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Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Tag, Exciting News, and WINNER!

Happy Friday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely day. :o)

Before I share my tag and announce the My Craft Spot stamp set winner, I have some happy news! I have been invited to join the Design Team for the fantastic store 7 Kids College Fund! This is such an unexpected blessing and I remain a wee bit in shock. :o) They carry a plethora of inspiring crafty lines and the DT is bursting with talent. This is truly an honor and I'm excited for this new adventure! My first DT project will be on January 1st. What a way to start a new year. :o)

I made a quick tag to coordinate with the Christmas card I created for my sweet parents! I used different cuts, but kept the same wintry theme.
A closer peek at the jingling reindeer and filigree tree:
For the base of my tag, I used Spellbinders Gold Labels Four. The musical paper is from K and Company, while the snowy brown paper is from Memory Box. I used a few beautiful cut files from the Silhouette Online Store to create my little scene: the frolicking reindeer, filigree Christmas tree, and lovely poinsettia. The poinsettia is centered with a Wild Orchid Crafts scalloped pearl and each layer of petals is separated with foam tape for dimension. The tree is adorned with red and green Recollections rhinestones.

The blanket of snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which I covered in Glamour Dust. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set, which is cut out with Kimberly's Tiny Tags metal dies. The Peppermint Stick trendy twine securing the jingly bell is also from MCS. Although unseen in the picture, I used a tiny black pearl for the reindeer's eye. I hope they enjoy their little tag. :o)

And now for the WINNER! Thank you all for the beautiful comments on my shadow box book card! The winner of a My Craft Spot stamp set of your choice (generously donated by Kimberly) is...


Congratulations, Diana! Zip me an email with your address and stamp set choice to claim your prize. :o)

Thank you for visiting! Have a blessed and sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Let It Snow
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *Die Cuttin' Divas~ Tag It
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ Snowflakes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Winter Fun
 *Papertake Weekly~ Christmas Creatures
 *Pile It On~ P is for... (Pearls, Poinsettia)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Let It Snow

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Birthday

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week. :o)

With the busy-bee days leading up to Christmas, it's not often I get cards made for December birthdays. (The shame!) I was determined this year, so I carved out some time to make a wintry birthday card. :o)
This precious Wee Stamps image is called Friendship is the Greatest Gift, available in rubber and digi. I've colored the sweet friends with my Copics, adding Glamour Dust, Star Dust, and Polar White Flower Soft to certain areas. There's a significant amount of Glamour Dust throughout the card, but I fear I didn't capture that well in the photographs. It's so twinkly in person! :o) I colored all of the berries purple and sparkly to make them sugar plums. :o) The image is layered atop a Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle.

The papers are from Recollections' Le Ballet paper pad, which is a personal favorite. I love the purples and greens. The sweet Heart Banner is from La La Land Crafts, which I cut out with coordinating paper atop a snowy white layer. All but one of the snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which are covered in Glamour Dust and centered with a rhinestone. The largest snowflake is from the Silhouette Online Store.

I wanted to send some flowers to the birthday girl, so I turned to my favorite Pink Mist roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. A few of them center snowflakes for wintry delight, including the one securing my sentiment from Pink Gem Designs' Vintage Occasion Sentiment set. The flower arrangement rests atop a Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish and a couple fluttering snowflakes.

A peek at the snowy interior:
It felt strange making a non-Christmas project! ;) Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a day of sunshine and festive treats. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *7 Kids College Fund~ Anything Goes (Image and 3 dies available at 7 Kids)
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Calendar)
 *A Gem of a Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Allsorts~ Anything but Christmas
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Celebrations
 *Craft Your Passion~ Let It Snow
 *Crafty Catz~ Use 2 or More Dies (I used 5!)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Hearts
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ P is for... (Purple, Pink, Present)
 *Stamp and Create~ Anything Goes

Friday, December 6, 2013

My Craft Spot Guest Designer: Shadow Box Book Card!

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! I am ecstatic to be guest designing today at My Craft Spot! It is truly an honor and I am so thankful for this unexpected blessing. I adore Kimberly and her talented DT, where inspiration always abounds. :o) For an extra special treat, there is a wonderful giveaway at the end of this post!

Inspired by several of Kimberly's goodies, I combined the true meaning of Christmas with the beautiful whimsy of the season. For this special occasion, I created a Shadow Box Book Card for a dear friend. (For the structure, I followed a fantastic tutorial by Delightfully Crazy.)
The papers throughout this book card are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection. For the spine of my 'book,' I heat-embossed one of the snowy flourishes from My Craft Spot's Ornate Labels-Christmas. That same stamp set graces my cover (repeatedly), where I heat-embossed the golden label outline and cut it out with the coordinating Ornate Labels metal dies. The sweet holly flourish is centered with garnet rhinestones and I couldn't resist using the holly jolly sentiment. :o)
A closer peek!
My MCS focal point is bordered with Wild Orchid Crafts roses and surrounded by a flurry of glamour-dusted snowflakes from Cheery Lynn Designs. The metal filigree corners are also from WOC, which I heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.

Inside, heavenly joy encourages a Christmas dance!

The gorgeous sentiment is from MCS's Joy To The World stamp set, surrounded in pearly snow and golden elegance. It is stamped upon a Marianne Design's die, Petra's Heart (LR0280). The embossed portions are sponged in Scattered Straw for a warm Christmas glow. I created a frame for the page using the Anastasia Border die from Cheery Lynn Designs, a technique I first saw many moons ago Cheery Lynn's blog.
For the shadow box part of my book card, I designed a scene from my heart. The glorious Christmas star (from the Silhouette Online Store) has turned the wintry landscape golden and inspires a ballet dance of pure love.

The joyous Christmas dancer:
The ballerina is a Marianne Design's die, Ballerina 2 (LR0166). I made her a tutu of white lace (the same as the book's border) and accented it with festive red and green rhinestones. I used crystalline gems for the waist and straps of her costume. The pearl-dusted snowdrift that she dances upon is another MD die, Fancy Edge with Lattice (LR0202). The golden lace framing the scene was purchased on eBay... I was determined to find just the right one for this project. ;)

The back, finished off with one more MD metal die. I used one of the dies from Anja's Vintage Ornaments 2 (LR0270) to act as hinges. This project was a joy to create and I hope my friend loves it as much as I do. :o) (I confess I will miss having this!) ;)


One of the many things I appreciate about Kimberly is her generosity! Do you want to be entered to win a My Craft Spot stamp set of your choice? Simply leave me a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite My Craft Spot stamp set is and you will be entered! How sweet is that?! I will draw and announce the lucky winner on Friday, December 13th!

Thank you for pirouetting on by and sharing in my excitement! I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Tis the Season (I used Snowflakes and Anastasia Border dies)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Spots or Stripes
 *Created With Love~ Christmas
 *Divas by Design~ Feeling Festive
 *Love to Create~ Holiday Gift/3-D Project
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Marianne's Design Divas~ Charm and/or Ribbon (I used dies LR0166, 0202, 0270, and 0280)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Twist of Faith~ Baubles and Bells

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Pocket Cards

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend! :o)

A quick post today to share my new cards as part of my contribution to this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are creating Christmas cards for severely ill children who will be spending the holiday at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. Crafting while rushed can be a challenge, so I am thankful for the fantastic sketch at My Craft Spot that jump started these creations!
Both sentiments are from My Craft Spot's Stampin' Around Christmas set, cut out with the coordinating Tiny Doilies metal dies. I adore this set! Bella Blvd buttons adorn the train wheels and each pocket contains two Peachy Keen Stamps gingerbread cookies for the kiddos to play with. They are cut out with the matching cut file and heat-embossed to make the icing more realistic. The bows on the train and penguin are made with Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine, purchased at My Craft Spot. The sweet pom trim is from Jo-Anns.
The purple papers are from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet, while the textural green snowflake train car is from Best Creation Merry Christmas

The papers for the second card are from My Mind's Eye Merry collection. The steam from Santa's Express is made from heart rhinestones because it's driven by love. :o)
A peek inside, plus a look at the full gingerbread sweethearts! Rather than stamp the hearts that came with it, I used stitched heart buttons from Little Yellow Bicycle's Love Potion set.
All of my love and prayers are tucked inside for these precious children to receive the healing they need. :o)

Thank you for visiting! I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Create Your Own Challenge; I used several!)
 *Charisma Cardz~ Christmas
 *Craft Your Passion~ Buttons Galore (flower buttons on wheels, tree button on train, heart buttons on gingerbread sweethearts)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Frosted Designs~ 11 Item Challenge (I used paper layering, circles, and buttons)
 *My Craft Spot~ Sketch
 *Sparkles~ Animals
 *Winter Wonderland~ Photo Inspiration (Santa)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Cutie!

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely week. Time is flying, but I'm trying my hardest to squeeze in more Christmas cards for sick kiddos.

As previously mentioned, this month's I Feel the Love Project mission is to create Christmas cards for kids who will be spending the holiday at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. Since severe sickness won't allow them to be home for Christmas, we are delivering festive cheer to them. :o)
The cutie pie sitting on the ornament is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. Rather than use the given facial features, I used my favorite Peachy Keen Stamps face, which is from the In The Garden Face Assortment collection. Her headband is made of rhinestones for extra festivity and since she's such a sweetheart, she's wearing a dress that is patterned with candy canes, cookies, and candy. :o) Her hair is embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder for curly texture.

The Christmas tree file was cut out using one of my favorite papers! I thought it would look cute, like the tree is decorated in ribbon and candy canes. :o) I fussy cut candy canes from the paper scraps and adhered them atop each other to be complete and stand out a little more. The Christmas light border is for pure whimsy and is covered in a few shades of Stickles.

The sparkling red bottom is embossed, but is completely washed out in this photograph and not as obvious as I had intended anyway. Lesson learned! But in the right light, you can see the cute ornaments from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set I used. You can see it a little here, if you look *really* closely. ;) Kaisercraft lace divides the base papers.
I made a little window with the My Craft Spot Ornate Labels metal dies and stamped the outline with the coordinating Ornate Labels-Christmas stamp set. The Christmas-decorated neighborhood paper is a favorite from my stash. The gorgeous papers for the tree, dress, and ornament are from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet

I pray that this little card will brighten the holiday of a sweet child battling for their life. It is created in love and hope! :o) Thank you for visiting! I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Peace)
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Not Square
 *Created With Love~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Creations~ Sparkle and Shine
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch At A Time~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Sparkle
 *The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog~ Little Cuties

Monday, November 11, 2013

Guest Designer for Love to Create!

Happy Monday, my sparkly friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to the week. :o)

I am ecstatic to be this week's Guest Designer at one of my favorite challenges: Love to Create! Thank you for the opportunity, Jackie! It is an honor. :o)

The theme for Challenge #91 is Thanksgiving or Thanks and there are two marvelous sponsors: Beccy's Place and Sassy Studio Designs. I chose to showcase Beccy's Hydrangea digital stamp, which I completely fell in love with.
This Thanksgiving card was originally planned for my incredible dad, but he inspired me to include it in my contributions for the I Feel the Love Project Thanksgiving collection. He has always been selfless and this is an example of his influence in my life... he continually puts everyone above himself. So instead, this card is on the way to a wonderful resident of a senior care center. :o)

With my Copics, I colored Beccy's gorgeous hydrangea in Autumn's splendor. The red and orange petals are centered in bright sunshiny love and tiny rhinestones are nestled within the yellow sunbursts. The green leaves are covered in Star Dust because... well, you never really need a reason to add extra sparkle. ;)

My base was created with Spellbinders Gold Labels Four, with each layer cut from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch stack. A Zva Creative flourish adds a touch of sparkly whimsy, as does the Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly that has been coated in Shimmer Spritz. The sentiment is from K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings set, which I stamped in Rich Cocoa. I hope it is loved by the recipient. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day of love and happiness. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Holiday Thanks)
 *Cut It Up~ Thanksgiving
 *Divas By Design~ Use a Digi
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Holidays
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Show Us Your Tools (Die-cutting, Copics)
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Autumn Colors
 *SweetStamps~ Nature

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Polar Bear Christmas!

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. :o)

This month, the I Feel the Love Project is collecting cards for children spending Christmas at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. A previous beloved recipient of IFTL, Trinitie, receives some of her treatments there as she continues to battle brain cancer... and it is in her honor that we are spreading holiday cheer at that location. :o) I am delighted to be sending them love this Christmas!
When these sweet sledding polar bears appeared in the Silhouette Online Store a month ago, I didn't hesitate to buy them. I had a hunch we would be crafting for kids for Christmas again this year, so these cutie pies have been patiently waiting. I embossed the snow with the Swiss Dots folder for texture and added a festive twine bow (Christmas Candy Cane from My Craft Spot) to the girl bear. I put them on an action wobble for extra kiddo fun! They look adorable as they wobble in their snowy sled. :o)

The bears are upon a Spellbinders Classic Circle, which is atop a sparkling Picot Edge Circle. The rhinestone-accented swirl is the Fancy Flourish from My Favorite Things. I wanted it to look like they are zooming something fierce. ;)

The sweet sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Stampin' Around Christmas stamp set, which I cut out (and layered) with the coordinating metal dies. Star Dust surrounds a few of the papers for wintry delight. The smattering of snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which I covered in Glamour Dust. (I apologize that they aren't very visible in this photograph due to the light paper they're fluttering across.)

The polar bear paper is from Memory Box, while all of the other papers are My Mind's Eye. The pom trim is from American Crafts.

The swirling candy interior:
The sentiment is from Peachy Keen, to which I added a tiny snowflake from the My Craft Spot Stampin' Around Christmas set. I hope this whimsical little card warms the heart of the precious child who receives it. :o)

Thank you for sledding on by! Have a beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Christmas Cards All Year 'Round~ Winter Wonderland
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Animal Magic
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Winter Holiday plus Ribbon/Trim (I used pom trim)
 *Sparkles Christmas Challenge~ Have a Beary Christmas
 *The Paper Girls~ Cut It Out (I used 5 metal dies and my Silhouette)
 *The Squirrel and the Fox~ Animal Antics
 *Winter Wonderland~ For a Child

Monday, November 4, 2013

Snowy Christmas

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope your November is off to a sparkly start! :o)

I have a wintry Christmas card to share with you today, which combines some newer goodies with some of my favorites from last season. :o)
I remain thoroughly enamored with heat-embossing! The tree is a Recollections stamp, which I heat-embossed with white embossing powder to make it snowy. I didn't want a purely white and blue Christmas card, so I added red and green rhinestones for a pop of Christmas cheer. :o)
The gorgeous die along the bottom is one of my new Marianne Design dies, called Anja Edge (LR0202). The beautiful embossing on it is a little washed out in these pictures, but the angled shot below shows it better. This shape is not only lovely, but also versatile. I couldn't resist using it as a fancy snowdrift for this card. :o)
Along the top is a Memory Box Frostyville border. Both borders are popped up with foam tape for dimension and accented with three sizes of pearls for a touch of elegance. The four snowflakes I added to the K and Company paper are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which I covered in Glamour Dust.

The reindeer is from the Spellbinders Fanciful Holiday set, which I cut out with Memory Box brown snowflake paper since he's frolicking through a winter wonderland. :o) I attached a jingly bell with Christmas twine from My Craft Spot so he can jingle all the way. ;)

My sentiment resides inside, which is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set. This will be from me and my sweetheart, so I love that Kimberly included one with 'we.' :o) It rests atop a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square.
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *ABC Christmas Challenge~ V is for Vixen (Use a reindeer)
 *Allsorts~ Christmas Cheer
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Dimension)
 *Christmas Cards All Year 'Round~ Winter Wonderland
 *Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party~ Anything Goes
 *Craftitude~ Anything Goes/ Use Twine or String
 *Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge~ Bling it Up
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes

Monday, October 21, 2013

Criss-Cross Christmas Card

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a sparkly start to the week. :o)

For over a year I have admired the lovely products from Marianne Design of the Netherlands. The exquisite designs of their metal dies especially made my heart flutter... and I am elated to finally own a few that I have longed for. :o)

Inspired by their beauty, I made a criss-cross Christmas card for a dear friend. :o)
This creative process actually began with the pull-out tab for the card's insert. Even before my package arrived, I knew I was going to use elements from Marianne Design's stunning Petra's Heart (LR0280) for an elegant tab. 
First, a closer look at some of the detailing on the exterior:
The festive sweetheart is Rowan Fairy from Wee Stamps (available as a digi or in rubber), which I've colored with Copics and accented with Star Dust. Her two-tone wings were a challenge with red and gold, but I was determined. ;) Polar White Flower Soft is gently sprinkled upon her hair and leaves, while sparkling snowflakes flutter about. The Cheery Lynn Designs snowflakes were cut out with acetate, covered with Glossy Accents, and smothered in Twinklets Diamond Dust. It is incredible how realistic they look in person!

I also used a couple of my new goodies on the front, of course! To create a frame for Rowan, I used Anja's Vintage Ornaments 2 (LR0270). The corner detailing is part of the Petra's Corners (LR0281) set. All of the cuts have been accented with pearls and sponged with Scattered Straw distress ink for a warm Christmas glow.

The beautiful papers (inside and out) are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection. I lined the criss-cross with a flat-back pearl strand from Wild Orchid Crafts and lace from Jo-Ann's (which makes me think of snowflakes ruffling through the sky). :o)

An angled view of the card's insert to show the golden angel. She is a Recollections stamp, which I heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set. I designed this insert with the possibility of my friend leaving it out for a festive display, so my personal message will be on the back.
Side-by-side... I hope it fills my friend's beautiful heart with Christmas joy. :o)
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a day of sparkling happiness. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *7 Kids College Fund~ Anything Goes (Image, dies, and paper available at 7 Kids!)
 *52 Christmas Card Throwdown~ Bling It Up!
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes/Create Your Own Challenge (I used a bunch! Image, sentiment, patterned paper, dies, embossing, Stickles, pearls, bling, ribbon, and lace)
 *Christmas Card Challenge~ Anything Goes (Optional: Flowers)
 *Crafty Little Fairies~ Christmas in October
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Marianne's Design Divas~ Winter/Christmas (LR02270, LR0280, LR0281)
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Christmas Cuties
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Christmas/Happy Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Apron-Shaped Thanksgiving Card

Hello, my sparkly friends! I hope everyone is having a blessed week. :o)

As previously mentioned, this month's collection for the beautiful I Feel the Love Project is for an amazing senior care facility. We have the privilege of creating Thanksgiving cards for the residents of Chancellors Village and I am thrilled to be spreading seasonal delight. :o)

Upon recently winning the newest digi stamp from Elisabeth Bell, titled Apple Berry, I knew I wanted to make one of the residents a card celebrating the joy of baking for the holidays. I settled upon a fun apron-shaped card, with a two-sided tag tucked into the pocket. :o)
A wee bit closer to better see the harvest-themed mixing bowl that is popped up atop the pocket:
The Autumn papers are from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch collection. I filled the mixing bowl with a rolling pin and spoon cut with My Mind's Eye wooden patterned paper. I fussy-cut a sweet gingerbread man cookie from a Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite paper and nestled him within... every baker needs a helper (or emergency snack) during the busy baking season. ;) A sparkling flourish dances out of the bowl, as all holiday baking is completely magical. :o) My computer-generated sentiment is cut out with the Tiny Tag Metal Dies from My Craft SpotWild Orchid Crafts Guipure lace trims the bottom of the apron. The golden ribbon is from my stash.

The pocket of the apron is a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four die, inked with Dried Marigold. The tag within is made with the next larger size die of the same set.

Here's our baking sweetheart:
Star Dust gives a sugary finish to the pie crust and apples, while a Zva Creative flourish adorns the side. To assist in pulling out the tag, I layered a bow made with crinkle ribbon from my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces, a button from my stash, and Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine from My Craft Spot.
The reverse of the tag features a beautiful (and free) digi sentiment from Designed 2 Delight. I heat-embossed the flourishes with gold embossing powder for added elegance and warmth. The flourishes are from the Tiny Tags 2 stamp set from My Craft Spot.

I hope the resident who receives this enjoys it. :o) Thank you for visiting! I wish you a day of love and sparkles. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Embossing (I heat-embossed the golden flourishes on my tag)
 *Die Cuttin' Divas~ Dessert Day (Pie in stamp and die cuts are listed in post)
 *Elphine House Australia~ Shaped Cards
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Ribbon and Buttons (The button is layered atop the brown bow)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Halloween or Autumn Hues
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Autumn Leaves and Ribbon
 *Sparkles~ Halloween or Colors (any or all: black, orange, purple)
 *The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog~ Cute and Tag-Tastic

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In Everything... Give Thanks

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a blessed week! :o)

Today I'm excited to share my second contribution for this month's I Feel the Love Project collection. We are creating Thanksgiving cards for Chancellors Village, a fantastic senior care center. I am truly honored to be making little blessings for these lovely seniors! :o)
After one card away from using my Copics, I couldn't resist hopping right back to them! This sweetheart is Chloe, a harvest cutie pie from Elisabeth Bell. I fear these pictures aren't a completely accurate representation, as it does look nicer in person.

The middle panel is actually a pocket, to which I tucked in a sweet little tag:
I sponged Chloe a Broken China sky with a template and nestled her a top a Spellbinders Floral Ovals base. The pretty papers are from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch stack. For extra texture I doubled-up on ribbon types, using brown crinkle ribbon from my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces and lace from Jo-Anns. I colored the white lace with Tattered Angels Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist to coordinate with the papers. The two-tone roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, selected because they are reminiscent of leaves that are changing to their exquisite Autumn hues.

The basket of apples is a Miss Kate Cuttables cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. I love the beauty of sugared fruit, so I used Core Couture cardstock for the apples. The basket is accented with silver metal brads instead of the plain circles that came with the file. The flourish of sparkling holiday love is from Zva Creative.

Lastly, the tag was created by layering a few of my favorite Spellbinders dies. The two base layers are Gold Labels Four, while the top is from the Timeless Rectangles set. Stamped in Rich Cocoa is the Thanksgiving sentiment, which is from the K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings set. I wanted to add sparkles or texture, but the fit in the pocket was already a bit snug so I didn't want to press my luck. Thankfully the papers and fancy dies are lovely on their own. :o)

A peek inside where a couple more sugared apples await, along with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square for my sappy message.
I hope the senior citizen who receives this card is filled with my and God's love... I did my best to pack in a bunch of it. :o) Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Heavy Metal (Metal brads for the basket)
 *Created With Love~ Any Holiday (Thanksgiving)
 *Die Cuttin Divas~ Use Brown
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Two By Two (Two ribbon types: crinkle and lace)
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Fall or Halloween Plus Ribbon
 *Sweet Stampin~ Autumn is Here
 *Sweet Stamps~ Fall
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Make It Sparkly
 *Twist of Faith~ Autumn Colors

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