When I saw the news clip about 5 year old Sa’fyre’s holiday wishes for a Christmas tree filled with holiday cards, my heart melted. Her entire family perished in an arson fire two years ago, and now she is dealing with burns on 75% of her body. All she wants is to be able to fill her tree with holiday cards.  How sweet and simple is that?!

20151219_170420To make this card for Sa’fyre, I picked Amelia from The Greeting Farm’s “OA Special Delivery” stamp set.  She’s holding a letter, which I could have left, but I decided to alter the image to have her holding a pile of presents from the Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamp set.  The video below, shows the process for how to do that.

20151219_153239I colored up Amelia in an outfit matching one of the pictures of Sa’fyre from the news clip by coloring her up with the following Copic colors:
Skin: E50, 51 and 53 with R20 for blush
Hair: YR31, YR24, E15, E09, E18
Dress: BG 10, 11, and 23
Flower barrette: R85, BV01, BV02 and BV04
Presents: BG10, BG11, BG23, R81, R83, R85, BV01, BV02 and BV04 with sparkle added with a Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

To add a little interest, I paper pieced her coat and boots (shaded with W1 and W3) with a little scrap of pink polka dot paper, and I drew in some little polka dots on the barrette and and stripes on the purple present with a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen. Lastly, I added a pinch of Glossy Accents to the heart of the barrette and Amelia’s boots to add a little shine and a dash of DecoArt Snow Writer to her collar for some wintery dimension.

For the card background, I used an aqua patterned paper with white doves from the Lawn Fawn Fa La La collection and then layered three different lace trims with sequins and pearls from www.FlairByMe.com, a paper die cut doily that I have been hoarding for about a year (LOL), and some pink and gold eyelash trim. I also fussy cut out a couple of applique flowers with pearl centers from one of the laces to top off the eyelash trim detail.  Finally, I die cut “joy” from the Lawn Fawn Scripty Joy die three times and glued them together to get some added dimension and thickness using the same polka dot paper that I had used to paper piece Amelia’s coat and boots.

The following is a process video that includes how to swap out the letter in Amelia’s hands for a pile of presents:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
The Greeting Farm December Christmas Challenge
MarkerPOP Anything Goes Challenge
Raisin Boat Christmas and New Years Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Holiday Card Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Just A Pinch Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Card Mania Christmas Challenge
Whimsy Stamps Anything Goes Winter Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Die Crazy Challenge

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