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Monday, November 19, 2012

Ice Skate Christmas Card :)

Happy Monday, my crafty friends! I hope you're having a lovely day. :o)

I had some crafty time this weekend, which I used to create a Christmas card for one of my friends. She loves figure skating, so I made her an ice skate shaped card. I'm excited to give it to her! :o)

Note: The paper that looks beige did not photograph properly! It is a pretty lavender-pink shade that coordinates with the deep plum. I'm short on time, otherwise I'd try again.
She loves elegance and whimsy, sparkles and pearls... so I incorporated all of them into her card. I don't blame you if you just stare at the blade and nothing else. It was kaleidoscopic fun creating that layer! :o) I covered it in Glossy Accents and then dumped an avalanche of Halo-Silver glitter mix atop it. Instead of doing straight-up silver, I wanted twinkles of rainbows throughout. :o) She is often the rainbow in my heart, after all. :o)

The ice skate is from the Noel cartridge and the snowflakes are from Art Philosophy. I added a Cheery Lynn Designs flourish near the heel to serve as a snowy breeze, which I embellished with a few flurries. Some are pop-dotted for dimension. The gorgeous papers are from the Recollections Le Ballet stack, which I was gifted last Christmas. I loved combining both of our loves in this creation... her love of figure skating and my love of ballet. :o)
I heat-embossed the top with a Queen and Company flourish and My Craft Spot snowflakes for more sparkly, wintry fun. I used Holographic embossing powder for extra rainbow love. The pearl-drop strand is from Wild Orchid Crafts, which I used for several reasons: pearls are always happy, they look like snowflakes, and the teardrops look like icicles! And they just felt right for additional pearly flair. :o)

To finish off the front, I added pearls down the 'lace' part and a sweet pom pom-accented bow. The light purple twine is from My Craft Spot, to which I adhered the poms with hot glue.

A peek inside, which I need to get better at doing. ;) The boot part is lined with the same lavender-pink paper as the top of the skate and the blade is lined with silver shimmer paper. 
The stamp is from the new My Craft Spot Joy to the World sentiment set, which reads: "Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day." She understands the peace and joy found when skating across the ice... just like when I dance across a stage. There is so much beauty in the arts and when it is choreographed to celebrate the Christmas season and the birth of our Lord, it's magical. That's what I envisioned for this card. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Crafty Catz~ Let's Have Sparkle
 *Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge~ Something older than six months (papers)
 *Glitter n Sparkle~ Lots of Layers
 *Little Miss Muffet~ Textiles
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Anything Goes
 *Sparkles Christmas Challenge~ Contemporary Colors
 *The Crafty Pad~ It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
 *The Ribbon Girls~ Lavender Hues
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Uplifting/Encouraging

Thank you for triple-looping on by! :o) I wish you a joyous day and a beautiful Thanksgiving! :o)

41 comments:

  1. Absolutly stunning card! A vintage feel to it and stunning colours. I dropped by via Make it Monday.
    Love n hugs
    Marie (Cards by Mi)

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  2. I don't even know what to say...and it's hard to type with my jaw on the floor...this is stunning my sweet friend!! Absolutely, blow-me-away gorgeous!! EVERY detail (did you read that...every one!!) is spectacular!! The sparkly blades are perfect, the flourish is amazing and the pearl and pom pom trims are beautiful!! And wow, the papers are so pretty!! Another work of art!!

    I laughed at your thanks for triple-looping by!! I actually triple-salchowed by, but whatever ;) (heehee) I hope you have a fabulous week my fabulous friend!! HUGS :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Wow oh wow Karen - simply amazing! what a roller skate and she is going to love her skate card that's for sure.. Love all the feminine effects on it from all the sparkly effects to the pearl drops and the hanging pompoms. This must be a fun cartridge to have.... Awesome card!

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  4. WOW!!!! This is a truly stunning card Karen. It really is such a marvellous and special design. I love all that sparkle, the gorgeous colours and all the wonderful trimming. I could just look at it for ever!! Your friend is sure to treasure this, it is clear to see the amount of love that went into making it.

    I hope you have a wonderful week my dear friend

    Hugs Sue

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  5. O my, waw this ice skate is stunning. Great idea.
    Congrats.
    From sLOVEnija with LOVE Tamara

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  6. Oooh...so pretty! Love all the sparkles.

    Hope you will stop by when you get a chance.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    Carson's Creations

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  7. Oh My goodness - this is stunning. I love it. Thank you so much for coming to my blog, leaving the lovely comment and becoming my latest follower:-) I'm following you too now! Have a great week.

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  8. Well Karen you never cease to amaze me, this is simply "stunning", i am so sure your friend is going to delighted to receive this beautiful card. I hope you and your family have a "blessed" Thanksgiving filled with many memories and full of laughter. hugs from ukiah

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  9. This is absolutley BEAUTIFUL! Your friend will surely love it I'm sure :)
    thanks for sharing your creation with Us all :)

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  10. Do you know how absolutly lovely that skate is? WOW! All the embellishments as well. A true piece of art. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Psalm 103 Blessings
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

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  11. This is such a stunning creation - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 99 - hope to see you again soon. x

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  12. BLOW MY MIND WILL YA!!!! LOL... How in the world do you come up with words for something this creative??? Extraordinary my sweet friend!!!! (you have to tell me what kind of a dancer you were!!!) I jived for years and my ex and I won many competetions.. it is so much fun!!!!! Haven't done it in years now. Your card is beyond amazing and yes I did stare at the blades until I noticed the pearls, I stared at them when I my eye caught all the swirls and snowflakes.... I love the colors!!!!! I can picture lavender but this is gorgeous too! My camera does that to me sometimes too. Sorry I haven't been by... I am getting better but have been spending a lot of time with my family lately playing board games and laughing very loud.hahahaha...what a time we have!! Good for the soul, like you are to us... I have a special place in my heart for you..you are the sweetest and I always look forward to seeing your precious comments... Shine on my friend...hugs

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  13. Wow, this is stunning. You have chosen some fabulous colours and embellishments. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

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  14. what a stunning card ,love the vintage feel and the papers you have chosen are gorgeous

    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

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  15. What a faulous card! So pretty and so much work has gone into it. thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl colour challenge, Mary G x

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  16. A brilliant creation!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

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  17. This is very unique and elegant, Karen. I am SO blessed that you have treated us by sharing this beautiful card with us this week. I SO enjoy seeing your beautiful art, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing along in our challenge. I hope to see you again VERY soon! How lovely.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

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  18. Karen I don't have enough adjectives to tell you how utterly exquisite you card is. I love the vintage look your details are flawless. Karen

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  19. Absolutely fantastic card! Love the colours and all the detail! Thank you for joining us at Glitter n Sparkle this week!
    Claire xx
    Glitter n Sparkle DT

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  20. absolutely stunning - fab shape - love the glitter and the details are just amazing! Thanks for sharing at the crafty pad this time and good luck xx

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  21. wow this is so beautiful thank you for sharing it with us at CRAFTY CATZ......hug ssassyxxxx

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  22. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! A real keepsake.

    Marjorie from TX

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  23. What a unique and cute card. Love it! Thanks for joining the LMM Textiles challenge.

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  24. Such a lovely card! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad this time!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  25. Stunning shaped card.Love the colours and all that sparkle.Thanks for joining in with us over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.Good luck.Hugs Debs x

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  26. Oh Karen this is just stunning my friend!I love the flourish at the heel and the beautiful papers but the glittery blade just sets it all together.As soon as my house returns to normal I want to make one of these.Thanks for such beautiful inspiration.
    Jayne x

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  27. Absolutely wonderful - It's put a smile on my heart to see it - thank you for sharing your beautiful card.

    Angela

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  28. What a GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS card my friend:) The papers are beautiful and love that sparkly blade. Wow, the details are so amazing! The whimsy look and papers just make this project so elegant....Absolutely LOVE this!!!
    Your friend will for sure love this:) TFS!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  29. HOLY............ WOW..........
    I don't even know where to start! This card / iceboot is MARVELOUS! I have never seen anything like this! I am totally in love! A truly tunning creation!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Glitter n Sparkle this week.. Good Luck.. :)
    Toni - DT

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  30. Hey sis? You know what? Sometimes there really aren't any words that can describe the love that you feel inside for someone...especially when that someone is as special and heaven sent as you. And so, today I am going to let God's words speak for the love that is shining so brightly right now in my heart.

    "I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in Him..." 1 Corinthians 1:4

    God bless you my sweetest sis. You are the best friend and sister in the entire universe and beyond and I love you so much more than I can ever express. *hugglers the skateness something silly and twirls you in endless twizzles* SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE THIS CARDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. Guess who will soon have 200 sparkling followers?! You will!!!!!!! AHHH!!! OMJ! Look sis! Can you believe it?! I CAN!!! *cries cause I am so proud of you it hurts*

    I LOVE YOU MY SWEETEST SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!

    *forever sparkling skateness squishies for my forever Sunshine*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the forever triple axel of your heart) TEE HEE HEE! :)

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  31. Oh my gosh, Karen!!! This card is soooo unique and pretty! The snowflakes and pom-poms look amazing and I love, love, love the sparkly blade! So awesome! I hope you have a wonderful Thnaksgiving! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh my gosh Karen this is absolutely beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  33. What a beautiful card Karen. The embellishments are so perfect! I think I might have that cartridge... Thanks for playing with us this week at Paper Playtime. Hope to see you again soon :)

    michelle
    http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com

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  34. such a cute image love the layers thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

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  35. Hi My friend,Your card is so sweet!Sweet as Apple pie which I LOVE!!But you cannot help staring at he blades..very BEAUTIFUL!!MAGICAL!!The snowflakes and pompoms are just wonderful.I imagine you dancing and the snowflakes falling down....Love how you envisioned this card and I completely understand it.You dance? That's how I envisioned you,A dancing Angel!WOW!!The Stamped Sentiment gives a Peace,Joy and and a moment of LOVE! and I am all about that.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too my friend,sorry for the late post but during the week I've had some dental work and have not been myself.I spent the holiday in bed,I did eat but it wasn't the same.I usually due the most damage(eating)on Thanksgiving.Especially,had a cookie thats all I was able to chew.I will definetly make it up on Christmas dinner...lol
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love and smile to you, my Angel,
    Migdalia

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  36. Lovely card. The heat embossing, pearl trims, and glitter are all wonderful.

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  37. Great shape card, love all the details. Thanks for joining us at LMM Challenge blog - Deb

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  38. Hi Karen! Boys are you ever sweet to take all that time to catch up on my posts..you are one of a kind.. I haven't been posting lately much and yet there isn't a day that I don't think of you! You have had quite an impact on me and I just love being part of your life for you spread your sparkles across thousands of miles and I certainly jump to get them! lol I beilive you have the gift of encouragement which entails a sparkly attitude that reaches the very souls of everyone you come into contact with. I wish the world was made up of people like you, what a better place it would be.... Are you excited about Christmas!!!!! I am estastic because I just love any extra reason to be around my friends and family... what a beautiful feeling!!!!! Before I go I want you to know that I miss you and you are amazing. Shine on my friend, hugs

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  39. What an absolutely fabulous card! I love, love, love the shape! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Little Miss Muffet!

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  40. Just popping over to say hi... and tell you that you have been missed my friend, but so glad to hear you have been having such a fun time with your loved ones... Thank you for your sweet prayers, i so need them. (and if you look closely you can see i don't do corners with the zip zap very well.. lol...
    sending hugs from ukiah

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  41. Wow Karen. I just spent two hours catching up on your blog. Reading all your post and admiring all your creations..and of course all the desserts. You can really see all the heart, work, and thought that goes into everything you create. Just beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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