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May 17, 2019

TCC Reminder ~ Things With Wheels

Hello Stamplings!

ZOOM, ZOOM, I'm popping in today from up in the Vancouver area where I am happily crafting at my second retreat with Loll and friends. If you missed it, you can find last year's recap here. It's such a great time because these ladies are very fun and very talented when it comes to mixed media, so it's a blast to stretch my style horizons with them!

I'll have more to report on that later, but for now I have a coupla more inspiration cards for you as a reminder that we are halfway through our May Twofer Card Challenge #16 where the brief is THINGS WITH WH⎈⎈LS!
I used a little toy airplane stamp for my two wh⎈⎈l designs. I have no idea who the manufacturer is of this super cute trio of toy vehicles. I thought it might be Paper Smooches or Lawn Fawn, but I've searched there and generally on Google, SU, and Pinterest and confound it, I'm at a loss.

Isn't this one wheelie fun? It's for a youngster's birthday. Or it could be for an oldster's birthday since I'm convinced after age 60 we start regressing in a positive way and becoming more child-like. I'm not talking about mental deterioration, which is sad and not positive. Rather, I mean in the way we recapture our zest for the little things in life. We stop and look at bugs or at the clouds passing overhead. Or we play with the grandchildren's toys even when they aren't visiting!


This is a wheelie QACAS card if ever there was one. I'm going to use it as a Thinking of You card. I stamped the airplane on SU pp and added a foam SWAK from my NBUS "Filled With Love" die set by Penny Black.

In case you are unfamiliar with the expression, SWAK stands for "sealed with a kiss." And here is some interesting information I found when I searched the etymology of the expression:

attested from 1911, in a legal publication quoting a letter from 1909:
"... Well Kid I don't know nothing else to say only that I hope to see your sweet face Sat. Good by from your Dear Husban to his sweet little wife. P. S. excuse bad writing and mispelled words take all mistakes as kisses. S.W.A.K. * * *" This letter was postmarked at Des Moines October 20, 1909, addressed to Carrie Sprague at Jefferson, Iowa, and reached the latter place October 21, 1909. [State v. Manning (a conspiracy-to-lure-women-to-prostitution case), Supreme Court of Iowa, Nov. 16, 1910, reported in "Northwestern Reporter," Volume 128, 1911]
Popularized in soldiers' letters home in World War I. It probably is meant also to echo the sound of a kiss. 


I hope I've inspired you to both kiss someone and play along in our May Twofer Card Challenge! Thank you if you've already played with your wh⎈⎈ls! The challenge closes at the end of day on May 24, 2019.

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kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Darnell, these cards are such sweet ones - love the SWAK one, although I knew it as SWALK - sealed with a loving kiss... The triple image card is super fun.
I do hope you have taken Hammy with you on your retreat, or he may go visiting a lady, and you know what trouble that caused last time ;-).

Viv said...

Soooooo jealous.... why do you all live so far away! Say hello to Loll and everyone from me.
Love these 2 Mrs K, have a great time.. (I am putting the little green monster back in his cage now!) xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards. I really like the SWALK one.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Chris said...

Two brilliant cards Darnell, lovely cheerful colours and beautifully designed.
Have a happy weekend

Lisa said...

They're both so fabulous!! I love the pretty rainbow frame around the images on the first one!! The paper is beautiful on the second one!! I hope you have a wonderful time at your crafty retreat!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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sandie said...

really fun cards Darnell and I love the 'wow' factor of your card for Ink x

Marilyn said...

Two fun card Darnell! Have fun on your retreat!
Have a great day!

cuilliesocks said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, I love them both, but the little plane just has the edge, beautifully designed.
I hope you have a fabby time at your crafting retreat, Kate x

Cat Craig said...

Have a BLAST Darnell. I know you will. ITs got to be a really fun time with the ladies. YOur cards are adorable. Still hunting for some wheels in my stash.

I Card Everyone said...

SEnding hugs and smooches to all you crafty ladies!!!
Love it when you share fun facts, Darnell... AND darling twofers!
s.w.a.k. and a smile...

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Both cards are fantastic. I love the really fun colors in these cards!

oldpunca said...

Two fun and amazing cards with wheels. :-) Happy crafting and hello to all other ladies.
Enjoy! Hugs, Sonja

JoAnn said...

Love your fun cards, especially the SWAK one. It is so colorful. The ZOOM card is adorable too. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful time with your crafty friends. I am envious also.

Darlene said...

Oh Darnell this ZOOM card is just Toooo Cute!! What a fun creation! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Frames’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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OH Babs said...

Fun kid cards and so creative. Have a marvelous time with Loll and her friends - I know you will. (Cal was born in Jefferson). Hugs, Barb

jimlynn said...

CUTE card Darnell!!! Hope you're having a fun time on the retreat!

conil said...

Too cute, Darnell...sadly, I have no idea who belongs to this stamp set, either...but I do love how you've used them. Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go kiss my better half.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those are awesome Twofers and thanks for teaching us all about SWAK!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

An inspirational post, with fabulous cards
Faith x

Mac Mable said...

Such vibrant and fun cards and great use of the little toy aeroplane stamp.....I have a DH who would love it, the card that is....lol x
Wonderful designs and love the sentiments on both of them too x.
Have a fabulous time with your friends, craft lots, laugh lots and make loads of memories x.

Redanne said...

Both cards are just adorable, the little cars are the cutest ever and I love the little airplane. As a young woman I always used to put SWAK on all my letters to my then boyfriend and you have reminded me that the very first record I ever bought was Sealed With A Kiss by Brian Hyland - wonderful memories!

I hope you are enjoying your time with your crafty friends. Hugs, Annie xx

Cheryl W. said...

I don't think I'll be able to join in on this challenge as we are in Oregon for the next week. Loved seeing your inspirational examples, though. Those little toy vehicles are sweet and remind me of my son's toys 40 years ago.

Pat said...

Two fun and pretty cards using the cute little plane and love the film strip type shape to display the two sweet little cards, and the aeroplane of course, and love the design of the sentiment, and then the plane looks great towing the message which I have seen before but great to have the info on it too. I'm sure you are having an interesting and fun time in Vancouver with Loll and friends and look forward to hearing more about it. x

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, these are so dang cute and I mean really, really cute as in delightfully cute! I think at our age we tend to let our hair down more because we've already reached the pinnacle of coolness and we just don't need to get any cooler. Right? Well, I hope you're all letting your hair down up there in BC. Say "hi" for me, okay? The article you shared is interesting re State v Manning (luring to prostitution). What's up with that, I wonder? Darnell, thanks for sharing your frames card with us at Double D. It's always fun to see you there!

Carole said...

Brilliant Darnell...love the zoom one especially. I bet you are all having a ball in Vancouver. xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Great work Darnell
so clever and fantastic
hug Tamara

Donna Phelan said...

ZOOM! Love your little rainbow frames, they are sweet and darlin' bold and beautiful! CUTE!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Frames Challenge, Donna DT Member.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Hi Darnell, both these cards are adorable and so sweet!!Your ideas are always striking!! And I totally agree about oldester's birthday... I think to being a children again, even if I haven't 60th yet!! :D LOL

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell xoxo

Gerrina said...

Allways great to see what you come up with!
And these are both beautiful bold and fun!
I couldn't get my cards in one pic, while I gave one of the cards already away... Hugs, Gerrina

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh, I know some ladies who are having oodles of fun!! Thanks for this double dose of cuteness. Love that little plane!

Sharron said...

These are both so adorable, Darnell! Love your fun images and all the happy colors. SWAK is my favorite. What a wonderful way to send some happy thoughts across the miles!

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Greta said...

Fun theme & I absolutely adore the first card, Darnell! Love the rainbow frame & the cute images! Creative way to use patterned paper for the second one--never think of something like that!