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July 31, 2018

Simple and Fun

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome to the last day of July! Goodness, I didn't think it would ever get here! NOT! I hope this finds you enjoying summer (or fall) because it's whooshing by!

I want to let you know that we are safe from the terrifying wildfires raging in Northern California. I hope the same is true for the rest of you living near any of the several wildfires burning out of control around the world.

Hammy came back from his adventure raring to go, so we had a lovely crafty weekend with lots to share with you!

Onefer
We broke out the Clarity Stencil Brushes for this QACAS nautical design. I have two left hands when it comes to blending inks with TH doolie-bob blending tools, daubers, and cotton balls. I am better with blending since the Vancouver retreat where I blended with my expert artist friends, but for me the brushes still work better. I used an old unmarked line stencil and an old unmarked rubber stamp for the moon/sun. The sediment is from PTI and the embossing folder is Stately from Craft Concepts.

Challenges
Twofer
For this OLC QACAS design, I used a Tim Holtz stencil number 10, masking a circle and a square for the images from Paper Smooches, "My Peeps." I used an SU Sizzix stripe embossing folder and I colored the cool chick with my Ziggies, giving her some cool chick eyeballs.

I'm linking to Back to Basics and Beyond (use an embossing folder) and Use Your Stuff (free week / color suggestions).
Threefer
This card was made for the current challenge at Inkspirational where the brief is to make a card in ten minutes or less. Using a linen card base, I stamped the Uniko "Beautiful Blooms II" flower and colored it with my Ziggies. I stamped the simple sediment and ran the card front through the BS using the same striped embossing folder I used in the card above. 

This card is so simple, it's silly, but I know the lady who will find it in her mail box will be thrilled to know I was thinking of her. It only took me a little over four minutes to bring someone joy!

Fourfer
Finally, another Christmas card. I'm so far behind I can see my own wide load in front of me! For this card, I used a star stencil and a dauber to daub stars in gold Brilliance ink. Then I spanked splashed the panel in Oxie aqua ink and when dry, I drew panel lines with a gold pen. The gold reindeer is from my stash and I die cut the holiday sediment in silver glitter foam.

I'm entering this card in the current Jingle Belles challenge where the brief is to use the blog banner as inspiration. I'm also playing in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.
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A Break in the Action

I've been having a serious flare of my Crohn's Disease for the last several weeks which is now necessitating bowel resection surgery. Surgery will be on August 2nd, so I'm taking a short break. I'll be back on August 10th with my Twofer Card Challenge inspiration. While I'm gone, please be naughty, have fun, and remember . . .

Enjoy your days! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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82 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, As always fab cards.

Good luck with your op. I hope it all goes ok and you are home soon. Sue

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So sorry to hear this Darnell, wishing you all the best with your surgery & take good care.
You have treated us to some extra's today, it's not as easy as it looks blending. Beautiful makes, clean, simple with a little added sparkle makes the best combination for the perfect life.
Healthy healing Hugs wishing you a speedy recovery Tracey xx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - the first one is my favourite - a fabulous design. Hope all goes well with your surgery.
Take care, Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

Glad to hear that you are safe from the terrific fires! I have see n them at the TV and I was very impressed... Such a disaster! Sorry instead for the necessity of your surgery, Darnell! I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!
Your cards are all striking, and such great work with the striped stencils!!
Big hugs and take care!

Stamps and Paper said...

Four great cards Darnell.....sorry to hear you are gong in for surgery Darnell sending you a big hug and wishing you a very speedy recovery I’ll be thinking of you

Anne x

Redanne said...

Oh what a wonderful treat you (and Hammy, of course!) have given us today - not two, but four amazing creations! I so wish I could do cards the way you do my friend, you are such a wonderful inspiration! I could not even begin to pick a favourite, anyone would be delighted to receive any one of these beauties.

I hope your preparations are going well for your op and that all goes well on the day. Fingers well and truly crossed in the hope that you get some relief afterwards.

It is so good to hear that you are safe from those raging fires that are sweeping California, my heart goes out to the families of those four firemen who died....

Big hugs and lots of love, Annie xxxxx

Julie B said...

Sorry to hear you've had a bad flare up, hope the surgery goes well.
I did wonder if you were around the area of the fires, horrific for those involved. My Son in law's Aunt's house backs up to the moorland fires that we had over here earlier in the month, v scary.
Oh, fab cards by the way. :)

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous collection of cards Darnell - you have been so productive my friend. I haven't used my stencils for a while and you made me itch to pull them out. The little chick cracks me up and the first card is so classy! I'm so glad your area is safe from the fires and I'm sending positive thoughts and good wishes for the surgery tomorrow.
Big hugs
Carol x

Carole said...

Wow! four cards and all fabulous and your inking looks superb to me!...and 4 mins for a card...wow Darnell.....it takes me that long to get the card out to make one!...lol. So very sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery...I am sure all your recent family worries will not have helped. I wish you well..a speedy recovery and send love ad hugs. xx

Cathy said...

Awesome fourfer!! Gorgeous array of cards that are perfect for those challenges. Wishing you all the best for you upcoming op, hope all goes well, Cathy x

Aquarius said...

A brilliant selection of cards - lots of inspiration. Sorry to hear you are having problems. Wishing you all the best and come back soon to make us all smile.

Lisa said...

I'm sorry that you need surgery, Darnell. I hope all goes well and I will keep you in my prayers. All four of your cards are beautiful!! Each design is unique and fabulous!! Good luck with the surgery. Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Marilyn said...

Pretty cards!!
Sending prayers for a speedy recovery from your surgery!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Pat said...

You are so clever at using a theme and using it Darnell, as you have here with these for four brilliant cards. The blended stripes using the stencil on the first look great with the moon/sun, and then the embossed stripes you have used on the other two, and wonderful use of another stencil with that fun chick, and then the sweet and pretty flower on the next, it might have been quick but very effective. Then to finish your beautifully starry Christmas card with the gold and silver glitteriness, and that turquoise heart is a super idea on the deer. I had thought that probably the fires were not where you live, and feeling sad for those people but glad it is not affecting you. So sorry to hear the Crohn's Disease has given you more problems and hope the surgery goes well, and DH and I will be thinking of you. Sending you big hugs and hope you have a speedy recovery. x

Jeanne said...

First of all, heartfelt wishes that your upcoming surgery and recovery go well and that you are soon feeling terrific. Your cards are all delightful as can be and I love that you timed how long it took to make a card that will make someone smile. Did you know that you have the ability to do that in mere seconds? Yup, when I see there is a post from you, I smile! You are so good! Hugs to you. :)

sandie said...

Oh I have to say, I adore all these cards. Wonderful Nautical design for Time Out. I love how you used the colours and gently blended these in...have no idea how you do this with brushos...any videos you know I can see how to do this, as I really can not use distress inks either...use,ems at it! And the moon gives the whole cards such a relaxing feel. So pleased you joined Time Out with this delight. And excited you took up my 10 min challenge and wow to doing this wonderful card in 4mins. I love you stamped this first then used this embossing folder after, what a fab look this gives. A joy to see you at Ink too!
I will be thinking if you over the next week and sending hugs and love xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, as always, Darnell. Praying for your surgical team and for a speedy recovery xoxo

Viv said...

So glad you are ok Dee! I was so pleased to see a post by you today. Gorgeous creations once more too. Good luck with the surgery and I will be thinking of you and wishing you well ;) hugs Vee xx

jimlynn said...

Beautiful cards. LOVE that first one in particular. Wow!
Take care and sending big hugs. All will be good.
Lynn

stampwithsandy said...

Look at you go Darnell, playing along with seven challenges in one day! What a great gallery of cards. Especially love your one layer striped beauty, such great masking and stenciling. So happy you shared with us at STB. Sorry to hear you've not been well, and sending well wishes your way! Hugs!!!

Jean said...

Sending wishes for a speedy recovery. Will be thinking of you. Such pretty cards! loving the stripes!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Wow, four cards! I love the first one especially.
I saw that 10 minute challenge and passed it by, the last time I did that I hurt myself with scissors.

Get well soon!

Bonnie said...

First, I'm thankful the fires are not near you! What devastation they are causing and how horrible for the people who have lost loved ones and homes.

Secondly through fifthly, a fun selection of cards! Love the stripes and your four minute card especially! The embossed linen was a brilliant idea! Love all that texture with the beautiful bloom!

I'm praying for you before, during and after surgery. May God bless you with a successful surgery and quick recovery! Mwah!

cuilliesocks said...

A fabulous selection of cards Darnell, it's amazing that one image can have so many different designs.
Love the Christmas one especially.
Sorry to hear that you are having to have surgery, I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts that all goes well, Kate x

Brenda in IN said...

Fourfer, I'm in awe. They are such terrific cards too. I love that first card so much and a lovely job with the brushes. I can't use those TH tools either. The other cards are so cute and the Christmas card is stunning. I'm so glad you are safe from the fires but they are so brutal. So much destruction and those people displaced breaks my heart. My prayers are with you and the team for your surgery. May you have a quick and uneventful recovery and back 100% soon after. Love and hugs.

designbydonna said...

You and Hammy have been busy. It always takes a while to get caught up after a vacation. I'm glad you are safe from the fires. I just cannot imagine the devastation from them. Praying your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Nan G said...

I’ll say Hammy was raring to go! The cards are simply gorgeous in their simplicity. Especially love the first one as I have that unnamed moon/sun stamp. One of the few wood stamps I saved when I cleaned out the craft room. Hope surgery goes well and you make a speedy recovery. Hugs

Loll said...

You certainly have been having some crafty fun, Dolly!! LOVE each and every one of these cards. The designs are all uniquely creative! I'll be thinking of you on the 2nd. Sending love and hugs your way. Lolly

Verna Angerhofer said...

First of all I am glad you are okay and not in danger from the wildfires. And, secondly you certainly have been busy with the great array of wonderful cards you have created. I love all of them and I am so happy you have shared them. At least maybe I can absorb some of the fun you had making them since I am on a garden preparation break. I am working on a card but it is getting done in bits and pieces. But at least the freezer will be filled with goodies when our snow flies later on. So thanks so much for sharing.

Dana M said...

Amazing cards! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and relief from your symptoms.

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS makes but your first one is STUNNING matey.

So sorry to hear you have to have more surgery and soon - I hope it will go well for you and look forward to hearing from you again once you are back at home and cracking on with your recovery

All the best

Kathyk

conil said...

Geez, give a girl a heads up, why don't you. I hope this all goes all right because I'm seriously concerned about your health. I'll be sending all the good thoughts I can muster to you.
As for your cards, you know they are CAS or QACAS perfection...looks like you and Hammy really went on a tear. Honestly, cannot pick a favorite, they're all so cool. I know exactly what you mean by the lack of ready Christmas cards...my stack is pitiful.
Be well, my friend. I'll be thinking about you. Hugs!

Cat Craig said...

Darnell good to hear you are not roasting on the spit of those fires. The fires bother me more than the threat of the big one rumbling through.

YOur cards are all lovely in spite of the time it took to design and put them together. My Christmas card stack is way behind. My good intentions stopped in March. Oh well back to it soon.

I'll be keeping good thoughts and sending prayers for a successful surgery and an easy recovery my friend. Hugs.

meg said...

fantastic selection of cards, I do especially love the soft colours and the image on the one you submitted to BBB thank you for joining us there

Leslie Miller said...

Quite a line up today, Darnell! I'm super impressed with your nautical card. It's so clean and beautifully executed. Great for guys or for any beach/sun worshippers. Soft, pretty stripes and all the cuteness I love on your twofer, and I love that you can send joy in barely more than four minutes, as illustrated in your threefer. Make 'em, send 'em, spread happiness. I, too, am ridiculously behind in my holiday card efforts, but better than none at all. That stag head is so beautiful, especially all glittery gold. A very pretty card. Good to hear you aren't threatened by the fires. It's a sad state every year, worse and worse, it seems.

Leslie Miller said...

Oops, I just read the very last paragraph. Sorry to hear you need surgery. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you're back in the pink soon. Can't keep a good woman down for long!

JD/ Jill said...

Thank you for posting that you are safe from those awful fires...I wish no one had to go through that. (Jim and I were worrying about you)
ALL four of your cards are creative and nicely done (as always) A card in less than ten minutes!!!!! (and you did one in less than 4 minutes!) I think I have only done one card in less than 10 minutes. (I would be embarrassed to admit to people how long they take me some times!
We will be praying for you with your surgery! Blessings, Jill

Viv's Visuals said...

Been AWOL (again) so having a quick catch up. Hoping all goes well for you DK... sending you a big hug. xx

Carol L said...

The cards are all fabby, and I especially love that cute little chickie :) Best wishes with your upcoming surgery - I expect you will be up 'n at 'em in a relatively short time, but I'm sending some healing hugs along anyway :) Take care of #1!!!

Kathleen said...

Four fabulous creations Darnell and all brilliant designs. I have to say that the second one is my favourite just because of the really cute chick.
Hope all goes well with your surgery and you are back on the 10th fighting fit and funny.

Kath x

Linda said...

WOW! What an absolute treat. I'm loving stripes at the moment so these designs are perfect for me ..... I love them all.
Hope all goes well with the op ..... sending you big hugs xx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Darnell! Thanks for letting us know your home is safe from the wildfires. It's always so scary, and even when we are safe, we can still smell the smoke from far away - so I know what you mean. Hoping these fires are soon under control.

I love your two fer samples, and the only lined creations as well! Such beautiful soft colors, too. Thanks for uploading your fabulous creation to Back to Basics and Beyond Challenges. I hope we will see more of your artwork in our future challenges. Be sure to check back later to see if you have won!
Crafty hugs, de
{Creative Smiles}

Colleen said...

I am not surprised that you made 4 cards. Maybe it will ward off a bit of withdrawals that you may experience while recuperating! I am keeping you, the Mister and the whole surgical staff in my prayers. May all go well and may you heal quickly so we can see you back in the Playhouse!! Lin is coming down end of August, maybe we can skype again!!
Heart hugs friend!

Lisa Elton said...

OH, I'm lovin' all of the stripes Darnell! Those stars and the sparkle aren't too shabby either. You will be in my thoughts and prayers throughout your surgery and recovery. I hope all goes well and the mister gives you the pampering your deserve. HUGS <3

Trina P. said...

Swooning over this brilliant collection of cards, Darnell. Love the colours and layout of the first card for our stripes challenge. The embossed frame is a great touch on OLCs. Thank you for joining us at Less is More.

So glad to see you are not affected by the fires. Sending you love and hugs for your upcoming surgery. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
😘 Trina

SmilynStef said...

Love your jingle belles banner inspired design ... especially the teal heart ... so glad you joined us.

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell, sorry to hear you have to go in for surgery. Here's hoping you feel much better after.
you've been super busy with all your cards, you blending is so pretty, love both of your stripy background simply perfect, and I'm with you with the xmas cards, need to get busy.
I'v just gearing up for a craft room reno, so struggling what to do about my stamping stuff in the mean time :)

Carol H. said...

Well, you hand me at Clarity Stencil Brushes! My goodness that’s some beautiful blending of the blues in the first card! All of your cards are beautiful! So glad to hear y’all are safe from the fires. Not good to hear about your surgery. Nine months removed from mine and I don’t like hearing someone as sweet as you having to go through this. Sending many prayers and lots of hugs. Hang in there sweet friend!

Susan said...

Darnell, sending you love, hugs, and positive thoughts for the surgery, and hoping it makes you feel much better afterwards.

Love all of today's cards, especially the first one - those stripes are fabulous and I love the stamp you used - sounds like one of those oldies but goodies.

Cheryl W. said...

Your cards are awesome, as usual. I especially love that little chick card. It's simple design lets that little chick shine in the spotlight! I do hope your surgery goes well and that you surprise your doctor with your ultra-quick recovery.

Pollard Carole said...

More amazing design they are just gorgeous hope your op goes well sending my love and will be thinking about you love and hugs Carole x

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Gerrina said...

Just loove your first card; have the same stamp and not using it much; so thanks for this great idea!
Love the other cards, but with in the 7th week of warm (for us here) weather I'm in no mood for x-mascards...
Hugs, Gerrina

Gerrina said...

Oeps...I was too quick: Sending some positive energy for the surgery and recovering! Big hug, Gerrina

Craftychris said...

Each one of these is truly fabulous! Love the first one, a perfect take on the Time Out picture - fab ink blending! Such a cute chick on the second and the perfect sentiment. Gorgeous flower on the third with the cool embossing - the recipient will adore it! Finally the Christmas card is a sparkling wonder! Sending oodles of love and positive vibes for your op and recovery. Luv n hugs xxxxxxxx

Mac Mable said...

Now you are spoiling us with your four magnificent cards x Glad Hammy came back raring to go. The first card is great with those stripes and the wonderful moon stamp. Your second card made me laugh...in a good way x. Third card CAS perfection and fourth card gloriously blingy...love it x. Thinking of you on the second Darnell and sending love and hugs xxxx

Tammy L said...

Gorgeous cards! You've been busy! :) Thanks for showing us your project this week at UYS and I hope we'll see you for our next challenge!
Tammy DT

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

You're so clever to enter all of these challenges with your stripey cards! Thanks for the reminder to get out the embossing folders for a change! You'll be on my mind tomorrow and through the next few weeks. Hugs

Irish Cherokee said...

Gracious, afourfer. All creative and all excellent.

You are still on my prayer list. Naughty????? Never!!!!! Smile.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Glenda J said...

All of these cards are so great! Love your clean and bright designs. The stripes on the birthday card are fantastic! Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.
p.s. I'm always amazing when people can make Christmas cards in the summer.

Glenda J said...

p.p.s. hope surgery goes well!

Lisa Tilson said...

I hope I have caught you before the surgery Darnell, I'm so behind with emails. I hope it goes well or if it's after, I really hope it went well. Whenever you see this my friend, I am sending all the good wishes for a very speedy recovery from the op. Your four cards are lovely - great to have an embossing folder for those stripes - I score mine but invariably score down the wrong bit or my tool slips, not ideal! And don't mention Christmas cards. Waaaaaaah. Hugs to you, Lisa xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic collection of cards Darnell, especially the Christmas one.

Sue xx

Anita in France said...

A fourfer, Darnell ... wow, you have been busy! Splendid shimmer, crisp texture-y single bloom, a super fun googly eyed chick ... and the coolest, dreamiest, serene-iest evening beachy scene! The moon image is gorgeous against those beautifully brush blended stripes ... calm and lovely! Always so happy to have you playing along with us at Time Out! Thinking of you right this moment, mon amie ... and sending big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

scrappymo! said...

These are all fabulous, Darnell. I will just comment on the RD card for now but will be back later to catch up on your blog. We are still waking up at 4 am and want to go to bed at 4 - v6pm. Ugggg...
But we do know that it goes away and apparently is a wee bit harder as we age. I seem to remember only 2 or 3 days of it on our previous trips. But this time we were away longer and we are 4 or 5 years older. ahem!

Your card is so lovely. I like the techniques you used and may give this idea a try. The two drawn lines are so perfect with this design. I would not have thought to sprinkle the oxides after the stars...as I am such a beginner at inky works.

That surgery sounds like a lot to go through. Will keep you in my thoughts. Concentrate on you for the next little while...I know that is hard to do, but you are the important one now. Thanks goodness you have such lovely and strong family to help you heal and encourage you.

When you are better, I would love to hear about the Vancouver retreat! I am close by and have an empty ground level suite if you ever come again or want to visit with your husband! I keep it open now for family and friends to have a free place to stay while they are in town!

Thanks for taking part in the belated July Rudolph Days Challenge

Sally H said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell! Hope the surgery goes well and you make a very speedy recovery. Good to hear that the wildfires are not close to you. There have been lots of moorland fires here in Britain, which is unusual. The last drought we had like this was in 1976. All the best, Sally x

Greta said...

Oh bummer! So sorry to hear you had surgery today & I'm sending big hugs, love & wishes for a successful surgery & speedy recovery. Fun seeing your cards--loving the Christmas one, of course!

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Hi Darnell

I'm sorry to read you have needed surgery and hope you are now on the road to recovery. These health issues can be such a pain!

Love the array of cards, especially the first one, it's super indeed

Take care and spoil yourself

June x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Each and every card is totally awesome, Darnell. You are so well versed in the CAS card thing. Wow, they just boggle my mind. As I am reading this, I see that surgery was yesterday. Here is hoping it was a great success. Crohn's is a "B".

Ros Crawford said...

Well you have been busy! Terrific cards and I especially like that first one! I'm so sorry to hear that you have to have more surgery... I do hope that you are feeling better very soon. Thinking of you and sending gentle hugs your way.

lauren bergold said...

such amazing cards all round, but of course i'm bound to say the amazing reindeer one at the end is my favorite and truly it is BEYOND beautiful! thanks for joining our banner-inspired fun at JINGLE BELLES!

ps: wishing you a very speedy and smooth recovery! ♥

Tina Z. said...

so creative and original, I love your cards and stripes!
wishing you a very speedy recovery!
hugs xx

Annette Allen said...

wow these are gorgeous... awesome designing..

Fikreta said...

These are so nice cards!
hugs

Linby said...

I'm so pleased to read you are safe and sound. What a fantastic selection of cards all just wonderful. But the one that had me was the first one - fab composition.

Nonni said...

What an amazing post with so much card- eye candy! I absolutely love your first card, your stamping and use of stripes is very unique... And you already know how I much I adore that embossing folder! It adds so much interest to a CAS design and gives the card such an elegant feel. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More and Time Out!

Karenladd said...

Wow, I missed this post about your upcoming surgery, which has already happened apparently. I'll be thinking of you as you recuperate and hope that you don't run into any complications. It's bad enough to have the surgery without snags, right?
Your cards are all wonderful but that first one with the stencils really made me gasp in delight. The CAS style and beachy colors really caught my eye immediately. Beautiful and serene as a summer day at the shore (minus the hot sand that gets into everything)

Susanne Vargas said...

Love your quartet of fabulous cards! What a burst of creativity! Especially adore your take of the photo inspiration at Time Out! Hope you'll be home and completely recovered soon!

frommycraftroom said...

I'm glad to hear you are safe from the fires. I hope the recent surgury was a success and sees you feeling better.

Your cards are all amazing. Love the lines on the first one

Craftyfield said...

Not a fun condition or surgery, I do hope you will at least feel better afterwards.
Your nautical CAS caught my eye with its simplicity, I must try brushes with my inks as, like you, I'm not overly confortable with the TH foam bits for Distress inks. A lovely set of cards, Darnell!

Mrs A. said...

Hope your now recovering from going under the nice and being sectioned. (I've been trying to get the Doc Sectioned for years with no luck). Gorgeous arraiinment of cards. The top being my fab. Hugs Mrs A.

MaryH said...

Enjoyed ALL of your quartet of cute cards. I love the QACAS one (that word Quacks me up)..just wanted to send some good wishes & prayers for successful, uneventful surgery - with rapid & smooth recovery. Big hugs & TFS