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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello, my dear friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely day. :o)

As previously mentioned, for September's I Feel the Love Project we are creating cards for Hope Ministries... a beautiful faith-based ministry that serves the homeless in central Iowa. It has been an honor to dedicate my crafty time to them this month and I hope my contributions bring a smile to the residents.

I had it on my heart to make a bright birthday card for a homeless little girl, despite the fact that bright Copics and I do not generally get along. :o) I hope she likes it.
I knew I wanted to use a sweet treat of some type, and this adorable little image from Elisabeth Bell seemed perfect. While frolicking about picking flowers, our Sweet Tooth happened upon a sparkling path that led her directly to a gumball machine. :o) Rather than create my normal sky and grass background, I opted for this patterned SEI Couture paper that has long been in my stash, waiting for the right opportunity to shine. I could not resist setting her atop a shiny flurry of gumballs. :o)

The beautiful background paper is from Best Creation's Fairy Collection. I love the brightness.. and of course the sparkle. ;) The nesting shapes I used as my base for the image is from the Silhouette Online Store, as part of this Vintage Badges set. My card base shape is from a Lori Whitlock thank you card, also from the SOS. Glittery Core Couture cardstock was used for my middle panel, which is embossed with the Swiss dots folder to resemble gumballs.

I searched out my brightest pink and blue Wild Orchid Crafts roses because you're never too young for celebratory flowers. :o) The hot pink crinkle ribbon is from the lovely Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. Zva Creative flourishes dance with delight and I tucked in a Cheery Lynn Designs heart from their Two of Hearts set.

Lastly, I used my beloved Tiny Tag Metal Dies from My Craft Spot to frame my computer-generated sentiment. I pray that this card will be a reminder of how much the recipient is loved. Although this is for a little girl, I realize it is also for her mom or dad. I can't imagine the emotions as they celebrate their little girl's birthday without a home, far from what they envisioned for their lives, so I hope this also delivers extra love to their hearts. It means everything to be a tiny part of her special day. :o)

A peek inside, where the flurry of gumballs continues!
Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a sweet and blessed day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Created with Love~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Creations~ Photo Inspiration
 *Divas by Design~ Anything Goes
 *Love to Scrap!~ Run for the Border (Borders!)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Favorite Technique (Coloring with Copics)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Make It Sparkle 
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Use Something Available at Their Store (Copic markers and Star Dust Stickles)
 *Stamp and Create~ Birthdays


  1. Aw I really love this card, and I'm sure this will make that little girl smile.... love the image and the colorful gumballs... the blings,the flowers the dies cuts...Thumbs up my friend...

  2. Wow what a beautiful card. Sweet tooth is super cute. Great job on the coloring and layout of the card.

  3. I saw your card on Make it Monday :)

  4. Such a lovely bright and cheerful card Karen. The image is just so delightful and your colouring is perfect. I like the way you have placed her directly on the fabulous and carefully chosen patterned paper and your other papers are gorgeous too. Wonderful detailing as always my kind and talented friend.
    I hope you are having a good week and enjoy the weekend coming up
    hugs Sue xx

  5. Beautiful card, so bright & cheerful. Thanks for playing with us at Divas this week x

  6. what a lovely cute card thanks for sharing with CWLC this week
    Rachel DT

  7. This caught my eye on MIM what a sweet little card, love that image and the shape of your card too.

  8. Adorable card. Love the images. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


  9. Gorgeous card!!! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  10. Thanks for playing our challenge at Love To Scrap!

    Leanne DT LTS!

  11. Wow Karen, what a FABULOUS card! The card base is lovely and I just love the adorable image! She is precious!!
    The papers are beautiful and the details-flowers, pretty flourishes and ribbon tie this card all together just perfectly! I am sure you will touch their hearts..more than you even know!
    Beautiful job as always my friend! Have a sparkly day!
    Sherrie K

  12. What a lovely card. Love the swirls of gems and sweet image!
    Thanks for joining us at Elsabeth Bells World this month!
    Lynne xx

  13. My sweetest friend, this is a stunner!! What a beauty!! It's bursting with color and happiness!! You brought the little girl and her gumballs to life in color...obviously you and bright Copics get along famously!! And how clever to have her standing on colorful gem gumballs!! What gorgeous paper and ribbons and flowers and EVERYTHING!! It is simply stunning!! You will bring such a smile of happiness to a little girls face!! Spectacular as always my dear friend!! I hope you are having a marvelous week!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Oh my goodness, Karen, this is stunning. Love the fabulous colours and the stunning colouring of the images! That little girl is so adorable and whomever receives this is going to be so thankful. It is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs.

  15. love the pink and green and your sweet image.

  16. Adorable and so gorgeous...Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design this week.
    Wendy xx

  17. Beautiful card, so sweet, saw it on MIM
    Louise x

  18. We are in awe once again by your amazing God given talents my friend. Simply beautiful. What can we say that hasn't been said before. The creativity that flows from your mind is beyond words. Another masterpiece and blessing for the child who receives it. God Bless you Karen and thank you so much. We appreciate you so much.
    Cindy and Madison

  19. Hi sweetie this is just gorgeous I love the design and your colours, thank you for joining us at Elisabeth Bell's world challenge this month, hugs Pops x

  20. This is amazingly sweet. Love the image, the colors, the bling...well everything about it! Thanks for joining us on the STAMPtember® Blog hop and playing along with this week's challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  21. GORGEOUS card Karen! The colors are so bright and fun and the image is adorable! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  22. oooh so many lovely colours, very pretty, thanks for joinig us at PTW, Karenx

  23. OMG Karen~~Another stunner!!!! Love Love Love the gumball dp!! Your bright colors and shaped card are just soooo SWEET!! Thanks again for joining us at EBWorld!!
    Until next challenge :) Hugs

  24. So cute! LOVE your bright and beautiful colors! Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week!!!

  25. Happy happy the little girl will be when she opens this card ; )

  26. I always remain AMAZED on how you coordinate your paper and colors! First, the green is vibrant & joyful. That is my favorite color.
    The details of the rhinestones,gorgeous bow and the beautiful flowers are just BEAUTIFUL!! The image of the little girl is Precious. It reminds me of my little sister because she had a little gum machine and she would not share the gum..LOL.
    I just LOVE it!
    Sending my love, hugs and smiles to you,
    your angelic friend

  27. This is so pretty! The bright colors look awesome! The image is adorable and the heart doily and flowers are the perfect touch! The little girl who receives this is going to love it! :)


  28. Wow what an eye catching card! the colours work so perfectly together and that backgound PP is really pretty! love this, Thanks for playing along with CCC
    -Emmey DT

  29. As always, Karen, your project is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog's "Run For The Border!" challenge!
    Leslie, DT

  30. Wow, your very craft lady.. i love your sweet birthday wishes card. Thank you for sharing.



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