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April 28, 2016

Birthday Butter Flies

Hello! Hello!

How are you? I hope this finds you doing great!

I'm sorry I haven't posted for almost a week and thank you for your inkuiries. I did manage a coupla cards, so let's start with my onefer:
These Altenew magnolia flowers were started a while back, so all that was needed was some "finish" watercoloring (which I always overdo!) and then some fussy cutting and mounting. And, of course, winking. The sediment is from Waltzingmouse's "Compact Sentiments." 

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My twofer:
This retro card was sparked by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge, which I've been neglecting lately. The current challenge is a butterfly, of course, plus we are to include texture and/or teal. 

For texture, I heat-embossed the butterfly image (SU) in white and then I watercolored her using my Zig KGT paints in shades of teal. Next I did a watercolor wash of the background. The lace edging (SU punch) mimics the butterfly wing. The twine and butterfly charm are from my stash. The sediment, part of which is NBUS, is from Uniko's "Classic Numbers" stamp set.

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So, What's The Dealio?

Where have I been? I could tease you, but sad to say, I've been mostly in bed since Saturday. After much dithering about with medical tests of this sort and that, a course of action was decided to increase one of my medications in the hopes it would calm things down. That's all well and good for the basic intent of it, but I have been hit hard by one of the side effects, which is extreme fahteeg. I mean I am exhaustipated to the max, Jax.

I am hoping this will simply be a matter of a few days or a week or two during which my system will adjust to the change and I'll be back to myself. The hardest part, besides not posting and visiting you as much as I'd like, is the lack of mojo and seeing six dejected and wound-up hamsters staring at me. For all our sakes, Hammy and I have decided the time has come to adopt out the furballs. Some of you have made requests over the past several months, so I will try and remember who you are!

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118 comments:

Suchi said...

These cards are beautiful! Loved the colorful magnolias and the butterfly! :)
Hope you feel better soon Darnell! :)
Suchi xx

Kath said...

Lovely cards - the magnolia is such a beautiful stamp and I love your texture butterfly card too. Hope you're soon feeling better.
Kath x

sandie said...

sorry to hear this change in meds has been a bad one, side effects are such a pain! lets hope your body get used to it soon. These flowers are stunning, great colouring and fussy cutting. Good to see you at TO and take care x

Jenni's Jems said...

Aw Darnell sorry to hear that your not feeling your usual self :(hope things improve soon ....but these are just cracking cards wish when I lose my mojo I could come up with something like this !!!!Take care x

Jenni's Jems said...

Aw Darnell sorry to hear that your not feeling your usual self :(hope things improve soon ....but these are just cracking cards wish when I lose my mojo I could come up with something like this !!!!Take care x

Ruth said...

Sorry youve not been too well. It is rough when you are so exhausted you can hardly get out of bed. But, it's good to see you doing a bit of playing around and I love your water colour magnolias. Beautiful. Hope you're back on your feet soon. Xx

!neke said...

Great cards !!!!!!
And the news is >>>>>>>

I am off Monday 2 May to Florida for
a short holliday, and then to LA were
my sister in law lives !!!
So finally I can leave this cold weather here !
It should be 15 degrees C bit it is only 5 and
rain.....

Ineke X

maria f. said...

Parked my butterfly next to your butterfly at Uniko and came to say I saw your lovely face (and Greta's) smiling at me from the gallery. What a nice surprise! Take care of yourself and let the Mister take care of the fur balls while you rest.

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell get well soon! Sending you warm wishes from Adria coast. :-) You have created super nice butterfy cards.
Hugs <3,
Sonja

Julie B said...

Sorry to hear you have been laid up, hope you get sorted before July!
Love the resist butterfly.
With my ATSM hat on I will also say thanks for supporting our latest challenge! :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Yours cards a lovely Darnell...so sorry to hear you have been unwell and I hope you feel better very soon

Anne

scrAPpamondo said...

So beautiful both, Darnell! My favourite is the one with the gorgous butterfly and the scallop border, it's very sweet!

Gerrina said...

I love that Althenew flowercard! The pink is so vibrant! And butterflies are allways beautiful esspecially in blue! Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT again! Enjoy your day!

Barb said...

Oh Darnell I am sorry to hear you've been so under the weather. I hope you'll soon be feeling much better and stronger.

Your two cards are beautiful in different ways. I love the striking colours and zing of the first and the colouring on your butterfly is really beautiful on the second. A lovely peaceful looking card. Barbxx

Viv's Visuals said...

Great cards - even if Mr Mojo has gone (wish I could make schtuff like this with mojo absentio)

Get well soon. xx

Jan Clothier said...

Darnell, I hope you're feeling better by now and have the zing and energy to keep on creating more wonderful stuff. Both cards are great but my favourite is Mr Teal Butterfly. Love the techniques you've used to create a fly-off-the-page beauty.

Lynn said...

Oh my Darnell. I hope that your body gets adjusted to the medication quickly. That is simply no fun at all.

love, love, love your beautiful cards as always!

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful cards Darnell ... The magnolias are stunning! Sorry you are under the weather (or Duvet)... I know what it's like to have that exhaustion... something that comes as a side affect to my eczema. Get well soon and take care!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, My mum would have loved the Magnolia card. She always wanted a Magnolia, but dad said the soil wasn't right for them.

The butterfly one is just beautiful.

Sending you heaps of positive energy and hugs (((Darnell))). Hope you adjust to the new dose soon.

Take care
Sue

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards! Sorry you haven't been feeling well Hope you feel better soon

Jeanne said...

Oh, Darnell! I hope your body adjusts to your new meds quickly. You've definitely been missed! I'm so sorry to hear though that you needed the change and that it's affected you in a tough way. These cards you are sharing though are gorgeous! I adore the bright, bold pinks on the first one and that sensational butterfly on the second. Absolutely beautiful! Hugs!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

The cards are beautiful, Darnell. I hope and pray you feel better soon, but take all the rest that you need. You're the priority!
Gentle hugs,
Em xxx

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! SO sorry to hear you haven't been feeling too chipper...changes in medications can be a real pain sometimes! Hope it evens out for you and you're back to your fun and lively self soon! And just so you know, I'm NOT one of the ones who said I'd take a furball...been there, done that! Our 2 30lb. furballs are quite enough excitement around here as it is!! :0) Take care my friend!!

Nan G said...

fanged ol side affects...hope they disparate quickly. Love the cards!

Pat said...

Two beauties Darnell and I love that pretty pink watercoloured Magnolia and then that equally pretty blue butterfly again with great watercolouring. I thought you had been a bit quiet recently but so sorry your change of dose of medication has had this effect on you and hope that this exhaustion soon passes. Take care! x

Mimi said...

Darnell, damnit! Why isn't life sunshine and roses all the time? I'll be thinking about you. The mojo that you found was put to good use: love the pink flowers-- such a nice bday card! & that butterfly almost has amosaic-thing going on as a result of the emboss-resist. Hugs ooo

Linda said...

Darnell, your cards are simple lovely. So sorry you have been under the weather with your meds. Hopefully, this won't last too much longer and you'll be back to your energized self. Hugs, Linda

Karen D said...

Hope you are feeling much better. Just love those lucious pink blooms, such a pretty card. The blue butterfly card is divine too. So vibrant.

Mac Mable said...

Sorry to hear you've been poorly x Vibrant and gorgeous first card. Do so love those magnolias. The butterfly in the second card is really special and loving the 'look' you've achieved, slightly vintage. Thanks for sharing and get well soon x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Two wonderful cards here Darnell, but I'm so sorry to hear you have been feeling so rough! I hope you are soon over those darned side effects and are up and about real soon! Have a great (relaxing) day! Hazel xx
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Di said...

Fabulous cards Darnell! Gosh I hear what you say about meds side effects - sometimes it feels like the cure is worse than the ailment :( Up and at 'em kiddo!!

Love and hugs

Di xx

cuilliesocks said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell, gorgeous colours and designs.
I hope you feel better soon, take care, Kate x

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the designs and colors!! The flowers and butterfly are stunning!! I hope you are feeling much better soon!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Janis said...

Darnell....your cards are just lovely! That beautiful butterfly one is especially wonderful.

I am sorry that you are under the weather. I appreciate so much that you took the time to visit my blog, even though you were barely out of bed. Hey, I blog in my pajamas, so we are even! :)

Take care of yourself and get back to full strength ahead soon. Prayers and hugs.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell!
I'm sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well.... I will pray for you and for wisdom for your doctors so they can figure out the right medication that you need so you'll be feeling like yourself in no time! Hugs!

Mrs A. said...

Sorry to hear your under the weather due to your meds. I'm on meds cos I''m under the weather! Had me jimmy jams on for the past 3 days.
I'm loving the textured butterfly and the teal is spot on. Thankyoy for fluttering by my challenge Where you get two bites of the cherry. Hugs Mrs A. (81 Darnell sleepovers left.)

KandA said...

They are both wonderful cards Darnell, lovely colours on both and fabulous designs.
Sorry to hear you're suffering such horrible side effects and hope you get back to fighting fit soon. Take care xx

Zelda C said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! So sorry to hear you've not been well but you still managed some cards AND a post to make us all smile! Aren't you a gem! Wishing you a speedy recovery xx

conil said...

While your projects are beautiful and happy, I'm guessing not so much recently at your house. Though you couldn't tell it by the cards. So sorry the change in medication is wearing on you. I hate that and apparently you're not pleased as punch about it, either. Surely, it's temporary and will even out in the long run.
I'd love to have one of your furballs but I have a jealous dog and a predatory cat...who would probably think it's a gift. No, not safe at this house for sweet and adorable hamsters.
Wishing you a quick road to recovery. Hugs and Hearts!

pam said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell, really hope you feel better soon..
Pam x

Sue said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Darnell!! hope your feeling better soon and lots of huggles Sue xx

Bonnie said...

Loving your fussy cut magnolias and that gorgeous teal butterfly! So sorry you are feeling worse! Hope it passes soon and you're back to your lively self! Sending gentle hugs!

KimCreate said...

Both are very pretty cards! Thanks for joining inspired by all the little things and for goodness sake, take care of yourself. PS. I just love your funny writing style. :)
Kim, DT

Kathleen said...

Funny that as my Hubby has been on some medication which, as they say, he could fall asleep on a clothes line. hope all works out well for you Daarnell.

Well you may have been missing in action but you are certainly spoiling us with these beautiful creations.

Take care.

Kath x

Cara said...

Beautiful cards, can't decide if I have a favourite between them, both too yummy for words. Sorry to hear that you're wiped out at the moment, I know that one! Hopefully when you adjust to the higher dosage the fatigue will ease off. I hope the change in meds gives you some relief from your condition too. Take care and tell those hammies to keep the noise down! Cara x

frommycraftroom said...

Beautiful cards.
I hope you are feeling better soon and get your mojo back :)

Cris G said...

Oh Darnell, I should have known... it's unusual not posting for almost a week. I hope you feel much better soon, something similar happened to me a few weeks ago. You and Hammy are both wise and I trust you to take the right decision about the furballs.
Good to see that you have, at least, some of your mojo back and created two gorgeous cards. Btw, I recently purchased a few butterflies among other metal charms, and they are very similar to yours.

Joyce said...

So very sorry to hear about your fatigue. That is not good at all. Hope all is right as rain before too long. Love the two beauties you posted today. Hope that they are signs of things to come. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out. Hugs.

Redanne said...

I would be happy to take the fur balls over here until you feel better dear Darnell! So sorry you are feeling so awful... Your cards today are really wonderful, I especially love the butterfly one - I hope it means that Mr Mojo is back to full strength soon too. Big healing hugs, Annie xxx

Patti said...

Oh shucks!! I'm so sorry to hear you are under the weather : ( Your beautiful cards do not indicate you've struggled!!

Sending great big (((((HUGS))))) and praying that you feel 100% in no time!!

Patti

Karenladd said...

Wow Darnell, those are two gorgeous cards! The colors on the magnolia card just pop and I love the little butterfly charm you added to both designs. Your textured butterfly card though, is absolutely awe-inspiring. I'll have to remember to use white embossing with watercolors because the effect is just breath-taking.

I am so sorry to hear you've been under the weather and hope that the side effects of your meds even out soon. It's frustrating to feel almost worse during treatment as you did before. Hugs to you and take your time healing. We'll all still be around!

Craftychris said...

The flowers and butterfly are both stunning! I love them both! I am sorry you are feeling poorly though - I really hope the side effects wear off soon and your energy comes bounding back! Take care! xxxxxxxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Certainly a dynamic duo. Those glorious magnolias just about leap off the page.
Oooh, you poor thing. Hope you're feeling yourself again soon (in a non rude sense lol!)
Must admit, tired eyes did misread your "fahteeg" and thought you had a problem with wind lol!
Get well soon.
Ang x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Two fantastic and beautiful card designs. I love the teal butterfly especially. So sorry you are ill and I hope that soon you will get adjusted to the medications and be back to your normal routine.

Jean said...

BEautiful cards! Feel better soon friend!

Loll said...

Two beautiful and bright cards that bring a smile to my face, Dolly. I hope you had a smile while you were making them. Sorry to hear you are not well. Hope you adjust to the new meds and will be feeling better and raring to go soon. Take care. Sending a big hug your way. Lolly xx

Carol Cel said...

Feel better!!

Sharon Underwood said...

Your cards are beautiful! You did a great job watercoloring those pretty flowers, and I just LOVE the big butterfly in blue! The charm is an extra special touch. Wonderful cards! I will keep you in my prayers and hope you regain your strength very soon.

Lisa said...

Oh my sweet friend, Im so sorry to hear the meds have zapped you like this. That's no fun, I hope things get better soon. PRETTY PRETTY cards today! Take care, sending a BIG hug your way!!

Sybrina K said...

Darnell,

So sorry to hear your meds are zapping all your energy. But crossing my fingers they do the trick and you're back to your old self in no time.

These cards are lovely, and I adore that gorgeous butterfly.

Get well, my friend.

Carol L said...

Well gosh dang it, I had no idea you weren't feeling well, but hopefully you'll soon be back to your chipper old self again! Great cards today, but I'm especially loving that beautifully water-colored teal butterfly! Can I have a WOWSAH!!?! Tis just beautiful! Take care now, ya hear?! ((hugs))

Rose said...

I absolutely amazed you were able come with two really lovely cards while feeling so unwell! I sincerely hope things will right themselves quickly for you & bring some normality back to your life. The magnolias are so bright & pretty but I also love the watercolour butterfly and the lovely washed background. Gorgeous!

Greta said...

Oh darn! I was hoping you were feeling so much better & just having fun. That overwhelming fatigue is so awful--wishing it gone soon! Beautiful cards, my friend--LOVE the blue butterfly!

Helen F. said...

Oh Darnell, your two cards are beautiful! Love the fabulous colored magnolias and the Butterfly card is stunning! You need to enter in the CWS challenge this month! :-)
http://creativewithstampschallenge.blogspot.com/
Praying you feel better soon, sweet friend!

Cheryl W. said...

Hmmm, two very summery cards today. You must be having better weather than we are. It's cold (down into the 30s at night) and rainy here. Your pretty cards definitely brightened my day!

Maxine D said...

Beautiful cards Darnell especially the blue butterfly one! So sorry to hear you hare exhaustipated - that is the worst:-( Do hope it passes soon, (pardon the terrible pun).
Once those furballs are adopted out, don't let Hammy out to visit his girlfriend again or you will have even more adoptions to organise ;-)!!
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, especially that gorgeous butterfly. Hope you feel better soon hun .... big hugs xx

Eunice Beckmann said...

our card looks beautiful :) Love the colors and the design!
Thank you for joining us at "Creative with Stamps", Eunice

Diane said...

Such pretty cards...love the pretty pink and the butterfly card is awesome!! Glad to see you got a little creating time in...sorry about the meds, I wonder who invented the 'golden' years, as sometimes they just aren't too golden!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
sorry to hear you have not been A1.
I do hope your meds soon improve how you feel.
I take blood pressure meds which make me very tired, and if I stop doing things and sit down I fall asleep.
I hate feeling that way, but the previous ones had even worse side affects so I suppose they are the better of the 2.
My DH has a similar problem with his meds too.

Love your 2 super designed cards.
The one with the wonderful Magnolia on is fantastic, and the Butterfly one has such lovely colours on the Butterfly, and your background looks wonderful too.

We do as bloggers worry about not being able to visit so often, but I think we all understand that there are times when we can't.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Deborah Frings said...

Both cards are lovely. I think the little metallic butterfly is just lovely. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko this month. Deborah, DT.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, Your cards are very beautiful, love the effect in the bottom one. I hope you can get through this rough patch soon. Take good care, Big Hugs, Shirleyxx

Bobby said...

My Mom used to say "Don't go to doctors. They'll kill you." and she felt the same about medicine. This coming from a doctor's wife makes is all the funnier. But then I hear all the side affect warnings on TV and think she's right. I praying you get yours straightened around and are back to normal soon, Darnell. I'm so far behind on commenting that I didn't notice you've been gone. Shame on me. You still have some mojo left because your cards are lovely. I'm glad those magnolias were easy to fussy cut and your butterfly with matching lace edge is sensational, as the sentiment says.

MaryV said...

Hi Darnell! Once again I'm amazed by your creations! Really beautiful! Thank you for joining us at CWS challenge.
Hugs
Mary (DT member)

Sylvia said...

Darnell, I hope you are on the upside of your health issues. I was really intrigue with the title of this post so I quickly clicked on it to see if there was yellow blocks flying about. Sylvia D.

Catherine said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell. Love your designs and the gorgeous colors. I hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for entering your cards in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Cathie

Happy Dance said...

Sending you butterfly kisses in hopes that you'll be back to your regular self right now. Besides the little smoochies, I'm also sending prayers. Your cards are beautiful. The Altenew magnolia's are sweet stamps, and you've watercolored them perfectly. Love that blue frame and the little butteryfly! And your blue butterfly card is amazing. That eyelet border is the perfect accent for your pretty butterfly. I love what you've done with the background. Sweet cards. Sweet you. Take care honeygirl. Bev

Brenda said...

Wow, both cards are stunning Auntie!! I love how you watercolors those blooms, beautiful! And so is that butterfly card! The butterfly is so beautiful and I am so loving the color combo on this card as well. Oh Auntie, I so know of this fatigue you talk of. You go to bed tired and wake up tired. Just isn't fun at all. I have many days like that and it just makes me feel so lazy but I can't help it. I hope your body adjusts to the upped meds soon. BIG HUGS, Brenda

EdenLand Designs said...

Hope you are feeling better real soon!!! Both of these cards are lovely, but I especially love the teal butterfly, it's so vibrant! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!
Susan DT

Katy said...

I am loving your butterfly card! I love that butterfly! :) Thank you so much for joining us at our 1st challenge at Creative With Stamps!

Susanne Vargas said...

So sorry to hear about your lack of energy and other problems! Hope the increased medications will do the trick and your body will adjust quickly so you can get your energy back! Is Mister as good a nurse as you were when he was sick?
Lovely cards!
Lots of hugs,
Susanne

Geri said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear....I feel so bad for you! I cannot imagine you without energy! That must be one hard pill to swallow when you are always on the go, go, go and so full of vim & vigor! Sure do hope that your system adjusts quickly. Meds...can live with them, can't live without them!

The two stunning cards have me in awe of your determination and dedication to this fun sport, despite feeling ill. The magnolia is GORGEOUS! Your water coloring sure doesn't look overdone to me!

The colors on the butterfly card are so rich and beautiful...perfectly paired with the white embossed image! Love the dainty doily border too.

Feel well soon pal cuz it makes my heart sore knowing that you're feeling under the weather.

Hmmmm....ever wonder why 'under the weather' is related to feeling ill ????

Keeway Tsao said...

Wow! Both card are so beautiful. I really love the bright pinks that you chose to color the magnolia flowers. They really pop and brings out the beauty of these flowers. Thanks for sharing!

Pollard Carole said...

Two amazing card such gorgeous designs Hope the medication settles down and you feel better real soon Love and hugs Carole x

Monika Reeck said...

I just read and wishing you feel better soon Darnell
two wonderfull card and I adore the one for CWS challenge blue butterfly is so beautiful so stunning embossed and blue...
Great bfly card Darnell
many thanks for joining our first challenge at Creative with Stamps # Butterfly challenge
hugs
Monika (CO Creator)

OH Babs said...

Dear Sweet Darnell, despite your discomfort and frustration battling your disease you still manage to bring humor to us all. Bless you sweet friend and I hope the meds work quickly. The blue butterfly card is lovely and I like the white embossing. Congrats on your win at OLC. A big hug, no two, Barb

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! Your blooms on the first one are just beautiful...and, I don't think your watercoloring is overdone at all! Love your butterfly, too! So happy you played along with us this week at ATSM!

I am so sorry you've been going through such a hard time...keeping you in my prayers, and hoping that you feel better quickly! Hugs, Barb

Sue Rose said...

Darnell, first of, I truly hope your melds get straightened out soon so you can get back to your life!!! Your cards are beautiful as always. I love your blue butterfly, just beautiful!!!

Frau Vögeli said...

Hi Darnell. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I just took a "walk" around yours and I saw a lot of beautiful cards! And I must say, I love the fact that you've been married for 45 years! That is just wonderful!!! Sending smiles from Switzerland, Nicole

baileyrosy.com said...

So sorry to hear you have been unwell and hope the side effects from the medication abate and you will soon have a spring in your step once again. You rallied and made two beautiful cards love the fabulous water colouring on the first, those blooms sure are stunning. The butterfly is a delight loving the gorgeous blue hues.

Marie

Sue said...

Dear Darnell, I am so sorry to hear you are under the weather - I hope you feel better soon.
Your cards are gorgeous - I love both of them - the vibrant colour of the first and the delicate gorgeousness of the second - a-ma-zing. It is May Day Bank Holiday over here soIi am sending you extra special wishes for a lovely weekend too.
Sue...xxx

Inkyfingers said...

Crikey Darnell- even when eshaustipated and mojoless you sure can come up with the goods! I love this pair of gorgeous cards and I especially love the pink and blue colour scheme on the first card. I'm sorry to hear about the medication side effects and hope you start to feel better soon - got to get you better in time for your trip!!!
Thinking of you
Hugs
Carol x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, my, Darnell, so sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well for a while - hope that it will be something of the past soon and that everything will be sorted out and you will have all your energy and mojo back, again!!!!
Your cards are both beautiful - the bright pink flowers on the first card are really stunning and I love the soft blue frame and the sweet little butterfly!!!! Your watercolouring on the second card is fabulous - that butterfly looks amazing and I love the little twine bow and the scalloped edge - such a cute sentiment!!! Both great cards, my friend!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz
PS. Big congrats with the win at CTS!!!!

Wishcraft said...

Lovely cards... fab colours on the first one and love that gorgeous butterfly on the second. Hope you feel better soon xx Hugs, Lisa x

JD/ Jill said...

Your cards are lovely, and so was the one in my mailbox! Awesome! Your really helped to make my day special. (I posted it on my blog!
Hope you are feeling much better!!! I'm going to be sending you an email...

Shell said...

Hi Darnell :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. Congratulations on your win at CAS(E)!! p.s. your 'playhouse' is utterly adorable! It looks tiny on the outside but very spacious on the inside... a bit like the tardis!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh my friend, I was afraid of that being the case when you weren't around. I hope your system gets used to increase soon and you are back on your feet. I'm sad about the adoption as it's hard to break up a family. I wish I could take one but Molly may not be up to that. I hope you find loving homes for them and give Hammy extra love to soften the blow. Seriously, you're in my prayers and I hope this fatigue ends soon and you're up and at em'. Plus I also hope that the increase helps you. I'm glad you were able to finish these flowers and make the card. It is lovely.

Anita in France said...

Goodness, Darnell, I do hope those side effects have eased by now ... and that you're feeling bright and perky and full of energy once again. Sending happy, gentle hugs and strong prayers that all is well again. A brace of beautiful cards ... a delightfully delicate butterfly ... and the most gorgeous watercoloured orchid spray ... it's a stunner! So delighted you felt well enough to make this delight and play along with us at Time Out! Big hugs & bisous, mon amie ... miss you monstrously!! Anita :)

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, well done on creating such beautiful cards when you're feeling so yeuch!

Kimbo said...

I hope you're soon feeling better. Beautiful cards but the teal one is stunning

Thanks for entering the Butterfly challenge this time, Kim guest DT x

Lilian YF said...

Love both cards! But that butterfly...is so pretty!
Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps! Hope to see you again in our CAS challenge!
Hope you feel better soon and hope to see you again in our CAS challenge!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio

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Lindsey said...

Oh dear sorry to hear you've not been good lately - your crafting mojo is still wonderful even if you haven't been up to much crafting of late. 2 lovely cards. Wishing the furballs happiness in their new homes x

Lizzy Hill said...

Hoping by the time you read this you're feeling MUCH less fatigued. Not fun:( Love that butterfly blue card - soooo pretty!!!!

Carol said...

Two very pretty cards Darnell. I can commiserate with the fatigue...that's one of the side effects I was suffering from and nothing you can do about it. Hope it eases soon. Carol x

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

thank you for the newsy, bluesy update; so very sorry that those magic pills didn't agree with you quite as well as you wished. Your cheerful news bits have been missed in blogsphere! Sweet cards btw!

Milka Gubo said...

Hi Darnell :o) Gorgeous cards, as always! Love that butterfly and how you colored it. Stunning! :o) I hope you'll get better in a speed of light. :o) Sending hugs :o) xx

Nonni said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell! I hope the bad side effects go away soon. Thanks for popping by at my new blog -there actually is a follow by email button in the right sidebar, it's kinda small but it's there! :) Hugs!

debby4000 said...

Two gorgeous, beautiful card. Hope you feel better soon
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Luv
Debby

Cathy said...

Such pretty flowers Darnell and I love that butterfly, both gorgeous cards. I hope you are feeling better soon and the hamsters enjoy their new homes! Cathy x

SARN said...

WOW - these are two sensational cards Darnell. I love them both.
Sorry to learn you've been unwell due to med changes . .. sending you get well soon wishes.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Hello Darnall...beautiful cards...love the butterfly...thank you dear for taking out tine and leaving some love to my blog...sorry to hear that you are not feeling well....i hope fast recovery for you..hugs..

*Vicki* said...

Both of your creations are so beautiful Darnell!! LOVE the pretty flowers on your top card and that butterfly has a WOW factor to it!! Love the embossing with the colors and your decorative edge is fantastic!! :) Glad to hear you are feeling better my friend!! SENDING HUGS

Lisa Tilson said...

I am reading your posts in reverse order, so although I have said I am glad you are better, I was so sorry to read you have not been feeling so good. I am glad you are on the mend. Your teal butterfly card is absolutely stunning, really beautiful. And those gorgeous pink magnolias, love the intensity of pink. Feel lots better soon xx

Cat Craig said...

I've been out of town and I am getting around to commenting. Hope you are feeling better as you read this.

Gorgeous cards!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Stunning Magnolias! I love them, but this year the frost killed them prematurely :( - at least I can enjoy them here :)

Beverley said...

Stunning creations as always and lovely to see you joining in at Uniko. So sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you are soon feeling better. Hugs Bev x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Great work watercolor. I love this card.
I hope that your health has is back to normal and all undesirable symptoms have disappeared ...
hugs,
BozenA