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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Double D 2nd Birthday/Anniversary Celebration!

Call it a birthday, call it an anniversary, the Double D Challenge is two years old this month and we feel like celebrating!


To kick off the celebration we're asking for anything birthday or anniversary-themed using the inspiration board as a guide.
Visit the Double D Blog to see prizes.

I'm offering a prize today, too.  PLAY THE CHALLENGE TO WIN.  See the end of this post.

Many of my Double D teamies are offering prizes today, so be sure and visit everyone to see their stipulations.

All our participants have made this a very successful and fun challenge for us.  Of course, Diane and Darlene, the Double D originators/administrators, deserve tons of credit and thanks and love.  After all, they're the ones who provide us with fabulous inspiration boards such as this:





Cute stuff there!  I especially love the birthday cake and I had a whole card made up with a starry cupcake and striped candles, all in colors matching the cake in the inspiration board... and then I made a hideous card with it.  Seriously.  Hideous.  I was so disappointed I didn't want to start all over with the cupcake so I went in an entirely different direction.




I was happy to have finally gotten the kick in the pants I needed to color this very detailed and, oh, so pretty butterfly from my Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy" set.

I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  Stamped several smaller images from the set, as well, but didn't want it to look too busy so I used them sparingly and left a lot of white.




Finished with ribbon and a Tutti Designs Butterfly Strip.  The Butterfly Strip was cut in white and colored with a B02 Copic marker.

READY FOR A PRIZE NOW?



Since it's a birthday party, I have a cute little birthday mini-stamp set and a perky pad of paper which I thought coordinated nicely with it.

I'm sharing the love with our Double D challenge participants.  At the end of our current birthday/anniversary challenge I'll let Random.org select a winner from among everyone who plays along.

I hope you can join us.  Have fun!

Also sharing at The House that Stamps Built "Things with Wings" challenge.  Thank you!


45 comments:

Stir Your Creativity said...

The colors are vibrant and gorgeous. The soft blue outline on the designs pops them up!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

This card literally made me smile this morning. I'm sitting here and it's 16 degrees outside and your card makes me think of sunshine and warm breezes. Well done!

Pauline said...

Leslie, you nailed the challenge for sure! Such a happy birthday card and yes as Glenda mentioned above, this does make you smile! Love your vibrant colours, and the butterfly die cut border. I hear you about 'hideous cards'. I've made a few of those as well. Nevertheless you have created a beautiful card here. Have a wonderful day. A little warmer here today -22C or -9F.

vinita jain said...

Superb take on the mood board! So bright, beautiful and I love that whimsy doodled butterfly and your coloring is just remarkable!
Followed you through email!

Ros Crawford said...

I can't imagine you making anything but gorgeous... This is so beautiful and I love the colours and how sweet of you to offer such a lovely prize!! Happy New Year!!

Darlene said...

NO WAY you made any card that could be considered 'hideous'!! This card is AMAZING and your coloring is of course 'off the charts' beautiful!!! You've managed to pull in all the happy colors displayed in our mood board ... WOW! And what a fabulous prize giveaway you are offering ... so generous! Thanks for all you do to help make Double D the success it is ... we couldn't do it without you fabulous ladies!! Happy Day my friend!

Diane said...

I agree, nothing you ever make is or could be hideous!! You make the most beautiful cards, like this one with that gorgeous butterfly, colored so beautifully..and of course all the pretty 'Leslie' details!! And I agree with Dar, noway could we have had such a successful challenge blog without all our lovely designers...we appreciate each and every one of you!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you! I love the bright colours on your Card.

And I would like to be in for the candy ;-)
Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicole

nancy littrell said...

Love your sweet and pretty birthday card, Leslie. Your butterfly and flowers are so colorful and pretty. Beautiful die cut butterfly border too. TFS and offering wonderful prizes for one of your lucky friends:-) Hugs..and Happy Birthday.

Esther Asbury said...

Such a beautiful card! I love that pretty butterfly and the perfect way you colored everything!

Esther Asbury said...

BTW - We'd love to have you link up to the current challenge at The House That Stamps Built where the theme this week is "Things with Wings."
www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/designers-choice-challenge/dcc13-things-with-wings

Yogi said...

love the colorful butterfly. Have a great day and Happy New Year.

Lady Joyful said...

Beautiful card. Love the butterfly!

Cindy Beach said...

Aw, Leslie, I bet any one of us would like to win your "hideous" card! It's probably beautiful in our eyes. Just like this one is! I am a huge lover of anything with butterflies, so all the colorful details ( and HOT pink!) make this a winner for sure. Thanks for the chance to win the goodies, too.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

OH Leslie!! there is no way you could ever make a "hideous" card, NO WAY, EVER!!!
And I'm so ready for cards with lots of beautiful, Spring colors!! Especially now, that we are in a deep freeze up here in Crown Point, IN.
Your card just makes me smile, this butterfly is gorgeous, colorful and happy.
Thank you for sharing.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Susie said...

I can't imagine anything you've done as being "seriously hideous". When this card popped up in my email I gasped! WOW! Do I love this, Leslie! You really went for it and I'm lovin' it! It pops off the page with happy! And the beautiful coloring is just we all need right now. I wanted to go upstairs to work today, but... if you can believe it - we are getting snow and ice in the low country today and tonight. The weather is so dangerous here. Southern folks don't know how to drive in this stuff. Spending the day staying warm and dry.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I was so happy to see your card today - made me foget about the frigid temps we are having now. It made me think of spring and the wonderful colors! I love your coloring. It's such a happy card! I find it hard to believe that you made a hideous card, but glad for the butterfly!

Vicki robertson said...

This is so pretty, Leslie! A really bright and happy card! Your coloring is beautiful. I am so happy to be one of your teamies at the DD!

Margaret said...

Happy birthday to Double D!! Your card as always is absolutely gorgeous. Love the rich colors and the beautiful butterfly image. You know how I am about butterflies. Love that butterfly die also. Sure to bring a smile to someone's face. I can't believe that you would make a hideous card, but we're always our own worst critics.

Mildred said...

Your butterfly is gorgeous. Lucky is the person who receives this card! Have a wonderful year, Leslie.

Kathy Krug said...

I agree you could not make a hideous card, but I also know that it was hideous to you. Been there done that. It is usually when I know exactly what I want but the design does not cooperate. I do better when I let the design do its own thing. sometimes I hold my hideous ones from the bin to see if I feel differently about it later.... I usually don't. You new card is so much fun. I love how easily you combine stamping and dies to create such beautiful cards.

Conniecrafter said...

Sorry your first card didn't come out the way you wanted it but I can't hardly believe you can make a bad card!!
I love the fun stamp and you did an excellent job with coloring it in and like the little stamping all around it too! Sweet butterfly border die too, Lovely design!

Lia said...

Congrats to 2 years DD and your contribution to the celebration as DT is so amazing! I like the bright colours and LO of the card. I follow your at Pinterest and like your creations so much.
Lia xx

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Such a stunning and special card for the Double D celebration Leslie. I so love your choice of colors for the butterfly - so crisp and absolutely beautiful. It is such an honor to work with you at Double D Challenges - I have learn so much from you the past 2 years. Thank you for the most beautiful Christmas card I received from you. The postman and I was so thrilled to see this envelope from so far away. The card is jaw-dropping and I appreciate it so much.

Judy Woodland said...

I really LOVE this card. All the bright colors and pretty butterfly. It looks like it was really fun to do. And your design is just wonderful with that die cut border. It's so cheery and happy, great take on the challenge!

Heather said...

This is beautiful! Love that gorgeous image and the bright, happy colors you used! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

I love that butterfly! The colors used are just so pretty and the fact that you shaded and blended the colors just takes it to a whole new level of loveliness. Love it all!

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow, such amazing colouring on that gorgeous butterfly and flowers! So bright and happy! Love the butterfly border, too!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

YOur butterflies are so gorgeously colored!!!! So festive and loved that blue shadow!! It matches EXACTLY the mood board!! I colored flowers too and added an die frame! I added ribbon too!! Super stoked that you designers are going to have giveaways too!! Thank you so much!! Inspiration AND giveaway!! Wow!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so gorgeous. I may have to find me some flowers too as you are inspiring me to make a birthday card on that theme.

Carol L said...

The way you've colored this is just lovely!! I love all the details and cheerful feeling one gets just from looking at this pretty card! Thanks too for the great giveaway - who doesn't like Echo Park paper? It's very generous of you :)

Donna said...

This is stunning, beautiful coloring, it is so uplifting with your cheery colors. So glad you joined us at challenge at The House That Stamps Built!

Darnell said...

I doubt very much that you could make anything hideous, Leslie! I just refuse to believe it! But if it made you turn to this creation, we are the winners, because this design is light and fresh and beautifully colored! I'm WOWed and inspired!! Congratulations on DD's 4th birthaversary! (Please leave me out of your draw if my number comes up. I'd rather your generous prize go to someone who doesn't have so.much.schtuff, lol!) Happy New Year Hugs! Darnell

Barbara said...

Glad to see that someone took inspiration from the butterflies on the board. Your creation is super inspiring and fabulous.

Gail said...

your card is amazing - I like the butterfly and the butterfly cut very much - nice work! Thanks for sharing and Happy ANniversary!

CherylQuilts said...

Well, a belated Happy New Year (and also Christmas)! Life has been hectic, but I am hoping to start the new year fresh and visit more of just my favorite bloggers...of course, you are one!! I absolutely love this whimsical butterfly and your amazing coloring! I would never have thought to purchase this set, but the butterfly is the "hit" in it IMHO. Wow, I love your colors, and what a beautiful butterfly die for the border! Happy anniversary to Double D! Warm hugs and love! xoxo

Lynette said...

So pretty, Leslie. Love the coloring (of course!) and the butterfly border is perfect.

aussie aNNie said...

Love the gorgeous bright butterfly Leslie and a fabulou card it is to celebrate our two years of challenges...great border too.xx[aNNie]

Stacy Morgan said...

Leslie this is fresh and sweet. The butterfly die cut is a great accent with the butterfly image. Colorful and sweet!

zub momi said...

This is such a pretty card! Love the cheerful colors and your coloring is amazing!!! Followed you by email :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Ah, they don't all turn out as we picture them. I've had to pitch some cards, especially after confirming with one of my 'critics' that live in my house. If they say no, then I get rid of the card completely. LOL

Love your re-do, though! Those butterflies are so whimsical. As always, you're a master colorer. Like a master gardener, but with a paper garden!

Evelyn S. said...

Once again, your colored piece looks like a print...and I mean that as a compliment to the detail of your coloring! This is a darling card!

Valerija said...

Amazing how you've coloured the image, just gorgeous!
Thanks for offering a prize too.
Valerija xx

Donna Phelan said...

Hey Teamie! First of all I think you're lying--you don't do 'hideous' EVER! But this card is seriously gorgeous! I adore your beautiful butterflies, die cut and colored--they are AMAZING! Such fun and fabulous colors! WOW!

Petra L said...

Wow, gorgious and what did you used beautiful colours. Love it!

Hugs, Petra

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