Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dies R Us Tags

I don't usually make tags unless they are for wine bottles so I left the ribbon long on this one and will use it for a bottle of champagne that I will give to a good friend.

 I started with and Elizabeth Craft tag die. I heat embossed an I O script and sponged it with distress inks. I topped that with an IO heart die and IO loopy hearts. The flower spray is a mixture of hand made and store bought flowers. The greens are from a box of greenery that I keep around so I always have plenty when I am making a card. One of my new favorites is Poppy Stamps Perfect Pine Needles. They give a lot of texture. 

                                       Impression Obsession - Dies - Floral Heart Frame  IO Floral Hearts

                                           Impression Obsession - Dies - Looped Heart BorderIO Looped Hearts

                                      Poppystamps - Dies - Perfect Pine NeedlesPoppy Stamps Perfect Pine Needles

My team mates have some wonderful designs for you inspiration at the Challenge Blog
If you have not checked out all the new things at the Dies R Us Store you need to. They have become a one stop shopping experience. And you will find inspiration daily at the Inspiration Blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PTI Dies Only Challenge

This card is for the celebration of  PTI 's 11th year. This is one of my favorite dies from PTI.  Unfortunately since it was from a Make it Market Kit, it was just available for a short time. I also use a tag from another PTI Make it Market Kit paper pack.

I made the flowers using Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI Transformation Challenge

I always have trouble creating cards for the men in my life so when I saw this PTI Transformation Challenge.  I knew it was a perfect way to get  one done. 

This is the first card I made. I love that little PTI Envelope. This is an all occasion type of card. 

Here is my transformed card. I used PTI card stock and checked designer paper that I think is retired(good thing I bought lots of colors when it was on sale last year)  background paper. I stuffed the little envelope with a white piece of card stock embossed with a birthday embossing folder. The birds are from IO and the cat tails are Die Versions. This is a really quick and simple card.`

PTI Floral Challenge

PTI is celebrating it's anniversary so they have lots of challenges posted. This card is for the FLORAL CHALLENGE.

I saw this Video by Jennifer McGuire ages ago and have been wanting to try this technique. I still had my PTI tulip stamps out so I thought why not try it. Jennifer makes everything look so easy and the results are always gorgeous.                                                                                                                                                                   

 I am not sure how I feel about my outcome.  The technique looked really fabulous on her cards.  I used the PTI tulips set and You are Awesome die by Cheery Lynn. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Impression Obsession Friendship Flowers

I found some more time to play so I decided to enter another challenge. This card is for the Impression Obsession Friendship Flowers Challenge. This challenge is sometimes difficult for me because I am accustomed to using dies from many companies on a card and for this challenge you can only use IO stamps and dies. I do have tons of  IO dies and stamps so I just sorted  through my IO stash and choose things that fit the challenge.   In this case, I knew I wanted to use the sentiment. I have had need for sympathy and get well cards lately so I thought this would fit both.

These are the IO dies I used for this project. I used the flowers from the strawberries and the hydrangea and leaves from leafy branches.  For the sentiment, I used both the stamp and die in the Thoughts set.


leafy branches

I will also enter this in the  Scrapyland Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PTI Sketch Challenge

I had some craft time this week so I decided to make a card for the PTI sketch challenge.

I chose this sketch and card from Lizzy Jones to use as my guide.

This is my card. I used a spellbinders lattice background and framed it with a Gina Marie die.

The sentiment and tulips are from PTI the leaves are from Poppy Stamps and the lavender bunch is from Memory Box.  

Double D Sequins

First of all, we are lucky to have a new teammate joining us at DD. A Big WELCOME to Barbara Campell. You will love her designs.

Diane has created a fabulous mood board for our inspiration.Can you guess the theme.... right it's all about sequins.


My first thought was to make a shaker card,  and fill it wit sequins, but I was working on a birthday card for my niece and noticed the side of the Frantic Stamper Die cut I was using. It was perfect for a border of sequins.

I think it works. What do you think?

I added a few on the inside too. 

The team has put together some remarkable designs for you.  So go take a look at their creations at  Double D Challenge Blog.

For a chance to win this fun prize, create your own project using sequins.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dies R Us For the One I Love

This is a very simple card design and for one of my favorite people. There is nothing complicated or difficult about the design and the dies I used are posted at the bottom.  I love this new Memory Box Floral Cluster. I cut it from white and shaded the petals and colored the leaves and centers with Copics. The Papers are from PTI.

Memory Box - Dies - Floral ClusterMemory Box Floral Cluster

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #12 - OvalsFrantic Stamper Ovals

Memory Box - Dies - Lavender BunchMemory Box Lavender Bunch

   Impression Obsession - Dies - Birds                     IO Birds

Cheery Lynn Designs - Pierced BannersCheery Lynn Pierced Banners

 Cheery Lynn Designs - Hugs Mix & MatchCheery Lynn Hugs     

The DRU Design Team has created some fabulous inspiration for you to get you in the mood for this challenge at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Take a look at the designs and then create your own special design for the one you love. Remember to use at least one metal die to qualify for the DRU gift voucher.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Impression Obsession I Adore You

I just got a new IO heart  die from Dies R Us and could not wait to use it. Love the lacy look. I kept this simple and easy to mail. I will be using this again before Valentines Day.

I will enter this in the IO  I Adore You Challenge
Impression Obsession - Dies - Floral Heart FrameI O Floral Heart Frame

             Impression Obsession - Dies - BirdsIO Birds

Impression Obsession - Dies - Looped Heart Border IO Looped Heart Border

Friday, January 19, 2018

Snow Day

I cut the snowflake oval from black and white card stock. I used the negative from the black and the positive from the white and glued them together, I cut the Poppy Stamps House in the Woods from white card and  masked around the house and trees so I could sponge some distress oxide inks around the house I glued this piece behind the oval and added some foam tape for dimension. I sponged another piece of white card for the background and placed it behind the card panel., The whole panel was placed on a white card base. Some cute deer from Poppy Stamps finished the card. 

 I will enter this in the Memory Box Snow and Winter Challenge and
the Poppy Stamps Snow Day Challenges.

Memory Box Batavia  Snowflake Oval
 Poppystamps - Dies - Playful Fawns (NEW)Poppy Stamps Playful Fawns

Image result for poppy stamps house in the woods Poppy Stamps House in the Woods

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Double D Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!
What's In Your Kitchen?

Isn't this a fun mood board with all  the colors and all the patterns?  I chose most of my inspiration from the gingham aprons and the kitchen utensils. 

I just got a couple of Sue Wilson Shadow Box frames from the  Dies R Us Store for Christmas and knew I wanted to use one of those for this challenge. 

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Christmas Shadow Box

I chose red and blue for the colors and backed the frame with PTI red gingham .  As I was looking through my supplies,I stumbled onto a sticker set I have had for ages. The fun thing about DD challenges is that you are not restricted and can use any supplies that you have. I combined the stickers with a set of cooking dies I have to fill out the squares.

Because this is our anniversary month challenge, there are two prizes for this challenge. 


Hope you will join us for this Kitchen is Heart of the Home Challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.

As I promised on my  last post for Double D, I randomly chose one entry from those who commented on my blog and also linked up a design on the DD Anniversary Blog. Thanks for all the sweet comments and  fabulous entries. The winner is VINITA JAIN.  Please e-mail me so I can send your gift voucher from DIES R US .  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dies R Us Kids Kards

Time for a new challenge at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and it is all about Kids Kards. How fun is that? I made this card for my great niece who will be nine years old. I  decided to make her a muti-colored shaker card.  I embossed a piece of white card stock with a happy birthday embossing folder and sponged it in blue, yellow, purple and pink . I put the acetate behind the shadow box frame and then used foam tape to go around each window. I put the sequins in then glued on the back panel. I put the other decorations on top of the acetate and layered frame on glitter card stock and attached it to a white card base.

I just got his Sue Wilson Shadow Box for Christmas and I sure had fun playing with all those sequins and the fun decorations included in this set.

                                                 Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Box Collection - CelebrationsSue Wilson Shadow Box Celebration

Head on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and look at the inspiration from the team for this challenge. Then make your own Kids Kard and join us by linking up your creation.  By the way, if you have not visited the Dies R Us Store for awhile you need to drop by and see all the new goodies they have added to the store. You can still get your favorite dies, but you can also get lots of your other crafting supplies like adhesives, paper, embossing folders and ink.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wonderful Friends

I made some calendar cards for several of my friends as Christmas gifts this year. Because they were bulky and expensive to mail, I hand carried most of them to friends at various events.  When I decided to make these calendar cards, I had five ladies in mind that have been a blessing to me who I knew would appreciate my efforts.  They have mentored me, encouraged me, sent me care packages and answered every question  that I asked. So this week I made a few more calendar cards for four of these ladies. I already sent one in a birthday package. 

I stamped the center of some white cart with a few IO stamps. I made a frame for the sentiment with Sue Wilson's Ornate Oval So Glad You're my Friend. Most of the flowers were made from Cheery Lynn Floral, but I filled in with some purchased flowers I had in my stash.  

Sue Wilson Designs - Ornate Oval - My Friend

Cheery Lynn Designs - Floral Bouquet Kit

I always have a variety of  leaves cut in green and in white so the backgrounds are a variety of leaves from different companies. 

Two of my new favorites are the Frantic Stamper Bird on a Pussy Willow 
Branch and  Memory Box Lavender Bunch

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Bird On Pussywillow BranchMemory Box - Dies - Lavender Bunch

             I will enter this at Scrapy Land Anything Goes Challenge    

Card  Opened