Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Double D Challenge Things That Fly

Time for another fun challenge at DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.  It is all about things that fly. Here is the fun, colorful mood board. I took my inspiration from the black and white balloons. Looks like a party to me.

Here is my card. This is a clean and simple card for me. Look at all that white space. I used the Balloon Adventure Pop Up stamp and die set from Stamping Up and a Memory Box die cut for the sides.

Look at the wonderful Memory Box die that one random participant in the challenge will receive. I know you will want to see all the inspiration from the design team DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG.   Be sure to link up something that flies in the gallery. We are always inspired by YOU.


Dies R Us Borders / Edges

We have been getting so many gorgeous designs from all of you at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog so we are excited to see what you will do with this challenge. I posted two cards today and they are so different. The one at Double D is clean and simple and this is anything but that.

I started with white card stock and embossed it with a Swiss dot embossing folder. I took another piece of white card and die cut it with Sue Wilson's Centarus border on both ends. I topped that with another  design from Sue Wilson,Toranto popping up the center a bit from the largest die cut. Then I used the sentiment from Sue Wilson's Ornate Ovals. Various already cut greenery furnishes the background for the homemade Susan's Garden dogwood flowers and a Memory Box butterfly. You can find these fabulous dies at the Dies R Us  STORE

                        Sue Wilson Ornate Ovals.

                                Memory Box - Dies - Rhone Butterfly WingsMemory Box Rhone Butterfly                 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dies R Us Something New

The Challenge at DIES R US is Something New. I have so many new things that I got for Christmas that I have not used yet so this was a fun challenge.

I started with some PTI paper that I got on sale and added the beautiful Tutti rose frame (a brand new purchase). The daisy is a Spellbinders' die that I have had forever.  All these dies are available at the Dies R US store. 

So grab a new purchase and create something fabulous and link it up at DIES R US  Challenge Blog. We love seeing what you create. 

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Double D Think Spring


Isn't this the happiest MOOD BOARD. I smile every time I see it. I liked all the frames but settled in on the pail of tulips.


I have been practicing with my tulip layering stamp from PTI so I grabbed a few that were better than others and added them to my IO pail. A Tim Holtz brick embossing folder to give it a bit or the rustic look and a PTI trellis, a gift from a special friend, and a PTI Happy sentiment finished the card. This is a birthday card whose favorite flower is tulips so I bought this stamp and die set just for her.

Here is the prize for one lucky random draw. 

As usual the DD Design Team has some wonderful inspiration for you. We are looking forward to seeing what you create for this beautiful board. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PTI Celebrating Past Present and Future 2013

I used this card from Nicole Heady for inspiration. 

The Best Is Yet To Be - Nichole

I used paper from the Twig Wreath paper Pack and the Make It  Market Kit. 

Paper Trey Ink 2009

Here is another entry for paper Trey Ink Celebrating the Past, Present and Future. I took my inspiration from Dawn McVey.


I used PTI Choose Joy Stamp Set

PTI Celebrating the Present , Past and Future 2008

Paper Trey Ink is is hosting several challenges is honor of their anniversary. I took my inspiration from this card by Amy Rysavy. 

I used paper Trey Ink Spring Woods Stamp and die set and Choose Joy stamp set. The paper is from Garden Gate.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dies R Us Think Spring

Time for a new challenge at DIES R US. Are you ready to Think Spring? With the record snows in some areas I know many of you are ready for the first sign of spring. In California, the almond trees fill out with soft pink blossoms in February.  Since we have many almond orchards surrounding us, I am looking forward to the day they begin to flower.  .

Last fall I made a similar card using fall colors and liked it so I thought I would make another one with a spring theme. I sponged a sun then covered it with a mask so I could sponge a blue sky. I layered the bench grass and tree and then framed the scene. A couple kitties and  my scene was done. 

The team has some fabulous inspiration for you so go take a look Dies R US  and then link up your spring creations. 

Double D Rick Rac/ Zig Zag

New Mood Board and New Challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog and as usual we have a wonderful mood board. I liked the soft pastel colors mixed with white so I used that for my inspiration.                    


    I love it when I see a mood board that allows me to use something I have not used for awhile.   I pulled out My Favorite Things Chevron Cover Plate for this challenge. I cut it four times so I would have a variety of colors and patterns.

My fabulous PTI papers were perfect for this design.    I had lavender moon, spring rain, and harvest gold paper packs. I enjoy these papers so much that I had several others on my wish list so can you imagine my happy dance when they put them on sale for their anniversary (marked down from $12 to $ 1). I got every color on my wish list.  since I cut it four times I saved the parts I did not use so I can make three more cards. I used PTI Wet Paint 2 for the sentiment and added one of my homemade flowers and some greenery. This pattern would make a cute baby card.

Out team is always so impressed with your entries in the challenges. There are so many talented designers and we are glad the mood boards inspire you. Here is the prize for this challenge.

 I can't wait to see what you all come up with. Visit the  Double D Challenge Blog  to see details and find more inspiration from the team.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Sympathy Birds

This week's PTI challenge was a lot of fun and fit in with some new dies and papers I just received from their gigantic sale. I have been wanting their spring woods stamp and die set for some time and had them in my cart waiting for the fabulous paper sale so I could get them along with several of their designer pacs.  Lexi Daly had the Make it Monday Challenge this week and her theme fit right into my new purchases. She challenged us to use patterned paper with die cuts. To see her challenge and get the details go HERE. I cut the birds form twig wreath paper pack and used a sheet of the spring woods paper pack for the background.
The paper pack made this a quick and easy card, but I like it. I used some of the twig wreath paper on the bottom and stamped a sentiment from the spring woods set.  I will enter this at the PTI challenge and also at NBUS challenge 10 since I have never used any of these things before. I can't wait to play with the stamp set  which includes branches, birds, and flowers now.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Double D Lavender and Lace

This lavender and lace mood board is very feminine and it was fun to make a card using it for inspiration.

 I needed several birthday cards this month so while I had my materials handy I made a few cards using basically the same design. I originally made this card for the challenge but I thought it looked  more pink than lavender enough even though the PTI paper is called lavender moon. I embossed the bottom with a Swiss dot embossing folder. I tied a ribbon from lace, added some greenery, a couple of Wild Orchid flowers a sentiment from Sue Wilson and some enamel dots.

I decided to make another one in lavender and purple card to post on DD Blog.  I used some Gina K card stock in shades of lavender and purple.  I doubled the border on this card using two of the dies from a Sue Wilson set. Frantic Stamper Ivy, Tim Holtz ferns, and some lace from my stash  are the backdrop for a lavender silk flower. the bottom is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder

The Prize for this Challenge is this beautiful border.

My teammates have outdone themselves with this board. Go visit the Double D Blog and the pull out your lavender and lace.

Straight from the Heart

The challenge at Dies R Us this time is called Hearts. I chose some pretty paper from PTI in Lavender Moon and cut it with Sue Wilson's Sue-Wilson-DesignsGemini-DiesCentaurus  border die. I added some burlap and lace ribbon the topped it with Cheery Lynn Heart to Heart Doily and and Amy Design. musical stave. I added a few flowers from Wild Orchid and a punched butterfly that was on my desk from another project. 

The design team has some beautiful designs and great inspiration for you. 
You can see it at Dies R Us

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge".

Blog Hop Inspiration

For this Challenge I tried to mimic one of the cookies. I used some Spellbinders Dies for my cookie base layered on  Paper Trey Ink Mellon Berry paper and Make it Market Garden Guildd Dies for my greenery and as a base for some smaller flowers. A few enamel dots and hearts from another project finished my paper cookie.  The love is from PTI Wet Paint III.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Masked Hearts Wreath

The Challenge from Melissa at PTI is Masked Heart Wreaths.  I have not done this much stamping for a long time and it was fun.  I used the Make It Market Garden Guild Kit the Wet Paint III set for the sentiment. You can see Melissa's video HERE.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Double D Black and White

Today is the second post of our DD Anniversary Month and we have a great Mood Board for you. 

The graphics of the pillows looked fun as did the butterflies and I love butterflies, but I decided to go with the black and white kitties. We have had both as pets over the years and this is a card for my daughter who likes things clean and simple so I made this swing card for her.  The Kitties and the Birthday Wishes are from Impression Obsession and the paper is a freebie from Gina K. A Martha Stewart punch is on the side . 

Thanks for all of you who took the time to comment on my Anniversary Blog Post.  Your sweet remarks are always appreciated. I did a random drawing and the


Please drop me a note with your e-mail address at and I will get that off to you. 

Now head over to the DOUBLE D CHALLENGE BLOG for more inspiration. There will be two additional prizes offered for this challenge so you will want to join in the fun.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tulip Time

I have not entered a challenge for a long time but I got these tulip stamps and dies from PTI a few weeks ago. Of course, when you get a new toy you have to play so I made tulips in almost every shade of the rainbow and tucked them in a storage bag. I had some design team challenges where I used the Sue Wilson Just a Note and some greenery left over from my card class so when I looked at the samples of the PTI challenge I realized that what I had on hand would fit the challenge. The only thing I had to do to make the card was cut some frames. The background paper in from one of the PTI paper packs in Harvest gold. I will enter this in the  PTI Make it Monday A-la-Carte challenge.
I chose Background Building With Frames with Amy Sheffer. 

Dies R Us Winter Blues

A new challenge called Winter Blues begins today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  For this challenge, I decided to make a shaker card using some pretty blue glitter paper. I sponged a background using distress inks and masking a circle to create the moon. The  Poppy Stamps House in the Woods was cut  from white card stock. I colored the window and door and placed some acetate behind it and added  a little homemade flower soft for the shaker part. I wish now that I would have added a few sequins. I cut some IO  snow flakes from the same blue glitter paper and added them to the front of the of the raised panel.

 Poppystamps - Dies - House in the Woods (NEW)Impression Obsession - Dies - Snowflakes
Poppy Stamps                 Impression Obsession Snowflake

I will also enter this in the Poppy Stamps Silent Snowflakes Challenge
 Now go over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and then create your own Winter Blues card. We get so much inspiration from YOU !!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Double D Anniversary

 Double D is celebrating its one year anniversary.  In honor of this milestone, there will be additional prizes offered at the Double D Blog .  Besides our regular Top 3, Winner & Random winner, we will be randomly choosing TWO ADDITIONAL winners for both challenges in January.
 Not only that, but that SOME  of my fellow DT members will be offering a prize so be sure to pop over to their blogs for inspiration and possibly a chance for a prize in celebration of our anniversary.  Here are the prizes available for the first challenge this month. 

$20 Gift Certificate kindly donated from

Be Inspired

WOW...thank you so very much Dies R Us!!

Our second prize offered to one lucky 'random' winner is:

Our third prize offered to one lucky 'random winner is:

Look at this gorgeous Mood Board. I combined two of the pictures  from the board, the peach from the beautiful rose and the cake.  


I decided I must have a glue fetish because I am always picking project where I glue lots of little pieces together.I used Sue Wilson's Sue Wilson Background die.  for the background, The cake is an Impression Obsession Wedding Cake die. I added some flowers from Wild Iris and some Tim Holtz dies and Frantic stamper ferns are behind the flowers.

In honor of our anniversary,  I am offering  a $ 20 gift card to the Dies R Us store for one lucky person who comments on my blog. I will randomly pick a winner from all the people who comment and announce the winner on my Double D January 18th post.

What are you waiting for? Go check out The Double D Blog to see all the inspiration.  Don't forget to visit my team mates because many of them will also be offering prizes, and most important celebrate with us by creating your design for this challenge.