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March 17, 2020

Bambi Through the Seasons

Hello Stamplings!

I have two bright and shiny cards for you today to take your mind off the real world for a few minutes. I find it very comforting to make a card I know will bring cheer to someone and I feel very blessed to have a hobby that keeps my own spirits up while I'm being isolated. 

We are at the hallway point of the current Twofer Card Challenge and...oh, haha, "hallway point!" Another example of how one letter can change the entire meaning of a word! Anyfoo, I've made a Twofer to remind you that there is still a week to play along with our Spring Animals prompt!
I went a little outside-the-Easterish-animal box and chose instead to use this sweet baby fawn from Stampin' Up as the common stamp on both my card designs. (He's really quite ancient, but he's still a baby.)

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This is quite a layered and busy design for me, but I enjoyed putting it all together and I have to say, I think it's very schparkly and scrummy which is how a Christmas card should be! 

I used gold glitter paper as the first layer. On top of that you will find a white card that has been die-cut with a notebook edge die from The Stamps of Life. I stenciled said layer using Delicata gold ink and a Snowflakes die by Memory Box. On top of that you will find a vellum fish-tail banner with a gold heat-embossed sediment from GKW. To the right is the little baby fawn heat-embossed in gold onto a stitched MFT circle, which is backed with a larger circle whose edges were dipped in gold ink. 

If you look closely, you will see more tiny gold snowflakes falling around the fawn. Hammy did those for me. 🐹 I'm thinking if the economy really goes belly up I can use this card in lieu of a gold bar!!!

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And wallah! For this design, I traveled forward from winter to spring to show you how stamps can be versatile and how to make two distinctly different designs! This time I heat-embossed the sweet baby fawn and sediment in copper e/p on a pretty linen panel. Using my Box O' Bits (BOB), I surrounded him with a spring Memory Box Cascadia Wreath cut from a green Brusho background. Then I cut out and paper-pieced each of the flowers from various Lindy Magical backgrounds. 

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I hope you'll take advantage of this time of isolation to play in your craft room and join the fun over at the Twofer Card Challenge! The challenge closes at the end of day on March 24th.

Speaking of spring animals, please enjoy your St. Patrick's Day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* 

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor. I'm off to check my corned beef cooking in the crock pot ~ yummo! Take care and be safe out there!! 


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65 comments:

Aquarius said...

Two super cards using that cute fawn - in the current situation thank goodness for a goodly stash of 'stuff' and an interesting hobby to keep the mind
occupied. Stay safe

oldpunca said...

I like the traveling of the Bambi from winter to the spring on two perfectly created cards. Great gold on christmas card and fresh spring colors on the spring one.
We, crafters, can be really happy to have our hobby and to know how and where we spend the time. I hear a lot of people in self isolation have to be motivated because they don't know how to spend the time at home.
Stay at home and stay safe!
Hugs, Sonja

Marilyn said...

Cute cards Darnell! Love the cute fawn!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Lia said...

The cards are beautiful I like the Bambi image!
Lia xx

Sarah said...

Bambi looks adorable on both those cards Darnell. Love the white and gold layers, particularly the embossed sentiment on that vellum banner and the pretty spring wreath frames the cute deer perfectly. Stay safe xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving both cards, but especially the spring one.

Hope you have a nice dfay. Sue

Cat Craig said...

Oh my Darnell, Bambi is so cute through the seasons from Christmas to Easter. Such a sweet image.

ike said...

A gorgeous collection of ' Springy " cards :-) That little Bambi is so cute.
Hope you all keeping safe xoxo

Em Louise Fairley said...

The critter is so cute, and both cards are perfect! xoxo

Brenda in IN said...

I don't think shelter in place means you have to stay in the hallway! Baby Bambi is adorable and looks precious in that glittery snow. I'm sure he is glad Spring has come and he is happy inside that gorgeous wreath. That linen paper adds beautiful texture to the card.

Lisa Babitz said...

Hope you and your family are all doing well. Awesome job of using the cute deer stamp for Christmas and Spring cards. My mojo seems to have stayed behind when my vacation ended and I returned home to all these (necessary) changes. I'm having a hard enough time coming up with ideas for one card!! On a positive note, my four kids and husband are all working/schooling from home for the time being, and I love having everyone around.

Christine Alexander said...

two adorable cards Darnell. I love the gold shimmer on your winter Bambi, and that beautiful flower wreath framing your spring one :)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card Darnell,
so sweet image. Hope you are ok
hugs Tamara

Bobby said...

I feel blessed to have this hobby too, Darnell, and also quilting. I've been going back and forth between the two as my hand will allow. I also feel blessed that we have this community of cardmakers to keep us in touch and uplifted.

That is such a sweet deer stamp. It must have taken a while - and a lot of concentration - to put all those little bits into the wreath but it was worth it.

Jeanne H said...

Darling cards! I have the Bambi stamp too...was going to use it but you beat me to it. LOL Stay well and safe. Hugs from MN to you and Kevin.

Jean said...

Simply darling! Bambi is adorable! Love how you used it!

Susan said...

Adorable little fawn!! Love the Christmas one with all the gold snowflakes. The vellum sentiment strip is perfect. The spring one is so pretty with that beautiful wreath surrounding the fawn. You have amazing patience to paper-piece all those tiny flowers.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful Spring card and a gorgeous Christmas design. Once again you have made such fantastic Twofers. I love them both. Take care and so glad we do have a hobby to keep us busy and hopefully, healthy while being isolated from the outside world.

conil said...

The carrots are peeled, cabbage is clean and potatoes scrubbed waiting for their plung into the corned beef cooking liquid. Love this itty bitty dear (oops, deer). Perfect, whether Winter or Spring, for this challenge.

Daffodil Cards said...

Both are so scrumptious in gold for Christmas, just perfect and Spring with a beautiful wreath, love them both Darnell with the little deer.
Faith x

Pat said...

Dear little bambi looks great with the glitzy gold winter snowflakes and his wreath of pretty spring flowers and I adore them both Darnell. x

jimlynn said...

Two super fantastic cards! LOVE that little dear.
Lynn

Carole said...

Two super cards Darnell..love the gold and sparkle on the first and yes you have captured spring on the second one. Take care. Hugs xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Darnell, they are beautifully designed, there's no way I could pick a favourite, and Bambies aren't just for Christmas lol,keep safe, Kate x x

Kathleen said...

The very first time I went to the pictures was to see Bambi, I cried.
Not crying at these two beauties thought, love them.

Kath x

Bonnie Lynn said...

I really like both of these cards Darnell. They made me smile. Something I'm needing a lot of right now. :( Hope to get playing soon.

Redanne said...

It never ceases to amaze me how different one stamp can look, the little fawn looks equally adorable on each card. I love the rich embossing on the first and the wreath on the second is gorgeous. Two beautiful cards.

These are certainly testing times for us all, keep safe and well my friend. Hugs, Annie xxx

Bonnie said...

Awh, Hammy got a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day. Love your sweet fawn for Christmas and for Spring! Hope all is well with you guys.

sue t. said...

Two great cards, but I especially like spring- because I am so ready for it!!Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!!

Lori Turner said...

Very cute Christmas card! Thank you so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week xoxoxo

Leslie Miller said...

That's the sweetest little fawn and both very pretty cards! I love that you did the embossing. Your Christmas card with the extra layers is still relatively sleek in my book. The wreath on your other card exclaims "spring" even without the sentiment. Super adorable and cheerful! I really do have a weakness for critter cards, so I loved this challenge. Thanks, Darnell!

Cheryl W. said...

Ooooh, I really like both your cards. All that gold on the Christmas card is so opulent! Whoever receives that one will think they've won the lottery. The spring card is fresh and bright and your oh-so-sweet fawn looks perfect as the focal point. BTW, I got a notice that Junkiefest has been canceled. Boo hoo!

BożenA said...

I love your Twofer challenges. They make you think. I love how you inspire us, your sense of humor finds expression in your creations. I always smiling :-))
Thank You, Darnell.
hugs,
BożenA xx

LeAnne said...

I love how you've used this fawn for two totally different occasions! The floral wreath is such a sweet way to highlight this little cutie! Thanks for playing with us at the Players this week and sharing this!

KandA said...

Two super cards with that sweet little bambi. Love all the gold on the first, and the second is so cheerful with the thought of spring on it's way xx

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, the deer are adorable and like the golden design and the spring design full of promise! Take care.

HilaryJane said...

2 lovely cards Darnell, I especially like the second one, that wreath with the inlaid bits is just great xx

Lisa Elton said...

While I love the sweet little fawn surrounded by all of that shimmery gold...I'm partial to the spring version! Two delightful cards Darnell!

Stamps-N-Lingers said...

Very sweet image, Darnell! Love the flower wreath around your adorable fawn! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at The Paper Players! :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Darnell..thank goodness for our crafty stash at least we wont be bored confined to 'barracks'.....
take care

Anne

nwilliams6 said...

Fun and so creative, Darnell. Love the deer image - too cute and you showcased it so well on these lovely cards. I need to come by more often - your posts are always a delight and I miss Hammy. Hugz

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my goodness these are so pretty!I love the little fawn. Spring is definitely on it's way (I'm staying positive 'cos there's no rain today) Have a lovely day!

Anita in France said...

Doesn't matter which season he appears in, Darnell ... that baby fawn is adorable! The glimmer and glitz on your gold bar Christmas card glistens wonderfully. How pretty is the wreath on your spring card ... you did a brilliant (and patient!) job doing all the insetting ... and it was so worth it! LYAMHBLMA ... CT! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Linda said...

Your little deer is just so adorable. Making your cards in two different seasons is perfect, Darnell. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great twofer with that darling deer, Darnell - just love both designs but the flowers on your wreath especially drawn me in!! Still hope to get something done for this month's Twofer!!

TK said...

Fun, cute and totally adorable deer in his sweet surroundings!

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Oh Darnell, these are so cute! Love that fawn! April x

Stef Perry said...

Totally brilliant use of that sweet fawn for two different seasons! Both cards are so pretty and the Spring one with the wreath is such a cheerful one someone will enjoy receiving! So glad you shared with us at The Paper Players this week!

frommycraftroom said...

Two beautiful cards. He is such a cute little deer love how you used him. (even if he is ancient!).

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

I am really not a deer fan, but those bambies are cute! But Hammy wins - so sorry - he is just cuteness overload!

Vicky Hayes said...

One of the things I love about you Darnell is that you find typos and autocorrect as funny as I do!
These are gorgeous cards! I used to have this bambi style fawn - sold alas! - and he's as comfy being the star of a Christmas card as romping about in the spring wreath - and what a wreath!
Take care of you and yours, Vicky x

Mac Mable said...

Adorable little fawn and both cards are super cute. Had a chuckle about the amount of gold on card number one x. Wonderful inspiration Darnell, thank you and stay safe x.

Loll said...

Hi Dolly! Bambi seems so happy, whether it's winter or spring. :) Sweet little deer! Your Christmas card is gold-i-licious! Love all the shiny and sparkly bits. Your stenciled snowflakes on vellum turned out amazing. Need to try that!

And that spring wreath is gorgeous with the sparkle from the paper piece magicals. The camera caught every bit of shine. Beautiful card! Sorry I haven't played along again this month. I don't have spring animals, but did find a baby stamp set the other day with plushes. Don't know if I'll get one done in time. Major changes for me right now ... more to come soon. Love, Lolly

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

I love it when a stamp can be used in lots of different ways Darnell and your sweet bambi is a great example of that. Both cards are fabulous but your spring floral wreath is just the perfect frame. Thanks for playing along with my CAS spring flower challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

Sue - said...

Two lovely cards Darnell. Thank goodness we have a hobby that takes our minds off the current madness that is going on. Keep safe and well and thank you for joining us at Cardz for Galz.

Diane said...

Wonderful designs Darnell, I am having to find things to keep me busy during this shelter in place time.

Stay well.

Hugs Diane

Dawn Phillips said...

Two beautiful cards. Your spring wreath is really lovely. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x

Fikreta said...

both cards are so nice!

Bianca van Tilburg. said...

What a great card.Thank you for participating in our challenge.
Big Hug Bianca
DT Sweet Stampers Challenge.

Kuni said...

Your card is wonderful.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Di said...

Well my friend, I just love both cards! Your snippets card doesn't say what is your snippet - I think the vellum perhaps? I just love how you switched from Christmas to Spring like you did. Hope you're doing OK - we went into serious lockdown today and likely to be so for at least three weeks.

Hugs

Di x - and a wave to Nellie from Dudley - at least they're 2 metres apart.

Greta said...

Love that you used the fawn for these cards! What darling cards, my friend!

Glittered Paws said...

What a sweet deer image - and what a great twofer. I'm leaning toward the spring deer - and hope he bring the 60 degree temps the weather man promised for today. My dogs are begging to go for a walk. And I need some sunshine as well. Thanks for sharing this sweet image with us.

Wei said...

Such a gorgeous card. Thanks for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

Helen said...

These are so sweet!
Thanks so much for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x