Monday, July 15, 2019

JULY DDD-Christmas in July

Hi all, I'm here and it is still the 15th. I made my card but ran out of time last night as I was trying to get everything ready for work today....Anyway enough of that. This months our wonderful hostesses were Debby for the Darlings and Suzy for the Divas. Being they are sisters they got together at Christmas and went shopping for our kits scoring with sales to boot. I'm sure they had a ton of fun. The theme they chose was Christmas in July.

Suzy sent us the following in our kits:

Image: SU Christmas Lodge3

DSP: Ornamental Christmas (The Paper Studio)

Embellishments: Ribbon, snowflake sequins, snowflake die cuts and bling.

Along with the supplies to make Christmas cards Suzy and Debby asked us include a recipe that we make at Christmas time. Fun, fun, fun and I'm sure there are some yummy recipies on the blogs.

My card is relatively simple but when I saw the great papers Suzy sent along I just had to go with the card I made. The paper I chose had Christmas trees on it and the lodge seemed to fit right between two of the trees. To me is was perfect. I didn't want to use the whole tree dsp as the full back ground so I paired it with the polka doted paper using the green ribbon to separate the two papers. I fuzzy cut the lodge and mounted it so it would pop up. I also cut out the Christmas sentiment and mounted it on the Cherry Cobbler SU paper and then mounted this with mounting tape. It all came together pretty quickly. Here is my card:

I'm so bummed. I had a good picture I had taken in good lighting and I thought it had been saved to my blog but alas it wasn't. I wasn't very happy when I found that out so had to take another one and honestly it doesn't look good. Maybe when I get to work I'll try and swap it out.  ( I changed out the picture this is the better one.) On to the second challenge......

When my girls were little and they went to daycard we got a newletter home and it had this recipe in it. I thought I'd try it and it has become a family favorite at christmas (only at Christmas though so it is a treat). My father in law put that rule into effect right after tasting them. LOL. My neighbor like
them so well I would make them for him and then some for his wife and wrap his up with Christmas paper and give it to him at Christmas. One Christmas i put the peanut clusters in a shirt box and wrapped tissue paper around the treats so he immediately thought it was a shirt, He was so bumbed when he opened the package until he pulled the tissue paper away. He was grinning from ear to ear when he discovered I hadn't forgotten how much he loved the peanut clusters. He promptly jumped up and ran into the other room and hid them. He would only share them with a certain few people and only one a piece.(That was when I started giving his wife a package as well.)

Peanut Clusters
2 pounds white candy
coating, coarsely chopped
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
5 cups salted dry roasted peanuts

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, cook and stir candy coating and chips until melted and smooth. Cool for 10 minutes; stir in peanuts.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please take some time and visit the other Deulers I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,

Sunday, June 16, 2019

June DDD 2019

Hi all, I'm late to the June duel but I 'm finally here. The June competiton is Halloween in June. Our hostesses this month were Terry for the dazzlers and Tami for the Divas.

Our kit from Tami included: image Delighfully Spooky from Red Rubber Designs Dsp and embellishments from various vendors from Tami's stash.

I colored our little guy with colored pencils and gamsol. I've been using this method lately to see if I can get better at it. His slacks look a little funky in the picture and not sure why but they are all black. Two of the DSP had two sides and I was tempted to use the same paper and hoard the others but I didn't.. I used the hat washi tape Tami included on the inside of the card but didn't get a picture of the inside. I think this challenge was a fun one and something really different for this time of year. Thank you Tami and Terry.

Here is my card:

I apologize for the quality of the picture. I thought I had enough light but apparently I didn't .

Thank you Tami for the fun kit and thank you for stopping by. Please take a look at the other Duelers cards. I am sure you will not be disappointed. 

Until next time.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

DDD May 2019 Motorcycle/Masculine

Hi All,
Welcome once again the the DDD challenge. This month Shelly was the hostess for the Dazzlers and I was for the Divas. Shelly and I started talking about the duel a couple months ago. Our last go round I picked the theme so I thought it only fair Shelly picked this time. We threw out several ideas and Shelly came up with motorcycles. (Great idea Shelly). See the kit details below.

The image is from the hot red classic collection from bombshell stamps. 

The DSP papers all come from Hobby Lobby with the exception of the lighter colored map which is from JoAnns .

All the embellishments came from HL with the exception of the little motorcycles. They came from a button collection from JoAnns. I cut off the little knob on the back.

The ribbon is from my collection and the suede is from a roll of suede rope I got from HL

When I think of motorcycles I usually associate them with the Freedom Riders or a patriotic theme. I also think of leather, chrome and travel. So in sending this kit I put in some suede rope, a handmade american flag I made from ribbon and most of the dsp was either leather looking or travel of some type.

Here is the front of my card:

My card is rather simple but I didn't want too much on it. The cycle is colored with colored pencils and then I have put wink of Stella over the whole thing. It is shiny in real life but not too shiny. 
I used the nail tip embellies along with a red star button to accent the corner. I also raised the motorcycle up with mounting tape and the flag as well.

Here is the inside:

I used some scraps from the front and mounted at an angle to complete the inside of the card. 
Something different for me.

I want to thank you for stopping by and be sure to stop at all the rest of the duelers blogs and see their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Monday, April 15, 2019

DDD March and April 2019

I'm late to the party however, I'm still on the 15th. I have 2 cards to post as my kit took the long way from Canada to the USA in March  and I've had a little struggle with my April card. I'll start with March...Heather was our Canadian hostess for the divas in March. The Dazzlers had a guest hostess. Heather sent a great kit and I enjoyed playing with it. Somehow I don't have the exact details of the kit but I do have my card. I felt so bad for Heather as she has sent our kits from the post office and they put the incorrect postage (or Correct) either way they returned the kits to Heather making them AOL. She then resent them. Here is my card:

And here is the inside of the card. 

And here is the inside of my card.

The April hostesses were Terry S for the Dazzlers and Laura Jean for the Divas. I have to say this was a cute, cute kit that LJ sent us. Here are the details:

Theme: Out of this World

Stamps: Rocket Age (October Afternoon) - this is one of my favorite collections of all time.

Paper: Doodlebug Designs (all)

Other: Ribbon - Red (Denami Designs), Blue (Offray) Red (Offray). gemstones (Michaels), buttons (Stampin Up). & silver stars (Tim Holtz)

I had so much fun with this. The problem I had was that my dog loved it too. I put it down and he took it. I got it away from him and put it higher.....apparently not high enough..I'm still scratching my head on how he got it.  It became a game to him but I finally got my card made and am able to post it now I just need to take a class in taking pictures...ugghhh. 
Here is my card front:

I loved the paper and the images are so darn cute. I had a fun layout picked out however I had to go to plan B.

Here is the inside of my card:

It is rather plain but I kind of like it that way. Thanks so much Laura Jean for the awesome kit. I'm thinking I'll make it a birthday card for one of my grandsons.

A big thanks go out to Heather for her wonderful kit as well. I do apologize for being so tardy in posting. I enjoyed playing with your kit as well

Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate it. Please stop by the other duelers and check out their awesome creations. I can't wait to go check them out myself.

Until next time,

Friday, February 15, 2019

February 2019 DDD ---Love your Pet

Hi All,
It is once again time for our duel. Leading the Challenge for the Dazzler's is Terry and leading the Diva's is Barb. Terry and Barb chose love your pets for the theme this month being Feb 20th is love your pet day.  Being a Diva I got an awesome kit from Barb. Thank you Barb....I loved the kit.  It included.

Whipper Snapper: Triple Dog Dare Image and sentiments from Seaside Stampin Ink Dogs/Agreeable and My sentiments with no name on the stamp. 

DSP from different companies I used Photo Play paper go fetch and Bella Blvd Tail Wagers

Barb also included a variety of ribbons and other embellies.

Barb send out kits early and I have to say I  couldn't wait to color the image. I love the W/S image and colored up two of them right away. I used colored pencils to color both images and had fun. I then fussy cut my image out to create my card. I did struggle a bit coming up with a layout as I usually try and use as much of the dsp I can when making my card. I just didn't really find a layout that I liked that wouldn't seem to busy and take away from the cute image.

Here is what I chose for the front of my card:

And here is the inside:

I must apologize for the crummy pictures. It was dark outside and had to take the pictures when I got home from work. The color is much better in real life. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I do appreciate it. Please take a few minutes and stop by the other duelers and check out their creations. I am certain you will not be disappointed. They are some awesome and crafty ladies.

Until next time,

Thursday, January 17, 2019

DDD January 2019--"Encouragement"

Hi all, I gotta say this just isn't the way to start a new year....uggghhh...I missed the posting date for my card as I wasn't feeling well. I took my camera to work along with the card....the picture card was in my computer at home....went home to take pic and post last night. I had set the card off to the side of my desk----card was at work once I got home. I finally got everything together today so I do apologize for all of it....

On to happier things. I got my picture taken and I am posting this on my lunch...woohoo. Our hostesses this month were Donna for the Dazzlers and Judy for the Divas. We got a great kit from Judy here is what she wrote:


Donna and I thought that we would like you all the create a card that would encourage the recipient in their quest to achieve a goal, overcome a trial or loss.

Included in your kit:

Designer Papers: s e i "Field Notes"; DCWV "Copper Luxury"; echo park "Handmade Journaling"; and an unknown

Stamped Image: Paper Pretties "Flutterby" (girl and sentiment "Flutter your wings and fly; There She Goes "Spread your wings and fly" sentiment. Images have been stamped with Momento Black Tuxedo ink.

Embellishments: ribbon, twine, paper flowers and leaves, pearls, rhinestones and butterfly brad from various companies.

We would "encourage" you to send your card to someone you feels needs encouragement.

                   I hope this kit inspires you to create a card that will bring a smile to the recipient!

I colored up two images one using copics and one with colored pencils. I used the image I colored with pencils. (Im trying to expand my horizons). I then used liquid pearls in white to accent the jewelry our little gal is wearing and of course I needed to use some glitter for the flower and butterfly..a card without a bit of glitter seems a little bare to me. LOL. 

Here is the front of my card:

I used the rhinestone brads on the front of my card that we included in the fun embellisments and I used three of the designer papers. I mounted my image on a thin piece of mounting tape to pop the image out a bit more. I also distressed the black bottom layer behind the image and the actual card is mounted on a white panel (hard to see by the picture.)

Here is the inside of my card:

The inside of my card is pretty basic. I made a little bow/flower out of the pretty sparkly twine. I also used the left over dsp from the front to mount the sentiment Judy sent along with her kit..Thank you Judy for the wonderful kit. 

I hope you like the card and I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by. Please stop by the other duelers and check out their creations, I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,

Monday, October 15, 2018

October DDD 2018 "Kindness"

This month our wonderful hostesses were Jeanette for the Dazzlers and Kelly for the Divas. They chose Kindess as their theme (Kelly's word of the year, but more than that Kindness should be all the time, every day!)Kelly sent along a wonderful kit.

The image is from Unity Stamp Co. "thank you kindly" and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps.
The dsp is from The paper studio
The enamel dots are from Echo Park.

There were many, many more wonderful things to play with however I have listed above the items I used on my card.

Here is the front of my card:

I used basic black as the background of my card. (I favor  black as it goes with everything, in my opinion.) I colored the image in copics and I used 3 of the dsp papers. I used a sketch challenge from pinterest and had to adjust it a smidge as my image was a little larger than the piece on the sketch I had to leave out so it would have not really shown up. otherwise the sketch is basically the same. I chose to used the enamel dots in the circles in the corner to give the card a little extra pop.

Here is the inside:

I used the parts of the circle I cut off on the front of the card to make the edging of to the side of the sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers blogs and SCS galleries and check them out. I am sure you will not be disappointed. It is amazing what everyone comes up with using the same kits. 

Until next time,