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November 4, 2018

Vestige of Fall

Hello Stamplings!

Everyone's exclaiming about the fact that it's November even though we know full well it follows October which follows September and the rest of the months, which are all stacked up like dominoes slamming into each other likity-split. As if unexpectedly. I do it, too, proclaiming, "Well, would you look at that!"

The mad dash for Christmas starts in full force, but here in American we have a well-loved Thanksgiving tradition smack in the middle of the mayhem, which makes fall last a few more weeks. So I'm here with a coupla more fall cards and then it will prolly be all Christmas all the time.

Onefer.
When I was in Wisconsin, I was fortunate to stop in at the Gina K. store with my buddies. The leaf you see as the kindness place-card holder is from Gina's Stitched Leaves set which I Ziggified. I borrowed the background stencil from Brenda in Indiana and had a go at it with my Clarity brushes. The sediment is from GKW.

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Twofer.
The background on this card is a leafy stencil monoprint I made last May with Lindy's Magicals. The leaves are dies from the same Gina K. "Stitched Leaves" set and the pierced fish-tail banner is from Avery Elle. 

Here is a closeup, but I'm not sure if it really shows the beautiful shimmer of the card IRL. Hammy is sulking because these powdered inks are, well, magical in how much they schparkle so no winking is necessary. No, don't even look at him. He'll be fine by tomorrow.
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Snippets Playground Badge

Threefer.
Finally, real quick, here is a watercolored card for my lake house friends with a friendship tree from Hero Arts and a sweet cabin from a NBUS Newton's Nook set. 

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67 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, The months are flying by here as well.

Love all three cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

scrAPpamondo said...

Three fabulous cards, Darnell, you are always so creative! Those stitched leaves look just wonderful, love especially the first one! Your backgrounds are both beautiful and the sparkling pigments seem so fun to use, I will put them in my very very long wishlist for Santa :D LOL
Another must have for me is that wonderful friendship tree that you used in the last card, wow!! It's so cool and sweet!!
Hugs, have a lovely Sunday!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh yes this side of the year always seems to pass way too quickly for me, I often wish I had a slow motion button so I could watch the hustle and bustle of life carry on around me whilst I could enjoy those last couple of months.
Your cards are so uplifting and fresh Darnell, love that shimmery sparkle and i'm sure Hammy does too hee hee!!
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday..
Hugs Tracey xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Three stunning cards Darnell...I don't know where the time has gone..just looking forward to Spring already

Anne

Pat said...

Three fabulous cards Darnell and I adore those Gina K leaves and pretty coordinating stencilling and such gorgeous colours, and your friendship tree and sweet little house are both adorable and great watercolouring of the house and background too. I can't belive it's November already and also have some Christmas cards still to make. x

ionabunny said...

Egads!!! Always a delight to read your entertaining and inspiring posts. Love the first beautiful leaf and that Hero's art tree is gorgeous. What a great stamp. I imagine when it sheds it's 'leaves' there will be hellos, his, and friendship dryssing down all over. Have a wonderful day Darnell. Hugz

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I love that leave on our first card!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Inkyfingers said...

What a great threefer Darnell and each of them is lovely. I particularly like the fall colours on the first one and I'm now suffering from a bit of leaf envy! How great to be able to visit the Gina K store. I have a friend visiting the US at the moment and she is going to bring some goodies back for me so I need to get onto Gina's website toot sweet!
Hugs
Carol x

Jeanne said...

Happy sigh at your very pretty fall cards. I know everyone is talking about and posting about Christmas, but I so enjoy the fall cards, I wish people could focus just a tad more about Thanksgiving first. I hope Hammy gets over his little sulk quickly. The magicals look truly magical. Hugs!

Donna said...

Wow, three amazing cards, I'm enjoying the beauty of fall and will get into full swing of Christmas after Thanksgiving, I've been doing a few cards here and there and the ideas are brewing.

!neke said...

Great cards Darnell !!!!
A log time ago I visited your blog , ......
I missed a lot !

XX Ineke

I Card Everyone said...

If only my leafless trees looked as cute as that one on your Threefer! All darling, D. and your Zigifying is zwonderful! xx
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Bunny said...

Oh what beautiful cards. I am sorry that Hammy was put out of sorts. Bless his poor little heart. [Bunny]

Jean said...

Such beautiful cards!

Macimbalo said...

So lovely Darnell, always inspired when I see your creations! I love that tree sentiment one - so sweet! Can I ask you where you got that picture at the bottom of the rain falling on the leaves? - love it! Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for always bringing a smile us with your lovely cards and words!

Lynette said...

Your cards are all fabulous, Darnell! I'm especially fond of the sparkle and the beautiful leaf on the first card.

Darnell said...

Angie, I found it on Pinterest a few years ago. I'll email it to you. Hugs, Darnell

Viv said...

More gorgeousness from you again Dee!great selection of cards here,love the Autumnal ones and that little sweet house too...all fab again ;)hugs Vee xx

Christine Alexander said...

three beautiufl cards Darnell, I remember Hammy having his first sulk over the sparkly magical powders. He must be having a deja vu :)
Love your pretty sentiment tree

Nan G said...

Love all three cards, Darnell.

OH Babs said...

Fun cards and I really like the Gina K dies. Actually I thought the top leaf was plastic. Happy Fall and have fun voting. :) Barb

Susan said...

Lucky us getting a fabulous threefer today! Love them all, but especially the first one with the gorgeous autumn colours and the great background. I'd like to be in denial about it being November but I suppose I need to accept it.

Diane said...

Wonderful selection of card designs Darnell.

Hugs diane

conil said...

Those leaves are serving you well. I'll remember them while I'm raking the 3 billion ones in my yard...and that's the second time I've done it. Oh well, the price we pay for vegetation and landscaping. Seriously though, sweet cards this time. Especially fond of the Lake House "hello" card.

JD/ Jill said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! All three cards are masterpieces!!!

Leslie Miller said...

November follows October? Oh, my gosh, who knew? There's a whole lot of pretty on your cards today, Darnell. That vividly painted leaf on the first is gorgeous, and the sparkly Magicals stenciled background on the second is WOW! I adore the third with the cute little cabin by the lake (love how you did the lake and grass). Fabulous sentiment tree. You have an eye for picking out the best stamps and it's tons of fun to see them!

nancy littrell said...

Three beautiful and creative cards, Dolly. I LOVE your beautifully colored Fall leaf, Fall Magically stenciled leaves background (that I saw IRL) and your sweet and thoughtful cabin on the lake (great design)for your friends. TFS my friend...sorry, but I did take a quick glance at hammy and he "winked" at me. He was just teasing you...hammy is not jealous of the Magicals after all:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

Birgit said...

Two gorgeous cards here Darnell! The fall colored leave in the first card is stunning!! Love, love LOVE the colors you used on the second card. Thanks for the beautiful fall inspiration!

Loll said...

Three fantastic cards Dolly! LOVE that beautiful maple leaf with the bright fall colours. Gorgeous background with your clarity brushes!! Am loving the stencil monoprint with Magicals ... I can see the shimmer along with the gorgeous mix of colours from these amazing powders ... great work and beautiful card! The friendship tree is really special and will make your lake house girls feel special getting it. Sweet watercoloured scene ... a great reminder of a fantastic time! :) Lolly xx

Lisa Elton said...

Look at you go with three fabulous cards! I like the pretty vibrant leaf on the first and that cute little tree on the last. A tiro of delights Darnell!

Sarah said...

These are fabulous Darnell, the autumnal shades on the first are just what I see on my morning walks at the moment although the wind and rain is making them fall pretty quick now xx

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful cards Darnell. I love the fall colors on the first and the really pretty color variations in your place holding leaf. The monoprint sparklies are lovely. Lastly, I am so inlove with your friendship tree. What a wondeful graphic.

Carol L said...

I'm still waiting around for that nice month of August to come?! I guess the rain washed it all away right into November! Did we have summer? Really? I missed it all :)
What a wonderful array of cards, and lucky you to have visited the real GinaK store! Love that leaf, and that leafy stencil too! Tell Hammy I have some lettuce for him - would that make him forget the winky wink? :)

Jeanne H said...

I too love your cards and conversation with us in blogland. Thanks for sharing Fall...I love it. Christmas cards? Well, I've made a few. lol!

Claire said...

A pretty collection of cards, the little cabin is just darling with the watercoloured scene. I love the warm tones of the stencilled leaves. Thanks for stopping by, nice to see you visited and left a comment - take care x

Kathleen said...

Well it is Bonfire night here tomorrow and thank goodness no idiot has decided to make cards for that.
Three fabulous makes, super images and gorgeous colours, that friends tree is brilliant.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.


Kath x

Sharyn Polesel said...

All three are beautiful! We have lots of fall color in Indiana now. Wish you could see it. Especially love the brightly colored leaf and your pretty stenciled background. Hugs, Sharyn

Barb Ghig said...

Talk about autumn splendor! Three beautiful cards, Darnell! I love your stenciled backgrounds on the first two and your watercoloring on the last card is stunning! What a fantastic tree...definitely going to be a hit with your friends, too :)

Hugs to Hammy...I'm sure he'll have lots of winking to do on your Christmas cards, so all is not lost!

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so sorry, I meant to add...Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion! It's always fun to see your creations in the gallery, Darnell!

Cheryl W said...

Gorgeous cards, all three! Looks like you had some inky fun with fall colors. I am desperately trying to get my Thanksgiving cards finished so I can dive into the Christmas cards (I've only gotten 20 done during the previous months). And then there's all that shopping to do for kids (6) and grands (10). Oy! What am I doing, sitting here at the computer????

Redanne said...

All three cards are gorgeous but the leaf on the first one is absolutely stunning! Your colouring of the leaf is incredible, I love it and the stencilling creates such a wonderful backdrop. I have so far resisted those Clarity brushes.... I hope Hammy has forgiven you for not 'winking'.... Big hugs to you both, Annie xxx

Aileen said...

what a beautiful collection Darnell as you talk about fall and we melt through such a hot Spring it feels as though this year has gone so fast. That last card with the sentiment tree......wow love it. and the sparkle on the second card and that amazing colouring with your ziggies on that leaf on the first, all so wonderful. May thanksgiving be everything you could hope for.

Mac Mable said...

Wonderful colours on your first card and love the stencil too. The lindy's on your second card are glorious and so very pretty. CAS perfection on your friendship card and so thoughtful. Spoiling us with your three wonderful cards, thank you and sorry Hammy didn't get to use the wink of Stella X

Brenda in IN said...

Your leaf is beautiful and looks great on your stenciled background. (I got my brushes)! I wouldn't use Lindy's too much in case you traumatize Hammy over them but the card is lovely. What a perfect card for the lake house ladies. Awesome.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Darnell, they are all absolutely beautiful xoxo

Bonnie said...

Isn't it a shame that Thanksgiving gets smooshed so tightly between Halloween and Christmas that it's almost nonexistent! I love Thanksgiving and your cards! The Gina K. leaves are so pretty in the warm and cool colors and that word tree is fantastic!

cuilliesocks said...

Three very beautiful cards Darnell, beautifully designed and coloured, I love the leaves and the sentiment on the last card is such fun.
Our Autumn seems to have been replaced by Winter, which seems to have arrived quicker this year, Kate x

KandA said...

Three fabulous cards Darnell and that tree stamp on the last one is super.
Not sure what happeed here but we missed out on september and october completely and jumped straight from august to november - or maybe I just blinked and missed them! xx

Patti said...

Those Gina K leaves are a MUST HAVE!! Beautiful and you have done them proud my friend!!

I love love love your third card and the memory that inspired it! Well done! : )

JoAnn said...

Love all your cards but I especially like the beautifully colored leaf on the first one. TFS

Marge said...

All your cards are so pretty and well designed, Darnell
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Marge

Linda said...

Yes, this year is definitely whooshing by ...... less than 50 days until Christmas!!!!
Gorgeous cards, love the autumnal colours xx

Gerrina said...

Three great cards, although I have a slight favorite in the 2nd one; love that backgropund!!
In the DT's it is already christmascards all around and have to make plenty still, but I try to use that beautiful autumncolours as long as possible...it is a pitty that autumn-makes look like they are undersnowd with christmas makes... Hugs, Gerrina

Ros Crawford said...

Three wonderful creations!! I love that leaf on your first card... So beautiful and what a fabulous result with the mono printing! I tried it once and made quite a mess .. Lovely little scene on the 3rd card and great watercolouring! Have a wonderful day!

Bobby said...

Your Gina leaves are lovely, Darnell, but that sparkly monoprint is out of this world. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Linda Callahan said...

Glorious fall cards!

artful-notions said...

Hi Darnell! What a gorgeous leafy bg, and I love the zigified leaf too. You make the lineup at the Card Concept look like a glorious 'ode to fall'. So happy to see your gorgeous card in the lineup. That's a beauty for the Fusion challenge too. And the sweet little cabin is adorable. But I'm putting that hello tree from Hero Arts in my cart! We are terrible enablers... Hugs!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hello Darnell!! Your trio of fall themed cards is wonderful. This is by far, my favorite season,a nd Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday - bar none. Love that first one you linkind to Time Out. Love that stencilled background and that leaf id glorious! Plus, you taught me a new word - "Ziggified". Fantastic!! I learn so much from you. Thank you for sharing that fall beauty with us at Time Out. It's always a joy to have you with us!!

Anita in France said...

You're putting those lovely clarity brushes to good use, Darnell ... what a gorgeous soft background on your first card ... that ziggified leaf is spectacular against it ... rich and jewel-like! I was amazed at the shimmer of those magicals IRL (and am hoarding the smooshy bg from the LH!) ... the variegated look of those leaves is just delicious! Poor Hammy ... give him a hug from me. You already know how much I love the Lake House card with that splendid tree ... especially as I have one of my own right here next to me. It evokes such happy, laughter filled moments ... and smiling-all-over-my-heart memories ... merci mille fois! Always delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! LYAMYLALMA! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Di said...

Three amazing cards Darnell - as always! LOVE the schparkly look on your snippets card, can't find that Hero Arts stamp online anywhere - guess I'll have to get back to playing with Dudley!

Hugs

Di xx

Lisa Tilson said...

You are a cardmaking machine Darnell! And they are gorgeous as always, love the dreamy watercoloured lakeside scene but those fall cards steal my heart with those delicious colours. Don't make me want that Gina K set please! It will be next November before I get around to using it. have to say those sparkly powders sound very interesting..... Lisa xx

Karren said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! When I saw that first leaf I thought "ooh love that image" . Then I scrolled down and realised it came from a set that I already own! So great to see you at Fusion!

Fikreta said...

These are so nice cards!
hugs

Nora N. said...

I am loving the fun backgrounds on the first two cards. The orange one is my favorite, though, because I ADORE orange. I love the fun way you created the second one. I have never used Lindy's stuff and now want to try it. (and I bought two to experiment with and it is sitting on my desk at the moment-how sad is that?) Your third card is a beautiful CAS design. Thank you for the inspiration!

Greta said...

I love Fall & your cards, Darnell! The second one is amazing--another technique I still need to try! Love the friendship card, too--so sweet!

Susangail Powell said...

These are all great. Love the colors of the second one and that tree on the last one is fantastic! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept.

Susanne Vargas said...

Beautiful leaf cards but the last one made me swoon! That little house with the awesome friendship tree is so perfect for your lake house friends!