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October 27, 2015

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop!

Greetings, my friends!

Today is a very special day here in Blogland for the lovely Kelly Latevola. Today all of the card artists who have been generously featured by Kelly in her "{CASEing Genius}" series on her blog You and Your Big Dreams have gotten together to hold a hop in Kelly's honor for her one-year CG Series Blog'versary!
This hop will not only make KELLY's day, it will make YOUR day as it provides you with incredible inspiration while you hop from genius to genius! And there are prizes for commenters! Enjoy!!

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I have already CASEd Kelly twice before, but I was delighted to be asked to join in and CASE her again!

For her CG series, Kelly always picks three cards of her CASEees and then makes her own CASE from the three, so we are each doing the same for our hop today.

I chose these three cards of Kelly's:
1. Elephant/giraffe and balloon here.
2. Bunny/bear and hot-air balloon here.
3. Raccoon and hot-air balloon here.
I love Kelly's critter cards that just explode with happiness!
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Here is my CASE:
In a style ala Kelly, I've made a card that has critters, hills and sky, vibrant watercoloring, and lots of happiness! I used my NBUS effelump stamps and dies from Wplus9, a curved die from Lawn Fawn, a sediment stamp from Penny Black, and a kite from SU, watercolored with my Ziggies.

Happiness is spending time with friends and CASEing friends!

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Here is the order of today's hop honoring Kelly. You should have arrived here from the talented Cindy Chiu's blog. Or you can start at the beginning at a2z Scrapbooking. It's a long hop, but I guarantee it will be worth your time in inspiration value as you visit each of these uber-talented card artists!

PRIZES

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors:

Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

I'd like to thank Marika Rahtu and Nina-Marie Trapani for organizing this hop! And I'd like to say thank you to Kelly for all the hard work and time she puts into her unique and terrific {CASEing Genius} series for one whole year ~ here's to many more!!

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Watz It Mean?

By the way, if you are new to our little corner of Blogland, CASE stands for "copy and share everything." Also, you may be wondering what the difference is between a Hop and a Challenge.

To me, a Hop is like this post where you see a list of specific card artists and the objective is for you to literally "hop" down the list from artist to artist, commenting as you go. Often prizes are offered. Hops can be just for fun or they can be for causes or to promote product.

A Challenge is a post with an InLinkz button where you, as the reader, can link your own personal creation to the challenge gallery, following challenge guidelines.

To me, it's that simple even though sometimes you will see blogs with an InLinkz button that calls the event a hop. There's nothing wrong with that, but it does get confusing. There is no hard and fast rule, but I think generally that is the difference between the two. Again, this is just my observation, not a law or anything.

If I was going to make a law, it would be about something way more important, like chocolate no longer being allowed to have calories.

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Enjoy the Hop and enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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149 comments:

Marika said...

Your card gave me a big smile! Thank you. Love it. And by the way, the kite is coloured brilliantly!

Monica Maier said...

Love the card Darnell! Nice CASEing job.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your card is so sweet, the stitching on the hills makes the paper look like material. Have fun being part of the blog hop team. Have a great day, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Michelle said...

So cute, Darnell! Love this sweet ellie card. :-)

~amy~ said...

What a sweet scenery you've designed Darnell! Those ellies are just toooooo cute.

designbydonna said...

Cute card. The elephants are adorable. I vote with you on the chocolate

Jerrie said...

I love your elephant card. It is so cute havint them fly kites. Very cute!!

Maaike Uijthoven said...

how fun are the polkadot elephants? super super cute, well done

Cindy C. said...

Super sweet and adorable, your card made me smile!!

Mimi said...

The spotty pachiderms are PERFECT. What a creative brain you have!

Mimi said...

The spotty pachiderms are PERFECT. What a creative brain you have!

Juhi said...

what a lovely and happy card! love those polka dotted elephant and the cute little scene

Lin said...

Your paper-piecing is fantastic, Darnell, love this design!

Deepti said...

This is so adorable! Love the soft sky and the vibrant colors of the kite :)

Salima said...

Simple but sweet card!

Berina RGA said...

Your card is very cute!! Love the polka dots!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Ardyth said...

POLKA DOT elephants?! Genius! and Soooo cute! Fantastic case of Kelly's cards!

ThePurplePlace said...

Woohoo!! Love you amazing take on Kelly's card and love this wonderful tribute to someone where all admire and love! Kelly ROCKS!!

Leslee said...

Very adorable card! Polka dots are one of my favourites!

Diana K said...

Super cute CASE, Darnell! I just love visiting your blog any old day of the week - you always make me smile.

Shelly said...

Oh, now how CUTE is your CASE?!!...Love it, Darnell!

Carol McGregor said...

Love your card. The scene you created is adorable. Love the polka dotted elephants and the brilliant kits Thanks for sharing your talent.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Adorable card Darnell! What a great composition with coloring, watercolring and paper piecing! What's not to love? As usual, your post made me smile, and I second your law about chocolate. LOL. Big hugs!

Lanae said...

Super cute! Great way to use pattern!

Leigh Penner said...

Super sweet CASE of Kelly's work, Darnell! I love your polkadot elephants!

Marilyn said...

Love this, especially the clever dotted paper on the elephants!

TK Watson said...

Great job! I love the adorable scene AND the polky dotty effelumps!

Jeanne J said...

Of course you were asked to play! You're amazing Darnell! I about fell over when I saw your polka dot elephants - they are the sweetest ever! And wow the color you got on that kite is stunning!

Kelly Szafron said...

Fantastic card I like the polka dotted elephants. I also like the idea of chocolate not being allowed to have calories!

Lucy said...

Darnell, your card is super adorable! I always like seeing critters on other peoples cards, but I don't usually make too many hilly critter cards. I don't know why I don't-I love animals and hills! I had not heard of Kelly's blog before, so thank you for leading me to it. I usually pay attention to your blog posts because you have an awesome perspective on crafty blog land :-)

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Darnell, your card is simply adorable! Totally makes me smile.

KandA said...

Gorgous card Darnell. So cheerful and full of fun. Love the little ellies. I think I'd go a step further with my law making and ban calories totally and forever from everything xx

Sue McRae said...

Your dotty elephants are just so cute!

conil said...

LOVE these paper pieced effelumps on your precious card. They're my favorites and they look so incredibly adorable on this bright, happy card. That's what Kelly's cards are usually, bright & happy. Great job CASEing.

Miriam Prantner said...

What an adorable scene! Love the polka dots and of course those effelumps!

Shannon McComb said...

Oh Darnell your cased card is just darling!!! I love that adorable scene and those polka dot elephants!! Lovely!!!

Carisa said...

too cute - love the polka dots!

Pat said...

These cute spotty elephants are gorgeous Darnell and a great CASEing of Kelly's wonderful cards. I love the way the spotty slope mirrors the spots on the elephants and the watercolouring on the sky and the kite are just perfect! x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun hop -- fun card! Cute ellie

Ros Crawford said...

Brilliant post and beautiful card ... Kelly makes stunning cards! She'll love this tribute to her!

Hussena said...

Love your card Darnell...I can totally see hints of Kelly's style in your card ..,it's perfectly adorable 😊

windinstarsranch said...

Now that's cute. What a fun hop. Not only do I get to see Kelly’s work I get to see yours too. Winner winner.

Bad Kitty said...

wonderful card
love thr images you used

Barb said...

Your card is so pretty Darnell. Really clever. I looked at Kelly's three lovely cards first. Thanks for explaining what CASE as I never did really understand it. I wish you could make that law about chocolate. Since I finally managed to stop smoking I have put on far too much weight and chocolate is one of my favourite things but I'm not having any till Christmas. Just doing dinner then off for a hop round. Barbxx

Charlene said...

Awesome card Darnell!

Taunya Butler said...

Darnell, my sweet and totally amazing friend - YOU SHINE and you have added so much to this hop - both as a genius and as a sponsor!! Thank you for your generosity!!! And, onto your card - I love it!! Those rolling green hills and the soft blue sky are such a wonderful backdrop to your adorable spotted elephants and the brightly colored kite is PERFECT!!! I love your blog and I love how you explain things and make everything wonderful!! Your CASE of Kelly is PERFECT!!!

Linda said...

Darnell, this is just too adorable.

Geri said...

You do know that if you eat chocolate standing up, there are no calories! Yep...honestly, truly!!!

Cutie Patootie hill sliding effelumps! It would appear the top fella may have a bit of road rash under his trunk once he makes it to the bottom! Good thing he is hanging on tightly to the kite with his tail and not his trunk! Love the polkie dot grass and LOVE how the textured paper highlights your flawless blending of the sky.

Jill Norwood said...

How wonderful Darnell! Love this sweet card! Love that kite colored so gorgeously! Kelly is incredible - so lovely that you are all celebrating with her!!!

"glow" said...

hey there... such a sweet happy card!!!:) thanks for making my day...

Kristie Goulet said...

Super sweet CASE, Darnell! Love those sweet elephants.

Lisa said...

Absolutely adorable, Darnell!! Those elephants are so sweet!! I love the stitched hills!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

I love this cute critters
elefants brings good luck
so we are all lucky
fantastic card
hugs and congrats!!!
hugs Tamara

Thordis said...

Your card is super adorable! And a beautiful CASE of Kelly's cards :)

Julie Curtis said...

Hehehe..The elephants are so darn cute I can't help but giggle! The card is SO playful. I love it!

Kara Lynne said...

Polka-dot elephants, are you kidding me! Those guys are so adorable! I love your kite that wonderful country-side scene! Great CASE, Darnell!

Bonnie said...

This is so Kelly, but so Darnell too! Love how you've combined 3 of Kelly's cards and yet made it your own!

Michele Henderson said...

LOVE the sweet little elephants! This is adorable!
Take Care!
Michele

Andreea DiyCraftyScraps said...

Super sweet and cute! Those polka dot elephants made me smile! TFS!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your card is so cute. Great CASE of Kelly's and a fun way to combine all three into one cool card.

I Card Everyone said...

Just darling, D!
=] M

Brandi said...

Those little elephants are adorable!!!

JoAnn said...

This is so cute. Love the adorable elephants stampted on the polka dotted paper.

Raluca Vezeteu said...

Awww, such a cute card! And love your infos about what a hop means :)! Oh, and I'm with you on the chocolate problem ;) Hugs xx

Carol L said...

Ahh, those elephants are cute as can be, and I love all the polka dots! The sentiment is such a good one too - cute card!

Lindsay said...

Sooo adorable, Darnell! I love those paper-pieced elephants!

scrAPpamondo said...

Your CASEing is fun and sweet, love these polka dots elephants, they make me happy!! Fabulous hillsides, and the sentiment is just perfect!!

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful sentiment and also a wonderful card.
Here you are popping in the Playground later with 'Bubbles' you will be very popular.
Kath x

Carol said...

Such a cute CASE Darnell. Carol x

D.Ann C said...

With that law as your platform, I'll vote for you any day!! : ) LOVE those adorable spotted elephants! What a fun tribute!

Loll said...

Sweet!!

Jean said...

Such a pretty card! Love the hills and sky. Such cute elephants!!

Christi Conley said...

Awww! Love that your elephants were cut out of patterned paper - SO CUTE! And, if I ever get to make the laws, I'm making YOU in charge!! Hugs! XO Christi

Diane Jaquay said...

Adorable CASE of Kelly!!

Kris B said...

Those paper pieced elephants are just adorable! Love how you stamped kite so it looks as if it's lifting him away! I am sure Kelly will love how you CASE'd her card!

joy said...

LOVE your card; those ellies are just adorable. Great case of Kelly's style!

Lisa said...

Squeal...polka dot ellies...I'm in love!! This is as cute as can be Darnell!! When you are gathering signatures for that chocolate law of yours...count me IN!!

Maura R said...

Fabulous job CASEing Kelly's style, Darnell! Love those little elephants, and your watercoloring is fabulous, too!

nancy littrell said...

I agree Darnell, your CASE is so much like Kelly sweet and colorful style. I am sure Kelly is going to LOVE your card too. TFS my friend.

Sally Richardson said...

OMG what an absolutely gorgeous card.. tfs with us all

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So CUTE! LOVING Those elephants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annette Allen said...

your card is adorable..

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

lOVE THE POLKA DOT ELEPHANTS!

Maureen Hayes said...

Oh Darnell,

I simply feel in love with you and your adorable card! Your witty writing and style kept me captivated throughout your post. Okay, onto your card. . . I love all of Kelly's cards, but especially the cute animal scenes, and yours is AMAZING! Thank you for making me smile from ear to ear. Thank you for joining in celebrating Kelly, who I admire so much and now for inspiring me.

Hugs,
Maureen

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

Wow, you picked such happy cards from Kelly, Darnell! I love the way you pulled your inspiration from her cards; your scene is just so stinkin' adorable and I ADORE those elephants! Thanks for being one of our fabulous sponsors! XOXO

Vonnie G. said...

I love, love, love your card! I love these elephants and the polka dots. Awesome card.

Natalie Godfrey said...

What a pretty card. Great job!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Aw, these elephants are super cute, Darnell! I love them! Fab paper-piecing and great job on CASEing Kelly! Thank you for the explanation of the hop/challenge differences! I actually prefer the hop with Inlinkz - especially if there are a lot of participants. It makes it easier for me to remember what number I'm on when hopping when I can't do the hop all at once. I'm sorry I won't have time to complete this hop but it looks like so much fun! Kelly is a talented designer and there are a lot of talented participants - like yourself!

Sharron said...

Absolutely awesome CASE, Darnell! Those little elephants are so adorable. Love the polka dots!

Tracie Pond said...

Super fun CASE, Darnell. Happy colors.

Kristina B. said...

LOVE!! The elephants are too cute!

Jeanne said...

What a fun CASE using your little elephants. You captured Kelly's work nicely!

Trisha said...

Awesome card! I think the polk-a-dot elephant are a genius!

Cat Craig said...

You have certainly captured the spirit of Kelly's work. YOur dotted little elephants are so adorable, and the kite is fabulous.

Michelle Lupton said...

Love your fun, happy card, Darnell!

Karenladd said...

AWK!! Those polka dotted elephants are so darn cute!! What a fun and especially joyous card design!

Suchi said...

Such a super adorable card Darnell...love the polka dots and perfect paper piecing! :)
Suchi xx

frommycraftroom said...

Fabulous card. I have the same set and it is NBUS! I might CASE you :)
I love your new law - it should be no calories :)

Dawn Turley said...

Stunning Darnell. Your CASE of Kelly's cards is just so sweet.

Gerrina said...

Glad to be the 100 comment!!
Like these CASecard! The elifants look great with the little dots! Great that you used diecuts for the gras/hills! Hugs, Gerrina

Pollard Carole said...

Gorgeous card what cute images so lovely Wow that's a big hop list Love and hugs Carole x

Heather Maria said...

Aw Darnell, your card is absolutely adorable and full of happiness! Love the cute scene you have created with so many great details! The dotty elephants are so sweet! It was great to see how you were inspired by Kelly. Lol I'm with you on your no calorie chocolate law;)

Celeste Goff said...

Love your adorably sweet card! Your polka elephants are adorable and I love the scene you created!

CarlavdM said...

Your card made me smile tooo, so cute the elephant with a kite attached to his tail.
I really like how you made the background too.

vinita jain said...

Super duper cute with cute elephants paper piecing! Love those stitched hills and fabulous coloring in the kite! A cheerful creation!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful cards!!!

Crafty EllenH. said...

awesome!! :)

Amna Hasan said...

Your card is super cute! :D

Bobby said...

This is just darling, Darnell. I love the polka dotty elephants and hill.

Deborah Vasel said...

Love the dotted elephants. I think it could be said that Happiness is having a friend who takes the time to make you a sweet card like this. Just so pretty.

Debbie Br said...

Great card!

KimberlyRae said...

Hello there! I love the playfulness captured in your cards and the way you printed on patterned paper is a bonus inspiration! Thank you :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

Such a wonderful case, Darnell. Love it:)

Marcia HIll said...

Great CASE of Kelly's cards Darnell! I just LOVE those elephants and really think they need to find a place in my home too! Don't know how I've missed it all these years, but I'm new to Kelly...but not for long as her style is fabulous and I just love all her bright and bold colors...she definitely makes me smile!! :0)

Happy Dance said...

Late to the party again. I'm so sorry that I haven't been commenting; felt pretty much like a wet dishrag the last week, but am determined to catch up a bit! LOVE how you've CASEd Kelly. It's a brilliant card with such darn sweet images. Polka dotted little ellies! Perfect! As is your watercoloring, and those hills. Love the kite! You've created a really darling card. And I'm with you on chocolate; no cals period! Kelly will be delighted to see this; I know I was! Missing you babe. Bev

Ruby N said...

Your card is soooo cute!!!!! You did a great job, Darnell!

Teri W said...

Adorable card! Love the elephants

LauraJane:) said...

YAY!! I kept coming back to see those THREE cards of Kelly You brilliantly CASEd! LOVE the elephants and kite.."Let's go fly a kite" is often said and done at our house/home:)
Thank you for your generous support of the Hop for Kelly as well! You are TOPS!!

Heather said...

Your card is adorable and very playful.

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your card! So bright and playful! That elephant is adorable.

Riti said...

Such an Adorable Card!!!
Love the coloring!!

Pia S said...

Totally adorable! A design that makes me happy, a design fit for any child or adult, male or female, I like that about a card....

katpooh said...

Super cute card - love the little elephants on patterned paper!

Joyce said...

What an amazing CASE, Darnell. So very cute.

OH Babs said...

Very cute and I love polka dots. I agree spending time with friends, old and new, is special.

Amante del Papel said...

you create a super sweet scene!

Claire said...

This is absolutely adorable Darnell - those elephants are too sweet! A perfect CASE of Kelly's cards!

Kelly Latevola said...

Polka dot elephants?! POLKA DOT ELEPHANTS?! You brilliant crafter you! The cuteness is incredible. I am in love with this card and you are so amazing. Thank you so much for everything! xoxo

Kathy Mc said...

Your card eludes happiness, Darnell. Love your card nod also spending time with friends...even in blogland. Mwah!

Chark said...

thanks for your sweet comment on my blog--I love your card, they look like they're having a ball!

Greta said...

Oh what an adorable card! Your watercolored background is fabulous!

Angela Restad said...

such a cute card I love elephants!

zub momi said...

Love your card! Beautiful case :)

Julia Aston said...

You caught the essence of Kelly in your sweet ellie card Darnell!

channin said...

Sweet card!! I love your elephants!!

Anca Banca said...

Happiness is watching cards like yours. Love the hills and elephants are super adorable.

Denise Bryant said...

Fun card! Love your dotted elephants!

Melissa (Mel's Card Corner) said...

What a beautiful CASE. Your sky and the coloring on the kit is just amazing!

Mary-Anne V said...

What a fun card...love the way you stamped the cute elephants.

Susan Wareham said...

First time ever to your blog I just love love your card, those elephants are so cute and a Kite who would have thought LOL

Silver C said...

you have made a very happy little card !

Nora N. said...

This is so pretty!! LOVE the watercolor on your card and the way you made the elephants is adorable. I think you should make a law that chocolate has no calories!! I would support that :)

Karen Mead said...

i just love your card Darnell - those elephants are so sweet! I hope you are well as I haven't been out and about in blogland much lately - hugs xx

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh my gosh I love what you did with the elephants!

Petra Swart said...

Polka dot ellies - so adorable, Darnell!!! Love your darling card!!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I ADORE this card Darnell!!! Just FANTASTIC!!!!!!

Anita in France said...

Could this get any sweeter or cuter, Darnell ... adorable polka dot elephants flying a colourful (and wonderfully watercoloured) kite together ... and just the most perfect sentiment! I vote you as world leader of laws regarding chocolate, mon amie ... you have just the best ideas!! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Katie said...

Darnell, you rocked it!

cm said...

The only thing cuter than one polka-dot elephant is two! Absolutely knock-it-out-of-the-park fabulous! A law about chocolate having no calories: you've got my vote! Could we add a sub-section (1.1): carrot cake with cream cheese icing also has zero calories...
Hugs~c