Friday, April 21, 2017

Add A Bow Challenge at RRR

It's time for a brand new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time our theme is Add A Bow.  Personally, I think adding a bow using ribbon or trim of any kind is always the perfect touch for any card or project.  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries SO many great trims to help you get started.  So, pull out your ribbons and join us!
I created my card using some Pretty Party products from Crate Paper including patterned papers, border stickers, chipboard, and sentiment stickers.  I also added some paper fringe, a doily, a mini rusty paper clip, some mini accent pearl stickers, and then.....MY BOW!
My bow includes a length of Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Baby Pink Seam Binding and Solid Red Baker's Twine.  I topped that with a Flower Shaped Acrylic Rhinestone from our fabulous Embellishments section. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see how that Bay Leaf Seam Binding perfectly matches the color on the chipboard girl's coat, and how the Baby Pink Seam Binding perfectly matches the fringe.  You see, Really Reasonable Ribbon carries SO many colors of everything that you're always SURE to find the perfect match for ALL your projects!

If you need some ribbons to get started, be sure to stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon and treat yourself to some new trims and Embellishments.  Then, pop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to play along in our Add A Bow Challenge.  We look forward to seeing what you will create!

Have a blessed day,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Showers and/or Flowers" - My little girl is wearing her Spring rain coat and holding flowers (also floral patterned paper at bottom).

As You Like It Challenge Blog - Favorite Colors and Why - I love to use pink and teal together.  There's just something about this color combination that really appeals to me, and I tend to use them together quite a bit.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Paper Sweeties New Sweet Cuts & Old Favorites

Hello, sweeties!  I just wanted to share this post with you all today to showcase another one of the FABULOUS Sweet Cuts sets just released this month at Paper Sweeties that I kind of failed to adequately showcase in my previous Paper Sweeties posts this month.  And let me assure you....this new Scalloped Square Frames Sweet Cuts set is one you'll NEVER want to neglect.  Like all of Paper Sweeties' products, they're adorable and super versatile.  This sweet set of three sizes of Scalloped Squares Frames Sweet Cuts can be used in so many different and fun ways.  I used mine at the top of my card by cutting two of the smallest size frames from two patterned papers, and then alternating the inside square from each cut.  Then, I added a couple of Sugar Sprinkles Sequins to the Scalloped Square Frames Sweet Cuts.
On the bottom of my card, I cut several different borders from the super Sweet Borders set.  I used different patterned papers to cut scallop borders, a heart border, and even banners/flags from this adorable Sweet Borders set.  I just LOVE it, and use this set all the time.
In the photo above, you can see these ADORABLE Sweet Cuts.  You'll also notice that I put a Bubblegum Paper Straw across my card, and that's where I attached the heart border from the Sweet Borders set.  Aren't they precious?  Cute, cute....cute!!  I just LOVE Paper Sweeties.  
This last photo really shows you how SUPER CUTE the banners in this Sweet Borders set.  They have adorable faux stitching/indentations and are just SO cute for making sentiment strips, or just as little accent tabs as I did here on this card.  I also added one more  Sugar Sprinkles Sequin to the banners.  They're such a sweet little kiss of an accent to make your cards and projects extra sweet.

Thanks for stopping by today to take a closer look at the Scalloped Square Frames Sweet Cuts.  Along with all the other fabulous stamp sets and Sweet Cuts from the April Release, you won't want to miss out on stopping by Paper Sweeties.  There's also a fun challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog.

Happy crafting!
Karen

Always Better With Ribbon

Like all of you, I SO enjoy making cards.  I especially love digging in to my stash and using older supplies as I did for these three cards today.  But to be perfectly honest, my cards are always SO much better with ribbons and trims; and Really Reasonable Ribbon has the PERFECT ribbons and trims for every project.
All three of these cards use lots of cute October Afternoon patterned papers, stickers, etc., but each card was "made even better" with some of my favorite trims and Embellishments from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  My first card uses a length of Pink Center Stitch Burlap, and Teal Baker's Twine.
It's easy to see how these two fun trims really give this card great dimension and just add SO much to a really simple design.  Really Reasonable Ribbon carries 44 styles/colors of Baker's Twine, and at just ten cents ($0.10/yd.), it's a very inexpensive trim with SO many possibilities.  You're sure to find the perfect color for your next project.
My second card (above) uses three patterned papers, a rubber charm, and half of a Cherry Lynn Designs doily die-cut.  This card was decorated, again using just two Really Reasonable Ribbon trims.  I used a length of 1.5" Black Gingham Ribbon and some Peppermint Baker's Twine.
This ADORABLE Peppermint Baker's Twine combines the colors white, pink and red.  It's SO cute, and is a great trim for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or as with this card...just about any time.  I also added a White Flatback Pearl to the bottom of my card.  These sweet White Flatback Pearls come in FIVE sizes, and are such a cute little accent.
The last card I'm sharing today uses just one patterned paper.  Look how much pizzazz this sweet trim I ran across my card adds to its overall design.  It's our 3/4 Pink Chevron Striped Twill and this fun trim comes in 11 different colors (in this width).  Yup, Really Reasonable Ribbon truly has it all!!

Before I run off, I want to remind you that there's a FUN CHALLENGE at Really Reasonable Ribbon, as well as LOTS of great inspiration every day on the RRR Blog, and SO many amazing products in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.  You won't want to miss a thing.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing blessings on you all,
Karen

CHALLENGES:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #64 - Spring Blooms - I have rubber charm flower son my second card; and lots of flowers my third (final) card.  My second card uses a Cherry Lynn doily die-cut as sold at Scrapy Land.

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #178 - Use A Stamped Sentiment - Only my third card has a stamped sentiment, so this is the one I am entering into this sweet challenge.  I always love to play along at Aud Sentiments.

That's Crafty! Challenge Blog - Outnumbered Challenge - You must prominently display numbers on your card.  Both my first and second cards have numbers ALL over them.  Thanks for this fun challenge to showcase my outnumbered cards!!


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Showers or Flowers" - My second and third cards both have flowers.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blessed

If I had one word to describe my life, it would be blessed.  Sure, life has its ups and downs.  I struggle just like everyone else.  But overall, I'd have to say that we, as Americans, are very blessed people.  I try to stop each day and count all the blessings in my life.  When life gets you down, just take a few minutes to think about how blessed you are; and soon, your troubles will float away and you'll find yourself a much happier person.  That's what Mom always taught me.
I made this card with some scraps of Pebbles patterned paper, a piece of red tulle, Solid Green Baker's Twine, a Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Olive Branch die, a Martha Stewart heart border punch, Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Ink, a Go West Studios wooden sentiment, and some little accent pearl stickers.
CropStop Challenge Blog - April Linky Party #27 - Anything Goes - I used Tombow Adhesive and Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Ink on my card.

As You Like It Challenge Blog - Favourite Shape & Why - I love to use the standard rectangle shaped card because I can use my clear envelopes to mail them.  Using a standard "Forever" stamp, I can mail my cards with the pretty design showing for everyone to see, and that's why I prefer using this shape (almost all the time).

Mary's Cardz TV Challenge #6 - Mother's Day- Mom is the one who always taught me to "count my blessings", so this card is going to her.  I want to thank her for teaching me to be grateful in every situation.  I used Sketch #5 because I love the strips of paper that allowed me to use up paper scraps.

I encourage you to think about how BLESSED you are.  It really makes you a happier person when you let go of the negativity, and just thank God for ALL the wonderful things in your life.

Be blessed,
Karen

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties April 2017 Release Rewind

Welcome back by today, everyone!  I hope you've been enjoying all the fun projects we've been sharing to showcase the fabulous new stamp and die sets this month at Paper Sweeties.  Today I'm sharing a sweet little card I created that combines the crayon from the new You Add Color To My Life stamp set, You Add Color To My Life Sweet Cuts; and combines them with an older set from Paper Sweeties called So Proud Of You (A+ Student) along with the name stamps from Emma, Jake and Abigail, and the little flower from Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter.
I also placed a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin on the little flower I die-cut using the flower found in the Basket Add-On: Hoppy Easter.  These precious flower-shaped sequins come in over 20 sweet colors, and are SO fun to use and are the perfect accent to any card or project.  I also used some of Paper Sweeties luscious Mint Seam Binding and Creamsicle Seam Binding.
I also want to share this card I created using the ADORABLE new Sweet Cut set from this month's new release called Square Scallop Frames, and this set is ADORABLE!  It can be used to frame sentiments, images, and so much more.  There are three sizes of squares in this set, and they can be stacked together or used individually.  I used the largest square in this new Square Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts set to frame my sentiment as my focal point.
The "happy" was stamped using the new Love You To Pieces stamp set as was the cute little heart on the chipboard tab at the bottom right of my card.  I just LOVE how Paper Sweeties stamp sets not only have adorable sentiments and images, but also little accent stamps to sweeten your cards and projects even more.
This second card also uses some yummy Mint Seam Binding and a Peppermint Sequin as well as two Sugar Sprinkles Sequins.   And now....here's the list of all the Paper Sweeties designers who have created something fun to inspire you today as we do our April Release Rewind.  You won't want to miss out on seeing all the fabulous projects they've created for you:

Thanks again for visiting, and don't forget about the fun challenge taking place now on the Paper Sweeties Blog.  We love seeing your wonderful projects.

Have a blessed Paper Sweeties day,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Spring Color Inspiration" - I love these gorgeous pinks, aquas, Spring greens, oranges, etc. and really enjoy playing with them.

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #177 - Happy Birthday Theme - Happy 7th Birthday to Aud Sentiments!!


Hippity Hoppity

Happy Easter, everyone!  I've been having so much fun Guest Designing for Frantic Stamper and having the privilege and honor of playing with their fabulous dies.  If you've never seen these amazing dies, you will want to check them out.  Frantic Stamper also carries a bit of everything in their wonderful shop.  I often find those older, more hard-to-find patterned papers and also the current sought-after products.  They really have a lovely shop, and Fran is a real sweetheart.  I'm truly honored to design with them.
These tags were made using Frantic Stamper's new Tag Builder Set #3 along with the adorable Bunny Back die which I stamped once in pink, and once in cream wool felt.  I love how it creates the silhouette of the bunnies.  I also love the curved edges on this Tag Builder Set #3.  There are two sizes of tags, two sizes of curved accents, and Two/From dies in this lovely set.  I know I'll be using these tags again and again.
This larger photo really shows how adorable these dies are.  I love the faux stitching on the tags' edges, and the sweet little whiskers on the bunnies.  I layered the toppers on these tags with 3-D tape to give them extra dimension, and then I ran some sweet Cotton Candy Baker's Twine and Natural Solid Baker's Twine through the holes.

I am sharing my Easter tags in these fun challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Hip Hop" - I went with the Hippity Hoppity theme using my bunny dies.

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #63 - Anything Goes - I used Frantic Stamper dies (as linked above).

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #119 - I cased Evelyn's adorable bunny card.  I love her little "peeps" bunnies.  Evelyn was casing Larelyn.  I love how one person's art inspires another...who inspires another.....and so one.  This is a great challenge because it really shows how we all gain inspiration from one another.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties April 2017 Release Party

Well, HURRAY!!  The day is finally here...it's April Release Day at Paper Sweeties, and you can own these two amazing new stamp sets - You Add Color To My Life and Love You To Pieces.   There's also an adorable new Sweet Cuts set called Square Scalloped Frames, and they're SO cute. The You Add Color To My Life set is filled with artistic-themed fun including a crayon, an artist's palette, a paint brush, dripping paint, a paint splotch, and lots of other fun artsy images.  I sure had fun creating this sweet card using this fun new set.
The first thing I did was to stamp Abigail and clothe her in a sweet little dress from the Sweetie Pie Stamp Set and then cut her out using my coordinating Abigail Sweet Cut for a precise trim.  Please note that the artist's hat Abigail is wearing is not found in this set.  I just thought it was a cute touch.  I almost gave her a mustache as well.....LOL     I stamped the paint brush on cream card stock, colored it with my Copics, and then dipped it in actual acrylic paint.  The dripping paint at the top of the card is also found in the You Add Color To My Life Sweet Cuts.
You will also see that I added some of Paper Sweeties' ADORABLE flower-shaped sequins to my card.  They are such a sweet touch, come in so many fabulous colors, and accent your cards SO nicely.  I used one Sugar Sprinkles Sequin, one Peppermint Sequin, and one Blue Raspberry Sequin.  I normally can't resist adding Paper Sweeties awesome Seam Binding to my cards as well; but this card already had so much going on that I had to hold off this time.
Here's the list of all the talented designers at Paper Sweeties who have prepared something wonderful to inspire you.  Be sure to check out all the fabulous products, including these two new releases, available at Paper Sweeties.  There's also a fun challenge on the Paper Sweeties Blog.


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!

Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!
Karen

I'm playing along at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Color Inspiration