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!

August 28, 2017

Seasonal Wishes

Hello Sweet Stamplings!

Isn't it a beautiful Monday, so fresh and unblemished? Seems like ages since I posted on a Monday and said those words, but I had to slip in today to play in a coupla three challenges before it's too late.

In my last post I segwayed from summer to fall and today I'm fast-forwarding straight into winter. I know that's not how you spell segue, but it's how I spell it because to me segue seems like it would be pronounced like league. 

Anywiddle, listen, if I don't start making some Christmas cards, I'll be sending out blank white cards with a note inside! Eeks!

So here you go.
These cute glittery candy canes have been in my stash for ages. You can't tell from the photo, but they are actually flattened so the card can be mailed without too much difficulty. The Zig Zag border die is from Lawn Fawn and the NBUS sediment is from MFT.

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This NBUS "Candy Cane Gift" die is from Poppystamps. They were cut from some old glossy cream-colored card stock, held down by a single brad. The one on the left is an upside down version of the one on the right. The metallic elements are ancient from SU.

These cards both came about because of the brief from Less Is More, which is to "use a real object" on your cards. Well, geez Louise, that opened up a drawer of ancient relics from the last century that hadn't seen the light of day in a long time! So many cute things I have! Why have we forgotten about them? Now we just want to play with everything in there!


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And now, just to keep you on your toes, lets reverse gears all the way back to springtime for all my friends down under!
When I saw the sweet metallic leaf, I immediately thought of a couple of other challenges. The little doodled flower is NBUS from MFT, which I painted on a creamy card in the pink, yellow, and green colors of the photo inspiration from Just Us Girls. I loaded my paint brush and splattered the background in the same pink and yellow colors. The sweet sediment doesn't list a company on the side, but this is printed: "©1992 Annette Allen Watkins."

Here's a closeup of the pretty metal leaf:
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90 comments:

Aquarius said...

Great candy cane cards and the floral one is pretty - I reckon we must all have loads of usable little items which have been lurking for years just waiting to be shown the light of day. Can be quite exciting rediscovering them!!

Marina said...

Three lovely cards, beautifully designed. You could stick out your tonguie and lick those candy canes! I really love the way you've placed that metal leaf, and all the splatters look great. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges.

Jane Willis said...

Three gorgeous cards Darnell. Those candy canes don't look at all squished, they give the appearance of being perfectly rounded
Jane

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your candy cane cards Darnell your leaf goes perfect your your pretty flower...it amazing what we have hidden away in our stash

Anne

Karen Knott said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, love the yummy looking candy canes on the first one and the elegance of the die cut canes on the second. Your floral card is so pretty and i love the sentiment :)
Hugs Kaz xx

Ruth said...

Oh gosh! Love those ancient relics. It's why we keep all this stuff. It has been a glorious weekend but I got a start on my Christmas cards a little so I don't feel too under pressure. I love that old sentiment. It's 25 years old which is quite a scary thought! It's a Bank Holiday here in the U.K. so we are off to do some nice family stuff! Xx

Anna Uhras said...

Ohh!! Darnell, I love your beautiful flower!! Also I like your soft ink splattering at the background. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CASology! Anna xo

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three beauties here Darnell, those candy canes on the top card look so real.

Sue xx

Kathyk said...

What a fantastic array of makes today - loving your candy canes!

Ah, the anomalies of the English language!! I'm with you about segway!

Happy Monday matey

Kathyk

Sarah said...

A tremendous trio!! The candy canes ( real and die cut) are so cute and I love a good splatter!! xx

Lynn said...

I was in a Christmas mood this weekend too. Your candy canes are fabulous. Love how the first set looks three dimensional! Beautiful creations as always Darnell!

Nonni said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! I especially love the clean, neat look of your first card, those candy canes look so yummy! Your flower card looks very cute and artsy, adding the splatters gave lots of detail and what a fun idea to use that metallic leaf! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More and Inspirational!

Sue said...

Darnell, We have a beautiful day here with temps rising fast. Very unusual for a Bank Holiday weekend. The beach will be busy again.

Nice Christmas cards, but I really like the other one. the leave is beautiful.

You take care.
Sue

Marga said...

Lovely cards. I have to start thinking about Christmas as well. Great inspiration.
Marga

Julie B said...

Well done with the LIM challenge, it certainly made me hunt through dark forgotten corners of my stash!
I also ended up sorting through my old stamps but I was ahead of the challenge from Ink. Sure there will be another opportunity. ;)

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

mylittlecraftblog said...

Your Christmas cards are sweet! Thanks for using our sketch as inspiration.

Evelyn, Stick it Down design team
https://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

ps - if you do go for the blank white card, you can always sell them as polar bears in a snowstorm! :)

oldpunca said...

I've made this year a lot of Christmas cards, but not the single one for myself. I have to start immediately like you did. :-)
Both of cany cane cards are fantastic. CAS and cute. :-) As I like it too.
Also your third card is fabulous. Wonderful idea of using golden leaf. :-)
Have a nice week!
Hugs,
Sonja

Ros Crawford said...

Well you're bright and chirpy this morning, but then you always are, that's why I love visiting. Fabulous cards and I probably have a stack of things like that hidden away somewhere... One day I'm going to sort the whole lot... Well, no, I tend to do things little by little and take years...That's me! Have a spectacular day mwah!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning cards, Darnell. I've not started mine yet, but my dies have arrived so will have a plat ahead of the next NBUS challenge here.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Colleen said...

All those cards are just adorable. I really love the candy cane one they look so real. Thanks for playing along with us at Stick it Down.

Colleen--DT for SID
http://scrappingranny-colleen.blogspot.com/

Bunny said...

Love the cards. The first one actually looks like you could take a bite out of it. Delicious. Love that zig zag border, too. [Bunny]

Redanne said...

What a lovely mix of cards today! I really love the candy cane one with the little metal adornment and the Spring flower is just so pretty! Like you, if I don't get a wiggle on, I will be sending out blank cards too - I wonder if I could get away with calling them CAS cards - lol! Hope you are having a good Monday! Hugs, Annie xxx

Brenda in IN said...

Those candy canes on the first card look so real I can taste them. I love the bright contrast on the second card and love that leaf on the last card. Three great, fun cards. I've been going through my stash for something for Less is More. What I want to use is so big I'm not sure it will work but may try anyway.

KandA said...

Hi Darnell and a very happy Monday to you too. What a fabulous selection of cards, those candy canes are super and I love your spring flower with that wonderful sentiment.... so thank you for your wishes because it's bright with sunshine and warm here today and I'm loving my ice cream that's dripping all over the keyboard as I type, oops! Have a great week xx

Cara said...

Three fabulous cards, but loving those candy canes on the first card, so realistic. Have a great week x

scrAPpamondo said...

Two pretty Christmas cards with those candy canes and love the sweet one with the metal leaf, stunning!

Jacquie Southas said...

I need to get thinking about Christmas cards, too, Darnell. Love the dimension of these! Your bud is sweet & the splatter background perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Greta said...

You were on a roll, my friend! Love all your cards! The candy canes (both kinds) are so fun for holiday cards & love the metal frame & use of brads! The flower card is just beautiful--have had my eye on that stamp!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Darnell, you're such a hoot to visit. Love the cards you've posted for all the challenges but the 3-D candy canes for the Watercooler is such a fun card. Thanks for digging through the relics and participating in our challenge. Great cards.

Izzy Scrap said...

Three lovely cards Darnell ! I especially love the one you made for our challenge ! At first sight I thought they were real candy canes (it would have been simpler to stick them on the card, just a simple lick and that's it !). It's a great take on our challenge and I love the fabulous CAS look of it ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

Sandra H said...

Awww what a lovely selection of cards and those candi canes are amazing really 3d effect is one of my favourites and to think they can be flattened while posted so talented you are as always Darnell sending lots of love x

conil said...

Well you certainly have been working from your stash...all those little elements that we immediately forget about when there comes a new release. I've got a ton, too. There is something about a card with candy canes that just delights me...probably because it's food. But both of these are so festive & fun...charming.
Thinking of the folks down under is such a sweeet thing to do...I often forget that their season's are the reverse of ours. Can't imagine being in a bikini for summer Christmas, can you? (Or any time, for that matter.) That little leaf makes your "bud" card very special.

Sharon said...

Oh My! I knew I was in for a treat when I saw your card in our gallery Darnell, and you certainly haven't disappointed. Those squashed candy canes are perfect! (a squashed candy cane tastes nicer than a rounded one, doesn't it? more loved, eh?). All 3 cards are super designs and that little leaf is so pretty too. Love the spring card for the people down under - it's brilliant. Thanks so much for popping those squished candy canes into us at Less is More though xx

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, that NBUS... so much of it and, yes, why don't we use it up? Because we have too much of it, that's why! But I love it all! Your candy canes look very dimensional, probably because of all that beautiful sunshine in the photo. Both candy cane cards are so cute. I do think candy canes make the cheeriest Christmas cards. So why don't I have candy cane stamps? Hmmmm... I also love the look of doodled flowers, or doodled anything. Pretty metallic leaf and nice sentiment!

cuilliesocks said...

Three wonderful cards Darnell, love the candy canes on your first one and the die on the second. Your floral card is so pretty, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x

Trina P. said...

Wow, Darnell. A trio of fabulous creations. Brilliant take on our challenge. Love the candy canes and the fact that you flattenfhed the to make it mailable. Your metal leaf is stunning. You should really amend your post and enter that one in Tuesday ThrowdownAdd Metal, which closes in 4 hrs. Thank you for joining us 'this week at Less is More. 😊 Trina xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Your candy canes are so fun Darnell, I guess we will be thinking about Christmas before too long though. Like your metallic leaf and splattered background too!

Berina RGA said...

Such pretty cards Darnell!! Love both the candy cane cards. The metallic leaf is lovely. Thanks for the reminder. I have to start working on my Christmas cards as well.

Barb said...

Three lovely cards Darnell and the candy canes look real. I love the little leaf too. I think we've all got lots of bits and pieces that have been hiding for years. Barbxx

Anita in France said...

Gosh, you and Hammy have been busy, Darnell ... exploring your stash sure paid off with this trio of deliciousness! Cute candy canes ... that first one in particular looks all pick-off-the-card-able, so much dimension, such tempting fare! Love that doodlie little bloom with all the delicate splatter ... and what a wonderful sentiment. 1992 ... goodness, don't think card making was even a sparkle in my eye at that time!! LYAMYBLMAGTSYOASM! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Your card as usual are all excellent, and so beautifully created and designed.
Candy Canes mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I love to eat those they are so peperminty.
Love nad big crafty hugs from me to you. Jenny L.

laurie said...

Great cards Darnell! Love the candy canes...wow that one looks SO real...looks like I could reach out and nab one! yum!

Rachelle Olaridge said...

What a fantastic card. Love the details and digi. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. Happy Crafting!

Kathleen said...

Two great Christmas cards with lovely images.
Love the gold leaf card, the leaf is really gorgeous and a pretty little flower.

Kath x

Liz said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell, beautifully designed as always.

Great weather here as well this weekend - long may it last!! xx

scrappymo! said...

Hi there!

What fabulous cards you have made. I feel so lazy now, in comparison...

The two Christmas cards have a special place in my heart (due to my last name.
I always try to include Candy Canes in my Christmas decorating. This year the girls want to make some that have burlap/hessian strips wrapped round them. Perfect for the porch garlands and wreath.
Your Spring card is so pretty as well. Love that sweet leaf charm.

Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

Julia Aston said...

It's a beautiful day here on the other coast today too Sis! A little coolish but bright sunshine! Love your cards - can't believe those first candy canes aren't sticking out a mile! SO dimensional! and the die cut ones are lovely on the red! What a wonderful little metal life on you stem too! Hope you have a great rest of the day! Julia xx

Bonnie said...

Lots of fun goodies in this post, Dolly! The candy canes look like the real thing! Love, love, love that tiny leaf with the sweet flower!

Pat said...

Three wonderful cards Darnell, and the candy canes are gorgeous, especially the first as I particularly love the red with the green on that gorgeous red card and what a great matching sentiment, and then the sweet die cut ones with the cream metal sentiment frame, and what a beautifully bright red. The sweet single flower is complemented so prettily by that metallic leaf and another sentiment which goes perfectly. All the embellishments are fabulous. x

Donna said...

Fabulous candy cane cards, the first one looks like real candy canes and your floral card is beautiful like the metallic leaf.

Mac Mable said...

What a treat with your three gorgeous cards. Love candy cane cards and the ever so pretty third one. A lovely treat for us today, thank you x

Carol L said...

You've been busy and must have had a touch of candy cane brain while you made those cards! They're yummy and fun, and I like the spring card too! Have fun!

Lisa Elton said...

Marvelous cards Darnell! I remember liking the green and white spearmint candy canes when was a little girl. Your version is pretty!
I need to get moving on my Christmas cards too. I'm SO FAR behind!

LesleyG said...

Love your candy cane designs, and what a clever way to use that pretty leaf! I didn't know how to spell it anyway, and your way is far more sensible :) xxx

Fiona said...

Great cards - those candy canes do look so real - thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week

Gerrina said...

Okay; I'm totally not ready for x-mascards...so enjoying that it is warm and sunny here!
So your flowercard is my favo and I love how you did the leaf and the bit grungy look...it is super! Hugs, Gerrina

sandie said...

Good in you to get the Xmas cards done and beauties at that. Well your card for Ink is a CAS wonder! I do love the gold splatters in the background and that wonderful gold leaf. Thanks for joining Ink

HJ said...

All the cards are adorable and fit so many challenges. It's great you spread your creativity around so many groups. The gold leaf is very cleverly placed on the stem of the pretty flower. Love all of these cards. Enjoy your day, Darnell.

Bobby said...

Those candy canes look good enough to eat, Darnell. The first ones, not the second. ;) We do have drawers full of stuff don't we. I cleaned one of mine out a while ago and got rid of all the stickers I used to use on my cards. Now I need to clean out my leftover drawer. My style has changed over the years and I'll never use some of that stuff.

Sheila H said...

What a wonderful card trio, Darnell. The candy canes on the first card look so real. I love the die cut ones. I love the flower and the splatter. I've gone some doodads that have been hanging around forever. You make me want to put some to use.

Susan said...

Three fabulous cards! Love that red and gold candy cane one (and you used up some brads - something I still have a whole box of!). I need to check out my old stuff one of these days. The pretty flower one is so lovely with that bit of spray in the background. Ahh - Christmas cards - I am so far behind....

JoAnn said...

Wow, those candy canes look real. Love all your cards.

Marlena M. said...

Yay for Christmas cards Darnell!!! Lovely trio of cards~

Fiki said...

Wonderful cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

You certainly have made some gorgeous cards there. I love the two versions using the candy canes especially. I am in a Christmas mode now.

Barb Ghig said...

You sure know how to brighten our day, Darnell ~ Your cards are fabulous! I love all the dimension on the first card with your candy canes, and how you reached into your drawer of ancient relics to find that cool metallic element on your 2nd card...Love it! Thanks for sharing all of your beauties with us...I know the girls down under will appreciate your lovely springtime wish, too!

mamapez5 said...

Cute candy canes. they looked really dimensional to me and was wondering about posting, but as you say they are flat then there is no problem. I like the Spring time card too, especially the sentiment. Kate x

Colleen said...

Wait, when did you have time to make all these gorgeous cards? We talked for 2 hours and 29 minutes...LOL!! I see a candy cane theme here, friend! Love your leaf, perfect for that little stem and flower! We are under smoke today, hot and muggy with lots of smoke from fires, good day to be inside and play! friend is gone, now trying to get reorganized! Maybe I need to continue to work on my Christmas Evernote *wink *wink!!
I think we could be the three stooges, what do you think? It was great fun having you visit in my craft studio, we will have to do it again, for sure, loved talking with you!!
Heart Hugs, col

frommycraftroom said...

Such great cards. I thought the candy canes were real! Of course you aren't posting real ones. Thanks for the thought of spring down under - a dark dreary day here in Melbourne - so looking forward to some sunshine.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous trio of cards, Darnell, and so much "real stuff" used!! I'm with you - why does this stuff sit in the stash? Great to see you using it!!

Christine Alexander said...

Hey, Darnell you are really getting me in the Christmas spirit with those cute candy canes. awesome cards :)

Lisa Tilson said...

Hee hee...ancient items. I wonder how many of us are nodding our heads furiously at that! Two Christmas cards is good! I am trying to do a couple a week, its been hard to get started as I don't want to think about Christmas. Last year it felt like I was doing Christmas cards all year and I didnt want to do that agin. So now I am behind!!!! I have been making use of precoloured images from a previous colouring challenge which helps a lot. I could have sworn your candy canes were 3D they really don't look flat at all. And the die cut canes are very sweet. Hugs, Lisa xx

Diane said...

Fabulous cards and use of your 'stuff'..it is fun to pull some of it out and use isn't it?...I need to do the same!! Have a great day!
Diane {Nellies Nest}

Swissie said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! Thank you for commenting my card and to become a new follower!
I've joined your blog too.
Hugs, Liv (Swissie)

Lori said...

Your cards are always so cute! Love your take on our sketch! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stick It Down! -Lori DT

Carol H. said...

I just love your cards! Especially the first one--I thought those candy canes looked like you can pluck them off and eat them!! Hugs!!

Andrea said...

Goodnesss Darnell you have been busy and great using stash not seen for some time I'm still in holiday currently Teton national park leave tomorrow with a few days in Yellowstone then back home Sunday sorry not been in touch have been in USA 3 weeks saw eclipse at madras was awesome having a great time and not wanting to go home today I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet loving the candy canes look great crafty hugs Andrea xxx

Janice said...

I love your candy cane card, they look so real! You have met the LIM challenge perfectly.
Janice x

Marianne said...

Delightful cards, Darnell
Marianne x

OH Babs said...

My goodness you have been busy. Those new vitamins are really working. You must be feeling good. Love all your recent posts and all the cards are so clever. Stay cool. B

Viv said...

As always Dee some fab cards here again my lovely friend. So inspiring whenever I visit your amazing blog! Enjoy your weekend ;) hugs Viv xx

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. Those first candy canes look so 3d in your photograph. Glad you came back around to spring...not ready for winter yet.

linda said...

oh, i love candy canes and these look yummy! fabulous and festive christmas cards! thank you so much for playing along with us at the rudolph days challenge!
linda
rudolph days challenge DT

Craftychris said...

Such sweet candy cane cards and the floral one is beautiful! Glorious splatter and the leaf is a dream! xxx

Cathy P. said...

Don't you just love it when you use things from your stash?!?! Your candy cane card is adorable! At first I wondered if you had glued real candy canes onto the card!! Glad to hear they were flat or it could have been a mess after the USPS got a hold of it!! Thanks for playing with our August Stick It Down challenge, Darnell. Love your take on the sketch! Hugs, Cathy

Nora N. said...

I did a double take on your first card. I thought those were REAL candy canes!! They are so cool!! Love your second card with the red and white card scheme and the third card with that cool leaf and the fabulous sentiment? Amazing!! You are rocking all these challenges!!

shirley-bee said...

What a result, to use stash out of the depths of the 'bits' drawer (and let's face it, we've all got bits in our drawers) and create some fabulous cards with them. The candy cane on the first card is so realistic!

cm said...

Eye candy! Love your candy canes, especially the oh-so-realistic ones on your first card. I have some stickers/embellies stored away in my collection, too...need to do a rummage and create episode at some point soon. Thank you for the incentive. Your flower is wonderfully delightful; how darling the little leaf...
Hugs and love~c

Karenladd said...

The candy canes on your first card looked so real that I took a big bite out of my computer screen before I realized they weren't. Oh so disappointing...
Clever you to attach those intricate candy cane dies with a single brad, skipping all the teeny weeny gluing and cursing. Looks like you got a head start on your Christmas cards already, which is always a good thing.