"I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small
tasks as if they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Friday, October 14, 2011

Time to Duel

YAY!!! I am on time for this duel! The card on my blog today is for another round of the Dueling Darlings. A group of blogging and card making friends who have it out each month with a friendly card making competition.

The hostess this month for the Dazzlers was Darlene. And what an absolutely awesome kit she sent her team. Oh my, there was so much goodness in this kit I probably could have made several cards. The kit included the stamped image from a SU set called Sweet Seasons (colored with my Copics); DP from The Paper Studio, "All Seasons" and "All Seasons II" and from DCWV "The Natural." Embellishments included silk leaves from The Paper Studio; fall die cuts from K and Company; brads (used for the wagon wheels) and Balsa Wood ovals to have fun with!
So here is my card, both front and inside....

I did stamp my sentiment from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes onto a small Balsa Wood oval and set it off with the punched scallped oval and die cut leaves behind it. 

I also made a pumpkin from the remaining Balsa Wood ovals, that I will use on another creation.  I stamped the ovals with Pumpkin Pie ink and used punches to make the stem and leaf. 

Darlene also asked that we post our favorite fall recipe.  I think one thing I really start making a lot of this time of year and through the winter is chili!  So here is an easy and delicious chili recipe:

Brown: 1 lbs ground beef, 1-2 stalks of chopped celery  and 1 1/4 C chopped onion; once browned:  add 1 large can Tomato Soup and 1 large can beans and cook 10 minutes.
Make a paste out of the following:
1 1/2-2 TB chili powder; 1 TB flour; 1 tsp. salt; 3 TB water.  Stir paste into chili and simmer 45 minutes.  (I also brown the beef, celery and onion and then throw that and the remaining ingredients in my crock pot on low for the day and it turns out great!)

Thanks for stopping by and please check out all the Darlings creations.  See my sidebar for their blogs!


:: BlueInks :: said...

Balsa wood pumpkins, for Pete's sake! I am lucky to have my card completed without being on the 'hand slap' list!!! LOL Seriously, they look so good!

Your card is just perfect. I love the use of the DP and how well they work together. You did great with our cute image boy!

That is a quick chili recipe. It is getting to be that time of year, huh?! I guess I will have to accept that! ;)

Great job this round.

Darlene said...

Hi Debbie! I just LOVE the Balsa wood pumpkin, how very clever you are!!
Your card is adorable! Love how you accented the image and your coloring is perfection.
YUM on the chili recipe-always up for new ways to make chili and this one sounds great!

April said...

Your recipe sounds great!

I love your card and the sentiment on the wood is genius! I am so glad we got to work on this kit! It is fabby dabby! AND, you certainly rocked it!

April said...

I forgot to say that I love how the inside mimics the front of the card! Beautiful!

Terry said...

Love it Debbie!! I like how youused the two different papers and the brads for wagon wheels!

Great job!

I also like the easy chili recipe too....will have to try it out!!

Melina said...

Oh lil dj! This is so pretty! love how you divided the card with the papers and the way you cut your image out! beautiful! I love Chili!!! It is my go to other than Chicken stew on a crisp Fall night! :) HUGS

MiamiKel said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh me likey!! Those wheels with the brads are the bomb! So creative! T his is just spot on fabby - and the recipe sounds yummalicious! What a gorgeous stamped pumpkin on the balsa wood - how creative and crafty is that! I'm lucky to COLOR one! LOL!!! Love ya! x0x0

~Paola~ said...

what an AWESOMEEEE card Debbie! I love how clean and elegant it is and your selection of d/p made it a perfect combo indeed...and of course that perfect immie 'nestled' in nesties is just the cat's meow....Love the brads...ehehhe (I did exactly the same on mine too!*IF only I could post that! *sigh*)Kudos on the Balsa pumpkin..You are so cleverly creative!! :o)

Barb said...

debbie--this is a stunning card--I love the layout and the cute sentiment. Great inside too!

Sounds like a wonferful chili recipe too--need to copy this!

Carol W said...

Great card Debbie...I love how you used your kit. The sentiment stamped on the oval is so clever and I love how you decorated the inside...your recipe sounds absolutely yummy...You rocked this challenge...great job my friend...♥

Jamie Sanchez said...

Great card lil dj!!!! Love your pumpkins too!! The Chili sounds good for a cold day, will have to try that out too! All these recipes are making me hungry! :D

Judy McMullen said...

Beautiful card, Debbie! Love how you used the oval balsa wood as your sentiment layer, the great d.p. and your darling balsa wood pumpkin!!! Love chili...May need to try this recipe. Thanks!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Deb, your card is absolutely gorgeous! Love the use of the balsa oval for your sentiment... we think alike ;) And your coloring of the image is perfect!

I also think you are brilliant to make a pumpkin out of the balsa. Love it!!!

Gina said...

What a beautiful card. Perfect for fall!