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January 30, 2020

Gnomes in Love and a Flying Pig!

Hello Stamplings!

I'm pickled tink to have actually used some newly-acquired NBUS for my cards today. You know how sometimes oftentimes the new schtuff lingers for months and years before I use it, so sharing these cards is a proud moment!

Onefer

Now I know you saw these guys all over Blogland at Yuletide so they aren't new to you, but I didn't get mine (from Simon) until after the holidays so I have used them to make an anniversary card.
What you might not know is that both the men and women gnomes of Sazinwagnsh wear beards. I know, odd, right?! (I hate to be stereotypical, but you can usually tell the females from the males by how soft and shiny their beards are.) So in the photo above, Mrs. Enivl Ganome is in the watercolored purple and Mr. Schlmre Ganome is in the blue. They are holding the heart between them. The blue heart pp is as old as the hills; it is matted with shiny gold. The sentiment from GKW is heat-embossed in gold.

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Twofer
And this little piggie is fresh out of the paddock at Gerda Steiner Designs! I had to have him as soon as I saw Gerda's pre-release artwork. I made him an interesting color on accident. I smooched my w/c paper by scribbling my blue Ziggies on my glass mat, spritzing the ink, and schmearing the paper around in it like a pig would. Then I stamped and clear-embossed the pig and balloon from the "You Lift Me Up" set and Ziggied them both. 

I thought I could paint over the blue background and the green worked just fine over the balloon, but the pink I used on the pig did not cover all the background blue. I didn't even notice it until I uploaded my photo. But, hey, it's art which means a blue and pink and brown flying piglet is just fine! To add even more pizzazzaz, Hammy winked the balloon and the pig and glossified his sunglasses!

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The Mister

Long-time friends of my blog know that The Mister (Kevin) has struggled with back issues for decades. It was manageable over time because the episodes when the nerves would pinch were at first years apart, and then maybe once a year. But last year all that changed when he suffered from four excruciating episodes in one year, so he set things in motion to have surgery to bring him relief.

That surgery happened yesterday. It went well and the surgeon was very pleased. I'm so happy for him that he will no longer have to keep himself tightened up all the time to avoid an episode. All those years of doing so, however, have given him a steel core which will now aid in his months-long recovery.

I'm not sure how much nursing he will need that will keep me away from the computer, but I do have a scheduled post coming up on Saturday for the annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop. I hope you'll stop back then. 😍 MWAH!

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72 comments:

Jane Willis said...

What gorgeous cards - and if you can have a flying pig then of course you can have a pig with blue patches. Call him a Gloucester Old Spot, they have grey patches which if you squint hard enough could be classed as blue.
Hope Mr Darnell makes a speedy recovery and doesn't need too much nursing!

Julie B said...

Fab cards Darnell.
Hope your nurse skills wont be needed too much and the OH makes a quick recovery. :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Darnell..two great cards, how clever of you to use the gnome dies an Anniversay card it’s a great card... your lovely flying pig card certainly made me smile...pleased all went well with the Mister’s surgery and hope he makes a speedy recovery I’m sure you’ll do a great job of looking after him...

Anne x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fantastic cards Darnell, I love the gnomes and the pig is gorgeous. Hope the Mister's back soon heals.

Sue xx

Chris said...

Well I never! Lady gnomes wear beards too? you learn something new every day! Fabulous cards Darnell, the piggy is cute too.
Hope OH has a speedy recovery!
x

Jeanne said...

First of all, I wish the Mister a speedy and complete recovery! Back pain and spasms are among the worst kinds of pain. Hugs to you both!! Second, I adore your cards, both of them are so bright and fun and imaginative! Thank you for always bringing lightness to our world. Hugs!

Marilyn said...

Your gnome card is adorable and I love your piggy card! Prayers for the Mister for a speedy recovery! My husband had major back problems also. He had three surgeries in the last 10 years for his back. He still gets some pain but he keeps doing things that he knows he shouldn’t do like pick up real heavy things.
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Karen Brown said...

Darnell, I really like both of your cards. I made a bunch of gnome cards in December...they are so much fun! Your little piggy is just charming. :-) We are so pleased that you (and your little piggy) joined us this week at Watercooler Wednesday.

Glittered Paws said...

Two cute cute cards. I have been looking for some gnomes - just haven't found the ones I want just yet. And then the pig - rainbow pig - absolutely darling. Good luck to hubby in his recovery from his back surgery.

Diane said...

Both are fabulous cards...I love gnomes and have a few NBUS to use, but that cute piggy really made me smile...his colors are great! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D! I hope your hubby's surgery is all he has hope for..best wishes!
Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Okay, so now you have challenged me to get out Mr. Curly Top Ganome and get to using him. As for piggy in motion...if it is moving, then it can be any color it pleases. A balloon ride is a great way to scout for a new mud puddle. Love them both!

Birgit said...

Both of your cards are adorable Darnell but your flying pig card definitely makes me smile. I'm so glad you linked up to the Double D "Balloon" challenge. Best of luck to you! ps... I hope your hubby has quick healing.

Bunny said...

Being in pain is not fun. Especially when it is chronic. I hope this will have fixed everything for the Mister. Tell him to remember to take it one day at a time.

Your cards are so cute. I knew the littlest gnome was the woman by her lovely locks and the pig just looks like a normal pig. They're never one color especially after they've rolled around in the pig pen. So cute. [Bunny]

Brenda in IN said...

The gnomes are adorable as a couple. They are on my wish list since I couldn't get them at Christmas. They were never in stock. Pigs fly in my world so I love him and his bluish coloring. He was probably rolling around in the blueberries you dropped and just stayed stained! I'm so happy Kevin's surgery went so well and he won't have pain and spasms anymore.

Cat Craig said...

I love the gnomes as a couple. so cute with that gold heart. Your flying pig withjust a bit of mottled skin is perfect. So glad the new is good about Kevin. Sending hugs.

brandco2450@gmail.com said...

Super cards that make me smile!
Glad Mister's surgery was a success, now the
hard part! Get well soon, Mister!

Aquarius said...

Two super cards as always, love the 'loved up' gnomes and if a pit can fly it can certainly be any colour it wishes!! All the best to Kevin for a speedy recovery and hopefully he will be a model patient.

I Card Everyone said...

D, I'm thinking I might have a bit of Sazinwagnshite in me blood! Mr. Pig is reflecting the balloon's reflection of the Carnival down below, I see … about the Mister - heal well, and quickly - Nurse Good Body will see to it, I'm sure!
=]

Darlene said...

OMG what fun cards you have to share today! Brought instant smiles ... thanks! When I saw your piggy I instantly thought of Florence Jean Castleberry saying 'When Pigs Fly' with that southern twang voice! LOL Anyways, Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Balloons’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
Darlene
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

P.S. I hope The Mister heals quickly and has complete relief from his pain from here on out! I've been dealing with some lower back issues since Jan 1 and it sucks!! Hugs & Happy Day

Christine Alexander said...

I never tire of seeing those gnomes Darnell, they make a perfect couple :) and now I'm off to Gerda Steiner to check out that little porky. Best wishes and speedy recovery to the Mister, my hubby is fully mobile and helping with the dogs after his hip replacement :)

Daffodil Cards said...

Mr & Mrs Gnome are so delightful, love the dies and the colours you chose, so pretty. Such a fun description too LOL. First look at your piggy, I loved the colours and thought them so clever, then I read about the colouring and thought what a clever result, it must be 'cause you didn't notice LOL. I really hope hubby is OK and has a speedy recovery.
Faith x

Marianne said...

I'm happy to see you managed to set your gnomes free, Darnell, and I love how you have used them to create an anniversary card. Your piglet card is simply adorable. I can totally see why you needed to have this stamp, and your multi-colouring is what I would call a happy accident.
You two must be so relieved that The Mister finally had his surgery and that it went well. DH had a pinched nerve last summer and it was horrible, so I'm really hoping that the surgery will have put a stop to The Mister's episodes and that his recovery will be swift and smooth.
Sending hugs and positive vibes!
Marianne x

ionabunny said...

I think your pig is cute and the colours are awesome. Wishing the Mister a quick and full recovery. Hugz.

designbydonna said...

Oh, these are both fun cute cards. What an unexpected Mr & Mrs. card. It will delight the recipient I am sure. Love the green balloon helping the pig stay aloft. Get well wishes to the mister

Jean said...

Darling cards! Hope the mister has a quick recovery.

Bonnie said...

The Ganome pair look like they are ready to celebrate! They make a fun anniversary card! And your flying pig is perfect! Love the colors! He looks like he's been rolling in some fun stuff and he's very pleased with himself! He certainly brings a smile! I'm glad Kevin has had the surgery and I hope once the recovery is over, he will be pain free. XOXO

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a cute bearded gnome couple. I like that idea for an anniversary card and I am sure it will bring much joy to the recipients too. And, that pig is so cool with his sunglasses. I think the watercolors on it are perfect and the blue only makes it look more interesting. I am sure the pink on a real pig could be different shades too. Some have a bit of gray mixed in with the pink and this is what it reminds me of. I hope your dear hubby will have a fast recovery and I am glad he will be relieved of the pain he had been experiencing. You take care too!

Maria said...

I do love gnomes and love your anniversary card, Darnell...so cute!! Love the gold heart and background tiny heart paper! And, your pig with sunglasses and the balloon is so fun and cute...fab coloring!! I sure hope your husband improves with his back pain. I had surgery in my twenties for scoliosis and have a steel rod in my back. I suffer from sciatica quite often, but life goes on. Anyways, I'm sure you will be a great nurse to your hubby and I hope he does very well with recovery! Have a great weekend, hugs!!

Jeanne H said...

Love, love your gnomes anniversary card and the piggy is adorable. You are sooooo creative! I too hope Kevin's recovery goes well and that he is back on his motorcycle before too long. Hugs to you both.

Leslie Miller said...

I knew right away which one was the girl because her and her beard are shorter. Love your gnomes as a wedding or anniversary card! And the pig! Well, you know I've only just bought my first (ahem) several GS stamps and I'm now a huge fan! They did finally arrive after the USPS oops. This one is so cute and I think your pig is colored perfectly! Love the blue showing through. I absolutely believe in free expression through art, ha! Seriously, though, he/she looks fabulous! Now, The Mister... I'm glad to hear he's in the recovery phase of his surgery and will soon emerge as Steel Man, pain free and happy. Sending hugs to his caregiver, 'cause you made need one now and then.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

Wishing your hubby a speedy recovery (although it will probably take some time really). My dad had to have a disc removed amnd then that part of his back fused. Luckily he was lucky that he was able to get back to a normal life. I have Arthritis in my two lower vertabrea and they are slowly crumbling at the edges, which mean they move and can trap the sciatic nerve. My back can lock up or go into spasms, so I totally sympathise with your hubby.

Sue

BożenA said...

Hello Darnell, I'm glad to see these cards. Your gnomes look so cute. The pig floating on balloons is so funny. Thank you, this is another portion of beautiful and fun cards.
hugs,
BożenA

conil said...

Knew immediately that Enivl was a girl...hard to miss with her neat beard and lovely lavender frock. I love that you didn't save the gnomies for Christmas...perfect for Spring...maybe they hide the Easter eggs.
And that pig...my spirit animal...Gerda Steiner draws the best critters and you've made this one come alive with your excellent coloring. What a cutie, floating up into the firmament.
Hope Kevin is feeling comfortable, at least. It's truly wonderful that he could get this done before Spring. I'm sure he (and you) are glad the surgery is done and that it went well. Give him a big wet one to make him feel better.

Loll said...

Such fun cards Dolly! The gnomes are sweet ... what a great way to use them. And that flying pig with sunglasses - hilarious! Great way to start the day with a laugh - thank you!!

I'm so happy for Kevin. Wishing him a fast recovery ... I'm sure he'll be out on his bike in no time. Love, Lolly

Judy Woodland said...

Such wonderful cards, I love them both. That little piggy just makes me smile!! Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
Judy~ DD DT
{Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!



Pat said...

I love your lady and gent gnomes Darnell with the quite unpronounceable names, so cute and love the hearts dp, and then your sweet flying pig with a touch of blue looks fine, perhaps flying high gave him a touch of hypothermia which gave his skin a blue tinge..lol. I love the sentiment on the balloon too. I hope the Mister will heal quickly and I'm sure you will be a great nurse. x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, I'm so pleased to hear that the MR's surgery has gone well, I hope he continues to respond well to the surgery and not in too much pain.
Lovely cards, I do love the gnomes and thank you for that piece of very important gnome information...just in case I ever meet a gnome I'll know who's who.
Super flying pig too.
Take care of yourself, sometimes easy to forget whilst caring for someone else, Kate x

frommycraftroom said...

Such fabulous cards.
Love the pig! and the unique colour :)

All the best to the Mister

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous card!

Marcia Hill said...

Cute, CUTE cards Darnell! Those gnomes found their way to my house too and I used them traditionally on Christmas tags, but good to know they work well for love notes too! And your flying pig couldn't be any cuter!! Glad to hear Kevin's surgery went well and hope you don't have to do too much nursing...I'll continue to send more prayers your way just in case. Hugs. :0)

Lisa Elton said...

Female gnomes have beards, who knew??!! As much as I love your bearded pair, that pig has me smiling from ear to ear. I know you'll take good care of the Mister, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Linda Callahan said...

Well those gnomes are very versatile characters - love the card! And of course a flying pig makes me smile! Adorable! Sure hope your Mister has a speedy recovery!

Cheryl W. said...

Many healing wishes to your Mister. Back surgery is no fun, but with TLC from the world's best wife-nurse, I'm certain he'll recover in record time. I'll still be sending him (and You) my best vibes for strength, patience, and most of all healing. Your cards are awesome. I have NBUS gnome stamps and a gnome die set, too. I NEED to get them out and use them. Thank you for the inspiration. As for your flying pig, I have no doubt he's gotten a few little bruises from bumping into tree branches and telephone poles, so the bits of blue (and other colors) simply depict the reality of his flight!

TK said...

Gotta love those gnomes AND a flying pig! Especially how cute you've made them :o)
Best wishes to The Mister on his recovery, and hope your nursing doesn't wear you down too

Greta said...

So glad the surgery went well & hope recovery is smooth! Such fun cards, Darnell!

Heidi Weaver said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell. I love those little gnomes. They're popping up everywhere and I must get them! Great colours on the lovebirds, although the beards make them a rather odd couple. ;) I'll have to make a note of the odd customs of those Sazinwagnsh gnomes for future reference. The gold detail and embossing is the perfect finishing touch. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

kiwimeskreations said...

Great use of the gnomes Darnell - love the unique card you have made with them!
As for that piggie - thanks for the chuckle it gave me, and I love that Hammy has been so busy helping you with this amazingly awesome creation. Multi-coloured flying piggies with goggles - whatever next :)
Blessings
Maxine

kiwimeskreations said...

P.S, So glad that the Mr's surgery went well - do all you need to for him and forget the blogging for a spell if you need to - he is way more in need of your time than us.
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

Fabulous twofer. Love the gnomes, so cute, and the flying piggy looks fab. I like how the colour turned out .... very artsy.
Glad the Misters surgery went well, give him my love and I hope he has a speedy recovery xx

oldpunca said...

I'm sending to the Mister best wishes for the successful and quick recovery!
Thank you for making me smile with both of your cards. :-) The soft and shiny beard of the female gnome is the best explanation you can make to know who is who. :-) The flying pig with some background blue on his skin and glossified sunglasses is super funny.
Hugs, Sonja

scrAPpamondo said...

Best wishes to Mister for a speedy recovery!! Well done to the doctor for the good results of the surgery!
You made me smile with both your cards, Mrs. Enivl Ganome and Mr. Schlmre Ganome are the most different couple that I have never seen in my life :D LOL You are a genius, very well done!! :D
Love the pink and brown(with some light blue) piggy too, how fun he is and his sun glasses are just perfect! Well done to Hammy!! :D
Hugs

Teresa said...

Thanks so much for joining the challenge at Country View Challenges. Good luck and hope to see you again, Teresa DT xx

Celeste Goff said...

Love both of these fabulous cards Darnell! I just bought that fun little gnome die and am looking forward to playing with it soon.

Shelly said...

Both of your cards are so sweet, Darnell!
Glad to hear everything went good with the Mister...Hope he has a speedy recovery!
Take care, my friend! Hugs <3

Mac Mable said...

I am so glad DH surgery went well Darnell and I wish him a speedy recovery x. The gnome card is adorable and a fun way to use them x What a super cute flying pig card and loving the colours of the pig!. Sending hugs x.

Anita in France said...

A couple of cuties, Darnell ... both Mr and Mrs are so smoothly trimmed and coiffed ... and dressed up to the nines for their big, gold trimmed event ... so much fun! That's how pigs might fly ... I always wondered how big their wings must be to lift their corpulence ... now I see they don't need them, just a large, plump balloon! Hugs to Kevin ... and a big mwah to you as Nursey! LYAMYEDMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Sandra H said...

Aww fabulous cards Darnell just love them...so pleased the operation took place the back can give us a lot of pain l know from passed experience hopefully a quick recovery and that Nurse Darnell will be on hand to easy the pain take care sending lots of hugs xx

Sarah said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, the pig is my particular favourite, I have a collection of piggies in various forms ( no real ones, sadly) that I have amassed over the years so anything porcine gets my vote!! Your Mister will not know himself. My own Mister had a discectomy several years ago now and it was wonderful to see him standing at his full 6'2" after years of hunched shoulders and back. I wish him a speedy recovery and rehabilitation xx

Brenda said...

Oh goodness Auntie, this first card is adorable! I have been seeing these guys/gals all over blogland and I love them. Never would have thought to use them to make an anniversary card though. But it works and it's so adorable! Loving the heart paper too. Love it, but am totally in love with your twofer. That pig just makes me smile from ear to ear! I love how you did your background and then stamped the pig and balloon. I so love the colors on the pig-he is looking so smart sporting those colors! He is oh so adorable too. So love this card! Oh goodness, so glad the Mister decided to do something about his back! No sense suffering if you don't have to. I'm so happy that the surgery went well and they are pleased with the results. I know it will be a long road to recovery, so will pray it goes smoothly for both of you! Sending my love and hugs as well as my prayers, Brenda

jimlynn said...

So glad the surgery went well Darnell. Hope things improve now and he's up and around in no time at all. Thinking about both of you because I know how hard it is to be the caregiver too! Bop him on the head a couple of times if he gets out of hand. It works!

LOVE your cards!!!

Lynn

Susan said...

So glad Kevin's surgery went well - hopefully it's the end of the back issues! Adorable little gnomes and an even more adorable flying pig!!

JD/ Jill said...

Fun cards! Just reading about your mister and his surgery. Hope he doing well. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way for both of you.

Karenladd said...

I saw a reference to the Mister on your TS post and had to come over to see what it was all about. I'm relieved to hear that this was a planned surgery, but I'm sure the recovery is going to be long and involved. Good thing he has you to bring him hot tea and bug him about not over-doing it, right?
Don't know which card I love more...because those gnomes are just hilarious and so darn cute. However, I think that flying pig is my favorite...or am I just dazzled by his flashy sunglasses?

Lisa Babitz said...

Two cute cards! I didn't even think about the fact that your female gnome had facial hair until you pointed it out; they just look so cute together! And your colorful floating pig is adorable!

Praying for a full and speedy recovery for your husband and that the surgery was successful in bringing him relief from his pain. Thinking of you as well as you nurse him back to health.

Bobby said...

Do you skip over names you can't pronounce when you're reading, Darnell, because I just did. ;) Even so those gnomes are so cute together and while not a full grown beard, some of us have more hair on our face that we wish. That fat little piggy is cute in any color and I'm glad you posted him even though he is a little blue. It shows us not to be too critical of ourselves. So sorry to hear about The Mister but glad the surgery has relieved his pain. Both of you take time and take care.

Tristan said...

How adorable are you gnomes Darnell. Love your colour scheme and that pop of gold. Thanks for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Tristan DT.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling gnome and pig cards, Darnell! Happy healing to Kevin!!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell. Praying Kevin heals quickly xoxo

Barb Ghig said...

My apologies for my late post, Darnell...it's always fun to visit your blog and I should stop by more often :)
Two really cute cards today! Your little gnomes are adorable and your piggy is hilarious! I can see why you had to have him, and I'm so glad you did...beautiful coloring with your Zigs, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion!

So happy to hear that the Mister is feeling better since his surgery...I will keep him in my prayers that he heals quickly and feels stronger every day! Hugs, Barb xx

Lucy E. said...

Super fun cards, Darnell! I love the female
Gnome with the beard! I’m afraid when I get to my 7th or 8th decade, I’ll have a slight mustache or beard!
I’m glad to hear the Mister is better and prayers for a quick and uneventful recovery.

maria f. said...

All the best for Mister's smooth recovery. So happy to hear the surgeon was pleased. May life become easier after this. Hugs.
BTW I like your blue and pink piggy.

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