Monday, July 6, 2015

CropStop Pocket Card Tutorial

As many of you know, I absolutely LOVE making Pocket Cards. So today, I've shared a quick tutorial on how to make them over on the CropStop Blog.  It's easy and fun, and allows you to create something a bit more than a card, but is still super cost effective and a real treat for its recipient.  The other great thing about Pocket Cards is that they provide you with a cute little pocket for tucking in a gift card, cash, photos, or a sweet note for the special person for whom it is intended.  I just LOVE them.  You can see the step-by-step instructions over on the CropStop Blog. I used some more great CropStop supplies on my pocket, including a bundle of Petaloo Sugared Berries in Pine Green, which I absolutely LOVE in every gorgeous color CropStop carries! I also added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Paper Clip.   You'll also see that I tucked in a Manilla Shipping Tag that's tied with May Arts Natural Burlap String, and there's a little tag attached to it that's held with a sweet little Tea Stained Clothes Pin.  The tiny tag is stamped in Tim Holtz Inks - both Bundled Sage and Soot Black
You can also tuck some candy or a journalling tag inside the pocket.  The options for decorating and tucking things inside your Pocket Cards are endless.  This really is a SUPER EASY project that you can do, and CropStop has everything you need to create a cute Pocket Card of your own.  I hope you will stop by CropStop today to check out all the great products they offer.

And, don't forget to stop by and play along in our current challenge.  We LOVE having you join us, and you could be this month's lucky winner of some CropStop goodies!  Have fun creating your Pocket Cards, too. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings,
Karen


Friday, July 3, 2015

Pretty Bows Challenge at RRR

Our challenge theme this time at Really Reasonable Ribbon is "Pretty Bows".  We'd love to see your prettiest, most BEAUTIFUL and creative BOWS on any type of project.  I used LOTS of great trims from this month's Ribbon Club, and added a pop of pink to these fabulous ribbons to create a lovely hair bow.  Take a look.
This bow incorporates several of the lovely ribbons from this month's Ribbon Club along with oodles of other favorites from Really Reasonable Ribbon.......including their sweet Select Swiss Dots Garden Rose Grosgrain RibbonMixed Pink Hearts Grosgrain RibbonPearl Pink Chevron GrosgrainWhite Sheer Organza, and the Diamond Satin Shell Gray.  Really Reasonable Ribbon also carries all the clips necessary for bow-making.  This one uses a French Clip, which comes in several sizes for various hair lengths and thicknesses.  Actually, Really Reasonable Ribbon carries A LOT more than just their fabulous ribbons.  I encourage you to take a look.  And don't forget to stop by to play along in our "Pretty Bows Challenge".

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas

It's the first of July, and that means that it's time for a FUN new challenge at V's Sweet Ideas.  This month the challenge theme is CELEBRATE!  You can share any type of card or project that expresses a celebration to you.  Just tell us how you were expired by the "Celebrate" theme.  We love seeing your wonderful projects linked to our monthly challenges, and one lucky person will win a gift certificate to V's Sweet Ideas.
V's Sweet Ideas carries their own line of sweet stamp sets, as well as other big brands of stamps, dies, sequins, trims, and embellishments.  LOTS of great supplies to adorn your next project.   My little pocket card uses several products from V's Sweet Ideas including a Large Kraft Bag With Stripes that I used to create my Pocket Card, and a smaller White Diagonal Striped Itty Bitty Kraft Bag that I tucked inside.  I also attached a couple of the adorable Chic Mini Tags, including one from the Love Note Mini Tags Collection.  I attached a length of May Arts Metallic Velvet White Trim across the pocket, and a piece of May Arts 1.5" Linen Seafoam Ribbon on my tag, as well as some different colors of Baker's Twine  and Seam Binding (Rose Petal and Cream) in my big bow.
One of my most favorite embellishments from V's Sweet Ideas are their GORGEOUS Sequins.  I took a close-up of these lovely embellishments (above) so that you can see how cute they are.  V's carries so many sweet colors of sequins so that they will match pretty much ANY project, and you just pop them on to add a soft, sweet touch.  You get a good sized baggie of them for just $1, which is the best price (not to mention selection) that I've found anywhere.  You really will LOVE them!
I even made a second Pocket Card for V's Sweet Ideas new Celebrate Challenge using yet another one of their sweet new bags.  This one is the Navy Blue & White Horizontal Striped Middy Bitty Bag with a Notebook Stripe Little Middy Bitty Bag tucked inside for journalling.  I also included a sweet Chic Tag Love Notes Mini Tags Collection which is where I added the rub-on sentiment and some sweet Sequins and several of V's lovely Ribbons, Trims and Twine.  There are SO MANY fun embellishments at V's Sweet Ideas.  So be sure to stop on by V's Sweet Ideas Blog to play along in this month's challenge, and take some time to browse their Sweet Shoppe for some sequins and goodies of your own.  Shipping rates are always VERY reasonable as well.  We look forward to having you join us.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I'm always SO grateful for your visits, and hope that you are having a wonderful day.  I'm SO busy right now.....our daughter is getting married in just NINE DAYS!  I'm SO excited.

Blessings,
Karen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Celebrate Red, White & Blue With RRR

Really Reasonable Ribbon makes it SO MUCH FUN to celebrate any holiday or special occasion with their amazing selection of ribbons and trims.  To help celebrate the 4th of July this year, Really Reasonable Ribbon (and my friend, Rachel) helped me to create some lovely hair bows.  Yes, Really Reasonable Ribbon carries much more than just the ribbons and trims - they also carry all the supplies for creating beautiful hair bows and head bands.  You can see them all here in their Headbands and Clips Category.  They have different sizes for every hair length and thickness so that it's perfect for all hair types from infants to old ladies (like me....LOL).
This larger bow includes the Molly White Crochet Lace, Tiny Electric Blue Stars on White Grosgrain, Red With Satin Grosgrain Edge, Electric Blue Satin, and several other scraps of this and that.  Really Reasonable Ribbon not only has a wonderful Patriotic Selection, but they carry selections for pretty much any special occasion you can image.  You will never have to look anywhere else for your ribbon needs!

Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog each day for inspiration, and also for the fun challenges we run each month.  We love it when you visit us!

Blessings,
Karen




Monday, June 29, 2015

A Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we're having a fun Color Challenge using three GREAT colors - RED, WHITE and BLUE.  I chose to create a fun card for this color challenge, and  I used LOTS of great Kraft Outlet products to make it.  I started with a Light Brown Kraft Note Card as my base, and topped that with a coordinating piece of Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock and some patterned papers.  I hand cut a star into one of the papers and added some red, white, blue and silver sequins.  Then, I added a stamped sentiment to a piece of Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stockand finished my card by tying several lengths of lovely Black Baker's Twine around it, and into a bow. 
As some of you already know, our middle daughter is getting married in July.  I'll be on a short break this summer from designing at The Kraft Journal; but my dear friend, the talented Stephanie Wright, will be filling in for me.  You will LOVE the sweet cards she shares with you, and I really hope that you will stop by her blog, Steph's Scrap Happenings, to welcome and encourage her.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and God bless the USA!
Karen

Friday, June 26, 2015

More CropStop Goodness

Hello, friends!  Today I'm sharing a quick and very sweet card I made with one of the many fabulous stamp sets sold at CropStop.  This stamp set is called "Out On a Limb", and it's from My Favorite Things.  I used some older patterned papers and ivory card stock.  I stamped the tree trunk with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Ink, and tree leaves were stamped using the Tim Holtz Barn Door Red and also Spiced Marmalade Inks.
                               CropStopCardMFT2
I also stamped the sentiment from the My Favorite Things "Out On a Limb" Stamp Set using the Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Ink.  I tied several lengths of the May Arts Natural Burlap String around the image.  CropStop carries all kinds of wonderful inks, stamps, die-cuts, flowers, and SO many wonderful products to help you create any kind of crafty project.  Why not check out all the wonderful things available at CropStop today, and treat yourself to something new?  You deserve it!
We would also love to have you play along in our current challenge.  You can find that here, on the CropStop Blog.  You could be the lucky winner of some amazing CropStop goodies. Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy CropStop shopping!
Karen

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Freedom Ring at TKJ

It's time for another SUPER FUN challenge at The Kraft Journal, and this week we are celebrating our freedom.  We live in the most amazing country in the world, and I'm SO very grateful for all the men and women who fight, and have fought, to defend the freedoms we enjoy in America.  Our family loves to celebrate the 4th of July, and this card is all about celebrating that very special day.
As we celebrate Patriotism with our "Let Freedom Ring" Challenge this week, I wanted to create a card to celebrate thigreat country...The United States of America.  I started with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card to which I added some red, white and blue colored card stocks.  I die-cut the letters (USA) and attached some buttons with Red Baker's Twine.  The Kraft Journal has so many great products to help you create something special for this week's challenge, and we really hope that you will play along with us.

I'm sharing my card in this fun challenge:
Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party - 4th of July/Canada Day - I'm sharing this patriotic card to celebrate our Independence Day!

Have a wonderful week.
Karen