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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! ♥︎

Wild Orchid Crafts products used:

IVORY DECORATIVE GALOON LACE~ MKX-404

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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! ♥︎

Wild Orchid Crafts products used:

Ivory Decorative Galoon Lace MKX-404

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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! ♥︎

Wild Orchid Crafts products used:


Lovely challenge entered:
* Lemoncrafters Facebook Challenge: Spring!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sweet Springtime Love

Hello, treasured friends! I am unexpectedly away but will be back soon to sprinkle love all over your beautiful blogs! I'm posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog with a sweet springtime-inspired card. Like many, I am eager for the beauty of spring after an atypical winter. Thankfully gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts flowers bloom all year long.♥︎
The sweetness of spring guided my design, where animal friends frolic amongst the stunning WOC goodies.♥︎ This was made for another cancer warrior who needs to be surrounded by pure sweetness! I used several Wycinanka chippies, all of which have been covered in crackle paste. The tiny birdies are from Memory Box dies, while the wavy border is from Marianne Design.
I am thoroughly in love with mini-sweetheart blossoms... they couldn't be more precious! I nestled in a few sunshiny yellow ones for little sunbeams. The butterfly resting atop the swirly Easter egg chippie is from Sue Wilson. Gorgeous and whimsical WOC trims are layered and divided with a beautiful flat-back pearl string.
Even the foliage is sweetened with pink... I can't seem to stop using these darling colorful leaves.♥︎ It's frigid outside, but spring is in full force all over my craft desk. :) The gorgeous papers are from LemonCraft's Just Love Me collection.♥︎

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

Wild Orchid Crafts products used:


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sweet Encouragement

Happy Sunday, sweet friends! I'm posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, which fills me with warm fuzzies. Dreams do come true. ♥︎

Just as this adventure begins, sadly my DT term with Wycinanka is reaching its end. I wish all the best to the new team they will recruit! What an incredible experience it has been! It is an honor to design for such an inspiring company, with an owner even more wonderful than the goodies he creates. Every day with them was a blessing and I am grateful for the opportunity bestowed upon me. ♥︎

Today I have an encouragement card to share, blossoming in hope for a college student battling cancer for the second time. Emma's kindness and courage inspire me every day. ♥︎
Wild Orchid Crafts and Wycinanka products deliver beauty beyond measure. ♥︎ The lovely Wycinanka Blueberry Swirls Frame was turned into a trellis of sorts, where stunning WOC blossoms (and hope) abound. This Hot Air Balloon is one of my all-time favorite chippies and it serves as the perfect avenue to carry my prayers to Emma.
Gorgeous pink and white Autumn Blossoms and Babies Breath ruffle atop lovely WOC Seam Binding. A Bead Berry Spray Cluster and sweet two-tone leaves are nestled within.
Smaller clusters of lovely flowers accent my frame, with touches of pink sprinkled throughout. My chippies have been sponged with white acrylic paint.
Self-adhesive Pearls accent my hot air balloon for a touch of elegance, while a Heart Pearl Bead adorns the delicate garden frame background.
Rose Organza Trim (small) lines the bottom of my card and I have trimmed my LDRS Creative sentiment with Net Lace. The beautiful LemonCraft papers are a combination of patterns from Tiny Miracles and Just Love Me. Their papers are so dreamy! The base and elegant background are Sue Wilson's Delicate Garden. I hope this brings a smile to her heart of gold. ♥️

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

Lovely Challenges Entered:
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Fussy and Fancy
 *LemonCraft~ Gossamer Love (Gorgeous moodboard)
Wild Orchid Crafts products used:



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Special Friend

Happy Wednesday, sparkly friends! I'm fluttering in with the start of a new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund! The theme is always Anything Goes and the winner will receive a generous gift certificate to the store.♥️

I created a card for a treasured friend, showcasing some newer additions to the store from Wild Orchid Crafts, Wycinanka, and Pion Design. So many dreamy product lines.♥️
My friend is everything beautiful with a heart of pure gold and I want to remind her how special she is to me.♥️The gorgeous papers are from Pion Design's Where the Roses Grow, including the stunning vintage lady. She is centered within Wycinanka's lovely Charming Oval Frame, which I covered in crackle paste.
I'm ecstatic that Kelly and Karen are now offering Wild Orchid Crafts flowers! The sweet arrangements throughout my card consist of English Roses, Chrysanthemums, Plum Roses, Vintage Roses, Cherry BlossomsMiniature Sweetheart Blossoms, and Bead Berry Spray Cluster.
Sunflower Pearl Lace beautifully ruffles along the bottom, which I paired with crinkle ribbon from DL.Art's Coffeehouse Bundle 3. The stunning die cut frame atop my card is Sue Wilson's Delicate Garden. Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes frolic within the flowers. 

I hope she enjoys this little gift as much as I enjoyed creating it for her. Be sure to check out the delightful inspiration from my teamies and play along for a chance to win a gift certificate to 7 Kids! Thank you for visiting and have a sparkly day.♥️

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine Gift Packaging

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week! Today begins a new challenge at Deep Ocean, which is all things Hearts!♥️ One of my Wycinanka tasks is to create gift packaging for Valentine's Day, which is perfect for this challenge.

To hold a little gift of love, I prettied up a fun Wycinanka Pyramid Box inside and out.♥️
And now for a peek inside...
For my lovey-dovey box, I chose papers from LemonCraft's House of Roses and gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.♥️
Since it is to be handled, I kept the exterior fairly simple with just a few touches of sweetness. A Wycinanka wreath is adorned with a two-tone miniature sweetheart blossom and tucked beneath a pretty wild rose. The heart trim from Live & Love Crafts is one of my favorites... I couldn't resist wrapping up the box with love.♥️
The gorgeous wreath inside has darling hearts along it, although I unintentionally covered up many of them. The I Love You chippie is nestled within to deliver my heartfelt greeting. Along the corners and behind the flowers are tiny hearts and butterflies

A little present will be tucked inside, but I wanted it decorated to also be a gift in and of itself. Be sure to check out the inspirations from my fabulous teamies! Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a sparkly day.♥️

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Anniversary Love and Wild Orchid Crafts DT!

Hello, sweet friends! I am excited beyond belief to share that I am one of the new Design Team members for Wild Orchid Crafts! My love for this company is no secret, as their products have blossomed all over my work for several years. My teamies are exceptionally talented and it is an honor to design alongside them. ♥️
Color me sparkly... I still cannot believe it. ♥️
To celebrate, I made a card for my parents 54th anniversary pairing Wycinanka chippies with new and old Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. The pretty pink flowers blend in a bit in this picture, but stand out beautifully in person. The gorgeous papers are from LemonCraft's Heart Painted collection, a beautiful gift from a treasured friend. The lovely Wycinanka Charming frame was covered in crackle paste, as was their sweet birdhouse.

Love is from the Mr. & Mrs. Ornament, while the darling garland on top is also from the same collection. Hugging the 40mm Trellis Rose are pink Babies Breath, which is my first time using WOC fabric flowers. They are stunning! Hip Rosebuds, Open Roses, and Mini Sweetheart Blossoms are sprinkled throughout.
The precious birdies are Memory Box Resting Birds. My love-dovey foliage is a combination of Magnolia Heart Swirls and Impression Obsession Heart Stems. The pretty butterfly is a Sue Wilson die. The Sweet Love crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art's Valentine Bundle and the lace is from Live & Love Crafts. So many gorgeous products to celebrate a lifetime of love. ♥️

Lovely challenges entered:
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Anything Goes
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (I used Impression Obsession, Magnolia, Memory Box, and Sue Wilson dies)

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

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.♥️

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