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

I love to hear your comments. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh my, a bit of a tear in my eye. I think it is a great annual celebration of your love toward your mother each Thanksgiving. And, I can only image your pain in not being able to 'fully' enjoy your turkey dinner beck in your college years!! My DH is already planning his meal!

    Your card is just that extra flower brad you used for the antenna bling!! And, a great layout to boot!

  2. Judy, your card is just wonderful! I really love the layout and your color combos. The three little cars in the corner are adorable too!
    It is always especially sharp - the missing of loved ones - when the anniversary of their passing coincides with a holiday. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving and may memories of your mother warm your soul and bring a smile.

  3. Judy--I love your card. I think the use of three flash cards on an angle is perfect and I think those cars are so darn cute--love the brad!

    Your story is what Thanksgiving is all about--Family!

  4. Judy, your card is AWESOME!! What a fab idea to use the tag as the main panel and I love how you incorporated the immie! Everyone has such a fun and unique take on the kit and it's so cool! I'm excited to be joining you all. HUGS

  5. Oh Judy, first let me just give you a {{{ hug! }}} I can hear through not only your words but knowing you these years what a special lady she was to you and how you miss her .... and you have become that special mom to yours just as she was to you :*) x0x0

    Your card is too cute! And I had to smile thinking that was you this summer with dh - travelin' around from place to place in your visiting! Love it!

    I have so much to be thankful for this year especially but one thing that comes to mind is that when I created the DDD in my head as an idea that it would blossom into an absolute JOY!!! Thank you for being part of it!

    *Blessings to you, Dueling Darlin!*

  6. Oh my Judy! I love this! Your panels are perfectly placed! Great card :)

  7. holyyyyy smokeee Judy!! this is a GREATTTT card!
    (not surprisingly!)LOveeee your sentment panel as the focus of your many other elements that make it the black and white vintage button (LOVE IT!!)over the rick rack ribbon...I especially like your cut out fun immies on the upper right soo adorably cute! Well done my friend..U rocked it!!♥

  8. Love the card Judy! Love all of the layers and how they are placed on the card!

    You are absolutely correct....Thanksgiving is not about the food, it is about being thankful for the family you have and spending time with them! Your story brought a tear to my eye.

    Great job and thanks for sharing your story!

  9. Judy! I love your card. You were able to make the peeps immie work great. I kinda like how the red car person looks a bit mad!

    Hugs on your mom!!!!

  10. Oh my goodness Judy...(great minds think alike...I used the same Your card is amazing and I love your story...what a wonderful tribute to your mom as is never easy to lose a loved one but especially hard during the holidays...big hugs to you my friend...♥

  11. Judy, your card is STUNNING! I love the way you used the DP behind the image/sentiment and wow! What a great layout! Perfect!!!

    I had to laugh at the memory you shared of starving yourself to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast... and then not being able to gorge yourself because of a shrunk stomach.

    Then I shed tears as I read your thoughts about your mom and the last day you spent with her. How thankful you must be for the many MANY happy memories you have of her, even with the heartache each Thanksgiving must bring. Huge hugs!!!

  12. What a wonderful card. I love this sketch and am going to have to use it. Your coloring of the image outstanding and the brad on the antenna is adorable. Your memory touched my heart.

  13. Oh my goodness judy! this is so cute! I Love that imaged cut out. and a perfect sketch to use with it! Awsome!