Monthly Image Swap – Catch Up 1

Time for some catch up!! What a year this has been and my Monthly Image Swap card timeliness has been….bad. There is no other word for it.

Happily, for the first time in probably two months, I crafted last weekend!! It was nice to get some things accomplished and while I have a few more to catch up on, it feels good to get a few done!

The first card I was able to complete was the June card from Patti. Patti was supposed to be a July image and I am forever grateful to her for being better organized than me and getting her images ready to go early….she saved my butt. Here is her great image and my card using it.

And the second card I managed to finish was one of the two July cards….happens to be my image! I chose to work with Riley and Company “Rainy Riley”. I love this image and it has always been one of my faves and I felt a need to return to my fave for during this very weird, dysfunctional year. I love this card! It’s so cheery!

Okay, that’s two missing cards done, five more to go (up to September image). I can do it!! If I don’t find craft time this week, for sure I will aim to get caught up on the weekend!

Dueling Darlings – September Duel

Welcome back, everyone!

Today is September Duel Day! Super happy to be here. On time. And with my other cards caught up. AND….it’s my host month!!! Can’t get much better than that.

Beth and I may have been in a bit of a shopping mood, so we chose “A Roarin’ Good Time” for our theme. My “shopped” item was this new set from The Greeting Farm, “Rockabilly Gals”.  For my kits, I chose a new paper I recently purchased that I felt had a great vintage-y theme. I loved playing with the different patterns in this one.

I can’t wait to take a tour of everyone’s blogs and galleries and see what everyone did. I had a few “what is this???”moments with this image, so I very curious to see what others did. For example, my husband claims I colored her teeth red….aren’t they lips???

So happy to be here with everyone today! Much love, crafters!

 

 

Dueling Darlings – Catch Up Post!!

Hey Everyone! Tomorrow is the 15th of the month, which means it’s time for the September duel. And, I WON’T BE LATE!!!! But, before I post September, I better catch up with July and August.

I have hardly crafted through July and August. I had hauled craft supplies out to most camping trips, but just don’t finish what I hope to! And, since we’ve been camping every second weekend, the arrival of kits seems to compete with the available craft time. Ugh!

So, July’s kit arrived just before a trip and came from Barb. She and Tracie chose a humorous theme for their kit. I loved the black and white theme that came with the kit! So much, that I didn’t use a single color on my image. And, I love how it turned out. Thanks Barb, and sorry for being late with your kit!!

August was the 10th anniversary duel. My early August banners arrived and my card was posted for August 1st, but my August 15th kit seems to take the slow route from the southern United States and didn’t get here until the last week of August (I know, how rude!). Thank you to Kelly for her “Mixed Up Cake Party” kit. I ended up being assigned to the Diva’s for the monthly duel and here is my card.

This card will be perfect for the first 10th birthday party that appears in our house. Still more than a year away, but I can’t believe my baby girl is that close to two digits (where does the time go????).

And, now, I leave you all and am off to ready my September 15th Duel post! Thanks for coming.

 

 

PIP Challenge – #2034

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new challenge with Pammie’s Inky Pinkie’s Design Team. Our challenges are posted every Monday and you have until Sunday to come and play along and be entered for a chance to win a prize from our terrific sponsors.

With only a few exceptions, their challenges are always Anything Goes! So, it’s easy to come and play with us.

Our sponsor this week is Star Stampz. This is one of my favorite images from this store. It’s called Balloons and Ice Cream and it makes great birthday cards for my kids’ friends. This time I chose to play with some softer colors in my creation.

Come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a prize from our sponsor! Head on over to the Pammie’s Inky Pinkie’s blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Sketch Saturday #621

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is Sketch #619:

I found this sentiment in my “to be used” pile and it’s one of my faves! I decided to add a little sparkle with the glitter paper and sequins. Love how this turned out. The background is a quilting technique with a favorite DSP collection that was being whittle down to a size not usable (except for a quilt card).

Thank you to our Sketch Saturday blog sponsor. Riley and Company will be offering a prize to all our challenge winners for 2020.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Dueling Darlings – 10th Anniversary

I received a little envie in my mailbox the other day. It was a virtual party game from one of the Dueling Darlings hosts, Kelly.

In celebration of 10 years of this swap group, she provided us some items that we were to make into a card. The 3 felt banners and string I received represents “a banner of celebration, bound together in crafty friendship”. Our task was to make a card using the felt pieces and twine in a creative way, and add only a sentiment stamp. Hopefully I did this correctly!

Here is my card:

Obviously I first attached the three banners using the provided twine. If we’re bound in friendship, I might as well bind those flags!

Second, I cut the ovals out of the banners. The reason I chose ovals is that it represents the letter ‘D’. The three “D’s” are the Dueling Dazzlers and Divas….I suppose I could have used a fourth “D” for Darlings, but I only had three!

I added the gems, because the ladies in this group are real gems. The ten gems represent the 10 years of the group, equally distributed among the Dazzlers and Divas to reflect the pairs we play with every month.

Finally, I made a personal choice to include this sentiment. This year has been really difficult for me. My work has taken over my craft desk, work is busy, life is busy. I feel disconnected, lost and disorganized. I know I haven’t met all my deadlines. Adulting IS hard…but this craft group helps. And so this sentiment was chosen to reflect the importance of this monthly motivation in my life.

I hope you like it.

We still have our usual duel on the 15th of this month, so you’ll see me back soon with another card.

Much love to every Dazzler and Diva and I can’t wait to see your creations.

 

PIP Challenge – #2030

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new challenge with Pammie’s Inky Pinkie’s Design Team. Our challenges are posted every Monday and you have until Sunday to come and play along and be entered for a chance to win a prize from our terrific sponsors.

With only a few exceptions, their challenges are always Anything Goes! So, it’s easy to come and play with us.

We don’t have a sponsor for this challenge, but you could win a $5 gift certificate to Mo’s Digital Pencil for playing along!

For my project today, I’ve used Riley and Company School Boy Riley.

Come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a prize from our sponsor! Head on over to the Pammie’s Inky Pinkie’s blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Sketch Saturday #619

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is Sketch #619:

And, my first creation this week is with the Dress Up Riley sets from Riley and Company and a Funny Bones sentiment, No Sprinkles. Most of the clothing on this image comes from Sophies Accessories, but the shirt is from the Summer Fun set.

Here I’ve used one of my favorite Riley images, Under the Tree. My sentiment didn’t quite fit across the front, so I trimmed it down to make it work! This is Exercise Routine.

Thank you to our Sketch Saturday blog sponsor. Riley and Company will be offering a prize to all our challenge winners for 2020.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Sketch Saturday #618

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is Sketch #618:

Here is my first creation for this week. I love this sentiment from Riley and Company! It’s called Powers for Good or Evil. And, I’ve used my Basic Dress Up Riley and some of the stamps from the Dress Up Riley Sophies Accessories set for my image on this card.

You can rotate the sketch too, and substitute shapes! Here, I’ve used a circle for my image, but changed the background shapes into squares. This is Raking Leaves Riley.

And one more option for this week! For this one, I cut my paper a little short instead of doing a full ribbon treatment. These scrap pieces were perfect for my circles. Love this cute card!!

Thank you to our Sketch Saturday blog sponsor. Riley and Company will be offering a prize to all our challenge winners for 2020.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Sketch Saturday #617

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is Sketch #617:

I had some free time this week, so decided to make a few samples for you. This first one uses Riley and Company image and sentiments, our 2020 sponsor. The sentiment is called Camping without Wifi and the image is so cute, Campfire Riley.

Then I decided to make a little Christmas in July open with Riley in Wreath. The sentiment comes from the Dress Up Riley set, Winter 2.  In this version of the sketch, I used ribbon on my centre piece instead of three separate papers.

And then, I wanted one non Riley option. This stamp set is Mama Elephant. I used these beautiful rain themed papers and coordinated my image coloring to them. I also used a slightly different shape on this one and rotated it sideways.

Thank you to our Sketch Saturday blog sponsor. Riley and Company will be offering a prize to all our challenge winners for 2020.

I hope you come and play along with us! Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!