Friday, January 15, 2016

New Year, New Duel with the Dueling Darlings!

I can't believe it's the 15th of the month...Already 2016 is on course to speed by faster than 2015.  That may be 'cause I'm getting another year older this month and each year seems to go by faster than the year before.  Okay, I digress...The 15th of the month is time for another duel with the Dueling Darlings.  We are a group of card making, paper crafting ladies who have gathered into two teams, the D.D.Divas (my team!) and the D.D.Dazzlers, to create a card around a theme chosen by our monthly team leader who sends us a card kit full of  stamped images, paper, and a plethora of embellishments to create a paper creation, usually cards.  This month Barb with team Divas and Tracie with team Dazzlers chose the theme "Soup---Get Well"...how appropriate for this winter season!  So many I know have been suffering bad colds or the flu so these cards will be a cheerful note to someone suffering from one of these nasty bugs.

Here are the items Barb sent in her kit:
  1. Whipper Snapper Designs -Chicken Soup stamped image
  2. Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper -- Comfort Cafe
  3. Brads--Midnight Muse and Taupe
  4. Buttons--Stampin' Up and Basic Grey
  5. Pearls
  6. Lots of Ribbon
  • SU Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled
  • SU Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched
  • SU Very Vanilla 1/4" and 5/8" Grosgrain
  •  Unknown Taupe satin
  • Unknown Taupe Bakers Twine 
Here's my card:

I used  sketch 429 from MOJO Monday as the layout for my design.

  Loved these papers that Barb included in the kit!  I colored the Whipper Snapper "Chicken Soup" image with Copic Markers and die cut with Nestability dies.  I use a strip of the SU Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon on the bottom panel and topped it off with the light blue button with a bow made from the taupe Baker's Twine.

Barb asked us to share what our favorite soup is.  Mine is Easy Vegetable Soup and I think I posted the recipe in a previous DD post October 2011 so I'm copying and pasting here:
Easy Vegetable Soup
1 cup brown rice
1 cup lentils
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2  49 1/2 oz. cans chicken broth
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 drops of tabasco sauce
2   14 1/2 oz. cans of pasta sauce

Put everything at once into a big soup kettle. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 
This smells heavenly and is a wonderful meal when accompanied with bread and a salad.  Easy!


Please check out the Dueling Darling Creations here:
Divas creations here:

Kelly:  http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com
Tami:  http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com
Suzi:  See her SCS gallery here: 
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Dazzlers creations here:

Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsalley.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

I really appreciate your comments and thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, October 15, 2015

Falling Into New Friendships!

Whoohoo!  It's the 15th for the month and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas (my team!) and Dazzlers! This month Debbie for the Dazzlers and me for the Divas chose the theme "Falling into New Friendships" to welcome new members to our teams: Suzy for the Divas and Tracie and Shelly for the Dazzlers. Here is what is in the kit I sent the Divas:

Paper:  doodlebug design inc. “happy harvest”; Bo Bunny “a gift of love”; me&my Big ideas “Harvest” ; Recollections “Mercury Glass”
Stamped Images:  Memory Box “Twizzle Tree”; Stampin’ Up “ Time Well Spent”
Die Cuts:  Tree, Little B “Autumn”; Leaves, Impression Obsession DIE095-D; ittle B “Autumn;
                  Designer Craft Dies “Leafy Foliage
Ribbon:  Celebrate It Sheer Creations (orange and green); Stampin’ Up (Chocolate Chip and So                        Saffron”)
Twine:  American Crafts (red); unknown baker’s twine (beige and white)

Embellishments:  My Paper Studio Spare Parts Clips; Recollections maple leaf brads; miscellaneous                                buttons, rhinestones, sequins

Here's my card:
 For the front of the card I used the doodlebug design "happy harvest" paper as the background and the paper on the three panels is from me&my Big ideas "Harvest" collecdtion.  I die cut the tree with die from Little B "Autumn and die cut the leaves from Designer Craft Dies "Leafy Foliage".  The card is embellished with sequins, green sheer ribbon and some designer tape.

For the inside I  stamped sentiment from Stampin' Up's "Time Well Spent" (retired stamp) in Momento "Rich Cocoa" and colored with Copic markers.  I embellished with strips of sheer green ribbon, dsp, and designer tape.

Check out the rest of the Dueling Darlings creations here:

Divas creations here:

Kelly:  http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com
Kadie: http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com
Tami:  http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com
Suzi:  See her SCS gallery here: 
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Dazzlers creations here:

Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com
April:  http://aprilsalley.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



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dueling Darlings are Tutti Fruity Today!

Yep! It's the 15th of the month so you know it's dueling time for the Dueling Darling Divas ( my team) and the Dazzlers.  This month our hostesses, Kelly for the Divas and Jeanette for the Dazzlers, choice the theme Tutti Fruity!  Kelly sent the Divas this fabulous kit including:

  • Stamped images from The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS) set "It's  Fall About You"
  • Designer papers from DCWC "The Gilded Orchard" including a tag'
  • Cardstock from Gina K Designs and Ranger
  • Embellishments: Ribbons from Hobby Lobby, Baker's Twine, wood hearts and flowers, buttons and brads.
Kelly challenged us "to create a card/project using the basket and at least one apple to represetn the Tutti Fruity part of the challenge."
Here's my card:

My card base is vanilla cardstock from Michael's Recollection 110# cardstock cut to create a card 5"x7".  I layered a base of Stampin' Up "Chocolate Chip" cardstock on which I placed a tag "Apple of my Eye" and embellished with a wood flower, green button and wood heart strung on the bakers twine down the right side of the card. Below the tag I created striped bands with the burgundy, brown and green ribbons.  On top of the ribbons I positioned the cut out basket image that I colored with Copic Markers and adhered with dimensionals.  Tucked in the basket is an apple I cut from one of the designer papers and propped to the side of the basket is cut apple image also colored with Copic Markers.

The second part of the challenge Kelly gave us "is to post what your favorite fruit recipe is, just the name...the recipe is optional".  Considering Kelly picked apples to represent the Tutti Fruity theme I thought I would go along with this and share a link to a recipe on a cooking blog I follow for Caramel Apple Float by Lovely Little Kitchen: http://www.lovelylittlekitchen.com/caramel-apple-float/

Please check out the Tutti Fruity creations by the Divas 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 here


 Dazzlers creations here:

eanette:  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/

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: