DDD - Celebrating 4 years together!

*If you are looking for my Cornish Heritage Farms post, please scroll down!*
Good Morning!
Today's the 15th of the month which means the Dueling Darlings
post our cards and this is a special post indeed!
It's our 4 year anniversary of posting card kits together!
What an incredible, blessed and fabulous journey it's been!
The day I dreamed up the idea for this group, I could not have imagined
how much it would enrich my life in friendship, crafting, laughing and more!
Thank you, each and every DDD member, for making this journey together
as beautiful as it's been ....
and here's to 4 (or lots!) more! ♥
Speaking of 4!!!
It just happens that I am the hostess for the Divas this round
and Jeanette is the hostess for the Dazzlers -- which means we chose a
theme for this month: 
 Birds of a Feather, Flock together!
In honor of the 4 years together, I chose a "Country Chic" theme and sent images, embellishments and papers to reflect that. 
 We challenged the girls to a little extra this month
(and after this, they are all probably leaving! LOL!)
We wanted them to show 4 things on their cards that are the same to mark our anniversary together.
Not ribbon, brads, flowers, paper = 4.
But 4 of the SAME thing.
Not easy to do!
I also chose a stamp set I've had for .... more than 4 years :)
It's a use an image that I’ve had for over 4 years as well for a little twist.
 Taylored Expressions “Branching Out”, which is a set from special release w/ partial profits for the Eden Projects. The Eden’s Project’s Slogan is Plant Trees - Save Lives. They fight against deforestation and their organization recreates healthy forest systems not only through replanting/seeding but they also restore hope, alleviate suffering, empower communities and build local economies in impoverished areas}.
 I sent along  a special stamp set to use:  a sheet of burlap - my newest love :)
If you have seen many of my posts, you'll see I have a slight love affair with it!
I asked them to incorporate it somewhere on their cards.
Whew, that was a lot to say!  LOL!
Now how 'bout a card!
I paper pieced my tree top on today's card - easy to do,
including if you don't have the actual stamp!
Just place the image into the copier and run your dsp through the printer
rather than copy paper- tada!
I fussy cut the tree and and the sweet birdies -- adding them to the tree.
I stamped onto the card instead of the inside (shocker!!)
to keep the weight of this card down - it will be mailed today :)
Did you see my burlap? It's there!
Peeking out as part of the ground - Tami would be so proud of me,
it's cut straight!  I've had lots of practice, lol!
And hopefully my "4" are visible - I just layer dew drops around the card.
And be sure to stop off and see what all the DDD
members have created for you today ~
you can find their blogs in my sidebar.
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


  1. Beautiful card! Oooooh, thank for teaching us how to paper piece without the stamp! Also a big TY for inviting me to be part of this wonderful group. Your friendship means so much to me. ♥

  2. Precious! I love the strip of burlap and that gingham at the bottom.

  3. This is so adorable!! I love the pretty tree!! The strip of burlap and gingham at the bottom is fabulous!! Awesome card!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Cute card and happy anniversary! I love burlap too. I don't think I could have had such a tiny bit poke out though, LOL.

  5. Kelly--I am in awe for many things right now. I am thankful that you came up with the idea for this awesome group and that you decide to offer me an invitation to be a part of it! I am in awe of the kit you sent us and the wonderful challenges you posed for us. And, finally, I am in love with your card. I too now know how to paper piece without having the actual stamp--thanks for the tip!

    Hugs to you my friend for another month of fun!

  6. Well, I am friggin' impressed on the straight burlap cut!!!! That was mind numbing for me!!!! LOL I like how you have it peeking through for the grass behind the ribbon.

    Such a cute card and a challenging kit. Thank you for having be in your group. I love it!

  7. Hi Kels! Thanks again for this beautiful kit and for inviting me to be part of your Diva team! 4 YEARS! WOW! Time really does pass swiftly when you're having a wonderful time and I certainly do with the awesome group of ladies that comprise the Dueling Darlings!!
    Beautiful card! Thanks for the info on printing an image on dsp...so clever!! I think we were on the same wave length using the same "4 of one kind" element on our cards! :-) I really missed adding the butterfly to my card. ;-( Love that you did!!!

  8. Absolutely four more years and four more and four more! Lots of creativity and sweetness on your card!

  9. What a great card Kelly and you are so BRILLIANT.... paper piecing with a copier and dsp..this has eluded me for years (now to remember it next time I need to do it...hmmmmm...sr moments). Thanks for the awesome challenge and the past 4 years!!!

    Love ya my friend...

  10. Stunning, Kelly, and I love your tip about paper piecing ;-). I did see the burlap, and also the four dew drops, although two are pretty cunningly camouflaged!

  11. Congratulation Kelly - 4 years is a long while in Blogland!Your card today is delightful!

  12. Your tree is a delight, Kelly! What a fabulous card!!

    Wishing the DDD members many more years of stamping fun and fellowship!!

  13. I love your pretty tree with the sweet birds! What a wonderful card for celebrating 4 years!

  14. It is always fun to see your cards with this group- this one is no exception! Loving the burlap accent!

  15. You and your burlap crack me up! I love the texture and color it brings to a card... so natural. Love the fussy cutting, though I tend not to do much of it myself (big hands - ha ha ha).

  16. Lovely soft colors and your DP tree is gorgeous.

  17. What a fantastic card. I love the fussy cut tree from the pretty designer paper. And the ribbon and burial at the bottom are great!

  18. Kelly, first, THANK YOU for being my partner for 4 years and for coming up with the idea for the DDD, too! I love the group - and I love you!

    Now, about your card....... oh my! It is so pretty! It has so many great touches, including the "blue gingham" grass and the great tree! Love the placement of the bling, too!