Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brrrrr~! Challenge

Hello and Welcome back to a new challenge
here at Double "D" challenges.

Thanks again to everyone who joined in our
first challenge .. so many BEAUTIFUL creations!
 WOW what awesome inspiration!!

I don't know what the weather is like in your area,
but here in the Ohio/Michigan area it is FREEZING!!
Single digits/sub zero temperatures, snow,
wind ... yep! Winter has hit!!
So with that in mind . . . 

Today's challenge theme is
"Brrrrr" ... a Winter Time Theme
using the inspiration tile below.

What jumps out at you?
The snowman? skates? bench? birds? trees? snow?
We can't wait to see what YOU are inspired by in this tile board!

Team Darlene has created some FABULOUS samples to help
get your creative juices going!!


And joining us from Team Diane are:

What fabulous and fun inspiration ... thanks ladies!!

Our Team Darlene DT will be choosing a Creative Winner & Top 3
who will receive a badge to share on their blogs.

In addition, when a prize is available (like today)
we will be using a random draw to select the winner
(that way EVERYONE has a chance to win)
and yes international entries are welcome as well!
Good Luck to ALL!

The prize for this challenge is:

Our easy rules are listed above, please be sure to take a peek at them.
It is not necessary, but we would LOVE to have you follow our blog
and help spread the word.

 Thanks so much for joining in our fun!
We are all super excited to start the new year
and new blog on such a HIGH NOTE!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Forget Me Not Winners

What FABULOUS entries we had for our very
first challenge at Double 'D'!!
I want to thank all who entered and please
know you ALL did beautiful work!

All the winners were chosen by the DT
and let me tell you, 
they all said how very hard it was
as all the submissions were beautiful!
We had fussy and fancy to clean and simple
and it was not an easy choice!

The  Top 3 in no particular order:

And the winner is:

Congratulations ladies and I want to thank each and every one of you
for supporting our challenge with your beautiful entries!!
The Top 3 and Winner may grab your badges from
the side bar and display on your blogs proudly!

Winner of the Spellbinders Prize is

Karen please email me your address 
and I will get this right out in the mail to you.

Thank you everyone and we invite you all back
tomorrow for our next challenge
by Team Darlene and the theme is 
I have seen the DT creations
and you will be fabulously inspired by all!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Forget Me Not Challenge at Double "D"

Hello and Welcome to the new blog challenge
Double "D" challenges.
Our very first challenge is the theme
"Forget Me Not"
using the inspiration tile below
and adding blue and flowers....
let your imaginations go!

Our Team Diane has
gorgeous and I mean GORGEOUS 
inspiration to get your creative juices going!!




And joining us from Team Darlene 
with more gorgeous creations are:





Aren't these projects beautiful??
Why not visit each girls blog and tell them
what a wonderful job they did!

This time there is also a prize to be given out
with a random draw....
and yes international entries are welcome as well!
 The prize for this challenge is:

Our rules are listed above, but just for your convenience
I will post them below.
Please read and follow the rules and our theme as well.
It is not necessary, but we would LOVE to have you follow our blog
and spread the word.

In addition to the prize offered,
A Top Creative Winner and a Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team.
(Just to be clear...a random winner for the prize,
A Top Creative winner and Top 3 chosen by the DT)
Good luck to all!!

In order to be eligible for the prizes (when one is offered), 
please follow our rules:
  • You may enter up to 3 entries for each challenge as long as it is with a different project and you follow the theme.
  • We are happy for you to combine your projects with other challenge entries.
  • We ask that the projects you create are new and have not been posted on your blog prior to the date the challenge goes live.
  • You must link back to this blog in your post.
  • You can enter our challenge via the inlinkz system.
  • Please link to your post and not just your blog. This saves us a lot of time and helps us to visit more blogs.
  • Please, consider turning off word verification.
  • And the last one – very important – HAVE FUN !!

Friday, January 1, 2016

WELCOME! So Glad You Are Here!

Welcome to Double D Challenges!

There will be 2 challenges per month ... on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.  These challenges will have a THEME as well as an INSPIRATION BOARD to help spark some project ideas.  The easy rules for our challenges can be found in the tab below our header. 
Our first challenge will be January 6th.
We hope you will come join in our fun and please tell your friends!

Today we are THRILLED to introduce you to our Design Teams.
Thanks to every who applied for our design team!  We were honored to have so many applicants and wish we could have invited more of you.  But, we had our limit set so please keep an eye open for future DT Calls.

Now let's meet our talented teams . . .


(Stamped for the Occasion)

I am Amelia Breytenbach and I am so delighted to be part of the Double D Challenge Design Team – it is such an honour. My husband and I live in Pretoria, South Africa with our seven cats. I am a librarian at a large residential university for the past 35 years but when I am at home I keep myself busy with card making and paper crafts. I have been doing paper crafts for about 16 years now. I started my blog, Stamped for the Occasion in February 2010 and since blogging, I met so many wonderful friends from around the world sharing my passion. I was on amazing design teams along with talented card makers and I did some guest designing for a few inspirational challenge blogs. I am passionate about creating with stamps, die cuts and vintage scraps.  My favourite colouring technique is watercolour pencils and I love to add detail to my projects, especially flowers and lace. My style has developed over time and I would describe my creations as a mixture of shabby, vintage and cute elements. Hope you will enjoy and be inspired by my creations for the Double D Challenges.
(All I Do Is Stamp)
Hi all, Vicki Dutcher here. I have been stamping for 20+ years, and like most stampers, I got hooked from my first Stampin Up! Party.  When I found SCS in 2006 I went gong ho and started stamping daily, and I also created my blog All I Do Is Stamp.  Since then, I have designed for quite a few companies, along with being on many blog challenge teams.  I look forward to being on the DD Team starting in 2016.  It's going to be fun!!

(Paper Primrose)
One of my abiding passions is paper crafting which is a wonderful respite from the winds that pass through life. I get excited at the thought of a few hours spent creating, whether it's an album, card, home decor item, mixed media creation… so long as it requires paper, glue, scissors and some pretties! I am delighted to be on this terrific design team and love the anticipation of creating with the inspirations provided by Diane and Darlene~

Ros Crawford
(Mikey's Mom)


(Running With Scissors) 

"Hi, there! I’m just a southern Oregon coast gal who loves everything my simple life has to offer. Family first – hubby, grown son, and two Golden Retrievers. Then comes all my other interests – gardening, homemaking, reading, movies, having fun with friends, the great outdoors. And let’s not forget stamping! That’s one interest that has sustained me for many years, growing and evolving over time. These days I mostly love to color and work with designer papers and die cuts. Cards are my favorite. They’re my mini artist’s canvas. I mail them, too. Lots of them! And what I don’t mail I sell or give away. I recently retired from my job in a medical laboratory and have been enjoying life almost too much ever since. How did I ever find time to work? I’m so looking forward to creating for the Double D Challenges!"

(He"artful" Validation of Vicki) 

I'm Vicki and I love art in all forms.  Crafting with my hands has been a life long hobby with paper crafting...scrapbooking, cards, altered and mixed media art, currently the most outstanding of these crafts. It has given me the opportunity to make and meet many friends while sharing my own creations.  My family is very supportive of my hobbies and usually the recipient of or main topic when crafting.  I am delighted to be a part of the Double D Design Team.

Hi aNNie here, and most of you know me already.....I live in Australia in the northern part of New South Wales. Married with three kids, and three grandies and one supportive husband. Oh and one shadow, my Labrador dog, Thye, who sits and crafts with me each day.  I am a Registered Nurse, and retired having to care for my elderly dad, sadly recently passed away.  Love to do any type of craft and have taught card making and scrapbooking. Interior designing and landscaping are my two other loves. My outdoor recreations are walking and swimming.

Five years ago I retired after 41 years in education. Once I retired, I knew I would need to develop a hobby other than gardening and reading  so I decided I wanted to make handmade cards. I had no idea where to begin so I bought a couple of books and set out to buy some supplies that were suggested. The only thing that I bought that was right for my new adventure was some embossing ink, embossing powder and a heat gun.   A few months later, I  discovered all the amazing online videos that taught techniques and gave me tips. I bought a Cuttlebug, one set of dies, and an embossing folder and began practicing.  Several dies, embossing folders, stamps, markers, inks, etc. and five years later I am still learning new and exciting techniques, and meeting special people who also enjoy this hobby. My friends and family are so appreciative of the time and effort it takes to make them a special card that it makes my hobby very fulfilling. I love the comradery of the people in the crafting world who are so talented, but also willing to share their talents and ideas. I am so happy that I chose this hobby.

We are so excited to have these talented ladies sharing their beautiful creations with us!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back on Wednesday, January 6th for our very FIRST challenge hosted by TEAM DIANE!!