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January 24, 2018

Every Day is a NEW Sunrise!

Hello, Stamplings!

Happy Happy Hum Day! I've decided to call it hum day rather than hump day. Wouldn't it be lovely if we all went around humming all day on Wednesdays?! I hope you'll join me!

Now keep in mind some people might not be in the mood for it until it catches on. Don't be surprised if the guy in front of you at the grocery checkout whips around and hisses, "Waderu so happy 'bout. eh?!" The first time it happened to me, I withered like a petunia in the desert heat. Now I just smile sweetly and say, "Cuz I'm irritating you!" No. Stop it. That's not what I say! That would defeat the whole porpoise.

In that spirit of cheerfulness I have two hopeful cards today:

Both of these cards were made with my NBUS STAMPloration stamps from the "New Beginning" set designed by my talented artist friend, Deepti Malik. I'm so glad I found this forgotten set as it stamps and colors like a dream and the messages are all uplifting!

I painted the top kraft card using my Wink of Stella colored brushes and the bottom card was colored with my Ziggies and then winked. There are five sediment verses with the two sun stamps, all of them beautiful and encouraging!

Challenges
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As the first challenge comes to a close today over on the Twofer blog, I would like to thank all of you who have entered with your awesome feather cards! The participation and response have far surpassed even my wildest hopes and I appreciate your support so very much!! I also want to thank my wonderful Design Team: Anita, Bev, Carol, Kara, Loll, and Susanne, all of whom are a huge part of the success of our first challenge! The Winners will be announced on the 30th!

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75 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Darnell ..love the use of kraft card for your first cards the Touch oF wink of Stella really shows upon both cards

Anne

Sue - said...

Two great cards Darnell! Hope all went well yesterday. Hugs xx

Jane Willis said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell - I hope you now have two fully functioning eyes to go with them!
Jane

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving both cards.

Hope you have a nice daqy. Sue

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell!!

Pat said...

Two stunning cards Darnell and I love the look of the first on kraft card and the pretty colours on both using these super stamps, and lots of beautiful winking too. I'm assuming by now you will have had your other eye done and hope all is well and not too much fuzzy vision. x

Bunny said...

Beautiful colors on these cards. Love the sparkle. [Bunny]

Kristi said...

I love all the sparkles! Those of us with misophonia really, REALLY hope your humming idea doesn't really take off. :) It would be better I guess than whistling Wednesday though which would send me running for a padded room. Okay wait..... if my padded room had all my stamping supplies maybe that wouldn't be a bad thing!

Enjoy your day, Darnell!

Jeanne said...

These cards have such a positive and uplifting message. Thanks so much for sharing them! The sparkles make me want to smile, too. Beautiful work! I like your idea for Wednesdays. People might look askance at you, but that'll keep 'em guessing! I'm so glad your first challenge was successful. That's got to be a wonderful feeling. Hope your cataract procedure went smoothly and that soon you can see with extra clarity! Hugs!

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so happy to see these beautiful cards with such wonderful messages today from you. Makes me feel like everything is right in your world and the surgery went well and you are on the road to seeing these scenes and sunrises in perfect clarity after this. I'm thrilled for the participation in the Twofer Challenge and can't wait for next month.

oldpunca said...

This are two amazing cards inspired by the words! I like simply design and great effect. :-)
Congratulation to the success of the first Twofer Challenge! :-)
Hugs,
Sonja

Sheila H said...

Those sentiments are uplifting and inspiring. Those stamps are amazing. The designs are beautiful. Continued good health to you!

Heidi Stamps said...

Oooo! What great images and inspiring sentiments! I will have to check them out. You made such lovely cards.

Happy Dance said...

Card perfection times two. These are just beautiful, dear friend. The simplicity of these designs with their lovely subtle colors, makes my eyes and heart happy! I hope by today your eyes are a little happier too. Don't overdo things, we'll be here, so don't strain those peepers! Anyway...Love your cards and hope that things continue to go well. BTW...your Twofer has started off with a bang! Congrats girlie!!!! xoxo Bev

Marcia HIll said...

Two BEAUTIFUL cards Darnell and I love how I can see all the sparkle and shine on both of them...I think I need to come to you for photography lessons as mine never show up! Love the sentiments on both cards too...maybe I need to go check that stamp set out!! Hope both of your eyes are doing well and that you've healed up wonderfully!! Take care! Hugs! :0)

conil said...

What encouraging cards...love this set, as well. Unfortunately, mine is still NBUS (don't ask). I've been a bit of a slump lately but you've encouraged to soldier on. Love your coloring especially the one with the colored WOS brushes. For some reason my pea brain had not thought of that. Hope your new eyes are continuing to improve.

Sarah said...

Beautiful cards Darnell and the messages are wonderful. I love the idea of hum day, however hum does have other connotations in deepest Dorset and is often associated with smelly cheese as in "oooh aaaar that there cheese has a bit of a hum about it"!! xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, these are so stunning!! The images are so gorgeous!! I love the colors of both!! And what beautiful sentiments!! Love these!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, your cards are wonderful and I love the uplift. So many things in this world are not joyful, that the messages these cards send make my heart happy. I especially loved the coloring on kraft. I am going to have to try this. Your white card has just the perfect amounts of color. These might be my top two favorites so far this year.
Hugs.

AlisonC said...

Happy Hum Day. Everyone I've met today has complained about the weather so humming would be a vast improvement. I love these cards and these stamps. I'm wondering how I missed them. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Two fabulous CAS cards and great sentiments!

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations on the huge success of your unique and fun challenge. The gallery is looking amazing x Wonderful cards today....thank you for the inspiration x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Darnell, love all of the gorgeous glitter.

Sue xx

Lynette said...

Both of your cards are positively lovely, Darnell! Thank you so much for sharing them. I love your opening sentences, too:)

Darlene said...

OMG! I love your cards, your new challenge fun and your 'humming' idea! I'm going to try that! You always make me smile (or down right belly laugh) at your antics! How funny that would be if you actually did reply to some sour puss like that! BWAH!!! Thanks for being YOU!!

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Darnell,

I'm still on furlough and can't wait to get back to the craft room, but I've just had a good long visit through what I've been missing, and you have been up to all sorts in my absence!!! Firstly I'm so pleased that the eye surgery went well - I didn't realise it was so imminent. Secondly, how great is it that your challenge has got off to such a fabulous start and I'm so sorry to have missed it. Thirdly, you have been so busy making fabulous cards and I have loved browsing through them.

John is doing really well and I'm hoping to be back with my blogging soon.
Sending a big hug
Carol xxx
PS I love the gorgeous CAS design you showcased today.

Ina Grehan said...

Fabulous shimmery CAS cards Darnell. Love them both. Lovely sentiments from Deepti here - so uplifting and the sun has just come up here!

Susan said...

Lots of wonderful sparkly cheerfulness! And congrats on the success of the first Twofer challenge - I've really enjoyed seeing what everyone has done!

OH Babs said...

Two nice cards with lovely messages. You are becoming a master card maker.

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards, with great images and love all the sparkle.
You should have said "coz I have just stolen your wallet"

Kath x

nancy littrell said...

I love your CAS designs for both your uplifting cards, Dolly. The sentiments are so perfect too. TFS my friend. Hugs.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Two beautiful cards with wonderful colors and simplicity. The sparkle really makes these two look awesome too! I love the uplifting messages on both as well.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi there Darnell, I love your two cards brilliant design and colours, lovely sentiments too, Kate x

Carol H. said...

Love both of your cards Darnell! Really love the sunshine one, so filled with hope! Sure hope your eyeballs are on the mend and the world is looking all clear and shiny! Hugs!

Nora N. said...

OH now you are making me want those darn brush pens!! These are STUNNING!!!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful sentiments and sunrises, Dolly! If we would all wake up to these thoughts the world would be a better place! Thanks for making my day better!

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell, what a great stamp set and your wink of stella approach was perfect. Love all that sparkle and great sentiments to brighten anyone's day.

Carol L said...

Yay for you and for being a pleasant happy person! Grumpy people need cards like these to make them smile sometimes :) Love the cheery sentiments and great, fun designs! Hope your eye surgery went well too!

Lisa Elton said...

Sweet P hums everyday! She hums while she plays with blocks or puts together puzzles, it's so darn cute! I say what song are you humming and she tells me she made it up ~ GAH she is a pistol! LOVE both cards, so peaceful and fabulous!

ike said...

Super cool cards. I will definitely Humm all day - that's a much better idea and I generally sing/talk to myself anyhoo :-D
I hope you will enter these in IKEsWORLD Challenges ?

Hugz
IKE x

Greta said...

Beautiful sentiments & cards, Darnell! I'm wondering now why I didn't choose that set with my gift certificate!

Anonymous said...

Such great uplifting cards. Now wouldn't that be fun to be in front of you at the checkout listening to you humming. I hope it catches on.

sandie said...

These are so uplifting and beautifully coloured. I really like the glow around the sun on the second card. Plus all that yummy shine. As my day begins what lovely sentiments to see. Thanks for joining Time Out....I don’t see it in the gallery but may have just missed it. xx

Ros Crawford said...

Whoo Hoo... I'm back... Hello lovely lady! How are you? I do hope you are feeling well again and judging by all the cards you have been putting out your eyes are doing fine as is your creativity. These are beauties! Love the sentiments and the lovely uplifting colours... I've missed my morning giggle popping over to read your posts. I'm doing well and a huge thank you for your messages and your hugs and love... Have a terrific day! Mwah!

maria f. said...

"Here comes the sun" - go hum that one, will ya? Wow, simple but oh-so-beautiful. I'm glad you found that set too! And congrats on your challenge being a huge success. Hope you have your Energizer batteries in...

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell xoxo

Cara said...

Fabulous cards, love the colour choices and sparkle x

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 wonderful cards yet again they are both so brilliantly created.
They look like Art Deco windows as they use similar designs in Art Deco homes in the Uk.
Not sure if you have tha same in the US.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Glittered Paws said...

Pretty - love the first with its CAS design but the second one just appealed to my senses. Both are very nice.

Wendy L said...

Perfect for our challenge at MAWTT, thanks for joining in, xxxx

Leslie Miller said...

Two absolutely wonderful cards, sparkled up all cheerful and hopeful. Beautiful images and sentiments. I love the look and the idea of this set. I'm a hummer everyday. My dogs make me sing -- dooby dooby do, be dooby dooby... and so it goes. Find joy! Congratulations on such a successful start to your Twofer Challenge!

Fikreta said...

wonderful cards!

Susanne Vargas said...

These are sparkly CAS beauties! Love how you colored them and captured the Wink of Stella! It must be your photography skills and the California sun! The sentiments are great, too! Off to check out this set and probably make my wish list longer...

Bobby said...

We all need some uplifting once in a while, Darnell, and these lovelies will definitely help.

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, I just love both of these. The colors on the kraft are way cool, but that sunrise is stunning. If you want, feel free to link up one of these beauties for our current W2CB New Beginnings Challenge. (Wink, Wink)

scrappymo! said...

Two very uplifting cards.
I needed to read these two today as I struggle to get rid of this dxxxed cold!

It made me miss your twofer challenge but I will be there for the next one...I promise. It is all I can do to get R Days going and done this month...

BobbisTreasure said...

Perfect sentiments for Words 2 Craft By's Magical Beginnings! Love the subtle shading on the kraft paper. Thanks for sharing with us at W2CB!!

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards using this pretty stamp set, Dolly! Love the colours with all the shimmer from being winked. Great way to send support to someone who needs a lift. Lolly xx

Cheryl W. said...

Two wonderful cards today with peaceful images and lovely sentiments. What great stamps! How great that you count this artist as your friend.

Gerrina said...

Two beautiful stamps and two times so beautifully coloured! (Wish it wouuld look like this a bit here...) But saw a beautiful pound with some birds in the mist this morning... Hugs, Gerrina

cotnob said...

Two super cards Darnell, fabulous stamps and lovely sentiments.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Kara Lynne said...

There's always a curmudgeon in the grocery line of life! Your cards would brighten anyone's day. They are gorgeously zigged and winked. You should have one handy in your purse next time you're humming in line.

Maxine D said...

Hmmm hum day, now that's different... have to think on that. What does Hammy have to say about it?
Love your cards Darnell, but then I say that most times as I find your art totally inspiring and worthy of admiration.
Blessings
Maxine

Helen F. said...

Two lovely inspirational cards, Darnell!

KandA said...

Two wonderful and very happy cards Darnell and those sentiments are fabulous. Mmmm I think I really need to make some sunshine cards to help the days along xx

Sybrina K said...

Hi Darnell, Still loving this pretty card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Words 2 Craft By. :)

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT, good luck!!! Amy DT

Anita in France said...

I know I mentioned these earlier, Darnell ... and now realise you are in our gallery with this delicious twofer! There is something so deliciously art deco about them ... Clarice Cliff-esque and gorgeous ... your colouring is beautiful ... and I love the shimmer! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time out, my friend! LYAMYAHYWHAWW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Two great cards- love the sparkle and the coloring on Kraft CS. Beautiful images too!

Craftychris said...

These are beautiful, uplifting and happy cards! I love them! Hugs. xxxxx

Karen Knott said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, love the gorgeous shimmer :)
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT
Hugs Kaz xx

Celeste Goff said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell! I love all of the pretty shimmer you added to them both. Thank you for joining us at W2CB!

Jill Vickers said...

The cards are absolutely stunning - the images are beautiful and I love the added shimmer - especially on the kraft. LOVE! Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out and congrats on your new Twofer challenge - I am looking forward to playing along this month :)

sandie said...

Congrats for getting Honours at Time Out

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell. Congratulations for your 2nd being given Honours at Time Out Challenges:-) TFS Hugs..