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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sweet Love (and a new mission)

Happy New Year, sweet friends! I hope your 2017 is filled with good health and dreams come true.♥️It's time for new challenges at 7 Kids College Fund (Anything Goes with the option of Valentine) and Deep Ocean (Anything New)! There are generous prizes to be won at both, so I hope you'll play along with us! Naturally I've used a plethora of Wycinanka chippies for the occasion.

My project is another tip-toe into shabby scrapbooking! I love this crafty outlet and I am eager to grow in it. The purpose of this scrapbook page kicks off something new I am doing this year, which I will explain just below.
This project begins an expansion of my mission to spread love to those in dire need. Scrapbooking is innately beautiful in the fact that it preserves sweet memories created throughout life. For most of my terminally ill little friends I adore and support, their lives are far too short... leaving their heartbroken parents clinging to the precious few months or years of memories made. I am designing scrapbooks this year for parents of children battling diseases for which there is no cure. It is hard on my heart, as I love them so deeply... but with each carefully chosen detail, I say another prayer for the miracles that are desperately needed.

This is my first page of Ella (photos taken by Crush Photography), the sweetest ray of sunshine that I fell in love with many moons ago.♥️She is 4 years old and battles every day. We nearly lost her last year, but God granted grace. He has a purpose for her and we will forever believe for her miracle. Her mom has the gentlest, most loving heart and I am blessed to know her.
I used a heap of new goodies to celebrate the sweetness that is Ella! The gorgeous papers are from Pion Design's Where the Roses Grow, which I scooped up the moment they arrived at 7 Kids. They are dreamy and perfect for such a princess. All of the flowers are from my beloved Wild Orchid Crafts (coming soon to 7 Kids!), of which I cannot get enough. Ella is filled with so much love that even the leaves are turning pink.

Lace Flower Netting provides soft detailing along the bottom. My central focal point is comprised of three beautiful Wycinanka chippies: The large Elegance frame is one of my favorites, which I have filled in with iridescent beads for a touch of whimsy. The smaller heart frame is one of Wycinanka's newest offerings, which is embossed with Shabby Pink Frantage.
The last part of the central trio is the stunning lace heart... it truly makes my heart flutter as it delicately flourishes in natural beauty. Amidst the Butterfly Tassel trim (currently sold out) on top, the page opens up in floral delight, encouraging Ella and her mom to believe in the miracles blossoming from within.
The hot air balloon is another Wycinanka new release (coming soon to 7 Kids!). I was so excited to see it in my Wycinanka DT box that I altered my nearly-complete layout to include it! I layered it with the gentle lilac butterfly paper, which I think Ella's giant heart will delight in.♥️
To encourage my sweet friends, I chose 'follow your dreams' as my theme. The darling bunny is covered with crackle paste. I couldn't resist adding this cutie pie because Ella loves animals so much. The chippie border peeking from behind the center panel is from Wycinanka's Sweet Dreams set. The precious butterfly is a die from Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes collection.

Flutter on over to check out the gorgeous projects from my teamies at 7 Kids and Deep Ocean! Then link up and inspire us with your heartfelt creations. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day.♥️


  1. You have exceeded even yourself Karen with this exquisite fairytale feast for the eyes! It is so so pretty, as is little Ella. All your detailing is just perfect! Amazing creation and Wycinanka is very lucky to have you show their gorgeous creations so beautifully. Nicola x

  2. What a marvelous creation of highlight the sweet girl, Ella! Darling photos of her and love how you framed her photo with the chipboard! The cut out with the tiny flowers and pearls is so eye catching! Gorgeous lace, paper, and lovely feminine details! What a blessing you are to the families! Ella is in my prayers! Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week, my friend!

  3. What an outstanding layout of sweet Ella! The papers are so beautiful, soft with delicate patterns. I love the pretty details, lovely lace and gorgeous flowers. I am sure this will be treasured for a lifetime. What an amazing gift you give to these families. So inspired by you and your big heart!! Beautifully done my friend!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Sherrie K

  4. Happy New Year Karen and thank you for your lovely words you left on my blog post........again you are showing your talent with your new ideas for 2017 your page is amazing l love the image it's just so sweet! all of the embellishments used are stunning l like the sentiment Follow your dreams something we all should do the die cut hot air balloon is gorgeous such great detail added to your page Karen your so inspiring sending lots of love x

  5. This is stunning Karen. A gorgeous design which is beautifully embellished. The torn paper with the flowers and pearls look so pretty as does the lace. Love it.
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  6. My dear friend Karen, once again I am totally impressed by your wonderful craft. You have such a big heart to all the children and people which don't feel well.
    These creation will bring a lot of sunshine to the whole family. Fantastic laces, flowers and Wycinanka. The words "follow your drams" are very moving. I love this stunning card.
    A lot of hugs and be blessed Petra

  7. Oh wow... Karen this is gorgeous! WOW... and what gorgeous photos of this sweet babygirl!!! I think what you do is so amazing, I cannot stress that enough. I am such a huge fan of yours Karen. This is truly so beautiful and such a blessing to her parents.
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  8. What an absolutely breathtaking layout, Karen! It couldn't be more beautiful! You have such a wonderful heart that surely brings smiles to the recipients. Thank you so much for the inspirational comments you leave on my blog--they are much appreciated! <3

  9. This is simply Fantastic Karen! Your Scrapbook page has so many beautiful details along with that amazingly precious child! This is going to be a Fantastic year with you making these pages - they are perfect to store in a shadow box for the parents to keep forever - Your kind heart will make each page stunning and the keepsake for these families will be forever touched by them & me! You truly are an exceptional person! I'm so lucky just to know you! Have a fabulous day! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  10. My sweetest friend, I don't even know what to say...this is the most beautiful scrapbook page and just knowing the meaning behind it makes it that much more breathtaking!! I absolutely adore every single detail!! The pictures are so precious and you've showcased them perfectly!! You have blessed this family beyond measure!! I have a feeling your mission of scrapbook pages will be slightly altered...this should be framed and hung on a wall!! I would certainly want to display it for everyone to see!! Truly, amazingly, spectacular, my dear friend!! The only thing more beautiful is your sweet, generous heart!! I hope you have a restful, relaxing weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. I am sitting here wiping away tears right now. What a wonderful thing to do! This page is absolutely gorgeous! I will be following you in the months ahead.


  12. What an incredible gift to give from your dear heart, Karen! I am overwhelmed by your love and generosity, which will lift a family's grieving heart in years to come. How very special to create a keepsake that will not only remind the family of their precious angel, but to remind them of God's love through your caring fingers and talent. Your SB page is delightful - how could it not be with that amazing photo? And the little flowers spilling forth from the torn paper is so clever! It's a delightful creation, Karen! Hoping you enjoy a great week-end! hugs, de

  13. Karen, your work with the chipboard pieces just gets better and better! This is such a breathtaking creation, I love every detail. The papers are lovely (of course), the soft pinks are my absolute favourite! I adore the layout, such a wonderful flow taking me from one delicious element to the next effortlessly. The lace across the top is divine and your flower arrangements are just perfect! How lucky is 7kids to have you on their team!!! I do hope all is going well in the new place, sending big hugs to you from up north!! Happy weekend!

  14. Hi Karen,
    I love the fairy tale theme and I know she will love it too!!I really love the chipboard pieces, especially the hot air balloon.I love the pretty flowers and all of the sweet trimmings.The pictures are just precious.Wonderful layout.
    You are truly an angel!!
    Sending you tons of my love, hugs & smiles
    I wanted to send special love & hugs to your dad & brother. I hope that they are doing well.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  15. Wow! What an amazing layout with so many wonderful details! I love that you are going to be creating more layouts, you are such an inspiration! All of the flowers are arranged so beautifully with the laces and trims! The chippies are so pretty as well! You did an amazing job on this and I know it will be treasured by the family! Have a fabulous weekend my friend!

  16. You are a wonderful lady my friend what a fabulous thing to be doing these families will be delighted with your amazing pages. This is a brilliant start what a beautiful child and a layout to treasure Love and hugs Carole x

  17. You reduce me to tears with some of your posts Karen. In a 'tug at your heart' good way. You are such a treasure to create these beautiful creations for these courageous, battling families. I'm sure this will encourage them all, to see the beauty in the moments they share and to cling to hope. Every little detail is so carefully thought through and beautifully brought to realisation. That gorgeous balloon of course HAD to make it onto this layout, you're quite right! But every detail is so exquisite hunny. Bless your beautiful heart. I've missed popping in to say hi. It's been a super busy few months. Busier than normal! So it's nice to be able to check in again. I send you a huge New Year hug and wishes for health and happiness hunny. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  18. What a beautiful layout, Karen. Just perfect for that sweet little girl. And what a wonderful gift for the parents. I love how every detail on your page is placed with meaning! It clearly shows the love that you put into it. Continue on your mission, dear Karen, knowing that it is well appreciated and that you are bringing some joy to these families.
    Big hugs,

  19. My sweet friend Karen, your scrapbook page is beautiful. I am sure it will touch the hearts of the recipients. What sweet pictures of that brave little girl. hugs to you.

  20. Just popping in to say thanks for your visits Karen. It always makes my day to get a visit from you. Thank you for your kind and uplifting words. Hope you're having a great week hunny. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

  21. Karen, I am in love with this layout, and What a lovely thing to do for families who are struggling for their children's precious lives. What a big heart you have! I love this photo of Ella, and am so thankful for God's grace! You have given her lovely photo a beautiful home on this layout, and I would be willing to be this goes into a frame for all to see! The chippies are amazing; I love that lacey heart! The combination of laces, flowers, pearls and paper are absolutely breath taking, and your design is so delightful to the eye! Sending hugs, you lovely woman, you!


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