Sunday, February 26, 2017

Explore and Kitty Kitty

Hey there, friends!  I'm so glad you've stopped by today.  I'm sharing two fun cards I made.  The first uses some of the cool Crate Paper Journey products I won quite some time ago on the Crate Paper Blog.  I've had fun playing with it, and since it has a travel theme to it, I've made a lot of cards with it for one of my older nieces, Brittney,  who travels quite a bit.  She saves the cards and journals in them which I think is a really cool thing to do.
All I did was take a piece of the patterned paper from the Journey line and add a library pocket and library card to it.  Then, I added a wooden embellishment from the set for my sentiment, and added a couple decorative stickers from this set along with a chipboard vintage travel van.  Don't you just love the retro vibe of all the cool ephemera elements in this line?  They're pretty awesome.  Finally, I tied some twine around the card and made a bow to offer a bit of softness and to break up the card a bit.  I like it!
Here's where I will be linking up my "Explore" card:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Transport It" - I love this retro van, and it sure looks like a super fun way to "transport it".  Doesn't it?

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #331 - Favorite Embellishment - I can almost never resist adding some sort of ribbon, twin or trim.  It's my favorite embellishment for sure, and it really added a lot to my card.

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #194 - Sentimental Journal/Optional Twist CAS - CAS, Blue, Sentiment - My card (above) has all three of these elements, and I had a lot of fun playing along.
My second card was created using some sweet October Afternoon products.  I used two patterned papers, some red rick rack trim, red rick rack sticker, an October Afternoon Kitten journalling card and chipboard sticker.  I also added a snippet of ribbon at the top right to cover an ink smudge.  LOL   Here are the challenges where I'm sharing my Kitty card:

Double D Challenges - Challenge: Rick Rack/Zig Zag - I used both red rick rack trim and a red rick rack sticker.  Thanks for another great challenge, Dar and Diane!

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #396 - Cats/Kittens Sponsored by Newton's Nook - I had to dig deep to play along, but I really wanted to participate, and so glad I was able to play along. 

Thanks again for visiting me today.  I really appreciate your comments, and I hope you'll be back by again soon.  Have an awesome and a creative week.



  1. This is brilliant really eye catching design hugs cheryl xxx

  2. Fabulous card Karen! Love the vintage van and twine!


  3. Both of these are just so cute, Karen. The first one makes me want to throw a surf board on top and hit the waves. The second one reminds me of first grade and how much fun it was.

  4. Gorgeous cards Karen - love them both - the papers certainly help to make the cards stunning.

  5. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations, good luck!!! Amy DT

  6. Very cute. Love the car, the colors and the bold sentiment. Thank you for Transporting It with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  7. So sweet and detailed! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  8. Karen, both cards are so gorgeous. I like them so much.
    Lia xx

  9. Your Explore card has a fun retro look. You made great use of all the design elements. Thanks for sharing your card with us at 613 Avenue Create.

  10. Love the "retro vibe" on the first card with that adorable wooden embellishment! The second takes me back to grade-school and the Dick and Jane readers I used! So perfect!

  11. OH WOW! Both cards are awesome but I love your card for our challenge! What a fun image and your use of zig-zags and rik-rak is awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Ric-Rac/Zig-Zag’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  12. Be still, my retro-lovin' heart! BOTH of these cards are delightful!

  13. Superbe design vintage, j'aime beaucoup, biz

  14. Two adorable cards Karen! I always leave here wanting to play with vintage images. ;0) I'm so glad you linked up to this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge!

  15. I absolutely love your cards Karen! I love your vintage style! I'm so glad you shared your card with us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

  16. What a fun kitty card! So glad you were inspired to join Cupcake Inspirations for our Cat Challenge!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

  17. Two charming cards! Your playful kitty is especially PAW-some! Makes me smile! Thank you for sharing your artistry in the Cupcake Inspirations gallery!

  18. Awwww, your cat images are so cute! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!

  19. Wonderful project! Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.
    Hugs Natalie