Thursday, September 27, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Happy Thursday everyone!  
That means it time for another fun challenge over at Joan's Gardens!

Today Joan has asked us to:
Use a piece of design paper for background
Use a dimensional flower
Use a flourish
Use a sentiment

Okay Joan ... as you requested!  Here's what I came up with:
Papers:  Graphic45 Christmas Emporium Collection, red & ivory cardstock
Image:  Same Graphic45 paper pack
Stamp:  Hero Arts 
Ink:  Versafine Black
Accessories:  Gold Stickles, Memory Box #98418 'Frostyville Wreath' die, McGill #64511 Star Lily punch, McGill black mat, PunchBunch Flower Making Kit, Pop Dots

Items in BOLD BLUE were purchased through Joan's Gardens.

I must admit, this card came together so fast because I had all the pieces ... it was just a matter of positioning and design!  I had made the two poinsettias a month or so ago and had them sitting on my shelf just waiting for the right project to come along.  The red sentiment square was a left over piece from something I had die cut a few weeks back ... I simply added the Hero Arts sentiment and gold Stickles.  (It's times like this that I remember why I keep all those extra pieces.)  The vintage images in the back of the Graphic45 paper pack are fabulous and worked perfectly (imagine that) with the design paper.  While at Joan's workshop a few months ago, I saw this holiday wreath by Memory Box and just had to have it.  I simply die cut PART of it using the scraps from my card base and glued them in here & there.  It's such a detailed die that I thought it would work perfectly for the FLOURISH requirement of this challenge.

Here are a few other qualifying challenges I'd like to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Santa Claus
Just Keep On Creating - Christmas is just around the corner!
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Stamp n Doodle - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty - Diecuts
Perfect Sentiments Challenge - Vintage Christmas (vintage image)
Bearly Mine Challenge - Add a Sentiment
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  
Your kindness & comments are very much appreciated!


Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, great card, beautiful colors and very fun.
Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

Nan G said...

Beautiful card, Dar. Love all the swirls and the flowers! Hugs from FL.

Susan (rainy) said...

Love the drama of these beautiful rich colors. Wonderful card, Darlene.

Diane said...

Another gorgeous creation...the centers of the flowers look just like a vintage piece of the paper you choose, too!!

Desire Fourie said...

Darlene this is so beautifully designed. Loving your creative style. Wishing you a fab weekend.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Memaw said...


Very cute card, love the flowers great job.

Selma said...

Gorgeous card Darlene. Love those beautiful poinsettias. Thanks for joining us again in our challenge at Joan's Gardens.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the Vintage Christmas Card. Especially like the Poinsettias & the sparkle. Thanks for entering Perfect Sentiments Ch Vintage Christmas.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
Sept Guest Designer Perfect Sentiments

coldwaters2 said...

This is such a beautiful card the colours, design, embellishments and image as well as the sentiment look stunning, thank you for joining our challenge at Bearly Mine this week
lorraine x

Gail said...

Dar - your card is very, very pretty - I like it - great job! Wonderful choice of papers and colors too!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Darlene just popped back to thank you for also joining our challenge at The Paper Shelter this week
lorraine x

JD said...

Very pretty, I like the pop of the red flowers...

Karen Conner said...

Very vintage looking! Love the image.

Thanks for playing with us @ The Perfect Sentiment.

Danielle said...

Beautiful card, Darlene... Love the bling in the flower centers! Thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week.

Nancy Hill said...

Love the card and the stickles just added so much to the flowers.

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a stunning card you have made. It fits our challenge this week well. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

Dot said...

Wonderful Christmas card with a funny image.
Thanks for joining our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.

Paula Bee said...

What a fun image and I love the pops of red on your card! Thanks for joining us at The Perfect Sentiment!!

Cheryl said...

Stunning! love the poinsettias & the bling :) Thanks for playing along with us at The Perfect Sentiment!

Samantha said...

Fab card the image and love the MB die too! Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas challenge, Samantha x

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Darlene, I love the Graphic 45 papers you've used and the bling in the centre of the flower is beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Margaret said...

What a stunner! Love the paper and the design. Those dies are to die for! Thanks for joining us at Perfect Sentiment. Good luck and come back again soon.