Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fun And Games Happy Birthday

Hello, my crafty and creative friends!  Today I want to share a card that I made for a couple of challenges.  I always enjoy using my October Afternoon supplies; especially along with other favorites.  This card was created with October Afternoon patterned papers, chipboard and tidbits; as well as some fun Papertrey Ink products.  I did a little bit of machine stitching, added a seam binding bow, a glittered button, a half doily, a tag, and that's about it.
I'm going to share this card in the following challenges:
 
Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday #202 - Anchoring With Borders and Banners - The Papertrey Ink products I incorporated into this project are some of their lovely die-cuts including the Hearts Border Die and their Double-Ended Banners Die Set.  I just LOVE all their sweet products!
 
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #299 - Cute Critters - I used a chipboard elephant for my "cute critter".
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add A Little Texture" - How boring would our cards be without all the great elements that give them texture?  FABULOUS challenge!
 
I'm truly grateful to have you stop by and take a peek at my little Fun and Games card.  I appreciate your visit, and look forward to stopping by your blogs to see what you've been creating this week.
 
Blessings,
Karen

Monday, February 23, 2015

CAS/One Layer at The Kraft Journal

Hello, friends!  This week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, the theme is CAS/One Layer.  And for anyone who knows me at all, you KNOW this is a real challenge for me.  I tend to layer a lot, and include several embellishments.  Yet somehow, I did it.  I used a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and added a piece of polka dot patterned paper that I inked.
Next, I added a couple of paper straws, and ran several lengths of Pink Baker's Twine around the card.  The sentiment (Celebrate) is rub-on that I applied to a scrap of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock using my hand-dandy Bone Folder Tool.  The finishing touch was adding a few sequins.  For me, this is a simple CAS card.  At least, that's my story....and I'm sticking to it!
 
We look forward to having you stop by to play along with us in this week's CAS/One Layer Challenge at The Kraft Journal.  Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week.

I'm going to link my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add a Little Texture" - This was supposed to be a one layer/CAS card, but I just had to add some paper straws, sequins and twine to give it some texture!
 
Karen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Purple and Green Challenge at RRR

It's time for another FUN challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and we hope that you'll stop by to play along with us.  This time, our Challenge Theme is Purple & Green.  Our Ribbon Of The Month Collection for February is filled with gorgeous purple and green ribbons.  But you can use anything purple and green, as long as it includes ribbon.
My card was made from purple, green and kraft cardstock, an ODBD stamped sentiment, and LOTS of great trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  First, I laid a piece of Burlap/Jute Ribbon in Ivory, and added bows of Plaid Purple Ribbon, Plaid Celery Green Ribbon, Violet Burlap String, Parrot Green Burlap String, and Ivory Burlap String.  To the top of my bow, I added a Deep Ivory Rose and a Two-Toned Violet Wild Orchid.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has all the perfect ribbons, trims, flowers and more to make your cards and projects beautiful!
 
I really hope that you will stop by to link up in our Purple and Green With Ribbons Challenge.  There's lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, too. 

I'm sharing this card in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says...."Add A Little Texture" - I used burlap, trims and flowers to add textures to my card

Have a blessed week, and thanks so much for stopping by.
Karen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nursery Rhyme Booklet for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Today I'm sharing a super sweet Nursery Rhyme Book I created using soft, sweet glassine bags.  If you don't own any glassine bags, you can definitely create something like this using any of the sweet Decorative Bags available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And of course, these little books can be tied shut by adding ribbons as a closure.  This is the front of the little Nursery Rhyme Book.  You can see that I tied some May Arts Natural Burlap String and the closure includes Ivory Grosgrain and luscious Pink Aster Seam Binding.  There's also some Raspberry Baker's Twine tied around and around and around the bottom right.
The bags are covered in patterned papers, a doily, and lots of embellishments.  They're very easy to accessorize and adorn with all the FABULOUS ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here is the next page as you untie and open the Nursery Rhyme Book.
You can see that I tied MANY lengths of Cotton Candy Baker's Twine around the right hand page because it's just SO sweet.  The photo below shows a close up photo of the Little Bo Peep page so that you can see the Cotton Candy Baker's Twine/Bow a little bit better.
By using glassine bags, or Decorative Bags in general, it creates automatic pockets for tags, journaling cards, etc.  The following page shows you what you see when you flip the next page, and of course......there are more Really Reasonable Ribbons!
This is my favorite because I just LOVE the Mary Had a Little Lamb page and the sweet little Mulberry Flowers tucked in.  And now......my favorite page of all, which is the Mary Had a Little Lamb page.
You can see the trims that tie the Nursery Rhyme Book shut, which again are the Ivory Grosgrain Ribbon and the Pink Aster Seam Binding.  And finally, the last photo is a picture of the Back Cover (flipped on its side), which has MANY lengths of Cotton Candy Baker's Twine around the back several times for texture and embellishment.
I hope you've enjoyed my little Nursery Rhyme Book, and that you will grab some great new ribbons, trims and laces available at Really Reasonable Ribbon to adorn  your project.  There's no end to the possibilities of projects you can create using Really Reasonable Ribbon supplies.  We really hope you will play along in our Purple & Green Challenge which starts tomorrow.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, February 16, 2015

Celebrate at The Kraft Journal

I was thrilled to hear of an Anything Goes/Celebration Challenge because I knew it was another great opportunity to make a couple much-needed Birthday cards for my many nieces and nephews.  I made two projects for this challenge.  The first is a Birthday Card/Envelope Pocket for my nephew, Andres.  It's made using a Lunch Bag Kraft #10 Open End Policy Envelope that I decorated with patterned papers, embellishments, Tape Measure Washi Tape, some Pink Baker's Twine, and a rub-on sentiment applied using my Bone Folder Tool.
Below is a picture of the back-side of this envelope/card for Andres' Birthday.  I plan to tuck all kinds of photos, treats and a gift card inside for him.  I know Audra always did so much for her kids' birthdays to make them feel special and loved, and I want to do the same.  They miss their Mama SO much!
And finally, another view showing how I added some Tape Measure Washi Tape to secure the lengths of Pink Baker's Twine that I wrapped around it.  As I said, there's A LOT going on here.  LOL  But this photo, below, really helps you to see the Lunch Bag Kraft No. 10 Open End Policy Envelope that I used to create the project. The Kraft Outlet carries a lot of really different and unique kraft envelopes for crafting.
My second project is a Birthday card for my sweet little niece, and was made using a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card that I covered with patterned paper, machine stitched, and ran several lengths of Pink Baker's Twine around it.  I used a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock to die-cut a doily that peeks out from a ticket and some Tape Measure Washi Tape.   An ink-stained Tiny Wooden Clothespin holds a tiny tag with a rub-on sentiment (FUN!) that I applied with my favorite tool, the Bone Folder Tool.
 
Making the Lunch Bag Kraft #10 Open End Policy Envelope into a pocket for holding gift cards, notes, etc. isn't difficult.  Simply place the envelope on the table flap side up.  Take the bottom of the envelope, and fold it 3/4 of the way up and machine stitch it down (except for the top - you want the top open so that you can tuck thins inside without sealing it off completely).  This will automatically create a pocket/pouch.

I also hope you will be sure to play along in this week's Anything Goes/Celebrations Challenge at The Kraft Journal to let us know what YOU are celebrating this week.  It's always more fun when EVERYONE can play along!

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's Blog Hop Time at RRR

It's that fun time of the month again for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  We're so glad you're joining us, and just wait until you see this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon of the Month Club Collection.  Every single ribbon in this collection is beautiful, and they make the cutest bows, cards, projects and more.  You won't want to miss out on this one!  You should arrived here from the talented Bonnie Garby's Blog; but if you need to start at the beginning, just click here for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.
As you can see, this month's Ribbon Club Assortment at Really Reasonable Ribbon is a purple and green theme which is SO lovely for Spring projects.  They can be used together or separately, and are just SO lovely.  The stamped sentiments I used are from Verve.
To create the bow on my card, I used the  Shimmer Satin Kiwi (Wide Green), Satin With Grosgrain Edge Grape (Wide Purple), Plaid Ribbon Celery Green, Purple and Green Confetti Dots Ribbon, Plaid Ribbon in Grape, Purple/Green Chevron Stripe, and the sweet Sandra White Crochet Lace both in my tag as well as running up the side of it.  I also tied in several lengths of the coordinating Parrot Green Burlap String.
I also decided to make a tag to match my card because they make a nice little gift to tuck inside when you're giving a card.  The recipient can use it as a bookmark, and think of you while they're reading.  Not to mention, those ribbons are just SO pretty!
Your next stop on this fun hop is at the lovely Heather Hudson's Blog, and I know she will knock your socks off with her gorgeous project.  Be sure to complete the entire Blog Hop, leave a comment at each stop along the way, and answer the question at the end of the hop to qualify for the prize.

We sure hope you'll visit Really Reasonable Ribbon to sign up for your Monthly Ribbon Club Membership and check out ALL the great ribbons, laces and trims.  AND.....we hope you'll play along in our current challenge!

Have a great week!
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my card and tag in the following challenges:

Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #55 - Use A Bow - Well, when you're on a Ribbon Design Team, you had BETTER use a bow, right?  LOL - VERY fun challenge for me!

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Crafty Secrets Visits Word Art Wednesday

Hello, my crafty friends!  Today is Wednesday, which means it's time for another great Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week, we are being sponsored by Mark's Finest Papers (offering a free stamp set to one lucky winner), AND Crafty Secrets (offering a digital prize for another winner).  The card I made for this week's challenge uses some lovely Crafty Secrets images from their sweet Spring Printables Sheet as well as a stamp image from a Creative Scraps Sheet, a butterfly cut from the same Spring Printables Sheet and s layer of vellum, some purple baker's twine, this week's free word art/scripture file, machine stitching and some inking.
It would be WONDERFUL to have you all come by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday for the chance to win one of our fantastic prizes, and if you use a Crafty Secrets image, you can also enter their challenge.  If you read the first paragraph on the Word Art Wednesday Blog, you'll even learn about a third way to win!
 
I'm going to share my card in these challenges:
 
Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Blog - February Linky Challenge - All You Need Is Love - I used the Spring Printables Sheet as well as some Creative Scraps Pages.
 
Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #55 - Use A Bow - I used purple baker's twine to create my bow!

DL Art February Linky Party - Anything Goes - Thanks for inviting me to play along, Diana!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - "All Creatures Great & Small" - My "creature" is the butterfly I added at the top by repurposing a digital image and die-cutting it into a butterfly.  I made another layer of my "creature"/butterfly out of vellum to make his wings stand up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a blessed day,
Karen