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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Merry Christmas Card!

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a beautiful weekend. :o)

Wanna know a secret? My birthday was on Thursday. It was a lovely day, bursting with blessings of all types. :o) My boyfriend took the day off so he could be with me, which was the best part! He showed up in the morning with huge balloons and a Starbucks in hand. :o) Guess what else? He spoiled me silly with crafty goodness. To show my appreciation and excitement, I made a simple, elegant Christmas card using some of my new treasures before he had to leave. (I really wish we lived in the same city.) One thing he bought me is something I've wanted for quite some time... a heat embosser! I wasted no time in putting this tool to use. (I am in love with the magic.)

"Merry Christmas"
Everything except the ribbon are birthday presents! The embossed images are from two Christmas stamp sets. When looking through my new stash, I knew I was going to make an embossed golden angel with a sparkly music note background. (It doesn't much show, but there is a lot of beautiful sparkle all along the paper.) She is singing praises unto the Lord. :o) The paper I stamped on is from the same stack, with the same light Victorian scroll background design as the musical paper. I matted both with gold cardstock, added a few of my new pearls (first time ever! Woo!), and incorporated a splash of Christmas red with the ribbon. (Speaking of which... as it appears, I did in fact get in a battle with my bow. I need to work on that.)

While I do love the simple beauty of a golden Christmas, what made me most happy is that my boyfriend loves it. :o) And I hope you do, too! The lack of a Sweet Saturday is a bummer, but I needed to rest my back the last few days. No baking allowed. I just may need to post two recipes next week to make up for it! :o)

Thank you for visiting me today, friends! I wish you all a sparkly Saturday. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Elegant Edges
 * Paper: Recollections
 * Stamps: Inkadinkado Christmas (angel), Recollections Christmas (sentiment and additional snowflake)
 * Embossing powder: Stampendous Pearlustre Champagne
 * Pearls: Recollections
 * Ribbon: stash



  1. Hi Karen, Wow your card is just so beautiful love the white background and the image is just perfect set on a nice die cut and the ribbon just finishes it off perfectly............stunning:) Sandra H

  2. Happy LATE Birthday! It sounds like you had a WONDERFUL day! He buys craft goodies and Starbucks....oh he is a keeper :) I love this beautiful gold card! Those pearls are such a fabulous touch and the pretty bow completes this gorgeous card!

  3. Well Happy Birthday Karen.. it sounds like you had a very very special day. AND your boyfriend definitely sounds like he is a "keeper". AND of course your card is so beautiful..your angel looks lovely singing praises to the LORD.
    I am sad to hear your back is hurting..
    Thank you for all of your sweet encouragement, I always enjoy seeing that you have left me a comment. You are such an inspiration my friend.
    hugs from ukiah

  4. I love to emboss, too. Your angel card is so pretty. Hope a little rest helps your back... \*I*/ Annie

  5. OMG - HAPPY HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY, my sweet friend!! I would have serenaded you on your b-day had I known! You have an amazing boyfriend...buying you all kinds of crafty goodies! I absolutely LOVE the heat embossed image! Gorgeous and elegant!! I am so sorry to hear your back is bothering you. I hope rest helps and that you are feeling much better soon, Karen. I'm saying a prayer for you :)

    Big Hugs, Lisa :)

  6. Wow, beautiful card Karen! The layout is fantastic and lvoe the embossing! So elegant and just gorgeous! What an awesome boyfriend to buy you craft goodies. I am so impressed he knew what to buy and where to find the craft stores. Amazing...and Starbucks-total keeper:)
    I hope you had a great day!
    Sherrie K

  7. Oh my goodness!! Happy Belated Birthday Karen!! You deserve all the blessings cuz you truly have a heart of gold! Glad that your boyfriend was able to visit and spoil you! He sounds like quite the guy - my bf and yours are alike, they get us crafty goods as gifts! ;) He was the one to get me my Cricut! What a way to a woman's heart haha.

    Don't you just love the heat embosser?! I wouldn't be able to live without mine! Your embossing came out SO beautiful!! I hope your back heals up real soon!!

    Thanks again Karen for all your sweet comments - my hand is on its way to recovery..slowly, as I'm sure your back will too!! :) Let's recover together haha ;) I really do hope that you get your hands on a Jolly Holidays cart!!

    Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!


  8. Happy late birthday, Karen! Your card is beautiful! I love the red ribbon and the gold angel! :)


  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :) :) :)

    Your boyfriend is a KEEPER (you tell him I said that). Starbucks AND a heat embosser? I think you may have the perfect man, my friend. :)

    I LOVE this card. You know how you come across beautiful things that just put a smile on your face all day long? That's what this golden angel did for me. :) This is truly one of the most beautiful Christmas cards I've seen. I love the pearls, and that red ribbon (fight or no) completes the whole package. Gosh, you are just so darn talented!

    Know what? I made your Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes again - to celebrate Abi and Luke's birthdays while family was visiting. And they were even BETTER the second time (who knew it was even possible to improve on perfection?). The family gobbled them up so fast, and then asked for the (very few) leftovers to take home. :) So no worries about missing Sweet Saturday this week - your health is more important, and you've given us all PLENTY of treats to fill the void :)

    Take care my friend. :)



  10. Karen this is a beautiful card! Wish I had known it was your birthday, but Happy Birthday!! I am also sad to hear your back hurts:(( If anyone can relate I can. You are in my prayers. Please rest and take care of yourself. Backs can put you down fast! So do only good things for you! Forgive me for not being around much, I too have had some issues, I am also still working on trying to figure out what to do with my crafts things. BTW that explosion box you made is incredible.
    Hugs, Pam at

  11. Happy Birthday Karen,GORGEOUS job with your card!It is soooo BEAUTIFUL,Have a SUPER day my friend!!:)

  12. A Belated Happy Birthday my friend. I am so pleased your boyfriend made it such a special day for you.Beautiful gold embossed angel.I hope your back is better really soon.
    Jayne x

  13. How ever did you live without a heat embosser. So glad you got one are going to have so much fun with it. You did a fabulous job heat embossing this gorgeous Angel. I am right there with you on the bow and battling. They can be such a pain. I am so happy that you had a wonderful b-day. :) Hugs!

  14. First of all, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MY SWEET FRIEND! I am so glad you had a wonderful day and that your boyfriend surprised you with scrappy happy goodies, what a great guy! I love this card, it is so gorgeous! The frame, the stamp and embossing powder look wonderful! Enjoy your whole birthday month!


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