Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Enjoy The Journey With RRR

Welcome by again, everyone!  Spring is finally here, and it's a great time to do some SHOPPING for new crafting items.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many fabulous ribbons, trims, flowers, and so much more to help you create something amazing.  I hope that this little card inspires you to pick up some new goodies and create something special to celebrate the first signs of Spring.
The patterned papers and journalling card are from a line called Spring Market by Carta Bella, and I just love them.  As always, when I go to Really Reasonable Ribbon, I can find all the perfect ribbons, trims and Embellishments to adorn this line.  Because Really Reasonable Ribbon carries such an amazing assortment of everything, you will never struggle to find the perfect colors to match any line you're working with.  That makes it so much easier....they really have every color and every style.  I kid you not.
This sweet little card was machine stitched and inked.  I added a couple of Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms from the Mixed Pinks collection to the top of my card (on the wooden piece).  At the bottom left of my card, I added a sweet little bow that includes Black Seam BindingOlive Burlap StringIvory Burlap String, one 30mm Green and White Mulberry Leaf, one 30mm Green Mulberry Leaf, I tucked in a 11mm White Heart Shaped Flatback Immitation Pearl Accent, and it's all topped with a Pink Sweetheart Blossom.

You're sure to find the perfect products for all your crafting needs.  It's Spring!   Time to treat yourself.  Enjoy!

Karen

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle & Shine - I added a wooden flower cluster that I painted cream and drenched in ultra-fine glitter to add my "sparkle".

Monday, April 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties New Release Party

Welcome by again today, friends!  I'm so glad you're here to take a peek at another sweet little tag I created for Paper Sweeties using their ADORABLE Sweeties Pets Stamp Set and coordinating brand new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts.  Some of us are cat lovers, some are dog lovers, and some are both.  Whatever tickles your fancy, this sweet new set from Paper Sweeties is sure to make a perfect addition to your crafting collection.
Our puppy, Belle, is 11 years old already.  However, I can vividly remember the very first day we brought her home.  She hid under the kitchen table.  It was the most adorable thing we'd ever seen.  This sweet stamp set helps capture those happy memories.  I simply cut the Large Tag from watercolor card stock using the fabulous For You Sweet Cuts (this tag set is a must-have which gets used all the time - you will LOVE it), and I watercolored the background in blue just a bit.   I stamped the puppy and his bone using the Sweeties Pets Stamp Set, added just a touch of color with Copics, and cut them with the new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts.  This AWESOME set includes an adorable kitty, puppy, sentiments, pet toys, a house and more.  It's SO SWEET, and like all of Paper Sweeties products, it coordinates well with everything else.  I also added a sweet bow tied with some Licorice Seam Binding and then attached a Blue Raspberry Sequin at the bottom right.

Here's the complete list of all my talented Design Team Members from Paper Sweeties who have prepared something special to inspire you today using these FABULOUS new products.  I hope you'll stop by each of their sweet blogs to take a peek at their sweet pet-inspired projects.  And don't forget that you can pick up these sets at Paper Sweeties today.  Don't miss out!



Have a blessed week,
Karen

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's Release Day at Paper Sweeties

Welcome by, friends!   Today is New Release Day at Paper Sweeties, and that means YOU can now purchase the ADORABLE new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts that coordinate with the Sweeties Pets Stamp Set.   This sweet pet-lovers set is filled with the cutest images and sentiments to help you create something "PAWS"itively adorable.   I used watercolor card stock to stamp and cut the dog and his dog house. And just look at that sweet sentiment......dogs really do leave their paw prints on your heart.
The images in this set are so cute that they really don't "need" a whole lot of coloring.  That's another great thing about all of Paper Sweeties stamps....they look fabulous on their own, when stamped on patterned papers, or when colored.  They're so sweet either way.  I used watercolor paper so that the little bit of color I did add looks so much fun.  The dog house almost looks "dirty" like the puppy rolled around in it.  SO cute!

Here's the list of all my talented teammates at Paper Sweeties who have prepared something sweet to inspire you today.   And we'll all be back again tomorrow with even more fabulous inspiration.  Paper Sweeties wants to be your go-to shop for stamps, inks, sweet cuts, seam binding and so much more.  We're here to help and to inspire.  Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Saturday, April 14, 2018

It's Sneak Peek Time at Paper Sweeties

Hello, everyone!  Welcome by today as I share a sweet little tag I created for Paper Sweeties using their ADORABLE Sweeties Pets Stamp Set and coordinating brand new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts.  We all love our pets, and this sweet set helps you celebrate all your furry little friends.  Weather you're sending someone a thinking of you, or whatever the occasion.....pets always make us smile, and this set will help YOU create something for all the pet lovers in your life.
I simply cut the Large Tag from watercolor card stock using the fabulous For You Sweet Cuts and I did watercolor the background just a bit.  I stamped my puppy on the same paper and colored just his collar, ears, and eyes a bit.  I really didn't want to add much because he's already SO cute.  I also stamped his dog dish using the Sweeties Pets Stamp Set, colored it a bit, and cut it with the new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts.  This set includes cats, puppies, sentiments, pet toys, houses and more.  It's SO SWEET, and like all of Paper Sweeties products, it coordinates well with everything else.  I also added some Licorice Seam Binding and two Winter Mix Sequins to the top of my tag.

Here's the complete list of all my talented Design Team Members from Paper Sweeties who have prepared something special to inspire you today.  I hope you'll stop by each of their sweet blogs to take a peek at their sweet pet projects.  I know there will be some serious pet-loving creativity going on.   Oh, and don't forget to stop back by again tomorrow and Sunday for even more inspiration.   Paper Sweeties is here to inspire you and help you find everything you need to create something extra special and extra sweet!



Have a blessed week,
Karen

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, all my ribbon-loving blog friends!  Welcome by today.  It's time for the monthly Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I'm joining the rest of the Design Team to share some fun cards and crafty projects with everyone using this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment.  You may have arrived here by way of Bonnie's Blog (talk about inspiration, right?).  But if you didn't, you can easily catch up on the Blog Hop by stopping by the RRR Blog.  Just look at the lovely jewel tones in this month's collection.
You will see blues, browns, and natural tones...and as always, each of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims works to compliment the next.  You can't go wrong combining their amazing laces, trims and twines.  I'm sharing another sweet hair bow that incorporates each of the trims found in this month's assortment including a length of Natural Crochet Lace, 5/8" Ivory Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, 3/8" RRR Select Swiss Dots Grosgrain Tan With Turftan Brown Dots, 5/8" Golden Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Tropical Honeycomb Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Turquoise Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Stars on Capri Blue Grosgrain, 5/8" Royal Blue Delicate Stitched Satin, and of course the lovely 3/8" Light Navy Diamond Satin Ribbon.  Aren't they all just SO pretty together?
I also wanted to mention that when I share these hair bows, sometimes I forget to include a photo of the back side of the bow; but each one is secured with a French ClipRRR carries several different styles of hair clips and tools for Hair Accessories.  When I say, "Really Reasonable Ribbon has it all"....it's no joke...they really do!
Your next stop on today's hop is at Kathy's Blog.   I'm sure she's created something amazing to inspire us all.  Don't forget to answer the question at the end of the hop when you're on the RRR Blog.  And...better yet, don't forget to stop by the RRR Ribbon Shop and treat yourself to this month's beautiful Ribbon Club Assortment, some new trims, Mulberry Flowers, Embellishments, laces, twines, and....well, Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many lovely items you'll want to try for yourself.  You deserve some new goodies!!

Have a great week, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen




Saturday, April 7, 2018

Happy Birthday To You

Welcome by again today, everyone.  Today I am sharing a couple of sweet little Birthday cards that I made using some new (to me) products.  I picked up a line from Carta Bella called Spring Market during my recent visit to the Pine City Scrapbooking Co. while travelling through Minnesota.  When I saw that Simon Says Stamp is celebrating their 9th Birthday and having a BIG celebration in their weekly challenge by giving away NINE (9) prizes, I just knew that I wanted to create something to play along the full number of times allowed per week (which is five).  These two cards will be my fourth and fifth entries.  I'm crossing my fingers NINE times over this week!
As I mentioned, all the patterned papers, stickers, chipboard, ephemera, etc. are from the Spring Market collection by Carta Bella.  You can find this entire ADORABLE collection at Simon Says Stamp by clicking this link:  CARTA BELLA SPRING MARKET
It's always so nice to learn that you've visited me here on my little blog, and the time it takes you to leave me a comment (when you do) is also greatly appreciated.  I read them all....every single comment, and each one blesses and lifts my heart with encouragement and joy.  It also gives me the opportunity to stop by your blog(s), meet you (or catch up if we're already blog friends); and of course.....I always gain SO much inspiration when I visit everyone's blogs.  There is much to be learned, and so many different styles of beautiful and unique art out there in the crafty world.  God has surely given each of us our own unique set of talents, and it's always a great joy to glean knowledge in the crafting community from others.  Please just always know that I really do appreciate your visits, comments, blog friendships and artistic inspiration.  You are a blessing to me just by stopping by today!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my trio of cards.  Which is your favorite?

May God bless you,
Karen

I'm playing along in these FUN challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY!!

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says A Trio of Something - I created a trio of cards, a trio of stamped Birthday sentiments, each card has a trio of embellishments (flowers, seam binding and jute), and I had a trio of fun!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simon Says Stamp's 9th Birthday

Well, if you're anything like me....you've been enjoying Simon Says Stamp for 9 years now.  Between their amazing Design Team Members giving us inspiration every week, their fun challenges and blog hops with amazing prizes, to their amazing products.....we all LOVE Simon Says Stamp.  With that said, when I saw that for their 9th Birthday celebration they are offering not just one, but NINE prizes this week (one for each year they've been around), I just knew that I wanted to play along.  But then again, I usually do.  I just LOVE me some SSS.

I made all three of these cards with October Afternoon products.  October Afternoon was (and still is) one of my all-time favorite companies.  While they, sadly, are out of business now and not creating any new lines, I still own enough OA to keep myself going for many years to come.  In fact, I used to attend their annual warehouse sales in Apple Valley, Minnesota and purchase even more of their products every year.  Yup, I'm set with the OA.

All three of these cards are primarily October Afternoon.  However, if you have any questions about any particular items I used, just leave me a comment and I will pop by your blog to let you know where you can find it.  That is, all but the OA which is now very difficult to find.  I just love the retro feel of this amazing company and I still get sad when I think about them being closed and not offering anything new.  They really were one of the sweetest companies ever....and fabulously friendly owners.

I'm so grateful that you've stopped by to say hello, and I hope you're having a great week.  I have a houseful of company and I'm going, going, going all the time.  Perhaps next week I can just sit on my duff and relax...LOL!

Here's where I'm playing along:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog - A Trio of Something - In honor of SSS celebrating their 9th Birthday, I decided to share a trio of cards.  I also used a trio of antique bottle caps (one on each card), a trio of image stickers (one child on each card), and a trio of colors - one red, one blue and one green.

Crafting By Designs - April Challenge - Anything Goes - I did stamp all the different Happy Birthday sentiments found on each card.