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June 1, 2017

Hearts and Furballs

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to the first day of June! I'm not going to waffle on about how that doesn't seem possible. As people more profound than me have often said, "It is what it is." Even when it defies the laws of space and time compendiums. Or something.

So what often happens during the month of June? 

Weddings! 

And what follows weddings, all thing going well? 

Anniversaries!
This card is a deviation from my new course of creating whereby I am trying to use mostly NBUS and make cards inspired by my talented bloggie friends. What happened was, Hammy has been away on his own hols up north when the Mister and I headed south. We had to send him off to his relatives because of the logicalities and rules on the Channel Islands, you understand. 

So anyway, he's missed a few posts and even though I told him how it's going to be, he forgot and started leafing through the challenges looking for ideas, like we used to do. He was very becited to find this photo challenge at Just Us Girls:
because he knew we had all the ingredients to make the cookie heart on the left. BUS items are the Nestabilities heart, the Memory Box flourish die, and the "congratulations" from Your Next Stamp. NBUS items are the YNS "on your anniversary" part of the sediment and the course glitter from Martha which I've had since ages ago. 

I'm also entering this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes.
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I was also going to enter my card above in the current Less Is More challenge, which is shimmer, but I thought my card might be a bit too-too for LIM, so I made another OLC with a lot more white space. Well, I mean, it's all white, innit, but I mean to say this one has more uncluttered white space.
It looks like I put the first card in the laundry and it shrunk, doesn't it?! 😄

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I'd like to say we are all back to normal, but now I've got a very jealous hamster on my hands due to our dog-sitting these two furballs this week:
Two absolute loves! That's Fire, a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver, on the left who owns our niece, Katherine, and Cisco, a Havanese on the right, who owns the Mister's sister. You've seen him here before, but this is the first time we've had the pleasure of Fire. 

Here we are ready to walk! (Sorry it's a little blurry. The pups were holding still, but the Mister was squirmy.)
Okay, I gotta go. Someone is sulking on top of his wheel and needs a little attention!

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75 comments:

Craft-E-Place said...

Two simply fabulous cards - I love white on white it is so elegant!
Elaine

Redanne said...

It does look like you put the first card in the laundry - lol, but it is equally as beautiful as the second card, I can just imagine how beautiful that shimmer looks in real life!

Wow, you are going to have a busy week, both dogs are gorgeous - I just love the face on the wee one, he is adorable. Mister will certainly get a lot of attention with that sling! We are off for a couple of days, on a little adventure, will write soon! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Anita in France said...

Sigh ... white on white, Darnell ... so elegant and chic ... these are both stunners! I did wonder (before reading on) what it was that came after weddings ... was half expecting a baby card (tee hee)! Kevin's sporting such a cute back pooch ... sorry, pouch ... must be fun taking these two visitors for a walk! Oh, love your wooden floor BTW ... yum, yum, gorgeous! LYAMYMAHYWTOTBW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Jane Willis said...

Oh, they are gorgeous! That applies to the cards AND the doggies
Jane

Stamps and Paper said...

Two overt heart cards Darnell....your two house guests look adorable

Anne

Esther said...

A pair of beauties, and the cards ain't bad either!!! ;-) Nah, tearing my eyes off those gorgeous dogs for a moment, your cards are STUNNING. Thew white-on-white look is so classy and elegant. I actually think your first card would have been fine as the white keeps such a clean feel, but having seen the adorable "shrunk" version I'm very happy you made both <3 Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

Julie B said...

WOW, a WOW CAS beauty and WOW large hearts stunner. Your holiday has certainly given your MoJo a boost!
Love the cute doggies too, Max didn't want to go for a walk first thing, he was obviously waiting for the heat of the day, well he is half Chihuahua. :)

!neke said...

Two great cards and two lovely dogs and one great husband !!!!

Enjoy June !!!!

Ineke X

Di said...

Two equally fabulous cards Darnell! Oh though, can't stop giggling at the pooch in the Mister's backpack/sling/purse! 😀

Hugs

Di xx

Gerrina said...

Your heartcards are so elegant and beautifully cas! And what a fun way of going walking with both the dogs :)! Have to go, busy week...Hugs, Gerrina

Sandra H said...

Ooooh so cute they both are and thats the dogs and also your cards Darnell are stunning as always sending lots of love xx

Carole said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell.....but of course I really love white on white! xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Both cards are so elegant.

I hope my two girls (Greyhounds), don't want me to carry them around in the sling thingy:) LOL

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Marilyn said...

Beautiful elegant cards!! Always love reading your stories!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful, beautiful anniversary cards Darnell...love the white on white! And how fun to sit for the two adorable furballs...they will definitely keep your week interesting! And just remind Hammy that they're only visiting...he'll get over it!! :0)

Izzy Scrap said...

Two stunning cards, Darnell ! For me, the first one already fits our challenge but it's a bonus for us to see a second one too ! They are both absolutely a delight for the eyes and perfectly match the JUG and LIM challenges ! Love the white on white look, it's the perfect combination for Weddings ! As always it's always a good moment to read your post and to have a laugh !Thanks so much for sharing all this and for playing along with us at Less is More ! Hugs x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell, two beautiful cards, I do love the simplicity of them.
Love your Furballs, they look adorable.
June is a month of a big happening for me, another year older!! boo hoo, oh well, that's life, take care, Kate x

Brenda in IN said...

Both card are gorgeous, the large and shrunken. I love how you used the flourish die and the font for the congratulations is one of my favorites. I'm not completely familiar with the rules of the Channel Islands but I will take your word for it since you always research those things for us. I'm sure Hammy enjoyed his holiday but is glad to be home. The dogs are so sweet. My neighbor has two Havanese and they are so adorable. Mister will be the center of attraction walking these two.

Lynette said...

I love both of your wonderful, white cards, Darnell! And the picture of the dogs ready for their walk:) Just give Hammy a little more attention and all will be well.

JoAnn said...

Both cards are beautiful. Love all the white goodness and those hearts are lovely.

Heidi Stamps said...

The cards are so bright and lovely, perfect for the occassions. The textured paper is wonderful.
Have fun with your borrowed puppies!

Pat said...

These heart designs are both gorgeous Darnell and the wow with just black for the sentiment is so elegant and pretty. The two little friends (well one little and one not so little) you are 'sitting' at the moment are really cute and I love the doggy papoose for Cisco, a great idea when his little legs get tired. x

Cara said...

Two absolutely stunning and elegant cards. Poor Hammy having his nose out of joint! Maybe you could get Hubby to wear a little hat when you go for walks and tie a little chair on the brim for Hammy!? Okay, I'll go and take my tablets and have a lie down....

conil said...

Oh yeah...weddings. I remember those and, clearly, you do too. Both these cards came out perfectly...it's obvious what inspired you and the representation you made of that cookie is really lovely. Small or large it stands out beautifully.
I'm sorry Hammy is sulking, though...any new introduction into a household can cause some rifts. But maybe he'll make friends with the rifts before they have to go home. I wouldn't count on it...

scrAPpamondo said...

WOW!!! So elegant and chic!!! Your CAS both wonderful! Great embossing and textures! Love expecially the first one with the biggest heart

Loll said...

Your white-on-white hearts are GORGEOUS, Dolly! The course glitter adds lots of texture and sparkle. Both are so fantastic, but you know I'm just crazy about card #2. :) It's CASalicious!

What fun having the two doggies this week. LOVE the doggie carrier. :) Lolly xx

Lisa said...

What stunning cards, Darnell! The texture looks amazing on the hearts!! I love the sparkle!! Absolutely stunning!! And what sweeties Fire and Cisco are!! So adorable!! I love the dog carrier!! I hope Hammy gets the extra attention he deserves ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love both versions of your anniversary cards. White on white is always so elegant looking and you certainly pulled off the CAS look in both I think. I grant you the second one is a bit more CAS with its more open look. And, I love the white linen card stock. That gives lots of texture to the cards.

Jean said...

Lovely cards!

Nancy said...

Love both of your cards Darnell! Especially the way you divided the heart! Fantastic job and love the fur babies too! It's always a pleasure having you in our gallery at Just Us Girls....Thanks for being with us!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. Both hearts are beautiful.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun inspired card with that added "fur" texture :) -- Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

ps - Thanks for the bday card too - you are so good!

Bonnie said...

Both of these cards are so elegant, Darnell! Hammy did a fine job leading you astray! I really love how you've decorated both hearts. I'm going to need to CASE you, my friend! Enjoy the pups! Hope your Mister doesn't get his back all agitated from backpacking a pooch.

Kathleen said...

Two hearts beat as one eh! so two beautiful heart creations, love the way you have done both half different, sparkle for the Lady and the fine lines for the male.
Cute little doggy and I would go walking more if someone wold carry me like that, must say that Fire looks very jealous.

Kath x

Christi Conley said...

I love white on white - your creations are so sweet and elegant <3

Fiki said...

very nice cards!
and those furbabys are so cute!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Two truly gorgeous cards and definite examples of less being so much more. Such an expanse of white would scare me (a similar effect when I see my stomach lol!)
The dawgies are soooo cute and the Mr has a fine set of pins.
Be good.
Ang x

Nonni said...

I love both of this, such fabulous work! Your comment about "shrinking" the first card design made me giggle. :) I love all the different textures and details. Your dog companions seem to be well behaving and totally cute too! Enjoy having them over! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

frommycraftroom said...

It certainly looks like a shrinkage problem! Love them both. Stunning cards.
I laughed when I saw Cisco in the sling, must really be a fur baby :) Have a fab time with your house guests.

Bunny said...

Pretty cards. Love white on white. I thought you were going to say babies came after the wedding.

Carol L said...

I too have been working on my stash of anniversary cards! It must be something in the air! I absolutely LOVE how you split the heart into 2 defined designs - what a cool look! Love those adorable fur babies too - lucky you :)

Lisa Elton said...

I like both versions Darnell!! The original and the shrunken version, darn dryer!! How fun to be pup sitting, they're a couple of cuties!!

TK said...

Fab, fab, fabulous! Love both these beauties! The furballs are pretty great too!

Cheryl W. said...

Very pretty white-on-whites, Darnell. Great design for weddings and anniversaries. Looks like you've got a veritable zoo at your house! I happen to have my daughter's three cats and two hamsters at my house, too. Plus my daughter, her husband and three grands. Talk about zoo! The hamsters aren't much help in the crafting department. I've asked and asked, and they just ignore me. Go figure.

Greta said...

Oh how I love the puppy dog pictures--thanks for sharing them, Darnell! Your cards are stunningly beautiful! I never would have thought to use the MB flourish that way--& in fact, I almost never use it, so thanks for the inspiration!

Maxine D said...

Love how you shrunk the first card to make the second, Darnell!! They are both so fabutastic! Soooo good to hear Hammy is back with you, albeit a bit green eyed with the other fur-babies in residence. I do love how Cisco goes for his walk :-).
Blessings
Maxine

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, I love the whole WOW design, absolutely stunners! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Luv
Lols x x x

Brenda said...

Wow, both of these cards are just beautiful Auntie!!! I love the clean look of them both. That flourish is so pretty on the heart and I love the glitter! I don't know where these weeks go and just said that it will be Christmas before we know it. lol The year is zooming by that is for sure. I love the dogs!!! Fire is just beautiful!!! Cisco looks like a sweetie pie and how cute is the Mister really to walk the dogs?!!! lol I love how Cisco looks like a baby in the pouch. Too cute!! Hugs, Brenda

Em Louise Fairley said...

Adorable! The cards and pups. Grin.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Love your heart cards, and thanks oodles for the furry smiles! Love the Mister's back sling!

Ramohth aka Cardiac aka Jill said...

Gorgeous cards - love the way you've shrunk the second one. Now to see if my Mister can fit one of our 35kg Ridgebacks in a sling ... that would be a sight to see!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous elegant Wedding cards, the compliment the photo so well. Both versions are fantastic. The fur babies look sweet, have fun ! Hugs xxx

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! Love visiting your blog, you always make me smile - you have many gifts my dear! Like the gifts of making people happy and of creating stunning cards!!!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous CAS Anniversary cards, Darnell. Love them both my friend. Hugs to you, The Mister, Hammy and your 4 legged critters.

Leslie Miller said...

As always, I giggled right through this! Your shrunken card is as beautiful as the first (unwashed?), and I'm in love with the critters!

Cat Craig said...

Love both cards Darnell and congrats on the win at Jugs! Thanks too for the pics of the fur babies and the mister with the carrying bag!

Patti said...

WOW! fantastic cards friend!! I really love your takes on the lovely inspiration photo!!

Cute pics of the pups and an ingenious backpack for the Mister! : )

Patti

Sarah said...

Two great cards and two cute pooches!! xx

Carol H. said...

Two beautiful cards!! Love the white on white! Have fun with the cute pups!!!! Hugs!!

Linda Harris said...

Two stunning cards Darnell. Those fur babies look adorable and no doubt keeping you company as well as keeping you busy with their walks. Have a wonderful weekend x

Cris G said...

Two very elegant cards, Darnell... and so appropriate for the occasion! LOVE the coarse (almost got me on this one :)) glitter you used, I'm sure it looks fabulous in real life!
Cisco is adorable!!!
Have a great weekend!

P.S. - In June there are also Festas de Lisboa with lots of meeting with friends, sardines, and dancing - Marchas Populares. June 10th we also celebrate Dia de Portugal.
This is one of my favorite months, always so fun and happy!

Sharron said...

So gorgeous! There's nothing quite as clean and crisp as white on white! Enjoy the fur babies. You're lucky to have such adorable guests!

Geri said...

Clean and simply elegant!!! The texture is DIVINE!!! Love them both but have a wee crush on the second card cuz it DEFINES CAS!!!

Awesome post, awesome cards, awesome puppies!

sandie said...

I love this CAS perfection in my eyes! What I really like is the difference of texture, just stunning my friend x

Kathyk said...

Loving the white on white cards, they always look so classy.

Neato pix of the furballs and the mister

Have a great weekend

Kathyk

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, I am in love with your elegant white-on-white cards and I am totally pinning them for a future need! Love both, the original as well as the shrunken version!
It seems like there is never a dull moment in your house, now with these cute puppies! Enjoy!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Great cards! First very elegant, perfect for the wedding anniversary. The second card I love for 100% CAS. Wonderful, you kept you convention CAS, while smuggling everything that was contained in the first card. Two different cards, and I have the impression that it is the twin cards.
Hugs, have a nice Sundayy.
BożenA

Nora N. said...

The dog in that carrier on your dh is too funny!!! Love your pretty cards with the monochromatic white. The way you created the hearts is fantastic with that glitter. White on white is a favorite of mine. I think sometimes you just cannot use mostly NBUS. Then all your other stuff won't feel loved!!

Craftychris said...

Both cards are beautiful! I bet you had great fun looking after those gorgeous doggies, even though Hammy was sulking! The photo of the mister and the doggies is so funny with the little one in the carrier! Love it! xxx

Bobby said...

Congrats on your win with this absolutely gorgeous anniversary card, Darnell. Just don't leave it laying around where Hammy can try to take a bite out of it. ;)

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards!

conil said...

Hate to say I told hou so but I did say this was a winner. Muse obviously thought so, too. Congratulations.

cm said...

WOW! Two gorgeous shimmery heart cards, my friend, for those fortunate to have happily ever afters! Your house guests are adorable! How beautiful is Fire; how cuddly-furry sweet, Cisco! And the photo of the Mister...oh gosh! I. Can't. Even. Hahahahahah...he's such a good sport!
Hugs and love~c

shirley-bee said...

Hellooooo, it's me! I've been working my way backwards through your posts to see all the lovely cards (and words of wisdom) I've missed, and enjoying each one, but those doggies have stopped me in my tracks - and the sling! Awww :)

Love the cards too, especially the ultra-CAS version. I think I'll have to CASE that :)

Lisa Tilson said...

Two very pretty cards, and I love the shrunken second one as much as the first. I am so bad at white space, so I admire anyone that can make such pretty cards with so much white - it's a real skill! Love that little hammock thing the Mister has on his back - how clever! Hugs, Lisa x