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May 2nd, 2017

stars and stripes…

Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe it’s May, spring is here and the academic year is drawing quickly to a close! It seems like ages since I had the time to sit at the crafting table and get lost in the process of making a card.

Diane’s challenge this month is to produce a card with red, white and blue and/or stars and stripes. I thought I would give it a go, using all of the above and some flowers too….

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I die cut the scalloped, blue frame and stamped some random stars (Super Stars-PTI) onto a scrap of white paper with red dots to use as the background under the frame. The circles used for the sentiment (SU) were punched from 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ hand punches. An edge-stitched ribbon was used under the circle and some additional stars were punched for the background, from a shimmery red card stock. The roses were leftovers that I think, but I’m not certain, were from Anna Griffin.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are having a truly lovely spring and can find a few minutes to join us on this creative journey!

Hugs and blessings,

February 28th, 2017

think spring…

Hello everyone and welcome. The new Double ‘D’ Challenge is the perfect reason to create a beautiful, spring-themed card! I took some inspiration from a card I saw last year, created by Betsy Veldman and made my own, personal version…

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I began by die cutting the front panel from 40 lb. watercolor paper then doing some loose water coloring on the center panel. I mixed in some shimmer powder, but the shimmer really is only visable when you see it in real life…

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I die cut and stamped six flower bouquets, adding some light apricot shading over the yellow of the tulips and some darker aqua over the forget-me-nots. The sentiment was heat embossed in the middle and then the flower clusters were overlapped to create a wreath…

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I adhered the frame (cut all in one with the center panel) and popped the main panel up on adhesive foam so that the aqua card stock base would peek through.

Here is the gorgeous inspiration board, overflowing with creative ideas!…

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see your ideas on the challenge site! Look below for a full list of materials used in my card.

 

Hugs and blessings,

40lb. watercolor paper Strathmore
aqua mist card stock Papertrey Ink
die stitched rectangles Simon Says
Bitty Bouquets stamp set and die Papertrey Ink
Brushstroke Sentiments stamp set Papertrey Ink
VersaMark stamping medium Tsukineko
embossing powder liquid platinum Ranger
aqua mist ink pad Papertrey Ink
harvest gold ink pad Papertrey Ink
spring moss ink pad Papertrey Ink
alcohol markers YR01, B41 Copic markers
January 29th, 2017

lavender & lace…

Welcome! The newest Double ‘D’ Challenge is called ‘Lavender and Lace’. What fabulous inspiration that brings to mind. For some odd reason, my first thought was about wisteria! I had a stamp set that hadn’t seen ink in awhile and one of the elements in the set was for wisteria…I guess it was floating around in my mind.

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I began with a new, unused, leafy mask and some modeling paste. Rather than cover the entire background, I taped off the portion I wanted to use and added this gorgeous texture to the white panel that would be carrying the design. When it was dry, I used a sponge applicator to apply distress ink. Then I stamped some leafy sprigs (in periwinkle distress ink), behind the area that would hold the raised wisteria vines. I die cut a couple of wisteria sections, stamped and arranged them to overlap and then popped them up on adhesive foam…

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The sweet little decorative sign board was in the same set. After stamping the decorative border and sentiment, it was adhered with a double thick layer of adhesive tape so that it would be raised higher than the wisteria…

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A length of lavender and white bakers twine was wrapped twice around the white card stock and a simple bow finishes the card.

So now, look at this beautiful inspiration board and see what it brings to your mind and hands!

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Thank you very much for stopping by and my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your gracious and kind comments! They mean so much to me~

 

Hugs and blessings,

plum pudding card stock Papertrey Ink
whisper white card stock StampinUp
garden gate stamp and die sets Papertrey Ink
dusty concord distress ink Ranger
shaded lilac distress ink Ranger
tuxedo black stamp pad Tsukineko
plum pudding stamp pad Papertrey Ink
winter wisteria stamp pad Papertrey Ink
bakers twine lavender and white Paper Sweeties
January 4th, 2017

happy anniversary…

Welcome everyone! It’s hard to believe that the Double D Challenge is celebrating its’ one year blogaversary! Diane and Darlene have worked diligently to make this a wonderful card challenge site and WOW, they certainly have succeeded. I’ve created an anniversary card with inspiration from the wonderful inspiration board…

 

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Peach and roses and prints, blackboard, grey and pails all providing wonderful inspirations! So much to create with that the hardest part was limiting myself to just a few ideas…

 

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I played with a sentiment from a well used stamp set called ‘Half and Half’, flower stamps and dies from Garden Gate with soft peaches and yellows…

 

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A touch of lace and a die cut paper strip are the only other embellishments. It’s a single layer A2 card that fits into a standard envelope and requires a first class stamp! I love to add three dimensional embellishments but since mailing costs have increased so much I’m making more flat cards.

I’m off to the post office! Hope you have a lovely day~

 

Hugs and blessings,

 

 

December 6th, 2016

dreams of a white christmas…

Welcome! Autumn has been joyful. A huge hunter moon, cool air, the colors and textures of fall clothes, winter squash and pumpkins, longer nights and so many wonderful things that I am grateful for, now give way to the splendors of winter.

At Double “D” Challenges the theme this month is,”Dreaming of a White Christmas”. I created a panorama card with concertina sides. It folds flat as a pancake for mailing and stands on its’ own for display…

 

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The quick description of this style of card is that it has four panels. There is a solid back panel and three in front, each one cut out with a slightly larger opening until you get to the front panel which has the largest opening of all. Each layer is treated separately and the finished effect is charming…

 

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Here is the side view which shows the accordion folds that allow it to flatten. Each layer is attached to the side panels. The card is 6 x 6″ and fits into a 6.25 x 6.25 flat envelope…

 

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After die cutting the snowflakes I treated them to a coating of M. Stewart, corse glitter. In real life it makes the snowflakes look as though they’ve been encrusted with crystals upon their crystals! It was worth a little extra time to hopefully brighten someone’s mail!

Wishing a wonderful beginning to winter with

Hugs and blessings.

 

Dies Panoramas Tattered lace
In the Meadow Papertrey Ink
Fir Trees ImpressionObsession
Snowflakes ImpressionObsession
Stamps In the Meadow Papertrey Ink
Inks TumbledGlass Distress Ink-Ranger
ChippedSapphire Distress Ink-Ranger
Fresh Snow Papertrey Ink
Paper Fresh Snow Papertrey Ink
White Glitter American Craft
November 1st, 2016

harvest blessings…

Hello everyone, I’m hoping that you are enjoying this wonderful time of year that I have been happily anticipating. It’s so wonderful that it is finally here! The changes it brings after the intense heat of the summer are a joy. To open the back door in the morning and to be treated to cool air is a thrill. It’s also time to start thinking of Thanksgiving! This holiday is gift to us. It doesn’t focus on material gifts, but the joy of being with the people we love, the bounty of the table and gratitude we have…

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The curving garland adorned with leaves and berries was stamped twice to create a lovely ‘S’ curve, leaving lots of space for an elegant greeting…

I made a second version that used a bit of fussy cutting and leaf patterned paper…

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It was fun to work with some favorite stamp sets and lovely autumn colors.  I was enjoying this process so much that I kept going…

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Just some simple kraft colored card stock and a lovely stamped image to color monochromatically with Copic markers and a single cross stitch, just because…

Thanks you for looking through this longish post. I hope you can join us. Here is the inspiration board for this month’s challenge at Double D Challenges~

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Sending you hugs and blessings,

 

Stamps Autumn Adornments PTI
      “ Autumn Vintage Labels 3 Just Rite Papercraft
      “ Basket of Blessings PTI
Inks terra cotta tile PTI
      “ summer sunrise PTI
      “ canyon clay PTI
      “ pure poppy PTI
      “ harvest gold PTI
      “ classic kraft PTI
      “ dark chocolate PTI
      “ tuxedo black Tsukineko, Ranger
Papers eggshell notes and envelopes Memory Box
Fall Prints and Patterns 8×8″ PTI
October 4th, 2016

pumpkin time…

Hello everyone. It’s time to let out a big sigh in the southwest as cool weather is on its’ way! October more often resembles summer here in the desert, but the mornings begin to cool which means the days will be moderating too. Each year when I turn the calendar page to October, I think about autumn in New England, where the trees put on the most magnificent display of color. I think about the sound of leaves under my feet and pumpkins piled up by the door…

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Where I live, pumpkins need to be displayed indoors if they’re to last awhile! That thought lead me to ferret out two old jar and filler stamps. Pumpkins in a jar seemed ridiculously comical, and as absurd as my autumn dreams in the desert…

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I did some quick (a bit too quickly as I can see) Copic coloring, taking my  colors from this great inspiration board….

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Some hand dyed seam binding that I had made some time ago, made a nice triple loop topper along with a small stamped tag, a golden daisy (O.K., it’s kind of similar to an autumn blooming aster) and two, embossed paper leaves finished off the cluster…

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I will list my supplies below. Happy October to you!

 

Hugs and blessings,

card stock classic kraft Papertrey Ink
fresh snow Papertrey Ink
stamp set friendship Papertrey Ink
friendship jar fall filler Papertrey Ink
tiny tags Papertrey Ink
ink dark chocolate Papertrey Ink
tuxedo black Tsukiniko
camomile Papertrey Ink
dies tiny tags Papertrey Ink
tag sale #11
markers Copic

 

 

 

September 6th, 2016

down on the farm….

Hello dear bloggers,

September is the lead up to my favorite season and while it’s still hot here in the desert, I always think about autumn in New England. I know that the morning is coming, when cool air will great me as I open the door. When that happens, I start to think about planting fall veggies and flowers…

This month at the D & D Challenge, Diane has decided on ‘Down on the Farm’ for the theme. This is what I made…

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Sunflowers, gingham and a big white pitcher really evoke farm country for me…

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This Sunflower Bouquet stamp from Papertrey Ink gave me the perfect opportunity to open some Copic markers and play. I was amazed that my markers hadn’t dried out in the many months since I’ve used them. The sentiment is from Birthday Basics and is probably my most-used stamp set ever!…

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I had also forgotten just how much I enjoy fussy cutting! Since I hadn’t purchased the die that coordinates with this stamp, I set to work cutting out every intricate little bit! I wanted that overhang on the side of the card and the bit of dimension that the thickness of the paper layer supplies.

The sunflower card got me thinking more about fall planting and that led me to another much used stamp set called Vegetable Garden and that lead to this…

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I stamped the multi layered vegetables and fussy cut them out, leaving a white margin. The beet has a layer of Glossy Accents which doesn’t show in the photo but adds a nice touch…

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The vegetables were raised with adhesive foam, on top of some leaf ribbon. I think veggies are so very pretty. The sentiment came from PTI’s ‘Scripted’ stamp set…

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Here is Diane’s inspiration board for this theme. I hope it gives you some wonderful ideas with which to join the challenge!…

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Hugs and blessings,

 

 

August 2nd, 2016

a polka dot challenge….

Hello everyone,

While school days aren’t too far off for most of you, let’s enjoy the fun of swimming, paper crafting, polka dots (think classic cotton summer dress), and beach colors! I reached for a 6×6″ Tilda paper pad called ‘Spring Lake’ along with some coordinating accessories and had lots of fun making this…

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It feels very luxurious to begin a project without any idea of where the materials will take me! I found a die cut, curvy tag in my trusty plastic baggy, split it into two parts and discarded the center. The parts became the instant brackets for the top and bottom. The striped pattern is actually the backboard of some Tilda packaging that was too pretty to discard. I love the vintage image of the swimmer with her hair tied up in a polka dotted scarf. It reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of one of my grandmothers in the late 1920’s….

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This paper collection is all two sided papers, so there were lots of patterns to choose from. That wonderful fan pattern fit that era so well…

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I found the two small metal charms in my collection. The shell was bright silver and too jarring in color to use as is. I found my trusty old Ranger alcohol inks and gave the shell a patina. It’s not as bright as it appears in the photo. The buttons are covered in fabric and came from a Tilda button pack that’s part of their Spring Lake collection.

Here’s Dianes inspiration board. Perhaps you will create a bright and bold variation! Either way, dive in and join us in this polka dot challenge!

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Hugs and blessings,

July 5th, 2016

a gingham challenge….

Hello dear bloggers,

Its full blown summer and what better theme for this D & D Challenge, than gingham. Just the word evokes images of summer in my mind. Since school is still out and there was more time to devote to a papery creation, I had fun working with some of my favorite pastel papers…

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to devote to a frothy sort of creation.

 

I found a stash of pastel papers, some die cuts, a doily and had such fun arranging and rearranging the pieces. A white banner and a vellum doily where found in a plastic baggie where I keep the ‘extras’ that I die cut while I’m making one for a particular project. It’s perfect for these times when I just want to play and it’s fun to pull pieces out of a bag and start arranging. I can’t say that there’s rhyme or reason to a project like this one. It’s just for the pleasure of it…

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Some good old, perfect pearls around the heart and a few on the banner, just because. I haven’t used perfect pearls in ages and even though the substance has separated  in the bottle, it was still workable…

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I couldn’t resist going over the pale green scrolls with a marker, but I think I should have left them alone. Isn’t that mother of pearl button wonderful? It was cut out of a paper collection and is awfully convincing!

So now, it’s off to you to create from Diane’s inspiration board…

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Sending you wishes for balmy summer nights, gentle rain and every pleasure you take from summer.

 

Hugs and blessings,