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Monday, November 11, 2013

Guest Designer for Love to Create!

Happy Monday, my sparkly friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to the week. :o)

I am ecstatic to be this week's Guest Designer at one of my favorite challenges: Love to Create! Thank you for the opportunity, Jackie! It is an honor. :o)

The theme for Challenge #91 is Thanksgiving or Thanks and there are two marvelous sponsors: Beccy's Place and Sassy Studio Designs. I chose to showcase Beccy's Hydrangea digital stamp, which I completely fell in love with.
This Thanksgiving card was originally planned for my incredible dad, but he inspired me to include it in my contributions for the I Feel the Love Project Thanksgiving collection. He has always been selfless and this is an example of his influence in my life... he continually puts everyone above himself. So instead, this card is on the way to a wonderful resident of a senior care center. :o)

With my Copics, I colored Beccy's gorgeous hydrangea in Autumn's splendor. The red and orange petals are centered in bright sunshiny love and tiny rhinestones are nestled within the yellow sunbursts. The green leaves are covered in Star Dust because... well, you never really need a reason to add extra sparkle. ;)

My base was created with Spellbinders Gold Labels Four, with each layer cut from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch stack. A Zva Creative flourish adds a touch of sparkly whimsy, as does the Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly that has been coated in Shimmer Spritz. The sentiment is from K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings set, which I stamped in Rich Cocoa. I hope it is loved by the recipient. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day of love and happiness. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Holiday Thanks)
 *Cut It Up~ Thanksgiving
 *Divas By Design~ Use a Digi
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Holidays
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Show Us Your Tools (Die-cutting, Copics)
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Autumn Colors
 *SweetStamps~ Nature


  1. My sweetest friend, tell the plucked that flower from nature and stuck it on the card, didn't you??!! It looks absolutely amazing!! Wow, I can't quit staring at it!! The depth and dimension you gave it in color is truly spectacular!! It looks three dimensional!! And the sparkly leaves compliment it perfectly!! The gem swirls add a touch of elegance that is fabulous!! I adore this and your Dad would have, and the new recipient will definitely!! It's stunning!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy week, Karen!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Congratulations on your GDT spot Karen. WOW! Your card is stunning. Beccy's hydrangea is gorgeous but it's your amazing colouring that is the star - honestly you have made the flower look so realistic. I adore the sparkle on the leaves and the gem stone swirls. Such a wonderful use of the Spellbinders dies too and a beautiful sentiment to finish it off.
    A truly inspirational card.
    I hope you have a good week,
    hugs Sue xx

  3. lovely card, so bright and vibrant :D Seen on MIM

  4. Congrats on your GDT spot, so well deserved.... Love your fancy design card and all the bling and details to this beautiful shaped card. It's so very pretty Karen....

  5. Many many congratulations Karen .....Wow l can see why your Gdt producing such stunning creations like this lovely embellishments and stunning layout your so talents x

  6. Gorgeous card and image. Visiting from MIM..Loz

  7. So many exquisite details. I love it. I can see where you get your generosity from.

    Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up Thanksgiving Challenge!


  8. This is so pretty! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with 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

  9. Karen, if anyone tells you that they couldn't get into your blog tthis evening iy might be because I've been here so long - I'm totally captivated by this incredible work of art. You've put so much love into creating this and I think that's what your wonderful and selfless Dad saw when he inspired you to donate this card to such a special cause. We all need Love in our lives and whoever receives this card will feel very special and valued too. Good luck in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx (OSAAT Team)

  10. Wow! What a gorgeous card and such a stunning hydrangea image too. Perfect colours too for this time of year. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. JENNIE X

  11. Karen, this is just fabulous! The colors are so vivid and your treatment of the image is bold and creative! Thanks for leaving this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  12. Oh my goodness, Karen, your flower looks so real! It is stunning! fabulous card and love the shape. TFS

  13. Goodness gracious what a lovely card! Your hydrangea is absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about this card!! So glad you joined us at for the Nature challenge!

  14. An absolutely beautiful card and a very lucky person will receive it. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Hazel x

  15. I have to agree with Donna!! This is one spectacular card!! Love the shape, the colors, the flower is AMAZING and the added bling!!! Wow....All so perfect on your card!! And a BIG applause to your dad too for his suggestion!! This will really make someone at the center truly happy to receive. Thanks for joining us at SweetStamps.

  16. Gorgeous!...great coloring...thanks for playing with Divas by Design!
    ♥♥♥ Margreet

  17. Hi Karen,
    WOW!! I thought for a second that the Hydrangea was beautiful is this?...WOW!! Love the bright and cheerful colors. Love those fall colors. Such PERFECT coloring! Hopefully for 2014 I an going to learn how to color with Copics.You are such an inspiration as well as an Angel. Love everything about this beauty of a card.
    The recipient will LOVE this!!! As always they will feel the love.
    Congrats on your GDS!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love, hugs & smiles to you & your dad
    Have a wonderful day,
    angelic friend
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥

  18. Gorg. Love the colours and the shaped card. Thanks for joining us @ OSAAT. Lisa DT

  19. Saw you on MIM and this is GORGEOUS!!! Your coloring is amazing!! Love the sparkle.. Just really beautiful!!!

    This is gorgeous!!! Saw you on MIM. Such a beautiful design!! Wow!!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges} *New Challenge Blog* Open DT Call Now!

  20. Truly a stunning card! I saw it at Make It Monday and had to stop by. Such fabulous coloring, and it's so pretty how the jewels swirl around under the image. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  21. I adore how your hydrangea. This card is just wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.

    Sarah P

  22. Wowza! i love this! Such great coloring! Thanks for playing at CIU!

  23. Stunning card Karen!! How thoughtful of you and your Dad to send this to a senior to brighten their day. Your colouring on the image is remarkable, and I love all the sparkle and shimmer you included on this. Beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us this week at OSAAT, hope to see you back again soon.
    Hugs, Tracey (DT)

  24. what a beautiful card and fabulous image beautifully coloured looks really 3-D and lifelike-love the dies and bling flourishes-congrats on your GDS-thanks for joining us at OSAAT
    Carol DT x

  25. I love, love, love this shaped card. Fabulous papers, lay-out and glitters. Pure awesomeness! Thanks for taking the time to join the fun in our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create! God bless, always!

    JO ANN

  26. Beautiful card, Karen! You did such an amazing job coloring the flower that it actually looks real! The glittery flowers are gorgeous too! So pretty! :)


  27. Karen your card is absolutely STUNNING! I love how you colored the images, and your design is amazing! Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  28. Oh my gosh, how can the recipient not love this! This is so beautiful Karen! The base is fantastic and the hydrangea is GORGEOUS! Such an elegant card! The sparkly flourish and glittery leaves are amazing! Such a lovely design! Love this Karen!!
    Congrats on you GD spot too!!! You are so deserving!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  29. great use of Bling! what girl wouldn't love it? thanks for playing with us at Pile It On.


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