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November 8, 2017

All That Glittery Gold

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope your week is going well! You'll be happy to know that I've spent the last three days doing online research and even offline research (remember libraries?) to find out which department handles how many days there are in the month of November. 

What happened was Hammy and I have NOT been kanuckling down like we promised. In fact, we've been fiffing and faffing (we hope those aren't dirty words somewhere cuz that's happened before on this blog) and now we find ourselves short of time.

So. We knew it was too much to ask for another month to be inserted between November and December, although that's really what we need. Instead, we started a petition to add just one day. After all, most of the other months have 31 days, so it's not like it's a big deal. It's not like stars and moons and ocean currents and things have to be involved. Or do they?

Well, anyway, that's what's been happening. If you'd like to sign the petition, please let me know. All signatures need to be received at the Post Office address by yesterday at 4:30. Thank you!

Now, how about some shiny gold, so shiny it will blow your spectators right off your face!
I have kept this one last sheet of this gorgeous gold-embossed vellum paper in my stash waiting for the right design. Recently, I was at Mike's and I found this sweet set of pine cone and holly stamps from Inkadinkado and shazambam! The sediment from PTI is stamped in Brilliance galaxy gold and the little pine cone and evergreen stamp was embossed in glitter gold.

Here's another view of the shine, which is hard to capture.
Challenges
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I was also going to enter the above card in the CAS Mix-Up November Challenge, but then I realized, can I though? Where is the white space required to make a card CAS (clean and simple)?

So I made this second card using the little piece of vellum that I cut off the original 6x6 paper. I stamped and glittered and die-cutted and heat-embossed.
I forgot to tell you that I ran the galaxy gold ink pad all around the deckled edges of the die cut panels to add even more shiny gold. You know, because there wasn't enough. That's my last sheet of pine cone vellum, but I do have other sheets with stripes and dots and chevrons, so I'll be making more of these in both gold and silver.
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Real quick. The other day I posted a pretty card for the We Love You Dawn hop. Here is another card I made for Dawn, this time using one of the fabulous sets she has designed. Dawn is all about bold colors and flowers and the Hop is filled with magnificent bouquets for Dawn! Leave it to me, I went simpler and less colorful because I've always loved this sweet little "Whale Wishes" set she designed back in 2011! To me it's a classic that will never go out of style!
The whale and sediment and little hearts and drops are all from Dawn's set. The blue waves were cut from a NBUS "Breezy Waves" die by Memory Box. After wards, I ran it through the BS using a Cuttlebug e/f. I think it's called "Branches," but it does a good job impersonating waves.

I hope your recovery is moving forward smoothly, Dawn!

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79 comments:

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

beautiful cards :) i love those deckled edges
hugs
preeti

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Oh, wow~that is a beautiful piece of vellum and you showed it off beautifully! Gold is so classy, like Hammy.
Your sweet whale can really swim with those unusual but cool waves! Nice twofer!!

Craft-E-Place said...

Wow and wow! I love your gold cards. They are beautiful and elegant - like your heart!
Thank you for the fabulous card you sent to me ... I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.
Elaine

Jane Willis said...

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without lots of gold shiny stuff, these cards have it in buckletloads. Gorgeous. As for the cute Get Whale card, he is so sweet - and I think I've just invented a new sediment....
Jane

Redanne said...

All that glittery gold is just beautiful... I LOVE that embossed vellum, it looks so elegant and rich on both of your gorgeous cards!

The whale is fabulous and I love how you created the waves and underwater scene - very clever and oh so delightful! Hugs, Annie xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Darnell I just love that gorgeous Gold embossed vellum its really bring a touch of elegance to your cards and loving your cute sweet whale card

Anne

Kath said...

Fabulous cards - I love the gold pine cones on your Christmas cards.

Thanks too for your comments about the doormat outside our campervan - we do get some funny looks but I'm not sure if that's because of the doormat or us!
Kath x

Wen Green said...

Libraries??? what's that?? Lol :) I love your shiny goldie cheerful beautiful cards Darnell! Such a good idea to do the gold on vellum, it looks so chic! I really should start making Christmas cards. Another month added, yes please! Can I vote for more hours in a day too? The whale card is so sweet and heartwarming. Wishing you a looooong great day! xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the elegant cards and the whale one.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Valerija said...

Awesome! Beautiful cards.
Valerija xx

Ros Crawford said...

What sparkle!! Oh your cards are stunning! And that little whale is adorable on your arsty BG... Thank you so much for your kind wishes... Thinking of you my friend!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic cards
so sparcle
love all hugs Tamara

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous cards!!

Bunny said...

You're blog is full on shiny goodness. Love the gold embossing.I had a whale of a good time reading it. I was looking at the whale and I thought it would have been great if it had said "whale wishes". Ha Ha! Okay, I'm sure Hammy laughed. [Bunny]

Jeanne said...

Wow, that vellum is so pretty! Great way to use it up, Darnell. The gold makes everything even more beautiful. Your card for Dawn is very sweet! I'm sure she will be touched by your thoughtfulness. Hugs!

Carol L said...

These are just lovely with the deckled edges and gold embossing! Loving the whale card for Dawn too, and I am SO sorry I missed the deadline for signing your petition! I need to get my radar tuned up so I can see your posts well in advance next time to avoid missing another deadline! ROFLMAO!

Craftychris said...

Ooh, just getting my specs which were blown away by the dazzling gold! Right, I can see again now! Love both the gold cards - absolutely dazzling! The vellum is beautiful and goes brilliantly with the stamped image. Dawn's card is beautiful too - I absolutely adore that whale and your embossed background is perfect! Hugs xxxxxxxx

Marilyn said...

Fab cards Darnell! Love the cute whale and how your embossing reminds me of water.
The pine cone ones are gorgeous as well and the embossing is so pretty. Wish I could see the vellum one in person because I don't think the picture does it justice... those are so hard to get a good photo of but it is a stunning card.

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, first of all thank you for make me smile. :-) I really enjoy reading your posts. I have signed petition for the additional month between November and December. The post office is the reason that you didn't receive it Yesterday. :-)
You've prepared wonderful cards. Love them all, but my heart goes to the little whale.
Hugs,
Sonja

Pat said...

I would just never want to send either of these beautiful vellum creations to anyone as they are too gorgeous to give away Darnell. I adore the deckle edged mats and the pretty pine branch and cone stamp too, the perfect combination of gold and white. The new card for Dawn is adorable and such fun with the inset die cut waves with the embossed ones and love the sweet little hearts and splashes. I could definitely do with some extra days this month as I am well behind with my Christmas cards so add my name to the petition...lol. x

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab, Fab, Fab! Gorgeous gold (my new dress for the BIG presentation is gold too!!! Pics at the end of the month!). Hoping all is well with you Darnell. x

Cat Craig said...

Oh Darnell, I am swooning over your gold creations. SO elegant and festive. Gorgeous!

Marjeta said...

WOW! Super elegant card. Love this gold and white combination.

cm said...

Midas himself would be in awe (and envy!) at your stunning gold cards! A happy find over at Mike's with the pine cone and holly stamps (Mike's here don't have much by way of stamp selections...); perfect companions for that ah-mazing vellum. Cheering your keen eye for seeing the promise in the pairing! Your card for Dawn is whale-y, whale-y sweet! Adorable, heart-warming and spirit lifting! An extra month between Nov-Dec...yes PLEASE!! On the card-making treadmill (not getting where I need to be! ACK!)
Hugs and love~c

stampwithsandy said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Darnell! I love all the gold shine. Yes I will sign the petition for the extra day, it should be called National Catch Up Day! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Players and regards to Hammy!

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, I'm so sad that your asking haven't had a positive answer!! I really need some days- oh, well, some MONTH!! LOL :D - between November and December!!
Anyway, you and hammy are using the little time so well, both these cards are FABULOUS! Amazing elegant design and shining for the first one, and LOVE the bold colors and the cute&fun whale!! Fabulous both the embossing (heat and cold),too!!
You always rock! :)

Sandra H said...

Ooh wow Darnell you have really excelled yourself here your cards as always are gorgeous l just love the leaf patterns and looks stunning in gold ........l am well behind with my cards l could do with extra days myself sending lots of love x

Carole said...

Stunning card...what beautiful vellum!...and a clever second card with Mr Whale and the waves!xx

conil said...

My eyes, my eyes...so much shiny, rich, glorious gold. Can barely see the card for the glow of it (kidding). If I were you right now, I'd be mourning the loss of that amazing paper but delighted with the results of it's use and your efforts. Both cards are super gorgeous and I think I spotted a winner, AGAIN.

Leslie Miller said...

I'll sign that petition! Ohhhhh, your gold sprigged vellum cards are spectacular! Here it comes... WOW! I absolutely adore your card for Dawn, too. It's super sweet for "get well". I'm working away at Christmas cards... at a snail's pace. Better luck to you!

AlisonC said...

I'd certainly sign up for another month but could we have it in spring please? or summer at least. Would that also mean we didn't get as old so quickly?
The gold, white and vellum is beautifully delicate and the gold on the deckling is the perfect touch.
Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown.

shirley-bee said...

That's the thing with gorgeous vellum, it's just so hard to part with. Well done you for parting with it in the most spectacular way. Your card for Dawn is so sweet, and the branches look great as waves :)
I'll sign that petition yesterday ;)

Jean said...

A stunning card! I like the idea of another month!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your gold cards are so elegant and beautiful. That is some shine all right. And, I love the whale card too. That is so cute and a fun design as well.

Julia Dunnit said...

Happy to sign the petition...could you get them to stretch it to a week?!! Beautiful shiny gold, my word I haven't had any lovely vellum like that in my mitts for years. It looks marvellous, lovely grown up cards!

I Card Everyone said...

I, for one, am so sad about that being the last... it is truly beautiful, Darnell... almost as beautiful as my birthday card - ALMOST! LOve them all! xx
=]

Linda said...

Such beautiful cards with the gold. Very elegant.

Tina Z. said...

ooh, I love gold cards, they are really impressive!
hugs xx

JoAnn said...

Love all that glittery gold, so pretty.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell,
I think that both of these cards will meet the rules of participation in the CAS Mix Up Card. What a splendor! I love both projects with gilded vellum. And the third card impressed me with your creativity. I love how you made waves :-) You are a genius!
Hugs from Poland,
BożenA

Bonnie said...

This embossed vellum is worthy of Midas, my friend! Both cards are so elegant! I'm loving the glittery embossing that goes with it! And your little whale is so sweet! Great job on doing the waves with branches! Who would know?

Kathleen said...

They are all just fabulous Darnell, love all the gold, looks very classy and the whale card is just a brilliant design.

Kath x

Donna said...

Your golden glittery cards ate stunning and the whale is adorable! I will sign that petition, that is an awesome idea, that day would be spent making Christmas cards!!!!

Bonnie said...

And thanks for especially making another card for CAS Mix Up! So nice to see you in the gallery!

Susan said...

What a wonderful richness of gold - it's making me sparkle all over! The glitteriness is perfect for CAS Mix Up - thanks so much for joining us!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three stunning cards Darnell especially the first one.

Sue xx

Christine said...

Hi Darnell,
It is a busy time at school right now, so I am placating my crafting desire with a look at others' creations. Your gold and white card is stunning. I vote for tow 29ths in November because that's my birthday...oh, wait, I don't want to age that fast. Time is always short around the holidays. Enjoy yourself when you can and let the rest slide. :) Thanks for the crafting inspiration and a healthy dose of giggles.

Cindy O said...

Such a cute whale card for Dawn! That embossing folder is a good choice to simulate ocean waves and ripples, too. She will enjoy seeing the whale set in action!

Bobby said...

I can see why you'd hoard that lovely vellum, Darnell. It's gorgeous and so is your card. Well, both cards really. Way to go to CASify your original so you could enter the challenge. I've wanted those deckled edge dies but the cost has kept me with my hands in my pocket.

Nora N. said...

What stunning cards!! I love that vellum and I would have hoarded it too. Can't find stuff like this anymore either. Your addition of the pinecones on the front of both cards is stunning!! Great design!!

Cheryl W. said...

Your golden cards are downright regal! Very elegant and pricey-lookin'. I do love your whale card. It's so sweet in its simplicity, but it has a lovely strong message for Dawn. I am certain she "whale" appreciate it!

Helen F. said...

Love both of your dazzling gold embossed Christmas cards, Darnell!
And, the sweet card you made for Dawn!

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Darnell ..... love the little whale but, WOW! what a stunner with the gold ones. In my opinion a girl can never have too much gold and these definitely fit the bill.
The vellum looks so pretty, the perfect backdrop for those pinecones xx

Loll said...

This time of year, we could all use some extra time. :) I have the feeling the petition will get lots of signatures. :)

LOVE this glorious gold cards, Dolly! The vellum paper is gorgeous, no wonder you've been saving it for "just the right card". And I lovely your shparkly pine cones. Thanks for sharing your white space card with us at CAS Mix Up! We truly appreciate it!

Sweet card for Dawn. I'm sure your card will make her feel better. xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what super brillant cards and your designs as always are so brilliantly created.
Beautiful vellum that is, and so stunning the cards made from it.
Such a cutie whale card also.
Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Izzy Scrap said...

Wow, Wow & Wow ! I have no words to qualify these beauties Darnell ! I can't keep my eyes on them ! So stunning this beautiful gold patterned Vellum, and the design you've done to use it is just striking! I Love, love them ! And this little whale is so adorable ! You rock !
Could you please add something else on your petition? What do you think about adding an extra hour (even more if possible) to every day for the last 3 months of the year ?
Hugs xx

frommycraftroom said...

Such gorgeous cards.
Love Dawn's whale too.
Sign me up to that partition! I need an extra month I feel like the year just began! As for going to the library - I still go most weeks for my knitting/craft/talk group.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

A golden delight! Let me also say that the cute little whale stamps out swimmingly! Such a great post.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning cards, Darnell xoxo. I reaaaaally must make a start on my Christmas cards! xoxo

Anita in France said...

Glimmery, shimmery, glittery and gorgeous, Darnell ... goodness, the white/vellum/gold combo is a stunner ... might have to borrow ... erm, sorry, CASE this idea! Your little whale is adorable, frolicking about in his wavy ocean, spouting love to his hearts content ... Dawn will love it! The Petition ... is it unreasonable to ask for that extra month between November and December? I'm just thinking, shy bairns get nowt ... no harm asking, if we don't get the whole month we may get a couple of weeks! Count me in! LYAMYHMA ... HYFOOSTHS! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

LeAnne said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love your golden pines! Everything about them is very elegant, both versions! So happy that you shared these with us at the Paper Players and my Holiday Pines challenge!

Brenda in IN said...

That vellum is beautiful and your cards are stunning. I wish I hadn't missed the deadline to sign the petition for extra time. A day wouldn't be enough but a month might do. Christmas always sneaks up on me. You would think since it is the same time every single year I would get it. The e/f you used for waves is just perfect and the blue ones just added to them. Please let us know when the new month is approved and what it will be called.

Angela Walters said...

Darnell,
Your pinecone card is absolutely beautiful! I love the gold and white together for Christmas. Your whale card is super cute, too! :)

OH Babs said...

Wow one gorgeous card, breath taking. The whale card is adorable and will be lovingly appreciated.

Sharon Underwood said...

Your cards are wonderful, as always! The gold is absolutely beautiful, and I love that whale image! I don't know about adding another day to November...I'm always ready for the next paycheck to arrive, and adding even just one day would make my wait even longer. lol Hope you're doing well.

Jan Clothier said...

Darnelll, I just love all that glittery gold goodness! If I owned that vellum and gold marvelousness, it would still be sitting in my stash as I doubt there'd ever be a card good enough for it. However, yours is an absolute delight with the sweet pinecone in the centre - clearly, you are much wiser than me! Thanks so much for joining in with us at The Paper Players this week.

Karen said...

All that glittery gold is GORGEOUS!

Maria said...

I love gold and love your gold cards, Darnell...so pretty!! The vellum softens the card, which adds a special touch, too! And, your sweet whale card for Dawn is just darling!!

Lucinda said...

I can see why you were saving that sheet of vellum, it's fabulous, but I think you've definitely done it justice. A really lovely card. Thanks for joining in with the Christmas Card Throwdown.

Celeste Goff said...

Your cards are golden shimmery perfection!

Julia Aston said...

Such beautiful vellum paper Darnell and your image goes perfectly with it! An elegant card for Christmas! Thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge! Julia xx

Cara said...

That vellum is just gorgeous and I love the two stunning cards you made with it. Your whale card is just fab, love the waves. I totally agree with you and Hammie, we need an extra month before December x

April Cheetham said...

Oh Darnell, your post did make me giggle! I was thinking exactly the same just this morning - a third of November already gone in a flash!! Beautiful cards, as ever. Thanks for joining us at CCT, April xx

Sheila H said...

Your gold cards are so elegant, Darnell. And I love the whale.

JD/ Jill said...

So rich and elegant looking. You can never go wrong embossing in gold! (You have also encouraged me to get out my gold embossing powder...smile!)

Bonnie Lynn said...

I absolutely LOVE your golden pine sprig card! I've got quite a few pieces of "need just the right card" DP on hand around here too. Also have never thought to use the Branches e/f as waves. That's a new one for me. Will have to try it sometimes. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sue - said...

I just love your gold sparkly cards, very Christmassy and opulent too. I could do with 2 extra months not just one. At the rate my builders are going the house is not going to be finished by Christmas, never mind the cards!😡

Susanne Vargas said...

Your white and gold cards are spectacular! Don't know if I could have brought myself to use that gorgeous vellum, but then what good does it do in a drawer, right?
Your whale card is adorable and the branches make very convincing waves! Thanks for the idea!

Jo Manna said...

An elegant and rich card. Gold on white is always the best combo. Love the composition, simply gorgeous. Love your CAS card, thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!