Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Double D Stripes and Dots

Time for another challenge at  Double D Challenge Blog. Darlene has provided us with a fun and colorful mood board; 

I am getting my Christmas cards done one challenge at a time. I used some  PTI paper that I bought a couple of years ago when they had a huge anniversary sale. I bought every color they had and have used them a lot.  They were perfect for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog 

Here are the dies I used.

Poppystamps - Dies - Merry Christmas Banner (NEW)Poppy Stamps Banner

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

Sue Wilson Designs - Gemini Dies - CentaurusSue Wilson Border

One Random entry will get this prize.  We hope you join us.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Make It Sparkle

I just got two new dies from IO so I thought I would use them for their Make It Sparkle Challenge .  One more Christmas card done.

These are the IO Dies I used. 

Impression Obsession - Dies - All-In-One Frames - Rectangles 2All in One Frames

Impression Obsession - Dies - Jingle bell SetJingle Bells

 Snowflake background

Dies R Us Fall

Fall has arrived even here in sunny California,  We don't have the magnificent
 changing of leaves like you see in Pennsylvania where I grew up, but there are a few trees that change color and our evenings and mornings have the cool, crisp air that I associate with fall. The challenge at Dies R Us is all about fall. 

 I just got this Tutti Design frame from the Dies R Us Store`so I decided to feature it on my card. I covered the frantic stamper tree with gilding flakes.  I embossed a piece of card stock with gold embossing powder and then cut the  IO give thanks sentiment that I backed with black. 

These are the dies I used for the card. 
Tutti Designs - Dies - Maple Vine Frame Tutti Designs Maple Leaf Frame

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Medium Bare AshFrantic Stamper Ash

Impression Obsession - Dies - Give ThanksImpression Obsession Give Thanks

Check out the inspiration from the Design Team at Dies R Us and then pull out your fall dies and stamps and join us for this challenge. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Scare - in" Up Some Pumpkins

Pumpkins  and scarecrows and a fun mood board.  Somewhere I have a stamp set from Gina K Designs designer Theresa Momber that was perfect for this challenge.... but I could not find it. It will probably turn up after I clean up my craft room from my many Christmas projects.

As I looked through my supplies, I found  some IO pumpkins and Memory Box pumpkins so I went to the internet to find a scarecrow that was legal to use. I found this happy fellow.

 The picture with stairs and the shelves of pumpkins inspired me to do a stair step card.  This is soooo different from what I usually do, but it was fun.  The best part of being part of this design team is that we are challenged to give you examples, but then we get to be inspired by your awesome creativity.  I think Darlene and Diane have put together an amazing team because none of us approach the challenge in the same way which opens up so possibilities for all of you. Take some time this challenge to thank Diane and Darlene for all they do to bring this challenge blog to YOU.  They are amazing.  Check out what the design team did for this challenge HERE. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary

We hope you will join us for the current challenge at Dies R Us. This time it is Anything goes using dies available at the Dies R Us Store.   I love doing all kinds of interactive cards which do require some extra time, but are worth the extra effort. Many of my cards use some sort of Pop up designs on the inside so I am always looking for easy to do things for the outside of the card. This Sue Wilson Wedded Bliss design is perfect for an easy and quick outside.

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection - Wedded BlissSue Wilson Wedded Bliss

I cut the die in white and put it on a blue background. I added some color to the cake and the, bottle and the cut the ring, heart,  and sentiment from gold glitter paper. I glued the rings and heart to the white die cut to add a little bit of bling. I used some gold stickles to the bottle to give it some shine. 
We Hope you will join us at Dies R Us for the Challenge. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Double D If the Shoe Fits

Time for a new Challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. What an assortment of different types of shoes: casual, glamorous,babies, cowboys. 


I did not have a lot of stamps or dies for this challenge, but I did have flip flops. I used IO flip flop dies and added some bling, a few pearl and rhinestones made flip flops a little more glamorous like the pair in the picture. 

If you join us for this challenge you will have a chance to win this fun shoe die. 

Just like the mood board the team has used many varieties of shoes for this "If the Shoe Fits Challenge". We are always excited to see what you create.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Show Me Your Number

You may wonder about my colors for this challenge.  I tend to use a lot of purple, blue, and sometime pink on my cards and if I am doing a guy card I usually use kraft or brown, but this card is for my hubby who turns 75 in October. His favorite color is hunter green and being a graduate of Colorado State University he loves their colors green and gold.  He will know this card was made with him in mind.

 I used the following dies from the Dies R Us STORE
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection - Birthday PartySue Wilson Birthday Party Frame

I cut out the pieces from the die (Happy banner, cake, and presents) and used them to fill my box.Just because a die is hooked together does not mean you have to leave it together.   Hubby loves cake and cupcakes so I also used the small cup cakes from Karen Burniston's Pop Up Cup Cake die set.

Karen Burniston - Dies - BirthdayKaren Burniston Birthdayl I used this on one of the sides

Karen Burniston - Dies - Cupcake Pop-Up
                                                 Karen Burniston C
                                                 up Cake Pop Up 

Karen Burniston - Dies - NumbersKaren Burniston Numbers

Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Box Collection - CelebrationsSue Wilson Celebrations

I also used some pieces from this die set like the balloons star and party hat and favor to fill my box.  Hope you will join us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for this fun challenge.  Don't forget to stop at  the STORE to see what is new. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Garden in Depth

I got this Spellbinders Grand Arch for Mother's Day this year so I decided to give it a try.  It is so much fun and the look on my friend's face when she opened the box was worth the extra time. It is hard to get a picture that reveals all the dimension.

There are six layers but since you can use the back and front of five of the layers you have 11 areas to add elements for your scene. 

Here I have added Elizabeth Craft daisy and lilac, a Cheery Lynn birdbath and a Sue Wilson banner. You can see the IO fence in the background along with the trees from the IO bride and groom. There is also a Taylored Expressions garden arch covered with flowers. 

I really had fun making this and the next one should be easier. I will enter this in the SCRAPYLAND Anything Goes Challenge.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Double D Let's Pop a Wheelie

This is the new mood board created by Diane at Double D. I was intrigued by the large wheel and pumpkins and the wheelbarrow filled with flowers so I decided to fill my wheelbarrow with pumpkins. 

I created a fall card that could be used for either a guy or girl. 

I used all IO dies for this one. I just did a card for one of their challenges and all the dies were still on my desk so it worked out perfectly.  I just love the flower pots they just released and I use this tree die so often. In the spring I cover it with pink flower soft and in the fall with yellow and orange flower soft or some fall leaves. This time I just used the bare branches.  I think I could use it for Halloween greeting too.
We hope you will join us for our new challenge at Double D.

One random winner will receive this fun prize.  

The team is always so impressed with the great projects you create and it becomes hard for us to pick our favorites.  Thanks for sharing your talent with us. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Dies R Us Red, White and Blue

Have you signed up to get e-mails from Dies R Us?  If you haven't, you are missing important information about sales and new products at the STOREWhile you are there, check out the Challenge Blog for the newest challenge, Red, White and Blue. 

How's this for clean and simple.  Look at all that white space.  I used one die set for this card. I cut it four times in white, red and two shades of blue.  I did some paper piecing to get the different colors.  The happy is debossed on the banner so it is easy to follow the lines with a white gel pen to make it stand out. I  used a birthday embossing folder on the negative part of the die and the inlaid it. 

The team has some fabulous red, white, and blue inspiration for you at the Challenge BlogWe would love to see your creations. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Snowy Cabin and Playful Deer

I am so glad I live in a country where we have a change in seasons. No matter how hot the summers are I can look forward to crisp fall evenings, turning leaves and winter snow falls. On the coldest winter days, I know that we are only a few months away from spring flowers and summer picnics. So here we are in August and the Memory Box Challenge is Keep Cool and Carry OnI decided I would enter this card in the Poppy Stamp Make a Splash Challenge and Scrapy Land Anything Goes too.  This is my second attempt at an inside shadow box card.  

Outside                                                              Inside                                                                                       


You can find the directions for the Inside shadow box  from Jennifer Mcquire Here

Poppy Stamps challenge required us to make a splash .  I made the background by sponging some distress oxide inks on white card and spritzing it with water. Then I watered down some glue and splashed  that on the background and then I sprinkled that with white glitter.

I used these dies for the inside.

Memory Box Batavia Oval                                    Poppy Stamps Perfect Pine

Poppy Stamp Playful Fawn                                               Poppy Stamps House in the Woods
Poppystamps - Dies - Playful Fawns (NEW)                                         PoppyStamps House in the Woods Craft Die              
                                                    I kept the outside of the card simple.

For the Outside I used these dies'

Memory Box Batavia Oval                                            Memory Box Deer Grove Oval

Memory Box - Dies - Batavia Snowflake Oval                                                         Memory Box - Dies - Deer Grove Oval
    Memory Box Batavia                                                     Poppy Stamps Ava
Memory Box - Dies - Batavia Snowflakes                                                          Poppystamps - Dies - Ava Snowflakes (NEW)

  I will add a sentiment when I decide if I want it for a Winter Card or a Christmas Card.