Friday, July 27, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #27

Morning all!  Hope you're off to a great start like I am!
We got some MUCH NEEDED rain yesterday and it made me happy NOT to have to go out and water everything again in hopes of keeping it alive!  It also gave me time to work on my challenge card for the current challenge at Joan's Gardens which is:
  • Make a birthday card
  • Use Black and pink with some green
  • Use leaves 
  • Have a pattern design paper for your background
Would you like to see what I came up with???

So ... what do you think??
I just love my new Kaisercraft 'The Lake House' paper pack (thanks Joan) and couldn't wait to put it to use.  What better than for this challenge ... the colors were perfect.  I have done some 'fancy cutting' around the pattern on the paper to create my background ... then used the remnant to create my homemade flower.  My sentiment panel is created by using a Memory Box 'Quinn Flourish' #98267 as a backdrop for my Inkadinkado sentiment.  The pink pearls are by Kaiser and were also purchased at Joan's Gardens

 My flower is homemade using the technique learned at Joan's Gardens by Selma Stevenson.  I have used the McGill 'Floral Petals' P/N 64503 punch for my petals and the PunchBunch 6 point snowflake for the stamen.  My PunchBunch flower making kit gave me all the tools needed to create this beauty.  My leaves were created using Cheery Lynn Designs 'Olive Branches' B147 and Marianne leaf LR0156 dies.  I also inked the edges of the Olive Branch leaves with Momento 'Banboo Leaves' ink before curling them with the reverse tweezers from my flower making kit.  A touch of softness was added by using organza black ribbon from Michaels and making a double bow using my Bow Easy.  All items highlighted in RED were purchased from Joan's Gardens ... be sure to check out her store ... and she has a TON of new things coming from CHA.  You'll want to see all the fun new things she'll be carrying!

Here's a quick peek at the inside.

Qualifying Challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - Celebration
Crafts 4 Eternity - Brilliant Birthdays
Inspire Me Friday - Always Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Goes/Celebration

Before I leave you today, I wanted to share with you the pretty flowers I picked from my front gardens before the storms came yesterday.  This little (but fragrant) bouquet is of Heliotrope, Lavender & Cone Flowers.  How wonderful it is to step out your front door and be able to put together a quick, small bouquet for your kitchen.  Always puts a smile on my face when I see fresh flowers INSIDE & OUTSIDE my home!

Have a fabulous Friday everyone and thanks SO MUCH for your time & patience.  I know I can get wordy at times ... but hey ... I have a lot to share!  LOL!


  1. Oh wow Darlene, this is absolutely stunning! Wishing you a great Friday and enjoyable weekend.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  2. Gorgeous Darlene. Love how you cut out the paper and your flower is beautiful. Great job.

    loved your bouquet too!

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

  3. This is so beautiful. Just love those dies, so fragile!

  4. hello my friend ...glad you had some rain to keep the plants thriving...weve had so much here everything is in full bloom now we have at last some heat to make everything look so lovely...was beginning to wonder if wed ever see the sun were both happy...your card is stunning love the roses and your flowers are just perfect love it hugs sassyxxxxx

  5. It is gorgeous, congratulations.

  6. Love your IRL bouquet and .... Gorgeous dp. Your flowers look like they're tumbling off the card!

  7. I always know I will find something gorgeous here. I love the design paper and your rose is perfect. Love that Memory Box Quinn die! Thanks for joining us in our challenge again this week at Joan's Gardens.

  8. Very lovely birthday card, Darlene. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

  9. Shall I tell you when my birthday is? lol! Very lovely card. Beautifully done.

  10. This is so romantic! I love the cutting you did on your patterned paper and that is such a lovely handmade rose. Thank-you for sharing with us at The Poodles Parlour!
    {Hugs} Barb, DT

  11. Such a pretty card! I love how it turned out. Thanks for playing with us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  12. Wow, this is gorgeous...I love everything about it...stunning..the flower is so pretty...I almost used that paper, too!! Your bouquet is so pretty from your garden...what kind of camera do you have, I am looking into getting a new one, and would love some input, your pictures are beautiful,a nd what is you editing program?? Thanks :>)

  13. Lovely card Darlene, really love the papers. Thanks for sharing it with us at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge blog.

  14. Love the flowers and card. Nicely done.

  15. Darlene, Your card is amazing! Don't you just love making the roses with double sided printed paper? This card is a winner!

  16. This is stunning Darlene, love the layers
    So glad you could share with us at
    Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge

  17. Beautiful card the flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  18. Fabulous card the die cutting and the hand made flower are lovely touches. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at The Stamp Man XOXO Zoe

  19. Fabulous card Darlene! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x


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