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March 26, 2020

It's Purple Day! And Puppy Day!

Hello Stamplings!

Saying I hope you are feeling well takes on new meaning these days. 😷 But I do hope you are feeling well. If not, I made a card for you further down and I send you prayers and best wishes that you will feel better soon. 

But first today, I'm happy to be a part of the Purple Day Blog Hop in support of Epilepsy Awareness!
My pastel purple card features NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) stamps from the fun "Addicted to Rubber Stamps" set by Whimsy Stamps. I added the wee daffodil from Pink Fresh's set, "Always Flowers." The background stencil is "Nested Circles" from ARTplorations. It probably goes without saying, but I will be sending this to a stampling friend for her birthday!

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Today's Purple Day Hop was organized by my friend Fikreta to raise awareness for epilepsy. Fiki has a very informative post (and a giveaway) on her blog detailing the history of Purple Day and many of the myths surrounding epilepsy.
I hope you will have the opportunity to check out Fiki's blog and the blogs of the other ladies in the Hop. Most of us know someone who struggles with this disease which does not get the attention and funding it needs. In addition to Fiki and myself, here is a list of the other card artists participating in this Hop:


To thank you for taking the time to check out today's Hop, I also have a giveaway: a $25 gift to Whimsy Stamps! Whoot! If you're a follower (and not just here for the candy), please let me know in your comment that you are interested in being in the draw. For every name entered in the drawing, I will personally donate $2 to the Epilepsy Foundation.

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The gals over at the Day of the Month Card Challenge are celebrating their first birthday with a "National Puppy Day" challenge. In order to be "ah curraunt," I am featuring a poor sick puppy made from an ancient SU stamp. The sediment and dog are all on one stamp, which is very cornvenient. Hammy added the ellipses so we could put, "... please get well soon!" on the inside. 

I colored the image with pencils and added a strip of Washi tape because I thought it needed a little sumpin sumpin. I feel like I've been given a gift when I open my Washi tape drawer and find a roll that perfickly matches the colors I used on an image! It doesn't take much to tickle the heck out of me.😂

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Enjoy your day and be safe! No, seriously! LITS!*

Thank you to everyone who gave me names and addresses of folks who could use a card during this crisis. It occurs to me that I would like to ask you the same flavor, if you have any extra thinking of you or hello cards in your stash. 

Many of you may remember me talking about my friend Verna. She has had a tough time the last five years since she had an accident with her walker and broke her neck. This week the care home she has been living in since the accident, kicked out the residents, saying they were going to sell the house. So now Verna is in a new care home and except for her son and daughter, no one can go visit her due to the pandemic, not even her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She's 95 and still sharp as a tack, but she's feeling blue. If you can send her a card (tell her you are a friend of mine), you will lift her spirits immensely ~ and your own! 

Verna Garibaldi
3536 Murphy Street
Livermore, CA 94550

Thank you so much! Virtual hugs,

*Life is too short!

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79 comments:

Ros Crawford said...

You have some brilliant stamps... These cards are fabulous!! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and will send a card. Take care my friend and keep those funny post coming... they makes us smile.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fantastic cards Darnell, I love the sentiment on the first.

Sue xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Darnell....Two great cards and the T-shirt sentiment make me smile.
I will try and send your friend a card...I am not allowed out fot 2-3 months being very vulnerable but will see if someone from the village could post it for me...
your posts always cheer us up Darnell keep it up..

Anne x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Good morning, Darnell! Your cards are both adorable! I can definitely relate to your Purple Day card hehe! The dog is adorable too! I learned a lot about epilepsy during this hop. The point I keep in mind is that during a convulsive seizure you should never hold the person down or put anything in their mouth. Thank you for your generous giveaway - I'd love to be "in it to win it"! take care, and please stay safe and healthy!

Bunny said...

I'll be sending your friend a card. How fun it will be for her to get it.

Love your "sick as a dog" card. Washi tape to match? How'd that happen?

Put me in the draw,, please. [Bunny]

Kath said...

Lovely cards Darnell and I hope you're all keeping well too. A card will be in the post to Verna when I head out for my walk later today.
Kath x

Dotty Jo said...

Fabulous as always, Darnell! All five of the voices in my head say buy more stamps! Take care, Jo x

Jeanne said...

I've been resisting the voices!! I'm really, really trying hard to use what I already own. It's quite an interesting experience. :) Your card is fun, though! And your ill little puppy. Hope he feels better soon! Thanks for the info on your sweet friend! I hope she gets lots and lots of love! Hugs!

sandie said...

Loving this card for Purple day....and don’t forget to enter it into TO, we are doing a challenge to raise awareness. Super fun sentiment and yes I am interested in the draw!

jimlynn said...

Two fun and fantastic cards! Great that the washi matched perfect too. And of course I'm interested in the draw! FUN!
So sorry about your friend. Will get a card off to her. There are so many in the nursing homes now and can't have any visitors at all. Really sad for so many.
Lynn

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, as always, Darnell xoxo

Darlene said...

Your cards are fabulous (as always) ... Love that stamp on your first card ... I need that one! LOL
OH MY ... yes, yes I know who Verna is but didn't realize she was going through this ordeal ... I will certainly get a card in the mail today. Being showered with cards will certainly help lift her spirits ... poor dear!
Stay safe & well my friend!

Lisa Babitz said...

LOVE your t-shirt card; that greeting is too funny!! Love the soft purple and yellow. Your CAS get well card is cute and is sure to lift the spirits of anyone who is ill.

Thank you for the link on epilepsy information. I'd love to be entered in your gift certificate drawing; your personal donation for all the entries is so generous as is your card donations to folks in the care homes near you. I'm sorry your friend was forced to move and is feeling lonely; I will send a card.

Hetty said...

What great cards you made, Darnell and what a sad story about your friend. I have cards enough and I will send her one.
It is a great honor to be part of the Purple Day hop!

Diane said...

OMGosh, what super cute and fun cards these are...geez I have those voices too, but I think mine are 5 out of 5 lol!! Love that pup card too, now he would make anyone feel better, another fabulous post....and I will send out a card today for sure!! Oh, yes add me in 'the draw' too...how fun and generous of you!! I sure hope this craziness in our world will go away soon, luckily for us Spring is finally arriving and I can work outside soon to keep me occupied, the hubs is struggling though, he waxed his jeep 3 times in 2 days lol!!

Lori Kobular said...

I love the cards you made Darnell! I love the sentiment on the first one! Who doesn't want to buy more stamps!! Love your dog one too! Thanks for spreading awareness about Epilepsy!

oldpunca said...

The dog made my day! So cute CAS card! I had to smile as I saw it. Washi tape with the stripes is super nice. I always learn something new reading your posts. Today it is the color for ephilepsy awareness. The card with the T-shirt is fantastic. Especcialy the sentiment. :-)
I will send the card to Werna. I hope she will get it.
Sending a big hug to you!
Stay at home. Stay safe.
Sonja

Pat said...

This is a beautiful card for a great cause Darnell and I love the sweet little daffodil and the sentiment is great. Take care. x

OH Babs said...

You are such a kind and generous person Darnell. Honestly I am not in the card making mood - basically I am bored, and how can that be. I decided to play with my watercolors today and hopefully that will excite me. I made a lot of cards for a craft fair that was suppose to occur on Saturday and I think my mojo is somewhere in the stack of 150 cards. Stay safe my dear. The rain does not inspire me and never has I don't like gray.

sandie said...

So pleased you did link up💜

Viv said...

Great cards as always -
I soooo wanted that doggy stamp and sediment then I read that it was old..... if it was Christmas I would say Bah Humbug....

Look after yourselves. xx

Marcia Hill said...

Two great cards Darnell! LOVE the sentiment in the first card and that image of the dog in the 2nd card is just too stinkin cute! And I love it too when I find matching washi tape!! (I think I have enough washi tape to match EVERY card I make if I'd only take the time to look!!!!) I've written down Verna's address and would LOVE to send her a card!! Take care. :0)

Chandhini said...

Both the cards are lovely, though I love the sentiment in the first one.
I vividly remember last year's hop, thanks for spreading awareness.
I would love to win, thanks for the generous giveaway.

designbydonna said...

Can't we all relate to that first card. No matter how loud the one voice is, the majority rules. Your get well is cute, sure to cheer up anyone. So kind of you to support epilepsy awareness. Of course, I would love to win a prize. On to look for a card for your friend Verna.

Susan said...

Two great cards, Darnell! Love the puppy looking so sorry for herself. The strip of washi tape adds perfect extra interest. I'd better get something made for that Day of the Month Card Challenge since I'm such a dog lover!

Sue said...

Great cards Darnell.

I would have sent a card to your friend, but I am in 12 week isolation. Sending her heaps of positive thoughts.

Hope you stay well. Sue

Maria said...

Oh, I can relate to the first card, so fun! Love the daffodil and stencil background! And, cute pup on the second card! I would love to send Vera a card! Take good care, hugs!!

Laurie Unger said...

What fun cards, Darnell! Love the sick as a dog card, because, well duh, dog lover here! and it's funny to boot. Stay safe and well!

*Vicki* said...

Darnell, your cards are just fabulous! I love that sentiment on the top card and really relate to that! LOL!! Thank you so much in helping to support the awareness of Epilepsy with us! So sorry to hear about your friend. Stay well and safe! HUGS

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the cards you have made and for such great causes. And, I do have a niece who has epilepsy so I can relate to this. I would love to be in the draw as well. And, I will get a card off to Verna soon too.

Carol L said...

I think most of us could be wearing a t-shirt like the one in your first card! Too cute! I still have the same ancient stamp with the sickly dog that you used - it's too cute with the washi! I'm so sorry for your friend Verna, what a horrible thing to have happen at this stage of her life. I will drop a card in the mail for her and tell her you sent me :) You're such a kind-hearted person! Hugz!

conil said...

Oh what a card for the epilepsy hop. It's fresh, spring-y and pretty. Humor always make me happy. And the puppy card is just what they need at DMCC. Stay well and distanced.

Fikreta said...

love your card!
its so great!
Thank you for joining me and friends in this blog hop!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fab cards, Darnell - especially love the purple stenciling but that skinny dog sure is sweet!! Will definitely send a card to Verna; I just sent one to my friend Ferne in CA - she's 96 and still going strong, even though she had to quit volunteering at the hospital. I feel for your friend having to move, how awful for her!! Take care and stay healthy!!

Redanne said...

The T-shirt card is wonderful and I just love that great sentiment, so useful for crafty friends, and such a great cause too. The doggie card is fabulous too!

I am so sorry to hear about Verna's predicament, what a horrible situation to be in at her age. I cannot go to the Post Office for a while but I am sure lots of your friends will send her some lovely cards. My DIL's Grandmother is 99 and in a care home, she is not allowed any visitors, not even family, this horrible virus is affecting so many people.....

Take care my friend and keep safe. Hugs, Annie xxx

Bonnie Lynn said...

I love both these cards! I can seriously relate to the buying stamps shirt.

Sandra H said...

Both of your cards Darnell are as alway gorgeous love the great sentiment and adorable doggie image just the cutest please stay safe with the Coronavirus sending lots of love xx

Sarah said...

Fabulous cards Darnell, love the T shirt...so true and the pup is adorable!! Keep well xx

Kathleen said...

Brilliant creations Darnell, as always and a really lovely post.

Kath x

Cat Craig said...

Oh Darnell, love the cards, and love the idea of sending Verna a card even more. I'll get one out by Monday. Cards are wonderful to receive, even if you do leave them sit for a few days before opening...just incase. Hugs.

Marybeth said...

Oh Verna is now in my prayers, poor girl! I will send a card!
I love and agree with your first card! 😉
Just checking in with you as I think of you often and hope you are doing well. Please stay healthy .
We're good here for now but I miss my kids. We have it pretty good.
Take care sweet girl.

Janis said...

Hi, Darnell....

Thank you for joining in the Purple Day Hop! What a great group of crafters! And hasn't our dear friend Fiki done such a wonderful job of organizing?! <3 Your cards both are so fun....oh, don't get me started on those voices in my head!! lol... I have written down Verna's address and will look through my stash for a card to send to the dear lady.

I am glad to be a part of this hop and to be reminded of important things abt someone having a seizure....like noting the time the seizure started. I prob wouldn't think of that!! I'd love to be part of your draw. Thank you for offering the generous prize!

Hope you are doing well during this virus thing. Stay safe and healthy.
<3 J

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Cheryl W. said...

Both your cards will bring a smile. Purple is my favorite color, so your first card appealed to me immediately. Besides that, I love the sentiment. Oh those voices, they never leave us alone!

Your sick little puppy looks so forlorn. However, his pillow definitely matches that washi tape, so he's got that goin' for him.

I will send Verna a card tomorrow. I feel so sorry for those who are in care situations like Verna and can have no visitors. The uncertainty in dealing with the Coronavirus is bad enough. but not being able to enjoy the closeness of your friends and loved ones makes it even worse.

kiwimeskreations said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - but then yours always are... you are the Perfectionista of QACAS! Aided by hammy, of course :)
What a blow for Verna - it must be so difficult in a new environment and not being able to see extended family.
A week in isolation is bad enough without any close contact with family - two of the older grandies have had to get Chrome books for school work, and they have learned to video call me!!
So glad I have my "social life in a can"
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Dawn T said...

totally awesome cards Darnell. Love the first one... perfect for a crafty friend. So glad you have shared it with us at Watercooler Wednesday this week..
Dawn T ~ DT

Anita in France said...

Brilliant T-shirt card, Darnell ... and such a fun sentiment (that we can all relate to!) ... with sweet, soft, purple stencilling, perfect for Epilepsy Awareness Day! Your CASilicious little pooch looks as though he needs a hug (virtual at the moment, of course) ... he's sure to raise a smile! Will definitely send a card to Verna ... and keep her in my prayers. Thinking of you both, my friend ... stay safe and happy! LYAMYBLMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Linda said...

Happy Friday hun! Two amazing cards .... love the t shirt (I don't know how you find these fab stamps!)
The little pooch is so cute ...... thankfully our household is still fit and well although we have been social distancing ourselves since we got back with the motorhome. Thank goodness for video calls and facetime ..... it's one way of still seeing the kids. Take care hun xx

Sharon Underwood said...

Hi Darnell! Love your cards, as always. The sentiment on the t-shirt is definitely something I can relate to! And that poor pup on the other one! The washi tape goes so well with the colors you used. I will definitely keep Verna in my prayers. As far as I can tell, I am doing well. Hope you & your husband are, too!!!

Karen Brown said...

Two really cute cards! Stay safe and sane.

Vicky Hayes said...

What a brilliant t-shirt card Darnell - I can't imagine many of us can relate to it though...LOL! I had to cover Eva's eyes when I saw that poor little pup on your second card but I definitely know what you mean about the excitement when you find the perfect colours on washi or dsp for a project :) I'm so sad to hear about Verna and will be keeping her in my prayers. I hope you are feeling well too Darnell. Thanks for cheering us all up :)
Vicky x

Bonnie said...

What a fun shirt with a perfect sentiment, my friend! A great card to raise money for epilepsy! Your sick puppy looks so pitiful. I want to give him a big, healthy hug! I'm so sorry that Verna has fallen and then had to move. Poor thing. I'll get a card out to her.

ike said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. :-) That puppy looks so sick I feel sorry for him.
I am sad to hear about Verna. I will do her a card but I cannot go out and post it just yet because the whole of my island is on lock-down :-(
Lovely to see you on this Hop :-)
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Olga Fink said...

Darnell your cards are gorgeous!
Lovely to be hoping with you!
xoxo Olga

Eekers said...

lols at your first card, really enjoyed a chuckle! Very happy to be sharing this hop with you! Annabel x

MadeByMeghanK said...

Thank you for both fabulous cards! LOVE that PUP! So sorry about your friend and I will send a card... I just sent 25 cards to my Grandma's Nursing home to help them during this time :)
I am a follower and have been for awhile and would LOVE to be entered in your draw. Thank you for being a part of this hop and bring awareness and education about Epilepsy!

Bobby said...

What a darling little T shirt, Darnell. I think we all relate to that sentiment. ;) Your poor little dog looks like he could use some love. I will definitely get a card off to Verna. I feel so sorry for those who are isolated from their loved ones.

Donna said...

Fabulous card for a great cause, so kind of you to donate for every comment! Hugs, Donna

Claire Broadwater said...

Darnell, both of these cards are fabulous! Love that sentiment on the Tshirt. Your little puppy is adorable! This card will certainly brighten someone's day. The turquoise and green is so cheerful! So happy you joined my sketch challenge at The Paper Players this week!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

As someone who has been feeling decidedly under the weather the past week or so your sick puppy defintiely cheered me up this afternoon Darnell! Thanks for playing along with us over at The Paper Players this week!

Celeste Goff said...

Love both of these cards but that first one actually made me chuckle out loud! I love it!

Mac Mable said...

You are always so thoughtful Darnell and thinking of others. I am sending love and hugs to Verna x. Adorable get well card and great that the washi tape was a perfect colour x. A fun 'purple' card and a great cause x.

Rufus said...

Verna's card will go out in the morning! Hope she's ready to be inundated with cards, lol!! Thanks to you and Hammy for help staying sane during all of this Oh yeah guess you'd better enter me in the drawing...that will give them $2.00 more....generous of you!

Loll said...

Two fabulous cards Dolly. You sure do have some fun sentiment stamps! :) And a great cause you are celebrating!

Sorry to hear about Verna. I will send her a card. Love, Lolly

Subhashini said...

Just love the sentiment on the shirt, u can very well resonate with it

SHartl said...

Thanks for sharing your hilarious card and supporting the epilepsy hop. I have a feeling my mom has that voice in her head when it comes to stamps, lol. Your little sick puppy card makes me laugh and cry at the same time. He's soooooo pathetic!! Hope you're staying well during this crazy time.

Sue D said...

Great cards. I like the sentiment on the shirt and the purple background for the Purple Day Hop and am interested in the drawing.
Stay safe and healthy.

Karenladd said...

Well I suggest that you stop listening to that one out of 5 voices not telling you to buy more stamps, because it obviously has no clue! Your stenciled background is pretty in pastels and gives lovely texture to your design as well. Thanks for helping support the hop with this fun card Darnell. The fact that stands out for me is not to put anything in a person's mouth when they are having a seizure, contrary to popular belief.

As for that Get Well puppy....awk! I just love that poor sad guy with his thermometer and pale face. This would make anyone feel better.

I would love to be in the draw for the prize, and will send a card off to Verna this week. Thanks for letting us help cheer her up during this stressful period.

Tristan said...

Super fun tee-shirt card Darnell. Love that sentiment. I hear those voices all the time - LOL! Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

SHartl said...

Oops, I forgot to add that I would love to be in the drawing. Thanks for your giveaway Darnell!

Leslie Miller said...

Fabulous cards and a fun post, Darnell. I've been sending out lots of happy mail and I have just the card for Verna. Your poor sick puppy is adorable. Sorry, my days seem all upside down and I don't really have a good reason for it. Also, I have a friend I've been worried about. Everything is wonky, but Rich and I are happy and well. Just all wonky. I'm writing down Verna's address. Thanks!

TK said...

Two fun cards, and what an awesome reason to have a blog -- Epilepsy Awareness is a great way to show our love to those afflicted (I must try to join in on the fun)! Sure hope your cute pup feels better soon :o)

Helen said...

Two great cards, Darnell! I love this tee-shirt with its fun message! (I should get one made!!!) Lovely soft stencilling in the background. Great to support such a great cause. Thanks so much for joining us at watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week! Stay safe! :)

Greta said...

Not keeping up on blog reading very well, so just now seeing this. I will certainly send Verna a card! Your cards are great, Darnell--love that cute puppy dog! What a bummer to have the water heater go out at this time. Hope you're able to get a new one.

lauren bergold said...

what a beautiful pair of cards! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (birthday!) STASH with us this fortnight!

Valerija said...

Fantastic cards! Love them both!
Valerija xx

Valerija said...

I would love to be in the draw please.
Valerija xx

Gerrina said...

That text on your first card is super! And to put it on a t-shirt is a great idea! So your first one is my favorite this time... Hugs, Gerrina

Quillish said...

Both these cards are adorable! You are one influencer who doesnt need to be on YT or Instagram, just your blog posts are enough! I am sure, I am the reason you put the short cut to jumping at the comments form. I am sorry, I didn't mean that, I am so ashamed. I love reading the love people give to you Darnell and I love you too! I wish I could be part of the mailing cards, but India has closed it's air space and the whole postal dept. But I am praying for her early recovery and that this pandemic ends soon. Thank you for joining us at Time out, with the lovely card, Hugs - Oh Sorry, Social distancing ;) Namaste ~ Ishani

Nora Noll said...

Oh Poor Verna. I will be sending her a card. LOVE that T'shirt card. Did you put that sentiment on there or is that the whole stamp? Love the pink. Your second car is adorable with the little pup and the stripe. Such fun cards.