Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Festive Fun at Joan's Gardens

Hi Everyone!
Sorry I've been a bit lax on posting ... still trying to get caught up after my crafting trip to Indiana.  It was so much fun visiting with my friends and I was so excited to play with some new techniques and projects!  Would you believe only today was I able to get back into my cave and play!
The weather has been so beautiful earlier in the week I just had to get outside and take care of a few things.  So NOW I'm ready to PLAY!!
The current challenge (which ends today - new challenge starts tomorrow) at Joan's Gardens is to:

  • Use A Ribbon
  • Use Corners
  • Stocking, gloves, snowflakes...anything to do with Christmas

  • 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 can't begin to tell you how much inspiration I find from doing Joan's challenges!  
    Here's what I've created for you today.
    My focus image comes from the Crafty Secrets Christmas Images & Journal Notes Booklet.  My base card is of red cardstock and the background panel comes from the Graphic45  Twelve Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pack which I purchased last weekend at Joan's Gardens.  A full list of products will be listed at the bottom of this post.

    How I made the flower:
    • I first inked an embossing folder with Delicata Golden Glitz ink and ran it through my embossing machine onto red cardstock ... then reinked and used white cardstock.  This gave my flower petals more texture and holiday sparkle.
    • Next I die cut my flowers using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  One set with the red cardstock and one set with the white.
    • Used my PunchBunch Flower Making Kit to shaped the petals and then glued my panels together to create this 'candy cane' flower.  Gold Stickles was used in the center.
    A few additional challenges:
    The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes
    Deep Ocean Challenge - Christmas is Around the Corner
    Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Inspired by Christmas Carol (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!
    I have my first craft show of the season coming up on Saturday so I'd better get back to putting the finishing touches on my craft show projects.
    As always . . .

    Papers:  Christmas red cs, Winter Green cs, Graphic45 design paper, Crafty Secrets Christmas image & journal note
    Ink:  Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
    Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs B178 Flourish Leaf Strip die, Cheery Lynn Designs B165 Lacey Corners Deco E die, Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, Michaels red grosgrain ribbon, JoAnn's holiday rik-rak, gold Stickles, PunchBunch Flower Making Kit, Ranger Ink Blending Tool & Sponge Pads, xPress It Foam Mounting Tape, Art Glitter Glue
    Items identified in RED where purchased at Joan's Gardens.


    1. Very pretty card Darlene. I love all the details such as the curling Santa picture. The embossing really adds a lot too.

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

    2. Beautiful crafting. Thanks for sharing this for CCAYR 'getting ready for Christmas' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for October - I'd love to see it there too. x

    3. Darlene, I love your card! The rick rack is perfect and your flower is awesome! Those 6 x 6 Graphics 45 tablets are so fun to work with!

    4. Absolutely stunning! WOW...the details are just FABULOUS! The flower is gorgeous-LOVE the arrangement!
      Sherrie K

    5. This Christmas card is beautiful! You are soooo good at combining lots of elements on a card, and keeping that vintage feel. Great job Ma!!!

    6. Beautiful Dar, you are right, it is so festive and pretty!!! Lovely layers and details!!

    7. Beautiful Darlene! So bright and festive, love your added embellishments
      Hugs, Pat

    8. How fabulous! Love the image- the ric rak down the side- Festive!!!

    9. Gorgeous card Darlene! I love that image! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at The Crafting Cafe this time!
      Good Luck
      Dawn xx

    10. Wow! What a stunning image and beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly!

    11. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe and good luck.

    12. really lovely Darlene - thanks for joining us at CCAYR and good luck x


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