Sunday, September 19, 2021

My Favorite Things 2021 Card Design Superstar

Clean & Simple Genius



I am entering this card in the My Favorite Things 2021 Card Design Superstar
Clean and Simple Virtuoso

I am out of my comfort zone with a clean and simple card.  But here goes anyway. 
Supplies are: Stitched Mini Scallop Rec Stax
                       Hi There die
                       Fall Friends
                       Lily die for the leaves


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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Seize the Birthday Challenge #223 - Faux or Real Stitching

Our "Topping" option this time is...
If you are not into using the toppings, just make sure it is a birthday card. 

We all take turns deciding what the topping will be for a challenge. It is my turn for this one and I chose Stitching.  Make it real or faux. Not a problem. 

Here is my card

Since I knew in advance of this challenge, I ordered the die from Spellbinders Large Die of the Month Club for May 2021. 

I die cut it from some heavy cardstock and then did the stitching.  I was not intending to stitch all of it, but that is how it worked out. You see, I took it with me on a little trip and I could sit and stitch while I visited with family. That is the reality of how easy it was. 
Seriously! 

Then, I simply adhered it to a card base from Gina K Designs Coral Reef. Added a few pearls from my stash. I die cut the sentiment three times and glued them together as this card has lots of definition. Honey Bee Buzzwords is the die I used. 
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We have a new Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months.
She is Jenny Martin and you can find her creations HERE

Make sure that you stop by the blog too. 
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/




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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Double D Challenge - Leaves

It is the second Double D Challenge for the month of September. 
Darlene is the hostess and appropriately chose the theme of LEAVES. 
Most of us think of the fall colors for the leaves,
 but I took inspiration from the green ones. 


I wonder what you will do on your entry for this challenge? 
Here is my card. 


This stamp is the Greetery, Sign & Sealed stamp, and die. I used the Gina K ink called Moonlit fog. Sometimes it looks greener than here. I added a few Nuvo drops in gold to the berries. 

Here is the prize for a random winner. 


Impression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf Set



Be sure to check out the blog for more ideas from our fabulous team

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Color Hues - One Year Anniversary!

My friend and birthday sister, Nancy Leppek is celebrating one year of her new card challenge 
Color Hues

I am sure it has been a lot of work for her, but she enjoys it and after all, she has joined us retired crafters. As you can see the challenge is Yellow and Orange this time. There are prizes too. 

I got two for one with this stamp. It was not my original intention, but you all know how
 that shakes out sometimes. 


GKD Stamp Timeless Poppies
GKD Grateful sentiment die from Fluttering Fall Bundle.
I cut this to make a mini slimline card and used the rest of the stamp to make this next card. From my stash copper sequins and clear droplets.  I took a deep breath and did splatters with 
white and dark brown. 


I have used this stamp set a number of times and I can see more in the future. 
This card also used the Penny Black Die called Border Edges
Embossing folder by Darice called Wire Fence. Some twine from my stash and the Spellbinder die of the month Colorblock circles and stripes. Clear droplets from my stash. 

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Seize the Birthday Challenge #222 - Pastel Colors

Our "Topping" option this time is...



If you are not into using the toppings, just make sure it is a birthday card. 
Joann is our host for this challenge and she has opted for pastel colors.  I do love pastel colors and forget how pretty they can be on a card. 

Here is my card

I got some inspiration for this card from Pinterest. I used the Gina K Designs Master Layouts One dies for the background. The design papers are MFT and also the borderline die used here as the birthday candles. I also improvised the flames using a leaf die from PTI. The little sprigs are a die from Tim Holtz. Embroidery floss for bows completed the look that I wanted. 
Sometimes you don't need a sentiment on the front to know that it is a Birthday card. 


We have a new Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months.
She is Jenny Martin and you can find her creations HERE

Make sure that you stop by the blog too. 
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Double D Challenge - Anything with a Tail

                                    Welcome back to the first challenge of the month for Double D! 
Here it is September and the days are getting more like fall and that is fine with me.
 It has been a hot summer in Wisconsin. 

So are you ready for this challenge? Diane has chosen anything with a tail! 
Here is the mood board for some inspiration. 

                                           


Here is my card. 

 
The birds have a tail, and the bunnies have a tail! 

I could not resist using this stamp and dies from Colorado Craft Company.  
It is called Bunnies and Robbin. 
I did the background with Distressed inks of 
Peeled Paint
Shabby 'shutters
Stormy Sky
The wrought iron gate is a die from Memory Box 
All placed on a wrapped scalloped rectangle also from Memory Box

Here is the prize for a random winner.
 Link up your entry by September 12th to be included.  

Please take a look at the design team on the Double D Blog. 


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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Color Hues - Turquoise and Coral

 

The new challenge at Color Hues really got my mojo going! That and all of the new stamps and dies that seemed to land in my mailbox.  Well, It was my birthday week, just saying. 

Here is the card that I am entering in this challenge.
( looks like I need to trim my shiplap)

You all know that Fixer Upper show by Chip and Joanna Gaines, well Shiplap has come to card making and I am here to show you. I was so thrilled to see this die and I ordered it along with the gorgeous stamp and die shown here. They came in just a few days and I was able to play with them. 
I already had the Signed and Sealed set. 
 
I started out just swiping my ink pad across the cardstock and then die cutting the shiplap.  That was my background for this card. I stamped and die cut the flowers and the envelope, place them on the front and that was it. 

The Greetery Shiplap die, Lovely Blossoms stamp, and die
Signed and Sealed set. 
Gina K ink   Tranquil Teal, Tangerine Twist and Coral Reef

Vellum die cut from Spellbinders that was sitting on my desk. 


I am entering this in the Color Hues Challenge.  


    
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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Seize the Birthday Challenge #221 - By the Sea

Our "Topping" option this time is...
                                 

                                         
If you are not into using the toppings, just make sure it is a birthday card. 

Our hardworking leader, Nancy is our host for this challenge and it is a doozie. She chose By the Sea, Maybe because she lives there? Anyway, there are so many possibilities here. I can't wait to see what you do. 

Here is my card.

Supplies for this card are:
Cherry Lynn dies, Cattails and Reeds
Gina K Designs = By The Sea 2 and Signs of Spring for the Sentiment, Tourquise Sea cardstock, and matching envelope. 


A close-up of the waves enhanced with white ink and a stiff brush. 
 I watched this video by Teresa Momber



We have a new Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months.
She is Jenny Martin and you can find her creations HERE

Make sure that you stop by the blog too. 
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Double D Challenge - Fruits and Vegetables

Here it is getting toward the end of summer.  This is the second challenge in the month of August and usually, we are thinking is of the fruits and vegetables that we get from the farmer's markets this time of year. I bet that is why Darlene pick this subject, you think? 
                                                        Here is the inspiration board for you. 


This is my card. I took the leap and did this card from an older stamp set, designed by Marcella Hawley.
Figs are a fruit, I checked just to make sure. Some of my older stamps have been forgotten and they are too pretty to let waste away. This one is called Dreaming of Florence and since we are now able to travel more, I have been hoping to get back to Florence or anywhere in Italy. I have been there twice, but once more, please. 


After stamping, I colored this with Copic markers and colored pencils. Then I die cut it with Gina K Master Layout 2 and put that on a base of Wild Wisteria cardstock. I also used a Penny Black die called Wildwood and cut that three times and put them in the corner.  They remind me of the grapevines. 
If you don't know what La dolce vita means, here is the translation. The Good Life. 

Of course, there is a prize for a random winner.


Now go over to the blog for more inspiration on fruits and vegtables. 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew

Hello! And welcome to the Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop
with Altenew!
The purpose of this hop is to raise awareness of all the challenge blogs
out there. Isn't that great? Love the idea of knowing what's available.



The Double D Challenge blog has been invited to join the hop, 
and I'm so excited to bring you some inspiration
from the Double D team!


I was so excited when I hear that the Double D team was invited to the hop. I had a hard time deciding what Altenew stamp I was going to use. Finally chose Beautiful Day! 






For this card, I used the Altenew stamp Beautiful Day. I have the die as well but did not use it for this card. Instead, I used Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies for the word HI. I thought it would be fun to die cut the sentiment right into the colored flowers. I did cut several layers of that die with black cardstock to make the letters "pop". After coloring, I used white gesso to splatter the front of this card. 

$250 in total prizes! To celebrate this fantastic blog hop, Altenew is giving away $25 gift certificates to TEN lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on September 5th, 2021.

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Start your hop here

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Seize the Birthday Challenge #220 - Stripes


Hello and welcome to another fun challenge at Seize the Birthday! 




Vicki is our host for this challenge and she has chosen stripes.  But if you want to enter and not use the toppings, just make sure it is a birthday card. 

Here is the card I did for this theme. 


I decided to put my stripes in the background for this card. Here are the supplies that I used.
Die Namics - Striped sentiment strip die
The Greetery  - Botani Cuts Tulips
Simons says Stamps - Sentiment, Brush Script. 
Design paper from my stash

We have a new Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months.
She is Jenny Martin and you can find her creations HERE

Be sure to check out the rest of the team too. 


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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Double D Challenge - Mason Jars




Here we are in the first week of August and Summer is in full swing.  Diane is our host for this two week challenge and she found lovely pictures of mason jars.  Boy does that bring back old memories. My mom did a lot of canning and I did too. Not as much or as long as she did.  I liked the more modern idea of going to the grocery store. Lol

They are all so pretty, but I wanted to use a die that I had never used before. 
Actually, I used a lot of stamps and dies on this one. 
My card is below. 


This is it! 
I caught lightning bugs but never a fairy to keep in a jar. 

Here are the supplies:

                                                               Gina K Designs Buds and Vases
                                                                Magnificent Mini Faires die 
                                                                Altenew, Adore You stamp 
                                                                Quilted stencil from Kaiser Craft
                                                                 Kat Scrapiness Slimline dies 



The prize for a random winner 

Our design team is the best and I am sure that you will get some inspiration Here



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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Seize the Birthday Challenge #219 - Travel

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Ah yes, we can travel again and things are getting back to normal prior to the pandemic. Are you planning a trip anywhere this summer? We have gone to visit family in Minnesota and will be going back there again in August. This theme that Glenda chose is a fun one for me and I hope for you as well. Of course if you just want to make a card, just make sure that it is a Birthday card.  You know? 



This card was done with lots of dies and a little bit of stamping. Here are the supplies that I used.
Spellbinders large die of the month, Trucking through the seasons.
Gina K Designs Enjoy the Journey for the sentiment
Gina K Designs Master layouts 1
 
Our Surprise Party Guest is Melanie Hungerford of cardsbymelanie and be sure to check out the rest of the team at Seize the Birthday Challenge


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