Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You're A Doll

Welcome by today!  I've been so busy making and posting cards for various Design Team assignments that I haven't had a chance to just create something purely for fun.  I had a lot of time creating this sweet card using some of my coveted Crate Paper Oh Darling products.  I found a sweet card on Pinterest that Melissa Phillips had created a while back, and I used that as my inspiration for this one.
Everything on this card is from Crate Paper's Oh Darling line with the exception of the little rusty paper clip and the Burlap Distress Ink which are both Tim Holtz.  While I still have a lot of this lovely line left in my stash, I didn't have everything used in the card I "lifted', so I had to make it work with what I had.
It's difficult to see it in the photos, but some of these pieces are paper, some are vellum, some are chipboard, and some are even wooden.  The wood pieces are my favorite, and you can see a bit of the wood piece on the flower (over the brown vellum piece and under the pink layered flower).
I also wanted to say a special word a thanks to my crafty friend, Dottie, who sent me some of her extra Oh Darling pieces that she wasn't using.  I thought I'd put them to good use right away by whipping up this card and sending it to her as a thank you.  I'm sure she'd appreciate it if you want to stop by her blog to say hello.

Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week!
Karen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Masked Heart Wreath

I absolutely fell in love with this sweet technique I saw over at Papertrey Ink this week.  Melissa Phillips is sharing THIS VIDEO to show us all how to do this ADORABLE technique.  I used the negative heart from PTI's Limitless Layers Heart Collection and stamped onto a piece of vellum.  The PTI stamps I used to stamp my flowers, berries and leaves are their Bloomin' Cute Stamp Set and Twig Wreath Stamp Set.  I absolutely LOVED this technique.  However, because I stamped onto vellum, and my colors are SO muted; I felt I had to take my negative heart and place it BEHIND the negative space to help you see the stamped images that make the heart wreath.  By using soft, muted colors; this technique turns out so beautifully.  I didn't have a PTI "love" die-cut, so that is Frantic Stamper.  The sentiment (every moment) is also from the Bloomin' Cute Stamp Set and it's on top of a strip of washi tape.  A few sequins are the finishing touch.
I took a close-up shot so that you can try to see how beautiful this stamping technique really is, but I will tell you that these pictures really don't do it justice.  If you get time, you will really want to watch Melissa's video because you will LOVE trying this technique.
I'm linking up here:

Nicole Heady/Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday #272 - Masked Heart Wreath - I used the following PTI products (as explained in detail above):  Limitless Layers Heart Collection and Bloomin' Cute Stamp Set and Twig Wreath Stamp Set.

DLART January Linky Party - Anything Goes

Marianne's Design Divas - Challenge #13 - Anything Goes With Optional Hearts

CropStop January Challenge #24 - Anything Goes - I used several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Have a blessed week, and thanks for stopping by!
Karen


Monday, January 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties January Release Rewind

Welcome back today, everyone!  I hope you're having a great week.  Today we're wrapping up our January New Release at Paper Sweeties, and I really hope that you've been enjoying all the fun projects the Design Team Members have made to inspire you with this SUPER sweet new Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set and coordinating Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts.
Today, each DT Member will be sharing a card or project that incorporates some of the new Dreams Come True set with a few of their favorite Paper Sweeties stamps and products available in the store.  I really hope that I've inspired you to stop by and take a peek at all the DARLING products at Paper Sweeties.  They're truly SO sweet, and are sure to help you on your way to making something swoon-worthy.
This card incorporates the Rainbow, Sunshine, Clouds and Sentiments from the Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set and the Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts along with the super sweet Emma and coordinating Emma Sweet Cut.  She's wearing a (retired) sleeveless dress very similar to the one found in the Warm Winter Wishes
I embellished my card with some Robin Egg Sequins, a Marshmallow Sequin, some Blueberry Seam Binding, and Cotton Candy Seam Binding.  I also placed a hidden tag/photo mat underneath my card that pulls out with the tab you see peeking out.  On the tag/photo mat, I stamped the Rainbow, Sentiments, and placed a Cookie Dough Sequin on the Rainbow.
Here's the list of the other Paper Sweeties Design Team Members taking part in today's January Release Rewind, and I know you'll want to see all their wonderful projects.  We're so glad you've joined us, and we're all here to help you answer any questions you might have about our projects, or about Paper Sweeties products.  There's also a fun challenge taking place on the blog, and YOU could be our next $25 winner and future Guest Designer, so be sure to come play along.
Have a blessed and creative week,
Karen



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties - New Release Party

Hello friends!  I'm so glad you've stopped by today because this is a really special day at Paper Sweeties.  We're revealing our brand new January Release, and I am sure that you will fall in love with this sweet new set.  It's called Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and it lives up to its name.
I used this adorable new Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set and used the coordinating Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts to perfectly die-cut all my images.  I used 3-D tape on the sunshine and clouds, and I used the paper-piecing technique create my house (building, door, roof).  As I mentioned yesterday, if you don't like coloring in stamped images, you can use this paper-piecing technique to stamp directly onto patterned papers as I did on my Paper Sweeties projects this month.  This allowed me to use up old patterned paper scraps AND to create an adorable card (even if I do say so myself....LOL).
It's very unusual for me to make a card that has absolutely no ribbons, no buttons, etc.  However, when I look at this card....I see a perfectly laid-out scene that doesn't really need anything else; and this sweet new Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set can help YOU create a sweet card or scrapbook page, too.
Here's the list of DT Members participating in today's New Release Party, and we'll all be back again tomorrow to share another new project with you as we wrap up with our Paper Sweeties January Release Rewind.  The projects we share tomorrow will give you some great ideas for incorporating this sweet new set with some of your other Paper Sweeties favorites.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties January 2017 New Release Sneak Peeks!

Hello, everyone, and welcome by today for a Sneak Peek of the January, 2017 Paper Sweeties New Release.  Today we're all giving you all a little "sneak peek" of the adorable new Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set and matching Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts (die-cuts).  This whimsical set includes sentiments from "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; and also includes a cute house, a rainbow, a cloud, a sunshine, and falling hearts.  The Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts make using this set SO easy.  You won't get to see ALL the stamps today (at least not here on my blog), but tomorrow is the Release Party, and I'll be sharing another card that features ALL the images from this ADORABLE new set.  And the best news of all...this new set will be available for sale in the Paper Sweeties shop tomorrow!!
I've had some of my creative friends say to me, "I don't use many stamps because I'm not good at coloring in images".  Well, coloring in stamped images with markers is easy and fun; but it's not for everyone.  For that reason, with this month's Paper Sweeties Release, I'm showcasing a technique with the new Somewhere Over The Rainbow Stamp Set where you stamp your images directly on to patterned papers.  That way, the images are already colored for you.  This is also a great way to use up old patterned papers you have.  The images can be easily stamped onto small coordinating paper scraps.  Paper piecing is also easy and fun, and works really well with Paper Sweeties dolls and clothing outfits.
You will also notice that I used Cotton Candy Seam Binding, Blueberry Seam Binding, Sugar Sprinkles Sequins and Robin's Egg Sequins on this card.  There are SO many sweet products at Paper Sweeties.  I had SO much fun with this sweet new stamp set, and I know you will absolutely LOVE it as well.
Here's the list of New Release Sneak Peek DT Blog Members participating in today's fun event, and we will all be back tomorrow with the BIG Paper Sweeties New Release Party, and you won't want to miss out on all the excitement and inspiration.  I hope you will join us.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen




I'm playing along here:
Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

Friday, January 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hurray!!  It's that wonderful time of the month for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, and I'm really glad you're here.  If you arrived at my blog from Bonnie's Blog, you're in the right place.  But if you just happened to stop by, you can easily join the blog hop by starting on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  All the RRR Design Team Members are showcasing this month's sweet new Ribbon Club Assortment filled with lovely trims for Valentine's Day.
As I've mentioned SO many times, ALL of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims work together so nicely to compliment one another.  The Ribbon Club Assortment is a wonderful collection on its own, or when mixed with other RRR trims and Embellishments.  These hair bows all have French Clips on the back; and because these amazing French Clips come in so many different sizes (to accommodate all hair lengths and thicknesses), you can find the perfect size for your needs.  The bigger bow uses a 60mm French Clip, and the two smaller bows use the 40mm French Clips.
As I always do, I'm sharing some hair bows that were created using ALL the lovely ribbons and trims found in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.  This would include the adorable 3/8" Random Hearts on Confetti Dots on White Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/8" Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon in Red, 5/8" Satin Swiss Ribbon Red Swirls on White, 5/8" Red Grosgrain With Satin Edge, 5/8" White Crochet Lace, 5/8" Red Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon, 5/8" White Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/8" Diamonds and Hearts on White Satin Ribbon.  The Ribbon Club Assortment is a great way to ensure you will always have all the perfect trims for every season and occasion.  You can sign up today to have the beautiful Ribbon Club Assortments sent to your front door every month.
Your next stop on the hop is at the blog of my sweet and talented Co-Designer, Kathy.  I know she has something extra sweet and inspiring to share with you all.  Don't forget to answer the question at the end of the blog hop so that you will be eligible to win this sweet collection for yourself.

Have a great week!
Karen

I'm linking up here:

CropStop - Challenge #24 - Anything Goes - I used Multi-Purpose Adhesive to attach the two layers of felt in my hearts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Something Yummy With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by my blog today, everyone!  Today I'm sharing an extra sweet project I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I'm getting a little head start on my Valentine's Day projects.  I started with a very simple and inexpensive little glass jar.  I painted the lid with cream acrylic paint, added a sparkly gold die-cut to the top,  and filled the jar with some yummy red and white peppermint M&Ms.  Well, I couldn't stop there.  I pulled out some of my favorites from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make it extra special.
I added two bows tied with (my personal favorite) Lipstick Red Seam Binding, two bows tied with Gold Metallic String, and then I also added some Red and White Sweetheart Blossoms (Recently Restocked), and an 11mm White Heart-Shaped Flatback Immitation Pearl Accent.  The finishing touch is a tiny tag stamped with the word LOVE that's attached using a red heart stick pin.
I can't even begin to tell you just how many FABULOUS ribbons, laces, trims, flowers and embellishments you can find at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I really encourage you to do some shopping.  You will absolutely LOVE all their sweet products, and they'll help you create the most gorgeous projects.
There's also a fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and we'd love to have you play along.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week.

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "New Something" - I used new ribbons, flowers and new jars I picked up at Target.

Dies R Us Challenge #64 - Anything Goes Using Dies - I used two dies, and they're both from Papertrey Ink.  One is the gold doily on the lid of the jar, and the other is the tiny heart-shaped tag stamped with the word "love".

Blessings,
Karen