Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Wishes

Hello, everyone!  I hope that you're all having a great week so far, and that today (being "hump day" a.k.a. Wednesday) finds you all doing well and looking forward to a fabulous weekend.  I know that at our house, we are all counting down the days until school is finished and we can enjoy the summer months.
I had to whip up a child's birthday card this morning.  I wanted it to be bright and fun, and nothing I know of in the crafting world says happy quite like October Afternoon.  So, I grabbed my OA bins, layed everything out, and got started.  These brightly colored, fun, coordinating pieces brought my card together.  I used two different patterned papers from two entriely different OA lines, pieces of chipboard, stickers, etc. from various OA lines, and just layered it all on there.  I also used a JilliBean Soup birthday wishes journalling card, the top of a grungy prim tag, and some Blueberry Baker's Twine.  I love how fun it turned out, and I think (and hope) the lucky birthday recipient will agree.  It's all about WISHES and WISHING the people we love a very special and happy day on their birthdays, as well as a blessed year ahead.  I hope that's what this card does.
I'm also sharing the scripture card I created for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Our sponsor this round is the AMAZING Simon Says Stamp, and I sure hope you will all come by to play along for a chance to win the $25 Gift Certificate that's up for grabs.  I just LOVE having you all play along.
Have a blessed week, and please know that I appreciate your visit today, and that I WISH you all many happy days ahead.

Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my cards here in these fun challenges I love:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Make a Wish"


Monday, May 23, 2016

Pretty In Pink

In case you haven't ever noticed before, I absolutely ADORE working with wool felt.  So needless to say, I've had a really fun with some of the challenges this week.  I've been incorporating the felt into so many of my cards just because I love it so much, and it's a great week to work with it and share it in challenges.  I've also entered a few more challenges this week than I normally do.  It's so much fun, and I really do enjoy it.  I always end up getting to visit the sweetest blogs and make new friends.  And....by using the sentiment HELLO, I can send these cards to anyone.
I created this one using some white and shiny gold polka dot On Trend patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  To that, I added some Crate Paper stickers and chipboard, etc.  The hello sentiment is a Poppy Stamps Die called Hip Hello, and I cut it from pink paper two times and layered them together, placing them strategically onto the Crate Paper chipboard piece.  Then, I made my rolled roses from black and light pink wool felt and tucked them in with some Gold Metallic String, and some black and pink tulle.  
I'm thrilled to share this sweet little card in these FUN challenges:

Poppy Stamps Challenge - Challenge #20 - Pretty In Pink - I used the Hip Hello Die from Poppy Stamps as my sentiment.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Fun With Felt"

It makes me happy to read your comments. so thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.  I hope you've been having fun creating cards and playing along in some challenges this week as well.  Enjoy your craft time.

Karen


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hello Again

Does my card look familiar?  That's OK, you're not seeing double.  I recreated my last card, but this time I did it in pinks.  I started with an October Afternoon grey plaid patterned paper, then I ran a strip of adorable May Arts ribbon across the bottom of my card.  I attached a button card that I cut and then stamed using a Papertrey Ink Button Die and Papertrey Ink stamps.
Then, I cut the Paptrey Ink Heart Border Die from two shades of pink wool felt.  I used a bit of craft glue, and rolled the felt strips into these sweet little rosebuds.  Next, I hand-cut two little leaves from green wool felt, and then I pinched and glued them into place.  On the bottom right, I cut the sentiment using the same two shades of pink using my Poppy Stamps Hip Hello Die.
I'm excited to play along and share my card in these fun challenges:

Taylored Expressions Blog - Share Joy Challenge #36 - Sketch and/or CAS - I followed the sketch and kept it fairly CAS (for me anyway).  I've been SO enjoying this sweet and simple sketch.
Poppy Stamps Blog - Challenge #20 - Pretty in Pink - I used lots of great pink touches, including my sentiment that I cut from pink papers using my favorite Poppy Stamps Hip Hello Die.
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Fun With Felt" - I used two shades of pink wool felt to cut my heart borders, and then rolled them into flowers.  I also used felt to cut my little green leaves.

Thanks so much for visiting me.  I'm so very grateful for your visit, and hope you're having a blessed day!

Karen

......hello

I had so much fun making my first card for the Share Joy Challenge over at Taylored Expressions that I decided to create yet another card for this awesome challenge (and a few others) once again using the sketch they offered this week.  This card is "borderline CAS", but not completely so.  I do LOVE the simple and sweet sketch.  Check it out:
Isn't it sweet?  For the strip at the bottom, I added a piece of cream patterned paper with black stars.  For the smaller square, I added a Papertrey Ink button card, and for the sentiment I added a hello die-cut.  I also hand-cut some more of the little felt flowers that I used on my first card.  Did you know that Taylored Expressions carries 50 different colors of wool felt?  Yep!  That's right, they do.  And it's high-quality wool felt that your die-cuts will cut through like a knife cutting through warm butter.  It's AMAZE BALLS!  I used the Red Hot Wool Felt and the Black Licorice Wool Felt.  They also carry super cute stamps and dies along with other fab products.  Yes, I'm in love with Taylor's sweet store, and I'd like to own it all.  Yeah, that's a problem for me.  LOL
Here's where I'm going to share this cute little card.  I got several comments on my other card regarding the felt flowers.  If you're interested in learning how to create these, just let me know and I will send you a link to the tutorial I did years ago showing how incredibly easy it is to make these flowers yourself.

Taylored Expressions Blog - Share Joy Challenge -  Challenge #36 - Sketch and/or CAS - So I did semi-CAS and also followed the sweet sketch.  I used Taylored Expressions sweet wool felt (see details above).

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Fun With Felt"

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and please know how very grateful I am for the wonderful comment you leave me.  Have a blessed week, and please come play along in these fun challenges.

Karen


Saturday, May 21, 2016

.....thanks

A simple thank you can mean SO much to someone.  Never underestimate how much it might mean to someone to hear that one simple little word.   I try my best to send a thank you note every time someone does something kind for me just to express my gratitude, and to let them know how grateful I am for the "little things".  Sometimes a person will say, "it was no big deal"; but in reality they feel very touched that you've taken the time to thank them.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many great ribbons, trims, and flowers to help you make a fabulous card to tell someone "thanks".
I recently ordered some of the Teal Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon (among other things), and I just wanted to create a card to show you all how much a simple trim like baker's twine can add to a card.  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries 40 different colors of Baker's Twine, and they're all GORGEOUS and really add that special touch.
I created this card with some scraps of patterned paper that I attached together using my Scor-Tape (and this fabulous adhesive comes in a variety of different widths for various projects).  Next, I stamped a background stamp onto a small glassine bag that I attached to the card. I added a small piece of washi tape, a stamped mini tag with a tiny tea-stained wooden clothespin, some sequins, and a tag tucked into the glassine bag.  Then, I ran a nice long length of the beautiful Teal Baker's Twine around my card, and also ran the Teal Baker's Twine through a coordinating teal button and tied a bow with it.
I also used the Scor-Tape to attach my sequins, my tiny tag with the tea-stained clothespin, glassine bag, and the doily.  Scor-Tape is an amazing adhesive that really sticks well to pretty much everything.  This photo (above) also reallly shows you how beautiful that Teal Baker's Twine really is.

I really encourage you to pick up some Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You can get a 10-yard roll of Baker's Twine (in any color) for just ONE DOLLAR.  That means if you spent just $40, you could get 400 yards of baker's twine (ten yards of each of their 40 gorgeous colors).  What a bargain!  This lovely trim is so versatile, and always adds just the right accent to any card or project, and is great for tying on buttons, stringing through tags, and using to beautifully accent your artwork in a soft, sweet way that really adds a special touch.

We also invite you to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to play along in our CURRENT CHALLENGE.  We love to see your creativity, and hope that you will link up in our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderfully creative week.
Karen



Friday, May 20, 2016

......vintage challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

VINTAGE  and this is a style that I absolutely LOVE!  I had so much fun using some of my favorite vintage items and giving my card a shabby chic feel.  I had no problem finding lots of sweet little vintage bits and bobbits in my stash to combine with some fabulous products from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create my vintage card.  I encourage you to do the same.   We sure would love to see what you might create to share with us.
The base of my card is a little bit shiny, and that's because it's the backboard packaging from a sheet of Pink Paislee Artisan Elements (the decorative whitish/cream rubber piece I used at the top of my button card) that I repurposed by cutting it to use as the foundation on my card.  It was the same perfect shade of pink as the Button Card.  To that, I added some Melissa Frances patterned papers, some narrow creamy vintage lace, and the Button Card I used is the repurposed backboard packaging from a packet of sweet little JilliBean Soup buttons.  One of the buttons that originally came on this button card is still in place on the card (top left) - it's the sweet creamy white button with a tiny pink gem in the center.  I love being able to repurpose old packaging as ephemera pieces on my cards.  Never throw away any packaging if it's pretty.  It's all recyclable, so be creative!
Once I had the base with all the patterned papers in place and had the button card attached, I added a few more pieces to the button card.  There's a small Melissa Frances sticker on the bottom left of the button card, and on the top right of the button card I placed a Maya Road ivory fabric rose with a Freckled Fawn felt pink leave and a white print Prima leave, and a snippet of turquoise tulle that I tucked in there to accent the fabric rose.  On the bottom right of the button card, I gently placed a Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue Spool Button (wood with cream and black).  Like I said, no shortage of vintage here!
Well now, let's just be honest.  My poor card would have looked bare and pitiful at the top if weren't for the BIG GORGEOUS BOW I added using some of favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon trims.  First, I ran a length of the lovely Bay Leaf Seam Binding across the top of my card.  Because it is so nice and flat, I was also able to add my rub-on sentiment directly onto the Seam Binding.  Then, I created a bow using one length of the Bay Leaf Seam Binding, and two lengths of the Cream Seam Binding.  I stuck a sweet Light Pink Miniature Sweetheart Blossom in th center of my Seam Binding bow, and stuck in two stick pins for an extra vintage touch.
I'm sure you've got something "VINTAGE" looking in your stash that you could use on a card or project to create and share with us.  Another great VINTAGE toouch is adding LACE to your project, and Really Reasonable Ribbon has dozens of beautiful laces to help you get started, as well as flowers, trims, seam binding and so much more.

We look forward to seeing all of your fabulous vintage projects.  Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to see all the other great inspirational projects posted on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog today where you can link your projects.

Blessings to you all,
Karen

Thursday, May 19, 2016

......wishing you

It's not often that I can control myself and create something CAS (clean and simple).  Those who know my stlye are aware that I just can't stop, and I just keep layering and adding on.  
But when I saw this week's challenge at Taylored Expressions, I knew I wanted to play along.  They have two choices each week, and this week the choices are a sketch and/or CAS.  I chose to combine the two, and although it was a challenge; I'm happy with the results.
As you can see, the sketch itself is pretty CAS so it was easy to combine the two.  And while you're probably aware that Taylored Expressions carries super cute stamps and dies, you may not be aware that they also carry the SWEETEST colors of wool felt.  I used some of their lovely wool felt to hand-cut and roll these adorable little flowers.  You just cut a small circle out of the wool felt, and then cut that into a strip that you roll into flowers.  I placed some little pearl accent stickers in the centers of the flowers.  The wool felt I used from Talored Expressions are their lovely Tiffany Wool Felt, Robin's Egg, and Butter.  They are all so delicious, I'd love to own every color they carry!

The stamped sentiment is a set called Wishing You from Inspired By Stamping.  I also ran a length of wide ribbon across the bottom of my card.  Pretty simple, for sure.  The patterned paper is from October Afternoon.

Here are the challenges where I am sharing my card:

Taylored Expressions:  Share Joy Challenge #36 - As stated above, I followed the sketch and went CAS, and I had so much fun using my Taylored Expressions wool felts.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Fun With Felt" - I had lots of fun making my felt flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a blessed week!
Karen