A two-part post, with two cards, for two AH-MAZING people who have brought joy and love into my life:
I am a *naughty, naughty* friend! I missed our lovely, wonderful, sweet Darnell's birthday by SIX days *hanging my head in shame*. BUT.. I am here now with a 'relatively' good reason for my tardiness. New goodies I'd been anxiously been awaiting for over the past couple-three weeks - arrived later than I anticipated - yep, placing the blame squarely on that situation - and then came the learning curve of figuring them out. The combination of time and 'd-uh' (not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to some images...and we won't even discuss water-colouring) results in the story of why I'm behind (add a weekend's worth of bike races to the mix, too). Hopefully, you won't mind too much, my friend!
So, today, July 8th, I'm 're-celebrating' Darnell's birthday. You are, indeed, a most dear, precious, special friend. In this wonderful community, you've touched ever so many lives, through your engaging, hilarious posts, your delightfully creative cards and your always warm, sweet comments. My life has been enriched in having you in it, especially back in December...you offered a shoulder to lean on and ears to listen. For the gift of your friendship I truly am incredibly grateful, incredibly blessed! Still, you can give me a good 'talking too' about being un-punctual! I shall stand in the corner and then, write lines.
The stamp sets I'm using joined my collection as the result of a win from darling Daisies Girl, Taunya Butler. Because of her exponential generosity, Altenew's Lacy Scrolls and Label Love have come to live at my house. Thank you ever, ever, ever so much Taunya!
Before I made Darnell's card, I made
After a bit more practice, a change in colours and slight shift in design, Darnell's card emerged...
Whew...after figuring out how to add some depth and dimension to the images (I relied on Jennifer McGuire, of course), I'm rather pleased with the results. I hope you, Darnell, and you, Taunya, will like the cards I made...
I'm sharing one or both in the following galleries:
CAS(E) this Sketch #130
Virginia's View Challenge #16~Focus on Stamping - my flowers are stamped with Memento Dew Drops, then highlight coloured with white and yellow Prismacolour pencils. I totally understand if this doesn't fit your challenge, Virginia, but crossing fingers it does...)