4.15.2013

The Dueling Darlings are in *Bloom* :)


Happy Monday, sweet friends!  
 I can't believe it's been a week since I've posted  - and even longer since I've crafted :(  I've been absolutely swamped here with the 4 kids and their schools/schedules - not to mention their End of year Chorus shows, after school activities, appointments, Taylor Swift concert and more  ::: whew! ::: 

And today is the 15th of the month and that means the Dueling Darlings post our card kits!  This month, our kit was sent to us by Tami and this month's duel chosen by Tami (for the Divas) and Darlene (for the Dazzlers) chose the theme of: Flowers!  What a beautiful theme.  Tami sent us this beautiful stamped image of a sunflower by (I think!) Delta Creative Sunflower II.  I colored it with prismacolor markers and added a bit of sunburst stickles to give it a bit more pop, and then propped it up on 3D dots.  I fussy colored this one imagining that as God created the flowers, he created each one unique and beautiful! Tami also sent a matching Bloom sentiment so I added that to the inside of the card, and carried over some of the left over dsp to the inside as well.  My eye went straight for the earthy colors of dsp and aside from the cardstock, everything is from Tami's kit.  Overall, it's a pretty simple card layout but I'm happy with how this 'sunny' card turned out! :)  This is one of those "I promise it looks better IRL" cards, LOL!

 




In addition to creating a card, Tami and Darlene asked us to share what our favorite flower is.  My favorite flowers are tulips!  I adore them!  I fell in love with tulips when we first moved to Germany ~ my mom planted rows of them in a garden she created.  We visited Holland one year and that was it - It was beyond replaceable as my favorite flower from them on :)  
Coincidentally, my second favorite flower is the sunflower!  We even have a field close to our home with wild sunflowers growing there and it's a gorgeous view, especially with the setting sun behind them.  I'll try to take that picture one day for you :)   Thank you, Tami, for a beautiful card kit to work with.  I hope I did it justice, and really enjoyed working with the Sunflower image and your lovely card kit!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly


Entered into: Simon says stamp: Spring Flowers

34 comments:

  1. Love love love this card Kelly - it is gorgeous!! Your colouring is fabulous and the texture and patterned paper behind the image really set it off beautifully.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Girl these are gorgeous, I love that image and hint of glitter!!!

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  3. Such a wonderful card! Sunflowers are my sisters favorite flower, I get her things with them all the time! Your cutting is amazing. I have to work on mine. Such a lovely kit, as your piece is fab. Funny tulip story, I LOVE tulips, and have some in my garden. The bunnies LOVE them more. They wait until the bulbs begin to open, I come home and they are eaten right off the stemp. Each and every year. They then lay around on the lawn happy and rolling round. Too funny. My favorite flowers are daisies, can't get enough of them!

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  4. What a lovely card Kelly. Love how you popped the flowers up.

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  5. Kelly--your card is stunning! I love the colors and the pop of stickles is perfect. I also really like that you cut it out and popped it up--fantastic! And--I really the layout and where you added the button. The inside is perfect too!

    I am so glad we are both members of this wonderful group of ladies!

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  6. So pretty! I like your creative panels behind the image! This is so detailed and lovely Kelly :)

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  7. Kelly, your card is gorgeous - inside and out! love the way you placed the ribbon behind the panels. And what a great job of coloring the image. Lovely card!

    I'm so glad we get to duel each month!

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  8. Gorgeous depth with this exquisite sunflower!! Your card is a breath-taking beauty, Kelly!!

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  9. Oh wow this is so very pretty!! :) Love that flower and design! HUGS

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  10. Love your sunflower card, Kelly. It´s one of my favorite blooms and i like how you "pop it up".
    AND don´t worry about posting- i´m always surprised how you manage your large family :-) BIG compliments !! Lieben Gruß !

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  11. Oh, Kelly, you really rocked this duel with your gorgeous card. And not only that buy your blog background matches! How cool!! Love your design both inside and out and I especially love the flower with button and the leaves embellishing the inside...so pretty!

    Knowing that you love tulips you should plan a visit to WA state during April to visit the tulip fields in Skagit county...so beautiful! Tulips are one of my fav flowers too!

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  12. VERY pretty! Love the dimension on that big flower too.
    Lynn

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  13. Uh yeah, you did justice to the kit! Heck to yeah!!!

    I really like how you popped the flowers from the leaves. It looks really good that way. The touch of Stickles are just enough sparkle.

    I also like how you placed the buttons.....I am trying with those dang things! LOL

    Great job and share!

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  14. Don't forget to take a little time for Kelly for she is a VIP when it comes to keeping all those busy wheels turning!
    Sunflowers are amazing Kel and so is your card. I once drove down a quiet road in the middle of summer and as far as my eye could see were sunflowers - big blowsy fiercely bright sunflowers. A truly wow moment.
    I did not mean to upset you with my post. Sometimes I must keep it absolutely real.
    Enjoy your kids and have fun!

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  15. Take heart, school will be out soon! I'd say you aced the sunflower, absolutely beautiful and the background is perfect!

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  16. Beautiful card, Kelly. I love the cut out sunflower. I love tulips too!

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  17. This card is so bright, happy, cheerful... just like the person who made it! ;)))) I love sunflower!! Too bad they don't grow here.

    Sorry! I've been busy getting ready for my Europe trip (leaving this Wedsnesday!!) I am looking forward to the Netherlands very much... so lucky you lived there.

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  18. Oh, what a delight for my eyes! Incredible job using all that yummy goodness from Tami's kit. I LOVE love love how you broke up the panels and have them suspended over the ribbon (that is so cool). Your coloring is beautiful and I love the bit of sparkle you added to the flower. As always, amazing job with the inside of the card too! LOVE!!! hugs, kadie

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  19. Love your little bit of sparkle!

    You certainly did the kit justice! No doubt!

    Sending you extra hugs!!

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  20. Beautiful card Kells, your way of panelling are unsurpassed...and I truly lov ethat the beautiful sunny bloom is popped up from the leaves...very pretty inside as well...so well finished and such polished look!Great and classy ♥

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  21. kelly this card is just GORGEOUS!!!

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  22. Pretty card kelly! Love the background panels and how you did the inside of the card too!

    Great job this round! So glad you are a Diva!!

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  23. Inside and out this sunflower card is a beauty. There is just something about a sunflower that just spreads instant cheer!

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  24. Love that popped up sunflower. Gorgeous card!

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  25. Gorgeous! Beautiful sunflower image.

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  27. Love your sunflowers, Kelly! A very happy card - thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!

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  28. wow,wow, wow Kelly, great job on this challenge...love how you popped up the flower and the inside is just as stunning as the outside...awesome card my friend...♥

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  29. Kelly, you certainly DID do the kit justice with this beauty!! I love it - inside & out! I like how you cut out and mounted the sunflower to give it depth, and the raised panels really gives it a classy, elegant flair.

    The inside is fresh and cheerful, just like Spring!

    You totally rocked this month's duel!

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  30. Oh...How I love your cards' insides. I decorate mine...but not the way you do! Outstanding!

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  31. So pretty! The hint of sparkle from the stickles is the perfect amount of shine for your beautiful sunflowers!

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  32. I loveeeeeeee your sunflower! Just beautiful!

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  33. Fabulous card. Love your coloring of your flower and the way you popped it up.

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  34. So beautiful. I love the flower, especially the way you raised it up. Great colours and design, too.

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