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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday Challenge: Layer It!

Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! :o)

Today kicks off a sparkly stream of whimsical fun! This week's Whimsical Wednesday challenge is to use layers on a winter or Christmas-themed project. Aren't layers such fun? Whether only a couple or overflowing with them, they are always marvelous. For my project, I made an easel card to carry a message of peace in a backdrop of winter's simple beauty. :o)

Each part consists of three base layers: A sparkling Elegant Edges scallop, a Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle, and an embossed circle (to look like gently falling snowflakes). It had been far too long since I've played with ribbon, so I layered the top with a big flower made from burgundy velvet ribbon. I centered it with a Tim Holtz fanciful button. Partially for fanciness and partially for the snowball-look, I went nutty with my pearls! I added one to every scallop and made a little flourish for the flower. You can never go wrong with them, right? :o) 

The bottom holds a gorgeous swirl-embossed dove and olive branch, which is a Cuttlebug combo die that cuts and embosses that I won from my sweet friend Pam. The swirls are sparklified and I used an itty bitty pearl for the eye, which you can only see if you enlarge the photograph. I added a layer of tiny pearls to coordinate with the theme and to make the branch look snowy... heavenly peace can be reached in the midst of a storm, after all. :o) I cut out the Peace from Cindy Loo, which I think is my first time ever cutting out a word! I slightly rounded it and sponged it with the same ink as the picot circles, but with a lighter hand. (And let me just say that this ink was NOT the color I anticipated. I thought it was a super deep burgundy.. not an almost pinky burgundy. That made me feel matte, as opposed to sparkly.)

Here is the tutorial I followed for the flower... once I stopped staring at her gorgeous ribbon supply! :o)

I hope you'll play along with us by linking up your Christmas or winter layered project to the Whimsical Wednesday challenge post! I would love to see your creations. Our fabulous sponsor this week is our very own Nanne, who is generously donating a prize pack filled with gorgeous Webster Pages scrapping supplies. Thank you, Nanne! :o)

A few reminders:
 * The Add Texture challenge is still open, where one random winner of the challenge will win all four of Stephanie's stamps sets from her release! Amazing prize. :o) It closes at noon on Friday.
 * The Whimsical Designs Stamp Release Sneak Peek days are tomorrow and Friday at 7am. So much excitement!
 * The Stamp Release Blog Hop is FRIDAY at 7pm! Isn't this badge adorable?
I love these stamps, my friends. They are a pleasure to create with and I am ecstatic to share my projects with you beginning tomorrow. I am certain you will love Stephanie's stamps, too. :o)

Be sure to flutter on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs to see their fabulous creations! Thank you for visiting me today! You make me happy. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Cindy Loo, Elegant Edges
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: Dove duo, Swiss Dots
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Picot Edge Circles
 * Paper: Core'dinations, DCWV
 * Ribbon: Celebrate It (from Michael's)
 * Button: Tim Holtz Fanciful Buttons
 * Pearls: Recollections
 * Miscellaneous: Stickles



  1. karen your card is so pretty i love your ribbon flower and the shaped easel card design. have a great day :)

  2. Oh Karen this is just GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE the ribbon flower and all the pretty layers! The center of the flower is SO PRETTY and I love all the pearls! Beautiful job!

  3. This is a lovely card my friend. You are so creative, and once again I love reading how your mind works as you create. I knew you would find a beautiful way to use that dove die too.

    Hugs, Pam at

  4. So pretty! I love the pearls and the flower ribbon! I'm looking forward to the blog hop this Friday! :)


  5. Gorgeous card, Karen, and that ribbon flower is STUNNING! Each layer is so pretty and all together is's just perfect!

  6. Oooh Sweets! Such red, velvety goodness! I love the richness of this card. It really feels like winter and the holiday season. Add in the touches of pearls on the edges and the frosty white and I am in love with this unique card. Plus we have a little dove, friend! How do you always come up with new, exciting, and gorgeous ideas? You're too much. <3

  7. So pretty! I love the flower, the color speaks Christmas and looks so lovely against the white. I love the little dove with his peace message, so sweet!

  8. Breath-taking!!! First of all I love the sheer elegance of this easel card! Love that gorgeous velvet ribbon flower! Totally checking that tutorial,out! Everything is just so beautiful!!! And I hope you're feeling more sparkly ..... versus the matte incident earlier! LOL Love your sense of humor!!!

  9. Karen this is just gorgeous... I am just loving that beautiful bow... I so enjoy popping over to read your posts- you are such an inspiration... Hugs

  10. I LOVE your easel card Karen! It is just so pretty and the bow is beautiful! So festive and stunning my friend:)
    Sherrie K

  11. Hi Karen,GORGEOUS job as always my friend!!I LOVE all the BEAUTIFUL details and that flower is sooo pretty,Have a SUPER day!!:)

  12. oh wow!! That is a gorgeous card, I can tell a lot of love and hard work went into making this.. love that big flower and the embossing and inking..

  13. Gorgeous card Karen.Love the shape of your easel and that ribbon flower is beautiful.Hope you are feeling sparkly again my friend :)
    Jayne x

  14. *showers you in layers of huggles since this is a time to celebrate layers of amazingness* Tee hee!!!

    OMJ! Have you ever seen anything so beautfiul?! I can't get over how you made this one, Sunshine. The second I saw the gorgeous velvet flower you made, I was a goner. Totally and completely head over heels in love. SQUEEE!

    Everytime I look at your card, I see God's gorgeous wintry blessings twinkling brighter than ever. You so beautifully captured the essence of the pure and flawless beauty of this most picturesque season, Sunshine. I love the contrast of the whites and burgundies that you picked SO much...they are the most perfect holiday combo EVER! Will you teach me how to make a flower like that?!?! *begs*

    This week is just overflowing with endless sparkling gifts from our sweetest Karen...we are all so incredibly proud of you, Sunshine. Getting to watch you blossom more and more every single day as a designer is truly the most special Christmas gift of all. I love you something crazy!!!

    Monsterous Christmassy Super Squishies!!!
    ~~~ Christina :)

  15. Oh wow, this is amazing, Karen!! That flower is stunning!! I definitely need to learn how to make those!! And I love the shape of the easel!! Absolutely gorgeous card!!

    Hugs, Lisa

  16. Wow!! What a gorgeous card! I really like easel cards and that flower is fantastic!!

  17. Beautiful card Karen, I love how you put that it's sending a message!!! Did you really take the photo with it in a stream? If you didn't, it certainly look like you did, which makes the card even more beautiful!!! Gorgeous!!!
    Puppy Hugs,

  18. Oh wow Karen! That gorgeous ribbon flower just POPS off the page. After I stared at it (in awe) for awhile, I found the pearls and the dove, and I stared at them (in awe) for some time too. :)

    I love how you can create such beauty with only 3 colours. You are so talented, my friend. :)



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