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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

September and October Dueling Darlings Challenges

Hello Friends!

There are two cards on my blog today.  The first card is for the September Dueling Darling Challenge.  Life has just been down right hectic and I did not get the card made in time and posted.  April was our September hostess and her instructions were:

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.

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.
And here is my card:

My heritage is a mix of many countries so I didn't really customize this gal.  But I loved this designer paper and so wanted to use it.  And I do enjoy vacationing and traveling. Hoping one day to travel around with my hubby, after the kids are grown and on their own. 
Now for the October Duel...Paola was our hostess and her instructions, theme and kit full of goodies was as this:
      Hello Darling Dazzlers,
For this round, my partner Judy and I would like
for you to share your view on Halloween...
Do you celebrate it? If so, what's your favorite part ?
 (eating candy is NOT an optional answer...lol)
Please share one (or more) of the following suggestions :
a trick, a treat, a recipe, fav. costume, fav. decoration, fun times..etc...
 The following are the items I included in the kit you received :
Stamps (all from SU) : "Haunting Halloween" (cat, cauldron + 2sentiments)
                                    "Booglie Eyes" (mummy) & "Best Fiend" (sentiment)
D/P :     Wicked Fun (SU); Halloween Characters & Small Dots (both from Michaels)
                                      Black w/ silver thread (handmade DP from Costco)
Accessories : 'Boot To You' (CB folder) ; 'Black Bat's (Sizzix Die) ; 2 Halloween ribbons (Michaels) ;
                      1 XLrg orange brad by Elements/Am. Crafts ; sm. spiders from Recollections ; 
                      pumpkins dimentionals stickers ; 2 sets of Googlie eyes (Dollar store) ; 'Bootiful' brads from Sprinkles
And my card:
We don't celebrate Halloween here in our house but I really did enjoy the kit that Paola sent and used the small spider sticker on my card because my oldest child is a tarantula lover. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Check out my sidebar and go see all the wonderful creations by all the Darlings.



MiamiKel said...

Ohhh it's double the fun on Deb's blog today! What a joyous post, from your gorgeous soft palette in the traveling beauty to the super fun, vibrant tarantula card - awesome! I still remember so freshly in my mind when your daughter was asking permission to bring the spidey home, lol ... you are one brave mama!

Blessed to have you as a DDD sistah!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Deb, your cards are both so cute! I love the paper you used for the Heritage card and the great placement of the image. Too cute! (BTW, I do hope you and your DH will be able to travel when your kids are grown!)

And your Halloween card. WOW! I loved the face DP and it looks like you did, too. Such a fun choice of images... and cute card!

Carol W said...

Holy cow Lildj...both cards are awesome...Great job with both kits. I am so impressed. You are a wonderful paper crafter and friend...♥

kadie said...

I agree, double the fun and worth the wait! Both cards are awesome! Love how you framed the immie on card 1 and love the texture and sentiment on card 2. Big Hugs, my friend!

Barb said...

Debbie--both cards are too darn cute! I love the globe-trotting lady and I do hope that you and your DH get to do some of that soon! And--your Halloween card has great colors--love the design.

:: BlueInks :: said...

Look at you, Cute Two Card Poster! I have missed seeing you.

I too like the DP for the first card. It makes a great background for the image. I like how you detailed the image as well.

The second card is just a perfect Halloween card, cauldron and all!

Have a great week!

~Paola~ said...

yeahhh double dueling treats...both cards are awesome Debbie....sweet traveller on the first card with soft colors and b/ground and a great Halloween card too...LOve how you incorporated the dry embossed panel too...Fun card for sure! Glad you liked the kit!;o)

Terry said...

I love both of your cards Debbie! Great layout and papers you used on the first, and fun way to use the kit in the second!

Great job my friend!!

Judy McMullen said...

Hi Debbie! Wow! Double Duels!! Both cards are terrific. Love the image panel on the first card...beautifully framed! On the second card I love that super cauldron image with the critters inside...so perfect with the adorable dsp as a background and the sentiment circle panel topped with the spider!

Darlene said...

Oh my, Debbie! Each card is delightful. September's is unique and fresh.

October's is funky and fun! Love the colors and the purple in the cauldron is great! What a fun card!