Thursday, October 31, 2013

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Hello Blogging Friends!

I'm almost ready for Saturday's craft show and decided to take a mental break.
When I say 'mental break' that only means away from the current project and onto another one! LOL!  But before I do I just had to share this photo with you.  Trick or Treat night here in our neighborhood was last Saturday night (which was cold but at least not raining like it is today).  Once we all turned our lights out on our porches, we go around visiting each other and seeing how much 'loot' the kids brought home.  My two little neighbor girls and a friend where tired but thrilled with the candy they collected ... I snapped this photo on my way out the door ...
Of course, by the time I got around to leaving they had already eaten half of what they had and shared several pieces with their parents/grandparents/and neighbors like me!  LOL!

Today starts a new challenge at Joan's Gardens and even though I have until next Thursday to create and participate, I was in need of a few 'more elegant' Christmas cards so Joan's challenge was perfect!

This week we are to:

  • Use gold and white
  • Use an embossing folder
  • Use pearls
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.  Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Gardens Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post:

  • So, what do you think?

     It is so difficult to get a good photo when you are using embossing and shiny papers.  So I decided to share 2 photos from opposite angles in hopes of sharing the true beauty of this card creation.

    My image is from the Crafty Secrets Christmas Booklet and I have fussy cut around it as well as popped it up to showcase how the wings are 'outside' the oval.

    The white panel has been embossed using a ProvoCraft (Cuttlebug) embossing folder I purchased at Joan's Gardens a few years back.  I could have simply popped the angel up in the open oval in the center of the embossed white panel, but I was looking for MORE so decided to use a gold Wilton paper doily.  The center of the doily is a circle and since my focus image is an oval, I decided to cut the center out of one of my Wilton white paper doilies and emboss it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder to help showcase the angel image.

    The gold corner treatment are from a Starform Sticker sheet from Joan's Gardens as did the beautiful gold matte finish cardstock I used for my matting.  The beautiful holiday gold ribbon came from the Flower Factory here in Canton, OH and the pearls/rhinestones are Cloud9 purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.

    A few additional challenges:
    Flutter By Wednesday #259 - Winged Things
    Inky Impressions - Traditional Christmas
    Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes
    Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes

    Thanks so much for stopping by and FYI ... if you are in the Akron, Ohio area on Saturday, the 200+ vendor craft show will be at Green H.S. on Boettler Rd. in Green, OH.  My table will be outside the cafeteria (good location, huh!) ... please stop by and say Hello!

    So sorry for the long post but while I'm here I'd like to share one more thing with you.
    Hubby is trying to make get me eat more veggies (and he was using up stuff in the frig at the same time) ... so here's what he made for last night's dinner ...
    Quiche with broccoli, cauliflower, red onions, mushrooms, bacon, ricotta cheese, eggs, with a Parmesan cheese bottom crust.  NOW this is my idea of how we should eat veggies!  LOL!  It was really good!

    UPDATE::  Hubby is working on the recipe for me to share with you!  He used bits & pieces of various recipes as well as added a few ideas of his own.
    SO, once he gets it written up, I will be sharing it with you .. in a new post ... same photo but with all the yummy details!

    Okay ... back to work ...
    As always ...


    1. Darlene, your card is beautiful. Great image and beautiful design. Great job.
      Oh, and the Quiche looks scrumptious. Love to know more about that crust.
      Thanks for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

    2. Darlene, your card is gorgeous! Love the elegance! So when can we expect your husband to come cook for us? LOL. I love quiche and that looks like it's too die for!

    3. Beautiful....and the angel looks like she is flying right off the that! Also love the creative use of that gold doily!! I am jealous you get so much done in a day, I rarely finish one thing...send me some of your energy will you?? I also am interested in the looks yummy!!

    4. Gorgeous card with all the gold and sweet lovely angel! Looks like those gals had fun trick-or-treating! And, the quiche looks so yummy!:-)

    5. Gorgeous card and that quiche looks so yummy! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

    6. Gorgeous card and that quiche looks so yummy! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

    7. Very beautiful card. I love the vintage picture. The quiche looks delicious and it has given me an idea what is for dinner tonight.

    8. Thanks for entering this elegant card in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck! Wendy Dt xx

    9. This is a beautiful card. I really like the simplicity of the design with the rich colours and that FAB image. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Flutter By Wednesday.

    10. Gorgeous,love the image and fab colours.Thanks for sharing with us at Inky

    11. What a beautiful Victorian Christmas Christmas card Darlene, you showed off our pretty angel perfectly with the gold accents. Also, your hubbies quiche looks super yummy!

      Thanks for sharing

    12. What a beautiful Victorian Christmas Christmas card Darlene, you showed off our pretty angel perfectly with the gold accents. Also, your hubbies quiche looks super yummy!

      Thanks for sharing

    13. That quiche is almost as beautiful as your card! LOL That sweet angel is one of my favorite images and you showcased her beautifully! xoxo

    14. Darlene, I love love your card!! So elegant!

    15. What a delightfully elegant card. The beautiful gold doily really makes the image of the angel pop. You give me such great ideas, Darlene. I learn so much from what you and others share on your posts because you have such innovative and creative things to share.

      I am really looking forward to the recipe for the scrumptious quiche! Yum!!!

    16. Wonderful card. The gold doily is the perfect touch. Thanks for playing along with us in the Anything Goes challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

    17. A gorgeous Christmas card!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Inky Impressions this week

      hugs Vicky xx

    18. What a beautiful Christmas card, cute and lovely angel.
      Merry Christmas Everyone.
      May all the blessing and grace of God be with you.
      Greetings from Anne Walker
      @ Christian Christmas Messages


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