Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's a "Midsummer Night's Dream" for July with the Dueling Darlings

I'm just a wee bit late for the July Dueling Darlings duel.  The duel is on the 15th of the month and 2 teams, the Divas and the Dazzlers, post their creations made from a kit sent by one of their team members on either their blogs or in the Splitcoaststampers gallery.  This month the team leaders for July, Heather for the Divas and Paola for the Dazzlers, chose the theme "Midsummer Night's Dream", based on the play by Shakespeare.  Because both Paola and Heather are from beautiful Canada they have asked us to incorporate a maple leaf somewhere on our cards in recognition that July 1, 2017 marks the 150th birthday of this great nation.

Here is what Heather sent the Divas:

Stamp:  CC Designs  "Cutie Butterfly"

Designer Papers:  KaiserCraft Botanica Collection "Roots and Stem", KaiserCrat Mademoiselle Collection "Flutter", Jen Hadfield SimpleLife "Blue Meadow"

Various Ribbons and other embellishments

Here's my card:


I used this sketch from Splitcoaststampers;


I added a colored my fairy with Copic markers and added a little glitter to her wings.


I hope you take time to visit the cards posted by my Dueling Darling friends.  You can find them here:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Darlene    http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/

Debbie     http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Paola       http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry A.   http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Tracie     http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dueling Darlings Times 4!!!!



I'm doing multiple posts today for the Dueling Darling monthly card duels.  I've been late posting my DDD cards but never this late!  So I'm making up for March, April, May and June by posting my cards for these four challenges at one time.  So here goes:

March:

Laura Jean for team Diva and Darlene for team Dazzlers chose the theme "Would You Lie to Ride in My Beautiful Balloon" for the DDD March duel.  LJ, sent this super fun kit with Images (some die-cut) from "Up, Up and Away" collection by My Favorite Things, great patterned paper from the "Life is Beautiful" collection by Fancy Pants, ribbon from Stampin' Up and a variety of other embellishments.  Here is my card:

April:

For the month of April our team leaders are Kelly for the Divas and Jeanette for the Dazzlers.  They've chosen the theme "You Are My Sunshine", so uplifting for rainy April days if you're not living in the Southwest USA!  Her kit came with the darling stamped image Sunshine little pixie, bright and sunny patterned papers and cheerful, sparkly ribbons and gems for embellishments.
Here's my creation:

May:

This month it was my turn for team Diva and my partner Debbie for team Dazzler to create and card kit for our team members.  We chose the theme "April Showers Bring May Flowers".  I stamped several images for my team to choose from:  "daisybella" by StampingBella and "Girl with Butterfly" by Sarah Kay and a several stamped sentiments.  Included in the kit were a variety of patterned papers from several companies, ribbons, twine, buttons and lots of paper flowers.  Here's a picture of what was in the kit:

And here is my card for May:

June:

Diva Barb and Dazzler Tracie came up with the theme "Roses" for the month of June.  How appropriate as Rose is the traditional flower for June.  Barb sent us Divas an absolutely fabulous  kit with two different stamped rose images to choose from: "J Rose" by Embossing Arts and "Delicate Rose Stems" by Hero Arts.  Also in the kit was this delicious Designer Series paper "Sweet Sorbet" by Stampin'...Love, love, love those yummy colors!  Also in the kit were a plethora of embellishments:  brads, buttons, ribbons, twine, pearls,  and white paper flowers.

Here is my card:

I hope you take time to visit the cards posted by my Dueling Darling friends.  You can find them here:

Divas

Kelly     http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/

Barb      http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/

Carol    http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/

Heather  https://landofstamping.wordpress.com/

Laura Jean http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/

Suzy     http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104

Tami    http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

Terry S.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=11182

Dazzlers

Jeanette    http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

Darlene    http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/

Debbie     http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/

Debby B  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=littledeb&x=18&y=13

Paola       http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313

Shelly      http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Terry A.   http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549

Terry L.   http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/

Tracie     http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas wishes 2016

Hi everyone,

Here's some of the Christmas card I made this year using element, dies, stamps, paper from previous years:




























Friday, November 18, 2016

Giving Thanks with the Dueling Darlings

The 15th of the month is the time for our monthly duel between the Dueling Darling Divas and Dazzlers.  Today is the 18th and I'm a few days late to the duel.  This is getting to be a bad habit with me! This month our hostesses Carol for team Divas and Shelley for team Dazzlers chose the theme "Give Thanks"...So appropriate for this month of Thanksgiving!  I'm on team D.D.Divas and received from Carol this wonderful card kit full of beautiful papers, lovely stamped images and sentiments and gorgeous embellishments:

  • Papers:  K & Co paper pack
  • Stamped Images:  Wheelbarrow and sentiment from Stampin' Up's "Grateful" set.  Praying boy and girl from Stampendous.  Second sentiment from Hobby Lobby
  • Ribbon from Michaels, glitter brown paper tape is Recollections, and various other embellishments like twine, adhesive gems, and leaf stickers.
Here's my finished card:



I colored the image with Copic markers and used an Espresso Brown cardstock for background layers for both the image and the designer paper.  I used this sketch for my layout:


This is the inside of the card.

We were asked to share what we are most thankful for.  I'm thankful for so much:
  • Jesus saving grace
  • Family and Friends
  • Good health
  • Freedom to live the life I do
  • A lovely home to shelter me 
  • Plentiful food to nourish me
  • So many blessings that I do not have room to list them all!
Please check out my Dueling Darling friends creations at these places:

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/



Wishing you many, many blessings to be thankful for!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sharing All Things Fall with the Dueling Darlings

I'm late! I'm late! I'm late to the October Duel with the Dueling Darlings!  This month our teams were hosted by Katie for the Divas (my team) and Paola for the Dazzlers.  They chose the theme "All Things Fall" and Katie sent the Dueling Darling Divas this terrific kit filled with things that remind us of this season.  Here is what was in the kit:

Stamped Image:       Whipper Snapper
Stamped sentiments:  Stampin' Up and Papertrey Ink
Paper: Lawn Fawn
Miscellaneous embellishments:  ribbon, twine, brads and buttons

Here's my card:

I loved this darling pumpkin image and colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it.  Loved the terrific papers and used four of them.  I chose 2 of the ribbons and three of the brads to embellish this card and mounted the colored image on dimensionals.  I used Sketch #40 from Reverse Confetti as the basis for my card:
40_Sept2016
Katie asked us to share something we enjoy about Fall specific to the area we live in.  I now live in the Arizona desert, a transplant from NW Washington.  If I need to be specific about what I enjoy about Fall here in the AZ desert is the cooling temperatures.  Currently it's still pretty warm for mid-October.  Usually the highs have settled into the 80s but lately the warmer 90+ degree temps have been hanging on.  I do miss the changing colors of Autumn that were in western Washington.  In fact the Fall season is my favorite.  Love the warm colors of red, orange, gold and yellow against the evergreen trees like Douglas Fir and a brilliant blue sky in October....A favorite memory!

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/




Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 16, 2016

HOOT-HOOT-HOOT! Time for another Duel!!

I'm late for the September duel with the Dueling Darlings...but only for a day.  Hope I'm not in too much trouble with my fellow Dueling Darlings.  This month the duel is being hosted by Barb for the Diva's (my team!) and Tracie for the Dazzlers.  They've chosen the theme "Owls and Halloween!".  I got this fabulous card kit from Barb including the following items:

  • Peachy Keen stamped images "County Bumpkin - You Whooooooo Owl
  • Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper - "Night Owl"
  • Around the
    Block - Color Me Halloween designer paper
  • Various Embellishments:  black and orange brads, buttons, ribbons and Baker's Twine 
Here's my card:

I colored the owl with Copic markers and chose the colors based on picture of a Great Horned Owl from the book "Birds of Arizona".  I thought since I know live in Arizona my owl should represent one of the owls found here.  I think he's kind of cute. ;-)  After coloring the moon I thought it need to reflect more light so found my trusty Glossy Accents but that wasn't enough so dug into my supply of glitter that hasn't seen much use in a long time and applied several shades of gold glitter by Martha Stewart.  The card base is black cardstock from Michael's. Everything else is from the card kit.  

I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:


Our hostesses asked us to share a favorite Halloween memory.  When I was in 3rd grade I was invited to a Halloween party hosted by one of my classmates.  That was the very first Halloween party I had ever gone too and my mother made me this beautiful outfit with cutout jack-o-lanterns all around the edge of the skirt.  Wish I still had it!  It was a lot of fun even though I was pretty bashful in those days and was a little nervous about going to a house I had never been to before. (Linda Farrington, if you ever read my blog you'll remember this was your party!)


Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/


Monday, August 15, 2016

Going to Rio with the Olympic Darlings!

Yikes!  It's August 15th and I'm hosting this month's duel with Debbie, my Dueling Darling Dazzler partner, and I'm late to the duel!!!  In honor of the Olympics that are currently going on in Rio we decided to challenge our teammates to create a card using items from the kit we sent them.  I'm with team Divas and I so hope they like this kit that includes:

Images:  Summer Olympics digi by ScrappinDoodles
Sentiment:  "Go For The Gold!" (made by me); It Is Not The Destination, But The Journey" by Inkadinkadoo

Papers:  "Travel Adventure Stack" by DCWV;  "Cake and Candles" by We R Memory Keepers;  Gold, Silver, and Bronze metallic by Recollections

Embellishments:
Ribbons:  Michael's Celebrate It and Offray
Adhesive multi-color gems by Recollections
Brads by
Eyelet Oulet
Sequins by Darice
Olympic Rign die cuts with Spellbinder's circle dies


The base is red cardstock and I angled green, black, yellow and blue cardstock panels as well as the "Cake and Candles" balloon dsp to represent the colors of the Olympic rings.  One balloon was colored black with a marker.  And I added sequins to each balloon in that color.  My Olympic torch bearer was colored with Copic Markers in colors worn by the Brazilian Olympic torch bearers and I mounted him with dimensionals on the card in a manner that indicates he's holding the balloons.  The sentiment was colored with Copic markers and layered on Gold Metallic paper.  Had to add some Gold and Silver sequins (so sorry I didn't have any bronze sequins with me!)...
Here's the inside of the card.  I used a strip from on of the "Travel Adventure Stack" designer papers and the second sentiment by Inkadinkadoo.

Deb and I asked the Divas and the Dazzlers to share if they had a favorite summer Olympic event they liked to watch.  It's difficult for me to choose just one event.  I've been loving watching our girls perform so spectacularly in gymnastics and also our USA swim team, both bringing home much gold. Also I'm a fan of the track events that are just underway.  So glad to see our woman shot putter bring home gold.  Loving that our women rowers have done well too! Hope you are enjoying this once every 4 years event!

Check out the Diva's creations here:
Kelly:  https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Barb:  http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Carol:  http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Kadie:  http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
LJ:  http://buckygirl.blogspot.com/
Suzy:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=SuzyS1104
Tami: http://blueinksdesign.blogspot.com/

And the Dazzlers here:

Darlene:  http://accordingtobijou.blogspot.com/
Debbie:  http://theinkigloo.blogspot.com/
Jeanette:  http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Paola:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=110313
Shelly:  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Terry A.:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=392549
Terry L.: http://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Tracie:   http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!