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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blue Creations at Live & Love Crafts!

Happy August, sweet friends! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. It's time for a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts! This month we're crafting in blue, so choose your favorite blue goodies and play along with us. :o)

I opted to celebrate the blue of the ocean, inspired by Pion Design's Shoreline Treasures collection and the sweet seashells Sandy added to the store this summer. This card's mission is to bring nature's beauty to someone battling overwhelming darkness.
Pion brilliantly captured the ocean's beauty in this collection. I love the dreaminess of the vintage swimmer, clearly captivated by the sprawling waters. She is atop a Joy! Crafts Frame and 3 Corners die, while the coordinating Border die adorns the top of my card. 
Shabby Chiffon Ruffle Trim lines the bottom, which I've accented with Mini Nassa Seashells, a larger Cockle Seashell (unseen in this cropped image), and oceanic pearls. The Mini Glass Bottle is filled with Mini Nassa shells and Glamour Dust. It pains me that the bottle picture isn't better! I had visions of fluttering whitecaps bringing treasures to the shoreline.
Dividing the blue script paper (preserved summertime memories) and the water is Pearl Lace. The Pion butterflies are trimmed in Glamour Dust, sparkling with love. The sentiment-wielding cut-apart is adorned with a few Nassa shells. 6mm Flatback Pearl String trims the pretty oceanic border scene, one of my favorite papers from the Sailing sheet... it's just so beautifully done.
Nassa shells are tucked within the Wild Orchid Crafts floral arrangement. The blue lilies and Chrysanthemum are trimmed in Glamour Dust, as is the Memory Box Isabella butterfly. I used Pearl Stamen for her antennae. She is carrying a message of love to the recipient, sparkling like sunbeams dancing atop the ocean.

Thank you for swimming on by and I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *Allsorts~ Pearls and Gems
 *Creative Craft Cottage~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Summer Time
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Things with Wings
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Color: Blue; Product: Lace)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Ribbon or Twine
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Sparkles Monthly Challenge~ Sun, Sea, and Sand


  1. Wow! This is gorgeous. It would brighten anyone's day.

  2. Gorgeous card Karen :-) the whole design of this is so beautiful, the image is fabulous and I love all the seashells, fabulous! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  3. Breathtaking creation Karen!!! Love the soft blues and such gorgeous design! The flower arrangement and the fluttering butterflies are simply mesmerizing! Thank you for the inspiration :)
    Hugs :)

    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Hi Karen, gorgeous vintage card. Love the colours and a fabulous design, The chiffon trim is fab. Thanks for joining our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and hope you will come back soon. Jennifer DT member xx

  5. Beautiful card with the lady enjoying the view of the ocean! Perfect paper, cute glass bottle with shells, pretty flowers, and the little shells on the chiffon trim is so creative and perfect for your lovely card! So much beauty with lovely detail as always...truly a gem! Take care and have a wonderful weekend...blessings and hugs to you, my friend!:-)

  6. Oh my goodness, my sweetest friend, I don't even have words for this card!! It is absolutely, breathtakingly stunning!! Oh, do I love that paper!! You've showcased it perfectly!! The details you added: the flowers, the butterflies, the lace, the seashells - are all absolutely gorgeous!! That mini glass bottle is such a fabulous touch!! I love, love this my dear friend!! It would totally brighten anyone's day!! It makes me long for the beach...but one look at it and I feel like I'm there!! Spectacular, Karen!! I just adore it!! I hope August is a wonderful, happy month for you!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Wow Karen - what a beautiful card... love the beach scene and that vintage image.... Gorgeous embellies!

  8. Gorgeous design and details! I love the elements that you incorporated into this BEAUTY! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  9. Oh my Karen, this is just stunning I love the everything about it . The paper is amazing and the sea shells remind me to go to the beach more often. Super lovely card. Thanks for sharing and adding sparkle to my day. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #161 “SUMMERTIME” Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  10. This is truly stunning Karen, I adore those Pion papers and your design showcases them perfectly. As always your attention to detail is outstanding and your design is so inspiring.
    I hope you are having a lovely weekend my kind and talented friend.
    hugs Sue xx

  11. So wonderful this is a fabulous card your design amazing and what inventive embellishments I love hte glass bottle its all perfect Love and hugs Carole x

  12. My heart skips a beat when I get to come see your latest designs!! This is the most fabulous shade of blue! Having a visual of the ocean to inspire and create something as beautiful as this is wonderful!!! I LOVE the sweet border of those seashells.. they add such a nice touch it an already perfect card!!! The flowers are always beautiful and the image draws my attention straight to it wishing I was there at that moment!! Those butterflies that you always add, make me see the unique beauty of each element you place on your designs.... Completely GORGEOUS my sweet crafty Friend! Have a wonderful Weekend! :)


  13. As usual, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this gorgeous piece of art of yours!! I love the frame you used for the image and the fancy border across the top! Your wonderful shells on the trim are so beautiful, as is all your wonderful embellies! Truly breathtaking my friend! hugs :)

  14. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at TTPH, good luck!!! Amy DT

  15. Oh Wow! Stunning, absoloutley fabulous. So many details around the gorgeous topper image. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

  16. Gorgeous project, I so love that paper you used! The embellishments you added with the butterflies, flowers, seashells and lace are all absolutely stunning! That mini glass bottle is such a great addition! Your image is lovely. Such an amazing creation!

  17. Wonderful bit of history in your lovely creation, Karen! It reminds me of my grandma. There is a 1920s photo of her at the lake wearing a quite-scandalous-for-the-day swim "suit". All the frills bring to mind the dress styles of that era. Such a beautiful project! xo

  18. Wow, what a breathtaking card~such a peaceful image and beautiful ocean blue colors which give it such a peaceful feel! All the textures and embellishments are outstanding! I LOVE the sea shells, butterflies, pearls are so pretty! Fantastic card my friend!
    Sherrie K

  19. I absolutely love this collection. I love the beach Theme!! It is Beautiful and so Elegant!! The of the glass bottle and seashells are just lovely. Gorgeous ruffle trimming!!! Love the touch of vinatge!!
    Stunning and absolutely OUTSTANDING my friend!!! Of course I have to add how mcuh I adore the pretty butterfies as well as the flowers.
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs and smiles

  20. Oh my this is stunning, so much beautiful details to look all evening.
    Totally gorgeous card to save as a treasure.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Allsorts, welcome again;-))m

  21. This is stunning Karen. The image, soft colour tones, embellishments, basically everything, are absolutely gorgeous. A beautifully designed card.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Fussy and Fancy.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  22. What a gorgeous shabby chic card this is. Such beautiful colours. Thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze this time.
    Dawn xxx

  23. I love your choice of image ,beautiful details, and the design too, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  24. Wow!!! Karen, Another of your stunning creations full of crafting love and sheer beauty.
    I absolutely adore the image that is so tranquil.
    Your choice of embellishments look stunning from the beautiful flowers to the tiny sea shells that you have adorned to your masterpiece. I could go on forever! I love it to bits.
    I hope you are well. Have a lovely week Karen.
    Sending lots of hugs and love your way. Donna xx

  25. WOW Such a stunner!!! the shells, the bottle, the oh my!!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  26. Gorgeous card Karen. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  27. This is so lovely - gorgeous colours and layout - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  28. I look at this fabulous creation and think to myself "How can this be a card??" It is just stunning and I want to hang it on my wall and look at it everyday!!! I know this will bring light to the darkness of the recipient. Your kind heart and the love you put in your projects sparkles through each and every one. I truly love this Karen!!! <3

  29. Another work of art Karen. You have created the most beautiful scene.....every detail just PERFECT! The vintage image is so pretty and I love the sprinkle of sea shells. This card will definitely brighten the recipients day. <3

  30. I'm really speechless at how incredibly gorgeous your card is, Karen! It certainly will bring light and joy to the recipient! The bouquet of flowers that will never die and the sheer fabric adorned with seashells will make this card a treasure to behold as room decor forever!! You truly make cards that are a gift unto themselves!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  31. A stunning card! I love all the delish embellies :)

  32. Beautiful Card Karen. Thanks for joining us over at TTPH..

    DT Pam

  33. Gorgeous card Karen , as always !
    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly challenges and good Luck
    Maryvonne DT Member


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