Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Double D Use your Scraps

                                                             Scraps~use your scraps

I have drawers full of scraps of paper.  One of the nice things about die cutting is that you can use these scraps to cut smaller die cuts or pieces of larger ones. They can become butterflies, birds, or umbrellas. You can use scraps for paper piecing and backgrounds. The team at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG  at will give you some amazing ideas for using your scraps.  Here is the fun Mood Board Diane created for us.

I used an old die from MFT.   I think it was called chicken wire. I cut the die in white paper then cut several small scraps of  pattern paper until I had enough parts to inlay inside the white die.

I used a Sue Wilson die cut cut from lilac card stock.  I always need birthday cards so I used the Poppy Stamps happy birthday die on top. I pulled some flowers from my stash .  The lilacs are from Elizabeth Crafts and the daisy's are Cheery Lynn. We hope you will join us for this challenge.  We get so much inspiration from all of you!!!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dies R Us it's Dad's Day (Masculine)

I have a hard time making masculine cards so the challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG was a perfect opportunity to make a  Father's Day card for my husband.

My husband bought his first horse when he was eight years old and has never stopped loved training horses.  When I saw this die, I knew it would be perfect for him.  Talk about an easy card. I used Lavina Moon paper glued to a white card base and and added the die cut on top.  I almost feel guilty about giving it to him because it was so easy to put together, but he does not need to know that....does he? I think it makes a striking card easy or not.

Lavina Moon paper

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

We hope you will make a masculine card and link up with us at  DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG .

If you have not visited the store Dies R Us Store for awhile, you should check it out. New items are added on a regular basis.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Double D Challenge Begins with " M "

The new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is called Begins with "M".  Dar has given us some great ideas with this mood board. 


One of my best friends loves music and plays the piano so I made this music themed card  with her in mind.  I saw several variations of this on line and also found a free template of a grand piano. It took a few tries to get everything sized correctly. Even though I am happy with how it turned out,  I don't know if I will make another one because I did not write anything down, so I would be starting all over again. 

I used a Cheery Lynn doily die for the background.  I added some homemade flowers and leaves, some Penny Black tulips (my friend's favorite flower), and a birthday sentiment.

The top of the piano is opens and I used some music designer paper and a flower. I made a little stand so the top of the piano can be left open.  I will write my message either on the top inside or back of the piano. 

The DT has some awesome Begins with M creations for your inspiration at Double D Challenge Blog . If you link up with us, you could win this prize.

Amy Design - Dies - Musical Stave

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dies R Us Graduation

A new challenge starts today at the  DIES R US Challenge Blog. This time it is about graduation.  

This is an unusual year for graduating classes since most ceremonies have been canceled.  It has been a year, however, when people have used their creativity to find different ways to celebrate these special achievements. For this challenge,  I decided to make a card with the school colors of one of the local high schools.  I will give it to a teacher friend of mine so she can send it too her classroom student aid. I make  side step cards frequently so I keep several pre-made bases on hand.  It is easy then to cover the bases with some pretty papers and a few die cuts.  This card came together in less than 15 minutes.  

Here are the dies I used for the card. 

Cheapo Dies - Graduation BoyCheapo Graduation Boy

Cheapo Dies - Graduation Girl Cheapo Graduation Girl

Karen Burniston - Dies - BirthdayKaren Burniston Word Set 2

Karen Burniston - Dies - Numbers Karen Burniston Numbers

Come join us for the graduation fun at DIES R US Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Double D Lavender

Diane has created another fabulous Mood Board for us over at the Double D Challenge Blog.   It's all about lavendar.  There is not an image on the board that I don't love, but I took my inspiration from the white chair and the shades of lavender and purple. 

The card is prettier IRL.  I could not get a good picture of it.  I used a Sue Wilson Die that I cut from dark purple and white and put that on a lilac card base. The vase is actually an Elizabeth Craft pitcher that I cut from a piece of scrap of Stamperia  paper and filled it with Memory Box lavender and Elizabeth Craft dog woods and an assortment of greenery from my stash.

Go over to the  Double D Challenge Blog to see the inspiration from the team and then play along.  One lucky participant will receive this pretty die from Memory Box. I love how Diane and Dar pick the prizes to echo the theme of the Mood Board. They are such clever ladies.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dies R Us Seas the Day

A new challenge starts today at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG called Seas the Day. For this challenge, I chose a QAE(Quick And Easy) card.  I cut a circle from a panel of white card and covered it with distress ink then sprayed with water.  I stenciled and sponged some light blue card stock with  stormy sky distress ink for clouds and water.  The die was cut from white card stock that I colored with makers and then I  placed a Lawn Fawn  square frame around my scene. 

Available at  DIES R US,

Cheapo Dies - Palm TreesCheapo Palm Tree

Lawn Fawn - Reverse Stitched Scalloped Square Windows DiesLawn Fawn Reverse Scallop Square Frame

We hope you will Seas the Day and join us for the challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Addicted to CAS Animals

A few of us at Double D Challenge Blog decided to participate in another challenge a together. This time we are over at Addicted to CASIf you follow my blog, you know that it is rare for me to do a CAS card. I love it as a style and admire those who have perfected it, but it is hard for me. I decided it would be good for me to give it a try.

I had this Cottage Kutz die I had not used for awhile. I like how the lab is hidden behind the grass.  I cut it twice once in black and once  in green, and paired that with a new IO  Wooden Disc die  and a PTI Hello die.  A lot of the detail in the wooden disc does not show in the picture.  

Visit the Blogs of my team mates and see what they created for this HOP.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Double D Showers and Flowers

I hope you are all staying safe and weathering the challenges that we are facing at this time. For sure, many of us have had more time to craft so we hope you will join us for the new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.

Here is the Mood Board for the Showers and Flowers Challenge. 


My inspiration was the umbrella and rain boots and the bright yellow bow. 

A good friend sent me the background die cut(thanks , Barb). I put that on bright yellow card stock and layered it with a Sue Wilson Daisy Frame. The boots and umbrella are from Elizabeth Crafts and the sentiment is from Karen Burniston. 

We have lots of showers and flowers inspiration for you at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us. 

DRU Spring Flowers

We are officially half way through the month so it is time for another challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog,Spring Flowers.  One of my favorite spring flowers is the dogwood so I used my Elizabeth Craft Dogwood die for flowers. I had a piece of pretty designer paper in my stash so I framed it with a Frantic Stamper frame and Lawn Fawn frame. 

The Dies R Us Store is open and fully operational. You can find the dies I used if you click on the links. Also, if you don't get the news letter,you are missing some special events and sales. 

The team has some great inspiration for you so we hope you will join us for this challenge.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail (Easter).

I am a designer for a Challenge Blog called Double D which was created by two wonderful women, Darlene Pavlick and Diane Hoover. Because they are such great leaders, the team has become very close and supportive.  With the world in such turmoil,  we have been checking in with each other to make sure that we are all doing well physically and mentally.  Several of the girls on the team stated that they were finding it hard to create so to shake thing up we are going to participate in a challenge at Cut it Up Challenge called Hoping Down the Bunny Trail. 

I did not have one bunny stamp or die so I went searching for free images and found this cute bunny.  I printed it in two different sizes and added a little pink embossing powder to their ears. I started with Spellbinders Vanitian Lace die cut.  I cut an oval from the center and then added a background that I sponged with distress oxide inks, stenciled and finally stamped.

I added  Elizabeth Craft dogwoods and ladder fern along with some Stamping-Up leaves. 
I think it came out kinda cute. 

All ten members of the Double D Design Team is participating in this Positivity Challenge.    If you click on their name,  it will take you to their blog to see what they created for the Cut it Up Challenge.

Kathy (ME)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Double D Banners


The new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is called Banners. Diane has provided all sorts of banners in different sizes,shapes,and patterns on this mood board.  I love this Sue Wilson Birthday die with a built in banner.   I have used this die by itself and also cut it apart and used bits and pieces of it on different cards.  I decided to use a blue plaid with matching blue paper so  I can use this card for either a guy or a girl.


Of course, Diane has the perfect prize to go along with the challenge. The possibilities of this die set is amazing. 
  My team mates have provided lots of inspiration for you, and we hope you will join us for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog . 

DRU Anything Goes

April 1st and time to start a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. This time our challenge is Anything Goes, but remember you need to use at least one die in your project.  I can't tell you how often I use the Memory Box Deer Grove Oval in my designs. I use it with the deer, but frequently I de deer it and just use the tree background.  The deer became a church in this example.

This card could be for Easter, conformation or even a wedding.  I used the following dies from the

Memory Box - Dies - Deer Grove OvalMemory Box deer Grove Oval

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Large ChurchFrantic Stamper Large Church

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

We hope you join us for the Anything Goes Challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG. We have some new designers joining the team so be sure to check out the inspiration.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Double D Spring

Signs of spring are everywhere so the DOUBLE D spring challenge is perfect.  As usual, Dar has created a beautiful Mood Board.  I was inspired by the shades of pink and the flower wreath so that is where I began.

I began going through my die cuts and dies and found this wreath in my stash.  It is not a die I own, so I am guessing it was sent to me by one of my wonderful team mates. It was perfect for the challenge.

I dug into my bag of pink flowers and selected these.  The Hello was left over from the last challenge.  The only thing I had to cut is the Impression Obsession bird houses. I always have an assortment of leaves cut and ready to use so this card came together quickly.

We hope you join us for this challenge at DOUBLE D.   If you do, you can win this prize.

                                                               Karen Burniston - Dies - Happy Spring
The Double D team has some wonderful inspiration for you.  One of the things I love most about these Mood Boards is that we all find our inspiration in such different ways which I hope helps you to let your imagination run WILD. We hope you join us for this challenge.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Things with Wings

We are half way through the month of March so a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog begins today.  It is called Things With Wings. I have not used my Impression Obsession doves for awhile so that is where I began.

Impression Obsession - Dies - Peace DoveImpression Obsession Doves

  If you have not signed up for the Dies R Us newsletter you are missing out on some fabulous sales and some special order items that are made available.  These Spellbinder crosses were a special order item awhile back and they make a perfect focal image.

Image result for Spellbinder Crosses

I think you can see how I layered the dies without a lengthy written description. These are the other  dies I used for the layers.

Poppystamps - Dies - Double Scallop Oval and BorderPoppy Stamps Double Scallop Oval 

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

I think this card would be perfect as a sympathy card, Easter card or maybe a confirmation card.


The other designers on the team have lots of inspiration to share with you over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for this challenge.

Don't forget that Dies R Us has a new sister store.  Be sure to visit there also.

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Double D St. Patrick's Day

What a fun mood board we have over at Double D Challenge Blog Don't you just love the dog with the shamrock hat?  My inspiration comes from the shamrock, the daisy and the lucky poster.

It is so funny that you make a card and think it looks great until you see the picture and a glaring error stares back at you, but it is too late to do anything about it except pretend it was a happy accident. lol

I  have had this die for awhile and never used it.  I embossed a sheet of card stock with silver embossing powder and the cut out the die. I used my Versa mark Pen over the good luck and then embossed it in green.  I had to do this a couple of times to get good coverage,  The little shamrocks are from IO and also embossed in green,  and the daisy is Elizabeth Crafts. We hope you will join us for this challenge at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.  You have a chnce to win this cute die set if you link up your card with us.