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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ladybug Sweetheart Birthday Card

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

A new month means new recipients for the marvelous I Feel the Love Project. For August, we are creating birthday cards for residents of SAFEHOME... a place where victims of domestic violence go to gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options, and establish a life free of violence. It is a privilege to help celebrate the birthdays of survivors of unspeakable violence.

At any given time, at least 50% of shelter residents are under the age of 17. Therefore, we are not only creating birthday cards for mothers, but also for their children as they rebuild their lives together.
All of my cuts are from the Silhouette Online Store. The ladybug girl tugs at my heartstrings, so I call her Ladybug Sweetheart. :o) I've been saving her for the perfect occasion and the moment I read about this month's IFTL collection, I knew it was time. I gave her a sweet Peachy Keen face for character, which is from the In the Garden Face Assortment. (A DT member used the same combo... it's truly a match made in heaven.) She's ready for the festivities with her rhinestone accents and Peppermint Stick trendy twine bows. :o)

Not only is our Ladybug Sweetheart sharing a precious friend with the little birthday girl, but also a bouquet of balloons! Three of them are filled with hearts, while the other two match her sparkling ladybug dress. :o)

For her landscape, I opted to put her in a rolling field of flowers with a dotty sky above. The papers are from Doodlebug's Lovebirds collection. Sporadic flowers are centered with sparkles, while a bunny off in the distance awaits the birthday girl. :o) The bunny is a Martha Stewart stamp. The sparkly tree leaves are embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder and its cute trunk are embossed with the Swiss Dots folder. I always adore texture, but especially when it's for a kiddo... their fingers love to explore.

The sentiment is from the Whimsical Designs' Everyday Sentiments stamp set. The fun ribbon along the bottom was purchased at Michael's, specifically for our Ladybug Sweetheart. She wanted to bring tons of her fluttery friends to the birthday celebration at the shelter. :o)

The interior is lined with ladybug paper for a fun surprise upon opening. :o)
I hope when it is received, the sweet child's heart is filled with an abundance of ladybug love. :o) I am so thankful for shelters like SAFEHOME, where mothers and children (like this beautiful daughter below) are shielded from the violence that was once a part of their lives.
Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope your day sparkles with love and sunshine. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Dotty for Spots
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Anything Goes
 *Delightful Challenges~ Add Stars or Sparkle
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ August Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Dream Valley~ Summer Days
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Peachy Keen Stamps~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes


  1. Oh this is fabulous and what a cute scene you've made.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


  2. This is so beautiful Karen. I love the scene you have created using gorgeous papers, textures and wonderful detailing. I love the pretty patterned balloons and adorable ladybugs.
    I hope you are having a good week
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Such a wonderful card. Love all the papers and embossing. And what a lovely little girl and love the PK face. TFS

  4. Stunning card. Love the image and ribbon. Thanks for joining our You're Super Challenge at Delightful Challenges.


  5. SUPER DUPER CUTE birthday card, AWESOME job with it!!!Thanks for joining us in this week's Challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps!!! :)

  6. Gorgeous card. I love the colors and the entire design:)

  7. What a cute card! Such a cute little girl and I just love those ladybugs! Thanks for joining us in this week's Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge. :)

  8. My sweetest friend, this is simply gorgeous!! What a beautiful card!! That little girl is so sweet and adorable...the recipient will adore her!! Her sparkly dress is so pretty and I love the bows in her hair!! As always, your attention to detail is perfection!! The embossing on the tree is fabulous and that little bunny ads a sweet touch of whimsey!! What a happy card - guaranteed to brighten the day of whoever is lucky enough to receive this!! I hope you are having a wonderful week my wonderful friend!! Huge HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Karen, this is just a fabulous card! That little girl is so cute and the field of flowers is fantastic! Thanks for playing along at Peachy Keen!

  10. So much thought and love went into making this card! It is adorable! Thanks for joining the Peachy Challenge!

  11. Hi Karen, Oh what a beautiful card the theme is lovely and the image is just so cute ....gorgeous array of flowers too nice and colourful xx

  12. :)love this cute scene you created on this pretty birthday card... love the whole layout on your card...

  13. Aaaw, your ladybug sweetheart is so adorable! You have created such a beautiful birthday card... it should be framed! The embossed tree, the little bunny on the hill down to the lady bug border-all these fantastic details are what makes this card a masterpiece! Absolutely warms my heart to see such a sweet card made for such a great cause. It is sure to brighten someones day!
    Have a super evening my friend!
    Sherrie K

  14. This is such a fabulous card! I love that it is for such an amazing cause. I'm going to look and see if something similar is available in my area. Thanks for playing with us at Digital Delight by Louby Loo♥

  15. So adorable Karen...gorgeous and just love the little ties in her hair...fabulous card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  16. what a fabulous card. Love of your design. Beautifully put together.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Delightful Challenges.

  17. What a cute card! She is darling!!! Thanks for joining the Peachy Keen Challenge! Hugs- Glora

  18. Such a darling card!! Love the scallop shape. Thanks for joining us at Peachy Keen Stamps!!

  19. Karen, when I saw this card I just had to stare at it for awhile. So amazing. Love, love, love you paper choices! You are such a smart designer. I think that is one of the things I love about your work the most. The rolling field of flowers is perfect. I just love it. Thank you again!! Oh, and I did receive your box with the July projects! On their way to Mariyah:) Thanks so much!!
    Love, Madison

  20. Karen, dear, You are an angel here on earth. With Love, Annie

  21. This is such an adorable card, Karen! The flower paper looks so pretty and the little girl is so cute! Love the PK face you used and the embossing looks great! Very cute! :)


  22. This is just a darling little image!!!Her dress is adorable!!Sweet lady bug ribbon...LOVE it! Adorable PK face! Love the gorgeous pattern paper as well as the color combo. GORGEOUS card! I absolutely LOVE it!
    It is a blessing to know you even though we have never are a true angel.
    Sending my hugs, love & smiles
    your angelic friend


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