Thursday, March 30, 2017

Have A Swell Day

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, everyone.  I always appreciate your visits, and today I'm sharing another fun nostalgic card for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I love using up old patterned papers from my stash; and by adding a few simple trims and some pretty flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon, it quickly becomes an extra special card.  Just look at what these two RRR trims did for this card:
Once I had my patterned papers together and in place using my Scor-Tape Adhesive, I added a length of Color Band With Stitched Edge (in Tan) and used some delicious Cotton Candy Baker's Twine to wrap around my card several times and tie into a bow.  I did ink the edges of my patterned papers (I almost always do), and I added a couple of stickers from October Afternoon.  On top of my Cotton Candy Baker's Twine bow, I added a White Flatback Pearl.  All around that, I added several sweet Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms.  I used a pastel assortment that is currently out of stock, but there are miniatures in stock and they are beautiful!  I love adding them to my cards for an extra sweet kiss of cuteness!
Really Reasonable Ribbon has SO MANY great trims and trinkets to quickly adorn your next card or project.  I encourage to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop to see for yourself what I mean when I always that they "truly have it all".  I know you'll find something you absolutely LOVE, and that will make your next project amazing.  And....don't forget about the fun challenge taking part now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Have an amazing and creative day,
Karen

Guest Designing at CropStop

Hello there!  Well, for those of you who know me well, you're probably aware that I used to design for CropStop.  And while my schedule simply didn't allow for me to continue designing for them, I am still a huge supporter of this wonderful shop.  They carry a bit of EVERYTHING, and heaven knows we all need inks, adhesives, and all sorts of basic (and not-so-basic) products to keep us going.  They have great prices, great selection, and awesome customer service.  And...a fun challenge on the CropStop Blog.  So, when I got the opportunity to Guest Design for them once again, I was ALL IN!
This card was created using a piece of black Core'dinations Paper that I ran through my Cuttlebug with a musical Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.  Next, I used some Prima Heavy White Gesso to give the raised/embossed parts some texture and personality.  Let me just say that...I LOVE Gesso!  Who would have thunk?  I stamped my image using Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and then I just had to embellish my card a bit.  Yeah....a bit (LOL).

I used some sweet Petaloo Flowers and some Ivory Burlap String to add even more dimension and excitement.  I also used my Heirloom Rolled My Favorite Things/Die-Namics Flower Die and made a flower from sheet music.  I placed a few sequins in its center.
I hope that you'll check out the FUN CHALLENGE on the CropStop Blog, and take a moment to visit the CropStop Shop to see all the amazing products they carry.  It's like visiting a mega craft store without leaving home.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'm always so grateful for your visits.

Have a blessed day,
Karen

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Power of Being Properly Caffeinated

It's hard to believe that the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop is almost over.  What A LOT of fun!  I've had the privilege of seeing every single entry, and....WOW are there some stunners!  I've sure had fun creating my cards.  Every card I've created for the hop has been made using some combination of the three fabulous new sets from Paper Sweeties.  They're all SO cute, and I just can't seem to put them down.
This card was made using the new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee set.  I stamped the cup and steam, and then cut them with the coordinating Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts.  I also used a sentiment (Never Underestimate the Power of Being Properly Caffeinated) from the same set.  There are SO many great images and sentiments in these lovely new sets.
I'm so grateful for your visit to my blog, and even more grateful for the sweet comments left here for me.  Here are the challenges where I'm linking up:

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee/tea themed projects

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

Sending smiles,
Karen




A Cup of Kindness

Here I am once again sharing a card I created using Paper Sweeties new You Warm My Heart stamp set.  The sentiment (Friendship Begins With a Cup of Kindness) is from this lovely new set, as well as the little tea cup that I stamped and cut with the coordinating You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts.  I also wrapped some yummy Oatmeal Seam Binding around my card and tied a nice big double bow with it.  I topped that with some Wild Orchid Crafts Open End Roses in both Coral and Ivory With Pale Pink and I also included a Wild Orchid Crafts Green Leaf and a Two-Toned White Leaf.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke (all edges) and Black Soot (sentiment).  The patterned papers and journalling card are from Echo Park's sweet This & That Collection.  I always LOVE picking out and buying new patterned paper collections, and I've been having fun with these new goodies I recently purchased.
OK...here are the challenges where I'm linking up my Cup of Kindness card.  I love playing along in challenges; and although I don't often win, it's still a lot of fun to join in the fun and to connect with new blog friends.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visits and comments.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee/tea themed projects

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

CropStop March Challenge #26 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks

God bless you!
Karen

Happiness Is.......

During the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Spring Blog Hop I've had the opportunity of seeing so many amazing cards, layouts and projects.  There are a few that stand out in my memory as truly unforgettable, but overall, it's just been a lot of fun viewing and commenting on every single one.  Believe it or not, I'm not doing it for any prize...I'm doing it because I feel it's the right thing to do.  I love getting comments (we all do), so I should be willing to leave them in return.  A lot goes into a hop like this, and I truly just want to show my gratitude to EVERYONE involved.  I've sure received some lovely comments, made some new blog friends, learned things about people and learned of SO many fabulous companies I'd never heard of before.  The blessings are endless, and I'm so grateful.
I've also enjoyed making each one of the cards I've shared; and today's is no exception.  I used some new Echo Park goodies I recently purchased along with a stamped sentiment from Paper Sweeties' new set called Keep Calm and Drink Coffee (Happiness Is A Cup of Coffee Shared With a Friend).  I love the sentiment, I love the font, and I love how it looks on my card.  I added the tea cup from Paper Sweeties' new You Warm My Heart stamp set, and cut it using the coordinating You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts.  I also added a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin to the handle of the tea cup.
Other than that, I just added some Natural Burlap String, a large pink paper flower, and that's about it.  Pretty simple.  I wanted the stamped images to be the star of this card.  Here are the challenges where I'm sharing today's coffee card.  Thanks again for visiting, and most especially for your comments.

Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Spring Blog Hop - Spring Coffee/Tea Themed Cards and Projects

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

CropStop Challenge Blog- March Linky Party #26 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and May Arts Natural Burlap String (as found at CropStop)

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





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

One Cup At A Time

Just like teaching a toddler to walk by taking one step at a time, so I encourage all my coffee-loving friends to tackle life one cup at a time.  And now, you can get this fabulous sentiment in a brand new stamp set from Paper Sweeties called Tackle Life One Cup At a Time.  I used this fabulous new set for the sentiment on this card, and I also used the tea pot and tea cup stamps from the lovely new You Warm My Heart Stamp Set and cut them out using You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts.
I used two patterned papers and inked their edges, machine stitched the papers together, and then added a length of tulle trim and some soft pink mini gingham trim to create my base.  Next, I tied a double bow using some pink seam binding; and I topped that with a Pearl Heart Ribbon Slider.  On top of the tea cup, I added three Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms.  I love all these soft. subtle, lovely touches.
Once again, I will be sharing my card in a few challenges where I enjoy playing along.  I hope that you have been able to get your craft on this week.  Remember, just take life ONE CUP AT A TIME.  That's my best suggestion for getting through life.  Well that, and A LOT of prayer!
Thank you for visiting me,
Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee/tea themed projects

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used two dies from Paper Sweeties (Tea Pot and Tea Cup)



Monday, March 27, 2017

I Hope This Perks You Up

Here I thought I was doing SO well by posting one card every day of the Spring Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  But, no, I'm quite behind apparently.......there are people posting loads of "cards" all in a row each day.  Yup!  Well, I don't roll like that.  As long as I'm able to enter once a day and be happy with what I've created, I'm fine with that.  To be honest, I do wish they would make some sort of limit on entries, but....not my challenge, not my blog, not my decision.  So, onward and upward.  It's all good.
This card was created using patterned papers from one of my favorite (and most hoarded) Crate Paper lines of all time.....Emma's Shoppe.  It's precious, and you can't find it anywhere any more.  Believe me...I've looked, and when I do find it, I buy it ALL!  I even ordered some from Australia!  LOL   I also used a doily, and the tea cup and steam are Sweet Cuts from Paper Sweeties in their sweet new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee set.  The sentiment is also from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee stamp set.

I used Oatmeal Seam Binding to create my bow, and topped it with a chipboard button with some twine tied through it.  The sticker border is also from Emma's Shoppe.  I just LOVE all of the fabulous new coffee themed sets this month from Paper Sweeties.  The steam was stamped and die-cut three times from vellum and I layered them.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I'm always SO grateful to have you visit and leave a comment.  I've enjoyed hopping through the entire list of entries and plan to keep up with it.  I've seen some really amazing cards.   It's always super inspiring.

Have a blessed day!
Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee or tea themed projects

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used TWO dies from Paper Sweeties a total of FIVE times (the cup twice and the steam with three layers).