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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas card!

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful season of love and hope. :o)

It's been a little while! The days just fly by, don't they? I'm excited to have a card to share today that I made for my sweet parents. :o) (Envision lots of sparkle.. much of it didn't show up in the picture.)
A peek at the red and white interior:
I thought they'd enjoy a cute and sparkly scene atop one of my favorite card shapes from Elegant Edges. The glimmering Christmas tree is cut with Core Couture paper for extra sparkle and adorned with red rhinestones. I made a wreath to put around the sweet reindeer, which I turned into a holly wreath with rhinestone 'berries' and made a bow with twine from My Craft Spot. All of the cuts are from the marvelous Noel cartridge. The reindeer's antlers and hooves are shimmering with Star Dust, courtesy of the swirling snow and his radiant heart. :o)

The pop-dotted snowflakes are from Art Philosophy and the snowy ground is embossed with a Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland folder. Instead of a snowy sky, I opted for this beautiful festive paper from Best Creation's Merry Christmas collection. A few months ago when I showed my mom my holiday papers, she adored these fluttering, sparkly holly and berries. She'll be excited I used it for their card. :o) The interior paper is from My Mind's Eye, topped with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square.

The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World set. I stamped it upon a Spellbinders Labels Four die, trimmed it in star dust to make it icy, and adhered it with a Wild Orchid Crafts scallop pearl. The greeting is simple, but when you wish someone a Merry Christmas from your heart, a gorgeous light appears in their eyes. So much love, joy, and hope wrapped into that one simple phrase. I always get warm fuzzies when I say it. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration
 *Jingle Belles~ Anything Goes (Holiday)
 *Little Miss Muffet~ It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas
 *Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday~ Holiday
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Winter Fun
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Favorites! (Embossing, Bling, Noel cartridge)
 *Sparkles Christmas~ Button or Bow
 *Winter Wonderland~ Oh Christmas Tree!
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Uplifting/Encouraging

Thank you for visiting me! I hope your week is filled with love and blessings. :o)

37 comments:

  1. Fantastic card and images Karen. Saw this on MIM..Loz

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  2. gorgeous creation just love the interpretation of the tree, thank you for playing along at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs and Xmas Wishes
    Kate xx

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  3. Your card is simply gorgeous! great image and beautifull design and layout, thank you for joining in our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and good luck hope to see you again next time DT Member Sandra H xx

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  4. This is stunning Karen. I adore the swirly tree with the added gems and your reindeer looks wonderful wearing that gorgeous holly wreath. The papers and snowflakes looks so beautiful too.
    I am sure your parents will be thrilled to receive such a special card.
    Thank you again, my kind friend, for all of your lovely comments on my card. I really am so grateful.
    I wish you and your loved ones all the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    hugs Sue

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  5. This is such a gorgeous card on both the inside and the outside, Karen. Your art is such a blessing to me and I am SO grateful that you come by so faithfully to share your God-given talents with us in our challenges at Word Art Wednesday. God is just SO GOOD, and I am grateful that you share your talents with us in our challenges. Thank you so much, and may God continue to bless you as you create.
    Blessings,
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  6. Your card is so beautiful! I am sure your parents are going to love it;) I LOVE the Christmas tree, I don't think I have ever seen that cut before. Now I want that cart. Have a blessed day sweet friend.

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  7. Oh My - this is just stunning Karen - I love all the little details that you have added. The sparkle and the scene, the reindeer so beautiful. I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful comments that you leave on my blog, time and time again:-) Hope you have the most wonderous Christmas and A Happy New Year. Hugs, Karon

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  8. So so precious Christmas card for your parents.. You made a card that your Mom will put in here keepsake box to treasure like all the rest of your cards you made for both of them.... Love love love all the details and glittery effects, the special touches you made on your card. The reindeer is just so handsome with his wreath and the snowflakes with the blings. Just an eye catching card to treasure. You are so gifted Karen and you've become my idol in so many ways, you offer your open hearts to everyone. I wish I was close by to you I would love to chit chat with you for hours over some nice tea or latte. LOL!

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  9. Beautiful Christmas card! I LOVE the fun shape and all the sparkle details. I found you at Make It Monday. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Beautiful card! OMgoodness I am delighted to have found your blog. I love your creative style! It is so elegant yet you create cute and whimsical as well. I have spent an hour looking at your beautiful creations. Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

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  11. My dear, sweet friend, this is simply stunning!! What an absolutely gorgeous card for your sweet parents!! You have created the perfect winter scene with the beautiful Christmas tree, the sparkly snow and the fabulous reindeer!! The star dust on his antlers and hooves are such a perfect touch!! Everything about this, from the shape to the beautiful holly and berry paper is just magical and amazing!! Every card you make is a masterpiece!!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!! So much to get done and so little time left...I can't believe Christmas is a week away :O Have a wonderful Tuesday my dear friend!! Thanks so much for playing along at LSP and Paper Playtime :)

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  12. This is awesome! I love the design work...just amazing! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Good luck and I hope to see you back soon!
    Rene :D

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  13. Hi Karen !
    Thanks for sweet comment in my Blog ..you also have very very nice cards ! I must learn from you :)

    Thanks again ..

    xoxoxo Djyoti

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  14. Beautiful card Karen.Love the reindeer and tree.Thanks for joining us at LSP.Merry Christmas!
    Jayne x

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  15. Very pretty; very delicate. LOVE that tree; great papers too!

    Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!

    ~Michele

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  16. Hi Karen,
    What a BEAUTY of a card my friend!!LOVE all the sparkles on your card.The reindeer is just "DARLING"!the wreath on him is so Perfect.He's Amazing!As for the Christmas Tree,Simply GORGEOUS!the snow & snow flakes add a perfect touch to this AMAZING Creation! Oh My Goodness..on the scallop pearl,very elegant!A fabulous job on the color combo,especially the pattern paper.As for the shape of this card,"SUPERB"!!I think I am speechless...I cannot take my eyes off of this card..Your Mom will love it!I do!
    Your are Truly Creative,Amazing & Beautiful!
    Sending a HUGE amount of my bloggie Love & Hugs to you,
    Migdalia

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  17. Beautiful card! I LOVE the Christmas tree image and the sweet scene you created with it, the reindeer, and snowflakes! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

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  18. What a GORGEOUS card for your parents Karen! I absolutely love the paper and the the gorgeous shape! Your eye to details are amazing as always! The deer is super sweet and love,love the sparkly tree:) FANTASTIC design my friend:)
    Hope your having a good week!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh, and so glad you linked up in the challenge at LSP!
    Thanks for joining us!!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
    DT Member-LSP

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  20. Definitely gorgeous...and I love that shape too.

    Happy Holidays,
    Georgiana
    Carson's Creations

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  21. WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    *soars into your bloggy and tosses snowflake sparklies on everyone* SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

    Happy less than one week til Christmas hugglers my sweetest Sunshine!!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYY!!!

    OMJ!!! Look at how gorgeous your card looks on your bloggy! GASP! It is sparkling with all the love of your gorgeous heart, Sunshine! I simply can't wait a second more until you give it to your sweetest parents. Can you give it to them now? Maybe now? TEE HEE! I am SOOOOOOO crazy excited for them! It will be the bestest Christmas present EVER!!! *happy dances and celebrates with you*

    I can't get over how gorgeous this tree is in your card sis. How did you make that?!?!?! *faints* And the precious reindeer is just begging to be hugglered forever. *squishers him in a super huggler right this second* Your sweetest parents are the luckiest ever sis. If only you knew just how happy you make them always.

    Um sis? YOU HAVE 199 FOLLOWERS!!! AHHHHHHHH!!! One more and you will have 200!!!!!!! NO WAYYYYYYYY!!! *cries super excited tears* Me is so proud of you it isn't even funny Sunshine. God bless you and all your incredible followers forever. You are the most incredible Christmas gift to us all every single day of the year, Sunshine! WE LOVE YOUUUUUUUUU!!!

    *forever sparkling reindeer hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the luckiest sis EVER) :)

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  22. Hi Karen...what a gorgeous card. I love the fabulous reindeer. Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Christmas this month.
    Debbie x

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  23. Wow! Everything about this card is perfect! The tree is so pretty with the red rhinestones. I love the deer with his sparkly antlers and wreath! The snowflakes and interior of the card are beautiful too! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  24. What an amazing card! Love all your details! Thanks for sharing at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Debbie
    DT Sweetie

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  25. Oh they will love this Karen. You are often in my prayers, i hope you are doing well. It sounds like you are taking time to enjoy the "reason for the season"...
    i haven't had much time to get on lately. i feel like i spend way too much time in blogger land. i am trying to stay off the computer some, so many things that need to be done. AND i wanted to share with you that i am on Chapter 3 memorizing James, have chapters 1 and 2 down fairly well, still working on the end of chapter 3. i have so enjoyed memorizing this. I pray you and your family have a blessed Christmas. hugs from ukiah

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  26. Gorgeous card! Love the tree cut and all the fabulous details! Happy Holidays! Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

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  27. Oh Karen your card is so radiant I can feel all the love you put into it just by looking at it! Your parents are sure to adore it! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday. Thank you so much for joining the lsp challenge. Karen

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  28. Gorgeous card, fab shape and lovely papers - love the tree and reindeer. 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!
    Hugs, Sandy

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  29. Hi Karen
    I saw you on MIM and came to take a closer look. Your card is absolutely stunning! I love everything from the shape of your card to every element you used! Joy to look at!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
    Michaela xx

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  30. WOW! such an AMAZING card! beautiful! thank you for joining us at cupcake inspirations. :)

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  31. Beautiful card. Love the tree and snowflakes.

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  32. Oh! so fantastic card. i love christmas tree. Thank you for joining us to Little Miss Muffet challenge.
    Hugs!
    Nathalie

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  33. Wishing you & your family a Blessed Christmas!
    Migdalia

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  34. Gorgeous card Karen!! I saw this on MIM and had to take a closer look. I am in awe of your creation!! This is incredible. Have a Merry Christmas. Hugs, Gloria

    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

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  35. WOW. what a beautiful die cut tree, it looks amazing and I love it. thanks you for sharing it with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

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  36. Hello my sweetest friend, I hope you had a very lovely Christmas and my family is wishing your family a Happy New Year!!!!! I am back and enjoying every minute creating again.... I have been catching up on visiting all of my friends and I couldn't be happier doing so.

    Lots of Love
    Naomi

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  37. Gorgeous!! just love it!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    Hugs, Jill

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