Thursday, February 23, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge & Mini Tutorial

I always LOVE when Thursdays roll around ... that means it's time for another fun challenge at Joan's Gardens.  Today's requirements are as follows:
  • Create a card with lots of layers
  • Color theme should be Pink and White
  • Add some dimensional flowers.
  • Use a rectangle and an oval layer
Of course Selma has inspired us with her AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL card ... you'll want to pop over to either Joan's Challenge Post or Selma's Blog to take a peek!  I'm telling you, she is the most talented lady I've ever met!  Especially when it comes to making flowers!  She is the "QUEEN OF FLOWER MAKING" ... but I'm learning!!  LOL

What do you think?  I'm thrilled with the outcome and actually think I will make a matching 'box' to send it in (scroll to bottom for photos/link to make the matching box).  Most all items used on this card can be purchased through Joan's Gardens Store and I will try to identify each item to make it easier for you to make your own purchase.

Here are the items I used to make these flowers.  Be sure to look under PUNCHES & TOOLS FOR FLOWERS on Joan's sidebar for easy location of these items.  MS punches are shown in the MS category.

Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch - M283028
Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea Punch - M283031
Sun Punch - 474789
Tool Kit (A MUST HAVE) - 474934
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat (A MUST HAVE) - 459223
Art Institute Adhesive - Art Glitter - Dries Clear - 159723
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 'cranberry zing'

Step 1:  Punch out the number of flowers you will want for your project.
I used the scrap of pink from the base card to make my flowers.

Step 2:  On the LARGEST and center petals, I have spritzed with Glimmer Mist.

 Step 3:  The MIDDLE size petal will be used on my actual flower ... the extra SMALL flowers will be scattered around on my card and a marker will be used to make a dot for the center.  Here I have used my Stylus from the flower kit and pushed down in the center to make the petals 'CUP'.

Step 4:  While the spritzed flowers are still damp, I use the FLAT tweezers from the toolkit to form the petals.  By simply putting your tweezers down the center of one of the petals, and holding between your fingers, you gently TWIST the tweezers forward.  Do this with each petal ... really gives the petals beautiful dimension.

 Step 5:  Next you will want to use your Stylus and push down in the center of each of your flower pieces to make them 'CUP.

Last Step:  Glue your pieces together to create your flowers.  Just a little DAB of this Art Glitter glue works perfectly but you can use what ever glue you are comfortable with.

There you have it!  These are so easy to make ... but I must tell you, having the RIGHT TOOLS makes all the difference in the world.  You can see MANY wonderful flower making tutorials over on Selma's Blog ... be sure to check it out.  AND, before I forget ... other items used on my card are as follows:

Spellbinder Classic & Scallop Ovals
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Martha Stewart Pine Branch Punch
Cheery Lynn Designs -Fanciful Flourish Die (B117)
Tim Holtz (Sizzix #657197) Fancy & Floral Frames Embossing Folder

Items in RED were purchased through Joan's Gardens.

Other qualifying challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie -  Recipe - 3 favorite things (Flowers, Butterflies, Embossing Folders)
 Crafts and Me - Shades of Spring
Gingersnap Creations GC140 - Only TWO colors (Pink and White)
Paper Pretties - Use Punches and Dies
The Paper Shelter #52 - Add a Sentiment
 Flutter By Wednesday - Photo inspiration & something with wings


Instead of reinventing the wheel ... I will direct you to Selma's post on how to create the matching box for your cards.  This is where I got the idea in the first place.  Here is mine using her instructions:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and card.
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Oh my goodness Darlene, this is absolutely stunning. You did an excellent job on your tutorial too. I love it!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.


  2. Ooooh, pretty!

    And a nice tutorial--I do like handmade flowers!

    Thank you for joining in at Gingersnap Creations, Dar!


  3. Really lovely, all the flowers and texture and thanks for the tutorial.
    Thanks for Cooking It Up With Katie!

  4. Bowl me over! Knock down gorgeous, Dar!! Fabulous layers and nice step by tutorial pics! And a smashing box to go with the card!

  5. Oh my this is absolutely amazing! LOVE your tutorial (thank you!) and that gorgeous box to hold your amazing card. PERFECT! Thanks for joining us at FBW this week!

  6. What a gorgeous card and box to put it in!

  7. What a gorgeous card and box to put it in!

  8. This is truly amazing. I'm always amazed at how artists put flourishes on since I struggle with that. Your work is stunning.

  9. This is one fantastic card!!! I love everything- I love the pink : ) The box for the card is awesome too! PS I rec'd your e-mail and dropped a line for info.

  10. Gorgeousness itself. Love the colour combo and all the little details to feast the eyes on and what a great idea to gift a card in a box.

  11. Wow Darlene. This is super fantastic. Your tutorial is great and your flowers are gorgeous. I LOVE both your card and your box. Thanks for joining us in our challenge this week at Joan's Gardens. You did a fabulous job with the challenge.

  12. Darlene, your card is awesome! The flowers are gorgeous and I love the colors. Hugs

  13. my fa, my fav, my fav, my fav, my fa,,,,loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it,,,,,mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  14. Gorgeous card! Love everything!

  15. Darlene, Your card and box are beautiful. You took this challenge to a whole new level...thanks for sharing!

  16. Darlene, this is lovely! Your flowers are stunning!

  17. wow Darlene what a stunning creation and your box makes it even more special...fantastic clear tutorial too...thanks for joining in with our Crafts and Me challenge
    Mina xxx

  18. Simply fabulous and such a great tutorial! Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations :)


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