DDD ~ Show Your Patriotism!

Hi everyone! 
 I can't believe it's been a whole month since I've last posted! 
 Life has definitely thrown us a curveball in the 'busy department'
and now that it's summer,
I'm hoping to get back into the crafting/blogging groove!
Today I'm buzzzzing by with this adorable patriotic bumble bee card!
 It's the 15th of the month, which means the Dueling Darlings post our cards
with a chosen theme by the hostesses.
This month, our hostesses were Barb and Terry and they have chosen a very patriotic theme based on June 14th  ~ Flag Day!
For team Divas, our hostess, Barb, sent us this super festive kit filled with papers, embellishments, + this adorable Bee image from
 Whipper Snapper Designs.

So, here's my card!

And the inside of my card - left blank for now :)

The second part of Barb and Terry's challenge was to share what we personally feel when we see the flag.

For me, it's a strong symbol of the freedom we have been given
thanks to the sacrifice of so many.
My dad and brother both served this country respectively and
that makes me a very proud daughter and sister!
Coming from a military family, I take pride in what our nation stands for
and what the flag represents.
Sadly, dad lost his battle with cancer 10 years ago
 and was buried in a veteran's cemetery. 
His burial flag was presented to me at his ceremony,
and I display it in our front living room ~
where I see it each day as my own family and I
walk past where it's displayed, a symbol of love and remembrance.

Thank you, Barb and Terry, for a fabulous theme to work with this month!
The DDD will be taking a summer hiatus
and we will be back in the Fall rested and energized! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
I have a lot of cards to catch up on and post so this will be
 a fun and busy week in blogland! ♥

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into
613 Avenue Create #128:  Colors of the Flag



  1. Beautiful card, Kelly, celebrating our flag! Your really highlighted that darling "Glory Bee" image with those terrific red, white and blue papers and buttons. Super patriotic both inside and out! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how much the flag means to you. So glad you have this lasting remembrance of your dad! Hope you have a fun summer!!

  2. Wonderful Card, Kelly ! The papers fits so nicely with the Bee. Like the blue, red, White Colors !

  3. That bee image is super cute! You did a great coloring job. Great little sentiment too and thanks for sharing your lovely heartfelt story.

  4. TOOOO cute and fun! Love that adorable little bee and all the red, white, and blue!

  5. Your Glory Bee sure got a chuckle out of me, Kelly! What a delightful upbeat patriotic design! I love every perfect detail!

  6. This has got to "bee" the most adorable patriotic bee I've ever seen. Love the way you colored him and love how you paired all the patterned paper. Your card layout is, as always, amazing!

  7. This is so darn sweet, Kelly!! I love that adorable bee!! He's so happy and fun!! I love the design and the details!! Patriotic and fabulous my friend!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Oh wow Kelly this is absolutely fantastic and totally adorable I love, love that cute image also the wonderful patriotic colours and brilliant design, superb make.
    lorraine x

  9. Oh my gosh, it doesn't get cuter than this. Kelly. Love the bright colors and theme. Perfect papers to!

  10. Gorgeous Kelly - love that image and you have used it so creatively.

  11. Fabulous creation, love the design and colours
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  12. Love this card- image is adorable! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up!

  13. Super, super sweet! Glad you had a chance to get back to crafting.

    Thanks for joining us for our Stars and Stripes challenge at Cut it Up!


  14. Oh my WORD what a CUTE little guy he is and so full of patriotism!! :) Love you design and wonderful colors here Kelly!! HUGS

  15. Sweet card! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Life has a way of happening and keeping us from more frequent blog updates!

  16. OMGosh this is so super cute!!!

  17. Beautiful Card! So patriotic and ready for 4th of July and flag day. Fourth of July came to mind to me first when I saw it because my birthday is the 1st. Hope you have a memorable summer!

  18. I always wondered why card makers (and the rubber stamp industry) often don't focus on the details of decorating the INSIDE of a card. You do It beautifully! Way to go!

  19. What a fabulous card!! Love that sweet bee image you used!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!

  20. Love love love this card Kelly! I love how some of the buttons are "sneaked" halfway underneath the main image panel. It gives it a whole new dimension. :)


  21. This is just a delightful image for the upcoming holiday. Love all the splashes of patriotic colors on this cute little bee. Terrific layout & really nifty embellies! I hear you about the busy month. Sometimes Life just has to take precedence, and you get back to crafting & blogging when you can. Glad if you enjoyed the Beach scene. It took me back to our years in South Florida! Enjoy the summer. TFS & Hugs

  22. Wonderful tribute to your Dad and brother. Your card is a true honey!!! Love the cute image and of course, you always have the best DP's and love the buttons : )

  23. WOW this is bright and so patriotic Kelly!

  24. This is a really great designed patriotic card. Love the colours and the details with the colouring and buttons. Thanks for playing at
    613 Avenue Create and good luck. Hope to see you back sunday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member 613 Avenue Create xx

  25. Gorgeous card. This little bee is a perfect way to show patriotism.

  26. Kelly--it looks like I did not leave a comment yet on this sweet card. I love how you showcased the image with the frame and the banners! Love the buttons too! Your colors are perfect for this patriotic bee. Love the story of your family and I am sure you smile every time you see the flag at your house. See you in the fall with another great round of DDD.

  27. That is one patriotic bee!! Your card looks fantastic!!
    I totally get the crazy life thing right now! Seems like our summers are even busier than the rest of the year!

  28. Kelly this card is da bomb....great job on the use of the kit. I love how you used the dsp and buttons on the front of the card. The inside is as always wonderful. I love the ribbon on the dsp....great job my friend.....