Friday, September 22, 2017

Love You #coffee

If I'm being perfectly honest, I do have a bit of a love affair with coffee.  The two of us get along so well together, and I can't imagine my life without it, and I depend on it to get me through difficult times as well as allowing it to help me enjoy the good times.  Quite the relationship, I tell you.  I couldn't help but resist sneaking in just one more card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  This little circus-inspired card will be my last for the hop.
This card was made using some October Afternoon patterned papers, a white doily, a Crate Paper chipboard film square, some Paper Sweeties stamps, Teal Baker's Twine, an October Afternoon Bingo Journalling Card, a Paper Smooches Coffee Cup Die, two wool felt die-cut hearts, and a sequin to make it shimmer.
Here's where I'm playing along:

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

Just Keep On Creating - September Anything Goes Link-Up

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine - I added a sequin for SHIMMER!

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Change Is Good - I took my oldest daughter's old blanket and saved the material (soft fuzzy wool).  I've been using this to die-cut flowers and accents; and I used it to die-cut the hearts on this sweet card.  I love seeing her little blanket still being used.  Yes, change is good...and this change makes me smile!  The die-cuts I used on this card include the hearts and the coffee cup.

I sure have enjoyed seeing everyone's fabulous entries in the Coffee Hop.  Some people might be wondering why I created this card for the "Fall" hop.  Let me explain.  When I was a kid, every Autumn my parents would take us to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.  This patterned paper is from October Afternoon's circus collection.  So when I think of circus, I think of Autumn.  Funny how our minds do that and certain things stir up specific memories for us.  It's a fun memory for me!  Not to mention, I've been seeing several pastel cards in this blog hop because, truth be told, we all think of different things when we think of a certain season or event.  That's the beauty of art...we can just follow our creative side, and somehow...it's all beautiful!

Have a blessed day,
Karen

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Teacher Thank-You Coffee Card

Hello to all my sweet coffee-loving crafty friends!  Welcome by again today as I share a card that I created for a friend who wanted a special card to give her daughter's teacher.  I knew right away that I wanted to use these Authentique papers I had picked up not too long ago at Tuesday Morning.  I used several of the patterned papers, picture card, and a sticker from the set.  I also cut a doily using a Spellbinders doily die and used half of it on the front of the card, and the other half on the inside of the card (which I also decorated to tuck in a Starbucks gift card).  I added an ivory seam binding bow, with a Memory Box tiny tag stamped with "thanks" from Paper Sweeties Thanks Berry Much Stamp Set and attached it with Solid Red Baker's Twine.  There's just a bit of machine stitching on the front as well.
On the inside of the card, I added a mini kraft bag and tucked a Starbucks gift card inside.  I decorated the little bag with patterned papers, a Paper Sweeties sentiment from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set and the coffee cup from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts.  I also tied some Black Baker's Twine to the Starbucks card.
Here's where I'm playing along:



Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related


ScrapyLand Challenge Blog - Challenge #74 - Anything Goes - I used a Spellbinders/Momenta doily die, and I cut it in half; using one half on the front and the other half on the inside of my card. I also used a Memory Box Tiny Tag on the front of my card.

Just Keep On Creating - September Anything Goes Link-Up

Thanks so much for visiting.  Don't forget about my GIVE-AWAY of a free stamp set.  You can comment to win.  Details are here on my previous Coffee Blog Hop posts

Karen.

Fun Pumpkin Decor With RRR

I'm so glad you're here today as I share a fun project (or two) that I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our fabulous Ribbon Club Assortment (which is a great way to always have the most fabulous trims delivered straight to your door each month) has a Halloween-inspired theme this month.  So....I decided to create a fun project using some of the ribbons included in this month's collection along with a few of my other favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon products.
I started with a paper mache pumpkin box that I've had for several years, and I painted it burnt orange.  I sprinkled the front with ultra-fine glitter while the paint was still a little bit wet.  Next, I ran a length of Dusty Olive Seam Binding around the pumpkin, and tied a bow with it at the top.
At the top, I also added a nice long length of Natural Burlap String that I bundled up, and I hot glued some wooden leaves, orange "berries", and a peachy colored Sweetheart Blossom from the Mixed Reds Sweetheart Blossoms Assortment.
I also added a round grungy tag with some Haloween rub-ons, a mini rusty paperclip, a wooden acorn, an orange berry, an Ivory Sweetheart Blossom, a bow tied with Dusty Olive Seam Binding, a piece of 5/8" Black and White Bold Check Gingham, and a bundle of Antique Gold Burlap String.  There's no end to the possibilities of what you can create with all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's fabulous products.
Before I sign off, I want to share this sweet little tag that I created for the Fall Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  I used Paper Sweeties stamps and dies, along with Grass Green Seam Binding and Brown Plaid Ribbon.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to check out all the FABULOUS products in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop, and to stop by and link up in our Current Anything Goes Challenge.  Have a great week!

Karen

I'm linking up here:
Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

Just Keep On Creating - September Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine - I used lots of ultra-fine glitter on my pumpkin to make it SHIMMER!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coffee, Yes Please!

Hello again, friends!  This will be a quick post.  I just wanted to share another card I made for a few challenges I wanted to enter (again).  I love playing along when I'm able, and I've had so much fun spending time in my craft room this week...sipping my vanilla lattes!  I made this card today while my hubby was outside working on our son's new truck lights.
I used lots of fabulous products from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create this card along with a Taylored Expressions die-cut called Coffee To Go.  I used one piece of Kaiser Craft paper, some green Bazzill, Ivory Burlap String, Moss Green Micro Gingham Ribbon, Cream Seam Binding, Two-Toned Green/White Mulberry Leave, Green Mulberry Leaves, Two-Toned Yellow Open End Roses, Coral Open End Roses, Baby Pink Double-Head Stamens, and a snippet of Pink Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon.
My sentiment is from a fabulous Paper Sweeties stamp set called Coffee, Yes Please.   I stamped it with a ColorBox Mocha Ink.  I did some machine stitching, and added a small piece of ruler washi tape at the bottom.  Here are the challenges where I am playing along:

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

Just Keep On Creating - September Anything Goes Challenge - Come play along!

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #423 - Photo Inspiration (Floral) - Sponsored by Birch Press Designs.  I used different colors on this card, but included LOTS of great flowers!


Thanks again for visiting!
Karen

Monday, September 18, 2017

Just Saying HELLO

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I wanted to share this card I made today specifically for the challenge over at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog.  I just LOVE this beautiful inspiration photo, and couldn't resist playing along.  Look how pretty this is!
I used three Crate Paper patterned papers, added half of a tea-stained doily from a fabulous Etsy store called Swoon Party Shop, some pink and purple seam binding, several gorgeous Cottage Roses, Pink Double-Head Stamens, and Mulberry Leaves from Really Reasonable Ribbon, a Hello sticker from Crate Paper, and I did some machine stitching on my card.
I have come to realize that this is my "signature style"......like it or not.  I tend to make this type of card quite a lot.  There's just something about seam binding and flowers that makes me happy.  We all have our own style, and I absolutely LOVE seeing everyone's fabulous cards out there in blog land.
Here are the challenges where I'm playing along.  It's always fun to enter them.  I invite you to check out these, as well as Word Art Wednesday (the challenge blog I run) to play along!

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #423 - Isn't that inspiration photo (above) gorgeous?

Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge - I used three patterned papers on this card.  Thanks for the fabulous challenge, Hazel.  God bless you!


Just Keep On Creating - September Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks again for visiting!
Karen

This Makes Me Happy

Hello, all my coffee-loving friends!  If you've been participating in the Fall Coffee-Loving Cardmakers' Blog Hop, I'm sure I've been by your blog to see your amazing cards.  I'm caught up on my commenting; and as I've done in every one of these hops, I've commented on every entry.  It's a lot of work, but it's SO fun to be able to see all the entries.  Some of them are truly amazing!  I hope you've all been enjoying it as much as I have.
I made my card using some Echo Park patterned papers and stickers, a Maya Road wooden piece, a Dare 2 B Artzy Tracy's Textures Stamp Set, the Paper Sweeties Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cut, some Natural Burlap String, and a (word) Coffee Die.  I'm sharing my card here:

Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

CropStop Linky September Party #32 - I used Tombow Adhesive, lots of great Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and May Arts Natural Burlap String.

Just Keep On Creating - September Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting,
Karen

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties September Release Rewind

Hello again, friends.  I hope you've enjoyed this month's new release at Paper Sweeties.  These two new sets are SO cute, just like everything at Paper Sweeties.  Remember that these new sets are now available for purchase in the Paper Sweeties Shop along with all the other fabulous products they carry.  As always, I had so much fun creating with their amazing stamps, sweet cuts and seam binding.
This is a really simply card that I created with one piece of white card stock.  I used the mailbox, mailbox flag, swirl, floating hearts, and flowers are all from the new Sent From Me Heart Stamp Set; and the butterfly and a portion of the sentiment (Roses are red, Violets are blue) are from the I Pick You Stamp Set.  I just pieced the sentiments together to make this little poem.
The sentiment is stamped onto one of the tags found in the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts. I use this set a lot, and it's one of my favorites.  I also added a bow to it that includes a length of Mint Seam Binding, Bubblegum Seam Binding and Blueberry Seam Binding.  There's always a perfect color of Seam Binding to match all your cards and projects.  OK, here's the list of all my Paper Sweeties team-mates who have something awesome to share with you.  And don't forget about the fun challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog.

I'm playing along at:

Thanks for visiting,
Karen