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Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate Each New Day

Happy Friday, sweet friends! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, where this week we are showcasing Pion Design's new collection: Linnaeus Botanical Journal. And what a lovely collection it is!

Thank you for the beautiful words last week. It was a tough one but your kindness brought joy to my heart. :o) I am trying to move on the best way I know how, which is to bless another family in need.

This is for the parents of a sweet 4-year-old battling an inoperable brain tumor. One thing I have learned from these families I work with is to celebrate each new day. They never know if they'll have another one as their children face terminal diseases. They genuinely celebrate every shared breath of life.
I'm sending them blue skies, touches of sunshine, and an abundance of nature's beauty. The central image is from the Plumbago Auriculata sheet, layered atop a glimmering Joy! Crafts Lacey Square. The scene is so beautiful and large enough on the 12x12 sheet to shine on its own. The new (and irresistible) Sunflower Pearl Trim lines exquisite Coco lace. The blue base is the reverse of the Borders sheet, which I paired with a Maja Design Coffee in the Arbor yellow. The base shape is my favorite: Go Kreate's Large Frame Frilly #10.
The layered butterflies are cut from the Borders sheet. With Mandy's health declining, they're doubled up with prayers of hope. I particularly love the sunshiny ones. :o) The floral arrangement consists of several Wild Orchid Crafts goodies, joined by decoration berries and beaded pomegranate apples (in Vanilla Cupcake and Apple Chutney). 
I love resin pieces and incorporated two into my card. The key dangling from the flowers is from the Melissa Frances Small Lockbox Appliqué set, which I paired with a Prima Shabby Chic Square Frame. Both are accented with Shabby White Frontage. The My Craft Spot Tiny Tags 3 sentiment is stamped onto a section of a Pion border.
The interior is lined with the Caroli sheet (I keep calling it cannoli!), which is another lovely shade of blue. The Linnaeus Botanical Journal color palette is truly divine and the artwork is beautiful. I pray it fills their hearts with the light they need.

Thank you for visiting and have a beautiful day! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Summer; I used butterflies, blue skies, and sunlight)
 *Butterfly Challenge~ Flowers and Butterflies
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Inspirations~ Your Favorite; My fave card base shape and embellishments (flowers and pearls)
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes


  1. A truly stunning card Karen made with so much love. Your design with those gorgeous Pion papers is so beautiful. I love the way you have used the Joy! Crafts Lacey Square, wonderful framed sentiment and the layered butterflies look so pretty.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend my kind and talented friend.
    hugs Sue xx

  2. It is always so touching to read about the families who will receive your creations and this one is so special and beautiful. I love the layered butterflies and gorgeous colour scheme.

  3. HI Karen!!! I'm just flabbergasted.... It's simply Gorgeous!!! Beautiful Butterflies & Summer Flowers which are a ray of sunshine & hope.... An Abundance of Glitters & Pearls and such beauty in that paper... it is a work of art and they are so blessed to have you thinking of them during this difficult time.... I will pray for them... Have a Crafty Day! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  4. WOW WOW WOW!!! Oh how I missed my dose of Karen gorgeousness while I was MIA, this is just a breath of fresh air with a side of WOWSERS!! Love the fancy shaped base and your colours are completely dreamy! I love the addition of the butterflies and that little frame is a wonderful way to highlight your sentiment!! Hope you had a great week, and here's to a lovely weekend as well. hugs :)

  5. Oh, wow!!! This is such a beautiful piece of artwork Karen. The shape is gorgeous and the colours are so very pretty as is the detail.
    Reading your touching stories moves me. You are one extraordinary crafter.
    Have a lovely weekend and big hugs.
    Donna xx

  6. Another work of art. I'm sure that it will be treasured. Thanks for playing at Butterfly Challenge #33. Glenda

  7. This is just beautiful! Your amazing talent and ability to give to those struggling is such a blessing! I am in awe of this creation and I hope it brings joy to the parents. Looking forward to catching up on your blog today since I haven't been able to visit for the last couple weeks! Hugs!! <3

  8. You have reduced me to tears again with your oh so beautiful card. Absolutely exquisite. I am sure it will be a wonderful surprise for the family to receive and to keep. Thankyou so much for fluttering by with your card today. hugs Mrs A. Butterfly challenge.

  9. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! What gorgeous papers!! I absolutely adore the layers and the shapes of this!! Those butterflies are so beautiful!! I love how you framed the sentiment!! Each detail is exquisite and perfect and incredible!! It's a true work of art that will be so cherished!! You know how thankful I am for you and all of these families feel the same way. What a blessing you are!! I hope you have a relaxing, restful and blessed weekend my dear friend. Hugest Friday hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Very pretty card, the papers are gorgeous. Each and every detail is simply fabulous with all of the beautiful flowers and butterflies. I just know how much these cards must be treasured by the families. The work you do is such a blessing. Hope you have an amazing day!

  11. This is truly stunning! Filled with love and heart felt wishes. Gorgeous.

  12. This is totally stunning Karen in fact, I have just had a lovely time looking through your blog - love your work.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. (Your newest follower). x

  13. This is absolutely stunning! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,

  14. Oh, my! Truly a stunning creation filled with beauty, Karen! Wonderful sweet butterflies, lace, flowers, and pearls! The frame with sentiment is perfect! I'm sure the parents will love and appreciate this treasured piece! I hope all is well with you! Take care, blessings to you!:-)

  15. Gorgeous creation! Love the butterflies! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  16. My angelic friend,
    Such a beautiful creation. One that I am sure will bring such joy, peace, comfort and love to the recipient. I am absolutely stunned by the GORGEOUS pattern paper. Such a sweet scene. The Prima Shabby Chic Square Frame adds that elegant touch. I really love that. I love the Tiny Tags 3 sentiment. It is one of my favorite stamps. The detail of the small lockbox is PRECIOUS! Now, the Butterflies are just GORGEOUS! I love butterflies!
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs, & smiles..always thinking of you
    Also, I want send my love, hugs and smiles to your mom, dad & brother as well..
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  17. What a beautiful card! I love the shape and all those gorgeous embellishments look so pretty!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Vic x

  18. This is breathtaking, Karen! Giving this gift so evocative of blue skies and sunshine will be a tonic for the family! Continued blessing to you, my dear, for all you do!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  19. This is just stunning Karen! I love the shape and the beautiful whimsical feel it has! So many beautiful elements and gorgeous details! The little framed in sentiment is fabulous!
    Every card you create and post you can just see the love you pour into it! Incredible my friend!
    Sherrie K

  20. Gorgeous card Karen. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  21. A super cute creation! So elegant and floral! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  22. So beautiful this is such a pretty card the colours and embellishments are fabulous and made more special by the story about the recipients of this card its must be heartbreaking for them Love and hugs Carole x

  23. Very lovely card. The soft colors are beautiful together. Thank You for sharing with us over at LIL Patch of Crafty Friends.

    Michelle (DT)

    1. This is beautiful! Lovely details! Thanks so much for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  24. Karen, what a lovely card this is, as all of your others! What a wonderful thing you do, working in this way with the children. I know it must be rewarding, but heart breaking as well. What a gift you give to these parents! Gazing at your cards is like taking in a breath of the freshest air! Lovely butterflies and every single perfect detail is just gorgeous! I hope you are finding blessings in your trying times right now. Thank you for all your sweet thoughts on my blog! Hugs to you!

  25. Karen, what a lovely card this is, as all of your others! What a wonderful thing you do, working in this way with the children. I know it must be rewarding, but heart breaking as well. What a gift you give to these parents! Gazing at your cards is like taking in a breath of the freshest air! Lovely butterflies and every single perfect detail is just gorgeous! I hope you are finding blessings in your trying times right now. Thank you for all your sweet thoughts on my blog! Hugs to you!

  26. My greatest fear in the past whilst I was on DTs was that we'd have the theme national flag...but you've proven with this card that Sweden's blue and yellow aren't bad at all. :-) So soft, subtle and elegant. I'm sure it will bring comfort to the parents.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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