Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Double D Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!
What's In Your Kitchen?

Isn't this a fun mood board with all  the colors and all the patterns?  I chose most of my inspiration from the gingham aprons and the kitchen utensils. 

I just got a couple of Sue Wilson Shadow Box frames from the  Dies R Us Store for Christmas and knew I wanted to use one of those for this challenge. 

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Christmas Shadow Box

I chose red and blue for the colors and backed the frame with PTI red gingham .  As I was looking through my supplies,I stumbled onto a sticker set I have had for ages. The fun thing about DD challenges is that you are not restricted and can use any supplies that you have. I combined the stickers with a set of cooking dies I have to fill out the squares.

Because this is our anniversary month challenge, there are two prizes for this challenge. 


Hope you will join us for this Kitchen is Heart of the Home Challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.

As I promised on my  last post for Double D, I randomly chose one entry from those who commented on my blog and also linked up a design on the DD Anniversary Blog. Thanks for all the sweet comments and  fabulous entries. The winner is VINITA JAIN.  Please e-mail me so I can send your gift voucher from DIES R US .  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dies R Us Kids Kards

Time for a new challenge at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and it is all about Kids Kards. How fun is that? I made this card for my great niece who will be nine years old. I  decided to make her a muti-colored shaker card.  I embossed a piece of white card stock with a happy birthday embossing folder and sponged it in blue, yellow, purple and pink . I put the acetate behind the shadow box frame and then used foam tape to go around each window. I put the sequins in then glued on the back panel. I put the other decorations on top of the acetate and layered frame on glitter card stock and attached it to a white card base.

I just got his Sue Wilson Shadow Box for Christmas and I sure had fun playing with all those sequins and the fun decorations included in this set.

                                                 Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Box Collection - CelebrationsSue Wilson Shadow Box Celebration

Head on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and look at the inspiration from the team for this challenge. Then make your own Kids Kard and join us by linking up your creation.  By the way, if you have not visited the Dies R Us Store for awhile you need to drop by and see all the new goodies they have added to the store. You can still get your favorite dies, but you can also get lots of your other crafting supplies like adhesives, paper, embossing folders and ink.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wonderful Friends

I made some calendar cards for several of my friends as Christmas gifts this year. Because they were bulky and expensive to mail, I hand carried most of them to friends at various events.  When I decided to make these calendar cards, I had five ladies in mind that have been a blessing to me who I knew would appreciate my efforts.  They have mentored me, encouraged me, sent me care packages and answered every question  that I asked. So this week I made a few more calendar cards for four of these ladies. I already sent one in a birthday package. 

I stamped the center of some white cart with a few IO stamps. I made a frame for the sentiment with Sue Wilson's Ornate Oval So Glad You're my Friend. Most of the flowers were made from Cheery Lynn Floral, but I filled in with some purchased flowers I had in my stash.  

Sue Wilson Designs - Ornate Oval - My Friend

Cheery Lynn Designs - Floral Bouquet Kit

I always have a variety of  leaves cut in green and in white so the backgrounds are a variety of leaves from different companies. 

Two of my new favorites are the Frantic Stamper Bird on a Pussy Willow 
Branch and  Memory Box Lavender Bunch

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Bird On Pussywillow BranchMemory Box - Dies - Lavender Bunch

             I will enter this at Scrapy Land Anything Goes Challenge    

Card  Opened

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Double D Second Anniversary

Birthday Party/2nd Anniversary

The team at Double D is so excited to celebrate our second anniversary. Working with Diane and Darlene has been a blessing for all of us. We have an amazingly  supportive team and two of the most creative yet organized team leaders. Creative and organized is that an oxymoron? The two don't always come in one fabulously unique package. I know by your response to the challenges that you get inspiration from the mood boards and from the team. To celebrate this anniversary there are two prizes being offered for this challenge. Two randomly drawn entries will have a chance to win one of these prizes. 

Take a look at this fabulous mood board, and let it inspire YOU!

Anything Birthday/Anniversary Goes
 using Mood board

I took my inspirations from the top pictures.... balloons and party drinks and pink.   

The Stamping Up Balloon Adventure Stamp and Die set was perfect along with the Cheery Lynn Party Set and a Happy Birthday Balloon from Die-Mensions.
I kept the outside of the card simple and reflective of the inside.

The team at Double D is so excited for this anniversary that many of us are offering blog candy for those of you who visit our blogs. Those of you who comment on my blog and join us for the challenge at Double D Challenge Blog will have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Dies R Us. I will randomly pick one winner who has linked up for the challenge and has left a comment on this post.  I have been so blessed to be part of the DRU Challenge Blog Team that I want to share their amazing STORE with you. The winner of the gift certificate will be announced on my blog on January 17th.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Dies R Us Anything Goes

It is a brand new year and a brand new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. This challenge is Anything Goes,but you need to use at least one die that DRU carries at the DRU STORE. This year I made some easel card gifts for friends that had a small post it note pad, a pen, and a calendar. A few were mailed but most of them were hand carried. I used the same layout but the focal image and colors changed to suit the picture,die.or stamping I did as the focal image.

Card Opened

Card Closed

These dies are available at the  DRU STORE

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Memory Box Holiday Greetings.

I did a lot of Christmas cards using my distress oxide inks after I saw a couple of videos by Dave Brethauer. I like this design because there is texture and dimension without the bulk. We have several single male friends so I like to do cards that are a little more masculine for them. I will enter this in the Memory Box Holiday Greetings Challenge,  I also cut the PTI sentiment from the same paper, 

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies

TIP   I decided when I got Lawn Fawn Stitched die to leave it attached. When I cut with it, I get the stitched frames but I also get the frames in between the stitched frames. So when I cut with this die, I get the three stitched frames and three that have no stitching. Since I use frames on my cards frequently, I have a variety of sizes to use for different projects. 

Double D Baby It's Cold Outside

This is our last challenge of the 2017 at Double D Challenge Blog and Darlene has inspired us with all things winter. Don't you love the upside down snowman?  I did not take inspiration from one photo, but when I saw this board, I realized I had a new die that was perfect for the challenge.

 My goal for this year was to make my Christmas cards flat and easy for mailing and this Amy Design Wintertide  made that easy. 

I cut the Amy Design scene from heavy white card stock. I added a little bit of color to door window and lamp post, backed it with some PTI paper and added a  tree in the center...quick and easy. I did add a few gems to the snowflakes since this card was going to become the top of a box and not be mailed. 

If you have never visited the Amy Design Page at Dies R Us and you like this frame, you should visit. There are several frames in this line covering multiple themes including  tools, vehicles and wild animals.

Here is the prize for this challenge. 

The team has create fabulous designs for your inspiration so head on over and check them out at Double D Challenge Blog.

I hope all of you have a fun-filled, memory- making holiday filled with all things that make you happiest.  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Anything but a Card

I belong to an international group of women called P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization). Our primary purpose is raising funds to help women with their college educations. This year I was involved in several fund raisers for that cause. One of the fund raisers was making and selling gift card boxes. They also are perfect for candy and jewelry.  I made 200 boxes and the ladies of my group helped decorate them using some ideas that I showed them. We had fishing, golfing, sewing, cooking ,movie, coffee, tea, cowboy,along with traditional Christmas themed boxes. I used dies from several companies including Poppy Stamps and Memory Box. This month the challenge at Poppy Stamps is Anything but a Card so I decided to enter one of my boxes.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box in white. I cut another white piece the same size as the top of the box and used pne of the PTI Make Market Mini Holiday Tag Along kit dies to cut the sides of the white panel and then put some blue glitter paper underneath.  A Spellbinder's die cut in glitter paper in the center and  topped with a Poppy Stamp Batavia snowflake.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box in white. I cut another white piece the same size as the top of the box and used one of the PTI Make Market Mini Holiday Tag Along kit dies to cut the sides of the white panel and then put some red  glitter paper underneath.  A Poppy Stamps Perfect Pine Needles topped with Spellbinder's poinsettia completes the box.

The second  box uses lots of gold glitter paper, Poppy Stamps  Perfect Pine Needles and Gina Marie Pine Cones. 

Poppystamps - Dies - Perfect Pine Needles

Memory Box - Dies - Batavia Snowflakes

Lawn Fawn - Fancy Box Dies 

Here are some of the others we made at one of our fun workshops.  I had the boxes made and tons of die cuts, decorative papers, stamped sentiments and several samples for them. Some of them just copied my ideas but others found their MOJO and did their own thing.

Dies R Us White on White

Can you believe that this is the last Dies R Us Challenge  for 2017? The challenge is White on White and it does not have to be Christmas, but this year I got behind on my Christmas cards so I welcomed the opportunity to make my white on white card a Christmas card. Nothing unusual about how I put this together except I did use some glue and glitter to make a snow mound under the church. 

Here are the dies I used that are available at the Dies R Us Store. 

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Snow Globe Church
                                                                                   Frantic Stamper Snow Globe Church


                                        Impression Obsession - Dies - Holiday Bottom Word Edgers       IO Holiday Bottom Word Edgers

The rest of the team has some fabulous inspiration for you  so go check out their designs at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We can't wait tosee your white on whit cards.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Double D It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Another amazing mood board from Diane at Double D Challenge Blog.   Darlene and Diane put a lot of thought to prepare this wonderful challenge blog for all of us. The designers love each and everyone of the boards and from the amount of participation we get, many of you are inspired too. I love the red and white combination of this board, but when I saw the big snowflake with the red background I knew what I wanted to do.


I have gone more CAS with my Christmas cards this year. They are a real challenge for me,but I think I am learning. I used a red glitter paper background on a white card base. The IO snowflake cover plate is so pretty on its own not so not much else is needed. Next, I cut MFT  DieNamics Blueprints  from red glitter paper and white card. I cut the red in half so I could make a border for the top and bottom. The IO sentiment filled that space nicely so I just added a few sequins.

Here is the prize that one random person who plays along with the challenge will win.

With Christmas only 19  days away,  this is a chance to get another Christmas card done. So go get creative and link up your project at Double D Challenge Blog.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dies R Us Christmas Carols

The challenge at DIES R US is perfect for adding to your Christmas card stash. Do you believe it will be time to put them in the mail soon? This is an easy challenge just make a card with a Christmas carol in mind. As a child and teenager growing up in Western Pennsylvania, a white Christmas was always a possibility but not a given. I always loved the idea of a snow for Christmas so that may explain why many of my winter and Christmas cards are filled with snowflakes and of course, I love oval dies so this new one from Memory Box became a "Must Have"  for me.

After watching  Dave Brethauer create some beautiful backgrounds for Memory Box dies, I decided to pull out my oxide inks and create several backgrounds for cards. The photo does not show it, but I splattered the background with some watered down glue and added some white glitter and I also added some glitter on the tree.   In this closeup, the background still does not show off the glitter but you can see some on the tree. 

Even though it has seven layers, it will mail with regular postage.  

Here are the dies I used from the Dies R Us Store. 

Why don't you create a Christmas Carol card and join us over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog ? One random player will get a gift certificate from the store. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

PTI Challenge


This weeks challenge at PTI is to Create a project using inspiration you have seen during the November release. You can find the challenge HERE There are so many wonderful projects, but I love snow flakes so I chose this card by Betsy Veldman. 


Betsy's card has a stenciled background and a layered tag on top. One of my good friends owns a winery and a wine tasting room. I have been busy making some wine tags for her to give to customers. Most of them are holiday tags, but I did some generic ones, fall and Thanksgiving and birthday. I decided I would make one more tag and copy some of Betsy's features.

My tag.

Betsy started by stenciling a background. I did not have the stencil so I used a Spellbinders die and made one of my own. and sponged on some blue and green ink and added some splatters. I used last month's kit from PTI and made a tag for the top of my wine bottle tag. Betsy used green parakeet which I don't have  so I came as close as I could with green leaf and aqua mist for the IO snow flake.I added some blue glitter paper under my die cut tag for some shine. I added some twine from the kit and a sequin to finish my project. The wine bottle tag is also from PTI.