Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Double D Neutral Colors

Darlene put this fun Mood Board together for this challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog. I love all the texture and dimension that you can see in the different pictures.

A while back a good friend of mine(thanks Judy) sent me a stamp of a cameo. When I was younger, I had a beautiful cameo ring that my husband bought for me, Unfortunately, it was stolen when our house was broken into many, many years ago. When I saw the stamp, I thought about that ring. 
For this card, I chose the shades of white and brown and tried to get a bit of texture and dimension in the card. 

I used Sue Wilson Dies for the background and Spellbinders for the frame. I embossed the cameo in white onto kraft and the sponged it with walnut distress ink  until it was a nice rich brown. I also sponged around the frame.  I used some leaf dies from Gina Marie and flowers from Wild Iris.  Head over to the Double D Challenge Blog and check out all the fabulous inspiration from the designers. One lucky person who links up a Neutral Colored creation will have a chance to win this prize. Good Luck!!!

Amy Design - Dies - Parrot

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunshine Yellow Hugs

Back to my comfort zone. The challenge this month at Memory Box is Yellow so I started with a soft yellow base that I embossed with Swiss dot embossing folder. I covered that with Memory Box Aberdeen branches the placed it in a white frame. I used a frantic stamper die cut on top of the frame to add more detail. Then I used Frantic stamper fern. Spellbinder leaves and Memory Box Tall Choloe to add some greenery for the flowers.  The banner is cheery Lynn topped with Cheery Lynn Hugs. I had a couple of Memory Box butterflies from Butterfly exhibit so I put them on the banner.  T Some flowers from Wild Iris finished my card.

I'll enter this in the following Challenges
Memory Box Yellow
Scrapy Land Anything Goes

PTI Sentiment Strip Grounding

The Challenge at PTI this week is called Sentiment Strip Grounding. I had some free time this week so I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try  a CAS card.  Lexi did such a fabulous job showing us how. Not in love with my attempt but like I said it is out of my comfort zone. I used PTI  Up and
 Away stamp and die set.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Barb's Special Birthday

I have been blessed by finding this hobby after I retired. I never would have guessed that I would get to know  and become friends with so many people who love to paper craft as much as I do. Barb Campbell  is one of the friends I met (on line of course) several years ago. This week she is celebrating a milestone birthday so I wanted to do something special for her. Barb seems to like it when I make a fancy fold card so I decided I would make her a Double Z fold card.

Blue is her favorite color so I started with some Gina K powdered blue card and cut and scored it.  You can see Dawn making a similar card Here.  I changed the height to 51/2 for my card so I had a 51/2 by 51/2 square when folded. I picked some pretty Heartfelt Creations papers in blue for my dp, but since they came from two different collections,I wanted to make them match a bit better so I sponged them with distress ink. I also cut a  slightly larger black mat for each piece. 

Next I needed to make my focal flower. I stamped the Arianna flower from Heartfelt Creations in Versamark, embossed it in  Wow white powder and then sponged it in Stormy Sky. I used two of the largest petals .
I gave them some shape with my stylist and then glued them together and sprinkled some prills in the center.

I stamped a beautiful sentiment from Heartfelt on one of my panels.

Then I create my floral spray with greenery and flowers that I keep on hand.

I finished the panels with a few other embellishments including a Cheery Lynn bird bath and some Cheery Lynn tiny flourishes,and and IO wishes sentiment.  Happy Birthday Barb. Hope your birthday is as special as you are. Go on over to Barb's blog  and check out her amazing talent and wish her a happy birthday.

I will enter this in the following challenges
Wow Embpssing Powder August Challenge Flowers
Cheery Lynn Back to Nature
Simon Says Beautiful Florals
Scrapy Land

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Double D I Love Polka Dots

Are you ready for another fabulous inspirational board from Diane Double D Challenge Blog This time it is all about polka dots. I have a stack of paper from PTI that has several designs using the same colors so I chose two sizes of dots.  

I cut a piece of the Swiss dot pattered card 51/2 - 41/4 and a piece of larger dotted paper 51/2 - 4. I embossed the end of the smaller piece with a Swiss dot embossing folder then cut it down the center and folded the edges back on the diagonal.  I used two Poppy Stamps Mod Flower die cuts to layer on top of the Swiss dot layer. 

Next I went to my flower box to find a flower for the card. I found this one that seemed perfect. I made it from Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms. I stamped the flower in versa mark and embossed with white embossing powder and colored it with distress inks. Then I shaped it and put some prills in the center.  The green leaves are from Spellbinders the white leaves are Gina Marie and I used some Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks. My team mates have created some fabulous inspiration for you on the Double D Blog. Go take a look!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dies R Us Babies Challenge

The new challenge at  Dies R Us  is Babies  (human babies or baby animals). I decided to make a card for my newest great nephew. 

I started with navy and white card and layered them. The focal image is a Die Namites die cut, and the shoe is a Tattered Lace die. Not my usual kind of card. No butterflies or flowers but the sentiment is so dynamic that you don't need much more. 

Tattered Lace Dies - Baby Boy BootiesTattered Lace  I used a different boy shoe but this one is available at the store now. 

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Flowers

I stamped one of my favorite IO sentiments in black ink. I used my Misty so I could stamp twice to get a sharp image. I use IO bird on a branch for my background greenery a cut bird die that I colored yellow and some butterflies from their insects dies. The flowers are from Wild Iris. 

I O Products
Lg. Bird on Branch - DIE161-N
Let Your Soul - D13038
Bird die C8589  DIE003-A
                                                                Insect Die  DIE139-I
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July

We have a Brand New Challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog. We also have two sponsors for this challenge. 

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DISCOUNT CODE for The Mod Squad Challenge: MSC10

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The challenge this week is Christmas in July.
So grab your Christmas stamps and dies and get a head start on this year’s Christmas cards and qualify for a chance to win one of these wonderful prizes.

 I started my card with a red card base. I layered that with a piece of white card embossed with Swiss dots embossing folder. I used a MFT cover plate cut in red on top of that and framed it with a Gina Marie scalloped frame available at Kat Scrapiness. I used IO pine branches, Cheery Lynn holly leaves, Spellbinders poinsettia, and Gina Marie pine cones also available Kat Scrapiness. The Peace sentiment is from Cheery Lynn.
I will enter this card at
 Scrapy Land Emboss It The Swiss dots pattern and the pattern on the Spellbinder's poinsettia.
                                     Cheery Lynn Christmas in July Peace sentiment and holly leaves
                                     Simon Says Monday Challenge Add some Texture

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Judy's Special Birthday

My uber talented friend, Judy Woodland, will  reach one of those mile-stone birthday's this week. I won't say which one it is, but she is over the legal drinking age and she can vote. Judy's one of those people that makes everyone feel special. She is loving, and caring and one of the best cheerleaders in the world. I feel honored to call her my friend.  Judy's favorite color is purple and I know she loves flowers and butterflies so I put a card together for her with that in mind. I hope she likes it. Why don't you head over to her blog Judy's Happy Place to check out all her talent and wish her a Happy Birthday.

I will enter this card in Scrapy Land Emboss It
Poppy Stamps Fly Away With Me
Simon Wednesday Things with Wings
Simon Work it WednesdayWafer thin dies or stencils

Sue Wilson Australian Collection Background 
Sue Wilson  Dandlion Clocks
Frantic Stamper ferns
Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Melody
Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lily

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Die - Finishing Touches Collection - Dandelion Clocks - CED1434Poppystamps - Dies - Happy Birthday Melody

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Double D Challenge Shades of Purple

Purple is my favorite color and this inspiration board is full  of purple lusciousness that Darlene put together for this challenge. I took my inspiration from the colored material in different shades of purple.  Purple, however, is a hard color to photograph especially when one is camera challenged.

Prize for the challenge.

The dark purple looks black  and some of the pale  lavender looks white or pink.

 I started with a Tim Holtz die cut in dark purple. I cut it again in vellum and stamped and embossed the music staff in white. I backed that with apiece of lavender card embossed with Tim Holtz brick pattern. I used a Sue Wilson die cut in dark purple  and topped that with a Sue Wilson sentiment. I framed the entire piece with a pale lavender frame. Then I built my flower spray with some ribbon, Wild Iris flowers and Frantic Stamper ferns. 

The Double D team outdid themselves for this challenge and you are going to find amazing inspiration on the Double D Challenge Board.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stephanie's Birthday

This is a Z fold card for my niece who loves the beach and anything that sparkles. I love this big bold sentiment from Cheery Lynn, and thought it looked great in silver glitter paper. I added an IO palm tree and star fish also cut in silver glitter paper.  I used a wood grained pattern done with my scoreboard and distress ink and a happy birthday embossed silver metallic card stock for my background.

For the beach part,  I stamped a seascape from Our Daily Bread in different colors by using markers to color the stamp. The MISTY made this a lot easier because some of the colors needed to be restamped.  I added an IO chair to complete the beach scene.

I will enter this in Simon Say Monday Nautical/By the Sea
                              Cheery Lynn  Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yellow Gingham

The new Double D Challenge  is Simply Gingham and Diane has created another fantastic inspiration board for us.  Look at all this fabulous gingham. 

Anything Goes With Gingham
 I love gingham so much that I created two cards for this challenge. They have similar designs but I switched up the color and embellishments. 

For this card I used the Gina Marie flower die and backed it with  white card that was embossed with a Swiss dot embossing folder. The leaves are fern dies from Gina Marie.  The hello is Diversions curly words and the butterflies, birds and flowers are IO.

Here is my other card.

I used the same Gina Marie dies,but this time I cut a white panel stamped it with an IO sentiment and backed it with some red gingham paper. I used IO strawberries and flower in the corner. My team mates have created some gorgeous examples for you HERE. We can't wait to see your gingham designs.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Celebrate in Shades of Purple

I got this fun new wine bottle and glass die set from Cheery Lynn and could hardly wait use it. When I ordered it. I thought about pairing it with Gina K Designs Better with Age stamp set.  I used a technique that has been around awhile Triple Stamping.

I cut my layers then used a stencil on the white layers. I stamped over that with the grape image then colored them with Spectrum Noirs. The I stacked the white layers on dark purple I cut the wine bottle, the glass, and the Cheery Lynn Celebrate sentiment three times and layered them for extra dimension. I added some Memory Box grape vines and a flower from Wild Iris to finish my card.  Think I am going to try a clean and simple card with the same supplies. 

I will enter this in the following challenges
Cheery Lynn Pretty in Purple
Simon Says Anything Goes
Simon Says Work it Wednesday  Use stencils or wafer thin dies.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dies R Us Outdoor Fun

The new challenge at Dies R Us ,Outdoor Fun, starts today. Now this might not look like fun to you, but the older I get sitting on a bench in the middle of a garden observing the birds and butterflies looks like a ton of fun to me. 

I cut the bench pop up die in white. I traced the top part of the die in blue and bottom part in greenand then fussy cut them so they would fit around the bench.  I layered the blue card with the Spellbinder's lattice and topped that with Memory Box Aberdeen Branch die cut in green and added some white flowers and blue butterflies. I added some grass at the bottom of the bench and a few small flowers, I used the hexagons from another die cut to make the little path in front of the bench. I placed the Cheery Lynn bird bath in front of the bench and added some grass, flowers, and butterflies. A bouquet of roses just cut from the garden rests on the bench.  Head over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and see the fabulous outdoor cards the team has made to inspire you, and then make your own outdoor fun creation using a die cut or two and link it up. One random winner will receive a gift card to the store. We look forward to seeing what you will create for your Outdoor Fun. 

Dies available at Dies R Us Store

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Garden Bench                   Memory Box - Dies - Aberdeen Branches       
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

All That Glitters

Peggy Timmerman and I are hosting the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week and we would love for you to join us by using glitter some where on your project.  I am representing Kat Scrapiness.

Here is my sample card for the challenge. Glitter glitter every where. 

I started by cutting out the flower die in white card and backed it with double sided adhesive,
 I sprinkled distress glitter in peacock feathers onto the adhesive and burnished it with my finger,

I cut that out using Sue Wilson's Canadian Collection Toranto.

  I used peacock feathers distress ink to create a water colored background and cut the  largest frame from Toranto.  I used the next size to fill in the negative space and backed that with black card then placed my glittered piece in the center.

Then I used some score tape sheets to back my card stock  and cut and covered the fern leaves and bird and flower die cuts with glittter.

I arranged them on the right side and then added a Spellbinder's pansy die. The Just a Note sentiment is a Sue Wilson die. You can't see it but I added a bit of wink of Stella to the white background and to the water colored background so every thing sparkles. I also used a PTI feather in the floral spray. It was looking lonely in my scrap box.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Birthday Card

I needed a birthday card for my nephew so I decided to try and combine that with a challenge. The challenge at IO is Summer Fun.HERE  For some of us, shelling is one of the activities that we associate with long walks on the beach that refreshes you body and soul. I was not pleased with how this card came out,but it has kinda grown on me and I don't have time to make another so I will have to send it on its merry way to my nephew.

I started with Gina K powder blue card and stamped it with the cover a card wooden plank then sponged it with distress inks in stormy sky and walnut. I did some layering of papers on the top and a piece that I found left in my scrap box from another project. It was stamped  with versa mark and the cover a card  distressed brick. I used the tim Holtz distressed embossing powder. I love the effect this gives. I sponged a little blue around the shells and shaped them a bit to give them more dimension and placed them around my card and topped it off by stamping the birthday greeting and added the IO Wishes. +
I used the following IO products for this card. 
Stamp Set CL342 (I masked it so only the birthday was stamped)
Cover a card Distressed brick CC0083
Wooden Plank - CC177
Shell Set - DIE077-W
 Wishes  MC657
Code: MC657

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Earl's Birthday

This challenge at Double D is all about the men in our lives. Just look at another amazing challenge board and create a special card for one of the special men in your life. 

This card is for a very special man in my life my favorite BIL, Earl.   He has been a great help to my sister as she cared for our aging mother by helping mom and sis through numerous moves as Mom downsized. He hung and rehung pictures, fixed things to make Mom  more comfortable, took her out for dinner and did whatever my sister needed him to do. Knowing Bev, my sister, had him helped me feel less guilty  for living almost 3000 miles away and not helping her at all.  Earl has a lot of hobbies like fishing, hunting and golfing so it is always fun to make cards for him. For this card, I bought three die sets from Our Daily Bread to celebrate another one of his numerous hobbies: carpentry, wood working, and general all round handyman. He has helped my nieces as they moved into their first homes doing various projects, and does remodeling projects for my sister. He also helps Bev with her hobbies. She used to attend craft fairs selling her hand painted pieces and he would help her set up and take down her booth. Bev also loves to decorate her yard with life sized hand painted seasonal themes. In the fall, you will see scarecrows and pumpkins adorning her yard replaced by snowmen for winter and flowers for spring. Earl cuts the wood and Bev paints it.  If she goofs, he sands it down so she can start again.  I made this tool apron just for Earl because he's my favorite BIL and one of my favorite people. 

Now it is time for you to create something special for one of the guys in your life and link it up at Double D for a chance to win this prize.

 Today's prize is this fabulous Cheery Lynn Designs 'ChickDouble Den Wire Frame'

For more inspiration visit the Double D Blog to see what the design team has created for this challenge.