Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Double D 3rd Anniversary Challenge: It's on the Menu

Hello, and happy new year!  Our first Double D challenge of the year is a biggie, as we're wasting no time starting off with a celebration.  It's a 3rd anniversary party with prizes galore.  I'll be offering a prize, too, which I'll tell about at the end of this post.  But first, our challenge is "It's on the Menu" -- anything you might find on a menu, whether sweet or savory, in a glass or on a plate.

I made a strawberry cake with Power Poppy's Tea in the Garden set, watercolored with Tombow markers.




Here's our mouth-watering inspiration board:





Pictured below are three different prizes Diane and Darlene are offering up for three random challenge winners.  Double D is not a sponsored challenge.  The prizes always come from the DD's own good hearts.  As always, there will be creative winners, as well, who are also eligible for the random prize draws.




I made a point of dipping into some older papers for the card design.  I tend to reach for whatever's near the front of the bins and the rest gets neglected.  I thought these retired Stampin' Up! papers looked fresh and yummy with the cake.

Since I didn't have just the right gingham ribbon in just the right color, I made my own with an old Hero Arts stamp and SU's Certainly Celery ink to match the paper.  For a sentiment that fit my design I used one from Power Poppy's Party Time set.  I'll give a full list of supplies below my signature.




Still with me?

Now, for the prize I'm offering...

A $25 gift certificate to the online store of your choice.

The Double D Challenge has been a wonderful experience for me.  Diane and Darlene make sure of that.  This is my way of giving back to them and to all our supportive players who treat us twice a month with delightful creations.  I will do a random draw from among our "It's on the Menu" challenge players.


Please play in the challenge to be eligible!

Winner will be announced on the Double D blog on January 15.

Be sure and visit Double D to read full challenge details.  Also, hop around to my teamies' blogs because you never know where you may find another prize.  Good luck, and have a happy day!



Stamps:  Power Poppy "Tea in the Garden" and "Party Time", Hero Arts ribbon stamp  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, textured white, SU Whisper White, retired SU designer paper  Ink:  Ranger Archival Shadow Gray for image and Watering Can for sentiment, Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles  Dies:  Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Die-namics Stitched Cover Up Companion, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants

44 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Leslie...I want to eat this cake! Your coloring is spot-on, as usual, and so beautiful! I will have to dig for an appropriate image, but I just might have to appreciate this from afar. Again, this is such beautiful work, Leslie.

TracyM #6773 said...

DELIGHTFUL card!
LOVE your colouring and pretty layers for your DELICIOUS strawberry cake!
Wishing you a HAPPY 3rd Double "D" Birthday and sending a big Thank You for the chance to win :)

Sherri said...

I can almost taste this cake! And smell it too! Nobody can color quite like you do! And in any medium! Wow, Leslie, this is stunning!!

Helen said...

Wow! Your card is stunning Leslie! Your amazing colouring really brings these images to life! Great design elements really finish it off perfectly! It makes me hungry just looking at it. Congratulations on Double "D"s 3rd anniversary!

Ros Crawford said...

Happy New Year!! I hope you have a great one!
Holy Moly your cake is stunning!! In fact the whole card is stunning ... Great way to start 2019!

Diane said...

Yum Yum and triple YUM!! This is one gorgeous card that I could eat right up, in fact it makes me want to go and make a cake right now!! Thank you so much for your kind words, but Dar and I could not have such a successful challenge without our amazing and VERY talented Design Team!!! We admire, love and appreciate each and every design you offer us, thank you so much!!!

Pauline said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Leslie this is amazingly delicious looking and a amazing card! Your soft water colouring makes this look so real, and your design for layout is beautiful. Love all the layering of papers, die cuts, stitching and the way you created your gingham ribbon - clever girl! The teacup is a nice little accent at the end of your ribbon, it just sets the mood for a tea party! Love it!!!!! Thanks for sharing today and starting off 2019 with such a beauty! Have a wonderful day Leslie! (I can't stop looking at your card, I'm in 'awe' once again!)

Barbara said...

This card is jaw-dropping delicious. Not only do I love Power Poppy designs, but I also love it more when I see someone like you bring it to life. This is a great team to be on and learn from ( your handmade gingham ribbon idea). I am so grateful.

Donna Phelan said...

This is so beautiful! I adore your pretty colors, that yummy image and your details, that stitching looks FAB! This is just gorgeous! I love being on this wonderful DT with you, Leslie, you are sooooo inspiring! xo~ Oh and what a super generous prize you are offering, someone is going to be so luck!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Ok Leslie, I just need a couple of minutes here to catch my breath my dear because this card just took it all from me!!!
Oh my goodness, how absolutely gorgeous it is!!!
Your combination of pattern papers is just perfect to enhance the beauty of this image, love the Gingham ribbon you created and that little teacup are the perfect finishing touches.
And now, I totally need to get this set, thank you for the inspiration and the little push I needed, you are the best enabler, LOL!!
Sending warm hugs and best wishes for a fantastic 2019.
XO
Maria.

Vicki robertson said...

This is spectacular, Leslie! Wow, no words for your coloring ability. It's amazing. Love the design and colors. This reminds me of my grandmother's "pink" angel food cake with strawberries. She always added a little red food coloring to the white batter. Such a great memory. Thanks for being such a good friend. So happy we met at the DD, a great place to be. Happy New Year.

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful watercolouring Leslie it makes the cake look so yummy :)

Happy Dance said...

That cake looks so delicious! Gives me an idea for this weekend when the grandkids come...fresh strawberry cake!! Gorgeous card. Beautiful watercoloring. I love the pinks and greens you've used, too. I really do like everything about this pretty card. Springtime colors....perfect. Bev

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

Such a beautiful birthday card! The cake looks so real I can taste it! There is something about pink and green that makes the world right! I also love the stitching - it's the perfect touch! Happy New Year!

Denise Bryant said...

Scrumptious looking cake! Very pretty card! Congrats on Double D's 3rd anniversary!

Verna Angerhofer said...

The last thing I need after the holidays is more sweets but seeing this cake sure makes me want to dig into that. It looks delicious and so beautiful. This is a great card design and a fantastic cake image. Congratulations on the 3rd anniversary too.

nancy littrell said...

Beautifully colored yummy strawberry angel food birthday cake, Leslie. I love how you used your DSP's too. I was convinced your handmade ribbon was a real ribbon...very clever. Congratulations to Double D Challenge on their 3rd Birthday. TFS your beauty. Hugs..Nancy

Yogi said...

pretty card and yummy cake... Happy New Year. Have a great day

Donna Ellis said...

Yum Yum Yummy! And what a fabulous way of expressing gratitude for your fun challenge team mates and challenge players! Your stitching is GORGEOUS, Leslie! I especially like the "double rows" first with zigzag, then the scallop, and finally, no thread! Genius! Your coloring is breathtaking - so soft and berry-ish, with the lovely stripes, patterns and checks! It's beautiful! hugs, de

Karenladd said...

Oh my gosh, that cake is just gorgeous and so mouth-watering. I also love your stamped gingham ribbon strip, which looks so real that I would never have guess it wasn't actual ribbon. Thank you for your generous giveaway!

Darlene said...

OH MY STARS! What a delicious creation! Your coloring is A-MAZING and you made your own ribbon!! WHAT? That's just so darn clever of you! Absolutely beautiful design my friend! We are so happy to have you on our DD team! More fun to come in 2019!! Happy New Year!

Kathy Krug said...

Another piece of art that needs to be framed. Such gorgeous coloring on the cake and strawberries. Love all the layering and papers in the background.The cup of tea with lemon is the perfect finishing touch.

pam said...

Hi Leslie, sat here drooling looking at that Delicious cake you have created!, your card design is stunning, love all the details and colours.
Hugs Pam x

crafty-stamper said...

WOW stunning card delicious looking image and fabulous watercolouring love the fresh green of the B.paper and stamped??? ribbon it all just screams Summer--brilliant
Carol x

Lynette said...

Ooooh - that looks so yummy ... and so pretty, too! Gorgeously done! Happy New Year to you.

Pam Sebring said...

Omygosh! This looks like you just pick it off the card and take a bite! Great job! Very pretty! Congratulations on your 3rd birthday!

Stacy Morgan said...

Leslie this looks delicious! Your coloring is beautiful and I do like the layers and colors. Beautifully delicious all around!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that cake sure does look good enough to eat, excellent coloring, love the little tea cup with it. Love the design of the card too, like the stitching to frame it

aussie aNNie said...

LOVE this and the stitching is the icing on the cake, fabulous..
Proud to be on the design team with talented ladies. xxx

Beverly S. said...

Everything you did on this card is PERFECT! Wonderful coloring of the images, pretty papers selection and the stitching is just the right finishing touch! Great job on this one!!!! Here's wishing you a Happy New Year filled with lots more crafty goodness (like this card)!!!!! ;)

Theresa Pollack said...

What a lovely cake that you baked up on this lovely card!
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

What a yummy cake Leslie! Beautiful card.

אחיות יוצרות said...

yammy card! love the colors, it makes me so happy :)

April said...

Oh wow! Your coloring is fantastic! What a gorgeous card! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Pam Sparks said...

Fabulous card Leslie! Reminds me of Susan Branch images! So beautifully colored and designed! Love it!

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my gosh, Leslie, this card is just FABULOUS. Your coloring is perfect, it looks good enough to eat. Honestly, I don't know how you do it!! Love your colors and design too, it's just so gorgeous!!! I am drooling right now.

Maria said...

Oh, what a lovely card with the beautiful cake! Wonderful design, too! Happy 3rd Anniversary!!

laurie said...

This is awesome..that cake looks amazing. I just love it when you do stitching on your cards!

Amelia Breytenbach said...

A gorgeous design, so beautifully colored Leslie. The image is just perfect for your celebration card! Love the pastel papers too. Such an honor to be with you on the DD Design Team.

kReN K said...

Looks good enough to eat! Super project! Thanks for the inspiration! Follow me at http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

kReN@afourthlife

Tina Z. said...

This is uncredible, I could eat this cake!

SirpaH said...

Ihana herkullisen näköinen kakku :)

scrAPpamondo said...

This cake make me feel hungry :D Great colouring and amazing work! Love the stitching and the whole design!

ionabunny said...

Your cake looks yummy. Gorgeous colours. Hugz

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