10.15.2012

Dueling Darlings - We love Animals!




Hi there!  It's the 15th of the month and that's posting day for the Divas -vs- Darlings duel.  Melina was the sole hostess this month so in lieu of a kit, we just shopped our stash!   Cottage Cutz has a gorgeous selection of Halloween dies out now, and since our Diva challenge this time around was to look through our stash, find an image with an animal on it and use some buttons, I thought with limited time I'd combine the two.   Buttons, you say?!  That part was easy peasy!!  And since crows - and bats - are technically animals, well, that was pretty easy, too :)  I'm not a fan of Halloween at all and tried to make it as cute as I could ~ using the dies as a focal point of the card to showcase the cuteness of them :)

So for me this month, I created a matching card and bookmark set.  Using the Bats on a Branch die, I made the Halloween card with bat paper, striped yellow for the moon and H'ween paper as a bottom border and added my beloved buttons!  I loved using the trio of mish-mashed buttons - you've seen those for a long time now on many of my cards :)  I'm obsessed with them, so that part of the challenge was a joy!   For the bookmark, I used matching paper and continued the moon pattern for the Crow on Books ~ added more buttons and twine and on the back, I added a quote from Edgar Allen Poe.  I was an English Lit minor in undergrad college and always use the opportunity to sneak in a lesson or quote or scripture somewhere for the kids - you never know when they will say "I remember learning that!" :)


Here is the card by itself - Animal (bat!) and trio of buttons :)

And the inside, theme carried over :)

The bookmark!

Excerpt from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

and that's about it from me today!  I sure had a ball putting an interesting twist on our "animal" challenge!   You can see what the other Dueling Darlings made by clicking the links in my sidebar :)


Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly

Entered into:  RIbbon Carousel ~ H'ween, something spooled (twine)
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37 comments:

  1. This is so cute and amazing!! Wow, I love all the detail on it.

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  2. Oh, I think the bookmark turned out especially well. Love the colors!

    I had to smile you used Poe. I just drove past a house in our neighborhood that is decorated for Halloween. There was a big grave marker with Poe on it and a raven on top!

    You created a great set!

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  3. Lovely colourful Halloween crafs... wonderful!
    Hugs
    Kim
    x

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  4. Love it!! The bookmark is totally fun and the matching card is adorable! Love that DP with the bats, and the die cut tree and bats are perfect with it. Thanks for all that you and Jeanette do to keep our group coordinated! We're lucky to have you two!

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  5. Kelly, this is stunning and i love the bookmark !

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  6. this is incredible!!!!! Looks like you put lots of work into this, but man, the pay off is gorgeous!!!

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  7. Love the card/bookmark combo idea! Also love the layout, the papers and how you put everything together!

    I do love it ☺

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  8. Beautiful!!

    You 'did' Halloween fantabulous! This is so cute and I love your twist on the animal theme!! I wouldn't have thought out of the box and used scary....lol

    That's why you make a great leader!

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  9. This is wonderful, I love your Halloween creation. That bookmark is the best.

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  10. Kelly--what a great project! I love the die cuts and the sentiments are perfect! Great use of buttons too!

    Thanks so much for all you do to keep us all in line.............. or least you work hard at it. Our leaders are the best!

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  11. Fabulous Kelly! Love the inside sentiment and the bookmark is a real winner!

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  12. Awesome bats and branches, Kelley!! So fabulous with your stripes and buttons!! And a bookmark treat inside, SCORE!!!

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  13. Cute colors, crows and quote. I learned a little more about you today. :-) I love bookmarks on cards, and you did a fabulous job!

    Hugs,
    Terry

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  14. Surprise Kelly! :)
    I'm so thankful for you and Jeanette as our Dueling leaders. You two are wonderful. This Duel's for you!

    Your creation is adorable! I love the bookmark. Great idea. Your animals and buttons are perfect for this challenge just for you (and you didn't even know it) *giggle*

    :)

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  15. Too cute to spook! Love this fun card and bookmark! Precious.
    Lynn

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  16. Ooooooh, this is awesome! So much to feast my eyes on! And that book mark is the icing on the cake. Another FAB and inspiring creation, Kels! HUGS HUGS HUGS

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  17. Kels, love your card and bookmark but even more I LOVE YOU! Bright and beautiful card from a bright and beautiful friend! Your creations inspire me and even more you inspire me in all you say and do. BTW, those sentiments on the card and bookmark are so perfect! (((HUGS)))

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  18. what a cute project! I absolutly LOVE that wonderful looking branch...ohh the possibilities!
    My favorite is the bookmark....it's sooo cheerful.
    I also liked the fact you carried the buttons trio on both projects...soo totally cool!!! ♥

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  19. What a fun card! Great design and love your critters!

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  20. Fun card and cute bookmark! I love the Halloween papers you picked and the quote on the bookmark is perfect!

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  21. Oh my gosh, you did a fantastic job! Love your card and especially the bookmark. Great colors, papers, mix of dies.

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  22. SO grinning at this card Kelly......I LOVE those diecuts and I am not even a spooky person....So much treasure your friendship sweetie. You are my rock down in the Florida Sunshine when everything is grey and dreary up here :) XOXOXO LJ

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  23. Oh my goodness my sweet friend....this is JAW DROPPING AWESOME...I love the whole creation and so perfect for this time of the year...what can I say....AMAZING...I am so blessed to have you in my life...you truly are an Angel here on earth and a wonderful inspiration in many, many ways...big hugs and love...♥♥♥

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  24. WOW!! This is awesome Kelly!! I just LOVE Edgar Allen Poe!!! You've done a brilliant take with the theme too!! HUGS! :)

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  25. Oh my goodness, Kelly! Your card and bookmark are ADORABLE!!! I love the bright/bold colors..... and your many fun elements!

    Can you believe it? I had absolutely NO IDEA what Melina was up to. She truly did surprise me... and the sweet sweet things each DDD said about the two of us..... Well, let's just say, I've shed a lot of tears of joy. They are such a blessing to both of us, I know!

    Huge hugs, my friend! I'm so glad we're DDD's.

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  26. This is super fun and spooky! Love the details and the great colors! Carri~Abusybee

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  27. OH MY WOW! Look at all of these Amazing diecuts!!!

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  28. Love the card and bookmark. So many Fabulous colors! I think you did a good job with your challenge! :)

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  29. What a beautiful set Kelly! Your Halloween card is so awesome---I just love that moon & the bookmark is just as cute as can be!

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  30. Yay! I'm glad you added your card to The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop.

    Thanks!

    Terry

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  31. This is so fun! The scallop moon is wonderful and I love that upside-down bat! Your sentiment is perfect for the design, and the matching bookmark is adorable!! Love this not so spooky Halloween set!

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  32. Great combination of bookmark and card, and I like the scene you created with the tree branch.

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  33. Great creation hun! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

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  34. I really love this halloween creations.
    Just fantastic.

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  35. How fabulous! I love the card and bookmark combo. This is the brightest Halloween card I have ever seen. I don't do Halloween either but I do like this one!

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  36. Loving your Halloween Poe card and bookmark! The details on it are great. Love the layout, and the use of the crow! Your skating Riley card is so pretty. The fun paper is perfect for the background. WELCOME to our group...Can't wait to see more of your creations.

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  37. Ooooh...Spooky! Love all the detail that went into both the card and the bookmark!

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