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Friday, July 8, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Whimsical Wednesday blog hop! You should have arrived here from the fabulous Carlene at Me 'n' Miss Pink Cricut. If you just happened to drop by to say hi, please go to the Whimsical Wednesday blog to start at the beginning of the hop. For this hop we all made banners/wall decor that will be sent to a nursing home. The link to read more about this is posted at the Whimsical Wednesday blog.

For my project, I created a vertical door hanging. Each square is adhered to chipboard for support and durability. For a nicer finish and a softer surface for the door, the backside is covered with fabric. I decided on a classic black and white base, with each section adding a different pop of color in varying shades.

A few pre-assembly close-ups:
"A sprinkle of joy..."

"A touch of grace..."

"Love blossoms within this place."

The main inspiration for this project is the incredible love found within nursing home residents... and how they're full of so much spirit. Their love is ever-blossoming in strength and beauty, being shared with everyone who enters. All it takes is a sprinkle of joy (depicted by tiny liquid pearl droplets in the heart of the large flower) to start an outpouring of infectious happiness. Each of the three pieces can stand on their own and have elements unique to themselves, but together they're the most powerful. The sprinkles are shared and transferred by grace, as in a butterfly... then bloom in love from heart to heart. The white bases are Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock, supplying such a beautiful pearlescent sheen. The orchid and purple inks are also shimmery, giving gentle luster to the stamped background of the butterfly and the soft 'sunset' sponging along part of the heart vine. Dangling from the bottom is a sweet, sparkling flower.

These are our generous sponsors for our blog hop and what they are giving away for prizes:

Patsy from the Prairie Bird Boutique: 
Your choice of one bundle of Shabby Crinkle Ribbon

Babette from The Kraft Outlet:

The Kraft Outlet has generously donated their “Inspiration Play Pack." This is a collection of The Kraft Outlet's top selling items valued at over $45. The play pack comes with 10 yards each of the red and brown baker’s twine, an assortment of 50 of the plain and grungy tags, an 8 sheet assortment of their cardstock and text weight papers, an 8 envelope assortment, one sheet of Kraft labels, a set of their vintage dictionary pages, 1 yard of black twill tape and a CD full of 100 graphics and backgrounds.

In addition, the Kraft Outlet is offering 10% off all purchases made during the ENTIRE  month of July. Simply enter the code JULY10 at checkout.

The grand prize for the blog hop is a Gypsy, generously donated by Stephanie. In order to qualify for the grand prize you must leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs. At the end of the hop, please return to the Whimsical Wednesday blog to leave a comment saying that you finished the hop and left a comment under all of our posts. The blog hop will run through Sunday, ending at Midnight.

I'm so excited for my very first blog hop and am offering up some Blog Candy in celebration! One lucky random winner will receive an assortment of goodies, including:

 * Cuttlebug embossing folder
 * Flower Soft sprinkles, in your choice of original or ultra fine
 * Dew Drop Brilliance ink pads
 * Plus a couple of surprises!

To be eligible to win, simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite color or color scheme to create with. (Or just leave a comment... there are so many wonderful blogs to get to!) I don't require that you become a follower, but of course would love it if you do. The more, the sparklier! :o) I will announce the winner on Monday, July 11th! Due to high shipping costs, if the winner is from Alaska, Hawaii, or outside of the USA, the prize will instead be in the form of a gift certificate to a wonderful craft supply store.

Thank you for joining us for the Whimsical Wednesday blog hop! Your next stop is the incredibly sweet and talented Glora at Glora's Crafts. Have a beautiful weekend! :o)

In case you got lost along the way, here's the entire line-up:
1. Whimsical Challenge Blog:                             
2. Stephanie:
3. Star:
4. Jessica:
5. Shelly:

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Kate's ABCs, Storybook
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Paper: Core'dinations, Papertrey Ink
 * Stamps: Hero Arts~ Sweet Petals; Autumn Leaves~ flourishes; Stampendous~ Agapanthus Long
 * Copics: RV10, RV13, RV14
 * Ribbon: Essentials (from JoAnns), Offray
 * Brads: American Crafts
 * Flower: Prima Fabric Fancies
 * Butterfly Punch (two smallest butterflies): Fiskars
 * Miscellaneous: Dew Drop Brilliance, Flower Soft (in Fuchsia), Liquid Pearls, Recollections Pearl Flourish, Stickles



  1. Wow Karen, I LOVE this ribbon treatment on there. This is so pretty. Awesome job. I LOVE creating with red, but I really LOVE all colors! Hugs- Glora

  2. Love your door hanging. The ribbon is a wonderful touch. Following now and look forward to seeing more of your creations!


  3. I am loving that laced up ribbon...very nice..


  4. *soars into my Sunshine's blog in search of her posting*

    OMJ!!! It's up!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    *faints onto floor*

    SUNSHINE!!! It is INCREDIBLEEEEEEEE!!! *grabs you and gives you the most giant squishy squisher my arms will let me* I can't even see through my tears of joy right now sis...I am crying so much. It is BEAUTIFUL!!! *squishers you more than ever and wipes away more tears*

    Do you know how crazy happy you are going to make the blessed heart who receives your gorgeous work of art, Sunshine? Your gift means so much more than you’ll ever know sis…just think of the huge heartwarming smile it is going to deliver to that lucky someone. You are going to deliver SO much joy through your thoughtfulness. I get chills when I think about them opening this for the first time. *cries more*

    I am just blown away is more gorgeous than I can ever possibly express. *hugglers every single detail of it from top to bottom* You should be sooooo crazy proud of yourself, Sunshine. Your true crafting gift shines through so flawlessly in this creation. Only a mind and heart as creative as yours would design something so stunning. I know just how much time and dedication went into every single tiny millimeter of this project too. God bless you my most precious sis. Your work is a most glorious blessing from above.

    P.S. Your flower edged heart reminds me so much of the mini heart door hanging that I gave to my grandma when she had to go into a retirement home. When I saw it sis, my heart poofered out completely. It brought back many happy memories of her. I love you so much Sunshine…I am ready to burst with pride over you tonight. We are SO celebrating big time this weekend!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!! *hugglers you beyond hugglerness and ties purdy ribbons in your hair to match the most beautiful ones you weaved into your project* YAY!!! Happy happy blog hop day to my Sunshine!!!

  5. I expected something fabulous from you and you did not disappoint (not that I ever doubted you). This is absolutely stunning! I love how everything you put on one of your creations is significant. Every detail has meaning. This is one of the things that makes you so special.

    Every single thing about this banner is perfection. You have truely outdone yourself. I LOVE it. And the recipient is going to LOVE it as well. Well done, my friend. :)

  6. Super cute!! I love all the little elements! My favorite color is green. But when crafting I find myself using black, white, and bright colors. I love purple and green together!

    cherie.goyer at

  7. Wow, this is fantastic!! I love the soft colors and the the pretty cuts. TFS! I am a new follower of yours. I hope you stp by my blog for a visit too:)
    Sherrie K
    jskoning at msn dot com

  8. how fabulous your banner is. Very touching is the sentiment. Great job. Thank you for sharing. I want to follow your blog but it is down right now, I will be back that to become a follower.

  9. Oh and I forgot to say...I love Purple and love to create with Purple alot :)


  10. Love the colours and the techniques you used. I think Christina's comment above says it all! Stunning! And you will definitely bring sunshine into their lives with this project.

  11. Absolutely wonderful!! Tfs and have a great day. :)

  12. I also agree, this is stunning! Great job on your first hop :) Your inspiration behind this is just as beautiful as your project! I don't know what colors I like best to create with! I love the color green but I use a lot of pinks (three girls in the house) but we also use a lot of bright primary colors here! I guess I use whatever color I'm feeling at the moment! Great job!

  13. This was so worth the wait, Karen!! Wow, it it is just spectacular! Every detail is fabulous! You are amazing, my friend! Absolutely stunning :D


  14. Great job for your first hop! Love it :)

  15. Just love this wall hanging, it's gorgeous. The subtle details you added really finish it off. How sweet and I love the sentiment too. It really is wonderful, TFS!

  16. My favorite color is purple! I love the poem sentiment you used and the heartfelt thought you put into this. Thank you for sharing! Melanie

  17. Stunning!!! This is really quite lovely! And your so right, a sprinkle of joy creates so much happiness...and whoever gets this will be full of joy I'm sure!!! Beautifully done!!! My favorite color to create with is probably versatile!

  18. Wow this is amazing! What an awesome job! I am a new follower.

  19. Beautiful job on the wall hanging! I love the ribbon!!! Welcome to the Whimsical Wednesday DT! Hugs, Cathryn :)

  20. Your wall hanger is beautiful in every single the details, your craftmanship(even thinking of the back side) shows pride in your work and true dedication in your gift for this nursing home...Love the sequence of thoughts so much...GREAT WORK...(I just love these blog hops and getting to discover new talent and love of the craft...Specially since I am so new to this blog wolrd). I hope you come visit me too! TFS,

  21. Your home decor is beautiful, I love the colors and all the details, you did a great job!!

    I am a new follower thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!!

  22. Love the shading and the way you laced up the ribbon
    All the elements came together beautifully
    I am now a follower and look forward to returning and seeing what else you come up with!

  23. This is a beautiful project. I love the details with the ribbon. I am already a follower. Congrats on your first hop. TFS.


  24. hi karen wow this is beautiful i love the saying on it!

  25. Congrats on your first blog hop! I love the detail you added to each part of the sign, beautiful! Thank you so much!
    summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

  26. What a gorgeous project! I love the corset stitching and the sentiment is just precious. So excited to be joining this design team with you.

    I try to use different colors schemes in my paper crafting but I often use some variation of pink, red, brown, teal and black.

  27. This is so pretty!! I love to use the white and black color scheme and also pink and brown is another favorite.

  28. This is precious and soo inspiring! love the sentiment. Beautiful work! xxD

  29. I just love it.! So pretty. Love the flower.


  30. Just BEAUTIFUL! Love the ribbon going down the side and the bling, just beautiful! :-) TFS!


    SamanthaJDesigns @

  31. Wow, just stunning!!!
    They will love it and appreciate it!!!

  32. What a sparklingly good job!!! I love bright colours!

  33. This is SO PRETTY! I love, love, love the laced sides! SO PRETTY! Great job!

  34. You write so poetically and craft beautifully. I love the door hanger, it is beautiful.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  35. Love your beautiful projects each sentiment has such wonderful wishes for everyone. Sure to brighten anyones day. My favorite colour combo is bright pink with black and white! TFS!

  36. Love the lacing on the side. I love to work with purples and blues.

  37. Absolutely stunning and I love that sentiment.. You are going to make someone very happy with this sign..
    p.s. Its going to be great being on the same DT.

  38. Your door hanger is beautiful. The lacing is also a very nice touch!

    scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

  39. I love each design you added to your project. My favorite color is blue. I am a new follower but unfortunately follower link is down. I will return later to make it official.

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  40. So gorgeous! Love that ribbon...super nice touch to an already beautiful creation.
    This is sure to be a great art piece in any room.
    Crafty best wishes,

  41. This is just precious...I really love what you did with the ribbon. Thanks for sharing. :)

  42. hi im a new blog hopping around the whimsical wednesday blog hop....

    love your wall hanging!!

    my fav colours to work with are pinks & blues but i love the heritage browns ect too!

    you can see my blog

  43. I love what you've done with the ribbon. Beautiful door hanger! TFS, my favourite colours are green and blue!
    hugs, Jenn

  44. i LOVE the corset lacing you did on your banner.. so cute. My fav colors to scrap with are blue & orange.. probly cuz they are my wedding colors and i have so many pics to scrap still lol. thanks for sharing and the chance to win im a follower.

  45. Karen this is very special. You did a wonderful job. It is a thing of beauty my darling friend. The ribbon treatment on each piece is beautiful. My favorite, if indeed I were to actually have a favorite, would be the lavender one. I adore the butterfly, but since I am in need of Grace everyday, it touched my heart. Your words are as lovely as your hanging. Your sweet spirit just flows from you with each word. Just a beautiful job, Love. Hugs, Pam at

  46. Great job. Love the sentiment, very cute. TFS.

  47. Beautiful!! I am a new follower!!Great job for your first hop!!

    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

  48. Love the banner. Very beautiful.

  49. Oh WOW This banner is sooo AWESOME with all the AMAZING details and great ribbon!Just so BEAUTIFUL,SUPER job with it!You will make someone's day:)

  50. Beautiful the such great details I love the ribbon details.

  51. The lace work is so amazing! Great job!

  52. Such a beautiful and moving banner! The colors are so great and I love the lacing!! Beautiful job and congrats again on join the team and your first blog hop...the first of many I am sure!!
    TFS and have a GREAT weekend!

  53. love the hanger, i like how you criss crossed the ribbon. I am a fan of any blue combos, plus red, black and white. I am a new follower and would love to win your blog candy, my email address is please go and check out my blog,

  54. Beautiful wall hanging, love the ribbon weaving.

  55. Very nice, I love the classic black and white, and the ribbon was perfect! I am looking forward to following you, I think you have a wonderful touch of elegance.

    :) Tanya

  56. Your project is so beautiful! I'm a new follower.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  57. What a beautiful wall hanging! It is so pretty. I love all of the details you put into it. The sentiments are perfect. I'm already a follower. Great job on your first blog hop!! :)


  58. Your door hanger is awesome!! The laced up ribbon really gives it a different flavor and is a stand-out. I'm a new follower now!

    Oh, and my favorite color is purple. I loooove creating just about anything in shades of purple!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  59. This is soooo beautiful!! Love the sentiment, too!!!

  60. Hi Karen, what an awesome it. You did such a FABULOUS job! ~Shen

  61. Karen this is beyond stunning. I can't tell you how much this touched my heart!! I want one for my craft room....! This is just perfect for the nursing home and I just know they are going to love it. The colors are perfect and each tile bring another piece of beauty!!! I love the way you did the lacing on the side. That little flower at the end is such a great delicate finishing touch. Great job Karen.

  62. I love the sentiment spread over the pieces! And the lacing with ribbon is so effective! TFS!

  63. This is so pretty. I like all the sentiments. The ribbon looks so cool. Thanks for sharing:)


  64. I love your Project. The ribbon is fantastic! My favorite Color scheme to Craft with is GREEN of course "CraftyandGreen" is my theme! However, I do enjoy purples and browns as well!! I'm a new follower by the way!


  65. This is super cute as usual! The colors are perfect. I love the lacing you added on the sides :)

  66. Your project is so very pretty!! Love the ribbon on the side. The butterfly is my favorite! Great job! christina

  67. Karen this is beautiful (as usual)! :) I think I am the 67th comment on this post! WOW! I have something for you on my blog... :)
    Amy "redheaded crafter"

  68. Stunning what you did with the ribbon...adorable! :) Hugs x

  69. Love your project! TFS I would love to follow you but it wont let. It seem im having the same problem with all the other blog =(

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

  70. Absolutely Amazing! I love every little detail about you project. You did a wonderful job. I am a new follower and glad I found you on this hop!
    I am super excited about the grand prize. I have wanted a gypsy for so long, maybe this is my chance to win one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  71. This is sooooo gorgeous! How did you achieve that awesome corseting effect? I'd love to do that! This is my favorite project so far. Really amazing! TFS! My favorite colors are black, white, and pink. :0) I love to create with vintagey browns and beiges though... Thanks for the chance to win. I am a follower, however, blogger is not showing up right now. :p

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  72. So beautiful! I love your ribbon work and the sentiments are so wonderful! I tried to become a follower, but don't think it took. I'll try to stop by later for another stab at it. Thanks for offering the generous Candy! ~ Blessings

  73. Very cute! I love to craft with blue and green. I wasn't able to become a follower, but I will try again later.

    amanbains1 at gmail dot com

  74. Oh my goodness, your banner is amazing. The beautiful colors against the black and white are so pretty and vibrant. With all of the detail and sweet sentiment, this is sure to please someone. It is just beautiful.

  75. I love the ribbons and the sweet sentiment. Just darling. TFS!


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