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November 25, 2016

All Christmas All the Time

Hello, my stamplings!

I hope this finds you all well as you've whooshed your way here to another Friday!

And I hope all my American friends enjoyed a lovely and festive Thanksgiving yesterday without any relatives getting into duels over the election results. We managed to keep politics at bay in no small part due to the fun we had with FIVE doggie guests! Everyone left with a full belly, but now the real eating begins with all the scrummy left-overs!

And now it's all Christmas all the time in the Playhouse! First up are two tags I am finally posting for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

Tag Onefer
The two sizes of tags were cut from a NBUS Avery Elle "Alice" die set. The mistletoe (embossed in platinum) and the NBUS sediment (embossed in red) are from CAS-ual Fridays' "Merry Kiss-mas" set. The NBUS bow (embossed in red) is from Avery Elle's "Winter Wreath" stamp set.

This tag was inspired by Jeanne Jachna on Day 1 when the featured sponsor was CAS-ual Fridays. Here is Jeanne's pretty tag:
Tag Twofer
This tag was cut using My Favorite Things stitched tag. The white embossed ornaments are NBUS from Technique Tuesday's "Holiday Ornaments" set, the sediment is from Technique Tuesday's "Jingle All The Way" set, and the snowflakes are from SU.

This tag was inspired by Jill Dewey Hawkins on Day 11 when the featured sponsor was Technique Tuesday. Here is Jill's pretty card:
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Thank you, Tracey, for all your hard work putting this amazing 25-day tag challenge together! The inspiration has been phenomenal!
Card Threefer
I made my OLC using a classic stamp from Stampendous, which was a gift from my friend, Mary H. It was NBUS for me and I watercolored it with my Ziggie markers. The sediment is from Papertrey Ink.

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85 comments:

Maxine D said...

Sounds as though you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Darnell. Love your tags, especially the graphic red and white one. Your card is wonderful too - love your colouring of it.
Blessings
Maxine
p.s. I hope Hammy behaved himself too!

Jane Willis said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving - hope you and all the dogs had a lovely time. Now, have you been ultra quiet recently or has naughty Bloglovin been hiding your posts from me? Hope all is well
Jane

Stamps and Paper said...

YOur Thanksgiving sounds lovely and I'm sure you had a lovely time...
You put me to shame with your beautiful Christmas tags, I really must make an effort to finish off my cards let again tags... love your card too

Anne

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful creations here Darnell! And I love the photo with all those gorgeous dogs! So glad that you enjoyed at wonderful Thanksgiving! Have a beautiful weekend

Sandra H said...

l can only agree with all of the above and you had a fabulous time ...your tags are as always amazing creations and your card is gorgeous too! sending lots of love xx

Marilyn said...

Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving!! Love your tags and card!!

cuilliesocks said...

A fabulous selection of projects Darnell, beautifully designed and coloured, never think of making tags, must remedy that, Kate x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Got a rare half hour Darnell my friend! Glad I managed to pop accross. LOVE those CASE tags . . . I am sooo behind with Christmas! Het ho, it is what it is. Have a wonderful weekend. Hazel xx

Gerrina said...

Your tag is simply beautiful, but your card is stunning! Here it is one weekend with christmascards and then it's back to my own choices again! So hope you have yours almost done... Enjoy the weekend, hugs, Gerrina

Jeanne said...

Fabulous tags! Thanks for sharing the photos and what gorgeous dogs! Glad you made it through supper unscathed by political talk. Looking forward to seeing what beauties you create for the holidays. Thanks for another wonderful year of your warmth, humor and generosity! Hugs!

Nan G said...

Wow! You had a house full! And a fun day was had by all. Fabby tags Darnell. Thank you for the sweet email. Hugs from us!

Craftychris said...

I am so glad you had a lovely time yesterday and are enjoying the leftovers, yum! Two gorgeous tags! Lovely the mistletoe on the first one and gorgeous red and white on the second. Lovely vintage Christmas card too! xxx

Mrs A. said...

Loving your first tag very much you serjestive girl u. Hugs Mrs A.

SARN said...

What fun cards and tags you have here Darnell.

I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

DIANA L. said...

Wonderful card for the PTI challenge and I love your tags. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.

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Shelly said...

These are all so pretty, Darnell! And looks like 'great mind think alike'...I just posted a card using that CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Merry Kiss-mas set! ;)
Happy to hear Thanksgiving was good and filling! :) Happy Friday! Hugs

Natasha said...

Love the tags and that truck card is super cute!

artful-notions said...

Starting this comment with a guffaw at the sign on your front door! Now, 2 wonderfully festive tags, and adorable and perfectly colored card. Love the vintage truck stamp, so sweet. And done in red... LOVE!!!! Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving, and especially happy it was a peaceful one!

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful inspired tags Darnell - and your truck is colored so wonderfully - what a festive holiday post!! Julia

Marybeth said...

Us too, no politics and I do love my politics :)! So many beautiful and adorable tags Darnell! I am in love with that truck with tree image on your card , Love that so much! Hugs and happy you enjoyed so many pups! Ours was one happy guy with some extra goodies to eat.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

The tags are fab.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Joyce said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Darnell. What wonderful tags and a beautiful card you have here.

Claire Broadwater said...

Darnell, you always make me smile! I love those gorgeous tags and your little pick up truck is fabulous! Your coloring is perfect and I think it is fabulous that the tree is decorated, too! mSo happy you joined my CAS challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

Esther said...

Beautiful tags/cards Darnell! I love the beautiful ribbons on the first one, and the bold red of the second. The card is perfect for our vintage challenge at LIM. Super image and colouring, and such a wonderful festive feel! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

Jan Clothier said...

Your card is fantastic! It's such a cool, blokey, unsentimental image and so beautifully coloured.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
Happy Rudolf Day.
What wonderful creations, and they are all superbly created too.
Love that wonderful truck card and your tags are super also.
So glad you had a good Thanksgiving yeaterday.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

Three awesome creations, Darnell. Love your tags... and that card has been beautifully coloured. X

Pat said...

Glad you had a lovely politically free Thanksgiving Darnell and love all the cute dogs. I adore your tags, the first with the pretty mistletoe, red bow and cute sentiment, and the second with the beautiful white ornaments and snowflakes on that gorgeous bright red background. Now with my Rudolph Days hat on: you have coloured the truck so well and given it a great old and distressed finish, and I love the tree and wreath with the pretty blue baubles, and finished with the perfect sentiment. Thank you for taking part in the November Rudolph Days Challenge. x

Sarah said...

Another brilliant post Darnell!! Love the festive tags xx

Jacquie Southas said...

Belated Happy Thanksgiving Darnell! Beautiful tags and I love that you highlighted the truck for the PTI blog hop!

Lisa said...

All of your projects are amazing, Darnell!! I love the elegant tags!! The card is fabulous!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I love the picture of all the sweet doggies!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Oh, buggers, scrummy food left-overs! Your tags are fun especially like that first one with the mistletoe. and your old truck, brought back lots of memories in my oldie but goldie mind!

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful tags and card, Darnell! The first one with the mistletoe is fabulous, love it so much! Great design also on the others and the card is so original with that stamp!
Hugs, have a great weekend

Brenda said...

I love your tags Auntie! They are super festive an will look fabulous on some Christmas packages! I am totally loving the card with the old truck and Christmas tree, what a beautiful image! Yes, it was a nice Thanksgiving here and no politics thank goodness. lol Hugs, Brenda

LesleyG said...

love your tags and vintage card, belated happy thanksgiving, enjoy the left-overs, definitely the best bits :) xxx

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous tags Darnell, and it looks like you had a fabulous holiday. May the merriment continue through the hoidays.

Isabelle Siry said...

Very beautiful tags Darnell ! I especially love the mistletoe one ! Love your card too with this old truck, very Vintage ! But what I prefer above all is the ban sign at the entrance of your house! It made me laugh!
Enjoy the left-overs and make room before the Christmas feast !
Hugs !
Izzy Scrap

Redanne said...

I hope Hammy wasn't two jealous with so many other animals as guests! Love your first tags, I can see those dies getting lots of use. Love, love, love the old truck, it is fabulous!

Glad you had a politics free Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the left-overs! Have a lovely weekend too. Hugs, Annie xx

Tina Z. said...

wow, amazing tags, I love them :)))
have a great weekend.
hugs xx

Rema said...

Lovely tags Darnell and a super looking masculine Christmas card!

OH Babs said...

Glad to hear turkey day was a success. No political talk at our house either. Isn't it time to get on with our lives. Well you know I love embossing, wet and dry, so your tags are great. Dogs. I love dogs oh how much fun - bet you didn't need to vacuum after they left. Have a good week. :) Barb

adele holcomb said...

What a cool, nostalgic truck! I'm not good at vehicle ages and I suspect it's older, but the scene takes me back to my childhood in the early 50's and put a smile on my face. Nice job!

Rose said...

Two lovely tags especially the red & white one! Love the truck card too! Had to laugh at your photos. First that fabulous sign & then all those super cute puppies!

Carol L said...

Wonderful tags and cards, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! I love the photos of your ever-growing granddogs, and may I borrow your house sign for a while? No P-Tics spoken here either! LOL

nancy littrell said...

TFS all your festive tags Darnell. Looks like your Thanksgiving went to the dogs....TFS the photos. Can't wait for more inspiring Christmas cards/tags. Hugs, Nancy

Donna Phelan said...

Cute tags, love your card, especially that sentiment!

Helen F. said...

Love the gift tags and that AWESOME card, Darnell! I have a similar truck that needs some inky love ~ thanks for the NBUS inspiration :-)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the NO POLITICS sign at the door. We avoided family and ergo avoided problems. Politics probably wouldn't have played a part, but what they lack in political leanings them make up for in general bitchiness. It sounds like you had a great day with all that canine company to help in the even any scraps or crumbs hit the floor. Great tags, especially that first one. Love the card too.

Marcia HIll said...

Love your beautiful tags AND your fabulous pickup truck with the tree Darnell...totally makes me think of a country Christmas! Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have to say that I loved your NO POLITICS sign...even my hubby liked that one! :0)

Greta said...

Oh how fun--5 doggies! Poor Fritz had to be boarded, but I did play ball with Harvey, the blue Pitbull--a real sweetheart! Wonderful tags--especially love the first one & that card is a classic beauty! Enjoy the left-overs, my friend!

Betty Wright said...

Fabulous tags and pickup truck card! Beautifully done!

Inkyfingers said...

What lovely creations Darnell and I particularly love the colouring on the truck card - very skilful! I'm glad you enjoyed the day with your two legged and four legged friends and the no politics sign was a wonderful idea for keeping the Thanksgiving peace. Xxx

Cindy Boney said...
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Cindy Boney said...

Your tags are adorable! Love, love the classic red and white theme you used for your tags, and the double tag with the mistletoe sentiment is spectacular!

Anita in France said...

These tags are both so deliciously festive and gorgeous, Darnell ... I'm especially taken by that delicate mistletoe with the sweet sentiment! Brilliant colouring on that Christmas laden truck ... puts me in mind of all those traditional cosy Christmas movies ... hot chocolate ... roaring fires ... lovely! Great politics-free-zone sign ... p'raps you could market it! Delighted you had such a fun Thanksgiving ... wonder how long it'll take to eat all those leftovers?! LYAMYEDMA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

KandA said...

Hi Darnell, Sounds like you all had fun and looking at the photo it seems like your doggy guests were well contented with their little get together too.

Love your card and tags especially the first one with the mistletoe. Now I just wonder... is that for the Mister's present or is it for Santa's? ho ho ho!

And with my GDT hat on thanks for joining us over at the Rudolph Days challenge xx

Brinda said...

The truck is so sweet!! Beautiful projects!

victoria h said...

fabulous tags- love lots of red at Christmas- and card. Glad you enjoyed thanksgiving.

Susan said...

Two lovely tags and such a fun card with the old truck and tree! Your photo of the "no politics" sign made me laugh, and I loved seeing your five doggie guests - what fun!

Karen B. said...

I didn't even see the truck, what an awesome take on the PTI inspiration photo!

Kathy Mc said...

These are all lovely, Darnell, but your truck looks like a picture from a magazine. Your coloring is simply divine. Great photos of your feline friends and family and love the No Politics sign! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving.

Viv said...

Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving Dee, enjoy all those left overs too! great tags here, and that car looks fabulousy vintage too. Enjoy your weekend my luverly friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Claire said...

Looks like you had fun playing with your NBUS Darnell! Love the white embossing on the tag - prety and vibrant at the same time!

Linda said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed Thanksgiving....... looks like you've been busy too. Gorgeous collection of tags ..... love the mistletoe. Love the truck stamp too xx

Marilyn said...

Love these tags. Making tags is one of my favourite things to do so I really admire the ones other people make. I like each of these and could not pick a favourite.

laurie said...

Awesome projects Darnell! I love that truck image..cute card. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hello my friend, I've just popped along for a quick pre-Christmas kiss under the Mistletoe on your first tag :) Your tags and card are all beautiful but I do especially like the first one as I love the stamp and your colouring. The ribbons look fabulous too. Happy crafting, Sandra x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic post Darnell
your tag is great
hugs Tamara

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous projects, Darnell.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell,
I love your tags. They are beautiful, elegant and very festive.
Quiet Sunday,
BozenA xx

A Crafty Person said...

Wonderful projects!!

Lisa said...

Your tags are festive and lovely Darnell!! And your vintage truck on the card is nifty!! No politics on Thanksgiving for us either ~ YAY!!

Cheryl W. said...

Pretty tags! I always make all my own tags, so thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration.

Brenda in IN said...

Those are great festive tags. I really love the red and white. I love the picture of your son and daughter in law. Do they actually have five dogs now? They are all so sweet looking. I'm glad your Thanksgiving was terrific and fun.

Geri said...

A delightfully festive post featuring three awesome projects! Adore the tags...'specially the CAS red & white one with the perfectly embossed images! The puppies stole my heart!

In the middle of our first blizzard...and it's a good one! Heavy wet snow...oh yay! NOT!!!

Kathleen said...

Well I am back and what better way to get back into the swing than having to comment on your post, which always brings a smile to my face, which I need after coming back to the bitter cold weather from the lovely sunshine.
First tag, love it, fab embossing of a lovely image and a fun sentiment, now I see it is a take on another tag with the sentiment of oh what fun, was that what you had under the mistletoe, I wonder if she actually responded to your tag instead of you casing her tag?
I also notice that the second tag sample has you down to a tee, you are certainly one of a kind and don't we all love you.
Great image for your lovely CAS card.

Kath x

Jen W. said...

Ha! Love the No Politics sign by the door and I would have been in heaven with all those pooches! :) Did any of them manage to sneak off with any turkey?

That CAS-ual Fridays set has been on my wish list for ages. Love how you used them here with the ombre green ribbons. White on red is always such a fabulous bold contrast - perfect for good cheer! And that truck is just awesome - old school and cool! :D

Kara Lynne said...

Fabulous tags and card, Darnell! Both of your tags are just about embossing powder heaven! Beautiful coloring on your one layer wonder. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm curious as to how you acquired five dogs for the event.

cm said...

Your tags and card are fantastical in every way! The five doggies...oh my goodness! And one is a puppy! Smitten and crushing over the whole gang! I think *someone* needs a puppy of her own...maybe some day...
hugs~c

Liz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Darnell.

Three brilliant project, I love the designs of them all. I especially love the top tag, although you'll have to be careful who you give it to. 😉 xx

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful tags and card!

JD/ Jill said...



Great creations! If I had been there with you....I would have been in "doggie" heaven! Can you tell I'm a big dog lover! (even though we don't have one at the moment) I get my doggie fix when I go visit my grandpuppy at my daughter's house! And I want one of those signs!

Megan J said...

Hi Darnell, happy belated Ruldolph day, your tags are stunning, just starting mine. The ute with the tree hanging out in the back is super, lovely colouring... have a great weekend... Megan

scrappymo! said...

Your tags are so sweet. Always come in handy...it is amazing how many we go through at Christmas!

Love your card. Mary H is such a fabulous lady. I think she is so kind and thoughtful. Your stamped image is great. Loving that old truck and the tree is a nice touch.

Thanks for taking part in the November Rudolph Days Challenge.

Bobby said...

It looks like Mt. NBUS got a work out, Darnell. So many wonderful stamps making fantastic tags and cards. The white embossing on red is stunning and not a drop of extra powder anywhere.