Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A gift box & My Dear Christian Friend, Karen

Welcome Bloggers!

I just had to share with you this lovely gift box I received in the mail this week from my dear friend & sister in Christ Karen. Look at all of these lovely elements to use on cards, tags, and projects - old music sheets, lace, buttons,doilies, laces, so many items - and that antique cigar box in the back is stuffed full of items as well [but no cigars! LOL]- in addition Karen blessed me with a "frog" to hold my card for a photo shot. Something I have been wanting for a very long time.

Look at this antique frog - it is just lovely!

A mere thank you seems inadequate for this lovely gift box of items,Karen. I am so appreciative and thankful for your generous gift to me and very blessed to call you Friend. Karen, you had some wonderful finds on your vacation and I am in awe of the selection you have mailed to me. Thank you so much!!

 Karen and I have grown close in our relationship over the Internet and the thread that binds is our Savior Jesus Christ who would rather have died on the cross then to ever live without us. Thank you Jesus for loving us that much that you laid down your life not only for Karen and I, but for all mankind who will believe and accept you as Savior and save us from the wrath to come.

My card creation today is in honor of my Dear Friend Karen. I will be entering this card at The Kraft Journal in which the Theme is "Copy your Favorite Designer."  Not only is Karen my dear friend, but one of my favorite designers - I am totally amazed at her lovely work and I have selected a card posted on her webpage that I will lift and copy.  Here is her card creation:

 Doesn't she do lovely work! This is a beautiful card. To see more of her work please visit her blog by clicking HERE

Here is my creation:

2nd Photo shot - the green designer paper shows up better here.

Kraft Cardstock for base of card
Scraps of various Designer papers
Lace - compliments of Karen
Ribbon and Rose - I won at My Little Scrap Pieces - thank you
2 Green Skittles
Sentiment - Clear Dollar Stamps
Memento Black Ink

Karen also has a blog challenge Word Art Wednesday. You may upload 5 family friend creations with a sentiment and enter as many other challenges as you wish. I try never to miss uploading to her challenge each week. She has fantastic sponsors and there is usually more than one week each week. If you have not visited her challenge blog I encourage you to hop on over!

Karen - here is my scripture for you today my dear friend,
Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, her friend can help her up...

Thank you for stopping by - I wish above all else that you be in good health and prosper ~ 
have a blessed day!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
August 29 Sister Act Card Challenge Anything Goes UE
August 30 A Gem of a Challenge Anything with a B - Brown Kraft Cardstock - Bow - Banners UE C/P
August 31 DL Art Thankful Thursday c/p Anything Goes UE C/P
August 31 Just B Creative Linky Party UE C/P

August 31 Pile it On Designer Paper UE 
August 31 Robyn's Fetish Rectangle cards 3E #2

Sept 1 The Kraft Journal Copy Favorite Designer 2E #1

Sept 1 Simon Says Monday Challenge Dotty - Dots on the Green banner 5E #3
Sept 2 Love Rubber Stamp Chat - Favorite Colors Combinations - Green and Pink UE
Sept 2 Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes 3E #2
Sept 2 Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes 2E #2
Sept 3 Penny's Paper Craft Challenge - Choose 3 items Embellishments from the list on blog: Ribbon, Lace, Gems 3E #1

Sept 3 Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes 5E #2
Sept 3 Divas by Design Lovely Lace 2E #1
Sept 3 Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes with Sentiment 5E #2 c/p
Sept 7 Creative Inspiration Paint Anything Goes UE C/P

Sept 12 Whimsical Designs Something Old/Something New - Lace is Old and the Ribbon bow is new 1E


  1. Very nice card, love your choice of papers.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.
    Laurence DT

  2. How exciting to see you already using some of your new goodies. The floral frog looks great in your photo, and you are SO kind to say such nice things about me. But all the glory goes to God who has blessed abundantly. I am so grateful for your friendship, and I thank you for sharing at The Kraft Journal and Word Art Wednesday. It blesses me to have you share your sweet cards at both challenges each week.
    You are a treasure to me, and I thank God for YOU!

    1. There are so many items it is hard to decide what to use first - I will probably be copying you a lot! LOL Oh - I am a lifter for sure! Everything I said is TRUE about you Karen - you are a GEM - Apple's of Gold - enjoy your week my crafting buddy! Love Ya - Gail

  3. Karen is definitely a gem! What a lovely tribute to her! {{hugs}}

    1. She certainly is! A blessing to so many people - and I love her Word Art Wednesday Challenge - I have to say - she is the one that reached out to me first - I am so blessed! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lovely card gail, love the papers and the bow!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!

  5. WOW! You really made a wonderful card following Karen's design! She is such a wonderfully uplifting lady! Every time she stops by my blog I smile at the comments she leaves. Enjoy your goodies :)

  6. Great job on your card and Karen's is awesome also I always love seeing her work and I always love reading her uplifting sweet comments. You are truly blessed.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes August Linky Party. Have a great day
    DIANA L.

  7. Like the popular banner look on your card. Wonderful embellishments.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  8. Beautiful card love the banners
    Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
    CI design team member
    DIANA L.

  9. What a beautiful card! Karen is such a very talented crafter and I am so glad I have the honor to design with her! Love your take on her card!!
    Thanks for sharing and linking this up over at The Kraft Journal for our Copy your Favorite Designer Challenge!

  10. Such a pretty card and great take on Karen's card! Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays. Hope to see you next week.

  11. You cased this card so beautifully! Lovely layout. Thank you for joining our 'Designer Paper' challenge at Pile It On Challenge and please come back next week.

  12. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  13. Great card - love the layout you've used. Enjoy all your goodies!

    Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

    Helen x

  14. What a stunning card! I adore the ribbon and the patterned paper you chose for the banners. Your card and your post were so positive and I'm glad that I was able to stop by. We surely do appreciate you sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.

  15. Wow, that is so beautiful. Love the colors and the great design! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  16. Gorgeous card Gail, so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    hugs Mandy xx

  17. What a beautiful card and an even more beautiful story of friendship!! What an amazing surprise package to receive as well! Love your take on Karen's card - they are both so pretty!Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! We hope that you will play along with us again soon!

  18. You did a wonderful job on the lift. I love the combination of colours and how they pop from the background card. Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge :)

  19. Great Card! Thanks for joining in at Whimsical designs :)

  20. Beautiful card, love all the decorating ribbon you used. Thank you for joining us at DIY Kits Challenge. Hope to see you next week.




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