Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dueling Darlings: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

It's November 15th and time for another duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers. We're a group of papercrafting friends who all met on the Splitcoaststampers forum website.  Each month a Diva and a Dazzler get their heads together and come up with a theme and a kit filled with designer papers, stamped images and sentiments, and lots of embellishments that they send out to their respective team members.  For November the Divas' host Carol and the Dazzlers' host Debbie chose the theme Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  They said the reason that they chose this theme is that the movie of the same name is a story whose characters are trying to get home for Thanksgiving.  Also they thought this fitting as November is Aviation History month, National Model Railroad month and November 22nd is Go For A Ride day. Pretty clever, huh?  This month the Divas welcome our newest member, Kadie!  So very excited to have her joining the Divas with her awesome creativity and beautiful spirit! 

Carol's kit to me included 5 fantastic sheets of DSP mostly by Bo Bunny and Kaiser Craft and some great flash card from Graphic 45.  An antique flying machine image and some mini car images.  Also she included ribbbon, rickrack, buttons, and brads. 

Here's my card:

I used the flash cards from Graphic 45 for the 3 rectangle panels the narrow strip is from one of the DSP included in the packet.  I colored the mini cars with my copic and attached a silver flower brad from my own stash to the antenna of the car then mounted on the card with dimensionals.  I stacked a white button on top of the black button (both from the kit) and tied with some twine from my stash. I attached the button at one end of a row of black rickrack also from the kit.  I used SCS sketch SC411 as the layout as seen here:
As a bonus challenge Carol asked us to of a Thanksgiving memory or a memorable trip to get to your holiday destination.  When I was away at college I was so looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving and enjoying the  wonderful meal I knew my mom would have on the table.  So in preparation I almost starved myself for weeks so I could really make a pig of myself on Thanksgiving Day.  Well, that really backfired.  Rather than allowing myself to gorge on the feast, I found I had shrunk my stomach and couldn't even finish the first serving on my plate 'cause my stomach hurt so bad! And speaking of my mom, it will be 24 years ago this Thanksgiving that I spent my last day with her.  She died the very next morning.  A Thanksgiving never goes by that I don't remember mom and wish she was still with me.  I've learned over the years that it's not so much about the food but the loved ones we celebrate the day with that is the real blessing and one for which I always give thanks. 
I'm wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving!
Please check out the rest of the Divas creations:


Next check out the Dueling Darling Dazzlers starting with their team leader

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Baby Times Two

Last week my BFF's daughter gave birth to twins.  First card I made for baby boy Jason:
 And here is a card for baby girl Natalie
Stamps by Hanna Stamps "B is for Baby"
Paper:  Cardstock Stampin' Up "Bashful Blue", " Pretty in Pink", "Daffodil Delight" and Bazzil
Designer Paper from Best Creation Inc "Sweet Baby"
Accessories:  Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folders, ribbon and stickles
I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Thursday, November 1, 2012

S.O.T.C. Mystery Swap Reveal!

Going on 4 years now a group of card making gals on Splitcoaststampers website have an monthly swap called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards.  We've gone through several transitions over the years.  Some of the sistahs have left and new ones have joined our group.  Each month one of the sistahs hosts the swap and decides the theme.  Our beloved Kadie who started and facilitates this swap is the host for September/October and she sent a little note to each sistah giving them their "mystery" theme.  Anybody want to take a guess as to my theme?  Here's a hint:

Those of you who know me know that I love all things butterflies so it's not surprising that Kadie chose this theme for me.  The main image is from C.C. Designs for All That Scraps' Gingersnaps - Bugga-boo's.  My sweet Bugga-boo is colored with Copic markers with a dash of Stickles on her wings and is layered on top of black cardstock punched with Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch Around The Page punch.  The background layer is embossed with a Cuddlebug butterfly embossing folder.  The butterfly designer paper is from Graphic 45's Botanicabella Collection "Ode to a Butterfly".  The floral d.p. is from Basic Grey...sorry, can't remember the collection.  The inside has butterfly punched border from another Martha Stewart punch.

The layout is based on the sketch challenge for Splitcoaststampers this week.  Here's the sketch:
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