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October 17, 2015

It's a Loose Moose

Hi there! Happy Saturday!

Wacha doing? Chilling on the weekend? Surfing around for card ideas? Catching up with friends? Googling yourself ...

Yesterday during my nursing lunch break, I went out to the Playhouse to read this week's challenge themes aloud to Hammy as he chased his tail. It's a thing we do. That's his way of thinking, remembering, connecting the dots, lining up the ones that jive with each other, eggsetra. When I got to the Christmas challenges and told him that Merry Monday's challenge was to use a moose, he squealed and did a somersault halt.

When Hammy squealed, that made me squeal, too, even though I didn't know why. It's funny how reactive we are, isn't it? Then we both looked at each other, startled by our squealing. Hammy quickly reminded me that we have had an orphan moose die-cut in our Bits Box since the last century. Well, hello! That made me squeal for reals.

And I made this with it:
I grabbed some pretty linen paper in both white and embossed cream. I cut the snowbank with a Paper Smooches "Borders" die. The adorable bit of moose ribbon that I've been dying to use is also ages old. The sediment, however, is NBUS! It is from Stamping All Day. The hooveprint shadows were hand-drawn. 

The rusted jingle bells and gold threaded twine made for a festive collar for the big guy. I bought them rusted like that. Seriously. I'm lazy like that.

I'm trying to picture how the conversation went between the store owner and the jingle-bell maker when the owner told him she would buy several hundred packages of jingle bells, but only if the manufacturer first left them out in the rain to get rusty before packaging them.

It makes me giggle to think of it, but, I mean, c'mon, you have to admit they're perfect for the moose bling so the gal knew what she was doing!

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Today's Twofer

Recently I made a few thank you cards and one of them went to my friend Kylie who runs Happy Little Stampers (HLS) along with a few other challenges and companies. When Hammy and I saw that Simon was holding a watercolor challenge, we thought it would be a good time to post this:
I was trying to replicate the logo for HLS. HLS is a wonderful forum for crafters and I think you will enjoy joining in! Here is the logo if you're not familiar with it:
Happy Little Stampers
That was fun! I used my KGT paints. I'm entering this card in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Wonderful Watercolor.

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New Friends Corner

Here are five more talented new friends for you to get to know!

Diane Marsh of Keep For Ever Cards. Diane has been blogging now and then since 2009. When life doesn't get in the way ~ which it occasionally does for all of us ~ Diane shares her beautiful cards lovingly made for family and friends. Diane will also inspire you with her conscientious use of her scraps!

Jan Clothier of Scrapbooking Stuff. Jan is from New Zealand and she has been blogging since March of 2013. She has been scrapbooking for about six years and making cards for a little over a year. Like so many of us, Jan enjoys entering challenges.  She has won many awards for her CAS cards which show her magnificent attention to detail.

Majo Wybranietz of Majo's Art. Majo has been blogging since 2010. She is a designer whose work has been oft-published and she is well-recognized for her challenge wins. Majo also shares with her readers tips and photo tutorials on new techniques. You will be inspired by Majo's talented card designs and altered art creations!

Janice Stone of Jan's Journey. Jan is brand new, having just started her blog in May! She is so thrilled to be on this wonderful new blogging journey and her enthusiasm is very contagious! I know it would mean the absolute world to her if you stopped in to say hi and introduce yourself. And while you are there, you can admire her fabulous cards!

Carole Burrage of Mother's Little Helper (TruCarMa on Splitcoast Stampers). Carole started blogging in - wow - 2007! She is one of the founders of our little community in Blogland and you better believe you will find a ton of inspiration at her place! And I don't just mean card inspiration. Once you read Carole's "About Me," you will be inspired by how she manages to juggle all the life balls that have landed in her basket!

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105 comments:

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Darnell, your Hammy and you are a good team!!! Very creative team I should say))) hope your weekends will be cheerful)

Hannelie said...

A wonderful twofer Darnell !

Julie B said...

Love your moose card with the rusty bells and the fab ribbon across the top!
I'm off to meet up with Monika (Tinkercards) for a morning of crafty fun so better get a wriggle on.:)

Antonia said...

Hi Darnell, I thinks those bells are fitting perfect! Love the ribbon.
Thanks for joining us at Colour me!
Hugs Antonia

Sammy said...

Darnell, you and Hammy have just made the most perfect Christmas card for my daughter... Her nickname is "Moose" (no, she's not all that big and hairy... it's a long story!) so anything with a moose on it is perfect, as far as she's concerned. Of course, it would have to be THE most difficult animal to get hold of here in the UK!
And your other card is such a beautiful, happy card. The perfect thing to see on such a dull and dreary morning!
Have an awesomesauce weekend! x

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving both cards. I have the embossing folder for the second one.

Have a lovely time with your family. Sue

Lizzy Hill said...

Love your Moose! Something we don't really think about or do in Australia. More likely to shove a cockatoo on a card!!! And I adore your 'rainbow' card. Always keen on pretty dribbles:):)

Nicole Diedrichs said...

Dear Darnell, this is gorgeous! The rusted bells fit perfectly! And I do love mooses, too! Thank you very much for playing along with us at ATSM. Creative regards from stempelfrida
http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

Barb said...

Hi Darnell, Your two cards are great. I love those rusty bells, how different and the hoof marks are a really clever idea. The second card is so pretty and is a great representation of the logo. Another great idea. Barbxx

Redanne said...

Do you think I could borrow Hammy for a little while? I love his ideas and how you transform them into reality... no seriously! I do love a moose and no self respecting moose would have anything hanging around his neck other than rusty bells - love them and love the ribbon too - and the linen card and, and etc. Love the whole card. The second card is so pretty too, you always do such lovely things with watercolour... Big hugs, Annie xxx

Ros Crawford said...

I gotta get me a hammy ... Gingercat often joins me but the only challenge is to get me off the chair and him on it! Super Duper cards my friend ... Yep, funny about those bells ... never really thought abut it till you said... Have a great weekend ... hope the Mister is feeling better!

Marilyn said...

Love both of your cards!!

Happy Dance said...

I nearly woke DH up with squeals of my own after seeing your moosie card! Oh. My. Goodness!!!! Simply amazing my friend, and as our mutual bud would say, WWCD!! LOVE the die, LOVE the papers, Love the ribbon, LOVE the moose, and LOVE those rusty jingle bells!!! Awesomely cooleroo! And what a nice tribute to Kylie's logo! The yellow base is the perfect color to set it all off too. Brilliant idea. Sweet card. It's cold here this morning and I've got a couple of errands to run. Hope the Mister continues to improve; you're both in my prayers. Miss you!!!!! Bev

adele holcomb said...

I especially like your watercolor card today -- the rainbow colors are happy without overpowering the design.

Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog. I can't believe that you took the time to comment on everyone's NBUS entries -- there were so many! Love stopping by here, and I enjoy hearing about your day as much as I enjoy looking at your cards!

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Darnell. What a magnificent card, the Moose is fabulous. Love what you have done. Sending Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! LOVING that moose!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diana K said...

Now that's a real man's moose, Darnell. Oh so handsome. Love his bell collar and most of all how you gave me a good laugh this morning telling me about how he came to be. Have a great weekend!

designbydonna said...

Wonderful Christmoose card. How fortunate you still had that ribbon to go with the cute card. Love that watercolor card too.

Marcia HIll said...

The big guy with the rusty bells looks fab Darnell...I can see why you and hammy squealed!! And your ribbon...how cool is that, that it was just waiting all this time for the challenge?? It's all about timing, isn't it?!! :0) Great card and hope week 7 of the healing goes a little more quickly than the past 6 for both your sakes! Hugs! :0)

Chriss Blagrave said...

Wonderful moose card, especially with his rusted jingle bells...and those hoof prints are genius! Love the thank you card to Kylie. You really captured the logo with your KGT paints...and can I just say thanks for using the initials! I am going to start using them now too!
Hope you have a wonderful lunch with the family!
Hugs and kisses sent your way!

I Card Everyone said...

DArling Moose - he doesn't look one bit loose, but as gentlemanly as a Moose can be! Just look at the classy little sentiment you used, too - clearly he is pure as your driven snow! You nailed the HLS paint dribbles, D ... lovely ...
=]

Nan G said...

Ahh, nothing like a little bit of rust to bring out the moose. ;) :) Love both your cards today. And who doesn't love rust just for it being rust?! I've not stumbled across any rusted jingles or I'd have a some in my stash. Lucky you! Have a wonderful time with grandkids. Hugs to you and a handshake for Mr.

stampwithsandy said...

Two great cards, Darnell! Love your Christ-moose, rusty bells and all, the watercoloring on card #2 is beautiful. Regards to Hammy and the Mr!

Kara Lynne said...

It was like that moose card was meant to be! Yay for using decade-old supplies that patiently waited in the box all this time! Those jingle bells are wonderful! I love your rainbow of color and that swoopy cut on your beautiful thank you card!

Susangail Powell said...

Hammy sounds like quite the character. Both cards are great! I love the rustic bells you added to the moose.

OH Babs said...

You had (and Hammy 2)had a very productive day. The rusted bells are indeed charming and really make the entire card - brilliant. The thank you card is one to case because of the use of the embossing folders. I love using the ef but rarely use them by themselves, so I will use this idea. It is not enough to have to make a bunch of Christmas cards at this time of year but then a group wants some for a raffle so I will case your ef/HLS/tu card. See you :)

janice stone said...

Oh it was so sweet of you to welcome me in the new friends area . It was so so kind of you to offer your help on my blog journey . It started out as a stamping journey and artistic discovery but since I don't know anything about either I'm getting more gray hairs and a few bald spots ( occasionally resort to pulling out my hair lol , just kidding ) , but I'm sure you have had the experience of having questions but unable to coherently put them into words .. So , it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood , a double header ballgame with my grandson playing and maybe some time to play with a stamp or two .. joy now Jan

Susan Joyce said...

Awesome Moose card Darnell, love every detail! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Linda said...

Happy Weekend! What a fabulous moose card .... I love him, and his rusty bells are just perfect!
Gorgeous watercolour effect on the twofer ...... not a bad job of replicating that logo .... clever girl!! Big hugs .... Linda xx

Lisa said...

I never thought about the jingle bell process like that before! They look perfect on your moose and give him a rustic dapperness! You nailed the HLS logo Darnell, wow!! Hope the mister is feeling better each day ;)

Celeste Goff said...

Two gorgeous cards! I can't believe how perfect that ribbon is on your moose card!

Laurie Unger said...

What a great masculine card. Love the rusted bells.

scrAPpamondo said...

This moose is very impressive and the gingle are perfect for his age lol. Love the snowbank and the matching ribbon!
Your second card is stunning and is my favourite for today. Love soooo much the rainbow colours on the top and the sweet embossing! Wonderful CAS!!!

TK Watson said...

Your cards are wonderful; I happen to love your rusty ol' bling on Mr Moose! It reminds me that we can all be loved, even if we sat out in the weather a bit too long :o)

Cindy H. said...

Beautiful cards! Darnell, I think those rusted jingle bells are perfect for that handsome moose. I love the watercolor dripping on the second card - gorgeous!

Linda said...

What a great moose card Darnell. Aren't you glad Hammy reminded you that you had it. Love that ribbon too. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday. Love your second card too, so bright & cheery. Hope the Mister is doing well....

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!! I absolutely love the moose!! The rusted bell is a perfect touch!! And the second card is so beautiful!! What pretty colors!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Susanne Vargas said...

Your moose looks fantastic with those rusty bells (they are perfect for a rustic look) and I love the linen paper!
And that watercolored card is swoon worthy!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Susanne

KayM said...

Yep, I was just sitting around googling myself when I happened by your blog! heheh!! LOVE the moose card! The rusty bells are perfection! And the little border across the top is super cute! Your watercolorly card is gorgeous too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!! ((Hugs))

Neets B said...

Oh, here I am reading your blog, chuckling again! Loving your Christmas moose, he's fabulous. Such a gentlemanly card, love the textured surfaces and those rusty bells. And I'm loving your recreation of the HLS logo, fabulous job.
Thanks for joining in at ATSM and Less is More, Anita xx

rachel said...

great moose - its brilliant - love the rusty bells too!!! Hugs rachel xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Darnell, the second card is stunningly beautiful. I love the colors and the way you used embossing folder. Until now, I had no idea at him, your shot is brilliant. The first card I was enchanted by these wonderful old bells. An amazing idea.
Love,
BozenA

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome cards. I like the moose one a lot.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Sorry been awol for a while.
When I saw mention of moose, I started dribbling and imagining some lightly whipped chocolate creation.......then realised it was moose not mousse.
Love both creations especially the splash of colour on the second as its been a particularly dull day here today.
Hope hubby is doing better.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a fab card.
your moose is really fab, and that ribbon is perfect to gowith it.
Love the rusty bells too.
Super designing as always.
Your second card is also very super too, and a very fab design also.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Hope the mister is well on the mend now.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

JoAnn said...

Love that big ole' moose card with the perfect moose ribbon. Very pretty watercolor card also.

Donna said...

Fabulous moose card and that ribbon is perfect, and your watercolor card is beautiful. Give Hammie a treat for me! Hugs, Donna

Kathleen said...

There's a Moose, loose, about this hoose, a song from way back when, suddenly came to mind, who's have a mind like mine.
Fabulous card and I also love your second one, fabulous embossing image and love the rainbow colours.
Hope Mister is improving.

Kath x

conil said...

You moose is most definitely NOT loose, especially with those rusty balls... er...jingle bells around his neck. He's very festive looking and aren't you lucky to have ribbon to match. The twofer is really pretty. Great embossing and love the drippy watercolor. Simply gorgeous. Was wondering what you've been doing besides being the best nurse possible. Now I know. Think of you often and hope you and the Mister are progressing in a positive way.

Jean said...

I love your super moose card,not an image we see very often here in UK. Lovely linen effect card and gorgeous ribbon as well, and the rusty bells are the perfect embellishment.
Jean x

Bonnie said...

You have put that awesome moose with the rusty jingle bells on the perfect paper, Darnell! Imaging having the perfect ribbon too! Did Nina consult you before calling this challenge? Love your drippy watercolor with the dandelion embossing! Bright and cheerful. Enjoy the kids and hope Kevin is feeling better each day.

Craftychris said...

Loving your moose card with the fab die cut, gorgeous ribbon and those cool bells! Your watercolour card is so cool too! Love the colours and the pretty embossing. I hope you had a lovely lunch with kids and kidlets and I hope the Mister's recovery is going well even though it's slow. Take care! xxx

oldpunca said...

What can I say except amazing work? :-) I like your moose card. Superb colour combination. I admire your water coloring. Well done! :-)
Have a nice Sunday,
Sonja

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and the moose is wonderful especially with that oh so apt ribbon and rusty jingles, and your pretty embossing on the second with the beautiful colours of watery ink running across the top is perfect. Hope Kevin is gradually improving. x

ionabunny said...

Your moose is fabtastic. Love those rusty bells. Hugz

Valerie Nolan said...

Love your moose card Darnell, so happy he's not an orphan any more! Love the border too!
Val x

Shona Chambers said...

Well, everything just came together perfectly for your Moose card, its awesome. And rusted bells, you would have thought people would be taking those back and complaining, not buying them like that. How fabulous!! And that rainbow card is so much like the HLS banner, it looks gorgeous and bet it was fun running it all together. Oh, and Kim just sent me the recipe for the cinnamon rolls I was drooling over on your post a few weeks ago. Now just to find time to make them and not eat them all myself.......

Pam said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! I love that moose. I cannot imagine why anyone would want unrusted jingle bells. Rusted ones have so much character!

Jean said...

Love your moose! Such fun!

Andrea La Vigne said...

I love your moose card! I saw it on Merry Monday, and had to take a closer look. It looks very North-woodsy. Love the muted color scheme. Tfs! ~ Andrea

Andrea's Paper Antics

Ann Tuck said...

Well, I don't have a colleague like Hammy to help me, but he sure does prompt you in the right direction, reminding you of forgotten die cuts and such! So glad you found the moose - and those bells are perfect! I also love your take on the HLS logo - you nailed it! Thanks so much for your entertaining blog posts and your wonderfully creative cards. Hope the nursing is not too strenuous and your man is improving as he expects to.

Mimi said...

Hello! I'm hoping you're hubs' recovery is going well... You've been popping around Blogland, so he's either doing fine or you're going crazy! (Wink)! First:I love the rusty bells-- I always wonder, too, how the order process goes for such random items! And I've always been attracted to the HLS logo... Very cool of you to recreate it in a Thank You! Cheers...

Maxine D said...

Love your cards Darnell - especially the second one - I recognised the watercolour rainbow straight away :-)
Keep up the good nursing ... I am sure the Mister appreciated it.
Blessings
Maxine

fabiola jaques said...

Elle est superbe Darnell , clean et sobre mais pleine de chic, biz

Gerrina said...

Two beautiful cards! I was drawn by the moosecard that I saw at LIM... Great image and the handdraw shadows are perfect!
I'm sure the second card will be perfect; great colours matching the colours on the blog... Enjoy the sunday! Hugs, Gerrina

Emma Williams said...

Two very different cards but both are equally wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :-)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both are beautiful, the curved edges are fantastic. The ribbon matching the moose die cut is perfect and I love the colours on the bottom one. Happy Sunday, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Karen B said...

No wonder Hammy squealed when he remembered the moose - it's perfect and looks like the ribbon was made specifically for him.......brilliant. Love your card to Kylie and I know she will as well. Great effect you've got with the watercolours - stunning.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Leslee said...

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Those rusted jingle bells worked out perfectly for your moose card!!!

Cat Craig said...

Both cards are fabulous. The moose ribbon and the bells are wonderful embellies for your moose card. Love the watercoloring and embossing combo. Such wonderful eye candy today Darnell.

baileyrosy.com said...

Hi Darnell yes I'm still alive !!!!!! so good to catch up with you after all of these months and I see you are still as crazy ( and talented ) as ever,

rusty bells go figure but they are absolutely perfect for " the big guy " I mean no reindeer worth his salt would be seen with shiny bells, i mean its just not realistic.

Marie

Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are fabulous Darnell but I adore the moose card, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Debbie Nutt said...

Hey there, Darnell! Under that heart of gold of yours, lies some rusty jingle bells. They are mooseic to my ears!I can hear them tinkling! Love your watercolour card too! Thanks so much for the kind comment on my nail polish card. You are such a gem!

Greta said...

I'm getting overwhelmed with all the goodness on your blog as I catch up from being away! Being a nurse agrees with you, my friend! Hope you've had no more drama with hubby--miss you!

Greta said...

Forgot to say, if the moose card doesn't win there's something wrong in the universe!

Carol said...

I nearly ran when I saw your title Darnell...can't be done with loose mooses but then I realised yours was a big moose and not a pesky little one! Two fab cards, so like your take on the HLS badge. Carol x

Bobby said...

I love that big moose, Darnell, and am so glad he waited around for you to finally use him on a card. I,too, have some of those rusty bells, but then again as my granddaughter says "Gramby likes things old and rusty." Truer words were never spoken. You did a wonderful job on the HLS logo and I'm sure Kylie appreciated seeing it on a cards.

Tracey McNeely said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell! I feel so bad I haven't been visiting lately I haven't been visiting anywhere lately just can't seem to get out of park. However a visit to the Playhouse always makes me smile. Your moose is too cute, love that ribbon. It is moose hunting season in my parts right now (boo), I don't think a hunter would mistake my little Sam for a moose but I keep a pretty close eye on him just the same.

Taunya Butler said...

THIS CARD IS a PErfect card for an Outdoorsman!!! Wonderfully done and just the perfect accents added!!! Hope your week is a good one!!!

Kylie said...

Your moose is fab! I am hoping to see one in 2017 when I MAY trek over to Canada for the next HLS retreat. It isn't something you would see here in Australia! As you know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my rainbow card. It is sitting proudly next to me at my desk. I squealed with delight when I opened it and saw what you had done. Such a clever cookie, you are xx

Kylie said...

Your moose is fab! I am hoping to see one in 2017 when I MAY trek over to Canada for the next HLS retreat. It isn't something you would see here in Australia! As you know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my rainbow card. It is sitting proudly next to me at my desk. I squealed with delight when I opened it and saw what you had done. Such a clever cookie, you are xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome moose card! He is nice and large~ Hey, congrats on The Challenge win! You get to be a Guestie~

Majo said...

Wow, I never realized I was mentioned on your blog. Thanks so much, I love to see many people on my little place where I share this & that ♥

Greta said...

OK, so everyone can have their own opinion, I know! Thank goodness this fabulous card is one of the HMs at MM--congrats, Darnell!

conil said...

Hidey-ho and congrats on your Honorable Mention for the Loose Moose at Merry Monday. So very well deserved...

KandA said...

Hi Darnell, just popping by to catch up with what you've been up to and first of all I must say what a super photo of Hammy and what a handsome little chap he is.
Super cards. Love the pastel watercolours on the embossed background. Fabulous Moose and the rusty bells are perfect on his collar xx

Barb Ghig said...

Two really stunning cards, Darnell! I love your moose, and the rusted jingle bells are the perfect touch1 Beautiful water coloring on your 2nd card, too! I love your embossed background and the lovely angle on your front panel...I would love to CASE your idea sometime, if that's ok :)
Thanks so much for always making me smile when I visit your blog...it's always fun to stop by! And...Thank you for playing along with us this week at Addicted to Stamps!

Chrissie said...

Your cards are amazing... I love that moose's rusty bells... as you say they're perfect, probably charge more for a bit of rust!
Anyways it's perfect for a chap!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Bhavana said...

lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Colour Me!!

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

Two lovely cards, Darnell! Watercolored is so energetic! Thank you for joining us at Colour Me!

Loll said...

Two awesome cards Dolly! LOVE the patterned paper behind the moose ... seriously, it's gorgeous. And the rusted bells are the perfect big of bling for a moose.

Great job on the watercoloured card ... it really does look like the dripping rainbow for HLS --- you are so clever. I bet Kylie loved it! :) Give the mister a hug from me. Lolly xx

Dana & Glen said...

Such fun cards Darnell! We have a softspot for moose around here and I just love the moose card, especially the bells and fun ribbon.

Skye said...

Two fabulous cards. I love your moose. The ribbon and bells are just perfect.

Julie Gearinger said...

Love your moose with his rusty nails!! Great job on all of the challenges and so thrilled that you joined us at Colour Me!

Geri said...

OH! MY! GOODNESS! Your moose card is INCREDIBLE....'specially' with the rusted bells! Winner, winner, chicken dinner in all four entries for this majestic fella! EVERYTHING on your card WORKS!!! I love, love, love this card!

Gorgeous 'dripping' water colored inks on your thank you card! I love the bold yellow bottom panel and the embossed images!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Darnell,
Mm, yes finally made it back to say hi... been scrolling down your posts with its lovely nonsense throughout .. we do enjoy it so tell Hammy dear not to stop now! Love the first one here with the mooose on the loose! don'cha love it when you get use items you've been wanting to use for ages.. like the bells and ribbon.

... and well the watercolour card is simply gorgeous.
Thanks for popping over, dear friend, and I pray for you both and that hubby dear grows betterer each an every day.
Thanks for sharing..
*hugs*
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Petra Swart said...

Love those 'left in the rain' rusted bells on the moose card and what great ribbon you had to use on it, Darnell!!! The added shadows really look great!!! Your twofer is beautiful - love how you've got the colours only at the top and the EF and the curve is lovely!!!

Helen F. said...

Oh Darnell! Your moose card is wonderful! The rusty bells tied around his neck and fun ribbon across the top are perfect. Great job duplicating HLS's logo on your pretty Thank you card ~ nice water coloring :-)

Anne said...

What a marvellous masculine moose!
And those rusty bells are perfect Darnell :)
Thank you for joining us
Anne
"Less is More"

Sazzle Dazzle said...

More brilliance from you Darnell and loving that enormous Moose! Perfect guy card and thanks so much for playing along this week!
Sarah xx
Less is More

Linby said...

oh I LOVE the moose and the ribbon is so fab - I can see why it has been NBUS for so long! Gotta love those bells too!
I want to CASE your watercolour effect, it's so fantastic, thanks for the inspiration.

Birgit said...

I love the rusty balls on the moose! Oh that does not sound right but you know what I mean. It is a fun card and the other card is so cheery. Love the watercolour rainbow

Wei Wei Wang said...

Both cards are stunning! Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

Anita in France said...

It must be wonderful to have Hammie keeping an eye on things in the Playhouse while you're busy with nursing duties, Darnell ... he did a great job guiding you to this cute loose in the hoose moose ... who wears his rusty bells so well!! Love the rainbow watercolour ... swooning at this very moment! Miss you, mon amie! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

cm said...

How marvelous that all the squealing (I'm nearly doing that here, after reading your post, but using my 'inside voice' because I'm surrounded by a handful plus 3 students writing exams. Don't want to set them off a-squealing...) lead to this marvelous majestic moose, bedecked in his rusty bell! Actually, we brought home 'rusty' bells suspended on coarse wool-woven necklaces, created for yaks to wear in Nepal. I don't think any yaks wore what we bought...thankfully! We've seen a couple moose here over the summer; they're very solitary creatures, so when one makes an appearance, the traffic does come to halt. Fortunately, they show up on a secondary highway...and pose most regally for photos for those who want them. They are big! Your second card: perfect for Kylie in every way! How thoughtful you are to send it to her! I love her stamps and she is such a delight (as are you)!
hugs~c