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Monday, March 16, 2015

What's YOUR Brew? ~ March Duel ~

   Hello Darling Peeps...
It is STILL the 15th and am blogging in the nick of time, even though I had my main card ready earlier in the day (but I decided to also make a second one after supper....therefore a longer delay)
This month Kadie (Diva's hostess) and I (for the Dazzlers) were at the helm for the Duel and decided to go with either a coffee /or tea theme hence we name it  ' What's YOUR Brew? '
This is what I sent to the Dazzlers : "My new partner Kadie and I got our heads together and decided it was time to put YOU through an 'arduous task' in asking what's your favorite brew of all. Are you a tea person or a coffee person? (or, are you perhaps both?)  Any particular kind of tea or coffee you prefer?  Tell us all about your brew of choice, and let's have fun dueling" ♥


  I put together a few different images and sentiments for my kits, including real coffee beans (the same ones I freshly grind daily for my espresso or cappuccino) (Some of you may know that when I create coffee themed card I always use beans somewhere in my cards (my trademark *wink*)

Dazzlers Kits Contents:

Stamped images - 'Coffee and Friend's  w/ sentiment (from Inkadinkado 96576 P) , 'Java Jumpers' /House Mouse (from Stampabilities),'I don't do Mornings' (from Stampabilities) , 'Chamomile Tea'  /House Mouse (from Stampabilities),
* plus a mixture of sentiments*
Ink - Images are stamped on Cougar white c/s w/ Memento Tuxedo Black Designer Papers - 'Honeycomb' by Time Spring (Fancy Pants) , 'Madame Mariposa' by Butterfly Collection (Prima) ,'Summer Kincaid Ave' by Scenic Route ,'Tip me Over' by Time Spring (Fancy Pants), Coffee notes by Mead Card Stock - 'Spice Market' by Recollection , dry embossed with 'On The Go' embossing folder (by Tim Holtz) Accessories - Candy Floss in 4 different colors ,Grosgrain pink double sided ribbon , Grosgrain deep red from SU , paper flowers from Recollection , assorted large brads from Basic Grey , large and medium half pearls , (real) coffee beans.

<----- The the inside of my card

I LOVEEE my daily espresso, I literally would have withdrawal symptoms if I could not have my brew, especially right after work...
One thing that REALLY has me so excited is that, after 10 years (if not longer!) I recently regained my sense of smell!! Just.Like.That!
Out.Of.The.Blue! Can you imagine how I truly feel these days? I am in cloud nine for sure! Someone pinch me please!!To me this is NOTHING short of  a miracle...especially after two surgeries that didn't result in curing my anosmia.
A new, forgotten world of bursting aromas and wonderful smells around the house, outdoors in the fresh spring air....EVERYTHING is like new well as the sense of taste...OHHHH the taste of food!!! Hard to describe for sure! A plethora of wonderful flavorfulness burst inside my mouth with the taking of each bite...Truly amazing....I feel I was given this new blessing for a reason....I just hope and pray that it will last!

 Later today, I decided to also make a tea card ... tea is , after all, the main brew I take daily to work with me...I became a tea drinker just a few years back. Hubby makes my tea each working day as he filling my thermos usually with green tea.
My favorite teas are the ones that contain lemon , orange or mint in them...although in the summer I love my refreshing peach tea on ice ♥

 For this card I chose 'Chamolile Tea' image from H/M (Stampabilities) I only used part of the image...I love the sleeping bunny  inside the tea box. ♥
I used the sentiment from another stamped image as it seems perfect for this card.

On the inside of the tea card I kept it simple, using only a strip of leaves d/p (which symbolize tea leaves - at least to me -) along with a small sample from other d/p from the kit.
Et voila'... Both brews have my vote, but a good Espresso coffee is definatley my most favorite brew of them all!

Thanks for stopping by...your opinions and your comments are always welcome... *Blessings to all!*:)

♥ Also would like to share my sweet little Princess special  day ...check her out here :

Friday, March 6, 2015

FROZEN themed cake...

 Hello Friends,
this time I don't have a card to show you, instead I am posting the latest birthday cake I made for my youngest grandaughter  who recently turned 7. She asked me to make her a 'Frozen' themed cake. Aside, pulling my own checked on line for a few ideas and, ultimatley,  proceeded to come out with my own, 
with the hope that it would turn somewhat decent enough to make my lil sweet grandaughter happy.

  I wanted to incorporate some unique snowflakes to Michela's birthday cake, using the biggest snowflakes stamp set I had :
'Snowflake Spot' (an old set from SU, year 2006 ) served this purpose well.
 Then, on I went, experimenting with 'designing' with blue melted chocolate , right on kitchen's waxed paper lined over the previous stamped images...

voila'...slowlyyyyy, slowwwwlyyyy, I managed to somewhat 'design' some yummy snowflakes

Not easy to do, for sure...
especially when no previous attempt was ever made to do this, on my part and I don;t have such a steady hand

In fact, I can almost guarantee this would most likely be my first AND last attempt at this! lol

I also used an oval Spellbinder die to trace around
white fondant. I wanted to use the oval shape, and decorate it with mini candy-balls and place the previously traced # 7 in blue chocolate, in the middle of the white oval, for a good contrast...
Well, that didn't work too well as the #7 cracked...yikes! What to do now ? Plan two - well, of course, I used blue candy-balls in the to form a #7, iced each little ball at a time and put them in place....After all that was done, the white ones still shifted...thus some of them look crooked too...but at this point I really wasn't too

Well, that didn't work too well as the #7 cracked...yikes! What to do now ? Plan two - well, of course, I used blue candy-balls in the to form a #7, iced each little ball at a time and put them in place....After all that was done, the white ones still shifted...thus some of them look crooked too...but at this point I really wasn't too concerned at all....

           Here's the final product...a total labour of love from a 'crazy' nonna!

The most important thing for me was to see my grandaughter sweet face lighting up when she saw her cake for the first well as the other lil girls present, all squealing with delightful joy ;)

                                ♥ Ready.....set....BLOW!!! ♥

 Sponge cake (NOT from a box, all fresh and made from scratch) , 
filling : purple/lavander frosting and mixed berries jam
Both cakes are covered with vanilla fondant (purchased at Michael's)

 I decided to make other treats that the kids would love,especially the birthday girl.
I named these 'Sven's antlers'...and they were a hit  :) They simply are pretzles sticks
dipped in eithr white or blue chocolate and then dazzled with all kind 
of sprinkles and tiny mini snowflakes...(these sticks ARE addictive, soo yummmy!)

 These are the 'sparkly' cake pops I also made for Michela's 'Frozen' party....
The cake pop themselves are really easy to make...but to cover them w/ hot dipping
chocolate and decorate them is a took me

Lastly, using leftover chocolate cake pops, I turned them into what
I dubbed them as 'Sven's droppings' definetly...colorful too ;)

                            Our very own sweet 'Princess Elsa', in all her royal glamour :)

Thanks for stopping by   :)
your visit is ALWAYS appreciated!
♥ God Bless!! ♥

Sunday, February 15, 2015


    Hello my Blogland Friends :)

Today is a DUEL day between the Dazzlers and the Divas. We are celebrating February's Umbrella Day. Our hostesses for this round are Darlene (Dazzlers) and LJ (Divas) 
Darlene has sent us Dazzlers a kit full of wonderful creative things including these darlin images.
We were requested to use the umbrella for this duel, the other images sent to us were optional, but I loved the gumboots so much that I could not leave them behind :)

Darlene sent us such an amazing kit full of wonderful papers and such. I decided to stick to two designer papers and use part of the accessories, including the beautiful big flower. I colored the other smaller white flowers to match my images, and clipped part of the petals in the front, to show the other...
Images from 'April Shower' (PB) ,
Gemstones + flowers + brads from Paper Studio, Ribbons from local craft store,  plus 4 beautiful sheets of assorted 6x6 Designer Papers.


I colored both images w/ SU markers, fussy cut them and pop them up with dimentionals , 
as well as the sweet sentiment. Used also SU c/s (Barely Banana and Pacific Point)


Loved the theme, and wishing all those swap friends that continue to have a very concerning snowy winter, warm and sunny days, such as we are experiencing here....
Today is wonderfully sunny and 15 out there!
♥ C'm on over!!! Mi casa es tu casa! ♥


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Unidentified Image Reveal ~ Round 18 ~

Hello friends , 
today, being the 10th of the month, is time to reveal the 18th image of the Unidentified Image Swap that was sent to us by our lovely hostess Darlene (SCS:luvcardmaking)
It is such a cute, sweet image : 
'Bees and Honey' by Penny Black

Loved coloring it as I dusted off my old Stamping Up markers...
For my card, I chose a soft palette of colors, using the following : 
Smooth white c/s from Cougar, Bashful Blue c/s and designer paper from SU, round Spellbinder dies, faux pearls, 
 crystal glitter, pop-up adhesive.
Sentiment : 'One of a Kind' from SU. 

♥  Thank YOU DARLENE for such an esquisite choice! ♥

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dueling Darling Jan. 2015

~*~  Hello wonderful Bloglanders Peeps :)
It's been like- 4ever - since I posted on my blog...
in fact this is my first post of the new year and what a great way to start it
with the FIRST duel between the Darlings! ♥ 
For those of you that may be new and perusing my blog, the following is copied from the
'creator' of this group : Kelly ♥  It explains in a simple clear way ,what the Darlings are all about :

 " The Dueling Darlings are a group of friends from SCS that swap cards and beyond and formed a new group called the Dueling Darlings! Divided into Group A and B, which wasn't a cool name so we are now the Divas and the Dazzlers, have a monthly rotating hostess kit that goes out to make cards! The Divas have one card kit to work with, while the Dazzlers have another! It's fun to see what we "duel" up in cardstock, papers and wonderful images! "

 This year things have changed and switched up a bit, 
as we all were assigned new partners recently.
Speaking of partners, this month is hosted by Debbie (for us Dazzlers) and Judy (for the Divas) 
Debbie sent us Dazzlers a wonderful kit full of crafty-yumminess.  
                               ♥ THANK YOU DEB! ♥

Debbie's card kit for DD included the following:
DP - American Crafts, Confetti - Banana Cream Brady and Peanut Butter Benny.
Images - Whippersnappers "Little Girl and Dotted Present" and
Stampin Up! "Birthday Whimsey" (cake)
Sentiment - A Muse "Itty Bitty Birthday"
mages and sentiment stamped in Memento Ink black and cocoa .  Button - SU!
Ribbons - SU! Rose, crushed curry, orange, bermuda bay

Thanks for stopping by and      checking our 'new year duel'!

    ♥ Blessings to all! ♥

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Unidentified Image Swap ~ November 2014

   Hello there , my wonderful friends in blogland...
it is the 10th of the month and ,as such, we can now reveal the image that Barb sent to us peeps 
in the Unidentified Image Swap (round 17th) on SCS , that she started a while back.
She sent us partecipant this ohhh soooo cuteee image from Whipper Snapper :
"Bristol & Friends"
Like Barb, I too love, love, loveeeee anything from WS stamping company , so it was not a total surprise to find  adorable WS images for this round. ♥ :)


For my card I added Pacific Point card stock (SU) as my base , plus white card stock ,
My Mind's Eyes designer papers , ribbon from Michael , punched out snowflakes, blue gems brads, Spellbinders circle dies and glitter. Images are colored with Copics.
I purposely left out a sentiment , thus allowing the recipients to add their own choices of
either a winter theme sentiment, winter Birthday, Thank you from a group etc...
The possibilities are endless...

   Fun image...great choice Barb!
      ♥ Thank you all for your visit, 
and for any comment you may leave... ♥
~ xox ~

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Past and Present duels ...

       Hello friends in blogland,
today I am posting a card with a THANK YOU theme  as proposed for this month's duel.
Yes, I am part of  a 'dueling group' with two teams: " The Divas and The Dazzlers" ♥
Each team partners up with the opposite one, and each month the designated hostesses from each team send an individual kit to each partecipant in their groups.
This month's hostess are April , for us Dazzlers, and Kadie for the Divas.
The wonderful kit received this month was full of so many items that I have plenty left to actually make several cards -eventually- when Life decides to slow down in my neck of the

Amongst the kit there was a cute adorned circle (nestie?) which I cut up in half to add a more ornate
look around the Spellbinder shape I chose. Also the white flower and the white twine included,were colored (with Copic) in the same shade as the scroll in the sentiment...(although the lighting makes them look much more brighter in these pictures!) Both flowers and the scroll were sprinkled with Diamond glitter...too bad it doesn't show well how truly pretty sparkly it turned out in real life! :(
I gave all the layers a rough edge as well, sort of a shabby -chic look. ♥

   Thanks for this months great theme   April and Kadie!!

Dazzlers Kit Contents for November :
• Recollections and Prima flowers, misc sizes/shapes
• Favorite Findings and Basic Grey buttons
• Offray Twill ribbon (tan stitched)
• Craftsmart sheer ribbon (from Germany) – mint blue
• Kaiser mini pearls
• Recollections paper rope – white
• Recollections Fall Foliage paper doilies – beige
• DSP from SU! ~ Le Jardin (in yellow, green, beige, blues)
• Kraft cardstock, PTI
• Images: Thank you (Flourish) from Inkadinkadoo and Thank you (cursive) from Michaels $1.50 bin

*** Please note: I also have a SECOND card today...
           my very late dueling one for last October!
( I am still behind with September month....*sigh*...I will remedy that soon!)

For the month of October Terry aka my WPS (wink) and LJ were the dueling hostess
and both decided on a Halloween theme...Terry sent a kit full of great designer papers and I had a hard time I decided to go a lil plainer than usual  and, overall, I truly like 
the simple approach and how this Halloween card turned out. I will save the leftovers for another card or two-for next year.              

Dazzlers Kit Contents for October : 
*Image - Haunted Forest (Stampin' Up!)
*Papers - Boo! (Flair Designs), Jeepers Creepers (Heidi Grace Designs), Halloween Words (the Paper Studio), Sugar Rush (Heidi Grace Designs), Web
*Embellishments: Candi Dots (Craftworkcards), Ribbon (miscellaneous from Michaels), mini brads (Recollection)

 **We are supposed to mention also which was/is our favorite candy....well for me anything with dark chocolate has my vote but I fondly remember the 'wars' my son and I used to have with each other by hiding the Peanut Butter Cups around each Halloween time... I was able to only win once...clearly he had better hiding spot than me...or a better nose to find MY *grin*

Thank YOU to all of you who endured this long
I hope you enjoyed what you saw! ;)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Unidentified Image Swap - October 2014

Wow...I am actually posting on Blogland after a quiet spell, AND actually am on TIME for the reveal of the latest Unidentified 'image' - now identified!! :)

Lela was the hostess for this last round of the swap and sent us partecipants a cute ,sweet image from
Stampenduous called "Box of Fluffles".

With it I decided to make a tent card with a Holiday motif.
Designer papers are from my Christmas stash , the ribbon from SU and pearls from Michael's .
I used circle Spellbinders and a couple punches from SU as well as a sentiment.
Image was colored using Copics. 

♥ Thanks for visiting 
and blessings to all! ♥

Monday, September 15, 2014

Calendar Girls : August theme

  Hello my friends in Blogland ♥
I am late (what else is new?)  to post my August Calendar Girls' card ...actually, truth be known ,I hardly have been home as hubby and I (and usually one or two of our grandkids tagging along too) have been enjoying this amazing weather while camping not too far for home...
School is not in session here in British Columbia yet, as our Government and the BCTF 
(teacher's assc.) are still at an impass with barganing.We are now entering the third week of strike
into the new school year already *sigh*
Anyways, it was nice to enjoy such gorgeous weather while in limbo...

I was actually the hostess for the month of August and this was my challenge for my peeps : 
~ " Hello Calendar Girls ♥
for the month of August, I would like to challenge everyone to embrace the PUNCH ART tecnique...yup, dust off your punches Ladies!
PLease feel free to use a stamped sentiment of your choice , but the main focus is being creative, using punches ."

The idea for my card came from this
awesome blog ...I had a hard time to chose amongst so many cute 'punched cards' :

Above are all the punches I used to create my card ( I noticed just now that I forgot to add the oval punch -for the sentiment- )

Besides are the pieces cut out from my stack of leftover cardstock and d/p

I totally LOVE the art of making cards using punches and I hope I was able to have other crafters embracing such tecnique without fear, even if for a day ♥

For my card , aside the punches, I used a foliage
embossing folder and colored the leaves and branches, sponged the sky, and drew part of a tree bark to complete the scene. I also added a cute lil sentiment that I thought would go well with this 4 3/4 by 6.5 card ...

I hope my friends (Calendar Girls) had fun creating with punches...I know I did! ;o)

                    ♥    Thanks for stopping by and BLESSINGS TO ALL!!  ♥