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Monday, March 25, 2013

He Is Risen Easter Card!

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a blessed start to the week! (Somehow) Easter is quickly approaching, so I made some crafty time to create a card for my sweetheart. :o)

To celebrate Resurrection Day... "He Is Risen!"
It was challenging for me not to add more things, like sparkle and pearls and all things girly... but I felt this was best served on the simpler side. :o) I hope he likes it as much as I think he will.

A closer view of the center focal point:
This card's inspiration began with this cross from the Silhouette Online Store. I knew I wanted his card to have a 'wooden' cross, so I used a paper with a wooden design and heavily inked it with Walnut Stain distress ink. The golden background My Mind's Eye paper is such a lovely representation of what my heart envisioned.... sunshiny love pouring down upon us, engulfing us every moment of our lives. Heavenly radiance.

A Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish grows upon the cross, to which I added two Wild Orchid Crafts lilies. Perched upon the wonderful cross is a popped-up dove, also from the Silhouette Store. The scene is set upon a Spellbinders Floral Oval in a deep brown, which I had to triple layer in foam tape to clear the thick ribbon. I do love the dimension it brings!

The base pattern is also My Mind's Eye paper, chosen because it is reminiscent of Scripture scrolling across the design. All of the papers throughout are inked in Walnut Stain. The center panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder, edged in velvety brown ribbon and the gorgeous Anastasia border from Cheery Lynn Designs. The computer-generated sentiment is cut from coordinating polka dot paper, layered with My Craft Spot's Tiny Tag Metal Dies, and secured with a bow of Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine (also from My Craft Spot).

A peek inside, which is lined with the same dot paper as the sentiment:
Hopefully my sweetie pie won't peek at my blog before I give this to him tomorrow. :o) I pray he sees the Lord's beauty the moment I hand it to him. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope you have a beautiful, sunshiny week. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Charisma Cardz~ Die Cuts
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Celebrate
 *Craftin' Desert Divas~ Craft it Up and Link it Up Linky Part
 *Crafty Ribbons~ One for the Boys (This is for my sweetheart!)
 *Creative Creations~ The Letter B (bow, blooms, border die, brown)
 *DL.Art~ Thankful Thursday Linky Party
 *Little Miss Muffet~ Happy Easter
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Easter/Spring

28 comments:

  1. Wow Karen! this is so beautiful I love your design. The reason for it all.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes March Linky Party
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

    Ps you could also enter this in #105 Easter challenge, if you haven't reaced the 3 piece limit.

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  2. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! What a perfect card for Holy Monday!! I love every single thing about it!! The paper is beautiful, the design is amazing and the Easter lilies are gorgeous!! The way you made the cross look like wood is just fabulous!! Your Sweetie will treasure this!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! I would hop on a plane to a warm beach in a heartbeat!! Have a fabulous week my fabulous friend!! Huge HUGS :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Hello Karen.
    This is such a beautiful Easter card and such a delight for me to see it before I go to bed. I love the design, You carefully selected papers are gorgeous and the embellishments are perfect
    I hope you have a good week my kind and talented friend
    Hugs Sue

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  4. Amazing masucline card Karen!!!! It has to be my biggest challenge ever and although you had to pull back on using sparkly things you aced it!!!! The wooden cross is amazing and I am going to have to card lift the idea of using paper with the wood grain, I just purchased some!!!! Your husband is going to adore this card for pure love went into it.. I am sure he is used to seeing you shine with love all the time. I love how the cross sits behind the oval spellbinders frame and the dove is beautiful!!!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

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  5. Oh my word Karen - how beautiful is this card! love the design and the wood grain cross... The blooms and the bird is just a perfect touch to your card.... Stunning!

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  6. what a fab easter card ,love the colours you have chosen
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

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  7. beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges with our 'B' challenge - remember you can enter up to three times! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon :) x

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  8. What a lovely card!! This is so beautiful! Thank you for linking up with us for linky party #2 over at http://craftindesertdivas.blogspot.com/.

    Robin
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi Karen,
    A very BEAUTIFUL and Masculine card.I can make a boys card but a man's...always an issue because I want to add rhinestones or worse Boa...lol! But this card is so prefect that he will love it. And he will feel the lord's love.I do!
    Sending a HUGE amount of bloggie love, hugs and smiles,
    Migdalia
    your angelic friend

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  10. oh! I forgot...
    Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas “Easter” Linky Party
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia

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  11. Great card Karen, thanks for joining us this week over at Cheery Lynn Designs.
    Hugs
    Sheila xx

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  12. Karen - this is a stunning card. The papers and colours are perfect for this card and the man in your life. I love the flowers, the little dove and the vine. Such a wonderful creation. Thanks for the little note;-) Hugs, Karon.

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  13. This is such a beautiful card! The gorgeous lilies surrounding the cross are so symbolic and the beauty lies as much in your creation as it does in the message it represents. I'm sure your man will be delighted with this card you've made for him!

    Karen, I pray you have a blessed Easter!

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  14. Hi Karen, Oh this is a stunning card and gorgeous flourish around the cross so beautifully presented x

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  15. Such a pretty card and a beautiful design for our Happy Easter challenge. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet this week and good luck :) Donna ♥ x

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  16. Beautiful design, thanks so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at the Charisma Cardz challenge this week.
    Jenni x

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  17. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet.

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  18. Lovely card Karen! Saw it on MIM. Deb

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  19. What a elegant card:) It is so beautiful Karen! I love the soft colors, the gorgeous cross and the beautiful flowers and bird. Another amazing and gorgeous design!
    I hope you have a wonderful Easter my friend!
    Hugs!
    Sherrie K

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  20. A gorgeous card!! Visiting from Make It Monday!

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  21. What a gorgeous card Karen, he is sure to love it!

    Lisa D.

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  22. Very pretty card!!! I love that you made the cross from woodgrain paper, it looks fabulous!!
    Thank you for playing along at Cheery Lynn Designs!

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  23. What a beautiful card, Karen! I love the colors and cuts you chose! The embossing looks great and the flowers are so pretty! Love it! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  24. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are: #4, #207, #213, and #236.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and My Art... Healing The Soul.

    Hugs,

    Julia<br /

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  25. Beautiful card Karen.
    Jayne x

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  26. so gorgeous...thanks for playing with us at Little Miss Muffet!
    xxx Margreet (GD)

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  27. Guess what I spy with my little eye? The most beautiful Easter card of all time!!! AHHHHHHHH!!! *hugglers my Sunshine soooooo tight* SQUEEEEEEE!!! It's gorgeous sis!

    Did you know that you have the most beautfiul heart ever, sis? And that God made you so special in His sparkling love? Sbf is SO lucky to have your love beside him in everything, Sunshine. I love you both something silly! *hugglers you both oodles and noodles today* WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    Um...do I see new followers of my sis's bloggy? SQUEEE! *gives everyone cuppiecakes to celebrate* YAY!!!

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!

    *forever sparkling Easter lily hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)

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