Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Double D Challenge: Just Wing It

Time for another Double D challenge, friends!  We're doing "Just Wing It" for a theme and we'd love to see where your wings take you.  I have golden dragonflies today.




Here's our inspiration board with a variety of winged things:




And a prize for a random winner:




This Elizabeth Craft "Dragonfly" die set has been sitting in my not-yet-used basket far too long.  I thought I'd be using them with flowers, but it somehow never happened, so when this challenge came along I decided to make them my main focus.







I have to show you this photo of the die set so I can 'fess up to what inspired me.  Just keeping it simple with an ink-sponged background, water splatters, circle stamps, and some tiny dragonflies.

I used some favorite older Stampin' Up! inks -- Cool Caribbean and Gable Green.  Old Hero Arts Box of Dots stamps -- inked mostly on the edges by rolling in the stamp pad and then rolling on the paper.  Gold mirrored card stock with Gable Green for the card base.  The inked panel is Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface card stock.  A seriously quick and easy card to make and lots more fun than I expected it to be.

I'll be looking forward to all the things with wings this challenge inspires.  Do check out the wonderful DT cards on the Double D blog, leave some love, and then play along with us.  Have a happy day!


Stamps:  Poppystamps Believe in Magic sentiment, Hero Arts Box of Dots, Hero Arts tiny dragonfly from Printer's Lowercase alphabet set  Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface, gold mirrored card stock, SU Gable Green  Ink:  SU Cool Caribbean and Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise for tiny dragonflies, Memento Tuxedo Black for sentiment  Accessories:  Elizabeth Craft Dragonfly die set, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

29 comments:

Joan B said...

gorgeous!!!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Oh my goodness, this is simply gorgeous! There is just something about those tiny dragonflies done in gold and the blue green background that has just captivated me this morning. I keep scrolling up to get another look! Oh look, there are tiny dragonflies in the background! Each time I take another look I see something else to hold my attention. And the sentiment .... perfect!

Diane said...

Oh what a gorgeous dreamy and soft card....and the dragonflies in gold...stunning, I have this die and never would I thought of using them like this, you are so creative!! Those tiny background dragonflies, well aren't they just the cutest!! And speaking of the background, it is gorgeous! This card reminds me of our dear friend Ros, it has her name all over it!! Have a wonderful day!!

Darlene said...

OMG this is just gorgeous Leslie! Love that you were inspired by the packaging (good call) and you did an amazing job! The colors, splatter, tiny dragonflies ... all of it ... just BEAUTIFUL!!! You amaze and inspire me! Happy Day my friend!

Donna Phelan said...

Perfect time to pull those unused dies out, they are magical...love them in gold! WOW! Your background is fabulous, beautiful colors! I also adore your sentiment. This card is so striking!

Barbara said...

Your card is magic! I can see the inspiration that you got, but I love the special dreamy background with the tiny little dragonflies. I have a dragonfly die that I had to have, a year ago, and have not used it yet.

Vicki robertson said...

So stunning and elegant, Leslie! The gold dragonflies are gorgeous against that spectacular background you have created!! Into my favs...

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning golden dragonflies, I just love this and the beautiful dies..x💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

Donna Ellis said...

Leslie, your rendition of the inspiration model is FANTASTIC! Those large bokeh style "bubbles" bring out such magic in this beautiful creation! The playful wispiness of the dragonfly dance look just like our place at times. I especially love those tiny stamp images in your background. We get swarms of dragonflies and damselflies at times. It's a joy watching them as they devour mosquitoes or flying ants/termites. They are the most incredible, marvelous creatures. They are more than worth their weight in gold, so your shiny gold flying wonders depict my love for them beautifully! hugs, de

Pam Sparks said...

Love your inky background and pretty gold dragonflies!

Lynette said...

So pretty, Leslie! Your background is awesome! The colors are wonderful and I love the different techniques you used to make it. You are just so clever:)

Yogi said...

really pretty. delicate. lovely background. Yup Elizabeth Craft Designs has nice inspiration BIG GRIN. Have a great day

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

This die set is so neat - love it! Some of SU's retired colors are my favorite! Using the gold makes them pop! I hope to get some craft time today with the snow - keeping my fingers crossed my power stays on this time! Where is Spring??

Evelyn S. said...

Your golden dragonflies are so pretty, Leslie! I really like that beautiful airy ink background and the "casual" placement of the dragonflies. The effect is wonderful.

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a gorgeous background for showing off those golden dragonflies. I love this delightful card design.

Kathy Krug said...

Love that sentiment and your background with the little dragon flies. The gold dragonflies are so elegant. Just gorgeous.

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous CAS card love the beautiful die-cut Dragonflies and fabulous background love the bubbles/circles
Carol x

Pauline said...

Love the die set, but better yet, love your card! I'm so glad you pulled this die set out today. The background is so soft and pretty and airy. And those tiny dragonflies in the background are so sweet. Great choice for using the gold mirrored paper for the dragonflies they are beautiful against the background! I love the sentiment too. You inspire me so, it just gave me an idea for a card! :).

Margaret said...

Wow! That is stunning! I love the dragonflies, and they look so elegant done in gold the way you did. Your spattered background is just perfect.

Conniecrafter said...

That is such a cool background, looks terrific and love the little dragonflies too. Great look with the mirror cardstock, I have bought some but haven't tried it out yet, Love how you have used it, neat layering with it too.

nancy littrell said...

I LOVE your pretty soft watercolored background with your retired SU inks and a bit of stamping and splattering. Perfect or your gold die cut dragonflies. TFS my friend. Hugs

Ida said...

This stunning card arrived at my house this week in time to wish me a Happy Birthday yesterday. Thanks so much. The card is so pretty and those dragonflies really set off the wonderful color scheme perfectly. I love it.

CherylQuilts said...

Leslie, this is so beautiful! I love the soft colors and sweet dragonflies! We have started seeing them now that our weather is warming up more, and I love how they flitter around. When it gets really hot, they swarm in hundreds or more! I love the beautiful watercolor background and how you were inspired by the package as well as the inspiration board. And the gold mirror board is stunning!! Hugs, sweet friend!

pam said...

Beautiful card Leslie, love the delicate background you created, those colours are lovely, perfect for your dragonflies.
Hugs Pam x

Judy Woodland said...

How beautiful. I love your spattered background, it showcases those gorgeous gold dragonflies perfectly. This is simply gorgeous in it's simplicity.

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Jerry on a card! Smiling!

Ros Crawford said...

This is so lovely! Love the watercolour BG too!

Amelia Breytenbach said...

This is such a stunning card Leslie! The gorgeous watercolor background and beautiful gold dragonflies are just perfect!

Cindy Beach said...

Hi Leslie,
Your blog is such a lovely place to be, don't know how I got behind in visiting. Such a fresh and fun spirit here! I love this pretty card! Cool Caribbean is my very very fav SU color and the way you've combined it in the airy and delicate background is wonderful. The gold dragonfly is like the icing on the cake.

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