Saturday, April 13, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - WEATHER

 Dear Ones~
  There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

WEATHER

This is what I came up with:
I just adore this sweet little image from Penny Black. It's really old and may even be retired, but it makes me smile. It's colored with my Zigs on Altenew watercolor paper.
 

 The Ingredients:
Recollections Teal, Purple and Black Card Stock
Altenew Watercolor Paper
Penny Black Squeeze Till I Squeak Stamp
Zig Clean Color Markers
SU Fabulous Frames Die
Paper Studio Star Gazer Patterned Paper
Tim Holtz Dotted Embossing Folder
Studio Katia Irridescent Raindrop Baubles
GKD Greeting - Stamp Set Unknown

 
 
 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. And I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!
 
 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Double D - Cute Little Animals

 
Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D we are looking for CUTE LITTLE ANIMALS. How fun is that!?!?! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration - so stinkin' ADORABLE:
This is my card:
Aren't these little guys just the cutest? They are an old set from Close to my Heart. Have you heard the news? CTMH is closing shop. How sad that a big presence in the industry is closing its doors. I colored these little guys with my Karin markers. I'm not really happy with the coloring because I used the wrong card stock for this medium, but I was too lazy to stamp them again. How's THAT for true confessions....lol. I know YOU have never done anything like that. This is a mini slimline card. LOVE making those.



The Ingredients:
GKD White and Black Onyx Card Stock
Memory Box Madras Plaid Patterned Paper
CTMH Punny Pals Stamp Set
Master Layouts 7 and 4
Karin Brush Maker Pro
Stampin Up Linen Thread

 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this absolutely adorable stamp set. I just love it!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 

 Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired, and happy spring!
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - Birds

 Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

BIRDS

 Here's my sample:

I had  lot of fun making this card. It's called a Faux Shutter Card or Fracture Card. I learned about it from this YouTube video HERE.  I thought it would be fun to dry emboss 4 different colors of pastel card stock with 4 different embossing folders. Since the papers were plain, I chose to use a gold patterned paper for the thin strips. That sweet dove is a new little die from Simon Says Stamp. It has several different pieces, but one die plate, so you can cut all the pieces at once. I like that. 






I cut the pieces out of a cream color card stock and sponged each piece with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Ingredients:
Park Lane Pastel Card Stock
DCWV Preserved Paper Patterned Paper
SU Square Layering Dies
GKD Tapestry Embossing Folder
SU Fern Embossing Folder
SU Basket Weave Embossing Folder
Sizzix Pinwheel Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Mini Every Day Sentiments Hot Foil Plate
Spellbinders Glimmer Foil



 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this beautiful ephemera and stamp set.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. And I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!



 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Double D - Green/Clover/ Shamrocks/Luck

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the challenge is GREEN/CLOVER/SHAMROCKS/LUCK. What a great challenge for this time of year,  since we just celebrated St. Paddy's Day. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
 This is what I came up with:
I found this cute little digi stamp online. I don't know who the artist is, but I thought he fit the bill nicely for this challenge. I colored him with my Zigs. The papers are also digital from a St. Patrick's Day pad.
 

 

Here's a close up of him. Sláinte means "to your health" in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It is commonly used as a drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
 
 
 
 
 

 
  The Ingredients:
GKD Jelly Bean Green and White Card Stock
Recollections Green Card Stock
Shery K Designs Digi Patterned Papers
GKD Sending Love Patterned Paper
Digi Stamp - Artist Unknown
Picket Fence Bow Dies
GKD Decorative Tags Die
Trinity Stamps Gold Baubles
 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable set of stickers. What a wonderful prize!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.

Scrapbook Customs - Cardstock Stickers - Ireland Watercolor
 

Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - Bling

 Dear Ones~
  There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

BLING
 Here's my card:
I LOVE me some bling, so this card was really fun to make. I used a background stamp, heat embossed it in "blingy" gold and then fussy cut just the circle and dragonfly. The card base is gold, as is the strip in the background. I added lots of gems for more bling. So much shine on this card my retinas are burning....lol. And don't you just love that greeting. Good 'ole Picasso knew what he was talking about.

 
The Ingredients:
 GKD Metallic Gold and White Card Stock
SU Painted Textures Embossing Folder
SU Stripes and Splatters Embossing Folder
Dragonfly Background Stamp  - Made in China
Inkadinkado Picasso Stamp for Greeting
Stash Gems and Ribbon
Wow Gold Embossing Powder
 

 
 
  
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. And I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!
 
 
 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Double D - First Signs of Spring

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D we are looking for the FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING. Oh what a wonderful thought!!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
Here is my card:
Don't you just adore this sweet little duck. She is part of a set from Stampin' Up called Fable Friends. I think it's retired, but I still use it a lot. She is stamped on white and then colored with my Zigs.  I die cut that vellum circle for a little punch and added the white Enamel Accents for a final touch. The patterned papers are sponged along the edges to set them off a little.



The Ingredients:
GKD Blue Denim Card Stock
Doodlebug Designs Spring Things Patterned Paper
SU Fable Friends Stamp Set
Spellbinders Elegant Circle Die
Zig Clean Color Markers
GKD Blue Denim Ink
Stash Vellum
Ranger White Enamel Accents
 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this absolutely adorable stamp set. I just love it!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.

 Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - SQUARES and/or CIRCLES

 Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

SQUARES and/or CIRCLES

Here's my card:
Soccer balls are circles, right? We have a nephew who is turning 11, and he's wild about soccer. I thought he would like this card, and it fit in perfectly with the twist this time. I cannot take credit for the design, I found it HERE on Pinterest. Wherever Anne-Marie lives, it's not in the US, because she calls soccer football. LOL!!! I think the Stampin' UP Honeycomb embossing folder goes perfectly with the soccer theme.



The Ingredients:
Recollections Purple & Green Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Honey Bee Team Tie Dye Patterned Paper
SU Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Sunny Studio Team Player Stamp Set for Ball
Brutus Monroe/SSS Tricks & Treats Stamp Set for Cupcake
GKD Rectangle Small Set Die for Candle
 

 
 
 
 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous stencil.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. And I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!

 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Double D - Patterned Paper

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D, the challenge is PATTERNED PAPER. My all-time favorite thing in the history of ever is patterned paper. I simply LOVE it and use it on every card I make. Don't ask me how much I have, it's embarrassing!!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
And here is my card:
One of my very favorite patterned paper companies is Stamperia. Their papers are beautifully designed and executed. The quality is superior and the patterns are so gorgeous. Here I used papers from the Forest Collection, it's perfect for masculine cards. Isn't it just stunning? The greeting is from a Gina K Designs stamp set by Debby Warner called Autumn Scarecrow.



 
 
 The Ingredients:
 GKD Kraft and Dark Chocolate Card Stock
Stamperia Forest Patterned Paper
GKD Autumn Scarecrow Stamp for Greeting
Stash Embossing Powder
SU Linen Thread


 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this absolutely adorable pad of patterned paper. What a wonderful prize!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 

Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - RED and/or PINK

 Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

RED and/or PINK
Here is my sample:
As you can see I chose red, and lots of it....lol. I kinda wanted to go clean and simple with this card because it's a Valentine for our son. I LOVE this new embossing folder I recently purchased. It's called Mark Making Hearts by Sizzix. Isn't it fun? And I love that cute little bird. It has many pieces, but does seem to come together quickly.




The Ingredients:
GKD Red Hot and White Card Stock
Sizzix Mark Making Hearts Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Little Chickadee Die Set
Lawn Fawn Hugs and Kisses Line Border Die
Trinity Stamps Cinnamon Red Hearts Baubles

 
 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous trio of border embossing folders. I would LOVE to win this one!!!  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!
 
 
 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Double D - Heartfelt

 
Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the challenge is HEARTFELT. What a great challenge for this time of year. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
 And here's my card:
I love white and gold together, I think it's so elegant. The Heartbeat die set from Tim Holtz was speaking to me for this challenge. I die cut the "heartbeat" from the set 4 times, popped up that top panel with the heart cut out, and then overlaid the heartbeat die cut on it. The dimension is pretty cool in real life. Below is a better view
 

 
The Ingredients:
GKD Heavy White Card Stock
Stash Gold Metallic Card Stock
GKD Master Layouts 4
SU Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
SU Be Mine Framelits
GKD A Little Love Die
Trinity Stamps Crystal Ball Dewdrops


 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this absolutely adorable little heart die. I just think it's so sweet!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.

 Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - BIRTHDAYS

 

 Dear Ones~
  There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

BIRTHDAYS
 Here's my card:
I really like this die set by Honey Bee, there are so many possibilities with it.  Using all the colors of card stock was great fun. This is for my brother-in-law, who is an avid fisherman, I hope he likes it. I borrowed the design from an artist on Pinterest. Try as I might, I could not find the post again. I feel bad about that, but just know this is not my original design. I love that Tim Holtz Tree Ring embossing folder and I think it is a perfect backdrop for the vintage lures. Getting that linen thread to hang from the branch was a chore, I had to hold my mouth just right to get it done. ;-)




 The Ingredients:
GKD Ivory, Red Hot and Kraft Card Stock
Tim Holtz Tree Rings Embossing Folder
Honey Bee Vintage Lures Die Set
Assorted Colored Card Stock
SU Itty Bitty Birthday Wishes 
SU Seasonal Layers Die for Branch
SU Linen Thread
 
 

 
 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous stamp set and stickers.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!
 
 
 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Double D - Sparkle and/or Shine

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D the challenge is SPARKLE AND/OR SHINE. What a great challenge for this time of year. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is my card:
This doesn't really reflect anything on the Mood Board, but it certainly does shine. As we all know, shiny stuff is hard to capture with a camera, but the background on this card is a Sweet Mango and white checkerboard. The Sweet Mango is done with GKD foil and it's REALLY shiny. I don't remember where I got the checkerboard pattern, but I copied it with my laser printer and then used my GKD Fuse Foiling System. The golf bag is from the GKD Hole in One stamp set. I think it might be retired. I paperpieced all the various elements to get the color. 
This was made for our son-in-law, whose birthday is coming up. He's an avid golfer and also a VERY avid Tennessee Volunteers fan. The team colors are orange and white and the checkerboard is on their logo. I had great fun making this card for him!!!


The Ingredients:
Recollections Gray Card Stock
GKD Sweet Mango and White Card Stock
GKD Sweet Mango  Foil
Echo Park Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder
GKD Hole in One Stamp Set and Companion Die
SU Inked and Tiled Stamp for Greeting
SU Ornate Frames Thinlits
 

 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this absolutely fabulous pad of glittery paper. What a wonderful prize!!!  Also, don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.


Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Can You Handle the Pressure - Snow People AND Some Other News~

 Dear Ones~
  There's a new challenge over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat embossing (with embossing powder) is permitted but only IN ADDITION to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

SNOW PEOPLE
 Here's my card:
I love these sweet little images from Gerda Steiner called Snowman Friends. I did a little paper piecing and a little coloring with my Zigs, and I was all set. The design is simple, but I'm all about that lately. I put some Sizzix Expand Paste on the snowman's hat. So much fun to watch it puff up when you take the heat to it.



The Ingredients:
SU Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
SU Christmas Patterned Paper
SSS Filigree Snowflake Embossing Folder
SU Oval Layering Dies
Gerda Steiner Designs Snowman Friends Stamp Set
SU Teeny Tiny Wishes for Greeting
Sizzix Expand Paste
 
 

 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder.  Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created while you are there. And I can't wait to see all your wonderful designs!!
 
 
AND NOW FOR SOME OTHER NEWS~~
We have a new and exciting challenge which began on January 4th. It's called WORD POWER.

This is a monthly challenge that beings on the FIRST Thursday of each month and ends on the LAST Thursday of that month.  There will be badges for a Winner & Top 3 available.

WORD POWER is a challenge blog focusing on using the many sentiment/word stamps & dies we all have in our crafting stash.  Our objective is to create projects that, as soon as the recipient opens the envelope, the first thing that catches their attention are the WORDS/Sentiment on the front. This can be a Phrase Sentiment stamp/die or a Single Word but if it's a single word, it must be large enough to catch their eye ... NO LITTLE ONE WORD sentiments will qualify for our winning badges and could be deleted.

We hope you'll come join us in this new adventure!
All the details can be found HERE.

 
 Until next time dear reader, ASPIRE to be INSPIRED!
Here's celebrating your CREATIVE MUSE.
judy

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Double D - Happy 8th Birthday/Anniversary and SOME EXCITING NEWS!

 Dear Ones~
Well, it's another holiday season in the books. I hope yours was happy and blessed, I know mine was. And now on to our next Double D Challenge. This time we are celebrating our 8th anniversary/birthday. Time sure does go by fast. The metal for the 8th anniversary is BRONZE, so you can use that color if you want, but you don't have to. Here's the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here's my card:
 I kind of tried to do the bronze thing with some different metallic card stocks I had. The die is a cute one from Stampin' Up called Detailed Birthday Edgelits. I did the inlay technique, which took some time, but it is fun to do. Like working a puzzle.
 

 
 
 The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Stash Glitter and Metallic Card Stock
SU Detailed Birthday Edgelits
SU Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp for Greeting
Spellbinders Floral Embossing Folder
Stash Woven Ribbon


 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, in celebration of our 8th anniversary/birthday you could win all these goodies.

Prize is for ONE winner:
Altenew Floral Frame Stamp set & Project sheet
Spellbinders Hand Drawn Scallops EB folder
Scrapbookdotcom Glitter Brush Marker


 


AND NOW FOR SOME EXCITING NEWS~~
We have a new and exciting challenge beginning on January 4th. It's called WORD POWER.

This will be a monthly challenge that beings on the FIRST Thursday of each month and ends on the LAST Thursday of that month.  There will be badges for a Winner & Top 3 available.

WORD POWER is a challenge blog focusing on using the many sentiment/word stamps & dies we all have in our crafting stash.  Our objective is to create projects that, as soon as the recipient opens the envelope, the first thing that catches their attention are the WORDS/Sentiment on the front. This can be a Phrase Sentiment stamp/die or a Single Word but if it's a single word, it must be large enough to catch their eye ... NO LITTLE ONE WORD sentiments will qualify for our winning badges and could be deleted.

We hope you'll come join us in this new adventure!
All the details can be found HERE.

Again, the fun begins January 4, 2024 ... see you there!!
 
 
Until next time dear readers, aspire to be inspired. 
Here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy