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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


  1. This is beautiful Karen. A fabulous design and I love the gorgeous papers. Your embellishments finish off the project beautifully. A real pleasure to view.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  2. It's so lovely to see you back Karen, you have been missed greatly. I hope things have settled down for you and your family.
    You have made the most beautiful picnic basket I have ever seen. The design is wonderful, the papers are gorgeous and your detailing is so beautiful. I am sure this will bring so much joy to the sweet recipient.
    I would like to thank you for all your kind comments you continue to leave for me and especially for my youngest daughter. She was so touched by your lovely words.
    Take care my kind and talented friend, hugs Sue xx

  3. Welcome back Karen, I have missed you dearly.
    What a breathtakingly stunning creation Karen so full of crafty loveliness and sheer beauty.
    I love Maja Design papers and your chosen selection look gorgeous. The detailing is eye catching and so very pretty.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving such heart warming comments. Everyone picks me up and makes me smile.
    Take good care Karen, lots of love Donna xx

  4. What a beautiful soul lives through your sweet fingers, Karen. Your little warrior princess will enjoy her personal and lovely summery keepsake basket. The paper is extra cheerful. And even the interior is lined with it! I've missed your incredible treats this month and hope all is well for you and your family. xo

  5. My sweetest friend, this is the most gorgeous picnic basket I've ever seen!! Wow!! You are so amazing at coordinating papers and embellishments!! I love the papers you've beautiful!! The lace is a perfect touch to the handle!! The butterflies fluttering about are so sweet!! This will be so cherished and adored!! What a wonderful gift this is for her to keep her prized possessions in!! Love, love this my dearest friend!! I hope you have are having a wonderful last few days of July!! Happy Tuesday evening!! Biggest hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Oh Karen I think this is the most beautiful basket of love ever...reading your posts fills up my heart

  7. Hello Karen, what a beautiful basket you have created. Everything about it is gorgeous a true labour of love that your friend with treasure. Thanks for sharing with us in our challenge at Creative Craft Cottage and we hope to see you again. Jennifer DT member

  8. Oh I love this picnic basket. It's one of the things on my to-do list but haven't gotten around to doing it. You did a terrific job on it, Karen. Beautiful designer papers. Wonderful colour combo. Love all those butterflies.
    Thanks for coming over to play with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

  9. Oh Karen you are so clever this is just amazing so much detail to look at and the embellishments all look so perfect Bet your friend loved receiving this you are so thoughtful and kind .This is something to treasure I'm so glad you are back crafting Love and hugs Carole x

  10. Happy to see you back, Karen! And, with such an amazing project, too! Your picnic basket is over the top gorgeous with such delicate beautiful detail! The lovely paper, butterflies, flowers and lace are so very pretty! What a thoughtful gift for the recipient to hold sweet treasures! I hope things are going better for you...take care and God Bless, hugs!:-)

  11. What a beautiful basket Thanks for joining our challenge at allsorts Tracy x

  12. Karen, this is absolutely stunning! The DT loves it and you will be feature on our FB page tomorrow as our Designer of the Day! Please stop by to say hello and to grab your badge! Thanks for leaving this beauty on our front porch, we were delighted to find it there. The DT of 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  13. Karen, your picnic basket is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the pretty daisy paper and the gorgeous lace is beautiful! The added details are perfect touches to this amazing basket~perfect gift for your little princess! I am sure she will treasure it and love putting her special little keepsakes in it!
    Have a wonderful evening my friend :)
    Sherrie K

  14. Hey there my sweet, sweet friend!!! This picnic basket is beyond beautiful!!!! That daisy paper is amazingly lovely and the pretty lace as the trim makes for a nice touch.... LOVE the special touches you add to your fabulous projects with those butterflies, flowers & Pearls.... Absolutely perfect for a special little princess.... She will treasure all of it's beauty.... :)


  15. Wow - what a absolutely beautiful picnic basket! The colours are gorgeous and the embellishments just perfect! A perfect place in which to collect those precious memories, thanks for joining us at CCM&M. Cxxx

  16. This is an adorable creation Karen. I've been having a look around your blog on Pamellia's recommendation - your work is gorgeous! Nicola x

  17. Your picknic basket looks gorgeous, Karen! So love what you created! Thank you so much for making this for our challenge. It's really pure inspiration for our participants.
    Big hugs,

  18. Oh my goodness Karen, this is exactly what I needed today! Your beautiful projects just lifted my spirits and brought a wonderful joy to my day! What a stunning project! I love the basket idea, and you have decorated it flawlessly! The soft colours and feminine patterns just melt my heart and butterflies fluttering everywhere, oh my!! So delicious!! big hugs my friend :)

    1. I forgot to say a big congratulations on your guest designer spot. They are lucky to have such an inspiration, even if just for the day! hugs :)

  19. Karen your project si absolutely fabulous !
    Gorgeous !
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage ! We hope to see you again !
    You can also share this project , il you sang,at " Let's Craft and Create " challenge blog : challenge Butterfly or Bird July 5 - August 4

  20. Gorgeous project, the basket is amazing and embellished so beautifully! The colors and patterns are lovely and I love the touch of lace and flowers. The scattering of butterflies is a wonderful finishing element! Hope you are back to crafting, I have missed your creations!

  21. Gorgeous project Karen. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  22. That is so gorgeous Karen! I absolutely love it!
    Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft and Create Challenge.

  23. WOW - stunning creation! Fabulous papers and beautifully made. Gorgeous embellishments and sure to be treasured! TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

  24. Gorgeous and such a a sweet gift for you to make. Hoping lots of memories can be placed in the basket.

  25. WOWZER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS THE SWEETEST EVER BASKET-- The papers are beautiful and I just love the pretty added lace I can imagine the inside being just as special and lovely. Have a blessed night my sweet friend have a pleasant peaceful sleep hugs

  26. Hi Karen,
    I hope that that you and your family are doing well.The basket is just Precious!! The butterflies are simply beautiful!!! Such gorgeosu paper!! I happen to purchase that file lasty week.I absolutely love how you decortated this BEAUTY!! Love the flowers and trimming details my friend!!
    Sending TONS of my love, hugs & smiles

  27. Oh! Congrats on your Guest Designer spot!!!

  28. A gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  29. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 103, Hazel, DT – hope to see you again soon. x

  30. Oh my!! I LOVE and adore this!! Every little detail is sure to make the little warrior princess smile!! The trim is so pretty and the butterflies are perfect!! The papers are also so very cute! Congrats on your guest designer spot. You did an outstanding job :)

  31. Such a gorgeous picnic basket! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our "Anything But A Card" challenge.


  32. Oh my Karen, the picnic basket is so pretty! Perfect for saving summer treasures and memories .......the papers are simply the blue and soft yellow . Embellished beautifully too. Have a wonderful week my friend. x

  33. Beautiful creation, so pretty. Thank you for joining in with our Flower challenge over at Creative Inspirations!
    CraftyNatalie {DT}


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