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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All You Need is Love

Happy Tuesday, my super sweet friends! I hope your week is bursting with sunshine. :o)

You'll never believe what I made. I tried my hand at my first ever Clean and Simple card! It's such a vastly different concept from my norm, so it hurt my brain something fierce. I like a variety and hadn't yet ventured into CAS, despite wanting to give it a whirl. So, here is my first one!

"All You Need is Love"
A closer picture of the sparkling trail of rainbow love...
This was made for a friend and inspired by a few challenges. Her heart has been a little blue lately due to stormy trials, so I made this card to remind her that God's love is all she needs and that her rainbow is coming. :) The rainbow may technically be a small part of this card, but it really means everything. The smallest glimmer of sunshine leads to a rainbow. I wanted it to pop on a white background, so I used Bazzil pearlescent cardstock. Without rhinestones in rainbow shades of the same size, I used my Copics on crystal clear ones. That has rescued me on so many occasions!

The main image is two Spellbinders Nested Hearts, which is certainly among my favorite sets. It embosses beautifully! I sponged Tim Holtz Faded Jeans over the embossed areas and added three tiny pearls. The smaller layer is adhered with foam tape for a touch of dimension. I love white-on-white and I think it also lends itself well to keeping a CAS design, so I cut out two Storybook heart-scroll corners and centered them with little pearls. The pretty butterfly delivering the rainbow is a Martha Stewart Small Monarch punch. One of the CAS-ual Fridays requirements this week is to use a pattern, so I embossed the entire base with the Swiss Dots folder. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set that I've had forever.

Challenges entered:
 * CAS-ual Fridays~ Pattern, Image, Sentiment
 * Cooking with Cricut~ St. Patrick's Day or Rainbow
 * Lollipop Crafts~ Sentimentally Yours (Sentiment is the focus)

Thank you for fluttering to see me today! I hope you have a blessed and beautiful week. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartrdige: Storybook
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Nested Hearts
 * Sentiment: Inkadinkado
 * Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart Small Monarch
 * Ink: Tim Holtz Faded Jeans
 * Miscellaneous: Copics (to color rhinestones), iRock, Pearls (Recollections)



  1. Hi Karen, Your card is so beautiful love the image and the swiss dots embossed background:) x

  2. Your focal point is very pretty! I love the embossing too! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  3. I'm so glad you came to play with us! Your card is lovely and I'm sure it will bring a smile to your friend :) Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous. What beautiful hearts and I love the gem rainbow and embossing. Your friend is lucky to have you . Thanks for playing with us at Cooking with Cricut this week.

  5. Karen, I love how you describe this card as simple!!! It is really pretty. Fabulous job as always. I just love your rainbow:) TFS and thanks for joining us this week at Cooking With Cricut.
    ~Madison CWC DT

  6. Lovely card Karen! Even though it is a clean and simple card you have some lovely texture and detail to really enhance it. Thanks for joining our challenge at Lollipop Crafts this week.

  7. Beautiful card!!! Love the rainbow :)

  8. Oh Karen, nothing you do is simply, this is so lovely and your friend is truly blessed to have you as her friend - sometimes we need to be reminded that it doesn't matter what is going on around us as long as we know we have GOD's love and our we have sweet friends that hold us up on prayer.
    Hugs from ukiah

  9. Very subtle, almost missed the pretty rainbow!

    Thanks for playing with us at CWC this week!

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Kemma, CookingWithCricut Design Team

  10. Hello Karen!
    You did an amazing card, GREAT JOB!
    Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts.
    Good LUCK!
    -Sony - DT LC

  11. Oooooooh, look at you, trying new things and SUCCEEDING! :) :) :)

    I love the white on white. So subtle, and yet so dramatic too. And then the blue inking on top of that? Perfection! Everything serves to highlight your beautiful butterfly's rainbow trail.

    Gosh, you are just so darn gifted! Clean and Simple at it's best, my friend! I KNEW you could do it! :)


  12. Because there are truly no words I could express that represent just how much you mean to me always, I will let God’s words speak on my behalf because they are the closest I can come to showing you just how much your unconditional love makes me shine…and how your sparkling heart helps me remember that…

    “My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with Him…” Psalm 89

    …And that “He alone is my rock and my salvation…For God alone my soul awaits in silence, for my hope is from Him” Psalm 62.

    …And that I have been blessed with the most incredible friendship of a lifetime in you… “Look at the rainbow and praise Him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness” Sirach 43:11

    God bless you for being the eternal rainbow of my life, Sunshine. I love you seems like so not enough to say just how much you make my heart fly…

    *forever mega smoosbers*
    ~~~Christina (aka luckiest girl alive) :)

  13. You do CAS like you do everything else, Karen...perfectly!! Wow, this is so gorgeous!! The inking is just beautiful and I love the rainbow butterfly trail!! Absolutely stunning card my sweet friend, as I knew it would be!! You rock no matter what style you try :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. WOW! This is awesome. I'm so glad you played along with our CAS-ual Friday challenge this week:)

  15. Beautiful card Karen,so elegant.I know it's a different style for you but you really rocked it my talented friend.
    Jayne x

  16. Wow, this is so pretty Karen!! The white on white looks fabulous and i just love the tral of gems to the swet butterfly! Gorgeous job my friend!!
    Sherrie K

  17. Another beautiful creation from you. It seems you can do any style at all! Always knew you would be awesome doing whatever you put your hand to. God's gifts never return void! You are just so wonderful! Be blessed today, my dear friend.

    Hugs, Pam

  18. This is so pretty! I love the embossing and the colorful butterfly trail! The blue inking looks perfect next to the white! :)



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