Monday, September 5, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Blessings come in all kinds of packages, and recently I received a wonderful blessing from a friend who is in my Sunday School class as well as fellow choir member.

I was planning a surprise birthday get together for my amazingly wonderful hubby at a local restaurant with several other couples. I had already arranged for us to meet with one other couple for dinner, but he didn't know that I had contacted a few others to join us. I found myself in a dilemma because this particular restaurant won't let you make reservations, and I needed a table for 10. I had called the restaurant to find out how I could do this and they told me I would have to be there about 5:30 to put my name on the wait list. Well, I couldn't do that because how would I ever get out of the house without him knowing. And everyone was going to be at the restaurant at 6:15. I was sharing that with my friend and she said "I'll do it! I'll go at 5:30 and put your name on the list and wait for you to arrive and then just sneak out the door". I was so thrilled with her offer and true to her word she pulled it off perfectly. Now that's a friend!!!

I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated her so I sat down the next day and began to make a card for her. I'm always stumped for a sketch, but found one on Pat Frank's blog and CASE'd it. Thanks Pat for unknowingly giving me my jumping off place.

Here is my version of Pat's sketch...

I have used #305 Gymnastic Tilda from the newest Magnolia Collection "Winner Takes All". She is available from the Magnolia-licious shop along with all the other fabulous images in this collection.

Here is a close up of Tilda...

Here is the inside panel with a sentiment from "The Cutting Cafe" as is the sentiment on the front of the card.

My salutation panel is very simple but was perfect for the note of thanks that I wrote her.

Here is my card recipe...

Image - #305 Gymnastics Tilda - Winner Takes All Collection 2011
Card stock - Bazzill, SU, Cryogen
DP - Stash
Spellbinders -Square and Scalloped square, Circle and Scalloped circle, Lacy Edge Square
Stickles - Stardust
Buttons - SU
Ribbon - stash
Bakers twine - stash
Corner adorner - stash
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Perfect Pearls Mist
Diamond Dust glitter - SU
Feather - stash

I gave my friend this card last night at our first of the semester choir practice and she was thrilled that I had taken the time to make a card just for her. She blessed me more!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and always appreciate your visits...

Blessing and hugs,


  1. Aww..thats lovely Barb, what a great friend.Hope you saved her a doggy
    Gorgeous card, I'm sure she WAS thrilled.
    Hope your evening for hubby went well...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. What a sweet friend Barb !! Your card is beautifull.

    Hugs Monique

  3. Oh my word, Barb, this is GORGEOUS! lOVE the design of this beautiful card and Tilda is colored magnificently. Your friend will surely treasure this beauty!

  4. This is just delightful Barb! Love this sweet image and you have coloured her perfectly.Such a pretty card
    Hugs Julie P

  5. Cute!! Wonderful sketch and you did a great job laying this out! I love the colors, the image and just the right amount of extras!! Beautiful!!!

  6. You and pink go together like chocolate and ice cream!! You do make the prettiest cards Barb. I need to come up with some new adjectives for wonderful work, gorgeous card, so pretty, great coloring - I am starting to bore myself!!!

  7. Adorable my friend, i love that paper and the sentiment on the front is perfect. Anyone recieving this masterpiece is gonna love it!

  8. So cute, Barb. Love the layout and the colors. How nice to have such a thoughtful friend to do this for you. Hope your party was a success and glad she loved the card.
    Sue S.

  9. Barb this is GORGEOUS! Such a delightfully pretty 'n pink card!
    Rene :D

  10. This is super duper CUTE!! I love how you worked this gymnast Tilda into an everyday kind of card. I've been stumped on how to use some of these sporty images but you've given me some great inspiration! Hugs, Rosie

  11. Wow Barb this is so gorgeous inside and out!!!! This stamp is so adorable!!!!! Excellent work again!!!!!

  12. what a cutie Tilda Barb! Love the sketch and your coloring/designing... just sweet as can be! What a great idea to surprise your DH and what an awesome friend to think to do that for you! Hope you had a great time!

  13. Barb, what a beautiful story and such a sweet friend.. and the card is so sweet for your friend... I am so loving the the sweet Tilda and your layout of her.. A great card, sure to be appreciated...
    Hugs, Jean

  14. Hello barb this is very, very beautiful. I Love your creation very much.

    Gr. Ineke

  15. What a beautiful card! I've got a card using the same stamp halfway done. Great minds think alike! I just love the inside, too! Your card is neat and clean. I love it! Your work is always perfect so I wouldn't expect anything less! LOL **hugs8*


  16. Very cute card Barb. I love the friendshp paper background. I love the darker pink borders that you used. Tilda is colored lovely.
    Your friend must have loved it. Such a lovely blessing for her. I bet your hubby got a nice surprise.
    Hugs Maz

  17. Oh Barb, what a wonderful friend you have!! I hope the party was fantastic!!! And what an adorable card for you to give to her!! As always, Tilda is colored to perfection!! Love that image!! And the pinks, well, gotta love them!!! Just a fabulous creation!!!!

  18. What a beautiful thing you did for your friend Barb! Love your card! Your coloring is beautiful! I'm sure your hubby loved your surprise!

  19. Hey hunny bunny! You are most welcome, my sweet friend! Your card is just stunning! Gorgeous coloring of this incredibly adorable little Tilda (no surprise there!) andI love the of my fave colors these dys!! Your friend was undoubtedly thrilled to receive this Barb Hardeman original!! Hope you had a great weekend!! Hugs. Pat

  20. Hello Barb, OH! how precious. I love your card, and I am certain your friend will love too. How nice of her to do this for you!
    Tilda is as cute as can be, love the pink and al the nice details.

  21. Oh Barb, what a gorgeous card! She' so beautiful and of course your coloring is spectacular!! The layout is fabulous and the papers are perfect! LOVE it, and I'm sure she will too!
    hugs, Sharon

  22. gorgeous card Barb, I really love the pink color combo! Awesome layout and papers too! I'm sure your friend will love this card, it's so precious!

  23. Wow this is gorgeous. I love this image of Tilda .


  24. very cute card..How I missed be able to see all the beautiful cards...Dee

  25. What a neat story! An angel in disquise to be sure. You made such a lovely card to give her. I'm sure she will appreciate it.

  26. WOW Barb this is an amazing card for an amazing friend that will sure treasure this beauty!! Great work inside and out as always!!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  27. Beautiful card for your friend, Barb! I know she will just love I would! You are such a kind and sweet person.
    Hugs, Cami

  28. As always a beautiful card Barb. Tilda is looking gorgeous on it.

  29. A really adorable card Barb. hugs Sharon


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