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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Birthday Card

Happy Wednesday, my crafty friends! I hope you're having a great week. Thank you for the sweet and loving comments on my last post. You make my heart sparkle brighter than a Christmas tree! :o)

Tomorrow is the birthday of a sweet family member! I am so excited for the celebration. :o) I decided upon a shape card for the festive occasion.
I have longed to make a gift-shaped card, as they're just so adorable. The gift cut is from Art Philosophy, of which I welded two together with my Gypsy for the base. Since the greatest gift is love, I went with a heart theme... and I like to think of all the brown as a nod to celebratory chocolate. ;) The 'wrapping paper' for the base is one of my favorites from SEI's With All My Heart collection. The brown polka-dot paper is from First Edition's Love Letters.. for some reason, I always love dots for birthday cards. Maybe because I liken it to confetti! :o)

A bit difficult to see in the picture is the sparkly trail of amber rhinestones "hanging" from the puffy, gold-rimmed ribbon bow. It leads to one of my favorite Spellbinders, the Nested Heart. Since this is all about giving the gift of love, a fancy heart needed to be the focal point. :o) The embossed areas (and all paper edges) are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the Whimsical Designs sentiment is from Stephanie's Everyday Sentiments stamp set. The dark brown ribbon section of the gift cut is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder to coordinate with the polka-dot papers.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the interior. :( It has a dark brown Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square, which pairs nicely with the filigree embossing on the Nested Heart. A vintage cream square sits atop it, where my sappy message will be written. I hope it brings a smile to the beautiful heart we will soon be celebrating! :o)

Challenges entered:
 ** Craft Your Passion~ Anything Goes
 ** Crafty Ribbons~ Seeing Spots and Dots
 ** DL.ART~ Happy Birthday Blog Hop challenge
 ** Fun Friday~ Birthday
 ** Krafty Girls~ Get in Shape
 ** Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 ** Papertake Weekly~ Anything Goes
 ** Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Bling and Ribbon
 ** Tuesday Alchemy~ Bingo! (Pearls/Bling-Free-Dies/Punches)

Thank you for twirling on by! I wish you a day that sparkles with love and cupcakes. :o)


  1. this is very pretty great birthday card.

  2. Wow Karen this is a precious birthday card... love the papers, the blings. distressing, the big ribbon just the whole detailing is fantastic.... I'm sure the recipient will be so joyful to receive this from you...
    TFS - and enjoy your crafty day!

  3. Hello Karen. WOW!! This is such a beautifully designed card. I love every single detail, the fabulous shape, the gorgeous papers, the embossing, the decorative heart and last but by no means least that fabulous bow. I can see how much love you have put into making such a special card and I'm sure the lucky recipient will know too.
    Thank you Karen for your kind comments on my recent cards, it really means so much to me and helps my confidence so much ( something I am sadly lacking in)

    Hugs Sue

  4. Oh wow, my sweet friend, this is gorgeous!! What a beautiful card!! I love the unique shape and the papers are stunning!! Eek, I don't own that Spellbinders Nested Hearts but now I must have it (you enabler!!) Everything about this is amazing and fabulous!! Whoever gets it will treasure it (and happy birthday to them!!) I hope you are having a wonderful, happy day my dear friend!! Wednesday hugs :) Oops, I almost forgot...thank you for linking up at Krafty Girls!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. What an awesome birthday card! Anyone would be lucky to get this!! I love the colors! Reminds me of an ice cream sundae!!

    Thanks so much for joining us this week on Tuesday Alchemy!

    Loves Happy Hour

    Tuesday Alchemy.

  6. Oooh...What a gorgeous card! Love the colors and beautiful details! Thanks for joining us over at Tuesday Alchemy this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine!

  7. wow what a classy shaped birthday card! So chic so elegant thank you so very much for joining the LSP challenge this week. Karen

  8. This is beautiful!!!I just love the heart in the middle. I don't have too many spellbinder dies, but that is so impressive against the papers you used, and I love your Bow,Super card. I love it
    Thanks for joining my DL.ART Happy Birthday Diana Blog hop
    DIANA L.

  9. This Birthday card is AWESOME!!!!!Fabulous!!!

  10. How beautiful this is--each detail from the heart hanging to the gorgeous ribbon is stunning!

  11. Fabulous shaped card .Love all the embellishing too .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  12. This is stunning. Love that tag. So happy I saw it on MIM

  13. Lovely birthday card. Love the layout and the embellishments.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Craft Your Passion this week.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Craft Your Passion
    August Guest Design Team Member

  14. Saw you card on MIM - don't you just love the Art Philosophy cart. I adore your card its awesome. TFS

  15. Such a wonderful birthday card full of sweet details. Love the shape, the papers, the bling, the everything. Great design. Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Craft Your Passion. I'm glad I got to visit with you.

  16. Karen this is so beautiful.. Every little detail is just perfect. I love that spellbinder's heart die ( I went looking for it but it has been discontinued,..:-(
    You are such an inspiration. I hope you are doing well my friend..
    Hugs from Ukiah

  17. This is amazing! I love all the little hearts and all the detail that you put into this card. Thanks so much for joining us at Krafty Girls!

    Krafty Girls DT

  18. Oh my goodness, Karen! This card is so cute! I love the embossing and the big bow looks great! I really like the heart paper too! :)


  19. Karen, this card is gorgeous!!! I love reading your post, you are funny and very descriptive! Loveeeeeee it

  20. Beautiful card; beautiful bow. Thanks for sharing at Little Scrap Pieces.

  21. I love shaped cards and yours is so pretty!

    Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!
    Hugs Katya x

    P.S I am having a blog giveaway at my personal blog, you are very welcome to join

  22. What a wonderful design.Love the papers and the whole card is embellished so beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  23. What a GORGEOUS design Karen!! The papers are so fun and I am gonna have to check out that Spellbinders die-Nested hearts-looks like I may have to get that one-love the look of it and the way you put everything together:) Nicely done my friend! Have a super wknd!
    Sherri K

  24. Karen another beautiful card! It is so pretty, and I adore the story behind the design. As always your thought process blesses me, I feel so lucky to have such a beautiful lady in my life.

    Hugs and much love, Pam

  25. Beautiful card Karen!! I can always pick out your cards on MIM - they just stand out to me!! Saw this on MIM. I wonder if it can be made without a gypsy? I have thought about trying to do this; but wasn't sure how to do it. Gorgeous colors too. Check out my creations at 125 and 219. Thanks. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Gloria

  26. Beautiful card! Love the shaped cards. I will have to try this one. I am liking the die cuts more everytime I see a great project. Thanks for sharing inspiration.

    Have a great weekend!
    Dee B

  27. *tosses endless sparklie birthday confetti all over you and your entire sweetest family* WHEEEEEEEE!!! OMJ!!! I LOVE THIS CARD!!! *hugglers it forever*

    Gosh sis. I just can't get enough of the gorgeous paper and designs you included in this masterpiece! GASP! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo crazy gorgeous!!! *squishers them all* And OMJ! Do you know how much I loveeeeee that bow?! *faints* It is just SUCH a gorgeous ribbon. *drools*

    *races over to celebrate with you non-stop* AHHHHHHH!!! Let's par-tay!!!!!!!! *sends all the love my heart can hold today*

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. Did you know that you make all of our hearts sparkle brighter than the brightest Christmas tree EVER?! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

    *forever sparkling confetti squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  28. How pretty! I think that heart was a perfect choice. Good luck with all the challenges.

    Carson's Creations

  29. Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  30. Very cute. I love it! Thanks for playing with us over at Krafty Girls!

  31. I love everything you have done with this present-shaped card! Great job incorporating so many techniques for Bingo at Tuesday Alchemy this week!


  32. Great card, fabulous colours. Thanks for sharing it with us in our Spots and Dots challenge at Crafty Ribbons this time.
    Dawn xx

  33. Karen,I am so sorry to be so far behind with my visits!
    Love this beautiful shaped card.Very elegant.
    Jayne x

  34. I could not find this on the website for either Hallmark or American Greetings cards, nor at a Hallmark store I visited. So could you please verify the publisher of the card, provide an identification number or similar for the card, and also possibly some ordering information.
    plastic vip cards


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