Monday, September 1, 2014

Circles, Spots and Dots at V's Sweet Ideas

It's the first of the new month, and that always means a fun new challenge at the SWEETEST shoppe and challenge blog around....V's Sweet Ideas.  This month we are having a "Circles, Spots and Dots Challenge" where you can share any projects you'd like as long as they have some round element on them.  That's easy enough.
V's Sweet Shoppe is truly filled with the sweetest craft items you can imagine.  I started my card with a Buff/Ivory Note Card and attached some older Pebbles, Inc. patterned papers which I machine stitched together to layer.  I cut a hole in the center of my card and added a Stampin' Up Sweet Cup which is an adorable little plastic window.  I filled it with some of the sweetest sequins from V's Sweet Ideas.  V's sequins come in a variety of soft sweet colors, and sell for just $1 per package.  I used the Blue De France Sequins, Seafoam Blue Sequins, Turquoise Sequins, and Royal Blue Sequins inside the window.  I also used V's Sweet Dots including the Twinkle Sweet Dots in blue, as well as the Seafoam Sweet Dots in two of the shades.  I made a big fluffy Crinkle Ribbon bow at the bottom using some May Arts Crinkle Ribbon, and I tied some Caribbean Turquoise Solid Twine around my stamped sentiments.  LOTS of V's Sweet Shoppe goodness going on here.
Inside View of Card
This photo (above) is the inside view of the card.  You will see that I added a sentiment to the inside of my card as well as to the front/outside of the card.  Both of these stamped sentiments are from an adorable My Craft Spot by Kimberly stamp set.  I stamped them on Buff/Ivory Cardstock and backed them with coordinating patterned paper which is inked.  I wrapped the Caribean Turquoise Blue Solid Twine around the paper, and added some of V's Sweet Dots to include LOTS of circles on my project.  My other "round" elements are the turquoise patterned paper, the doily, the sweet cup, and the sequins.
 
I really hope that you will stop by V's Sweet Ideas and treat yourself to some sequins or other lovely products from the shop.  We'd also love to have you play along in this month's CIRCLES Challenge.  The prize this month is a gift certificate to V's Sweet Ideas.  That's definitely a prize worth playing for, don't you think?  I know that I sure do enjoy V's sweet products.
 
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today, and have a wonderful week.
 
Blessings to all,
Karen

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back To School...Again!

Well, Summer is officially over.  Homeschooling starts this coming week at our house after Labor Day; and ready or not....Andrew and I are about to embark on another year of learning.  I am so grateful that God has blessed me with such well-behaved children who have a heart for the Lord and have chosen to be obedient.  You do the best you can, you pray for them, and you trust God with it all.  But there comes a point when your children have to decide for themselves whether or not they want to be obedient and choose to live their lives in the will of God.  I praise God for children who have a heart for the things of the Lord.  I'm a very blessed mom.  I wish you all a great school year, whether you homeschool or not.  Our children are precious gifts from God, and they need our love, prayers and support.
My card was made from a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and to that I added a piece of wood looking patterned paper that I machine stitched.  I added half of a vintage cream doily, some October Afternoon elements (school room and scissors), some buttons, jute and Baker's Twine.  I also added a Making Memories chalkboard tag that I inked with white chalky ink.
 
Papertake Weekly Sketch Challenges - Sketchie Free For All - This card was based on Sketch #26, but Papertake Weekly has LOTS of great sketches to follow

My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #150 - Back To School

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says Anything Goes

Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog - Challenge #69 - Chalkboard - Even though I am the Guest Designer for this challenge, I couldn't resist playing along.  I used a tiny chalkboard tag that says "home work" and it's inked in white chalky ink and is hanging from a button with a miniature safety pin.  There's also a chalkboard in the image I used!

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I look forward to visiting yours soon.  Leave me a comment, and I will swing by to leave you some love as well.
Blessings,
Karen

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