Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birth of a New Year!

The first duel of 2015 for the Dueling Darlings my new partner Debbie, a Dueling Darling Dazzler and me, a D.D. Diva, chose the theme Birthdays to honor the beginning of a new year.  Here is the what is in the kit I sent to my Diva teammates:

Paper: My Mind’s Eye “the sweetest thing” (3 sheets); My Mind’s Eye “Nostalgia” (1 sheet); 1 sheet Crate Paper

Images: Art Impressions “Girlfriends” (image and sentiment); Stampin’ Up, “Take A Spin”; Inkadinkago “Birthday Cupcake” (image and sentiment); Sweet and Sassy “Carnation”; Stampabiilities “May Your Birthday Be Filled”

Embellishments: Ribbon: variety from Michael’s; twine by American Crafts; Buttons: clear Stampin’ Up, others unknown; Faux pearls: Stampin’ Up and unknown; Flowers: Recollections and Prima; Brads: variety from Michael’s; Spinner from Stampin’ Up; Sequins and Rhinestoneand metal elelments unknown; Birthday tags from DCWV kit.
January is a month full of birthdays for family and friends (including my own!) so these two cards made from the elements from the kit were made for two friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in the same week with me:

Images colored with Copic Markers  and  I used SCS sketch SC523 for my layout:

The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment "If I've learned anything in my 29 years it's lie about your age!" Both the image and sentiment are by Art Impressions "Out to Lunch" stamp set.
We asked the Dueling Darlings to share a birthday memory.  For me there are lots of wonderful memories of times celebrating my birthday.  The first is when I was 5 years old and had my first big birthday party.  In 1989 my birthday came just two months after losing my mother to a short illness.  It was a difficult day for me made so much easier by the wonderful gift my sister gave me by making a cake that my mom had done so many times for me on my birthday. My sister had never made it before and our aunt, my mom's sister, helped her.  What a sweet treat made with so much love!!  On my 60th birthday my husband and sons surprised me with a grand birthday celebration at my son's home with lots of family and friends.  One of my BFF's flew from her home in Tucson to Seattle to celebrate with me...What a surprise!
Please check out the rest of the Dueling Darlings creations:
 Diva's creations here:
And the Dazzlers creations here:

Thanks for stopping by and I love to read your comments!


  1. You sent us an amazing and chalked-full kit, my friend!! What a delight to play with and very hard to decide at the same time :)
    I just ADORE your card, Judy. You always impress and inspire me with your layouts and eye for detail! xoxo kadie

  2. What an awesome kit you put together Judy! Love the image and how you put it all together!!

  3. Thanks for a great kit for us to play with this month. I love your cards--great colors and a perfect layout!

  4. What great cards that your friends are going to love! I especially like how you colored that green tablecloth. I always love me some fussy cutting as well. Great job on this round. Thank you, for the awesome kit as well.

  5. First of all I want to thank you for the awesome kit Judy. It was so much fun to create with. I love the cards that you created. I love that you fussy cut the image. The cards are great and I'm sure your friends are going to love receiving these cards!

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  7. Miss Judy! Can I just say I was absolutely gobsmacked by your gorgeous (and GENEROUS!) kit! It was so full of goodness! I love the colors you chose and the image - swoon! Super fun :) Lovely theme and beautiful cards you've created here with the kit - so fun and lively!
    Thank you for your continued love of the Divas and so glad to be DDDing with you! ♥

  8. Oh that is a cute layout! I love how you cut out the image! Adorable! :)

  9. Oh my goodness... Judy, these cards are awesome! Love the layout you used and the fun kit! WOW! You're certainly done a fantastic job this month!!!