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Monday, August 12, 2013

Birthday Wishes!

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. :o)

Today I have another card to share for August's I Feel the Love Project collection. Each month Madison highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of extra love and sunshine. In turn, we have the privilege of making cards to bless them. :o) As I mentioned last week, we are creating for SAFEHOME, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. We are making a stash of unsigned birthday cards for the shelter to have on hand for the women and children. How extraordinary that they will be given handmade cards as they celebrate their special days while residing in the shelter.
For one of the women residents, I made a birthday card using one of my favorite Elisabeth Bell stamps: Cinnamon Sugar. She is colored with Copics and dressed up with pearls for the special occasion. I made her sky background with a cloud template and Tumbled Glass distress ink. She is nested within a Spellbinders Floral Oval.

To coordinate with her basket of treats, I wanted to make a fancy cupcake for the card. I fell over-the-moon in love with this cupcake from a Daniela Angelova card in the Silhouette Online Store. I did some tweaking, as she designed it to be a negative cut. I love the result! It combines the elegance and whimsy I was looking for for this creation. :o) The cupcake wrapper is embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder and the sugared flower decorations are centered with graduating sizes of pearls. I used sunshiny flower paper for the frosting and candle. The flame is coated in Gold Stickles for maximum sparkle.

The papers throughout are from the My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline pad, which I lightly distressed with Walnut Stain distress ink. For an extra touch of love for this future recipient, I used the Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge Punch. The buttercup crinkle ribbon is from My Craft Spot, which I centered with a scalloped pearl from Wild Orchid Crafts. A Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish dances out from the bow, which is accented with white Wild Orchid Crafts roses. To finish it off, I used my sewing machine to stitch a border around the card.

A peek inside, where a coordinating pastel floral paper awaits! The birthday greeting is inside as well, atop another Floral Oval. This card is all about blessing the shelter resident with sunshine, cupcakes, and floral delights. :o)
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a beautiful day of sparkles and cupcakes. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Mania~ Your Favorite Embellishment (Pearls and flowers)
 *Charisma Cardz~ Stitching
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Birthday
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Dies/Punches (Border punch and Frame/Flourish dies)
 *Divas by Design~ Bingo (Embossing-Dies/Punches-Flowers)
 *Elphine House Australia~ Distressing
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ Anything That Looks Like Summer
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Bingo (Green-Free-Ribbon)
 *Pile It On~ Outdoors


  1. Wow Karen this is just gorgeous, love the coloring, the details, all the dies you used, the grass you created... Just so summery and pretty in every way.. love love it!

  2. Such a lovely card Karen, sure to bring so much joy to whoever receives it. I love the sweet image, fabulous colouring and that cupcake looks wonderful.

    Thank you dear Karen for your kind and comforting comment today, it really means so much.

    I hope you have a good week.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Oh Karen what a beautiful image and layout your card is stunning great embellis too and l'd love that cup take care xx

  4. Beautiful card !!! The flowers and image are done perfectly ! Thank you for joining us at Pile it On Challenges ! Amazing card !

    Mayra DT

  5. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, I am in awe!! Cinnamon Sugar is gorgeous!! You colored her perfectly - her hair looks real!! The grass and clouds are beautiful...what a lovely scene you've created!! The papers are so pretty and the entire design is fabulous!! The flowers and pearls on the cupcake are such an amazing touch!! This is just spectacular...I love, love it!! Whoever receives it will adore it, too!! It makes me smile and happy to look at!! I hope you have a wonderful evening my dear friend!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Gorgeous card. Beautiful image and fab colouring. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania. Good luck!

  7. Magnificent bucolic card. Lovely character. Fine and delicate work ! Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week !

    Hugs from France.

  8. Oh it's very gorgeous card. I love papers and Elisabeth Bell's stamp. Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.
    Nathalie xx

  9. Oh Karen , this card is no exception from all your work, absolutely beautiful , the image is just darling and I love that cupcake too! Beautiful coloring... I am in love with the papers you choose, so much warmth and love eminating from them, I would say I get a cozy feeling.... the flowers in the pot is brilliant and gorgeous!!!!! Once again my friend you have really conveyed your love through your creation..big hugs

  10. Gorgoeus - gorgeous - gorgeous! Love all the detail, stitching, flowers, papers are fabulous as is the wonderful image, so beautifully coloured! TFS and have a wonderful week.

  11. Such a pretty little card. Thanks for playing along with us at Diva's this week and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  12. This is beyond gorgeous! The little girl is so adorable and you have colored her perfectly! I love the sweet little basket! The Spellbinders dies you used are just perfect and add such an elegant touch..the papers-so GORGEOUS!!
    Always love your amazing cards Karen! You are so talented and gifted-love your work! I am sure who ever receives this will love it!
    Beautiful design my friend!
    Sherrie K

  13. Hi Karen,
    This is gorgeous. What a pretty card. I love your sweet image, your colouring looks fabulous. Love all the wonderful detail too. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week.
    Andie xx

  14. Beautiful card, Karen! Love how you added the pearls to the flowers and the heart punch looks so pretty! The image is very cute too! I hope you have a great day! :)


  15. This is soooooooo beautiful! I love the paper you used for the background and the adorable image. And the embellishments. And the dies you used. Hence, I think it's safe to say I like everything about this card. ;) Thank you for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

  16. Adorable and so gorgeous...Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky.
    Wendy xx

  17. This is absolutely gorgeous! It's going to a great cause and I'm sure will be appreciated :)

    Best crafty wishes!
    Staying Crafty

  18. What a sweet card! Great job with all those layers! So glad you used this week's photo inspiration at Cupcake Inspirations! Hope to see more of your work next week!

  19. What a great cause! Beautiful card, I am sure they will love it at the shelter. Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky!

  20. This is absolutely PRECIOUS!!! I do not color because it is a challenge for me but it is one of my crafty goals.
    Your coloring is always SWEET and Perfect! The color combo is Gorgeous as well as the Pearl and ribbon!
    I am in love with the scallop die....Gorgeous!
    Very Beautiful and the recipient will LOVE it! I DO!
    Sending my love, hugs and smiles to you,
    your angelic friend


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