Thursday, March 14, 2013

Which is your favorite??

Happy Thursday Everyone!

As my title suggests, I'm curious as to 'Which is your Favorite?'
By that I mean ... creating with a LOT OF COLOR or do you prefer doing more subtle or B/W creations?  Well, today I have one of each to share with you.

For the challenge over at Cheery Lynn Designs, it sounds simple enough ... EASTER is the theme ... and of course using a Cheery Lynn Designs product.  When I think of Easter, I think of Easter Morning Church Service.  The beautiful music, smell of all the Easter Lilies at the alter and of course the beautiful stain glass windows.  So that was the motivation for my creation.  Here's what I came up with . . .

I thought by using this Cheery Lynn Designs 'FRM141 Windows A Frame Die', I could create something that would resemble a stained-glass church window.  I created the 'stained glass' using alcohol inks on glossy white paper.  It was very easy and I love how it turned out.  

Papers:  Black cs, Deep Purple cs, Crafty Secrets 'Classic' dp, Matte finish Gold heavy weight cs
Accessories:  Adirondack Alcohol Inks -'Stream', 'Wild Plum', 'Butterscotch' and 'Eggplant', SU 'Heaven Blessed' sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx ink, Tim Holtz 'Scattered Straw' distress ink, Darice purple grosgrain ribbon, Darice metal embellishments, Cheery Lynn Designs 'B136 Anastasia Lace Border Die'
Other Challenges:
Creative Moments - Add a Sentiment
Fab 'n' Funky - Add a Sentiment
Paper Pretties - Create you own background paper (stained glass paper)
Stamp n Doodle - Window

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For the challenge this week at Joan's Gardens, Joan & Selma have created the most BEAUTIFUL Black & White cards ... you'll certainly want to pop over and take a peek.  Our challenge requirements this week are:
  • Make a black and white card
  • Use an Embossing Folder
  • Add some flowers, pearls and lace 
  • You must use something sold at Joan's Gardens on your card.
Since I am a huge fan of Joan's Gardens, that last requirement was NOT a problem!  LOL!
Here's my card:


The main basis for my card was this gorgeous embossing folder set by Sizzix.  No. 657667 'Loving Thoughts Set' which I bought at Joan's Gardens early last year after seeing a beautiful card creation by Diane Hoover (Nellie's Nest).  I hadn't taken the time to create with it yet so today was the day!

Papers:  Black and White cardstock
Accessories:  Sizzix EF, All Nite Media corner punch, Spellbinder oval dies, Cheery Lynn Designs B117S 'Fanciful Flourish Small' die, Prima flowers, Kaiser white pearls, Peebles Inc. 'Jewel Tones' black chalk, X-Press 1/4" Mounting Foam, Wright's white lace, Pizzazz APlenty black lace butterfly
(Items in RED were purchased at Joan's Gardens)

Other Challenges:
Chalk N Stock - Anything Goes (chalk used to color in the portrait)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Outlaws Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes (twist 3D)
Flutter By Wednesday - Any winged creature (butterfly)

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today!  Sorry I'm so late posting but hubby & I had a busy morning of shopping and I didn't even get my computer turned on until after lunch (very out of character for me!  LOL!)

We are expecting another blast of WINTER tomorrow with 1-3" of snow!  My poor spring flowers don't know if they are coming or going!  Some have already been frozen so I don't know what my spring blooms will look like this year!   . . .  Augh . . . Mother Nature!  You Gotta Love Her!!

Until next time my friends . . .


  1. Wow...I love them both...each unique and different from the other...thanks for mentioning me....and I lOVE what you did with the embossing folder, so unique....I am working on my Cheery Lynn now, and wait til you see mine, so different from yours you will crack up!!! Anywho, both are gorgeous!!! Have a nice evening my friend!!!

  2. Goodness- that Easter card is just stunning! And the B/W card- so elegant. Sure wish you'd move closer so we could have some play dates to create!!!

  3. Goregous cards, both, but my favo is the black and white, it's more delicate (for me LOL).

    Hugs Amanda xx

  4. What a beautiful window you have created on your card. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter, hugs Susan x

  5. Love both of these Dar...they're gorgeous! For me, I think it depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to go crazy with color, and at other times, I would rather be more subtle.

  6. Love them both and I have got some inspiration from your Easter one, so hopefully will get to it this weekend.
    I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's day. hugs, Ursula

  7. Darlene, great job on your black and white card. Your Easter card is very pretty too. Thanks for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

  8. what a fun card thanks for sharing at fbw.

  9. I think your Rejoice card is just stunning! The rich colours and gold cardstock make it look so expensive. A great design and gorgeous border too.

    Thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week.

    Rachel x

  10. What a gorgeous easter card Darlene. That window frame is awesome with the stained glass look and the gold. Thanks for joining us in the Cheery Lynn Challenge. Good Luck to you.

  11. Neat card! Love the silhoutte and ALL the extras.

  12. Beautiful cards! The window is one of my favorite dies! I love the way you made it look like a stained glass window! Thanks for playing along at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  13. Wonderful cards!!Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  14. Hi, Darlene! Both cards are simply beautiful. Graceful and Elegant presentations! Thanks for playing along and sharing your wonderful creations with us at Stamp-N-Doodle!

  15. Beautiful card and I love the window die in gold, thanks for playing along with us this week at Cheery Lynn Designs.
    Donna xx

  16. Oh My I LOVE , LOVE LOVE that second card!! Simply stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us at Chalk N Stock this month and good luck! Hugs NIKKI DT

  17. A gorgeous card, thanks for joining this week's challenge at Fab'n'Funky

    hugs Vicky xxx

  18. Both of your cards are gorgeous. I love the black and white card for our challenge at Joan's Gardens. Thanks for joining us this week.

  19. These are both stunningly beautiful Darlene! Love them both, and now feeling the need to go buy alcohol inks LOL


    - Jenn

  20. Darlene, your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I really love how elegant your black and white card looks! Ps. Thanks for popping by my blog today. Have a wonderful week! Hugs xx

  21. Beautiful! The window is perfect for our challenge!

    Thanks for playing with us @ Stamp N Doodle.

  22. Very different,love it :o) thank you for entering at Sincerely Yours Creations :D

  23. Wonderful card!!! Love how you did the silhouette!


  24. This is so pretty thanks for playing along with us at Stamp n Doodles this time
    Jacki xx (SnD DT)

  25. Wow! That card is great! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-n-Doodle:)

  26. Fabulous stained glass window, so effective. Your B&W card is very elegant. Thanks for joining the Sincerely Yours challenge, Judith xx


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