Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm Back!!! With a Surprise!!!

Hello crafty friends!

So very sorry about another blogging break after already sketchy posting in the last months!

We have been on a three week vacation in California! Please forgive me that I didn't let you know in advance but I just don't feel comfortable to announce our absence in blogland! Still not sure how much to share on the internet...

Anyway, guess who I had the pleasure of meeting while in California???
You all know her (if not, please crawl out from under your rock), you all love her....

Yes, the one and only Darnell!!! She was kind enough to welcome me into her home, give me a tour of her famous playhouse AND I got to meet her handsome Mister! He took the picture from us grinning from ear to ear! If you visit Darnell's blog you will see a close up. I wanted to show you the whole playhouse. We were chatting about all kinds of things and the time flew by too quickly. I can tell you that her beautiful smile lights up the room! It was so much fun and I feel so lucky that I had a chance to get together with a blogging friend (a first for me) who has been with me on this journey almost from the beginning, always ready to help!






Since the meeting took place a few days before her birthday, I hand delivered the card I had made for her. If you follow her blog you have seen the gorgeous photographs she has taken from various hummingbirds in her wonderful backyard. I only own a very tiny hummingbird stamp so I stamped this one at a friend's house. Do you see the glitter on the wings and the tail?




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Stamps: Penny Black (flowers), Stampin' Up (sentiment), Gina K designs (hummingbird - belongs to a friend so I am not 100% sure about the brand)
Die: Simon Says Stamp (curved edge)
Other: Stickles, Faber-Castell Polychromos

Challenges:

Virginia's View "100% stamped".






Seize the Birthday (no topping)







In my next post I will share some pictures of the rest of our trip.

Oh, and by the way, my thumb is healing nicely. I don't have to wear the splint anymore and can do most things but still have that nerve-tingling sensation when I touch the inside of my thumb.

Thank you so very much for stopping by and not giving up on me!

Hugs,
Susanne



24 comments:

  1. Absolutely perfect birthday card for Darnell. How wonderful that you got to meet up in real life. Such fun.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  2. Isn't she just the sweetest person?! I completely adore Darnell! How wonderful that you got the chance to meet her irl...and...you got to see the famous playhouse too!!! So happy you stopped there! And your pretty card is just delightful. Love the little hummer, and the curve he's resting on. All glittered up and ready to fly to Darnell's playhouse! Sweet card. Bev

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  3. Ah, this brings back memories of our instant camaraderie, Susanne! I felt like we'd been old friends for years! And I'll always treasure your visit and my beautiful hummer card you made! BTW, I sent you a thank you card and forgot to thank you for the delicious chocolate! Slap me! I can only blame it on the sugar high, lol! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

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  4. Hab mich schon gewundert, was aus Dir geworden ist....Urlaub in Californien - wie schoen! Darnell wuerde ich auch gerne mal treffen - die ist bestimmt total nett! Jetzt muss ich ihren blog gleich mal besuchen, auf dem Foto sieht man Dich nicht so gut. Du bist groesser als ich dachte....Schoene Karte, der Kolibri glitzert so wunderbar! Gut, dass Dein Daumen gut heilt!

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  5. How fun that you got to meet Darnell! So jealous!!! Thanks for sharing the picture. Love the card you made for Darnell!

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  6. It's so nice to meet you, Susanne! How special that you could deliver Darnell's birthday card in person! The hummingbird is gorgeous and just perfect!

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  7. Welcome back! Glad you had a great break and lovely to read about your meet up with Darnell :) Your hummingbird card is beautiful.

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  8. What a fun vacation and love the picture of you and Darnell. Your card design is very pretty.

    Hugs Diane

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  9. What a fun vacation and love the picture of you and Darnell. Your card design is very pretty.

    Hugs Diane

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  10. Love your birthday card for Darnell. How fabulous your vacation must have been and to get to include a visit with Darnell made it even more so. I'm jealous! I want to meet you both.

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  11. ....UND.... I just found out that you met Darnell (via Darnell's blog)!!! I am so happy that you two met in person! I can only imagine the interesting chat that you two have! I love the composition and stamping on this card, Susanne! That hummingbird is gorgeous! Both of you and Darnell play my challenge this month. And that makes me super happy :)

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  12. Visiting you from Darnell's blog. How fantastic that you were able to meet up and spend some time together. Beautiful card you created for her.

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  13. Your nicely done card...was the perfect choice to make for Darnell. Great Pic of the two of you...It would be a dream come true for me to meet Darnell.

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  14. How fun that you got to meet Darnell. Very pretty card!

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  15. So nice to have you back!! I can just imagine all the giggling and laughing that went on in that Playhouse with you two there. How fun to meet someone in Darnell in person and bet she is even more bubbly face to face. Glad you had a wonderful holiday and your back all relaxed. And good to hear your thumb is much better. Will that tingling feeling go away after a while?? Hope it doesn't stop you from making anymore of your brilliant creations. Looking forward to more vacation photos!!

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  16. Hi Susanne...just saw your lovely visit over at Our Darnell's (and yes, you'd have to be under a Blogland Rock to not know about this wonderful lady!). How fun tha that you got to visit and tour The Playhouse & meet the Mr. Loved that wonderful card you shared (have the stencil, just got the stamp & I _have_ a couple hummingbird stamps, so be sure I shall CAS your lovely card). How perfect a theme for Our D. and I know she loved it. We visit New England (Boston area) often, and love the area. Just became your newest follower, and looking forward to getting to know you as a blog buddy. (Oh yes, if you're close to Boston, do you know about Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, MA?). TFS & hope you'll find time to visit me sometimes. Have a great wkend.

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  17. Well, aren't you just one lucky lady to meet the infamous Darnell... and to spend time in her Playhouse!! Awesome card you made for her, especially the cute hummingbird! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

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  18. Just dropped in from Darnell's blog. She is one beautiful lady.
    Nicely done card Susanne. Great design and nice coloring. Couldn't see the glitter until I enlarged it. Nice touch.

    Hugs and Blessings
    Jim

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  19. I am sooooooo jealous that you got to meet the fantastic Darnell! I bet you two had quite a lot of fun. The card you made for her is so gorgeous and I'm sure she extra appreciated the special personalized thought that went into it.

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  20. We're on a bit of 'road trip' ourselves, so apologies for commenting late...although I'm sure you heard me whooping and hollering with immense joy at seeing your return! I'm sooooo glad you're back! Now, the chance to meet Darnell - only awesome! And Darnell having the chance to meet you - only awesome! I can just imagine how marvelous seeing her Play House was in real life...Happy sighhh! Your hummingbird card is personalized perfect and oh so pretty! I'm also delighted by the angel figurine you've set your card beside. I have few angels from that line, and I absolutely adore them. I'll be keeping my eyes open, as I haven't seen any around recently. And having said that, I know they'll appear!
    Hugs~c

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  21. Great to see you back Susanne . . . I have been away too, without internet, so was unable to notice anyone's absence in particular, but I have missed EVERYONE! What a fantastic opportunity to get to meet the lovely Darnell, I hope that someday I get a chance to meet some of the lovely people I have met through blogging! Have a lovely week! Hazel xx

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  22. I'm late welcoming you back, Susanne ... and delighted you're here after what sounds like a wonderful vacation! How fantastic that you and Darnell got to meet each other ... and that you got to see the Playhouse IRL ... and her dishy Mister too! Gorgeous card ... love those PB flowers ... and you've used them to perfection here to showcase that delightful, shimmery hummingbird ... it's just lovely! Anita :)

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  23. This is so pretty! Love the sparkle on the wings. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

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  24. Da hatten wir ja auf ein paar Tage hin oder her das gleiche Erlebnis, nur dass ich leider nicht bei Darnell war, sondern Besuch von einer deutschen Bloggerin bekam! Ich weiß nicht ob du die Gundi (Papierelle) kennst? Sie macht zur Zeit in Frankreich Urlaub und da sie nicht so arg weit weg war, ist sie mit ihrem Mann und Sohn übers Wochenende zu uns gekommen. Genau wie ihr beide haben wir über viele Dinge geplaudert aber sie hatte nicht dein Glück, denn ich habe kein so tolles "Playhouse" wie Darnell. *grins* --- Leider war die Zeit viel zu kurz.....
    Eine wunderschöne Karte hast du für Darnell gemacht!!
    Mach's gut und bis bald...
    LG Rosi

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