DDD ~ What not to wear { to the Holiday Party!}

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Good morning!  It's the 15th of the month and that means the Dueling Darlings duel it out with mystery card kits .... and what fun!!  It was my turn to host for the Divas and Jeanette was hostess for the Dazzlers!  That, in itself, should have had all the Darlings running for cover - ROFL!  And did we ever have a grand 'ol time this month planning a doozy of a theme - What not to Wear (based on the hit tv show) with a twist - what not to wear to the Holiday Party!  We put together a cah-razy mishmash of holiday papers tossed in with some argyle, stripes, pinks and purples ... all the wild outfits that you see them start the show with before they dress 'em up!  Lastly, our CHALLENGE part this month was to show off an old picture of ourselves wearing one of those crazy outfits ~ I wore day-glow, neon clothes ala Madonna style in high school, so atrocious I can't believe that we walked around looking like humor highlighters!  But it was style - big hair, glam rock, flashy clothes, big shoulder pads ......... Hi-de-ous!  I didn't get a chance to head over to my mom's to scoop up an old photo album but I did sneak this one out of my husband's old photo album from when we met - IN HIGH SCHOOL, lol.  We've been together for like 100 years :)  We were collecting those Flintstones glasses from P.Hut and stopped in to find one ~ and he snapped a picture ... Oh my, that was a lifetime ago :)  But as you can see from my cropped half shirt (gasp) I still had those bright colors going on ;)  I also had just cut my hair - it was always long and teased and HUGE!!  Oh what a decade ........ LOL!!

I went around and around with what image I wanted to use, and finally remember this sweet little In Style stamp called Lilah.  I bought a few of these for gifts and kept one intended to make cards for my daughters - and never did *smile!*  But she's ready to rock around the Christmas tree now, paired up with papers from MME, DCWV and CI - buttons, bow, twine and more.  I added a sentiment inside and the paper that was one of the requirements - use one of the non holiday papers in some fashion.   Rambling ...... NOT happy at all with my card, but it was due so now it's done, rofl :) 

Be sure to check out what the other Divas 'n Dazzlers have going on with this What Not To Wear kit!!  I'm so proud of them for taking on this challenge - I know for some of them it was not easy and am so proud of them for stepping up to a difficult challenge and hope it was a fun and creative process thinking outside the box!  You can see the diva's blog creations:

BarbCarol  *  Judy  *  Jamie  *  Joan Kelly (me!)LauraJean  * Tami  

and the Dazzlers can be viewed when you go to the Team Leader, Jeanette's blog!  WOOHOO!  Sit back and enjoy the show!!!! :)

Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!


  1. You wore da-glo, I wore PJ's......lmbo

    I love your card and she does look ready for a holiday party (DH's has one with a Hawaiian theme this yr - oivay).

    I love how you always mix and match your dp's; you have such a knack for it!

  2. What a super fun challenge! LOVE your "what not to wear" card! So fun reading about you in the 80's!

  3. This whole post is fantastic!!! And I love the card!!!!

  4. Kelly--your card is great and I love the challenge that you sent us--well, maybe not love..............

    I really like the sentiment on the inside-I have not seen that one in the past--Perfect for your card!

    And you picture--I remember teaching many young ladies who looked very similar to your photo! Thanks for sharing and thanks for being a great leader!

  5. I love your card! great coloring and arranging of the papers! Try not to gag when you see mine! LOL
    Your pic is so cute! I love your fly away hair and side stripes! That was cool then!!!! giggle :) HUGS

  6. wonderful girl...LOVE the cute image...xoxo

  7. Awesome, beautiful, lovely is your card. Love the sentiment inside...So appropriate for the theme. And the theme is WILD! I had so much fun with your wild and crazy card kit.

    Love your high school era pix...Hey, I don't see any fashion faux pas here...you're such a cutie!! Maybe, I'll find an "old" one of me and publish it one of these days.

  8. Sweet, sweet card! Precious image too.
    Love your photo! Such a funny post too. Isn't amazing how things change with time.

  9. Love your card, red is always perfect for a holiday party. Your picture is great, hmmm....huge hair, I you originally from Texas?? :)

  10. Hello Diva!

    You rocked the house on this one!

    I so love the picture of you with the abandon AMC Pacer in the background! Classic!!!!

    Your card turned out good. I like the colors of solid paper that you chose to work with. The layers worked well too. Great job!!!

  11. Kelly, I don't know why you aren't happy with this card!! It's great! What an adorable image, so cute & pouty. The inside is a riot, though, blue argyle and the Christmas colors! What a hoot!
    And you looked so pretty - your natural beauty shining through!

  12. What fun! I love your card, and seeing the kit that you put together with our theme! (At least this time we didn't choose the same image.) Your card is gorgeous. I don't know why you aren't happy with it. I love it!

    And that picture of you is amazing! You were just as beautiful then as you are now!

    Your post was such fun to read, too, my friend! Thank you for being my partner in crime this month. The fashonable duel was such fun!

  13. Kelly, the sentiment is just great and your card is very pretty. Thanks for this great story !

  14. How on Earth did you manage to make such an awesome card with that mish mash of papers and stuff you put together?? It is really great!!

    Thanks for being such a fun hostess this month...you and Jeanette came up with something no one can top!!

    ☺ Terry

  15. HeHe you are totally pulling off your half shirt! The good old days where it was ok to sport a half shirt, some Z Cazzerichi pants and a can of Aqua Net!

    Really fun card too!

  16. Oh my goodness Kelly...I love your card....and your picture..you have such a talent for making cards. I love how you have used the kit and the way you have it all laid out...the inside...as usual is just as stunning as the outside...I love the saying as well...you rocked this and I must say you gave us a wonderful, fun, full, package of goodies to play with....I miss "chatting" with you and hope to soon again...I know you are always busy and now I seem to be in a race with you...lol...(trying to find time to get on the computer)...take care....sending big hugs....♥♥♥

  17. How fun! Quite honestly, I really like your card and your sentiment inside is perfect! Big smiles at the pic. We are having a local crop this weekend for our daycare (25 yr. anniversary) and there is an 80's big hair photo contest. I think my senior year photo will do just fine!!

  18. OH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! This card is ohh soooooo adorableeeeeeeeeee...from front to back,sideways...all angles!
    I absolutly love how you can put together even the most 'misfit' of items....U make them appear as if they always belong together somewhat...that IS quite the talent!!This card is no exception of your creativeness!Awesomely done! :o)

  19. Beautiful card. I love your layout and use of all the different DP's. Love the twine tied over the ribbon and your coloring is marvelous. Great job.