Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Sorry to have SO MUCH to share with you today but sometimes that happens ... everything at once!  I'm sure you understand perfectly with this busy time of the year!!!

Today I have The Sisterhood Challenge, Penny's Paper-Craft Challenge, Midnight Madness and Crafty Secrets Challenges to share.  Let's start with The Sisterhood Challenge since I am your hostess for today.

For the Challenge at The Sisterhood we are focused on techniques today ... specifically the WAX-PAPER RESIST or WAX-PAPER CUTTLEBUG RESIST techniques.  If you have not tried these techniques ... you really should ... they are easy, fun and you will love the outcome!!  Makes a wonderful background and you choose the color!!  There are links to the tutorials over on The Sisterhood Blog.  Here are the creations I've come up with today:
   This first card uses SU Blue Bayou ink and a retired SU image which was also stamped in Blue Bayou then just gently colored in with a blender pen. This is the WAX-PAPER RESIST background.

Next is the WAX-PAPER CUTTLEBUG RESIST technique. I have used TWO shades of SU yellow ink and the Victoria Cuttlebug folder for this creation.  My image is the FREEBIE offered this month over on *Wink *Wink Ink ... be sure to pop over and get yours.  While you're there check out all the fun they have going on ... a new challenge will be posted on June 7th! 

Today is also the bi-weekly challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog.  Our challenge was to use a Fruit and/or Veggie theme ... I chose this lovely Creations by Penny fruity image.  Don't they look good enough to eat!!  A bit of news from Penny's challenge blog ... Penny will no longer be running the challenge ... she has turned the reins over to Courtney (good luck girlfriend) so she (Penny) can concentrate more on her digi business/blog.  I wish them both the best of luck on their new adventures!

I actually used scraps that were laying on my worktable for this creation!  Multi-tasking you know!  Hurry!  Hurry! these days!!! A touch of Crystal Effects helped add a "real" appeal to this fruit.  


Now this week for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, I used the CAS  (Clean & Simple) sketch for my card.  So much to do and the brain is beginning to get tired ... but that's okay ... maybe next time I'll get back to the FANCY version.  

(And please notice on this same link is the voting for the PRISCILLA AWARD of which I am in the running for!  I would truly appreciate your vote and thanks to those of you who have already shown your support ... hugs to you all!)

This card also qualifies for the Crafty Secrets Challenge over on Paper Craft Planet to use FLOWERS.  My flowers here are from the Crafty Secrets Summertime booklet.  You certainly see pansies everywhere right now (at least in N.E. Ohio, lol).

LAST BUT NOT LEAST ... the Crafty Secrets Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  This week Marcy has us remembering SCHOOL SPIRIT!  What an appropriate challenge for this time of the year.  I know with my grand-daughter graduating this weekend, it has had me reflecting not only on my daughter's graduation ceremony but my own ... OH SO MANY YEARS AGO!!!  

I have created this "graduation card" using ALL Crafty Secrets products with the exception of the tassle which is by Darice.  The background paper is from their EARTHY paper pack, the images are from the SEASONAL booklet and the stamps are from the PARTY QUEEN and STORY OF ME stamp sets.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hanging in there through this very long post ... I do appreciate your patience! Hope you are having a wonderful, fun-filled day!


  1. WOAH! Busy old day for you hun! lol.
    Fabulous cards as always. Wish I could have joined in with the Sisterhood, but not the right supplies, never mind eh.
    Good luck with the voting above, you have more than me!! (boo-hoo!)
    Teri xx

  2. OMGosh...Dar you have been one busy girl! Your cards all look AMAZING!!! Thanks for wishing me luck with the challenge blog...I think it will be a lot of fun. Here's hoping! =0)


  3. Holy guacamole! I feel so lazy after seeing all of your crafting goodness! I loved that challenge - and maybe it's the subconsious love of your blue bayou card that had me creating part of my paper in that color. =) All amazing creations as always, Dar!

  4. OMGosh girl you have been busy.. All of these cards are just beautiful..Love them all.. I really enjoyed the challenge this week at the Sisterhood.. Thanks for picking and hosting such an awesome challenge..
    Hugs, Linda

  5. Well, you certainly have had your hands full! If I used the scraps on my table, I would be making cards for days and days, LOL. Congrats on getting your table clear. All the cards are wonderful, but the Chamball (sp?) Soup girl graduating (or it looks like her) is to cute!

  6. Holy Schnikies Bat Girl - I just accused Linda of being an overachiever but now I have to go and take it back! LOL You have been working your happy little stampy fingers to the bone! LOVE ALL OF THEM!! Love the vintage Crafty Secrets stuff but I am so at the beach in my chair with a cocktail for your resist card!!

    Hugz, Boni (p.s. take a nap!!) LOL

  7. WOW! When do you find the time? Totally inspiring, as always!


  8. Wow! That's alot of cards! No wonder you were behind!

  9. Dar, where do I begin....first of all, wowie, five cards! You have really shown some incredible cards! I totally adore the wax paper resisit you used on those cards, when I get time, I'm going to try this!
    Kim xXx

  10. How moly girl you have been busy FIVE awesome creations girl!!! Beautiful work, hope you are enjoying your day and all this sunshine!! Hugs!

  11. Wow Darlene! You have been a designing guru my friend. :D I love all of your cards - the techniques are amazing, I really must try out the tutorials. Love the seed packet - the colors are so vibrant! And the wink wink image is just too cute for words, wonderful job on your beautiful gallery for the day my friend. :D Have a wonderful Wednesday Darlene!!

  12. I'm exhausted just reading today's bloggy post, Miss Darlene.

    You Go, girl! Fantastic projects.

  13. Wow, Darlene! You are a force to be reckoned with! All of your cards are wonderful - so summery and cheerful!

  14. WOW...all of these are just FANTABULOUS creations but I have to say I love the last one most. I am a fool for anything that looks vintage and this one certainly fits the bill. Thanks for joining us this week. Tracy, MMDT

  15. I have to check out that wax resist technique! AWESOME blog post, you card making maniac! LOL

  16. Hello dear..Wow.where in the world do you start with all these lovly creations. I just have to say that your vintage style cards on one of my faves. Your MM card has such beautiful colors on it..I love it. Congratulations and thank you so much for a year of fun and thanks for helping celelbrate it too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge. We love having you play with us. We have so many wonderful things planned for our 2nd year of challenges and we hope you’ll be on our next journey of creative activities :)
    Off to enjoy my holiday weekend :)
    MMSC Hostess.

  17. Wow, Darlene, you have been one busy crafting gal! All your cards are so fun and showcase so many different cardmaking styles. My favorite really is the MMSC -- I love that vintage flower image! Thanks for participating in this week's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge and hope to see you again next week!
    Jessica, MMSC DT

  18. Darlene, You have created such lovely cards! Especially like your floral for Midnight Madness. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week!
    Midnight Madness DT

  19. Wow Darlene you have been busy with challenges. I really love your seed packet MMSC card. The colors are beautiful and you did a great job with the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team


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