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Monday, April 2, 2012


Happy Monday, my sparkly friends! I hope your week is off to a sunshiny start. :o)

After two weeks without making a card, I was thrilled to get back at it over the weekend. Thank you for your well wishes! I am feeling much better. :o)

A somewhat closer look at my new peach and yellow flowers. Don't let my photography fool you into thinking these and my papers are pink!
Limited due to an uncooperative spine, this didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned but it still makes me smile. :o) Hopefully the recipient will, too. I used one of my favorite Elisabeth Bell stamps from her Belles and Whistles line, titled Wishes. Isn't she precious? I colored her with Copics, made her a pretty landscape, and added peach and yellow Flower Soft along the vine and the yellow flowers in front of the well. I love the textural element Flower Soft brings to cards. :o) I also added a little cluster of it in her hair.

This card's inspiration is sunshine. Although there's not a sun, I made a summery scene and used yellows in various ways to provide that element. The yellow sweetheart blossoms in the flower cluster make me think of little suns, while the yellow corner details symbolize the scene (and us) being engulfed in God's sunshiny love. The layers are trimmed in sunshine via their light yellow bases and I like to think of the yellow Flower Soft as little sunbursts. :o)

The pretty patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody collection and all layers are inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The banner, corners, and flowery border in the middle were made with the Art Philosophy cartridge. The banner, border, and Cindy Loo flourishes (nestled within the flower cluster) are all made with the same flowery paper. The "wish" is stamped with a Studio G alphabet set, are "adhered" with tiny rhinestones, and are tried up with lovely sky twine from My Craft Spot. The beautiful flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, consisting of peach and white roses, a peach lily, and yellow and white sweetheart blossoms. All are trimmed in Star Dust because I simply cannot resist. It might be hard to see in the picture, but the two highest flowers are attached to a flourish.

I added two sizes of rhinestones to the flower centers in the border because wishes are sparkly. :o) The coins our little sweetheart is dropping into the well are covered in silver Stickles. I machine-stitched around the card to finish it off.

Challenges entered:
 * Divas by Design~ Stamp Something
 * Elphine House Australia~ Rain or Shine
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a day of sunshine and blessings. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy, Cindy Loo
 * Papers: Core'dinations, My Mind's Eye, Papertrey Ink
 * Stamp: Elisabeth Bell~ Wishes
 * Sentiment: Studio G stamps
 * Coloring medium: Copics
 * Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
 * Twine: My Craft Spot
 * Miscellaneous: Flower Soft, iRock, Stickles



  1. OH Karen!! I'm sorry I missed your post. I hope you are feeling better. I 'm so backed up but I'm deft trying to catch up.

    I'm glad your back making cards.



  2. Hope all is well with you Karen... love this pretty card... the colours are just perfect along with the flowers and the cute image....

  3. This is such an adorable stamp and you colored it perfectly! I love the banner and your flowers! Beautiful card! Glad you are feeling better! :)


  4. Karen, I'm sorry I haven't been around lately. I'm slowly trying to catch up. This is just BEAUTIFUL!! That image is ADORABLE and of course you have colored it perfectly! The flowers are stunning as is the choice of paper!
    So fantastic Karen!
    I hope you are well my friend!

  5. Gorgeous card, love the image & the layout is fab!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Divas this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  6. This is delightful, Thanks so much for joining us at EHA
    Hugs Julie P

  7. Oh wow!! I really adore this creation!! One of my very fave stamps too!! You've colored it so beautifully!! Thanks so much for joining with us at the Elphine House Australia Challenges!! Hope to see you again!! HUGS :)

  8. Ow this card is amazing!
    Thank you for joining us at Elphine House Australia ;o)

    Janneke XO

  9. AMAZING card! Oh, you do such fabulous work! Your coloring is so beautiful and I Love the cluster of gorgeous flowers! Nice work as always, my friend!
    Sherrie K

  10. Oh Karen, this is gorgeous!! It's just the perfect blend of sweetness and beauty all rolled into one. The flowers are gorgeous (pink or peach!!) and the tiny banner is just perfect with the adorable image on your card. I can't believe you say you were limited with this!! It's just delightful! That said, I do pray that your spine causes you less grief so you can resume full crafting capacity.

  11. Karen my sweet dear friend, this is another of your beautiful cards. Your ability to color these images so perfectly amaze me. You are awesome!! The sunshine of our Father's love shows through every thing you do.

    Hugs, Pam

  12. *plops an extra sparklie coin into the wishing well and makes an extra sparklie wish for an extra sparklie someone* TEE HEE HEE!!!

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!

    OMJ! Do you know how much this cardness makes my heart shine, sis? Just one look at it is all it takes to transder a burst of pure sunshine straight to the soul. I love this precious little girl beyond love. She reminds me SO much of you, Sunshine. So sweet and just beyond squishable!!! OMJ! I wanna huggler her SO tight!!

    This cardness is just peachy perfection from corner to corner. Everytime I stare at it, it just keeps getting more and more special. I want to pet that flower soft something looks SO gorgeous Sunshine!!! SQUEEE!!! And you know what? I can't get enough of your colouring in this card...I love it more than I can ever possibly say. Your gift is something incredible, sis. I have never seen something so gorgeous. *cries super happy tears and squishers you with my whole heart and beyond*


    *tosses in an extra sparklie coin cause I can* TEE HEE!

    *forever peachy and wishy squishies for the forever Sunshine of God's heart*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  13. I hope you are feeling better my sweet friend!! I'm a bit injured from my trip so I can't wax poetic about this gorgeous card as much as I would like. I hurt my shoulder playing with my niece in the ocean and I'm one handed until it heals. But I had to stop by and tell you how amazing this is!! Just truly stunning!! The image is so colored it perfectly!! Love, love, love it :)

    Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Sorry it took me so long to get here! I visited briefly when you first posted this masterpiece, but I was running behind and didn't get a chance to tell you how I REALLY feel. ;)

    I LOVE THIS! Gosh, Karen, you are such an artist! The way you combine colours and patterns and textures is mind-blowing. And don't even get me started on your Copic skills - I am in AWE.

    As always, my friend, you've created a card that is uniquely YOU. And, as always, that makes me smile. :)


  15. WOW, what can i possible say, this is just breath taking.. you are so creative. God has truly blessed you with an amazing talent.. hugs sandy


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