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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bushels of Blessings: I Feel the Love

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

I finally had some crafty time, so I used it to make another card for the current I Feel the Love collection. :o) This month, the amazing Madison of Funky Cards is collecting Thanksgiving cards for the elderly residents of Surrey Place Care Center. You all know my passion for the IFTL Project, as it is an honor to use my crafty passion for a higher purpose each month... delivering a heap of love to those who could use some extra sunshine.

"Bushels of Blessings"
Angled to (somewhat) better show the sparkle when light catches it. I was photography challenged big time. ;)
To deliver bushels of Thanksgiving blessings (with a touch of sweetness) to the wonderful elderly residents, I used a few of my favorite things. The Bo Bunny papers are remnants from last Autumn.. I adore the warmth they exude. This sweetheart named Apple Blossom is from Elisabeth Bell's Little Cottage Cuties collection, which I colored with Copics. The ruffles of her dress are colored pale yellow because I wanted to send them ruffles of sunshiny love. :o) To intensify the Autumn flair, I printed out a few Leaf and Acorn images from Meljen's Designs, colored them with fall hues, and sprinkled them around Apple Blossom. Three are pop-dotted for dimension and all are sparklified. She is cut out with a Spellbinders Classic Circle using the out of box technique. It's mostly washed out in the picture, but it is edged with Dried Marigold for a festive glow. I layered it atop a Lacey Circle. 

Surrounding the image are orange and deep red Wild Orchid Crafts roses, which are trimmed in Star Dust. I am certain the residents will love a touch of sparkle, so I sprinkled a few amber rhinestones within both flower arrangements. Shimmery Gypsy Wanderings leaves are nestled in the upper corner, which are embossed with the Victoria folder and outlined in gold.

The middle panel is a path of sunbeams, each one representing a heavenly blessing. How I would love to take a walk in the sunshine with this card's recipient. The Harvest Dot paper is edged with a Cheery Lynn Designs Anastasia border and dark brown crinkle ribbon (from My Craft Spot). The sentiment is computer generated, which I cut out with the smallest Lacey Circle and inked up with a combination of Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold. Although it was unintentional, I love how it ended up looking like a harvest sun! I topped it with a Chocolate Truffle twine bow, also from My Craft Spot.

The cards collected may very well be the only Thanksgiving cards these lovely nursing home residents receive, so I'm packing as much love as possible into the ones I send. I hope my and God's love shine forth so strongly that it reaches beyond the hands that will hold them. There's still some time to participate if you would like to deliver a Thanksgiving blessing. :o)

Some of the sweet residents:

Challenges entered:
 * Cooking With Cricut~ Card Outreach
 * Cupcake Craft~ Two's Company (Apple Blossom and her puppy)
 * Docerela Creations~ Photo Inspiration
 * Little Scrap Pieces~ Thanksgiving or Fall Colors
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * My Craft Spot~ Emboss It (The three big leaves are embossed)
 * PaperPlay~ Simply Cute
 * Whimsy Inspirations Challenge~ All Things Sparkly
 * Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Inspiring

Thank you for twirling on by! I wish you a day of love and sweet confections! :o)


  1. Wow Karen, this is beautiful. The colors are amazing. I love this girl:) You have awesome embellishments. Thank you so much for sending this card to the IFTL Project. We are so blessed to have you as part of our team. I can't say that enough!

  2. This is so beautiful Karen. I love the pretty image, your wonderful colouring has really captured her beauty. Your choice of papers and flowers are perfect, I love the warmth with the touches of sparkle.
    I am certain it will be gratefully recieved.

    Hugs Sue

  3. Love your card Karen! Gorgeous image and I really like that bright colored background. Saw your card on MIM. I am no. 74. Hugs Frea

  4. Karen thank you so much for joining my challenge with your stunning card. That flower is so beautiful and the black ribbon against that orange is knockout.

  5. Your project is wonderful. I loved all post.

    Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations.

    DT Docerela Creations

  6. Adorable, you always tend to pick the perfect image and details to your card.. Pretty embellishes and I'm sure the recipient will enjoy it just as much too..

  7. So beautiful!! Obrigada por se juntar a nós em criações Docerela. Susete DT Docerela Creations

  8. Oh my gosh my sweet friend, this could not be more gorgeous!! WOW!! What a stunning card!! That is the sweetest image, colored beyond fabulously!! The popped up leaves gives such great dimension!! The colors are just beautiful together!! Every single detail you put into this is amazing!! There will be some tussling going on among the sweet residents of Surrey Place to see who gets this masterpiece :) Gorgeous and inspirational as always my dear friend!! I hope you are having a wonderful, sparkly week!! HUGS!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Oh this is just so beautiful Karen the colouring is gorgeous as is the layout and papers too! great photos too thank you for sharing them x

  10. This is just darling! I love the autumn colors and the sweet flowers. Thanks so much for sharing another great project with us at Word Art Wednesday. We love to see your pretty work.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  11. My dear Karen!!! It is always a great honor to have you join our challenges. You are super kind. Your neighbors are very happy and their hats are so colorful :0)

    Your card is truly amazing, you do an awesome job coloring it too.

    Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations.



  12. Karen, I'm always so delighted to see your creations. This card is fabulous! The sparkles are wonderful and such a fun way to bring added life to your card. One resident is certainly in for a treat!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot too!

    Small Bits of Paper

  13. What a great card, Karen! I love the flowers and sweet image! Your coloring looks perfect! Such a cute sentiment too! This card will definately bring bushels of smiles to the residents at Surrey Place! :)


  14. Great card! Love your coloring and all the beautiful flowers! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  15. Wow, what a gorgeous card Karen. The image is so super sweet and the mix of colors is just beautiful! You always create such amazing cards...certainly filled with love. The details are amazing as always:) Fabulous! Hope your having an amazing week!
    Sherrie K

  16. What a gorgeous card! Love all the details! Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations!

  17. oh oh oh oh Oooooh!!!!! Karen this is deliciously gorgeous!!!!! I want to be wrapped up in those comfy colors, hehe! The digital is the sweetest (like you) and you did a spectacular job coloring it..(I wish I could take lessons from you) , I totally can't color (yet!) The flowers and leaves makes me want to go and roll around in a field of them... you see what this card did for me!!! You are beautiful

  18. I am speechless as always Karen. This is so beautiful, whoever receives this amazing card is going to see and feel all of the love you have put into it. I am so inspired by your amazing talent, I so wish I could join in and make a card. I am working at trying to get things organized so I can. What a wonerful thing you and so many others do.. You are truly a blessing my friend. Sending lots of hugs

  19. Absolutely gorgeous, Karen! Your attention to detail is amazing -- someone is going to love this beautiful Thanksgiving card. Thanks for linking up at Cooking With Cricut!

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  20. YAY!!!!!!!! *gives you bushels of squishies for having the most gorgeous heart EVER* WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ sis! I can't even say just how much I adore this card. It is like a blast of pure sunshine straight to the soul. I can already envision the HUGE smile that is going to light up the face of the sweet recipient. It will be the most extra special Thanksgiving blessing they could ever hope for, Sunshine. It is truly something that they will never ever forget. *gets super teary just thinking about it*

    I simply cannot get enough of the colours in this creation, sis. Everything is just SO stunning. And the way you coloured sweet Apple Blossom is just surreal, Sunshine. Do you know how gorgeous she looks?! And OMJ! I am beyond in love with the precious leafies! SQUEEE! *hugglers them all* They sparkle with all the love of your beautiful heart, sis. I simply can't wait a second more for it to reach its intended destination. AHHHHHHHH!!! So excited for the sweet elderly residents! They are going to be getting a huge helping of sparkling Karen love this Thanksgiving! SQUEEEEEEEE!!! God bless you Sunshine for being God's extra special messenger of joy.


    *forever sparkling apple blossom and precious puppy hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the one who just squishered your card so tight that it now has my arm prints permanently etched into it. I couldn't help it sis! I love it sooooooo smooshy much! WHEEE!) *giggles* :)

  21. Gorgeous creation Karen, just perfect for my Two's Company Challenge at Cupcake, Shelly x

  22. What a great image and wonderful colors!

  23. HI Karen

    Abolutely gorgeous card Karen. The colours are just stunning.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday 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!

    Michelle :o)

  24. Gorgeous,gorgeous card Karen.Love Apple Blossom and your fabulous colouring of her.Love the autumn colour palette.
    Jayne x

  25. WoW!Where do I begin..The color combo is sooo Lovely!Amazing job on coloring the adorable image.Gorgeous Flowers and all the details that you added are just SUPERB!Your Creativity is Amazing and your HEART is so Special!!!!They will love this card.I do!I am so grateful to have met you and you are a blessing to bloggie world and those who do know you.Your posts always go to my heart and I always remain thinking about them throughout the day.I get all teary (happy tears as I type)
    Sending a huge amount of bloggie love to you my friend,


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