Sep 15, 2013

Around the World with the Dueling Darlings

It's the 15th of the month and don't be shocked - I'm not even late with my Dueling Darling post!!  (a minor miracle, haha)  April & Kadie are our hostesses this month and here's their challenge:

"For September we decided that since there are so many cute stamps out right now with different country themes, that we would travel the globe and celebrate culture! Please find enclosed in your kit, a stamp that represents a certain country and papers and embellishments to match this travel theme. Feel free to make this month's challenge your own in any way. Whether it be with a sentiment or embellishment that reflects your own heritage or just by sharing with us in your post what your heritage is and what traditions you have in your family that celebrate those origins.

Looking forward to seeing your creations!
Kadie and April"

...And April added for the Dazzlers:
"To tell the truth friends, I loved the heritage and tradition theme and chose to send generic people that you can customize! I hope you don't mind!  I kept the accessories in black and white theme so they can coordinate with your design!

The stamps are from two sets from CTMH:
Family Ties - Adult
Family Ties - Children
The embellishments are from Michael's."

Well, this really got me thinking...and searching.  It seems that I have no travel-related stamps, or stamps that depict a certain country, or heritage that I can claim as my own...what to do???

Then I thought of what a great group this is, how different we all are, and the friendships we've formed.  Bingo!  I had an idea:
I decided to use the children images sent by April, and tried to color them differently, although the distinction is lost a bit in the photo.

The sentiment is from Inkadoo and always makes me smile.  And it's pretty true also!

As for my personal heritage, it's Slovak, Russian, German and Swedish.  About 1/4 each.  Lots of Pickled Herring, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and loads of incredible baked goodies that I don't even know the names of.  Weddings and family reunions were filled with music played on the accordion, (yes there were polkas) laughter, love and amazing food.  

Give yourself a nice break and visit the Divas & Dazzlers (links on the right) and admire their creations and read their own stories of their traditions and heritage.  Thank you for stopping by my little blog today!


kadie said...

Awwww! You did a fabulous job with this card, Darlene! Such a wonderful tribute to this group! Love it! Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend. ♥

jimlynn said...

What a fun and cute card! Love that design and the little images are precious.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love the cute kid images you used- and the sentiment is a Gem!!! A fun challenge- I love seeing what you are working on each time!

Barb said...

Darlene-I love your card. You sure got some cute images and you did an awesome job with the kit this month!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Darlene, this is such a clever idea... love how you used four of the cute images April sent and colored them in a variety of ways. You are always so creative. I need to think outside the box more.

I'm sure glad you dazzled us with your creation!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fun card Darlene, and it sounds as though your family has kept it's ties to your heritage.

Judy McMullen said...

Darlene, your card is a true tribute to the global theme and the variety of cultures in your own background. Just beautiful!!!!

Melina said...

That is so sweet! love how you divided up the card and that sentiment is too cute :)

Margaret said...

That was a fabulous idea for your challenge and such a lovely card. I agree totally with that sentiment.

paige said...

Darlene, I love the sentiment and the images are too cute!

kiwimeskreations said...

Hi Darlene - I got some very happy mail today - thank you so much :-)
SCS is being blocked to me as there is apparently some malware on the site :-(, so I am using your blog to contact you.
Love the card and your wee note was so thoughtful.

:: BlueInks :: said...

Little miss diversity! I love your card and how you thought to create it. You did a really great job, D!

MiamiKel said...

Woot woot! This is absolutely FABULOUS! Such a creative way to use the stamped images and a wonderful card design! You ROCKED this challenge this month, my friend! Love your card and I'm sure it's bijou approved! :)

Super thrilled that you are part of the Dueling Darlings! Muah! xoxo

Terry Ladwig said...

What a great card and great concept for your theme!! I love it!!!