Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tree Outside My Window

Horray!!! It is challenge time at Double D and Darlene has out together another amazing mood board for us. We are to use a tree on our project. I loved all the inspiration but my eye was drawn to the fall colors so I used that as my inspiration. I started with a A2 panel, embossed it with a Tim Holtz brick pattern embossing folder and sponged on some color. Then I backed a Spellbinder's window panel with some vellum and put that over the embossed panel. A Frantic Stamper bench and a Memory Box cat. Next I use an IO tree frame and surrounded it with IO mini pumpkins.


 I started with a A2 panel, embossed it with a Tim Holtz brick pattern embossing folder and sponged on some color. Then I backed a Spellbinder's window panel with some vellum and put that over the embossed panel. I added a Frantic Stamper bench and a Memory Box cat below the window.  Next I used an IO tree frame with some pop dots  for dimension and surrounded the base of the tree with IO mini pumpkins. Then I added some punched and sponged leaves to the tree. I over did that a lot and covered up my window. Someday I will learn less is more.


These dies are available at Dies R Us
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Park BenchFrantic Stamper benchImpression Obsession - Dies - Tree FrameIO Tree FrameIO pumpkins

     Impression Obsession - Dies - Pumpkin Patch IO pumpkins   Poppystamps - Dies - Poised CatsPoppy Stamps cats

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Basket of Wheat

IO Falling for You Challenge

 I had some extra wheat left over from the card I made last week and I love this IO Smile stamp and die set so I used them together to get way out of my comfort zone  again with a CAS card. The basket is from the IO strawberry basket set. I layered this on some gingham paper.  The sentiment is so awesome that you don't need a lot of extras.

I am entering this in the IO Falling for You Challenge

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yavonne's Birthday Box Lid


My BFF had her 60th Birthday this week and I wanted to make a special card for her so  I made  a version of a card that I made for another great friend, Barb Campbell. Yvonne's card is purple and I used a few different dies to get a garden feel because she loves to garden.                    

  Unfortunately, these cards do not fit in an envelope so I made a white box for her card.  I was going to put some ribbon around the box to dress it up a bit. Here's the card in the plain white box.                  


 I had some time this afternoon before she arrived for dinner so  I decided to dress up the box a bit. I pulled out some pretty designer paper for the top and layered that on black. I looked at the clock and I still had some time and then I remembered that the Cheery Lynn Challenge was to use lace so I decided to add a panel with some gathered lace and top that with a Cheery Lynn Burlap pattern die. Then I went to my scrap box to see what other goodies would look nice on the box top: a flower, some leaves, some ribbon, a musical stave, a butterfly ....   In other words, the box top was  an after thought that just sorta evolved. All the embellishments that made up this design were already cut and awaiting a project.

I think the box turned out as pretty as the card. Love having things around that help bring a project together.

Some of the dies I used are Cheery Lynn Birthday, Hugs, and burlap; Memory Box Choloe and Elsa butterfly, and Sizzix heart. Amy Musical Stave.
The flower is Heartfelt Arianna Blooms that is stamped,embossed with Wow white embossing powder and then sponged and  cut with the matching dies. I used some prills in the center.

I will enter this in the following challenges
Simon Monday Stamp it Challenge
Simon Wednesday Challenge Stamp It
Scrapy Land Anything goes
Cheery Lynn Lace Challenge
Wow Embossing Powder anything goes

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Falling for You

The challenge at IO is to use fall colors. I need a card for a guy so made this. I started with PTI canyon clay card stock and embossed it with my score board to make a place for the sentiment and embossed the top and bottom of the piece  and sponged some walnut distress ink on top.  I cut the IO wheat in different colors and tied with a piece of string. The I stamped the IO sentiment and cut the thoughts from smoky grey card stock.

I will enter this in the IO Falling for You Challenge

Down on the Farm

I am so happy that my good friend and personal cheerleader,Donna Pheland, has joined the  Double D design team. Donna encouraged me when I first started making cards and has continued to encourage me and inspire me with her fabulous designs. But now, on to the challenge. Look at this fun-filled mood board that Diane put together for us. 

This mood board transports me back several years to when we lived on a farm. We had the barn, the livestock, the vegetables and the flowers, but I confess I dried my clothes in a drier. I was also excited when  I saw this mood board that Diane created.  I thought,YES, I have another excuse to use my barn die. I shared on a post some time ago that I made my husband a very expensive birthday card because I bought four die sets to complete his card. He loves anything that has to do with a barn cows, farming etc, and Karen Burniston had the perfect pop-up dies for his card. I only used two of die sets for this card, but at least I am getting some use from them. For my card, I chose the barn with the sunflowers from the Mood Board.

Papertrey Ink - Cover Plate: In the Woods DieI started with a PTI In the Woods cover plate die cut and colored the leaves and branches. I backed it with a piece of card that I had sponged with dessert sand and summer sky Memento inks 
*NEW - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Pop-It-Ups - Barn Pop StandI cut and assembled the barn and glued it to the sponged piece and then placed the tree die cut on top. I added some haystacks and pitch fork in front of the barn. Both of these dies are available at Dies R Us

          *NEW - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Hay There Pop Stand

 The sun flowers are from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 5 which is available at Gina K Designs.  I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut them. 

Now it is time to think about life on a farm and check out the brilliant inspiration from the design team at Double D Challenge Blog. The designers are looking forward to your "Down on the Farm" creations.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dies R Us Summer Vacation

The new challenge at Dies R Us is all about summer vacations. So many of my friends and relatives love the beach so I have quite a few images and dies that focus on this theme. I decided to try a double display fancy fold cut for this card. When folded it makes a gate fold card. 

 I started by making the card base and then layering it with black and then some wood  grained panels. I used my score board and smoked hickory distress ink to get this weathered wood look. I then began to fill my panels with beach related objects. I stamped the beach scene from Our Daily Bread in black and white and also in colors. I used the black and white on the outside of the card and the colored for the inside.  Then I cut several IO dies and Cheery Lynn Fun in the Sun dies to add to the card. A list of dies I used are at the bottom of the card. This is a time consuming project, but I have a friend in mind who will love it and appreciate the time it took to make. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Snowman Shaker Card

Poppy Stamps Challenge  this month is a Shaker Card so I put this together this afternoon. For the shaker part I used some small little white balls that were called faux snow. they were so light that they scattered everywhere when I breathed on them so I had to hold my breath until I got the top panel on. Looks like one of them stuck to the snowman's nose.

 I used the following dies
 Poppy Stamps Oval Snowflake Frame
Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees
Frantic Stamper Snowman

Poppystamps - Dies - Snowflake Oval FrameFrantic Stamper - Dies - Snow Globe SnowmanImpression Obsession Dies - Evergreen Trees

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Double D Neutral Colors

Darlene put this fun Mood Board together for this challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog. I love all the texture and dimension that you can see in the different pictures.

A while back a good friend of mine(thanks Judy) sent me a stamp of a cameo. When I was younger, I had a beautiful cameo ring that my husband bought for me, Unfortunately, it was stolen when our house was broken into many, many years ago. When I saw the stamp, I thought about that ring. 
For this card, I chose the shades of white and brown and tried to get a bit of texture and dimension in the card. 

I used Sue Wilson Dies for the background and Spellbinders for the frame. I embossed the cameo in white onto kraft and the sponged it with walnut distress ink  until it was a nice rich brown. I also sponged around the frame.  I used some leaf dies from Gina Marie and flowers from Wild Iris.  Head over to the Double D Challenge Blog and check out all the fabulous inspiration from the designers. One lucky person who links up a Neutral Colored creation will have a chance to win this prize. Good Luck!!!

Amy Design - Dies - Parrot

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunshine Yellow Hugs

Back to my comfort zone. The challenge this month at Memory Box is Yellow so I started with a soft yellow base that I embossed with Swiss dot embossing folder. I covered that with Memory Box Aberdeen branches the placed it in a white frame. I used a frantic stamper die cut on top of the frame to add more detail. Then I used Frantic stamper fern. Spellbinder leaves and Memory Box Tall Choloe to add some greenery for the flowers.  The banner is cheery Lynn topped with Cheery Lynn Hugs. I had a couple of Memory Box butterflies from Butterfly exhibit so I put them on the banner.  T Some flowers from Wild Iris finished my card.

I'll enter this in the following Challenges
Memory Box Yellow
Scrapy Land Anything Goes

PTI Sentiment Strip Grounding

The Challenge at PTI this week is called Sentiment Strip Grounding. I had some free time this week so I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try  a CAS card.  Lexi did such a fabulous job showing us how. Not in love with my attempt but like I said it is out of my comfort zone. I used PTI  Up and
 Away stamp and die set.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Barb's Special Birthday

I have been blessed by finding this hobby after I retired. I never would have guessed that I would get to know  and become friends with so many people who love to paper craft as much as I do. Barb Campbell  is one of the friends I met (on line of course) several years ago. This week she is celebrating a milestone birthday so I wanted to do something special for her. Barb seems to like it when I make a fancy fold card so I decided I would make her a Double Z fold card.

Blue is her favorite color so I started with some Gina K powdered blue card and cut and scored it.  You can see Dawn making a similar card Here.  I changed the height to 51/2 for my card so I had a 51/2 by 51/2 square when folded. I picked some pretty Heartfelt Creations papers in blue for my dp, but since they came from two different collections,I wanted to make them match a bit better so I sponged them with distress ink. I also cut a  slightly larger black mat for each piece. 

Next I needed to make my focal flower. I stamped the Arianna flower from Heartfelt Creations in Versamark, embossed it in  Wow white powder and then sponged it in Stormy Sky. I used two of the largest petals .
I gave them some shape with my stylist and then glued them together and sprinkled some prills in the center.

I stamped a beautiful sentiment from Heartfelt on one of my panels.

Then I create my floral spray with greenery and flowers that I keep on hand.

I finished the panels with a few other embellishments including a Cheery Lynn bird bath and some Cheery Lynn tiny flourishes,and and IO wishes sentiment.  Happy Birthday Barb. Hope your birthday is as special as you are. Go on over to Barb's blog  and check out her amazing talent and wish her a happy birthday.

I will enter this in the following challenges
Wow Embpssing Powder August Challenge Flowers
Cheery Lynn Back to Nature
Simon Says Beautiful Florals
Scrapy Land

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Double D I Love Polka Dots

Are you ready for another fabulous inspirational board from Diane Double D Challenge Blog This time it is all about polka dots. I have a stack of paper from PTI that has several designs using the same colors so I chose two sizes of dots.  

I cut a piece of the Swiss dot pattered card 51/2 - 41/4 and a piece of larger dotted paper 51/2 - 4. I embossed the end of the smaller piece with a Swiss dot embossing folder then cut it down the center and folded the edges back on the diagonal.  I used two Poppy Stamps Mod Flower die cuts to layer on top of the Swiss dot layer. 

Next I went to my flower box to find a flower for the card. I found this one that seemed perfect. I made it from Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms. I stamped the flower in versa mark and embossed with white embossing powder and colored it with distress inks. Then I shaped it and put some prills in the center.  The green leaves are from Spellbinders the white leaves are Gina Marie and I used some Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks. My team mates have created some fabulous inspiration for you on the Double D Blog. Go take a look!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dies R Us Babies Challenge

The new challenge at  Dies R Us  is Babies  (human babies or baby animals). I decided to make a card for my newest great nephew. 

I started with navy and white card and layered them. The focal image is a Die Namites die cut, and the shoe is a Tattered Lace die. Not my usual kind of card. No butterflies or flowers but the sentiment is so dynamic that you don't need much more. 

Tattered Lace Dies - Baby Boy BootiesTattered Lace  I used a different boy shoe but this one is available at the store now. 

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Flowers

I stamped one of my favorite IO sentiments in black ink. I used my Misty so I could stamp twice to get a sharp image. I use IO bird on a branch for my background greenery a cut bird die that I colored yellow and some butterflies from their insects dies. The flowers are from Wild Iris. 

I O Products
Lg. Bird on Branch - DIE161-N
Let Your Soul - D13038
Bird die C8589  DIE003-A
                                                                Insect Die  DIE139-I
                                                        And matching stamp

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July

We have a Brand New Challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog. We also have two sponsors for this challenge. 

Kat stocks the products that she loves and uses as well as what her customers request.  If you don't see it in her store, feel free to contact her.  She is happy to do special orders for you! Use the special discount code when you order.
DISCOUNT CODE for The Mod Squad Challenge: MSC10

$15 Gift Card to Kat Scrappiness

Our Second Sponsor is Sparkle N Sprinkle

Pick up to $15 worth of digital stamps from any category 

The challenge this week is Christmas in July.
So grab your Christmas stamps and dies and get a head start on this year’s Christmas cards and qualify for a chance to win one of these wonderful prizes.

 I started my card with a red card base. I layered that with a piece of white card embossed with Swiss dots embossing folder. I used a MFT cover plate cut in red on top of that and framed it with a Gina Marie scalloped frame available at Kat Scrapiness. I used IO pine branches, Cheery Lynn holly leaves, Spellbinders poinsettia, and Gina Marie pine cones also available Kat Scrapiness. The Peace sentiment is from Cheery Lynn.
I will enter this card at
 Scrapy Land Emboss It The Swiss dots pattern and the pattern on the Spellbinder's poinsettia.
                                     Cheery Lynn Christmas in July Peace sentiment and holly leaves
                                     Simon Says Monday Challenge Add some Texture

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Judy's Special Birthday

My uber talented friend, Judy Woodland, will  reach one of those mile-stone birthday's this week. I won't say which one it is, but she is over the legal drinking age and she can vote. Judy's one of those people that makes everyone feel special. She is loving, and caring and one of the best cheerleaders in the world. I feel honored to call her my friend.  Judy's favorite color is purple and I know she loves flowers and butterflies so I put a card together for her with that in mind. I hope she likes it. Why don't you head over to her blog Judy's Happy Place to check out all her talent and wish her a Happy Birthday.

I will enter this card in Scrapy Land Emboss It
Poppy Stamps Fly Away With Me
Simon Wednesday Things with Wings
Simon Work it WednesdayWafer thin dies or stencils

Sue Wilson Australian Collection Background 
Sue Wilson  Dandlion Clocks
Frantic Stamper ferns
Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Melody
Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lily

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Die - Finishing Touches Collection - Dandelion Clocks - CED1434Poppystamps - Dies - Happy Birthday Melody

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Double D Challenge Shades of Purple

Purple is my favorite color and this inspiration board is full  of purple lusciousness that Darlene put together for this challenge. I took my inspiration from the colored material in different shades of purple.  Purple, however, is a hard color to photograph especially when one is camera challenged.

Prize for the challenge.

The dark purple looks black  and some of the pale  lavender looks white or pink.

 I started with a Tim Holtz die cut in dark purple. I cut it again in vellum and stamped and embossed the music staff in white. I backed that with apiece of lavender card embossed with Tim Holtz brick pattern. I used a Sue Wilson die cut in dark purple  and topped that with a Sue Wilson sentiment. I framed the entire piece with a pale lavender frame. Then I built my flower spray with some ribbon, Wild Iris flowers and Frantic Stamper ferns. 

The Double D team outdid themselves for this challenge and you are going to find amazing inspiration on the Double D Challenge Board.