Friday, September 30, 2016

Wing Of Bat

Hello, friends!  Thanks for stopping by.  Tonight I'm sharing a card I made using lots of fun products from my stash.  When it comes to Halloween cards, I don't have any complete lines for creating them.  Instead, I use a little bit of whatever I happen to have (which isn't much) and put it all together until I come up with somethings that looks OK together. This was a lot of fun to make.
I used some super old patterned papers and stickers from Melissa Frances, some black card stock for the base, a strip of cream card stock, some JilliBean Soup ephemera, black baker's twine, black DMC floss, a tiny bottle of sand, a cute Jolee's bat sticker with wobbly eyes, a seam binding bow, and some machine stitching.  Like I said, a little of this and a little of that until it all somehow comes together.

I'm sharing this card in a couple of FUN challenges:

Choux Choux Paper Art - Lori Hairston's Blog - Halloween Challenge 2016 - Thanks again, Lori.  I was so excited when I got your message in my in-box letting me know that you were hosting another fun challenge, and I couldn't wait to play along.  This is my third, and final entry.  I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and inspiration in putting together these awesome challenges for us.

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

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.  I know I'm sure going to enjoy mine because I get to see our daughter and son-in-law which is always a fun time for our entire family.  I can't WAIT!!

Blessings to you,
Karen


Dream, Wish, Believe

Hello, all my creative peeps!  Welcome back to my blog today as I share a sweet card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I recently picked up some beautiful "specialty" papers at Michael's.  It's hard to see it in the photos, but this music paper is actually glittered.  It looks so much prettier in real life, but I couldn't quite capture it with my camera.
Because the paper is so pretty, I didn't want to overwhelm it.  I added two felt hearts that I layered using a stitched die-cut.  On top of that, I added a big bow that I created with lots of great products from Really Reasonable Ribbon including bow made with a length of Ivory Seam Binding, Black Seam Binding, Black Burlap String, and 3/8" Black Gingham Ribbon.  Then, I added some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's fabulous Mulberry Flowers including two Black Open Roses, a Deep Ivory Open Rose, and a 30 mm Green Mulberry Leaf.  They look so pretty, and are always the perfect touch to any project.
I hand cut a little banner from ivory card stock that I stamped in Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink.   I added a couple of sequins here and there, but really kept the ribbons and embellishments from Really Reasonable Ribbon as the star of this card.
Finally!  This last close-up shot gives you a better look at the glittered texture of this "specialty" paper.  It's real thick, too.  The black and ivory ribbons and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon compliment it SO nicely.  I can always find the perfect ribbons, trims, twines, flowers, leaves and more to embellish ALL my projects at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I encourage you to follow the links and stock up on some of your favorites.  And don't forget about the FUN CHALLENGE taking place now on the RRR Blog.

I'm sharing my card in these challenges:

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

Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog - Challenge #169 - Use Ribbons and/or Lace

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thy Word

It's time once again for a SUPER FUN challenge at Word Art Wednesday; and we're sponsored this time by the amazing Simon Says Stamp so it's a great week to play along.  I know that if it wasn't a conflict of interest, I sure would want to enter these awesome challenges.  I feel like Word Art Wednesday has the BEST sponsors of any challenge blog out there.  We've just been SO blessed, and we already have an awesome calendar of sponsors lined up again for 2017 (including several international sponsors for our participants in the UK and other countries).  I really hope that you will ALL stop by to play along.  I just LOVE seeing all the amazing art you share with us.
I made this card using some gorgeous gold specialty papers from Michael's that I picked up on a sale recently.  I layered the glittery gold with the gold vellum and embossed dictionary paper, and then added some gold glittered feathers, a vintage gold button, and gold metallic baker's twine.  I printed the word art/scripture file onto white card stock and embossed the image, and used a Spellbinders die-cut to frame it.  Finally, I went over the edges with gold Stickles.
I just love all that gold, glitter and glam, and seeing the scripture as the focal point.  It's always so much fun to create my cards for Word Art Wednesday.  You are most welcome to save the free digital word art, but you're never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.  We just want you to link up your art so that we can see what you're creating.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the challenge taking place now on the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog.  Have a blessed week, and please stop back by my blog again soon.  I appreciate your sweet comments.

I'm playing along here:

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

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Powder Power" - I love embossing.  I'm not real good at it, but I do love how it looks.

Karen

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trick Or Treat

Hello, everyone!  I'm so glad you've stopped by my blog today.  This is a busy time of year for us all, and as Christmas begins to draw near, we will all get even busier and busier.  We don't find the time we wish we had to craft and create, but when we do; it's always a fun time.  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, but I do like the "cute" stuff, and the no-so-spooky side.  As I've explained in years passed, I enjoy using this time as an opportunity to spread the love of Jesus Christ with all the little ones who stop by our house on Halloween in their costumes.  Each year, I make up 100 little bags with some candies, a little toy, and a Halloween Gospel tract.  It's our opportunity to share God's love with these kids as well as their families as they go through their candy when they get home.
I made this little Halloween tag using a Grungy Prim Stained Tag that I covered with a couple different October Afternoon patterned papers, added some orange pom pom trim, some JilliBean Soup ephemera, Melissa Frances rub-ons, Green Apple Baker's Twine, Orange Seam Binding, and the sweet little image is from Iralamija Etsy Shop from her Pumpkin Collage Sheet.  
These are the challenges where I'm going to be sharing this little Halloween tag:

ChouxChoux Paper Art - Lori Hairston's Blog - 2016 Halloween Challenge - Lori also has several sweet free printables available on her blog for you all.  Thanks for all the fun, Lori!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Gift It" - This little tag is for my niece.  I'll be sending out lots of sweet little treats for all my nieces and nephews for Halloween.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.  And thanks so much for stopping by today.

Karen

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spooky Fun With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome to my blog today as I share a cute little Halloween project I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with "not so spooky" black, orange, green and purple FUN in this festive collection.  The Really Reasonable Ribbon monthly Ribbon Club is a great way to ensure you'll always have the perfect ribbons for every season and every occasion.  I sure enjoy them.
I made this cute little treat for my niece, Alexa.  It's a simple little short mason jar that I filled with big black, orange and green gumballs.  I painted and glittered the ring of the jar to give it some personality, and then I wrapped a long length of Orange Seam Binding around it and tied it into a bow.  I also cut a circle from orange/black striped material and placed it over a piece of cardboard on the inside of the jar rim to decorate the top.  
Next, I added a Spellbinders spider's web die-cut, and bows made from several of this month's Ribbon Club Assortment including  a length of the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Tangerine With Gold3/8" Spider Web Print on Black Silk Ribbon3/8" Wonky Orange and Black Squares on White Satin Ribbon, and I also added a couple of RRR trims that aren't from this month Ribbon Club Assortment.  Those trims include some 1.5" Gray Netting, and some Solid Green Baker's Twine.
Oh.....and let's not forget that cute little Jolee's spider I placed on top of the bow.  I've had a package of these spiders for years, and Halloween is the only time I ever use them.  They're very old, but still cute and useful.  I just LOVE how all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's ribbons and products work together so well and compliment one another so nicely.  You simply can't go wrong by purchasing some ribbons and goodies from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you will stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to do some shopping, to get some great inspiration from our daily blog posts, and of course to play along in our fun challenges.

I'm sharing my "Not So Spooky" creation in the following:

Choux Choux Paper Arts - Lori Hairston's Halloween/Autumn Challenge - I was SO excited when I got an email telling me that Lori was hosting another FUN challenge!

Simon Says Stamp- Wednesday Challenge: Gift It - As explained above, this little Halloween treat is a gift for my niece, Alexa.

Have a blessed day!
Karen

Friday, September 16, 2016

Favorite Song

Being such a big lover of music, it's super hard for me to nail down my one "favorite song" because I love so many songs and so many types of music.  However, for the challenge at As You Like It, I've chosen to enter the song "Hello" by Lionel Richie.  The reason why I chose this particular song is because my oldest daughter used to sing this song when she was little.
I used Crate Paper patterned papers and chipboard sentiment (Hello) to create this card as well as a JilliBean Soup ephemera tag and some baker's twine.  I kept it very simple (at least for me) because I also want to share it in the CAS challenge at SSS.
Here are the different challenges where I'm sharing this card:

As You Like It Challenge Blog - Favorite Song: "Hello" by Lionel Richie, and as I explained it's a favorite because my daughter would sing it to me when she was little, and she also loved the music video that went along with the song.  Lionel Richie's music was her favorite from the time she was very little, as she has loved it her whole life.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS - For me, this is a very simple card.

Have a blessed week, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Karen

Things With Wings Challenge at RRR

It's time for a FUN new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time our challenge theme is Things With Wings.  You can use an airplane, a bird, or any other winged creature or object you can imagine.  And you're welcome to share ANY type of art; whether it's a card, a scrapbook page, mixed media, home decor, etc.  You name it, and you're more than welcome to enter it into our challenge as long as it follows the challenge theme and meets one simple criteria.....it must include ribbon or some type of spooled trim.
I created two very simple cards using some October Afternoon Farmhouse products.  My first card includes these OA patterned papers that I inked on the edges with Hickory Smoke Tim Holtz Distress Ink, ephemera (circles, roundish shapes, and butterflies that I outlined with gold Stickles), and an OA button.  I also included some vintage tickets, and I wrapped my card with a nice long length of Gray Baker's Twine (currently out of stock), and I also tied it though the center of my button and tied a bow with it.  Using Baker's Twine is a great way to add a small touch of ribbon/trim without overwhelming your design.
It adds just that right touch of texture and embellishment to your card.  And here's even better news.....Baker's Twine is SUPER affordable at just $1.00 per 10-yard cut.  Yup, that's right!  Just $0.10 per yard, and Really Reasonable Ribbon carries 38 gorgeous varieties of Baker's Twine so you're sure to find all the perfect shades for every project.  And you can get them ALL without spending a small fortune.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has LOTS of great ribbons and trims at fabulously low prices to adorn all your creations.
My second card uses all the same products (October Afternoon Farmhouse) including the patterned papers, stickers, ephemera circles, sentiment sticker (with a Melissa Frances CONGRATS rub-on), bird sticker, and to finish the card, I added a Jenni Bowlin True Vintage milk cap, and an OA brown button that I tied with Brown Sugar Baker's Twine.  I also tied the Brown Sugar Baker's Twine around my card twice, and tied it into a knot to create two bows underneath the button.  You can see, once again, how this one simple trim adds so much texture and life to my simple card.
Don't forget to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to play along in this FUN new challenge, and each day for lots of great inspiration.  We love to inspire you with OUR creations, and we love to see YOUR sweet creations linked to our challenges.  Really Reasonable Ribbon wants to be YOUR first source for ribbons, trims, twines, mulberry flowers, and so much more.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen