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Friday, September 14, 2012

Encouragement Card Set

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! I hope you've had a blessed week! :o)

A dear friend asked if I would make a set of cards to give cancer patients in her area, to which I readily agreed. I treasure every opportunity to use this passion for a higher purpose. Due to time constraints, I need to keep them fairly streamlined (which you know is so hard for me!)... I'm quickly sharing the first two today and hope to get another two designed over the weekend.

First, a peek at both:
"For with God, nothing is impossible"
I often gravitate to nature themes when Scripture is the focal point and that is the case once again. The beautiful papers are from the Kaisercraft English Rose collection, which I paired with a few of my favorite things. The K Andrew Designs sentiment stamps for both cards are from her Scripture Sayings set. This one is nestled within a pearl-accented Spellbinders Nested Heart, inked up with Victorian Velvet distress ink as it radiates with the love of the Lord. I positioned the hearts between a "chain" of pearls, as if hanging from the bow. The Raspberry Truffle crinkle ribbon is from My Craft Spot, which I centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts pink scallop pearl.

The middle panel is trimmed with my Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, accented with tiny pearls. The dark green paper is designed with script, purposely chosen to symbolize the memories yet to made. The recipient of this card will persevere and be healed.. of this I am sure. The filigree metal corner is from Wild Orchid Crafts, which I am in love with and can't think of a better purpose for its first use! I sewed around the card layers with my sewing machine and lightly inked the paper edges with Walnut Stain.

"Do not fear, for I am with you"
This lovely paper is from DCWV, which I've been waiting to use! It's so pretty I wanted a fair amount left open, so it was perfect for this cause. I love the peaceful white birds and the striking red blooms. Spellbinders Floral Ovals frame the Scripture, which I accented with pearls. The middle layer is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder. I added portions of a Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish and a Wild Orchid Crafts rose to the top for some extra texture and layers. I thought the battling patient might like a sweet birdie, so I used one of my favorite cuts from Art Philosophy, gave her a black pearl eye, and set her atop a leafy flourish. 

To finish the card, I combined My Craft Spot Vanilla Bean crinkle ribbon with a few more WOC favorites: white scallop pearl, cream guipure lace, and a flat-back pearl in the corner. When fears try to quell the voice of Truth, I hope this little scene brings peace as she is reminded that God is always with her.  I hope with all of my heart that both of these cards fill the recipients with hope, assured that there are prayer warriors lifting them up.

Challenges entered: 
 * Craft Your Passion~ Blast from the Past (Challenge 106: Die-Cuts and Punches)
 * Cupcake Craft~ In Stitches (First card)
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Word Art Wednesday~ Encouragement/Uplifting Sentiment

Thank you for visiting me! Have a blessed day, remembering how much you're loved! :o)


  1. two beautiful cards with wonderful inspirational sentiment sure to lift anyone's spirits. So beautiful.

  2. Oh my goodness Karen. These are cards are beautiful in every single way. The amount of thought, effort and love that has gone into making them is clear to see. I am certain that the recipients will be able to feel that love too. Every single detail you have added is perfect.
    Take care my dear kind friend
    Hugs Sue

  3. Oh my Karen you surely pulled these two cards together so well. They are just so pretty and will bring some sort of uplifting to those special people in need of their difficult times. The detailing, your efforts, the choices of sentiments couldn't be any better than what you've done to help out with this cause... You are so special at heart when it comes to this type of event giving. You have such a special talent when outlining all your projects... I really admire you for that and you inspire me and I'm sure ton's of crafter's who view your projects.
    TFS Karen - enjoy your Friday and upcoming weekend my friend~

  4. Stunning! very very pretty
    DIANA L.

  5. Hi Karen,
    Both of your cards are very beautiful....The chosen Sentiment is lovely,uplifting,and it stood right in my heart,just perfect.
    Have a Blessed day,

  6. Oh wow, my sweet friend, these are stunning!! I absolutely love the beautiful designs and the embellishments you used!! The papers are gorgeous!! I made some cards that I was going to post tomorrow but now I don't think I will because you have put me to shame (and I'm not kidding)!! Love, love, love them!! You are amazing!! I hope you have a fabulous, sparkly, wonderful weekend :)

    HUGS!! Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Whoever is going to be receiving these beautiful cards will feel so very special and feel all the love that you put into making each one. They are so stunning, each precious little detail is placed just perfectly. AND i am sure that God smiles down on you as you are always blessing so many others.. i am so blessed to have gotten to know you. hugs

  8. These are so beautiful, love them...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

  9. Hi Kaen,
    I just wanted to tell you have absolutely lovely these cards are. What a way to give someone inspiration! The papers are so pretty and I always love to see the way you add details.
    How is Olivia doing these days? I think of her often and marvel at the courage she has to help others and carry on. Tell her I keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Love the stitching,fabulous card,thanks for joining us at cupcake this week and good luck.
    Louise xx

  11. Beautiful cards Louise! I especially like all the layers and details. Intricate and elegant - they will be wonderful for Cancer patients.
    Nice to see you at Craft Your Passion and I hope to see you again next week!
    CYP Design Team
    RubberMAD (my blog)

  12. Karen these are so beautiful my friend.I don't think I would call them streamlined as they have so many wonderful details.The dies compliment the scripture so well.The little AP bird is one of my fave cuts too.
    Jayne x

  13. Wow, these are gorgeous! I love the dp's and embellies you used on your cards. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at MIM!

  14. Karen my sweet sister,

    Had a moment before having to start getting ready for my week, so I came by, these cards are so beautiful!! Each soul that receives one is going to have the healing light of our Lord shine brightly in there spirits.

    The fact that you touch these as you make them is also so perfect. I know you have prayed over them, laid hands on them and asked for the healing power of God to seek out each person they will go to:)

    I love you my sweet friend and sister, Pam

  15. Karen, your cards are gorgeous!! Their beauty is so enriched by the love and prayers you obviously put into their creation. The little details are fabulous and all work so wonderfully well together. I can't believe that these are what you consider "streamlined"! They would have taken me ages to make!! You have such an incredible talent and I think the world of you for being so generous with your creations. You are such a beautiful soul!!

  16. Both of these cards are so pretty, Karen! I love all the details you put into them! The pearls look so pretty and I really like that crinkle ribbon! These will definately brighten the day of the people that receive them! :)


  17. Know what?! I can't stop crying tears of happiness every time I see these cards, Sunshine. They are truly spectacular. From the colours you picked to the gorgeous framing to the lacey and pearly accents to your incredible sewing details to the stunning scriptures...they are just complete and total perfection and I know without question that they will heal like nothing else ever could. I can feel you and God's love sparkling through every inch of these cards. The combination of your love will bring so much joy to the lucky hearts who receieve them. *hugglers the precious little birdie forever* I LOVE HIM!!! What should we name him sis? TEE HEE!

    *squishers you with such a peaceful feeling in my heart because your cards are just filled with God's peaceful presence*

    I SOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!! *counts down seconds until you mail them out* SQUEEE!!!

    *forever sparkling pearly and ribbony hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)


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