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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie!

Hello, sweet friends! I am honored to be guest designing today at Frilly and Funkie! ♥︎ This is such a treat. I admire their artists, who richly inspire with every post. If you don't yet follow them, I strongly encourage you to do so. Thank you for having me, ladies!

Kathy's theme of "By the Sea!" inspired a frilly wall hanging. I made this for a teen cancer warrior whose special place is the great expanse of the sea. Sadly she has been left blind from brain cancer, but we know the magic of the ocean... it need not be seen to be felt. ♥︎
This gift is intended to whisk her away to nature's beauty, where wishes are whispered into the sea. Rough, yet beautiful, waters release into the whimsical sky... where everything has turned rosy with healing love. ♥︎
The waves are stenciled with colored Crackle Paste, making them Salt Water Taffy pink as they carry a special wish. ♥︎ It is a small part of the Memory Box Flourish stencil, while the turbulent waters are created with Joy! Crafts Lattice Edge die. White sandy beaches inspired my choice of pure white Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, which are dusted with sparkling sunbeams. Seashells and pearls are nestled within... sweet gifts from the sea.
Wycinanka chipboard pieces are covered in Shabby White Frantage for touches of sunny gold. The foliage part of the Louvre frame is instead painted with Crackle Paste, this time colored with Sea Grass Green. For coloring my crackle paste, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Nantucket Pearls (I am so in love.). A wispy ocean breeze engulfs my little scene, created with two types of ruffly trims. Butterflies and pearls accent it for extra sweetness. 

Texture reigns so she will have much to explore as she sees this gift through her touch. I pray she loves it. ♥︎ Most of my project was created with goodies from Live & Love Crafts.

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

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Anything But Cute~ Summertime Fun (Crackle Paste... my baby step into mixed media)
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ July Linky Party
 *Simon Monday Challenge~ Add Some Texture
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting


  1. Oh Karen, I was so excited to see your name on the posting list this morning! This is just a beauty of a take on our By the Sea challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and what a special treat to have you as our Guest Designer for extra inspiration!! I just love what you did with that wood chippie, it sure makes a great base for your lovely water and amazing waves! The crackle texture works so well for added texture, and all that frilly tulle is shabby-licious! I do hope you are feeling a little bit better lately, the blog world is a little less inviting when you're not in it. Sending healing wishes and hugs my friend :)

  2. My sweetest friend, this is a magical, beautiful representation of the glorious sea!! It makes me happy to look at!! I absolutely love it!! The texture is amazing!! I love the crackle waves!! They look amazing!! The ruffle is such a fabulous touch!! Everything about this is calming and gorgeous and so much texture that the teen warrior will be able to feel the love you put into making this!! Huge congratulations on your GD spot my dearest friend!! And I'm so happy you linked up at Anything But Cute and DL.ART!! Thinking of you and keeping your family in my daily prayers. Hugest hugs!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Gorgeous and so meaningful creation Karen! What an amazing way to interpret the theme of the challenge!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Oh my gosh, Karen! This has me completely amazed. You've captured the scene perfectly. I'm sure the young lady will feel the love. Beautifully done! I do hope you are feeling better.

  5. WOW! Karen, this is so beautiful! The colors are so soft and wonderful! The water and waves looks amazing! Of course, your amazing details are perfectly placed! Congrats my friend on your GD spot! You did a wonderful job!!
    Sherrie K

  6. Such a gorgeous project, beautiful details x

  7. This is such a beautiful wall hanging, Karen! The ocean is a very peaceful and calming place and it is such a thoughtful gesture to create something so beautiful for someone who loves the ocean and who is going through something so difficult. Art is healing in so many ways not only in sight but, at times, in touch as well. Thanks for sharing your talent with us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  8. Congrats on your Guest DT Spot Karen! You've done an amazing job (as always... of course)!!! :) Your card is superb! I love the shape and the beautiful scene you've created... it's GORGEOUS! And that Special Teen Warrior will be swept away by the oceans beauty you've created... Big HUGS!!!!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  9. Congratulations on your GDT spot and what a beautiful wall hanging you have created for it. Such texture and pretty elements are sure to delight this young girl when she receives it.
    I hope you are feeling well at the moment and continue to do so.

  10. Congratulations to you! What a gorgeous project you've created! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner! Jeanie, DT

  11. Such a touching gift Karen! I love how you added all of the textures for the sweet recipient. The crackle waves are one of my favorite elements, the entire scene is absolutely stunning! Everything is so beautiful, you have done a fabulous job on creating something so magical! Congrats to you on the GD spot! Have a lovely evening my friend!

  12. Absolutely beautiful shabby creation! I love every single detail! Brilliantly done! Thank you so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT x

  13. So wonderful and tactile your friend will delight in this it will be her constant companion as she dreams of the seashore. You are a very special lady so kind and thoughtful Love and hugs Carole x

  14. Dear Karen, I hope you are feeling better; it saddens me to know you are hurting. I always enjoy seeing your lovely craeations, but I also really enjoy reading about them! This time, although I had to see your beautiful depiction of the sea in order to read the post, I tried to close my eyes and "see" your creation based on your words. I thought since this cancer warrior had lost her sight, it might be great if you could tell her just what you wrote here. That is sure to help heal here and give me much to be grateful for. You are awesome to make these lovely treasures for the many wonderful people who are in such a tragic position. I know you bring so much love and faith to them...Bless you!

    One of my favorite details are the waves. This is a fabulously detailed work of art, so full of tactile elements that this sweet girl will be able to "see" with her hands. So thoughtful of you!

    Congratulations on your Guest spot at Frilly and Funkie; I know it must have been hard for you to take on the extra work while you aren't feeling well, so I am even more appreciative! Big hugs!

  15. This is gorgeous, Karen. It makes me want to try making one. Just lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.
    Have a blessed week,
    Word Art Wednesday

  16. Karen this is so beautiful! A card so thoughtfully made, with all that delish texture and shape so that sweet teen can enjoy it without the use of sight. I'm sure she will adore it and treasure it. Bringing her closer to the beautiful sea she loves. You have such a special gift hunny and beautiful ministry. I hope you are starting to feel a little better. I'm troubled to hear you're in pain and wish you well very soon. Rest and look after yourself too, as you give so much to others. Thinking of you. Love and hugs, Wends xoxo

  17. Popping back in to thank you for linking this up with our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs to you! Sara Emily DT

  18. I loved this when I saw it at Frilly and Funkie and reading your reason for creating it just makes me love it even more! It is one of those projects I wish I could reach out and touch, the crackling is wonderful and your design is so beautiful!

    Thank so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Anne DT xx

  19. Hi Karen,
    Absolutely gorgeous my friend!! The little butterflies are so sweet!! The crackle paste adds a fun texture. Such wondeful details !!
    Stunning creation my friend!
    Congrats on your Guest Designer spot!
    Sending my love, hugs and smiles
    Crafting With Creative M


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