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May 12, 2015

A Fusha Cupcake and a Meeting With Friends

Hi! How's it go'N? 

I think one of the brightest flowers and, hence, one of the brightest manmade colors is fuchsia. And BTW, am I the only one who spells that word wrong every.single.time? Good. So you'll understand when you see that I spell it fusha from now on.

Which brings me straight to the two fusha cards I have for you today. These cards were speciphysically made for the Happy First Blog Birthaversary over at AAA Cards! Thank you, ladies, for a year of fun-filled and challenging challenges!! 

My cards for you:
The flourish embossing folder by Darice is one you've seen before. It has an adorable owl sitting underneath that cupcake. It just seemed to make a perfect embossed corner for my fun foam cupcake and I don't think he'll mind. I mean, if I was going to be sat on by something I sure wouldn't mind if it was a cupcake!

The candle and cupcake dies are by Serendipity Stamps and the NBUS sediment die is by Winnie & Walter.

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And my inside-out twofer: 

A close-up of Martha's glitter:
 

Here is the photo inspiration for the birthday linky party and hop! I hope to see you there!
I'm also entering the Just Us Girls trend week challenge "Embossing" and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Let's Get Sentimental."
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
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Speaking of fusha, it's time we had an update on the garden wall:
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Meeting with Mary and Bonnie!

I saved the best for last! I have been secretly planning for months to meet up with two of my long-time beloved bloggie friends during my trip back east to see my sisters and we finally got together today! Here I am with Mary of Carolina Cards by Mary H and Bonnie of Stamping With Klass:
Mary, Bonnie, Darnell
Aren't we cute as buttons? They certainly are and they are every bit as sweet and fun as you imagine they would be!! Thank you, ladies (and your charming husbands!), for driving so far to meet me! It was a such a pleasure to meet you in real life!

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83 comments:

ionabunny said...

Love the flowers. The fuchsia and white makes a great combo. Hugz

Happy Dance said...

How nice to meet up with bloggy friends!! So glad you could. Hope you're having fun with your sisters too. And double delights in pink and white. Such sweet cuppity-cake cards. With glittery frosting too! Love'em!! Enjoy your vaca, and yes, most definitely, you ARE as cute as buttons!! Bev

Inkyfingers said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell and the fun foam cakes are such fun additions. Glad you are having a good time!
Hugs
Carol x

oldpunca said...

Super sweet birthday cards, dear Darnell. :-)) Fuchsia (is it written well?) is a great colour for celebration cards! I'm glad for you to meet your blog friends. Nice photo of three cute ladies. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Ann said...

Super fun festive cards. So cute with the glittery cupcakes.

Liz said...

Love your gorgeous, glittery cupcake cards!
How wonderful to meet up with Bonnie and Mary! The smiles say it all! xx

Nancy said...

Cute cards Darnell! Isn't it fun to meet up with bloggin friends! You are one lucky lady to meet that talented pair! Thanks for joining us for our embossing week over at Just Us Girls!

Nora N. said...

What lovely cards Darnell. I like how you covered up the owl and stretched the use of the embossing folder.

How fun that you were able to meet up with your friends. Visiting is always so fun!!

Deepti said...

These are awesome! Love both the designs :)

Lizzy Hill said...

I reckon fushcia [have I spelt it right???!!!} has to be a French word, eh? Anyways, they're very pretty....almost as pretty as those cup cakes which are almost pretty enough to eat! My fave is the white [r] one. Only cos I can't DO white cos it gets dirty on me!! And go you, meeting scrappy friends. One of THE biggest joys in life [as would be seeing your sis!!!]....have a good one, FUSHA girl ;)!!

Pat said...

I love your two white on pink and pink on white cupcake cards Darnell and the embossing folder is the perfect backdrop. Well, well, thats what Mary was up to when she said she was going on a short trip and how nice to get to see Bonnie too. What a fantastic threesome you make and by the look of the smiley faces you had a great time. x

Lisa said...

These are full of happiness and fun Darnell!! WOWZA to your pretty garden wall. You have got a green thumb lady...of is it the Mister!?! Yes, the three of you are cute as buttons!

MaryH said...

Oh these are so sweet! Love your cleverness in perching that scrumptious cupcake over Mr. Owl. This is a very versatile EF and it's nifty with your foamy cupcake. Liked both of these, and certainly enjoyed seeing your lovely wall of bright, beautiful flowers, so TFS. We had such a good time & it was so delightful to meet you, your lovely sister and Bonnie & Bruce. I'm so complimented to have been invited and Mr. said he had a good time too. When can we do it again! What a rogue's gallery we are in this piccie! You enjoy the rest of your time, and big hugs to all of you! TFS & Hugs all round.

Patti J said...

Your card is beautiful! I'm still laughing at 'fusha'...your flowers are gorgeous, I must admit that I am jealous in measures of oodles that I am not in that photo! Looks like a great time. My DH is always so good about letting me hook up with crafty friends when we travel. Isn't it fun? Thanks for sharing!

Helen F. said...

Love your beautiful garden pics and seeing you three cute buttons together~I'll bet you had a blast.
The two "happy" birthday cards are a gorgeous fusha color and fun design...no, I don't think the owl minds one bit ;-)

Birgit said...

Oh wow-These cards are so sweet (pun intended). I have no idea how to spell fuschia either. I love both cards and one can see the glitter! Your pictures of your flowers are so pretty and very happy you had a great time meeting up with fellow card bloggers

Nan G said...

Aaawwww, thought youse were talking to me.."you talking to me?" Then I reread and ...well, hello, darnell... ;) some bright pink cards! Very cute and where's my sunglasses? Love the garden wall especially the Geber daisies. Ooh how fab to meet up with blogging buddies. Hugs

Greta said...

Well, I can tell you're having a great trip, Darnell! How fun it is to meet blogging friends & I know it's special to have time with your sisters. Beautiful cards--love that color! Hugs, GG

D- said...

Thanks for sharing both your yummy cards. Love them.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Cheryl W. said...

How fun to meet up with a couple of crafting buddies! I often wish I had a crafting buddy next door so I could run over with my new creations and say, "Look at this! What do you think?"

I think your cards today are great. Simple and celebratory.

Renata said...

Krasni voščilnici, lepih barv.

Jane Willis said...

Love the bold, bright cards and from now on every time I see a cupcake I'll wonder whether it's sitting on an owl.... Love the photos of your garden too.

Čarovnije z male kmetije said...

O, it must be so interesting, to meet blog friends in reality. I'm, glad for you, the photo of you three looks really nice and happy :)
And your cards are lovely, this 'fuksija' color is sooo sweet and glittery is beautiful.

Ina said...

Such pretty cards and lovely layouts. Isn't it awesome to meet up with crafty friends. Thanks for joining us at Just us Girls this week.

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Darnell and I love the different colourways...how nice to meet up with other blogging buddies I'm sure you had lots to chat about

ANne

Sue said...

Fab cards.

Your garden flowers are lovely.

Nice photo of the three of you.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Viv's Visuals said...

Happy smiley faces here Darnell - glad you had a good time! Lovely pink offerings - could just eat a cupcake too....x

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Perfectly pink cuppy-cakes on your gorgeous card,Fusha sounds just right to me Darnell-silly language at times isn't it?
Lovely photograph of you all-how exciting to meet up with crafty chums-I am sure you had a fabulous time together-the smiles say you sure did!
Have a great day,
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Ros Crawford said...

I can't spell it either! Lovely cards though Darnell and how good is that to meet up with bloggie friends ... Fabulous photos my friend!

Jeanne said...

Oohh lovely cards! Guess I wouldn't mind being smooshed by a cupcake either. How very clever are you! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. How fun that you got to meet up with bloggie friends. You are cuter than buttons in my humble opinion. Hugs!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love these cheery and happy birthday cupcakes, amazing glitter icing Darnell!
There is beauty all around you in your garden and it was so nice that you got to meet up with Bonnie and Mary!
When are you coming to Austin?!

SARN said...

Oh how wonderful to meet up with Bonnie and Mary. Bet you gals really had a fun time together.

LOVING your fusha and cake cards D.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Marybeth said...

Hi Darnell! Your cards look good enough to eat,creamy and delicious! I love the pink and white( I spell everything wrong so I will go for easy pink)
Oh how fun to meet up with Bonnie and Mary! You all look adorable !
Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day you sweet girl!

Shelly said...

Two super SWEET cards! And love the pics!

Pollard Carole said...

Lovely post its great to meet blogging buddies. I love your cards they are just so sweet !! Love the Fushia (Think its an English thing)colour and your garden is so pretty you need warmth for those gorgeous flowers no good in the NE England we are still getting frost overnight !!Love and hugs Carole x

















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Loll said...

What a fun card Dolly. Need sunglasses ... that bright "fusha" colour is gorgeous!

And your garden pics are so pretty. You do keep busy!

So excited that you got to meet up with Mary and Bonnie. Wish I could have been there with you all. I bet there there was a lots of laughing and gabbing. :) Lolly xx

KandA said...

Gorgous cards. The fuchsia and white colour combo is so striking and I agree about your cupcake although it would get eaten pretty quick if it was sat on me! xx

KandA said...

Oops hit the publish button too quick.
Super photos of your garden wall - so colourful and interesting xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Yes cute as buttons Darnell! Love your cards and the way you used the positives and the negatives! Meeting bloggie friends is so far!

designbydonna said...

Wonderful cards. Those cupcakes look good enough to grab off there and eat. Your flower wall is gorgeous too.

Sarah said...

Love your two for the price of one cards Darnell, gorgeously yum!! Great way to spell fusha, so much simpler!! Looks like you had a fabulous time too xx

Petra Swart said...

Lovely fusha cards with very yummy looking cupcakes, Darnell!!!! Would have loved to be that owl having a cupcake your own size!!!!
Enjoyed the garden pics, too and the lovely one of you, Mary and Bonnie!!! You girls surely are cute as buttons!!!!!
Have a great time with your sisters!!!

Taunya Butler said...

So very excited and happy for you and the meet up that you got to have with those lovely - cute as a button ladies!! Good for you and also YEAH for you and these 2 REALLY GREAT fusha cards!! Love how you switched the colors and created two similar yet different cards!! So smart - that is what you are!!!

Jacee said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, great design

Lucky you meeting your blogging friends, so lovely, you must have had a ball!!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Craftychris said...

Love your fusha cards! (I prefer your spelling)! Lovely texture and fab colour - so yummy! I am so glad you had a lovely time meeting your friends. Lovely photo xxx

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! The sparkly cupcakes look so yummy!! And I always, always spell fuchsia wrong, too!! What fun meeting with bloggy friends!! The picture is beautiful!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Regina said...

two yummy cupcake card!
Regina*

Brenda in IN said...

That is a color I don't have in ink or paper but you did it proud for your birthday cards. I am so happy you got to meet Mary and Bonnie in person and that your sister got to meet them as well. The garden fence is just gorgeous. It is such a happy, colorful place to be.

Brenda said...

Love your fushia card Auntie!! How clever to set that yummy cupcake on top of the owl, hiding him. I don't think he will mind either, cause like you if I'm going to be sat on, a cupcake would be wonderful. lol I love your second card as well. My your flowers are simply stunning!! I'm just a tad bit jealous that you ladies got to meet up, but very happy that you could do this!! I know you had lots of fun and I agree you three are cute as buttons! It is so fun to meet such lovely people and you three are the some of the best! So I'm glad you had a grand time and enjoyed making some wonderful memories. Hugs, Brenda

Verna Angerhofer said...

These are so cute and darling with the cupcake on the owl. I have that flourish so thanks for showing me a way to get more use from it. And, you are all such beautiful ladies. I hope you had a great time together.

Cat Craig said...

Sweet! Yes that spelling drives me nuts...so its HOT PINK! lol, have a wonderful week.

Pia S said...

Yummy! This looks great in both color combos! And the sparkle is fab!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Love a bit of fusha action myself (my, don't you have to be careful how the predictive text wants to print that!!!)
Great embossing and if I were an owl, I'd be happy to go, crushed by a cupcake.
Also, love your ceanothus (California Lilac) behind your cards. Mine old one has died so its nice to see a healthy specimen, as well as the 3 healthy specimens in the other pic :-)
Ang x

Buttons said...

Beautiful cards as ever Darnell! LOVE that pop of Fushia. Jenny x

TK Watson said...

Love your card, and I agree that I'd like to be sat upon by a cupcake! What a delightful thought... almost as delightful as your garden!!

OH Babs said...

My how special, two great cards and two new friends (in person).

Kim Heggins said...

As always, I love your garden photos...just stunning. And your cards too, so sweet and I love all that pink! But I am so jealous you got to meet more blogging friends, what a fabulous treat for all of you.

frommycraftroom said...

I wouldn't mind being sat on by a cupcake either! Great cards.
Thanks for sharing pics of your garden and your meeting with bloggie friends. I bet you all had a ball.

Lauren said...

This reminds me of when I lived in Fuchsia Place and my mum wrote to the council as they spelt the street name wrong! Thanks for the giggle.

Maxine D said...

AWWW Darnell these 'twofa' cards are stunning - love your use of the die cuts and the contrast/reflection cards.
What a blessing to meet up with your bloggy friends :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hey loving your classy 2-way design Darnell. Can't choose between them as they both rock. Crisp, fun and GORGEOUS. Thanks so much for linking up and joining our birthday party challenge at AAA Cards

Bobby said...

Talk about reverse images, you even reversed the embossing folder, you clever girl, you. Great fusha cards, Darnell. And just where do your sisters live that you were close enough to the Carolina ladies? I told Bonnie I wanted to visit her the next time I go there. Two brothers live in New Bern and my nephew in Cary.

Bonnie said...

That's what I call a pink cupcake! Yum! I hope you are enjoying your sisters. Thanks for sharing one of them with us, and yourself. What fun!

Planetsusie said...

Lurve fooooosha Darnell!! You've made a couple of gorgeous CAS cards and I also lurve those die-cuts... mmmmm!

Great seeing you with Mary H and Bonnie, I'm meeting up with Sue J (Olliesmam) in June again (poor hubbies) but we'll have a great natter!

Hope you are keeping well.

Hugs to you Soupie XXXX

Carol said...

Two beautiful fusha cards Darnell. Beautiful flower wall too. Wonderful photo of the three of you and how lovely to meet up with blogging friends. Carol x

Linda said...

Super cute cupcakes ...... they look good enough to eat!
Love the garden pics too ..... everything looks so pretty.
Great photo of you and the girls too .... looks like you're having fun. Have a great weekend .... hugs Linda xx

JoAnn said...

What a fun time to meet up with your blogging friends. So glad you were able to get together.
Love your beautiful garden wall.
Your car is so cute. Love the cupcake.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super yummy cupcake cards! Your flowers are gorgeous, we just have cactus here in AZ, all my flowers die! Fun to meet up with friends! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Geri said...

...I sure wouldn't mind if a cupcake sat on my head!

Two delightfully yummy creations! Martha's glitter sure does add a nice bit of glam to the icing! Love the bits of perfectly place bling!

Beautiful garden photos! I'm all becited to see the wee tips of my hostas finally breaking ground this past week...can't imagine how delighted you must be when you gaze upon these gorgeous blooms!

Lucky you to meet up with more crafting pals in real life! You really are cute as buttons!

Pam said...

Oh, what pretty creations. Look delish!

Gerrina said...

The two cards really sparkle like a festive card should! Your garden is bloeming, just as ours here! And I am so lucky I have done most of the hard work so we just have to enjoy and once in a while remove some little plants that the wind blow into it... So great that you had a chance to meet! I find that is never dull and allways so pleasant! Enjoy the weekend, Gerrina

Viv said...

Two fabulous pink cards Dee, you know I love pink and these are just adoreable! great pics of your lovely garden and also lovely pics of your lovely self and two buddies too. Have a great weekend my loverly friend....oooh that's three lovelies now he he!! ;) hugs Vee xx

Shona Chambers said...

How wonderful to meet up with friends face to face. I bet they were even more lovely in person!! I wish they would hurry up and invent teleporting so I can more of my bloggie peeps like yourself!! I love 'fusha' and it looks glorious with white. I love your garden wall and its gotten me thinking about doing something similar with a few of our fences. Wheels are a turning.....

Aileen (mum) said...

Beeutiful fusha cards Darnell. Love em, love the flowers in your garden. As winter hits here and the trees loose all their leaves except the gum trees of course. Glad you had a good time away and good to have you back babe.

Anita in France said...

Welcome home, Darnell ... with such lovely fuchsia cards ... the shimmer with the pink is gorgeous! Poor owl, that happened to me ... I was sat on by a cupcake ... no, wait, it was the other way round ... poor cupcake! How fantastic to meet Mary and Bonnie ... what a trio of sweeties you make! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Sandy said...

Cupcake card is so cute. Your garden wall is so lovely. Hoping to add onto mine soon.. Love the happy faces so glad you got to meet up with your bloggy friends.

Kathyk said...

Lovely post - isn't it fab when you FINALLY get around to meeting blog buddies. Looks like you had an absolute blast ladies

I have plans in place to meet up with Sarn of Stamping for Pleasure very (very) soon too!!!

Kathyk

nancy littrell said...

Yummy cupcakes, gorgeous flowers and special stamping girlfriends! Live, Love and Laughter...for sure:-) I have met 2 of my forever SCS girlfriends IRL. So, so FUN! TFS your adorable picture Darnell.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh these are so wonderful. Love that you reversed the colors and made two. The glitter is fantastic! Thanks for linking up and joining in our birthday celebration at AAA Cards.

Joyce said...

Yay for meeting up with crafty friends. You guys really are cute as buttons. Love your mirror image cards, too.

Linda Beeson said...

Cupcakes make it all better!!! So glad you could play along at AAA Cards. Loving your flowers too.

Victoria Lavender said...

Hiya! You kids are just the cutest!!
Such cool fun to meet up! Great use of your all your cuts, the cards look great in their color combos. Just a perfect happy birthday greeting. Thanks so much for joining us for our birthday party hop challenge! Cheers, Victoria- AAA Cards

Sarah Mabery said...

Fabulous pair of fuchsia confections. The glitter looks like sprinkles on the cupcakes. Your garden photos are gorgeous.