Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Double D Ric Rac - Zig Zag Challenge!

Happy belated Valentine's Day, everyone!  I hope you were surrounded by love yesterday and every day.  Today marks the start of our second challenge for February on the Double D Challenge Blog and Team Darlene is here to inspire you.   Our "Lavender and Lace" Challenge was a huge success with so many beautiful entries.  Thanks to everyone that played along.

The current challenge theme is..."Ric Rac - Zig Zag"!

We will be choosing a Creative Winner and top 3 to receive our Double D badge to share on your blogs.  Don't miss this opportunity to play along.  Link your project to the "Ric Rac - Zig Zag" post on the Double D Challenge Blog by midnight Sunday, February 26th.  You'll find guidelines under the "Our Rules" tab at the top of the blog.

And, this month there is a really cool prize!  The winner will be chosen by random draw.  International entries are welcome too, so everyone has a chance to win!

Cheery Lynn's  Zig Zag Ric Rac Die Cut.

There's lots of inspiration to be had among the beautiful colors and designs on this mood board!  Choose one photo or use them all to inspire your challenge entry.

How fun is this mood board?

My inspiration came from chevron/zig zag design on the comforter in the last photo.  The colors of turquoise, white and taupe were a perfect match to some paper in my stash.  The taupe cardstock base helped to pull out the muted shade in the patterned paper.   To stay with the paper theme, I used my  zig zag circle and banners dies for embellishing.  I also added a foliage stem cut from the taupe cardstock along with some pearl dew drops.  To finish the card, I wanted to use ric rac since it was part of the challenge theme.  The flower is made of two lengths of ric rac that are pieced together to form a circle.  I found a tutorial on You Tube to help with making it.
Visit my other team members for more fabulous inspiration...

 Team Darlene
Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I hope my card inspires you to play along with us.
Stop back again soon!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

A day of romance where the exchange of cards, flowers, candies, gifts and/or even a romantic dinner are on the agenda for many people as they celebrate love!  Lots of couples choose this day to become engaged.  It's truly one day of romance that we share all over the world!

Valentine cards usually portray images of cupids, hearts and roses. The colors of red and pink are also common symbols we see on Valentine's Day.  I chose all of these elements to embellish this Valentine card for someone special.


This card is the typical square style that I find myself making every time I create a card.  There's something I love about this style...I feel like I'm creating on a mini canvas.   I added lots of hearts, both doily style and a few made with metallic gold paper.  The patterned paper on the banner was die cut to include the cupid image.  A few flourishes and roses covered the typical items we see on Valentine's day.  After I arranged and adhered everything, I added a touch of gesso randomly throughout the embellishments to give it a more shabby chic feel.  The sentiment word "Love", is die cut from the same gold metallic paper as the hearts.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Cardmakers #182 - Add Some Texture/2-25
Dare2BArtzy - All You Need is Love/3-3
Die Cuttin' Divas #304 - Valentine Colors/2-19
House of Cards - Love Theme and/or Colors/2-28
Pile It On - Hearts on Fire/2-18
Just Us Girls - Trend Week, Hearts/2-17
The Paper Girls - With Heart/2-19
UnstampaBelles #65 - Anything Goes/2-28

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Have a beautiful Valentine's Day filled with Love!  Hope to see you here again soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Double D "Lavender and Lace" Challenge!

Phew...we made it through January without any snow!  Now, February is here and it's time for our first challenge of the month on the Double D Challenge Blog

 Tomorrow, Punxatawney Phil makes his appearance to determine how much longer winter will last.  I have to say we have been most fortunate thus far with only a couple inches of snow here in SE PA.  However, February is always a thrill... if we are to get snow, it will be this month!

With that being said, February also brings us Valentine's Day.  I used the opportunity to combine the challenge theme with a Valentine's Day card that I made for someone special.  Although I am on Team Darlene, the majority of both teams like to participate in each others' challenges during the month.  Team Diane plays along with us on our challenges and vice versa.  I loved the February theme for Team Diane's challenge so I decided to play along too.

The challenge theme is...Lavender and Lace!
Use the color lavender and add lace to your project.  You can use a die cut, stamp, or even real lace including a doily.  We can't wait to see your creations.  Link your entry to the Double D Challenge Blog's "Lavender and Lace" post by midnight, February 12th for the opportunity to win one of the prizes listed below.

We will be choosing a Creative Winner and Top 3 to receive our Double D Badge to share on your blogs.  In addition, when a prize is available, we will be using a random draw to select the winner.  Today is one of those days and EVERYONE has a chance to win.  International entries are welcome as well!  Enter your project HERE.  

You could win this gorgeous Precious Marieke Flower Border Die.

And here's our "Lavender and Lace" mood board to inspire you....

How inspiring is this?  These photos ooze elegance and romance!

Here's my Valentine Card to inspire you too....


 I love the combination of lavender and lace.  By the time I had decided on the design for my card, there were dozens of die cuts scattered on my craft table.  I didn't use them all, but did use seven of them. One of my favorite, the Prima Pineapple Doily, became the first of many background layers.  On top of that, I layered a new Joy Craft Viewmaster die.  I love the lacey edge on this!  Next, the Nesting Stitched Hearts and sentiment word  "Love" are Tutti Designs.  The greenery dies are Leane Creatief and Creative Expressions.  The honeycomb corner die is from Memory Box.

I couldn't resist the touch of gold against the lavender and white.  A Martha Stewart Trellis punch doubled up is the base for the lace heart trim and Wild Orchid cottage roses.

Die Cuts used:  Creative Expressions, Joy Crafts, Memory Box, Prima, Leane Creatief, Tutti Designs

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope my card has inspired you to play along with the Double D, "Lavender and White" Challenge.

Visit my other team members for more fabulous inspiration...
Team Diane

Team Darlene

Hope to see you again soon...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Hues for Winter Blues...

The weather is cold, rainy and not very uplifting...I think I'm suffering from the winter time blues.  It's been  a while since I had time to play with my crafty stash and create something that didn't include a deadline.  I have quite a few new die cuts that I purchased toward the end of 2016 that I finally took out of the packages they arrived in.  Now, the problem is, which do I use first?

Here's just a few of the ones I now have in my stash...
Ten new Tutti Designs die cuts.  I love this new line of dies.  They  beautiful details and  release paper so well.  You will find all of these fabulous dies in the Dies R Us Store inventory.

I decided since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I was going to make a card with hearts using my new Tutti Designs Flowery Hearts, Nesting Stitched Hearts, Dianthus Branch and Word Set - Love.  Then I saw this challenge mood board on the Die Cuttin' Divas Blog...

Here are the "winter blues" colors that I wanted to create with.  So, with this in mind, I pulled some silver metallic and blue velvet scraps from my stash along with a piece of heart patterned paper.  The heart and snowflake topper in the upper right photo helped me decide on heart placement in my design.


 I love velvet paper and it cuts beautifully with dies. Blue velvet always reminds me of an old Bobby Vinton song, "She Wore Blue Velvet", that my mother used to sing when I was young.  The metallic paper was perfect for the background pieces and sentiment.   Don't those little flowers make you think of snowflakes?  I added a silver bow and flower to the Dianthus stem tucked behind the hearts.  Although it's not the traditional Valentine color of red or pink, I think it still speaks of romance.

Challenges entered:

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