Friday, February 7, 2014

** LOVE Letters **

Good Morning!
Here we are at the start of another weekend ...
don't forget a WEEK FROM TODAY is Valentine's Day!!!

There's a new challenge blog I'd like to tell you about ... just in case you didn't get the word!
It's called Craft Hoarders Anonymous and this week marks their very 1st challenge which is ...
What's Your Style!
And there's even a prize up for this 1st challenge ... donated by Gloria Stengel Designs.
Well, anyone who knows me knows my first style love is Vintage.  And, when I think of vintage, I go directly to my Crafty Secrets products ... so many wonderful images, papers, ephemera ... and now a lot of it is in digital form which give me even more options!  
Check it out at the Crafty Vintage Girl Store.
Beautiful Valentine goodies on sale right now!

So what do you think?  
I am so thrilled with the outcome of this card creation!
All products used will be listed at the bottom of this post (under my name).

The main 'Love Letter' image comes from the Crafty Secrets 'CS17-DS Love Mail Creative Scraps'.  There are so many beautiful, vintage images on this sheet that I really had a hard time choosing what to being with!!   The 'Special Delivery' & 'Love' tickets tucked down inside my 'love letter' are also from this same sheet.  The RED postage marks and postage seal came from the Crafty Secrets 'Artsy Banner' clear stamp set which is now available in digital form.

 I have two new Cheery Lynn Designs dies that I just LOVE!!!!!
The 'B227 Love' sentiment die which I've cut out using red card stock then added red Stickles for sparkle ... and the 'B422 Pretty, Pretty Bows' die set.  This bow is the smaller of the the two dies and I just LOVE how real it looks (and so easy to make)!!

And, OMG ... I am so proud of this flower!  LOL!
I used the Cheery Lynn Designs 'B339 Gardenia' die strip to cut the pieces, then watched the video over on their site for additional helpful hints using this particular flower die.  I used SU very vanilla card stock for the base ... then sponged Color Box 'Berrylicious' & Tim Holtz 'Berries' distress ink on the edges of each piece (both sides) before conditioning with my stylus and putting the layers together.  Once done & dried, I decided to add some red stickles to the edges ... LOVE the added sparkle ... so pretty IRL!!!

Here are a few additional challenges I'd like to enter into:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #257 Red & Love
Sugar Creek Hollow - Love & Adore 
Simon Says Stamps - Love Letters
As You Like It Challenge - Showcase Your Style (Vintage - I'm an 'old soul')
Crafty Girls Challenge #11 - Anything Goes 
Seemacrafts - February Valentine/Love
The Cupboard Trilogy - Love
Melonheadz Friends - Valentine's/Love

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!
We're expecting ANOTHER snow storm!  Oh well, it is February in NE Ohio!

Papers:  SU Very Vanilla, SU Real Red, SU Old Olive, scrap of musical dp, Crafty Secrets Embossed Pink digital paper
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs dies (mentioned above), CLD 'B315 Ivy Corner Flourish', CLD 'B117S Fanciful Flourish', Wright's lace ribbon, red Stickles, pop dots, McGill flower making kit, Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink, sponge daubers


Diane said...

OMG this is beyond gorgeousness!!!! Beautiful vintage piece of art...LOVE the flower....I don't know about you, but I could make these all pretty with the glitter!!! Have a wonderful day my creative friend!!

Tammi said...

You do vinetage beautifully!!! Thanks so much for playing with us at Craft Hoarders!!!

Gail Tuff said...

Wonderful card, thank you for joining in over at Seemacrafts with the February love challenge x

Crafty Moni said...

Super cute card! Love your vintage card look:)

Peace, Love, & Creative Hugs!
Monica L.

pauline said...

beautiful card , thank you for joining in over at Seemacrafts with the February love challenge

Gloria Stengel said...

I saw this and got goosebumps! Amazing. I love vintage Valentine's Day items! This is lovely! Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Such a beautiful, beautiful card my friend! xoxo Thanks for playing along in the very first CHACB challenge! Hope you will come play again soon!

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous card, with so many wonderful details. Thank you for joining us at SCH this time.

Christy Butters said...

This is beautiful. I love how vintage it is. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Amber Milone said...

This is so pretty! I love all the vintage layers. That flower you made is magnificent! Thank you for joining us this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

Stacy CraftStyle said...

You did so good with your flower!!! So So proud of you. I love Cherry Lynn dies as well! Their build a flower dies are awesome. Submit your card into their challenge as well.. This week it's flourishes and you qualified :) here the link. I would love to see more of your creations. Cheers

Gladys R. said...

Your card is gorgeous and very vintage. Flower is beautiful,too. You do such beautiful work. I enjoy checking your blog each day. Thanks for sharing your creations.

Glenda Brooks said...

Well girl you have gone and outdone yourself with this one! Love that gorgeous flower too. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, this is beautiful!! Your flower turned out gorgeous. Great job!

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful card! Love all the gorgeous layers and embellishments. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Angie A said...

Fabulous card!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls Challenges! Angie-DT

pollyspaper said...

Wow...just wow....I love it! I'm so excited that you joined us for the launch of Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I hope you come to play often! Ginny from Polly's Paper : )

Liz said...

Wow what a gorgeous card. Thank you for taking part in the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge.

Liz xx [DT]

Jan Marie said...

Gorgeoulicious!! Love, love, love all of the layers and textures and THAT FLOWER!! Wow! Thanks for joining us and sharing your style for our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

Pammejo said...

ooh, la, la, love the vintage style....gorgeous card, gorgeous card, gorgeous card....I am blown away...did I tell you gorgeous card....Thanks for joining us at our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

xxbella71xx said...

What a lovely Card, Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog

Stella xx


Donna Idlet said...

Wonderful vintage Valentine card....thanks so much for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

TLady said...

This is SOOO GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Annette said...

Lovely card. Gorgeous red accents and love the bow.
Annette - Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
Crafty Little Fairies,
Top Tip Tuesday,
ABC Christmas,
As You Like It,
Pink Gem Designs,
The Stamp Basket, and

Laura W said...

Oh, I love that bow die too! Great card, thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends

lizzidroege said...

O my goodness...this is lovely...lizzi sch

Jakki said...

Very Pretty .......Thanks for joining seemacrafts challenge for Febuary
Jakki DT (

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Wow! Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ FRIENDS challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper

Jo said...

Gorgeous work! Congratulations on being picked as a favourite at CH!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Congrats on being chosen as a favorite 1n the very first Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge! Your project was absolutely beautiful! Hope you will join in again soon!

Marie Richardson said...

Fabulous card love all the details
Thanks for joining us this month over at Seemacrafts challenge blog.
Good Luck with the challenge
Marie (DT for Seemacrafts)