Sunday, March 15, 2020

Oh Happy Dueling Day! 💖

It's March 15, 2020 and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers!  The hosts for the March duel are Tami, team Divas (my team), and Terry L., team Dazzlers.  They chose the theme "National Day of Happiness March 20th".

Here's what is in the kit I received from Tami:

Images:  Avery Elle "Cool Beans" stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink

D.P.        Recollections and Bo Bunny "Love"

Miscellaneous Embellishments:  red rhinestones, Thanks Embossed red yardstick, punched red hearts, red/white bakers' twine, red brads, white buttons, die cut flower strip

Here's my card:


I used sketch from Wednesday's Splitcoaststampers SC792 as the design for my card.



Our hostesses challenged us to share what little thing makes us happy. I'm happy for a good night's sleep, that I am able to get out of bed in the morning to walk and talk and take care of myself.  The older I get (and I'm getting up there!) I feel so blessed for the "little" things in life! I'm happy to make cards and give them to friends and family, who make me SO HAPPY!  As we are currently going through a very challenging time throughout the world with the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic I am really happy for my good health!!!

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Darlene    http://www.accordingtobijou.blogspot.com

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182 

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

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Sweetheart theme for the Dueling Darlings in February

I'm late posting my card for the February duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month team Divas, my team, was hosted by Carol and for team Dazzlers the host is Shelly.  Carol and Shelly chose the theme "Let Me Call You Sweetheart".  The kit Carol sent our team was full of lovely papers from My Mind's Eye "Bloom", beautiful ribbons and  embellishments, and this sweet old fashioned stamped image from Inkadinkadoo.
Here's my card:
I loved all the neutral colored items in the kit with a few pops of color so I chose one of the neutral colored papers for the background and the gold tinted paper I die cut with a Spellbinders die as the frame for the oval die cut stamped image.  I touched up the man's jacket, the ladies hat, top and umbrella with a gold toned Copic marker. The frame was highlighted with "gems" from the kit.

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Darlene    http://www.accordingtobijou.blogspot.com

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182 

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dueling Darlings First Duel of New Decade!

It's January 15, 2020!  Wow! New decade and I love that it's 2020! Many years ago I wondered if I would live to see this date and I have so Celebrate!  It's also the 15th of the month so time to duel with the Dueling Darling team Divas and team Dazzlers.  This month the hostesses LauraJean (Divas) and Terry S. (Dazzlers) chose a Penguin theme, so very appropriate for one of the coldest months in the northern hemisphere.  I'm on team Diva and received a terrific card kit from LJ with some great elements listed below:

Stamped Images:  Penguin Juggling Snowballs by Elzybell Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Doodlebug Designs "Winter Wonderland", Stampin' Up white glitter paper
Ribbon:  3 lovely pieces from Stampin' Up
Embellishments:  Large white snowflakes by Paper Studio, glitter dots and snowflakes by Doodlebug Designs, die-cut snowflakes created with Marvy Punch

Here's my card:
I just loved this terrific mountain scene dsp!  I colored the penguin with Copic Markers. I layered the snowflakes in the kit as the focal embellishment.  The only materials I used that were not in the kit are the aqua and white cardstock for the base of the card.  I used this sketch from SplitCoastStmapers (SCS) for the design:

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Darlene    http://www.accordingtobijou.blogspot.com

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182 

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Is In The Air With Pumpkins And a Little Humor!

"I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye. I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!"...Just like the White Rabbit, that's what I am for the Dueling Darling duels for August (Wow! I'm really late!) and October (A little late).  The date for the important duel between the Divas and the Dazzlers is the 15th of the month.  In August I was out of town and did not have the card kit sent by my teammate Kelly so I decided to do some catching up.

 I'm one day late with posting my card made from the fun kit sent to me by my teammate Barb. She and her DD Dazzler partner Tracie chose the theme Pumpkins for the the fall season.  Included in her kit:
  • Outlines Rubber Stamp Company - Ghost Couple 
  • Patterned Paper 
    • Stampin' Up Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
    • Around the Block - Color Me Halloween
    • Creative Imaginations - Double Vision
  • Various Embellishments
    • Ribbons - SU Basic Black, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie; Bakers Twine and Orange Twine
    • Brads - Orange and Pumpkin
    • Buttons - black and orange
Here's my card:

 I used colored the image with Copic Markers and did some fussy cutting.  The background paper, "Color Me Halloween" and the circle paper, SU "Painted Autumn" were mounted on black and orange cardstock from my stash. I chose to use the black ribbon, orange/black twine and the pumpkin brad as my embellishments.  The layout is based on Splitcoaststampers sketch SC770 here:


For the August duel Kelly and her Dazzler teammate Jeanette chose the theme "HUMOUROUS".
This is what she included in the kit:

  • Stamped images - Newton's Nook "Winston's Honeybees"
  • Papers - Pebbles "Family Ties"
  • Embellishments:
    • Ribbons - Blue from Stampin' Up, Green twine from Baker's Twinery, and yellow grosgrain and sheer green
    • buttons from various companies
    • flowers from Prima
    • Blue dots from The Paper Studio
    • Brown frame was made using a die from Avery Elle "wonky cloud"
Here's my card:


I used several of the patterned papers - one as the background and the other trimmed to fit inside the brown frame and wrapped with the blue, green and yellow ribbons.  I colored Winston bear and the beehive with Copic markers, cut them out and mounted them with dimensional stickers.  The final embellishment was the decorate the scalloped edges of the frame with the blue pearl dots. Kelly did include some humorous "punny" sentiments in relation to the stamped image that I chose not to use (just in case you're wondering where the humor is with this card!).

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Donna:   https://indianainking.blogspot.com

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thinking of Babies in September with the Dueling Darlings

Today in the 15th of September and time for another duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month Donna, team Dazzlers, and me, team Divas, decided to challenge our respective teams to make a baby card as September is Baby Safety Month.  I had great fun putting this card kit together and got a little carried away with including lots of designer paper so my teammates had lots of options for creating either a card for a girl or a boy or both.  Here's what is in the kit:

Paper:  Echo Park "Bundle of Joy Boy"; Echo Park "Sweet Baby Girl"; Echo Park "Hello Baby Girl"; DCWV "Copper Luxury" 'You are something magical' paper; The Paper Studio "metallic hearts"

Stamped images:  Hanna Stamps "B is for Baby" clothes on line and mobile (retired)

Ribbons:  yellow gingham, green velvet, pink satin, white grosgrain, blue twine, pink/green twine all from various vendors

Embellishments (from various vendors:  pearl adhesives; wooden stars; diaper pin, teddy bear, rocking horse, star brads; rhinestone stars; green paper flowers.  Sticker paper embellishements from Echo Park "Bundle of Joy Boy" and "Sweet Baby Girl".

I loved the papers so much I couldn't decide whether to make a girl card or a boy card so I made both!  Here they are:


I decided to deconstruct my Copic colored stamped image and place the clothes on a line made from the pink/green twine.  The clothes pins were embellished from some of the pearl adhesives and I added a heart rhinestone to the Echo Park sticker paper bib.


With this card I also deconstructed the Copic colored stamped image.  This time I used blue twine to attach the mobile elements.  A tiny wooden star was attached to the mobile and another open wooden star was placed on the Echo Park sticker paper "Welcome Baby".

I used Splitcoaststampers sketch SC766 for my layout only I turned it upside down.  Here's the original sketch:




This theme brought many memories for me as both my boys are September babies!

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Donna:   https://indianainking.blogspot.com

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Celebrating Christmas in July with the Dueling Darlings!

It's the 15th of July so that means it's time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month our hostesses are Suzy for the Divas (my team!) and Debby for the Dazzlers.  These two spent Christmas together in December and knowing they would be the hosts for the month of July it would be a fun theme for this month.  As Suzy said "Plus, it was the perfect time to go shopping for paper, ribbon, embellishments, etc....all on sale!!  Can you say 'major shopping'!!!"
It seem a little strange when I'm sweltering in 100+ degree temps here in the Arizona desert to be creating Christmas cards.  I wouldn't mind having some December weather right now!

Suzy's card kit included these items:
Stamp set:  SU Christmas Lodge
DSP:  Ornamental Christmas pad (The Paper Studio)
Embellishments:  ribbon (Offray/Aqua; Ribbon Boutique/green), silver cord (stash), snowflake sequins (stash) snowflake dies (Poppy Stamps), bling (Gemstones/The Paper Studio).

I decided to make two cards this month from most of the lovely items Suzy included in her kit.  Here are my cards:



I added some red  and aqua cardstock from my stash to mount the DSP on.  I die cut the centerpiece and colored with my Twinkling H20s the sentiment and added the the silver cord.  The snowflake sequins were popped on two of the red snowflakes.  I used the CAS(E) this Sketch CTS# 330 as the basis for my design here:




For the second card I colored the SU Christmas Lodge stamped image with Twinkling H20s and die cut it and mounted in on a red die cut oval.  The only addition was the ribbon from the kit.  The design was based on the Freshly Made Sketches  FMS396 here:



Suzy challenged us "to share a recipe that you like to make at Christmas time."  Here is a favorite recipe I received from my Aunt Pearl when I was first married 56 years ago.  I make Christmas cutout cookies with this recipe every year with a friend's children.

Sugar Cookies
(Makes approximately 50 cookies)

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups flour

Cream together butter and sugar until well blended, add eggs, lemon extract, and vanilla extract and mix well.  Combine flour and baking soda and slowly add to the wet ingredients.  Chill in refrigerator a minimum of 1 hour.  Roll on well floured board to maximum 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut with cookie cutters.  Place on non-greased cookie sheet.  Bake in 400 degree oven 5-6 minutes or 375 degree oven for 6 - 8 minutes.  Cool thoroughly on absorbent material like paper towels or brown paper sack.

Decorate when completely cooled or sprinkle with decorator sugars prior to baking.  

Enjoy!!


Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings Times 3!

It's the 15th of the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.  Again I am trying to make up for 2 previous months duels. This time for April and May plus today's June duel.  The last 6 months have been a difficult time for me.  I hope to do better in the future with posting my DDD cards on time as the Dueling Darling ladies are the best and I hate letting them down.

  So first my card for April is from a kit created by Carol for team Divas.  She and Shelly, for team Dazzlers, chose the theme Motorcycle Masculine.  The stamped image is from the hot red classic collection from Bombshell Stamps.  The designer papers are from Hobby Lobby with the exception of the lighter colored map which is from JoAnn's.  All the embellishments come from Hobby Lobby with the exception of the motorcycle that comes from a button collection from JoAnn's.  Included were ribbons from Carol's collection.  Here is my card:


For the month of May LauraJean, team Diva, and Terry S., team Dazzlers, chose the theme "Out of this World".  Included in the kit I received from LJ were stamped images from the Rocket Age collection by October Afternoon, Patterned paper by Doodle Bug Designs, red, blue and yellow ribbons, a Tim Holtz silver star, gemstones from Michael's and Stampin' Up buttons.  I colored the stamped images with Copic Markers:


Tami, team Divas, and Terry L., team Dazzlers, chose the theme "Halloween in June".  The cute stamped image is fromRed Rubber Designs called "Delightfully Spooky".  Tami included some delightful Halloween DSP and great embellishments from her stash.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and use the sketch SC753 from Splitcoast Stampers for this week.  Here's my card:

Hope you enjoyed my creations!

Hope you'll check out the many lovely creations made by my paper crafting Dueling Darling friends on Splitcoast Stampers:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/


Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Beth        https://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

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

Thanks for stopping by!