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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Encouragement Card :)

Happy Tuesday, my cherished friends! I hope your week is going beautifully. :o)

On Sunday I posted a card I made for Michael, the Autistic son of a fellow crafter who will soon be undergoing two surgeries on his feet. His sweet mom is Naomi from Creative Bug on the Loose and I couldn't resist making a little something for her, too. :o)

"He shall give His angels charge over thee."
When I think of Naomi, I think of beauty and elegance, with a touch of whimsy. (That can be said for both her and her lovely crafts!) I wanted this small gift to encourage her and also symbolize how I view her. She has such a selfless, giving heart, effortlessly portraying the beauty of her spirit. Fittingly, we crossed paths as fellow faithful participants of the incredible I Feel the Love Project. :o) And so, my goal was to deliver her Scripture surrounded by nature's beauty... and a heap of love. :o)

I love lacy frames, but without any such dies I decided to make my own with four cuts of my favorite Cheery Lynn Designs border (Anastasia). I recently saw a Cheery Lynn DT member (Sandy, I believe) create some cards with that technique and I was so inspired. I took the long route of trying to make the four shortened lengths match perfectly, but it was worth it! Although not perfect, it still looks like a lacy purple frame so I'm happy. :o) Since I'm addicted to sparkle and shine, I added two shades of purple pearls to the corners where the diagonals were cut. The base paper is from the K and Company Watercolor Bouquet stack.

The focal point is the powerful K Andrew Designs sentiment from her Scripture Sayings stamp set. I felt compelled to remind her of God's faithful protection. I mounted the golden paper atop a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square, which I edged with a Wild Orchid Crafts flat-back pearl strand. I cut four short lengths and lined them up the best I could. Next time I'll do the lengths *before* cutting the sentiment paper. ;) A WOC pearl heart was added for an extra touch of love.

For a splash of nature, I made an arrangement of purple and white WOC roses, which are drenched in Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. I wanted to be sure they stayed sparkly all the way to Canada. ;) A Cheery Lynn Designs mini fanciful flourish rests beneath the flowers, along with a double bow of My Craft Spot Buttercup crinkle ribbon (for a touch of sunshine). To remind Naomi how much we all love her, I stacked two Cheery Lynn Hearts (Two of Hearts) for a double dose of love. The top one is pop-dotted for dimension and I topped it with a sparkly rose... just like her love is ever-blossoming toward her sweet Michael. I hope she enjoys this tiny token of encouragement from my sappier-than-a-maple-tree heart. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Charisma Cardz~ Bada Bing! (Bling/Shiny)
 * Craft Your Passion~ Hip to be Square
 * Cute Card Thursday~ Ribbon!
 * Divas by Design~ Use Some Texture
 * Lollipop Crafts~ Something Old, Something New (Old: Stamp; New: Border die)
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * PaperPlay~ Shine On (Sparkle, shine, or gloss)
 * Paper Pretties~ Sentiment-Focus
 * Sentimental Sundays~ Anything Goes (plus a sentiment)
 * Word Art Wednesday~ Encouragement/Uplifting, inspired by love

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a blessed day of love, hugs, and pumpkin delights! :o)


  1. This is so beautiful Karen. The colours and design are gorgeous and I really love that delicate framing. The sentiment is wonderful and the beautiful sparkly flowers are just perfect. I am certain that Naomi will treasure this card from you

    Hugs Sue

  2. Oh my my Karen, did you ever laugh and cry at the same time????.. I didn't before somehow have a way of bringing deep emotion right from the cocails of my heart, I am so overjoyed I cannot contain it... You know what is funny?? I view you the way you view me!!!!! I cannot believe this card will be sitting ever so gorgeous on my glass shelve..oh yes, the place is already You did such a lovely job... I LOVE YOU!!!! You are the most awesome person in the world.

  3. This is so gorgeous, love the frame! The design on those dies are too die for....Will have to put them on my wish list..LOL! Oooh she is going to love receiving this card...
    TFS Karen - you are so amazing!

  4. This is just gorgeous, Karen. I love the purple and the sweet flowers. I also saw that tutorial on Cheery Lynn Designs blog and thought it was cool. You did a great job. THanks for sharing with us once again at Word Art Wednesday and blessing us with your talents.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Beautiful card. Lovely sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  6. Hello Karen
    This is beautiful - such pretty colours and fanastic design.
    Suzie xx

  7. Wow, my sweet and sparkly friend, this is amazing!! What a gorgeous card!! The lacy frame is stunning...and how fabulous that you made it from four dies!! So clever!! The entire design is elegant and beautiful!! Naomi will be able to cherish this masterpiece forever!! I hope you have a wonderful evening my dear friend!! Hugs!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. You did a fabulous job on your fancy framing!! I love it! Don't you love those flat string pearls? I do!

    Your friend is going to adore all the love you've poured into her card-it shows!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us @ Word Art Wednesday!

  9. Oh Karen, this is just amazing and so elegant! What a beautiful card and your such an amazing person yourself....beautiful inside and out! I know Naomi will treasure this masterpiece...truly a work of art! Your amazing!
    Sherrie K

  10. What a wonderful card you made here for your friend's son. The Word of God is powerful and I pray that her son's surgery will go well. Thanks for blessing us with your card at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs!

    JO ANN

  11. This is beautiful Karen & I bet Naomi loved it :)
    Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck!

  12. Simply beautiful Karen.Love how you made your frame,Naomi will adore this.
    Jayne x

  13. Beautiful card. I love all the flowers and the purple is a really pretty color for this. Thanks for joining our challenge at Lollipop Crafts this week. Hope to see you again!
    Tammy DT

  14. Such a lovely card! Wonderful lacy edges. All the extra love and work you put into this card really shows.

  15. *hugglers your "sappier-than-a-maple-tree-heart" something silly* WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!


    *tosses happy rainbow sparklies into the air to celebrate my sis's most gorgeous heart* This card is truly sparklie perfection. I am just in total awe over how you made the edging, Sunshine. Look at how gorgeous it is!!! AHHH! Are you proud of yourself, sis? You better be! This is amazing!!!!!! *faints*

    You are going to make Naomi's heart shine brighter than ever with this incredible gift. It will give her so much hope and inspiration and will help her sparkle through everything Michael is going through. Your love means SO much to her, sis. You are something else. *squishers you silly and wipes away happy tears*

    Let's mail it now!!!!!! SQUEEE! I can't wait!!!


    P.S. What are all these beautiful new awards I see?! SQUEEEEEEEE!!! OMJ!!! Sooooooooo crazy proud of my sis!!! *huggles them and you forever*

    *forever super happy purple sparklie squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  16. What an Elegant and Beautiful card!The flowers are Gorgeous and the color combo is so lovely!I read the post yesterday and was OVERWHELMED with Happiness that I could not type so I decided to catch my breath and come back today.There is not a post where you do not leave me thinking and the happy tears take place..:) Thank You for that.Naomi will love this card because it is ALL HEART and LOVE of course!Do you know that it is through the IFTL Project that we met?YEAP!It's True!And I am so GRATEFUL!!If an ANGEL award exists please let me know because I would so nominate you!!!
    Sending a HUGE amount of Bloggie Love to you,

  17. Wauuu, the lacy border is really perfect. Love it and it gives really elegant touch to the card. Also color combination is so very pretty.

    I'm sure it will bring happiness and encouragement to the recipient.

    Saw you at MIM. My project is under 148.

    Happy Crafting!

  18. Oh Karen,this is just GORGEOUS. You are so amazingly talented. It is so wonderful that you use your talent to bless so many others. Hugs

  19. This is lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion. And good luck.

    Caz xx CYP DT

  20. This s beautiful and I just love all those flowers!! Thanks for joining us at CYP for our Hip to be Square challenge!! HUgsxx

  21. super nice card - perfect for us challenge - thanks so much for playing with lollipopcrafts- hugs Joanna

  22. This is such a beautiful card, Karen! I love the flowers and the frame around the card! I really like how you added the pearls to the edges and the background paper is so pretty! :)


  23. This is so, so pretty, Karen - partly because of all the wonderful details, colours and flowers but also because of the love and kindness that you've so obviously put into it. What a thoughtful surprise for Naomi!! I love the way you were able to create such a beautiful frame using the tools you've already got too!!


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