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Monday, February 11, 2013

Be Unique, Be Unforgettable, Be You

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

Before the month gets away from me (how time flies!), I wanted to get another card made for Alana. :o) She is this month's recipient of the I Feel the Love Project. We are sending her love and sunshine to encourage her during a string of difficulties from Hurricane Sandy.

After more than two months away from coloring, I've been missing my Copics something fierce... so I made her a Springy pink and purple card using one of my favorite stamps. :o)

(Note: Anything that looks black is actually a gorgeous deep purple.)
This little cutie pie is Sweet Blossom from Wee Stamps, paired with a lovely "handmade" flower-designed paper from Hot Off the Press. My intent with this card is two-fold. Firstly, I wanted to make Alana a creation filled with girly sweetness that will simply make her heart smile. Secondly, I wanted to encourage her to not only rise above these trying times, but to stay true to herself through them.. and maybe even define herself as she perseveres with heavenly beauty and grace. It's easy to develop wrong mindsets and behavior in the presence of ongoing stress, so I'm reminding her to be the Alana that so many people love.. the unique person God created her to be. :o)

With that inspiration, I reacquainted myself with my beloved Copics. Certainly rusty, but it was such fun coloring her in shades of purple and pink. I created the sky background with Broken China distress ink and a cloud template. The scaled down photograph took away the Star Dust I sprinkled throughout the precious little scene... but trust me, it's there. It's always there. ;)

Sweet Blossom sits atop a Spellbinders Lacey Circle, nestled within Wild Orchid Crafts roses and rosebuds. I'm bummed that the true purple shade isn't portrayed, but I'll do that better next time. Cheery Lynn Designs Mini-Fanciful Flourishes swirl from beneath the arrangements, to which I also sprinkled with graduating sizes of pearls and heart stick pins. I wanted some love bursting forth from the flowers. :o)

The middle border of the card consists of WOC Guipure lace, satin ribbon with a WOC pearl heart ribbon slider, and a Swiss Dots-embossed layer. Its pearl-accented purple border is a cut file from the generous and lovely Bird, titled Loopy Border.

Lastly, a WOC metal filigree corner adorns one corner, while the sweet Whimsical Designs~ Whimsical Fun, Volume 1 sentiment rests in another. I stamped it upon the same patterned paper because it's just so pretty and secured it with more tiny pearls atop a purple base. I hope she enjoys this little bit of springtime. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Frame It
 *Craft Us Crazy~ Die-Cutters and/or Favorite Technique (Silhouette Cameo and Big Shot)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Linky Party
 *Lacy Sunshine~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Girly cards!
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Have a Heart (stick pins, ribbon slider)
 *Stamp and Create~ Spring is Coming
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Something Metal (filigree corner)
 *Sweet Stampin'~ Pearls and Swirls

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you a sparkly and joyous week. :o)


  1. Hello Karen my kind friend.
    How lovely for me to see one of your beautiful love filled cards before I go to bed. She is such a pretty image and your colouring is fabulous, certainly not rusty at all. As always you attention to detail is a joy to see, the paper works so well with the image as do those pretty flowers..
    Take care and I hope you have a wonderful week.
    Hugs Sue

  2. Karen - your card is so wonderful - I love all the little embellishments and details that you add to your creations - I only hope that someday I can make cards like this. You are such an inspiration and I love the sentiment that you have included. Have a most wonderful, creative week. Hugs, Karon.

  3. My dear friend, this is simply stunning!! That sweet girl just pops off the page - you completely brought her to life in color!! There was no rust to brush off from your coloring skills...they are magnificent as always!! I love the soft clouds behind Sweet Blossom...they make such a dreamy, ethereal scene!! The flowers and design are gorgeous!! And I absolutely love the sentiment!! What an amazing card for Alana...she will treasure this beauty!! So fabulous as always!! I just love visiting you to be inspired!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy evening and a great week my sweet friend!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. I have to agree with Lisa, I am sure there was no rust to dust off! Your coloring skills are amazing. This card is beautiful. Alana will cherish it. I know she will be so grateful to receive it. These are the kinds of things that will mean so much to her. Beautiful cards from people she doesn't even know. That will really touch her heart. I can't wait for her to see this!!! Thank you so much Karen. You know how much I appreciate you. You are the best!!!
    Love, ~Madison

  5. OH MY GOODNESS, this could not be cuter my friend~The image is so darn sweet and I just love her purple headband and striped pants:) All the fun details surrounding this precious one are AMAZING!!! Your cards are always so beautifully done and so filled with details:) She will LOVE this as much as we all do. It really should be framed!
    Happy Monday my sweet friend!
    Sherrie K

  6. Hiya Karen, this is just adorable, beautiful image and I love the design. Saw you over on mim. Joey x

  7. WOW, you sure know how to make a card Karen..this is divine and the colors are magnificant!!! (Looks like deep purple on my screen, yippeee!!!) The digital is super sweet , I love all the detailed and I am so happy you came through copic withdrawl ok, hehe! I am loving the layers of paper and gorgeous ribbon behind the have such a unique way of putting all your embellies and papers together that just makes a girls eyes google and jaw drop at the same time. You are so beautiful and it shows in every creation you make... I am so happy to have found you in blogiverse for your inspiration is endless and your personality shines with love which is highly contagious.... I love you , have a sweet beautiful day... (this card should be in a magazine). xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. This is so stunning. I love that deep purple-- I feel the love in your project You did an amazing job with the copics. I love those pens!!
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes February Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  9. Beautiful colored! love the purples, and the sparkly effects of her hair band.. the flowers surrounding her is just gorgeous... love all the fancy die cuts and embellishments.... Stunning card Karen...

  10. Oh WoW WOW! This is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love every single detail of this fabulous card...just perfection! Thank you so much for joining us at Stamp and Create this month! Good luck and I hope to see you back next time!
    Rene :D

  11. Oh my gosh, I saw this over on DLArt's linky party and WOW!! So beautiful in every way! I love your coloring technique and all the embellishments!

  12. I saw this card on MIM and apart from being in my fave colour I think It's absolutely gorgeous :)

  13. what a stunning card i bet your friend will love it,cute image and such pretty papers
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  14. This is wonderful. I like the cute image and the design. Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

  15. wonderful card - thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for our girly challenge
    Lisa x

  16. Beautiful card! Love this pretty image and all your lovely details, gorgeous colours too. Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  17. What a beautiful card - I love the black and purple - so rich and such a cute little image - thank you for playing at MAWTT this week hugs Judith xx

  18. heavenly combination of sweetness, romance and vintage beauty. Karen

  19. Hello Karen - I caught a glimpse of this one on the MIM Challenge site and wanted to have a closer look. Purple is my fav colour (bedroom, car and laptop are allll purple). Your card really is gorgeous and so beautifully coloured in. I love these images as well and you have made a really gorgeous creation.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  20. Hello Karen,
    Such a Beautiful card.Sweet image and the coloring...well
    Perfection!Did not know you colored with copics!Love it!
    Every detail of this Amazing card is GORGEOUS!!
    Sedning a HUGE amount of Bloggie Love to you.
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day,
    your angelic friend,
    P.S. I will be emailing you shortly.

  21. Such a sweet image and perfect card for our challenge. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin'.

  22. I just wanted to pop over to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!!

    Sherrie K

  23. Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy Valentines Day. Hugs, Karon

  24. Such a beautiful card Karen. The Wee stamps are so pretty and adorable so great start. Your colouring and colour choices are fab, as is the layout. And the papers and embellies are just right too. Gorgeous card.

    Thank you for entering th Lacy Sunshine Challenge.
    Good luck.

  25. Gorgeous card. Lovely colour combination and all details just wonderful. Love metal corner, lace, flowers... oh, everything ))) and this cute image.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Pearls and Swirls” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  26. You definately haven't lost your touch with the Copics! Your coloring looks amazing! The image is adorable and the flowers and lace are so pretty! This will be sure to brighten Alana's day! :)


  27. Hi Karen,
    Your coloring is amazing! Very Beautiful. Thank you very much for joining us this week at Cheery Lynn Designs.

  28. absolutely darling!! love everything about it! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  29. Bouncing in from MIM :) This is so cute! Love the colors and your coloring. I'm sure Alana will love it!

  30. Adorable card - such a cute image and beautiful details! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs this week,



  31. This is so beautuful Karen.I love the image and your colouring is wonderful as is the fab cloud background.
    Jayne x

  32. SQUEEEEEEEE!!! I just love reading all the gorgeous comments by my Sunshine's happy bloggy crafting friends! *hugglers everyone SO tight* SQUEEE!!! SUCH beautiful messages! I told you this card was a masterpiece sis!

    *tosses funfetti everywhere to celebrate my sis's return to copics for this card* SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! I SO missed your colouring too sis! Lookie at how flawlessly your work is on this card. *drools* The colours of the papers and accents and flowers just match SO perfectly. How do you do it sis? *faints*

    Sweet Alana will ADORE this gift sis. She will feel all your love shining through and it will inspire her and help her rise above anything through God's love. Your heart is the most beautfiul present she could ever receive, Sunshine.


    *forever squishy ultra sparklie purple hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina (aka your number one colouring fan forever and always) :)


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