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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July at Deep Ocean Challenge!

Hello, sweet friends! It's time for a fun new challenge at Deep Ocean and we're getting festive! We are celebrating Christmas in July and I couldn't be happier. ♥︎

I used this opportunity to begin my cards for teens and children spending the holidays battling monster diseases. Some families celebrate the moment it becomes apparent their child will not be here come December (barring a miracle at the midnight hour). Often the kids want one more Christmas celebration, so I need to make them early to be prepared for sudden delivery.
This card is for a teen cancer warrior that I have come to deeply love. She is sweet and sparkly and I have created for her before. She is a little fashionista and loves all things beauty. She spent her birthday this year in a coma and although she awoke after a few weeks, she is obviously in a dire condition. Christmas may come early this year so I want her card ready.

She loves everything girly, frilly, sparkly, and happy... so this cutie pie stamp (A Girl Can't Have Too Many) from All Dressed Up was perfect for her! I gave her a festive twist to make her Santa's helper and surrounded her in snowflake flourishes glistening in love. I was going to fix her hair which I messed up quite severely while experimenting with a new Copic color combination, but I opted against it. The recipient will love her as is.
I used papers from Pion Design's Christmas in Norway, largely due to those precious heart snowflakes. ♥︎ They and most of the trims and embellishments are from Live & Love Crafts. The Red Hot Love crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Diana at DL.Art, which is topped with sparkly jingly bells. My stamp is cut out and layered with the LDRS Creative Gilded Oval. Magnolia Fern and Snowflake dies are tucked in throughout.

My sentiment and snowflake stamps are from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day. ♥︎

Lovely challenges entered:
 *All Dressed Up~ Anything Goes (Stamp colored with Copics)
 *Aud Sentiments~ For a Girl (plus sentiment)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ July Linky Party
 *Holly Jolly Christmas~ Inspired by a Song (Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!)
 *Jo's Fun-Day Friday~ Anything Goes
 *Sparkles Christmas~ Snowflakes
 *Winter Wonderland~ Christmas Trees or Make it Cute


  1. What a delightfully festive card, sure to bring the spirit of Christmas Joy and Love to the recipient. This is such a heart-warming gesture to send so many cards to so many poorly children, you have a wonderful soul.

  2. What a beautiful card, Karen, especially the thoughtfulness behind it. It brought tears to my eyes to read this post. I am sure this card will be a bright spot in this young girl's day.

  3. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! She's so gorgeous!! You totally brought her to Christmas life in color!! The details are amazing!! I love the pom pom trim around the image!! Such a festive touch!! The flowers and ribbon and bells - stunning!! Your fashionista warrior will absolutely treasure this!! It's such a gorgeous Karen card filled with love and hope!! Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy evening my dearest friend!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. You are just so INSPIRING Karen! I LOVE everything you make because each piece is made from the heart and for those who need it the most.... My Heart is happy every time I see another masterpiece for a special someone! This is certainly a fantastic start to the holiday season... that sweet image is so sassy and you colored her PERFECTLY! I just love how she comes to life... your card design is flawless and the papers are a perfect fit! Your Fashionista Warrior will certainly approve of this Fab card.... Have a wonderfully blessed day!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  5. WOW what a beauty...such a perfect image and amazing colors
    Dr Sonia

  6. Wow!! the image is truly lovely and the colouring is stunning loving the papers too Karen along with all of the lovely embellisments used and glitter your card is so pretty as always your so talented hope you have en enjoyable day take care xx

  7. Wow Karen, just when I thought you had made my favourite card ever, you go and make another one that takes my breath away! This is one of the most festive and gorgeous Christmas cards I've seen!! You are so talented with colouring, what a beautifully done image! Love the pom pom trim around the frame too! So many gorgeous embellies, my wish list is growing by the minute! I'm completely loving your Pion paper choices, oh how I love red and green for the holidays! The bright red bow with the jingle bells is the icing on the Christmas cake!! Pinned and saved to my desktop for future inspiration! sending hugs to you my friend :)

  8. Fantastic card Karen. I love the traditional colours and your beautiful colouring and design. Don't you know that girl's hair colouring is right on trend at the mo! You are very generous to give your cards as you do - I am sure they are loved and appreciated. Nicola x

  9. Oh my this is just stunning, I love all the red and white the lovely image and all your gorgeous embellishments, thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sparkles this month.

    Pat xx

  10. A fab card. Love the colours and the embellishments. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  11. Oh, my! What a gorgeous Christmas creation with sweet image, Karen! My heart goes out to the the teen receiving this wonderful card! I'll keep her in thought and prayer! Love all the elements from the flowers, lace, bells, and doily! Take good care! Hope you're having a wonderful week...blessings to you, hugs!!

  12. Wonderful Karen I love your card the stamp is fabulous and the design perfect i love it and i know your teenage friend will be given such a great lift receiving this magical Christmas card even if it has to be early I hope not and that miracle happens Sending loving thoughts love and hugs Carole x

  13. Loving your fashionista card even though the reason for its creation is heart breaking! The image you selected is adorable and will be treasured by this teen. I will definitely keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I love how you have added the ribbons, bells and flowers. The doily is also perfectly tucked in! Your color is absolutely amazing and the papers are perfect! You are a gift to those you continue to touch with your creations! Hugs my friend!

  14. Hi Karen,
    I love that you craeted a Christmas card!!I absolutely love how beautiful you colored the darling image!! She looks Fabulous!I adore the precious pom pom trim. So sweet! Such a gorgeous ribbon and beautiful flowers as well. A beautiful creation my friend! She will ADORE this!!
    Send my love, hugs & prayers to her, you & your family as well.
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  15. Hi, Karen! How delightful your choice of papers are with your darling little merrymaker! Your coloring is gorgeously done, and the layers, shapes, and wonderful winter floral bouquet is perfectly frosty! I'm smitten by your tiny pompoms keeping the frilly red frame company! Really beautiful! Your intended recipient will treasure her. I am sorry she has to suffer so much. Hugs, de

  16. Thanks for joining our Fun-Day Friday Challenge @ Jo’s Scrap Shack.

  17. Gorgeous and beautiful card Karen thank you for joining us over on
    Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge
    Dianne xx

  18. Karen, I am being cooled by your festive snowflakey sweet Christmas card! I love that sweet and sassy image, and I think you fixed her hair just beautifully! Such a beautiful way to frame her, too--love that crisp white against the red of the flourish frame! And the snow on your greens and blooms is just the icing on the cake! Your sweet teen warrior is going to be so pleased! Big hugs!

  19. Oh what an absolutely gorgeous Christmas card, Karen. I'm sure your little friend will be thrilled with this - but it's so sad to hear of a teen with this awful condition. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Alison x

  20. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge "Snowflakes" good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  21. Hello my sweet friend!
    This card is beyond the prettiest Christmas card I have seen.... I love the design overall and I especially adore that image!! Your coloring of this sweet image is just perfect Karen. This young girl will love this! It breaks my heart that she may be with us much longer, heck it breaks my heart entirely to hear about things like that but its very real. ANd as sad as it is, you always go above and beyond for these kids and families to remind them that there are good people left in this world and I really do admire that about you. ... what you do is amazing, you have such a beautiful gift.... and your beautiful projects just go to show just how much love you put into each personalized card. I really love the heart snowflakes and I know that it represents the love you have for this young girl. She will surely feel that love when she receives this card! Gorgeous!!!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and doing well.
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  22. the colour tones and the design is gorgeous... Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Holly Jolly Christmas challenge. Good luck . Neva

  23. Lovely and elegant card. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Holly Jolly. Hope to see you again soon. Good luck.
    Lynn, Holly Jolly DT

  24. Karen this is delish! I love the lush red and green of the traditional Christmas colours and your colouring and stamping is divine! The bobble trim around the image is so fabulous and that red seam binding bow, oh wow, I so have to get some for my Christmas makes, it looks amazing! Love the card shape and all the beautiful blooms and gorgeous details you've added. Beyond beautiful hunny. I don't see what's wrong with the hair?! It looks amazing to me! Beautiful and will be so loved and treasured by that sweet girl I'm sure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  25. WOW! It's not often I see you colouring images, so it's a rare treat. You did great!!! Again; beautifully put together - the perfect card for a teenager, she's going to love it! Heartbreaking to read that she's so ill though. Karen, you have such a big heart and give so much to others who are suffering. I admire this immensely.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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