Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sharon's Birthday

I had some time today so I looked at challenges and decided to make a card for the Scrapy Land Challenge Pearls and Lace and the Mod Squad Challenge Flower Frame Sentiment.  I started with a black card and cut and oval from the center using Spellbinders ovals. 

 I covered another piece of card with double sided adheasive and topped it with a Spellbinder's lattice  then poured some mimi pearls prills on top and burnished with my finger.

I topped that with Tutti Designs Rose Frame.  I started the floral arrangement with a Sylvan Sprig from Poppy Stamps and some flowersfrom Wild Orchid  A Frantic Stamper bird with a few pearl buds and a Sue Wilson sentiment finished the card. 

This is a card for a special friend whose favorite color is black. I hope she likes it. I will enter this at Scrapy Land Challenge and at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog  Flower Framed Sentiment. Itis fun to do challenges again. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Made for a Challenge

It has been a long time since I have made a card for a chllenge so I decided I wanted to do that again. One of my favorite challenges is Poppy Stamps and their challenge this month is called Flower Power.  They have fabulous dies and this month they are giving away a gift certificate. This card  was fun  and easy because all of the pieces were in my left overs pile, some from my card class and some from other projects.The largest white frame was cut using Spellbinders Rectangular dies and the smaller scalloed frame is a Gina Marie Die. I used the Poppy Stamp Mod Flower die cuts  as a background behind the frames. I love the lacy look. I always keep an assortment of hand made flowers aaround. I made these using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms that were embossed in white and sponged with distress inks and sprinkled with Prills.   The leafy background is Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig and the little bird is a Frantic Stamper Die. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Double D Challenge Blog Flowers Gallore

Time for another fun challenge at Double D Challenge Blog  that Darlene calls 
Flower GALORE. For this challenge you must use more than one flower. 

Look at all these amazing garden flowers. I love all the pictures and found it hard to decide between them, but I needed a birthday card for a friend who has a rustic barn like the one in the picture so I decided to use that for my inspiration. 


I started by scoring white card stock using my Score Pal then using a direct ink  to paper technique and  a couple of shades of brown distress ink. Then I embossed it with an embossing folder and added some black ink to high light the embossing.

 Next I used IO hydrangea die to cut three flower bases and about 200 little flowers that I sponged in shades of blue and purple.

I stamped the Stampendous jar with stayz on ink on  acetate and colored with markers. Then I used my die to cut the jar from white and the acetate. All that was left to do then was assemble the jar and flowers on the wood grained base.


 Working with Diane and Darlene  at DD  is a joy for all of  the team and the mood boards are fabulous inspiration. Go take a peek at what the talnted ladies on the team created for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. I know we are going to see some gorgeous creations from you and one randomly chosen person will win this wonderful flower die from Memory Box.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dies R Us Shaped Cards

The Dies R Us challenge this time is shaped cards. I am always excited to use a die that has had minimal use again. I bought  these two dies to make a card for my husband's birthday a few years back and have used it occasionally but the shaped card challenge gave me a chance to use it again. I made a card and this little treat box for my husband's birthday this year. I will fill it with his favorite chocolate candies,  Since he loves anything to do with barns,  he will be excited. 

Here is the side view of the treat box. 

I used two dies from Elizabeth Crafts.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Pop-It-Ups - Barn Pop StandElizabeth Craft Pop Up Barn

   Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Hay There Pop Stand   Elizabeth Crafts Hay There 

Go over to Dies R Us  for inspiraion from the design team. Then make your own shaped design. You always inspire us.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Double D Red White and Blue or Stars and Stripes

Diane  made this fun Mood board for us. I love red, white and blue together. For this challenge, you can use the colors or stars and stripes.


For my card I used the colors and stars and stripes. The papers are feebies from Gina K Designs. I cut the striped layer with a Gina Marie die that I have not used for awhile. Then I layered that on top of the blue star paper. I love to frame cards so I made a frame from some spellbinder dies.  Some Gina Marie leaves in blue and white a Cheery Lynn flourish and a My Favorite Things sunflower cut from red gingham paper and a Cheery Lynn Butterfly finished the design.

As always, the team has some fabulous inspiration for you at  Double D Challenge Blog.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dies R Us Flowers Challenge

The New Challenge at Dies R US is all about flowers.  I decided to feature this lovely sentiment by IO. I stamped it on some vellum with versa mark and embossed it with white powder. I cut a card base in Lovely Lavender by PTI and put the vellum on top.  Next I cut the Frantic Stamper Elemental Ovals and framed the sentiment. I cut part of the Tutti design Lily of the Valley away so I could shape it to fit the Frantic Stamper oval. The card was then framed with Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles. Some flowers from Wild Iris added the finishing touches. 


                                   Tutti Designs - Dies - Lily Of The Valley FrameTutti Lily of the Valley

      Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #12 - OvalsFrantic Stamper Elemental Ovals

There is some fabulous inspiration over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog so go take a peek then create your own flower design. You always inspire us. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Double D Challenge Blog Silhouttes

Don't you just love this mood board that Darlene put together for us.  The one thing they all had in common is a colorful sky so that is where I took my inspiration.

  I inked a piece of card with a distress inks using a mask to make the moon.  The background is actually much brighter,but despite numerous attempts it always looks washed out in the pictures. I have had this Die Namites die for months but this is the first time I have used it. It was perfect for this challenge. Of course, I had to use my new favorite die from Tuttie Designs to surround the window like lace curtains. Really simple card using only two dies and some inks but great for all your cat loving friends.    

If you link up a project at Double D, you will have a chance to win the darling set of Frantic Stamper dies. 

The team has put together some fabulous inspiration for you. Go take a look over at

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dies R Us Tag

It is time for a new challenge at Dies R Us. This time we are challenging you to make a tag. I had a pretty piece of water colored paper in my scrap basket in orange and yellow so I began with that. I cit the Elizabeth Crafts Die in white and in the water colored paper. 

I wanted something more  on the bottom part of the tag and noticed I had already cut the iron gate from Diversions for a project that ended up going a different direction so I put that on top of the tag and it fit perfectly. I just had to trim the top and feet, A Die Namics flourish , some Memory Box Tall Choloe and some flowers and ribbon from my stash and I was done.  The DRU team  team has some fabulous Inspiration for you so be sure to check it out. We are looking forward to seeing you tags. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 5 - SunburstDie-Versions - Whispers - Iron Gates

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Double D Challenge Neon Brights


Here is a Mood Board for all of you who like bold and bright colors. Diane calls it Neon Brights. I must say this is out of my wheel house.... but then that's why we call it a challenge. I liked the rows of colored corn so I created rows of  colored panels using a Frantic Stamper Chevron Boarder.
 A Cheery Lynn You are Awesome  and a Cheery Lynn Summer Drink Die . You can find these over at the Dies R Us Store


 Head over to the Double D Challenge Blog for lots more inspiration,and then create your own Neon Bright card. We are looking forward to seeing what you will create.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dies R Us Easter

It is time for a new challenge at Dies R US and it is all about Easter. I decided this Praying Hands Egg by Tutti Designs was a perfect Easter Image. I had some paper that reminds me a bit of stained glass so I used that as a background. I cut the egg die twice, once in black and once in white. I used a green marker on the white die cut to go around the frame of the egg and the trim of the sleeves. I also used my stylist to give a little dimension to the flowers. Then I used markers to color the hands.  Behind the Egg die, I used the Rose Frame also by Tutti Designs.  I like that frame so much that I have used it on every card I have made recently. I must put it away. The Happy and Easter are Cheery Lynn Dies. I should have used a darker color to make the sentiment pop more, but I did layer it three times so it shows better INRL.  I think this Praying hands egg would make a beautiful sympathy card too.

                                                Tutti Designs Praying Hands Egg
                                                Tutti Designs Rose Frame
                                                Cheery Lynn Happy
                                                Cheery Lynn Easter
Go check out the designs by my team mates the create your own Easter design and link it up at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the DRU store. Don't forget that you can find daily inspiration at the DRU Inspiration Blog.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Double D Challenge Things That Fly

Time for another fun challenge at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.  It is all about things that fly. Here is the fun, colorful mood board. I took my inspiration from the black and white balloons. Looks like a party to me.

Here is my card. This is a clean and simple card for me. Look at all that white space. I used the Balloon Adventure Pop Up stamp and die set from Stamping Up and a Memory Box die cut for the sides.

Look at the wonderful Memory Box die that one random participant in the challenge will receive. I know you will want to see all the inspiration from the design team DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.   Be sure to link up something that flies in the gallery. We are always inspired by YOU.


Dies R Us Borders / Edges

We have been getting so many gorgeous designs from all of you at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog so we are excited to see what you will do with this challenge. I posted two cards today and they are so different. The one at Double D is clean and simple and this is anything but that.

I started with white card stock and embossed it with a Swiss dot embossing folder. I took another piece of white card and die cut it with Sue Wilson's Centarus border on both ends. I topped that with another  design from Sue Wilson,Toranto popping up the center a bit from the largest die cut. Then I used the sentiment from Sue Wilson's Ornate Ovals. Various already cut greenery furnishes the background for the homemade Susan's Garden dogwood flowers and a Memory Box butterfly. You can find these fabulous dies at the Dies R Us  STORE

                        Sue Wilson Ornate Ovals.

                                Memory Box - Dies - Rhone Butterfly WingsMemory Box Rhone Butterfly                 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dies R Us Something New

The Challenge at DIES R US is Something New. I have so many new things that I got for Christmas that I have not used yet so this was a fun challenge.

I started with some PTI paper that I got on sale and added the beautiful Tutti rose frame (a brand new purchase). The daisy is a Spellbinders' die that I have had forever.  All these dies are available at the Dies R US store. 

So grab a new purchase and create something fabulous and link it up at DIES R US  Challenge Blog. We love seeing what you create. 

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