Dueling Darlings ~ How Great is the Love of the Father :)

 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" ~ 1 John 3:1

Indeed how blessed we are!  It's the Dueling Darlings card kit of the month friendly duel, and this month, our hostess for the Divas is the lovely Jamie!   She sent us a very masculine kit with nautical stamped images, brown/blue theme papers & asked us to make a card for the 'guy' in our life.
Truly my husband in an angel on earth and a rare man ~ so loving and kind and never misses a single day without saying I love you to me and the kids.  The past year has been a tough one with many trials thrown into our path but truly we have also been humbled and strengthened by those trials ...  Each and every day, we are so aware of our blessings and the graces bestowed upon us. 

This will be the 6th year without my dad.  The kids still ask about him all the time, especially our son who was just 15 months when dad passed away.  I makes me sad to know that he will never know the wonderful man that he calls "Grampy" because his sisters do.  He won't remember how much joy he brought my dad in the tiny amount of time they had together on this earth.  But I see his smile in the faces of my kids and his quirky, cheeky sense of humor that comes through.  So much of "him" is still here, in each of them ~ and that the love still outshines the earthly presence. And I know dad is there, waiting on all of us, and I have no doubt when we all get there, he'll be on some bench, smiling and telling us he was "just readin' the paper" while he waited! ;)

I recently came across a beautiful passage while researching for my book and I wanted to share it with you as well :)  It reads  "There is love, immortal and unchanging love, in heaven toward you, which will never grow cold. You will be helped. God would sooner cease to be than cease to be faithful.  Be of good courage, for today He will strengthen your heart.”   Don't you just love that!  Well, on to the card ...  While the card kit had me stumped a bit at first, it quickly came together once I got out the cuttlebug out and just made a bunch of circular patterns around the stamped images.  I don't think I've made a CAS card quite as CAS as this - one sheet of dsp and some circles, lol!!  I added a verse on the inside as well and just love the saying ~ pretty simple all the way around :)

So be sure to stop in and see what the other Divas have created with this same image, they will be up and on their blogs off to my sidebar.  And the Dazzlers, of course, can be found there as well.   

The evening rain just rolled in and my 'non-drowsy' cough syrup just kicked in and it sure is making me drowsy! :x  

Big hugs,

Bigger Blessings!


Cheerfully entering into:  Amuse - Father's Day
Celebrate the Occasion:  Father's Day


  1. Kelly, that was such a nice story, thank you for sharing.

    Love the card....Jamie put together a great kit for the Divas. Cool blue plaid paper!

    As usual a great card all around, in and out!!

  2. what a great ode to your father...yes he lives in your memories and your heart and through your children....your beautiful card reflects the love you have not only for your Dad but also for the Father of all fathers...it's no coincidence that your stamped immies are enclosed in three circles...He guided your creative hands to represent the Holy Trinity via your special card!
    *God Bless*! ♥

  3. Beautiful post, Kelly, and I love that passage too.
    Your card is fantastic! Love this stamp set and in fact, just purchased it last month!
    Great card!

  4. Fantastic card, Kelly! I'm so glad the CAS bug hit you for this one. =)
    The Wee One is three months old, and the big wedding I've ben sewing for is Saturday, (no not one of my girls, a friend's daughter), so I'll be back in blog land more, now. You all have been so creative! I've missed a lot, and can't ever hope to catch up, but I'll sure give it a try! lol

  5. Totally love your card... it's done to perfection! Really love the passage you shared!

  6. Beautiful story Kelly. It is so sad when grandchildren don't get to spend time with their grandparents. It's such a special relationship.

    Love your card and the verse inside. This is a favourite stamp set of mine.

  7. Loving it!

    What a wonderful, poetic post. My dad passed away when I was 14. I miss him to this day. My DS is so much like him in so many ways that it is truly scary!

    So glad we get this chance to be 'together' the 15th of every month to Duel it out!!

  8. Holy Hannah girlfriend...what an awesome card...I love all the circles and the clean crisp feel of this card. It is stunning to say the least...this is absolutely perfect...and what a tribute to your hubby, dad and sweet son...the 3 wonderful men in your life...Hang in there...I know you have had a couple tough years and you have handled all your trials and tribulations with grace and dignity. You are an angel here on earth and a true inspiration in to all around you...I am blessed to have you as a friend....mwahh....great job on your card.....♥♥♥

  9. What a crisp, clean and thoughful creation Kelly. Always keep talking aboutyour dad because it helps to keep him safe in your heart.

  10. Beautiful! Your card, your story... it's beautiful!

  11. oh such a nice masculine card...and a wonderful verse/sentiment...tfs this card!!

  12. What an awesome sentiment with this fabulous nautical Father's Day design!

    What a blessing to see your father in your children's faces!

  13. Stunning card Kelly. I love the three circles and your card is just perfect!

    I think the sentiment is awesome!

  14. Kelly, you always lift us up and inspire us with your creations and with your gift of words of grace and love! We both have been so blessed to have loving men in our lives. We share the sorrow of no longer having our earthly fathers with us but have the blessing of wonderful memories and their teachings and guidance. Your card is an inspiration too and it seems we both were inspired to go CAS!
    Love you, dear friend, and thanks for including that awesome passage. Blessings!

  15. So beautiful! I love the way you showcased the images/sentiments. I agree with Paola's comment :)

  16. Great! Thanks for joining CTO's Father Day Challenge!

  17. What a stunning card, and a loving tribute to your husband and father. This card is stately, down-to-earth and noble, just what a loving father would treasure! Thank you for sharing your art and your heart!

  18. This is such a wonderful card! Love the paper with the images and the verse inside is perfect!
    I always find so much inspiration at your blog, both creative and spiritual! Thanks so much for always sharing your best with all of us!!

  19. beautiful post and wonderful card! truly heartfelt

  20. Beautiful card and sentiment. Love the layout and colors.

  21. very pretty card Kelly. Love the circles :) That seems to be a theme this month!

  22. What great memories you have of your dad. I am sorry he is not still here with you. It is great that you still see him in your children....don't forget a layer, yourself!

    I like your card. The blue was great to work with. I like how you used the ribbon at the bottom.

    Great job and blog post!

  23. LOVE this! Blue is my favorite color and I love that stamp set also.

  24. I love your stamped images along with your wonderful DP's, your sentiment is just beautiful! Thanks for joining us @ CTO this week for our "Father's Day" Challenge :o)

  25. Thank you for sharing your story. (((hugs))) Beautiful card that any father would love to receive! Thanks for playing the A Muse Studio Consultant Challenge with us!

  26. Kelly, your card is stunning and your words touching! Thank you for the blessing that you are to me!

  27. Wonderful male card with a great summer scene, thanks for joining CCC!

  28. love the details on this card - and the blues are lovely! thanks for joining us this week at Totally Papercrafts.
    Kim x

  29. I love men cards, you did a great job

    Thank you for allowing us to see your talent.
    I am so thrilled to have you in our challenge this week.
    Please come back next week.
    Tammy Ortiz
    Founder of
    Tammy Scrapin Corner

  30. Pretty card, thanks for entering our challenge at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. We hope to see more from you in our challenges.

    Marc ^_^