Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Double D It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Another amazing mood board from Diane at Double D Challenge Blog.   Darlene and Diane put a lot of thought to prepare this wonderful challenge blog for all of us. The designers love each and everyone of the boards and from the amount of participation we get, many of you are inspired too. I love the red and white combination of this board, but when I saw the big snowflake with the red background I knew what I wanted to do.


I have gone more CAS with my Christmas cards this year. They are a real challenge for me,but I think I am learning. I used a red glitter paper background on a white card base. The IO snowflake cover plate is so pretty on its own not so not much else is needed. Next, I cut MFT  DieNamics Blueprints  from red glitter paper and white card. I cut the red in half so I could make a border for the top and bottom. The IO sentiment filled that space nicely so I just added a few sequins.

Here is the prize that one random person who plays along with the challenge will win.

With Christmas only 19  days away,  this is a chance to get another Christmas card done. So go get creative and link up your project at Double D Challenge Blog.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dies R Us Christmas Carols

The challenge at DIES R US is perfect for adding to your Christmas card stash. Do you believe it will be time to put them in the mail soon? This is an easy challenge just make a card with a Christmas carol in mind. As a child and teenager growing up in Western Pennsylvania, a white Christmas was always a possibility but not a given. I always loved the idea of a snow for Christmas so that may explain why many of my winter and Christmas cards are filled with snowflakes and of course, I love oval dies so this new one from Memory Box became a "Must Have"  for me.

After watching  Dave Brethauer create some beautiful backgrounds for Memory Box dies, I decided to pull out my oxide inks and create several backgrounds for cards. The photo does not show it, but I splattered the background with some watered down glue and added some white glitter and I also added some glitter on the tree.   In this closeup, the background still does not show off the glitter but you can see some on the tree. 

Even though it has seven layers, it will mail with regular postage.  

Here are the dies I used from the Dies R Us Store. 

Why don't you create a Christmas Carol card and join us over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog ? One random player will get a gift certificate from the store. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

PTI Challenge


This weeks challenge at PTI is to Create a project using inspiration you have seen during the November release. You can find the challenge HERE There are so many wonderful projects, but I love snow flakes so I chose this card by Betsy Veldman. 


Betsy's card has a stenciled background and a layered tag on top. One of my good friends owns a winery and a wine tasting room. I have been busy making some wine tags for her to give to customers. Most of them are holiday tags, but I did some generic ones, fall and Thanksgiving and birthday. I decided I would make one more tag and copy some of Betsy's features.

My tag.

Betsy started by stenciling a background. I did not have the stencil so I used a Spellbinders die and made one of my own. and sponged on some blue and green ink and added some splatters. I used last month's kit from PTI and made a tag for the top of my wine bottle tag. Betsy used green parakeet which I don't have  so I came as close as I could with green leaf and aqua mist for the IO snow flake.I added some blue glitter paper under my die cut tag for some shine. I added some twine from the kit and a sequin to finish my project. The wine bottle tag is also from PTI.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dies R Us Snow

It is the 15th of the month which means that it is time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

Anything SNOW related . . .
(snowman, falling snow, etc.)

I decided to make a snow shaker card. If you have never made a shaker card, you can find many videos on You Tube explaining the process. I sponged a background then layered the beautiful Frantic Stamper Church in the Wildwood which makes it easy to create a scene.   I used the following dies from the Dies R Us Store on my card. 

We are looking forward to your snow themed designs.  

Double D Here Comes Santa

Darlene has created a fun filled Santa Mood Board for our challenge this time. These Santa images are so much fun and filled with Christmas Cheer. Need some more inspiration? Visit  the Double D Challenge Blog.

Here Comes Santa Claus
(Use SANTA on your card/project)


It has been awhile since I created a double Z fold card so I decided to create one using a Cottage Kutz Santa I have had for awhile. I cut him from red glitter paper and white card stock. At this time of the year, I try to keep a stash of  snowflakes on hand. I used wuite a few IO and Poppy Stamp snowflakes to add texture to the background.  I also added an IO Merry Christmas cut from glitter paper and created presents by cutting squares and using some ribbon dies I had.

Of course, Dar made the prize fit the challenge. How cute is this Santa and sleigh? 

So what are you waiting for? Pull out your Santa stamps, papers, pictures dies and join us at  Double D Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dies R Us Fall

It's the first of the month so that means another challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. This challenge is

Anything pertaining to FALL
(Fall Harvest, Fall Colors, etc)

I always need a stash of Birthday cards so for this challenge I decided to use fall colors as my starting point. My orange is PTI Canyon Clay layered behind some Gina K heavy base white card stock.  I used the Cheery Lynn floral for my flowers. I love how these flowers shape. You can get a variety of sizes depending upon  how much you shape and pinch them at the bottom. I used the IO stamp and die set for the sentiment. 

Frantic Stamper - Dies - FernFrantic Stamper Fern

If you want a chance to win a gift certificate to the fabulous Dies R Us store, just link up your fall design at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. Remember you must use at least one metal die on your card. 

I will also enter this at the Crop Shop Challenge

Double D Feeling Fallish

Once again, Diane has a fabulous mood board for our inspiration. The Double D teams are divided into two groups,Team Diane and Team Darlene. We are asked to create a project on either the first or third Wednesday depending upon our team assignments, but the boards are so beautiful that most of us create cards for both challenges because we can't resist.

Feeling Fall-ish

Here is prize for this challenge  

My eye was drawn to the fame and leaves so I tried to recreate it. I started with my favorite wood panel technique and covered it with a chicken wire cover plate and  added some Cheery Lynn leaves, IO birdhouse and Die-Namites cat tails.  The team has some wonderful inspiration for you at Double D Challenge Blog so pay a visit to the blog then create your own design using the mood board for your inspiration.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Double D Leave it to me... Challenge

'LEAVE' it to me . . .
(Use leaves on your card/project.)

We have another fabulous mood board for you over at Double D Challenge Blog . For some reason  the picture of the kraft and white leaves kept drawing my eye so I decided to use that for my inspiration. 

I started by embossing pieces of kraft and orange card and then swiped the top of the embossing with a white ink pad. Then I cut the two pieces diagonally and put them on a green card base. I actually got two cards by doing this. I glued some white card to double sided adhesive and cut out the PTI thanks ,Frantic stamper leaves,and Memory Box flower border. Then I burnished them with some guilding flakes glued them to my card. 

Inside of the card

Both Darlene and Diane try to match the prizes for the challenge with the theme of the challenge.This IO leaf die is a perfect prize for this challenge. We hope you will join us for this challenge. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dies R Us Leaves

The challenge this week at Dies R Us Challenge Blog is all about leaves. Sometimes when I look at my designs, I feel like I am in a rut....doing the same card in different colors. I love the shape of the oval and when I look at my cards, I recognize how often I use one somewhere on my card so I decided no ovals on this card. Almost all my cards have flowers and or butterflies and lots of layers. I decided to take some inspiration from my team mate, LAURIE, who knows how to layer die cuts and still be CAS.  I  admired Laurie's designs long  before we were on a team together so I was thrilled to join the DRU Challenge Blog Team when she did.  CAS is soooo difficult  for me, but for this card I decided to challenge myself and create a CAS card with no butterflies, flowers, or ovals. I did, however, use a lot of embossing powder on  the leaves, the sentiment, the background dots, and the mat.

 The team has lots of leaf inspiration for you at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and don't forget one random entry will be selected for a Dies R Us  gift certificate so create your leafy design and join us. YOU inspire us.

I used the following dies on my card.

Impression Obsession - Dies - Pine BranchIO pine branch

     Impression Obsession - Dies - Thoughts   IO Thoughts and matching stamps


Cheery Lynn Designs - Dimensional Dies - Small Leaves 2  Cheery Lynn Leaves


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Double D Fright Night

Fright Night
Use the colors or the patterns or the images
or anything YOU see in the mood board
Diane created a fun mood board for us for this time of the year. I noticed that the dominate colors are orange,yellow, black and white. There are also several patterns checks, dots and stripes and triangles.   

For my card, I decided to go with the colors and patterns. I used Tim Holtz dies to get patterns and PTI canyon clay for the orange card.  A PTI Wet Paint words and PTI Feather Finery, which I have not used for a while, for the feathers. 

Z fold cards are one of my favorite because they are easy but impressive.  Here the card is partially open. 

I don't have any spiders so I added some IO black birds and the IO typewriter alphabet finished the sentiment. 

As usual, the Double D Team Blog has fabulous inspiration for you. Diane and Darlene have managed to assemble a group of designers that always create such different twists on the same mood board.  We are looking forward to your designs. Thank all of you who participate for making this blog so successful.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dies R Us Life Events

The challenge at Dies R Us this week is Life Events...birthdays, anniversaries,
  retirement, graduations, weddings etc. I send a lot of birthday cards so I always need them. I found this Poppy Stamp Large Iceland flower in my flower box and wanted to use it along with a pretty sentiment from Stamping Up that is embossed on black card stock in gold. I  decided I wanted to frame the sentiment so I  cut the deer from the bottom of the Memory Box Deer Grove Oval and positioned the poppy in his place. As I look at the picture, I realize the card  looks a bit bottom heavy if there is such a thing. 


Here are the dies I used.
Memory Box Deer Grove Oval
Poppy Stamp Iceland Poppy
Cheery Lynn Floral
Elizabeth Craft Daisy  for the leaves


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Double D Challenge Quote/ Sentiment

Today is the first day of the new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog, and it is all about quotes and sentiments. Diane gave us this inspirational mood board. As you can see, the quote or sentiment is the focal image in each case so that is what I tried to do on my card. 

I have so many wonderful quotes and I don't use them enough. In fact, this is the first time this stamp has seen ink.  I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it in gold, and sponged a little ink around it.  

 I cut a rectangle out of the center of  a piece of white card stock and a smaller rectangle from the center of  a piece of black card stock and layered them together to make a frame.  I placed the quote behind the layered frame.  Lately, I have liked framing around a frame on the top of my card so that is what I did here with a Gina Marie  scalloped frame. 

I always keep a stash of flowers around so I pulled chose some flowers and leaves. The flowers are Ariana Blossoms by Heartfelt Creations and the little bird is from Frantic Stamper. I decided to add a little gold embossing powder to the flowers, bird and leaves.... not quite sure how I feel about that idea. I put my finished panel on a black card base.

The prize for this challenge is quite appropriate, don't you think?

'Words from the Heart' booklet

The Double D team has created some wonderful designs for you so go visit Double D Challenge Blog.  We cant't wait to see what quotes and sentiments inspire you.

For those of you who like to work ahead,  you can find the next challenge mood board on the left hand sidebar.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fancy Corners

Another challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog starts today. This time we are challenging you to use fancy corners. Just because it is a corner does not mean you have to put it in the corner or a rectangle or square. How about in the corner of a circle or oval like I have done here?

I started my card with some paper that is lilac with green mixed in. I stamped that in versa mark with an IO script stamp and embossed with gold embossing powder. 

I cut the Frantic Stamper Elemental Ovals from white and lilac. When I bought the die it was wired together, and since I have several oval dies, I decided to leave this wired together so every time I cut it I get the fancy frame and several oval frames in different sizes that can be used on other projects.
I used the largest lilac oval and glued the corner flower die to the back and trimmed the excess. 
I used some velum behind the the fancy part of white die cut frame then I placed the lilac oval in the center. A Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle framed the piece. As an after thought, I decides the largest flowers needed some velum. Wish I would have thought about that before I put it together.  I also inlaid  a few pieces of the lilac in the white frame and added a few pearls. The frame was placed on a  white A2 card base.  

The team has some fabulous fancy frames to show off over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tissue Box

I made this tissue box for my friend's bathroom. She saw one in my bathroom and admired it so I made one for her in shades of purple. The base frame is easy and they can be as simple or as fancy as you like. I followed the directions on this video Tissue Box. I used Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish on the sides and top.  I made the purple flowers from Cheery Lynn Floral but the white flowers are from Wild Orchid.


I will enter this at the Scrapy Land Challenge Anything Goes. I will also enter it in the Score Pal Bag or Box Challenge.

Cut two pieces of card stock 9x12
Score at 4 ¾ and  9 ½   on  12 inch side
Score at 1 inch  on the other side
Do the same with the other piece of card stock
The one inch scoreline creates the ledge for the  top of the box
The other score lines create the sides of the box. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Yvonne's Birthday

I always try to do something  special for my neighbor and bff. I have not made a double display card for awhile so I decided to do one for her, There is a lot of measuring and cutting on this type of card so it is time consuming, but worth the effort. I used so many products on this card that I am not going to try to name them all. I am going to enter this at Scrapy Land so I will mention that I used the Tutti Design Rose Frame that I cut in half, an IO birdhouse, Frantic Stamper bird on a branch Sue Wilson's On Your Special Day frame and sentiment.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Double D Glitter Challenge

Diane has challenged us to use glitter on our cards for this challenge, Love the sparkle it gives to cards. I decided to take advantage of this challenge and make a Christmas card. 

I was not able to capture how pretty this card is or the details in it when I photographed it. Lots of layers and glitter. 


 I began by cutting an oval out of a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4  piece of white card stock. I layered another piece of card stock with double sided adhesive and put an Impression Obsession snowflake cover plate die cut on top. Then  I poured on some lavender glitter and burnished with my fingers. The oval was placed over the snowflake and glitter background and topped  a Frantic stamper oval and a Memory Box floral frame. The I cut a Stamping up star in white and in glitter paper and place that on top. 
Drop over to Double D Challenge Blog and check out all the glitter cards by the team