Friday, July 15, 2022

Dueling Darling 2 - July 2022

The 15th of each month is such a special day here on my blog - it's Dueling day.

Not to worry; no blood is drawn in the duel. Well, unless someone punctures themselves with a paper piercer gets a deep paper cut or some other such hazard of this hobby we love. This is actually a friendly harmless duel. That's why we are called Dueling Darlings 2.

Not sure what that is? It's a concept that my friend Kelly came up with over a decade ago - two groups, two hostesses, one theme, and lots of fun. The hostesses choose the theme and then each hostess sends a theme-appropriate kit to the other members on her team. 

Each person creates a card and keeps it all a secret until the 15th, which is posting day.

Carol and Tracie are this month's hostesses. They came up with a great idea for their theme... 

Mrs. Claus

I'm on Tracie's team so I received her kit, which is absolutely awesome! THANKS Tracie!

This is what she said - I am really excited about the challenge this month. Carol came up with a great idea. I'm sure you have all heard of Christmas in July. So we have decided to dedicate our month to the much forgotten Mrs. Claus. She is a definite behind the scenes person.

This is what was in Tracie's kit:

Image - Mrs. Claus Baking Co. from Jaded Blossoms

Paper Authentique Rejoice

Embellishments include Red Twine from her stash, Decorative Trim Lace, Offray Green Ribbon, Doodlebug Red Doily, Misc. Sequins, and Misc. Crystal Gems

Tracie asked for permission to share the stamped images with us and they gave her permission to do so. A huge thanks to Jaded Blossoms for their response to her - Hello Tracie, thank you so much for your email explaining your intent with that stamp set. Typically this is something we would not allow but we really appreciate you explaining the benefits and letting us know it would only be 3 others you would send the image to. We are ok with you doing this and can't wait to see what you create. If interested please join our group on Facebook "Garden of Creativity" to share your projects there as well.

Now, let's duel...

As an added challenge Tracie said - I have included my favorite Holiday Cookie recipe that I received from a co-worker approximately 40 years ago and still make them every year. A favorite of all my nieces and nephews. So I would like to see you post your favorite Holiday Cookie recipe with your post.

Hmmmm... that definitely IS a challenge for me since I haven't made any cookies (any time of year) in over a decade. I do make fudge most Christmases - both chocolate and peanut butter fudge.

My husband is a BIG fan of raisin cookies and this recipe is one I used to make a lot (I got the recipe from a friend almost 40 years ago)...

Raisin Nut Cookies

2 c. raisins

1 c. water

1 tsp. salt

2 c. sugar

1 c. shortening

3 eggs

1/2 c. chopped pecans

4 c. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. baking powder

Boil raisins in water for 15 minutes. Cream together the sugar, shortening, and eggs. Add all of the dry ingredients and raisins and pecans. Mix together well.

Drop onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Be sure to check out all of the Dueling Darling 2 cards:




Jeanette - that's me


Lorraine - SCS Gallery



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

The only things I used other than what was in Tracie's kit was CS for the card base and inside panel (Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Mossy Meadow) and Dies (Gina K's Master Layout 2 and MFT Stitched Rectangles)


Tracie said...

Jeanette what an amazing card you made with your kit. I love how you used the lace, twine and tree. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Barb said...

This card is so cute. I love all of the layers to highlight the sweet papers. And, it is so nice that the company allowed Tracie to share the cute image of Mrs. Claus. Well Done this month!

Carol W said...

Oh my stars Jeanette your card is jaw dropping amazing. Just beautiful. I love how you colored your image and the parts of the kit you used perfectly compliment each other. You get a standing O from me.

kiwimeskreations said...

Love how you have coloured and used this gorgeous image Jeanette - the finished card is amazing. I haven't really 'baked' for Christmas for years now, but I must say your recipe sounds yummy!

Darlene LeTavec said...

Expertly colored and the layout is great! I really like how you threaded the red through the crochet ribbon - brilliant! The papers are so pretty and you really showed them off.