Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Secret Garden card- Life Is Better With Friends

Hello Fellow Crafters!

I would like to share a card submitted for a few challenges.  The card used my much loved and cautiously cut Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper.  

The card is following a sketch for the Crafting Musketeers Challenge #4.  As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of Graphic 45- not sure why but it just called out to me.  As coincidence would have it, the Kraft Journal started a new challenge this week to create a card inspired by your favorite designer....I picked Gloria Stengel for my inspiration.  I have been admiring her work since I first saw it on the Graphic 45 site.  She has such a wonderful style and her cards are so full of life and color and texture.  Her creativity shows in every card and no two are same.  She really is a talented and creative paper crafter.

The card was made with a Kraft paper base.  Graphic 45's Secret Garden paper from the 8x8 and 6x6 pads were also used.  The die cut behind the adorable image of the two girls was cut from Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die set.  Ribbon was added as shown, as were three small pink pearls.  An ivory tab was applied under the vertical rectangle and JustRite's sentiment "Life is better with friends" (from Spread Your Wings stamp set) was stamped in Tim Holtz's Tattered Rose distress ink.

I did not realize until after the card was completed that Gloria probably would have had it open from the top, but I think it still looks nice opening from the side.  :)

The following paragraph is directed specifically to the Crafting Musketeers so feel free to skip down to the Materials Used and Challenge sections if you wish.  The Crafting Musketeers is having a DT call and I would like to apply for the open DT position.  A wee bit about myself:  Although I have had a blog for a while, I did not really start blogging until January of this year.  I do blog on a regular basis- approximately 2-3 times per week.  I find that participating in challenges are a great way to try new techniques, meet fellow crafters and see other crafters' amazing projects.  I believe being on a DT would be a fun way to meet other crafters and share in the joy of paper crafts.  Thank you for the consideration.

Materials used:

  • Kraft card stock
  • Graphic 45 paper pads- Secret Garden 8x8 and 6x6
  • Spellbinders die set Timeless Rectangle
  • Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink pad
  • JustRite Spread Your Wings stamp set
  • Pearls, lace, ribbon and green twine

Thank you so much for stopping by and stay crafty.  ;)

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Crafting Musketeers, Sketch
Kraft Journal, Favorite Designer Inspiration
Cuttlebugmania, Die Cut (Timeless Rectangle die cut)
Craftin Desert Divas, AG   
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Die Cutting Divas, Just Because


  1. I love your card! And I am so honored that you chose me as your favorite designer! What a nice complement! Your work is beautiful!

  2. What a beautiful card! It does remind me of Gloria's work and I agree she is one talented lady. I really like the die cuts and all the sweet details. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  3. Stunning card. Thanks for joining in the Crafting Musketeers Challemge and good luck x
    Sharon DT

  4. Your card is absolutely stunning! SO sweet and such darling images, and soft sweet touches. Thanks so much for sharing this in our challenge this week, and please join us again soon!
    The Kraft Journal

  5. Kathy Jo:

    This is one of the cutest cards I've seen all week. I LOVE the vintage images and the sweetness of the design. I am VERY grateful that you've shared it with us in our challenge this week, and I really really hope you will join us again starting Wednesday for a new challenge. We have an AMAZING prize up for grabs this week!! A $20 Blue Moon Scrapbooking Store gift certificate (among other prizes), and having you share your amazing art is always SUCH a blessing! I look forward to seeing your art every single week, and can hardly wait to see what you will create next. God bless you, and please stop by again soon.
    Word Art Wednesday

  6. Wow, this is gorgeous, Kathy Jo!! The papers are so beautiful...I'd hoard them, too!! I love the design!! The image is so sweet!! This is stunning!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. I love the shabby chic beauty of the papers & that fabulous woven ribbon/lace accent! Good luck on the DT call - any team would be absolutely BLESSED to have you on it!

  8. Stunning, Kathy Jo, I love the images and papers, and how you have followed our challenge, good luck in our DT call at Crafting Musketeers, xxx

  9. Gorgeous card!! Love the images and the vintage look!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!

  10. This is so pretty, I love the vintage feel to it. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

  11. This is lovely! You really made wonderful use of your carefully hoarded G45 paper, this showcases it beautifully. Hope you make the DT, you would be an asset to them!

  12. WOW Kathy Jo!!! This is gorgeous and you have chosen such an inspirational designer to copy! I LOVE Gloria's work and all the amazing things she does on the Graphic 45 blog! Your card for sure now tops one of my favorites by you! I just LOVE the colors and that beautiful pattern paper!!!
    Awesome job!!!
    Thanks for sharing and linking this up over at The Kraft Journal for our Copy your Favorite Designer Challenge!

  13. Ohhh WOW!!!!!! This looks so awesome. There are so many details.

    I would love to see more photos of all the details :)
    Good Luck for DT team ( fingers crossed for you)

  14. Kathy Jo,
    Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love the Secret Garden papers combined with the kraft! Thanks for joining us this week at The Kraft Journal!♥


  15. Gorgeous card thanks for joining us at CM xx Jan

  16. A beautiful vintage card and the images are gorgeous. Thank you for joining in at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

  17. This is beautiful! That card is one of the sweetest animal images I've seen.. The papers are gorgeous and I love those beautiful grosgrain ribbons you used. Such a lovely take on a sketch. Welcome to join our DIY Kits Challenge.


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