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Monday, October 21, 2013

Criss-Cross Christmas Card

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a sparkly start to the week. :o)

For over a year I have admired the lovely products from Marianne Design of the Netherlands. The exquisite designs of their metal dies especially made my heart flutter... and I am elated to finally own a few that I have longed for. :o)

Inspired by their beauty, I made a criss-cross Christmas card for a dear friend. :o)
This creative process actually began with the pull-out tab for the card's insert. Even before my package arrived, I knew I was going to use elements from Marianne Design's stunning Petra's Heart (LR0280) for an elegant tab. 
First, a closer look at some of the detailing on the exterior:
The festive sweetheart is Rowan Fairy from Wee Stamps (available as a digi or in rubber), which I've colored with Copics and accented with Star Dust. Her two-tone wings were a challenge with red and gold, but I was determined. ;) Polar White Flower Soft is gently sprinkled upon her hair and leaves, while sparkling snowflakes flutter about. The Cheery Lynn Designs snowflakes were cut out with acetate, covered with Glossy Accents, and smothered in Twinklets Diamond Dust. It is incredible how realistic they look in person!

I also used a couple of my new goodies on the front, of course! To create a frame for Rowan, I used Anja's Vintage Ornaments 2 (LR0270). The corner detailing is part of the Petra's Corners (LR0281) set. All of the cuts have been accented with pearls and sponged with Scattered Straw distress ink for a warm Christmas glow.

The beautiful papers (inside and out) are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection. I lined the criss-cross with a flat-back pearl strand from Wild Orchid Crafts and lace from Jo-Ann's (which makes me think of snowflakes ruffling through the sky). :o)

An angled view of the card's insert to show the golden angel. She is a Recollections stamp, which I heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set. I designed this insert with the possibility of my friend leaving it out for a festive display, so my personal message will be on the back.
Side-by-side... I hope it fills my friend's beautiful heart with Christmas joy. :o)
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a day of sparkling happiness. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *7 Kids College Fund~ Anything Goes (Image, dies, and paper available at 7 Kids!)
 *52 Christmas Card Throwdown~ Bling It Up!
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes/Create Your Own Challenge (I used a bunch! Image, sentiment, patterned paper, dies, embossing, Stickles, pearls, bling, ribbon, and lace)
 *Christmas Card Challenge~ Anything Goes (Optional: Flowers)
 *Crafty Little Fairies~ Christmas in October
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Marianne's Design Divas~ Winter/Christmas (LR02270, LR0280, LR0281)
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Christmas Cuties
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Christmas/Happy Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Apron-Shaped Thanksgiving Card

Hello, my sparkly friends! I hope everyone is having a blessed week. :o)

As previously mentioned, this month's collection for the beautiful I Feel the Love Project is for an amazing senior care facility. We have the privilege of creating Thanksgiving cards for the residents of Chancellors Village and I am thrilled to be spreading seasonal delight. :o)

Upon recently winning the newest digi stamp from Elisabeth Bell, titled Apple Berry, I knew I wanted to make one of the residents a card celebrating the joy of baking for the holidays. I settled upon a fun apron-shaped card, with a two-sided tag tucked into the pocket. :o)
A wee bit closer to better see the harvest-themed mixing bowl that is popped up atop the pocket:
The Autumn papers are from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch collection. I filled the mixing bowl with a rolling pin and spoon cut with My Mind's Eye wooden patterned paper. I fussy-cut a sweet gingerbread man cookie from a Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite paper and nestled him within... every baker needs a helper (or emergency snack) during the busy baking season. ;) A sparkling flourish dances out of the bowl, as all holiday baking is completely magical. :o) My computer-generated sentiment is cut out with the Tiny Tag Metal Dies from My Craft SpotWild Orchid Crafts Guipure lace trims the bottom of the apron. The golden ribbon is from my stash.

The pocket of the apron is a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four die, inked with Dried Marigold. The tag within is made with the next larger size die of the same set.

Here's our baking sweetheart:
Star Dust gives a sugary finish to the pie crust and apples, while a Zva Creative flourish adorns the side. To assist in pulling out the tag, I layered a bow made with crinkle ribbon from my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces, a button from my stash, and Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine from My Craft Spot.
The reverse of the tag features a beautiful (and free) digi sentiment from Designed 2 Delight. I heat-embossed the flourishes with gold embossing powder for added elegance and warmth. The flourishes are from the Tiny Tags 2 stamp set from My Craft Spot.

I hope the resident who receives this enjoys it. :o) Thank you for visiting! I wish you a day of love and sparkles. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Embossing (I heat-embossed the golden flourishes on my tag)
 *Die Cuttin' Divas~ Dessert Day (Pie in stamp and die cuts are listed in post)
 *Elphine House Australia~ Shaped Cards
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Ribbon and Buttons (The button is layered atop the brown bow)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Halloween or Autumn Hues
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Autumn Leaves and Ribbon
 *Sparkles~ Halloween or Colors (any or all: black, orange, purple)
 *The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog~ Cute and Tag-Tastic

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In Everything... Give Thanks

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a blessed week! :o)

Today I'm excited to share my second contribution for this month's I Feel the Love Project collection. We are creating Thanksgiving cards for Chancellors Village, a fantastic senior care center. I am truly honored to be making little blessings for these lovely seniors! :o)
After one card away from using my Copics, I couldn't resist hopping right back to them! This sweetheart is Chloe, a harvest cutie pie from Elisabeth Bell. I fear these pictures aren't a completely accurate representation, as it does look nicer in person.

The middle panel is actually a pocket, to which I tucked in a sweet little tag:
I sponged Chloe a Broken China sky with a template and nestled her a top a Spellbinders Floral Ovals base. The pretty papers are from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch stack. For extra texture I doubled-up on ribbon types, using brown crinkle ribbon from my friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces and lace from Jo-Anns. I colored the white lace with Tattered Angels Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist to coordinate with the papers. The two-tone roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, selected because they are reminiscent of leaves that are changing to their exquisite Autumn hues.

The basket of apples is a Miss Kate Cuttables cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. I love the beauty of sugared fruit, so I used Core Couture cardstock for the apples. The basket is accented with silver metal brads instead of the plain circles that came with the file. The flourish of sparkling holiday love is from Zva Creative.

Lastly, the tag was created by layering a few of my favorite Spellbinders dies. The two base layers are Gold Labels Four, while the top is from the Timeless Rectangles set. Stamped in Rich Cocoa is the Thanksgiving sentiment, which is from the K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings set. I wanted to add sparkles or texture, but the fit in the pocket was already a bit snug so I didn't want to press my luck. Thankfully the papers and fancy dies are lovely on their own. :o)

A peek inside where a couple more sugared apples await, along with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square for my sappy message.
I hope the senior citizen who receives this card is filled with my and God's love... I did my best to pack in a bunch of it. :o) Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Your Passion~ Heavy Metal (Metal brads for the basket)
 *Created With Love~ Any Holiday (Thanksgiving)
 *Die Cuttin Divas~ Use Brown
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Two By Two (Two ribbon types: crinkle and lace)
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Fall or Halloween Plus Ribbon
 *Sweet Stampin~ Autumn is Here
 *Sweet Stamps~ Fall
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Make It Sparkly
 *Twist of Faith~ Autumn Colors

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Happy October, my dear friends! I hope you're doing well. :o)

A new month means a new recipient of the treasured I Feel the Love Project, hosted by the sweet and talented Madison of Funky Cards. The new collection is for Chancellors Village, which is a community within the Senior Lifestyle organization. We have the privilege of creating Thanksgiving cards for their senior residents. I am truly honored to be playing a small part in celebrating this special day with them. :o) It is vital never to forget our beloved seniors and this senior care facility offers them the love and care they deserve.

My first contribution encourages and celebrates the abundance of love and blessings in their lives.
I went straight-up harvest theme for this one to engulf one of the residents in Autumn's warm glow. :o) The patterned papers are from Authentique-Thankful (the plaid), Papertrey Ink (neutral leaves on the bottom section), and from my stash (the fabric-y brown swirls).

A Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish scrolls along the corner and beside the pumpkin. I used several cuts are from the Silhouette Online Store for this card... The pumpkin is embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder for texture and all three layers are popped up with foam tape for dimension. The Ornate Vintage Frame is adorned with amber sparkle and I used the offset feature to create the inner plaid layer. "Abundance" is from PPbN's Fall Words Set. The little leaves are from a Recollections punch and the Swiss Dots-embossed pinecone is from my stash...I  believe it was from the Create a Critter cartridge.

A little closer in on the focal point:
The lace and metal filigree corner are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The corner was originally silver, so I heat-embossed it gold to coordinate with Autumn's splendor. :o)

I hope it warms the heart of the resident who receives it. :o) Thank you for fluttering on by today!

Challenges entered:
 *'ABC' Challenge~ 3 or More Patterned Papers (The leafy paper on the bottom might look a bit washed out in the photos, unfortunately!)
 *Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party~ Anything with a Sentiment
 *Crafting By Designs~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Dream Valley~ Autumn
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Moving Along With the Times~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Leaves

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