Monday, April 15, 2013

Dueling Darling's "It's All About Flowers"

It's April 15th and time for another duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  This month April Diva Tami and Dazzler Darlene chose the theme "It's All About Flowers"!  Tami sent the Divas this terrific kit chock full of paper yumminess! ( yumminess a word?)  Well it certainly feels yummy to look at all the gorgeous papers, stamped images, ribbon, twine, eyelets, bling and buttons punched/die cut flowers and shapes and a darling die cut wood piece. And that doesn't include the special little packet with the Riley image she included just for fun. Here's what I came up with:

Even with all the wonderful paper crafting goodies at my disposal I chose to go a little clean and simple so I only used the Doodlebug Design Bon Bon designer paper which was one of four d.s.p Tami sent. I colored two of the Delta Creative SunflowerII images with my Copic markers and fussy cut the whole image out and then fussy cut only the large sunflower on the second image.  Mounted both with dimensionals on the layered die Nestability die cuts.The picture really doesn't display the dimensional look that well but I love the way it looks IRL. LOL!  I sponged the edges of all the panels with Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Vintage Photo".  On the lower panel I used 3 of the eyelets from Tami's kit and die cut the "Bloom" sentiment with another nestability die, sponged it with 2 Stampin' Up inks in Barely Banana and Daffodil Delight and T.H. Vintage Photo.  The layout is based on this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:
Tami also asked us to share what a favorite flower is.  I don't have one favorite...I love most flowers...but my favorites are sweet peas, tulips, lilacs, daffodils and roses! Now that I live in the AZ desert I can't really grow most of my favorites that were in my WA yard although we do have roses blooming right now and a Persian Lilac that does well here in the desert. Here are pix of roses blooming now in my yard:

Please check out my Diva teammate's creations here:


And the Dazzlers here:


Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!


  1. This is lovely Judy! I like the sunburst shapes you used behind your image. Your roses are gorgeous! :)

  2. Judy, you did so well with the kit! I really like how you popped the flowers in the image up. They look great away from the leaves.

    The sentiment is punched and distressed well. I love the look and layout.

    Great job!

  3. Judy, your card is SO BEAUTIFUL! I adore how you cropped and popped the image--and your coloring is gorgeous! Love all the distressing too! Your roses are amazing--I think I can smell them from here!
    Hugs, kadie
    P.S. Glad you {{heart}} your anniversary card! It's enroute!

  4. Beautiful scenery!

    I love your card, too! A stunning image made even better with your fussy cutting and use of dimensionals!

  5. Great card Judy! Love the way you fussy cut and popped up the image!

    Great use of a great kit!

    Love your flowers pretty!

    So glad you are a Diva!

  6. Judy, your card is stunning! Love the rich colors and how the sunflower is colored. Amazing layout, too!

    Your flowers are gorgeous, too!

    I'm so glad we get to duel each month!

  7. OH Judy, this is ever so lovely! What a gorgeous cut out of the flower and a lovely shape that it centers around! Such a festive, happy card :) It reminds me so much of you and your sunshiney personality, always a joy to each of us! Muah!

    LOVELY photos you have of your flowers!

    So happy that you are BLOOMING this month with the DDD! xoxo

  8. Judy, this card is so pretty, I love the nestie you placed behind the beautifully colored flower.I love the layout and the way you highlighted the sentiment as well...great job with this challenge...beautiful card....♥

  9. Wow, Judy!!! I love the tones of yellows, browns and tans on your card! They are so striking against the lovely greens on the leaves! Cutting them out and mounting them with dimensionals creates such a stunning effect! Really, really pretty card (love the sketch too, going to have to come back later to use it myself, I think!)

    Great job this round (as usual!!) So very glad that you share your creativity with our group!

  10. Beautiful card, Judy! Love the sunflowers!