Saturday, February 06, 2010

Love - Crazy 4 Challenges #23

Hey, peeps! I wasn't sure I'd have a card for you today--we're in the middle of a winter storm, and as I was working on this post last night the lights were flickering and I was afraid we were going to lose power. But I got it done and here it is!

We've got a fun Crazy 4 Challenges challenge for you today. Robin is February's challenge hostess and she wants us to do a Valentine card. Easy peasy, right?

This week's sponsor is The {Stamps} of Life by Stephanie Barnard. You can get all the deets at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

I love non-traditional colors for Christmas and Valentine's Day. I had this Basic Grey paper in my stash for a while and decided this was the time to bring it out. It's an older pattern called SWAK--love that, LOL! I'm using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #59 for my layout.

First, I cut a heart out of some More Mustard card stock with a scalloped heart Nestabilities die after embossing it with my tiny hearts folder, and added some tiny flat-backed pearls. The focal image is this gorgeous Lace Heart by Flourishes. I stamped it with Encore Gold pigment ink on Bravo Burgundy, heat embossed with Gold Detail embossing powder, and then cut it out and popped it up on 3M foam squares. I tied some sheer ribbon around (it's showing up redder than it is IRL) and added some gold flat-backed pearls. The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped/embossed the same way as the heart. I punched it out with a large oval punch and popped it up, as well. I love the rich colors this card has.

NOW, be sure to check out the samples by the rest of my crazy, I mean the Crazy 4 Challenges team ;-)

Cindy Haffner
Frances Byrne
Jessica Diedrich
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Joycelyn Turner
Lori Boyd
Lynda Benden
Mercy Kerin
Robin Willis
Vicki Garrett

THEN, you know what to do--we'd love to have you come along and play with us. Just do your thing with the challenge and link it to Mr. Linky on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Please link directly to your project. And, if you upload to a public gallery, please use the key word C4C23.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Lace Heart (Flourishes)

More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy (SU!); SWAK (Basic Grey)

Encore Gold pigment ink

Cuttlebug, tiny hearts embossing folder (Provocraft); Hearts Nestabilitites (Spellbinders); 3M foam squares, ribbon, gold cord, gold flat-backed pearls (craft store); Ticket Corner and Large Oval punches, Embossing Buddy (SU!); Gold Find Detail embossing powder (Ranger); heat gun


  1. this is so stunning, barb! love the gold elegant and fancy! awesome sample!

  2. Barbara, Your card is stunning, I love it!! Those rich colors, the beautiful embossed heart, tag and bow!!!

  3. STUNNING! That gold is gorgeous on the red!

  4. Absolutely STUNNING!! LOVE this and how you've used the heart shapes for this sketch. As always, awesome work Barbara! :)

  5. Stunning card. Love the gold embossing, especially with that gorgeous heart.

  6. That heart is GORGEOUS, Bar! Really makes me want that Flourishes set now!


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