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September 20, 2018

Lovely Shenanigans and Glory Hallelujah!

Hello Stamplings!

Greetings on this last week of summer 2018! How's it going?

I'm really sorry I missed your call yesterday. Michael's (I call him Mike) is having his "lowest prices of the season" sale so I ran over there just to take a peek. You know, in case they got in something new since I was there last week. They didn't, but it would have been rude not to buy something(s)!

Why do I always fall for that "lowest prices of the season" line, anyway? We all know the calendar has four seasons in a year and yet businesses have 32 of them!!

Onefer
Hammy and I have sadly not been able to mesh our creative juices with the cue cards of one of our favorite challenges for months. That changed this week, YAY! CASology's cue card for this week's challenge is DRESS and we immediately thought of this sweet dress and hanger from Memory Box.

I cut the dress from a bit of left-over stencil monoprint background from my stash and just love the fun "fabric" it made. I outlined the dress with a black marker for some definition and that's why it looks like it was cut from something thicker than plain white paper.

The panels for the dress were cut in pink and black using a Lawn Fawn zigzag die and they were offset because they created a cool diamond border. The sediment is from Concord & 9th. Since I was making fabric and making a dress, I finished off the card by cutting a border on the right with my rarely used pinking shears.

Twofer
From sweet and ladylike to rakish and rowdy, here's a card for kicks and giggles! (Management's Legal Department has issued the following warning: engagement in activities depicted above by two consulting adult pumpkins may result in a baby pumpkin.) The pumpkins are very old wooden stamps that still know how to amuse a card recipient! The fun sediment is from Riley & Company and the angled frame die is from PTI. 

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Thank you!

I am thrilled to give you an update on our grandson Adam following his shallow river dive in July. This week the neurologist declared that Adam's C1 neck break had healed sufficiently, so the neck and body braces were removed and there shouldn't be a need for surgery! Adam still has to be very careful, however. He can't ride his bike for a while yet and he isn't sposed to roughhouse with Henry until after Christmas! Obviously the doctor doesn't have teenage sons because, bwahahahaha, that's not gonna happen!

We feel very blessed and are very appreciative. Everyone in the family would like to thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers! Mwah!

From this,

To this!
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77 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards. I did laugh at the second one:)

That's great news for Adam.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

KandA said...

That is the very best of news and I'm so happy for Adam and all the family. Let's hope the rest of the year continues without any further mishaps.
Fabulous cards, especially the fun pumpkins which gave me a good giggle xx

Sue - said...

That is fantastic news about Adam, you must be so relieved! As ever two fabulous cards, but the pumpkins did make me laugh! xx

Brenda in IN said...

How wonderful for Adam and the whole family. It will be hard to keep him down now that he's out of that cast. Love that cute dress and the pinked edge frames. Back in my sewing days I would have had a fit it anyone even looked at my pinking shears! Yep, I'm all in with the pumpkin card and sentiment. That really cracked me up. Those frames are perfect for this card.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Fantastic cards Darnell, I really love the second one - it made me laugh. Great news about your Grandson Adam, he sure is one very lucky guy.

Sue xx

Redanne said...

So thrilled that Adam does not need surgery, the best news ever!

I love both cards, the first one is so feminine and beautiful and the whole design is gorgeous. The second one is hilarious - what a great quote and the laughing pumpkins really made me smile. LOVE!!! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Marcia HIll said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell!! Love the dress and your pumpkin card...well it just cracked me up! You're too funny!! And wonderful news on Adam...so grateful that prayers have been answered. And yeah...good luck on the no rough-housing! I grew up with twin brothers and that was a daily thing! Bahahaha!! Have a great day my friend!! :0)

Carole said...

You shall go to the ball...in your pretty dress! Love the outline it gives it real depth. the pumpkins look happy...maybe the baby is the reason ? Sometimes the old ones are the best. great news on Adam...handsome chap...set to break those girls hearts no doubt...so very glad for you all and i haven't forgotten you in all this...hope you are doing Ok now too. Hugs xx

Ros Crawford said...

I am so happy to hear the good news about Adam!! That's just brilliant! Loving the dress you created too... Do they come in all sizes?
Oh that pumpkin card had e laughing... I love the design! And what a sentiment!
Hope you are enjoying your week... Sale or no sale!

Marilyn said...

Love your cards especially the second one with the pumpkins! Glad to hear the good news about your grandson
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Carol L said...

I am delighted to see Adam beaming and know that he's recovering nicely! That wonderful news is what I was hoping for! (along with the rest of your family)
Love the duo of cards, today, especially the rowdy punkins!! Love those wonky frames and especially the funny sentiment too! Good job!

Jeanne said...

Pretty card, fun card and fabulous news! Gotta a giggle out of the second card and a big huge grin at your wonderful update about your grandson! Whooo hooo! Hope he continues to heal and there are no setbacks due to excessive rough housing and other such shenanigans! LOVE that photo of him with the cuppa and book. :)

jimlynn said...

Great news about Adam!!! Fantastic and I know everyone is so relieved now.

LOVE both of these cards. The dress is so pretty. I'm sure I'd look good in it too. Um.......
The pumpkins.....omgoodness! LOVE that sentiment. Keep me smiling!
Lynn

Darlene said...

Your cards are fabulous ... got a good chuckle from the 2nd one! And of course your blog writings are always a work of art in themselves .. you're such a good story teller! LOL
How awesome to see Adam up/around and looking SO GOOD! What a blessing! Thanks for sharing and have a MARVELOUS day !!!

Bonnie said...

I'm so glad Adam is able to move more freely. Maybe a helmet and brace should be kept handy just for roughhousing with Henry? Just thinking...

Love that sweet little dress with the pretty pink splotches! Very artsy "material" and the pinked edges really bring back memories of my sewing days! The pumpkins are almost as much fun as the sentiment! Love the wonky frames that look like they're laughing! xoxo

Sandra H said...

It's so lovely Darnell to read your up date regarding your grandson Adam and from one photo to the other is showing great progress he's a very lucky young man and hopefully his recovery and Adam will grow stronger everyday... yours cards are as always amazing so much energy goes into making them and l just love to see what idea's you come up with they are totally stunning sending lots of love xx

Gerrina said...

A dun girly card your first! And that qoute on your 2nd is hilarious! So glad for Adam; he really had a little angel watching him... Hugs, Gerrina

BoลผenA said...

Hello Darnell,
your cards are beautiful, I love especially the first card and this dazzling dress. It's like a model from a fashion show - a very professional dress design. A very feminine card. And I am so happy that your grandson is already well. The accident that he went through is a very serious matter. Thank God he left him without much damage. I think that the prayers of many of your friends around the world have made :-)) Glory Allejuja!
Big hugs,
BozenA

Em Louise Fairley said...

Thank God! That is the best news! Though, as you say, I can't see him staying as calm as in the lower pic for long. Grin.

Adorable cards too. Pink isn't really my color, but I love the dress!

Gentle hugs for y'all,
Em xoxo

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Glittered Paws said...

So good to see your grandson sitting up drinking?? - I know he is happy as well. Now to the cards - the dress on the hanger is just too cute but then I saw the pumpkin card and had to laugh. Great job - and Hammy you did good as well.

Jean said...

Such good news. Great cards! That dress is delightful!

OH Babs said...

Wonderful news about Adam. Yes the refrain from wrestling will be difficult my grandsons roughhouse all the time. Hope you are doing well and you certainly have become a card making machine. Mwah, BRb

Cat Craig said...

Thank Goodness! If it had to happen better while he is young and healing is much quicker and more thorough.

Your Dress card is devine...I'd wear that pattern for sure. Your pumpkins almost had me on the floor giggling. Love.

Trina P. said...

Super happy for you and your family to see and read that Adam has recovered brilliantly and will not have any lasting damage! Time to break open the bubbly ๐Ÿพ and celebrate! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
Lovely cards, Darnell. The dress cards is adorable... great use of the monoprint snippet. And your second card? OMG! So fun and hilarious! Thanks for the laugh! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Enjoy your day! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful card designs again. I love the dress you made and that second one sure had me giggling with that saying and those fun pumpkins. And a great big "Thank you Lord" for Adam's good report and I sure hope he continues to improve so that he will be good as new.

Susan said...

Such good news about Adam! What a relief for all of you!

Two great cards - I'm still laughing at the sentiment on the pumpkin one and your comment about baby pumpkins! And that sweet pink dress is lovely!

Mac Mable said...

Firstly and most importantly I am thrilled about the news about Adam, so glad everything is Ok and he is on the mend x.
Your first card is so pretty and loving the unique 'fabric' on the dress and the way you hi-lighted around part of it....great idea....great idea to bring out the pinkers x.
What a fun second card and I can totally buy into it....The sentiment, that is x. Adorable, funny and cute in equal measures x. Off to pour a glass of wine x.

nancy littrell said...

Your 1st card is so pretty and Lovely, Dolly. Love all the pinking shears cutting and the pinks, black and white color combos with the Lovely sentiment.

Your 2nd card is pumpkin rowdy and creative. Love your beautifully colored pumpkins.

Thank you the very most for sharing the happy news and photo of Adam. I can imagine how ecstatic he and all the family were about his healing. Love and Hugs to you all. Nancy

conil said...

I'm over the moon to hear that Adam's out of the braces and on his way to full recovery. Also, he's really getting handsome...like one of those fellas in the movies, isn't he?
As for your "Dress" card, perfection in paper...the addition of the pinked edge is beyond clever.
And those rowdy pumpkins certainly will bring a grin to someone's face. As will the hilarious (and true) sentiment.

Linda said...

Two fun cards. That Halloween card is hilarious. You are just too funny. Love the funky design. And so happy to hear that Adam is good to go and not have to have surgery. Have a great week. I'm at my friend's house for a short visit. I came down with my son who had to come down to Portland for work. Got here Tuesday and will leave on Friday. Having a good visit and a little time in the craft room.

Jeanne H said...

Thanks for the laugh! I am so glad to hear Adam is doing so well. Am thankful he had such good care from his doctors and I bet you too. As I can imagine you have been stressed, I see card therapy with Hammy helps as I still love to see your work!

Christine Alexander said...

Wow, Adam is one tough cookie. I can't belive the the recovery, I'm so happy to see this wonderful guy on the mend.
Love the tow cards.

Sandy Trefger said...

Great Jack-o-lanterns on the card for our challenge. So fun and definitely feels like fall! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Loll said...

LOVE your sweet, artsy dress Dolly!! Perfect using a bit of a stencil monoprint to create the design. The pinked edges of the pink and black panels and card edge are just perfect for this. Wonderful thoughtful design!

Those pumpkins are just plain FUN! :) I couldn't help but smile when I saw them ... then read the sentiment --- hilarious! Always great to have a laugh at the start of the day. And yes, my day is just starting at 11:45am. :0

Adam looks so happy to have the braces off. What a tough situation that has turned out the best it could. So thankful that no further surgery is needed. AWESOME NEWS! Love, Lolly

Patti said...

Oh Darnell! my heart nearly stopped to see Adam in that hospital bed! I did not know about the accident before this! I'm sorry for the trauma this doubtless caused your whole family but oh so happy to see the wonderful results!! What a handsome young man! and so proper with the pinky giggles!

by the way... love your cards!! : )

Kathleen said...

Two great cards, love the design of the first one and also the dress, pity she spilled all that strawberry juice on it, hope it cleans well. Great style of sentiment too.
Great fun pumpkins and love the way you have done the frames.

Super news about Adam, I can now uncross my fingers and maybe get a decent card made.

Kath x

Liz said...

Two super cards, Darnell and so very different! Love the sentiment on the second card, really made me chuckle.
Great news about Adam, so pleased his recovery is going well. xx

Tina Z. said...

ohh, great news about Adam, I am so happy for him and the whole family.
and your cards are fantastic - I love this dress and a lot of fun about pumpkin card :))
thank you so much for your lovely and vibrant card for my birthday!
hugs xx

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and I love the cute dress and the zig zag die cut edges look great offset to form that black diamond down the side, and love the pinked edge to match, then the really fun pumpkins and sentiment which look perfect within the double uneven frame. So pleased that Adam now has his brace removed and doesn't have to have any further treatment, it must be a great relief to you all. x

Lisa Elton said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell! That's a pretty little dress and those pumpkins are too much fun. Such good news about Adam, I'm so happy for him!

Celeste Goff said...

First, let me say that I'm happy your grandson is making a good recovery. Kids are so very resilient and I'm sure he had a lot of people praying for him. Second, I love your cards. The dress card is simply gorgeous and the pumpkin card cracked me up!!!

Cheryl W. said...

So glad to hear about Adam's recovery. That's just fantastic! Love the cards--especially the pumpkin one. That sentiment is truth!

Deidre said...

Darnell, what a blessing! I'm so glad to hear the update on your grandson. An I totally adore the monoprint scrap paper you used! I would by a dress with that print :) Thanks for joining us at CASology again this week!

Maxine D said...

What wonderful news for Adam - you will be so pleased!
Love your cards, and to be honest they are so different I can't decide which one is my favourite.
The pumpkin one made me laugh, thankfully I had finished my cuppa, or there may have been damage to my computer, and the dress one is simply beautiful. So sorry Hammy is 'on the outer' creatively this week - give him a hug from me and tell him I hope you can co-ordinate your creativity soon
Blessings
Maxine

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and so pleased to hear that Adam is making a good recovery.
Kath x

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
oh I am so sorry I didn't know about your Grandson's accident.
So glad all has turned out so well and he looks the picutee of health at the mo.

Love your towfer cards they are brilliantly created as usual.
The dress one is such a lovely design and that dress is so pretty.
The Halloween one is is so much great fun.
Hammy and you have done such a fantastic job.

Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Lisa Tilson said...

As always a good old chuckle reading your post Darnell. Really glad to hear Adam is on the mend, and that he isn’t going to need surgery. Love that pretty dress in the first card (this is why we should never throw our scrap pieces of art away!) and the pumpkin card is hilarious! Lisa xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

As always, I always leave your blog with a smile and a chuckle for the day. I am so glad that you have good news about Adam. That is quite a story. Life brings such challenges and miracles. Your pumpkin card cracked me up. Love my old rubber stamps, and those pumpkins are some that will never go out of style. Great use of those tilted PTI frames - I have to remember that. The sentiment is a riot. I needed a lift today. So glad you played at Time Out and Creative With Stamps! Always a joy to see you.

cm said...

Oh my! I want to wear that dress...but perhaps not today, given it's snowing here (at mom's). I'll be 110% non-stylish at tomorrow's bike race; officiating in layers upon layers. Your pumpkin card: giggles galore! So happy to hear that Adam is on the mend; hopefully, he'll heed the 'hold back on rough-housing' advice...maybe...sort of...*grin*
hugs~c

Bunny said...

Good news about y'all's grandson. Good picture of him with his book. Keep the hospital picture taped to his forehead and tell him no rough housing until New Year's eve.

I think we all fall for the Mike's end of season because I went today and saw the same thing I saw last week.

Did you make a card to show for today? Oh yes...........old pumpkins that might make a baby pumpkin. Well, you know the story in the Bible about Sara and Abraham. You never know. [Bunny]

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great to see Adam's progress, Darnell - he looks amazing!! Just love both your cards; sentiment on card two really made me chuckle!!

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...he is one lucky young fellow!
I did not realize about the accident as i have been missing a bit from blog land. Lots of family health issues going on.

So glad to read of his good recovery and i sure aree with you about the doctors instructions.

Your cards are great!

The dress card is so pretty . Lovethat sentiment and thanks for the black outline idea.

The second card is a hoot. I will show that one to DH and give a smile as well!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I am so glad that your grandson is well! ❤️
I like both of your cards. Great design. Pumpkin card is my favorite this time. ๐Ÿ˜€
Thank you for everithing. It was One of the days that I will always remember. ❤️
Hugs, Sonja

Theresa Pollack said...

Always great card! Still giggling at your pumpkin card with that funny sentiment. Good news about your grandson.

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Well as fabulous as that dressy card and frisky pumpkins are the best part of your post today is the news about Adam! Poor guy, having all these crafters onto his shenanigans! Hee her

Linda said...

That's great news about Adam. Gorgeous cards too .... Love those pumpkins xx

frommycraftroom said...

So glad things are going in the right direction for Adam. Certainly the doc does not have children :)

Your cards are fabulous. I wish I could still wear a dress like that one! Love the fabric and little strappy straps.

Marina said...

What a lovely (the 2nd!) photo of your grandson - great that he's getting better. Love these two cards - the outlining on the dress is very effective. And I love the sentiment on the second card but it does remind me of my friend Nonni (on the Inkspirational DT). When I went to visit her in Finland I kept my swimsuit on in the sauna - which is not the Finnish way! Have a great day.

Greta said...

Yah!! So very happy to hear the good news about Adam! Amazing first card--creative & beautiful! Cute pumpkins for the second one! Happy Fall, Darnell! Hope you guys are having some nice weather now, like we are!

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant news about your grandson so pleased things are getting better The power of love really does work. Great cards love the designs and such a fun sentiment perfect for pumpkin goings on!! Love and hugs Carole x

Craftychris said...

Firstly, Yay and double, yay that the news is so good about Adam! What a lovely happy photo of him without the brace, such a lovely young man. I am smiling from ear to ear that the news is so good! Love your cards - the mono print dress is gorgeous and I love the sentiment too along with the fab mats and pinking shear edge. Your second card has me giggling lots - such a funny (and naughty) sentiment which is just perfect for the image. Sorry I haven't been around much. Hugs my friend. xxx

Marcie Sharp said...

Your dress card is simply fantastic. I love how you outlined it in black marker to give it a little more definition. Thanks for playing along with us at CASology. I am SO relieved to see that your grandson has recovered nicely. What a blessing.

Jen W. said...

The "fabric" on your dress is fabulous and really, what else could you have used but pinking shears the frame it? I also really like the sentiment - that "lovely" is... well, lovely!

Your pumpkin card is perfectly, cheekily you! Your coloring and shading is gorgeous and the wonky, drunken frames are perfect!

So glad to hear that Adam is doing well and thank goodness there should be no surgery! What a relief! I love how incredibly chill he looks in the first picture. What an amazing kid!

MaryH said...

(1)Most Important: So happy to see the wonderful news about Adam, and I am so thankful for him and ALL of you! He looks great too. TFS the update. (2) Loved both the cards. Terrific dress fabric and design, and I liked the way you've combined the pinking shears with the dressmaking (they just go together). The Riley sentiment was just adorable and the punkin images made me laugh too! TFS & Hugs.

Anita in France said...

Excellent news for you all about Adam, Darnell ... so pleased and thankful that all went well. Goodness, hasn't he grown up ... he's gone all young-man-ish ... still handsome of course! Your little pink and white dress is just gorgeous ... sweet and pretty ... wore one just like this hrmph years ago! Love that C9 sentiment ... may get to play with it one of these days (it has a delicious flower cluster too I think). Those pumpkins are a riot ... the depth and sense of energy you created with your colouring is brilliant ... those wonky frames add to the fun factor too! Great disclaimer for that oh so chucklie sentiment! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! LYASMYMA ... SS! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Brenda said...

Oh such wonderful news about Adam Auntie! That just makes my day on this dreary rainy day. Now I hope he and his brother behave for a bit longer, after all Christmas isn't that far away! But....I also know boys. When Bret has his bad concussion, the doctor wouldn't let him do gym. He said he was going to do it anyway after another "no" to gym at a check up. I had to get nasty with him about it to keep him from participating in gym. lol It is hard to keep boys down! I haven't been to Mike's in years! So good for you for going to see what the "end of season" sales had to offer. They get everyone with those "end of season" words. lol If one would be close by me, I might have been there too. lol OMGosh, what a beautiful card! Love the color combo! The dress is so pretty cut out of left over monoprint and I love it on those off set mats. I need a pair of pinking shears, lol, because I love the way the end of your card looks! Your twofer just makes me smile and chuckle! The pumpkins make me smile from ear to ear as they are so cute. The sentiment makes me chuckle as it is way to cute. Loving those angular frames too! I might have to check them out! Hugs, Brenda

Tracey McNeely said...

Sorry although I think both of your cards are so cute Adam is stealing the floor today. I am so happy to hear that his recovery has gon this well, must have been terrifying for everyone!! So glad he has made a.m. full recovery.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, hey, I like your diamond border and the dress fabric! The only thing I use my pinking shears for these days is cards and, even still, it's been a while. Thanks for the reminder! Also filing away your idea for outlining the dress. It surely does make it look more dimensional. Love those rakish and rowdy pumpkins! Oh, my gosh, yes, they can still amuse a card recipient. I would keep those stamps, for sure! The sentiment is hilarious! Adam had an incredible recovery from his July injury and it's so good to hear about it. It's hard to keep a kid down, but I hope he'll be at least a little bit careful. Such great news!

Susanne Vargas said...

Sorry, I am so late in commenting! Really happy to hear the good new about Adam!, yay!
Your dress card is so pretty with all the thoughtful details and your pumpkins combined with this sentiment and the wonky frames makes me laugh! Take the sentiment to heart in the upcoming weeks...

Bobby said...

I wouldn't mind a dress like yours, Darnell. I could wear it when I commit shenanigans. :) That card made me chuckle and then I noticed the tipped top frames and got excited. I have to remember that idea.
So happy that Adam has no long-term effects from his diving accident. Prayers work miracles.

Fikreta said...

gorgeous cards!
Happy Adam is fine.
hugs

Ruth said...

So pleased to hear that about Adam. What a scare for everyone, but how amazing our bodies are. I had to giggle at your pumpkins. They look like they'd get up to shenanigans!! xx

wendipooh13 said...

love your fun pumpkin card!!! so cute!!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!! such good news about Adam

nwilliams6 said...

Wonderful news on Adam. More than wonderful - spectacular. Yay!!!!! Your cards are wonderfully fun but the news on Adam just overshadows them. Hugz!

Unknown said...

What wonderful news about Adam! So nice to hear good news for a change!

Helen F. said...

So happy to see Adam's recovery has gone so well! Truly a remarkable "life story" there.
Now as for your fabulous cards, Darnell~don't ask me to choose between
Sweet and Lady-like and Rakish and Rowdy---> the latter will always win ;o)