Friday, January 1, 2021

Dies R Us Challenge-January 1, 2021-Anything Goes!(use brand of die that DRU sells)

*Warning:  long post*

Hi, there!

Happy New Year!  Wishing you a new year filled with hope, good health, and happiness!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a small celebration with our son, his friend, Ethan,  and our son's new dog, Maverick.  I'm not sure that Sheila was too keen on another dog here for the visit, lol!  Maverick managed to take two ornaments off the tree.  In fact, while I was in the kitchen, I heard a strange sound.  I thought I better go check on Maverick even though my husband was supposed to be watching him.  He was in the same room with him.  Crunch...crunch...Maverick was crunching on an ornament, which was a bird with twigs.  He got a few twigs off before I got it away from him.  My husband thought he was chewing on one of his toys, ha!  

Maverick  (Born 8-27-20)

Above is a sweet photo of him behaving in the kitchen with me, lol!  He is pretty good...just a pup.  A beautiful dog.  And, looking at him makes us miss our Shadow(German Shepherd) that we lost two years ago.  

Another highlight of Christmas was our son playing the organ and piano at Christmas Eve service.  It was extra special to have our organist, Sara, play the piano while Jeremy played the organ.  We all had our masks on and we were socially distanced in the church.  It is also very special to have all the candles lit while we sing Silent Night in the dark. 

A few more photos...

Randy, Sheila, me

Randy and Jeremy

Jeremy, Maverick, Ethan

And, the other reason you are here....

It's time for another Dies R Us Challenge!  We won't be having theme challenges this year.  All you have to do is use a brand of die that Dies R Us sells...easy peasy!  So, please come and join the fun and have a chance to win a gift certificate...enjoy creating!  

I decided to make a shaker birthday card for my friend, Pat.  I started by inking the background with distress inks of salty ocean, cracked pistachio, and seedless preserves.  The snowflakes were embossed using a stamp set from Newton's Nook.  The cute snowman image is from the same stamp set, which is from Newton's Nook.  The frame was die cut using Lawn Fawn-Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.  The die cut sentiments are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Dots from Pink & Main and sequins (Robin Egg) from Paper Sweeties to finish the card.

The inside sentiment is from SU.  All dies that were used for my card with links are listed below.  I hope you create a project using dies and join us for the challenge!

Dies R Us has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

My teammates have some fabulous inspiration for you today.  Sit back, relax, and take a look.... (you can click on their name to go to their personal blogs and get more detailed information about each project)

    Design Team

Maria—that’s me!

  Thanks so much for taking time to visit here today! Have a great day, hugs!!


  1. Wonderful wintery card with that cute snowman. Great photos you of you and your family too. Happy New Year.

  2. Absolutely fabulous wintery card my friend! I struggle with shaker cards but you sure made it look easy! LOVED the holiday photos ... thanks so much for sharing! You & hubby look so cute in your matching PJs! LOL Wishing you & yours the happiest of new years ... anything has to be better than 2020! LOL When things get back to 'normal' ... let's plan a get together! You aren't that far away and I would love to link up in person after all this time!! And the guys would have something (Nuclear Site) in common to talk about while we discuss crafting! LOL Stay healthy!

  3. Loved your pictures of your dogs and your family. Our dog is 2 1/2, and he finally left the tree alone. Finally, no crunched ornaments! Your wintery card is adorable! I love a good snowman!

  4. Thanks for sharing your Christmas pictures. Maverick is a beautiful dog and oh, those big paws! I love the festive pajamas and they look so cozy warm. Cute snowman and such a pretty cardinal. Happy New Year, Maria.

  5. So fun seeing your Christmas pictures, Maria! What a beautiful puppy, but I don't blame Sheila not being thrilled--haha! Oh that hubby--not looking to see what he was crunching--haha! The Christmas Eve service must have been beautiful. Great card for your friend--love the cute image, scallops & shaker!

  6. What a cute shaker card and beautiful family pictures. What handsome dog. Happy 2021 Maria!

  7. Super sweet winter card using some fantastic dies! Shakers are a favorite card of mine, I am always impressed when I see one! Fabulous pictures too, I am so happy you shared with us! Laughing at the pups antics, you wouldn't even believe what all our pup chewed up when we first got him, tell him to hang in there he has a long chewy road ahead lol!

  8. Thank you for the long, newsy, and photo-filled post, Maria! It's always wonderful to see crafty buddies with their families! Congratulations to Jeremy for his new "baby" Maverick. What a handsome dog and little Sheila is a delight, too, of course! Not to be forgotten, I love your shaker card!! Happy New Year to all of you! Continue to keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  9. That's a great little shaker card and I love that stitched frame! TFS those great family photos - I love your matching jammies :) Wishing you a bright, healthy and happy new year in 2021! hugz

  10. Love your wintery shaker card....beautiful! Happy New Year!

  11. Looked like it was a wonderful time at Christmas. Miss my family so much and can’t wait until we can get together again.

    Very cool that there is no theme this year at DRU challenge. Your winter birthday shaker card is so cute. No surprise, my blue colour loving self loves the colour! 💙💙💙

  12. Your card is delightful! However being a shepherd lover little Maverick has stolen my heart... He's gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos!

  13. What a lovely post and what memories for you with the Christmas Eve service x. Adorable Maverick and one adorable and fun shaker card x. Sending new Year hugs x.

  14. Beautiful winter card. Love the shaker element. You have a beautiful family, thank you for sharing your photos. It must be a Maverick thing - we have a Basenji called Maverick. The first few Christmas were extra "fun" with him around. Sweetest dog who doesn't listen worth diddly :-) Wouldn't trade him for the world :-)
    Hope 2021 brings you lots of love, joy and good health.