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December 16, 2017

More Sharing Time

Good Day, Stamplings!

While I have candied nuts roasting (making the house smell amazing), I wanted to share a few more Christmas makes and support many of the challenges and the designers who work very hard for us. I'll put a lid on the chatter box and just get goin'.

Onefer.
I tried to channel my inner Kay Miller! Here is a closeup of the winking. Can you tell I used a new Stella?!

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Twofer.
I really overworked the Zigsters with this one. Peace on earth looks like there might be some storm clouds brewing! (Obviously, my inner Kay went on lunch break.) 

You know how you keep going and going some times like you're having an out-of-body experience? You can see yourself watching your hand continue of its own volition and you're thinking, "Why is my hand acting on it's own without any communication from my brain which is yelling, "STOP!"? 

I'm sharing it anyway because I feel like I saved it a bit with the framing and bow. It's prettierer in real life when you see the shiny leaves and Nuvo berries on the holly.

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Threefer.
This super-QACAS number is a repeat of a design I made last year, but never posted. A minimal effort at stamping and embossing and a maximum effort at using up some ribbon.

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  • Curtain Call: Inspiration graphic. Please note: This is the last challenge for the Curtain Call. I hope you will be able to join in to show your appreciation for all that the current and past teams have done to inspire you! Thank you, CC!
  • Stinkin' Inkers: Celebrating the holidays.
Fourfer.
Here is another card with more of my Brusho background. The NBUS Reindeer Window is from Memory Box. I hope you can see the beautiful texture on the card base. I've been hoarding these ancient yummy pieces of colored and textured card stock forever. I decided that makes no sense, so I'm setting them free.

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67 comments:

Jane Willis said...

Thank you for the beautiful card, Darnell! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
Jane

Marina said...

These are all fab cards - all different designs but the one feeling I get from looking at this post is your sense of colour - such beautiful shades and mixes.

Wendy L said...

Super card and a great reindeer, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. xxxx

Kathyk said...

They are all so lovely, Darnell, it must be very creative inside your head!

Seasons Greetings

Kathyk

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Brilliant creations Darnell, your chatter always makes me smile... love the very CAS minimal Stamping Card.
Shaz in Oz.x

Lia said...

You are showing fab cards today! I like them all.
Lia xx

Julie B said...

Another fab festive assemblage Darnell.
Your card is sitting on my window sill at this moment cheering the view on this dark and dank December morning. Merry Christmas. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing compilation of new Christmas cards Darnell!! Love your inked details on the backs, they really are stand out!
I'm on a big delay with my makes for Christmas :(

sandie said...

These are all amazing but my fav is the last one and that is the one for Time Out-yah! That brusho background works so well with the green card and then the whole card is muted down with the kraft reindeer-a delight of a card and thanks for joining us at Time Out (and thanks for my card-arrived just now x)

Jeanne said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! Looks like you've been having lots of fun and maybe a little exasperation, but mostly fun. The results are terrific! Big hugs!

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, you've been so busy!
Kath x

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Brenda in IN said...

I really love those brusho backgrounds. The green and black ribbon combo was what caught my eye. Another fun group of pretty cards.

OH Babs said...

OMG you are becoming so prolific. How many cards do you send? I like the Penny Black adhesive paper designs. Way back when I used them and probably still have some stashed some where and they are fun to use with stickles. Keep up the good work. Hugs, BBB

OH Babs said...

I am behind in commenting so I would like to say great tree cards and tree and of course the two tall elfs.

Krisha said...

LOVE your water colored backgrounds! They are all beautiful cards.

Di said...

Fabulous cards and I specially love the snippets one with that magnificent deer! You really have been a busy little bee - and I can smell those nuts here. Oh wait, it's a scented wax melt I set off in the kitchen to spread cinnamon cookie smells around the house. And thank you so much for your lovely card honey - hope line has arrived - I posted it early :)

Hugs

Di xx

Greta said...

I need to do some spiced nuts--thanks for the reminder! Beautiful cards, Darnell--love the holly with the Nuvo berries & oh my goodness--that reindeer card is stunning! I still love textured colored cardstock & think I'll start using it for frames as much as I can. Sending holiday hugs, Greta

Nora N. said...

Spiced nuts? Never thought of making those myself but sounds intriguing. LOVE your cards. The first one is fantastic with your use of color. I like the storm clouds on the second. The colors make the holly POP and the yellow at the bottom really emphasized the sentiment. I like your minimal design of the third using that ribbon. I have so much of that too and have been trying to use it up. GREAT cards!!!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving all four of the cards.

Hope you are having a nice weekend. Sue

Bonnie said...

You've been busy, my friend! Love that stitched, round aperture with the sweet holly and pretty watercolor background! Love the second holly too and I don't think it looks stormy! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Mrs A. said...

Thank you for my gorgeous card . The Hupster is gonna think Iv'e gone nuts when you receive mine. You'll know which one it is before even opening it. Love this arrangement of cards. Still got this flu bug. I tried giving it to The Doc (spreading a bit of cheer like one dies) but after 4 days he gave it back to me.!! He is off my Christmas list next year.
Hello bells just realised I haven't made him one this year yet .
Off to have a rummage in the used cc box. Perhaps I can just have a rootle around and find the one I sent him last year.
Hugs a flued up Mrs A.

JD/ Jill said...

You've been a busy bee! And all your cards are great! (As always)
Just like the one I have sitting on my desk that came all the way across the
USA! Jim and so appreciate your kindness. Mine will be on it's way shortly...Jill <--who is still struggling to get her cards addressed and in the mail.

Mac Mable said...

Yey to four cards today....glorious, fun, creative and such fabulous inspiration....Thank you x

Christine Alexander said...

wonderful selection of cards, I especially love the CAS holly with the round aperture, your new stella is certainly winking :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well I love all of them. And one thing that did catch my eye as a cool idea was combining those two ribbons together that way. I like that idea.

conil said...

You've been busy winking and blinking and nodding all over the place. Looks like you'll have plenty of cards to cover your ever growing fan base. Think I see a few winners in this bevy of beauty, too.

Kathleen said...

Super collection of cards Darnell, great images, colours and designs.
Hope you haven't over roasted those candied nuts.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Another beautiful set of cards, I just love the gorgeous backgrounds on the first two and the reindeer looks splendid the way his antlers sit outside the frame - a great design! Hugs, Annie xxx

Anonymous said...

Four fab cards.
Good for you to use up some much loved stash - I need to take a leaf out of your book.

Pat said...

What a fabulous array of cards Darnell and I adore them all. Those candied nuts sound simply yummy. x

Flo said...

I absolutely love your holly-berry card versions!

Jean said...

All of these are wonderful!!!

Karenladd said...

I say your hand knew exactly what it was doing with that card because the results are stellar! Those colored holly leaves are just gorgeous and the Nuvo berries are the topping on the cake, the cherry on the sundae...the....well, you know, etc. etc.

Cheryl W. said...

All your water color/Brusho efforts were a rousing success! I think your cards all look great.

Carol L said...

They're all fantastic and I love the watercolored look! Yes please to the candied nuts - even though I'm not supposed to eat them! LOL Have a great weekend!

Gerrina said...

A real treat again here! Love the first cards with the purple on it; they all are so attractive! Great nake for the challenge at curtain all and don't know if you saw it, but I do like the way you go from one colourpalet to the other...the card-colours flow so great from top to bottom in your post :) Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

April Cheetham said...

Lovely cards Darnell! I love the Brusho background (the nuts sound great too!) Wishing you a Merry Christmas Xx

Cat Craig said...

Fantastic water coloring makes a lovely backdrop for your sentiments.

Anita in France said...

I've been imagining the aroma of those delicious sounding nuts, Darnell ... scrumptious ... as is this wonderful display of festive cards! Lovely soft watercolouring with the delicate holly ... way to go using up ribbon so beautifully ... and that majestic stag with the texture-y card, bold green and fabulous brusho background is so eyecatching and handsome! You know how delighted I am that you could play along with us at Time Out ... thank you! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Barb said...

A lovely selection of cards Darnell. Beautiful watercolour backgrounds. Barbxx

Trina P. said...

Wow, Darnell! These are awesome. Good variety and all inspiring. I’m partial to rainbow colour cards any time of year, so I especially love the first card. Have a happy holiday! xx

Cara said...

Fabulous cards, love them all, so cheery and vibrant x

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your fabulous creation! The colors are so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Fikreta said...

gorgeous cards!
Happy Holidays! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…⛄

Lisa Elton said...

All so pretty Darnell! The last card with the deer is striking!

MaryH said...

Oh my goodness! What a quadruple set of lovely cards. You had me laughing about the hands & brain...I have that trouble all the time! I didn't see the problem with ANY of your pretty cards here though. Really like the watercolor backgrounds with the holly, and of course the fabulous brusho. The antler peeking out looks so neat. And the QACAS is wonderfully bright....how DO you have time for all this designing, roasting nuts and all the other things you juggle? You are amazing. Thank you for the gorgeous candy canes card, and Merry Christmas too. TFS & Big, Big Hugs

TK said...

Beautiful, Darnell! And I happen to really love your "inner Kay"! Nice job

Maxine D said...

Oh what fabulous cards Darnell - they all appeal, and I don't think you overdid the ziggys... the deer antler outside the box is a stunner, love the vibrant colours on that, and the simple be-ribboned card would have me in a funk, trying to get it looking so elegant
May Christmas bring you blessings of love
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

Hello my friend! Long time no visit... Sorry, just a little busy here with DH and everything.
Fabulous cards and I love that... "Channeling your inner Kay Miller"... I think you rocked it!
If I don't get to stop by again, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year... I'll drop you a line when I can ... Mwah!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, your cards are fantastic. I like watercolor backgrounds. The colour choice is superb! Your card with ribbon and the minimum stamping is genial. :-)
Happy Holiday!
Hugs,
Sonja

Em Louise Fairley said...

They're all absolutely stunning, Darnell.
Hugs,
Em xoxo

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! I love the background on the first one - reminds me of a globe, very fitting for the sentiment.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful cards dear Darnell!
Hugs~

Loll said...

Wonderful array of cards, Dolly. Especially love the first card. Gorgeous colours for your watercoloured background in the circle aperture card, Dolly! Beautiful design and love the wink on the holly! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! Lolly xx


Creative world said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell,great designs and fantastic coloring...thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge this week,hope to see you again
ลฝeljka DT xx

Janis Lewis said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing at Moving along with the times..
Janis, Design Team Member

Lynette said...

Four fabulously awesome cards, Darnell! Great job of setting your cardstock free, too:)

Carol H. said...

Darnell, I love your watercolored backgrounds!! Even the one you say looks like storm clouds! Didn't see that till I read your comment on the card! If you use up your stash of ribbon, let me know--I can send you some!! LOL!!! :) Hugs!!

Liz said...

What super cards, Darnell. Well done on setting some of your hoarded cardstock free! It's not the easiest of things to do, is it!
Thanks for your gorgeous Christmas card. It's on a special shelf reserved for handcrafted cards. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope mine made it's way across The Pond safely. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Darnell, I really enjoyed looking at your cards and reading your blog - I was laughing out loud in front of my pc reading "...my inner Kay went on lunch break".
It's so great of you that you've contributed to a lot of challenges with these beautiful cards. I especially love the first card! Your "inner Kay" did a fantastic job with it. Hideko :-)

Bobby said...

Four wonderful cards, Darnell. All different but beautifully done.

Helen F. said...

These cards are fabulous, Darnell. The second one with the overworked Zigsters is my fave :-)

Sheila H said...

Your cards are so festive. My favorite is the stag. It’s outstanding. I hope to enter your new challenge although I’m sorry to see your NBUS challenges go by the wayside. I have never done a twofer. And I’m not sure that I can. You are really challenging me... I love the card you sent. Be blessed!

Kay Miller said...

OH all of your cards are beautiful Darnell! But the first one is super special because it lives at my house now, and I love it! Thank you so much for mentioning me! I'm very honored :) And I'm sorry your inner Kay went out to lunch, but it looks to me like you handled the job just fine without her! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy 2018!! HUGS!!

Tanja said...

love those soft watercolor backgrounds - thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More - I hope you had a wonderful Christmas

Zw@@n said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell. I love the watercoloured backgrounds. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday. Hope you join us in 2018 too. Luv, Wilma