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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge GD: Shape It Up!

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful day. :o)

I am ecstatic to be a Guest Designer today at Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge! What a thrill. :o) The challenge this month is Shape It Up... no squares or rectangles allowed. :o)

For my shaped card, I made an Autumn snow globe to encourage a battling heart while celebrating the beautiful season. This card is my final contribution to this month's I Feel the Love Project. It will soon be delivered to Hope Ministries, which serves the homeless in central Iowa. I pray that this brings both joy and encouragement to someone going through a difficult time.
Inside, a burst of seasonal warmth awaits, along with an encouraging sentiment from the K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set:
Frolicking amidst nature's splendor is this adorable Elisabeth Bell image, named Li'l Janiel's Harvest. She is colored up in Copics, with a layer of Stickles Star Dust upon her dress and cloak. One of my favorite things about this cutie pie is the story behind her creation. Elisabeth drew this for a DT member who adores fairy tales (among other things!). Li'l Janiel is helping the squirrel family prepare for winter with acorns, and the birdies of the forest are helping her. Mister Frog is keeping a tally of the acorn count with his parchment of paper and peacock feather quill. How sweet is that? The little squirrel on top of her head is simply precious. There is certainly a reason my heart fills with joy every time I color one of Elisabeth's images. :o)

The snow globe cut file is from Bird's Cards. I popped up the top layer with foam tape and backed it with acetate so I could fill it with Autumn's beauty. :o) The abundance of little leaves is from a Recollections punch. For the outer circle perimeter, I used an Inkadinkado leaf stamp to create a swirling border of leaves and colored them in with Copics. 

The three larger leaves on the pinecone base are a cut file that came with my Silhouette, which I embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder. The bow was made with Chocolate Truffle Trendy Twine, purchased at My Craft Spot. A Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish scrolls along the side, adorned with a bit of harvest sparkle. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day of love and blessings. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *All That Stickles~ Fall Harvest (Star Dust on her clothing and the birdies)
 *Created With Love~ Fall Colors
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Woodland Critters (Squirrel, froggie, and birdies)
 *Die Cuttin Divas~ Fall Colors
 *Elphine House Australia~ Simply Cute
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Dies and Punches (Flourish die and leaf punch)
 *Love to Create~ Color Inspired
 *Love to Scrap!~ Run for the Border (I used a leaf stamp to create the circular border of swirling leaves)
 *My Craft Spot~ Photo Inspiration (Leaves)
 *Pile It On~ Warm or Cool Colors

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello, my dear friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely day. :o)

As previously mentioned, for September's I Feel the Love Project we are creating cards for Hope Ministries... a beautiful faith-based ministry that serves the homeless in central Iowa. It has been an honor to dedicate my crafty time to them this month and I hope my contributions bring a smile to the residents.

I had it on my heart to make a bright birthday card for a homeless little girl, despite the fact that bright Copics and I do not generally get along. :o) I hope she likes it.
I knew I wanted to use a sweet treat of some type, and this adorable little image from Elisabeth Bell seemed perfect. While frolicking about picking flowers, our Sweet Tooth happened upon a sparkling path that led her directly to a gumball machine. :o) Rather than create my normal sky and grass background, I opted for this patterned SEI Couture paper that has long been in my stash, waiting for the right opportunity to shine. I could not resist setting her atop a shiny flurry of gumballs. :o)

The beautiful background paper is from Best Creation's Fairy Collection. I love the brightness.. and of course the sparkle. ;) The nesting shapes I used as my base for the image is from the Silhouette Online Store, as part of this Vintage Badges set. My card base shape is from a Lori Whitlock thank you card, also from the SOS. Glittery Core Couture cardstock was used for my middle panel, which is embossed with the Swiss dots folder to resemble gumballs.

I searched out my brightest pink and blue Wild Orchid Crafts roses because you're never too young for celebratory flowers. :o) The hot pink crinkle ribbon is from the lovely Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. Zva Creative flourishes dance with delight and I tucked in a Cheery Lynn Designs heart from their Two of Hearts set.

Lastly, I used my beloved Tiny Tag Metal Dies from My Craft Spot to frame my computer-generated sentiment. I pray that this card will be a reminder of how much the recipient is loved. Although this is for a little girl, I realize it is also for her mom or dad. I can't imagine the emotions as they celebrate their little girl's birthday without a home, far from what they envisioned for their lives, so I hope this also delivers extra love to their hearts. It means everything to be a tiny part of her special day. :o)

A peek inside, where the flurry of gumballs continues!
Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you all a sweet and blessed day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Created with Love~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Creations~ Photo Inspiration
 *Divas by Design~ Anything Goes
 *Love to Scrap!~ Run for the Border (Borders!)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Favorite Technique (Coloring with Copics)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Make It Sparkle 
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Use Something Available at Their Store (Copic markers and Star Dust Stickles)
 *Stamp and Create~ Birthdays

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another Encouragement Card :)

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

I made some crafty time this week and am happy to share my newest card for this month's I Feel the Love Project collection. We are creating for an incredible organization (Hope Ministries) that faithfully serves the homeless in central Iowa. Soon they will have a bushel of homemade cards to give their residents at the appropriate times. It is heartwarming to use our crafty passion for such a purpose.

I think I'm at a record number of consecutive Copic creations! I can't get myself to put away my markers. :o)
This cutie pie is a Wee Stamp, beautifully named Hopeful. The radiance within her lantern instantly made me think of God's love and light... so I filled it up with warmth to deliver His light to the special heart that will receive it. For the sponged sky, I used Broken China instead of my typical Tumbled Glass for a softer backdrop. Star Dust has been sprinkled at various points within the image for extra twinkles of love.

The angled view (which isn't so blurry when viewed at original size) better shows the Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourishes. I placed some roses along the vines to make them the climbing variety.
The encouraging sentiment (from K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings stamp set) is nestled inside:
The lovely papers are from Graphic 45's May Cut-Aparts from their Place in Time collection. I layered my two newest Spellbinders sets, which ended up working together quite nicely! The card base is Timeless Rectangles and the image and sentiment bases are from the Gold Labels 4 set. Kaisercraft lace serves as a soft border and the flowers are my favorite Pink Mist Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. The two butterflies are from a Fiskars punch, centered with a rhinestone. A sprinkle of gems sparkle around the base... and before I mail this, there will be some added to the purple base, as well. I was rushing and forgot them! (Gasp!)

I hope this little card brings comfort and joy to one of the residents. Their rainbow will come. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a sparkly and beautiful day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Portrait of a Woman (Special ladies!)
 *Charisma Cardz~ Fancy Flourishes
 *DL.Art~ Thankful Thursday September Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Flutter By Wednesday~ Butterfly or Fairy
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Pile it On~ All That Flickers
 *Sweet Stamps~ Butterflies

Monday, September 2, 2013

Encouragement Card

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely day. :o)

After a tiny break from crafting due to life, I'm happy to be back with a card! A new collection for the I Feel the Love Project began yesterday and the cause is beautiful as ever. This month we are creating for Hope Ministries, a faith-based ministry that has been serving the homeless since 1915. They reach out to the unsheltered and displaced by offering food, clothing, shelter, and support through emergency and long-term recovery services. We have the honor of making unsigned birthday, encouragement, friendship, and blank cards for their residents. It is a privilege to deliver a little love and sunshine to those who are struggling so mightily.

Praying for You:
The colorful interior, filled with beautiful hues and flourishes:

This precious little fairie is Carrie Swan Princess, from Elisabeth Bell's Elphine House Australia line. She was given to me by a dear friend, which made it all the sweeter to color with my Copics. Carrie's wings are covered in Glamour Dust for maximum sparkle. :o) I've adored this stamp for such a long time for its sweet, dreamy, magical aura... she and her swan friend seemed like the perfect vessels to deliver my and God's love to a homeless resident receiving help through Hope Ministries.

Instead of placing her atop a nestie, I used a Spellbinders Classic Oval to create a frame with my Floral Ovals. It is popped up with foam tape, nestling our fairie princess within a fancy white cloud. The interior ring is trimmed in Glamour Dust, while the outer is sprinkled with rhinestones. The Pink Mist Wild Orchid Crafts Roses aren't merely flowers to adorn the frame, but rather pink marshmallow clouds to surround the recipient in extra sweetness. :o) They are covered in a hefty dose of Shimmer Spritz.

A Memory Box Whimsy Circle peeks out from above, which is also accented in gems. The May Arts ribbon bow is topped with my sentiment, secured with a sparkle (naturally). The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2 and is cut out with the coordinating metal dies.

The gorgeous papers are from Kaisercraft's Enchanted Garden, which I specifically bought for this stamp. I don't generally do that, but I wanted her to have something special. The moment I saw these, I knew they were an ideal match. Whimsical, sparkly, and perfectly magical. 

Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a joyful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *A Gem of a Challenge~ Use Two backing Papers
 *Card Mania~ Ribbon
 *Craft Your Passion~ Fairies
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration (I chose pink, blue, and flowers)
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Things with Wings
 *Lady Anne's~ Must have Wings
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Colors of Summer (I went with a dreamy summertime sunset of pinks, purples, and blues)

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