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September 22, 2022

More Schparkle!

Hello Stamplings!

Happy first day of fall - or autumn, if that's your love language for the time of year when Mother Nature slips quietly into her dressing room as the moon rises each night and then surprises us each morning with leaves of warm gold, auburn, amber, and maroon ~ and every nuanced shade in between. 🍂💛

Onefer
I've had this sweet NBUS bag die for as long as it takes to grow a human baby. I'm so tickled to have finally used it ... isn't it the cutest? It's called "Flat Paper Bag Die" and it's from Waffle Flower. The flowers are from Memory Box, called "Glorious Gerber Daisies," and I cut them from schparkly gold glitter paper. I used a fuchsia glitter paper to cut a second flower and interchanged the flower centers. I used a fuchsia ink color to stamp the wee sediment on the gift tag from My Creative Time. (I used a piece of pp for the background.) Done.

Then I noticed Hammy was looking at the monitor with his head cocked to the side in that, "are-you-sure-you're-done" stance. At which point I lifted both my shoulders up to my ears in the international symbol for "huh?" 

I can't tell you the exact gesture Hammy returned my way, but he knows who butters his bread, so heaving a long-suffering sigh, he scampered over to the vellum folder. Aha! Of course! Tissue paper for the finish!

Challenges
Twofers

I went on a 3D shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp a few months ago and today I'm breaking out the "Fall Foliage" embossing folder. It is so fabulously detailed and I wanted it to stand out, so I simply added a die-cut leaf from Impression Obsession and finished with twine or ribbon. I made several using different leaf shapes, papers, and colors. I opted not to use sediments so as not to crowd the visual or change the design and plus, without a sediment, I can use them for many occasions, including Thanksgiving.

Challenges 
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Nellie
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40 comments:

Sarn said...

Ooh those gerbera daisies are beautiful and the paper bag die is really fun and unusual. Love the added bit of tissue paper too.
Your twofers are wonderfully detailed.

Thanks for submitting your homework to the Snippets Playground. Xxx

Aquarius said...

A couple of super cards to greet the autumn days and a super pic of your so beautiful Nellie

Carole said...

Three fab cards Darnell...that bag is so cute on the first one and Hammys addition of the vellum is such a clever idea too. The embossing folder you have used is stunning and makes for super autumn cards, and Thanksgiving too. Love your colours you have chosen and the metallic one really shines. Nearly October and soon the whirlwind of end of year celebrations??..how time flies whether or not we are having fun. xx

Darlene said...

OH WOW Darnell ... these are GORGEOUS! Don't you just love these 3D EFs ... they are always so impressive in my mind!! LOVE that GOLD embossed card ... outstanding!! Beautiful inspiration my friend! 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. If I hadn’t already mentioned it, just wanted to let you know that we have another new challenge blog. This time it’s all about using your STENCILS. I hope you’ll come check us out and play along at Crazy is our fame – STENCILS are our game (aka STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE. The fun begins OCTOBER 4th … Hope to see you there!

Jeanne said...

Your fall cards are just lovely, Darnell! I really like the leafy embossed ones. I do like the vellum tissue you added to the daisy card, too. You and Hammy sure make a good team. Nellie looks so sweet after her grooming. When we get our dog groomed, he immediately wants to go to the backyard and roll around in the grass. LOL Maybe he doesn't like that scented shampoo all that much. LOL Have a lovely weekend, my friend!

Gerrina said...

Love all three of them! Hammie was right; the tissuepaper finishes it of beautifully! I like the textured effect of the folders, but find my eye drawn to the golden one most; there it is so bold and beautiful! Hugs, Gerrina

Pat said...

Yes, it is now officially Autumn and the summer is over and love that gold 3D embossing with the leaves, and the added die cut one over the top is so pretty Darnell, and I love the twine attachment and a great idea to have a copper leaf against the gold, and the bright yellow with the wonderful ribbon and ore twine and the variagation on the leaf looks gorgeous. The first is gorgeous too with the softer glittery gold flowers with pretty pink centres to match the pink background, and sitting in such a delightful little bag and a great finishing touch with the tissue spilling out the top. With regard to Bloglovin' mine is exactly the same telling me the 'page is not found' and I only have one blog which I am supposed be notified about but that's not happening either..hopefully it will get fixed but it has been a long time now since I first noticed it. x

Pat said...

Sorry, with my ranting I forgot to say how sweet and prettily primped Nellie looks. x

designbydonna said...

Love your bag of gold flowers. Hammy was right, the vellum tissue completes the look. That leaf embossing folder beautiful. Especially love the gold foil one. I'm gping to try that. Thanks for the inspiration

Brenda in IN said...

So much to love here. That bag is so cute and versatile. I see it on birthday, Valentine and Christmas cards as well as the cute way you introduced it. Great flowers with such shine. That embossing folder is awesome in the gold and so fallish in the bright yellow. Also love that ribbon. Then that sweet picture of Nellie, she is adorable. And then, technology. I was just there, so I feel your frustration.

Viv said...

Oooo Dolly!!!! Lovely makes - and I can't resist a bit of the shimmery stuff as you know!
xx

Sue said...

Loving the twofers Darnell absolutely gorgeous and love the beautiful paper bag die hugs xxx

Cheryl W. said...

Your cards are fabulous! That little bag die is so cute. Hammy was right about adding the tissue paper. The EF is outstanding. It definitely needs little else to make a gorgeous card. Have a great weekend.

Cat Craig said...

That bag is such fun, and your EF cards are stunners. Texture is such an eye catcher on cards.

Karen said...

I have such mixed feelings about autumn--too short-lived for me with winter being far too long and dark! Your pretty fall cards, however, are delightful! I LOVE that embossing folder. If I'd seen it on my last shopping spree at Simon Says, it would probably be in my collection as well! Nellie is just adorable!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful trio of cards, Darnell - love the glittery daisies in that sweet bag! Fabulous offerings with the leafy embossing, especially love the gold one!! And awwwww - Nellie looks so adorable!!

cuilliesocks said...

A selection of wonderful cards Darnell, your designs are beautiful, Kate x

Carole Pollard said...

Just loving you cards especially that box die it’s stunning and thanks for sharing that so cute photo hugs Carole x

brandco2450@gmail.com said...

You have been a busy girl! These are super, especially
the gold leaves! I have been receiving your posts via email
and I like it, if that suits you!

Lisa Elton said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! That Hammy has a good eye and your new EF is pretty!

Bonnie said...

Love the schparkly daisies but that gift bag with the tissue paper steals the show! Love that beautiful embossing folder! Awesome detail in the foil and so pretty with the colored leaves! We're having a taste of Autumn for a couple of days. It's so nice!

Bobby said...

The leaf embossing folder is gorgeous, Darnell, especially in gold foil. I'm beginning to leave off sentiments on some of my cards too.

That little bag is the cutest and Hammy was right about the vellum. It's the perfect touch to hold your sparkly daisies in the bag. Thanks for sharing that card with us at The Flower Challenge.

Ellibelle said...

All three are so beautifully done! The embossing look amazing, I haven't tried the 3D folders yet but now I really do want to!
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and for sharing with us at Four Seasons challenge!
Ellie
Ellibelle's Corner

kiwimeskreations said...

Isn't Hammy a genius when it comes to those final details... ;)
Loving the floral card, that is stunning
That 3D leaf folder is amazing, and you have done so well to simply enhance it - even if Hammy wants to snazzle things up with some schparkle and you have not let him. The embossed gold card is so rich and lavish looking - love it
Blessings
Maxine

Sandra H said...

Ooh Nellie is just super cute looking so content within herself, l love the leaf embossed folder the daisies are gorgeous Darnell as are all your cards enjoy your day xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell!
have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Linby said...

That bag die is cute! It's a great card and I also love the leaves EF - not to self you do not need to add to NBUS!!!

HilaryJane said...

Three very special cards Darnell. the little shopping bag is really cute and well done for thinking of the tissue paper as a finishing touch, perfect. That leaf embossing folder is pretty special too. I love how you have just let it shine through whilst added just enough to make it interesting xx

Carol L said...

Happy fall y'all, and what a gorgeous array of autumn cards! Just loving that bag of flowers with the vellum papers - that's a one-of-a-kind beauty! Nellie looks so sweet and innocent in her little bed with her freshly groomed little body! So sweet, and speaking of sweet, thanks so much for the sweet little birthday card too! I love it :)

Leslie Miller said...

Ahhhh for the cards and awwww for Nellie! Honestly, I can be in the middle of ranting about something on the news and then Wally or LuLu will come to me and the rant just melts away. It's amazing. That little shopping bag is the cutest thing ever! There are so many things you could put in it, including sparkly flowers. I'm enjoying all the glorious fall cards and these two are splendiferous. I've admired this folder because the way the leaves are overlapped it appears even more 3D. Hooray for using some of your ribbon, too. I really love the leaf on the yellow card.

Bonnie Lynn said...

All of these are awesome Darnell! I'm glad you added the tissue paper to your bag. Don't you just love when Mother Nature takes that oppressive heat with her into that dressing room? I can handle the 90's a whole lot better than the 110+ stuff she gave us this year. Love those fall cards as well. Thank you for the inspiration today.

Loll said...

Your cards are fabulous. LOVE that sweet bag die ... glad you finally got a chance to use it. And those Fall cards are so beautiful. Love these warm colours! But, you can imagine that Nellie is stealing your thunder! :) She is the sweetest!! I can imagine that she really is a stress reducer. :) Love, Lolly

TK said...

Lovely fall cards to welcome us into the new season, full of warm feelings and beautiful colors! Your embossing folder is amazing, but that bag is the cutest and especially with your tissue!

Karen Letchworth said...

Thanks for sharing your cute little Autumn cards with us at The Four Seasons. Please stop by again soon, and keep on crafting.
Karen, DT - The Four Seasons Challenge

Liz said...

Three super cards, Darnell. The tissue paper is a perfect finishing touch on your first card and I love the embossing folder you used on your other cards. Nellie is looking particularly cute in her latest photo. xx

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous!

Love the 3D embossing folder - it's amazing in gold foil

Going to subscribe via email - as I haven't been getting notifications

Craftychris said...

Beautiful cards today! Love the cute paper bag - Needless to say I am waiting for a restock of that from a UK supplier as its the cutest die ever! 😍 I have not seen it before, so glad I have! Love how you have filled it with beautiful flowers and the tissue paper is genius! Wonderful embossed cards, so detailed and definitely best left for any occasion. A lovely Nellie too - a perfect stress reliever I am sure! Take care my friend. Hugs xxxxxxxxx

Sarah said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and Hammy was quite right about the tissue paper...clever little sausage!! Hope you are keeping well xx

Di said...

Stunning cards as always Darnell! I really adore the snippets make. And - the 3D embossed cards are fabulous! Still owe you that email - had a bit going on here.

LOVE the piccie of darling Nellie - she's adorable!

Hugs

Di xx

Donna said...

3 stunning cards, the gold one is gorgeous! And beautiful Nellie!!