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!!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Swinging into Spring with the Dueling Darlings!

On the 15th of the month the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers "duel" it out with creations made from card kits supplied by the hostesses who are their team leaders for the month.  This month team leaders Suzy for the Divas and Terry A. for the Dazzlers chose the theme "Swing into Spring" and I was delighted with the darling stamped image and sentiment, gorgeous designer papers and beautiful embellishments I received from Suzy!  Sorry to be so late to the duel!!  Here's my card:


Here is what was included in the kit:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up "A Kind Word"
Paper:  Craft Smither's "Chelsea Lane"
Bling:  Paper Studio
Flowers: Paper Studio "Spareparts"
Ribbon:  Golden grosgrain from The Ribbon Boutique at Hobby Lobby, Organza ribbons (Ivory, Rose, and Navy Blue) The Ribbon Boutique at Hobby Lobby

I used 3 papers from the kit mounted on navy blue cardstock.  The darling girl on a swing image was colored with Copic Markers and cut out.  I used the organza navy blue and gold grosgrain ribbon and 3 of the flowers included in the kit.  Instead of using the bling in the kit I substituded some small pearls on the skirt of the girl's pinafore.

An extra challenge was to share what our favorite springtime/Easter dessert.  At Easter I always loved the chocolate covered nougat egg with my name piped on it in white frosting and also the chocolate bunny that was always in my Easter basket.  Been many, many years since I've had that treat.   But Suzy really would like a springtime dessert recipe to be shared here.  Well, I really love desserts but I'm not sure I have one that is a favorite just at this time of the year so I'm just going to share a favorite recipe that features a late spring, early summer fruit:

Glazed Berry Pie
9" pie shell baked
4 cups fresh berries
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Crush 1 cup of berries, add water, and simmer 3-4 minutes.  Strain to remove seeds and pulp.  This should leave 1 cup of juice. Comgine cornstarch, sugar, salt.  Add juice slowly to the cornstarch mixture to avoid lumps bring to a boil, cook until thick, about 4 minutes.  This juice mixture should be real thick and very clear.   Cool slightly and add lemon juice.  Put 3 cups of  choice berries (sliced if using large strawberries) in pie shell and pour the glaze over the berries making sure all berries are covered.  Garnish with whip cream and more berries.  Delish!!!

Check out team Diva here:
Kelly: http://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
Suzi:  (See her SCS gallery herehttp://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2702140?&cat=500&ppuser=43860


 Dazzlers creations here:

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

Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Tracie:  http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

For the Dogs with the Dueling Darlings

It's the fifteenth of the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month our hosts Carol, team Divas (my team!) and Shelly, team Dazzlers, chose the the theme, "for the dogs",  This choice coincides with the world's largest dog show, Crufts, on March 10 -13 and March 23rd is National Puppy Day.  I didn't have a pet pup growing up but we did have our little Muffy mixed breed dog a few decades ago.  What a sweet pup she was, so loving to man and beast.

Carol's kit included the following items:

Designer paper:  echo park--Dog Border and Puppy love--Jillibean dancing dogs and Fido Fun. Paper Studios multi colored paws.
Stamped Images: Whipper Snapper:  Shelly Sheepdog and Good News Puppy, Bugawumps - Schnauzer
Embellishments:  Red, Navy and Aqua ribbons, puffy paws, glitter dog bone

Here is my card:




I used the MOJO Monday sketch here:


Check out team Diva here:
Kelly: http://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
Suzi:  (See her SCS gallery herehttp://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2702140?&cat=500&ppuser=43860


 Dazzlers creations here:

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

Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Tracie:  http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by!