Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Valentines With Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's late January, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  If you're like me, there are at least a few sweet special people in your life who deserve a Valentine.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has just about EVERYTHING you'll need to help you whip up some extra sweet Valentines for those special people.  I just LOVE their selection of Mulberry Flowers, Double Head Stamens, Leaves, Seam Binding, Adhesives and Embellishments (just to name a few). They carry so many wonderful products.
This card uses a piece of black card stock and some sweet Recollections patterned papers from my stash that I attached with strips of Scor-Tape.  I also inked the edges with Ballerina Ink.  Once all my papers were in place, I had lots of FUN adding the sweet touches from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I started with a width of Baby Pink Seam Binding that I ran across the middle of my card.  I used the Baby Pink Seam Binding along with a length of Dusty Rose Wrinkle Ribbon to tie my bow.  I topped the bow with some gorgeous Mulberry Flowers from the Mixed Pinks Magnolia Flowers which were recently restocked.  Underneath the bow, I bundled a long length of Natural Burlap String and added several Black Double Head Stamens, Pink Double Head Stamens, and Milk White Double Head Stamens.
Well, if you know me.....I didn't stop there.  LOL  I just keep piling it on.  I added some more of the Mixed Pinks Magnolia Flowers, and I also attached a couple of the darling little 11mm White Heart Shaped Flatback Imitation Pearl Beads that I filled in the centers with glitter.  And finally, I stamped my sentiment and added two pink wool felt hearts that I topped with a 13mm Flatback Covered Button (black and white gingham).  There are just SO many cute Embellishments and goodies at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and sometimes I just can't stop!
It's always a treat to have you stop by, and it's greatly appreciated.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.  There's always loads of great inspiration on the RRR Blog, and always lots of great shopping waiting for you in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop.  Thanks for visiting!

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
The House That Stamps Built - Challenge #J2220 - Anything Goes

Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog - Challenge #155 - LOVE Is In The Air

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Paper Sweeties Jan. New Release Rewind

Welcome back by today, friends!  Thanks for stopping by as I share my Paper Sweeties New Release Rewind project with you all.  If you haven't yet seen the two darling new stamp sets and coordinating dies (Sweet Cuts) found in the 1st Quarter Sweet Kit, you won't want to miss out on these little cuties!  I just haven't been able to put them down since I got back into my craft room.  If you missed my post Sneak Peek Post or my Release Day Post, you can click on those links to visit them.
For today's card, I combined both of the darling new stamp sets found in the 1st Quarter Sweet Kit.  I colored all the images with my Copics.  I placed the toast, coffee pot, donuts and sentiment on my card and then I ran a width of Bubblegum Seam Binding across my card.  I used that with some Blueberry Seam Binding to create a bow that I topped with Robin Egg Blue Sequins, Blue Raspberry Sequins and Bubblegum Sequins.  The little acrylic "splashes" I placed by the piece of toast are found in the Doodlebug Ice Pops.

By the way, have I talked lately about the AMAZING little Ink Pads carried at Paper Sweeties?  Oh yes!  In addition to all their adorable stamps, cuts, Seam Binding and more...they also carry many colors of Ink Pads that produce crisp, clear images every time as you can see from the images I've stamped here today using them.  I just LOVE them.  My sentiment was stamped with Periwinkle Ink Pad topped with Jelly Ink Pad.  The edges of my white paper and inked with the Ballerina Ink Pad and Periwinkle Ink Pad.  All my images were stamped using the Coal Ink Pad.  You really don't want to miss seeing all the AMAZING things my talented teammates have created using the Paper Sweeties New Release.  Here are links to each of their blogs:
Karen

I'm playing along in the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop:  Pixie's Playground/Snippets Challenge #369 - This card uses lots of little paper scraps, which I just love to do.  You can see all the different patterns mostly at the bottom of the card, but they're everywhere!  Don't throw them out.....make something pretty with them!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's Paper Sweeties Jan. New Release Day

Hurray!  It's finally the 15th of the month, and there are two DARLING new sets available at Paper Sweeties.  There's a cute new Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set featuring several adorable coffee images and sentiments that I featured yesterday in my Sneak Peek Blog Post.  And, there's also the FUN new We Go Together Stamp Set featuring a delicious donut, a peppy piece of toast, and a cuddly cup of coffee in addition to several fun sentiments.  You can find it ALL in the 1st Quarter Sweet Kit.
My card for today started with a piece of white card stock as my base.  I also used the white card stock to cut several small squares from the Scalloped Square Sweet Cuts, and I colored the centers of each square a pale yellow with my Copics.  I stamped the donuts, toast and coffee cups as well as the sentiments using the darling new We Go Together Stamp Set and colored them with my Copics as well.  The sentiments are also from the new We Go Together Stamp Set.  These new sets are SO cute and SO much fun, and they can be found in the Paper Sweeties 1st Quarter Sweet Kit.
I also made a matching tag using the For You Sweet Cuts.  I added the same images and sentiment again using the new We Go Together Stamp Set.  To my tag, I added some Raspberry Sequins, Bubblegum Sequins and Cookie Dough Sequins, and tied a bow with Watermelon Seam Binding and Frosting Seam Binding.  All of the products at Paper Sweeties work together and compliment one another so well.  And don't forget that both of these sweet new sets are available as of today in the 1st Quarter Sweet Kit at Paper Sweeties.
Be sure to visit my talented teammates who have each prepared DARLING Paper Sweeties New Release samples for you:


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties

Thanks again for stopping by!
Karen

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

It's Sneak Peek Time at Paper Sweeties

Hard to believe it, but here we are in 2020; and Paper Sweeties has a DARLING New Release that will be available for sale tomorrow.  But for today, my teammates and I are giving you just a "Sneak Peek" at these two darling new sets.  It's always fun to see how each Design Team Member showcases the new sets so differently.  This helps give you plenty of great ideas for using these fabulous new sets.  We hope that the projects we share with you over the next three days will inspire you to do some shopping at Paper Sweeties.  Just look at these CUTE new sets.
Each of the three tags I'm sharing today use different stamps/images found in New Release sets..  I started with the For You Sweet Cuts to cut all the larger tags, and then I used the small tag of the same shape from the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts to cut all the smaller sized tags.
For  my first tag (above), I used the new Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set and stamped the sentiment "Life Begins After Coffee", and I also stamped and cut the drink, sleeve, coffee cup lid (with one of the various coffee toppers found in this set).  I added some glitter and prills to the lid, and colored the straw green.  And there's that adorable donut from the new We Go Together Stamp Set.  Isn't it delicious looking with those glittery sprinkles?  This tag also holds Cookie Dough Sequins, Bubblegum Sequins and Robin Egg Sequins.
On the second tag, I used the Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set again to stamp the coffee pot.  The sentiment (#coffee) as well as the small donut on this darling tag, are from the Tackle Life One Cup at a Time Stamp Set.  I love how ALL of the stamps at Paper Sweeties work so well together, and this just shows how the older sets compliment the new.  The final touch on this tag was the sweet cup of coffee (also from the new Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set) that I frosted with some more ultra-fine glitter.  There's always something yummy at Paper Sweeties.
My third tag (above) showcases even more of the darling little images found in the new Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set.  I stamped the frappe (drink) twice, and added the whipped cream (glitter) and sprinkles (prills).  The sentiment (You're the cream in my coffee) is also found in this fun new Life Begins After Coffee Stamp Set.  My donut, from the We Go Together Stamp Set, is topped with a Bubblegum Sequin and some glittered prills.  This tag is inked with Ballerina Ink.
These adorable new sets will be available for purchase as of tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14 in the Paper Sweeties Shop.   And while you're there, be sure to grab some lovely Seam Binding, Inks and Sequins to adorn your projects.  I hope to see you again tomorrow.  Please don't miss out visiting my talented teammates who have some amazing projects to inspire you:
Karen

Monday, January 13, 2020

Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Welcome by today for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here today by way of Cheryl's Blog; but if you didn't, it's easy to catch up.  All the details and links are posted on the RRR Blog, and it's not a long hop.  One lucky commenter will win this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment.
If you've  never attempted making a Headband or Hair Bow, the sweet and talented Owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, Bonnie Garby, has some amazing Detailed Videos posted on YouTube to help you learn how to recreate some of the Hair Accessories we often share on our blogs.  Trust me, she is FAR more talented than I am at this, and her tutorials are AMAZING.  Take a peek.  You can do it!
The smaller barrettes (above) use the 5/8" White Double-Faced Satin Ribbon, as well as the 3/8" Hot Pink Grosgrain Ribbon With Mini Hearts, and they're secured on the back with Single Prong Alligator Clips.  There are LOTS of great Hair Accesories/Head Bands and Clips at RRR in addition to ALL the ribbons and other wonderful products.

Your next stop today is at Kathy's Blog.  When you finish hopping, don't forget to answer the question posted for you on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Thanks for stopping by, and the next time you need ribbons, trims, Mulberry Flowers, Adhesives, and more; be sure to visit Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Something New" - I used NEW product, which is the New Release Ribbon Club Assortment (shown above) from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Sweet Button Cards W/ Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a sweet card featuring some Button Cards that I topped with several fabulous trims and bobbits from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  If you're not yet familiar with Really Reasonable Ribbon, I suggest you take some time to look around.  Of course they carry the most VAST assortment of Ribbons, Trims, Twines, Laces, and all things lovely and spooled; but they also carry SO much more.  This includes Double Head Stamens, Mulberry Flowers, Adhesives, Embellishments, and the list goes on and on.
I started my card with a black cardstock base and added three different random patterned paper pieces from my stash.  The teal color is from Echo Park, the red polka dot is Core-dinations, and the ledger paper is a Crate Paper scrap tucked in there.  All my paper edges are inked to give them a shabby touch.  I was browsing on Pinterest the other day when I came across a darling Button Card by Melissa Phillips.  Her sweet little button card inspired me to pull out the set she used (one of my all-time faves) which is the sweet Papertrey Ink Button Boutique Stamps & Dies.  I used that same set for the two button cards, and also used PTI's Thread Cards stamps & dies for the thread spools.  Around the thread spool, I wrapped a length of Solid Red Baker's Twine and tucked in a stick pin.  On the button card, I added a black and white gingham button back from the 13mm Mixed Colors Flatback Gingham Covered Buttons as well as some Miniature Mixed Pastel (teal) Sweetheart Blossoms and a Red Sweetheart Blossom.
OK...I realize there's a lot going on here with my card, so I'll do my best to list what I can.  I added an antique milk cap, a die-cut wool felt flower topped with a vintage red button that has some Natural Burlap String tucked in its center.  Under that felt flower, I tucked a length of Black Licorice Baker's Twine and some bundled Natural Burlap String.  I also added a wooden (friend) sentiment, I wrapped some White Crochet Lace around the thread spools, and attached a little wooden ruler.  I also tucked in a Pear Shaped Safety Pin - such a cute little touch.
And then......because they're just SO cute, and because I love them SO much, and because Really Reasonable Ribbon has SO many great products to help me adorn them; I stamped several more of these darling Button Cards.  Some of the RRR products I used to embellish these various cards include Solid Mint Baker's Twine, Cotton Candy Baker's Twine, several different styles of Natural Crochet Lace, several different colors of Double Head Stamens (yellow, pink, blue, etc.), various Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms, Pastel Magnolia Flowers, Plaid Yellow Ribbon, Covered Flatback Gingham Buttons, Light Blue Burlap String, a length of Danish Blue Seam Binding, Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon, a Parma Grey Open Rose, a White Mulberry Leaf, one Pink Bead Berry Spray Cluster, some washi tape, stick pins, two little  (blue flower) Embellishments and of course, LOTS of vintage buttons.  Like I said, no shortage of fabulous products at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and always the perfect item for YOUR next project!
I really do appreciate your visits, and I hope that you'll stop by again soon.  Your comments mean so much to me, and I know that you really will LOVE what you find over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Go on, and take a peek!

Blessings,
Karen

I'm linking up here:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Something New".  OK, don't laugh!!  I used a lot of antique and vintage items on my projects today, BUT...I also used "something new" (or a few things, actually that are new to me) including the Magnolia Flowers, the wooden ruler, and the Pear Shaped Safety Pin.  And...it's going to a new friend to help solidify a NEW friendship.

Cardz 4 Gals - Challenge #112 - Haberdashery  - My Grandmother would use this word (haberdashery) when referring to all her sewing notions.  I was always intrigued by her bins of pretty buttons and spools of ribbons and trims...….or, her "Haberdashery", I guess.  How fun!  This card just kinda combines everything that reminds me of my Grandma Ensign's sewing room.  Thanks for a fun reminiscent challenge.



Double D Challenges: Celebrating 4 Years - PUNCH - This challenge asks us to resurrect the long-neglected punches in our craft rooms.  Ah, yes, the Punch.  I used my hand-held circle punch to punch the circles (little holes) in the stamped vintage spools.  (I originally planned to hang a tag from one of them, but I've already got WAY too much going on here on this one poor little card.  LOL  By the way, CONGRATS, Dar and Diane on this endeavor!
Stamping Sensations: January Challenge - Favorite Stamps - As explained above, I used some of my favorite stamps which are called Button Boutique and Thread Cards, both from Papertrey Ink.  Thanks for a fun challenge!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Day 24 of Christmas W/ Paper Sweeties

Well...we're getting close to the end of our special Christmas celebration this month at Paper Sweeties.  Today is Day 24 (of 25) of our 25 Days of Christmas.  If you've missed any of these special posts (one each day December 1-25), you can find all the links to the fabulously sweet Christmas inspirations by stopping at the Paper Sweeties Blog for all the links.  Paper Sweeties is always coming out with darling new stamps, sweet cuts (dies), and a wide variety of sweet crafty supplies to keep you busy (and delighted) all year long.  It's a great place for awesome inspiration and fun shopping.  Stamps and products old and new have been showcased each day, and you can see a wonderful collection of Paper Sweeties inspirations by visiting these links.
Today's card was created using a pink Bazzill base, a soft pink Prima patterned paper, and a scrap of dark wood-grain patterned paper.  Once the base was secured, I die-cut several trees using the Merry Christmas Y'all Sweet Cuts (darling set).  Three trees were cut from vellum that I touched w/Stickles, and two of the trees were cut from cream wool felt.  Onto the sweet felt trees, I hand-stitched several French knots using cream, pink and mint DMC floss.  I cut the "wooden" tree trunks again using the Merry Christmas Y'all Sweet Cuts from the wood-grain paper.  I inked the tree trunks using my Mud Pie Ink Pad and attached them to the felt.  What a lovely little forest.  I'm telling you, friends...the Merry Christmas Y'all Sweet Cuts is DARLING.  It includes this tree and the pickup truck from the Merry Christmas Y'all Stamp Set (cute!).  I'm a bit partial, but I think ALL the products at Paper Sweeties are adorable.
At the top of this card, you'll see my sweet sentiment (BLESSED), which is from our new Blessed Stamp Set.  SO many cute words, and very similar to our super popular Merry Stamp Set; which has sold out several times.  It's the perfect time of year to grab these super cute "staple" stamp sets during the time of year when we should be treating ourselves (just a bit).  I know how much I enjoy (all) these sets, and I've seen the darling things that others have done with them.  SO cute! I know you'll love them, too.
The sentiment was stamped on vellum tag that was cut using the darling Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts.  The sentiment is embossed in brown, and the tagis also outlined in Stickles to match the trees below.  And finally, my tag is tied with lengths of Bubblegum Seam Binding, Mint Seam Binding and Frosting Seam Binding.  In addition to all the darling stamps and sweet cuts, Paper Sweeties also has several yummy shades of shabby Seam Binding to adorn your projects.  You're always sure to find sweet new products, inspiration, and lots of fun at Paper Sweeties.  We hope you'll stop by again soon.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:


As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Die/and Why
- I chose to use my favorite Paper Sweeties die (or Sweet Cut as we like to call them there) and I used it (the tree die) to cut several trees.  Some were cut from vellum and outlined with Stickles and glitter, and the other trees were cut from ivory wool felt and I hand stitched French knots in the felt with DMC floss.