Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! 

Green is my favorite color and I couldn't let this holiday go by without creating a little something to celebrate my Irish roots.  I knew I had a few pieces of G45's Childrens' Hour collection in my stash that included March Montage.  It worked great for my St. Patrick's Day card...

The card base, tea pot and a couple of the shamrocks are ivory cardstock.  I matted the patterned paper with the green and golden yellow found in the print.  The purple and orange ribbon helped to pull out colors found in the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a teapot die.  The shamrocks are cut from green and ivory cardstock.  The background foliage found on the ribbon and under the flower cluster are cut from cork.  I fussy cut flowers from a scrap piece and added dimension to them and the teapot collage using foam tape.  I love the pansies in the print and do have a pansy die cut, but alas, it's in my "other" scrap space!  So, I had to make do with the options available. 

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Flowers - Petaloo, Paper Studios, Recollections
Memory Box Die Cuts - Lucky Leaves, Ornate Tea Set, Posh Outline
Patterned Paper - Graphic 45

Thanks for stopping by blog!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Double D "Things That Fly" Challenge!

Hey there, crafty  friends!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.
It's time for a new Double D challenge...

March brings to mind windy days and kites flying high in the sky. We at the Double D would like to elaborate on the "flying" aspect.  Our 2nd challenge theme this month at the Double D is, "Things that fly"!

We'll be choosing a Creative Winner along with 3 other top choices to receive our Double D Badge to share on their blogs.  In addition, when a prize is offered, we will choose a winner by random draw.  Everyone that enters has a chance to win with international entries welcome too.  Here's the prize...

You could be the winner of this amazing Memory Box Umbel Butterfly Die!

Team Darlene is up today with some added inspiration from Team Diane.
Our mood board offers four different photos to inspire you.  Choose one or all four when creating your challenge entry.

"Things That Fly"


The hot air balloon was my inspiration for this challenge.  I love hot air balloons and actually had the opportunity to take a ride in one.  It was exhilarating, memorable and a bit frightening too! 

The card background design is from a Sizzix die that I cut in half and used as a mat behind the patterned paper cut with the same die.  The Maja Designs papers are from one of my favorite collections that I have been hoarding for a few years. The vintage colors and balloons are awesome.  The hot air balloon is a favorite of mine from La-La Land Crafts.  I stamped the sentiment on one of the Memory Box clouds and added some dimension to it along with inking the edges. The balloon is tethered using twine from May Arts.  I added Craftwork Cards Candy Dots to the corners.  They are great in the place of brads.  A couple of flying birds are the final touch to my "Soar" card.

Bazzill Cardstock
Craftwork Cards Candi Dots
La-La Land, Memory Box, Sizzix Die Cuts
MAMBI 3-D Birds
Maja Designs Patterned Paper
May Arts Twine

Challenges entered:
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes #337/3-29
CropStop - Linky Party #26/4-11 (MayArt Twine, Candi Dots)

Visit my fellow team members for more "Things That Fly" inspiration...

 Team Darlene

Team Diane
Donna Phelan
Amelia Breytenbach

Thanks for stopping by today...I hope my card has inspired you to play along with our "Things That Fly" Challenge!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Double D Challenge, "Think Spring!"

It's March and we're getting closer and closer to spring! 
So, the Double D Challenge Blog's , Team Diane, is celebrating with a "Think Spring!" Challenge for the first half of March.

We'll be choosing a Creative Winner and Top 3 to receive our Double D Badge to share on your blogs.  There will be an additional prize offered for this challenge with the winner being chosen by random draw.  International entries are welcome too, so everyone has a chance to win.
You could win this Cottage Cutz Rabbit just in time for Easter...

Draw your inspiration from the beautiful mood board below.  Choose one of the photos or use all four to inspire your project.  Link up your entry to the "Think Spring!" Challenge post by midnight Sunday, March 12, 2017.  You could be a winner!

Aren't these lovely spring colors so fun?

Here's my challenge inspiration...

"Happy Easter"

I was inspired by the first and last photos on the mood board.  The wreath and white washed chair caught my attention immediately.  With Easter not far off, I chose to make an Easter card.  The wreath, die cut from metallic cardstock, is the focal point. 

The white washed wood background works well with the bright blue metallic wreath.  The center was cut out with one of my favorite label dies to show the coral matting.  I stamped the sentiment on white paper, cut it out with a smaller size of the same die and added a piece of foam tape to the back of it for dimension. 

I hope my card has inspired you to play along with our Double D "Think Spring" Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Visit my other team members for more "Spring" inspiration...

Team Diane

Team Darlene

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!



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