Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Double D Black and White with a Pop of Clolor

Are you ready for another fabulous Mood Board from Darlene. Bright colors really pop off a black and white background. The balloons, butterfly and flowers  are real attention grabbers.  Your job is to be inspired by the board and create your project and share it with us at Double D Challenge Blog.                         

Here is my card for the challenge. I started with some paper from PTI. Then I cut a white panel and die cut both ends with Sue Wilson's  Gemini Centaurus  dies. I cut a band of black card and ran it through my Fiscar's crimper. Some Spellbinders leaves and daisy and a MFT leafy swirls finished the design.

My fabulous teammates have created some beautiful designs for your inspiration. You can see them at Double D Challenge Blog .

Sue Wilson Designs - Gemini Dies - CentaurusSue Wilson Gemini Centaurus

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dies R Us Die Cut Sentiment

The new challenge at Dies R Us is  making a die cut sentiment the focal image. I decided to make a shaker window for the Cheery Lynn Your Are Awesome die.  


 I used the smooshing technique with water and distress inks. Then I die cut the panel with the Frantic Stamper Chevron Die. The great thing about this die is the other half can be used on another project. I followed the usual steps for a shaker card then adhered that to a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 Swiss dot embossed panel. That was attached to an A2 card base. I shaped and  sponged the flowers from Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet and placed them on some leaves. 

The Dies R Us team has some fabulous inspiration for you on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog .

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Double D Challenge Blog Pastels

I am so excited that Judy Woodland is joining our team at DD. Judy and I have been been
on-line friends for several years.  We share thought, ideas and techniques. You will love her work.

I know all of you agree with me that Darlene and Diane create the most fabulous mood boards,and this one is no exception.   I love pastel colors and was drawn to the rolls of  material in the soft colors.  One of the things I enjoy most about being on this team is that I tend to use dies and stamps that need some love. I remembered a MFT  die that I have not used in ages. It worked well to imitate the rolls of material.



Here is my card. I die cut the MFT cover plate several times in different colors of PTI papers.  I now have enough parts to make several cards.

The side panel is a Frantic Stamper die that I embossed with Swiss Dots embossing folder. Some Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blossoms and Sue Wilson Dandelion Cocks and assorted pastel leaves finished the project.

Visit the DD Challenge  for inspiration from the team and then create your pastel project. One randomly drawn entry will win this fabulous flower die. YOU inspire us!!

As usual the team will WOW you with their creative pastel cards. Go take a look at all their gorgeous pastel cards at Double D Challenge Blog

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dies R Us Layers

The new Challenge at Dies R Us is all about layers. Those of you who visit my blog regularly know that I am not a big fan of layering.... yeah, right. In fact, I did a similar card for the last challenge, but I wanted to show how nicely the flower frame from Memory Box inks using the die as a stencil. 

 I started with a plain piece of white card and layered it with Memory Box Country Rose die cut and added velum on top. I cut an oval from PTI  blueberry sky card stock and layered that onto the velum.    Next came the Memory Box Flower Frame then Lawn Fawn Stitched Frame. I use Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig, a Cheery Lynn butterfly and a Frantic Stamper Bird on a Willow Branch with a few flowers from my stash on the side.  A pretty Sue Wilson sentiment that I cut three times and layered together finished my card. 

The team has some awesome inspiration for you at the Dies R Us Challenge Bog and if you link up your layered card you might be the lucky winner of a credit at the Dies R Us Store.  Thanks for stopping by.

Dies from DRU
Memory Box Blooming Flower Frame
Frantic Stamper Bird on a Pussy Willow Branch
Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Cheery Lynn Butterfly
Sue Wilson My Friend
Memory Box English Rose


In case you missed the June 15th DRU card I did using almost all the same dies and techniques, here it is.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Double D Weddings

Hello,friends.  Just wanted you to know that my computer crashed and I am using a very old note book to make comments and write posts. It is slow  so I am learning to be patient...well sort of. My computer is being fixed (I hope) but I will lose all my programs and will have to start the download process again. Ugh. If you don't get any comments from me for awhile, you will know I quit being patient. Ok now the reason for this post.  Once again we have a fabulous inspiration board at Double D Challenge Blog.  It is all about weddings. 

For this card I started with a pretty piece of paper from PTI. the flowers and the lattice backgound reminded me of a garden wedding. I cut an oval from a piece of white card and then I covered that with Tutti Designs Rose frame. I finished it of with a scalloped frame from Gina Marie. I added a bride and groom from Frantic Stamper  and a Sue Wilson sentiment. 

The Design Team has put together some fabulous projects for this challenge. They have truly out done themselves, Go take a peek at  Double D . I can't wait to see our galley fill up with inspiration from you. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017


The new Challenge at Dies R Us is called Celebrations. like Graduations,Weddings, Summertime Birthdays & Anniversaries!  For this card, I started with 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of card stock. I layered a Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish onto it and covered it with some velum,  
Next, I cut another piece of white card stock with an oval die. I used Frantic Stamper Elemental Ovals to create some oval frames to layer on top of the vellum. Next came the Blooming Flowers Frame topped with Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangles.

 I searched my flower box for flowers and found two flowers that I made awhile back from Cherry Lynn's Gardenia Strip, and layered that on top of Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig. 

 Memory Box - Dies - Blooming Flower Frame
   Cheery Lynn Designs - Italian Flourish Doily   

Cheery Lynn Designs - Gardenia Strip

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Bird On Pussywillow Branch

Poppystamps - Dies - Sylvan Sprig

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Double D Blue and White

The theme for the challenge at Double D Challenge Blog this time is blue and white. Each of the tiles on the mood board has wodnerful texture, dimensions, and  patterns

 A double Z fold card looks so impressive but they are easy to make and fun to do and since I have not done one for awhile I decided this was the perfect opportunity. I chose a PTI paper for patterns and added some die cuts over the paper for  more dimension and texture. A flower with homemade flower soft and a  happy birthday sentiment completed my card. 

Here is the prize for this Challenge. 

Our design team is going to WOW you again. They are such a fabulous group of designers. Head over to the Double D Challenge Blog and get inspired then join us with your blue and white design. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dies R Us Masculine

The masculine challenge at Dies R Us came at a great time because I needed a birthday card for a great BIL.  I cut the Memory Box Deer Grove Oval from a piece of white card stock, then I used the negative and scored it on my score board and applied vintage photo and walnut distress inks directly to the paper. Next, I sponged a background using a mask for the moon and  sponging distress inks around it. I adheared that to the wood panel frame.    I cut another Memory Box Deer Grove Oval in Black and adheared that on top. That was glued onto a black card base. A Sue Wilson's Just  a Note die cut and some black enamel dots finished the card.

Sue Wilson Designs - Expressions Collection - Just A Note            Memory Box - Dies - Deer Grove Oval
Sue Wilson Just a Note                    Memory Box Deer Grove

The design team has some great masculine inspiration for you at Dies R Us    We are looking forward to seeing what you will create.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sharon's Birthday

I had some time today so I looked at challenges and decided to make a card for the Scrapy Land Challenge Pearls and Lace and the Mod Squad Challenge Flower Frame Sentiment.  I started with a black card and cut and oval from the center using Spellbinders ovals. 

 I covered another piece of card with double sided adheasive and topped it with a Spellbinder's lattice  then poured some mimi pearls prills on top and burnished with my finger.

I topped that with Tutti Designs Rose Frame.  I started the floral arrangement with a Sylvan Sprig from Poppy Stamps and some flowersfrom Wild Orchid  A Frantic Stamper bird with a few pearl buds and a Sue Wilson sentiment finished the card. 

This is a card for a special friend whose favorite color is black. I hope she likes it. I will enter this at Scrapy Land Challenge and at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog  Flower Framed Sentiment. Itis fun to do challenges again. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Made for a Challenge

It has been a long time since I have made a card for a chllenge so I decided I wanted to do that again. One of my favorite challenges is Poppy Stamps and their challenge this month is called Flower Power.  They have fabulous dies and this month they are giving away a gift certificate. This card  was fun  and easy because all of the pieces were in my left overs pile, some from my card class and some from other projects.The largest white frame was cut using Spellbinders Rectangular dies and the smaller scalloed frame is a Gina Marie Die. I used the Poppy Stamp Mod Flower die cuts  as a background behind the frames. I love the lacy look. I always keep an assortment of hand made flowers aaround. I made these using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms that were embossed in white and sponged with distress inks and sprinkled with Prills.   The leafy background is Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig and the little bird is a Frantic Stamper Die. 

Image result for poppy stamps mod flower border                        

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Double D Challenge Blog Flowers Gallore

Time for another fun challenge at Double D Challenge Blog  that Darlene calls 
Flower GALORE. For this challenge you must use more than one flower. 

Look at all these amazing garden flowers. I love all the pictures and found it hard to decide between them, but I needed a birthday card for a friend who has a rustic barn like the one in the picture so I decided to use that for my inspiration. 


I started by scoring white card stock using my Score Pal then using a direct ink  to paper technique and  a couple of shades of brown distress ink. Then I embossed it with an embossing folder and added some black ink to high light the embossing.

 Next I used IO hydrangea die to cut three flower bases and about 200 little flowers that I sponged in shades of blue and purple.

I stamped the Stampendous jar with stayz on ink on  acetate and colored with markers. Then I used my die to cut the jar from white and the acetate. All that was left to do then was assemble the jar and flowers on the wood grained base.


 Working with Diane and Darlene  at DD  is a joy for all of  the team and the mood boards are fabulous inspiration. Go take a peek at what the talnted ladies on the team created for this challenge at Double D Challenge Blog. I know we are going to see some gorgeous creations from you and one randomly chosen person will win this wonderful flower die from Memory Box.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dies R Us Shaped Cards

The Dies R Us challenge this time is shaped cards. I am always excited to use a die that has had minimal use again. I bought  these two dies to make a card for my husband's birthday a few years back and have used it occasionally but the shaped card challenge gave me a chance to use it again. I made a card and this little treat box for my husband's birthday this year. I will fill it with his favorite chocolate candies,  Since he loves anything to do with barns,  he will be excited. 

Here is the side view of the treat box. 

I used two dies from Elizabeth Crafts.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Pop-It-Ups - Barn Pop StandElizabeth Craft Pop Up Barn

   Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Hay There Pop Stand   Elizabeth Crafts Hay There 

Go over to Dies R Us  for inspiraion from the design team. Then make your own shaped design. You always inspire us.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Double D Red White and Blue or Stars and Stripes

Diane  made this fun Mood board for us. I love red, white and blue together. For this challenge, you can use the colors or stars and stripes.


For my card I used the colors and stars and stripes. The papers are feebies from Gina K Designs. I cut the striped layer with a Gina Marie die that I have not used for awhile. Then I layered that on top of the blue star paper. I love to frame cards so I made a frame from some spellbinder dies.  Some Gina Marie leaves in blue and white a Cheery Lynn flourish and a My Favorite Things sunflower cut from red gingham paper and a Cheery Lynn Butterfly finished the design.

As always, the team has some fabulous inspiration for you at  Double D Challenge Blog.