Thursday, September 8, 2011

FALL Challenges . . .

are back at Joan's Gardens.  And what a fun, creative challenge & free gifts she & Selma have offered today!  You will have until next Thursday to participate in this one!  Be sure to pop over and check it out!!

Our Toledo friends are coming to visit this weekend and it's their 39th Anniversary on Friday ... so I wanted to make them a special card and this challenge was just the ticket!!!  What do you think?

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This card is 6 x 5 1/2" in size and that left me plenty of work space to do everything I wanted to do.  The challenge requires you to use *TWO different embossing folders ... *TWO different die cuts ... * ONE sentiment and * Glitter or Pearls. 

Recipe:
Paper - White coated cardstock, black card stock and old olive card stock
Ink - Versafine Black, Tim Holtz Broken China Distress
Accessories - Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Spellbinder Large Labels die for sentiment, Cheery Lynn Designs B117 - Fanciful Flourish (just a section of it), Cheery Lynn Designs DL 112 Exotic Butterfly Small (1" x 1 1/2") and DL113 Exotic Butterfly Small, Cuttlebug  5x7 Swirl EF and Floral Border EF, Kaiser light blue pearls, Scor-Pal, Sponge dauber

I love the embossing and scored backgrounds ... but never think to use them ... always go for the designer paper first!  This challenge inspired me to be more creative without using designer paper ... great fun! 

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 Can you see in the close up that I have reversed the embossing side from one folder to the other?  The border is a positive embossing and the main panel is a negative embossing.  I thought this gave the card a more unique look, along with scoring between the two patterns.  The tiny light blue pearls were just perfect for the flower centers and helped coordinate with the light blue edges on the butterflies. 

Maybe I should have added a touch of glitter to the butterflies!  Hmmmm ... might have to do a little tweeking.  Either way, I think the card is lovely and I know my friends will appreciate my efforts!

Challenges:
DYSU Challenge - Texture
The Rubber Cafe - No Designer Paper
Stampin' B's Challenge - Anniversary card
Fresh Brewed Blog - Something New (Cheery Lynn Designs Butterfly Dies)
I Brake for Challenges - Backgrounds
Little Red Wagon - Diecuts
The Paper Shelter #30 - Embossing


Have a wonderful day and be sure to pop over to Joan's Gardens to check out this latest challenge and see all the new products she has in the shoppe!!  It is JAM PACKED ... do check it out!!  I know I have my order almost ready to send!  Don't you just love getting 'goodies' in the mail ... I do ... I'm like a little kid on Christmas morning!  LOL!! 

Okay ... back to work.  Hubby's on vacation for THREE WEEKS and this week we are trying to complete some projects that have been on the TO DO LIST ... we're making good progress too!  It's work but it's rewarding when completed!  Have a wonderful day no matter what you are doing!!

Hugs,
Dar

19 comments:

  1. Wow Darlene, this is gorgeous. You did a beautiful job with the challenge. Thank you for joining us in our new season of challenges at Joan's Gardens.

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  2. Darlene, this is totally gorgeous!
    I love your reverse embossing too. Great idea.

    Thanks for joining us at Joan's Gardens for the new Fall Challenges. Great job!

    Joan
    www.atjoansgardens.com

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  3. Darlene, this is the most beautiful card with all the embossing and scoring. Thanks for joining us at Stampin'B's!

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  4. Wow Darllene you did a great job on this challenge, as always. Love the use of the butterflies they are sooo beautiful !! Enjoy your vacation !
    Hugs

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  5. not sure if my first comment posted so here I go again.....thanks for playing with the B's...this is a fabulous anniversary card

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  6. Wonderful card, I love the butterflies too. Enjoy your week-end. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. Love the awesome texture here Darlene. Finely taylored card. :)Peggy

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  8. WOOOWEEE Darlene I think this is my new favorite DAR card!!! GORGEOUS sweetie, the embossing is beautiful and LOVE LOVE those butterflies!!!!!! Have a wonderful Friday!

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  9. WOW Fabulous card, great embossing, thanks for joining us at TPS this week.
    Hugs Debs

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  10. Wow, gorgeous card, very elegant. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter for our embossing challenge.

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  11. gorgeous card Darlene, very pretty
    I'm glad you joined our challenge this week
    hugs
    Miranda DYSU DT

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  12. That background is just beautiful

    kitten DYSU team

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  13. Hi Darlene! This is a gorgeous and elegant card! The embossing and the butterflies are beautiful!
    Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges Month Long Prize challenge: use something new.
    Hugs, Sheryl

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  14. gorgeous Darlene! so elegant with with embossing & those lovely butterflies!
    hugs & blessings

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

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  16. Beautiful indeed! Love all that elegant embossing and scoring! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us at the Freshly Brewed "Something New" Challenge.

    Linda

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  17. Hey Dar! I love this card! The butterflies and embossing are beautiful! Thanks for joining us for the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog Texture Challenge! Please join us again for the next challenge!

    ~Heather
    Kurly-Q

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  18. Wow - this is beautiful. I love the detail in the die cuts and the beautiful elegant embossing. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

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  19. BEautiful and good luck at I Brake for Challenges.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave me some love!
Darlene