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Monday, October 1, 2012

In Everything... Give Thanks

Happy October, my dear friends! I hope this gorgeous month is off to a sparkly start. :o) Are you surprised to see another card from me so soon? Me too!!! :o)

I simply needed to create this weekend, so I made an Autumn-inspired card to encourage someone to live each day with a thankful heart... ideal for the upcoming Thanksgiving season. Hearts become so much more tender the last few months of the year.

Edit: I made this card mere hours before the sweet and talented Madison of Funky Cards posted the October recipient of the beloved I Feel the Love Project. Each month she highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of extra love and sunshine. In turn, we have the honor of creating cards to bring smiles to their hearts.

I created this card yesterday out of crafty desire, unsure yet who to bless with my and God's love. I truly believe the intended recipient is at the nursing home receiving this month's collection... Sweet elderly residents of Surrey Place Care Center who deserve an abundance of Thanksgiving cards from us. :o)
The papers for the Art Philosophy card base are Recollections (plaid, shimmery orange) and PaperTrey Ink. I nestled a colorful Autumn scene within the popped-up frame, which is accented with amber rhinestones to give it a golden sunset appearance. Indeed I view these amber stones as harvest sunbeams from above! :o) The pretty leaves are cut from Gyspy Wanderings, which I embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder and trimmed in Gold Stickles. The pinecones are cut from a patterned paper from my stash. The leafy cluster is held together with bows of Vanilla Bean crinkle ribbon and Chocolate Truffle twine, both from My Craft Spot.

The flourish is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, which I continue to be in love with. The sentiment is from my beloved K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set, which I stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento onto another PTI leafy paper. The lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts. I do wish I had taken an angled view of this card.. there is so much beautiful shimmer and dimension. Just pretend you can see it. ;) I hope this little card delivers an abundance of love and encouragement to its recipient.

Challenges entered:
 * Crafty Ribbons~ Anything but Square
 * Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration
 * Cut It Up~ Fall Photo Inspiration
 * Frosted Designs~ Embossing (leaves are embossed)
 * Little Miss Muffet~ Anything but Square
 * Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday~ Use Ribbon or Twine
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * My Craft Spot~ Falling Leaves
 * Sentimental Sundays~ 3-2-1 Recipe (3 leaves-2 bows-1 flourish)
 * Word Art Wednesday~ Encouragement/Uplifting sentiment

Thank you for fluttering on by! You make my blog sparkle. :o)


  1. Hello Karen. This is a beautiful card is every way. Such a fabulous shape. I love the colours, the gorgeous leaves and the very special sentiment.

    hugs Sue

  2. Karen love all the beautiful details you put into your card the embossing, the lace, the twine and the bow. Fall in all it's splendor! Thanks so much for joining the LSP challenge this week. Karen

  3. This is gorgeous, love the design & colours..saw your card over at MIM.
    Wendy xx

  4. WOW what a beautiful shape Karen and love how you have added tiny beads on the frame..the colors are so autumn and fab
    Thank You for the sweet comment on my blog

  5. Karen, this is BEAUTIFUL. I love everything about it, the colors, the swirls those beautiful leaves! Thanks for playing with us at Cut It UP!

  6. This turned out SO beautifully, Karen, and I trust that it will be a true blessing to its recipient. Great job, and of course, thank you so much for sharing it with us in the challenge at Word Art Wednesday. It's SUCH a huge blessing to have your lovely and inspiring art shared in the challenges.
    Have a God-blessed week!
    Karen L
    WOrd Art Wednesday

  7. Hi Karen, This is truly beautiful x

  8. Another beautiful card Karen! love the shape and the details to it.. I'm sure in real it's just as gorgeous...
    Love those fall colors and the leaves look so amazing....
    TFS - hope your day is awesome, have a great crafty new week ahead....

  9. Love your Fall Card! Just Gorgeous! Had Fun looking through your Blog and just became a Follower of yours! Would Love for you to come visit my blog sometime. :0)

  10. Your card is so pretty! It has such a fab shape and you've used a great paper as background for this fall inspired card! Perfect choice of colors! I spotted your card on MIM.

  11. Beautiful harvest card Karen.Love the shape and the beautiful leaves,they look amazing edged in gold stickles.
    Jayne x

  12. Yes, i am surprised to see you posting again, but so happy you were able to find the time... and what a wonderful card, whoever receives it is going to be so blessed knowing you took the time to think of them. Simply beautiful as all your cards are.. hugs

  13. This is stunning! I love how you accented the frame with the bling and how you layered and embossed the leaves. Thanks so much for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges!

    Cut It Up Co-Founder

  14. Its absolutely stunning Karen. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

  15. beautiful colors, lovely card...thanks for sharing at cucpake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  16. This is beautiful! Love the pop of plaid behind the leaves.

  17. Hi my sweet friend,
    It's been a while, ha? Glad to be back at it some. I can't wait to be crafting on a more regular basis. Thank you so much for the sweet comment...
    I love your card and you are right, it does give off a golden sunset appearance. The embossed leaves are absolutely stunning and beautiful!!!! I am really getting inspired by all the fall inspiration in blog land:)
    Amazing, beautiful card Karen!!!! Happy Monday!
    Sherrie K

  18. This is just so pretty, I love the autumn leaves and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. Hope to see some more of your great work. Hugs Frea, DT Member LMM Challenges

  19. Adore Your Fall card!!My favorite part are the leaves!The embossed texture and the glitter on the leaves are BEAUTIFUL!Adorable Bow!And lets not forget the pine cones that are so lovely!!!!BUT what got to me as always is the Sentiment!!I truly believe in those words and have made them a part of my life and I am hoping that those around me can someday adapt to it also...It's very important!
    Thank you for a LOVELY post with a very BEAUTIFUL card!
    Sending my bloggie love to you,

  20. wow, gorgeous! have a wonderful week!

    enjoy *~*

  21. Such a pretty card, Karen! I love the background paper and the embossing on the leaves looks great! I really like how you added all the bling on the base of the card too! :)


  22. Gorgeous card Karen! I love the added bling to the card and the glittery outline on the leaves. The bows and tag cluster are fabulous! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  23. Happy October Everyone!!!

    *super huggles the new happy followers I see on my Sunshine's bloggy* YAY!!!!!

    SQUEEE! This card is soooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty!!! *super huggles it forever* I am just totally and completely in love with the stunning colours of this card. The leaves are just STUNNING! I am in awe over how you did the embossing, Sunshine. It looks SO incredible. Did you know that you are the most extra special autumn blessing to all of us, sis? It's true! Your gorgeous heart is a blessing like no other and we love you more than more than more and are forever thankful for the gift that you are in our lives. *squishes you madly*

    *huggles the plaid paper because I love it something fierce* SQUEEE!!!


    *forever super happy autumn blessing huggles*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  24. Gorgeous card! I love the colors, embossing, and beautiful ribbon bow. Great shape for a card base. Thanks for entering your card in the Monday challenge at My Craft Spot. :)


  25. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at FD this week )

  26. What a gorgeous card... and so sweet to take to the nursing home!! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Frosted Designs!!

  27. This is beautiful! Love the dimension of the popped up frame! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs.

  28. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love your papers and the embossed leaves are so pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges!


  29. Such a gorgeous card!! Love the layering and your embossed leaves are very pretty! Thanks for playing along with us @ Frosted Designs!!

  30. What a super card. caught my eye on MIM xx

  31. Beautiful card. I am sure it will minister to whoever God has planned to receive it. I love contributing to Madison's causes too. :)

  32. Very pretty, Karen. I love the shaped card, and the little bit of bling really brings it to life! Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up challenges!

  33. Very, very beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Cut It Up Challenges. :) Janis

  34. This is beautiful! I love the shape! Thanks for joining us for the Little Miss Muffet Challenge!

  35. This is so beautiful, I love it great work! Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up!

  36. What a really gorgeous card!! I love the shape and all the great embellishments!
    Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges! :)

    Cut It Up Challenges

  37. Oh Karen this is absolutely beautiful, I love the frame and shape and those leaves are really out did yourself here!!!! Incredible job!!!

    You melted my heart with your comment on my blog, thank you for your prayers for Grampy and I am deeply touched that you want to make a card for Michael, I rushed out and got Troy to read your comment and we both just looked at each other in wow... how sweet of you to want to send a gift to Michael, Michael is infactuated with getting things in the mail so yes, he would love it soo much. Oh yes, sweet Benny , you remind me of Troy , all heart.. so yes again... I appreciate you both and send you both love from the bottom of my heart. Thank you both for making my morning nothing short of beautiful. I really love the way God works in us.... Blessings

  38. Oh wow, this is a work of art!! Whoever receives this should hang it on the is gorgeous my sweetest friend!! I love the shape and the beautiful leaves!! It is a perfect autumn card!! The design and details are stunning!! I hope you have the greatest weekend my dear friend!! Love and hugs!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  39. Karen, OMG! I thought I was the first one to comment. When I saw this I commented right away, or at least I tried to. I am glad I came back to look at your blog again. I have been having so many computer issues. AARRGG! I hope this one shows up. This card is amazing. It really is a piece of art. You always blow me away. Again, thank you just doesn't seem like enough. I appreciate you so much. Many blessings to you.

  40. This is so very very lovely hun!

    Really love it!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this fortnight in our Anything But Square challenge.

    Krafty Karen - DT.

  41. This is lovely Karen - great Fall colors. Thanks for joining us at LMM Challenge - Deb

  42. Absolutely stunning! Love the leaves, lace, and colors. Thanks for joining the SS challenge!


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