Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Crafty Secrets "Flour/Flower" Challenge

Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Crafty Secrets Challenge #68 over on their SCS forum. Hoping to have a little creative fun, I decided to use a play on words with the word FLOWER/FLOUR. This gives you two options for the challenge ... either a cooking/baking/kitchen theme ... OR ... spring/summer/floral theme. If you want to be SUPER creative ... mix the two together. NOT!!!

Being hostess, I thought I should supply sample cards using both themes.

My first card is for the FLOUR theme and was created using two Crafty Secrets products ... the Sweet Stuff stamp set and the Homemade Image & Journal Notes Booklet. The base card is of Whisper White and the strawberry designer paper is by Paper Pizazz. The cookie cutter border has been colored using Creative Memories metallic pens to mimic the old time tin & copper metals used for cookie cutters. By using the Sweet Stuff stamp set, I've added the words to the journalling portion of the booklet image. Dimensional tape has been used on the measuring spoon and little girl to give extra dimension to my card front. (note closeup photo)

What a fun card this was to make. In fact, I had to STOP MYSELF before I got too carried away! There are so many cute images in the Sweet Stuff set, I could have just kept going ... but I controlled myself and hopefully you like it as much as I do just the way it is!!

For my FLOWER theme card I've used an image from the Crafty Secrets Birds & Botanicals booklet. I've also gotten a bit creative and made my own designer panel using gray cardstock, SU garden green ink and stamps from the Crafty Secrets Wildflower set and a couple butterflies from an Inkadinkado set. My floral panel has been distressed and aged using Ranger Antique Linen ink & sponge before mounting onto SU Purely Pomegranate cardstock. The verse is also a part of this image which I have cut and mounted on the same pomegranate cs. My organza ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, the butterfly is from the Martha Stewart punch and the gold dots are Stampendous diamond dots.

I'm so glad you stopped by today and hope you'll come back again real soon. If you have the time and have ANY Crafty Secrets products ... PLEASE come join us on this challenge ... we have great fun each & every week. The challenge is different each week with a new hostess each week ... fun, fun, fun!!!


  1. Ah HA I'm stalking you...Great Challenge Dar and so fun with the double the fun theme. I'll hit the gallery once their up

  2. The "flour" card is so adorable. I love those little girls. I love the various elements to look at. And the "flower" card looks as if the flower is 3-D. I really like the color combinations too.

  3. Beautiful cards! You always do wonders with those Crafty Secrets images.

  4. Thanks for the fun challenge! Forgot to tell you on SCS but I love how you used your stamps to start the grocery list - very clever!

  5. Darlene, I LOVE both of your cards!! This sounds like such a fun challenge! I wish I could play but the DT deadlines are calling my name this week! OMGosh, your first card is just simply adorable! It's so cute is just makes me giggle. ;) The hydrangea card is Beautiful and the designer panel for the background looks Fantastic!!

  6. Your cards all came out beautiful! Great challenge. I finished my card but one of my kitties broke my camera tonight, so who knows when I'll get it downloaded.

  7. Those little kids are so adorable they just bring a smile to your face don't they and I love the background paper you made for your floral card - very pretty!

  8. I received my "flour" card today. Thank you sooo much! You are always intune with how I'm feeling and when I could use a pick-me-up. Love you lots Matra!!


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