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Friday, April 1, 2016

Photo Inspiration at Live & Love Crafts!

This is my first of two posts today. For the Graciellie Design Stamp Release blog hop, please click HERE.

Happy April, sweet friends! It's time for a new challenge at Live & Love Crafts! We have a gorgeous Photo Inspiration collage to inspire you.

Someone very special to my heart will soon be celebrating a birthday. ♥︎
Here is the collage that inspired my card:
In true Sandy form, the collage is beautiful! Elegant, whimsical, magical... endless avenues to spark your sweet creativity. I was inspired by several facets, including the dreamy colors. I used Pion Design's Paris Flea Market to capture my favorite notes of the color palette.
I also adore the decor in the first frame, which inspired my lace design along the side. Darling two-tone roses (and hidden Prima vax cord) encourage sweet 'poofs' of Coco lace. Do you like my technical wording? :o) Inspired by the bride, I chose my favorite vintage lady from the collection to serve as my birthday girl. She is surrounded with pearl string and nestled within Spellbinders Gold Labels Four layers.
Shabby seam binding cascades below a birthday bouquet, which is accented with special embellishments: Button Etoile and a Crown Sphere Pearl Pin. The card base is a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die, which I made with Pink II from Pion's heavyweight Palette collection.

Be sure to check out what my talented teamies have created to inspire you and I hope you'll play along with us this month! :o) Thank you for visiting and have a magical day. ♥︎

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Aud Sentiments~ Birthday or Use the Number 6
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ April Linky Party
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Pastel Colors
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes


  1. Dear friend Karen, WOW that's a gorgeous design. I love it how you arranged the fantastic lace and seam binding with the little roses. Wonderful vintage lady, I'm totally fascinated by this card and the soft colors.
    I wish you a relaxing weekend and many hugs and blessing Petra

  2. My goodness, this is a beautiful card! I pinned it right away!

  3. Oooh everything you make is beautiful the colors , lace and awesome layering on this one my friend
    Dr Sonia

  4. Well I think I actually dribbled some a bit on my shirt because my mouth has been hanging open for several minutes now as I ooh and aah over this mouthwatering card!! WOW!! This may be one of my favourites of yours, and that's a tough game to play because all your cards are stunning!! Paris Flea Market, yummy!! Pink, precious!! Laces and doilies and pearls, oh my!! Saved this one to my desktop for inspiration! You are truly one of my favourite blogs to visit, LOVE LOVE LOVE your work Karen!! Sending big hugs :)

  5. This is lovely Karen... Your creative touch always adds uniqueness and elegance to every project! Love it!

  6. Hi Karen,
    I absolutely love your interpretation of the photo challenge.It is absolutely Stunning! I love the vintage paper collection and the pretty pearls around the frame. I ADORE the two tone roses with the coco elegant!! The birthday bouquet is simply beautiful!! The recipient of this lovely creation will truly love it! I do!
    Sending tons of my love, hugs & smiles
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  7. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! I absolutely adore those gorgeous papers!! As always, you've showcased them perfectly!! The lace, the layers, the flowers, everything is just absolutely stunning!! I love how you framed the image with the pearls!! Each detail is amazing!! I love, love this my friend!! It's romantic and feminine and fabulous!! Happy April First!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Oh Wow! This is truly a gorgeous card! I love all the dies you used to make all those lovely layers! The papers are beautiful and I love all the embellishments you put on this masterpiece! Thanks for playing along with us at DL.ART April Linky Challenge!

  9. Beautiful card, Karen--all yours are, but this reminds me of a spring wedding on a card, complete with lace, pearls, flowers and so many lovely feminine details. You really make me smile when I visit your blog! Thanks for the inspiration! Big hugs!

  10. oooooooooh! So beautiful! I love how you are able to bring forth Love in your creations, Karen! Truly lovely in a peaceful, sweet, loving, very caring way. hugs, de

  11. Really, really, really stunning ! Absolutely fantastic! :)
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy! :)

  12. Beautiful birthday card! I absolutely adore the inspiration photo and you have done an amazing job incorporating it into your creation! The papers are so stunning and I absolutely adore the image in the center of all of the girly laces, pearls and flowers! So happy to see that you are back in your craft room!

  13. Oh this is super dreamy Karen, love the vintage lady image and your beautiful embellishments surrounding her.

  14. Fabulous card. Image, lace and all details are perfect.


  15. WOW, this is absolutely stunning. Fabulous layers and oh so elegant. TFS

  16. Oh my... GORGEOUS! How many times can I say that in my comments to you? Ummmm, ALL THE TIME!!!! :) Oh so pretty with that adoring image and beautiful Lace, Ribbon & Flowers... they are always so elegantly placed on your pieces.... and of course those beautiful Butterflies which I never get tired of seeing on your projects! Someone will certainly LOVE this card! I know I do! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  17. Wow, wow, wow, what an eye catcher. Such a beautiful card, looking so pretty and delicate. Thanks for joining us over at Pennys Paper Craty Challenge. Thanks Jean DT xx

  18. Oh wow, I just saw the new photo board for the latest challenge, delish! I utterly LOVE what you've done for this one. The beautiful layered frames, the lush lace, the pearl pin and pearl & diamante brooch. What a stunning design with the lovely lacey rectangular frame too. Oh so beautiful Karen. Hugs, Wends x

  19. Soooo pretty Karen~ The papers are gorgeous! The colors are so soft and this has such a pretty delicate feel! The dimension and all the fine details are beautiful! I love the framing~the layers are incredible! Just stunning my friend!
    Have a super day!
    Sherrie K

  20. Gorgeous card Karen! the whole design of this is absolutely stunning! so pretty! :-)

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

  21. Your card is stunning, dear Karen. I always enjoy the extra time it takes me to admire your card, to appreciate all the beautiful papers, all the gorgeous layers and the stunning embellishments. Just love it all, Karen. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and creative talent. I also wanted to thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner this week. Going back for one more look after publishing this post :-)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week.

  22. Fabulous design and love the colours, so elegant...Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday...Hugs Lozzy xx

  23. Very dreamy vintage creation. Love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy. Pat K x


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