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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge: Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Whimsical Wednesday, my crafty friends! :o)

The Whimsical Wednesday challenge this week is Happy Turkey Day! Create any type of project that has a Thanksgiving theme. The holiday season is upon us. :o)

I chose to make a card for a loved one. Let me tell you, the journey of this project was nutty. When I sat down Monday to make it, I had a plan drawn up for a silly scene surrounding a pie-eating Create a Critter turkey. One tiny change led to another and I could only laugh at this final product. The exact opposite of my original plan! Fun turkey will be soon... this week I felt the urge to use a stamp that my sweetheart bought me a couple months ago. :o)

"Thanksgiving Blessings From My Heart To Yours"
(Using a paper backdrop that's the exact same as my card background was less than brilliant. My apologies.) As you all know by now, the baking I do for others is all about the love factor. Baking up a plate of cookies to share during the Thanksgiving prep is a special blessing for us, very much in tune with the sentimental aspect to all holidays. So my card is to celebrate those tiny blessings. Big or small, every gift, gesture, or hug comes straight from my overly sappy heart.

It's unfortunate I was photography-challenged when snapping this picture. It's quite cute in person, with little tiny details that don't really show up in this small, unclear image. This sweet baking Willow from Elisabeth Bell has a Stardust-coated bow, belt, and heart accents on her pants.. because she's sparkling with holiday cheer. The best way to bake is wearing fuzzy slippers, so I snipped up some tiny pom poms and adhered them to her orange slippers with Glossy Accents. I'd love this stamp to pieces anyway, but I especially love it because the moment my boyfriend saw it, He said, "They made that for you!" Cue more sap.

I made a pretty rosette for her to rest upon, using my favorite Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch to give it an elegant edge. I centered it with a harvest-yellow flower. The pinecone background has a bit of sparkle to it, reminiscent of a wintry frosty pinecone trail. I love shape cards of all kinds, so I used one of my favorite circles from Elegant Edges. Plus, it makes me think of a pie with a pretty edge... which is perfect for the holidays. :o) I used harvesty Copics for Willow's apron and clothing to keep in tune with Thanksgiving. Have you ever used a wrong color unknowingly, and sat there frustrated wondering why in the world nothing was blending as it should? Yep, me too. I grabbed the wrong brown and discovered it after the image was completed. There was no time for a re-do. And if you're wondering why my sentiment and cute twine bow aren't on top instead of the bottom... I am, too. I sought solace in a gingerbread cookie.

I hope you'll play along with us this week by linking up your Thanksgiving projects at the Whimsical Wednesday weekly challenge post. I am anxious to see your festive creations! You can read up on this week's prize at the challenge home, too. :o) We are one week closer to Stephanie's stamp release! I'm more excited than I could possibly express. (And you will be, too!) :o)

Be sure to frolic on over to the rest of the Design Team's projects to see their marvelous projects! Thank you for visiting me. I appreciate you all very much and wish you a beautiful day! :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Elegant Edges
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Paper: Bo Bunny, DCWV, Papertrey Ink, SEI
 * Stamp: Willow with Cookies, by Elisabeth Bell
 * Coloring medium: Copics
 * Sentiment: Computer generated
 * Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Lace
 * Twine: Trendy Twine
 * Miscellaneous: Stickles



  1. OMG, Karen I love this. She is just darling, and I love the way you give her fuzzy slippers. I love the colors too..the green is the perfect background for Willow to be displayed on. So inspiring:) Hugs!

  2. Very pretty card! I think we all have days and projects that don't turn out the way we started for them to. ;)Your final project is beautiful, I love the colors and that rosette is fabulous. Tfs and have a great day. :)

  3. Hi Karen,GORGEOUS job with your card!I LOVE all the layers and your coloring is AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL job as always my friend!!:)

  4. Karen, first of all you crack me up!!! I always have a smile when reading through your posts! Your designs are always so wonderfully done and I just love reading through your thought process! Your boyfriend is one blessed man! Anyway, I love this image and your coloring is just perfect...especially since there is not much room to work with! Its really beautiful! And I love all the detail you put into it!!! Love the fuzzy slippers!!!Awesome job!!!

  5. Karen, you are so funny. I bet you are just a hoot to craft with. Reading your posts makes me smile just as much as your creations do. :)

    I LOVE this image. LOVE it! Those cookies look just like my Mom's famous chocolate chip cookies (which we make for every occasion, from Birthdays to Christmas), which makes me love it even MORE. You coloured her brilliantly (yes, I've done the wrong-colour thing too!), and I looked really, really close (like, my nose was touching the computer screen) and found sparkles in her hair too. Every girl should get to wear sparkles in her hair while baking for her loved ones. :)

    And those fuzzy slippers? Well, you know mine are pink and I adore them, so enough said. ;)

    Beautiful card, my friend. Your heart is all over this one. :)

    Hugs, Nita

  6. Hi, Oh Wow this is just amazing:) Sandra H

  7. This card is just beautfiul. I love the shape of it and and the rosette is so pretty behind that fabulous image! Which you colored perfectly...or so I think. I got a real kick out of the furry slippers! TOO CUTE!

  8. Wow, another amazing card from you! This is gorgeous Karen! I love the paper you used, the gorgeous rosette (I need to remember to use my punch when I make them-love the look) and the cute sentiment. Perfect AND adorable card my friend:)
    Sherrie K

  9. Oh Karen this is just so you... It's beautifully done... I always get a blessing when I stop by to visit you... I love everything little detail you have added ... Hugs sandy

  10. Pretty card! I love the shape of it. Pretty slippers too! :)


  11. Love your card. So pretty. Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my Snow lady card for Emmas challenge. They mean so much to me.!


  12. Karen, you are just so cute! What a gorgeous card! I love shaped card too!! I've been so busy and haven't had the chance to make it around to all my favorite blogs until today! The colors are so vibrant and bold! Beautiful job! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  13. Often those things happen, but to think you started with fun turkey to this is funny! I think it turned out wonderful those, I love the rosette behind her!
    Puppy Hugs,

  14. Oh my gosh, this is so awesome, Karen!! I absolutely love the shape of the card and the rosette is so beautiful! Once again, we had the same ideas this week...I used rosettes in my project (for Monday's FCCB hop!) But I didn't punch the edges of mine. That image is so fabulous and the pom-pom fuzzy slippers are genius! Gorgeous card my friend - I love it!! :D

    Hugs, Lisa :)

  15. Beautiful card Karen,your colouring is amazing.Love the furry slippers and rosette too.
    Jayne x

  16. What gorgeous coloring on that adorable stamp. Love the rosette and card shape too. xxD

  17. Such a beautiful card and I just love the colors! The rosette really makes the image stand out. I also want to introduce myself, as we will be working together on the Whimsical Designs team together. I am beyond excited over joining the talent on this fabulous team!

  18. So sweet Karen, I love her! She is so cute carrying her plate of cookies in her little apron. The coloring and shading is gorgeous as is the shape of the card with the rosette. Excellent job my sweet friend, squish-squish!

  19. Wow! This is just gorgeous! Awesome job!



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