Monday, February 19, 2024

Wedding Wishes w/Stamp Simply

When you shop at Stamp Simply, you're always going to find the perfect stamps and sentiments for every occasion.  I don't think there's been one single situation where I didn't have the exact sentiment, scripture or saying when using stamps from Stamp Simply.  They really have it ALL.  And I always have loads of fun using my stamps from Stamp Simply.  For today's card, I'm using my gelatos; which I haven't pulled out in quite some time.
I used just one stamp set on this card and that's the Wedding & Anniversary Stamp Set.  It contains so many great sentiments, the flowers, vase, bow, and more.  Once I'd stamped the images in the colors of ink I desired, I rubbed each color with the coordinating color of gelato to gain that rubbed-out messy look.
The pretty checkered pattern paper I used is from the Echo Park My Valentine 6x6 Paper Pad.  I did a bit of zig zag machine stitching at top and bottom.  I also ran a length of May Arts Small Pink Rosette Adhesive Trim across my card and then underneath that, I added some Light Blue Baker's Twine.  I absolutely love all the wonderful things I can find when I shop at Stamp Simply and so will you.
Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply Blog for lots of great inspiration as well as up-to-date information about special sales and promotions.  We're always grateful to have you stop by and I appreciate your visits here to my blog as well.  Have a great week, everyone.

I'm sharing my card here:

Colorful Options Challenge - February: PINK - I just love working with PINK.  Just look at this FUN inspiration photo.  I incorporated lots of pink into my stamp image, I used May Arts pink ribbon, and a pink gingham patterned paper.
Let your creativity lead you as you create something beautiful.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Winter Warmth Challenge at The Card Concept

What does Winter Warmth mean to you?  I think about a warm cup of coffee or cocoa, being near a crackling fire, taking a hike outdoors, and enjoying all the things that come in the colder months.  Well, this month at The Card Concept, we're having a challenge based on the theme of Winter Warmth.  You can see the inspiration photo towards the bottom of this post, but you're welcome to share anything that says Winter Warmth to you.
I used kraft cardstock layered with dark wood patterned paper and some green gingham patterned paper.  Once I attached those, I added a length of torn May Arts Natural Canvas as well as a length of Natural Burlap String that I wrapped around the card to add texture.  The trees were cut using Tim Holtz Tree Dies and they were cut from white cardstock rubbed with Mowed Grass Oxide Ink.  I have them just peeking out at the top.
Before I go much further, I do want to mention that this card was totally inspired by my teammate, the talented Esther Asbury.  She recently made a similar card for Stamp Simply, and I loved it so much that I used her layout design for this card.  The journalling spot is from Verve, and the stamps (deer and vines) are found in the A Godly Man Stamp Set from Stamp Simply.
This is really a very simple card.  I was inspired, first by Esther, but also by the elements of wildlife, trees, colors, and textures from the inspiration photo.  What does the photo say to your creativity, and what will you create to share with us?  We can hardly wait to see.  Stop by The Card Concept to play along and share your Winter Warmth cards.  Happy crafting.
The colors, the textures, the moose (or any animal), the designs or any part of this that sparks your creativity will be perfect for this challenge.  Perhaps Winter Warmth means something different to you.....a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, etc. Please come play along with us and share your inspiration at The Card Concept this month.  We look forward to seeing you there.

I'm playing along in the following:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Tie It Up" - I used canvas trim as well as Natural Burlap String to "tie it up".

Blessings,
Karen

Come Play Along With Us

In my humble opinion, Word Art Wednesday is the BEST challenge blog in the crafting community.  Now, I'll admit that I'm bias because I've been running this challenge blog for well over eleven years and I've seen it grow from a very small group of crafters to now having hundreds of entries from all around the world.  It's sure been a blessing to watch as God allowed Word Art Wednesday to grow into what it is today.
I used several different Crate Paper patterned paper scraps to create my base.  I used the Swet 'N Sassy Stamps Scalloped Border Dies to cut the border strips. The greenery was cut using a Tim Holtz Die and the paper was rubbed with Tim Holtz Mowed Grass Oxide Ink. The tiny flowers with leaves are a die-cut from Paper Sweeties, I added a few sequins, some vintage scotch tape, and the journalling spot was cut using a darling circle heart die-cut from Papertrey Ink.
Our sponsor for this challenge at Word Art Wednesday is the one and only Stamps of Life.  They're offering up a generous $25 gift card to one lucky person who plays along in our challenge. That could be YOU, but only if you head over to Word Art Wednesday to share your art with us.  The entire year of Sponsors can be found on the Word Art Wednesday Sponsor Calendar Page.  You'll be amazed at our list of sponsors and prizes.  God is SO good.  I sure hope you do come share your art with us.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Karen

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

It's BLOG HOP Time w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's Blog Hop time at Really Reasonable Ribbon and we're SO glad that you've chosen to join us.  You should have arrived here today by way of Misty's Blog; but if not, don't worry because you can catch up quickly.  It's not a long Blog Hop, but there are two FABULOUS prizes up for grabs.  One lucky person will WIN a $10 credit to Really Reasonable Ribbon and one digital stamp set from Bonnie Garby Designs.
This sweet card started with basic white cardstock.  The next two layers are Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper that I rubbed with various colors of Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.  I splattered a bit of water and also ink onto my papers to create a fun background.  The sentiments were stamped in Vintage Photo Oxide Ink using an ice cream stamp set from Stampin' Up.
I rubbed extra bits of the watercolor paper with inks and used those pieces to cut my lollipops.  I glittered the layers on the lollipops.  I tied a piece of Light Blue Baker's Twine around the middle lollipop.  All the layers and the lollipops are attached with pieces of Scor-Tape to secure them, and some 3-D Foam Tabs to raise them a bit.
At the left side of my card, I added a pretty bow using Baby Pink Seam Binding to match the softness of the card.  You're always sure to find the perfect color, width, and design in any type of trim when you shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  They also carry wonderful products like Adhesives, Mulberry Flowers and SO much more.  Your next stop on the Blog Hop is the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Thanks so much for joining us.

I'm sharing my card here:

Colorful Options Challenge - February 2024 - PINK - I just love the fun in this inspiration photo.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Love Is In the Air" - I LOVE lollipops, and I also added a HEART to this super sweet card.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Tie It Up" - I always love tying on ribbons when I make cards. For this card, I used Baker's Twine. Really Reasonable Ribbon makes that SO easy and fun.

Seize the Birthday Challenge Blog - Challenge #277 - Splatter - I had so much fun splattering this card with light brown ink. I'm still working on this technique, and there's a real learning curve involved with it.

Thanks again for your visit today.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, February 12, 2024

Welcome Baby Boy w/Stamp Simply

Hello, sweet blog friends, and welcome by my blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at this fun little baby boy card I created using a few wonderful products from Stamp Simply.  I used basic black cardstock layered with basic white cardstock to create this card base.  As always, I knew I could count on Stamp Simply to have the perfect stamps and dies to help me create a card for a new baby boy.
I used some bright fun patterned papers from the Echo Park School Rules 6x6 Paper Pad to layer my base as well as to cut all the die-cut pieces on my card.  I used the Welcome Baby Stamp Set to stamp the sentiments onto a journalling spot cut using a Spellbinders Amazing Grace Hemstitch Circle Die.  I also rubbed that with a bit of oxide ink.  All the adorable little die-cut pieces (onesie, bib, rattle, diaper pins, flowers, etc.) can be found in the Welcome Baby Basics Dies.  This set alone will allow you to make adorable cards.  All the products at Stamp Simply are awesome on their own and/or when combined with other Stamp Simply products.  They all complement one another so nicely; yet work on their own so beautifully as well.
I added some Green May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon and some Red Baker's Twine to my card.  I love the depth, texture and feel that ribbon(s) can add to a card or project.  As you can see, the images are what  make this card really cute; and as I mentioned, you can achieve this by purchasing this set called Welcome Baby Basics DiesStamp Simply really does make it SIMPLE to make cute cards.
There's always lots of great inspiration on the Stamp Simply Blog and lots of great shopping at Stamp Simply.  You'll also keep up-to-date on special sales and promotions by visiting the Stamp Simply Blog often.  Have a great week, and thanks again for stopping by to visit me today.

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Tie It Up - I "tied it up" with seam binding, baker's twine, and a tie on the baby bib.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Because He First Loved Us w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

What could be sweeter on a card than hearts, ribbons and flowers?  Well, Really Reasonable Ribbon has ALL the best ribbons, trims, twines, and Mulberry Flowers you need to make beautiful cards.  You'll also find things like Adhesives, Hair Bow Making Accessories, Baker's Twine (in both solids and stripes), cute Embellishments, Crochet Lace and SO much more.
This card uses a piece of red cardstock layered with a piece of white cardstock that I die-cut with a cute Falling Hearts Background Die from The Greetery which did so much to create my eye-catching background.  I cut the hearts using Limited Layers Heart Dies from PTI.  I did this to keep with the red and white theme throughout.  The only other colors I added were the goodies from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I used to accent the card.  The sentiment is found in the Love Stamp Set from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
I ran a length of Black Seam Binding across my card and tied a pretty bow with it.  I tucked in several Black, Milk White and Red Double Head Stamens to add some extra color and pizazz.  Double Head Stamens add a whole lot of life to your cards, and they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.  Just a few little extra touches from Really Reasonable Ribbon will elevate your cards and give them those special touches they need.  I added a few simple sequins as the finishing touches.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, everyone.  I can't adequately express just how much it means to me when you stop by my blog to leave me a comment.  I really do hope you'll stop by and support Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Not only do they have AWESOME products, but they also offer fair shipping prices, great customer service, and there's always lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  I look forward to having you visit us again soon.

I'm playing along in the following challenges:



The Paper Funday Challenges - February - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: No Pattern Papers, so this card uses that twist.
 
Dar & Diane's Double D Challenge - Heartfelt - This card is about as "heartfelt" as it could be, and it's also heart-filled.
Happy crafting, everyone.

Blessings,
Karen

Thinking of You Lovingly w/Blank Page Muse

I just love Valentine's Day and making cards for this special day of love.  But really, all we people we send cards to throughout the year need our love, support and encouragement all year long.  Blank Page Muse has hundreds of amazing stamps to help you make cards that really send a strong message of love, encouragement and all things FUN. This sweet card combines stamps and some new digital papers from Blank Page Muse.
For the card base, I started with basic black cardstock.  I used patterned papers from the Vintage Gingerbread Festive Holiday Digital Paper Pack (the pink floral) and a plaid and teal blue pattern from the It's Your Birthday Party Digital Pack.  They work so well together.  I machine stitched the papers together to secure my card base.  The printable papers make it easy and fun to create a cute card base like this.
Next, I used the Scribble Hearts & Elements Mixed Media Stamp Set by Pam Bray to stamp both sizes of the shabby chic hearts.  I fussy cut the hearts and then raised up the smaller heart with 3-D Foam Tabs.  I tied a length of Solid Pink Baker's Twine around my card and added a few sequins as the finishing touch.  The sentiment can be found in the Special Day - Birthday Stamp Set by Pam Bray.
I also created a coordinating envelope using the Dandelion cluster image also found in the Scribble Hearts & Elements Mixed Media Stamp Set by Pam Bray.  Whatever type of stamp you're looking for, I hope you'll stop by Blank Page Muse to take a look around.  I'm always finding cool new stamps I want to work with when I browse through their hundreds of amazing stamps.  Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting, everyone.

I'm playing along in the following challenges:


The Paper Funday Challenges - February - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: No Pattern Papers, and this card uses the Anything Goes option.


Dar & Diane's Double D Challenge - Heartfelt - Lots of pretty hearts on this card as well.
Happy crafting, everyone.

Blessings,
Karen