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April 2, 2018

Rock the Blue ~ World Autism Awareness Day!

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you all had a marvelous weekend celebrating Easter, Passover, and/or lots of relaxation and craftiness! And I hope you all had a joke pulled on you or you pulled a joke on someone in honor of yesterday's April Fool's Day! I missed not doing my Boo-Boo Hop this year, but it fell off my plate which was loaded with ham and smashed potatoes!

Today I'm joining in a wonderful blog hop for World Autism Awareness Day. Like cancer, the autism spectrum has touched my family and no doubt it has touched your family or friends, as well. Here is my card for the link-up:
This cute bear is from "Cheerful Critters" by SU and the NBUS encouraging sediment is from Dylusions.

The Hop will be open until April 8th. If you would like to join in, here is the logo and link:
There are many sponsors and prizes!
2018 Stamping For Autism Awareness
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Then what happened was, I happened to see the new Less Is More challenge. It is a Lucky Dip and the brief is to CASE (copy and share everything) a card made by my talented friend, Aileen of Colour and Sparkle. Here is her card:

Keeping with the blue theme, I CASEd her, thusly:
I finally played with my alcoholic inks on Yupo paper! I used sailboat blue, denim, and stonewashed dropped onto a piece of Yupo paper. After the paper was dry, I die cut this beautiful bloom from The Ton, and leaving it in place, I stamped the coordinating bloom in Archival Ink over the die.

I wanted to add white washing to make it look more like Aileen's pretty flower, but I was too scaredy-cat that I would wreck it, so I quit while I was a head. Not to mention, now that I mention it, the dark and brooding boldness is really striking just as it is. The NBUS sediment is from CAS-ual Fridays.

Challenges

And because Hammy was messing around with the leftover negative cut and a few extra stampings of the bloom, I realized that this looked rather fab, too!
Super QACAS! I think I'll send this to a friend who loves coloring! The bloom is inlaid into the opening. I'm entering this in Cards In Envy, where the brief is to use the negative die space!

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85 comments:

jimlynn said...

Your cards are so perfect Darnell. Love them!
Lynn

Di said...

Wonderful cards Darnell! I totally adore your alcholfrolic inks on Yupo flower card - stunning! We must be so sykick - I spent a happy time yesterday playing with Yupo and the alcofrolic inks I just bought last week! Ahem, my results need a lot more practice though!

Raining here today but I just got excused from the ironing as am making pasta and cauliflower cheese from scratch this evening - for which I need to be feeling backache free.Someone here prefers his food to ironed clothes :)

Hugs to you my friend! Your LIM entry has to be a winner for sure! and the Autism card is terrific.

Di xx

Carol H. said...

Hi Darnell! I absolutely love your blue alcohol ink cards! The blue flower is just perfect! And what a great idea to use the leftover that way!

The little bear with the “braver” sentiment is just adorable! He is a really cute bear! That sentiment is perfect for this and for so many others! Have a great Monday! Hugs!

Lorraine said...

I'm loving all of these! Your experimentation really played out well.

Happy Dance said...

Have to tell you that our church does a special service every third Saturday for special-needs folks. It's delightful, and two of the young men who attend, Gavin and Austin, were confirmed just before Easter! Our church family has embraced so many in our community very warmly! Love the bear card you've made! The image is sweet, and I love the sentiment - it's perfect for this celebration. Those flowers, however, are just stunning. They are so beautiful in those blues. Your inking of the first, and the background of the second are really incredible. A trio of fabulous cards! Missing you. Bev

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. Love the bold blue colour and both turned out marvelous. The card with the bear is looking great too, love that message.
Greetings Miranda

Heidi Stamps said...

Lovely cards! It looks like you had fun creating them, too!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

3 perfectly fab creations. I do so love the last that Hammy fooled with! More snow here, today. Hard to believe yesterday was Easter! Mother Nature is not happy on the east coast.

Colleen said...

Happy Easter Monday sweet friend!! Love your cards and yeah for you getting out the alcohol inks and making this fabulous card...I think the colors landed just right for shading on your beautiful flower! And Hammy was really using his noodle to make that second card! *wink Have a wonderful week! Ours is starting out a bit cold...34 degrees outside right now and it was even snowing a few minutes ago!! Heart Hugs, Col

Marcia HIll said...

Was glad to see you playing along with the Autism Awareness Blog Hop Darnell, as having worked for The Gray Center (an Autism Resource Center started by Carol Gray, author of Social Stories for kids on the spectrum), I have a special place in my heart for all those that deal with Autism on a daily basis. Love your card too...perfect sentiment and cute, CUTE image!! And totally in LOVE with your Al ink cards...they are both BEAUTIFUL!! :0)

Christine Alexander said...

Great experiments. I love the blue flower, on first view I thought you had painted it. On reading it was AI's it reminded me to pull out my AI's. Great card for Autism awareness.

JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell, and great sentiment!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous cards. Love that sentiment and perfect for the theme. The blue bloom is stunning. I made a card in 2015 for he Autism awareness hop but don't think I had seen it since. I will definitely be joining the fun. Hugz

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!! I'm just in love with your blue blooms, both amazing ! Such fab eye had Hammy for that one with the negative piece! :D
The first card looks delicious and that sentiment -oh my- is one of the most beautiful sentiment I have seen on a card! Really encouraging!!
Hugs!

Pia S said...

Your flower cards look stunning. And the world autism day card is so adorable. I have a few sentiments designed like the one you used, I like how you ‘tied’ the blocks together using red shading, a clever trick I’ll keep in mind for use in the future...

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving your cards. Really like your flower cards and the first one is just fab. The wording is so apt.

Hope you have a good week. Sue

Carol L said...

These are beautiful and I'm quite taken with the rich blue colors of that flower! I may need to invest in yupo paper and give this a try sometime because ALL of your cards turned out fabulous! Speaking of fabulous, I hope your Easter was exactly that, and thanks for that adorable card that makes me smile every time I walk by and have another look at it :)

Pat said...

I love your sweet bear and the wonderful sentiment for the Autism Awareness Day, and what fabulous blooms and the blue alcohol inks give a bold and beautiful finish to this beautiful flower Darnell, and the die cut piece works well with the plain stamped flower fitted back into it, such a great idea and a fantastic CASEing of Aileen's super card. Hope you had a good Easter too. x

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous cards Darnelle, I love the Autism awareness card with that fantastic sentiment. There is a big push on here in the UK to encourage more support in schools for children with Autism. I do wonder if that will happen, as any mental health condition is always way down the line as far as the government is concerned.
Your two floral cards are lovely, what fabulous blue shades too, thanks for your visit Darnell most appreciated, Kate x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those cards are wonderful and perfect for this hop.

Dana M said...

Fantastic cards Darnell! The autism card would brighten anyone's day. What a great cause and blog hop. Beautiful alcohol cards, love the vibrant blue.

Milka Gubo said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! Love them all!! :o) xx

Greta said...

Loving all of these, Darnell! The blues are so beautiful & you've made me resolve to actually use the sheet of Yupo paper Colleen gave me ages ago! Hope you had a lovely Easter. We celebrated the BD of hubby's son-in-law & they did all the cooking!

Cathy said...

Fantastic cards Darnell, love the sentiment for the autism blog hop card and how the cute bear is holding it up. Your AI cards are truly beautiful too! Love the shades of blue, Cathy x

Kathleen said...

What a brilliant first card and a really super sentiment.
A really super blossom and colours for the second and third card .
Couldn't believe it we had snow today.

Kath x

Redanne said...

A trio of really beautiful cards Darnell, I love that uplifting Dyan sentiment, the blue flower is absolutely stunning and how clever of Hammy to see the value in the negative too, he really is a clever little chap! I do hope you had/are having a wonderful weekend. Big hugs, Annie xxx

Mac Mable said...

Always great to get two cards from the one make. What glorious and vibrant shades of alcohol inks on your stunning flower cards. Be prepared to become addicted to the inks....just remember to keep a window open or you will end up with a red nose ......I should know! x Beautiful first card Darnell with a beautiful sentiment x

Liz said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell, I love the bold blue colour. Very clever to use the negative too, Hammy sure is a useful friend to have around when you're crafting. :-) xx

Glittered Paws said...

Oh nice - love the autism card - perfect sentiment. I have a son on the autism spectrum and he has a job and lives independently and is a happy adult. The floral in blues on the Yupo paper is beautiful.

Sue D said...

Great sentiment on the cute bear card and lovely floral cards.

Teresa Kline said...

very pretty, gorgeous blue color! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

blog-paperie blooms
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sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

Lisa said...

These are all so beautiful!! I love the designs of each one and the gorgeous colors!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Celeste Goff said...

Fabulous cards Darnell!

Maura R said...

I love your sentiment on your first card (and your sweet bear!! I just finished making one with that sentiment but haven't posted it yet. Love the alcohol ink cards too - the one using the negative is genius!! Alcohol inks are so fun, I just made several card with them using acetate!

Macimbalo said...

Gorgeous creations Darnell! Love that vivid blue! Thanks so much for linking up this week at JUGS!

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, you've given us a triple treat today. I love your card for the hop. The strong colors are supportive of a good strong message.

YOur two AI cards are stunners. What fabulous blues you've used. I have some inks and really need to play with them again!

Cheryl W. said...

Your cheerful critter card is awesome...for an awesome cause. So many people have to deal with the affects of autism. They need our support! Your beautiful bloom is just ravishing. I could hardly stop staring at it. And how clever of you to use the negative space, too. A fabulous trio of cards today.

Lisa Elton said...

Your floral cards are lovely Darnell. You and Hammy make a great team!! Love your card for the hop. The sentiment is extra special!

Sybrina K said...

Hi Darnell! How wonderful of you to join in the autism awareness blog hop. And, these three cards are all wonderful, but I have to say I'm really crazy about the last one. So glad you decided to link it up at CIE. :)

Sharyn Polesel said...

What a wonderful sentiment on the first card....I love it! We have a grandson who is autistic. He is the sweetest, most loving little boy. Our porch light will be burning blue all month for Autism Awareness.

Pat McCleary said...

Your Autism card is just perfect, Darnell. I wore my Autism shirt today & am thinking of getting the puzzle piece die from Taylored Expressions. And your blue case card is fantastic.That blue is so powerful- just love it.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

I love seeing all the support for Autism, and I think the sentiment on your card is just perfect!

nancy littrell said...

I love your cheerful and uplifting 1st card, Dolly. You used the perfect sentiment for a wonderful cause. Your Alcohol Ink flowers were gorgeous and so cool the way you used the negative flower die cut too. Very creative my friend. TFS and hope your Easter was extra special this year. Hugs...

Kathyk said...

Three simply splendid cards shared with us today, hard to pick a fave and well done on the support for Autism Awareness too.

Hope you had a great Easter

Kathyk

Linda said...

Stunning cards. Great results from your alcohol inks and Yupo, what a fab colour combo.
Thanks for the advice about the heat treatment ....... at least I can walk upright now. Have a great week xx

Maxine D said...

Yes Darnell an Alcoholic Ink Support group is definitely called for after seeing these beauties... and Hammy will be a founding member too!
Love all your cards!! (as usual) :-) I have a friend who has a son affected with Autism - and as has been said elsewhere on this hop, every person affected is manifests differently. Love that you are supporting this worthy cause.
Blessings
Maxine

Desperatehousewife Craft said...

3 gorgeous cards Darnell and I esp loved how you used the negative part of the leftover alcohol inked, brilliant! How great of you to help create awareness for autism too, i will definately be hopping along for this great cause! Gorgeous watercoloured smooshed background! And thanks for the tips about the markers too! Thanks for sharing your card at Addicted to Stamps and More and we hope to see more of your beautiful creations again. Hugs,Gwendolyn

Ros Crawford said...

Oh I am blown away with your blue cards!! I LOVE that big blue flower!And a brilliant card for the link up! Hope you are doing well ... sending hugs your way

Jeanne said...

Love the cards you shared today. The blue theme is fabulous and so positive. Love the sentiment on your autism awareness card. Your alcohol inked cards are so pretty! Isn't it addicting to work with them, but in a good way? Thank you also for the beautiful card you sent me. I SO appreciate your thoughtfulness. I wanted to make cards, but this season of my life really messes with intention versus getting it done. I hope you understand. Thank you so very much for your friendship! Hugs!

Bonnie said...

Wow! A treefer! I love the message your fun bear is holding up! And your AI flower is so bold and gorgeous! The third looks like a water lily! Hammy had a fantastic idea there!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great awareness card, and such beautiful blues in the others.
Hugs,
Em xoxo

Marilyn said...

Awesome cards Darnell!!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Bobby said...

That blue is fabulous and in no need of further embellishment, Darnell. Using the leftover for the other card is brilliant in its execution. The sentiment with the darling bear is something everyone should take to heart.

Leslie Miller said...

Maybe it's the awareness that makes autism seem more prevalent these days, but it has touched my friends' lives and, therefore, mine. Sad to think we just didn't understand in the past. Your first card says wonderful things and is cute while it's saying it. That rich alcoholic blue is gorgeously amazing. A person could just fall right into it.

Sandy Trefger said...

Love all your cards in this post! The one with the negative for our challenge certainly is fab! Love the pretty blue color! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Gerrina said...

Three beautiful cards! Love the text on the first. The blue flower could go with the LIM challenge aswell and is beautiful! Hugs, Gerrina

Sherri Thacker said...

Isn't Yupo paper fun!??? I love your beautiful flower card. So pretty and perfect for spring! Thanks for joining us at Cards in Envy.

Terri Burson said...

Haha, I like the way you think. They are ALL wonderful! Thank you so much for participating in this worthy cause!

Birgit said...

You have been busy! I think your first card is cute and I love the arrow pointing down. Love your bold blue peony and I think it works great just as you left it. The 3rd card is pretty with the blue behind it as a burst behind the flower

Patti said...

Each card sweet and amazing in every way! just like you Darnell!! I take an on-line water color class from a man with Autism - he is a brilliant artist and incredibly humble. https://www.dylanpierce.com/ I know I posted a link to his website on my blog but just in case you missed it check this guy out! His art is stunning!

LOVE the bold blue on your cards! wow

Patti

alexandra s.m. said...

beautiful cards for such a great cause dear Darnell!
Hope you had a good Easter!
Hugs~

Craftychris said...

Love your first card which is perfect for World Autism Day! The alcohol ink cards are soooo cool! Stunning colours. Hugs xxx

Bananastamper said...

Wow! I love them all, but your Stamping for Autism Awareness card is especially cute and fabulous!
Thank you so much for your visit!
Cheers,
Shanna :)

Tracey McNeely said...

What a perfect card for your blog hop card and for such a good cause. Then you two made two more beautiful alcohol ink cards, isn't it so fun to play with?

Loll said...

Great card for World Autism Day, Dolly!! And look at you playing with AIs on Yupo! :) Great work! Lolly xx

Sandra H said...

Totally stunning creations as always your so talented Darnell l just adore both creations take care xx

Pollard Carole said...

Happy Easter tp you as well Three fabulous cards you spoil us and that first one for such a good cause Love that blue colour you used Love and hugs Carole x

Jean said...

Such wonderful cards and an amazing hoP

Marybeth said...

So many beautiful cards for such a good cause , Darnell. I love the rich blue you chose for the blooms!
Easter was Wonderfull but I was just too busy, my mom used to do the best!
Hugs and happy for answered prayers.

Izzy Scrap said...

Three fabulous cards, Darnell ! The sentiment on the first one is so beautiful ! But you stole my heart with this stunning, eye-catching blue bloom ! OMG, it is so, so beautiful ! I don't have Yupo paper and only few alcohol inks and now you guess what....I want to try them ! Aileen gave us such a beautiful card to CASE but I would love to CASE yours too ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More with this beauty. Hugs x

Fikreta said...

beautiful cards!
have a nice day

Brenda in IN said...

I do love the autism card you made. My nephew is autistic and is doing well. Your alcohol ink cards are fantastic for your first try! I wish mine hadn't had to go in the trash. Hammy needs a title since he is so brilliant at helping you. His idea turned out wonderful too.

Monika Reeck said...

Adorable alcohol inks on Yupo paper dear Darnell
that coloring the blue flower is simply beautiful
great all in blue.I mean the card for ATSM challenge
how are you miss Darnell
miss you
Many thanks to joining with us at ATSM this time
sorry for late comment
hugs
Monika

Michelle W said...

Just had to pop in and tell you how beautiful your cards are!

Sharron said...

I was enjoying your first sweet card and grinning with the adorable bear when I scrolled down a bit and wow, my screen found the most amazing blue! You did an awesome job with the alcohol inks! I haven't tried them but your beautiful creation is certainly making me want to run buy some!

Ruth said...

What a perfect card for World Autism Awareness Day. The colours are so bold and bright and the sentiment is in every way inspiring. I still haven't got into alcohol inks. It must be that I prefer to drink the stuff with tonic instead. The blue is gorgeous!! xx

oldpunca said...

I'm a bit late with the comment. But it comes from the heart. :-)
Wonderful card for the world-autism-day. I like the words you've used. Happy you to "have Hammy" who reminds you, to use also negative of colouring and die-cutting. Wonderful. <3
Have a nice weekend!
Sonja

Viv said...

Ah such a sweet bear on the 1st card Dee and love that sentiment too. The other two flower cards are just gooorgeous!!!!wow I really must get my alcohol inks out and have a play...still not used mine argh!! Enjoy your weekend, sorry I am late visiting but haven't been well ;) hugs Viv xx

Anita in France said...

Both these blooms are beautiful, Darnell ... what a wonderful 'experiment' those AIs on yupo turned out to be ... do more ... please!! Haven't ventured into this technique ... though am becoming more and more tempted ... maybe sometime this year! Your little bear is adorable in his stripey T shirt ... and the sentiment is brilliant ... doesn't that apply to each one of us!! Have a splendid weekend ... LYAMYMA ... HYTSTTR! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, that bear is so cute and I love the sentiment he is holding! Your "alcoholic" flower is gorgeous and I am glad you used the leftovers to make a fabulous card!
Have a great weekend!

Aileen said...

Im so late commenting that 80 something people have beat me to it but I am here and thats something. Fab-u-lace card CASeing my card darling just brills. I love it and the quickas one after it as well. You rocked it with both. Your autism awareness care is wonderful too. As always enjoy your posts

Karenladd said...

That little bear is simply adorable and the sentiment is spot on. As for that brooding blue flower...wow! It reminds me of a storm at sea...all roiling and boiling!

Sheila H said...

Great cards! I'm trying to catch up on blog surfing...

Sarah Platt said...

Oh MY! What a delightful trio of cards Darnell. You never cease to amaze. Love the cutest red, white and blue bear card with the most fabulous sentiment. Then a BIG smile crossed my face on seeing your awesome interpretation of Aileen's CASE card. Gorgeous depth of blue to your blooms and a perfect showstopper for our Less is More challenge. Thanks as always for playing along x

Nora N. said...

WOW!! What fabulous cards!! I LOVE the blue flower but the way you used the negative-GENIUS!!! Makes the line image POP. WONDERFUL design!