Monday, May 29, 2023

One Nation Under God w/Stamp Simply

Welcome back to my little slice of blogland, everyone.  As always, I'm super grateful that you've chosen to visit me today.  When it comes to stamping, I can always trust that Stamp Simply Clear Stamps will have the perfect sentiments, scriptures, images and stamps to help me say what I want to say, and also to help me to create something special.
For today's posting, I knew that I wanted to create a patriotic card.  Stamp Simply carries a wonderful assortment of Patriotic Stamps.  I used red and white cardstock for the base of my card.  On the white layer, I added some blue paint that I blew with a straw to help it spread.
Once I had my card base and background finished, I stamped the United States of America image that's found in the fun patriotic Old Glory Stamp Set.  I colored some of it with my Copics, and I left some of it white.  Next, I used the coordinating Old Glory Dies to cut the USA image.  The fabulous sentiment I used can also be found in the Old Glory Stamp Set.  The sentiment and USA image were stamped using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.
You'll always find lots of great inspiration on the Stamp Simply Blog and you'll always find great products and deals at Stamp Simply.  We appreciate your visits and we want to help you find all the perfect stamps, sentiments, dies and everything else you need to help you create something wonderful.  Have a blessed week and thanks again for stopping by today.

I'll be sharing my patriotic card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add a Sentiment" - I stamped my sentiment at the bottom of the card.  This is my Entry #3/5

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge Blog - Challenge #2321 - BINGO - My BINGO is down the middle with Die Cut (the USA shape die cut) an image (the USA) and a sentiment (stamped at the bottom).
Keep on crafting, everyone.
Blessings to you,
Karen

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Congrats to the Grad w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, sweet blog friends, and thanks so much for stopping by today as I share a FUN graduation card that I created using some awesome products from Really Reasonable Ribbon along with a digital sentiment stamp rom Bonnie Garby Designs.  I just LOVE how a few simple trims can spice up a card and take it to the next level.
The patterned papers are from the Reminisce Paper Pack.  They're all attached to the black cardstock base using strips of Scor-Tape to secure them.  The sentiment can be found in the Graduation Bundle from Bonnie Garby Designs.  I cut several stars from the patterned paper and I attached the stars and the oxide inked sentiment square using 3-D Foam Tabs.
I bundled some Bright Yellow Burlap String and Black Burlap String to create the bow on the lefthand side of the sentiment.  I topped that bundle of twisted strings with a beautiful pearl Embellishment from RRR.  There are so many great colors, widths, textures, and choices when it comes to ribbons, twines and spooled items.  Really Reasonable Ribbon truly has it all.
I'd just like to say thank you again for visiting me here today.  I can't express to you enough how much it blesses me and touches my heart when y'all leave a comment here.  I'm just so grateful to have you stop by.  Really Reasonable Ribbon really is an AMAZING store that you'll LOVE.  I hope you'll stop by to browse at least.  Have a blessed week.

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add a Sentiment" - For this fun graduation card, I used a sentiment from Bonnie Garby Designs.

Wishing you joy,
Karen

Patriotic Picnic Challenge at The Card Concept

Hello to all my crafty and patriotic friends stopping by today.  I welcome and appreciate your visits and remain so very grateful for you.  We all need encouragement, and your comments and visits always mean so much to me.  Today I'm sharing a fun patriotic card that I created as an inspiration for the new challenge over at The Card Concept with the theme of Patriotic Picnic.  You can pull any details from the inspiration photo that speak to your creative side.  Here's what I came up with for this challenge.
I decided to use a white cardstock for the base, and I layered that with some patriotic patterned papers found in Echo Park's fun Fourth of July 6x6 Paper Pad.  The sentiment I used is a journalling card that can be found in the same Echo Park paper pack.  I also ran a length of White Crochet Lace across my card and added some bundled Red Burlap String, Double Head Stamens & an Ivory Open Rose.
We really do hope that you'll come play along with us at The Card Concept.  There's so much beautiful art out there and we'd be honored to have you share your cards with us.  There's also a new challenge starting today over at Word Art Wednesday and I hope you'll join us over there as well.  The more you share your art, the better.  That way, more people get to see your art AND you have a chance to WIN prizes.
Have a wonderfully creative week, everyone.  Thanks again for your visit and your encouragement.  I appreciate you.  Oh, and don't forget to COME, play along with us at The Card Concept and Word Art Wednesday (maybe even a few more, who knows?).  It's always a blessing to have you share your art with us.

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add a Sentiment" - This card uses an Echo Park journalling card for the sentiment piece.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, May 15, 2023

Miss You a Lot w/Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

Don't you just love to make floral cards?  They're just about the prettiest of all the cards we make.  The gorgeous flowers that I used for this card are called Coneflowers, and these ones are found in the Coneflower Stamp Set from Stamp Simply.  This is one of my all-time favorites from Stamp Simply when it comes to florals.  And...guess what???  Today is the last day of an AMAZING SALE to celebrate Mother's Day.
I used black cardstock for the card base and then added some pink patterned papers from the Carta Bella My Valentine 6x6 Paper Pad and green patterned paper from the Carta Bella Gather at Home 6x6 Paper Pad.  I also cut a scalloped white border and wrapped some Coral Baker's Twine around my card.  The pretty patterned papers matched the colors in my card so nicely, and a piece of green ribbon and green border helped tie in the green leaves in my flowers.
I stamped and cut the Coneflower twice, and I placed my second one on 3-D Foam Tabs to help raise them up in order to add some dimension.  The sentiment I used can be found in the Thinking of You Rose Stamp Set.  It's stamped on a banner that was cut using the Fishtail Banner Dies.  No matter what occasion you're needing to design a card for, you can be certain to find exactly what you need at Stamp Simply because of their wide variety of amazing images, sentiments, scriptures and words of encouragement for every occasion.
At the beginning of this post, I mentioned an amazing SALE, right?  So, here it is, y'all.  It's time for some fabulous savings on these gorgeous stamps, dies and products from Stamp Simply.  You won't want to miss out on this special sale, and today is the final day to grab this 20% OFF.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'm always so grateful to read your kind comments and to hear your thoughts about my cards.  Don't miss all the fabulous inspiration over on the Stamp Simply Blog.  I appreciate you all. 

Blessings,
Karen

Saturday, May 13, 2023

May Blog Hop w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, sweet blog friends and crafters.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for the May Blog Hop at RRR.  You should have arrived here by way of Bonnie's Blog; but if not, you can catch up quickly.  The theme for this month's blog hop is PATRIOTIC, so I pulled out a few patriotic items and counted on Really Reasonable Ribbon for the rest.  This is a short hop so please leave a comment at each stop and then answer the question on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog at the end.  One lucky person who does so will WIN a $10 gift certificate to RRR as well as one digital stamp sheet from Bonnie Garby Designs.
This card started with some patterned paper and then another layer of woodgrain patterned paper from the Craft Consortium Wood Textures 6x6 Paper Pad.  I added a Jenni Bowlin BINGO (BRAVE) card and I stamped two stars and die-cut them using the American Eagle Stamp & Die Set.  The sentiment is from the Old Glory Stamp Set.  I attached pretty much everything (paper) using cut strips of Scor-Tape.  I did a bit of machine stitching for texture.
I added some bundled Natural Burlap String and Red Burlap String, tucked in some Double Head Stamens (Lake Blue, Deep Red, Ivory), and topped it with a Glitter Rhinestone from the Embellishment Section.  I just love to add bundled Burlap String and it's such a bargain at just ten cents per yard.  Really Reasonable Ribbon always has the perfect twines, trims, ribbons and much more in every color, width and variety you can imagine.
Thanks so much for much for stopping here, and please don't forget to comment to WIN.  Your next and final stop on this Blog Hop is at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will answer one question.  Please don't forget to leave a comment on each blog along the way.  Have a great day, everyone.

I'll be sharing my patriotic card in these fun challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Inspired By Music" - This card was inspired by The Star Spangled Banner.  "o'er the land of free, and the home of the brave"🎢🎜


Colorful Options Challenge Blog - May 2023 - Blue
What challenges are you enjoying this week?  I'd love to hear.  Of course, you're always most welcome to come play along with us at Word Art Wednesday.  I'd love to see your art linked up there.  And YOU could WIN some awesome prizes.  Just sayin'.  You can find it here at Word Art Wednesday.  Keep on crafting, my friends.  And in case you got sidetracked, don't forget to stop at Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to answer the final question so that you're entered to win the awesome prizes.

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Floral Spring Challenge at The Card Concept

Ready for a great challenge?  Well, the new challenge starting today at The Card Concept offers two (2) different images to inspire you.  There's a Floral Spring image (shown below) that I used as my inspiration for this challenge; and there's also a Garden Birds image with different colors, images, etc.  The creative possibilities are truly endless.  We sure do hope that you'll come by to play along with us because you'll surely be creating cards in these color palettes this Spring.
My card started with a piece of blue cardstock for the base.  I attached several pieces of patterned paper using scraps that I pulled from my various bins to fit each of gorgeous colors in the inspiration photo.  The green gingham napkin caught my eye immediately and I knew I wanted to add some green gingham, so I added some Moss & Cream Gingham Ribbon to my card and tied a pretty bow with it along with some bundled Ivory Burlap String.  I topped it with an Ivory Sweetheart Blossom that I added extra Double Head Stamens to its center to again draw ALL the pretty colors that inspired me.
The sentiment is found in the A Godly Man Stamp Set from Stamp Simply.  The flower is from the Coneflower Stamp Set and was cut using the coordinating Coneflower Steel Die.  I stamped the Coneflower twice directly onto the same script patterned paper that I used on my card base and I layered them.  There are so many fun ways to incorporate the colors in an inspiration photo along with the images and textures, etc.  It's all about letting the photo(s) speak to you and just getting super creative with your supplies.  You can ALWAYS make whatever you have on hand work for any challenge.
This is such a lovely color combination, and I simply used scraps and supplies I had available to me in a creative way to pull together a card that was relatable to the Spring Floral inspiration photo.  I hope it inspires you somehow and causes you to want to create a card for this FUN challenge so that you can play along with us and show us your beautiful creative side.  I'm pretty sure you can see how this photo inspired my card.
Thanks again for visiting my blog today, and please join us at The Card Concept.  It's always more fun when everybody plays along in challenges, so come join all the fun.  I hope to see you there, friends.  OH, and before I run off, I'd also like to remind everyone that there's a new challenge starting today also over at Word Art Wednesday.  Our sponsor for this new challenge (starting today) is the wonderful Lawn Fawn ($25 gift card) so be sure to join us there as well.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Inspired By Music" so this card was inspired by the song "Thinking of You" (same as the sentiment I used).  The song Thinking of You was recorded by the amazing Katy Perry.

Karen

Monday, May 8, 2023

Stamp Simply Sponsors Spring Coffee Hop

Once again, the fabulous Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is sponsoring the Spring/Summer Coffee Hop.  The card I'm sharing today showcases some of the awesome coffee themed stamp sets carried at Stamp Simply.  No matter what type of card you're looking to create, Stamp Simply always has the perfect stamps and dies for every occasion.  Don't miss the excitement on the Stamp Simply Blog for your chance to WIN.  Be sure to use THIS LINK to leave a comment to be entered to WIN the $25 gift card.
This card uses a piece a piece of patterned paper from the Craft Consortium's Ink Drops Sunset 6x6 Paper Pad as the base.  Next, I used a piece of white watercolor paper and added several colors of oxide ink to create the background.  The darling little coffee beans are found in the A Cup of Java Stamp Set.
The coffee mugs were cut using the Have a Cup On Us Steel Dies and I rubbed them with oxide inks.  I did the same thing with the hearts which were using the Pierced Nested Hearts Steel Dies.  The sentiment is found in the Have a Cup On Us Stamp Set.  There are SO many great stamps, dies, and all sorts of great products waiting for you at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
There's also lots of great inspiration every day on the Stamp Simply Blog to help you get some new ideas as well as staying up-to-date about special sales and promotions at Stamp Simply.  So, grab a cup of coffee or, a "hug in a cup" and join us.  Remember, if you leave a comment on THIS LINK, you will be entered to WIN a $25 gift card to Stamp Simply.

I'm playing along here in this fun challenge:

Color Throwdown Challenge #741 - Photo Inspiration Prompt - I love these colors along with the coffee.

A Barrel of Monkeys Challenge Blog - PopIts Toys - My granddaughter actually has a coffee shaped PopIt, and that's how I was inspired to create this card.
How cute, right?  She absolutely loves playing with these things.  I hope you're having fun playing along in some challenges this week.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "No Patterned Paper" - so this card has NO patterned papers.  I made my own background by stamping the coffee beans everywhere.


Blessings,
Karen