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June 8, 2016

Purple Pulsations

Well, hi there!

How have you been? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week is going well! We had a excellent time with the boys last weekend and we will have a sleepover with them again this weekend so the fun is continuing here!

I was able to make a quick card to share with you.
Awww, isn't that lovey-dovey? In case you don't know, the Mister's real name is Kevin and him is my husband whom I heart.

Even though it might look like the alphabet letters are die cut and popped up on the papal purple panel, in fact they are recessed, cut out from the fun foam. I love eyeball bending photos that do that! The foam was embossed with a "Pretty Print" e/f from SU. The letters are "Bookprint" alphabet dies from PTI, the heart is a punch, and the "you" is a die from Winnie & Walter. Very QACAS!

The inspiration for this card came from the current challenging sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, the "text" challenge from Inkspirational, the "colour purple" challenge at Less Is More, and from the "snippets" challenge at Pixie's Snippets Playground.

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Speaking of purple, I wanted to show you one of our many butterfly bushes bursting with flowers. This one I see out of the window in the Playhouse.
The hummingbirds love these bushes ~ see the circle for the camouflaged sweetie:
And, of course, so do the butterflies:
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In The Coming Weeks

In prior posts, I have briefly mentioned that I am putting on my very big girl panties and going to England the last half of July! Just me and Hammy! The Mister is going to stay home and keep the home fires burning. What a guy! (Hence the above card.)

I will be attending Kylie's Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Swindon the last weekend of July and for two weeks prior to that, I will be traveling and meeting lots of my bloggie friends, many of whom have been with me since the very beginning of this blog! To say I'm becited is an understatement!


I will be traveling south from London to Southampton and then heading west and on up to the Manchester area before attending the Retreat. If you live in England and would like to meet me and we haven't yet been in touch, please let me know as soon as possible via the "Contact Me" tab at the top and I will send you the details. I don't want to miss any of you!

As the weeks are flying by, my July 16 departure will be here before I know it. I still have a lot to do before I go to prepare for the eight legs of my journey. I used to be quite good at multi-tasking, but now I have all I can do to single-task (even with the help of a hamster), so that means I will be posting less often in the next few weeks. I will still be enjoying your blogs when I can, even if I'm not writing my own.

I will miss having your almost daily comments pop into my inbox, but stepping back is something I need to do and I know you will understand and bear with me. I appreciate that very much! BTW, my goal is to post my travels with you every few days of my trip so you can come along with me!

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I will leave you for now with this beautiful family photo from the 5th grade graduation last week!
Dan, Adam, Henry, Rachel
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101 comments:

Milka Gubo said...

Hello Darnell :o) WoW! England!!! On my must visit list. :o) The card is gorgeous. :o) Have a lovely day. hugs xx

Kathyk said...

And indeed I do "heart" your LIM entry, and your pix today too

Happy Wednesday

Kathyk

Hannelie said...

To start off, I want to thank you so much for playing along at CTS with this inspired take on my sketch! It looks AWESOME!
Then: Your garden looks amazing!
Lastly: Wonderful excitement that awaits you with your travels to the UK!
In little more than a week, we are off to SA to join my mom in celebrating her 80th birthday. Can't wait!
Hugs to you

Ruth said...

Love the card!! Love it! Nice and simple! Am very excited about your visit and am hoping I'll be able to take some time to meet up with you round Manchester/Leeds area. Xx

Kath said...

A great card - lovely photos of your garden too. Looking forward to meeting you in Taunton next month!
Kath x

Inkyfingers said...

What a clever card Darnell - I love the recessed letters and the embossed ff. The Mister is going to love this one! I can't believe how quickly the retreat will be here and I'm so becited too!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, That really does look like it is standing out from the purple.

My dad had three Butterfly Bushes in his garden, one white, one lilac and one dark purple. We found the butterflies seemed to enjoy them as the flowers were almost dying off. Yours looks lovely and what a beautiful butterfly. Sadly we don't get Hummingbirds here.

Hope your preparations for your visit over here all go to plan. I would have loved to have met you, but I am right over on the east coast in Norfolk.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Darnell. Zoomed in and out and it still looks like the alphabet letters are popped up on the purple panel! Haha!

Hope your travel plans are going well. Looking forward to meeting you when you come to Bristol/Bath. xx

Julie B said...

Fab card and a great mix of challenges. Your OH seems to be a keeper!
Can't wait to meet up in July along with all the other fun loving ladies! x

Jane Willis said...

That is an incredible optical illusion - stunning!
Looking forward to meeting you but getting a bit nervous about what's going to happen when Hammy meets Parsnip - there could be flying fur everywhere!
Jane

Karren said...

Fabulous card, Darnell - so very striking! Have a magnificently wonderful trip to England and feel free to swing by New Zealand on your way home ;)

Gerrina said...

A beautiful CAS-card!
And how great that you go see more of the world! (A shame I'm not living in Englqnd...would love to meet you IRL!) Hope you meet super many of your blogfriends and that they make this journey a super special one!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh your card is gorgeous!! And your family photo ... You must be glowing with pride!
I'm looking forward to meeting up with you ... Just met Kirsty yesterday and I'm still spinning with joy! England awaits you!

Pat said...

I love this purple beauty which you made for Kevin and the optical illusion that the letters stand proud when in fact they are recessed, and great embossing in the background. Fabulous photos of your garden wildlife and the boys' 5th grade graduation and will be in touch soon to firm up details. How exciting!!! x

Aileen Ryan said...

Great card Darnell, love the purple foam, looks totally cool. Wow off to England should be soooo good. Why not go via Australia and come visit us here too, you could be like a visiting digi net tari. Elysha said she wouls share her room with you long as you sleep quiet. Have a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing of your travils.

Cathy said...

Wonderful card Darnell, love the optical illusion! Sounds like you are going to have a totally fabulous time on your trip! All the best for your preparations, Cathy x

Jeanne said...

I sure do like your eyeball bending card, Darnell! So fun when you get effects like that. What a hubby you have...keeping the homefires burning while you go gallivanting to the other side of the pond. I'm sure you will have a spectacularly marvelous time and then will need a few weeks to recover! I'm jealous of your butterfly bush. It's stunning! And look at the beauties flocking to it. Mine is quite sparse apparently! Darn. Must be that special CA air and sunshine! Thanks for sharing. Take whatever time off you need, my friend. Enjoy your summer! Hugs! :)

Cara said...

Great card, love the optical illusion! Looking forward to meeting you, I even got my car washed the other week! Cara x

Happy Dance said...

Good Morning Sweet Miss D. Let me tell anyone who reads the comments you receive, that meeting you is utterly fantastic. You're even more fabulous in person, and I'm honored to have spent a WHOLE WEEK with you at the Lake House. So for all the lucky people in England...you'll love her and treasure each and every second you spend with her. Wish I were going with you. Your card for the Mister is beautiful. LOVE that purple and the dimension. And the fonts. And the embossing. And everything about it. Little Miss Creative!! As Geri G. says: WWCD!!! All around winner! Miss you. Cute family btw.... You must be so proud. xo Bev

Esther said...

What an incredible optical illusion! I could have sworn the letters were raised. Brilliant effect and a really lovely card for the awesome Mister :)

Shelly said...

Aww...what a SWEET card and pics!
Yep. Before you know it, you'll be in England! ;) Can't wait for you to share some pics!...Be sure to have fun and enjoy!! :)
Hugs

A splash of color said...

What a beautiful family. Your Mister must also be quite the guy to let you leave and him stay to mow lawns and batch it.. good job Kevin. I'm so happy you get to travel to see all your blog friends, its a memory you will always cherish. Enjoy.

Jen W. said...

Your trip is going to be here before you know it! So exciting! Looking forward to hearing about it especially all your crafty pal meet ups. :D

Your card for The Mister is awesome - great texture and depth! Do you think he'll sneak into the Playhouse and do some sneaky crafting while you're gone? ;)

Leigh Penner said...

Your card for the Mister is so fun -- what a fabulous take on the sketch!
Beautiful photos of your flowers/butterflies! Everything is very green in my yard, but not too much is blooming yet... Soon, hopefully soon...
And your upcoming trip sounds wonderful! Have a great time!

Sarah said...

A great colour coordinated post Darnell. Time really is flying by and July is almost in sight!! xx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful card Darnell...

conil said...

That man of yours is definitely a keeper...as you already know. You're going to have sooo much fun in England and at the retreat. I just know you'll knock 'em on their keesters with your clever, lively, fun personality. Who knows, you may even have time to make a couple of cards. This one for the Mister is stinkin' brilliant...wish I'd thought of it. The graduation photo looks almost like a Norman Rockwell Americana print. Charming.
Have a great time on your trip.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So sweet! Safe travels! Let me know if you ever plan to swing by Arizona!

scrAPpamondo said...

A great card, really brilliant and LOVE the purple! Your hubby is very lucky to have you :D
Adorable photos of your garden, and big congrats for the 5th graduation of yoiur nephew!

Carol H. said...

Your card is awesome! That's a really neat technique that I must try! It really looks like the letters are popped up! What a very fun adventure to look forward to & meeting crafty friends to boot! How exciting--looking forward to hearing about your fun times! Hugs!

Lisa said...

What a sweet card for your hubby!! I totally thought the letters were popped up!! How fun they are actually recessed!! The purple is gorgeous!! And what a beautiful photo of your family!! And the flowers!! And how exciting your trip sounds!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Theresa Krout said...

Adorable card. I will have to case that some day. Totally wish I lived CLOSE ENOUGH to come see you but... not. Hope you have a super time on your trip and have lots of fun. Cant wait to hear all about it.

Pia S said...

The recessed letters look like they've been popped up. Recessed or popped, the card has great dimension.
I'm so sorry I'm not able to attend this amazing event, maybe next time. Have fun!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

My eyeballs are officially bent! Those letters totally look popped up! Lovely, lovely purple. Thanks for the nature photos too. Have fun with the pat downs and the long journey across the pond!

Donna said...

I am guessing 'him' likes purple!
Love the detailing on the heart. A cute 'guy' card is ever there was one :)

Kay Miller said...

First off, I love purple!! It's my favorite color, so your blog post today was beeeeeautiful to my eyes! Secondly, your card is wonderful and lovely to look at, but what I find the best about it , is that it's for your hubby and that you love him so. I love it when people love their spouses :) Thirdly, WOW!! A trip to England to meet crafty friends! That is the best ever! I hope you have a wonderful time, and I will look forward to peeking at your blog to read about your travels!! (Hugs))

Jean said...

Gorgeous card! Enjoy your travels. sounds like fun!

Verna Angerhofer said...

A beautiful card and how nice that Kevin will keep the home fires burning while you are visiting in England. Have a wonderful time!

Craftychris said...

Ooh lovely purple card for the fabulous Kevin! Love those letters and the gorgeous embossed background! I can't wait to meet you in Southampton, it's the highlight of my year! I am sooooooo excited! xxx

Mac Mable said...

Loving the card and clever idea to do the card in fun foam x Enjoy your Uk visit x

Carol L said...

I'm loving this purty purple card for Kevin and I'm sure he likes it too! Great family photo, thanks for sharing. Wishing you the best trip of a lifetime when you head across the pond! You are one strong woman to travel alone and I admire you so much! Have a fabulous trip and take lots n lots of pics to share!

Kathleen said...

Hi Darnell, thicko here, thought, what does she mean Kevin, you, then spotted the heart, love the design of his name, gives a great look to the card, so Kevin will be home alone, did I tell you I was coming to America in the last half of July!?, kidding.
You get yourself sorted.

Kath x

maria f. said...

Hope the Mister likes purple. Bet he'll love the feel of it! And you're crossing the pond as I cross the pond in the other direction! Otherwise I'd consider a weekend to Manchester to visit Shirley Bee and to hug you. Wouldn't that be great? You are going to have a blast!

frommycraftroom said...

Have a wonderful trip and I bet you enjoy every minute. Look forward to hearing about yours and Hammy's travels.
Fab card and pics too :)

HJ said...

Love the card. I agree with many others in that I thought the letters were raised and was very surprised to learn they are recessed. What a magician you are! Love the pics of your family and the butterfly bushes. Have a wonderful, safe trip and we'll be looking forward to seeing your pics along the way.

Loll said...

What a sweet card for Mister. He will miss you while you are overseas. Have a wonderful time (I KNOW you will!). How exciting to meet lots of wonderful bloggers that we only know on-line. I bet they are all excited to meet you too. I know I was! :) Have a fun and safe trip, my friend.

Lovely family photo. The boys are growing up so fast. Lolly xx

marymaci said...

I will miss your creative, funny, informative blogging while you are gone, but look forward to vicariously traveling with you. Does Hammy have his passport? Bet he has a little backpack to carry his nibbles - the little pig!
Did you know the southampton is a cruise port? its the cruise capital of Europe! Perhaps you can add that to your busy schedule!
Love the Mister's card. Amazing! I still can't see it the way you made it! Sure do love the font!
Funny joke!
Beautiful family!
I am looking forward to seeing the new skills you bring back from your retreat. unless you are going on "retreat" for which you will get some rest and Hammy will be attending to the fans to keep you comfortable.
What fun! Sounds like a fabulous trip!

Jean said...

A great card for your hubby, I love the optical illusion. Your trip next month sounds exciting, have fun.
I love the photos of your flowers and the beautiful butterfly.
Jean x

Brenda in IN said...

A beautiful card made for a fantastic guy. I know he will miss you and Hammy. Those bushes are gorgeous and how fun to be able to look out your window and see them everyday. I am so excited for you to be going on your trip. I can't wait to see your posts and pictures. This trip is such a wonderful thing for you to be doing and I know the ladies will be as thrilled to meet you in person as much as you will be to meet them. Thanks for sharing your family photo with us. Those boys just get more handsome everytime you post a picture!

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful card Darnell. Hubby will love it. It is a good idea to gear up for your trip to England. The time difference from California alone will be a bear to deal with. The good news is its easier when you get back home. Prepare for being wide awake in the middle of the night for a day or two. Have safe travels my friend and I am looking forward to your pictures when you have time.

Donna said...

How fun to travel with this wonderful little hobby! I always enjoy your blog and your cards! Have fun on your adventure!

Bobby said...

How I envy you your trip, Darnell. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear (and see) all about it. When I first read your post I read that Kevin was staying home to keep the house from burning. lol Your purple card for him is so sweet and an optical illusion for sure.

Lisa said...

Awww, your Mister is a lucky fella to have you in his life!! What a sweet card you made for him and a great take on the sketch. Love the family photo, happy graduation to the twins!! You have yourself a fabulous time, but not too fabulous, England might want to hold on to someone as special as you!! Looking forward to the photo journey!!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a fun blog title! And the card is absolutely fantastic!
Your trip sounds awesome and it would be great if you could post from there so we could imagine being with you!
The butterfly bushes including the wildlife are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Sheila H said...

What a cool card! Have fun on your upcoming trip. It will be fun to hear about it. I love the graduation picture 😀

Susan said...

Terrific card...but most importantly enjoy your trip! Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Brenda said...

Auntie, are you saying that the top of this card is made from fun foam??? And that you embossed the fun foam??? Wow! I am so loving this card and I bet the Mister will too!! I does look like the letters are popped up and coming off the card. I thought you had stamped the letters and then offset a black stamped shadow. So when I read what you had done, it blew my mind! And speaking of blowing my mind, it blows my mind that you are traveling all by yourself. I don't know if I could do that, especially leaving the US. lol I'm a chicken!! Yes, I am! But you are not! So you don't worry about posting because we want you ready to go for your trip. I wish you were flying this way, cause I would put my chicken aside to meet up with you. lol But you aren't coming this way much to my sadness. I do hope you get to meet up with everyone you want too, I'm excited for you!!! What a beautiful family picture, handsome they all are that is for sure! Love seeing the butterfly bush, mine died, so I need a new one. Love seeing the hummer and the butterfly! We just released a bunch of butterflies on Sunday in Dwayne's memory (and others). It was beautiful. Hugs, Brenda

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah, awesome family, Darnell, wodnerful Moister too..
... and speshul card fro a speshul man and had chuckle over your funny .. and yes get it so well over the launching out in the deep to the UK but oh what fun, well worth it all!
thanks for sharing! Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Maxine D said...

Awe Darnell - this is a stunner, and yes, totally had me fooled as to it's construction!!
What a pity the Antipodes are not on your route to the Mud Islands aka England. Enjoy your trip and I am looking forward to vicariously travelling with you. It's cheaper that way ;-).
Blessings
Maxine

Chrissie said...

Aww indeed!
This is spectacularly awesome, the Mister must be delighted!
FAB card Darnell!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Valerie Nolan said...

Wow, love this card Darnell! Never thought of embossing the foam it looks fab! Looking forward to the retreat can't believe how close it is now.
Val x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Oh WOW! Where to start with this one Darnell. All beautiful from the card, the post, your garden and family! Love the bold purple card, CAS and totally heart felt and I'm sure Mr Darnell will love it to bits too. Can't wait to meet you in the UK and also can't believe how quickly the retreat is coming around - must get myself organised too. Thanks as always for taking part in the LIM challenge and have a safe and relaxing journey over. Hugs Sarah x

Di said...

What a wonderful card Darnell! If you could see my eyes here though - they've been popping in and out like organ stops 'cos each time I look away then look back I see the letters either recessed or looking like they're standing proud!

Super photos as always too!

And, am counting the sleeps until you finally hit the UK - it'll be a real blast!

Hugs

Di xx

Bonnie said...

Looks like Adam has a big boy haircut! What a lovely family photo! Soon those boys will be that much taller than their parents! Love all that purple and seeing what the colored fun foam can be used for! A fun card!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, as always. So sorry the Mister won't be making the trip, but I'm sure you'll have many tales to tell him about it ;)
Hugs,
Em

shirley-bee said...

Squeeeeeeeeee!! Can't wait ;)
Oh, and the card's nice too ;). Took me me a while to see it the right way!

Geri said...

First off, sorry if my comment is a duplicate...cuz the first one vanished into thin air!

Won't come as a surprise to you that I am TOTALLY in love with this card!!! Clean. Simple. Bold color. Beautiful design. Perfectly balanced layout! You totally rocked it pal!

Love how you carried the purple theme through to your gorgeous yard pics! Beautiful flowers, sweet wildlife...a pleasure to see. Thanks for sharing :)

Geri said...

Ooops....forgot to say great cartoon and really nice pic of Dan, Rachel and the twinks!

Pollard Carole said...

A brilliant card I love the foam letters and great colours stunning photos as well Hope you have a great time in th UK Sorry not been around lately n been on my hols Love and hugs Carole X

OH Babs said...

What a lovely post Miss Darnell. You embossed the foam? The letters are recessed? How genius. What a grand family photo (love the bow tie). Hope the weather cools down by July 1 when we head to Angel's Camp when the last time two years ago it was 104 - that is too hot for this chick who lives about 5 miles from the ocean. Then there are the photos of the flowers and the beautiful critters, you do take magnificent photos.
Lastly so happy for you to be journeying to England what a marvelous time you will have. I look forward to all your posts.
Big hug, Barb

cm said...

Mister will be hearting you even more deeply when this handsome purple number is passed his way! Given that I'm a chicken when it comes to traveling solo, your hitchin' up of your big girl panties to embark on your journey is mighty inspiring! What a great journey you'll have - and how fortunate those bloggie friends are to be meeting you in person. Kylie's retreat will be awesome! Looking forward to photos and posts when you can! Vicarious travel is a good thing! Your plants are gorgeous; your family, even more so!
Hugs galore,
~c

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your card, and especially those die cut letters! Cool font! Your family's picture is beautiful. I miss the days when I could dress up my boys like that!

Marianne said...

Such a striking card, Darnell. Love it. You make me wish I had signed up for the retreat as well. I'm sure it will be heaps of fun!
Marianne x

oldpunca said...

I like your alphabet card that you have created for the love of your life. :-) Thank you for sharing photos of your family and your garden. Simply beautiful!
Hugs,
Sonja

Neets B said...

Gorgeous card for your man, Darnell. And what lovely sights you have from your playhouse, so envious.
Squeeeee...can't wait to meet you next month, it's gonna be fabulous!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Chrissy Larson said...

Love it!!!!

Viv said...

Aww such a beautiful card for Kevin, sure he will just adore it too Dee! Love the pics, we have the butterfly bushes too but not those birds of the super butterflies you have. Good luck on your travels too, enjoy every minute ;) hugs Vee xx

Greta said...

Darling family picture--you are blessed! I'll be enjoying your adventure vicariously through your posts, Darnell with just a hint of jealousy--haha! Kevin's card is beautifully done! Wishing you peace & joy as you prepare. Big hugs, Greta

donna mikasa said...

How cool is this? Your KEVIN is one lucky guy to have a personalized card made with ♥ Awesome take on the sketch, Darnell!

Anne said...

Gorgeous card for the mister! I knew it was recessed - till you mentioned popped up letters than my eyes changed their mind lol!

Looking forward to meeting you at retreat
Thanks so much for joining us this week
Anne
"Less is More"

Andrea said...

Hi Darnell what a great card had me fooled I was sure it popped out.had to take a closer look !Great to hear you had a fab time with the boys, fabulous photo they look so happy what a great family moment to treasure.As always loving your flowers and the beautiful hummingbird and butterfly..they are always stunning . I might if I can get to catch up with you in Manchester ( work permitting) would be fab to say hi and give you a hug, will need to get your itinerary. Although sounds like half of the UK is meeting you....will we need to queue LOL. I'm sure you will have a fab time whoever you manage to catch up with ..that's quite a trip your taking ..and the retreat sounds awesome. what a fab hubby you have holding the fort ...have a great weekend with the boys
big hugs
Andrea X

Marybeth said...

Loving your lovey-dovey card for Kevin! The trip sounds wonderful! Once you are packed and ready to go ........let the fun begin! You will have such a wonderful time. Beautiful family photo and the boys are growing too fast! Enjoy your time with them this weekend. Love the buterfly photo,gorgeous! Hugs to you Darnell.......

jimlynn said...

Seems I'm playing catch up once again around here Darnell! I do love the lovey-dovey card from the Mister. Great way to use the alphabet dies.
Oh my.....I want to go with you on your trip! Maybe I could fit into your pocket or even a suitcase. What a wonderful time you're going to have - and see so many different places.
Love the family photo too. The boys are growing like little weeds now. How fun to have them close by so you can watch them grow into young men.
Lynn

Anita in France said...

Oh, sweet friend, what a fabulous post! Your positively luscious, touchable card is a stunner in regal purple ... rather perfect for your rather dishy chap! Talking of dishy ... delicious photo of the boys' graduation ... oh and gorgeous nature pics too! Enjoy every single moment of your amazing adventure (lots of pat downs on eight different legs!)... take the time you need to prepare, rest, relax and then have fun, fun, fun journeying, meeting, hugging, laughing and crafting! So excited for you, Darnell ... and so happy for all those fellow crafters who will be meeting and spending time with you! LYAMYHMCA, Big Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Kim M said...

Oh you must be so excited about your trip! I'm so envious! I've always wanted to travel to Europe. England, France anywhere! :-). Someday. I'm sure you will have a blast at the HLS event. Your card for the Mister is very sweet. So glad to see you over at Inkspirational! Hugs!

Donna said...

Beautiful card for dear hubby and great photo's. I'll wish you a safe and wonderful trip early!

Laurie Unger said...

What a great "mister" card! I'm so green with envy that you get to travel to England to meet all of our stamping friends and see all the fabulous things! One day I will do that too.............

Cheryl W. said...

I think I need to get a multi-pack of fun foam in bright colors. Love the way your card looks. Can't wait to see some pics from your trip (if you choose to share them, that is).

TK said...

Great card, Darnell! And I love that it looks popped but is just the opposite! I'm sure the Mister appreciates it almost as much as you appreciate the vacay! Enjoy, and can't wait to see the trip. Beautiful photo of the twins!

Kara Lynne said...

Now I wish I lived in England just to see you! I hope it's an amazing adventure for you! Those boys are so handsome, and I'm hearting your card for the Mister.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell you are going in just a few days now! I love this card for Kevin, so warm and heartfelt! I am so envious of your amazing trip and I hope that you have a fabulous time meeting lots of crafty friends and just overall enjoying the sights and scenery. Safe travels my friend!! ~hugs xoxo

Monika Skinner said...

Hi Darnell. This is one bright purple card. Yes, the letters do look like they are popped up! Looking forward to meeting you in Swindon, that's if I'm not gate crashing in Liverpool. Glad you liked my recent make, thanks for pointing the email subscription gadget out. I moved things about a bit and the 'follow by email' button is much more visible now. Have a lovely day! hugs Monika xxx

Patti said...

Oh so glad I was able to pop in to say goodbye!! I know you will have the time of your life!! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers friend!

Such a sweet card for your Mister! he's a keeper!

Congratulations on having SIXTH graders! and so handsome too : )

Keep in touch on your blog we'll all be waiting on baited-breath for your news! : )

Patti

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the way you used the sketch! I'm pretty sure the fastest route to England is through Oceanside : ) Looking forward to hearing all about your travels, Darnell!

sandie said...

Cool design Darnell and love the colour! Oh and I see you entered it at Ink, great to see you there x

Yvonne Garner said...

Love your graphic style card! Thank you for joining in at Inkspirational!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

How fun that you can go to Kylie's workshop! I need to retire!!!!! Already looking forward reading your post and seeing your pictures!

Petra Swart said...

What a great card you've made for the Mister, Darnell!!!! Love the dry embossing and the cut out letters!!! The purple is so lovely!!!!!
TFS the photo's of your beautiful butterfly bush - love the little hummer and the pretty butterfly!!! Such a great photo of the twins and their proud parents!!!!
A trip to England - how wonderful is that!!! Enjoy preparing for your trip - you must be looking forward to it, so much!!!!!
Hugz

Taunya Butler said...

Well, Darnell, I am slow to this but I am so EXCITED for you!! What an amazing opportunity!! I hope you are able to get prepared for the trip and then HAVE SO MUCH FUN on said trip!! What a delight it will be for you to meet bloggy friends!! I am beside myself with excitement for you!! Happy day!!

Lisa Tilson said...

How exciting Darnell to have that lovely trip to look forward to! I would have loved to have met up with you, however, most of the time you are here, I shall be overseas. But I hope you have an amazing time, I will be keeping up with your travels of course :)

ionabunny said...

Have fun in England Darnell. Hugz