Christmas Crazy Swap Kit

I have been working to clean up a few of the Christmas Crazy swap packages from last year. I think I had two outstanding, including the kit exchange in July/August. Michelle sent me this fantastic kit with adorable images and papers. I decided to go online for some inspiration for these creations, drawing inspiration from some of the creations I found.

This card uses some of the great floral embellishments that were used in the kit. I just adore that adorable cat!

Here is the second card with the kit. I had fun popping out that middle section!

Here’s my re-creation of some of the great circle dies sets that are out there right now. I don’t have any, so just created my own!

And, here’s the last card. Love them all! Aren’t these papers fantastic?

Michelle, thanks so much for sending a great kit!


Dueling Darlings – January

I am so excited to start another year with the Dueling Darlings!

This months’ Diva kit was sent by Judy. The theme she and Donna came up with is encouragement and the image (a lovely image!) was “Flutterby” from Paper Pretties. I loved the beautiful paper, so I had to make two this time!

Here’s the first card. The sketch was loosely based on the Try Stamping on Tuesday sketch this week (#390). I changed a couple of elements in my crafting.

I fell in love with this pretty green patterned paper, so had to make a second card. l loved that gem ribbon too!

Super happy that I’m off to an on-time start this year. Let’s hope it continues!



DDD November 2018

Yes, another late post. I received my final Dueling Darlings kit after the November 15th post date and just never got it crafted up before Christmas! Now that I’m on a mission to close up my 2018 projects, I checked out the great kit Laura Jean sent.

She sent an aviation theme and these great “vintage-y” papers. So, I pulled out my distress tool and my distress inks and had some fun. I had a theme/idea going in my head. I love the way it turned out and hope you do too.

I am along for the ride in 2019 with the Divas and Dazzlers once again. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – and I can’t wait to figure out what kit Paola and I will send out this March!


Dueling Darlings – October

It’s the 15th again!! Time for another DDD challenge.

This months’ Diva kit was sent by Kelly. I love the adorable image she sent and had so much fun creating with the beautiful papers!

How nice it is to be on time this month! Can’t wait until November. I can’t believe we’re down to the last month of 2018 already (no swap in December).

2018 Card Kit Swap – Kit 4/9

Well, after a couple days’ break for other challenges and goodies, I’m back at the card kits. I’ve been working through the 9 kits I received from the 2018 Card Kit Shower swap.

Next up is Barb’s great kit, and I’ve got two cards for you today.

The first uses SCS sketch 322, rotated into a horizontal orientation. I worked hard to try to get the colors in this image to match the great paper Barb sent.

And this second card I played with my colors a little, so had to tone down the pinks and other colors of the papers a bit. Love how this one turned out! It’s inspired by SCS sketch 323.

Thanks for a great kit, Barb! That’s four down, five to go. We’ll see you again soon with more card creations.


2018 Card Kit Swap – Kit 3/9

Here I am, back with more cards from my Card Shower Kits! I’m on a roll, right?

Today’s kit came from Sue. Oh my goodness, these images were adorable! Fun to color, fun to create with. These ducks were oh, so adorable! And, a little mis-proportioned due to that big image, but this is Splitcoast Stampers sketch 315.

And, Sue’s other image selection was this delightful bunny, with sketch 316.

These images were alot of fun. I probably would have colored either of these up again, except for the fact that Nathan (age 4) claimed my second duck image and then Claire (age 6) came along and claimed the bunny. I don’t mind sharing. 😀

Thanks so much, Sue, for an inspiring kit.

2018 Card Kit Swap – Kit 2/9

I’m back with cards made from card kits received in my 2018 Card Kit Shower swap over at Splitcoast Stampers. I don’t know how many years I’ve been in this swap, and I’m excited to get these kits played with before the end of the year!

The second kit I crafted up came from Angie. I would love to dig into Angie’s craft room – she has such a great selection of images that she sends, very different from my own collection.

The first image were these adorable birds. I colored them up and then realized that may be they didn’t quite match the papers she sent…whoops! So, I colored it again and then in the end, used the first image (these blue birds) and managed to pair them quite wonderfully with her papers! Yay for me!

The second attempt I tried to match the purple tones a bit. Not sure if I succeeded, but I’m happy anyway. This card uses SCS sketch 314.

And, Angie’s second image that she sent was this pretty fairy. She was fun to color up! This sketch is SCS312.

Thanks for the kit, Angie!