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!

May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Greetings!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms around the world that are celebrating! Today is a wonderful opportunity to pamper mothers and grandmothers! I am going to be happily pampered with a Mother's Day brunch by Dan and Rachel and the boys. The Mister and Hammy will come too, of course!

However, I know for some of you today can be very painful, so I send you extra hugs of comfort and understanding.

Here's my card:
On an embossed card base, I've layered this NBUS succulent journaling die (which has a matching stamp) from Neat & Tangled which I've cut and paper-pieced from alcohol-infused glossy paper.

I tried to think outside the box with this and stretch the succulent die to make it look more like a rose in honor of the Mom sobriquet. Does it look a bit like a rose to you? 

Here's a closhup of the alcoholic paper's gloppiness. Erm, skuzsh me,  I meaned to shay gloshiness:
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Speaking of succulents, for my Mother's Day bouquet for you I've got an update on those succulents which bloomed this year for the first time even though they are at least three years old. I first showed them to you on April 9 and here you can see how they grew and opened!
Here's a closeup of the individual magnificent flowers:
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83 comments:

Pia S said...

A unique design, love the way you used this succulent die. Yes, you made it look like a rose and I do love the colors. Happy Mother's Day!

Maxine D said...

Aww Darnell that is one stunningly gloshy rose card! Love it. Your real life succulents are beautiful too. So good to be back in blogland again, despite the reason why I now have time to be here :-(.
Hope you and Hammy and the Mister enjoyed your speshul lunch today - I did - my DD fed me at lunch time, and DIL at afternoon tea time, so now I don't need tea
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely card. We celebrate Mothers Day in March.

The plants are lovely.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Ros Crawford said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! Beautiful card Darnell I love those alcohol inks... Your succulents are stunning!! Must be the wonderful weather you have out there. Have a beautiful day full of pampering!

Sandra H said...

So pretty Darnell is your Mothers day card ours has been and gone but how lovely to see what you created as always your so talented and the photos of the flowers are stunning so beautiful enjoy your day x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful colored flower Happy Mom's Day to you!

Claire-Louise Garland said...

That's really lovely looking, good choice of colours and it almost looks like an enamel finish x

Redanne said...

Yes, I do think your flower has the look of a rose, I love the gorgeous colours of the alcohol inks - and the wonderful sheen. Great embossed background card too!

Your succulents look so beautiful and the close up of the flowers is just stunning!

I hope you enjoy your Mother's Day brunch with the family and that Hammy is a good boy! Big hugs, Annie xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing design, stunning card and great work with alcohol inks!
Happy mother's day!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!! Hope you enjoy your Mother's Brunch with your family. Happy Mother's Day!!

Carol L said...

I love how you inlaid the colorful negatives to create such a fabulous card! This is just beautiful. Thanks for the photos of your beautiful plants and flowers too. What a gorgeous garden! Happy Mother's Day!

Birgit said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Darnell! Enjoy your pampering!!

Cara said...

Enjoy your special day. Beautiful card, love the sheen and I totally saw flowers. Love your photos of the flowers too, love how delicate they are. Cara x

Jeanne said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Darnell! I hope you have a lovely day. Your card is so very pretty. I see the rose you spoke of. Your succulents look amazing. Wonderful blooms!! Hugs! :)

Valerie Nolan said...

Stunning RC Darnell the colours are fabulous and I love the gloshiness!! Enjoy your Mother's day with the family xx

Di said...

Totally fabulous card Darnell - LOVE the gloss effect, and that die is brilliant! Happy Mothers Day to you too my friend - and thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground. Now get back here and pick up those candy wrappers you left! :)

Hugs

Di xx

Kathyk said...

Happy Mothers Day to you too, Darnell, hope you have a lovely day and thanks so much for sharing your fab photos and super duper card today too

Kathyk

Carole said...

Lovely card Darnell...and wishes for a Happy Mothers Day to you! Enjoy your day...hope you are spoilt to bits! xx

Brenda in IN said...

Happy Mother's Day to you. To me it sounds like you started celebrating before the family got there! The succulent does look like a rose and made a lovely card. The blend of inks is beautiful. Your real life succulents are gorgeous. They really came alive and spread out. Gorgeous.

Pat said...

What a fabulous glossy succulent Darnell, and the way you have die cut it to use the pink for the flower and then some green for the background is so pretty and a clever idea. I'm glad that Dan, Rachel and the boys are giving you some TLC today so sit back and enjoy. I love your wonderful succulents and the flowers are spectacular and great photography too. x

Cobnut Crafter said...

Beautiful card and love your plants. x

Lisa Elton said...

It does resemble a rose! This is fabulous Darnell, pretty colors. Have a beautiful, blessed and happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Dance said...

Off to church but wanted to tell you that your ROSE card is delightful! Love all those smooshy/splashy wonderful colors. And the embossing...well, just everything. Happy Mother's Day to you my darling friend. Big hugs and tons of love!! xo Bev

Mrs A. said...

This beautiful. A rose by any other name. Enjoy your day. Hugs Mrs A.

Nonni said...

Happy Mother's Day! I love the look you created using those alcohol ink bg:s, makes this die look completely different than usually! Great job!

Linda said...

Darnell, your card is beautiful. You must have the most beautiful yard too. Love the pictures. Happy Mother's Day to you, friend.

jimlynn said...

Pretty flowers both on the card and in real life! Love your card Darnell and all the different colors in the rose/succulent.
Have a FAB Momma's Day and enjoy every minute of it.
Lynn

Penny Hanuszak said...

Darnell what a lovely tribute to mother's everywhere and what a gorgeous card you've created. I love effect of the alcohol infused background design peeking through the succulent die cut. Very nice and so are your real life succulents. That's quite a collection. I love it when the bloom, they are just so stunning. Thanks for joining us for the "Mom's Theme" challenge at Watercooler Wednesday this week and for your nice comment on the challenge.

Greta said...

Happy Mother's Day, Darnell! Enjoy being pampered--a brunch sounds wonderful! Yes indeed--succulent didn't enter my mind when I first saw the card--looks like a gorgeous rose! I'm in awe of the alcohol inked glossy paper! Your succulents are amazing--what a beautiful flower!

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous gorgeous with the alcoholic gloss which looks almost like a glaze. Spectacular succulent rose you've got there! I love every bit of the background, and that's quite a fabulous die. You have such beautiful sunshine for your photos and for growing your amazing succulents. Enjoy those splendiferous blooms, and have a happy Mother's Day!

Mimi said...

Love this, Darnell! It's awesome on the screen, but I bet it's just dreamy IRL... Happy Mother's Day!

conil said...

It definitely looks like a rose. Such gorgeous colors you chose, as well. Like the embossed framing a lot. Hope your Mother's Day is one to remember with joy in your heart.

Mac Mable said...

Yes sure does look like a rose to me...great use of the die and love the AI background. Thank you too for sharing the photos of your succulents and so glad that they have eventually flowered. Gorgeous card x

Colleen said...

Yes I can totally see that as a rose!! Beautiful card! Happy Mother's Day friend! Your succulents are magnificent! You have the right climate for sure!! Happy Day! Heart Hugs, Col

Renee's ramblings said...

Darnell, I absolutely LOVE this gorgeous card! I immediately thought of it as a rose! Thanks for the good wishes for those of us who are feeling a bit of a twinge of frustration and sadness on Mother's Day. (DS is making some not-so-good decisions lately.) DH fixed us both some French Toast this morning, so that, and a pot of fresh ground coffee, was a nice start to the day!

Jean said...

Such a pretty card!

Nan G said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Darnell!! Love the card! Your hens n chicks must be very happily crowded to have such a magnificent show of blooms. Have a wonderful day and week. Hugs

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Yummy shmooshing (auto correct wanted smooching) and yes, I see the rose! Happy Mom's Day!

Kathleen said...

This made me think, very Retro, no idea why, great die and super colours, great embossed background too.
Sorry if I have not commented during the past 10 days but I have been on holiday.

Kath x

Carol Hintermeier said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Darnell!! Yes, you've made the succulent look like a rose---such a pretty card!!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Happy Mothers Day to you dear lady. Hope you're having a wonderful day with the family.
Yes, your succulent does indeed look rosy and very shiney too.
Your close up flower is super.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Verna Angerhofer said...

So beautiful and I love the sheen. I am loving all the cards with succulents on them these days. Your colors are perfect for it too!

Jeanne H said...

And Happy Mother's Day to you. Your day with family sounds wonderful! I've never tried to grow succulents...yours are just beautiful and great pictures too!

Zelda C said...

Happy Mom's Day Darnell. Hope you're having a super schpecial day! Love your card - the colors are just gorgeous!

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Gorgeous card and I just love your plants. Happy Mother's Day to you.

JoAnn said...

Very pretty and unique card. Love it.
Your flowers are pretty also.
Happy Mother's Day to you.

Loll said...

Beautiful card, Dolly!! Your die-cut does look like a rose in those gorgeous colours. Great design, great techniques!! :)

Have a very special Mother's Day with your family. And love the photos of your blooming succulent! Lolly xx

Trina P. said...

Love this card, Darnell! Beautiful colours and colouring.
Happy Mother's Day to you. Hope you had a fabulous day!

Hugs,
Trina xx

Cheryl W. said...

A beautiful card (yes, it certainly does look like a rose!), and some amazing succulent flower photos. I didn't realize they could get so MANY flowers on one plant.

sandie said...

Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day and I adore the mix of colours here and yes it looks like a rose x

Julie B said...

Love the colours you achieved on your 'rose' Darnell, so pretty. I actually thought it was one until I read further.
Hopefully the contractors are on the retreat, their compound is being returned to pasture and the track almost complete. I won't be sad to see them leave that's for sure.
Thanks for sharing at HLS too. :)

Linda said...

This looks beautiful ..... and definitely like a rose. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful succulent rose, Darnell. Hope you had a blessed day.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Bonnie said...

I thought it was a rose so you did a wonderful job of changing that succulent! Love those gorgeous AI colors! I didn't realize that succulents had such pretty flowers! Hope you had a wonderful Mom's Day and enjoyed being pampered!

Olga Fink said...

Fantastic card Darnell! and your succulents are gorgeous! I hope you had a lovely Mother's day with your family!
Thank you for the hug and for thinking of us who can maybe never become mothers, it means a lot that someone acknowledge us :-)
xoxo Olga

Andrea said...

A belated happy mothers day to you Darnell. I love the card, the alcohol ink glossy background is ace, and a fabulous colour scheme too...very fresh and bright. The succulent is stunning I couldn't grow anything like this here in the cold UK its beautiful and well worth the wait, Thank you for sharing it with us. crafty hugs Andrea x

Marsha J Reed said...

Beautiful card, Darnell! Love the pleats and that pretty flower. Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

Berina RGA said...

Belated happy Mother's day to you Darnell. I love your card. The embossed background is pretty. Lovely colors too. The succulents are very beautiful. The flower is stunning!

Susan said...

Beautiful flowers and colours on your card, and some wonderful photos!

Judy Markowitz said...

I absolutely love your use of the glossy paper with alcohol put in to the embossed sections! This look is wonderful! Really adds a whole level to the depth! Wonderfully done! Thank you so much for joining in for the WWC118 Mom's Theme Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week!

wendipooh13 said...

LOVE the stunning flower!!! gorgeous work!!! glad you are back making cards!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!

Fiona said...

It does indeed look like a rose! Great card - Thank you so much for joining in for the WWC118 Mom's Theme Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week!

Sarah said...

Love this glossy gorgeousness Darnell, beautiful colours. Great plants too xx

Bobby said...

Maybe I need to get sloshed a little. That is a gorgeous rose, Darnell. ;)

Gail said...

What a gorgeous succulent. Love the photos, too. thanks for playing along at Watercooler Wednesday.

SHartl said...

Loving your succulents, both read and inky and hope you had an amazing Mothers Day! My succulents have really taken off this year too, so I guess the weather agreed with them.

Marcus Barrett said...

Truly a work of art, I love checking these lovely cards and ill and some stickers to me make it customized for my Mama.

Gerrina said...

It is clearly a rose! Reminds me of a big one, we call them Pioenroses...
I never have seen that plant in bloom and it looks spectaculair!
Hugs, Gerrina

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card with your cool alcohol ink rose! Fab embossed background too! I hope you had a wonderful treat day! Love your garden photos. Hugs. Chris xxxxxx

Tina Z. said...

o wow, great card and an amazing die. and I love your flowers!
hugs xx

Pollard Carole said...

Beautiful card I love the pretty design and a belated Happy Mothers Day to you. Loved the photos of your plants always look a load better in the sunshine Love and hugs Carole x

Geri said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! Sounds like you had a fabulous day! Danny & Eric BBQ'd a yummy elk steak supper and did the dishes too!

Fabulous image! And YES...IT TOTALLY LOOKS LIKE A ROSE! I would never have guessed! Love your resourcefulness pal! Beautiful colors and beautiful pics of the 'for real life'. I have NEVER, EVER seen this succulent bloom! No bout adout it...you've definitely been blessed with one heck of a green thumb!

laurie said...

Happy Mother's day...hope you had fun! I think it does look like a rose, you are SO creative. Lovely card!

Linby said...

Love how you used this on your card, I think I need it to add to my NBUS!
Love succulents too, mine are all ready to go once the weather clears.

Anita in France said...

Sounds as though you had a wonderful Mother's Day planned, Darnell ... hope it was just as good as it sounded ... and that brunch was excellent! Gorgeous blooming succulent ... those flowers truly are spectacular! Wonderful shine on your alcohol infused rose (it is a rose, with or without alcohol!) ... and those colours are just delicious ... another beauty! LYAMYBLHYWIGW! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

shirley-bee said...

Your succulent rose looks so pretty, Darnell, and I'm very impressed by your real-life flowering succulents! Great detail photo.

mark lawrence said...

Nice share! I also hosted Mother's Day bash for my mom and mother-in-law. It really turned out to be a fabulous luncheon. Had booked one of best garden themed Venues in NYC and they offered really great services on a budget.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Your mom will surely be delighted. The colors are so energizing and joyful. And the cut flower looks like a rose, I have no doubt !!
Hugs,
BożenA xoxo

Shona Chambers said...

I've never seen that glossy paper before, I just want to reach thru the screen and touch that succulent!! The colours are so succulentesk(?) and your flowers one has gone wild. Its so funny how plants can suddenly take off after remaining the same for years. I have a few peonies like that, fingers crossed this Spring they will finally flower!!

Cheetarah said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love the vibrant colors! Here via the WCW inspiration posts :)

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Such a beautiful Card Darnell..Love the succulents..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies Challenge.. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

conil said...

Hurray! Happy Little Stampers loved your blossom card as much as I me...hate to say, "I told you so", but I kind of did.

Greta said...

Wow--another win! Congratulations, Darnell!