Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"Scare-in Up Some Pumpkins" at the Double D

Welcome back blogger friends!

We're into October and Autumn!  Hurray, this is my favorite season of the year.   I love the cooler air, the smell and changing colors of fall.  It's time once again for sweatshirts and jeans.

And time for a new challenge on the Double D Challenge Blog.  Our challenge theme is...

"Scare-in' Up Some Pumpkins"!

Team Diane is hosting with more inspiration from Team Darlene.  We're looking forward to having you play along with us.  Visit the Double D Challenge Blog for guidelines, details and to link up your creative entry.   Share your scarecrow and/or pumpkin inspired project with us.  You could be one of our creative winners or win this fabulous prize...

Cottage Cutz Stitched Pumpkins

As always, we have fabulous mood board inspiration!

Here's my "Scare-in' Up Some Pumpkins inspiration....

"It's pumpkin season"

I was especially inspired by the colors on this mood board.   The wood grain paper reminded me of old barn wood and worked well as the background for the card design. The truck image is a favorite Penny Black stamp that I fussy cut and added dimension to using foam tape.  I die cut a circle from pumpkin patterned paper and matted it with another scallop edged circle.  I cut a few vines and flourishes and tucked them in around the circle and truck.  The blues, oranges and greens are the primary colors with a touch of yellow flowers.

You can see the added dimension behind the circle and truck.  The sentiment, "it's pumpkin time" is a journaling tag from the pumpkin patterned paper collection.

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Cheery Lynn, Creative Expressions, Spellbinder Die Cuts
CTMH Water Color Crayons and Pencils
Jolee's Vellum Flowers
Penny Black Pumpkin Truck Stamp
Prima Amber Moon Paper Collection
7 Dots Studio Messy Head Paper Collection
Tsukineko Versafine Vintage Sepia

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Fall Goes/10-9
CropStop Linky Party #44 - Anything Goes with CS Mfg/11-4
Dies R Us #106 - Anything Goes/10-13
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes/10-5
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes/10-14
 Sisterhood of Crafters - Fall Is In The Air/10-7

So, join the fun!  Link your "Scare-in Up Some Pumpkins" themed project to the Double D Challenge Blog.  You could be a badge or prize winner.

Visit the Double D Team Diane members for inspiration...

And even more inspiration from Team Darlene teamies...
I hope my card has inspired you to play along!
Thanks again for stopping by....come back soon.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Paper Girls Guest Designer - Mixed Media Challenge #161

Good morning to my blogger land pals!

Back in July, I entered my "Butterfly in Motion" card in the Paper Girls Challenge Blog "Transparencies" Challenge.  It was exciting to find out that I was the challenge winner!  Along with the win, I was invited to participate as a guest designer for a future challenge. 
Today, I'm sharing the card I created for the Paper Girls Mixed Media Challenge #161.  I love mixed media and was looking forward to having this challenge theme as my topic. 


There's quite a mish mash of items here.  I gathered my supplies with fall colors in mind, not knowing where I was going with everything!

I cut the card front to size and decided to add leaves down the sides using molding paste and a stencil.  I prefer the lightweight paste because it spreads easy and dries faster than heavier pastes.  You could also use embossing paste which dries to a more opaque color instead of the white. 

I rubbed Rose Gold Metallique Wax over and around the embossed design.  Next, I painted glass bead gel on the flowers and leaves.  If you've never tried glass beads, you really should! 

Here's a closer look at the flowers and leaves.  The gel goes on opaque and dries clear with the tiny beads visible.  The flower on the right has a few areas that are not quite dry and you can see the opaque color.  The gel has dried on the smaller flowers and the glass beads show well. 

I die cut a bird frame from rose gold foil and matted it with clear transparency.  After creating the flower arrangement, I adhered a really old chipboard word, "love" that I found in my stash last week when I was doing some purging.  I had intended to throw it into a swap stash, but it worked perfectly with the colors on this card. 

A few more close up photos of the glass bead gel after it has dried.  It gives such great texture to your projects.  Once, again, if you've never used glass bead gel, take the plunge and try it!  You'll love the results.  It works great on everything.  It's also available in black.  I'm sure mixing a few drops of ink into it would make some amazing colors too.

From my stash...
49 & Market Collection
Bazzill Cardstock & Foil Paper
Golden Glass Bead Gel
Flowers - 49 & Market, Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts
Memory Box Die Cuts
Prima Finnabair Metallique Rose Wax
 Karen Foster Chipboard Word
Other: Lace Ribbon, metal corner, transparency

Challenges entered:
4CC #422 - Happy Fall Y'all/10-2
Dies R Us #106 - Anything Goes/10-13
Sisterhood of Crafters - Fall Is In The Air/10-7

Thank you Paper Girls for having me as your Guest Designer for this "Mixed Media" Challenge.

I hope I have inspired you to play along at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog.  Stop by and link up your project today!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Double D, "If the shoe fits..."

Welcome back blogger friends!

We're more than half way through September and days away from the first day of Autumn.  Yeah! This is my favorite time of year.   I love the colors, smells and cooler air of fall.

It's time for our second challenge of the month on the Double D Challenge Blog.  Our theme for this challenge is...

"If the shoe fits"

Team Darlene is hosting this fun challenge along with more inspiration from Team Diane.  We're looking forward to having you play along with us.  Visit the Double D Challenge Blog for guidelines, details and to link up your creative entry.  You could be one of our creative winners or the winner of this fabulous prize...

Frantic Stamper Lady's Shoe

And, as always, we have a fabulous mood board to help inspire you!

Here's my "If the shoe fits" inspiration...
"The Smallest Step"
This Spring Market Collection from Carta Bella is one of my current favorites.  I bought two of the 12 x 12 collections and one of the 6 x6 paper pads.  The colors are beautiful, the quotes are amazing and I love these garden and fun boot images.  The papers were perfect for this challenge. 
The card is 6 x 6 and layered with different patterns of paper from the collection.  The boots, leaves and flower cluster are chipboard stickers that I added dimension to with pop dots.  My favorite part of the card is the awesome journaling strip that I used across the center.  It reads, "The smallest step in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest step of your life".
Challenges entered:
So, join the fun!  Link your "If the shoe fits" themed project to the Double D Challenge Blog.  You could be a badge or prize winner.

Visit the Double D Team Darlene members for inspiration...
 Vicki (ME!)

And even more inspiration from Team Darlene teamies...

I hope my card has inspired you to play along!
Thanks again for stopping by....come back soon.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Double D "Let's POP a Wheelie" Challenge!

Good morning blogger friends!

It's September...the kids are back in school and Mother Nature is still handing us brutal, summer temps!  It's time for a new challenge on the  Double D Challenge Blog and we have a great theme for this oneOur challenge topic is "Let's POP a Wheelie!".  It's the perfect theme for this time of year.   I can't help but think of the childhood song, "the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round.  Now, I'll have that song in my head...  Play along and share your project with us!

As always, we have a fun mood board to inspire you...

And, along with the Top Creative Winner and Top 3, chosen by the Design Team, we are offering the prize below to one lucky winner chosen by  See the challenge guidelines in the Double D Challenge Blog sidebar.   You have until September 16th to play along.

Here's my "Let's POP a Wheelie" inspiration...

"Ride along with Me"

This 6" x 6" card has many layers with lots of added dimension using dies cuts and flowers.  The Penny Farthing is cut from three complimentary colors and layered over leaves and a twine bow.  I used foam tape for dimension.  The butterfly is fussy cut from remnants of patterned paper.  I embellished with yellow roses and pearls.

From my stash...
Authentique Felicity Collection
Bazzill Cardstock
Cheery Lynn Penny Farthing Bicycle
Queen & Co. Pearls
Recollections Roses

So, come join the fun!  Link your "wheels"  inspired project to our Double D September  "Let's POP a Wheelie" Challenge post today.  You could be the winner of our awesome prize!

Challenges entered:
Scrapy Land #97 - Anything Goes/8-15 
CraftyCatz #428 - Anything Goes with Butterfly/8-13

I hope my card has inspired you to play along!
Thanks again for stopping by....come back soon.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Farewell Tutti Designs!

Good morning, Blogger friends!

Today is my last post as a Tutti Design Team member.  I've made the decision to step down after almost a year of being with Tutti Designs.   It's been a pleasure working with their fabulous die cuts and I will continue to promote and use their products in my crafting.

With that being said, on to more Christmas inspiration using Tutti Designs Poinsettia Cross, Poinsettia Candles, Twig Wreath, Dotted Nesting Ovals, Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles, and Snowglobe Expressions.  I've created a card and gift card to inspire you!


This A2 size card with white cardstock base has layers of red metallic between white cut with Dotted Nesting Ovals.  The Poinsettia Cross of gold foil is inlaid with red metallic.   The sentiment "Peace" was cut from red and gold using the Snowglobe Expressions set.

I cut the Poinsettia Cross from gold foil and red metallic paper keeping the red cross intact and removing the negative pieces from the gold.  I laid the red cross over the gold and used my micro tweezers to push the red pieces into place on the gold.  This proved to be a much easier technique than adding the negative pieces already removed from the red metallic.

Here's a close up of the completed Poinsettia Cross.

And, a close up of the sentiment, "Peace".  The Snowglobe Expressions Set is one of my favorite of all.  I love the selection of sentiment words!

Next up is this gift card using the Poinsettia Candles and Twig Wreath.  The card base of white cardstock is layered with green metallic and white cut using the Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles.  I topped the white circle with a green metallic Twig Wreath as matting for the ivory Poinsettia Candles.  The flower centers are bronze micro beads.  The green bow at the flower base is also part of the Twig Wreath set.

I don't know about you, but when I use micro beads, I am always chasing them no matter what I pour them into when adding adhesive.  So, this time, I decided to try a coffee filter!  I have a stack of them in my stash from years ago when I used them for making flowers and other mixed media projects.  It worked great!  And, after I was finished, the creases in the filter made it easy to pour the excess beads back into the container.

Featured Product

Tutti Designs Poinsettia Candles

Tutti Designs Poinsettia Cross

Tutti Designs Twig Wreath

Tutti Designs Dotted Nesting Ovals

Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

Tutti Designs Snowglobe Expressions

Challenges entered:
Merry Christmas Challenge - Christmas/9-14
Scrapy Land Challenge #96 - Anything Goes/9-1

And that's a wrap Tutti friends! 
 Thanks for stopping by to share my final inspiration for Tutti Designs!
Be sure to visit the Tutti Designs Store for all available die cuts in the most recent release along with the full inventory of Tutti Dies.

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