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November 23, 2019

Cute / Classy / Cozy Christmas

Hello Stamplings!

As the title says, I have a Threefer of CEE creations for you. No, that's not a new aaackronym I made up. It simply stands for the letter C in the alphabet soup. You know, just me being cilly.

When I saw the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch last week, it was SO clean and simple that I had to play along, so I made this set of triplet cards. Then I looked out the window and the challenge ended. But that's okay, I'm sharing them anyway because they're cute and they fit other fabulous challenges.
These cute critters are NBUS, from Stampingbella. I embossed the card base with snow. Then I heat-embossed three snippets of icy blue vellum with platinum e/p using three different 'peace, love, and joy' stamps I own. I watercolored the chicklets with my Ziggies, fussy cut them, and popped them on ice. A twist of lemon and they're delish!

Challenges
Snippets Playground Badge

Twofer
I covered a white card base with a piece of vellum that came speckled in gold. Over that I placed a sediment that was heat-embossed in platinum on vellum. Next, I white heat-embossed this beautiful Waltzingmouse poinsettia on metallic gold paper, fussy-cut it, and attached it to the card front. Hopefully, you can get a sense of the shine and schparkle from the gold and platinum.

Challenges

Threefer
The underskirt on this pretty card is a background I made using Lindy Magicals. Over that I laid a panel of white which was die-cut with a NBUS Creative Expressions "Poinsettia Edger" die. The sediment is from Hero Arts.

Challenges
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Even though it will be weird to have our Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, with Thanksgiving being so late, we are having the boys with us today and tomorrow to help put up the tree and decorations. We want to keep up that tradition because they'll be all grown up soon. If all goes well, there will be a 2019 photo posted soon, but I shake my head as I type this ... doesn't it seem like you just saw the 2018 photo of them with the tree?! Anyway, I'm glad they're here because Hammy has been off visiting his family and even with sweet Nellie here, I always miss him when he's away.🐹

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66 comments:

Marina said...

You do so many styles, so beautifully. The three cards are so cute and funny but the touch of blue and the embossing makes them quite beautiful too.
Your poinsettia is classic elegance and your final card has such a fabulous colour twist.
So glad I managed to get to leave you a comment before the inevitable hordes descend on your blog!

Stamps and Paper said...

You’ve spoilt us today Darnell with all your lovely cards...love love love the cuties, your poinsettia is beautiful and love the background colours behind your border die

Anne

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards. I love the last one.

Have a lovely weekend with the boys. Sue

Redanne said...

Oh wow Darnell, a bumper bundle of gorgeousness today, you really do spoil us. Those chicklets are just so adorable and the poinsettia sure does make an impact, it is stunning! The die cut edge on your magicals card is so, so beautiful and very elegant.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and how lovely to have the boys with you too, I can just imagine you putting up the tree - yes, it doesn't seem all that long since last year, time goes by so quickly these days. I hope Hammy gets back soon and please give Nellie a cuddle from me.

Big hugs, Annie xxx

Julie B said...

A great set of cards Darnell, love the giant poinsettia and of course those cheeky chicks.
I know what you mean about Grandsons growing quickly, mine is 9 and he is as tall as me! :)

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - love the cuties!
Kath x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I love the one with the gold poinsettia! Some people around here already have there Christmas decorations up. We will start ours after Thanksgiving.
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Bunny said...

Fabulous makes. I, too, have blinked and a challenge is over. We are also putting up the tree today. Enjoy your time with the grand kids. That time is getting more precious as they will start their adult lives in a few short years........wahhhhh..............OKay, it's got happen. That's what we all train them for. [Bunny]

Sharyn Polesel said...

Your little chicks are adorable! Your gold poinsettia is beautiful. I love the use of the dotted vellum on the background. The last card is my favorite. I have some Lindy's Magicals in my craft room that I have never used. You are my inspiration! I really love the pretty poinsettia edge die....so lovely. We are, also, putting our Christmas tree up today. Thanksgiving is falling later than usual (on my husband's birthday), so this weekend is the time we would normally put it up. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy decorating with you grandsons. Hugs, Sharyn

Jeanne said...

Those little chick cards are fabulous and so funny. Great job on them. I'm glad you shared them, even if they never get entered into a challenge. :) The gold card is so shimmery and pretty and the colorful final card is lovely. You make some terrific cards, Darnell. Enjoy your time with your family! Looking forward to seeing the end result if you care to share. :) Hugs!

Mrs A. said...

Super set of cards. Love the spharkle on the second one. Specially like the coloured background on the third and the trio are so tipi ally you. Hugs Mrs A.

HilaryJane said...

They are all great cards but may favourites are the silly birds. Everything a CAS card should be xx

Pat said...

A stunning threefer Darnell. I love your cute and pretty chicks and then your beautiful bright and shiny white embossed poinsettia, and finishing with the gorgeous mix of colours served up with the wonderful poinsettia edger over the top. Five fabulous Christmas cards! x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, girl these are all so well designed and gorgeous! I love how you can go from one style of card to another without skipping a beat. Your talents are so unlimited.

Unknown said...

These are all WOW! cards, Darnell, in their distinctive styles. Love the poinsettia and the edger with the beautiful background. Enjoy your grands and decorating. You'll get to enjoy having the tree and house decorated for a little longer than usual.

Brenda in IN said...

Three cute little chicks to wish us peace, love and joy. That is a beautiful poinsettia and it just shines. Beautiful soft background for the third card. The time is flying by and I'm so glad the boys are coming to still decorate. I have a picture of my sons home from college one year decorating the tree and making fun of the things each other made for the tree during their younger school years. I have since given those things to them for their own trees and now they cherish them.

Bonnie said...

These chicks are such fun and make delightful Christmas cards! So Dolly! The gold poinsettia with the platinum sentiment is like a jewelry store window! Gorgeous, my friend! Love the Magical background that's so perfect with your die cut poinsettia border! Is this a threefer or a fivefer? Either way it's full of inspiration! Enjoy those big boys and the decorating. I know you treasure these times and I'm sure they do and will treasure these memories as they grow in adulthood. Mwah!

OH Babs said...

A lovely collection of cards. I especially love the pointsettia.
Happy turkey day.

Pat said...

Suh-weet cards with those fun chicks and love that big poinsettia!

Trina P. said...

Totally agree and you nailed the description of your wonderful collection of cards just in the title. Cute chicks... they made me smile. Classy poinsettias... just beautiful. Cozy sentiment... colours are so soft and pretty. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas with that last one.

I don’t know where the time goes either, but enjoy your quality family time.

Shelly said...

All your cards are so sweet and beautiful! Love them!
And I can agree with Thanksgiving being so late...seems to be throwing everything off track a bit. I had my husband put the Christmas lights up outside a few days after Halloween. Told him I rather have them up now than doing it the day before/on Thanksgiving, all that work for just for a month?!...Nope. lol Put them up early this year! lol ;) I have the inside of our home decorated with Christmas things as well, but will do the tree the day before Thanksgiving. ;) Enjoy your family time and Thanksgiving!! :)
Hugs <3

Dotty Jo said...

Another gorgeous selection! Jo x

conil said...

What a ceasonally spectacular post...all the cee's in one fell swoop. Those 3 chick cards had me giggling then you moved on to the classy floral rounding out the whole with colorful and gorgeous final card. What an amazing array to delight any Christmas lover. Have fun decorating...I know it feels like I just took my decorations down. Talk about how swiftly time goes by...whoosh!

Kathleen said...

You are really spoiling us with the threefers. The first three care so cute and brilliant. A fabulous die and lovely subtle colours on your third card.
Great selection.

Kath x

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous cards! Love them all.
Might have to case that poinsettia card - white on gold foil stunning!
Yes time is a flying by! can't believe it is almost December - my 3 girls have their birthdays next week and I need to get moving with gifts & cards for them!

scrAPpamondo said...

Such fun and cute trio of chick cards!! They makes me smile! :) And your gold poinsettia is just gorgeous! But I'm just in love with your last card with that adorable powders background peeking out of the negative diecut, wow! So effective!
Time flies too much, for me! :( How I can stop it?
Hugs

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell love your threefer. Aren't those Stamping Bella chicks wonderful and your poinsettia is so sparkly :) Your warm and cozy poinsettia is spectacular. I love that edge die. thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Patrice said...

Wow, Darnell, your cards are awesome. I love them all, but especially the sparkly poinsettia with your spotty background. Divine! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

nancy littrell said...

wow, wow, wow and Wow and Wow!!! I am loving all 5 of your cards, Dolly! Fun and sweet, elegant and beautiful, dear friend. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving too. Nancy

Kesu said...

LOVE the cards. Heatwmbossing on gold foil cardstock - now why didnt I think of that? ;) Stunning. Question: Have you "splattered" gold in the vellum, or do you have readymade vellum with goldinksplatters?

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh dear, how dare Hammy go away and leave you lonely at this time of year :(.
I look forward to seeing the 'twins and tree' photo - 2019 seems to have sped past way too quickly - I have given up on making C cards this year - I will be using the last of my bought cards from years ago!
Loving your gorgeous cards Darnell - keep up the great work,especially with the chick ones :)
Blessings
Maxine

sandie said...

Wonderful collection of cards and the first 3 I love the texture and wow to the card fir Time Out. Love the use of vellum and that beautiful poinsettia is the star! And card 3 oh what beautiful background! Wow your tres up already but the boys will love it. Thank you for joining Time Out

Jan said...

Such a fabulous collection of cards Darnell! I love how the gold spots add a dreamy effect to your sparkly Poinsettia. So clever! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

Linda said...

WOW! What an amazing collection of festive gorgeousness. The trio of chicks is adorable. Thank you for playing along with the HLS CAS challenge and also over at Perfectly CAS.
The poinsettia looks stunning, and those magicals make the perfect background for the pretty edger die.
Im looking forward to seeing your tree ..... I'm spending this weekend getting our place ready for the big event. Our tree goes up next weekend .... I can't wait!
Enjoy your time with the boys, and have a fabulous Thanksgiving xx

Sue - said...

Fabulous collection of cards as always Darnell. I’ve got my DT hat on today so thanks for joining us at Perfectly Cas xx

Sandra H said...

So cute are those adorable critters Darnell love the festive season they are creating love the poinsettias with the sparkle ❇️ so effective love all of what you have created so talented you are enjoy your day x

Daffodil Cards said...

I LOVE your threesome, with the sparkle and shine and great designs, just Gorgeous and fun too.
Faith x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Darnell! That will be fun to have the Christmas tree up early! It seems a lot more people are putting them up in November now. I love all of your cards! The set of chicks is adorable, and the poinsettia is WOWZERS, gorgeous! Also loving the inky background on the last card. Really loving that second card, had to go back for a second look, love it! Have fun with your grandsons!

Lisa Babitz said...

Your chicklet cards are so cute! Love the embossed snow. I can definitely relate to the first and third as I am not comfortable on ice at all!! (I am always so amazed at how easy ice skaters make it look - lol!)

Your poinsettia cards are gorgeous. I love all the beautiful gold on the first, and the pretty colors on the second.

Sarah said...

Another wonderful selection of Christmas cards Darnell. I adore those cheeky chicks, the gilded poinsettia is so elegant and your background on the last one is so pretty and I love the sentiment. Hope you are having fun with your boys xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Coming to your blog is like going to a whole gallery Darnell! The styles of your cards are so different and all are delightful. I love your cute little birds on ice (I think they need more skating lessons!) and the golden poinsettia is très elegant, but the last card with the gorgeous underskirt is so inspirational that I've extended my shopping list by another few feet or so...! Vicky x

Celeste Goff said...

Such gorgeous and fun cards Darnell! I especially love that gorgeous poinsettia card...beautiful with all of the gold!

Anita in France said...

What a treat, Darnell ... triplets in a threefer ... you're spoiling us! Those little chicklets are adorable and fun, who couldn't smile seeing these guys coming out of the envelope ... lemon'd or not! That white-embossed-on-gold poinsettia is a stunner ... classy, stylish, elegant ... and so shiny! The soft pastel colours in the Lindy's Magicals make this traditional poinsettia border all fresh and contemporary ... and so pretty! Enjoy the Christmas decorating with the boys ... shame Hammy is missing it, though I guess he'll be doing some of his own during his family visit! LYAMYHAHMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Bobby said...

Your trio of ice loving chicks is so cute, Darnell. The magicals look wonderful peeking through the beautiful die cut and that poinsettia is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Flower Challenge.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wonderful bunch of cards, Darnell - just love your trio of birdies (so cute), the large poinsettia, and the beautiful underskirt to your poinsettia border (swoon)!

Greta said...

Happy Thanksgiving week & Happy Christmas Tree raising, my friend! The 3 card set is just darling! The Christmas cards are both beauties!

Colleen said...

Hello you busy and creative friend! Your cards are just so clever, you are just full of creativity and thinking outside the box. I love your first three some...those little chickies are so adorable and you created some great scenes with them...Thank you for joining us at the CAS Christmas challenge with your wonderful and creative die cutting over the lindy's magical! Pure magic my friend! I am thinking of putting up a tree too...at least getting the house festive, I don't have to host Thanksgiving this year, so YEAH for me!! Heart Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving! Col

Loll said...

You've sure been busy creating fantastic Christmas cards, Dolly! LOVE your three-fer with the adorable chicks. The blue vellum is so pretty ... and your watercolouring with zigs is perfection!

Gorgeous and elegant pointsettia card with the layers of white and gold vellum and gold embossed vellum for your amazing poinsettia. Gorgeous!

And finally, what a sweet card with your pretty magical background and white die-cut poinsettia edging. Your Cozy and Warm sentiment is perfect for our challenge. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! Lolly xx

Cat Craig said...

I'm so glad you posted your triplets, darling cards and deserving of being seen. That gold poinsettia is fabulous, I would have never guessed it was white embossed on gold card. Great tip! Your edger die is amazing and I love that magical bit of color underneath. I've told hubs to get the Christmas stuff out, its going up on Friday. I'm not a fan of a late Thanksgiving. It makes everything feel so rushed. Enjoy the twins visit.

Anita in France said...

Just found your gorgeous gold poinsettia in our gallery at Time Out, Darnell (how could I have missed the badge ... duh!) ... another chance to enjoy such loveliness! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! LYAMYEDMCA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

oldpunca said...

Amazing post! I enjoyed reading it and admiring your cards. :-) The chicken christmas serie is very very nice and cute and fantastic. I like it! The golden poinsettia is very elegant and well designed. I also like your interpretation of "warm and cosy". Beautiful color combination and nice die cutted image.
Have a nice day!
Hugs, Sonja

jimlynn said...

Two that are beautiful and three that are fun! LOVE all of them.
Lynn

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all fab... and I'm sure the tree will be too! xoxo

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! Well, I just love those little birdies and have a few of them, myself. Mine are up to different antics, but, you know, the same birds. Your poinsettia card is spectacularly elegant, and the last card is a total WOW with the pretty colors and the die letting them peek through. Just heard we're supposed to get some strong wind tomorrow night, and north of us in the valley where our son lives will be freezing rain and snow. All this right as the Thanksgiving holiday comes up. I do not want him to drive in that weather!!!

samantha's cards said...

What a fabulous Christmas card, thanks for playing along with us at THAIC.

TK said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! Those sweet birds CANNOT be any cuter, and you've colored them wonderfully! Your poinsettia card? Wowzer! Love the shine and how all was perfectly placed. Your sweet edger die is quite pretty... it's giving me all the feels... must restrain...
Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Tree Trimming!

KandA said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of cards. Love those sweet little birds on the first three, the second is so elegant and the colours on the third are beautiful behind that fabulous die xx

Chantell Randall said...

A wonderful selection of cards. You have been busy.
Your poinsettia card is bold and glossy. I love the layered effect of the flower. A great CAS style card. Chantell Just Add Ink

Di said...

Wow Darnel, what fabulous cards! Love them all, your snippets one did make me smile :) So funny and quirky.

Hugs

Di xx

Vikki H said...

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and loads of fun with the twins and Christmas decorating! The chicks make me smile and my eyes love your two other beauties.

Fikreta said...

these cards are so nice!

Shauna said...

What a great collection of cards! I love that big, bold gold poinsettia! The subtle dots in the background and the vellum make a great design. Thanks for playing at Time Out Challenges!
- Shauna

BożenA said...

I love these cards! So much fun and humor is a great mix for the holidays. The other cards are equally wonderful !!
hugs,
BozenA

Linby said...

Love the CAS cards. Beautiful poinsettia card - I do miss WM stamps. And a delightful threefer.

Helen said...

Wow, Darnell! What a fantastic set of cards you've created! All so different and eye-catching! I love the beautiful soft, delicate background you have created with magicals for the beautiful poinsettia die cut! I love the idea of non traditional colours! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge this month! Please join us again soon!

JD/ Jill said...

fabulous cards!