Wednesday, January 2, 2019

There's A Party at DOUBLE D!

PRIZES !!                         PRIZES !!                          PRIZES !!

Hello Everyone!
I have some exciting news to share today!

As most of you know, my BFF Diane (Nellie's Nest) and I decided to start our own challenge blog a while back and this year begins our THIRD year sharing fun challenges at the Double D Challenge Blog.

Since Diane does the challenge for the beginning of the month and I do the middle of the month, she has come up with an awesome challenge to celebrate this occasion and is offering not one but THREE ... yes THREE PRIZES for this challenge!!  You won't want to miss joining in the fun!!

Here is our theme and fabulous mood board Diane has created . . .

3rd Anniversary ~ It's On The Menu
We are 'partying'  and celebrating at Double D and are
we want you to use anything you might find on a menu...
cakes, coffee, tea, ice cream, fruit...anything!

Check out this SWEET mood board Diane has created to inspire you . . .
Thanks to Barbara for the top left picture!
(how cool is that ... our very own menu ... who knew!!) 

Some of the DT ladies will also be sharing a PRIZE on their blogs 
to celebrate our anniversary so you'll want to be sure and pop over to each blog and 
share the love!!

 I'm an ice cream lover so that's what I order off the menu every chance I get!  LOL  With that in mind, here's what I've come up with . . .

The dies I've used today are from the Dies R Us Store and are as follows:

Sue Wilson Designs - Necessities Collection  - Here's The Scoop

Memory Box - Dies - Sweet and Sour Cherries

Memory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Share the Happiness

Penny Black - Your Day 'Happy Birthday'  #51-202

Inside View
As you see on this card, I sometimes like to mix & match my
sentiments ... using' Happy' from one die set on the front
and 'Birthday' from another die set on the inside.

My background paper is also from the Dies R Us Store.

Echo Park - Paper Pad - 6

For the top of my card I've created an old fashion looking shade from red/white gingham paper and punched the border using an older Marsha Stewart floral vine punch.  Then popped it up using dimensional tape.

The ice cream cone is also popped up for dimension with the word happy glue tacked across the front as well as a touch of glue on the loop of the 'h' and loop of the 'y'.

To get a more authentic color for my cone, I die cut both pieces from kraft card stock then sponged Tim Holtz 'Wild Honey' distress oxide ink over top.

Lastly came the cherries!  They were die cut from white card stock then colored using my ZIG markers.  The cherries were popped up also and at the last minute I thought it would be cute to hang the smaller cherries over the word sentiment.  FUN!

REMEMBER, we have THREE fun prize to give away this time around!
The winner's will be chosen by
ALL are welcome to enter ... we will ship internationally!

Prizes are ..........
you'll have to pop over to Double D and check it out for yourself!  LOL

 So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all the details and amazing samples offered up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!   
And REMEMBER ... several of the ladies are also offering prizes on their blogs!

 **** Speaking of Prizes ...  ****
 here's what I'm offering to one lucky viewer who leaves a comment on this post.  This will run through the end of our challenge (January 13th), then winner drawn via

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Happy Birthday

Winner will be announced here on January 15th and  
will be announced on the Double D Challenge Winner's Post ... also on January 15th
prior to a new & fun challenge going live on the 16th.

Challenges to share in:
Mix It Up Challenge - ATG + Sentiment as main focus
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Something New (New Sue Wilson & Memory Box dies)
Little Red Wagon Challenge - Something New (New Sue Wilson & Memory Box dies)
ScrapyLand Challenge #105 - Anything goes using die companies they carry
Always Fun Challenges #91 - Something New (New Sue Wilson & Memory Box dies)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D!
As always . . .


  1. FUN & FABULOUS card!
    LOVE your TASTY textured ice cream cone and CHEERY design!
    Wishing you a HAPPY 3rd Double "D" Birthday and sending a big Thank You for the chance to win :)

  2. Oh my word, that ice cream cone looks delightful! All of that texture and dimension, simply YUMMY! Congratulations on your 3rd year! Whahoo! So happy to be a part of your team! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  3. I love your bright, happy card with it's clever design and that wonderfully yummy looking ice-cream and cherries! Congratulations on Double "D"s 3rd anniversary!

  4. Wow, I could dig into that ice cream cone right now!! I love the gingham 'shade' and the papers, and the colors and and... guess I LOVE it all! seems like just yesterday when we talked of putting a challenge blog together and here we are 3 years later..WOW! I love our amazing and extremely talented design teams and the friendships we have made from it all...heck you even got to meet Annie from Australia and at some point she is coming to the 'states'...all of this from a challenge blog...amazing how some things work out isn't it? Thanks for ALL YOU do to keep us afloat too my friend...big hugs!!!

  5. Happy 2019!!
    How sweet, cute and happy take of the mod board! I love so much ice creams, too :D Beautiful border and the cherries hanging down the sentiment are just delicious!
    Thanks for the chance in the draw!

  6. Your celebration card with all of that confetti is so perfect for a birthday card. You and Diane have given me so much encouragement and I love being on this team. The friends that I have made from doing this craft is over the top special and dear to my heart. Thanks Darlene!

  7. Happy,, fun! This card makes me smile! Ice cream oozes happiness! It's been such a pleasure being part of the DD team and I'm looking forward to another great year with all of you, my friend! Happy New Year!

  8. Wow, that's the most real looking ice cream cone I've ever seen on a card! I absolutely LOVE how you hung the cherries from the sentiment and, well, gosh, just everything else! The gingham and confetti make it look even more fun. Really love that border with the addition of the punch. This was my first challenge team and, to date, my only (stay tuned), and it's been more fun than I ever even hoped. Thanks for another great year!

  9. This is such a cute card and what a great way to get a more realistic cone by sponging over kraft. The cherries are a wonderful touch as well. Thanks for the chance to win, and Happy New Year!

  10. Great mix of papers and I love how you backed the Martha Steward punch cut with white. I have that punch so I will be giving this a try soon. I think that ice cream cone is a must have. The cone looks so real.

  11. Congratulations on your third has been a great three years too and I must say I enjoy doing the challenges. I hope I can join in this time too. And, I love the card you made. It really looks like a celebration my friend. It is super awesome.

  12. Adorable card! Love the textures and colors on that yummy ice cream cone! Happy 3rd anniversary to Double D!

  13. What a lovely card, Darlene. I love how you mixed various colors and patterns to create such a sweet design. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


  14. Darlene...this card is co cute!. Great job on combining die cuts and I love your color choices! Congratulations on double d 3 birthday!

  15. The ice cream cone looks delicious, love the stitching on it, pretty sprinkle paper for the background, love how you used the cherries on this, great detail on the cone too, great celebration card! Congrats on your Anniversary!!

  16. BRILLIANTLY designed full of fun and flavour..great dies and prizes up for grabs...
    Proud to be on the design team with talented ladies. xxx

  17. Your card is truly a "happy" card with is bright colors and fun elements. Great idea backing the vine punched border with white. I wish you a Happy New Year filled with lots of crafts and fun. ;)

  18. What a yummy ice cream cone! Great use of all those dies! Happy Birthday to Double D Challenges! Can it really be 3 years old? Congrats on your success.
    Happy Stamping and Cardmaking in the New Year!

  19. Love, love LOVE the dies you have chosen here. The texture on that "cone" is fabulous. And I also love the confetti background paper. Perfect for our 3rd year celebration. I just adore this card. And I adore being a part of this fabulous group of amazing and talented ladies. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part, it's such an honor! AND an honor to have made friends with all of you.

  20. What a yummy card full of fun!! Wonderful choice of papers, sweet cone and cherries!! Happy 3rd Anniversary, congrats!!

  21. Fantastic card! Loving the colours and die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  22. Such a sweet and fun card Darlene! Lovely colors and the background papers are just perfect. Love the inside too. Thank you that I can be part of this talented DD Design Team for such a long time.

  23. See, I was told the other day that ice cream is summer food! Who says so? I think ice cream is an all seasons food. Love ice cream, any variation that has chocolate, cherries or strawberries in it, or a combination of two of them :-) Love your card Darlene and now I'm going for a bit of ice cream myself :-)
    Big hugs and congrats on your 3rd year blogiversary!

  24. An ice cream cone with cherries will always make me happy! What a delightful and fun card for the theme this week! I love it! Happy New Year!

  25. Love this die from Sue Wilson! Thanks for the inspiration! I am your newest follower. Follow me at

  26. What a fun card! That Sue Wilson die is perfect and the papers you used are perfect for your festive card! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

  27. This is super sweet, I like it.

  28. Your ice cream looks yummy. Love ice cream!! The waffle cone looks so realistic. Hugz

  29. Fabulous design! Almost looks real! Thanks for joining us at Mix It Up!


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