Friday, January 18, 2019

Sharon's Birthday

I made this card for my college roommate who loves the beach and flip flops.  I am going to enter this at  Scrapyland Anything Goes


Spellbinders Grand Cabinet 
Sue Wilson Palm Trees
Sue Wilson Birthday Frame (Haooy)
IO Flip flops
Karen Burniston Birthday
X Cut umbrella and chairs


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Double D Looking Back in Time

WOW!  What great entries we had for our anniversary challenge.  The team works hard to provide inspiration for the challenges and it was fun that so many of you linked up to our challenges and took the time to comment on our blogs.  Thank You for your support of Double D. You are the best.  The randomly drawn winner of a $20 gift certificate to Dies are Us Store store from the  people who commented on my blog and posted on DD is Beverly Seizmore. CONGRATULATIONS,Beverly.  Please e-mail me at for your voucher number.   You will find the winners of all the prizes plus the designer favorites on the Double D Blog

Now on to a brand New Challenge. 

Looking Back in Time
Create something that reminds you of times gone by!

I was intrigued by the vintage look of this board with vintage images and in black and white. I looked through my dies and stamps and found a bicycle and some keys, but I was drawn to the typewriter.  I guess I must be vintage too because I learned to type on this type of typewriter. I was so excited when my husband bought me an electric typewriter for our anniversary one year. I used that typewriter until we got our first computer.... years later. 

I did not have a typewriter die so I looked on line until I found a vintage one that had a free down load. Since all the pictures were clean and simple,  I did a clean and simple card that would be appropriate to send to a man.  I always have a hard time making them so it will be nice to have this in my stash.

This is the prize you can win if you post an entry on the Double D Blog

Hope you will join us.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dies R Us New Baby

Anything NEW
(New dies, New baby, New house ... )

The new challenge at Dies R Us is all about something new.  I got this new Sue Wilson Die and it celebrates the arrival of a new baby.  

These dies are so easy to make a really cute card  
with just one die set.  It is easy to use as a stencil to high light the embossing and the background can be cut from contrasting colors or decorative papers.  The word baby cuts out so you can change the color.  I am basically a monochromatic person so I just used a different blue. I did a little sponging on the edges of the pieces to make them pop. 

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection  - Welcome Little OneSue Wilson Welcome Little One

As usual there is a gift certificate for one random person who enters the challenge and the team will pick their favorites. The DRU store adds to its inventory all the time so be sure to check out the STORE.  While you are there be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you will be notified about special sales and new products an releases.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Double D 3rd Anniversary ~ It's On The Menu

It's a new year and a THIRD anniversary for Double D Challenge Blog and we are celebrating with food. Grab some inspiration from the mood board and create a food related project and join us for this challenge. 


Since it is our third anniversary, there are three prizes up for grabs for those of you who celebrate with us and create a food related project. 

Prize 1

Prize 2
Prize 3

I love Pop Up Cards and got this die set from Karen Burniston for Christmas.  Some of her pop ups are a little difficult until you get the hang of them, but this one was really easy. The hardest part for me was getting a decent photo. 

Something sweet just goes with coffee so I used a cupcake from Karen's Pop up cupcake. Although I did not use it, there is a slot at the back of the coffee cup to add a gift card.    

You will find more inspiration from the talented designers at Double D Challenge Blog. You will want to visit the blogs of the designers because some of them are offering blog candy  to celebrate this occasion.  

As a way to say thank you for your support,  I will be giving out a $20 gift certificate to my favorite  place to shop, the Dies R Us Store. You will need to link up a project for the challenge and leave a comment on my blog to win .   The winners of all the prizes from all the designers who have blog candy will be posted on the Double D Blog on January 16 th.  I will also announce my winner here on my blog. 

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to link up your projects with us at Double D.  You are all so creative and give us inspiration and tips.  YOU have made the blog a success. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Dies R Us Anything Goes

Happy New Year!!! Dies R Us  is starting the New Year with everyone's favorite challenge, Anything Goes.  If you have not visited the DRU Store  recently, you need to check out all the things you can purchase besides dies. The store now carries a huge selection of everything you need for your paper crafting. I hope you have signed up for the e-mails because if you haven't you are missing out on fabulous sales and special order opportunities.

I have several January birthday cards so I decided on a birthday card for this challenge.  I bought this IO leafy background a few months back but have not used it. I think it is gorgeous especially framed in the IO All in One Frame.

These are the dies I used for the cards.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladder FernElizabeth Craft Ladder Fern

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ostrich FernElizabeth Craft Ostrich Fern

Impression Obsession - Dies - All-In-One Frames - Rectangles 2Impression Obsession all In One Frame
Impression Obsession - Dies - Leafy BackgroundImpression Obsession Leafy Background

I hope you will join us for this first challenge of the New Year. What could be a better way to celebrate 2019 than being creative.  Link your designs at Dies R Us.  Your designs always inspire us.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Double D Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

There is something so magical about taking a walk on a snowy day or seeing the moon cast its light and shadows on new fallen snow.  I don't see much of that here in California,but as a native Pennsylvanian I am familiar with snow.... lots of snow. For our new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog, Darlene created this fun mood board for us with lots of inspiration.

I liked all the the pictures so I combined the snow globe, the snowman, and the touches of red in three of the pictures.  

I used several dies from Impression Obsession. to make this shaker card. The snow globe, the trees.sentiment, and bells are IO. A Memory Box snowflake backed by a Poppy Stamp pine sprig and a Frantic Stamper snowman. 

Join us for this last challenge of 2018 at Double D Challenge Blog and you have a chance to win this fun snowflake die. 

The next challenge we will be celebrating our THIRD year as a blog. You will want to join us for the January challenges because there will be extra prizes and blog candy up for grabs. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Dies R Us Anything Christmas

How is this for a Clean and Simple card?  I made the flowers using Sue Wilson's Festive Poinsettia Garland. I did some sponging on red card stock, shaped them and glued two of the flowers together and filled the center with prills. Then I placed them on the Memory Box Poinsettia Band and put some Nuvo Drops on the berries of the die.   I embossed a piece of white card with  a Crafter's Companion 3D embosiing folder and put the whole thing on a red card stock base. A sentiment from Elizabeth Crafts finished the design. 

Memory Box - Dies - Poinsettia Band (NEW)Memory Box Poinsettia Band

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

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Merry Christmas Elizabeth Craft Merry Christmsas

We hope you will join us for this challenge. If you do, you will have a chance to win a DRU gift certificate. If you have not signed up for e-mails you are missing lots of sales and new products being added to the store. So make sure you sign up.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Double D Run Rudolph

It is a good thing Rudolph likes snow because there is a lot of snow on this Mood Board from Double D Challenge Blog.  This time Diane has challenged us to use a deer on our card. 

I went for the cold snowy look. I forget where I got this die, but I think it is Penny Black.  I used distress ink for the background and liberally splattered glue mixed with water and covered it with glitter to get that snowy look. The sentiment is from PTI.  The frame is from Impression Obsession. 

We hope you will share your deer creations with  Double D Challenge Blog. One randomly chosen entry will win this cute deer die.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dies R Us Snowflakes

Where did November go?  Here it is the first of December and time for another challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog.   The challenge is to use a snowflake somewhere on your card or project.  I used the Memory Box oval snowflake and a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder for my card. I love the Frantic Stamper Sweet Holly die. I cut it out in white and also in pink glitter paper. The die makes it easy to paper piece the different parts. 

Here are the dies I used for this project.  You can find them at the Dies R Us Store
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Sweet Holly SnowmanFrantic Stamper Sweet Holly

Memory Box - Dies - Batavia Snowflake OvalMemory Box
Impression Obsession - Dies - Merry ChristmasImpression Obsession Merry Christmas

We hope you will join us at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog. One random entry will win a gift certificate from the store.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Double D Snuggle Up Buttercup

Darlene must have been  thinking about keeping warm when she designed this challenge and created this mood board for the Double D Challenge Blog.  Don't you love all the patterns and textures?  I took my inspiration from the bottom right picture. The cat looks so content snuggled up in his blanket.

  I had the perfect cat stamp designed by Theresa Momber for Gina K designs.  It was one of the very first stamp sets I bought to make a card for my daughter's birthday. I am not a colorist but I did the best I could, and I found the perfect papers in my stash. I added a little texture with some lace and my paper crimper. The holiday circle was a gift from Dies R Us that I got when I placed an order this summer.

Here is the prize you can win if you link up a Snuggle  Up Butter Cup at  Double D Challenge Blog

Can't wait to see what you create.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dies R Us Give Thanks

It is the 15th of November and time for a new challenge at  Dies R Us . November is typically the month where we are asked to think of our blessings instead of our troubles and Give Thanks. I love this sentiment by IO because it is so elegant, but cut from gold glitter paper is stands out even more.  I decided to keep the card CAS, or at least my attempt at CAS.   Look at all that white space.

Here are the dies I used for the card. 
Impression Obsession - Dies - Give ThanksImpression Obsession Give Thanks

Impression Obsession - Dies - Ornate Oval FrameImpression Obsession Ornate Oval

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

We hope you will join us at Dies R Us for your chance to win a random gift certificate from the store.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dies R Us Stitching

It is the beginning of a new month and time for another challenge at Dies R Us.  This time we challenge you to use a die with stitching. This frame die by IO is perfect for framing a sentiment, and perfect for the challenge because both pieces have stitching on them. I used PTI  poppy card stock and gingham paper for the frames and the background for the IO sentiment. Some pine branches from Poppy Stamps and bells from IO and my card is complete.

Here are the dies I used with links back to the store. 

We hope you will join us because one random winner will have a chance for a gift certificate from our store. Check out what the team has designed for your inspiration at Dies R Us  and then link your design to the blog.  We can't wait to see what you create.

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.