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January 29, 2021

You Color My World!

Hello Stamplings!

I saw this quote on Instagram:

I told my friend that I'm emotionally "hitting a wall"
and she said, "Sometimes walls are there
so we can lean on them and rest."

So true. Also sometimes walls are there to hang up awesome art work created by family and friends ~ and us! I hope you're finding ways to rest when you're weary and create when you're not.

Onefer
A lot of different companies came out of the vault to play when I created this fun card. The ruler, sediment, and pencil are all from "Worm Wishes," by Reverse Confetti. The easel is from "When Your Heart Speaks," by Taylored Expressions. The paint brush is from "I Heart Art," by Paper Smooches. 

The coloring was done with my Ziggies and Hammy added the splat and the winking, which is barely noticeable in the photo, but abundant in real life.

Challenges

Twofer
The images and sediment are from "Holiday Glass," by Avery Elle, embossed in liquid platinum, Ziggified, and winked. QACAS! 

I'm joining with a lot of you and getting a start on my Christmas cards. I mean for time's sake, can you believe we are only a coupla days from starting February already?! Everything lined up perfickly in my large MISTI, so I made a batch while I was a tit. 

(Snigger. We've all seen those examples of how important commas are. Looks like spacing matters, too!)

Challenges
Amaryllis
The kids got me a beautiful waxed amaryllis bulb for Christmas. I put it on the floor of the Playhouse to capture a photo of all four blooms from the top and while I was busy looking through the camera lens, Nellie hopped down from her divan, walked over, and licked up some pollen! Eek. Thankfully, it was harmless. It is fascinating how all the water and nutrients it needs to bloom are locked up inside the wax coating!

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* Keep safe! 

I am relieved that the Mister and I have received our first vaccines and I hope it has happened (or will happen soon) for you, too. The peoples of the world are being mentally and physically challenged ~ and sadly dying ~ every day that this pandemic continues, so we are very thankful to all the scientists and technicians who have worked very hard round-the-clock to make the vaccines in record time. Now our thanks go to all those working hard to produce billions of those little vials and to all those administering the vaccines. Bless you!❤💋

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*Life is too short!

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69 comments:

Ashwini Rao said...

You said it, Darnell. Its so necessary to just let it go and rest but so difficult to do! But your card is really easy to praise! :D Love the look of artwork - wonder if it was created with the pencil or the brush! :P And I love the way the simple colors and embossing make the second card shine so much!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

My mum always had an Amarylis at Christmas.

Glad you have had the vaccine. Will you be having a second one?

Stay safe. Sue

Francesca said...

Very pretty card! Thank you for playing at AAA Cards!

Jane Willis said...

Two gorgeous cards and a gorgeous Nellie, as always. We always call Amaryllis "Emma Willis" because our daughter Emma loves them and used to get one every Christmas. Now she's married the name pun doesn't work any more.

Cardsbymaaike said...

What a fun card and certainly in time for next Christmas rush ;-) Thank you for playing at AAA Cards

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love your beautiful cards Darnell and also the wonderful Amaryllis, I've never seen one waxed before.

Sue xx

HilaryJane said...

I saw that quote too and thought how clever, I will have to remember it, but of course I won't! Love both cards especially how you have coloured them. I gave one of those waxed amaryllis bulbs to someone for Christmas, I thought how clever it was, so it is lovely to see one in bloom. So glad you have had your jab already, it is good to hear examples of the vaccine roll out going well xx

Viv said...

Loving this card!
Gorgeous amrywotsit Dolly they really are stunning flowers.
Glad someone stuck the pointy thing in you - current calculations here mean first one is going to be April for me and himself with the second in July - nothing else for it, I will just have to stay in and keep clicking on the 'add to cart' button! xx

Hilda Burton said...

Your creativity and coloring skills blow me away. I love these cards. Getting a jump on Christmas cards is on my list. My husband is getting his first vaccine today and I'm trying to get an appointment. I agree 100% with your kind words for all the people who have made the vaccines and are getting them in our arms. Enjoy your day!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such a fun splat painting on your darling "color my world" card, Darnell - just love all the blues and the striped background too!! Beautiful slimline with the trio of stained glass windows and what a sweet photo of Nellie! Glad the vaccine process is working for you!!

Ros Crawford said...

Fun and fabulous describes your cards today and as always a chuckle posted with them. So glad you got your jab... Hubby just got his appointment for next week, being a youngster I have to wait Lol!
Thank you so much for your lovely card I just received... Means a lot to know you are thinking of me. Big hugs to you xxx

Jeanne said...

Lovely cards, Darnell. The Christmas one is especially pretty! I can well imagine how sparkly the first one is, too. Lucky you to capture Nellie's curiosity. Giggled at your grammar comments. hee, hee. So happy for you and the Mister to have gotten your first vaccine shot. My daughter (CNA-works in assisted living) is due for her second in another week or so. My husband was told he is an essential worker and can get his now. My other daughter and I will have to wait a while. We allstay at home most of the time. I rather like the slower pace, but I miss seeing friends. Happy weekend to you, my friend. :)

Chris said...

Beautiful cards darnell, love the first one with the fun stamps and clever ombre colouring, the Christmas card is gorgeous and a great start to this year's stash- good idea to start early while we're still locked down and have time on our hands, hopefully later in the year we'll be too busy catching up with friends and family when it's safe to do so!
The amaryllis is stunning, never seen a waxed one before, what a lovely gift.
Glad you've had your jab, hoping to get mine before too long.
xx

Lynette said...

What a very clever way to use the sketch, Darnell! Fabulous card. And your second card is so pretty. I love that you only colored parts of the image. I don't think I would have thought to do that. I'll have to remember that. Your waxed amaryllis is awesome. I haven't ever seen that before. And I'm so glad you and the mister have had your first shots. Some of our friends have gotten theirs, but we haven't been notified yet. Hopefully we'll get them before TOO long!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely cards Darnell and I love your amaryllis plant what a beautiful vibrant colour....we too had our first vaccines this week .,both felt a but tired the next t day but fine now....just wish we could wake up and all this horrible would be gone.... hope your backing is feeling easier

Hugs Anne x

I Card Everyone said...

no THANK YOU for adding another wonderful card to our CTS grand finale gallery, Darnell! It's a work of art!
=]

Donna said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell! Good for you starting early on Christmas cards, I have good intentions every year. Your amaryllis is beautiful. So glad you and your dear hubby have had your first shot. I've had both of mine weeks ago being a nurse and did fine. Fingers crossed that my husband and parents can get theirs soon. Hugs, Donna

Darlene said...

First of all, THANKS for the quote ... I needed that!!
Secondly, your cards are fabulous ... awesome take on the sketch ... love it! And thirdly, your flowers are beautiful!!! HUGS to you my friend ... stay safe!

Kathyk said...

WOWser, fab makes, fab pic of your amaryllis and I'm pleased to hear you've both had vaccination #1 - at least we can start to envisage an end to this nightmare

Happy Saturday

Kathyk

designbydonna said...

Love your artwork card. My artwork often looks like schplat on paper. Good job Hammy. The Christmas card is beautiful looking so like stained glass. Nellie is so cute checking out the flowers. Such curious little creatures.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell, two beautiful cards and I love the quote, so uplifting.
Lovely photo of your lovely wee doggy inspecting that stunning flowers, what a wonderful colour it is.
Pleased to hear you've had your vaccination, we are awaiting ours, Alistair will be first though, but the UK is now having a row with the EU about vaccines, this Brexit disaster never ends....Grrrr!, take care Kate x

Jean said...

Beautiful cards! Love how you used so many companies on the first! COngrats on getting a vaccine. We have an appointment on Feb.21. It was the first date we could get. And, it is at 12:48 am. Hope we can stay awake:)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are both so beautiful and well designed. And, I agree we sometimes need a wall to lean on for a bit. I know I have done my share of leaning this past few months. I love your amaryllis too. What a lovely gift you got.

Loll said...

Two wonderful cards Dolly! The first expresses your love of art beautifully. I'm wondering if this might be Mister's V-Day card. The second card is so pretty with the stained glass windows. Love the watercolouring and colours!

Gorgeous amaryliss ... they are so stunning. Guess Nellie thought so too! :) Love, Lolly

Loll said...

Oops ... meant to say how happy I am for your and Mister that you've had your first shot. Wonderful news!! L.L.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Two wonderful cards, love them both! Nellie with amaryllis looks so cute!
Hugs

Daffodil Cards said...

WELL! your post is sense and sensibility, fun and 2 beautiful cards too. Hubby has had his first jab and I get mine next week, so hopefully it won't take too long for everyone in the world to be covered from this awful virus.
Keep safe
Faith x

Jeanne H said...

Oh, I love your art card and the picture of Nellie is just precious. Great news you got your shot. I'm on a waiting list. Hugs

conil said...

Think you're putting me to shame. A lovely Christmas card already and hitting 4 challenges to boot. Awesomeness is your middle name. Plus a fresh snippet card. You seem to be firing on all your pistons.
Good to hear you've received your first innoculations. Stay safe.

Colleen said...

Yeah, for all the wonderful cards (especially the Christmas one!!*WINK) AND DOUBLE YAHOO FOR YOUR SHOT! Now let's get on with life (after the second one of course!)

Kate said...

Hi Darnell, thanks for the splash of colour in an otherwise dismal day! Congrats on getting the vaccine, Europe is not doing well thus far on it's rollout. Could be months before I get it 😞

Susan said...

Lucky you, getting your first vaccine already. I'm looking at late March / April for my first. Your amaryllis is beautiful - can't believe it grows from just being coated in wax!

Two great cards, especially the Christmas one - love those three "stained glass" stamps - perfect for a tall narrow card. Love the soft colours you used.

Kathleen said...

Two really super CAS cards, great designs along with lovely images and colours. Really cute little doggy.

Kath x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell! I absolutely love both of them! Your amaryllis is gorgeous too! I haven't had one of those in ages and they are always such a joy!

Carole said...

Really like both theses cards Darnell...the first one is very unusual and the Christmas one...well you are well ahead...only 11 months to go!..lol xx

Bonnie said...

Love your artsy card, Dolly! Walls are great for resting and creating art is definitely the best pastime! Love the Christmas card with those pretty stained glass squares! Great idea to get several done while you're a tit! I wish I'd though to get a picture of my amaryllis from the top. It's ending up another smaller stalk now. I got a twofer!

Cat Craig said...

Both cards are great Darnell. Loving the amaryllis too...how clever. So glad to hear you've gotten your first jabs. We're anxiously awaiting ours. You are the first person I know to have gotten one. Hugs. Hope you are continuing to feel better each day.

linda said...

oooh, your ziggified ornament card is beautiful as is your amaryllis! looks like BC is way ahead of Ontario; we're nowhere near getting vaccined. ;) Thank you so much for playing along with the first 2021 Rudolph Days Challenge.
Linda DT

Cheryl W. said...

Yay! So happy to read that you and DH have received your first vaccines. I am still awaiting mine (hubs has had his), but I know that I will get my chance soon enough. I just need to be careful until then. Your cards are wonderful. Love the paint splat one. Sometimes I wonder what I would do without my creative outlet during this time. Your Christmas card is lovely, too. I can understand why you did an entire batch of them. I really need to get moving on my Christmas cards. I've made less than 10 for 2021.

Christine Alexander said...

so happy the two of you are now vaccinated, I hope the second is on time XX
Great selection of cards an wow that Amaryllis loos beautiful.

Greta said...

Hurrah for the vaccine! We've got fingers crossed our state will let us sign up in a couple weeks as planned, but it's dependent on the vaccine getting here & that's certainly not a given at this point. The first card is really fun, but you know me & Christmas cards! Oh how I love your beautiful stained glass card, Darnell!

Mac Mable said...

What a fun little arty scene with your first fabulous card.
What a fresh and pretty Christmas card, with beautiful stamping, colouring and design layout x.
I always have red amaryllis in the house at Christmas....a bouquet of them from DH and I love them x. Nellie Cleary likes them too...
So glad you have both received the vaccine...we won't be far behind our end x.
Thinking of you and hope you are taking it easy when you can? x

Redanne said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, I love the first one and the way the background looks like a ruled notebook. The Christmas card is delightful, I just love the colours!

So pleased you have both had your vaccinations, we have thankfully both had our first one and have dates for the 'top up' one. Keep safe and well and look after that back... Hugs, Annie xxx

Jo said...

Brilliant CTS card, I LOVE it. Every detail on this card is so harmonious from the stamping to the colours. Beautiful!
Great news with the vaccines for you both, sounds like you're onto seeing your family very soon SAFELY. What a great start for this New Year, best wishes xx

Brenda in IN said...

The ombre blues are so pretty and a great artistic design. Whoa, the slim line card is gorgeous. Great water coloring and shading. Yep, comma's and spacing do matter! Your amaryllis has outdone itself. The blooms are beautiful. I wish more flowers had a self watering base. I'm not good with flowers and once killed a plastic plant by putting it on a radiator and it melted.

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous cards!

Leslie Miller said...

You've made a very clever combination of stamps for your first card! They all look like they came from the same set and I absolutely love it! And then you made me swoon with your QACAS Christmas card. I'll take your word for how QACAS it was 'cause it's so beautiful! I'm glad for you that you've gotten started on your vaccine. It looks like it will be a while yet for Rich and I here in Oregon, especially our county. I LOVE your photo with Nellie and the amaryllis! She made it all the better. I hope you're continuing to heal and feel better. Hugs!

Vicky Hayes said...

Walls are also great for keeping the warmth in Darnell! What a lovely arty card. Slightly concerned that your world is coloured blue but things definitely sound as if they're going well in your neck of the woods so I expect it'll turn into a rainbow quite soon ;) Love that stained glass set too and it's perfect for a slimline card. LOL at spacing! And I melted to see Nellie checking the amaryllis out in case it should be concealing a snack! Mwah! Vicky x

Sarah said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, these stay home days are certainly challenging and crafting is certainly helping to colour my world too!! So pleased that you and Hubby have had your first vaccinations xx

Sandra H said...

Two wonderful makes Darnell just love them both....love your amaryllis what fragrances it must produce and how cute to see Nellie checking it out too hope the taste wasn’t too bad they are inquisitive glad you had your 1st jab and hopefully not too long before you get your 2nd take care stay safe x

Lisa Elton said...

I like your artsy take and the CTS challenge, but your Christmas card is my top pick today... oh so PRETTY!!

LesleyG said...

Love your cards, and how you flipped the sketch, I did laugh at your spacing miss take, and echo your sentiments xxx

scrappymo! said...

Your RD card looks great. That embossing colour is so elegant looking!
With the various images done that way all in a row, it has a stunning appeal.

I must say though, your first card stole the show for me. I must try something similar for Al's Valentine's card this year.

Thanks for taking part in the first Rudolph Days Challenge this year!

Celeste Goff said...

Two absolutely fabulous cards Darnell!!!

TK said...

Pretty cards, pretty amaryllis and so happy that Nellie is safe! Your first card is fun, and second so pretty -- stained glass feel!

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Darnell what fabulous cards - both of them. Friends are like walls too - sometimes you just need to know they are there, other times you need to lean on them.
yes, spacing is pretty essential, isn' tit ;)
We won't be getting our vaccines for a while yet, but with the way things are here with minimal community cases (three in 10 weeks, and all traced back to the source in Managed Isolation) I am not worried
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Robyn Oliver said...

Well I'm a bit late in picking up that you've injured your back Darnell, so I'm hoping by this time you're on the mend or rather feeling more comfortable - your positive attitude and cheerfulness in all your posts gives us all a lift, so I'm hoping my hug and best get well wishes brighten your days too. Love the photo of Nellie checking out your lilies and of course too... your cards as always are an inspiration, huge hugs Robyn

Jane said...

A great card for our squares challenge over at country view. Thanks so much for joining us x

Corrie Herriman said...

Great card for our challenge ! Thank you for your contribution to our January Challenge 'squares' over at Country VIew Challenges! Corrie x

Pat said...

I love your first arty scene Darnell, both in the literal and the artistic sense..if you see what I mean..lol, and love the blue tones you have used. I was confused by the 'worm' reference until I took a look at the RC set and realised that it wasn't a spelling mistake and there is a sweet little worm in there..lol. The Christmas offering is very pretty too with the three different images and the platinum embossing really shows off the three little squares, beautifully coloured. I have never seen an amaryllis bulb just encased in wax and growing beautifully like that, and Nellie was quite taken with it too I think, and how great to hear you have had your first vaccination jabs..hubby has just had his too, but as I am an age bracket younger I am still waiting, but soon I hope. x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell xoxo

Di said...

As always my friend, you surpassed yourself, and met yourself coming back! Ooopsie, no mentioning of backs perleeease! I adore the first card and am in lurve with the second - can I play around with two cards at once keeping them secret from one another? Bit like life for some folk really, sigh. Dudley is in lurve with Julie our Post Lady, Poppy a Havanese on Instagram - and of course sweet Nellie! I have my first vaccination booked for one week tomorrow! Yay!

Hugs

Di xx

Jane said...

Beautiful! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

oldpunca said...

I like the CAS design of your monochromatic painting card. You've created a fabulous scene. Christmas card is super nice too. Beautiful motives and perfect heat embossed and colored.
I'm happy for both of you got the vaccine. I'm still optimistic to get it before summer.
Take care and stay safe!
Hugs, Sonja

frommycraftroom said...

Such gorgeous cards! Love the first one. Go you getting a start on Christmas!! yikes! and yes spacing makes a difference hehe

Love the pic of Nellie having a smell.
Thank you also for my/our ecard - I didn't know there were these things!

Irish Cherokee said...

Love both cards. You certainly are original with your card creations.

Happy that you got your shots. PA is another story. Not sure if or when we will see ours.

Hugs and Blessings,
Jim

Pia S said...

What your friend said about walls is true, I’ve just never thought of them that way, but now I will. Thanks for sharing. I so love the artsy card, what a fun mix of stamps and love you kept colors limited.

Neets B said...

Loving that arty card with the monochromatic blues. And well done on starting your Christmas cards! This is such a great design and looks beautiful with the platinum embossing and zig treatment, so colourful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Helen F. said...

Loving your "Artsy" card in those pretty blue hues. The Stained Glass Christmas card is so very lovely too! Happy you and Mister got your first shots! Praying we all get through this and can come out of hiding soon ~ well, a little bit, anyway.