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Friday, December 6, 2013

My Craft Spot Guest Designer: Shadow Box Book Card!

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! I am ecstatic to be guest designing today at My Craft Spot! It is truly an honor and I am so thankful for this unexpected blessing. I adore Kimberly and her talented DT, where inspiration always abounds. :o) For an extra special treat, there is a wonderful giveaway at the end of this post!

Inspired by several of Kimberly's goodies, I combined the true meaning of Christmas with the beautiful whimsy of the season. For this special occasion, I created a Shadow Box Book Card for a dear friend. (For the structure, I followed a fantastic tutorial by Delightfully Crazy.)
The papers throughout this book card are from Bo Bunny's Silver and Gold collection. For the spine of my 'book,' I heat-embossed one of the snowy flourishes from My Craft Spot's Ornate Labels-Christmas. That same stamp set graces my cover (repeatedly), where I heat-embossed the golden label outline and cut it out with the coordinating Ornate Labels metal dies. The sweet holly flourish is centered with garnet rhinestones and I couldn't resist using the holly jolly sentiment. :o)
A closer peek!
My MCS focal point is bordered with Wild Orchid Crafts roses and surrounded by a flurry of glamour-dusted snowflakes from Cheery Lynn Designs. The metal filigree corners are also from WOC, which I heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.

Inside, heavenly joy encourages a Christmas dance!

The gorgeous sentiment is from MCS's Joy To The World stamp set, surrounded in pearly snow and golden elegance. It is stamped upon a Marianne Design's die, Petra's Heart (LR0280). The embossed portions are sponged in Scattered Straw for a warm Christmas glow. I created a frame for the page using the Anastasia Border die from Cheery Lynn Designs, a technique I first saw many moons ago Cheery Lynn's blog.
For the shadow box part of my book card, I designed a scene from my heart. The glorious Christmas star (from the Silhouette Online Store) has turned the wintry landscape golden and inspires a ballet dance of pure love.

The joyous Christmas dancer:
The ballerina is a Marianne Design's die, Ballerina 2 (LR0166). I made her a tutu of white lace (the same as the book's border) and accented it with festive red and green rhinestones. I used crystalline gems for the waist and straps of her costume. The pearl-dusted snowdrift that she dances upon is another MD die, Fancy Edge with Lattice (LR0202). The golden lace framing the scene was purchased on eBay... I was determined to find just the right one for this project. ;)

The back, finished off with one more MD metal die. I used one of the dies from Anja's Vintage Ornaments 2 (LR0270) to act as hinges. This project was a joy to create and I hope my friend loves it as much as I do. :o) (I confess I will miss having this!) ;)


One of the many things I appreciate about Kimberly is her generosity! Do you want to be entered to win a My Craft Spot stamp set of your choice? Simply leave me a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite My Craft Spot stamp set is and you will be entered! How sweet is that?! I will draw and announce the lucky winner on Friday, December 13th!

Thank you for pirouetting on by and sharing in my excitement! I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Tis the Season (I used Snowflakes and Anastasia Border dies)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Spots or Stripes
 *Created With Love~ Christmas
 *Divas by Design~ Feeling Festive
 *Love to Create~ Holiday Gift/3-D Project
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Marianne's Design Divas~ Charm and/or Ribbon (I used dies LR0166, 0202, 0270, and 0280)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Twist of Faith~ Baubles and Bells


  1. Gorgeous project!!! Love all the details!! The die-cuts looks fabulous)))
    Thank you for playing with us at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge!

  2. Big congratulation to you Karen on your well deserved GDT spot Karen.
    WOW! This is absolutely stunning. I think this may be one of the most beautiful things I have seen from you and that is saying alot!
    The design is wonderful, I love the festive colours and all your attention to detail is truly amazing - I could look at it for ever. I especially love the elegant ballerina with her pretty tutu decorated so beautifully.
    How generous of Kimberly to give away a stamp set. I have just had a look and they are all wonderful. I love 'joy filled Christmas' as it has such a great range of messages included in the set.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Hi Karen, Many many congrats on your Gdt Spot you have done yourself and them proud........ this is absolutely beautiful words can not discribe how truly beautiful your creation is all of the detail is stunning and that gorgeous coordinating Ornate Labels metal dies you have used really make your card stand out the colours the image well just about everything you have put on your Shadow Box Book Card once again is stunning ....l checked out the site for your amazing items and its truly something l never new was there l'm going to pop back and have another look around it and to specify which will be my best is so hard but l do like the "Think Snow" Stamps but like l say its truly hard to say take care and many thanks for your beautiful comments on my blog your so kind xx

  4. Congratulations Karen! Your shadow box card is amazingly beautiful and your attention to detail is amazing.
    Jayne x

  5. First of all, congratulations on your guest design spot my sweetest friend!! So deserved!! And second - WOW!! This has to be the most gorgeous card I've ever seen!! Truly Karen, all of your projects are masterpieces, but this one is my all time favorite!! Every single detail and design element is perfect!! I love, love the ballerina!! Her tutu is beautiful!! Even the reindeer on the front are precious!! I just want to keep staring at this, it's so stunning!! You showcased Kimberly's awesome stamps perfectly!!

    It's so hard to choose which of her stamps are my favorite, but I am really wanting Stamping All Around Summer...I love the round stamps :) I hope you are having a wonderful first week of December!! I am watching the snow fall and fall and fall right now. Ugh. It seems too early for winter to be here. It does look beautiful when it first falls, before it gets dirty and icky, but I'd still prefer green grass and flowers ;) I hope you have a fabulous weekend my dear friend!! Big hugs,

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. BEAUTIFUL ! So blessed with talent.
    I love all My Craft Spot stamps. Really liking Christmas Banner Sentiments. Simple, but sweet.

  7. Congrats on your GDT spot, so well deserved... Wowzer on your shadow box book card. Looks like you spent sometime detailing this project.. It's so unique, I would hate to part with it. Great dies and perfect added touches. Beautiful masterpiece!

  8. Gorgeous book card. I saw it on MIM but when you see the details it is much more beautiful.

    I never heard of My Craft Spot stamps, but they are great. I especially like the Think Snow set as you can use them for winter cards and Christmas cards (and I like some fun in texts).


    SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!! I AM SOOOOOOO PROUD OF YOU SIS!!! *hugglers you oodles and noodles* I am literally bursting my buttons because I am so proud. God bless you Sunshine on this extra special guest designer honour. Your creation for this week is just surreal. I have never seen something so stunning. I can attest to all the hard work and time and love that has gone into every tiny detail of this gorgeous holiday masterpiece. Your crafting gift is truly something extraordinary, Sunshine and my heart just smiles so bright thinking about how you use your gift to bless the lives of so many. Did you know that you are a Christmas pressie like no other, sis?


    *forever super holiday squishies*
    ~~~ Christina (aka the proudest sister in the universe)

  10. Congratulations Karen on your GD spot at My Craft Spot! Woot-Woot! Your shadow box card in AMAZING! I am at such a loss for words-it is so beautiful and elegant. You did Kimberly proud I am sure! You showcased everything so well in this gorgeous masterpiece! I love the papers, the stamps, dies and embellishments!
    Wow, Wow!!! Truly OVER THE TOP my friend!
    Have a great evening and hope your feeling better!

    Sherrie K

  11. One word...STUNNING! Thank you for joining us at Twist of Faith card challenges in our Baubles & Bells theme. Princess DT Member

  12. Hi my angelic friend,
    I was making my bloggie visits and I came across this beautiful and AMAZING creation over at My Craft Spot.
    Karen, A GD?...Of course ,why wouldn't MCS invite you to be their guest designer. Your creativity is beyond anything that I have ever seen. I remember when I was young and on a class trip to see the Nutcracker. I fell in love with their performance the way I just fell in love with your shadow box book card. Love the elegant touch of the rhinestones on the tutu. Such a GORGEOUS frame!!! I absolutely LOVE this creation! A true BEAUTY!!!!
    Sending you a HUGE amount of my love, hugs and smiles.
    your angelic friend

  13. My oh my oh my! WOW - Karen! This is beyond stunning - a most fabulous creation with all the attention to detail, die cuts, lace - amazing. This is one beautiful gift! TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

  14. This is absolutely gorgeous--thanks for sharing. My favorite stamp set that I don't already own is Tickets.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  15. WOW - this is SO beautiful, Karen! This must have taken you quite some time to put together, and it really shows that you've put time, effort and HEART into this project! There are so many wonderful details on this elegant design, and every page of this book is different and equally stunning. I love what you've made!

  16. This is stunning!!! 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

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  18. Your project is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the details and embellishments! Congrats on the guest design spot, I love all of Kimberly's stamps sets. The one you used is one of my faves!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love all of the beautiful details you added! Your winter scene is just stunning! Thanks for being a guest designer at My Craft Spot!


  20. This is fantastic. I loved the front of your card but the inside is stunning as well. Such a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your win over at Cheery Lynn. Well deserved

  21. Greetings! I just had to stop on over and peek at your amazing creation to see the details and it is truly stunning! I love the pretty corner dies and the delicate details you have added!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Cheery Lynn Designs for our challenge!

  22. Congrats on your GD spot, Karen! The project you made is amazing! The gold metal corners and the golden lace are just perfect! The ballerina scene is so pretty. I lover her tutu with the festive rhinestones! Kimberly has so many great stamp sets but I'd have to say right now my favorite is the Stamping All Around Christmas set. Congrats again!

  23. Stunning project.

    Thanks for sharing at LTC this week.


  24. WOW what an amazingly detailed beauty! Thank you for joining us this week over at Love to Create Challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

  25. Your box card is so unique and beautiful! Every detail is amazing. I love the sentiment you chose. It goes well with the ballerina and wintery scene. Thank you for sharing with us at Twist of Faith.

  26. Karen, each project is so elegant and beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Twist of Faith! Merry Christmas!!!

  27. Je hebt een prachtige boekkaart gemaakt. Er is veel leuks op te zien.
    Dank je wel dat je meedoet bij MD Divas.
    Groetjes Tineke

  28. This is by far the most stunning shadow box card I've ever seen! The attention to detail is amazing. I especially love the tutu you added to your ballerina. And that gold lace trim was a major Ebay score...good for you!!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us
    at CWLC. We hope to see you back very soon!
    Created with Love Challenges Design Team
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  29. Your creation is stunning. I'm sure your friend will love it! Such an amazing surprise! Thank you for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx


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