Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Double D Sentiment/Quote Challenge!

 It's time for the Double D's second challenge in September.  At the Double D Challenge Blog, we always offer great inspiration with our selection of mood boards and Design Team creations.  Come and play along with us!

For the next two weeks, our challenge theme is Sentiments and Quotes.   Use a favorite sentiment or inspirational quote on your card or project and link it up to our current challenge post HERE in the Double D Challenge Blog.  We'll be awarding badges and giving out this prize to one lucky winner chosen by random draw...

And, as always, here's a mood board to help inspire you.  Use one, two, three or all four of the photos as your inspiration.  

I took my inspiration from the colors and quotes in the mood board photos. 

"She STOOD in the storm..."

I wanted to create a feminine card to go along with one of my favorite sentiments, so pink was the choice.  The quote speaks for itself...I find it very inspiring on days when things aren't going my way.  Life requires us to be flexible every day.

The card is 5" x 7" in size with a black cardstock base.  The white floral background die cut is layered over patterned paper from Authentique's "Classique: Pretty" Collection.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, cut it with an oval die and matted it with a scalloped die.

And...introducing my first attempt at making foamiran flowers!!  My friend, Monica, turned me on to trying this after seeing the amazing ones that she created.   I used a Heartfelt die to make the petals and then inked them with distress ink in the centers and along the edges.  When they were assembled, I sprayed them with iridescent Glitter Dust.  I think for the first attempt, they turned out pretty well.  A few pearls and a turquoise bow complete the embellishing!

From my stash...
Authentique Classique: Pretty Collection
Bazzill Cardstock
Close To My Heart Black Ink
Die Cuts: Anna Griffin, Heartfelt Creations, Spellbinders
Queen & Company Pearls
Ranger Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Therm O Web Glitter Dust
Other: Foamiran, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to share my challenge inspiration. 
Now it's your turn...join in our "Sentiment and Quote" Challenge.
Come on over to the Double D Challenge Blog and play along.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Dies R Us Chinese Lantern Sympathy Card

It's my day up on the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog and I'm sharing a card using a  very unique die from Poppystamps, the Chinese Lantern Stem and Tutti Designs Sympathy Word Set.

The Chinese Lantern plant has always fascinated me with its delicate and paper thin fruit.  The bright orange color makes it a favored fall decoration this time of year.  They're typically used in dry floral and other ornamental arrangements. This die cut is perfect for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays.

I used the Chinese Lantern die cut along with a "Sympathy" word die to create a simple, but elegant design on my card.
Here's my Chinese Lantern Stem inspiration for you...


Trying to photograph a creation that has metallic on it is so hard!  It has to be shown at every angle in order to catch the true color of the paper.  Getting the lighting just right is next to impossible!  I took of this card, and hope you are able to see the beauty and elegance of this simple design. 

I double cut the die using metallic gold and orange glitter cardstock.

I kept the gold metallic die cut to use as the outline for the stem and lantern.  The orange glitter insets from the second cut became the lantern itself.

The sentiment is also cut from the gold metallic paper.

Here's a front view of the card. 

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope my card has inspired you to use die cuts on your cards and projects. 
Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Double D "Glitter" Challenge!

It's September already?  No way...I can't believe the summer is winding down and coming to a close.  The leaves will be changing soon and we'll be entering the holiday season of glitter and sparkle.

So, for our first Double D Challenge in September, we want to see just that..."Glitter"Make your project sparkle!  Team Diane, with additional designs from Team Darlene, have lots of inspiration to share along with the mood board fabulous four shown below.

The Design Team will be choosing a Creative Winner and Top 3 to receive a Double D Badge to display on their blogs.  In addition, we are offering this Jolee "Spread the Sparkle" stamp set and matching "Sparkle" Designer Die.  The prize winner will be chosen by random draw and every entry is eligible to win!

Here's my "Glitter" inspiration...

" can make it"

From my stash...
Cardstock - Bazzill, Core'dinations
Die Cuts - Memory Box, Spellbinders
Ink - Close To My Heart
Stamp - Graciellie Designs "Endure"  Set
Tim Holtz/Ranger - Rock Candy Dry Glitter
Other: Patterned Paper, twine

We're waiting for you to play along!  Visit the Double D Challenge Blog "Glitter" post and link up your entry.  You'll find the challenge guidelines listed in the right sidebar of the blog.  Deadline for entries is midnight, September 17th.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I hope I have inspired you today!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Die Cuttin' Divas Guest Designer!

Today, I am honored to be sharing my project as a Guest Designer on the Die Cuttin' Divas Weekly Challenge Blog!  Each week you will find a new topic and inspiration using die cuts.  Stop on over, play along with the challenge and you could be the winner and become a Guest Diva!
Die cuts are a crafting staple for me and find their way on to just about everything I create.   There are so many in my stash, but it doesn't stop me from buying more.  I just can't help myself.  I created this card using one of my new paper pads from Kaisercraft.  It turned out better than I had hoped!
"HAPPY Birthday"

Any card I make is typically 6x6 in size.  The square cards speak to me for some reason.  It's like creating on a mini canvas.  I added lots of layers on this card by using some of my favorite dies cuts.  The lavender ribbon was a perfect match.  A few sequins, flowers and stick pins complete my design.

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily
Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson Delicate Fronds
Kaisercraft Lilac Whispers Collection
Memory Box Amana Circle
Petaloo Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Other: Sequins, Stick Pins

Challenges entered:
CropStop Linky Party #31 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #170-Anything Goes with Ribbon/8-30

Thank you Die Cuttin Divas for having me as one of your 2017 Guest Divas!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to share my project today. 
Hope to see you again soon!




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