Friday, March 1, 2024

Spring Challenge at The Four Seasons

It's Spring, and time for another fun challenge at The Four Seasons Challenge Blog. There's a fabulous photo to help inspire you, but actually, you can share anything that says Spring to you.  For instance, there are no bunnies or carrots in the inspiration photo, but that was what I wanted to create, and that's fine. We just love to see what kind of art inspires you in each and every season of the year.
I used a black cardstock base layered with JilliBean Soup orange plaid patterned paper.  I die-cut the cute frame and rubbed it with Pumpkin and Mowed Grass Oxide Inks.  I also rubbed the white background with the Mowed Grass Oxide Ink to create a colorful outdoor design. The carrots and greens were cut using a darling die-cut set from The Greetery.
The bunnies were cut using a die-cut set from Paper Sweeties.  I just cut them down quite a bit so just their heads would be peeking up from the carrots.  Their eyes are little black sticker gems.  I had used googly eyes at first, but they looked kinda creepy, so I switched them.  The stamped sentiment is also from Paper Sweeties called Hoppy Easter.
Whatever it is that makes you think of Spring, that's exactly what we hope you will share with us.  We all enjoy seeing your wonderful cards and we appreciate you playing along with us.  We hope to see you at The Four Seasons Challenge this month.

I'll be playing along here:

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Fur or Feathers" - My cute little bunnies have  lots of white fluffy fur (in my mind...lol).

Blessings,
Karen

March Word Power Challenge Guest Designer

Hello, creative friends!  Thanks for stopping by today as I share to inspire you in the hope that you'll stop by and play along in the March Challenge at Word Power Challenge #3 that starts Thursday, March 2.  As you might you guess from the name of the blog, the main focus of the cards you enter in this challenge need to make the WORDS the focal point of your card.  I made this fun card to get your creativity flowing.
I pulled out some much older patterned papers from an Echo Park line called Reflections by Lori Whitlock.  Yes, it's old stash paper; but I liked the map papers because they sort of go along with the sentiment stamp I used which says, "Happiness Is Not A Destination, It's A Way Of Life".  I stamped it right on the map paper.  The stamp is also super old.  It's from a (now long since closed down) My Craft Spot - a store I loved.  It's a little bit strange that I also used a floral patterned paper (the dark blues), but it's part of the line so it worked.
I also found a cool itty-bitty compass in my stash of metals, etc.  Some Solid Dark Green Baker's Twine was a perfect color accent to use for tying around my card and using to tie a bow on the side.  My only regret with this card is that I probably should have stamped the sentiment in black to stand out more, or at least a darker blue.  I used a blue because I was a little bit afraid of the black getting lost in all the other black lines of the patterned paper.
We all hope to see you and your wonderful art at the Word Power March Challenge.  Let us see how you put the power of words to your art.  Oh, I also did some stencilling on the focal card by using a cirlce/bubble stencil and rubbing it with Antique Linen Oxide Ink.  Yes, lots of ink going on everywhere.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, everyone.
I made a second card for the Word Power Challenge just so that I could actually play along.  The second card I made uses Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for the background, a Verve sentiment, and a Crimped Die from The Greetery.  It's fun and easy and we'd really love to have y'all come by and play along with us.  Let the words do all the talking.  Come and join the fun.

I'm playing along in the following challenges:

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

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, February 26, 2024

He Lives - Easter Card w/Stamp Simply

Welcome by my blog today, friends. Thanks for visiting me and for taking a peek at this sweet Easter card and bookmark that I created using some of the wonderful stamps, dies and products found at Stamp Simply.  No matter what the occasion or holiday, we can always count on Stamp Simply to have the perfect stamps, sentiments, scriptures and products to help us create the perfect card.
This card started with some blue cardstock that I layered with patterned papers from the Echo Park Love Notes 6x6 Paper Pack. I stamped John 11:23 on the inside of the card using the Easter Stamp Set.  I accented the scripture with images (crown of thorns and cross) found in the Salvation Stamp Set.  One of the (many) things I love about Stamp Simply is how all their stamps complement one another so nicely. 
I also used the Tim Holtz Crochet Border Die to cut a fancy edge and laid a piece of Ivory Lace next to that.  I stamped the beautiful flowers found in the He Lives Stamp Set, I colored them with my Copics, and die cut them using the coordinating He Lives Die.  The small accent images and sentiments in each stamp set offer you so many options and help to expand your creativity.
My card isn't "traditional" in that the top layer of the card doesn't cover the entire surface of the card.  I did this so that you could see the stamped sentiment (or at least most of it) at first glance.  I also wanted the flowers to be a focal point.  They were placed over some patterned paper from the same Echo Park Love Notes 6x6 Paper Pad. The sentiment and images seen on the bookmark can all be found in the Salvation Stamp Set.  AND......a great Leap Day SALE.
You can find lots of great inspiration every day on the Stamp Simply Blog as well as information about special sales and promotions taking place at Stamp Simply.  These are stamps and dies that any crafter would welcome to their crafting, and we sure hope that you'll stop by Stamp Simply to see it all and take advantage of this great discount. Thanks again for your visit today, and happy crafting.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Beautiful Blooms"

Double D Challenge Blog - Patterned Papers - I tend to use them pretty much all the time.



Blessings,
Karen

Friday, February 23, 2024

Stitched Easter Card & Bookmark w/RRR

I think Easter has to be one of my most favorite holidays for crafting.  I just love all things pastel, soft and sweet, and of course.....covered in ribbons and bows.  Really Reasonable Ribbon always has the perfect trims and accents for every project I make.  They can help you find the perfect products for your next project as well.
I have always loved stitching dies, cross-stitching, and making various things than can incorporate my cross-stitching with my card-making.  This duo was a lot of fun to make.  I used corrugated cardboard for the base of both my card and the matching bookmark.  I like to use scraps of paper whenever possible.  Some are so cute that you just hate throwing them out, you know?  Here's an occasion to use them.
I used some Brushed Corduroy Ink to "stain" or "dirty" my lengths of Bay Leaf Seam Binding.  I also bundled some Natural Burlap String and placed atop the embroidery hoops as well as in the pretty bow where I tucked in a few Double Head Stamens.  There are so many soft sweet touches at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I thought it would be a cute idea to make a matching bookmark for this sweet card.  I found both of the cross-stitch images on Pinterest.  All those wonderful layers are securely attached using lots of fabulous Scor-Tape.  There are several lengths of Green Apple Seam Binding hanging from the top of the bookmark.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog often for lots of great inspiration and then do some shopping at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Treat yourself.   I hope you have a really great week.

I'm playing along here in these fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Not a Card" so I'm entering my bookmark.

Paper Funday Challenge Blog - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist of No Patterned Paper.  Well, I used some patterned papers on my card and bookmark.

TIME OUT Challenge Blog - Challenge #257 - Happy 10th Birthday to TIME OUT Challenge Blog.  While this isn't a birthday card, it's certainly a very special card/bookmark that was made to help celebrate an Easter birthday for someone very special.
Stay creative.

Blessings,
Karen 

Thinking About You w/Blank Page Muse

It's time for my final blog post as a Design Team Member for Blank Page Muse.  I've thoroughly enjoyed creating with these wonderful stamps and products.  I spent the past six months designing for Blank Page Muse, and I can honestly say that I've had a lot of fun stamping with both acrylic and rubber again.  It's helped me grow my stamp collection, and that's always a blessing.
This card started with colored cardstock layered with basic white cardstock.  I used the Butterfly Trails Stencil on the background with Spun Sugar and Speckled Egg Oxide Inks.    I stamped the foliage, flowers and hummingbird images found in the You Make Me Happy Humingbird Stamp Set.  The sentiment can be found in the Special Day Happy Birthday Stamp Set.
Blank Page Muse has so many great stamps.  When I say "hundreds", I mean it quite literally.  They have an image for everything you can imagine. Like I mentioned before, I've really enjoyed working with both acrylic and rubber stamps.  These are stamps that I'll cherish and use for a long time.  I hope you'll stop by Blank Page Muse to look around and maybe even treat yourself to a new stamp or two.  You'll love what you find there.
Another great thing about Blank Page Muse is that they can accommodate every style of stamper.  I like pretty things, shabby vintage things, etc. and I've found so many great stamps that work for me.  Others on the Design Team, like each of you, have a different style of stamping and Blank Page Muse has so many great options for every stamping style.
In the meantime, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I'm always so grateful for your visits, your comments and your friendships here in blogland.  Happy crafting, and please stop by again when you get a chance. 

I'll be playing along here:

Stencil Fun Challenge Blog - February: Anything Goes/Optional Twist: Love & Hearts which I didn't use.  I used the Butterfly Trails Stencil from Blank Page Muse to create my background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Beautiful Blooms"

Triple B Challenge Blog - Birds, Butterflies and Blooms - February Challenge - This card has two of the three.

Blessings,
Karen


Monday, February 19, 2024

Wedding Wishes w/Stamp Simply

When you shop at Stamp Simply, you're always going to find the perfect stamps and sentiments for every occasion.  I don't think there's been one single situation where I didn't have the exact sentiment, scripture or saying when using stamps from Stamp Simply.  They really have it ALL.  And I always have loads of fun using my stamps from Stamp Simply.  For today's card, I'm using my gelatos; which I haven't pulled out in quite some time.
I used just one stamp set on this card and that's the Wedding & Anniversary Stamp Set.  It contains so many great sentiments, the flowers, vase, bow, and more.  Once I'd stamped the images in the colors of ink I desired, I rubbed each color with the coordinating color of gelato to gain that rubbed-out messy look.
The pretty checkered pattern paper I used is from the Echo Park My Valentine 6x6 Paper Pad.  I did a bit of zig zag machine stitching at top and bottom.  I also ran a length of May Arts Small Pink Rosette Adhesive Trim across my card and then underneath that, I added some Light Blue Baker's Twine.  I absolutely love all the wonderful things I can find when I shop at Stamp Simply and so will you.
Be sure to visit the Stamp Simply Blog for lots of great inspiration as well as up-to-date information about special sales and promotions.  We're always grateful to have you stop by and I appreciate your visits here to my blog as well.  Have a great week, everyone.

I'm sharing my card here:

Colorful Options Challenge - February: PINK - I just love working with PINK.  Just look at this FUN inspiration photo.  I incorporated lots of pink into my stamp image, I used May Arts pink ribbon, and a pink gingham patterned paper.
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #310 - Use Dies and/or Love, Wedding, Etc. - This is a wedding card.

Let your creativity lead you as you create something beautiful.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Winter Warmth Challenge at The Card Concept

What does Winter Warmth mean to you?  I think about a warm cup of coffee or cocoa, being near a crackling fire, taking a hike outdoors, and enjoying all the things that come in the colder months.  Well, this month at The Card Concept, we're having a challenge based on the theme of Winter Warmth.  You can see the inspiration photo towards the bottom of this post, but you're welcome to share anything that says Winter Warmth to you.
I used kraft cardstock layered with dark wood patterned paper and some green gingham patterned paper.  Once I attached those, I added a length of torn May Arts Natural Canvas as well as a length of Natural Burlap String that I wrapped around the card to add texture.  The trees were cut using Tim Holtz Tree Dies and they were cut from white cardstock rubbed with Mowed Grass Oxide Ink.  I have them just peeking out at the top.
Before I go much further, I do want to mention that this card was totally inspired by my teammate, the talented Esther Asbury.  She recently made a similar card for Stamp Simply, and I loved it so much that I used her layout design for this card.  The journalling spot is from Verve, and the stamps (deer and vines) are found in the A Godly Man Stamp Set from Stamp Simply.
This is really a very simple card.  I was inspired, first by Esther, but also by the elements of wildlife, trees, colors, and textures from the inspiration photo.  What does the photo say to your creativity, and what will you create to share with us?  We can hardly wait to see.  Stop by The Card Concept to play along and share your Winter Warmth cards.  Happy crafting.
The colors, the textures, the moose (or any animal), the designs or any part of this that sparks your creativity will be perfect for this challenge.  Perhaps Winter Warmth means something different to you.....a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, etc. Please come play along with us and share your inspiration at The Card Concept this month.  We look forward to seeing you there.

I'm playing along in the following:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Tie It Up" - I used canvas trim as well as Natural Burlap String to "tie it up".

Blessings,
Karen