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!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Brrr! So cold but SO PRETTY!

Happy Monday All!
Here we are in the last full week of January ... where is the time going?

Monday's can be GOOD
or BAD!  Depending on how you approach it!
I like to approach my Monday's (when possible)
by joining in the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.
Like I have today . . .

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch I worked from ...

Now I must admit, here in Ohio we've been experiencing
a pretty mild winter so far.  A few inches of snow but not enough
to even get the snow blower fired up for ... just some simple shoveling.

BUT, I have a hunch February & March might be a
different story so I went with a Wintry/Snowy theme.  The image I have used came from the internet ... Pinterest to be precise!  I love that option for those times when I can't seem to find the stamp or digi I'm wanting to focus on.

My circle panel comes from the Yvonne Creations 'Holly Jolly Nesting Frame'.  The portion I cut off on the side I used to adorn the corners.
Yvonne Creations - Holly Jolly - Nesting Frame

My sentiment is by Elizabeth Craft called 'Brrr'.
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Brrrrr

I wanted to use the same gray/blue card stock for the panel behind my focus image but need to do something to make it 'stand out'.  So I simply used a white gelly roll pen & a ruler to create the lines then went back and added the dots to create a border on the panel.  Perfect!  That's exactly what it needed.

This winter time creation could be used for a variety of occasions I think.  From a simple note card to a winter time birthday.

Challenges to share in:
Come and Get It Challenge - No Designer Paper
Digi Designs Challenge - Snowy Winter
Alphabet Challenge - W for Winter Walk
Cut It Up Challenge #113 - It's Snow Time
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Winter Wonderland

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I wish you a FABULOUS week ahead!

As always . . .

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tutti Designs - All we need is LOVE!

Happy Sunday Friends!
Today I'm sharing a card of LOVE using a die from the fabulous Tutti Designs Store.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner and wedding season really not that far off, I decided to do a classic black, white & red creation that could be used for either occasion!  Or a spouses birthday for that matter!
 I've used this beautiful Love Heart die from our November release as my focus today!
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 My first thought was to simply cut it twice (from red and white) then just simply offset the two dies for my focus image.  Which is a beautiful design in itself ... 

 But then after some rethinking, I thought it would be even prettier if I cut the hearts from the red die cut panel and adhered them to the white panel before mounting it to my black background.  YES ... I like this idea even better ... what do you think?

You could use just about any background die you have in your collection ... or simplify it even more by just using a solid black background as your anchor.   Today I chose to use the Sue Wilson Indian Ocean Collection #CED10011 from the Dies R Us Store.   A few little pearls ... or in this case Nuvo crystal drops, and your card is ready for giving.

OH and I forgot to mention, I did POP UP my Love Heart by simply adding a little dimensional tape behind each heart and 2 narrow strips behind the word.

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

Challenges to share in:
A Gem of a Challenge #186 - Hearts and/or Flowers
 Perfectly Created Chaos Challenge #9 - Black, White + 1 color
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #106 - Add a heart
CAS on Sunday Challenge #100 - Hearts
Come and Get It Challenge - No Design Paper

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 21, 2017

Dies R Us - Smile Be Happy

Hello Friends!
My Goodness!   I can't express how much fun I had creating today's card.  I purchased these dies from the Dies R Us Store at the end of summer and now that the holidays are over I finally have a chance to play with them. 

I just loved this Memory Box Graceful Branch Oval so once I die cut it from white card stock, I knew I needed to have a 'watery' background for my Frantic Stamper Sea Creatures Icons to swim in.  Here's a quick and easy way to create such a background.

 I cut a piece of white card stock the same size as my branch oval die cut panel.  First you'll want to ink it up using a lighter shade of blue then sponge the upper portion with a darker shade of blue.  Viola!

The other dies I have used in my creation are the Frantic Stamper Shoreline Reeds and the adorable Elizabeth Craft Rocky the Crab.  Faux stitching was done to bring attention to the ocean view panel.
Memory Box - Dies - Graceful Branch Oval
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Rocky the Crab

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:
artbymiran Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
 Brown Sugar Challenge #234 - Anything Goes
 Crafting with Friends Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge - Very Funny
Creative Fingers Challenge #123 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede Challenge 227 - Anything Goes or One for the Kids

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. 
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Shoreline ReedsFrantic Stamper - Dies - Sea Creatures Icons
click below for:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As Always . . .

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
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #121 - Things with Wings

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,