Monday, October 3, 2011

"O" is for October, Orange and Octagon...

It's Challenge time again over at Magnolia-licious Highlites, and the design team have a fantastic challenge for you. As you can read in the title, our very talented Maureen has given us this fabulous three part sketch. I had a great amount of fun creating this delightful card starting with a trip to my local Michael's, where I spotted these wonderful dp's from Basic Grey called Ambrosia. Then over in the ribbon section I found a package of ribbon that would match perfectly! I was off to the races...

I didn't want to do a Halloween card, because I never have the occasion to send them to any one, so I browsed through my images catalog and I found this very sweet image of #262 Beautiful Tilda from the Butterfly Dreams 2011 Collection. She is available right now in both the Mini and Full sized images. Diana has a wonderful web shop, her service is second to none and you can even earn in store credit each time you make a purchase. She is offering a fantastic discount on orders, so please head on over there to get the best deal anywhere!!!

Here is the card I made:

Here is a close up of Tilda - although it's difficult to see that I used Orange Peel Stickles on the ruffled part of her dress it is there...

My very sweet online friend Cathy-Lynn sent me some wonderful beaded leaves that she made for me and they were a perfect match here on my flower arrangement. A little gauze helped to give the card a little ethereal feeling I think...

The inside of my card repeats the design of the octagon and I made a pocket for the salutation panel to fit into. The semi circular design on the pocket is a rub on, a package of which I received about a year ago from Leone Jeschke in Australia. I finally found a place to use one of them and I think the fit is perfect...

The salutation panel is removable and I have stamped the bottom of it with a sentiment purchased from the $1 bin at Michaels.

Here is my card recipe for those of you who are interested:

Cardstock - SU Pumpkin Pie and Going Grey, Bazzill white Xpress It Blending Card
DP - Basic Grey Ambrosia
Skin - E00,000, 0000, 11, Chalk for cheeks
Hair - N1, 3, 5, 6
Dress - YR12, 61, 65, Orange Peel Stickles
Wings - YR65, 01, 0000 BG70, 93, Stardust Stickles
Sentiment - Artistic Outpost and Michaels
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mists "Perfect Pearl"
Distress Inks - weathered wood and tattered rose
Cheese cloth
Beaded Leaves - Cathy-Lynn
Ribbon - Michaels
Sewing Maching and thread

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Your comments are always appreciated! I hope you'll pick up the sketch/color challenge this month and let us see what you've come up with.

Blessings and hugs,


  1. Fabulous! Love how the tag pulls out! Another gorgeous card Barb!
    Rene :D

  2. Barb, your card is absolutely fabulous. Love the softness of the oranges you used.

  3. Hi Barb, This is a beautiful creation!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the papers with the grey and orange colors.. PERFECT with your choice of TIlda!!
    hope you are well dear...
    hugs, Janiel

  4. Oh, gorgeousness!!!! Your card is just gorgeous!!! The colors are sooo beautiful and the paper is perfectly matched with them! I wish I could do my flower arrangements as nicely as you!!! Just wonderful!!!
    Thank you for all the super sweet comments you leave for me on my blog, Barb! They mean the world coming from an artist like you!!! Ya make me smile!!!! :o)

  5. Very pretty! Everything looks so great together! : )

  6. Gorgeous Fall card!

  7. This is brilliant, Barb....just shows how versatile those Tildas are!!!! What a beautiful fall card!

  8. Delightful card Barb! This is one of my favorite Tilda's and you've colored her beautifully! Gorgeous card inside and out
    Hugs Julie P

  9. Wnderful Barb. your card is so soft and pretty.Super DP's. I love how you did the inside with the pull out tag for the message.
    hugs Maz

  10. Wow what a fabulous design inside and out!!!!!The colors are stunning as always!!!!! Fabulous job Barb!!!!

  11. Cute! I love how you made the "orange" challenge without using halloween! The card is beautiful and the beaded leaves are just wonderful. And Of course Tilda looks fantastic!

  12. BEautiful card, Barb. Love the orange color with this Tilda. She is one of my very very favourite. Love the flower cluster and the gauze behind it. Gorgeous leaves!!! beautiful.

  13. A lovely take on of the sketch Barb. How fun you also make an octagon shape tag tuck inside of this card to match up with the sketch. Fabulous design and beautiful coloring on the image :o)

  14. Barb this is amazing!!!! Your flower cluster is just beautiful and Tilda is colored amazingly!

  15. Woow beautiful card, love the colors. I need to use my new fall papers to! Bye Mascha

  16. Gorgeous card, Barb! This DP is so pretty and that color combo of gray and orange goes so well together. Beautiful Tilda is perfect for this layout and the colors. Your card is beautiful inside and out.
    Hugs, Cami

  17. Hey there, darlin'!! LOVE your card! Those papers are perfect for fall and of course your coloring is gorgeous!!! You are so talented!! It's gorgeous both inside and out!
    hugs, Sharon

  18. Wowzers!!! Barb you've done it again!!! Your card is absolutely Devine ! From your coloring, DPs, layout and embellishments are all so beautiful! The inside is a perfect as the outside! And I'm happy to see that those leaves came in handy. I love it all!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  19. This is such a beautiful creation hun xxx

  20. Beautiful coloring Barb. You make the prettiest cards and of course you flower arranges is always spot on!

  21. Barb, great card. I love the detail on Tilda's dress.


  22. Oh lovely fall colours--I just love them. What a fab card, Barb. And look at your perfect stitching--the stitches are sooo... straight!!! I love this Beautiful Tilda image--a fave of mine--beautifully coloured. Your semi-circular rub-on is gorgeous and elegant. I hate it that Michaels' $1 bin the States is the $1.50 bin up here...ugh. Wonderful floral arrangement with the gauze. Love the card.

  23. BREATHTAKING!!I love the fall colours and the choice of paper is perfect.

    uhhh how i like your soft colouring :)

    Barb I need help with stitching LOL!Yours are like so perfect lol!!!


  24. Hi Barb! I LOVE this!! Such gorgeous coloring and DPs....I love your stitching! And the gauze is oerfect! I just bought some...plan to use it soon! hehehe! Hugs. Pat

  25. Barb,

    This card is unexpected from and fall colors? I am so used to your beautiful pinks and blues and soft colors that you shook me up a little. All that said...this is gorgeous! Love the rub-on medallion. Very striking and pops right off the panel. Your coloring is always exceptional.

    Blessings, and love, Martha


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