Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Double D Challenge Blog Skies

Let the sky be your inspiration for this challenge at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.  To begin with I have some fabulous paper from Lavina Stamps that has a full moon in the background that was perfect for the challenge.  I also needed a male birthday card so I went searching for an appropriate die.  I liked the purple haze to the sky in the bottom right corner so I used that as my inspiration.  

My card is relatively simple, but I am pleased with it.  I have paired this paper with blue card stock before and I am sorry I did not think of lavender before because I like it much better. 

If you link up with this challenge, you will have a chance to win this paper pack from Lavina stamps.  

                                                         Lavinia Papers - 6 x 6 - Blue Sky

We hope you will join us for this challenge at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG

Monday, March 15, 2021

Dies R Us Happy Birthday Gnomes

 Here we are 15 days into March and time for new challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG

This card comes with a story. My sister's family is always playing practical jokes on each other and a gnome was the central character of one practical joke.

 It all started with an ugly garden gnome that my sister found at a garage sale. She bought it as a gag Christmas gift for Tina, her eldest daughter.  She started the hype about the fabulous gift she found for Tina’s “ special ” Christmas gift.  When Tina opened the package, her expression was priceless and so was her language.  Of course, my sister found said gnome in her stack of gifts the following Christmas.  Stephanie, my sister’s youngest, feared she would be the next recipient, so she heisted the gnome and sent it to gnome land.  This sparked the mischievous little gnome that lives in my sister' s heart, and she started buying and making gnomes at a feverish pace… 250 to be exact.

  The next year my BIL and sister broke into Stephanie’s house while she was at work and hid the 250 gnomes with little gnome notes especially written for Stephanie. Every once in awhile she finds one that was overlooked.  I suspect that my sister will get them all back at some point when she has nearly forgotten about them. In the meantime, this gnome card is for Stephanie.  I think it will make her smile. 

I used the following dies from the Dies R Us Store.

                                                                  Impression Obsession Gnomes

                                                                Frantic Stamper Birthday Candles 

The DRU Team is doing something a little different today! 
We're partnering up with the Double Trouble Challenge Blog and having a joint challenge collaboration.  It's fun and easy and you have a chance to win prizes both here on the DRU Challenge as well as the Double Trouble Challenge!

The theme for this challenge will be A Magical Day:

In order to qualify for the prizes offered at Double Trouble Challenge, you'll need to follow these guidelines. 


So if you used a metal die to join our DRU Challenge and you've included the Magical theme, you have already completed all the requirements for both challenges.  If you've only used a die (but not the Magical theme), you are still eligible for our DRU Challenge, but it won't qualify for the Double Trouble Challenge.

(remember, you MUST use at least 1 metal die to qualify for the DRU prize... and please tell us the die company you have used in your project.)

You can find more information about the Double Trouble Challenge on their blog or on the DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Double D Book Covers

 The Double D Challenge starts today and here is the Fabulous Mood Board.  

My inspiration came from the layout of all of the BOOK  covers.  The titles are centered and surrounded by art work.  I had a couple of dies that would work, but I chose the butterflies.  I did not have a sentiment that was large enough to fit the center so I typed this one.  I did some shading on both the typed paper and the frame while it was still in the die.  I backed it with blue cardstock and put it on a white card base.  I pulled a flower and some greenery from my stash to finish it. 

We hope you will join us at Double D Challenge BlogOur team has done remarkable work with this challenge, and I am sure they will inspire you too.  YOU could win this fun stamp! 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Dies R Us Much Thanks

 I always have a need for thank you cards and I also love to give friends gifts of cards that are all occasion and easy to mail. All you need to do is change the sentiment on this design and it could be used for any occasion. I love making watercolor backgrounds and when I take time to get out the inks and brushes I usually make several backgrounds in different colors.  I love frame dies, and have several styles to change up the look of this design. It doesn't need to be a flower in the center... how about a fern, butterfly, birds, balloons, trees, etc. The DRU Store has DRU Store has so many dies and stamps that work for this simple card. 

Other cards using this design. 

By the way, if you love working with die cuts and inspiring others the 
Dies R Us Inspiration Team is accepting applications. Open only to the US at this time due to long delays in shipping internationally. If you are interested you can find more information about qualifications and responsibilities at

If you're not familiar with our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog please pop over and check it out.