"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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Duel

Happy Fall!!!

The theme for this month's duel was a Fall Owl Theme.

Tracie and Barb were our hostesses.  Tracie sent the Dazzlers the following kit:

Image - "Who's There" by Two Paper Divas
Designer Paper - Color Me Autumn by Stampin Up
Embellishments are all Recollections (Brads, Doily, Leaves, Feathers, Twine)

I added some crystal effects on the moon to make is shiny.

Tracie and Barb asked us to list our favorite Halloween memory.  I think mine would be...Sam White.  Sam White was the little old man who lived on the corner and every Halloween he would have a huge box of candy, I mean like one of those medium moving sized boxes full of candy!  And he would put handfuls into your candy bucket.  We always made sure we went trick or treating to his house.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August Duel

I apologize my post is a day late.  I was on the road yesterday driving home from being away.  And I have absolutely no luck when I set my blog posts to post on a certain day and time.  So better late than never!!

Judy and I were hostesses this month and in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics our theme was "Going to Rio with the Olympic Darlings."

The Dazzlers' kits included:
Image:  Penny Black “Gymnast Mimi”

DP:        Scrapbook Customs – "Cheerleading Star Field"
              Karen Foster – "Everything Gymnastics"

Blue Twine from K&Co.
White Twine from Stampin’ Up!
Red/White Twine – dollar bin Michaels
Gold & Silver Cord – Stampin’ Up!
Star Brads – Stampin’ Up!
Here is my card:

Special instructions were to post our favorite Olympic event in our post.  While I really enjoy the women's gymnastics, my most favorite for the past couple of Olympics is womens beach volleyball.  Go team USA!!!

If you have not done so already, please check out all the Darlings websites to see their Gold Medal creations!

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Duel

It's time for our monthly duel.  And the Dueling Darlings are getting into the spirit of Christmas early this year.  Jeanette and Kelly were this months hostesses and they came up with the clever theme, Christmas in July.  Jeanette sent the Dazzlers the following kit.

Image/Sentiment - Sugar Pea "Merry Makers"

Designer Paper - Recollections Christmas Noel Paper Pad

Embellishments - Michael's Rhinestones; Michael's Celebrate It Ribbon; Recollections Brads; Target Baker's Twine.  Buttons, Santa Brad & Washi tape from unknown vendors

Here is my card...

Great kit Jeanette.  And great theme Jeanette and Kelly!

Thanks for stopping by.  Please see all the Darlings blogs to check out their Christmas creations.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Duel

For the Dueling Darlings June Duel, Darlene sent the Dazzlers a terrific kit with the following:

Dog & paw print stamps: Inkadinkado - no names for the images
Sentiment: Hero Arts "Be the Person"
Papers: Paper Studio, Multicolored Dog Paws, Red Burlap and Masculine Stripe.  Green is from my stash.
Ribbons: Dotted and paw print from Ribbon Boutique, Studded dog-collar looking adhesive trim is from Hobby Lobby.
Flowers are from Paper Studio's Spare Parts
Plastic dog paws are Paper Studio's Spare Parts, "Knick Knacks"
Glitter paw prints are Jolee's Boutique
Buttons from Hobby Lobby, sewing section.

We were also asked to post a memory of our first pet.  The first pet I remember our family having was a dacshund named Charlie Brown.  His mother, Dee Dee, was also a family pet, before my time.  

And here is my card.  (I JUST LOVE THIS IMAGE!)

Thanks for stopping by.  Please check out all the Dazzlers creations.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Flowers

HAPPY SPRING!!!  AND REALLY, ALMOST SUMMER...not too bad for where I live.

The theme for this months duel was May Flowers.  Our hostess this month for the Dazzlers was Terry and she sent a great kit.

The kit included:
  • Image - SU! "Love Is Kindness"
  • DP - The Paper Studio
  • Cardstock - Core'dinations "Sea Foam", "Merry" and "Jet Stream"
  • Enamel Dots - Want 2 Scrap
  • Trim - Michaels
  • Flowers - Spare Parts
I used Deconstructed Sketch 192 for my layout.

So here is my card:

As an extra to our blog post we are supposed to share what we like to plant in your garden. I plant a lot of pansies because they are tough flowers and they need to be if I am taking care of them.  Too bad there is not a flower you can just plant and forget.  I would be a great gardner then!  ;)  But my favorite flowers are Star Gazer Lilies and Daisies.  I love Daisies in all different colors they are just such cheerful flowers. 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016


YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!!

The snow is gone, the sun is shining and the trees are starting to bud!!!  The Dueling Darlings are welcoming spring with this month's duel.  The theme for our April challenge is "Swing Into Spring."

Terry A. was the hostess for the Dazzlers and sent a bright and cheerful kit.

The kit included:
Images from a set called "Somebunny to Love"
Sentiment from SU! set called Easter Blossoms
DP from Echo Park - "Spring"
Prima Flowers
twine from Fawn Lawn
sequins from Jillibean Soup

I actually made two cards with the my kit.

An extra challenge was to post my favorite dessert at Easter or a springtime get together.  My favorite dessert would be...oh, which one?....probably my most favorite dessert at any holiday or any day of the year, raspberry pie!!!!! with some vanilla ice cream.  But then there are chocolate frosted brownies...with some vanilla ice cream. ;) 

Thanks for stopping by.  Please check out all the Darlings springtime creations. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Duel

Good Afternoon...

The theme for the Dueling Darlings this month is "for the dogs."

I do not have many of the kit details but do know that the images used were from Stampin' Up! and Hero Arts.

Here is my pocket card...

We had many dogs when I was growing up.  After I had children of my own, I had one that had a snake, tarantula and scorpion.  They are just not quite as warm and fuzzy as puppies.  

Please check out all the Dueling Darlings creations. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February Duel

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

The Dueling Darlings theme for February is...♥ Being a kid at heart ♥

Our challenge was:
"you must create a kid card and,
somewhere on your card, you must also display one heart ♥
As well, we request that you gift your card to a boy or a girl you know"

(But...I displayed more than one heart...)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Duel

Hello and HAPPY 2016 to all of you.

Our January challenge was a soup theme. Barb and Tracie were our hostesses.  Tracie sent the Dazzlers the following kit.

Image:  Chick N Soup by CC Designs
Sentiment: Crackerbox Palace
DP: Bo Bunny Juliet
Misc. Embellishments

Here's my card...

The added challenge was to post our favorite soup recipe.  This chili recipe is my favorite.

Brown 1 pound hamburger with 2 stalks of celery and 1 1/4 cup of onion.  Then add 1 large can of tomato soup and 1 large can of beans (either chili beans or kidney beans) and cook for 10 minutes.
Make a paste of 2T chili powder, 1T flour, 1tsp salt and 3T water.  Stir paste into chili and simmer 45 minutes.

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