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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Spinner Cards of Encouragement

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

Last Friday I posted a couple of cards for a sweet friend who asked me to make encouragement cards for cancer patients in her area. It is truly an honor! Thankfully I had some crafty time to make two more simple designs. Despite the time crunch, I wanted to make something interactive to entice even bigger smiles from the battling recipients. :o)

A peek at both, with the sentiments withdrawn from the corner pockets. :o) (Is this like reading the end of a book first? I should have taken it with them tucked in!)
The pink and yellow version, created with sparkly papers from First Edition Love Letters:
The brown and pink version, designed with ultra sparkly papers from First Edition Isabelle:
Originally these were just going to have fun little pockets of blessings, but then I decided a fluttering butterfly would be fun for the patients. :o) To make the spinner tracks as hidden as possible, I made the backing paper with the identical sections of the designs. For the same reason, I cut an Art Philosophy flower for the butterfly base using the same patterns. That way it looks more like the butterflies are twirling amongst the flowers without a track glaring at you in the face. :o)

The pockets are trimmed with the first fancy punch I ever owned, which is a Fiskars border punch. (Unsure of the name.) The hearts are the large and medium dies from the Spellbinders Nested Hearts set. The Cheery Lynn Designs butterflies are from the Exotic Butterflies Small #2 set, which are cut with sparkly Core Couture paper and accented with rhinestones, coordinating with the sparkly flowers they're fluttering upon.

Victorian Velvet and Mustard Seed distress inks were used on the embossed areas of the first set of hearts, while the second set used Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain. I only accented with three rhinestones on each since they will be going in and out of the pockets. I didn't have time to sew the perimeters, but a simple trim of white satin ribbon adds a touch of delicacy to the cards.

The K Andrew Designs sentiments are from her Scripture Sayings set, which I pray deliver strength and hope. I used hearts for the sentiment base to give them a piece of my sappy heart, too. :o) Maybe they'll even feel my and God's love with every twinkling butterfly pirouette. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Craft Your Passion~ Bingo! (Emboss-Bling-Yellow and Pink-Ribbon-Border Punch)
 * Little Scrap Pieces~ Action
 * Lollipop Crafts~ Break Out Your Punch (Use two different punches or dies: Hearts, butterfly, border punch)
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Paper Playtime~ Punches and a Sentiment
 * Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you all a gorgeous day, filled with love, light, and cupcakes. :o)


  1. wow I love that butterfly so beautiful! Stunning paper a lovely vintage feel the will certainly lift the spirits of anyone who receives them thanks so much for joining the LSP challenge this week. Karen

  2. Oh my goodness Karen. These are truly beautiful in every single way. The designs and your attention to detail is just stunning. I love your choice of papers and colours. The fluttering butterflies makes them extra special and sure to bring some joy to the recipient.
    All the best to you.
    Hugs Sue

  3. Hi Karen, They are so lovely, the papers design and embellis are truly beautiful xx

  4. Oh how pretty Karen - this surely with bring smiles to any recipient. Lovely die cuts and gorgeous butterflies and yes it has that vintage flairs to them... Great color combo and gorgeous papers...
    TFS - hope your day is awesome!

  5. What beautiful gifts of love and encouragement for people who really need the uplifting. I'm sure they will be a real blessing to them. Thank you for sharing this with us at Word Art Wednesday this week. We miss you when you aren't able to play along, and just LOVE seeing your beautiful art. Hope all is well, and we will see you soon. Thanks for blessing others with your talents.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  6. Wow i don't even know what to say, i know whoever receives them will have a very special blessing, you can see all the love you have put into making these Karen. God has definitely given you an amazing talent.
    i keep wondering what "spinner tracks" are.. wonder if they are the wobbles? Whatever what a clever idea to cover them that way, but still wonder what they are???

  7. Oh wow, my sweet friend, these are stunning!! I love the beautiful papers and the spinner hearts!! I have got to get those Spellbinders dies!! The pocket is so creative and fabulous!! And oh my gosh, the butterflies are gorgeous and so delicate looking!! These will definitely bring huge smiles to whoever receives them!! Amazing, creative and inspiring as always my dear friend!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy day!! HUGS!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. What a noble cause, I am pretty sure this beauties will brighten the recipient's day. Love the Sentiment and color combos. Thank you very much for joining LSP Fun Friday Challenge. I believe the fiskars unch's name is Heart :)
    Have a lovey day!

  9. *spin spin spin spin spin spin spin* Hmm? What's that? You want a turn to play with the spinning flutterbys too sis? Um...nope. Sorry. No can do. I love them wayyyyyyy too much and am busy playing with them at the moment so you'll just have to wait a little while longer. *spin spin spin* WHEEEEEEEE!!! TEE HEE HEE!

    OMJ! Sis!!! How did you make these?!?!! *needs you to show me right this second* They are just SO incredible! *huggles them forever* They are going to bring SO much joy and inspriration to their lucky brave recipients, sis. Your healing love with shine through and straight into their hearts. God bless you for being such a hero to these wonderful people sis. I love you more than words can say.

    *twirls you faster than your gorgeous little flutterbys* *tucks a note in the pocket that says just how much you mean to me and everyone who is blessed to have your sparkling love in their lives*


    *spin spin spin spin spin* TEE HEE HEE! Nope. You still can't have a turn sis. I'm not finished yet. WHEEEEE!!!

    *forever sparkling spinning flutterby squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  10. Two beautiful spinner cards, love the butterflies and the pretty sentiment hearts. I'm sure these will uplift the recipients spirits immensely. 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!
    Hugs, Sandy

  11. These are beautiful, Karen.
    I saw this on MIM and came over for a closer look.
    Blessing hugs,

  12. Wow these cards are great.
    Thanks for joining us at CYP.
    LG Michelle

  13. These are beautiful spinner cards, Karen! The butterflies are so pretty and I love the papers you used! I really like the border punch you used too! These sweet cards will definately brighten the day of whoever receives them! :)


  14. Karen how clever to make the backing of the spinner slot in the same pattern...I had never thought of that!! Such a pretty butterfly too!

  15. Hi Karen! Your spinner cards are exquisite.They are beautiful and are sure to delight the recipients.Hope you are having a sparkly weekend.
    Jayne x

  16. great job :-) perfect card for us challenge - thanks so much for playing with craftyourpassionchallenges - hugs Joanna


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