Monday, May 4, 2015

Celebrating Mom at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal we are celebrating MOMS, and I'm always happy to make a card for my dear Mom and/or Mother-in-Law because, as we all know, our Moms have done so much for us.  I created this card using a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card.  I attached a "wooden" background patterned paper with some coordinating accessories and stickers.  To that, I added a Lunch Bag Kraft Card Sleeve Envelope which is the perfect size for a gift card, and matches the Lunch Bag Kraft Note Cards perfectly. 
Karen Letchworth
I tied some old-fashioned Black Baker's Twine around the Lunch Bag Kraft Card Sleeve Envelope and tucked a Small Grungy Prim Shipping Tag inside it for journaling purposes.  I also attached a small piece of Black With White Polka Dot Washi Tape to the side of the card for fun.  The Kraft Outlet carries several sweet varieties of Decorative Washi Tapes.  It would be awesome to have you play along in this week's "MOTHER'S DAY" challenge for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to The Kraft Outlet

Happy crafting, and have a blessed week!
Karen

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Crate Paper Party Day Card

One of my daughters told me this morning, "WOOPS MOM, I forgot to tell you that I need a Birthday card TODAY"!  Well, I grabbed a sweet line I have which is Party Day by Crate Paper, and I got some inspiration from Pinterest and made this card.  It turned out pretty cute, and she was relieved to have the card she needed.  It's almost completely made from Crate Paper Party Day, with the exception of some baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon and some sequins from V's Sweet Ideas.  This fun Birthday actually falls on May 5, which is "Cinco De Mayo".  A real celebration!
I did a little bit of inking, some machine stitching, and layered all the cute patterned papers and matching embellishments from the set.  I like how it turned out, and will definitely be using this line for a few more cards.  It's just a fun, bright card, and I hope the birthday girl really enjoys it.

These are the challenges I've found where I can enter this card:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Linky Party - Anything Goes

Live & Love Crafts - Ice Cream - While there's no actual ice cream on my card, I think we ALL know why we show up for Birthday parties (let's be honest here)......it's for the cake and ICE CREAM.  Am I right?
 
Inspired By Stamping - Challenge #93 - I chose to follow the sketch for this challenge.  It's a little bit of a busy sketch, and I have a lot going on here; but I really thought it was a cute layout/sketch, and it allowed me to incorporate several sweet embellishments.
 
Amusing Challenges - A Muse Studio - Cinco De Mayo - Cinco De Mayo is all about celebrating.  This card was made to CELEBRATE a birthday that just so happens to fall EXACTLY on Cinco De Mayo, and my daughter will give this card to her friend on that special day of celebration.

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by to say hello, and have a blessed week.
Karen


Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas

This month at V's Sweet Ideas, our challenge theme is "Emboss It", and that can mean either pressure embossing (like I used), or it can be embossed stamped images.  Any way you interpret it, you will have great fun with this month's challenge.  For my card, I used a piece of cream colored cardstock, and pressure embossed it with a musical embossing folder.  That made a cute background.  Next, I added several gorgeous flowers, ribbons and trims vertically along the right hand side of my card.  I also added a canvas heart, a Maya Road canvas tag attached with a lovely Maya Road stick pin, and I applied a Melissa Frances rub-on to the canvas tag.  It turned out really cute, and was a very easy card to make.  I also rubbed some ink on my musical embossed image to show the dimension it has.  By simply adding ribbon, baker's twine, seam binding and some embellishments, it really adds something special to the card.
 
I also used some of V's Sweet Ideas sequins on my card to make it "POP" a bit.  I added little color-coordinated pearl accent stickers to the sequins to make them more noticeable.  It's a sweet accent, and sequins are VERY popular right now.  Sequins are VERY popular right now, and V's Sweet Ideas has LOTS of great colors of sequins at great prices to accent all your cards and projects that you will just LOVE!
We really hope that you will stop by to play along in this month's Anything Goes Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas for your chance to win a gift certificate to their ADORABLE Sweet Shoppe!  If you've never checked out V's Sweet Shoppe, you will definitely want to do so because their products are DARLING!  We also really enjoy having you play with us, and appreciate your participation so very much.
I am SO incredibly grateful that you've taken the time to stop by today and say hello to me.  Your visits to my blog are SUCH an encouragement to me, and I hope I can adequately express how much it means to me that you take time out of your busy schedules to visit my blog, take a peek at my projects, and leave a little bit of love (in the form of a comment).  I can't wait to visit your blog and see your "Emboss It" project.  THANK YOU for being such a blessing to me.

I'm sharing my card in these AWESOME SSS challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
 
Have an awesome week,
Karen

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fun Photo Inspiration Challenge at RRR

It's time for another SUPER FUN, and beautiful, challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time, we have a GORGEOUS inspiration photo for you to use on your cards and projects.  You don't have to take it literally, just let something (anything) in the photo inspire you; whether it's the colors, the textures, the shapes, etc., YOU decide what you want to create.  As long as you use some ribbon or trim on your card or project, it will be just PERFECT; and we're always delighted to have you play along with us.  There's also LOTS of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to get you started.  This is my card, using LOTS of great ribbons, trims and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon:
I started my card with some patterned papers that I machine stitched together for the base.  Next, I ran several lengths of Black Licorice Baker's Twine up the side of my card, and attached a bow in the upper left-hand corner which includes more of the sweet Black Licorice Baker's Twine, as well as some beautiful Pink Aster Seam Binding.  It's topped with the lovely Deep Ivory Roses and the Pink Open Roses, which are the perfect touch.  I can hardly wait to see how this lovely inspiration photo will inspire YOU!
I created my sentiment by applying a rub-on to a tiny Maya Road canvas tag and adding some little color-coordinated pearl accent stickers.  The little green wire swirls on the Wild Orchid Craft Open Roses are just beautiful, and offer that special little touch.  You will absolutely LOVE all the sweet flowers carried at Really Reasonable Ribbon; not to mention all the fabulous ribbon and trims.
 
We really hope that you will stop by to play along with us.  It always blesses us when you play along in our challenges.  We also hope you will check out the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop.  You can NEVER have enough ribbon!
 
I'm sharing my card in the following AWESOME SSS challenges:
 
 
Thanks for visiting.
Be a blessing always,
Karen

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just Imagine

Hello, friends of Really Reasonable Ribbon!  Today I'm dreaming of my (some day) trip to Paris.  But for now, I will "just imagine" this trip and make it a beautiful dream in my mind.  I have a friend who is about to take that dream trip, and this card is for her.
It was created with old Colorbok patterned papers and embellishments from my stash, and was "made dreamy" with goodies from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I added a vertical strip of Mimosa Yellow Seam Binding to my card, and also included the same Mimosa Yellow, as well as Charcoal Gray Seam Binding in my big bow.  I topped the bow with some Mulberry Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts including two of the sweet 10 mm Black Open Roses and a Yellow Rose.  I added a vellum pocket with Black Burlap String, Oyster Baker's Twine and Double-Faced Light Silver Satin Ribbon wrapped around it.  Inside the envelope, there is a small journaling tag that's tied with Gray Plaid Ribbon and Mimosa Yellow Seam Binding.
The Colorbok line I used for this card also included some cute vellum envelopes (and other little die-cuts) so, in an effort to use up my stash, I decided to create a matching envelope to go along with this card.  I'm giving it to a friend who is getting ready to take her dream trip to Paris.  I tucked some spending cash in the envelope, and also thought it would be a great place for her to save some photos of her trip, and maybe do a bit of journaling as well.  I LOVE using Decorative Bags and Envelopes for this purpose.  On the large envelope, you will see a bow made from Gray Plaid/Gingham Ribbon Light Blue Burlap String and Ivory Burlap String.  On the smaller envelope, I added a button that is also tied with the Ivory Burlap String.
If you can't head to Paris just yet, perhaps you CAN treat yourself to some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's GORGEOUS ribbons, trims, and flowers, and then create something DREAMY to share in our current challenge.  We just LOVE seeing all the fabulous creations you make with your Really Reasonable Ribbons.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I really hope that you will take time to "Just Imagine" all the beautiful things you can create with our wonderful ribbons and trims.

I'm sharing my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
 
Keep dreaming,
Karen

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Proverbs 31 Woman

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."  This is verse 1 of Proverbs 31, and the rest of this beautiful passage (verses 1-31) describe the woman of God and the attributes she will possess.  Many women focus on what brand of purse they carry, the labels on their clothing, how fit their bodies are, or what possessions they own.  But the virtuous woman is more concerned with her character and her family, and is a blessed woman because she lives with no anxiety; knowing her family is well taken care of and happy.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Coach purse, a new outfit, and not having belly fat.....but those are not the things that define me.  My greatest joy is knowing that I am molding and living my life after the Proverbs 31 woman; and that means I have FAR less worry, stress and anxiety than many women because I have the peace of knowing I am doing everything I possibly can to  serve my family the way God intended.  And PLEASE, dear friends, don't think that I'm boasting or bragging about what a great person I am.  It is 100% by the grace of God that I have the blessed life I do.  I'm just His willing servant; but let me tell you.....it brings SUCH joy and peace to strive to be that Proverbs 31 woman.
As we approach Mother's Day, I encourage you to read Proverbs 31 and examine the words of King Lemuel's wise mother.  She wanted her son to be a great king, and not to fall into the traps of a worldly woman.  These beautiful words she shared can bless our lives today.  You can learn and grow from these words, and become a better wife, mother, and woman.  And if your Mother possessed these qualities, then take time to either thank her for her Proverbs 31 heart (if she is living), or to thank God for giving you a mother who lived her life by these virtues.  Yes, the Bible is old.  But the Bible is still FULL of wise and relevant advice for living a happy and blessed life.
 
My card was created using some VERY old Bo Bunny patterned papers, and the scripture was printed on vellum and then die-cut using a PTI die.  I machine stitched them, added a tiny Tim Holtz rusty paper clip, a beautiful pink glittered flower, a bit of Prima lace, and a seam binding bow.  I'm going to share it in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes
 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes
 
Papertrey Ink - Challenge #210 Make It Monday - Using Vellum to Soften Patterns - This is a lovely technique.  I used Papertrey Ink's Rustic Twine in Cream (Ivory), as well as their Happy Notes Die-Cut
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
Blessings to you all,
Karen

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chalkboard LOVE at Crop Stop

Hello, crafty friends!  Today I'm posting a sweet project I created for my Guest Design spot with Crop Stop.  I've been having so much FUN playing with their sweet products.  I want to share this beautiful Chalkboard Slate that I decorated with some lovely Crop Stop embellishments.  I used some old Making Memories foam stamps for the (LOVE) sentiment by stamping it in ivory acrylic paint, and also dusting the edges and handle in acrylic paint.  Once that dried, I added some accents to each letter using several more Crop Stop products including Cosmic Shimmer Glue Sparkle (in Holly), Doodlebug Mini Pearls, Petaloo Sugared Berries (in Teal), and Natural Burlap String.

I absolutely LOVED these gorgeous Petaloo Botanica Suguared Berries.  In fact, the packages come with three sweet little bundles in each package.  I used two of the bundles on this one project.  They're SO lovely, and I am CERTAIN that I will be needing more of these.  I just HAD to take a close-up photo to show you how GORGEOUS they are, and how lovely they look  magnified/up close.  They're absolutely STUNNING in person.  They come in several amazingly vibrant colors.  Here's a peek, but the full project photos are on the Crop Stop Blog.
This hanging turned out SO beautifully that I plan to use it as a gift.  Anyone would be proud to hang this in their home.  Crop Stop has SO many amazing products to help you decorate your home.  These Mixed Media Chalkboard Slates come in three sizes (6x6 inch - that's the one I used, 10x10 inch, and 12x12 inch).  You can find the perfect size for your next project or gift.  The little "bundles" also have some small scraps of ink-stained vintage lace, as does the bow on the metal handle.  Could this be any sweeter?  Well...you can only see this sneak peek here.  If you'd like to see the entire hanging, be sure to stop by the Crop Stop Blog for a closer look.
 
I encourage you to take some time to browse around at Crop Stop.  You will absolutely LOVE all the sweet supplies, mixed media products, embellishments and supplies you will find to help enhance your crafting.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderfully creative week.
 
Blessings,
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my project in this challenge:
Live & Love Crafts - Challenge #34 - Signs of Spring - I love using lots of flowers and soft, sweet touches of Spring.