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Friday, May 15, 2015

Take Life by the Hand and Dance

Hello, sweet friends! I'm up on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, where my teamies and I have been inspired by movies this week. (In celebration of Cannes Film Festival in France.)

At the 1954 Festival, a beautiful ballet documentary titled Stars of the Russian Ballet was nominated for the Grand Prize. Some of the most famous and talented dancers of that time starred in the film, preserving a lovely moment in time where artistry and passion reigned supreme over perfect technique.

This card is for a precious child named Tralynn (and her mom). I happened upon her prayer page (Tralynn's Prayer Circle) and she tugged at my heartstrings. Tralynn is a warrior princess fighting cancer and I am so proud of her determination.
Maja Design's Sofiero Collection pairs with Coffee in the Arbour to create my floral stage. My base is made with Go Kreate Large Frame Frilly 10. Every ballerina needs her post-performance bouquet, so I combined my favorite shades of Wild Orchid Crafts roses (white, pink mist, lilac, and baby blue). Nestled within are sweet tulips, a new apple blossom, and a ruffly carnation.
I enhanced the tutu on my Marianne Design ballerina die with Madeleine lace, which is adorned with pearls. Her costume bodice was cut from The Magnificent Flowerstreet sheet and her base is a Marianne Design Circle and Flower Stitch. She is surrounded in a pearl string as she dances along her pearly path. A pearl rhinestone button centers my Juliette lace bow because you can never have too many pearls. The Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly remains my favorite, which is from their Small Exotic Butterflies set.

My sentiment is from a no longer produced Whimsical Designs stamp set, which is atop a Spellbinders Lacy Pennant (slightly modified for identical ends). This is my first time using a doily and I love the softness it adds.
This card will soon pirouette over to Tralynn to deliver love and sunshine. I will also be making a more typical kiddo card for her... but my heart was relentlessly prompted to create this ballet one for her first. Isn't she lovely?
Last week she twirled in a fluffy tutu through bubbles that her momma blew for her. It takes a warrior princess to dance while enduring cancer treatments... she is ever an inspiration. I hope she doesn't mind me exchanging the bubbles for pearls. ;)

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day!

Wonderful challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Celebrate); Celebrating life!
 *Crafty Boots~ Ribbon or Lace
 *Creative Inspirations~ Shabby Chic
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Die brands you carry are Cheery Lynn Designs and Spellbinders)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Inspiration Color Swatch
 *Simply Create Too~ Favorite Color Combo
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Spring Colors


  1. OMWORD!!! GORGEOUS comes to my mind first... then sweetness for making this for that special little young lady Tralynn..... She will dance with joy upon seeing this piece of art work... the flowers always pop at me first then the lovely lace you add along with those precious pearls.... adorn with beautiful butterflies and the sweet sentiment of perfection!!! Those elegant papers and shape design set it all in motion my friend! Beautiful work as always! :) Have a great day!

    Scrappers Anonymous

  2. This is stunning Karen. Your design is so pretty and delicate. I love the papers and all your detailing is so beautiful. I especially admire the way you have arranged the gorgeous flowers and pearls.
    I am sure sweet brave Tralynn will be so happy when she receives this card made with so much love.
    I hope you have a good weekend my kind and talented friend.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Oops I just left a comment, but I think the Blogger monster swallowed it. :-) Ok, here we go again: (please feel free to delete should you receive two comments). An absolutely beautiful card; I especially love how you've arranged the pearls at the ballerina's feet and the romantic lace bow with the pearl button. Sofiero is a stunning collection and you've shown off the papers beautifully with this shaped elegant card. I'm sure Tralynn will treasure it dearly; thanks for sharing her story.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  4. Beautiful creation and such a sweet sentiment! Thanks for joining us this week at 613 Avenue Create!

  5. I'M SWOONING!! Wow Karen, I am just never disappointed when I visit your blog! What a breathtaking card! That gorgeous shaped base, the soft subtle palette, the dainty ballerina, the pearls the..the...the...I LOVE IT ALL!! Another stunning creation! hugs :)

  6. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! If I were to picture a card that would represent you, this would be it!! Wow!! The colors, the flowers, the lace, the ballerina and most importantly the heart with which it was is magnificent!! I love the shape!! The papers are just beautiful!! I could go on and on because every single detail is perfect!! Tralynn and her Mom will absolutely adore it!! And knowing what you are going through and still you managed to make something this gorgeous - you are amazing!! Thinking of you!! Rest and relax this weekend!! Oh, I almost forgot to thank you for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Big hugs dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Hello my sweet friend!! This card is breathtaking! It just came through my email and I had to comment right away. The little details are gorgeous - as is precious little Tralynn.

    What a great challenge - and such a fabulous take on it. I was just in France (left this morning for England!) but wasn't able to go to the Cannes Festival. One day!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Wow!!!! This is just stunning! I love the soft colors of papers, the flowers, lace and what a beautiful ballerina:) I love the doily and sweet butterfly to:) May I ask what the name of that die is? I am sure they will absolutely adore this Karen! Just gorgeous my friend!
    Have a great weekend!
    Sherrie K

  9. Such a beautiful card with the perfect touches of flowers. I love the addition of the gorgeous butterfly! The papers are so pretty as well! This will be treasured by the recipient and her family as she endures this difficult journey! Have a great day!

  10. Oh, my! What a stunning sweet creation you created, Karen! It's a true created beauty from the heart! Love the ballerina with lace and lots of pretty pearls just below her dancing feet! Love the shape of the card, butterfly, flowers, and wonderful lace bow! Tralynn and her Mom will treasure this gorgeous card! And, I thank you for always leaving such sweet comment on my blog! You take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!:-)

  11. Your floral stage is gorgeous and I love the enhanced ballet skirt and oh, the pearls! Such a wonderful card for such a sweet little girl. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. OMG! This card is absolutely stunning! I love the ballerina and her pretty skirt, that butterfly, and all those beautiful layers! I am sure that Tralynn and her Mom will cherish this card! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #17!

  13. Beautiful card, I love the delicate layout and gorgeous embellishments. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  14. My angelic friend, this is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I absolutely adore the pretty details of the pearls and tutu on the ballerina!! The ballerina is just Gorgeous! The Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly die is one of my favorites too! It is on my wish list! ADORE the pretty flower sprays!!! The Maja Design's Sofiero Collection adds a Elegant touch to your BEAUTIFUL creation! The sweet little angel will absolutely LOVE this! I DO!
    You are truly a blessing to me and others.
    Sending all of my love, hugs and smiles
    Crafting With Creative M

  15. Wow, wow and wow! This is just amazing. So many gorgeous adornments and so beautifully done. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  16. Simply Beautiful Karen.....WOW! Every detail is just perfect :) The papers are so the pearls. Sweet Traylnn will cherish this gorgeous creation!
    ps..Thank you so much for visiting me...your kind words brighten my day. have a wonderful week :)

  17. A beautiful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  18. Your card is absolutely beautiful! Wonderful details and such a soft, sweet look! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

  19. Stunning creations, Karen. Your attention to the details and every bit is so thought through - gorgeous!

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  21. This card is just Jaw-Dropping Gorgeous. I love everything about it! Great design, love the skirt that you added on your image, I just love it, love it!! Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze Challenge and hope to see more of your beautiful creations here. I will keep your little sweet one in my prayers.

    Hugs to both of you
    Joanie DT

  22. This card is so pretty and every detail you put into it just echos the love and creativity in your beautiful heart. That precious little girl will absolutely love this! I bet it puts a smile on her face and in her heart. You are so wonderful Karen!!


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