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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Fun

Hello, sweet friends! My posting day on the Live & Love Crafts blog has changed to Wednesdays to help out a teamie, so here I am mid-week! In my hustle to get something made, I had to put off visiting your lovely blogs. I look forward to leaving you sparkly love today. :o)
*Edit: This is also for the fabulous new challenge at Deep Ocean Challenge, where we are immersing ourselves in summer and crafting with a Beach/Seaside theme! Please come join us! :o)

I am sharing a card featuring Maja Design's Summertime. There is a sweet story about what inspired this card, but alas I am unable to sit and type it out. Just know that it is filled with the utmost love for someone in need.
This is such a versatile collection, with elegant florals and whimsical summertime scenes. I fell in love with the precious children on one sheet, so I chose to use it as a focal point of summer fun.
Framing the scene is Wycinanka's Fleur de Lis, within which I nestled seashells and pearls. The sweet mini star bottle is filled with teeny shells and a sprinkling of glamour dust (which shows up nicely in person). For the pretty little flags, I used Wycinanka Paris Borders and Lacy Banner dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). All of my chippies are covered in crackle paint.
The foliage within the large flower arrangement is from Joy! Crafts Oval Frame. Maja perfectly captured summertime fun in the playful designs within the collection. :o) Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day. ♥︎



  1. My dear friend Karen, that's an absolutely eyecatcher in the morning for me. What a lovely and stunning card again. Fantastic design and beautiful colors. I love the Chipboards and the arrangment of laces, pearls, seeshells, flowers and everything od deco. You give them all a special note with so much love.
    Have a nice day and many hugs and blessing Petra ♥

  2. l too have fallen in love with that paper Karen and what a brilliant idea to use as your focal point and of course all of the other elements used compliment your finished creation hope you have a lovely day xx

  3. I must sound like a broken record, as every time I visit your blog, I declare this to be my favourite card of yours. Well I'm going to say it again today... this may be one of my favourite cards of yours Karen!!! I just love the fancy shaped base, and oh how I love all the blue papers you used! So sweet, the children inside your frame. Love the added seashells, a touch of the authentic adds so much! Laces and pearls and flowers, you can never have too many of those! I am sure each of your cards is made with love, no matter the story behind it. sending big healing hugs :)

  4. Oh, Karen! This card is so beautiful with wonderful details. I love the fact that there is a story behind each of your cards--you can see the love put into each one. I am so glad I found your blog. You are such an inspiration! Hope you are feeling well. <3

  5. Oooh what a work of your flower arrangement , the little shells and the cute bottle
    Dr Sonia

  6. Oh, my sweetest friend, what a nautical masterpiece this is!! I absolutely adore the papers!! You've showcased them to perfection as always!! I love the amazing details you added like the bottle and shells!! Such a perfect touch!! I love the pennants you added, too!! The children playing in the sand are so sweet and perfect as a focal point!! I love, love this, Karen!! It's stunning!! Thinking of you my dear friend and keeping you in my prayers always!! Happy Wednesday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. A gorgeous summer fun creation, Karen! Love the sea scene with the adorable children playing in the sand! Awesome matching paper and pennants at the side! Fabulous lace, ribbon, pearls as always! And, extra special touch with the shells nestled along the bottom! A stunning creation, which I love, Karen! It truly will be appreciated and treasured! Take good care, hugs!!!

  8. what a lovely card! I do admire your talent make wonderful cards so, so much. you are a real artist..

  9. Another GORGEOUS card! This paper is so beautiful! The children are so precious and I love how they are framed in! The cluster of shells and the mini star bottle are perfect elements for this fabulous card! The lace, pearls and beautiful details are spectacular! Such a precious card my friend!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  10. WOW this is Gorgeous!!!! I Love your focal point of the children playing.... it definitely reminds me of what summertime is all about, the laughter of children playing! I absolutely love the sea shell cluster you put there in the middle and the gorgeous frame to frame it all in! The florals are so pretty and those pennants are just perfect! I love what you have done with this card my sweet friend!

  11. Hi Karen,
    The paper collection is truly stunning!! I love the images of the little sail boats!!Th details of the seashells and glass wish bottle adds such a beautiful touch!!Made me believe that I was in the sea!!I always admire the elegant flowers and pearls.Very magical and Beautiful!!
    Sending TONS of my love, hugs and smiles
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  12. Very pretty card, the scene with the children is so peaceful and beautiful! I love how you used those shells on your card, I would have never thought to do that! And that mini star bottle, oh my, how I love the way you nestled it amongst the flowers! Everything about this card is just stunning my friend! I am sorry to hear that you are still not feeling well, keeping you in my prayers and wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. Where to start?! It's just ALL so beautiful. Love the focal paper and the embellishments are stunning. I love looking at your cards - every time I take another look I find something else that you hid amongst all the beautiful layers. Life took over for a couple of weeks, so I'm sorry I haven't been around to leave bloggie love. We are going on vacation so I will be MIA for the next few weeks too. Just know that I will be oooh'ing and aaah'ing when I get back and will catch up. Till then, dear friend have a very Blessed month.
    Big hugs,
    Lena’s Creations

  14. Oh WOW!!! Stunningly Beautiful as usual Karen! :) I LOVE the Focal point... it's right on mark and the sea shells are sooo perfect! You always add the right amount of beautiful elements it's hard not to fall in love with your projects! The card shape is so perfect and adds to the nautical vibe... Just BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE it! I hope you're doing better sweet friend! Big Hugs and have a wonderful weekend! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  15. Karen, knowing you, there is nothing but love put into all your artwork! I must say that this is one of my favorite of your designs - with the pretty blue theme, the darling little pennants flying in the wind, and the wonderful shells nestled among your flowers. It's a beautiful creation and one that will be extra meaningful to your recipient. Hope you enjoy a lovely week-end! hugs, de

  16. this is truly beautiful I know whoever gets this will be filled with pleasure those children are so sweet and the design is just perfect a fabulous card my friend so special in every way Love and hugs Carole x

  17. I have missed the last couple of cards you have created I'm afraid, just don't know where the time goes.
    Your cards are always so beautifully finished and lovingly created that each one holds such beauty. Today's card is just gorgeous, the sweet papers and stunning details right down to the real shells shows how much thought has gone in to this creation.

  18. Karen, another masterpiece and so filled with fabulous nautical details and made with such love! I am squealing over those sweet papers, and how you have showcased them! That little jar with the seashells and glamour dust is the icing on this sweet cake! Each one of your creations is more delightful--NO, they ALL are delightful! I admire your hard work you put in each and everyone, when you are feeling so poorly--you have such a giving and warm heart! Big hugs to you!

  19. Oh wow! Karen, those new Maja papers are divine!! I love everything about this gorgeous card, from the teeny wee shells, to the cute little glass star bottle to the gorgeous card shape. EVERYTHING! Such a stunning creation hun and I'm sad to read you're still struggling with your hand. I do hope it heals soon. Love and hugs and healing wishes your way, Wends xoxo


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