Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sisterhood of Crafter's Challenge

WOW!  Are your days flying by as quickly as mine??

It's time for another fun challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and this time around we are:


For both of my cards today I have turned to the Seasonal Booklet from Crafty Secrets.  As you know, the 4th of July is literately 'right around the corner' so luckily I now have two cards ready to get in the mail tomorrow! 

I hope you'll come join in the challenge at The Sisterhood ... and if you need more inspiration be sure to pop on over to the challenge blog and check out what my 'sistah's have created for you!  

Other qualifying challenges are:
Bearly-Mine Challenge - Anything Goes
 Crafty Sentiments Designs - Red, White & Blue
Scrap-Creations - 4th of July
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge - Red, White & Blue
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
 Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge - Red, White & Blue OR Stars/Stripes
Sweet Stamps - Patriotic or Summer
Use It Tuesday - Be Patriotic (hoarded item: image booklet from Crafty Secrets)
House of Gilli - Red, White & Blue
Paper Pretties - Independence Day

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Something else I'd like to share with you today is this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ATC I received from Rita (RMG Creations) all the way from SCOTLAND!  How cool is that ... I just LOVE meeting people from all over the world ... thank you internet!!
 This is the sleeve it came in . . .

And this is my ATC .  .  .
Isn't it GORGEOUS!!!  I love the design, flowers and of course the tartan ribbon!
How generous of Rita to share one of her works of art with me!

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And one more fun thing to share ...
Mark & I have been trying to get some long needed projects done around the house before venturing off to any far away island for a 'retirement retreat' and I got the bright idea to PAINT the plastic chair & table that sit under our 100+ year old apple tree.  These items were white ... but stained so badly from sitting under the tree for 8+ years that even power washing didn't help ... hence the PAINTING idea.  What do you think?

I am SO THRILLED with the outcome ... they look like new again!  (Did you notice I did the birdhouse to match?)  The paint I used is the new Rust-oleum which comes in a variety of awesome colors ... pinks, purples, blues, reds, yellows ... and I chose 'Fire Orange' and 'Lime'.  This new Rust-oleum can now be used on PLASTIC as well as wood & metal!  

My only regret is that I didn't think to take a BEFORE photo ... or maybe it's good I didn't ... they looked REALLY BAD!!!   So if you have any old, weathered plastic lawn furniture sitting around ... this is a very quick & easy way to bring them back to life!  

okay ... enough for one day!
Thanks for hanging in there with me today ... I just had so much to share!!
Have a fabulous day and remember to come back tomorrow ... it's time for another fun SHELLY'S IMAGES challenge.  Hope to see you then!


Desire Fourie said...

Loving your card creation and the little scene you have created under the beautiful tree, is so tranquil, just waiting for the birdies now.
Digistamps4Joy DT Member
Doing Life

sue - bearhouse said...

fabulous cards Darlene, I love the designs and colours.
The ATC you received is stunning
Hugs Sue

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun just love it,when I pop over here as there is always so much too,see and these are amazing,the detail is just fantastic,stunning colours hugs Cherylxxx

Laura Love said...

Your cards are beautiful! What a lucky gal you were to receive that gorgeous ATC from Scotland! How fun! Love your garden project too - very cute! Thanks for joining us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

Bev Cole said...

Hi Dar,

The cards are lovely, I love CS...and that ATC...omg! You are such a sweetheart, and an encourager, no wonder ppl love you!

Your outdoor furniture DOES look new! I grabbed a birdbath from my neighbor's trash, and I have it in my kitchen...needs paint for plastic. thnx for the commercial!


Laine said...

Hi Darlene. What a perfect card for the celebrations.
Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenge this week.

Mynnette said...

GORGEOUS cards--love the vintage images! Fabulous ATC--what a nice friend! :) I like your painted furniture--it's bright and cheery! :)

Anonymous said...

Love both cards. The ATC is
gorgeous. I know you were thrilled
to receive such a beautiful piece of art.The paint job turned out nice. Thanks for sharing the news
about the paint for plastic.
Gladys R.

Jan Hennings said...

love the birdhouse, chair and table :) I love that you can use the rustoleum on plastic, too! I will be looking in to that :) Thanks so much for your kind words and putting my button on your blog :) You make my heart sing!

Jacqueline Smith said...

What 2 awesome cards, love the details on your cards! Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps!!

sassy said...

aw how lovely to get this atc all the way from uk...and its really beautiful...i dont know where i was but missed this post...look at your painting how cool are your bits of furniture and a new makeover for the birdhouse if its up for rent when can we move!!!! hugs and love sassyxxxxxxxxxx

coldwaters2 said...

Two fabulous cards the images and designs are just perfect, thank you for joining our challenge this week at Crafty sentiments
Lorraine x

Stephanie U said...

Nice cards! I love your idea of taking images and then using them as the main part of the card. I am going to have to try that :)

Danielle said...

Beuatiful card! Love the vintage style.
Thank you for joining us at Use it Tuesday!

Cathy Clouston said...

Lovely cards, that star background is great! Thanks for joining in with Use it Tuesday!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for joining us this week at Loves rubber stamps! Hope to see you each week!

Deena said...

awesome red white and blue cards! thanks for joining in the red, white and blue or stars and stripes challenge at Shopping our Stash!

Peggy said...

Great cards! Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.