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August 14, 2015

Cheering Up With Color

Hi there!

I hope you have had a great week!

Did you think I had whooshed completely out of the Blogosphere? No, no, but I wasn't feeling my best and that sucked the mojojuice right out of me.

Not only that, but you may remember my sister came for a visit recently. Well, after she left almost a week ago, I went out to the Playhouse to find a note from Hammy that he had gotten bored while I was busy with my sister, so he left to go see his own sister.

Wait. What? I didn't even know he had a sister.

Now that I think about it, he did put the word "sister" in quotes in his note, so I'm thinking he meant he was going off to see one of his girlfriends! Oh, help!

After much sighing and napping, yesterday I decided that I couldn't wait for him to return and I just needed to muddle on without him. To cheer up and get the mojojuice flowing, I switched things up around here, using colored cardstock for both my cards!

Here we go!
This is a simples QACAS card. I used a tempting turquoise card base lined with white panels.Over a double layer of Washi tape I heat-embossed a sediment from My Favorite Things in white and I added two store-bought butterfly embellishments for play.

I wish you could see these butterflies IRL. They are just exquisite little creatures, made by Little B. Here is a close-up, which still doesn't do their sparkles justice. (By the way, they are a lovely raspberry color IRL. I don't know why they turned purplie in the photo.)
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Today's Twofer

My twofer was inspired by this pretty Christmas card made by my friend Chriss Blagrave for MUSE: Christmas Visions:
Here is my take:

  • I decided to sorta turn Chriss's pretty card inside out by using old olive as my card base, red as my decorative-edged panel, and black for my poinsettia. I see you cocking your head to the side. Whadya think? Chriss loves poinsettias, so I'm hoping she likes this one, even in nontraditional black. 
  • I don't actually have a poinsettia die, but have you ever noticed how poinsettia petals look just like leaves? So I made my poinsettia by layering leaves from a Memory Box "Tender Leaves" die! 
  • (I'm not saying that was genius or anything, but if a certain hamster is reading this, he might want to hustle his sweet cheeks back to the Playhouse. I'm just sayin'.) 
  • The flower center was found in the bottom of my flower drawer, waiting patiently for this day to come.
  • As Chriss did, I added a flourish (Hero Arts) around the panel, embossed in gold. My sediment is from Hot Fudge Studio, heat-embossed in black instead of gold to balance out the heaviness of the black flower.
  • Chriss added a leaf to her poinsettia flower, but since I used leaves to make my flower, I then would have needed to use a flower as my leaf and even to my heavily-medicated-inside-out way of thinking, that was just too convoluted and confuzzling, so I left it off. Are you all woozy now, too?!
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It was great to make a card and blog again! Hopefully, my new doctor and new meds will sort me out and I'll have more engerny. I can tell you that seeing this notice on my blog overview page yesterday was very motivating! 
I happened to see it right when my stats showed I had done 874 posts and I have 874 followers. That's one post for each of you! How fun this hobby is and how blessed and appreciative I am for each one of you! Thank you! MWAH!

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106 comments:

Kathyk said...

Delightful make from you, hope hammy will be back from visiting with his "sister" soon and will bring Mr Mojo back too!

Kathyk

Sue - said...

Sorry to hear you're a bit under the weather. Do hope you start to feel better soon and that Hammy comes running home.! Two gorgeous cards especially the blue one - love it! Hugs xx

Hannelie said...

Let me tell you... after seeing this 2 beauties... you don't need hammy ! Two fabulous cards Darnell! The colored card bases really pop and the added detail is perfect on both cards!
So glad our sketch was part of the inspiration. Thanks for playing... hugs to you

Sue said...

Darnell, I hope you are feeling much better now.

Loving the cards. The butterflies are so pretty.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Liz said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell. When I read that you'd made your poinsettia out of leaves I had to scroll back up for a closed look. Genius!

Hope you feel better soon. xx

Rema said...

Both cards are stunning Darnell. Love the first one. Blue and green colors work so well together. One of my favorite combos...

Julie B said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, hope you are fighting fit soon.
Mind you if this is under the weather what are you going to be like at full strength! Hammy certainly didn't pack your mojo when he left to be with his 'sister'.
All the best Jules xx

Sammy said...

They're both wonderful cards Darnell, but I ADORE the Poinsettia one. Using the leaves for petals really was genius.
Hope you feel better soon, and that Hammy gets his backside (and preferably the front too) back to the playhouse soon. x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, I hope you are feeling tip top by now.
Your cards are just so lovely, simple designs but so effective, hugs Kate x

Jan Clothier said...

Love that blue card with its swish green stripe and lively butterflies!

Lynn said...

So happy that our mojo is returning...despite hammy's little hiatus! Two beauties...a CAS wonder...and how stinking awesome to use the leaves for the poinsettia (we won't talk about how many dies I have). Gorgeous!

Mrs A. said...

Lets hope hammy oesn't bring his sister/girl end back for a visit cos you know what two hammy's can make!! Laid up myself at the mo as made th mistake of having two icecreams yesterday whilst we were out and then walked quite a bit. Now my legs hated valerie dip ith blood provisioning. On strong pills to counteract the redness and sop it creeping up my legs . If it,s not one thing it's another. On predictive text so this could take a bit of dispersing.
Anyways I Thankyou for your smashing butterflies. I can just see the shimmer from my prone position. Hugs Mrs A.

Valerie Nolan said...

Two lovely cards Darnell, love the blue one! Shame about your missing mojo, perhaps it went visiting with Hammy! Hope you feel better soon
Val xx

SARN said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell. A great CASE - I like the idea of turning it inside out colour wise

Michelle said...

Awesome cards, Darnell! I'm still giggling over the fact that Hammy went to visit his "sister"...

Carole said...

Fabulous post, and two great cards. I admire your improvisation especially as you have been out of sorts. Do hope you are feeling perkier now! Hugs xx

Di said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - and I do love the use of coloured card for them. I'm out of the habit of doing that - they look great. LOVE the improvised poinsettia too, I do believe that the red 'petals' are in fact leaves in real life - the flower(s) are the yellow bits in the centre. Don't ask where I picked up that snippet of useless information!

Did Hammy take a little spotted cloth handkie on a stick over his shoulder with his toothbrush and PJs in when he went visiting? :)

Hugs

Di xx

Viv said...

Awww Vee so sorry you have not been well ;( I hope you feel better very soon. Great cards here again, love the pretty flutterbies and the pretty flower on the second card.Oooh Hammy has a sister.... who knew ;)hugs Viv xx

Marilyn said...

Sorry to hear that your were under the weather! Your two cards are awesome!! Love the idea of using leaves to create your poinsettia.

Kim M said...

Fantastic cards, Darnell! I just love your turquoise one. Fab little butterflies. Hope you feel better soon! Hugs! :-)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! LOVING how you used the leaves on the second one!!! Hope you feel better soon!!!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh, Darnell! Two beautiful cards, love the coloured card stock and brilliant embossing! You can imagine my surprise when I saw my poinsettia card on your post and THEN, your breathtaking card! Wow, I am blown away with the details you put into this. The perfect leaves detail (so clever), switching around the colours, the gold embossed "frame" details and the poinsettia center...just awesome!
I have been thinking extra of you this week and it was kind of out of this world witchy to see this post. I am amazed :)))
Big hugs XOX
Continue to Feel Better...

walchowDesign said...

Hope you are feeling better, Darnell! Two gorgeous cards and love your take on the second one. Love the gold stitched embossing and the poinsettia! Hope you've solved the "mystery"!

Pat said...

Two really fantastic cards Darnell and this is what you make when under the weather! I love the colours of card on both and the pretty washi and butterflies, and then that gorgeous black poinsettia with the glittery centre against the red, and the gold embossing. Do hope you are feeling a lot better now. x

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Hi Darnell
Another fun read and two lovely cards .Love the designs and simplicity . Thanks for sharing with Christmas Card Challenges .

Em Louise Fairley said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell! I love poinsettias and I love your non traditional version!

Hugs,
Em x

Jeanne said...

Hope you are getting back to feeling a lot better, Darnell! You gotta be on top of things to keep that Hammy in line! You might not want him gallivanting around too much with this "sister/girlfriend." Hee! Your cards are gorgeous, so it looks like your mojojuice was flowing! Adore the glittery butterflies and the beautiful blue cardbase on the first card. And how clever are you to use those leaves to create a beautimous poinsettia! Great eye candy today. Hope you have a terrific weekend! Hugs!

Colleen said...

When I am under the weather, I lay around and read and nap...You are amazing, those mojo juices are sure flowing now...great cards and too funny story!! Thanks for sharing!! Feel better SOON!! Hugs

Sandy said...

Wonderful simpliicity on the butterfly card. And you are so cloever to have figured out how to do the poinsettia; I'll have to see if I have dies that will work.

I Card Everyone said...

Oh my colorful goodness, D... these are phenomenal! I wish you could see the batch of butterflies we're growing on our front porch! Hope you're feeling yourself again ... wait ... oh you get it.
=] M

Maura R said...

Love your cards Darnell - especially the 2nd one ( I think the black works well for the flower - it's dramatic). Hoping your back in tip top shape real soon, and that Hammy gets his "sweet cheeks" home in a hurry!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Fantastic creations, I love the butterflies & gems on the first one. I hope you are feeling better. I haven't had much time or energy for creativity these days, but I know I will have more time inside in the Fall. Take good care, hugs, Shirleyxx

Cat Craig said...

Two fabulous cards, and I especially love what you did for Chriss's muse challenge. Gor-Geous! Hope you are feeling better and that Hammy gets his furry little butt back soon. Hugs.

Inkyfingers said...

What a great pair of cards Darnell and I just love the spare beauty of the first one - CAS perfection my friend!

I'm sorry to hear you are under the weather and hope that you start to feel better soon.
Hugs
Carol x

Krisha said...

Hope your feeling better by now.

You did a fantastic job....without Hammy....on these cards. I'm really drawn to the blue one.....might be the butterflies...*grin*

Have a great weekend

jimlynn said...

Two more perfect cards. Love the leafy poinsettia! Have a fun weekend.
Lynn

Sharon Underwood said...

Very pretty cards, Darnell! I like the colored paper! We miss you when you're not around...

Leslee said...

Love your cards. I don't like poinsettias much, but I sure love yours. Hope you're feeling much better real soon!

Jacee said...

What fabulous designs Darnell, I do love that shade of blue on the first, gorgeous!
hugs Jacee
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Lisa said...

I hope you are feeling much better, Darnell, and I hope Hammy returns soon from his "visit"!! Your cards are gorgeous as always!! I love the pretty butterflies on the first one!! Using leaves to create the poinsettia on the second one is so creative and fabulous!! Love them both!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
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Marisa said...

Love the touch of gold embossed zigzag around your "leaf" poinsettia - absolutely brilliant way to make one!!

Mike said...

Darnell, this is just about as good at it gets for a CAS card! It would be great for a beginner! Love it! Thanks for playing with Pals Paper Arts!

Deepti said...

These are awesome! I love the shimmering of those butterflies :)

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Darnell
I am so sorry to hear that you have not been well :-(.... I hope that you make a speedy recovery.
Your cards are amazing - I love the cas-ness of the first with those sparkly butterflies and that dramatic Poinsettia Wow! Fabulous idea to use a leaf die!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend - BTW I have just Googled the gestation period for a hamster and it is 22 days!!!
Love and hugs
Eve xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous both cads, Darnell! So elegant! Love how you have created the poinsettia with a leaf die, this is a genial idea!!

Donna said...

Hi Darnell :). There must be something in the water... I'm on day 4 of a headache that's bashing my mojo to smithereens !!!
On a brighter note, two very lovely cards. I was going to say how much I loved your butterflies... then carried on reading and you showcased them :)
Give my love to Hammy!!!

Redanne said...

Oh my dear Darnell, I am so sorry to hear that you have been feeling so poorly, I hope that being back in the Playhouse means that you are feeling a lot better...... You sure did great without the help of Hammy, the first card is stunning with those gorgeous sparkly little butterflies. The second card is bold, striking and very beautiful, I just love how you mixed it up.

Please rest over the weekend and get yourself better soon.... Big hugs, Annie xxxx

Susanne Vargas said...

I was wondering why it was so quiet on your blog! Thought your sister might still be there...
Beautiful cards! I especially like your take on CAS(E) this sketch! Glad that you didn't wait for Hammy to get back! You make fabulous cards without his help!
Hope you continue to feel better!
Have a great weekend!

KayM said...

I hope you're feeling better now Darnell and I hope you had a wonderful visit with your sister. So sorry that Hammy split on you. Those dang girls! haha! Both of your cards are splendid! Love the black poinsettia! Would never have thought of that but it sure works beautifully!!!

Carol said...

Hope you are feeling a bit better now Darnell...and that hammy has snuck back with your mojo! Love your colourful creations today...they sure cheered up a dull day here in the UK. Carol x

conil said...

...and how blessed we are to have you and even the absent Hammie to guide us along on our cardmaking journey. So sad to hear you're not feeling your best. That just plain...well...SUCKS. Hope you recover quickly. Good to know your crafting skills haven't abandoned you, though. Cuz both these cards look terrific. It's a genius idea to use leaves for your poinsettia and personally, artistic license allows for black. It really look great against the olive card stock. Anyway, get well soon.

Jean said...

I hope that you are feeling better now Darnell.
I love both of of your beautiful colourful cards. The blue one is my favourite with the pretty sparkly butterflies, but the second one is gorgeous too. Who would have thought a black poinsettia could look so good? ( you did obviously!!) Creatively clever to use a leaf die to make the flower.
Jean x

Craftychris said...

I am so sorry you haven't been feeling so good! I hope the new doctor and meds help! Your cards are fab! The first one is so pretty! Love the card base colour and those butterflies are gorgeous! The second one is so cool! I adore your black poinsettia - such an awesome colour to choose and a brilliant idea using a leaf die. You are sooooooo clever! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Geri said...

Soooooo nice to have you back! We missed you on the playground. New doc/new meds...gotta be a winning combo pal!

Two awesome cards! Leaves for a poinsettia is brilliant in my books! I read your post and wondered aloud "WOW - yes...leaves work!" And, I love how you reversed the colors - the black poinsettia is awesome! Love the embossed zig-zag border too!

The butterfly card on blue is A-Mazing! Can't image that these elements would have had the same "Sha-zam, Ka-Bam" on white cs. The butterflies really are divine! Great job capturing their shimmer in the photo.



Verna Angerhofer said...

Both are so beautiful! Love your work!

Jeanne said...

So sorry you've been feeling poorly. Best wishes! Oh, and I just love both your cards. Really! The colors are ones I love and use and the black poinsettia is genius. Hugs!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Hammie should be worried!!!! Look at all this gorgeousness !!! Especially the poinsettia !!! Wow!!!!! LOVE the gold embossing! I bet Hammie is on his way home right now!!!

Kathleen said...

Hammie could have grasped religion while you were MIA, well my head was a bit whooshy before but it certainly is now, glad you managed to get into your craft den love the colours of both cards.
Have a great weekend and good luck with the new Doc and tablet.

Kath x

Gerrina said...

Great cards! I like the way they boldly jumped out of my blogrol :) Ofcourse I like the blue-one most, I am a "Blue-girl" afterall... I hope that Hammie will be back soon and wish you a colourfull weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

Brenda in IN said...

Oh my, Hammy is going to be sorry he missed helping with these gorgeous cards. I am loving that bright blue with green washi tape. And I am in awe of your poinsetta. I would not have known you used leaves. It came out beautiful and I love the gold framing it. Hope you're back to your healthy, fun self soon.

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant cards i love that turquoise its stunning such pretty butterflies i love the poinsettia card lovely traditional colours and great idea with your leaves They are both perfect. Hope Hammy is back from his jolly holiday soon Love and hugs Carole x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Two brilliant cards, Darnell. I am rather partial to the sexy black poinsettia, for sure. Sorry I have been lax with commenting... summer, life, puppy, etc. Hang in there and I am sure Hammy will return soon.

Jenni's Jems said...

Sorry to hear that you weren't feeling to well lately that sucks!But with or without Hammy these are simply beautiful ,and I think I need lessons from you on how to heat emboss,so clean and crisp!x

Laura Norris said...

Lovely cards! Sorry you haven't been feeling great, but hopefully a little creativity will get you back in the groove! Jammie must be coming back soon, right?

Bonnie said...

The turquoise card is gorgeous and those butterflies are too! I believe you sent me a card with a butterfly like that but larger! It's among my all time favorites and I had to hide it in the craft room cause all my friends wanted to take it. I finally made them some similar butterflies but they just weren't the same. And your poinsettia out of leaves is brilliant. (Who needs Hammie?) Glad you didn't put flowers for the leaves though. Hope you are feeling better. No fun feeling bad!

Kim Heggins said...

Two simply fabulous cards my dear...love them both. Your Christmas card is so clever and fun and I love how you thought outside the box in making it. You would never know you were under the weather. Sending good thoughts your way!@

Donna said...

So glad to see you back, and two fabulous cards, they are both stunning!

Unknown said...

I'm fairly new to your blog and this is my first time to comment. I really have appreciated your cards and your great sense of humor. On a side note, I have UC so I have an idea of how things go for you on those days that are not quite as good. Hang in there. I really enjoy your posts and will try to do a better job of letting you know by commenting!
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Leigh Penner said...

Looks like you got your mojo back! Great cards, Darnell!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Sorry to hear that you haven't been your spritely self. Your meds haven't affected your mojo though, because these cards are fantastic! Love your turquoise base and sparkly butterflies, and I do think your poinsettia leaves are ingenius. Hammy is missing all the fun! Take care and feel better soon.

Aileen (mum) said...

So sorry to hear you havent been well. Look after yourself I need to be able to visit regularly. Love both your cards and tell Hammi to pull out his finger and get on home so he can look after you with some TLC.

Lisa said...

So sorry you've been under the weather Darnell. Hope you are back to your sweet self soon. Those little butterflies are darling, such a cute card! And oh my goodness...your poinsettia is brilliant...hear that Hammy...brilliant!! Love the gold on that card too. Fabulous my friend!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous cards!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

ELEGANCE my dear on the Christmas MUSE !!! WOW!! ...Pure bliss!

sandie said...

I actually checked your blog yesterday to see if you were around but now I see you are back again and pleased to see it! I love to see a coloured card base and what ado way to make a poinsettia x

Jenni's Jems said...

Darn it thought my comment had published aw well,start again :-)Sorry that you have been poorly and that hammy has left the building as they say...but you have managed without him to make these gorgeous cards! and think I need you to give me a lesson on how to heat emboss as clean and crisp as you have done !Take care x

Linda said...

Glad to have you back hun ..... and with two gorgeous cards. The coloured cardstock looks fab! Love your poinsettia too ..... very clever! Have a lovely weekend ..... hugs Linda xx

Maxine D said...

What wonderful self-medicating to get your mojo back - these are two absolutely stunning cards Darnell. Love how you have reversed the colours of your CASE.
Soooooooo sorry to hear that Hammy has deserted you for another woman :-(, that is not on, even of you are a bit weathered (oops, under the weather).
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

Sounds like Hammy got a little jealous of you and your sister ... But you did fine all on your own ... I mean that butterfly card is beautiful! And I adored Chriss's card with the touched of gold so I'm so glad you CASed it and what a terrific card it turned out to be ... I can't believe I didn't notice that a poinsettia does look like leaves!! Brilliant Darnell!

Tracey said...

Sorry to hear you've not been feeling great Darnell, I hope you're feeling better & I can see you've definitely got your mojo back - wonderful creations :o)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Bobby said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather. That Hammy should have been taking better care of you instead of gallivanting off. Actually if you look at a poinsettia before it turns red it IS all leaves, so your using leaves to make one was spot on. And you had the perfect leaves to do it. I love the gold embossed stitching around the edges, too.

Carole said...

It really sucks to be sick...makes me appreciate feeling normal, even with the aches and pains. Cool colorful cards. I was going to mention that poinsettias are leaves but Bobby beat me to it. Be well my friend and congratulations on matching posts and followers, you are awesome.

Anita in France said...

How lovely to see you back again, Darnell ... do hope you continue to recover and will feel your usual wonderful self in double quick time! Gorgeous wee butterflies against that line of washi ... so deliciously CAS and sparkly! Stunning take on Chriss's muse ... the swapped out colours look gorgeous ... your black poinsettia is so wonderfully dramatic against the bright red! Hammy will be back in no time if he sees your matching followers and posts figures ... he couldn't stand to miss the celebration!! Sending you healing thoughts and prayers, my sweet friend ... big hugs and bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Karen B said...

Two gorgeous cards Dippy - love them both especially the inspired poinsettia from leaves. I've also noticed that they look like leaves and this just goes to prove the fact. Will keep my fingers crossed that your new meds start kicking in soon and that Hammy finds his way back pdq from his visit to his "sister"!

Lots of love.

Karendipity xxx

Pia S said...

The black poinsettia looks quite impressive, very original, great use of the Muse card colors, layout and theme!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Darnell! So sorry you haven't been feeling the best lately but so glad you got a bit of your mojo back. Mine is still MIA so if you see it - actually it sounds like Hammy might find it first LOL - please send it back my way! Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Those 3-D butterfly embellies are beautiful, and I like the colour combo with the washi tape and coloured cardstock! A perfect CAS card! Your Christmas card is stunning! What a clever way to make the poinsettia with the leaves die! You are awesome! I also want to thank you for linking up over at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - you aced it!

Birgit said...

I love both these cards. The first is so pretty with the blue and the glittery butterflies even if they show purple here. I love the 2nd card and that stamp of "It's A Wonderful Life" Where oh where did you get that?? I must have one and will check out the place you mentioned as I must have that being a fan of that film. I love the black poinsettia and think you did a really great CASE card. It sucks to be ill especially during summer. It sounds like you had a nice time with your sister but hammy needs a little kick you know where. I suggest some nice comedy to watch in the eve or a feel-good movie. "Under The Tuscan Sun" is a wonderful film I think. Mrs. Doubtfire is a fun comedy and a long one but a good one.."It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Enjoy making cards and watching a nice comedy

artful-notions said...

Sorry you're not feeling well, prayers for tip top wellness soon!
I think I've only managed 3 CAS cards in my lifetime, casing more than that for sure, and you just make lovely look so easy. I learned something from you, that using a bright color as your base fills up CAS! Definitely one reason I visit, to learn from master crafters, but mostly the humor! Came through Memory Box's challenge. Your card stood out among the other colder cards, and I loved the black poinsettia! Great touch with the embossed stitching too! A favorite in the lineup, lady!

Katherine said...

Happy to hear you are feeling better. LOVE the colorful cards, especially the blue with the perfect white stamping... I have a difficult time getting my white ink embossed well without smudging. You have inspired me to give it another try! TFS

Loll said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well Dolly. Hopefully creating the cards above made you feel a bit better. :)

Love the coloured card stock ... I have really gotten away from it for several years now, but have just recently started thinking it was time to add in the occasional coloured card base. It really gives a huge punch of colour. LOVE your birthday card with your pretty butterflies. And great CASE of Chriss's poinsettia card. It's the first I've seen with a black poinsettia. :)

Take care and feel better. Lolly xx

Ardyth said...

Love your 'inside out' version - those gold zigzags are the perfect finishing touch!

frommycraftroom said...

Hope you are back to 100% soon.
Great cards without hammy around.

April Story said...

I sure hope you feel better soon. Love your cards. I will be caseing your washi tape card. I don't have those butterflies and mine won't be quite as awesome, but I can live with that. ;-)

I hope Hammie sees you calling him out. lol

April

Greta said...

Hope you're feeling much better now, Darnell! Surely you are smiling looking at these wonderful cards! Making your own poinsettia--brilliant! (Now why didn't you do this BEFORE I bought my die--LOL) I like a colored cardstock base--thanks for the reminder!

Taunya Butler said...

I am so sorry that things are being a bit of a struggle for you - health wise!! I hope things improve for you very soon!! These cards are amazing - love the QACAS ness of the turquoise one - so lovely in its' simplicity!! And your Christmas card just shows how clever and smart you are - so awesome!! Hugs to you and PLEASE take care of yourself!!

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Hope you are quite right now! And your Hammy will come back soon)

OH Babs said...

Well Missy, sick or not sick, you did one incredible job. Sometimes it is nice to use colored card stock and these cards are great examples. Also it gives us a chance to use up some of the older SU! colors, you know the ones where the coordinating ink is all dried up. Congrats on 874 Posts and Followers - quite an achievement. I thought you used DSP on your paper strip but no double Washi tape - genius.
Seriously I am glad Hammy has resurfaced and I hope you are feeling better, much better. Hugs, BBB

Marybeth said...

I sure hope you are feeling better by now. I bet getting in the playhouse helped a bit. Beautiful cards today ! Love the Christmas card with black leaves for the pointessetia, bold and elegant! Hugs to you sweet girl!

Marilyn said...

Darnell, your card for the MCV 15 challenge is a wonderful take on Chriss' card. Love the daring black poinsettia.

Beth Beard said...

Darnell, your card for the PPA challenge is darling. Love those sweet butterflies. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

Beth Beard said...

Darnell, your card for the PPA challenge is darling. Love those sweet butterflies. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

Peggy Noe said...

Darnell, thanks for joining us this week at Pals Paper Arts! Love your card for our challenge, the washi tape and the little butterflies are darling!

Petra Swart said...

This is proof that you can make stunning cards without Hammy being around, Darnell!!! (but I think it's more fun with him joining you, hey!!!! Hope he returned home safely by now!!!)
Your cards are so lovely, Darnell!!! I love the very CAS look of the first one - those little butterflies are darling!!!!! The turquoise and green is a lovely combination!!!! Your black leafy poinsettia is just stunning - so clever, too!!!! I love the gold rick rack frame and how you've turned the colours of the inspiration card inside out!!! Beautiful!!!

cm said...

Looks like Hammy may be out of a job, as you're creating gorgeous cards without his presence! Your teal card, with a strip of washi adorned with darling, sparkly butterflies: gorgeous! Your 'inside out' take on Chriss' card is stunning! The black poinsettia against the red has such impact, while the gold embossed 'stitching' is a lovely special touch. The number of posts = the number of followers...impressive! See, you are immensely loved! Sending healing thoughts and prayers that you're speeding along to feel 100%!
Hugs~c

Marilyn said...

Hi Darnell,
Congrats on being voted one of the stars on MCV.

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, I love your dramatic take on the MCV card, Darnell!