Sunday, August 19, 2012

Family Forever . . .

Good Sunday Evening to All!
I just saw the challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow and had to play along this evening.  The challenge theme is 'We Are Family'.  With my own upcoming family reunion (next weekend), I was drawn to create.  

Here's a little background on my family.
My mother is 1 of 12 children (9 girls & 3 boys).  Sadly, there are only four of the 12 left and my mother is next to the youngest at the tender age of 82. I have 42 first cousins so for the past 25 years, we have not only had an annual Family Reunion, but we have had a First Cousins Reunion (Fri & Sat) with the full Family Reunion on Sunday.  Here's a photo from 2010 that gives you an idea of just how big my family is and half of them aren't in the picture!  These are just the ones who were able to come into town that year!  

Anyways ... enough about my family (God Bless Them One & All) ... onto my card creation.

There are so many photos of my own family I could have used for this card but thought best to pull from a collection of 'vintage' images I purchased through TJ Designs (  Here are the other items used on this creation:
  • Black cs, Gray cs
  • Tim Holtz Post Cardembossing folder
  • Cheery Lynn Designs #DL112 Exotic Butterflies
  • Memory Box #98290 Valencia Border Die
  • Kaiser black pearls
  • Creative Imagination Epoxy Sticker
  • Black Stickles
I would also like to enter my card into these qualifying challenges:
Crafty Your Days Away - Final Challenge, Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Limit to 2 Layers (HMCR59)
Avadares Challenge #2 - Anything for August
Fairytale Challenge Blog - Song Inspiration (We Are Family by Sister Sledge)
Inspire Me Friday #72 - Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts - Inspired by a Song (We Are Family by Sister Sledge)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Monochromatic
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Well that's it for me tonight!  
I hope you've had a wonderful, fun-filled weekend. 
Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by and comment on my creations.

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Teresa Arsenault said...

What a gorgeous creation, Darlene. I love the scrolling down the side. Thanks for playing at Avadares Challenge Blog.
Blessing hugs,

Margaret said...

Lovely family card. Thanks for joining us at Avadares for this challenge.
Margaret , DT

Cat's sCrap said...

Wonderful realization. Successful vintage effect. Beautiful embossing and magnificent butterflies and border. Good work ! Bravo !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

Vicky said...

Great use of this gorgeous vintage photo, I love the butterflies and scroll. Thanks for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey,

Hugs Vicky xxx

Blankina said...

Wow you have a big family!! Love you card,
Ciao from Italy,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for joining It's all about the Vintage challenge

Anne Fenton said...

Wow what a great idea for a card...I just love it. Thank you for joining us at Avadares Challenges, looking forward to seeing your creation next time. Anne

CraftyEllie said...

What a wonderful card! I also enjoyed reading about your familly, the picture is great! Have a nice reunion!

Bubbles said...

Really lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
Joanne x

Nan G said...

Great card, Dar! Love the scrolling butterfly border! Cool story about your family. I remember family reunions this size!

Carkki said...

I love your card, beutiful embossing and butterflies !

Jacqueline said...

Really lovely creation.;)Jacqueline.S

Sanna Saksija said...

This is pretty, the embossing looks great on the background. Thanks for joining us at It's all about the vintage and beauty, and good luck!

Bianca said...

Darlene, I love your card! What a fab occation for making a card and I also love your inspirations song as I also have a big family I can understand it´s not easy to meet all your loved ones tougheter. We nearly bring my granys house to burst each Christmas ;o)

Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Carissa said...

This is gorgeous, a beautiful idea for a card.
Thanks for joining our monochromatic challenge at Charisma last week. Hope you will play again soon.
Carissa :)

Renlymats World of Family & Crafts said...

Darlene, this is gorgeous!! I'm so glad you played along. I miss seeing your work on a regular basis. I just don't have the time to get around everywhere I'd like to. I love the flourish and the embossed background. So good to see you! Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week. Renee

Michelle said...

So a special card. I love it.
Thanks for joining us at Fairy tale challenge blog.
LG Michelle

Heather said...

What a special card!! I love the embossing, and your image you chose...great family photo too!! Thank you for joining in our challenge this week at Sugar Creek HOllow!!
Hugs from Michigan :0)

Jenscrapstoo said...

This is such a great card and the photo is just darling!! Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room Limited Layers Challenge
Cheers Jennie DTM

Heide said...

What a beautiful card. I have always wanted a large family but, sadly I come from a small family and so does my husband. Love your beautiful butterflies and swirls on the side of the card.
Thanks for joining us at SCH.
Hugs, Heide SCH- Guest designer.

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Darlene!
You have a lot of family! Enjoy your time with them!
Your card is great (as your cards always are :)) Love the black swirls with the butterflies!

Thanks for joining Sugar Creek Hollow this week!


Berni Cuttino said...

Loving card with the scrolls and picture. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Avadares. Look forward to seeing you creations next month.

Zetti said...

Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challengeblog!
Andrea :-)

~Laurie said...

This is wonderful! We are a forever family too! You have a beautiful family! Thanks so much for joinng us at Hiding in My Craft Room! Be sure and check back each Saturday for a new challenge:

sari said...

This is absolutly gorgeous! Love the image and the sweet details! What awesome photo of your family!! Thanks for joining us over at It's All About The Vintage & Beauty Challenge! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

Jenny said...

Das ist ein tolles Werr und der Song passt perfekt.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge. Liebe Grüße.