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Monday, June 24, 2013

Encouragement Card

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

I'm happy to have a card to share with you tonight! I used some new goodies to create another card for this month's I Feel the Love Project recipient. We are sending love to a heartbroken couple whose 6-month-old baby passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident. :(

"Blessed are those who persevere"
I used my new Timeless Rectangles to make my first shaped-card with Spellbinders dies. :o) Such fun! I hadn't previously had any large enough, so I was excited when I discovered the largest die in this set is big enough to serve as a card base.

Here's an angled view to show the interior, as well as the filigree-designed back. I created the card base using the hinge technique I learned from Becca of Amazing Paper Grace. I'm thrilled to have the complete filigree design on the back, too. :o)
I wanted to send flowers to the grieving parents, so I used my favorite purple Copics (RV91-RV93-RV95) and this lovely Fred, She Said Tulip Trio image. It was a freebie (found HERE) donated to the amazing Operation Write Home organization. It made it extra lovely to work with, knowing that it was created for charitable purposes. Three years later, it's still being used to bless those in need in so many facets. :o) I added two Wild Orchid Crafts pearl sprays to the arrangement for a touch of elegance. A tiny butterfly flutters beside it, which kind of blends into the paper.

The beautiful papers are NitWit Collections' Potting Shed, which I truly adore. This was my first time using digital papers. At first, it went horribly and I was quite frustrated. Thankfully, after a couple of hours away, I decided to try it one more time and am so glad I did. After a few tweaks, it worked much better. I love the delicate flowers on the white background and the sweet heart-shaped blooms for the card base layer... they just felt perfect for this cause. Nature's beauty can be healing, especially when hearts are added in for good measure. :o) The papers are lightly inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.

The pretty butterfly in the top corner is a digital stamp from Wee Stamps, a freebie offered last week to coordinate with Sylvia's newest (adorable) release. I colored it with the same purples as the tulips and added some Star Dust to the outskirts of her wings. Inexplicably, I put this sweet butterfly on the wrong side... a mistake that confuzzles me. She was supposed to be on the opposite side as the bow for balance, but I'm trying to let it go. It's hardly something these heartbroken parents will care about, which is what I try to remember when creating for I Feel the Love. The recipients see love and reprieve, not crafty mistakes. It certainly teaches perspective.

The Scriptural truth is from K Andrew Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set, which I heat-embossed in silver. It is immovable, just like God's Word. :o) Pearls accent all three frames of the card, but they're hard to see on this little one. The ruffle-trimmed ribbon is from May Arts, which I had just enough left to wrap both layers. (Since I wanted to pop up the layers but have more ribbon visible, I opted to wrap it around each.) The bow is centered with a flat-back scalloped pearl from Wild Orchid Crafts.

It's not often I don't know what to say in my posts, but it's one of those rare moments. I wish I could do more to help those who are mourning the loss of sweet Baby Mason. Hopefully this card will encourage them to persevere through this nightmare. My heart is tucked inside, confident that their lives will blossom once again as beautifully as these tulips. 

Sweet Baby Mason... gone far too soon due to a drunk driver's tragic choice.

Thank you for visiting! I wish you a twinkly and blessed week. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ In the Garden
 *Crafty Catz~ Pick and Mix! (The optional embossing is my heat-embossed sentiment)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Flowers Galore
 *Creative Creations~ Shaped Cards
 *DL.Art~ Thankful Thursday Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Inspire Me Fridays~ Anything Goes
 *Lady Anne's~ The Great Outdoors
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *No Matter Which~ Bingo (Ribbons-Flowers-Bows)
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Anything Goes


  1. So so pretty Karen! It's a must I will have to go buy me that die, love the shape and its gorgeous through out your whole card... The sentiment says is all too~ I'm sure the recipient will loved it just as much..TFS, my friend...
    Enjoy your wonderful new week ahead!

  2. what a stunning card Karen! So incredibly elegant, from the choice of the colors to the butterfly and your coloring of the Tulips. a beautiful card and a moving sentiment behind it! I am delighted you entered your project in the “In the Garden” Challenge - good luck!
    Design Team - Craft Your Passions
    RubberMAD (

  3. Your card is full of beauty Karen. The tulips are gorgeous and your colour choice is both pretty and calming. The spellbinders dies make such a beautiful and delicate frame which is so appropriate. The sentiment is sure to give some comfort to the grieving parents, I cannot begin to imagine the pain they must be feeling.
    Take care, hope you have a wonderful week.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. Beautiful and very elegant card Karen..gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. This is so beautiful, thanks for joining us at Lady Annes Challenge this month xxx

  6. Hi Karen, what a gorgeous card, the delicate dies are perfect for the flowers. I saw you on Make It Monday Cathy x

  7. Your card is absolutely beautiful and definitely will be a some comfort to that family. I love all the care and detail you put into it. It is really stunning!

    It breaks my heart to hear(read) stories such as this. May that family be blessed abundantly and the memories of the joy their child brought them live in their hearts always.

    Thanks so much for coming by my blog! I really appreciate it. So thankful for your bloggy luv!

  8. A beautiful card Karen. Your heart is definitely tucked inside and I love everything on it including the placement of the butterfly. :)

    Such a tragedy for these parents. They will be in my prayers and thoughts. Hugs

  9. My sweetest friend, this is simply stunning!! You did an amazing job on your first shaped Spellbinders card - as I knew you would!! The design is beautiful, as are the papers!! Those tulips are gorgeous and colored perfectly!! Everything about this is fabulous!! I think the butterfly looks beautiful where you put it!! I adore this and the recipients will as well!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card my dear friend!! I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. This is so elegant and so beautiful! Love the choice of colours and the dies you have used are stunning. Wonderful and thoughtful as always. Hugs, Karon.

  11. Awesome! Your card is BEAUTIFUL!

    Marjorie from TX

  12. stunning creation! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Creative Creations Challenges with our 'shaped cards' theme - look forward to seeing you again soon :) x

  13. Karen, Oh wow this is truly beautiful xx

  14. Another stunning creation!! The Spellbinders card base is beautiful and just perfect with your lovely flower image. The little spray of flowers is such a pretty touch - as are all your details, added so lovingly. The scripture brings everything together so wonderfully. I know the family will be touched by your thoughtfulness and will be uplifted by your love and prayers.

  15. Gorgeous card it's so pretty with lovely colours.
    Thank you for joining us at Lady Anne's Challenge.
    Hugs Julie xx

  16. Fabulous card and image Karen. I spotted this on MIM. Faye

  17. Absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful card base-I just love the Spellbinders dies for that. Your papers are gorgeous and the flowers are colored perfectly! I am sure it will be a comfort to the family and your thoughtfulness will be appreciated!
    They will be in my thoughts and prayers..thanks so much for sharing your amazing card my friend. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Sherrie K

  18. woow Karen...I love the card base too it is sooo beautiful and your arrangement so looks clasic elegant and so beautiful....the one who get this card would be so proud Karen...Adorable work

    I see your card on MIM if you like to see my card it is number 82...wish you have a great day..hugs, Monika

  19. It's so cute! I saw it on Make it Monday.

  20. Karen, this is really beautiful. I love the shape. I think it would take me days to look at all your supplies. You just really have an eye for putting them all together and creating such beautiful cards. Thank you so much. This is spectacular. Many blessings to you.
    Love, ~Madison

  21. Stunning, stunning, stunning. I love it. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  22. What a beautiful card! It will be a blessing to the parents, especially because it was made with such love and kindness. Wow......

    :) Pam

  23. such a heart breaking card to have had to make, but it is beautiful.
    Thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Creations Challenges. xx

  24. What a beautiful gesture for the grieving family. This card is beyond words, especially considering the meaning behind it. Big hugs.

  25. A Beautiful, Elegant and Stunning card! Beautiful words (scripture) that will comfort the parents of little Mason. A beautiful choice in colors and digital paper...for a Perfect card. It's your 1st Timeless Rectangular Spellbinder Dies card..WOW!! Awesome job!
    That die is on my wish list as well as others. The bow is just Gorgeous.
    These words are engraved in my heart..
    It is immovable, just like God's Word...Amen.
    Also, I love when you said....The recipients see love and reprieve, not crafty mistakes. It certainly teaches perspective. I agree...
    We find ourselves wanting to do More...don't we? I know the we pray and pray some more...
    They will embrace this card and feel your love and your comforting words.
    Its always a joy and a blessing to listen to your words and see what you create.
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love, smiles and hugs to you
    my angelic friend,

  26. This is stunning!!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion for our "In the Garden" challenge.
    DT CYP

  27. This is such a beautiful card, Karen! I love the shape of the card and the sentiment! All of the butterflies and flowers are so pretty! I really like how you added the big bow too! :)


  28. Beautiful card! Love the flowers and your design. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stampin' for the Weekend. Hope you have a great day!

    - Jenn DT
    Crafted My Fancy


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