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Monday, April 21, 2014

Shake It On at My Craft Spot!

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope everyone had a beautifully blessed Easter! :o)

Today starts a new challenge at My Craft Spot! This week we have an especially fun one for you: Shake It On! There are tons of options and I ended up shaking three different elements onto my card: Embossing powder, flower soft, and glamour dust!

This card is another contribution to this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are crafting for children that are abused, neglected, or at-risk, as well as the loving staff who cares for them at Tennyson Center for Children.

For this card, inspiration runs deep. This tiny dancer is gazing upward to her blossoming future... unfurling in the most beautiful way.
The precious dancer is Lil Ballerina, a digital stamp by Mo Manning. After coloring her with Copics, I used a tiny flourish from MCS' Tiny Tags 2 set to stamp her a frame. Not just a regular frame, of course... but ribbons of love. Her sweet little bun is sprinkled with flower soft and her tutu is covered in Glamour Dust, making it super sparkly in person.
My dream dance studio is lined with ornately designed arched windows, which was the inspiration for the sentiment base. I tucked in half of a doily from the Tiny Doilies 2 metal die set, making it a pretty arch adorned with pearls. My sentiment is from the Ornate Labels- Christmas stamp set. I need this brave and beautiful recipient to believe in the beauty that lies ahead of her. 

A tiny butterfly (cut from golden musical score paper) rests atop the rolled corner... a little encourager helping to direct the dancer's path. The flower arrangement is made of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. I didn't have the proper shade of aqua, so I used a Copic marker to color the edges of a few white ones to match the image. A heart stick pin is nestled inside, anchored in love. The Copic-colored butterfly near the bottom is from the Jar Full of Flowers stamp set, sparklified and layered atop a whimsical pearly flourish.

My six-loop bow was made with Sky Blue crinkle ribbon. I had never made a six looper before but love how it resembled the tutu. :o) It rests atop gorgeous wide lace from The Ribbon Girl, lined with a flat-back pearl strand.
The butterfly border fluttering atop the card is from Joy Crafts, which I really wish showed up better here. I colored the centers with Copics and sprinkled them with Glamour Dust. The WOC silver metal filigree corner was heat-embossed white.

The papers are from Kaisercraft's Enchanted Garden. I love the soft colors and dreamy designs.
I do not know who will receive this card, but I do know that they will receive an abundance of my and God's love. Initially, the driving inspiration was a child or teen who needs to be immersed in healing love and light. One who needs to believe again... or maybe believe for the first time. But during one of the many moments I struggled while making this, I realized it could be destined for a staff member. A caregiver battling to deal with the horrid reality of innocent children being abused. Sometimes it is the adult who needs a reminder to believe in the future of the (temporarily) shattered child that has come into her life. 

Be sure to check out the creations from my amazing DT sisters at My Craft Spot! I hope you'll play along with us this week... I look forward to seeing your inspiring creations! Have a beautiful day of love and sunshine. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Candy Treats)
 *Craft Your Passion~ Pretty Pastels
 *Crafting for All Seasons~ Ribbons and Lace
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Crafty Catz~ B is for... (Ballet, butterflies, blue, bow, blooms)
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Pearls and Lace
 *Lia Stampz~ Pastels
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Favorite Things (Ballet, butterflies, doilies, ribbon, flowers, sparkle)
 *Sweet Stampin'~ Lots of Layers
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Creativity Strikes!
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Uplifting/Encouraging sentiment


  1. My sweetest friend, what an an absolutely stunning card!! I don't even know where to start!! Every detail is spectacular!! What a sweet little ballerina!! I love the corner of gorgeous flowers!! The butterflies along the top are fabulous...seriously, I could go on and on!! This is amazing!! It is more a work of art than a card!! It should be framed!!

    I hope you had the most amazing Easter celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord!! Have a fabulous week my dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Your rolled back corner to display the roses and wee butterfly, the filigree corner piece, the large scallops on the lace as well as those chubby legs on your darling image make this one lovely piece of art. Thank you for joining us this week and for posting your beautiful project in our Word Art Wednesday challenge.

  3. Stunning card, I love the rolled back corner filled with flowers and such beautiful delicate colours, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  4. What a sweet card, love the coloring of the image all the added touches. It's so pretty, love the blings, the blooms, the dies and that gorgeous bow....

  5. Karen, your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the beautiful details you add and your flowers in the corner are stunning!


  6. Hi Karen, Oh wow this is another of your amazing and stunning cards your image is simply gorgeous and l love just how you have coloured her also all of the beautiful embellis add to your perfect card so beautifully presented xx

  7. Oh my goodness Karen! This is stunning. Your whole design is full of beauty. I love the sweet image coloured so beautifully with added flower soft and special sparkle. The papers and all your detailing is gorgeous. As always, your attention to detail amazes me.
    Take care, hugs Sue xx

  8. Hi Karen,
    so sweet and lovely card, beautiful details, really pretty.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  9. Oh, so pretty! Love that sweet ballerina and all those lovely blooms!

  10. fab card! love the ribbon flower
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  11. Gorgeous! Picked up alot of tips! . Thanks for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Fiona DT

  12. Stunning! SO PERFECT for this project! What a special, special card Karen! We can't tell you enough how gifted you are! Maddy loved your cards. It was cool watching her look at them in amazement. Thank you for everything!
    Love, Cindy and Madison

  13. This is just lovely Karen. I love the image and your beautiful soft colouring. What a lovely card to give or receive.

    It is perfect for our Craft Your Passion this Challenge this week. Good luck.

    Lynn, CYP DT

  14. This is just PRECIOUS!! I adore the ballerina image it is so YOU!!
    I just want to hug her!! Your color combo is so lovely and delicate that it is a true beauty to look at. I am still STUNNED over the butterfly border on top of the card..... BEAUTIFUL!!
    A huge fan of your GORGEOUS butterflies!!! Love how the delicate ribbon with pearls adds that special touch of love. That only comes from YOU!!
    Love! Love! Love!
    Sending tons of my love, hugs and smiles to you my angelic friend
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  15. Hi what a beautiful card, love your design and the added flowers on the pretty, thanks so much for hsaring your fabulous creation with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

  16. Amazing!! Not only the colors, but EVERYTHING!!! The image, the details, the layout... Love it! Thank you for joining us at Through The Purple Haze this week, good luck :)

    Lisbeth, DT

  17. Gorgeous creation! Fabulous colours and sweet image. I love how you did that top right corner with those beautiful flowers! TFS

  18. WOW! gorgeous card and OMG the image is darling:) TFS

  19. What a gorgeous creation you have here...Love the DP's as well as the pretty lay-out...Love the little flowers too. We are so grateful you joined our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with God's Word in Proverbs 16:3 which says, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." With lots of blessings!

    JO ANN

  20. A beautiful card, I love the cute image, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  21. Such a sweet image and pretty design, thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, hope to see you again soon
    {613 DT Member}
    Alex x

  22. Most beautiful reminds me of a Magnolia card.....but its fresh and so pretty.....

    fiona DT

  23. Lovely card and explanation. Your colouring is fantastic. Thank you for sharing your card are Creative Fingers. Leona x

  24. I agree with you we have to believe! Your ballerina card is really beautiful. Many thanks to join Crafty Ribbons Challenge from Christelle DT.

  25. OMGOSH!!! I SOOOO LOVE this card!!! It's Gorgeous! The details are amazing.... the flowers in the corner... the lace.... the pearls.... the adorable imaged... just BEAUTIFUL! :O)

  26. Wow, what a beautiful card. :D So pretty with all the details you did and the flowers are gorgeous. The sentiment is just perfect for your cause, just a beautiful inspiration.
    Thank you for joining us at OSAAT.
    Deborah OSAAT DT

  27. Such a lovely card, your colour choices are so soft and pretty and there are so many embellishments and enhancements. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  28. adorable card
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  29. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors you chose and the lace is incredible! Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Room for our dance challenge.

  30. Oh, how beautiful!! I will just say I love everything about it!
    Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze challenge!


  31. What a lovely card. That image is fab!

    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.


  32. Gorgeous card in lovely colors! Absolutely love the stamp. Thanks for sharing with us at Through The Purple Haze this week. :)

    Katrine- DT for TTPH.

  33. This is just beautiful, and so wonderfully put together! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  34. Beautiful card with gorgeous embellishments! thank you so much for joining us this week at OSAAT this month and good luck. Hugs


  35. Every detail of this card is beautiful and I love knowing the thoughts behind each. Whoever receives it will know that it was crafted with love and will be gifted not just with its beauty but all of the positive hopes and wishes that have been poured into it. Thanks for playing along with our Pretty Pastels challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. I hope we see you again soon.

  36. Very pretty! Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  37. Beautiful card! I love all the elements to your card. Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at TTPH!


  38. This is so very pretty!!!
    DT Lia Stampz


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