To pin my projects to Pinterest, hover over the picture and a Pin-it Button will magically appear.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sending Smiles Across the Miles

Happy Sunday, my sparkly friends! I hope your weekend has been beautiful. Have you made those muffins yet from yesterday?! Hehe. :o)

A sweet member of our crafty community, and a dear friend, recently sent out a personal request. Naomi (Creative Bug on the Loose) posted about her son's upcoming surgery, along with a plea for cards for him. Michael is autistic and will soon be having surgery on both of his feet. He has had problems with his hips and feet since birth and was even told he would never walk... but walk he does! Praise the Lord. :o) I hope you'll join us in shipping out some love to encourage him during his recovery.

"Sending Smiles Across the Miles"
I was stumped with this card for quite some time, completely unsure what to make him. I decided on a fun shaped card, figuring all boys like sailboats. :o) I know there are some 'girly' touches on here, but that is for a good reason. Michael has an acute awareness (and love) for details and pours over every aspect of the gorgeous cards Naomi creates. Due to that fact, I badly wanted to incorporate texture and dimensional elements for him to enjoy.

The sailboat is from Gypsy Wanderings, which I welded together with my Gypsy. Blueberry Blue twine from My Craft Spot runs down the center for some texture, which is topped with a My Mind's Eye button. The Whimsical Designs sentiment is from the Everyday Sentiments collection, which I stamped onto a Spellbinders Lacey Pennants die. The Kaisercraft paper for the sentiment has a fun design which is reminiscent of waves and I inked it with Tumbled Glass. :o)

The paper for the sails is from DCWV, which I popped up with foam tape for dimension. The rest of the boat is cut with sparkling Core Couture paper, of which the bottom is embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder for more texture. I sprinkled rhinestones along the swirls, like sunbeams dancing along the ocean's surface. :o) For a final touch I adhered American Crafts pom-pom trim, which I hope he likes. It made me think of whitecaps. :o) The card base itself is yellow so it will be a burst of sunshine upon opening and you can see a little glimmer of it 'behind' the sailboat in the center. A peek of sunshine from the front, too. :o)

I pray that Michael smiles when he receives this. Today I'm making a little card for Naomi to encourage her beautiful heart. A little crafty love can go a long way. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Glimmer and Sparkle (glimmering blue paper and rhinestones)

Thank you for sailing on by! Have a blessed day! :o)


  1. Oh Karen, such a special card for a special boy. I love the sail boat design and the wonderful detailing you have added. I'm certain that Michael will be thrilled to receive this.
    Hugs Sue

  2. My dear friend, I have tears running for you have touched me so profoundly with this amazing post and understanding of Michael... He is going to devour this card with interest.. you are so amazing to add texture, dimension and shine... He is going to love the diagonal stripes on the patter paper and the shape of the card itself!!! I can hear him repeated say " Is that a sailboat Mom???"... Karen thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. P.S. Did you know I created my own informal website on autism? There is a page called " Meet Michael" if you know anyone with autism , especially someone just finding out their child has autism feel free to give them my link....

  3. Oh this is just so special your sail boat, I think Michael will love it!!...
    Thank you so much for sharing such a precious card with us this week at Make it Monday...

  4. Hi Karen, Your card is totally stunning and Michael will be totally in love with it its truly personal and adorable the texture stripes and shine make a perfect finish to your wonderful card .....take care!! x

  5. Michael will adore your card - love it! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge, Karen!

  6. Aw what a cute sailboat for Michael~ I'm sure this will be put some happy smiles on his face... It is just so adorable love that shape of the boat and the papers worked out perfectly for it too. The sentiment says it all and the love the use of that twine...
    TFS Karen - I'm going to hop on to your recipe to get that apple crisp now.....
    Enjoy your wonderful Sunday ~ my sweet friend....

  7. Karen so sweet of you to make the wonderful card for Michael...Naomi I can see was so touched

  8. Gorgeous card Karen and such alot of thought went into this to make it extra special. I am sure Michael will love this as much as his Mum :-)

    thanks for joining us on the PTW and Simon Says Stamp Challenges :-)
    Lols x x x

  9. This is an adorable card, Karen! I love all the bling you added and the embossing looks great! I really like the pom-pom trim and the sentiment is so cute! I'm sure this will brighten Michael's day! I also just saw your post from yesterday. I didn't make the muffins yet, but they look delicious! Thanks for the recipe! :)


  10. Oh my gosh my sweet friend, this is a perfect card for Michael!! It is so absolutely adorable!! The sails are beautiful and the embossing is fabulous!! I love the pom pom trim!! And you found such a great sentiment!! I have been trying to figure out what kind of card to make for Michael but my mojo is still on vacation :) As always, your creativity and talent are so inspiring!! And your heart is huge!! I hope you had the most amazing weekend my dear friend and that you saved some of these delicious muffins for me ;) Big HUGS!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Oh yes he will definitely enjoy this awesome card Karen, I am sure it will bring a huge smile to his little face.. You are such a thoughtful person, always giving and thinking of others.. I so need to get myself organized so I can send out cards... There just doesn't seem like there are enough hours in a day.. I pray you had a "wonderful" weekend.. Hugs from Ukiah

  12. Hi Karen, I would so love you to take a peek at my blog today, I showcased your lovely card for Michael..your post really did touch my heart...

  13. Hi Karen, I've showcased your card too today. Your cute little boat was a favourite this week at MIM and your story about Michael also touched me personally. I have a nephew who is in his early 20's who is Autistic.
    Sandy :)

  14. Karen I love your card and so will Michael.In fact just read Naomi's comment,your card is perfect.Beautiful heart.
    Jayne x

  15. OMJ! I am SO sorry Sunshine that I didn't leave you sailboat hugglers earlier! I can't believe I did that. *thwaps self forever*

    I SOOOOOOOOO LOVE THIS CARD!!!!!!!!!! *leaps onto the happy boat and sails over to you to give you non-stop huggles today* WHEEE!!!

    I can already envision the huge smile on sweet Michael's face when he opens this card, Sunshine. Your love will make his heart overflow with happiness. I just crazy adore every inch of this card. It looks SO real, sis! The plaid sails are just GORGEOUS and I am beyond in love with the fuzzy fuzz pom pom trim! WHEEE! Happiest sailboat EVER!!!


    God bless you for being the light of Michael's heart and blessing him with so much hope and inspiration.

    *forever sailboat pom pom squishies*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the official pokiest sailboat commenter of all time) TEE HEE HEE! :)


Thank you for leaving some love! Have a beautifully blessed day. :o)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips