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Friday, May 8, 2015

Sweet Birth Announcements

Hello, sweet friends! I'm happy to be posting today on the Live & Love Crafts blog. :o)

This week the LLC team is showcasing Maja Design's Vintage Baby paper collection! The more I use it, the more I become enamored with it. It is the sweetest combination of elegance and whimsy. :o)

I was inspired to create birth announcements for two very special babies, which will be part of a memory box I am creating for their inspiring parents. These precious parents have endured such heartache. I found Miracles for Mabry-Kate at the start of this year and am honored to be creating for them. (A very short description of their situation is at the end of this post.)
As a fan of shaped cards, I couldn't resist making the birth announcements in the forms of a pretty dress and sweet overalls. Vintage Baby provides a marvelous variety of patterns from which to choose. :o)
The backs of the keepsake announcements display goodies from the Die Cuts sheet, which I am so thankful Maja thought to include! I love having everything so beautifully coordinated. The girl's is tucked in a pocket, while the boy's is held with the adorable Maya Road Love Heart Clip. The tiny tags are also cut from the Die Cuts sheet, which I've assembled to hold three special memories.
Mabry-Kate's dress is filled with Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, girly trims, and a layer of tulle. Pion Design butterflies are covered in Glamour Dust and I used a few of my favorite pearly products throughout. How adorable is the Maya Road Love Hanger? I've been so anxious to use it!
The rambunctious little teddies felt perfect for Owen's baby overalls! I couldn't find an SVG file that I loved as much as this shape that I had seen several times on Pinterest... so I sketched it out and cut everything the old-fashioned way! Sweet Little Boy (and Little Princess above) are from tear-away strips. Don't you love how Maja makes everything usable? I fussy cut the giraffe and elephant to decorate the pocket for extra whimsy.

Sadly, baby Mabry-Kate is no longer with us but she is celebrated every day by her family. She passed away in February at 10 months old. Sweet Owen was born five weeks ago and is fighting the same rare disease that took his sister. Mabry-Kate is called his guardian angel, as they never would have known to screen for this fatal disease if not for her. Owen has a chance to survive because of it and has already undergone transplant and intense chemotherapy beginning at 2 weeks old. He is a fighter and we are all believing he will survive! God and MK are watching over him to ensure it. :o)

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Feminine)
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Add a Brad
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ May Linky (Anything Goes)
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ May Flowers
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Lots of Flowers
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *My Time to Craft~ New Baby
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. O M G!! These are stunning, every single detail of them! I just cannot stop looking at these fabulous creations, so many amazing details, the flowers, the lace, the ribbons, the cute buttons, everything! I love them. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges! Hugs, Ivonne

  2. Wow Karen, you never cease to make my jaw drop with your gorgeous creations!! These are not only beautiful, but totally unique and creative! I am so in love with that little dress, my gosh it's pretty with all those flowers, laces and pearls!! Those overalls are just so precious, what a wonderful way to welcome baby boy to the world!! You've knocked it out of the park again my friend! hugs :)

  3. Love what you did here! It's simply beautiful and so touching. You are so giving and special to all the recipients you've been creating for them in all types of crisis they've been or are going through... You are such a loving person my friend... This is so special and a keepsake to that memory box! What a touching end to your posting.....

  4. So cute, Karen! Endearing, sweet, and such pretty colors! Right down to the darling lace, and the journal area for filling in the important information - a treasured keepsake for sure! hugs, de

  5. My sweetest friend, these are the most amazing and stunning announcements I've ever seen!! Wow!! I don't even have words to describe them!! They are so sweet and delicate and precious and I just absolutely adore everything about them!! You decorated each one to perfection!! And you showcased the beautiful papers perfectly!! These are spectacular Karen, and they will be so appreciated and loved!! I hope you have the most wonderful weekend my dear friend!! Thinking of you!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Oh my gosh, these are both so adorable Karen! The dress is so sweet and the overalls are adorable! I absolutely adore the collection of papers, embellishments and beautiful details! Your work is so amazing!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Sherrie k

  7. Absolutely stunning birth announcement cards, they are both beautiful, great papers and gorgeous embellishments, thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at MTTC this week.

    Pat xx

  8. These are gorgeous Karen, I love the pretty dress and your hand-drawn baby overalls look wonderful. the papers are adorable and all your detailing works so well together.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend my kind and thoughtful friend.
    hugs Sue xx

  9. Very precious cards. Every little detail is sheer perfection from the papers to the beautiful embellishments! Your creations are truly amazing and you are so talented. Sweet touches of twine too, love it!

  10. What precious keepsake announcements, Karen! The lovely dress is just gorgeous with the flowers, lace and pearls! And, the boy overalls is so sweet with the pocket and all the sweet teddy bears! These projects will surely be treasured! Take care and have a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you, hugs!:-)

  11. Hi Karen.
    Firstly, thank you so very much for the beautiful comment that you took the time to leave whilst visiting my blog. Secondly, your gorgeous and inspirational creations are overwhelming. The dress is stunning and embellished with such beauty. The boys overalls are the sweetest created with the cutest papers and the detailing on the pocket is perfect.
    Such a beautiful keepsake and loving tribute to Baby Mabry-Kate. My thoughts and prayers are with baby Owen.
    Blessing to you. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Donna xx

  12. This is such a wonderful creation and love the thought behind this creativity. The color choices,papers and embellishments are just so cute arena delicate. My prayers for the little one and have a great weekend.Hugs.

  13. I can not begin to tell you how amazing these Baby Announcements are.... First... the most beautiful sentiment behind your creations.... I pray for Baby Owen to heal quickly.... And such a wonderful tribute to his sister.... these look so realistic to me.... Such vintage Chic papers.... The dress is just outstanding with that lace & abundance of flowers along with the pearl trimming... I'm just in Awe of it.. and that sweet baby boy overall card just screams Owens name.... I can't believe you crafted the card by hand!!! You're so clever!!! Have a Great Day! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  14. My angelic angel this is PRECIOUS!! I adore the butterflies covered in Glamour Dust!
    The tiny tags are so sweet as well as the love heart clip! The hanger s just way TOO cute!
    I love how you centered the Gorgeous flowers on her dress..BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Such a beautiful tribute! Sending my prayers to the parents and baby Owen.
    Such a Beautiful and Elegant creation my friend!! They will treasure this!
    Sending TONS of my love, hugs and smiles and extra love

  15. These are so very precious! I am in awe of all the details! What a beautiful gesture to honor the memory of the sweet baby girl. You amaze me with your gifts of caring and love. These gorgeous keepsakes that you give to the parents will undoubtedly be treasured. So happy to have time to finally come and visit your blog today!!

  16. So much love and thought went in to making the beautiful birth announcements, what a fabulous keepsake! Every just perfect. Have a fabulous week Karen :)

  17. Absolutely stunning! Such beautifully shaped creations which showcase these papers so perfectly. Love your gorgeous embellishments too! The love that you put into these projects really shines through. I hope Owen has a happy life ahead of him.

  18. So sweet and precious, Karen. You are such a doll to do this for the family. I love your creations , as well.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.

  19. Gosh - these are so stunning! Your creativity is abound with the love that you infuse into all of your amazing creations. TFS and have a great week.

  20. Touching story and wonderful tribute you designed for MK! My prayers go to baby Owen that he will beat the pain.Your creations are so stunning Karen. So much love and effort put together to make those lovely keepsakes. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this fortnight. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Have a nice day Karen!

    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  21. Absolutely gorgeous creations. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creativity at Fab'n'Funky this week. pat K x

  22. These are both beautiful. I love the vintage look you have achieved and perfect use of lace for our challenge too. Thanks for sharing at Fab n Funky.

    Sharon x

    1. Gorgeous project!!

      Thank you for playing along with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

  23. These are so sweet. Beautiful cards for a beautiful cause my friend you have such a precious heart.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes MAY Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  24. Hi Karen,
    I've been meaning to tell you ever since last week that you totally blew my mind with these two fantastic creations!!! The dress has to be the most adorable paperdress I've ever seen, it's so beautifully decorated with the lace and the pearls and the flowers, and then overalls....soooo cute and just perfect for a little babyboy. Sad to hear what happened to Mabry Kate; I can't imagine the heartache her parents must be going through, but I hope their new baby is there to stay with them.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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