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Friday, June 21, 2013

A Love for All Seasons

Happy Friday, my dear friends! I hope you've had a blessed week. :o)

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my sweet dad for Father's Day. It was a wee bit later than I had planned, but he lovingly said he knew it would be worth the wait! Thankfully, he does indeed love it. :o)

For his special card, I veered away from some of the more typical 'masculine' themes to truly make it tailored to his favorite interests. He loves nature and cherishes his flowers, so I made that the primary focus. His heart is filled with so much love that it was vital to include a lot of hearts. Not only is he so special to me, but he is so special in general.

Because of that, I didn't want the front to be exclusively for Father's Day... I put that sentiment inside. Rather, I wanted to showcase what his love has always been toward me and my four older siblings...

A love for all seasons. :o)
The patterned papers are from the fantastic Heidi Grace Daydream paper pad, which I love for its whimsical take on nature. The hearts and branches pattern atop the woodsy base looks so lovely in person. Love is falling down upon the heart-shaped trees I created, just as he endlessly showers us in fatherly love.

The trunks of the sweet trees are a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store, appropriately titled cute tree by Sarah Bailey. I love the branches! Each treetop is a classic heart shape, filled in with seasonal delight. To have nice-sized trees, I made this a tall card (approximately 4''x7'').

The leaves are from my Cheerly Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish die, with two shades for Spring and three for Autumn's splendor. The Summer tree, backed with a heart full of sunshine, is decorated with Wild Orchid Crafts pink mist roses and a sprinkling of rhinestones. That tree is popped up with foam tape for dimension, as it is his favorite season. He gets so much joy from his beloved flowers. :o)

The Winter tree is covered in Core Couture snowflakes, which are the negative cuts from an EK Success border punch. Each one is centered with a tiny rhinestone for an icy sparkle. Even the popped-up grass border is blooming with love, courtesy of a super old Fiskars punch. :o)

The computer-generated sentiment sits atop a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three die, to which I cut off the bottom part for spacing purposes. Many times he has laughed at me as I chased butterflies around his backyard, so I added a sparkling Martha Stewart small monarch to the corner. Her glittering trail is reminiscent of the sparkling love he has passed on down to me. Maybe that's why I'm so sparkly. :o) He has this card front and center on his living room hutch and loves it something fierce. I am so thankful for him and love him with all of my heart. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope you have a sunshiny weekend ahead. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Charisma Cardz~ Pink and Green
 *Created With Love~ Favorite Things (flowers, hearts, and rhinestones)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Father's Day or For a Man
 *Dream Valley Challenges~ Father's Day/Masculine
 *Inspire Me Fridays~ Anything Goes
 *Lady Anne's Challenge~ The Great Outdoors
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Anything Goes


  1. Wow what a unique card, and I'm sure dear Dad love it just as much... Love all those intricate details on the tree itself... Lovely papers and pretty blooms and border punch... Thumbs up Karen...
    TFS - enjoy your happy Friday and already the weekend is upon us again.. LOL!

  2. A truly beautiful card Karen. I love the design with the way you have decorated the trees looks wonderful. The framed sentiment is gorgeous and the border punch works perfectly with your design.
    I am not surprised that you dad was thrilled to receive such a special card
    I hope you have a lovely weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Beautiful. Love the tree through the seasons. Thanks for joining our Favorite Things Challenge at Created with Love Challenges.


  4. Oh my gosh Karen! What a fabulous card. I love it. Hugs

  5. Karen, this is so beautiful!!! Fabulous details and what a way to make the most perfect card, and to include each of the seasons too. Have a fabulous Friday and great weekend.

  6. Gorgeous Karen!!!:) I love how your cards always tell a story.

  7. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely gorgeous!! You are so creative - I love the heart trees depicting the four seasons!! The paper is beautiful, as is the heart border!! The Fancy Tags 3 die looks amazing with the bottom cut off!! This is spectacular!! What a sweet card for your Dad!! I hope you had a wonderful week and have fun plans for the weekend!! Huge hugs my dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. So beautiful and so creative Karen xx

  9. So cute card. I love image. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley challenge.

  10. BEAUTIFUL card Karen! I LOVE the delicate look of the amazing heart trees. They looks so fabulous, love the gorgeous colors! What a creative tag how you cut away party of the fancy tag and it still looks amazing! I am sure your Father loved it:) It is one gorgeous creation my friend! Love it!
    hope you have a fantastic wknd!
    Sherrie K

  11. your season of trees is an inspired beautiful!

  12. This is so beautiful Karen I love when you come visit and leave a comment. I feel like I am beginning to read a fabulous novel. you are so very talented my friend. Have a great weekend
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes June Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  13. A beautiful idea and a beautiful card very pretty.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  14. So pretty, love the way you have done the little trees, thanks for joining us at Lady Annes Challenge this month. xxxx

  15. If anyone came across this post with out reading it, they would not have known that it is a father's day card.
    I found it such a beauty that the heart shaped trees resembles each sibling. The memory of you chasing butterflies as he laughed, is just beautiful. It filled my heart with such Joy!!and happy tears...LOL.
    The beautiful details on this card is just AMAZING and love the fact that as you are going through each detail, it has a story. I am filled with such JOY & LOVE that you shared this beauty with us. I am so HAPPY that I now know your dad. I love him! and he should know that he (which I believe he does) has a daughter that is Amazing, Humble, Beautiful and can fill everyone and anyone's heart with so much joy!!! Thank you for always leaving me bloggie love and always inspiring me as well.You are a True angel Love you!
    Sending bloggie love to you & Dad,

  16. Karen this is truly the most amazing Father's Day card I have seen. It is so beautiful. I love your trees of flowers and heart.I am sure your Father will cherish it.
    Jayne x

  17. Very beautiful work! Love those trees for all seasons. Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges this week.


  18. Love the card..
    Came from MIM..

  19. Karen, I oohed and aahed over this card when I read it in my email. What a FABULOUS idea for a card!! The trees by season look wonderful and it's no doubt your dad loved such a special creation from his baby girl.

  20. This is gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley Challenge. Marlene DT


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