Friday, April 25, 2014

The Beauty of Nature!

Hello friends ... 
WOW, we got off to a late start this morning and I've been running behind ALL DAY!!
But, I was able to create a card for the current challenge at Joan's Touch which is ...
  • Use something from Nature
  • Purple and white
  • distressed edges
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.  Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Touch Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post:

  • With purple being my favorite color ... of course I had to join in on Joan's challenge this week!
    I was inspired by her beautiful creation in which she used tulle for texture, so I decided to use 'cheese cloth' for texture on my card.  I saw this scrap piece of cheesecloth laying on the table and thought ... Why Not!

    LOVE the beautiful paper I used for my background panel.  I purchased it a short while back from Classy Cards n Such.  It's a little heavier weight so it die cuts beautifully ... and the colors are GORGEOUS!  Did you notice the beautiful sheen this paper has ... love that!

    Of course, one of my FAVORITE design paper companies is Graphic45!  The focus image is actually one of the floral images on the lead sheet of 12 x 12 paper in the Secrets Garden paper pack.  A little fussy cutting and matting turned it into the perfect NATURE focus on my card.

    There too, what would flowers be without butterflies?  I die cut/punched  several different sizes and shapes of butterflies for my neighbors baby shower recently and these two lavender vellum butterflies were the perfect embellishment.

    With using vellum for these butterflies, I thought the delicate look of pearls would be a nice accent.  But instead of using tiny pearls I created my own using Liquid Pearls for the center body section of the butterfly.

    Not sure if you can see it in the photo, but there is nice dimension on this card, created by popping up the white panel as well as the floral panel.

     Well, I think I've chewed on your ear long enough ... I'm sure you didn't need all those details but just in case there's a 'newbie' out there watching, hopefully I've helped in some little way!

    Here are a few other challenges I'd like to enter into:
    Crafty Catz Challenge #228 - Anything Goes
    Dazzling Diva Challenge #22 - Radiant Orchid or Anything Goes
    Miriam's Crafting Blog's 11th Monthly Challenge - Texture

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!
    The Adventures in Stamping is this weekend in Akron so guess where I'll be!?!  LOL!!
    Take care!
    Papers:  white cs, So...Silk Fabulous Purple, Graphic45 Secret Garden dp, lavender vellum, SU lavender cs
    Accessories:  Zutter Distrezzz it All, cheese cloth, white liquid pearls, Thermo web 3d foam squares, Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink, large sponge dauber, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Spellbinder 'Fancy Lattice' Shapeability


    Mrs. Swandog said...

    So pretty...the elements of your card are just awesome! said...

    This is beautiful. I love all the layers and dimension!

    Joan Fricker said...

    Darlene, very pretty. Love the cheese cloth as it adds so much texture. Pretty colors and image too. Great job.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Touch fir this challenge.

    tilly said...

    what a pretty card, I have that die somewhere lol...... thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz challenge

    Chasing the Dream said...

    Lovin all of the texture and dies. Simply a gorgeous beauty.

    Scrap N Grow said...

    Gorgeous card! I love the textures and all the elements including the die cut metal. Thanks for joining the Dazzling Divas challenge this week. Have a great day!

    Michelle Nun

    Diane said...

    Yes, I can see you are on a "purple roll"..LOL...gorgeous, gorgeous...lots of lovely layers, and LOVE your texture!!!

    Diane said...

    Congrats on the win, too!!!

    Olga Moore said...

    Congratulations, Darlene! Your card is so very lovely! (Hugs from Parma, Ohio!)

    Anna Jasiolek said...

    Beautiful combo of image, colors and embellishments. Thank you for joining our 'anything goes' challenge at Crafty Catz and don't forget to come back tomorrow for a brand new theme.
    Anna xxx