Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dies R Us Leaves

The challenge this week at Dies R Us Challenge Blog is all about leaves. Sometimes when I look at my designs, I feel like I am in a rut....doing the same card in different colors. I love the shape of the oval and when I look at my cards, I recognize how often I use one somewhere on my card so I decided no ovals on this card. Almost all my cards have flowers and or butterflies and lots of layers. I decided to take some inspiration from my team mate, LAURIE, who knows how to layer die cuts and still be CAS.  I  admired Laurie's designs long  before we were on a team together so I was thrilled to join the DRU Challenge Blog Team when she did.  CAS is soooo difficult  for me, but for this card I decided to challenge myself and create a CAS card with no butterflies, flowers, or ovals. I did, however, use a lot of embossing powder on  the leaves, the sentiment, the background dots, and the mat.

 The team has lots of leaf inspiration for you at  Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and don't forget one random entry will be selected for a Dies R Us  gift certificate so create your leafy design and join us. YOU inspire us.

I used the following dies on my card.

Impression Obsession - Dies - Pine BranchIO pine branch

     Impression Obsession - Dies - Thoughts   IO Thoughts and matching stamps


Cheery Lynn Designs - Dimensional Dies - Small Leaves 2  Cheery Lynn Leaves


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Double D Fright Night

Fright Night
Use the colors or the patterns or the images
or anything YOU see in the mood board
Diane created a fun mood board for us for this time of the year. I noticed that the dominate colors are orange,yellow, black and white. There are also several patterns checks, dots and stripes and triangles.   

For my card, I decided to go with the colors and patterns. I used Tim Holtz dies to get patterns and PTI canyon clay for the orange card.  A PTI Wet Paint words and PTI Feather Finery, which I have not used for a while, for the feathers. 

Z fold cards are one of my favorite because they are easy but impressive.  Here the card is partially open. 

I don't have any spiders so I added some IO black birds and the IO typewriter alphabet finished the sentiment. 

As usual, the Double D Team Blog has fabulous inspiration for you. Diane and Darlene have managed to assemble a group of designers that always create such different twists on the same mood board.  We are looking forward to your designs. Thank all of you who participate for making this blog so successful.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dies R Us Life Events

The challenge at Dies R Us this week is Life Events...birthdays, anniversaries,
  retirement, graduations, weddings etc. I send a lot of birthday cards so I always need them. I found this Poppy Stamp Large Iceland flower in my flower box and wanted to use it along with a pretty sentiment from Stamping Up that is embossed on black card stock in gold. I  decided I wanted to frame the sentiment so I  cut the deer from the bottom of the Memory Box Deer Grove Oval and positioned the poppy in his place. As I look at the picture, I realize the card  looks a bit bottom heavy if there is such a thing. 


Here are the dies I used.
Memory Box Deer Grove Oval
Poppy Stamp Iceland Poppy
Cheery Lynn Floral
Elizabeth Craft Daisy  for the leaves


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Double D Challenge Quote/ Sentiment

Today is the first day of the new challenge at Double D Challenge Blog, and it is all about quotes and sentiments. Diane gave us this inspirational mood board. As you can see, the quote or sentiment is the focal image in each case so that is what I tried to do on my card. 

I have so many wonderful quotes and I don't use them enough. In fact, this is the first time this stamp has seen ink.  I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it in gold, and sponged a little ink around it.  

 I cut a rectangle out of the center of  a piece of white card stock and a smaller rectangle from the center of  a piece of black card stock and layered them together to make a frame.  I placed the quote behind the layered frame.  Lately, I have liked framing around a frame on the top of my card so that is what I did here with a Gina Marie  scalloped frame. 

I always keep a stash of flowers around so I pulled chose some flowers and leaves. The flowers are Ariana Blossoms by Heartfelt Creations and the little bird is from Frantic Stamper. I decided to add a little gold embossing powder to the flowers, bird and leaves.... not quite sure how I feel about that idea. I put my finished panel on a black card base.

The prize for this challenge is quite appropriate, don't you think?

'Words from the Heart' booklet

The Double D team has created some wonderful designs for you so go visit Double D Challenge Blog.  We cant't wait to see what quotes and sentiments inspire you.

For those of you who like to work ahead,  you can find the next challenge mood board on the left hand sidebar.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fancy Corners

Another challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog starts today. This time we are challenging you to use fancy corners. Just because it is a corner does not mean you have to put it in the corner or a rectangle or square. How about in the corner of a circle or oval like I have done here?

I started my card with some paper that is lilac with green mixed in. I stamped that in versa mark with an IO script stamp and embossed with gold embossing powder. 

I cut the Frantic Stamper Elemental Ovals from white and lilac. When I bought the die it was wired together, and since I have several oval dies, I decided to leave this wired together so every time I cut it I get the fancy frame and several oval frames in different sizes that can be used on other projects.
I used the largest lilac oval and glued the corner flower die to the back and trimmed the excess. 
I used some velum behind the the fancy part of white die cut frame then I placed the lilac oval in the center. A Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle framed the piece. As an after thought, I decides the largest flowers needed some velum. Wish I would have thought about that before I put it together.  I also inlaid  a few pieces of the lilac in the white frame and added a few pearls. The frame was placed on a  white A2 card base.  

The team has some fabulous fancy frames to show off over at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tissue Box

I made this tissue box for my friend's bathroom. She saw one in my bathroom and admired it so I made one for her in shades of purple. The base frame is easy and they can be as simple or as fancy as you like. I followed the directions on this video Tissue Box. I used Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish on the sides and top.  I made the purple flowers from Cheery Lynn Floral but the white flowers are from Wild Orchid.


I will enter this at the Scrapy Land Challenge Anything Goes. I will also enter it in the Score Pal Bag or Box Challenge.

Cut two pieces of card stock 9x12
Score at 4 ¾ and  9 ½   on  12 inch side
Score at 1 inch  on the other side
Do the same with the other piece of card stock
The one inch scoreline creates the ledge for the  top of the box
The other score lines create the sides of the box. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Yvonne's Birthday

I always try to do something  special for my neighbor and bff. I have not made a double display card for awhile so I decided to do one for her, There is a lot of measuring and cutting on this type of card so it is time consuming, but worth the effort. I used so many products on this card that I am not going to try to name them all. I am going to enter this at Scrapy Land so I will mention that I used the Tutti Design Rose Frame that I cut in half, an IO birdhouse, Frantic Stamper bird on a branch Sue Wilson's On Your Special Day frame and sentiment.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Double D Glitter Challenge

Diane has challenged us to use glitter on our cards for this challenge, Love the sparkle it gives to cards. I decided to take advantage of this challenge and make a Christmas card. 

I was not able to capture how pretty this card is or the details in it when I photographed it. Lots of layers and glitter. 


 I began by cutting an oval out of a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4  piece of white card stock. I layered another piece of card stock with double sided adhesive and put an Impression Obsession snowflake cover plate die cut on top. Then  I poured on some lavender glitter and burnished with my fingers. The oval was placed over the snowflake and glitter background and topped  a Frantic stamper oval and a Memory Box floral frame. The I cut a Stamping up star in white and in glitter paper and place that on top. 
Drop over to Double D Challenge Blog and check out all the glitter cards by the team

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dies R Us Die Cut Handmade Flowers

It's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. It's about creating die cut flowers which is one of my favorite things to do. I made this card for the birthday of a special friend of mine, Judy Woodland. She has already gotten it so I will not be spoiling her surprise.

 I began by cutting an oval out of a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4  piece of white card stock. I layered another piece of card stock with double sided adhesive and put a Spellbinder's lattice die cut on top. Then  I poured on some lavender prills and burnished with my fingers. The oval was placed over the lattice and prills and topped with a Memory Box butterfly frame. I sponged it with some distress ink while it was still in the die. I framed the card using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles. I used the Cheery Lynn Floral and Frantic Stamper Calla Lily for for my hand made die cut flowers.  I cut them in white and then sponged them with distress ink. A little shaping and some prills finished the flowers. I added a birthday sentiment to the Cheery Lynn Banner. 

As always the design team at  Cheery Lynn Challenge Blog has some awesome inspiration  for you. 


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Double D All White

 Isn't this a classy looking Mood Board from Darlene? All the textures, dimension and movement of the designs make each picture a delight.   All white is the challenge this week at Double D Challenge Blog and as always the team has some fabulous inspiration for you.             


I took my inspiration mostly from the appliqued flowers and the cupcakes.

I started with a white card base and added a Spellbinders lattice die cut followed by another piece of white card. I cut an  oval from another piece of card stock and  topped it with Tutti Designs Rose frame and a Gina Marie scalloped frame.  A sentiment from Sue Wilson and some roses from Wild Orchid and a Cherry Lynn butterfly finished this all white card. Hope to see some fabulous designs from all of you at Double D Challenges

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Anything Goes with Dies

This is a card for my niece,Stephanie, who loves the beach , watermelon, drinks with umbrellas and beer. I decided to make her this twist pop up card featuring her favorite things.  

You can't see the texture and dimension in this card from the photo of the entire card.

I added Liquid applique to the beer mugs to look like foam. 

Some prills around the watermelon and Wink of Stella to give it some shine. 

Some sand colored flower soft adds texture around the chair.  This was time consuming but fun to make. 

You can find the dies I used at the Dies R Us Store. 

    Cheery Lynn Designs - Summer Drink Set      Cheery Lynn Summer Drink

Impression Obsession - Dies - Alphabet Typewriter UCImpression Obsession Alphabet

Impression Obsession - Dies - Beach UmbrellaImpression Obsession Beach Umbrella

Impression Obsession - Dies - Beach ChairsImpression Obsession Beach Chairs

Cheery Lynn Designs - Happy Cheery Lynn Happy
Cheery Lynn Designs - Birthday Cheery Lynn Birthday

Go take a peek at what the design team has created for this challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Christmas Ornament

I have not played along in a challenge for while so I decided to look for an interesting one. I found this at the Impression Obsession Blog. It seemed like a good idea to get a start on my Christmas cards so I decided this was a perfect challenge.

I  started with the IO snow flake background and put it to of some double sided adhesive. I applied some Nuvo gilding flakes to that. then I cut the IO fancy Ornament in white and a plain circle in gold glitter  card stock and layered them together. I used three IO pine branches two underneath and one on top and ties a little ribbon on the top. Wallah!!!! One Christmas card completed. 

Pine Branch DieImpression Obsession Pine Branch

Impression Obsession Fancy Ornament

 Impression Obsession Snowflake Background

I will also enter this at Scrapyland Anything Goes Challenge.