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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sweet Love (and a new mission)

Happy New Year, sweet friends! I hope your 2017 is filled with good health and dreams come true.♥️It's time for new challenges at 7 Kids College Fund (Anything Goes with the option of Valentine) and Deep Ocean (Anything New)! There are generous prizes to be won at both, so I hope you'll play along with us! Naturally I've used a plethora of Wycinanka chippies for the occasion.

My project is another tip-toe into shabby scrapbooking! I love this crafty outlet and I am eager to grow in it. The purpose of this scrapbook page kicks off something new I am doing this year, which I will explain just below.
This project begins an expansion of my mission to spread love to those in dire need. Scrapbooking is innately beautiful in the fact that it preserves sweet memories created throughout life. For most of my terminally ill little friends I adore and support, their lives are far too short... leaving their heartbroken parents clinging to the precious few months or years of memories made. I am designing scrapbooks this year for parents of children battling diseases for which there is no cure. It is hard on my heart, as I love them so deeply... but with each carefully chosen detail, I say another prayer for the miracles that are desperately needed.

This is my first page of Ella (photos taken by Crush Photography), the sweetest ray of sunshine that I fell in love with many moons ago.♥️She is 4 years old and battles every day. We nearly lost her last year, but God granted grace. He has a purpose for her and we will forever believe for her miracle. Her mom has the gentlest, most loving heart and I am blessed to know her.
I used a heap of new goodies to celebrate the sweetness that is Ella! The gorgeous papers are from Pion Design's Where the Roses Grow, which I scooped up the moment they arrived at 7 Kids. They are dreamy and perfect for such a princess. All of the flowers are from my beloved Wild Orchid Crafts (coming soon to 7 Kids!), of which I cannot get enough. Ella is filled with so much love that even the leaves are turning pink.

Lace Flower Netting provides soft detailing along the bottom. My central focal point is comprised of three beautiful Wycinanka chippies: The large Elegance frame is one of my favorites, which I have filled in with iridescent beads for a touch of whimsy. The smaller heart frame is one of Wycinanka's newest offerings, which is embossed with Shabby Pink Frantage.
The last part of the central trio is the stunning lace heart... it truly makes my heart flutter as it delicately flourishes in natural beauty. Amidst the Butterfly Tassel trim (currently sold out) on top, the page opens up in floral delight, encouraging Ella and her mom to believe in the miracles blossoming from within.
The hot air balloon is another Wycinanka new release (coming soon to 7 Kids!). I was so excited to see it in my Wycinanka DT box that I altered my nearly-complete layout to include it! I layered it with the gentle lilac butterfly paper, which I think Ella's giant heart will delight in.♥️
To encourage my sweet friends, I chose 'follow your dreams' as my theme. The darling bunny is covered with crackle paste. I couldn't resist adding this cutie pie because Ella loves animals so much. The chippie border peeking from behind the center panel is from Wycinanka's Sweet Dreams set. The precious butterfly is a die from Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes collection.

Flutter on over to check out the gorgeous projects from my teamies at 7 Kids and Deep Ocean! Then link up and inspire us with your heartfelt creations. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day.♥️

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Favorite 2016 Project at Deep Ocean Challenge!

Merry Christmas, my sweet friends! I pray everyone had a beautiful holiday with overflowing hearts of joy. :)

It's time for a new challenge at Deep Ocean! We want to see your personal favorite project created by you in 2016. How fun is that? :) I cannot wait to see your beautiful entries! I wavered a bit in my decision, but have settled upon my lovey-dovey bird cage card.

Original post with more detailed description: Celebrating Love
My card showcases a Wycinanka bird cage, papers and trims from Live & Love Crafts, and of course flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts!
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Be sure to see the inspiring work of my teamies and link up your favorite project you made this year! What a gorgeous gallery it will be. :) Thank you for visiting and I wish you a beautiful day! 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wish

Hello, sweet and sparkly friends! Today is my last post on the Live & Love Crafts blog. Although I remain heartbroken at LLC's closure, I am excited for the new adventures that await our fearless leader! Thank you for having me, Sandy! It has been an honor to create for and alongside you. ♥️
I have paired my favorite papers from Maja Design's Vintage Romance with whimsical Wycinanka chippies to send sparkly wishes to a heart in need of hope. ♥️
My beloved Wycinanka fairy appears yet again... I have now used 5 of the 6! They are gorgeous and I adore them sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage. She rests atop a Castle Frame chippie, which has been painted with Distress Crackle Paint. The greeting is from the Make a Wish phrase. The stunning trims consist of Tulle and Marquisa, which are topped with a pearl string bow.

It is safe to say that LLC created my addiction to trims. ♥️
Pomegranate apples add a splash of bright pink love within the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, while the gorgeous French Lace doily adds an extra layer of softness. 

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a magical weekend! ♥️
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Silent Night at Deep Ocean Challenge!

Hello, sweet friends! A whirlwind move to a new city has delayed my return to the blogging community, but I will be settled within a few more days to visit your sparkly blogs. How deeply I miss you! Thank you for your love on my previous post. :)

This card is serving triple purposes! I am showcasing beautiful chippies for the lovely Wycinanka. It also is for the new challenge at Deep Ocean, with a gorgeous theme of Silent Night. Additionally, it was a wee bit of inspiration for the sweet ladies at 7 Kids College Fund!
I used beautiful papers from Pion Design's Greetings from the North Pole to create a peaceful wintry scene.
A stunning Reindeer Bauble chippie has been embossed with Shabby White Frantage, as has the Very Merry Snowflake Border which is nestled within my flowers.
My base was made with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles, while my trims are from my stash. Thank you for visiting me and sticking with me during this extremely busy move! Normalcy will return this month. :) Have a beautiful day!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Follow Your Dreams ♥️

Hello, treasured friends! After a month away, I am ecstatic to be back! I am beyond anxious to visit you and see what you have been up to. Today I am sharing a wee bit of inspiration on the Live & Love Crafts blog.

Originally this post was to be Christmassy, but after getting married last week my heart has been aflutter... so butterflies and flowers it is. ♥️ My card features an all-time favorite collection: Pion Design's Paris Flea Market.
This set is for my sweetest and dearest friend in appreciation of how richly she blessed me and my sweetheart on our special day. Rather than a typical thank you, I am encouraging her as she does us.. and pairing it with a little keepsake wedding cake!
These beautiful Pion papers set a perfect backdrop for a butterfly garden of hope and dreams. My card base was created with Go Kreate's Frame Frilly 7.
The whimsical Wycinanka Louvre Frame has been adorned with pure white WOC blossoms and a sprinkling of Star Dust. This is one of my ultimate favorite chippies! It is encircled with Rockabilly ruffle trim, the most darling polka dot trim I have ever used. Wycinanka's Summer Wedding Border adds extra butterfly love.
Isabelle lace and shabby seam binding provide delicacy and softness. The butterflies throughout are also from Paris Flea Market. The Wycinanka sentiment is from the Catch Your Dreams collection. ♥️
Lastly, the sweet Wycinanka 3D Lacy Cake has been adorned with equally sweet Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.The chipboard pieces have been painted with white acrylic paint... I am enamored with this 3D offering from Wycinanka and had such fun with it. Pink Pearl Garland is woven throughout, while stunning Pearl Lace with Beads trims each cake layer.

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

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