Friday, January 15, 2016

January DDD--Soup Get Well

Well here we are....starting out 2016 with a new challenge for the Dueling Darlings. This month our wonderful hostesses' are Tracie for the Dazzlers and Barb for the Divas. The kit I got from Barb was awesome. Full of all kinds of goodies. The image is a Whipper Snapper design--Chicken Soup--- Stampin up DSP Comfort Cafe---and buttons, brads, ribbons and small pearls. Lots of fun things to play with. I loved the colors of the dsp. I tried to match the colors on my image with the dsp. I found a sketch in my pile of sketch challenges I have printed out and went to work. I used white linen paper as the base of my card and built from there. I felt that the card would be a bit too busy looking on the front with the dsp if there was too many embellishments. I chose a taupe button and threaded a piece of ribbon through the button holes. Over all I think  keeping the embellishments on the simple side accented the wonderful image Barb chose.

On the inside of the card I used left over dsp and cut the paper into 1"pieces and arranged them into a diamond shape on the inside. I then put the little taupe pearls on the sides of the middle square. They were too cute not to include on the card. I managed to get some extra tape runner on the inside of the card once it was finished. I got the tape off but not without a smudge to prove I messed up. I took a left over piece of the dsp and placed it ''over the smudge to complete the card.

As an extra request we were asked to share our favorite soup recipe. I have a few favorite recipes but one of my favorites is Chicken Corn Chowder. I ran across the recipe in a weight watchers magazine and it has turned out to be a favorite in our family.

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Cooking spray ½ cups all purpose flour
1 lb bite sized pieces chicken 2 cups reduced fat milk
1 cup chopped onion 1 can whole kernel corn drained
1 cup diced red pepper 3 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 tblsp minced garlic ½ tsp salt
4½cups chicken broth ¼ tsp pepper
1 ¾cups peeled & diced potato

Coat dutch oven with cooking spray. Add bacon & cook until
crisp. Add chicken, onion, bell pepper & garlic to bacon fat in pan
& saute’ 5 minutes. Add broth & potato. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce
reduce heat & simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Add corn
stir well.

Place flour in a medium bowl. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk
until blended. Add milk mixture to soup& cook over medium heat 15
minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in Cheese and bacon bits and enjoy!!

I want to thank you for stopping by. Please visit the other duelers. I am sure you won't be disappointed. 
Until next time,

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 2015 DDD Falling into Friendships

I am late posting this month and am sorry for that. Been a crazy, busy few months however, here I am. I finally made it...

This month our amazing hostesses were Debbie for the Darlings and Judy for the Divas. Judy sent us a kit chock full of goodies...

Debbie and I have chosen the theme “Falling Into New Friendships” for our October 2015 duel. The theme is to welcome new team members, Suzi with the Divas and Tracie and Shelly with the Dazzlers.

Your kit includes the following items:
Paper: doodlebug design inc. “happy harvest”; Bo Bunny “a gift of love”; me&my Big ideas “Harvest” ;
Recollections “Mercury Glass”
Stamped Images: Memory Box “Twizzle Tree”; Stampin’ Up “ Time Well Spent”
Die Cuts: Tree, Little B “Autumn”; Leaves, Impression Obsession DIE095-D; ittle B “Autumn;
Designer Craft Dies “Leafy Foliage
Ribbon: Celebrate It Sheer Creations (orange and green); Stampin’ Up (Chocolate Chip and So Saffron”
Twine: American Crafts (red); unknown baker’s twine (beige and white)
Embellishments: My Paper Studio Spare Parts Clips; Recollections maple leaf brads; miscellaneous buttons, rhinestones, sequins

I kept looking at my kit and wondering how I was going to try and create something a little different. First I thought color the tree....but that didn't really strike my fancy so I decided to use some of the fun embellies Judy sent.... Here is the front of my card...

I used SU soft suede for the base of my card and basic black. I only used one of the beautiful dsp's Judy sent. I do love it and all the rest of them as well. I used some of the sequins to accent the image and a ribbon to finish it off. I thought that I could add a happy birthday or saying of some sort on the bottom of the here is the inside.

I used the little tree Judy had cut up along with some of the smaller leaves to create the inside as well as some twine and the leaf brad.

I hope you like the card. Please stop by the rest of the Duelers blogs and check out their creations. I know you won't be disappointed.

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sept DDD--Woohoo Dueling again.

Hi all, I'm back. We took a little break and we are once again dueling. This month Jeanette for the Darlings and Kelly for the Divas did our theme. Kelly sent the most wonderful kit and it was so much fun working with. The DSP colors were so beautiful. I wanted to hoard them all but did use 3 of them on my card...You can't see the subtle polka dot dsp as it is the base of my double fold embellies as well...great job on the kit Kelly.....


I first must apologize to Kelly as I misplaced the deets for the kit. (We are moving and have had several people helping so I'm not sure where the list was placed... :( ). Anyway way I know Kelly did ask us to use an apple on the card somewhere. I really like green apples so had to make at least one of my apples green. I used the red wooden flower and heart and strung some of the brown ribbon to them to use as a pull for the 2 tags. I also used the the sentiment Kelly sent on one of the tags and one of the pretty labels on the other..I really had fun with this challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by I do appreciate it. If you have some time please stop by the other duelers and see what they have created. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DDD June 2015 Show your Patriotism

Hi all....July 1st and I'm posting...ughhhh...I had knee surgery and much to my dismay I didn't get a lot of crafting done the first couple weeks. I finally got my DDD card done then promptly misplaced it along with my my mind is back with me and I think I'm on my way to crafting again. Our wonderful hostesses for this round were Terry for the Darlings and Barb for the Divas....Barb sent us an amazing kit chock full of red, white and blue papers, embellishments and ribbons. The image is Glory Bee from whipper snapper....awesome image to work with and the oh my...So I attempted to create a bee hive with the dsp's with a door. The handle on the door uses one of the brads as a knob. In the upper left hand corner of the card is a cute red-white and blue hat brad I thought would be wonderful to use on the card...Here is the card:

On the inside of the card I used some remaining dsp to add some interest...

I took the pictures with my camera to see if I would have an easier time incorporating it into the blog. Jury is still out on that one...

An added challenge was to let you know what I personally think of when I see the here goes.
My FIL-father--BIL--niece and son in law were/are all in the service. I am so proud when the flag is presented, it almost gives me goose bumps. I am grateful for all the men, women and families that have sacrificed for us so that we are able to live the lives we now do....I am forever grateful to them.

I know I'm late in posting but I would love for you to drop by the other DDD blogs as I am sure you won't be disappointed....

Thanks so much for stopping by..

Until next time...

Monday, May 18, 2015

DDD May 2015 "Summertime"

Here I am the hostess of this months challenge for the Diva's and I'm posting three days late. This month the Darlings hostess is April...we put our heads together and April threw out some awesome ideas. We decided on Summertime as a theme and anything but a swap as a twist to the theme. I was so excited to have the twist added until I tried to do up my kit. ughhhhh,.....what was I thinking???? I sent the Diva's images from Su's retired set "good ol summertime", I sent misc dsp from my stash along with ribbons I took from my stash. I purchased some recollection embellies and sent off the kit. I also sent along a box to help with the twist (as I found several of them in my stash as well). I made a pizza box from the kit which included 4--3x3 cards and envelopes. I have only 3 of the little cards in my pictures. is my project:

After much struggling I finally got the pictures loaded...what a chore that was and I'm not sure why it gave me so darn much trouble this month...again I apologize.....

Thank you for stopping by and please stop by the other DDD's and check out their creations.....I am sure you won't be disappointed..

Until next time,


Friday, April 17, 2015

DDD April Challenge I picked a flower for you

Hi all, Finally I am here. I love this duel but I am still struggling with my camera and uploading. Oh well. This month Melina made the kits for the Dazzlers and Tami did the Diva's kits. Oh what a kit was provided. I colored up my image the minute I got my kit and started pondering the layout and which of the beautiful dsp I would use. Tami gave us a wonderful assortment to chose from. I finally settled on the polka dot pink border from bazzil for the front of the car, the swiss dots-n-flowers dry embossed paper, and a couple of the My Minds Eye My Girl papers. The image is Great Impressions Stamps--Lizzy dressed up. We also had ribbons rhinestones, flowers....a whole assortment of fun with a twist. We were asked to use the green ribbon somewhere on our card. See if you can find mine ...

You got it. I chose to accent the image in the corners with my green ribbon a little hard to tye the bows but I was on a

Here is the inside of my card.
I chose one of the cute dsp and cut my border from it. I then added the flower and rhinestone that was in the kit. 

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you liked my card. Please stop and visit the other dueling darlings and see what they have created. I am sure you will not be disappointed..

Until next time,

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 2015 DDD challenge card

Hi all, Here I am with my card for this months duel. It is still the 15th so I guess I am on time. (I'm so slow). The hostesses for this months duel were Paola for the Darlings and Kadie for the Divas. The theme for this month is "Whats your brew?" Kadie sent the most wonderful kit. It contained two images, A/I Cathy Caffeine and MFT A la mode you're my cup of tea. I colored both images the same day I got them as I couldn't decide if I liked coffee or tea really depends on the day and the weather. I did chose the coffee image in the end as I do drink that more consistently. The dsp is from Prima--coffee break collection and I used the Amuse Studio (coral Twine) along with the coffee stirer and rhinestone from Simple Stories. I colored the image with copics and used SU silver glitter glue for Cathys earrings. So..... here is my card.

It is hard to see the rhinestones but they are under the cup on the stir stick and in the O in hot java.

Here is the inside of my card:

I used the extra paper from the dsp I cut for the front to create the inside of my card..

We were supposed to share what kind of tea/coffee we liked as well. I am a fan of medium brew coffee and latte's, and Chai tea.....yummm.....

Thanks for stopping by. Please stop by the other DDD team members blogs, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,