Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Read A Book!

Hi everyone! It's January 15th and time for another duel with the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  The the DDDs are two groups of gals on Splitcoaststampers who on the 15th of each month create a card from a kit supplied by one of our teammates.  This month LauraJean (LJ), a diva, and Terry, a Dazzler, chose this theme and challenge:
"January is "Book Blitz Month".....use a stamp with books and/or reading as a theme We would also like to then add in your post who your favorite author is, or your favorite book and why."
Here's my card using fantastic elements from LJ's Kit:


In LJ's own words a description of the kit:
"Here are the contents of the kit (I've listed the companies as best I can remember)
Stamps: ABC Primer Collection // Graphic 45. Images are stamped with either Memento Tuxedo black or Memento Rich Cocoa ink on PTI White. It's copic/prisma friendly.
All DP & smaller tag piece :This & That Charming Collection // Echo Park
Ribbon: Green Polka Dot Ribbon (PTI), Wide Brown Ribbon (SU), brown Gingham Ribbon (American Crafts). Silver hodgepodge & spiral clip (SU) Brads - Basic Grey, Buttons (PTI and Amuse). Chipboard Square (unknown)."

In additon to using some of those fabulous Echo Park designer papers I chose to use the Little girl reading stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa that I then die cut with a Nestability circle, colored with Copic markers and mounted on another nestie die cut with inverted scallops which was then attached with dimensionals.   From the kit I also used the metal circle frame mounted with several brads and centered with the green button from the kit and tied with some twine (My Mind's Eye lime twist) from my stash.  I used a scallop die on some Bazzill bling cardstock to create the inverted scallop panel and the tied a dotted brown satin ribbon (saved from a previous DDD kit) around the panel before attaching to the right side panel.  I stamped the sentiment from an old Hanna Stamp set to put on this panel.   Cardstock stock used from my own stock: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Gumball Green and Early Espresso and Bazzill Bling.  The green panel was embossed on four sides with a scallop border Cuddlebug embossing folder.

On the inside of the card I used the tag from Echo Park, the wide Brown ribbon, and a panel die cut from the Bazzill bling and layered with another Echo Park dsp.

For my layout I used this week's MOJO Monday Sketch here:

The other challenge was to share our favorite author or book and tell why.  My first thought was a book I  read every day, the Holy Bible.  It is a source of inspiration, guidance, encouragement, love, hope and a blessing.  My day always starts with reading from the Bible and a meditation based on the scripture of the day.  I love to read!  My love of reading started early.   We had a branch library about a half mile from our home and I was known to get 3 or 4 books go home read them all and go back to the library all in the same day!! Rarely does a day go by that I haven't been losing myself in story or reading for knowledge or inspiration or just plain fun.  Some of my fun reads are stories created by favorite authors Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber.  I love the characters they create and once I start on a new book by one of these authors I find it hard to put down.

Please check out the rest of team Diva starting here:

Please check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly: http://www.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 here:
Thanks for stopping by! I love to read your comments.


  1. Judy, you hit this months challenge out of the park! What a great layout and how you paired the papers together is perfect. I just love it!!!!!

  2. Judy, this layout is great and your dreamy card is over-the-top!! So many details and so well coordinated, too! I love the colors you chose and the inside is as pretty as the outside! Kudos to you this round! Your card is adorable!

  3. Judy, your card... how can I say WOW strongly enough??? It is such a beauty! I love the sentiment you had to go with LJ's awesome kit. And the layout is a great one - good use of the challenge for that. I can just imagine how gorgeous the depth of this card is - with that button, etc. Lovely job!

    I love your book preference, BTW. ;)

    Thanks for dueling so beautifully this month!

  4. Wow Judy...I LOVE your card! Love how you made the colors look soft and your layout is great both inside and out!

    I too love Nora Roberts, and read my first Debbie Macomber.....turns out the book I read was #6 in a series but I didn't realize that until the end.

    Great job this month! So happy that you are a Diva!!!

  5. Judy--your card is a masterpiece! I love the layout and all of the papers work perfectly! The inside is sweet too.

    I am so glad you are a part of the Dueling Darlings!

  6. Judy, you've used this kit to a tee! Your card is beautiful and I love how you framed the girl reading. I also love how you finished the inside too. Such a great use of all the cool things that LJ sent us. Big Hugs to you, my friend!

  7. I love the sketch! Great way to use your papers in this kit :)

  8. Judy this is so adorable.....And you have the perfect sketch. I love how you used so many elements of the kit and yet it was not overwhelming. I absolutely LOVE the button on top of the metal frame. :)

    So glad you enjoyed the kit - happy reading :)

    Love ~ LJ

  9. Judy, Judy, Judy....wow...what a great card. I love both the outside and inside...you are such an inspiration....I also, love your book and author choices...great job on this challenge...((hugs))

  10. beautiful card executed wonderfully with the chosen sketch too (I always love to find out what sketch U chose every time U create and blog!)This adorable card has so many elemnts and details and each one of them marries well with the next.I loveeee that U encased the immie on that particular spellbinder die...it's also one of my favorite to use. I particularly like the sideways sentiment used too. Definelty a winner of a card! TFS ♥

  11. Beautiful....and I love those authors too! I have that MojoMonday sketch out to work on tomorrow...how ironic!
    That inverted scallop die really sets off the immie...WTG

  12. Ohhhhhhh Miss Judy you totally nailed that sketch! This is spot on! Perfect and lovely!!

    Big hugs to you and I'm so thrilled you are a diva :) Thanks for a wonderful duel this month! x0x0

  13. Oh what a sweet card! I just love that image. Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!

  14. Stunning card both inside and out! This layout is wonderful and your coloring beautiful. I like the way you matted the image and used the embellishments.