Jan 15, 2013

Dueling Darlings Book Blitz

The 15th of the month brings another round for the Dueling Darlings 
and this month's Dazzling Hostess is Terry! 
January is "Book Blitz Month" so the kits for the Divas and Dazzlers have a reading theme.  Terry's fun kit contained images from MFT's Who's That Girl line entitled "Well Read" - the image and the sentiment as well.
Her generous kit also included DPs from Basic Grey "Study Hall", DCWV solid brown and Fancy Pants "Frigid".  Terry also gave us baker's Twine, star buttons, nailheads metal stickers and brown ribbon.  Wooo, lots to work with here!
Right when I saw the image I wanted to create images floating above her as if she was reading a travel adventure or mystery novel.  Here's what I came up with:

The other stamps are from a gifted set that I have never used, "HannaStamps" and I think may be of Hanna Montana origin, not sure.  At any rate, when I received them I couldn't imagine how to use them.  Well, this kit provided the opportunity!

The picture on the right is a close up of the image, colored with Spectrum Noir markers. That's a safari hat hanging off her ankle, not part of the MFT image.  It's a little out of proportion, but I thought it was fun.  

Here's a peek at the inside:
Not in the kit, but from my stash are the eyelets and antique brad used to hang the sentiment.  It's actually hanging loose, like a sign and not glued down.  

We are also to post our favorite author or our favorite book.  Those are almost impossible choices since my reading taste spans quite a few genres.  I guess, if forced to pick just one it would be fantasy/adventure/mystery types of novels and certainly at the top of the list would be J. R. R. Tolkien.  I discovered The Hobbit and the Trilogy in the early 70's and it's still beloved.  Another masterpiece is Stephen King's "The Gunslinger" series.  He kept us waiting years between installments, so long that I had to read the previous book again to remember where things left off.  

Thank you Terry, for such a marvelous kit!  I had a lot of fun creating with it.  (Although when my husband saw the card, he didn't understand what I was going for with the travel, safari theme.)  Hopefully it comes across for all of my card making friends out there!

Now, off you go to visit the other marvelous creations by my fellow Dazzlers and the Divas on our opposing team!  Be sure to leave love along the way.  Thanks for stopping by!


Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Darlene, your card is amazing! I love how you created a home for the image with Asian artwork on the wall and the sign hanging, too. Love love love the Safari hat on her foot, too! So very creative!!!

Loved reading about what you enjoy reading, too! Sounds like you have a wide selection of interests!

Thanks for Dazzling us with your card!

Terry Ladwig said...

Darlene...I totally understood before I saw the explanation that your reader was completely lost in her book! Very clever of you to do that! I don't think Steve would have understood either.

I am so happy that you enjoyed working with the kit, and I am sooo happy that you are a fellow Dazzler!!

marsha said...

Great card! I can totally identify with being lost in a good book. Looks like this was a super kit to work with.


Ana Carolina Little said...

Darlene, you made such a beautiful card!!! Love the hat detail on her foot... FUN!!! and I love the paper on the inside it goes really well with the theme!!!.

Barb said...

Darlene--I will start this the same as what I wrote in the other Dazzlers--no wonder so many of you were so excited to make this card--I LOVE that image!

I too want to jump into that big couch and read! Love the colors and you are rocking your new markers! I think the inside is too darn cute!

Judy McMullen said...

Awesome card, Darlene! Love the scene you've painted with these fabulous images. You've told a story just in one page...so many creative elements both inside and out. I just love this image and it's inspiring me to go get a book and curl up on my couch! Thanks for sharing your literary adventures!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Oh, there are so many things to comment on this card!

I love how you colored the sofa. The panel with the words on the front is just perfect to tie in your 'floating' idea. Best of all is the interior. So cute!

Great job!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful idea with the print dp and the safari images!
Lovely card Darlene.

Melina said...

I love how you used the other images. It looks like she is reading about them! Very cool! :)

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

Love this card Darlene. I loved how you used a layout where you could use other images......I have this Hanna set and it has not seen ink yet. I'm thinking it needs to go on my craft table where I can see (and will use it)

Love you ~ LJ

~Paola~ said...

oh WOWWWW Darlene!! This card is incredible! You managed to capture the 'imagination' pouring out of the 'pages' of books!How creative is that!!!...totally an unique and GENIAL idea my friend!! KUDOSSSSSSS!!!!!!I am in aweeee!♥

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Darlene, the very first thing that caught my eye was the hat hanging over the foot of your cute image...How fun and the thoughts surrounding her...clever idea...I love the inside just as much...great job my friend....((hugs))

April said...

I too can be caught in a book...DH can talk to me for hours before I might respond! Great card and woderful coloring!!

MiamiKel said...

Awww this is pure delight :) Hanna Stamps are the original Riley owners :) They disbanded and Tanya, the owner of Riley and CO now, bought it out and there you have it! Your card is a work of art!

Blessings and super thrilled to be deuling with you! x0x0

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful card! I love the idea of the images above the reader so you can get a glimpse of what she is reading- how cool is this!

Margaret said...

What a fabulous card. I love your creativity and your layout. Cute adding the safari hat.

dweatter said...

How clever to have the images floating above her to capture what she was reading. Love the hat hanging off her foot. She looks relaxed and into her travel adventure. Fabulous card.

kel Acopan said...

very cute!! i love how you used the twine to hang the sentiment.