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Friday, January 16, 2015

Thankful for You Friendship Card

Hello, sweet friends! A sparkly welcome to my new friends/followers! I'm delighted you're here. :o) After a bout with a bug, I am back and have a little friendship card to share.

My arm injury remains an issue for most things, but I am grateful to be able to color again without pain! **happy dance** One of my crafty goals this year is to strengthen my Copic work. Coloring makes me happy and I am eager to improve.

Santa gave me purple goodies for Christmas, so I had no choice but to play with my favorite color again. ;) My fear of Copic over-saturation resulted in a lack of proper blending in the clothing, but rather than get negative or frustrated over it I'm just excited to do better next time. I am determined not to lose my joy during any blessed moment of crafting this year!
This sweetheart is Little LuLu by Lissy Bee Stamps, which is Elisabeth Bell's newest stamp adventure! I was blessed to win this from Elisabeth herself at the launch festivities and I was beyond excited to receive this in the mail from her. It felt extra magical. ♥ I love her to bits! I was a little heavy handed with the Glamour Dust accents, if there can be such a thing. ;) LuLu is stamped upon a Spellbinders Labels Four die and layered upon a Gold Labels Four.
I used several other new goodies in my simple little card, all of which I adore. The middle panels are made with the Die-Versions Whispers Butterfly Punch Border, which was a birthday gift from my sweetest friend. ♥ I've been anxious to use it, but had to finish Christmas cards first. :o) I love it so much! I used the die to emboss the purple layer beneath, pushing the butterflies through the openings a bit. Tattered Lace Beloved Borders trim the fluttery panels.

My new flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, including the gorgeous purple carnations and lily. Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes frolic beneath. The sweet butterfly charm tucked within the blossoms is also new, as are the beautiful Maja Design papers. The floral and heart designs are from Ska Vi Ta En Fika, while the scrolling ivy is from Coffee in the Arbour.
The pretty hearts are Cheery Lynn Two of Hearts, which I topped with a pearl heart for triple the love. The sweet sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 3, which I stamped upon a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant. The fluttering border on top of my card is the Joy! Crafts Butterfly Edge, one of my favorite dies ever. It is layered for a slight shadow effect.

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a beautifully blessed day. :o)
Inspiring challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Techniques (Copics, die-cutting, sponged sky with distress ink)
 *Crafty Gals Corner: Sweethearts (Add a heart!)
 *Darnell's NBUS: Use new goodies and support her fabulous blog! (Either brand new or neglected since purchasing.) I have used new papers, image stamp, flowers, metal die, charm, and pearls!
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Dies and/or Punches (I used oodles of dies)
 *The Paper Shelter~ Punches and/or Dies (I used oodles of dies)


  1. Hello Karen. I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I hope you are feeling much better now.
    Your card is stunning. I am pleased that colouring makes you happy because it makes me very happy to see your creations and you have coloured this sweet image soooo beautifully. The papers and details you have added are gorgeous, I especially love the butterfly punch border die and the fluttering butterflies at the top edge.
    Thank you once again for your kind and supportive comments on my blog, you are such a lovely friend.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Sending big hugs, Sue xx

  2. Hi Karen! I'm very sad to hear that you haven't been feeling well, I really do hope that whatever is going on with your arm heals up very soon!!! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! The colouring on your image is fantastic, great job with those clouds, wow!! So many gorgeous embellishment and intricate die cuts, I keep scrolling back up to see it again! What a stunning make my creative friend!! big hugs until next time :)

  3. This is beautiful! I love the color scheme and the sweet little image!
    Thanks for playing along this week with our Sweethearts Challenge at Crafty Gals Corner!
    Crafty Gals Corner - DT Coordinator
    Crafty Gals Corner

  4. I am so sorry to hear you haven't felt well but glad you are not in pain! Hang in there my friend:)
    Your card is absolutely amazing! I love the whimsical feel you always bring to your designs! The image is as sweet as can be and your coloring is spot on!!!!
    The butterfly border is so delicate looking and stunning! The heart and flowers are just more fabulous elements that make this so special!!! Seriously, a beautiful design my friend!
    Have a great day and fun weekend and don't forget to rest that arm!
    Sherrie K

  5. Beautiful card Karen and I'm now your newest follower too, I love your work!! Thank you for following me over at Little Blue Craft Box, it means a lot. Take care and feel better soon xx

  6. Oh WOW this is amazing, what a beautiful card, I love the colours you have gone for they are stunning. Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Love Hazel (Didos) xx

  7. I hope that your arm continues to get better, Karen! And, so happy to hear that you can color again without pain! Your coloring skills are top notch in my book! That is one thing I need to do this year is more copic image coloring. The girl image with dog is just too sweet! I love the exquisite heart dies, flowers, and butterfly charm! Your creations are always a pleasure to see, Karen! And, I thank you very much for your sweet comments on my blog! Take care and have a great weekend, hugs!

  8. Oh my goodness, my sweetest friend, this is one of the most beautiful cards ever!! You don't need to improve your Copic work - it's perfect already!! You brought sweet LuLu to life in color!! Her hair is amazing!! I love the sparkly flower in her head band!! And her little puppy is so sweet!! Never has the butterfly border looked better :) And I adore the butterflies fluttering about on the top of the card, too!! Every single detail of this is stunning!! I have got to get some of that beautiful paper!! Love, love, love this!! You need to enter this at Scrapy've used several dies that SL carries (Die-Versions, Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn). Here's the link:

    I'm so glad you are feeling if your arm would just heal. But if you are able to color without pain, that is a blessing!! Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend!! It's supposed to be 50 here tomorrow!! Heat wave ;) Happy Friday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Oh wow Karen this is again another one of your stunning creations truly beautiful l love it!!..........Stunning image and the embellishments are gorgeous!!

  10. Hi my angelic friend,
    So sorry to hear that you were not feeling better. But Happy to hear that you are feeling much better. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me the huge amount of love. You are always in my prayers and heart. I think you color Perfect! improve? on what?.LOL I absolutely love when you create with purple. I think it is so SWEET! The image is just adorable and I love the butterflies!! I love the detail of he lovely charm. Absolutely beautiful!!!
    Sending you tons of my love, hugs, smiles & prayers...
    Love you with all my heart!
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  11. So glad to hear you are feeling better, I have missed your sweet creations! I am so amazing at your coloring, you certainly don't need to "work on it"! It is simply perfect! Your card is just precious with all of the purple details! The butterfly border is one of my favorite elements on your card! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  12. What a darling card! And thanks for visiting me and following me! I look forward to your future creations and please visit me again! :)

  13. WOW! Amazing! You amaze me all the time with such beautiful projects! I LOVE the beautiful purples... and those flowers add so much... Your coloring looks amazing too! I'm lovin' all the purple dies you used... especially the pretty butterfly border... AWESOME! :) Glad to hear you're feeling better..... sorry that your arm is still giving you trouble.... I hope it continues to heal at record speed so you can enjoy crafting more... :)

  14. Thud! That's me falling out of my chair at the delicate details and breathtaking JOY you have captured in this card, Karen! Not a card, a gift itself! If this is what you do with a bad arm, goodness, I can't even imagine the creativity you would produce with a good arm!! Seriously, I hope you are healed soon and I'm glad that you are comfortably able to color again. (Which coloring looks perfect to me already!)

    I thought the best part of your whole post were these words: "I am determined not to lose my joy during any blessed moment of crafting this year!" I'd love to quote you on my blog sometime. Please email me (address on my profile page) to give me your permission. I just love your SPARKLY positivity! Thank you so much for joining in my NBUS Challenge #3! I hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Amazing, my friend--- the copic coloring looks great. This is one of the prettiest cards ever. Need I say more?
    Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  16. Wow Karen I don't know where to begin to describe the beautify of this creation. From the scrumptious flowers, her cute little friend and the gorgeous clouds in the sky. A true piece of art.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  17. Beautiful Karen, lovely colouring of the adorable image and great details make for a sumptuous card, thanks for playing along at The Paper Shelter Dies and/or punches challenge this week, good luck, hugs, Colette xx

  18. Stunning creation. Beautifully coloured and designed.
    Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Paper Shelter. hugs, Pat K x

  19. Beautiful card. I love the sweet image and all the details you added to this card. There is no such thing as too much Glamour Dust :-) All the sparkle just adds to the beauty of the card.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner. I hope to see you again soon. Good luck!
    Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

  20. I LOVE this pretty, purple, perfectly crafted card! If I could color like you on your worst day I would be doing a happy dance :) This is just wonderful and I love every detail! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better and will keep you in my prayers. Another beautiful design and I can't wait to see what you do next. Hugs and have a happy day :)

  21. Oh so beautiful Karen......the colours are very pretty and I love all the shimmer! I don't think you were heavy handed. Have a great week!

  22. Stunning coloring, details and design. Glad to hear you are feeling better and take care of that arm.

    HUgs diane

  23. First I can't tell you how much joy you bring to me through your work, your words, and your comments! One of them came at one of my lowest points last week and you have no idea how much a difference it made! I was going to email you, but your comment comes as a no reply to blogger.

    Your work and coloring is amazing! I wish you could teach and pass on some coloring skills. Something as a child I never took to, so as an adult crafter it never changed, but I appreciate the beauty others can achieve and a bit jealous too! :-)

    I hope you are feeling better! That is the pits and no fun! I separated my shoulder last year so I know what it's like to have pain! I still need to have surgery!

    Have a blessed day!

  24. Hi, Karen! Your cards really touch my heart - such pretty designing, lovely colors, wonderful coloring and shading, fabulous embellies - This is beyond darling - I did more than "flutter by" today, I spent time to gaze upon everything! Love all your purple goodies. Karen, I don't see anything wrong with the copic coloring - you are truly amazing with the shading and color choices. You said, "I am determined not to lose my joy during any blessed moment of crafting this year!"

    That is also similar to one of my goals about being patient with myself as my "disabilities" increase. I was getting so frustrated - mostly with myself - and then I began relaxing more toward the end of the year, realizing that this is fun, and I only want to experience fun. But it truly is difficult when the pain overwhelms the fun part - so I completely understand.

    Thanks for sharing today! xo

  25. This is absolutely gorgeous. I adore the image and your coloring is fantastic. I love that new paper..OMGoodness I need some. Your dies and flowers are beautiful. What an awesome card! Hugs, Gail

  26. Stunning card, adore the butterfly edging and what a gorgeously coloured image. So much texture and love her hair! TFS

  27. gasp! gorgeous card: design, images, embellishments.... perfect! as is your coloring! amazing! happy to hear you're feeling better :)

  28. This card is beautiful, Karen!! Your coloring is so amazing!! I love the color combo and the butterflies are the top look very cool! I really like the flowers too! Have a great day! :)



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