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Friday, January 1, 2016

Something New at Live & Love Crafts!

Happy New Year, sweet and sparkly friends! I hope you've had a beautiful holiday season. I will be visiting you this weekend now that my dad is on the mend from surgery last week. (Heart procedures aren't very festive, are they?!) Thank you for sticking with me during an exceptionally busy December. ♥︎

It's time for a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts! Our theme this month is "Something New," which is open to many interpretations. I was inspired to create a new type of box that I hadn't previously made before. I adore Christmas Cracker Boxes and had a lovely time trying them.

I opted for a non-festive theme as these will be part of an encouragement box of love. Each will be filled with sweet little gifts of hope for a grieving mother.
The pretty papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Spring Basics, which I've adorned with a variety of LLC goodies. The Christmas Cracker svg files are from the generous and talented Monica. Naturally I gravitated to the heart detailing. :o)
Wild Orchid Crafts magnolias rest atop the larger box, with Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourishes scrolling beneath. Each box has a Maja butterfly from the Coffee in the Arbour collection and different frilly trims and embellishments for variety.
Tiny packages... big heart. I pray these deliver a glimmer of joy to unfathomable heartache.

Be sure to visit the LLC blog where inspiration from my fabulous teamies awaits and I hope you'll play along with us this month! Thank you for visiting and I wish you every happiness this year. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Inspirations~ Anything Goes (Optional sketch)
 *Creative Knockouts~ All Things New (New box style)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ January Linky Party (Anything Goes)


  1. Your crackers are sooo beautiful to look at will be treasured so much by whoever you gift it to
    Dr Sonia

  2. What a pretty job with those crackers.... lucky recipient who ever receives them.... a treasure to keep! Happy New Year Karen!

  3. Pretty poppers, Karen! Fabulous idea. So glad to hear your father is recovering well from his heart procedure. Hope he continues doing better each day. I hope your Christmas celebrations were extra special. I'm beginning to emerge from this last exacerbation, and hope to be visiting more regularly, soon! Happy New Year! hugs, de

  4. Karen I wish you a happy and healthy new year. The Christmas cracker boxes are looking so fantastic, lovely colours.
    Hugs Petra x

  5. Happy New Year Karen! Your cracker boxes are beautiful! The papers are so pretty and I just adore all the embellishments! The magnolias that rest on the larger box are stunning! Beautiful work my friend~
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I am so glad your Father is recovering well from surgery and that he can now focus on getting his strength back~sending prayers!
    Sherrie K

  6. Happy New Year!
    What beautiful cracker boxes, I love them and I think they are even better than Christmas ones too. So pretty and detailed in their designs.
    I hope your Father is recovering well from his op and that 2016 is a good year for all your family.

  7. The details on your cracker boxes are gorgeous. I love the soft Victorian look. I am glad to hear your father is doing better. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Challenge. Katie-DL.ART-DTmember

  8. Beautiful, so much detail and so much love in each box, I'm so sorry to hear about the grieving Mother, hugs, Lori m

  9. A great creation hun! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx


  10. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! Wishing you many blessings this year!
    This is so sweet delicate and just plain lovely as are you my sweet friend. I love it. I'm glad too hear your father is doing better.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JANUARY Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  11. My sweetest friend, these are the most gorgeous cracker boxes ever!! I love how you embellished them with the pretty butterflies, ribbon, lace and flowers!! You always add the perfect touches!! The heart detailing is fabulous!! These will be so appreciated and treasured :) Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!!

    You know your sweet dad is always in my prayers, as are you, Karen. I hope you have had a chance to rest and rejuvenate. I just know 2016 will be such a fabulous year for your filled with much love, happiness and amazing blessings!! I pray for that for you each day!! Sending huge hugs dear friend!! So thankful for you!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. I'm so happy to hear your wonderful Dad is on the mend! Was praying for him & you and still am! Hope 2016 brings Joy and many, many blessings your way!

    Your cracker boxes are BEAUTIFUL! Each one with amazing papers and elegant touches! You are such a gift! HUGS!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  13. These are stunning. Beautiful gifts to give. Love those gorgeous papers and wonderful embellishments. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and hope that 2016 is full of wonderful craftiness and love xx

  14. Such beautiful papers and embellishments on these. I absolutely love those little bells!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes Blogiversary challenge.

  15. Hi Karen,
    I've tried commenting about 3 times and blogger was not letting me it was acting
    I absolutely ADORE the cracker boxes! They are so Elegant and Beautiful!!I love how pretty all of the embellishments seem to go together, especially the double row pearl.The Maja Design collection is Stunning!!!It is on my wish list for 2016.
    Beautiful creations my friend!!
    I want you to know that you dad & you are in my prayers as well as in my heart.
    Sending you & your dad TONS of my love, hugs, & prayers.
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  16. Happy New Year! Wishing you a safe and prosperous New Year! I am still playing catch up from the holidays but will be back in my old routine since I'm back to work as of today! I love your cracker boxes! They look so pretty with all of the gorgeous embellishments! I will keep your Dad in my prayers! Hugs to you my friend!

  17. Sorry to hear about your dad's surgery, but glad to hear he's recovering well. My mom has undergone a number of heart procedures, and it's always very scary. What a lovely interptretation of the new theme! These crackers are absolutely beautiful and it'swhat a great idea to also use this type of box for other occasions.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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