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Friday, April 15, 2016


Hello, dear friends! I hope your week has been lovely. I'm sharing this sweet little card on the Live & Love Crafts blog today.

Crafty time was scarce this week, but I was able to have a little play with Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics. Although there wasn't sufficient time for treasured detailing, it is ever-blossoming with love.  I paired two of my favorite sheets from the collection and topped them with nature's beauty. ♥︎
This is for the mother of a 5-year-old cancer warrior. Upon finding myself discouraged that I couldn't do all I was inspired to create, I was quickly reminded of what's most important. Is this ultra floofy and overflowing in treasures? No... but the heartbroken mother will feel my heart that is poured into it. ♥︎
My colorful Wild Orchid Crafts bouquet is nestled upon a doily for softness, blossoming forth from the sparkliest of love. Sunflower Pearl Trim lines the bottom, puffy wisps of pure white clouds shielding her from the storms of grief. The Pure Love ribbon is from DL.Art. The Graciellie Design sentiment is from the Dream digital stamp set, whispering words of hope into her heart. ♥︎
The smidgen of gold detailing on top holds much meaning. She will instantly recognize it. Fluttering along the top is a Prima mulberry butterfly, which I've lightly edged with gold microbeads. A Melissa Frances Resin AppliquĂ© adorns the opposite corner, where microbeads are nestled within its intricacy. 

Gold is the awareness color for childhood cancer and it means everything to all of these families with whom I am involved... and everyone living this nightmare. This mother's little boy received devastating scan results this week, just when we hoped a corner had been turned. We are clinging to faith for miracles. These microbeads are golden for her sweet boy and are tiny sunbeams dispelling heavenly radiance into the intricate parts of her shattered heart.
The interior is decorated with a sheet from Vintage Spring Basics, which carries fluttering blossoms inside. My card base was made with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles and my sentiment was cut out with Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants. I pray she likes it.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful weekend. ♥︎

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes 
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Dies/Punches (Card base and banner dies)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ April Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Moving Along with the Times~ Spring Flowers (They're all my favorite!)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Spellbinders dies)


  1. Such a sad story for this family, my heart goes out to them but I'm sure this beautiful card and the sincere thoughts and prayers behind it will give them encouragement and faith. You are such a beautiful person my friend. Take care.

  2. WOW WOW WOW!! You are such an inspiration Karen, I can't get enough of your shabby goodness!! I love the fancy Spellbinders base and your Maja paper choices are so lovely!! You have created such a wonderful flow with your angles, the eye just floats across your card taking in all the goodness!! Love that Prima butterfly, my wish list grows longer every time I visit you!! big hugs my friend :)

  3. Aww Karen, this is SO beautiful, but more so is the reason you created it! I just know that mummy will feel wrapped up in love when you give it to her. She will never forget that kindness and I'm sure her heart will be eased even just a little by this beautiful gift. You have such a beautiful spirit Karen. I'm moved to tears when I read your posts.

    I am really loving the way you're using that Spellbinders die as the card base shape. I've loved it each time I've seen you do it. It really is a gorgeous card frame. The blooms on this are delish, I love both those gorgeous papers you've used on the front and the way you've bridged them with those delish blooms bursting forth from that doily base, it absolutely mirrors the love you send her way. Oh so stunning, in every detail! Thank you too my sweet friend for the lovely words you left on my blog. I'm beyond delighted your parcel arrived safely. I do hope there will be something in there that you will enjoy using. Huge hugs, Wends x

  4. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! What a beautiful bouquet of beauty this is!! I love the gold-tipped butterfly that flutters atop the flowers!! The papers are so pretty!! Each detail is perfection!! I am so sorry for the reason you need this card...the family is in my prayers. I can't imaging what they are going through, but this will definitely bring a burst of love and hope when they receive it!! It's breathtakingly gorgeous and the love you put into making it shines through!! You are a true angel my dear friend!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy, restful weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Goodness, I always get distracted by the beauty of your creations and forget to thank you for playing along at Scrapy Land and DL.ART!! Bigger hugs sweet friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. What a gorgeous card for such a heartbreaking situation. I love the way you arranged the flowers and that touch of gold brings a meaningful message to the recipient.
    Thank you for entering this breathtaking beauty to our challenge at Scrapy Land.
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  7. Dear friend Karen, I love the flower arrangement, your card looks so gorgeous. Beautiful papers and deco. You're doing so many good things for all the people which feel not so good. With your cards you bring them so much joy, they will never forget you.
    Many hugs and blessing Petra ♥

  8. Hello Karen. This card is so so beautiful and how you have designed it is stunning. The flower spray is just gorgeous and reading the meaning of everything you have used only goes to show the love that has gone into it. I am sure it will give that poor mother some comfort in the terrible time. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny's Paper Crafty. Good luck in the draw Jennifer DT member x

  9. Hi Karen
    Stunning Card all the flowers and the embellies...stunning card for a Brave Family
    thanks for joining us MAWTT...
    HUGS sYLVIE dtx

  10. This is gorgeous. Love the flower spray and that beautiful butterfly! TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Beautiful card and design! I absolutely adore the pretty base you created and that stunning bouquet of flowers! The butterfly is so pretty as is all of the lace and pearl accents! It is unfortunate the purpose this card will serve, I will keep the family in my prayers, I hope it brings them some comfort! Have a lovely weekend my friend!

  12. Fabulous design filled with love and special meaning for the recipient, Karen! Beautiful flowers, butterfly, and heart pearl button! My heart goes out to the family and I'll keep them in my thoughts and prayers! Take good care and have a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you, hugs!

  13. Hi Karen....Such a gorgeous card, so so pretty...stunning design. Happy weekend to You :)

  14. Hi Karen....Such a gorgeous card, so so pretty...stunning design. Happy weekend to You :)

  15. Very unique of having the flowers and die slanted which come out stunning design. Beautiful flowers and bow. Gorgeous vintage card. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Scrapy Land and can't wait to see what card or project you share with us nest. Nancy Hill, Scrapy Land Design Team member

  16. Oh my Karen.... what a gorgeous card! The design in stunning and so very special. I will pray for that family... my heart aches for them and anyone who must endure this dreaded disease. I know the mother will see all the love you poured into this card for her... I know I see it and I'm grateful there are people as special as you in this world to help those struggling... HUGS SWEET FRIEND! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  17. Love all of the thought and heart you put into this card. The details are gorgeous and have such a wonderful vintage feel.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Die Cuts/Punches challenge.

  18. Such a pretty design and I really love the border. :)

  19. Another gorgeous card! The doily center with the cluster of flowers is just beautiful! The sweet butterfly fluttering by is fabulous! Amazing details as always! I hope you are having a great spring and having some beautiful spring like weather! We had mid 70's over the weekend and today in the 30's :( Crazy weather!
    Have a great evening my friend!
    Sherrie K

  20. Hi Karen,
    I absolutely adore the design of this fabulous card!But then again I absolutely adore everything you make!The Prima mulberry butterfly is simply beautiful.The bouquet is just elegant.Such gorgeous details. I love the pretty paper collections used on this stunning beauty!My prayers go out to the family.
    Sending tons of my love, hugs & smiles
    Crafting With Creative M

  21. Karen, I am certain I left you some love here before, but apparently my Internet was feeling extra tricky that day, so I will attempt to leave some more. Even with crafting time short for you, you, managed to cram so many beautiful and meaningful details into this one card. I love the idea of the gold on the butterfly and corner which hold such meaning to the recipient. You are so right--the mother will feel the love with which this is made, not all the little trims and floofies. But that said, I think this still has the Karen floofiness trademark written all over it! Gorgeous! Big hugs to you! My apologies for my lateness!

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  23. Hello, Karen! Don't you love the diagonal flow of your card - in the direction of the butterfly, it reminds me of Faith taking off, and flying upward. If looking from the corner downward, it reminds me of the journey we take in this life, and that while we once flew in supposed freedom, we need to come back to earth to enjoy the scents and colors of Life's Joys (shown as flowers), and be grounded in the goodness of Life.

    Either way, it is like an arrow - straight and true, isn't it? And maybe...

    Just maybe...

    the seemingly lack of "floofiness" in your eyes, is actually the perfect amount of "floofiness" for this dear, heartbroken mother. Perhaps her eyes will see something completely different than what your muse thought you needed to make. Just perhaps, your fingers prayed this card into its perfection.

    So I think it is lovely, and I enjoyed your meaning for the beautiful golden hues.

    (PS I deleted the first comment because of too many typos LOL)


Thank you for leaving some love! Have a beautifully blessed day. :o)

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