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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bee Mine

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a sunshiny start. :o)

I spent most of the weekend crafting, trying to meet the (seemingly impossible) goal I set for myself for this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are creating in Vicki Soto's honor, the heroic teacher whose selfless actions saved six or seven children in December's Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Valentine's cards for those surviving children, as well as thinking of you/sympathy cards for Vicki's family, is the mission. I am so thankful to Madison for giving us an opportunity to tangibly reach out to those impacted so deeply.

My newest contribution for those children is this sweet little card. At only 4x4-inches, it'll easily nestle inside the owl tote box I made for them a couple of weeks ago. :o)
This little bee is bursting with sparkling love! The bee and heart base are cut files from the generous and talented Bird of Bird's Cards. I used ultra-glittery pink paper for lots of sparkle and layered a lacy floral Doodlebug Lovebirds patterned paper atop it. The smaller hearts are pop-dotted for dimension (one of my favorite things to always do on my cards, though I often forget to mention it).

The sentiment is a combination of My Pink Stamper Punnylicious and Whimsical Designs With Love stamp sets. I stamped it upon a Spellbinders Nested Heart and secured it with a Bella Blvs flower button. I debated forever what shape to put the sentiment upon, as I was so hesitant to break up the circle of hearts... thankfully the Lord reminded me that I had a perfect sized heart to continue the flow of love. :o)

The base layer showing in the middle is embossed with the Cuttlebug Baby's Breath folder, my new favorite from them. I sprinkled a few rhinestones among the flowers. I mentioned with a previous card for this month's IFTL collection that everything I make for it will include green because it was Vicki's favorite color. Pink and green is a favorite color combination, so it came easily here. Green rhinestones line the bee's body, who is buzzing Vicki's endless love straight back to the children. Although unseen in the photograph, the bee's wings are glittery DCWV paper, in shades of pink and green. Incorporating green with the sentiment was a must, as she will always Bee with those who she loved with all of her beautiful heart. Thus, a smattering of green rhinestones and Lime Twist twine from My Craft Spot.

Despite the blur, I'm sharing a peek inside to show the card's dimension and sparkle. Spellbinders Lacy Circles and Classic Circles are nested inside, with the top circle being inked in Spun Sugar for added sweetness.
If I can manage to meet (or nearly-meet) my goal, this will be an unusually busy week on my blog. Thank you for always being so encouraging of this passion of mine... using my love of crafting to serve this incredible I Feel the Love purpose all year long.

Challenges entered:
 *Charisma Cardz~ Hearts and Flowers (flower-shaped button, embossed flowers, and flower DP)
 *Crafty Catz~ Cute as a Button
 *Docerela Creations~ Heart and Button
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ Favorite Color Combo (pink and green)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Bling it On
 *The Sisterhood of Crafters~ Hearts
 *Whoopsi Daisy~ Card/Project for a Child

Thank you for buzzing on by! I wish you a sparkly and blessed day! :o)


  1. Bee-utiful my friend.Love the shape,sparkle and dimension.Just perfect!
    Jayne x

  2. Bzzzzzzzzzz!!! Bzzzzzzz!!! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

    Hmm. I wonder who made this beyond gorgeous ultra perfect beyond stunning bumbly bee card?! Could it be...MY SIS?!?!?!? AHHHHHHHHH!!! *tackle hugglers you silly* WHEEEEEEEEE!!!

    SQUEEE! It's the happiest sparkliest card EVER sis! OMJ! Do you know how pretty this is?! I can even explain how much I love this gorgeous card. The hearts that look 3D are just incredible sis! How do you do that?! *needs you to teach me right now* TEE HEE!

    I am just madly in love with these colour combinations. And the precious green accents are just the most incredible blessing, sis. You and Vicki's love just dazzle through so beautifully in every detail you included. This is going to make one extra special kiddo SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO super happy sis. SQUEEE! Can we send it out to them now? How about now? Sooooooo excited!!!

    *sees new link to pinterest on top of your bloggy and pins this card and all your cards everywhere cause I love you something silly* TEE HEE HEE!

    *forever sparkling bzzzzzzzing hugglers for my sparkling little bumbly bee* WHEEEEEE!!! I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!
    ~~~ Christina :)

  3. WOW, my dear friend, this is simply stunning!! I absolutely love the circle of hearts!! And the sparkly paper is gorgeous!! I'm not a fan of bees, but this one is bee-utiful and perfect for the awesome sentiment!! The embossing is fabulous!! Love everything about this, as I always do with your amazing creations!! This card cheered up a dreary, rainy day (though it is 50 degrees here)!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy Monday my sweet friend!! Hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. This is just stunning and for such a wonderful cause! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘I {HEART} VALENTINE’S’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    P.S. I have blog candy available through January if you are interested.

  5. My dear kind and talented friend, your card is stunning. I adore the design with those wonderful 3D hearts, gorgeous colours and special sparkle. It is clear to see how much love you have put into making this very special card Karen.
    I hope that you have wonderful week.
    Hugs Sue

  6. Gorgeous card Karen, love love the heart circle, almost makes you feel as if you are circling them with your arms in love:-) I love the added bling and depth by popping up those inner hearts. Such a wonderful creation. Have a fabulous week. Karon

  7. A special card indeed, made with much thought & love. It's a real beauty. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at MAWTT, Jx

  8. What a beautiful thoughtful card - obviously made with so much love thank you so much for playing at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week hugs Judith x

  9. Love your circle of hearts card... Especially the bee buzzing in the center... The heart sentiment is just adorable....Sparkly and pretty..
    TFS Karen - hope your Monday has been awesome, enjoy your new week!

  10. Original card. Beautiful border and embossing. Congratulations !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week !

    Hugs from France.

  11. Stunning card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz

  12. Oh my goodness Karen, this is FABULOUS! I ADORE the bumble bee and all hearts! So pretty ad sparkly! LOVE Karen....but I love ALL your creations!
    Sherrie K

  13. Karen!!!!!!!! Every creation you make is extraordinarly full of love and of course sparkly and this is no exception. This card pulled at my heart strings knowing the cause and knowing your heart, you are so beautiful and I adore you. Beautiful Beautiful card... loving all the glitter and that bee!!! The shape is amazing and you are truly going to bring a smile to one of those courageous children and help them see that the world can be loving once again. I love your heart. Hugs

  14. Hello. I Popped by from MIM to see your Beautiful card. Faye

  15. Aww this is So sweet Karen! what a beautiful design and the bee is really cute! Love all those hearts -- they look stunning with the glitter behind…and the embossing in the middle is so pretty! it's a fab card! :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  16. Wow! Love the sparkling glitter look! Great project! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Dulce -

  17. This is beautiful, gorgeous, stunning...WOW. The circle of hearts design is fabulous! Your attention to detail is like no other. We continue to be blessed by your words and your works. Thank you so much!!! My mom and I are so lucky to get to see all of these cards in person each month. They are spectacular!! Have a wonderful day!

  18. Hi my Angelic friend,The shape of this card is absolutely AMAZING!!The sparkley glitter look is just soooo BEAUTIFUL!!!I am so in love with all of the details and the pink of course...Adorable little bee!!Absolutely PRECIOUS!!The heart design is just Stunning!
    I am speechless....and AMAZED!!Love how easily you laced a smile on my face..Thats why I LOVE you!!and I am so grateful that the lord had allowed us to find one another.
    Sending smiles,loves & hugs
    Your angelic friend,

  19. Oh, this is just lovely!! All those hearts are wonderful - and I love the dimension you've added! And of course the glitter is just perfect on your fabulous card (and so fitting, coming from you!).

    I actually didn't know that there were children in Vicki's classroom that had survived. What a miracle - and yet my heart weeps to know that these poor little souls witnessed what they did... May you be blessed for sharing your love with those who are hurting. xox

  20. Wow! This is beatiful! I love the shape of the card and all of the hearts! It's such a sweet touch how you've added green to all the cards! The embossing looks amazing too! :)


  21. This is an amazing card! You had me at glitter!!!! Love all the layers and the little bee is just too cute! Thank you so much for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member- Nitasha

  22. Beautiful card! Amazing layers and love the glitter! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  23. Stunning card made with much love.
    Amazing design and so sparkalicious.
    Thanks for playing along at Charisma with us this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  24. Such a beautiful card Karen, love the hearts and it symbolizes just how much love has gone into this card... Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at 'Make it Monday'...

  25. This is gorgeous! Came by from Make It Monday - feel free to visit me too - I'm #62, 111, 113, and 147 so far... :)
    Karen C

  26. gorgeous little creation! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz. Kim x

  27. Very beautiful project! Thank you so much for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member- Susete.

  28. Gorgeous. I love the sparkle all your hearts. Someone will be very happy to get this one.

    I saw you at Make It Monday. Thanks for inspiration.

    p.s. my projects is 202 if you would like to stop by my blog too.

  29. WOW!!! Wonderful project...
    Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member-ANA

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