Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Joan's 21st Challenge at Joan's Gardens

Well, it was a lovely day in NJ today, NO rain and well below 90 degrees thank God!! Feel like mid August of late here with the weather. Hopefully now we will have a break  for a few days.

Anyway, got my card done, if you would like to check out Joan's site and the Challenge, the guide lines and directions can be found HERE. Enjoy.

I used a leaf embossing folder and used Memento Grape ink and brayed it all over with the ink,  (just on the one side), before putting in my cardstock, it does not show up much in the picture but it came out gorgeous!!  I apologize I don't know the name of the embossing folder , as we all know, most of them do not come with their names on them and I long ago through out all the wrappings, one day I will look up all the names.

I then cut out my vine and swirls and leaves from Heartfelt creations die and also the new Curvy Leaves Die from Elizabeth Crafts , shaped the leaves with my tools from Susan's tool kit, I have a lot of tools, but I love what her kit came with!! And the different pads.!!
I then made  the flowers with a five petal punched out flower, from one of my punch bunch, punches, and then used a hand held circle punch and punched out the tips, then ink them all with the Memento gape ink and used Liquid pearls in the middles. Worked all the flowers with my tools and the Layered and glued everything in place, made a bow, and stamped the sentiment on cardstock cut out of one of spellbinders label dies, stamped the sentiment with grape ink, and I also did up the inside of the card a swell. I also colored my flowers with my copics.

Oh well, want to go watch a movie and put my heating pad on my neck and back, after card making all day yesterday and today, I am sore.

I took two class's at our local craft store with El's from Elizabeth Crafts and we had such a good time but it was  a long day for me, had fun working with glitter and stickers, will show some of those cards I made tomorrow. Very tired now.

Any questions, give a yell, and thanks for stopping by. All of what I used today can be purchased from Joan's, she has such a selection!!  I have to be honest, my brain is not what it used to be, I have gotten so much from Joan, I can't remember exactly what anymore, so some of or all of except the leaf die from Elizabeth crafts can or was gotten from Joan, except the ribbon for the bow that was out of my stash.

Oh and you can check out Selma's wonderful example  for the challenge HERE.



  1. Donna, Your card is so pretty. Love your flowers,they are truly a work of art!

  2. Very cute card -flowers are so real looking. Great work.

  3. Donna, your card is stunning. Great job on your background and your flowers are gorgeous.
    Els is fun isn't she. I met her in a lobby at CHA and talked with her for about an hour. Her work is stunning. Can't wait to see what you did in the class.

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

  4. Hi Donna. Your card is gorgeous! Love the color combination - purple and green is so perfect together. Love your embossed background - perfect backdrop for your beautiful flourishes, leaves and flowers. Great shaping to add dimension to your leaves and flowers. This must have taken you a long time to make, but it was well worth the effort! So glad you are feeling well enough to take a few card classes and get back to card making. Thanks for sharing ... and thanks for stopping by my blog - always a joy to read your messages. Loll xx