Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Getting My "Crafty On"

It's hard to believe that I've already been at my best friend's house for over two weeks, and that today is the day we have to call it quits (at least for now).  Let me tell you, it went by SO fast!  We look forward to this time all year long; and it was nothing less than fabulous.  I've been praising God all night long, and I mean that quite literally.  I stayed up past 2:30 AM, and I was awake by 6:00 AM with a few wake-ups in between - just praising God and thanking Him for this wonderful time and for all the blessings in my life.  I'm so grateful for it all, but also still feeling rather bitter-sweet about saying goodbye again (even for now).  We will already start looking forward to, and planning, having her come to see me in Nevada just as soon as possible.  Before I leave, I wanted to share a couple more of the cards we made together.  I will share some more of our mini books once I get home, but I still have ten days at my Mom's house up north before then.
This first card was inspired by the new "Cherry Pie" challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room.  You can click the link below to take you directly to their challenge so that you can see the inspiration photo.  It called for cream or white, red, aqua, and touches of twine and/or burlap.  I used all of the above and was SO inspired by it all (especially the vintage inspiration photo).  I used October Afternoon patterned papers, an Emma's Shoppe journaling card (cherry), some vintage trims, aqua baker's twine, a vintage cream doily, machine stitching, bits of cream burlap, some touches of red acrylic paint, an October Afternoon journaling sticker (printed through the computer), and a cherry gem brad.  Here is the link to their challenge:
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Blog - Challenge #174 - Cherry Pie - See above paragraph for all the details on my card and this fabulous challenge!
This second card was inspired by the current challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog where the current cupcake inspiration is to use Kelly Green, Lemon Yellow and Rose Pink.  I got out some patterned papers and embellishments in these three lovely colors from their inspiration photo and got busy.  This is what I created, and it's almost all from October Afternoon.
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #218 - Kelly Green, Lemon Yellow and Rose Pink - See Above Paragraph for Details or Click on the Link to Take You to the Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog - Challenge #76 - Sizzlin' Summer Colors and Ribbons
For those of you who are wondering, I didn't share my Word Art Wednesday card in a blog post this week because the photograph is SO light and the scripture doesn't show well at all.  I apologize for not sharing it again here, but I really do hope that you will ALL stop by to play along in our challenge this week over at Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog.
Thanks for stopping on by today to say hello, and I hope to visit you all at your blogs this week.  Have a blessed day!


  1. Love your sweet cherry theme card for this week's Tea Room challenge, Karen -- especially that adorable gem brad cherry! Thanks for joining us this week :)

  2. Beautiful cards, Karen! So happy...I think they reflect how you feel. :)

    I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful time. Funny how time flies when you are with friends.

  3. trop joli et charmant comme toujours, biz

  4. Beautiful cards Karen - you obviously have had a blessed visit with your friend, and are now blessing us with the results :-). May your visit with family be equally enjoyable.

  5. These are both beautiful, Karen! You are the master of combining various patterns and textures. Blessings!

  6. Love your card! The paper and details are perfect for this week's challenge! Thanks for joining us at The Tea Room!

  7. Love your card! The paper and details are perfect for this week's challenge! Thanks for joining us at The Tea Room this week!

  8. Beautiful take on this week's Cupcake Inspirations color challenge! So glad you had time to join us!

  9. These are gorgeous cards, Karen!

  10. Your cards are all so beautifully crafted Karen, love how you add all the lovely little details!

  11. Sp glad you've had a great time with your friend!!
    Your cards are beautiful!!

  12. Gorgeous creations Karen. You have such a beautiful and loving creative style.
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  13. Lovely, lovely - I like the sewing (I have been getting some sewing on my cards - you inspired me ~ and I like the sewn tab! Cool! Enjoy your time away - have a safe trip home too!

  14. These cards came out lovely ! You did an amazing job !! Thank you so much for the inspiration ! Your work is beautiful !


  15. Those cherries are so cute, Karen! Sounds like you had a good time with your friend. How wonderful to be blessed with a friend whose company you can enjoy and not even get tired of one another! ;)

    Just thinking of you and wanted to say hello. Big hugs!

  16. Such beautiful cards, Karen. So glad you're enjoying the time with your friend. How great to craft together. Thanks for joining our Sizzlin’ Summer Colors with Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  17. This is such a sweet festive card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Huggs from Ginny at Polly's Paper!