Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recalling a Favorite

As I've mentioned before, there are so many lovely shops out there where I enjoy shopping for crafting supplies.  What's even more rare is when you find one of those favorite companies that you love, which is also owned and run by a truly good person.  Such is the case at My Craft Spot by Kimberly.  The blog has tons of inspiration every day, the store is filled with the sweetest stamps, metal dies, seam binding and goodies; and what's more, it's owned by one of the sweetest and most genuine gals you'll ever meet - sweet Kimberly.  It just makes you feel good being a part of something so real.  So, for this week's challenge at My Craft Spot the theme is to share a card from the past using one of more of My Craft Spot's sweet products.
I made this card a while back and I've since used it to give to a friend for her Birthday.  I love having a glassine bag on the front of a card to tuck a gift card inside.  It's the perfect touch.  The items I used from My Craft Spot are the Small Bow Tie Die-Cut and the Black Baker's Twine.
 
My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #152 - Blast From The Past" - I used a couple of favorites from My Craft Spot including my ALL-TIME FAVORITE, the Small Bow Metal Tie which I cut from black chalkboard papers, as well as their sweet Black Baker's Twine.
 
For those of you who have been following my sister-in-law, Audra's, progress, she is having a week off from chemo therapy and radiation because her white blood count is too low for further treatment.  To be perfectly honest, she is happy to have a whole week at home with her husband and children.  She is fighting SO hard, and we are still trusting God for a miracle.
 
Thanks for visiting me today, and have a wonderful and creative week!
Blessings to you,
Karen

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Sweet Sketch at The Kraft Journal

It's time for fun new Sketch Challenge this week, and I was really inspired by this sweet sketch.  I started this sweet card with a Buff/Ivory Note Card, and I covered it with coordinating Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock and a Making Memories patterned paper that I inked and machine stitched together.
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Journal
Next, I placed a Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag on the patterned paper and then placed a small inked mat which I die-cut from a piece of Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock and then added a 3-D Crate Paper embellishment onto that.  Inside the Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag I placed a journaling card from the Jenni Bowlin Mini Deck Basics Set.  I also attached a small Tim Holtz paper rusty paperclip to the journaling card.  Next, I ran a length of Blush Colored Hand-Stained Bias Tape across the card and also created a bow with it.  At the bottom of the card, I added some Jenni Bowlin Office Chipboard Buttons with Natural Hemp Cord in their centers, and a Vintage Style Ticket underneath them in the middle.  I enjoyed this sweet sketch, and I think you will too.  It's very basic and be flipped or altered to suit your personal style.  To play along at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, the only requirement is to use either product(s) from the Kraft Outlet, or any kraft paper (i.e. kraft paper, kraft paper lunch bag, toilet paper or paper towel roll, etc.)
 
It's a really sweet sketch, and I'm sure you will have fun with it.  Stop on by and link up a card this week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog.  You could be the lucky winner of our monthly prize of a $15 gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet, or one of our weekly prizes of being a Featured Friday Artist, or Top 3 Winner.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Tag It" - I love adding a tag to cards, and I actually use this idea quite often.  I added a mini bag that holds a journaling tag.  You can also use the bag to add a gift card, and having the tag inside allows you to write a note when giving the card and gift.
 
Have a blessed week,
Karen
 
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Inspirations Past Part II

Well, ever since I finished my fun October Afternoon card and got it posted on my blog yesterday, I've been "itching" to make a matching tag to use as a gift card holder for this extra special card.  I used pretty much all the same supplies as on my original card.  Here it all is again for you (just in case you didn't see yesterday's post).  See just below this photo.
I used lots of October Afternoon (both 5 and Dime, Sidewalks and bits of others) on this card along with some Wagon Red Bazzill cardstock, 5 and Dime blackboard Wagon Square, Tim Holtz Barn Door Red ink, Tim Holtz Charcoal Ink, ), some mini tags cut from die-cuts held in place with a sweet rusty pear-shaped safety pin, toothpick and flag from October Afternoon, Mini Kraft Mertchandise Bag (to hold a gift card), and a Hobby Lobby rub-on for the Happy Birthday sentiment.
Thanks for taking a peek at my tag.  If you happened to miss my post from yesterday explaining the origin and inspiration for this card, please check my post to read about the original artist who inspired this card Kristi Lockhart.  I still prefer her sweet card over my own.  It's just too sweet!

I'm sharing this tag in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "TAG IT" - I made this sweet matching tag with mini kraft merchandise bag (to hold a gift card) and this tag (posted above) matches a card I made and posted yesterday.  I now have the complete gift set for this sweet and special project!

Have a blessed week, my crafty friends!
Karen

Recreating From Inspiraton Past

There was a card that I saw several years ago made by a talented crafter named Kristi Lockart.  I fell it love with it immediately, and have looked at it (in awe) many times since then.  Each time I look at it, I think to myself, "I really want to re-create this adorable card, but I don't have the correct supplies.  You see, Kristi is part of the Design Team at Pink Persimmon Stamps.  The little girl and wagon that she put on her card are sweet Persimmon Stamps.  I thought over the years that eventually I'd buy this stamp set and finally recreate the card, but I never did.  I looked at it again this week, and just decided to make it work.  Instead of the Pink Persimmon girl and wagon, I used more pieces from October Afternoon (various lines).  I added a little girl from the Sidewalks line, and pretty much everything else is from October Afternoon's darling 5 and Dime collection.  It's definitely different from Kristi's card, but the basic idea was hers.  I always love to give credit where credit is due.  Kristi really motivated me on this, so I had to mention her.  You can check out her lovely blog here:  Sincerely Yours by Kristi LockartThe original card that inspired me can be found here:  On Pinterest (as well as Kristi's original June 1, 2011 post)
I've always been a big fan of October Afternoon.  I own more of it than I do of any other company, and that's say A LOT.  One reason why I own SO much of it (well, besides the fact that I LOVE IT and I can't stop collecting it) is because I get to attend the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale every year in Apple Valley, Minnesota so I get amazingly low prices on it.  I've been waiting to hear when it will be held this year (it's almost always in October), and I will fly to my BFF's house to visit and attend the sale along with lots of creating, antiquing and fun.  It's my "happy trip" of the year, and I'm so thankful and blessed that my husband sends me on this trip every year.
 
Don't you just love this sweet 5 and Dime line?  I used lots of it on this card along with some Wagon Red Bazzill cardstock, Tim Holtz Barn Door Red ink, luscious Caribbean Blue crinkled seam binding, red baker's twine, a vintage gem, ruler ribbon and vintage cream lace (both at bottom), some mini tags cut from die-cuts and held in place with a sweet rusty pear-shaped safety pin.  The finished card has a Happy Birthday sentiment stamped inside.
 
I'm sharing this card in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - "Simon Says Tag It" - The TAGS I used are two mini hang tags that I die-cut and added mini sentiments to them (they're both rub-ons - FRIENDS and carefree).   I hope that my mini tags meet the "TAG IT" requirements.
 
My Craft Spot by Kimberly Challenge Blog - Challenge #151 - "Chalkboard Art" - I used the adorable chalkboard patterned papers from October Afternoon in my background and I inked them on the edges with white chalk ink.  I also made a chalkboard mini tag that I die-cut from chalkboard paper, added a white rub-on and inked the edges of that with white chalk ink.  I LOVE the chalk art effect.
 
Thanks so much for visiting me today and for listening to my long story about this card.  I'm so grateful to have you stop by and I look forward to visiting you all this week!
 
Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day Dreaming

I'm Day Dreaming again......hurray!  I don't always have time to get on the computer and play with my sweet Daydream Designs images, but I sure do enjoy myself when I do.  This card was made with the super sweet new Preserving Sweetness Set.  I used the Strawberry Preserves and the coordinating Strawberry Sweetness Plaid Patterned Paper.  I also threw in a few chipboard elements from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection because they matched so nicely.
I added some green jute which I tied around the jar, and I also placed some tiny gem stickers in the centers of the chipboard flowers.  There are a couple different snippets of ribbon stapled to the side, and of course I machine stitched the card (as I most always do).
 
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
 
Sketch Saturday - Week #327 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp
 
Our Daily Bread Designs - Challenge #213 - Stitch It - This is my third entry and doesn't use any ODBD products, but my other two entries do use their products.  I always LOVE stitching on my cards!
 
Have a blessed day, and thanks so much for stopping by to say hello.
 
Karen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tag, You're It!! at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we have a really fun challenge for everyone called "Tag, You're It".  You can translate this challenge however you wish. If it inspires you to create a tag, or to add a tag on your card or scrapbook layout, those are all great ideas.  You simply need to use any product(s) sold at The Kraft Outlet OR any kraft product (i.e. paper bag, kraft paper, cardboard, etc.)  We look forward to seeing how this week's "Tag, You're It" Challenge will inspire YOU!
For me, I chose to create a fun Christmas tag.  I started with a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock and then, using my handy dandy Bone Folder Tool I added a Bo-Bunny Christmas rub-on.  I always use my Bone Folder Tool when applying rub-ons because it distributes the weight evenly, and gets even those "difficult" rub-ons to glide on with ease.  FYI, it's also great for making crisp folds in your paper.  I also inked all the edges of my paper with my Tim Holtz Barn Red Ink.  Once I had my tag cut and the rub-on applied, I added a big fluffy bow made of Christmas Red and Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape.  To the bow, I added some sweet rusty bells from Factory Direct (really the best quality rusty bells you can find), and tied them with a length of Natural Hemp Cord.  The finishing touch to my tag was the sentiment.  Again, I used my Bone Folder Tool to add the Bo-Bunny rub-on Merry Christmas sentiment to a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock, and it is held in place with a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. 
 
I am so grateful that you have stopped by to take a peek at my little Christmas tag, and I'd sure love to have each of you stop by to share your art in our challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  It's always more fun when everyone is able to play along.
 
I'm going to share my tag in these challenges this week:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Create Your Own Background" - This is the perfect project for this challenge.  The "background" is the project - simply a piece of kraft paper with a rub-on, that's it!

Blessings Ink - Amusing Challenge - Tags - This is my sweet little Christmas tag

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, and have a great week!

Karen 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Blessings

I had a lot of fun creating this card because I was able to combine several fun challenge requirements into one card.  My crafting time this week has been super therapeutic for me, and has helped me to focus on what's really important.  SO many fun products and techniques were combined, and I absolutely LOVE it!  There's machine stitching, die-cuts, stamping, mini pearl stickers, lace, and flowers just to name a few things.  It helps keep my mind off the things going on with my precious sister-in-law, Audra.  Your prayers for her are greatly appreciated!
Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #149 - All About Texture - I used a dry embossing background that I touched with color to create this fun texturized background, and then added the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die-Cut as the backdrop, and also the word Blessings from the Blessings Set of 2 Set.  Lots of flowers, pearls and layers of texture.
 
Our Daily Bread Stitch It Challenge - I always enjoy machine stitching on my cards.  For this card, I added a dry embossed background, and then added the Our Daily Bread Three Butterflies stamp in the corner of the doily, as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment from the ODBD Happy Birthday Set.
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background - I created my background using a dry embossing technique dusted with color, and then added my embellishments to that.
 
Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog - Challenge #20 - Lace and Pearls - I used tiny pearl stickers and lace across the bottom of my card as well as a lace tab at the top left.

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes/Optional Wiper Card Option - I am happy to say that now I know what a wiper card is, and I am going to give it a try.  Thanks for a great challenge.
 
What a blessing to have you stop by my blog to visit and say hello.  I'm really grateful and I hope that you are having a wonderful week.  Here's a tidbid of advice....never pass up an opportunity to tell someone you love them.  You never know when that opportunity will no longer be an option.
 
Blessings,
Karen