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Friday, January 8, 2016


Hello, sweet friends! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today with a paper bag inspiration. This was my first time decorating a bag and I enjoyed every moment of it. :o) This bag is working double duty for me, as it also serves as my project for the new challenge at Deep Ocean Challenge! Our theme is Something New. My papers and clay hearts are new, as is my dabble into gift bag decorating! The sponsor for Deep Ocean is The Ribbon Girl, who is offering one lucky winner a lovely assortment of trims (example photo below).

This week has not gone as planned and I apologize for being behind (again) in visiting you. Extra help has been required of me as loved ones heal, but I expect things to calm down very soon. I see your beautiful creations but have not had time to properly comment. :(

Pion Design's To my Valentine collection is irresistibly beautiful in color and design. ♥︎
Red is one of my favorite colors with which to craft so I am excited about these papers. Love is for all seasons and the majority of this collection is not Valentine-specific. They are a stunning avenue to share a piece of your heart, especially when bordered by ruffly trims. ♥︎ This will soon be en route to shower love and hope upon someone enduring overwhelming heartache.
The lattice heart is bubbling up with sweet love, adorned with tiny Maja butterflies and a combination of Wild Orchid Crafts and You Do flowers. The heart is from the Silhouette Online Store, while the center is Cheery Lynn's Small French Lattice die. Nestled within the arrangement are clay hearts, which are embossed with Shabby White frantage for touches of gold. The layered lace flower is centered with a Button Etoile, perhaps my all-time favorite button.
The large layered Memory Box butterflies (Isabella) are cut with pretty Pion papers, upon which I used the darker heart paper for its shadows because they are guided by and delivering love. For sappy crafters like myself, this collection makes the heart flutter. The 'love' sentiment is from La-La Land Crafts Hanging Hearts and Love set. The border around my design is Cheery Lynn's Anastasia die.

Prize example for Deep Ocean (actual prize contents may vary):
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day! ♥︎

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Crafty Boots~ Something New (Papers)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ January Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Cheery Lynn,  La-La Land, and Memory Box dies)
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Something New (Papers)


  1. How absolutely stunning! Karen, I love all the attention to detail you show. The red sure is pretty . I sure pray your life gets back as you planned and everyone heals.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JANUARY Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  2. Wow Karen that's a gorgeous bag. I love the design and the colours. The butterflies and flowers are wonderful placed, the bows and lace are an absolutely eyecatcher. All looks fantastic.
    Hugs Petra x

  3. Stunning, someone will be smiling for a very long time receiving such a beautiful gift. So much to look at and so much detail, just beautiful.Thanks for playing along over at DL.ART!

    Hugs, Lori m
    DL.ART DT Member

  4. Your creations are sooo amazing how effortlessly you use lace and pearls to create such amazing stunners
    Dr Sonia

  5. Wow Karen, you have really captured all the beauty and romance that I love about Valentine's day! The gorgeous reds, the beautiful roses, the frills, the pearls, the dainty patterns, and of course, hearts and butterflies...lots of butterflies! You are such an inspiration, I have just received my first order of Pion Papers, a name I learned through my visits to you!! Thank you for adding such beauty to my day! hugs :)

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous gift bag that is a gift all by itself!! I love all the sweet butterflies and that heart is beautiful! Love all the details you put into this creation! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #33!

  7. Hello Karen .........Wow this is beautiful words cannot express how truly wonderful your creation is l just love all of the embellishments used and the layout as always your so creative with all that you do if l haven't already l'd like to wish you a Happy New Year take care and lots of love xx

  8. Wow, Karen, you have surely won my heart over with this gorgeous bag! I love seeing how you layer your papers and use your dies, all adorned with the most beautiful trims and embellishments! Always a treat to visit your blog and to see your amazing work! I know this will fill the recipient's heart with JOY! Big hugs!

  9. Wow, Karen, you have surely won my heart over with this gorgeous bag! I love seeing how you layer your papers and use your dies, all adorned with the most beautiful trims and embellishments! Always a treat to visit your blog and to see your amazing work! I know this will fill the recipient's heart with JOY! Big hugs!

  10. A stunning creation Karen, so beautifully detailed and embellished with hearts and butterflies, frills and flowers.

  11. Karen I have never seen a bag so beautifully decorated, The colour and design are truly wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us in our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. We would love to see you back with again soon. Jennifer DT member x

  12. Karen this is stunning. Your friend will be cheered up just looking at all the beautiful details you added to this bag. the butterflies cut out of the designer paper are eye catching. You have added so much lace and trim that give the design texture and dimension. Thanks for joining the Scrapy Land Challenge #33.

  13. Stunning to details, layers and embellishments used on this gorgeous project. Love the paper as well. Anyone would really feel special receiving this. Thank you for sharing your absolutely gorgeous project with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #33 and can't wait to see what you created for us soon. Nancy Hill, Scrapy Land Design Team Member

  14. This is adorable! Love the details and the lattice cardstock cut. Beautiful! You're right, these papers are the cutest!

  15. My sweetest friend this is the most gorgeous gift bag I've ever seen!! You decorated it so beautifully!! Wow!! I love the gorgeous papers and the amazing layers!! It makes me happy to look at!! The heart is stunning!! I love the flowers and ribbons and butterflies!! Every single thing is perfection and I absolutely love it!! It will definitely bring joy to someone suffering from overwhelming loss. You can feel the love you put into making it!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land and DL.ART!! Praying for you my dearest friend and sending lots of love and hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. Such a stunning gift bag, I love the pretty papers and all of the embellishments you added! The flowers are beautiful and I just adore the ribbon! The lattice background is another wonderful addition! Hop you are doing well my friend, hugs!

  17. Hi, Karen! Hopefully your days as a care-giver will soon be completed, and everyone will be back to normal. Your bag project is amazing! My eyes especially fell in love with the layered lace flowers. Gorgeous! Genius use of th lattice die cut! And your papers are so dainty and sweet! Hugs, de

  18. Oh, such a lovely creation,Karen! Looks like a lot of love went into creating such a beauty! Wonderful sweet heart with pretty! And, I always enjoy seeing the amazing flowers, lace, pearls, and butterflies! Hope you have an awesome weekend! Blessings to you, hugs!

  19. Karen, your gift bag is absolutely stunning! I LOVE the color red you chose and can see why it is one of your favorite colors! I love the lattice heart and the gorgeous butterflies fluttering by! The lace, pearls and ribbon are fabulous additions to this gorgeous design!
    I hope you have a great wknd!
    Sherrie K

  20. Wow! This is stunning, so romantic and beautifully done. No gift required with this beautiful creation - the bag itself would be more than enough. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  21. Well, Karen, there is nothing left to say except to repeat how beautifully you have executed this design. We were delighted to find this sitting on our porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  22. WOW!! This is truly Stunning Karen!! The "To My Valentine" collection is outrageously Gorgeous! WOW! The fuzzy cut butterflies are so Beautiful!!! My favorite detail.
    I love how pretty the pearls, flower arrangements and elegant button look all look together.Love all of the RED of course!! The love sentiment is so lovely!! Its so Perfect!! Such a STUNNING creation my angelic angel.
    I have a big smile right now...Its really AMAZING!!
    Sending Tons of my love, hugs and prayers
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  23. Oh WOW Karen! This is simply stunning! I can't believe it's a bag! You created such a wonderful design with that pretty lace & red color tones - Your Butterflies & Flowers are always a beautiful element to all your projects! I could never make a bag look this elegant EVER! I live vicariously through you & your amazing creations my friend! :) I hope your dad is healing well and that you take the time to take care of yourself too - HUGS!!!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  24. Stunning gift bag. Fabulous die cuts and I love those teeny tiny butterflies! TFS

  25. What a stunningly beautiful bag. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it as she sees the love that you put into this project. I love the pretty papers, the beautiful layers and all the other details you added. This is gorgeous and in true Karen style. I'm sorry that I haven't been by in the last couple of months. Between the holidays, not feeling well, my hobby room getting a "face lift" and the Grinch sending me a virus on my computer for Christmas, I wasn't able to visit my bloggie friends. I sure did miss it! But things are back to normal, so I will be by more often. Take care, my friend.

  26. Fabulous card, I love all of the ribbon and lace you have incorporated - especially the lace flower. The more I look at your design, the more I spot,it really is very pretty.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  27. Wow! This is just as pretty as it can be, so gorgeous!

  28. Gorgeous gift bag Karen! the details on this are absolutely FABULOUS!! so pretty :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  29. What an amazing creation...I love the riboons and lace and the lush flowers. Pure beauty! Thanks for joining last week's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. We would like to invite you to the ongoing Challenge this week with a chance to win fabulous prizes. Have a blessed day!

    JO ANN

  30. Wow Karen! This is a stunning creation! Love it! Everything is so feminine and so elegant. You did a wonderful job with this! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you again for the next challenge. Good luck in the challenge. Hugs, Gloria DT

  31. Hello Karen.....A lttle belated Happy New year! Wishing you a wonderful 2016. Such a beautiful gift bag, made with lots of love. Love all the layering, so so pretty!

  32. Gorgeous as always !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapy LAND challenge blog and good Luck !
    MARYVONNE DT member

  33. Glad you enjoyed the little challenge I set for you. :-) It's hard to believe it's the first time for you to decorate a bag, the result is enchanting and truly inspirational. Awesome work with the pretty Pion papers!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  34. Gorgeous shabby card Karen!!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Scrapy Land Blog!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra


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