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June 1, 2016

Hope Happens

Greetings, stamplings!

I hope you had a lovely long weekend if you live where long weekends were happening. And now look. We whooshed right into June, halfway through another year! Move along, people. You're all numb from shock, so please remember to stay hydranated.

Where I live we are having a presummer heatwave with temps in the high 90s and it's spose to be up to 104 degrees or higher by Friday. Ugh. I am one of those fragile flower types with a hamster and we do not like brutal heat. I'll be taking my wodka to the bathroom where the air conditioning vent freezes the tile floor.

For your card-watching pleasure today, I brought you a sunshine-soaked card filled with love and hope and renewal:
I used vintage cream paper from PTI to make this QACAS card. Using my NBUS MFT Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Cover-up Companion, I cut the apertures. I inserted a beautiful glittery snippet of pp in the top aperture and simply reinserted the bottom piece with the NBUS stamped sediment from Skipping Stones Design's "Cancer Schmancer" set. I added the enamel hearts and SHAZABAM, card done.

Here you can see the schparkly hearts and golden flourishes:
Skipping Stones Design is a new-to-me stamp company with wonderful stamps. The owner Heather is creatively holding a blog hop this week where a portion of the proceeds of her sales will go to the Komen Foundation. In addition, each talented blogger in the hop will be auctioning off their card(s) with all the proceeds going to the Komen Foundation. I'm not participating in the hop, but wanted to share the information with you. You can check it out at Heather's blog and the hop graphic is on my side bar.

Challenges
  • Addicting to Stamps and More: Anything Goes.
  • Butterfly Challenge: Mrs. A. is asking for Butterflies + A for Aperture and/or Apricot. I have the apricot covered, but the apertures? I mean, I have rectangular apertures, but if you fill an aperture, is it still an aperture?
  • CAS on Sunday: Clean and Simple and Sparkle.
  • CASology: Week 200 (+blog candy)! Word: CAS (Congratulations on the milestone!)
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It's going to be a busy week and weekend here as we celebrate the grandtwins graduation from the 5th grade! No more elementary school, they'll be with the big middle-schoolers next year. I'm afraid I wasn't very creative with my cards for them due to lack of time:
Also, let's be honest, they're entering the age now where they are more interested in what's on the inside! In this case, I made a little pocket out of the same pp to hold a spot of casherino:
The celebration will include their parents getting away for the weekend to refresh before they have to start summer, which means we get the boys for a weekend sleepover! I think we might be going to the movies since no one can play outside in heat-stroke temperatures. So if you don't see me until next week, you know I'll be having fun! Or melted!

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101 comments:

Melissa said...

Please don't melt!!! We would miss you something terrible! :O
I'm with you on the heat. I don't mind a little, but once the humidity sets in, I can get a bit grumpy if I'm not kept at a reasonable temperature (...and "reasonable" seems to have a wide range of definitions in our house...)!
Love this pretty, hopeful card! Butterflies are my favorite summertime viewing pleasure and these are gorgeous! Love the added sparkle too!!!
When I read that the grandtwins are going to be middle schoolers next year, I about fell off my chair! Already?!! Time is not being kind to me. DS1 is moving on to 7th himself this fall and DS3 is finishing up kindergarten...sigh. Love the cards you made for them! Perfect for their milestone!
Thank you so much for your support of CASology over the years, Darnell, & thanks for playing along again for our 200th challenge! :)

Inkyfingers said...

What a gorgeous card Darnell and that sparkly butterfly paper is beautiful. I didn't get that aperture die but I'm wishing I did now because I can see that it would be fabulous for batch card making for any occasion. I bet the boys will be delighted with their cards and the content and I hope you have a wonderful weekend with them despite the excessive heat. Stay cool my friend.
Hugs
Carol x

Jane Willis said...

I could parcel up some of our cold, wet, windy weather and send it to you if you like? Mind you the heat obviously does wonderful things for your creativity as this card is utterly gorgeous!
Jane

Hannelie said...

So good to see you play along at our 200th challenge Darnell!
Love your beautiful card !
(things are heating up this part of the world too! :'(

Hugs
Hannelie

Valerija said...

Wonderful card with such pretty butterflies.
Love it!

Maxine D said...

Oh Darnell - sounds as though you may need a trip to the antipodes to cool down - we have five days of sunshine forecast at the moment, so you had better be quick or you may dissolve the following week due to the rain.
Love your cards, especially the butterfly one!
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

Hope you don't melt in those temps.

Have a nice day. Sue

Marianne said...

Gorgeous butterfly card, Darnell!
We are also experiencing some really hot weather over here. So much so that I wish we already had the A/C installed in my office space. I suppose we cannot put that off for much longer. The grey cells tend to melt at temperatures over 26°C. (It's 27 right now, with the fan blowing and a long day ahead because of a tight deadline...)
I'm sure your grandchildren will appreciate the cards you made for them. I think they are just perfect for their age group.
Stay cool and healthy!
Marianne x

Di said...

Wonderful cards Darnell! LOVE the butterflies so much. Don't melt before July!!

Hugs

Di xx

Barb said...

Well it's very cool here - and wet and windy!

Your cards are lovely. I particularly like your beautiful glittery butterflies. Barbxx

Lynn said...

Ahh...we're having hotter weather than normal here. Ready for cooler temps and we're just beginning! Your butterfly card is amazing. Love all those stitched dies. And your grandsons will love their cards and spending time with you! xx

Birgit said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! The first one is truly stunning! I thought you stamped the top portion. How fun to find out it was DP!! Don't you just love a good short cut? The twins will love your fun cards, especially when there's cash involved. Stay cool! Don't melt!!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!! I love summer, but I cannot not take the heat neither. So far we have been in the upper 80's and that is hot but I can take that. It is when it get to the high 90's and when the heat index is in the 100's

Nan G said...

Love the card, Darnell! I've been looking at that set of dies and wondering and now it's popped into my basket. Ooo-hhh-ooo! A heatwave sounds good to me. It has finally started to warm up here. Enjoy your weekend with the Twinks.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful butterfly card and the grad cards are also fantastic. Very creative idea to 'present' the cash that our grandchildren enjoy:) It has been much warmer than 'normal' up here as well. Our winter chilled blood hasn't been ready for it, but it's nice to sit outside on 'balmy' evenings and mornings. Take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Pat said...

How pretty Darnell and I love the stitched elements and the cute heart embellishments. I love your cards for the boys and have a really fun weekend with them too, and keep cool, as Di so rightly says - July is creeping up! Yay!! x

Jeanne said...

Oh goodness, those butterflies are so beautiful! I think the sparkly swirls add just the right amount of sparkle. Your card is fabulous. Hard to believe your grandsons will be moving on to middle school. Now time will really fly! Your cards for them are very fun. Yep, the cashirino is the best draw. I'm so sorry you are being blasted with extra heat this week. Hope it cools down for you soon. Big hugs!!

designbydonna said...

Beautiful butterflies. I love the framework. Great encouragement message. I think your 5th grade cards look fun--and what a great treat inside.

stampwithsandy said...

What a beautiful card, Darnell. That piece of patterned paper is gorgeous and looks hand stamped. You and Hammy keep cool!

Mrs A. said...

If the aperture twernt there you wouldn't be able to see those lluverly butterflies though! Very pretty they are too . Thank you so kindly for fluttering by and landing so my challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

Jen W. said...

Your butterfly card is absolutely gorgeous and so clever! I will definitely be CASEing this beauty! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Also have a wonderful weekends with the boys!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
What a wonderful piece of butterfly loveliness.
We could do with some of that heat over here please.
Short visit as tired girlie today.
Ang x

OH Babs said...

Oh no a heat wave on June 1. We are have Southern California "June gloom" maybe I should not complain.
The grandtwins will love their colorful graduation cards especially since they contain $$$$. Junior High. Egads!
Have a great week, stay cool. :) B

Carole said...

Stunning card Darnell......love that paper and the butterflies...fab colour. Class all round!......as for the heat...right now I would swap...a cool 12 degrees here today in the UK, grey and dull.....still got socks on!!

Julia Aston said...

I love your butterfly card Darnell - what beautiful colors and stampings - so pretty with the die cut sections - stay cool and have fun with the boys! (I bet your mother never said that to you!!) Julia xx

KandA said...

Hi Darnell, hope you're managing to keep cool and haven't melted away. Love this gorgeous card with that super butterfly paper and such a great sentiment too xx

Marlena M. said...

I am completely in shock it's June~you are spot on, Darnell! I want to just curl up and take a min to catch up. ;) I wanted to visit and tell you that your butterfly aperture card is gorgeous and I think your twin set of cards are adorable!

A splash of color said...

Your cards came out very nice. Love the sparkly butterflies and the heart brads.. very nice indeed. The kids will love the money and you for giving it.. "oh yea and nice card gram" :) You can tell I have grandkids.. but hey I don't mind giving money for hugs

MaryH said...

Oh my, this sounds like the beginnings of a hot summer! Hope the grid keeps the power going, so you & Hammy & co. can stay cool. And I think the Twins' card looks quite grand. It has something young fellas like: sports, vehicles, and yes, celebrates the occasion too, with the school motifs. I love the way you've done the 5! Of course, they will be looking in the little pocket too! Enjoy your wkend with them. Am loving the way you've done the butterfly aperture card too. That is a very handy die to do the aperture, and love the way you've got the pretty b'flies tucked in the window. TFS & stay cool. Hugs

cuilliesocks said...

Oh boy is that hot or what, I couldn't cope with that heat Darnell, but perhaps you are used to it, but take care.
Stunning butterfly card, colours and design are wonderful, and the cards for your Grandchildren are fab, Kate x

Lisa said...

Your cards are all gorgeous!! I love the beautiful butterflies and the design of the first one!! It's elegant and fabulous!! And I love the design of your grands graduation card!! The papers are perfect!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sharon Underwood said...

I LOVE the butterflies! BEAUTIFUL card, Darnell. The sparkle is so pretty. Enjoy the boys! Wow, done with 5th Grade. What a milestone! I know you'll have fun celebrating, and they will no doubt love their cards plus what's inside them!

Harriet Skelly said...

Love that pp with the butterflies Darnell. The twins' cards are great for graduating 5th grade! Have fun with the boys!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love your cards, Darnell and I'm sure the boys will love them too! Stay safe and take it easy. Yeah, right. With the boys around I know that will be near impossible. Grin.

Hugs,
Em xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Joe was reading the upcoming temps to me this morning: One-oh-one, one-oh-five, one-oh-eight, and one-oh-ten. That last one is a doozy. But it still will only be 64 and parka weather inside so whatever.

Great card you really rocked that piece o' sparklies paper very nicely and set it off with a great greeting and tad bit of stitching too. Cool stuff!

HJ said...

Your cards are lovely, especially the first one. I had to laugh when I read about your grandtwins only caring about what's inside the cards. I know that's true with my grandson, but like you, I want to make a cool card for him anyway. Stay cool! We would definitely miss you should you melt. It's hovering at 90 today in Delaware plus the humidity! Ugh. Great day to craft. Enjoy your time with your grandtwins. They grow up so fast.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What an amazingly beautiful card. I love the refreshing flowers. The kind on paper won't melt in the heat at any rate. As for us, we are in a chill down and I am back to wearing a sweatshirt. But I guess it will be heating up again in a day or so. But I am not ready for any 100's at all. Give me the 80's as that is hot enough for me. You take care and stay cool however you can...even if you need to park in the bathroom. LOL

Sharon said...

Enjoy your weekend with the grandchildren, it'll be a treat for you all.
love your butterfly card, the colours are lovely.
Sharon x

scrAPpamondo said...

I would prefer if you will not melt, but instead will enjoy your grandsons! :D
The summer isn't here, we have rain, clouds, fresh nights... Would you send some warm weather in Italy, please?
Love, love your card!! Clever design with the filled apertures, the gorgous butterflies, the shine and the little red hearts! So sweet and elegant!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I love that you always know how to brighten up my day! I love visiting your blog to here the adventures that are happening for you and hammy! Okay I am going to comment backwards here. I can't believe the boys are graduating from grade 5! Oh my time flies, my baby girl will be 19 in one month and legally old enough to buy a drink! Yikes, she is almost as old as me! Happy graduation to the boys and I hope that they love middle school. I think the cards for them are perfect, but don't want anything too fuffy! Your butterfly card is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, love the sentiment a lot! Thank you for sharing with us at CASology this week! Thanks again for making me smile! xoxo

conil said...

Perhaps I should meet you on your bathroom floor...with a magnum of Grey Goose, of course. Don't you just love this weather...NOT!
The "aperture-you-filled" card is truly lovely. Like the layout very much. And I think the cards for the twins are terrific although, they probably won't see it until the check out what's inside.
Please don't melt this weekend...we need you.

Redanne said...

You definitely created apertures so in my humble opinion, they do qualify, even if you did fill them in - and you filled them in so beautifully - LOVE the gorgeous butterflies! As for the cards for the boys, I think they are brilliant and I bet the boys are very impressed too!

Looks like we might both be missing for a bit - hope you have a great time with the boys - and definitely keep out of that heat please... Big hugs, Annie xxx

Valerie Nolan said...

Stunning card Darnell, love the layout. Wow I'm glad it's not that hot here but we could do with a little bit it's only 10 deg C and wet! The twins grad cards are great too, enjoy the sleepover.
Val x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

WOW, how beautiful composed card. I love her every perfect detail.
hugs,
BozenA

Cheryl Robertson said...

Hi Darnell from the Sierras. It's hot here too. I'm like you, I don't do well in the heat anymore. When my boys were young we had a boat and since we live very close to many lakes we were always on the water. The heat didn't bother me a bit. But now I leave the boating to my fisherman hubby and I stay in the air conditioning. 😊

Love, love, love your butterfly card. What a great way to use pp. I hope you don't mind but I just might have to CASE it 😊 Love your posts!

Stay cool!

Kamila Routsis * Life In Moments said...

I can never tell how many celsius is those super high American temperatures heh but I assume is super hot so be careful! It is pretty hot here in Denmark too believe it or not heh and I only like sun by the sea so no thank you heh your cards are so beautiful! I love the butterfly card and your grandsons cards are very creative I'm sure they will love them! Hugs

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gosh I don't think I popped over the entire month of May -- my bad. Love your pretty bfly panel inlay -- very pretty card!

oldpunca said...

I think that the cards for your twins are wonderful and just appropriate for their age. They certainly don't like so much flowers and butterflies. :-)) But I like butterflies on your first card. Fabulous! Enjoy the weekend and have fun!
Hugs, Sonja

JoAnn said...

Love your beautiful card with the butterflies. Those cards for the grandtwins are adorable. TFS

Nora N. said...

What a divine card!! I LOVE the pretty colors that you used and the butterflies are fabulous!!!

Carol Cel said...

beautiful card -- and your grand-twins will love theirs as well!!

Bonnie said...

What pretty butterflies! Love those dies too! A gorgeous, hope filled card! High 5's are perfect for those tween boys! And they do pay more attention to the inside but those boys with card making grandmother's are more apt to at least take a look at the outside! After they've checked out the inside!

Lisa said...

Oh my, what a beautiful card!! Love the butterflies and flourishes. Say it isn't so that the twins are growning up this fast...middle school...already!!! Congrats to the two of them. Stay cool my friend. We hit 90 today too. Too early in the season for this nonsense!!

Carol L said...

I just love your butterfly card today with all of those stitched/inlaid panels! Gorgeous! Fun cards for the twins too - they'll like the cash for sure. Enjoy your special time with them and stay cool!

Loll said...

That's too hot for me. I definitely would be hunkered down in the bathroom with the freezing cold tile --- and bare foot to boot! :)

Your QACAS card is gorgeous Dolly. Such pretty paper and it's great that you let it be the star of your card. And great cards for the boys too. How time flies. Middle school next year, and high school not long afterwards. Enjoy your weekend with the boys. Lolly xx


Jen Mitchell said...

I've got to say that I love the heat and I don't complain one teensy tiny bit when it gets hot. Even when it's so hot and humid that I have to sleep spread eagle on the bed so that there's no skin touching any other skin (no AC so it tends to get rather sticky around these parts). I've learned how to cope. I hope you survive your hot temps and come out unscathed.

I adore that butterfly card because it reminds me of looking through a bird blind and seeing the beautiful fauna on the other side!

Sheila H said...

Your butterfly card is amazing. The dies and the sparkle are perfect. I love the cards for your grandsons - they are so cute! I am loving the heat here in Georgia. I just hope we don't get any pop up thunderstorms.

Joyce said...

This is a wonderful, CAS butterfly card with such an inspirational message. Thanks so much for joining us for our 200th CASology challenge.

Brenda said...

Please don't let yourself melt Auntie! We need your humor to get through! I don't want your temps in the 100's either, we have had them before and I don't want to repeat the experience. lol But if we do, then we do. I will just add ice to the pool and soak in it. That's what you need, a pool with ice cubes! lol Anyway, I am loving your beautiful card. I have some of that paper so I know how beautiful in real life it is and you have used it perfectly. Love all the cut outs and inserts, makes this card have such interesting lines. Love the sentiment too. Never heard of this company, so will have to go check it out after I check out what you have been up too. Sorry I haven't been around in forever! This yard and other things have been keeping me busy. Which busy is good...but I hate missing out on what everyone has been up to. The boy's cards are fabulous as well. Don't matter what they look like cause as you said they are at the age where they just want what's inside....good old cold hard cash! And who can blame them?!!! Enjoy the weekend with you cutie pies!!! And please don't melt in that heat!!! Big hugs, Brenda

Greta said...

Can I come share the vodka & the cold tiles?! We're only headed for the 90s & that's just too hot! Even Fritz heads for home after going a short distance on our walks. I think your cards for the boys are darling & so perfect for the occasion! Your butterfly card is stunning, Darnell--love the enamel hearts & the gold flourishes & that wonderful MFT die which is on my wishlist!

Claire Grantham said...

Love the butterfly card. Not sure if a filled aperture does or doesn't count, darn it, now I am going to be wondering about that all night! I also love the cards for the twins, so right about the casherino..that's the best bit right :) Cx

Jean said...

That is a GORGEOUS card!! Stay cool!

Sylvia said...

Your butterfly card is beautiful, Darnell and the twins graduation cards will be appreciated I am sure...at least by the parents! what fifth grader actually cares about a card unless there is something inside! LOL! Don't be offended if yours are different and really like cards!

Ros Crawford said...

I could not take that heat! I would die! Plus we don't have air con here ... Don't really need it. I can however take your cards ... They are fabulous! Loving those MFT dies and the boys cards are so cool! Ha! Cool! just what you need huh? Have a great day!

Craftychris said...

Ooh your butterfly card is beautiful! The butterfly panel is so gorgeous with the fabulous glitzy paper and the dots of added colour look cool! Love the dies, I think your apertures still count even though they are filled! I am sure Mrs A will agree! Loving the boys cards too, I bet they think they are cool, I certainly do! You will have a fab time with them - I just hope you don't all melt! That heat sound way too hot! Take care. xxxxx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This butterfly card is simply dazzling, my dear! As for the big kids cards, you are right on with the cash money! That is what the GS said when the paper fell out this weekend at his 3rd birthday. Cash money, cash money! The holders are rockin... LOL!

Cara said...

An inspired butterfly card and I loved your little graduation cards too. I'm with you on the melting thing, warm weather is not good for morphine drippy heads! Cara x

April Story said...

I am so CASEing this card. So pretty. Hope you stay cool.
April

Andrea said...

Hi Darnell
what a wonderful card I just love those butterflies and the dies are ace.Please don't melt....wodka in the bathroom sounds like a great solution ;-)..Im sure the twins loved and will treasure their cards ..once they have spetteh casherinos ( love that word LOL).I'm sure you are in for a great weekend with the twins...have agreat time please dont melt..and look forward to hearing about your celebrations..big hugs Andrea x

Patti said...

Oh wow! Darnell your butterfly card is really really pretty! I love that pp and all the stitching loveliness!! : ) Sweet card.

I also just love your matching.. but not exactly as they need their individuality! giggles cards! too cute! I will be in grandma heaven myself as we are heading to the airport in a short while to pick up my 17 year old granddaughter, Katie!! woo hoo

I have a sewing project planned and a paper crafting project and some sightseeing and anything else she wants to do! LOL I should be fairly exhausted by next week! AND a year older!! I can't thank you enough for the birthday card and stamps!! WOW!! what a delightful surprise!!

Thank you friend!! Patti

Cat Craig said...

Very cool card Darnell, and I know what you mean by melt...though I have to say 100 here in SO Cal is so much easier to deal with than 85-90 with the Maryland humidity is for me. Yikes!

Marybeth said...

Beautiful and fun cards ,Darnell! Love the cards you made for the boys. We also have a granddaughter graduating 5th grade going to Jr.high They seem too young!
We were spoiled with such nice weather and cooler temps....I just saw 106 for tomorrow ...not ready for that ,I'm with you not a fan of warm temps.....enjoy your sweet boys for the weekend ,try not to melt. I have to catch up ....hope you are feeling better, sweet girl!

Lisa Tilson said...

I really thought you had stamped the butterflies and drizzled some liquidy gold stuff over the top! Such a pretty patterned paper to use and I love the way you have inserted it into the aperture. Great idea! And food for thought!
Please try not to melt on us, we would miss you too much.
Hugs, Lisa xx

Melissa L. said...

Beautiful, Darnell! I love it! I totally understand about the heat. HATE! England should be cooler though! :) Yay! Thanks for playing along at ATSM's AG challenge. Melissa

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Still laughing! I wanna see you on your bathroom with hammy and some Wodka! Post a picture!!! Gorgeous butterfly card - loving the sparkly swirls! As for the graduation cards - they will love them! Big, bold and beautiful!

Brenda in IN said...

Beautiful butterfly card and the sentiment is wonderful. Cute little hearts too. Your grad cards are just perfect for the twins. I love that paper and I think it is a good match for boys. They will be delighted both with the cards and money. The movies sound like a good choice in that kind of heat. I can't take that kind of heat either

Geri said...

"Stamplings"...that's so cute!!!

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS butterfly card! So I'm wondering....do you think "SHAZABAM" will work for me? Sure gonna give it a try if it gives me magic powers to create stunning cards like this one!!! The enamel hearts totally match too!

The twink's b-day cards are "totally awesome". They are gonna love them...specially when some casharino is involved! Can't understand why you don't think these cards are creative cuz they ROCK!!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Wonderful use of PP! And the cards for the twins are awesome, too!
Enjoy your weekend with them!

Theresa Krout said...

Totally love your card. It feels like a new style, fresh and inspiring. Great job. I think dies and especially the stitched dies are hot items right now. Keep the good work coming, we love it and we love you!

Bobby said...

I love all the dimension the stitched apertures give your card, Darnell. And the fact that you can fill is with gorgeous pp is a bonus. Hope you and Hammy stay cool, in the temperature sense, cause you're already cool in the real sense. :)

Cris G said...

Beautiful use for the elegant, and always classic, "butterflourish" patterned paper. Love the details you added, like the color matching little hearts. Your NBUS seems to be very versatile with those stitched apertures.
Congratulations to your grandtwins! The 5th grade is an important milestone. Love the patterned paper you used for their cards, it's all boy... they must be delighted... ok, the inside also matters :).
Hope you didn't melt, I believe that melted people are not accepted in the movies :). Have a fantastic time with the boys!

Taunya Butler said...

I am so glad I stopped by to see this beautiful card filled with Hope and such pretty details!! I hope you don't melt and I hope you have fun whatever you do in this coming week - thanks for being an inspiration!!

Cheryl W. said...

Wonderful card with a wonderful message. Those little hearts were a perfect finishing touch. Stay cool!

Lizzy Hill said...

I tell you what - I'll swap you some of our torrential [over 8 inches] of rain for a bit of your heat, LOL!!!
ADORE your card. Glorious butterflies. Yummy shimmer. Beautiful!
Enjoy those boys!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Love those birthday cards...so much fun! And so clever too. Your butterfly card is simply amazing Darnell...just love those colors, they are just perfect for your card. Hope you are doing well!

Judy1223 said...

Oh, my, Darnell...I do hope things have cooled down by now! I am so glad to see you played along with the 200th cue at CASology...I love this pretty card, beautiful butterfly paper, and sweet layout!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love, love your butterfly card with these gorgeous colours and textures!
Your twins tears are getting so grown up and how time flies! They must have loved the cards and the deneros inside 😄
Big hugs and stay cool!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Super cards for your grandsons Darnell, hope you're having a cool time with them :)

The butterfly card is so beautiful.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Charlene said...

YAY for the boys! There growing up so fast! Sad huh? I love the sparkly flourishes and the design, perfection!!! I love the grad cards too :-) It will be cooler this week....thank god!

Shelly said...

Heehee...your post cracks me up! Be sure to stay cool...as for me (and my family) we soak up the sun and heat! We've been in the upper 90's with humidity. Though, nothing the beach can't fix. ;)
All of your cards are awesome!! Congrats to your grandtwins!...They grow up quick, don't they?! ;)
Have a great week, Darnell! :) Hugs

Anita in France said...

You do have some awesome DP in your stash, Darnell ... and then you go and create the most lusciously lip smacking card with a snippet of one of them! It's gorgeous ... right down to the last little gold flourish and delicate flutter! Hope you had a splendid weekend with the boys (congratulations to them on going up in the world!) ... their cards are just spot on ... crisp and cool and dishily manly! Talking of cool ... hope you were able to stay that way ... chilled bathroom tiles ... heavenly in the heat! MYOMCA! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, don't know how I missed this one ..... having too much fun at the TT races probably :)
Gorgeous card ... love that paper!! The shimmery flourish looks so pretty.
It's a little on the hot side over here ... surprisingly. TT have had a great fortnight, it's cooling down a little today though. Fingers crossed it lasts just one more day .... its the big race tomorrow (Friday). Take care, stay cool! xx

cm said...

I needed to sit down, due to uncontrollable swooning over the luscious butterfly card you've treated us with! Gorgeous! Lucky you to have time with the twins (and lucky parents to have time without-refreshing and recharging for summer shenanigans is important!); hard to believe they're already stepping up from being 'little' guys, and are preparing for the new ventures that come with middle school! What fabulous Graduation cards you've made for me...a reminder that Ms. T will be graduating kindergarten, so I'd best be crafting her a special something to mark the event. Grade 1 in the fall...YIKES! Enough of this growing up so fast stuff! Hope the heat hasn't melted you; I much prefer you in solid form *grin*
Hugs~c

Diane Jaquay said...

Absolutely lovely, m'dear!! I'll be joining you in the bathroom for some of that wodka if you don't mind lol ;)

Greta said...

Congrats on the shout-out--so well-deserved, my friend!

Ksenija said...

Dear Darnell, congrats on being voted CAS on Sunday Favorite! This is a really beautiful card with butterflies, and reading your blog is always a pleasure ;) - Ksenija

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell,
congratulations on winning the CAS On Sunday! It's a very beautiful card and fully deserved win.
hugs,
BozenA

Greta said...

Hurrah--another shout out for this great card!

TK said...

Gorgeous! I love that beautiful pp, and you worked wonders with the whole design! Hope you haven't melted, things cooled down here a bit so hope they have for you too!

Maura R said...

Congrats on your win at ATSM, Darnell, with this gorgeous card - love that pp!!

Petra Swart said...

Such a long time since I visited the last time - lovely to pop in again to see what you have made!!!!!
Love that strip of beautiful butterfly paper and how you have used the die cuts so creatively, Darnell!!!! And congrats on the winnings with this beautiful card, hey - so well deserved!!!
Love the fun cards you made for the twins!!!!!
Wodka in the bathroom - sounds like fun!!!!
Hugz