September 18, 2017

Dueling Darlings - May

My friends, hello!

It has been so long since I have been to Blogger, I had to look up my password.  I know!

I apologize for being away so long.  Especially to the Dueling Darlings on SCS.  They have been so patient with me.  I am a part of the group, but have not participated in a long time.   Sadly, my dad passed away at the end of June and I have been busy getting back to work, and wrapping up my parent's lives.  It is a really surreal time.  Nothing special, we all go through it, but odd just the same - well, with a whole lotta things to move and deal with!   LOL

I have my Dueling Darling kits all waiting in the wings to be created with.   I am starting with the first in.   Judy, sent the Divas the most adorable kit.   This image from Sarah Kay is just too cute!

We were asked if we were to receive a May basket what flowers would you like to see in the basket.  I really like tulips.  I do like to have fresh flowers in the house.  I really cannot kill them too much!

Thank you Judy, for the kit and the wait!  One small check on the 'to-do' list.  I will work on the other months soon.

Have a great day!

April 18, 2017


This card was a shipwreck!  Total nightmare.  Yep.  

My craft time is limited as you know.  We have an elderly friend that is not in good health.  My stash of cards is limited as well.  I have the bright idea that I will make a quick card!

Oh, okay.  I go to my image file.   I choose the ship image - no coloring - surely this will save some time.   I find a sentiment that would go with said ship - not as easy as you think!  Both were from either a card kit or image swap.   Cool beans, that I have them to choose from!

Have images will create.  This is going to be quick!  Choose a DP from my kit remnants. I like the paper and coordinate the card stock.  I am on a roll!  Cut all layers for card base and such, glue and assemble.  I am about five minutes in.  This is going great!

Now, I go to cut the image and sentiment.  Screech!  Halt!  The first ship - thankfully there were two stamped on the sheet - was at an angle.  I tried to right the ship.  It looked like the ship was doing a wheelie!  Cr**!  Tried again to cut it.  Too late, too close to the ship and it looked odd.  On to the next ship.   While I could cut it fine, there was a smudge on the mast.  Our friend is 87, so maybe he will not notice.  Going with that!  On to sentiment.   Tried again to cut it straight.   Not working.  You know how you try to shim up to a straight line and when you it undercuts the paper.  Aaaahhhhh!!!  Anyway, finally got that figured out.

On to the DP.  Holy night.  It was the ripper paper.  You know the kind.  So thin that it does not cut, it rips.  Shoot me! I already have coordinating colors cut and mounted.  I have to use it.   Change to a new blade, no better.   Try to clean up the edges, the paper rips in half!  No joke.  Totally cussing now.

So, I have to change the layout.   Cut a smaller piece.  Rips!  Have to cut the edge with something to get rid of the rip.  I think about those frustrating scissors we all started with from 1990, 'deckle'.  It is the only pair I saved from the tub o' scissors they came in.  Friggin' cuts crooked.  Try again, shorter paper now.  I need a rest!

Finally get the card assembled.  On a good note, Card stock and the three brads were the only items I provided.  The rest were from card kits and DDD kits.   I hope I do not offend if you were the sender - I love the image, sentiment and paper.  Maybe my haste created chaos!  At least I have a card to send for next week.

Have a great weekend!


April 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings - April

Welcome to the April Duel!   The girls from SCS Dueling Darlings are up to duel in the sunshine.  It is about time we get some sunshine.   This winter was a rough one!

Good thing Kelly, the hostess for the Divas, sent us the cutest card kit. Everything sunny was in there!   Our little challenge was to use one of the two sentiments on our card.

A little card making tip for you all out there, don't color while you are on a conference call!  I was trying to multi-task and grabbed some Copics and ya know most of mine need refills, then I grabbed the wrong colors, then I about answered a call question with a Copic color R89!  So, little one's colors are not exactly what I had in mind, but hey two things done at one time!

I am looking forward to seeing what sunny and fun cards the other girls created.  You can too!  Their blog links are on the right sidebar.  R89!

Have a great day....

April 11, 2017

Love Tulips

I love me some tulips!

This image probably looks familiar to a few of you.   It was an image used in a recent SCS Dueling Darlings card kit.  

My partner in crime my duel hostess months is, Terry {be sure to check out her blog, as she was recently a Growing in Unity Girl with Unity Stamps and there are some amazing cards she made to peek at}. We gift each other with the images from our respective duel, to be used at another time.

I received this great tulip image.  I have had it waiting in the wings, for some time to create a card with it.   I loved how the Dazzlers used the image.  I then saw a recent card that someone made with the same image and it reminded me I needed to use my image.

I went through my scrap DP bin again.   I paired a scrap with a DP that I received in a card kit.  Looking for some 'love' on paper.  I added some card stock, a ribbon from a card kit and now I have another card that was created from kit remnants.  

You know my mantra "Use what'cha got first".  It is not always easy and I think creates another level of challenge to making a card.  I have not purchased any crafting items, other than paper or adhesive essentials, in forevah!  I have so much 'stuff' that I need to use it!!!  That 'stuff' then turns into 'older than dirt' items.  I have a lot of those!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by~

April 3, 2017


Yep, some girlfriends are going to Hawaii.  Girls trip.  I cannot go!  Freakin' envy!  I just cannot be that far away right now.  They are going to make cards there, I just know it {insert sob here}!

So, you know I have to send them each a little card to wish them a good trip. I have the other cards in my stash, but needed one more.

I pulled all of these items from past Dueling Darling kits.   I only used an embossing folder and card stock from my own supplies.   I dug through my scrap DP and put these papers together, found some embellies and paired them with a Greeting Farm image.

I hope my girls have a grand time in the land of aloha!

March 24, 2017

Just A Note

Just a note to say hello!   That is what I was looking to do.  I need a card to say hello to a friend and went to see if I had any image fitting this criteria.

I found this cute House Mouse image, that I received in an image swap some time ago.  Who remembers 37 cent stamps {the amount on the image stamps}?  Wasn't that like so 2002?!

I ended up with some pretty cute images from some of those swaps long ago.  The only downer on this one, is that the paper was really thin and a bit of a challenge to work with.  For the life of me, those pearls are straight and then they move a smidgen downward!  Like the glue is pliable.  Ugh.  It is making me pearl crazy!

I used some DP scraps from my scrap bin.  Grandma paper!!!!!  For anyone who does not know, Grandma paper is DP that looks like it could be wallpaper in a Grandma's house.   Maybe not a hip Grandma, but a quintessential I am sweet and will bake you a pie kinda Grandma.  I just love me some Grandma paper!

Okay, off of card making mode and into gotta go get my tires rotated mode.   I know, my priorities are skewed!  LOL

Have a great weekend~

March 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings - March

Hello everyone!   I hope that you are all having a good week.   The Dueling Darlings from SCS are ready to post for the March duel.

LJ, was our hostess this month.  She sent a great kit.  It was filled with hot air balloon images, sentiments and great papers.   Thank you, LJ!

This past week has been extremely busy.  The best part of the kit was that the images were all ready die cut.  No fussy cutting for this girl!   I literally threw this card together.   I so wanted to use the grandma paper, but did not have the time I thought I needed to work with it and the image(s).

I cannot wait to see what everyone has created.  Hey, maybe someone used the grandma paper.   I love me some grandma paper!  You can look too - the blog links are on the right sidebar.