Sunday, June 2, 2013

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Happy Sunday my friends and I hope the sun is shining for you today!

I've been so busy that I've not had the opportunity to play along in one of my favorite challenges and that is the challenge over at Joan's Gardens.  But I intend to remedy that with my creation for this week's challenge which is to:
  • Use a leaf design for the background (die cut, embossed or stamped)
  • Add purple flowers
  • Use White, Green and Purple Colors
  • Use A Sentiment
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.

I still need practice making this little roses but I didn't do too bad since it was my first time using these dies and it was 10:00 P.M. when I decided to make them!  (Note to self ... try again after breakfast when you are fresh minded!)  Either way ... I'm still very happy with the outcome of this card and hope you like it too!  

Selma & Joan are always coming up with fabulous challenge ideas and that is one of the reasons why I enjoy this particular challenge so much!    I typically end up doing something I've never tried before and that is due to Selma's amazing talents and inspiration!  If you don't know who Selma Stevenson is, well you'll have to pop over to her blog  Selma's Stamping Corner and check out her work ... it's fabulous!

 Well I need to get moving ... we are headed over to Pennsylvania where we have our boat dry docked and have a gentleman interested in buying it.  He is coming to take a closer look ... cross your fingers!!

A few other challenges to share my creation in are:
Di's Digi Designs - Winged Things
 Bloggers - To Die For
Card Makin Mamas - Rubber Stamp Inspiration
Daring Cardmakers - Make It Yourself (homemade flowers)
Polkadoodles and Studio 12 - The Color Purple
QKR Stampede - Any Winged Creature (butterflies)
Aud Sentiments - Friends
Flutter By Wednesday #242 - Flowers/Butterfly/ Die cut/Punch
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to pop in and say Hello!  
As always . . .

Recipe for this creation:
Papers:  White cs, Deep Purple cs, Lavender cs
Stamps/ink:  Viva Las Vegas Stamps, Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' ink, Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress ink
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs DL112 Exotic butterfly dies, Sizzix 'Susan's Garden' Tool Kit, Sizzix 'Susan's Garden' Mini Petals dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Items in BOLD were purchased through Joan's Gardens.


  1. Your card is just so stunning Darlene. I also love all the new dies as well. Enjoy your Day out and I hope all goes well with the sale. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Darlene this card is gorgeous. I think your roses are perfect. Thank you for joining us again this week in our challenge at Joan's Gardens. We always love to see your work.

  3. Oh Dar, this is just SO elegant. I am a lover of purple and this card is just stunning. Thank you so much for stopping by to share with us this week, and have a blessed week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. Beautiful card!! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  5. Stunning card you made and love the colors! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  6. Very pretty card, Darlene. You do such beautiful work, and I love your creativity and getting fresh ideas from your lovely card styles. :o)

  7. A very delicate and beautiful card. The flowers look perfect.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful artwork with us during the beginning of June.
    Abundant Blessings,
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. Darlene, Love your wonderful card...the butterflies are the perfect touch!

  9. Beautiful card and sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥

  10. Very pretty, and I think the little Roses look great.....gorgeous colors!!

  11. What a lovely card! I love the beautiful roses!

  12. Very very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  13. Darlene, this is just stunning. I love the way you inked the embossing folder. Thanks so much for joining us at Flutterby Wednesdays.

  14. Beautiful card Darlene, love all the die cuts - it's the way you have put them together that makes it so stunning! Pretty colors.

  15. It's a beauty! And your roses are fab! What practice, they're great. Hugs from FL

  16. Very pretty Darlene, so very rich and feminine, just love it. Lovely flowers

  17. Darlene, your card is gorgeous and I think your roses are very pretty. Great job!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly Challenge.

  18. Gorgeous! I love all of the details of this card. Thank you for sharing with QKR Stampede this Week.

  19. Great card...we had similar ideas on the embossing. Good luck!

  20. Gorgeous card and I love those stunning flowers.
    Hugs, Patricia

  21. What a gorgeous card; your handmade flowers are perfect for The Daring Cardmakers' "Make it Yourself" challenge

    this week

  22. Love the use of the embossing folder and how you highlighted the raised image. The butterflies are a stunning addition. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us for our Winged Things challenge at Di's Digi Stamps! Dee

  23. love the die-cut butterflies- so intricate. thanks for joining us at Card Makin' Mamas. x

  24. Gorgeous card!! You may have linked it to the wrong Polka doodles challenge though!! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles!! HUgsxx


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