Monday, April 6, 2020

Button Card w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for visiting me today as I share a few projects I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon including this cute "button card".  On each of the three projects I'm sharing today, I used lots of AWESOME products found at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I hope you'll bear with my rather lengthy blog post today as I share these sweet projects with you.
Anyway...I started with some fun Echo Park patterned papers, journaling cards, border stickers, ephemera, etc. to create my base.  Once I knew where I wanted to lay all my snippets of papers and stickers, I cut small strips of Scor-Tape to adhere everything securely to my cardstock base.  If you're not familiar, Scor-Tape is an amazing Adhesive, and it comes in several convenient widths for various projects.
As I mentioned, the button card itself is a journaling tag from this Echo Park line.  I made that the focal point of my card by adding things to some of the squares on the button card.  In the lower left-hand corner, I added a doily sticker topped with a Pastel Green Open Rose with its stem curled up all cute (that's because the stems are reinforced with a thin wire to help them do this fun trick).  On the upper right-hand square, I added a 16mm Pearl Heart Ribbon Slide with a piece of Ivory Crochet Lace pulled through it; and underneath that, you'll see several Flat Green Double Head Stamens and Flat Wine Red Double Head Stamens.
From the Ribbon Slide treatment, I used a Rusty Pear Shaped Safety Pin to hang a small die-cut tag that I stamped with the sentiment smile.  You'll also see, in the very upper left corner of my card, I attached a Plaid Cabachon to my card, again using a small piece of Scor-Tape.
I also decorated the inside of this card; and that's because I wanted to include a small glassine bag where I could tuck in a gift card (because this is going to someone who needs a little help right now in the way of some grocery money...so I'll tuck in a gift card).  I added snippets of patterned paper using more  Scor-Tape.  LOVE that stuff!!
I also added a length of Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, and also wrapped a nice long lenth of Teal Baker's Twine.  I topped that with a Pastel Green Open Rose and three darling Pink Miniature Sweetheart Blossom.  Can we talk about Baker's Twine?  At just TEN CENTS ($0.10) per yard, and in over 40 gorgeous colors including 13+ solids; Baker's Twine is such an awesome useful accent.
OK....one last card.  I promise this is the last one (for today).  It's just that when I start working with all the pretty Ribbons and Trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon, I just can't stop myself.  I decided to make just one more card using this same Echo Park line.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die-cut doily and ran a long length of Cherry Baker's Twine around my card several times, and tied it into a bow.

I also ran a length of Black Gingham Ribbon across my card, and I used the Black Gingham Ribbon in my ribbon treatment along with lengths of Robin's Egg Wrinkle Ribbon, Red Wrinkle Ribbon, and Cream Seam Binding.  You'll also a Mulberry Leaf, several Red Double Head Stamens, Milk White Double Head Stamens, and Green Double Head Stamens topped with a Red Open Rose, Pastel Green Open Rose and an Ivory Open Rose.  Lots of pretty Iridescent Metallic String is bundled up underneath everything, and it sparkles when you see it in person.  SO pretty!

You're always sure to find loads of gorgeous products at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We sure hope you'll stop by again soon.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

BLESSED

Hello and welcome by my blog, sweet crafty friends.  This evening I'm sharing a "just for fun" card that I created earlier today while I had some free time on my hands.  I had lots of little paper snippets lying around on my craft table from some other projects I've been working on this week.  I love using all those darling little scrap pieces; or snippets as we like to call them.  Seeing them get used up to create something sweet just makes me happy.  This is what I came up with for today's card.
The patterned papers, stickers, etc. are from an Echo Park line called This & That by Lori Whitlock.  I stamped the sentiment (BLESSED) onto the doily die-cut using the Paper Sweeties Stamp Set called Blessed.  I just LOVE the font in this sweet stamp set, and ALL of the sentiments are this adorable.  I use this Blessed Stamp Set a lot.  I added lots of sweet flowers, burlap string, stamens, and felt leaves.
Below are the FUN challenges where I'll be linking up my blessed card.  I sure hope you're staying safe, happy and healthy, and that you're creating beautiful things while stuck indoors.  I'm making the most of my time.  Thanks again for visiting me today.     - Karen
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Spring Mood Board - (see photo above).  I was inspired by all the soft pastels.  I used scraps of paper to recreate the colors that I pulled from the photos.

Mod Squad - Spring Has Sprung

AND...I have another card I'd like to share with you today as well.  I was playing with these patterned papers a bit more today.  Whenever I have a particular line spread out all over my craft table, I tend to use up the scraps and keep making more cards.  Such was the case today with these Echo Park papers and stickers.  I need a little card to send my granddaughter anyway, so.....why not?
The letters I die-cut to spell TAYLEE is from Frantic Stamper.  It's one of the few font dies (alphabet/letters die) I own, but it's a great size and a really cute font so I use it as needed and really like it.  I added my flag banner across the top using stickers, and attached lengths of tied solid pink baker's twine at the top of the banner.  I thank Darlene and Diane (Double D Challenges) for inspiring this card with their fun new "banners" challenge.  Thanks again for stopping by to take a peek, and have a blessed day.
Here's where I'm sharing my card for Taylee:

Dar & Diane's Double D Challenge Blog - BANNERS Challenge

Blessings to you all,
Karen





Monday, March 23, 2020

Encouragement w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, everyone, and welcome by!  I'd like to ask you all a question.  Where do you purchase all your Ribbons, Twines, Seam Binding, Mulberry Flowers, Adhesives, and.....well, LOTS of great products?  If you're not yet familiar with Really Reasonable Ribbon, I really do suggest that you take some time (since we're all pretty much stuck at home right now anyway, right?) and stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon store to see what's new and what's calling your name.
My sweet niece, Alexa, is already a tween.  Some of you who know me well might remember her from some of  my posts and photos I've shared about her over the years.  She's growing up so fast, and I enjoy watching her grow.  I'm THRILLED that, even as a tween, she still thinks I'm super cool.  I hope that never changes as she gets older.  I've worked very hard to maintain my relationship with her and to let her know how much I love her, and now that she's in middle school; I continue to encourage her.  I realize this is a challenging time in any kid's life.  That's why I made this little frame and card to send her.  Just for encouragement.  And heaven knows that we can ALL use some encouragement now and then.
First is this little frame I picked up on clearance at Michael's for 49 cents.  I added a few floral prills in the grooves of the frame, placed a journaling card in the frame, and then adorned the frame with several fabulous Mulberry Flowers.  I started with a big beautiful White Magnolia Flower and then added several Sweetheart Blossoms and Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms including blues from the Mixed Blues assortment, and several pastels from the Mixed Pastels assortment, and one Red Sweetheart Blossom.  I also bundled a bit of Ivory Burlap String underneath the White Magnolia Flower.
Next, I made a card to (somewhat) match.  I used lots of snippets (scraps) of paper to create the background and sentiment.  I love using up little snippets so that all those cute little pieces can come together into something useful.  I used pieces of Scor-Tape to attach all the patterned papers and stickers.  Then, I added a bow that includes a length of Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Vivid Pink Seam Binding, and 1/2" Red Wrinkle Ribbon secured with an adorable Rusty Pear-Shaped Safety Pin from our Embellishments section. ADORBS!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please take time to visit Really Reasonable Ribbon to see what's new.  There are SO many FAB products, and you're sure to find something you love.  Stay safe and healthy, and may God bless you all.

Karen

I'll be linking up in these fun challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Playground - Challenge #374 - As explained above, I used lots of great snippets on this one.  I just placed all the little left over strips of paper here and there to create my background.


Monday, March 16, 2020

It's Release Rewind Day at Paper Sweeties

Welcome back today, friends and lovers of Paper Sweeties.  Today we wrap up our February New Release with our Release Rewind festivities, and I'm so glad you've stopped by to join the fun.  I'm sharing another adorable card using the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts.  And YOU can purchase these two darling new sets for yourself now at Paper Sweeties.  Just look how cute this is.
I used some bright pink glitter cardstock for my base, and attached some inked patterned papers.  The focal part of my card is stamped on a piece of simple white cardstock that is well-inked on its edges with Ballerina Pink Ink.  There are lots of great colors of Ink Pads at Paper Sweeties in addition to everything else.  I always use these Ink Pads on my PS projects.
I die-cut the word SORRY from the glittery pink paper (same as base) using the new Sorry Sweet Cuts, and I glued that to the top of the white cardstock.  Next, I stamped the continued sentiment (I missed your birthday) in Coal Ink.  I stamped the cute little cupcake from the new Sorry Stamp Set twice, and the heart once.  I used the coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts to cut them all.  I also stamped a larger cupcake by using the Homemade With Love Stamp Set and I cut it with the Homemade With Love Sweet Cuts.  I topped the cupcakes with papers, glitter, floral prills, and some Copic coloring.  There's also a length of Frosting Seam Binding tied into a bow and tucked in there next to the Mint Paper Straw (birthday candle) with some stamens tucked inside to represent a burning candle.
Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties Blog

Above is the list of all my talented teammates from Paper Sweeties who have prepared something sweet to share with you today.  We really do hope you will stop by Paper Sweeties to look around, grab this new set and a few other sweet new things.  We're always here to inspire you.

Blessings,
Karen

Sunday, March 15, 2020

It's New Release Day at Paper Sweeties

Well, hurray!  It's finally New Release Day at Paper Sweeties, and the brand new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts are now available for sale.  You will be delighted with this FUN new set.  It contains this adorable band-aid image along with the big SORRY stamp and cut.  There are so many cute images and sentiments in this great new set.  I really think you'll like it.
I used the For You Sweet Cuts to cut my white tag, and I added the word sorry in red glitter using the new Sorry Sweet Cuts to cut it.  Along with the word (sorry) on the tag, I also stamped and cut two band-aids (I cut them from an actual large Band-aid) using the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts.  I attached the tag to the top of a muslin bag with a length of sweet red baker's twine.
On the muslin bag, I stamped the band-aid three more times (twice in Poppy Red Ink and once in Coal Black Ink); and I also continued my stamped sentiment (you're under the weather) using the Coal Ink Pad.  All the sentiments in this new Sorry Stamp Set are so cute, and you get lots of different options to cover a variety of different occasions.  For instance, the card I'm sharing tomorrow using this set is a fun birthday card.  Super versatile!
OM Cuteness here.....right?  Paper Sweeties has so many adorable sweet Stamp Sets, Sweet Cuts, colors of Seam Binding and Ink Pads, and...oh, SO much more.  Why not stop by and treat yourself to this month's New Release along with a few other FAB favorites from Paper Sweeties.
By the way, YES, I realize that I'm sharing a lot of photos today.  LOL  But...I just wanted y'all to be able to really see how CUTE the new Sorry Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts set is, and some of the ways it can be used. Oh, and here's some more good news: there's additional inspiration awaiting you today.  Just click on the names w/links below, and you'll be taken directly to the blogs of each of my talented Paper Sweeties teammates, and I know they'll have something prepared for you that will delight and excite you.  It's really a fun and inspiring hop, and I encourage you to stop at Paper Sweeties as well.  SO much FUN!
I really hope that you enjoy what each of my teammates has prepared for you.  They're SO talented, and the new Sorry Stamp Set is just SO super cute.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Have a wonderful week, everyone.  Here are the links I promised you:


Blessings,
Karen

Then Comes.....Baby!

How fun to hear about a new baby.  Some friends at church (a young couple) just announced that they're expecting their first child in September.  I thought this would be a fun card to encourage her and just to let her know that I'm praying for her (and her new little family).  I used some Echo Park patterned papers, stickers, etc. that I've been working with this week.
The baby carriage that I stamped is from an old Pink Persimmon set I pulled out.  Well, it has wheels and it's perfect for our friends who are expecting.  I love the vintage baby carriage.  I thought the colors were neutral enough for now...being so early in the pregnancy.  Everything is exciting at this point.  Right?
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a blessed and creative day, everyone.
Karen

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - WHEELS - I used the wheels of a vintage baby carriage using an old Pink Permisson stamp set.

As You Like It And Why - Spring Or Easter? - That's a tough one, but I'm sticking with Spring.  The reason WHY is because Spring represents all things new, and a fresh start.  I'm celebrating Spring with some fun bright cards.  New life (a new baby) is a great thing to celebrate in Spring, or any time of year, really.  But then again, so is Easter.  LOL

Things With Wheels

I was inspired by the challenge over at Mod Squad this week, so I've created two more cards to enter in this FUN challenge.  Since I can only enter once per blog post, this will be short and sweet (as will my next blog post) to showcase my fun cards using the same Echo Park collection of patterned papers, ephemera, stickers, borders, tabs, etc.  The bicycle stamp I used is from Prima.
I stamped the bicycle onto a journaling card, and to the left I attached some bundled Ivory Burlap String topped with a rusty safety pin to give it some texture.  I also attached a few colored miniature staples here and there since it's a pretty simple card overall.

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun creating this week!
Blessings,
Karen

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - WHEELS - I used the wheels on the bicycle I stamped using an older Prima stamp set.

As You Like It And Why - Spring Or Easter? - (Entry #2) That's a tough one, but I'm going with Spring.  The reason WHY is because Spring represents all things new, and a fresh start.  I'm celebrating Spring with some fun bright cards.  Bicycling is always a fun Spring activity.  But then again, so is Easter.  LOL