Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July everyone.  May God bless America.
A big thanks to everyone who protects our freedom!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Subscriber Challenge

I am happy to announce the winners of the Subscriber Challenger I did a few weeks ago.
And the winners are: Barb Macaskill and Jessica Shelton-Buffa.  Congratulations to both of you.
Please send me your mailing address to so that I can get your gifts sent off to you the first of next week.  Again, thanks so much for subscribing to my blog!!!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I love my gardens this time of year!

We were so blessed yesterday not to have any storm damage.  Lots of trees down all over, 2 people killed and much damage. Our power came back on about 8:00 PM last night and we were so thankful.  They are saying some won't have it until Saturday.  We do  have a generator, so we were able to keep our freezers and water going. 

I love this time of year. The flowers are at their peak and such a joy to look at in the morning.  My Mom's favorite song was "In The Garden" and I so enjoy God's gorgeous creations as I take my morning stroll.  I hope you enjoy it too!





Tuesday, July 1, 2014



Due to the horrific storms that ran through the midwest last evening, both Joan and Terri (Joan's Gardens) are without power or internet service.  Please keep them in your thoughts as they go through the ordeal of storm cleanup.  Terri has the new Memory Box Release all set to go once she's able to 'hit the button' and share it with you.  Thank you for your understanding!

And the winner is~~~

You can see all last weeks challenge entries by clicking here!

This week's winner was chosen by a random drawing and
Lori is the winner.    
Congratulations Lori!!!!!
 Thanks to those of you who joined us for last week's challenge. Not many entries this week, but the ones that did enter are very pretty.
I will be sending Lori a badge for her web site and Terri will be sending a gift from Joan's Gardens.
 You can see Lori's pretty card by clicking here!  Be sure to leave Lori a comment.  Her card is a great for this 4th of July weekend.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Card for #20 Challenge

I am in the process of organizing my dies.  As I was doing so,
I found a Spellbinder Gold Round One Die that I had not ever opened.
Not sure how to use it, I went to YouTube and searched for a video.  The video showed using the  Gold Round One and a Standard Round die together.  Notice the
embossing around the cut out.  I loved how this turned out.
 The Fancy Lattice die was die cut and placed  on the inside of the card for interest.  Another favorite die of mine.
Next after cutting out my circle I wanted something different on the side,  I played with several things, but then remembered I had this Shasta Flower stencil from Dream Weaver.   Using White Embossing Paste I stenciled the flower and let it dry, inked it with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Moss Green.
Jerri Jimenez of a Touch of Grace did several tutorials on making flowers.  So, I tried her technique and even though I certainly haven't mastered it yet, I was pleased with the way they turned out.
I added this gorgeous butterfly, Magnolia leaves, Magnolia swirl dies and the Exquisite Circle which had been stamped with Best Wishes.
Products used on this card can be purchased by emailing Terri at Joan's Gardens by clicking here!
Shasta Flower Trio - LL3031 - Dream Weaver Stencil
Gold Round One - S4-412 - Spellbinders
Standard Round Die - S4-114 - Spellbinder
Fancy Lattice - S5-152 - Spellbinder
6002/0159 - Flower Dies - Joy
Spun Sugar and Moss Green Distressed Inks - Tim Holtz
Best Wishes - C6105 - Impression Obsession
Exquisite Circle - S4-384 - Impression Obsession
Rose Leaf - YS11 - Magnolia
Summer Foliage - SM12 - Magnolia
Swirl - SM 12 - Magnolia
Small lace Fairie Butterfly - DL161 - Cheery Lynn
Dream Weaver Embossing Paste
Ultimate Glue
Glue Glider Adhesive


A badge will be sent to the winner and Terri at Joan's Gardens will be sending a prize to the winner.

You can make as many cards this week as you have time to get done.

Below is what you need to do for this week's challenge
  • Use White-Pink-Green Colors
  • Use a Circle
  • Flowers - handmade or purchased
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.  Also, mention that you are doing the card/project for Joan's Touch Challenge. It would be nice if you would add this link to your post:
You will have until next Monday, July 7 morning 6:00 AM EST to link your project.
A winner will be chosen from a random drawing for week #20 and the winner of the challenge will be announced July 8.