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December 25, 2019

It's Christmas Day!

Hello Stamplings!

We had about ten minutes of sun after days of clouds and rain (yay!) so I grabbed the critters and the camera. Pardon the squinting ~ it was really bright! Nellie and Hammy are all decked out to wish you the happiest of holidays! I made the bow Nellie is wearing from ribbon gifted to me by Greta when we were together in Indiana. Thank you, Greta!

And here's a little cyber card for all of you!
Finally, a fun poem from my friend Barbara:

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Twas the night before Christmas and I'm glued to the tree,
Wondering what Santa had brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock, or chipboard, or lace?
Or a Cricut, I thought, with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him,
"Hi, Santa," I said.

"You know," he replied, "good little girls
should be tucked up in bed."

"I know I should, Santa, 
and now I've been caught.
But I was just so excited
to see what you brought!"

"Well, let's take a look
at this room where you work."

Then he should his head quickly
and left with a jerk.

I heard him exclaim
as he put it in gear.

"You've got enough crap!
I'll see you next year!"

~~~
Enjoy your Christmas day, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! No, seriously, enjoy! Life is too short! And special hugs to all of you who are not well or who sadly know firsthand just how short life is and how sad the holidays can be.

Hammy and I thank you for another year of great fun and friendship and creative inspiration! Cheers to 2020 where we have a 5050 chance of getting everything we dream of! Whoo-Hoo!!

67 comments:

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hammie & Nellie so cute... a lovely bright card for us all. Merry Christmas Darnell wishing you and yours an amazing day. Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Kathyk said...

Fab card and a fabulous pic of "the wildlife"!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Darnell and the Mister - I so enjoy your posts and look forward to more in 2020!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Kathyk

Chandhini said...

That's a really fun poem, love it. The photo is so adorable, love the bow. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the photo of your two babies:)

Have a very happy Christmas. Sue

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh yes, Santa would say the same to me - certain members of my family make like comments :)
How wonderful of Hammy to pose for photos with Nellie - they are both so handsome.
We had a wet day here for Christmas, but it was still warm, thankfully.
Christmas blessings of Joy and Peace to you and yours
Maxine

KandA said...

Merry christmas.
Love your photos of Nellie and Hammy, they look so sweet. Wonderful card too and that poem cracked me up.... think that's what Santa said here so I've just had to go and buy a few bits for myself! xx

Daffodil Cards said...

A VERY Joyful visit. Happy christmas to you and yours.
Faith x

Marilyn said...

OMG!! Your little critters are so adorable! Love you card and your poem. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

ionabunny said...

Merry Christmas Darnell. I hope you and your family have a wonderful festive season. Nellie is posing so perfectly. Hugz

Jeanne said...

Fantastic post! Merriest of Christmases to you and yours, Darnell! Thank you so much for all you do for and offer to this community. You are a blessing to us all. Big, squishy, crafty hugs!

Pat said...

Aaah, how cute, Nellie and Hammy the best of friends and a beautiful card to celebrate the day. Thank you so much for my beautiful card too and I hope mine appeared in time. Wishing you and the family a very Happy Christmas and lots of creative fun here in Blogland in the coming year. x

Bobby said...

Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family, Darnell, including Nellie and Hammy. They look so cute posing for a Christmas photo.

I Card Everyone said...

So off went Santa, with glitter and glue on his boot... "dash away, Rudolph, to Michele's with this loot!!!"

Merriest Christmas, D!! love and big Christmas-y hugs!
=] M

JoAnn said...

Love the cute pictures and the Christmas poem. That last two lines about sums it up for us crafters. Ha!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute photos and I love the card and poem. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

conil said...

Looks like Nelly and Hammy are good pals now. The are lovely in their best bib and tucker.
Thanks for all your good wishes.
Happy Christmas and a successful New Year to you, too.

Patti said...

Delightful! as always Darnell!!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Bonnie said...

Merry Christmas to Hammy and Nellie! I love seeing them all decked out for Christmas and smiling for the camera! I locked the door on the studio so Santa couldn't see how much I have. It worked ;-)! Merry Christmas dear, dear friend!

Susan said...

Fabulous photos of Nellie and Hammy! And a beautiful cyber card to wish us all Merry Christmas - the same to you and yours, including Nellie and Hammy! Love the rewrite of Twas the Night.... - Santa would definitely say that to me!!

Sharron said...

Absolutely love your adorable furry friends!! They provide such wonderful Christmas joy! Sending Christmas hugs to you and everyone in your sweet family!

oldpunca said...

This is sooo cute! Thank you for the wishes. Santa says the same words when he came in my craft room. :-)
Best wishes to you and yours - from both of us. <3
Hugs, Sonja

Kathleen said...

A really super card, love the bright background with the black stamping, super non-traditional card.
Oh I did love the poem, brilliant.
Hope you have had a great day, Chris's birthday is Christmas day so a double celebration for us.

Kath x

Lynette said...

Merry Christmas, Darnell! Pretty card. Super cute pictures:)

JD/ Jill said...

Merry Christmas to you. What cute pics to brighten up a day!

Christine Alexander said...

Merry Christmas to you all and looking forward to a fun crafting retreat :)

Jean said...

Merry Christmas! Such cuties!!

Cheryl W. said...

Happy holidays to you, too, Darnell! I hope they are filled to the brim with family, friends and fun. I'm looking forward to all you will create and share on your blog in 2020.

Lisa Babitz said...

Sooooo cute!! Merry Christmas!

ike said...

Oh, so super cute :-) Thank you for your wishes.
I hope you and your family have a great time and I wish you health and happiness for 2020 xxxx

shirley-bee said...

Haha, Santa wouldn’t have been able to get into my room for all the crap 🤣
Nellie and Hammy look so cute in their festive ribbons 🎀
Happy Christmas to you and the Mister, and a crafty New Year 😘

Redanne said...

Nellie and Hammy look so adorable in their glitzy bows and your card is beautiful, thank you! I hope you all had a wonderful day and if Santa visited here he would say exactly the same thing! Love and hugs, Annie xxx

LesleyG said...

Such cute photos! Greetings of the Season Darnell, may the sun shine more and you get all you wish for!!! Xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Happy Boxing day Darnell and I hope yesterday was a fabulous one for you. Totally adorable photos of Nellie and Hammie.
The Christmas card you sent is just lovely, thank you so much. Have a relaxing day, Kate x x

Sandra H said...

Aww how cute does Nellie and Hammy look so enjoyable as always are your posts Darnell love the card and everything you did to create it hope you had a lovely Christmas Day and have a lovely day today sending lots of love x

scrAPpamondo said...

Happy Boxing Day (Christmas has done, at the time I write) and happy New Year! How cute are Nellie and Hammy in their festive dresses!! :D
Your card is so lovely, great design! Thanks! :)
Big hugs!

Carole said...

Great post Darnell..and hoots of laughter at this house from myself and hubby. Seems we can identify with it!..lol xx

Lucy E. said...

What a cute Christmas critter picture!
I dressed our dog up a few times in pieces from
our daughters’ dance costumes. I think she liked it!
Merry Christmas!

Greta said...

Hope you had a lovely Christmas, Darnell! Thanks for some rain & for the sun break--same here. Nellie looks adorable with her Christmas ribbon--it was meant for her! Really love your beautiful card! Happy Holidays!

Sarah said...

Aww just look at those cuties!! I hope you have had a wonderful time xx

HilaryJane said...

They obviously like to pose! Glad you got some sun on Christmas day. We had a day of wall to wall sunshine and today the cloud and rain are back. It was like a little window of something special for Christmas Day. Thanks for the post xx

Cat Craig said...

Merry Merry~

Craftychris said...

Happy Christmas my friend! Nellie and Hammy are looking gorgeous! I love the card - the image is awesome, please could you tell me which stamp company it's from- I love it! Barbara's poem is fabulous and made me giggle. Hugs xxxxxxx

Maria said...

Awesome photos of your sweet Nellie!! And, gorgeous card, too! I hope you and family had a wonderful Christmas!! Happy New Year!!

Lisa Elton said...

Cute critter, pretty card and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Celeste Goff said...

Nellie and Hammie are adorably decked out in their holiday finery! And your card is fabulous Darnell! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Linda said...

Great photos ..... hope you all had a fabulous Christmas. Looking forward to more fun and frollicks from the playhouse in 2020. All the best my friend! xx

Ros Crawford said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas... That poem had me in fits of laughter! Wonderful card and little Nellie looks splendid in her bow next to Hammy!

Carol L said...

Oh My Heart!!!! Those pictures are just precious and I love them! The poem is a hoot and made me laugh too! So sorry I'm late with my greetings, but I do hope your Christmas was wonderful and filled with joy! Wishing you another fun-filled, happy, and healthy new year in 2020! Thanks for your friendship along the way, it's meant so much to me to know you're here in this computer whenever I try to find you :) Cheers!!

Brenda in IN said...

Two sweet pictures of Nellie and Hammy. They look so festive. Great card, too. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and no more rain.

Pia S said...

Fun poem and I so love the look of the card, traditional yet trendy, certainly festive!

Loll said...

Merry Christimas to you and Happy New Year, my dear friend! LOVE the pictures of Nellie and Hammy. It's sure bright outside at the time of the photo ... lots of dreary rain and gray skies for us. But no snow ... I wish there was snow!

LOVE that poem from Barbara ... AWESOME and SO TRUE (for me too!). Love, Lolly

Donna said...

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Great pictures and card!

frommycraftroom said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, the Mister, Nellie & Hammie.

Fabulous pics and great card.

Leslie Miller said...

You made me smile out loud, Darnell! The pictures, the card, the poem... all wonderful! Sorry I'm late, but the break has been lovely. I hope your Christmas was beautiful. See you again in 2020. Happy new year!

Lindsey said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

Lisa T said...

haha! I love the poem! So true of us crafters.... and especially true of NBUS hoarders! Hope you had a lovely Christmas Darnell. Happy New Year to you and your family xx

TK said...

Hahaha!!!! Had to read that one to Hubbs! Seriously though, I hope your holidays were filled with fun and cheer, also wishing you a Happy New Year!

Mac Mable said...

I laughed out loud with the fun poem Darnell....Thank you x
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and made lovely memories?
I have had the darling photo of Nellie and Hammy as my screen saver for the past couple of days as they sure are super cute x.
Thank you for the cyber card for us all and here's to a Happy, Healthy and crafty 2020!
Thank you for your blog friendship....I cherish it x.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Adorable photos of Nellie & Hammie, Darnell, and I love your poem!! I think Santa said the same thing at my house.... Hope you had a Merry Christmas and sending best wishes for a great 2020!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

The critters are so cute... and my real card is fabulous, as is the virtual one... so thank you! xoxo

Fikreta said...

Beautiful card!
SO cute photos!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

Trina P. said...

Nellie and Hamny are so stinkin’ adorable! Love them, the card (including the gorgeous glittery blue Noel card you sent me!), and the poem! Your posts always puts a big fat smile in my face. Happy new year! 🎉🥂🍾 See you in June!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas, and I just wanted to wish you all the best in 2020! Happy New Year! Special scratches and tickles for Nellie, too!

Liz said...

Just popping by to say I hope you had a good Christmas and to wish you a Happy New Year. xx

Anita in France said...

What cuties, Darnell ... and a delicious card! Hope your Christmas was blessed with joy ... and that your new year celebrations were filled with fun! Happy 2020, my dear friend! LYAMYMCA ... ACNW? Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

Nellie and Hammy are just too adorable for words! Quite the year of changes, and so glad Nellie is one of them! I love that poem! Good thing your craft space isn't near the Christmas tree for Santa to see! Your decked out reindeer is so striking on that beautiful vivid background, and I'm happy to say I just used my second panel like that that we made together at the farm house. Happy New Year!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

OMG Nellie is adorable ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️