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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dream BIG!

Hello, my sweet and crafty friends! I hope you're having a wonderful day. :o)

I had some fun crafty time yesterday, so I made another card for this month's I Feel the Love Project recipient. We are creating for 4-year-old Claire, a precious little one who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. Completely heartbreaking, but I am ever thankful for the opportunity to bless people in need each month via this crafty passion of mine.

This time I am encouraging her to Dream BIG! :o)
The swirls that didn't photograph well surrounding the image are heat-embossed flourishes. (Emphasized since it's hard to see and are required for two challenges.) They're so pretty in person, as they were embossed with holographic powder for extra sparkle. 

An angled view to see the sparkling brilliance and the shimmering rainbow butterflies awaiting her inside:
This sweetheart is Lili of the Valley's Wish Upon a Star. She's dancing her way into Claire's fighting heart, delivering endless hopes, dreams, and prayers. :o) I colored her with Copics, adding a layer of Star Dust to her costume. Her wand extends beyond the base because I want her to forever reach beyond every apparent boundary. Bursting forth from her wand (and my heart) is an explosion of sparkling love, courtesy of Recollections flourishes that I pieced together to fit the space. (I would have loved at least ten more feet of sparkle...) ;)

The decorative frame for my stamp is a cut file from Bird's Cards, which is accented with rhinestones, Snow White crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot, and a sweet Wild Orchid Crafts rose. The computer-generated sentiment is stamped upon a Spellbinders Labels Four base, which is decorated with more flowers because you're never too young to receive a beautiful bouquet of roses. :o) They are trimmed in Star Dust and sprinkled with rhinestones.

The papers are from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens collection, which I adore for its whimsy and gorgeous blues and purples. The foiled stars on the middle layer are purple, which is hard to see in my photos. All of the papers (and the sentiment) are inked with Dusty Concord distress ink. 

Admittedly, this one was emotional for me. Not unusual for my IFTL contributions, but I had to step away for a bit. I pray this beautiful child's heart is filled with joy and hope when she sees this card... every single rhinestone is the smooshiest hug imaginable. I pray that she expects to be victorious, just as I expect nothing less than a healthy and blessed life for her. She will overcome this disease and be a testimony to the healing power of God's perfect love. :o) 

There's still time to create for her, so I hope you'll join us!
Thank you for pirouetting on by today! I wish you a week of sparkling love and blessings. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Charisma Cardz~ Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
 *Craft Your Passion~ Ribbon or Lace
 *Creative Creations~ The Letter B (blue, bling, blooms)
 *DL.Art~ Linky Party!
 *Love to Create~ Anything Goes
 *Love to Scrap!~ Emboss It (Heat-embossed flourishes alongside the stamped cutie)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Embossing or Glossy Accents (Heat-embossed flourishes alongside the stamped sweetie)
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Flowers and Ribbon
 *Stampin for the Weekend~ Child's Play


  1. Beautiful card Karen. I love the LOTV image and all the sparkly flourishes.Gorgeous as always my friend.
    Jayne x

  2. beautiful card - love everything about it! Thanks for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges with out 'B' challenge - remember you can enter up to three times! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon :) x

  3. So sorry to hear about the story behind the card. Your card is so gorgeous and I love all the techniques and details you've poured into it. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! challenge blog.

  4. Oh my goodness Karen. Your card is so special in every way. Your have put so much thought and heaps of love into every single detail. I adore the sweet image, beautiful colours and all the sparkle is just wonderful.
    I am sure that Claire's heart will be filled with hope and joy when she see this card.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  5. My sweetest friend, this is simply stunning!! It is the most precious, beautiful card...perfect for a little girl facing such a difficult battle. It will definitely fill her heart with love and hope!! All of the sparkle is fabulous!! And the rhinestone swirls coming from the wand are such a perfect touch!! And how adorable is that little ballerina with her sparkly outfit and shoes!! I love, love this my dear friend!! It makes me happy just looking at it...I know it will Claire, too!! I hope you have a wonderful evening!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Oh Karen you melt my heart every time I come in to see you, I can't get over the way you extended the star wand over the edge of the paper to create such a beautfiul display of sparkles and it doesn't end there!! The sparkles on the dress and whoa!! the embossed flourished are super delightful, Claire is going to be so wrapped up in all the sparkly love that you no doubtedly poured into this card. I love your heart so much!!! Sorry I haven't been around, I am doing blog makeovers and it has really took away some of my visiting time ... I will be posting about them next week some time.... Big Hugs my sweet sweet friend and biggest inspiration!

  7. Oh my word, how stunning for Claire! You chose the right image for her with that magic wand all that sickness in her will vanish.... Just so beautifully done as always....
    TFS Karen - you will definitely put a smile on her face....

  8. Oh Karen, this is absolutely beautiful. So adorable and once again you show us all how much love you put into your creations. Sending love to you to for your actions are sure to cheer Claire. TFS

  9. Absolutely beautiful, Karen! And Claire will be delighted with this gorgeous creation. Thoughts and prayers going up for that precious little girl. Thanks so much for playing with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog "Emboss It!" challenge!
    Leslie, DT

  10. Gorgeous card. You did a fabulous job. Thanks for playing at Love to Scrap!!!

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous card Karen! And for such a beautiful girl too! She is going to love and cherish this card and I'm sure it will help on her heartbreaking journey to healthiness.
    Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  12. Beautiful in everyway!!! Your card was made with lots of love. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge blog.

  13. CUTE!!! I love how your rhinestone embellishment is place like its coming out of the wand! Such a great idea! Thanks for joining us this week at Love to Create!

    LTC DT
    Creative Card Crew DT

  14. This is so sweet. What a beautiful card, I love the colors the little girl will certainly love it. It warms my heart your cards are always so pretty and finished inside and out and definately made with love.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes March Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  15. what a beautiful card ,love all the sparkles and the fab fairy ,wonderful sentiment too
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  16. An absolutely delightful creation. Wonderful image, stunning design and a very touching post. Thank you for joining us this week at LTC Challenge.

  17. Love this!
    Awesome of you to join us at charisma!!!

  18. Oh Karen, What a beautiful card everything you have done to it is stunning xx

  19. This is absolutely gorgeous, and very touching too.

  20. What a beautiful card, Karen! Such a cute image and the bling looks awesome! I really like the papers you used too! Adorable! This will definitely brighten Claire's day! :)


  21. So cute this little ballerina.
    Lovely bleu color too.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle

  22. Karen, this card is so beautiful. The design and colors and embellishments are fabulous. I just can't thank you enough for all that you do to support the IFTL Project. Your posts are amazing and your heart is pure gold!! God Bless you!

  23. What an adorable card! I LOVE the sparkles coming from her wand...very cute! THANKS for joining us at Love to Create Challenge!

  24. oh my goodness, what a sweet card! Lili is adorable and colored so perfectly!!! I just love the pouring of sparkly love from the wand:) Such a fabulous look and so gorgeous! She will adore this and will definitely put a smile on her darling face! Such a beautiful card Karen. As always-so inspiring!
    Hope your having a fabulous day!
    Sherrie K

  25. I found your card on MIM. I love this card. The colors are perfect. The image is too precious I love the bling and how you added them to the card. I am loving this card so much.

  26. Gorgeous!! I love this!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create's Anything Goes Challenge!! We can't wait to see what you'll create next time!!

    Many Blessings,

  27. I love this. The way you combined the swirls and the image is perfect. Thanks for supporting 'I Feel the Love', what a great way to use cards for good. Thanks for sharing at CYP; hope to see you again.

  28. Hi Karen,
    A Perfect card!It shows your love,it gives anyone hope to dream BIG and to never give up no matter what goes on.
    To also never stop praying.The image of the adorable girl with her wand and rhinestones absolutely Precious!Clarie will fall in love with this sweet card as I already have.I completely share your feelings and words on this post...A perfect card for a Perfect Angel.
    Sending my love,hugs & smiles to you,
    your angelic friend

  29. O My this is a beautiful card. Heartbreaking in deed. My thoughts and prayers are sent for this little girl and her loved ones. Thanks for joining us at Loves to scrap.

  30. This card is so darling. Love the sparkles and the image.

  31. Doesn't little Claire have the most precious smile? My heart goes out to her and to her family.

    Your card is absolutely perfect, Karen! The little image is darling and the glitter and sparking flourish are perfect to spread joy and hope.

    May you be blessed for the incredible way you give so much of your time and talent to share your love and prayers with others.

  32. Love it!! What an adorable card... Thanks for playing along with our challenge at Love to Scrap!!


    Gosh Sunshine! I swear my heart pitter patters more and more and more everytime I see this masterpiece. I can't even say how much it makes my heart dance. It is just so stunning, Sunshine. Can you imagine just how much sweet Claire will adore this gift, sis? SQUEEEEEEEE!!! I am SOOOOOOOOO excited for her!!!

    Without question sis, she felt (and continues to feel) your smooshy squishers so much more than you will ever know. Yours and God's sparkling love with help her heal so beautifully, Sunshine. Your gorgeous heart gives her super strength that will help her overcome anything. I am the proudest sis ever, Sunshine. God bless you being a hero to sweet little Claire.

    *forever sparkling piroutte hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  34. P.S. I forgot to say something in my last post!


    Tee hee hee!

    *hugglers you with my entire heart and beyond*


    *hugglers you right through my compy forever*
    ~ Christina :)


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