September 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - September

Hello!  It is time to duel with the Dueling Darlings from SCS.  

The Dazzlers and Divas have been busy with the theme of Owls and Halloween.   Now I don't know about you, but I cannot - CANNOT - believe that Halloween is a little over a month away.  

Barb sent our kit for this month.  The image is from Peachy Keen Stamps.  The owls are out to duel it up!


We were asked to share a Halloween memory.  Remember my brother is seven years older than I am. Oh, and I am the good child.  Now that you are up to speed on the family dynamic, let's get to the memory.

Trick-or-Treating.  Never got to be fun themed Disney characters, this was a business!  It was all about the haul.  I could go with my brother and his friends....if I could keep up.  That meant tennis shoes and a warm outfit - no tutus or parts that need to be kept track of!  Thus, I was usually a hobo with a flannel shirt and Lord only knows what smudged on my face.

No cute little pumpkin candy holders.  We had the pillow cases.  I am sure that my mom was nervous as heck letting me leave with my brother and friends.  These are the same friends that pushed me out of trees.  But, with the lure of future chocolate, my mom was won over. We made a HAUL!!!!  We would have to run home to dump our loot and reboot!

Then when my brother 'got too old' to Trick-or-Treat, he would take me and say things like "Just taking my little sister out to T-n-T" or "Isn't my little sister cute?" They would be thinking 'what a nice young man' {if they only knew} and dang if they did not give us more than one candy!   Split haul!!!   LOL

I cannot wait to see the cards from this round.  You can too - the blog links are on the right sidebar.

Have a great day-


August 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - August

Happy August!   The Dueling Darlings from SCS are ready to post their "Going to Rio With the Olympic Darlings" creations for this month.  I am so excited to see what everyone has done!

Judy was our hostess this month.  She was permitted by ScrappinDoodles to gift us with this adorable digi image.  Is it weird I like his perfectly round head?!  Okay....

Thinking of the Olympics, then Rio, then of course you know that you are thinking it too....Copacabana.  The famous beach in Brazil!  Well, I am not too much a Barry fan, but Copacabana made me think of this snippet from Friends and it makes me laugh.

Here is my Olympic duel card.  I was able to use a lot of the embellies that Judy sent, including her custom made sentiment.   I used a Spica pen for the lettering to give a slight gold sparkle.  The flames too.


I have enjoyed a few late night viewings of the Olympic coverage.  It must be an amazing experience.  Judy, thank you for the great kit and theme for this month's duel.     Be sure to see what all the DDD's created.  Their blog links are on the right sidebar.

Go for the gold!

July 26, 2016

Happy B-Day

Well, I can let you know that when you are permanently behind, you tend to run though your stash of cards!   I needed a birthday card, so had to carve out some time to make one.

I have been working on it for awhile, but I am bound and determined to use the crafting supplies that I have.  Oh, I see cute things along the way that I want to buy, but dang I have so much paper that is unused.   I just have to use it!!!

I do feel like I get new things to craft with, when we have our monthly card kit for the Dueling Darlings on SCS.  That is always fun!  I also like how I get to remember what kit something I use was from and know that a little piece of my friends are going out with my card.

Today I used an older than dirt image I had from an image exchange - that should tell you how old it is!  It is a cute cat from Penny Black.

I paired the image with some paper scraps that I had - the end of those papers - never to be seen again!   Speaking of scraps, I try to not keep any scraps smaller than the polka dotted piece on this card.  Been there, done that, too much to dig through.  I wanted to use some black brads, but alas I did not have any, so I dug some rhinestones out.

So tell me, are you usin' what'cha got?   Do you think you could if you're not? Any tips or observations?  I do find it places another element in the creative process to make your thought work, even when you do not have exactly what you think you need.

Looking forward to seeing what you have to say!



Card entered in the following challenge(s):  Penny Black and More

July 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - July

It is time for the Dueling Darlings from SCS to post for July.   It is Christmas in July.   Has the panic set in yet?  It did for me!!!!  We are half way there.

We were asked to share the first thing we do to get into the Christmas spirit.   To be honest, things have been so busy with parents these past few years, we have not been the best on decorating.  We will work on that one.

Kelly, sent us the cutest image to work with this month.  The DP was that great pink for Christmas type of paper.  You know, the non traditional colors.   I really like them and I am not so much a of a pink girl!

I certainly like the little pink house that Snoopy has in this card.  I added a bit of sparkle with Stickles, to keep him festive.  It was a fun kit to work with. Thank you, Kelly.




You know it made me think of this song...Pink Houses.  I had a girlfriend who was smitten with John Mellencamp back when he was a 'Cougar Mellencamp' {remember he changed his last name}!  I especially like his high kicks while dancing in the field of this video!

Mr. Cougar Mellencamp just creates a lot of questions, like why did you change your name, why did you name one of your children Speck, why do I know that you named one of your children Speck, who are Jack and Diane, why do Jack and Diane suck on chili dogs outside a Tastee Freeze and has anyone ever seen a pair of Bobby Brooks jeans?  I mean I did a Google search and this is what came up....really?  I am thinking these are not what Jack had in mind!


Please be sure to visit the entire group of Dueling Darlings to see their creations this round.  The blog links are located on the right sidebar.

Have a great day!


Card entered in the following challenge(s):  Christmas Card Challenges

July 2, 2016

Dueling Darlings - June

Happy 4th of July weekend!   How about that for a little late on my JUNE post for the Dueling Darlings on SCS?!

I have to apologize for missing so much.  I was really sick with a sinus infection.  I had thought I just had a nasty cold but could not get better. Then the coughing started.  Oh, the coughing.  I went the the doctor and found that I had a sinus infection and it had drained into my lungs.  Did I mention oh, the coughing?  After two rounds of antibiotics, I think I am on the mend for good this time!

I have not been on SCS yet, so I hope I did not miss anything about us posting, but I did get a kit from LJ that had the cutest papers in it for this round! They were fun to work with, when I was finally able to even look at the kit! There were great embellies too!

Our theme was pets and specifically to the Diva kit, dogs. I tried to use the image a bit different and one of the sentiments that were given. It was a nice kit, thank you LJ.


You know that I must now post a picture of my cat!  LOL  How can you have a pets theme and not insert a picture of, Mia?  Oh, okay, I will do two pictures!!!!

This is my favorite iPad game I play, Catfishin'!

Yeah, I am really that cute and in my mom's fake plant!

I hope you all have a great weekend.  I look forward to visiting to see what you have all created.


May 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - May

Oh my gosh, we are going to duel from the Dueling Darlings on SCS!  Yep, and it is Terry's and my month to hostess!   I had to bust it out, to get my card done on time.  You cannot be the hostess and be late.  Well, I guess you could, but I would feel really bad!

Our theme is May Flowers.  I dug through my stamps and remembered a set that I won on a blog candy along the way.   There was this cute girl with some flowers - score!  She makes me giggle because similar to a Magnolia, she has no mouth.  It is always the first thing my DH comments on!  The company is Red Rubber Designs.  The stamp set is Oh No She Didn't.

Well, you know I started to think that she did not have a mouth, then it reminded me of rendition of The Sound of Silence by Disturbed!  So, I had to listen to the song when I was creating the card. Did you know that Paul Simon wrote this song in his bathroom, in the dark, with water running?  Thus, hello darkness....  Why do I know this stuff?  I don't know either!

Our challenge was to let everyone know what flower you plant each year.  Well.....let's just say the apple fell from the tree and rolled down the hill.  My mom was great at gardening.  Me, not so much.
So, here is my secret.   I have a strategically placed pot, that is outside the kitchen nook door that is mostly glass and has this little picturesque view of the pot.   We plant flowers in the pot so we can see them when we look out the window.  It gives the allusion of flowers are sure to be everywhere!  DH had to give the pot it's own drip line in the sprinkler system, as I killed many flowers, not including the flowers the slugs ate (color me surprised - who knew they ate flowers?! - yet I know Paul Simon wrote music in his dark bathroom).  We have evolved to marigolds, because they are hearty and seem to last all season.  I like the variety that has the dual color.  Yeah, we don't have those this year.   DH picked up "the flower" {remember there is only one}.  This year we have some pom pom looking marigolds that are kinda tall.  ...Okay.  My mom always used to laugh at how we have "the flower".  So, I was telling my dad we got "the flower" and that DH bought the pom pom tall one.  My dad started laughing.  He said "your mom didn't like the tall marigolds and would say to not get them when he went to the nursery!".  Look who's laughing' now!  LOL  

Speaking of the kit, you know I have to 'use what'cha got', so I created it all from items that I had on hand.   That left me with no DP at all.  I scrounged through scraps and found one piece that matched one of the papers that I sent out.  I cut that little piece ever so carefully and used it on the edges of the card.  I cannot wait to see what everyone created with their kits!  Fun!!!!


April 15, 2016

Dueling Darlings - April

Shut the front door!  I am on TIME.  I know!   Welcome to the April duel with the Dueling Darlings at SCS.

Suzy, is new to our group this year.  She is hostessing for the first time this month.  We were lucky to receive a card kit from her themed 'Swing Into Spring'.

What Suzy probably does not know about me, is that I have this weird affinity for 'grandma paper'.  That is defined as any DP that looks like it could be wall paper in a grandma's house.   There was 'grandma paper' in my kit!   It was a cross between 'grandma paper' and a Carol Anderson circa 1996 dress my girlfriend had!  I had to use it.  The Copic markers turned out really dark in the photo.  They look a little more blended in real life.

The image of the girl swinging looks so nice and proper.  Very much unlike when we as kids, would go to the neighbor's house and rock their swing set until it literally bounced out of the grass.  It was up on a small slope and we would bail at the height of it, so we could fly down in the air to the grass below.  I am not sure how we did not break anything.  Yeah, the swing set only lasted one summer.  They took it out when I flew through the air and landed on a rusty nail with my foot.  Back to bikes!


We were asked to share our favorite spring dessert.  You know you will probably think it boring, but by spring I am looking forward to fresh fruit.   I like a dish of cut fresh fruit best.  Yummy!

Go see what the other Dueling Darlings have to show this month.  Their blog links are on the right sidebar.

Thanks, for stopping by!