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Sunday, January 8, 2012

So Super Sweet Friendship Card

Happy Sunday, my crafty friends! I hope your weekend has been wonderful. :o)

I wanted to play along in a couple of my favorite challenges, so I made a friendship card for someone who needs an extra dose of love. (Forgive the darker first image. I was having issues! The close-up shows the actual shades better.)

"So Super Sweet"
Love and sweetness are sparkly... so I covered the steam in microbeads. (You may need to enlarge it to really see them.)
The pretty little butterflies are on a sparkly path, sprinkling the hot cocoa with love. I mixed in a few rhinestone hearts along the saucer and top of the cup as a reminder that my heart is with her and that she is amazing. My sweetheart told me to order some new paper as a gift and it arrived in the mail Friday! I wasted no time putting this pad to use. I truly love this First Edition~ Isabelle paper... it makes me swoon. (And it's sparkly.) Brown and pink is one of my favorite color combinations and I thought these patterns would work well for a feminine hot chocolate card. My cut is technically a teacup... but really, hot cocoa belongs everywhere.

For some additional textural elements, I embossed the brown layer, lined the butterfly bodies with pearls, and added a puffy bow of crinkle ribbon and Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine. I used the same paper for the teacup and sentiment tag because I just couldn't put it down. The marvelous "So Super Sweet" sentiment is a Whimsical Designs stamp, from Stephanie's Whimsical Fun~ Volume 1 set. I can't even tell you how much fun I've been having with her stamps. They are a joy to use. :o) Hopefully this little card will make my friend's heart smile extra brightly. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Cooking with Cricut~ Something new! (All three patterned papers)
 * Fantabulous Cricut~ Warming Up with Hot Cocoa (Use a cup, chocolate, or the color brown)

Thank you for visiting me today and for being such fantastic bloggy pals! :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Elegant Edges, Wall Decor and More
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Stamp: Whimsical Designs~ Whimsical Fun, Volume 1
 * Paper: Core'dinations, First Edition Paper~ Isabelle
 * Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart Small Monarch
 * Crinkle Ribbon: Prairie Bird Boutique
 * Twine: Trendy Twine
 * Button: My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie
 * Miscellaneous: iRock; Recollections heart rhinestones, microbeads, and pearls



  1. Cheers to this hot cocoa - I'm sure your friend is going to be so thrilled with this card....
    Great detailing and love all those embellies you used to incorporate this pretty card...

  2. Beautiful card.Love the papers and your micro beads are inspired. I am sure your friend will be delighted with it Karen.
    Jayne x

  3. This is so pretty, I love the tone-on-tone, and the patterned papers work so beautifully together! Thanks for joining us at Cooking with Cricut this week!
    Heather P

  4. oh Karen!! Its so nice to wake up on sunday morning and reading your wonderful words and your admiring your beautiful creations.

    Thank you so much for brighten up my mornings!

    Your such a blessing.


  5. SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! A super sweet card by the universe's super sweetest heart!!!

    *hugglers my Sunshine something silly*


    OMJ! I am beyond in love with this card, Sunshine. Everytime I see it, it gets more and more and more beautiful. *drools* Only you sis would think of making a sparkling trail of steam. Do you know how totally adorable you are? *squishers you oodles to show you just how much*

    I can't even begin to say how excited I am to see all the stunning things you will be designing and sharing with us using your new papers, sis. All I can say is that everyone better be sitting down when they come to visit your blog over then next little while because the things you are going to make are going to sweep us all off our feet!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    Thank you for making us all feel as warm and cozy and happy inside today as the contents of your gorgeously sparkling and overflowing cup of happiness.

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE(aka universe's sweetest friend ever)!!!

    *forever squishies*
    ~~~Christina :)

  6. Beautiful card and the papers are stunning:) Sandra H

  7. Absolutely GORGEOUS and STUNNING!! The papers and the embossing look fabulous! All the details are fantastic and it has such a beautiful whimsical feel to it. ANYONE would LOVE to receive this card Karen. You are so very creative and inspiring-wow...just love this!!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at FCCB!
    Sherrie K

  8. *sneakers back in just to stare at the cardness a little longer*

    SOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE MY SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *squishers you something fierce*


    *sneakers back out with the hugest grin on my face*

    I LOVE MY SISSSSSSSS!!! *clings*

    ~~~Christina (aka universe's happiest girl today) :)

  9. This is so elegant and beautiful! I also really love that patterned paper... Great job! :)

  10. First of all, Karen, I do hope you are doing well. I was worried when I read your note. I was a little comforted when you said all was okay, but I still worry! You are in my thoughts and my daily prayers and I am an email away if you ever need to talk. I am praying for your Mom, too and hope that she is feeling much better.

    Now to your card...I am in awe!! It is breathtaking!! Wow, it is gorgeous and elegant and stunning!! As usual, the thought and details you put into it are simply amazing :) I just love every single thing about it!! That paper is fabulous...I'm headed to Google from here to search for it :)

    I hope you have a wonderful week my sweet friend and please don't forget, I'm here if you need to talk (indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com).

    Hugs, Lisa

  11. Oh my! This is gorgeous! That paper is FANTASTIC!!! Your cocoa cup is sweetness at its best and the ribbon is so pretty! Your friends heart will definitely be smiling SUPER DUPER brightly!!
    Have a great night my friend!

  12. Karen you have again created a work of art! This is so pretty, and your friend will cherish it. The little heart sparkles are so you:)

    Thank you my sweet friend for your lovely loving words you left me on my blog. I read what you write and I smile. I covet your prayers and your caring heart.

    I pray for you too, and I know soon you will be dancing as before, leaping with joy before your Lord!


  13. Karen, wow, another beautiful card:) Love your new papers!! So many wonderful details on your card. Fabulous!! TFS and thanks for playing with us this week at Cooking With Cricut:)
    ~Madison CWC DT

  14. So pretty!! I love the papers you used! The crinkle ribbon with the button and twine, the rhinestones, and the butterflies look awesome too! :)


  15. Love love love it! The blues are gorgeous and love all the embellishments you used. Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week.

  16. I have tried several times to leave a message on this post and it just goes "poof" before I am able to send it.. I am not sure where it is goes, but going to try one more time.
    Even though I have said many times I am truly blessed by visiting your amazing blog, I have to say it again..... I am so blessed when I visit you Karen, God has truly given you an amazing talent.
    I am sure this card will put a smile in your sweet friend's heart.. She is blessed to have u as her friend. I hope God has many amazing things planned for you this year. You are such a blessing to those around you. Love and hugs

  17. Absolutely stunning! It is gorgeous. It reminds me of a tea room I visited in England. The fine china, sparkling glass and walnut furniture is all represented in the colours of your card. Thanks for sharing.

  18. OMG! Your card is totally stunning, so many wonderful details and the colours are just so beautiful, a card to teasure for ever! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cooking with Cricut!

  19. OMGoodness! You've done it again my friend! Such a gorgeous creation! We were amazed at FCCB! Thanks for joining us for the challenge! Be sure to stop by our Wednesday post. I think you know why. ;) XOXO

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    FCCB Coordinator

    P.S. You are an inspiration and thanks so much for the kind comments you left on my personal blog. They are appreciated more than you know. *Hugs*

  20. Congrats on making the top 5 at FCCB challenge blog!! Your card was amazing!! I hope you play again at FCCB:)
    Sherrie K

  21. That is adorable!! I love the shape!! Congrats on making the Top Five!! Thanks for Playing with us @ FCCB!! TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

  22. Karen this card is stunning. I love the papers, so elegant. The butterflies are so pretty fluttering about and sprinkling love. How perfect. I admire all the thought you put into your card, and all the meaning behind the elements you add. You are so creative. Smiling at the sentiment you chose to tie it all together. Your friend is lucky to be getting such a beautiful and thoughtful card from you.

  23. Gosh Karen, you always do shape cards in such an elegant way. I'm kind of jealous, actually. Look at me - coveting your shape card abilities. ;)

    I love the colours you chose - so monochromatic, and yet fancy at the same time. Just gorgeous. :)



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