A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Hello to all on this fabulous and festive holiday!

I send you warm mottled sunshine greetings from my family! 
Dan, Adam, Henry, Rachel
Seated: Bama Darnell and Papa Kevin (Mister)
I had to crop the photo in order to see the people features, so the Dukester was cropped out. Here is his for all my pet-loving friends:
(I think he must have been distracted by some hamster antics over on the swinging bench!)

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Of course, I had to make you a card and enter a couple of challenges!
The whimsical Charlie Brown Christmas tree image is from Stamps by Judith. The baubles are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. The glossy top mat is embossed with a Memory box die called "Cross Stitched Frame Borders." The tag is cut from "Teeny Tag Greetings" from Creative Time and the teeny "merry" is a portion of a sediment from PTI's "Holiday Buttons Bits" set.

Challenges
  • CASology Challenge where the cue card word is "Merry." You might want to join in the DT call that is happening over there right now! (Kimberly and Ren are stepping down ~ thank you both for your work on the DT!)
  • Color Throwdown: Any Christmas Creation, Any Color.
  • Pixie's Snippets Playground where all you have to do to play along is use some snippets on your card. This week marks the fourth year since Di took over the Playground, so congratulations to her for that milestone, as well as a big thank you!!
Pixies Crafty Workshop

Happy Mail

One of the benefits of sending out lots of Christmas cards is the joy that I find in my Happy Mail every day! Each card will be photo graphed and put in my "Happy Mail" tab above, but in the meantime, here is the awesome basket of cards I've received so far:
Thank you to all my dear friends who sent cards and to all of you who read my blitherings and encourage and support my card-making hobby by your amazing comments! It means the world to me and keeps me going!

Miracle Mail

Hey, check this out! I have to give a shoutout to both the English and American postal service personnel. I have a friend from England who inadvertently dropped my Christmas card in the outgoing mail without any postage on it.

Horrors!

Well, here it is, safe and sound as it arrived at my house ~
You'll see that it doesn't even bear an admonishment that there is "postage due!" Kudos for the holiday spirit of all the carriers involved in this sweet holiday miracle!

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On a sad note, three dear friends unexpectedly lost their beloved husbands this year and several friends have lost one or both parents, so I know the holidays can be a sad time for many. If it is for you, I send big fuzzy extra-special hamsterloads of hugs!

I'll leave you with this beautiful moon shining down on the Playhouse last night. If you look very closely, I think you'll see the shadow of a jolly fat man in a sleigh with Rudolph and Olive the other reindeer!
Enjoy the merriest of holidays in whatever fashion you choose to celebrate it, wherever in the world you celebrate it! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*


*Life is Too Short!



 (Linda S., please email me so I have your email to give you the information you requested. darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.)

80 comments:

Maxine D said...

Merry Christmas Darnell - may your day be filled with family, food, pets and hamsters and joy, most of all.
Christmas blessings
Maxine

TK said...

What a wonderful pic of the family! I'm glad Duke got invited to the party too! What a great "charlie brown" tree - great card! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Craft-E-Place said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a fabulous day full of love and joy x
Elaine

LesleyG said...

Merry Christmas xxx

Pia S said...

What nice and sunny weather you seem to have. We have a little bit of rain, lots of wind and no snow in the part of Norway where I live.
Fun tree stamp, looks very much like the poor little tree they had in the church we went to yesterday.
I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas time with your family.

Redanne said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!! I hope you have a day that is as special as you are! Love and hugs, Annie xxx

Buttons said...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Darnell! Huge hugs from across the pond. Jenny xxx

Karen B said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year Dippy. Great photo but hoped to see Duke and the entire Hammy family!!! Someone as special as you deserves all your special happy mail. Have a wondervul day.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Julie B said...

So there is some festive spirit at the postal services after all!
Lovely family photo, wish we had some sunshine, it's grey and dank this morning and the dog took one look and turned for home. Turkey smells from the oven were a bigger draw!
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Looking forward to seeing you in the summer!!!!!! :) xx

Anita in France said...

How wonderful to see your smiling face (and those of your lovely family) this bright, blue, sunny Christmas morning, Darnell! Hoping you all wake to the Merriest Christmas chock full of joy and blessings! Big hugs & bisous, mon amie, Anita :)

Di said...

A lovely card Darnell - very stylish, just like you! And what a great family photo - my, the twins are growing up so fast!

Merry Christmas!

Hugs

Di xx

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas to you, Kevin, Dan, Rachel, and the twinks (although they're rather large now, are they still twinks?). You are so thoughtful, Darnell, remembering those that are likely to find this Christmas season difficult. Thank-you for the beautiful card you sent me. Unfortunately, my card sending skills failed me this year! I'm going to make an extra special effort to send more "hello" cards in 2016. ;-)

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Love the card.

Here if there isn't enough postage on an item you get a card telling you it's at the Post Office. When you go in, they charge you the postage and £1 administration.

I hope you and your family have a lovely day.

Hugs
Sue

Lizzy Hill said...

Great photo of you and yours..... LOVE the Santa's sleigh piccy & your card is exquisite! Hope you have a truly wonderful and blessed time together with your family & that your Mister gets BETTER quick... :):)

!neke said...

Merry Christmas to you and your familie!
Wishing a safe and healthy 2016!
Ineke

Milka Gubo said...

Merry Christmas Darnell!! :o) Big hugs

Kathyk said...

And a big old MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, your family and your readers, Darnell

Kathyk

Lynn said...

Beautiful. I love the picture of your gorgeous family. Merry Christmas Darnell! xx

Nan G said...

Merry Christmas to you and the family, Darnell!

Marilyn said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Love your card!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your card and family are gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

I Card Everyone said...

Well done, D! Gorgeous photos, and card. Thanks for making us smile this year, and for years to come!
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Ruth said...

Have an absolutely fabulous Christmas. I received a beautiful card from you and will reply in due course! Wishing you lots and lots of love and joy in 2016. Xx

Jeanne said...

Merry Christmas, Darnell to you and your beautiful family. Thank you for all the sharing you do on this blog. Your kindness and humor are truly appreciated. Adore your card! Have a magical day! Big hugs!

~amy~ said...

Darnell, such an awesome pic and your card..it's wonderful!

Happy Holidays to you!

Yolanda Garrido said...

Merry Christmas dear friend!! I wish all the best for you and your nice family! Hugs from Spain!

stampwithsandy said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Darnell! All the best in 2016 and healing wishes for the Mister. Have an awesome day!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, thank you for all your beautiful cards and words and blog frendship and especially for the card that came by post!
Merry Christmas!
Sonja

Laurie Unger said...

Wonderful family photo and glad you included the cropped out picture of the dog. May you be blessed this Christmas and in the new year!

Jacquie Southas said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Darnell! Love that a card made it all the way to you without postage :)

JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful card!

And a wonderful family pic of all of you. Hope you and your family have a very blessed Christmas!

Carol L said...

What a wonderful family Photo (and grand DUKE)! Love the card, love the memories and we wish you the merriest day of them all, with all good wishes for health, prosperity and lots of crafting goodness in the coming year! Merry Christmas!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful family and beautiful card. Merry Christmas to all!

Karen B said...

So glad you've updated the photo to include poor Dukester who you cruelly cropped out of the original photo you posted yesterday.........now all's right with the world! Hope you have had an amazing day. We've just finished our Christmas dinner having Skyped Val & Jim and the rest of the family in Portsmouth earlier on. Love to you all.

Karendipity xxx

Diane said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Darnell. Wonderful fun picture I hope this year brings you many joys.

Hugs diane

Craftychris said...

Merry Christmas Darnell and your lovely family! Fabulous photos! I hope you have had a lovely day. Darren and I have and the kids and grandkids are all coming on Sunday afternoon - yay! Love your card, the tree is gorgeous! You have a wonderful pile of cards and how cool was the postal service to get the card to you with no postage! Take care. Luv Chris xxxxxxc

Ann Tuck said...

Wishing you and your lovely family a very merry Christmas Darnell - and thank you for sharing your crafting excellence and your unique perspective on life! You have been a highlight of my email and my hobby this year. Wishing you all the very best for 2016.

Pat said...

This twiggy tree with the baubles is beautiful Darnell and I love the cross stitch edge to the mat and that pretty blue background mat too. I love that family photo and hope you are having a wonderful Christmas. x

Leslee said...

A very Merry Christmas, Darnell! I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and much love, health and happiness for the New Year! Hugs from snowy, cold Montana!

Jean said...

Merry Christmas!

frommycraftroom said...

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photo and card. :) Always a pleasure to visit.

Valerie Nolan said...

Merry Christmas Darnell, lovely family photo and nice weather! Grey, wet and windy here and unseasonably warm. Lovely card too!
Val x

Pam said...

Merry Christmas!

Maike von maikreations said...

Such a lovely picture ;o)
Merry Christmas, dear Darnell and have a wonderful time!
Maike

scrAPpamondo said...

Merry Christmas to you, your family and the doggie, too. And to Hammy ;D
Beautiful CAs and the moon with Santa's sleigh is spectacular!

Mrs A. said...

Merry Christmas wishes. Hugs mrs A.

Ardyth said...

Merry Christmas! Love the photo of your family - you all look so happy and Kevin looks like he's feeling better? (I hope!) Great card - I sold that stamp but now thinking I should be a better hoarder.....

Sheri said...

Merry Christmas! Love your photo!!

Kim Heggins said...

Merry Christmas! Love your sweet family photo and your card is simply adorable. Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Lucy said...

That is such a Beautiful picture of your family!
Merry Christmas!

Ros Crawford said...

Yikes! For a moment I thought that was me who sent the card , then I remembered I took my to the post office for sending ... Well done to your USA postal service! Love your photos and your card ... Best wishes for the New Year!

Gerrina said...

Again so much fun to read your post! A bit merry, family, a little magic, kindness, a tear and a laugh... All in one! So thanks for writing about what you see, exoieriences and think everytime!
Wish you a fun, creative, healthy, but most of all filled with fun little turbulent things 2016!
Hugs, Gerrina

Scrapbook Lynne said...

Sending warm Christmas hugs from my new winter wonderland of Creston, British Columbia. Hope my card has arrived to add to your basket and that it brings you a wee bit of joy as thanks for all the moments of joy you have brought me! Cheers!!!

Nancy Thomas said...

Perfectly CAS card - I love the bauble colors especially. Merry Christmas.

Lisa said...

What a GREAT family photo!! Cute card too. I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a beautiful Christmas!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Merry Christmas Darnell and family! Love the photo and card, as always!
Hugs,
Em

Brenda said...

Merry Christmas Auntie! What a beautiful family photo, everyone looks fabulous and very happy!! I love the pooch, a stunner he is. I also love your Charlie Brown tree, so cute it is and the baubles are so awesome, love them!! Yes, it was a sad Christmas for many people who lost loved ones, but even though it might have been sad, it is a time to celebrate as they are in the best place one could be, in heaven with Jesus!! I look forward to the day when it is my turn to go see my beloved Dwayne and Jesus.
What fun cards and a lot of them!! I have to say how blessed I was too with receiving many cards. I didn't get any sent out, but people still blessed me by sending to me. But I am hoping to start sending out New Year cards to all those special people in my life!!
Wasn't the moon amazing looking?!! Here is was very foggy/rainy and very warm-we are usually cold and snowy. So our moon had lots of clouds and haze around it making it look even more amazing. I know many don't like a full moon because it makes people hyper, but I'm just the opposite-the moon is so awesome when full, I love the shadows it makes and I love the brightness it gives. Just doesn't get any better to me! lol Enjoy the rest of the season Auntie!!
Hugs, Brenda

conil said...

What a great looking gang...including the pup. It looks Christmas Card ready. Your card is definitely a winner, as well. Wishing you and yours the Jolliest holidays, EVER. Peace and love.

janice stone said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Greta said...

That is one good looking family!! I meant to ask you if Duke was OK since I hadn't seen him in so long--thanks for including him here! Adorable card, Darnell--love every element! Hope you guys had a fabulous Christmas & that Mr is continuing to improve. That is indeed a postal miracle & how wonderful! Big hugs, Greta

Cheryl W. said...

Thank you, Darnell, for sharing your family photo, for your warm wishes and for all you do for the online crafting world. You are a joy and a blessing to all who connect with you in blogland. May 2016 be filled with peace and all manner of blessings.

Hannelie said...

I LOVE your merry and whimsical Christmas tree Darnell!
And indeed kudos to the friendly postman who delivered your card without any charges!
With Christmas something of the past, I want to wish you a fantastically healthy, happy and crafty 2016!
...and ....Thanks for joining us at Casology!

Brenda in IN said...

I love seeing pictures of your beautiful family and granddog, Dukester. Oh what a fun Charlie Brown tree. It sounds like you have good luck with the post office too. Remember when I sent all my cards with 22 cent stamps! They do get a bad rap sometimes.

SARN said...

Fabulous tree card and lovely family photo.

Hope you had a marvellous time.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

OH Babs said...

What a great family photo. I hope to do the same soon but the Mt. View group came sick. Happy face. Hope Kevin is feeling better. I admire your card but personally could care less if I see anything Christmas for 6 more months. Happy New Year.

Maura R said...

Christmas blessings, Darnell! Wishing you and your family joy, peace and good health in the year to come!!

Maura R said...

Christmas blessings, Darnell! Wishing you and your family joy, peace and good health in the year to come!!

Cathy said...

Belated Christmas blessings Darnell, I hope you and your family have a wonderful year in 2016, Cathy x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
A belated Merry Christmas to you all.
You have a beautiful family and I hope you had a wonderful time making some new memories together.
Fantastic card as always and well done to the Posties.
Hope 2016 brings you much joy and happiness
Ang x

JoAnn said...

Beautiful family photo. Love your card.
Happy New Year to you.

Geri said...

Gorgeous family photo...such a handsome crew!So glad that you share the bottom half and gave 'the Dukester' his share of the limelight!

Sweet card - clean and simply sa-weet!

Almost back to normal here. One more day of eating cream, dough and butter and then it will be back to healthy eating and perhaps a walk (or 10) around the block!

Lindsey said...

Yay for your holiday card miracle! I adore this picture of your family...dog included. :)

Cat Craig said...

Yea for the postal services! Hugs to you and yours.

Leigh Penner said...

What a beautiful family you have! And your card is very pretty, too!

Judy1223 said...

Aw, I love that Charlie Brown tree and the sweet ornaments you used to adorn it! What a very merry card! Thanks for joining in the MERRY fun at CASology, Darnell...and Happy New Year!

Shona Chambers said...

Beautiful family photo and glad you included your doggie (although I didn't see Hammy anywhere......). Those boys have grown so much, bet they had a wonderful Christmas and hope the Mister was up to celebrating. So love your Christmas tree card, have never seen that stamp before and love that its so twiggy!!! And how cool is it about that card making it in the mail. I know we all love to complaint about mail companies around the world but sometimes they totally rock!!

Jen W. said...

A very belated Merry Christmas to you, Darnell, and a happy happy New Year! Thanks for sharing the picture of your gorgeous family (and for not leaving out Duke!). I love that gorgeous shot of the moon too and cracked up about Olive the other reindeer. :D

Your Charlie Brown tree is super cute and I love the way you've attached the sentiment. Thanks for playing along with CASology!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

A lovely family and a wonderful card! and a very Happy although belated New Year, but its still not too far into it....

Helen F. said...

What a beautiful family photo, Darnell!
Love the Dukester and Charlie Brown Christmas tree card too ;-)