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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rustic Medallion with a Little Lace {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

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Hello, dear friends! Because all our "south of the equator" blogging buddies are moving into Autumn, these creations are for them!

Fellow blogger Desire Fourie (way down "south" in South Africa) inspires me with each one of her unique card designs. The medallions on my cards are taken from her Fabulously Folded Flower Medallions. (how's that for alliteration?)

Desire has several tutorials, but this one appealed to me. 
I placed the petals in the same direction, rather than creating "mirror image petals" as Desire suggested. Please check out her blog because she has several excellent interesting folded embellishment tutorials.

The printed papers are from my stash - over 8 years old... (sad but true LOL)

The Copper Flame embossing powder is brand new from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The distressing is done with Walnut Distress Ink and By The Lake embossing powder, also from SNS.

Chipboard looks fabulous when covered with paint, EP or Glitter. Perfect way to add dimension without making things too thick for the postal service.

The checkerboard embossing folder is from Shona Erlenborn. The brad below was heat embossed with SNS Gold Detail EP.

VersaFine was used with the "just because" stamp from SNS Rocco With Roses.

Thanks for stopping by! Products used are listed below, with the great challenges I've entered!

Products Used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Rocco With Roses Stamp Set #527 ('just because')
Sparkle N Sprinkle Copper Flame Mixed Media embossing powder EP453 *NEW*
Sparkle N Sprinkle By The Lake embossing powder EP400
Sparkle N Sprinkle Gold Detail Embossing Powder EP168 (on the brad)
VersaMark Ink (712353310018)
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue #540
SNS-Want 2 Scrap chipboard Style D #816722012647
SNS-Want 2 Scrap chipboard Word Sentiments of Love #816722016140 
VersaFine Deep Lagoon Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Embossing Folder - Darice Borders (card 1 and 2)
Embossing Folder - Couture Creations "Constellations" (card 3)
Spellbinders Decorative Elements Tear Drop Circles S4-344
Spellbinders Standard Circle Petite S4-116 (8 circles for the medallion)
Martha Stewart Leaves and Branch Deep Edge Punch
Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Punch Around the Page
Martha Stewart Zig Zag Edger
Cardstock: Brown, Umber, Pale Melon, Turquoise, Patterned Paper
Brad (for medallion center)
Lace (optional for medallion layer)

Challenges Entered:

  1. Artistic Inspirations - #84 Anything Goes - 3/31
  2. UnstampaBelles Challenges - #33 Must have 3 different geometric shapes and no stamp images (cards 1 and 2) round, square, rectangle, Cones (in medallions), V-shape triangles (3/31)
  3. Use Your Stuff - #128 - Use Ink (used VersaFine in sentiment, Walnut Distress ink all over each layer, including each petal of the flower medallions, VersaMark was applied on brads for EP to be applied, and VM was also applied randomly on the layers so EP could be applied for distressing around the edges. Old Papers which had never been used. (3/31)
  4. Crafts and Me - #146 - Anything Goes (4/3)
  5. Crafty Hazel Nut's Patterned Paper Challenge - March 2014 (4/1) - Use patterned paper from stash in project - the distress leaf PP was used as the main card focal point and also in each of the folded medallions.
  6. Through The Purple Haze - #34 Bingo - (left vertical column Flower-Image-Punch (card #3)  3/30 


Desire Fourie said...

Wow wow wow Donna. These cards with medallions are just amazing. The teal and brown is so striking and I especially love the medallion with the lace behind it. Thanks for showing me a different way to use this circle. Definitely going to card lift this idea from you. Also thank for the lovely shout out you are giving me here, blush blush. You are just one super special and caring lady xxx
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Benzi said...

Wow! I am familiar with Desire and her wonderful tutorials for folded embellishments. So glad to see what created and you did a beautiful job with the flower/brad. I love the copper flame embossing powder. I am a fan of copper. Your card is awesome!!!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are all beautiful, Donna. I love this colour combo and I love how you embossed the leaves - really adds dimension. The medallions you made are spectacular - I've looked at Desire's tutorials before but haven't actually made any of them yet - yours are gorgeous!


brenda said...

I am always happy to see Autumnal colourways Donna and especially with the hint of aqua, a fav combination of mine.

The embellishing looks very intricate but also very lovely.

B x

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Donna, I love your fabulous flower medallion and lovely colour combination - I always love the texture on your cards, I really must try to add some to mine.
By the way, thank you for following me.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna this is stunning.
love the layout and the colours and offcourse the bling.

gr karin

Olga said...

WOW!!!! Drop dead gorgeous!!!!

Shona Erlenborn said...

I have often looked at Desire's tutorials, but have never attempted them. You've definitely inspired me to give it a go now! They came out so well and those autumnal tones are just so striking together. Love the embossed vines - can't wait to try that new embossing powder. It's a very different style from your usual, but I love, love, love it!

Sue said...

WOW! These are stunning Donna. I LOVE your folded flowers and the warm colour tones mixed with the blue sparkle looks wonderful. As always your attention to detail is gorgeous and so inspiring.
hugs Sue xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

These are perfect Fall creations. I love the rustic hues and all the texture you added with the embossing!

pam said...

Hi Donna, wow those folds on your flowers are beautiful, love the whole card design, beautiful colors and embellishments.
pam x

Susan Hogan said...

Beautiful work Donna - these cards are stunning. The colourway is fabulous and the embellishments gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing your work with Unstampabelles for our current challenge.

Barb Harmon said...


All three cards are beautiful. Hard to pick a favorite. Each of them are WOW'S.


Brenda said...

pretty different for you, but gorgeous as always. the colors really lend themselves to southwest too :) like the new embossing powder color....
I've done that fold for a quilt-like card, but how you have the "petals" laid out is really neat!

Chasing the Dream said...

Wow DE, I agree with Desire, the medallions are exquisite, just love the color combo and the composition is remarkable. Awe striking elements and details.
Hugs my friend

Karenladd said...

These are fabulous!! I love that flower medallion and am going to have to see how they're made! They are all so wonderful but I especially like the design with the glittery blue flourish!

Frann said...

Love your card, Donna. The colors are fantastic and the flower medallions are great! Thanks for introducing me to Desire. Her tutorials are very good and are easy to follow.

Shirley said...

De, every time I visit I end up off on a tangent searching for some wonderful thing you used on your card(s). These cards are gorgeous!! Your cards are "muy bonita"!!! I love how warm they look and those embossed leaves are outstanding with your wonderful folded flowers! Of course I had to check out that other blog and TFS!!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Donna, these are absolutely fabulous, I love the design the flowers you have made the distressing and the colours, make them wonderful Kevin xx

Jane Savage said...

Wow, and triple wow, Donna! Incredible designs! Love this colour combo and your amazing attention to detail. Stunning! xx

Reusing with Quilling said...

WOnderful cards !! I loved everything on them..the color combo,folded flowers,layers embossing and that metallic vine is just superb !

Solange J. said...

You did such an amazing job on these cards ! Your flowers are stunning, I have to try that...

Anonymous said...

A stunning card Donna. The strong rustic colors are amazing to show off your lovely embellishments. Already much cooler in South Africa.

Sylvia Anderson said...

Wow, This is fantastic, I love your techniques.
Thank you for joining in our challenge (Through The Purple Haze)
Good luck x

NanaConnie said...

Stunning, Donna! I love the folds (thanks for the link to Desire's cards) and the heat embossed leaves are simply magnificent. Great color combo, too, and I love the papers. Wonderful look on the "Friends" sentiment with all its shimmer and shine.

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

Another stunning and perfect creation !!! I always love seeing what you create !!! Each is unique and beautiful !!
Hope you have a wonderful day :)


MaryH said...

Stunning! Love the color scheme. Am so loving that new SnS copper EP too. Will have to check this out. Your flower is just beautiful, and thanks for the video link. Will try to view it. The papers are such a pretty design to go with this flower, loved the check emboss, and just everything about this beauty. TFS & many Hugs.

fiona henderson said...

What a lovely card.....a lot of work went into it....its lovely

fiona DT

Stampsnob said...

Oh Donna this is beautiful......Lis

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card here my the autumn colours and yes buddy Desire is one awesome crafter.xx

HuggiesCrafts said...

Love this card. The colours are really beautiful. Your use of the Geometric shapes is inspired. Thanks for taking part in our challenge at Unstampabelles this month.

Paula said...

the card is fabulous! love the flower fold and will pop over the blog to see how they are done. My friends and I are taking a road trip to SNS this Tuesday, and now my shopping list just got a few EP colors added to it.

Tracey Fehr said...

A stunning and amazing creation! Just love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles this month! Please come play along with us again soon!
Tracey, DT

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

WOW WOW WOW Donna! Stunning creations! Love the colours, details and the folding. I started with paper folding when I started making cards 8 years ago. Somehow stamping took over :) I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyx

Karen Petitt said...

Wowser Donna! These are gorgeous. That colour combination is fantastic. I have made these flowers before and mine never looked that good. Absolutely stunning work xx

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for March with your lovely creations - hope to see you again soon. x

Amanda said...

This is amazing! I absolutely love this color combination and the flower is stunning! Love all the attention to detail! Thanks for sharing this week at Use Your Stuff!

Eret said...

Amazing cards, Donna! These colors are superb! I love your fantastic medallions. You've made a stunning set of cards, Donna!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wooow , Donna, what a gorgious project , I love the folding , how beautiful is that!!!And I love all these beautiful details and and colours !!


crafty-stamper said...

love the fabulous rich Autumn colours and beautiful papers and love the embellishments -Desire uses some great folded embellishments
Carol x

Anonymous said...

Amazing card with such stellar techniques. wow! Just beautiful.
Thanks for joining our ink challenge at Use Your Stuff this week and hope to see you again.
Tammy DT

Carmen M. said...

Wow Wow Wow what beautiful cards you have created love that medallion will have to check out that tutorial.
Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations!

Owner Artistic Inspirations

Leslie Miller said...

Wow times three! Your inspiration came from south of the equator, but these also have a little bit of southwestern US flair to them, too, with the turquoise and copper. I LOVE copper embossing powder. So many interesting elements to these, including the checkerboard embossed panel. Love the designer paper, too. The folded flower is so interesting. I'll have to go have a peek at more. You always have something fabulous to look at, Donna!

Planetsusie said...

Oooooh these colours are delicious Donna - I really love them together. Your designs are all so gorgeous that I could never pick a favourite one. The new EP looks so lush as well. Just great cards.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Kimberly S said...

Oh wow Donna, how gorgeous! The designs and colors are simply beautiful! (and good for you using some of your older paper stash!) hugs, Kimberly

Liz's creative corner said...

Thanks for sharing your fantastic card with us at crafts and me, stunning design and colours,hugs Liz xx

SHartl said...

These cards are gorgeous! I love the brown tones and distressed look. Yes, it is a different look for you but isn't it always good to stretch a little?!

crafty-stamper said...

Hi just popping back to say --thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
carol DT x

Jean Bullock said...

I pinned. :D

Anne Temple said...

Saw these and forgot to comment (hanging head in embarrassment). These are absolutely stunning! Fabulous color combo and I love the new Copper Flame ep.

Sharon said...

This is fabulous Donna. The medallions look amazing the way you have laid them out and wow, such a beautiful rich colour scheme. Gorgeous.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Holly said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Kraft Damask card today. I'm thrilled to be picked as one of the Honorable Mentions in the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle challenge for March. :-)

BTW - the cards in this post are GORGEOUS! I love this color combo and that new copper EP. These rich brown tones really make the turquoise colors pop out!

Sue said...

Brilliant colors on this one. Love the new copper embossing powder. Very rich colors make such a beautiful card. The medallion looks awesome.


Shirley Chillman said...

How did I miss this beauty Donna, gorgeous.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Wow Donna, these are absolutely fabulous. They look so rustic. I too have been collecting Desíre's tutorials and am in the midst of finally working on one of them. Her cards truly are unique as are yours. Love that colour combo!



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