Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Hello Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Today Anna is our hostess and she's asked us to create 


Now this challenge theme is right up my alley!  
I must admit I have quite a die collection so the biggest challenge to me was 'where to begin'!  LOL

As I was in the process of creating this card I got word that a friend  was in need of cards for her sister who was loosing her battle with cancer.  So so sad ... but hopefully she will be showered with cards to let her know she is thought of and loved.

I had this watercolor panel (playing with my TH oxide inks again lol) so that is where my card began.  Since it was done in fallish colors, I chose a rusty pumpkin colored card stock for my backing panel.  The main die set I chose to use today is the Sue Wilson 'Australian Background' (CED8101)
Sue Wilson Designs - Australian Collection - Background Die

After die cutting the decorative die from my watercolor panel, I laid it atop my background panel and die cut again.  But, only poking out the decorative pieces on the sides.

The leaves were die cut from red card stock using the Elizabeth Craft 'Garden Notes Ivy Vine' (#1297).
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ivy Vine

To soften the color I sponged a bit of Tim Holtz Oxide inks on the leaves then sprayed with water and dried with my heat tool.  The colors I used were Amber and Peeled Paint.

I felt that sending along HUGS was required for this special lady at this time so that was my choice of sentiment.  It's a Technique Tuesday die (DIY098).
 Technique Tuesday - DIY Dies - Say It - Hugs
I really like that it's a 2 piece die set so you can back your hugs sentiment in a coordinating color and make it pop.  A few touches of Copper Stickles and White Nuvo Crystal Drops were added for a touch of additional dimension and sparkle.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #196 - Autumn
Make My Monday Challenge #55 - Autumn Colors
Ooh La La Challenge #238 - Harvest Time
The Paper Girls Challenge #136 - Harvest
 Come & Get It Challenge - ATG Fun

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... be sure to pop over and check them out!  You have until October 8th to join in the fun!!

See you there!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Gwendolyn said...

Wow Darlene, I LOVE the colours you created with your distress oxides and adding those autumn vine leaves with the slightly faded look you created is brilliant! Cheers, Gwendolyn

Olga Jewell said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Those are truly some beautiful dies and such warm fall colors. It feels like a hug. Yes, right up your alley. Sometimes I think I have so much stuff it overwhelms me. Must focus! I'm so sorry about your friend's sister. Too much sadness all around.

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely and sweet card, with fab colors and diecuts!

Bunny said...

Very pretty. I love the fall colors. [Bunny]

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely Autumn card, the ivy looks great against the die cut frame. I am sure your friends sister will be very touched by this hug filled card!!

Debbie Mageed said...

Oh, how I wish I could see your die collection, Darlene! It's an addiction for me as well. I love that you ran the die through in different cardstocks and only poked out some sections of it so it created a wonderful texture. The leaf vines are fantastic so I need to get some of those (can't believe I don't have any! LOL) So sorry about your friend's sister! May she find peace and strength during this difficult time. I am sending her hugs, too!

NancyK said...

What a gorgeous card. Great fall colors and I love that gorgeous die you used!

Robbie said...

What a fun card! I love the dies you used. Thanks for playing with us at MMM.


Judy McKay said...

Pretty card. Lovely design and colours. Thank you for joining us at Come and Get It this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! This is fantastic! Everything about it is perfect! The colors, the dies, the design! Makes me fall in love with Fall all over again! Beautiful!

Team Clark said...

I love your DOX coloration and beautiful layering. I'm very sorry about your friend's sister. Big hugs, Autumn

Josephine said...


Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Kim x said...

Lovely Darlene.Thank you for entering your lovely card into my 'Autumn' challenge at CCM.
Hugs Kimx

Nandini said...

Amazing combo of dies. Looks really gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at the Make My Monday challenges. Nandini, DT

Maike from Maikreations said...

I love the colours on your card and especially this "hugs" die and how you made it shine ;o) Thank you so much for joining our "Autumn" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a lovely week and happy crafting, Maike ;o)

julie_woolston said...

Thank you for joining us at OLLCB, with your lovely card.
Hugs Julie xxx