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January 24, 2019

Have A Heart and Enjoy the Ride!

Hello Stamplings!

In the middle of winter with bone-deep cold, rain, sleet, snow, and gray skies for a lot of people on this side of the world, I just love seeing all the hearts and flowers beginning to pop up all over Blogland. It's very uplifting at a time when we need it!

So thank you St. Valentine for being the next holiday to distract us with all kinds of heart art! Here's my first of 2019:
The star of this QACAS Valentine design is a relatively new NBUS from Poppystamps (Embossed Love). I usually like to keep my stamps and dies for two or three years in order for them to become atmospherically tolerant of the Playhouse thermodynamic conditions before I subject their tender surfaces and edges to abuse. Wait. What? It sounds good though, right? You may borrow that as your own excuse for having lots of NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff).

But I digest. The beautiful paper is another vo piece from my stash which I'm determined to stop hoarding. The little heart was cut from red fun foam and glossified. 
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Twofer
Another QACAS design, this time using a really old (but still fun) stamp and die set from PTI called Road Trip. Obviously the rather well-built and possibly scary person I put behind the wheel has gone over the hill and it's all downhill from here! I stenciled the cobblestone road with a TH stencil and Hammy did his special winking trick all over the Bug.

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ETA: Hammy picked a name out of the hat and the winner of the butterfly die from this post is JoAnn. Congratulations, JoAnn!
Blogger JoAnn said...
Your cards are beautiful. Love the butterflies on both cards. And why not have a butterfly on a Christmas card, it looks lovely with the silver embossed tree.
Thanks for sharing about the thyroid.
Have a wonderful day. Hugs, JoAnn
January 21, 2019 at 5:51 AM

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77 comments:

Kathyk said...

Two fabulous, fun makes but I am especially taken with the LIM sketch entry, love that little car too!

Kathyk

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, don't know if it is just me, but I am not getting told when you have updated your blog. It's twice now, that I only knew you had when I clicked on your blog to see if you had.

Fab cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Maxine D said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - love the bold graphic feel to the first one, and the second still has me smiling!
Good to see Hammy is still helping out, even if he tempts you to use your new dies too soon for them to acclimate properly... :)
Blessings
Maxine

Debbie harper said...

A lovely simple but effective card, says what it's all about, thanks for joining us at MAWTT xx

Sherri Thacker said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing it with us for our Cards in Envy challenge.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

A cracker card, Darnell. Well done on inspiring us to get creating, must see what VO means though, another acronym to digest.
Hugs and prayers, Shaz in Oz.x

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Ros Crawford said...

What great designs and beautiful cards not to mention a brilliant explanation as to why you have NBUS stamps Lol! Have a super day!

Anita in France said...

Hahahahaha ... atmospherically tolerant ... tee hee, Darnell ... woe to anyone who doesn't acclimatise their crafty goodies before use ... it probably invalidates the guarantee! What a fabulous cobbled road your bug driver is travelling down ... he sure looks determined to get to the bottom of that hill! Love love love your embossed love over that luscious textured blue ... and that heart ... gorgeous! Who knew craft foam could be glossified so deliciously ... well, you of course, but you are a trend setter! LYAMYLMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Lisa said...

They are both so beautiful!! I love the pop of red from the glossy heart on the first one!! The over the hill car is so adorable on the second!! Love them both!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Birgit said...

Two super cute cards here Darnell! The glossy heart looks like an enamel sticker. Woww!

Lia said...

Sooo simple, but...so clever!!!
Lia xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your blue stashed paper is awesome with the tiny shiny heart!

Sandra H said...

So beautiful Darnell love the blue background and how effective the heart becomes using glossy essence enjoy your day xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love them both! xoxo

KandA said...

Two super cards Darnell. Great to see you make a dent in the Mt NBUS before it comes crashing down on you!... it's a fabulous die and looks great with the glossy heart. As for your second card.... love your take on the sketch and that sentiment says it all xx

cuilliesocks said...

I love the simplicity of your Valentine card Darnell and the fun design of your second one, two super cards, Kate x

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, your first valentine is fabulous. THe little bit of red is dramatic and gorgeous on that fabulous blue paper. Your second card is a fabulous take on the sketch and is a perfect entry for the challenges well chosen.

I Card Everyone said...

love your LOVE, and your Love Bug.... lovey!
=]

Carole said...

Two lovely cards as always Darnell. I acclimatise my NBUS stuff too...first to the craft room (several months)..then to their new home (filed away...more months), then when I think the shock will be greater for me than them...I actually use them! ...lol..IF I can remember where i have put them. LOVE (sorry the first card with its tiny heart...great die, and I think the second one is very ingeniously thought out. Hugs xx

Kath said...

Two super cards - love them both!
Kath x

Susan Lang said...

Love the blue card. The paper is amazing. But I am with Shaz - what does vo mean? My guess is very old. You are the acronym master!

Mac Mable said...

Fun post Darnell. It's very cold our end and there is snow in the distance on the mountains, which look very beautiful. Such an elegant first card and the texture is gorgeous and love the die cut sentiment and that squishy red heart. What a fun second card and loving the vibrant colours, the stencilling and the bug and sentiment x

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, and I love the die cut sentiment with the pretty red foam heart appearing to dangle from it, and the background blue texture card is glorious. The sweet little car journeying along the road is an inspired design for the LIM Challenge especially, and the stencilled cobbles works well, if a trifle bumpy for that cute little car..lol, and what lovely bright colours too. I must admit I do have one or two NBUS items which are waiting to come out to play. x

Brenda in IN said...

I love the simplicity of the Love card and that bright, shiny heart. Your cobblestone road is great and I love that little "bug" going over the hill. Such a fun card.

Christine Alexander said...

great twofers, the over the hill really made me smile :)

nancy littrell said...

TFS your Twofer cards, Dolly. Fun and cheerful cards to brighten our day. I am off to camp (trailer) at the beach for 3 days to celebrate Denny's birthday. The sun is even suppose to come out. No...we will not be wading in the water and will be bundled up, but still enjoying our hikes on the beach and in the forest. Especially enjoying the evenings by our fire:-)

Hugs..Nancy

Birgit said...

both cards are so sweet. I love the first one with the blue and the heart.

conil said...

Now that is the perfect CAS Valentine. Lots of dreamy blue, ideal sentiment and that adorable little, shiny red heart. #LOVEIT! As for the bug and the mystery person (probably a Uber serial killer) that is the best, most imaginative care I've seen for that challenge. I smell a winner...or is that just exhaust...hmmmm.

Redanne said...

Both cards are beautiful, I love lots of colour at this time of year so you have really hit the spot. I just love how you were inspired to create the LIM card, very clever thinking there and a wonderful result! Hugs, Annie xx

Jeanne H said...

I really love your VW Bug card...so reminiscent of my past. Owned over the years 5 different ones and learned to drive on the first one. Happy sigh. Hugs from cold MN.

scrAPpamondo said...

Two stunning CAS cards, Darnell! You always are so creative with your stash!!
Hugs

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards!
hugs

Loll said...

Sweet love card, Dolly!! I love the adorable little heart hanging from the word die! Looks perfect on the striped blue background. Awesome CAS design, my friend!

And how creative to turn this sketch into a road way! LOVE IT! Your description of it being over the hill made me laugh ... so many of us are just that! :) Great design with the cobblestone stenciling. LOVE that lime green card ... need sunglasses! Love, Lolly

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, classy Valentines Day card and a super fun birthday card, could apply to me now as I am very much over the hill. Like the way you have stamped it on the licence plate.

Kath x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both cards, Darnell - the jumbo love with heart looks great on that background and I love the crazy driver in your Bug!!

Jean said...

Such fun cards!!

Carol L said...

Oh how cute are these CAS cards! I love them both but can really relate to the over-the-hill beetle! Fun idea :)

Lisa Elton said...

The first is perfectly fabulous and CAS, the second is too much fun! A terrific pair Darnell!

Bobby said...

Nothing better on a valentine than a red, puffy, glossy heart. It pops off the blue and I love that word die. Fabulous road for that car to travel down.

Cheryl W. said...

I'd say your reasoning for not using new items immediately upon purchase is spot on! They definitely need time to acclimate to new surroundings and atmospheric conditions. Two great cards today. The NBUS "Embossed Love" is really nice. It will work nicely for engagement and wedding cards, too. Or even for new babies if you put a "little" with it, as in "Little Love." The over-the-hill card will be great for a masculine birthday. I struggle with those so your card is just the inspiration I needed!

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous cas card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Xxxx

Gerrina said...

So glad we don't 'do' Valentine here...I make just a card for DH and that's it... I love your take on the LIM-sketch; great coliurs! Think you have a good chance! Hugs, Gerrina

Michelle W said...

My NBUS have melted today in our sweltering heat! Love both your cards but that over the hill card is priceless and perfect for our sketch challenge. Thanks for joining us at Less is More and thanks for the laugh! I’ll get back to my melted craft room now!

Jane said...

Oh how clever! Love that you've turned the strip into a road, looks absolutely right! And that sketch fits our Up To One Third challenge perfectly too. Thanks so much for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you in our gallery again soon.

Pollard Carole said...

Gorgeous design love them both Especially the heart one the background colour s perfect Hating the cold in the Uk t present i'm definitely a warm weather girl Love and hugs Carole x

Glittered Paws said...

Always love to see your twofers, I'm thinking I like the LOVEbest but the car is too cute. Love the simplicity of the love embossed card with the simple glazed heart.
We are supposed to get ore snow, frigid temps, wind and gray skys - my craft room helps me keep my sanity.

HilaryJane said...

Love the first card, the blue and white with the glossy red heart are just perfect. What a very clever take on the sketch for your second card, I would never have thought of using a car, very clever xx

Linda said...

Two great card designs. I love the simplicity of the first one, the little red heart gives the perfect splash of colour. Great take on the sketch too for your second card .... love the car! Enjoy the weekend my friend xx

Brenda said...

Its been yucky all over the country Auntie and I think everyone is glad to see some "springy" cards in blogland. I know I am too! I am totally in love with your beautiful Valentine card! The die is amazing and so cool looking! I love the beautiful blue paper you used too, but I never thought to use foam and glossify it! lol Clever girl you! Your twofer is so cute! Love the little bug car and love that you put a driver in it. Glad he is on the down hill now. lol Love the bright green background and the blue bug. One of my favorite color combo's! Hugs, Brenda

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, fun! Love the love card with color, but still CAS. That little dangling heart is so cute! Sorry to hear the Cards in Envy challenge is closing. I played that occasionally as I think it's such a good idea. Get those cards in the mail! Super cute card with the sketch, too! Leave it to you to come up with a great idea and use fabulous colors in the process!

Sharron said...

I'm so glad to hear that I'm taking proper care of my stamps by getting them "atmospherically" ready for use!! Many are currently patiently waiting! Both cards are fabulous. Love the die cut 'love' and that precious heart! The fun bug seems to be on the downslope on your pretty cobblestone road--hopefully not to bumpy a ride. The bright green is wonderful!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the excuse for why I take so long to use all that NBUS! I knew there was a good reason. (It may be that I buy too much to, but Nah, that couldn't be it!) Love your die cut LOVE with the shiny red heart and the soft blue background paper! And your cobblestone road is brillian! The bug looks like the one we had when we were first married except we didn't have any sparkles.

oldpunca said...

I also like colorful blogland in this days. :-) Your Valentine card is so sweet with the big word and cute little heart on blue background. I am impressed at fantastic road trip card. It wakes up sweet memories. Our first car was VW beetle and as children were small, we took a lot of road trips in this funny little car. :-)
Have a nice weekend! Hugs, Sonja

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards. Love the glossy heart.

Um yes I thought 2-3 years was rather the norm! I think some in my space have been adapting for perhaps a wee bit longer!

Lori said...

Two great QACAS designs! Love the textured look of the cobblestone road you created for the VW Bug. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!

Leanne said...

Both beautiful cards!!

Donna Scholz said...

Lovely card, Darnell! An excellent example of CAS!!! That little "glossified" heart is really sweet hanging there. Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges! -Donna

Donna said...

Fabulous cards, like the dimension of the heart and that license plate is great, like the designs on both!

JD/ Jill said...

Again, fabulous creative cards! I like your excuse for the NBUS that you have...must remember that one...I thought it was just the wood that we purchased for our hardwood floors that had to be "acclimated"

I had a good day today. I found two craft items that had "Missing" for a long time. (I found them in rooms other than my craft room! (so why did I keep looking for them in my craft room? I should have known better! smile

Shelly said...

These are both awesome! Love the gloss on the heart! Seeing your cards does bring a smile to my face...because yep, rain and cold here. (I really would like the sunshine and warmness back! lol) Enjoy your weekend, my friend! Hugs

Lin said...

AMEN to your thoughts about V day! I absolutely hate February, but it is saved by this one day that I love! Love the blue and red and your simple design for your card - thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Tristan Goldsmith said...

Lovely pair of cards. the CAS love card is stunning amd that shiny red heart is the perfect embellishment. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

Greta said...

2 great cards, Darnell! I especially love the wonderfully CAS Valentine!

Craft-E-Place said...

Two brilliant cards. I love the ‘over the hill’ one! Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.
I’ve made a note about good reasons not to use new stuff too quickly!
Take care, Elaine

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Very lovely card Darnell. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper. Carolyn xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a very wonderful card and such a very super CAS design.
It looks so fresh looking and lovely.
I love your car one too.
Sorry I didn't get around to your Twofer challenge this month, all work finished now at last just have to put craft room back to working order.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love,and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.DT

Sue - said...

Two fabulous cards as always Darnell, but I love the simplicity of the love card.xx

Pia S said...

The simple love card is a stunner. Love the striped texture and the little red heart pops nicely from the blue and white.
Brilliant and fun take on the lim sketch too.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Awesome Twofer! You can glossify fun foam?! I never thought of that - brilliant! This is a perfect CAS card. Love your LIM entry, too - such a fun sketch and perfect sentiment to go along with your interpretation!

TK said...

Great Scott - the NBUS strikes again! Great use of the pretty papers (all texturized and everything), and I love your glossy heart!

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, Saw your pretty heart card in the CIE Gallery and just had to stop by. I LOVE that genius foam heart. So clever!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Darnell! Love your dangling heart, and the sweetness of your CAS creation! The colors and textures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your crafty project at the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog, and for supporting us. Please check back to see if you were one of the Top Picks. Leaving you with wishes for a wonderful day.
Smiles,
Donna
{Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

Dawn Turley said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. Love the beautiful CAS love card you have entered into our challenge at Watercooler Wednesday this week. Good luck

Dawn ~DT

Nonni said...

Amazing use of the sketch, Darnell! How fun you were able to create an actual scene with the sketch! Very outside the box thinking with unique, fun results! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

Tracie Pond said...

Fun design and cheerful colors! Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards! =) Tracie

Sandy Trefger said...

Love your simple but beautiful card! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Craftychris said...

Love your love card - the little dangling heart is perfect! The over the hill card made me smile! Hugs xxx