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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dance :)

Happy Thursday, my sweet friends! I hope you're all having a beautiful week! :o)

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a very special friend... one who believes in my hopes and dreams as if they were her own. In fact, they *are* part of her dreams. That's how special our friendship is and I am blessed every day by simply having her in my life. :o)

She loves dance too, but this card is more a reflection of my heart. I firmly believe one of the best gifts you can give someone is a part of yourself. Today, I'm giving her another peek into my heart that's still dancing while my body heals up. :o) And when the day arrives that I can return to the dance studio, her tears of joy will mirror my own.
One reason I love challenge blogs is how they can inspire you to bring to life an image from your heart. This week one of my favorites requires lacing, while another has an option of dance. You can imagine my joy! I could hardly wait to tangibly create the design that instantly formed in my mind upon seeing the themes.

The beautiful dancer silhouette (from Wall Decor and More) is adorned in a costume I made with two types of ribbon. The tutu has two layers of sheer glitter ribbon beneath two ruffled layers of lace. The glitter peeking through is gorgeous in person, but did not pick up well in the photograph. I am disheartened that I forgot a side view picture.. the skirt's dimension is stunning. So poofy and beautiful, just like exquisite romantic-length tutus with endless layers of tulle. The bodice is black with a V-shaped inlay of the sheer glitter ribbon, trimmed with mini rhinestones. Perhaps the most difficult part of this card was figuring out how to somewhat make that V the appropriate angle for a semi-side view. ;) I added one sweet sparkle to her bun and formed a small flourish of rhinestones extending from her hand. Her passion for dance and life is exploding from within as she arabesques with an indescribable joy. :o)

The lacing along the side represents the beautiful lacing often found on dance costumes. I used satin ribbon with a pretty decorative trim, 'securing' it with 8 black pearls. Unseen unless you enlarge the picture is how the coordinating Art Philosophy corner flourish is sporadically beaded with three sizes of black pearls. The tiny flourish that our lovely ballerina is dancing upon has three.. it needed to be a little extra special. ;)

The lacing panel is set apart with my favorite Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch. The gorgeous patterned papers are from the Glitz: French Kiss collection. The detail is remarkable in person. The woven texture designs are so realistic and absolutely perfect for this card. The dance world is filled with textural elements and in this scene, the soft flower pattern whisks her away into a glorious dance with nature. My Nutcracker-loving self couldn't help but continuously think of the Waltz of the Flowers throughout the design process. :o) The Dance is from Gypsy Font and I sewed around the main background with my sewing machine.

Challenges entered:
 * Fantabulous Cricut~ Prom-enade (Tux/Dress or Prom/Dance theme)
 * Frosted Designs~ Lacing

Thank you for pirouetting on by! I hope your day is filled with sunshine and blessings. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Gypsy Font, Wall Decor and More
 * Paper: Core'dinations, Glitz
 * Ribbon: From Michael's and JoAnn's
 * Edge Punch: Martha Stewart Doily Lace
 * Rhinestones: Recollections


  1. Hi Karen,your friend is going to love this beautiful card. Everything you make is from your heart.Your dancer looks so lovely with her lace and shimmer.
    Jayne x

  2. Karen this card is absolutely lovely. The detail is amazing and the love it was created with is so evident. I can only imagine that this will be framed and placed somewhere special to be admired every day! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of artwork with us at Frosted Designs!

  3. Karen this is beautiful, the lacy dress is so gorgeous! Your friend will love this card! Thank you so much for sharing this on FCCB!

    Karen I wanted you to know that I'm posting your blog design on my blog today to share you and your lovely blog with others. I should have done this days ago. :)

  4. Hello my sweet Karen! First I just want to thank you for the extra super sweet comment you left on my blog! And second, WOW! Your blog looks amazing! It fits you to a tee. Your card is absolutely stunning! I love all the ribbons and the black lace is spectacular on her skirt. Have a great day hun!

  5. Oh Karen, this is just breath-taking, your dear friend will cherish it.. You are so amazingly talented and we are so blessed that you share your beautiful creations with us .. Hugs gap from Ukiah

  6. Hi Karen, this is just amazing, you have so much talent and thank you for sharing this:)x

  7. Oh will take me a few minutes to come up with something to say..........this is absolutely stunning my friend!! Wow, the paper is gorgeous!! The delicate lace skirt you have designed is amazing!! This is just beyond fabulous and your friend will cherish it!! Love, love, love it :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Guess who needs to give you the biggest hugglering of all time?


    "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion', says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him'". Lamentations 3:22

    *stares at the card*

    *needs to pinch myself because it is too beautiful to be real*

    *hugglers you with my whole heart and beyond*

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *forever squishies from the happiest heart ever tonight*
    ~~~Christina :)

  9. Wow Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I love the way you used your ribbon for her dress.

  10. Oh my Karen...Another absolutely stunning card. I just love how elegant it is and the colors are beautiful:) Your friend will love it!
    I hope you have a wonderful wknd...I have another busy one and hope things settle down just a bit. I am really missing my craft room :(
    Sherrie K

  11. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs this week!!!! Love your card, the lacing is awesome!!

  12. Karen my sweet friend, this is just lovely, and I can so see you and your passion in it. My husband wrote me a book of prose for Christmas 5 years ago titled "The Dance". I read it about every 6 months. That's why my button is 2 old people dancing. Anyway, this is beautiful. Soon you will be doing the dancing my dear friend.

    Hugs, Pam

  13. Very beautiful. I love the use of the lace in the cut. I am still not sure if I like your card more than your description of it. Your writing style is just beautiful and you make me I am missing out on so much with this card because I can't see it ion person. Thanks for joining in at FCCB.

  14. Gorgeous! I love all of the details! Thanks so much for joining us at FCCB!


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