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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Pocket Cards

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend! :o)

A quick post today to share my new cards as part of my contribution to this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are creating Christmas cards for severely ill children who will be spending the holiday at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. Crafting while rushed can be a challenge, so I am thankful for the fantastic sketch at My Craft Spot that jump started these creations!
Both sentiments are from My Craft Spot's Stampin' Around Christmas set, cut out with the coordinating Tiny Doilies metal dies. I adore this set! Bella Blvd buttons adorn the train wheels and each pocket contains two Peachy Keen Stamps gingerbread cookies for the kiddos to play with. They are cut out with the matching cut file and heat-embossed to make the icing more realistic. The bows on the train and penguin are made with Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine, purchased at My Craft Spot. The sweet pom trim is from Jo-Anns.
The purple papers are from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet, while the textural green snowflake train car is from Best Creation Merry Christmas

The papers for the second card are from My Mind's Eye Merry collection. The steam from Santa's Express is made from heart rhinestones because it's driven by love. :o)
A peek inside, plus a look at the full gingerbread sweethearts! Rather than stamp the hearts that came with it, I used stitched heart buttons from Little Yellow Bicycle's Love Potion set.
All of my love and prayers are tucked inside for these precious children to receive the healing they need. :o)

Thank you for visiting! I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Create Your Own Challenge; I used several!)
 *Charisma Cardz~ Christmas
 *Craft Your Passion~ Buttons Galore (flower buttons on wheels, tree button on train, heart buttons on gingerbread sweethearts)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Frosted Designs~ 11 Item Challenge (I used paper layering, circles, and buttons)
 *My Craft Spot~ Sketch
 *Sparkles~ Animals
 *Winter Wonderland~ Photo Inspiration (Santa)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Cutie!

Hello, my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely week. Time is flying, but I'm trying my hardest to squeeze in more Christmas cards for sick kiddos.

As previously mentioned, this month's I Feel the Love Project mission is to create Christmas cards for kids who will be spending the holiday at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. Since severe sickness won't allow them to be home for Christmas, we are delivering festive cheer to them. :o)
The cutie pie sitting on the ornament is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. Rather than use the given facial features, I used my favorite Peachy Keen Stamps face, which is from the In The Garden Face Assortment collection. Her headband is made of rhinestones for extra festivity and since she's such a sweetheart, she's wearing a dress that is patterned with candy canes, cookies, and candy. :o) Her hair is embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder for curly texture.

The Christmas tree file was cut out using one of my favorite papers! I thought it would look cute, like the tree is decorated in ribbon and candy canes. :o) I fussy cut candy canes from the paper scraps and adhered them atop each other to be complete and stand out a little more. The Christmas light border is for pure whimsy and is covered in a few shades of Stickles.

The sparkling red bottom is embossed, but is completely washed out in this photograph and not as obvious as I had intended anyway. Lesson learned! But in the right light, you can see the cute ornaments from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set I used. You can see it a little here, if you look *really* closely. ;) Kaisercraft lace divides the base papers.
I made a little window with the My Craft Spot Ornate Labels metal dies and stamped the outline with the coordinating Ornate Labels-Christmas stamp set. The Christmas-decorated neighborhood paper is a favorite from my stash. The gorgeous papers for the tree, dress, and ornament are from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet

I pray that this little card will brighten the holiday of a sweet child battling for their life. It is created in love and hope! :o) Thank you for visiting! I wish you a blessed and beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Peace)
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Not Square
 *Created With Love~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Creations~ Sparkle and Shine
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch At A Time~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Sparkle
 *The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog~ Little Cuties

Monday, November 11, 2013

Guest Designer for Love to Create!

Happy Monday, my sparkly friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to the week. :o)

I am ecstatic to be this week's Guest Designer at one of my favorite challenges: Love to Create! Thank you for the opportunity, Jackie! It is an honor. :o)

The theme for Challenge #91 is Thanksgiving or Thanks and there are two marvelous sponsors: Beccy's Place and Sassy Studio Designs. I chose to showcase Beccy's Hydrangea digital stamp, which I completely fell in love with.
This Thanksgiving card was originally planned for my incredible dad, but he inspired me to include it in my contributions for the I Feel the Love Project Thanksgiving collection. He has always been selfless and this is an example of his influence in my life... he continually puts everyone above himself. So instead, this card is on the way to a wonderful resident of a senior care center. :o)

With my Copics, I colored Beccy's gorgeous hydrangea in Autumn's splendor. The red and orange petals are centered in bright sunshiny love and tiny rhinestones are nestled within the yellow sunbursts. The green leaves are covered in Star Dust because... well, you never really need a reason to add extra sparkle. ;)

My base was created with Spellbinders Gold Labels Four, with each layer cut from DCWV's Pumpkin Patch stack. A Zva Creative flourish adds a touch of sparkly whimsy, as does the Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly that has been coated in Shimmer Spritz. The sentiment is from K Andrews Designs Scripture Sayings set, which I stamped in Rich Cocoa. I hope it is loved by the recipient. :o)

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

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Holiday Thanks)
 *Cut It Up~ Thanksgiving
 *Divas By Design~ Use a Digi
 *Love to Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *One Stitch at a Time~ Holidays
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Pile It On~ Show Us Your Tools (Die-cutting, Copics)
 *Stampin' for the Weekend~ Autumn Colors
 *SweetStamps~ Nature

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Polar Bear Christmas!

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

This month, the I Feel the Love Project is collecting cards for children spending Christmas at Flowers Hospital in Alabama. A previous beloved recipient of IFTL, Trinitie, receives some of her treatments there as she continues to battle brain cancer... and it is in her honor that we are spreading holiday cheer at that location. :o) I am delighted to be sending them love this Christmas!
When these sweet sledding polar bears appeared in the Silhouette Online Store a month ago, I didn't hesitate to buy them. I had a hunch we would be crafting for kids for Christmas again this year, so these cutie pies have been patiently waiting. I embossed the snow with the Swiss Dots folder for texture and added a festive twine bow (Christmas Candy Cane from My Craft Spot) to the girl bear. I put them on an action wobble for extra kiddo fun! They look adorable as they wobble in their snowy sled. :o)

The bears are upon a Spellbinders Classic Circle, which is atop a sparkling Picot Edge Circle. The rhinestone-accented swirl is the Fancy Flourish from My Favorite Things. I wanted it to look like they are zooming something fierce. ;)

The sweet sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Stampin' Around Christmas stamp set, which I cut out (and layered) with the coordinating metal dies. Star Dust surrounds a few of the papers for wintry delight. The smattering of snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which I covered in Glamour Dust. (I apologize that they aren't very visible in this photograph due to the light paper they're fluttering across.)

The polar bear paper is from Memory Box, while all of the other papers are My Mind's Eye. The pom trim is from American Crafts.

The swirling candy interior:
The sentiment is from Peachy Keen, to which I added a tiny snowflake from the My Craft Spot Stampin' Around Christmas set. I hope this whimsical little card warms the heart of the precious child who receives it. :o)

Thank you for sledding on by! Have a beautiful day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Christmas Cards All Year 'Round~ Winter Wonderland
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Animal Magic
 *Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 *Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Winter Holiday plus Ribbon/Trim (I used pom trim)
 *Sparkles Christmas Challenge~ Have a Beary Christmas
 *The Paper Girls~ Cut It Out (I used 5 metal dies and my Silhouette)
 *The Squirrel and the Fox~ Animal Antics
 *Winter Wonderland~ For a Child

Monday, November 4, 2013

Snowy Christmas

Hello, my sweet friends! I hope your November is off to a sparkly start! :o)

I have a wintry Christmas card to share with you today, which combines some newer goodies with some of my favorites from last season. :o)
I remain thoroughly enamored with heat-embossing! The tree is a Recollections stamp, which I heat-embossed with white embossing powder to make it snowy. I didn't want a purely white and blue Christmas card, so I added red and green rhinestones for a pop of Christmas cheer. :o)
The gorgeous die along the bottom is one of my new Marianne Design dies, called Anja Edge (LR0202). The beautiful embossing on it is a little washed out in these pictures, but the angled shot below shows it better. This shape is not only lovely, but also versatile. I couldn't resist using it as a fancy snowdrift for this card. :o)
Along the top is a Memory Box Frostyville border. Both borders are popped up with foam tape for dimension and accented with three sizes of pearls for a touch of elegance. The four snowflakes I added to the K and Company paper are from Cheery Lynn Designs, which I covered in Glamour Dust.

The reindeer is from the Spellbinders Fanciful Holiday set, which I cut out with Memory Box brown snowflake paper since he's frolicking through a winter wonderland. :o) I attached a jingly bell with Christmas twine from My Craft Spot so he can jingle all the way. ;)

My sentiment resides inside, which is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set. This will be from me and my sweetheart, so I love that Kimberly included one with 'we.' :o) It rests atop a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square.
Thank you for fluttering on by! I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *ABC Christmas Challenge~ V is for Vixen (Use a reindeer)
 *Allsorts~ Christmas Cheer
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Dimension)
 *Christmas Cards All Year 'Round~ Winter Wonderland
 *Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party~ Anything Goes
 *Craftitude~ Anything Goes/ Use Twine or String
 *Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge~ Bling it Up
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes

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