Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dies R Us Anything Goes

I don't know where June went but here we are on the first day of July which means a new challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.  This is everyone's favorite  Anything Goes. I just got  two new dies, Memory Box Clarkia Frame and  Poppy Stamps Adriana Frame,  from the Dies R Us store

I started by cutting the background of the Adriana Frame.  Then I used the Clarkia die and cut the center of the frame and placed it on a black card base.   I cut another Clarkia die from gold glitter paper which I inlaid into the white.  I gold embossed a sentiment from IO and put that in the center.  Simple and easy design but quite an impact for just a little time. 

We hope you will join us for this challenge and have a chance to win a gift voucher at the Dies R Us Store

Double D Stitches

A new challenge starts at   Double D Challenge Blog today.  Here is the fun stitched Mood Board that Diane created for us this time. 
Stitches...any kind



Stitches...any kind

  I took my inspiration from the diamond pattern in the stitched starburst at the bottom right and the peachy color of the pumpkin.

Have you ever bought a stamp or die that you thought you would use occasionally but soon it became a "go to" .  This stitched Frantic Stamper die is one of my "go to dies".  I  have used this die so many times and with many different looks. This time I used two of them and used some pretty PTI paper in the middle.  The lily is from The Greetery.  As I look at it,  I wish I had colored stamens a bit darker for the photo... they stand out more IRL.  The greenery is from Stampin Up and a gift from a special friend.  Thanks, Barb.

As usual,the team has some fabulous designs for you.  We hope you will join us for our challenge at  Double D Challenge Blog.  One randomly drawn participant will win this die.  We hope you will join us.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Double D Wedding

Ah, June the month of weddings. I understand that many people have had to postpone the festivities until ACV (After Corona Virus).  Well, I will have a card ready next time I am invited to a wedding. Here is our fabulous Mood Board on the Double D Challenge Blog.


I used a Spellbinders grand cabinet die and put an IO bride and groom behind it.  I added a little color to the leaves and tree first.  I sponged some clouds on some card stock and put it behind the bride and groom.  I added some flowers and greenery from my stash to finish the project. 

Hope you will join us for this challenge.  The team has fabulous inspiration ready for you at Double D Challenge Blog.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Dies R Us Summer Fun

Here it is the middle of June, and we have a new challenge starting at.Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Now that most states have started opening up their parks and hospitality industries most all of us are ready to have some summer fun. The team has lots of different ideas about what summer fun means to them, and we are anxious  to see what you like to do for summer fun.  I don't golf , but three or four of my forever friends and several of my relatives do so I have several golf related stamps and dies.  My husband has played the guitar and sung to me under almost every kind of tree over the past 50 years and my kids (who don't like s'mores or marshmallows) had fun cooking hot dogs over an open flame. 

I started with this Sue Wilson shadow box frame. I like this die because you can turn it different ways to fit your design.  I also used the Sue Wilson tropical collection for the birds and palm trees. 

These dies were also part of my design. 

We hope you have time to join us for this
summertime fun challenge over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog .  

Don't forget to visit the store  DIES R US STORE to see all the new products and releases.  Also, sign up for the news letter so you can hear about special sales and ordering opportunities. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Double D Use your Scraps

                                                             Scraps~use your scraps

I have drawers full of scraps of paper.  One of the nice things about die cutting is that you can use these scraps to cut smaller die cuts or pieces of larger ones. They can become butterflies, birds, or umbrellas. You can use scraps for paper piecing and backgrounds. The team at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG  at will give you some amazing ideas for using your scraps.  Here is the fun Mood Board Diane created for us.

I used an old die from MFT.   I think it was called chicken wire. I cut the die in white paper then cut several small scraps of  pattern paper until I had enough parts to inlay inside the white die.

I used a Sue Wilson die cut cut from lilac card stock.  I always need birthday cards so I used the Poppy Stamps happy birthday die on top. I pulled some flowers from my stash .  The lilacs are from Elizabeth Crafts and the daisy's are Cheery Lynn. We hope you will join us for this challenge.  We get so much inspiration from all of you!!!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dies R Us it's Dad's Day (Masculine)

I have a hard time making masculine cards so the challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG was a perfect opportunity to make a  Father's Day card for my husband.

My husband bought his first horse when he was eight years old and has never stopped loved training horses.  When I saw this die, I knew it would be perfect for him.  Talk about an easy card. I used Lavina Moon paper glued to a white card base and and added the die cut on top.  I almost feel guilty about giving it to him because it was so easy to put together, but he does not need to know that....does he? I think it makes a striking card easy or not.

Lavina Moon paper

Paper Rose - Dies - Stockman With HorsePaper Rose Stockman with Horse

We hope you will make a masculine card and link up with us at  DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG .

If you have not visited the store Dies R Us Store for awhile, you should check it out. New items are added on a regular basis.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Double D Challenge Begins with " M "

The new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is called Begins with "M".  Dar has given us some great ideas with this mood board. 


One of my best friends loves music and plays the piano so I made this music themed card  with her in mind.  I saw several variations of this on line and also found a free template of a grand piano. It took a few tries to get everything sized correctly. Even though I am happy with how it turned out,  I don't know if I will make another one because I did not write anything down, so I would be starting all over again. 

I used a Cheery Lynn doily die for the background.  I added some homemade flowers and leaves, some Penny Black tulips (my friend's favorite flower), and a birthday sentiment.

The top of the piano is opens and I used some music designer paper and a flower. I made a little stand so the top of the piano can be left open.  I will write my message either on the top inside or back of the piano. 

The DT has some awesome Begins with M creations for your inspiration at Double D Challenge Blog . If you link up with us, you could win this prize.

Amy Design - Dies - Musical Stave

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dies R Us Graduation

A new challenge starts today at the  DIES R US Challenge Blog. This time it is about graduation.  

This is an unusual year for graduating classes since most ceremonies have been canceled.  It has been a year, however, when people have used their creativity to find different ways to celebrate these special achievements. For this challenge,  I decided to make a card with the school colors of one of the local high schools.  I will give it to a teacher friend of mine so she can send it too her classroom student aid. I make  side step cards frequently so I keep several pre-made bases on hand.  It is easy then to cover the bases with some pretty papers and a few die cuts.  This card came together in less than 15 minutes.  

Here are the dies I used for the card. 

Cheapo Dies - Graduation BoyCheapo Graduation Boy

Cheapo Dies - Graduation Girl Cheapo Graduation Girl

Karen Burniston - Dies - BirthdayKaren Burniston Word Set 2

Karen Burniston - Dies - Numbers Karen Burniston Numbers

Come join us for the graduation fun at DIES R US Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Double D Lavender

Diane has created another fabulous Mood Board for us over at the Double D Challenge Blog.   It's all about lavendar.  There is not an image on the board that I don't love, but I took my inspiration from the white chair and the shades of lavender and purple. 

The card is prettier IRL.  I could not get a good picture of it.  I used a Sue Wilson Die that I cut from dark purple and white and put that on a lilac card base. The vase is actually an Elizabeth Craft pitcher that I cut from a piece of scrap of Stamperia  paper and filled it with Memory Box lavender and Elizabeth Craft dog woods and an assortment of greenery from my stash.

Go over to the  Double D Challenge Blog to see the inspiration from the team and then play along.  One lucky participant will receive this pretty die from Memory Box. I love how Diane and Dar pick the prizes to echo the theme of the Mood Board. They are such clever ladies.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dies R Us Seas the Day

A new challenge starts today at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG called Seas the Day. For this challenge, I chose a QAE(Quick And Easy) card.  I cut a circle from a panel of white card and covered it with distress ink then sprayed with water.  I stenciled and sponged some light blue card stock with  stormy sky distress ink for clouds and water.  The die was cut from white card stock that I colored with makers and then I  placed a Lawn Fawn  square frame around my scene. 

Available at  DIES R US,

Cheapo Dies - Palm TreesCheapo Palm Tree

Lawn Fawn - Reverse Stitched Scalloped Square Windows DiesLawn Fawn Reverse Scallop Square Frame

We hope you will Seas the Day and join us for the challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Addicted to CAS Animals

A few of us at Double D Challenge Blog decided to participate in another challenge a together. This time we are over at Addicted to CASIf you follow my blog, you know that it is rare for me to do a CAS card. I love it as a style and admire those who have perfected it, but it is hard for me. I decided it would be good for me to give it a try.

I had this Cottage Kutz die I had not used for awhile. I like how the lab is hidden behind the grass.  I cut it twice once in black and once  in green, and paired that with a new IO  Wooden Disc die  and a PTI Hello die.  A lot of the detail in the wooden disc does not show in the picture.  

Visit the Blogs of my team mates and see what they created for this HOP.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Double D Showers and Flowers

I hope you are all staying safe and weathering the challenges that we are facing at this time. For sure, many of us have had more time to craft so we hope you will join us for the new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.

Here is the Mood Board for the Showers and Flowers Challenge. 


My inspiration was the umbrella and rain boots and the bright yellow bow. 

A good friend sent me the background die cut(thanks , Barb). I put that on bright yellow card stock and layered it with a Sue Wilson Daisy Frame. The boots and umbrella are from Elizabeth Crafts and the sentiment is from Karen Burniston. 

We have lots of showers and flowers inspiration for you at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us. 

DRU Spring Flowers

We are officially half way through the month so it is time for another challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog,Spring Flowers.  One of my favorite spring flowers is the dogwood so I used my Elizabeth Craft Dogwood die for flowers. I had a piece of pretty designer paper in my stash so I framed it with a Frantic Stamper frame and Lawn Fawn frame. 

The Dies R Us Store is open and fully operational. You can find the dies I used if you click on the links. Also, if you don't get the news letter,you are missing some special events and sales. 

The team has some great inspiration for you so we hope you will join us for this challenge.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail (Easter).

I am a designer for a Challenge Blog called Double D which was created by two wonderful women, Darlene Pavlick and Diane Hoover. Because they are such great leaders, the team has become very close and supportive.  With the world in such turmoil,  we have been checking in with each other to make sure that we are all doing well physically and mentally.  Several of the girls on the team stated that they were finding it hard to create so to shake thing up we are going to participate in a challenge at Cut it Up Challenge called Hoping Down the Bunny Trail. 

I did not have one bunny stamp or die so I went searching for free images and found this cute bunny.  I printed it in two different sizes and added a little pink embossing powder to their ears. I started with Spellbinders Vanitian Lace die cut.  I cut an oval from the center and then added a background that I sponged with distress oxide inks, stenciled and finally stamped.

I added  Elizabeth Craft dogwoods and ladder fern along with some Stamping-Up leaves. 
I think it came out kinda cute. 

All ten members of the Double D Design Team is participating in this Positivity Challenge.    If you click on their name,  it will take you to their blog to see what they created for the Cut it Up Challenge.

Kathy (ME)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Double D Banners


The new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is called Banners. Diane has provided all sorts of banners in different sizes,shapes,and patterns on this mood board.  I love this Sue Wilson Birthday die with a built in banner.   I have used this die by itself and also cut it apart and used bits and pieces of it on different cards.  I decided to use a blue plaid with matching blue paper so  I can use this card for either a guy or a girl.


Of course, Diane has the perfect prize to go along with the challenge. The possibilities of this die set is amazing. 
  My team mates have provided lots of inspiration for you, and we hope you will join us for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog . 

DRU Anything Goes

April 1st and time to start a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. This time our challenge is Anything Goes, but remember you need to use at least one die in your project.  I can't tell you how often I use the Memory Box Deer Grove Oval in my designs. I use it with the deer, but frequently I de deer it and just use the tree background.  The deer became a church in this example.

This card could be for Easter, conformation or even a wedding.  I used the following dies from the

Memory Box - Dies - Deer Grove OvalMemory Box deer Grove Oval

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Large ChurchFrantic Stamper Large Church

 Lawn Fawn - Reverse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Windows DiesLawn Fawn Reverse Scalloped Rectangles

We hope you join us for the Anything Goes Challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG. We have some new designers joining the team so be sure to check out the inspiration.