Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Simple Life

I don't know about you, but I am such a creature of habit.  If I look through my cards, I notice a recurring theme and see that I tend to do the same things over and over again.  Seldom do I venture outside my box and try something a bit out of my comfort zone.  But today....I did it!
I saw the new challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge Blog and really wanted to give it a try.  I started with some card stock and a stencil I've had for ages, and sponged the background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I added one strip of patterned paper, some Antique Gold Burlap String, Green Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon, and stamped images and a sentiment using Papertrey Ink's Twig Wreath Stamp Set.
I also added a metal brad with a gem in the center, a wooden JilliBean Soup word (happy), and just had some fun randomly stamping the Autumn images onto my card.  It's something different for me, and I'm glad I attempted something new.  I will be sharing my card in a few challenges where I enjoy playing along:
Mod SquadChallenge Blog - Fall Colors - I TOTALLY followed Joyce's example and used a stencil, some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Marmalade and Tea Stain) to sponge the stenciled background for this card.  Thanks for the inspiration, Joyce!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Heavy Metal - I'm not so sure about "heavy", but I did purposely add a metal gem in the center of my bow so that I could play along here.

DJKardCreations - NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) Challenge #12 - This is my third and final entry into this fun challenge.  The NBUS used on this card is the stencil.  Not only is it the first time I used it, but it's also the first time I attempted stenciling my background like this and venturing out of my "safe zone" to try something new.

Just Keep On Creating - September Anything Goes Link-Up

Thanks SO much for stopping by today.


  1. You did a really lovely stenciled background for your pretty card, Karen! And well done with the random stamping! Thank you for playing three times in my NBUS Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Karen, your card is gorgeous. I'm so proud of you for going outside your norm...I know that I want to try to do that, but I don't think that I ever do.

  3. I love that sentiment. Very pretty card. [Bunny]

  4. Love that stunning background Karen - it was well worth you venturing out of your comfort zone for this fabulous result.

  5. You did marvelous my dear - as always! Good to step out of comfortable zone don't ya think???? Drink some coffee

  6. This is such a gorgeous card! Love the beautiful embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  7. This card would make anyone happy, such a lovely creation.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
    Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  8. Beautiful card, the texture and all the details are just perfect.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

  9. So happy you challenged yourself to try something new! Your card is beautiful. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge


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