Friday, November 18, 2016

Giving Thanks with the Dueling Darlings

The 15th of the month is the time for our monthly duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  Today is the 18th and I'm a few days late to the duel.  This is getting to be a bad habit with me! This month our hostesses Carol for team Divas and Shelley for team Dazzlers chose the theme "Give Thanks"...So appropriate for this month of Thanksgiving!  I'm on team D.D.Divas and received from Carol this wonderful card kit full of beautiful papers, lovely stamped images and sentiments and gorgeous embellishments:

  • Papers:  K & Co paper pack
  • Stamped Images:  Wheelbarrow and sentiment from Stampin' Up's "Grateful" set.  Praying boy and girl from Stampendous.  Second sentiment from Hobby Lobby
  • Ribbon from Michaels, glitter brown paper tape is Recollections, and various other embellishments like twine, adhesive gems, and leaf stickers.
Here's my finished card:



I colored the image with Copic markers and used an Espresso Brown cardstock for background layers for both the image and the designer paper.  I used this sketch for my layout:


This is the inside of the card.

We were asked to share what we are most thankful for.  I'm thankful for so much:
  • Jesus saving grace
  • Family and Friends
  • Good health
  • Freedom to live the life I do
  • A lovely home to shelter me 
  • Plentiful food to nourish me
  • So many blessings that I do not have room to list them all!
Please check out my Dueling Darling friends creations at these places:

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/



Wishing you many, many blessings to be thankful for!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sharing All Things Fall with the Dueling Darlings

I'm late! I'm late! I'm late to the October Duel with the Dueling Darlings!  This month our teams were hosted by Katie for the Divas (my team) and Paola for the Dazzlers.  They chose the theme "All Things Fall" and Katie sent the Dueling Darling Divas this terrific kit filled with things that remind us of this season.  Here is what was in the kit:

Stamped Image:       Whipper Snapper
Stamped sentiments:  Stampin' Up and Papertrey Ink
Paper: Lawn Fawn
Miscellaneous embellishments:  ribbon, twine, brads and buttons

Here's my card:

I loved this darling pumpkin image and colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it.  Loved the terrific papers and used four of them.  I chose 2 of the ribbons and three of the brads to embellish this card and mounted the colored image on dimensionals.  I used Sketch #40 from Reverse Confetti as the basis for my card:
40_Sept2016
Katie asked us to share something we enjoy about Fall specific to the area we live in.  I now live in the Arizona desert, a transplant from NW Washington.  If I need to be specific about what I enjoy about Fall here in the AZ desert is the cooling temperatures.  Currently it's still pretty warm for mid-October.  Usually the highs have settled into the 80s but lately the warmer 90+ degree temps have been hanging on.  I do miss the changing colors of Autumn that were in western Washington.  In fact the Fall season is my favorite.  Love the warm colors of red, orange, gold and yellow against the evergreen trees like Douglas Fir and a brilliant blue sky in October....A favorite memory!

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/




Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 16, 2016

HOOT-HOOT-HOOT! Time for another Duel!!

I'm late for the September duel with the Dueling Darlings...but only for a day.  Hope I'm not in too much trouble with my fellow Dueling Darlings.  This month the duel is being hosted by Barb for the Diva's (my team!) and Tracie for the Dazzlers.  They've chosen the theme "Owls and Halloween!".  I got this fabulous card kit from Barb including the following items:

  • Peachy Keen stamped images "County Bumpkin - You Whooooooo Owl
  • Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper - "Night Owl"
  • Around the
    Block - Color Me Halloween designer paper
  • Various Embellishments:  black and orange brads, buttons, ribbons and Baker's Twine 
Here's my card:

I colored the owl with Copic markers and chose the colors based on picture of a Great Horned Owl from the book "Birds of Arizona".  I thought since I know live in Arizona my owl should represent one of the owls found here.  I think he's kind of cute. ;-)  After coloring the moon I thought it need to reflect more light so found my trusty Glossy Accents but that wasn't enough so dug into my supply of glitter that hasn't seen much use in a long time and applied several shades of gold glitter by Martha Stewart.  The card base is black cardstock from Michael's. Everything else is from the card kit.  

I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


Our hostesses asked us to share a favorite Halloween memory.  When I was in 3rd grade I was invited to a Halloween party hosted by one of my classmates.  That was the very first Halloween party I had ever gone too and my mother made me this beautiful outfit with cutout jack-o-lanterns all around the edge of the skirt.  Wish I still had it!  It was a lot of fun even though I was pretty bashful in those days and was a little nervous about going to a house I had never been to before. (Linda Farrington, if you ever read my blog you'll remember this was your party!)


Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/


Monday, August 15, 2016

Going to Rio with the Olympic Darlings!

Yikes!  It's August 15th and I'm hosting this month's duel with Debbie, my Dueling Darling Dazzler partner, and I'm late to the duel!!!  In honor of the Olympics that are currently going on in Rio we decided to challenge our teammates to create a card using items from the kit we sent them.  I'm with team Divas and I so hope they like this kit that includes:

Images:  Summer Olympics digi by ScrappinDoodles
Sentiment:  "Go For The Gold!" (made by me); It Is Not The Destination, But The Journey" by Inkadinkadoo

Papers:  "Travel Adventure Stack" by DCWV;  "Cake and Candles" by We R Memory Keepers;  Gold, Silver, and Bronze metallic by Recollections

Embellishments:
Ribbons:  Michael's Celebrate It and Offray
Adhesive multi-color gems by Recollections
Brads by
Eyelet Oulet
Sequins by Darice
Olympic Rign die cuts with Spellbinder's circle dies


The base is red cardstock and I angled green, black, yellow and blue cardstock panels as well as the "Cake and Candles" balloon dsp to represent the colors of the Olympic rings.  One balloon was colored black with a marker.  And I added sequins to each balloon in that color.  My Olympic torch bearer was colored with Copic Markers in colors worn by the Brazilian Olympic torch bearers and I mounted him with dimensionals on the card in a manner that indicates he's holding the balloons.  The sentiment was colored with Copic markers and layered on Gold Metallic paper.  Had to add some Gold and Silver sequins (so sorry I didn't have any bronze sequins with me!)...
Here's the inside of the card.  I used a strip from on of the "Travel Adventure Stack" designer papers and the second sentiment by Inkadinkadoo.

Deb and I asked the Divas and the Dazzlers to share if they had a favorite summer Olympic event they liked to watch.  It's difficult for me to choose just one event.  I've been loving watching our girls perform so spectacularly in gymnastics and also our USA swim team, both bringing home much gold. Also I'm a fan of the track events that are just underway.  So glad to see our woman shot putter bring home gold.  Loving that our women rowers have done well too! Hope you are enjoying this once every 4 years event!

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, July 15, 2016

A Whimsical Christmas in July with the Dueling Darlings

Oh my! It's the 15th of July and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.  This month team Divas' leader Kelly and team Dazzlers' leader Jeanette  chose the theme "Christmas in July".  Kelly decided to give the theme an "extra spin" by calling it "Whimsical Christmas in July".  She sent all the Dueling Darling Divas this darling kit with the cutest image of Snoopy.  Here's what is in the kit: 
Image:  Stampendous "Snoopy's Doghouse, Alley Way Stamps sentiments "Jolly Holiday"
DSP:  Crate Paper "Snow Days"
Embellishments:  Sequin ribbon by Jay's Ribbon Company; loose sequins from HSN; teardrop gems from Recollections, Bling from Kaiser; buttons from Prima and Basic Grey; miscellaneous ribbons from Offray, Stampin' Up and Hobby Lobby.

Here's my card:


I used some SU cardstock for the base of the card and the circle layer for the die cut image.  The image was colored with Copic markers and the colored lights were highlighted with  Glossy Accents by Ranger.  All other items were from the kit.

 I used this week's sketch from  MOJO Monday:



Here's the inside of the card:


Kelly posed an extra challenge for us:  "What is the first thing you do each year to get in the Christmas spirit?"  For me planning my annual Christmas card to send to family and friends gets me in the Christmas spirit as well as putting up Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving!

Hope you like my card and it gives you a little Christmas spirit!

Check out the Dueling Darling cards here:

My Diva teammates here:

Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Dueliing Darlings Are Having Doggone Fun Today!

It's June 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers!  This month our hostesses LauraJean, for the Divas, and Darlene, for the Dazzlers chose the theme "Pets!".

Here is what was in the kit I received from LJ:

Stamped Image - Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Patterned Papers from Paper Studio
Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Banners - Spare Parts/Paper Studio
Bow - Spare parts/Paper Studio
Brads - Recollections (Michaels)
Buttons - Papertrey Ink, Vintage Fall Collection


Here's my card:



I colored the image with Copic Markers and found the perfect Spellbinders die to die cut the image.  
I used this sketch from MOJO Monday for the design and turned it 90 degrees:


Please check out my Diva teammates here:

Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Hope you like my sweet pup and enjoy checking the DDD's creations!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

April Showers Are Bringing May Flowers!

It's May 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings. This month the Dueling Darling  team Divas' Tami and team Dazzlers' Terry L. chose the theme "May Flowers".  I loved the kit my teammate Tami sent!  Here are the deets:

Stamped Image:  Red Rubber Designs "Oh No She Didn't"
Designer paper: Cosmo Cricket
Dry embossed paper:  Sizzix Sugar (green), Sizzix Dots-n-Flowers (red)
Embellishments: flower die cuts, buttons, rhinestones, twine, brads, safety pin,

Here's my card:

I colored this sweet image with Copic Markers and die cut it and mounted it on another scalloped red die cut.  

Here's the Splitcoaststampers sketch I used for the design:

Check out the Dueling Darling Diva creations here:

Kelly: https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
Laura Jean:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/
Suzy: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2721974?&cat=500&ppuser=43860

And the Dueling Darling Dazzlers creations here:

Jeanette:   http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://paola-sama.blogspot.com/
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry:  http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:  http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/
Terry A.: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy all the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers creations!!