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December 10, 2021

Christmas Parade II

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well! I'm out and about again in Blogland now that all my cards are in the mail. I had a bit of a blah blah me with a blah blah and Hammy blahdy-blahd. Then what happened was blah blah The Mister on his blah blah. The neighbor blah blah phone blah, but concrete blah blah blah jingles!

And here are a few more Christmas cards, a peek at which is all you have time for, hence the above because no one has time to read actual words right now! (I actually did this post four days ago and thought I had posted it. Slap! Anyone else delirious yet? ๐Ÿ˜†)

I. Copper and Platinum
and
vo Pinecone unknown, die-cut Believe from SSS, Washi tape by Alexandra Renki.
Challenges


II. Stylized Poinsettia Tres Mwah
Die-cut NBUS "Autumn Splendor" from SSS. From the name I gather that it was created to be used for fall-colored leaf designs, but I see a stylized poinsettia with berries so I used it for Christmas card designs. The above is cut from pp which I attached to a sticky sheet before cutting.

Then I made this with the positive bits which I glued one-by-one to the left-over white backing from the sticky sheet:
And for fun, I made one in non-traditional colors with an embossed bg:
Challenges
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I would have had more cards to share with you, but I got on such a roll trying to finish the last hunnert cards that many designs simply got made and mailed. Like so many of you, I will be taking a break now to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season, which includes the grandtwins' 17th birthday on the 20th! 

I'll be back to wish you the merriest in a coupla weeks. In the meantime, Hammy and I hope you enjoy the coming days! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*
*Life is too short!

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57 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell,

Lovely cards. Thank you for my Christmas card.

Hope you have a nice weekend. Sue

kiwimeskreations said...

Blah blah blah.... yup, it gets a bit like that Darnell - I have been so busy I am way behind in my commenting, but then.... family comes first, and most of the action has been around them.
Christmas hugs to Hammy, who looks amazing in his Christmas hat!!
And all the beat to you too
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning Christmas cards Darnell...love the embossed cones and your poinsettia multi coloured image is so pretty..


Anne

Kath said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. I hope you enjoy the festive season and the grandtwins' birthday.

Kath x

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous cards! Especially love your first card with the copper and Platinum!
Have a great day!
Marilyn๐Ÿ’–

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful cards as always! I do love a bit of heat embossing on a Christmas card. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart and for all your lovely comments. Big hugs to you, Hubby and Hammy, love Jo x

Carole said...

Beautiful cards Darnell...so shiny...so pretty..love them, and Thank you for mine...so much appreciation here.....Wishing you a wonderful Season with your family. Hugs xxxxxx

Christine said...

Hi Darnell,

I love how you used the autumn die for Christmas cards....I see berries in there too. Such patience must have been required for the beautiful inlay work, but what a rewarding and beautiful card you have for your efforts!

I am so glad my Christmas cards are finished. Next year I might just make a dozen or so a month to avoid the last-minute rush.

Sorry for all the blah, blah, blah....Have a lovely day!

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for sharing these glorious cards Darnell and thank you for your inspiration and fun posts throughput 2021 x. Have a lovely peaceful and memorable Christmas with your family and enjoy the 'handsome' twins 17th birthday too.....Where does time go?
Thank you so much for my beautiful Christmas card, which I love Darnell....The baubles are so very pretty and thank you so very much for sending it to me....Thinking of you and sending hugs xx.

Gerrina said...

That copper one is my favorite, but all are beautiful! Here still bussy making the last christmas ones after making the last DT-projects. Than I cal focus on what I want to do and try again...
Your card arrived already; it's a beauty! Mine will maybe be somewhat late, but it's on the way to you... Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

Darlene said...

WOW! These are all just gorgeous my friend! You've been busy busy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support on our new challenge adventure!!

Darlene
PEACE ON EARTH CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Sandra H said...

Hi Darnell, these are lovely cards acorns are great for Christmas cards and embossed too! nice to see multi colours on the poinsettias my favourite Christmas flower ....l hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas take care stay safe hugs to hammy xx

cuilliesocks said...

Your cards are all beautifully created Darnell, such lovely colours too.
Thank you for your beautiful card which arrived yesterday. Enjoy your celebrations with your Twins, they seem to have grown up so quickly, enjoy your time away from Blogland and keep safe, Kate x

TK said...

Wow, a whole slew of fun and festive cards! Congrats on getting your cards done, I'm still in process of tags and hand-delivered cards (and I thought I did well this year)!
Anyway, enjoy your time away and Be Blessed during this wonderful Christmas season!

conil said...

Enjoyed your life update...mine has been the same old blah...but we're happy and well. Especially, since getting your awesome Christmas card. Thank you. Looks as though these last few makes you all caught up. Congratulations. Wish I could say the same. Happy Christmas to you and the Mister...special congrats to those two 17 year olds (where does the time go?).

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. Merry Merry.

nancy littrell said...

Love your beautiful shiny pinecone cards and your stylized die cut images on your last 3 cards....Happy Holidays and enjoy your baking and wonderful times with the family...can't believe the twins are turning 17 soon...time does fly..Love and Hugs...Nancy

Rita said...

Darnell your cards are always so beautiful. Hugs Rita xxx

Redanne said...

Well what a lovely way to finish off! There is no blah, blah in those gorgeous cards my friend. I hope you enjoy the grandtwins birthday and then the festivities over Christmas! Lots of love, Annie xxx

Carol L said...

They're all great cards, and I especially like the one where you glued all the negatives back into the die! Now you're doing what I love to do - and it really does take lotsa time for that! Wishing the twins a happy birthday and you and Kevin a wonderful Christmas season too!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful set of cards, Darnell - especially love your poinsettias!!

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous!

Enjoy the grandtwins birthdays.

Pat said...

Loved all your cards, including the one I received from you this week. Thank you, my friend. I hope you and your family have a joyous holiday season. And then you can explain to me how your grands can possibly be on the verge of 17.
Sending Christmas hugs with hopes that your merry is very!

Pat

Cheryl W. said...

Every card in today's post is a "keeper." I am always amazed at how many holiday cards you make and how consistently beautiful they are.

Karenladd said...

Whoa!! You made all those cards, did die inlays, and STILL managed to get your cards mailed out early? You know you're just making all the rest of us look bad right?
Thank you so much for the beautiful pinecone card that came in the mail for me this week. Mine are still being addressed, and then I got sidetracked with some 3-D ornament making. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and that the twins' birthdays don't get buried in all the holiday hoopla. My youngest grandson has a Dec 15th birthday, so I know how it all starts to blur together.
I hope none of that blah, blah, blah includes ill health for you or the Mister!

Viv said...

I know what you mean with the blah blah blah thing lol, Christmas takes over everything! Anyway gorgeous cards here as always Dee and thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' too. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas to you and all your family ;) hugs Vee xx

Donna said...

Fabulous set of Christmas cards Darnell! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Jean said...

Such beautiful cards! Love how you use things different ways!

Merry Christmas!

I Card Everyone said...

Merry, Merry. Jingling, jingling. Seems we're all dashing through the days - but I love receiving cards in the mail, and taking the time to read, think about the sender, how we met - yours is a very happy story, D.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us this Season, and all year long!
See you next year! xx
=]

HJ said...

I love all of these gorgeous cards. I know what you mean about being busy getting cards out. This is the first year I've made 110 and might be the last. It is a labor of love with lots of fun involved. Getting them in the mail early was a priority after last year's fiasco of late delivery. Take a needed break and enjoy the holidays. I can't believe your grand-twins are going to be 17!! How time flies. Holiday wishes and all the best in 2022!!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell and with haste in my steps, trying to catch up with myself, I will say, I Love your cards and Wishing you and the family a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Faith x

Marie Bingaman said...

Darnell, all these cards are AWESOME, as is the beautiful card I received from you yesterday. I can't resist rubbing my fingers over that flocking. The white on white is soooo gorgeous! Thank you so much for thinking of me!! ๐Ÿ’œ

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful cards, as usual. A labor of love doing the poinsettia ones. I'm still making cards, but need to mail the done ones. Hugs from MN to you. I too can't believe the twins are 17. Wow.

Bonnie said...

Oh, my. It sounds like you and Hammy have a bad case of the blahs, Dolly! You've made some gorgeous pinecone cards despite that and I see poinsettias in that die cut too! It's such a busy time. I'm so glad I'll get to see you in a few days. Hopefully we can dash those blahs!

Lisa Elton said...

Your posts and your works of art always bring a smile to my face, Darnell! Your cards today are all terrific. Enjoy your holidays and the birthday celebration! 17... wow that was FAST!! XO

Brenda in IN said...

These are beautiful cards, Darnell. I love the blingy look of the pine cones and that gold mat. Whoa, adding those one-by-one looks so intricate and came out gorgeous. I really like the open look too. Seventeen - oh my. Where do the years go. Hammy looks so festive!

Robyn Oliver said...

More simply lovely Christmas cards Darnell... and a big thanks for my card that arrived safely here in Australia, it's gorgeous.... and my very best thanks and wishes to you and your family, your blog is such a bright spark in my life, hugs Robyn

Brenda said...

LOVE them all, Darnell! I see your poinsettia too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Little Red Wagon Challenge this week!

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all gorgeous, Darnell! xoxo

Bobby said...

I'm glad all is done and you have time to rest and enjoy the birthday celebration, Darnell. It doesn't seem possible they are 17 already. I love how you saw a poinsettia in that die and managed to make three wonderful yet varied cards from it.

Linda said...

Lovely cards Darnell. I'm happy to hear that you are ready to just enjoy the holidays. I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures on my blog. It would be great if one day in the near future, you, me and Col could get together for some crafting and visiting. Also want to thank you for the beautiful snowflake/joy Christmas card. Merry Christmas, my friend. Hugs. Lin

Helen F. said...

Well these cards are just gorgeous! I'm inspired to create the balance of Christmas gift tags I have left to make. Having the time to relax and ENJOY is awesome, Darnell!

Lynette said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell!! Enjoy your time!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Just checking in. Yup, blah blah... you know my story. I still want to keep in touch and will be somewhat back in the saddle after Christmas. Your cards are a treat and I know you probably made hunnerts of them. Enjoy the rest of the Christmas season!

Aileen said...

Hi Darnell, their 17th birthday. That's amazing how time has flown. Love your cards with that NBUS die cut and the beautiful colours you did it in. Love all the cards and just want to say, thank you for joining us at The Flower Challenge DT Aileen. Have a great Christmas sweetie

Loll said...

Beautiful cards Dolly! I don't know how you are able to make and mail so many cards. You are amazing, my friend! These designs are so beautiful.

Wow ... the boys are turning 17. How the heck did that happen??!! :) Have a wonderful celebration with them.

Looking forward to zooming with you tomorrow. Love you, Lolly

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Love the CAS design of your Believe card and the sue of metallic. But I also like the outline and fillings cards you created with the poinsettia die, don’t let anything go to waste. So happy you played along with Krafty Chicks Challenge this week.
Diane - DT

Susan said...

Wonderful batch of cards! I know what you mean about blah blah - I'm feeling a bit of that too. So will leave it at saying I love all your cards and I loved getting to see you on our Zoom date today.

Ros Crawford said...

You always brighten my day ... Fabulous cards Darnell... Have a very Happy Christmas and thanks for another year of blog friendship Mwah!

HilaryJane said...

I know exactly how you feel, the same thing is happening here. I just hope that I am starting to feel as if I m coming out the other side, hope you are too. Wonderful set of cards, I particularly like the stylised poinsettia and the way you made 2 from each die cut, always good

R's Rue said...

So beautiful. Merry Christmas friend.

Pia S said...

The copper colored card is a true beauty, but I also love your multicolored die cuts, even if an autumn die it's perfect for Christmas.

Lynne in NI said...

Yip, my head's pickled too ;) Beautiful cards, I especially love your gorgeous embossed pinecone!

Christine Alexander said...

Just dropping by to wish you a merry Christmas and to say thank you for my beautiful plant print Christmas card ♥
Loved you post with all those pretty cards XXX

Andrea said...

Love the multicoloured poinsettia card,wishing you awesome Christmas full of wonder and Joy my friend hugs Andrea xx

Linda said...

What a stunning collection of cards, just like the one I received in the post ..... thank you so much.
Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas and best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year xx

Greta said...

Pretty cards, my friend! I have the Autumn die which I also thought looked like a poinsettia. Maybe now I'll actually use it! 17?! That doesn't seem possible, although I do feel about 90 these days--haha! Wishing you & your family a safe, joyful holiday!