Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Double D Orange and White

Orange and White..that's it!
This mood board is just full of texture, dimension and sweet patterns. I love the Mood Boards that Dar and Diane provide for us. I always come away with so many ideas and have to chose one for the challenge. 

 I love the stack of pretty material tied with a bow so I used the top piece of material with the orange background and white leaves for my inspiration.  I started with Canyon Clay PTI  card stock and  topped an IO leafy background die. Then I framed it with a Lawn Fawn frame. The frame for the Sue Wilson Just a Note die was left over from an IO an Ornate Oval Day. An Elizabeth Craft Shasta Daisy and some IO Wheat and a couple of white dies from Sue Wilson's Festive Garland finish off this card. 

If you play along with us at Double D Challenge Blog for our orange challenge, you could win this great Cottage Cutz die.

I bought all these Dies from the Dies R Us Store

Lawn Fawn - Reverse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Windows DiesLawn Fawn Reversed Scallop Rectangles

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Poinsettia GarlandSue Wilson Festive Garland

Sue Wilson Designs - Expressions Collection - Just A NoteSue Wilson Just a Note

Impression Obsession - Dies - Ornate Oval FrameImpression Obsession Ornate Oval

Impression Obsession - Dies - Leafy BackgroundImpression Obsession Leafy Background.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Shasta DaisyElizabeth Craft Shasta Daisy

Impression Obsession - Dies - WheatImpression Obsession

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Dies R Us Anything Goes

I love cards that have a WOW factor when you open them so the Karen Burniston  Pop and Twist die is perfect for me. I made this type of card from scratch before Karen released the die set.  I cannot believe how easy it is to create the card using the die especially if you watch her video HERE.

So we hope you will join us for our Any Thing Goes Challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Double D Sentiment

Happy third Wednesday of the month.  The third Wednesday means a new challenge at  Double D Challenge Blog.
A sentiment must be the FOCUS of your project

I love this sentiment from Impression Obsession so that was my starting point. Since the sentiment refers to birds, I wanted to use some birds on my card.   I just got these two sweet bird dies from the Dies R Us Store  so I decided I would use them.

 I cut an aperture with a Sue Wilson die from blue card stock so I could place the gold embossed sentiment behind the aperture.  I sponged a little bit of distress ink around the sentiment. I backed the birds with some blue card stock to make the lacy parts show up better.  A few Heartfelt flowers from my stash finished my card.

                        Precious Marieke Happy Birdie


                  Precious Marieke Spring Birds

We would love to see how you would make the  sentiment the STAR of your card.  We hope you will join us at   Double D Challenge Blog.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dies R Us Planes, Trains, Automobiles

We have a new challenge,planes, trains, automobiles,starting today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  I made this simple card with two Chepo Dies. I cut the palm tree die from brown, yellow, and green and did some paper piecing. 

We hope you will join us for this challenge and a chance to win a gift certificate for the Dies R Us Store

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Double D Featured

A new challenge starts at Double D Challenge Blog today. And with the challenge comes another fun Mood Board.

Choose an object from the mood board and make it the 'feature' on your card.


I chose the butterfly and tulip quilt. I just got the tulip die from Penny Black and was anxious to use it.  I added some color with markers and then did a little shaping. 

I sponged the butterfly frame from Memory Box with distress ink while it was still in the die to get some color on some of the butterflies. I added a little twine around the tulips to tie it together. The DD team has some fabulous inspiration for you on the blog. We hope you will join us for this challenge at  Double D Challenge Blog.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Dies R Us Nature

It is the first of September and time for  a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. The challenge this time is nature which includes so many different aspects. 
I have had this Frantic Stamper die for about five years and still love it.  I usually make two or three cards with it every year because it  creates a beautiful scene.  Trees, rabbits, birds are all included in the die for the natire challemge.   I added a moon and some snowfall to complete the winter scene  and nature challenge. 

These are the dies I used to create this nature scene. 

We hope you will join us with a nature inspired creation of your own. The DRU team is always inspired by you. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Double D Pearls

Today starts another fabulous challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. Time to bring out the bling,and use pearls, gems or rhinestones in your project.  I needed a wedding card so I decided to use this challenge as a stepping stone for that card. I love pearls and decided that would be my gem of choice.  Take your cue from this beautiful design board. 


  I created  this easel  card for a couple who had an out door ceremony so I tried to mimic some trees and an arch. I cut an oval from the center of a blue panel and backed it with vellum, Next  I added an IO  tree frame,   I topped the entire frame with a PTI floral frame and added a Frantic Stamper bride and groom with a Sue Wilson sentiment on top. This was fun to make. I love layering. 

We hope you will join us for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  Without you, we have no purpose.

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Time for another fun challenge at Dies R us Challenge Blog.  Our theme this time is SPORTS. I have several gal pals who like to golf so I will use this for one of their birthdays. 

I cut and oval from a piece of blue card stock and then embossed it. I backed that with the Memory Box Golf Club Landscape and Deer Grove Oval  In front of that,  I used the grass from Paper Rose Grass and flower. A little Memory Box golf cart and the Tutti Designs golf bag completed the card. 

Memory BoxGolf Club Landscape

  Golf Club Landscape

We hope you will join us for this challenge and a chance for one randomly chosen  person to win a gift certificate from the Dies R Us Store.  

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dies R Us Bright Colors

We have a different type of challenge at  DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG starting today.  It is all about bright colors. My husband loves all animals but has had a special relationship with horses and all things cowboy for years so I made this for his birthday.  I sponged some card stock with distress oxide inks to make a background for the fabulous die that does all the work.  To complete the scene, I used some bird dies from Sue Wilson's Island Paradise. I know he will love this card.  

Paper Rose - Dies - Stockman With HorsePaper Rose Stockman with Horse

Birds from Sue Wilson Island Paradise

So check out the Design Team on the  DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG and pick some bright colors and  join our challenge. One random entry in the challenge  will win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store . Your creativity always amazes us.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Double D Birthday

The Mood Board at Double D Challenge Blog is full of fun birthday images.  I loved the pink and green color scheme with the balloons and I had the perfect papers and dies for that image.

I needed a cart for my 11 year old great niece, Samantha. What kid doesn't like balloons? 

I used the Stampin' Up balloon die and some alphabet dies to make it more personal. I also used some pink glitter card stock to add some sparkle. In retrospect I wish I would have used plain green for the letters... I think they would have shown up more. 

One random person who links up on our birthday challenge at Double D Challenge Blog  will win this fun die, and of course, the team has some fabulous inspiration for you.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Dies R Us Birthday

The challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog this time is Birthday.  I don't know about you, but I send more birthday cards than anything else.   I just got a new Elizabeth Craft lace frame die from the DIES R US STORE so I started with that. I sponged a little color on the center of the die cut. 

Then I grabbed one of my potted die cuts.  I usually color two or three when I have my markers out so I have some  when I want to create. Most of you who visit my blog on a regular basis know that I love making paper flowers. I usually make them in front of the TV while I watch a Hallmark movie with my hubby. All of the flowers in the pot were in my stash so this card only took me fifteen minutes to make because the only thing I had to cut was the lace frame, the Queen Anne's lace and the Happy birthday and then assemble the card. 
These are the dies I used from the  DIES R US STORE

Hope you find some time to join us for the challenge. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Double D Tropical

Tropical palm trees, tropical flowers,tropical birds,  and tropical fruit. Can you guess the theme for this Double D Challenge Blog?

I was really struggling with this challenge.  I have palm tree stamps, and dies, but I have used them so often I could not think of a new idea. I was not sure what I was going to do until I remembered a friend of mine gifted me with a set of tropical flower dies from Stampin Up. Thanks Barb!!! 

A left over die cut from a prievous challenge and some water colored paper backgrounds were in a basket on my desk so I decided to use them and add the tropical flowers and leaves. 

The water color background looks muted in the photo, but IRL it is very shiny and full of gold highlights.

So look at the mood board and the go look at all the inspiration from the team at  Double D Challenge Blog.  If you play along, you will have a chance to win this prize.