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Monday, March 26, 2012

Pillow Box of Love for I Feel the Love

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope you had a beautiful weekend. :o)

As you all know, I am an avid supporter of the I Feel the Love Project, hosted by the inspiring Madison of Funky Cards. Each month she highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of our love and prayers. In turn, we have the honor of using our creative passion for a higher purpose. I cannot even tell you what this project means to me. When the 1st rolls around, my initial thoughts aren't of a new month but rather that there's a new recipient who needs our love.

It is no secret that sweet Trinitie has inspired me this month and that she is often on my mind... and always in my heart and prayers. I wanted to make one more little blessing for her, so I made a pillow box and filled it with a few tiny treasures.

Or maybe a lot. ;)
In a moment, a few close-ups to better see these cuties and the actual box...

My idea is to send her these so she can make her own little crafty creations using them, if she so desires. Or to simply have a whole lot of new friends to smile at as they keep her company. They were made with so much love, so I like to think each one is delivering a hug from me. I originally planned to make her a petal box filled with a bunch of my stamps that she could color... but then I read that after her brain surgery she lost all feeling on her left side and she is left-handed. Her mom posted a picture of a recent trip out to dinner where Trinitie was working on her writing, showing progress. My heart broke all over again. Doubtful that coloring was the best idea, I turned to Create a Critter which never fails with kiddos. :) She can simply do as she pleases with the assembled critters.

Now for a few closer photographs of Trinitie's sweeties! I couldn't resist using my favorite butterfly punch to send her a rainbow of butterflies. Despite it not showing, all of them are either sparkly Core Couture or pearlescent cardstock.

(I am in love with the heart-buttoned snail and want to make one for myself! I would think of Trinitie every time I saw it, which makes it even better.)
I think I've made approximately one million sparkly penguins since getting Create a Critter.
I needed to give her cupcakes and a Simply Charmed ice cream cone. If I actually knew her, I would bake her favorite cupcakes and take her out for the best ice cream on the planet. A double-scoop of love.
Lastly, the pretty pillow box. I kept it simple to avoid the potential for eager little hands breaking anything.
The Making Memories paper stands well on its own, I think. I wrapped crinkle ribbon around the short side only so she wouldn't need to remove it every time she opens the box. The tag is cut from Art Philosophy, which I adhered to the corresponding chipboard shape that came in the bundle. I love the thickness! I attached it to the crinkle ribbon with Grape Fizz Trendy Twine. The "Love" sentiment is from Create a Critter.

The box behind it was made last night, using the simple tutorial found HERE. Since I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers on the cards I made Trinitie (found HERE and HERE), I wasn't comfortable sticking them in a regular paper envelope. To give them a little protection, I made a box out of 300gsm paper. I wrapped it with sprightly purple ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
There are still five days left if you'd like to make a card for this sweet girl. She will appreciate it more than we could possibly know. :o) I love her to pieces and hope my cards and pillow box of surprises bring a burst of sunshine and sparkles to her heart.

Thank you for visiting me today! I hope your day sparkles with love and blessings. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Create a Critter, Simply Charmed
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Paper: Core'dinations, DCWV, Heidi Grace, Making Memories, My Mind's Eye
 * Twine: My Craft Spot (Chocolate Truffle, Grape Fizz, Twisted Lime, Sky)
 * Peachy Keen Stamps: Critter Faces
 * Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart Small Monarch
 * Ribbon: Crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot; sheer dotted ribbon from Hobby Lobby



  1. Oooooh Karen! How fabulous! I KNOW Trinitie will adore this!!! I bet she hangs every little creation on her walls - going to sleep every night surrounded by the love you have for her. I'm getting a little weepy now - a common occurence when in comes to Madison's Project - so pardon the briefness of my comment. You KNOW I think you're all things wonderful.


    Nita :)

  2. Wow Karen - how sweet of you to make all these little craft projects for Trinitie.. I'm sure when she receives this box from you it will bring smiles from cheek to cheek with courage and strength to fullfil all her cute projects she can make to keep her self motivated...
    You are such a wonderful person at heart and she is going to always remember you when ever she does any type of crafting....
    Bless her little heart....

  3. What a cute little gift pkg for Trinitie. I love the cute little critters...they are adorable with all the sparkle paper you used and the darling little faces:) Sure to put a smile on her face. So very sweet and so thoughtful Karen! She will love it! TFS!
    Sherrie K

  4. Karen, I hope you know what a blessing you are to so so many people... I am sure Trinitie is going to be smiling from ear to ear when she opens this box, and she is definitely going to be feeling all the love and hugs you have put into all these precious little critters . This is the most precious thing I think I have seen in a long time.. Hugs from Ukiah

  5. Trinitie is going to have such a fun time opening up this beautiful box! You filled it with such cute, thoughful little cuts that will make her day! They are all just adorable! Very sweet! :)


  6. Karen, this is just awesome! I love this idea:) What a fabulous gift and treasure. You are so sweet and Trinitie is going to love this:) I wish I could watch her open it! Thank you so much for this. You are the best.

  7. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous!! What a great idea, Karen!! You are so amazingly sweet and thoughtful :) What little girl (or big girl ;) wouldn't love to receive this??!! The cuts you used are so adorable and I know this will make her happy :) And the pillow box is perfect to hold them!! You are simply amazing my friend and I am so thankful for you :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Um sis?

    I can't even see to type right now cause I am crying so many happy tears right now. So if some or all of this makes zero sense, you'll know why. TEE HEE HEE!

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! *opens gorgeous box and peeks inside* GASPPPPPP!!! Hello happy sunshine filled friends!!! *hugglers every single one with endless super squishies* OMJ Sunshine! The smile your little criters delivered to my heart is still just plastered right across my face! I love them something crazy, sis. When I think of the moment when sweet little Trinitie's hands will open up this treasure trove of goodies, my heart just wants to burst with job. I am so excited for her it isn't even funny!!! AHHH!!! Can she have them right this second, Sunshine? I can't sit still I am so excited!!!!! WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    *sneakers some oreos into the box of goodies too for Trinitie cause I can* Wink, wink, wink.

    *hugglers all the little sweeties even more cause I can* I wonder which one is going to be her most favourite? I bet it will me think...ALL OF THEM!!! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

    *tosses non-stop cupcake-shaped sparklies all over you to celebrate just how special God made your heart* TEE HEE!!!

    God bless you for being the rainbow in Trintie's life, Sunshine. Your selfless love is about to deliver forever healing, inspiration, hope and faith to the heart of a very special and brave little girl...

    SOOOOOOOOOO LOVE MY SUNSHINE (and Trinitie too)!!!

    *forever hippo sized hugglers*
    ~~~Christina :)

  9. Would love for you to stop by my blog...I have something for you:)
    Sherrie K

  10. Karen this is a wonderfully sweet and thoughtful gift for Trinitie. She will be so happy to play with her little critters. You are a very kind lady my friend. The Jesus in you shines brightly.

    Take care of yourself, I hope you are feeling good. Thank you for being my friend.

    Hugs, Pam

  11. This is a really great project! This little girl is certainly an inspiration. It gives me great pleasure 2 present u w/the Liebster Blog Award. Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less that 200 followers.Here's the to do list for any of the Liebster Blog Award recipients. 1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. 2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award . 3. Copy and paste the award on your blog. 4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers. 5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  12. What a thoughtful gift Karen.I love all the diecuts you assembled for Trinitie and I am sure she will derive hours of pleasure either playing or crafting with them.
    Sorry to read you haven't been in the best of health this week.Thinking of you.
    Jayne x

  13. What a kind and loving soul you are!! These are all so delightful and sure to bring joy to Trinitie! Just seeing your creations is a demonstration of your love for this little girl, and then reading your post absolutely confirms it!
    (I've never cut that penguin - and my youngest is a HUGE fan of penguins! How bad is that?!)


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