August 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings - August

The Dueling Darlings from SCS are ready to go for August.   We have made our list, checked it twice, maybe ten times and here we go!

Kelly sent a cute image from Newton's Nook Designs.  The image is Winston's Honeybees.  I used the blue papers from the kit, as they reminded me of something my mom would have liked.  It also gave me a chance to use another older than dirt piece of cardstock from my stash....Not Quite Navy from Stampin' UP!

Well, Winston had an accident.   He was colored and I fussy cut his ear off! Dang it!!!  I did not want him to be a Vincent Van Gogh, or partially deaf, so we had to start over.  I could not be trusted with the scissors.!  New bear and new design.

Please check out the other creations from the Dueling Darlings.  Their blog URL's are on the right side bar.

Bee happy!

July 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings - July

Well, we had Halloween in June, now it is time for Christmas in July!  Join me with the Dueling Darlings from SCS for this month's duel.

Suzy sent the Divas fun stamped things from the Stampin' UP! set Christmas Lodge.  I loved the DP and the texture it had in the kit.  I wanted to feature the DP and the sentiment.  I had to trim up the sentiment to get a good fit.

I even drug out some older than dirt Stamping' UP! paper - ya know I've got some!  Forest Foliage and Ruby Red - yep!  Brought out the 'ole Cuttlebug to use an embossing folder, Branches, I think it was called.  For crying in a bucket, I can never remember the 'sandwiches' and have to use a cheat sheet, but I can tell you the market margin for avocados! Remember those chalks Stamping' UP! sold, like the original ones?  Well, I used them too.  Good thing they cannot dry out!

We were asked to share a Christmas recipe that we make.   I have a recipe that my dad loved, I guess it is good, but I have never tried it!  I would hold my nose making it - eeewww!  Everyone that tastes it likes it and wants the recipe, so maybe you do too!  I will list it below.

Please be sure to visit all of the Dueling Darlings.  Their blog URLs are on the right side bar.  Siri tells me it is 163 days until Christmas....better get goin'!

Sweet Potato Delight

3C Cooked, mashed, sweet potatoes
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs well beaten
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/4 C Milk
1/2 C Butter


1 C Brown sugar - packed
1/3 C All purpose flour
1 C Pecans - chopped
1/3 C Butter

Mix all ingredients together in mixer, except topping ingredients.  Pour into buttered casserole dish.

Mix toppings together in mixer and sprinkle over casserole to cover.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

June 21, 2019

Keep It Simple

As I stated in another post, I have slim pickin's on card stash.  After two runs to Hallmark for cards that had to go out and a lot of money later, I thought I need to 'use what'cha got'!

I always feel like a card has to be all fancy-schmancy to go out.  I really like DP, that is why I bought  it right?  So, I got to thinking, why can't I just make a simple versatile card that would work for male, female, any occasion, feature the DP.  I mean we send the cards mostly to people that do not make their own cards, so they might think that is fancy-schmancy enough right?

So, I have had this paper cut for a long time, never assembled, as I had this thought a long time ago.  I  liked the DP and thought that it would work for my keep it simple project.  The card can open either way and can be sent out in a second for any occasion.

I paired the papers with a card stock that I have a lot of, in the cream color.   This is in case I decide I want to add a sentiment or something later, or for a specific card. Added some layers to give the card some weight.  Of course I layer the interior too, but am too lazy to take photos of it! I made nine of this card and it was easy cut, glue and assembly.

So, think about it....maybe you could keep it simple too!  Have fun!

June 20, 2019

Thinking of You

Having been so busy, I have really gone through my stash of cards.   It's kinda slim pickin's 'round here!

I was in need of some generic cards, i.e. thinking of you, sympathy, get well, having a challenging time.  

I dug around in my stamps and found this Stampin' UP! sentiment.   I found some DP that could be used for any occasion.   I made 6 of this card.  Quick and easy old school stampin'!

Have a great day!

June 18, 2019

Witch Way?

Terry was my partner in our Dueling Darlings duel this month on SCS.   We are paired together, Terry on the Dazzlers and I on the Divas.

As you probably already have seen - if not you have got to check it out - we had our duel on the 15th.  Halloween in June!  Terry and I sent each other images from our kits.   I just had to make a card with the cute girl from My Favorite Things.   The little die cuts were too cute.

Thank you, Terry!  I love being your dueling partner.

June 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings - June

Hello!   Or shall I say, "Boo"?!

It is time to Dueling Darlings Dazzler and Divas on SCS to post their June card kits.   The 15th is the posting date each month.  Kind of a nice break in mid-month!

Terry and I have a new month to host this year, June.  So, it is Halloween in June!   They do Christmas in July, so why not?!

You know I use what'cha got.   I have a stamp set from Red Rubber Designs and we all had used the girl in the set prior, so the boy stamp it is!  I did a serious 'go through' of my DP to come up with paper for the kits.   I made sure that there was the same DP in each kit for a few sheets, and the rest was coordinating.  The embellies were a Hail Mary from the drawers!

Now I do understand that I do not have time to create cards as much as I would like too and that affects how many supplies I use, but holy night I still have so much stuff!  It is a great challenge to add the extra element of maybe not having the perfect 'thing' to put on your card, but it makes me feel good to put what I have to use.  I mean I liked it enough to buy it so why not use it- or was gifted it from a kit, so that kinda is new - or new to me!

Okay, so I had to listen to this while I created - I mean it is Halloween!  I actually have all the KC & the Sunshine Band hits on my playlist.  I listen to it often.  It reminds me of when I was really little and my parents listen to it.  ....Shake Shake Shake was the front runner to drive my mom crazy, because you know we were not supposed to say booty, so we would sing "shake, shake, shake your" then we would point at her saying nothing that was perfectly timed for the word booty.  Or we would pop out from behind things and say, "I'm your Boogie Man".  Remember, I am the good child.

I cannot wait to see what the girls created this month.  You too can take a peek via the blog links to on the right side bar.

Happy Halloween!

June 7, 2019

Dueling Darlings - April

Guess what arrived in the mail this week?!   The missing April Dueling Darlings kit from SCS, that LJ sent to me.   It arrived looking all pristine and ready to go!  Friggin' PO!

A cute kit that had a lot of primary colors.   I seem to not work with primary colors much, so it was fun to pair them up.   I even found two Copics that were not dry as a bone!  LOL

Thank you for the kit, LJ!