Sunday, June 5, 2011


I haven't posted a card in a week! Life has been very busy here. For those of you who are following my life's adventures, my hubby is doing well now, having spent 4 days in the hospital - yes! again! He had a severe reaction to the antibiotic he had been infusing for 5 weeks! Okay already! Can there be any more setbacks to this leg issue?

The kids and I survived very well, and I was able to keep up with Jordan's swim classes and get him to school every morning. Hubby is home again, all is well and we're all settling into our normal routine again. Jordan has been attending a Magnet school since March and it was unsure as to whether he'd be able to continue next year. All the students are selected by lottery, unless you're already in attendance of course. Pre-K is not considered regular attendance. But when I picked him up on Thursday afternoon, the teacher told me that his name was on the list and that he'll go back in the fall. Woohoo! I can't tell you how excited we are to hear that news. This school is Exemplary every year - just outstanding...

So enough about family and onto my card for this week. I saw a tutorial recently on StampArtic making a frame card. Arghhhh! Try as I might I just couldn't get the instructions to work for me. In the end I pitched out my first attempt, salvaged the image and tried again. I went through an entire sheet of 12 X 12 dp trying to get this to work out (ouch!)

For my card front I used several different punches and dies. The outside is a Martha Stewart punch around the page, the inner oval is a Nellie Snellen die. The oval frame is a Spellbinder die while the small scalloped oval behind Tilda is a smaller Nellie Snellen die. I used #303 SPANISH TILDA MINI available from Diana's fabulous online shop here.

Here is the front of my card. I have taken this card completely apart twice. This is my third and final attempt. I will just have to leave well enough alone!

Here is a close up of Tilda. She is colored with Copics and the background was done with Distress Inks...

I took a picture of the side view of this Easel card, since it's an odd shape...

Here is the open front of my card...

Finally a closer view of my sentiment...

My card recipe:

Card stock - Bazzill Black, generic white, Cryogen white
DP - pebbles Mr & Mrs Pinstripe
Skin - E000, 02, 11
Hair/Shoes - C7, 5 ,3, 1
Dress - R22, 14, 39
Fan - Coo, o1
Distress Inks - weatherd wood, tattered rose
All flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - stash
Flourish - Sizzix
Pearl Shimmer Mist
Sentiment - SU retired Curvy Verses

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today...



  1. You absolutely MUST leave this alone now because it's GORGEOUS!!!!!
    I'm so glad to hear things are heading in a positive direction!!! Thank God!
    Rene :D

  2. This is so cute Barb!!!
    I love everything!!! the image is so cute and the colours are amazing!!:)))
    So gorgeous papers and the details.

  3. So glad your hubby is doing better. Your card is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! Just love it. So wonderfully elegant!


  4. Good to hear hubby is home and improving! This is a gorgeous easel card! Love all your layering with this cutie!!! Terrific job Barb!!!

  5. Hi Barb!
    I am so glad to hear that hubby is doing much better. Praying all will be well from now on.
    Your card was well worth the effort. It is beautiful. The black lacy edging looks stunning. I love the layers of frame work. The flowers are a perfect compliment and of course Tilda looks adorable.
    Hugs Maz

  6. Such a beautiful card ~ luv the black and those easel cards are fun to make.. Great color choices...

  7. Barb, I can hear the Flamenco music now! This little Tilda is truly the "Lady of Spain".
    Sue S.

  8. What a blessing your husband is doing better. Your card is doesn't need anything.

  9. Very happy you kept trying with this marvellous card!!
    It is stunning and absolutely perfect :o)
    Hugs, Candy

  10. stunning, i love that you used so many negatives and positives from the die set, and all those flowers are positively lush! The colors are so striking and i dont have that MS around the page, think its going on the list. This is just gorgeous BFF.
    Thanks for the quick chat yesterday, i have missed you soooo

  11. Wow!! Barb this is stunning, I'm so glad you perservered with it, absolutely gorgeous. so happy for you that DH is on the mend and great news about Jordan's school. Have a lovely day.
    Suzi x

  12. Beautifull card Barb !!
    And so good to hear your hubby is doing better :)).

    Hugs Monique

  13. What a gorgeous card! Awesome! Happy to hear that dh is doing well, and that things are getting back to normal there. Have a wonderful day!

  14. Beautiful card. Love the lacy effect with this image. Just perfect.

  15. My goodness Barb this is Fabulous! I love everything about it! WOW your persistence paid off big time!! Great color combo and all the different die cuts and punches make this a phenomenal creation. I'm so glad to hear that your hubby is getting better too!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  16. Barb, she's precious! I love all of the design elements you used and the composition.

  17. Gosh this gorgeous! I looks like a lot of work but so worth it!
    Sorry to hear about hubby, hopefully things will take a turn for the better soon :)
    Thanks for sharing with me at Magnolia Monday!

  18. Hi Barb, WOW, your card is goreous, totally OLE! You chose the perfect elements to develop your spanish time, the black color, the lace, the flowers: it's perfect! and quite lovelyresult. Hugs.

  19. Gorgeous!!!! I think this is just stunning!! The colors, the ovals, the flowers and of course, that gorgeous Tilda!! It's absolutely perfect, Barb!!!!!!
    Yay for Bill, I hope everything continues to be on an upswing now, I'm pretty sure you've had more than your share of trials, time to settle down!!!! Great news for Jordan, I know how important getting a great education is!! Glad he'll go back!!!
    Take care!!!

  20. Hey pretty lady! It was good seeing your smiling face yesterday. I don't know which twin I talked with but she sure is cute!! Now about your beautiful card. I sure know what you mean about that tutorial -- gruesome!! I love the punches and die cuts you chose. Absolutely gorgeous Miss Queen of Flower Arranging!

  21. Wow outstanding card. I love the lace around Tilda and the flowers make it so elegant. I am glad your keeping it all together, God has given you alot of strength. Still praying for your husband.

  22. WOW!!! Barb. Just gorgeous!!!

  23. Hi hon...congrats on getting your hubby home and Jordan getting into the school you wanted! Hope things settle down a bit for you! Your card is just a gorgeous as can be. I love the layered look with the different nesties. And the lace edging punch is perfect!! So, so cute!! Hugs. Pat

  24. Hi Barb, I tried commenting on this earlier but blogger was not cooperating - hoping it works now!

    This is really gorgeous and so eyecatching! Beautiful combination of the different dies showcasing this gorgeous Tilda. Love the arrangement of flowers too! Very beautiful and exotic! ;) Beautiful job, Barb! big hugs, Angela

  25. Mui bueno!!!
    I bow down to you Barb! I have absolutely no idea how you do it all...and make it look to easy at the same time! You never cease to amaze me. I hope and pray that things are smooth sailing for you and your hubby's leg!

  26. Such a beautiful card! Love how you did the punch work "frame."

  27. Woow beautiful look. The lace border is wonderfull with the Spanish Tilda. Bye Mascha

  28. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Your card reminded me of Flamenco show I went to see, in Spain! Black, Red & Beatufiul lace around Tilda's image!! :-)btw, Thank you for your luvly comment on my blog :-)

  29. OMG....You showcased this Spanish cutie the colors and all the die cuts. Beautiful job!!!!!

  30. Sounds like you've had your hands full lately Barb, so glad your hubby is OK and back home, so worrying for you, I wish him a very speedy recovery. Lovely news about the school, so good to find one that excels and to be accepted there.

    Your card is fabulous, I would never have known it was one of the 'those' cards for you, it's perfection. I know how that is when you go through a lot of card like that, very annoying! The frame effect is superb and I love your colouring and wonderful flowers, a great shape too. Take care and have a great week sweetie.
    Love, Chris x

  31. What a stunning card Barb!!!! Wow I absolutely love it!!!! Excellent work!!!!!

  32. Oh she's absolutely adorable!! LOVE your classy layout!! HUGS

  33. Oh my gosh!!! This might have been a complete pain in your rear to make, but it sure is gorgeous!!! Love the black and white combo and the outside edge is so beautiful! Of course I love Tilda and your amazing coloring! What a stunning card, Barb!! Now when are you going to make another frame card? LOL!
    Love ya!

  34. Gorgeous card with multiple frames around this cute Tilda. I agreed with black and red for this image. Not sure why, but she looks like she is calling for black and red for her dress, lol cute!! Thanks for sharing :o)


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