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March 7, 2020

Women ~ Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful!

Hello Stamplings!

Today is International Women's Day! It's an international holiday with schools, banks, and the post office closed in order to honor women everywhere! 

Wait. What? Oh, that part is still a dream, but, hey, we really have come a long way, baby, and we're being heard. Well, except not always by our husbands, but that's another story and not why you called in today.

Today I'm delighted to be joining other women making cards to celebrate International Women's Day:
I just love this little dress and hanger die from Memory Box. I cut it from a piece of smooched background. The stencil is from my friend Sarah's Funky Fossil Designs (thank you, Sandie!), and the sediment is from Hero Arts. (It came from a garage sale years ago and still has the 10¢ sticker on it!) The paper looks interesting and that's because Hammy sprayed it liberally with Wendy Vecchi's buttercup mica spray. Cuz even in our modern age, women still want some glitter and schparkle!

There is a fantastic sponsored Hop with lots of prizes! It's happening for the next two weeks to celebrate women positively supporting each other. I hope you will join in with a card! You can link up HERE. You can also find information on Instagram and Facebook Group.
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The idea behind this blog is to encourage women through our crafts. We look forward to building a positive environment with your support on this blog. Just a small word of encouragement from fellow women goes a long way and can do wonders. So lets us come together and empower our sisters all around the world.

Challenges ~ I'm also linking to:

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Twofer
On a rare cloudy day yesterday, I set BOB (Box Of Bits) aside and made this very QACAS design for a few challenges. I used my old-but-still-NBUS MFT "birthday chicks," which were Ziggified by me, and winked by Hammy. The sediment is from WPLUS9. I'm chuffed that I made a dozen of them in one sitting since they were that quick and easy. Then I napped. And after I finish typing this, I'll be all over BOB again! Don't tell the Mister!

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68 comments:

Rahmat said...

Thank you so much Darnell, it means a lot you coming and showing us your kind support. Such a classy cards you have made for us, and the second one oh so cute with 2 chicks, love it.

Mac Mable said...

What a great reason to celebrate Darnell x. The sprayed background, that Hammy did, is so pretty and what a feminine and pretty card with a fabulous party dress and sentiment x. Adorable Birthday card and a fun way to interpret the Big and Small theme....those chicks are super cute and the winky, as always is so pretty x

Quillish said...

I will be repeating myself if I say you are the most loved cardmaker. What a kind gesture to join with this glittery and sparkly card and ooh that awesome sentiment.
You are an epitome of empowerment for all of us cardmakers and your presence is a blessing for the blog and all of us. Thank you for all that you do ❤ Happy Women's day!

Anila Dikay said...

That is really kind of you to share the details of our hop. Thank you so much Darnell. And you have made such a beautiful card. Happy women's day to you ❤️

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell, I love the top card and the sentiment that you've used with it.

Sue xx

Helen said...

What a wonderful idea for a hop, Darnell! I love this sweet little die cut dress and hanger! Looks just like a dress I saw in the shop yesterday!! Too bad it's too young for me as I love the colours!!! Another great card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Viv said...

Happy Women's day Dolly Daydreams! x
Can you make one of those dresses in a bigger size - cos I love it!
Little chickies are too cute - stop snoring!!! xxx

Marilyn said...

Cute cards Darnell! Love the cute chicks on you second card
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Kathyk said...

Darnell, these two makes are just perfectly lovely.

Hope you and the Mister are keeping well

Happy Sunday

Kathyk

KandA said...

Such a super card to celebrate International Women's Day and I love that sentiment. As for your twofer... a fabulous CAS design and those little chicks are so adorable. Have fun with BOB! xx

Carol L said...

What a perfect card for today's celebration, and what a bargain with the sentiment that waited until today to be showcased! Great timing ;) Love the chicks card too - what a fun CAS card! Enjoy your special day today - now I'm wondering when we're going to have an international Men's day celebration?

Jeanne said...

Awesome all around! You are the biggest cheerleader for the ladies in this community and I cannot thank you enough! Your card to celebrate is perfect! And your sweet chickie card is delightful. I may have to CASE that one. Thanks for all you do to encourage and uplift us all! Big hugs and a slurpy mwah to you!

Donna said...

Fabulous card for International Women's Day and your chicks card is adorable!

Nancy said...

Your dress card is fabulous!!!!!! Loe that it's multi-colored!!! It looks like it could be for a teenage girl for her first prom. Your little chicky card is darling too! Kudos to you for making a dozen of them. I just love them paired with that great script font! Thrilled to have you joining us this time at Seize the Birthday!! HUGS!

Pat said...

I love your cute dress on the hangar in those zingy colours Darnell, and a very meaningful sentiment to go with it with IWD in mind, and how adorable are those chicks and a lovely large sentiment too on this second perfectly CAS card. x

ionabunny said...

Fab cards. That little dress is very cute. Happy International Woman's Day. Hugz

Jean said...

That is such a darling card and perfect for this day! Happy IWD!

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Darnell and Happy IWD! Love the card you made and I can just picture you wearing it with your party shoes for a fun shindig! I love sentiments like that but never seem to come across them in my travels. Your twofer is so cute and what a bonus that it is QACAS!
Hugs
Carol x

OH Babs said...

Fun cards. I love using leftover background paper. Kinda strange as I am not a "leftover" lover.
How is the mister doing and is he folllowing doctor's orders?

Marcia Hill said...

And a very happy International Women's Day to you too Darnell! Two fabulous cards and I really like that hanger and dress die too (maybe you could cut me out one or two in white and bring in Oct??)! And guess what?? I have that chick stamp set too and have never used it...…. Guess I better get busy huh?! And now I'm going to show my ignorance by asking "what is BOB besides a guys name??" Getting older here my friend and am not always too quick on the take!! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and hope the MISTER is doing better!! Hugs. :0)

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Both fab cards. Sue

conil said...

There's a day set aside for women...who knew...definitely, not me. Good to know and something to celebrate...just like this sweet dress card. What a charmer and the ideal sentiment to go along with it. I've always loved these chicks, too. Excellent way to knock out all those birthdays you honor. Just plain cute, cute, cute.

Brenda in IN said...

Happy IWD to all the lovely ladies everywhere. How nice we get a day for us. The little dress is so pretty with the multi colors and swirly skirt. I really like the sentiment. Sweet little chicks sending birthday wishes. I really like the part about the nap!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Happy Women's Day to you as well. And, I had no idea there was such a day. I do love your cards you made as both are so very well designed and beautiful.

Carole said...

Fabulous cards Darnell...loving that sentiment (like everyone else)...where do you find them! Darling chicks... a great CAS card. Don't know how you find the time to fit everything in! xx

Cat Craig said...

Love your card for IWD, so pretty is that dress. Love hammys contribution. What is BOB? Got a bit of brain fuzz today. I also am loving your Birthday Chicks...that is such a fun set from MFT. Have a fab Sunday. Hugs.

Jasleen Kaur said...

We are delighted to see your participation in our event, Darnell. Your card for our hop is just fantastic; that's a beYOUtiful sentiment and so apt for this day. Also, I love those cute little chicks on your second card. Thank you for joining us for the IWD blog hop and for your kind words.
Love,
Jasleen

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous card for the Day, Darnell, and it's a great thing indeed to celebrate. love your smooched paper and it makes a very pretty dress.
A cute image for your birthday card, Kate x

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell. Hammy never ceases to amazing me with his creative talent. Spraying and winking..... what would you do without him? xx

Sarah said...

Love the pretty dress and superb sentiment, I rather fancy a frock like that!! Those chicks are so adorable, great colouring xx

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your pretty cards! That birthday card is adorable. Hope you are doing well!

Tristan said...

What a great sentiment on your first card Darnell. Love the the corner stenciling looks like suns drying your pretty dress. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

Redanne said...

I am really loving that dress (and hanger), I used to have a dress like that, many, many years ago and loved it. The card is beautiful with the slight shimmer. Those chicks though are absolutely adorable and you have coloured them beautifully!

I hope that BOB doesn't take you too far away from the Mister. Belated International Women's Day to you, you are definitely one of the most inspirational international woman that I know and it is always such a pleasure to visit you! Hope Mister keeps improving. Big hugs, Annie xxx

frommycraftroom said...

Two fab cards.
Love the HA sentiment! perfect.
How cute are those chicks?

Lisa Elton said...

I like that pretty little dress and those cute chicks! These are terrific Darnell!

Greta said...

LOVE the dress & oh what an adorable BD card, Darnell!

Cheryl W. said...

Great cards today. The dress is so pretty with its multi-colored "fabric." I like your stenciled designs, too. I really enjoy stenciling and have just ordered a few more of them. Your chicks are adorable, all snuggled together. Kudos to you for getting a dozen of them made. That's amazing! Happy Women's Day to you. Thank you for being such a strong feminine presence in blogland.

kiwimeskreations said...

What gorgeous cards Darnell - and so glad to see that Hammy is still as clever as ever with the schparkle mediums - he's quite the dab had with them, and your cards look so wonderful all glammed up with it!
Blessings
Maxine

Dawn T said...

two great cards Darnell. Thanks for sharing with us at Watercooler Wednesday

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous cards... Hammy did good! I love those sweet chicks. Blog friends have always been a great support don't you think.. Enjoy your week!

Donna Phelan said...

Great cards! Love your 1st one! Beautiful sentiment and that dress is fabulous! The colors look amazing! Happy International Women’s Day.

Anita in France said...

That little dress is just perfect, Darnell ... yummy in those delicious spring colours ... and with the touch of shimmer! The style puts me in mind of a LBD I had hrmph years ago ... yum! Those chicks are adorable ... you must've had two dozen eggs to have had enough chicks to make a dozen cards ... no wonder you needed a nap after all that hatching! Enjoy BOBbing ... LYAMYEDMCA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Karen Brown said...

Darling card! I love your ink smooshed dress on the hangar. Perfect for spring. :-) We are so pleased that you joined us this week at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen - DT

JoAnn said...

Love both of your cards. That dress looks darling and love the smooched paper you cut it from. Your little chick card is adorable. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, JoAnn

Em Louise Fairley said...

Both cards are utterly adorable... just like you! xoxo

Daffodil Cards said...

Both wonderful and thoughtful cards Darnell, but I am celebrating ME today as it's my birthday LOL.
Faith x

Lisa Babitz said...

Love your colorful dress and the stenciled corners. Cute CAS chick card as well!

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! Belated International Women's Day to you, Jo x

Gerrina said...

I'm glad I made and posted a womanscard even while I don't know all those dates :)! Love the dress; wouldn't mind wearing it! Hugs, Gerrina

HilaryJane said...

12 cards in one sitting, that's incredible even if they are all the same and what a lovely happy and simple design. I love the yellow and blue on your second card but that dress is my favourite. This card just shows why it is important to keep all those little bits of inked background that collect, I just love it, perfect xx

Sandra H said...

Both cards are amazing Darnell and so perfect and very much for a purpose take care x

oldpunca said...

You're posts are always up to date. You never forget important occasion. IWD was always a special day in my country. And it still is. With flowers and chocolate from men in our life. :-)
Thank you for sharing two beautiful cards. I like "fabric" of the dress. You've hanged it so cute. :-) On the second card there is a perfect take of big and small. Chicks are soooo sweet. And fabulous colored.
Have a great week!
Hugs, Sonja

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, I LOVE that little dress! Got kind of a tie dye look. I would have worn it back in the day. I can't believe you made a dozen of those little chickie bday cards. I mean, simple, yes, but that's some stick-to-it-iveness that I have a hard time with. I would have been happy with two! They are certainly adorable! BTW, I know I'm not the first to say this, but I do not know what BOB is. Been thinking and coming up blank.

Broni said...

Such a sweet encouraging card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown this week!

Bobby said...

I'd get bored making a dozen of the same card. Kudos to you, Darnell, for sticking to is. It is a darling card and so it the dress card. I love the smooshy fabric and would even love a dress just like it - well with a little more coverage maybe. ;)

TK said...

Sweet! Love the Birthday chicks but your dress on a hanger is pretty amazing too! Kudos to you for making a DOZEN of one card -- wow, I need a nap now!

Trina P. said...

Happy belated IWD! You are one of the most incredible and strongest woman I know, I a so lucky to have met you.
Both your cards are fantastic, but I must say I love that dress on a hanger (I wonder if MB still carries it 🤔)... it’s so adorable and looks so pretty die cut out from your amazing smooshed background piece.
Enjoy your Tuesday.

Brenda said...

I am so loving your message to women to be their own kind of beautiful Auntie and I am loving your card too! Women have some a long way and they will keep going a long way. The dress/hanger die is adorable and I love that you cut it out from a piece of smooched background, it is so pretty. Especially since Hammy sprayed it liberally with the WV mica spray. Yes, women still love some glitter and schparkle! That stencil is fantastic from your friend, it is perfect on this card just like those embossed lines! Hugs, Brenda

Brenda said...

Well Auntie, I am a ding dong! I commented, or at least I think I did, on your dress card, but forgot about the 12 chick cards you made! They are adorable in their birthday hats and with that big birthday greeting. How fun that you got 12 of them made while sitting outside! A good time to napped after that. Glad Hammy helped you too, he is so helpful! Hope you had a great time getting all over BOB again and hopefully the Mister is none the wiser! lol Hugs, Brenda

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell! I love how you placed your beautifully colored dress on the hanger and your stenciling is divine! Such a cute CAS design for your darling chicks, too! Thanks so much for sharing your message to all women, my friend...you have a huge following and I'm certain that you've inspired many of them today ~ Hugs, Barb xx

Sue - said...

Oh Darnell I love those chicks! So sweet! Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Cas.xx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Such a cute card Darnell.. That dress is so beautiful with that cute hanger.. Thank you so much for joining and supporting us for this wonderful hop. It's always a pleasure to read you blog,it always brings smile of my face..Hugsxx Deepti

Fikreta said...

so lovely cards!

Neets B said...

Sorry for the very late visit, Darnell. I'm a terrible blogger and must visit you more often! Those chickies are so cute and squidgy, loving the contrast with their hats and the coloured card base border. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More and Perfectly CAS, Anita x

Radhika said...

Fabulous card..love the colorful dress on hanger and the sentiment is lovely.. birthday birdy card is so cute .. Thank you so much for supporting us and joining us at Women's day blog linky party:)

Celeste Goff said...

What fabulous cards Darnell! That first one especially caught my eye...it's simply gorgeous!

Anila Dikay said...

Such an adorable card Darnell. I really appreciate your sweet gesture of stopping by all our blogs, hopping along and leaving such sweet comments. It was indeed very motivating. You joining us with a card was the cherry on the cake.
Thank you so much for being so supportive. Hugs to you.

Anilaxx

Glittered Paws said...

My apologies for being so far behind in my commenting - I truly have no excuse. Love the smooched dress on the hanger - and then the little yellow chicks will surely brighten up a birthday.