Sunday, September 29, 2013

Joan's Gardens Challenge and More

Good Sunday Morning Everyone!

Last evening I took a break from craft show projects and concentrated on trying a new technique which was one of the requirements for this week's challenge over at Joan's Gardens.  Now I must admit, I would not have thought to do this myself, so I was happy for the insight!

This weeks challenge requirements are:

  • Your choice of a simple card or a more detailed card
  • Red and Green
  • Paper Piece (as shown in video that I linked - Pam Sparks Video)
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens. Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Gardens Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post:

  • I decided to use the same main die image at Joan (since I purchased it on my last visit to her store in Indiana) ... Glowing Candle Die - 98661 - Memory Box.  I also used the Precious Stars Die - 98546 - Memory Box.  Other than the green, red & silver metallic cardstock, the only other item used on this creation was the Provo Craft Cuttlebug  - Grace's Frame' embossing folder (which had never been out of the package and I know I've had for over a year ... yikes!)

    I find it really difficult to get a good photograph when using 'shiny' paper such as this SILVER metallic so here's a closeup in hopes of you being able to see the variation in color on the leaves.  Unfortunately, it shows the reflection of the shirt I had on (hence the bronzy color in the left side leaves).   I forgot to mention that I also added a touch of Gold Stickles for the flames on the candles.

    Joan used gold metallic paper on her cards (which are gorgeous BTW) and is the typical holiday color along with the red/green ... but I didn't want to completely 'copy' her card so went with the silver and really like the outcome.  

    I hope you'll give this technique a try and come join in the fun challenge at Joan's Gardens.  YOU could be the winner of a Nellie Snellen Embossing Folder.  I'm proud to say I was last week's winner --YIPPEE and thanks Joan!

    A few additional challenges:
    2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
    Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Three Main Colors (red, green, silver)
    Drunken Stampers Thing Challenge - Die Cuts
    Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas Colors
    One Crazy Stamper - Christmas in September
    Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge EXTRA for September -  Christmas

    Since my title says I have MORE to share I'd better follow through, lol!

    Here are a few more craft show tissue box covers I've been working on  . . .

     Someone had mentioned to me that people like to have ANIMAL themes and that monkeys were popular right now ... hence Monkey tissue box covers.

    Of course we can't forget those dog & cat lovers ...

    And, how about those Western lovers?

    I'm still working on more Breast Cancer Awareness tissue box covers too!

    Well I'm sure you're as tired of looking at these tissue box covers as I am making them!  LOL!  Not really ... they aren't difficult to make and I think they are fun!!  I do have another 'tissue related project' to share with you but I'll save it for another time!

    Have a fabulous day my friends ... 
    Now I think I'll go outside and do some much needed yard work (before the rain) and enjoy the beautiful sunshine / cool fall air.

    As always ...
    Thanks for stopping by and ...


    1. Oh wow I love those fun tissue boxes. Your Christmas card is so beautiful.
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    2. Beautiful card - very elegant and stylish - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 144 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

    3. Darlene, these are all wonderful! Wow! So much detail and such fun themes. Can't wait to see the Breast Cancer ones. Hugz!

    4. Darlene, Just love everything you have done. The tissue boxes are so much fun and I love the theme of each one. The candel die is wonderful ans makes a stunning card. Thank for sharing.
      Hugs, Pat

    5. Beautiful Christmas card! I LOVE the tissue boxes:) They are all so cute:) I especially love the monkey won....fantastic!!!
      Sherrie K

    6. Thanks for adding for my CHNC challenge extra for September - hope to see you again soon. x

    7. Beautiful Christmas card Darlene.. Love the traditional colours. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

      Kat x

    8. Such a lovely Christmas card.... great use of the die! Thanks for joining us in the Drunken Stampers Lounge this week... I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    9. Awesome candles, Fabulous card, thanks for joining us at the Drunken Stampers for the Die-cut challenge.

    10. Beautiful card and love this die and what you did with it.

      I have grand kiddos into animals and what a great craft project for them to make a tissue box for their bathroom. Thanks for sharing.

    11. Your card is beautiful. Your tissue box covers are fabulous.

    12. The image on the Christmas card is very elegant. Thanks for joining us at Drunken Stampers! Cheers!

    13. Beautiful Christmas card......lovely tissue in the heck do you get all these awesome ideas.....wish I could come to the show...dang it!!

    14. Love the card darlene, and I can see you have been busy, I can't keep up with you. I just slower than a turtle I guess. Beautiful card once again and Congrats on the win last week.

    15. Great card and box covers! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers for the Die Cut challenge :)

    16. The card might be simple but it speaks elegance in its beauty. Thanks for sharing. P.S. That box is really worth looking forward for, looks pretty promising :) My best Christmas wishes to you and to every one and to all crafters :)


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