Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July DDD challenge

Hi all....Yay, I made it and on the day.... a little late but on the 15th for sure...Our duel this month was hosted by our fearless leaders Kelly and Jeanette, can you believe we've been dueling for 4 years now? My how the time has flown and friendships have grown. This is the challenge Kelly handed out to the Divas....

Hi Divas!

Happy *July 2014* card kit!

This month, our challenge is EXTRA special because in early August, the Dueling Darlings will have been together for 4 YEARS!! I know, right?! It’s amazing! And the biggest blessing is that most of us are all original members with very little changes along the way. Because we’ve been a group for this amazingly wonderful amount of time, Jeanette and I thought it would be a little special to celebrate those 4 years! So in your kits, I’ve included for you 4 of a few things (more on that in a sec!) What we’d like for you to do is include somewhere on your card 4 things that must be the same! Not one ribbon, one button, one flower, one brad = 4. But 4 of the SAME THING  4 dew drops. 4 brads. Etc! We should be able to look at your card and know what the 4 elements representing our 4 years together are. So with that in mind, your challenge this month is:

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together!

I’ve also chosen to use an image that I’ve had for over 4 years as well for a little twist. It’s unusual, but you are talented girls, I know you can make it work! You have to build your image! I’ve included stamped images of the entire stamp set so you can pick and choose so you can pick and chose what you like but please use 1 tree image (there is a trunk, and two different tree tops) and 1 image from the sentiment/images page. And because if you’ve seen my blog posts lately, I’m having a slight love affair with burlap and it seemed fitting to this tree/bird theme. I hope you like the” Country Chic” kit I’ve made for you!

Kit Includes:
• Taylored Expressions “Branching Out” stamped image, stamped on GP, Tuxedo Momento Black: {This set was a special release w/ partial profits for the Eden Projects. The Eden’s Project’s Slogan is Plant Trees - Save Lives. They fight against deforestation and their organization recreates healthy forest systems not only through replanting/seeding but they also restore hope, alleviate suffering, empower communities and build local economies in impoverished areas}.
• DCWV Burlap
• Cosmo Cricket DSP
• Bakers Twine: Buttercup
• Prima and Jillybean flowers, leaves
• Recollections white sewn fabric ribbon
• Recollections paper flowers & stacked paper flowers/butterflies
• Kaiser pearls
• Dew drops and misc buttons
• Lawn Fawn wooden arrow
• Sunflower hemp cord & brown twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Blessings and happy crafting and thank you for not just being part of my life, but this amazing group! Happy 4 year Anniversary, Dueling Darlings!!



 I must say this was a challenge unlike any other... I pondered it for quite some time and played and pondered and finally came up with this card....





Well build I did... I used the image and made clouds and grass from the dsp Kelly sent along...can you see my 4 same items? (A hint...they are hiding in the grass). What fun this was. I used the birds, bird house, nest and eggs along with a sentiment from the sentiment page..(I got a little carried away).



Here is the inside of my card:
I used dsp to frame the sentiment. Sending a big thank you to all my wonderful dueling friends for four wonderful years of dueling, bonding and being friends....You are all a very special part of my life (even when life hands me lemons and I don't get to chat, visit and post much...you are never far from my thoughts). Love ya all...

Thanks for stopping by. Please stop and see the creations the other duelers created...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol


Sunday, June 15, 2014

DDD Challenge June 2014

Hi all, can you believe it?? I'm here and on time. It has been a busy, busy, busy month. In addition to a heavier work load and 3 stamping groups, I got a new computer and a new camera...which both posed a great big issue with me... I am still learning how to use both so please forgive my not so great pictures, I need to learn how to crop them with this new laptop. But, enough of that.. on to the challenge. This month our lovely hostess for the Divas was Tami and the Dazzlers wonderful hostess is Darlene,  For this challenge they chose  :gardening: as the theme. Our image was Garden Riley from Riley and Co.  Tami sent dsp from My little shoebox, best creations, and KI memories as well as several embellies from various vendors.  Tami is one organized lady and had her kit to us early. I was so excited I made and photoed my card and promptly misplaced the rest of the kit....sheesh...but luckily I found the whole kit before posting.

Here is my card:



And here is the inside:



We were asked to give our favorite gardening tip....mine would be to admire others gardens....I love flowers etc however, I am the worst gardener...I can't tell a weed from a plant unless the plant has identifiable flowers growing on it...

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers blogs I am sure you will be pleased with their creations.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dueling Darling May Challenge

The duel is on and I late but posting on the 15th so technically just a bit late...I was getting ready to post my card when the batteries on my camera decided that they were finished..I had to go get batteries this morning and finally got back to my post. Our lovely hostesses were Paola for the Dazzlers and Judy for the Divas. Judy sent us an amazing kit with tons of things to play with.  Thank you so much Judy, I had so much fun playing. I chose the Sparkling Creations "Ukelele Josh" to use from the kit...Judy also sent along Bild marlarna "mimsa violin" which I also colored up but haven't made a card with yet. She also included a big selection of dsp along with many accessories to match....

Here is my card:

I used a white base and the Imaginice, live loud "garage Band", crate and paper, paper tad for the herringbone dsp. All of the papers were wonderful and it was hard deciding what to choose for this card. I used the sheet music washi tape and the black button and black and white twine to finish off the front.

Here is the inside;


On the inside I used the black embossed sheet music panel and one of the sentiments Judy sent. I also used music not stickers...Thanks again Judy for all the fun.. as an extra we were asked what song and who we would dedicate it to if we could dedicate a special song. This one is a toughie for me. I can think of several but I think one would be "Special Angel" to my granddaughter. She is so special to me and I am so glad I'm close enough to see her often.

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the rest of the duelers sites. I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kit 10

Hi all, I finished my card from my kit from Darlene. First off I have to apologize for being so slow in getting this posted and second, I do wish I was better at taking pictures. This card really does look better in real life.

Darlene sent me a kit chock full of goodness...I have plenty left over to make several more cards. The image is the Northwoods stamp "Common blue butterfly on Sunflower blossom Square". This was a fun stamp to ink up. Darlene also sent a 6x6 designer pad "field of notes" by SEI and holy hanna these papers are beautiful...(the picture certainly doesn't do them justice AT ALL)...and there were yellow and magenta twine and blue ribbon by American crafts, Twinkle goosebumps in gold and green, glitter brads by SU various gems from her stash and ribbon flowers by Offray. As you can see I didn't use a ton of the embellishments as the papers and image was so intricate.

Here is my card:







 


I colored the image with copics and although you can't really see it there is blue glitter pen, gold glitter pen, black glitter pen and green glitter pen which I have used to highlight the image. The base is umber brown cardstock and the green layer is a piece of the dsp, each panel has one of the different patterns in the pack. I used the gold  twine to make a little flower and the gold goosebump for the center of the flower. Thank you , thank you, thank you Darlene for the fun, fun, fun kit. I had so much fun playing with it.

Jeanette thank you for starting this swap. My month was so much fun...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol


Friday, May 9, 2014

Carriers of Faith May Challenge

This month our hostess was the lovely Kelly and this is what she challenged us to.

MAY challenge: Tell your story!

Hostess: Kelly

Scripture: "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe..." ~ Psalm 107:2

This is one of my favorite times of year, celebrating this time of Christ's resurrection! On Easter morning when the tomb was empty, the gift to all of us was the assurance that we will live again and be given eternally glory. As Christians, of course, we hope to know Christ and accept him as our Savior and share the gospel with friends, family, those we fellowship with. Truly when God died on that cross for you, for me, for all of us, he paid the price for us to worship at his feet and redeem ourselves. On this hop today, we all unite to share our creations with you as well as a letter on each stop of the way. Please remember the letter on your host's blog and at the end ( Kelly ) will ask you to write the word from all the letters in order! What's more fun, there is a prize for one lucky winner which will be given at random from all those leaving the Guess the Word comment! ♥ Blessings to each of you! ♥

Challenge: This month, create a card/project/scrapbook page/picture based on the scripture above and what the meaning you pull from that is. Tell us your story! What speaks to your heart? What gifts do you have that you give to others as part of a fellowship - do you read, pray, write, create, walk, sing? There are so many parts in each of us ~ what part of your story are you sharing with others? As an added bonus but not required!! Please use the color GREEN {my VERY favorite color!}somewhere on your card to represent newness, growth, the blossoming of nature around us and the blooming friendships we have!



If you have come from Barb's blog you are in the correct place...Now you saw mention of a letter...Mine is "E"...remember that as it is an important part of this hop....In thinking about this scripture and the challenge Kelly issued I believe that I am blessed to be a grandma and share my life challenges and joys with my sweet loving grand daughter...I am also blessed that I will be grandma again in a few months. I also, was blessed to have a volunteer mom whom I learned that it is much more fun to give than receive. One of my greatest joys in life has been volunteering, as team moms, Sunday school teacher, fundraiser organizer, worker bee, and many other wonderful fun experiences. Of course I love to craft, read, bake and sew when time permits but I think the greatest joy is being able to share obvious and some hidden gifts that I have been blessed with, with others..so.....here is my card.
The image is a mo manning grandma..... see the pleasure on her face...bet she's reading a letter from her granddaughter...lol. As per Kelly's request I have used a green background with umber and white card stock for the layers...Plain and simple card but I did love the image....

Thanks so much for stopping by...please take time to visit the other gals on this hop...your next stop will be....Maxine's blog. Maxine is our guest blogger and we are excited to have her..

Also, my letter is "E".

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kit 9

Hi all, I finally am getting my card posted from the cute kit Laura Jean sent. She sent this adorable Whipper Snapper image and the adorable, bright fun papers I paired with Tempting Turquoise SU paper. I colored this little cutie with my copics and used a white souffle pen to make the little dots on her boots, skirt, top and hat. The umbrella and hat have some shimmer pen on them to accent the hat band as well as the trim around the umbrella. Laura Jean I really enjoyed this kit...thank you, thank you, thank you....I have enough left over to make more cards..

Here is my card:
This has been such a fun month getting all this wonderful kits. I have one more kit from Darlene that I am currently working on. I'm hoping to post it the first part of next week..

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it..

LJ I hope you like what I did with the kit.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 2014 Calendar Girls post

Hi all, the month of April was my month to post the challenge. I thought long and hard about the challenge and this is what I came up with....



April
Hostess: Carol

For you challenge this month I thought quite a bit about the challenge. As you know, we will be posting after Easter so with that in mind I thought I'd do a Mothers Day challenge. When I was a child my mom would encourage my dad to get little carnation corsages in pink or red for each of us girls and mom to wear to church on Mothers Day. According to her (and the intranet), if a woman's mother was alive the females in the family would don a red or pink flower (mostly carnations, but not a rule) and if her mom had passed, the female would wear a white flower, and would visit the grave of her mom and place a white carnation on her grave. My mom's dad would do this when she was a child and mom loved the tradition. What I would like you to do this month is create a card or project using the color that would describe your mom. As an extra I would like for you to share a special memory of your mom from when you were little (if you are comfortable with that) so we can learn a bit about the wonderful ladies who raised such beautiful paper crafters...

Now as I remember, when my mom could get my dad to get corsages for us...we felt pretty special and looked so stylin...lol. but we were very proud that we were included in the gift of flowers even if we didn't fully understand why were were getting them. My mom was a daddy's girl and I think he bought corsages for grandma and mom, more for my moms sake as she had 2 younger brothers and he could spoil her and grandma a little on this special day. Unfortunately, the color of my flowers on mothers day are white...I lost my mom 10 years ago and a day doesn't pass I don't think of her and miss her...so in honor of my mom here is my card.

I could go on and on about my mom, she was a mama bear and no one was to mess with those who she held in her heart, family and friends alike. She was fair and didn't believe in letting any of her 6 kids get by with lying, cheating or causing trouble...trust me the trouble you got in with mom was worse than any trouble we could cause by ourselves...I think the most favorite thing about my mom was her love of fun. Her motto was the house will always be there to clean but we won't always have a chance to indulge in whatever adventure she had cooked up...sometimes she would even ask us to skip school to babysit the littler kids so she could do one thing or another. (I am most like my mom in the house cleaning dept)...Mom worked hard to make our lives fun and let us know each of us were special. When she died we found some papers etc of hers. I don't think she had a particularly wonderful childhood but she sure made sure we did...I do miss her tons..

Thanks so much for stopping by, please stop by the calendar girls blogs and check out the creations that each one has made in honor of their mothers.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol