Exciting News!

Thursday, March 3, 2011
EXCITING NEWS! This week you have the chance to win an AMAZING PRIZE PACKAGE you won't want to miss out on. JustRite Stamps has so generously donated the grand prize for this week's Joan's Garden's 8th Challenge for 2011.

A big thank you to JustRite Stamps for their donation of this fabulous prize!!!

Included are stamps, dies and more for a total of $191.50.
To be eligible to win it, all you have to do is upload a card using a JustRite Stamp and be subscribed to my blog. Read all about it below.

This is a long post, but be sure to keep on reading to see all the beautiful cards created by 12 guest designers, Selma and myself. The links for each blog is directly under their card. The prizes are also shown below!!!

This prize package donated by JustRite includes the following JustRite products:

• acrylic block set – $8.95
• mini binder box - $9.95
• mothers natures gifts – 16.95
• fancy tags- 19.95
• happy everything -32.95
• nested frame dies 24.95
• nested sentiments dies 24.95
• 3 ¼” block -12.95
• Fancy frames 19.95
• Inspires me 19.95

Wouldn't you love to win this grand prize from JustRite stamps, with a value of over $191! In addition to this fabulous grand prize, there will also be additional prize packages from Joan's Garden's to give you 2 additional chances to win.

You will have until next Thursday morning (March 10) 6:00 AM EST to link your card/project. There are only two requirements for this week's challenge:

• Create a card/project using ONLY JustRite stamps (any JustRite stamps and matching dies are acceptable) Do not use any other brand stamps. You may use any card stock, design paper and embellishments you want.

• To be eligible you  must be subscribed to Joan's Gardens blog to win. This allows you to receive all updates about challenges and sales, etc.   If you’re not a subscriber, you can subscribe here, or, look over to the left and click on the “Subscribe Here” button on my side bar.  If you need help, please email me or call me at 574 656 3663.

The winner for the grand prize package from JustRite Stamps will be chosen from a Random drawing and will be announced Friday morning (March 11). This person will also be entered in the End of the Year drawing for a $100 gift certificate from Joan's Gardens. You may enter this challenge more than once, but each card/project must be made with only JustRite stamps.

TWO more chances to win another a great prize! This week Selma and I have invited 12 guest designers to join us in a Blog Hop featuring JustRite stamps. You won't want to miss all the inspiration in the beautiful cards created by these talented designers. While visiting each of these blogs, you have a chance to win another great prize from Joan's Gardens. In order to be eligible for one of these two prize packages, you need to leave a comment on each blog in this Hop (12 guest designers, Selma and mine). Out of the fourteen blogs, there are two "mystery" blogs, each with a prize package from Joan's Gardens. For a chance to win, be sure to leave a comment on all fourteen blogs.

Keep on reading as the beautiful cards and links to the blogs are shown below.

First, here are the guidelines to enter this week's challenge:

• Post your challenge card to your blog. Important, please have a direct link to your challenge card and not to your blog address.

• OR post to the SCS gallery. (If you are posting to the SCS gallery, you will need to use a special code to tag your card so it is entered into the challenge. This week's code is JG0303.)

• Link your card/project to the Blue Inlinkz icon listed at the bottom of this challenge.

Believe me when I say this . . . you are not going to want to miss out in participating in this challenge for a chance to win such an amazing prize package. Also, be sure to comment on each of the fourteen blogs in the blog hop for a chance to win an additional prize package from Joan's Gardens.

Prize Package #1 from Joan's Gardens

Prize Package #2 from Joan's Gardens
Thanks for participating in my weekly challenge. I love seeing your cards.

Be sure to visit each of the Guest Designer's blog shown below and leave a commet for a chance to win one of the prizes from Joan's Gardens.  Then make sure you link your JustRite card below and be subscribed to my blog for a chance to win the fantastic prize from JustRite!!


Donna R 






Mary Anne






Joan's Box

I decided after seeing all the gorgeous cards our Guest Designers have done using so many of the beautiful flower stamps, that I would do something a little different and use just a sentiment stamp from JustRite.  
 First of all I used a premade box that was black.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it yet, so I painted it with Tim Holtz Crackle paint and then used Distress Ink to antique it, using several colors.  After it dried, I covered it with Webster Pages Paper, inside and out.

Next I use  Lacey Square Nesties, Square Nesties and Oval Nesties  to cut using Spellbinders 2 copper colors of Craft Foil 5"X7".   I embossed the Lacey Square with the Swiss Dots and the Square with Argyle Embossing Folders.  Using Adirondack Black Acrylic Paint Dabbers the copper was distressed to give it an old feeling.   JustRite's new border in the
Greatest Joy Stamp set was placed on top of the Oval Nestie (uninked) and ran through the Vagabond making an indentation with a design which allow the Paint Dabber to distress it.  Can you see that?  It looks very nice IRL. The JustRite Sentiment also from The Greatest Joy was stamped onto the copper using Black StazOn Ink.  I don't use this ink for anything else, but for a shinny, slippery surface it works wonderful.

I wish the true color would photograph, but the flash changes the color of it.  All 3 pieces are a copper color, so please use your imagination.


I wanted to do a quick card in addition to my box as our daughter's birthday is tomorrow, so the easiest thing to do is to grab some beautiful Webster paper.  What a beautiful background it makes.

First, I needed to change the color slightly, so the paper was distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distressed Inks.  Then again using Lacey Squares (can you tell I love those dies), a piece of copper was cut out from Spellbinder's Craft Foil.  Next the Sentiment was stamped using JustRite's Cherish The Memories Stamp set.  After that, the metal was ran though the Vagabond using the Argyle Embossing folder and antiqued with Adirondack Black Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Next, I sprayed adhesive onto a piece of Tim Holtz Grunge Board and covered it with a piece of plain Designer paper.  After drying, the Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Die was use to cut out several flowers.
JustRite''s Happy Birthday stamp was stamped all over the flowers and then embossed with Ranger Embossing Powder.  While still warm, the ends of the flowers were curled using my fingers and a round little wooden tool I have laying around.  Each flower/layer was glued together using my Glue Gun.  A flower button was added to the center.  Everything was assembled with Therm-o-Web Glue dots.
Again, I wish the metal photographed better...or I was better at it..

Thanks again.  I hope you will join us in this wonderful JustRite Blog hop and enter this week's Challenge. One lucky person will be winning this fabulous $191.50 prize.

Don't forget, to be eligible to win any of the prizes you need to be subscribed to my blog and you can only use JustRite Stamps for this challeng, which you need to link below.   Please e-mail or call me at 574 656 3663 if you have any questions.

I want to especially thank Selma for all the help she has given me putting this Blog Hop together and each of the Guest Designers for their participation in making this very successful.  You all did a fantastic job!

All items used on my card and box are available at Joan's Gardens 
You can order any JustRite Stamps from Joan's Gardens either by e-mail or calling me at 574 656 3663.  If your favorite has been sold out, I can quickly get more for you.


Larisa said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice works by DT!!

Carla S. said... Best Blogger Tips

Your projects are gorgeous, Joan! So many exquisite details on both the box and card! Thanks so much for inviting me to join the hop today!

DottyA Cards & Things said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan you do just Beautful work! And the gals you have choise to do this Hop were perfect too. It's nice to see so many different crafters out there!

Colleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm blown away by your projects, they are beautiful! The rose you made with the die is breathtaking.
Thank you for a chance to win such lovely prizes. Great guest DT you have assembled for this hop.

Mary Anne / MA54K said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous projects as always, Joan! Thank so very much for including me in the hop! This was a series of firsts for me that I will not forget.

Olga said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one talented bunch of ladies and their cards/projects are all just breath taking!!!! What a way to start the day! Thanks!

Sue W said... Best Blogger Tips

Both your box and the little card you made are lovely Joan! I 'm inspired to try embossing and distressing metal after seeing both. What an inspirational hop this has been I've loved being a apart of it, thank you.

Liz Weber said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous work from the designers and yourself Joan. Love what you did with the flowers, very creative and elegant. That box looks gorgeous, I am sure your daughter loved it! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Karen (TLgirl353) said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan- what a wonderful hop. All the creations were stunning, including the lovely box and gorgeous card you made!
I appreciate the chance to win these goodies!

The Other Patti Sue said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful blog hop Joan, All of your designers did a great job!

Teresa said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Joan what a beautiful box I love the paper. What a keepsake. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely "stuff" A girl never has too much stuff.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW ... FABULOUS work ladies! WOW ... I'd better get hoppin! LOL

GLENDA BROOKS said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan your box and card are so very beautiful. I have some metal, but never think to use it in this way. It is a gorgeous addition to your card! Thanks for having me as part of your Guest Designer Team. I always being a part of the weekly challenges!

Giovana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful creations ladies and Joan, your box is beautiful! Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of this Blog Hop.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW ... well I've been everywhere but Donna's (who hasn't posted yet) and I must say ... these ladies have certainly 'done you proud!!'

Your box & card are AMAZING as well Joan!! Do I see a little of Selma's style rubbing off on you? LOL! JUST GORGEOUS and SO INSPIRING!! Wonderful Blog Hop ... good luck to everyone who participates ... WOW!

Sherry Kushibab said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful box and card....love the copper foil - enjoyed the hop so many beautiful pieces (except I have to go back to Donna as I couldn't find her card on her blog)- Always enjoy seeing your work, what talent you have. TFS

Kym Weber said... Best Blogger Tips

Breathtaking and stunning projects! The colors used are so warm, rich and elegant! Gorgeous!

And the rest of the ladies' creations are out of this world! Spectacular!

Absolutely loved the blog hop - so much inspiration!

Heartwarmers from Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips

How nice to see your creations too! Love them both! (Your pictures were wonderful, but when I take a picture of my cards I have them sitting in good light and then don't use the flash - if that would help you.)

Cindy Lou said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent job by the DT! I was not able to find Donna's card on her blog however, I will check back later so see if my browser is the issue. You have all done a wonderful job, now off to my craft room to see what I can do. Thanks all for sharing. Joan, love your card for your daughter!

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous work by all the ladies!

Lana said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for including me in your Blog Hop it truly was an honor and so much fun and a first for me!! Your project is stunning to say the least I love it !!! I am inspired to get out my copperI have had for ages and give it a try!!
Blessings and hugs

Sharon said... Best Blogger Tips

Great blog hop, Joan. You picked really great designers. I'm amazed by the talent of these ladies. As usual, your projects are outstanding. So happy to have you back.

Selma said... Best Blogger Tips

Well Joan, you have outdone yourself again. I am always amazed at your creativity. I absolutely love all the details you have added on these projects. Your flower is simply amazing and I now have to get busy and work with some of that metal. What gorgeous creations. You have created another fabuloius challenge and fun blog hop.

Brenda said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your card - beautiful! Thanks so much for the hop today. I was able to post on all of the ladies blogs except Donna's - could not find the Blog Hop information on there. I will try later.

PatS said... Best Blogger Tips

The selected DT for this blog hop is AWESOME, such inspiration. I bought my first JustRite stamp sets last week, what great timing to participation in this super hop. Love your box and card design.

PatS said... Best Blogger Tips

Forgot to list that Donna R blog did not have a post for this hop.

Gretchen Wilson said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW- Beautiful, Great job, This has been an exciting journey today. The box corners look like embroidery work. There is a lot of detail that has gone into this box. I think I'm going to have to get busy and try some of this foil, it looks exciting. The card you made for your daughter is beautiful too. I have learned so much with this new adventure and thank you for asking me to be a part of the design team.

SuzanneK said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning project, love everything about. Great blog hop what stunning designs from the GDT. Hugs

Patricia said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan I am greatful for you and JustRite stamps to do this blog hop. I have just purchased my first stamps from justrite and can't wait to use them. All your designers gave me great ideas to make my cards. I love your box. I love the vintage look. I can't wait to get started on my cards. Again Thank You for this blog hop!

Lillian Child said... Best Blogger Tips

Your box and birthday card are so LOVELY! Tell your daughter Happy Birthday tomorrow - my birthday is today and I've had such a sweet time doing your blog hop. The only blog not up get was Donna's so I'll check back tomorrow to see if she's posted. But what lovely projects and it was so fun meeting some new talent along the way as well. Thanks for putting this hop together and WOW - what a fabulous prize up for grabs. Will keep my fingers crossed on this one!

Kris Turner said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Joan: WOW!!! Your projects are absolutely gorgeous as are all of the designer submissions (didn't see Donna's yet). Thanks so very much for allowing me to participate in this hop - it was great fun!
Kris, Wadsworth, OH

Joanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely LOVE your STYLE....and am thrilled to be in this blog hop....so many new ideas and GORGEOUS cards for inspiration! Thank You!

Diane said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful cards by all....loved those beautiful boxes, too.....I subscribe now, though I never missed a thing as I have you in my bog list on my blog.....and I wanted to say how sorry I am for the passing of your Mom...my Mom is 86 (87 in May)and she is my best friend and I can't imagine not having her....heres a big hug to you...and her flowers are beautiful....she sure had a green thumb!!

Gladys R. said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, I just finished looking at
all the cards. You and Selma did an
awesome job picking these Designers.
All the cards are so lovely. I like
your box and card,also. Great job.
Thanks for the chance to win some
awesome items.

okienurse said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful card and box Joan. I think you do awesome work. Thanks for sharing . Vickie

Linda Peterson said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely loved every card I saw. Just Rite makes such wonderful projects and it was so fun to see them used in so many different projects.

Payne Holler Cards said... Best Blogger Tips

wow Joan, your projects are breath taking!!! new techniques to try also (-:
this was truly a gorgeous blog hop AND loved going to new blogs and meeting new designers!!!
really came away inspired...will be working on my entry over the weekend.
Great job everyone and thanks Joan for chance to win any of these awesome prizes...

Patti P. said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, coming back to comment this evening, couldn't get it to go through this morning. So much fun at your hop and what lovely ladies you chose to showcase the Justrite stamps. Beautiful work and lots of inspiration. I love your box and card...thanks for putting this together and giving us the chance to play and win.

Barbara Colbert said... Best Blogger Tips

Your projects are great!! LOVELY!!! What a fun hop...excellent job by ALL of you!!! I am working on mine....but boy it is hard to compete with what you guys have done!!! NICE job!

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW Joan, your box and card are GORGEOUS! I love how you used the metal on both. Thank you so much for asking me to participate in this blog hop!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, totally amazing. Your card and box are beautiful. Unique detail with the foil.
What awesome prize giveaways. I don't have a lot of the JustRite items so would be fun to venture into some new creations. The Guest Designers had some great inspirations and truly lovely designs. Thanks for the fun.

Jerri Jimenez said... Best Blogger Tips

They're all so gorgeous Joan, love them all! What a fun challenge! Good luck to the 3 lucky ladies (please don't enter me, just wanted to say how awesome the cards are).

Theresa said... Best Blogger Tips

Another fantastic hop,Joan!
Love your projects...so many lovely details on each. Great stamps from Justrite. You selected some great designers for the hop...beautiful creations and lots of inspiration. Sorry I will be unable to participate in your challenge as I am away from my studio but have my fingers crossed hoping to win one of your other prizes and what great prizes they are. You and Selma really know how to "Throw a Hop".

Newbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Your box is beautiful, Joan, and the birthday card is very pretty also!! I love how you did the box! Superb job on both of them!

CraftinGranny said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful creations by the DTs Joan. I've seen some really inspiring cards on this hop and loved every one of them.

You card is totally awsome and looks as if you used real leather behind your sentiment. Gorgeous! Off to make my card. "Hugs" Carol

Sharon Peele said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan Your projects are beautiful, I love the foil and distressing!! I bought some foil the other day and have not used it yet. But now I can't wait!!! Thanks so much for this awesome blog hop!!!

Grace said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh goodness Joan... what an amazing box and card! I don't know where to start! You have used so many wonderful techniques to achieve these great looks! I especially love the stamping of the happy birthday on each layer of the flower! I love the coppery metalic on the card! Yum!!! This is the first time I have seen your site and I have subscribed so I will be seeing more! What a beautiful hop this has been and so well planned as well! I KNOW what that takes! Now to go create a Just Rite card for your challenge! Thanks for a great hop and the chance to win one of these wonderful prizes!!!

Betty Neville said... Best Blogger Tips

Your box and card are beautiful Joan! Thank you for the chance to win!

marsha said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, congratulations on a most excellent blog hop! Your candy is so enticing and all the DT cards are gorgeous - your projects as well and Selma's! Now all I have to do is complete and upload my entry!

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like the vintage feel of your box. It looks as if it is on a crocheted tablecloth. Your daughter will just love that gorgeous card. The foil paper and the details on both projects are perfect!
Thanks for a wonderful blog hop and all of the inspiration.

Kerrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Now with all that inspiration, off to be creative!

Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fantastic blog hop. Winning the prize package would be great, but we are already winners by virtue of seeing your beautiful creations and those of all the other guest designers. My head is now full of ideas.

Donna said... Best Blogger Tips

Your card and box are just amazing Joan. Both works of art! Thanks for the blog hop. I've so enjoyed checking out everyone's amazing work and thank you for inviting me to be a part of it all. Happy weekend!

Linda W. said... Best Blogger Tips

Your cards are gorgeous Joan - good to see you creating again!

marsha said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, I'm so glad to see your creating again! All the DT cards are just gorgeous! I finally entered one of your challenges too - this was too yummy to pass up!

Peggy said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, very pretty card. I so enjoyed the blog hop.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Jacqueline Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the work by your DT. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win lovely prizes.

Karen McAlpine said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. Have hopped all around to the DT's blogs. Amazing creativety. Thanks for all the great ideas, Ladies!!

Deb said... Best Blogger Tips

I left my comment for your card and box on the wrong post....everyone's blog seems to be different...lol. As I said I really love your card the most...your daughter should love it to.


Carol L said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm in awe of the box you created Joan! Your work with those foils is AMAZING! Everything I've seen in this blog hop has been a wonderful experience, and heartfelt thanks for having this fun blog hop and the chance to win some AMAZING prize packages!!
Happy belated Birthday to your DD too!

redwasher1 said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! Joan, what beautiful samples you and your guests have made!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win such fabulous prizes!! Sure glad I got to make one for this!!!

Sandee said... Best Blogger Tips

I have become a follower and subscriber! You have a beautiful blog and I really appreciate the chance to win! I commented on all of your designer's blogs and they did a fabulous job!!! I will get a card posted as soon as possible!!!

Mrs Ham said... Best Blogger Tips

All of the projects in this hop are beautiful. These are some very talented ladies. Joan your box is gorgeous.

Gail said... Best Blogger Tips

The Websters papers compliment the beautiful JustRite stamps .Love the card ,the box is very unusual and a treasure to keep.

thanks for doing the blog hop ,an amazing array of cards from a bunch of very talented ladies.Each was just lovely.

Marge said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my, what a stunningly beautiful box to surely be treasured forever!!!

gksnod said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your use of non-traditional materials. Very nice!

April said... Best Blogger Tips

Your card and box are so lovely! Love all the details! Great job!

Bonnie McLain said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW... so very glad I found this site... great ART and so many familiar faces.. All are so very wonderfully BEAUTIFUL.... Joan your box is very delightful... Great work... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Linda said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the card and box. I have enjoyed checking all the websites and all the beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing your work.

Linda D.

Yvonne said... Best Blogger Tips

Your projects are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

E. Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fantastic giveaway. WOW!! Your card and box are beautiful. I love the coloring you used and all the extra details make both projects stunning. I have really enjoyed visiting all your designers' blogs and seeing their amazing work. Everyone did an awesome job. Thanks for this chance to win.

Vail's Creative Endeavors said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful card and box, great ideas from you and your design team. Thank you for the chance to participate in this blog hop!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What beautiful cards, and a wonderful array of prizes!
Dorothy S

TRACEY O said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful project Joan. Great work by all the DT.

Becky Dunham said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Joan - your box and card are gorgeous! All of the DT projects are fabulous too. I am late coming in on this blog hop so not even sure if prizes are still up for grabs, but thought I would hop anyway since checking out new blogs is as fun as the candy!

Holly AKA KopyKat said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your box and your card, they are both fabulous. what a great blog hop, glad I didn't miss it! The designers are all so creative and talented.

Shirley N said... Best Blogger Tips

Your project is gorgeous Joan, very unique and so inspiring! The blog hop was fun and so inspiring. Great job by the design team!

Becky Spinks said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the Just Rite products...I hope to be able to add to my collection soon. Love your blog & your creations....and Selma's are over the top as well!

Adielane said... Best Blogger Tips

Joan, you have done some very pretty work again!!! I always love that Webster paper. The metal is a nice and different touch. Thanks for the chances at winning some fantastic prizes.

newfiecrafter said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful work by all the guess DT . Your projects are stunning Joan. The rose is gorgeous as well as the boxes. Thanks for a chance to win some awesome prizes. I'm a follower of your blog and have left comments on all the DT blogs as well as posted my entry.

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so exciting! I've been working on my project for several days and finally got it finished and posted! I have another one almost done - I hope I have time to get it done too.

LOVE your challenges and the prizes are awesome! Thanks so much Joan!

Tanya said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, fantastic cards ladies! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for the fabulous chance! :D

Sheri said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great challenge and awesome prize package! Good luck to everyone!

Rebecca Ednie said... Best Blogger Tips

Great challenge Joan! I'm so glad Just Rite donated such an awesome prize pack!!

murray1958 said... Best Blogger Tips

love this blog hopping... so many great ideas

Pattie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow - I just finished the hop and there were so many beautiful cards and projects!

Cathy Willett said... Best Blogger Tips

Your box and card are spectacular! The colors and design are perfect. The box and card would be a beautiful gift to receive!

Brenda said... Best Blogger Tips
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Brenda said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your project! It so pretty. I enjoyed looking at all the DT cards and Projects. Just beautiful!

Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful card and box!! all the dt cards were very pretty!

Karen Linarez said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice project! I love what you did with the craft foil, I've been wanting to try that so bad. Thank you for letting me join in this blog hop, I've been very inspired.

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

*whew!* I got my 2nd card up just in time... 13 minutes to spare! I don't like being so far behind you all on the East Coast! tee-hee!

Great challenge, Joan!