A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

May 3, 2022

NBUS Flowers III

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you're having a great week! On this side of the globe we are happily splitting our time between flowers outside in the garden and flowers inside our craft rooms. (Sorry if Mother Nature hasn't let you outside yet where you live.) I think the feel of dirt on our fingers from gardening gives us renewed energy when we go inside and get ink on our fingers. Well, I mean, you should wash the dirt off first.

My crafty journey continues ...

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Those who follow Color Hues will recognize why my flowers are blue and tan. Now that I see it on the screen, I realize they might look like they are starting to die๐Ÿ˜‚, but in person the unexpected look is really pretty, especially with Hammy's winking. 

The NBUS flowers are from "Bouquet of Thanks" by Simon Says Stamp. The subtle background is a stencil from SSS's winter floral layering set, the sediment is from "Critter Celebration" by Penny Black, and the sweet hummer is from the "Hovering By" set by Taylored Expressions. 

I'm also sharing at Seize the Birthday (Butterflies or Hummingbirds [I couldn't miss this one!]), Jaydee's challenge at The Paper Players (Birds and/or Bees), and Addicted to Stamps and More  (Birthdays).

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In many countries, Sunday is Mother's Day and lots of floral card designs are being made this week! The NBUS floral stamp used here on my one-layer card is from "Window Box Blooms" by Simon Says Stamp. I painted with watercolor pencils and Hammy added lots of winking shimmer.

I'm sharing this card at Less Is More (OLC/Off-Centre), Colorful Options (pink), and Four Seasons (spring).

Happy Mother's Day!
My lovely family taken on Prom night last week! 
L to R: Adam, Rachel, Henry, and Dan.

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! And gentle hugs to all of you who have an especially hard time on this day because you have lost your mom or your child.๐Ÿ’”

*Life is too short!

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73 comments:

KT Fit Kitty said...

I adore hummingbirds! What a beautiful card! We just put out our hummingbird feeder and are eagerly awaiting their arrival - they should be here this week. Both of your cards are gorgeous! And you have a beautiful family too! Wishing you a wonderful evening!

Lisa Elton said...

To lovely cards, Darnell but the family photo steals the spotlight! The twins have grown up into nice looking young men!

Makira said...

Darnell, ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— your cards! Your pink CAS card is FANTASTIC!!! I struggle with CAS but love seeing them from others. Thank you for sharing at Colorful Options this month. I look forward to seeing your creations in the future! Cheers, Makira


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Robyn Oliver said...

Go Darnell.... two more lovely floral CAS cards.... love the hummingbird and I know you have the visit your garden - lucky you. Great pic of the family and Happy Mothers' Day.. this weekend for us, hugs Robyn

Cheryl W. said...

Ok, your cards are awesome, but those grandsons are awesomer! They are SO. GROWN. UP. When did that happen? Now back to the cards--hummingbirds are such lovely creatures, and when combined with your pretty flowers, they make a knock-out card. The boxes of tulips are beautiful, too. Mine are finally getting buds on them. I can hardly wait for them to bloom.

nancy littrell said...

Two beautiful cards..I thought the flowers matched the hummingbird so well and that the flowers looked completely alive...otherwise the hummer would not be interested..right?!?

Your 2nd card was a beautiful CAS design made with Love:-) Love the photo of your kids...can't believe the twins are now taller than their mom and dad and they look so handsome all dolled up for the prom:-) TFS and Happy Mother's Day, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Jeanne H said...

Such pretty cards, Darnell, especially the pink tulips. So great to see the twins...my have they grown up. Happy Mothers Day to you!! Hugs come with note to you!

Susan said...

Beautiful flowers on both cards. I wouldn't have thought I'd like blue and tan flowers, but I really do! And the boxes of pink tulips are great - a wonderful CAS card!

And what a handsome family you have!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

Our weather has been mixed and we are in a colder and damp spell.

Lovely family photo. Those lads are going to break some hearts.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Aquarius said...

Two more gorgeous floral cards, don't overdo the outside gardening ๐Ÿ˜‰

Glenda said...

Beautiful flowers all around! So glad you are able to join us for the Four Seasons Challenge! Please come back soon!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell. A fabulous family photo too.

Sue xx

Sandra H said...

Totally stunning cards Darnell as always you are so creative in what you do and what a lovely family you have you must be so proud enjoy your day x

Marilyn said...

Both of your cards are pretty! Love the color choice in your first card!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Beautiful floral cards Darnell, I agree about getting the hands dirty from the garden, feels so good. A Beautiful family photo and a family to be proud of too. We follow the religious calender for Mother's Day in the UK, so ours was in March this year.
Faith x

Nan G said...

I have to agree with Cheryl…those grandkids are SO. HANDSOME.and grown up! Are we really that old now? Don’t answer. LOL
Fab cards tho. Enjoy your gardening. Hugs Nan

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

The birthday card with the gorgeous flowers and hummingbird looks really so pretty, so in real life it surely is awesome!! Love the cute CAS with the boxes full of tulips!
Beautiful photo and I'm so impressed, how grown up the twins!! They are two young and height men!!

Jeanne said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, Darnell. Your grandtwins sure have grown up a lot! They are very handsome. Lovely picture of the family. Your cards are so pretty, too. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you have a lovely day.

Gerrina said...

Love the flowercards! Your posts look so fresh with them! Here it is Mother's day sunday and I'm curous what our daughter will do... But she has examen friday (last of three) and works on saterday...so... Hugs, Gerrina

designbydonna said...

More gorgeousness for your flower collection. Hummingbirds were my Mom's favorite. Your "wee lads" have grown into handsome young men.

Bonnie said...

Yay, Dolly! You're using those flower stamps! Love the blue and tan and that you were able to work a critter into the card too! Your row of tulips are so pretty in pink! Those boys are so handsome and grown! It's been fun watching them grow on your blog. Mwah!

Karen said...

That family photo is just fabulous---as are your cards, of course. I'm really in love with the CAS pink tulips! Should be gardening outside here in a week or so, we hope!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love the cards and the family pic... the boys really are growing like weeds! xoxo

Brenda in IN said...

Hummingbirds are so awesome and perfect and this card is amazing. Beautiful colors and so sweet. I'm so happy to see you using the flower stamps and the pink tulips are lovely. Those young men will be fighting off the girls. I hope they had a wonderful time at the prom.

Mac Mable said...

Loving the colour combination on the beautiful birthday card, along with the pretty hummingbird Darnell and such a fresh and crisp CAS Mother's day card x. Such a 'handsome' family and thank you for sharing Darnell x.

HJ said...

I love the picture of your family with the twins so grown up. It happens so fast!! I love your pretty cards as well. Enjoy your day!

Bobby said...

Isn't it funny how things look different on the big screen? The tan edges on your flowers are lovely and not dead looking at all, Darnell. Thanks for giving me a heads up on all the bird challenges. I'll get busy with one of my hummingbird stamps.

Diane said...

Your floral cards are beautiful, Happy Mother's Day to you! Your family looks lovely, those boys have grown so much, are we really that old!! Thank you for joining our challenges at Four Seasons and Colorful Options!
Diane FS and CO DTs
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Don't forget we have a year round Halloween challenge at Two Old Bats Halloween, giving you a chance to make Halloween cards year round, and with 50 or more players we have a prize to give away!
{Two Old Bats}

Pat said...

Well, you are doing well using your floral stamps and these next too are gorgeous Darnell. I think the blue and tan flowers look so pretty, and a sweet hummingbird to finish the look, and then the wonderful pink tulips in their troughs marching right across the card..just perfect! What a wonderful family photo and those boys, so tall and handsome and dressed to the nines for the prom. x

Kara Lynne said...

Adam and Henry clean up well! I can't believe they're taller than Dan now. I remember photos of two little boys helping grandma make cards, where did they go? I love your inspiration to work through NBUS flowers. That's a great way to spring board your creativity and both of these cards are beautiful! The blue and tan is pretty and artistic - I didn't see decaying flowers, lol! I love your placement of the flower boxes with those fresh spring tulips!

HilaryJane said...

I love your tan and blue flowers, they work a treat, love the little tan spots too. Those boys look completely grown, how time flies xx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two floral beauties, Darnell - especially love the hummingbird one! Gorgeous with the brown tones added!! What a fabulous family photo too - my goodness, those twins are so grown up!!

Pia S said...

I love this tan and blue color, it's unexpected and SO pretty, it makes the card extra special. And I love the stamp used!
WOW, your grandsons sure have grown, what a lovely family:)

Izzy Scrap said...

Don't know how your outside flowers look like but I love the inside ones on these two beautiful cards, Darnell ! Also love this combo (blue/tan) and your bouquet and bird are just gorgeous with it. And what a CAS beauty you've made with your tulips in the pots. You have a beautiful family, and how the twins are so tall now and are two handsome men. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing at ATSM.
PS: Happy belated Mother's day... here in France it's at the end of May.

Karen said...

Hmmm . . . I was so taken with that family photo that I failed to register that the beautiful blue and tan creation was for Color Hues! So I'm back to say thanks for joining us!

Jean said...

Such gorgeous cards! Look how those boys have grown!!

Melanie Hungerford said...

Wonderful cards, love those pretty pink tulips! Thanks for sharing with us at Four Seasons.

kiwimeskreations said...

Hammy has been very busy, and with fabulous results Darnell - loving both of these beautiful floral cards!!
Blessings
Maxine

Darlene said...

OH WOW, what fabulous creations my friend! AND WOW ... check out that BEAUTIFUL family ... you must be so proud!! Such handsome young men! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Darlene
FOUR SEASONS CHALLENGE
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

P.S. Thanks for also playing along in the Colorful Options challenge! Good Luck!

Donna Walls said...

Wonderful card Darnell and a lovely family too. Great pic! Thanks for sharing with us at The Four Seasons Challenge and we hope you'll share more lovely projects soon.
Donna

Jaydee said...

No flowers outside yet for us here in Mn - but I loved seeing your beautiful blue blooms and fabulous little hummingbird on your card! So glad you shared this beauty with us at The Paper Players this week
jaydee

Bonnie Lynn said...

Beautiful flowers & hummingbirds Darnell. I recognized the Color Hues challenge in the card right away. You also have a beautiful family. Happy Mother's Day Darnell!!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I don’t think the flowers look like they are going to die, I think they just look artistic! Beautiful job!

Leslie Miller said...

Your blue and tan flowers look healthy and beautiful to me! I love the look of your watercoloring. I can never seem to achieve that beautiful watery look that I love so much. Super cute little pots of tulips with the shades of green and pretty pink. I'm having the best time seeing your NBUS flower stamps! The boys are looking very debonair in their suits!

Donna said...

Great pictures and beautiful cards!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love the cards and the family pic...Thanks so much for joining us at Color Hues!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgeous floral cards Darnell and what a lovely family you have...

Anne

Cindy Beach said...

Darnell, I'm so excited to see the photo of your lovely family! What a handsome bunch! Your cards are beautiful too! I love the softly bended blue and tan, I think it looks wonderful! I'm so glad you joined us at Color Hues!

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. What a wonderful post!! LOVE the photo of your beautiful family. What an exciting night that must have been for Adam and Henry. You are blessed, my friend!

Gorgeous flower cards. You are doing amazing work with your flower stamps. I love the combination of blue and tan for your pretty SSS flowers and hummer. The flowers are pretty and don't look like they are on their way out ... you are so funny! :) Your boxes of pink tulips are so sweet. I love the design with the flower going across the page. So creative and fun! Love, Lolly

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Hmmm - I thought I left a comment earlier this week but don't see it, Darnell - sorry if this is a duplicate! Oh my, what a gorgeous hummingbird - love the soft browns added! Beautiful tulips too! Lucky you - lovely family; those twins certainly look grown up!!

laurie said...

Pretty card Darnell! Love the blooms. Have a Happy Mothers Day! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

Nancy said...

First and foremost, Such a great family pic! It is so fun to see a peek into the lives of the people we love, people they love. As for your hummingbird card, it is so pretty in blues and tan and I love how you did the background with the group of dots, interesting enough but not overdone. Love your tulip boxes too! Happy Mother's Day weekend and thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

Nancy said...

I failed to thank you for linking up at Seize the Birthday too! Sorry about that!

Ros Crawford said...

Wow! Just look at those boys! where does the time go??? Your son is so like you too! Oh and your cards are fabulous!Love the offset window boxes. Thank you for your funny card Darnell - I did laugh!It was a lovely surprise and hubby says 'Hi"... You take care... hugs

perfectly4med said...

I love love love your tulips and how you have coloured them: a beautiful card. Thanks for playing along in our OLC challenge at Less is More.

Neil

Cathy said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, love the hummingbird one and the tan and blue really look fantastic together. Haven't the boys grown up!!! My goodness, they look like fine young men, lovely family pic. Thankyou too for joining in at Seize the Birthday, Cathy xx (and Happy Mother's Day :)

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

I love both cards, and the blue and tan does not make the flowers look like they are on their last breath... It's very artistic! Not fatalistic! I so love the window box OLC for LIM... so perfectly pretty in pink. And I LOVE seeing your beautiful family. Happy Mother's Day to you. Enjoy every moment. xx Stephanie L

Sue said...

Stunning cards Darnell and such a wonderful photo of your family hugs Sue x

Inkyfingers said...

You are really getting through those flower stamps, Darnell and these cards are just lovely. The tulip one is my favourite with the one-layer design that I find so hard, and you make look so boutiquie if that is a word!
What a fabulous photo of the family - what a handsome crew they are and I'm sending a big hug to proud Granny!

Hugs
Carol x

PS I nearly forgot to say thanks for sharing with us at ATSM!

Cat Craig said...

Love these blooms in blue and tan. Your tulips are a perfect cas one layer example.

Greta said...

What a beautiful picture! Hard to believe how grown up the twins are! Your floral creations are beautiful, Darnell! Fingers in the dirt doesn't make me happy, but I do love the flowers outside & on cards!

Vicky Hayes said...

Haha, you made me giggle with your idea that the flowers might be starting to 'go over' but I can assure you they look like elegant enamel instead! I love the wonderfully CAS tulips too and am impressed with the beautiful watercolouring. How nice to see a photo of your family too. I bet you had to wipe away a tear or too when you saw those handsome twins in their suits! Vicky x

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh my gosh, the boys are all grown up. How exciting that they had their prom last week! That is such an exciting time!! Your cards are fabulous, I just love the hummingbirds!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Color Hues!

Brenda said...

Well, let me try this again. Blogger didn't let me publish the first time. I love both of your flower cards Auntie, they are both so beautiful. Love the color combo of the first one and of course that sweet little hummer. The window box tulips are beautiful too, love the way you colored them as well. OMGosh, the boys are as tall as their papa!!! What a handsome family too! I love this photo of all of them. Why do kids grow up so dang fast?!! I hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

JulieP said...

Gorgeous family!!! Gorgeous cards! I imagine your garden florals are gorgeous as well. And what a way to nail some challenges. Thanks for playing with the Seize the Birthday challenge!!!

frommycraftroom said...

These are gorgeous. Just love the planter boxes.

What a fab photo - the boys are so tall!

cm said...

Darnell, a duo of lovely floral cards! I'm especially taken with the first; I love the shades of blue/tan that you've used! Striking! Thrilled that you joined us at Color Hues!
The twins are all grown up! OHMYSTARS! How did that happen so fast! And they're sure a pair of handsome young men, too!
hugs~c

Colleen said...

Darnell, your cards are fabulous. You do flowers so well, as soon as I saw your blue and tan card, I knew it would also be for the Color Hues, it is magnificent! And your box of tulips is another winner, simple yet so sweet! Thank you for sharing with STB, I always love seeing your cards in the gallery!
Heart Hugs, Col

Glittered Paws said...

Beautiful cards - I love the one with the hummingbird - the colors are awesome. And then we get to the pictures of grandsons/granddaugher - well those boys are all a nice piece of eye candy!!! Very nice looking all the way around.

BoลผenA said...

I love this stamp and these flowers. You have created a beautiful, colorful bouquet of them, and a small hummingbird fits perfectly, creating a beautiful whole. I love your color choice.
And the second card - it is so optimistic and wonderfully colored.
I really can't believe the guys are grown up! I remember photos of them when they were young children. It's impossible that we've all gotten so old ... ??
xx

TK said...

While you see "dying" flowers, I see GORGEOUS! Wow - love the colors on the first (#5) and such a sweet little element to add joy on your second card. Now off to see the first ones, since I've been so absent!

Hannelie said...

I definitely agree with TH! Gorgeous flowers in the unexpected combo of our challenge colors!
Thank you so much for joining us at Color Hues Darnell !

Christi Conley said...

I love all of your makes, but I really love your makes with new goodies (NBUS) - both cards are stunning! I had to let you know that I adore your cards and that I think of you often even though I am terrible friend :) Hugs to you, the fam & Hammie {of course} ~ Christi