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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

Happy Wednesday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week! :o)

A new Anything Goes challenges begins today at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! Although you can create anything your heart desires, the Design Team added a twist to our contributions this week. We're playing with die cuts!

7 Kids offers so many beautiful metal dies. I decided to feature one of my all-time favorite sets in a small wall hanging: Petra's Heart by Marianne Design.
Much of this is tonal, so it's not the easiest to see unless enlarged. If you look closely, you'll see I sprinkled in some gorgeous Memory Box Precious Snowflakes. They are nestled beneath all of the Wild Orchid Crafts roses.
My heart was feeling festive, as it so often does, and I particularly enjoy this die set for Christmas creations. I used one of the wonderful My Craft Spot Christmas stamp sets that I adore: Joy to the World. I love this sentiment and its design, and it rests so perfectly within the heart of my creation.

While it is always fun to add tons of layers, one of the beautiful things about metal dies like this is that they can shine on their own. To showcase the exquisite embossing, I inked them with Tim Holtz Barn Door distress ink.
I also used Barn Door to make my white flowers two-tone and covered my snowflakes in Star Dust for a wintry twinkle. I used jump rings between the dies and a line of rhinestones between the smaller heart and fluttering snowflake. (I honestly don't know what I was thinking in using a white backdrop for this, except that I liked that it felt snowy!)

You have two weeks to play along with us at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog, so I hope you'll join in! We love seeing your inspiring creations. :o) Be sure to visit my DT sisters to see their marvelous projects with metal dies! :o) Have a blessed day!

Products from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Card Mania~ Something New (Memory Box Precious Snowflakes metal dies)
 *Christmas Stampin' All Year Long~ Photo Inspiration
 *Crafting from the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *Love to Create~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Bingo (Gems-Die Cuts-Flowers)
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting


  1. Karen,your wall hanging is absolutely GORGEOUS! The fabulous red/white combo look amazing! I love the pretty snowflakes, beautiful flowers inked around the edges give it such depth! LOVE, love all the extra's, the sentiment is perfect!!! Your project is outstanding and so inspirational!!
    Have a wonderful day my friend!
    Sherrie K

  2. this is fabulous Karen!! Love the dies and the flowers are just gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges this week.

  3. WOW! This is gorgeous Karen. The die cuts are stunning and the added colour looks so effective. Such a beautiful sentiment and wonderful detailing too.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! What a gorgeous wall hanging!! I love the beautiful dies you used - they fit perfectly together as a hanging!! The inking is perfect!! The little details like the snowflakes and flowers are fabulous!! And I love the white does look snowy :) I would have this hanging up all year long - it is just fantastic my friend!!

    Ugh...I can't believe you got that much more snow :/ Thankfully, we just had major flurries but it didn't stick (knock on wood!!) I hope you have a wonderful day, Karen!! Stay warm!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. WOW - Karen, this is stunning! Love love this creation, those dies are amazing! Gorgeous arrangement and love how you connected them! TFS

  6. Your wall hanging is very Beautiful!!!

  7. Karen l'm not surprised your using your favourite die this is absolutely beautiful what a wonderful creation you have created so so beautiful as always xx

  8. a beautiful delicate work of art!

  9. What can you not do?...
    Your Creativity amazes me. This is seriously beautiful, stunning, gorgeous and elegant. love that it is a Christmas project. I wish Christmas was everyday or maybe every other day..LOL.
    The roses are a true beauty to look at. As for the snowflakes..LOVE it!
    Adore the fabulous sentiment!!!
    Thank you for stopping by and letting me know about Maddy. I almost posted it on my blog.
    Sending huge amounts of my love, HUGS and smiles to you my angelic friend,
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  10. Your wall hanging is so beautiful! Great job!

  11. What a pretty wall hanging project... love the design and those dies...

  12. Wow! This is just an awesome creation! I LOVE it...your wall hanging turned out beautiful!!!!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create & hope to see you back again for our next challenge!!!!!

  13. très chic, élégant et original Karen, c'est une merveille pour les yeux, merci de jouer a CSAYL, a bientôt, biz

  14. This is lovely - thanks for joining us at CSAYL - I wish you the best on the draw - have a lovely week - Gail

  15. Klasse, sieht toll aus. Danke für Deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. LG Jenny

  16. Beautiful work! so delicate!!!
    Thanks for joining us at CSAYL!

  17. Wow! This is gorgeous! I LOVE those snowflake dies. They are so elegant and delicate. Such a beautiful wall hanging, thanks for playing with CSAYL.

  18. what a pretty project the colours you have chosen and the die cuts are gorgeous
    Thanks for joining us at MIM for our final challenge and good luck
    Tracey x

  19. This is beautiful. Love all the pretty details. Thanks for sharing at CSAYL.

  20. Lovely project! Thanks for joining us this week at Crafting from the Heart, hope to see you back again soon. Hugs Angelie

  21. Beautiful wall hanging, Karen! All the flowers you added look so pretty! The red and white color combo looks great and the sentiment is perfect for this project! The little snowflakes are a very cute touch! :)


  22. WOW this is gorgeous!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!
    Hugs' xx
    Jackie - LTC owner

  23. Oh that's beautiful! I love it! Thank you for joining us at Love to Create Challenge this week! Mo xxx
    Why not link up at the Anything Goes challenge at Left of Center this month for a chance to lots of prizes from some amazing sponsors!

  24. What a perfect ornament. It's so beautiful with such a heartfelt sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Word Art Wednesday at our last week's Challenge. Hope you join us again this week. Leaving you with some inspiration from Psalm 120:1 which says, "I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me." Hugs and blessings...

    JO ANN


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