Apr 15, 2018

The Darlings and April Showers

Guess what?  It's the 15th and I'm not even late posting this month's duel!  (shocker)
Our Dazzling hostess this month is Tracie and the Diva hostess is Barb, and they chose April Showers as our theme.

Tracie send us "Sophi" by Whipper Snapper and included the cute papers from Photoplay's "Spring in my Garden" and Doodlebug's "Anchors Aweigh"

Here's how I used her adorable kit:

Sophie is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and accented with glitz from a Wink of Stella pen.  I decided that the rainbow and the polka dots also needed some glitter so used the pen on the papers too.

Tracie's seam binding ribbon was so pretty and has a nice sheen to it too.  The clear gems from Tracie's kit reminded me of big, spring raindrops so that's what I was going for on the card.

Thank you for such a versatile and colorful kit to go with the adorable Sophie!  I'm off to visit the rest of the gang and admire their April Showers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 15, 2018

March Dueling Birthday Cards Challenge

Donna is the Hostess for the Dazzlers this round and she really went all-out on her kit! (thank you)  She gifted us with two different options for images and it was impossible for me to choose, so I made a card with each option!

Image is "Wine Diva" by Art Impressions
Floral Designer Paper is from The Paper Studio

The sparkly ribbon has a story: I tried to straighten it, but it really wanted to be in tendrils...so I went for a party streamer type of effect.  What do you think?
The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers, her earrings, shoes & skirt are glammed up with a silver Wink of Stella pen.

Here's the inside, the sentiment Donna gave us was too cute to not include:

Sentiments on front & back were colored with Spectrum Noir marker.

And for my second card:

Images are from the "Happy Hippos" set by My Favorite Things.
The die cut is "Happy Birthday Circle Frame" also by My Favorite Things. I've colored them up with Spectrum Noir markers.

Balloon Paper is from The Paper Studio and the plaid paper is from Donna's stash.

Twine is from Doodlebug, the button is from my stash.
<GASP>  I actually used a button, haha.

I just love the green sequin stars that Donna included.  I wish that my photography was better, so you could see them!

Donna, you really gave us an excellent kit.  Thank you!

Jan 15, 2018

January Duel: A New Year

Hello out there.  I've certainly been MIA for a while...
It's the 15th and time for the Dueling Darlings on Split Coast Stampers to fire up their creativity and get dueling for 2018.
Laura Jean and I are the hosting this duel, and we thought that we'd take a bit of a different approach this round.
Instead of sending an image, we sent the month of January and asked each team to decorate the panel or cut out the month and incorporate it onto the front of their card.  They were encouraged to mark any of their significant birthdays, anniversaries, etc. on the month.
I encouraged the Dazzlers to go with a silver & black theme as it seems to be popular for New Year decorations.  But they are free to create anything that their Muse inspires!
Here's what I came up with:

I apologize for my unsteady hand.  I fell and injured it back in September and you can see I need to keep at my physical therapy!

No special dates in January for me so I highlighted New Year's Day and MLK Jr. Day.

Laura Jean, it was great working with you to host this round.  We make a great team!

Now I'm off to visit the Blogs of the other Darlings and admire their creations.

Wishing each and every one of you a healthy, peaceful and happy 2018!