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Monday, August 27, 2012

Encouragement Card

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

This card is for one of my sweet friends who is in the midst of a serious trial. It is vital not to waver, so I made this to encourage her to keep her faith steadfast.

"I have set the Lord before me. I shall not be moved."
Last week I received some crafty blessings and I couldn't wait to put some to good use. I finally own a few dies from my favorite die company Cheery Lynn Designs and I love everything about them. They were worth the long wait! (Nearly a year of 'window shopping.') The exquisite butterfly is from the Small Exotic Butterflies #2 set and the beautiful leafy vine is their mini fanciful flourish... I positively love them. The butterfly is cut with pearlescent cardstock for a sweet shimmer and accented with pink rhinestones.
The Scripture is from K Andrew Designs~ Scripture Sayings, my go-to stamp set for these types of cards. It is invaluable. I have set it upon two layers of Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares, which are popped up with foam tape for dimension. The Paper Pizazz paper is so gorgeous that I didn't want to layer another design atop it. :o) The edges are inked with Victorian Velvet and I sewed around the base with my sewing machine. The white paper is embossed with Swiss Dots for textural happiness.

The Guipure lace and Pink Mist flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Sprinkled within the flower arrangement are two sizes of rhinestones and the petals are trimmed in Star Dust for extra sparkle. You may need to enlarge one of the pictures to see those, however.

A peek inside, which I couldn't resist lining with this lovely paper... and a look at the butterfly perched atop the popped-up layer.
I am proud of her for fighting the good fight of faith and hope she always remembers that our God is greater than everything. I am eager to see her deliverance, which certainly will come. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Cheery Lynn Designs~ Anything Goes
 * Fab 'n' Funky~ Leaves
 * In the Pink~ Things with Wings (and pink, of course!)
 * Little Scrap Pieces~ Make it Sparkle
 * Make it Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Sentimental Sundays~ Sewing or Faux Stitching

I want to give a shout-out to a fantastic challenge blog that I saw for the first time today: Word Art Wednesday. What a blessing it is! I look forward to participating each week and have already been so blessed by it. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a day that sparkles with love and light. :o)


  1. this is so beautiful. just beautiful

  2. This is so elegant! love that die, I will have to go on to that site and check them out..... Great stitching and all those embellies are only so perfect to compliment your card...lovely papers too.
    TFS - I'm sure the recipent will be happy to get this card it will give her some comfort as well.
    Enjoy your lovely Monday and your new week ahead!
    Sweet hugs~

  3. Gorgeous card, the diecut frames really set off the saying, and the embellishments are gorgeous - caught my eye on MiM, came for a closer look.

    Nicki, x

  4. What an elegant card and the beautiful is a perfect embellishment. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.


  6. Oh this is so lovely. The contrast between the black and pink is so striking and what gorgeous flowers.

    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  7. A gorgeous card Karen made with so much love. The wonderful sentiment is beautifully framed and I love the way you have arranged the pretty flowers. The delicate butterfly is the perfect finishing touch. I am sure your friend will get great comfort from receiving such a special card.
    hugs Sue

  8. This is stunning and those flowers are so beautiful. Perfect sentiment
    So glad you could share with us at
    Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge

  9. Hi Karen! God is just SO GOOD, isn't He? What a blessing it is to know that God worked out the details allowing us to meet here in blog land. Nothing is "by accident" with the Lord, and I praise Him for allowing us to connect. You are always welcome to link at Word Art Wednesday, and don't have to put the link in your post if you're facing "limits" from other challenges. We're just grateful to have the art shared so that it can bless others. Our DT members LOVE seeing the art created with scripture, and I can just tell that your art is going to be a blessing to us. I'd like to chat with you (via email) about Guest Designing for us. I hope you're having a blessed week, and I look forward to getting to know you better Karen. My heart is so full of praise for the wonderful God who has allowed us to connect and bless one another through this crazy craft we love. I look forward to talking with you more.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  10. Fantastic card and colours Karen. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  11. Gosh Karen, l have to agree with the above totally stunning xx

  12. I am speechless...this is absolutely stunning, Karen!! I can't even pick out details to highlight because every single one is fabulous!! The way you layer embellishments together is simply amazing!! WOW!! It's elegant and gorgeous and I know she will truly, truly cherish this!! I hope your week is starting off wonderfully my dear, sweet friend :) Big HUGS!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. This is just breathtaking!!! I just love the delicate look of the design:) The layered frames are so beautiful with that sentiment and I adore the whimsical butterfly! So beautiful Karen! I am sure she will treasure it!
    Sherrie K

  14. WOW!!This is Very Beautiful!Gorgeous!Stunning!A perfect Sentiment!TFS

  15. Truly a work of art with a magnificent sentiment. The layers the roses so elegant. Such beautiful soft color the darker layers just bring your eye right to the center. Lovely. Thanks so much for joining my challenge this week. Karen

  16. Beautiful card! All the details you added are just perfect! I love the butterfly with the rhinestones and the pretty flowers! The Spellbinders and machine stitching looks fabulous too! I'm sure your friend will cherish this! Have a great week! :)


  17. I saw your card on MIM and had to drop by for a closer look. I love your gorgeous design.

    Stop by my blog to check out my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!


  18. What a lovely card! Thanks so much for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge ( and glad you've gotten some CLD for your stash!) Good luck!

  19. Karen, thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. Your card is so beautiful, you friend will surely be blessed by it. Those Cheery Lynn dies were indeed worth the wait. Their flouishes are some of my fav dies too. I'm so glad that you found us at Word Art Wednesday and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

  20. A beautiful card and even more beautiful sentiment! Saw your card on the "in the pink" challenge blog and had to comment...Wishes, Suzanne

  21. This is truly lovely Karen, the concept of giving an encouragement card so your friend remains determined and strong. I love the double frames used and your flowers are beautiful.

    I saw you @ In the Pink, I'm number 17 this week, I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  22. Hi Karen

    This is a stunning pink creation... with of course, a beautiful butterfly, and is sure to encourage your friend.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at In The Pink - good luck with this one and hope to see you again soon!

    Christine (AKA Posh!)

  23. what a beautiful card ,i am sure your friend will treasure it
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  24. A very pretty and elegant card, I love your use of those die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

  25. Karen this is just beautiful!! I only have a moment, but I want you to know how much I love you. You are my rock!

    Love and hugs always, Pam

  26. Karen this card is breathtaking on every level. Had to let you know as soon as I saw the tiny image on MIM. Very inspiring you are obviously a very talented lady.
    Stamping Shanni

  27. This is just a stunning card, I love the pink and green touches you used. Lovely job! Thank you for joining us this week at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge!

    Jackie, Fab 'n' Funky

  28. Beautiful card. Love the lacy layers.

  29. This is a stunning card! I love all the layers and colors...

    Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays! Good Luck!

    Sandy S
    SS DT

  30. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Guess who is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo in love with this card?! MEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *grabs it and you and hugglers you forever* Everytime I look at this gorgeous masterpiece, my heart flutters something silly. I just get goosebumps looking at it, sis. It just has such a peaceful and uplifting feeling about it that I can't even explain. The stunning colours you used and how you arranged every single little detail is truly incredible. I can't gush enough about how much I love your new dies and how you used them SO flawlessly on this card. Without question Sunshine this is a gift that will deliver so much hope, faith and healing strength to its lucky recipient. *squishers you with all my heart cause you are truly something else*

    SQUEEEEEEEE!!! *twirls you in super happy flutterby spins*

    I LOVE YOU MY SWEETEST SIS!!!!!!!! *stares at this card all night because I love it more every single second*

    *forever super sparkling flower squishers for my precious Sunshine*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  31. This is so beautiful I love all the muted colors are great.
    Thank you for joining us at little scrap pieces
    DIANA L.

  32. This is soo beautiful and elegant..the butterfly is simply stunning and the flowers are soo ...ohh the card itself is an inspiration as well as the quote~
    Glad I found this on MIM~Its beautiful


  33. Beautiful card Karen,love the pretty butterfly.So sorry to be so late catching up with your gorgeous work my friend.
    Jayne x

  34. Absolutely gorgoeous!!!! Good Luck and thank you for joining in the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  35. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #159, #162, #212 and #214.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  36. Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental
    Sundays. Please join us again soon. xxx Rachelle SS dt

  37. Gorgeous card, so beautiful and elegant! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

  38. Stunning card design. Perfect sentiment, and so many beautiful embellishments. Thanks for joining the challenge at Sentimental Sundays!


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