Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grow........With Love

It's truly a blessing for my husband and I to see and enjoy our children growing up.  They have brought so much joy into our lives; and we're grateful for every day God has given us with each of them.  We've been blessed to have the opportunities to do things for our children, and to give them the "things" they desire.  But we know that there is nothing we can ever give them that is nearly as important as our love.  Children grow best, and become happy people, when they know without question that they are loved.  We decided when they were born that we would tell them every single day (often times more than once) that we love them.  Many parents don't say the words "I love you" to their children, and just assume that they know it.  But for us, we decided that it was something we wanted them to hear every day of their lives.
This card was created using LOTS of great ribbons and products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used some patterned papers that I inked and machine stitched, and then I got busy adding my trims.  I ran a strip of the gorgeous 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Plain Ribbon across my card, and also tied a small bow with the same.  The reason why I absolutely LOVE this particular trim is because it's so shabby chic, and can be used in so many different ways.  You can easily rip it into various widths, and use it on so many different projects.  Next, I tied some Blueberry Baker's Twine around that small bow to secure it.  In the upper right-hand corner of my card, I added two 35 mm Wild Orchid Crafts Leaves in Brown, and Mulberry Flowers/Open Roses in Deep Ivory and Royal Blue.  To that, I also added a small ripped piece of the same sweet 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Plain Ribbon so that you can see how, by ripping it, you can easily give your projects a shabby chic touch.
 
My sentiment, Grow (With Love), was added by using some Pebbles stickers that just happened to match my patterned papers.  The chipboard girl is from Crate Paper's Story Teller line, and also worked well with my choices.  I absolutely LOVE how Really Reasonable Ribbon makes it so easy, and fun, to adorn my cards and projects.  I hope that you will stop by to check out all the great new items that have been recently added to the store.  You will absolutely FLIP for all the great products available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  There's also a fun Patriotic Challenge where you can enter your projects.  We love seeing your handiwork.
 
Have a blessed day, and don't forget to tell your children that you love them.  We all grow best.......with love.
 
Karen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stunning Teal and Sugared Berries

Today I'm sharing a lovely CropStop project I created with some of the WONDERFUL supplies they carry.  I can't even begin to tell you how IN LOVE I am with their Petaloo Botanica Sugared Berries and coordinating Petaloo Botanica Sugared Flowers.  They are STUNNING!  I can't wait to try them in another color scheme, and to make more coordinating hand-stained seam binding with their lovely Prima Color Bloom Sprays to match them.  I am SO loving all the wonderful products carried at CropStop, and I highly recommend doing some browsing (and shopping).  Just look at this lovely card and envelope set I created using their lovely supplies.
This card was created with some October Afternoon patterned papers, and a piece of vellum onto which I stamped my sentiment using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Stamp Pad and inked the edges with Denim Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad; then I machine stitched it together.  To embellish my card, I added a bunch of Petaloo Sugared Berries in Teal, as well as a bow of Natural Burlap String.  You may also notice that I used some of the hand-stained seam binding that I created for a previous Crop Stop tutorial (you can see that tutorial here:  Hand-Stained Seam Binding), and to some of the ribbon, I added a bit of Tim Holtz Walnut Ink Spray to give it a rustic or shabby look.  In the upper right corner of my card, you will see a sweet rusty little Tim Holtz Ideology Mini Safety Pin.  They're small, but they add such a lovely touch to your cards.  Then, in the bottom right corner of my card, you will notice three little dots, and they were made with Cosmic Shimmer in Holly, another sweet little touch (and they come in seven different colors).  I'm telling you, CropStop is jump PLUMP FULL of wonderful supplies waiting to adorn your next card or project.
Well, I couldn't stop there!  I also decided to decorate the envelope for this card, and Crop Stop made that a breeze as well.  I took a Doodlebug Envelope in Swimming Pool Blue (which matched my teal/turquoise hues so nicely), and to that I added a Petaloo Botanica Sugared Flower in Teal, a scrap of burlap, and a bow made from Natural Burlap String.  These sweet Doodlebug Envelopes comes in different colors and shapes/sizes; but this particular Swimming Pool color fits a basic 4 x 5 1/2" small card just perfectly.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and take a peek.  I really do hope that you will check out CropStop; and don't forget that they have a challenge on their blog where you can enter to win some of their goodies for yourself!

I'm sharing this card/envelope set in the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - GORGEOUS Color Inspiration

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Verve Stamps Inspiration Challenge - I used a Verve scripture stamp for my sentiment

Have a very blessed day,
Karen

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vintage/Anything Goes at TKJ

As you know, I LOVE The Kraft Journal, and I was really excited when I learned about this week's Anything Goes/Vintage Challenge because I know the Kraft Outlet carries EVERYTHING needed to make a quick and easy card for any challenge, and any occasion. 
I started this card with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and attached some inked October Afternoon patterned papers which I machine stitched together to create my base.  Next, I added a sweet Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag and wrapped several lengths of Baby Blue Baker's Twine around it, as well as some little accents including a piece of Black With White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  I tucked a gift card inside the Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag and also added an ink-stained Tiny Wooden Clothespin to it for an extra touch.  The sentiment was made using a rub-on that I applied  to a small scrap of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock using my Bone Folder Tool.  I really hope you'll stop by the Kraft Outlet to do some shopping, and then come play along with us in this week's challenge.
 
Have a great week,
Karen

Friday, May 15, 2015

Getting Patriotic at Really Reasonable Ribbon

What a SUPER FUN challenge we have for you at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It's a Patriotic Challenge, and we're so excited to see all the fabulous projects you will share with us.  So, get out that ribbon and all your sweet red, white and blue products; and come play along.  If you don't have the perfect ribbons, this month's Ribbon of The Month Club is GORGEOUS, and filled with the sweetest patriotic ribbon collection you could imagine.  You can see it here, and sign up for our money-saving Ribbon of The Month Club.
I created my card with some older October Afternoon patterned papers that I machine stitched.  I also added half a doily, a rub-on sentiment, a Maya Road canvas tag and a Maya Road wire house with heart.  On top of that, I added some sweet Mulberry Flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon including their Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses in Red, Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses in Royal Blue and Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses in Deep Ivory.  I also added some Freckled Fawn wooden hearts.  I ran a length of the LOVELY Patriotic Plaid Ribbon across my card, and made a bow with it.  This ribbon has a silky sheen to it, and is high-quality which makes gorgeous bows.
I added a few more wooden stars here and there for accent (to represent exploding fireworks, which we ALL enjoy on the Fourth of July.  It doesn't take much to create a cute card when you have the super sweet Really Reasonable Ribbons and a few embellishments.  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries all the ribbons, trims, and sweet mulberry flowers to make your cards beautiful.  We really hope that you will stop by to play along with us.  Just use a patriotic theme with some ribbon, and you're ready to go.

Before I run off, I want to mention that I'm sharing my card in the current challenge at Paper Issues.  You can lean all about this fantastic challenge (and store) here:

Paper Issues - Let's Get This Party STARted - I was SO delighted to find Paper Issues this week, and I ordered an item from them.  Their shipping prices are more than reasonable.  I'm sharing my card which was obviously created for a 4th of July CELEBRATION, and features lots of great wooden STARS.
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a blessed week.
Karen

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's time for another SUPER FUN Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this month we're going a bit PATRIOTIC!  You should have arrived here from the talented Bonnie Garby's Blog; but if you didn't, you can always hop back to the RRR Blog to get started.  Our FABULOUS Ribbon of The Month Club assortment for May has lots of red, white and blue in it to help you create your 4th of July and Summer cards and projects.  I created a card with some red patterned paper, washi tape, and a stamped sentiment.  I adorned my card with a few of the ribbons from this month's Ribbon of The Month assortment, including the Molly White Crochet Lace, the 3/8" Poppy Red Satin With Metallic Edge, the Tiny Electric Blue Stars on White Grosgrain, and the sweet Poppy Red Stars on White Grosgrain.  The center of the Poppy Red bow is tied with Blueberry Baker's Twine.
It's SO easy to create beautiful cards and projects with all the great ribbons, trims, laces, flowers and more from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I really hope that you will take the time to stop by and check out ALL the incredible new Wild Orchid Crafts flowers that have been recently added to the shop, as well as DOZENS of sweet new ribbons and trims.  I added an Ivory Open Rose, as well as a Red Open Rose and a Royal Blue Open Rose at the top of my card.  This is a GREAT time to treat yourself to something new.  We have something perfect for everyone!
As you can see in the photo above, I also created a bookmark to match my card.  Bookmarks are an easy addition to any card, and they allow you give an inexpensive gift to someone for those occasions when a card isn't quite enough.  I used the same patterned paper, and more of the gorgeous ribbons from the May Ribbon of The Month Assortment  on my tag including the sweet Electric Blue Satin With Metallic Edge, the fabulous Plaid Patriotic Ribbon, the Molly White Crochet Lace, and also some coordinating Red Burlap String, as well as all the same flowers as mentioned above (as used on my card).  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries these sweet flowers in every color, just PERFECT for your next project. 

Your next stop on this fun Blog Hop is at the lovely Teresa Horner's Blog, and I'm sure she has created something that will make you smile (her creations are always GORGEOUS).  I'm so glad you've stopped by today to see my card, and I just know that you will be inspired by all the fabulous products each member of our Design Team has created for you.  Good luck with the Blog Hop prize, and don't forget to answer the question at the end of the hop.
 
Have a blessed day,
Karen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pick Three Challenge at TKJ

I always LOVE the Pick 3 Challenges at The Kraft Journal, and this week's challenge is no exception.  With all the gorgeous choices, you simply can't go wrong.  I once again incorporated far more than just three of the items from the "Pick 3" list.  I chose to use Buttons, a Tag, Seam Binding, Feminine, Mint Green and Pink on my project.  Like I said, you can't go wrong!
I started my card with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and to that I attached a scrap of October Afternoon floral patterned paper, half a vintage cream doily, and a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag.  On my tag, I added several Melissa Frances rub-on sentiments (Feminine, SHOES, curls, make-up) and buttons; and to the top of my tag I added a bow made from Brown Baker's Twine and Oatmeal Cream Seam Binding
As a tiny little extra touch, I clipped an ink-stained Tiny Wooden Clothespin to the upper right corner.  You're welcomed and encouraged to stop by The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog to play along in this fun challenge.  Who knows?  YOU could be the lucky winner of the monthly $15 Gift Certificate that's up for grabs.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental - My sentiment is the focal point, and was made using rub-ons placed on the grungy prim tag.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Camera Ready at RRR

One of the many things that I LOVE about Really Reasonable Ribbon is how their WONDERFUL ribbons, trims, laces, flowers and sweet products make all my cards camera ready.  I made a few cards for today's post using several of the fabulous products from the Really Reasonable Ribbon store to show you how quickly and easily they make my cards "Camera Ready".  Once you pop on a bow, there you are!  It's camera ready.
All three of my cards use Crate Paper's Maggie Holmes patterned papers and die-cut images.  I inked and machine stitched them, and added a sticker sentiment to each one.....along with a cute little Prima wire camera.  This is to again remind you all of how quickly and easily Really Reasonable Ribbons' products make all cards "camera ready" every time.
The first and second cards both use Really Reasonable Ribbon's sweet Bay Leaf Seam Binding which I ran along the side or up the length of each card, and also used it to create a big "Camera Ready" bow on each.  I also incorporated the lovely Oyster Baker's Twine into the first two cards; in the bow, tied into the buttons, and up the side of the cards.
The third card is quite similar, but this one uses the Charcoal Gray Seam Binding and Blueberry Baker's Twine (both in my bow, on my little tag, up the length of the card, and also tied into the button).  All three cards use pretty much all the same products; and yet Really Reasonable Ribbon helps to make each one look unique.  They were each very easy to make, and you can see how these sweet ribbons make each one look "Camera Ready".
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'm so grateful for your visit, and appreciate your comments.  I hope that you will stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to check out ALL the fabulous products that will help to make your next card or project "Camera Ready".  ENJOY!
 
Karen

P.S.  I'm linking my cards here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental - I used stickers for my sentiments on these three cards.