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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tree of (Peachy) Blessings Birthday Card

Happy Tuesday, my sweet crafty friends! I hope you're having a bubbly week so far! :o)

I'm so excited I finished this card today to share with you. If I miss two consecutive weeks of playing at Cooking With Cricut, I get a little crabby. ;) It was close, but I made it! The challenge this week is peach, so I whipped up a peachy birthday card for a friend of my boyfriend. She's super sweet and is in the midst of a rough patch, so I made her a birthday card with encouragement mixed in. This isn't just a peach tree.. it's a tree of blessings. :o)

"Birthday blessings..."
"... for someone who makes life peachy!"

Upon doing some peachy research since I don't have any cartridge with one, I immediately gravitated to the Preserves cart that has them look so much like hearts. :o) I drew some in a couple different sizes on sparkly cardstock because I can't ever pass up an opportunity to make sugared fruit! :o) This tree has a few peach blossoms inscribed with Faith, Hope, and Love, reminding her of the rich blessings in her life that will sustain her. Not only that, but they also serve to tell her how she is a blessing to us. She has been a representation of those divine promises, too.

For her special day, I bejeweled a birthday tiara with rhinestones and glitter. A dab of Stardust gives the sweet deer a twinkle in her eye, which is a tiny detail that I'm just crazy about for some reason... plus it goes well with her sparkly face. I sparklified her little spots and the tips of the blades of grass to make it a little more festive. I used a super pretty butterfly paper for the gift, but once I wrapped it in twine it covered most of them up. Oops. ;) I embossed the deer and tree for some texture, then ran a brown ink pad over the trunk to enhance the dots. The tiara, gift, tree, and front blades of grass are pop-dotted for dimension. The background SEI butterfly paper is one of my favorites and I hope she likes it, too. :o)

I had a blast making this with my Gypsy. I was able to use two features that had me yearning for this since I discovered it: hide contour and shape cards. This is such a blessing. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you a gorgeous evening. :o)

Challenge entered:
 * Cooking With Cricut~ Peach

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Cindy Loo, Create a Critter, Elegant Edges, Gypsy Wanderings
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: Polka Dots, Swiss Dots
 * Paper: Core'dinations, Papertrey Ink, SEI
 * Ribbon: Essentials
 * Button: My Mind's Eye Tres Joli
 * Twine: Sew Easy (limeade)
 * Corner Punch: Fiskars Punch Plus Emboss
 * Sentiment: Computer generated
 * Flowers: Prima
 * Miscellaneous: Brenda Walton rhinestones, Dew Drop Brilliance, iRock, Stickles



  1. This is just so cute and creative Karen!! You always do such a wonderful job and you put so much thought into every thing you do. She is going to love this and receive such a blessing from you. I am so sorry for not being around much, but you know we were doing our house and then my daughter giving birth was a couple weeks early. But Kyce is wonderful and so sweet. I don't know if you saw but there is a picture of him on my blog! Nanny's pride and joy number 3:) Hugs, Pam at

  2. This card is so adorable! Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  3. Do you know what this card is, Sunshine!



    I am in complete and total love, sis! Just look at how beautiful this is! Wowzas!!! You had a total blast making this one, didn't you sis? I can tell...the joy just bursts through every single inch of it! *hugglers you oodles*

    Your creativity is just surreal. I would give anything to live in your brain for a day so I can snatch up all your brilliant thoughts. Tee hee!

    This gorgeous card is going to deliver even more faith, love and hope than you could ever imagine...someone is going to be having the best birthday ever thanks to your sweetest heart!

    God bless you Sunshine (aka God's little messanger of hope, rainbows and smiles)!


  4. Oh Karen, another amazingly BEAUTIFUL card with so much love and detail! Every single element in this work of art is stunning! I LOVE the sparkly tiara, the gorgeous embossing on the peach tree, the sugary peaches, the pretty paper, the dimension of the grass...okay, I just love EVERYTHING! The blossoms with faith hope and love on them are so creative and clever! You are simply amazing! The person who gets this card will love this and should feel so lucky to have received such an special, wonderful card! Love, love, love this! Have a super-sparkly evening, my super-sweet friend :D


  5. This card is absolutely gorgeous! You have put so much detail to every cut made. I love the sweet litle deer and this cute, cute sparkly tiara. The tree is a adorable right down to the peach blossoms. Boy, you didn't miss a thing!! I just adore this~thanks for sharing your amazing card~it's just fabulous:)
    Sherrrie K

  6. HI Karen, so nice to catch up with your precious blog. This card is a delight. So many adorable details.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such nice comments. As always, I appreciate the blog support.
    Take care,

  7. Every card you create comes directly from your sweet, sparkly, love-filled heart. That's what makes you special, my friend. :)

    I love EVERYTHING about this card. The sugary peaches, the sparkly crown, the embossing (I LOVE how you used dots on everything), the sentiment (inside and out), your beautiful paper, the twine holding together that wonderful little gift...Oh, I could just go on like this for hours. :)

    The recipient is blessed to have a friend like you. As am I. :)

    Hugs, Nita

  8. Karen this card is stunning! As always you did not miss a detail! I love the little sparkle that you put in the deers eye too. I happen to love that cut..there is something about her. So creative how you put the little beads on the tree. I really like that even thought this is a scene card you did not use blue for the background. The crown is so pretty, and of course the sparkly peaches are just perfect. This card could have also worked for the inspiring words challenge! Your boyfriends friend is going to love this card:)

  9. CONGRATULATIONS on your SO-DESERVED top 3 at CWC, Karen! I was so excited to see your name, but not surprised because this card is just fabulous! I knew you would make top 3 and I am so happy you did!! YAY!! Have a wonderful, relaxing and safe holiday weekend my sweet friend!! :)


  10. Such a gorgeous card Karen. Love your blessing tree and the sparkly tiara.
    Jayne x

  11. Oh what a sweet scene Karen! I love the sweet bambi and the sweet tree. And Bambi's little sparkly crown is so sweet too. Your boyfriend's friend will love it! Hugs my crafty friend!

  12. This card is ADORABLE and sweet!AWESOME job with it!!:)


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