Saturday, October 22, 2016


Much like many of you, I find myself struggling to find the time to craft "just for me".  While I absolutely love being on Design Teams, and greatly enjoy creating with the products I've been blessed to work with, I still get excited when I find time to make a card or project that isn't for any particular reason, but rather, just because.  It makes me happy.  And while these cards don't always turn out to be my best work, I enjoy trying new techniques and learning new trends in crafting.  So hopefully, when I try implementing one of these newly-learned techniques again in the future, I will get better at it and be able to successfully work that new technique into my crafting.
This technique is called Die Cut Stencil Shapes and it's the featured Make It Monday challenge over on the Papertrey Ink Blog.  There are several samples given in the video, but you can use any die-cut you have to achieve a similar look.  I used a My Favorite Things tree and leaves to do this technique at the bottom right of my card.  I did the positive stenciling (as shown in the video) on the tree, and then did the negative stenciling on the leaves.  I used lace and baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a Papertrey Ink stamped sentiment (Noel).
Here's where I'm linking my card in case you'd like to try this technique and play along.  I'm sure that these challenge blogs would love to have you play along.

Papertrey Ink Blog -Nichole Heady:Capture The Moment - Make It Monday #264 - Die-Cut Stencil Shapes - I enjoyed learning this new technique, and hope I can improve on it moving forward.  I used a Papertrey Ink stamped sentiment from their Think Big Favorites set.

My Favorite Things Challenge - Sketch Challenge #303 - I love the simplicity of this sketch.  I didn't mount my sentiment on a background, but instead I simply placed it as shown in the sketch layout.  I kept everything very simple, just followed the basic layout.  I used the My Favorite Things "Out On a Limb" (retired) die-cut to create the tree and leaves background with ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and please know I greatly appreciate you comments and sweet words of encouragement.  I look forward to visiting your blog this weekend, too.


Friday, October 21, 2016

In The Pink

When I saw this week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp, I knew I would have to create something pink.  I found this card on my work table unfinished, so I simply decided to add a few more embellishments and finish it.  The patterned papers, ephemera, and paper strips are from Crate Paper, the Seam Binding, Baker's Twine, Heart Pearl Embellishment, and Sweetheart Blossom are all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says, "Think Pink"

Thanks for visiting me today, and have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Let There Be Peace

Hey there, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a fun card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon using a fun new technique I saw on Pinterest.  This is a great way to use up little scraps of ribbon you might have laying around and don't know what to do with.  I used lots of great ribbons from the Ribbon Club Assortment and several other Really Reasonable Ribbon favorites.
I used two ornament die-cuts from Frantic Stamper to cut the shapes from a piece of patterned paper and cut the ornament tops from shiny gold paper.  I tied some gorgeous Gold Metallic String on their tops.  Then, I used a piece of white card stock and strategically placed strips of ribbons and lace to fill in the die-cut holes using pieces of Scor-Tape to keep them in place.  You could try this technique with any die-cut shape (leaves, hearts, etc.), and Really Reasonable Ribbon has all the perfect trims to help you achieve this look for any season or occasion.
I used pieces of all these sweet Really Reasonable Ribbon trims to achieve this look: Lipstick Red Seam Binding, RRR Select Swiss Dots Grosgrain Green Apple, Moss Green Micro Gingham, Burlap Center Stitch Green, Canvas Color Band With Stitched Edge in Red, Juliet Natural Crochet Lace, 1/4" Chevron Striped Twill Celery, Red and White Plaid Houndstooth Ribbon, Dusty Olive Seam Binding, and 3/4" Red Striped Twill Chevron.  I also added a "peace" die-cut, and tied a long length of Solid Red Baker's Twine around the top of my card.
The Gold Metallic String is really a must-have for Christmas cards and projects.  You will absolutely LOVE it; just as much as you'll love ALL of Really Reasonable Ribbon's amazing ribbons, trims, twines, and laces.  Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great week.  Be sure to stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along in their FUN CHALLENGE, and to check out all their fabulous ribbons and trims and fun new Embellishments, too!

Happy crafting,

4 Crafty Chicks - Strength Within

Hey, peeps!  Today I'm sharing another card for my Guest Design spot at 4 Crafty Chicks, and the challenge theme for this week #321 is Strength Within.  When I received the themes for each challenge, I had some immediate ideas running through my mind for each one.  For this challenge, I knew right away that I would be sharing a card that reflects where I find my inner strength.  My strength comes from the Lord Jesus Christ, and I wanted to create a card that would help me relay that message.  When it's just me, I am weak.  But with God in my life, I have the strength to get through any trials that may come my way.   I used a Verve stamp to help me share this message.
My card was created using some sweet Crate Paper patterned papers and journalling card from their Pretty Party line.  I stamped this Verve sentiment onto the journalling card in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot.  Then, I added some Sweetheart Blossoms, Wild Orchid Crafts Green Mulberry Leaves, green and pink Baker's Twine, and a yellow leaf stick pin.
I know that the other chicks over at 4 Crafty Chicks would love to have you stop by and share your cards that reflect where you find your Strength Within...whatever that may be.  It's always fun to play along in challenges, and this one will offer you lots of great inspiration and loads of fun.

I'm linking my card here....check it out:

Verve Stamps:  October Diva Inspirations Blog Hop and Challenge - I love these colors, and you can see each of them in my card.  I also used a Verve sentiment stamp.
Joy Clair - October Challenge - Color Inspiration Photo - I really like this color palette, so for this card, I incorporated the deep burgundy, powder blue, deep orange, and of course the black (accents and stamped sentiment).  I was also inspired by all the leaves and foliage in this inspiration photo.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello, friends!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I'm sharing a card I made last night using a combination of stamp sets, some Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Antique Gold Burlap String, several shades of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and Crate Paper patterned papers as well as rust card stock and kraft card stock.  The cute pumpkins, coordinating die-cuts, and sentiment are all from Papertrey Ink.
It's so much fun combining different stamps together to achieve a fun card, and I like how these stamps came together to help me create this sweet Thanksgiving card.  If only I could create a couple dozen more Thanksgiving cards now.....I'd be set.  I haven't had a lot of motivation, or time, lately to create cards just for fun, so I really enjoyed making this one. I'm linking it up in these challenges:
Paper Sweeties Challenge - October Photo Inspiration - I used Abigail as the focal point, dressed her in her Back To School outfit, and added a Sugar Sprinkle Sequin.
Mary's Cardz TV Challenge Blog - October Anything Goes Challenge

Double D Challenge Blog - Pumpkin Time

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - October's Crete Along With Us Challenge - I was inspired by the sweet new Kraft Window Tubes, how Melissa used kraft to stamp her thermos, and how Nichole used kraft paper to wrap her gift project.  It made me want to pull out my kraft paper and use it until I can get my hands on the sweet new Kraft Window Tubes; and I used the super sweet PTI Pumpkin Patch Stamp Set.

Dragonfly Journeys - Challenge #76 - Fall Festival of Colors

Joy Clair Challenge - October Color Challenge - I incorporated the Burnt Orange, Cranberry and Rust (and a touch of black)
Thanks so much for visiting me, and please know that although I'm a bit behind in visiting my friends' blogs, I appreciate your comments and I will make every effort to stop by your blog to say hello and leave some love this weekend.  I hope you're all having a wonderful start to the Autumn season, and that you're enjoying making Autumn cards.  I look forward to seeing your sweet creations.

Blessings to you all,

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Welcome, everyone!  It's that wonderful time of the month again when Really Reasonable Ribbon has their awesome Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from the blog of the sweet and talented Bonnie Garby; but if you didn't, you can get started at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and catch up quickly.  Each member of our Design Team has created a card or project using the fabulous October Ribbon Club Assortment.  Take a look at this month's gorgeous collection:
Aren't these trims gorgeous?  SO perfect for Christmas card-making and gift-giving projects of all sorts.  Even if you don't sign up to receive the monthly assortment every month, you will most definitely want to order this month's collection because it's just filled with the most amazing and perfect ribbons for the holiday season.  I mean.....come gorgeous is that red and white plaid ribbon?  It's SO lovely, I had such a blast using these amazing trims to create this beautiful hair bow.
As you can see, ALL of this month's ribbons are incorporated into this bow including the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Poppy Red w/Gold, 3/8" Christmas Paint Splatter on White Grosgrain, 3/8" Checkerboard Satin, 5/8" Plaid Ribbon Red Bold Check, 5/8" Crochet Lace (we carry so many great styles), 5/8" Plaid Ribbon Christmas Traditions, 3/8" Poppy Red Diamond Satin, 3/8" Random Christmas Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Emerald Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Every ribbon included in our Ribbon Club Assortments work together to create the most lovely projects.  Why not sign up today for this great monthly collection, and you'll be ready for every crafty season.

This sweet bow has a faux diamond/pearl accent embellishment in its center, and....guess what?   Really Reasonable Ribbon now carries LOTS of great Embellishments for the centers of your hair bows, decorative bows for cards, Buckles/Ribbon Slides, and so many other great accents, so be sure to check out all these fun new embellies!
Also, the back of bow is attached to a French Clip which comes in several different sizes to easily accommodate any length and thickness of  hair, and different sized bows for various age groups (from infants to adults).  They also carry Headbands, Pony Tail Holders, and so many other great products for making Hair Accessories.  Yup!  Really Reasonable Ribbon has all your favorite ribbons and trims, plus all the great supplies to help you create a fabulous bow like this one, or any other project you might be wanting to try.

Your next stop on the Blog Hop is at the blog of my talented Co-Designer Kathy, and her cards are always super frilly with LOTS of ribbons and embellishments; so I know she will have something fun to share.  Don't forget to finish the Blog Hop at the RRR Blog where you will answer a question to make you eligible for the prize.  Happy hopping, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Blessings to you,

4 Crafty Chicks Guest Design

Hello, my sweet and talented blog friends!  Welcome back to my blog today, and thanks for stopping by.  During the month of October, I'm Guest Designing for the challenge blog 4 Crafty Chicks.  If you've ever played along there before, you know there's always lots of great inspiration and loads of fun.  And if you're not familiar with this challenge blog, I hope that you will stop by 4 Craft Chicks today to check it out and play along in their new Orange & Black Challenge #320.  You can create ANY project that includes the colors orange and black.
I chose to create a little Halloween card to send to the kids.  Of course, I had to make five of everything this year (for all four of Audra's kids, and my sweet niece Alexa).  I love sending them all little packages with treats, cards, and reminders of my love and concern for them, and they always love getting the goodies I send in the mail.
My card was created with lots of great Melissa Frances products from my stash including the patterned papers and stickers.  I added some wide black twill, rusty orange wide rick-rack, a sprig of black tulle, a JilliBean Soup ephemera, and a wooden bat.  There are also a few tiny black gem stickers on the circles.  I also made a candy cup that I inked up with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and stuffed with a piece of antique music paper and filled with big black and orange gum balls.

I really hope that you will all stop by 4 Crafty Chicks to play along in their Orange & Black Challenge.  I know you'll have fun, and the Design Team would LOVE to see all your fun creations.  It can be an Autumn project, a Not-So-Spooky creation, or anything with the theme colors.  We hope to see your creations linked to the challenge.

Paper Sweeties Challenge - October Photo Inspiration