Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Double D Coffee or Tea

We have a new theme at Double D Challenge Blog. Here is the mood board Dar created for us. 

I was drawn to the cookies but could not make it work for a card so I switched to the tea tins and their pretty patterns so that is what I made.  I used an IO coffee set  as my focal image. I had just gotten a note card in the mail that had  a pretty butterfly and flower pattern. It was on my desk so I recycled it for my coffee cup and pot.  I did not have a single coffee sentiment so I computer generated this one. 

If you join us for this challenge at  Double D you will have a chance to win this fun Lawn Fawn stamp set.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dies R Us Birthday Challenge

If you are like me, you send out a lot of birthday cards.  A birthday of a friend or family member is the perfect way to let them know that you are thinking of them. Since the Dies R Us Challenge is Birthdays this time, you have the perfect opportunity to make a card to add to your stash or to create a special card for a special person. I have used this lilac die from Elizabeth Crafts before, but today I paired it with Elizabeth craft geraniums. I love this wood grained paper, also from Elizabeth Crafts. 

The team has a lot of inspiration for you so visit the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and then create your own birthday card and link up with us and you will have a chance to win a gift voucher for the Dies R Us Store

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Susan's Garden - GeraniumElizabeth Craft geranium

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder FernElizabeth Craft Ladder Fern

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

Elizabeth Crafts - Paper Pad - 6 Elizabeth Craft Wood paper pack.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Double D Nautical

I love  the blues and the pops of red in this mood board. I had a hard time deciding which board to choose so I went through my stamps and dies and found an Xcut die that I have only used once so I decided to use it. Then I watched a video Jennifer Mcquire did on an Inside Shadow Box Card, and knew I had to give it a try. 

Here is my card. 

I started by sponging a background of sand, water and sky.

I added the boat from the die set which I cut it in black and red to get the two colors.

I decided I wanted to use the chairs and umbrella from the die set also so I cut them from blue and then some red dp and paper pieced them to get some texture. I used some sandpaper on the bottom of the frame. 

I decided to add some blue paper on the inside. I can write my message on that. 

I kept the outside simple.  I just got these spellbinders dies for Mother's Day and had not used them so I cut some blue paper with them. I had this palm tree and clouds left on my desk from another project. 

Now it is your turn to pick some inspiration from the board and create your nautical scene, but before you do check out the inspiration from the team HERE. Everyone has a different take on this challenge, and I can promise you will be inspired, but you need to know that you inspire us too. We look forward to seeing what you create each challenge. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Dies R Us Anything Goes

Everyone loves an Anything Goes Challenge, and you will find one at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog Just remember that you must use at least one die from a company that DRU carries in their store. I got some new dies from the store that I have been having fun playing with. I really like how this turned out. They also carry distress inks and distress oxide inks and a pretty line pf papers. DRU is becoming a one stop shopping store.

Now I will admit that the lilacs take a bit of time. I cut the from lilac and sponged the edges of each flower. I recently (but after I made my card) saw  a post from Selma Stevenson. She sponged a piece of white card stock in shades of purple and blue for hydrangeas and cut the flowers from that.  I will be using that technique for my next lilac card. After they were all sponged, I glued each petal to the lilac base. I usually work on several at a time so I can let the layers dry. These are the dies I used for this card. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Double D Butterfly

It is the third Wednesday of the month and time for another fun challenge at the 
I LOVE this mood board and challenge. I have always been intrigued with butterflies.  They come in so many different shapes and colors and are the perfect addition to any card. As usual, Darlene has created a fabulous Mood Board for us.


. I wanted to create a card for every one of the pictures, but  I chose the purple flowers and purple and blue butterfly.

I just got this Sue Wilson die from the Dies R Us Store.   I added a Cherry Lynn butterfly that is backed with velum and colored with markers. A few flowers and pearls and the card was done.  

The team has created fabulous inspiration for you so take a look at the Double D Blog, and then link up your design.  One randomly  drawn entry will win the pretty butterfly dies. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dies R Us Summer Fun

A new challenge starts today at Dies R Us called Summertime Fun. What reminds you of a fun summer day?

When I think of summer time, two pictures immediately pop into my head. One is the beach and playing in the sand and another is time spent on our pontoon boat at Whiskytown Lake. For today's card, I decided on the beach. It has been a while since I have done a fancy fold card so I picked one of my favorites, the double display fold, and started my card. Lots of real estate and fussy cutting on this card.

I started by cutting a piece of white card for the center scene and sponging it to create my sky sea and beach. I added the elements from  Sue Wilson Island Paradise

Some IO beach and shells dies were added to the small inside panels and a rope die was used on the taller side panels.

The Cheery Lynn Summer Fun die was cut several times from sandpaper, different colors of glitter paper, and white for a base.  I fussy cut the elements and glued them to the white base. I put that on top of another sponged sea scene which was backed with an old Spellbinder's die.  It is nice to give some older dies some love again.

Summer is Fun with so many activities.  The DRU Team has some fabulous inspiration for you and if you link up, you will have a chance  to win a a gift certificate to the DRU STORE .

Cheery Lynn Designs - Summer FunCheery Lynn Summer Fun

Sue Wilson Designs - Tropical Collection - Island ParadiseSue Wilson Island Paradise

Impression Obsession - Dies - Mini Beach Fun SetImpression Obsession Mini Beach Fun

Impression Obsession - Dies - Mini Shell SetObsession--Dies--Mini-Shell-Set

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Double D Color Challenge

Looking at the teal M&Ms reminds me of a a story.  It was time for the junior prom and the committee selected teal as one of their colors. They decided they wanted teal M&Ms on each of the tables. The night of the prom the girls looked gorgeous with their hair, make up, and nails done perfectly, and the guys were positively dashing. About an hour into the prom, I noticed that most of the crowd had blue tongues and teeth.... thank goodness they had their pictures taken early in the evening.

Color Challenge Teal AND Red
Added Neutrals are Okay

Isn't this a fun mood board?  I think you can tell which picture I chose for my inspiration. 

I did not have a cheery die or stamp so I used IO strawberries to fill my flower pot. I love this Memory Box Butterfly frame. If you leave it in the die you can use it as a stencil and give more color to the frame.   We hope you will join us  Double D Challenge Blog for this color challenge.  One random participant will win this prize. 

Interested in the Dies I used?  You can find them at the Dies R Us Store.
Memory Box - Dies - Fantasy Butterfly FrameMemory Box Fantasy Butterfly FrameElizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - PottedElizabeth Craft Potted

Impression Obsession - Dies - Sm. Strawberry BunchI O strawberries

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dies R Us Sunshine or Clouds

It is the first of the month and time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  The title is sunshine or clouds. I chose sunshine and lots of flowers. I have had these pop up dies from Lawn Fawn for quite some time and this was the perfect challenge to use them for the first time. It was much easier than I thought and came together quickly.  

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Pop-Up Dies
Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop Up

Lawn Fawn - Flower Hillside Pop-Up Add On Dies

Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop Up Add on Flowers

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Lovely LeafyFrantic Stamper Lovely Leafy Tree

Impression Obsession - Dies - ThoughtsImpression Obsession Thoughts

We hope you will create your version of Sunshine or clouds and share it with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog

Friday, May 25, 2018


I am guest designing again at the CROPSHOP so I made a note book for a friend of mine. I love making these little notebooks for family and friends.  They are great next to the computer, the phone or in a purse.  There a several online tutorials like this ONE  on how to make a version of this with post it notes.. If you want to use the larger  paper packs from the Dollar Store like this one, the measurements are a piece of card stock 5 ½  by 9 ½  scored at 4,4 ½ and 5.

The top panel was created using these steps.
1.       Cut a 51/2 by 4-inch piece of white card stock.
2.       Emboss it with the Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder.
3.       Frame that with largest Frantic Stamper Fancy Frames 1.
4.       The center oval was made by using several Sue Wilson dies: Ornate Oval Just for You, Montreal, and Toronto.  The great thing about Sue’s designs is that many of them are interchangeable.
5.       To finish the bottom, I used Elizabeth Craft’s Dogwood 2 and Ostrich Fern.  Prills finished the       centers of the flowers.
6.       The little hummingbirds are from Poppy Stamps.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Impression Obsession Stamp a Background

While I had my IO Cover a Card stamps out I made a few more backgrounds so I decided to make another card for the Impression Obsession Stamp a Background Challenge.

This time I used the IO Gingham background. I stamped with versa mark and embossed with white powder and sponged with Distress Ink fossilized amber. The Happy Birthday is a new die from IO. I added a  little color and some shaping on the strawberry flowers and filled with flower soft.   I created the frame by using two Spellbinders dies. 

These are the IO products I used for this card. 

Impression Obsession Strawberries

Impression Obsession - Dies - Happy Birthday Word IO Happy Birthday

   IO Cover a Card Gingham

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Wreath

The challenge at Impression Obsession  this time is Stamp a Background.  I have several of their cover a card stamps so I decided to make a few backgrounds and turn them into cards. One of my favorite CAC patterns is the wood grain plank.  I made several backgrounds with different papers. Some I liked and some not as much. I used one of my favorites on this card.

This is dark brown card stock that I stamped with versa mark and embossed with black embossing powder. The end result reminded me of a door so I thought it needed a wreath. I used two circle dies to get a wreath. I used three of these glued together to get dimension and stability. I started at one place on the wreath and covered the entire wreath with segments of leafy branches. I cut the cute IO birds in blue shaded them a bit and then gave them yellow beaks and used a marker to make the eyes.  I cut the IO flowers in blues and yellows and filled the wreath.  I felt like it needed something in the center so why not a bird house.

I used these Impression Obsession dies and stamps.