanks for joining TO and thank you for your sweet comment on the TO blog-much appreciated x

Charlene said...

Yeah!! Congrats Darnell!!!!! Your card is fabulouso!!!!!!!

Elizabeth S. said...

This is beautiful and love the colors and design! Plus congrats on joining the DT at Stamplorations...excited for you and look forward to many more creations of yours.

Sandy said...

this is such a fun card with that "awesome" sentiment and the bright cheery colors. Enjoy your time as guest DT

Geri said...

It's raining Smarties!!! Raindrop shaped Smarties that is! All glammed up with some shimmer & shine! This card will definitely have someone happily dancing in the rain!

And you used a stencil....good on you girlfriend!

A huge congrats on your well deserved GD honor!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Congrats on your GD spot. A well deserved honor! The card is beautifully bright and I love it!

Hugs,
Em xxx

Carol said...

Congrats on your guest appearance Darnell...you certainly did Shery proud with this stencilled creation, it's fabulous. Carol x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Welcome Darnell,
congratulations and I am happy with you with this award. It is the most well-deserved!
A card that you created is so joyful and cheerful, the birthday girl will not only enjoy but anyone who looks at it.
Congratulations and best regards,
Bozena

Barb said...

Hey there, Darnell! I love your bright and cheery card and BIG CONGRATS on being selected for Guest Designer. I know you'll share great things and I look forward to seeing them.

Have a wonderful day! And thanks again for buzzin' by my blog. :)

Hugs,
Barb

Karen said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved GD spot, Darnell! They are blessed to have you! :o) And my goodness, what a beauty you've created for this special day! The design is lovely and your colors are exquisite! It's a rainbow for the heart. :o) Beautifully done as always, my friend. Wishing you the sweetest of days! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

KayM said...

Congratulations on your guest spot Darnell! Your card is so lovely with those beautiful bright stenciled raindrops! They look 3D almost! I'm like you, not getting into the paste stuff... said that about watercoloring and Distress Inks too... ugh! Didn't work! OH well! Have a wonderful week my friend! ((Hugs))

Anne said...

Fab card. Hope you got my email - just to say got the equally fab birthday card this morning. Thanks so much. Anne x

Anne said...

Fab card. Hope you got my email - just to say got the equally fab birthday card this morning. Thanks so much. Anne x

Samra Leshinski said...

Gorgeous card Darnell:)

Susan said...

WOW! This will wake you up! LOVE the bright rainbow colors...and I think I might "need" that sentiment set! Too cool!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Great card. I love all of the colorful rain drops. TFS

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love your window die cut on this amazing stenciled and coloured with such happy colours card front! wonderful new sentiments and you are fabulous!
Congratulations to Shery and Dave indeed!
Wonderful news :)

ionabunny said...

Love your rainbow of raindrops. Fab card. Thank you for your comment on my little soap box. You made me blush!! Hugz

Bobby said...

Great stencil work, Darnell. Those raindrops have so much dimension and color to beat the band.

Kim Heggins said...

A big congrats to you and so well deserved too. Can't wait to see more of your amaxing and incredible creations. Today's card is so sweet. Love your rainbow colored rain drops. So beautiful.

Pia S said...

Love the rainbow colors you've used, that's one rainfall one can't complain about. Awesome!

shirley-bee said...

I just love this bright gumdrop raindrop card, Darnell! We're so glad to have you as guest designer for this release. And with my other hat on, thanks for linking up to Craft Stamper :)

Inkyfingers said...

Congrats on the DT spot Darnell and what a wonderful card you created! I love the bright colours and the sentiment you chose is brilliant.
Hugs
Carol x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I really love that set of sentiments and your card is fantastic. Oh, and I love potatoes too...as anyone can see! LOL

Liz said...

Fab card, Darnell. Love the bright colours and the aperture for the sentiment. I've got this stencil, or one very similar, but never thought to use it with a rainbow of colours. Congrats on your GDT spot. xx

Cynthia Berquist said...

Congratulations, and well deserved! Love the brilliant sentiment and colors you chose for the stencil. It's like happiness raining down for a fabulous birthday.

Cheryl W. said...

I love your bright and happy card! Congrats on the GD spot! I'd say, they're lucky to have you. You're amazing in so many ways.

Manuela said...

wonderful and colorful HB card!

Sammy said...

What a fantastic card Darnell! I just love that stencil (and we'll get you hooked on the paste too eventually. Muaahaaahaa!), and that sentiment is easily my favourite of the set. Thank you for once again making my shopping list longer... x

Harriet Skelly said...

Fabulous card Darnell. Didn't I just hear you say the other day that you weren't going to get into stencils??? Or was that Hammy speaking? Congrats on your guest spot!! Hugs, Harriet

Kathleen said...

Stunning card Darnell, love all the lovely bright colours and very novel for raindrops.
Love it Kath x

frommycraftroom said...

What a lovely bright and happy card. A great way to start my day.
Congrats on the guest spot too :)

Shery said...

Darnell, a million gazillion THANK YOU for being our guest designer in this release! All of us at STAMPlorations can't think of anyone else more fitting to come play with us! You already know how I feel about this card -- it is easily one of my favorite, simply because of your awesome stencil work, the colors, and how that sentiment is just perfect for it! I wish I had the same birthday as Cornelia's LOL! She will be thrilled!

Valerie Nolan said...

Such a fun card Darnell,it would bring a smile to the recipient. Congratulations on your gd spot they are lucky to have you :)
Val x

Virginia Lu said...

Congrats, Darnell, on doing this AWESOME DT feature with STAMPloration! The colorful background is so eye-catching and perfect! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Make Your Own Background” Challenge!

Carole said...

love the colorful rainbow drops

Cat Craig said...

HELLO what an awesome burst of colors! Love this.

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

I totally love these rainbow-raindrops!! SO COOL Darnell!

TangledBlueRose said...

So wonderful! I love the rainbow of wonderful drops, so fun!~kim

Maura R said...

Congrats on the GD spot, Darnell!! I love your bright, cheery card, and I just got some supplies from Stamplorations (including fond expressions), so I will be having fun playing with them too!

joy said...

What a wonderful and colorful creation, Darnell! Your use of the stencil is fabulous. Congrats on being a guest designer!!

I love Stamplorations and Shery is just the sweetest gal. So happy there's a baby on the way.

Pam said...

Love, love, love your bday card for Cornelia! Rainbows are always happy. Good for you for using a stencil. Aren't they super fun? So is paste!) xo

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats on your well deserved Guest DT spot, Darnell! Your card is fabulous!!! I love how you combined the raindrops with a rainbow of colors...so bright and fun! And, I love how you stamped inside the aperture in red! I see that Cornelia is really touched by your gesture, too!
Thanks for inspiring us to join in on the challenge...Hugs!

Rahmat said...

Great to see as Gd at STAMPlorations Darnell, I love this rainbow colored droplets, and the sentiment is perfect for this.

Brenda said...

Wow, a new baby-all's right with the world when there is a new little one on the way! A BIG congrats to Sherry and Dave!! And a BIG congrats to you too Auntie for joining the DT at Stamplorations Day One of Stamp Stoplight Week! Wow, that was a mouth ful! lol I love, love your card Auntie! It's so bright, fun and festive and I am really loving those new sentiment stamps. When I get back to creating, I must get some of my stencils out and have a play day! Hugs, Brenda

Ruby N said...

WOW Congrats on being a guest designer!! That is awesome!! I love their company and stamps. I love your card :))

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Congratulations !!!!! They are lucky to have you!
Love your fun card! All the pretty colors! And you accented that awesome sentiment perfectly!

Bananastamper said...

awesomeness indeed!!! Wowee, loving your rainbow inspired super FUN card!
LOVE it!
Shanna :)

Robyn Oliver said...

"LITS" is so true...so lets make cards every day (or as often as we can)I love your cheerful, colourful, stenciled card Darnell, with the die cut opening for the sentiment...fabulous

Lisa said...

Well YAY!!! A HUGE congrats to you my sweet friend. LOVE your fun rainbow of raindrops on this fabulous card. I think you should be a permanent member of this DT with your awesome work...just sayin'!!

cm said...

Woo hooo...which was precisely my response at work (yes...just doing some multi-tasking...*ahem*) spoken aloud - and loudly - in seeing you as a GD for STAMPlorations! Ecstatically happy - and what a marvelous stenciled card you've created to showcase this new release (some of which is already winging its way to my place!). Bright, colourful, cheery - perfect for our marvelous Cornelia! Love it! Need to set up another phone/Skype for "soon"!
Hugs~c

Carol L said...

Congrats on your DT, and what a colorful and perfect card for the month of April! Love those raindrops!!

Maxine D said...

Oh Darnell I am wide awake now (in fact it is Tuesday here, so I am ahead ofyou in the awake stakes) Love your fabulous colours and the stencil is amazing...
Blessings
Maxine

Birgit said...

This is such a bright and happy card-Love it. You coloured it so well with the bright white spot just giving the finishing touch!

vinita jain said...

Congrats as a GD! This is simply fantastic! Every element! The sentiment just makes it over the top for me. Fab and colorful creation and great use of stencil!

Greta said...

Big congrats, Darnell! Such a fun, festive card--love it! PS--the paste is really, really fun--never say never!

Suchi said...

Hey Darnell, firstly congrats for the GDT position. Also, I loved your vibrant and happy card!
Pretty! :)

maria f. said...

You do know that sediment was created specially for you 😉 Well, if not, it shoulda been. What a joy having you with us for this release. And way to start off with a bang. I bet if we could see individual raindrops when there is a rainbow, they would look just like yours. What a beaut, my dear.

Tracey McNeely said...

Bursting at the Buttons indeed as you should! Congratulations and you will be such an amazing inspiration to the team! Gorgeous debut!

Craftychris said...

Congratulations being guest designer at the fab Stamplorations! Your card is bold, bright and beautiful! Love it! xxx

hellerlittle said...

Great to see as GD at STAMPlorations Darnell,
I love this rainbow colored rain, and the sentiment is perfect for this card.
CU hellerlittle

Ros Crawford said...

Yay!! Congrats to you and a fabulous card for your GD spot too!!

aileen (mum) said...

Congrats Darnell, though I am not surprised as you are so clever. I absolutely love this card, sediment and all. Those raindrops are perfect and all that colour. Cant wait to see the rest.

Lizzy Hill said...

Well, I've swapped over to Gmail after your last post! So thank you;) And this card, STENCILED card, is really lovely and bold and fun:):)

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Congrats on your Guest post Darnell ! I loved the wonderful rainbow colored drops and lovely way to showcase the sentiment !

Karen B said...

What a well deserved GD spot Dippy. Love this card, certainly woke me up but the colours are wonderful, as is the sentiment.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Jeanne said...

Congrats on the guest designer gig. Your card is fantastic. Love the bright rainbow of colors!! Awesomeness, indeed!

~amy~ said...

What a fabulous card...living in washington state I love raindrops :) LOVE the sweet sentiment too!

Shelly said...

Such a fun card, Darnell! Love the rainbow of colors! Congrats on guesting for the week!

2amscrapper said...

so bright and great idea to die cut an opening for the sentiment

Loll said...

Congrats on being on the DT to showcase the fabulous new release from STAMPLORATIONS. Wonderful honour Dolly! And LOVE your stenciled card. Fun, bright ... I mean, really, really bright! and cheerful! :) Now that you've tried stenciling I know you'll be hooked --- it's so much fun! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. Lolly xx

KandA said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. I love the fabulous cheerful colours and super stencilling with the super sediment. Congrats on being on the showcase DT xx

D.Ann said...

Fab coloring! Wouldn't it be fun if rain came down in rainbow colors for perkier rainy days?!! :)

Redanne said...

Oh wow, I love the gorgeous bright colours - great design too!

Sorry, I am doing these back to front, should have commented on this one first... Hugs, Annie xx

Bonnie said...

This is a fun stencil and the colors are fantastic! Love those bright colors!

Taunya Butler said...

Darnell - I am just going ga-ga over this card - the bright, happy, color infused raindrops make the most beautiful rainbow on this card!! I love that you used a stencil and now maybe I will have to too!! You did a marvelous job on this card and so sweet that you made it for Cornelia's birthday!! Have a rainbow - sunshiny day!!!

Sharon Underwood said...

I love this card! Those "raindrops" are awesome! You did an excellent job with the stencil.

Nora N. said...

Wow!! You and stencils are a great match. I LOVE that "raindrop" background. The colors are so crisp and make me HAPPY!!! Really like that sentiment too. Fabulous card!!

Ann said...

Super cute and love the droplets in the fun colors. Wonderful new set too.

Ann said...

Super cute and love the droplets in the fun colors. Wonderful new set too.

Sue from Oregon said...

Congrats Darnell!!Lovin this bright and oh so cheerful raindrops...I love bright!!!

Claire Grantham said...

This card is so bright and fun Darnell! I can't believe you have not been using stencils! You wouldn't know it by seeing this beauty. Another stash item for you to get addicted to :O my stencil stash is stupidly large, but I can't resist them.
Cx

Shona Chambers said...

So excited to see you at Stamplorations for their New Release. Your first card is a stunner, loving those rainbow colours. And you've sold me on the new stamp set. I use 'awesomeness' about a million times a day, so I feel I'm mean't to own this one. Might have to do some shopping, especially with the free shipping deal at the moment!! Looking forward to the rest of your new release creations!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on your GD spot, Darnell ... just have to say it (even if everyone else already has) ... your awesomeness overwhelms me! Glorious rainbow raindrops, so beautifully stencilled (go you!) ... definitely a smiling all over my face card! Looking forward to more inspiration! Hugs & Bisous, Bisous, Anita :)

Anita in France said...

See, you can tell I was overwhelmed ... I hit publish before saying ... delighted to have you playing along with us at Time out, sweet friend! Hugs & Bisous, Bisous, Anita :)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

If rain came in these colours, it wouldn't be so bad! (I know you're short of it where you are, but we're not!) Will head over to check out the new release!

Sandy said...

wonderful, wonderful colors and I do love color! What a great idea and well done!
Sandy xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This cards bright and happy awesomeness overwhelms me! (as does the ability to spell 'awesomeness') Fab! Fab! Fab!

Becca Cruger said...

Well - if you were going for bright and happy you totally hit your mark! Awesomeness on a piece of cardstock!

Linda said...

WOW! I love the rainbow of colours, so bright and cheery. Great job Darnell!! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ..good luck! Linda xx

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow. Rain drops keep falling off the page...they keep falling. Time well spent!!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

I love your fun colourful card! hugs

Brandi R said...

What a gorgeous card! LOVE all the fun colors in those water drops! ♥

Kate said...

Your awesomeness overwhelms me Darnell !!! What a sensational card !!!

Kate said...

Your awesomeness overwhelms me Darnell !!! What a sensational card !!!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

That is gorgeous stenciling you did Darnell. Loving the rainbow colors and that makes me awake this moment; how can I missed commenting this fab card earlier on, lol. Loving your design so much. Hugs xx
Asmah

Marybeth said...

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!! Nice way to showcase the new stamps ! Love the colorful drops ! Stenciling is fun and you proved it!

Helen F. said...

Now this card just screams FUN! Love the bright colored drops~great stenciling here, Darnell :-)

Sarah Mabery said...

That stencil is so cool. I love the rainbow of colors you used and that you put a window in it for the sentiment. A very bright and cheery card. And that sentiment is fabulous.

sandie said...

Congrats on getting honours at TO x

I Card Everyone said...

Yay YOU and your raindrips, too!!!
=] M

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--just saw this card got a shout-out at Time Out! Congrats, my friend!