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!

December 2, 2017

Eek! It's December!!

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to the month of December in all its holiday glory! Yup, it's here. Don't look around as if someone is going to make that not true. It's true. 

Let me help. If you need to refill your coffee cup for the 14th time today, please join the line on the right. If you need a 20-minute power nap, there are mats, blankets, and pillows straight ahead through the garland-dressed archway. If you need medication, that's around back in the alley. Just kidding. Settle down.

And if you need inspiration, I hope you always find some here! Let's start with this little blue number:
I have to admit this very clean and simple card brings my CAS-loving heart a lot of joy! To make the pom-poms, I glued a few strands of embroidery thread together and then snipped the ends. The punched star and JOY sediment were heat-embossed in white. That beautiful textured paper is ancient from my hoard stash. Remember the colored corduroy clothes we loved back in the day?

I made this card for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge where it is my week to be hostess. 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 week, I have chosen my talented friend, Bobby of
 Bits & Pieces! For all the details on the rules and to see what Bobby and the amazing Design Team have created to inspire you, please click over to the Inspired By challenge blog. We all hope you can join us this week with your beautiful holiday makes! 

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Next up, a starry little number hoping for peace on earth. Amen.
I've used my NBUS "Wrapped Star" from Poppystamps to showcase a Brusho background. The bling is glitter Nuvo drops.

And, of course, I had to use the other half of the die-cut! 

Sorry it's a bit washed out in the sunshine. The zig-zag border die is from Lawn Fawn.

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79 comments:

Viv's Visuals said...

Yummy cards Darnell. The star with the Brusho background is immense - my fave I think! x

Jeanne said...

Lovely cards, Darnell. So full of fun. Very festive for the season. Thanks for the giggle, too. :)

Bunny said...

Cute mittens card. I love the brusho star cards. Beautiful. [Bunny]

Brenda in IN said...

I am headed through the garland-dressed archway for my blanket. I will join the coffee line after my nap. That is a cute card with the mittens and pom pom. I really love the brusho background on the star and the inside of the card. I was happy to hear you had sunshine instead of all the rain in the west. Enjoy the extra time with the twins.

Cat Craig said...

All three cards are so eye catching Darnell. Love the blues and greens.

Jane Willis said...

CAStastic cards Darnell, I love them all especially the mittens
Jane

Fikreta said...

So nice cards!

Eliz Stewart said...

ADORABLE!!!

Gerrina said...

The first card is great inspiration, super CaS and I just love blue...but the star-cards won my heart this time; love the different vibrant colours and I am so into stars at the moment...so... Enjoy the weekend and don't let the holiday-stress get you! Hugs, Gerrina

Laurie Unger said...

Love the little pom-pom on your card. very creative and just the right touch for the super CAS card!

brenda said...

Yes indeed Darnell, how did we get to December so quickly ?

Three superb creation, the first in particular so beautifiully CAS and elegant, there again the stars are pretty stylish as well.

I wanted to thank you for your kind visit and words the other day, I don't get out and about into blogland as much as I would like, or maybe it's more that everything seems to take me so long nowadays, usually correcting all the typos my fumble fingers make.

B x

Sandra H said...

Your cards Darnell are stunning as always and it's so hard to believe it's December already hope you have a lovely weekend xx

!neke said...

Your cards are great !!!!!!
Love the CAS one !

Ineke X

Dotty Jo x said...

Such beautiful cards, Darnell! Jo x

Carole said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and I'll settle for the inspiration...which as always is wonderful. I am drawn to the starry card with that lovely brusho background in those yummy colours but I also love your mittens and little pompom on that corduroy (remember it well) card. Hugs xx

Linda said...

Three awesome cards, Darnell. CAS perfection.

Sue said...
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Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards.

I got all my envelops written up with stamps last week. Today got all the cards written up, so now sealed and ready to pop into the post box. I have two parcels and three Air Mail ones, which I will have to take to the Post Office. I however don't feel smug, as I only had 38 cards and all but about 6 were bought ones.

Hope you enjoy what's left of your weekend. Sue

Greta said...

Yep--I'm in full holiday panic mode here--haha! So silly--I'm retired & have plenty of time, but the problem is lack of self-discipline. Keep making cards & reading blogs when I need to be mailing cards, decorating & baking, but I'm happy--haha! You seem to have tons of mojo at this busy time, Darnell--Love every one of these cards! The soft blue is gorgeous, but the Brusho behind the star is my favorite! Now I see how neat that die is! Sending hugs, Greta

Mac Mable said...

Love the greens and blues of the brush's and such a glorious CAS blue card x

Bonnie said...

Sweet little mittens, Dolly! Love the pom poms! I also LOVE that star! Either way you punch it is beautiful!

Carol L said...

These are all wonderful cards! I'm especially drawn to the 2nd card with the embossed frame! WOW! Those colors and that gorgeous star have won me over as much as those cute mittens with the pom pom! I'm crawling off for a little nap now - thanks for the blankie and pillow :)

Redanne said...

I am totally in love with the inspiration photo and you have done an amazing job with your blue card design, it is beautiful! But, the colourful stars have stolen my heart, they are incredibly beautiful!! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Kathleen said...

Three super makes Darnell, all with super colours and love the mittens and the star, well done for using the left overs too.
Have a great week.

Kath x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! These card designs are so fun and fabulous! I love your CAS looks as they still pack a punch with their awesomeness! Have a great weekend and yes, it really is December now. So much going on always in this festive month. But it is fun month too.

Cathy said...

3 gorgeous CAS cards Darnell, love how you made the pompom, you are so creative! That brusho star is just fabulous too, love those colours. I'll be joining the power nap line lol! Cathy x

conil said...

Don't have to tell me twice that it's December...still trying to get my grandkids wish list out of them...the stinkers. But everything else seems to be under control because I still have hair on top of my head. You have garland up already? Okay, now I am getting a bit edgy. I'll sooth myself by taking another look at your wonderful CAS cards. Love the vibe on all three. Now, if I could just calm down enough to stamp these envelopes...wait, after I hang the wreath.

Ruth said...

Such wonderful inspiration. I absolutely LOVE those little mittens. I bought some pom Pom makers recently and this is great inspiration for those. I still think it is September, so I shall probably need to be in line for those pills soon..... xxx

Sharon Underwood said...

Nice cards, Darnell! Love the colorful brushos. Wonderful creations!

Skye said...

Three fabulous card. Love the sweet mitten with their little pom poms. The colours of the brusho stars is beautiful

Pat said...

Three fabulous cards Darnell, and love them all. A great idea to add the embroidery thread as a sort of pom pom on the sweet mittens, and the positive and negative stars are both really pretty using a brusho panel in those gorgeous colours. I am thinking eeek too as I still have quite a few cards to make yet. x

JoAnn said...

Love them all. Love the blue one with the cute mittens.

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards. The brusho colours are fab.
Can you reserve me a mat and some medication? I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours at a charity group christmas party yesterday between birthday festivities! Today I am gearing up to do it all again as my baby is 13 today.

Jean said...

BEautiful cards! Thank you for inspiring!

Susan said...

Great cards, especially the two with the star - love the brusho work on them, and the very simple layouts. Had to laugh when you apologized for the sunshine washing out your photos - I'll trade you our grey rainy days we've had all week!!

Helen F. said...

Love the set of Christmas cards, Darnell! The 'little blue number' makes me smile :-) And, the Peace on Earth cards are just beautiful!

Marybeth said...

I love both of your beautiful CAS cards, Darnell! The delicate mittens are so pretty and the pom pom perfect with them. The stars is gorgeous too it almost looks de-bosed.
I am so not ready for Christmas ... I need the last two months back ... well maybe not!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

nancy littrell said...

All 3 of your cards are examples of Perfectly CAS beauties, my friend. You have me inspired! Thank you for joining us at CAS Mix Up too. Happy Holidays and Hugs!

Heidi Stamps said...

Very pretty card! I especially like the embossed stitching on the star card. Looks great!

scrAPpamondo said...

Such fabulous CAS cards Darnell!!! LOVE all three them!! The first one is super cute and the two with the stars look amazing and so festive!
I have to learn making this type of cards, because I'm always without time, in every season!! But I can't try making CAS without add, add, and add things on the first layer, so I think there isn't hope for me... LOL :D
Hugs

Trina P. said...

Three fabulous makes, Darnell. Love the Pom Pom. So awesome that you didn't waste the positive wrapped star die cutout! Beautiful Brusho work too. Have a wonderful Sunday. xx

Loll said...

Three fantastic cards, Dolly! Love the sweet pompom with your mittens and joy star. Totally adorable. And love the wrapped star ... gorgeous brushos colours. Always fun when you can get a two-fer! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! Lolly xx

Jane said...

Loving all of your beautiful CAS cards. And how clever are you making a pompom from embroidery thread, absolute genius. Thanks so much for linking that one up at AAA Cards.

Leslie Miller said...

I love the simplicity of all these cute little numbers! You're just kidding about the medication in the alley? Darn!

Macarena said...

This is a really lovely set. I like the idea of using this star in two different ways. The yellow and greens are so cool. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Sue - said...

Three fabulous makes as always! But I love the simplicity of the blue one! Hugs xx

Sarah said...

Ace cards Darnell, love the mittens xx

Bobby said...

Your fancy mittens adorned with a pom pom are so cute, Darnell. I love your Brusho star with its rich color and the 'leftovers' card.

Brenda said...

OMGoodness Auntie, what beautiful Christmas cards! I love that they are CAS, they make me happy too-what is it about CAS cards? They always draw my eye right in. Love those mittens and that little pompom you made and the little star is perfect. The star die is amazing and I love your inky background you die cut it out in. Love that you used the left overs to make another card, it is just as pretty as the first one! Yep, I am loving these beauties! Now slow down Dec. for just a little bit...but we know it won't slow down one single bit! lol Hugs, Brenda

Sybrina K said...

Hey, Darnell... Mind if I CASE a few of these great CAS designs? Don't think there's enough caffeine in the world for me to catch up. LOL Enjoy the season, my friend. :)

Lisa Elton said...

All I can say is thank goodness for on line shopping ~ HA! I just don't have it in me to get out there and fight the crowds! Your clean and simple cards fit my mood for this holiday season. Keep it simple, keep it clean!!

Cheryl W. said...

Bright and beautiful, clean and classy--that's how I see your cards. They're awesome, Darnell! I hope you enjoy the lead up to the holidays and aren't too stressed. I'm going to try my hardest to keep the stress levels low by getting things done early, if possible.

Christine Alexander said...

Darnelle,all three are CAS Perfection I especially love your brusho cards a great twofer :)

scrappymo! said...

Loving this beautiful cards, Darnel. The colours on the last two are so gorgeous. The first one has the vivid blues and a sort of look that makes me think of scandinavian goods...

Stamps and Paper said...

Love all your lovely Christmas cards Darnell

Anne

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful. Love the star xoxo

Tracy Freeman said...

~ll are so lovely, the little pom pom is so cute ! Perfect CAS cards.
Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

Cara said...

Wonderful cards, love that tiny pom pom. Off to grab a coffee to wash down the pills before my power nap. The coffee was decaf right?

Claire said...

Your cards are beautifully designed with a lovely polished CAS finish. Pom poms always make me smile especially on a set of mittens, always reminds me of childhood and innocent days. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment as well as following, much appreciated and reciprocated x

oldpunca said...

Amazing CAS! I like them all. There is always a lot of inspiration on your blog and is always nice to visit you. :-)
Sending hugs,
Sonja

ionabunny said...

Youzz a ver funi woman. I was laughing at your title, coz yeah,, where did the year go, and oh frap, soon christmas. On the upside, soon christmas over, so that will be a relief. Love your star cards. Off to create. Maybe art, but probably just chaos. Hugz

cm said...

EEK is right, my wonderful friend! How did December arrive so quickly and in so doing, find me *this far* (arms spread side) behind in card-making/crafting projects! Sheesh! Where are the organization elves when I need them! Completely adore your sweet white mittens and yes, I do remember those corduroy clothes (probably still have some!). Your star cards: oh my! Gorgeous sporting their vibrant Brushos colours! Beautiful x three! Pouring another cup of coffee...not quite at 14, but getting close *grin*
Hugs and love~c

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Eeek, Eeek and thrice Eeek! So many cards to do and so little time!
May have to lean in a CAS like direction at this rate myself!
Understated but still conveying the joy of the season.......and some of us still wear corduroy lol!
Ang x

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely cards...helps to put me in the spirit of Christmas...(and go finish up my own cards!!!! smile...

KimCreate said...

Darnell, loving your sweet mitten card. Thanks for hosting this week’s challenge. Hugs

shirley-bee said...

Where’s the queue for the G&T? Or the 🍾? Love your sweet mittens card and your very creative pom-pom, and the Brusho stars are so pretty. Isn’t it great when you can get a twofer out of a die?

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely cards Sis! the mittens are just so sweet in the white and blue - and that die cut star with the brushos in the spaces is beautiful! thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up - and happy Christmas Spirit!! Julia xx

Ina Grehan said...

Beautiful pieces of art Darnell. Love the little muffins - so quaint and simple. Love how you have used both positive and negative star shapes and in such gorgeous colours.

Wanda Cullen said...

Well, you're a creative genius to make your own little pompom! Such a sweet CAS design!

Craftychris said...

Three wonderful cards! Love the little Pom Pom - so clever! I adore stars so swoon over the second two! Hugs xxxxxxxxx

Lisa Tilson said...

Three wonderful cards! You are making me want to get my brusho out and that says something as it gets everywhere! Really love the vibrancy of those two cards and boy do we need some peace on earth, more now than ever. Hope the fires are not too near to you Darnell, they look awful from the coverage we have seen over here. Sending hugs to you xx

Sheri Gilson said...

Lovely cards, Darnell!

Anita in France said...

Those cool, brusho background stars are delicious, Darnell ... I adore the crisp graphic lines with the unstructured style of the colours. Those mittens ... well, can you believe it, the exact same ones are on my desk at this very moment (from our last LH trip), waiting to be turned into magical cards. I LOVE what you did with them, especially that embroidery thread pompom. I was about to ask where the card came from and you answered ... it really is rather splendid! LYAMYHMAKGWTCCs! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Susanne Vargas said...

Adore all three cards! The pompom on the first is adorable, as are the mittens, and the little star! They all look so crisp against the corduroy paper!
The two cards featuring the wrapped star make my heart beat faster! They are simply fantastic!

Sheila H said...

I am amazed at how you can create so many different Christmas cards. I love these!

Ceal said...

Fabulous cards, love how you created two cards with the same supplies. Thanks for joi9ning us at AAA Cards!

LucieGCards said...

What a fabulous card! Love the pom pom! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

MagsB said...

Darnell, your CAS Christmas cards are absolutely beautiful! Also, thanks for joining in at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge!

love Mags B x