Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FRAME IT challenge . . .

 I've really been trying to play along in the weekly challenges over at Cheery Lynn Designs ... if for no other reason than to utilize my dies more often!  I actually thought I had my card finished ... took the photo and everything ... then decided it needed a little bit more so added the olive branches and little red hearts.  I really like the finished product and hope you do too.

Here's the recipe:
Papers:  red cs, white cs, Bazzill pink cs, SU old olive cs, Crafty Secrets digital (Vintage Valentine) design paper, scrap of Paper Pizazz dp
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies:  B117 Fanciful Flourish, B147 Olive Branches, DL102 French Pastry Doily Die 
Stamp:  Paper Inspirations G10277 Brushed Rose
Accessories:  Wild Orchid paper flower, Tim Holtz distress markers (peeled paint and barn door), Tim Holtz distress ink (tea dye) & applicator, Spellbinder circle dies, Offray satin ribbon, red Stickles, 

The little red hearts were what popped out from the Spellbinder Heart Circles die that I cut for a different project!  (can't let anything go to waste you know, LOL!)  Besides ... they look cute!

Here are a few other challenges that qualify:
Celebrate the Occasion - Valentine Anything Goes
 LEJ Designs - For Someone Special
 Loves Rubberstamps - All About Love
 Vickie's Challenge - Anything Goes

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NEXT ...
here's a peek at a few Valentine cards I put in the mail today ... yes today!  I know ... what was I waiting for?  Time just has a way of getting away from me!  Better late then never they say!  Grrrrr ...  

All three cards were created using tags from the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit  available at Crafty Secrets new store front Crafty Vintage Girl.

 How do you  like the pink ribbon heart at the top of the tag?
It was actually a fluke!  I was trying to move the ribbon out of the way to do something else and all of a sudden I realized it looked like a heart so I quickly pierced a hole through it and added the heart brad.  I just love it when those type of accidents happen!

here's a peek at the inside:

   I was also able to use up the scraps of Valentine papers I had laying on my crafting table for these creations.  If you haven't checked out all the new 'digital' products available through Crafty Secrets ... please do yourself a favor and click on the link above and take a peek!  Their CDs are jam packed full of vintage deliciousness.  And, how wonderful to have the ability to modify the colors, sizes and so much more to accommodate any project you have in mind to make!

Well, it's almost time to go relax and watch a little TV with hubby!
Thanks so much for stopping by and please come back soon!
Have a fabulous week and as always . . .


  1. Awesome, Darlene.. I'm a huge fans of Cheery Lynn dies. Thanks for joining at A & T Emerald Faeries: Love

  2. Such pretty Valentines! I love the framed rose...just stunning with that beautiful foliage and flower cluster.

  3. Dar, I've really enjoyed watching you evolve over the last couple of years. Your project is absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Oh Darlene, such beautiful cards you have created, just love the colour tones. You have put so much details into your creations which make them all such wonderful works of art. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx
    Lady Anne's Challenges

  5. Lovely mix of cards xx love all of the detail on the first !! Thank you for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps xx
    PS I have some candy on my blog if your interested xx

  6. What gorgeous cards! Love the vintage looks! You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

  7. Very pretty.....all of them are sound like me, but better late then never...right!!!

  8. Gorgeous card, love the layout, thanks for joining in at LEJ, Pauline x

  9. fabulous work with the dies!!! loooove the little hearts on the flourish!! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  10. Lovely job. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

  11. Fantastic vintage cards, love all of them! Thank you for joining us at the Celebrate the Occasion challenge and hope to see you back again.
    Anna xxx

  12. Beautiful work. Thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs and good luck in the challenge. Vee xx

  13. Wow!!!!! These are all amazing and gorgeous creations!!!!! Fabulous attention to details, like your heart you made with the ribbon on your tag!!!!
    Thanks for joining CTO this week!!

  14. All of your cards are just beautiful, such lovely details! Thank you for joining us @ CTO for our "Valentine Anything Goes" Challenge :)


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