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Friday, May 22, 2015

Birthday Gift Box

Happy Friday, sweet friends! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, sharing a festive little creation. The DT is playing with apples and berries this week and you can add me to the list of people smitten with the new beaded pomegranate apples. They're a sweet and sparkly accent.

My mother's birthday is fast approaching and I want to fill it with beauty. I made her a present-shaped box to hold one of her gifts, as she loves pretty packaging. :o)
My box was made from an SVG file by My Craft Spot, which is sadly is no longer in business. Pion Design's My Precious Daughter papers were used throughout, which I paired with an abundance of white and cream embellishments. She loves the elegance of neutrals with a pop of color. A Memory Box Isabella butterfly adorns the front, covered in Glamour Dust with a shadow of hearts. She's delivering birthday love, after all. :o)
Sandy offers a stunning selection of trims, which inspired me to create pretty detailing along the front of the gift. Pearl Lace with Beads lines a layer of Maya Road's Tulle Pleat Trim, which is accented with the smallest Wild Orchid Crafts roses.
They make a lovely textural combination, which I plan to use again for spine detailing or a fancy card. Sandy's shabby seam binding would make a gorgeous criss-cross atop the tulle, but regrettably I don't have any. That will soon be rectified and used next time.
The Vanilla Cupcake pomegranate apples were supposed to have a larger presence today, but my box took a wee bit longer than anticipated... nixing my plan for an accompanying piece. But there are two on each side of my box, nestled within Wild Orchid Crafts apple blossoms, cosmos daisies, sweetheart blossoms, and a rose. A tiny Pion butterfly flutters along a Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourish on each side.
A view from above to show the sweet wild rose tucked within the pearly bow. :o) I hope my mom enjoys it!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautifully sparkly weekend!

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Teacher/Educator)
 *Creative Inspirations~ Anything Goes (Optional: Sketch)
 *Die Cuttin' Divas~ Water a Flower Day (Include a Flower)
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ Flora and Fauna
 *Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Birthdays/Celebrations (I used Cheery Lynn and Memory Box dies)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Take Life by the Hand and Dance

Hello, sweet friends! I'm up on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, where my teamies and I have been inspired by movies this week. (In celebration of Cannes Film Festival in France.)

At the 1954 Festival, a beautiful ballet documentary titled Stars of the Russian Ballet was nominated for the Grand Prize. Some of the most famous and talented dancers of that time starred in the film, preserving a lovely moment in time where artistry and passion reigned supreme over perfect technique.

This card is for a precious child named Tralynn (and her mom). I happened upon her prayer page (Tralynn's Prayer Circle) and she tugged at my heartstrings. Tralynn is a warrior princess fighting cancer and I am so proud of her determination.
Maja Design's Sofiero Collection pairs with Coffee in the Arbour to create my floral stage. My base is made with Go Kreate Large Frame Frilly 10. Every ballerina needs her post-performance bouquet, so I combined my favorite shades of Wild Orchid Crafts roses (white, pink mist, lilac, and baby blue). Nestled within are sweet tulips, a new apple blossom, and a ruffly carnation.
I enhanced the tutu on my Marianne Design ballerina die with Madeleine lace, which is adorned with pearls. Her costume bodice was cut from The Magnificent Flowerstreet sheet and her base is a Marianne Design Circle and Flower Stitch. She is surrounded in a pearl string as she dances along her pearly path. A pearl rhinestone button centers my Juliette lace bow because you can never have too many pearls. The Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly remains my favorite, which is from their Small Exotic Butterflies set.

My sentiment is from a no longer produced Whimsical Designs stamp set, which is atop a Spellbinders Lacy Pennant (slightly modified for identical ends). This is my first time using a doily and I love the softness it adds.
This card will soon pirouette over to Tralynn to deliver love and sunshine. I will also be making a more typical kiddo card for her... but my heart was relentlessly prompted to create this ballet one for her first. Isn't she lovely?
Last week she twirled in a fluffy tutu through bubbles that her momma blew for her. It takes a warrior princess to dance while enduring cancer treatments... she is ever an inspiration. I hope she doesn't mind me exchanging the bubbles for pearls. ;)

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day!

Wonderful challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Celebrate); Celebrating life!
 *Crafty Boots~ Ribbon or Lace
 *Creative Inspirations~ Shabby Chic
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (Die brands you carry are Cheery Lynn Designs and Spellbinders)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Inspiration Color Swatch
 *Simply Create Too~ Favorite Color Combo
 *Through the Purple Haze~ Spring Colors

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sweet Birth Announcements

Hello, sweet friends! I'm happy to be posting today on the Live & Love Crafts blog. :o)

This week the LLC team is showcasing Maja Design's Vintage Baby paper collection! The more I use it, the more I become enamored with it. It is the sweetest combination of elegance and whimsy. :o)

I was inspired to create birth announcements for two very special babies, which will be part of a memory box I am creating for their inspiring parents. These precious parents have endured such heartache. I found Miracles for Mabry-Kate at the start of this year and am honored to be creating for them. (A very short description of their situation is at the end of this post.)
As a fan of shaped cards, I couldn't resist making the birth announcements in the forms of a pretty dress and sweet overalls. Vintage Baby provides a marvelous variety of patterns from which to choose. :o)
The backs of the keepsake announcements display goodies from the Die Cuts sheet, which I am so thankful Maja thought to include! I love having everything so beautifully coordinated. The girl's is tucked in a pocket, while the boy's is held with the adorable Maya Road Love Heart Clip. The tiny tags are also cut from the Die Cuts sheet, which I've assembled to hold three special memories.
Mabry-Kate's dress is filled with Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, girly trims, and a layer of tulle. Pion Design butterflies are covered in Glamour Dust and I used a few of my favorite pearly products throughout. How adorable is the Maya Road Love Hanger? I've been so anxious to use it!
The rambunctious little teddies felt perfect for Owen's baby overalls! I couldn't find an SVG file that I loved as much as this shape that I had seen several times on Pinterest... so I sketched it out and cut everything the old-fashioned way! Sweet Little Boy (and Little Princess above) are from tear-away strips. Don't you love how Maja makes everything usable? I fussy cut the giraffe and elephant to decorate the pocket for extra whimsy.

Sadly, baby Mabry-Kate is no longer with us but she is celebrated every day by her family. She passed away in February at 10 months old. Sweet Owen was born five weeks ago and is fighting the same rare disease that took his sister. Mabry-Kate is called his guardian angel, as they never would have known to screen for this fatal disease if not for her. Owen has a chance to survive because of it and has already undergone transplant and intense chemotherapy beginning at 2 weeks old. He is a fighter and we are all believing he will survive! God and MK are watching over him to ensure it. :o)

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day! :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Feminine)
 *Cute Card Thursday~ Add a Brad
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ May Linky (Anything Goes)
 *Fab 'n' Funky~ May Flowers
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Lots of Flowers
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *My Time to Craft~ New Baby
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes



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