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August 20, 2018

Family is Forever!

Hello Stamplings,

I hope this finds you feeling chipper after a lovely weekend. There is nothing like the fresh laundry smell of a Monday morning with the promise of a clean slate laid out before you for the week. I can see some of you smiling and some of you gagging on your coffee because you're starting today with a visit to the dentist. Well, after that then, I hope you have a great week!

A while back I won over at Paru's Card Making Challenge and this month Paru is featuring each of the winners, as well as her featured Guest Designer, the very talented Tracey McNeely! As you will see on the challenge post, Paru shares with us that during August India celebrates the wonderful festival of Rakshabandhan to honor family and the special relationship that exists between brothers and sisters. Isn't that a fantastic idea?!

So I've made two cards to share, both celebrating that Family is Forever.

Onefer
I made the silhouette panel by combining two stamps. The overhanging tree and grass on the left is from SU. The children frolicking on the right by another group of trees is from Flourishes, called "Kids Play." The NBUS "family is forever" sediment is from Stamps of Life. I attached the panel to a card base of PTI pp. To make it more festive, I punched out a few sequints from the paper and attached them as a bit of blingaling.

Twofer
I went mono chrome all the way with this QACAS card. Besides using the same "Kids Play" stamp, I added a NBUS flock of birds from Lavinia Stamps and a "family" word die-cut from "My Creative Time" set. I am entering this card in Die Cut Divas and The Male Room.

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Thank you, Paru, for this honor! If you would like to play along with this month's challenge, you can find the challenge details HERE.
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Speaking of family, I want to let you know that Adam is almost halfway through with wearing his neck and chest brace. He is managing school with no problems. Now if the parents can just keep those two brothers from forgetting the situation and rough-housing like normal, all will be well!

Of course, I had to look up the origin of "rough-housing." It is an Americanism dating back to 1895. It is obviously formed from the words "rough" and "house." In this case rough means "to handle roughly, but with playful intent." House is tacked on because it referred to playing rough inside the house, as opposed to outdoors.

When rough-housing occurs, it is immediately followed by a parent yelling, "Take it outdoors!"

Now we know. I mean, we prolly could have figured that out for ourselves without Dr. Google's help, but now we can be sure of it.

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65 comments:

Anita in France said...

Good to hear things are going well for Adam, Darnell ... long may it continue (despite the rough-housing!). What wonderful cards ... the first is fun and playful with the bright pp and actual sequints ... awesome silhouette combining cause these all look as though they were meant to be together! Your second is warm and cosy in the soft kraft ... it's as though this family is being wrapped in warm sunshine! I'd be the one doing the handstand on both! Congratulations on being featured at Paru's! LYAMYMA! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fantastic cards Darnell, I love the stamp that you've used. Great news about Adam.

Sue xx

Lynn said...

Wonderful news about Adam! I'm sure he can't wait to be out of the brace.

Love those fun silhouette images...they are absolutely stunning!

Sandra H said...

Both your cards Darnell are amazing l do like the Silhouette images they create amazing cards for all reasons, and l love the smell of clothes being dried in the outdoors your so right the smell is gorgeous hope you have an enjoyable day take care x

Ros Crawford said...

What stunning cards Darnell! That's a super image you used. I'm so happy to hear that Adam is doing well... I hope you are too!

Linda said...

Well that's my week started with a giggle, thank you hun. I almost did choke on my coffee because yep! the washing is on but thankfully I'm not off to the dentist .... whoo hoo!! It's going to be another along week though .... hubby's not back from Australia until a week on Thursday. He's working hard though .... so he says!
Glad to hear that Adam is doing well despite boys being boys!
Two gorgeous cards as always .... love the monochrome design, so beautifully CAS.
Have a lovely week .... hugs Linda xx

Birgit said...

Two sweet cards celebrating family. Love them both!! I'm so glad to hear that Adam is doing well. So many reasons to give thanks for family. <3

Chandhini Swaminathan said...

You stole my heart with your awesome creations. Love the stamp you have used. Such a fun image and adore both your cards.

Jeanne said...

Your cards celebrating family are beautiful, Darnell. The first one with the combining of two stamps is remarkable. Looks like a single image, they go together so well. The second in kraft looks wonderful, too. So relieved to hear that the boys kind of forget the situation and play rough, like normal, I'm sure. Just as long as they don't create new issues, right? Thanks for the history on the word. Fascinating! Hope you have a nice start to your new week. :)

Marilyn said...

Cute cards!! Glad to hear that Adam is on his way to recovery!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell. On both you've used the silhouette stamp great.
Greetings Miranda

Brenda said...

We should definitely have a "celebrate family" day here in the US Auntie! I love that idea and I am in love with your cards. I love silhouettes and of course make me really fall in love with your cards. Love how you use two silhouette stamps, you would have never know it! Both cards are fabulous! And you have reminded me about my "family" die that I have like yours from MCT. Haven't used it in a long time! I've been thinking about Adam and wondering how he was doing and making out with school. Glad to hear he is doing well! Boy's and their roughhousing, yep, with 6 of them, there was a lot of roughhousing in my house and it was told to take it outside as well. Thanks for the history behind it! Hope you are doing well too Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

designbydonna said...

Wonderful cards and wonderful sentiment. I so totally agree. We just got back from a great time spending time with our kids and grands celebrating our 50th anniversary.

Carol L said...

Two fantastic cards today, both unique in design but both giving a clear message! I'm so glad to hear Adam is doing well and feeling well enough to rough-house with his brother - even though that's not a great idea just yet! I hope he continues on his road to a speedy and complete recovery. And how are you doing after your surgery? Hopefully it's smooth sailing for you as well! Isn't it miraculous how doctors can put our broken bodies back together again? We're all fortunate :) Stay well and take care! Hugs!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Both cards are gorgeous! Continued prayers for Adam, yourself and the rest of the gang xoxo

scrAPpamondo said...

Your post is as a sunny day, Darnell! :D Big congrats for your Gd at Paru's chalenge, your two cards are just amazing!!! The first one especially catches my eyes and my soul,great creation, it would stay well also hanging on a wall as home decor!
So glad to hear that Adams feels good and his life is again "normal" :)
Hugs

Brenda in IN said...

Family is everything to me and I love these cards. The children playing is so sweet and the bling makes it even more happy. To see them playing into the evening is cute. I'm happy Adam is doing so well. Rough-housing is built into boys from birth!

JoAnn said...

Glad to hear Adam is doing well.
Love your two family cards, especially the monochrome one.

Colleen said...

So happy Adam is back to normal and half way done with the brace! I love your silhouette cards... what a neat celebrate in India! Heart hugs, friend!

Arlene said...

I love looking up words and learning the source of a word. I like both cards, but the mono card is stunning, lots of impact. And that's the one you submitted to Die Cut Divas, which I am so happy that you did. Good luck in the challenge and again, glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Fikreta said...

wonderful cards!
hugs

Verna Angerhofer said...

So happy to hear Adam is doing quite well considering. That is wonderful news. And, I love your family oriented cards as well. Both are so pretty using silhouette designs. And, that is a wonderful holiday to have indeed!

Pat said...

Fabulous twofers Darnell, I love the silhouette image and the dotty paper looks great on the first, and how inventive to use the spots as sequins, and then the second with the circular die cut detail shows off the sweet frolicing children beautifully. I am so pleased to hear that Adam is doing so well with the brace. I must say I didn't think it would be possible for him to go to school as normal but it is good he isn't just sitting around and getting bored. x

conil said...

I so appreciate you looking stuff up on Google for me. Saves me heaps of time. So glad that Adam is recovering successfully. Hopefully, further incidents won't be so alarming...ya know, like bruises and scraped knees.
Congratulations on your Guest Design spot. Your cards are certainly worthy of this Indian festival. That stamp with the children is a pure delight. Paru picked the right person for this GT assignment.

nancy littrell said...

Congratulations on being a winner at the Paru Challenge, Dolly. Your Family cards are so creative and beautiful. I think Family is especially at the top of your list of thoughts after Adam's accident. Thank you so much for the update. Kids are amazing and it sounds like Adam has adjusted so well to his brace.

Loved reading the origin of rough-housing :-) I am not sure what is always more fun and creative...your cards or your post write ups:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

So glad Adam is going so well.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Pia S said...

I love to see different card versions using the same image. It’s so fun too see how many possibilities there are using the same image or supplies. I think both cards look fabulous, fun sequin paper and the second card looks great with all that Kraft paper.

Bonnie said...

I love this silhouette stamp of the kids frolicking outside! Outside is the best place to rough-house. Or is that rough-out? Congratulations on your win and your delightful family cards! I'm so glad that Adam is doing so well.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous family twofer, Darnell - just love both cards! So glad to hear Adam's on the mend!!

Lori said...

Wonderful silhouette cards! The polka dot background is so fun and the kraft is so pretty!

Sarah said...

It's so good to hear that Adam is making a good recovery Darnell. Love these cards in celebration of Family xx

jimlynn said...

Super "family" cards!!! They're both just wonderful.
Good to hear Adam is up and around and on the road to recovery now.
Lynn

Krisha said...

Well, it has been ages and age since I last popped in for a quick visit, and what perfect timing it is. LOVE these two cards!! They put me in the mind of the school books, from ions ago, Fun with Dick and Jane......but you wouldn't remember them I sure.
One of these days I'll get back to actual blogging instead of just wondering around leaving bits of comments here and there....LOL
Stay blessed!

Jean said...

Your cards are absolutely lovely!

Kathleen said...

Two great cards Darnell and so pleased to hear that Adam is doing well.

Kath x

Gerrina said...

Great stamp combinations (have the Flourishesstamp...so I have to look if I combine it with one of my stamps). The kradt one is my favorite!
Hugs. Gerrina

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Terrific twofer. I am particularly drawn to the second one.
Great to know that Adam is doing well. Kids always seem more resilient than us oldies lol!!!
Ang x

Nora N. said...

I am happy to hear that Adam is doing better. So hard to keep boys from "rough housing" though. Thank you for the ideation of where the word came from!!

Your cards are stunning!! I love the scene you created with all those different stamps on the first card. It is so lovely!! I really like simplicity of the second on that kraft. Beautiful design!!

Bobby said...

I guess I'm missing out all around your house, Darnell. First your surgery and then Adam. I must keep up. I'm glad he's doing well. Your family cards are wonderful. I love the silhouette of the children playing and that stamp worked perfectly with the tree and grass on the first card.

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful silhouettes.

Lisa Elton said...

Love the silhouettes on these Darnell, both are ever so lovely! SO happy to hear that Adam is dong well!

Karenladd said...

Whew, I'm glad to hear that Adam is doing well and I do hope that he can avoid any kind of surgery. What a scare that must have been for him and for all the old folks! Wow, that silhouette stamp of the kiddos doing cartwheels on the lawn is so charming..I may need to get one for myself! There's just something about a simple design that captures the mood so perfectly. Great creative idea to die cut a few of the printed sequins to pretty up your stamped panel too.

Greta said...

So glad to hear Adam is doing well & hope he gets a good report at his next eval. Hope you're continuing to have a good recovery, too! Congrats on the previous win...& I think I just saw you won somewhere else, too! I love your family cards, especially the last one! Sending hugs, Greta

Christine Alexander said...

Two great cards Darnell, such happy scenes with the kids playing. Glad to hear Adam is on the mend.

Cheryl W. said...

Awesome family cards. Family really is forever, isn't it! I love that image of the cartwheeling kids. It reminds me when my four were small and simply "had" to leap everywhere they went. Oh for a little of that energy now.

Redanne said...

So pleased to hear that Adam is doing well, what a relief for the whole family!

Both cards are beautiful, I just love the image of the family on both, it is very cheery and happy. I love the boldness of the silhouette on the first one and you added the extra elements seamlessly! Congratulations on your Guest spot too! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Maxine D said...

Love your stunning silhouette cards Darnell - congrats on being featured on Paru's blog too! You didn't include a wee Hammy on your cards this time - surely he is part of the family???? :(
Glad to hear that Adam is recovering well!!
Blessings
Maxine

Stamps and Paper said...

Fantastc news about your grandson Darnell hope he continues to progress...
two super silhoulette cards

Anne

oldpunca said...

Two wonderful family cards! I like the stamp and I like idea to use only a part of it. Monochromatic elegance stole my heart. <3
Sorry for not commenting such a long time. I was on holiday.
Have a great week!
Hugs,
Sonja

frommycraftroom said...

What a lovely festival.
Two fab cards - I need to dust off my flourishes set it looks so good.
Boys will be boys hope the rough housing doesn't cause any trouble.

cuilliesocks said...

Pleased to hear that Adam is doing well after his mishap.
Two fabulous cards Darnell, brilliantly designed, Kate x

Leslie Miller said...

The NBUS goes on forever, doesn't it? What a perfect combination the two silhouette stamps are on your first card. The frolicking is so life like. Love both! It sounds like Adam is making a good recovery, and so quickly! Kids are so resilient. I'm glad to hear this good news!

Glittered Paws said...

Love your stamped twofers - I have seen this silhouette before and almost - "almost" put it in my basket but....love it. My favorite is the mono - no reason just because. I am happy your grandson is doing ok getting around at school - kids just seem to adapt easier than adults in those situations. Great job.

Celeste Goff said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards Darnell! Love the two very different looks created with the same stamp!

Jane said...

How totally fabulous! Love your wild and free silhouette family, super interpretation of theme. Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

Birgit said...

Both cards are so sweet and it shows how one can use one stamp and create a card that is more for girls while the other can be for boys. I can't help but think of my mom....my family is getting smaller now. I am glad your son is better and, yes no rough-housing! :)

Susanne Vargas said...

What a great holiday! We should start celebrating it! Although I don't have a brother I have the most wonderful sister! Your cards are delightful! I would have never noticed that the first one is made out of two stamps, they work so well together! And your polka-sequined PP is fun (have you ever researched where the word polka dot comes from? Does it look like they are dancing the polka?)! Also love the monochromatic version!
Glad to hear that Adam is hanging in there and is able to go to school!

Aileen said...

Wonderful to hear Adam is getting better and I love both your cards. The kraft version very eye catching. The interpretation of rough housing very appropriate I think, my sons my brothers I remember it well. My brothers were shaking taking it outside then breaking a limb or two. Always started in fun and ended in misery. I can home from work one night, walked in and said to Jay 'wheres dad?' 'With Aaron and Dale says he. I walk down the hall no-one around. Go back ' where are they'? 'Oh didnt dad call you? Aaron and Dale were munching around and Aaron 4 got his arm broken by Dale 12. How you might ask, well of course as all kids do Dale was on the ground legs in the air, Aaron perched on his feet then he flipped him!! Ahh the joys of boys :) Hugs Aileen

Helen F. said...

Well, these two fun cards represent family beautifully. Not so much MY FAMILY...the rough housing is more my younger days memory! LOL
Happy to hear Adam is recovering well~kids a so resilient (thank God)

Sharron said...

Both are fantastic for featuring family! The whimsical polka dots are such fun and the monochrome looks amazing. I'm just learning about Adam and am so glad it wasn't more severe. Thankfully he is making great progress with recovery and is able to continue with school. Of course, rough-housing isn't recommended but is a sure sign he is feeling better!

Craftychris said...

Sorry I am so late catching up on comments! Both these are gorgeous with such a fabulous theme. Beautiful cheery polka dots with the lovely silhouettes on the first and the lovely monochrome for the second. So glad Adam is doing well (hugs sigh of relief!) and thanks for the lesson on rough housing! Hugs xxxxxxx

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)

OH Babs said...

I love silhouette images and these are fun. Glad Adam is on the mend it is so scary. I looked at photos on Cal's smart phone and there were photos of my grandsons do back flips in the pool - makes me nervous.
Happy healing!

Lise Mariann said...

Beautiful cards. Really love how the same stamp can make such different results. Thank you for going wild with us this week.

x Lise Mariann, DT for The Male Room

Arlene said...

You WON the August Die Cut Divas' challenge. Please check it out. https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2018/09/winner-of-august-challenge-announced.html