Monday, November 21, 2016


Today I'm posting for Really Reasonable Ribbon using someof their FABULOUS products.  There's just something about making Christmas cards and projects that's FUN!!  I made this card using some patterned paper scraps I've had laying on my craft table for the longest time.  I added some ephemera pieces, a Jenni Bowlin chipboard button tied with Solid Red Baker's Twine and Natural Solid Baker's Twine.  The button tops a bow tied with Lipstick Red Seam Binding and Cream Seam Binding.  I also wrapped a width of the Lipstick Red Seam Binding around my card.
I inked the edges of my card with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (as I usually do).  The little pieces of ephemera (Joy and Santa) are glittery, but you can't see the glitter from these photos.  That's why when people say that their cards are so much prettier in real life, I really do understand what they mean because I often feel the same way about my cards.  Photos just don't capture the wonderful glitter, texture, and special touches that you notice in real life.

Then, since I had some extra time, I decided to make a little Christmas gift item to go with this card that I'm sending to my niece.  I used a tiny, soft, fuzzy red mitten and adorned it by adding two of the sweet little Clusters of Wild Orchid Crafts' Bead Berry Spray in Red topped with a bow of Lipstick Red Seam Binding, White Seam BindingSolid Red Baker's Twine, White Metallic Icicle Seam Binding, and a Making Memories chipboard poinsettia button on top.
The mitten is a Starbucks gift card holder from many years past.  I just happened to have a few extras of them that I saved and never used, but always knew I could make cute little treat bags or ornaments out of them.  I'm so glad I put one of them to good use.  Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect place to pick up a few precious favorites to sweetly adorn your next project.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to take a peek at this little Christmas card and gift mitten.  I hope that you will check out all the amazing seam binding, ribbons, twines and trim, flowers, leaves, adhesives and SO much more that Really Reasonable Ribbon has to offer.  There's also a FUN CHALLENGE taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Have a blessed and creative week.  Thanks for stopping by!


P.S.  Here's where I've linked my art:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Trio-Tastic" - I used three patterned papers on my card, three ribbons (seam binding and baker's twine), and three different ephemera pieces on my card (santa, joy sentiment and chipboard button), and three embellishments on the mitten (berries, chipboard button and ribbons). It's fun to be trio-tastic.


  1. These projects are beautiful!!! Really help get me in that holiday spirit!

  2. Positively merry! Love the old-fashioned Santa paper, and the fuzzy mitten is just gorgeous with the added embellishments.

  3. Magnifique Karen, festif et si sympa, biz

  4. Karen, I saw your card at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I had to come over for a closer look. I love those jolly Santas and gorgeous layered bow! Great little gift you made to send along! Hugs!

  5. Hi Karen, What a charming card, I don't even like Santa's and I want this card!! Sweet gift for your Niece too, I sure that will make the whole family smile!!

  6. Wow, Karen! Not only ONE gem to see here, but TWO! I adore your card, which has just the right amount of embellishment and layering. It is stunning without being over-the-top. You have a great eye for combining elements skillfully and always know "when to say when." And how lucky is your niece to be able to make fun projects with such a talented auntie? That mitten is TOO CUTE! Thank you for the inspiration and for being so willing to share your skills with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! I always look forward to your entries!


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