Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thanks a Bunch

Hi there, everyone!  Today's post is for Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I'd like to share a thought with you all......If you're anything like me, you've probably learned over the years that you can never have enough thank you cards on hand.  There are so many times when someone does something nice where you just want to give them a card to express your gratefulness.  However, if you keep thinking about it; your apt to forget to actually send that thank you card.  So for that very reason, I like to have plenty of them on hand.  And with all the fabulous ribbons, trims and decorative flowers available at Really Reasonable Ribbon; you can always be stocked up on the perfect accessories to get them ready to go.
This card was created using some Crate Paper patterned paper, machine stitching, Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink, a white doily, a Crate Paper chipboard bird and journalling sticker, and a Melissa Frances rub-on.  I tied a length of Peach Baker's Twine around the card twice and tied a bow with it.  This pretty peach color is so soft and subtle....GORGEOUS!  The finishing touch were all the lovely Mulberry Flowers I used to frame the image.  I used several of each of these Sweetheart Blossoms:  Wild Orchid Craft Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms in Ivory. Two-Toned Peach, Ivory, and the lightest shade of pink from the Pink & White Mixed Assortment.  I also tucked in a couple of the Wild Orchid Craft 30 mm Mulberry Paper Leaves, and of course I used lots of Scor-Tape to adhere everything.
If you need to make some thank you cards; or, well really ANY cards (birthday, anniversary, sympathy, etc.) you will definitely want to stock up on some ribbons, trims, flowers and all the great products available in the Really Reasonable Ribbon store.  We'd also love to have you stop by to play along in the CURRENT CHALLENGE taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We love seeing your ribbony creations.

Have a wonderful week!
Karen

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shakin' It Up With Color

Well, I've done it again!  I've found a way to incorporate some of my most favorite things with a technique I enjoy using on my cards.  I had another chance to use these sweet Emma's Shoppe patterned papers, chipboard pieces, brads, stickers, borders, journalling spot, etc. from Crate Paper and use them on a card with another shaker element.
This shaker element was created by taking a piece of vellum that I cut and folded over to size, added lots of colorful sequins in between, and then machine stitched shut.  You can see the bright colors peeking through the vellum, which really reminded me of this fabulous inspiration photo from Verve.  I used a Verve stamp for my (Happy Birthday) sentiment.
I have been in love with all the sweet little elements from Emma's Shoppe from the very first day I saw it (when it was first released several years ago).  I found all that I could, and I always LOVE using it (even though I'm at risk of running out at some point).  It's just too cute not to use.  The stamped sentiment looks just perfect stamped in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink on the journalling spot.
I also added a (9) sticker at the top, and a chipboard letter A because I plan to send this sweet card to my precious niece, Alexa, who just turned 9.  I know this is one she will tuck inside her keepsake box and save.  I just love sending my nieces and nephews sweet cards, trinkets, and keepsakes.  I never want them to forget how very much I love them and how often I am thinking of them.  They're all just SO sweet.
Here is where I'm sharing my card:

Verve Stamps:  August Photo Inspiration Challenge - Verve's gorgeous challenge inspiration photo (posted above) game me great inspiration.  I loved how the sun was shining against these gorgeous colors almost like a dream catcher.  My patchwork patterned paper background and the sequins hidden and stitched in behind vellum helped me capture that same vibe.  I incorporated the colors, and used a sweet Verve (Happy Birthday) stamp for my sentiment.

Paper Sweeties - August Color/Photo Inspiration - I didn't use any company products on this entry, but I felt that the colors and vibe were appropriate.

Little Scrap Pieces - I love playing along in Karen's challenges, and my favorite prize is always her SUPER SWEET hand-made seam binding.  The twist this week is that you can choose her seam binding or a $5 gift certificate to ScrapPal if you win.

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #373 - Sweet Inside - I was inspired by the color pink, and....the theme which is "sweet inside" because I made the vellum shaker box (machine stitched it together) and the "sweet inside" element are all the sweet sequins sprinkled inside the packet.  They look super sweet inside, don't they?  I just LOVE this!

This evening, we are headed out to the Cracker Barrel to celebrate our son's 17th Birthday.  He's such a good boy, and has such a heart for the Lord.  I know God has great things planned for his life, and I'm so blessed to be his Mama.  I feel so very grateful that we get the joy of having him in our lives every day.  He sure brings a great energy, excitement, humor and joy to our days.  I'm so wishing we could hit the "rewind" button.  Where do the years go?  Thanks again for visiting.

I hope you're having a blessed and relaxing weekend,
Karen

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Shake It Up, Shake It Up!

One of my most favorite cards of all to create is a good old Shaker Card; and one of most favorite companies' papers to create with is Crate Paper. So, when I was able to create a card using Crate Paper's sweet Emma's Shoppe patterned papers, chipboard and stickers along with some sweet sequins in my Shaker Card element, I couldn't be happier.  This was just plain FUN to create because I just LOVE to Shake It Up!
Once I had placed my patterned papers, chipboard, stickers, Shaker Card element with sequins, and had everything lookin' good, I knew I had to add a sentiment.  The one I chose for this card was the word "HELLO" which is Poppy Stamps Hip Hello Die-Cut (another one of my favorites, and it costs only $5 - a great bargain).  I cut the sentiment from a turquoise scrap of Bazzill Basics paper to coordinate with all the fun colors in my card.  This die-cut is just one of those that I've used over and over again because it's so cute.  You know....those favorite things we tend to revisit quite often.
I'm entering my card in this fun challenge:

Poppy Stamps Challenge - Challenge #23 - Shake It Up - I added a shaker element with sequins, and used Poppy Stamps Hip Hello.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an AWESOME weekend.
Karen 



Friday, August 26, 2016

Traveler

Hello, sweet blog friends!  I'm so glad you've stopped by again today to take a peek at this card I created today.  I found another challenge that I really wanted to enter, and so I used a sketch (as well as the theme of travel) from the My Favorite Things Blog.  It's always a lot of fun finding inspiration out in the crafting community, and that's exactly what happened this time.  LOVE  it!
This card was created using some My Minds Eye patterned paper, and I chose this particular paper because it has the Eiffel Tower printed right on it, so that set the tone for the card.  Next, I knew I wanted to include MFT product (which is a bit limited in my craft room), so I had to get creative with what I own.  I made two rolled flowers using a MFT die-cut that I cut from deep red and black.  I used the same die on both flowers; but I rolled the black one much tighter than the red, so it's considerably smaller.  I added in some black and natural burlap string, My Mind's Eye buttons to the centers of the flowers, and I inked the edges of the patterned papers.
The sentiment I used on this card (Traveler) is from Crate Paper's Journey collection.  I also have some stickers from this collection tucked in here and there, and also managed to squeeze in a ticket from Jillibean Soup ephemera.  

My Favorite Things Blog - Card Challenges:  Sketch Challenge #295 - I completely flipped this sketch upside down, and I also used the Friday Inspiration on the MFT Blog (Travel) for the theme of my card.  I had a lot of fun with it.  I used a My Favorite Things rolled flower die-cut to create the rolled wool felt flowers on my card.

Thanks for visiting me, and please know that I am very grateful for the comments you leave.  I read each one, and it makes me smile.  I feel SO blessed.  Have a great week!

Karen



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Inspired By Stamping - Second Post

Hi there, crafters!  This is my second post as a Guest Designer for Inspired By Stamping, and today I'm sharing another helpful technique and a couple of sweet cards that were created using some gorgeous stamps and coordinating dies from Inspired By Stamping.  I hope that you will love these sweet products as much as I do.
This technique is one I often use when working with stamps and die-cuts together.  It helps you line up your dies and stamps so that you always get a perfect cut and guarantee that your stamping lines up with your cut lines.
To do this, simply take your die-cut and adhere a piece of tape, securing the top side of your die onto the card stock from which you'll cut a template.  Run the die through your machine once to cut out the shape, but keep the metal attached to the paper template (even though there is empty space in the middle).  You can now stamp your image onto a piece of paper in your desired color of ink and then lay your template over the stamped image.  You will be able to line it up perfectly using the open space to see your stamped image and line it up.  Then, lay it down perfectly in place (so that you see the stamped image through the template/hole) and run it through your machine again.  You'll get a perfect cut every time.
I stamped a journalling spot from the Fancy Labels 3 Stamp Set in Tim Holtz Lucky Clover Distress Ink, and then stamped the sentiment from the Fancy Labels 3 Stamp Set using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink inside the journalling spot's center.  Then, as explained above, I cut a template for the journalling spot using the coordinating Fancy Labels 3 Die.  I attached some Crochet Trim and flowers as an accent. Inspired By Stamping has everything you need to make one for yourself.
Above you will see all the supplies I gathered to make my second card.  Inspired by Stamping has SO MANY great stamp sets.  You really need to visit the store to see them all!
My second card uses the same technique but was created with another stamp and die from the same sets.  I also used some of the sweet patterned papers from the Vintage Floral 6x6 Patterned Papers Pad as well as some Crochet Trim Collection II.  Inspired By Stamping has so many wonderful products that will help you make lovely cards like these.
Thanks so much for visiting today, and be sure to stop by the Inspired By Stamping Blog again soon for more inspiration using Inspired By Stamping products.  Please let us know if you have any questions about the products used on these cards.

Have a blessed day,
Karen

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An "Emptier" Nest

Hello, sweet blog friends!  As many of you know, our oldest daughter got married this past weekend.  All our company has finally departed, including our youngest daughter and her husband who were staying with us over the wedding weekend.  It was the last time I'll ever have had them all under one roof for a VERY long time (if ever).  It was a very bitter-sweet experience, for sure.  Two down, and one (our 17-year-old baby boy) left in our home.  I wish this time could last forever.  We have the best kids a person could ever ask for, and we would have gladly let them all live with us forever.  But we know when it's time to let go and trust them to God (and to their spouses as it should be).  It just always seems to take a few moments for everything to hit you, and to then make the necessary adjustments to find your new normal.  It sure is hard walking past (now two) empty bedrooms.  That never seems quite right.  Perhaps we need to do something with all of these extra empty bedrooms.   But for now.....memories fill our house and our hearts.
I was so glad (now that all our guests have gone home) to finally have some time to get into my craft room and work on a few things; both for my Design Team commitments as well as just for fun.  There were a few challenges where I knew I really wanted to try to play along this week/month and now I have a card that I can enter in these challenges.
I used a wide variety of products on this card.  It started with a few different October Afternoon patterned papers and an October Afternoon music flair (pin).   The stitched heart is from Papertrey Ink (also cut from OA paper), and I stitched it with pink DMC floss.  I tied a bow with Frosting Seam Binding, Teal Baker's Twine, and I implemented the color green by adding two hand-stamped leaves that are from Paper Sweeties Make Today Beautiful (Retired) stamp set.  I hand-cut them and added them to the bow.  The stamped sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping.  I also used the coordinating Fancy Labels 3 Die-Cuts to compliment their Petite Banners Stamp Set.  I really enjoyed Guest Designing for them this month.
Here are the challenges where I'm sharing this sweet card:

Paper Sweeties August Challenge - Color/Photo Inspiration - I used a couple of Paper Sweeties products on my card (details above).  This colors and layers in this sweet photo really inspired me, and I had a lot of fun pulling out my Paper Sweeties products again.
DL ART August Linky Party - I always enjoy playing along here when I can.  I always enjoy getting the sweet comments left by Diana and her talented Design Team.  I hope everyone will stop by and play along here.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Paper Minutes #449 - Sewing - Stop by this sweet challenge blog for some lovely inspiration by their talented designers.  I almost always LOVE to machine stitch on my cards, so I knew I just HAD to enter this sweet challenge.

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog:  TT#308 - Make It Sparkle - I added some white and some clear sparkly sequins to embellish my card and make it sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I'm always so grateful for your visits and I always appreciate the sweet comments you leave for me.  Have a wonderful and creative week, my sweet blog land friends.  Can't wait to see what ya'all have been creating.  You all inspire me so much.

Have A Sweet Day,
Karen






Monday, August 22, 2016

Terrific Twine from RRR

Hi there, everyone.  As you may know, there are many terrific trims at Really Reasonable Ribbon, but for today; I want to just focus on one very simple trim that everyone needs in LOTS of great colors......TWINE!  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries 40 colors of Baker's Twine and an additional 15 colors of Burlap String.  These amazing trims cost no more than ten cents ($0.10) per yard.  So, not only are they colorful, versatile and super useful; but they're also SUPER affordable!
Today I'm sharing three sweet cards that really showcase some of these wonderful twines.  My first card uses Oyster Gray Baker's Twine that I tied around the card several times and tied into a bow.  I also added a sweet little Ivory Sweetheart Blossom to the bottom of my card.
My second card has a long length of Red Burlap String wrapped several times around it.  You can see how adding this one simple trim to your cards adds so much texture to your project; not to mention that perfect pop of color.  And again, with SO many great colors; you can always find the perfect shade for any project. Another great product is Scor-Tape, and I use it to attach everything!
I hope that you'll take time to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon store to see all the wonderful twines they carry, as well as all the great flowers in the Mulberry Flowers section.  You're sure to find something new for your crafting, and the prices are amazing (as well as super reasonable shipping).  We also have a fun challenge on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where we'd love to have you play along and share your creations.
My third and final card (my personal favorite) was created using some October Afternoon patterned papers, a PTI heart die-cut that's stitched with DMC floss, a button, sequins, a stamped sentiment from Inspired By Stamping, a tiny tag held with a rusty pear-shaped pin, and more fabulous twine.
This card uses both the Cotton Candy Baker's Twine and the Teal Baker's Twine.  Once again, you can see how Really Reasonable Ribbon has the PERFECT COLORS to match any project you're working on and make it truly special.  It's really the quint-essential trim that every crafter needs in a variety of colors, and Really Reasonable Ribbon can help you stock up at a great price.  This card also uses a stamped sentiment from Inspired By Stamping, a PTI stitched heart die, some sequins, and a few other goodies.
There's always a fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and we would love to have you play along with us.  And don't forget to check out ALL the fabulous twines, trims and lovely goodies carried in the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a sweet day!
Karen

I'm sharing my cards here:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make For The Border - Each of my cards has some type of border.  The first has a patterned paper border with twine, the second card has a decorative border, and the third card has a fancy ribbon border.

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog - Challenge #116 - Use Feathers - You will see that my first card (at the top of the page) uses a sweet new feather die-cut set that I've fallen in love with.