Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Life is Good, and I am Grateful

Well, what a long and difficult weekend.  We had a lot of fun, but leaving our precious Lily at Bible College was a big step of faith or us.  She is settled in to her dorm, and we are back home.  I am so grateful to God for allowing us to send her to a college where she can grow spiritually as well as in wisdom.  God is so good.

This week at http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ during week #72, the challenge is called "All Dressed Up" where participants are being asked to create something with a dress form, or dressed up girls on it - that sort of thing.  I used this darling wooden dress form from Kaiser Crafts.

I added some light blue hand-made scrunched seam binding to the dress form with a Maya Road decorative pin, a little pearl, and a mini tag tied on with jute.  The mini tag says, "you", and the sentiment at the top reads, "Sew Special".  I can think of many people in my life who fit that description, but this card is for my dear friend, Noni.  She is a master seamstress, and a precious friend in Christ.  She moved away several years ago, so this will be a sweet way to say hello and let her know that she truly is "sew special" to me.

All the patterned papers I used on this card are from My Mind's Eye.  They are beautiful and yummy, and have become fast favorites.  I used a small piece of vintage sheet music, a PTI postage stamp diecut, some DMC floss held by a miniature clothespin that is painted and glittered.  As is typical of my style, I used my hand-made scrunched seam binding and some machine stitching.  I grunged up and lightly painted a piece of corrugated cardboard, and then added a Crafty Secrets stamped image (spool) which I wrapped DMC floss around, inked, and secured with a mini tag and a Making Memories mini safety pin.  There's also a Webster's Pages resin flower and a snippet of measuring tape.  I try to be thorough when listing my supplies just in case someone wants to know.  I think that about covers it.

Again, please take time to stop by http://www.citycrafter.blogspot.com/ and check out all the entries.  I have been so inspired by Kirsty and all the participants over at City Crafter.  You will most definitely want to check it out for yourself.

I just realized that the sketch for this card is based on an original creation by the talented Melissa Phillips.  You can see her amazing original creation here:  http://www.lilybeanpaperie.typepad.com/lilybeans_paperie/page/3/
I apologize for not noticing this earlier, or I probably would have posted a different card.

For those of you who have an active and healthy prayer life, please feel free to pray for Lily as she adjusts to college life.  Not only will I appreciate it, but Lily will be blessed by it.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a blessed week.

My Cup Runneth Over with Gratefulness,



  1. This is one beautiful creation Karen! I love all your details and especially the corrugated cardstock.

    I will join in your guest designers challenge, don't I always?

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog!


  2. This is 'sew' wonderful! Loving all your embellishments. Great card:)

  3. Beautiful work Karen, I love that wooden dress form you have there, lovely DP, love the soft tones, and lots of beautiful details and great texture too! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB, and thanks for your kind words!

    I will be praying for Lily, my older girl is leaving home next week for collage too, sob sob......

  4. This is just divine, love it. I just picked up a dress form stamp, and can't wait to use it. So glad your doing well, and liked the card I sent. Hugs P.S. if you visit my blog, please leave comments there, and don't email them to me. Thanks.

  5. your card is so cool... I love all that detail..it is perfect..

  6. I'll keep Lily in my prayers...I'm sure God will guide and bless her in this first year away from home...and I'm sure He'll help you guys get over the loneliness, too... :)

  7. Beautiful card, Karen. I love all the My Mind's Eye papers also and just bought some of their newest.
    Try to keep your eyes on the Lord and He'll get you through this time of adjustment. If you remember to: "Keep your eyes on the Lord and your heart grounded in His word" you'll be okay, dear lady.

  8. Hi Karen, this is gorgeous! thanks for dropping by my blog. Hope to see you there more often
    Hugs to you

  9. What a beautiful card Karen!!!
    So beautifully put together - love it!!
    Thanks for stopping by and your kind words :)
    Greetings from Norway!

    ♥ Hugs, Inger

  10. So very beautiful ... I love just abut everything about this ... My thoughts and best wishes for your daughter ... thanks for playing along at CCCB

  11. This is a beautiful card Karen. I love it!
    Thanks for following my blog.

    Hugs, Emma <3

  12. This is such a beautiful creation.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

  13. Perfectly LOVELY! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!
    *love the name of your blog!


Thanks for your comments. They mean so much to me.