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!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Being a Kid at Heart with the Dueling Darlings

"I'm late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date!" Borrowing an apropos statement from Alice In Wonderland fits with  being tarty to the Dueling Darling Duel for February 15th.  This month our hostesses Kadie for the Divas and Paola for the Dazzlers chose the theme "Being a Kid At Heart".  Kadie sent a darling kit full of fun kid friendly items:

    Stamps:  Mickey/Minnie, The greeting Farm Ezra
    Paper:  SandyLion Mickey Mouse, EK Success Mickey Mouse, Simple Stories Say Cheese
    Embellishments:  baker's twine, red stitched ribbon and gray ribbon from SU,
     Creative Impressions heart brads, EK Success Mickey sticker brads, EK Success Mickey
     punch cutouts, hello/smile die cuts from The Greeting Farm, Doodlebug sequins

Here's my card:


I used the Mickey stamped image and colored with Copic Markers, the card base and solid color panels are from my scrap bag in red, black and white.  I used both the Mickey dsp for the vertical panels.  I wrapped the Mickey cutout with bakers twine in a heart shaped pattern and attached at Mickey sticker brad to it.  Other embellishments used were several sequins and a heart brad attached to the "hello'' die cut.  I also used MOJO Monday sketch for the design as seen here:

The hearts on my card fulfilled another request from the hostesses to place at least 1 heart on our project.  The other request was to gift our project to a child in our lives.  My sister and her husband are arriving today from WA for a week and this weekend her son and grandson will be arriving for several days stay.  I'm giving this to my 4 year old grandnephew when he arrives.  Hope he likes it! And we also we asked to share what our favorite game as a kid was.  I had so many but the first one that pops into my mind is Monopoly.   I remember spending hours playing that game with my BFF.

Check out the other Dueling Darling 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
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!


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