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Friday, June 3, 2016

Garden-Inspired Birthday

Hello, sparkly friends! Today I'm sharing a wee bit of inspiration on the Live & Love Crafts blog. This was also made for the new challenge at Deep Ocean Challenge, of which I am a few days late due to being unwell. Our theme there is Our Furry/Feathered Friends.

My mom's birthday is tomorrow and I'm celebrating with a garden-inspired card featuring Maja Design's Vintage Romance. ♥︎
A sweet Wycinanka Lacy Bird has flown in for the occasion, nestled within Wild Orchid Crafts blossoms. ♥︎ Walk With Me is probably my favorite pattern of the collection, which I have used for the center panel. The die cut frame is from Joy! Crafts Frame and Contents.
Although a tad difficult to see in my pictures, the bottom of my floral arrangement is accented with a Melissa Frances Appliqué resin corner. Layered Jamila and Coco trims adorn the left for pretty texture. Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourishes are tucked within my flowers.
Layered Cheery Lynn Two of Hearts are topped with more blossoming love, while Pion butterflies flutter throughout my little card.
My sentiment is from Pion's Scent of Lavender, chosen for its lovely shade of purple. I hope my mom likes it. ♥︎ Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a sparkly weekend. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Lots of Layers (Mini Fanciful Flourishes and Two of Hearts dies)
 *Dies R Us~ Birds (Foliage, heart, and frame dies)
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ June Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Cheery Lynn dies)
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Dies/Punches
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting


  1. Happy Birthday to your mom. SHe will love the beautiful card you made for her. I love the lacy bird and the gorgeous flowers. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge/ Katie-DT.Member

  2. This is so adorable with so many beautiful elements, I'm sure your Mom will absolutely treasure it. Your layering is always exquisite with such pretty lace details and floral arrangements that each one is my new favourite.
    Take care and Happy Birthday for tomorrow to your Mom.

  3. Oh Karen, this is just what I needed this morning! I was stumped when I looked at my pile of crafts and I really needed a boost, this is just the thing! Your card is breathtaking and I am wishing I had that new Maja collection after seeing how you create with it! Such a lovely layout, the negative shape is a stunning focal point and a wonderful way to showcase that wonderful paper design! I love the two itty bitty butterflies you added in there. It's these small details that make your work stand out from the rest! Thank you for the inspiration my friend, I'm off to the craft room to feed off the beauty you create and put out into the world!! hugs :)

  4. Howdy! Dropping by to say Thank you so much for entering your art work [ a stunning card! love this very much] into WAW this week Anything Goes Challenge - where you can upload 5 pieces each week - a total of 10 opportunities to win a prize! Happy Dance - it is a blessing to have you come by and join the challenge - may your day be filled with fun and laughter and leaving you with this message "The Lord is Good - All of the Time" Blessings, Gail WAW DT

  5. Oh wow! Karen, there are so many layers of deliciousness in this! Those laces, oh, so, SO pretty! Your mummy is SURE to LOVE this utterly stunning creation. I wish her a super happy day and you too my sweet friend. So many beautiful details the Melissa Frances corner is gorgeous and I love those pretty heart diecuts in the top left. That birdie is so pretty as are all the sweet butterflies. Beautiful, beautiful creation. I hope you are feeling so much better now hunny. Sad to hear you've been poorly. Loads of love and healing your way. Hugs, Wends x

  6. Karen, this is spectacular! The vintage romance collection is gorgeous! Your elements are amazing and placed perfectly my friend! Wow, I just adore the details and colors~the bird is so delicate and elegant~so pretty Karen!
    Have a super day~
    Sherrie K

  7. Karen I am really not sure where to start this is so lovely. The filigree heart, frame and bird, pearls, beautiful flowers, the gorgeous lace and the sweet layout, all so beautiful. Thank you so much for posting your very beautiful art in the #232-#233 - Anything Goes FF Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

  8. OH WOW this is absolutely gorgeous Karen! I love everything about it!! Stunning! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘BIRDS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  9. Hello, Karen.
    I hope you are well...............Wow!!! Your Mom is going to treasure your masterpiece forever. It is so delicately embellished and the detail is absolutely stunning.
    I love the garden bird surrounded by beauty and crafting loveliness.
    Have a truly blessed weekend my sweet friend.
    Lots of love & hugs Donna xx

  10. Stunningly beautiful card Karen! I love that Lacy Bird, pearls, flowers and papers you used! Just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

  11. Back with a different hat! I love the way you mix so many beautiful elements together to make such gorgeous cards! Thank for joining us at DL.ART June Linky Challenge!

  12. Pretty as a picture as always Karen and exquisitely embellished. Those Maja Papers look very tempting indeed. I do hope that you are feeling better. Happy Birthday to your dear Mum. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  13. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! What a gorgeous card for your sweet mom!! I love the papers and the bouquet of flowers!! The layers and dies you used are so fabulous!! That bird is just the perfect touch!! The intricate heart is such a sweet and beautiful detail!! I absolutely adore this and I know your mom will, too!! I hope she has the most wonderful, happy birthday!! And I hope you are feeling much better every day. Thinking of you always!! Hugest hugs...Oh, I almost forgot - thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land and DL.ART!! Big hugs dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Gorgeous card, Karen! Beautiful colors and so many fantastic details! Thanks for joining the Dies R Us June "Bird" Challenge.

  15. Your Mom will love this gorgeous card you created for her, Karen! Happy Birthday to her! Truly a lovely creation with the bird, die cuts, flowers, and trim! Hope you are feeling better! Take care! Hugs and blessings to you!!!

  16. This is stunning. I love the soft and sweet shabby colors. And that bird is AMAZING. Thanks for joining us this week at 613 Avenue Create! We hope to see you again soon.

    My Blog

  17. Whoa! What a fantastic use of feminine and vintage embellishments, Karen. Your little bird is so sweet and adds an element of happiness and beauty. It's a gorgeous creation, Karen, and I love it. Hugs, de

  18. What a stunning shabby chic make! Love all the details and dies you used to create this crafting gem!
    Thank you for linking this masterpiece to Scrapy Land Challenge.
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  19. As always, Karen, a beautiful and elegant card. One, I'm sure, your mom is going to love and treasure. I hope she had a lovely day on her birthday. I have a shabby chic challenge coming up and since I'm not very good at these challenges, my first thought was to go visit my friend Karen :-) The inspiration I always find from your posts is just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work!

  20. Oh how Beautiful Karen! Your Mother will love it... Happy Birthday to her! YAY - You know I love everything about this card... but notice that I'm totally drawn to that fantastic bird... so delicately cut... the perfect focal point to an array of beauty surrounding it! I hope your feeling better every day sweetie! Have a fabulous week! HUGS!


  21. Hi Karen,
    This is just stunning!! Your mom will absolutely LOVE this!The dies used for this stunning creations are amazing!I absolutely love the chipboard lacy bird.Its beautiful!! You know I always love the pretty butterflies and flowers as well.Sending birthday wishes to your mom and my love as well!!
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs and smiles
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  22. I absolutely adore your creations. Right down to the tiniest detail - stunning!

  23. Wow, beautiful card and pretty design. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.

  24. Great layers just beautiful! Thanks for joining the Lots of Layers challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck in the draw!

  25. Oh, Karen, This card takes my breath away, and most of my words, too! I love every single lovely detail on this masterpiece from the papers to the tiny butterflies to everything in between! I adore that lacy bird perched among your luscious flower spray and the colors just melt my heart! Your Mom is going to treasure this! I'm so sorry you still are feeling so ill, and my prayers are with you that you may find respite from whatever it is that's pulling you down. Big healing hugs! Thank you for your gift of design and writing--they mean so much to so many.

    While I'm here, I will thank you for joining our Scrapy Land challenge one last time as Guest DT. Hugs!

  26. My dear friend Karen, ohhh that's absolutely gorgeous what you've created. So lovely and just a right card for your mom. She will have very happy about this fantastic card determined. I love the papers in soft colors and all the beautiful Chipboards, laces and roses. I get garden feeling. You're so special in all the crafts you do.
    Many hugs and blessing Petra

  27. As always your pieces are inspiring and this card is no exception the little butterflies are so darling and the bird adds a nice texture to all the other textures. What is most inspiring is your gift of compassion and sharing and giving. Your always in my prayers my swet friend
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JUNE Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART crinkle ribbon

  28. I'm sure your mom must have been overjoyed by this card! Such a clever way to combine the dies with the gorgeous bird; a stunning 3D effect. As always, beautiful arrangement of the flowers. Shabby yet very elegant.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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