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http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2020/01/celebrating-four-years-at-double-d.html
http://modsquadchallenge.com/patterned-paper-play/
EK Success border punch

The Mod Squad Challenge is to create your own patterned paper. I used stamps from three companies: Leave Me in Paradise from Catherine Pooler Designs, Made With Love from Gina K Designs, and the February 2019 Kit Club Set from The Stamps of Life. I used a variety of inks in creating my tropical pattern: from Lawn Fawn I used Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, and Jalepeno, Lucky Clover, Key Lime, and Coral Reef from Gina K Designs, and Granny Apple Green and Calypso Coral from Stampin’Up. The cardstock is Old Olive and Calypso Coral from Stampin’Up, and White from Spectrum Noir.

The Double D Challenge is to use a punch. I have many punch and none are labeled with the correct name, so I can’t give the exact name of the punch used. I chose a scalloped border punch from EK Success for this card.

I love creating my own patterns, so the Mod Squad Challenge is perfect for me. I also love using my punches. I think I like border punches better than dies and I have both. I like the control of the punch. Thanks for looking!

My Christmas Card Style

I am generally drawn to clean and simple or several layers in traditional colors. For this week’s Double D Challenge, I created a traditional layered card. I am often drawn to pine needles and cones, berries, and a bit of sparkle is always nice.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2019/11/what-is-your-christmas-style.html

The stamp set used is The Stamps of Life pinecones2stamp along with matching dies. I used colors from this week’s color challenge at Split Coast Stampers, Early Expresso, Mossy Meadow, and Real Red, all SU colors. While pulling cardstock out, I totally forgot it should be Real Red, which is a bright red like the berries and the ribbon, but pulled out Cherry Cobbler a bit of a darker red. As everything was quite glued down and dry, I decided to let it go and leave well enough alone.

The idea for this card came from the postcard that comes with the set when a club member. I love these postcards and pull them our for inspiration. This time, I basically CASED a card on the postcard. I am sure I used different colors, placed more pine or less pine needles, etc., but basically it is a pretty close match. I am thankful for the designers who create beautiful work to share with all of us for inspiration and to create their idea.

Woodland Fun

I saw a video that sparked my interest by TX Stampin Sharon. She used a set that I did not own, but could possibly create with items I do own. Here is her blog post: https://txstampin.com/2019/11/3-snow-front-cards-youll-love-to-make-all-winter-long.html

JOY Christmas
Peace on Earth Christmas

Her card has a tree on the focal image with a snowman. I didn’t have a snowman that was small enough for the size of tree, so I began looking at trees and items that fit under the tree. I stamped the fir tree first, then looked for a greeting that worked with the tree. The fir tree came from SU Thoughtful Branches and the greeting from The Stamps of Life, penguins2stamp. The stars came from a Lawn Fawn die. I centered the fir tree and added threads behind it for a bit of glittery feeling.

Then onto card two, the one with the deer. I decided to change the size of the focal image and use the tree from GKD Framescapes Winter Trees. Then I added the deer, a few birds way up high, a bit of grass and several stars. I used a die to cut a piece of scrap for the greeting, then placed it behind the focal image like she did in her card.

This was a fun process to go through. I had so many stamp sets out trying to find images that would work well together. I do often mix several sets.

Stenciled Christmas

I have been creating quite a few cards these last few days and stenciling made it into my mix. I used stencils gifted from Bonnie for these cards. They are a joy to create with! I followed the design ideas by Gina K Designs in a recent video, using the colors she used to blend into the stenciled areas.

The stamped greeting are from The Stamps of Life, Christmasgreetigs2stamp. The rhinestones are Paper Studios by Hobby Lobby.

Stenciled Christmas One
Stenciled Christmas Two
Stenciled Christmas Three

The images were stenciled on Artist’s Choice paper by Gina K Designs. The black layer is Stampin’Up. The cardbase is My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth.

Red and White cards for Mod Squad Challenge

I have been working on red and white cards the last couple of days. All three were posted to Mod Squad from Split Coast Stampers.

This card uses Summer Blooms and A Wish for You, from 2014. The paper is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin Up and Layering Weight White from Gina K Designs. The ink is Cherry Red from GKD.

Red and White Butterfly

This next card uses the sets Merry & Bright (2017) and Christmas Wishes (2014), both Gina K Designs. The cardstock used is Red Hot and Layering Weight White both GKD.

Red and White Ornaments

The last card entered in the challenge uses a Snowflake Background die from The Stamps of Life. The greeting is stamped with the Winter Cheer set, from Gina K Designs, in Red Hot ink. The red cardstock used is also Red Hot.

Red and White Snowflakes

I placed the dates on the stamps as I was including these in a challenge on Split Coast called USEIT2019. The intent is to use items from our stash that have been there for a long time. I forget this challenge is there, and have been reminded lately. All three cards used mostly older product that has been in my stash for quite some time. The snowflake background is new. I added a bit of sparkle to those flakes using the Crafter’s Companion Clear Sparkle pen.

Global Design Project #GDP213

This is the first time creating a card for this challenge. I was inspired by Johanna and Bonnie when they created their entry. I saw an idea, made a sketch, and began creating.

http://www.global-design-project.com/2019/10/global-design-project-213-color.html

I used stamps and dies from The Stamps of Life: Snowflake Background Die Set, Merry Christmas, and elves2stamp. The paper is Lovely Lipstick, Smokey Slate, both from SU, and the green is Fresh Asparagus from Gina K Design. I added sparkle to the card with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen, though it does not photograph well. The ribbon is SU, but I couldn’t find the color on the ribbon role. I added a piece of sparkly ribbon that kind of matched the glittery paper I used for die cutting the Merry Christmas. I like the sparkle as it adds something special to a Christmas card.

Stenciled Waves

Stenciled Waves

This is for the Mod Squad challenge: http://modsquadchallenge.com/stenciled-background-tag-or-card/

Details: Stencil is called Waves from A Colorful Life: https://acolorfullifedesigns.com/waves/

I used Lawn Fawn inks: Moonstone, Forget Me Not, and Fish Tank in blending the color onto the stencil.

The Frame was created with a Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain woodblock stamp. I have had it for well over 10 years and it worked perfect for the frame. The brads on the frame are Gina K Designs from my stash, and the ink is Warm Cocoa also GKD.

The fish and sea creatures are from The Stamps of Life, Under the Sea. It is from an online class, so it is not available to purchase.

I had fun making this card. It is a 6 X 6 inch card to accommodate the stencil size. I didn’t want to cut it down once I finished stenciling it. This is the first time using A Colorful Life stencils. I like them and they are good quality.

Update from Mod Squad…This card was selected as a Top 3 winner.

Selected September 2019

Toucan Do It

I had fun with some tropical images from The Stamps of Life. They just celebrated being in business for 10 years and these images were part of their celebration. I saw the idea I used in their gallery. I can’t take credit for it, but loved the artist’s work.

Toucan Do It!

The toucan stamp set was free for club members in the month of August. It is available for purchase if you are interested. I had fun coloring the toucan. I used a variety of alcohol markers, some Copic, some Spectrum Noir, and at least one Bic. The flower is watercolored. I made several flowers and have them sitting in a cup, waiting to be used. This has already gone out in the mail. I love when I am able to use the card immediately.

Birthday Celebration Flip-it Card

I had fun making this flip-it card.

Birthday Celebration front
Birthday Celebration inside

The cardstock and patterned paper are from The Stamps of Life. This is the first time I have used their patterned paper and cardstock together. Love how the colors match.

The front stamped greeting is from the Stampin’Up, March Paper Pumpkin, set called Poppin’ Birthday. The inside greeting is also SU called Bring on the Cake. This is for a 25th birthday as you can see with the numbers being colored.

I used Gina K Designs Red Hot ink for the greeting. It matched the paper perfectly. The Tombow marker #856 matches the ink and paper quite well, so it was used to color the numbers.

I made the fold out piece to either write something or place a gift card there. I can add a vellum envelope to hold the gift card, if needed.

Dies used are the Sizzix Framelits Flip-its with a circle. I thought circle was part of the name, but it doesn’t appear to be. I used SU Stitched Shapes Framelits for the white circles. The white paper is Whisper White from SU. This is also a first for me. I had a couple of pieces, so pulled one out to use with this card. It is a smooth white and bright. I really like it.

This is for my daughter who is not into pinks and frills. Hopefully this will be acceptable to her.