Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Brutus Monroe's New Unique Unicorn

WOW, try saying that three times fast.  (lol)  I've been having SO much fun with the brand new Unique Unicorn Inspiration Box from Brutus Monroe; and I really think you're going to LOVE this great new Inspiration Box.  When I opened the new Unique Unicorn Inspiration Box, I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous colors in the Sequin Mix.  They're iridescent pinks, blues and purples with tiny specks of glitter.  There's also a package of pretty silk ribbons in yellow, blue and purple.
I wanted to use it ALL....but I had to start somewhere.  I used some of the colored cardstocks also found in this fabulous Inspiration Box to create my card base.  Then, I attached a piece of one of the pretty iridescent foiling sheets to that, and I machine stitched everything together.  I ran a piece of the pretty purple silk ribbon across my card and tied a bow with it.  I stamped and colored one of the unicorns and the butterfly found in the darling new Unique Unicorn Stamp Set; and added a touch of glitter to each.  The sentiment (I believe in you) is also from the Unique Unicorn Stamp Set. The finishing touches were made by adding several of the pretty sequins from the Inspiration Box.
There are so many great products in this new Unique Unicorn Inspiration Box, and I know I'll have a FUN time creating more cards using it.  Be sure to stop by each Wednesday as I reveal my inspirational cards and projects using this awesome new Inspiration Box.  Brutus Monroe has all sorts of great products, and I hope you will check them out so that you can create something really awesome.  Thanks SO much for stopping by today.

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Paper Sweeties We Go Together

Welcome by again today, everyone.  I hope that by now you are clear on what the Sweet Mini Duos from Paper Sweeties are and how incredibly CUTE they are.  And...there are lots of them; each with a different theme, darling images and sentiments, and lots of creative possibilities just waiting for YOU.  For today's post, I'm sharing a card (the front and the inside) using the We Go Together Sweet Mini Duo.
I started with a white cardstock base and added a pretty pink patterned paper.  On a separate piece of white cardstock, I cut a Scalloped Square Frame and I placed Jake and Emma in the frame.  The two of them have been great friends for years now, and they're pretty much glued at the hip most of the time (well, not literally....LOL).  As the sentiment says, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.  There are several cute sentiments in this sweet set.  Here's some exciting news....ALL the Sweet Mini Duos are 10% OFF this month using the code SWEETMINI.
Just below them, you'll see the sentiment which was stamped onto one of the banners found in the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts.  I used Coal Black Ink to stamp it.  I also stamped and cut the adorable little peanut butter and jelly sandwich you see, and I colored everything with my Copics.  I placed one  Raspberry Sequin at the top right of my card, and a bow of Raspberry Seam Binding at the bottom.
On the inside of the card, I completed the sentiment; which is also found in the We Go Together Sweet Mini Duo, of course.  How CUTE are these images?  I used the same Square Scalloped Frame with sweet little Miss Madison peeking through.  She is also great friends with Jake and Emma, and didn't want to miss out on their fun.  I added a few more Blue Raspberry Sequins and Raspberry Sequins, and another Raspberry Seam Binding bow.
You'll always find so many cute things at Paper Sweeties, and you'll always have fun creating adorable cards and projects with them all. Don't forget that ALL the Sweet Mini Duos are 10% OFF this month using the code SWEETMINI.  If you click on the links below, you'll be taken directly to my talented DT Members' blog posts for today which feature Sweet Mini Duo inspirations that will delight you.  I really hope you have a great time crafting and creating; and I hope that Paper Sweeties will be part of your creative journey.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm linking up in the following:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Lots Of Layers" so I used several layers of patterned papers, cardstocks, and die-cuts.  I tend to use "lots of layers" most of the time...LOL.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sweet Mini Duos From Paper Sweeties

Hello, friends!  Well, if you haven't yet figured out what a Sweet Mini Duo is; I'd love to fill you in on this.  As you likely all know by now, everything from Paper Sweeties is ADORABLE.  Most every month, there's a new full-sized stamp set released with coordinating dies; which we call Sweet Cuts.  Once per quarter, Paper Sweeties releases a Sweet Mini Duo which is a smaller sized stamp set and coordinating Sweet Cuts (dies).  These sweet little sets are filled with darling images and sentiments, and there's a wide variety of themes.
The Sweet Mini Duo I'm featuring today is the Celebrate Sweet Mini Duo.  This darling little set includes a wrapped gift box, a cupcake, and all sorts of sweet images and sentiments.  I used a white and a golden cardstock base for this card, and then added a Doodlebug patterned paper.  I cut some of the Scalloped Square Frames in various colors and used them as journalling spots for the sweet cupcakes and sentiments.
I wrapped a length of Turquoise Baker's Twine around my card and topped it with a sweet yellow Miniature Sweetheart Blossom.  I used several different colors of ink to coordinate with the colors of my papers.  The Sweet Mini Duo Celebrate is a really great set, and there are many different sentiments to make it versatile for a variety of different occasions.  Most of the products from Paper Sweeties help you to make the most of your purchases by allowing you to use them for many reasons.
My second card uses the gift image found in the Celebrate Sweet Mini Duo.  I used white cardstock and a fun patterned paper, some machine stitching, and some inking to create my card base.  I cut a small Oval Scalloped Frame from the patterned papers to create my focal point.  The sentiment (Wonderful News) is one of many in this lovely set.  By the way.....ALL the Sweet Mini Duos are 10% OFF this month using the code SWEETMINI.
I used some Sugar Sprinkles Seam Binding that I ripped into half the width to make it more narrow for my bow.  ALL of the products you'll find at Paper Sweeties compliment one another so nicely, and help you to expand your creative possibilities.  Whether it's a Sweet Mini Duo or any other product, you're sure to find endless ways to create ADORABLE cards and projects.  Here are the links to my teammates who have prepared some Sweet Mini Duo inspiration for you today.  Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again tomorrow.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Lots Of Layers" so I used several layers of patterned papers, cardstocks, and die-cuts.  I tend to use "lots of layers" most of the time...LOL.



Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Paper Sweeties - Sweet Mini Duos

💕What is a Sweet Mini Duo, you ask?  Well, at Paper Sweeties EVERYTHING is adorable.  Most months, there's a New Release of a full-sized stamp set and coordinating dies (which we call Sweet Cuts).  Once every quarter, there's a Sweet Kit released.  That's a pre-packaged kit which includes a smaller sized stamp set and coordinating dies; which we call a Sweet Mini Duo.  The Sweet Kits tend to sell out quickly.  However, every now and then we have extra sets of the Sweet Mini Duos  (smaller stamp sets with coordinating dies/Sweet Cuts).  This month, we are featuring projects that use some of these ADORABLE Sweet Mini Duos.  They are so cute, and SO much fun.  Today I'm sharing TWO sweet cards using one of my favorite Sweet Mini Duos - Sweater Weather.
This card started with a white cardstock base to which a machine stitched an orange patterned paper.  Next, I took another scrap of white cardstock and created an inked background using oxide ink.  I used the Sweet Mini Duo called Sweater Weather to stamp and cut the coffee mug with sentiment and the leaves.  I also used the Sweet Mini Duo called Home to stamp and cut the cute little pumpkins.  All the stamps and sweet cuts from Paper Sweeties are SO cute that it's really kind of impossible to go wrong.
I also ran some Robin Egg Seam Binding across the bottom of my card.  I used another length of the Robin Egg Seam Binding along with a length of Orange Creamsicle Seam Binding and some Black Licorice Baker's Twine to create my bow.  I also layered some Robin Egg Sequins, Cookie Dough Sequins and Creamsicle Sequins to decorate my card.  These Sequins are cup-shaped/flower-shaped and oh, so cute and unique from any other Sequins.  Oh, and guest what!!!  .....ALL the Sweet Mini Duos are 10% OFF for the Month of September - use code SWEETMINI.
My second card uses a black and a golden cardstock base and a piece of Autumn leaves patterned paper as well as a white cardstock that I used Cut Grass Oxide Ink to decorate.  I stamped and cut the adorable sweaters using the Sweater Weather Sweet Mini Duo, and I placed the sweaters on the inked background, and put some tea-stained mini clothespins on one of the sweaters.  The sentiments I used are also found in the Sweater Weather Mini Duo - as are the images in my first card as detailed above.  It's a super cute, super versatile set.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You'll find lots of great Sweet Mini Duo inspiration projects on the blogs of my talented teammates linked below.  I'll also be sharing more Sweet Mini Duo projects tomorrow and Thursday, so I hope you'll stop back by and visit.  Have a wonderfully creative week, and please visit Paper Sweeties for some Sweet Mini Duo shopping.

Hey!  Before I sign off.....Would YOU like a chance to WIN a Sweet Mini Duo from Paper Sweeties?  Well, the Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop is starting on September 29; and Paper Sweeties will be giving away two (2) sets of coffee-themed Sweet Mini Duos.  AND...as I mentioned above, all the Sweet Mini Duos are 10% OFF this month with the code SWEETMINI. Don't miss out on all the fun.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Blog - Caffeine Fueled Paper Play With Lisa - I used a Sweet Mini Duo: Sweater Weather coffee set from Sponsor/Super-Sponsor Paper Sweeties for my first card.  I LOVE to play along whenever I can.

Monday, September 13, 2021

September RRR Blog Hop Time

It's time for the wonderful Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, and this month's SPOOKY FUN Ribbon Club Assortment will delight you.  This Blog Hop will take you on five (5) stops in total.  You should have arrived here by way of Bonnie's Blog; but if not, you can get caught up quickly.  Each of the five stops will inspire you by showing you a wide variety of projects using this month's adorably spooky Halloween themed Ribbon Club Assortment.
The first project I'm sharing for this blog hop is a small plastic candy/treat box that's filled with gumballs.  I tied a length of the 5/8" Black Delicate Stitch Satin Ribbon around the treat box and topped that with a length of Orange Plaid Ribbon With Black Stitching.  I also added some bundled Parrot Green Burlap String and Black Burlap String on my treat box.  I attached a cute little wooden hand-painted cat on the front using a small piece of Scor-Tape to secure it.
I made a bow for the top of this gumball treat box, but you can't see it very well.  It includes a few trims from this month's Ribbon Club Assortment including a piece of the 5/8" Black Delicate Stitch Satin Ribbon which is layered underneath the Orange Plaid Ribbon With Black Stitching.  There's also a piece of the adorable 3/8" Green Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Tangerine Taffeta Ribbon and  3/8" Cat & Ghost Print on Black Grosgrain Ribbon on top of the treat box.
On the very top, I attached a small (fake) bag of candy corns; which is a Jolee's piece.  It's just a FUN little candy treat for gift-giving to all the little ghouls and goblins who will come knocking on our doors in a few short weeks.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has ALL the perfect ribbons, trims and products to help you create something SPOOK-tacular.
I have one more quick little project to share with you today before you run off to your last stop.  This CUTE little pumpkin was created with just ONE trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon - their Natural JUTE.  This was created by taking one small length of the Jute and knotting it into one small circle.  Next, you wrap more of the Jute loosely around the tied piece until the pumpkin is your desired size and thickness.  I used a small twig for the "pumpkin stem".  You can make various sizes of these pumpkins based on how big you make your original tied circle of Jute.
Your next stop on this brief Blog Hop is back at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.   Be sure to leave a comment on each blog along the way, and then answer the question back on the RRR Blog so that you'll be entered into the random drawing for this month's awesome Ribbon Club Assortment.  Thanks so much for joining us, and remember Really Reasonable Ribbon for all your ribbon needs.  Good luck in the random draw, everyone.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here in these FUN challenges:

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - September: Anything Goes/Halloween


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Be Still and Know w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, friends!  Today  I'm sharing a pretty card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by using some of their amazing trims and goodies to embellish this sweet patterned paper card.  At Really Reasonable Ribbon, you can always count on finding the perfect trim, ribbon, Crocheted Lace, twine, etc. for any card or project.  You can also find Mulberry Flowers, Embellishments, Adhesives and SO much more. RRR carries many products that we all use on a regular basis, and they have low shipping costs and wonderful customer service.
This card started with some pretty patterned paper scraps that I machine stitched together in black thread.  I inked the edges of everything with Tim Holtz Oxide Ink Pads.  The sentiment is from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps, and was cut using a Paper Sweeties stamped frame and cut.  I dotted some acrylic paints around the stamped, inked sentiment and on the floral patterned paper for additional color and FUN.  There's a sweet piece of Black & White Bold Gingham Ribbon across my card, and a bow that tied with a length of Black & White Bold Gingham Ribbon as well as some Solid Turquoise Baker's TwineDouble Head Stamens, and an Apple Blossom Flower in the center.
There are SO many gorgeous trims, flowers and accents to make your cards and projects extra sweet.  I also love that RRR carries such a wide variety of colors and widths in most every trim they sell.  Selection!  That's the word I was thinking about...selection galore.  Thanks again for stopping by today.  We really do hope that next time you need any sort of ribbon or trim, you'll always think of Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And don't forget that they carry SO much more than the laces, trims and ribbons in various styles for various projects.  You're always sure to find something extra special at RRR and loads of inspiration on the RRR Blog.  Thanks again for visiting me.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm sharing this card here:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "STAMP it" - As September is always STAMP-tember at SSS I used a sweet little scripture stamp on this card.

New Release Stamps at Brutus Monroe

As most of you probably already know, I joined the Brutus Monroe Design Team back in June.  I've been having SO much fun creating with their awesome Inspiration Boxes.  Well, today I'm sharing something a little bit different.  I was asked by my friends at Brutus Monroe if I'd be interested in working with some new stamps they're releasing this fall.  Of course, I knew right away that I'd enjoy creating a few cards with their awesome stamps from this new release; so I said yes.  When I first received these stamps, I wasn't quite sure what I create with them.  I had to put on my creative thinking cap.
I was sent four (4) different stamps from this new release at Brutus Monroe.  One was a long (12-inch approximately) tree line stamp, one was Christmas ornaments, one was a mushroom image and script stamp, and the last was the gift packages stamp that you see above.  For this card, I used a black cardstock base layered with a white cardstock base and a plaid patterned paper.  This gifts/packages stamp is the real STAR of this card.  You could actually use this stamp year-round - either as a Christmas card (as above) or as a Birthday card.  I kept my card simple just to show you how EASY it is to create a cute card using this stamp.  It's all one stamp (the gifts), so.....POOF, super easy to create.  I tied on some Solid Red Baker's Twine, added a small chipboard (love) sentiment, and....finished!
Out of these four adorable stamps I was sent, the mushroom was probably my favorite.  I used a black cardstock base and then layered several scraps (or snippets) of patterned papers.  I used the masking technique to add the script.  If you're not familiar with the masking technique, it's simply where you cover one image (in this case, the mushroom) with a piece of paper in that shape to protect it from getting any ink on it.  Once the mask was placed on the mushroom, I stamped the script over it.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment on a journalling sticker, and I stamped the acorns in this sweet set to use as little accents.  Some inking with Tim Holtz Oxide Inks always seems to be the perfect touch.
My third card uses the ornaments stamp set with Ho Ho Ho sentiment from the Fall New Release at Brutus Monroe.  I had SO much fun making this one.  I used white and red layered cardstocks for my base, and I cut the area where I stamped using a die-cut and more white cardstock.  I stamped all those darling little ornaments using various Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.  I wrapped some Solid Yellow Baker's Twine around my card, and that was it.  Brutus Monroe makes it so easy to stamp cute cards.
This last card uses the Ho Ho Ho sentiment once again, and also uses the (very long - 12 in. approx.) tree line stamp from the New Fall Release at Brutus Monroe.  This stamp didn't completely fit into my Mini Misti, but it still works with it.  So, what you see here is only a portion of the stamp.  I placed some Moon Dust Stickles underneath the sentiment.  The trees are colored with my Copics.  These new stamp from Brutus Monroe make stamping a cute card SO easy.  Be sure to check out all the fun new stamps at Brutus Monroe. Thanks for visiting me today, and have a creative week.

Blessings,
Karen

Here are the fun challenges where I'm playing along:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Challenge #411 in Ruby's Memory - I'm entering my mushroom card (above) because (as you can see) I used several different snippets of patterned papers to create the background.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle & Shine" - I've entered my bottom card with the tree line.  I used Stickles to add sparkle underneath my HO HO HO sentiment.