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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blue Creations at Live & Love Crafts!

Happy August, sweet friends! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. It's time for a fun new challenge at Live & Love Crafts! This month we're crafting in blue, so choose your favorite blue goodies and play along with us. :o)

I opted to celebrate the blue of the ocean, inspired by Pion Design's Shoreline Treasures collection and the sweet seashells Sandy added to the store this summer. This card's mission is to bring nature's beauty to someone battling overwhelming darkness.
Pion brilliantly captured the ocean's beauty in this collection. I love the dreaminess of the vintage swimmer, clearly captivated by the sprawling waters. She is atop a Joy! Crafts Frame and 3 Corners die, while the coordinating Border die adorns the top of my card. 
Shabby Chiffon Ruffle Trim lines the bottom, which I've accented with Mini Nassa Seashells, a larger Cockle Seashell (unseen in this cropped image), and oceanic pearls. The Mini Glass Bottle is filled with Mini Nassa shells and Glamour Dust. It pains me that the bottle picture isn't better! I had visions of fluttering whitecaps bringing treasures to the shoreline.
Dividing the blue script paper (preserved summertime memories) and the water is Pearl Lace. The Pion butterflies are trimmed in Glamour Dust, sparkling with love. The sentiment-wielding cut-apart is adorned with a few Nassa shells. 6mm Flatback Pearl String trims the pretty oceanic border scene, one of my favorite papers from the Sailing sheet... it's just so beautifully done.
Nassa shells are tucked within the Wild Orchid Crafts floral arrangement. The blue lilies and Chrysanthemum are trimmed in Glamour Dust, as is the Memory Box Isabella butterfly. I used Pearl Stamen for her antennae. She is carrying a message of love to the recipient, sparkling like sunbeams dancing atop the ocean.

Thank you for swimming on by and I wish you a sparkly day. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *Allsorts~ Pearls and Gems
 *Creative Craft Cottage~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Summer Time
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Things with Wings
 *Papertake Weekly~ Take Your Pick (Color: Blue; Product: Lace)
 *Penny's Challenge~ Ribbon or Twine
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Sparkles Monthly Challenge~ Sun, Sea, and Sand

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Fun: Deep Ocean Challenge Guest Designer!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you've had a wonderful July! After an unexpected break due to life happening, I'm thrilled to be back to crafting. :o)

I am honored to be guest designing today for Deep Ocean Challenge, where the new theme is Summer Fun! They are a talented bunch (not to mention sweet!), so this is a huge treat for me.

Picnics are one of my favorite summer activities. For my project, I made a little picnic basket for a warrior princess with a giant heart of gold.
She is battling a terminal brain disease, so I made this for her to preserve special summertime treasures and memories. I love her dearly. The darling basket template is an SVG file from My Treasured Kutz.
I used a bunch of goodies from Live & Love Crafts, which are linked below. The papers are from Maja Design's Coffee in the Arbour. I hope the daisies, centered with sunshiny love, will bring a smile to her beautiful heart. (And I am enamored with the lemon paper! They're adorable, as is she.)
A few Wild Orchid Crafts floral arrangements accent the basket, along with pearly accents and lacy trims. The pretty rosette trim is only visible in the first picture. The butterflies are from the same Maja collection.
Regrettably, I forgot to photograph it with the lid opened. :( The interior is the same daisy paper, but the larger 12x12 version of it. This way it will always be filled with blossoming love for an eternally inspiring little girl. ♥︎

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Shabby Chic)
 *Allsorts~ Add a Butterfly
 *Crafty Cardmakers~ Anything but a Card 
 *Creative Craft Cottage~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ July Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Things with Wings
 *Glitter n Sparkle~ Something with B (blue, blooms, butterflies, basket svg)
 *Incy Wincy Designs~ Summer Lovin'
 *Let's Craft and Create~ Butterflies or Birds

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)

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