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Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog MAKEOVER and Pillow Box of Love for Emily!

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! I hope you've had a beautiful week! :o)

It's looking drastically different around here and I am ECSTATIC! Heartfelt thanks to the sweet and talented Robin of Robin's Creative Cottage for turning my blog into something even more stunning than my heart envisioned. I fell in love with a digital scrapbooking kit and she transformed it into this lovely blog design. I love every single inch of it, from the gorgeous header to the fluttering butterflies to the scattered pearls to the elegant flourishes... and beyond! She made me swoon over my button. :o) The creative journey was so fun and truly inspiring. She is such a joy to work with. Thank you, Robin! :o) Now I just need to fill in the remaining fun labels with my friends' buttons and favorite sites! How fun!

I was so rushed that I wasn't able to share the contents of Emily's I Feel the Love pillow box before I mailed it out. There is such joy in creating, especially when you know it will brighten the heart of a cancer-battling little girl. The process might hurt the heart, but that merely motivates me to make time for one more little blessing as the deadline approaches...
Emily loves arts and crafts, so I made a selection of Create a Critter animals and cupcakes for her to create with or simply play with, along with a sparkling rainbow of butterflies. In the back are the two cards I made for her, previously posted HERE and HERE. I wanted to see how happy they would all look together. :o) (Although I took the photograph before adhering the kitten card's sparkly interior... oops!)

A partial close-up of most of the goodies... I pray that they bring her joy. :o)
The butterflies are all sparkly paper, so I think she'll have a lot of fun with them. I can't wait for them to flutter onto her lap when she opens the pillow box... there are approximately 26 butterflies, so that will be fun. Teehee. I thought it would be neat for her to have bigger versions of the two animals I made for her cards, so I included those in her gift. The sweet deer has a twinkle in her eye via Stickles because she's twinkling with love for Emily. :o) And yes, I officially made my 1,000,001st sparkly penguin, this time with a sparkling purple scarf since she adores that color. A purple hippo was a must, as was a sweet button-centered snail. I certainly couldn't send her a gift box without some sweets, so I made two cupcakes in my favorite "wrappers"... I wish I could take her out for cupcakes. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day! I am just over the moon... Robin designed my blog so brilliantly and I would not change a thing. Thank you once again, my new and wonderful friend. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Create a Critter
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: D'vine Swirls, Swiss Dots
 * Peachy Keen Stamps: Critter Faces, Medium
 * Paper: Bazzill, Core'dinations, DCWV, Heidi Grace, Magnolia, My Mind's Eye, SEI
 * Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart Small Monarch
 * Twine: My Craft Spot (Grape Fizz, Strawberry Cupcake, Twisted Lime)
 * Miscellaneous: Button (My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie); Heart rhinestone on hippo (Recollections); iRock


  1. Wow!! Is Emily going to be excited or what when she sees the goodies. And Karen, your blog is just gorgeous!!! Robin is so tamented and she sure showed it here. Have a good weekend.

  2. Ooohhh, Karen, I ♥♥♥!! Robin did an amazing job...this is GORGEOUS!! I feel so peaceful looking at your beautiful blog!! Simply stunning my friend :) And oh my gosh, the goodies you sent to Emily are so fun and incredible and she will love them!! You are so thoughtful and caring :) All of the animals are adorable, but I think I love the flowery hippo the best...she's so sweet!! I've said this before and I will just keep on saying are amazing :)

    I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, happy weekend :)

    HUGS, Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. SQUEEEEE! I LOVE IT!!! Your new Blog is super fabulous, my friend! Robin is a GENIUS! The whole thing - from the header, to the font, to the sparkles and butterflies - it's all so YOU!!!! *smiles so big my cheeks hurt* Magnificent! :) :) :)

    And all those wonderful goodies for Emily? Oh my! She is going to be SOOOO happy! Such a HUGE heart you have, my sweet friend. I love how much time and effort you put into all your projects - the recipients definitely feel your love in each and every one. You are so amazing. :)



  4. Karen, my sweet friend!!! I love your new blog look! Robin did a fantastic job on the makeover. I hope you enjoy your new blog! and I'm sure the little girl will love all the goodies. You are so sweet for taking the time to bring a smile to kids in need.

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Always, Catarina

  5. I am so sorry I have taken so long to catch up Karen.
    I LOVE your blog makeover.Robin did an amazing job,it is just so beautiful!
    Emily must have loved opening her pillow box to find such crafting delights.Wonderful my dear friend.
    Jayne x

  6. Your blog is gorgeous!!! I love what Robin has done-so pretty and such a wonderful whimsical feel. I am sure Emily will just love her pillow box. So many fun animals:) So super sweet and caring Karen! You are amazing my friend! Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  7. AHHHHHHHH!!! How did your blog get even more beautiful since yesterday?!?!?! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *squishers my Sunshine to bits and pieces*

    SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! You realized that I haven't stopped glowing since I got my very first glimpse of your new beyond magical design, right sis? Everytime I look at it, I find more and more details that I just keep falling head of heels in love with. Know what my new obsession is sis? YOUR SIGGY!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!! It has the gorgeous fan on it!!! And look ah how beautiful your name looks in that stunning font! *cries endless happy tears* Wowzas Sunshine. Your new design is like the most sparkling dream come true. I am sooooooo excited for you I can't sit still! WHEEE!!! *hugs you and Robin for creating a masterpiece* It truly is a work of art, sis. Every detail is so stunning. I love it more than words can ever say. *hugglers you even more*

    And what can I say about Emily's surprise pillow box?! OMJ!!! She is going to adore every single precious little critter and treat soooooooooooooooo much!!! Just knowing that it came from your sparkling heart, Sunshine will mean the universe to her. These sweet little critters will transfer so much healing love to her the second she first holds them. I am sooooooooooo in love with the snail sis. Can I have one just like it? TEE HEE!

    *twirls you in non-stop happy bloggy celebration spins* CONGRATULATIONS SUNSHINE!!!

    *forever super sparkling squishies*
    ~~~Christina :)


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