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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friendship Card

Happy Thursday, my dear friends! I hope your week is a great one so far! :o)

I made this card for a sweet friend who needs an extra burst of love and sunshine. I began with inspiration from one of my favorite challenges, which turned out to be incredibly difficult for me. (It is called a challenge, after all!) I hope she loves this quilting-inspired friendship card. :o)

"A friend loveth at all times."
This card's purpose is certainly worthy of a beautiful description.. but given all the silly trouble I had, I am in too big of a time crunch. Rushing through Copic work is never ideal for me, but I really wanted to play at Frosted Designs and have this done for my pal as soon as possible. I think cupcakes for breakfast are appropriate today.

The quilted squares were created to represent various memories and events, stitched together to form the beautiful tapestry that is our friendship. This card serves as a reminder of all the magical moments we have shared and that I am always here for her.. because a friend loveth at all times. This fantastic sentiment is from the K Andrews Designs~Scripture Sayings stamp set. A dear friend blessed me with it last week, and there may have been sparkly tears of gratitude. I will be using them often to share the precious Word. :o)

The patterned papers are from my beloved My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody collection. The quilted section on the right includes the same paper as the bottom base, so rest assured there are no missing pieces from the top. Those special moments shared provide the base for our smooshy friendship, as it reflects.

The sweet little girl is an Elisabeth Bell rubber stamp, named Chloe. My friend and I both adore her, so I knew I needed to color her up for this card. I also like how it resembles a framed photograph of a treasured friend immersed in nature. Isn't Chloe precious with her sweet apples? Star Dust shimmers on the white parts of her blouse, the flowers, and the bee's wings. I used a Bev Rochester cloud template and Broken China distress ink to make a cloudy landscape. The frame beneath the stamp is a Spellbinders Floral Oval, which is accented with pearls. The lace is my favorite Wild Orchid Crafts Guipure lace, which she also loves. Every tag/frame I tried to use with the sentiment made it seem too busy, so I stamped directly on the paper (scary!) and made a tiny border above it. The flower is a Wild Orchid Crafts sweetheart blossom and I used pearls to design two tiny flourishes. Hopefully this will bring a smile to her heart. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Digi Bells~ May Release Blog Hop (Stitching)
 * Frosted Designs~ Quilting
 * Paper Playtime~ Say it with Sentiments: Friendship

Thank you for visiting! I wish you a day that sparkles with blessings and sunshine. :o)


  1. This will definitely cheer her up... Colored up so beautiful, love that bg quilt look aren't they fun to do... I still have my pieces cut up and never got to it yet... I did it once and loved it but no time, something always comes up when I remember to finish it up..LOL!
    Enjoy your day Karen!

  2. What a sweet card! I just love that little image and your coloring is fantastic!! I never do so good with red! :) Im sure your friend will love this beautiful card!
    Tracy M

  3. Oh did it again! This is so beautiful and I just love sweet Chloe! You colored her so beautifully and such pretty elements that you added. The patchwork and the lace look just fabulous!!! I am SURE it will bring a huge smile to your friends heart! Well done my sweet friend! Hope you have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
    Sherrie K

  4. Hi Karen, Oh this truly is an amazing image and you have coloured it beautifully, love the layout and all the lovely backing papers also the embellis ...........truly stunning,xx

  5. Karen this is just amazing, I love how you described the patchwork, representing all the memories you have shared with each other. I always get a blessing from reading your blog and from your amazing talent. It is simply gorgeous..she will love it.
    I am still struggling trying to be inspired to make Brent's girl friend a card, you may have just inspired me. I think I have that spellbinders, if you don't mind, I may try to create something using that die... You are such an inspiration and a blessing. And thank you for your prayers...

  6. Oh wow, Karen, this is amazing!! You totally brought Chloe to life!! WOW, she just pops off the paper in magnificent color!! You did an amazing job!! The quilting is beautiful, the embellishments fabulous, but the image is gorgeous!! You are so incredibly talented my sweet friend!! This is amazing!! Your friend will cherish it!! And the sentiment is perfect :)

    I hope you are having a fabulous week and have fun plans for the holiday weekend :)

    HUGS!! Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Your card is stunning! You do the most beautiful coloring. I love that cute little girl. Thanks for playing with us over at Paper Playtime, hope to see you again soon :)


  8. Love the top of your card. What a great idé! You are very good at colouring as well.

  9. Hi Karen,
    I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for always leaving me such sweet comments and always so encouraging:) I also hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend my friend!!
    Sherrie K

  10. This is adorable, Karen! I love the papers you used for the quilt. The little girl is just precious! And your coloring is amazing as always! The machine stitching looks great too! :)


  11. What a precious card!!! Love Chloe and you colored her just perfectly! I love the details on your card. The quilt is great. Thank you so very much for playing with us at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  12. Oh Karen, your friend is going to love her card. You are probably the best colorist(if that's the right word?) I have ever seen. You color every image perfectly, every time. You are full of wonderful gifts from our Father and you share your ministry so faithfully. I love reading your heart behind your creations too, it always blesses me. You bless me!

    Hugs, Pam

  13. Guess who can't stop staring at every gorgeous inch of this masterpiece?!


    Guess who is in complete and total awe of the creative gift God has blessed you with?!


    Guess who loves your sparkling beautiful heart something silly?!


    Did you know that the more you stare at the stunning quilted squares in the top left corner, the more they begin to resemble the inside patterns of a kaleidoscope?! It's true!!! I had a mini kaleidoscope when I was young that made patterns just like that when you peeked inside and turned it! AHHH!!! It's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gorgeous sis!!! *glows brighter than the brightest star in the sky*

    Guess who needs to huggle you sooooooo tight today?!


    I love you my sweetest Sunshine (aka the forever sparkle of God and I's hearts forever)!!!

    "You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He" Isaiah 43:10

    P.S. What are these new awards I just happen to see on the right side of my screen? I wonder who they might belong to? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *twirls you*

    *forever happy appley huggles for the forever rainbow of my heart*
    ~~~Christina :)

  14. Karen, I'm sure you can rest assured that this card WILL cheer your friend's heart. The little image is precious and your colouring is wonderful. And the little bit of "quilting" is such a treat! The verse is a perfect sentiment on this too! What could be better than a little snippet of scripture to brighten one's day?!

  15. Oh your card is gorgeous! I love this image! I'm about to sit down and colour her in! Thanks for joining us at The Digi Bell's ! HUgsxx

  16. Beautiful card Karen.Adore your image and your colouring is exquisite!Wonderful quilting too.
    Jayne x

  17. Ohhhhhhhhh my goodness Karen, what an absolutely gorgeous piece of artwork you have made. Your stitching, and the little quilted squares are just so creative. I'd never thought to do this. I might have to give it a try sometime. Your coloring is superb too. What's not to love about this precious card?
    Thanks so much for joining us for this months Digi Bell Blog Hop Challenge.

  18. Karen dear this is extremely touching---the story and the card!!! Love the quilting connection--so very very pretty!!! Absolute BEAUTY!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Digi Bells Blog Hop Challenge!!!
    Hugz of luck


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