Tuesday, May 15, 2012


It's the 15th of May and that means it's time for another Duel with the Dueling Darlings who consist of two teams, the Dazzlers and the Divas, who create a card or crafty project from a kit supplied by the hostesses for that month.  This month my friend Paola, a Dazzler, and me, a Diva, are hosting the Duel.  This is a representation of what the teams received in their kits:

It’s May, that month when the earth bursts forth with new growth, new flowers, and new bird song. Other’s have described this time better than we have. Here’s some favorite poems/quotes that reflect this theme:

"The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."
Joyce Kilmer, Spring
"Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs
"When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten;
Fresh violets open every day:
To some new bird each hour we listen."
Lucy Larcom"

Here is my card:

We chose this image (and some sentiments) from the Stampin’ Up stamp set, "Serene Spring", because we felt it represented so perfectly the very essence of the month of May and the beauty of those poems! Along with this image the team received pretty papers and embellishments to reflect the and they are listed spring theme listed here:
Stamps: "Serene Spring", Stampin’ Up, Stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Designer Papers: s.e.i Field Notes collection (4 sheets),Recollections Teal Butterflies (1 sheet)
Ribbon: Turquoise daisy, Butterfly print, Aqua satin (Michaels) Green rhinestone, Disney Tinker Bell by Wm. Wright Co.
Accessories: orange twine, Lime Twist by My Mind’s Eye; Bug and Flower metal stickers, Making Memories; rhinestone flourishes, Recollections; Butterfly "Wings of Fire" Acrylic Gems, Studio 18; Wheelbarrow with flowers metal charm, Impress store;Flowers, Recollections Floral Embellishments;Watercolor Brite Flower brads, Making Memories; buttons
We also gave the team the following challenge:
"When you upload and post your May Dueling Darling creation on May 15th we would also like you to tell us what you love about May. It could be your favorite activity, a special event or a favorite flower that you associate with May. We look forward to seeing your offerings!

Judy and Paola"

When I think of May I always think of the poem "April showers bring May flowers".  Now I have a lot of favorite flowers many of which do not bloom in the month of May. So because I'm now living in the AZ desert I'll say a new favorite flower is the Saguara Cactus Blossom seen here:

Photo of saguaro cactus flowers

May is when we get to see these beautiful blossoms!

Check out the rest of the Divas' cards here:
Kelly: http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Carol: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Barb: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Jamie: http://butterflystamper71.blogspot.com/
LJ: http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And also visit the Dazzlers starting with their leader Jeanette here: http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com


  1. This is such a pretty card Judy--I love the layers you used and the ribbon is perfect for your card.

    I also love the picture--very pretty!

    Thanks for putting together such a wonderful kit for us to use--and for being a wonderful member of our group!

  2. this is gorgeous! I love that butterfly paper. So sweet. Great job with the kit :)

  3. oh sweet judy, where to start!! thank you for putting together such a delightful kit!! truly you spoiled us this month!! your card is just as lovely as a spring day, the ribbon alone was breathtaking. it had so much of you in it with all the butterflies!! thank you for being such a special part of the Darlings!! xoxo

  4. Oh Judy, what a great kit you supplied for us...I am truly grateful...and excited as I have so much more I can still use...it is an awesome kit...I love your card as well...you have a sky full of butterflies and what a happy card this makes. I love the image and how you colored it, the layout of your card and especially the fact that you are my friend...Great job on the card and kit Judy...mwahh ♥♥♥

  5. Your card is ready to take flight! Love all of the butterflies. You really spoiled us with a great kit, thank you!!!

    Love your Spring challenge card.

  6. Of course your card features the gorgeous butterflies that you included in your kit! You really do them justice too. That ribbon is just about the prettiest thing I've ever seen LOL! Your card is stunning and graceful, just like the butterflies.

    I just love the kit this month, you and Paola spoiled us rotten with it and I am just amazed at how different all of our cards are! xoxo

  7. Judy, your card is gorgeous - I think your coloring of the image is amazing!

    I also LOVE the picture of the cacti! WOW! It is beautiful! Thank you so much for showing it to us.

  8. Amazing....not only your card,but the pix of the cactus! Wow...I really do need to go West!

  9. pretty pretty card..........

    I love those Cacti with the flowers! :)


  10. *ouchhhhhhh*! :/ I though I commented...me bad! :o(

    First off I am GLAD we are such great dueling partners together *smile* Your card is absolutly stunning...so much to see...so many details...and that oh sooo luscious ribbon has my jaw dropping...
    I love our chosen theme...and U did a wonderful paper crestion....yeahh!♥

  11. Great card Judy! Love all the layers and the use of your kit! Your coloring is awesome down to the little butterfly!

    Thank you for sharing ☺

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    Excellent weekend.

  13. Beautiful coloring of the image. Great layout too. I love the butterfly DP.