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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sowing Seeds of Love Friendship Card

Happy sunshiny Sunday, my dear friends! :o)

At long last, I have a card to post! Here's hoping I never have a non-crafty stretch like this again. It made me so... matte. (As opposed to sparkly.) This card gave me FITS and I don't even know why. My frazzled mind struggled to put together a streamlined design this weekend. Regardless, there are some cute things about it and I hope it brings a radiant smile to my lovely friend's heart. :o)

Sowing seeds of love in the garden of friendship:

(I just love these mushrooms.)

Here we have sweet little Kate in her watermelon patch. It's not your typical one, however. It's a sugared-fruit patch, of course! The melons, seeds, and grass are sparklified and all except the sliced fruit are coated in Glossy Accents for shiny dimension. Since this is a garden of friendship, I made the seeds form hearts to emulate blossoming love. The sweet pop-dotted mushrooms, bedecked with buttons, brads, and a smattering of liquid pearls, have morphed into makeshift tables to aid in this spur of the moment picnic. The bunny is outlined in Stardust Stickles because the pure love found in friendship makes his inner sparkle bubble over. I couldn't resist trimming down a pom pom to use for his tail, though I must say it's a bit willy nilly in design. The watermelon slice on the ground wasn't haphazardly discarded... rather, it was dropped when a spontaneous hug reigned in its utmost importance. (Those are my favorite kinds.)

To complete the card, I wrapped her hat in twine, trimmed her coat in sparkles, and added a subtle background design. It seemed like it needed something, but with so much already going on I thought the best thing would be 'faux' embossing by cutting out a few small hearts in the same brown striped paper. (Thank you Papertrey Ink newsletter for reminding me of that forgotten idea.) I didn't ink the edges so they would stand out a smidgen.

Challenges entered:
Fantabulous Cricut (Melon or other fruit)

Thank you very much for visiting me today! :o) I hope your weekend has been full of all things beautiful!

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter, Kate's ABCs, Simply Charmed
 * Paper: DCWV, Papertrey Ink, Pebbles, SEI
 * Sentiment: Typed up and printed
 * Twine: Sew Easy (limeade)
 * Buttons and brads on mushrooms: Paperbilities
 * Flower and its center brad: Prima
 * Miscellaneous: Glossy Accents, iRock, Liquid Pearls, Martha Stewart Peridot glitter, Stickles



  1. OMGoodness Karen, your card is so absolutely it. FABULOUS! ~Shen

  2. Cute! Love the twine around her hat. Thanks for creating with us at FCCB this week.


  3. What an absolutely gorgeous card, Karen! You can tell that so much thought and love went into making this beautiful creation! I love the discarded watermelon from the spontaneous hug - so brilliant! And the pom pom tail, mushrooms and background hearts are the perfect embellishments! This card has definitely brought a radiant smile to my face, so I hope you are no longer feeling matte, but are back to your super-sparkly self, my sweet friend! (HA, by the way! Matte...LOVE it :D I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!


  4. This is very pretty! Thanks for joining Challenge Me Monday at FCCB :)

  5. *giggles as watermelon slices go flying everywhere as I grab you and huggler you silly*


    OMJ! How crazy beautiful is this?!?! DOUBLE SQUEEE!!!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it Sunshine!!! *hugglers you even more and ducks to avoid flying melon seeds* TEE HEE!

    My sweetest sis...there isn't a single millimeter of this card that isn't picture perfect. From the most squishable ever mushrooms (hugglers them forever cause I lurve them something fierce), to the gorgeous background colours, to the flawless pearly and sparklie detailing, to the giant squisher between Katy and her sweetest friend. Everything is just sooooo gorgeous!!!

    P.S. See that little bite out of the one watermelon slice sis? I confess. It was me who nibbled it. *hides* But it's not my fault! It was wayyyyy to delish to resist! TEE HEE HEE!

    Giant happy weekend squishers for my most creatively incredible Sunshine!!!

  6. This is beautiful Karen:) I love the pretty purple and all the details are just fabulous:)TFS!
    Sherrie K

  7. Very, very cute! Sparkly is much better that matte any ole' day of the week! Thanks for joining our challenge at FCCB this week!

  8. Oh my goosness your card is ADORABLE. Love all the detail. Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB!

    Happy Craftin'!

  9. Sparkley versus matte. *giggles* I love the way you describe things. :)

    You know what else I love? THIS CARD! It's spectacular! The sparkley watermelon patch, the sweet toadstools (you say mushrooms, I say fairies must live there), right down to sweet Kate herself. And who doesn't love her fluffy-tailed friend? How adorable is that sparkley bunny???!!!!

    And the faux embossing - genius! Just enough to show us all how much these two friends love each other. Perfection, my friend. Perfection.

    Hugs, Nita

  10. I'm so glad you were able to craft after a long 6 days! And sometimes, those creative juices just get a bit stuck...but, this card is just too precious! The girl is so super sweet! The bunny with his pom-pom tail is too cute! The little mushrooms with buttons are so cute too! The detail you put into your creations are always so wonderful and thoughtful! xx

  11. Love your card! So many sweet little details to take in! I hope your creativity is back now, I hate when that happens. Thanks for joining us at FCCB!!

  12. Soooo sweet! Love all the precious little details! Thanks for linking up at Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  13. So in love with this card, Sweets! Kate reminds me of the adorable illustrations that filled some of my favorite childhood books. And how cute that she is cuddling a little bunny! Also, like you, I adore the mushrooms and watermelons. Excellent work as always! <3

  14. Wow! It would take me f o r e v e r to get all of that detail done! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment and becoming a new follower. I'm a new follower, too:-)


  15. Karen this is a sweet and fabulous card. The detail is amazing. Your friend will love it. My friend please come by my blog and pick up some awards I have for you. I'm sorry for not being to chatty, I am still not feeling well. Hugs, Pam at

  16. Great card. Love all of the details. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  17. What a great card! You always do amazing work! Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (FCCB Coordinator)

  18. This is sooo STINKIN' CUTE!AMAZING job with this one to!!:)

  19. This card is adorable!!! I can't decide if I like the cute little bunny or the amazing button mushrooms better (I think I love them both equally)! This is perfect, and your friend is going to love it! :)

  20. Karen this card is so darling. Great choice of colors. The images on this card are set up in a way that when you use them they could look exactly the next person. You though have totally turned this adorable little image and scene all into your own. So creative. I love the little mushrooms and how you added the cute. Love the twine on her hat! I can't begin to tell you how in awe I am of your talent. Every single creation you makes touches my heart! Hugs!

  21. CONGRATULATIONS on your top 3 at Cooking With Cricut this week, Karen!! SOOO deserved - this card is fabulous!!! I hope you are feeling your sparkly-self again (no more matte!) Have a great weekend my friend :)


  22. Congrats on your top 3 at Cooking with Cricut Karen! Such a gorgeous card. x

  23. Gorgeous card. Soon you will have 500 followers.I'm so glad I'm one.

  24. This card is so nice. picture is a very beautiful, and its grace is wonderful. This is the best way of happiness.


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