Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Memory Box Holiday Greetings.

I did a lot of Christmas cards using my distress oxide inks after I saw a couple of videos by Dave Brethauer. I like this design because there is texture and dimension without the bulk. We have several single male friends so I like to do cards that are a little more masculine for them. I will enter this in the Memory Box Holiday Greetings Challenge,  I also cut the PTI sentiment from the same paper, 

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies

TIP   I decided when I got Lawn Fawn Stitched die to leave it attached. When I cut with it, I get the stitched frames but I also get the frames in between the stitched frames. So when I cut with this die, I get the three stitched frames and three that have no stitching. Since I use frames on my cards frequently, I have a variety of sizes to use for different projects. 

Double D Baby It's Cold Outside

This is our last challenge of the 2017 at Double D Challenge Blog and Darlene has inspired us with all things winter. Don't you love the upside down snowman?  I did not take inspiration from one photo, but when I saw this board, I realized I had a new die that was perfect for the challenge.

 My goal for this year was to make my Christmas cards flat and easy for mailing and this Amy Design Wintertide  made that easy. 

I cut the Amy Design scene from heavy white card stock. I added a little bit of color to door window and lamp post, backed it with some PTI paper and added a  tree in the center...quick and easy. I did add a few gems to the snowflakes since this card was going to become the top of a box and not be mailed. 

If you have never visited the Amy Design Page at Dies R Us and you like this frame, you should visit. There are several frames in this line covering multiple themes including  tools, vehicles and wild animals.

Here is the prize for this challenge. 

The team has create fabulous designs for your inspiration so head on over and check them out at Double D Challenge Blog.

I hope all of you have a fun-filled, memory- making holiday filled with all things that make you happiest.  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Anything but a Card

I belong to an international group of women called P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization). Our primary purpose is raising funds to help women with their college educations. This year I was involved in several fund raisers for that cause. One of the fund raisers was making and selling gift card boxes. They also are perfect for candy and jewelry.  I made 200 boxes and the ladies of my group helped decorate them using some ideas that I showed them. We had fishing, golfing, sewing, cooking ,movie, coffee, tea, cowboy,along with traditional Christmas themed boxes. I used dies from several companies including Poppy Stamps and Memory Box. This month the challenge at Poppy Stamps is Anything but a Card so I decided to enter one of my boxes.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box in white. I cut another white piece the same size as the top of the box and used pne of the PTI Make Market Mini Holiday Tag Along kit dies to cut the sides of the white panel and then put some blue glitter paper underneath.  A Spellbinder's die cut in glitter paper in the center and  topped with a Poppy Stamp Batavia snowflake.

I started with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box in white. I cut another white piece the same size as the top of the box and used one of the PTI Make Market Mini Holiday Tag Along kit dies to cut the sides of the white panel and then put some red  glitter paper underneath.  A Poppy Stamps Perfect Pine Needles topped with Spellbinder's poinsettia completes the box.

The second  box uses lots of gold glitter paper, Poppy Stamps  Perfect Pine Needles and Gina Marie Pine Cones. 

Poppystamps - Dies - Perfect Pine Needles

Memory Box - Dies - Batavia Snowflakes

Lawn Fawn - Fancy Box Dies 

Here are some of the others we made at one of our fun workshops.  I had the boxes made and tons of die cuts, decorative papers, stamped sentiments and several samples for them. Some of them just copied my ideas but others found their MOJO and did their own thing.

Dies R Us White on White

Can you believe that this is the last Dies R Us Challenge  for 2017? The challenge is White on White and it does not have to be Christmas, but this year I got behind on my Christmas cards so I welcomed the opportunity to make my white on white card a Christmas card. Nothing unusual about how I put this together except I did use some glue and glitter to make a snow mound under the church. 

Here are the dies I used that are available at the Dies R Us Store. 

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Snow Globe Church
                                                                                   Frantic Stamper Snow Globe Church


                                        Impression Obsession - Dies - Holiday Bottom Word Edgers       IO Holiday Bottom Word Edgers

The rest of the team has some fabulous inspiration for you  so go check out their designs at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We can't wait tosee your white on whit cards.

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.