Sunday, October 17, 2021

Peace on Earth Snowman

 It is time for a new challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog. I took inspiration from the blue pine cones and the cabin and snowman. 


I bought several sets of Prints from Penny Black.  I framed it with a frame that my friend Barb sent me.  She always sends me die cut frames because she knows I frame almost everything.  The fence is from a Karen Burniston Pop up fence and the snowman is from Frantic Stamper.  I love this die cut for the holidays.  The Pine Bow is from Tutti designs and the Holly leaves are an old Cherry Lynn die. We hope you will join us .  We sure had some fabulous designs last challenge. The design team has some fabulous inspiration for you at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog

Friday, October 15, 2021

Birthday Present

Another Anything Goes Challenge begins today at DRU Challenge Blog.  I have another Birthday card.  I usually send out about 7 Birthday cards each month so when I have a chance at an Anything Goes Challenge I think Birthday.  I love a surprise pop up card and this die really makes it easy. If you don't get the news letter from DRU, you need to sign up. There are so many special sales and several times a year the store offers a  sale on some of the European Dies like this one. The DRU STORE also carries a variety of inks and other tools at great prices.  This die comes in one piece and you just pop it out. I cut it once from white and once from silver glitter paper and inlaid the silver into the cut out areas.  Super easy.  In fact, I bought a few more of these dies that you will be seeing soon.  

 This die comes in one piece and you just pop it out. I cut it once from white and once from silver glitter paper and inlaid the silver into the cut out areas.  Super easy.  In fact, I bought a few more of these dies that you will be seeing soon.  

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Double D Owls or Pumpkins

 Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  We all about Owls and Pumpkins this time.  I searched through my stash of dies and stamps and did not have one owl,  Thank goodness I did have quite a few pumpkins, and fall is definitely pumpkin time. Now Diane has gathered some unique looking owls for you on this mood board. I can't wait to see what you all design for this fun challenge. 


The pumpkins are from Poppy stamps.  I cut them from orange paper and did some shading with distress inks.  The background die  cut was a gift from a friend....thanks Barb.... and it was perfect for this card.  I believe it is an older PTI die. The flower is from IO. 

If you link up with us you have a chance to win this cute owl and pumpkin die. Hope to see your creations at Double D Challenge Blog.


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Peace on Earth NOEL

This is the very first challenge  for the brand new Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge. Isn't this a fabulous Mood Board.  For some reason, I was so drawn to the black horse with the red flowers and the little bird resting on his leg.  I decided to focus on the colors and some of the texture. 

I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee, the Poppy Stamp Noel and a Frantic Stamper tree. 

 The frame and both set of birds are from Impression Obsession. 

We are all so excited about this Blog.  It is a good way to get some Christmas cards done early and avoid the last minute rush. We hope you will join us at  Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Birthday Cup Cakes

Another challenge begins today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. For this card, I used the Karen  Burniston Cup Cake Pop Up Dies, and one of my favorite dies Birthday Mail from Memory Box. I think this is a fun card to receive for any recipient.  You can make a few of these in different colors to have in your stash and then customize the front when you want a special card for a special person.  

Remember this is an Anything Goes Challenge as long as you use a metal die made by a company that is sold at the DRU STORE.  We hope you will  join us  for this fun challenge. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

New Christmas Blog Coming October 3


The Double D's , Diane and Darlene decided they needed ONE more Blog to host so they decided on a Christmas Theme.  We all need help to keep us from putting off the Christmas Cards until the last minute.  This is an Anything Goes Christmas Challenge. The girls have created a Mood Board for the challenges, but any Christmas themed  project is perfect.  If you have made some Christmas cards already, just snap a picture and upload  it to the Blog. The first Challenge will begin on Sunday,  October 3rd so  be sure to look for it. 


These will be BI-MONTHLY challenges posted on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  If you participate in every challenge,  you will have  24 Christmas cards done. 

Challenges will run thru the THURSDAY prior to the next new challenge. We hope you join us.

 Peace on Earth Christmas Blog.

Other fun Blogs hosted by Diane and Dar. 

Double D Challenge Blog

Two Old Bats Halloween Blog

The Four Seasons Blog


A winner's post will go live the day before (Saturday) the next challenge.

Your projects can be ANYTHING as long as they are CHRISTMAS themed. We look forward to inspiration from you. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Dies R Us Thinking Happy Thoughts

It is time for another Anything Goes Challenge at DRU Challenge Blog.  I love these new Poppy Stamp Dies. There are several additional patterns of the tall curved borders which all create such a different look. You will be seeing some of the others in my posts.  These are great for gate fold or Z fold cards or on the front of an A2 card.  

I used a sentiment from IO and some Altenew Azaleas (a gift from two lovely ladies). 

 I hope you will join us for this challenge at DRU Challenge Blog.  Just remember to use a brand of die sold at the DRU Store.  We hope you will join us. 

Double D Leaves

 This month is just flying by. It will officially fall in a week and the leaves will be turning all the magnificent colors. Our Mood board provides many leave and colors, but  I chose the orange and red colors on the bottom for my inspiration. 


As you can see, I added a bit of blue to it.  The designer paper is from Honey Bee and the die cut is PTI.  I have tons of leaf dies so I am not sure which one I used under the floral arrangement, but the flowers are from my stash of homemade flowers. 

Play along with us at Double D Challenge Blog for a chance to win this wonderful leaf die from Impression Obsession. 

Impression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf SetImpression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf Set

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Double D Anything with a Tail


Time for another fun challenge at Double D.  For this challenge you just need to create a project with a tail. Here are some ideas from the Mood Board. 


Years ago I bought these dies to make a special card for my husband, Steve. He loved cows, horses, barns, tractors and gardens so I bought these Karen Burniston dies to make a special card for him.  The card I made for him was a pop up card and he was really impressed.  I never told him how much that card cost me to make.  The barn, fence and cow came to about $50 dollars.  Thankfully, I found several other ways to use these dies so it was not just for one card.  For this card, I also used some IO pumpkins and a Frantic Stamper Tree. Notice the other cow at the back of the barn.  I think that is an Amy design. A little flower soft on the tree made the look of fall complete. 

On a side note

After being stationed in Okinawa for three years, our next tour was Sumter, South Carolina. Our kids were 7 years old, and Steve really wanted to raise them on a small family farm because he felt that instilled a love of nature, wholesome atmosphere, and a good work ethic. We bought a small 6 acre farm and started a very different life.  We had a family milk cow, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, and horses. We had a garden where we raised enough  vegetables to feed us for the whole year and the best cantaloupes and watermelon I have ever eaten.  We also had access to wild black berries, a blueberry farm and peach orchard. We ate well.  We made our own butter  and homemade ice cream so our grocery bills were very reasonable. Our kids still remember these times fondly.  We were stationed there for six years so many of their  formative years were spent on the farm.   

                                          Kim milking the family cow. 

                                     Jenny and Kim with our pigs. 

One entry chosen randomly will win this cute fox die.  

Dies R Us Let's have Coffee

The DRU Store  has just received a new shipment of Karen Burniston dies so now is the time to stock up on some amazing pop up dies like this Coffee Cup Pop Up.   Not only is it a fun pop up, but there is also a slot to place a gift card. I decided to make this in neutral colors so I can use it for either a male or female. 

                                                         Karen Burniston Pop Up Coffee Cup

                                                               Memory Box Birthday Mail

The challenge is Anything Goes as long as you use at least one metal die from a company carried at the
  DRU Store.  We hope you will join us at  DRU Challenge Blog

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Double D Fruits and Vegtables

A brand new challenge starts at  Double D Challenge Blog today. Here is the colorful MOOD Board that Dar created for us.  I did not realize carrots came is so may colors.   

This was a bit of a challenge for me because I don't have much in the way of fruit or vegetable stamps or dies. I think I have a pear  stamp and some grape stamps, but I am not a great colorist so I pulled out my IO strawberries and a watermelon slice from Cheery Lynn. I liked the fruit in the basket and  I love this cute easel basket from Poppy Stamps so I put my strawberries in a basket. The little flowers are also from the IO strawberry die set. 

I decided this would be a perfect calendar for someone to add to their kitchen desk so I added a calendar.  I was out of 2021 calendars so I will probably use this for one of my December birthdays. 

We hope you will play along with us for this challenge.  If you do you have a chance to win this cute die from Frantic Stamper.  Head on over to Double D Challenge Blog to see what the team created for your inspiration. 


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Dies R Us Pop Up Flower Pot

 A new challenge starts today at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog as usual it is Anything Goes as long as you use at least one metal die that is sold by a company that the DRU STORE carries.  I love using Karen Burniston Pop up dies. I won't lie, they do take extra effort, but the WOW factor is worth it. This card took me about an hour to make, but since the recipient was one of my favorite people and a fabulous mentor, It was worth the time.  My flowers and greenery all came from a stash I keep or it would have taken a lot longer. 

To save time I usually cut enough material to make three or four pots and assemble them at one time.   I keep a stash of flowers around so I assemble the flowers in the pot. That way I have that part done when I want to make one of these special cards. 
 One of the things I like to do is use a tooth pick between two flowers so they are easier to glue into the pot. I have made enough of these that I know how tall I can get the flowers so they don't come over the edge of the card base. 

I keep the outside of the card simple because of the time I spent on the inside. 

I used a different pattern from the same paper pack and cut and embossed a piece of white card using an old scalloped border die by Spellbinders and added Memory Box Arched Birthday and a flower and greenery from my stash. 

We hope you will join us for the challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  The team will pick their favorites and one person will win a DRU gift certificate. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop


Hello! And welcome to the Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop

The Double D Challenge Blog has been invited to join the hop, 
and I'm so excited to bring you some inspiration
as part of the Double D team!

I started by taking a piece of card stock and coating it with embossing ink and gold embossing powder.  I cut the gold panel and a black card panel using Altenew Water colored stripes. I inlaid the negative gold pieces to the black panel and the negative black pieces to the gold panel which gave me the panel for this card and one to save for another card.  Next I used an Altenew Peruvian Lily.  When I make flowers like this I usually cut several and the spend an evening layering them together so I had several colors, but I decided on shades of blue for this card. Then i paired the Altenew Happy die with Altenew Birthday Builder.  


$250 in total prizes! To celebrate this fantastic blog hop, Altenew is giving away $25 gift certificates to TEN lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on September 5th, 2021.

 Special Offer 

FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY08A8 or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING08A8 at checkout on orders over $39 from 8/10/2021 at 12:01 am EDT to 8/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 

Be ready to be Inspired. 

Hop Order


AAA Card Challenge

Happy Little Stampers

Addicted to CAS

Perfectly CAS

Addicted to Stamps and More!

Seize the Birthday

Color Hues the Color Challenge

Time Out Challenge

Less is More Challenge

Double D Challenge Blog

The Sisterhood of Crafters

The Color Throwdown

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Double D Mason Jar


Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  It is all about Mason Jars. The mood board has so many ideas for your inspiration and the team has some fabulous inspiration for you too. 

I think you can guess what part of the mood board I used for my inspiration.  I used a Honey Bee die for my full size mason jar. Some decorator papers and a poinsettia from Sue Wilson, Cheery Lynn holly leaves and Io pine boughs.  It was a really easy card to make.  I added a little twine on top to complete the rustic look. 

If you join us for the challenge,  you have a chance to win this fun jar set. Look at all the fun items you can add to the jar. 


Head on over to Double D Challenge Blog and check out the inspiration. We are always impressed with your entries. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Dies R US Swan Lake


I remember as a young child reading the story of the ugly duckling that turned into a swan... even then I understood  some of the truths the story taught so swans have always been special to me.  When we  were stationed in  Sumter, South Carolina, the home of Swan Lake, I discovered I never got tired of visiting and exploring this beautiful preserve.   The "been there done that" frame of mind never presented itself.  In the scriptures.  Jesus said in my house are there many mansions and I go there to prepare a place for you.... I pray my place will have a Swan Lake nearby that I can visit.  When I saw this Memory Box swan, I knew I had to have it. 

It is a very simple card.  Once again, I cut the deer from the oval and used the die to set the lake scene. I sponged the background to create the clouds and water  then framed it with the oval. To me this card resembles the peace and tranquility that I got each time I visited Swan Lake.  


We hope you will join us for the Anything Goes Challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. The only requirement is to use  at least  1 metal die  of any brand that DRU sells in the store to  qualify for the prize... and please tell us the die company you have used in your project.We are looking forward to your entries. 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Double D Colors of Summer


Time is moving so quickly this summer.  It is the second Wednesday of the month and time for a new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog Here is our colorful Mood Board for the challenge.


My approach to this challenge was different for this challenge.  I looked at the colors and then went through my papers.  I picked the blue and orange paper because of the colors of the beach balls and cool pops. It also reminded me of all the swirls in the string on shells. 

I used this fabulous balloon stamp and die from Stampin' Up.  It is one of my go to birthday sets.  It is so easy to create this wow factor.  Check our the colorful entries from the team at  Double D Challenge Blog the create your own Colors of Summer entry.  If you enter these Nuvo inks could be yours. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dies R Us Noel

Today is the 15th so another Anything Goes Challenge begins at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  I am trying to get a head start on Christmas cards this year so I decided to pull some of my favorite dies together for another holiday card. Nothing to difficult about this card.  I added a bit more texture with some embossing and some dimension with several layers.  The glimmer paper for the Noel adds some shine that is not noticeable in the picture. 

I used these dies for the card.  

                                                           Impression Obsession Large Frame

We hope you will join us for this challenge.  We are always inspired with your creations.  If you are not signed up for the newsletter, you are missing out on great sales and special order items.  I just received an order of great special order dies from the store.  You will be seeing them on my blog soon.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Double D Summer Gingham

     Gingham is always so fresh and pretty.  This Double D Challenge mood bord has so many fabulous colors of gingham and our challenge to you is to use gingham on your card. 


I made this little note book for my great niece's (Samantha) birthday. I decided to personalize it with her name and since her family loves gnomes,  I added these little gnomes all dressed in gingham.  The inside has a notebook and a pen is on the side. 

If you join us fro thes gingham challenge you could win this gingham paper pack.  Diane and Dar do such an amazing job picking prizes for the challenges. 

The team has some great inspiration for you so go visit Double D Challenge Blog  and then link your gingham creation. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Dies R Us Nature Seascape

A new challenge begins today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  the theme is Anything Goes using at least one die from a company that DRU sells.  I chose the Tutti Design Coral Reef for my card.  I cut it in white and from some water color paper that I sponged with distress ink and spritzed with water.  I saved the negative parts of the die cut and stamped a sentiment from Impression Obsession in the center. The white die cut was then inlaid between the negative parts.  All that was layered on a teal card base.  A few enamel dots finished the card.  

We hope you will join us tor this challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  While you are there, stop by the Dies R Us Store and look at all the wonderful items you can purchase. IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWS LETTER ,YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON SOME GREAT SALES AND SOME SPECIAL ORDER SALES THAT ARE OFFERED SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. 


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Double D Signs of Summer

Our new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is called Signs of Summer.  Here is the fun mood board created by Dar. 

When you think about summer,   what comes to mind?  Maybe water activities, going to the beach or lake, or relaxing at a mountain cabin.  When I think of summer, I think of the ocean and beaches.  We lived  in Okinawa, Japan for three years and rented a house on the ocean.  During low tides, on summer afternoons and evenings we would grab our buckets and go shelling. So when I see sea shells, I am reminded of those relaxing times on the beach.  Do you suppose the little girl in the Mood Board picture is going to look for shells to put in her bucket? 


Here is a picture of my daughter and me about 45 years ago.  The note on the back of the picture reads "Me and Jenny after an afternoon of shelling on the beach."  (She wants to make a shell necklace). 

 * Notice the pink bucket. 


 I decided to use a sea shell set I just got from Stampin Up for this challenge.  This is my card for the challenge. 


 It is so much prettier IRL.  The embossing is so deep and there is so much texture.  I embossed a black piece of card stock with the embossing folder. Next I cut some light green paper and some pink card stock with the die.  I was not sure which color I wanted to use.  I sponged some tattered rose distress ink on the pink panel and then ran it through the embossing folder.  I did the same with the green piece.  I decided to use the pink, but laid it aside with the green.  Then I decided to use them both and off set the green slightly.  It gave more dimension.  Both were layered on the black panel that was placed on a pink card base.   The sentiment also comes from the same set. 

We hope you will join us for the Signs of Summer  challenge and a chance to win this cute die set. 

The Double D Challenge Blog team  has lots of inspiration as usual, so head on over and take a look. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dies R Us Thanks for Being You

                                                            Sue Wilson Peony Diamond
Sue Wilson Gemmini collection