Thursday, March 13, 2014

Secret Garden.......

How I long for Spring...
Fresh air, birds singing, digging in the dirt
just getting outside into some warm air would be wonderful!!
Well, that's not going to happen today with 6" of new snow on top of
our already mountains of it and our 3 degree temps!!

But, what I can do is create Spring in my creative room...
That is what I did today.....
Actually when I made this card I had a few challenges in mind.
I normally "pick" a challenge that calls to me....
These challenges did just that...
I will list them below...you might want to join in!!


My card honestly was pretty much put together from the "mess"
on my desk....
The base card, already had the Graphic 45 paper and Anna Griffin die on it..
discarded from another project...
So, I built my card on that...
The flowers were left over from another project from a few days ago
I spritzed them with water and "painted" on TH Distress Marker Ripe Persimmon
The flowers were made with TH Tattered Flower Garland...
I used my Susan's Garden Flower tools to shape them
The center of my card, as well as the banner and butterfly are all Graphic 45 papers
and chipboard pieces...see the cute little "round" piece?
It's a requirement for one of the challenges, to use a circle...
the banner I "hand" stitched together with embroidery thread...

The butterfly is 3 deep in layers...I have tried to show you that in the photo below.


Here are the challenges I am entering into:

Joan's Touch challenge #4...use a circle, colors peach and teal, layered butterflies,
 product sold at Joan's Gardens  which is Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers
and
Butterfly Challenge..."A Stitch In Time"...use stitching and butterfly
and
Frilly and Funkie....Neglected Dies...which is my very neglected TH Tattered Flower Garland
and
Tuesday Throwdown....Stitching
and 
Word Art Wednesday....Anything Goes
and 
Craft Hoarders Anonymous.....Retro or Vintage...mine is vintage
and
Little Red Wagon....Truly Dimensional

29 comments:

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

FABULOUS!!! LOVE all the detail and that banner is just precious! I NEVER think to do a banner ... really need to write a note on my worktable to remind me of that cute little element!
Love your choice of papers/image and design! You are ALWAYS so creative with the flowers and dimension! Great job girlie!

Ros Crawford said...

pretty pretty! Those flowers are lovely!!

Joan Fricker said...

Diane, it is amazing what one can do with "leftovers" and you certainly proved it with this beautiful card. Great job.
Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Touch for this week's challenge.
Joan
www.joanstouch.com

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is stunning, Diane!! What gorgeous colors!! The design and details are amazing!! I just love the bird and cage image - it's fabulous!! Love, love this my friend!! I hear the sound of money leaving my wallet every time I visit...I want that butterfly die!! I hope you are having a wonderful week and not too much snow!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Olga Moore said...

So very soft and pretty!

Mulberry Mindy said...

Simply beautiful, Diane. This card says Spring to me, even though it is still chilly outside. I love how you used "scraps" to make such a beautiful creation. I, too, hoard Graphic 45 papers, and seldom use them. I love to sit and look at them and dream of days gone by. TFS your wonderful card.
Mindy

http://mulberrymindy.blogspot.com

Mrs A. said...

I am still swooning from the previous entrant I have just commented on and then I open your picture to find you have also used graphic 45 papers. I love this card. My purse is depleting as we speak as I adore that Anna Griffin die. Not come across that make before. Colours are ace and the flowers perfect and as for the little stitched banner I'm left speechless. Thank you for fluttering by #3. hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge).

Carole Robb Bisson said...

I love leftovers very much. This is layered delight. This is a beautiful work of art and I thank God you shared your talent with us this week at Word Art Wednesday.
Blessings, Carole

Nancy Dynes said...

Oh my, Diane! Your card is so feminine and lovely. Like a breath of fresh spring air. A wonderful use of your neglected die!! I bet you'll be using it all the time now. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funky Challenge!
Hugs,
Nancy

Buttons said...

What a beautiful use of your flower dies on this. It really captures that feeling of Spring. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Jenny x

Donna Idlet said...

Pretty card, love all the details! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

bumblebee creations said...

this is so elegant, spectacular, gorgeous!!! You get it, right? I love it Diane!!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is such a sweet card. Love the layered die cut and sweet blossoms! Thanks so much for playing along in Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #3: Vintage/Retro!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Well now! Isn't this just too pretty for words! Love the banner across the top of the card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Christy Butters said...

What an absolutely beautiful vintage card.
Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

This is just absolutely fabulous. I love this paper and your die cuts are awesome.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Jenny L said...

Hi,
popped over from the butterfly challenge to comment on your superb creation.
This is excellent and has a beautiful appearance of spring. Love your spring colours used too.
Lots of crafty love .Jenny L.

lost coast scrapper said...

Gorgeous work!! Thanks for joining us at Craf Hoarders Anon!! xo

Shirley said...

Diane, this is lovely!! I like every detail right down to those beautiful flowers!!

Tracy Penney said...

What a beautiful vintage spring card. You definitely achieved dimension here. It's great when a card can come together with elements left over from other projects. I really love the depth with the butterfly and those sweet flowers. Thanks for joining us with this weeks challenge over at Little Red Wagon.

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Really fabulous creation hun love it it is just sooo detailed ty so much for sharing at Tuesday Throwdown and very good luck x

Ginny B. said...

Diane, I love what you did with the banner--that is something to add to my list of things to try; and you have inspired me to pull out my Anna Griffin die, which is so graceful and feminine. Beautiful card for this week's challenge at Joan's.
Blessings,
Ginny B

Jan Marie said...

Lovely!! Love how you've repurposed the background and used the blue flourish to frame and accentuate the main image. Your flowers, butterly and banner are perfect accents!
Thanks for joining us and sharing your stash at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Amber Milone said...

Beautiful card! I love the sweet center image and the Anna Griffen die is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at CHACB.

Gloria Stengel said...

The layers and the colors are amazing. So beautiful. I love this card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhhh, so pretty! I love your banner. So cute to string together those different shapes. Also, the flowers, papers, colors, the beautiful die cut -- all fabulous! We're having spring here! We had a beautiful day. A two hour walk with the dogs down a lovely grassy road, sitting by the bay. Started raining tonight, but can't wait to get out again. We'll take a picnic next time!

Kristi Schurr said...

How did I miss this beauty? Absolutely stunning!

Karen Letchworth said...

This is absolutely STUNNING! I'm blown away by its beauty, and really want to thank you for taking time to make something SO lovely and share it with us. I pray that you have a blessed week, and that you will stop by again soon. Your art is SUCH a blessing to us.
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

MaryH said...

A wonderful use of the beautiful G45 paper, love that flourish behind the image too. A great idea to do this handstitching as you did. Fabulous card. TFS