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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Choo-Choo! I Feel the Love

Happy Sunday, my sweet friends! I hope everyone is having a beautiful day. :o)

This week's Cooking with Cricut challenge links up with the inspiring Madison of Funky Cards in support of May's I Feel the Love Project. You know the importance of this cause in my life. Every month Madison highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of our love and prayers. We then have the opportunity to be a blessing, delivering a ray of sunshine amidst their current storm. We all know how incredible it feels to receive a handmade card from a bloggie friend or loved one.. imagine the unexpected joy during the darkest of days as they receive an outpouring of love from complete strangers. This project is vital. It truly is.

A couple of weeks ago I first posted this story when sharing the card I made for Brandon's mom, which is posted HERE. As a recap, Brandon is a 4-year-old who was seriously injured in a car accident. As a result, he is considered tetraplegic, which means he can move one limb from time to time. He remains trach and ventilator dependent. Due to the neurological damage suffered, there is little likelihood that he will ever be weaned from the ventilator. However, I believe in miracles and pray for his healing every day.

Brandon's mother, his 2-year-old sister Ashley, and still-hospitalized aunt were all seriously injured in the accident. His mom's sweetheart (Ashley's father) did not survive. :( This is why I couldn't only make Brandon a card this month. The whole family is fighting so many battles and so many facets of sadness. This weekend I made the second one of this batch, which is for sweet Brandon.

"Choo-Choo! We love you!"
Little boys like trains filled with sweet animal friends from Create a Critter, right? The puppy is on an Action Wobble, so he wiggles with the slightest touch! Hopefully it will make Brandon smile. :o) (Thank you Pam for the wobbles! I've been anxious to use them!) I cannot resist giving my favorite puppy a Peachy Keen face... and I sparklified the little bell on his collar with gold Stickles. His train car is filled with hearts, as he's delivering an endless supply of healing love to Brandon. The monkey must have thought the yellow top was a banana, seeing as he's swinging all willy nilly from it. He is popped up with foam tape for dimension and to clear the chunky buttons I used for the wheels. :o)

Since this train is guided by and powered by my and God's love, I used heart-shaped rhinestones as puffs of steam. To make the track, I used the film strip border found on Wall Decor and More. I welded two of them together on my Gypsy, rotating one to make the curvy track I desired. I wanted more of it showing, but I goofed up a bit. I was having too much fun packing love and joy into it, I suppose! ;)

The grass is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder for texture, while the non-sentiment clouds are embossed with D'vine Swirls. I wanted to include a pattern in the card, so I used this lovely Bo Bonny basics cardstock for a dotted sky. The sentiment is computer generated, using my favorite kid font: Sunshiney. It's so whimsical and has the cutest name. The card base is yellow for an extra burst of sunbeams. I hope this card brings a smile to his face and heart. Now I just need to make one for Ashley.. I'm thinking of using another Action Wobble. They might like having a set of wiggly cards. :o)

Brandon and Ashley:
Challenges entered:
 * Cooking with Cricut~ Card Outreach
 * Krafty Girls~ Face Off! (Use a face)

There is still time to make a card for this precious boy, so I hope you will join us. :o) Thank you for swinging on by! I wish you a day sparkling with sunbeams and blessings. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter, Wall Decor and More
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: D'vine Swirls, Swiss Dots
 * Peachy Keen Stamps: Medium Critter Faces
 * Paper: Bo Bunny, Core'dinations, Papertrey Ink
 * Buttons: Michael's dollar bin
 * Small heart punch: stash
 * Heart rhinestones: Recollections


  1. Karen I will be keeping this family in my prayers. You are such a blessing to everyone you meet. AND I am so blessed by your precious friendship, I so enjoy reading your sweet comments that you leave on my blog. ( I hope I can find something in my heart to make for Brent's girl friend, I wish I had just a little of your amazing talent. )
    I am sure little Brandon will love this card, I can just see the smile that will be filling his little face when he sees it...
    Thank you for sharing your awesome talent.. Hugs from Ukiah

  2. Oh your news is so sad l will say a pray for you all and the card is so beautiful sending lots of love........take care:)x

  3. Oh my Karen what an adorable card for Brandon.... I'm sure it would really brighten up his face... I'm hoping all will recover quickly from this mishap... It's so heart breaking and only time will take for all their pain to gradually vanish. My prayers are with all of them.... you are such a sweet person!

  4. Karen, my sweet friend. I love your card. I'm sure Brandon will love it too. Thanks for sharing you great kindness.

    Catarina aka docerela

  5. What an adorable card. Love the train, the animals and the button wheels. Thanks for participating in the card challenge for Brandon.

  6. You are such a sweetie! Your card is so adorable and I am SURE Brandon will just love it! It just beings a smile to my face. The train is just adorable and the monkey and puppy could not be any cuter! The button wheels and cute heart puffs of smoke are fabulous little elements to this card that make is so special!! Love it Karen!!
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend my friend!
    Sherrie K

  7. This card is so cute! I love the card you made for Brandon. The faces are adorable and it's for a great cause. Thank you for linking up with us at Krafty Girls!

  8. What a cute card and such a great cause! I'm sure Brandon and his family will be touched with the love that you put into this. Thanks so much for joining us at Krafty Girls!

    Krafty Girls DT

  9. Fabulous card Karen.I am sure it will bring a smile to Brandon and his family.Such cute and colourful cuts and all filled with love..just wonderful.
    Jayne x

  10. The first thing I did when I saw this card was smile, Karen!! You have manged to combine so many fun elements together...the train, monkey and puppy!! Any kid would absolutely love to get this and I know Brandon will feel blessed to have received such an amazing card :) As always, I am so touched by not only your card, but the love and thought you put into it!! Every detail is spectacular my sweet friend!! Love, love, love it :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. This is adorable, Karen! It will definantly brighten the day of this sweet little boy! The button wheels were such a good idea! Love the background paper too! Thanks for playing along at Krafty Girls! p.s. I'm so glad to hear you liked your goodies! :)


  12. Hi Karen! I'm Ellen (CardMonkey), the admissions coordinator where Brandon lives now. I wanted to tell you how much he will appreciate your card. Mail, bright fun cards, and caring make his eyes sparkle. He's got such a long road ahead of him and yet he's made great progress. His sister Ashley calls Brandon "Boo" -- and she misses him very much in between visits. Brandon is such a sweetheart -- thank you for thinking of him with this sweet card!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  13. Your project is amazing. I love the patterns and the cute little faces. Thanks for playing along with us at Krafty Girls.

  14. Karen this card is so adorable with the train and animals. You are so thoughtful and always thinking of others, I love that about you. :)

  15. Karen this is adorable my sweet friend. Brandon will smile when he sees it. This cut of the puppy is my favorite, cuz it's a Dalmatian just like mine! Every detail of your card is full of love and compassion from a warm loving caring soul, you!

    Hugs, Pam

  16. Karen, ADORABLE!!!! Love the buttons for wheels and the puppy's cute little face. This is just too cute!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You are beyond talented. I just can't tell you enough how special you are to me!!!

  17. Karen - this is absolutely adorable! Love all of the details, including the puppy's cute face. Thank you for linking up with us at CWC.

    Hattie, CWC DT

  18. Such a lovely card. Thanks so much for participating in our card outreach. Great job with that face and the train.

    Olivia, CWC DT

  19. This is SUPER adorable!! I LOVE how you embossed the clouds!!! Sure to bring smiles to Brandon!! Thanks for linking up to Cooking With Cricut!

    CWC DT

  20. CHOO CHOO!!! *puff puffs along and leaves trails of happy hearts everywhere in my Sunshine's gorgeous bloggy blog today* YAY!!! I LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!!!!

    There aren't any words to say just how much precious little Brandon will love this gift. It has been created with SO much love and heart. Just like he is a hero for all he sparkles through daily, you too are a hero to him now, sis. Your kindness and healing hugs will bring him more happiness than we could ever dream possible.

    This card is just the most adorable masterpiece I have ever seen. It is just bursting with pure joy. *wishes I could play with the puppy and make him bobble too* SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING!!!

    God bless you Sunshine for delivering endless happiness to this very special little boy and his entire family. Your love means everything to them.

    *hugglers you madly and wipes away oodles of happy tears*

    We are all praying with you over this most precious family. May God bless them with His most generous healing love. And may God bless our sweetest Karen for all the love she gives us all every single day.

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


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