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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dreaming of Everything Wonderful for You

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely weekend. :o) (Sweet Saturday fans, do not despair! Delightful confections will return next weekend, beginning with a whimsical treat that kids and kids-at-heart will love!)

After a bumpy craftless start to the week, I am excited to finally have something to share. I made an easel card to remind a sweet person that beautiful moments are ahead. :o)

"Dreaming of Everything Wonderful for You"
A closer look at the top portion, which may need to be enlarged to see the circular paths of butterflies:
This card design is 100% inspired by the precious stamp. I was thrilled to recently win a couple of Elisabeth Bell stamps from Elphine House Australia's exclusive collection, and I knew this sweetie named Daisy would be my first choice. I've wanted her since I first saw her last summer! :o) I cannot get over how adorable she is, so deep in thoughts or dreams, and with that beautiful wreath of flowers in her hair. I hope the recipient loves her as much as I do.

Daisy is colored with Copics, crystal and amber rhinestones center every flower in her hair and in the image, and I used Broken China distress ink and a cloud template to make her a sky background. Due to returning spinal issues, I've had to alter how I sit while coloring and it is quite an adjustment. :( She is safely nestled within a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square, accented with more sparkle. The patterned papers are from the My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody collection, which I love to pair with my stamps. The center panel is edged with my favorite border punch, Martha Stewart Doily Lace, and I backed it with yellow to look like little sunbeams dancing along the card. The papers are inked with Walnut Stain and I used my sewing machine to stitch around the top and bottom.

I arranged some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers for Daisy's garden, selecting a peach trellis rose and lily, light yellow sweetheart blossoms and roses, and a few white rosebuds. All petals are trimmed in Star Dust. The top right corner has a special little feature, only well-visible enlarged. There are two intermingling circular paths of sparkles, one amber and one crystalline, which contain two tiny butterflies dancing a waltz in the background. :o) The front is finished off with some shimmery lightly-pleated ribbon.

The bottom:
The beautiful sentiment is from Lili of the Valley's Dreamy Days set, which is adhered to a tag from the Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 set. To match the top of the card, rhinestones are sprinkled throughout and I colored the tiny flowers in the sentiment and centered the bigger ones with amber rhinestones. Using Snow White crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot, I made simple bow and centered it with a light yellow rose for a burst of sunshine.

Challenges entered:
Charisma Cardz~ Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky~ Cute and Girly
Frosted Designs~ Circles
Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays~ Cute and Girly
The Crafty Pad~ More Than One Fold

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a weekend that sparkles with sunbeams and blessings! :o)


  1. OMG Karen- This is just soooo beautiful...
    Love it from the image to all those pretty embellies and the papers... You are so inspiring to me and I'm sure to alot of crafters... Can't wait to see what you are coming up with those treats too...
    Enjoy your weekend my friend....

  2. Love it. You did a fantastic job with her. Thanks so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

  3. This is SO super sweet! The image is absolutely adorable! Your amazing attention to detail is fabulous-the flowers, gems and ribbon are all so beautifully pretty Karen.
    Thank you so much for such kind words on my blog and for your support the last few weeks. I have been so overwhelmed but getting messages like you sent just help me get motivated to get back to what I enjoy to do..craft! SO thank you my friend! You are the best!
    Sherrie K

  4. Wow Hun, your card is stunning I love easel cards and this one is gorgeous love your coloring and the papers are Fab as is all the fab bling :)

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz Challenges

    Hugs Mandy xxx

  5. Oh Karen, this is just so beautiful from the perfectly colored image to the pretty pretty paper! Gorgeous as always!
    I hope all is well with you and your family! I know I've missed a bunch of your sweet Saturday's but I'm trying to catch up :)
    Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

  6. Absolutely beautiful is your card and the image is stunning! your colouring is perfect and the layout and embellisments used are lovely too!:)x

  7. I hope you aren't in any pain.. I do have to say sitting a different way did not alter your beautiful coloring. I don't know why, but this sweet card made me cry, but I am sure it will bring a bright smile to your friends face.. She is blessed to have such an wonderful friend. I pray you will have more time to spend on your beautiful creations next week.. And that you have a wonderful week end filled with many many blessings..Hugs my friend

  8. Stunning so pleased I saw you on MIM xx Jan

  9. Just GORGEOUS Karen !! Love EVERYTHING !! Thanks for joining us this week at The Crafty Pad !!

    hugs Diane xx

  10. SQUEEEEEEE!!! HAPPY SWEET SATURDAY EVERYONE!!! *huggles everyone in sight* TEE HEE! what is this beyond gorgeous ultra amazing and totally flawless easel card I see?! WHEEEEEEEE!!! OMJ Sunshine! I LOVE DAISY SOMETHING FIERCE!!! *squishers her forever* Gosh you know how amazing this card is?! It's like a blast of shining rainbow love straight to the heart. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    Every time I look at it I see another stunning detail I hadn't before. It is just bursting with summery sunshiny love from top to bottom, sis. *wants a wreath of flowers for my hair just like sweet little Daisy has* *is jealous* TEE HEE!

    Gosh I love the papers you chose, sis. And the stunning flowers and ribbon and sparkling accents are just out of this world incredible. They showcase Daisy SO perfectly. *hugglers the waltzing flutterbys forever* SQUEEE! Did you know that you have the most beautiful heart ever, sis?

    *twirls you in happy Daisy spins* WHEEE!!! Soooooo proud of my sis today! I know how much this one means to you.


    *forever super happy sparkling Daisy squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  11. Oh, my sweetest friend, this is AMAZING!! There is so much depth and dimension in the image...she just pops off the page!! You have become an expert at coloring, Karen...I'm not kidding -- this is stunning!! Seriously, you took a one-dimensional image and brought her to life!! All of the embellishments you added just enhance this gorgeous image!! Love the papers, love the flowers, love everything!! :D

    I hope you are feeling much, much better and you are sparkly again!! Saying lots of prayers for you!! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!! HUGS!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Karen this is just adorable. and don't yu just love those images. I have a couple and really must find time to use them to perfection...MME DP are my favourite papers and I use them when I can, sometimes I just don't want to part with them. Your painted flowers in her hair are just easel cards, my favourite too...Love catching up with you and may do so your aussie buddy, annie xx

  13. Gorgeous Karen!! Wow!! I would love to know how to create a card like this. The coloring is so beautiful and the colors of paper you chose - beyond beautiful!! Great job Karen. Love it!! Have a fantastic day. Gloria

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  14. Karen - Forgot to mention I saw your card on MIM. It is a great challenge to see what all the bloggers create. Thanks for sharing. Gloria

  15. Aren't Elizabeth Bell images justs amazing?!? Such a joy lovingly creating a beautiful card when you *LOVE* the image. Saw your card at MIM and had to pop over to see your beautiful easel card full size. I love MME papers too and this line is fabulous. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kathy

  16. A beautiful card, such a gorgeous image and just love your colouring. Beautiful papers too!!!
    Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.

    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Sandy DT

  17. Stunning card, I adore that sweet image and you have coloured her so beautifully. I love the papers and layout you have used
    Thank you so much for joining in with the Fab n Funky challenge


  18. Karen the recipient will absolutely adore it!Beautiful,beautiful card.Love the image and your amazing colouring.
    Have a great week and hope you feel much better soon.
    Jayne x

  19. Beautiful! Awesome coloring & love the layout & the embellishments...

    Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays...

    Sandy S
    SS DT

  20. My sweet sweet friend and sister,
    This is just outstanding, you are such a beautiful artist Karen! You color your images beautifully. You are so amazing at choosing papers to use too.

    I am so sorry your back is giving you fits. It's amazing as to what a bad back can do to change ones life huh! It effects standing, walking, sitting, laying, nothing escapes the effects of back pain. You are always in my prayers. I adore you, and will always be here for you. Jesus loves you and so do I:))

    Hugs, Pam

  21. Such a beautiful card! Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky!

  22. Beautiful card! Love how you used the oval for your sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us @ Frosted Designs!!

  23. Such a pretty card, Karen! I really like the bright colors you used and your coloring is awesome! Love the ribbon and all the bling! Cute sentiment too! :)


  24. Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the diecut mat and the flowers! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs this week.

  25. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I just LOVE that spellbinders frame and your colouring is beautiful!! Stunning! So glad you could join us @ Frosted Designs!

  26. Hi sweetheart, just stopping by to say Happy 4th! I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. Know I was thinking of you,

    Hugs, Pam

  27. Just popping by to wish you a Happy 4th of July!!
    Sherrie K

  28. Sniff sniff!!! I'm still trying to catch up on my comments. I hope that you had a wonderful 4th. Such a lovely card Karen. Great coloring too.

    thank you for sharing my dear friend



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