Saturday, December 10, 2016

Deck The Halls

Hello, sweet blog friends!  I hope that you're having a wonderful and blessed day.  I can't thank you enough for stopping by to visit.  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for Really Reasonable Ribbon using two of the ribbons found in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.  You can sign up to receive a lovely assortment (seasonal) of ribbons like this month's "Winter Blues" collection:
This is a GREAT way to ensure that you will always have the perfect trims for every occasion throughout the year.  They're gorgeous, a great value, and it takes all the work out of ordering ribbons throughout the year.  Why not drop a "hint-hint" for your hubby to buy you a Christmas gift that you just KNOW you will love.  You can sign up for the Ribbon Club Assortment here.
The two trims from this month's collection that I used are the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Electric Blue and the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Off White (Although I would totally call the color of this ribbon Silver).  Anyway....I tied bows with each of those, and then topped them with a bow tied with Silver Metallic String and a 12mm Flatback Acrylic Crystal Rhinestone  On each side of the bow, I tucked in cluster of the super sweet Wild Orchid Crafts' Beaded Berry Spray Cluster in White.
On my sentiment tag, I added a snippet of both the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Electric Blue and the 5/8" Shimmer Satin Off White that I used previously in my bow.  Again, I added another bow from Silver Metallic String and also wrapped it around the sentiment tag.  I also topped that bow with another 12mm Flatback Acrylic Crystal Rhinestone to top that bow.  I have some vintage sheet music here and there that I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke.
It's so much fun to make a Christmas card with some non-traditional colors.  These gorgeous ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon made it so easy for me to create something lovely.  I used some blue glittery Christmas patterned paper from my stash, a silver rhinestone buckle slide. Really Reasonable Ribbon carries everything you could possibly dream of to embellish and enhance your cards and projects.  There's also a FUN CHALLENGE taking place now on the RRR Blog.  We'd love to have you play along.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Karen

Friday, December 9, 2016

........Believe

It's Saturday already, and time again for a post to showcase One Crazy Stamper and another adorable High Hopes Rubber Stamp called Making Friends.  I stamped this sweet image on white card stock and embossed it with Black Ranger Embossing Powder.  I colored it in using several colors of my Copic Markers, and I stamped it with my Ranger Distress Inks.  I also used Ranger Distress Ink to ink the edges of my Carta Bella patterned papers.
You can also see that I ran some cute baker's twine around the card at the bottom, and tied it into a cute little bow.  The patterned papers are a combination of a scrap I had on my table (plaid), and from Carta Bella (Christmas floral and red polka dot).  Then, I tied some silver jingle bells with the cute baker's twine,and added a Carta Bella sticker sentiment.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  There are so many cute High Hopes Stamps available at One Crazy Stamper, along with oodles of other great products, lots of inspiration, and a fun challenge all over on the One Crazy Stamper Blog.

Thanks for visiting!
Karen


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Christmas Sweetie

Like most of you, as the holidays approached I immediately thought about weeks and weeks of making cards and projects in red, green and gold.  However, that all changed when I was asked to Guest Design this month for Paper Sweeties.  The inspiration photo for their challenge this month is just SO sweet and yummy.  It completely changed my thinking on Christmas cards and projects this year, and I've been using this color combination quite a bit.  Although I've recreated these ribbony Christmas trees several times, I always like to mention that the original idea came from (I believe) Melissa Phillips.
Pink, red and blue are a little bit different for Christmas cards and projects, and yet it somehow looks so sweet when it all comes together.  It reminds me of all that's sweet during the Christmas holidays.  Starting with a Bubble Gum Paper Straw, I tied torn strips of fabric, tulle, ribbons, lace, Blueberry and Cotton Candy Seam Binding and cotton twill around the straw (tree trunk).  I used small pearl accent stickers as spacers on the tree.
The background for my card is white card stock topped with a piece of vellum.  On the vellum, I stamped the snowflake image from the Homemade With Love Stamp Set in red, blue and pink.  Then, I added a tiny tag that I stamped with the word JOY from the Season of Love Stamp Set (Retired), and I topped the tag with an inked Red & White Striped Chenille Candy Cane.
I'm certain that Debbie and the Design Team Members at Paper Sweeties would love to have you stop by and play along in this super sweet challenge.  I sure couldn't resist making something special for the challenge.  I just love playing with these sweet products (even though many of mine are outdated....they're still super cute).  Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper Sweeties Challenge #50 - Inspiration Photo - I used six Paper Sweeties products on my card.  Can you find them all?
Lori Hairston's ChouxChoux Blog - Visions of Sugar Plums Challenge

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Challenge: Trees and Snow - I made my "Ribbony Christmas Tree" out of ribbons and laces.  The "snow" on my tree is created by all the ripped and frayed materials that look like snow on my "tree" as well as the vellum background with softly stamped snowflakes on the vellum to give the illusion of snow.

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - Challenge #53 - Merry Christmas - As explained above, I used a Paper Sweeties stamp set on this card (snowflakes on the background as well as the JOY sentiment) from their Season of Love Stamp Set that is now retired.  I'm guessing it's at least three years old, and it was fun to pull it out and use it.

Outlawz Challenge Blog - December 6 Color Challenge

Thanks for visiting,
Blessings,
Karen

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Something So Different

Well, for those of you who stop by my blog with any regularity, you can attest to the fact that almost everything I create has ribbon on it.  It was a fun change to create this super sweet card trio using a line that, when I first won it, I thought I would never use.  I have now created several super cool cards with this Crate Paper line called Journey.  That's how it is with Crate Paper....their stuff is just SO super cute that you can't really go wrong when putting things together.
The first card in this set is the feather card.  I used some patterned papers, a wooden feather, two chipboard feathers, stickers, and gold stars from the Journey line.  I also included an October Afternoon sentiment sticker and a Prima ticket.  I inked the edges of my cards with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I also took a close-up photo of each card so that you can see these sweet chipboard elements and stickers up close.  I just love this sweet color combination with the teal blues and hot pinks.  This Journey line is definitely growing on me.
Let's take a look at the next card in this sweet trio.  I wanted to pull one card with the pinks, one with the teal, and one that combined the two color schemes together.  These cards are even more beautiful in real life.  And with the exception of the Trailer Card, I refrained from using any ribbons.
This card is so bright and fun!  I used a BINGO card from the sheet of journalling cards that came with this set, some of the stickers, strips cut from patterned papers. 3-D arrow stickers, sentiment sticker, chipboard luggage piece, and some vintage scotch tape.
All I can say is.....CUTENESS!!!!   Aren't these papers, stickers and chipboard pieces adorable?  This Journey line from Crate Paper is really becoming a lot of fun to work with, let me just say.  I don't know why I struggled so long before jumping in.  I will also admit that I was inspired (especially for the Feather Card) by Annabelle O'Malley.
I'm beyond tickled pink with these three sweet cards.  Being that we're in December, I don't know if I'll be able to find a whole lot of challenges where I can enter them, but I'm sure going to try.  These are the cards I felt inspired to create today, so I just went with it.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, sweet blog friends.  I would love to hear your thoughts on my retro looking cards.  I sure had a lot of fun creating them, and I hope you've enjoyed taking a peek at them.  Have a blessed day, everyone.

Karen



Friday, December 2, 2016

Kissing Pandas

I'm posting again today for One Crazy Stamper using another adorable High Hopes Rubber Stamp, and this one is called Kissing Pandas.  I colored some of the stamped image with my Copic Markers, and some of it I put together by stamping it onto patterned papers and paper piecing it together.  I just love this sweet color combination.  The patterned papers I used are from Crate Paper Bundled Up line, and I inked the edges of each piece using different colors of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink.
Like I so often do to my cards, I added a BIG fluffy bow using three coordinating colors of seam binding, and I added a chipboard tag with a sequin and a miniature pearl sticker in the center of the sequin.  I wrapped Silver Metallic String around the chipboard piece, and tied it into a bow.  These soft little touches here and there help to add touches of personality and texture.
I really hope that you will check out all the great products at One Crazy Stamper, and stop by their blog to play along in the current challenge.  There's always lots of great inspiration, and everything you need to create these projects can be found at One Crazy Stamper.
So....that's what I did with the Kissing Pandas stamp from High Hopes Stamps.  What will YOU create next?  We look forward to seeing what you come up with.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen


Dragonfly Journeys Challenge Blog - Challenge #80 - Christmas Critters - I used the Kissing Pandas.

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge Blog - Challenge #327 - Bears

Craftaholics R Us Challenge Blog - Challenge #12 - Cards For Girls/Christmas Theme

Winter Holidays (New RRR Challenge)

Welcome back to my little piece of blog land, everyone!  I'm so glad you've stopped by to take a look at my project.  Today starts a brand new FUN CHALLENGE at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and our theme this time is Winter Holiday.  That means you can enter anything having to do with the Winter holidays (as long as it includes some type of ribbon or spooled trim).  We can't wait to see what you will share with us.
I used a wooden spool for my tree base, and wrapped a small piece of Natural Burlap With Wired Edge in Red around it.  Next, I stuffed half of a cotton ball into the spool's hole, and placed a paper straw in there with a dab of hot glue to secure it.  Then.....the fun part!!!  I tied lots of Really Reasonable Ribbons around the straw to create my "Christmas Tree".
I used lengths of Debra Natural Crochet Lace, Burlap Center Stitch Red, Burlap Center Stitch Green, 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Holiday Snowflake Ribbon (cut into thinner strips), 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Ribbon (discontinued), Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Olive Green Seam Binding, Plaid Ribbon Red & White Houndstooth, Moss Green Gingham, and Canvas Color Band With Red Stitched Edge.  You can see again how Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims all work together to compliment one another.
Thanks again for stopping by.  We look forward to seeing your great projects.  You can enter the challenge right here on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  It makes me so happy to hear your comments, and to see your sweet cards and projects linked with us.  

Blessings to you,
Karen

P.S.  I'm playing along in these fun challenges with my "Ribbon Christmas Tree"

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - "O Christmas Tree"

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - "Anything Goes"

Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog - Christmas/Include Ribbon - I created a "Ribbon Christmas Tree" with lots of great ribbons, laces, and trims to celebrate Christmas.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Curtain Call Challenge

Welcome by my blog today!  I'm so grateful that you're here as I share a warm, cozy Christmas card I created with some sweet, older Simple Stories patterned papers that I've been hoarding forever.  I was lucky enough to have recently won the Felt Challenge at Curtain Call Challenge Blog, and they invited me to be a Guest Designer for a sweet new challenge that starts today.  You can get lots of great inspiration and more information about the challenge on the Curtain Call Challenge Blog.  For now....here's the inspiration photo for the new challenge:
Isn't that photo just SUPER yummy?  It immediately made me think about warm gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, cinnamon sticks, and the warm and cozy feeling of a red plaid quilt.  I wanted to somhow incorporate those ideas into my card.
So with that vision in mind, I cut strips of patterned paper that I distressed and machine stitched onto white card stock.  I cut my gingerbread man by hand from dark brown card stock and I inked his edges.  I also added some thin white rick-rack to the gingerbread man's arms and legs to look like icing on the cookie.  I used a red berry cut in half for his eyes, which I was hoping would look something like those little cinnamon candies we always use for the eyes when we bake these delicious cookies at our house.  His smile was drawn using a white paint pen, and I also tucked in a couple of vintage rusty miniature paper clips here and there.
I added a small cinnamon stick on the right side of the card, and I tied a small torn piece of natural cotton ribbon, and I added a small stamped sentiment (Wish) that hangs from a tiny tag that I cut from paper bag card stock to match the base of the card.  From the strip of torn ribbon tied around the cinnamon stick, I hung a pear-shaped rusty safety pin which holds the stamped sentiment tag.  I also inked the edges of the tag.
I know that the Design Team over at Curtain Call Challenge Blog would just LOVE to have you play along in their challenge.  And with this adorable inspiration photo, your card is just bound to turn out super sweet.  You just can't go wrong with all those sweet elements and colors.  Just have FUN creating your project for the challenge.
Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope that you'll visit again soon.  I appreciate your stop today.  I really am looking forward to seeing what you will come up with for this fun new Curtain Call Challenge.

Karen

I will be playing along in these challenges as well:

Joy Clair December and January Challenge - This sweet inspiration photo got me fired up, and I had so much fun creating cards with traditional red and combining other fun Christmas elements.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes", so I'm super excited to enter this challenge.