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November 8, 2016

Fall Thanks

Hi there!

I meant to welcome you to a brand new week yesterday, but Sir Comstanzes kept that from happening. You know him, right? He can be so captivating!

Today is Election Day in America and we are all thrilled that it is finally here! No matter which candidate people supported in this election, we are ready to get back to being a CIVILized society. Yippie!!

I'm so thankful, I made a gratitude card:
I received this beautiful metal leaf (and others) from my friend Milka and I think it works so well beribboned in plaid and gold on a warm fall card of thanks. The sediment is from Your Next Stamp. The tag is from Poppystamp's "Stitched Main Street" tags, heat-embossed in blue moire powder.
Challenges
Thanksgiving Is a Thing

I'm also going to link to the uber-talented Susan Raihala's Thanksgiving Crusade 2016 page. Here is the information, in Susan's own words:
The Thanksgiving Crusade is one woman's attempt to save Thanksgiving from the huge commercial shadow cast by Halloween and Christmas. I'm tilting at windmills here, but dag-nab it! Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday that deserves more attention. ...
The only rule for my Thanksgiving Crusade is that you make and send cards of thanks. You may thank the people closest to you, or you may choose to thank people whom you haven't seen in years or you may thank someone who doesn't know you at all. Doesn't matter. Let's just take this as a perfect opportunity to thank someone.
Please consider joining us for the Thanksgiving Crusade even if you're not Canadian or American ~ thanksgiving knows no national boundaries. 
Show gratitude. Give thanks. Save Thanksgiving.
My card is for our neighbor who unexpectedly changed our dinner plans for the better by offering us one of the large trout he had just caught that afternoon! It was delicious!

And thank you for your crusade, Susan!

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Weekend Collage

We had a wonderful four days with the grandtwins and granddogs, although I was a bit overwhelmed by all the testosterone! I sympathize with my sweet DIL!! Here is a picture collage for you:
Adam and Henry / Duke and Jack
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64 comments:

Glennis said...

Wow! I think I would be very exhausted!!

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful card, and gorgeous photos of your outing. I'm sure you will be relieved when the election is over, but I rather fear that whatever the outcome, you'll all be left feeling as dazed and bewildered as we over here have been since the Brexit vote. Months later we're all still shuffling around and thinking, "Well.... NOW what?" - whichever way we voted!
Jane

Hannelie said...

Beautiful collage... stunning card , love the beribboning!
And yes, the whole world is glad election day is here for the US ;) enough is enough!
Hugs to you!

sandie said...

Love the mix of colours here and the plaid really blends with the metal. What fab photos. Great to see you at AAA and TO and thank you for your lovely comment on our main blog x

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card and collage page Darnell...I think everyone will be pleased when the election is over whatever the outcome

Anne

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Hooray for election day. A wonderful card Darnell and wonderful photos of your grandsons.

Sue xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving your card. That metal leaf is fab.

Lovely collage of your grandsons and grandpups.

Hope you have a lovely nice day. Sue

!neke said...

Love this card !
Sir Comstanzes is visiting me too!
Some times iT is great and Some times nog !😅😅

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

very nice card!

Gerrina said...

Looks like fun days!!
And that card is so warm; will being some sunshine in the house of the reciever!
Hugs, Gerrina

Diane said...

Beautiful Fall card! I am sure your 'trout' neighbor will admire it! (I said admire because he is a man..lol)...Great pics of the grandkids and granddogs, too! My Thanksgiving is always home, never, ever shopping, it is such a family day toe us! You should enter your card at Double D, it is perfect for it!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

Jeanne said...

What a lovely card, Darnell! That leaf is gorgeous. Well done! Thanks for sharing some of the pics of your grand adventures with your grandsons and granddogs. It sure looks as if a great grand time was had by all. :) Hugs!

Borqna said...

Lovely card, Darnel - congratulations!
Good luck!

Di said...

What a lovely card Darnell! Love the colours and design - the leaf is a real stunner. Love the photos from your family gathering - yup, bit outnumbered by the male species there :)

Hugs

Di xx

Cat Craig said...

I love your card, the plaid ribbon is fab! Yes I am heartily sick of all the political adds etc. Living near DC we rarely have a year in which there is no election either in VA, MD, or DE. It's constant, and I will be so glad when it is over.

YOur collage is wonderful, I bet it was great weekend.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

HI Darnell, your card is gorgeous, love the leaf. We very much hope the next president of the United States is who we would vote for if we could. Hugs, Shirleyxx

Barb said...

A beautiful card Darnell. The leaf looks lovely presented in that way. What a super collage of photographs. Now I just wondered how long it took your granddog to do the Rubik cube! Barbxx

Marcia HIll said...

You crack me up girl! Why didn't I think of making a gratitude card for being grateful after today that the election hoopla will be over! You beat me to it Darnell, but thank you for my morning chuckle! Love the pics of the grandtwins too...when did they grow up?!!! I'm kinda liking my granddaughter Addy's age right now...she's 2 and her big thing the last few days is yelling "Too late!!" to the dogs! Crazy kid...gotta love her!! Have a great day Darnell!! :0)

cuilliesocks said...

Loving your card Darnell, I love the leaf die and the simplicity of your design, Kate x

Linda said...

Beautiful card Darnell, and the collage of your time with the boys is so fun. TFS.

Jen W. said...

Yup - the metal leaf and plaid ribbon are brilliant together and that embossing paste is super cool.

All your photos are gorgeous (with those 4 handsome boys how could they not be?) but that large photo of the tree is especially stunning!

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable card, you have made a great use of Milks's gorgous gift!! And your lovely picture collage has made me smile, this pair of twins look adorable :D Beautiful both the twins: boys and dogs!

Pat said...

What a lovely bright and pretty thank you card Darnell with that gorgeous burnt orange background and the beautiful leaf with the plaid ribbon and gold thread, and love the stitched edge to the card itself too. Fabulous photos of your fun weekend with the twins and those cute dogs. I wish our weather was as great as this in November, it was only about 7C today which is 45F and dark at about 5pm. x

Jean said...

A beautiful card!

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card, great colours and love the metal leaf.
Hope the result of the election is to your liking.
Great picture too.

Kath x

oldpunca said...

Wonderful use of metal leaf on the card. :-) Great CAS. Thank you for sharing photos. Superb collage.
Hugs, Sonja

Sharon Underwood said...

Wonderful card, Darnell! Love the plaid ribbon with the beautiful leaf. I also enjoyed looking at your collage of pictures. The boys are growing up!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your beautiful Autumn card you created with that metal leaf and awesome colors. And, like you, I am glad it is election day and that we can go back to a more normal life hopefully with us all being united too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos too.

Bobby said...

Beautiful leaf, Darnell, and I like the way you incorporated it into a card. I like trout too, and the pictures of the boys, two legged and four.

Kay Miller said...

Such a pretty card Darnell! Love that leaf and the little plaid bow! I love Thanksgiving! It's one of my very favorite holidays! Loved seeing your collage of photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time with the family! Too funny about the testosterone!! I know the feeling! haha!

Bonnie said...

Love that leaf and the plaid ribbon! Somehow plaid seems perfect for fall! The boys sure are growing!

Lisa said...

That pretty plaid ribbon won me over, fabulous card Darnell!! CUTE photos of the boys and pups. So happy you got to spend time with them!!

Sheila H said...

That metal ,eat is just stunning with the plaid ribbon. So glad you had a great time with your grandchildren!

Maxine D said...

How wonderful to receive that leaf ornament - the way you have used it is fabulous Darnell. I too am glad your elections are nearly done - we too are 'over' them with all the media coverage we have had here....
Blessings
Maxine

Cheryl W. said...

What a lovely metal leaf from your friend, and you dressed it up so wonderfully. A great card with a great sentiment behind it.

Greta said...

LOVE the collage, Darnell--looks like you had a great time with the kiddos & puppy dogs! What a beautiful metal leaf & love the ribbon you used!

Birgit said...

Your dad is so pretty. I love the black leaf with the orange background. It is nice to say thanks to people so I say thank you to you for creating something artistic almost everyday and putting a Smile on my face. I love your collage and so want to hug your dogs

Linda said...

Gorgeous card Darnell ..... love the metal leaf, and the plaid looks so pretty.
Great collage of photos too, looks like you all had a fabulous time xx

Isabelle Siry said...

Very gorgeous card Darnell ! I love how the black metal leaf is popped up by the orange card stock background ! Yes, here too we know very well Sir Comstanzes !! Love your collage and OMG what a beautiful tree and view ! I think that I would spend a lot of time sitting here on that bench ! I can see through this collage that your keyword is also Carpe Diem! That's great ! Enjoy every little moment ! Hugs.
Izzy Scrap

Redanne said...

The beribboning is a wonderful touch Darnell, I love your cheery card, the stitched border on the card and tag look so lovely!

Great collage too, I really love how Duke and Jack are always looking so interested in what is going on around them and wow, the twins are growing so quickly! Hugs, Annie xxx

Ros Crawford said...

What a terrific card Darnell... The leaf is so pretty! Great photos of your Grandies... not sure what is cuter, the boys or the dogs and I too sympathise with your DIL Lol!
Well, the election is over ... It has dominated our news in the UK for months. Mike and I were up in the early hours to see the results as it happened ... You have a great day!!

Happy Dance said...

Hello darling. Just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I like your pretty thank you card. That leaf itself is gorgeous, but against that orange background, it is just stunning. Really and truly. And the bit of ribbon... I had that same plaid, and loved it to the very end of the spool! So pretty! Looks like you had a great time with all the fellas, but I'll be you're pretty, kinda tired from all the excitement! You'll have to tell me all about it when we chat, when you're all recovered! Missing you like crazy. xoxo Bev

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell. I'm so thankful to have met you this year.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Brenda in IN said...

What a stunning card and such a lovely gift from your friend. The ribbon is so gorgeous and fallish. I love the pictures of the twins and I am truly impressed with the rubics cube the dog worked out. Yep, the election is over and I am so over it. The rest remains to be seen.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Hrumph! Going back to being CIVILized. Speak for yourself, Missy. I plan to be uncivilized and bohemian as long as possible. Cool card. I thought that leaf looked quite metallica and wondered the secret. The secret of course, is to use metal! ha!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wait, blue moire embossing powder?! I've never seen that! How FUN!! And I'll express some gratitude to you for sharing your photo collage with us, Darnell. Always a treat to see how big the twins are getting!

Sarah said...

A beautiful card Darnell and a fair exchange for the Trout!! Lovely pics of the men I your life too xx

Anita in France said...

Not that food is uppermost in my mind, Darnell ... but that trout ... hmmm ... scrumptious! What a fantastic collage of Adam, Henry and the granddogs (complete with rubic!) ... goodness, aren't those boys growing up quickly ... great to hear you had such a fun weekend! Your card ... that delicate dark leaf is simply lovely against the bright orange ... and that little plaid bow ... so delicious! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! LYAMYEMA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Brenda said...

I am so glad that the election is over too!!! Got so I only watched the Hallmark Channels because of all the political adds on tv. What a beautiful card Auntie! I love the metal leaf you used and that pretty orange background. The ribbon on the leaf adds so much color to this card-it's just gorgeous! Oh how I hate that Thanksgiving is always passed over. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and one that needs more recognition that it gets. I will have to check out the Thanksgiving Crusade and see if I can play along. I love the idea! And speaking of love, OMGosh, what wonderful pics of the twins and the dogs!!! Were does the time go?! The boys look so grown up and the dogs-how beautiful they are! I feel for your DIL too because I know all to well what it was like living with 7 guys and a boy dog too! It's not easy being the only woman in the house let me tell you. lol I have to say though, it looks like the twins and dogs are well behaved. As were my guys, so that is something many will appreciate! Hugs, Brenda

Sazzle Dazzle said...

This is absolutely stunning Darnell! The pop of burnt orange bg card panel with the delicate metal leaf is awesome in itself but teamed with the plaid ribbon in beautiful colours too ... well lets say it's just swoon-worthy and I'm swooning! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AAA Cards this week. Sarah x

Carol L said...

Love this CAS card! Great colors and a fabulous metal leaf! Love the photos too - my goodness those boys have grown!!

Craftychris said...

Fab card to showcase the beautiful leaf! Perfection! Love your photos, the boys are looking cool and growing up fast and the dogs are so cute! You must had had a wonderful time! xxx

Coralynn Murray said...

Such a great fall card. The colours and design are perfect. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

Geri said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous card, gorgeous pictures!!! I love the plaid ribbon and how great the leaf looks with textured cardstock!

The pics are fabulous! The twinks are sooooooo dang cute! And, my goodness, they are growing so tall! Totally lovin' the sweet puppers too!

Yep - testosterone definitely trumped estrogen with this gaggle of males!

Jill Vickers said...

Wonderful card Darnell - I am in love with that metal leaf and you accented it beautifully with the plaid ribbon! Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out! Jill

SARN said...

Beautiful card of thanks Darnell.

xxx

Milka Gubo said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. I love how you used that metal leaf. BRILLIANT!!! :o) Love your photo collage... Beautiful photos. :o) Have a great day! :o) hugs xx

MaryH said...

I'm scrolling thru the pit-chers of past posts, and enjoying all the goodness. Just had to say how much I've enjoyed seeing the Twinks again, and my, how tall are they getting. Such fine looking young men. Easy to see ya'll were having such fun. Blessed to have such a close-knit family. Hugs

Rose said...

Lovely card Darnell! The metal leaf & plaid ribbon is beautifully complimented with that gorgeous blue embossed sentiment. Loved your picture collage!

Aileen Ryan said...

Wonderful card Darnell, love that metal leaf perfect for the card. And the tag with the embossed sentiment finishes it off perfectly.

Brilliant photos, boys and dogs.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Just catching up.
Love the warmth of the card and the metal leaf is divine.
Gosh, the boys seem to be growing at a rate of knots and a dog with a Rubik's Cube? Wow, and without opposable thumbs too lol!
Thanks for your kind comment matey.
Ang x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hi Darnell, how beautiful you used metal leaf. I love the contrast of leaf on an orange background and perfectly matching ribbon.
Thank you for sharing
BozenA

cm said...

I want to say your leaf card is gorgeous (which apparently I just did!), but since it was destined for your neighbout, I'll go with manly terms: handsome, striking and masculine marvelous! Perfect 'thanks' for the gift of dinner! Your collage of all your boys: awesome! Looks like everyone - two-legged and four - had a fantastic time!
hugs~c