Happy Birthday, Darnell! Addicted to Stamps & More #200, CAS(E) this Sketch #179, Seize the Birthday – 30 June, SSS Wednesday – 29 June

Hello … bonjour … and Happy Birthday, Darnell!  We all know her (and if you don’t you really should!), we all love her … she’s a truly wonderful soul!  In blogland, she’s sweet, thoughtful, funny, delightful, generous, caring, clever, charming, creative … and if ever you have the good fortune to meet her, you’ll find she’s exactly the same in real life … only better because she’s there with you!  Oh, and she’s kind to furry animals too … especially hamsters!  Wishing you the Happiest Birthday, ma chère amie … may you be blessed with love, joy, fun and laughter today and always!  Your card is on it’s way … might even be with you by now … but just in case it hasn’t arrived yet, I thought you might like to see it on your big day …

Happy Birthday Darnell 2016The bright sunny ‘happy’ represents Darnell in her amazing Playhouse … she’s surrounded by all the lovely flora and foliage of her gorgeous garden … and if you look really closely, you might see Hammy peeking out from behind the lower cluster of flowers.  Or is he … ???  In homage to Darnell‘s campaign to reduce the size of Mount NBUS worldwide (Never Before Used Schtuff), I’ve been saving these Papertrey images until now … this is their first public inking (there’s been lots of private practice, but you really don’t want to see any of that).  I couldn’t capture the Wink of Stella that makes the sentiment and tiny blooms shimmer, but it’s there … as are the miniscule pearls!   If you haven’t already, do hop over to the Playhouse and leave the Birthday Girl some birthday love … and if you haven’t had the joy of meeting Darnell before, then delay no longer … go … your day and life will be better as a result!  Looks as though Hammy’s ready to party … very handsome … just get there before he starts on the cake … oops, too late …

Bree....this is for you.....!!!!!. Awwwww mr pepper!!!!          Happy birthday hamster.:

As well as heading to the Playhouse, Darnell‘s card is also joining in at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Happy Birthday … congratulations due here too, to Kylie and the DT … 4th anniversay and 200 challenges … here’s to many, many more!

CAS(E) this Sketch – See Below … orientation is changed, but the wreath-iness around the sentiment is there … hope that’s ok!

Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Life has been a smidge busy here so I’m still playing catch up …. and am getting there … if you haven’t seen me recently, you will over the weekend!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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41 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Darnell! Addicted to Stamps & More #200, CAS(E) this Sketch #179, Seize the Birthday – 30 June, SSS Wednesday – 29 June

  1. Michele

    Your card is gorgeous, and certainly ‘wreath-y’ enough for my eyes!! Happiest birthday card for our fun Darnell! [LOve those miniscule pearls!] xx

  2. Jeanne

    This is a wonderful birthday card and post for Darnell. She is a treasure and so are you for your wonderful work and loving tribute to her. Gotta love those cute hamster pictures, too. I adore your bright and sunny Happy. You’ve got the essence of Darnell all wrapped up in this fabulous card! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Barbara Roe

    Anita what a lovely card for our lovely, charming and entertaining friend. The Gammy photos are delightful. Have a great week. I am on vacation with my family in the gold country in central California. Yesterday it was 100. 😎 Barb

  4. conil

    Oh my, Darnell is going to be ecstatic. This is so pretty (If CAS(E) this Sketch doesn’t like it, they’re bonkers.). Swooning over your wreathy goodness. Unfortunately, because I’m a dunce, had no idea today was Darnell’s big day. Boo. But you, being the sole of kindness and sweetness, did. And in such a beautiful way. Kudos.

  5. BarbGhig

    I agree…Darnell truly is a wonderful soul, and she deserves this gorgeous card, Anita! I love that you chose sunshine yellow for your sentiment, and your sparkly blooms are just perfect for her! Thanks for sharing a few pics of Hammy enjoying some cake…to cute!
    I’m so glad you’ve entered your card for this week’s challenge at ATSM…off I go to visit Darnell 🙂

  6. jmhave44

    Perfect card for Our Darnell. It’s filled with sunshine, fun and richness, just as she is. I’m loving the flower motifs with that wonderful bold sentiment. Beautiful! TFS & Hugs

  7. Virginia L.

    BEAUTIFUL stamping! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Super work! Darnell would love this!

  8. lollthompson

    Your card is sweet, bright and pretty … just perfect for Darnell. She will LOVE this card Anita. xx

  9. Brenda Lawrence

    Wow Anita, you have captured Auntie perfectly! I love that vibrant yellow “happy” and love how you stamped that “birthday” over it in black. Just a stunning look!!! I also love the little leaves and flowers you have stamped around, the perfect “garden” for Auntie! Just a stunning card for a stunning person! Hugs, Brenda

  10. Sharron Gregory

    Beautiful card, Anita! Darnell will love it! I was so happy to see your blog this morning as it reminded me of Darnell’s birthday. I have been wanting to make her a card with a hammy image for ages. Unfortunately it will arrive late but I posted it on my blog too!

  11. Sharyn Polesel

    Beautiful card and great colors! Happy Birthday to Darnell. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  12. djkardkreations

    What a precious friend you are, Anita! Thank you so much for this dedicated post and big-head-inducing compliments!! And thank you for my beautiful birthday card!! It arrived in plenty of time and I’ve been holding on to it with my other cards to open all of them today. It was quite fun!! Your incredible design is WAY prettier in real life than on this monitor, I can tell you! Finally, someone has been dashing across my keyboard anxious for me to also thank you for the very fun hamster birthday party photos!! MWAH! You think of everything!! Much love to you; sending mega missing you hugs!! Darnell

  13. catcraig

    Anita, this is a super fabulous card for the wonderful Ms. Darnell. I love the yellow sentiment with the smaller black print “inside” very striking.

  14. Gerrina

    The bright colours look perfect and the yellow sentiments does remind me of the sun…seen like that your card reminds me of a peaceful oiece of nature! Have a good week!

  15. Rose J

    A beautiful birthday card for Darnell! Your bright yellow happy with those pretty blooms & foliage is a lovely combination Anita. No wonder Darnell loved it.

  16. Petra

    Oh, my, I couldn’t help but LOL at Hammy with his party hat, enjoying his cupcake, Anita!!! And how well you have summed up the lovely Darnell!!! The card you have made for the birthday girl is sooooo beautiful!!! Love the sunshiny happy wishes with the sweet little flowers and leaves!!! What a wonderful OL, my friend!!!!!
    Have a great Tuesday!!!!

  17. Geri G

    My dear friend…thank you for saving me from totally missing Darnell’s b-day. I have it written down as the 22nd…not the 2nd! Needless to say, I was a day late to the party AGAIN (…do you see a reoccurring theme here?)

    Now about your sweet card…where did you find those amazingly cute and oh-so-perfect-for-the occasion hamster pics? Darnell is going to adore your post! You truly have captured her sweet backyard world in your creation and waiting to use these NBUS stamps just for her makes it that much more special! Awesome card, fabulous post!

    Is it October yet?

  18. susannev2014

    Your pretty card in those summer colors is perfect for Darnell! And you got some great shots of Hammy! They put a big grin on my face!

  19. Karen L

    Bonjour, Anita!
    Your art is absolutely lovely, and I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog. You are very talented, and have some great original ideas. Lots of fun cards. I would like to warmly invite you to stop by and share your sweet cards in our Anything Goes/Family Friendly challenges at Word Art Wednesday. We offer lots of great prizes, too, and would LOVE having you join us.
    Karen Letchworth, Blog Owner
    Word Art Wednesday

  20. maria f.

    Your hammies?!?!? Your card – WOW. That yellow happy nearly jumps off the card. Amazing that it’s not a die cut. Incredibly pretty on that linen CS (as usual!)

  21. Claire A

    So pretty Anita – I love how you’ve done the sentiment. I have a set just like it and never know where to position the sentiment in relation to the happy!

  22. Bobby

    Oh my gosh this is so funny, Anita. I hate to say how many times I think of Darnell when I see a hamster photo. Your card, with it’s sunny disposition, is perfect for her.

  23. born57

    What a beautiful birthday card for sweet Darnell! I am sure she love your wonderful post on her birthday!

  24. cmayne

    Of course our sweet Darnell is over-the-moon ecstatic with this gorgeous, sunny, wreath-y gem you’ve designed for her, complete with teensy pearls and lovely shimmer! As for Hammy….oh my stars! Where ever did you find these little charmers! Tooooo cute!

  25. Joyce M.

    What a beautiful card. Simply stunning with those bright and spring-like colors and flowers. And, what darling pictures of birthday hamsters.

  26. Nancy L.

    This is another fabulous card Anita! Darnell will love it! I especially love the linen background…makes it so extra special! HUGS!

  27. kimheggins

    Sorry to be so late to the party Anita…but this is so beautiful and so perfect for Miss Darnell. Love your sweet little party critters, you are just fabulous!


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