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Saturday, July 4, 2015

To a Very Special Friend

Hello, sweet friends! Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! Amidst the parades, fireworks, and gatherings, let us remember the reason we celebrate. We are the land of the free, because of the brave. ♥︎

I am posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, showcasing some of the newest Pion Design and Prima goodies. I did not have much time for this card, but had lots of fun making it. :o)

I mentioned last week how beautiful the artwork is in Linnaeus Botanical Journal and today I am featuring one of the scenes from the Images sheet. I continue to adore the colors throughout the collection, including the green of my card base made with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. It is the prettiest shade I've come across in quite some time.
It is rare that I create for anything other than charity, but this is one of those occasions. This is for a dear friend to remind her how thankful I am for our friendship. She is so often my rock! Isn't the image lovely? Pion captured nature's beauty to perfection in Linnaeus Botanical Journal. Shabby White Frantage is sprinkled around the border, although in retrospect I may have preferred Aged Gold. The gorgeous butterfly fluttering on top is from Prima's Imago mulberry paper butterflies set. The designs are so pretty and I love the wooden bead body.
Prima's Shabby Chic Resin Treasures are always spectacular and their new Garden Fountain set does not disappoint. I accented the resin with Shabby White Frantage and gave it a pearly fountain. It's bubbling up with the loveliest moments of our friendship! It rests atop the beautiful Shabby Rose Organza Trim and alongside the new Flatback Pearl String. The sentiment is from Pion's My Precious Daughter collection.
A Pion butterfly (from Shoreline Treasures) flutters above the Wild Orchid Crafts flower arrangement. The Chrysanthemum is surrounded by antique blue cherry blossoms, an apple blossom, a sweet blue rose tucked on the side, and a decoration berries spray. I am forever thankful that our friendship continues to blossom. She is a gift! Magnolia Heart Swirls scroll within, one of my favorite little dies. I hope she likes it!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful weekend! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *4 Crafty Chicks~ No Stamping
 *C.R.A.F.T. Challenge~ Embossing (I heat-embossed Frantage Embossing Enamels)
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Product: Pearls)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes with Dies they carry (Magnolia and Spellbinders)


  1. Happy 4th of July my sweet friend. Your card is amazing as always? I just love the butterfly. The fountain shows overflowing friendship and is the perfect image to get your message across. Stay safe. Have a blessed day. DIANA L.

  2. Happy Independence Day! Your special friendship card is stunning and showcases the gorgeous Pion papers perfectly. I love all your pretty detailing too especially the garden fountain with the pearly bubbles.
    I hope you are have a wonderful weekend my kind and talented friend.
    Love and hugs, Sue xx

  3. Happy 4th of July Karen!!! Your card is Stunning yet again! Your friend is certainly going to be floating on cloud 9 when she receives this beauty! I just adore that fountain! I love how you have the pearls bubbling out of it.... and that butterfly truly is gorgeous! The background image is so pretty and that rose flower ribbon makes the fountain look like it's floating... And of course I can't forget those gorgeous flowers... always such a nice touch to your elegant card! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! HUGS! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  4. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, that background scene is amazing!! You accentuated it perfectly!! I am in love with that Prima fountain!! It's the perfect showpiece for this masterpiece!! The pearl bubbles are such a creative and fabulous touch!! And the flowers - ah-may-zing!! Oh and the butterfly - love!! I don't have enough adjectives to describe this, Karen, it is simply gorgeous!! Each detail is perfection!! I'm adding it to my favs list of yours but then, I do that with every card you create so it's a loooong list ;) I hope you have a safe, happy, relaxing 4th of July my dear friend!! Hopefully the weather will cooperate, too. It quit raining long enough last night for all of my neighbors to start the fireworks early!! Happy, happy 4th - have a wonderful holiday weekend!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Wow what a beautiful card, love the fountain and all those beautiful details. You are always amazing and so inspiring on your projects... Enjoy your holiday and keep safe....

  6. Happy 4th of July Karen.
    Oh, my! What a stunning card. You have created a gorgeous scene full of crafting beauty.I feel as though I could jump right in and take a stroll. So tranquil and peaceful.
    I love how you have incorporated the bubbles from the shabby chic fountain and you choice of elements are wow wow wow!
    Have a fabulous holiday weekend.
    Lots of love........... xx

  7. Happy 4th to you and family! And, oh what a stunning card you made for your friend, Karen! It is so lovely with the butterfly, resin piece, pearls, and flowers! It is a true beauty and your friend will surely treasure it! Hugs and blessings to you!:-)

  8. Well you have my vote. This card is amazing. I love how the pearls look like bubbles from the fountain and the added flower sprays and butterfly. Beautiful!!!

  9. Like it she will treasure this forever its all so beautiful I love these new papers must take a look and your design is fabulous the fountain is just so special as is the card its perfect love and hugs Carole x

  10. This is stunning, I love the shabby chic feel to it. Thank you for playing along with the CRAFT Challenge this week. Shona x

  11. HOLY GOBSMACKERS Karen!! Stunning!! I had this beauty PINNED before the page even finished loading! Oh my word, I'm swooning! I own that die and it has never looked so appealing to me before, you may have inspired me to pull it out and use it sometime soon! I just love how everything looks so soft and feminine! Wherever that garden is...I WANT TO LIVE THERE! You are such an inspiration Karen, I am a huge huge fan! hugs :)

  12. Hi Karen,
    Happy belated 4th of July! I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that this is one of my favorite creations that you have ever made. Such a beautiful scene! The (top) butterfly looks so real..really GORGEOUS! The garden fountain takes my breath away...Stunning!! Love the detail of the pearls, Beautiful! I love the GORGEOUS flowers especially the Chrysanthemums....GORGEOUS!
    I am sure that your friend will love it! I do!!
    I hope she knows how special you are and how much you are really LOVED!! I am sure that she is special too!
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs and smiles
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  13. Happy 4th of July - a little late, sorry :-) This card is stunning. I adore all the elements and those papers are beautiful! TFS

  14. WOW what an amazingly beautiful creation...the fountain is so beautifully showcased
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  15. Happy belated 4th of July! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Karen, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I LOVE the garden fountain and the pearly bubbles!! Simple stunning details on this! The flowers are beautiful and love the butterflies! So amazing Karen~you are so talented my friend~just breathtaking!!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  16. Karen, all I can say is WOWWOWWOW, with some drool on the side! This is classically stunning creation that is just beyond beautiful!! I love all the detail xx

  17. Oh my!! I LOVE this card! Everything about it is GORGEOUS!! I am in love with that beautiful fountain! The papers are so beautiful and that butterfly ~ Wow! Exquisite card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #21!

  18. This is so beautiful, Karen! Your friend will treasure and cherish this masterpiece forever and always!! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! Hugs, Darnell

  19. Such a beautiful project! The garden fountain is gorgeous with those pearl accents! I love the pretty flowers and those lovely butterflies! A very stunning project indeed! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

  20. OH. MY. GOODNESS!! Your friend is going to LOVE this card so much Karen - WOW!! That fountain is unreal and all the details/colors are beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks for our NO STAMPING challenge! xoxoxo

  21. I LOVE this card! Everything about it is GORGEOUS!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge!

  22. Hi, Karen! I feel like I'm strolling in a fantasy park, where anything is possible, and miracles abound. It's gorgeous, of course, and just so beautiful! hugs, de

  23. I am speechless....oh my gosh, this is the most beautiful card. The scene you have created is perfect, the background image is so pretty and the resin fountain is stunning. Your friend is going to love this!

  24. Hi Karen,
    Hope you had a lovely Independence Day.This card looks absolutely magical; so pretty with the image as a backdrop to the fountain, and the resin looks fantastic with the added frantage! You seem to always have so many creative ideas for pearls; love this design. A very elegant and captivating card.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  25. What a beautiful card, Karen!! The flowers and butterfly are so pretty and I love the shape of the base! I really like how you added the pearls and lace too! I hope you are having an awesome summer so far. Have a great day! :)


  26. Wow!! I sit here with my jaw dropped at how amazing this is! What a lovely and elegant masterpiece. All the exceptional details make this beautiful creation one of my favorites!! Love, love, love this Karen!! I hope you are having a wonderful day and I'm so happy to finally have time to come and visit your blog! Take care and hugs to you!!!!

  27. Hi, Karen! I came back again today to view this incredible beauty. Visiting your blog brings my soul peace - something about your artwork just breathes life into my heart. Perhaps because gardening is my true passion, and I can only do it occasionally. A soul's walk through your fantasy gardens just brings me happiness. I wanted you to know.... hugs, de

  28. Hey Karen, just popping back to see if you have added any thing new......hope you are well. Enjoyed visiting this pretty card!

  29. WOW!!! No wonder Pamellia was inspired by your creations!!! This is gorgeous!!! I am your new follower :)
    Hugs :)

    Paper Talk with Samra

  30. So, so stunning!! Like Samra above I came over from Pamellia and am so glad I did, this is just so beautiful and I am now your latest follower! :o)


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