Sunday, December 19, 2021

Peace on Earth Christmas Jar


Time for a new challenge #6 at Peace on Earth Challenge BlogOnce again we have an amazing Mood Board for your inspiration.  Use it if you like, but as long as your project is Christmas themed you can enter it into the challenge. By now, many of you have completed most, if not all, of the cards you will send this year, but if you play along with us every week, you can complete 24 cards for next year's cards.  


My card was inspired by the mason jar picture on the bottom right.  I chose a Poppy Stamp frame and backed it with some wood grained paper. The mason jar is filled with some greenery from Elizabeth Crafts and I used some red Nuvo drops, a gift from Darlene and Diane, for the berries. A little twine around the jar and a snowflake completed the design.  If you can see little white dots on the jar,  they came from the die cut oval. 

We hope you join us for this challenge at  Peace on Earth Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Double D Lots of White

The  has a new challenge and a new Mood Board for your inspiration at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG . 


Your challenge is to use Lots of White on your card.  It is a perfect challenge to try a CAS card, white on white card, or mostly white with a pop of color. I chose white on white with a hint of green. I loved all the pretty white flowers on the board so I used that for inspiration too. 

I started my card with a 51/2 inch square card base and a 51/4  inch square layer.  I used Poppy Stamp pierced oval frames and cut the top layer then ran it through a Spellbinders embossing folder. Some Memory Box flowers were tucked behind the oval and backed with vellum. The Just for You sentiment is a Sue Wilson die and the butterfly is from Memory box.  A few pearls and some flowers from my stash and the card was complete. We hope you will join us at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG   for this last challenge of 2021.  

Here is the prize for this challenge.  

Dies R Us Snowy Night

Welcome to the last challenge of 2021 at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Our theme is Anything Goes. This is another example of the die doing all the work.  I backed the Amy Design oval with some black designer paper and used a Lawn Fawn frame around it and topped that with the Poppy Stamps Tall curved border.  This card would be easy to mass produce and can be either a winter or Christmas Card.  A Sponged background would be pretty behind the oval and you could add some woodland creatures.  


Sunday, December 5, 2021

Peace on Earth Red Gingham

The first Sunday in December means that there is another challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog

I love this fabulous Mood Board. 


I took my inspiration from the red and white gingham pillow. When the card is folded it looks like a gatefold card that lets you peek at the inside. 

I used the the Poppy Stamp Oval frame fold for the base.  I have included a link to a video sharing many ways to use this frame here  at Poppy Stamps Oval Fold Frame.  I also used Poppy Stamp Scallop Tall Curve Border.  The JOY greeting is from Spellbinders and the scalloped frame in the center is from Lawn Fawn.  Here is another video using this die to make a FLIP CARD using the same die. We hope you will join us for this challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog

We hope you will join us for this challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog. We get so many beautiful entries. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Double D Joy


Thanksgiving is over, the turkey is gone and now the Christmas Season can get into full swing. Our Challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is Christmas JOY(the word JOY MUST be on your creation.  We have a wonderful Mood Board for your inspiration. 


When I made my entry, I was not looking at the Mood board and just remembered we had to use the word joy.  I have this wonderful Spellbinders Joy die so I chose that and made my card.  When I came back to post it, I noticed all the colors and patterns on the mood board.  Alas, my card had none of the pretty patterns or colors.  I am officially claiming my Oldtimers disease for this pale version of the Mood Board.    

If you join us for this challenge you have a chance to win this Joy stamp and Joe die. 

The team has some wonderful inspiration for you so go on over to Double D Challenge Blog and be inspired. 

Dies R Us Christmas Tree

I got this die at a  Dies R Us European Special Order. If you sign up for the news letter, you will be notified of all these special order events  I see so many designs possible from this die, and the fact that it is interactive makes my day. This card was so easy to make because the die did the work. It will also mail easily.  

                                                Poppy Stamps Snowflake Tall Curved Border

                                           SL Cutting Die Christmas Card Shape Tree Essentials 
Special Order

We hope you will join us for this Anything Goes Challenge at the DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG.  Just remember to use one metal die from a company that Dies R Us Store carries.  
We hope you join us!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Peace on Earth Blue

      Today starts anew challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog.  We have had so many fabulous entries in our past challenges so we are excited to see what you do with this Mood Board.  


When I looked at it, I notice the blue and white and glitz and shine so that is what I used for this card.  Its much prettier in person and easy to do.  I cut an Impression Obsession snow flake cover die from whit and backed it in blue glitter paper.  I then mounted that to an Impression Obsession frame die that I put on a white card base. You can't see the focal image very well in the photo, but it is from Stampinup star dies.                           . 

You can't see the Stampin up star die very well in the photo, but I have it popped up so it shows up better IRL. 

     We hope you will join us for this challenge at   Peace on Earth Challenge Blog.  The team has some incredible inspiration for you.                . 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Double D Trees


   A new mood board and a new challenge starts today over at Double D Challenge Blog. It is a fun one and all about trees.                                  


I used a multi-layer tree stamp from The Greetery.   I kept it simple by sponging a background.  I stamped and die cut the tree and put it on my background.  I added a few leaves to the grass.  I accidently smeared some ink, but decided it looked like leaves blowing in the wind so it was a Bob Rossi "Happy Accident".  I decided to add a frame to finish my scene.  

The team has great inspiration for you so visit Double D Challenge Blog and then join us for the challenge and a chance to win this die from Impression Obsession. 


Monday, November 15, 2021

Dies R Us Birthday Mail in Black and Gold

 Today starts a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.    I am using two of my favorite dies again.  This is a birthday card for one of my forever friends.  We can say that because we have been friends for over thirty years.  Even though we don't live in the same town anymore,  We still manage to get together every few months at some halfway place. The designer paper is from Honey Bee.  I cut the Poppy Stamps Adriana Easel Die from white card and inked it with Gina K    ink.  Then I cut the second layer from Gold card.  I chose some flowers from homemade flower stash. I cut the Memory Box Birthday Mail in black and white.  

  Stop over  at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and check out the inspiration from the team.  It's an Anything Goes Challenge using at least one metal die from a company sold at  the Dies R Us Store . 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Peace on Earth Holiday Joy

I love this Mood Board at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog.  Each picture has so much texture and dimension along with the  buffalo plaid and little pops of red. I was torn between the window and the ornament, but decided on the ornament.  

I used an old Spellbinders ornament and one I got a s a free gift from an order at Dies R Us years ago.  The Joy is from PTI.  Some Tutti Designs greenery  and holly leaves from  Cheery Lynn topped with a Sue Wilson poinsettia. The paper is from Honey Bee. 

We have had so many amazing cards for each challenge and we are enjoying all the inspiration . The design team  at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog  has some beautiful inspiration for you too. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Walk in the Woods

 This is the perfect time of the year to take a walk in the woods in some parts of the USA.  We have been getting some much needed rain, but some days are a beautiful, sunny 70 degrees with slight breezes. Our challenge at Double D Challenge Blog is to use something on your card that you might see during a walk in the woods. Here is the great Mood Board to give you inspiration. 

I don't  know about you but that bear looks so peaceful in the field  of grass backed by trees.  I would love to see this as long as we had a great deal of distance between us.  My husband and I owned a party boat that we kept moored at Whiskeytown lake in Northern Colorado.  The lake was in the middle of a huge nature preserve filled with astounding sights.   Most of the time, we had a boat load of friends and family aboard, but several times a month we would escape by ourselves and enjoy the beauty of the lake that was filled with all types of nature.  Soaring eagles, egrets, deer, squirrels, and ducks were always there and we enjoyed watching the miracles of nature and just relaxing.  I loved getting into the water to cool off and just paddle around.  Steve always joined me but he was always ready to get back into the boat before I was. One day after he got back into the boat, he started whispering to me from the back of the boat. 

" Kath, get back in the boat."
" I'm not ready yet." 
"Get back in the boat."
He was rarely so forceful so I thought, I should probably get back in the boat.  To say he was unhappy with me does not describe the situation.  He then pointed out why he was so forceful.  Two baby bear cubs were swimming very close to me, and Mama, who was not happy, was following close behind. I never saw them, but they were so close that I was glad I was in the boat. 

I decided to use a Spellbinders  die set that I have had for awhile and not used.

If you join us for this challenge, you could win this cute Cottage Cutz die. 

Go over to the Double D Blog and check out some fabulous inspiration and then join us for the challenge. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

DRU Give Thanks

It is the beginning of a new month and a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. The challenge is Anything Goes as long as you use at least one metal die by a company sold at the Dies R Us Store.  I hope you have signed up for their newsletter.  If not, you are missing some awesome sales. 

November is the month when we think about giving thanks for all the blessings God has given us.  We have made it through a pandemic, loss and separation from family and friends, rioting and destruction in our cities, rising crime rates, and scarcity of food and toilet  paper on the shelves.  I personally lost my husband of 51 years.  Although it was not Covid related a lock down in the rehab center where he was staying prevented me from seeing him the last 12 days of his life.  Even though we have all suffered to some extent we still have so many reasons to Give Thanks.  I plan to remind myself to focus on "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things Philippians 4:8.   I put card this on my desk for a daily reminder. 

Most of the dies I used are ones I have had for awhile, but I just got the 
Memory Box Pinecone Stackers and  Memory Box Layered Fresh Flowers.  I love how they look on this card. 

I also used these dies on my card. 

Impression Obsession Give Thanks

Poppy Stamps Adriana oval

We hope you will join us for this challenge at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Double D Sunflowers

Welcome to a new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  This challenge is all about Sunflowers. Look at the beautiful examples Dar found for our inspiration. 

I colored mine up to look like the ones on the top right and put them in a clay pot that came from Elizabeth Crafts. It comes with a saucer but I chose not to use it this time. I used an IO wheat die and a very old cat of dine tails from a company that went out of business a long time ago. I still love it especially for fall cards. The sunflower is also an old one from MFT.  The centers of the flowers are filled with black flower soft which gives them a lot of texture.  

The prize for this challenge is this sunflower stencil.  We hope you will join us for this challenge.  We had so many fabulous entries for the pumpkin or owl challenge. The team has more fabulous inspiration for you at 


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Peace on Earth Snowman

 It is time for a new challenge at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog. I took inspiration from the blue pine cones and the cabin and snowman. 


I bought several sets of Prints from Penny Black.  I framed it with a frame that my friend Barb sent me.  She always sends me die cut frames because she knows I frame almost everything.  The fence is from a Karen Burniston Pop up fence and the snowman is from Frantic Stamper.  I love this die cut for the holidays.  The Pine Bow is from Tutti designs and the Holly leaves are an old Cherry Lynn die. We hope you will join us .  We sure had some fabulous designs last challenge. The design team has some fabulous inspiration for you at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog

Friday, October 15, 2021

Birthday Present

Another Anything Goes Challenge begins today at DRU Challenge Blog.  I have another Birthday card.  I usually send out about 7 Birthday cards each month so when I have a chance at an Anything Goes Challenge I think Birthday.  I love a surprise pop up card and this die really makes it easy. If you don't get the news letter from DRU, you need to sign up. There are so many special sales and several times a year the store offers a  sale on some of the European Dies like this one. The DRU STORE also carries a variety of inks and other tools at great prices.  This die comes in one piece and you just pop it out. I cut it once from white and once from silver glitter paper and inlaid the silver into the cut out areas.  Super easy.  In fact, I bought a few more of these dies that you will be seeing soon.  

 This die comes in one piece and you just pop it out. I cut it once from white and once from silver glitter paper and inlaid the silver into the cut out areas.  Super easy.  In fact, I bought a few more of these dies that you will be seeing soon.  

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Double D Owls or Pumpkins

 Time for a new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog.  We all about Owls and Pumpkins this time.  I searched through my stash of dies and stamps and did not have one owl,  Thank goodness I did have quite a few pumpkins, and fall is definitely pumpkin time. Now Diane has gathered some unique looking owls for you on this mood board. I can't wait to see what you all design for this fun challenge. 


The pumpkins are from Poppy stamps.  I cut them from orange paper and did some shading with distress inks.  The background die  cut was a gift from a friend....thanks Barb.... and it was perfect for this card.  I believe it is an older PTI die. The flower is from IO. 

If you link up with us you have a chance to win this cute owl and pumpkin die. Hope to see your creations at Double D Challenge Blog.


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Peace on Earth NOEL

This is the very first challenge  for the brand new Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge. Isn't this a fabulous Mood Board.  For some reason, I was so drawn to the black horse with the red flowers and the little bird resting on his leg.  I decided to focus on the colors and some of the texture. 

I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee, the Poppy Stamp Noel and a Frantic Stamper tree. 

 The frame and both set of birds are from Impression Obsession. 

We are all so excited about this Blog.  It is a good way to get some Christmas cards done early and avoid the last minute rush. We hope you will join us at  Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Birthday Cup Cakes

Another challenge begins today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. For this card, I used the Karen  Burniston Cup Cake Pop Up Dies, and one of my favorite dies Birthday Mail from Memory Box. I think this is a fun card to receive for any recipient.  You can make a few of these in different colors to have in your stash and then customize the front when you want a special card for a special person.  

Remember this is an Anything Goes Challenge as long as you use a metal die made by a company that is sold at the DRU STORE.  We hope you will  join us  for this fun challenge. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

New Christmas Blog Coming October 3


The Double D's , Diane and Darlene decided they needed ONE more Blog to host so they decided on a Christmas Theme.  We all need help to keep us from putting off the Christmas Cards until the last minute.  This is an Anything Goes Christmas Challenge. The girls have created a Mood Board for the challenges, but any Christmas themed  project is perfect.  If you have made some Christmas cards already, just snap a picture and upload  it to the Blog. The first Challenge will begin on Sunday,  October 3rd so  be sure to look for it. 


These will be BI-MONTHLY challenges posted on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  If you participate in every challenge,  you will have  24 Christmas cards done. 

Challenges will run thru the THURSDAY prior to the next new challenge. We hope you join us.

 Peace on Earth Christmas Blog.

Other fun Blogs hosted by Diane and Dar. 

Double D Challenge Blog

Two Old Bats Halloween Blog

The Four Seasons Blog


A winner's post will go live the day before (Saturday) the next challenge.

Your projects can be ANYTHING as long as they are CHRISTMAS themed. We look forward to inspiration from you. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Dies R Us Thinking Happy Thoughts

It is time for another Anything Goes Challenge at DRU Challenge Blog.  I love these new Poppy Stamp Dies. There are several additional patterns of the tall curved borders which all create such a different look. You will be seeing some of the others in my posts.  These are great for gate fold or Z fold cards or on the front of an A2 card.  

I used a sentiment from IO and some Altenew Azaleas (a gift from two lovely ladies). 

 I hope you will join us for this challenge at DRU Challenge Blog.  Just remember to use a brand of die sold at the DRU Store.  We hope you will join us. 

Double D Leaves

 This month is just flying by. It will officially fall in a week and the leaves will be turning all the magnificent colors. Our Mood board provides many leave and colors, but  I chose the orange and red colors on the bottom for my inspiration. 


As you can see, I added a bit of blue to it.  The designer paper is from Honey Bee and the die cut is PTI.  I have tons of leaf dies so I am not sure which one I used under the floral arrangement, but the flowers are from my stash of homemade flowers. 

Play along with us at Double D Challenge Blog for a chance to win this wonderful leaf die from Impression Obsession. 

Impression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf SetImpression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf Set