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!

November 4, 2017

Be Merry and Bright and Thinking of Dawn

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope you are having a lovely weak end! I understand there are exercises for that but as I always say, I can't see back there so it doesn't bother me that mine is fluffy ~ as long as it can hold me up for hours and hours of crafting! 

Let's start out today with this schparkly number:
Really? A zebra pattern for a Christmas card? You'll see why in a minute. 

This is my week to be hostess of the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge. As hostess, I get to pick a talented card artist to introduce to you and she, in turn, will make you an inspiring work of art! 

For this challenge, I have chosen my friend, Colleen of One Smile Lifts A Spirit! For all the details on the rules and to see what Colleen and the amazing Design Team have created to inspire you, please click over to the challenge! We all hope you can join us this week!!

Here is the fantastic photo inspiration that inspired us all: ⇨

There are LOTS of goodies in this photo to get your creative juices flowing! I think you can quickly spy that I was attracted to that awesome zebra chair and bright red pillow! I've had the zebra paper in my stash since the last century, waiting for this moment to shine! The MFT stitched star was cut from glittery foam paper.

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I loved the way my design used a lot of pp, so I made a few more. Some of the stars are cut from fun foam adhesive sheets which adds a puffy soft dimentia, like the card on the far right. You can find them online in many places. Here is a link to Mike's to see what I mean. The sheets also come glittered, like the star on the second card from the left.
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My twofer today was made specially for designer Dawn McVey
Here is a closeup of all the white glossiness.
Many of you know Dawn from her beautifully designed Raspberry Suite line of stamps for Papertrey Ink. Dawn recently underwent a small intestine transplant. It is very rare. The surgery was a success, but she has a long recovery ahead of her. The ladies of Papertrey Ink are holding a one-week blog hop in honor of Dawn to send her our love and best wishes for a full recovery and to let her know she is in our thoughts and prayers. 

The only stipulation for joining in the hop is that you use one of Dawn's many incredible designs for your card. You can find Dawn's complete line of stamps here and find her works of art using them over on her Raspberry Suite blogFor my simple card, I used Dawn's Meadow Greens set. ETA: Oops, I just found out the Meadow Greens set was designed by Nicole. I will make another card for Dawn.

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Challenges
  • Cardz 4 Galz: Favourite Flower and Why. If I'm honest, I don't care for dandelions in their flower stage, but when they mature and go to seed and form their fluffy perfect circles, I love them. Even as an adult, I will stop and pluck them when I can, blowing their seeds to the wind! I took this photo at our local park this past spring.
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98 comments:

Colleen said...

Fantabulous (that's my way of saying fantastic and fabulous as one word!) cards, Darnell!! Great card for Inspired by all the little things, love the zebra print and all the sparkle! Your card for Dawn is truly wonderful, I love that flower from Meadow Green! Your background color really makes it stand out embossed in white! Heart Hugs, colleen

jimlynn said...

LOVE! Need I really say more than that!? I love both. The stars grabbed me and held on. Looks like a CASE coming up for me. Wonderful cards!
Lynn

Bunny said...

It took me awhile to figure out what pp meant. It finally dawned on me that it meant patterned paper. Whew! I pray that Dawn will have a great recovery. I actually just won one of her stamps so if I can get it together I'll enter in.

I love the beautiful card you made for Dawn. The embossing looks so nice with that stamp. Very pretty. [Bunny]

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards. I happen to think the zebra print paper is fabulous and so interesting on this card and I like it! The embossing on the other card is so pretty against the blue background and it's such a pretty image.
All are such pretty cards!

Donna said...

Fabulous zebra star card and like your variations of it! Your cstd for Dawn is stunning, like the embossing.

Stamps and Paper said...

I love your Zebra card Darnell and your other cards using PP....your thinking of you card is gorgeous

Anne

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

That big, bold red, sparkly heart really POPS against that zebra print background Darnell! That aqua card with the white embossing is a lovely monochrome design with the added small channel on the left adds so much interest! Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Ruth said...

Now that is a Christmas card with a difference! I absolutely love it. Never seen a zebra one before, and may never again, so this will always stay with me. As for your friend, what an ordeal, but I am glad it has been a success and wish her many happy years ahead with her new bits. Isn't it amazing what modern medicine can do these days! Xx

scrAPpamondo said...

As always you are so creative and different! :) This zebra card design is really outstanding! Love all the other patterns, too, but I'm in love with your twofer ... such wonderful, elegant and delicate design!! Amazing colors and gloss!
Wishing you a very happy weekend!
Hugs

Sue said...

Such wonderful cards Darnell! truly gorgeous lots of huggles Sue xx

Fikreta said...

So pretty

Sandra H said...

Wow Darnell, both your cards are amazing the glittery star is gorgeous with the zebra backing papers and the colour on the 2nd card is stunning so and what a lovely card to recieve sending lots of love hope you enjoy your weekend x

Greta said...

Perfect design for making multiple cards, Darnell--love the big star & all the printed papers! Your card for Dawn is gorgeous--just my style! But, Meadow Greens is by Nichole. I know because I was thinking of using it, too, & have the box in front of me.

Cindy O said...

What a beautiful card for Dawn! The simple white embossing with aqua looks gorgeous on her Meadow Greens flower!

Sandy Kay said...

Love the way you used Meadow Greens! So pretty!

Kelly said...

lovely card! meadow greens is a beautiful set and you have used it so beautifully!

Leslie Miller said...

Wouldn't you know you'd pick up on the one thing in the inspiration photo that most people wouldn't even notice, and it looks completely fabulous on your card with the glittery star! Bet you've got friends in South Africa this Christmas card would be perfect for. Love every single one of your starry Christmas cards. Good progress there! Your card for Dawn is absolutely beautiful with the glossy white EP on the minty-aqua card stock. Gosh, she's so young to go through something like that. You just never know.

Jean said...

I love your bright and beautiful star cards Darnell, and what a great way to use up some of those super papers.
The card you made frro Dawn is beautiful too, a fabulous stamp and gorgeous shimmery white embossing.
Jean x

conil said...

WOW!Love those starry cards, especially the one with the zebra print. So vital and vibrant...gets your blood going. Actually, all of the ones you did are awesome. Way to use lots of patterned papers, for sure.
Also, thanks for the heads up on Dawn McVey...I hadn't heard about her surgery but I'm glad to know it was successful. I'll have to check out my stash to see if I have any of her designs left.

Sarah said...

I love the fabulous collection of star cards, the zebra print has to be my favourite!! Love the gorgeous colour of the dandelion card too xx

Pam said...

Beautiful cards! I love the star for using up pattern paper, Heaven knows I have a few tons of that here. The floral is lovely!

Lisa said...

Your cards are all so beautiful!!! I love the shiny red star against the zebra background!! The thinking of you card is so elegant and gorgeous!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell. I didn't even see the Zebra in the photo. That goes to show you how observant I am. lol....
And the color of the one for Dawn is so yummy. I love it. Beautiful....

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Your cards are truly beautiful. Wonderful job. Cheers.

Linda S. said...

Darnell, I, like several others did not even notice the zebra print chair in the photo. It makes a striking card! I also enjoyed seeing your other cards with the Christmas hoarded papers. I have a goal to use some of mine this season.
One question, what is "puffy foam"?
On your special card for Dawn, I am so impressed with your embossing skills! I figure Hammy must have been right beside you with his little Dust Buster to catch all those stray bits that can ruin a card when I try wet embossing. Nice work.

Luanne said...

I love the stunning simplicity of you card for Dawn. Gorgeous!

Darnell said...

To Linda S. You are a no-reply blogger, so I hope you will see the answer here: I was referring to the fun foam adhesive sheets you can get at the craft stores or online. The die cut ends up a bit puffy - like the aqua star here - which adds a soft 3D effect. Here is a link to Michaels: http://www.michaels.com/creatology-adhesive-foam-sheets-6inx9in/M10361922.html

Vannessa said...

I love the zebra print and bright red, sparkly star combo! Thank you so much for joining in the Polkadoodles Anything Goes Challenge this time. Hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Vannessa
Polkadoodles Design Team

Cat Craig said...

Fantastic card for IBTLT, that star is the star. Great idea to make multiples. Your dandelion is fabulous, reminds me of carefree days of childhood.

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. Love your sparkly red star with the zebra stripe paper :). Great photo for inspiration.

Peggysue Turner said...

The meadow greens card is still very pretty! I am sure she will like it all the same!

Lynn said...

Well I am sure that Dawn will love the card either way! It is gorgeous! Love, love, love all your Christmas goodness. The zebra stripe is fabulous!

Kathleen said...

A super set of brilliant creations, some stunning colours and great designs, especially love the card that you thought was for Dawn, beautiful image and love the gorgeous white stamping.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Wow, wow, wow, red sparkly and zebra stripes, who would have thought - they look totally AMAZING together - very stylish... love it.

Your twofer is pretty amazing too, gorgeous background colour which makes the white stand out beautifully! You are a master card maker my friend!!

Big hugs, Annie xxx

MaryH said...

Zebra background...no, I'd never think to do this, but Oh I DO like it very much with the glittering star. What imagination you do have and it's bold, striking and awesome to the nth degree. Very you! Also loved the soothing shades in the pretty dandelion card, and didn't know Dawn had surgery. I followed her, but haven't had a chance to visit in a while. Glad to hear the surgery was a success too. TFS & Big hugs. Happy wkend, and fall back!

Valerija said...

Super fun and wonderful cards.
Valerija xx

frommycraftroom said...

A great collection of Christmas cards.
A gorgeous card for Dawn.

Christine Alexander said...

why not zebras for Christmas :) Awesome card, love the black white and pop of red:). love the softness of the second and for such a good cause.

Mac Mable said...

Great how you interpreted the inspiration photo and what a stunning effect with the zebra paper and that glorious red star. Dawn's card is gorgeous, gentle and so beautiful x

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and I love that glitzy red star and the zebra background is so different but works really well and the batch makes are all so pretty. The flower looks gorgeous with the white embossing on the green background. Even though it isn't one of Dawn's designs she would adore it just the same, and I hope she has a good recovery. x

artful-notions said...

Wow for the zebra Christmas, and it works! Outstanding design should be cased in many colors and patterns, and so you did... gorgeous cards. You are the funniest. I looked up Dawn's designs through PTI, and was shocked at how many she's done, and how many I have! Love them all. But of course, Meadow Greens is not among them. It's all the more beautiful and you won't see it (except yours) in the lineup. See? A silver lining!

Kathryn A said...

Great cards—especially the one for Dawn, love the CAS look, and the shine of the embossing!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! I love them both!

Cheryl W. said...

Your star card is perfect for mass producing for the holidays. I especially like those foamy, puffy stars. :) I do love your dandelion card, too. There's something about a white image embossed onto a solid background that is so classy looking.

Stampingcountry said...

Animal prints and bling, what a sharp card!

TK said...

I totally adore that zebra pp! What a spectacular addition to your puzzy, glittery star... the others are equally wonderful. But that card for Dawn? LOVE IT! What perfect gorgeous glossy white on your cs! I, for sure, will give you a break on using Nicole's stamp, especially since it's awesome, and will impatiently await another from Raspberry Suite
Hugs!

sandie said...

Love this mix of red with the dsp, that red star has given me an idea...thanks for the inspiration. And what a beautiful flower card, love the coloured base x

AlisonC said...

I love the soft turquoise with the white and what a beautiful stamp. Your festive cards will really stand out from the crowd and we love a bit of sparkle. Just shows we can use everything in our stash with the right inspiration!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Did wonder why the Zebra print:) Fab card.

The second card is beautiful.

Hope you are having a nice weekend. Sue

Carol L said...

The zebra print is a dazzling eye-catcher with that big glittery red star - I love the whole concept! Love your card for Dawn too, and my gosh - I have never heard of a surgery like hers, but I hope she gets well soon!

KimCreate said...

I love the zebra print and the card design. It does make for a great mass producing design.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful take on the on the inspiration photo, Darnell! I love how you incorporated the zebra print! And your card for Dawn is beautiful!

Sue - said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. A great way of using up some papers as well .

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Fantastic Christmas design, I love how you zoomed in on the Zebra theme, it's beautiful! Also your 2nd card is also beautiful and elegant. Happy Sunday, hope all is well. I smiled at your first comments, I had to read them twice as I read too fast.. :) xx

Tammy said...

WOW gorgeous cards Darnell! I love your dandelion card and all of the shine! What a great flower choice... Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
Tammy x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love all the beautiful cards you made with that layout and also the last one as well. And, always I enjoy reading your posts. You make me smile every time.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Darnell I love both your cards but the 2nd one is such a beautiful and special thinking of you card. I love the white embossing it sets such a feminine tone to the card and the simplicity of the design. Great CAS card. Best wishes to Dawn and for a speedy recovery. Thanks so much for sharing at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week.

Bonnie said...

Lots of red schparkle on this zebra card! The background is a perfect match for the chair which I probably wouldn't have noticed! A great take on this inspiration photo! And I love the soft background with the white embossed flower. I have this set and I don't think I've ever used this stamp. You have inspired me to get it out...one of these days.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what very super creations and your designs as usual are ace.
You always make such amazing and very beautiful cards.
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Corinna said...

OH so pretty pretty pretty! Dawn is going to LOVE this card!

Craftychris said...

Love your zebra print Christmas card with the gorgeous glittery star! All the others are fabulous too! The card you made for Dawn is beautiful, stunning image and wonderful colour card! I have a weak end too! And do I care? Not a bit! Hugs xxxxxxx

Bobby said...

I mean who wouldn't want to receive a zebra card for Christmas, Darnell. I could sent it to my nail tech. She works at Le Zebra Zalon, where the decor is mainly zebra print but not overwhelmingly so. The design is so basic that it looks fabulous in all those other prints too. Your Meadow Greens card is lovely and it's one of my favorite PTI sets. Too bad you can't use it for Dawn and I'm glad you said you had to use one of her designs before I made my card.

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Your poofy dandelion flower (seeds) card is so pretty! I spent many an hour blowing the poofs away when I was little too. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Cardz for Galz - Chris, DT

scrappymo! said...

Hi Darnell
Your glittery star Christmas card is a great design Perfect for multiples.
I am doing batch baking now too as it is getting so close to the overseas deadline and I am not ready! Yikes!!!

Your second card is beautiful. I do not have any of her stamps but think the blog hop will be a great honour and she will enjoy to read about it later.

I used my gift card yesterday/ I know I said I would wait for the 12 Days |Of Xmas but I forgot about the Xmas Open House where everything in the store is 25% off and many. many items are at half off.
I used my gift card and got so much for it! Lucky me.
Thanks again Darnell, I have loved using my NBUS this year.

Heidi Weaver said...

Wow, Darnell, what lovely cards! I must admit my eye first went to the zebra background Christmas card. Well, it was first in line, so of course I saw it first, but wow, did it make an impact. I had to read more and definitely see where the inspiration came from.

But on to the card which you made for our challenge. Gorgeous---definitely feminine. And so striking! Love that wonderful blue. It is absolutely perfect as a background for the glossy white images from the Meadow Greens set. Dandelions are magical when they get to that seed stage and I think you caught some of that magic with your creation. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

and what a wowzer twofer it is! That sparkly star looks like it needs to get up and do a kick line across a stage. Awesome! The floral is just magnificent.

KandA said...

Super star creations Darnell and your twofer is beautiful. Love the colour and that wonderful dandelion xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Amazing cards, Darnell xoxo

Gerrina said...

A fine design to use a lot of paper! But my favorite is the 2nd card; love the coloursheme and the flowers! Have a colourfull good week!

Cris G said...

Hi Darnell! I can see why you used a zebra pattern... and it looks perfect for a red, black and white Christmas! Love the inspiration photo, too.
You made the most wonderful array of starry cards! The green padded background with red star is stunning!

Di said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and the zebra print is utterly stunning with the sparkly star! Wonderful to see you in the Playground again my leetle friend! Parsnip is quite overcome - I think he has a crush on you!

Hugs

Di xx

Gail said...

So pretty! Such a beautiful shade of blue to accent the pure white images. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Susanne Vargas said...

Your glittery star card and variations are really eye-catching! Love the different looks you get using different backgrounds and papers for the stars! Tried to pin it but it wouldn't work. Have noticed that on my blog and others that all of the sudden the pin button doesn't work any more. Do you know what's going on?
Your card for Dawn is very pretty and serene!

Susanne Vargas said...

Mr. Google told me to remove the button and reinstall it from my browser which I did and now it's working again. Phew! In case anybody else is having problems here is the link
https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/trouble-pinterest-browser-button

Sheila H said...

Both cards are awesome. I would never have thought to utilize a zebra design in the manner you did.

Mrs A. said...

Now only you could come up with a Zebra card!! my fav is the green one that looks like quilting with cherries. Hugs Mrs A.

Helen F. said...

Oh how wonderful are your Merry & Bright cards! Love the zebra stripe and all of those fabulous patterned Papers, Darnell.
I think your card for Dawn is gorgeous! LOVE the colors and the stamp set~I am sure it will bring a smile to her sweet face!

Brenda said...

Oh Auntie, I am loving this glittery red star and zebra background! It looks so cool looking and why not zebra for Christmas?!! lol I love all the cards you made with the different pp's and the pretty stars. And look at how many you have for your stash as well! Oh goodness, your twofer is gorgeous! I love that stamp! Now I'm going to have to go look for it. sigh Well I know you will come up with another beautiful card using another stamp set that Dawn designed. So thankful her rare surgery came out well!!! Me, I love dandelions in all stages. The pop of yellow against the bright green grass is just so pretty to me and then in their puff ball stage just brings out the kid in me. I also love Queen Ann's lace too-I must just love weeds! Gotta find beauty in everything. Love and hugs, Brenda

Judy Markowitz said...

What beautiful cards! Actually I love them all! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh beautiful!!!! really beautiful!!!!!

Cathy said...

Love your star cards Darnell, and the zebra print looks spectacular with the red sparkly one! Great idea to use pp, my stash is sadly neglected, so I may have to CASE these, Cathy x

Skye said...

Two gorgeous cards. I love the beautiful bold red glittery star. It makes such a statement. The card for Dawn in contrast is so very soft and gentle, just perfect for such a card.

Cara said...

Wow, loving the Christmas cards. Your second card is so delicate and beautiful, like you, I'm sending lots of healing vibes to Dawn x

maria f. said...

Wow that star design of yours truly packs a punch, zebra or not. And what a way to use up PP too. Double win!
Crazy news about Dawn. Hope she makes a great recovery. I love your dandy lion.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell
love all, the star is my fav
hugs Tamara

Maria said...

Gorgeous cards!! Love the star card with all the red shine, so pretty! And, your card for Dawn is CAS perfect in the lovely aqua! Dawn will love it!!

Anita in France said...

All those starry cards are just delicious, Darnell ... glittery and shimmery or subtle and discreet, they're fabulous! Your white on aqua bloom ... wow ... stunning ... crisp, fresh and beautiful (even if it's not one of Dawn's sets)! LYAMYMAHTHCWYT! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I'm a little late with my visit, because I was on holiday for a whole week. :-) I'm admiring your cards with the star. Wonderful design and a great opportunity to use christmas papers. I like the simplicity on your second card. Great desig for a background. Perfect!
Have a nice week!
Sonja

nancy littrell said...

TFS Love and well wishes for Dawn and your gorgeous card even if Dawn did not design that dandelion flower. Our daughter's 4-H Hereford was named Weed Eater because she ate all the dandelions. The leaves are edible you know...Thank you Darnell for sharing the blog hop info too. Hugs.

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! Love the sparkly star and the pretty embossed blossom! Surely Dawn will love it!

OH Babs said...

Leave it to Irma to make a rag-a-muffin dandelion look like the belle of the ball.

Marcie Sharp said...

Such a gorgeous schparkly card. ;) Love that animal print too!!

shirley-bee said...

Loving your snazzy zebra Christmas card, Darnell! I’m too late to play along with that gorgeous inspiration board but hopefully I can play along next time :)

JD/ Jill said...

As always, Brilliant card making!

Michelle two Ls said...

Who doesn't love Schparkly combined with a little animal print?!?!?! Such a festive card, I loved seeing all the inspiration on this challenge.

Sheri Gilson said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell!

Wendy R. said...

Fab! Fab! Fab! Thank you for joining us at Cardz4Galz. xx Wendy