Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coffee and Friends....The Perfect Blend

As many of you know, my dear Sister-in-Law, Audra, is fighting cancer (and really fighting for her life).  We recently had a fund-raiser auction to help raise money for her medical bills.  One of the many things donated for the auction was a gift certificate to Stampin' Up.  Well, this was right up my alley so I knew that I would bid on it regardless of how much I had to pay.  We had already decided how much we were going to donate for the fund-raiser, so it was really fun bidding on this gift.  Most people didn't want to bid too much over the retail value, but that didn't stop me!  Needless to say....I WON!!  One of the things I purchased with my gift certificate was a coffee stamp set.  This is the first card I've made using this sweet new stamp set.
I actually ended doing more to this card after I photographed it.  I added a big fluffy seam binding bow to the upper left, and on the inside, I added a mini kraft polka dot merchandise bag into which I tucked a Starbucks gift card, and I added a Starbucks coffee sleeve over the bag, and I added a sentiment (I'll miss you a latte'.  My daughter is using it as a gift tomorrow for a co-worker who is leaving.  Obviously, I was too lazy to re-photograph it once I put the finished touches on it.  Sorry!
 
I based this card on this week's sweet sketch over at Sketch Saturday.  Here's where I'm sharing it:
Sketch Saturday - Week #327 - This is SUCH a cute sketch.  I hope you will all join the fun!
 
Have a super blessed week, my bloggy and crafty friends!
Karen


Day Dreaming

I'm Day Dreaming again......hurray!  I don't always have time to get on the computer and play with my sweet Daydream Designs images, but I sure do enjoy myself when I do.  This card was made with the super sweet new Preserving Sweetness Set.  I used the Strawberry Preserves and the coordinating Strawberry Sweetness Plaid Patterned Paper.  I also threw in a few chipboard elements from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection because they matched so nicely.
I added some green jute which I tied around the jar, and I also placed some tiny gem stickers in the centers of the chipboard flowers.  There are a couple different snippets of ribbon stapled to the side, and of course I machine stitched the card (as I most always do).
 
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
 
Sketch Saturday - Week #327 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp
 
Our Daily Bread Designs - Challenge #213 - Stitch It - This is my third entry and doesn't use any ODBD products, but my other two entries do use their products.  I always LOVE stitching on my cards!
 
Have a blessed day, and thanks so much for stopping by to say hello.
 
Karen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tag, You're It!! at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we have a really fun challenge for everyone called "Tag, You're It".  You can translate this challenge however you wish. If it inspires you to create a tag, or to add a tag on your card or scrapbook layout, those are all great ideas.  You simply need to use any product(s) sold at The Kraft Outlet OR any kraft product (i.e. paper bag, kraft paper, cardboard, etc.)  We look forward to seeing how this week's "Tag, You're It" Challenge will inspire YOU!
For me, I chose to create a fun Christmas tag.  I started with a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock and then, using my handy dandy Bone Folder Tool I added a Bo-Bunny Christmas rub-on.  I always use my Bone Folder Tool when applying rub-ons because it distributes the weight evenly, and gets even those "difficult" rub-ons to glide on with ease.  FYI, it's also great for making crisp folds in your paper.  I also inked all the edges of my paper with my Tim Holtz Barn Red Ink.  Once I had my tag cut and the rub-on applied, I added a big fluffy bow made of Christmas Red and Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape.  To the bow, I added some sweet rusty bells from Factory Direct (really the best quality rusty bells you can find), and tied them with a length of Natural Hemp Cord.  The finishing touch to my tag was the sentiment.  Again, I used my Bone Folder Tool to add the Bo-Bunny rub-on Merry Christmas sentiment to a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock, and it is held in place with a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. 
 
I am so grateful that you have stopped by to take a peek at my little Christmas tag, and I'd sure love to have each of you stop by to share your art in our challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  It's always more fun when everyone is able to play along.
 
I'm going to share my tag in these challenges this week:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Create Your Own Background" - This is the perfect project for this challenge.  The "background" is the project - simply a piece of kraft paper with a rub-on, that's it!

Blessings Ink - Amusing Challenge - Tags - This is my sweet little Christmas tag
 
So all I have to say now is......TAG, YOU'RE IT!!
This second card was created specifically for a fun sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday that I wanted to enter this week.  It's made with a mish mash of papers, a Crate Paper 3-D embellishment (flower), a Spellbinders die-cut, a Verve scripture stamp, wool felt cut into a scallop border, and baker's twine.  Here is the challenge I made it for:

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Sketch #327

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, and have a great week!
Karen 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Blessings

I had a lot of fun creating this card because I was able to combine several fun challenge requirements into one card.  My crafting time this week has been super therapeutic for me, and has helped me to focus on what's really important.  SO many fun products and techniques were combined, and I absolutely LOVE it!  There's machine stitching, die-cuts, stamping, mini pearl stickers, lace, and flowers just to name a few things.  It helps keep my mind off the things going on with my precious sister-in-law, Audra.  Your prayers for her are greatly appreciated!
Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #149 - All About Texture - I used a dry embossing background that I touched with color to create this fun texturized background, and then added the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die-Cut as the backdrop, and also the word Blessings from the Blessings Set of 2 Set.  Lots of flowers, pearls and layers of texture.
 
Our Daily Bread Stitch It Challenge - I always enjoy machine stitching on my cards.  For this card, I added a dry embossed background, and then added the Our Daily Bread Three Butterflies stamp in the corner of the doily, as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment from the ODBD Happy Birthday Set.
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background - I created my background using a dry embossing technique dusted with color, and then added my embellishments to that.
 
Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog - Challenge #20 - Lace and Pearls - I used tiny pearl stickers and lace across the bottom of my card as well as a lace tab at the top left.

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes/Optional Wiper Card Option - I am happy to say that now I know what a wiper card is, and I am going to give it a try.  Thanks for a great challenge.
 
What a blessing to have you stop by my blog to visit and say hello.  I'm really grateful and I hope that you are having a wonderful week.  Here's a tidbid of advice....never pass up an opportunity to tell someone you love them.  You never know when that opportunity will no longer be an option.
 
Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scripture, Stitching and Spiritual Uplifting

Many of you are aware of the struggles our family is facing right now as we pray to the Lord and ask for a miracle in my sister, Audra's life.  We have complete faith that God is able to do a miracle, and we give Him ALL the praise for the many ways He continues to bless us and answer our prayers.  Life has been incredibly busy to say the least.  But having the opportunity to create cards using scripture is such a blessing and a comfort at this difficult time.  God blesses and comforts my heart as I create cards using His precious Word.  So when I saw this challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs, I knew it was right up my alley, and that I would enjoy playing along.
Our Daily Bread Designs - Challenge #213 - Stitch It - Machine stitching is my most favorite accent on cards and projects,  and I really had fun with this one.  I used the ODBD Seed Packet Stamp Set to create this card.  I purchased it quite some time ago, and just never used it until now.  I stamped it in Black Soot Tom Holtz Ink, and used a kraft card background and added a Chatterbox patterned paper background that I machine stitched to the paper.  I colored the ODBD seed packet stamp with my Copic markers, and then machine stitched it all down.  I added a baker's twine bow with a button center.  I absolutely LOVE Our Daily Bread Stamps and dies, and it was SO therapeutic for me to create using the scripture and these beautiful stamps.

Faith, Hope and Love Scripture Challenge - Scripture and Celebration -  I am celebrating the fact that our AWESOME GOD is able to heal my sister.  We're waiting for a miracle, an we will praise His name in ANY circumstance.

Divas By Design Challenge Blog - Anything Goes - I was super excited to play along in this fun challenge, and I hope to make the rounds and meet their DT and make some new blog friends!

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes - I haven't ever made a wiper card, but I'm certainly looking into it!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Make Your Own Background - I enjoyed making this background.  I used a stamp from ODBD and colored it with Copics.  Then I machine stitched it to a piece of kraft paper to create my background.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and take a peek at my card.  I would really appreciate your prayers for my sister, Audra, as she fights for her life.  It's been one week today since they told her she had two weeks to live, and she's still strong (both physically and in her faith).  We serve an AWESOME GOD!
 
God bless you all,
Karen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday

Family is SO important to all of us.  We are all blessed by the love of our parents and siblings, as well as by the cousins, aunts and uncles who help shape our lives.  In our house right now, we are feeling a BIG pinch as one of dearest family members fights for her life.  Some of you have heard me mention that my husband's little sister, Audra (42), has brain cancer.  Well, this past week we learned that Audra's cancer has spread through her bones and into her liver.  She's in the capable hands of some of the best physicians in the world at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  They've told her that life expectancy is between two weeks and two months.  This is NOT what any of us wanted to hear.  While the tumor in her brain has shrunk down to almost nothing; the cancer has spread elsewhere in her body.  She is now undergoing very aggressive chemo therapy, and we are praying for the very best knowing that God still performs miracles every day.  If you are a person of prayer, I would ask that you please pray for Audra - that God might heal her and allow her to spend more time with her husband, Rob, and her precious little children Tomas, Andres, Isaias and Audranna (ages 4-9).  If you are able to help financially AT ALL, here is a link to help with her surmounting medical bills which are already well over $500,000.  ANY help is greatly appreciated.  I don't consider Audra a Sister-in-Law; she is my sister, and one of the best friends I've ever had.  I cannot imagine life without her.
 
 
Our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday is sure to be another fun one for everybody who plays along.  We have two amazing prizes again this week.  Crafty Ribbons and Freckled Fawn are our sponsors this week, and you could be the winner of a gift certificate to one of these two wonderful craft stores.  Stop by and share your art with us.  You are welcome to share up to five (5) projects per week, and as always Anything Goes following our simple challenge rules.  We would love to have you play along with us.
I created my card using some Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl patterned papers from my stash.  I used three of the patterned papers as well as a punch-out tag, some red chevron washi tape from Hobby Lobby, some Prima flowers, jute, and a Jenni Bowlin embellishment in the center of the flower.  I machine stitched some of the papers and inked the edges with Tim Holtz ink.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on the border near the bottom.

I'm sharing my card here:
Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Patterned Papers - While I've never won at Virginia's View, I was drawn by the words posted there stating that "we all buy patterned papers, and then we hoard them".  It struck home with me, and since this card was made with patterned papers that are from my SUPER OLD STASH, I just had to enter it.  I can' only hope for the best and give it a try.

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #49 - Stripes, Dots and Chevrons - I used a CHEVRON washi tape on my card.  The item I used from Classy Cards 'N Such is the 1/2" Scor Tape and it's one of my FAVORITE products.  They carry it in several different widths, and it's absolutely a wonderful, MUST-HAVE product!

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes - I don't know how to make a "wiper card" but they sure look cute!
 
Please stop by to share your art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, and PLEASE remember to pray for Audra and her family.  If you re able to help financially, even the smallest amount would be a tremendous blessing.
 
Happy Crafting!
Karen


Monday, September 8, 2014

Anything Goes at The Kraft Journal

I always enjoy a good Anything Goes Challenge, and this week that's exactly what we have planned for you at The Kraft Journal.  It's always a great week to play along when there's an Anything Goes Challenge because you can share whatever you happen to be working on, and we look forward to seeing it all.  To qualify for the $15 monthly Kraft Outlet prize, you need to use either something sold at The Kraft Outlet, or any kraft product (i.e. paper bag, kraft paper, etc.).  Then you can spend that $15 prize at The Kraft Outlet which is filled with all sorts of great crafting products.
To make my card for this fun challenge, I grabbed a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and attached a piece of inked and machine stitched October Afternoon patterned paper.  Next, I added half of a vintage cream doily and a sweet Mini Polka Dot Kraft Merchandise Bag.  I tucked a journaling card from the Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Basics into the Mini Polka Dot Kraft Merchandise Bag and placed a Tim Holtz miniature rusty paper clip on it.  You can find lots of great Tim Holtz products at the Kraft Outlet.
I added a sweet little bow made from blue and Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape, and on my bow I placed a button with Natural Hemp Cord in its center.  The sentiment I used is a Melissa Frances rub-on that I adhered to a sticker taken from the Jenni Bowlin Memo Book.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  I really hope that you will stop by to play along with us this week for your chance at the monthly prize of a $15 gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet, and the weekly prize of being a Featured Artist or Top 3 recipient.  Happy crafting!
 
God bless you!
Karen