Friday, November 27, 2015

You're So Sweet

Hello, my friends!  I sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you had an opportunity to thank God for all the wonderful blessings in your life.  We all have our struggles; but God is good, and we are truly a blessed people.  Our family had a wonderful time together yesterday, and I am SO very grateful for all that God has given us.  Most of all, I'm grateful for His precious gift of salvation and for the assurance of knowing where we will spend eternity because of the faith we have each placed in what He did for us on the cross.  God is SO good!
It was nice to take a quick break from creating Christmas cards to make this one little card for CropStop.  I wanted to show off more of the AWESOME die-cuts sold at CropStop.  This card uses one of My Favorite Things dies called Rolled Daisy.  I cut it from wool felt and placed some buttons in the center of each flower.  CropStop carries SO MANY great dies, stamps, inks, and more.  You will be sure to find something useful.  CropStop also has a fun challenge each month where you can enter to win some goodies from the CropStop store.  The challenges are always Anything Goes, and we would really love to have you play along with us.

I used some super old Making Memories patterned papers that I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut.  I added some yellow lace, some pink gingham ribbon, and a stamped sentiment from a My Favorite Things Stamp Set which is also sold at CropStop.  They really do carry a lot of great items.  I hope you will stop by to take a look, and be sure to link up in the current challenge.

I'm entering this card here:

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

Have a blessed week!

P.S.  Before I run off, I want to let you all know that Really Reasonable Ribbon is having a BIG SALE to celebrate Black Friday,  It will last through Sunday (Friday - Sunday) so be sure to take advantage of these great bargains on Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pretty Little Studio & Imagine That

For those of you who know me at all, you know what Wednesdays mean to me......a new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  God has blessed this little challenge blog SO much from the time it started.  It has grown from having just four entries in our first challenge to now having upwards of 200 entries per week.  God has also given us so many AMAZING and generous sponsors.  My cup runneth over with thankfulness for all that He has provided through this little ministry in blog land, and my prayer is that those who visit Word Art Wednesday will be blessed by the scriptures and encouraging thoughts we share from God's Word; and that we provide a fun place for fellowship to share the talents God has given each of us.  If you haven't stopped by yet to play along, I warmly welcome you to link up with us. We would LOVE to have you join us!
Our primary (product) sponsor this week at Word Art Wednesday is the ADORABLE and whimsical vintage goodness called Pretty Little Studio.  One lucky person will win themselves a $25 Gift Certificate to spend however they wish at this lovely shop.  I created my sample card this week using just a few of their little goodies including a piece of flair from their My Deer Flair Collection, and a sweet little piece of ephemera called Fern The Fawn as well as one of their sweet Together Tags (red polka dot).  Here's a close-up view of that sweet flair:
I used some old Making Memories patterned papers, vintage sheet music, machine stitching, green baker's twine, solid red baker's twine, and solid natural baker's twine (all trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon).  I added this week's scripture (word art) on the inside of my card.

Our digital sponsor this week is Imagine That By Kris, and one lucky person will win three (3) images of choice from her sweet digi shop.  So, there are lots of great reasons to stop by and play along in our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday.

I really hope that you will join us.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and be sure to have a nice BIG slice of pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream.

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

Counting my blessings,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Gingerbread Man

As some of you may know, I've been Guest Deisgning for Frantic Stamper for a few months now, and I've been having a lot of fun creating with these awesome new die-cuts. These Precision Dies are wafer-thin, and they cut through EVERYTHING I've tried like sliding a knife through warm butter.  I've cut paper, vellum, cardstock, felt, material, and lace; and every single time I've gotten a crisp, clean cut.  And the selection.......well, let's just say that Frantic Stamper has just about every shape and sentiment you can imagine.  You will definitely want to check it out at Franctic Stamper.  I've been asked to stay on and design a bit longer, and I have to tell you that I am really LOVING this opportunity, so......stay tuned!
This is just a simple little tag that I created using a Grungy Prim Tag covered with Christmas patterned paper, and machine stitched a piece of vellum onto it; placing confetti under the vellum that was cut out using the adorable Christmas Confetti Die-Cut.  On top of that, I paper pieced my sweet little gingerbread man.  How sweeet is he?
The gingerbread man is actually Frantic Stamper's Gingerbread Boy Precision Die-Cut.  It has all the tiny little pieces that make it look like an authentic gingerbread man. The set has the gingerbread boy himself, eyes, a smile, a bow tie, frosting drizzles on his wrists and feet, stripes and buttons on his shirt.  There's not a single detail missed.  It's just SO sweet!
I  also added a piece of May Arts ribbon to the top of the tag, a stick pin, a Papertrey Ink tiny tag with stamped sentiment, and some Christmas colored sequins.  I like having lots of tags to put on each gift for Christmas gift-giving; but there are SO MANY other great projects you could create with these two great die-cuts.  If you do happen to create some Frantic Stamper projects, we sure would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page so we can see your creativity using Frantic Stamper Dies.

I'm going to share my tag in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says Christmas

Dream Valley Chalenges - Challenge #120 - Stitching - Real or Faux - I chose to use machine stitchaing (as I almost always do). I LOVE stitching!

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #30 - Monochromatic - I'm not great at monochromatic, but I tried.  I used Frantic Stamper dies which are sold at Scrapy Land Dies.

I apologize if I have typographical errors in this post. I'm half asleep as I made this blog post at 4:00 AM because I was restless.  Time to go get some sleep!


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas is Coming!

Hello there friends, and welcome back to my little piece of Blogland.  I have been SUPER DUPER creative this past week as I prepare for my annual Craft Boutique.  I spent five WONDERFUL days with my BFF, and I whipped out 25 lovely cards, two mini albums, two toilet paper roll decorations, two french fry box gift holders, seven gift card holders, and a few other little goodies.  I actually feel like I'm getting there; and I'm truly hopeful that I will have a decent supply of items on hand for the boutique.  Now, I just have to pray for LOTS of customers!
All three of these cards were created with Carta Bella's new Winter Wonderland collection.   I fell in love with the sweet patterned papers, ephemera, stickers, and chipboard.  I created quite a bit with this lovely collection including the "french fry" boxes I posted yesterday in my Silver and Gold Post.  I will continue using it until every last  bit of it is used up because it's SO nostalgique and sweet!  This first card (above) also uses an October Afternoon journalling card, painted glittered jingle bells, a stamped sentiment, inking, machine stitching, and some lovely Solid Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The second card is super simple.....just a card stock base, Carta Bella Winter Wonderland patterned paper, sticker and ephemera, machine stitching, vintage baker's twine, Lipstick Red Seam Binding and Solid Red Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a tiny gold berry.
And the third card uses two patterned papers from the Carta Bella Winter Wonderland collection, along with a piece of the ephemera, a card stock bordered backdrop, machine stitching, and Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Ariana Natural Crochet Lace, and Navy Blue Tulle from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I'm sharing my Christmas creations in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says, "Christmas"

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge Blog - Friends and Family - My cards include several things that my family LOVES to do - Christmas carrolling together, building snowmen, and celebrating Christmas.  What a fun challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a creative and blessed week, and please stop by again soon.  By the way, you're always MOST WELCOME to stop by and play along in our weekly Anything Goes/Family Friendly Challenges at Word Art Wednesday for your chance to win some AWESOME prizes.  This week, we have a $25 Gift Certificate to Stamp & Create and a digital prize from the gorgeous Moonlighting by Mary.  I'd really enjoy seeing your projects, so be sure to link up wth us.


It's All About Family

One of the (MANY) things I love about designing for Really Reasonable Ribbon (I mean.....besides their amazing ribbons, laces, trims, flowers, hair accessories, decorative bags, etc.) is that they understand and promote the importance of family.  We're all encouraged to put our families first, and our Design Team has even become a bit of an extended family with whom we share our struggles, our sorrows, and our achievements.  It's so nice to design for companies that care about our families.
This card was made with family in mind.  I intend to send it to my sister-in-law (Audra's sister, Pam).  She has really been missing Audra lately, and struggling to fill in the empty spaces in her heart.  Little things often remind us of someone we love, and it's just so difficult to get past it.  I'm hoping this card will lift her spirits a bit.
I started with some Simple Stories patterned paper.  Then, I added LOTS of great ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I ran a length of 1.5" Champagne Netting across my card, and then made my big beautiful bow using some more of the 1.5" Champagne Netting, some Brown Plaid Ribbon, Burlap With Brown Center Stitch, Juliet Natural Crochet Lace, Burnt Rust Seam Binding, and a length of Natural Burlap String.  Then, I added a brown button and tied it with some Wheat Stripe Baker's Twine and some Brown Sugar Baker's Twine.  Once again, you can see how all of Really Reasonable Ribbons trims work together so well.

Really Reasonable Ribbon has SO many great trims, and you're sure to find the perfect embellishments for your next card or project.  I hope you will stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to look around.  We also invite you to join us in our Current Challenge.  We love seeing your creations.

Have a blessed week!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Silver/Gold Challenge at RRR

Today we start a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon; and this time our theme is Silver and/or Gold.  I've heard people saying that they don't use a lot of silver or gold on their projects.  And so, for that reason, I've created a few projects to share with you all that use silver and gold, but in a very subtle way.  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries SO many great ribbons and trims; including some lovely silver and gold trims that are very thin, so that you can give your cards and projects just the right amount of BLING to make them pop.  These projects I'm sharing here are for those of you who just want a little touch of silver and gold.  But if you're the crafter who LOVES using silver and gold, and just can't get enough of it, then Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ribbon of the Month Assortment is just for you this month.  You can see this lovely collection and all the great silver and gold projects our talented Design Team has created by stopping by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  That's also where you can link up your cards and projects.  The only rules are to use silver and/or gold, and to use some sort of ribbon or other trim.
My first project are these three little pillow boxes.  Pillow boxes are PERFECT for giving a gift card.  You can add a little to/from tag, and then tuck the gift card inside.  I covered the fronts of mine with vintage sheet music that I inked.  Then, I added a few embellishments (a small wreath on one, some gold glittered berries to two, and a to/from tag on one), and then I added my ribbons.  I used the sweet Red Chevron Striped Twill, Solid Red Baker's Twine, Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Solid Natural Baker's Twine, and the glimmery and gorgeous Metallic Gold String.  This lovely Metallic Gold String also comes in silver, and is such a MUST-HAVE item.  It adds just the right POP of bling to any card or project, and is also great for tying on jingle bells and other embellishments and accents.  Here's a closer look at it.
For my next project, I created some more gift-giving holders.  These are a bit bigger, and can hold some candies, a piece of jewelry, gift cards, etc.  I didn't have any Lindor Truffles to tuck inside my boxes (as I had planned) because a certain person in my house DEVOURED them.  Did I metion that I have a teenage son?  Yes, they eat EVERYTHING!  I did tuck in a peppermint candy stick and a gift card, but you can fit quite a bit in these sweet little boxes.  I covered them with patterned paper that I machine stitched and inked, and then embellished them with more of Really Reasonable Ribbon's FABULOUS trims.
or this first box, I ran a length of Emerald Green Grosgrain around the box.  Then, I added the chipboard piece and embellished it with some Lipstick Red Seam BindingSolid Natural Baker's Twine, and again the lovely Metallic Gold String.  And here is a closer look at that one where you can again see that wonderful POP of gold.
The second french fry box is very similar but uses a different patterned paper, different chipboard accent, and is adorned with a length of Red Grosgrain (wrapped around it), and some more of the beautiful Lipstick Red Seam Binding (another MUST-HAVE all year round).
I also added the glittered gold berries to this one, and topped that with a sweet little bow made from the WONDERFUL Metallic Gold String.  It's just the sweetest string you'll ever see, and is so perfect for the holidays.  Here's a closer look at that bow:
There's that FABULOUS Metallic Gold String.  Now, call me crazy if you like.....but I'm going to see how many of you are paying attention.  For anyone who purchases some of this lovely Metallic Gold String (or subscribes to the Ribbon of the Month Club) from Really Reasonable Ribbon before Christmas (and Bonnie will let me know/verify who has purchased it) and comes back here to leave me a comment, I will personally send you some vintage lace and other crafting goodies as a thank you.  (US residents only, sorry).

I'm linking these sweet little Christmas projects here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Christmas"

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

So you see, it doesn't matter if you're a big fan of silver and gold or not.  You can smother your project in silver and gold, or use just a touch like I did.  They're all beautiful to us, and we LOVE them all.  It doesn't matter.  As long as it has ribbon or trim, and includes silver and/or gold, it's perfect for our new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and we would LOVE to have you play along with us.  I wish you all a happy and blessed week.  Until next time.....

Count your blessings,

Friday, November 13, 2015

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

It's that FUN time of the month once again for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from the talented Nancy Hill's Blog, you're in the right place.  However, if you just happened upon this post; you will want to go back and start on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with the most gorgeous Silver & Gold ribbons for Christmas and all the way into the new year.  Aren't these ribbons just beautiful?  The Ribbon Club Assortment is a great way to get montly ribbons that will help you be prepared for crafting in every season of the year, and it's a great savings.  There's LOTS of great inspiration at each stop along the way, and at the end of the hop you can answer the final question for your chance to be the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of this month's Blog Hop.  Thanks for joining us!
My hairbows were made using several of the lovely ribbons from this month's Ribbon Club Assortment including the GORGEOUS Crosshatch on Gold Satin Ribbon, Light Silver Satin With Grosgrain EdgeDiagonal Stripe Light Silver and Old Gold on Satin Ribbon, Shimmer Satin Old Gold, Judy White Crocheted Lace, Shimmer Satin Shell Grey, Christmas Ornaments Light Silver and Old Gold Satin Ribbon, Delicate Stitched Satin Old Gold, and Random Stars on Light Silver Satin Ribbon.  AND YES.......That's ALL of the ribbons from this month's assortment.  Don't they all work perfectly together?
Really Reasonable Ribbon not only has all the best ribbons, laces and trims for making bows and headbands, but they also carry ALL the clips and bands you will need.  You can find the French Clips I used (they come in six different sizes), and all of our Headbands and other hair supplies.  Really Reasonable Ribbon really has it ALL!

Your next stop on the Blog Hop is at the talented Kathy Clement's Blog and she is sure to have something AMAZING prepared for you.  Also, don't forget to answer the question on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog at the end of the hop.  We're SO glad that you've chosen to hop along with us this month.  Be sure to check out the Ribbon Club Assortment and get signed up to have these wonderful collections mailed to your doorstep each month.

Happy hopping and happy crafting,