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December 27, 2017

Kontinuing Kindness

Hello, Stamplings!

How were your holiday celebrations? We had a great time! We'll have a relaxing week going into the new year and then ... the whooshing will start all over again!

And wouldn't it be wonderful if all the kindness we spread around and received over the holiday season could whoosh along with us into the new year, long after the holidays are over? That makes a lovely resolution.
This card was definitely inspired by the awesome challenges below. The heartstrings die is NBUS from Concord & 9th and the sediment is NBUS from PTI's "Choose Joy" stamp set.

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Here are a few holiday photos to share with you. 
First up, Papa (the Mister) thanking the boys for a gift. I love the love!
After a delish dinner at their house, the boys helped me whip up a Crazy Cake. It's a depression-era cake that has no eggs and needs no bowls. You just mix everything right in the pan which makes it fun for kids of all ages! 

And, finally ...
... just for you ladies, here's the Mister again showing off a t-shirt the boys gave him. I couldn't have said it better myself!

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64 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I love the sentiment on the card.

Nice to see you all enjoying Christmas. Sue

Carole said...

Love your card Darnell, the heart looks like rays of sunshine and I agree with you regarding taking all that goodwill with us into the new year...sadly though we always have to take our problems too...wouldn't it be lovely if everything magically disappeared at midnight and January 1st was really a clean slate. BUT it's whats in our heart that matters so |I wish you and your lovely family a very happy 2018 when it arrives, Hugs xx

Marilyn said...

Pretty card!! Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time for Christmas. I had a good time with my family also.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Darnell: Your card really made me think about all the kindness and love I received from all of my stamping friends this Holiday Season and how true it is that all of that love is carried along in the New Year.
Beautiful and sweet, that is your card, the sentiment says it all.
And thank you for sharing this sweet photos and your card with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you play along again next time.
XO
Maria Rodriguez.

Jeanne said...

Adore every little bit about this post! The card is fantastic and has a wonderful and uplifting sentiment. The pictures of you, your hubby and your grandsons are fabulous and that tshirt your husband received is outstanding. Thanks so much for sharing! Big hugs!

Birgit said...

What a pretty card Darnell! That's a good challenge for everyone to spread kindness and good cheer to all. Loved the picture of the boys loving on their grandpa. So sweet!

Donna said...

What a fantastic card, great message and that sunshine heart is fabulous! Great pictures capturing the love of Christmas!

Sarah said...

A beautiful card Darnell, superb sentiment and such pretty colours. Lovely snaps of the men in your life!! xx

Lisa Elton said...

I love the sentiment so much Darnell, this is a wonderful card! CUTE photos! My mom's family has a crazy cake recipe too, so yummy. I haven't made it in years, need to whip one up. Love the Mister's t-shirt! Sweet P and my brother's grandkids call our dad (great grandpa) paps. We got him the same shirt for father's day!!

Brenda in IN said...

What a lovely sentiment and card to bring in the new year. As we make our cards each day we should be thinking of what we can do to spread kindness. It will be our new year's resolution. The twins have your sweet smile. I see it every time I see pictures of them and the legend looks so happy with his grandsons!

Donna said...

Fantastic card Darnell and yes, hopefully Leslie is rolling her eyes at all the GAH!! PINK!!
Love the family pictures as well, love the Papa shirt!!
Thanks for going GAH! PINK! with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

Greta said...

The t-shirt is a kick--how fun! Glad you had a wonderful time with your family, Darnell. The boys are really growing up, but hopefully we're not growing that much older--haha! Beautiful heart & sentiment--love your card! Happy Holidays!

Cat Craig said...

I remember the first time I had a predominantly pink card on my blog and Leslie left a comment with her signature pink(gah) - I was a bit surprised...but then I got to know her and I found out about the pink thing. I still think of her when I see and use it. I miss her sense of humor a lot. Hard to believe its been two years.

YOur card is a perfect one for the SOS challenge, and if only the kindness didn't seem to wane after the holidays life would be better for all I think...even those permanently grouchy.

Have a wonderful day! Hugs.

Kath said...

A fabulous card and a great sentiment too. I looks like you all have a fabulous holiday. We went away in our campervan for Christmas and got home today - we had an amazing time and this morning's snow made our journey 'interesting'!
Kath x

Susan said...

Merry Christmas! Looks like you all have a great time. Love the cute card! I have very little NBUS lately...don't seem to be ordering much...but you have done an outstanding job with your NBUS!

conil said...

Aaaw...wouldn't that be lovely...carrying kindness throughout the year. I do believe everyone would benefit, greatly. Perfect card to depict it.
Your photos make me smile...especially the handsome man you call, "The Mister" with his new tee. Legend, indeed.
Looks like you had the bestest Christmas, EVER!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
What a wonderful card and very touching sentiment.
Looks like you had a brilliant time and Kevin's T Shirt is fabulous.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhh, what a beautiful sentiment on your card and so perfect with the heart die. Absolutely lovely! Now... I spewed coffee over that t-shirt -- sorry! Hilarious! Wonderful photos of Christmas joy. Thanks so much for sharing the happiness!

Craftychris said...

Such a lovely card with a wonderful sentiment - An awesome idea to carry on with the kindness! I am glad you had a lovely Christmas - fabulous photos and the Mister's T shirt is perfect! I am loving the look of the cake too! Hugs xxxxxxx

Susan said...

Lovely card, but even lovelier are the photos - looks like you had a grea Christmas!

HJ said...

Great card, Darnell. The sentiment is so sweet. Love the T-shirt, which is perfect for the Mister!! Can't believe how much your grandsons have grown. My grandson is 15 and 5'9 and wears a size 13 shoe!! He's not quite the tallest person in the family, but definitely wears the biggest shoes. Happy New Year to you and your family!! Enjoy your day!

Kathyk said...

Looks like a brilliant time had by all, Happy New Year to you and your family, Darnell, may 2018 be kind to you

FAB card, love the embossed effect

Kathyk

MaryH said...

This sentiment is just superlative, and one we all need to keep in mind as we go from day to day. We just never know when a simple kindness we might do, could be the only uplift to someone's day. (I know this to be so true!) Love the happy colors and this is a pretty die...one I've not seen. Enjoyed seeing the holiday snaps of those teenagers and boy, did I love that T-shirt. Now they need one for YOU! (or do you have one awready?!) Happy thoughts, Happy New Year and enjoy a bit of down time before your energizer bunny charges up again! Big hugs, and TFS. Mwah!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful card and a beautiful sentiment. And, yes! That sentiment message would be a wonderful thing to make the new year fantastic. And, we like Crazy Cake too. I have made it often. And, it is delicious!

Redanne said...

The hearts are beautiful and I too, love that wonderful sentiment! Great pictures, love Mister's shirt and the boys certainly look like they are enjoying making the crazy cake!! Hugs, Annie xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely pics of the Mister in his Papa role, how gorgeous are the boys...and how the lineage can be seen in those smiles! Looks like you had some nice bright light for Christmas Day, lovely. Can’t agree with you more about carrying forward the good stuff....looking forward to the journey!

scrAPpamondo said...

Such lovely post full of love! :) Love your heart card, it's really a sunshine! Love the photos, too, and that one with the Mister with his new shirt put in my face a big smile! Such great gift he received from the boys! You have a fab family, Darnell, enjoy your luck!
Big hugs and happy holidays!

Carol L said...

Great card with a wonderful sentiment and I just love all those great photos! Great cake recipe, and a perfect T-shirt for the Mister too! So glad you had a fun Christmas spent with loved ones! Wishing you peace all year through, doubled with kindness and all the love you can handle! Happy 2018!

Dana M said...

Lovely card with a lovely sentiment. It looks like you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. I love crazy cake, my cake of choice for my birthday :) Happy new year to you!

Pat said...

What a great sentiment and that yellow and pink heart is so bright and pretty Darnell, especially with the dimensional one in the middle. What happy and smiling faces in the photos, so you obviously had a good time over Christmas with love and kindness a plenty. x

Carol H. said...

LOVE the sentiment!!! It really is one of the best I've seen! Your card is so pretty with the beautiful die and the colors you chose! Looks like a lot of fun you all had--cool t-shirt for the hubs!! Hugs!!

Bonnie said...

A wonderful sentiment and a reminder to me to get that NBUS heart out! Love the photos and the perfect shirt! Happy New Year, dear friend!

Pat McCleary said...

Love this card and the thought expressed. Also great to see your grands & Kevin with that awesome shirt. My bestest wishes to you for 2018 and beyond.

TK said...

This card is AWESOME, Darnell! Love the heart, the placement, the sentiment.... perfect!

Cheryl W. said...

Your card is beautiful, Darnell, and the sentiment is even beautifuller. Thanks for sharing the fun photos, too. So great to have a peek into your holiday celebrations.

Maxine D said...

What a fun and fabulous Christmas you had with your family - mine was also full of family and fun. Love that tee-shirt the Mr is holding up!
Your card is lovely Darnell - love the liberty you have taken with the Less is More sketch.
The postie delivered you beautiful card today Darnell - thank you :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Gerrina said...

A fun sunny card! And the pics let us see that you enjoyed yourself! Here it's bussy with the aniversary of my parents, people over for all kind of things, than the new year, mine and my hubbies B-day and celebrating our daughters one for her friends... so after 9 january live will be back to normal... Hugs, Gerrina

Ros Crawford said...

What fabulous photos!! I always enjoy seeing them and I'm so glad you had a good Christmas... Super card and perfect for those challenges. I'm thinking of you and sending hugs your way!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Darnell, and great photos too! xoxo

OH Babs said...

Charming card and excellent sentiment. How adorable the boys and grandpa - a true blessing. Wishing you a great and healthy new year. Hugs, Barb

nancy littrell said...

TFS your Christmas day with Mister and the twins. All looked like fun with a lot of loving:-) We just got back last night from our week of trailer camping on the OR coast. So fun and relaxing with lots of hiking and paddling in our kayaks:-) Happy New Years my friend. Hugs..

oldpunca said...

The boys are the best! And their gift to papa also. :-)
I like your card and the wonderful sediment. It's bright like a sun.
I wish you a wonderful new year!
Hugs, Sonja

Christine Alexander said...

Great pics and I love that awesome Tee the Mister got for Christmas.
Your card has such a sweet sentiment and I love the colours.
Have a wonderful New Year :)

KandA said...

Super card and such a wonderful sentiment.
Love the photos and the Mister's t-shirt is fabulous - I bet he'll be wearing it with pride xx

Anita in France said...

That does make a lovely resolution, Darnell ... goes wonderfully with your scrumptious card! Love how you have the rays of sunshine lighting up that showcase heart ... perfect with the gorgeous sentiment! I have that PTI set too ... aren't there just so many great sentiments in it! Splendid photo's ... looks from all the lovely smiles as though you had an especially fun and happy time. Of course, it's a treat to see Kevin with that fabulous T shirt ... is it possible to add 'the dish' too?! LYAMYMAHAFW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a fabulous card Darnell! LOVE that sentiment, and the heart representation! So clever! Thank you for sharing your lovely family Christmas with us through those fabulous photos! Sorry I haven't been around in a while . . . mum keeps me very busy! I hope to do better in 2018! All good intentions anyway! I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2018 will be a happy and - above all - healthy one! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Di said...

Love the way you used that heart die Darnell! And if you added a touch of brown it would be ever so Neapolitan, Parsnip's favourite ice cream! Lovely family photos too. Have a wonderful New Year - looking forward very much to the launch of your new challenge as well. I have an elephant stamp all ready to go here. Wait, what? It's NOT an elephant? But you said in your blog post it was, snort :) Just kidding!!

Hugs

Di xx

Kelly S. said...

Ack it's like a grapefruit-y delicious heart, Darnell! I love the layout and the colors, AND the sweet photos of you and your family! Happy New Year!

Susanne Vargas said...

I am not much for resolutions but I do like your idea! I will take it to heart! Apropos heart, your card is scrumptious with that sweet sentiment!
Thanks for sharing these fun family photos!
Wishing you a healthy, happy 2018 with lots of reasons to laugh!

Fikreta said...

very nice card!
love photos!
Hugs

Cara said...

I love your card, the heart in the centre is just yummy. Thank you for sharing the wonderful family photos, I think I need to google crazy cake now! Hugs x

Viv said...

Super card again Dee!just love the amazing photo's too, esp. the Mister with that tee shirt he he! Wishing you a very Happy New Year too Dee ;) hugs Vee xx

Heidi Stamps said...

Well, maybe we can extend the card-giving kindness into the new year. Love your family photos.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a delightfully fun and cheery card Darnell and a superb take on our sketch at Less is More. Gorgeous eye-catching colour combo too. Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More this week and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with the family and a perfect new year to follow x

Tracey McNeely said...

Merry Christmas and gosh the boys are growing up! Love your sweet angled heart, that C9 die is awesome. Happy New Year!

Liz said...

Super card, Darnell, I love the sentiment. TFS the photos of your family.
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2018. xx

Mimi said...

Ooh, thank you for the clean, eye-catching card shared over at Shopping Our Stash for the Gah! PINK! challenge... your card really stands out, and I love your opening comments about sharing the love all through the year. That *is* a great resolution. All my best for all good things in 2018!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, love the sentiment, and the photos, and the t shirt! The world would be an amazing place, well more amazing, if more people were like you :) Have a wonderful new year, Cathy x

Deidre said...

I absolutely LOVE this offset heart! You have perfect placement and the colors work so great. Thanks for joining us again at CASology this week!

lauren bergold said...

what an amazing and lovely CAS card! i just love it!! thanks for shopping your (gah-PINK!) stash with us this time! ♥

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Awesome card! That enamel dot was made for it! The T-shirt - fantastic! Thanks for sharing those beautiful moments with us!

Izzy Scrap said...

What a beautiful card Darnell and with such a fabulous intention too ! Love the idea ! Your heart is just wonderful and so bright over this yellow paper ! Gorgeous sentiment too ! Absolutely in consistence with the gorgeous pictures of you all ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More ! I also take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year! Hugs xx

Bobby said...

That die and the colors you used speak directly to the sentiment, Darnell. Very nice. The pictures of the boys and Mister are wonderful. What did they get you?

Helen F. said...

Love the beautiful card and thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us! The twins are looking so grown up~ Thank goodness, you and the Mister haven't changed at all!