Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #40

Good Morning my friends!  WOW is it getting Brrrr Cold outside!  In the 20s last night ... but wait ... it's going to be in the 60s over the weekend!  And we wonder why we are all getting sick with colds/flu ... 

Anyways, I'd like to share with you a couple of cards I have made for the current challenge at Joan's Gardens.  This week she & Selma are taking it easy on us and have made the challenge an ANYTHING GOES ... as long as it is WINTER based.  So here we go ...

Recipe for this card:
Paper:  Christmas Red cs, White cs
Stamp:  Paintbox Poppets  (Christmas Miss)
Ink:   Versafine Black
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, ZIG markers, X-PressIt High Tack Foam Mounting Tape 1/4", Sizzix embossing folder, QuickieGlue, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Fiskars swivel craft knife

 I wish my photo would show you how pretty this card really is with all the 'sparkle'!
Items highlighted in RED were purchased at Joan's Gardens.

This next card came together so quick & easy!  I JUST received this new Stampendous stamp from Joan's Gardens and couldn't wait to ink it up!  As you know I LOVE Vintage style and this stamp really called out to me.  
I stamped the image on white cardstock using Tim Holtz 'brushed corduroy' distress ink.  Then after distressing the edges using my Zutter Distrezz-it All.   I used the same TH ink and sponged around the edges as well as on the front ... just up to the oval.  I then used ZIG red & green markers to color in the poinsettas.  My background doily is from the Wilton Cake isle of Joann's and after inking with the same TH distress ink, I have crumpled it up and attached it to the back of my image.  Once placed on my card which has a background paper from the KaiserCraft 'turtle dove' paper pack, I added gold Stickles around the oval and highlighted the flowers on the doily.

 Another little touch of sparkle is on the roof tops where I used Quickie Glue and Deco Art Glamour Dust.  I cropped & darkened this image to hopefully show you the awesome effect this gave my card.

Other qualifying challenges are:
Through the Craftroom Door #43 - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge #60 - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art Challenge #212 - Embossing
 Loves Rubber Stamps #25 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional Extra - Christmas)
Sweet Stamps #90 - Christmas
Card Mania Challenge - Embossing
The Crafty Blogger - Christmas Anything Goes
Oo La La Challenge #117 - Christmas

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these two cards and have even drawn a little inspiration from my work!  Hubby & I are headed up to Brunswick, OH shortly to Hollo's Paper Company.  That is where I can buy my cardstock (all colors/weights) for $1.50 a POUND!  I have a couple large orders to fill before Christmas so I'm headed out to get the paper & envelopes I need in order to get started. 
Have a fabulous day!


  1. Hi Dar,

    Love your take on the new Post card stamp - like both cards you have great things on your blog.
    Very talanted.

  2. I love the embossing in the background of the first card it looks really pretty. Card photos never show up the real beauty in a hand made card but they are always lovely xx

  3. iya Dar...do you never stop.....your always such a very talented busy bee and my word these are stunning and traditional which i love hugs sassyxxxxxxxx

  4. Like your cards. The glamour dust really adds nice sparkle
    to them.

  5. Beautiful creations Dar! You did real good - wonderful cards! I like the postcard one very much - but both are lovely you know! Keep it up sis! Have a great week! ~ Gail ~

  6. Beautiful cards, Dar! The vintage house is my fave!

  7. Wow - this is great! Love the sparkle and embossing. Awesome job!

  8. I love the postcard/cottage card. LOVE IT, do you have a link to where the stamp is for sale?

  9. Wow Darlene I love the vintage card as you would suspect it is my favorite one the other is really cool too but vintage is where my heart lies! GREAT JOB!

  10. Wow, I love the vintage look also and you nailed it good! I also live in oh. Actually 25 mi west of you. Great job.

  11. Wow! I love vintage and you nailed this one. I also live in Oh just down the road

  12. What fabulous cards the second one is my fav I love anything vintage and love the idea of a postcard very creative

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  13. You have been busy- making beautiful cards! I love the vintage look to both of your cards- wonderful! Esp love the antique looking Christmas scene- love the sparkle and the added shimmer on the doily- gorgeous!

  14. Both cards are lovely! The one you shared with us at TTCRD, (and thank you for that!), is just a perfect vintage design. Love the image, the die cut, paper, and fab distressing! Hope to see you again next week! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  15. Both are beautiful!! Esp. the 2nd card - I love that image!!

  16. Both cards are gorgeous. I love the images and colours.
    Thank you for entering your beautifully embossed card into the Card Mania Challenge

  17. These are both so fabulous, love the cute designs and the details. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  18. Wow, Darlene, these are fabulous! So glad you shared at TTCRD!


  19. These cards are gorgeous!!! I love the vintage feel of it! Thanks for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  20. Wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Card mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  21. Lovely colouring and embossing. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT

  22. WOW those are beautiful cards! Love the bling and your embossing! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  23. This is just amazing. I love all the sparkle. I can just image how much better it is in person. Thanks for playing with Loves Rubberstamps.

  24. i adore the aged and vintage styling to your cards
    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog - Tiggertastic

    Designing for:

    Sketch Saturday , Bearly Mine Designs and Kenny K

  25. Beautiful, colours are yummy :D

    Thanx for joining us over at Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge

    luv Ger x
    CBN DT


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