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Friday, June 19, 2015

With Sympathy

Hello, sweet friends! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, sharing a pearly creation. I think the entire DT's hearts fluttered when we saw Sandy's theme of pearls for the week. :o)

One of the special little ones I have been charitably involved with could not defeat the monster that is cancer. If ever there was a time for me to be my typical sappy and wordy self, it would be for this baby girl that I love with every beat of my heart. However, it is too fresh and I am unable.
I gathered some of Sandy's new goodies and Pion Design papers to create with the utmost beauty. I combined two collections: My Precious Daughter and Paris Flea Market. My central focal point paper is from My Precious Daughter (My Daughter 6x6), which is perfect beyond words for the occasion. Their sweet angel will forever be a gift of love. It sits atop a Joy! Crafts die from the Frame and 3 Corners set.
The Pion butterflies are cut from the Baby Doll sheet. The gorgeous Shabby Chiffon Ruffle Trim is lined with the new Sunflower Pearl Trim. The new pearl products are exquisite! Nestled within it is a Lace Heart Appliqué, centered with a sweet Wild Orchid Crafts lilac rose. We all must tuck every precious memory deep into our hearts.

The beautiful middle panel of butterflies is the Die-Versions Whispers Butterfly Punch Border. I centered each one with a pearly memory and trimmed it on top with a Tattered Lace Beloved Border.
Tucked beneath the floral arrangement is a doily, which adds such softness. Decoration berries lend a touch of sparkle to the WOC bouquet of white and lilac roses and an apple blossom. My sentiment is from JustRite's With Sympathy set, which is cut out with a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant.
To engulf the card (and recipients) in steadfast love, I used resin corners from Prima's Lace Heart and Corners set. Sandy's new Flatback Pearl String lines the top and I snipped off two of the Sunflower Pearls for my butterfly border. Rather than emboss the Joy! Crafts Butterfly Edge, I adhered pearls in the same design.
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful weekend!

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes 
 *Butterfly Challenge~ Butterflies and Flowers
 *Papertake Weekly~ Ohh So Pretty
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Fave Color Combo: Pink and Purple (I used Die-Versions, Tattered Lace, and Spellbinders dies)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Favorite Technique/Product (Trims, flowers, and dies)
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting sentiment


  1. So beautiful and you have brought a tear to my eye its such a sad story The card is very special its wonderful and will be greatly treasured .Love and hug Carole x

  2. Ooh what a beautiful beautiful creation Karen and I am always amazed at how you continue to work with families of children with cancer. Being a doctor I know how depressing it can be. Hats off to you Karen.

    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  3. A beautiful and heartfelt tribute. End of life care with children nearly did me in during my 44 years. I pray for you and the family.
    Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, on our 188th Challenge. We appreciate you very much during this very emotional and sad time..
    Blessings, Carole

  4. Oh my dear friend, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of someone so young. I cannot begin to imagine the pain her parents must feel but I am sure that your beautiful card made with so much love will be a great comfort to them. The papers are gorgeous and your detailing is so pretty and delicate.
    Take care of yourself Karen, you are such a special and talented person with such a kind heart.
    Wishing you a good weekend, sending hugs, Sue xx

  5. Wow this is so pretty, love the way you created this special sympathy card for that little girl being so young.. It's saddens anyone to go through such a difficult time with any age of loss. I'm sure your card gave them some relief and some uplifting with those butterflies spreading their little wings....
    TFS and enjoy your happy weekend!

  6. My sweetest friend, this brings tears to my eyes. I know how hard this was for you to make, Karen. You did an amazing job with a heavy heart. It's absolutely stunning. Please forgive my lack of exclamation points...I don't feel like they are appropriate for this, but know that I adore this with all my heart. The details you added are perfect...each pearl and butterfly is exquisite. This will bring such comfort to her parents...something to always remember their precious daughter and how much she touched the hearts and lives of others. Stunning, beautiful, gorgeous. You amaze me. I hope you are able to rest and relax this weekend my dear friend. Thinking of you and praying as always. Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Karen, this is stunningly created under such unimaginably difficult circumstances. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create and I hope you'll join us again soon.

    Em AKA Creative Em
    613 Avenue Create DT

  8. Ohhh, what a gorgeous feminine creation, Karen! Unfortunately, a sympathy card. And, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss. This card will truly be treasured! It is so lovely with the butterflies on top of the card and the tiny butterflies on the mid section of the card dotted with pearls! Such pretty trim, flowers, and resin corner pieces are wonderful added details! Take care and have a great weekend, hugs!:-)

  9. Oh Karen, I have never seen such a beautiful sympathy card as this one. Your creation is exquisite. I am so glad that you decorated with butterflies and entered into my challenge so that I would see it. I'm sure the recipients will treasure this card forever. Thankyou for fluttering by #33. hugs Mrs A.
    p.s . I would love to put more but am too over whelmed.

  10. Bless your heart- Such a beautiful creation for the little one's family. Thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty.

  11. So gloriously delicate and beautiful. Stunning creation friend. Hugs.

  12. Your card is incredibly beautiful. All of the details are just exquisite. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure the family will treasure this. Many hugs to you. Thank you for sharing this with us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges.
    ~ Bonnie DT

  13. A card made with fantastic attention to detail and a heart fill of love. Thank you for joining us at Butterfly Chalenge # 33. Glenda

  14. Awww, I'm so sorry to read the reason for your amazing creation. Such a beautiful and elegant card with the most gorgeous details. I'm sure this will be treasured by the recipient. Hope you have a most wonderful weekend!

  15. wow Karen this is a beauty! I love the die cuts and how you paired them with Pion paper. You make things so beautiful and complete. Thank you for your kindness always to me on FB. You are a uplifting friend.
    Hugs Kelly

  16. Omgosh Karen... I'm so deeply sadden to read about the reason behind this card... I know your love is so deep with each of these children and their families.... I'm sending prayers to you and to this little ones family.... The details & love you put into each card can be felt throughout the crafting world... I know each time I see your creations I feel the love and kindness with all of your heart with each creation.... This one is filled with the love and sadness you are feeling... I pray it gets a little easier for you tomorrow... and know that we are all grateful for you and cherish every uplifting word you say.. HUGS to you... :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  17. I'm so very sorry for the tragic loss of a wee one, Karen. Nothing makes the heart heavier. Your card is a wonderful peaceful tribute to her tiny soul. Hugs, Darnell

  18. What a fab creation.
    Thanks for joining us at Panny's Paper Crafty, hope you join us again soon.
    Hugs Sharon x

  19. Beautiful card Karen. Sorry your heart is so heavy and the loss of the little one. Your card shows the love you felt. You certainly showcased all the products to the max. Hugs Diana

  20. Hello, Karen. Perhaps "your" little one just flew to your dear soul and captured the love both you and she feel, to create this beautiful keepsake for her family. What a healing such Love will bring to those who experience your tenderness and compassion. Thank you for sharing.
    I'm sorry about not visiting as often as I'd like these days. Thanks for understanding. hugs, de

  21. I'm so sorry to learn of the little one's passing Karen.
    Your card is so beautiful! It's so elegant and pretty, the recipient will treasure it.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  22. My sweet angelic friend, I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the little angel. I know that the angel is resting in the lord's arms. I will continue to pray for you & your heart as well as the parents.
    Her family will treasure this precious creation. The details of all the butterflies are simply beautiful.
    The Shabby Chiffon Ruffle Trim is wonderful and adds that touch of love.The flowers are just Gorgeous.
    An Amazing & Beautiful creation my friend.
    Sending you TON of my love, hugs, smiles and extra hugs because I think you need it....
    You have an Amazing heart!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  23. Sorry I'm so late coming to visit you Karen, it's been a long week already. This is such a sad reason to make a card, but you have truly put your heart and TLC into every single nook and cranny. I'm sure it was very much appreciated by the receivers. A truly gorgeous piece to send your wishes and thoughts to the family. hugs :)

  24. I'm so sorry to hear of the sad time you are going through and send my love to you. Your card is a stunning tribute with such beautiful colours and incredible attention to detail.

  25. I am so sorry to hear of your loss! It is never easy to lose someone dear to us, but when it is a child it just seems so unfair. Your sympathy card is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the details and embellishments you used! I am sure her family will treasure it! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #20!

  26. Your sympathy card is beautiful! So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  27. Such a beautiful card karen! Love the gorgeous butterfly detail and all those pretty pearls. The family will really treasure your work of so sorry to hear of your loss, very sad.

  28. Oh Karen! I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I will pray for you my friend and the family of the the little angel. Your creation is full of love and tenderness and I know it will bring some comfort to the family during their time of grief. Your loving nature and kind heart amazes me and I hope you are finding time to heal from this sadness. Hugs to you my friend <3

  29. This is so beautiful and sure to bring some solace at this sad time. As ever filled with your love for giving someone something so beautiful to treasure always. Thinking of you. Hugs.

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  31. Sympathy cards are very difficult to make, especially when your heart is aching. So sorry to hear about the sad events that brought about this card, I do hope one day in the not too distant future there will be a cure for all kinds of cancer. Beautiful work.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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