Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tulip Time

I have not entered a challenge for a long time but I got these tulip stamps and dies from PTI a few weeks ago. Of course, when you get a new toy you have to play so I made tulips in almost every shade of the rainbow and tucked them in a storage bag. I had some design team challenges where I used the Sue Wilson Just a Note and some greenery left over from my card class so when I looked at the samples of the PTI challenge I realized that what I had on hand would fit the challenge. The only thing I had to do to make the card was cut some frames. The background paper in from one of the PTI paper packs in Harvest gold. I will enter this in the  PTI Make it Monday A-la-Carte challenge.
I chose Background Building With Frames with Amy Sheffer. 

Dies R Us Winter Blues

A new challenge called Winter Blues begins today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  For this challenge, I decided to make a shaker card using some pretty blue glitter paper. I sponged a background using distress inks and masking a circle to create the moon. The  Poppy Stamps House in the Woods was cut  from white card stock. I colored the window and door and placed some acetate behind it and added  a little homemade flower soft for the shaker part. I wish now that I would have added a few sequins. I cut some IO  snow flakes from the same blue glitter paper and added them to the front of the of the raised panel.

 Poppystamps - Dies - House in the Woods (NEW)Impression Obsession - Dies - Snowflakes
Poppy Stamps                 Impression Obsession Snowflake

I will also enter this in the Poppy Stamps Silent Snowflakes Challenge
 Now go over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and then create your own Winter Blues card. We get so much inspiration from YOU !!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Double D Anniversary

 Double D is celebrating its one year anniversary.  In honor of this milestone, there will be additional prizes offered at the Double D Blog .  Besides our regular Top 3, Winner & Random winner, we will be randomly choosing TWO ADDITIONAL winners for both challenges in January.
 Not only that, but that SOME  of my fellow DT members will be offering a prize so be sure to pop over to their blogs for inspiration and possibly a chance for a prize in celebration of our anniversary.  Here are the prizes available for the first challenge this month. 

$20 Gift Certificate kindly donated from

Be Inspired

WOW...thank you so very much Dies R Us!!

Our second prize offered to one lucky 'random' winner is:

Our third prize offered to one lucky 'random winner is:

Look at this gorgeous Mood Board. I combined two of the pictures  from the board, the peach from the beautiful rose and the cake.  


I decided I must have a glue fetish because I am always picking project where I glue lots of little pieces together.I used Sue Wilson's Sue Wilson Background die.  for the background, The cake is an Impression Obsession Wedding Cake die. I added some flowers from Wild Iris and some Tim Holtz dies and Frantic stamper ferns are behind the flowers.

In honor of our anniversary,  I am offering  a $ 20 gift card to the Dies R Us store for one lucky person who comments on my blog. I will randomly pick a winner from all the people who comment and announce the winner on my Double D January 18th post.

What are you waiting for? Go check out The Double D Blog to see all the inspiration.  Don't forget to visit my team mates because many of them will also be offering prizes, and most important celebrate with us by creating your design for this challenge.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dies R Us Anything Goes

A new year and a new challenge over at DIES R US. This is an easy one because it is Anything Goes using a die. I have fallen in love with two products this year, prills and gilding flakes. 

I started this card with Impression Obsessions Snowflake Background cut from  white heavy card stock. I backed it with some adhesive paper and then used some gilding flakes to fill in the background. So easy and so much fun. 

Here are the dies I used from the  DIES R US STORE.

Impression Obsession - Dies - Snowflake Background                                                                    Frantic Stamper - Dies - Fern              

Impression Obsession Snowflake Background                        Frantic Stamper Fern
Sue Wilson Designs - Canadian Collection - Toronto                                  Memory Box - Dies - Rhone Butterfly Wings

Sue Wilson Toronto                                                Memory Box Rhone butterfly             


 I added some Sue Wilson dies and Just for You sentiment that I painted with a gold Wink of Stella,some background dies behind some Wild Iris flowers and I was done. Much prettier IRL. 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Donna's Birthday

Donna Phelan's birthday is December 25th. I wanted to make her a card in her favorite color (sunshine yellow) and as far away from a Christmas theme as I could. I made one of these oval accordian cards a month or so ago so I thought I could make another one without watching the VIDEO. NOT!!!! Karen gave some tips for assembly in the video that I forgot and so there were some issues. Note to self ....ALWAYS WATCH THE VIDEO... I had five panels made and shabbily put together. I just could not send it so I started all over again. I got four panels done in time to mail. 

I started with Elizabeth Crafts  Accordion Oval die. I cut four panels in white and four in yellow dp.


                                               Elizabeth Craft Designs - Accordion Oval Card

I did remember to take pictures of the individual panels before I put it together. The flower was made using IO hydrangea flowers in the shape of a lilac. The Paper is PTI.

                                                          Memory Box Rhone Butterfly Wings  

Die-Mensions - Birthday Cake

 Frantic Stamper Ovals
Frantic Stamper Ivy

*NEW - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Katie Flourish Frame Edges

Die-Mensions - Birthday Balloon


Head on over to Donna's Blog and wish her a Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday and spend some time looking at her gorgeous designs.

I will enter this in the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.

Double D Silver and Gold

Can you believe this is the last Double D Challenge for this year? Where did the time go?  Next month we start a new year with new challenge boards. I have seen them and The Ds have once again provided fabulous inspiration. For this challenge  Darlene's Mood board captures the warmth of gold and silver beautifully. 

This is my take on the challenge. I cut a Diversions Whispers Angelic in black and backed it with some double sided adhesive paper and then applied some Nuvo gilding flakes to make a background. Then I used some embossing powder to make gold and silver paper and cut two more panels. I fussy cut around the angels and star and  popped them up with a slight offset.  

Don't forget to visit the Double D Blog to see all the inspiration from the team. Then join us in the challenge. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Double D White Christmas

Are you ready for some inspiration from Diane? I loved the light and airy look of this mood board, and the theme in general. As a kid growing up in Western Pennsylvania,  the hope of a white Christmas was always possible, but it did not  always happen.  When it did though, it seemed magical.   

I made a Christmas ornament for this card. I cut two of the  largest Spellbinders Royal circles and one of the next size but this time  I used  the negative to make a boarder around the ornament. The scene is from a Frantic Stamper die cut covered with some snow writer and glitter. I used some silver cord and some blue ribbon and topped that off with a white flower. 

The team came up with fabulous designs for this challenge so head to the Double D Blog and check it out. We are always so excited  to see your creations.

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Winter Church In The Wildwood   Image result for spellbinders royal circles

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dies R Us Anything Goes Christmas

Dies R Us has everyone's favorite challenge at this time of the year, Anything Goes Christmas.  I used this fabulous Frantic Stamper Church in the Woodland die for my Christmas cards last year. I love the way it cuts, I swear that I give it one pass in the big shot and all the intricate details are cut... even the tiny holes for the church steeple and the tiny pieces of the fence. I wanted to use it again for a few Christmas Cards with a slightly different design. I sponged a panel for my background using a mask to create the moon. Then I took the scene and taped a little yellow and brown paper to create the window and door then put the scene on the sponged background. I cut an oval out of some card stock and put the oval from Frantic stamper on top of it. . I framed it using my Spellbinders A2  rectangular dies, and added the IO Peace sentiment.

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #12 - Ovals                                      Frantic Stamper - Dies - Winter Church In The Wildwood
                                                                      Frantic Stamper Church in the Wildwood
Frantic Stamper Ovals

 Visit The DRU Challenge Blog  HERE for more inspiration.                                                                  

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas Card

After Thanksgiving the crunch is to get Christmas Cards done. I have  some pretty blue glitter paper that fit the challenge at IO. I covered the glitter paper with the IO snowflake cover plate and then used a spellbinders oval on top. another IO Snowflake and the IO Merry Christmas cut from the same glitter paper then on to a card base. Beautiful cover plates like this are all you need for a quick and easy card. I will enter this in theIO Chill Out Challenge  and The Simon Says Wednesday Christmas to Die For challenge.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Easiest Christmas Card Ever


I found this fun paper pack by Recollections that had these adorable snow people on them and I immediately thought of my sister who adores snow people. I decided she had to have a card using this paper so I bought the pack. Now what to do with them?
 What else use both pieces and do a Z fold card for her. First I cut the papers down and  added some wink of Stella glitter in red, green and clear to my snow people and a snow writer to flock the trees.

I fussy cut along the tree line  and glued the pieces to the second panel of my z fold. A bright red IO Merry Christmas and a few IO snowflakes and I was done. The blue paper is from PTI. 

I will enter this in the IO Chill Out Challenge.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thank You in Sunshine Yellow

I belong to a group called PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization ) International.  Our main goal is to help each other and to help women who are pursuing a college education with scholarships and encouragement.  This month we were visited by a representative from our state chapter who gave us some pointers and encouragement. The ladies asked me to make a thank you card for her to go along with a special gift we bought for her.  Our colors are yellow and white and our flower is the marguerite so I tried to incorporate those in the design. I used the Z fold design..... again. Please don't laugh at my water color attempt. Hey, I keep trying. The stamps are from Stampendous and they were embossed in white and colored with distress inks and a water brush. To add a glass effect to my jar I embossed it with UTE three times. The Thanks is from PTI.

Those of you who know me know that unlike my friends Donna and Judy I have a trepidation when it comes to mixing papers. PTI makes that easy for me. I buy their paper packs that have different designs in the same color.  Baby steps, my friends. This paper is their harvest gold.

Of course, I had to jazz up the inside with some dies I used Memory Box Wildflower corner  and Memory Box Sylvan Corner.  For the middle panel I used a Martha Stewart punch  and added a few more marguerites (daisies).  I also made a matching envelope box, but I forgot to take pictures of it. 

I really like how this came out and I welcomed the break from fall and Christmas cards. 
I will enter this in the 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Critters

Since my duties as a designer for Mod Squad Challenges has ended, I decided to play along and maybe win a prize. My good friends Judy Woodland and Vicki Dutcher are hosting this week and have asked us to use ribbon some where on the card. To visit the challenge go Here. I have a good friend who loves and collects penguins so when I saw this Cottage Kutz penguin set, I had to have it. I am also on a Z fold kick here lately so I created a little snowy little penguin scene.
  The card base is covered with PTI paper. Since it is a light weight layering card I glued it onto some heavier white card and then scored both pieces after the glue was dry. The second panel is white. I cut it with a Sue Wilson die three times. Then I colored the trees by using the die as a stencil. Next I cut the houses out of red and green paper and backed the windows with some yellow paper and glued them to the white houses. I put some IO fence at the bottom then added three sleds from the penguin die. One carrying the tree, another the presents, and the third the baby, candy cane and all. Papa is pulling them home where Mama is cooking dinner. I added some ribbon and some snow to complete my scene. 

 Papa is pulling them home where Mama is cooking dinner. I added some ribbon and some snow to complete my scene. 


Lots of gluing and piecing in this and some time involved. I had so much fun that I did five of these. Some of my friends and family and some of DH golfing and fishing buddies are not the frilly flower style so these will be perfect for them, Going to make a couple of simple designs using these cute penguins for my card class. My penguin friend will be sooo happy. I will also enter this in Simon Says Wednesday Christmas Critters