Monday, March 23, 2020

Encouragement w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, everyone, and welcome by!  I'd like to ask you all a question.  Where do you purchase all your Ribbons, Twines, Seam Binding, Mulberry Flowers, Adhesives, and.....well, LOTS of great products?  If you're not yet familiar with Really Reasonable Ribbon, I really do suggest that you take some time (since we're all pretty much stuck at home right now anyway, right?) and stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon store to see what's new and what's calling your name.
My sweet niece, Alexa, is already a tween.  Some of you who know me well might remember her from some of  my posts and photos I've shared about her over the years.  She's growing up so fast, and I enjoy watching her grow.  I'm THRILLED that, even as a tween, she still thinks I'm super cool.  I hope that never changes as she gets older.  I've worked very hard to maintain my relationship with her and to let her know how much I love her, and now that she's in middle school; I continue to encourage her.  I realize this is a challenging time in any kid's life.  That's why I made this little frame and card to send her.  Just for encouragement.  And heaven knows that we can ALL use some encouragement now and then.
First is this little frame I picked up on clearance at Michael's for 49 cents.  I added a few floral prills in the grooves of the frame, placed a journaling card in the frame, and then adorned the frame with several fabulous Mulberry Flowers.  I started with a big beautiful White Magnolia Flower and then added several Sweetheart Blossoms and Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms including blues from the Mixed Blues assortment, and several pastels from the Mixed Pastels assortment, and one Red Sweetheart Blossom.  I also bundled a bit of Ivory Burlap String underneath the White Magnolia Flower.
Next, I made a card to (somewhat) match.  I used lots of snippets (scraps) of paper to create the background and sentiment.  I love using up little snippets so that all those cute little pieces can come together into something useful.  I used pieces of Scor-Tape to attach all the patterned papers and stickers.  Then, I added a bow that includes a length of Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Vivid Pink Seam Binding, and 1/2" Red Wrinkle Ribbon secured with an adorable Rusty Pear-Shaped Safety Pin from our Embellishments section. ADORBS!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please take time to visit Really Reasonable Ribbon to see what's new.  There are SO many FAB products, and you're sure to find something you love.  Stay safe and healthy, and may God bless you all.

Karen

I'll be linking up in these fun challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Playground - Challenge #374 - As explained above, I used lots of great snippets on this one.  I just placed all the little left over strips of paper here and there to create my background.


Monday, March 16, 2020

It's Release Rewind Day at Paper Sweeties

Welcome back today, friends and lovers of Paper Sweeties.  Today we wrap up our February New Release with our Release Rewind festivities, and I'm so glad you've stopped by to join the fun.  I'm sharing another adorable card using the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts.  And YOU can purchase these two darling new sets for yourself now at Paper Sweeties.  Just look how cute this is.
I used some bright pink glitter cardstock for my base, and attached some inked patterned papers.  The focal part of my card is stamped on a piece of simple white cardstock that is well-inked on its edges with Ballerina Pink Ink.  There are lots of great colors of Ink Pads at Paper Sweeties in addition to everything else.  I always use these Ink Pads on my PS projects.
I die-cut the word SORRY from the glittery pink paper (same as base) using the new Sorry Sweet Cuts, and I glued that to the top of the white cardstock.  Next, I stamped the continued sentiment (I missed your birthday) in Coal Ink.  I stamped the cute little cupcake from the new Sorry Stamp Set twice, and the heart once.  I used the coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts to cut them all.  I also stamped a larger cupcake by using the Homemade With Love Stamp Set and I cut it with the Homemade With Love Sweet Cuts.  I topped the cupcakes with papers, glitter, floral prills, and some Copic coloring.  There's also a length of Frosting Seam Binding tied into a bow and tucked in there next to the Mint Paper Straw (birthday candle) with some stamens tucked inside to represent a burning candle.
Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties Blog

Above is the list of all my talented teammates from Paper Sweeties who have prepared something sweet to share with you today.  We really do hope you will stop by Paper Sweeties to look around, grab this new set and a few other sweet new things.  We're always here to inspire you.

Blessings,
Karen

Sunday, March 15, 2020

It's New Release Day at Paper Sweeties

Well, hurray!  It's finally New Release Day at Paper Sweeties, and the brand new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts are now available for sale.  You will be delighted with this FUN new set.  It contains this adorable band-aid image along with the big SORRY stamp and cut.  There are so many cute images and sentiments in this great new set.  I really think you'll like it.
I used the For You Sweet Cuts to cut my white tag, and I added the word sorry in red glitter using the new Sorry Sweet Cuts to cut it.  Along with the word (sorry) on the tag, I also stamped and cut two band-aids (I cut them from an actual large Band-aid) using the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts.  I attached the tag to the top of a muslin bag with a length of sweet red baker's twine.
On the muslin bag, I stamped the band-aid three more times (twice in Poppy Red Ink and once in Coal Black Ink); and I also continued my stamped sentiment (you're under the weather) using the Coal Ink Pad.  All the sentiments in this new Sorry Stamp Set are so cute, and you get lots of different options to cover a variety of different occasions.  For instance, the card I'm sharing tomorrow using this set is a fun birthday card.  Super versatile!
OM Cuteness here.....right?  Paper Sweeties has so many adorable sweet Stamp Sets, Sweet Cuts, colors of Seam Binding and Ink Pads, and...oh, SO much more.  Why not stop by and treat yourself to this month's New Release along with a few other FAB favorites from Paper Sweeties.
By the way, YES, I realize that I'm sharing a lot of photos today.  LOL  But...I just wanted y'all to be able to really see how CUTE the new Sorry Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts set is, and some of the ways it can be used. Oh, and here's some more good news: there's additional inspiration awaiting you today.  Just click on the names w/links below, and you'll be taken directly to the blogs of each of my talented Paper Sweeties teammates, and I know they'll have something prepared for you that will delight and excite you.  It's really a fun and inspiring hop, and I encourage you to stop at Paper Sweeties as well.  SO much FUN!
I really hope that you enjoy what each of my teammates has prepared for you.  They're SO talented, and the new Sorry Stamp Set is just SO super cute.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Have a wonderful week, everyone.  Here are the links I promised you:


Blessings,
Karen

Then Comes.....Baby!

How fun to hear about a new baby.  Some friends at church (a young couple) just announced that they're expecting their first child in September.  I thought this would be a fun card to encourage her and just to let her know that I'm praying for her (and her new little family).  I used some Echo Park patterned papers, stickers, etc. that I've been working with this week.
The baby carriage that I stamped is from an old Pink Persimmon set I pulled out.  Well, it has wheels and it's perfect for our friends who are expecting.  I love the vintage baby carriage.  I thought the colors were neutral enough for now...being so early in the pregnancy.  Everything is exciting at this point.  Right?
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a blessed and creative day, everyone.
Karen

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - WHEELS - I used the wheels of a vintage baby carriage using an old Pink Permisson stamp set.

As You Like It And Why - Spring Or Easter? - That's a tough one, but I'm sticking with Spring.  The reason WHY is because Spring represents all things new, and a fresh start.  I'm celebrating Spring with some fun bright cards.  New life (a new baby) is a great thing to celebrate in Spring, or any time of year, really.  But then again, so is Easter.  LOL

Things With Wheels

I was inspired by the challenge over at Mod Squad this week, so I've created two more cards to enter in this FUN challenge.  Since I can only enter once per blog post, this will be short and sweet (as will my next blog post) to showcase my fun cards using the same Echo Park collection of patterned papers, ephemera, stickers, borders, tabs, etc.  The bicycle stamp I used is from Prima.
I stamped the bicycle onto a journaling card, and to the left I attached some bundled Ivory Burlap String topped with a rusty safety pin to give it some texture.  I also attached a few colored miniature staples here and there since it's a pretty simple card overall.

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun creating this week!
Blessings,
Karen

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - WHEELS - I used the wheels on the bicycle I stamped using an older Prima stamp set.

As You Like It And Why - Spring Or Easter? - (Entry #2) That's a tough one, but I'm going with Spring.  The reason WHY is because Spring represents all things new, and a fresh start.  I'm celebrating Spring with some fun bright cards.  Bicycling is always a fun Spring activity.  But then again, so is Easter.  LOL

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It's Sneak Peek Day at Paper Sweeties

What a FUN New Release we have for you this month again at Paper Sweeties.  There's never any shortage of all things cute, sweet and lovely at Paper Sweeties.  Each time I create something with the new products, I end up combining them with some of my other favorites from Paper Sweeties (because there are just SO many).  Everything is cute, sweet and fun to use.  This month's New Release is no exception.  Here's a "Sneak Peek" at the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts.
I used the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts to cut the small tag from white cardstock.  Next, I used the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cuts to stamp and cut all the sweet flowers that I colored and placed on the tag.  The sentiment (just because) is also found in the new Sorry Stamp Set, and this tag gives you just a little peek at this awesome new set.
I tied two lengths of Grape Seam Binding to the tag, secured it with a rusty clip; and then attached it to a Bubblegum Paper Straw.  I hot glued everything together and made some adorable cupcake toppers to decorate some delicious limeade cupcakes I whipped up last night for my son (he was craving something sweet).
And like I do with pretty much EVERY New Release from Paper Sweeties, I found myself unable to keep my hands off this darling new set as it lay there on my scrap table this month.  Sooo...I got busy and made another cute card using it.
Well, Madison wanted to come out and play in her yellow rain coat.  Only, I realized that I'd used her winter coat from the Let It Snow Stamp Set instead.  Madison was cut using the coordinating Madison Sweet Cut.  I made the best of it, and created Madison a raincoat, hat and rainboots of sorts.  Using the rain cloud and raindrops image from the new Sorry Stamp Set, I stamped the cloud/raindrops background all around to give the illusion of a rainy day.
I'm still not quite sure why I put mittens on poor Madison (lol).  I guess they just kinda went with her outfit.  Sorry, Madison.  She still looks cute, of course.  You'll also see some of the small tags, and that cut can be found in the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts.  Yup, like I mentioned, there are LOTS of cute products at Paper Sweeties.
On the inside of the card, you will find this ADORABLE sentiment, and this is sure to lift the spirits of anyone who hasn't been feeling well.  Let's be honest, this set would get a lot of use throughout the year; and would be such a blessing to those on the receiving end.  Don't you think?  The big word (sorry) was cut with the new Sorry Sweet Cut, and then the sentiment was stamped just below it using the new Sorry Stamp Set.
Here's the list of links to the rest of my talented teammates from Paper Sweeties who have prepared something special for you today.  Don't forget to stop by each blog to leave some love, and to see all the wonderful creativity using the new Sorry Stamp Set and coordinating Sorry Sweet Cut.  Thanks again for stopping by, and don't forget to visit Paper Sweeties.

Thinking of You

Hello, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by for this sweet little card I made today.  And....can you believe it?  This card is absolutely flat.  No lumpy embellishments on this one.  That's rare for me, as those of you who know me best are very much aware.  Right?  Anyway...I still had fun adding layers of stickers/borders, etc. and inking them; along with the coordinating patterned papers from an Echo Park line that I pulled from my stash.  I hadn't used this Prima bicycle stamp in quite a while either.  The sentiment that goes with this bicycle stamp set didn't fit on the tag, so I used a Stamp Simply Clear Stamps (thinking of you) instead.
Lots of inking of my stickers, borders, patterned papers, cardstocks (two - red/teal), miniature staples, inks, and pretty  much everything I used give my card's layers just enough texture that I wasn't tempted to keep adding more.  This card can be easily mailed, which I also love.  Below is the link to the challenge that inspired this card.  I hope you're having fun playing along in some challenges and creating cards this week as well.
Some people don't think red and pink go together, but I disagree.  I especially love the red with light and bright pinks, the teals, and all the other great colors in this collection.  It was sure nice having the opportunity to pull out this older Prima bicycle stamp to give it some use.  It's been too long.  And, thanks again for stopping by.

Blessings,
Karen

Here's that link I mentioned:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Wheels - Obviously, my wheels are those of the bicycle I stamped using a Prima stamp.

As You Like It And Why - Spring Or Easter? - That's a tough one, so I'll say Spring.  The reason WHY is because Spring represents all things new, and a fresh start.  I'm celebrating Spring with some fun bright cards.  Bicycling is always a fun Spring activity.  But then again, so is Easter.  LOL