A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

April 23, 2017

Panda Posies and Preggers

Greetings, Stamplings!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend! Along with all the beautiful blossoms this time of year comes all the unbeautiful allergies! I don't usually suffer from allergies, although the Mister does, but today my eyeballs were not happy about some pollen or other. God bless all your sneezey noses!

Onefer 
Speaking of sneezey noses, I hope you can see the little bouquet of posies that the sweet panda bear is smelling. His name is Razzle and he's going over Hill and under Dale to dazzle his friend Parsnip. Right now he is having a bit of a sit down to wait out the rain shower so he doesn't get his posies or his toesies wet.

I used lots of snippets and different companies for this one. The umbrella and raindrops are from Simon Says Stamp, "Umbrella Shaker." Part of the die makes raindrops so I used the negative as a stencil to lightly pounce raindrops in the background using (what else) PTI's Spring Rain ink.

The NBUS panda is from Fiskars, "Day at the Zoo." The NBUS "friend" is from "Friends Forever" by Clearly Besotted and the rest of the NBUS sediment is from Hero Arts. 

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Twofer

It looks like someone is having a baby!
I used my NBUS stitched frame dies from Die-Namics. The young mother-to-be is a sweet image sent to me with several others by my friend Aileen. (Thank you, Aileen!) The sediment is from Your Next Stamp, "Whatnot Sentiments Four." 

I thought this stamped image (which I colored with Ziggies and pencils) would be perfect for this week's CASology challenge which is "Grow!" I'm also entering the current Your Next Stamp color challenge and the first anniversary (congratulations CWS!) challenge at Creative With Stamps which is "Baby."

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A Bit of a Breakie Poo

I'm going to step away from the computer for a coupla weeks or so. I can't believe it's almost May. I'm either slowing way down or Father Time is on speed ~ prolly both! 

So what's happened is I feel like I'm never going to finish my big box of half-made cards or try out my long list of techniques if I don't take a break from Blogland. It really is true that we see lots more squirrels as we get older and you talented artists keep distracting me with more all the time! I need to dedicate some time for concentrating on those things you've already inspired me to create.

Not to mention that it's spring which means purging and cleaning are calling me. I've been making cards and blogging the last few years and now things in both the Bighouse and the Playhouse really need a good Purge and Polish. 

I will be checking my emails/comments from you. If you do a post that you know I'd love to see, please feel free to send me an email to let me know. Otherwise, I'll be back to visit your blogs and challenges before you know it! Hammy and I will be rejuvenated and spiffed up with a lot of cards to share!

I hope! You know what happens to the best-laid plans ... and besides, I'll miss you, so we'll see how long I can stay away!💋

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Loll said...

Two fantastic cards, Dolly!! Love that sweet panda with the fun and flowery umbrella. Awesome design! And your second card is so sweet and wonderfully coloured!

Enjoy your break. I hope you get to try out some fun techniques and work your way through your NBUS products. It's so fun to get messy when experimenting. Will miss you. Lolly xx

Jane Willis said...

I was a bit alarmed when I read "preggers" in the subject - I thought you were going to make a BIG (and pretty miraculous) announcement!
Have a lovely, creative and rewarding break - see you the other side.
Jane

Heidi Weaver said...

Wow, Darnell, I hope Razzle waited long enough to keep those posies and toesies dry. Love the story and love the card. The umbrella wouldn't help much around here, I'm afraid. A snow shovel would be more appropriate (unfortunately). But you've added a bit of Spring with that wonderful umbrella and those posies. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Kathyk said...

Two fabbyliscious cards this morning, Darnell. Thanks for the heads up about your bloggy break - enjoy! Though, frankly, I'd rather be blogging than cleaning!!! Fancy coming round to mine and doing the same afterwards? PLEEEEEZ!

Kathyk

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Both cards are fab.

Hope you have a nice break from blogging and then come back with your batteries all charged and ready to go. We will miss you. Sue

Liz said...

Two beautiful cards, Darnell. I love the cute panda on the first one and the lovely scene you've created. Great idea using the raindrop die negative as a stencil - I'm having a 'why didn't I think of that' moment here. Super image and design on your second card too, perfect for a Mum-to-be. Enjoy your blogging break. - don't stay away too long! xx

Julie B said...

Well that put my mind at ease, the preggers in my feed got me all hot under the collar!There's a lot of it around at the moment, 3 of us at card class are expecting grandchildren in October!
Good luck with the spring clean, we shall miss your incisive comments!
Two fab cards by the way! :)

KandA said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. I LOVE everything about your little panda and I'm sure Parsnip will too and your preggers card is super too.
Enjoy your break / spring clean but don't get lost under Mt. NBUS xx

Viv's Visuals said...

Cute Panda and the preggers card is terrif.
Have a good break matey! x

Tina Z. said...

Super cute cards, so colourful.
Enjoy your break and make a lot of cards ☺.
Hugs xx

!neke said...

Great cards and enjoy your blogging break !!!!!
Ineke X

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

First, I have to say, two very adorable cards here Darnell . . . especially that first one, he's so darn sweet!! Secondly, but by no means, least . . . . we are sure going to miss you and your wit gracing blog-land each day! But we all need to take time for other things and, as you say, time races on at head spinning speed and visiting blogs and commenting does take up a great deal of time (happy time, but, time nonetheless), so, you get done all that you need to do and be sure to also use the time to rest up a bit and re-charge your batteries. We will all be here waiting eagerly for your return to show us all the lovely cards that you have made during your break! Have a lovely Sunday and a restful break! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx My Card Attic

Gerrina said...

Glad that we can distract you; so do you :)! Love pandas and this one s so sweet with that flowerumbrella! The babycard looks beautiful fresh and sunny with the yellow diecuts! You used so many NBUS; great!
Have fun trying all the techniques and enjoy the free time! Hugs, Gerrina

Carole said...

Two brill cards Darnell.........thought you were heading for the news of the world when I saw preggers!!!!!!! Hope you get all that cleaning ans sorting done ...I know the feeling...don't forget to find a home for all that NBUS stuff too....I am still on that mission, perhaps i need to follow your lead...stop admiring and get creating!! Look forward to your return. Hugs xx

Jeanne said...

Two wonderful cards, Darnell. I loved your little backstory for the panda. So cute! I hope you enjoy your bloggy break and get lots of stuff done so you can feel all kinds of accomplished in the areas that need more of your attention. You will be missed! Big hugs!!

Marilyn said...

Two cute cards!! Sure going to miss your posts in blogland for a while. Always look forward to reading your stories! Enjoy your break and hope to see you back soon

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, I love the idea that of the pregnant lady for the theme of 'grow' :) I hope you are doing well, enjoy the break from blogland. I'm still on a break, but thought I would take a peak this morning :) Take care, Hugs Shirleyxx

Brenda in IN said...

This panda with his posies is adorable. Love that umbrella, it looks like spring showers. Your congrats card is cute too. A fun image and I love the little gold hearts. I will miss your cheerful comments every day but I think I'm about to take a little break too. It is time to tackle the garage and I have put it off long enough. It is a weight around my neck and I can't seem to move forward until I do it. So I know what you are saying. I can't be inside making cards when I know what the garage looks like.

Fiki said...

your cards are so nice!
love them
have a nice day

Heidi Stamps said...

Very cute cards, both very different and super nice!

It is always a good idea to take the time you need to create. Then later you can come back and share. Enjoy!

Carol L said...

Your cards are both so cute, and I love that decorative umbrella along with those tiny pink raindrops! Adorable!!
Wishing you a nice break from the computer. I'm trying to push myself in that direction to see if I can't find some inspiration to get creative again. I sometimes try too hard and end up not liking much of anything. I look around at the windows, curtains and draperies and know I need to spruce up too! Enjoy your time away - I'll miss you! Mwah! Enjoy :)

Bunny said...

Enjoy your time off. Not that it's really time off because you'll be working and cleaning. Don't get distracted. Then you'll get no where. But, you'll have a good time. Spring cleaning is so much fun after you're done. And finishing ½ done cards will feel pretty good too.

Let us know if you really do need for us to send some "congratulations" cards on the preggers! Hammy might like being an older brother. Snort!

Maura R said...

Love your cards, Darnell - especially the panda one (How cute is he??)!!! Have a fruitful, fulfilling, and mindful couple of weeks - I know exactly what you are saying about needing to concentrate on what we already have rather than looking for the next exciting thing! Take care!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 wonderful cards and beautifully created as usual.
They are both gorgeous.
You take care with your break and the spring cleaning.
Don't overdo things.
I ended up with a horrible cold and a bad back after our bathroom refit to a wet room.
Still trying to get ontop of all the dust that came with it all.
Now that conjures up a picture of me lying ontop of the dust. He! He!
I'm sure that's what will come to your mind when you read this. LOL.
Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell two fabulous cards today, I love the panda and your design, the mum to be card is so pretty, never made anything like that myself.
Enjoy your break away from the computer, I feel I might have to do something of the same myself, it's so time comsumming although lovely to do, see you when you get back, take care, Kate x

Greta said...

You & I both need that elusive Blog Writing Genie I just can't find! You're more disciplined than I am--I've always known that! Have done tiny bits of organizing/purging & at this rate I'll need to live to 200 to finish, but at least it's more than I was doing. Thought of going back to just putting cards in Flickr, but would loose too many friends & don't have many in person anymore. Anyway--I really love your creative, cute panda card (I'd use an umbrella like that!) & brilliant card for the "grow" challenge! Cheers, my friend!

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. I adore the cute panda with his sweet umbrella and the stencilled raindrops, and the grassy knoll is perfect as a base for the sentiments. The lovely little lady getting ready to welcome the new arrival is so prettily coloured and the litle baby grow in her hand coordinates beautifully with the bright yellow stitched frames, so fresh and pretty. I'm sorry you have been pollinated, if you know what I mean..lol, but hopefully whatever is affecting you will be gone soon. Luckily I have never suffered in this way but can imagine how horrid it must be, but maybe if yours came out of the blue I will also be sneezing shortly. Enjoy your break from blogland too. We will miss you but it's good to take a break to catch up on things, but hope you won't be away for too long. x

Monika Reeck said...

I love your panda card so so cuuute with his flower
and I just join CASology Grow challenge and see your lovely card
I love this Stamping Bella Image so adorable for a new Mommy after they born the baby
so so sweet Coloring too Darnell
I adore both of your card
would you mind to see my GROW card maybe you can smile..its with lamb hehe
and the Baby card you can please feel free to join our challenge at Creative with Stamps (its my and Lilian`s challenge) it has some prizes too Darnell..
will be thrilled if I see you there on our challenge Blog
happy Sunday and maybe see you around sweet lady (I thank you for my bday card did I told you? If not I am so sorry and wanna say so wonderful red and white flower card..I love it and it stay in front of my craft table)
hugs from Germany
Monika

Linda said...

Darnell, two very sweet cards. Blogging does take quite a lot of time especially when you have as many friends as you do. So have fun just creating and cleaning if you must.

jimlynn said...

I'm thinking I'm pretty much in love with that cute panda AND your card! Precious!!!! Love the umbrella too but he wouldn't need it dow here today. The preggers card is so pretty and will be perfect for a mom to be So cute!
Have a great break and a lot of fun.
Lynn

Heather Hopson said...

Two beautiful cards! I love the Panda and your story. So Sweet! Thank for joining us on Watercooler Wednesday and sharing your cards and your creativity this week. Enjoy you time away from the Computer. You will get lots done.

Bonnie said...

Ah-choo! Excuse me. Those posies made me sneeze! Hope Razzle doesn't sneeze on Parsnip! He sure is cute! Love your coloring of the expectant little lady! And she's beautifully framed! Enjoy your break. Once is all polished and purged, take some time to enjoy it. It doesn't last!

Nan G said...

Are ya sure you don't have a trip to FL planned? Maybe a day or two in lovely Daytona beach? Hmmm...huh...purr-chance. No? Dang thought you'd like to see my crafty space and whilst ya here stuff a box er two? Eh...he he! Have fun with the purge. Remember give away box not mt. NBUS! I'll be thinking of you as I do the same. Hugs

Verna Angerhofer said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cards. I love them both. And, you have a great break and get caught up and rested as well. I know the feeling only too well. At least I am not on a design team anymore as that was really fun but also involved a lot of time and work.

graham Brand said...

LOVE your cards today. Have a good break and don't work too hard purging and polishing!

Jean said...

Fun cards! Enjoy your break!

Trina P. said...

Love these fun cards, Darnell. The panda card is adorable. The preggers card is perfect for the grow challenge. Love it.

Trina xx

Sarah said...

Lovely cards as usual Darnell, the panda is adorable. The time thief is responsible for some missing days here too!! I have trimmed back a lot of my creative commitments and find that I enjoy blogging all the more for it. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to during your break xx

Redanne said...

I really hope you don't succumb to the allergies! Both cards are beautiful, I just love that adorable panda with his posy of flowers. Loving the pregnant lady card too!

Good for you taking a break, I hope you enjoy your time away from the computer and that you get all your jobs done. I will miss you but the time will no doubt pass in a flash! Take care my friend... Big hugs, Annie xxx

Shelly said...

WONDERFUL cards, Darnell!
Hope you and your husband get some relief from all those allergies! ;) And I completely understand about taking a break...I think we all need breaks at times. ;) I know I haven't been my best about visiting lately, but know when you come back I'll be here. Enjoy your break, my friend. :)
Hugs

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable both the cards, and that with the pregnant girl is really striking!
Enjoy your break!
Hugs

Kathleen said...

Two amazing cards D, and a brilliant description to go with the first one but really had me worried about the second one, thought it was going to be a late in life miracle, or it was Hammy.
Only the kitchen and my craft-room left to be Spring cleaned here, luckily Hubby will do the kitchen while I do my craft room, well don't want him stumbling across any receipt that I may have forgotten to destroy.
Enjoy?

Kath x

Bobby said...

With all your followers and all you follow, I can see why you might need a break, Darnell. I finish my cards as I make them so I don't have that worry. Your panda card is so cute with his flowery umbrella and the new baby card is so sweet. Enjoy your uninterrupted crafting. I'll be looking forward to your return with new cards and techniques to show for it.

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your cards, as always! That panda bear is so cute with his umbrella! Love the prego image, too. Great job on both cards! I'm sorry you're taking a break from blogland, but I totally understand it. I've been out a couple months since moving, and then falling & hurting myself. Sometimes we just have to take a BREAK!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Love your cards but I know what you mean about the break. I took that well needed on the end of 2016 and it truly helped! Enjoy!

Lisa Elton said...

Delightful cards today Darnell! That's a cute umbrella and I think the mommy to be definitely falls in the grow category. Enjoy your break, see you on the flip side!

Angela said...

I love your panda card, Darnell! It works perfectly with the umbrella. Enjoy your break from blogland. We'll be waiting for you when you get back!

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the image from Aileen.
Enjoy your break from blogland! hope it is productive and you tick one or two chores off your list

Leslie Miller said...

Gosh, your panda card is so darn cute with the flowery umbrella and raindrops falling. I see some of the raindrops turned pink, too! That's just the sweetest friendship card. And your preggers card is perfect! I know you're bound to find a use for it soon enough. I love the circle frame within the rectangle. Take your break and enjoy the heck out of it! Sometimes I think the blogging takes longer than stamping. It will be fun for the rest of us to see what you got up to while you were away.

Linda said...

Two gorgeous fun designs Darnell ..... love the cute little panda with his flowery umbrella and the baby card looks so cute.
Enjoy your little break ...... Have fun being creative, can't wait to see the results xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Two wonderful cards for all those challenges, glad to see my little card and accessories arrived ok. I so know what you mean with all the challenges, there are so many techniques to try out. Never enough time, especially if you are trying to use NBUS as well before the next lot arrive. Spring cleaning ahh yes I did that once a few years ago. Still recovering from this shocking cough so not card making. Catching up on visiting blogs and of course colouring. Problem is using all the coloured images and backgrounds, its so hard isnt it, being a crafter. Lol take care and enjoy the break, not too much of course. We want you back

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell. There never seems enough hours in the day, so enjoy your well earned break.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Cat Craig said...

sweet cards Darnell. Enjoy your spring fling...well maybe not the cleaning part...

Wendy Johnson said...

Some lovely cards Darnell. I'm starting a Spring Clean of my Daft Room too this week. Have a lovely break and look forward to your return! x

Susanne Vargas said...

Two adorable cards! That panda is too cute with the flowery umbrella!
Have a fun and productive blog break! Blogging is fun but quite time consuming. Looking forward to seeing all the awesome cards and techniques that you will be making!

JoAnn said...

Love both of your cards. That panda and his umbrella are so cute, and who wouldn't love to receive either card.
Enjoy your break. I hope you get lots done. :)

Cara said...

Two fabulous cards, just adorable. Enjoy your break, I hope Mount NBUS remains stable as you excavate it! Cara x

Carol Hintermeier said...

Adorable cards Darnell! Hope you enjoy your break and that it's very productive for you. I know I have trouble focusing when I know I need to do household chores, etc. I feel so good sitting down to craft when I don't have the dreadful chores nagging at me in the back of my brain! Here's to great purging!!!!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards. I hope you feel better from the allergies. Oh I know the feeling I guess! I wish a day had more hours and I had more hands!!! Enjoy your break.

Joyce said...

Love your two wonderful cards, Darnell. Super adorable pregnancy card. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Monika Reeck said...

Its me again Darnell many thanks for joining us at CWS challenge
so so happy you added your card there, hope you like to join again next month if you are active in Blogland again..
will miss you
hugs
Monika

Ros Crawford said...

Holy Moly! Here was me thinking you had some amazing news ... Hammy was about to be a father again, or your son or you a ... No no no... There's a good reason we don't have little 'uns when we are mature ladies... we need sleep!
Fabulous cards - both of them! Have good break Darnell... I could do with a few months off!

Dana M said...

Sweet cards Darnell! It is so rewarding to clean out those nooks and crannies as well as time to devote to the long list of "I wanna try that". Enjoy your time away, you will be missed.

oldpunca said...

Oh my dear, your cards are fabulous! I like the sitting panda. It is so sweet during taking care that flowers don't get wet. :-) The card for the young mother-to-be is super nice and full of energy. Great colour combo.
Enjoy your days without blogland. Sometimes it has to be a break to do other things. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

libbystamps said...

Sweet card! Thank you for joining us this week for Gail's Spring Themed Clean & Simple Challenge at Watercooler Wednesday.

SHartl said...

I always love seeing your cards and reading your posts, but the panda and pregnancy cards are so fun that I had to comment this time. I have a real soft spot for pandas....because who wouldn't, right? I also have a lot of friends who are expecting and this card is adorable. The teeny tiny onesie makes it even more ridiculously cute, if that's possible. Have a fun break from blogland and good luck with your spring cleaning.

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Both of these cards are awesome as always. I totally understand what you mean about needing breaks. I just came back from one myself. Take as much time as you need. We'll see you when you get back.

Claire said...

Two totally sweet cards Darnell. I never thought of a pregnancy card for 'grow.' Perfectly framed in the yellow. Love the soft effect you've created with the raindrop stencil in the first as well!

Billie A said...

Really cute card with the baby bump. Very creative and so glad you shared over at Creative with stamps for our Baby challenge.

Billie A
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Helen F. said...

I love your adorable posie carrying Panda card and the sweet "Grow" baby card is perfect for that challenge, Darnell.
So happy you joined us at Creative With Stamps this month too!
Hope you and your Mister get some relief from these darn allergies~ I never suffered from them up North, but here in FL, everything is acting up (of is it that I am getting older?) WHATEVER!!! :-)
Enjoy your break, look forward to seeing all your new projects when you return to Blogland, dear friend!

Cheryl W. said...

Your cards today are inspiring. That roundish Panda looks sweet enough to hug and your mama-to-be is lovely. I like your idea of taking a break for awhile. Sometimes I think I need a break from the entire computer thing so that I can focus on other things. I spend WAAAY to many hours online. Enjoy your break, lovely lady, and make the best of your time away. I look forward to your creations when you return.

debby4000 said...

Love both your cards but love the Panda best.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Luv
Debby

Karenladd said...

I see that you left us wanting more, as you take a break from blogland. That nosegay sniffing panda is in better shape than I, or he has better allergy meds at any rate. These pollen filled breezes aren't doing me any favors, which gives me even more of an excuse to hole up in my craft room, right? You are more disciplined than I am, as you organize and purge your craft room supplies. Purging never works for me when it comes to craft goodies because I feel that I need everything (yes, even those 2"x2" scraps of paper, and the stamps that I last used in 1990). Have a productive time off and impress us with all your completed cards when you return, okay?!!

Di said...

Brilliant snippets card Darnell - and your twofer is great as well. Parsnip wants to know where your bear got such an odd suntan from!

You'll be sorely missed in Blogland - but here's hoping you're back with a new spring in your step before too long!

Got your lovely email hun, will reply ASAP.

Great to see you in the Playground again!

Hugs

Di xx

conil said...

Oh that panda...went and found it immediately (like I need another animal stamp set...right?) But he's so adorable with his posies. The perfect guy for this darling card. And the "grow" card...clever girl. Very appropriate using an Earth Mother for Earth Day. LOVE her. Hope you feel a little relief from the pollen parade, as I call it. It's horrendous here, as well.
Have a fun and productive break. No one deserves it more than you. See you when you return.

Izzy Scrap said...

Beautiful cards Darnell ! One more time you brilliantly show us how to play with all the NBUS stuff to make gorgeous projects ! What a clever idea this panda with an umbrella! Love it ! I wish you a wonderful break and I'm sure you will come back to us with a lot of surprising projects !
Hugs !

alexandra s.m. said...

Two beautiful cards dear Darnell!

Happy Dance said...

Two very sweet cards, dear darlin'! That panda is fun, and I adore his fun umbrella. Love everything about this one!! Card number two is a perfect baby on the way card! Love how you've framed this sweet mama to be. Someone will adore this card!!! And. Take all of a break that you need/want. You deserve it. You're such a kind friend to all of us out here, and we'll await (as patiently as we can) your return. You're much loved. True story. xoxoxoxo Bev

Lisa Tilson said...

Oh good for you for taking a break Darnell although I will miss your posts - but I truly understand. I have a list of techniques to try that's as long as my arm and it is really hard to find time to focus on trying them out when your head is filled with "what can I do for my next blog post?!" At least that's how it works for me.
Love your two cards, particularly LOVE the gorgeous Panda with his posies and toesies and that super cute umbrella. He is adorable.
Enjoy your break, you will be back before you know it and wish you had told us you were breaking for a couple of months lol! Hugs, Lisa xx

Inkyfingers said...

Lovely cards Darnell, and that is such a cute panda with the beautiful umbrella. Love the framing on the preggers card and I'm glad to see that the lady is indulging her cravings and has a cupcake in her hand. Enjoy the blog break, my friend.
Hugs
Carol x

Sue said...

Wonderful cards and love your use of colour!
Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp!

Mrs A. said...

Love that pretty umbrella. Enjoy your break being busy elsewhere. Hugs Mrs A.

MagsB said...

Darnell, your cards are always so gorgeous, and your posts make me smile even on the most depressing days. Thank you!!!

Enjoy your break from blogland! Take your time and relax and we'll see you again when you're ready.

MWAH!

love Mags B x

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

well, I stopped by today to see if you had repented yet from not blogging! Enjoy the break and happy mom's day!

Zw@@n said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell. The one with the panda is my favorite! Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma

Nonni said...

Two great cards Darnell, I love your use of dies and that panda is adorable, I love the scene you made for him! Did you know that Fiskars comes from my homecountry Finland? :) I hope to see you soon again after your blogging break.

Anita in France said...

A duo of sweetness, Darnell ... that little panda is particularly adorable, keeping Parsnip's posy dry under that cute floral brolly ... hope she appreciates it! Take your time with the purging and polishing, my friend ... we'll all be here when you and Hammy get back, all spiffy and raring to go! LYAMYHBITSWY! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

JD/ Jill said...

As always, two great cards from you! Speaking of pollen...are gray car was yellow yesterday due to all the pollen in our area...and YES, we both suffer from allergies.

Hey, I hope to be doing spring cleaning right along with you this week. So I understand the bloggy break.
I mentioned you on my blog post today...smile...
Hope you are having a great weekend,
Hugs, Jill

Julia Aston said...

Two fun designs Darnell! I too have been purging/organizing/cleaning out the cobwebs from my craft room - it got so I had a square foot of space on my table to work - and it drove me crazy!! Have fun creating and cleaning Sis!! Julia xx

~amy~ said...

Darnell, both of your cards are fantastic!
That panda and umbrella are so much fun!
Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires Challenge #11!

Lia said...

I love both cards and can't say which one is the best.
Lia xx

Patti said...

Sweet! I just love them both especially the unbrella and perfect rain! on card #1 and the image on card #2 : ) They made me smile : )

Have a well deserved break my friend!!

BIG (((Hugs)))
Patti

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Great twofer! Love both! Thanks for playing at thd!

lilian said...

Two great makes Darnell, I was having a break from blogging and it lasted two days lol. hope you get everythign done that you need to,

Take care Lilian xx

scrappymo! said...

Enjoy your break and create time!
Sounds like a wonderful idea. I know what you mean about unfinished projects. i need to go through mind and completely kit them up and pack them up for the lake. Then I would be forced to finish them!!!

Jerrie said...

Oh these cards are so cute! The panda bear with the colorful umbrella rocks! I love the design of your maternity card!

Andrea said...

What great cards Darnell, I do love the panda.I hope the purge and polish are going well and doesn't take up too much of your time.I love spring it's my favourite time of the year although it does put light on those areas that need a spring clean !!...:-) I haven't been around blog land myself for some time now .i hope you have a great time in the playhouse doing all those lovely projects that you want to do too. Big crafty hugs Andrea x

Kathyk said...

Hope you are enjoying your blogging break, just swung by to say we're missing you in blogland but you are still inspiring me to use NBUS!

Kathyk

Shona Chambers said...

Really hope your enjoying your break from Blogland and are nearly half-way thru your box of 'nearly made' cards. I recently had nearly two weeks of no internet but didn't have time to make any cards as the kids were rather lost with no internet as well. Secretly I'd love to take a month off blogging and DT's to just make cards for challenges and try out techniques etc, it would be a wonderful idea but won't ever happen. I hope your allergies are better too and your not all red eyed and runny nosed (not very attractive). Its coming into Winter here so soon I will be runny nosed all the time!! Just wanted to say hi, send you hugs and look forward to seeing your wonderful cards soon!!

Kathryn Lorenzini said...

I'm the #100 commenter???!!! Oh girl, you have *such* a following-- don't know how you keep up-- but *good* for you to take a break and connect with other things and concentrate! Only so much we can handle coming at us in this interconnected world, you know?! So glad you played along at THD-- I LOVE your card-- one of my favorites of yours-- and it is just perfect for our challenge! Once you have some time away, come back and play more in June, or whenever!! Smooches!