Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Double D Don't Fence Me In

 What a fun idea for a challenge and great inspiration board Dar created for us this time. I took my inspiration from several of the photos. The trellis,  picket fence, and stone pathway from  the first photo, the fall colors on the second and the trees in all of them.  

I have not done much stamping lately, but I bought these trees and stone pathway  from The Greetery and thought they would look great with some IO Dies I have had for awhile.  I made a mistake in the placement of my walkway and it looks more like a pathway to the stars, but I am sure I will learn from my mistake.  It turned out to be a colorful fall card and I have some friends that will not notice my misplaced path.  We hope you will join us for this challenge at Double D.  The team has some wonderful and original  inspiration for you so visit us Double D Challenge Blog

One randomly chosen person will win this die that is the perfect prize for this challenge. 


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dies R Us One for the Boys

The challenge at the  Dies R Us Challenge Blog this time is One for the Boys.  This card was fun for me because one of my bestie guy pals has the nickname of Bear.  I am always looking for fun Bears for cards for him.  I love this IO die and it is perfect for him because he is a sweetheart of a guy. 

Nothing difficut about putting the card together, but I think it came out cute. 

Impression Obsession - Dies - BearImpression Obsession Bear

Impression Obsession - Dies - CloudsI

Impression Obsession Clouds

Impression Obsession - Dies - Wooden Disk  Impression Obsession Wooden Disc

   Paper Rose - Dies - Grass & Flowers BorderPaper Rose Grass Border    

We hope you will join us for this challenge and for a chnce to win  a gift certificate at the Dies R Us Store.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Double D Colorful

 If you love lots of color, this is the challenge for you.  Diane created a fabulous mood board for this colorful challenge at Double D Challenge Blog


I decided to go with a flower theme for this challenge,  A friend found four flower dies incuding the die for this iris at a garage sale and bought it for me.  I have not used any of them before but thought they would work for this challenge.  I started with a water colored background and framed it with one of the die cuts from a Frantic Stamper  frame die the cuts several frames in different patterns.  This is the second largest frame in the set. I but that on a white card base and then pit the Irises in the frame.  I finished with an old Cheery Lynn Hugs die cut that I layered several times to give it dimension. 

We hope you play along for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  We all need some color in our life these days  so we hope our colorful cards will brighten your day. Play along and you might win this cute dolor die. 


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Dies R Us Back to School

We hope you will join us at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog  for  our back to school challenge. School will look  different in most communities this year. Some students will continue with online school while others may attend school that seems unusual. When I thought about all these changes, I decided I wanted to do a retro card. I framed a piece of black card with the IO wood grained frame to look like an old fashioned blackboard.  Then I stamped and die cut  Lawn Fawn crayons.  This was a simple card to make but I love all the elements. 

Impression Obsession Woodgrained Frame

Lawn Fawn - Color My World Stamps

Lawn Fawn You Color My World

Cheapo Dies - Font - AsianChepo Dies Alphabet

Our team has some great inspiration for you so head on over toDies R Us Challenge Blog   .  Don't forget to  visit the store Dies R Us Store to see the new products.  Sign up for the newsletter while you are there so you can learn about all the special sales. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Double D Sunflowers

Nothing reminds me of  summer more than sunflowers.  Look at all the beauriful sunflowers on the mood board. Can you guess what the challenge is at Double D Challenge Blog?

I love this Adriana die by Poppy Stamps. I cut the back from some Swiss dot yellow paper and then added the die that I cut in white, I Stamped the IO sentiment and then embossed it  in gold embossing powder and cut it out using a Spellbinders oval  and sponged with some distress ink.  The sun flower is also a Spellbinders die that I have had for years.  I added some color with copics and filled the center with fine black flower soft that I bought years ago for making sunflowers. Some greenery and my signature Sue Wilson white berriesfinished my project.  We hope to see your entries on the  Double D Challenge Blog.  One entry is selected randomly to win this fabulous prize. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Sunflower 2

Our team leaders Dar and Diane not only do a fabulous job designing our mood boards and their cards, but also picking the prize that fits the challenge.  Everone on the DD team is so happy we are part of a group of loving and caring crafters led by  team leaders that really CARE.  We are blessed!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Dies R Us Baby It's Hot Outside

Time for another fun challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We want you to think warm colors like oranges,yellows and reds.  I started by using water colors in shades of red, yellow and orange to create my background.  I also used some metalic gold  to give it some shimmer. I framed that with the Impression Obsession Woodgrained Frame and added the palm tree from Sue Wilson.   That panel went on a white card base. 


Impression Obsession Woodgrained Frame

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

We hope you will look at the inspiration from the team on the  Dies R Us Challenge Blog and then join us for the challenge. You might be the winner of the gift certificate to the store.  I hope you have signed up for the newsletter so you can get inforned of special sales and new products.   

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Double D Butterflies

Our theme at Double D Challenge Blog this  month involves Butterflies. Look at the Mood board to see what inspires you.   


I tried my version of  a clean and simple approach for this card. I replaced my traditional flower with a butterfly cut from gold glitter paper.

The frame is from a Frantic Stamper all in one frame ,and the sentiment comes from Impression Obsession. Some greenry nd a  Memory Box Blushing  Flower Branch finis out the design.
You need to visit the Double D Challenge Blog and see the wonderful cards the team has created. They are all so different and so beautuful.  If you link up with with a project, you will have a chance to win this butterfly die set.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Dies R Us Just Desserts

The challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog this time is all about dessert.

My favorite dessert is ice cream in almost any flavor or just vanilla with fresh fruit.  I decided upon  chocolate ice cream with strawberries for my dessert.  I cut the glass from clear acetate which did not show up as well as I had hoped.

I just got this Impression Obsession Large Frame and I can tell it is going to be one of my go to dies.  I love how it framed my sundae.  Instead of my traditional flowers, I used a couple Impression Obsession strawberries that I colored with Copics.  A few prills on my ice cream added some texture and look like sprinkles. Instead of using the cherry that comes with the set I added a smaller strwberry from the IO strawberry basket.

Impression Obsession Large Frame

Frantic Stamper Ice Cream Sundae

Impression Obsession Strawberry Set

Impression Obsession - Dies - Strawberry Set

We hope you find time to join us for this challenge.  You will find lots of inspiration for the challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog

Impression Obsession Strawberry Basket

Impression Obsession - Dies - Strawberry Basket

We hope you find time to join us for this challenge.  You will find lots of inspiration for the challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog .  it seems like more than one of us likes ice cream.  If you link up your Just Desserts, you will have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Dies R US Store. New items are added all the time so take some time to shop the  Dies R US Store.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dies R Us Christmas in July

For this challenge, at Dies R Us Challenge Blog I used two of my favorite dies.  I have used the Impression Obsession Pine branch so often there is no longer any paint on it.  Since I usually use at least two on each card, I decided to purchase a second one so I could cut two at a time. The Sue Wilson garland is another one of those dies that I reach for often.  In fact, I use the little white berries on almost every card I make.  I had the red frame left over from another project so I just backed it with some Mintay paper.  Isn't that deer adorable?  

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Poinsettia GarlandSue Wilson Festive Garland

Impression Obsession - Dies - Pine BranchImpression Obsession Pine Branch

So go dig up your Christmas dies out and get a head start on Christmas cards.  We hope you link up with us for a chance to win a gift voucher from the DRU STORE.  See you at Dies R Us Challenge Blog

Double D Let's Go to the Beach

Let's Go To The BEACH!

Dar has given us some wonderful inspiration for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  I focused on the light house and the sea shells for my inspiration. 

I decided to make a bridge card for this challenge.  I started with a blue card base and sponged some chouds on top of the blue.  I cut the water with a Poppy Stamp die that I have had for quite some time and sponged with blue.  The boat is from the same Poppy Stamp die set. I had an Elizabeth Craft light house sent to me by a friend(thanks Barb) and the bird is a Cheopo die.  I added a few birds from Sue Wilson and stamped a piece of kraft card with seashells from Gina K designs.

We hope you will join us for our beach challenge.  Since most beaches are closed at this time,  maybe creating something beachy will remind you of the good old days.  We hope you will check out the inspiration from the team and then join us at  Double D Challenge Blog.

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 .  

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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.