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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Beautiful Love

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a blessed week. :o)

As you all know, the I Feel the Love Project has defined my crafty life over the past few years. Creating for charity has been my paper crafting purpose. On January 1st, sweet Madison announced its unexpected ending due to circumstances within her family. I honestly felt lost most of that week, as a huge part of my mission was gone.

Shortly thereafter, I was perusing prayer pages to find more kids to pray for. One in particular tugged on my heartstrings and I spent a considerable amount of time learning more about this child and her family. I'm honored to be making cards not only for the precious girl who is battling numerous health problems, but also for her siblings and parents. When one suffers, all who love her do as well.

My first card is for her parents, who I very quickly came to love. The 'me' in this sentiment is not me... rather, this is essentially for them to give each other. They share the most beautiful love and this is a celebration of it.
The stress and heartache they have endured since their daughter's birth often drive apart marriages. Thankfully, they have only grown closer and it is beyond inspiring. Love never fails and I believe with all of my heart that their unyielding connection is a big reason why their little girl is still here fighting. They certainly have no time, resources, or energy to spoil one another with a tiny handmade gift... so I'm doing it for them. :o)
"You & Me" is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2 stamp set, which I've nestled within a Prima resin heart. I adhered varying sizes of pearls inside, as love is ever bubbling up within them. To make it appear as a hanging heart, I placed two pretty roses atop it and Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes (right and left). Fluttering nearby is my favorite Cheery Lynn butterfly from the Small Exotic Butterflies #1 set.
A soft and sweet bouquet adorns the entire corner, as their relationship continues to blossom despite dire circumstances. All are from Wild Orchid Crafts, with more Cheery Lynn vines beneath. The flowers are covered in Shimmer Spritz for a pretty sparkle. The side panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Baby's Breath embossing folder, which is accented with pearls. The pearl trim and church window guipure lace are from The Ribbon Girl.
My card base is made with the Cheery Lynn Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frames set. The floral paper is from Maja Design's Sofiero collection (retired), while the hearts and solid pink are from Maja's Coffee in the Arbour collection.

I hope with all of my heart that the sweet recipients enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and have a blessed day! :o)

Inspiring challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Winnie the Pooh)
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Sweethearts (Add a heart)
 *Crafty Boots~ Butterflies
 *Creative Inspirations~ Pretty Pearls
 *Dies R Us~ Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug Baby's Breath)
 *DL.Art~ January Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Penny's Paper-Crafting~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Have a Heart (Create for someone you love!)
 *SweetStamps~ Hearts
 *The Ribbon Girl~ Pink


  1. My dear sweet and kind and talented friend. It is clear to see all the love you have put into making this stunning and very special card. I truly love every single detail - the gorgeous soft colours, beautiful papers and such pretty detailing.
    I am sure the recipients will treasure this beautiful gift.
    Sending you hugs, Sue xx

  2. WOWZER!!!! My sweet friend, this is unbelievably gorgeous. You have once again created a masterpiece that I ham sure will delight the recipient. I love all the flowers, but the butterfly is also my favorite.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  3. A beautiful card Karen, a lovely design and gorgeous papers........... your resin heart is stunning and fabulous techniques and embellishments!!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  4. Stunning card with all it's gorgeous details and how heartwarming reading your reason for are an angel in disguise....they will love it!!! Thank you for joining us at Dies R Us" for our "use an embossing folder" challenge!
    Diane DRU DT

  5. Wow Karen, this is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen and for one of the most admirable causes! I have just added that butterfly die set to my wish list because it is gorgeous! Love your flower arrangement and the prima heart is a stunning focal piece! You truly are a talented lady with a kind heart and I am so honoured to call you friend! big hugs :)

  6. lovely card and embellishments thanks for sharing with 613 avenue create Rachel dt

  7. This is stunningly beautiful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations this week xxx

  8. What a beautiful card, Karen. I am certain the family will love it. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  9. WOW - this is stunning. I love the choice of papers and wonderful flowers. Beautiful frame - such an elegant card and so thoughtful! TFS

  10. Oh Karen you have such a good heart! Bless you! This is just GORGEOUS! WOW! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘USE AN EMBOSSING FOLDER along with your dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  11. So beautiful, I know the family will love this! All of the heartwarming touches you have added to your card will not go unnoticed! Such a wonderful cause! The butterfly is one of my favorite elements, just love everything about this! Have a great day my friend!

  12. My sweetest friend, this is beyond stunning!! You can feel the love you put into this card!! The heart is the perfect focal point!! I love the beautiful bouquet of flowers!! The touch of embossing and the lace are fabulous!! And the butterfly is so pretty!! I'm adding the CL dies you used for the base to my wish list!! I love, love, love this card!! It's so incredibly gorgeous!! They will cherish it!! I hope you are having a wonderful week my dear friend!! Happy Thursday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Oh Karen what a wonderful gift you are giving, it is simply beautiful a masterpiece. You can tell that you have put a great deal of love into this card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member

  14. Truly an amazing creation for such a wonderful cause! The family will certainly treasure it! Your card is absolutely gorgeous from top to bottom with the embossing, flowers, resin heart with pearls, lace, and die cuts! Your attention to detail is exquisite! I'm in awe of your creativity! You have a wonderful rest of the week! Take care! Hugs and blessings to you!:-)

  15. Wow - just WOW! This is beyond gorgeous. I love everything about it. It is so wonderful that you are using your talents to bolster the spirits of people in need. Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week. I am now your newest follower and would love it if you visited my Make Time To Craft Blog and became a follower too.

  16. Hi Karen,
    I just wanted to let you know that we are looking for more people to be part of our team over at BBTB2. I have enjoyed the amazingly talented ladies over at My Craft Spot. I really miss the site. You have made some amazing creations. I hope you will consider being part of our team.

  17. Oh wow wow wow Karen what a beautiful card l just adore everything you have done with your creation! always you use the most beautiful elements and dress it to perfection and the colours just blend in so beautifully too! truly your one talented crafter and it's a pleasure to know you as a blogging friend xx

  18. Karen, every visit to your blog truly melts my heart - what an amazing person you are - so sincere, kind and full of Love - thank you so much for sharing yourself with the rest of us. I'm sorry this charity is leaving a space in your life just now. But I know another need will present itself shortly. In the meantime, how incredible your heart-project is! Simply breathtaking, it is definitely NOT simple in design - so much lovingkindness went into its creation. So gorgeous! hugs, de

  19. Wow Karen - it's simply gorgeous and I'm sure the recipient will always treasure this beautiful card you made for them..... It's so touching and I just love the way your detailed it and added all those special touches to it. It's so breath taking - so so beautiful!

  20. I gotta tell ya... my jaw drop when I saw this card! OMGOSH! It's Amazing & Beautiful... and you have such a BIG HUGE HEART for doing what you do! I know the people who receive your cards appreciate them.... They are uplifting, kind, & caring just like you are.... :)

  21. Wow , stunning card! all the elements in this are simply gorgeous!

  22. This is breathtaking Karen! It totally amazing me how you can consistently deliver such gorgeous designs time after time! You truly are amazing and so talented and always doing for others! I know this will be treasured and it is so touching to read your story! You have such a big heart Karen and it shows in your work!
    I just love the card base, the pretty papers....all the flowers/flourishes and beautiful lace. The resin heart is beautiful as is the sentiment! Incredible my friend!
    Have a great wknd!
    Sherrie K

  23. What a spectacular and stunning creation Karen...I love all your projects but this one is so so beautiful
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  24. Such beautiful detail and what a special project you are involved in. Your kindness and care are definitely reflected in this.

    Thank you for joining the challenge this week.

    have a wonderful weekend.

  25. Gorgeous project, and I really love the soft and elegant way you have put it together. Lovely project you are involved in also, so sweet of you. Thank you for joining us in our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week. Best wishes!

  26. Such a kind gesture. The card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your entry with the cheery lynn challenge. Best of luck.

  27. Amazing I love the lace and flowers!

  28. Wow, this is a stunning creation, a thing a beauty. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  29. Hi Karen,
    I know the feeling about IFTL project. I read the news and could not comment until later on.
    I am still sad but I understand. When I first saw this post I thought your project was a album.WOW!!
    Stunning & just Gorgeous! The butterfly is simply Gorgeous!! My favorite! The flowers are so beautiful and I adore the pretty little heart frame. The floral paper is outrageously Beautiful!!
    I think you are Awesome with a HUGE and BEAUTIFUL ! You touch everyone's heart with your amazing creativity as well as your wonderful heart!
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs & smiles
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  30. What an incredibly stunning & heartfelt card. You are very inspiring. Thanks for joining us for our 'Embossing Folders' challenge #18.
    Alicia (Dies R Us DT)
    MaxiBelle Studio

  31. are amazingly inspirational!!!! Beautiful card and LOVE your creative abilities:). Scrolled thru your blog and WOW....I am your newest follower😉. Thanks for visiting my blog
    Blessings and Hugs

  32. Karen your creations are always stunning and mini works of art! You amaze me with your talent :) Thanks for always playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create!


  33. Oh wow Karen, this is truly gorgeous with a wonderful shabby chic feel. The colours and design is so fresh and I adore the ornate heart.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  34. Your floral arrangement is stunning! Thank you for joining in on the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  35. hi Karen! wow, a gorgeous and romantic card...stunning! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    add a little glimmer to your life....sparkle & shine! *~*

  36. This is a beautiful creation. Wonderful colours and design. Thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  37. Your posts are so uplifting and inspirational! I admire what you do for these children and their families! You are so amazing Karen and I'm thankful that I found you. You are such a blessing to me and so many others! May you have a blessed day!
    PS your card is absolutely stunning <3

  38. What a wonderful, caring, thoughtful gesture and the card is amazing and gorgeous!

  39. This is so pretty, Karen!! The flowers are beautiful and I love the embossing! I really like the base of the card and all of the pearls too! They will cherish this card! :)


  40. What a beautiful post are so kind and thoughtful! They will absolutely love your gorgeous card. Its so so pretty, love the cluster of pearls within the frame.
    ps. Thank you so much for the kind words you leave me.......I really appreciate it :)

  41. Hello, I found you via your top 3 on Penny's challenge, congrats :D but I stopped by because your card was just glorious x I have read your post and wanted to say that your inner beauty shows in your crafting xx
    crafty hugs to you
    Sandie xx

  42. Stunning creation Karen! Such a heartfelt story. Congrats on the top 3 at Penny's Paper Crafty. Your love shines through your creation. This family is so lucky to have you on their cheering squad. Thanks for sharing your love and your gorgeous creation with us. Have a fabulous month of February. Hugs, Gloria

  43. You just have the biggest heart! You work is amazing that I get lost in it's beauty! This family is so blessed to have you as a prayer warrior, but will also be blessed to receive your beautiful work of art.

  44. Hi Karen

    This is just to let you know that you have been placed in the Crafty Boots ‘Butterfly'’ Challenge. Many congratulations.

    We are offering the winner and runners up of this challenge Guest Design Team spots for our 16 March challenge.

    Please contact me at if you would like more information about participating in this new challenge.

    Don’t forget to collect a copy of the Crafty Boots Challenge badge from our blog.

    Kindest regards.



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