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Monday, August 13, 2012

Wishing You a World Full of Joy: More love for Olivia!

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a sparkly start. :o) I apologize for being a couple of days behind on your marvelous creations. I will be visiting you right after I post this! :o)

As you already know from a previous post, this month the incredible Madison of Funky Cards is honoring someone in my life for her I Feel the Love Project. Each month she highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of some extra love. In turn, we have the absolutely privilege of using our passion for a far greater purpose. Crafting for a cause brings such joy to my heart. I love everything about I Feel the Love and am so thankful to Madison for honoring someone in my life.

The collection this month is for 9-year-old Olivia, the daughter of my lifelong friend Erika. Erika passed away last year after a long, valiant fight against cancer. Sweet Olivia is a fighter just like Erika, but facing this world without her mom has been exceptionally difficult for her. To read more about the ever-inspiring Olivia and why she and Erika are so special to me, you can check out the first card I made for Olivia

This weekend I used every spare morsel of time to make another card for her. You can never shower someone with too much love, right? I'll be making her a fun animal or Disney one soon, but before that I wanted to make her a Copic card. When I received this cutie pie last week, I knew I needed to color it up for Olivia. :o)

"Wishing you a World full of Joy"
Isn't this image adorable? It had been on my wish list for quite some time and am ecstatic to now own it. There's no better way to break it in than using it for I Feel the Love. :o) She is an Elisabeth Bell image, perfectly titled Beary Big Hugs. I stamped her on a Spellbinders Labels Four base, colored her with Copics, and used a cloud template and Tumbled Glass distress ink for the sky. I covered her sweater and shoes with Star Dust because sparkles make everything better. :o) I gave her a sweet twine bow to add a textural element.

The papers were chosen because of the fluttering hearts, so whimsically delivering my love to Olivia. The glittery swirls seemed perfect for her, too. I thought it would be fun to make her a super girly card, so I used a Martha Stewart heart border punch, a bunch of sparklified Wild Orchid Crafts roses, extra bows, and oodles of rhinestones. A tiny butterfly is resting atop one of the petals of the largest rose. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, which I attached to a Spellbinders Lacey Circle. I colored in the butterfly to match the stamp and centered the two little flowers with tiny rhinestones. The gingham papers are lightly inked with Victorian Velvet.

My friend Charlotte of A Little Bit of Detail made a card for this cause, in which she had Olivia's sweet name scrolled across the front in a beautiful font. It reminded me how special it is to personalize cards, especially for little kids. So I made a banner with my Art Philosophy cartridge and used small alphabet stamps to personalize this card. The banner is pop-dotted for dimension and lined with twine. I couldn't resist securing each end with a bow. :o)

There is still time to make a card for this deserving little girl, so I hope you'll consider joining this month's I Feel the Love collection! :o)

Sweet Olivia on Christmas morning, 2010.... a few short months before our beloved Erika passed away.
Challenges entered:
 * Cooking With Cricut~ Card Outreach
 * Divas By Design~ For a Female
 * I Feel the Love~ Cards for Olivia
 * In the Pink~ Fifty Shades of... Pink!
 * Little Scrap Pieces~ Use Your Bling
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Fab 'n' Funky~ Pearls or Rhinestones
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Bingo! (Ribbon-Free-Blooms)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope your day is filled with all things beautiful. :o)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Art Philosophy
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four, Lacey Circles
 * Paper: Core'dinations, Heidi Grace
 * Sentiment stamp: Lili of the Valley~ Dreamy Days
 * Image stamp: Elisabeth Bell~ Beary Big Hugs
 * Copics: E000, E000, E00 (skin); E23, E25, E31, E50 (hair); R81, R83, R85 (sweater, shoes); B91, B93, B95, B97 (jeans and bandana thingy); E31, E33, E35 (I think.. for the bear), YG17, YG23, G28 (grass)
 * Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts (Pink Mist)
 * Border Punch: Martha Stewart Lace Heart
 * Crinkle Ribbon: My Craft Spot (Petal Pink)
 * Twine: My Craft Spot (Blossom, Blueberry Blue)
 * Miscellaneous: iRock, Stickles


  1. This card is so sweet, Karen! I love the banner across the top with the little twine bows! Such an adorable image and you are amazing with the copics! Very cute idea to put the bow at the end of her braid too. I'm sure Olivia will treasure this card forever! :)


  2. Hello Karen. It is clear to see how much love and thought you have put into making this special card for Olivia. The image is indeed gorgeous and your colouring is beautiful as is all the detailing you have added. The personalised bunting is such a lovely touch and the sentiment is prefect.
    thanks you so much for such lovely and kind comments you have left for me recently, I really do appreciate them so much.
    Big hugs Sue

  3. What a pretty card for Olivia! All the detailing on it is just so perfect for her... Love the banner, the glittery effects on her blouse/shoes. It is so girly and I'm sure this will make Olivia smile from cheek to cheek... You are so thoughtful and such a giver at heart.....
    TFS - enjoy your new week with fun filled happiness and crafting!

  4. OMG! This is beautiful! I love the banner:) The digi is amazing. I love the way you colored it. All the details are fabulous. The colors:) What can I say. Olivia is going to love it!! I can't wait to see it. Such a blessing!!! Have a great week. Thanks for joining us at Cooking With Cricut this week.
    ~Madison CWC DT and

  5. Karen beautiful post beautiful card. I agree you can never shower anyone with too much love. All the details are stunning from the banner to the flower. Thanks for joining my challenge this week Karen

  6. Such a pretty card. Thanks for joining the "Use your Bling" Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces

  7. Oh my sweet friend, this is simply amazing!! That is most beautiful image and you colored it perfectly as always!! I love both the sparkly heart paper and the checkered paper!! The name banner is beautiful!! And wow, the flowers are fabulous!! In other words, this is STUNNING!! What a blessing you are for Olivia!! This amazing card will bring a huge smile to her sweet face!! I hope your Monday was wonderful and Tuesday even better!! Huge hugs my dear friend!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Hi Karen,
    Thanks so much for such sweet comments. I so enjoyed making Oliva her card. And I sent it to Madison this morning. I hope she enjoys all these cards.

  9. What a gorgeous card. I love everything about it- the banner, the flowers, the digi, the punch, the paper and on and on and on. Thanks for joining us for the CWC challenge for Olivia.

  10. This is a beautiful card Karen - love the image, the layout, the gorgeous embellishments, and of course the shades of pink!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ITP and I hope we will see you again next time.
    Sylvia x

  11. 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 this week, I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello.

    Stunning card, your colouring is amazing and your heart is just as big from reading your post. The world needs more people like you Karen.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  12. Hi Karen

    I can feel the love you have put into this card for Olivia.. and I am sure she will adore it. Your colouring is stunning, and the banner with her name is perfect for her.

    Thank you for joining in our first challenge... we are so excited to see so many lovers of pink sharing their passion with us.. and we look forward to seeing you in our future challenges.

    Christine x

  13. Hi ya! I saw your card on Make it Monday and am so happy to visit your blog and see this beautiful card that you have made for a special cause and little girl! LOVE the way you have done Olivia's name on the bunting too! makes it so special! she'll LOVE it! hugs me x

  14. Hi Karen, l can only agree with all of the above you have done a wonderful card for a very special reason and a lovely colour too! take care xx

  15. Wow, WoW, WOW! This is GORGEOUS! I loooove it! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize!
    Good luck!
    Rene :D

  16. Karen - This is absolutely gorgeous!! I've missed seeing your creations. (Our summer has been crazy - in a good way! - and I've hardly been home to blog.)
    Your projects always ooze love. They really do!! This is such a sweet, sweet card and you (and your friend, Charlotte) are so right about how special it is for children to have their names on things. What a treat this will be for Olivia!!
    Things should settle for me in September (I hope!) and I look forward to being a more frequent visitor then. I do hope all is well with you... and it seems it is. :)

  17. Oh Karen, poor Olivia, it has brought tears to my eyes, her poor mum having to leave her so young, she must have been so worried, it was always my worse fear when my children were young. Olivia is lucky to have you as friend, she sounds so brave for one so young. I have a card I made some time ago which I know would be perfect for her, I will get it in the post this week. Hopefully it will arrive in USA from UK before the end of the month.
    Thank you for the kind words on my blog, I do appreciate them.
    Suzie xx

  18. Beautiful card ,so pretty
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
    Lisa x

  19. Such a pretty card, your colouring is amazing and that bunting really sets it off. Thank you for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

  20. Brilliant card and gorgeous too.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  21. Hi Karen, Your card is gorgeous ! Love the image. What a sad/inspiring story. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for your visit to my Blog ! Much appreciated, Shirleyx

  22. Awesome coloring Karen! EB is one of my favorite artists and I love designs using her images. Adorable card! Love the personalized banner and the glitz. What little girl doesn't like glitz and this is just perfect. She will love it. Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment. Hope to see you again soon. "Hugs"

  23. Hello Karen thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog.
    Your card is adorable and I am sure the sweet Olivia will love it too, so much beautifull detail and fabulous colouring, love your design too xx

  24. Karen this is just stunning.I love the image and her stardust sweater.The banner with Olivia's name on really makes it even more special for her.Beautiful card.
    LOTV has free worldwide shipping on for the next 4 weeks in case you didn't know.
    Jayne x

  25. You know what? Sparkles really do make everything better. And do you know what makes everything even better than better? Sparklie love that comes from your beyond sparkling heart!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ!!! This card is the most gorgeous gift in the universe, sis. It is truly as radiant and beautiful and your flawless heart. Every detail is filled with SO much healing love. Without question, this is one the the most special gifts that Olivia could ever receive, sis. Everytime she holds it she will be reminded of just how much she is loved and how much she is adored. I can't even begin to say just how proud I am of you and how excited I am for sweet brave little Olivia and the very first time she will see her incredible gift. She loves you SO very much, sis. And we all love you something silly for having the most selfless heart on earth. God bless you for being the brightest sparkling rainbow of one very special little girl's heart.

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!

    *forever super sparkling teddy-bear sized squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  26. Hi Karen!

    Thanks for your lovely words on my blog! :) Please email me at lillpiga(@) before 20PM GMT and some fun will come to you. :)

    Regards Malin from WOC

  27. *sneakers in and leaves a trail of sparkling huggle love behind me* TEE HEE!

    I just followed the link on my Sunshine's bloggy to Madison's IFTL because I simply couldn't wait a second longer to see all the incredible masterpieces that everyone has so selflessly created for sweet little Olivia. OMJ!!! I simply cannot stop crying happy tears. God bless you all for making my Sunshine's dreams for Olivia come true. And God bless my sweetest sis and Madison for making this blessing possible. My heart is just about ready to burst with happiness after seeing all the gorgeous cards and messages of love for her. Aren't they incredible?!?!! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

    *hugglers everyone in sight* WHEEEEEEE!!!


    *forever sparkling shooting star huggles*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  28. You did a beautiful job on your card. Olivia appears to be a very strong amazing young lady and it was my honor to do a card for her for the IFTL program. I will continue to pray for her and if there is ever anything she needs that I can help with, please let me know. I know your heart had to break at the passing of your friend. I'll be praying for you too.
    God Bless
    Sherry Wolfe


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