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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Owl Tote Box: My First CAMEO Project!

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

I received a belated Christmas blessing that set my heart aflutter. My incredible sweetheart blessed me with a Silhouette Cameo and I remain a bit stunned. :o) I (of all people) don't have the words to express how much I love this machine! The possibilities are endless and it cuts to perfection. I certainly have a ton to learn and am excited to discover all that it entails and the creativity it sparks within me. :o)

My first Cameo project needed to be sappy, sweet, and bursting with love... and I wanted it to be for this month's I Feel the Love two-part collection. It is in loving memory of Vicki Soto, the heroic first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who gave her life to save some of her students. On part is to create Valentine's/Hearts goodies for those precious children her selfless actions saved.

I happened upon a Lori Whitlock file for a precious 3D Owl Tote Box and had to make it for those kids to hold some sweet creations. But I couldn't make it a regular owl... I wanted to celebrate all things LOVE by transforming her into a Valentine's Owl! :o)

Isn't she sweet?
I used a combination of papers from Doodlebug, Imaginisce, and Martha Stewart to bring her heart to life. All of the edges are lightly inked in Victorian Velvet for some depth.. and I think she's blushing from wearing her heart on her sleeve. Or feathers. :o) Tiny rhinestones accent her eyes, reminiscent of their beloved teacher. How beautiful is a soul that sparkles so brilliantly it is seen through the eyes... just like Vicki's. With as much love as I want to deliver the children who endured that nightmare, I needed to make something extra special. Sure, it's merely a box... but it is made with a love so strong that I'm hopeful it will saturate their hearts.

A little closer view of the papers. That middle layer of feathers is not dotted, as it may appear.
If enlarged, you'll notice a couple of my favorite details. The darkest paper consists of a plethora of tiny hearts... tiny heartfelt sunbeams to bring comfort and joy. The bottom layer was sparklified, but it's hard to see in the smaller image. As I mentioned with my last card, I am incorporating green into everything I make for this collection because it was Vicki's favorite color. The flowers in this paper are centered with green, pink, and white rhinestones. The other green accent is the scallop detail around the ribbon-closure circles. I used sparkly and bubbly ribbon from Hobby Lobby, topped with a Little Yellow Bicycle stiched-heart button and Blossom twine from My Craft Spot.

Additional love graces each side...
I tweaked the heart die from the Spellbinder's Fanciful Holiday set to embrace the loving sentiment. I masked off most of a sentiment from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set, stamping only the 'Love.' A few red rhinestones were added because love is always sparkly. :o)

Challenges Entered:
 *2 Sisters~ Celebrations
 *Craft Us Crazy~ Celebrate Love or Red
 *Craft-Room Challenge~ Valentines
 *Cupcake Craft Challenge~ Anything but a Card
 *Decorate to Celebrate~ Any Theme Party
 *Divas By Design~ Make It Girlie
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Pets/Animals
 *Scrappy Moms Stamps~ Out of the Box (Make a box!)

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


  1. Karen - you are so full of heart warming love!! This is gorgeous - and wow for your first Cameo project. Which ever child receives this is surely going to realise how much love you have poured into this project. It's stunning. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Karon

  2. Oh my gosh, this is absolutely GORGEOUS, Karen!! Your first Cameo project rocks (your sweetie is so sweet to get it for you)!! This is the cutest gift bag!! I love the papers you used!! The gems for eyelashes are amazing!! And the sparkly nose is perfect!! This is so awesome...whoever gets it will adore it!! I love, love, love it!! It's awesome!! Thanks so much for playing along at Paper Playtime!! You should enter it at Decorate to Celebrate, too for our any party theme!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Thursday my dear friend!! Huge Hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. This is fabulous. Love the papers and the scallop. The added gems and ribbon looks gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
    Hugs Sharon.x

  4. Karen, This is beautiful the papers and the shape and image are absolutely gorgeous! x

  5. Awwwwwwwww This is adorable Karen. I love owls and this one you have lovingly created is just so beautiful made out of the most gorgeous papers and such wonderful tiny detailing too.
    I am sure that you are going to be putting your new toy to such good use and I am looking forward to seeing your next creation.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  6. LOVE it!! It is so sweet and so full of love! :) All the papers you used are just perfect!

  7. This couldn't be any cuter, Karen! I love the papers you used and how you put the "Love" sentiment on the sides. The bling for the eyelashes is adorable too. How sweet of your sweetie to get you the Cameo! So exciting! That is definately on my wish list! Can't wait to see what else you make with it! :)


  8. What a wonderful project! I keep hearing about this Cameo and all my favorite bloggers are getting one. I don't know how I could possible fit another machine in my craft room, lol especially since I got like 20 Cricut cartridges for Christmas(I'm so blessed). Your owl is supercute and and I love the paper combos:) I look forward to seeing your next project and thank you for visiting my blog. You are so sweet<3

  9. Well surprise surprise how wonderful of your hubby to get you another new electronic machine to play with... I'm sure you will be so pleased with it and will be joining the rest of the Cameo groups out there with all your wonderful creations....Lovely first take on your owl treat tote, and I'm sure those recipients will love them even more.... I'm so happy for you, I'm sure you still must be smiling from ear to ear.... Can't wait to see more!

  10. Karen, this is so sweet and an amazing first Cameo project!! You learn quickly!!! I can't wait to see what you can make after a week with this awesome machine. HAHAHAHA!! All the attention to detail, including the color green make this another perfect project. What a blessing. You know by now how much each and every one of your projects and posts mean to me and to this project. God bless you! Have a super fabulous day.
    Love, ~Madison

  11. Beautiful project! Wow, your first Cameo one:) Love it Karen! You will love your Cameo...I am loving mine, just haven't had much time on it. With deadlines and not a lot of time these days, I keep finding myself going back to the cricut,lol!
    Your owl is absolutely adorable and the details are fabulous! Your little touch of bling around the eyes, the fabulous arrangements of papers down to the grace of love on the sides:) Absolutely stunning and amazing my friend! I am going to have to go check out that cut file:)

    Hoping your having a wonderful and sparkly week!
    Sherrie K

  12. OMGosh - so very cute, I love it! Thank you for playing along with us at Scrappy Moms Stamps! :)

    - Mel

  13. Wonderful act of kindness . It is a beautiful project so well done . Thank you for sharing on Make it Monday .

  14. Lovely project. Thanks for playing along with Cupcake and good luck - Jane x

  15. This is such a sweet project...thanks for sharing with the Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  16. Yes Its Sweet ! Congrats for cameo ! Came following the link from MIM !

  17. I love owls, so when I spotted this on MIM I had to take a closer look. It's wonderful, especially the reason for making it.

  18. I love Lori's work so whimsical, easy to but together and just right for all ages....marvelous project

  19. *leaps through my compy screen to huggler you oodles and noodles*

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!! It's my Sunshine's very first Cameo project!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! *cries super happy and proud tears because this month marks the beginning of a brand new sparklie crafting journey for our sweetest Karen* OMJ! I am sooooooooo crazy proud of you Sunshine! This is just the most incredible blessing and I have goosebumps thinking about all the gorgeous hearts your new creations will touch. Did you know that you and God and your new Cameo make the ultimate design team of all time, sis? It's true! The sparkling possibilities are endless!!!

    I have no words to say how much I am in love with your owl, sis. It is just the most precious tote I have ever seen. *hugglers him forever* He is going to deliver SO much happiness, Sunshine. I can just feel your beautiful love overflowing out of it and into the hearts of the precious recipients. The papers you used and the accents on it are just breathtaking sis! SQUEEEEEEE!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PERFECT!!!

    *forever squishies from the proudest sis on earth*
    Christina :)

  20. GASPPPPPPPP!!! My Sunshine now has over 200 beautiful followers?!?!??! OMJJJJJJJ!!! NO WAYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    *cries super happy tears and celebrates by giving everyone cuppiecakes right this second* SQUEEEEEE!!!

    Congratulations my most precious sis! I am so proud I think I'm going to burst. When I think about just how much love my Sunshine's beautfiul blog has created in such a short period of time, I just can't stop crying happy tears of joy. I love you beyond love, Sunshine. *hugglers you once tonight for every single one of the endless hearts and lives you have touched through your selflessness since your bloggy began* I am so proud of you, sis. We are all so incredibly blessed to get to share in this blessed journey with you. May God bless you and your gorgeous bloggy always and shower you endlessly in His forever rainbow love.


    *hugglers you with my entire heart*
    ~~~ Christina (aka your biggest fan forever and always and beyond who needs a tissue cause me is still all teary) TEE HEE! :)

  21. Fabulous creation, I like it a lot! I'm sure it will spread lot's of love!

    Thank you for sharing with Cupcake Craft Challenges.

    Warm hugs

  22. This is totally fab, I love it! I am also very jealous as I would love a Silhouette...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

  23. Oh my that is the cutest owl box ever!!!!! I so need a Cameo! Every detail of your little box is AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Scrappy Moms Stamps!

    Big HUGS,

  24. Beautiful. You made good use of your cameo. I love it.

  25. Oh you lucky girl...hope you have fun with your new toy! This owl box is super duper cute! Love the colors and pattern papers! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  26. This is stunning, and hard to believe it's your first Cameo creation. So much thought, detail and love, which will most certainly touch the recipient's heart. Thanks for joining in with our Valentine theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge, and good luck.

    Maria x

  27. I saw your project on Make it Monday. Your owl is just super adorable!!

  28. How incredibly ADORABLE!!! What a sweet little owl! Love the bling next to her eyes! Thanks so much for joining us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

  29. Oh Karen, how exciting. What a sweetheart your sweetheart is.. he is definitely a keeper.. AND i love your owl. i can't wait to see what you create with your cameo.. Have a 'sparkly' day my friend.. God is so good.
    hugs from ukiah

  30. Oh I LOVE this creation, such a stunning owl! And perfect for valentine. Thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-room challenge this fortnight. Good luck


  31. Hi! I saw this on Decorate to celebrate and had to have a closer look! I have bought this cute owl, but haven't made it yet. You did a great job!



  32. Hi my angelic friend,
    WOW!!How Awesome is that!a Cameo?....Yiippee!!I am so Happy for you!I just did a little cartwheel just for you..LOL.Love that Feeling of JOY when I read your post...your words go straight to my Heart!!Your owl tote box is Super Duper Cute!The rhinestones are so lovely,and so LOVING the bow!You could just FEEL all The LOVE that went into this SWEET Treat!!Adorable little heart on the side....and I Simply ADORE the pattern paper.This is Simply ADORABLE!AMAZING! Oh!I just LOVE it!!
    The more I know you,the more I know that it was god's way of letting me know that you are an angelic friend.It's True..I am truly blessed to know you and to have you in my life.
    Sending my love,hugs & smiles to you,
    Your angelic friend,

  33. Cute and beautiful all in one! I love your owl tote. Can't believe it is your first cameo project ... you rocked it.
    Jayne x

  34. Karen, hands down, this is worthy of your WIN at DTC!! Congrats!! I'm so glad you shared it as it is a JOY to check it out!! :) You did an amazing job on your first cameo creation -- I hope we get to see LOTS more!! :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog -- we'd love to see your decorations and party supplies for our NEW Challenge!! :)

    Amy :) at
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

  35. I love, love, love this box! So cute! Thanks for joining us at Scrappy Moms Stamps!


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