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Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Rosette Wands: I Feel the Love

Happy Friday, my dear friends! I hope you've had a blessed week. :o)

It's been nearly two weeks since my last post, but for good reason! Last week was filled with festive family time and this week I've been fervently crafting away at this project. As mentioned in previous posts, I had my heart set on making some rosette wands for this month's I Feel the Love collection. Our crafty gifts are going to children who will be spending Christmas in the hospital. It is heartbreaking, but I am ever thankful to Madison of Funky Cards for giving us a way to bless those sweet kiddos.

My gift to them: Twelve different rosette wands to brighten their hospital rooms. :o)
I painted bamboo skewers in glittery silver and gold acrylic paint and paired each rosette with two different ribbons. Twirling action is a must with rosette wands! :o) It was impossible to capture all of the detailing that went into these, but I tried. I'll show a few at a time for a bit of a better look. Enlarging will help since I cannot gush about each one, despite the innate desire. ;)
The sweet candy cane paper for the center rosette is one of my all-time favorites! It and many of the twelve rosettes are patterns from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet Collection. **swoon** The rosette topper contains a bunch of Christmas morning elements that I cut out from various papers in the set. The tree is decked out in red rhinestones and topped with a sparkling heart of love. The candy cane ribbon is velvet, which I hope the kids will enjoy. It is a given that Star Dust and rhinestones are used throughout every wand. :o) The other two pretty rosettes are topped with Spellbinders Fanciful Holiday trees, decorated with rhinestones. The white background is embossed for extra snowy texture.
Reindeer and The Nutcracker ballet... they needed to be represented in this set! :o) The reindeer rosette papers are from K and Company, while the gorgeous pointe shoe paper is from Graphic 45. On the left, the sparkling reindeer is cut from the Noel cartridge and I gave him a layer of SnowTex to prance around in. The middle deer also has a SnowTex ground, with sparklified antlers and red rhinestones to serve as holly berries. The sweet ballet dancer was carved out from a Graphic 45 paper, sparkled up, and set upon a snow-embossed backdrop.
Guess what other theme was essential? TREATS! :o) Gingerbread cuties frolic around the purple rosette, with the main one sporting a trendy twine bow. Christmas sugar cookies are the theme in the center, with individuals cut out for the rosette topper and sprinkled with caramel-colored rhinestones. See the snowman cookie? He's giving the children his sugar cookie heart. :o) On the right we have a plethora of Christmas candy! It is topped with a portion of a sweet tag, upon which I stamped "Be Merry" from My Craft Spot's "Joy to the World" stamp set... and I couldn't resist adding a border of crystal and red rhinestones to symbolize candy cane coloring.
Lastly, the snowy set! Nutcrackers and snowflakes abound, complete with varying designs of rhinestones (and ribbon that is trying to be all willy nilly). Kudos to my sweetheart who happily made an emergency run to Michael's when I ran out of sparkles before I was done decorating the snowflakes... I am truly blessed! The center snowflake is from Art Philosophy.

The backs, which I couldn't bear to leave empty:
All but one of the rosette papers have a festive or wintry reverse side, so I left a border of it visible. The snowflake bases are cut from Elegant Edges and stamped with another sentiment from the Joy to the World set. The 'we' represents me and my sweetheart... although he didn't physically assist in this set, he gave the encouragement I needed when fatigue or design-uncertainty would set in each night. Indeed these appear simple, but they require a lot of work. He is very much a part of all twelve wands.

I hope my super sappy love twirls into the hearts of every child at Children's Hospital Central California. I always pray God's healing love over the things I make for those in need, faithfully convinced that they receive it. I'll certainly say an extra special prayer for these kids on Christmas morning. There is still time to join us in this very special collection. :o)
Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Holiday Edibles (The set of three containing candy canes, gingerbread men, and sugar cookies... and the candy cane in the first set)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Use at Least Two Ribbons
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Snowflakes! (Throughout most of the rosette wands)
 *Decorate to Celebrate~ Holiday Choice (Christmas!)
 *Divas by Design~ Glitter and Sparkle
 *Fussy and Fancy~ I Love Christmas
 *Little Miss Muffet~ Tags or Gifts
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *The Crafty Pad~ Add Some Glitter (Do not let my pictures fool you... I added it everywhere!)
 *Word Art Wednesday~ God's Goodness/Encouragement

Thank you for pirouetting on by today! I wish you a sparkly weekend of love, hugs, and all things beautiful. :o)


  1. Karen another fabulous project. What beautiful creations, love them all. Thanks for the wonderful comments you have been leaving on my blog this week:-) Have a great creative weekend. Karon

  2. Karen, these are Fabulous! What a super idea! I LOVE IT! Have a super day! Smiles, Jill

  3. Dear Karen. These are truly beautiful in every way. I love the designs, the festive colours are wonderful and the detailing you have added to every single one gorgeous. I am certain that the children receiving these will be delighted, the love you have put into making them is clear to see.
    You really are such a special and talented friend.

    I hope you have a good weekend

    hugs Sue

  4. Karen, What a wonderful offering for the children. The wands are so divers and so beautiful but your heart even more so. I spent a great deal of time at a friend’s bedside these last few weeks, a friend who left for Heaven last evening. Adults undergoing treatment is bad but children wrench out your heart. I am so thankful to see what you have done to brighten a child’s life with the talent God has given you. Thank you for posting it with us, we appreciate you very much.
    Psalm 103 Blessings,
    Carole Robb Bisson,
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Another great project and all for a special cause... I'm sure these will make a child smile or bring some sort of happiness within themselves. Love how colorful and just the perfect images you made for each and everyone on those wands. You are such a special person in heart and such a giver too. I really thank you so very much when you leave me your sweet and special comments on my blog... Have a great and blessed day and oh yeh tomorrow is your Sweet Saturday, LOL!

  6. Yes, you are truly blessed Karen, and you then turn around and bess so many others. As so many have said, I too love to see your heart felt comments that you leave on my blog. What a delightful surprise the children will have when they see these beautiful wands, each one is packed with so much love.. Hugs from ukiah

  7. The rosettes are beautiful! The children will be thrilled with them !

  8. My Sweet Angel,where do I begin...Thank you for stopping by and wishing me well.I am much better and will continue with my dental process within the next two weeks.I miss eating all the good stuff,you know..COOKIES...LOL!I think I am the Cookie Monster..LOL.
    I remembered when you posted that you were working on Wands for the kids but this is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!You know that I find myself as I am reading your posts I take my time,look at every detail and as I am doing this I fall into my quiet place(peaceful) and forget everything & anything around me.I catch my breath and say WOW!!There is only one situation in which this same moment or feeling happens to me.When my sister and I get together we play catch up,laugh alot & eat alot.Then we talk about the Lord or she reads gods word and I listen and thats where I forget where I am and how life here on earth is like,I get that feeling of Peace again...Its AMAZING how that occurs with your words,so THANK YOU for those moments and for your beautiful Wands.The kids are going to LOVE them.I do! and I am a BIG kid...LOL
    Love the cookie snowman on the wand & the Star Dust of course.
    Have a wonderful,blessed,sparkely weekend my Angel,

  9. Stunning work Karen, I adore each one!!!

  10. My sweet friend with the hugest heart, these are absolutely gorgeous!! Whoever is lucky enough to receive one will treasure it!! You picked the perfect papers, ribbons and even the beautiful sentiment!! They are stunning!! Do you realize how many lives you brighten with your amazing generosity?? Not only the recipients of your masterpieces, but those of us who just marvel at your creativity and kindness!!

    Tell you sweetie what a great guy he is!! I'm sorry I've been so out of touch. I hope things calm down after the holidays and aren't as hectic. I think I was only able to spend like two hours in my craft room all week :( I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! Huge hugs my dear friend!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Oh wow Karen, These are absolutely fantastic creations so pleased you have shared them xx

  12. Gorgeous creations. Thnks for playing at CR.

  13. WOW - this is just wonderful, Karen. You've been very busy, and it's really a work of love. Thanks for sharing with us again this week at Word Art Wednesday. I'm so grateful for your participation and for all you do to bless others.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  14. Wow, Wow!!! You are so amazing Karen and such a sweet person. I am sure you have touched these children in so many ways. What a big heart!!!! I love your awesome rosette wands. So sparkly, festive and beautiful!! I think this is such a great idea to and the children will absolutely love them! Thanks again for sharing your amazing talent my friend!
    Have a great evening and thanks so much for joining in the challenge at DTC!
    Sherrie K
    DTC-Guest Designer

  15. Karen what a lovely idea and I'm sure your gorgeous rosette wands will brighten up their day along with all of the other crafty goodies made :-)

    Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy for our "I love Christmas" challenge - good luck!

    xx Happy crafting and glittery seasonal hugs xx


  16. Karen, these are absolutely beautiful and SO touching!! What a fabulous idea and sure to brighten up their little faces (LOVE the twirling action!!)... Rosettes are still one of my favorites to make, and I think you've inspired me to go make some more now!! :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!

    Amy :) at
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

  17. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! HAPPY ROSETTE DAY SUNSHINE!!! *gives you the most giant huggle of your entire life* WHEEE!!!

    GASP!!! My eyes don't know what to drool over first sis! OMJ! Sooooooooooo many gorgeous rosettes!!! SQUEEEEE!!! *does happy twirling rosette dance with you and tosses sparklies high in the air to celebrate*

    Gosh Sunshine. I can't even tell you how teary I get every time I see your gorgeous works of art and how I envision them in the tiny hands of the precious little ones who will receive them this Christmas. Your love is a blessing like no other to them, sis. You will truly be the more sparklie sparkle of their holidays and your pressies will bring more happiness and healing to their hearts than we will ever possibly know.

    I know just how much heart and soul and how many sparkling hours went into these masterpieces, Sunshine. Only a heart as gorgeous as yours would bless them with so much love. I can feel your dazzling heart shining so brilliantly in each stunning rosette. Every time they twirl them sis, they will get a mega dose of your super squishies. They will be the Christmas presents that keep on giving forever, Sunshine. I couldn't be more proud of you today. *hugglers you something silly*

    Me still can't pick a fav, sis! TEE HEE! They are all just pure perfection. SQUEEEEEEE!!! SOOOOOOOO PRECIOUS!!!

    *cries more reading all the gorgeous comments of your sweet bloggy followers* OMJ! SOOO proud of you sis!!!


    *forever sparkling Christmas rosette squishies for God's most incredible deliverer of holiday healing love* (um...that would be YOU sis) SQUEEE!!!
    ~~~ Christina :)

  18. What a sweet thing to do, Karen! All these rosettes look wonderful, impossible to choose a favorite among all these lovely images and papers! The purple one with gingerbread man did stand out to me because of its bold colors. Their backsides look great too. You've done a fabulous job with these, spotted them on MIM.

  19. Wow! I can see these bringing happiness to the little ones - what a great cause to craft for.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons. Be sure and pop by the Inspirational blog for a chance to win some fabulous prizes during our special advent event.

  20. oh wow these are fantastic, thanks for sharing your fab creations with us at CR x Carol

  21. WOW! these rosette wands are lovely and will definitely bring smiles to all the children that receive them:) You are so thoughtful and kind:) Happy Holidays to you and Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate!!!

  22. What a wonderful project. The children will love them. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  23. Wow Karen these looks amazing!!
    Thanks for joining CCT this week!
    Hugs Heidy

  24. Very cute! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Your Passion! :)

  25. Karen, OMG!!! These are beyond amazing. We can't wait to see these in person. We have been waiting for this post!!! We were so anxious to see your wands. You are such a special lady and such a special part of this project. We can't thank you enough for all your wonderful projects and fabulous posts. Many, many blessings to you.
    ~Madison and Cindy

  26. You outdid yourself this time, Karen! These wands are going to bring such joy to the children who receive them! Each one is as cute as the next! I love all the papers you used and how you stamped a sweet sentiment on the back! :)


  27. your beautiful giving spirit and beautiful wands make a heavenly combination.

  28. These are so pretty Karen. Another creative project sure to put a smile on anyone's face:)

  29. WOw I've never seen anything like this before! Love the idea and I love the love you've put into these. Thanks so much for sharing at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. Good luck in the challenge and hope to see you again soon. Hugs,Frea, DT member LMM Challenges

  30. Have I told you lately how amazing you are?? No I haven't and you deserve to be told special are these Christmas Rosette Wands!! They will certainly brighten up hospital rooms along with the hearts and souls in each room, they are delightful and nothing but love shines through them. I would have sooo loved to have participated in the "I feel the love project" this round but with Michael being so ill lately with the cold and allergic reaction and my own health with my Kidneys and Christmas , I just couldn't find the time. I am missing you so much and missing bloggy world and hope things get back to normal..I have posted about Michael but never mentioned that I am scheduled to have an ultrasound, CT Scan, and many other appointments to get to the bottom of what is going on with me... I am asking for your prayer for both of us but know, we are still sparkly and full of beautfiul Michael always says, " Mommy , we can be sick AND happy right?" He is soooo right and that I am thankful for. Merry Christmas my sweet sweet friend.

  31. Visiting from DTC and these are wonderful and what an amazing gift for the children to put a smile on their faces.

  32. Thank you Karen for the most heartfelt comment on my blog, you are so special. Never worry about not visiting all the time especially this time of year, I imagine you are very busy and we all understand that! lol Thank you for your prayers , you are also in mine... remember we are very happy even going through these challenges which makes the weight of them so much is always in the way we preceive things isn't it? Lots of love my beautfiul friend.

  33. These are fantastic and I'm sure the kids will love them! It definitely looks like you put a lot of work into them - and you thought of everything, even adding the sentiment on the back. They're wonderful!

  34. Karen, these are absolutely fabulous! I love that they are each unique and that you put so much thought into them. I am sure the children at the hospital are going to love them!

  35. Karen! I'm terrible at keeping up with comments. I'm sorry! But I had to take a minute and tell you how much I LOVE these. You have such a big beautiful heart and it shows in everything you create. The children are going to have so much fun with these wands (and so are the adults, probably - ha! I know I would!). I love all the thought and detail that went into each one. Fantastic, as always. :)

    Hugs, Nita

  36. Karen I am so pleased to call by and catch up with you my friend. Your rosette wands are wonderful,love the papers you used. Hope all is well with you.
    Jayne x

  37. Hi Karen,
    I know that its very busy this time of year andj ust wanted to tell you that you are in my heart.I have been having you on mind & heart for several days now (don't know how to explain this but I think you know that feeling) & just wanted to say,I hope that you are well,Wishing you & your family happy holidays.Stopped by to also tell you how much I appreciate you in my life and how blessed I am.Especially the yummy recipes that you always post,I guess this is why I am always at the of sweets.
    Sending a HUGE amount of my LOVE,Laughter,Joy,&SMILES
    oh! did I mention LOVE!!I am BIG on that my Sweet Angel,


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