Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello . . .

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Yesterday after getting all my computer work caught up,
I wanted to create a card using some of the fun challenges I spotted
out in blogland and here is the result . . .

I started out with the sketch challenge offered over on 

Next came the fun March challenge over at the Paper Sweeties Challenge Blog 
with this beautiful inspiration board.  Where I was inspired by the
pink tulips and the black & white sign board.

Last but not least was the March challenge at Outside the Box.   You are to share how you use RIBBONS on your creations PLUS at least one Memory Box items.
 Memory Box challenge badge
Here I've used the Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbon' die as well as made a pretty pink ribbon bow from satin ribbon purchased from Really Reasonable Ribbons.

Here's a close up so you can see there really are grosgrain
ribs on my paper die cut ribbons.  So realistic looking IRL!

After die cutting the Poppystamps Tulip Branch twice from scraps of different green designer papers, I die cut just the flower portion of the die using a scrap of hot pink card stock.  Then clipped off the flowers and glued them on top of the green ones.

I'm very pleased with the outcome and was able to
use up some scraps along the way!!

Challenges to share in:
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Welcome Spring
Die Cut Divas Challenge #306 - Ribbons and Bows

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope your week is going well!

As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Hot Pink cs, the Paper Studio 'Harper's Boutique' dp, scraps of green designer paper for stems of flowers
Dies:  Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbon' #30077, Poppystamps 'Tulip Branch' #1146, Avery Elle 'Sentimental Dies' #D-16-01, Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' #217
Accessories:  Fine Tip black marker for faux stitching, CraftDee Bowz bow maker, liquid glue


  1. Oh my goodness, Darlene ... this is beautiful! I am in love with that gorgeous bow and the flowers are so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us this month at Paper Sweeties :)

  2. Hello Spring! How wonderful is this! I adore those pretty tulips!

  3. Wow! You took that sketch and the inspiration board and made something fantastic with it! Love how the pretty tulips pop on the black. Awesome ribbon dies, too. So much easier than making flags with real ribbon. Love this!

  4. You gotta love Spring! First of all great banner Darlene, it's just beautiful. Secondly your card simply rocks both challenges. Love the stitched layers and tulips and how you worked the colors and theme from the Paper Sweeties Challenge Blog into the sketch challenge from Watercooler Wednesday. Awesome! Thanks for playing.

  5. Darlene, I just love this color combo - such a striking design! Hugs, Autumn

  6. What a great take on Gail's sketch, Darlene! Those tulips are gorgeous. Love the way they tie in all the other pops of pink in your card. The black stitched rectangle is the perfect background to make those blooms pop. You've combined the challenges masterfully. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  7. Great take on sketch! Love those flowers and colors!

  8. Beautiful flowers and I love your use of the ribbon dies too! such pretty background paper

  9. WOW, a totally gorgeous the colors, the background paper and you rocked the beautiful!!

  10. Wow! This is simply gorgeous, Darlene! Beautiful and unique design. I love the colors! The coral looks fabulous with the black and white.

  11. WOW, such a beautiful card!! You did well to incorporate all the requirements into one card.

  12. WOW Darlene this card is stunning! I absolutely love the black and white paper, such a beautiful pattern! The tulips are gorgeous!!!! That is my absolutely favorite flower! I need to get that die! Gorgeous card my friend and love that sketch!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  13. Your card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for playing in Paper Sweeties Inspirational Challenge!

  14. Okay his black and white paper in back is so stunning and love the pink touches with this paper. Wonderful and spring. Thanks for joining us at die Cutting' Divas

  15. Beautiful card Darlene! Definately makes me think of Spring. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us on Watercooler Wednesday!

  16. A perfect pop of pink on your monotone background! Love this card! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  17. Very pretty card combining all these challenges! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday! Come back soon!

  18. Beautiful card!
    LOVE your tulip panel, love your colour combo and design too!
    Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

  19. So gorgeous! I just love that black lace paper... so happy you're playing along with us at Paper Sweeties!

  20. Oh, your card is just gorgeous with the lovely flowers, Darlene! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sweeties this month!!

  21. Tulips definitely scream spring - loving your pretty pink ones that pop against the black and white. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.


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