Monday, October 22, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge

WOW am I tired!  I've been working in my cave ALL DAY trying to get caught up on projects I need for the November Craft Show ... but since I missed last week's challenge at Joan's Gardens, I decided to steer away from my craft show stuff for a little while and create a card for this week's challenge.

This week's challenge requirements are:
  • Create a card showing your favorite winter pastime (i.e. making a snowman, going for a sleigh ride, going skiing, etc.)
  • Use black embossing
  • Use a frame
  • Create something that is dimensional
I don't know that this was my FAVORITE winter pastime, but I do remember fondly going out on our back acreage to where my Dad had planted a grove of pine trees to pick out our favorite tree that would be used for Christmas.  My sisters and I would bundle up ... because of course it was December in the 1950s and there was a LOT MORE SNOW back then!  LOL!  We would put on our boots, hats & gloves then follow Dad down over the hill and back up the other side to where the pines were.  OH GOSH! How would we ever pick the perfect tree ... they ALL looked so perfect (Dad had quite a green thumb!). 

Anyways ... my card depicts that memory of cutting & dragging that PERFECT tree back home and wait in anticipation for the time to decorate it beautifully for all to see on Christmas morning!

Recipe for this card:
Papers:  Burgundy cs, white cs
Stamp:  Stampendous
Ink:  Versafine black
Accessories:  Detail Clear EP, ZIG 2-way Glue, DecoArt Glamour Dust, Cheery Lynn Designs B186 Merry Christmas Die Set, Memory Box Frostyville Border die, QuicKutz Frame EF, Quickie Glue, Pop Dot, Spellbinder Create-a-Flake Three Shapeabilities
(Items in red were purchased from Joan's Gardens)

Other qualifying challenges:
ABC Challenge - New To You (My new items are the dies identified in BOLD RED above)
 Lady Anne's - Anything Goes
Critter Sketch Challenge - Embossing (this card has both wet & dry embossing)
Fashionista Challenge - Anything Goes
House of Gilli - Emboss It
Ooh La La Challenge - Christmas Sentiment
Stamp & Create - Winter Wonderland
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Holidays
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Peace and Calm
Crafty Hazel's Challenge - Black & White + one other color if you like
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's Challenge  - Black & White + one other color
Oozak Challenge - Die Cuts
4 Crafty Chicks - Dry Embossing
ABC Christmas - U Up to You (Anything Goes)

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and for any comment you may leave ... I truly appreciate you taking the time!  Enjoy your week and hope to see you back here soon!


  1. Very pretty and frosty card! Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

  2. Lovely memory Darlene. I too think there was lots more snow when I was a kid. We had to trudge up half a mountain in snow past our knees - well...maybe it wasn't a mountain (to an adult would be a hill) but it was up past our knees and our snowsuits made it hard to put our arms down. LOL. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenges.

  3. Thanks for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge, your card is so sweet, love the texture and of course, the sentiment!

  4. Darlene, your card is gorgeous! Such a rich color scheme and great way to use those new dies! Thank you for participting in this week's ABC Challenges!

  5. Wow, your embossing is beautiful! What a lovely Christmas Card! Thanks for sharing what's "new" to you and playing along with us at ABC Challenge Blog

  6. This is super sweet! Just love how the glitter brings it to life!

  7. Gorgeous card- and I have the same fond memories of going out and getting just the right tree.....

  8. A brilliant card!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  9. A gorgeous creation, Darlene - love the embossed frame and the beautiful sparkly border :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's

  10. Gorgeous creation, just love the layout & die cuts you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas this month, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  11. Beautiful card - love all the embossing and the touch of red is just right with the black and white - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 95 - hope to see you again soon. x

  12. Very pretty card, love the image thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
    Crafty Bloggers Network DT
    My Blog: A Crafty Blether

  13. Hey Dar,

    Sure missed your entry last week - this is really cute like the way you used the frostyville boarder
    good luck at the craft show.

  14. Very pretty card Darlene. Love the touch of red!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.


  15. This is just beautiful, I love it. Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenges. Good Luck xoxoxo

  16. I love that Christmas memory - nothing like going out and chopping down your own Christmas tree. Your card is beautiful Darlene. Thanks for joining in on our challenge at Joan's Gardens.

  17. Really gorgeous card! The red and white is stunning. Lovely use of the border die! Thankyou for joining us this week at ABC Challenges. Ger x

  18. Very pretty card!
    Love the details!
    Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations challenge!

  19. Very pretty card love the rich red with the white .

  20. As always your card is outstanding, so elegant. Thanks for joining us at Lady Anne's challenge

  21. Great Christmas card! Love the focal image and all the die cuts you have used! Thanks for joining the Stamptacular Sunday challenge!

  22. Beautiufl card.....great use of the black...I struggled with that....pretty details...and how I miss "them good ole' days"!!! We still get a cut tree, though...and I think I just swept up a pine needle yesterday..amazing!!

  23. Thanks for playing our dry embossing challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job!

  24. What a fabulous Christmas card. Very elegant and CAS. The embossing just adds to the pop. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  25. Beautiful. I love the embossing.
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for ABC Christmas Challenge.

  26. Very beautiful!!! Thanks for playing along at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  27. great card love the image thanks for joining us at critter sketch and good luck emma xx

  28. I can follow your Christmas memory..... Lovely card, fab with the texture and the beautiful frosty Border from Memory Box.
    Thank you for playing in our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this time.

  29. Thanks for playing our dry embossing challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! Awesome card! :)

  30. Wow! Your card is truly beautiful Darlene! Thanks so much for playing with us @ ABC Challenges!!!

  31. What a lovely card you've made! I love the silhouette image, and your card has such a great Christmas feel to it with the red and white colors and glitter!

  32. This is such a classy card! It has a very classic look, which I love for Christmas cards. You did a fantastic job. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CI Paints!

  33. Very sweet and pretty card Darlene!

  34. Absolutely fabulous Darlene, thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  35. Darlene - This is the sweetest card! I love the image you used. The colors are perfect. The border die is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

  36. Oh, how pretty, I really like the border die! Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges.

  37. How pretty! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch Challenge.

  38. Sweet card, thanks for joining in this week at stamptacular challenge


  39. Hi Darlene - what a gorgeous card and such a pretty scene! Thanks for playing along at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - we love to see you! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  40. love the punch work!
    thanks for joining us this week for our holiday challenge at Pile it on - i hope to see you again this week! Kimberly DT

  41. Fantastic card! Thank you for playing along in the Critter Sketch Embossing Challenge


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