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



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.

Christmas Cupcakes, Anyone?

Yummy!  I just LOVE cupcakes, and these ones are the best kind of all.....no calories but all the sweetness!  There's just something about this color combination that gives the feeling of soft, sweet Christmas goodness.  Topped with glitter and dripping with sweet sequins and seam binding.  You can't gain any weight with these cupcakes, so why not indulge yourself?
I created this sweet card using white card stock covered with a piece of vellum to add a soft, muted feel to the background.  Next, I attached two strips of patterned paper that I inked and laid on the vellum vertically.  I stamped the cupcakes onto patterned paper using a Paper Sweeties stamp set called Homemade With Love by paper piecing it together and adding red glitter to the edges.  I also used the coordinating Homemade With Love Sweet Cuts (die-cut set).  The candy sticks, snowflakes and sentiment are also from this same set.  I placed tiny adhesive pearls into the centers of some Bubblegum Sequins as accents to the cupcakes and snowflakes.
And, as I almost always do.....I couldn't resist adding a sweet ribbony bow to my card.  So, I used some Lipstick Red Seam Binding,  Cotton Candy Seam Binding, and Teal Baker's Twine to create my bow, and I topped it with a sweet little Red & White Chenille Candy Cane that I "inked up" to give it a vintage feel.
I'm SO excited for Christmas to come, and I'm really enjoying decorating the house, baking cookies, and best of all.....the anticipation of having our married daughters and their husbands come visit us.  Now I know how my own Mom feels when we aren't able to be with them during the Holidays.  We just have to make the most of the time we have.  It's all so precious, and slips by much too quickly.  
We warmly invite you to stop by Paper Sweeties to play along in their December Challenge using the inspiration photo above.  One lucky person will win a $100 gift certificate to spend in their sweet shoppe, and there's lots of great inspiration as well as a fun blog hop. 
I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today.  I appreciate you stopping by, and I hope that you will pop back by again soon.  Enjoy your December, and.......maybe a cupcake or two!

Sweet blessings to you,
Karen

I can't resist entering some challenges:

Joy Clair December and January Challenge - I love this sweet inspiration photo, and using traditional Christmas colors along with non-traditional colors is so much fun.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes" - I love when there's any Anything Goes theme, and I'm happy to share some projects in this challenge.

Aud Sentiments Challenges - Anything Goes With a Sentiment - I stamped my sentiment, a well as most of my card.  Lots of fun!

Santa & Rudy Treat Bag

Today I'm sharing a blog post as part of my Guest DT spot over at One Crazy Stamper.  It's the first day of a brand new fun challenge at One Crazy Stamper, and you can play along to win.  We'd love to see your creations.  I made a treat bag by decorating a small white paper bag with some inked patterned paper on front, some little chipboard sticker accents, baker's twine, silver jingle bells, and a chipboard sentiment.
I stamped the image with Ranger Embossing Ink and used Ranger Black Embossing Powder to emboss the cute image onto white card stock.  Then, I colored the entire image with my Copic Markers.  I used some Carta Bella papers and stickers, and I tucked a sweet little gift inside the gift bag.  This is a great idea for decorating bags for holiday gift-giving.  I cute little bag like this one could be used to give a gift cards, some homemade cookies, popcorn, chocolate dipped pretzel sticks, etc.  It's a quick, easy, and inexpensive holiday gift idea.
Don't forget to check out all the other inspiration on the One Crazy Stamper Blog to see all the sweet cards and projects the talented Design Team Members have created to inspire you.  We really do hope that you will join the fun.
Thanks for stopping by.

Karen

P.S.  I'm linking my little treat bag to these challenges:

MarkerPOP Challenge Blog - Challenge #109 - Color - I used pretty much ALL the colors in the inspiration photo (plus some blue).  I colored my image with my awesome Copic markers, and I wish I owned every single color.
Joy Clair December/January Challenge - I love being inspired by photos with such rich, traditional colors and objects.  I would have used Joy Clair Stamps if I owned any.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes" and I'm excited to play along once again.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Warmth & Cheer

Hello, sweet blog friends!  Today I'm posting for Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I wanted to share a couple of sweet Christmas cards I created using some of my favorite trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon, along with some of their new Embellishments.  There are SO many sweet touches available in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop to help adorn your cards and projects.  Check this out!
Both of my cards for today were created using patterned papers, stickers and ephemera from Carta Bella's new Christmas Delivery line.  This super sweet Christmas line is just filled with the sweetest designs, and Really Reasonable Ribbon helped me finish them off beautifully!
On my first card (above) I ran a length of the Christmas Traditions Plaid Ribbon, and I also tied a bow with it.  That's topped with a bow of Christmas Baker's Twine, and on top of that are three silver jingle bells tied with a length of Black Burlap String.  I just LOVE how these ribbons, twines and embellishments work together so nicely.  Behind the bow, I tucked a cluster of Wild Orchid Crafts' Bead Berry Spray in White and it gives my card the feeling of Christmas.  Isn't it sweet?
On my second card (above and below), I used two clusters of the Wild Orchid Crafts' Bead Berry Spray in Red.  I just LOVE them.  I cut some felt leaves, and added a bow made from Black Licorice Baker's Twine.  You may also notice that I placed a White Flatback Pearl Sticker on each card.  These sweet pearl accents come in a variety of sizes, and are such a sweet little touch as a random accent or in the center of a flower, etc. You will just LOVE all the great Embellishments carried at RRR (among all their other fabulous ribbons, trims, flowers and more).
Finally, you will notice that I tied a bow of Cherry Baker's Twine to an 11mm Heart-Shaped White Flatback Imitation Pearl and attached it to my card where I had a little ink smudge.  Yes, Embellishments are also a great way to cover our "little mistakes" in crafting.  Again, I used the lovely Christmas Traditions Plaid Ribbon on this card by tying it in a knot and adding it to my cluster at the top right.  I also tucked a small piece of the 1 1/2" Red Gingham Ribbon underneath the journalling tag.  The wider ribbons, like this one, are terrific for adding a sweet touch and to give your cards a lot of great texture and personality.  Really Reasonable Ribbon is a great place to get EVERYTHING you need to make your next card or project extra special!

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget about the fun challenge taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. We love seeing your creations and having you play along with us.

Blessings to you,
Karen


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Double-Layer Christmas Tags

Hello, sweet blog friends!  I hope you're all having a great week, and that you've had time during this busy time of the year to do some crafting.  Lucky me....I had a whole day to myself today, so I spent some of that time in my craft room.  
I wanted to play along in a couple of challenges that I haven't had the time to enter in a while.  I followed the tutorial on the Papertrey Ink Blog for Double-Layer Tags, and I had so much fun creating these sweet country tags to place on some of the packages I still need to wrap and tuck under the tree.
I cut my tags from kraft card stock and inked them, then I used older Simple Stories patterned papers and stickers to embellish and decorate them using the double-layer technique.
I used a Papertrey Ink stamp set called Love Lives Here Holiday Stamp Set, and it's been a favorite of mine for quite some time.  I use it every year.  The images were stamped with Barn Door Red, Peeled Paint, and Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
Here are the challenges where I'm linking up my Double-Layer Christmas Tags:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - A Christmas To Die For - I used a PTI die-cut on the tags (Love Lives Here Holiday Die Set).

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - O Christmas Tree - I used a Christmas tree stamp and coordinating die-cut on one of my tags.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Karen