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Saturday, July 4, 2015

To a Very Special Friend

Hello, sweet friends! Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! Amidst the parades, fireworks, and gatherings, let us remember the reason we celebrate. We are the land of the free, because of the brave. ♥︎

I am posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, showcasing some of the newest Pion Design and Prima goodies. I did not have much time for this card, but had lots of fun making it. :o)

I mentioned last week how beautiful the artwork is in Linnaeus Botanical Journal and today I am featuring one of the scenes from the Images sheet. I continue to adore the colors throughout the collection, including the green of my card base made with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. It is the prettiest shade I've come across in quite some time.
It is rare that I create for anything other than charity, but this is one of those occasions. This is for a dear friend to remind her how thankful I am for our friendship. She is so often my rock! Isn't the image lovely? Pion captured nature's beauty to perfection in Linnaeus Botanical Journal. Shabby White Frantage is sprinkled around the border, although in retrospect I may have preferred Aged Gold. The gorgeous butterfly fluttering on top is from Prima's Imago mulberry paper butterflies set. The designs are so pretty and I love the wooden bead body.
Prima's Shabby Chic Resin Treasures are always spectacular and their new Garden Fountain set does not disappoint. I accented the resin with Shabby White Frantage and gave it a pearly fountain. It's bubbling up with the loveliest moments of our friendship! It rests atop the beautiful Shabby Rose Organza Trim and alongside the new Flatback Pearl String. The sentiment is from Pion's My Precious Daughter collection.
A Pion butterfly (from Shoreline Treasures) flutters above the Wild Orchid Crafts flower arrangement. The Chrysanthemum is surrounded by antique blue cherry blossoms, an apple blossom, a sweet blue rose tucked on the side, and a decoration berries spray. I am forever thankful that our friendship continues to blossom. She is a gift! Magnolia Heart Swirls scroll within, one of my favorite little dies. I hope she likes it!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful weekend! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *4 Crafty Chicks~ No Stamping
 *C.R.A.F.T. Challenge~ Embossing (I heat-embossed Frantage Embossing Enamels)
 *Crafty Catz~ Anything Goes
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Product: Pearls)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes with Dies they carry (Magnolia and Spellbinders)



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christmas in July at Live & Love Crafts!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. A new month means a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts and I'm very excited... we're celebrating Christmas in July! Most of you know Christmas is my favorite everything. :o) I hope you join us!

This will soon be on its way to a magical location. Are you familiar with Give Kids the World? It is the resort village where most Make-A-Wish families stay for their week-long Disney World adventure. This village is filled with such joy and love that it is often declared the favorite part of wish trips.

Christmas is celebrated weekly at GKTW. Every Thursday the magic of the season fills the village and hearts of all visitors. Why do they do this? For many of the wish children, it will be their last Christmas. GKTW gives families one more opportunity to make Christmas memories.

I am honored to be creating cards for the parents and children as part of their magical celebrations, Christmas and otherwise. I have been anxious to begin and am thrilled my volunteer opportunity was accepted. :o) My first card is for the parents of a wish kid, with a hope to engulf them in beauty. 
My card features lovely papers from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics. 3rd of December is one of my favorite snowfall patterns of any company... it's so beautifully done, in design and color. To create a wintry wonderland, Madeleine lace flutters around the sides and top of my Cheery Lynn Designs Horizon Square Boutique base, while the new Shabby Chiffon Ruffle trim serves as blanket of snow. Sunflower Pearl trim lines the ruffles, as they remind me of pristine snowflakes.
For such a lovely recipient, the Christmas tree needed to be special. Since it's outdoors, I used the snowflake paper. Each layer is trimmed with Madeleine lace and graduating pearls. The top is adorned with Shabby White Jingle Bells and a jute triple bow, while the tree trunk is made with Double Row Pearl Trim. It rests atop a Joy! Crafts Oval Frame, encircled with Pearl String. For extra softness, I layered them atop a doily.
The Cheery Lynn Snowflakes (my favorite snowflake set!) are centered with Wild Orchid Crafts roses and covered in Glamour Dust, which is also sprinkled throughout the card. Memory Box Deer Trio was used for the animal friends, which are frolicking in the snow and in front of a Joy! Crafts Fence.

The My Craft Spot sentiment (no longer produced) is from Tiny Tags Christmas, which seemed ideal for the card's destination. It is cut out with a Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennant. It is an honor to be a small part of these extraordinary Christmas celebrations. Love heals and every card I create will be filled with an abundance.

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a wonderful day!

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Use a Pearls and/or Rose)
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Christmas in July
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Inspirations~ Anything Goes (Optional: Sketch)
 *Glitter n Sparkle~ Use a Sentiment
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Product: Pearl)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes w/brands carried by store (I used Cheery Lynn, Memory Box, and Spellbinders dies)
 *Sparkles Christmas~ Use Ribbon, Lace, or Twine

Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate Each New Day

Happy Friday, sweet friends! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, where this week we are showcasing Pion Design's new collection: Linnaeus Botanical Journal. And what a lovely collection it is!

Thank you for the beautiful words last week. It was a tough one but your kindness brought joy to my heart. :o) I am trying to move on the best way I know how, which is to bless another family in need.

This is for the parents of a sweet 4-year-old battling an inoperable brain tumor. One thing I have learned from these families I work with is to celebrate each new day. They never know if they'll have another one as their children face terminal diseases. They genuinely celebrate every shared breath of life.
I'm sending them blue skies, touches of sunshine, and an abundance of nature's beauty. The central image is from the Plumbago Auriculata sheet, layered atop a glimmering Joy! Crafts Lacey Square. The scene is so beautiful and large enough on the 12x12 sheet to shine on its own. The new (and irresistible) Sunflower Pearl Trim lines exquisite Coco lace. The blue base is the reverse of the Borders sheet, which I paired with a Maja Design Coffee in the Arbor yellow. The base shape is my favorite: Go Kreate's Large Frame Frilly #10.
The layered butterflies are cut from the Borders sheet. With Mandy's health declining, they're doubled up with prayers of hope. I particularly love the sunshiny ones. :o) The floral arrangement consists of several Wild Orchid Crafts goodies, joined by decoration berries and beaded pomegranate apples (in Vanilla Cupcake and Apple Chutney). 
I love resin pieces and incorporated two into my card. The key dangling from the flowers is from the Melissa Frances Small Lockbox Appliqué set, which I paired with a Prima Shabby Chic Square Frame. Both are accented with Shabby White Frontage. The My Craft Spot Tiny Tags 3 sentiment is stamped onto a section of a Pion border.
The interior is lined with the Caroli sheet (I keep calling it cannoli!), which is another lovely shade of blue. The Linnaeus Botanical Journal color palette is truly divine and the artwork is beautiful. I pray it fills their hearts with the light they need.

Thank you for visiting and have a beautiful day! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Summer; I used butterflies, blue skies, and sunlight)
 *Butterfly Challenge~ Flowers and Butterflies
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Inspirations~ Your Favorite; My fave card base shape and embellishments (flowers and pearls)
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes

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