Apr 29, 2017

Sunshine for the Dueling Darlings!

April shot right by me - hard to believe we're looking at May!

Jeanette was the hostess the Dazzlers in April, picking "You Are My Sunshine" as the theme.  It's a great theme for many reasons, not the least of which is the sunshine and friendship these ladies share!

The WONDERFUL kit included:
"Sunny May" image by Some Odd Girl (so cute) and sentiments by Some Odd Girl, AMuse and Printworks.
Gina Marie Stitched Sky (sun die cut) and Hello Sunshine Frame by Simon Says.
Designer Papers by DCWV Kidlet Paper pad.
She also gave us a bounty of embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones, Prima Flowers, Robin's Nest Dew Drops and Rain Drops, SU Ribbon and yellow brads and flip flop brad.

Here's what became of my kit:

A closer look at the darling image and embellishments.

She's colored with Prisma's and blended with Gamsol.  Sparkle to her flowers and the die cut sun added with Spectrum Noir's glitter pen.

The papers were so nice, so I decided to dress up the inside panels too:

I dry embossed the left panel (Crushed Curry by SU) with an old Fiskars plate, die cut the sentiment and larger heart out of the DP that Jeanette gave us.  I really love this color scheme...thanks Jeanette!

Now that I've finally created this, it's time to send it off to someone I know and love who is ESPECIALLY sunny!

Feb 19, 2017

February Dueling Darlings

A bit late, but here is my February Card for the Dueling Darlings:
Debbie was the hostess for the Dazzlers and she sent the following in her kit:
Image & Sentiment from Stampin' Up "Loads of Love" - timeless favorite!
Paper: Red Denim and Black & Tan Paisley by Recollections and Cinnamon Stick & Ruby Slipper solid CS by Bazzill.  
Burlap twine and red elastic ribbon by Brother & Sister, and red flat ribbon by Celebrate It.
Adorable buttons by Sew-ology and Dress it Up-Love Potion.

A seriously great kit!

The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and the hearts are glittered with clear Spica pens.  I die cut some hearts from the red and brown paper that Debbie sent us.  Since I also have this stamp set I white embossed the Loads of Love sentiment from the set onto the red heart.

Thank you Debbie for a wonderful kit.  Those heart buttons are dang cute!  I'm off now to visit the blogs of the Divas and other Dazzlers to admire their work. Wishing everyone a great week.

Jan 15, 2017

January Duel

It's the 15th and that means it's time for the first duel of 2017.  The Dueling Darlings are a group of 2 teams of friends who receive a challenge kit each month.  We create our card and post it on the 15th.

This month's hostess for the Dazzlers Team is Terry and the hostess for the Divas Team is Tami.  

Here's what we Dazzlers received from Terry:
Image and Sentiment: Heartily Yours - GinaK Designs
Paper: Months Stack (hearts) - DCWV, Blush Red - Core'dinations, Black - The Paper Studio
Embellishments: Red Gems, White pearls - The Paper Studio, White paper dots - Candi Dots, White Ribbon - Michaels
No specified theme - they wanted us to be able to put together a card to use in the near future....so they offered a Valentine's day image. How fun!

Here's my card:

What an adorable well, right?  To get back in the saddle with card making, I flat-out copied our Jeanette and used black CS to layer each panel.  And I copied the layout from one of our Barb's swap return cards for this card.  

However, what's kind of interesting is that I used an older color CS from SU called Pale Plum for the layer under the heart designer paper, and used SU Perfect Plum card stock for the base.  My photography skills probably dont give a true representation but IRL it actually looks nice!

So, here's the card opened up:
The big heart is die cut from the Blush Red stock in the kit, and the ribbon & pearls are also from the kit.  I hand cut the sentiment into a banner and colored it with my Spectrum Noir marker to match the Pale Plum cardstock.

I'm not sure what this type of layout is called, I'll have to look it up, but it wasn't hard thanks to Barb's card as a template!

Thank you, Terry, for such a cute image and fun kit.  It feels great to get back into card making.  Now I'm going to make sure that my blog is updated to show our newer team members and then go and drool over admire their creations! <wink>

Aug 21, 2016

August Dueling Darlings!

Hello!  I'm a bit late as this post was due on the 15th...but being late with my card has nothing to do with the kit - it was fantastic!

Our hostess this month is Debbie and she sent us the following items:
Penny Black's image called "Gymnast Mimi"  (oh my she's so cute!)
Designer Papers:
"Cheerleading Star Field" by Scrapbook Customs and
"Everything Gymnastics" by Karen Foster
Blue twine from K & Co.
White twine from Stampin Up!
Red & White twine from Michael's
Gold & Silver Cords from Stampin Up!
Star Brads from Stampin Up!

Here is my card:

Hmmm...my photos look a little dark...but that's a gold foil card stock behind the image and the star banner!  I used one of the Star Brads on the banner, and two of the shiny gold brads on the bottom (which Debbie also included in the kit).

Here's a closer look at Mimi.  I used Wink of Stella on her outfit and hair ribbon to give her some sparkle.  
We were also asked to share our favorite Olympic event.  That's easy!  It's gymnastics.  Wait, it's diving.  Oh, but what about the swimming, volleyball, hurdles, pole vaulting, running...  <grin> yes, I love it all!!

Debbie,  thank you for giving us a great theme and a really great kit!!

Jun 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings June Match

It's the 15th and time for another Duel.  Laura Jean and I came up with a pet theme several months ago and would like everyone to post something about their first pet...but first - the cards!

Here is a listing of the contents I sent for the Dazzlers:

Here are the deets for your June Duel:Dog & paw print stamps: Inkadinkado - no names for the imagesSentiment: Hero Arts "Be the Person"Papers: Paper Studio, Multicolored Dog Paws, Red Burlap and Masculine Stripe.  Green is from my stash.Ribbons: Dotted and paw print from Ribbon Boutique, Studded dog-collar looking adhesive trim is from Hobby Lobby.Flowers are from Paper Studio's Spare PartsPlastic dog paws are Paper Studio's Spare Parts, "Knick Knacks"Glitter paw prints are Jolee's BoutiqueButtons from Hobby Lobby, sewing section.

...And here is my card:

Hmmm, my little paw print embellishments photographed kind of dark.  But they are a dark brown surrounded by a lighter brown.  

Here's the inside.

My daughter's dog now lives with me, she adores me, LOL.  I think I'd have to walk on water to live up to that dog's view of me.  (but I liked the saying on this stamp)

The image on the front actually looks a lot like Suki (my daughter's dog) - except for the glasses of course.

My first pet was a dog: a miniature toy poodle named Pierre.  He was jet black with a little white bib.  He loved camping with us. Maybe because my Dad would give him pancakes when we camped.  One time we tossed him into the lake to get the syrup off.  He swam right back to us and never even got his ears wet.  We had to wash them in a tub!

I hope everyone had fun with this theme and their kits.  Thanks for stopping by!

May 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings in the Garden

Today is the day for fixing things.  First my sprayer on the kitchen sink - cancel the plumber's visit tomorrow and save over $100!!  Plus I finally got back into my blog to post - or maybe Blogger decided to fix itself...Anyway, I'm on a roll here.

Today is also the day to post our creations for the Dueling Darlings.  Terry was our hostess this month and she sent the prettiest image (thanks for the extras, they will definitely be used!)

Here's what I came up with:

Isn't it a great image?  The papers and colors of embellishments that Terry picked out are perfect together.
Here's the contents of her kit:

  • Image - SU! "Love Is Kindness"
  • DP - The Paper Studio
  • Cardstock - Core'dinations "Sea Foam", "Merry" and "Jet Stream"
  • Enamel Dots - Want 2 Scrap
  • Trim - Michaels
  • Flowers - Spare Parts

Let me tell you about this crochet trim she sent:  it's adhesive backed!!!  I've been a little out of touch with what's new out there for over a year, but this is fantastic.  Now I need to go and find some for my stash!

We are to share what we like to plant in our garden.  Herbs, veggies, flowers of all sorts, trees, shrubs, bulbs, ornamental grasses...if I like it I try to find a way to plant it.  Obviously the weather here and specific requirements of many plants are not compatible.  I don't mind that.  It just means that eventually when I move there will be lots of new things for me to grow!

Well, I'm off to visit the blogs of the other Darlings and admire their cards.  Plus, now I can post my last two cards for the last duels.  Like I said - I'm on a roll. 

Feb 14, 2016

Being a Kid at Heart

February 15th, so it's time to get our Duel on.  The Dueling Darlings on Splitcoast are a group of card makers, divided into two teams: The Divas and the Dazzlers.  Each month one hostess from each team sends her team mates a kit and we make a card, posting it on our blogs by the 15th.

Paola "Sama" on Splitcoast, is the Dazzlers' Hostess this month.  She and Kadie "Kmensley" the hostess for the Divas, came up with "Being a Kid at Heart" as the theme for this round.  Paola sent us 2 different images, a girl flying a kite & a boy chasing a frog.  Here's what I ended up creating:
This is Kite Fiona by Fun and Whimsical Rubber Stamps.  Paola also included several different stamped hearts and we were to use one on the card.  This heart is an oldie but goodie from Stampin' Up, which is colored with Spectrum Noir marker, then outlined with Wink of Stella clear.  Fiona is also colored with SN markers and has a little sparkle on her shoes, scarf, flowers and kite from Wink of Stella clear pen.

The Pink & Green ribbon is by Dashes, Dots and Checks and the Green and Blue sheer ribbon Paola bought at Costco.

Here's the inside of my card, using some more of the pretty papers Paola sent, plus one more heart:

Designer Papers sent included:
"Playful" by Martha Stewart

"Jersey Shore" by Stampin Up
"Thought of Spring/Hello Sunshine" by Doodlebug Design.

We were asked to share what was our favorite game when we were a child.  I really liked card games.  When really young I played War with my grandfather, and he also taught me several different types of Solitaire.  There were many years where I played Gin Rummy with a neighbor.  My dad and uncle also taught me to play Blackjack when I was about 6!  Gave me a leg up in addition I guess.

Thanks Paola for such a great kit to work with!  And thanks to Kadie and you for picking such a fun theme.  It's good to be young at heart.