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Monday, August 1, 2016

Birthday/Anniversary at Live & Love Crafts!

Happy August, sweet friends! It's time for a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts! This marks the 50th challenge at LLC and we're carrying the milestone into our theme, as we are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. ♥︎

I'm a wee bit rushed, as my injury flared up something fierce this weekend. Enjoy a rare short post from me! ;)
I'm celebrating with Maja Design's newest paper collection Summertime. Isn't it gorgeous? ♥︎ The Pearl Drop Trim is one of LLC's newest goodies and I adore it. You will see it often. :o) It is layered atop lovely Amabelle lace.
The Wycinanka Ornamental Butterfly chippie is a stunner! I accented it with sparkling Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, pearls, and pearl stamen for antennae.  The sweet metal Love Plate is also new, which I have given a light wash of watered down paint and adhered with Natural Hemp.
For additional metal accents I used a pretty Antique Bead (centering Cappuccino crinkle ribbon from my dear friend Diana) and the darling Liberty Bells. I don't think I'll ever tire of the bells/flower/Lace Heart AppliquĂ© combo. It makes my heart happy. ♥︎

Be sure to flutter on over to see the gorgeous inspiration from my talented teamies! Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day. :o)


  1. Sensational card Karen those papers are amazing think I might have to dip into the piggy bank !! So many stunning embellishments make it a sight to behold perfect card Take Care of yourself hope you feel better very soon. Love and hugs Carole

  2. WOW indeed a stunner of a creation Karen....buthe then I am yet to see a creation by you which I have not drooled and ooohed and aaahed over!! YOu create such magical beauties!!
    Dr Sonia

  3. Awww Karen this is beautiful l love all of the elements used and l have that pearl boarder which is gorgeous on your creation also the distressed look is one of my favourites on a card or any crafty items hand made your so talented my friend and we are so lucky to have your share all of your creations thank you sending lots of love x

  4. My sweetest friend, this is stunningly beautiful!! I absolutely adore the new papers and you've showcased them to perfection!! The butterfly is such a fabulous focal point!! I love the gorgeous laces and trims you've used!! The lace heart with the bells is a perfect touch!! This is magical and beautiful and I absolutely love it!! What a spectacular card this is, Karen!! I am praying that you are feeling much better soon. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Oh, my! Just gorgeous as always, Karen! A fabulous beauty with the chipboard butterfly as the focal point! The lace/pearl borders are exquisite! Lovely paper and flowers! And, sweet metal "love" plate for a special touch! Such a wonderful creation, Karen, love it!!! Hugs and blessings to you! Hope you are feeling better very soon!

  6. GORGEOUS!!! And oh so Stunning my sweet friend! I'm in LOVE with that beautiful butterfly... your paper selection is always impeccable! Fabulous Design! I hope you feel better soon sweet friend.. get some rest! Big Hugs! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  7. Oh, what a beautiful card, Karen! Love the rich shade of red and the wonderful embellishments. Feel better soon!

  8. Hi Karen,
    Sorry it's been so long since I last visited. I absolutely adore this card; it's beautifully put together. A large Wycinanka butterfly as a focal point is always a winner in my book, but there's so much more to it; I love how you've arranged the lace and the pearltrims. And like always your flowers are positioned into perfection. Not to mention the stamens as antennae, a small but oh so charming detail. Hope you feel better soon, but if not, please don't worry about tomorrow.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  9. Even with your injury, you still make the most beautiful cards in all of blogland!! I am so in love with this one my friend. You have completely sold me on the new Maja Summertime papers, I'll be adding that to my shopping cart now for sure!! Your shimmery butterfly is such a lovely and timeless focal piece, works for any occasion and is simply beautiful when adorned with flowers! Lovely laces and pearls and all things shabby, just what I love about your style! I do hope you get to feeling a hundred percent soon, so I send all my healing wishes and hugs out to you!! thinking of you :)

  10. My dear friend Karen, what a fantastic creation again. The chipboard butterfly is placed perfect with all the beautiful flowers around. I love the arrangment of laces and pearl trim too, everything is looking gorgeous.
    A lot of hugs and blessing Petra

  11. The Maja Design Summertime collection is beautiful Karen! I love all your yummy elements in this design! The layers, textures and dimension are fantastic! The lace and pearls add such a pretty and whimsical feel! The butterfly is simply amazing! Love, love this Karen!
    I hope you get toe feeling better real soon! Sending you prayers and big bloggy hug~Take care of your self!
    Sherrie K

  12. Such a stunning creation! Love the gorgeous collection you used for your card! The butterfly is so gorgeous surrounded by so many wonderful elements! The pops of red in the background and the flowers looks so amazing and ties your entire card together beautifully! I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well my friend! I will keep you in my prayers and hope you will be on the mend soon! Take care and have a good night!

  13. Hi Karen,
    The red is just Gorgeous!! My sisters favorite colors are red & blue so whenever I see somehting with those 2 colors I alway think of her.The lace & pearl borders are just lovely!!The Summertime collection is just the sweetest collection that I have ever seen! I LOVE the chipborad die..Amazing my friend!! Gorgeous card.
    I am sending my prayers, hugs and TONS of my love
    I hope that you are feeling better..
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  14. Karen, once again, I am left speechless at your amazing talent! Love the tiny flowers weaving their way across the chippie butterfly and the crocheted heart and tiny shabby bells! Beautifully bordered with the lace and pearls, that paper is a show stopper! I am saddened that someone with such a wonderful, giving heart has to experience such pain! I'm sending up prayers for relief for you from this terrible pain. Sending healing hugs to you, my friend!

  15. Ooh wow, how have I missed this?! I came to comment on one gorgeous new card I spotted and found three!! The rich red of this is so gorgeous Karen. I love the pretty floral flanked by the fabulous red gingham (my favourite!). The butterfly is so pretty and that tear drop pearl trim is simply gorgeous. Another creation I utterly love EVERYTHING about. Hugs to you my sweet pal. Healing wishes and love your way, Wends xoxo


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