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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

With Love

Happy Wednesday, my sparkly and sweet friends! I hope you're having a lovely week. :o)

A new month means a new recipient of the treasured I Feel the Love Project! Each month we have the privilege of making cards for those in need of extra love and sunshine. I have the hardest time sleeping the last night of each month, as I'm so eager to discover who will be inspiring my creations over the following several weeks.

This month is extra special, as a former recipient of our crafty love has chosen the new recipients! Sweet Ashley (for whom I made my first ever mini album last year) has asked us to create for the Pediatric Floor of Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, where she herself has received treatment as she battles a rare form of cancer.

My heart already has several cards aching to come to fruition for the children, but I was inspired to begin with a different angle. From following Ashley's progress, I've discovered (time and again) how grateful she is for the staff that serves with all of their might to help her during her many visits over the last year. They love her dearly and that love is so clearly reciprocated. Since we are creating in her honor this month, I thought it would be nice to squeeze in a couple of cards for the selfless staff for whom she cares deeply.

Blossoming with love is Sylvia Zet's sweet Rosetta, the flower fairy. :o)
Beautiful Rosetta is colored with Copics (listed below), with accents of Star Dust and rhinestones to sparklify the big hearts of the hospital staff. Seeing as she is a flower fairy after all, I had no choice but to surround her with an abundance of nature's beauty. :o) My Wild Orchid Crafts flower arrangements include sweetheart blossoms, cosmo daisies, a regular rose, and a cottage rose. One bouquet is adorned with vintage cream seam binding and pearl sprays (also from WOC), while the other is bubbling up with pearly love via heart stick pins.

Desiring paper as whimsical and flowery as Rosetta, I opted for Wild Rose Studio's Vintage Rose collection. It's delightful! :o)

The sweet sentiment:
The Cheery Lynn Designs heart is cut out with a gorgeous brown rose paper from the same pad... every time I see it I think of chocolate roses. I would love to give them all things sweet! :o) I created the banner and made it wavy, as it's ruffling with fluttery love. One heartfelt prayer, fluttering up to the heavens, is all it takes to restore a life. There was supposed to be a butterfly on this card, with a trail of sparkling memories of healed lives in that hospital, but in my rush I forgot. :( (Unbelievable.) The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.

For extra love from my and Ashley's hearts, I used a Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch for the middle panel's base. Love is timeless, and that's how I view each lacy heart. Every day the staff in the pediatric unit shares the love and strength found from within, encouraging those who are battling for their lives. While Ashley was sure to show them her gratitude, I can't help but want to do the same. I'm so thankful for the love they show Ashley and every child on that floor. Their work is tireless and it's my hope that this flowery, sappy, and sweet card, overflowing with heart, reminds them they are loved.

A glimpse inside, which is lined with a coordinating paper from the same collection:
Products from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sweet and sparkly week. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Felt)
 *Addicted to Stamps~ Hearts
 *Craft Your Passion~ Love is in the Air (Any love-themed project)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes (Optional: Red)
 *Little Miss Muffet~ Luuuuuuuurve! (Any love-themed project)
 *Love to Scrap!~ Who Loves ya, Baby! (Use the word 'love' on your project)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Ribbon
 *Sweet Stampin'~ Love/Valentine's
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Card Challenge: Hearts
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes

Copics used:
Hair: E33, E35, E37; Skin: E0000, E000, E00; Clothing and Roses: R81, R83, R85, E23, E25, E27, E41, E42, E43; Leaves: YG61, YG63, YG67


  1. Hello dear Karen.
    Such a lovely idea to be able to send cards to the amazing staff that work with so much compassion. Your card is truly stunning. I adore the sweet Wee image, she is one of my favourites. Your beautiful colouring has brought her to life. I love the pretty papers and gorgeous flowers. The sentiment added to the heart is perfect.
    Sending you hugs and happiness.
    Sue x

  2. A really stunning card Karen - the papers and embellies compliment this sweet image so well. What a lovely inspiration to have to make such a card hugs Judith x

  3. This is gorgeous, Karen.
    I love the bright colors you have used and the Wee image is colored beautifully!!
    I saw your creation on MIM!
    Hugs, Wenche

  4. Beautiful cards and a beautiful story about Ashley and the staff. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. All the best to Ashley. Hazel x

  5. Wow stunning card, love everything here! The coloring is amazing, the dies you used, the blooms, her sparkly wings. Just a card to stash in a treasure box...TFS Karen, you always make me smile...

  6. Stunning Design , Thank you for joining us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge, we would love you to come back and join us again next week for another fab challenge...
    Suzy B~Owner~Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge

  7. Hi Karen, Your so generous with your cards and this is truly stunning such a gorgeous image which you have coloured perfectly and l see that gorgeous heart die and the colours of card used too makes a really nice change to all the pinks and reds that are around blog land at the moment everything about your creation is truly stunning ....take care x

  8. My sweetest friend, what an amazingly stunning card this is!! Rosetta is so gorgeous!! You colored her perfectly!! I love the beautiful flowers...the heart stick pins are such an awesome touch!! And that paper is fabulous...I'm going to have to look for that!! This is just so absolutely gorgeous, Karen!! And how sweet you are to think of the people who dedicate their lives to care for others!! This will make someone so very happy!! Love, love this my friend, as I do everything you create :)

    I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!! We got about a half a foot of snow with some ice on top. It's gray and dreary and ugh, cold. I shouldn't complain because I know you have it worse. Stay safe and warm my dear friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Stunning card,love the colouring and the pink against the chocolate brown thank you for joinin gin with us at CFTH and good luck

  10. Lovely card and just right for our challenge this week over at Sweet Stampin', hope you will join us again soon. Debbie X

  11. What a stunning card. I love that image...Rosetta is just gorgeous and all the lovely flowers and embellishments you added are perfect.

    Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion. Good luck.

    Lynn, CYP DT

  12. What a GORGEOUS card Karen! The image is so sweet and surrounded with so many lovely flowers and embellishments!!! I love the beautiful border and whimsical heart....absolutely stunning card and am sure Ashley's staff will adore it! You are so sweet and thoughtful to think of them as well! You have such a big heart!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  13. Great card thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart and good luck x

  14. i looooove looooove looooove your card ! great use of hearts, flourish, contrasting colors, your coloring perfect
    ♥Thanks for sharing at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog!♥
    Shuly dt

  15. What a beautiful card you have created! I love the colors and the beautiful image. Saw this card at MIM.


  16. What a wonderful card! I love the image and she's colored to perfection...but you're right...those 2 labels layer beautifully!!!! Love your flowers and layout on this card. This is just beautiful. Hugs, Gail P.S. Thanks for linking your name to your blog on the 7Kids blog.

  17. Karen, this is stunning, my friend. Gorgeous design that you have so beautifully coloured and the die cuts you have added are fabulous. I love the wonderful heart with the sentiment!

  18. Beautiful,beautiful card my friend. You can feel the love your cards are made with. Hugs

  19. This is a beautiful card, but even more beautiful is the love and thoughtfulness that went into making it. I think this idea of passing on the love is an incredible and selfless one. I just love all of the dies and flowers and your image is so pretty. I always enjoy seeing clouds and skies on different cards because it is something I myself am not very good at. Thanks so much for sharing this at Love to Scrap.

  20. Oh I do so love this card. The image is just stunning and the rich colours are just lovely.

    Thanks for joining us this week at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck.

    Lynn, OSAAT DT

  21. what a stunning card ,I love the image and all your fab shading....
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck in the challenge
    Tracey x

  22. Fabulous card and beautifully coloured. I love the colours you've used -perfect for our challenge. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  23. Oh my dear treasured friend Karen, I have mentioned to you before that when I see your creative talents used to spread such love I need to let a little time elapse so that I can hold your stories, words and creations in my heart before coming back to leave you a few words of the impact your work has on me.

    You are such a loving and inspirational friend and I am so moved that Ashley, with all her challenges, has asked that those who give so much to help others have the same opportunity to experience your powerful love that meant so much to her.

    I'd like to mention just one aspect of your very beautiful cards is the 'thought that you put into every element and embellishment you use. Karen, all add to the beauty of your final card but more importantly, tell the recipients how much they genuinely matter to you.

    Thank you for sharing this very loving card in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  24. stunning card and for such a good cause everything about this card is beautiful the image,the papers,dies and embellishments and this must be because the card was made with love and beautiful thoughtfulnes -thanks for joining us at OSAAT
    Carol DT x

  25. What a wonderful project and so much love and pure kindness has gone into your creation, it must give you such immense joy to create something so lovely and it will be treasured I'm sure. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week. Jennie x

  26. This is a stunning card !!! Beautiful image and details !! Thank you so much for joining us at Pile It On Challenges !!

    Mayra DTM

  27. A gorgeous card in lovely colours, design and a sweet image. Fab colouring! Thanks for joining us at ATSC, Marlies

  28. Karen, what a gorgeous card and so thoughtful! The staff has been really important to Ashely and this card is such a beautiful tribute to them. Thank you so much. Once again, words cannot describe your talent and we love you!!! Have a blessed day.
    ~Madison and Cindy

  29. Beautiful card, Karen! Very pretty image and I love how you added all the flowers! I really like that heart punch too! I hope you have a great day! :)


  30. Love everything about your card...From the colors, the papers used, the lay-out and the image...What more to ask? Wonderful execution! Thanks for joining the Challenge in my neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create. We have a new challenge going on so, I hope you check it out and join us again. Hugs and blessings!

    JO ANN

  31. Wow Karen what a gorgeous design.

    Hugs Diane

  32. Hi Karen,
    Missed you!!! The staff is going to LOVE this BEAUTY!!! I wish I knew how to color with Copics but I recently learned how to color my digi's with the Silhouette software. Baby steps for me.LOL.
    I love flowers and your flowers are beautiful!!! It always makes me smile.
    Such a beautiful card!!!Which who would not love!!! I Do! I DO!
    Sending my love, hugs, & smiles,

  33. Hi Karen !! I have come for a visit -- (soooooooo late,.!!) & with news re: my printer... Lol !!

    Let's start w/ the visit -
    Ahhhhh, the wee stamps have always captured my heart w/ the pure happiness & innocence !! They are so dreamy & perfect for uplifting any spirit. :)) I know the staff will adore this amazing card that you have created for them !!

    Sending hugs to you while you work on this magical project this month!!

    Re: printer -- & digi papers.
    I have an epson artisan printer - & it's fab for digi papers. I think the most important aspect of printing digi papers to choosing the right paper.
    If I choose a paper that's too thin... It sucks in a ton of ink -- if I choose a little bit thicker paper it comes out really well . :))
    Hope that helps you decide ! I've had great luck w/ my epson.

  34. Karen love the color combination, the awesome coloring and the chocolate colored lacy heart...your projects are so inspirational And Thank you so much for the sweet words of encouragement you left on my post on Stamping Basics really helped boost my morale!

  35. Gorgeous work and such beautiful colouring work!


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