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Saturday, June 24, 2017

I Hold You in My Heart

Hello, friends! Always know how much I treasure you.♥︎ I am posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a shabby encouragement card.

It has been a difficult week grieving the loss of the sparkliest cancer warrior. At only 9 years old, Tessa inspired and loved beyond measure. She lived down the road from me, filling my heart with her light. ♥︎
This card is for one of the many people whose heart has been shattered. I want to remind her that even though we feel broken, we are being held by the ultimate healing love. I adore Wild Orchid Crafts pastels, which made it easy to add pops of sweet pink love (roses/leaves) and sunshiny yellow (cherry blossom). Tessa is everything beautiful... pure love and sunshine.
Vintage Seam Binding and Lace are knotted together for shabby bunting, while gorgeous Autumn Blossoms ruffle atop it. Each knot is placed between the pearls of WOC's lovely Pearl String, which is very pretty in person. A few pink and yellow ribbons were added to reflect Tessa's sweet little self. ♥︎
Flat-back Pearl String adorns my Wycinanka chipboard frame for added elegance. The sentiment is from JustRite. For a touch of sparkle, Bead Berry Clusters are nestled alongside the cherry blossoms. The clusters are one of my favorite WOC embellishments to sprinkle in my creations. ♥︎ The beautiful papers are from Pion Design's Where the Roses Grow

Tessa's love will forever blossom within all who cherish her. ♥︎
Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day! ♥︎

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  1. Such a beautiful card and such heartache to read the story

  2. Absolutely lovely! Sorry to hear about sad.

  3. My sweetest friend, I am so, so sorry about Tessa. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Heaven gained a sweet angel.

    What a stunning card this is!! I absolutely love the design and the details you added!! The papers are beautiful and I love the frame for the sentiment!! It's so gorgeous and it will definitely bring comfort to the recipient. Thinking of you my dearest friend and sending lots of love and hugs. Happy summer :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. I am so very sorry about Tessa. My heart goes out to her family.
    Your card is so beautifully heartwarming. I always look forward to your wonderful creations.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Tessa, keeping her family in my prayers! Your card is absolutely stunning! Such beautiful papers you used. The frame is absolutely gorgeous and I love the border of ribbons! I hope you are doing well! Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Hi my angelic friend,
    I am so sorry to hear about Tessa.My love, heart and prayers go out to you and her family.
    Such a beautiful card, I love the pretty frame and lovely sentiment.The sweet butterflies and flowers add a darling detail.It will definitely bring comfort to the recipient.
    Sending you TONS of my love & hugs
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  7. My dear friend Karen, it makes me very concerned to read this sad news from Tessa.
    Your inexhaustible confidence and love is simply exemplary.
    This wonderful card is very magical, so delicate and with beautiful papers and ribbons. I love the flower arrangement too.
    I wish you a relaxing sunday, be blessed and many hugs Petra

  8. Hello my sweet and dear friend Karen... it has been awhile..... reading about your beautiful story about this beautiful little girl Tessa... really touched home for me and hurt my heart too. I recently just had 2 deaths in my family this past week. I lost my handsome uncle Erich on June 19th .. he was fighting a 5 year cancer battle and sadly enough, lost that battle. Just 2 days later on June 21st, we lost our aunt Julia. So it has been a hard and trying time for my family and I.. so reading about little Tessa truly hit home. So sorry for your loss with this sweet girl. She was truly beautiful! Your card reflects so much beauty... so elegant, so warm and loving. The pastels truly are beautiful. Have a wonderful day friend.

  9. So sorry to hear about the loss of Tessa. You, her family, and friends will definitely be in my prayers. You created such a lovely card with the beautiful framed verse! I love the wonderful trim, gorgeous flowers, and lovely pearls! The card is so thoughtful and elegant with true beauty! Take good care, my friend! Blessings to you, hugs!

  10. What a special soul you are bringing a bit of light to those who are struggling! Your card is so very pretty and touching. I'm sure it will bring comfort to the recipient. Hugs.

  11. Oh Karen... I'm so sorry to hear about Tessa... What a beautiful angel she is.. My Prayers go out to you & her family & friends... Such heartbreak... Your card is beautiful, elegant and uplifting... and I hope it brings comfort to someone who is in need of it.... Many blessing sweet friend. I will be on vacation and hope your family has a blessed 4th of July. I'll see you when I return... Big HUGS dear friend!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  12. Hi, Karen - Very sorry to hear about your friend Tessa - we are gifted with the lives of others, and it hurts when they are removed for any reason. Your card of remembrance is a work of art, which must bring joy to your heart during its creation - a way of expressing love through your dear fingers. Wishing you good health, Karen, and Peace. hugs, de

  13. Oh Karen this is so sad such a beautiful child should never have had to endure this Your card will give some light and pleasure to its recipients in these dark days. Life can be very cruel at times Love and hugs my friend you are so kind and caring Carole x

  14. Dear Karen, I am so very sorry for the loss of Tessa's earthly life, but comforted to know she is among dear friends and God in Heaven. I feel so horrible for her family; what a treasure she must have been to them. Your beautiful card will certainly bring comfort to it's recipient. What a lovely work of art to remember a lovely friend! Sending hugs! PS I was delighted you took time to visit and leave your sweet message on my blog; I know how difficult this can be.

  15. Oh Karen, that is heartbreaking hunny. A sweet soul lost so young! But judging from her beautiful smile in the photo despite her ordeal, she will have brought so much love and wonderful memories to those who loved her. You bring such peace and love and calm to others at these times, I hope you had some hugs for you!

    I love the way you created the lace and seam binding bunting, it's utterly gorgeous and the soft shades of pink and lemon in with the white are just perfect. Beautiful paper and such a stunning creation. Love it! Thanks for your gorgeous comment on my 'Zachy' post. Totally made my day!! Big hugs, Wends xoxo

  16. So sorry to hear of your loss. This is a beautiful card and love the design. Hugs x

  17. Oh Karen, what a heart breaking time this is for her family and for you, sweet friend. What a precious child Tessa was but I firmly believe that she is now one of God's angels who will look out for you and all the other warriors. Your card is simply beautiful and shines with love. I'm sure the recipient will not only love it, but will treasure it.
    Sending you love and praying for you and her family.


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