Sunday, May 22, 2011

Joan's Gardens #19 - Summer Finale

This week at Joan's Gardens, Joan is combining her two challenges and asking us to make a Card with Matching Tag.  What a clever idea to finish out her challenges until Fall.

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 Hubby & I worked outside all morning (rains have held off so far) and got the decking pad releveled and some trimming done on some of the greenery around the deck.  So now that it's mid afternoon and the sun is too hot for me ... I decided to come down to my 'crafting cave' and play around a bit.

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I wasn't really sure where to begin on this project but I figured BIRTHDAY is always a safe bet for tags or cards.  Then I started looking through my 'new' stack of K& Company designer paper pads and this sheet with the aqua butterfly just popped out at me.

The fact that I had a scrap piece of aqua cardstock and a roll of aqua satin ribbon sitting close by ... clinched the deal for me!  

The Martha Stewart Lacy Butterfly punch worked perfectly for both pieces ... I just added a little glue & Deco Art Glamour Dust for that added 'sparkle'.

On the card I had extra room so I thought a butterfly centered Prima flower with aqua pronds (MS punch) would work ... and it did ... perfectly.  I really like how that looks (have to keep that idea in mind for the future).

If you've never been to Joan's Gardens ... by all means, you must stop over and see all the wonderful products she carries in her store as well as inspirational creations.  Joan has another workshop coming up the end of June and I'm thrilled to say I will be attending once again.  I ALWAYS learn such wonderful tricks and techniques at her workshops that the 5 hour drive is MORE than worth it!!  Besides we've become friends and I just LOVE spending time with her & her wonderful hubby Jon!

Other challenges I'd like to share these creations with are:
The Emerald Faerie Garden - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Birthday
Ellephanatstic - Birthday Party
 Less Is More - Butterflies
 Little Claire's Designs - Sparkle
Shannon's Sentiments - Birthdays
Stamp Something - Beachy Colors
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've had as great a weekend as I have!  Didn't do anything SPECIAL ... just enjoyed the sunshine ... grilled out with the neighbors and thanked God for all his blessings!!!

Hugs to you all!

Don't forget to check out my SPRINGTIME BLOG CANDY  going on through Memorial Day! Time is running out to enter . . .


Rita said...

Wow, what a Stunning card and the Tag as well. I love the colours. Hugs Rita xx

Pauline said...

Beautiful, stunning colour combo.

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, I absolutely love this. I think it is one of my favorite things you have created. Great colors too. Beautiful.

Thanks so much for joining us for Joan's Gardens Card and Tag Challenge. Even though we are stopping them for the summer, keep on stopping by as Selma and I have some fun things planned. Thanks again for your continued participation in all the challenges. I can't wait to see you again!


Patti P. said...

Darlene, this is just stunning. It caught my eye on the dashboard right away. I love these colors and your LO using the papers is lovely. Beautiful job on these. So glad you had a great weekend, so have we and so thankful for all God blesses us with, counting you.

Jo said...

Wow, these are gorgeous. Jo

cindy said...

Beautiful tag and card. Thanks for joining us at IDIC and Shannon's Sentiments.

Susan said...

I love your color combination!! The butterflies are gorgeous!

kurlygirl said...

Love this Dar! I love my K & Company papers too! Love working with you at Shelly's! You are so positive and such an encourager! I'm off to check out Joan's Gardens!

I'm so glad that you joined us at Shelly's Images Show Us What You Got Challenge and I hope we see more of your creations in the future!

~kurlygirl Kurly-Q

Jill said...

Fantastic card and tag! What great colours, just love your butterflies! Thanks for joining in at Ellephantastic. Jill

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Wow what a gorgeous card, Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS and who wouldn't like to receive a card like this and a gift with the matching tag - gr8 idea


Shelly's Images said...

How PRETTY! I love the fonts in the sentiments too. :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Inspiring work, Darlene! Your card and tag are stunning. Talk about nailing both challenges!

Tracey Manderson said...

Oh my this is so pretty!! Thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faerie Garden.

Lynne said...

Stunning! And what a fabulous colour combo.
Lynne xxx

Mummylade said...

Thank you so much for entering this creation in our Allsorts challenge this week!

brenda said...

Thanks so much for sharing you lovely card with us at Allsorts this week, but the photo inspiration theme does need to be used to be in with a chance of winning.

You are very welcome to join in with another piece of work.

B x

Mummylade said...

Thank you so much for entering this creation in our Allsorts challenge this week and good luck!

Heike said...

This is a lovely project.

Thanks for joining us at Little Claire for our fortnightly challenge.

Selma said...

Wow! Darlene these are so gorgeous. The color combination is very eye catching. I love the butterflies. Really stunning! Thanks for joining us in the challenges at Joan's Gardens. We have more fun things planned for the summer and hope you will join us in the fun.

Nicecrane Designs said...

One of your best creations Darlene,,,,,,my favorite without any doubt,,,,,,,OMG, i love the way you place the butterfly,,,,,Absolutely AMAZING,,,,,,PERFECT.,

Thistleblue said...

Hi Darlene, really lovely card and tag. I love the butterflies and the beautiful ribbon! Thanks for joining us for the Ellephantastic challenge this month
Elle DT

Sharon said...

congraution on you your win at joans garden. Your card and tag are beautiful.

Helen said...

Beautiful card and tag.

Thanks for joining us at Little Claire Designs.

Helen x

Barbara Colbert said...

Congratulations...and what a beauty you created!!!!! Looks like a wonderful birthday card to receive!!!! WAY to go!

WendyP said...

gorgeous card and tag !!
Thanks for joining our challenge at IDIC challenge blog this week

Sheila - Ginger said...

Your tag is just beautiful Darlene and I love the colours you have used.

Love Sheila xx