Friday, June 15, 2018

Dies R Us Summer Fun

A new challenge starts today at Dies R Us called Summertime Fun. What reminds you of a fun summer day?

When I think of summer time, two pictures immediately pop into my head. One is the beach and playing in the sand and another is time spent on our pontoon boat at Whiskytown Lake. For today's card, I decided on the beach. It has been a while since I have done a fancy fold card so I picked one of my favorites, the double display fold, and started my card. Lots of real estate and fussy cutting on this card.

I started by cutting a piece of white card for the center scene and sponging it to create my sky sea and beach. I added the elements from  Sue Wilson Island Paradise

Some IO beach and shells dies were added to the small inside panels and a rope die was used on the taller side panels.

The Cheery Lynn Summer Fun die was cut several times from sandpaper, different colors of glitter paper, and white for a base.  I fussy cut the elements and glued them to the white base. I put that on top of another sponged sea scene which was backed with an old Spellbinder's die.  It is nice to give some older dies some love again.

Summer is Fun with so many activities.  The DRU Team has some fabulous inspiration for you and if you link up, you will have a chance  to win a a gift certificate to the DRU STORE .

Cheery Lynn Designs - Summer FunCheery Lynn Summer Fun

Sue Wilson Designs - Tropical Collection - Island ParadiseSue Wilson Island Paradise

Impression Obsession - Dies - Mini Beach Fun SetImpression Obsession Mini Beach Fun

Impression Obsession - Dies - Mini Shell SetObsession--Dies--Mini-Shell-Set

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Double D Color Challenge

Looking at the teal M&Ms reminds me of a a story.  It was time for the junior prom and the committee selected their colors  and teal was one of them. They decided they wanted teal M&Ms on each of the tables. The night of the prom the girls looked gorgeous with their hair, make up, and nails done perfectly and the guys were positively dashing. About an hour into the prom, I noticed that most of the crowd had blue tongues and teeth.... thank goodness they had their pictures taken early in the evening.

Color Challenge Teal AND Red
Added Neutrals are Okay

Isn't this a fun mood board?  I think you can tell which picture I chose for my inspiration. 

I did not have a cheery die or stamp so I used IO strawberries to fill my flower pot. I love this Memory Box Butterfly frame. If you leave it in the die you can use it as a stencil and give more color to the frame.   We hope you will join us  Double D Challenge Blog for this color challenge.  One random participant will win this prize. 

Interested in the Dies I used.  You can find them at the Dies R Us Store.
Memory Box - Dies - Fantasy Butterfly FrameMemory Box Fantasy Butterfly FrameElizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - PottedElizabeth Craft Potted

Impression Obsession - Dies - Sm. Strawberry BunchI O strawberries

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dies R Us Sunshine or Clouds

It is the first of the month and time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  The title is sunshine or clouds. I chose sunshine and lots of flowers. I have had these pop up dies from Lawn Fawn for quite some time ans this was the perfect challenge to use them for the first time, It was much easier than I thought and came together quickly.  

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Pop-Up Dies
Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop Up

Lawn Fawn - Flower Hillside Pop-Up Add On Dies

Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop Up Add on Flowers

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Lovely LeafyFrantic Stamper Lovely Leafy Tree

Impression Obsession - Dies - ThoughtsImpression Obsession Thoughts

We hope you will create your version of Sunshine or clouds and share it with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog

Friday, May 25, 2018


I am guest designing again at the CROPSHOP so I made a note book for a friend of mine. I love making these little notebooks for family and friends.  They are great next to the computer, the phone or in a purse.  There a several online tutorials like this ONE  on how to make a version of this with post it notes.. If you want to use the larger  paper packs from the Dollar Store  this one, the measurements are a piece of card stock 5 ½  by 9 ½  scored at 4,4 ½ and 5.

The top panel was created using these steps.
1.       Cut a 51/2 by 4-inch piece of white card stock.
2.       Emboss it with the Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder.
3.       Frame that with largest Frantic Stamper Fancy Frames 1.
4.       The center oval was made by using several Sue Wilson dies: Ornate Oval Just for You, Montreal, and Toronto.  The great thing about Sue’s designs is that many of them are interchangeable.
5.       To finish the bottom, I used Elizabeth Craft’s Dogwood 2 and Ostrich Fern.  Prills finished the       centers of the flowers.
6.       The little hummingbirds are from Poppy Stamps.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Impression Obsession Stamp a Background

While I had my IO Cover a Card stamps out I made a few more backgrounds so I decided to make another card for the Impression Obsession Stamp a Background Challenge.

This time I used the IO Gingham background. I stamped with versa mark and embossed with white powder and sponges with Distress Ink fossilized amber. The Happy Birthday is a new die from IO. I little color and some shaping on the strawberry flowers and filled with flower soft makes a pretty flower.  I created the frame by using two Spellbinders dies. 

These are the IO products I used for this card. 

Impression Obsession Strawberries

Impression Obsession - Dies - Happy Birthday Word IO Happy Birthday

   IO Cover a Card Gingham

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Wreath

The challenge at Stamp a Background. I have several of their cover a card stamps so I decided to make a few backgrounds and turn them into cards. One of my favorite CAC patterns is the wood grain plank.  I made several backgrounds with different papers. Some I liked and some not as much. I used one of my favorites on this card.

This is dark brown card stock that I stamped with versa mark and embossed with black embossing powder. The end result reminded me of a door so I thought it needed a wreath. I used two circle dies to get a wreath. I used three of these glued together to get dimension and stability. I started at one place on the wreath and covered the entire wreath with segments of leafy branches. I cut the cute IO birds in blue shaded them a bit and then gave them yellow beaks and used a marker to make the eyes.  I cut the IO flowers in blues and yellows and filled the wreath.  I felt like it needed something in the center so why not a bird house.

I used these Impression Obsession dies and stamps. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Hurricane Candle

It is a;ways such an honor to be asked to guest design so I am excited that I  have been invited to be a guest designer at the CROPSTOP.  I love candles. There is something romantic and serene about them. So when I saw the Elizabeth Craft Hurricane candle,  I had to have it.
Image result for elizabeth Craft hurricane candle

 The front of the package for this hurricane candle pairs it with some pine boughs and a poinsettia so I think the idea was to use it for a Christmas card.  It is too pretty to use just for Christmas so I created a spring time card that could be used for many different occasions.


Here are the directions.
1.       Cut a card base 4 ¼ by 5 ½.
2.        Use another piece of card stock a little larger and cut it with the Memory Box Blooming Floral            Frame.
3.       Adhere to the card base.
4.       Cut the hurricane two times from vellum
5.       Cut the candle three times from card stock and glue together to give it some dimension.
6.       Glue candle to one piece of the vellum
7.       Glue the second vellum hurricane on top using Ailene’s tacky glue at the bottom part of the       hurricane  where the flowers will cover the glue. 
8.       Cut and shape Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blossom and put some Prills in the center.
9.       Tuck some Elizabeth Craft ferns behind the flowers.

I       I sent this as a Birthday card to my favorite SIL.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Double D Bling It UP

Are your ready for a new Double D Challenge? Do you like bling on a card? If you do, Darlene has put together a mood board just for you.


I chose to use the shades of blue in several of the photos and the rows of bling in the first photo. Another one of those cards that was better in my head than how it came out. But at least it has some bling. I got a card from my Crafting friend, Judy,a while back that used this type of background so,of course, I pulled out my score board to try this technique. The borders behind the bling are Spellbinder's borders that I have not used for ages.  I put a flower on top and topped that with a Cheery Lynn butterfly cut from glitter paper.


Now that you have seen my attempt at bling go check out what the design team has created for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. If you create a card with bling and add it to the gallery you could win a little extra bling.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dies R Us Birds

A new challenge at Dies R Us CHALLENGE BLOG starts today. You must use a bird on your card and also remember that that you must use at least one metal die on your card.  I decided to keep this card clean and simple. I cut a piece of blue card stock with Impression Obsessions Ornate oval to make an aperture, I cut it again in white and inlaid the outer oval. I popped up the other two parts of the oval for dimension and then added the birds as a few sequins. I did not add a sentiment because I thought this card could be used for many occasions. 

You can find the dies I used over at the Dies R Us Store. The store is adding new products like papers, inks, and tools all the time. If you don't get regular e-mails from DRU, you need to sign up because there are many sales and special order items that you are missing.

  Impression Obsession - Dies - Peace DoveImpression Obsession Peace Dove

Impression Obsession - Dies - Ornate Oval Frame Impression Obsession Ornate Oval

Go visit the CHALLENGE BLOG  to see all the inspiration from the design team then link up your bird creation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Impression Obsession Challenge

I had some time this weekend so I decided to make a card for Impression Obsession All that Glitters Challenge.  One of my favorite winter dies is this pretty Snowflake cover plate by IO. It is so pretty on its own that you don't need much else for a pretty card. I had some pretty blue glitter paper in my stash that I used behind the snowflake die cut and also to cut out the ovals from the Ornate ovals and the Merry Christmas. I added dimension by lifting some of the layers with pop dots.  I forgot to take a picture and enter it in the challenge until today so I just have a few hours to get it entered. So off I go. 

These are the IO dies I used

Impression Obsession - Dies - Snowflake BackgroundIO Snowflake cover plate
Impression Obsession - Dies - Ornate Oval FrameImpression Obsession Ornate Oval

Impression Obsession - Dies - Merry ChristmasIO Merry Christmas

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Memory Box Challenge

Since I have so many Memory Box dies, I love to play in the challenges when I have time. The challenge this month is Memory Box Insects  butterflies, bees, and dragonflies. I have been having fun lately pulling out some dies and deciding to use them. For this card, I pulled out three dies I have not used for awhile. Delightful Peony, Delightful Peony Outline and Butterfly Exhibit. I was not sure where I was going but this I what I came up with.

I just used the leaves and the flower for this card. I cut both dies in vellum  and an extra leaf from the outline. I colored the back of  velum with alcohol markers and glued them to the outline flower and leaves. Butterfly exhibit was cut in black. The thank you is from Cheery Lynn. This will be an easy mailer. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Double D May flowers

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another challenge at Double D Challenge Blog This is one of the prettiest mood boards ever and who doesn't love flowers. I picked the blue and yellow flowers.

The card I designed could be used for Easter, a conformation,but unfortunately, I used it as a sympathy card.

I used lots of layers and flowers on this one.  
These are some of the dies I used.
Tutti Design Rose Frame
Spellbinder's Lattice 
Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip
Taylored Expression Cross
Elizabeth Craft Leather Fern
Gina Marie scalloped Frame

Go see what the rest of the Double D Challenge  team designed and then create you own flower design for a random chance to win this great set of flower dies. 

I started with a white card ba

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dies R Us Flowers

I needed some invitations to a special luncheon for a Scholarship group I belong to. Our theme was Bloom Where You're Planted so a potted plants were perfect. I cut the pot from white card and colored it with Copic markers.  I used Memento inks (available at the Dies R U Store) to add color to the flowers and some home made flower soft for the centers. I cut the chevron die three times to give it dimension.    

Here are the dies that are available at the Dies R U Store

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - PottedElizabeth Craft Potted
Cheery Lynn Designs - Chevron A2 Frame   CheeryLynn Chevron A2

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ostrich FernElizabeth Craft Fern

Cheery Lynn You're
Cheery Lynn Designs - You're

        Cheery Lynn Invited
 Cheery Lynn Designs - Invited

Cheery Lynn Designs - Daisy StripCheery Lynn Daisy Strip

Remember if you enter the challenge you have a chance to win a gift certificate from  Dies R U Store.
Now head over to the Challenge Blog to see what the other designers have created.