Friday, February 11, 2011

Joan's Gardens & Delicious Doodles & MY YELLOW KITCHEN

Happy Friday Everyone!
I have two challenge cards to share with you today!  

First is my card for Challenge #7 at Joan's Gardens.  This week's requirements are:

• Use designer paper for your background  (I used Webster's Pages - Postcards from Paris)
• Use no other stamping except for a sentiment and frame (such as a JustRite Stamp) (I stamped using an Impression Obsession stamp and framed using Spellbinder Lacy Squares)
• Use all the embellishments you would like to use (Prima flowers & MS front punch)
• Use some kind of dimension on the card (such as a flower)  (Martha Stewart Lacy Butterflies)

 I needed a sympathy card for a friend who unexpectedly lost her MIL last week so I used Joan's challenge as the bases for my creation.
 (click on image to enlarge)

A couple of other challenges that this card fits are:
Creative Cottage - Just Words
Top Tip Tuesday - Frame It

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My second creation today is for the Delicious Doodles Challenge - Valentine's Day - Love Theme.  I have used not ONE but TWO of Teri's (Delicious Doodles Owner/Artist) images for today's creation and I just LOVE how it came together ... easy & I think impressive!!

(click on image to enlarge)

A few other challenges this card fits are:
Paper Pretties - inspired by Valentine's Day

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NOW ... would you like to see a couple photos of my newly painted kitchen??  I decided I wanted a BRIGHT - CHEERFUL color so I went with DAFFODIL YELLOW!  YEP ... it's definitely bright & cheerful ... and I love it!
This photo was taken with me standing in the livingroom looking into the kitchen and down the 'yellow' hallway towards the door that goes out to the garage. Please ignore the papers on the table ... I "JUST" now ran upstairs and took these photos so I could share them with you in this post.

And this photo was taken standing in the corner of my kitchen ... looking into the livingroom.
 I don't have the blinds back up over the sliding glass door so it was probably TOO BRIGHT to take this photo (kind of washes out the color) but as you can see ... it is YELLOW and BEAUTIFUL!!

Now I need to go shopping for some NEW yellow accessories and of course need to make a NEW YELLOW FLORAL DESIGN for on the island counter.  The RED is only for Valentine's Day ... not my usual everyday color scheme.   Isn't redecorating FUN!!!  

Thanks for taking a peek & remember ... 
if you are EVER in the AKRON, OHIO area ... you MUST STOP BY!!

Hugs to you all,


  1. I came to admire your LOVE themed card, but ended up adoring your condolences card AND your fabby yellow kitchen too!!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations with FOR FUN challenges this week. Hugs, Ali x

  2. Darlene you sure have brought the sunshine in!! Can't wait to see it after all the new items are added to it!! Especailly your flowers you do so great at arranging them! Sure lifts the spirits!!!

  3. Great creations!:)

    Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday @ Please come back on Tuesday for another brilliant tip! :)



  4. You've been a busy bee!
    Love the cards hun - and that kitchen is to die for!! Fancy coming to do mine. . .? LOL

  5. Love your sunny kitchen! Thanks for sharing! I also love the sympathy card you did for Joan's Gardens. The colors are so pretty! Sympathy cards can be a very difficult thing to do but you have done a really classy job!

  6. Lovely cards! I love your pretty butterflies! The kitchen/diner looks really bright and fresh! Thanks for joining us at the creative cottage hugs Rebekah x

  7. Hello Darlene! Wow, lovely card for Delicious Doodles Challenge! Great combination with the 2 digi's!!

    Thanks for joining us and good luck!

    Sweet greetings,
    Saskia: )

  8. Hello Darlene!

    Two beautiful cards here, your condolences one is especially lovely.

    Im with you on the decorating front, I love it too! Your new look kitchen looks stunning in the daffodil yellow shade and I really love yoru valentine set in red!

    So lovely to see you back on our pages!

    Keryn x

  9. Hi Darlene! I love yr cards and the kichen is FAB FAB FAB, I used to have yellow kitchen too with my previous partner. Alfies old bedroom was tellow too oh and my craft room got yellow wallpaper with little paterns on, so as you see I love yellow lol
    Glad you were able to join in in the challenge hope to see you more, miss you from the team boo-hoo

  10. Such a super card. Thanks for taking up our love challenge at Creative Craft World.
    Sue x

  11. WOW Darlene these are BEAUTIFUL!!! OOOOWEE girl LOVE the yellow in your kitchen, I LOVE a cheerful kitchen, sooo pretty!!!

  12. Dar, first off, thank you for visiting my blog!! Your kitchen looks fabulous!! Very bright and cheery looking!! You'll have fun looking for decor!!
    I love the sympathy card. All those butterfiles and flowers!! Awesome!!

  13. The cards are great- the romatic couple is perfect. I like the yellow kitchen, I think it brightens it up. Thanks for playing along on For Fun.

  14. Darlene, your cards are very nice, especially your sympathy card!!! Love the colors, the BEAUTIFUL flowers, and the butterflies! AND I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!! Yellow is sunny and bright, and that's what I go for too!!!!

  15. Sweet looking cards. Your colour combos are great. Thanks for playing with us over at For Fun this week.
    Love n hugs

  16. Smashing cards, love all thos gorgeous butterflies.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Cottage this week
    Anne x

  17. I love both the cards. all those beautiful flowers on the first and the fun of the black and white with red (it's such a striking color combo, I love it).
    thanks for playing with us at the Paper Pretties challenge.

  18. wow Darlene 2 absolutely beautiful cards..
    your kitchen looks fantastic..
    Thanks for joining us this week at Delicious Doodles challenge blog hope you join us next week!!Hugs ..Anita

  19. Beautiful cards, love the butterflies! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage! Shelly x

  20. LOVE the beautiful, bright kitchen. (I'm so biased since mine is pumpkin orange. Sounds gross but looks great with the white cabinets and light floors.)

    You're sympathy card is just wonderful. Peaceful yet not the least dreary.

  21. Goodness, you have been busy! Love all your cards, just wonderful! Your kitchen is so pretty and sunny with the yellow.

  22. I love your kitchen!!!! And yes OK your love card is too cute too lol. Thanks for sharing with us at For Fun.

    Meera x

  23. This is beautiful and the butterflies add just the right touches. Your kitchen is beautiful and with the wonderful snowy winter we have had it should add to the sunshine that we have not had.

  24. This is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty, I hope to see you again this week!


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