Sunday, December 15, 2013

O Holy Night

For the past several weeks I have posted a Peek in My Week post each Sunday. If you've stopped by my blog today to see that feature, I apologize. Today is the `15th, which is the day that the Dueling Darlings have a little fun, so there will be no Peek in My Week post this week. In fact, due to the holidays and extra activities that surround this time of year, I will most likely not have another Peek at my Week post until next year.

Now, for the fun!

The Dueling Darlings is a group of papercrafters who like a good challenge. We are actually two groups - the Divas and the Dazzlers. Each month there is a hostess from each group. The two hostesses put their heads together and come up with a theme. Then they send out kits for the members of their group based on that theme. On the 15th of the month we post our project.

This month Kelly and I are the hostesses! How fun!!!

We came up with the theme

A Christmas Story

I have no idea (yet!) what Kelly put together for the Divas, but for the Dazzlers, I had to go with the story of Jesus' birth. I sent images from Kraftin Kimmie O Holy Night stamp set along with designer papers and embellishments. Ideally, the only thing the Dazzlers will have to add to the kit is some cardstock.

The kit included:

Images: Kraftin Kimmie O Holy Night (stamped on Staples cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink)
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Hay, Religious Subway Art, and Wood Fences
Embellishments: Crafter’s Square Yellow Star Button, Hobby Lobby Burlap, Hobby Lobby Gold Glitter Organza, Hobby Lobby Plywood Star Stickers, Michael’s Rhinestones, and a gold star paper clip (vendor unknown)
Treasure Hunt Find: a piece of blue trim (from a HUGE roll that I bought at the thrift store for $1.50)

Here's my card:

Truthfully, I played and played - and played some more with the embellishments in the kit and nothing seemed quite right for my design, so I ended up using just some rhinestones.

Here's the inside of my card:

As an additional challenge, we've asked the Darlings to share a Christmas story of their own on their blogs. Perhaps it's a story about a special Christmas decoration, or a Christmas memory from their childhood, or even a Christmas tradition.

I've decided to share about on of my many Christmas trees.

This tree is special. It is our International Tree, which means that every ornament on it comes from a country other than the United States. Some were ornaments my husband or I have brought home from international mission trips. Some are ornaments that family members or friends traveling abroad have given us. Some are ornaments made by individuals in other countries and sold through World Crafts as a way of supporting their families. Even the tree topper (a huge sombrero) is from another country. My parents brought it to me from Mexico. In this tree are so many treasured memories!

Next year there will be yet another ornament on this tree, since my husband is going to the Holy Land in January and I'm sure he will be bringing me an ornament when he comes home.

Now, let's go to the other Dueling Darling blogs and see what everyone else has to show us...



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

The only thing I used in making my card other than the items in the kit was some Stampin' UP! Cardstock (Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz).


Judy McMullen said...

Hi Jeanette! Love the theme you and Kelly chose for this very special month of the favorite holiday Christmas! Your card is a beautiful celebration of our Christ's birth with that lovely image. All the elements from paper to sentiment and those rhinestones are the perfect touch.
Thanks for sharing the story of your international Christmas tree! I, too, love to collect ornaments from places I've visited. I'll look forward to "seeing" your newest next year!

Barb said...

Beautiful Card Jeanette.

I think the image you choose for your team is so darn cute--love the innocence of the children.... Your layout is great and as usual, love the colors!

Thanks for being a Dueling Darling Founder and have a Very Merry Christmas!

Barb said...

Beautiful Card Jeanette.

I think the image you choose for your team is so darn cute--love the innocence of the children.... Your layout is great and as usual, love the colors!

Thanks for being a Dueling Darling Founder and have a Very Merry Christmas!

dweatter said...

J I love the card. I love how you used some of all the designer papers and where you placed the rhinestones. That Christmas tree is fantastic! The sombrero on top is so perfect! Thanks for a great kit!

:: BlueInks :: said...

The layout you created works perfectly for the PERFECT papers you used! That image is adorable. I really like how your card came together....inside and out! Your tree is pretty filled with great memories....lucky girl!

Carol W said...

Oh Jeanette, you two came up with a perfect theme for this month. I love, love, love your card and the kit you put together. Your card is a show stopper both inside and out..I'm so glad we are duelers together and friends... Blessings for Christmas...

Melina said...

Such a cute card! I love the kit you sent to the Dazzlers this round! That image is just so special. :)
Thanks for being a great leader of the DD group. Big Hugs!
Also, love your international tree. That would be so much fun just to walk around it and see all the different ornaments :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful card Jeanette - your colouring is fabulous and I love the papers you have chosen to use.
p.s., the sombrero tree topper is a stunner!

MiamiKel said...

Viva Mexico! Oh how funny to see your photo - my son's Christmas party on Friday is "Mexican Christmas!" What a beautiful theme this was this round and I've loved it muchly - your image, coloring, paper choice is the total wonderful package! Beautifully done!

Blessings to you this Christmas and may God bless you richly!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful card!!! Love the pretty image- I always look for nice Nativity themed images at Christmas. Your coloring is fab and love the papers too. LOVE your International tree with the Sombrero on the top- awesome. Ray and I always try to get an ornament everywhere we go on Vacation too.

Marcy said...

Adorable card! Pretty coloring on this beautiful image and Iove the background papers you chose to go perfectly with this card!

Zella said...

Such a beautiful card - as always. I love that dsp you used....fantastic! And Jeanette, your international tree is fabulous! What a wonderful way to remember those special times. Love it!! Merry CHRISTmas my friend!!!

kel Acopan said...

super cute card jeanette! the rhinestones are the perfect embellishment. and awesome tree!! love that every ornament has a story behind it!

lovies, =o) kel

Darlene said...

I just LOVE your card!!! That green is perfect to accent the lovely papers and image! All those dimensions too...Fantastic!

You really spoiled us with your kit this round, Jeanette! It was great fun to play with and (for me) stretched beyond the norm.

What a gorgeous sombrero!! Thanks for giving us a peek at your International Tree, how fun that must be for your family every year!

I'm so blessed by the Dueling Darlings, and you are one of those blessings.

Tania said...

I adore this card. The image is so sweet. Great colouring.