Tuesday, July 14, 2020

July Look Back With Paper Sweeties

Welcome by today, everyone.  You're probably a lover of all things at Paper Sweeties like I am.  And just like me, you probably enjoy taking a look back at all their adorable stamp sets and products.  There are just SO many cute stamp sets and dies, and I love any excuse to pull out some of my old favorites.  It's always a lot of fun creating a new card using these sweet supplies.  And at Paper Sweeties, oh believe me, I have LOTS of favorites.....and so will you!
For this fun card, I reached back into my bin of Paper Sweeties favorites and used a darling set called  Beach Therapy Stamp Set and I used the darling Beach Therapy Stamp Set to stamp the seaweed (twice), bubbles (several times), jelly fish and sentiment (Beach Therapy).  And, I used the coordinating Beach Therapy Sweet Cuts to die-cut the seaweed images that I colored with my Copics.  The background of my watercolor paper was created by using a lovely liquid mint watercolor paint from Catherine Pooler.
Paper Sweeties always has the perfect Seam Binding for every project as well.  For this sweet card, I couldn't quite decide if I liked it better with, or without the Seam Binding bow.  You can be the judge as to which looks better.  I took my initial photos without the Sugar Sprinkles Sequins and Seam Binding bow.  Here's the photo of my card WITH the Seam Binding.  I used Cupcake Seam Binding which has sort of a grey tone, and also Mint Seam Binding which is a soft muted green.
Seam Binding always looks so sweet wrapped around a card as it grabs and draws in all those subtle colors, adds texture, and makes the colors of your card POP.  So...do you prefer this card with, or without, the Seam Binding?  It sure is pretty, but I like to show it both ways so that you can decide and so that you can see the versatility of the products at Paper Sweeties.
And just for fun, I also made this little tag which also uses the Beach Therapy Stamp Set to stamp the shell and the adorable sea horse.  I also used the Blessed Stamp Set for the (Happy) sentiment.  The tag itself was cut from white cardstock using the tag For You Sweet Cuts.  Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but ALL of the products at Paper Sweeties work so well together or on their own.  Just plain old CUTE.

Listed above are the names and links to my talented teammates' blogs.  I do hope you'll visit them and leave them just a bit of love for sharing these darling projects with y'all today.  And stop by to visit us soon and often at Paper Sweeties.  You're always sure to find something adorable for your crafting collection.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, July 13, 2020

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Welcome by for the FUN July Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  We're so glad you've chosen to join us.  You should have arrived here by way of Cheryl's Blog.  If not, this is a fairly short hop (8 stops in total) and you can catch up quickly.  One very lucky person who comments on each blog and then answers the question at the end will win this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment.  You're going to enjoy every single stop on the way, too.  These gals are SUPER talented and creative.
I usually like sharing hair bows during the RRR Blog Hops because it's a great way to showcase ALL the gorgeous trims found in the Ribbon Club Assortment.  It doesn't matter if you want to make a pair of small barrettes using little Alligator Clips (with or without teeth), or if you want to make a Headband or larger bow on a French ClipReally Reasonable Ribbon has everything you need to make all sorts of Hair Accessories, beautiful cards, scrapbook layouts, and SO much more.   I always seem to find all the perfect trims, Embellishments, Adhesives, Flowers etc. Galore, Ribbons, Laces, and all I need to create beautiful things when I shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And, shipping prices are always more than reasonable.
This sweet hair bow incorporates all the lovely trims found in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.  It includes a length (or two) of each, including the 3/4" Blue Variegated Shell Print on Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Taffeta Watermelon, 3/8" Coral and Starfish on White Grosgrain, 5/8" Turquoise Checkerboard Satin, 5/8" Seashell Print on White Satin, 5/8" Coral Rose Delicate Stitched Satin, 3/8" Coral Reef on White Grosgrain, 5/8" Capri Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon, and the gorgeous 3/8" Coral Variegated Shell Print on Satin Ribbon.  They're all SO pretty!!  Your next stop is at Kathy's Blog.  Enjoy the hop, everyone.

Blessings.
Karen

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Some Good Old Hand Stitching

Hello, and welcome by today.  I don't know about all of you, but I just LOVE to cross stitch and do hand stitching projects.  I was taught as a very young girl, and I took lessons over the years to improve my craft and learn different varieties of stitches.  It was a fond memory for me with particular women in my family including my dear Aunt Betty and my sweet Great Aunt Chlorence.  I'm so grateful for their influences, and also for my Jr. High School Home Economics Teacher, Miss Karen Harper, who taught me to sew and to love sewing.  I took further classes in sewing as well as the stitching; so I guess I've always been a crafty kind of girl.
I miss doing this type of handiwork, and when I saw the new challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog calling for stitching (real or faux) I just knew I had to play along.  What a perfect opportunity to create something involving stitching.  I used one of my favorite sets from Papertrey Ink, and cut my hearts (2) from ivory wool felt.  I stuffed the hearts and hand stitched them together using ivory DMC floss.  I added some French knots, and did some straight stitches here and there.
I've made these very same little hearts in the past.  They're fun to make and they don't take terribly long to put together.  I enjoy the hand stitching part.  It's relaxing for me, and I usually do it while watching a tv show.  I have jars and jars full of buttons, so this is also a great way for  me to use up some of my button stash.  The scalloped border is from Paper Sweeties and the flower dies are from Frantic Stamper.
If you haven't seen the FUN challenges over at Darlene & Diane's Double D Challenge Blog, you will definitely want to put this one on your challenge "list" if you have one of those.  I just know that I like to play along there whenever I'm able.  This particular challenge really spoke to me.  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along in the Double D Challenge: Stitches - Any Kind (Real or Faux)


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sent From My Heart

Hey there, sweet blog friends.  Welcome by today as I share a card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I always enjoy adding those special little touches to my cards and projects, and Really Reasonable Ribbon always has just the right products.  My card started with a kraft paper base and a piece of corrugated cardboard.  I inked everything, and I stamped some backgrounds onto the kraft paper.
I ran a length of Bluebird Plaid Ribbon up the left-hand side of my card, and slightly overlaid that with a length of Ivory Crochet Lace to create a soft colorful border and pop of color on the left side.  Next, atop these trims, I bundled some Natural Burlap String and topped it with a few pastel (pink and blue) Miniature Double Head Stamens.  And finally, I topped this little bundle with a sweet Light Blue Magnolia Flower.  I also attached a Rusty Pear-Shaped Safety Pin.
The die-cut hearts I used are ones that have holes for hand-stitching.  So, in this case, I used the Natural Burlap String to lace my hearts.  You can also use Baker's Twine in any color which is also super cute in stitching dies.  The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties.  I also added a few prills, and obviously, I used a lot of ink on everything as well.
There's always something perfect for your next project at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and always lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We hope you'll stop by often.

Blessings,
Karen

Dar and Diane's Double D ChallengesStitches Challenge - As explained above, I used two heart shaped stitching dies.  I used Natural Burlap String to hand stitch the hearts.  I absolutely LOVE hand stitching, cross stitching, etc.; so this challenge was perfect for me.  LOVE it.  Here is the inspirational photo for this fun challenge.

Monday, June 22, 2020

I LOVE Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by, everyone.  I hope you're having a great week, staying safe and healthy, enjoying family, and of course...creating lovely things.  The card I'm sharing with you today was created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just love making things with their lovely products, and I'm always able to find the perfect match for everything I'm making.  Really Reasonable Ribbon really has it ALL.
I started with a white cardstock base and added two patterned papers which are both from Crate Paper.  The piece at the bottom was a scrap of painted paper I had on my craft table.  I just sorta pieced things together to create my base.  The stamped sentiment is from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
The bow began with some Bay Leaf Seam Binding, and some bundled and knotted Solid Soft Pink Baker's Twine.  I tucked in several beautiful Double Head Stamens, and topped the bow with a Pale Green Open Rose, a Pale Pink Open Rose and a White Open Rose.  I sprinkled just a bit of glitter on the flowers.  And finally, I hung a metal heart from the bow using a Pear-Shaped Safety Pin.  I assure you that Really Reasonable Ribbon has all the trims and touches you're looking for, and that you will love everything you find there.  Thanks SO much for stopping by today.

Blessings,
Karen

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Paper Sweeties Release Rewind - Part 1

Hurray, it's New Release Rewind Day at Paper Sweeties and I have another super fun card to share with y'all.  I also have a confession to make.  This isn't my original card for today.  I made another one first (I'll be posting it later today) but I didn't really feel like it showcased the ADORABLE new Stamp Set as much as it could have.  Now, don't get me wrong...it's a cute card (because, let's be honest here, everything a person makes with Paper Sweeties products turns out cute because the products are so adorable...you can't go wrong) but I wanted to showcase more of the sentiments in the new Stamp Set and feature it from another theme (birthday).   We all know that having a good "sorry I missed your birthday" stamp (or two) is a necessity; and this sweet new Stamp Set helps you do that with a touch of humor.
I cut several pieces of white watercolor paper and layered them together.  I used the Oval Scallop Frame Sweet Cuts to die-cut the white oval.  I used 3-D tape to raise up the Oval, as well as my paper layers.  On one of the white layers of paper, I created a background by brushing on some Oxide Inks, acrylic paint, liquid watercolor, etc.  Once that all dried, I used Coal Ink to stamp the sentiments (Oh Shiplap, and Sorry I Missed Your Birthday) which are both found in the new Stamp Set.  The little pig is also found in the new Stamp Set.  I stamped my little piggy in Coal Ink, painted him in pink, and die-cut him using the Sweet Cuts.
I added one Bubblegum Sequin layered with one Sugar Sprinkle Sequin, and I placed a few tiny floral prills in the cupped center of these sweet Sequins.  By the way, here's a crafting secret...Sequins are a great accent for those times when you make a little mistake that you need to cover up.  NOT that I made a blunder on this one.  I'm just sayin'. 😉  These aren't your every day Sequins, friends.  They are flower-shaped, and cupped so that they look like a tiny flower.  Here's a close-up.
My talented teammates have each created a super cute project for you today.  Just click on their names below, and you'll be taken directly to their blog with today's post.  I know they'd really appreciate getting some love and encouragement today.  I know that I sure do appreciate it.  Thanks again for visiting me.  Please take time to visit Paper Sweeties.  It really is the sweetest.

Blessings,
Karen

Paper Sweeties June New Release Rewind - Part 2

Well, I'm fixin' to SQUEAL because the June New Release at Paper Sweeties is just SO "stinking" cute.  Get it?  Stinking?  the cute pig?  LOL  OK, seriously.....this new Farmhouse Sweet Farmhouse Stamp Set and coordinating Sweet Cuts are such a darling little set.  I just love the Big Barn, the chubby little pig🐖, and all those sweet sentiments in this set.  There's just no end to the creative possibilities....especially when you start to combine Paper Sweeties sets together as I've done with this card.  I combined the new stamp set with approximately four other Paper Sweeties stamps and cuts/products to create this fun card.  This is my second card today, and I do hope you'll check out This FUN Card I made using the adorable 🐖 from the new Farmhouse Sweet Farmhouse Sets.  Squeal.
I started with a green cardstock base and then added a white cardstock paper to which I cut a peep hole using the new Farmhouse Sweet Farmhouse Sweet Cuts to die-cut the little window where you'll see the piglet peeking through.  I used some paints on my background, and I cut the sunshine using the Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sweet Cuts.  I also stamped the (awesome and darling) Truck using our Merry Christmas Y'all Stamp Set.  I colored it my Copics and cut it out using the coordinating Merry Christmas Y'all Sweet Cuts.
The first part of my sentiment (I'm Fixin' To...) is from our Hey Y'All Stamp Set, and then the second part (Squeal...) is found in the new Farmhouse Sweet Farmhouse Stamp Set.  Well, I couldn't stop there.  I wanted to fill the back of the pick-up truck with felt flowers.  So, I used the small flower die found in the Basket Add On - Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts to cut several flowers.  I also used a small die found in the What's Up Chickie Sweet Cuts to cut a few green felt leaves.  For most of the flower centers, I hand cut (wonky) circles, and in the centers of the rest, I added some Sugar Sprinkles Sequins.
I just love to combine products from Paper Sweeties because they all compliment one another so nicely.  Alone or together, you will LOVE all the sweet products from Paper Sweeties; and they're sure to help you create something wonderful.  Here are the links to each of my talented teammates who have prepared something fun to inspire you today.  We hope you'll stop by Paper Sweeties Blog often for lots of inspiration, special promotions, and loads of great shopping.
Thanks for visiting.
Blessings,
Karen