Thursday, August 9, 2012

Babies, Butterflies and Blessings

Today is just one of those days when I woke up counting my blessings.  I had a really bad "Charlie Horse" or cramp in my right leg in the wee hours of the morning.  It woke me from my sleep, and it hurt pretty bad.  I called out to God for relief, and. . . wouldn't you just know it?  GOD IS SO GOOD.  It went away, and I was able to go back to sleep for a bit.  Sometimes that's what it takes to get our attention, and put us in the right frame of mind; becoming more grateful for all the blessings in our lives.  God has blessed me, and give Him ALL THE GLORY.

I've been busy crafting this week, and wanted to make this post before I start what's turning out to be a very busy day.  I have a nail appointment, a doctor's appointment, an errand with my daughter, and a Birthday Party to attend this evening.  Lots to get done today.  But first, I wanted to share a couple of quick cards.

First, this little card I made is TOTALLY inspired by the sweet and talented Melissa Phillips of Lily Bean Paperie who is part of the Design Team at Simple Stories (among her many other roles).  She gets ALL the credit on the creative end for this one.  I just love this sweet baby line from Simple Stories.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ and also at Simon Says Stamp - both of which you can find here:

http://www.stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2012/08/challenge-151-i-peter-22-3.html - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog - Challenge #151 - Babies/Pastels

http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/08/simon-says-lets-play-bingo.html - Simon Says Stamp - Let's Play Bingo - My Bingo is Buttons, Lace and Blooms.  The "blooms" or flowers are very soft pastel and don't show up real well, but they are there on the tree with the pearl accents in the middle of each one.

Next is a little card I made while I was at my best friend's house in Minnesota last month.  Patti Lyn and I made oodles of cards.  This is just one of them, and I used the adorable Pretty Party line from Crate Paper.  I know it's hard to tell, but one of my butterflies is chipboard, and the other one is made from layers of an old dress pattern.


I will be using this one today for the Birthday Party we're attending later.  The Birthday Girl LOVES flowers and butterflies, so this one is for Olivia.

http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/simple-salutations-challenge-6-08-08-12 - Mark's Finest Papers on Speedy TV - Wednesday's Simple Salutations Challenge #6 - Butterflies

http://digidoodleshopsbest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/challenge-120-things-with-wings.html - Digi Doodles Shop Challenge #120 - Things With Wings (butterflies)

http://foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/fortnightly-challenge-no42.html - Forever Friends Challenge Blog - Fortnightly Challenge #42 - Something New (My new items are all the Pretty Party line goodies by Crate Paper that I used to make this card)

Sorry this is such a short little post, but as I said. . . . .I have SO much to do today.  I hope to make another post tonight or in the morning.  So much to do, so little time.  I encourage you all to take time today to thank God for all the blessings in your life.  He is just SO WONDERFUL.

My Cup Runneth Over,

Karen

31 comments:

  1. Karen, you certainly sound as if you need a full tank to get all those chores done! That's what we always say in our home...we need to top up our tanks with the Lord (prayer!) first thing every day, so we have enough to keep us goin' through the day...hahaaa!
    I love both of your gorgeous creations, but am particularly drawn to the sweet baby one....so much detail to delight the eye! I just may have to join in with this challenge. :D

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  2. Karen - These are such lovely cards. Both of them. The second one has a vintage feel that I just love! Your cards are always so beautiful I love to see them. Thanks for joining us at SSiC.
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  3. Busy lady!!! Your schedule sounds like mine today, I have been running since early this morning and I have decided I am in for the rest of the day!! It's fixin to rain so it's a perfect day to hang indoors and craft :) These cards are stunning!! Two of my most fav companies too! I love what you ahve done with the dress pattern (for those wondering , if you click on the photo you can see a full size photo and see it in better detail) I scored bunches of vintage patterns at a thrift store not too long ago and am trying very hard to break them out and do something with them and NOT hoard them!!! I'm not quite at that place yet.....lol. Have a wonderful day!

    PS....you are so right, when we count our blessings rather than our problems life is so much sweeter!!!

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  4. Two super cards Karen I love the top one and its gorgeous bow Hugs Elaine

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  5. Karen both cards are stunning. My fav is the first one. Love those owls.
    Nana
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  6. Both cards are so pretty! I love whatever Melissa makes! I can sympathize with you and the Charlie horse--I get them myself sometimes in the middle of the night. What a way to wake up!

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  7. Both of these cards are adorable, Karen!! I'm a Simple Stories fan, too...that baby line is the cutest thing!! Love what you did with both of these!!

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  8. Beautiful and inspiring, Karen! You always have such lovely projects and encouraging words, God bless!

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  9. i'm inspired by melissa's creations also! :) i love both of your cards. those owls are precious, and i love the butterfly out of patterned paper! hope you had a great time at the birthday party this evening!

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  10. i love both of these peices of art..tho my fave is the first one..beautiful..tfs..loves ya

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  11. oh hun these are both stunning creations,love the images and beautiful colours you have used hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

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  12. Love these sweet and feminine cards Karen - I hope you day has gone well and you have been able to enjoy it all.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  13. Hey Karen - thanks so much for your kind words...you're on my list of Challenges To Enter now:):):)....& your cards are gorgeous...especially that baby one.....soooo sweet:):):)

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  15. Love your vintage card. Such beautiful elements and gorgeous papers.
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week xx

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  16. These cards are gorgeous, Karen!! Love the crinkle ribbon!! Thanks for sharing your sweet spirit and love for our Lord in your work!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  17. God is good! Beautiful cards. Love your colors. Hugs, Robin

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  18. That that bow on your first card. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with the SSIC this week.

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  19. These are both so sweet!! I love the bow and pearls on the baby card!!!

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  20. Totally gorgeous cards! Love your papers on both! Especially love the bow on the baby card! It's so awesome! Thank you for sharing your card with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ! ~H

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  21. Just gorgeous Karen! I love tree and the incredible bow above it on your first and the butterfly and twine on the second! Glad that charlie horse went away! God truly is wonderful to answer our prayers!

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  22. Gorgeous cards, I love the vintage baby card, so sweet :)

    Thanks for joining us at the Forever Friends Fortnightly Challenge :)

    Tanya xx

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  23. Gorgeous cards Karen, love the owls on the tree on the first card. Thanks for joining in with this weeks Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. Jenny x

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  24. Like the layers & textures of your card with Butterflies. Thanks for entering the MFP Simple Salutations challenge #6 Butterfly.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP Simple Salutations

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  25. You have made two beautiful cards, so pretty. Thanks for sharing your 2nd card with us again at Forever Friends. Good luck in the draw. Hope you will join in with our next challenge.
    Hugs Diane x

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  26. So pretty and elegant!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp!!!!!

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  27. I absolutely love your style --- both cards are so beautiful!

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  28. Brilliant gorgeous cards.

    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous cards! They are so full with all these tiny vintage details that it makes me want to sigh and wish for someone to give me something as beautiful on my birthday!
    Thank you for participating in this week's Digi Doodle Shops Challenge.
    Liva ❤

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  30. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in with our challenge over at Forever Friends and good luck.
    Julie x
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