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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Starry Christmas

Happy July, sweet friends! Thank you for your endless love. I'm posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, where the designers were asked to step outside of our comfy zones and create in styles different than our typical. There are two I will be frolicking in and up first is my take on Clean and Simple! Say what?! ♥️

For true CAS crafters, this may be viewed as too much... but coming from all out shabby chic with oodles of layering and texture, even *this* was challenging for me.
I created a Christmas bauble card, featuring pretty pearls, lace, and of course a few gorgeous flowers. Red and white aster daisies nestle beneath a sparkling Christmas rose. ♥️ My snowy accents are Snow Writer topped with Glamour Dust. The festive papers are Pion Design's The Night Before Christmas.
My chipboard Scrapiniec Starry Bauble hangs from a pearl string, which dangles from a white net lace border. I was super excited to see that the two largest stars on my bauble were the perfect match for WOC's pearl stars. I happy danced while adhering them! It was a nice way to incorporate texture without adding layers to the open card space.
The wavy border at the bottom is a Marianne Design die. As terrifying as this challenge was, I'm very excited about it! Who knew I could get this close to CAS? It may help during the Christmas rush that will be here before we know it. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day! ♥️

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  1. My dear friend Karen, what a gorgeous christmas layout. I love the beautiful papers, and the chipboard with the glimmer flowers are so fantastic. Through the laces you give them a very elegant touch too,
    I am an absolutely fan of traditional christmas colors red, white and green.
    Have a wonderful sunday and a good start in the next week.
    Be blessed and many hugs Petra

  2. Oooh my Karen this is stunning as always your so talented with all of what you do and l am so proud that you share your amazing creations l just love the colours and all that you have done to create this card truly is beautiful something l would be displaying the bauble is stunning and the background well you have done it again my friend so elegant sending lots of love xx

  3. My sweetest friend, it's CAS perfection!! The ornament looks amazing and how perfect that the pearl stars matched!! They look amazing!! The lace border and papers are beautiful!! I love how you incorporated the flowers!! The pearl string is gorgeous, too!! Love, love it, Karen!! It's a perfect way to step outside your comfort zone (I'm still struggling, trying to step outside mine!!) I hope you have a wonderful, amazing week and a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!! Big hugs dearest friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. How exquisitely lovely, Karen! Sometimes, though, less really is more, and that's the case for this masterpiece! Beautiful papers, textures, and that magical centerpiece! A wonderful card, Karen! xx

  5. Oh, such a gorgeous Christmas card with the bulb! Lovely lace, pearls, and flowers, too! Hope you are doing well, my friend! Take card, hugs!!

  6. This is absolutely beautiful! I know it is a lot simpler than your usual beauties, but it is just as gorgeous as ever. I hope that all is really good with you. Nicola x

  7. I love this card, Karen! I think it is perfect. Love that Christmas ornament and the added stars.

  8. Hi Karen, remember me? I was thinking about you. (I'm going to buy the Cricut Explore Air)
    Your work is as lovely as always.
    Hope you and your are well.

  9. What a pretty card Karen! I love the CAS design you created! The ornament is absolutely gorgeous! The little touches of pearls and lace border are the perfect embellishments. Those flowers are so gorgeous my friend! Wishing you a lovely 4th of July!

  10. Hi Karen,
    I just love holiday cards!!Especially Christmas ones. Gorgeous card!! The starry bauble die cut is so pretty!! Love the pretty pearls and flowers. It has a vintage look to it and I love that!Stunning job my friend!
    Sending you tons of my love, hugs & prayers,
    Migdalia Rodriguez

  11. Love your CAS card, Karen. I always struggle with CAS - I can never seem to leave it well enough alone :-) Your card is a true inspiration, and so perfectly festive for the Christmas season. Love every aspect of it, dear friend.
    Big hugs,

  12. Hi Karen! OMGOSH! This is so wonderful! I LOVE that you stepped out of your "Normal" crafty zone to try something different! I use to struggle with CAS cards too... especially when I would add layer upon layer... but I've kind of gotten use to it now... They certainly are a lot quicker to make! Yours looks fantastic! I love the tiny details and pretty papers! Have a wonderful day! HUGS!


  13. Wow Karen, this IS pared back for you, but non the less still full of all the gorgeousness that is 'you'. I love the distressed edge and that lovely base border. Decorated beautifully inside and out of course! Lovely chippie bauble and all the right little touches to finish it off. Stunning creation hun. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  14. Dear Karen, this is a lovely Christmas card, and you have done CAS like a pro! This is MY idea of CAS with still plenty to look at! I love the touches of lace and that gorgeous bauble! This is gorgeous! Sorry to be late...we have had a very busy 6 weeks with no end in sight! Praying you are well. Sending hugs your way!


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