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!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birth of a New Year!

The first duel of 2015 for the Dueling Darlings my new partner Debbie, a Dueling Darling Dazzler and me, a D.D. Diva, chose the theme Birthdays to honor the beginning of a new year.  Here is the what is in the kit I sent to my Diva teammates:


Paper: My Mind’s Eye “the sweetest thing” (3 sheets); My Mind’s Eye “Nostalgia” (1 sheet); 1 sheet Crate Paper

Images: Art Impressions “Girlfriends” (image and sentiment); Stampin’ Up, “Take A Spin”; Inkadinkago “Birthday Cupcake” (image and sentiment); Sweet and Sassy “Carnation”; Stampabiilities “May Your Birthday Be Filled”

Embellishments: Ribbon: variety from Michael’s; twine by American Crafts; Buttons: clear Stampin’ Up, others unknown; Faux pearls: Stampin’ Up and unknown; Flowers: Recollections and Prima; Brads: variety from Michael’s; Spinner from Stampin’ Up; Sequins and Rhinestoneand metal elelments unknown; Birthday tags from DCWV kit.
January is a month full of birthdays for family and friends (including my own!) so these two cards made from the elements from the kit were made for two friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in the same week with me:



 
Images colored with Copic Markers  and  I used SCS sketch SC523 for my layout:
 

 
 
The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment "If I've learned anything in my 29 years it's lie about your age!" Both the image and sentiment are by Art Impressions "Out to Lunch" stamp set.
 
We asked the Dueling Darlings to share a birthday memory.  For me there are lots of wonderful memories of times celebrating my birthday.  The first is when I was 5 years old and had my first big birthday party.  In 1989 my birthday came just two months after losing my mother to a short illness.  It was a difficult day for me made so much easier by the wonderful gift my sister gave me by making a cake that my mom had done so many times for me on my birthday. My sister had never made it before and our aunt, my mom's sister, helped her.  What a sweet treat made with so much love!!  On my 60th birthday my husband and sons surprised me with a grand birthday celebration at my son's home with lots of family and friends.  One of my BFF's flew from her home in Tucson to Seattle to celebrate with me...What a surprise!
 
 
Please check out the rest of the Dueling Darlings creations:
 Diva's creations 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 and I love to read your comments!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Kadie's Baby Boy Album

I'm part of a card making group of ladies on Splitcoaststampers, a web site devoted to featuring the papercrafting arts.  On this site our a variety of forums and through a forum dedicated to card swaps I met this sweet wonderful woman who answered a newbies question and from there I found she hosted a card swap and that led to meeting a whole host of wonderful card making friends.  Kadie has hosted and facilitated and participated in so many card making events and inspired us all over the past decade.

This summer our dear friend and her husband were blessed with a new addition to their family, a sweet darling baby boy.  So to honor her and her son some of her card making friends decided to create a baby scrapbook album for Kadie to chronicle the precious moments of his life.  I took on the task of coordinating and putting together the album as these women sent me two 8"x 8" scrapbook pages.  Here is the result:
The Album
First page


The first pages I received from Tanja, all the way from Germany!


Judy's (that's me!) pages


Fay's pages


Barb's pages

Kelly's pages


Susan F.'s pages


Michelle U.'s pages


Sandra's pages


April's first set of pages


April's second set of pages


Carol's pages


Maryann's pages


Karen's pages

And here's two picture of Kadie with her little guy take this past summer: