Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dies R Us Summer

It is the 15th of the month and time for a new challenge at DIES R US.  This time it is all about summer.  One of my favorite summertime activities has always been boating and spending time at the lake, Now I am more of a noodle type of person... just give me a water noodle and I will drift along in the lake for hours, but the rest of the family loved to water ski and tube. When we moved to California, Lake Whiskytown was a short 15 minutes from our house so we would get off work and head for the lake. Unfortunately, all the wooded area around Whiskytown was destroyed in the Carr fire last summer. It will take a few years for it to be as beautiful as it once was. This box card is a reminder of the fun times we had there.

These are the dies I used to make the card.
Impression Obsession - Dies - Better In Flip Flops Impression Obsession Life is Better

Impression Obsession - Dies - Paddleboarders   Impression Obsession Paddleborders

Impression Obsession - Dies - Tubers  Impression Obsession Tubers

Impression Obsession Clouds

The team has wonderful summer inspiration for you at DIES R US, and remember one lucky random draw from the entries will win a gift card to the DIES R US STORE.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Double D Rose Garden

Welcome to another Double D Challenge and a beautiful rose inapiration board.

Roses are so beautiful and so fragrant.  I love walking in a garden full of them. This pretty Mood Board is so inspiring.  

Since the roses in the Mood board are pink , I decided to make a pink card. I noticed the white picket fence in the bottom right card and decided to use my Spellbinders lattice die as a backdrop.  I did not have any rose flowers so I used a punch to make the smaller ones.  The larger one in the center was made using IO Strawberry flower. The team has fabulous inspiration for you Double D Challenge Blog. Your creations always inspire us!!!!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Dies R Us Kids

I Just got some new dies from the Dies R Us Store.  They arrived just in time for the June 1st Challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  When my kids were young,we lived on a large piece of wooded property in a log cabin.  My husband cleared a piece of the property and made a campground that could be used by church groups, boy scouts, girl scouts etc.  Because he liked camping, he would take our kids to the camp ground where they would have the whole camping experience.  Not much for camping, I would join them for dinner and  s' mores, but my son always walked me back to the cabin just before dark (they were afraid I would get lost in the woods) where I slept comfortably in my own bed. These dies brought back those memories.

Nothing unusual, just a little sponging, coloring  and some super cool dies. The team has created some great kid cards for your inspiration.  Go take a look at Dies R Us Challenge Blog,

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Double D Frame it

Frames have always been one of my favorite card making tools. When I see a new frame die, I just have to add it to my stash. This mood board represents all types of frames. My husband, children and I lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years and had the opportunity to buy wood block prints, etchings, and oil paintings that each have a special memory attached to it,  My husband matted and framed each piece we bought.  We would work together to pick what we thought would be the perfect way to enhance the art. 

When you look at the frames on the Mood Board, try to imagine what if anything  should be inside the frame. 

I just bought a new frame from Precious Marke at  the Dies R Us Store and had to use it,  This is another box of chocolates that I made for a special event. 

It has all my  favorite things: frames, flowers, and butterflies.

Precious Marieke
Precious Marieke - Dies - Early Spring - Spring Flowers Square Frame

Dies R Us Tags

Time for a new challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  This time we are challenged to make a tag. 

  I just got a new tag die from Sue Wilson at the DRU store and wanted to try it out.  I kept it very simple. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs. I made the flower using Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip. The leaves are Elizabeth Craft. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder Fern

We hope you will TAG along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dies R Us Flowers

April has ended and so have many of the showers so now it is time to enjoy the spring flowers at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.

I love making home made flowers and Elizabeth Crafts Designs has so many beautiful ones.  I started with the pitcher and cut it from some pretty designer paper I have. I looked through the flowers I have made while I watched old Hallmark movies with my husband and decided to use some lilacs and dog wood to fill the pitcher.

I don't need to describe how I put this card together because a picture is worth a thousand words but if you are interested in any of the dies I used I have them listed here with links back to the Dies R Us Store

Preciuous Marieke - Dies - Fantastic Flowers - Square Flowers FramePreciuous-Marieke Fantastic-Flowers

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Lilac 2Elizabeth Craft Lilac 2

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Dogwood 2Elizabeth Craft Dogwood 2

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Pottery Pitcher Elizabeth Craft Pottery Pitcher

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder FernElizabeth Craft Ladder Fern.

We hope you will join us at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG with your flower designs.

Double D Kentucky Derby Hat Inspiration

Kentucky Derby Hat Inspiration
Be inspired by what you see on these hats,
maybe it's the colors, flowers even the horse...
look closely there is plenty...
does NOT have to be a hat!

I did not have a hat stamp or die so I thought I had to take inspiration from what was on the hats.... that is until I saw how clever and creative my team mate Barb is.  She took dies she had and made her own hat.  As usual the team has some wonderful inspiration for you at Double D Challenge Blog.

Three of the pictures on the board have pink flowers on them so I started there.  I bought a rose stamp from Altenew several months ago.  I watched several  videos on this multi-layering stamp before I bought it because I have not had success with stamp layering in the past.  They made it look easy,and I am sure it was for them.  I can't tell you how many times I tried to get it lined up perfectly with no success. I decided to use the best one.   Even though it is not perfect it is the look I was going for on this card.

Go visit  Double D Challenge Blog to see all the fabulous inspiration from the team.  We hope you will play along. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Poppy Stamps Blooming Garden

I had a few minutes to play and decided to make a card for the Poppy Stamps Challenge Blooming Garden. Again many of the card parts were on my desk from other projects.  I learned from Jennifer McGuire that you never bring out a medium for a background and just make one. She creates many more than I ever do, but while I have certain colors I am working with I make several and put them in a background container for future use.

 I cut the Sylvan Sprig Poppy stamp die and then went to my flower stash for a flower. This one was made from a Cheery Lynn daisy strip.  The sentiment dies were still on my desk from a card I did earlier. I liked the combination so I used it again. The Happy is from Karen Burniston and the Birthday is Sue Wilson.  I love frames and have several. I love mixing them together. I used an IO frame on the outside and a Frantic Stamper on the inside frame for this design. 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Memory Box CAS

I had some time to play today so I decided to play in a challenge. I looked at some challenges  and decided on the Memory Box CAS.  I started looking the my stash of dies from Memory Box and believe it or not I found this white panel made with Memory Box Wild Flower die just waiting to be a card.

  The die was cut out of a corner and then  backed the negative with velum. I added a little color to the die cut with copics and then laid it pack in the panel.   I colored the velum on back with shades of red and green. I guess I did not like it at the time because I stuck in the MB envelope, but when I saw it I knew I had my CAS Card made.... well almost. I put the panel  on a black card base and added a sentiment.  The happy is from Karen Burniston and the Birthday Sue Jones.  The darling humming bird is from Poppy Stamps. I added a few sequins for accent. I know a few of you might consider this CAS, but for me it is definately CAS,  I like how it turned out. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Double D Black and White

Wow!!! We had so many amazing water color cards for our last challenge.  You guys are amazing. We hope you all find time to join us for this Black and white challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog.  Plenty to inspire you here. 


I took my inspiration from the two bottom photos. 

I took the center of the die and used a Tim Holtz Stencil and some molding paste.  I covered the molding paste with white glitter.

Preciuous Marieke - Dies - Fantastic Flowers - Square Flowers FramePreciuous Marieke - Dies - Fantastic Flowers - Square Flowers Frame

The large butterfly is one I have had forever from Cheery Lynn. The little butterflies came from a Memory box die that I think has been retired.

The prize for this challenge is this Memory Box butterfly Frame.

The team has outdone themselves once  again. So go take a peek at Double D Challenge Blog.

Monday, April 15, 2019

IO Birthday Challenge

I always need birthday cards, and I remembered that the IO challenge HERE was birthday cards so I pulled out some of favorite dies and made this card. 

I used the following IO dies.  

Dies R Us April Showers

April 15th and we have a new challenge for you at Dies R Us.  Just think water, April Showers
(water related ... rain, ocean, umbrella)  I started with a Chepo die that I wanted to use but I did not know what I was going to do with it.  Then I got a post from a friend, Lisa Babitz, that had a cute tutorial with it. So that is where I got the idea for this card.   I make double Z fold cards all the time but never with a pop up, but Lisa"s directions are easy to follow.   

I cut the umbrella die three times in white once in blue and once in checks and did some paper piecing. I added a circle of heavy card stock behind the umbrella to give it more stability. 

I cut the extra raindrops from the umbrella panel and put the under the IO clouds. 

Cheapo Dies - Font - UnicornChepo Unicorn Font

We hope you will join us at Dies R Us for this water related challenge. One random participant will win a gift  card from Dies R Us .

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Double D Watercolor

Wow! What amazing gingham designs we had for our last challenge. All the designers had a difficult time choosing favorites. They were all amazing. 
Now why don't you drag out your favorite water color medium and play along with us at Double D water color challenge. Draw inspiration for your project from this beautiful Mood Board. 

Many of my teammates really know how to water color beautiful scenes and flowers, but I am not one of them so I used one of my favorite water color background technique,squishing, which does not require any talent.  I applied distress inks to an  acrylic block and spritzed with water. Then I put my water colored paper on top. Just like magic a water color background.

 I liked the  the pink and yellow colors on the bottom right so I used fossilized amber and pickled raspberry, and shabby shutters for a bit of green. I wanted  some shine so I used Kuretake Starry Gansai Tambi watercolors to get a gold veins and shine. Unfortunately, the shine does not show in the photo. 



 I also water colored my flower.  I applied squeezed lemonade to the center part of the flower turned the flower over and gently spritzed with water before shaping.

Here is the prize for this challenge.  If you play along, you will have a chance to win this pretty paper pack.


We can't wait to see your entries at Double D . They are always so inspiring.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dies R Us Anything Goes

Anything Goes using dies by companies carried at the DRU Store.  I made a candy box for this challenge.`

To make the frame to hold the candy I used Elizabeth Craft Happy Frame XL.Since I wanted a 5 by 5 frame, I cut four pieces of paper at 5 1/2 by 4 which is a little smaller than the die. The nice thing about this frame is that you can make it  square or rectangle and in almost any size you want.  

Poppystamps - Dies - Musical Happy BirthdayPoppy Stamps Musical Happy Birthday

I used a heavy weight(140 #)  water color paper so the frame would be sturdy. I cut the straight edge of the four pieces to five inches in length.

I decided to add a little color to the frame so I uses a stencil and sponged some wilted violet distress ink on to all four pieces. 

Fold each one of the score lines. Use a strong adhesive to glue each side of the frame. Fold the bottom to the top for a perfect fit.

Tip ( Not This Way)

TIP   Before you start gluing assemble the box.  I watched the video Happy Frame Video and I still glued  the first one wrong and had to make two more sides.  If you have things lined up you are less likely to make a mistake.  There is also a front and back side  so if  you are making a box make sure you glue the front side up.  Ask me how I know... lol. 

Next I cut the out side of my box. For a 5X5 frame I cut a piece of paper at 51/4 by 11 and scored at 51/4 and 5/3/4

I glued a piece of ribbon down the center.  I wanted to tie a bow so I cut about 24 inches of ribbon. 

Then I glued the frame to the back and side of the box. I individually wrapped some Hershey's  nuggets with some decorator paper and  put them in the center of my frame.

I love my Sue Wilson Festive Frame.  Who says that flower has to be a poinsettia? Yes, I know dogwoods in some people's world are not purple,but my husband is a horticulturist and I know how they are always experimenting to get new colors and varieties so I am sure one day there will be purple dogwoods, but they probably won't have prills in the center. 

 I had a ton of fun making this little candy box.  You will be seeing more of them because I am making them to sell at a craft booth at a Walnut and Wine Festival. The proceeds of the sale goes into a scholarship fund.  The festival is right before Mother's Day so I thought this would be a nice gift for Mom. In the meantime,this one was personalized and  went in the mail to a special friend.   

We hope you will join us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog for this Anything Goes Challenge.