Friday, February 15, 2019


Hi blogger friends!

Today, I'm sharing a Valentine Celebration card.  Valentine's Day, the day of love, is a favorite day for couples to get engaged.  So, I thought it would be nice to have a card on hand just for this special occasion should I happen to know someone that is need of one.  The song, "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" was the inspiration for my card.  It was a favorite of mine back in the early 80's.
Here it is...
This 5" x 5" card was created with all scraps of paper from my stash.  I love the turquoise wood grain paper layered over the melon color.  The lacy heart makes a great background for the stamped wood piece.  I cut two hearts and adhered them to the wood slice and overlapped them a little to resemble hearts carved on a tree.  The sentiment is die cut from gold metallic cardstock.  The only embellishment needed were a few mulberry roses.
From my stash
American Craft and Bazzill Cardstock
Echo Park Patterned Paper
Wild Orchid Mulberry Roses
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope to see you here again soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Double D, "Hearts" Challenge!

Welcome to February, the month of Love...
Soon, we'll celebrate a day of romance where the exchange of cards, flowers, candies, gifts and/or even a romantic dinner are on the agenda for many as they celebrate love! 
Team Diane, is up today with a fabulous theme of "Hearts" for the first challenge this month at the Double D Challenge Blog.  What perfect timing for Valentine's Day on February 14th.   As always, we offer a fabulous mood board consisting of four different photos to inspire you.
We'll be choosing a CREATIVE WINNER and Top 3 who will be awarded our Double D Badge to display in your blogs.  In addition, we'll use random draw to select a winner for the awesome prize shown below.  International entries are welcome as well so everyone will have a chance to win.
Impression Obsession Heart Stems
I was most inspired by the prints and colors along with the heart shapes.  Here's my "Heart" inspired card...
"You have my heart..."
This 6" x 6" card of luscious layers is full of heart! The base of kraft paper is layered with two shades of pink matting and three different patterned papers.  The Tutti Designs filigree heart die is one of my all time favorites.  It is double cut and creates a pocket for the smaller hearts.  The sentiment is printed on vellum and die cut along with the other hearts using another Tutti Designs set.  I embellished with white pearl hearts and a small bow.

From my stash...
Bazzill, Core'dinations Cardstock
Pebbles Patterned Paper
Stampin' Up Ribbon
Tutti Designs - Stitched Hearts, Heart of Hearts Corner
Other: Pearl hearts, vellum

Challenges entered:
Classic Design Team #2 - Anything Goes/2-27
Cuttlebug Mania - Be My Valentine/2-18
Cute Card Thursday - Valentines/2-6
Dare2BArtzy - Love/2-28
Little Red Wagon #483 - Hello Sweetie/2-12
Mod Squad - Greet Your Vellum/2-12
Moo-Mania #184 - Love Is In The Air/2-28
PP Creative Confetti - All You Need Is Love/3-2
Scrapy Land #107 - Anything Goes with Die Cuts/2-17
The Paper Shelter #369 - For The One You Love/2-12
Water Cooler Wednesday #207 - Feminine Anything Goes/2-11
So, join the fun!  Link your "Hearts"  inspired project to the Double D Challenge Blog's Heart post today.  You could be a badge or prize winner.

Visit my Double D Teamies for more inspiration and prize opportunities!

Team Diane

Team Darlene
 Vicki (ME!)

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


Friday, January 25, 2019

Finally time to play...

Hi there, blogger friends!

Today, I'm sharing a few cards that I created this past week.  I've been so busy with family life, that my crafting has, once again, taken a back seat to more important things.  Not that my crafting is not important!! I would be totally lost without the down time that it provides me.  But, family is the main priority in our home...

So, here are a few cards that I am linking to challenges that I came across while posting comments on our Double D Challenge entries.  The topics piqued my interest and I certainly had the stash to follow their themes and play along with other challenges too.

First up is a card I created for the Time Out Challenge, "Inspired by Words" and The Paper Girls "Sparkle and Shine" Challenge.
"This girl is on fire..."

I love the song, "This Girl Is On Fire" by Alicia Keyes.  It is so inspiring and makes me think of how proud we are of our daughters' success in life.  The card, of course, is my favorite square size with layers and die cuts.  The stamped image is from an old stamp set I found on a crop swap table.  It is now part of my crafty stash!  I inked around the image and the sentiment with distress inks.  The die cut layer is matted with an orange foil and adhered to a white card base.

Next up are cards I created for the Little Red Wagon, "Stick It" Challenge.
The challenge calls for the use of Washi Tape.  Not something I use frequently, but I recently purchased tape in golds, pinks and turquoise colors that I wanted to use together on card fronts.  These are easy peasy birthday cards that take only minutes to create.  The sentiments are stamped and cut using circle and banner dies.  I embellished with candi dots. 

From my stash...
Cardstock - Bazzill, DCWV
Die Cuts - Memory Box, Sizzix, Taylored Expressions, Tutti Designs
Embellishments - Craftwork Cards, Queen & Co.
Ink - CTMH, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks
Stamp - Close To My Heart
I hope my cards have inspired you to create something new! 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Double D, "Looking Back In Time"...

Good morning Blogger Buddies!
It's time for the Double D's second challenge of the month.  January is flying by and we're "Looking Back in Time"! Create something that reminds you of times gone by.

Before we move on, it's time to announce the blog candy winner from last week's "It's On The Menu" Challenge post here on my blog.  I enlisted hubby's help on this random draw!  The winner is...

Thanks, April!  I will be in touch to get your info!

Now on to this week's challenge...

Team Darlene is hosting this fun challenge where you'll find lots of inspiration from the mood board below.  Link up your "Looking Back in Time" entry to the Double D Challenge post by Sunday, February 3rd and you could be one of our Creative Winners.  There's also a prize winner chosen by random draw that could win this....


And, here's the mood board inspiration...

I created this vintage baby card...

I have a collection of vintage stickers in my stash from years ago.  This challenge gave me the inspiration to pull them out and look through what I had.  There are so many from old sleds to kitchen items, but the baby shoes caught my eye, so I decided on a baby card.

This 6" x 6" card has a background that replicates the background on the stickers.  I scored the cardstock in a diamond design and used a Viva Pearl Pen to add the tiny pearls.  The lace doily die and crocheted trim helped with the vintage feel of the card.  The sentiment is computer generated on ivory cardstock and then cut out and matted with circle dies. I placed the top sticker at angle with foam tape for dimension and added a few small ivory flowers for the final details.

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
Prima Pineapple Doily Die
Spellbinders Circle Die
Tutti Designs Crosstitch Circle Die
Viva Pearl Pen - Cream
49 & Market Botanical Potpourri Flowers - Buttermilk

Challenges entered:
Dies R Us #113 - Something New, Baby/1-28
Scrapy Land #106 - Anything Goes/2-3

Join our Double D Challenge, "What's On The Menu" today!
You could be one of our winners.

Thanks for stopping by today...
Hope to see you here again soon!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

It's Double D "Anniversary" time!!

Happy New Year Blogger friends!

We're celebrating our 3rd Anniversary on the Double D Challenge Blog and dishin' up a fabulous mood board full of inspiration for our first challenge of 2019!!

Wow, how cool is this mood board?  So many details and inspirational options going on here.  What's on your menu?  Link up your menu inspired entry to the Double D "It's on the Menu" post for the opportunity to be Top Creative Winner,  a Top 3 Creative Winner or the random draw winner of one of these three awesome prize...

Prize #1 - Cottage Cutz Happy Birthday Cupcake

Prize #2 - Cottage Cutz Stitched Cupcakes

Prize #3 - Sizzix Happy Birthday Set

And in addition to these prizes, I am offering a prize here on my personal blog.  This Prima, 3 piece stamp set could be yours! Just become a follower and comment on my card's that easy.  Everyone is welcome to play along.  Winner will be chosen by random draw on Jan. 14th, at the close of the challenge, and announced in my January 16th blog post.  So stop back and see if you are the lucky winner! If you can't wait until the 16th, stop by the Double D Challenge Blog on Tuesday, January 15th for a list of winners on all Design Team blogs.

Prima Floral Cling Stamp
3 piece set for our 3rd Anniversary!

Here's my "On The Menu" inspiration...


I was inspired by the fun colors and the details on the menu chalkboard.  A cold glass of iced tea came to mind too and I love sweet tea!  I love this new "Sweet" die cut and used the positive cut for the jar sentiment.

So, join the fun!  Link your "It's On The Menu" inspired project to the Double D Challenge Blog's 3rd Anniversary post today.  You could be a badge or prize winner.  Don't forget to comment and follow my blog for the chance to win the prize I'm offering above. 

Visit my Double D Teamies for more inspiration and prize opportunities!

Team Diane
Thanks again for stopping by....come back soon.



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