Saturday, January 8, 2011

Joan's Gardens & NEW Beginnings Challenges

Happy Weekend Everyone!
I hope this posting finds you in good health and having fun!  

A quick update on my Mother ... she's getting better, in fact they sent her home from the hospital with the thought that she can finishing her recovery just as easily at home.  She still has congestion that keeps hanging on from her cold and she's trying really hard to eat & drink more so she can get her strength back. But it's going to take a little longer before she's back to her 'ole self!   Thanks to those of you who extended prayers & kind thoughts ... I certainly appreciate it!! 

Over on Joan's Gardens, the NEW challenges for 2011 have begun and I hope you will come join in on the fun.  Every Thursday there's a new unique challenge with great prizes for the winner.  ALSO, Joan has also started a new TAG challenge on Tuesdays ... create any occasion tag you want but be sure to upload it back on her blog by the following Sunday.

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For Joan's FIRST challenge of the new year you are to use the following: 

1. Use some kind of animal, bird or whatever  (Martha Stewart bird punch)
2. Use a floral background paper (Paper Pizazz dp)
3. Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone (making paper flowers using Glimmer Mist)
4. Use some kind of Die (Nestabilities Scallop Heart, Heartfelt Creations Posey Patch)

The image used here is from the "Little Woman" collection over at Nicecrane Designs.  He has some amazing images ... you'll have to check it out for yourself.

Other challenges this creation fits are:

Crafty Calendar Challenge - New Beginnings
Creative Card Crew - Something New
Simon Says Stamps - New Beginnings
Try It Tuesday (formerly Tuesday Taggers) - New Beginnings
Quirky Crafts - New Beginnings
Fairy Fun Friday - Something New 
Ellephantastic Challenge - New Beginnings 

Thanks so much to all of you who are taking the time to stop by and leaving kind words!  I'm thrilled to have you here and hope you stop back again very soon!  Now that hubby & Mother are starting to feel better ... the flu bug is trying to get ME ... Yikes ... that will really cut into my crafting time ... don't want that!  Happy Day Everyone!  Stay healthy & happy!



Spyder said...

Lovely image and very pretty papers to go with it, love your design! Thank you for joining Quirky Craft's New Beginnings Challenge, this time round!
Happy New year

Nicecrane Designs said...

Dear Darlene it is absolutely adorable,,,,,,, oh my, what unnusual way to use my Little Women CS,,,,hurra... I love these tiny hearts ,,,, , your die,,,and all over These vibrant colors,,,,,,you are really talented.

Nicecrane Designs said...

Dear Darlene,,,,,This car is absolutely adorable,,,so sweet, so vibrant,,,,colors,,, I love your punched hearts,,,The colors,, your die,,,,really I adore all elements,,.You used my "Little Women" CS so well,,,congratulations,,

Cindy Gay said...

Beautiful flower & tag. I'm glad to hear about your mother!

Seongsook Duncan said...

What a lovely card! Thanks for the inspiration. I am from Feline Playful and am now a follower. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Jill said...

What a lovely card, just love that vintage style and great colours. Thanks for playing at Ellephantastic this month and hope to see you for our next challenge. Jill

Ruthie said...

Hi Dar - glad to hear your mum is getting better - really hope you dont get it!


Posh Cat Crafts said...

A wonderful card I love the white birds and the flowers. Designed to perfection. Thanks for joining in the fun at Ellephantastic, good luck in the draw.
Tamara Ellie DT

Cherie said...

A truely romantic card beautiful.
Thank you for playing along with Creative Card Crew.
Hugs cherie

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, beautiful card! Great job on all the details. Your flower looks terrific and glad you went out of your comfort zone. Love it!

Thanks so much for playing in Joan's Gardens #1 Weekly Challenge.
I love seeing all the beautiful creations.


Marie said...

Lots of lovely creations. Keep up the good work!
Lots of love

Cor* said...

What an elegant card. love the doves! Very vintage! Thanks for sharing your New Beginnings creation with the fairies this fortnight at FFF!! Good luck to you!

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This is absolutely stunning! I love the warm, vintage look. The heart and flower combo is neat too!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!


Clarky J said...

Gorgeous project x thanks for joining us at TioT x janet

Jane said...

This is gorgeous! love the image and details! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp, hugs, Jane xxx

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

What a lovely old fashioned looking card yet so up to date if that makes sense? Love it! Thank you for entering the Ellephantastic challenge. Hugs Helen x

Caroline said...

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calender Challenge this month.
Caroline x

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card - love the vintage feel of it - Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge. Bev x

bensarmom said...

Darlene, this is just gorgeous! I love all of your details. Glad to hear your mom's feeling better and is home.