Monday, September 18, 2017

Just Saying HELLO

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I wanted to share this card I made today specifically for the challenge over at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog.  I just LOVE this beautiful inspiration photo, and couldn't resist playing along.  Look how pretty this is!
I used three Crate Paper patterned papers, added half of a tea-stained doily from a fabulous Etsy store called Swoon Party Shop, some pink and purple seam binding, several gorgeous Cottage Roses, Pink Double-Head Stamens, and Mulberry Leaves from Really Reasonable Ribbon, a Hello sticker from Crate Paper, and I did some machine stitching on my card.
I have come to realize that this is my "signature style"......like it or not.  I tend to make this type of card quite a lot.  There's just something about seam binding and flowers that makes me happy.  We all have our own style, and I absolutely LOVE seeing everyone's fabulous cards out there in blog land.
Here are the challenges where I'm playing along.  It's always fun to enter them.  I invite you to check out these, as well as Word Art Wednesday (the challenge blog I run) to play along!

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #423 - Isn't that inspiration photo (above) gorgeous?

Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge - I used three patterned papers on this card.  Thanks for the fabulous challenge, Hazel.  God bless you!


Just Keep On Creating - September Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks again for visiting!
Karen

This Makes Me Happy

Hello, all my coffee-loving friends!  If you've been participating in the Fall Coffee-Loving Cardmakers' Blog Hop, I'm sure I've been by your blog to see your amazing cards.  I'm caught up on my commenting; and as I've done in every one of these hops, I've commented on every entry.  It's a lot of work, but it's SO fun to be able to see all the entries.  Some of them are truly amazing!  I hope you've all been enjoying it as much as I have.
I made my card using some Echo Park patterned papers and stickers, a Maya Road wooden piece, a Dare 2 B Artzy Tracy's Textures Stamp Set, the Paper Sweeties Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cut, some Natural Burlap String, and a (word) Coffee Die.  I'm sharing my card here:

Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

CropStop Linky September Party #32 - I used Tombow Adhesive, lots of great Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and May Arts Natural Burlap String.

Just Keep On Creating - September Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting,
Karen

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties September Release Rewind

Hello again, friends.  I hope you've enjoyed this month's new release at Paper Sweeties.  These two new sets are SO cute, just like everything at Paper Sweeties.  Remember that these new sets are now available for purchase in the Paper Sweeties Shop along with all the other fabulous products they carry.  As always, I had so much fun creating with their amazing stamps, sweet cuts and seam binding.
This is a really simply card that I created with one piece of white card stock.  I used the mailbox, mailbox flag, swirl, floating hearts, and flowers are all from the new Sent From Me Heart Stamp Set; and the butterfly and a portion of the sentiment (Roses are red, Violets are blue) are from the I Pick You Stamp Set.  I just pieced the sentiments together to make this little poem.
The sentiment is stamped onto one of the tags found in the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts. I use this set a lot, and it's one of my favorites.  I also added a bow to it that includes a length of Mint Seam Binding, Bubblegum Seam Binding and Blueberry Seam Binding.  There's always a perfect color of Seam Binding to match all your cards and projects.  OK, here's the list of all my Paper Sweeties team-mates who have something awesome to share with you.  And don't forget about the fun challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog.

I'm playing along at:

Thanks for visiting,
Karen

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's September Release Day at Paper Sweeties

Hello, my creative blog friends!  Welcome by today as I share a card I created for the Paper Sweeties September Release Party.  There are two FABULOUS new stamp sets in the Paper Sweeties store today, and LOTS of other great stamp sets, sweet cuts, and embellishments to go along with them.  I combined stamps from both of the new stamp sets for this card.
First, I stamped the larger envelope onto a striped patterned paper and cut them with the Happy Mail Sweet Cut, and stamped the series of three smaller envelopes onto cream card stock and cut them with the Sweet Cut.  I cut a square using the awesome Square Scalloped Frames Sweet Cuts out of red and white polka dot paper as the background for my focal point and zig-zag stitched around it, and placed the stamped "mail/envelopes" on top of that.
There are two Marshmallow Sequins and one Strawberry Sequin on the top left of my card.  At the bottom, I stamped my sentiment using the Sent From My Heart Stamp Set and machine stitched that just a bit.  It's a very simple card, but Paper Sweeties makes it so easy to create something lovely without much effort.  Yup, they're just that cute!
For my second card, I combined the two new sets.  I used the large envelope, sentiment and cancelled postage stamp from the new Happy Mail Stamp Set and cut them out with the coordinating Happy Mail Sweet Cuts; and I used the smaller envelopes, arrows, and floating hearts from the new Sent From My Heart Stamp Set and cut them with the coordinating Sent From My Heart Sweet Cuts.
I also used two Strawberry Sequins and one Blueberry Sequin to accent my sentiment.  These two fun new stamp sets work well individually, or combined; and also compliment all the other adorable stamps and cuts found at Paper Sweeties.  Why not treat yourself to something new!
Here's the complete list of all my Paper Sweeties team-mates who have prepared something special for you today showcasing these lovely new stamp sets along with some of their Paper Sweeties favorites.  You won't want to miss a thing.  And....don't forget about the September challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog where you could win a $25 gift certificate and a chance to be a Guest Designer at Paper Sweeties!
Stay sweet,
Karen


A Cup of Coffee Shared & Giveaway

Hello, coffee lovers!  Today I'm sharing a card that I created for the Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop.  I actually made this card before the hop started, and saved it for today.  I used some sweet Bo Bunny Kiss The Cook patterned papers, a Spellbinders doily die-cut, the Paper Sweeties Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts (heart border), my sentiment is from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set, and the coffee cup is from the Coffee Yes Please Stamp Set.
I also added some Black Licorice Baker's Twine to the bottom of my card and tied it in a double bow.  On the coffee cup (which I attempted to make look like the vanilla latte I order every morning), I added one Strawberry Sequin.  These flower-shaped Sequins are the CUTEST ever!
Thanks for stopping by today.  To celebrate the Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway of my own.  I'm giving away this brand new (never used) adorable Coffee Faces Stamp Set from Pretty Cute Stamps.  All you have to do is: 1) Follow my blog, 2) Leave me a comment.  That's it!  I will randomly pick a winner at the end of the Blog Hop.  
Happy crafting with LOTS of coffee (of course),
Karen

I'm playing along here:

Fall Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop - Anything Goes Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

#Coffee & a Giveaway

Welcome back by today, friends.  I hope you're enjoying the Blog Hop.  I'm sharing another card that I made using the #coffee sentiment from the Tackle Life One Cup at a Time Stamp Set from Paper Sweeties and the Coffee To Go - Tidbits die-cut from Taylored Expressions.  I also used a tea-stained doily, pink seam binding, and a Crate Paper 3-D medallion.
The patterned paper is from Echo Park (For the Record 2 collection), and I also used some pink Bazzill for the coffee mug sleeve.  The Pink Sherbert wool felt is from Taylored Expressions, and is cut using a heart die-cut from Papertrey Ink.  I placed a tiny pearl accent sticker on the wool felt heart.  I also inked the edges of the coffee cup and sentiment strip with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink, and stamped the sentiment with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink from CropStop.
Thanks for stopping by today.  To celebrate the Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway of my own.  I'm giving away this brand new (never used) adorable Coffee Faces Stamp Set from Pretty Cute Stamps.  All you have to do is: 1) Follow my blog, 2) Leave me a comment.  That's it!  I will randomly pick a winner at the end of the Blog Hop.  
Have a great day!
Karen

I'm playing along here:

Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related

Coffee Makes Everything Better - GIVEAWAY

Hi there!  Welcome back to my little slice of blog heaven, friends!  I'm busy sipping my Venti Vanilla Spice Latte right now, and I'm hopping along leaving comments for everyone.  I have left a comment for every entry in pretty much all the Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Blog Hops simply because I love to see everyone's fabulous cards and leave them a word of encouragement.  Please know that I really appreciate your comments as well.
This card was created using some patterned papers from Bo Bunny's Kiss The Cook line.  I also incorporated some Paper Sweeties stamps including the sentiment, coffee mug and coffee beans, which are from their Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set; and I cut the coffee cup using Paper Sweeties' coordinating Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts.
Thanks for stopping by today.  To celebrate the Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway of my own.  I'm giving away this brand new (never used) adorable Coffee Faces Stamp Set from Pretty Cute Stamps.  All you have to do is: 1) Follow my blog, 2) Leave me a comment.  That's it!  I will randomly pick a winner at the end of the Blog Hop.  
Enjoy a BIG cup of coffee, and hop on to the next fabulous entry.  There sure are a lot of fabulous cards out there!

Karen

I'm playing along here:

Coffee-Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop - Anything Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Related