Wednesday, April 27, 2016

....hello friend

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog, and please accept my apologies for not posting in so long.  We actually had a chance to visit our daughter and son-in-law again in California, and we had a wonderful time together.  They're getting ready to go on tour for the summer, so it was our last chance to visit with them until late August when our oldest daughter gets married.  Busy times, indeed!
This card was inspired by one I saw this morning on Pinterest.  I had a inkling to pull out my October Afternoon goodies to create something, and I needed a bit of "pinspiration" so to speak.  Pinterest is always good for that.  I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest, and it was originally shared on the October Afternoon gallery page, but I was unable to find the original artist.  I always try to give a shout-out to those I "scraplift", but in this case, I don't have a name.    It was, nonetheless, inspired by some fellow October Afternoon lover.
I used October Afternoon's sweet Farmhouse line for this card - including all the patterened papers, the stickers, the chipboard butterfly, the buttons, and the sentiment strip.  The only things that are not OA are the ribbons (grey striped baker's twine and grey solid baker's twine in buttons), and they are both from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It's really a very simple card.

I plan to link my card to these fun challenges:

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

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am quite grateful for your visit.

Karen

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baby Cards and Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hi, all my ribbon-loving friends.  Today I'm sharing a post today to show you some sweet baby cards I created using lots of great ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It's always nice to have a wide variety of cards on hand; including baby cards.  I thought I'd get ahead of the game by creating a few at one time.
Really Reasonable Ribbon made it easy for me to come up with a few cards that would become cherished memories for these new mothers-to-be, and Really Reasonable Ribbon can help YOU to do the same.  They have all the right ribbons, laces, trims, flowers and more to adorn your next project.
My first baby card was made for a sweet baby girl that was born to a friend of mine from church.  They moved away a few years ago, but she just gave birth to her 12th child, and I knew I couldn't miss sending her a very special card.  I tied some Lemon Baker's Twine around the horse's neck and topped it with a tiny button.  By the way......YES, I said it's her 12th child (and no multiples).
My second card is one for a baby boy.  I used some patterned papers, sticker sentiments, a journalling tag, and then I added a chipboard button that I threaded three times with Silver Metallic Baker's Twine.  I also ran Solid Gray Baker's Twine around the card several times, and tied a nice big bow with it.
And that brings me to my third baby card.  This one is also a baby boy card, and it sure is sweet.  Really Reasonable Ribbon's sweet trims just give the softest touches.......even to BOY cards.  LOL  Ribbons are always OK when it comes to babies.  This card has a sweet chipboard Little Lamb tag that I tied up with a big bow of Grass Green Seam Binding.
At the bottom of the card, you will see a little 3-D spiral with a button in the center, and it's tied with a small length of the sweet Solid Yellow (Lemonwood) Baker's Twine.  Isn't it just the sweetest touch?  Ribbons and trims don't always have to be overwhelming on a card.  They can be also be used as small, soft accents that just step up your card a notch.  I encourage you to check out ALL the fabulous ribbons, seam binding, baker's twine, laces, trims, flowers and more that Really Reasonable Ribbon has waiting for you!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Don't forget about the FUN CHALLENGE we have taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We always love to have you play along.  Have a blessed week!

Sharing my first card (the baby girl card) in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Girlie - I'm entering my first card (at top of page/blog post).  It was, obviously, made for a baby girl.

Blessings,
Karen

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy B-Day With RRR

Hello friends!  One thing we all have in common is that we all need LOTS of Birthday cards.  That's another great thing about Really Reasonable Ribbon.....they have EVERYTHING you need to help you create the most lovely Birthday cards for all the special people in your life.  Here's one I made this week using some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's AWESOME supplies.
I started with some patterned papers and chipboard, added my sentiments; and then I got down to the fun part - adding ribbons and flowers.  The pretty flower and ribbon cluster on the upper left-hand side of my card was created by using some of the gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses including the Black Open Roses and Pink Open Roses.  I also included a 30 mm Mulberry Paper Leaf.  They come in many lovely colors, and each one compliments the next so nicely.
The bigger ribbons (on the side) include some wide May Arts Ribbon and some 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Plain Ribbon.  I used them to create a little "tab".  I also incorporated some Ivory Burlap StringBlack Burlap String, and some sweet Raspberry Baker's Twine.  Across the background of my card (under the sentiments), I placed a length of the 1.5" Champagne Netting which gives the card such an awesome texture.  I also tied several lengths of the same Raspberry Baker's Twine around the bottom of my card, and into a knotted bow.

So you see.....Really Reasonable Ribbon really makes it easy to create a super special Birthday card for all the amazing people in YOUR life who deserve something that expresses just how special they are to you.  Why not treat yourself today?  We also hope that you will play along in our Current Challenge, and I thank you for visiting my bog.

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog - April Showers Bring May Flowers - I love using flowers on my cards, so I'm having a lot of fun with this challenge.

Happy crafting,
Karen

Saturday, April 16, 2016

.....happy anniversary

One thing I really dislike is when friends or relatives are celebrating a wedding anniversary and I'm not prepared for it.  So, with that thought in mind, I decided to whip up a few anniversary cards so that I would have some on hand and (hopefully) not find myself in this predicament again any time soon.  I'm really trying to keep track of these things better so that I'm sure to send congratulations and good wishes when they are due. 
I made this card using Simple Stories Summer Fresh patterned papers that I machine stitched, half of a doily, some sweet Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, and both red and ivory Burlap String.  The sentiment is hand-stamped using a Hobby Lobby stamp and Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  I inked the edges of the sentiment strip with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink, and there's a little My Mind's Eye Lost and Found button in the cente of my bow.

I'm sharing my card in the following challenges which I LOVE, and I will always hold out hope of someday winning.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Let's Do The Polka - I used green polka dot patterned paper from Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection for this polka!

DRS Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #222 - 2+2+2 - I used two patterned papers, two colors of burlap string, and two colors of Tim Holtz Ink (see details above).  What a fun and creative concept for DRS Challenge #222

Docerela Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #100 - Anything Goes - I love playing along in Docerela's challenges, and I really hope to win a stamp set from them some day.  I've even applied to their DT before.  LOVE their awesome stamps.

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party - I love playing along in this fun challenge, and would love to win some of Karen's GORGEOUS hand-made seam binding.  Com and play along!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers - I just LOVE those May flowers, and love putting them on my projects.

I'm so grateful that you've stopped by today, and I want you to know that I appreciate every single comment left here.  I do my very best to try to visit everyone's blog to say hello, and I always want to invite you all to play along in our challenges Word Art Wednesday.  We would LOVE having you join us.

God bless you,
Karen


Friday, April 15, 2016

Things With Wings at Really Reasonable Ribbon

The new challenge starting today at Really Reasonable Ribbon is "Things With Wings" and I hope you will all play along.  Since nature offers so many pretty things with wings, I decided to create something really different using two lovely winged creatures.  They were created using some decorative wooden embroidery hoops from Crate Paper.  I attached some vintage music paper underneath each one as the base, and then backed each one with cardboard for a sturdy backing.  The first one has lots of great Crate Paper ephemera, including the bird, the tag, vellum piece and the leaves.  I love the gold accents on these pieces.  I also added some sweet little sequins to make the project sparkle a bit.
Those who know me are aware that, for me, no project is ever complete without some ribbon.  Really Reasonable Ribbon helped me top this project with the perfect touches.  I added a torn piece of the yummy 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Plain Ribbon along with a piece of Bay Leaf Seam Binding and Cream Seam Binding.  I topped it with a vintage button and a tiny tag with a stamped sentiment.  My daughter already claimed this green one for her bedroom.
The second hoop is quite a bit smaller than the first.  Again, I placed music paper as the base and added some sweet Crate Paper ephemera, some sequins, vintage tape, and little touches of cuteness.
The top of this second hoop is adorned with a torn narrow strip of calico material, a length of Cream Seam Binding, and a torn strip of the 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Plain Ribbon.  Again, I topped the sweet bow with a small button that's threaded with Ivory Burlap String, and has a tiny tag with a stamped sentiment.  
It really is true that Really Reasonable Ribbon can make ANY and EVERY project just a bit sweeter by topping them with the perfect finishing touch - RIBBON!  They also carry lots of great flowers, leaves and other lovely embellishments.  You will definitely want to check out all their great products.

And don't forget to stop by and take part in the Things With Wings Challenge starting today on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We look forward to seeing what you will create, and Really Reasonable Ribbon has all the best trims to help you get started.

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bless Your Little Heart

I've been working with my Crate Paper products for so many projects now that I've somehow forgotten my poor, neglected October Afternoon goodies that were tucked away in my hoosier.  For some reason, they were calling to me this morning and I pulled them out to create this little card.  I knew that I wanted to use this GORGEOUS red and white Houndstooth Ribbon from this month's ribbon assortment at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I knew that I'd have just the right papers in my October Afternoon stash to put with it. This is actually one piece of patterned paper, but I used both sides of it so that they'd compliment one another and match perfectly.
I cut a small panel of the polka dot paper and glued it towards the bottom, and machine stitched it into place to secure it.  Then, I added a strip of the red and white Houndstooth Ribbon and tied a nice big bow with it.  I also added an October Afternoon journalling card and sticker.  Then, I attached some Mulbery Flowers to the sticker, and also tucked in a small red tag and a milk cap from October Afternoon.  The stamped sentiment (bless your heart) is an old favorite of mine, and the red stamped hearts are a sneak peek from Simon Says Stamp's brand new My Favorite stamp set which will be released April 21.
With fingers crossed (once again), here's where I'm linking my card:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog says "Let's Do The Polka" - I used some sweet red and white polka dot patterned paper and gave a sneak peek of a new Simon Says Stamp set (My Favorite) being released April 21 (small red hearts).

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog says "April Showers Bring May Flowers" - I always love using flowers on my projects.  We wouldn't have flowers without the rain, so let's always remember to be grateful despite the weather.

Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week.

Karen

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's that FUN time of the month once again for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop,  and you should have arrived here from Nancy's Blog.  If not, you can always get started on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This month's Ribbon Assortment is a gorgeous collection of read and turquoise.  It's filled with different textures, prints and combinations to accent your Spring projects with that perfect touch of class.  You will LOVE the monthly Ribbon Club Assortments, and it's a great way to always have the perfect ribbons and trims for every season.  Here's a peek at this month's lovely collection:
As always, I'm sharing a big beautiful hair bow for my Blog Hop project.  The reason why I love sharing hair bows using the monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is because I am able to implement all the ribbons in the collection to show you how gorgeous they all are, and how well Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims work together to compliment one another so nicely.  The same is true of ALL the fabulous ribbons and trims carried at Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Your next stop on the hop is at the blog of my ribbon-loving friend Kathy, and I know her project will excite you.  Thanks for joining us, and don't forget to stop by to play along in our fun challenge. We always enjoy seeing your wonderful cards and creative projects using ribbon.

Blessings,
Karen