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July 17, 2018

Reminder TCC #7 ~ Hammy and the Teacup

Hello Stamplings!

JUWelcomeLY!

I hope you had a great weekend! The Mister and I went to beautiful Monterey for a destination wedding and had a super time. The wedding couple have known each other for six years and yet they were literally jumping up and down and giggling with happiness! Well, the bride was, but we could tell the groom was giddy on the inside! We've known him since he was a baby, so it was a very special celebration.

I came home and got busy with the hamster making reminder cards for you for the July Twofer Card Challenge. The prompt is "Beverage" and, of course, these cards HAD to happen! He was very good about sitting in the teacup for me to take many photographs until late in the afternoon.

Just look how chuffed he is to be the center of attention again!

Onefer
The background is an embossed glossy paper which I made into a shaker card. I bought some glittery tulle (cough) months ago when everyone else was using it to make their shaker card fronts and I finally got around to using it. I love the look. I'm sorry I didn't get a good angled shot showing the schparkle in the tulle and the little bits of jewels.

This sweet Hammy is stamped using a Your Next Stamp stamp and die set called "Hammie - Coffee and Tea." (The name is misspelled, but that's okay.🐹) The stamped sediment is from MFT.

Challenges
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Twofer
Using the same hamster teacup, I made this birthday design. Because I colored the teacups in rainbow hues, I left the hamsters uncolored. I'm questioning that choice now as they do look a bit like the albino hamster family you find in the very back of the pet store!

The background is a piece of specialty paper from GKW that I've had in my stash forever. The flagged "Happy" die is from PTI. I layered it a few times for more dementia. Hammy thinks if you squint your eyes, it looks like it says "Hammy!"

I don't often say when I really like one of my own cards because, you know, I'd rather hear it from you, but I have to say it this time. With all that winking and glossing on those teacups, the sheen and design of the background, that silly smiling hamster, and the thick special shelf for the teacups, I'm crazy in love with this one!

Challenges

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Thank you if you've already played in this month's Twofer Card Challenge!
If you haven't played, won't you give it a try? Many of you say the thought of making two different designs with the same stamp or die is intimidating. It might help if you think of it as making two cards for two different sketches. Make them two days apart, if that helps, but don't forget to capture them both in one photo for linking. A lot of us make several different coffee-related card designs throughout the year, so I know you can do this beverage thing!💕

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Surprise Give Away!

Since I showcased Hammy in the teacup as my "beverage" cards today, he wanted to offer a special prize to one lucky commenter. No matter where you are in the world, if you would like to be in a draw for your own "Hammie - Coffee and Tea" set, please say so in your comment! I will announce the winner in my next post in a few days.
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74 comments:

Kathyk said...

You spelt HAMMY's name wrong in your banner!!! What a cute couple of cards - love the colours.

Wedding sounds like fun, haven't to a wedding in while!

Happy Tuesday, Darnell

Kathyk

Maxine D said...

Oh how wonderful to see Hammy as the star of your designs - he so deserves the honour!! Such a wonderfully handsome wee beastie is your Hammy.
Love your designs Darnell, and the rainbow of teacups is stunning - I can see why you love it!
Please tell Hammy I would be very happy to receive a gift from him, should he draw my name from the teacup. :-)
Blessings
Maxine

scrAPpamondo said...

Ah ah ah!! :D Hammy surely is on the moon to be the star of these two cards!! (And he well deserves it for all his help!) :D His face is too much cute on this stamp, such adorable critter!
LOVE the first one with the sparkling tulle shaker, I have never done one as this, so thanks for the link to the video tutorial, I want try...
The second card is just an explosion of happiness, great choice leaving uncoloured the hammies with all that sparkling/glossed rainbow cups!!
I have never seen that happy banner, sorry I can't help you.
Big hugs and thanks for having make me smile :)

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Glad you enjuoyed the wedding.

Loving the cards. Hammy sure gets around:)

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Marianne said...

Such sweet cards, Darnell. You've done Hammy proud, I'm sure. I hope I will finally be able to properly check out all of the other Twofer creations for this month later this week. Life has been hectic this month. Only one more translation task to finish before I start my 3-week break. Yay!
As for the banner die, I think it may be from Papertrey Ink.
Marianne x

Stamps and Paper said...

Loving your 'Hammy' cards Darnell, Hammy's modeling for these stamps was perfect!

Anne

frommycraftroom said...

Two super cards. Love the rainbow Hammy card.

Pat said...

I love your twofers for which Hammy very kindly modelled. The sparkly tulle looks so pretty for the shaker, and your row of winked and rainbow coloured Hammys sitting on that banner sentiment is such fun and works beautifully, and love the shiny background impressed paper looks great. How kind of Hammy to give away these wonderful stamps and dies and I would like to be in the cup for a chance to win them please. x

Marilyn said...

Cute cards!!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

nancy littrell said...

I am crazy in Love with both your hammy cards, Dolly. So much pretty glitter and colors and sweetness in both cards. So glad you had fun at the wedding too. TFS my friend. Hugs...

graham Brand said...

These cards are so cute and adorable! I'm sure Hammie is so chuffed
to have a leading role!

Jeanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. I got to see a friend I used to teach with when I lived in CA. They are in CO on vacation. We haven't seen each other in 10 years. It was too quick of a visit, but lovely, too. :) Your cards are adorable. I'm sure Hammy was SO happy. What a fun stamp set. You and Hammy are very generous! Hugs!

stampwithsandy said...

Adorable cards, Darnell! Hammy looks as happy as can be in his teacup. Thanks for the chance to win a prize, and hope you are having a great day!

Birgit said...

Cute! Cute! What adorable cards with that little hammy in the tea cup. Sorry I've been MIA lately. It's been a busy summer and I've just been enjoying the time away from technology and only crafting as "needed". I'm beginning to have crafting withdrawals though so I am feeling the need to get back into the crafting routine. Anyway, your cards are delightful Darnell! Yes, I'd love to be included in the drawing for these little cuties. Have a happy summer and stay cool!

Deborah Ehrhardt said...

Your hammy cards are too cute! I am slightly intimidated to make two cards with the same stamp in your twofer challenge, but would like to try!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Your cards are so cute, Darnell. I'll be linking up to the challenge tomorrow, and I'd love to give the bundle a new home, please xoxo

Brenda said...

Oh my, how adorable both of these cards are Auntie! I love Hammy sitting in the tea cup, he is just too cute!!!! Your shaker card is fabulous enough, but the second card of the whole family lined up in those sparkling rainbow tea cups is my favorite!!! Yes, I want entered into the drawing for this cute set!! Now I've got to get on to my own cards to enter before time is gone from me! Glad you had a great time at the wedding! Hugs, Brenda

JoAnn said...

Love both of your adorable Hammy cards. He is the perfect model. TFS

OH Babs said...

So glad you could spend the weekend in Monterrey - lovely location for a wedding. Two very cute cards. Hope all is well. Barb

Bonnie said...

Two delightful cards, Dolly! I must have missed the tulle shakers because this is a totally new and awesome technique to me! Hammy looks very pleased with the pretty shakers! And I've got to agree with you on the row of Hammy's in their schparkly tea cups! They make me giggle, they look so smug!

Christine said...

Oh, my! Hammie has been immortalized in photopolymer, and you have created such darling cards! How wonderful for both of you. Pretty please...do enter my name in the drawing!

Sue D said...

Adorable Hammy cards! Love the colorful cups and shelf too. would love to win this set.

Aquarius said...

Two brilliant cards and I love the one with the row of Hammies in the colourful teacups. Yes please for a chance in the draw


Verna Angerhofer said...

Hammy looks so adorable in the tea cup. Both cards are awesome. And, if my name is chosen I would love to have that Hammy in the Tea Cup set.

Jean said...

Such cute cards! Love the hammie and tea cup! Yes, please add me to the giveaway!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Aaaw, I love Hammy in his teacup! Your cards are beautiful! I haven't tried the tulle shaker yet but it looks so cute! I love the rainbow cups in the second card!

Redanne said...

Awww, Hammy looks absolutely adorable in every colour of teacup, both cards are beautiful - your shaker cards are always so impressive!! Big hugs, Annie xx

Jeanne H said...

Oh my, what a fun couple of cards! Love your Hammy and stories of what he is up to. He and you would be welcome if you ever come back to MN! :-)

Susan said...

How could you not be crazy in love with that rainbow row of teacups and albino hamsters? It is so adorable. And someone has to love the hamsters from the back of the pet store!! I love the shaker card too - never got onto the tulle fad but I love what you did with it! And also all those beautiful colours in the shaker elements.

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, Hammy looks so adorable in the teacups!! He's so photogenic (or is it stampgenic?) I love the designs of both of these!! The shaker is fabulous!! And you are so sweet to offer Hammy up as a giveaway, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bunny said...

Cute cards. I especially love the rainbow card. Lots of Hammy being showcased. It's a shame they didn't spell check Hammy's name when they made the stamp set.

I'm not in it to win it but I would enjoy a visit from Hammy anytime he's in Florida. [Bunny]

Carol L said...

These are both cute with a capital C! Love the shaker card, but those glistening, shimmery, schparkly teacups just float my boat! I love that card! Sounds like the wedding was a fun one, and I'm glad you had a good time. That little hammy of yours is quite photogenic isn't he? :)

conil said...

I do love the shaker card with the tulle. So darling, and I bet it sparkles like crazy. But your second card is beyond adorable and, oh so, clever. That mind of yours just created a feast for the eyes...critters (abinos need love, too) and rainbows. What could be better. By the way, that die may be from PTI. I

Unknown said...

I love Hammy [tho when I first started hearing about him via your emails, I thought "Hammy" referred to a pig!]. I'd love to have the set to always remind me of him [and that he's not a pig!] Thanks!
Laura

Pia S said...

This is the first time I’ve seen tulle used for a shaker card. Of course, loving shaker cards, now I have to get some of that too, lol.

Sarah said...

These are so cute...made me smile from ear to ear!! Love the gorgeous rainbow of hammy's xx

Kathleen said...

Two absolutely brilliant cards Darnell, love the image and your fabulous designs and especially glad that Hammy is pleased with them, can't do with upsetting him, who else would do the work for you.

Kath xx

Mac Mable said...

Well done Hammy on being the centre of attention. Fun post and such fun cards, both of them. Love the shaker card and what a great idea to use the tulle...never thought to use it that way. Hammy has spilt us with your second card as there are 6 of them...so cute and all so adorable...albino and all x. You should be crazy in love with this one x

Mac Mable said...

Meant to say....'Thank You' for adding the right card to the CAS Mix UP Challenge LOL xx

Barb Ghig said...

There's our boy :) I just LOVE seeing Hammy tucked inside these darling teacups, Darnell! He looks so cute aside your fabulous shaker with that gorgeous sparkly tulle, and I adore how you lined them up in rainbow order on your 2nd card...so fun!
I would love to have this stamp and die set, but I won my Mini MISTI here last year, so it's only fair that someone else has a chance, too! Back to working on my Twofer cards...♥

BobbisTreasure said...

I think Hammy has more fun than I do!! Would love a chance to play with him myself!!!

Lou said...

Wow! Aren't they just the cutest! Both cards are so sweet Darnell. These are 2 absolute stunners. Thanks for joining us this week at Just Add Ink.

Cat Craig said...

OMG I LOVE HAMMY IN A TEACUP! Love both cards Darnell and I think Hammy should be left uncolored in those rainbow cups. I think you did a fab job on these cards.

Christine Alexander said...

are you sure there's tea in those cups, Hammy looks way too happy. Both cards are adorable and how cool Hammy gets his own stamp :)

Lisa Elton said...

Hammy multipied...how cute is he!! These are both daring little works of art Darnell. The shaker is especially cute!

Cheryl W. said...

Well, honestly, who wouldn't want a cute "Hammy" stamp and die set after seeing your cute cards? I can think of lots of possibilities for those sweet images. I also think you ought to tell us more often when you really love one of your own cards. Making cards is an expression of our personalities, so knowing which ones you love helps us to get to know you just a little better!

Ros Crawford said...

Two fun and fabulous cards Darnell! I'm sure Hammy loved being the center of attention here!

KimB said...

They are both adorable cards Darnell! I love the bright bead colours you included in your shaker. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Chantell Randall said...

These cards are so cute - I especially love your shaker with the tulle, which is a wonderful idea. Chantell Just Add Ink

Anita in France said...

Ha ha ha ... so happy to see Hammy the star of the show once more, Darnell ... and behaving himself so demurely too! The shimmery twinkliness of the tulle shaker is fabulous ... and what could be more celebratory for a birthday than Hammy popping up out of all those sparkly rainbow cups! LYAMYMA ... HYSCITH! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Brenda in IN said...

That Hammy - he's such a ham! I love seeing his little face, over and over again on that card. These are cute as can be and I can see the sparkle and shine. I plan to get busy and enter soon.

Linda said...

These are just too cute Darnell .... love the rainbow design, Hammy is just adorable xx

Trina P. said...

Love seeing Hammy on these terrific twofers, Darnell! I’m a fan of rainbows so your rainbow of cups caught my attention immediately. The shaker was a great idea. Love all the sparkle and shimmer! xx

Gerrina said...

I a;ways cheer up from reading your posts and thi one is no exception! Your cards are so fun and bright; great! Sure I want in the draw, but not for me; my daughter has a hamster :) Enjoy your week! Hugs, Gerrina

JD/ Jill said...

Super cute cards! I would also love to receive a gift from Hammy please put me in the draw!

Glad you enjoyed the wedding. Monterey! Your brought back some happy memories for me today. We so enjoyed our trip to Monterey on our trip to California 11 years ago. (so wish I knew of you back then...I would have really tried to get in touch with you when we were there).

Bobby said...

That Hammy is such a ham. But he's so cute who could resist a half dozen cups full.

HilaryJane said...

These are 2 wonderful cards Darnell, I particularly like the shaker card, it is so simple yet so effective. Brilliant xx

Loll said...

OMG ... these are both SO ADORABLE, Dolly!! Hammy had his best smile on for this portait! :) LOVE the shaker card. I hadn't seen one using mesh for the window and this that is so clever. LOVE the rainbow teacups. Agree that they are spectacular with the bright colours, shimmer and shine. I think leaving Hammy uncoloured was the right decision. This is an awesome design! Lolly xx

Shauna said...

How fun! Your colorful cups just jump off the page. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Shelly said...

Two super cute cards, Darnell!! Sounds like a wonderful wedding, too! ;)
I'd love for my name to be thrown in the hat to be chosen, though not sure if I'm too late for that or not?...if so, no worries. ;)
Hugs

Jan said...

Both of your cards are adorable Darnell! I love the little Hammy peeping out of the tea cup and the tulle shaker adds another wonderful layer of fun too! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

Tracey McNeely said...

Hammy and the tea cup is absolutely adorable Darnell! The cutest little beverage going.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hi Darnell, there's nothing like a wedding to bring out good vibes and your twofer cards are full of happiness. The first Hammy with it's sparkly shakers, fun for all ages and the second with it's multiple hammy line up of colourful coffee cups, reminds me of my mornings and early starts hee hee..
Thank you for sharing your little cards of joy, they have started my day off with a smile and a coffee of course!
Creative Wishes Tracey x

Di said...

Oh Darnell - what adorable little Hammies! I love both cards loads - but am with you in your snippets card. It's just perfect - so cute! Have you checked under their eyelids to see if they have pink eyes? They might not really albinos after all!

Love and hugs

Di xx

designbydonna said...

I too am in love with the shiny colorful teacups and banner. Hammy looks so cute in them. Tulle for shaker cards? I am out of the loop, haven't seen that before. Just may be some inspiration there.

Glittered Paws said...

Oh U bet Hammy was "giddy" with joy while he posed for the cards you made. Love the pretty teacups. I have used Tulle for shaker cards and it worked up so pretty. Great cards.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell :-) the little hamster is adorable!! LOVE them both :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Luv
Lols x x x

Sue said...

Wow what a star Hammy is - he's obviously at home in the spotlight! I love the tulle on your shaker card, what a great idea - is this popular at the moment ?? It's fab that I'm only a few months behind what's hot rather than the usual years!! Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs, and have a very happy weekend. Sue xx

Susanne Vargas said...

This post is full of cuteness! Hammy sitting in a cup in front of a shaker window with tulle is adorable but then a rainbow of cups with Hammies makes everybody giddy with happiness! Love the shiny paper and the "happy" banner, too!

Fikreta said...

so lovely cards!
hugs

Laurie said...

What a cute card and it's a shaker card too! Adorable! Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Design challenge!
Laurie

Lori Warren said...

Very cute cards, Darnell! We appreciate you entry into the "No Body Here" challenge over on the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity blog! Happy day to you! Lori

Sharron said...

What an adorable little model Hammy is! Love your shaker with tulle and the fun rainbow of Hammys!!

Greta said...

Such cool cards, Darnell--love the tulle for the shaker window! Now if only I could find where I put mine--haha!