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May 18, 2018

A Snowman and a Butterfly Two Ways

Hello Stamplings!

Happy Friday! We've whooshed our way quickly through another week! I decided this week that I'm not going to have my hair done at the salon any more. With the way time is flying, my hair just ends up being blown straight up in the air and out from my face anyway, so I'll save the expense. I always wondered why great-grandmas wore scarves and now I know!

First up
I wanted to play in the CAS Christmas May Challenge which calls for a snowman so I made this cute scenic card. This is quite a busy card for me but you-know-who had to add a critter! The snowman is NBUS from Marianne Designs and the little doggie and Christmas tree are NBUS from Penny Black. The sediment is from GKW. The snowflakes were cut from an MFT die out of glitter paper; if you look close, I think you can make out the schparkle.

Two more butterfly Twofers
I made these cards for a reminder post over on the TWOFER challenge blog. For these conventional card designs, I used a smaller butterfly stamp and die from the same Clearly Besotted set I used on the original post. They were also die cut from the same Brusho panel.
Please do grab our logo to display on your own blogHere the butterfly goes beautifully with a Penny Black Stickeroo. A simple matting and a sweet sediment from Mama Elephant and another QACAS card for the stasheroo. BTW, you'll be seeing a lot more Stickeroo cards in the coming weeks. I ran across my Stickeroo stash a couple of months ago and decided this time I really needed to turn them ALL into cards. (Until I buy more!) In the end I had enough to make 60 cards! If you're a card pen pal, you will no doubt find one in your happy mailbox at some point soon. They really are stunning little works of art and they make easy beautiful cards. I'm linking to Penny Black and More May: Anything Goes.

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Grab the BadgeHere my twofer butterfly has landed on a jungle-inspired pp panel by Bo Bunny. The leaf fronds are NBUS from Concord & 9th. I made a border on the left side to balance the design. The sediment is from Penny Black (I think). This card is being linked to the Butterfly ChallengeCongratulations on 100 challenges, Mrs. A., and cheers to many more! I only have a widdly bit of hunter green and harvest gold (on butterfly wing), but I DO have a butterfly, so I am playing along!

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Both of the above cards are being donated to Layton's Legacy Card Drive which is a drive initiated by Lea Lawson in honor of her son Layton to provide Starbucks gift cards to Minnesota parents who spending long hours in NICUs with their newborns. You can read Lea's moving story here

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61 comments:

Cathy said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, love the adorable snowman scene and your 2 butterfly cards are gorgeous, I love the the grungier looking one, all that lovely texture reels me in! Cathy x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love your gorgeous snowman Darnell and also the two wonderful butterfly cards.

Sue xx

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab cards Darnell - I wish I didn't have to go to the hairdressing salon either - but I would end up scaring the neighbours!

oldpunca said...

I have to tell you, that I also don't like to waste the time by making my hair in the salon. I can do something much more useful instead. But sometimes it is necessary. :-)
I'm admiring all your cards. Wonderful snowman scene and butterflies all around. It is a great gesture from you to donate the cards.. I'm thinking about Twofer Challenge. After children are back to States, I have again a lot of free time for my papers.
Have a nice day,
Sonja

Marianne said...

Sweet cards, Darnell.
Marianne x

Cat Craig said...

Darling snowman Darnell, and those colorful snowflakes are sweet. Your butterfly cards are lovely and will bring comfort I am sure.

Jeanne said...

Hey the passage of time and having a daughter learning to drive took the color right out of my hair! LOL Your cards are so lovely, Darnell. Love the little butterflies. The sweet scen on the snow card makes me smile, too. Well done!! Hope you have a great day! Hugs!

Marilyn said...

Cute cards Darnell!! I love the butterfly one with all of the green in it!!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Carol L said...

I just love the little doggie added to the snowman card, and the butterfly twofers are both lovely! What a great cause to be sending them too also - when you read about other folks struggling, it makes our woes seem much smaller. WTG!

Lisa Elton said...

I like your sweet snowy scene with the colorful snowflakes! Your butterfly cards are perfectly lovely!

Brenda in IN said...

The Christmas card is cute as can be. The butterfly cards are beautiful. That is a cute butterfly and I love that lime green color. I'm glad you are having a fantastic time. Must be time for the last leg and I know that will be as much fun too. Say hello for me.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell your snowman card is gorgeous, I love your design and the cute images, and the butterfly cards are really beautiful, wonderful colours and designs, Kate x

Marcia HIll said...

FABULOUS cards Darnell!! Your snowman and little pup are just adorable...LOVE the expressions on their faces...pure JOY!! And your butterfly cards are SOOO pretty (my post is set up for tomorrow...took me so long because I have more butterfly stamps and dies than I realized and was hard to decide on just one!). I have that Clearly Besotted set too (of course I do!) and I just love the whimsical imagery of those butterflies! Both cards are absolutely LOVELY!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and yes, definitely let the hair just fly! :0)

Patti said...

Snowmen and butterflies! what could be better? : ) I think your snowmen are so cute they need a hug but I'm so glad they'll have to wait for it until winter because the butterflies are gracefully dancing on over freshly bloomed flowers. Ahhhh! I love this time of year!

Have a great weekend!

conil said...

The snowman card is simply adorable...always loved that little pup...and, yes, I see the twinkle on your flakes. Think the addition of the dog was an excellent idea...he adds so much to the scene.
I believe, I too, have a stash of those lovely Penny Black stickers. Mine, unfortunately are all Christmas themed. Despite that, I really should use them soon. The butterfly in the jungle seems appropriate, somehow. All I know is, I like it.
Hope you have a lot of scarves to cover your hair...at least one for each season.

scrAPpamondo said...

Such super-cute Christmas CAS!! Love those fun and happy faces and the sparkling look!!!
The Twofer inspirations are so lovely too, that tiny butterfly looks so sweet on both!

Lisa said...

They are all so beautiful, Darnell!! The snowman card is so sweet!! I love the image and the pretty snowflakes!! The two butterfly cards are so gorgeous!! I love the colors and designs!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards. I especially like the green one.

Hope you have a nice weekend. Sue

Leslie Miller said...

What a wonderful post full of inspiration! Cutest snowman card and not busy to my eyes. Love how you combined your NBUS and added the colorful, sparkly snowflakes. Fun! Gorgeous Twofer using the same butterfly, but with very different looks. Love them both. PB has the best stickers. They look just like stamps, especially with the way you crafted the card. Are you really saying you made SIXTY Stickeroo cards? Holy cow! 'Fraid I'm not going to manage the Twofer Challenge this month unfortunately. I'm currently dedicated to finishing up the last of some rather busy anniversary cards. You want to talk busy? Sheesh!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all so amazingly well created and fantastic. And, your coloring on them is just amazing. You are certainly an inspiration!

Bonnie said...

I don't know which is cuter, the snowman or the critter. Both are adorable and look like they are good friends! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Both of your Twofer butterfly cards are gorgeous! I love those daisies and the stickeroos sound like they're divine. The patterned paper makes a perfect background for the second butterfly and pretty leaves.

BożenA said...

A whole set of amazing cards, and the most I love winter with a snowman. So beautifully done !!
Hugs,
BozenA

brenda said...

What a busy girl you have been since my last visit Darnell, a wonderful display or artwork. Many thanks for joining in with our May challenge at Penny Black and More.

B x

Kathleen said...

Three fabulous cards and loving all the images and that leaf die.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

Thankyou so much for coming and spinning the celebration wheel with me . Thought that flower looked familiar . I do love stickeroos and have a stash of them here not used. Love , love the card you have entered for my challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

Marina said...

I love those multi-coloured glittery snowflakes. What a lovely Christmas cards. Your twofer cards are always inspiring and these are no exception.

Celeste Goff said...

Such a sweet snowman card Darnell and I love the butterflies done two different ways!

Anonymous said...

Such a cute snowman.

I am sure your donated cards will be much appreciated. Great cause.

HJ said...

Great job on the snowman challenge. Cute card. The twofer cards are awesome. I love the daisies and butterfly, so colorful and somewhat whimsical. Enjoy your weekend.

Helen F. said...

Darnell these cards fabulous! That snowman is just darling, such a sweet expression on his face :-) Both of The Butterfly cards are simply beautiful ~ I couldn't pick a favorite one!

Susan said...

It's funny to sit here commenting on your card when you're sitting across the room from me!! Love the fact that we're getting to meet you in person! And I adore your card - not just because it has a PB spaniel on it, but also because it has such a cute snowmand and those beautiful coloured snowflakes. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Also love your new butterfly twofer!! Beautiful blue and mauve flowers in the first one, and lovely natural elements in the second.

Cheryl W. said...

That's a tremendous trio of cards (I do love a little alliteration!) Your colorful snowflakes add some extra playfulness to your snowman card. I'm so glad you reminded us of the twofer challenge. I need to get on that! Your cards are inspirational, especially considering where they're going and how they'll be used. So kind of you!

sandie said...

Stunning cards, I love the sweet little touch of the leaves lifted slightly-my eyes went straight to this x

Maike von maikreations said...

Such wonderful cards, Darnell! The colourful snowflakes made me smile and I almost felt inspired to create a winter card as well - but I am obviously too happy that spring found us to actually put action to that thought ;o)
Instead I stayed and admired your Twofers. I love the idea to create to different styles of cards with one image - one gets so much more life out of what one has ;o)
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations and have a fantastic weekend! Happy crafting, Maike

Pat said...

Three beautiful cards Darnell, and first up that fun snowman and friend with the lovely winter scene and glittery snowflakes, and then the twofers are both so pretty with the delightful Stickeroos accompanying that sweet green butterfly, and then the more tropical background with the zesty leaves and butterfly. x

Sarah said...

My word, you have been a busy bee...These are fantastic xx

Redanne said...

You really do make the most beautiful cards my friend, these are all beautiful. The little Cardinal on top of the tree looks so cute, as does the snowman. I love the way you cut the beautiful flowers from Brusho card too, I really must try that since I am hopeless with Brushos generally! Something new to try! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Hugs, Annie xxx

Fikreta said...

Very nice cards.
hugs

Barb Ghig said...

Your snowman card is so cute and I love how you played with your 'Brusho' butterflies! You always do such an amazing job inspiring us to play along, Darnell...Thank you!

Sue - said...

Love all three Darnell! I’m still trying to find time to join in your twofer Challenge. Sadly I’ve failed so far! xx

Mac Mable said...

Fun and adorable first card and love the snowflakes in different colours and what great critters, all of them. Wonderful inspiration with using the butterfly stamp and die on both of your cards. Sure are spreading the love x Now I know why great grandmas wore scarfs...who knew? Hope you are having a blast? x Silly question, of course you are x

JD/ Jill said...

Very Pretty Butterfly cards! And your snowman is adorable!

Linda said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, the little snowman is just soooo cute ...... its always great to add to the Christmas card stash. Your butterfly designs are lovely too xx

Gerrina said...

What a combination...:) I go for the butterflies and both cards are beautiful with there a bit hand-drawn feel about them! Hugs, Gerrina

Ros Crawford said...

What beautiful cards Darnell...The snowman card is so cute and I adore the colours. Two totally different butterfly cards and both so beautiful! Pat gave me a pack of Brushos last week! I can't wait to play with them but I'm tied to working with the gardeners ... They are good at the heavy work but everything else needs my advise... Have a great week!

Susanne Vargas said...

Adorable wintry scene, Darnell! And your butterfly Duo is so pretty! Good for you for not only saying that you needed to turn the stickers into cards but actually doing it and ending up with 60! You go, girl!
Still busy over here. The senior trip to Ecuador and the Benefit concerts are behind us. Now we are preparing for two graduations with parties... Also working on an elaborate wedding card for my niece...

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards. You know I love butterflies xoxo

Glittered Paws said...

Oh yes I see the sparkle on the glitter snowflakes - such a pretty card - and you know Christmas is just not that far off. The cards you made with the little butterfly and florals are always a classic good for so many occasions.
I will be out of commission for a few ???days weeks??? as I am having right shoulder replacement and yes I am right handed but I will still be lurking around on the blogs as you are such an inspiration. Will be back to commenting as soon as I get use of my hand back.

Barb Ghig said...

My apologies...when I was here yesterday, I meant to thank you for playing along with us at CAS Christmas! With everything you have going on, it's so nice of you to take the time to create a Christmas card. too! Crafty hugs, Barb (May GD)

Leanne Harris said...

A lovely very effective creation - thank you for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More Challenges xxx

Anita in France said...

An adorable little snowman with his cute pal, Darnell ... and another gorgeous twofer with that fabulous smaller version butterfly ... it's a perfect addition to that lovely stickeroo image (I might have that one!) ... and I love the tropical look you created with the DP and my favourite leafy dies! LYAMYEMA ... HYSHAFTWTG! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Ruth said...

What a cute snowman! I do need to get on with my Christmas cards. It'll be here before you know it and it's not even July.... haha! Just love that butterfly set. I have it and have onlyused it once - shame on me. Time to get it out again! xxx

Loll said...

How sweet is that Christmas card. I don't know which is cuter .... your snowman or your sweet puppy! :) Love the little bird keeping an eye on both of them. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Two beautiful butterfly cards, Dolly! Love the pretty butterfly with the sweet daisy flowers. Your second butterfly is so artsy with an organic look. Love, Lolly

Lisa Tilson said...

What a sweet little Christmas card - still havent started on mine 😂😂! And the butterfly cards are beautiful Darnell. You know I think I may have some of those Stickeroos somewhere in my stash, or maybe I ditched them I’m not sure but I shall investigate! Lisa xx

Greta said...

Adorable scene & love how you used the Stickeroo, Darnell!

Bobby said...

What a cute little snow scene, Darnell. I don't know about Stickeroos but they sure do make wonderful cards. I love both of the butterfly cards.

Papercraft Boutique said...

You created such a fun and cute scene, combining a few stamps so well, Darnell! The colorful glittery snowflakes make the card look cheerful and pretty. Love the shades you made and how you did the snow ground!
The butterfly cards look so different and both are beautiful - love the blue/green/purple color combo (1/2) and the organic look (2/2)!
Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas! Hideko xx

Donna said...

What a delightful collection of cards!

Karenladd said...

That snowman card is adorable and I love all the glittery snowflakes in candy-dot colors! As for that pup, every card benefits from the addition of a cute critter.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I'll have to google Penny Black Stickeroos, because I'm not quite sure what they are. I'm thinking they're a fancy name for a sticker, but I guess I'll find out!

susiestacey said...

Lovely collection of cards.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More and good luck x Susan x

Daen'Ys said...

Whether green or rather blue, I love them both! Fabulous cards Darnell!!
Rosi x