Thursday, April 7, 2011

Joan's Gardens and Crafty Secrets

WOW is it Thursday already?  
Where is the week going?  

I hope you are having a wonderful week!  Today I'm pleased to share with you the creations I've made for this week's Joan's Gardens Challenges #13.  First is the TAG challenge which has no prize other than your peers voting on your creation ... great fun!  I haven't had the 'winning' tag yet, but I'll keep trying!! 

I have been working on several more tissue box covers so decided to look into my pile of scraps as my starting point for today's tag. 

I've actually been able to use ALL SCRAPS for this tag.  The ovals were ALL in my 'Nesties Oval Box' and the flowers are extras cut from tissue box scraps that I had laying on my work table.  The only extra is the little 'bunny' stamp from The Stamp Pad which was coloring with Prismacolor markers.  Faux stitching was done around the stamped image as well as around the tag itself.  A very quick & easy tag but I think it came out great!  Hmmmm ... now I have to come up with an Easter present to use it on!!  LOL!

Also over at Joan's Gardens this week is her CARD challenge.  This week here are the requirements:
  • Use an embossing folder
  • Use something die cut
  • Use something dimensional
  • Monochromatic w/splash of color
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I received my order from Joan last week with my new Cheery Lane French Pastry 4x4 doily die and couldn't wait to use it for today's card.  Behind this beautify doily die I have used a 'scrap' piece cut from K&Co. designer paper using the Spellbinder Nestabilities beaded circle die.  It helped to give just a hint of color between the two panels of white.  The flowers again were created from scraps on my worktable using the "Sakuras" punch for the flower and the "Sky Flake" for the stamen.  Both punches can be purchased at Joan's Gardens.  The sentiment is from Stampendous Clear Stamps.

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This week for the Crafty Secrets challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers, Lori Lynn has ask us to express in a card what we love about 'Spring'.
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The first thing I notice in the spring is the 'return' of the robins in my yard.  That ALWAYS puts a smile on my face.  Although I know it may be a sign of EARLY spring ... it is still a sign of warmer weather to come.

The image for this card is from the Crafty Secrets Bird & Botanical booklet.  The designer paper is K&Co. which was used for my background as well as the flowers.  Another very easy, peasy creation but one that 'says it all'!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the week!  Enjoy!



  1. WOW Darlene you have been a busy bee, these are FABULOUS!!!! Great images fab designs, and layouts!!!! Not too much crafting time this week, kiddos are one spring break, WOOT atleast I get a bit of sleeping in!!! Hugs! Hope you are having a GREAT week!!

  2. My, you have been your tag, what a great way to use up your scraps. I am in love with your card....just the perfect splash of color....need to think about this one some more and I am loving your birds cards, I love seeing them anytime of year but you are so right about those robins. Good luck in all of the challenges.

  3. These are gorgeous! Especially the tag!

  4. hi dar! wow, youv been busy creating some beautifil creations. love them all and i think that the tag has to be the winner this time around, i love it!
    have a wonderful weekend hun!

  5. Wowzers... you are one busy lady! Love ALL of your creations! Your tag is just precious... super darling image!

  6. These are both so great! Love the faux stitching on your tag, and that French pastry doily is gorgeous!

  7. love it love it, love it, love it,,and more love for this card,,,,I love your embossed back, the flowers and the stunning idea........ absolutely perfect.


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