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Monday, July 30, 2012

Rosette Wands: I Feel the Love

Happy Monday, my dear friends! I hope your weekend was beautiful. :o)

Today's creations are extra special, as they're for the cherished I Feel the Love Project, hosted by the sweet and talented Madison of Funky Cards. Each month she highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of extra love and sunshine. In turn, we have the honor of being a blessing by using our passion to serve others. This ministry brings me inexpressible joy, as you well know by now! :o)

This month's collection is for Sheffield Place, which is a homeless shelter for mothers and their children. The difference they make for these families is something to behold. We were asked to make cards and decorations for the monthly birthday parties for the kids at the shelter. Due to an incredibly busy month, I was only able to complete a fraction of what I envisioned nearly four weeks ago. It breaks my heart, but I hope they feel every tidbit of love that went into these decorations.

I made rosette wands with flowy ribbon and all types of happiness for festive centerpieces on the tables... or to be joyously twirled by sweet little kiddos! (I wouldn't blame them.. I mean, these sparkle something fierce!)
I made sixteen of them. Indeed it took eons, but it was worth every required day of work. The "wands" are bamboo skewers, which I painted with two coats of turquoise glitter acrylic paint and a layer of sealer for protection. They're all turquoise because it's cheery, bright, and just such a gorgeous color. I made the rosettes in three sizes for variety. The biggest one is made with 12x2.5-inch strips, the medium ones used 2-inch wide strips, and the smallest rosettes came from 1.5-inch wide strips. For extra festive fun, each wand has two lengths of ribbon attached in the back.

I took a few pictures for a closer look at the varied designs. Some have added rhinestones to the center designs, some of the rosettes are trimmed in Stickles, and some have various inking. Most are different in some way to (hopefully) appeal to lots of kiddo favorites.
I made multiples of a few, like the butterfly paper rosettes and the colorful flower ones above. The purple stripes have different centers, but the back one wasn't cooperating during picture time.
This set is less frilly and somewhat more gender neutral. (I know it has the same flowyness... but on these ones, that's not ribbon cascading down. They're streamers. Hehe.) The sun and frog are from Create a Critter, with Peachy Keen faces for each and googly eyes for the froggies. (Do you see the froggie paper?! It's so cute!) There are two different baseball ones for sporty types. The blue/green plaid one is a fave. I just love how the plaid looks in a rosette. (And the ribbon isn't actually that spunky. The things you notice after the pictures are done...)
Lastly, these sweet ones. I couldn't send a box of decorations without having hearts somewhere, so I used a Spellbinders Fanciful Holiday heart in the same paper as the rosettes. 

The big purple one certainly doesn't look like a kid one... and that is for a reason. I wanted to make one in honor of the mothers that are fighting so hard to right their lives. Each birthday party for the children at the shelter is a celebration for their moms, too. They could give up. But these ones are determined to return to self-sufficiency and certainly deserve a fancy rosette of their own. :o) I used my Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch around the outside as well as the interior. If you look closely, you'll see a punched design just outside of the scallop center decoration.

I hope with all of my heart that these bring some birthday joy to everyone at the shelter. Isn't this picture adorable? Such radiant smiles. There's only one day left for this current collection, but the good news is that a new one starts Wednesday! :o)
Challenges entered:
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Paper Playtime~ Anything Goes
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes

Thank you for twirling on by! I wish you a day sparkling with love and sunshine. :o)


  1. Hi Karen, Oh what a darling little picture of the littles ones oh so cute!! great idea too just love how you have made these and they are so colourful too great creations, xx

  2. Oh WOW!!! These are amazing Karen. I can see how much work and love you have put into making each and every one of these and I am sure they will be so gratefully received. The colours and detailing you have added to are fabulous, you really are soooo talented.

    Such a lovely happy photo too - thanks for sharing

    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  3. Hello Karen.. These are Fantastic.. I LOVE them..Saw these on MIM..Loz

  4. These rosettes are so colourful and gorgeous Karen.The children will have lots of fun with these.
    Jayne x

  5. Your wands will definitey bring some magic to the lives of the kids. I hope you enough! I can see them fighting over them because they are going to want one of each since it is too difficult to choose.

    Stay Creative.
    Carson's Creations

  6. Karen, my friend, missed you ...this is a gorgeous creation. Rozettes are beautiful did you use the Ribbon and Rozette cart...gorgous colours and beautiful smiles on the children...luv annie

  7. oooh forgot to mention I saw you on annie

  8. These are so beautiful. Such happy colors. What a great cause. These are going to put a smile on all those kiddos faces:)

  9. Your wands are very beautiful!!They will love it!!TFS

  10. Wow, Karen! Each and every one of these is amazing! You put so many wonderful details into each one! The glitter paint looks so awesome on the wands too. These will definately make the birthday celebrations very special. They will LOVE them! :)


  11. LOVEly! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime!
    :) Janis

  12. Oh what happy smiles indeed this will bring to those kiddies in the shelter..... What a pretty pic of the kiddies too.... Great idea and fun images and colors to brighten up their day....
    TFS - you are so thoughtful!

  13. You are so amazing, my sweet friend!! You know just what to make to bring smiles to children's faces!! They will LOVE these!! The papers you used are gorgeous and as always, the details are stunning!! I couldn't pick a favorite if I had too...they are all creative and fun and fabulous!! I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and have a GREAT week ahead!! HUGS!! :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. OMG! These are so sweet and amazing!! I love these!! The kids will too. You are the best. Your projects are always a blessing to this project! Thank you again!

  15. Your rosettes are gorgeous! I can imagine the kids will love these! There are so many different designs and I think they all look wonderful. The ones with the frogs and the happy sun are so fun and the other ones range from classy, to pink and girlie and what style haven't you got in there! I really admire your effort to help out for this good cause...

  16. Beautiful rosettes Karen - they do brighten up the day and yours are lovely. Saw them on MIM.
    Stamping Shanni

  17. Karen, these definitely brought a smile to my they will to those precious little ones. You are such an inspiration to so many people, in your encouragments to so many, by sharing your amazing talent. I always leave your blog with inspiration and hope in my heart..

  18. Wow, these are all amazing. The colors and papers are fabulous and so sure the kids will LOVE them. How sweet you are Karen and so very talented...So beautiful my friend!
    Sherrie K

  19. These pretty rosette wands are sure to put a smile on children's face. Love all the little images you used on them. LOL, I think I would enjoy twirling them around too!!!
    Thanks for linking up with MIM this week
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Sandy DT

  20. What an amazing cause, and you've made something which is really going to bring joyous smiles to the faces of the children - so much colour, fun and beauty!
    Alison x
    (Saw you over at MIM. #184)

  21. *makes a super giant rosette that says KAREN HAS THE MOST GORGEOUS HEART EVER on it* SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ! I love you sis!!! I haven't been able to stop glowing all week long because of these gorgeous creations. I keep thinking about the faces of the sweet little ones at the party lighting up so brightly because of them. You are truly a blessing like no other to these precious little ones, Sunshine. Your stunning gifts will bring endless happiness to them. If only you knew just how much of a hero you are to them. *helps you mail them today* SQUEEEEEEEE!!! SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!

    Um sis? Can we make more of the froggie ones right now? I sooooooo love him!!! TEE HEE! *hugglers him forever and tries to hide him before you have a chance to send him away* TEE HEE!

    I know just how much love and heart went into every single inch of these masterpieces, sis. And you know what? The kiddos will know it too the second they hold one in their hands. Your huggles will dance straight into their hearts, Sunshine. God bless you always for delivering God's joy to so many extra special lives.

    *sends you all the love in the universe today*


    *forever super happy sparklie rosette squishies*
    ~~~ Christina (aka your forever number one rosette fan) TEE HEE! *hides the Mr. Sun one too because I simply can't part with him* TEE HEE HEE!!! :)

  22. oh my gosh I love these! You sure have been busy and these are fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Paper Playtime for our anything goes challenge. :-) Amy

  23. Gorgeous Karen!! I love these! You did a fantastic job!! Love the colors and how creative you were. Saw this on MIM. Have a fabulous weekend!! Hugs, Gloria

    Visit my blog. I would love more followers.

  24. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #91, #157, #158 and #277.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  25. Very very beautiful!!!!

  26. Your rosettes are oh, so delightful! What a wonderful thing you are involved with - It's definitely important to share our own blessings with others. Let's make this world a lovely place!

    Btw, I saw you on MIM.

    Lots of joy,

    PS - I welcome you to play with us at Tuesday Alchemy for our current challenge - We have TWO prizes this week :)


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