Friday, August 29, 2014

Been There, Dug That!

Today's post is a little bitter-sweet.  This will be my last post for Top Dog Dies.  I knew that stepping down from this Design Team was the right thing to do because school is starting, and my life will be busy with homeschooling this year (as Andrew gets older, and classes get more difficult).  I will miss this talented group of crafters, and playing with these fun die-cuts.  I hope that you will stop by from time to time to see their new releases.  I'm sure they will have some great new products that you won't want to miss, as well as fun blog hops and give-aways.  You can always check out the fun and see what' new on the Top Dog Dies Blog.
My card was created with some Echo Park patterned papers and stickers, a Freckled Fawn wood piece (noted), a PTI fence die, a MFP stamp, a butterfly punch, and a few dies from the adorable new Top Dog Dies Dog Days #2 Set.  I gave the Scottie Dog a googly eye for fun.  The Top Dog Dies Dog Days #2 Die Set has an adorable Poodle as well as this cute Scottie.

Simon Says Stamp Challenges - Wednesday Challenges - Anything Goes

Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge Blog - Challenge #191 - Tic Tac Toe - I followed the middle row - Use a Punch/Use The Color Blue/Use Some Die-Cuts (complete supply list above)

Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations Challenge - #112 - Your Favorite Subject in School - I could go a couple different ways with this one.  First, my very favorite class was always ART, and I certainly used my "art skills" on this one.  But also, I actually took a class in Dog Grooming which I LOVED, and it saves me money with our family dog, a Miniature Schnauzer.  I used a Mark's Finest Papers stamp on this project (the sentiment - "Been There, Dug That" from the MFP "Old Dogs" set.
 
I'm so grateful for your visit today.
Karen

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

This is officially my first Christmas card of the year.  I know that by the time Christmas actually rolls around, I will be completely tired of creating Christmas cards and projects.  But this being my first, was really fun.  I always enjoy working with October Afternoon products.  In fact, I actually get to attend their HUGE annual warehouse sale this year and I'm SO excited about it.  Lucky me!
As You Like It Challenge Blog - Your Favorite Season and Why - My favorite season is Winter/Christmas time.  The reason for this is because I grew up in northern Minnesota where there is always LOTS of snow in the Winter.  Being that I now live in the deserts of Nevada, this time of year makes me reminisce about home.  I also love Christmas for so many reasons; including traditions, family, cookies and Winter break when my kids are all at home!

Paper Take Weekly #93 - Sketchie Free-For-All - I absolutely love the sweet sketches at Paper Take Weekly, and this week you are allowed to choose your own sketch.  I chose to follow Sketch # and I had a lot of fun with it.
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Anything Goes" - I absolutely LOVE Simon Says Stamp.  They have ALL the best scrapping supplies in their store, and they offer fabulously fun challenges each week.

Paper Crafts Connections - Make & Share Holiday Cards - Inspired by an older issue I have using these lovely October Afternoon products (always a favorite source of inspiration for me!)
 
Have a great week, and thanks SO MUCH for stopping by!
Karen

Monday, August 25, 2014

Calkboard Cards at Creative Card Crew

Let me tell you, I was absolutely DELIGHTED when I was asked by Mari to Guest Design at Creative Card Crew with her and her talented Design Team.  I've been playing along in their challenges for years, and was incredibly blessed when I finally won one a few weeks back.  I've always enjoyed their challenges and challenge blog, and when I heard that this week's challenge was a Chalkboard Challenge, I was ALL in!
This first card was created using lots of great October Afternoon products from their 5 and Dime collection.  I chose the two specific Chalkboard Cards I did for a very specific reason.  I wanted to give everyone some "cheating options" for this technique.  I've heard some crafters say that they just can't get this chalkboard technique to work for them, and I must admit that I've struggled with it a bit myself.   This first card uses a chalkboard patterned paper that I simply inked and added to my card.  Easy, right?
My second card is one that you might recognize as I've posted it before.  Again, I'm "cheating" a bit here.  This card uses a digital chalkboard image from Daydream Designs.  All you have to do is print it off, and you're ready to go.  It doesn't get ANY easier than that.  So......with that said, NO MORE EXCUSES!  You need to stop by Creative Card Crew this week and share your Chalkboard Cards in this super fun challenge.  Their sponsor is Dies R Us, and one lucky person will win a gift certificate to pick out some fabulous new die-cuts.  I can hardly wait to see all your fabulous creations.
 
Thanks for stopping by to say hello, and I hope to see you playing along in the challenge.
 
Blessings to you,
Karen

Using Punches at The Kraft Journal

It's Monday again, and I hope you're all ready for another GREAT week of crafting fun.  We have a fun new challenge for you all this week at The Kraft Journal.  It's a "Punch Challenge", and I hope you'll get out your punches and come play along with us for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the amazing Kraft Outlet.
I was excited to use my punches for this week's challenge at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog.  I started this card with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and attached a piece of floral patterned paper that I machine stitched onto the base.  I used a small scrap of coordinating Lunch Bag Brown Coverweight Card Stock for my sentiment journaling area onto which I stamped a scripture sentiment using one of my favorite Bible verses.  This lovely scripture stamp is from Verve Stamps new release.  Next, I took a small hole punch and punched holes to thread through some Natural Hemp Cord to create a bow.  I then used my small hole punch, and repeated this technique to create an X at the top.  Next, I used another scrap of Lunch Bag Brown Coverweight Card Stock and a piece of Canvas to punch out hearts which I layered together.  I added a sweet Prima wooden button to the heart layers, and again tied a bow using the Natural Hemp Cord.

It's always so lovely to have you stop by to see my cards and say hello.  I appreciate your visits, your kind words, and your friendships.  I wish you all a very blessed week, and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see what YOU'VE been creating.  I hope to see you all play along in our "Punch Challenge" this week at The Kraft Journal.

God bless you,
Karen
 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

More Fun With Top Dog Dies

Hello, everyone!  Welcome back to my little piece of blog land, and thanks for stopping by.  Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of the lovely dies-cuts from Top Dog Dies brand new August Release.  I also used an older Top Dog Dies die, and I'll share all the details below.  They're a lot of fun.
I started with some lovely Crate Paper, Oh Darling patterned papers, and added pink card stock that I machine stitched onto the base.  I touched the edges with green paint, and sprinkled on some ultra-fine glitter.  I cut my journaling spot using the new Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat Die and added a Happy Birthday sentiment using a lovely Verve Stamps favorite of mine.  I added accents to the corners using the lovely Top Dog Dies Decorative Corners Die Set.  I also added a few sequins, and a Crate Paper, Oh Darling flower banner.
 
As I've said before, our family loves to celebrate birthdays so I do make and use a lot of them.  This particular one is going to my Mom's friend (and also a friend of mine) who is almost like an Aunt to me.  I'm going to link up my card in the following challenges:
 
Verve Stamps Challenge Blog - August Diva Dare - Celebrations - I made a birthday card using my favorite Happy Birthday sentiment from Verve Stamps
 
Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party - This is a fun weekly challenge and I hope you will all stop by to play along
 
Thanks again for visiting.  I hope you'll stop by Top Dog Dies to check out all their great new die-cuts in the August Release, as well as lots of "oldies but goodies" that you will love.
 
Blessings to you,
Karen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Come Play Along With Us

It's that time of the week again when we begin our new challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and we would sure love to have you all stop by to share your art with us.  We have such amazing prizes up for grabs every single week, and this week is no exception.  We have a $15 gift certificate from Prairie Point Junction/Wool Felt Central, as well as a $20 gift certificate to Nice Crane Designs.  Now those are some great prizes, my friends!
My card for this week's Word Art Wednesday post was made with some older papers from my "stash", and they're from Paper Salon.  I also used some wool felt from our sponsor, Wool Felt Central, to create the flowers and leaves.  It's the most luscious wool felt, and it really works GREAT with die-cuts.
 
I really hope to see you all share your lovely creations in our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday for the chance to win one of those amazing prizes.  Thanks for visiting me!
 
Happiness and Hugs,
Karen

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Color Challenge at TKJ

Deep purple, bright pink, green, butter yellow, and a lovely inspiration photo are all elements to inspire you to participate in this week's challenge at The Kraft Journal.  Once you see the inspiration photo, you will definitely want to play along for your chance at winning a $15 gift certificate to the amazing Kraft Outlet.
This week, we have a GORGEOUS color inspiration challenge for you, and I was excited to work with these deep, rich colors.  I started my card with a Small Buff/Ivory Note Card and covered it with patterned papers that had the same colors found in the inspiration photo.  I added a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card and a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket as my focal point, and embellished them with die-cut wool felt flowers cut from those same bright colors.  A small "Many Thanks" sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Buff/Ivory Coverweight Card Stock that's held by a Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  There's a small snippet of Tape Measure Washi Tape and a lovely bow made from "Butter Yellow" Hand-Stained Bias Tape. There are so many great products found at the Kraft Outlet that will help you to create something wonderful.  I warmly invite you to play along in this week's Color Challenge.

There's always something to inspire you on the Kraft Journal Blog, and we enjoy having you check out our Watch Us Wednesday tutorials, our Feature Me Friday segments, our Monday Challenge Inspirations, and of course our AMAZING store at the Kraft Outlet.

Thanks for visiting, and have a crafty week!
Karen