Monday, February 20, 2017

Paper Mache House With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by today, friends.  I'm grateful that you've stopped by as I share this sweet little paper mache house that I painted with cream paint, covered in vintage sheet music and glitter-covered vintage buttons and trimmed with several FABULOUS products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The first trim I added was the sweet Debra Natural Crochet Lace that I ran all the way around the top of the house base and also at the top of the door frame.  On each of the peaks on the front of the house, I added a Trellis Rose from the Trellis Roses Mixed Pinks Collection.
All along the path outside this sweet little house as well around the window, I hot glued more glittered buttons, a few Silver Rhinestones (currently out of stock, but there are other similar rhinestones in stock), some 11mm White Heart-Shaped Flatback Imitation Pearl Beads, and several pink, ivory and blue Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms.  They all look so sweet along the garden path.
On the side of the roof, I added a big bow using lengths of both Cream Seam Binding, Pink Aster Seam Binding and Solid Natural Baker's Twine.  There's just something SO soft and lovely about Seam Binding bows, and Really Reasonable Ribbon offers you 43 colors at just $1.50 for a 5-yard length.  You will never regret buying Seam Binding....it's GORGEOUS!!
I love how easy it was to decorate my paper mache house using simple supplies to cover it, and then decorating it with my Really Reasonable Ribbon trims, flowers, and Embellishments.  I love how it turned out, and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.
Don't forget about the FUN CHALLENGE taking place now on the RRR Blog.  We love having you play along with us.  Really Reasonable Ribbon wants to be your number once source for all ribbons, trims and more.  You can ALL their fabulous products here at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Thanks again for visiting.  Have a blessed week,
Karen

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Fantastic Florals" - I used lots of flowers on the house and around the garden path.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrations Challenge at RRR

Welcome by today, everyone!  Today starts a brand new fun challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and our theme this time is Celebrations With Ribbon or Trim.  You can make a birthday card, anniversary card, baby card, or anything that means "Celebration" to you.  I chose to make a very simple baby card.
I used subtle patterned papers that I inked, and then I laid a small white doily on the patterned paper.  I'd also like to mention that I tend to use LOTS of Scor-Tape on my cards because it really holds down ribbons well.  By running a strip of Scor-Tape across your card, you can be sure that your card will hold together well over time.  Next. I ran a strip of patterned paper "tickets" across the card.  I topped that with a blue felt elephant cut with a new die from Frantic Stamper called Stitched Elephant and a cute lace border called Large Scalloped Edger Set.  The finishing touch, as most always is for me, is the trim.  I kept it very simple just to show everyone how much one small piece of trim can add to a card.  I folded a length of Ivory Burlap String and glued it down under a piece of "flair" (a little pin) that says Cutie Pie.  That one little piece of Burlap String adds SO much; and this fabulous trim comes in 14 vibrant colors, and costs just ten cents per yard (so you will receive 10 yards for just one dollar).  That's a bargain, and is such a great accent for your projects.  Check it out!
There's lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and we really do hope you will stop by to play along in this fun new challenge.  Really Reasonable Ribbon wants to be your one-stop shop for ribbons, trims and embellishments.  We look forward to having you visit soon.
Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties February Release Rewind

Hey there, friends of Paper Sweeties and all my blog land buddies.  Thanks so much for stopping by again today as I participate in the Paper Sweeties February Release Rewind.  Today our talented Design Team Members will each be sharing an inspirational project (or two) that incorporate this month's sweet new release Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Stamp Set and coordinating Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts along with some their other favorite Paper Sweeties sets.  It's a great way to show everyone how well all of Paper Sweeties' products work together to compliment one another and how easy they are to use together.  I can't express to you enough how much will LOVE these darling stamps and dies from Paper Sweeties.
This card was created using some patterned papers from Crate Paper's sweet Oh Darling line (one of my all-time favorites that I hoard a bit).  I attached patterned papers with vintage scotch tape, inked the edges, stamped Emma in black, used Emma Sweet Cut to die-cut her, colored her with Copics, stamped her dress and shoes using Jelly Bean Time onto patterned paper, and placed her on a tag.  I stamped the large egg from Jelly Bean Time and the left side of the row of eggs from Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter and placed them together just to the right of Emma.
I couldn't resist cutting several of the sweet little flowers and small circle on from the Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts onto patterned papers and placing them here and there as sweet little accents.  They adorable, aren't they?
As you can see, I also created a tag to tuck inside this sweet card to be used as a bookmark.  I used more Crate Paper products along with the stamped sentiment (Some Bunny Loves You), small flower, and right side of small eggs from the new Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Stamp Set and coordinating Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts.  Emma looks like she's ready for church on Easter morning.  Darling, and oh SO sweet!!
 Here's the list of all my Paper Sweeties DT friends who are sharing inspirational projects with you today as we wrap up the February 2017 Paper Sweeties Release.  We hope you've enjoyed our projects, and really hope you will stop by Paper Sweeties to purchase your Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts before they're gone.  We would love to see your #bunnylove and #papersweeties shared on Instagram.  Happy creativity!

Until next time,
Karen

I'm linking up my card and tag in the following:

CropStop Blog - February Challenge #25 - I used lots of great Tim Holtz Distress Inks including Spun Sugar, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Double D Challenge Blog - Challenge Rick Rack/Zig Zag - I couldn't resist playing along, and since my pink and cream background paper has a zig zag design, this was the perfect card to enter.  Thanks for all the great inspiration.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties February New Release Party

Woo Hoo!!  Today is the day that you can purchase the adorable brand new Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter from the February Release at Paper Sweeties.  Just check out ALL the amazing projects you can create using this fun new stamp set and matching Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts (dies) from Paper Sweeties.  The creative possibilities are endless, and by visiting each of my talented Design Teammates, you will see just what I mean.  You can ever go wrong with Paper Sweeties....they're THE SWEETEST!!
My card was created using the Bunny stamp, his small bow (there are two bow sizes in this collection), the Flower stamp on his ear and as decoration here and there, two of the sentiment stamps and the Eggs stamp.  Yes, they're adorable.
Here's the list of all my teammates from Paper Sweeties who have created something sweet to inspire you today.  You will absolutely LOVE this sweet new set, and like ALL of Paper Sweeties' products....each compliments the next.  By purchasing ANY of Paper Sweeties products (stamps, dies, embellishments), you can be certain that they will look great together, and help your creativity climb to sweet new places.  You can also see that while I don't yet own the Basket Set, I can still use this Basket Add On: Hoppy Easter set, and make adorable cards with it.  On their own, or combined with other sets, ALL of Paper Sweeties products are adorable and filled with endless possibilities for creativity.  I hope you're like me and purchasing set by set until you own them ALL.


Thanks for visiting me today, and please be sure to stop back by tomorrow for even MORE inspiration as we wrap up the Paper Sweeties February Release.  And....don't forget about the fun challenge taking place now on the Paper Sweeties Blog.

Karen



P.S.  Before I run off, I want to link up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Cute" and my bunny is cute, isn't he?

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Tool" - I used my die-cutting machine, which is one tool I can't live without.

Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #330 - Say It With Words - I hope my sentiment says it with words.....Hoppy Easter!

Dies R Us Challenge - Challenge #67 - Think Spring - I used several Paper Sweeties die-cuts and one Spellbinders postage stamp die (behind bunny's ear).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties February Release Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  Today is the day of our Sneak Peek at Paper Sweeties for the exciting new February Release taking place this Wednesday.  All the sweet new Easter stamps and goodies you see on our Design Team's projects today through Thursday can be YOURS on the 15th (release day).  This fabulous new set called Basket Ad-On: Hoppy Easter is filled with the sweetest images including a bunny, Easter eggs, a bow, an adorable little flower, and precious sentiments.
For today's Sneak Peek Event project, I used just a few of the stamps and dies from this sweet new set.  I stamped the bunny, and since I don't have the basket in my stash yet; I had the bunny peeking over a miniature kraft envelope while perched on a small snippet of a Strawberry Paper Straw.  As always, Paper Sweeties provides the sweetest Stamp Sets and coordinating Sweet Cuts (quality metal dies) to make cutting easy.  All of Paper Sweeties' sets work beautifully on their own, and when combined with any and all other adorable sets they carry.  You'll want to be sure to catch every project every day (today through Thursday) to see all the versatility this sweet new Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter set provides.
You'll also see that I stamped the bunny's ears in a floral patterned paper and attached one Sugar Sprinkle Sequin and one Strawberry Sequin to his ears.  I also cut several of the sweet tiny flowers out of pattern paper using the Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts.  They make such a sweet little accents here and there...on bunny's ears and on my snippet of Strawberry Paper Straw.  Every last little piece of this set is precious!
You can see up close how ADORABLE these stamps and sweet cuts/dies are.  And those precious little sequins and tiny die-cut flowers.....precious!  February's Release is just another one of those "must have" sets.  And you can't get YOURS this Wednesday at Paper Sweeties.  Here's the list of my other Design Teammates participating in today's inspirational event, and I know they each have something FABULOUS to share with you all:


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!
Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another project and even more fun with our February Release, Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter!

Karen



P.S.  Before I run off, I want to link up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Cute" and my bunny is cute, isn't he?

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Tool" - I used my die-cutting machine, which is one tool I can't live without.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Blog Hop Time at RRR

Hurray!!  It's that wonderful time of the month for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, and I'm really glad you're here.  If you arrived here by way of Bonnie's Blog, you're in the right place.  However, if you just happened to stop by, you can easily join the blog hop by starting on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  It's not a long hop, and someone will win this gorgeous assortment.  All the RRR Design Team Members are showcasing this month's sweet new Ribbon Club Assortment filled with lovely trims for Valentine's Day and all the way through Spring, and more.  The monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a great way to assure you always have beautiful seasonal ribbons and trims for all your crafting projects.
As I've mentioned SO many times, ALL of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims work together so nicely to compliment one another.  The Ribbon Club Assortment is always a wonderful collection on its own, or when mixed with other RRR trims and Embellishments.  These hair bows all have French Clips on the back; and because these amazing French Clips come in so many different sizes (to accommodate all hair lengths and thicknesses), you can find the perfect size for your needs.  The (first) bigger bow uses a 60mm French Clip, and the two smaller bows (second photo) use the 40mm French Clips.
As I always do for RRR Blog Hops, I'm sharing some sweet hair bows that were created using EVERY ONE of the lovely ribbons and trims found in the Ribbon Club Assortment.  This includes the 3/8” Apple Green Satin with Grosgrain Edge Ribbon3/8” Pink and Green Chevron Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon5/8” Diamond Satin Geranium Pink5/8” Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon Apple Green3/8” Funky Flowers on White Grosgrain,  5/8” Satin Swirls Ribbon Geranium Pink5/8” Delicate Stitched Satin Apple Green3/8” Pink & Green Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon, and finally the 3/8” Checkerboard Satin Geranium Pink.  The Ribbon Club Assortment is the perfect way to ensure that you always have every perfect trim for each project you want to create throughout every season and every occasion of the year.  You can sign up today to have the beautiful Ribbon Club Assortment delivered to your front door each and every month.
Your next stop on the hop is at the blog of my sweet and talented Co-Designer, Kathy.  As always, I'm sure she has something lovely to share with you all.  Don't forget to stop at each blog and leave a comment, and then answer the question at the end of the blog hop so that you will be eligible to win this sweet collection for yourself.  Also, don't forget about the fun challenge taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Have a great week!
Karen

Sunday, February 12, 2017

From Me To You

Hey, peeps!  This is my third card for the challenge at Verve using their sweet digital freebie called Love From Me, and I've really enjoyed having fun with this sweet set.  Since I love coffee, all the little coffee cups are super fun, and all the LOVE sentiments are so sweet.  This card I created is a little different from the other two which were more of what the challenge called for (a patterned paper, a doily, the sentiment, and a bow...or something of that nature.  This one uses some of the smaller elements in this adorable set, and I just LOVE how it turned out.
Other than the Verve printables, I also used a piece of washi tape, some pearl accent stickers, a doily, some seam binding, flowers and a leave, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink to ink the edges of everything.  The patterned paper background is a piece from Crate Paper's Pretty Party line.  I will most definitely be sending this card to someone special.
Here are some challenges where I absolutely LOVE playing along, and where this particular card will fit the theme right now:

Verve Stamps - Love From Me Digital Freebie Challenge - I have LOVED playing with these sweet printables, and playing along in this awesome challenge for the chance to win a fabulous prize from Verve Stamps.  Thanks, Julee!

Simon Says Start Monday Challenge - Young At Heart

Simon Says Start Wednesday Challenge - Cute.  You tell me....is my card cute?  I hope so.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

I'm so grateful that you've stopped by today.  Thanks for the visit, and have a blessed day!

Karen