Friday, May 7, 2021

Magical Fairy Wands - Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome to my magical fairy land as I share three pretty Fairy Wands I decorated using lots of wonderful trims and bobbits from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  First, I bought these adorable paper mache Fairy Wands from Swoon Party Shop and I painted them cream with acrylic paint.  I sprayed them one by one with Krylon Acrylic Spray and dusted them with glitter.  They're difficult to photograph.  I laid them onto an antique Coke crate.
As I mentioned, these pretty wands weren't the easiest little buggers to photograph because they so long and narrow, you know?  After a few failed attempts with mason jars, etc., I decided to lay a doily in the grass and just lay them out for the fairies to come by and grab off my lawn. ??  or.....at least I was able to snap a few photos even if they're not the greatest.  My apologies.
I decorated one wand in cream and teal by using lengths of Robin's Egg Wrinkle RibbonIvory Wrinkle RibbonRosemary Natural Lace, Teal Ric-Rac TrimTeal Satin Stitch Ribbon, a Buckle Slide.  I also cut several strips of tulle ribbon and I tied them tightly around the top of each wand.  A bit of hot glue on the back side holds all those tightly-tied ribbons in place.
There's another wand that's also painted and glittered in cream but is accented in browns.  I again cut and tied several strips of Tulle Ribbon around the wand.  To give it a rustic feel, I also tied in some Rosemary Natural Crochet Lace, some Natural Jute, and some Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon.  In the center of the ribbon, there's a length of Solid Ivory Baker's Twine topped with a Light Mocha Open Rose.
The third wand was painted cream and sprinkled with pink glitter.  It's adorned with strips of tulle ribbon, and lengths of Rosemary Natural Crochet Lace, Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, Dusty Rose Wrinkle Ribbon, and a White Flatback Pearl tucked inside a pearl Buckle Slide.
There are always SO many great ribbons, trims and more - just waiting for you at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You can create something different, something FUN, something inspired by all the great products you'll find when you shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Thanks again for stopping by, and please visit often for lots of inspiration and fun.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm linking up my magical fairy wands at Simon Says Stamp.  Perhaps the "magic" they hold will bring a WIN my way this week.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Something FEMININE" - well, these are about as feminine as they come.  Right?

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Can I Quote You On That?

I'm not quite sure what constitutes a quote; but I guess I'd say that it's anything somebody has said at any point.  If somebody said it, somebody possibly heard it, perhaps it got written down, and eventually, it may have become a quote that others have repeated.  We don't always know the author (or source) of every quote; but they are quotes, nonetheless. 
I started with a cardstock base and added some fun Crate Paper patterned papers from my stash.  I used small snippets of the inked patterned papers to create flags/banners, and I did a bit of zig zag machine stitching here and there.  These colors are unusual together, but they're a lot of fun at the same time.  I enjoy using snippets of patterned paper to create a fun colorful background.
I added some metal pieces including Tim Holtz miniature rusty paper clip and some thin metal primitive hearts.  Some of the small stickers, including the sentiment sticker strip, are from my October Afternoon stash.  I clipped this sticker quote into three pieces and placed them on my card.  I really love all those great layers, yet a fairly flat card that will slip right into an envelope.
Below are the challenges that inspired my card.  They include both the Monday and Wednesday Challenge Blogs at Simon Says Stamp.  I love to play along there whenever I possibly can.  And heaven knows that I have enough patterned paper and adhesive to craft until Jesus returns.  I hope you're busy crafting, too.

Hugs,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp  Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Add A Quote" - I don't know the source of this quote, but it's sure a good one.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Anything Goes" - I always enjoy an Anything Goes challenge so that I'm able to play along in both challenges.  It would be such a blessing to finally win at SSS.

Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Playground - Snippets Challenge #402 - I used lots of great snippets on this fun card.  Never throw away those small pieces, crafty friends!  They come in handy to a nice flat base like this one.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

A Quote by C.H. Spurgeon

Thanks for stopping by today as I share a card I created with a fun stencilled, inked, painted background along with some touches of burlap and thin metal primitive hearts.  It's a perfect card for mailing as I was able to keep it flat for the most part.  I used lots of great Tim Holtz products on my card.
I used a colored cardstock base in green, and layered some Crate Paper patterned papers.  I attached my background created on white watercolor paper and stenciled with various patterns and inks, paints, etc.  It's a bit of a messy pattern, but I was trying to bring in several colors while giving the background some added texture and personality.  That's what prompted me to add just a bit of machine stitching in black.
You might also see a couple pieces of my (now much treasured) vintage Scotch tape.  It gives such a cool nostalgic warmth to papers.  I left the black thread edges of my zig zag stitching just sorta hanging there.  I debated on adding straight stitch all the way around the white piece.  I still wonder....
I'll be sharing this card in both the Monday and Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenges this week since my card fits both their themes.  It's always a blessing to me when I have time to play along in a challenge here and there; and especially ones I love so much.  Thanks again for stopping by to take a peek, and please visit again soon.

God's blessings to you,
Karen

Here are the challenges that inspired my card:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Add A Quote" - I used the stamped quote from C.H. Spurgeon.  I used Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Ink to stamp my quote.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Anything Goes"


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Stamp Simply Sponsors Word Art Wednesday

Hello and welcome by my blog, dear friends.  It's starting to get rather warm in the desert.  The attic fan in the evenings, and the air conditioning most of the day.  It won't be long before the air needs to run round-the-clock to keep us cooled off.  But for now, I'm enjoying the breezes through open windows and the joy of being able to go for an occasional walk outdoors.
Obviously, I also enjoy my time indoors and in my craft room when time allows.  I was blessed to have some time this weekend and early this week to spend in my craft room.  And, I was also blessed to have my printer decide to work for me this week.  It allowed me to create a card (with the free digital scripture file) for Word Art Wednesday.  I also wanted to use a stamp set from our awesome sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
There are a couple of colored cardstocks and some patterned papers that I inked and glued together to create my base.  Next, I painted a background and printed the scripture file onto my painted/inked white cardstock.  I used the Seasonal Wreath Spring/Summer Stamp Set from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps to create the wreath that surrounds the scripture.  I used my Copics on some the leaves and to make "flowers" or dots of color here and there.  The last thing I added was some bundled Black Burlap String, a few Double-Head Stamens, and some rolled paper flowers.

I do hope that you'll stop by Word Art Wednesday to play along with us.  One lucky person will win a FABULOUSLY GENEROUS prize from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  It's always a great blessing to  me when I see you all stop by Word Art Wednesday to share your artistic talents with us.  Your art is a blessing and encouragement to me.  And...you can WIN a fabulous prize.  I hope to see you there.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"


Monday, April 26, 2021

Sending Hugs......Again

You can never send too many hugs, right?  Well, I sent out some hugs to you all yesterday; and I'm back again today to send another hug your way.  Consider yourself hugged......again.  Yesterday I shared a cute little glassine bag project I made for a friend.  Today I'm sharing a card and a cute matching tag to go along with it.  I like including a tag, or a bookmark, etc. inside the cards I send.  It just adds a little something extra.  Another little "hug" you might say.  
I cut the tag using For You Sweet Cuts, and I stencilled some circles and brushed on grey oxide ink to create the background on my patterned paper.  The stamped sentiment (Sending Hugs) and the Kleenex box (stamp and die) are from Paper Sweeties.  The tag is very simple.  It's tied at the top with Cupcake Seam Binding and Bubblegum Seam Binding.
My card started with some pink cardstock to which I attached some pretty Kaiser Craft Miss Betty patterned papers that I machine stitched together.  I love adding stitching - either by machine or hand-stitching.  It adds such great texture to any project, as you can see on this card.  I used an old Top Dog Dies alpha set to cut my sentiment (HUGS) from patterned paper.  The rolled paper flowers are from the dollar bins at Michaels.  They were a lucky find.....really pretty.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my card and tag.  I will  be sharing one of these projects on Instagram so that I can link them both to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Sending Hugs.  I'm always delighted to play along at these fun challenges when I possibly can; and this week, I was blessed to have the time to create some projects using this sweet theme.
As I mentioned before, we can all use some extra hugs right now.  I'm sending hugs your way, and I hope you can feel them through my projects.  Have a blessed week, and please visit me again soon.  It's always a treat to have you stop by to say hello.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I really do appreciate you.

Blessings,
Karen

Here's where I'm SO happy to be playing along:





Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sending Hugs

Today I'm sending hugs to everyone because, quite frankly, we can all use a good hug.  Right?  So this one goes out to any and all who are needing a BIG HUG.  Consider yourself hugged as I share this fun little project I created this afternoon.  I had a friend who had asked me for a recipe the other day.  She also needs a hug....if you know what I mean.  A little pick-me-up.  So, rather than just hand her the recipe, email or text it to her; I thought I'd make something cute to give to her at church tonight.  I wouldn't mind receiving a cute little recipe like this.
I used a long skinny glassine bag and I attached some Kaiser Crafts patterned papers to create a background.  I painted a wooden spoon (from Hobby Lobby) with pink acrylic paint and tied some Black Licorice Baker's Twine around it.  The stamped sentiments and images are from Paper Sweeties.  I placed the images on small torn scraps of canvas from my fabrics stash.  I machine stitched the edges of the canvas scraps.
The small heart on the spoon next to the word hugs is a Doodlebug ephemera that I got from Paper Sweeties in my 2nd Quarter Sweet Kit.  It's filled with oodles of CUTENESS including these darling stamps and dies.  I'm excited to play along in a few fun challenges that I'll list below.
Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this HUG I'm sending out to y'all.  I know there are some days when I really need a big hug.  Please know that any time you're feeling down, someone out there is thinking of you and sending hugs your way.  We all need each other.  Have a blessed day!

Karen

Here's where I'm playing along:
Simon Says Stamp - Sending HUGS - That's exactly what I did with this project (as explained above).

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge Blog - Challenge #2116 - Anything Goes - this is my third and final entry for this FUN challenge.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Love's Greetings From Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by today, everyone.  I'm happy you've stopped by as I share a sweet card I made using some FUN products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It's always fun to create cards using the wonderful ribbons, flowers, and products from Really Reasonable Ribbon because I'm always sure to find the perfect colors of EVERYTHING I need.  That includes all the ribbons and trims you can imagine and SO much more.
I used a white cardstock base and layered that with a blue cardstock and some fun patterned papers.  I secured the papers together using Scor-Tape, and then did some machine stitching.  The focal point is a piece of ephemera from my stash, and I laid that on top of a die-cut doily.  I also attached a vintage dairy ticket from a booklet of them that I picked up at an antique store, and I placed a Tim Holtz mini rusty paper clip on it.  I also attached three white vintage buttons on the left.
The floral cluster at the bottom right includes some bundled up Natural Burlap String that I topped with some Mixed Colors Cosmo Daisies, Green Mulberry Leaves and a length of Misty Turquoise Gingham Ribbon.  I can't think of any shade of any color of ANYTHING you can't find at RRR.
Oh....I can't forget to mention the pretty Deep Lake Blue Double Head Stamens I tucked in there.  Oh, my!  I absolutely LOVE Double Head Stamens.  They're yet another item that comes in oodles of gorgeous colors to match any and every project.  They're such a soft, sweet touch to add to any card.
Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you'll visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog often.  You won't want to miss out on any of the fabulous inspiration you'll find from my talented teammates.  And..you'll always be the first to know about special sales and promotions.  We always enjoy your visits, and hope you're having lots of fun in your craft room.  Really Reasonable Ribbon is always here for you when you need ribbons, trims, twines, laces, and more.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge Blog -  Challenge #2116 - Anything Goes Sponsored by Newton's Nook.  I didn't use a Newton's Nook image on this card, but because the theme was Anything Goes, I thought I'd share a fun floral Spring card with bright colors.

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Spring Has Sprung - I used lots of pretty Cosmo Daisies and Floral Stamens on my card to celebrate Spring.  I imagine the adorable kids climbing the ladder into the field behind it to pick wild flowers.  The image creates such a fun setting for our minds as we celebrate Spring.