Sunday, January 29, 2017

Double D 1st Blogaversary - Play to Win!

This post will remain at the top of my blog through the month of January!
 Double D Challenge Blog is celebrating it's 1st ANNIVERSARY!  Come play along in the January challenges for a chance to win some amazing prizes ... be sure to pop over and check it out!!

Friday, January 20, 2017


Hello All!
While talking with BFF Diane (Nellie's Nest), she mentioned a
'new to us' challenge called Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and she said
that it looked like fun.  So, I took a peek and sure enough ... it looked like an easy & fun
challenge to join in today.  

As you see, this is a CAS (clean and simple) challenge
which believe it or not is a difficult thing for me to do!
I like all those layers, embellishment, etc., etc.
But here's what I came up with . . .

I actually had this beautiful Tutti Designs 'Love Heart' die cut laying 
on my table that I was going to use on an upcoming project but then switched gears
and used the die in another way.

This card truly took me less then 5 minutes since the die was already cut!
I simply adhered the die to a white card ... added a few sequins and VIOLA!!

Challenges to share in:
Moving Along with the Times - Swirls and/or Curls

Well that's it for me today!
Time to get some laundry & house cleaning done
so I can play in the craft cave this weekend!  

Thanks for stopping by ...
As always . . .

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A 'Kraft' colored birthday . . .

Hello All!
Let me get right too it!!
Are you familiar with Darnell of djkardkreations?
Well if you're having a bad day, all you need to do is pop on over to Darnell's
little corner of blogland and your spirits will soar in no time ... she's so darn funny!
Anyway, she has this fun, fun challenge that unfortunately I
don't get to join into nearly often enough but I'm 
going to try and do better in 2017.  Currently she is celebrating various
'anniversaries' and is DOIN IT UP BIG!!  Be sure to pop over and check out all the details.

This week's NBUS challenge is 'Colored Pencils on Kraft'!

Now I must admit, kraft paper is my LEAST favorite but
I'm flabber-gasted at how sweet this card looks.

I won this BoBunny stamp set (sorry don't remember where ... old age ya know)
and had never inked it up ... well today was the day!
And, since I bought various sets of Spectrum Noir pencils, my
Prisma pencils have been collecting dust ... UNTIL TODAY!

I used the white pencil to create my faux stitching
and blue, green, yellow & purple to color my versafine onyx stamped image.

My Tutti Designs die cuts ... Happy and Birthday, were cut
using scraps of yellow & purple cardstock from the card stock scrap box.
This one lonesome purple sequin was peeking out from under
one of the drawer boxes on my work station just
begging to be used ... I obliged!

Challenges to share in:

This style & technique are TOTALLY out of my wheel house
but as I mentioned ... I'm quite thrilled with the outcome!

Hope you'll come join in Darnell's fun and wish her many happy returns!!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Papers:  White cs, Kraft cs, Lavender cs, Yellow cs
Accessories:  BoBunny Floral Stamp #12105894, Tutti Designs Happy #228, Tutti Designs Birthday #229, Sequin, Prisma color pencils

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Double D Challenge - Black & White (and the celebration continues)

Hello Friends!

Did you know there's a Blogaversary Celebration going on over on the Double D Challenge Blog?  You'll want to pop over for all the details then come join in the fun ... there are some awesome prizes up for grabs!

The theme today is 
[no additional pops of color]

here's our mood board to inspire you . . .

Today I was inspired by the pillow patterns, the kitties and the butterflies
and this is what I've come up with ... what do you think?

My choice of designer paper comes from the Paper Studio 'Harper's Boutique' pack.
This card could be used for just about any occasion
and since I seem to have a lot of cat loving friends, I'll be ready
for birthday's this year!  LOL

I've used the Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangle' dies (#217) 
for the focus panel.  My cat family is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs called
'Kitty Kitty Meow Meow' #B417 ... just the cutest!

For accents I've used the Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly punch,
Memory Box 'Madera Corner' die #98237, Nuvo black crystal drops
and a quick tie of old holiday ribbon from Michaels.

Be sure to pop over to see what the DT has created!
OMG so many amazing creations ... I draw inspiration from these ladies
each and every challenge!!

Challenges to share in:
Create & Makes Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
 Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge Wk 3 - Anything Goes
 Everybody Art Challenge #394 - Anything Goes
 Lemon Shortbread Challenge #33 - Anything Goes
Retarte Challenge #92 - Anything Goes

Want a peek at what I'll be giving away over on the Double D Challenge Blog?
Tell your friends . . .
ALL ARE WELCOME TO PLAY ... that means 
prizes will ship international too!!

YEP ... THREE prizes will be awarded for this challenge!
Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash so today I'm working on more birthday cards ... specifically masculine cards today!  

When my mojo isn't quite up to par, I like to use a sketch as my jumping point ... today I've used the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge for an excellent starting point.

I knew I had a variety of masculine/woodsy type design papers in my stash which are from an old DCWV 12x12 paper pack so that was my next step ... choosing papers that were more masculine to go with my sketch.

I liked this basic sketch design but then improvised a bit using a few extra dies as accents.

The Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Trailing Ivy' #CED1423 worked beautifully with the ivy background paper.  And I couldn't wait to die cut this fabulous Amy Designs 'Wintertide' Owl #ADD10083.  He's been hanging around for a month or so and finally I found just the right opportunity to use him.  He's die cut from white card stock then I went over him with a light gray Spectrum Noir alcohol marker just to showcase the highlights of the die.  Isn't he handsome! 

I really like how this card came together and I hope you find inspiration in it too!  

Challenges to share in:
Crafts and Me January Challenge  - New Beginnings / New Stash (New Owl Die)
Happy Little Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have a card post telling you all about the second half of the Anniversary Celebration at the Double D Challenge Blog.  Extra prizes will be given away just as we did in the first challenge of the new year.  You'll want to be sure to check it out and come join in the fun!!

Till tomorrow ...
As always . . .

Papers:  DCWV 12 x 12 designer paper, white cs, dark gray cs, forest green cs
Accessories:  Gold Pilot Marker (gold trim on background panel), Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker (IG1), Forest Green Offray satin ribbon, dimensional tape

Monday, January 16, 2017

Butterfly Kisses in January

Hello friends ...
Today I have a card to share that was created 'Just Because'.   Not for any particular reason or commitment ... just looked through the challenges and grabbed a theme that called out to me.

The first challenge I spotted was the Butterfly Challenge where the theme is 'J for jewels and/or Jade'.  I must confess I forgot all about the 'jewels' part until after I had the photos done & edited ... but at least I have the Jade part correct with the use of this beautiful jade foil paper from a new (to me) DCWV Emerald Garden paper stack.

It's really difficult to photograph foil paper so you can see just how beautiful it really is.  Here I've laid it down on the counter and snapped a shot in hopes of catching the light from overhead vs the 'spotlights' on either side of my light box.

The two dies I've used today are the Elizabeth Craft Butterfly (#704 & 705) and the Sue Wilson 'Scandinavian Collection Background #CED4201.  A simple design yet impressive I think. 

Other challenges I'd like to share in are:
Allsorts Challenge - Wings on Things
My Time to Craft Challenge #337 - Something New (design paper)
Crafty Catz Challenge #353 - Anything Goes w/twist - Butterfly
Creative Corner Challenge - Anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenge #30 - Something New (design paper) 
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #121 - Things with Wings
I hope you're having a great start to your day!
Stay warm ... stay safe and most of all, stay happy!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, DCWV dp 
Dies:  Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection, Elizabeth Craft Butterflies
Stamp/Ink:  Serendipity, Versafine Onyx
Accessories: Nuvo white crystal drops, Prima flowers,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tutti Designs - Birthday Circles

Happy Sunday Friends!
Today I have another birthday creation using dies from the fabulous Tutti Designs Store and sharing a cutting technique that is fun and easy.

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There are some amazing shapes & word dies available for purchase ... be sure to check them out!  And, for the price, you can't go wrong and will definitely NEED them in your die collection.

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I had these adorable vintage images hanging on my pegboard
and they were just begging to be used in a creation
so I decided to use a technique I learned long ago but had totally forgotten about.

Quite easy actually.  You simply use every other die
in the set to die cut your image.  Then when adhering your image to your card panel, the outside ring is adhered flat, the next ring in you will use dimensional tape (single thickness) and the center circle you will use dimensional tape (double thickness) to achieve the dimension between the 'layers'.

Yet when looking at it head on, it all looks like one piece.

Please be sure to pop over to the
and check out all of these fabulous dies. 

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #171 - Anything Goes + Sentiment
 Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes Birthday
 Through the Purple Haze Challenge #116 - Happy Anything (Happy Birthday)

Need inspiration?  
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
Here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dies R Us Inspiration - Pretty Pink Posies

Hello All!
Today I'm sharing a creation that I hope will inspire you and lift your spirits.
Even though we are still in the early months of winter, if you're anything like me,
spring can't come soon enough!  LOL
So today I've created a card with those pretty springtime flowers in mind.

I wasn't really sure where I was going with my design when I first starting this card but as soon as I die cut this beautiful Memory Box Delicate Flower Frame, I knew I wanted to create a birthday card for a friend who has a birthday coming up at months end.  She likes pink & purple ... hence today's color combination.

Here are a couple of tips I used on today's creation.

When using a die such as this sweet Memory Box Blushing Bouquet, you have the opportunity so give the flowers of the die some color before removing it from the die itself ... as I have done today.

 Another thing to remember is when you're using an ink color on the focus of your creation is that you can then coordinate your sentiment or embellishments to match by simply coloring a piece of scrap white card stock before die cutting those elements as I have done with my Cheery Lynn Designs Pretty Pretty Bows die or to sponge on the color once you've die cut from white card stock as I did here with the Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday dies for my sentiment.

To be totally honest, I couldn't decide if I wanted to use white words or colored words!  At one point, I almost stacked the smaller colored word on top of the white larger word but then decided that was going a bit 'overboard'!  LOL

A few pretty sequins for the flower centers and this card is ready to mail.

Here's a recap of the dies I've used on today's project. 
All are available at the Dies R Us Store.

Cheery Lynn Designs - Pretty Pretty Bows (Set of 2)Memory Box - Dies - Delicate Flower FrameMemory Box - Dies - Blushing Bouquet
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Birthday
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy

Remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

Challenges to share in:
 Brown Sugar Challenge #233 - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends Challenge #34 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #171 - Anything Goes

And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sisterhood - Celebrating January

Happy Wednesday Friends!
January is in full swing and the ladies of The Sisterhood of Crafter are back from holiday and anxious to share a new challenge.  The theme for the next couple of weeks is a fun one . . . check it out!
Diane is our hostess and she's asked us to 'Celebrate January' by using any of the words or themes in the board above!  I chose Snowflakes!  I figure since a snowman is created using a whole bunch of snowflakes,  he qualifies!  LOL

 I have a variety of snowman stamps but I liked the simplicity of this OLD Stampin' Up stamp.   Plus I got to use a few things that were sitting on my worktable for this creation.  Some of the new snowflake dies I have create some gorgeous snowflakes as the 'negative' portion to the die so of course I've saved them to use on such creations as today's.

And you can't have a wintry snowflake card without sparkle!  So I quickly ran a layer of Nuvo glue over each snowflake and sprinkled lavishly with Deco Art Glamour Dust.  So pretty!

I've used the new Tutti Designs Stitched Circle dies to cut my snowman and matting.  With a little larger margin between the two dies, I decided to draw little snowflakes with a white gelly roll pen as an added accent to Mr. Snowman.

Challenges to share in:
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge #36 - Anything Goes Christmas/Winter
City Crafter Challenge #344 - Blue Monday
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #325 - Snowflakes
Unicorn Challenge #17 - January Blues
ABC Christmas Challenge - A for ATG and B for Blue
Scrapyland Challenge #57 - ATG
Paper Sweeties January Inspiration Challenge

I hope you'll come join in our CELEBRATE JANUARY fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!  You will have until January 22 to play along.  I look forward to seeing what every creates using this awesome mood board as inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, DCWV Winter Mat Stack dp
Stamps/Ink:  Stampin' Up, Sarasota Stamps, / Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Stitched Nesting Circles' #220, Amy Design 'Wintertide - Ice Crystal Swirl' #ADD10082, Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' #CED4304, (snowflakes are the negative pop outs from the Poppy stamps 'Snowflake Oval Collage' die #1610
Accessories:  Nuvo glue, Deco Art glamour dust, white gelly roll pen