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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Joy, Hope, and Peace

Hello, sweet friends! I'm sharing some Christmas cheer on the My Craft Spot blog today. :o)

One of the sweetest ways to deliver festive love is with the new Tiny Tags Christmas stamp set! Tiny Tags are innately adorable and I appreciate that Kimberly included both whimsical and divine sentiments for the season.
As many of you know, most of my projects are donated to a beautiful non-profit to bring sparkly love to those in need of extra love and sunshine. The I Feel the Love Project always dedicates our Christmas collections to children (and their parents) who will be spending the holiday in the hospital. This year our love will be sent to a children's hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and this is my newest card for them. Since they cannot be home, I made a decorated house scene to warm their hearts.
The banner is truly the most important part of the card. This is my Tiny Tag version of the prayer flag project! (I am eager to sew an actual one... hopefully soon'ish.) Are you familiar with it? Essentially you create a banner for a particular cause/prayer and hang it outside. As it flutters in the breeze, the prayers of our heart are sent upward to our faithful God. My goal is to create one per month next year for 12 people/organizations in need... it would be such a joy to mail it to them after they've fluttered for a while, as a reminder to them that they are never alone.

For my card, I chose two of my favorite sentiments from this set to encourage the recipients to grow ever closer to the One who can heal the precious child. They are cut out with the coordinating Tiny Tags metal dies and strung with Cherry Red traditional twine.
The exterior of my Impression Obsession Brick House is decorated with rhinestones as Christmas lights and the windows are backed with festive scenes. Naturally my sweet little house is overflowing with love, evidenced by the heart-shaped puffs of smoke from the chimney. ♥︎ The sweet pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The fancy snow drift was made with Marianne Design's Fancy Edge with Lattice die. My card base is made with Cheery Lynn Designs' Horizon Square Boutique Stacker dies and my snowflake background paper is from Papermania's Bellissima Christmas collection. The frolicking deer are from the Memory Box Deer Trio set.

An angled view to better show the embossed house:
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: RAK!)
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes (Optional: Faith Based)
 *Creative Card Crew~ Christmas Joy
 *Jingle Belles~ The Great Outdoors
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Celebrate Kindness (This is made for a non-profit to deliver love to sick children and their families)
 *Party Time Tuesdays~ Anything Goes
 *SweetStamps~ Lovely Layers
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Use a Punch or Die
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment

32 comments:

  1. I am in love with this card. Especially the rhinestones for Christmas lights on the house. Perfect!
    Linda

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  2. This is truly stunning Karen, made with so much and amazing attention to detail. Your banner made with the tiny tags is so special. I love the way you have decorated the house, the deer are so cute and the card base shape is wonderful too.
    I hope you are having a good week, my kind and talented friend.
    hugs Sue xx

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  3. Like the house. Was looking for a link to click on to find out where to get the die to make the house but could not find so I'm going to google it.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. Beautiful scene card Karen... Love all the details you incorporated to it... The dies are just fantastic love those festive rhinestones.... Pretty pretty!

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  5. So beautiful is your card Karen and gorgeous dies and details upon your card..... your really one stunning crafter ....so inspiring too!

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  6. Hi Karen! Oh my... this is simply lovely! I LOVE how you add such amazing details to each of your projects and the love you put into them as well... The house looks wonderful with the sequins looking like shimmery Christmas lights.... The banner is so pretty along with the snow drift.... You can tell how much love you pour into each & every one of your cards and I so enjoy seeing them! :)

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  7. Hi Karen! I love your cardmaking style! So stylish, neat and beautiful! Gorgeous card! xx

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  8. My sweetest friend, this is simply fabulous!! I love the heartwarming, beautiful scene you've created!! The brick house is amazing!! How festive that you decorated it with Christmas "lights"!! The snow drift with the deer is gorgeous!! And the banner is awesome!! I love every beautiful detail you've added to this, from the heart puffs of smoke to the tree in the window!! It is stunning!! It will bring such joy to the recipient!! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday my dear friend!! Huge hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  9. What a stunning scene you created on your card! I just love the beautiful house with the bricks. The deer on the snowy hills is just perfect. The intricate details are all so gorgeous and your banner is amazing!

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  10. Wow~Karen, this is GORGEOUS!!! The beautiful card base is so pretty! I love the amazing scene you have created! The brick house is so adorable and look at those pretty little details! The rhinestones are fabulous! The snowing hill and the deer....perfect touches to your card! The banner is incredible and the sentiments couldn't be more perfect! Just outstanding my friend!
    Sherrie K

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  11. Another stunning creation, Karen! What a pretty wintery scene with house, reindeer, and sweet banner! Love the snow hill, gorgeous house with hearts coming out of the chimney, and fabulous dies you used, too...love it all...great job as always!!!:-)

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  12. What a wonderful wintry scene ... love the tree in the window ... so glad you joined us in the great outdoors at Jingle Belles.

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  13. LOVE!!! - Wise Men Seek Him :) Great sentiment. We love all your Christmas cards. They are all so different and so beautiful. Your never ending talent is fabulous!! Thanks for everything you do Karen! We love you.
    ~Madison and Cindy

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  14. Ah this is so sweet, what a pretty card, Thanks for sharing with us on MAWTT this week, Love Hazel (Didos) xx

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  15. This is such a stunner Karen. Gorgeous card shape and awesome layout. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Through the Craft Room Door.
    Hugs
    Cathy DT Member
    xxxxx

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  16. Beautiful card. Love your Marianne die so much I ordered one. :)

    Thanks for joining us over at TTPH

    Dt Pam

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  17. Awesome card for a great cause. I have added that darling house to my wish list.

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  18. OMG what a fabulous and creative design! LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at 613 Avenue Create! We hope you’ll come join us again real soon! Great job!
    Darlene
    613 Avenue Create DT
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  19. This is an absolutely wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your lovely paper crafting with us at Word Art Wednesday.
    Blessings,
    Carole Robb Bisson

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  20. Such a wonderful post my friend! I am stunned with the fancy snow drift...BEAUTIFUL!!! The deer is Adorable. The pearled hearts over the chimney is something that I have never seen before....That is a very special and Beautiful detail my friend! I am AMAZED!! I have a banner die from MCS and I am going to try to make one on my card. I think your banner is GORGEOUS!! I love what you said about the banner I have to share it with my sister. Your cards are always as BEAUTIFUL as you!!!
    I enjoyed reading his post and left me thinking about the banner...something new to me.
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs & smiles and extra LOVE
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  21. Karen, this is stunning! I love the house, it's emossing and using the gems as the Christmas lights! Fabulous die cuts and what a wonderful banner. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. Holy cow Karen, you really know how to make an amazing Christmas scene on a card! I was just sucked right into a wonderful Christmas movie scene, where the snow is perfectly white and always shimmery, where it's snowing but it's never cold, and where all the animals can talk and sing! What a wonderful card, I just LOVE IT!! big hugs :)

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  23. Great card, thanks for sharing with us at Creative Card Crew with our Christmas Joy challenge hugs Tania (DT)xx

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  24. Beautiful card! I love the punched edge of it and what a great Christmas card.Thanks for joining us at TTPHC this week. Anita DT

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  25. Oh wow karen your sparkling house is gorgeous ...I love the pearly hearts you added too
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  26. I love your snowy Christmas scene- and what a fab idea to share your cards with the Childrens Hospital! Love all of the dies you put together, loving the sentiments on the tags too. The die you used as the background is just beautiful! Thanks for joining us for the Sweet Stamps Layers challenge.

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  27. This is beautiful, Karen. Everything you make is always gorgeous, and I am blessed to have you share your art in our challenges. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again real soon!
    Blessings,
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

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  28. Wow, this is stunning. Love it.

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  29. oh my gosh! i already LOVED this card just for it's beauty and cleverness, but knowing the cause who will receive it AND the idea of creating real life prayer flags, makes it even more awesome! thank you for explaining how significant each bit actually is! so happy you could join us JINGLE BELLES in "the great outdoors"! ♥♥♥

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  30. This is such a cute card, Karen!! The banner in the corner is the perfect touch and I love how you added the bling for the lights on the house!! The base of the card is beautiful and I love the little heart pearls coming out of the chimney! So adorable!! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  31. Eeeeek! I am squealing over those heart shaped puffs of smoke! I just love this so much.How in the world did you get those rhinestones to line up so perfectly on the adorable rooftop. This is so darling and elegant at the same time. I love it Karen!

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