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Monday, February 20, 2012


I want to thank alll of you who participated in the last My Grafico Challenge. The winners are posted HERE. Time for a new challenge! Our theme for this challenge is flowers. Even though winter isn’t quite over, it is not too early to start thinking about spring flowers. Enter for a chance to win this Blooming Friends Digital Stamp Set by Sanqunetti Design. Entries will be accepted until March 2nd, midnight.

This set has so many possibilities. I couldn't make just one card, I had to make two! I am sure I will continue to use it often. My first card:

I had so much fun with this card. I will have to admit, this is not what I had originally planned but, as a true crafter, the design just evolved! I spotted this bright floral DP paper,in my collection of unused paper, then matched it with a dark CS. I chose to leave the sentiment white so that it would be the main focus of the card. Then I was inspired to decorate the inside of this card:                                          

The white paper lifts out so that a note can be written on it.
I am sharing this card with:
paper make up stamps: word art to be the focus of the card design
cutie pie challenge: flower power
the pink elephant challenge: print it
ooh-la-la-creations challenges; photo inspiration challenge
craft us crazy: favorite embellishment: candy dots (center of the flowers)

My second card is totally different.

This card is soft and feminine. I used a floral image as the center in a center step card. The ovals were cut with a Spellbinders die and the first oval was distressed  on the border with a distressing ink. The flowers were colored with copics and accented with sequins. The flowers and the pearls were a gift. The sentiment is from CTMH and the ribbons from Michael's dollar bin.
Here is a side view of this card:
I am sharing this card with:
always crafting: anything goes
lollipop crafts: anything goes
make it monday: anything goes
nettiegs dandy digital gems: anything goes/ highlight your skills: distressing and adding bling!
paper pretties blog: spring
sew many challenges: 2 DP and 4 or more gemstones
crazy challenge: use a die or punch
crafts and me challenges: distressing
.belli challenge: 1 ribbon, 2 DP, 3 colors, 4 rhinestones
crafty purple frog challenges : flower power
robyns fetish challenge blog: pretty in pink
stampin sisters in christ: image must be flowers
the pretty little ribbon shop: anything goes with ribbon

Thank you for stopping to view this blog. I hope that I have inspired you to create a unique card or paper craft creation. I would love it if you would leave me a comment and/or follow this blog. Have a wonderful week:)


  1. What a beautiful card Barbara I love the idea of the note that lifts out inside your card thank you for joining in out photo inspiration challenge at Ooh La La creations

    Alli D

  2. I love the second pretty and pink :)

  3. A great card!

    Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

    Sarah x

  4. oh wow, both of these are fantastic, i love the designs and papers you have used

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog
    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Craft Us Crazy ,Bearly Mine Designs and DT Coordinator Kenny K

  5. I am loving this ceter step car. The image is so beautiful combined with papers, and embellishments. Thanks for joining us this week at Robyn's Fetish, and hope to see you back next week.
    Christine DT at Robyn's Fetish

  6. Gorgeous combination of cards here. Just love the sequin centers of your flowers and the folds of both of your cards are wonderful. :)

    Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
    Remember, for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor, leave a comment for another entry and mention that you saw them on Make It Monday.
    Lisa xx

  7. lovely card, the shape is fantastic.

    Thanks for joining us at Robyn Fetish challenge this week
    Kym DT

  8. Very nice use of the digi set! Great job! Thanks for playing at PMS this week!

  9. What a lovely card you have made here. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (The Crafty Purple Frog Design Team Member) xxx

  10. Two beautiful cards Barbara, thanks for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog this time. Carol DT x

  11. I started reading at the top, so at first I missed a die or punch, but then there was your second card :) It's really lovely (and with the use of a die!)
    So thanks for joining this weeks challenge at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  12. nice card - thanks so much for playing with Lollipop - hugs Joanna

  13. Very impressive card! Really like the details. Love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ this week!

  14. Awesome! I love everything about them. So glad you joined us at the Creative Belli challenge!

  15. Wow, these are gorgeous! Love all the layers! Saw you at Make it Monday. ~Diane (I am #115)

  16. Barabara your work is Wow! I love them both! Thank you for joining in at the Cutie Pie Challenge! Good Luck Woo x

  17. I so love it when people continue the design to the inside of cards. Thanks for joining us Cutie Pie's for our flower power challenge. Good Luck,
    H xx

  18. super fun and colorful!! Thanks for joining us at TPE this week!!
    Blessings - LORi BOYD

  19. Thank you for joining us at Creative Belli! your card is beautiful!

  20. Love the cards, nice to hear what skills your are showcasing and you did it perfect! =)
    Thanks for joining us at NettieG's Digital Gems!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  21. Two beautiful projects. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. I also have candy on my blog HERE.

    Hugs Tracy x

  22. Beautiful center step card! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Belli!

  23. Thanks for entering your beautiful card in our Showcase Challenge at Nettie G's Digital Gems Challenge.
    luv'n huggz
    Jen Leeflang
    NGDG DT Lead & Challenge Co-ordinator

  24. Hello!!
    Super wonderful card! Great JOB!
    -Sony - DT Lollipop Crafts

  25. this is so pretty. I haven't yet to make this card style yet.

    thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

  26. This is a super card your designs are awesome.
    Thanks for Entering the Challenge
    At Tammy's Scrapin Corner.
    I hope to see you enter next week!!
    Hugs DT Tammy Ortiz

  27. Hi, Barbara! I love center step cards...they have such dimension! Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner!