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December 16, 2015

Celebrating More of the Magic

Hello Every Card-Loving Body!

My cards have been rolling off the hamster wheel right and left and I'm nearly done. Yesterday, the town Post Office crowned me Sweetheart of the 2015 Season of Sending Smiles and thanked me for doing my part to keep them afloat and aflutter. It was all pomp and ceremony and I maintained my Dee Corum personality until they served the dessert wine and the speakers at the podium started having a difficult time articulating my new title.

I have a few other cards below if you need any last-minute inspiration, but the Main Event today is this number:
This fun stocking stamp is from All Night Media. I colored the image with my SAI markers and then glazed it for plumping and shine. A simple band of woodgrain Washi tape provides a lovely mantel and the fitting sediment is from the PTI "Tree Trimming Trio" set.

(Now that I cock my head over my right shoulder, I realize the mantel and signage appear rather large in relation to the undermantle and hosiery. Perhaps there was a roaring fire in the fireplace which shrunk all the stockings to doll-house size. Yes, let's go with that.)

I made this card to play in the one-layer card challenge at Less Is More where the theme is, "What's In My Stocking?"

I think if you look closely at the stocking on the far left, you'll detect some movement and I think you can guess what's in my stocking. And, yeah, no, I don't know which one it is!

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Enjoy these designs. I'm really pleased with how much patterned paper I used from my stash this year.

As before, if you'd like any details, please let me know. I'm embarrassed to say that if you have asked me a question in an earlier post and I haven't answered, please forgive me and ask again as I've gotten terribly behind in answering my mail and visiting others. I promise I'll catch up after the holidays.

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Ready. Go.

Inspired by Sarah of Funky Fossil Designs


Challenge: The Male Room: Christmas or Seasonal Greetings.


Using up those stickers.


Washi tape laid in rows and then cut with Memory Box die.

Inspired by Kay Miller of My Joyful Moments
Challenge: Pixie's Snippets Playground: Use your snippets!

You've seen a different version of the above card not too long ago. I love this one with the schparkly foam JOY, punctuated with one schparkly gem. 
Challenge Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Just a Pinch.

Left: natural. Right: Wearing snowsuit for camouflage during hunting season. Challenge: STAMPlorations December Theme and Sketch challenge where I'm guesting. I hope you can link up!
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77 comments:

Rahmat said...

Wow you have been a busy bee Darnell, I posted my cards last week...and thankfully has made their way into Europe already..hopefully everyone gets before Christmas.
The first one is the most adorable one as I am a one layer girl..and I love the sentiment...the washing tape one is very inspiring. .I will surely try out. Merry Christmas to you.

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Maxine D said...

Oh I do love that mantle and the (shrunken) socks Darnall - especially all the sheen and sparkle in the close up photo!
You really have had Hammy and the family working hard to have all those cards to share. Hope you give them a few days off over the Christmas break.
Blessings
Maxine

Aileen (mum) said...

Wow you have been a busy bee havent you. So many wonderful cards. In love with your stockings hanging in a row. Will have to see if I can find it, too cute. Your so clever using up all those snippets. Take care

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Darnell you certainly have been on your 'hamster whee;' so many lovely cards....your witty posts always make me smile....I just wish we had a local Post Office the powers that be decided to close most of the small post offices in the UK so we have to go into town to the main post office and join the other hundreds of people waiting to post their mail!!! but thankfully my cards are all written and posted...

Anne

Jane Willis said...

What a lot of cards! I love the ones with patterned paper behind a die cut aperture, great way to use patterned paper. And wood grain washi tape? I think I'm in love! I've already thought up a dozen ways to use it, just while typing this. Hang on, Mr Google, I'm coming to search the heck out of you.....
Jane

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A seriously cram packed post of gorgeous cards today Darnell, you have been so busy. Love them all and wish I had your inspiration and verve at the moment to get finished with my cards. Only a few to go but they seem to be taking me ages.
Lorraine

Rocky said...

Love those tartan deer!! So glad you shared them with us at TMR. Happy Christmas to you.

Sue said...

By heck! I've been told I say that a lot, by heck do I?:)

You sure have been busy. I love them all, but I am a sucker for the cute animal ones.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Marilyn said...

OMG!! Your cards are awesome. you have been one busy lady

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeee those stockings!! So colorful and fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat said...

Wow Darnell my Christmas card making is very slow compared to yours and what a fantastic array. I love the plaid backgrounds and your great idea with the die cut washi tape giving stripes of colour and then your fabulous glossy stockings, just so cute! x

frommycraftroom said...

I am in awe of how many gorgeous christmas cards you and the hamsters have made. You are well deserving of your title :) The mantle and socks are just a stand out from today's collection.

Olga Fink said...

So beautiful cards all of them! I love the fact that you use everything from your die cuts! so inspiring!

Sarah said...

You make me smile Darnell!! Well done on your award, couldn't happen to a nicer person!! Love this collection of cards, you and Hammy have been very busy for sure xx

Jeanne said...

You are one busy hamster, Darnell. And it looks like you might have lost one in your first card! :) Congrats on the new award, too. It's just nice to be noticed, isn't it? :) Your cards are great and I'm so impressed at how many you are able to create! Congrats on that as well. You are the queen of qacas!!

Nan G said...

Love em all, Darnell! And I still need two cards so I'll (pilch) borrow one of your ideas. Have a wonderful holiday! Hugs

Chriss Blagrave said...

Another stellar batch of cards, Miss "make em smile" ! Love them all, especially the stockings card with Hammy offspring:)))
Have a LOVELY day xox

Susanne Vargas said...

The card is fun with those colorful stockings as is your description!
And I often think that we stampers keep the post office running. They haven't thanked me yet but I am glad to read that you have been honored!
Your Christmas card parade is very inspirational as it's coming closer...

Gerrina said...

What a treat so much inspiration! Love the first and the dogs in a row-cards most. I have to use more patterned paper on my cards or they a;; end up under a pile of gesso on mixed media project I think... Have a fun week!

Dotty Jo x said...

Love card #1, Darnell... And all the others too! What a busy Christmas bee, Jo x

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh my!!! You have been soooooo busy in this time!!! How many beautiful cards you made! All them are gorgous an love your use of negative! Fabulous works!

conil said...

I'd say you must be the star of the Post Office...think you're insuring their continued employment all by yourself. You should have received a gold watch or something equivalent. So envious that you were able to use not only so much patterned paper but washi tape, as well. Each and everyone of these cards is a minor masterpiece, but the coloring on that stocking card is AWESOME!

KandA said...

Phew Darnell you must be exhausted. It's a good job you've got hammy and those little hamsterettes to help you out. These are all fabulous cards, as is the one I received in the post today. Thank you so much xx

Carole said...

OMG Darnell......please confirm that you are human and not a machine...you are certainly firing on all cylinders! Love your makes...........no favourites , I would proudly display any of them on my fireplace! Hugs xx

Sue said...

Darnell, you are amazing! Your cards are wonderful and I absolutely love this adorable Christmas stockings card, such a fun image and your design is very striking. Sending you best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Time too Darnell
Sue...xxx

Dortesjs said...

Stunning cards, love the design and all

Carol said...

Another fun selection of Christmas cards Darnell, you've been busy. Carol x

Lynette said...

Oh my goodness - you HAVE been busy, haven't you!! Your cards are all so awesome.

JoAnn said...

What an array of lovely cards. You have been a busy lady. Glad you were able to use some scraps from your stash. I need to do that too. Have a great week and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you.
Hugs,
JoAnn

oldpunca said...

Nice, nice, nice. :-) You are really good girl. So many different cards and each and every fabulous. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Lisa said...

Holy smokes Darnell, you have been one busy card maker!! These are all simply delightful and will bring smiles wherever they go!!

Bobby said...

You make me feel like a slacker, Darnell. It's a beautiful array of cards that you have made and yes, I detected the movement in the stocking. What a great touch. I am partial to those googly-eyed reindeer though. Oh, and I love that you embossed all the backgrounds.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

What a post
all cards are fantastic
hugs Tamara

Sharon Underwood said...

Beautiful cards! I, too, have been on a Christmas cardmaking binge. However, they don't seem to be multiplying as fast as I'm making them. I'm ready to scream, HELP, CARDMAKING FAIRY! Your cards are gorgeous. Love your use of patterned paper.

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell (or should I call you SotSoSS !!) what a line up of beautiful cards - you and Hammy have certainly been busy! Personally, I don't think the mantel is too big, particularly if you live in a stately home in the UK (not that I do). The movement in the stocking on the left looks like Hammy has got lost..... Love your cards. Hugs, Annie xx

Jean said...

What a fabulous array of gorgeous cards Darnell, you have been a very busy bee. I love the row of colourful socks hanging expectantly on the mantel.
Jean x

jimlynn said...

They're ALL fabulous!!! Love the mantle and stocking card and since the stockings are small, they're probably for me. I DO deserve a bigger one though. LOVE your cards Darnell!
Lynn

Kathleen said...

A totally stunning collection here Darnell, some fantastic images and I just log that reindeer.
Thanks so much for your wonderful card and it was news to me that you were coming over in the Summer, well you will be lucky if we have one, so could you please pack some sunshine too. Pretty please.
Would love to meet you, I am about an hour from Manchester.

Love

Kath x

Charlene said...

WOW you've been a busy girl! Beautiful cards, each and every one of them! I love the stocking one!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Adorable hanging stockings! With the response you get on cards, and by the looks of it, the cards you have been creating, it doesn't surprise me to know you are behind. Thanks for my card too - loved the plaid deer :)

Carol L said...

Wheeeee.....you're on a serious card-making roll my friend! I love them all, especially those leaping plaid deer and the shrunken stockings hanging on the mantel :) Great job on all of them!

Clare said...

Haha, congrats on your award!! ;) And what a cute little stockings - the glitter is so pretty on them! I love the idea of concentrating on using up your old Christmas stash!

Linda S. said...

I was just going through my stash of whole and Christmas paper scraps, and declaring that something had to be done with all this paper. Unlike others in the comments, I would love to know more about the washi-tape die cuts. Couldn't figure it out by just looking. Also, that plaid deer,...is the patterned paper the actual die cut, or is the plaid paper pieced behind the negative of the die-cut? Questions, questions! Maybe I am delaying the finishing of my last four or five cards?

lostinpaper said...

All so fabulously wonderful Darnell, I get all excited when I use my patterned paper, because usually I have it just to look at. Those bright stockings also made me smile, what a fun collection of colours and patterns!

Geri said...

That hamster wheel must have been shooting flames with this creativity being churned out by 'the gang'....except for the wee rodent that may have been napping in the stocking!

Ah-mazing cards Darnell! Every single one of them is perfectly crafted and brilliant! Yep...I'm picking a favorite again...it's the sweet little Santa informing us that we must all 'be merry'....and merry we are after seeing this these fine examples of seasonal happy mail!

Donna said...

I'm equally behind in posting/commenting!
LOVE your washi tape idea. Clever you :)

TK said...

Marvelous job! So much inspiration all in one day, what's a gal to do but hurry to catch up?

Craftychris said...

Inspiration by the sleigh load! All of your cards are awesome! I love your mantel with the stockings - that washi tape is fabulous. Your post had me smiling, as usual! A brilliant start to my day! xxx

Barb said...

My goodness you've been busy Darnell. What a wonderful array of cards and some good ideas shared too. I love the "strips of washi tape laid down then diecut" idea. One for me to try. Thanks for sharing. Barbxx

Di said...

Fabulous selection of cards Darnell! I love all of them and the little wriggly stocking did make me giggle - I spotted it without you even saying :)

A super dooper snippets card of course as well - thanks for coming to play.

Sorry I'm late commenting - playing catch up here!

Hugs

Di xx

Bonnie said...

You work well under pressure, my friend! GFY using some of that DP. I still have way too much of it. Why do I keep buying more?

Julia Aston said...

Love your glistening row of colorful stockings on the wooden mantel Darnell! and ALL of your cards are just delightful and festive! Julia xx

Dana & Glen said...

Another terrific collection of cards Darnell! I love the stockings and think they are perfectly sized to the mantel. Their size and how wonderfully colorful they are make me think of stockings in Whoville.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Totally delightful Darnell, love all the different length of stocking although not sure I'd be happy with the diddy ones!!! Hee Hee! thanks so much for playing along this week!
Sarah xx
Less is More

Cheryl W. said...

Every card in this post is a winner! I love them all. So glad to hear you're nearly done with the Christmas card production. You've been working awfully hard!!

Marybeth said...

You must never sleep ! Wow...so many wonderful cards and I love them all!

Sandra H said...

Wow simply stunning are your cards wishing you a very merry christmas and new year take care xx

Chrissie said...

Amazing array of cards Darnell and those stockings are fan dabby dozey!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

What a glorious confection of cards, Darnell

Thank you for your fab Christmas card - safely installed on the wall of Christmas!

Kathyk

Anne said...

Do you ever sleep Darnell??!! What a fabulous bunch of fodder for your post office and those stockings are fabby
Thank you so much for joining us this week.
Merry Christmas!
Anne
"Less is More"

Donna said...

What an awesome collection of cards, you are so inspiring!

Carole said...

Thank you Darnell, for your visit, the feedback and the lovely Christmas card...such quality so professional...even your hand-writing is perfection. You are the Queen of blog land,funny, gracious and oh so clever.Merry Christmas to you and Mr. May your family share their precious time with you. Hugs Carole

Anita in France said...

Leaping hamsters, Darnell ... your fingers and those dozens of little paws are going to be worn to the bone ... what an awesome collection of festive delights! I too am waaaaay behind, mon amie ... hence me arriving here so many days after your Sweetheart award winning moment! Congratulations ... I'd have loved to have been there to see it ... and share in the dessert ... and wine! Miss you! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Emma Williams said...

Wow...you have been busy but it's all worth it because your cards are fabulous and I'm sure the recipients will love them when the all arrive! Thank you so much for sharing all your projects and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

JD/ Jill said...

Wow! What a great array of cards. All so creative. I can image that you keep your post office in business...smile!!1
In regard to ours...well, the one closest to me closed their doors. Sadly, that makes it more difficult for me to get my cards in the mail. I was spoiled and didn't realize it.

Julie B said...

Wow Darnell you've been on a production line! Love the taran cards and your little pooches.
Thanks for GDing with us at STAMPlorations and a Merry christmas. :)

Greta said...

Wow--you're amazing, my friend! How do you come up with so many great ideas?! I love that woodgrain Washi & the stockings card--super! Gotta try lining up Washi & using a die--never thought of that! The last 2 cards are adorable! By the way--I helped a bit to keep the PO going, so maybe I'm the princess--haha!

Cat Craig said...

Wow lots of great cards! I have to say the stockings is my favorite of your holiday cards this season. Fun whimsical and it made me smile.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh what a wonderful array of cards!! I'm so proud to have received one of your beauties! I too have kept Royal Mail afloat here ... Not that I've been thanked Lol!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Nikki C said...

Wow aren't you a card making machine and I am so amazed at how many you post out I did a fair bit of swapping about its fun to swap cards have a very merry Christmas hugs Nikki

Neets B said...

So much gorgeous craftiness in this post, Darnell! Loving your little gathering of Christmas stockings, so bright and perfectly cheerful for Christmas!
So sorry for the late visit!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell,
have prepared so many beautiful cards! Beautifully carved elements used, both positive and negative. Great job.
Merry Christmas and happy new year.
hugs,
BozenA

Helen F. said...

WOW, how awesome! Fabulous array of cards ~ You are the definitely deserving of the Sweetheart crown, Darnell!
Love the mantle and all those cahute stockings hanging there too.

Deborah Frings said...

Wonderful selection of cards. I do enjoy your posts! Thanks so much for playing along with our Christmas challenge at The Male Room. Hope to see you again next year.

LauraJane:) said...

GREAT to have you guesting with us at STAMPlorations Darnell. You are a Christmas card making machine!! Those PLUMP stockings aren't full of coal are they?

ionabunny said...

Hi Drnell. I see my xmas card, just with a little more joy LOL. Loev the reindeer. In a snowsuit indeed. Hugz