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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sympathy Card (and happy to be back!)

Hello, sweet friends! Thank you for the lovely emails and messages checking up on me over the past 2.5 months! I appreciate you and am thankful you stuck with me during my absence. :o)

The last three cards I posted were for a beautiful family whose little one was fighting for her life. Precious Audrey has earned her wings and is flying high, free from the battles she fought throughout her short 1.5 years. I love and miss her so much.

The inspiring love her parents share (celebrated in this card) continues and is helping them endure a heartache I wish no parent faced.
The gorgeous papers are from Pion Designs' Paris Flea Market, chosen due to their coordinating pink and blue patterns. Audrey was a twin, leaving behind a confused little boy who calls Heaven on his toy phone to speak with his sister. I wanted my card for their parents to show that Audrey and Asher are always together.
My sentiment is from JustRite's With Sympathy stamp set, which is layered upon Joy! Crafts Frame and 3 Corners. The coordinating Ornate Edge adorns the top of the card. Wild Orchid Crafts blossoms provide a sympathy bouquet that will never fade, with Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes scrolling beneath. A Cheery Lynn Two of Hearts die accents the corner, topped with a Pion pink butterfly... Audrey's heart will always flutter within her grieving family.
The small banner is cut from a Maja Design My Precious Daughter paper, delivering a lovely message when words were so hard to come by. Beautiful Chloe Lace from Live & Love Crafts trims the center, which is topped with a WOC flat-back pearl strand. The papers and most of the flowers are also available from Live & Love Crafts, which is my favorite store. It's so dreamy.

A sprinkling of pearls, Pion Paris Flea Market butterflies, and machine-stitching finish a most difficult card to create. I pray it continues to deliver heavenly hope and love to this family I dearly love.
Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Diamonds)
 *Crafty Boots~ Red, White, or Blue
 *Die Cuttin Divas~ National Garden Month (use something found in gardens)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Springtime Flowers
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Anything Goes


  1. Soooo VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU!! I missed your beautiful projects!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!! As I expect no less from you!!!! :) Such a beautiful & touching sentiment... This family will appreciate your kind words during this difficult time! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  2. My sweetest friend, you know how happy I am that you are back!! And you returned with such an amazing card!! This is just stunning!! I love those papers!! You showcased them so beautifully!! And what a touching and beautiful sentiment!! I know Audrey's parents treasured this card as they do your friendship!! Gorgeous, gorgeous my dear friend!! I absolutely love it!! I hope you are having a wonderful day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Woohoo!!! So happy to see you back creating, my friend! I love seeing your creations! And, you made another lovely card! Sorry to hear about precious little Audrey! Her parents I'm sure will treasure the gorgeous card you made them with perfect sentiment! Hope you and family are doing well! Take care, hugs!!!:-)

  4. Such sad times but your card is beautiful and a comfort. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Such a beautiful card for a sad occasion.

  6. Welcome back my sweet friend! Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous card! The papers are so pretty and just love the pastel, soft colors! The whimsical feel is awesome and truly love the sentiment! It will bring Audrey's parents comfort during this difficult time.
    You are amazing and so very thoughtful :)
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie k

  7. Karen, this is beautiful. I have been thinking about you. I miss seeing your beautiful pieces of art arrive at our home each month. God Bless you and keep you healthy :) Thank you for joining us this week at TTCRD.
    Cindy- TTCRD

  8. So happy to see your amazing creation, welcome back in the bloggie world! I have missed your sweet projects. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your heart warming comments. Hope you are feeling back to normal. Your card is so beautiful and is perfect during such a difficult time, so sorry to hear about Audrey. Looking forward to more visits to your blog! Have a great evening my friend!

  9. I pretty much don't know what to say, Karen, except to tell you that I have tears streaming down my face, both because of the sad event, but also because your words and your card moved me so deeply! As a grandmother of twins, it tore me up, but I hope the parents and Asher will someday be able to read your heartfelt post. It will bring them comfort. You yourself are a living angel!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. I'm so sorry about little Audrey. Your card is beautiful and a true work of art. Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


  11. Beautiful card for such a sad occasion, all your details are gorgeous - thanks for sharing with us at TTCRD this week and good luck
    Andrea x

  12. Hi Karen, I am so glad you're back!!!!! So sorry to hear about little Audrey, you have truly honoured her memory with this gorgeous card. The wonderful soft colours and florals. oh boy I sure missed your wonderful creations!! extra big welcome back hugs! :)

  13. This is so pretty with so many lovely details. What a lovely way to mark a sad time. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  14. What a beautiful card for such a sad occasion!!! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  15. Such a pretty card!!! Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, good luck!!! Amy DT

  16. Such a beautiful card and gesture Karen. That is always a parents biggest fear, losing one of their children. And this little one was so young...heartbreaking. I'm so glad you're back to crafting! It's always a joy seeing your beautiful creations in our challenge. And thank you fo your sweet words on the blog!

    Many Hugs,
    613 Avenue Create

  17. Very pretty card and I love the soft, pastel colours you used. Thank you for joining in the Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Fussy & Fancy Friday DT

  18. Hi Karen, You know how HAPPY I am to see you posting again and crafting my friend!!!
    LOVE that you are BACK!!! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!!
    I know how you feel inside but know that Audrey is resting with our father.Your beautiful card and prayers will provide comfort to her parents.
    So, I immediately noticed the stitching on this precious creation!I need to practice sewing on my card.
    I do sew but I need to improve.
    I love the Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes and it is on my wish list!
    I missed you so much and I love you so much!! I REALLY do!!!
    I do want you to so too much... so if you comment on my blog which I always LOVE and appreciate,you do not have to comment on FB. LOL I get confused myself on
    Sending TONS of my love, hugs, smiles and prayers to you and your family
    Have a wonderful day my angelic friend,
    Crafting With Creative M

  19. Absolutely beautiful card Karen. I would have cried making that. the verse is perfect. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  20. This is such a pretty card with a wonderful scripture - perfect for such a truly sad occasion. Thank you for entering the TTPH challenge this month, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  21. Well Hello there :-) So glad to see you back with your amazing talent. This is stunning. Fabulous design and colours and the perfect sentiment for a family in grief! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  22. This is absolutely beautiful! I am so sorry to hear about little Audrey. How wonderful that you made something so beautiful for her family at such a difficult time. You are such a blessing to all that know you. I am so thankful that you are back and feeling better. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope you get to enjoy some more crafty time as I can hardly wait to see what you have to share next!! Hugs to you Karen!!! :)

  23. All is can say is this is just beautiful in every way..

    Fiona DT

  24. Welcome back.....I'm so sorry to hear about Audrey :( Her family will really love this beautiful card, the sentiment is perfect. Love the soft colouring and gorgeous cluster of flowers.

  25. Welcome back, Karen! I have so missed your dear heartfelt blog posts, and hope that you are doing well. Sympathies to you, and prayers for Audrey's friends and family. Your card, of course, is just as beautiful as your wonderful heart - so sweetly shared with everyone, and so kindly put together with loving hands. So glad to hear from you! love, de

  26. Hi,

    This is just to let you know that you have been placed in the Crafty Boots 'Red, White or Blue' Challenge. Many congratulations.

    We are offering the winner and two runners up from this challenge Guest Design Team spots for a future challenge, which starts on 8 June. 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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