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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Snowy Christmas

Hello, sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a sparkly start! I'm posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a snowy Christmas inspiration.

I used Foamiran for my poinsettia, which has a lovely soft effect; perfect for a peaceful Christmas. :) For a festive pop of red, my poinsettia is centered with a red bead berry spray.♥️
Cascading from either side are babies breath fabric flowers. Their wispiness and pearly elegance make my heart dance! Although the white option is currently out of stock, the pale blue is available and would be stunning for wintry Christmas creations.♥️
I created a ruffly lace snowdrift, lined with my favorite flat-back pearl string, before nestling in a Wycinanka chipboard Christmas tree. Self-adhesive pearls were sprinkled atop.♥️The sentiment is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business), which is cut out with a Spellbinders banner die and trimmed with lace.
Tucked within my floral arrangement are pearl snowflakes and frosted berries. The sparkling iciness of winter is magical.♥️The pretty papers are from Pion Design's The Night Before Christmas.
Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day. :)♥️

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Beautiful Friend

Hello, treasured friends! I am posting a friendship card today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, which features Foamiran flowers. This is my first time working with them and I enjoyed it immensely.♥︎
For my first try, I used Rosy Owl-Heart Flower dies with pink and purple foam. I am eager to experiment with coloring white foam, but I do love these vibrant shades of pink and purple. They are pure happiness.♥︎ My chippies are from Wycinanka, while my papers are from LemonCraft's Tiny Miracles.♥︎
The large flowers are centered with white and pink bead berry sprays, while the smaller flower nestled between them is centered with pearl stamens. I incorporated lovely flowers of pink, purple, and sunshiny yellow into my arrangement.
Tucked within my flowers are my favorite leaves... the light green and baby pink combination makes for the sweetest foliage possible.♥︎ Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrating Love

Hello, precious friends! I hope you're having a beautiful day. I will be visiting you this week, which fills me with endless joy. I'm popping in with a quick post, as I am on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog with a sweet little love card. ♥︎
Blue and pink is one of my (many) favorite color combinations, so I topped my Maja Design sky blue paper with sweet pink and pristine white. Wild Orchid Crafts pinks are irresistible. ♥︎ My chipboard sentiment is from Wycinanka.
Gorgeous Pink Mist Cottage Roses called to me for this occasion. They are exceptionally beautiful, especially for a romantic card. Nestled amongst them are a variety of flowers, blossoming in love. ♥︎ Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms are too adorable for words, so I tucked in a few.
A stunning Filigree Metal Corner brings a touch of shiny elegance, while Pink Tulip vintage seam binding adds a ruffle of softness. ♥︎ The darling butterfly is a Sue Wilson die.

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

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sweet Christmas

Hello, treasured friends! Thank you for the endless love and well-wishes. I remain in the midst of this healing journey, so I am not yet back as I'd like. With all of my heart, I pray to be soon!

I'm posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a wee bit of sweet Christmas. I have a beautiful stash of red WOC goodies which had sadly been neglected. They inspired this festive creation using darling papers from Pion Design's The Night Before Christmas. ♥️
I especially love the deep reds, which are perfectly rich for traditional holiday colors. The red bead berry sprays are delightful accents, while the cherry blossoms remind me of warm-centered poinsettias. (That's my excuse for using these sweet blossoms in a Christmas card.) ;) ♥️
The Cruise Beige vintage seam binding is centered with one of my favorite embellishments: Flat-back Pearls in a Diamond Circle. How stunning is the deep red, bursting with Christmas love.♥️ My sentiment is trimmed with the ever-versatile White Net Lace. The sweet scene is framed with a Wycinanka Blueberry Swirls chippie.
Oh the beauty of Wild Orchid Craft flowers.♥️ Some lovely pearl snowflakes are also nestled within.
My card base and coordinating filigree layer are from Sue Wilson's Delicate Garden set. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day!♥️

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Shine Like the Stars

Hello, dear friends! This will be short and sweet today, as my weekend began in the hospital and I am quite sleepy! I am grateful to share that I am on the proper path to finally heal. Thank you for sticking with me.♥︎

I am posting on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog today, where I combined a simpler card design with my first use of 'cookie cutter' metal dies. The gorgeous Crafter's Companion Flutterby frame cuts from within, which caused me to pause a few times to situate myself. ;)
My encouragement card features stunning Autumn Blossoms, fluttering atop the prettiest leaves and ruffles of seam binding.♥︎ The papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Romance.
The amazing Anna Griffin sentiment granted me another opportunity to use the pearl stars I love so much! Aren't they beautiful?♥︎
White embellishments are pure magic in their sweet elegance.♥︎
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a sparkly day!♥︎

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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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Saturday, June 24, 2017

I Hold You in My Heart

Hello, friends! Always know how much I treasure you.♥︎ I am posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a shabby encouragement card.

It has been a difficult week grieving the loss of the sparkliest cancer warrior. At only 9 years old, Tessa inspired and loved beyond measure. She lived down the road from me, filling my heart with her light. ♥︎
This card is for one of the many people whose heart has been shattered. I want to remind her that even though we feel broken, we are being held by the ultimate healing love. I adore Wild Orchid Crafts pastels, which made it easy to add pops of sweet pink love (roses/leaves) and sunshiny yellow (cherry blossom). Tessa is everything beautiful... pure love and sunshine.
Vintage Seam Binding and Lace are knotted together for shabby bunting, while gorgeous Autumn Blossoms ruffle atop it. Each knot is placed between the pearls of WOC's lovely Pearl String, which is very pretty in person. A few pink and yellow ribbons were added to reflect Tessa's sweet little self. ♥︎
Flat-back Pearl String adorns my Wycinanka chipboard frame for added elegance. The sentiment is from JustRite. For a touch of sparkle, Bead Berry Clusters are nestled alongside the cherry blossoms. The clusters are one of my favorite WOC embellishments to sprinkle in my creations. ♥︎ The beautiful papers are from Pion Design's Where the Roses Grow

Tessa's love will forever blossom within all who cherish her. ♥︎
Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day! ♥︎

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

You Are Amazing ♥︎

Hello, precious friends! I have some wonderful news: I will begin sprinkling your blogs with love today, for which I am grateful! I dearly miss you and am thankful for your endless love and prayers during tribulation. ♥︎

I'm posting on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog today, sharing some sweet and sparkly inspiration. ♥︎ This is also my DT contribution for Deep Ocean, where we are playing with a fun Bingo Board! This card is to bring nature's beauty to a cancer warrior who is unable to enjoy the outdoors.
Amongst my pink and white flowers are pops of sunshine with pastel yellow cherry blossoms and mini sweetheart blossoms. I couldn't resist using the lovely organza rose trimming, as it pairs so beautifully with LemonCraft's Tiny Miracles collection. ♥︎ Plus, it's just gorgeous!
Atop my crackled Wycinanka birdhouses are sparkling embellishments: Rhinestone flowers with diamond centers. They are so darling that I sprinkled a few extras throughout my card. ♥︎ WOC pearls serve as my birdhouse hangers and also line the sentiment nestled within the bouquet. For pretty texture, I lined the back of the birdhouse openings with vintage seam binding.
My card base and floral frame are from Sue Wilson's Delicate Garden die set. The delightful birdies are from Resting Birds by Memory Box. How dreamy it is to play with Wild Orchid Crafts goodies.... I pray it delivers healing love, engulfing her in everything beautiful. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day. ♥︎

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Piece of My Heart: Whispers of Rest

Hello, treasured friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. ♥︎ As you know, my crafting schedule has been scaled back to allow healing. This unexpected season of rest aligned with Bonnie Gray's new book Whispers of Rest, which releases TODAY! ♥︎
(Yes, my coffee was long gone upon remembering to take a photo!)

I am thrilled to be a part of Bonnie's launch team, which came with the blessing of an advanced copy of her book. I have long-adored her gentle heart, which brightly sparkles throughout her writing. If anyone could convince me to rest, it would be her. ;) Like so many, I was living at a hectic pace and my joy was diminishing. Chronic pain was not helping matters. I was beginning to hide my heart.
Whispers of Rest engages far deeper than the title implies. I learned and received the value of resting in God, but even more it brought me to a closer relationship with the One I dearly love. The One who beckons us to come to Him and live through Him. She invites us to set our hearts free by the gentle touch of Jesus. Bonnie reminds us that God has placed a beautiful, natural light in us that cannot be destroyed.... His perfect love. I am determined to let go of fear and cling to Jesus instead. ♥︎

This book is a treasure trove of encouragement that deepens our faith. One of my favorite morsels is tucked within Day 7:

"Jesus didn't shut down his heart. He opened his heart to love and brokenness, so that he could one day make your heart his home."

During this Whispers of Rest journey, I unexpectedly was emboldened. Instead of shutting down my heart that felt it could take no more despair, I am once again seeking out shattered hearts that need hope. Instead of feeling irreparably broken, I'm refueled with God's love and light.. along with an urgency to shine it into lives overcome with darkness. ♥︎

Bonnie's heart is beautiful and she has a passion for resting in quiet love. I am grateful for her vulnerability as she steps out again to encourage us to care for our souls. You can learn more about her and Whispers of Rest on her blog.

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Birthday Love

Hello, precious friends! This year has been unlike any other but I am valiantly fighting to regularly craft once again and sprinkle your work with sweetness... thank you for the continual love. I am forever thankful for you. ♥︎

I am posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a wee bit of birthday inspiration. ♥︎ This is also for our new delightful challenge at Deep Ocean, where we are playing with furry/fuzzy friends! Pure sweetness.
My darling mother's birthday is fast approaching! To celebrate, I've combined vintage pink with classic white and soft green. My papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Romance.
Along with gorgeous flowers, I've layered lovely trims and elegant pearls. I love the combination of the fabric babies breath with vintage seam binding... the softness and wispiness make my heart flutter. Wild Orchid Crafts is a treasure trove of sweet beauty. ♥︎
My chipboard elements are from Wycinanka, two of which have been painted with Crackle Paste. Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a blessed day! ♥︎

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

All My Love

Hello, treasured friends! It has been fairly quiet this year on my sparkly little blog, but I am truly back at last. Heartfelt gratitude to those who have stuck with me and to my dear friend Lisa for filling in for me at WOC. I am thankful for all of you! ♥︎

I'm posting on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog today, sharing a sweet little card. One of my favorite aspects of cardmaking is that it is such a beautiful way to deliver love. ♥︎
Atop a Wycinanka lacy chipboard heart are pale pink and white flowers, chosen for their sweet delicacy. This is for a kindred heart who is soon releasing her first inspirational book.. I want to remind her that my and God's love are with her every moment of this journey. ♥︎
Tucked within the blossoms are gorgeous WOC metal embellishments: a lovely crown pin and sparkly rhinestone pearl. Layered trims provide extra softness, while a whimsical Sue Wilson butterfly reveals beauty within... along with a pearly path of hope. ♥︎ Fluttering from the corner and beneath the Marianne Design Wave Border are my all-time favorite Wycinanka Summer Wedding borders.
The papers are from LemonCrafts stunning Heart Painted collection. I hope this encourages my friend's beautiful heart. Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a beautiful day! ♥︎

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dream

Hello, sparkly friends! After a month away, I am grateful to be crafting again! Thank you for sticking with me. ♥︎

I am posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, combining two of my favorite themes: gardens and ballet. ♥︎ I made this for a cancer warrior who dreams of returning to dance... to encourage her to never give up on the miracle she needs. The gorgeous papers are from LemonCraft's Just Love Me collection.
My pretty papers are from LemonCraft's Just Love Me collection, which are perfect to lift up a downcast heart. WOC purple flowers are exquisite, especially when blooming in abundance. I adore Tea Roses, which I have paired with sweet Cottage Roses and Hip Rosebuds. White Babies Breath and Seam Binding add touches of softness to our spring garden. Pearls are irresistible to me, so a gorgeous Crown Pin is tucked within my flowers and I used a Pearl Heart for corner detailing.
My ballerina is a Marianne Design die, which is adorned with Self-Adhesive Pearls and Net Lace. The gorgeous Blueberry Swirls Lattice is a Wycinanka chippie, which I have given a white-wash of acrylic paint. The lovely heart is also a Marianne die, which I have sponged with Milled Lavender distress ink.
Lilies and a beautiful Magnolia blossom above, while stunning Rose Organza Trim (small) lines the side. I love this precious recipient with all of my heart and pray this reminds her that with unwavering faith in our dear Father above, all things are possible. ♥︎

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a blessed day! ♥︎

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