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January 2, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

Hello Stamplings!

Hmm, this is a rather disturbing start to a new year in terms of my mental antiquity, seeing as how I'm a day late sharing my Happy New Year card with you. Hopefully some of you won't notice I'm late because you spent yesterday gleefully crafting while your hubby was enjoying a whole day of sports on TV!

What happened was, I went looking for something that I was pretty sure I had, but I couldn't remember which cupboard or drawer it was in and as I moved this bit and shuffled that bit, a crapalanche happened and I only just crawled out a half hour ago to write this post.

So here you go ...
The happy die from PTI is ages old and cut from linen paper. The New Year sediment embossed in platinum is NBUS from Lawn Fawn and the little bow tie is NBUS from Memory Box. The background panels are a glossy patterned platinum and a beautiful metallic blue.

You can see the purdy sheen better in this photo:
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I'd better get back to my mess. I'm so glad it happened because there is something about the start of a new year and a clean slate that gets me excited about starting my spring cleaning now. I'll be back in a few days and please don't worry about Hammy. Ever since that Purge of '08, I always take him up to the Big House for safe-keeping with the Mister! 

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I hope this is your best year yet!

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65 comments:

Anita in France said...

This must be a first, Darnell ... I'm first!! This is so stylish and rather dashing ... the shimmer is gorgeous ... and that little bow tie adds a touch of fun to the elegant look! Glad you made it out of the crapalanche unscathed ... take care going back in there ... you never know what might be lurking in those hidden depths! I've said it already, though it's worth saying it again ... wishing you Bonne Année ... and especially Bonne Santé in 2019! LYAMYHMA ... LFTOCT! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Kathyk said...

Wishing you and the Mister a very happy 2019, Darnell, your posts always make me chuckle .. the very idea of a crapalanche of crafting products which might take 24 hours to emerge from! Glad you made it though, we'd surely miss you, you know

FAB make shared with us too

All the best

Kathyk

Jane Willis said...

Happy New year Darnell. I think when it's my time to leave this mortal coil I would like it to be by being buried under a crapalanche of craft stuff. And no, I didn't spend yesterday crafting, I spent it cooking Christmas Dinner, a week late, because this year we did it twice in two different countries.

Sue said...

Happy New Year Darnell. Glad you survived the crapalanche:)

Hope 2019 holds all you wish for. Sue

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful card Darnell! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the beautiful sheen and the adorable bow tie!! Elegant and fabulous!! Happy New Year, Darnell!! I hope 2019 is a fabulous one for you!! And I hope you survive your early spring cleaning!! When you are finished, do you want to come tackle my craft room? I've basically given up on keeping it clean and organized ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Lynn said...

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year Darnell! All the shine and shimmer is perfect to kick off the new year!

Sandra H said...

Happy new year Darnell to you and your families l know where your coming from trying to find something l had to look until l locate it and it can be so annoying until it’s found and as you write start of a good clean up too lol your new year card is so lovely sending lots of love x

ionabunny said...

Happy New Year Darnell. I think you need to write a dictionary. A crapalanche is a fabtastically descriptive term that suits my desk perfectly at the moment. Luckily I have no hamsters, although the cat was in there the other day gingerly picking her way across the unstable scree. Hugz

adele holcomb said...

Gotta love the word "crapalanche"! Gave me a nice giggle this morning, it did. So descriptive and one I'm definitely adding to my vocabulary. Thank you!

Oh yes, love your pretty card too. I do like flowers and lacy things but clean simple lines in pretty colors are a refreshing option too.

jimlynn said...

Better late than never ..... Happy New Year - and I love your card. Great shine!
Lynn

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Dear Darnell, wishing you, the Mister and sweet Hammy, a Healthy, Joyful, Peaceful, Love filled and Prosperous 2019.
Love this stylish and beautiful New Year's card, that little blue bow is just the perfect detail.
Sending lots of hugs.
Maria.

Cat Craig said...

Happy New Year Darnell. Crapalanche...oh my I laughed so hard. that is the perfect word. I hope you manage to crawl out all organized and energized. Love the little bow tie on your new years greeting. looking forward to your 2019 postings...always good to spend time visiting here.

Pat said...

What would we all do without your fun, and perhaps a little mad, take on life Darnell, and I had a bit of a crapalanche going myself before Christmas which had my Misti sat on top and which all toppled on to the floor nd unfortunately my Misti did suffer damage to one of the hinges which luckily wasn't terminal but I asvery cross with myself for sitting it on top of an unstable pile. I love your new year card which is very pretty and would like to wish you and the family a really Happy New Year. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy New Year, Darnell!! You are so brave beginning to clean at this time of he year!! :D
Your card looks very elegant and impressive, love all the sparkling!!
Hugs!!

Jeanne said...

So happy you weren't buried under that craftalanche! Your card is wonderful and festive for the new year. May it bring much crafty goodness and happiness for you! Big hugs!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, what a way to start the year off! A crapalanche and starting spring cleaning. I'm so happy you were able to escape unscathed and able to craft again. The card is so sparkly and elegant and all dressed up for the New Year. Lucky Hammy was safe and didn't have to wink since you used such gorgeous metallic paper. Love you and looking forward to fun with you this year. Meeting you was so fantastic and I hope we can do it again. That was my bucket list to meet you and now I've amended it to meet all my wonderful blog friends.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Good for your starting 2019 'clean' 😊 that shiny paper is very pretty. Looking forward to your 19 cards.

JanetB said...

Happy New Year to you, too. I love reading your posts, and then I love to read all of the comments. I was wondering if most crafters have the potential for a crapalanche in there craft space. I know I certainly do!
I'm happy to see that PTI die used for your card, mine is hiding somewhere, and I think I will have to find it and try it out again. Thank you for all your fun inspiration.

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Darnell..Happy New Year to you and yours...I know what you mean I am always looking for things thats why I need a month out to have a sort out

Anne

Em Louise Fairley said...

Oh, Darnell, your stories never fail to give me a much needed giggle and crapalanche has me in stitches! While I did post yesterday, my New Year's card won't be making an appearance on my blog until next week because it's only just been mailed. Hugs, Em xoxo

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

What would life be like without a crapalanche? Still laughing. Happy New Year, Ms. Shimmer Queen and keep sharing your fun stories and beautiful cards. Loving all that platinum and blue shimmer on this beauty!

Viv's Visuals said...

If it's on the floor you have more room everywhere else for more schtuff??? And much easier to scrabble about when it's all in a heap instead of trying to be a tidy person... (I speak from experience)
Lovely new year card - and Happy wotsit to you too. xx

Christine Alexander said...

I'm glad you weren't injured in your crapalanch, they are're the natural disaster of craft rooms.
Great sparkly card to bring in the new year, Happy New Year to you and your family :)

Happy Dance said...

Gee, I hope the Mister sent in a St. Bernard with a cask of revival brandy for you! Or would you still be under the pile if he had (like I would be...)??! So I'm assuming that you made this beauty and crawled out at the same time. It's gorgeous, and that shimmery sheen is stunning. Perfect New Year's card. LOVE it! xo Talk soon. bkb

Anne said...

Hi Darnell
Happy New Year!!!
Thank you for my gorgeous Christmas Card, Postie delivered it today!!!
Anne ( Copper Beech Crafts)

conil said...

Yes, I too, am determined to avoid crapalanches by cleaning out my crafty space. Time to get to it. Hope no one or nothing was damaged in yours. This one is a fun, shiny card to start a shiny new year, so you've accomplished your mission.
Hoping 2019 treats you and yours well. MWAH!

nancy littrell said...

I agree..purging, cleaning out, reorganizing, etc makes a craft room so inspiring, Dolly. Glad Hammy did not get buried in your crapalance!

TFS the close up of the metallic shine on your beautiful Happy New Years card. Happy Creative Healthy New Years to you, dear friend. Love and Hugs, Nancy

sandie said...

Happy New Year my dear friend and I hope it brings you goos health and happiness. What lovely finds in your craft room-I adore that little box...meaning to sort my space but 'meaning' is as far as it has got!

Donna said...

Stunning and sophisticated! Wishing you and yours a healthy and joyful New Year!

Loll said...

Happy New Year Dolly & Hammy! Beautiful card to ring in the new year with lots of shine and glamour!

Glad you found your way out of the crapalanche! I haven't seen the top of my work table for MONTHS! Definitely glad it's a new year. I'm ready to clear everything off and start fresh! Love, Lolly

Sharron said...

Perfect shine and shimmer for a New Year's wish! Love the teeny bow that adds a whimsical touch! It's good to hear someone is cleaning. Seems I just start to organize and end up rearranging my mess. Hope you and all the family a truly splendid 2019! Sending a few hugs to get things off to a good start!!

Bobby said...

Maybe a day late but never short on creativity and humor, Darnell. Happy New Year to you and the hamster, oh and The Mister too.

stampwithsandy said...

Happy New Year, Darnell! Hope you survived the crapalanche and are all organized now!

Jean said...

Gorgeous card. Happy new year!

Kathleen said...

Great card and a Happy New Year to you and a HUGE thank you for sticking by me over the years.

Kath x

Mac Mable said...

Such a shiny and classy card and such a fabulous colour combination. Glad you crawled out of the crapalanche safely and Hammy was safe x Happy New Year to you and the family and thank you for your fun and fabulous blog posts in 2018 and so looking forward to reading lots more in 2019.....Happy crafting too x

Redanne said...

Oh what a beautiful card, just perfect for the New Year, whatever day that is/was. I always think New Year lasts until the kids go back to school, which is next week sometime, I think!! Glad to hear that Hammy is safe from the Spring clean up but I hope you stay safe too!

Thank you for another year of wonderful posts, I am looking forward to this year's posts with great anticipation! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Mrs A. said...

Well I sorted the wardrobe out today and what I want to know is if I managed to fill a bin bag of clothes for the charity shop then how come when I put the rest back I still had a pile over with no where to put them!!! I'm a bit worried that when I tackle the junk/priceless objects on my desk I will have the same problem. Then there is the little matter of all those darn ducks too not to mention all the eggs they keep laying. Wishing you a very crafty New Year. Hugs Anne.

oldpunca said...

Happy New Year, dear Darnell! Thank you for all the joy you've done with your posts. I'm looking forward to everything you will prepare for us in 2019.
Hugs and kisses <3
Sonja

Brenda said...

You crack me up Auntie! So glad you were able to crawl out to write this post. lol I love this New Year card, it is so dashing and sophisticated. Love the linen paper and the shimmery papers, the gold one looks embossed but don't think it is. Sure do this this one Auntie! Happy New Year! Hugs, Brenda

Liz said...

Happy New Year, Darnell. Had to smile to myself at the vision of you crawling out from under your crapalanche! Great card, I love the CAS design. xx

Bonnie said...

Love all that shimmer and the sweet little bow! My studio has become a fort for the kids! Until they're gone, not much can happen there. Who knows what I'll find when it gets converted back to crafting place! Happy New Year sweet friend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Happy New Year Darnell to you and your Mister. I finally managed to stop by your blog, I'm sorry I'm not in blog land these days. Your cards are beautiful and your humor is spot on. I had a chuckle out loud reading about your 'crapalanche' :) Hugs, Shirleyxx

Trina P. said...

Happy new year; Darnell! Hope you had fun ringing in the new year and your year is off to a great start.
Your card is adorable... loving that delightful bow tie. xx

Lisa Elton said...

Lovin' all of the shimmer and shine on this Darnell, this is fabulous! Wishing you and the Mister a happy new year...Hammy too! Thanks so much for the sweet birthday card ~ MWAH!!!

Cheryl W. said...

You're a master at creating new words and "crapalanch" is fantastic. I'm definitely going to add that one to my crafting vocabulary. Your card is so creative, bringing all those dies and papers together in one glossily gorgeous card. I love it!

Darnell said...

Thank you, Cheryl, but I can't take credit for creating crapalanche. Well, I mean, yes, I did create a crapalanche, but not the word! I first saw it via Pixie's Crafty Workshop and I think it was coined by my friend Sarn there, but I'm not a hunnert percent if it was her. I love it, too! Hugs, Darnell

Greta said...

Happy, Happy New Year, Darnell! Such a beautiful card to start the year--love the sheen & the color combo!

ike said...

OMGosh... a crapalanche !!! So glad you managed to fight your way out of it xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Dear Darnell I wish you too
one happy, healty and creative year 2019
great new card
hugs Tamara

OH Babs said...

Happy New Year to you and the Mister.
It must be the season because I have been in clean the clutter mode beginning in my closet. Next my guest/craft room and I have rearranged and purged many stamps which I will sell at the next craft sale.
Hope the new year is wonderful for you and all the Knausses.
The cards are charming.

Carol L said...

And I am late to the party as well! I have one excuse - my arse is just plain draggin' these days and the hurrier I go, the behinder I get! LOL Happy New Year my friend! What a fun and cute little card to celebrate 2019 and thanks too for the anniversary wishes! It's been quite a hectic and eventful holiday season, and I too am ready for some house-cleaning. All I have to do is start...........somewhere...........today............or maybe tomorrow? Anyone wanna join my procrastinators club?

Leslie Miller said...

I'm glad you managed to crawl out from under the crapalanche and that Hammy is safe! I always go on a cleaning binge in the new year, too. I started mine yesterday when I put Christmas away. Very thorough and detailed like a woman possessed. I've got a long way to go before I start on my stamp room, but it also needs a good cleaning. Anyway, you're very thoughtful to make a new year's card to wish us all a happy 2019. More NBUS found its way to the fore and it looks pretty fabulous all dressed up with the sheeny paper and pert little bow tie. Happy new year to you, Darnell!

Sarah said...

Crapalanche LOL!! Happy New Year Darnell, hope it is full of many good things for you and yours. What a great design, I love the colour and texture xx

frommycraftroom said...

Happy New Year!
I can imagine the crapalanche! had similar experiences here :)
Hope the year is a good one.
Oh and the card is gorgeous.

Robyn Oliver said...

A lovely New Years card Darnell, a day late doesn't matter, I didn't even get one made... so simple
Happy New Year to you and the family
Looking forward to seeing all the lovely creations coming out of your playhouse this year
ps a small clear out wouldn't hurt here either

Maxine D said...

So glad to hear you survived the crapalanche, and that Hammy is safe! I don't know if you found what you were looking for, but this card is certainly fabulous Darnell.
All the best for you and yours for 2019
Blessings
Maxine

Patti said...

Happy New Year to you too friend!! I pray it is a healthy one full of joy and answered prayers!!

Sweet card too the addition of the little bow is just delightful! : )

Fikreta said...

Happy new year!
so nice card!

Kara Lynne said...

Bawhawhawhawhaw - a crapalanche! I love that term!! Boy, do I miss you! Fantastic card, Darnell, it's so festive and shiny! I love that platinum and blue combination. Good luck with that spring cleaning. The good part is that you will actually have a spring soon to clean in.

Kuni said...

Wonderful card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Craftychris said...

A crapalanche! How funny! I am glad you and Hammy survived. I need one of those in my craft room to kick start a tidy up! Happy New Year to you too my friend and I love your shimmery card! Hugs xxxxxxx

Sharon Underwood said...

Darnell, I always enjoy reading your posts - they crack me up! A crapalanche? That's a new one, and I love it! I could totally relate. Your cards are so nice. I love that gleam from the paper. Thank you for your sweet comments on the Cory (new grandson) pictures. I had a wonderful visit, but it sure was hard to leave!

Ruth said...

Happy Happy New Year!! I love the idea of a crapalanche - lol! A very fitty shiny card for NY :) I spent last week cleaning the sitting room carpet and moving and clearing out a whole lot of stuff and we are now starting to feel like the house is more us. I also now have an office for my business! It's all exciting stuff! Let's hear it for a clean slate for 2019. It's going to be good. I can feel it! xx