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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

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

Today starts a new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund! I created a fun easel card for the new recipient of the I Feel the Love Project. Each month, IFTL highlights a person, family, or organization in need of extra love and we have the honor of crafting for them.

This month we are creating for a precious 6-year-old named Baylee. She has a very rare disorder called Isolated NK Cell Deficiency, meaning she has low/nonexistent levels of NK cells and is highly vulnerable to infections. Life expectancy varies among patients, as the condition may lead to fatal infections. However, I am praying and will continue to believe she will be healed and have a long, strong, and healthy life! Sunday was a tough day for her, but her prayer warriors came forth in abundance! (You can follow her progress and encourage the family on her Facebook page: Prayers for Baylee.)

Baylee adores Hello Kitty, which will certainly be making an appearance in my box of love for her. But my first little gift is a whimsical easel card. :o)
The sweet little mermaid is Shelley by Sylvia Zet, colored with Copics. Sparkles and pearls have been added throughout, as I wanted to make this extra bubbly. :o) The shells and starfish are from the She Sells Seashells Lettering Delights collection. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create my easel card with the shell cut file.
My papers are from two KaiserCraft collections: Enchanted Garden and Sweet Nothings. The top paper is foiled in gold, which is lovely in person! The flowers are an assortment of Primas, to which I've added two Jillibean Soup Butterfly Sugar Picks. The pearl borders are from Michael's... I've been so anxious to use them! I hope Baylee likes the pearly texture. :o)

A better look at the bottom, including the Lili of the Valley sentiment and fun sea-inspired goodies!
Lastly, an angled view to show my final touch: hidden treasure! There's always hidden treasure in the sea, right? I adhered a row of heart-shaped rhinestones in graduating sizes behind the easel for her to see when she's facing it from the side. The greatest treasure is sparkling love, after all.
Baylee fights with such an admirable attitude, despite the pain that can storm through her. She continues to give back as she battles, collecting pull tabs from cans to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. Her goal is 100 lbs of tabs to recycle! Hopefully whenever she sees this little scene, it will bring a smile to her selfless heart. 

Thank you for swimming on by! Have a blessed week of sparkles and sunshine. :o)

Supplies from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Party/Celebrate)
 *Craft Your Passion~ Cool Colors
 *Created With Love~ Color Challenge (Pink and Purple)
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Sparkle
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ January Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Love To Scrap~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Starting New (New stamp, pearl borders, and butterfly picks)
 *Papertake Weekly~ New Year, New Stash (New stamp, pearl borders, and butterfly picks)
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. This card for Baylee is just beautiful. LOVE the theme and all the embellishments. There is so much beauty here and Baylee will LOVE it. Karen, thank you so much for making yet another IFTL Projerct recipient feel so special. You are the best and we love you!
    ~Madison and Cindy

  2. Ooooh so cute is your image Karen and your colouring is perfect .....gorgeous layout backing papers and other embellis truly is a wonderful creation as always x

  3. My sweetest friend, I've actually been visiting your blog for a while but I can't tear my gaze away from that amazing card!! Wow, wow, wow, I love the gorgeous image!! You colored her perfectly!! The shell shape is so awesome!! I love that you made it into an easel card!! The pearls are perfect sea bubbles!! And only you would think of adding hidden treasure...because you are a treasure!! Baylee will adore this!! I'm adding this card into my top five favs from is stunning!! I hope you are having a wonderful week my dear friend!! It's snowing and cold here, yucky winter. Ugh. Happy Wednesday!! Big Hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Absolutely stunning from the beautiful image,the oyster shaped card with the pearl embellishments and very pretty papers best wishes to Baylee and I am sure she will treasure this a perfet little girls card -thanks for joining us at OSAAT
    Carol DT x

  5. This is stunning Karen. I love your special easel design with such a sweet and beautifully coloured image. As always your attention to detail is amazing, the flowers are so pretty and I love the pearly sea bubbles. The hidden treasure is such wonderful touch. I am sure this card, made with so much love, will bring a smile to Baylee's face.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the week
    hugs Sue xx

  6. Karen, this is STUNNING! I don't even know what to is extremely breath taken and the design is incredible! The little image is so super sweet and you surrounded her in a sea of love! I absolutely LOVE every inch of this card...I am sure little Baylee with adore it~She is so sweet and adorable!
    Enjoy your day my friend! GORGEOUS card!!
    Sherrie K

  7. wow this is just amazing and gorgeous and so lovely...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  8. This is Gorgeous! !!! I love it all!!! I have this stamp and would love to make something like this. So sorry to hear about Baylee. We already save soda tabs at my daughters school and turn them into the Ronald McDonald House.

  9. I just love your card Karen, the shape and pearls and your coloring is gorgeous! Baylee is very blessed that you are sending her a box of goodies, and this fabulous card, God Bless you Karen!
    Hugs Kelly

  10. Oh My this is so beautiful. Love all the detail and the coloring is fab!! I am sure Baylee will love it. Thanks for joining us this week and Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  11. Karen, what an extraordinarily loving lady you are .....your love shines through the most beautiful cards you create and the enormous life challenges that you make us aware of through your wonderful words and stories told with so much love, respect and sensitivity to those striving to lead such inspiring lives despite their personal suffering. Your posts never fail to fill my heart with admiration for the courage of others, the love you spread far and wide, and I personally am inspired to look to my own life and appreciate how fortunate I have been.
    You and the Baylee's of this world are what makes such a big difference. I'm sure that Baylee will love every so thoughtful element of this special card (I know that I do). The lining of the oyster is nacre- mother of pearl. You Karen are the Mother of Pearl.
    Thank you for sharing this special card in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  12. Your card is stunning my friend. I love your beautiful image,gorgeously coloured and set on such a pretty shell shaped card.
    Jayne x

  13. An absolutely beautiful card for an absolutely beautiful young girl. Thank you for telling us the story behind your card. Thank you for joining us and good luck in our challenge this week at OSAAT. Hazel x

  14. Totally fabulous. I ADORE the shape of this is so pretty and unique. Wonderful coloring. Hugs, Gail

  15. Wow what a great card! The shell base is such fun for the mermaid image. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create.

  16. What a fantastic shape card! I love all the pearls with your sweet little mermaid! Thanks for joining Created with Love Challenges!

  17. WOW - stunning card. The shape is fabulous and so appropriate for this wonderful image. I love the use of the pearls, almost looks like the whites of the waves! Gorgeous creation. Hugs, Karon.

  18. Amazing card. Love the image and the beads. Thanks for joining our Pink and Purple Color Challenge at Created With Love Challenges

    Created with Love Challenges

  19. Wow! What a fantastic piece of art! Recipient is going to LOVE it. Thanks for playing the challenge at Created With Love.

  20. Your post about Baylee really touched me. You are a true angel to participate in this labor of love! Your easel card is just adorable! I just love all the pearls!

  21. Your card is gorgeous! I love all the bling. And your coloring is amazing.


  22. This is absolutely amazing! Love all the sparkly bling! So glad you shared with us at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Hugs, Debbie DT!

  23. What a beautiful and unusual card and your colouring of the mermaid is lovely. Such rich and gorgeous embellishments too. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Jennie x

  24. Hi Karen,
    Yesterday I pulled a muscle on my right side(neck) and I am a righty so I am in & out of bloggy world but I was able to complete a post that should be up tomorrow. I was given by my Dr. a muscle relaxer pill. I am a little better but I could not stop thinking about you so I had to stop by.....
    I have seen such a Sweet card! the Shell shaped card is ADORABLE!!! Baylee is going to love it!! Its so UNIQUE and a True BEAUTY to look at!! The mermaid image is absolutely Precious!!! I love that she is not alone that she has a friend with her in the water.
    Maybe an angle! The pearls are just GORGEOUS my friend!!!
    The details of the shells and starfish is ADORABLE!!!
    your card will stand out on its own because of all the beautiful details that it has. I believe that each detail has a story to tell.
    I know that you out a lot of LOVE into this because that is so YOU!!!
    That is one of the reasons why I stop by.....there are many!!!
    Baylee will love this card as well as her mom. They will cherish it FOREVER!!
    Sending you a HUGE amount of my LOVE, HUGS, & SMILES

  25. Oh wow, wow, wow Karen!!! This is stunning and gorgeous! I love the shape of your card. Your new pearl trim is a perfect embellishment for your image. The image is adorable and I love your colouring of it. Baylee is going to love this and it's so wonderful that you made this for her. Thanks for playing along with us this week at OSAAT, hope to see you back again soon.
    Hugs, Tracey (DT)

  26. Absolutely fabulous easel card! Wonderful work and for such a wonderful little girl! My prayers go out to her. She should adore this! Thank you for sharing it with us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Blessings!

    Nance, DT -

  27. immensely moving...your card is a beautiful gift for this so beautiful girl. so so touching...i send you all my love Baylee, you teach us all a lesson.
    thanks for sharing on love to scrap! challenge blog
    shuly dt♥

  28. Lovely colouring, lovely shaped card.Thanks for playing @ One Stitch At A Time. Lisa OSAAT DT

  29. Wow!!! Your card for Baylee is AMAZING! It's a beautiful work of art. Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina DT

  30. This card is simply stunning and so is the recipient. :) The coloring is just perfection. Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! -Alycia

  31. Stunning card - the shape is fabulous and the details are gorgeous.
    Adorable image coloured so beautifully.
    This is sure to have brought a huge smile to Baylee's face.
    Thanks for playing along at PTW this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  32. Absolutely beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Make it Monday. Awesome use of your gifts too, I will be praying along with you.

    God's blessings
    Rachael :-)

  33. What a stunning card. I love everything about it. The pearl borders are gorgeous and look like the foamy bubbles you would get in the sea. Baylee is sure to love this and My thoughts are with her and her family. This is a wonderful cause you do this for and i'm about to hop over to the blog now to see what the work is all about. The image is coloured beautifully and what a precious idea and thought to put the gems behind the easel too...Perfect xx Thanks for joining us this week over at CYP :) x
    Little Pear Tree

  34. Absolutely gorgeous card.Your colouring is just lovely and those pearls set everything off beautifully.Such a wonderful gift for Baylee with so much love and care having gone into it.What an amazing girl and I do hope she achieves her collection goal.My thoughts go out to her and her family.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  35. Such a pretty card. love all the details. The shell shape it awesome!!!

  36. I can certainly feel the love!!!! This is sooooooo amazing & I'm sure will touch her heart every time she sees it!! You have put your heart & soul into this beautiful design!! That is evident !! I have popped over after seeing that you are a pick of the week by one of the lovely DT members @ make it Monday -- congrats on that, as well !! :))
    New follower here! I don't want to miss another stunning creation such as this!! :))

  37. Hi Karen, I am just popping in to say Hi!!

  38. Dear Karen, thank you for starting my day off with your special brand of Love in your very generous words on my blog. I appreciate them so much.

    Karen, I feel so privileged to visit your very special pages here and it is a joy to leave you a few words ...did I say few? I'd like to share with you that my heart leaps when I see your name in an OSAAT challenge. I don't open your entry immediately .....For I have learnt to make a cup of coffee and find the box of tissues first. Your wonderful writing and inspired projects never fail to move me beyond words and I don't want to be rushed or miss anything when I visit you treasure.

    I have learned so much through your Love and sharing in terms of awareness of medical conditions that I've not heard of, (Google fills me in), lessons of what true Courage really, and that it is Love and Respect that is a much stronger medicine than Pity ....though there's always an important place for Compassion. Karen, you are one extraordinary lady to reach so many people with these invaluable 'lessons'. You, and your very special talents, are giving not only to remarkable young people but also to all who are fortunate enough to 'meet' you. And the children themselves, well, I have no doubt that when they receive your very lovingly and thoughtfully created gifts, well ...that day will always be remembered as a Very Special day of Love and Support that sustains them ....and their families. ...through the daily battles that they endure.

    I repeat myself ...... Thank You Karen. Lots of Love Ingrid xxx


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