Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's Paper Sweeties Release Rewind Time

Hello, friends!  For those of you who have visited me the past three days for the Paper Sweeties New Release Party, I thank you so very much.  I hope you've thoroughly enjoyed all the fun and inspiration this sweet new I'm So Proud of You Stamp Set has brought us.  This sweet new stamp set, along with all of Paper Sweeties fabulous products, are available now in the Paper Sweeties Shop.
But before we wrap things up with this month's New Release Party, I wanted to share one last card to inspire your creativity.  There are just SO many different things you can do with this sweet new stamp set, so I thought I'd explore another idea.  I used a wood-grain patterned paper as my base, and then added a piece of October Afternoon patterned paper, border sticker, ruler sticker, and journalling sticker.  I stamped the sentiments (World's Best Teacher, A+), stack of books (two), apples (three), ruler (three) and pencils (two) from the new I'm So Proud of You Stamp Set.  I simply placed the rulers and pencils here and there to represent the mess most usually found on a teacher's desk.  I know just who I'm sending this card to.   Any guesses?
Even if your kids are grown now, like mine are, this is still a fun stamp set to own because you can encourage those in your life who teach, and all those little ones you know and love who could use a little extra encouragement during back-to-school time, or even throughout the year when they need a little pick-me-up and words of encouragement.  That's the fun of making cards...being able to send them out to others and being able to bless and encourage others with our cards.
Here's the hop list of all my talented teammates who have created something inspiring for you today using this sweet new I'm So Proud of You stamp set.  I hope you will stop by and leave them some love.  You're sure to thoroughly enjoy everything you see along the way.  These are some truly talented and creative gals...to say the least.
Thanks again for sharing the Paper Sweeties New Release with us.
Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Stamping Sensations Challenge Blog - Something Beginning With B - I stamped all my images and sentiments with a darling new stamp set from Paper Sweeties (details above), and my B word is BOOKS.  Time for the kids to hit the books again as they say.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's Release Day at Paper Sweeties!

Hurray!!  It's finally here....September Release Day at Paper Sweeties.  That means that as of today, you can purchase the adorable new I'm So Proud of You Stamp Set before they're gone.  It's always such a bummer when you fall in love with a new stamp set on a company's release day, and you hesitate for a bit...and before you know it, the stamp set is out of stock.  It's happened to me more than I'd like to admit.  I'd suggest a trip to Paper Sweeties for some retail therapy because every month there are adorable new sets in the Paper Sweeties Shop, and you won't want to miss a thing.
For today's card, I used several different patterned papers, journalling sticker, and red ruler border sticker from October Afternoon.  Then, I stamped the small stack of books (twice), the apple, the ruler, the sentiment, the outfitfit, shoes and hair bow all found in the adorable new I'm So Proud of You Stamp Set.  I also placed two (stacked) Strawberry Sequins at Abigail's waist.  I stamped Abigail onto ivory cardstock and colored her skin and hair with my Copics.  Her outfit, hair bow and shoes were all stamped onto patterned paper.  I placed Abigail on a tag that was cut using the awesome For You Sweet Cut.  You may notice that I use this For You Tag a lot as a base on my cards.  It's such a versatile and awesome piece to own, and I'm sure you'd find yourself using it all the time like I do.
This card looks adorable, but there really isn't much to it at all.  Anyone, and I mean anyone, could make this card.  It's just a matter of laying down papers, stamping and gluing things together.  With all the sweet products (stamps, dies, seam binding and so much more) found at Paper Sweeties, you really can't go wrong.  The cute cards just start flying off your fingertips when you're using such adorable products.
I'm So Proud of You
Give your creative side a try, and treat yourself to this sweet new I'm So Proud of You stamp set (or several new stamp sets....you won't regret it).  Here's the list for you to visit my teammates who have something adorable ready for you.
Thanks again for visiting, and don't forget to stop by again tomorrow as we wrap up this month's new release with our Release Rewind Party.  There's just SO much sweetness to see.

Blessings,
Karen

Friday, September 14, 2018

It's Paper Sweeties New Release Sneak Peek Day!

I'm so glad you're here today because it's that wonderful time of the month, once again, when we get to begin our big reveal for the new September release at Paper Sweeties.  Today we will all give you a sneak peek at this adorable new stamp set, and you will have the opportunity to purchase this sweet set starting tomorrow, Saturday, September 15, in the Paper Sweeties Shop.  But for now, let's take a look at this sweet new school themed stamp set called I'm So Proud of You.
For today's card - just to give you that little "peek" at this adorable new stamp set, I created a simple Back-To-School card.  I used lots of October Afternoon patterned papers, border sticker, and sticker tag.  I stamped all the sentiments I used, as well as the cute ruler, pencil, and apple using the new I'm So Proud of You Stamp Set.  There are so many adorable images and sentiments in this set.  I'm already super excited for y'all to see the other sweet cards I've created for tomorrow and Sunday.  This is just such a super sweet school-themed stamp set, and it really was easy to make super sweet cards using it.  All of Paper Sweeties stamp sets and products are super versatile and include a variety of sentiments and images to help you expand your creative process.
Underneath the sticker tag that I stamped on, there is a larger tag that I cut using the fabulously versatile For You Sweet Cut.  To that larger tag, I added a bow that includes some luscious Frosting Seam Binding, red baker's twine, and is topped with a plaid brad.  I also placed layered Cookie Dough Sequins in the center of the tag.  As you can see, combining any of Paper Sweeties products helps you expand your creativity and really allows you to stretch your imagination.  Isn't this little ruler just adorable?
Here's the list of all my talented teammates who have prepared a special project or two for you.  We all just want you see for yourself how adorably sweet these products are, and to encourage you to treat yourself to something new and let your creativity go!
Thanks again for stopping by, and be sure to visit again tomorrow on BIG Release Day!  It's always so good to have you here.

Karen

I'm sharing my Paper Sweeties card by playing along here:
Southern Girls Challenge Blog - "Tag.You're It" - As detailed above, my card actually has two different tags on it....one sticker tag and one die-cut tag.





Stamping With Heffy Doodle

Hello, stamping friends!  Well, in further celebration of STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp this month, I've been enjoying seeing all the different companies whose stamps/companies are being featured.  This is how we get to know about cool companies that, perhaps, we haven't heard of before.  Or in other cases, playing along with companies we've loved for years.  Well, such was the case when I saw the Heffy Doodle post.  This was one I'd never heard of.  So....I did what they hoped I would do.  I purchased a Heffy Doodle stamp set to create a card and enter the challenge.  Some people have linked up oodles of projects to this challenge that they made back in June, etc.   I don't understand that.  But, I'm (one of the few) playing by the rules.  That's the fun of it for me.  Playing along honestly, showing my work, telling my story, and getting truly excited about a stamp company and their products.  Just look at what I did with this cute Mewniverse set I used.
For this card, I used two shades of pink Bazzil cardstock, a random black gingham patterned paper, a pink patterned paper.  I inked all my papers with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.  I stamped my sentiments, kitty and yarn balls using this adorable new Heffy Doodle stamp set called Mewniverse and I ran a width of black gingham ribbon across my card and tied a small bow with it.  I also added a small Maya Road canvas tag with a small My Mind's Eye kitty puffy sticker.

I'm so pleased with how my card turned out.  I've been challenging myself to stamp more, and STAMPtember is a great time to do it.  I hope you will consider picking up some new Heffy Doodle stamps (or some other company) and join the STAMPtember fun!

Blessings,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Blog - Celebrate STAMPtember with Heffy Doodle - My post above tells about about how I found Heffy Doodle through this exclusive event, and how I purchased my first Heffy Doodle stamp set to create this card so I could enter and play along.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It's Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop!  We're so glad you're hopping along with us.  You should arrived here by way of Bonnie's Blog; but if not, you can get caught up very quickly by visiting the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  One lucky person will win this month's super fun Halloween-themed Ribbon Club Assortment.
My hair bow incorporates each and every one of the fabulously fun ribbons in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.  This includes a piece of the 5/8" Tangerine Checkerboard Satin, 3/8" Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Grape Delicate Stitch Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Satin Swirl Apple Green, 3/8" Black Checkerboard Satin, 5/8" Satin Swirl Tangerine, 5/8" Maize Taffeta, 3/8" Spider Webs on Black Satin Ribbon, and the 5/8" Apple Green Taffeta Ribbon.  The bow is secured in the back with a French Clip which comes in several different sizes for different lengths and thickness of hair.
The items used in this bow that are not sold at Really Reasonable Ribbon include the orange feather, the gold sequin bow, and the Halloween centerpiece.  However, you will find everything you need at Really Reasonable Ribbon to make a bow just like this one; including awesome Rhinestone Embellishments and more.
The next stop on this Blog Hop is at the blog of my talented teammate, Kathy; and I know she has something amazing to inspire you.  Her projects are always SO super fun.  And don't forget to answer the question at the end of the hop, on the RRR Blog, so that you'll be entered to win this month's fabulous Ribbon Club Assortment.
BTW...If you didn't catch my RRR Halloween Treats post yesterday, you can click on the purple link too see it.  Have a great week, and thanks again for joining us!

Karen

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Autumn Treats With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Don't you just love Autumn?  I sure do!  I love the changing colors of the leaves, making spiced cider, and making all kinds of fun little treats for all my nieces and nephews.  So for today's Really Reasonable Ribbon post, I decided to make some cute little treats.  I used a set of six plastic tubes with metal caps that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, and I filled them with some different colors of Skittles candies.  Then came the really fun part....using lots of fabulous products from Really Reasonable Ribbon to decorate and embellish these cute little treat tubes.

For the tubes that are filled with purple Skittles, I decorated each of those with small bows tied with Black Seam Binding, Lilac Seam Binding, and Parrot Green Solid Baker's Twine.  For the tubes that are filled with mixed (black, green and orange) Skittles, I decorated those tubes with small bows tied with Black Seam Binding, Orange Seam Binding, Parrot Green Solid Baker's Twine, and Plum Baker's Twine.  Each tube (bow) was topped with a Jolee's spider.

It's fun and easy to make sweet little treats for all the "little goblins" in your life.  They enjoy the fun little treats, and you'll have fun making them.  Really Reasonable Ribbon makes it so easy to find all the ribbons, trims and supplies you need to create something wonderful.

With SO many products available in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop, you're sure to find the perfect colors and styles to match your next project.....and beyond.  Oh, and don't forget about the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop starting tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today, and please visit again soon.  And for all things ribbon, trim, twine, lace, and more....think Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Blessings,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Pop It Up" - This little 3-D Spider Bows POP OFF the top of the tube so that the kids can get at the candy inside!


Guest Designing at Words2CraftBy

Hello everyone!  I hope you're ready to hear about a FUN challenge where you can play along for a chance to win a fabulous prize.  I won the challenge at Words 2 Craft By back in July, and they invited me to join them as a Guest Designer for the September/October challenge.  The theme for this challenge (like all their challenges) is determined by a famous quote.  You may interpret this quote however you chose, and let it inspire your creativity.  Here are your "words to craft by" for this challenge:

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall" - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I created my card using lots of fabulous Prima Amber Moon products including the patterned papers, epoxy stickers (bird and sentiment), and beautiful flowers.  I also tucked in some black, orange and gold Floral Stamens, and I placed the bird on a real twig.  There's some black and some orange Burlap String in the floral cluster.  And because I absolutely LOVE adding textures to my cards, I placed a piece of canvas on my patterned papers as well as a piece of natural burlap under the focal point.  The finishing touches include some machine stitching, a Maya Road stick pin and some sequins.
It's always fun creating Autumn cards.  I absolutely love this sweet Amber Moon collection from Prima, and it was a perfect choice for this challenge.  One of the patterned papers I used has leaves and pumpkins on it....so cute! 
I really do hope that you will stop by to play along in this fun challenge.  All their DT Members have created cards to inspire you, and you will find them on the Words 2 Craft By Challenge Blog along with their (simple) rules.  And wait til you see the prize they are offering.  You will definitely want to play along, and I know they will enjoy having you join the fun.
Have a blessed day, and thanks again for stopping by today!
Karen