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May 14, 2018

You Are Awesome, Wherever You Travel!

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day if you celebrated yesterday! I am so blessed with my little family, but I know it can be a hard day for some, so I am sending you a big hug if it was sad for you.

We're having lots of blue skies and sunshine, so today I have a bright and bold creation for you, backed by my pretty Azalea bushes.
Using a small piece of acetate, I "painted" my watercolor panel by dabbing spritzed color from my craft mat onto the acetate and then dabbing it onto the watercolor paper in a rainbow design until I was happy with it. The "you" die from Winnie & Walter is popped up and backed by black fun foam. The "are" and "awesome" and the scalloped border die are all from Your Next Stamp.

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Speaking of awesome, check out this cool driftwood sculpture our grandson Henry made at school!
Henry's sculpture was chosen to be showcased in the city art gallery! I'm sorry the gallery lighting made getting a good photo nearly impossible, but you can see that proud smile and rightly so!

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I told you in my Twofer Card Challenge post the other day that I would show you what my sweet "fairy" girl looks like on the actual wooden stamp from Penny Black! She is packed up, travel guide in hand, and raring to go!
Isn't that a fun stamp? I'm sending this to a friend who has been on some great adventures with me with the hope that we'll enjoy many more! You know, before the dementia gets too far advanced! The fun and cheeky sediment is NBUS from Cheeky Monkey.

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67 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Two great cards Darnell and happy Mother’s Day

Anne

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fantastic cards Darnell and I love your grandson's driftwood sculpture.

Sue xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving both cards.

Your grandsons sculpture is fab. Not surprised they showcased it.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Maxine D said...

Loving your cards Darnell - the rainbow one is stunning, and the travel one, I must ask if Hammy agrees with you that you need to travel more, poor boy being left behind....
I do love the dinosaur, that is amazing, and you and your Grandson have every reason to be proud of it!
Blessings
Maxine

Carole said...

Wow Darnell what a post! Firstly your bright ad cheery card...love the smarties down the side (smarties are a sweet over here and these dots look so like them)...secondly...my that sculpture is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! he so deserves to be recognised. You have aright to be so very proud of him....and last but by no means least...what a fab image and sentiment...really made me smile...hugs from a sunny UK for a change (it'll rain tomorrow now I have said that).xx

Julie B said...

What a fantastic piece of art your Grandson has created, I love it. You must be so proud of his achievement. :)

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!! Love that image on your second card!! Your grandson did an awesome job on his driftwood sculpture!!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Jeanne said...

Both cards are fabulous. Love how bright and colorful. Terrific sentiment. The second card is so fun! Great image and funny sentiment. But boy oh boy, that sculpture your grandson made is fantastic! Wow! He should be so very proud. How long did it take him to find the right pieces? How does it stay together? Amazing work. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy day after Mother's Day! Hugs!

Brenda in IN said...

The rainbow card is so fun and colorful. I am so impressed with the driftwood dinosaur Henry made. I believe he has inherited your creative art gene because this looks so authentic. And to be displayed in an art gallery is the best endorsement he could get. Great job, Henry. That last card has the right sentiment. Don't put off what you've been meaning to do. Life has a way of changing things no matter what your plans are.

Pat said...

I adore your rainbow background Darnell and the pretty scalloped shape with a great sentiment and love those multi coloured enamel dots, and great to see your fairy minus her wings and with her suitcase packed ready for a big adventure, beautifully coloured too. Henry's driftwood sculpture is fantastic and how exciting to have it on public display, and you must all be very proud. Hope you had a good Mother's Day. x

jimlynn said...

Love Henry's sculpture! How unique. That's great that it's being showcased!!
That first card not only woke me up but put a big smile on my face too. Love the bright colors. Both cards are wonderful!
LYnn

Cat Craig said...

wonderful cards Darnell. I love those bold bright watercolors. That card just makes me feel like I am in the CA sunshine. YOur traveling gal (Sans her flutterby wings) is adorable...and the sentiment perfection.

conil said...

You really made me smile today with both of your cards. Happy and fun...who could ask for more. But Henry really has a gift. That sculpture is both innovative and beautiful. So glad that someone else saw and rewarded his talent be showing it in a gallery. That is truly wonderful for him. Congratulaions to Henry.

cuilliesocks said...

WOW Henry's sculpture is amazing, he's obviously very talented, well done that boy, and deserved to be exhibited in the gallery.
Love your rainbow colours and design, fabulous card.
Fantastic travel card, beautifully desined and coloured, love the image, Kate x x

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, Henry's sculpture belongs in the art gallery!! Wow!! It's incredible!! Congrats to him!! Both of your cards are fabulous!! I love the beautiful colors of the first one!! The second one makes me laugh!! Love the image!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Julia Aston said...

First off - Henry's sculpture is AWESOME!! He should be very proud of that work of art! Love your bright sunny rainbow card - and your fun travel card! Totally get that sediment!! hope you are having a lovely day sis! Julia xx

Mac Mable said...

How proud you must be of Henry and what an amazing culture. Great photo of him too x Very artsy and beautiful card...not easy to keep it CAS and use all the rainbow colours. Yes that Penny Black stamp is fabulous and great to see how you chopped it up for your Fairy card. Fun sentiment and a wonderful cards. Here's to many more great adventures x

Leslie Miller said...

Your watercolor card is so beautifully colorful, including the rainbow of enamel dots down the side. Love that! How fun to see your adventure girl in her original form. Cute card! It will give your friend a good giggle. I'm particularly impressed with Henry's sculpture. Looking close up, it appears to be coated with something. I have to show this to my hubby. He's talked about taking up driftwood sculpture as a hobby. Amazing work, Henry!

Kara Lynne said...

Creativity runs in the family! Henry's sculpture is amazing! At first I thought you were showing us a museum exhibit he went to see on his travels (hence the post title), but that was referring to your second card! Your watercolor card is so bright and fun, and I love the sentiment paired with the cute tourist. I'm still the one handed typist, but enjoying being out and about in blog land today!

adele holcomb said...

What an amazing sculpture! Congrats to Henry -- it well deserves to be on display in the city gallery!

Tracey McNeely said...

Congratulations to Henry, what a fabulous accomplishment, such a cool sculpture! Love your rainbow watercoloured background!

Bonnie said...

Wow! Henry made that?!! You have a full fledged artist there! Nana's done all right too with her bold and happy rainbow design that makes me smile! Your traveler looks like she's headed to a fun destination! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, Henry's sculpture is truly fantastic!!! It reminds me of a prehistoric dinosaur - I love it and totally understand why it is being displayed.

I love your cheery cards today, the rainbow of colours on the first one is beautiful and the sentiments on both cards are brilliant, especially the second one, it is so funny (and so true). I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day my friend. Hugs, Annie xxx

Dana M said...

Fabulous cards Darnell! So talent runs in the family obviously. Congrats to Henry and his awesome project!

nancy littrell said...

What a fun and cheeky (sentiment) travel girl image, Dolly. I leave on Thursday to fly to BC for our retreat. I Just Can't Wait to meet you in person, my friend. Get prepared for a BIG In Real Life HUG!!!!

See you soon, Nancy

TFS the photo of your proud grandson's really cool driftwood sculpture:-) I know you were grinning from ear to ear, while taking the photo:-)

nancy littrell said...

P.S. Also LOVED your rainbow designed card with your Big Sentiment. So clever and creative, Dolly. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolor. Hugs..

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing both the cards and LOVE the rainbow choice of colors in the first one, it's so happy andbright! The second one looks very sweet and feminine! I'm so very impressed by your grandson's sculpture, WOW!! Before reading that it was done by Henry I have thought that he was in a Museum!!! :D Big congrats to him for the showcasing in the city art gallery, he is for sure an Artist as you are!!!

Bo┼╝enA said...

I recognize this fairy ... but on the trip she lost her wings somewhere :-)) I love the first card for amazing colors. The second card is entertaining, like all the amazing cards. I send big hugs,
BozenA

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous water colour panel and a lovely bright and beautiful card.
Very well done to Henry his sculpture is really brilliant, certainly worth a showcase, clever boy.
My son-in-laws middle name is Henry and my Grandsons are Ethan Henry and Austin Henry.
The sentiment is certainly LOL, fabulous image too, super card.
Has just been Mother's Day in Australia too, my eldest Daughter lives in Oz and has never had any children, not through choice but her Partner she is with now has two teenage children and they bought her a MD card and flowers and chocolate and she mailed and said my first ever Mother's Day presents and card ..... I cried.

Kath x

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what super and very lovely cards the first is so colurful and beautifully created.
The second is a very fab stamped image and that sentiment is just so right when you get to a certain age.

Your Grandson's sculpture is amazing and so cleverly constructed.
I see the designing genes definitely run in your family.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Liz said...

Love your rainbow card, Darnell, so bright and cheerful. Your second card is brilliant too, great image and such a fun sentiment. Congratulations to Henry for his amazing driftwood sculpture. What a talented young man! xx

JoAnn said...

Great cards Darnell. I really like the bright colors of the first one. Congratulations to Henry on his driftwood sculpture being featured in the city art gallery.

Hello From Texas said...

Hi Darnell.
Great card. I love everything about it but especially the rainbow line of dots.

Your grandson's art work is amazing and he well deserves to be included/shown at the city art gallery. Congratulations to your talented grandson.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those are so fun and well designed. I love both of them Darnell.

Sybrina K said...

Okay, you combined one of my favorite coloring techniques with my absolute favorite font... to create a beauty of a card! Well done, my friend. And, pass along congrats to that artistic grandson of yours. Very cool for him!!!

Cheryl W. said...

Your first card is bursting with happy colors. I can almost feel that warm California sunshine when I look at it. Loved seeing the wingless version of your fairy, too. Funny sentiment on that one. We all hope to complete all our adventures before the dementia takes over, don't we? I'm looking forward to a 1200-mile train adventure in a few days. I've always wanted to sleep on a train in a sleeper car, and this is my chance. An adventure that is going to get checked off the bucket list!

Christine Alexander said...

wonderful rainbow card, such happy colours and great sentiment. your second is so funny there are days when I think it's too late. So looking forward to our get together for crafting on Friday.

Loll said...

Love your bright and cheerful rainbow card, Dolly! The sun was really shining on the card and the colours are so bold and beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Congrats to Henry on his recognition. His sculpture is AWESOME!! His Bama has passed down the artistic gene!

And your travel card is so funny! Love that sweet little girl perched on the luggage. Lolly xx

sandie said...

Firstly...wow what an amazing sculpture, I thought he was in a gallery. Please let him know I think this is stunning. I love sculpture and this is unique and so funky.
Adore the rainbow colours with the strong black
And adore that travelling Lady, looks like fun is ahead xx

Wendy L said...

Super, super card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

Ros Crawford said...

I Love Henry's sculpture!!! It's amazing!
That arsty card is so pretty... Your azaleas must be so beautiful and your twofer really made me smile!
Wishing you a lovey day!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hello there lovely gal! Well done Henry on getting his fantastic driftwood sculpture displayed in the gallery - quite right too, it's brilliant, he's obviously inherited his Grandma's artistic eye :-D. We get some cracking driftwood on our beaches too which face the Atlantic so quite a lot gets swept up in the currents. Love your bright card too, the rainbow smarties down the side are the perfect embellishment!
Hope you're keeping well and happy, I know I don't always comment on your blog but quite often think about you xx
Hugs LLJ xxxx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Congrats, Henry! Gorgeous cards too xoxo

Linda said...

WOW!! What a gorgeous rainbow of colour .... love it!!
And what a stunning piece of artwork from Henry too. No wonder he's proud of it, it looks amazing xx

oldpunca said...

Congratulation to the young artist! Wonderful work.
I like your bright and colourful rainbow card. And especially I like the sentiment. Your second card made me smile. :-) Cute, fabulous and wonderful coloured.
Have a nice day!
Hugs, Sonja

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
A marvellous twofer but in my official capacity of MAWTT DT member, may I say that your first card is splendid and spot on for the challenge.
Bravo Henry! He has obviously got an artistic streak..............don't know where he could have got that from lol!!!
Ang x

Linda said...

Two fun cards, Darnell and great picture of Henry and his awesome sculpture.
Babies are doing so good. They were moved to the step down NICU, yesterday. Wow, two weeks and one day!!!

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards !
hugs

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

Well, that colorful card is awesome! And the rainbow of enamel dots is the perfect accent! And what an adventure that girl is on!

Susan said...

Love your card with the fabulous rainbow of enamel dots! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour.

Congrats to your grandson, Henry! And thanks for giving me a smile with your second card.

Christine Harrop said...

Thanks for sharing your super colourful cardwith us at MAWTT.Wow! That sculpture truly is awesome. Christine DT x

Glittered Paws said...

Two great cards - and what an amazing grandson you have with his driftwood art project.

Ruth said...

Just love that bring pop of rainbow colour on the first card and your little travelling girl is perfect. Your grandson clearly gets his artistry from you - that's a fabulous sculpture!! xx

Greta said...

Hurray for Henry--that is amazing & wonderful! Love your cards, Darnell--fun rainbow & such a cute card for your friend!

Susanne Vargas said...

No, YOU are awesome! And so are your cards, the bright encouragement card and the fun travel girl! Absolutely love that sentiment and will take it to heart!
Speaking of awesome: That's what that sculpture is! I am not surprised that they show it at the city art gallery! Congrats to Henry!

Sharron said...

So impressed with Henry's sculpture--he is quite the artist! Love your rainbow art too, and the fun traveling girl. I was just visiting with some friends who were commenting on their efforts to do all their favorite things while they still can ;)!!

Helen F. said...

Two fabulous cards~YOU are awesome, Darnell! LOVE the PB Fairy girl and fun sentiment too! Wow, Henry's driftwood sculpture is very cool!

PS: Sorry I've been MIA of late, had surgery a few weeks back and had a friend actually post a couple of cards on my Blog keeping me active, but have fallen waaaaay behind on commenting :-(
Thanks for your support and lovely comments, my friend!

brenda said...

A real fun and happy card Darnell and the sentiment really made me smile, much what I said to hubby when I booked yet another cruise and counting the days (while I can remember) till next week! Many thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

frommycraftroom said...

Two awesome cards. Love the sentiment of the second one! :)

Henry's scultpure is fabulous (it looks like a dinosaur skelton to me). He looks really happy with himself and so he should be!

Lisa Elton said...

Your cards are wonderful but holy smokes to Henry's sculpture!! WOW that is so cool!!

Bobby said...

The bright, bold watercolor will perk up anyone's day, Darnell, and that world traveler looks as great as is and she did a fairy. I'm enthralled with Henry's driftwood dinosaur. He must have gotten his talent from Bama.

Desperatehousewifecraft said...

I'm so honoured to get to comment on your gorgeous cards Darnell. I love the artsy look of the first and the whimsical nature of the 2nd! And congrats to your grandson, his driftwood sculpture looks ready to be added to an art gallery! Thanks for sharing your awesome cards with us at Addicted to Stamps and More and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations again soon! Hugs, Gwendolyn

Monika Reeck said...

First of all wooooww your grandson made that
coooolll
my son since he was a little boy always love Dinosaur
Great made young man
and the second card hihi love the sentiment it makes me smile
and the first one so artsy
so vibrant and so artistic
I love he M`n Ms there on your card hehe it looks like that
great post always Darnell
many thanks for joining with us at ATSM this time
hugs
Monika

Anita in France said...

Love those rainbow dots on your delicious rainbow watercolour card, Darnell ... I'm just wondering if they're takeoffable and edible ... sure look it! Sweet little adventurer ... that was me *cough* years ago ... with a backpack rather than a bag ... sigh, happy times!! The star of todays show has to be Henry and his awesome driftwood dinosaur ... it's outstanding, no wonder it was chosen to be showcased at the city art gallery! He (and you all!) must be so proud! LYAMYHMA ... HYCRIGW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Kathy Klersy said...

love, love, love your pretty color splashed card! thanks for joining us at MIUCB this month!

Ellibelle said...

Absolutely beautiful Darnell, so happy you joined us this month at Penny Black and More challenge!

Ellie

JD/ Jill said...

Great cards! Henry's sculpture is just amazing! Thanks for sharing!