Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Double D celebrates One Year Anniversary!

It's hard to believe that a year has gone by since I was invited to be a part of the Double D Challenge Blog Design Team.  What a fun year it has been.  And now we're ready to celebrate our one year anniversary. 

Please join us in our celebration! 

This will be a two part celebration using both of our monthly challenges.  We'll be adding two additional winners for each challenge who will win prizes besides choosing our Top 3, Overall Winner and the Winner.  And....not only are there additional prizes for this month's challenges, but some of the Design Team members are offering their own prizes for the first challenge of the month.  Be sure to check out their blogs, leave them some love and you may be a winner on their blog as well!  You can find the list of team members at the bottom of this post. Rules and prize descriptions are available on the Double D Blog.

I am offering this Prima "Bella Rouge" Stamp Set as my prize.  Just leave a comment and follow my blog for a chance to win.  The winner will be chosen by on January 15th and be announced in the 2nd challenge of the month post on January 18th .  Be sure to stop back and find out if you are a winner!

Now, on to our challenge...
Always a mood board to inspire your mojo!  Choose one or all of the four photos below to create and link your project in our bi weekly "Anniversary Challenge". 

Here's my "Anniversary" inspiration for you...

 "love always"

I took my inspiration from the top two photos. Roses are my favorite flower and I love the rustic and chalkboard trends that are happening right now.  The colors are some of my favorite too!

There are lots of layers on this card.  The front is a piece of chalkboard paper from my stash that is matted on cork and then on cardstock.  It's all elevated for dimension using foam tape.   I didn't want to use chalk and risk the words smearing, so, I used 3-D, white sticker words. The corner flower cluster and leaves are adhered to a wood slice with gold ferns beneath it.  I made a bow with a piece of hemp twine and placed it under the corner flower.  The base is white cardstock with gold filigree corner die cuts under the the main card front.

Thanks for stopping by...I hope I have inspired you to play along with our
"Anniversary Challenge".

Don't forget to stop by our other team member blogs for amazing inspiration!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

It seems like just yesterday we were saying good-bye to 2015With the blink of an eye, we are welcoming 2017!  
2016 was here and gone!

  Once again, it has been a very busy and blessed year for our family.  We are so very thankful for all that we have and our growing circle of family and friends.  A new grandson arrived this past April and brightened what was a dismal start to the year.  Now, we are looking forward to spending much more time with our children and grandchildren as retirement looms just around the corner.  It promises to be an exciting year.

  As we leave 2016 behind, I am sharing a few favorite cards that I created throughout the year.

Thanks for stopping by blog!  
 Hope to see you again in the new year.

As we say good-bye to 2016, I am wishing everyone a happy, healthy  and prosperous New Year.

New is the year, new are the hopes and the aspirations,
New is the resolution, new are the spirits and
Forever my warm wishes are for you.
Have a promising and fulfilling new year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Double D December Challenge, "Silver and Gold"

 Welcome to the Double D Challenge Blog's final challenge for 2016!

It's been an amazing year and I'm happy to be part of this awesome team at the Double D.  We will be sharing more inspiration than your mojo can handle in 2017 when you play along with us.

December is an exciting month with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas around the corner along with the New Year festivities.  Lots of fun and excitement in the days ahead.  I am really in the holiday spirit and looking forward to time with family and friends.
 The Double D is sharing amazing holiday inspiration for this challenge.  Our theme is "Silver and Gold".  Do you know that song?  If you're a fan of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, it should be familiar to you.  Burl Ives sings it in this traditional and vintage holiday show.

Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Mean so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On ev'ry Christmas tree

Please join us for this festive, end of year challenge!
Here's info about the prizes...

 We'll be choosing a CREATIVE WINNER and TOP 3 who will be awarded our Double D badge to display in their blogs. In addition, when there is a prize available (like today), we will use random draw to select the winner!  International entries are welcome as well and everyone will have a chance to win.

The prize for our December challenge is...
Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson "Merry Christmas" sentiment die cut.

 And, here's  the fabulous mood board for our "Silver and Gold" Challenge!

Choose one or all four photos to inspire you!

"Christmas Sentiments"

I was inspired by both the gold and silver on this mood board and decided to use both colors on my card.  The base for this 6" x 6" card is a kraft/foil striped paper that looks awesome with the printed holiday vellum layered over it.  I added a die cut poinsettia with holly and pine sprigs along with a jeweled stem and spiraled silver wires.  Gold pearls in the flower center and corners finish off the card.
So, come and join the fun!  Link your silver/gold inspired project to our Double D December Silver/Gold Challenge post and you could be the winner of our awesome prize!

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

And more inspiration from our other teamies...

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Craft-Dee BowZ Holiday Gift Bags!

Today is my day to share December inspiration on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog. 

Christmas is only 12 days away and it's crunch time for many holiday shoppers.  Finding that special gift isn't always easy and gift cards have become more popular in these busy times.  It takes the guess work out of buying the right size, color, style or taste of the gift recipient.

This month, the Design Team is sharing lots of inspiration on how to package your gifts to make them look pretty and elegant.  I have chosen to alter mini gift bags and boxes that I will be able to use for the gift cards that we are giving this Christmas.'s my mini bag/box inspiration for you.

Gift Card Holders

First up is a mini kraft and gold striped gable box that I embellished with a sprig of holly and a gorgeous green sheer bow.  The background is white paper doily.  I glued the "Merry Christmas" sentiment to a burlap tag.

Next is a white mini bag that I covered with pieces of patterned paper from a new collection I recently purchased.  The colors were perfect with the sheer maroon ribbon in our DT product.

I used some leftover silver ribbon from our November product to create the bow for my final mini bag.  The patterned paper was in my stash from years ago.  I embellished the bag with a dimensional die cut snowflake to pick up the pattern in the paper.

Featured Product
Craft Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

From my stash
Avery Elle Snowflake, Impression Obsession Peace Die Cuts
Basic Grey, Photoplay Patterned Papers
Wild Orchid Flower
Other: Bags, Box, Doily, Gems, Holly, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to share my inspiration!

Don't forget to play along with our December Challenge, "Anything goes and include a HANDMADE bow" for a chance to win 3 single images of your choice from Robin's Fetish.


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