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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thinking of You

Happy Saturday, my sweet friends! I hope your day is bursting with sunshine and sparkles. :o) Thank you for your incredibly kind words regarding my card for Trinitie throughout the week. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. *hugs!* Although there is no Sweet Saturday today due to injury flare-up, I was able to finish a card this morning to quickly share. :o)

This is for my mom who hasn't yet completely bounced back from her heart attack in December. She is making progress physically (thank the Lord), but emotionally she is struggling a bit. She loves pearls, birds/nature, flowy ribbon, and any distressed or vintage type of look, so I combined some of her favorite things for this tiny gesture.

"Thinking of you"
I used corresponding papers from the First Edition Love Letters collection throughout the card, which paired nicely with Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose cardstock. The sweet bird is from my new favorite cartridge Art Philosophy, as is the little branch and the decorate filigree-heart layer. I wanted the branch to be flowering, so after embossing it with the Victoria folder, I added a few Wild Orchid Crafts roses. I've been anxious to use this birdie, but wish I'd had the black pearls I keep forgetting to buy. I used a regular pearl for his eye instead. He's nestled in a tiny flower cluster and gorgeous Vanilla Bean crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot.

The pretty birdcage stamp is from the Tim Holtz Artful Flight collection, which I stamped with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I added a little Guipure lace and dotted the top and bottom with pearls. It's hanging from a tiny flower cluster and a string of pearls which slightly graduate in size because that's how my mom would love it. The sentiment is from the Whimsical Designs~ Everyday Sentiments stamp set, which I used on an Art Philosophy tag. The patterned paper is the same as the pretty paper beneath the filigree layer.

I stitched around two of the layers, inked the stamp layer with Victorian Velvet, and inked the other layers with a combination of Tea Dye and Walnut Stain. To finish it off I centered each little flower burst on the decorate layer with a pearl, which my mom cannot get enough of. I hope this card makes her smile. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Crafty Catz~ Mother's Day or a Special Lady
 * Divas by Design~ Favorite Things (Art Philosophy cart, pearls, ribbon, Wild Orchid Crafts)
 * My Craft Spot~ For the Birds
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Mother's Day/Special Girl

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a blessed and beautiful weekend. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Art Philosophy
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Victoria
 * Papers: First Edition Love Letters, Papertrey Ink Autumn Rose and Vintage Cream
 * Image stamp: Tim Holtz Artful Flight
 * Sentiment stamp: Whimsical Designs~ Everyday Sentiments
 * Ribbon: My Craft Spot Vanilla Bean
 * Flowers and Guipure Lace: Wild Orchid Crafts
 * Pearls: Recollections (smallest sizes), Queen & Company (birdcage holder and corner details)
 * Inks: Tim Holtz Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain
 * Miscellaneous: Stickles



  1. Karen, she is going to ABSOLUTELY love this. Your card of course is gorgeous, but you are such a blessing to everyone around you that you outshine your cards, which is pretty hard to do. I am sorry to hear she is struggling, I will remember her in my prayers. ( and you my friend, so sad to hear your injury has flared up).
    Thank you for always taking time from your busy life to always leave such uplifting comments - I always get a smile when I see you have left me a comment... You are truly a blessing.. Love and hugs

  2. Beautiful card Karen, your Mom is going to just love it and display it proudly!!

    I will continue to remember her and you my sweet friend in my prayers. Thank you for your prayers too, I am absolutely sure our Father hears our hearts and responds with exactly what we need at every moment of our lives. I know you believe this too. So we will put our trust in Him.

    Love and hugs, Pam

  3. What a sweet card for Mom, she is going to love this to bits Karen especially because you made it too which is even more special.... love all those purples going on and pretty bird/cage...
    Hope Mom has a speedy recovery....
    Have a great weekend...
    Hugs my friend...

  4. Beautiful! You've added so many wonderful details. I love the pearls and lace trim. Your Mom will love your card. Thanks for entering your card in this week's challenge at My Craft Spot. :)


  5. First of all, Karen, I hope you are feeling much, much better my sweet friend. I hate to hear that you had a flare-up. I don't know how you created this when you didn't feel well...because, oh my gosh, it is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! Breathtaking!! I love the heart background and the birdcage is so gorgeous!! And how beautiful the bird is, nestled among the beautiful flowers and crinkle ribbon :) This will most definitely lift your Mom's spirits!! It is fabulous :)

    I hope you were able to enjoy your Saturday and that you have wonderful Sunday my friend!! Sending lots of hugs and prayers for both you and your Mom :)

    BIG hugs,

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. This is such a lovely card Karen. Your Mother is going to do cartwheels over it. It is just stunning!! I just love the colors, the pretty stitching, flowers are goreous ribbon. Don't ya just love the Art Philosophy cartridge? I am lovin' that cartridge too. Great job my friend-just outstanding and simply breathtaking!
    Sherrie K

  7. Just so beautiful Karen and the colour is stunning as is the image and layout xx

  8. Karen its absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and beautiful cuts. Have you tried coloring your light colored pearls with a Sharpie or Copic? It works! :)

  9. This is such a beautiful card, Karen! The elements all work so wonderfully well together and I love the soft purple colour you've chosen. Your mother will display this card with pride, I'm sure! I pray that it will bring her joy and raise her spirits.
    I'm sorry to read that you've not been well and will say prayers for you, too, Karen.
    I'm so glad to see you've linked this up at My Craft Spot! It's perfect for this week's challenge!

  10. Hi Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom, I have been praying and I do hope you BOTH are well very soon!!
    Your card is just stunning! The cuts are magnificent as well as the inking. I know this card will put a great big smile on your MOMS face.
    Hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

  11. Your mom is going to LOVE this! How could she not? Her daughter made it for her and filled it up with love. :)

    I love the colours, and the swirly cuts (my Cricut always messes those up!), and those FLOWERS! Gosh those are pretty! The crinkle ribbon (vanilla bean is one of my FAVORITE colours!) finishes everything off brilliantly.
    You KNOW you're a genius, right? :)

    Praying for your mom and hoping she's feeling herself again very, VERY soon. :)



    P.S. I made your Chocolate Hugs cookies this week, and Kevin and I finished the whole lot of them in FOUR DAYS. It was disgusting...but delicious. :)


    *twirls you in happy birdie spins* WHEEEEEEE!!!

    Did you give it to her yet, Sunshine? GASP! Wait for me!!!!!!! I need to be there when she first holds it because I want to see her face light up something fierce! *runs over as fast as my feet can carry me* Tee hee!!! Wait for meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    My precious sis...I love this card more than I can ever say. The goregous pearly and lacey details are just SO incredibly gorgeous...I can't get over how beautifully you did the inking. It is just stunning. And the ribbon and flowers are SO graceful and bursting with love. My heart melts everytime I stare at your masterpiece sis. SQUEEE!!!!!! SOOOOOOO LOVE IT!!! *hugglers the little birdie forever*

    I am soooooo excited for your sweet mommy I can't sit still sis! Can we please give it to her now? PLUEEEEESEEEEEEEE?! *begs*

    *sends you all the sparkling hugglers and prayers my heart can hold tonight* I am so proud of you both it isn't even funny.


    *Forever Happy Sparkling Pearly Squishies*
    ~~~Christina :)

  13. This is beautiful, gorgeous shades of purple!
    Thanks for sharing your 'Favourite Things' with the Diva's this week and good luck with the challenge
    Laurie x

  14. Beautiful card Karen, so pretty and such gorgeous colours, your mum will love this :)
    Sending get well wishes to your mum and hoping she gets stronger every day.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

  15. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot! Glad your mom is getting better!


  16. Beautiful card Karen.Pretty colour and soft and delicate.It is sure to lift your Mum's spirits.
    Jayne x


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