Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fabulous Challenge at . . .

JOAN'S GARDENS!    This week's challenge is a TWO-PART challenge.  First Joan lets us know what the requirements are for the challenge card and the last item on the list is to 'make a matching box' ... which you need to go to Selma's blog for instruction!  FABULOUS ideas ... both the card & box!

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First I'd like to share my CARD with you.  Purple is my favorite color, so I was thrilled to be able to use it today and as a matter of fact, the person I have in mind for this creation also likes purple!  And, since she doesn't follow my blog (too busy with 15 grandkids to be internetting, LOL) I don't have to worry about her NOT being surprised come January!!!

In this close-up, you can see that I have added a little purple chalk to the upraised portions on this beautiful Marianne (DS0908) embossing folder.  The chalk I used is Pebbles Inc. Jewel Tone Pearlescents.

Items used on the card & box are:
Papers:  White cs, Deep Purple cs, K&Co. (Floral Bouquet) designer paper
Stamps:  Penny Black (card sentiment), Inkadinkado (box sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark
Accessories:   Spellbinder Classic Circle Dies,  Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Cheery Lynn Designs (DL103) Italian Flourish Doily Die, Kaiser Lavendar Pearls, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Quickie Glue, Ranger purple embossing powder, Michael's ribbon

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Here is my card & box set!  Didn't they turn out beautifully!  I am SO PLEASED and I know my friend will be thrilled too!  (items in bold print were purchased at Joan's Gardens)  If you've never visited Joan's Gardens ... now's the time!  She (along with designer, Selma) not only has a fabulous challenge every Thursday ... but Joan has a wonderful selection of crafting products and she only charges what it costs her for shipping!

Other Challenges:
Card Makin Mama - Punches (butterflies)
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes
Lily Pad - Bling
Raise The Bar - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Circles (on lid of box)
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - White Space
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Digistamps4Joy - Anything Goes
 Flutter By Wednesday - Use a butterfly
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Dies and/or Punches

Well, it's the last weekend before hubby goes back to work after being off for 3 weeks on vacation.  WOW ... that time went by SO FAST!!  We didn't do any fancy trips but we did get a lot of projects done around the house (inside & out) and enjoyed our time together.  Being able to sit out on the deck and enjoy coffee in the early morning ... out to eat at some new restaurants in the evening ... and just spending time together discussing our plans for his upcoming retirement in April was wonderful!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, I absolutely love this.
You really did a fantastic job!
Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens weekly challenge. Great job!


Lana said...

Oh WOW Darlene this is one of your best by far I love the whole card and the box is amazing the sparkle is the topper for sure!Beyond Fabulous in my book!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, that shade of plumb/purple is very pretty.

Hugs, Lori m

Maureen Russell said...

Oh Darlene, this project is absolute exquisite!! I adore purple too! Isn't that funny? I'm sure your friend will love this card and don't be surprised if there is a tear or two of joy! Great work & thanks for sharing.

lizzie said...

love this! thnx for playing with us at cmm!!

Joy said...

Super elegant and beautiful cards, really love the embossed feature and the colour combo perfect... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Rainbow Lady said...

Purple my favourite colour too so I would love to receive this one. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing
Love Cynthia x

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Very pretty, I love the colour combos you have used and your pretty details.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.


Jo x

Ellis said...

Gorgeous card! =)
Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4joy!
Hugs, Elenor

carol said...

ooh wow fabulous creations, thanks for joining our challenge at CRAFTY RIBBONS, X Carol

starcyl said...

This is super and I love purple too so really like it. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
Jenny x

Ellis said...

Thanks for your comment on my CDACPC card! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Julie said...

Beautiful card, love all of the embossing! Thanks for playing along at Raise the Bar.

Latrice said...

This is stunning. I love to perfectly placed bling on those butterflies. Great job and thanks for entering our challenge over on the Lily Pad.

Danni said...

Wow!! What truly beautiful cards!! Love them! thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Cleota said...

In love with that doily die / embossing folder! Fantastic card. Love all the different embellies you've added. Thanks for playing along with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges!

DT Member

gina g said...

Wow this is one beautiful card i love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons and good luck. luv gina xx

Marie said...

A fabby creation you have made. Looks very pretty. Thanks for playing with us over at TPS this week.
Love n hugs

Mary J said...

Simply stunning! Thx for joining us at Flutterby Wednesdays!

Mary J x

Kazza said...

Wow ...This is so gorgeous. Love the embossing on the card. thanks for joining us at Southern Girls. xx

Shirl said...

Card and box is stunning and I love those butterflies sitting on all that yummy embossing.

Thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

Hugs Shirley x x

Georgei said...

very beautiful card

Cat said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the butterflies! Thanks for joining the Pixies at Pixie Dust Studio this week!