Saturday, July 7, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Time for another 'challenging' challenge at Joan's Gardens!

Here's the requirements for this week's challenge:

  • Create a card very similar to Selma's Card
  • Use an embossed background
  • Use a lace border
  • Use Selma's tutorial to create flowers
  • Use Pink and White

I didn't have the same die to use in creating my roses as Selma did but I did acquire a new McGill PN64503 'Floral Petals' punch at Archiver's yesterday so couldn't wait to try it out!  I think it worked pretty well ... except for the smaller roses ... need more practice with those!  

Here is a list of items used on this card (those in red were purchased at Joan's Gardens):
Marianne Design DS0908 Designables Embossing Folder
Marianne LR0156 & LR0157 leaf dies
Cheery Lynn Designs B147 Olive Branches
Cheery Lynn Designs B117S Fanciful Flourish Small
Memory Box 98267 Quinn Flourish
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Border punch
McGill Black Mat
PunchBunch Flower Making Kit
Momento 'Angel Pink' Dye Ink
Sponge Dauber
Glitter Line Pointy Pliers
Pink Organza Ribbon
Pink/White satin ribbon from Joann's

If you've never tried Joan's challenges, you really need to pop on over and check it out!  Her designer Selma is AMAZINGLY talented and the QUEEN of flower making.  I have to say that these challenges certainly DO CHALLENGE ME!!  Which is awesome in my mind!!  Thanks Ladies!

Want to hear something exciting???
Next week I'll be making a quick trip out to Joan's Gardens (Indiana) to link up with Joan, Selma and a few other crafting friends for a day of chit-chat and picking Selma's brain on techniques & style ... before rushing back home to attend (and sell my cards/projects) at a Ladies Tea held in Pennsylvania.  I can't wait to see Joan & Selma again ... always good fellowship at the Fricker House!

Other qualifying challenges:
Catch The Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away Challenge - Doilies and Lace
Craftymess challenge - Ribbons and Lace
Digi Design Challenge - Pile on the Flowers
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday (Joyful Stamper) - Always Anything Goes
Our Craft Lounge - Die Cuts
Sarah Hurley Challenge #69 - Dimension & Texture
Paper Pretties - Any Occasion Card

Well that's it for me today!
The thermostat show 98 degrees here in Ohio (4:00 pm) ... shew!  Sure is HOT!
Hope you are staying cool and enjoying your weekend!



  1. What a darling card. That rose is beautiful Darlene. I too am going to give this challenge a go. Lucky you to be able to meet those talented ladies. I bet you'll enjoy yourself too. Hugs Rita xx

  2. Oh Dar, it's a gorgeous rose! Love all the the layering you did, too! A beautiful entry for the challenge at Joan's Garden.

  3. WOW!! This is stunning Darlene. I love the design and your flowers are so beautiful


  4. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, STUNNING card, Darlene!!! Your flower arranging is out of this world! The flowers are beautiful!! Definitely a WOW card!!

  5. Wow Darlene you did a fabulous job on this challenge. Your flowers are really gorgeous. I am so happy you joined our challenge this week. Making flowers gets easier each time you do it. All your layering is beautiful. Thanks for joining us in our challenge at Joan's Gardens. Your gorgeous card makes me smile. So anxious to see you next week. Have a safe trip.

  6. Darlene, Your card is awesome!!! Love your flowers, I think the small ones a super.

  7. Oh wow! this is stunning,thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this week.
    C xx

  8. oh wow Hun this is stunning oh those flowers are amazing,and the embossing is just gorgeous, stunning work Hun,hugs Cherylxxxxx

  9. This is gorgeous. I made a lovely white on white yesterday with a hint of green and I will be posting it this week. I love your design of this one.. xxxx

  10. Wow,this card is a knock out...absolutely stunning,love it.

    Sandie @Craftymess Challenge Blog.

  11. Amazing and so lovely! Great job!

  12. What beautiful cards I love everything about them. xx

  13. Stunning and beautiful. Well done on the flower and center. Nancy

  14. Your card is stunning.....

  15. Hi Darlene. this is amazing! Beautiful colours and stunning embellishments. Love it.

    thanks for taking part in the Craftymessers Challange with us.


  16. Beautiful card, you make it look so easy. Much like Selma.

  17. Beautiful job Darlene, love your flower!! I had so much fun making these flowers, fun challenge!!
    Have fun at Joans next week, wish I lived close enough, but a bit too far from NJ for me to travel, especially this time of the year!
    Enjoy, hugs.

  18. Such a lovely card! So many details. I especially like those pink leaves hiding behind that gorgeous flower!

  19. beautiful card very elegant!!Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges!!

    you can visit
    for my free digis!!

  20. Wow this is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges this time, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have a new challenge sponsored by Sarah Hurley if you would like to pop by and play along!

  21. This is gorgeous...Thank you for joining us at Craft your Days away.. And good luck..

    Caz xx CYDA DT

  22. Thank you so much for joining our challenge over on the CraftyMess challenge blog.
    This project is absolutely gorgeous. The use of minimal colours and the peach shade is stunning. Such time an effort has gone into this card and it has really paid off.
    Hope to see more entries from you in future challenges.
    Love Lisa. X

  23. absolutely STUNNING DArlene!!!
    I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for linking up!!

  24. Wow Darlene - that card is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love all the hard work that you have put into it! Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog. Good luck, and please remember to pop back for our Blog hop and week-long Christmas in July celebration starting a little later today.
    luv'n huggz
    Jen Leeflang
    Bugaboo DT

  25. Adorable card - thanks for playing along at Craft Your Days Away.


  26. Wow! Truly stunning card! Hugs, Ani
    P.S. I have a candy over at if you're interested...


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