Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Double D Challenge - Winter Blues

Hello Dear Friends!

It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm happy to say I am hosting today's challenge and today's theme is:


The design team ladies have come up with some amazing designs for your inspiration, be sure to pop over and check 'em out!  Speaking of inspiration ... here's the mood board I created ... hope it helps to inspire you!

Today I was inspired by the beautiful Blue Jay image in the lower left corner.
We have a lot of these birds as well as the gorgeous red Cardinals during the winter months here in Ohio so that's what has got my attentions today!  We enjoy watching the birds all year long and we always feed them extra in the winter months since it's a lot harder for them to find anything to eat when everything is frozen.  Here's what I've created for you today . . .

The image is a PRE-COLORED digital image available at TheArtsystamperShop (Etsy store) HERE.  Isn't it beautiful!

And, I've used a variety of dies to complete my winter scene.  Some that I haven't used in a very long time (or ever!  lol).

Sue Wilson Designs - Woodland Collection - Pine Cone & Greenery
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Ovals
Elizabeth Craft - Country Scapes Backyard 4 - Snow Decor (1079)
Joy! Craft - Vintage Flourish Berries (6003/0090)

For the center stripe & berries, I have taken the lighter shade
of blue card stock (a scrap) ... cut the size I wanted then the narrower
panel I sponged with Stampin' Up Pacific Point ink which I felt
was close to the darker shade on the bird.  I did the same with another
scrap of the lighter blue before die cutting the berries.

I REALLY like how these pinecones cut!  It's a two step process
and the dimension is fabulous!  I glued the two together at the center point
then added a piece of dimensional tape to the center before
adhering the the berries & branches.

We have this fabulous Precious Marieke - Winter Wear die offered as the prize to one lucky random winner.  Remember ... you gotta play to win!

  Precious Marieke - Winter Wear

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!!

Challenges to share in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Christmas / Winter
 Craft Rocket Challenge #76 - Christmas / Winter
 Pearly Sparkles Challenge #57 - Christmas / Winter Critters
  Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you at Double D!

As always . . .


  1. A beautiful card,love the

  2. This is so beautiful! I love blue and the Jay is amazing!

  3. Your Blue Jay is gorgeous, so majestic! Love the wisp of garland at the top and your pretty pine bough and berries complete with pine cones. Fantastic!

  4. Oh Dar, this is stunning! That blue jay image is beautiful but the home you've given him is equally beautiful. I'm a bird lover so this card speaks to my heart. Love it!!

  5. Oh I love your mood board... such a fabulous card for that challenge and what a beautiful bird! Stay well my friend... I may just have a go at this challenge...

  6. Oh, my goodness, your card is gorgeous! I have this digi set. Precolored image with your beautiful design skills showing all around it -- a wonderful blend!

  7. What a gorgeous card. I love the whole arrangement and the bird is beautiful.

  8. Stunning card and love the papers you used....gorgeous bird added..xx

  9. The pretty dp works so well with the bird image and the lay out and dies help to frame the focal image. The garland and pine branches are a perfect embellishment.

  10. OMGoodness! I often color a cardinal on a Christmas card, but this blue jay has changed my mind. This is breathtaking and so majestic. We feed the cardinals and blue joys too. We don't get the jays when we are in Wisconsin. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Splendid winter blues card! That is an amazing digi of the blue jay. I love how you created the pine bows, cones and berries under the oval. Overall a beautiful, beautiful card!

  12. Gorgeous image and I love how you used your die cuts to add to the pretty pines in the picture, pretty garland on top and love the pine branches with the pinecones!

  13. It's a wonderful wish. I had to click on your web and see how it was created. I like the contrast of rich blue and other colors. Really beautiful card.

  14. Such a beautiful card, I love that bluejay and your design is fabulous. I can't stop looking at it.


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