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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christmas in July at Live & Love Crafts!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. A new month means a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts and I'm very excited... we're celebrating Christmas in July! Most of you know Christmas is my favorite everything. :o) I hope you join us!

This will soon be on its way to a magical location. Are you familiar with Give Kids the World? It is the resort village where most Make-A-Wish families stay for their week-long Disney World adventure. This village is filled with such joy and love that it is often declared the favorite part of wish trips.

Christmas is celebrated weekly at GKTW. Every Thursday the magic of the season fills the village and hearts of all visitors. Why do they do this? For many of the wish children, it will be their last Christmas. GKTW gives families one more opportunity to make Christmas memories.

I am honored to be creating cards for the parents and children as part of their magical celebrations, Christmas and otherwise. I have been anxious to begin and am thrilled my volunteer opportunity was accepted. :o) My first card is for the parents of a wish kid, with a hope to engulf them in beauty. 
My card features lovely papers from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics. 3rd of December is one of my favorite snowfall patterns of any company... it's so beautifully done, in design and color. To create a wintry wonderland, Madeleine lace flutters around the sides and top of my Cheery Lynn Designs Horizon Square Boutique base, while the new Shabby Chiffon Ruffle trim serves as blanket of snow. Sunflower Pearl trim lines the ruffles, as they remind me of pristine snowflakes.
For such a lovely recipient, the Christmas tree needed to be special. Since it's outdoors, I used the snowflake paper. Each layer is trimmed with Madeleine lace and graduating pearls. The top is adorned with Shabby White Jingle Bells and a jute triple bow, while the tree trunk is made with Double Row Pearl Trim. It rests atop a Joy! Crafts Oval Frame, encircled with Pearl String. For extra softness, I layered them atop a doily.
The Cheery Lynn Snowflakes (my favorite snowflake set!) are centered with Wild Orchid Crafts roses and covered in Glamour Dust, which is also sprinkled throughout the card. Memory Box Deer Trio was used for the animal friends, which are frolicking in the snow and in front of a Joy! Crafts Fence.

The My Craft Spot sentiment (no longer produced) is from Tiny Tags Christmas, which seemed ideal for the card's destination. It is cut out with a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant. It is an honor to be a small part of these extraordinary Christmas celebrations. Love heals and every card I create will be filled with an abundance.

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a wonderful day!

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Use a Pearls and/or Rose)
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Christmas in July
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Inspirations~ Anything Goes (Optional: Sketch)
 *Glitter n Sparkle~ Use a Sentiment
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Product: Pearl)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes w/brands carried by store (I used Cheery Lynn, Memory Box, and Spellbinders dies)
 *Sparkles Christmas~ Use Ribbon, Lace, or Twine


  1. Oh the idea of celebrating Christmas for the special children is so good. I love your card Karen...each element so beautiful must spend hours on each one!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  2. WOW WOW WOW!! I'm swooning over the beauty of this gem Karen! Never has Christmas felt so soft and serene! Oh how I wish my Christmas tree actually looked like this! lol. All the soft colours in combination with the laces and pearls just sucks me right in, and those deer are just the icing on the gorgeous cake!! Another work of art my friend! hugs :)

  3. Wow, gorgeous card with so many beautiful details to drool over, love it. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  4. My sweetest friend, this is the most exquisite, beautiful Christmas card!! I love, love the amazing tree!! The lace and pearls are such perfect decorations!! The frolicking deer are so fun!! You showcase the beautiful papers perfectly!! This is stunning and gorgeous and what a beautiful thing you are doing, creating masterpieces for the children of GKTW. The only thing bigger than your talent is your generous and giving heart my dear friend!! You are a treasure!! Thank you for brightening my day with this gorgeous card!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Christmas is my favourite holiday too. I love all about it - the lights, carols ... Everything! I haven't heard of Give kids the world yet, but will check it out. Thank you for the link! It's very nice of you to send this car to them!
    Speaking about the card ... It's beyond gorgeous. I was just staring at it with my mouth wide open. I was completely blown away. Wow, just wow!!!
    Hugs! xx

  6. How wonderful that you will be making your special cards for such a worthwhile cause Karen. You kindness and talents will be appreciated by so many. Your cards are always made with so much love.
    Your card is truly stunning, it's one of the most beautiful I have seen. The papers are gorgeous, I love your tree and your attention to detail is just amazing. I am know that this card is going to bring so much joy.
    I hope you are having a good week, sending hugs, Sue xx

  7. Spectacular this is such a wonderful design I've spent ages looking at it so much gorgeous detail perfect card love and hugs Carole x

  8. Beautiful and very frosty looking Christmas card, Karen, very elegant. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

  9. What an incredible card! The papers are so gorgeous and look at that stunning tree:) The dimension, the lace trim, the pearls~wow, it is spectacular! You didn't miss a detail!!!! Absolutely amazing my friend!
    Have a great evening Karen!
    Sherrie K

  10. This card is so very pretty and the layers are perfect!!

  11. Oh, what a true beauty this lovely Christmas card is, Karen! I just love the lace on the Christmas creative! Lovely pearls, die cuts, and deer make this special card one to be treasured for sure! Your talent is truly an amazing gift! Blessings to you, hugs!:-)

  12. Oh my world....this is a stunner! So many gorgeous details on one card!! Thank you for joining us at this week's challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs.

  13. Oh Karen... I'm so Happy for you!! You get to put more smiles on more children & their Parents faces... This is exquisite my friend..... The details are outstanding as usual... I'm so excited for this new venture for you... You have such a HUGE heart and sharing your amazing talent with the ones who will appreciate it the most. Your cards will have lasting memories on these families and I look forward to seeing more of them. Have A Crafty Day! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  14. Your card is exquisite Karen, You can see all the love in it. I just love how you added the lace to each layer of the tree and the papers you used and all the elements work so well together. This will truly brighten the spirits of the recipient. I am so glad that you will be blessed by all your giving. Big hugs Diana

  15. What a beautiful card, one to be really treasured. Thank you for sharing it with us at Sparkles Christmas

  16. Wow, what a gorgeous creation and for such a great cause. Love all the elegant details. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  17. What a gorgeous Christmas card! It is so lovely and delicate! The tree is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #21!

  18. Gorgeous card, love the lace tree you created with all of the pearly accents. The bells with the twine as the tree topper is another favorite element. This card will certainly be treasured for all of its beauty!

  19. Wow, Karen! I came over to congratulate you on your recent Top 3 win and, instead, I got sucked right into the magic of this lovely card! This will certainly brighten someone's day! I love the lace and pearls on that tree, and the glittery deer! All of this is just magic, my friend! Well done on yet another beautiful card! You make the best, most breath taking cards! Hugs and many blessings for your day!

  20. Karen, this is such a kind and wonderful thing you are doing and your cards will undoubtedly bring a big smile to families faces.
    It is stunning. The tree is beautiful and I love the pearls. The papers are gorgeous, the embellishments are gorgeous, the design is gorgeous - have you guessed yet - everything about this card is GORGEOUS.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  21. Hi Karen,
    I think it is a wonderful and a very sweet thing that you are doing. The Christmas tree is truly a real BEAUTY!! The lace and pearls on the tree is just GORGEOUS!! I absolutely adore the snowflake die set..very PRETTY!!!I actually thought this was a mini album but a card..WOW!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!
    So ELEGANT and MAGICAL!! I ADORE the magical glamour dust!! It's like a fairy tale....
    Let's agree that we both love Christmas..LOL! When I feel the first brisk air of cold in my face during the month of Nov/Dec. I get all silly inside. Its like am a kid again because I know what day is coming up.
    When I go out Christmas shopping with my sister or friends I love to see the crowd of people pushing and running for deals. I am usually the one laughing when someone pushes me.My friends find that so funny. I love that season. I love decorating my pretty tree which I always dress it up so pretty. When I take pictures this year I will show them to you. I bake a lot during those days.My neighbors and friends appreciate that and I love doing that for them.
    Sending TONS of my love, hugs & smiles & extra love my angelic friend
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  22. How wonderful!! The details of lace and peals are jaw dropping! I am so happy that you are able to give to such worthy cause! Your creations are sure to put a smile on these families faces. I know the love you put into your work will be felt as they open their cards. You are simply amazing and I am so grateful to have you in my crafty circle. Thank you for all you do and the inspiration you share with every post on your blog! Hugs to you my friend!!

  23. A gorgeous card, with a really wintery feel! Thanks for sharing with us this week, at Glitter n Sparkle - Vic, Dt x

  24. Karen What a wonderful white Christmas and lacey look. Very elegant. Love the deer tucked in there too. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  25. Such a lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week! xxx

  26. Hi Karen! So so beautiful and dainty!! I give you credit for working on Christmas cards in July! I always tell myself I should do that but never do LOL! Thanks for playing our twist this week and for always playing in our neighborhood!

    Owner, 613 Avenue Create

  27. Hello, Karen.
    Karen.........You are one extraordinary woman. Your caring, loving and thoughtfulness touches my heart.
    Making Christmas cards is my favourite all time theme and your is super stunning. The white work looks amazing and your creativity amazes me every time I pop on over to visit!
    Thanks for the inspiration my friend.
    Lots of love xx

  28. Hi Karen! Your card is beyond beautiful! And how wonderful that it will be going to a family for GKTW. It will be treasured by the family, I'm sure. Just thinking of what you are doing warms my heart.

    Thank you so much for entering your card in at Scrapy Land. I am your newest follower!
    Big hugs, Kathy Jo
    Scrapy Land GDT Member

  29. Oh my goodness - this is one stunning creation. That tree is so beautiful and love all the fabulous papers and embellishments! TFS

  30. Fabulous card, thank you for joining us over on Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog this week. Agnieszka DT

  31. A real work of art Karen.......I can see your cards framed on the wall! So Beautiful my friend. Have a wonderful week!

  32. I had not heard of GKTW before, but I've just been over to their site to find out a bit more; such a beautiful mission! It must mean a lot to you, being able to support their wonderful work. Your card is absolutely stunning; the tree is so creatively done, and so cute with the deers on each side. Gorgeous design of this delicate Christmas card.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  33. Karen your card is so stunning and one of the most beautiful Christmas cards I have ever seen. It is so elegant. I love all the lace, dies, pearls and sparkles. Fabulous ideas and great inspiration. Thanks for joining us at Scrapy land.
    Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
    Scrapy Land Store
    rubber stamping is my game blog

  34. Wow. Your card is stunning, a pure treasure to behold. Thanks for sharing with us at
    Sparkles Christmas. Caz


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