Thursday, June 23, 2016

Together

Hello, friends!  As I make this post, I am enjoying time with BFF of 45 years.  We spent the day antiquing (I found several treasures), garage sale"ing", and doing some card-making as well.  I created this card using October Afternoon's lovely Farmhouse line.  Lots of patterned papers, a chipboard bird and sentiment, some natural jute, little paper flowers and a small green paper leaf, a small crocheted ivory doily, and the coordinating OA sticker for the journalling spot and two stick pins.  I'm using this card for my daughter, Andrea's, bridal shower that will take place this weekend up in Duluth at my Mom's house.
I'm not sure if you can see it in the photos of my card,; but I used some sparkly Stickles on the "clothes lines" that are printed on the patterned paper.  These aren't the greatest photos, but I didn't have great lighting when I took them.  Please remember, I'm not at home so I have to improvise.  I did take a close-up so that you could get a closer look.
I'm sharing my card in these challenges that I love:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge:  "Simon Says Use Patterned Papers" - This card uses three different October Afternoon patterned papers.

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge:  "Simon Says Add Some Shimmer" - As I explained above, I used some shimmery Stickles on my card (on the clothes lines).  I also added a little extra shimmer with my stick pins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coffee Bag Treat With Ribbons

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a sweet little gift-giving idea with all of you.  I used LOTS of great ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon on this project to make it over-the-edge beautiful!  Here's how I did it:
I started with a Coffee Bag (they're very inexpensive) and put some Tutti Fruti Jelly Bellies inside it.  Once I folded the bag closed, it was cute.  But I knew Really Reasonable Ribbon could help me make it even cuter!  I added a small scrap of Crate Paper patterned paper, some Crate Paper tags, vellum, and chipboard, and a PTI felt heart border.  It was starting to come together, but........I just KNEW it needed an amazing bow.
I added two lengths of Cream Seam Binding, one length of Pink Aster Seam Binding, a piece of Metallic Gold String, and topped it with a button that was strung with Cotton Candy Baker's Twine.  Then.....I added even more ribbon!  Behind the bow, I added a small piece of 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Vintage Pink Floral Ribbon, a snippet of 3/8" Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, and a snippet of Burlap Pink Center Stitch Ribbon.
I tried to take a close-up of the bow so that you could see all those gorgeous ribbons up close and personal.  They're each fabulous alone; but together, they look SO sweet.  As I've said so many times, that's one of the biggest things I LOVE about Really Reasonable Ribbon, and that's how well all the different ribbons and trims work together so beautifully.

Thanks again for stopping by today.  I hope this project inspired you buy yourself some new ribbons and trims to decorate your next gift-giving project.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has everything you need to adorn your next project beautifully.  We also hope that you will stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for inspiration each day, and to participate in our CURRENT CHALLENGE taking place now.

I'm linking my project in these fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Patterned Paper - I used Crate Paper patterned paper on the base of my embellishment.  LOVE me my Crate Paper!

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Blessings to you all,
Karen

Here...Kitty, Kitty!

To be perfectly honest with you, I'm not a "cat person".  But even I have to admit that this little kitty is adorable.  But then again, aren't all kitties adorable?  And what's more.....isn't ALL October Afternoon adorable?  I just love OA, and fun using it to create this sweet little card for a friend's daughter who is turning 3 and loves kitties.  It was a special request.  I used some sweet Solid Red Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create my card.
I'm sharing my card in these fun challenges:


Thanks for taking a peek.  I hope you're having an awesome week.

Karen

Friday, June 17, 2016

Where Flowers Bloom

Isn't Summer supposed to be relaxing?  LOL  Well, don't get me wrong...I'm definitely enjoying it, and I'm really grateful that the stress of homeschooling is taking a break.  But life sure is busy just maintaining the house, getting our son to hockey, and everything else going on.  I'm really looking forward to taking my mini vacation next week.  I get to see my Mom and my BFF, among other things.  I'm SO looking forward to it that I can hardly contain myself.  Creating with my BFF, my daughter's bridal shower, antique shopping, and Nelson's Ice Cream.
I created this card this morning so that I could link it to a few challenges I want to enter.  I used Crate Paper patterned papers, a white doily, a PTI butterfly die-cut, machine stitching, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, a stamped sentiment, and Taylored Expressions Honeydew wool felt to create a rolled flower.

Here are the challenges where I'm going to throw my hat in the ring so to speak.  Since I don't get the opportunity to play along in many challenges, I'm really hoping for the best.  I'd be SO excited to win something (let's just say it's been a very long time).  I hope you're all having fun creating cards and playing along in challenges.

Taylored Expressions Challenge Blog - Share Joy Challenge #40 - Sketch and CAS - I followed the sketch and kept my card very CAS.  I used Taylored Expressions' sweet Honeydew Wool Felt to create my rolled flower.  I just LOVE their wool felt, stamps and dies.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Magic - I chose to use a sweet little butterfly for my "animal".

That's all for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and have a wonderfully blessed week.

Karen

Sizzlin' Summer Colors at RRR

It's time for super FUN new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time our theme is Sizzlin' Summer Colors.  I pulled out a super old line from my stash from K & Co. by Carol Gavin.  I have SO MUCH of this stuff (brand new still in the packages) that I don't know if I will EVER be able to use completely; but this challenge was perfect for using some of this bright, crazy, fun line of patterned papers and embellishments.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has lots of great sizzin' colors for Summer, or ANY occasion.  But for this card, I grabbed some of my brighter RRR ribbons and trims.
I machine stitched a piece of patterned paper, added a journalling card that says "Summer" on the bottom, and I ran a length of 5/8" Fuscia Satin Ribbon with Stitched Center across the width of my card in the center.  Then, I added a BIG, BRIGHT, Sizzlin' Summer Colors bow at the center right of my card.
This bright, lovely bow was created by using a length of the 5/8" Fuscia Satin Ribbon With Stitched Center, Orange Seam Binding, Solid Wheat Baker's Twine, Teal Baker's Twine, Solid Deep Pink Baker's Twine, and Solid Green Baker's Twine.  I also tucked in some small scraps of tulle to give my bow an extra "pop" of color.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for lots of great inspiration, and to link up in our Sizzlin' Summer Colors Challenge.  We love to have you join us.  And be sure to check out all the great colors and textures of ribbons and trims available now at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I'm linking my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Animal Magic - My "animal" is the bird on my 3-D button.

Have a blessed week,
Karen

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome to my blog today, everyone!  Today, being the 13th of the month, means that it's time for our SUPER FUN monthly Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and we're SO glad that you've chosen to hop along with us.  You should have arrived here at my blog from my sweet Co-Designer and friend, Nancy's Blog.  Wasn't her project absolutely amazing?  She's so good at showcasing the Ribbon of The Month Club ribbons.  I always enjoy her work.  If you didn't arrive here from her blog, you can always get started here on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and get all caught up.
This month's Ribbon Of The Month Club is filled with such bright, fun colors for summer.  They all coordinate together SO well, as all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims do.  This sweet hair bow was created using a length of every single ribbon in this month's collection including the lovely 3/8" Crosshatch on Tangerine Satin Ribbon, the fun 5/8" Maize Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Citrus Paint Splatter on White Grosgrain, 5/8" Stitched Satin Tangerine Ribbon, a piece of the awesome 5/8" Citrus Dots Sheer Ribbon, the 5/8" Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Citrus Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Tangerine Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, as well as the 3/8" Honeycomb Print on Maize Satin Ribbon.  Don't they all look fabulously FUN together?  My hair bows are always attached using French Clips, and RRR carries them in several different sizes.
Your next stop on this Blog Hop is at the blog of my sweet and super talented co-designer, Kathy.  Just wait until you see what she has done with this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.  Thanks for joining us this month.

And don't forget about the CURRENT CHALLENGE taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We hope that you will share your ribbon-topped projects with us.  We love seeing how YOU use ribbon.

Have a great week!
Karen

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I'm A Surprise Sweetie....

I'm a Surprise Sweetie (Guest Designer) at Cupcake Sweeties Challenge Blog.  If you've never played along before at this FUN and SUPER SWEET challenge blog, then I hope you will stop by to say hello and link up a card in their new challenge.  The inspiration photo for this Challenge #364 includes the colors Grass Green, Goldenrod, and Black.  Here is the inspiration photo:
Isn't that just beautiful?  I got such a warm, country vibe from this photo.  I wanted my card to have lots of great layers and texture.  I grabbed some patterned papers in grass green and goldenrod, inked the edges, and machine stitched them together.  I always love warm, homespun feeling that machine sewing adds to a project.  Next, I used a layered flower die-cut set from PTI to cut some layers of wool felt in these colors that I would place one on top of the next, coordinating colors as I went, and then finally topping each flower with a black button that's threaded into a bow with Solid Grass Green Baker's Twine.
Then, for my sentiment, I layered two October Afternoon stickers and used a Doodlebug rub-on by the No. with a 1, and a HELLO die-cut in black using Poppy Stamps Hip Hello Die for the main word.  Near the No. 1, I added a stick pin with a tiny tag onto which I stamped "friend" in Black Soot Ink so that it would read.....Hello....No. 1 Friend (if you're extra creative and read it out of order as it exists in my twisted mind...LOL).  I hope this makes to sense to someone other than just me. :)

We really hope that you will stop by to play along in this fun new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderfully and creative week.

I'm linking my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Garden

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

Poppy Stamps Blog - Challenge #21 - Tic-Tac-Toe - I went diagonally with Flower, Yellow and Twine.

Karen