Thursday, July 23, 2015

Using Retro Rubber

I absolutely LOVE the idea behind "Retro Rubber" Challenge Blog.  They encourage you to pull out those long-neglected (but much loved) stamps that you haven't been giving the appropriate amount of attention they deserve.  I pulled out a couple of oldies but goodies for this card.
First of all, let me just say that I absolutely ADORE this color combination.  Blue, cream and red are just SO sweet together.  I used several different October Afternoon patterned papers on this card, a Chic journalling tag, some Hero Arts gem stones, sequins, mini paper clip, May Arts ribbon, a Melissa Frances rub-on (Best Wishes), and some machine stitching.  The two stamps I used are from Hero Arts (zip zag stamp) and Hobby Lobby (Happy Birthday).

These are the challenges where I am linking my card.  As I mentioned in my other blog post today, it's my 50th Birthday today.  Guess what I get to do.  I'm going to the doctor, and then grocery shopping.  Fun, huh?  LOL  All kidding aside, I'm VERY blessed, and so happy to be sharing this day with my family.

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 - Inspire Me With Color - I absolutely LOVE this color combination.  I used two retro rubber stamps on this card.

A Blog Named Hero - I used a Hero Arts stamp (zig zag) and some Hero Arts gems on this card.  I've always loved this sweet Hero Arts stamp, and this challenge just reminded again me why I love Hero Arts SO much!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine - I used some gems and sequins on my card

Have a good one,
Karen

It's All In The Sentiment

The favorite part of every card I make is the sentiment I choose to put on it.  I was DELIGHTED when I heard about the current challenge over at "A Blog Named Hero" for two reasons.  First, it's a blog that is all about HERO ARTS, which one of my favorite stamp companies.  And second, because the challenge they have going right now is about "Making The Sentiment The Star" of your card.  What a fabulous combination.  I got to use one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps, which is called It's A Parade.  I love this sweet little stamp so much, and I've used it over and over again.
All I did to create this card was cut a piece of patterned paper, and then cut a slightly smaller piece of vellum.  I added the sentiment, which is a My Sentiments Exactly rub-on.  Then, I added the It's A Parade stamp at the bottom.  I attached the vellum to the patterned paper by punching a hole and running baker's twine through and tying a bow.  Then, the final touch was to add some sequins and gems to give it a little sparkle.

I am linking my card in the following fun challenges, and I hope you will come play along as well.

A Blog Named Hero - I used a Hero Arts Stamp (It's A Parade) and also added some Hero Arts Gem Stones.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle and Shine" - I added some sequins and gem stones to give my card a little "sparkle".

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Challenge:  Hemp and Twine Will Be Fine - I used baker's twine

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  It's always a tremendous blessing to me when I read the sweet comments you leave.  By the way, I'm celebrating my 50th Birthday today.  Woo Hoo!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Karen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chip Off The Old Block

I love that saying, "you're a chip off the old block".  I hear it all the time in reference to my (taking after my Mom), in reference to my husband (taking after his Dad), and even in reference to our son (taking after his Dad).  But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Why wouldn't we tend to be "a chip off the old block" since our parents have such a profound impact on our lives, and shape who we become.  I am like my Mom in many ways; some good and some not so good.  But it still makes me who I am as a person.  I will focus on the good, and keep working on the flaws.  LOL  I am definitely a work in progress.
I found these sweet Maya Road boxes on clearance at a scrapbook store in Minnesota.  In fact, it was more than just a scrapbook store.  They have a full retreat center that you can attend with friends, and stay in really nice rooms with a full kitchen, and have full access to their store.  So, if you're ever in the market for a Scrapbook Retreat, I strongly encourage you to check out the Pine City Scrapbook Center in Pine City, Minnesota.  These sweet blocks were in their clearance section, and they have little coasters inside that you can decorate.
I used lots of great Crate Paper, Oh Darling patterned papers and embellishments to decorate this block.  I thought it would be a really sweet gift to give my niece, Alexa, for her Birthday.  The top of the box flips up, so she can put it in her room and tuck little things inside.  I sure wish I could have stayed in Minnesota for her Birthday.  She's also a "chip off the old block" in that she takes after her Auntie Karen in SO many ways.  She plays the piano (like I do), she's a singer (like I am), and she has a SERIOUS sense of humor and love for ice cream, just like me!
I found a couple of challenges where this sweet little project could be shared, so I'm sharing in these challenges:

Paper Issues Challenge - New Issue:  Chip Off The Old Block - How fun to create a BLOCK project for this fun challenge.  And by the way, if you haven't ever checked out Paper Issues, you will definitely want to visit this AMAZING store and fun blog.  They offer LOTS of great inspiration, and they sell the products you need to create the fun projects they share.

Stamp & Create Challenge - Patterns - I always LOVE using patterned papers

I'm SO glad that you've stopped by today, and I thank you for the visit.  I look forward to visiting your blog as well; so if you leave me a comment, I'll be sure to stop by.

Blessings to you,
Karen

Button Cards and Vintage Sweetness

One of my favorite stamp sets (and one I often forget to use) is my Button Boutique Stamp Set from the lovely Papertrey Ink.  It's just so super sweet, and I always love the cards I make using it.  I whipped up two cards using this sweet stamps set, and I'm hoping that you all enjoy them.
This first card uses the Button Boutique Stamp Set, some Crate Paper (floral) and October Afternoon (chalkboard) patterned papers, seam binding, baker's twine, and buttons.  In the background, you will see a sweet decorated Mason Jar.  I bought dozens of antique Mason Jars for my daughter's wedding; so I will be making several crafts with them for gift-giving.
My second card uses the same Button Boutique Stamps Set, a doily,  two October Afternoon patterned papers, buttons, seam binding, baker's twine, vintage music, and machine stitching.  These cards (along with a couple dozen more) are going to my dear friend, Noni.  She helped out SO MUCH with Alicia's wedding, and I wanted to do something special for her.  She's been asking to buy some of my cards; so I decided to just send her a bunch.  These two will be tucked inside this lovely little bag I made for her:
This sweet little kraft bag is from the dollar bins at Target.  I added a doily, stamped some sentiments from the Button Boutique set, added some seam binding and trims, a doily, a wooden Kaiser Crafts dress form, a rusty hook safety pin, a thread card from October Afternoon, and a little of this and that.  Here's a close-up:
There are just so many sweet touches on here.  I love how it turned out.  As I said, I tucked in the button cards and a note thanking her for all her help.  It could never be enough for all she did to help make the day SO special.  Not to mention, she and her five daughters drove all the way to Minnesota from Tennessee JUST for the wedding.  I'm SO blessed to have such amazing friends.

I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:

Paper Issues Challenge - Chip Off The Old Block - I truly am a "chip off the old block".  In particular, I am a little piece of my dear mother.  My Dad always used that term "chip off the old block" for me in reference to my Mom.  She LOVES to sew, and by using these vintage button cards, I am also showing MY love for sewing, and that I truly am a "chip off the old block".  I also used a "BLOCK" die on the second card, in which I placed my buttons.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle and Shine" - I used glittery letters (SEW) on the bag that sparkle and shine!

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and take a peek at my cards.  I am just settling back in at home.  We pulled in last night, and I'm still unpacking boxes of wedding supplies, purchases, suitcases, etc.  I hope to feel "back to normal" soon.  Alicia and Nathan get here soon from their honeymoon, and we will be helping to move them to their new home in California this weekend.

Don't forget to stop by and play along in our Anything Goes challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday.  We have two fabulous prizes, and we would be so grateful to have you share your talents with us.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings to you,
Karen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Really Reasonable Ribbon ROCKS!

My good friend, and owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon (the greatest ribbon shop in the world), Bonnie Garby, once told me that "a card just isn't complete without a bow".  I have to say that I completely agree with her.  I just can't resist adding that special touch. This card was cute without the bow, but it's even cuter WITH it.  I used some October Afternoon patterned papers, Crate Paper chipboard and stickers, and a Verve stamped sentiment.  Like I said, it looked good.  But I knew it needed something more; and that something was a big beautiful bow using Really Reasonable Ribbon's AWESOME supplies.
I added a bow using their gorgeous Turquoise Plaid Ribbon, some Cream Seam BindingTeal Baker's TwineBlueberry Baker's Twine, some awesome 1.5" Jute Ribbon in Ivory, and a pretty Deep Ivory Open Rose by Wild Orchid Crafts.  I love the textures, and the personality all these items give to my card.  I honestly believe that Really Reasonable Ribbon ROCKS!  I highly recommend ALL their amazing products.

I invite you to stop by and check out all their amazing ribbons and trims, flowers, and accessories.  I know that you will absolutely LOVE all of their amazing products.  We also have a super fun challenge where you can play along for the chance to win some of their awesome ribbons.  We really hope that you will stop by for some shopping, some great inspiration, and lots of fun!

TAKE NOTE:  There is a special 4-Day Sale taking place NOW at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Don't miss out on the savings!

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes for a chance to win some of Karen's lovely hand-made seam binding

Stamp & Create Challenges - Pattern - I used various patterned papers to create a great background pattern for my card.  Fun challenge!

Thanks for visiting today, and have a blessed week!
Karen

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let's Party....

I'm so lucky that I got a quick chance to make some cards while on my vacation.  We have a couple of family events (birthdays, etc.) for which I needed a few cards.  I thought that I was SUNK until I found out that I would get a few days to "play" with my best friend in her craft room (and all that goes with spending a few days with your best friend of almost 50 years).  I'm SO EXCITED that ice cream at Nelson's is on our agenda for tonight.  That's always a summer favorite!
I made this second card VERY late last night.  I couldn't sleep, so I decided to keep creating late into the night; and I came up with this card for a few challenges I found.  One is a sketch, and the others I was able to work in with some creativity.  Again, you've just GOT to love October Afternoon.  It makes card-making SO easy and fun.  How bright and cheerful is this simple card?

I'm entering it in a few challenges:

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge/Sketch #369 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Furry Friends"

Stamp and Create Challenge Blog - Patterns (I absolutely LOVE using lots of great patterned papers together).

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Challenge #270 - Woodland Animals

Craftin' Desert Divas Challenge Blog - Craft It Up, Link It Up/Birthday Linky Party - This card is just perfect for this challenge.  I would LOVE to win myself more of Craftin' Desert Diva's AMAZING stamps.  LOVE them!

Have a great week, my sweet and creative friends.

Karen


Blessed Along the Way

Well, the wedding was wonderful!  And right now, I'm enjoying a very unexpected three days at my best friend's house making cards and enjoying one another.  What a blessing to find myself having this special visit amidst the hectic schedule we've had since we arrived in Minnesota.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with gratitude toward my precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for allowing me to enjoy such a wonderful journey during this special time in our lives.  I really needed this break from everything, and needed to take some time to listen; and glean wisdom from my precious friend.  I've been refueled, and I will remember and treasure these days forever.  How blessed I am to have a true Proverbs 17:17 friend for now over 46 years.  God is so very good to me, and my cup truly runs over with gratitude.  I encourage you to take time to praise His name today.  He is SO good, and we are SO blessed.  Amen?  Here is one picture of our precious girl that was taken just after the ceremony, outside the church.  She was smiling from ear to ear ALL day!
I created this first card with some sweet October Afternoon patterned papers, journal and letter stickers (be), and chipboard; as well as a small white doily, some machine stitching, and a Papertrey Ink word die-cut (happy).  I have always been such a big fan of October Afternoon, and I always enjoy playing with their bright, fun colors and embellishments.  Papers from various OA lines seem to often match one another so nicely, and being able to combine them really helped me to create this card.  I am always about ease in crafting.
Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge #369 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Stamp Furry Friends

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party/Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I will be making another post in just a few minutes with another card I made during my special retreat to my BFF's house.  I wish you all a wonderful week!

Feeling so blessed,
Karen