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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It's a Double D Anniversary Celebration!

Edited to add:  A winner of my giveaway will be chosen by random.org on Tuesday night, 1/17, at 8 pm pacific time, and announced on my blog 1/18.  Thank you, all!

Hello, and happy New Year!  I hadn't planned on it, but I took a little blog break over the Christmas holiday.  I'm back in time to celebrate Double D's first year anniversary, though, and I tell you, the Double D team is celebrating in style!  Over on the Double D Challenge Blog there will be not one, not two, but three randomly selected prize winners.  Many of the Double D teamies are handing out prizes, as well (myself included).  So, let's get started, shall we?

Our challenge today is based on our anniversary theme, but we want you to know you can make anything your heart desires as long as you take your inspiration from our pretty theme board.  As an example, I went with peach and creamy colors and a cake, which is clearly a birthday cake.  Here's my card:



And here's our inspiration board:




Using three Tombow markers, I watercolored a whimsical Penny Black birthday cake and paired it with a Stampin' Up! sentiment that's been around a long time.  Backed it with some pretty designer paper and finished off with a die cut flower and foliage.  I added Platinum Stickles to the cake, as well as a few sprinkles of Stickles and Nuvo Crystal Drops around it.  Stardust Stickles sparkle up the candle flame hearts.   There is a full supply list at the end of this post.




Now... about the prize I'm sharing...  Just leave a comment here on this post and random.org will select a winner from among them at the end of our challenge.  I will ship internationally, too.  Take a look:




Yes, two dies and a Power Poppy stamp set will go to one random commenter.

Be sure to visit the Double D Challenge Blog to join our celebration and get the scoop on the doin's.  You'll see more prizes and samples, and I sure hope you can play along.  Don't forget to pop around to all the team blogs.  Leave some love and your love might make you lucky.  Lucky in love?  Hmmmm...  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Penny Black Touch of Whimsy (cake), Stampin' Up! Send a Celebration (sentiment, retired)  Paper:  140 lb Arches hot press watercolor, SU! Very Vanilla, Bazzill light suede, Bo Bunny The Avenues Collection designer paper  Ink:  PTI Dark Chocolate (image outline), SU! Cameo Coral (sentiment), Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Platinum and Stardust Stickles glitter, Neptune Nuvo Crystal Drops  Dies:  MFT Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Sue Wilson String Flowers, Die-namites Small Ivy and Ivy Corner

53 comments:

  1. Lovely card Leslie, beautiful stitching and a fun coloured cake (I think I need that stamp)
    Thanks for the chance to win some crafty goodies : )

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  2. WOW gorgeous card and love the PP stamp.xx

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  3. Beautiful card Leslie and your cake is beyond perfect for our celebration. You might of been relaxing a bit but you can back with a wonderfully created card. We are so happy and grateful to have you on our team. ON another note I have a new dog, he arrived last night. Not sure how it will work out as he does not seem to like cats, we will see...he is 6 months old and a giant of a dog...a Goldendoodle somewhat of a rescue as he has spend 12 hours of each day being in a crate.

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  4. Happy New Year Leslie! One of the things I love about your blog is how you always use older sets and materials along with some new. This card is gorgeous. Look at all those perfectly executed details! Love

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  5. What a lovely card my friend. It is so fresh and airy looking! It definitely makes me think Spring and makes me want to celebrate! Well done you!

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  6. Gorgeous celebration card, that cake looks YUMMY! Loving the real stitching and the wonky die cut stitches! FUN! That font is quite fabulous too! Such a beautiful design!

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  7. What a fabulous whimsical birthday card design! The PB cake image you chose goes perfectly with your die cut flower and the die cut stitching with your actual (perfect) stitching. You did a beautiful job with your coloring and all the details! Love this card! Happy Blog Birthday!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous prize package! Fingers crossed!

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  8. Wow!! What a stunner this card is Leslie... You really captured the tile board so well and those prizes! Wish I could enter!

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  9. WOWZA ... your card is fabulous Leslie! LOVE that stitching and your flower is perfect! What a beautiful design ... I'm always inspired by your designs!! Double WOW on your prize offerings ... so generous ... thanks so much for doing this! We are SO THRILLED to have you as a member of our DD team! Looking forward to a fabulously fun & inspiring 2017 at DD with you & the other ladies!! Hugs and Happy Day!

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  10. Leslie, another genuine Leslie Masterpiece! Sigh - such loveliness in your design and a beautiful peacefulness in your color choices and elements. I like the Happiness in that darling PB stamp, and the crazy SU image! Don't you enjoy using your oldies-but-goodies? They are my favorites to use, I think. My project tomorrow uses all old stamps - and I mean OLD - some of them 15-20 years old that have never been used! LOL But I cherish them so much, that I could not part with these when I thinned out my stash some 10 years ago. Your prizes are wonderful! Congrats on 1 year with the DD design team! The year has simply flown by, hasn't it? Happy New Year, my friend! Thanks for sharing a wonderful creation! hugs, de

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  11. What a fun and whimsical birthday cake with all those candles! Love the peach and white color combo and all the details with stitching and flowers. This just makes me happy all over!! Those Nuvo drops accent the image and give a festive look as well. Thank you for the chance to win some goodies and for sharing this adorable design.

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  12. What a great birthday card - I love how these colors compliment each other! I love the birthday cake stamp - so different!

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  13. happy new year to you too. the card is lovely. and great prize package. Have a great day
    I guess I better get cracking and make a card... I also took a kinda of blog break...

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  14. Gorgeous Celebration card, Leslie. I love your colors, whimsical cake, DSP, sewing and glittery accents. TFS and giving us a chance to win your wonderful prize package. Hugs, nancy

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  15. Who says an anniversary card cant have candles. lol. Love the stitching on your card and the pretty paper and how you surrounded the focal image with the little pearls?? I also love the dots you have added around your sentiment. Beautiful design.

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  16. Yep you were missed - but boy did you make up for being gone with this beautiful card. It's just lovely.

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  17. Gorgeous card, Leslie! Great dimension and details. I love the stitching around the border. Lovely flower too.

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  18. Happy New Year 2017 Lesley, gorgeous card design, love this fabulous stamp and colours used, beautiful stitching details on the pretty paper.
    Hugs Pam x

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  19. Your card is soft and pretty - I love it!

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  20. Another card that should be framed and hung on the wall as art instead of mailed! LOVE this! That beautiful stitching just adds that perfect touch! And love your gorgeous flower! Awesome job!

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  21. Wow! This is gorgeous. I love the flower die and the colors you used are so beautiful. Great card as usual.

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  22. What a gorgeous card! The colors are so soft and the stitching looks amazing! The cake...yummy! Great design!
    Sherrie K

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  23. Also, thanks so much for a chance at your awesome prize..someone is going to be very happy:)
    Sherrie K

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  24. That is just gorgeous, I so love the peachy colors, and I would say that would make a wonderful anniversary cake too with the heart flames and all :) Your coloring and decorating around the cake is so pretty and love the flower treatment in the corner, that vine die cut frame the designer paper looks great with it, Wonderful details all around!!

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  25. Leslie, we all need to take a break once in a while, but you have not lost your mojo! So glad to see you back again (whereas me, I have been MIA- but I'll be back soon too). Your card is GORGEOUS! I love everything about this, from the image you coloured so perfectly, the pretty papers, stitching, die cuts, sparkles and even the nuvo crystal drops are just placed so perfectly! After seeing your card it just makes me want to start to colour something, but it is 10:25 pm, so must head off to bed as 5:30 comes early. Thanks so much for sharing another beautiful creation, and for a chance to win your awesome giveaway!

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  26. Your card is beautiful, the colors and the picture is inspiring. Congratulations on the anniversary.

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  27. Happy 2017!! Such a lovely card Leslie! Your stitching and fu-fu embellishments are the perfect touches to this beauty!

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  28. Happy New Year!! This is an awesome card...love the cake, colors, crystal drops (must try those) and pretty feminine details, Leslie. You have persuaded me to buy a few new dies lately!

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  29. Detail, detail, detail....all beautiful! This card has so many wonderful features. I love the color palette, especially since I'm surrounded by snow and ice. :-) This is another special card, Leslie.

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  30. What a cut image with all those heart flames. LOVE all your stitching.

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  31. What a gorgeous card you made for the Double D's anniversary. I love those colors and your coloring is wonderful. Adding the stitching around the edge really looks fabulous as well.

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  32. Fabulous card Leslie! I love it! Everything you used carries through the whimsical fun of the watercolored image. Inspiring!

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  33. This is a beautiful card Leslie! The cake is spectacular with the little hearts and flowers. I always love your designs.

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  34. A really pretty card! I love the colours, and the stamped image which the flower sets off beautifully!
    Janice

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  35. Such a generous prize!!! I love your card, those hearts for flames on the candles are so whimsical and fun!! Such a wonderful card for a one year birthday celebration!!

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  36. What a fun card! Love the stamp you used! Thanks for offering such a fabulous prize! Hugs, Robin

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  37. Fabulous! I love the stamps, the dimension, the die cuts, the stitching ... it's all so wonderful!

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  38. I love your card using some of my favorite colors and the stitching sets it off beautifully! And Thank you for allowing me to enter your generous blog candy give away for the great stamp set and dies.

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  39. What a beautiful card. Love the image and all the details.
    Thanks for offering a wonderful prize too!
    Valerija xx

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  40. What a beautiful card. Thanks for showing and thanks for offering the price.
    Nicole G.

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  41. So soft and pretty! I like the sparkle and the popped up icing. :-) This is so pretty Leslie. I think its great you took a long break as I did the same thing. Life is good. Hugs sweet friend.

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  42. Wow, this is so perfect for celebration. Loving the soft pastels on this beauty. Thank you for your sweet visit and love.
    Hugs

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  43. What I like most about this pretty card is the wonderful colors and especially the little hearts on top of the candles! What a pretty way to celebrate a special occasion! BTW, the snow pics above are so pretty and so are your gorgeous dogs :)

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  44. Oh, my goodness.....I don't know which I find the most thrilling...your absolutely wonderful card or that fabulous prize!!!! I just ADORE that happy card you made. It is so pretty and has just a touch of whimsy with the heart-shaped flames on the candles that I find irresistible!! And your prize...oh, my...oh, my....oh, my....I have no words. Except....CHOOSE ME!!! lol... :) Thank you for the chance to win!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  45. wow, your card is perfect, I love the colours ...
    Congratulations on your blogaversary!
    Thanks for offering a great prize.

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  46. Love the fresh colours on this birthdaycard. Beautiful :-)

    Hugs, Petra

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  47. Love the soft coloring of your beautiful card! Thanks for a chance to win such a great prize.

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  48. Such a pretty card! Love the designer paper, stitching and all the elements to enhance the whimsical cake. Gorgeous!

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  49. Your card is wonderful. Love the sentiment and the stitching.
    Thanks for the chance too.

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  50. I love what you did with this beautiful Penny Black image and card!! Stunning with the Stickles and Nuvo Crystal drops. Tons of gorgeous layers!!!

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  51. Oh, Leslie, this is so beautiful, and I LOVE this darling cake and the fabulous color combination. Your coloring is perfect, and I love the Nuvo drops and the great dies! Just love it, and I'm so glad you took a break over the holidays. I did too, and we all need to refresh and get renewed. You sure wowed us all with this one! Hugs, sweet friend!

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  52. I love this card--from the fantastic image with the heart-shaped Flames to the perfectly matched designer paper!

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