Mar 17, 2012

Dueling Darlings March Challenge!

Here I am, two days late in posting.  Thankfully the rest of the Darlings are giving me a break since I was gone this week (thank you my friends!)

Here's my card with the Dazzling St. Patty's Day kit sent to us by Michelle!

I just love the verse she gave us to work with:
"May God give you...
For every storm a rainbow,
For every lear, a smile.
For every care, a promise
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share.
For every sign, a sweet song...
And an answer for each prayer."

The front has been embossed with a Fiskar's Harlequin plate, that was inked with SU's Garden Green, directly from the pad.  (I find that easier than using a brayer on the plates).  Michelle's kit included the pretty stitched gross grain ribbon, twine and the 3 buttons.  (don't laugh, but this is my first time using twine, ha ha!  WTG Michelle, look what you inspired!)
The frame is a Spellbinders "Frameabilities" and it's a great set to check out.  I used DCWV's Shimmer Stack green paper for the frame, and hand cut two borders for the top & bottom right corners.

 Michelle gave us some really pretty DPs which I included on the inside, along with the adorable, glittery Shamrock!

Michelle asked us to include any St. Patrick's Day traditions that we may have.  Alas, I have none!  I grew up in a German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish family.  Plenty of traditions, but none of them Irish!

Well, thanks for looking, and another big THANK YOU to the Darlings for giving me some grace period to post this month!  I {heart} all of you!!

(Off to fix hubby's requested St. Patrick's Day dinner: Beef Stroganoff)  Ha ha ha!


:: BlueInks :: said...

Darlene, that frame is just perfect and you used the best paper to showcase it! I love it.

I laughed so hard when I noticed who your blog editor was! Too funny!!!!

Darlene said...

LOL Tami, he's a tough editor too. A real task master!

Terry Ladwig said...

I love it Darlene! The front of your card looks like am old book to me! I do love everything about this card!

Great job on the challenge and Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

April said...

Perfect! I love how you put the twine on the ribbon and then used the buuons to top it off! Great job...and that frame is wonderful!

~Paola~ said...

ohmygoodness what a lovely,lovely card this is Darlene!Very clever and ingenius to use an inked cb folder as the b/ground to add texture,and to top it off with that absolutly stunning frame is
D-vine!!It perfectly showcases the wonderful Irish poem Michelle gifted us w/her fabby kit♥
I can tell U loved the shamroock d/p as much as I did too Yeahhh baby,U rocked it!♥ xox

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

Love this Darlene. Michelle sent a beautiful Irish kit this month!

Hugs lj

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Darlene, your card is AMAZING! I am in awe of how you used all those papers... everything is placed perfectly. I've never tried that inking/embossed folder idea, but it sure looks great! You might inspire me to try it myself.

Thank you for DAZZLING us with your creativity!

Melina said...

What a beautiful way to showcase that poem! I love your card :)

MiamiKel said...

Nicely done, Darlene! This is a show stopper! So much detail and yet the gorgeous green color is so prevalent - beautiful!

IRISH you a wonderful week! x0x0

jimlynn said...

Beautiful verse and card!

Barb said...

Very Pretty Card Darlene--it just screams Irish and Fun. I really like your layout on the front and the inside is cool!

Thanks so much for being a great part of this wonderful group of ladies!

dweatter said...

Stunning! Love the embossed sentiment! Great use of embellishments as well. Terrific card.