DDD ~ Christmas in July!

Hi friends!

It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time
 for another friendly duel with the Dueling Darlings card group :)
My card today is based on a card kit that I received and
 this is my completed card, using only the kit, except the base cardstock!
Our hostesses this month were the fabulous sister duo:  Suzy and Deb!
They both live in Texas, where it's HOT, and thought "Christmas in July!"

Here is the card I created ↓

I left the beautiful image intentional uncolored.
I loved the contrast of the snowy cabin with the richness of the paper colors.
Suzy included the die cut snowflakes, ribbon, twine, gems and tiny snowflakes
and I wanted to make sure to use at least one of each thing included!
and the inside of the card ↓

In addition, the second part of their challenge is to share a recipe
that is made at Christmas time.

In our home, that's Spritzgebäck!

 (not my photo - iviewing purposes only! Unknown source on the internet)

 Each Christmas that we lived in Germany, my mum would gather
 all the ingredients to make luscious buttery hazelnut and almond cookies.
They are crunchy and soft and the instant you take a bit,
 it tastes like instant Christmas ♥
 I started making these when my children were very small,
and while it's not their favorite cookie, they always get excited 
knowing that it brings wonderful memories for their mama!
I am truly blessed ♥

Here is an example of a standard recipe:

#5 should say let them cool down and inhale!  LOL!

Since the Dueling Darlings are dividedi into 2 teams:
The Divas (me!) and the Dazzlers,
it's hard to list all the blogs and galleries 
so you can see the full list of cardmakers here at Splitcoaststampers!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Fabulous card Kelly - love the uncoloured image, it really stands out against the coloured and 'stitched' borders. That recipe sounds amazing

  2. Gorgeous card!! I love the image and the papers you used!! The cookies look and sound delish!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Kelly, your card is so creative and gorgeous! I love the layers and fun!

    Your cookies look awesome, too!

  4. Pretty card! Love how you framed the image with your DP. Also love the bug snowflake!!

  5. Adorable card, so very festive!!! Love the choice of the uncoloured image and those beautiful papers look great with the triple stitching!! The inside is so elegant! And it seems to me I I can smell those cookies :D LOL Mmmmmm..... :D

  6. What a darling card. It's so bright and cheery.

  7. Beautiful card Kelly. Now I am hungry for cookies. They look delicious.

  8. What a wonderful homespun look for a Christmas card, with a recipe included! I love all the stitching both inside and outside - it's a real beauty!

  9. Beauutiful card and papers -love the uncoloured look of the image
    Carol x

  10. I like the die cut you used for the DP - makes a great frame. The cookies, now I just want to skip to number 5 - inhale!

  11. Beautiful Christmas card Kelly..love the papers, great colours,and pretty snowflake..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. A gorgeous card Kelly and love the winter image. Love the colours and papers. Big hugs, Carol S.xxxx

  13. A very pretty image and framed so nicely! The sentiment is so ornate and pretty too! It is amazing how we all have such lovely memories of making Christmas cookies. My mom made SO many kinds, so I don’t have a sentimental favorite, but I do have a favorite tasting one!

  14. Wow, what a beautiful Christmas card, lovely stamp and lovely papers ! Thanks for the recipe of the cookies, I lived for a while in Germany, and my mum used to make different kinds of cookies for Christmas. Hugs, Enny

  15. Love your fabulous paper choices for these awesome stitched frames!! That house looks so cozy and inviting on this wonderful holiday card, Kelly!!
    Thanks for sharing this cook recipe!! I'll have to try it!!

  16. Awesome Card Kelly. I love the you left the image uncolored--it is great with the beautiful patterned papers!

  17. Such a pretty stamp and it works really well with the backing paper that you've used x

  18. Love your card Kelly the black and white image just pops out. I love both inside and out. MMmmmmmmmm can't wait to make your cookies...they sound absolutely awesome.

  19. Wow, Kelly! Love your beautiful card. The color combination is awesome and the uncolored image works great with the pop of color from the DPs. The cookies sound luscious! Hope you have an amazing, relaxing vacation.

  20. Love the vintage style of the image! Lovely!


  21. Very pretty layout and the image just pops as it is!!! Yum- the coolies sound just delicious!!!

  22. Great card! Love the layers. Love the recipe too.