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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mitten Pocket Ornaments: I Feel the Love

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

I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and did some of my favorite things. :o) A coffee date with my mom started the day, followed by an unexpected blessing of helping neighbors in need. My sweetheart and I noticed the elderly neighbors struggling with yard work, so we had the great privilege of relieving them of the labor-intensive work. Not only so, but just visiting with them for a while brought such joy to all involved. I brought them some of my cake when it was too dark to continue, which I hope they enjoyed. :o)

One of my favorite parts of my birthday was the nighttime! I settled in with my crafty supplies and worked on a fun little project for I Feel the Love. :o) Run by the lovely and talented Madison of Funky Cards, the purpose of I Feel the Love is to use our passion to serve others. Every month she highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of an extra burst of love and sunshine. In turn, we have the honor of blessing them through our creations, far beyond what many of us will ever truly understand.

The current collection is to deliver festive love to the children who will be spending Christmas at Children's Hospital Central California. They are one of the top 10 largest hospitals of its type in the country, with a mission to provide high quality care for these children, regardless of their ability to pay. How beautiful is that?

My goal is to send cards, ornaments, and rosette wands. I am behind where I wanted to be at this point, but the good Lord will help me accomplish what my heart has dreamt up. :o)
I thought they might like some wintery ornaments to hang on a Christmas tree or anywhere in their hospital rooms. :o) Something cute and cozy to warm their battling, beautiful hearts. The snuggly mittens are from Simply Charmed, which I've embellished with fun papers from My Mind's Eye and Memory Box, fluffy pom pom trim, jingly bells, and sparkles. The sparkly white top of the polar bear mitten is embossed with pretty snowflakes, but it's a bit washed out in this picture. I couldn't resist giving the snowman mitten a precious Peachy Keen face. :o)

The main layer is affixed to the shadow base as a pocket, so the Gypsy Wanderings snowmen can come out to play! See their arms lifted up? I've assigned them the task of delivering my hugs to the little recipients. :o) A little note will be tucked inside, too.
Their snowy bodies are embossed with a folder from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set (as is the mitten cuff), which looks lovely in person. The glittery Core Couture paper for the bodies, scarves, and hats makes them extra sparkly, but even so they needed some red and green rhinestones. This IS Christmas, after all! :o) (The reds ones are a gorgeous garnet in the same design as the emerald green. I had a terrible time photographing these cutie pies!)

The backs of the ornaments, used to deliver a simple Christmas greeting:
'Tis the Season' is a Whimsical Designs sentiment, which I've paired with snowflakes from an Inkadinkado stamp. Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles provide the bases, which of course sparkle. They will soon flutter down upon the hospital in a flurry of Christmas joy, showing the patients that they are loved far deeper than previously realized. Love heals... and it never fails. Join us in showering these children with love this Christmas. :o)
Challenges entered:
 *Charisma Cardz~ Feeling Blue
 *Craft Your Passion~ Clean and Simple
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *Divas By Design~ Let's Get Cute
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Peachy Keen~ Anything Goes

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope your week is filled with blessings and sparkles. :o)


  1. These are all so cute Happy Birthday to you . It sounds like the Lord planned it perfectly should we ever have any doubt. I'm sure the children will love these. The mitten ornaments are really cute
    DIANA L.

  2. Belated Happy Birthday wished to you dear Karen. It sounds like you had a wonderful day.
    Your mitten ornaments are just adorable. I love the design and those snowmen with their embossed bodies are sure to make anyone smile. As usual, your attention to detail is so beautiful and filled with love.

    I hope you have a good week.
    hugs Sue

  3. What a great project I saw it on MIM xx Jan

  4. hiya what a delightful project this is loving the images thanks for sharing your card with us at CRAFTY CATZ..see you again hugs sassyxxx

  5. Too cute ! Fabulous work on your snowmen. Original concept. Bravo ! Everything is perfect !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  6. Stunning project with lots of wonderful, charming details to view. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

  7. What darling work thanks for playing at Divas by design this wk hugs rebekah xx

  8. Happy belated birthday to you Karen it sounds like you were as always a blessing to others... I am sure the beautiful couple appreciated all your help and enjoyed your cake.
    what a wonderful "sparkly " idea to make mittens with snowmen tucked inside.. So so cute, they are sure to enjoy this adorable little gifts. And yes, our precious LORD will see that you finish all that needs to be done.
    Thank you so much for your encouraging comments in my blog, you are truly a blessing my friend.. Your heart is so full of GOD'S live and it just spills out on all of us..hugs

  9. Happy belated birthday Karen~ looks like you had such a blessed day on your birthday plus helping a handout to your neighbors, sharing them some of your yum yum cake and you even got to craft... You should of mentioned earlier I would of love doing a birthday blog hop for you......
    Anywho love those mitten cards, they are so darn cute and I'm sure those Children's Hospitals will be so happy to receive your beautiful cards. You are such a giver at heart Karen....
    TFS - enjoy your wonderful day and new week ahead.....

  10. heppy belated birthday :) Well...I will be shocked if these aren't top peach this week, or at least top 3 for sure, they are adorable, love your post about them, fantastic, I am planning to make a banner for the hospital here to, help brighten up the children's day, that would be so sad to be there instead of home with family on such an important and special day. God bless you, your an awesome lady to think so much of others and lend a helping hand to your elderly neighbours. Ot was just fantastic to read that! big hugs have a great day and a very happy holiday season! :)

  11. These are so cute and what a great idea to use them for. I saw this on Make it Monday.

  12. this is darling ! love the colors, papers, just everything even the cute pom pom !!! great job !! Thanks so much for participating in the Peachy Keen challenge this week!!!

    Michelle - DT

  13. Oh my gosh, how absolutely ADORABLE! Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! 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! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  14. Hummmmmmmm, I considered not commenting on your absolutely fabulous project, my dear friend, because I am now mad that I didn't know it was your birthday. It sounds like an amazing day and I'm so glad, especially that you got to enjoy the morning with your Mom, and how sweet you are to help others on your special day, but I'm still mad :/ (grumble, grumble)

    Your mitten cards are the cutest things I've seen!! I love the design and their sweet faces!! The pull-out snowmen are so creative and adorable!! The pom pom trim is just perfect!! I love these, and whoever gets them will adore them!!

    I'm still mad :( But I hope you continue to have a fabulous week filled with much love and happiness!! Reluctant HUGS!! (just kiddin', they aren't reluctant ;)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  15. Lots of cuteness here! Thanks for joining us at Divas! Laura x

  16. Happy Birthday! Lovely of you to give your neighbours the gift of your help. These are very swewet mittens and sure to bring smiles to the children and their families. Thanks for joining our CAS challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. I hope we see you again soon.

  17. just adorable! thanks so much for playing along with us at PeachyKeen!


  18. Karen!!!!!!! I believe Love itself has you wrapped like an envelope so tight that all that emits from you is love... wow, how nice of you and your sweetheart to help out neighbours like that and then bring them cake to boot!!!! oh wait..... on your birthday with that!!!! You are truly the most amazing soul... Happy belated Birthday!!!!!!! We both celebrate our birthdays the same month.. (I am just loving that I have something in common with you, hehe)... Your projects are the sweetest , so light warm and fuzzy.. I would love to have mitts like that, hahahaha... I love everything you did with them, just amazing and how sweet of you to yet again make a child (or two or three) smile on Christmas.... I just love you... you are one super amazing being on this planet and so infectious!!!! I wish I lived near you and we could sit and have tea and talk up a storm. Have a very blessed day my friend for we are all blessed to have you in our lives. hugs to you and your sweetheart.

  19. what gorgeous little pocket cards - love the sweet snowmen! Saw this on MIM – hope you’ll call to visit me too! Kim x

  20. hiya what a fabulous card many thanks for sharing it with us in our at CRAFTY CATZ hug sassyxx

  21. Karen I am in awe of your kindness and generosity of your time and talent. Your adorable project is sure to bring joy to so many children in the hospital.

  22. Your ornaments are adorable - love the little snowman! It sounds like your birthday was perfect! Helping others is always good soup for the soul - thank you for being you!

  23. Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope it was super special like you. I love your projects. These are so cute. I can't wait to get them. Thank you for thinking of these. They are all amazing!!! Can't wait to see the wands. They are always so beautiful:) You are the best!!! Many blessings to you!

  24. These are just adorable and so beautifully detailed.I'm sure the children will love these and your kind gesture will be much appreciated.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  25. Happy Birthday To You!!!!
    Happy Birthday To You!!!!
    Happy Birthday Dear Karen!!!!!
    Happy Birthday To You!!!!
    And Many More!!!!!!!!Yiippeee!!!!!!
    I am so happy that you had a beautiful Bday,you deserve it!That was a sweet thing that you did for your neighbor, that!This is why you are on my list.What list?The I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY BLOGGIE HEART list! It's an honor to know you.When I talk to my friends about you,I always get teary.Joyful,Love and this great sense of Peace that I feel when I am reading your posts.You took some time from your Day(Bday) to do for others.You made this beautiful,adorable, sweet card for the kids,which they will love and appreciate.And you brought some cake for your neighbors,YUMMY!!I wish I was there..LOL.shhhh!I don't know if I would want to share your
    So,for the comment that you left on my blog,I understood everything you meant.Funny thing.As I was commenting on your blog I thought, I hope that she understands what I mean because I did not know if the words came out the way I intended for them to come out.Then you write on my blog that you hope that I understand what you mean to say.I thought of it and you wrote it...LOL..Love that!You are a blessing to ALL of us.Especially me!
    Sending a HUGE amount of Birthday Wishes,Love,Hugs and my bloggie Heart,

  26. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!! *grabs happy snuggly snowman mittens and puts them on and then gives my Sunshine a super sized mega squisher with them* WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    *twirls you in endless birthday spins* WHEEEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ!!! I am all teary right now sis cause me just finished reading all the gorgeous happy huggler comments your beautiful bloggy followers left this week. *cries non-stop happy tears* You are truly the most sparkling light of all of our hearts sis and we all are sending you the most giant b-day squishies EVER this week because you bring us more joy every single day than we can ever express.

    These sweetest mittens are going to make the precious little ones SO incredibly happy, Sunshine. You have no idea just how much they will make their hearts light up in holiday warmth. Your love will pop right out of them just like the sweetest little snowmen and shower them in super hugglers! YAY!!! *pets the sparklie hats on the snowmen and ties jingly bells in your hair* TEE HEE! I am beyond in love with these mittens, sis. They are just pure happiness. *jingles them non-stop today* SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

    God bless you Beautiful for bringing so much joy to so many...and even on your very own special day too! Do you know how squishable you are? And that you are God's most sparkling rainbow of love always and forever?

    I LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!!!!

    *forever super sparklie mitten and birthday squishies from the girl who snuck the rest of your cake when you weren't looking* *wipes away evidence of crumbs on cheeks* TEE HEE HEE!
    ~~~ Christina :)

  27. Hi Karen,

    I was looking through all the creations at "Make it Monday", and these adorable mittens just popped out at me. They are absolutely adorable, and so creative!


  28. Such a beautiful and cute project. I love the idea of joy this will bring to people who will get it.

    I stopped by from MIM. I'm still doing my project, so hopefully I'll still catch MIM#115 ;-)

    Hugs from Slovenia

  29. Happy Belated Birthday, Karen! It sounds like you had a great day! These mittens and snowmen are absolutely adorable! They are going to make the children (and adults) smile! The embossing and glittery scarves and hats look awesome! Such a great idea to tuck the snowmen into the cute mittens! The bells are a perfect touch too! :)


  30. awww.. and Happy Belated Birthday! I'm so glad I found you and am a new follower!
    I love the mittens!!

  31. THESE ARE SOO CUTE!! I am so a new follow and I may have to CASE this idea from you!!
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion!!
    Sarah GDT

  32. This is so creative. Like the colors choice and love the CAS style design like Plastic cards which make the card POP. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Great work. These are absolutely adorable!


  34. These are fabulous - love all the details Karen. And the snowmen are so cute:-) Hugs, Karon - thanks for stopping by my blog with your wonderful comments:-) Have a great week.


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