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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anything Goes at 7 Kids College Fund!

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

Today begins a new Anything Goes challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! Although the challenge is Anything Goes for participants, the Design Team added a twist for our inspiration! We are showcasing some of our favorite products from January's Winter CHA. How fun!

One product that stood out to me is a gorgeous flower die from Memory Box. I thought it would be lovely for one of the recipients of this month's I Feel the Love Project. We are creating for children who are abused, neglected, and at-risk. Along with that, we are making cards for staff members at the non-profit who works with these children.

The caregivers have challenging days and need encouragement too, so that was my inspiration for this card.
The flower die is large and beautiful! I cut out the Delightful Peony Background with white paper and inked it up with varying shades of Tim Holtz Distress Ink to make it warm and sunshiny. The Delightful Peony Outline was cut out in a soft green, as white was a little too glaring for this card's color palette.

I layered my flower on one of my favorite combination of Spellbinders dies: Labels 18 and Floral Ovals, which are popped up with foam tape for dimension. One is embossed with my new Lifestyle Crafts Sprig embossing folder, while the other is accented with rhinestones. This truly is one of the most lovely flower dies I've used and I'm anxious to use it again soon. (Maybe with pretty pink inks?!) Although tonal and a little difficult to see, the corner decoration beneath the Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly is a Marianne Design Petra's Corners die.
My papers are from the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed collection. Their beauty has saved me a lot in recent weeks! Their designs stand so gorgeously on their own. There was a LOT more I wanted to do with this card, but I was just too sick. In fact, this is probably the simplest card I've ever made. It served as a reminder that what matters is the love with which it was made. I pray it brings hope and joy to its special recipient.

You have two weeks to play along with us, so link up your inspiring creations at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog! We look forward to seeing your work. :o) Have a blessed day!

Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Spring)
 *Crafting for All Seasons~ Dies and Punches (Flower, base, large butterfly dies; mini butterfly punch)
 *Crafty Catz~ Springtime
 *Creative Card Crew~ Spring
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *FAN-Tastic Tuesday~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Spring Has Sprung
 *Pile It On~ Feminine
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. Oh my word Karen! Do I need to get me this flower die.... I just love your take on this card... It is just adorable in every angle that I'm looking at it...So many possibilities for all occasions.... Love the papers and how you distressed the flower image, indeed pink would be just as prettier too! LOL!

  2. WOW Karen you have made the flower really shine!!! And your card is for such a noble cause!!

  3. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, that flower is gorgeous!! I'm adding it to my must-have list!! You inked the background perfectly!! It just glows!! Love those HC papers!! And the corner design and butterfly are just perfect!! I don't see a "simple" thing about this - it's full of color and details and love!! Be proud that you were able to make something so stunning while not feeling well!! And speaking of...I hope you are feeling much better now. Thinking of you and praying for you my dear friend!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Your card is as stunning as ever Karen. I LOVE the flower and the way you have coloured it looks so beautiful. Those papers are totally gorgeous as is your fabulous detailing. Your cards are always made with so much love and it is clear to see how much thought you put into your designs.
    Sorry to hear that you are unwell, I pray that you are feeling better soon.
    Take care, sending you hugs, Sue xx

  5. Just tweeted out a picture of this beautiful card!! Thank you so much Karen. I can only imagine how special the staff member who gets this will feel!! Love to you!
    ~Madison and Cindy

  6. really a very pretty card Karen!! Love the colors!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

  7. Beautiful - love the design and paper!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  8. Hi Karen, Oh wow this is another of your fantastic cards and all for a good course too! what beautiful backing papers karen and all of the attention to detail shines through truly is so beautiful xx

  9. What a beautiful card! It will surely bring hope and joy to the recipient!

  10. It is a beautiful die-cut!! Your coloring and choice of DP is perfect and the butterflies make the perfect embellishments for it! Really well done! Thank you so much for sharing your project & creativity at our house!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave Create:
    #66 ATG Challenge [with optional "Sights, Sounds, Smells, Taste of Spring"]
    RubberMAD (

  11. Absolutely gorgeous Karen,
    I love the die and the flower and all the bling are just so precious. I am sure what ever child receives this card will be joy filled know someone special took the time too think of them.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes April Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  12. Simply GORGEOUS Karen! I love the flower and that beautiful paper.... The card as a whole has an Elegance feel... LOVE IT! :o)


  13. Fabulous Design....thank you for your valued support in entering our challenge, without you we would have no challenge.and I do hope you will join us again next week...for another fab challenge....
    Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge

  14. Oh this is gorgeous and the die is stunning...
    Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz.x

  15. Hi Karen, what a beautiful card. Love the way you have colured the flower. Thank you for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this week.

  16. oh what lovely dies you have used and a beautiful card, thanks for sharing at Crafty catz this week

  17. Stunning card, fabulous papers and love love the flower - gorgeous. Sorry to hear you have not been well, hope you feel much better soon! TFS

  18. Karen, this is absolutely stunning! I love the look of the peony in soft green. It's perfect! And that butterfly? Just beautiful! Your card contains such a wonderful colour combination and all the details work so wonderfully well with your beautiful paper. Gorgeous - every part of it!! (I'm always incredibly impressed with your creations, but even more so with this one as I know you were under the weather and feeling a bit rushed too. You're amazingly talented!!)

  19. WOW! What a beautiful flower. Nice card!

    Thank you for participating in the OSAAT Challenge! I hope you'll join us again real soon!

  20. Super cute card, wonderful design!
    Glad you joined us for the Challenge at One Stitch At A Time, hope to see you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ OSAAT DT ~

  21. So gorgeous. I do love the background you created. The flower is awesome against the dark green mat. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Good luck. Maggie - DT

  22. Lovely card!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  23. This is beautiful, Karen! The flower and butterfly is so pretty and all the bling looks great! I really like the embossing and the background paper goes perfect with the flower! I hope you have a great day! :)


  24. Really pretty card. I like embossing and peony dies. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew. Good Luck, Joanna DT

  25. You have made a wonderfull creation and it fits perfectly for our challenge at Crafting for all Seasons. Thank you for joining our challenge! xx Bianca

  26. Great! I love the background. The flower has received very interesting with this spill in the middle.
    Thank you for participating in our challenge at Creative Card Crew.
    Adriana DT

  27. Super spring card thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan


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