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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy News and Giant Flowers Petal Box

Happy Sunday, my sparkly friends! I hope you're having a sunshiny weekend. :o)

I have exciting news and a petal box to share! I am thrilled to be featured today for the incredible Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Spotlight Sunday! Not only that, but I'll also be posting a new project tomorrow as a Guest Designer for their next challenge. I confess to happy dancing about these honors. :o) If you want to read a tiny bit about yours truly, pirouette on over to Tammy's spotlight post. :o)

Inspired by a few flowery and girly challenges, I made my mom a petal box this weekend, featuring the rose from the Giant Flowers cartridge. This cart is fantastic. I previously made the lotus (which I loved), but I think I adore this rose even more.
(Do you like this amazing angle I chose to photograph it? I know, I know... but I was mega rushed.)

Over the next few weeks I will be making a set of cards to stash inside the box for her to send friends and family. While she has varying styles, she most often gravitates to feminine flair. The Art Philosophy petal box is made with Echo Park Yours Truly paper, chosen for it's whimsical elegance and gorgeous shade of red. The rose is created with Core'dinations cardstock, as I love my paper flowers to have texture. The edges are trimmed in Star Dust, sporadic petals have dew drops via Glossy Accents, and a sparkling white butterfly was lured for a visit. When assembling the outermost rows of petals, I decided to use a pencil to gently curl the edges instead of folding/creasing them. I like it much better and will go the pencil route for all petals next time.

To make the rose stand out, I opted for the striking red and black combination. I made a narrow band of black cardstock to go around the entire box, adhered a layer of black lace on either side along the top and sides, and formed two rhinestone flourishes. I was tempted to do more in terms of decoration, but refrained since the band will be handled whenever she wants to use or look at one of the cards. I hope she likes it. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Bitten by the Bug 2~ Rose
 * Craft Your Passion~ Anything Goes
 * Crafty Ann's~ It's a Girl Thing
 * Crafty Calendar~ Flowers in Bloom
 * Simon Says Stamp and Show~ Anything Goes

Thank you for fluttering on by! You give me warm fuzzies. I'll be back tomorrow with my Guest Designer creation, which turned out to be one of my personal favorites. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Giant Flowers
 * Paper: Core'dinations, Echo Park
 * Rhinestones: Recollections and Queen & Company
 * Butterfly punch: Fiskars
 * Miscellaneous: Lace (from stash); Stickles


  1. the touch of black and your flower came out great. Congrats on the Fantabulous Cricut Guest DT!

  2. great presentation, love the rose, thanks for joining us at the BBTB2 Challenge, hugs

  3. What a beautiful box. A gorgeous rose, looks so real. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  4. Whew I can see I can learn a lot from your blog, have just had to join as a new follower. Amazing things full of inspiration. I have the Giant Flowers cart and no idea how to get 'into it', so hope your blog will help me in some way..Your rose and box are Annie

  5. What a beautiful box Karen! And that Lotus is just incredibly gorgeous... You are so fantastic with all your creativity....
    Big congrats on your GDT spot - very well deserved.. They will be proud to have you show off your talents..
    Enjoy your day!

  6. Absolutely awesome presentation....the box is beautiful but oh my that rose just is honored wonderfully. Thanks for joining us on our BBTB2 rose challenge.

  7. Hi Karen! Found you through Fantabulous Cricut! Love your work - cards to cupcakes. I plan to try the recipes you used for your lovely mother's bday cake. Looking forward to spending more time checking out your creative work! I love how sparkly you are!!

  8. Lovely box, the red and black is very striking. Your flower is stunning. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  9. Beautiful project, love the dramatic colours and that rose really has the wow factor. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time
    Claire xx

  10. Such a pretty flower! And I love the cute litte butterfly you added! Congrats on your GD spot at Fantabulous Cricut! Loved reading your Spotlight Sunday today! :)


  11. Karen, she will love it!! It's beautiful. I love the black and red it's classic. The tiny butterfly is exactly the sparkly touch I have come to expect from you my sweet friend.

    I ran over and read your profile, very nice! I was so excited to hear about you going into the dance studio:) That's great news. Please keep me posted as to your progress.

    Hugs, Pam

  12. Karen,
    Congrats on Spotlight Sunday at FCCB!!! I am so excited that you will be our GD tomorrow! Your creations are all amazing and just beautiful!
    Your petal box is so pretty and I LOVE the beautiful rose!! WOW, WOW!!! The added lace and flourishes are fabulous!!! So gorgeous Karen!
    Sherrie K

  13. Such a pretty petal box and fabulous rose! Love the papers for the box! Such a lovely presentation for your beautiful rose! Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2!
    Congrats on the FCCB spotlight!

  14. Congrats Karen on being selected as a guest designer at FCCB for tomorrow. Thanks for joining us for the BBTB2 rose challenge. The petal box is so cute and love the Giant Rose. It is gorgeous. The black, white and dark red is stunning.

  15. FUn Cartridge Karen. I can't wait to see what you will have in store for us tomorrow. :0)

    Congrats on your guest designer. :0)


  16. Karen i have been by several times just looking at this beautiful rose.. your mother is going to LOVE it and then to have so many beautiful cards that her sweet daughter has made will just delight her.
    And what exciting news about you being posted in the Fabulous Cricut Challenge blog, you most certainly deserve it my dear friend, you have touched so many lives with your amazing talent.. thank you for your prayers and all your sweet encouragement.. i pray GOD will continue to shower blessings down upon you...hugs

  17. Great project! Thanks for Joining Craft Your Passion this week! :)

  18. Thank You for your great comment Karen, can't wait to see what you come up with next..x

  19. Congratulations Karen! Your rose is stunning and such a lovely petal box too. Thanks for joining us atBBTB2.

  20. Very dramatic combination here. Lovely rose. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Jen x

  21. Wow, this is a dramatic combo! I love the rose, so beautiful and so real looking. The box is simply stunning and goes perfectly with the rose for such a dramatic presentation. Thanks for joining us for the rose challenge at BBTB2 ;-)

  22. Absolutely gorgeous Karen, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  23. CONGRATULATIONS on your GD spot at FCCB, my sweet friend!! SOOO deserved...your projects are always fabulous!! And speaking of fabulous, oh my gosh, the box is amazing!! The lace adds a beautiful elegance and that flower is flat-out stunning!! I have held off getting that cart but now I must have it!! Your Mom will absolutely LOVE this gorgeous creation!! I'm off to read your interview... :)

    HUGS, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  24. Look at all these gorgeous comments about my Sunshine's gorgeous rose box!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!! *glows in pride*

    OMJ! I SOOOOOOOO love this sis! It is truly one of my mostest favs of all time. There is just something it that I can't get enough of. The rose is just SO realistic! And is that sparklie dust I see on the edges of the petals?!?!? WHEEE!!!!!! *pets them* And hello there little flutterby! Tee hee! I adore the black lace and the shimmering accents you added, Sunshine. They just make the rose pop so flawlessly. I have never ever seen a more beautiful box. Your mommy is going to LOVE this something crazy, sis. It is just bursting with all your sparkling love! *hugglers the rose because I love it more than words can say and wish I could have one exactly like it growing in my garden* Will you teach me how to make one one day, Sunshine? I would give anything to learn how to make one so pretty. *dreamy sighhh*

    *makes you a t-shirt that says Best Featured Guest Designer Ever* TEE HEE! Soooooooo sparklie proud of my sis!!!


    *forever extra squishy sparklie rose hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  25. Wow! So cool. Lovely project you created. Thanks for linking up at BBTB2! :)

  26. A gorgeous box,love the rose. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol DT x

  27. Oh how gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. xxD

  28. Stunning! Thanks for sharing at BBTB2.

  29. So lovely! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2!


  30. Wow, this is a super-stunner!!! I love, love, love this so much. Thank you for sharing with us at BBTB2.



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