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. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dies R Us Anything Goes

How about some coffee and some chocolate?  I fell in love with the idea of making pretty cards with treat boxes inside.  I made this one for a coffee raffle basket.  Karen Burniston dies are fabulous for pop ups. but they can also be used for the outside of a card like I have done here. 

 Untie the ribbon and you will see six individually wrapped chocolates.   

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

Karen Burniston Pop Coffee Cup
Karen Burniston Cupcake PopUp
Precious Marieke Square Flower Frame

This is an easy challenge.... just remember to use at least one metal die and then link up at Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Double D Pick a Pattern

Time for a new challenge at  Double D Challenge Blog This one is called pick a pattern and here is the fabulous mood board. 


You may wonder why my colors don't match the mood board.  The answer is simple. I got my challenges mixed up.  In a future challenge, I noticed pink and lime green being used together and thought "That's a pretty combination." A few days later when I decided to work on this challenge I rembered the pink and green.  So went through my papers and found these colors and was thrilled ,,, until I went to post this on the blog  and noticed the colors on the board .... no pink, no green.   Oh well, at least I have patterns. Just imagine I used blue or red or black gingham. This would make a pretty Christmas card if I used red gingham and a red poinsettia. 

One of the things I live about DD Challenges is that I get to use some of my older and sometimes retired dies.  I love this chevron die and I think it looks great in pink and green.  The side panel is from Frantic Stamper and the Flower is Elizabeth Craft Shasta Daisy.  I don't know what dies I used under the flower because on days when I am not feeling creative I put several dies on half sheet of  green paper and run them through the die cutting machine. I might do this 10-12 times.  I save them with my flower stash so I can make my floral arrangements quickly. 

If you play along with this challenge, one lucky person will win this paper pad from Echo Park.  Don't you love how Dar and Diane make the prize suitable for the challenge. Such clever ladies. 

Now go see what my team mates provided for your inspiration.  They never disappoint. Double D Challenge Blog

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dies R Us Summer

It is the 15th of the month and time for a new challenge at DIES R US.  This time it is all about summer.  One of my favorite summertime activities has always been boating and spending time at the lake, Now I am more of a noodle type of person... just give me a water noodle and I will drift along in the lake for hours, but the rest of the family loved to water ski and tube. When we moved to California, Lake Whiskytown was a short 15 minutes from our house so we would get off work and head for the lake. Unfortunately, all the wooded area around Whiskytown was destroyed in the Carr fire last summer. It will take a few years for it to be as beautiful as it once was. This box card is a reminder of the fun times we had there.

These are the dies I used to make the card.
Impression Obsession - Dies - Better In Flip Flops Impression Obsession Life is Better

Impression Obsession - Dies - Paddleboarders   Impression Obsession Paddleborders

Impression Obsession - Dies - Tubers  Impression Obsession Tubers

Impression Obsession Clouds

The team has wonderful summer inspiration for you at DIES R US, and remember one lucky random draw from the entries will win a gift card to the DIES R US STORE.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Double D Rose Garden

Welcome to another Double D Challenge and a beautiful rose inapiration board.

Roses are so beautiful and so fragrant.  I love walking in a garden full of them. This pretty Mood Board is so inspiring.  

Since the roses in the Mood board are pink , I decided to make a pink card. I noticed the white picket fence in the bottom right card and decided to use my Spellbinders lattice die as a backdrop.  I did not have any rose flowers so I used a punch to make the smaller ones.  The larger one in the center was made using IO Strawberry flower. The team has fabulous inspiration for you Double D Challenge Blog. Your creations always inspire us!!!!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Dies R Us Kids

I Just got some new dies from the Dies R Us Store.  They arrived just in time for the June 1st Challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  When my kids were young,we lived on a large piece of wooded property in a log cabin.  My husband cleared a piece of the property and made a campground that could be used by church groups, boy scouts, girl scouts etc.  Because he liked camping, he would take our kids to the camp ground where they would have the whole camping experience.  Not much for camping, I would join them for dinner and  s' mores, but my son always walked me back to the cabin just before dark (they were afraid I would get lost in the woods) where I slept comfortably in my own bed. These dies brought back those memories.

Nothing unusual, just a little sponging, coloring  and some super cool dies. The team has created some great kid cards for your inspiration.  Go take a look at Dies R Us Challenge Blog,

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Double D Frame it

Frames have always been one of my favorite card making tools. When I see a new frame die, I just have to add it to my stash. This mood board represents all types of frames. My husband, children and I lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years and had the opportunity to buy wood block prints, etchings, and oil paintings that each have a special memory attached to it,  My husband matted and framed each piece we bought.  We would work together to pick what we thought would be the perfect way to enhance the art. 

When you look at the frames on the Mood Board, try to imagine what if anything  should be inside the frame. 

I just bought a new frame from Precious Marke at  the Dies R Us Store and had to use it,  This is another box of chocolates that I made for a special event. 

It has all my  favorite things: frames, flowers, and butterflies.

Precious Marieke
Precious Marieke - Dies - Early Spring - Spring Flowers Square Frame

Dies R Us Tags

Time for a new challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  This time we are challenged to make a tag. 

  I just got a new tag die from Sue Wilson at the DRU store and wanted to try it out.  I kept it very simple. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs. I made the flower using Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip. The leaves are Elizabeth Craft. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder Fern

We hope you will TAG along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dies R Us Flowers

April has ended and so have many of the showers so now it is time to enjoy the spring flowers at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.

I love making home made flowers and Elizabeth Crafts Designs has so many beautiful ones.  I started with the pitcher and cut it from some pretty designer paper I have. I looked through the flowers I have made while I watched old Hallmark movies with my husband and decided to use some lilacs and dog wood to fill the pitcher.

I don't need to describe how I put this card together because a picture is worth a thousand words but if you are interested in any of the dies I used I have them listed here with links back to the Dies R Us Store

Preciuous Marieke - Dies - Fantastic Flowers - Square Flowers FramePreciuous-Marieke Fantastic-Flowers

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Lilac 2Elizabeth Craft Lilac 2

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Dogwood 2Elizabeth Craft Dogwood 2

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Pottery Pitcher Elizabeth Craft Pottery Pitcher

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder FernElizabeth Craft Ladder Fern.

We hope you will join us at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG with your flower designs.

Double D Kentucky Derby Hat Inspiration

Kentucky Derby Hat Inspiration
Be inspired by what you see on these hats,
maybe it's the colors, flowers even the horse...
look closely there is plenty...
does NOT have to be a hat!

I did not have a hat stamp or die so I thought I had to take inspiration from what was on the hats.... that is until I saw how clever and creative my team mate Barb is.  She took dies she had and made her own hat.  As usual the team has some wonderful inspiration for you at Double D Challenge Blog.

Three of the pictures on the board have pink flowers on them so I started there.  I bought a rose stamp from Altenew several months ago.  I watched several  videos on this multi-layering stamp before I bought it because I have not had success with stamp layering in the past.  They made it look easy,and I am sure it was for them.  I can't tell you how many times I tried to get it lined up perfectly with no success. I decided to use the best one.   Even though it is not perfect it is the look I was going for on this card.

Go visit  Double D Challenge Blog to see all the fabulous inspiration from the team.  We hope you will play along.