Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Double D Fall Plaids

What a warm and cozy Mood Board Darlene created for us this month. I love the warm look of the blankets and socks.

The Prize
 This was a real challenge for me because I don't have a huge stash of designer paper and I don't have any stamps to create a plaid pattern. Then I remembered a Christmas paper pad I bought several years ago. Yea!!! It had a plaid design, Since I have so many Christmas cards to make, this was perfect. Here is my plaid designed Christmas card. 

I made green background using some gold glimmer mist and framed it with a Gina Marie frame cut from the plaid background. Then I used a Spellbinder's ornament die to cut the plaid ornament. I decorated it with a Spellbinder;s poinsettias, Gina Marie pine cones and Cheery Lynn holly leaves. A Peace sentiment from Cheery Lynn finished the project.  So now head on over to see the inspiration from the design team at DD Challenges  and then pull out your plaids and create. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Water Color Leaves

The PTI challenge HERE this week is to take inspiration from one of the designers. Melissa Phillips created this beautiful card featuring products from the newest release.

Here is my attempt at her card. I created a fall card and tried to do a layout similar to Melissa's card. I used the PTI Wet Pain stamp and die set and the leaves are Cheery Lynn that I cut from some water colored paper I created.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alun's Birthday

I am loving the IO tree die that I bought last month. This is the third card I have made using it and I am sure I will use it a lot more. I sent this to my son-in- law for his BD.

I used several IO dies for this project that are available at Dies R US.  I will enter this in IO Fall Birthday Challenge and Kats Scrappiness World Cardmaking Day

Impression Obsession - Dies - Tree Frame  Tree Frame                                               Impression Obsession - Dies - Pumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch

Impression Obsession - Dies - Fence Trio   Fence Trio                   Impression Obsession - Dies - Deer TrioDeer Trio

Impression Obsession - Dies - Birdhouse SetBird House set 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Clean and Simple Candles

Another Christmas card is done. I tried my hand at a Clean and Simple design. The Memory Box Glowing Candles die is perfect for standing alone. I die cut it in red, gold and green in lay the negative pieces onto the design and embossed the background and the candles with embossing folders and added a few sequins and a single flower.

I will enter this at Memory Box Sequins Challenge
Kats ScrapinessWorld-Card Making Challenge

Pumpkin Time

It's pumpkin time at Double D. Look at the variety of pumpkin images Diane found for us...everything between elegant to rustic, and even a pumpkin in a cup.  


When I saw this challenge, I remembered a Heartfelt stamp that I have had for years and hardly ever used. I dug it and my markers out of the drawer and colored it. I am not a good colorist and envy those who are, but I enjoy coloring and it is good for me to practice.  I chose to go the more rustic route with this image. 

I framed it with a Gina Marie scalloped frame and added some IO wheat, Cheery Lynn leaves, Joy craft flower and some twine. I am on team Darlene, but the mood boards at Double D always inspire me to create so I just have to participate. If you have not noticed the moos board for the next challenge is always posted on the blog so you can think ahead. There is always a fun prize to be won so head on over to the BLOG and see what the team has done. You will truly be inspired and we are looking forward to seeing what YOU do.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Black and White

I got two new dies that I have not used and  the Poppy Stamp Back to Black Challenge was perfect for using both of them.  This is prettier in real life because the black background is black glitter paper. The Cover plate is from IO and the top snowflake is Poppy Stamps  Marias Snowflake. I will also enter it in Kats Scrappiness World-Card Making Day

Frames as a Background.

I decided to take a break from Christmas cards to enter a challenge at Paper Trey Ink. Look at Amy's beautiful card made with frames as a backdrop. What a fun way to dress up the front of a card and still keep a clean design.


You can see Amy Schaffer's video on this make it Monday Challenge HERE. What a fun way to dress up the front of a card and still keep a clean design.

I started with gold card stock and embossed it with an IO script background embossed in gold. I used three frames from Frantic Stamper. The stamp is PTI Feather finery that is stamped on black card embossed in gold for the first layer and white for the second layer. I will enter this in the following challenges. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Leaves in the Trees

October has arrived and fall is in the air. The new challenge at Dies R Us is called the "Leaves on the Trees" so I used some of each. I started with a water colored background and stamped the sentiment in the corner. I cut the tree frame from craft paper and sponged it for some shadows and layered it on the water colored background. I used some flower soft on the branches of the tree for the fall colors and then put a frame on top. I tucked some pumpkins around the bottom of the tree and added some wheat leaves and flowers in the corner. 

Cheery Lynn leaves  Cheery Lynn Designs - Dimensional Dies - Small Leaves 2


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Laurie's Birthday Card.

This is a card for one one  my dearest friends, Laurie. Lots of time and die cuts on this one and some pretty designer paper.


I love interactive cards so I decided to use the oval accordion die by Karen Burniston that I have had for awhile but not used often enough.

                      Elizabeth Craft Designs - Accordion Oval Card                                                            *NEW - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Katie Flourish Frame Edges
I cut the frames in black and in some pattern paper and I layered them. I was going to take pictures of each panel before I linked the panels together but I did one and forgot to do the others. Here is the one I remembered.

I did a total of five panels. The front panel

and four inside panels.

Gina Marie scalloped rectangles
Gina Marie fir branches
Spellbinders Happy Birthday to You
Sue Wilson dandelion clocks
Amy Design Musical Stave
Sue Wilson On your Special Day
 Frantic Stamper Ovals
Frantic Stamper fern
Poppy Stamps  Heartland Oval Frame
Cheery Lynn Pour the wine
 Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies.

I will enter the following challenges

Scrapy Land Happy Birthday
Simon Says WednesdayAnything Goes
Cheery Lynn Anything Goes

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