Saturday, March 2, 2013

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Happy Saturday fellow bloggers & friends!
I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start!  It's snowy & cold here in Ohio today so I think I'll just hide in my crafting cave and play!

This morning I'd like to share a card I made for the current challenge at Joan's Gardens.  Here are the requirements for the challenge this week . . .

  • Use some kind of lattice - we want you to be creative
  • Use a circle or oval die cut background
  • Create a flower that have been painted. You can use Gesso on it, acrylic paints stains, etc. - be creative
  • Include some dry embossing that has been inked

  • AGAIN I have to commend Joan & Selma on having WONDERFUL challenge themes!  This challenge ALWAYS makes me think outside the box and utilize products that are sitting on my shelf and I forget about!!  Well done ladies!

    Here's the card I came up with and LOVED creating it!
    Products used on this card are:
    Paper:  White cardstock, Hunter Green cardstock
    Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Build A Flower 2', Spellbinder 'Beaded Circle' die, Cheery Lynn Designs 'B117S Fanciful Flourish Sm', Cheery Lynn Designs 'DL112 Exotic Butterfly Sm', Memory Box 'Tessatina Border', Provo Craft Vines dies, Judi Kins MicaGloss Metallic Effects Ink (Aquamarine & Amethyst), Couture Creations 'Vintage Plumes' 5x7 embossing folder, Stickles 'Diamond', sponge daubers, Liquid Pearls 'White Opal', Punch Bunch Flower Making Kit, McGill black flower forming mat, Art Glitter adhesive
     (items identified in RED were purchased through Joan's Gardens)

    After die cutting the pieces for my flowers using the Cheery Lynn Designs Build A Flower 2, I sponged each petal using the Aquamarine on the one side and the Amethyst on the other side.  In this close up I hope you can also see the touches of diamond Stickles around the edges of my flower ... it is SO MUCH PRETTIER IRL!  So hard to get my photos to show that!!

    THIS is one of those products (I was referring to earlier) that I purchased for a workshop at Joan's then forgot I had until today!  I must also tell you that I was inspired by my friend Diane's (Nellie's Nest) card creation for this same challenge where she showed the 'paint' of her choice for her flowers and it lead me back to these little bottles that have been sitting on my shelf!  (Thanks Girlfriend!!)

    I also sponged the Aquamarine onto my background panel before running it through the Vagabond in my embossing folder.  The metallic effect this paint has made for a beautiful background.

    I hope you like my creation and will come join in the fun challenges at Joan's Gardens!

    Here are a few other challenges this card qualifies for:
    Cheery Lynn Designs - Die Cut Flowers
    Heck of a Challenge - Spring/Butterflies and Pearls
    House of Gilli - Anything Goes + Pastels
    Natalie and Amy #7 - Die Cuts
    One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
    Nana Vic's Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
    QKR Stampede - 3 of Something (3 butterflies)
    C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Use Embossing

    Time to get busy with other projects!  Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today and for always encouraging me to keep doing what I do!  Till next time and as always . . .


    1. Wowzers~wowzers~wowzers girlfriend, this is GORGEOUS!!!!! The flower looks beautiful...and just so you know, your pictures show it very well!! I can see why you enjoyed doing it..its so pretty!! It's sunny and 29 degrees maybe some sun will move your way soon!! thanks for the nice "plug" for my it!! Well, good luck with the challenges, stay in that "creative cave" and keep on workin'...and have that wonderful hubby of yours cook you someting good for supper!!! And on a last thought, I have some of that mica gloss from Joans, too...I just might have to get creative with it, thanks to you!!!!

    2. Your flower is so gorgeous. I love the way you multi-coloured it :)

    3. Your flower is so gorgeous. I love the way you multi-coloured it :)

    4. Darlene...your card is full of artful awesomeness! I love it! The colors are so beautiful! Love how you used that mica gloss. Now I may have to get some of that!

    5. Oh wow!! Love this one! Your layering with a touch of black, really sets it off! Wow on the background! That embossing folder is fab.

    6. Wow Darlene. This is gorgeous. Love learning new things. Love the Mica Gloss on the flower and background. Thanks for joining us in our challenge at Joan's Gardens.

    7. Beautiful card Darlene, the color scheme is really lovely and the die cuts in black really stand out. Great embossed background too. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge.

    8. I sure said "Now how'd she do that!" when I saw this card. Love the way the colors play--vibrant and so pretty Darlene! And I want to thank you for your great article in Papers and Pixels magazine for Feb ( on how to do the scor-tape and glitter. I tried it and my results were gorgeous! Fun Fun!

    9. Wow this is beautiful the black really makes the colours pop :D Thank you for joining us at Natalie and Amy's challenge and good luck.

      Huge hugs

      Amy xx

    10. Fantastic Card! I love all of those diecuts and the embossing. Thank you so much for sharing with QKR Stampede this week.

    11. Such a beautiful card which is what I am getting to expect from such a talented lady as yourself. 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

    12. A really pretty card, love the detail!
      Thanks for joining us at INCY WINCY Challenge this week, hope we see you again soon.
      Hugs Sheryl xx

    13. Love that creative lattice Darlene, and that colorful flower. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us this week in our challenge at Joan's Gardens. We always love to see your work.

    14. Very lovely card - the touch of black in the finished card is lovely, and all of the wonderful work you have done with dies and building elements is stunning!!! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper.

    15. Darlene, Stunning!! This card is wonderful. The background paper is awesome and love the embossing folder. I have never tried the mica gloss by Judi Kins but it looks awesome. Love your flower you did a stunning job creating it.

    16. fabulous, thankyou for shareing at ,heck of a challenge, love mandy xxx

    17. wow this is beautiful... thanks for playing along at a Heck of a challenge xx


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