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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For the Boys at Deep Ocean Challenge!

Hello, dear friends! Thank you for the lovely words of support last week. I appreciate you. ♥︎ My beautiful friend gained her angel wings on Saturday. I miss her terribly but am thankful she is no longer in pain.

The sweet and talented Karina has invited me to join the Deep Ocean Challenge Design Team! I had a wonderful time as their Guest Designer a few weeks ago (with my picnic basket) and am delighted to be aboard. They are an inspiring bunch. :o)

The new challenge is For the Boys! I decided to play with a stencil and create a scene for my nature-loving sweetheart. I gave it an Autumnal flair for our love of nature walks amidst fall foliage and the crisp, cooler breezes.
With an obvious lack of crafting time, I was worried about this card... but I think it turned out okay in the end. :o) The stencil is Garden Birch Trees by Memory Box. For my sunset, I used distress ink shades of Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, and a hint of Barn Door.
The sweet deer are the Memory Box Deer Trio, which I've nestled into a floor of fall foliage. The leaves are from a Recollections punch, while the papers are from Bo Bunny.
The Gold Finch is also a Memory Box die. My sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Banner Sentiments-Fall, which is sadly no longer in business. It is stamped in Rich Cocoa and cut out with a Spellbinders Lacey Pennant. The acorn die and jute are also from My Craft Spot.
Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a beautiful day of love and sparkles. ♥︎

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Girl's Night Out)
 *Creative Craft Cottage~ Anything Goes
 *Cut It Up~ Old School: Old Technique or Supplies (I went back to my pre-die days of punches... but combined it with beloved dies)
 *Dies R Us~ The Great Outdoors (Acorn, deer, and finch are dies)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ August Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Memory Box Challenge~ Cool Thoughts for Warm Days (Cool Autumn temperatures!)
 *Sister Act Card Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. What a gorgeous Autumnal scene you have created here Karen. I love the colours and your stencil looks fabulous with the deer standing in front. The little details of the acorn and tiny leaves make for a fabulous card.

  2. Just FABULOUS Karen! Love the Fall scene you've created! Well done!!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  3. I am so sorry you have lost a treasured friend Karen. It must be heart-breaking for you - sending you big hugs.

    Your card is gorgeous and depicts Autumn so beautifully. I love this time of year and I love this stencil and the vibrant colours. The scattered leaves look fabulous.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  4. Sorry Karen, I meant to say thank you so much for the lovely words you left on my candy page.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  6. Karen - I am soooo deeply sadden for your loss.... I'm praying for you... :) Your card is beautiful and congrats on the new team! You'll do wonderful as you always do! :) LOVE the fall scene... beautiful array of leaves and that background looks amazing! LOVE the touch of the bird in the tree along with the acorn dangling... Perfect Fall picture with the deer.... Reminds me of where I use to live.... we would drive up the mountain behind our house and see the beautiful Fall leaves all around along with deer & wild turkey.... Fresh air too.... just lovely... thanks for the reminder of how nature truly is... :) Have a Wonderful day! :) HUGS!

  7. I am sorry to hear about your friend, it must be a such a sad time and my heart goes out to you.
    Congrats on your new DT place, you will be such a great asset to the team. Your card is stunning, I love the stenciled background, gorgeous colours and wonderful detailing.
    Take care my kind and talented friend, sending you big hugs, Sue xx

  8. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend.... Hope all is well now and you are okay! Love love your pretty card scene.... It's sure will be fall soon! Take card for now Karen~

  9. Hello, Karen my sweet crafty friend.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained another angel.

    Your Autumnal card is so beautiful. The stenciled background compliments the gorgeous deer, bird, and the fallen leaves that you have perfectly pieced together to create a stunning and tranquil scene.
    Congratulations on your DT position at Deep Ocean. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful masterpieces.
    Sending lots of big hugs.
    Lots of love, Donna xx

  10. Congratulations on your DT spot. It's clearly well deserved. This card is exquisite. I love the colors and the silhouetted images.

    Thanks for joining us for our Old School challenge at Cut it Up!


  11. Well done you on your DT post so deserved. I'm so sorry about your Friend but glad there's no more suffering for her she's gone to a far better place now. Your card is such a wonderful design the embellishments are all so perfect and I love the leaves on the ground so much. A wonderful card Love and hugs Carole x

  12. First of all, my sweetest friend, congratulations on your new so-deserved design team!! They are so, so lucky to have you!! I love, love this card!! Though I'm not ready to give up on summer yet, fall is my favorite season and this card is the perfect representation of autumn!! I love the beautiful inked background!! It looks amazing!! The deer are so sweet!! And the leaves are a perfect carpet for the forest floor!! It is artistic and beautiful and Ben will adore it!! Gorgeous card my dear friend!!

    You know you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. I hope today was a better day. Sending lots and lots of comforting hugs, Karen. I hope you are able to rest tonight and relax. Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Wow lots going on Karen, I am so sorry about your friend passing away. YOUR CARD IS BEAUTIFUL thank you for adding it to The DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY AUGUST linky challenge. Have a blessed day DIANA L.

  14. Ps congrats on you design team spot

  15. Hi, Karen, I am sorry to hear about your sweet angel, but relieved, too, that she is no longer suffering. Congrats on your design team slot! This is the perfect masculine card! My favorite parts are that sweet little acorn in the corner and all those tee-tiny leaves at the bottom! Wow! Another labor of patience and love! XO

  16. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend Karen. I am sure your heart is heavy~I am sending you prayers and big blogger hugs my friend for comfort.

    Your card is gorgeous! I love the scene and the colors are just beautiful! The background is amazing:)
    Have a great evening! Also, congrats on the new DT!
    Sherrie k

  17. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up, good luck!!! Amy DT

  18. Karen what a beautiful love how you achieved such a beautiful ombre like effect with the stencil
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  19. So sorry for your loss, Karen. Sending you lots of hugs. I love this card - the background is gorgeous and congrats on your new DT.

  20. Beautiful card, love the ombre background you created with the fall colors! The gathering of the leaves at the bottom of your card looks amazing! So sorry to hear about your friend, you are in my prayers!

  21. Wouw beautiful i love it, and thanks so much for playing along with us at Creative Craft Cottage.
    Hugs Anneke DT

  22. So sorry to hear the loss of your friend, Karen! My heart goes out to you, hugs! Huge congrats on your new DT exciting! Your autumn card is just lovely with the trees, deer, and all the leaves! It is truly spectacular! We have a favorite place to walk during fall, and we feed the squirrels and take photos of the colorful trees! Your beautiful card reminds me that we will be doing that soon! You take care and have a wonderful rest of the week! Hugs and blessings to you, friend!:-)

  23. Just gorgeous Karen. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  24. Beautiful card...just love the stenciled background!! Thank you so much for joining us at "Dies R Us" for our "The Great Outdoors" challenge!....Congrats on your new DT position, too!!
    Diane DRU DT

  25. Beautiful! Love the die cuts against the soft background. 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

  26. Hi Karen,
    I have been thinking of you so much in the last couple of days that I kept you in my prayers and was about to email you just to ask if you are ok. Now I know why...I want you to know that you are always and will always be in my heart as well as in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and I know that your friend is resting with our father. My love, hugs and prayers go out to you and your friend's family.

    Congrats on your new Design Team! Yiippee!!! Such a beautiful background, sweet trio deer and pretty leaves! I absolutely love the sunset!!
    A Gorgeous and Stunning creation my friend!!
    Sending TONS of my Love, Hugs and Prayers
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  27. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining our last challenge at Sister Act!

  28. Im sorry you have lost a friend

    Your card is very nice
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Fiki DT member

  29. Oh Karen , I am so sorrry for the loss of your friend. Thinking of you :)
    Congrats on the new DT, how exciting......your card turn our beautifully, I love the gorgeous scene you have created! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  30. Wow, lots going on you Karen, so sorry for the loss of your friend, but congrats on the new DT spot!
    What a wonderful masculine card. I just love everything about this! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
    Warm Regards, Cara
    Through The Craft Room Door {Owner}
    TTCRD Challenge Blog
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  31. What a great card. the background turned out fabulous. well done and thank you for joining us over at lil patch of crafty friends.
    Erica DT

  32. Wow! Absolutely stunning! I just had to lift your idea. Thank you for the inspiration.


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