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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie!

Hello, my sweet and sparkly friends! I'm incredibly excited to be guest designing today at Frilly and Funkie! Their DT is a treasure trove of inspiration and it is an honor to be joining them for their current challenge. :o)

Sue chose the theme of "Let there be Light," which inspired wintry Christmas magic for a special family in need of extra love this holiday season. Their story is incorporated within this post. ♥︎
Combining papers from Maja Design's Winter Frost Basics and Vintage Summer Basics, I created a Sugar Plum Fairy amidst a waltz of snowflakes. The sweetest little dancer, who I love with every beat of my heart, lost her battle to a terminal disease in October. Her family is struggling beyond words, so I made them a Christmas card in memory of her beautiful dance of hope.
My design began with the rays of sunshine, which were made with a Tim Holtz Rays stencil and a dabble into texture paste! (Baby steps...) I made a glitter texture paste with a recipe provided by my sweet friend Pamellia. You can find it on THIS post. To retain the coolness of winter, they are crystalline sunbeams with abundant iridescent sparkle that my photos do not capture. These are heavenly rays of light, more radiant than ever because their little daughter is now in Heaven, filling even their darkest days with her light from above.
My love for trims encouraged a snowy horizon of lace that opens to the heavens and tiny poms that release dainty snowflakes below. The sunset is lavender is honor of our Sugar Plum Fairy ballerina, who is dancing upon a pearly snowdrift into sweet Christmas dreams. Their precious girl, who changed us all forever with her bravery and love, is encouraging her parents to keep their gaze upward and to guard their beautiful hearts. She is lifting their strongholds and releasing healing light. The ballerina is a Marianne Design die, which is embellished with a lacy tutu and pearl adornments. The snowdrift is Marianne Design's Fancy Edge, nestled within my favorite shabby ruffle trim.
The Wild Orchid Crafts flowers are dusted with Christmas sparkle. Tucked within is a My Craft Spot sentiment (no longer produced), which is cut with a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant. I pray this is a source of joy for the family... and it truly is extra special that the sun ray design was inspired by this wonderful crafty opportunity! Thank you for having me, Frilly and Funkie girls! :o)

Thank you for pirouetting on by and I wish you a beautiful day. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *52 Christmas Card Throwdown~ Pick a Previous Challenge (Bling it Up)
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Aud Sentiments~ Bingo (Patterned Paper-Flowers-Die Cuts)
 *City Crafter~ Getting Ready for Christmas
 *Creative Inspirations~ Sparkle
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ November Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ Dies and/or Punches (Several dies)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Flowers
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Spellbinders die)
 *Unicorn Challenge~ Christmas is Coming


  1. So pretty the lace and ballerina look. Love all the details like the Stencilling

  2. So very light and pretty Karen - I really love this. Beautiful design too. Congrats on your F&F spotlight. Nicola x

  3. Oh Karen, words cannot describe the beauty you have captured in this card, I'm welling up reading this truly sad story. You can tell when someones heart and soul goes into their work and I can see it in this hun, it is spectacular xx

  4. WOW! What an amazing Christmas Card. So Sparkly! Thanks for sharing with us this month. Lisa DT Unicorn Challenge

  5. Wonderful card!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  6. Karen, you never cease to tug on my heart strings with your stories and your art. You have created another masterpiece and for the best cause! Your glittery rays are just stunning, I'm so glad you tried my recipe because it adds such an elegant wintery touch to your amazing card! Laces and snowflakes and all things wonderland-ish! Just gorgeous my friend. It's such a pleasure to have you as our guest designer at Frilly and Funkie. hugs :)

  7. Karen, it was great to see you as Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie today with this lovely card! What a sad background to this card, but I know you will lift this family's spirits with this beautiful card filled with love. What a lovely way to celebrate a life no longer with us, and to encourage the family to look to God for hope and Grace. Your work is always beautiful and this is just an example of the love you pour into it! I am loving your ballerina and that glittery spray of flowers! Gorgeous! Big hugs!

  8. Absolutely breathtaking!!! Gorgeous design, fantastic embellishments and so shabby chic!!! Thank you so very much for joining our challenge at Scrapy Land!

    Samra GDT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  9. What an exquisite card and such a wonderful way to pay tribute to that sweet little girl! I love the Rays on your card, such a great touch. All the trims and the papers you used are so sweet and delicate! I am sure her family will treasure this card! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #29!

  10. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! You did a perfect job with your foray into texture paste!! The iridescent rays look God sending sparkling beams of hope to the grieving family!! They will so adore this!! The trims you used are so beautiful!! The ballerina is one of my favorites!! I love that she's reaching for the glittery beams of light!! And the flowers are the perfect touch!! This is spectacular my friend (as I knew it would be!!) You did a perfect job with the theme!! Big congrats again on your guest design spot!! So deserved!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy Thursday my dear friend!! Sending lots of love and hugs...oh, I almost forgot...thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land and DL.ART!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Your card is amazing, the lace and pearls are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

  12. A truely beautiful card Karen - and a beautiful story! It sounds to me that this will help your heart heal too as well as the recipients.
    Your use of the glitter texture paste and then combining the lace and pearls are all perfect elements for your little ballerina. This is a keepsake they will cherish! Thank you for sharing your project and creativity with us at Aud Sentiments for our BINGO + Sentiment challenge!
    ~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  13. I love your chic card Karen, so much detail and perfect use of the flowers. Thanks for joining us over st the F&F Challenge. Jo X

  14. Wow - this is stunning with so many really beautiful details. Thanks so much for playing along with our Pick a Previous Theme at 52CCT this week!

  15. The story behind the card is so touching and it is my hope that it brings some comfort to the recipient. The accents you used are so beautiful! I especially love the ballerina in the center of your card. All of the pearls and lace embellishments are so pretty! Congratulations on the guest designer spot!

  16. Beautiful GDT card this is just wonderful and what a very moving story the card is perfect but also very special you are a very kind and thoughtful lady Love and hugs Carole x

  17. WOW- your card is just stunning!

  18. So elegant and just love every part of your card Karen xx

  19. I always think of myself as a chatterbox, yet words fail me when it comes to expressing how your gorgeous card makes me feel. I know without a doubt that this card will bring great comfort and precious memories to the family of the sweet little angel in heaven. There are so many truly beautiful elements on this card, that I would have to write a novel to express it all, so I'll just tell you that I keep coming back for another look often. It really is more than an card, Karen, this is a work of art as are your other projects. You are one very creative and very thoughtful lady :-)
    Lena’s Creations

  20. Oh my, this is simply exquisite and stunning. Love the details on this beauty. Very angelic. Yes, it is a little taste of heaven.
    Berni, DT

  21. How gorgeous, Karen! So many pretty feminine contributions to your dear card, right down to the lacy tutu! I can feel like dancing myself while the sun rises! It's an incredible design, and so beautifully put together! I hope you are doing well. Your artwork always makes my heart soar! hugs, de

  22. Such a beautiful card, Karen, with so many exquisite details. Thank you for joining us at Fab'n Funky.
    Alison x

  23. This is really pretty, I love it! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  24. Absolutely stunning!!! Fantastic details as always Karen!
    Sherrie K

  25. Congrats to you my friend on your Guest Designer Spot!! Such a beautiful card for a wonderful family who will truly love it. The ballerina is just a precious detail. I love the sentiment as well as the beautiful flower arrangement. Such a beautiful creation my friend!!
    Sending tons of my love, hugs and prayers to you and the family.
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  26. Congrats on your Guest Spot Karen! So well Deserved of course! :) You've made another amazing card for me to awe over! :) The rays of sunshine look wonderful with the dabbling of texture you did... This is just so touching and personal with all the amazing details and love behind the beauty... I hope the family you're sending it too will feel the love and presence of their lost love through you & your card and that it gives them hope... Have a Wonderful rest of the weekend~ :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  27. This is a beautiful creation! Thanks for playing in our sparkle challenge at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  28. Wow, a stunningly beautiful design and I love the subtle sparkly details :-)
    Thanks for joining in our challenge at Creative Inspirations!
    Hugs, Kat x

  29. WOW! Love this - big time! It's great to see you playing along at Fussy & Fancy and good luck with the Challenge. Judy DT

  30. What a beautiful, feminine card! I love your "rays" background - I have a similar stencil but I'm afraid to try paste! ;) You nailed it! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Aud Sentiments, good luck and hope to see you next challenge!
    Jennifer, DT

  31. I enjoyed reading the post as much as I enjoyed looking at this card. You are amazing in the way you craft with others, who are going through heartache, in mind. Beautiful; lovely design again, and I love those "waves"!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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