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Monday, April 22, 2013

Sympathy Card (and BlogLovin' news!)

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Happy Monday, my crafty friends! I hope your week is off to a sunshiny start. :o)

Before I share my new project with you, I have some BlogLovin' news! With Google Reader ending in July, I've taken the advice of many and signed up with BlogLovin' for those interested in following me in that manner. :o) I'm still learning my way around it, but I already love the streamlined design. It's easy to see all of your marvelous creations and I appreciate the nightly email that contains them. :o)

Now, let's get crafty! My new card is another creation for this month's I Feel the Love Project recipients. As you know, we are crafting for a young family that lost their father/husband in February. My hope is to make something for everyone, despite my very late start this month. I will try my hardest. :o)

This one is for Debbie, who has certainly gone through a lot since the loss of her husband to cancer.

"May you find Peace and Comfort."
I had it on my heart to make her a card of serene blues and greens, filled with nature's beauty and a bit of elegance. I hope it brings peace to her broken heart. All of the papers are from a Susan Winget K & Company collection, which I inked with Faded Jeans distress ink. 

A closer look at the focal point:
The Samantha Walker Doily Floral Scallop cut file was cut with my Cameo and accented with pearls for the flower centers. The Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly (from the Exotic Butterflies Small #2 set) is coated in crystalline glitter, which you'll probably only see if enlarged. I wanted to send Debbie all of my sparkling love. :o) I centered my glittery messenger with a Wild Orchid Crafts rose and gave her a pearly trail for her special journey.

The center panel base is a Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, which I paired with WOC Guipure lace and a pearl strand on the bottom. The metal corner is also from WOC, which I topped with another flower. The sentiment is from the Whimsical Designs Everyday Sentiments set, stamped with faith that Debbie and her children will flourish in every aspect of their lives. I finished off the card by creating a simple flourish with Recollections pearls.
The interior base is the same paper as the middle panel, which has touches of sparkle throughout. It's kind of like opening up a bouquet of flowers on the inside. :o) I added a blue Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle to coordinate with the doily.

Hopefully our contributions this month will encourage Debbie's brilliant smile that she so often had with her husband.
Thank you for fluttering on by today! I pray your day is bursting with blessings. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *A Gem of a Challenge~ Distress It
 *Craftin' Desert Diva's~ Linky Party (Photo Inspiration)
 *Creative Creations Challenges~ Photo Inspiration
 *Divas by Design~ Butterflies and Birds
 *DL.Art~ Thankful Thursday April Linky Party
 *Docerela Creations~ Use Flowers
 *Love to Create~ Bingo! (Lace/Floweres/Doily and Doily/Dies/Sentiment)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes


33 comments:

  1. This is so darn pretty, what a awesome card for Debbie... So sad on her husband's passing, I'm sure it's been really hard for her and the family.
    TFS Karen - you are such a sweetheart in uplifting everyone's spirits in time of their losses, sickness or whatever the circumstances maybe..

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  2. This is such a pretty card Karen. Love your design and beautiful colour choice. Hugs Polly x

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  3. Karen, this is so GORGEOUS! The blue/green combo are so beautiful together. I love the doily cut file and how your layered it up so pretty on this stunning paper! The butterfly is so stunning and such a great whimsical feel:) I absolutely love you card and I am sure you will touch her heart with joy!
    Have a wonderful day y friend!
    Sherrie K

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  4. Karen, this is so elegant and so perfect. I love the sentiment that you chose to use. The layers and all the details are just so exquisite. Hugs, Karon

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  5. A truly stunning card Karen in every way. The colours are so soft and gentle and I LOVE that doily with the delicate butterfly.
    I am sure that Debbie will be touched to receive your special card.
    I hope you have a wonderful week filled with as much happiness that you bring to others.
    Hugs Sue

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  6. What an elegant card thanks so much for playing at Divas by design this wk hugs rebekah xx

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  7. My sweetest friend, I am in love with this card!! It's absolutely stunning!! The colors are so peaceful and beautiful!! I want that lacy doily die...it's fabulous!! Everything about this is elegant and beautiful!! And wow, how gorgeous is that paper??!! This will be so loved and appreciated!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy week my dearest friend!! Sending lots of love and hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  8. Fabulous card and colors Karen. I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  9. This is perfect.
    Hope you will stop by and link up at Craftin Desert Divas “Peacock Color Challenge” Linky Party.
    Tara
    Craftin Desert Diva's

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  10. What a beautiful card Karen. I love how the butterfly and the border seem to balance each other and repeat the look of lace. Your designs are always so well thought out and I just love that about all of your work. I learn so much from you. Thank you again for being such a wonderful supporter and a fabulous teacher and friend!!
    Love, ~Madison

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  11. Delightful card! I love all the details and beautiful colors. I found you at Make It Monday.

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  12. This is such a beautiful card, Karen! The lacy die and butterfly is so pretty! The inking looks great and I love how you added all the pearls! I really like the lace trim and punch too! Debbie will love this card! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  13. Such a lovely card, love all of the details you added! Thanks for joining our challenge over at Docerela Creations!

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  14. Hi Karen this is just a fantastic card so beautiful in every way. I found you through MIM!

    I've gotta say I love how you've got the "Pin it" button to appear when you hoover over your photos - if you had the time I would love to know how you do that..... I'm a Pinterest addict!

    Take care

    Tina
    XXXX

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  15. Hi Karen,
    Love that you left that SWEET comment on my blog....but what made me smile was that I made you SMILE!!!I will be catching up with IFTL project today because I am working on cards for the kids. Your Beautiful card will bring a smile to Debbie. It will bring her peace and comfort her as well, I believe.I had just seen the doily file and was thinking about it but now it is a must...I just received a silhouette portrait (a surprise gift) and I am learning to play with it. But I am having so much fun!!
    I want you to know that You bring me such joy as well.You are also LOVED by so many of us, especially me....had to state that.LOL.
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love,prayers and hugs to you my friend,
    Millie
    your angelic friend
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥

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  16. Beautiful! Love the layers and the great details! I followed you on Bloglovin'
    Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

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  17. Karen, this is absolutely breathtaking!! The blues and greens really are serene. The entire design of your card is incredibly beautiful - from the base to each of the delicately placed little pearls.

    I simply cannot imagine being in Debbie's position, loosing the man I love most in this world. I pray that the love and prayers rooted in your card will give her strength and comfort. Blessings to you, my friend. xox

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  18. Beautiful creation love the laces you used and the soft pretty colours!
    Thanks for joining our Distress it challenge at A Gem of a Challenge!
    Hugs xx Cara xx DT

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  19. Oh Karen as always just AMAZING! You are just as sweet and kind as ever!
    Hope you have a terrific day my friend!
    Shelly

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  20. This is so beautiful - The inside is just as pretty. Your card will be such a joy tho the people who recive them -- You will be blessed by this also. BIg hugs you.
    I am already following you on bloglovin come follow me if you ar not already
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes April Linky Party
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi Karen

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for your lovely comment back on my blog and also for the "Pin it" link. Very useful - just gotta pluck up courage to try it! At the beginning they say doesn't work on Dynamic view blogger - I don't even know if my blog is that or not!!!! Honestly no hope for me!!!!!!!

    Its been lovely to meet somebody who loves Sparkle just as much as me!!!

    Take care and catch up again soon.

    Hugs

    Tina
    XXXX

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  22. My dear Karen, such a lovely card and picture. It's so wonderful to have you join our flower challenge at Docerela Creations.

    Have a blessed day

    Catarina

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  23. Oh... what a gorgeous card! Love the fabulous color scheme and beautiful embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make It Monday. :)

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  24. Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas “Peacock Color Challenge“ Linky Party. New Linky Party starts Monday hope you will join us again!!

    Tara
    Craftin Desert Diva's

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  25. a stunning beauty to match your inner spirit!

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  26. Your card is gorgeous! I am very sorry to read the occasion that it is for though.

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  27. I saw your card on MIM. I love the blues and the butterfly is awesome. Very striking card.

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  29. Gorgeous card Karen!! I love that butterfly and your beautiful colored papers. So sorry to hear about Debbie's loss. She will love this card. I saw this on MIM. Sorry I made an error on my other comment so I had to delete it.

    I have FREE Candy on my blog and would love for you to stop by and register for a chance to win. Hugs, Gloria

    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com


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  30. Karen, your card is gorgeous. It is a perfect sympathy card. I saw this on MIM. I love the butterfly and your gorgeous papers. I'm sure this card will be appreciated and cherished.

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  31. Great card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Creative Creations Challenge! Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon!

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  32. Gorgeous card! Thank you for joining us this week at Love to Create Challenge Blog.
    Ruza, LTC Designer

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  33. So very pretty! Thank you for joining us this week over at love to create challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

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Thank you for leaving some love! Have a beautifully blessed day. :o)

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