Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Double D October "Fall Plaids" Challenge!

Hi everyone and welcome to another Double D Challenge!

It's time for the second mood board challenge in October, "Fall Plaids".  We offer four different photos to inspire you.  Use one or as many as you like!  Link up your project at the bottom of the "Fall Plaids" Challenge post in the Double D Challenge Blog by midnight, November 1st for a chance to win!

We will be choosing a Creative Winner along with 3 others to receive our Double D Badge to display on your blogs.  In addition, a prize will be offered with the winner being chosen by random draw.  Everyone with an entry has the opportunity to win this prize.  International entries are welcome too.

You could win this Crafty Secrets Seasonal Images and Journal Notes package!

Our October mood board inspiration with great fall colors...

I chose the muted plaid colors in the lower right photo as inspiration for my card...


These Close To My Heart plaid papers were almost a perfect match to the photo I used for inspiration.  They are great colors for this time of year and I love the  softer tones.  The white flourish die cut top layer looks great against the muted tones of the plaid paper.  I added three die cut circles, two plain and one scalloped over a lacey die cut circle for more dimension.

In this angled view, you can see the dimension on the card created with die cuts.  I decided to leave the wood chip word in it's natural state and surround it with mulberry paper leaves.  The turquoise twine bow was a great pop of color to pull in the blue tones of the leaves.

From my stash...
Anna Griffin Flourish Emblem Die Cut
Bazzill Cardstock
Cheery Lynn Scandinavian Circle Die Cut
Close To My Heart Patterned Paper, Twine
Prima Forest Leaves Die Cut
Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circle, Small Die Cut
Spellbinders Classic Circle, Small Die Cut
Other:  Mulberry leaves, Wood chip sentiment

Challenges entered:

So, come join us at the Double D Challenge Blog!  You'll find the challenge rules located at the top of the blog.  Link your entry using the Inlinkz icon found at the bottom of the current challenge post.

Visit my Double D team members for more inspiration...

I hope my plaid card has inspired you today!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Crat-Dee BowZ "BOO" and Sweet Treats!

It's my Tuesday up on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog with my October inspiration.  The Design Team is playing with ribbons, of course, in the colors of black, orange and lime green.  Halloween colors, right?  And that's just where our theme, "Boo to you" is taking you!

When I was taking out the fall decorations last week, I realized that most of the Halloween items we have are seriously old and falling apart.  So, it was a good time for me to create new decorations to display for the grandchildren.

My inspirational projects....

These wooden letters spelling the word, "BOO" were the perfect decoration for the mantle.  I traced the letters on patterned paper and then painted the edges with black acrylic.  While the paint was drying, I cut out the letters and inked the edges.  Then I adhered them to the matching wooden block.  A few embellishments to give it that "Halloween" look and, voilĂ ! A fun decoration.

Next, I altered a mulberry pint box to hold candy treats which I also decorated for Halloween.  I sprayed the box with 3 different colors of mist and then a coat of glitter spray.  A ghost and fab bow with a fun orange bell were the only embellishing needed.  I lined the box with white cheese cloth and added the candy treats shown below.

These sweet treats are mini candy bars wrapped in patterned paper and tucked into a clear plastic bag.  I placed a bow at the top of each bag.  These treats added to the pint box will make a great gift for someone special.

And last, a fun side step card using the same patterned papers on the "BOO" letters and candy treats.
All of the fabulous bows you see on the projects above were created with the help of my Craft-Dee BowZ Tool.  Always nearby, it helps making bows easy!

Featured Product
Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

From my stash...
"BOO" wooden letters, Eye Brads, Patterned Papers - Paper Studios
Cardstock - Bazzill, Core'dinations
Die Cuts - Memory Box, Spellbinders
Glitter Spray - Thermoweb
Ink - Close To My Heart
Mists - Dyan Reavely Dylusions
Ribbon - DT Product
Twine - May Arts
Other: Chipboard Ghosts, Clock, Clothespins, Halloween Buttons

Challenges entered:
4 CraftyChicks #319- Die Cuts/10-12
Craft and Smash-Tic, Tac, Toe/10-17 Black, Spray Color, Spider
Craft Your Passion #333-Anything Goes/10-14
 Creates and Makes #4-Anything Goes with Die Cut/10-18
Take A Word Challenge-Orange and Black/10-16 
Use Your Stuff-Orange, Black and a Neutral/10-14

 Don't forget to play along with our Craft-Dee BowZ October Challenge,  "Anything goes and include a handmade bow".  Visit the "Challenge" tab at the top of the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog to find our current challenge, rules and guidelines!

Saturday, October 1, 2016


 Today is "World Card Making Day"!  

Everyone loves to give and receive cards....birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions.  I love to send cards for "no special reason" too!  It makes for a fun and joyful surprise for the recipient.

Here's a little info about this special day...


World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.

Celebrating its 11th year in 2016, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community -- hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers -- to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making.

As many of you know, October is also "Breast Cancer Awareness" Month.   This topic is very near and dear to my heart so I would like to share a few cards that I've made in the past on this topic. They are a reminder of how precious life can be and what a joy it is to receive inspiration in the way of a card.

My "World Card Making Day" and "Breast Cancer Awareness" inspiration...


 "She STOOD in the storm..."

Thanks for stopping by to share "World Card Making Day" with me.  I hope my "Breast Cancer Awareness" cards inspire you to create a card of encouragement for someone you know.

Craft-Dee BowZ October Challenge!

It's officially October and time for a new Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge,  "Anything goes and include a handmade bow"! 

Does ribbon inspire you when creating?  If so, we want to see your fabulous bows.  Link your entry HERE on the Craft-Dee BowZ October Challenge post for the opportunity to win our Craft-Dee BowZ Winner Badge for your blog!  Visit the challenge guidelines tab at the top of the blog to be sure your entry/entries qualify.

Here's my October Challenge inspiration....

"Take time to do what makes your soul happy"

Fall is my favorite time of year.  The warm colors and air are very stimulating to the soul.  Mother Nature has a way of filling our view with vibrant colors from every angle.  This is where I found the inspiration for my card. 

The gorgeous orange and green bow was created using my Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool.  I love this tool and have it handy at all times. 

Featured Product

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Bo Bunny Patterned Papers
Echo Park Patterned Papers
Memory Box Honeycomb Corner Die Cut
Momenta Leaves Die Cut
Prima Forest Leaves Die Cut
Other: Ribbon (DT Product), sequins

Visit my fellow team members for more inspiration...

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - #318 Anything Goes/10-4

Thanks for stopping by so I could share my inspiration with you.  Please come back again!


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