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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

Happy Wednesday, my treasured friends! I hope you're enjoying a sunshiny day. :o)

Today starts a new challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! The theme is Anything Goes, so join in with whatever your heart desires! For this challenge, I decided to create something different for me... a tag! It's a beautiful avenue to showcase lovely paper, such as Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments. I made it for someone who adores all things vintage, with a touch of whimsy.
I think it's important in a crafty journey to step outside of your comfort zone sometimes, and this was the case for me! I adore tags but struggle with them. I drew inspiration from the paper pad itself, with the sweet designs and gorgeous postage stamps guiding me. The tag base is a gorgeous Marianne Design Decorative Tag metal die (LR0154). The bottom detailing is so pretty. (Sadly, the easel makes it less obvious at first glance.)

I used both sides of an elegant paper from the collection to create a whimsical 3D heart, being careful to let two butterflies show from the front. They are fluttering to each other, drawn by sparkly love. The heart cut file is part of a nested scalloped hearts set in the Silhouette Online Store, of which I cut five of the smallest. For the arrow, I used the versatile Marianne Design Anja's Vintage Ornaments 2 metal die set. I've used this die for hinges, tabs, and now an elegant arrow. It is sponged with Victorian Velvet distress ink and adorned with pearls.

The pretty lace and pearl trim are from Wild Orchid Crafts, as is the sweetheart blossom. The blossom is lightly inked with Victorian Velvet to coordinate with the tag.

A tiny bit closer peek, where the softer hues are much more accurate:

You have two weeks to play along with us, so I hope you'll share your creations at the Challenge Blog! We love visiting you! Have a blessed and sparkly day. :o)

Products from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Zip Dry Paper Glue

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Create Your Own Challenge)
 *Card Mania~ Love is All Around
 *Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party~ Red, Pink, and/or White
 *Cupcake Inspirations~ Photo Inspiration (Pink Love!)
 *Cut It Up~ Valentine's Day
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ February Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Be My Valentine
 *Love to Create~ Red and/or Pink
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Marianne's Design Divas~ Pretty In Pink (MD Dies CR1206 (leaves), LR0154, LR0270)
 *One Stitch At A Time~ With Love 
 *Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Winter Wonderland~ No Stamping Allowed


  1. My sweetest friend, this is just absolutely gorgeous!! You excel at tags, just as you do with everything else!! You should do them more often - this one is amazing!! The paper is so beautiful!! I love the vintage images you used!! The 3D heart is fabulous!! And the shape of the tag is so elegant and fun!! You stepped our of your comfort zone and found a new talent!! Love it my dear friend!! I hope you are staying nice and warm!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. This is so pretty, it looks vintage and elegant and I love the papers you have chosen. Really gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for joining us over at the OSAAT Challenge this week, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT member

  3. Oh my this tag is GORGEOUS Karen!! I love that you used your Marianne dies!! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy "Be My Valentine"!!! Good luck!!

  4. absolutly precious, love the design
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  5. Oh wow this is a stunner the 3 D heart and the intricate cut design
    Dr Sonia

  6. This is so beautiful Karen. I love your design, the way you have shaped the bottom looks so pretty. The papers are gorgeous and you have showcased them to there full potential. It definitely paid off stepping out of your comfort zone!
    I hope you are having a good week.
    hugs Sue xx

  7. WOW - Karen, what a stunning tag. I love your choice of papers and that gorgeous heart is amazing. Those vintage elements are wonderful. Hugs, Karon.

  8. This is gorgeous!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at MIM! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Good luck,
    Rene :D

    1. Very pretty. This is so feminine.
      Thanks for linking to our Valentine challenge at Cut it Up!

    2. Very pretty! Thank you for joining us at 613 Ave Create this week. I hope you will join us in our next challenge.


  9. Karen your tag is gorgeous! I love the 3D heart. How clever!


  10. Amazing tag Karen! I just love the papers and the 3d heart is awesome! You have no problems working outside your comfort zone-this is just stunning my friend!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  11. Karen, this is a lovely tag with such a wonderful sweet vintage feel to it. Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone. You are right we all should do that once in awhile.

    Thanks for joining us this week at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck.

    Lynn, OSAAT DT

  12. Fantastische Karte, die Kartenform und die tolle Gestaltung ,ich liebe sie!
    Vielen Dank das duan der Marianne´s Design Divas challenge teilgenommen hast, in diesem Monat ! Ich wünsche dir viel Glück!
    Liebe Grüße Artesania

  13. Stunning Design,Great layout thank you for joining us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge, we would love you to join us again next week for another fun challenge,
    Suzy B~Owner~Suzy~Bee's Bloomin Challenge

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 15: anything goes - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  15. Different? YEAP!!! WOW!! This I absolutely GORGEOUS!!
    Love that you took a chance in something different. I have to go back and continue to improve my sewing and my tags...
    The Graphic 45's collection is STUNNING! The 3-D heart GORGEOUS!!! Love the vintage and sweet colors!!
    Awesome job my friend!!!
    Sending my hugs, smiles and TONS of LOVE
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  16. Beautiful Tag.
    Thanks for playing at OSAAT.
    DT Nataliya

  17. Beautiful creation for our no stamping challenge at Winter Wonderland this week! Thanks for joining in!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  18. What a gorgeous tag! Love all the embellishments. Thank you for joining us this week at OSAAT. Best, CG

  19. WOW! BEAUTIFUL CARD!!!! Its gorgeous!!!!

    Thanks for linking up with us over at Craftin Desert Divas!

    Crafty Hugs,

  20. What a gorgeous tag…this is so delicate and absolutely lovely! Thanks so much for joining our color linky party at Craftin Desert Diva's! Happy Valentine's Day!

  21. Gorgeous Tag! Love this...Thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    Jill ~ The Sweeties

  22. Simply gorgeous and so romantic! Thanks for playing at Cupcake Inspirations.

    Nance, DT Sweetie

  23. Great tag, love the 3D heart! Thank you for joining the One Stitch At A Time Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  24. I couldn't possibly tell that you struggle w: tags !! This is so well thought out - & perfectly balanced !!
    Pretty & vintage -- w: sweet soft colors!!
    Precious !!
    Hope your weekend is going well & hopefully I'll see some more amazing creations next week!! :))

  25. Hi Karen!! Stepping out of your comfort zone becomes you because once again you rocked it!!! Your tag is super delightful and that heart is AMAZING, I have to make one for sure! Beautiful , Beautiful job my friend!!!!
    I did a blog post on Friday announcing I am officially back , not just dropping in and gave a video update on Michael walking, yes walking!! The wheel chair is put away, I could never be so proud and happy with Michael, hopefully you will understand my newfie accent, hehe! I was on the phone with my mom at the time and it is always stronger when we talk... I can't wait to catch up with everyone and share all the love I have bursting out of me, so catch a burst of love , it is on it's way right NOW!!! Lots of love and hugs.

  26. Spectacular! This is so beautiful! So glad you shared at Cupcake Inspirations! Hope you'll join us again this week for a fun color challenge!
    Hugs, Debbie!

  27. Beautiful vintage tag!
    Thank you for joining our Color Challenge over at Love to Create Challenges this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  28. This is so, so pretty! I love the 3-D heart and all the beautiful details you added! :)


  29. Wow! your card is amazing! That heart knocks it out the park! It's fabulous.

    Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges!!



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