Thursday, May 26, 2016

From the Heart Sketches #153 with a twist

The past week while looking through some fun blogs I ran into Imke's blog My Crafty Space and while I was scrolling through, I was in awe of the cards she was making using From the Heart stamps Here. They have some really fun challenges so I signed up to follow their challenge blog. I am doing the Sketch Challenge #153.

While I was browsing I picked up a couple digi images and try my hand at a challenge or two. Here is my card for this challenge.
It was a ton of fun trying this out. The image is What's up Chick?. I used SU navy cardstock for the base and some misc dsp I had around the house, The red and yellow polka dot is DWCV Spring and Summer Cork Stack. I loved the cork paper as it had it's own adhesive on the back. A little bit of a challenge to cut with my fiskers smaller cutter but I think it worked out ok....

Thanks so much for stopping by, I do appreciate it.

Until next time,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Crazy Card Chicks May 2016

This month Suzy sent out envelopes to our group containing Betsy the Beekeeper  (SU) which is retired. The set came out in the late 90's and was fun to revisit the images. We also got gold card stock from paper studios embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder. We also got Authentique honeycomb paper Eloise Floral (paper studios) Country Damask (paper studios) punched out flowers , sequins, gold cord and rose ribbon. Wow what a fun kit. I had fun playing with the envelope of goodies... Here is my card:

Although it is kind of difficult to see I did make a flower behind the punched out flower with the gold cord.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my card.

Until next time.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 2016 DDD---"May Flowers"

It is once again time to get our duel on. This month our lovely hostesses were Terry L for the Dazzlers and Tami for the Divas. I love the kit that Tami sent. The image was from Red Rubber designs--Oh no she didn't and the DP from Cosmo Cricket. Tami also sent two dry embossed sheets of paper a green one with sizzix "Sugar" embossing and a red piece embossed with sizzix "dots and flowers" as well as a goodie bag with some very fun embellies. We also had a second challenge this month......inquiring minds would like to know what flowers we plant yearly--more on that to come.

For my card I colored the sweet little image with copic colors. I chose a sketch from SCS--SC 507 and went to work. I probably should have chose a different sketch where the image focal point was a bit smaller but I do like how this turned out. I loved the red embossed sheet and the polka dot dp the minute I opened my pack so worked around those colors. When I looked at the dimensions of the focal image at first it looked too top heavy with plain blue sky so I added the large yellow dot Tami sent along to represent the sun and the red ribbon trimmed in irredescent thread tied in a bow along the side, this way the sky didn't look so big. I used the yellow flower dp trimmed in red as an accent in back of the focal image and red layer but it doesn't show up much. A little bling added to the ribbon finished off my card. This month I didn't do the inside of the card but plan to with some of the scraps I have left after cutting this cute paper to make my here is my card:

I took the picture outside in the bright sunlight but somehow it didn't capture the true depth of the colors.

For the second challenge...when I lived in a home where I could plant flowers, every year without fail I would plant dahlia's right to the side of the entrance of the house. I loved the flowers and would most years plant more than one color of dahlia. Some years I would plant the same color but not very often as the multi colored garden made my heart sing.....It really cheered up the front of the house and I really loved to look at them. One home I had a large raised garden in the back of the house that I planted so that it would have flowering colors from early spring to fall. That was a pleasure to look at as well. I now live in a townhome and we can't plant outside the house but I plan on doing some container plants on our deck to add some cheer when we sit out there or just look out the sliding glass door.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have a chance please stop by the other duelers. I am certain you will not be disappointed they are a really creative group of ladies.

Until next time.


Friday, April 15, 2016

DDD April 2016 "Swing into Sprig"

Hi all, it is once again dueling time and we all have our craft on. This month Terry A was the hostess for the Dazzlers and Suzy was the hostess for the Divas. Well let me just tell you.....Suzy sent the most yummy kit. I love the colors of the DSP paper she sent and all the wonderful is what she sent:

Terry A. and I decided to do spring for April. So, our theme is "swing into spring" or "spring". Not sure how we decided to word it! Some of you haven't even seen spring yet!!

So, we would like you to use the paper and goodies to make a "spring" card!

Here is the info on the goodies that were sent....

I used Craft Smither paper pad....Chelsea Lane....bought it at Michaels.

Stamp and sentiment: A Kind Word...SU...retired. Stamped on Georgia Pacific (white) with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Clip is from my stash

Bling is from The Paper Studio

Flowers from Spareparts....The Paper Studio

Ribbon: Grosgrain ribbon: golden from The Ribbon Boutique (Hobby Lobby); Organza ribbons (Ivory, Rose and Navy Blue) The Ribbon Boutique (H.L.)

The second part of your challenge is to let us know what your favorite dessert that was made usually in the Spring....maybe something that was only made at Easter time. If you want...share the recipe! We can always use more dessert recipes!!

I immediately colored my image and then started to think about what I wanted to do for a layout. All the papers were so amazing I wanted to include each and everyone of them....(truth be told I would have liked to hoard them but.....) oh well, I'll just keep this card in a special stack for someone I chose a layout from SCS sketch challenges had enough layers and would work for my image to fit most of the dsp on. After completing the front of the card I used the other two pieces inside the card so I was able to use all of the beautiful dsp on my card.
I added the Cheery Lynn Designs....Mini Fanciful Flourish  Suzy sent along with some of the flowers on the front of the card as well. This was a fun card to do and came together quickly once I got started. Here is the front of my card:

Here is the inside of the card.:

As for the challenge regarding our favorite dessert for spring.....I have many but my favorite spring/summer dessert is Banana Split Dessert . Here is the recipe:

Banana Split Dessert
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (reserve a few for the top of the dessert)
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 pound butter, melted
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

4 bananas, sliced
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
sliced strawberries


Combine the graham cracker crumbs, white sugar and melted butter. Mix together and press into a 9x13 inch cake pan; refrigerate until chilled.
Beat together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar; spread over graham cracker crust.
Layer bananas, pineapple and strawberries over cream cheese mixture; cover fruit with whipped topping.
Top with reserved cracker crumbs refrigerate and serve chilled. ( you can also drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the cool whip and add peanuts and drained cherries)

This dessert is so refreshing and honestly I always want a second piece but just cut a BIG piece for my first piece so I don't go back for

Thanks for stopping by. I know this is long but, if you have a chance to visit the other Duelers.....please do. I know you won't be disappointed. I know you will see some awesome cards and maybe pick up some new recipes to boot.....

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DDD March 2016 For the Dogs

This month I had the privilege of being the hostess for the Diva' and Shelley was the hostess for the Dazzlers. This is Shelly's first month  hosting so it has been alot of fun working with her. Here is what I posted to the Divas...

This month Shelly is the hostess for the Dazzlers and I am the hostess for the Divas. This month rather than going with the traditional St Patrick's Day holiday/theme, we searched the weird holidays for March. On the 10-13 it is Crufts--the worlds largest dog show and on the 23rd is National Puppy day.....thus leading for the theme "for the dogs". I hope you are liking your an extra bonus question....if you would like to share. Did you have a pet growing up...if so what kind and name.

My kit contains DSP : echo park--Dog Border and Puppy love--Jillibean dancing dogs and Fido Fun. --also Paper Studios multi colored paws. --The images are Whipper Snapper: Shelly Sheepdog and Good news Puppy also Bugawumps --Schnauzer (I couldn't pick so you get to...) I have included ribbons from my stash as well as some puffy paws, and glitter dog bones from Hobby Lobby. I'm hoping you have fun playing with the kit and there is enough to create with...Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. I'm sure it will be awesome!!!

When putting my card together I did it a bit backwards. I should have had my card done earlier than today but got behind the 8 ball and life took over. I used the Shelly Sheepdog image by Whipper Snapper. ( I had so many dog choices I loved so I sent a few images to work with). Shelly the Sheepdog however, must be my as I always seem to use this image when working with  a dog theme. I didn't have much dog DSP but lucked out finding the papers I sent on line. I used copics to color my image and adapted SC581 sketch challenge to follow through on the card. Here is my card front  and inside :

For the extra challenge we asked everyone if they had pets when they were young if so what were they and the name. mom was a city girl and my dad a farmers loved animals mom only if they were where they were supposed to be (not in her house). Somehow my brother convinced my mom we should have a dog so our first dog was a mutt named Pokey..the dog was not in the house much (only if mom wasn't), but I am impressed to this day that she gave in and he was persistent enough to keep up the pressure to get a dog to make him one happy boy.....

If you get a chance please stop by the other duelers and check out their creations....I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

DDD Young at Heart

Hi, wow, wow am I late...I don't know where my head was this month...the 15th just flew by and totally went right over my head. YIKES.. This month our lovely hostesses were Paola for the Dazzlers and Kadie for the Divas...what a fun kit we got. Loved it. My card however did not turn out the way it looked in my head but will try another one at a later date as I have tons left to make another card...

Here is what Kadie had to say:

Hello, Divas!

Paola and I are your hostesses for February’s Duel and our theme is “Being a Kid at Heart.”
For this theme you are to use your kit to create a kid card or project.
Paola came up with the idea for you to use at least 1 heart on your card and gift it to a child in your life (family, friend, neighbor, etc). I have provided a few heart brads to help with the first requirement.
The card/project can be any occasion to suit the child that you have in mind. For this reason, I didn’t include a sentiment, but would love for you to include one that fits.

Lastly, you are invited to share what your favorite game as a kid was. Maybe it is still your favorite!
Thanks for joining in on the fun this month!
Love, Kadie

In this kit:
Stamps: Mickey/Minnie (stamped in Stazon Ink) unknown brand, The Greeting Farm Ezra (stamped in Memento Ink)
Paper: Sandy Lion Mickey Mouse, EK Success Mickey Mouse, Simple Stories Say Cheese
Embellishments: baker’s twine, red stitched ribbon and gray ribbon from SU, Creative Impressions heart brads, EK Success Mickey sticker brads, EK Success Mickey
punch cutouts, hello/smile die cuts from The Greeting Farm, Doodlebug sequins

I loved the Mickey and Minnie images and couldn't wait to put them to use. I was going to attempt a lever card but got confused with the directions I had so went with something I was sure of. I used the cute polka dot dsp and a few of the embellies. Here is the front of my card.

Here is the inside of my card. I love the little mouse cut out that Kadie sent along. Just had to use it somewhere.

As you can see, I have had a difficult time of posting my cards. One of these days I'll get it and then my computer will be changed again, Wish I was more adept to using them.

As a young girl I liked many games but I remember hop scotch, jacks, and hoola hoops as being among my favorites.

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

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!!

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Until next time,