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November 15, 2018

Metallica Thanksgiving and Christmas

Hello Stamplings!

This is the time of year when we get out all our gold and silver papers and embossing powders and utensils. Who actually has a sterling silver service that they bring out for special occasions? Or are you modern and you use Great-Grandma's set for everyday?

I never had any of that, although I do have the Mister's grandmother's small teapot in the bookshelf, which I polish now and then. Mostly then. Now is spent playing with those papers and powders I mentioned.

Like this. 
Just to be different, haha, I made two of them.
Uber QACAS design again because, you know, time. Prolly you will be seeing uber short posts (short by my standards) from me for the next month for the same reason. The sediment is NBUS from Lawn Fawn and the leaves are from Concord & 9th.

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Christmas wants to shine, too, you know!
I received the snowflake frame from Lolly recently so instead of putting it away, I came up with the novel idea (for me) of immediately making a card with it, all golden and delicious! The sediment is from MFT. I think. And lest you think Hammy did nothing to help with these cards, you're right. He's off this week with the family celebrating an early Thanksgiving!

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66 comments:

Diane said...

Oh what pretty colors and designs Darnell.

Hugs Diane

Patti said...

Beautiful in every sparkly way Darnell!! I love each and every one of your delightful CAS creations but the first one has me "swooning" as our friend Lisa would say!! Bravo friend!

Patti

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, All three are lovely cards, but I particularly like the first one.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Darnell said...

Thank you for the love!

Stamps and Paper said...

Three lovely cards Darnell your first two CAS cards are amazing especially the colours of your furst one your Christmas snowflakes card is beautiful

Anne

Karen Brown said...

What beautiful metallics! All three cards are gorgeous!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, how I would love to have your gift for QACAS cards! Gosh, darn it, I forgot all about my wheat die this fall. Never mind, I'm going to use it anyway for some thinking of you cards. Thanks for that! I dearly love the dies you used, including that golden snowflake panel. Gorgeous, one and all!

Sandra H said...

I love all of your cards the layouts and papers used also your right about the Silver and Gold love it at this time of the year take care xx

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous trio of cards Darnell, beautifully designed and I love the metallic theme, Kate x

Lisa said...

They're all so beautiful!! I love the metallic shine in each one!! Gorgeous cards!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

Fab cards Darnell, it is certainly the season for silver and gold xx

Carol L said...

These are fantastic with silver and gold! Love the grey background and the delicate dies on the 2nd card, but that gold Christmas card is a true beauty! We're under a blanket of white stuff right now with no end in sight yet. Who stole autumn?

Craftychris said...

Love the blingyness of these super gorgeous cards! So glad Hammy is having a break! xxx

Craft-E-Place said...

Stylish and elegant! Beautiful cards.
... and yes I have that canteen of cutlery just for Christmas day😂

conil said...

OOOOH! Shiny! Yes, I'm like a magpie so I may steal some of these ideas. Anyways, all three are fabulous so you achieved your goal. I fully understand the time crunch, by the way.

Redanne said...

I am always in total awe of your CAS cards and those first two are stunning. I love the Christmas card too, the gold and white are so beautiful together.

I do have a few bits and pieces from my Grandmother and Mother, sadly packed away in the attic - I really should get them out and use them.... Hugs, Annie xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

Such amazing metallic look!

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous Metallics Darnell. Those leaves are fabulous I need to play with mine too. Time is running faster than usual...

Kathleen said...

Two really beautiful cards Darnell, especially love the first one.
Well I have to hold my hand up and say I do have a silver service that is brought out for special occasions.
But a few years ago I started to use some of it as I thought I may as well and neither of my girls would want it, not modern enough for them. I have also started using my best dinner and tea place settings as that would not be in their taste either. I have had them for knocking on for 50 years and they have not been used enough really. My daughters are 46 and 44 and still modern. So I think some charity shop will be in for a good package.

Kath x

Kathyk said...

Two BEEE-OO-TIFUL makes today.

Was in Florida till earlier this week which goes some way toward explaining the post winging its way to you (well early) ... sorry matey!

Kathyk

Bunny said...

These are all gorgeous. When I come one year I expect tea from Grandma's teapot. Cream and sugar, please. LOTS of cream and sugar. [Bunny]```

Pat said...

I love the two ears of wheat in gold and silver, just so pretty Darnell, and two great leaves in silver on the second, and my favourite that gorgeous snowflake frame and the bright gold card with the gold snowflakes over the white card is a great combination. x

jimlynn said...

All are so pretty Darnell! That gold really shines too. Beautiful cards!
Sterling.....do like I did and "gift" it all to the daughter in law when they came to visit one time. She was new to the family and had no idea how to tell me she didn't want it! (Smile!)
Lynn

Lisa Elton said...

Holy smokes Darnel, lovin' all of the fancy shimmer and shine happening here! I'm over the moon for the first card! It is getting to be that busy time of year. Long or short posts from you are a delight any way you serve them up!

Jean said...

Wonderful CAS creations! The metallic is a wonderful touch!

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell, I'm loving the bling and the QACAS cards, sometimes the simpler the better:)

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, you totally rocked the card-making for this post! I love the first card. Those die-cuts remind me of wheat stalks, which are perfect for Thanksgiving. The shimmer of gold on each card makes them very festive, too. I'm starting to feel the holiday pressure myself. Not sure why it has to be this way--every. single. year. I just can't seem to get it all done in a timely way. Oh well, I'll plug away until the big day arrives, and then I'll put away my crafting tools, guzzle a few bottles--oops, I mean glasses--of wine, and declare Christmas "done and dusted."

Claire said...

A whole load of metallic goodness Darnell! Always a sucker for metallic against a black background (soon to post my entry which is along similar lines.) I'm loving thos die cuts you've used. And the shiny card stock you've used in the last one is just gorgeous. It positively dazzles in the sunlight!

Chrissie said...

Darnell, these are completely stunning!
The thumbnails grabbed my attention on Bloglovin immediately!
Wowser!
Fabulous stuff!
Xxx

sandie said...

Well I adore how CAS this first 2 cards, the perfect placement of the leaves-just beautiful. I really like the first one and why not enter this into Time Out-the grey is perfect for the picture and the photo has gold and silver accents...go on, we love to see you there.
And always great to see you at Ink xx

Pollard Carole said...

Beautiful designs I love your CAS thanksgiving card and that a lovely new frame the gold is stunning Love and hugs Carole x

Inkyfingers said...

What lovely QACAS cards Darnell and very arty with that stylish minimalist look.
I have to confess to having a best set of china that is brought out for guests and special occasions. This became a necessity when my children were younger and every item of pottery seemed to get a chip in it so we had the most miss-matched dishes you could ever see for day to day use lol!
Hugs
Carol x

Carole said...

Understated and very classy Darnell...love these...especially the first one as it just says it all! Time???well I've tried not wearing a watch...but it makes no difference it still flies...lol!..talking of which....I must fly. Hugs xx

Jeanne said...

A trio of delight here! Well maybe a duo and a third since that snowflake card is different from the other two. But they all delight, so...Thank you so much for sharing, Darnell. These are all beautiful!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are so sweet, Darnell xoxo

Bonnie said...

These leaves are some of my very favorite dies and they are so classy done in foil on any background! Your snowflake frame all done up in gold is breathtaking! Wow!

Glittered Paws said...

When I scrolled down and saw the 2 Thanksgiving cards - I went WOW - so simple but oh so pretty. And then on down to the Christmas card and that is amazing as well. Time savers for sure. I am looking for quick and easy this year.

KandA said...

Three beauties Darnell. All very elegant and I love your new snowflake frame. As for time..... well I reckon it's that old fat bloke in a red suit that's pinching it when we're not looking - otherwise how can he do so much in one night while it takes us all year to get ready for christmas and then we still don't manage to get everything done? xx

Viv said...

Three fab cards again Dee!love the CAS design on the first two and the super shiny snowflakes one looks very classy too. Keep seeing the news about the horrid fires near you and it's terrible and so very sad. Stay safe my lovely friend, hugs Vee xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Jeanne H said...

Wow, Darnell. All 3 are super wonderful cards. Love the CAS-ness. Mwah to you too!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two Thanksgiving beauties with those leaves, Darnell, and I love all the gold foil on your snowflake card!!

Jean said...

Simply elegant! Love these!

Linda said...

Three fantastic cards, Darnell. I particularly love the 3rd one. Awesome design with the gold.

Helen F. said...

LOVE all the glitz and glam on these beautiful Holiday cards, Darnell.
Hope you and your family are safe out there...my thoughts and prayers for everyone in CA!

Loll said...

Your metallic cards are gorgeous Dolly!! I especially LOVE that first one with the dark gray card base. The leaves really shine on the darker background. Looks like you've had a lot of fun in the play house lately!

So I do have a silver tea service that I bring out for my high teas that I host. How old fashioned is that??!! Just seems like they go together along with the china tea cups. The tea service was a wedding gift from my aunt and uncle. My aunt and I always shared a cup of tea when I went to visit. The tea service reminds me of her. Lolly xx

Lisa Tilson said...

Your metallic cards are lovely Darnell! I have those dies and haven’t had them out in ages. Love the simplicity of the cards, very striking. And you did make me laugh with the snowflake die.. I mean who actually uses them straight away!!! You! Time to put that halo on. Lisa xx

StirYourCreativity said...

Lovely shiny creations.

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW ! Love your metallics cards, Darnell. And your designs are gorgeously CAS. I particularly love your first card, I love the stunning contrast of the gold and silver leaves over the grey cardstock. Gorgeous ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More. xx

Trina P. said...

A trio of beauties, Darnell! The gold and silver shines brilliantly on the grey... so gorgeous and CAStastic! Thank you for joining us at Less us More. xx

... and happy early Thanksgiving to you and your family! 💙

Greta said...

So much beauty in this post, Darnell--love them all!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Such a wonderful collection! love so much your use of metallic cardstock! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

Anita in France said...

Gorgeous, shimmery metallics, Darnell ... each card is a beauty! I do love those C9 leaves ... against the dark grey, those thread tied tall ones are fantastic ... so eyecatching! Hope Hammy is enjoying his early Thankgiving trip ... and hope you're all staying safe! LYAMYHAHMA! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Celeste Goff said...

What beautiful clean and simple cards Darnell! You always do beautiful work. Thank you for joining us at Words 2 Craft By!

Kath Ricks said...

I love all that gold! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!

Leanne said...

Such a pretty elegant card, love the gold, just is gorgeous! Thanks for playing our twist challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT/4CC

Heidi Weaver said...

What beautiful cards, Darnell. I love the simplicity and elegance of the silvers and golds against the white but that grey is my favourite. No, I don't use a silver tea service. My grandmother had one and I could always taste the metal. I'm for bone china or porcelain all the way. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Fikreta said...

beautiful cards!
Hugs

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, What gorgeous CAS cards! So pretty...

Susanne Vargas said...

Your two leaf cards are deliciously CAS! With the beautiful textured cardstock and the metallic shimmer they really don't need anything else! And your shiny Christmas card is a real eye catcher!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

debby4000 said...

Oh what gorgeous golden cards. Love that sentiment on your Christmas one.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
luv
Debby

Sharon said...

Stunning makes from you again Darnell. You must be the queen of the elegant and stylish QACAS look and don't those first two cards tick all the right boxes. You last card is luxurious with its brilliant gold shine. Thanks so much for popping the first card in to us at Less is More xx

Karenladd said...

I love using metallic papers to die cut, but my hoarding instinct wrestles with my creative instincts and I can barely bring myself to cut into that beautiful shiny paper..oh my. However, I would hate to leave all that glorious card stock behind for my daughter to go through (and probably throw out...horrors) after I'm gone. So...I resolve to actually use some of it now. These cards are the perfect inspiration to give me that extra push.

Bobby said...

I remember Metallica as a heavy metal band. I prefer your lovely leaves instead.

Sybrina K said...

Congratulations, Darnell! You're lovely card was the hands-down winner of our W2CB November Blessings Challenge! Please e-mail me at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com for prizes... including a Guest I-Teamer gig!!!

Greta said...

Congrats on the win at W2CB!