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Friday, April 22, 2016

Today, Tomorrow, Always...

Happy Friday, sweet friends! I hope your week has been beautiful. I am posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, sharing a card featuring lovely Pion Design papers. I paired a sweet image from Linneaus Botanical Journal with Easter Greetings papers. ♥︎
One of the many things I've learned in my involvement with disease-battling kiddos is that their parents have zero time (or energy) to celebrate their marriage/love. They tirelessly fight for their child's survival every moment. So what I like to include in my boxes of love is a card for the parents to essentially give each other... an easy way for them to give a small gift in the hospital without needing to spend money or leave their child's side.

The Lily of the Valley design felt perfect for this image that celebrates forever love. The sweetness and softness are perfectly Pion. :o) The couple is nestled within a resin Prima Victorian Frame, which is covered in Shabby White Frantage. I kept the overall color palette neutral with sweet pops of peach. The metal die border down the center panel is a Tattered Lace Beloved Border.
These darling pale peach roses were hidden amongst my LLC flowers and I'm grateful I found them yesterday! I love them with this collection. They are generously sprinkled with Glamour Dust. Magnolia Heart Swirls serve as my foliage. Layered atop a seam binding bow are shabby liberty bells tied with Prima Vax Cord. I went a wee bit trim happy with this card down the sides and along the bottom. ♥︎
Melissa Frances Garnish Applique corners adorn the top. Tucked within both flower arrangements are Melissa Frances pearls. The Cheery Lynn butterfly is centered with sparkly peachy love.
The celebration of sweet love continues inside, which is lined with the 12x12 version of the Lily of the Valley design. My sentiment is from Whimsical Designs (no longer in business) and is cut out with a Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennant.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly weekend! ♥︎ 

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ April Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Oh Happy Spring! (Cheery Lynn, Magnolia, Spellbinders, and Tattered Lace dies)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Make it Girlie


  1. Karen this is divine! What a gorgeous idea to make a card for the parents to share with each other. That's such a labour of love, all the exquisite little details! The peach is the perfect sweet colour accent to that beautiful green. The lace and trims are so lush and the butterfly is beautiful and that beautiful frantaged frame is the perfect way to frame that sweet image. A beautiful, beautiful creation hunny. Hugs, Wends x

  2. Well Karen, every time I visit you I think I've discovered my favourite card, but then you make another one even more beautiful than the last!! So stunning, every inch of this is covered with delicious soft colours, dainty patterns, luscious laces and pretty pearls...all of my favourite things!! I just adore the soft touches of pink against the ivory and pale green background, and of course your use of the Pion papers totally melts my heart!! Another stunning card my friend!! hugs to you :)

  3. My sweetest friend, what a stunning card this is!! I absolutely adore the beautiful papers!! The colors are so soft and romantic!! I love how you framed the sweet image!! The bells are such an amazing touch tucked among the beautiful blooms!! This is absolutely gorgeous and so thoughtful!! That you think of adding cards for the parents to exchange just shows how huge and caring your sweet heart is!! The recipients will treasure this always!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land and DL.ART (I remembered!! Actually, I almost didn't and had to race back and add it before I hit publish ;) I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, restful weekend my dear friend!! Thinking of you!! Hugest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Such beautiful flowers and lace! Another gorgeous creation of yours! That butterfly is perfect with all your lovely flowers! Thanks for playing along with us at DL.ART April Linky Challenge!

  5. Beautiful card and design! The image is just the sweetest and all of the details are so delicate with a touch of romance! You are so thoughtful in your gesture to make cards for the parents, I admire your dedication to the your cause! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  6. Karen, every thing about this makes me happy! I love the precious children and the beautiful frame, love the background paper and colors, and so love the beautiful addition of tulle. Love this! <3

  7. Such delicately patterned papers and beautiful placed floral pieces create the most wonderful card Karen, you are so talented my friend.

  8. Breathtaking creation as always Karen! Just stunning and heartwarming!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Scrapy Land with this beauty!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  9. What a Brilliant and thoughtful idea Karen.... I think we forget spouses are just as important and need encouragement during those difficult times too... Your card is stunning as always with a gorgeous array of flowers, delicate lace & Butterfly and the most precious photo as the focal point.... I love the vintage frame surrounding the image... it really draws you in.... Love it! Have a Wonderful Weekend sweet friend! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  10. Karen, such thoughtfulness you exude. I'm grateful that you share the ideas behind your masterpieces. This time, it is regarding parents who fight for their dear little one, while possibly neglecting what they need of each other in the way of encouragement, understanding and kindness. It's a good reminder, actually, that we all should direct extra attention to our spouses. I know I'm grateful for mine. He is my care-giver and seems to never tire of helping me as needed. We share lots of laughter because a sense of humor is essential with the ups and downs we experience through the disease process, and we share a great deal of respect with a desire to be there for the other. But when parents are dealing with sick children, and the burden of their care is watching them suffer, there is a terrible emotional toll.

    Your lovely masterpiece speaks volumes from the tiny little picture - it's romantic, and gentle, and delicate - just like love sometimes needs to be treated.

    Well, please forgive my rambling - please know that your posts and artwork always inspire my heart far more than I can convey. I'm sure if your photos do that for me, that you touch many a soul in this blogging journey of ours.


  11. Wow... another stunning card my friend! It is as beautiful as I know you and your heart are! I still get my mind blown every time I visit your blog and hear about all the beautiful things you are doing to help others. For you to give away a box of gorgeous cards filled with love and have a card in there one each for partners to share with one another is just beyond amazing! Truly amazing!!
    Have a great weekend!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  12. This card is just absolutely gorgeous and elegant!!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous card, which is so thoughtful for the parents to receive, Karen! The image is beautiful within the frame! The cluster of flowers and butterflies are lovely as can be! And, I just love the delicate lace and tulle along the bottom of the card! Wonderful project as always, Karen! The recipients will treasure it I'm sure! Take care! Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Stunning, thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, hope to see you again soon
    {613 DT Member}
    Alex x

  15. Oh Karin I've been looking at this card for ages it must be the most beautiful card I have seen it just has everything that I love it's perfect and so special you are so talented and very kind to those parents love and hugs Carole x

  16. Oh my gosh, Karen this just gorgeous! The color palette is so soft and I adore the beautiful couple nestled in that amazing frame. I just love the texture on it.
    The details are all beautiful! The lace, flowers and ribbon are perfectly match!!! I just love how you add so many delicate elements to your work.
    Love, love this!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  17. This is such a beautiful card Karen and what a sweet treat to the parents. This is so thoughtful and kind of you my sweet friend, I got choked up reading it just thinking how much they must have appreciated it. I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes APRIL Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART crinkle ribbon

  18. I feel like I always repeat myself when I leave you a comment, but to be honest that is exactly how I feel. Your layers are always gorgeous, your papers absolutely beautiful, and your embellishments are always so beautifully and elegantly placed together that I always find your cards to be more a work of art than just mere cards. I love this card, Karen, and I know it will be very well received by someone who will definitely need a show of love in their lives while going through these major ordeals with their little ones.
    God Bless

  19. This is lovely thank you for sharing with us at 613 Create. And good luck, hope to see you again soon.

    Caz 613C DT.
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  20. Wow, Karen, your cards are always amazing, and this time is no exception. I love the thought behind your wonderful artwork here. How thoughtful of you to think of the parent's overlooked relationship when they are so immersed in the illness of their precious little ones. You are such a dear person to give of yourself in this way! How special your lovely card is, with it's beautiful papers, die cuts, flowers, trim, tulle, shabby bow and pearls!

    I almost forgot to thank you for joining Scrapy Land's Oh, Happy Spring challenge! Thank you for this beautiful contribution! Hugs! Sara Emily Guest DT

  21. I can recognise your cards in an instant Karen. They are all trademark impossibly pretty and perfect! You are so very kind in your giving. This beauty will definitely be treasured. Nicola x

  22. Hi Karen,
    Your card is absolutely stunning!I love the darling image inside the pretty Victorian frame.The flowers are so beautiful and go so perfect with the sweet color palette. The shabby bells add such a lovely touch to this gorgeous creation.
    A beautiful masterpiece my friend. The parents will truly treasure this and feel all of the love you put into it.I love that of you...
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs and smiles
    Crafting With Creative M

  23. This is stunning and I love the lace and that fabulous vintage frame! TFS

  24. Oh wow Karen this is absolutely stunning! So delicate and pretty. The love and time you put into each creation you make is so obvious to see, you are one very talented lady and a huge inspiration.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and thanks so much for your well wishes
    Mandy xx

  25. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenge blog and good Luck !
    Maryvonne - DT Member


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