DDD ~ Birthdays in the new Year! :)

What a fun day today is! 
 First, it's Friday AND it's the first duel of the year for the Dueling Darlings!
The Dueling Darlings is a crafting group that I dreamed up over 4 years ago
 in the wee hours of the night (true story!)
In a nutshell, two opposing teams 'duel' each month with a card kit
sent out from the two team hostesses that have chosen a theme.
I'm super blessed and over the moon happy that 4+ years later,
we're still going strong - how awesome is that ♥ 
 Judy is the hostess for the Divas this month -
Deb is the hostess for the Dazzlers
and their amazing theme is:  Birth of a New Year (birthdays!)
The card kit that Judy sent to us was absolutely scrumptious! 
 There is sooo much in her kit that I could make cards for days!
She even sent us a few choices of images to work with.
I went with the ever hilarious Art Impressions Girlfriends - love 'em!
My eyes zeroed right in on the buttons that came in the kit!!
Of course, I had to use those! :)

The challenge also asked us to share a special birthday memory.
Each one that I share with dh and the babies are all really wonderful!
But one that stands out the most is my 40th Birthday ♥
We had spent the entire day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
and stood front and center at the castle for the evening fireworks.
I was holding my son (just a little boy at the time)
and he had been so excited about my birthday, telling everyone ALL DAY!
The girls, dh and I had just watched the parade and were admiring the
fireworks and my son clapped his hands in glee,
pointing and saying "Mommy, that was for YOU!"
Oh my baby!!
In his mind, they certainly were :)
Thank you Judy for your amazing kit we were given to work with!
Do please visit the other Divas and Dazzlers to see what they
did with their cards this month ~ it's bound to be wonderful!

                                       Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


  1. this is priceless, I love the sentiment!

  2. Happy New Year Kelly! Gorgeous papers and fun sentiment. This sounds like a fun group!

  3. This is so fun, Kelly!! The image is adorable!! I love the sentiment!! The papers and design are fabulous!! What an awesome card!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Gorgeous, Kelly!! I love love love the way you colored and layed out the AI image. And that 4 panel was a genius way to use all the yummy papers Judy sent. LOVE your card!!

  5. LOL funny! What a great image and card The sentiment gave me big smiles. Wonderful use of patterned paper and a fab layout too!

  6. What a special memory of your 40th birthday Kelly!!! Yep, I think those fireworks were meant especially for you!
    Love all the AI stamps and you've turned this one into such a cute, cute card! Love the buttons too.

  7. Oh, Kelly, be still my heart! What a gorgeous and fun creation. Love how you used a variety of the designer papers in those great panels, the beautifully colored image and the perfect placement of those buttons to create a very dynamic card. And last but not least the interior shines just as brightly with design, papers, sentiment and buttons!
    Love, love, love your birthday memory...So precious!!!

  8. This is such a fun card! Fabulous stamp and perfect sentiment!

  9. Love how you colored the ladies and how you used the papers on the front!!

    Great card Kelly!!

  10. I agree with your son, the fireworks were in your honor! Lovely card and such a fun image and sentiment! Congrats on four years of wonderful creating together!

  11. Fabulous card. I also like those lady images. They're so funny. It's great that you all have stayed together for 4 years and hope you keep going for 4+ more years.

  12. Great card Kelly - I love those girls too! Loved your story - what a special day that birthday must have been!

  13. Kelly--your card just puts a smile on my face! I love the colors you used for the ladies and the layout inside and out is perfect! Thanks for dreaming up the Darlings!

  14. How adorable this card is Kelly!! Love the soft colors and fun sentiment too!! :) HUGS

  15. The blocks of DP look so good on the front with that image. The image which you colored so well! This is a fun card - great job!

  16. I need to get me some of these stamps They are hilarious. And your card is just fabulous,

  17. The perfect birthday card for each and every one of my friends, Kelly! Sensational design with this fabulously fun AI image!

  18. I love your card Kelly. The patchwork with all the dsp is a wonderful backdrop for your beautifully colored image. This card is perfect and whomever recieves it is going to LOVE it.

  19. Love this card. Great sentiment. You had a fabulous idea for your group. So happy for you that it's going strong years later!

  20. What a fun card! Love those ladies. I have to pick up some more of them as I have a lot of 50th birthdays coming up soon.

  21. I love how you tilted the image both inside and out. Great card...I love those two gals! Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions for our Java challenge! ~Renee

  22. Great card. So funny and so true!! Love your design and colouring! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

  23. This sentiment totally made me laugh and such a fun image to go along with it! Excellent job, making your mark! Thank you for taking the time to share with us at Addicted to Stamps and More this week, we sure hope to see you back again soon!!!

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  25. Such a fun card! I love these images and your coloring is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week!

  26. I love this layout! The image just pops! Great kraft base! :)

  27. What a fun piece Kelly. The kraft helps to ground all that luscious colour and the sentiment made me laugh.

  28. This is super cute and so hilarious, love it!! Your colouring is so brilliant too, it really brings them to life! So glad you could join us at ATSM this week!

  29. Your coloring is amazing! I love the DP's and have to smile to see buttons added to your card! Hehehehe love the sentiment- that is one I own... : )

  30. Great post, Kelly! And your card is beautiful! Love the pretty colors and great design! Thanks so much for joining our Java Love challenge at Art Impressions! Hope you join us again next time!

  31. cute image! nicely done card!

    Sounds like a great group. I joined a small group at yahoo and I can't believe that we are still together 14+ years later...Never, ever, met any of the 12+ ladies in the group (some have come and gone...but there's at least 10 of us that have been together the whole time..).Makes for some great memory sharing...just wish I could meet some in real life.

  32. Oh my goodness, Kelly! I love this card! The wide border, the fantastic coloring, the "Kelly-trademark" buttons! Everything about this card is amazing!

  33. Cute image! And I like the background that you chose!

  34. Beautifully colored and perfect layout. Also, such a sweet story - and even more wonderful that you remembered.