Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Help Comes From the Lord

Hello, all my ribbon loving blog friends.  Today I'm sharing a sweet project that I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I really hope it inspires you to stop by and check out all the AMAZING ribbons, laces, trims and more that are carried in the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop.  There's SO MUCH to see.
This card was created using some Crate Paper patterned papers that I inked and machine stitched together.  Once I had done that, I added some fabulous trims from the best little ribbon shop ever - Really Reasonable Ribbon.  First, I put a lengh of the super lovely Bay Leaf Seam Binding on the card.  Then, I created a bow with the Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Black Seam Binding, Solid Mint Baker's Twine, and Black Burlap String by May Arts.
I topped that pretty bow with a Black Open End Rose and two White Open End Roses.  There are so many lovely flowers and embellishments at Really Reasonable Ribbon in addition to all the amazing ribbons and trims they carry.  There's never a lack of availability, and you're sure to find LOTS of great items.  So, why not head on over to do some shopping now?  You will absolutely LOVE their selection, prices and ALL the great inspiration you will find on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  AND.....there's a fun challenge going on now.  So, be sure to stop by and play along.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a creative and blessed week,
Karen

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Love is a Beautiful Thing

Love is such a beautiful thing, and I wanted to create a really pretty card to showcase the word "LOVE".  I started with a patterned paper that I painted on the edges with cream acrylic paint.  Next, I painted and glittered a Prima Tattered Angles frame as my focal point, and placed vintage music paper behind it.  I adorned the side of the frame with some torn and inked cheesecloth, inked lace, and some flowers and baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The sentiments are from two different die-cuts.  First, I cut LOVE from a Top Dog Dies alphabet die, and I painted and glittered those.  Then, I cut the word LOVE again from the same patterned paper using a Frantic Stamper script love die-cut.  Love is such a beautiful thing; so I figured....why say it just once?

I'm entering my LOVE card in these challenges:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used two dies (one of which is sold at Scrapy Land).   I used a Top Dog Dies alphabet die set, and also a Frantic Stamper Big Hand-written Love die-cut (sold at Scrapy Land - just follow link).

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says, "Have a Heart"

Fun Cuts Alphabet Challenge - "L Is For Love"

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge Blog - Challenge #252 - LOVE - I used two different die-cuts for my LOVE sentiments.

DL ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #173 - Anything Goes - Valentine's

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with a new post for you, but for today I wanted to say that "love is a beautiful thing"!

Blessings to you all,
Karen





Friday, February 5, 2016

Anything Goes at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's challenge time at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time it's Anything Goes!  Each member of the RRR Design Team has created a project for this challenge using several of the sweet images from Polly's Paper Studio.  The set I used is called Retro Valentines, and it has eight super sweet images.  I used only four of them.  I wanted to create a little Valentine's gift bag for my niece and newphews (Audra's kids) to let them know I'm thinking of them.  I know that Audra would have done something special for them for Valentine's Day.  This very first photo shows a little container I decorated to hold their goodies.  I decorated the front of it with Vanessa White Crochet Lace, Pink Burlap String, Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Cherry Baker's Twine, and Pink Roses With Scalloped Edge on White Grosgrain Ribbon.  There's also a 3-D embellishment in the center.
Then, I used tiny little white treat bags, and placed a pink die-cut doily on each.  Next, I placed the Retro Valentine's (four of them) on each bag.  I made a bow for each bag.....and placed them in the lower left corner.  Each bow is made from the following trims in the order which I attached them - first, a length of Lipstick Red Seam Binding, then a length of Pink Aster Seam Binding, and then a length of Red Solid Baker's Twine (perfect for Valentine's Day).  Each bow is topped with a sweet little Two-Toned Pink Sweetheart Blossom.  I also clipped a tiny wooden clothespin with a black chalkboard heart to the top of each bag.  Of course, I will stuff them with candy or a gift card before I give them to the kids.
Here's some really exciting news.   The lucky winner of this Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon will win FIVE (5) digital files of choice from Polly's Paper Studio for themselves!!  This is really a fabulous prize, and the lucky winner will be chosen by random draw, so....EVERYONE who enters has an equal chance of winning.  This sweet shop carries the most adorable images, and they are SO easy to use.
I just printed them, cut them, and pasted them on my project.  And how STINKING CUTE are they?  You will definitely want to play along for the chance to win this amazing prize.  And....we always LOVE having you play along in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenges.   Just include some sort of trim (ribbon, lace, twine, etc.) on your project, and you will be eligible to win this lovely prize.
I can't thank you enough for stopping by my blog today.  I'm always so grateful for your sweet comments, and always looks forward to visiting your blog to see what you have been creating.  And....if you're in search of some fabulous ribbons or trims (among other great embellishments), then take time to stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to do some shopping.  They're sure to have the perfect trims and flowers for your next project.

Blessings to you,
Karen

P.S.  I'm playing along in these challenges with these sweet projects:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Have a Heart" - I used several because there are several hearts that mean SO much to me.

Fun Cuts/Faith, Hope and Love - Jen's Sweet Alphabet Challenge Blog - "K is for Kisses".  I bought some Valentine Herhsey Kisses that I put in these sweet little treat bags for the kids.  I'm sending my KISSES to them all the way across the country!

Double D Challenges: Pretty Pink Hearts - I couldn't resist playing along in this super sweet challenge.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thanks

Hello, my creative peeps!  I hope you're all having a great week.  I'm looking forward to the weekend.  How about you?  We finally get a weekend where we can just stay home and relax, so that will be fun.  Well, except for the whole Super Bowl thing.  That's totally NOT my "thing".  But the rest of the family enjoys it, so I will go hide in my craft room I guess.
I stopped at Hobby Lobby this morning where I picked up My Mind's Eye On Trend 6x6 paper pad.  I immediately fell in love with these super sweet papers, but didn't quite know what to create with it.  So, I found a beautiful card on Pinterest made by a talented card-maker named Stella.  You can see her (original) version of the card (the one that inspired me) here on Stella's Blog.  I put my own twist on it, of course, but the original design is all hers.  I just might have to pick up some of the On Trend embellishments for this sweet line.

In addition to the My Mind's Eye On Trend patterned papers, I also used a white doily, a gold Sweet Dot from V's Sweet Ideas, a Sizzix leaf die-cut that I cut from vellum, and some gold sequins.  The sentiment (thanks) is from Studio Calico and was cut from gold foil paper.  I really tried to keep it simple because these papers are SO pretty.

I'm going to link my card to these challenges:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used a Sizzix Die (the leafy swag cut from vellum).

Diana M. Larson's DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #173 - Anything Valentines/Optional Thank You - I chose to share a THANK YOU card since it's optional, and after all, it's called "Thankful Thursday".

Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week.
Karen

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Enjoy This Day

Welcome back to my blog, everyone.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I just wanted to quickly share this card I made for Frantic Stamper using one of their amazing precision die-cuts.  This particular die is their Bicycle Die from their December release.  
This sweet Frantic Stamper Precision Die-Cut has all the intricate little gears found on a real bicycle, and is so life-like.  I cut the image from both black and pink cardstock, and then did some layering.  I used a kraft card for my base, added a white paper doily, some inked patterned papers, and then placed this sweet Bicycle Die-Cut in the center to give it the attention it so deserves.  I also added a patterned paper strip at the bottom where I hand stamped my sentiment.  Next to the stamped sentiment, you will notice a snippet of baker's twine and a little flower which was created using Frantic Stamper's Precision Small Layering Posies Die-Cut with a small pearl accent sticker in its center.

Frantic Stamper carries everything from your favorite patterned papers and embellsihments to die-cuts and matching stamp sets.  You're sure to find just what you're looking for.  Also, you can see from my project that these AMAZING die-cuts work perfectly in cutting paper, wool felt, and many other materials.  They're truly awesome!

I'm sharing my card here:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used two Frantic Stamper Dies on this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you're having a blessed and creative week.  I'm so grateful for you all.

Karen



Graciellie Blog Hop Continuing

Hello, all my creative friends!  I'm posting today to share a second card I made to support my fellow blog friend (and very talented artist) Gracie as she celebrates the relaunch of her adorably sweet Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  Gracie has designed some lovely new digital stamp sets designed for card-making, scrapbooking, journalling, mixed media, and even home decor.
You should arrived here from the blog of my uber talented freind, Tenia Nelson and I'm sure you LOVED her sweet card.   If you didn't come here from Tenia's blog, you can always head back to Gracie's Blog to get started.   This is the card I created using one of her sweet new stamp sets called "Believe".  
I printed the "Belive" sentiment from this lovely set onto a sheet of vellum paper.  As soon as it came off the printer, I added gold embossing powder and heated it with an embossing tool to give the sentiment some texture. Did you even know that you could emboxx digital images?  I just learned this sweet technique, and Gracie's sweet images emboss just beautifully with very little effort. I machine stitched the vellum to some patterned paper, and then added a sweet flowery seam binding and burlap string bow , some sequins, and a metal key from Prima at the bottom.   This stamp set actually comes with two sentiments (of which I ued one).  To see my first card using this stamp set, you can click here for my previous post.
This digital stamp set, along with all her other wonderful new sets, can be found in Gracie's Design Shop here.  Remember to like and follow her shop to be the first to learn of new products, and hear about specials.
And Now.....THE GIVEAWAY!   THREE of you blog hoppers will win a brand new digital stamp set from Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  To be eligible to win one of the three prizes, simply hop along to each blog and leave a comment telling us what you would love to create with one of Gracie's lovely digital stamp sets.

The next stop on the hop is at the blog of the sweet and talented Samra L, and I just know she will have prepared something delightful.  She always does!  The blog hop will run for one week, and the winners will be posted on Gracie's Blog, so be sure to stop back by her blog on February 8 to see if you're a winner!

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

Wonderful Word Art Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and time for another great challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Our sponsors for this challenge are Classy Cards 'n Such, offering a $15 gift certificate; and Iralamija Shop as our digital sponsor.  Both of these prizes are AWESOME, and so worth playing for.  I know I'd sure be thrilled to win either prize.  And sadly, Classy Cards 'n Such is going to be closing soon.  So....that $15 gift certificate will go even further because of the awesome discount prices.  I encourage EVERYONE to stop by Classy Cards 'n Such to support Beverly, and take advantage of the awesome discounted prices on all your favorite crafting supplies.  And if you're not familiar with Iralamija Shop, you will want to stop by Bea's Sweet Blog or Melissa's Blog to get some inspiration on how to creatively use these amazing images; and then stop by Iralamija Etsy Shop to do some shopping.  Like I said, both of these sponsors are AWESOME!
I created two cards for this challenge.  First, the one I shared on the Word Art Wednesday Blog was created with some Crate Paper products, seam binding, machine stitching and pearl accent stickers.  It's got some fantastic colors, and I used some sweet new patterned papers that I picked up in Mesa, Arizona this past weekend.  I always love hitting a little scrapbook store there called Scrapbooks Etc.  My hubby was so proud of me - I spent only $10 at the store!
My second card was created using a piece of Crate Paper Restorations patterned paper, a Frantic Stamper Precision Die called Ovals & Filagree Frame.  Once I had my patterned paper cut to size, I added the frame die-cut that was cut from black cardstock.  Then, I re-cut the hearts from the corners using a pinkish red wool felt, and added them for texture and dimension.  My sentiment was inked and placed in the center.  That's it.  Frantic Stamper has several awesome frame die-cuts that really make it easy to quickly create a lovely card.  This particular die also contains seven nesting ovals so that you can layer the sentiment if desired.  All of Frantic Stamper's dies are easy to use, beautiful. and super versatile.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I really hope that you will join us at Word Art Wednesday for this fun challenge.  We always enjoy seeing the projects you create, and we look forward to visiting your blog to see what you've made.

I'm sharing my second card here:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used a Frantic Stamper frame die on this card.

Blessings,
Karen