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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another Encouragement Card :)

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

I made some crafty time this week and am happy to share my newest card for this month's I Feel the Love Project collection. We are creating for an incredible organization (Hope Ministries) that faithfully serves the homeless in central Iowa. Soon they will have a bushel of homemade cards to give their residents at the appropriate times. It is heartwarming to use our crafty passion for such a purpose.

I think I'm at a record number of consecutive Copic creations! I can't get myself to put away my markers. :o)
This cutie pie is a Wee Stamp, beautifully named Hopeful. The radiance within her lantern instantly made me think of God's love and light... so I filled it up with warmth to deliver His light to the special heart that will receive it. For the sponged sky, I used Broken China instead of my typical Tumbled Glass for a softer backdrop. Star Dust has been sprinkled at various points within the image for extra twinkles of love.

The angled view (which isn't so blurry when viewed at original size) better shows the Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourishes. I placed some roses along the vines to make them the climbing variety.
The encouraging sentiment (from K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set) is nestled inside:
The lovely papers are from Graphic 45's May Cut-Aparts from their Place in Time collection. I layered my two newest Spellbinders sets, which ended up working together quite nicely! The card base is Timeless Rectangles and the image and sentiment bases are from the Gold Labels 4 set. Kaisercraft lace serves as a soft border and the flowers are my favorite Pink Mist Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The two butterflies are from a Fiskars punch, centered with a rhinestone. A sprinkle of gems sparkle around the base... and before I mail this, there will be some added to the purple base, as well. I was rushing and forgot them! (Gasp!)

I hope this little card brings comfort and joy to one of the residents. Their rainbow will come. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a sparkly and beautiful day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Portrait of a Woman (Special ladies!)
 *Charisma Cardz~ Fancy Flourishes
 *DL.Art~ Thankful Thursday September Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Flutter By Wednesday~ Butterfly or Fairy
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Pile it On~ All That Flickers
 *Sweet Stamps~ Butterflies


  1. Beautiful as always Karen, great job on the coloring. I am sure the recipient will be delighted. Thanks for joining my Linky party

  2. big heart for this card! light and airy, refined
    thanks for sharing on love to scrap! challenge blog
    shuly dt

  3. This is stunning Karen. Such a beautiful and meaningful image and your colouring is wonderful. I love the way you have framed her and the roses are so pretty as are your choices of papers.
    Another card sure to bring such joy to it's recipient.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  4. Beautiful card. I love the image and your great colouring. The image is framed beautifully by the pretty dies. Saw this on MIM

  5. Gorgeous, love the frame on your card, the image is done to perfection as always... love the surroundings of the pretty flutterbys and roses. The sentiment is adorable. Love it and I'm sure this will lighten anyone up who ever receives it~

  6. Stunning and so elegant. Fabulous colouring, and colour combination. Beautiful frames. Love it. TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

  7. So beautiful Karen..I love the gorgeous frame and image and fabulous colouring the papers and tiny butterflies...very pretty..

    Thanks for joining in with us at Flutter By Wednesday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  8. How pretty! What a delightful card! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  9. Oh my gosh, my sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, you colored the image so perfectly!! She's beautiful!! The dies you used are just fabulous!! I love the awesome shape!! And the flowers are so pretty!! I say this a lot, but this is one of my favs of yours - the image is truly gorgeous!! Love, love it!! And whoever receives it will be deeply touched!! It's spectacular!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. I LOVE this card - so super sweet. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge

  11. Very cute card, wonderful coloring and nice job with the flower arranging. Thanks for playing along with us at the SweetStamps blog.

  12. Oh Karen, you always warm my heart every time I see your creations! They are always so thought out, down to every detail and so inspiring! I love the sweet image and your coloring is not put the markers down, lol! I love your work-she is beautiful! The gorgeous Spellbinders shape is so awesome, love the layering, flowers and precious little butterfly! GORGEOUS card my friend!
    Have a super evening!!

    Sherrie K

  13. Such a pretty creation. Love your coloring, the grass and the cloudy sky. Thanks for joining our "Fancy Flourishes" challenge this week at Charisma Cardz.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  14. Beautiful, love the dies you have used and the wonderful image and sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

  15. Karen, I simply agree with all the other comments, beautiful as always!! Your coloring is amazing. I just love all the images that you use. The way you combine your colors and papers and design is so stunning. What a true blessing. Thank you again.
    Much love to you,
    Cindy and Madison

  16. WOW!! Such an amazing card! I love the die-cut fancy flourish you used as the main card, it really gives it that wow factor. Amazing coloring and design to your card. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

  17. Hi Karen,
    This is so Beautiful and such a SWEET image.
    The words "The radiance within her lantern instantly made me think of God's love and light", I always say that he is the light of my eyes and the joy in my heart (The lord of course). I love those the inspiration behind this card.The butterflies are gorgeous! I love the background butterfly pattern paper as well as the beautiful little flowers. The shape of this card as well as coloring is just AMAZING my angelic friend! The recipient will love this card as you know I always do!
    Thank you so adding those beautiful words interpreting what the lantern's light means..that went straight to my heart and I will think about it throughout the day.
    Sending a huge amount of my love, hugs and smiles,
    your angelic friend

  18. Oh Karen, it is soooooo beautiful, I really love the butterfly background paper, it is so perfect and I can't get over that digital image , your coloring is simply amazing..I so want to learn to color like that. Very gorgeous card my friend, I have missed you...It is so nice to be back in bloggy world!!! hugs

  19. stunning card thanks for joining us at fbw.

  20. Love the die cut shape for this beautiful creation .Fabulous colouring of sweet image .
    Thanks for sharing on Card Crafters Circle .

  21. Absolutely stunning love this gorgeous so soft and subtle. Thanks for joining us at be sure to come back next week!!

  22. This is one beautiful card with such a lovely image. Love the colors and the papers chosen.
    Have a great day, Karen! :)

  23. Such a pretty card and coloured beautifully. I love the flourishes and embellishments as well, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz
    Jo xx

  24. Beautiful card Karen. Love the shape and cut work and your image is adorable. Your colouring is amazing my friend...why put the Copics away when you use them so beautifully!
    Jayne x

  25. Beautiful colouring and such a wonderful card shape/design! Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Charisma.
    Joyce xx

  26. Beautiful work on this card!! Thanks for playing along with us at Loves To Scrap!!

  27. I love this card, Karen! The image is adorable! You are amazing with the Copics! Beautiful shape and the inside looks awesome too! :)


    1. I'm always happy to see your lovely cards. Hope you are well.

  28. Gorgeous card Karen! How do you get the two die cuts to create the card? It is fabulous! I still can't figure out how to do that. I love your coloring, your image and all the wonderful embellishments. Great job!!
    I saw this on MIM.

    Please join me for a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Gloria


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