Monday, July 25, 2016

Praying For You

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a Guest Design opportunity with Inspired By Stamping coming up in August.  I have had several of their stamps for years, and also got some new ones along with some of their die-cuts, papers, and crochet trims.  I created this card with one of my older stamp sets, but still a favorite of mine.
I used Crate Paper patterned papers, stickers, and ephemera pieces.  I inked the papers with  Tim Holtz Burlap Distress Ink, and stamped my IBS sentiment using a dark brown chalk ink.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch on my polka dot patterned paper (near the bottom), ran a couple lengths of Black Licorice Baker's Twice around my card, and added some sweet flowers by my bow.
There's also a sweet little chick which is a sticker from Crate Paper, and he's sitting on the bottom border of my card.  I put him on double-sided 3-D tape so that he would stand out a bit.  He matches the gold tones in my patterned paper and draws them out.  It really turned out soft and sweet.

I'm going to link up and play along in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Things With Wings" - I added a sweet little yellow chick sticker at the bottom of my card. 


Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Add Some Texture" - I didn't like just the papers, so I added the twine, some flowers, and the 3-D bird to give my card more texture.

I'm so grateful for your visit to my blog, and I thank you for it.  If you leave me some love by way of a comment, I'll make sure to swing by your blog to say hello as well.

Blessings,
Karen





Thursday, July 21, 2016

RRR Trinket Box Tutorial

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon making a treasured Trinket Box for someone special.  I started with one of those cheap little $1 paper mache boxes you can pick up at your local craft store (Michael's, JoAnn, etc.).  I painted the box with black chalkboard paint (two coats), and the top (lid) with cream acrylic paint.  Then, I added a light layer of Mod Podge to the top of the lid and covered it with vintage sheet music.  I trimmed it down into a perfect circle covering the lid.  I used a pink crystal knob that I got in the dollar bins at Michaels and attached it to the top of my trinket box so that the person can easily lift off the lid.
Once I had the box painted and covered the way I wanted it (you can use any colors of paint or papers to cover your box), I wanted to make it really "over-the-top" beautiful and special.  The best way I know to accomplish that is to grab some of my FABULOUS ribbons, trims and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon and get busy decorating it.
I used two lengths of Black Seam Binding, two lengths of Baby Pink Seam Binding, a length of Black Burlap String, a bow tied using Cotton Candy Baker's Twine, and a small double bow tied with Black Micro Gingham.  They all look so lovely together, don't they?  For my final touches, I added two Ivory and Pale Pink Open End Roses, one Black Open End Rose, and a 30 mm Green Paper Leave.  I stamped an image in black ink on a small grungy prim tag and attached it with a stick pin.  Pretty simple, huh?
These little trinket boxes make such lovely gifts, and are such a super cost-effective way to give someone a very special, heart-felt hand-made gift they will love and cherish.  I made one for my Mom; and she keeps some jewelry in it, and displays it on her bedroom dresser.   The whole point is to have fun and be creative.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has all the perfect colors of Seam BindingBurlap StringBaker's Twine, and Mulberry Flowers to help YOU create a trinket box just like this one (or in your favorite color scheme).

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget about our fun CURRENT CHALLENGE taking place now.  We'd love to have you play along with us.  Also, there's a SALE taking place NOW through Friday, July 22.  Check out the Really Reasonable Ribbon Facebook Page for details.

Karen

Sunday, July 17, 2016

For Someone Special

As the sentiment says, this card is "For Someone Special".  I just don't know quite who that certain someone is quite yet.  LOL  My bestie and I were using up some old October Afternoon Farm Girl patterned papers, stickers and embellishments; and this is the card we came up with.  One thing I just LOVE about creating with her is that, even though we're making "the same card", our cards NEVER look completely alike.  Because our minds work so differently, we can use the exact same supplies, and our individual cards consistently each have their own, unique style.  It's really cool.  We have so much fun creating together, and our creative energy feeds off of each other.  We also get a lot accomplished because we continually  motivate each other.  One of us will come up with a concept, and the other will run with it.  Then, on the next project, our roles are reversed.  I just LOVE this!  The creativity never ends when we're together.  Well, that is until about 1:00 or 2:00 AM when we can't keep our eyes open any longer and we call it a night.
This card was created using lots of the sweet October Afternoon Farm Girl, some stickers, a journalling card, and the sweet stamped sentiment is from Inspired By Stamping.  I'm Guest Designing for them in August, and this is an extra card I created using one of their sweet stamps.  I put some pearl accent stickers on the flowers in her hat, and did some machine stitching in red. Isn't it sweet?

By the way.....(if you're actually reading this) my birthday is in five days (July 23) and I want some hand-made cards!  If you send me one, I will return the favor for sure.  I love sending out my cards to people, so let's see who shares my love of sending out their cards.  Just let me know if you want my mailing address.

Here are the challenges where I am linking my sweet country girl card:

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Come play along for a chance to win some of Karen's gorgeous hand-made seam binding.


Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge "Create a Scene" - I created a farm yard scene.  Cute, huh?

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge "Flora and Fauna" - This card included a bit of both - the outdoors and animals.  What a fun challenge.  Thanks, Simon!

Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I really am grateful to have you stop by, and I hope you will say hello again soon.

Karen





Friday, July 15, 2016

Hello...

Have you ever seen someone else post a card, and said to yourself, "I absolutely MUST recreate this for myself"?  Well, it's happened to me more than once.  I enjoy being inspired by the creations of other talented artists.  For me, one of those people is the uber-talented Melissa Phillips.  And any time I lift one of her cards, or anybody else's; I always make sure to give credit for the original design.  When I first saw this card Melissa shared on Emma's Paperie Blog, I knew I would recreate it.  The only thing I didn't already have in my stash was the sheet of Admit One patterned paper, but I just ordered and received it this past week (along with some other new goodies).  I find lots of great inspiration on their blog, and enjoy shopping in their store (although their shipping is a bit high in my opinion).  But there are some things you "just can't live without", you know?
So, almost everything used to create this card is from Crate Paper including the patterned papers, and the 3-D telephone sticker.  I also used some ribbons, baker's twine, and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a stamped sentiment (on the first card shown above) from Papertrey Ink.
Because I love this particular card SO much, I created a second one....nearly identical, but with just a couple of changes.  A little bit different ribbon, and the sentiment on the second card (shown below) is the Poppy Stamps Hip Hello die-cut.
I really want to thank you for stopping by today.  Your visits to my blog mean so much to me, and I really appreciate your comments.  I'm grateful for all my blog friends, and always enjoy making new ones.  If you choose to become a new follower, please know that I will also stop by your blog to follow you in return.

I'm sharing my fun phone card in these challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #366 - I love this color combination, and enjoyed incorporating the Poolside Blue, Petal Pink and Clover Green.  I also LOVE playing along at Cupcake Inspirations.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Create a Scene" - This is a familiar scene for any teenager.  Well, not this style of phone any more, but...you get the idea.

Poppy Stamps Challenge #22 - Fly Away With Me - One of the most difficult things I ever have to do is to literally "fly away" from those I love (all our extended family).  But knowing that they're always just a phone call away makes it bearable.  So that's my take on the "Fly Away With Me" challenge.

Scrapy Land - Challenge #45 - Anything Goes - I used a die-cut called Hip Hello from Poppy Stamps

Have a blessed day!
Karen



Pink & Purple Challenge at RRR

Hello, my creative peeps!  Are you all ready for another FUN challenge?  Well, my friends and I over at Really Reasonable Ribbon have a great new challenge for you, and the theme is Pink & Purple.  You can add the pink and purple in any way or combination you choose as long as you include some ribbon or spooled trim.  We would love to see what your creative minds come up with, and Really Reasonable Ribbon has everything you could possibly need to help you get started.
My card uses some Authentique patterned paper and some Making Memories patterned paper, a My Mind's Eye sentiment sticker, machine stitching, pearl accent stickers, and LOTS of great embellishments from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  First, I ran a length of Cream Seam Binding across my card and tied it into a big bow that I secured to the left side of my card.  Then, I added bows made with Cotton Candy Baker's Twine, Blueberry Baker's Twine, and Violet Solid Baker's Twine.  I also tucked in a 30 mm Green Paper Leaf, two Two-Tone Pink and Ivory Mulberry Open End Roses and one Baby Pink Open End Rose.  Once again, you can see how all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's awesome and versatile products compliment one another and work together to help you create something wonderfully sweet.
We sure would love to have you stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to play along with us.  We always enjoy seeing your creativity, and you will find LOTS of great inspiration there as well.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Welcome, everyone!  It's time for Really Reasonable Ribbon's July Blog Hop, and we're so glad that you've chosen to join us.  This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with gorgeous pinks and purples, and just like every other month they are perfect for making bows, accenting projects, making cards and scrapbook pages, and SO much more.  Here's a peek at this month's assortment:
You should have arrived here from the blog of my creative friend, Nancy Hill and I hope you enjoyed her creativity.  If you didn't come by way of Nancy's Blog, you can get started on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to quickly get caught up.  As always, I'm sharing a lovely hair bow that showcases ALL the gorgeous ribbons from this month's assortment.
This sweet bow uses a length of the lovely 5/8" Latice Print Satin Ribbon in Geranium Pink, 3/8" Diamond Satin Hyacinth, 3/8" Geranium Pink and Hyacinth Diagonal Strip Ribbon, 5/8" Geranium Pink Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Wildflower Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Delicate Stitched Satin Hyacinth Ribbon, 3/8" Geranium Pink and Hyacinth Diamond Print Grosgrain, 3/8" Geranium Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Latice Print Hyacinth Ribbon, and let me tell you ALL these ribbons are GORGEOUS and look so lovely together as do all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's fabulous trims.  I also wanted to show you the back of the bow so that you see that it's attached using a French Clip and to remind you the we carry several different sizes of these easy-to-use clips.
Your next step on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop is at the blog of my talented Co-Designer, Kathy, and I know she has something wonderful prepared for you all using these lovely ribbons.  The Ribbon Club is a fabulous way for you to always have great seasonable trims for all your crafting needs.  We also have a fun challenge taking place now on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and we always enjoy having you play along with us.

Have a great week, everyone!
Karen

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Make A Wish

If you're anything like me, you always have a need for birthday cards.  I have so many nieces and nephews, and I always like to send them a card on their special day.  This card was made for just that reason....a family birthday for someone who deserves to be remembered.  And what kid doesn't like opening the mail and getting a bright, cheerful card with some cash tucked inside?
I used all October Afternoon products on this card including the patterned paper, stickers, and ephemera.  The sentiment is from V's Sweet Ideas, and I also put some sequins here and there.

I want to share my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Flora and Fauna - Since there's an adorable little raccoon on my focal point (sticker), I thought I'd play along representing the Fauna!

Sweet Stamps Blog:  July's Anything Goes Challenge - I stamped my sentiment

DLART Thankful Thursday - July Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

Have a great week, stay creative, and best of luck in the challenges you're entering this week.

Blessings,
Karen