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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gift-shaped Card Set :)

Happy Tuesday, my sparkly friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week. :o)

Despite my blog silence over the past week, some craftiness has been squeezed in. :o) The gift-shaped card I made for a loved one's birthday a couple of weeks ago was so well-received that I made a set of them in varying themes. :o) I used less poofy ribbon than the one I hand delivered, making it more envelope-friendly as opposed to a box.

A rosy version was a must! (Enlarge if you want to see pearly happiness on the hearts.)
Whimsical hearts and flourishes from First Edition~Love Letters cover this gift, which I paired with Victorian Velvet distress ink and matching cardstock. I loved this shade on the embossed areas of the Spellbinders Nested Hearts so much that I decided to use two of the hearts instead of one! Pearls accent both hearts and provide the chain for them to hang beneath the bow. This card was left without a sentiment because the romantic feel lends it to be ideal for an anniversary card, as well as a birthday or Just Because card for a sweetheart. I wanted the options left open for this one.

I thought a butterfly gift would be super cute. :o)
Magnolia and My Mind's Eye papers are paired with Broken China distress ink for a lover of butterflies, aquas, or whimsy. Rhinestones serve as the chain, dangling beneath a double bow of crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot. (Snow White and Aqua Mist, I believe.)

Everyone loved the original, so I made another one just like it, except with different ribbon.
It was hard to cut into my last sheet of this SEI heart paper, but I persevered! ;) I used Walnut Stain on the embossed areas and to lightly distress the edges. Amber rhinestones were chosen because they make me think of caramel.. and all this brown made me think of chocolate. Hehe. Instead of the ultra-poofy bow, I used beautiful ribbon I found at JoAnns. It's satiny cream with metallic gold dots. I think the ribbon could work nicely for elegant Christmas cards. :o)

Lastly, a peek at the interiors.
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis squares are cut from the same cardstock as the bows to coordinate nicely, with a simple white or vintage cream square for the message. The present cuts are from Art Philosophy, welded with my Gyspy, and all of the bows from the image are embossed with the Swiss Dots folder. The birthday sentiment stamp is from Whimsical Designs. This was a fun set to make and I hope the future recipients love them as much as I do. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * The Crafty Pad~ To Die For (Use dies/punches!)
 * Frosted Designs~ Twine/Ribbon
 * In the Pink~ Fifty Shades of... Pink!
 * Make it Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Paper Playtime~ Polka Dots and a Sentiment
 * Simon Says Stamp and Show~ No rules!

Thank you for visiting me! I hope you have a beautiful day. :o)


  1. WOW! These are all stunning Karen. I really love the design and the papers and colours that you have put together all coordinate perfectly. The gorgeous die cut hearts are really wonderful and your attention to detail it fabulous too.
    All the best to you
    Hugs Sue

  2. this is really gourgeous. love them

  3. Wow such great detailing as always Karen.. Love the detail to each card, the 1st one is pretty with the pearls on the heart, the 2nd very lovely butterfly papers, the 3rd is just as beautiful. Awesome idea in hanging those hearts with the little chain and all adorable ribbon choices..
    Overall it's versatile for any occasion..
    TFS - so inspiring as always!

  4. I have been thinking of you all week praying everything was going well for you. Glad you were able to squeeze in some craft time.
    i am so sure the recipients LOVED the first card. AND the new ones are just as beautiful.. so beautiful that i i am going to try to make one (hopefully soon).. You are such an inspiration, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. You are definitely a blessing to everyone that meets you.. hugs from ukiah

  5. Oh my sweet friend, these are simply stunning and absolutely gorgeous!! I am so glad you chose to recreate this card because I fell in love with the first one!! Each of these designs are creative and beautiful, but I think the butterfly might be my favorite!! Actually, it's too hard to choose because they are all fabulous :) The details, as always are amazing!! I hope you are doing well and feeling well my dear friend!! We need to catch up soon!! Sending you lots of huge hugs :)

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Hey there thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME creations with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, I love them all, fabby colors and the Fleur de Lis is fabulous too. Thank you for sharing, hugs terry xxxx

  7. Wow Karen - these are totally gorgeous and no wonder the original recipient loved their card. They are all absolutely fabulous and very clever! :o) Thanks for sharing them at The Crafty Pad this week in our "To Die For" challenge.
    Helen x (DT)

  8. These are all so very pretty. What a great idea. I love them. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

  9. These are fab! Love them in all colours! Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad in our To Die For Challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  10. Gosh Karen, these are absolutely beautiful the attention to detail shines through them all they are so beautiful and the colours are gorgeous too your so talented xx

  11. WOWZERS...these are beautiful Karen!! I LOVE the Spellbinders Nested hearts which I have to go them! The papers are all perfect and coordinate so lovely:) Beautiful work my friend!
    Sherrie K

  12. Hi Karen....

    This is such a fabulous shape for a card... and you have decorated them perfectly.. Obviously the pink one has to be my very favourite!

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

    Christine (AKA Posh!)

  13. Such lovely gift set. Really stunning! Popped on over via MIM
    Love n hugs

  14. A gorgeous card design Karen - love them all, but especially like the pink one!!
    Thank you for joining in the fun at ITP - hope we will see you next time too!
    Sylvia x

  15. Hello there fellow Pink lover. Isn't it fabulous about the launch of In the Pink? I stopped in for a closer look at your card. I'm linked at #1 & #103 this week, I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello.

    Lovely cards, the little gifts are so cute.


    Kasey ~ in Oz

  16. The thumbnail of your projects in the linky over at Make it Monday intrigued me and I needed to pop over for the closer look (nosey me!) Oh my gosh - I am so glad I did! These cards are just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Jen Leeflang

  17. Stunning and gorgeous cards karen and beautifully decorated. I spotted them on the make it Monday blog and am glad I popped over to take a better look and say hello.


  18. Wonderful project! Spotted you on MIM :0)

    Leigh S-B

  19. Ooo!!! I see pressies!!! *races over to open every single one of them* GASP!!! Look at what's inside!!! My Sunshine's super huggles!!! WHEEEEEEE!!! *squishers you silly for being so amazing*

    OMJ! I am soooooooooo crazy in love with these cards, sis. I simply cannot stop staring at the gorgeous aqua flutterby card. It is just the most stunning combo of whites and aquas I have ever seen. I can't even begin to say just how much I adore it. *sneaker hides it so you can't ever give it away* TEE HEE! Did you know that I am beyond jealous of whoever is going to recieve this one sis? TEE HEE! I don't think I will recover from having to give this one away. WHEEEEE!!! *giggles*

    Why am I craving chocolate now? *stares at third card* TEE HEE! It is even more perfect than chocolate itself, Sunshine. And your first rosy card just makes my heart turn rosy with love. It is SO stunning. Which is your mostest fav of the three, sis?

    *tucks hearts and flutterbys inside every pressie card to remind you just how proud I am of you*


    *forever aqua flutterby chocolatey squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  20. Fabulous card design and each is exquisite .Decorated beautifully .
    Thanks for sharing on Make it monday

  21. Karen this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look. Hope you are having a fab Thursday. Hop on over to Doing Life - for a chance to win some lovely digi stamps from DS4J to the value of 20$.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  22. These cards are so pretty, Karen! Each one is as beautiful as the next! I love all the ribbons and papers you used! I really like how you added the pearls and bling too! :)


  23. pretty cards and great idea of the shape.saw your entry on MIM.


  24. Wow, wow, wow!!! Those are gorgeous! I can't pull myself away. They are precious and I love each and every design. Really great idea here and so striking. I love that they can be versatile for so many ocassions. Nicely done.
    Lisa xx
    Thank you also for leaving the very nice comment on the MIM blog for the DTs. :)

  25. Karen, these are gorgeous! I saw the little photo on MIM & it piqued my interest...glad I came by for a closer look! My entry is #110.
    Hugs, Renee

  26. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #165, #189, #217, #227 and #228.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!


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