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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Make It Sparkle

I just got two new dies from IO so I thought I would use them for their Make It Sparkle Challenge .  One more Christmas card done.

These are the IO Dies I used. 

Impression Obsession - Dies - All-In-One Frames - Rectangles 2All in One Frames

Impression Obsession - Dies - Jingle bell SetJingle Bells

 Snowflake background

Dies R Us Fall

Fall has arrived even here in sunny California,  We don't have the magnificent
 changing of leaves like you see in Pennsylvania where I grew up, but there are a few trees that change color and our evenings and mornings have the cool, crisp air that I associate with fall. The challenge at Dies R Us is all about fall. 

 I just got this Tutti Design frame from the Dies R Us Store`so I decided to feature it on my card. I covered the frantic stamper tree with gilding flakes.  I embossed a piece of card stock with gold embossing powder and then cut the  IO give thanks sentiment that I backed with black. 

These are the dies I used for the card. 
Tutti Designs - Dies - Maple Vine Frame Tutti Designs Maple Leaf Frame

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Medium Bare AshFrantic Stamper Ash

Impression Obsession - Dies - Give ThanksImpression Obsession Give Thanks

Check out the inspiration from the Design Team at Dies R Us and then pull out your fall dies and stamps and join us for this challenge. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Scare - in" Up Some Pumpkins

Pumpkins  and scarecrows and a fun mood board.  Somewhere I have a stamp set from Gina K Designs designer Theresa Momber that was perfect for this challenge.... but I could not find it. It will probably turn up after I clean up my craft room from my many Christmas projects.

As I looked through my supplies, I found  some IO pumpkins and Memory Box pumpkins so I went to the internet to find a scarecrow that was legal to use. I found this happy fellow.

 The picture with stairs and the shelves of pumpkins inspired me to do a stair step card.  This is soooo different from what I usually do, but it was fun.  The best part of being part of this design team is that we are challenged to give you examples, but then we get to be inspired by your awesome creativity.  I think Darlene and Diane have put together an amazing team because none of us approach the challenge in the same way which opens up so possibilities for all of you. Take some time this challenge to thank Diane and Darlene for all they do to bring this challenge blog to YOU.  They are amazing.  Check out what the design team did for this challenge HERE. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary

We hope you will join us for the current challenge at Dies R Us. This time it is Anything goes using dies available at the Dies R Us Store.   I love doing all kinds of interactive cards which do require some extra time, but are worth the extra effort. Many of my cards use some sort of Pop up designs on the inside so I am always looking for easy to do things for the outside of the card. This Sue Wilson Wedded Bliss design is perfect for an easy and quick outside.

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection - Wedded BlissSue Wilson Wedded Bliss

I cut the die in white and put it on a blue background. I added some color to the cake and the, bottle and the cut the ring, heart,  and sentiment from gold glitter paper. I glued the rings and heart to the white die cut to add a little bit of bling. I used some gold stickles to the bottle to give it some shine. 
We Hope you will join us at Dies R Us for the Challenge. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Double D If the Shoe Fits

Time for a new Challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. What an assortment of different types of shoes: casual, glamorous,babies, cowboys. 


I did not have a lot of stamps or dies for this challenge, but I did have flip flops. I used IO flip flop dies and added some bling, a few pearl and rhinestones made flip flops a little more glamorous like the pair in the picture. 

If you join us for this challenge you will have a chance to win this fun shoe die. 

Just like the mood board the team has used many varieties of shoes for this "If the Shoe Fits Challenge". We are always excited to see what you create.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Show Me Your Number

You may wonder about my colors for this challenge.  I tend to use a lot of purple, blue, and sometime pink on my cards and if I am doing a guy card I usually use kraft or brown, but this card is for my hubby who turns 75 in October. His favorite color is hunter green and being a graduate of Colorado State University he loves their colors green and gold.  He will know this card was made with him in mind.

 I used the following dies from the Dies R Us STORE
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection - Birthday PartySue Wilson Birthday Party Frame

I cut out the pieces from the die (Happy banner, cake, and presents) and used them to fill my box.Just because a die is hooked together does not mean you have to leave it together.   Hubby loves cake and cupcakes so I also used the small cup cakes from Karen Burniston's Pop Up Cup Cake die set.

Karen Burniston - Dies - BirthdayKaren Burniston Birthdayl I used this on one of the sides

Karen Burniston - Dies - Cupcake Pop-Up
                                                 Karen Burniston C
                                                 up Cake Pop Up 

Karen Burniston - Dies - NumbersKaren Burniston Numbers

Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Box Collection - CelebrationsSue Wilson Celebrations

I also used some pieces from this die set like the balloons star and party hat and favor to fill my box.  Hope you will join us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for this fun challenge.  Don't forget to stop at  the STORE to see what is new. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Garden in Depth

I got this Spellbinders Grand Arch for Mother's Day this year so I decided to give it a try.  It is so much fun and the look on my friend's face when she opened the box was worth the extra time. It is hard to get a picture that reveals all the dimension.

There are six layers but since you can use the back and front of five of the layers you have 11 areas to add elements for your scene. 

Here I have added Elizabeth Craft daisy and lilac, a Cheery Lynn birdbath and a Sue Wilson banner. You can see the IO fence in the background along with the trees from the IO bride and groom. There is also a Taylored Expressions garden arch covered with flowers. 

I really had fun making this and the next one should be easier. I will enter this in the SCRAPYLAND Anything Goes Challenge.