Monday, June 15, 2015

Showing Patriotism with the Dueling Darlings!

It's the 15th of June and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas (my team!) and the Dazzlers!  This month our hostesses Barb for the Divas and Terry for the Dazzlers have chosen the theme "Show Your Patiotism".  This is so appropriate as yesterday, June 14th, was Flag Day.  Some interesting facts about this national observance of the flag of the USA is the on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the following:  Resolved:  that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.  

Barb sent us an awesome kit with a wealth of the most glorious designer papers from Doodlebug Designs - Patriotic Parade in lovely patterns featuring red, white and blue, of course!  Also in the kit were adorable stamped images from Whipper Snapper "Glory Bee" and gorgeous embellishments of ribbon, twine, buttons and brads all in red white and blue!!!

Here's my card:

I colored the image with Copic markers and used this Deconstructed Sketch as a pattern for the layout:
Deconstructed Sketch 203

As an extra challenge we were asked what we personally think when we see the flag.  For me it is the foremost symbol of my country so I feel pride and gratitude for all the flag represents and for all those who came before me to establish a country based on freedom for all it's citizens and for all those who labored, struggled and fought to keep and maintain those freedoms.  This is so eloquently expressed in the words of our national anthem: "Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"  I feel truly blessed to be a citizen of this great country!

This card is going to a friend whose birthday falls on July 4th!

Check out the creation of the other Dueling Darlings here:
Divas cards 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/

 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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Celebrating Summertime with the Dueling Darlings!

Yay!  It's the 15th of the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.  This month our hostesses Carol, for the Diva's (my team!) and April, for the Dazzlers chose the theme "Summer".  And to make this a more interesting challenge chose to add to the theme "anything but a card"!
Carol send a kit full of delightful elements.  One of those elements was a die cut from kraft cardstock to make a small box.  Along with the box were gorgeous designer papers, cute images, lots of ribbon, buttons and other embellishments.  Here's my creation:
 Front and left side of box

 Back and right side of box
Top of box

I covered the box with squares of 3 of the dsp patterns in the kit that coordinated som well with the striped ribbon.  I covered each or the edges of the box with the sheer yellow ribbon from the kit.  Colored the cute image from SU "Good ol summer time" with Copic markers.  The tag on top was stamped with an image and sentiment from my SU  stamp set "Tagger's Dozen", embellished with the sparkly butterfly in the kit and attached to the striped ribbon with some baker's twine.  All the embellishements on the sides of the box are from Carol's kit.

This was so much fun to create.  I love the way it turned out.  Thanks for the kit and the challenge, Carol!

Check out the creation of the other Dueling Darlings here:
Divas cards 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/

 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



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Picking flowers with the Dueling Darlings!

It's April 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers!  This month our hostesses are Tami  for the Divas (my team) and Melina for the Dazzlers. They choice the theme "I picked a flower for you".  Tami sent this fabulous kit so full of spring beauty including the following items:

Stamps:  Image: Great Impressions Stamps - Lizzy Dressed; Sentiment: Mary Engelbreit

Papers:  My Mind's Eye - My Girl, Bazzil - border die cuts, Pink Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossed     panel, Green Sizzix Dots-n-Flowers embossed panel

Embellishments:  Green ribbon by Offray, blue, white and flower patterned ribbon, paper flowers, pink flower brads, blue glitter brads, clear rhinestones, pink heart rhinestone, variety of  buttons and die cuts.

Here's my card:
I colored this sweet Lizzy image with Copic markers and mounted her on the cards with dimensionals.  Embossed a panel of sky blue cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder from "Once Upon a Time" set.  The flower panel is from the My Mind's Eye "My Girl" papers.  The butterfly was fussy cut from on of the My Mind's Eye papers mounted on dimensionals to flit on the paper flowers embellishment, leaving behind a trail of blue glitter brads.  We were challenged to use the green ribbon somewhere on our card so I wove it in one of the pink Bazzil die cuts.  Hope this card inspires you with the joy and new life of spring!


Check out the Divas cards 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/

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!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Many March Birthdays!

I have lots of family and friends celebtrating birthdays this month.  Here are some of the cards I created for them:







Sunday, March 15, 2015

What's Your Brew?!?

It's March 15th and time to duel with the Dueling Darlings!  This month our hostesses Kadie, team Divas, and Paola, team Dazzlers, choice the theme "What's Your Brew?".   We were given a choice of working with Coffee or Tea, depending on  whether we were a  coffee or tea person.  The kit  Kadie sent me was full of delicious choices in paper, images, and embellishments that reflect the theme.  Here  is what is in the card kit:

Stamps:  Art Impressions "Cathy Caffeine" or MFT Ala Mode "You're My Cup of Tea"
Paper:  Prima - Coffee Break Collection and Amuse gingham patterned paper
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink (brown), Amuse Studio (coral twine), Twinery (teal baker's twine)
Embellishments:  All from the Simpe Stories - I Am collection

Can you guess which brew I chose???


I never drink coffee and only occasionally drink tea so it wasn't a difficult decision to choose this  Ala Mode image!  My Ala Mode image was colored with Copic markers.  In addition to elements from the card kit I used Stampin' Up  Early Espresso cardstock, some peachy/pink bazzil cardstock and a light minty green cardstock that was punched with a Martha Stewart eyelet design punch.  The layout of the cards was taken (with some liberties) from the deconstrucingjen.com sketch DS192 here:


Check out the Divas cards 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/

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!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Celebrating Umbrellas with the Dueling Darlings!

I'm a day late for the monthly duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  We are a group of card makers who each month receive a kit from one of the members in our group and we are challenged to create a card from the kit "ingredients" around the theme chosen by one Diva and one Dazzler.  I'm on team Diva and recieved this awesome kit from Laura Jean.  Here's the challenge for February in her words:

"Our theme this month is Umbrellas! Believe it or not, National Umbrella Day is February 10th. Darlene and I thought it would be fun to think spring. since we have seen too much white stuff this winter

Here are the contents of the kit I sent:

Images: Sophie (Whipper Snapper Designes) Single Umbrella (Stamping Bella). Row of umbrellas (Stampendous)

Patterned paper: Hello Summer (Echo Park)
Accessories: 3D flower (K&Co), White "pretty ribbon" (Hobby Lobby), all other ribbon (SU!), White Bow (paper studio), Butterfly Chipboards (Heidi Swapp) Asst Buttons, Twine (MME).

Hope you enjoy ~ Can't wait to see what you create!

Hugs ~ LJ"

Here's my card:


The card measures 5 1/2 square.  All elements are from the kit with the exception of the black cardstock base, white cardstock background embossed with Darice cloud embossing folder and black twine on butterflies.  I did color this darling "Sophie" image with Copic Markers and enhanced the dots on the umbrella with "Glossy accents".  On the front of the card I decided to use Splitcoaststampers sketch SC527 as the layout:



Here is the inside of the card:

Today I delivered this card to a friend who is in hospital and has a long road ahead of her.  She loves butterflies so I made sure to have lots of butterflies on the card.  I did punch the butterfly from some of the dsp in the kit using a Martha Stewart punch and the stamped this panel from the kit with a stamp I have from Verses Rubber Stamps "A Special Prayer".  She loved the card!

Check out the Divas cards 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/
 
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.  Love to read your comments!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Card "Fore" a Birthday

My nephew's birthday is coming up the end of this week and I thought he might enjoy receiving this card:
Paper: Stampin' Up and variety of designer paper scraps
Die Cuts: Memory Box "Mini Golf Carts", Spellbinders inverted scallop circle
Sentiment: a.muse studio "swingin' day"

I used this sketch from "Freshly Made Sketches":
Thanks for stopping by!