Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Dueling Darlings: "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves!"

It's August and I'm a little late for the duel on the 15th.  We are a group of card making friends who once a month create cards from a kit supplied by a member of one of our two teams, the Divas (my team) and the Dazzlers.  This month our team leaders are Carol for the Divas and Melina for the Dazzlers.  They chose the theme "friends are the family we choose fro ourselves" in keeping with the Dueling Darlings celebrating our anniversary.  Carol sent us a delightful kit full of delicious designer papers, embellishments and the most delightful images celebrating friendship.  I was late putting my hands on this wonderful kit due to the traveling my hubby and I have been doing this summer so today I finally was able to create this card:

 I just love this cute image and from Art Impressions, the girlfriend series "laughing"and the sentiment is also from Art Impressions.  The image was colored with Copic Markers.  The card base is Stampin' Up, Elegant Eggplant and the yellow-green background paper was embossed with embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts, "Celebrate".

On the inside of the card I added another sentiment included in the kit.  This one is from Clear Stamps.

Please check out the rest of the Dueling Darling's creations starting here:


 Diva's creations here:
Kelly: http://www.sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
 
And the Dazzlers creations here:
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsallery.blogspot.com
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com
Melina:  http://me-craftyscrapper.blogspot.com   

 Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy July 2014 Duel Day!



 It's the 15th of the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas (my team!) and the Dazzlers.  Every month one person from each team consult together and decide to theme for their scheduled month and create and send card kits to their team members with information and requests for the duel.  This month our team leaders Kelly for the Divas and Jeanette for the Dazzlers are the duo who created the Dueling Darlings.  Kelly sent us a fabulous kit and here is the challenge in her own words:

"This month, our challenge is EXTRA special because in early August, the Dueling Darlings will have been together for 4 YEARS!! I know, right?! It’s amazing! And the biggest blessing is that most of us are all original members with very little changes along the way. Because we’ve been a group for this amazingly wonderful amount of time, Jeanette and I thought it would be a little special to celebrate those 4 years! So in your kits, I’ve included for you 4 of a few things (more on that in a sec!) What we’d like for you to do is include somewhere on your card 4 things that must be the same! Not one ribbon, one button, one flower, one brad = 4. But 4 of the SAME THING  4 dew drops. 4 brads. Etc! We should be able to look at your card and know what the 4 elements representing our 4 years together are. So with that in mind, your challenge this month is:

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together!

I’ve also chosen to use an image that I’ve had for over 4 years as well for a little twist. It’s unusual, but you are talented girls, I know you can make it work! You have to build your image! I’ve included stamped images of the entire stamp set so you can pick and choose so you can pick and chose what you like but please use 1 tree image (there is a trunk, and two different tree tops) and 1 image from the sentiment/images page. And because if you’ve seen my blog posts lately, I’m having a slight love affair with burlap and it seemed fitting to this tree/bird theme. I hope you like the” Country Chic” kit I’ve made for you!

Kit Includes:
• Taylored Expressions “Branching Out” stamped image, stamped on GP, Tuxedo Momento Black: {This set was a special release w/ partial profits for the Eden Projects. The Eden’s Project’s Slogan is Plant Trees - Save Lives. They fight against deforestation and their organization recreates healthy forest systems not only through replanting/seeding but they also restore hope, alleviate suffering, empower communities and build local economies in impoverished areas}.
• DCWV Burlap
• Cosmo Cricket DSP
• Bakers Twine: Buttercup
• Prima and Jillybean flowers, leaves
• Recollections white sewn fabric ribbon
• Recollections paper flowers & stacked paper flowers/butterflies
• Kaiser pearls
• Dew drops and misc buttons
• Lawn Fawn wooden arrow
• Sunflower hemp cord & brown twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Blessings and happy crafting and thank you for not just being part of my life, but this amazing group! Happy 4 year Anniversary, Dueling Darlings!!!

Love you!
K"

I loved everything in this kit and was immediately inspired to create this card:

Can you see the four elements I used on my card!  ;-)  I sent this card to my sister-in-law who has been going through some very tough times this year.   I loved the soft colors of cocoa brown and peachy pink and I loved incorporating the wonderful texture of the burlap by die cutting it with my oval die, trimming with the twine and using as a background for the tree.  The birdhouse, nest and birds were colored with Copic Markers  and I added a sentiment from one of my stamps on the inside.  


Thanks for looking and check out the rest of the Dueling Darlings here:

 Diva's creations here:
Kelly: http://www.sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers creations here:
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsallery.blogspot.com
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com
Melina:http://me-craftyscrapper.blogspot.com
Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Gardening with the Dueling Darlings

It's June 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings!  Today is also Father's Day here in the USA and so this is a fitting tribute to all father's, especially those who love to garden.  This month's hosts are Tami for the Divas and Darlene for the Dazzlers and they chose this theme and sent their teammates card kits full of papers, stamped images and embellishments to create a card built upon the theme "Gardening".  I'm a Diva (well, not really!) and received this fantastic kit from Tami full of gorgeous papers, stamped images and lots of embellishiments:
 Image:  Riley & company, "Garden Riley" stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink
 Designer Papers: My Little Shoebox/Farmer's Market/Farm Fresh and Sweet Pea; Best Creation/Gone Fishing; KI Memories/Family   Time
Embellishments:  washi tape by Studio G/Hampton Art; various ribbons, twine, buttons, glitter dots; rhinestone butterfly, paper flowers and more

Here's my card:
As soon as I opened the kit I knew I wanted to use the My Little Shoebox, Farmer's Market "Farm Fresh" scalloped circle on top of the K I Memoires "Family Time" floral paper.  I used this terrific brown cut out tape/ribbon to anchor the "garden"...Gives it great texture! I colored the Riley image with Copic Markers and did a little fussy cutting and mounted him on dimensionals.  I thought Riley deserved to have a giant flower in his garden so I layered flowers and button with twine and placed the flower on a stem die cut from some scrap cardstock.  It's bright sunny day here in the AZ desert so I decided to photograph this "sunny" card  outside on one of our patio tables.

I'm thinking my Darling Husband who is the gardener in this family deserves this card on Father's Day for being such a great dad to our two sons!  Tami asked us to include a favorite gardening tip in our post. I'm not a gardener so I really don't have a gardening tip to share. I just decide what plants I want in the garden and let my DH do the rest!

Kelly, one of my Diva teammates, is on the design team for Riley and Company and is hosting the challenge this week called "Terrific Textures"  so this card is serving "duel" purposes this week...heehee, love that little pun...both for the Dueling Darlings and for the Riley "Terrific Textures" challenge here: http://www.rileyandco.blogspot.com/2014/06/terrific-texture.html

Please check out the Dueling Darling Diva's creations here:

Kelly: http://www.sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers creations here:

Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsallery.blogspot.com
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com
Melina:http://me-craftyscrapper.blogspot.com
Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com


Thanks for stopping by!  I love to read your comments!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Music is a Gift

"I'm late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date!" No I'm not in wonderland but you might think I  fell down a rabbit hole.  I really started this post yesterday...See: It's May 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month Paola for the Dazzlers and me for the Divas chose the theme "Music is a Gift" and sent off card kits to our team members.  Looking back through the past months it’s hard to believe we’ve never used music as a theme before now.  Well, how serendipitous for Paola and me as we both had elements that reflected this theme within our stamping materials.  Here are the items that I put in the kit for my team: 

Stamped  images:

  Sparkle Creations, “Ukulele Josh”

  Bild malarna stamps, “Mimosa Violin”

  Verve, “Beautiful You”

  “Musical Notes”

Designer Papers:

  Imaginisce, Live Loud “Garage Band” (double side with musical instruments/grey & blue diagonal plaid)

  Stampin’ Up, “Rockabilly” (chartreuse with white crowns)

  Crate Paper, Paper Pad (light blue herringbone pattern)

  Me & my Big ideas, “Harvest” (orange check foil)

  Recollections, “Black Music Notes”

  Embossed Panels: Darice “Sheet Music” embossing folder

Accessories:

  Recollections, musical notes brads; guitar brads; variety of buttons in black, blue, orange and green; musical sheet music washi tape; zebra pattern mini clothes pins; Paper Studio, musical notes and words stickers; chartreuse adhesive rhinestones; Ribbons:  orange satin – Offray; green texture – JoAnn Decorative Ribbon; blue with white dots – Dashes, Dots a& Checks; musical notes – Paper Studio; Black; black and white twine
 
And here's my creation:

I used the Bild Malarna Mimosa Violin image, colored her with Copic markers and cut her out and mounted her on a panel of the Crate Paper designer paper to which I had applied the music sheet washi tape in a diagonal pattern and then attached to a piece of the Me & my Big Ideas orange foil check paper.  I also used the Recollections "Black Music Notes" for the background and the Imaginisce "Garage Band" in another panel.  The Recollections music note brads and a button with twine accessorized the card.
 
 
 I used this sketch from Splitcoaststampers for my layout:


 

 

 
We asked our Dueling Darling to  participate in a little extra challenge:

If you could dedicate a special song to someone, what song would it be, to whom  would you dedicate it and why? 
When I wrote to my team I mentioned how special their friendship is to me and chose the theme song from the TV show "Friends", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VbODnX0dVs  Kadie wrote back and suggested the theme song from "The Golden Girls" and I thought that was so perfect too:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P1r4YBPTNk  So I dedicate both these songs to the Dueling Darlings and all my Splitcoaststampers friends!! I LOVE YOU AND AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Girl's Day Out with the Divas!

It's April 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  We are two teams of gals who love to play with paper and assorted tools to make beautiful cards and other paper crafts.  Each month one member of each team plans a theme and creates a card kit for each of their team members.  Then on the 15th of the month we post our creations on our blogs and have a friendly "duel".  This month our hosts our Kadie for the Divas (my team!) and April for the Dazzlers.  Kadie's theme for the Diva's is
"Girl's Day Out" and the Dazzler's April chose "Girl's Night Out"....How fun!  Here's what Kadie included in her scrumptious kit:

Stamps:  My Favorite Things - A la mode "Polished to Perfection"
Papers: Crate Paper - "Oh Darling" and Bo Bonny - "Double Dot"
Embellishments:
 Prima Flowers
 Crate paper, Oh Darling bowtie clothes pin
 My Mind's Eye, Now and Then brad
Eva Creative pearls
Doodlebug sequins
Dear Lizzy (by American Crafts) wood button
May Arts twine
Creative Co-op burlap ribbon
Papertrey ink ribbons

And here's my card:


I colored my image with Copic markers and added the pearls for drips of polish on the bottle.  I kept it pretty simple using one of the Crate Paper designer papers for the background and panels of the Bo Bunny dsp that weer embellished with ribbon and a Prima flower.

In Kadie's words: "Who doesn't like to spend some much needed quality time with her Besties!?  In addition to making your card, we would love for you to also share who your longest friend(s) is and perhaps your favorite thing to do with that person."  Oh, my!  I have more than one long time friend.  The closest long time friend is Barbara and we've been friends since high school, more than 50 years ago.  I was her maid of honor when she was married and she honored me by naming her youngest daughter after me.  We've shared many high points in our lives as well as the lows, celebrating birthdays and marriages together, as well as, comforting and providing the needed shoulder during illnesses and deaths of loved ones.  Simply my favorite thing to do with Barb is just visiting, chatting and catching up on one another's lives.

Please check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly: http://www.sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:
 Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsallery.blogspot.com
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com
Melina:http://me-craftyscrapper.blogspot.com
Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com


Thanks for stopping by and I love to read your comments!





Saturday, March 15, 2014

Singing in the Rain!

Happy March 15th! It's dueling time with the Divas and the Dazzlers. On the 15th of every month these two teams display their cards made from kits created by their team leaders for the month.  This March the kits were provided by LJ for the Divas, my team, and Terry for the Dazzlers.  The theme they chose was "Umbrellas"!  Why umbrellas?  In LJ's words "One of the many signs of spring is rain and umbrellas, and as March is National Umbrella Month, we are going with an Umbrella theme this month."  I just had to take this theme one step further and use the title "Singing in the Rain" 'cause the theme brings to mind Gene Kelly dancing and singing in the rain with his umbrella. :-)

What a delightful kit of goodies LJ sent:
Stamps (image and sentiment): Unity Stamps
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Collections (Including journaling type cards)
Accessories: Buttons (mostly PTI and Basic Gre7y), Ribbon (SU!, American Crafts, Offray), vanilla brads (SU!), Hodgepodge clips and ribbon holder (SU), mulberry paper flowers (Prima), and 7 Gypsies Manila  Folder.

Here's my card:

I chose to use the Manila Folder for the base of  my card and layered the front with a panel of the cloud and wind  Cosmo Cricket paper mounted on a panel of black cardstock.  I snipped the words from the DSP label and attached it to the tab.  I colored that cute umbrella image with Copic markers, die cut with oval Nestability,  sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink antique linen and mounted on a scalloped  oval Nestability die cut that had each scallop punched with a small hole punch. I place the chrome brad from the kit in the center of the umbrella and embellished the spokes with a silver metallic pen. The sentiment was die cut with an oval Nestability, sponged with the same ink as the image panel and mounted on a black scalloped oval die cut. I used the clip from the kit to attached it to the card.    I threaded the orange ribbon through the medal buckle and attached to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  What do you think of my first Manila Folder card?

Please visit the rest of the Dueling Darlings starting with team Divas here:
Kelly: http://www.sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:
 Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsallery.blogspot.com
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com
Melina:http://me-craftyscrapper.blogspot.com
Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com

















 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dueling Darlings Are Feeling The Love!

I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!  These cards were suppose to be posted here on my blog 3 days ago for the February duel with team Divas (my team) and team Dazzlers.  Barb, a Diva, and Debbie, a Dazzler, choice the theme "Feel the Love!" which is very appropriate as the scheduled duel fell one day after Valentine's Day.

Barb sent the Diva's this fabulous kit full of so many goodies listed here:
Crate Paper Patterned Paper
  Fourteen:
         Crush-Banners and Stripes
         Darling-Hearts and Lace
         Cupid-Chevrons and Diamonds
  Paper Hearts Collection
         Valentine-Large Hearts and Brown Background
          Cupid-Green stripes and Small Hearts
          Define-Words and Red Background
Authentique Patterned Paper - Lovely-Hearts

Fourteen different strips of gorgeous red and white ribbon and twine
Red and pink flowers
Red, pink and ivory buttons
Pearl brads, Red heart brad, Pink and Red round brads
Ivory pearls

And stamped images of my most favorite Bible Verse:Galations 5:22-23

There was so much to choose from I made two cards for two very special ladies:

This card features the Galations 5: 22/23 image which I die cut with a Spellbinders Labels Eleven.  I punched, die cut and layered 3 hearts with various cardstock. The base of the card is Stampin' Up  Cherry Cobbler
 
This card I used buttons and ribbon from the card kit.  The top panel was embossed with a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped with Stampin' Up  'Trust God" stamp set, punched with SU oval punch. The embossed panel was mounted on the white cardstock base with dimensionals
 
 
There still is so much material left in Barb's kit I have enough to make several more cards.  Thank you, Barb! Thank you, Debbie for the wonderful stamped sentiment image!
 
We were asked to show our love to our wonderful team leaders: Kelly for the Divas and Jeanette for the Dazzlers.  I have had the great pleasure of these two women's friendship for the past 5 years as we participated in several swaps together and through Splitcoaststampers we've gotten through good time and tough times together.  Both these women create some of the most beautiful cards but what I really admire about both of them is how they so graciously represent their faith and love of  our Lord and Savior Jesus.  They are true and faithful witnesses to Him and show that love to everyone in how they care for their families and for their friends.   I thank God for the blessing of their friendship and have been so honored to be the recipient not only of their loving friendship but also their beautiful cards.  Thank you, Kelly and Jeanette, for inspiring me in so many ways! LOVE YOU!!
 
Worship at my church this month has centered around the theme of "Loving Relationsships".  Last Sunday our pastor intern Christy gave a meditation on one of the Bibical Greek  words "Pathos" that really touched my heart.  I felt it was so in line with DDD theme I wanted to share the link to an audio of her message:
 
http://orovalley.org/sermons-2/?sermon_id=225


Please check out the Diva's cards here:
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/.
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here: