Thursday, April 19, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #15

I look forward to Thursdays because that means I get to play another challenge at Joan's Gardens.  She & Selma always come up with the most wonderful challenges for us and today is no exception!  Here's what's going on this week.

We are planning a blog hop May 15th and are looking for 6 Guest Designers to participate.
We are asking everyone who would like to be considered as a guest designer for the blog hop, to create a card or project that includes one or more flowers that you have created with either punches or dies.  You will submit your entry in this week's challenge.  You can create any type of  flower/s you wish.  There are no other requirements other than you will want to make your entry the prettiest you can make it.

How about that!  As many of you have noticed, I've been like a crazy woman making homemade flowers on so many of my projects lately ... so this was awesome fun!!!  Here's what I've created ...

 Here is a list of items used to create my card.  Those items in PINK were purchased at Joan's Gardens.

Papers -  grape, lavender, white cardstock, scrap of polka dot designer paper
Ink - Versa Magic 'cloud white' chalk ink
Accessories - PunchBunch punches:  Begonia, Ovoid (med), Ovoid (sm), Snowflake, Big Skye . . . Cheery Lynn Designs (B117) Fanciful Flourish die . . . Marianne (LR0156) leaves, (LR0157) flourish . . . Cuttlebug 'textile' embossing folder . . . Joy Crafts swan dies . . . pop dots . . . Kaiser pearls . . . Diamond Stickles . . . Michaels gingham ribbon

Here is a close-up showing how I popped up the swans.

Other qualifying challenges:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Things with Wings
Craft Us Crazy - Mother's Day and/or Flowers
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge - Embossing
Sassy Studio Designs - Flowers & Flourishes
For Your Inspiration - Photo Inspiration
Cards and Scrap - Flowers

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the fun at Joan's Gardens!  


  1. Darlene, your card is awesome! The flowers are fantastic and I love the swans! Hugs

  2. WOW your card is just gorgeous - love your take on the inspiration! Thanks for playing at FYI!

  3. Darlene, your card is just Stunning. I love the colours of the flowers and those beautiful swans are awesome. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

  4. Darlene, I am so glad you are enjoying making you flowers. Great job.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our Weekly challenge.

  5. Stunning detail Darlene - love those lush flowers and the Swans.
    Thank you for joining us at FYI - hope we will see you again next time.
    Sylvia x

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous Darlene!! I love your flowers!
    Hugs, Tammy

  7. Wow beautiful card Darlene i love the colours and the swans.
    Thankyou for joining us at CRAFTY RIBBONS.
    Trish (-:

  8. Wonderful card - love the flowers and delicate leaf die-cuts. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

  9. Your card is gorgeous!
    Beautiful flowers:)
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    Hugs, Heidi:)

  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, love the pop of Colors! Beautifully done. Good luck at the SSD Flowers and Flourishes Challenge!

    Debbie SSD DT

  11. Wonderful self made flowers! Way to be inspired by the photo! Thanks for joining in at FYI!

  12. Lovely card with lots of texture and your swans are gorgeous. Love your handmade flowers too. Thanks for joining us at FOREVER FRIENDS Embossing Challenge.
    Good luck and hope to see you next time.
    Diane (DT) x

  13. Wow, Gorgeous creation, love the rich colors and your flowers.

  14. oh totally gorgeous and love the colour choice so pretty
    Hugs Kate xx

  15. Love the colors! Your flowers are FAB!

  16. Love love your card...the swans just set it off!

  17. This is a stunning card!! I love the brightness. Nice touch adding the swans!

  18. Oh, Darlene, your card is fabulous! I love all the details, especially those wonderful flowers! Thanks for joining us at FYI!

  19. Darlene!
    What a beautiful card - a great combination with the gorgeous flowers and swans -a card anyone would love to receive.

  20. These flowers are absolutely beautiful!!! Your quite the talented lady : )


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