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Friday, January 4, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

Happy January, my dear friends! I pray your new year is filled with heavenly light and joy unspeakable. :o) I am so thankful to have met some incredible crafters last year and I look forward to sharing in our continued crafty journeys. :o)

My sparkly little blog has been quiet over the busy holidays, but I'm happy to be back! Since I fell far short of my Christmas card goal, my first card of 2013 was made for someone who didn't get a handmade festive creation... my sweetheart! I was so disappointed I ran out of time. As it turns out, surprising him with this 'just because' card was equally special. (The unexpected ones can be the most exciting!)

"Warm Winter Wishes"
For my sweetheart, a pretty winter scene. :o) He appreciates nature as much as I, with its majestic beauty from our Creator. The snowflake paper is from a K and Company Christmas collection. The church is from the Noel cartridge, to which I embossed the snowy rooftop with Swiss Dots and added Star Dust to the windows for a sparkling glow. The tree is a Recollections stamp, which I heat-embossed in silver and sprinkled with rhinestones for extra twinkles of joy.

A tiny peek inside (and a better view of the tree), which is lined with the same paper and a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square.
The snowy ground is embossed with a folder from the Winter Wonderland set. The top border die is one of my favorite new things! It is the Memory Box Frostyville border die, which was high on my wish list for eons. I am thrilled for this new blessing and love that my first use is for his card. :o) (You will probably see a lot of this border! Hehe.) Graduating sizes of rhinestones are sprinkled throughout it for extra winter sparkle.

The Whimsical Designs sentiment is from Stephanie's Snow Much Fun set, which is stamped upon a Spellbinders Labels Four die. It is adhered by a three-layer snowflake from Gypsy Wanderings, with each layer popped up for dimension. I wanted to wish him a winter that is warmed by God's love. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Mania~ Winter Wonderland
 *Craft with Cutters~ Snowflakes
 *Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday~ Winter
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ New (Memory Box Frostyville border die)
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope your day sparkles with blessings. You are loved! :o)


  1. Stunning card! A real winter wonderland! Thank you for playing along at Card Mania!

  2. Hi Karen, and Happy New Year!! Wow, am I ever so excited about this card. It is so pretty and that border at the top just blows me away!! I do believe that is the prettiest border ever!

  3. Gorgeous card Karen, the winter wonderland scene is stunning ,, lovely details and sparkle :-) I am sure he LOVED this ,, so speial :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp and PTW Challenges :-)
    Lols x x x

  4. Hi Karen, What a beautiful winter card the scene is so lovely and lots of lovely snow on the image and around the ground beautiful die cut too xx

  5. Hello Karen, I am pleased that you had a good Christmas and I wish you all the best for a wonderful New Year.
    Your card is so special. I love the magical winter scene you have created. The Memory Box Frostyville border die looks magnificent and your attention to detail is wonderful. The touches of sparkle are perfect.
    Thank you again my dear friend for you kind comments on my blog, you really do say the nicest things.
    Hugs Sue

  6. Wow! Your husband is blessed to be married to a creative artist. The winter scene on your card is spectacular. Thank you for sharing at WAW. Blessings!

  7. Stunning and elegant wintery card. I love the little church and the embossing, and oh my; that border die is so wonderful. What a beautiful creation Karen - love it. Hugs, Karon.

  8. I was elated that you gave a side shot of this card! This is truly a captivating scene you've designed here and I love that the snowflake border extends out and adds so much more depth to the wonderful color of the church and that sensational tree. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Happy Crafting...
    Lisa xx

  9. Happy New Year Karen - my dear friend... Hope your holidays was wonderful. Thanks for all your sweet comments love when you stop by you always have the sweet comments to say to brighten me and everyone else.
    What a wonderful card, love the snowflake border die the church just so beautifully done. You are so inspiring and can't wait to see what you got in store with all your lovely creations for this New Year....
    Enjoy your wonderful Friday and crafty weekend ahead...
    Ooh tomorrow is your Sweet Saturday.....

  10. My sweet friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, what a gorgeous and peaceful scene you have created...perfect wintery beauty!! Each detail is gorgeous...from the silver embossed tree, to the pretty church with the sparkly snow, to the awesome border die!! That is so fabulous...I am going to add that to my want list!! It adds such whimsical beauty to the card!! I'm sure your sweetie absolutely loved this!! I have so missed seeing your creations, but I know how busy life can get, especially around the holidays. I was overjoyed to see you had a new post up today :) I hope you have fun plans for the weekend my dear friend!! Friday Hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Gorgeous winter scene! Love that silvery tree, the diecuts.. this is just beautiful! :) Thank you for playing along in the "Something New" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

  12. It's beautiful! The scene is so peaceful it made me miss the snow. I love the border die on the top, I've never seen it before. Thanks for joining us at My Paper Crafting.

    Lynn B.
    DT Member MPC

  13. Love this scene, it has such a cozy, traditional feel, and the snowflake border works so well with this design! I came over from MIM to visit.

  14. Happy New Year Karen. Your card is beautiful and I love that border. I bet your Sweetheart was delighted with it. I plan to finish a card I started for my hubby For the holidays but never completed this weekend! It is a busy time of year.
    Jayne x
    Thanks for joining us at LSP too.

  15. Karen, I can see the thumbnail on our homepage and it looks beautiful. All of the other comments say that your card is amazing and I am sure it is. You only know how to do amazing! On my computer all I can see is an error message that say oops, the link did not work correctly?? I am not sure why. I am looking on Friday, January 4th at 11:19 PST. The error is from PhotoBucket.
    ~Madison My Paper Crafting DT Member/Funkycards

  16. Karen, your card is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the snowflake and swirl border across the top! Wow!

    My Craft Spot

  17. Karen, where or where do I begin! This is just magnificent! I adore the amazing and sparkly scene you have created! The church is just beautiful and the snow is sparkly and gorgeous! How about that amazing! What can I say! I think I HAVE to HAVE that Memory Box Frosytville border, so fabulous! Another fantastic card and I am SURE he will love it:)
    Thanks so much for popping over today and leaving me such sweet comments! You are amazing! I really appreciate your support:)

    Sherrie K

  18. This is so Beautiful, absolutely stunning
    Thank you for joining us at Little Scrap pieces.
    LSP--DT member
    DIANA L.

  19. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! It's my Sunshine's first bloggy posting of the new year!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!

    *tosses new year's sparklies all over you* SQUEEEEEE!!!

    AHHHHHHH!!! I can't stop bouncing thinking about all the incredible blessings that are just around the corner that our sweetest Karen is going to surprise us with in 2013! And what a way to kick things off! This card is beyond perfection, Sunshine! It is just bursting with super wintery love. I have never seen such gorgeous borders or such sparkling magical details. I can't even imagine how much you made Sbf's heart light up with this gift. Did you know that you make all 4 seasons of the year shine with God's love for him sis? You are truly the most extra special blessing he could ever pray for.

    *twirls you and tosses snowballs at you* WHEEEEEE!!!

    I SOOOOOOOOO LOVE THIS CARD!!!!!!!! And I love you something silly!!!

    *forever super sparklie snowflake wintery hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the sister you're stuck with through all of 2013) TEE HEE! Aren't you lucky sis? *giggles madly*

  20. Beautiful church in the country - such a sweet picture this paints in my mind. Thanks for sharing with us this week. It's always a treat to have you play along. Good luck with these awesome prizes this week. Lots of opportunities to win.
    Have a super blessed week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  21. Karen,
    Honestly, that card is simply awesome. The crisp die cuts made me think of fun times walking in the snow when it crunched. The vividness of the whites, and those sparkling gems are really setting the stage for a lovely evening sevice, with friends. ( or a loving spouse)
    Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    May the Lord Bless you and keep you!

  22. Hi Karen, Your card is as SWEET as you are my Angel.The Sparkely Silver Tree is Simply Gorgeous!The Star Dust on the windows of the church is Heavenly!!The bright yellow sends a message that where there is light is where the Lord is at,not just because it is his home but because he is present at all times.I am familiar that beautiful color and feeling.As for your border of this Beautiful card..Its GORGEOUS!!WOW!One of my Favorites!Adore the embossed Snow border.So in love with this card.I believe that this is how Heaven is like...Breath-taking and so Peaceful.
    Sending you a HUGE amount of Hugs & Love,
    Your sweet friend,

  23. What a beautiful card! The snowflake die at the top is so unique and pretty! Love the silver heat embossed tree too! So pretty! :)


  24. What a beautiful Winter Card....Love the image and color. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges.

  25. Well it seems to me you got refreshed while away!!!!! It is simply beautfiul and I pinned it before I read the rest of what you wrote. You are such a beautiful inspiration to me.... I had a card made for Troy and never gave it to him until I got back to crafting, hahahah ..It fell behind the shelf which I weirdly noticed. Your hubby must have felt the love you poured into this card... I love the way you embossed the snow and the intricate snowflakes on the top of the card... oh the sparkly tree!!!!! The colors are amazing together along with the creative layout.... Keep shining really sparkly my friend, it looks good on you. Big hugs

  26. Beautiful winter scene. I love the snowflakes and the little church. Thanks for joining us at My Paper Craftin.

  27. What a stunning card! I love winter scenes, our Creator sure can make some beautiful ones! Your church is perfect in the snow and I love that tree as well as your snowflake border at the top-that is so awesome! Your smaller snowflake is adorable too. Thanks for joining us at My Paper Crafting ;-)


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