Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop

It's time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop, and we're SO glad that you've stopped by to join us.  This is a fairly quick Blog Hop with only six stops in total.  You should have arrived here from Bonnie's Blog; but if not, you can catch up quickly.  To  be eligible to win this GORGEOUS ribbon collection, just hop along with us, leave a comment on each blog, and answers the question at the end on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog - that's all it takes to be entered to win this GORGEOUS April Ribbon Club Assortment.  How bright and pretty are these ribbons?
This pretty hair bow was creating using several trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The wide white ribbon is a canvas trim (I believe it's currently sold out); but there are lots of wide ribbons at RRR that will work in this manner.  The bow also includes a length of the pretty 5/8" Bright Floral Print on White Satin, 5/8" Feminine Floral Print on Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Fabulous Foliage Print on White Satin, and the 3/8" Delicate Leaf and Vine Print on Satin Ribbon.
On the sides of the bow, there are smaller bows topped with White Flatback Pearls from the Embellishments Section.  Then, on the top center of the bow, you'll see several of the beautiful Mixed Pastels Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms from the Mulberry Flowers Section.  There are just SO many beautiful ribbons, trims, flowers, embellishments and more waiting for you at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  LOTS of pretty things.
This is one of  my all-time favorite Ribbon Club Assortments.  It's so soft and sweet, and has the most beautiful floral prints.  My guess is that this assortment will sell out quickly; so be sure to stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon this week to get yours before they're all gone.  They really are SO lovely, and they'll give you endless creative possibilities.  Get yours today here.
Thanks again for stopping by today.  Remember, there's always lots of great inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog; and that's also where you'll always learn about special sales and promotions as well.  Don't forget to answer the question at the end of this Blog Hop.  You won't want to miss out on being eligible to win this BEAUTIFUL Ribbon Club Assortment.  Your next and final stop on this Blog Hop is here at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you'll answer one question - this will make you eligible to win this gorgeous Ribbon Club Assortment.  Good luck and happy RRR shopping.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Time Out Challenges - Challenge #185 - Photo Inspiration - I was really inspired by the colors (teal, white, bright pink) and the pretty flowers on the table.  I put flowers in the center of the bow - inspired by the floral centerpiece.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "NOT a Card" - While I love to make cards, it's always fun to create something different. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Enjoying the Ribbon Club Assortment

Welcome by today, friends, and thanks for stopping by to say hello.  The card I'm sharing today is a very simple one; and yet, it uses some of the beautiful trims found in this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just love this month's assortment, and I think you will too.  It's filled with the prettiest trims.  I just couldn't resist that beautiful floral.  Isn't it stunning?

I started with a green cardstock base and one patterned paper that I stamped with a sentiment from Echo Park and machine stitched to the card base.  I ran a length of Moss Green/Cream Gingham Ribbon down the right side of the card and tied a bow with it.  I also included a bow using two of the trims found in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment including the 5/8" Shocking Pink Plaid Ribbon and 5/8" Bright Floral Print on White Satin Ribbon.  I also tied in Solid Light Pink Baker's Twine, and Green Baker's Twine.
The ribbon treatment is topped with a Two-Tone Pink Open Rose.  All the trims found at Really Reasonable Ribbon compliment one another and work well together.  The Solid Baker's Twine comes in so many great colors and is super cost-effective at just ten cents per yard.  I want every color, and I LOVE incorporating them into my bows.  Baker's Twine is just super useful in general; and Really Reasonable Ribbon carries the best selection at the best price.
There as so many great things you can do with the monthly Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Some months I forget to show everyone just how BEAUTIFUL these ribbons are and how many different ways they can be used.  Of course, I'll likely be sharing a hair bow during the RRR Blog Hop on the 13th; but for now, I really hope this card inspires you to check out Really Reasonable Ribbon.  There's also lots of great inspiration for you on the RRR Blog, so please visit again soon.

Blessings,
Karen 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

You're Snow Much Fun

Welcome back to my blog again today, friends.  My good blog friend, Gail, recently inquired as to my lack of activity in blogland lately.  She was absolutely correct.  I had found myself in a creative slump, and Gail gave me the encouragement I needed to find my creative mojo and get back to crafting.  In the past few days, I've been a busy little crafter.  I've even had time to enter a few challenges that I love and don't get to to enter as often as I'd like.  I made this card and the other Newton's Nook card I posted earlier today using some of their adorable stamped images along with some bright fun patterned papers.  Thank you again, Gail.
The image (girl with latte) is from the Pumpkin Latte Stamp Set from Newton's Nook.  I colored the image with my Copics.  The sentiment (You're Snow Much Fun) is from the Moose Mountain Stamp Set.  The patterned papers I used are from an older American Crafts 6x6 patterned paper pad I had in my stash.  I chose this paper pad because it matched the color scheme I wanted.  Well, that and....I have too much paper.  So, I do try to use patterned paper on most everything.

I did a bit of machine stitching on my card, some inking here and there, and a Paper Sweeties stamp for the word "friend" at the top.  The sentiment is somewhat funny, of course, being that I live in Nevada where it's in the 70s most days now; but this card is going to a friend up North where there's still snow.  I can't imagine living in the snow again at my age.  I did it when I was younger, but I'll pass on that for my "later years", thank you.  Although, her boots do look really cute with that jacket and scarf.
Below you'll see the challenges that inspired me and where I'll be linking up/playing along this week.  Thanks again for visiting me.  Oh, by the way....Newton's Nook is sponsoring the current challenge at Word Art Wednesday offering one lucky person a $20 Gift Certificate.  I hope you'll come over at play along with us at Word Art Wednesday as well.

Blessings,
Karen
Newton's Nook - Crafty Paws Challenge #145 - Friendship - As mentioned above, I used the Pumpkin Latte Stamp Set from Newton's Nook for the image, and a sentiment from the Moose Mountain Stamp Set.  The card is going to my friend up North - I miss her (but not the snow).  lol

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

Newton's Nook Sponsors Word Art Wednesday

Hello, everyone, and welcome by my blog today as I share a quick card I made for the new challenge over at Word Art Wednesday.  Our current challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Newton's Nook, so I decided to make a card using some of their darling stamps.  I used some bright patterned papers from Doodlebug to create my background.  I stamped Newton using an image from the Newton Loves Coffee Stamp Set, and a sentiment from the adorable Pumpkin Latte Stamp Set and I colored Newton with my Copics.
I added a piece of Solid Light Pink Baker's Twine to the top of my tags.  A few sequins here and there were the finishing touches to this simple card.  I really wanted the adorable Newton to be the focal point of my card, and he's stealing the show once again (as he well should).  I just love how bright and fun this card turned out....it's just a happy card.
Here's where I'll be linking up this card and playing along:
Newton's Nook - Inky Paws Challenge #145 - Friendship Theme - I used Using a Newton Image from Newton Loves Coffee and a sentiment from Pumpkin Latte Stamp Set to make this thank you card for a very special friend.  Friends are always doing sweet things, and they deserve to be THANKED for their kindness.  I'm SO grateful for my friends.

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

Thanks for visiting, and please visit again soon.  I always enjoy having you stop by to look around and say hello.  You can see my other card over at Word Art Wednesday; and you can link up there as well.  Have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Karen

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hoppy Easter Tag Two

You know how sometimes when you get inspired by something, it just kinda takes over your mind for a bit and almost obsesses your creative thoughts?  Well, that's pretty much what happened to me when I saw a darling tag made by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge DT Member, Zoey, this week.  Her adorable bunny tag inspired me to create not one; but TWO tags that are similar in style to hers.  Mine are not as detailed and amazing as her, but I've sure had fun creating  mine.  I love playing with Tim Holtz Oxide Inks, paints, etc.
I used some scraps of pale pink and ivory cardstock that were on my craft table.  I machine stitched them in black thread to give some texture and dimension.  I used some brown tissue paper, stencils on the paper strips, and lots of inking in Spun Sugar, Green Grass, Hickory Smoke and Burlap.
I did paint the insides of the bunny's ears and added a bit of ultra-fine glitter.  I used a Sharpie to add some of the lines on my images.  I free-handed the green circle, bunny ears, etc.  It's just a fun project, and I was so delighted with the first one I made; that I had to make this one to place on the outside package of a box I'm sending out later today.
As you can see, it's basically acrylic paints, Tim Holtz distress inks, machine stitching in both straight and zig-zag (which I love), and that little circle I added is a super old Making Memories journalling tag from my stash.  I just liked the colors and how it added to this little project.  How fun are those hanging threads?  Just a beautiful little mess.
I really love the layers of this sweet tag.  Those bunny ears are SO easy to make (as I said, I just free-handed them) by inking, painting, etc. you can cover any little mistakes.  You really only have to draw one ear.  Once you've drawn the first bunny ear and cut it out, you simply trace that one and cut it so that you'll have a matching pair.  From there, it's an inky fun time of decorating.  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at this one.  I'm grateful for your visits.

Blessings to you,
Karen

I'm playing along here in these challenge I love:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Easter/Spring" - This is my second tag and second entry and my tags were totally inspired by Zoey's project for this week.  I just loved her sweet tag.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Spring/Easter" Mood Board - I was inspired by the cute bunny and bunny ears in the inspiration photo.

As You Like It Challenge Blog - Favorite Critter and Why - I guess I'm going with the Easter Bunny on this one.  My reason why is because you can see his famous big floppy ears - and that's what I featured on this tag....a bunny with big floppy ears.

Hoppy Easter - Happy Spring

Hello, everyone.  Welcome by today and thanks for visiting me.  I realize that I've been a little bit scarce lately.  I haven't posted much of anything here on my blog, and I've been neglecting my friends in blog land.  A dear blog friend of mine actually reached out to say that she noticed I was "missing in action" so to speak.  I was SO grateful for her check-in and concern because it showed me that there are people who truly care about my happiness and well-being (other than immediate family); and that's a true blessing.  Anyway, I have been back in my craft room getting my April DT assignments taken care of and finally having some time to just be creative again.
I was very inspired by the Easter/Spring themed challenges taking place this week over at Simon Says Stamp.  I love playing along in both the Wednesday and Monday Challenges whenever possible.  This tag was completely inspired by Zoey of the SSS Monday Challenge Design Team.  She made such a darling tag with these floppy bunny ears.  Zoey really inspired me, so I gathered together some similar products and I created my version of Zoey's adorable tag.  I will be putting this tag on my granddaughter's Easter gift.
I used brown tissue paper and white cardstock.  I machine stitched the papers together and I used various Tim Holtz Oxide Inks to ink the edges and stencil some designs on the white cardstock to create a cool background with various textures.  I left the machine stitched edges hanging and even added extra thread to create whiskers for my bunny.  I also attached a pair of tiny googly plastic eyes to my bunny.  I hope he doesn't look creepy.  LOL  I also distressed the bunny's ears with oxide inks and I swiped some pink paint on them, and dusted them with ultra-fine glitter.  The stamped sentiment (Hoppy Easter) is from Paper Sweeties.  The finishing touch was a length of Cotton Candy Baker's Twine that I attached to the top of the tag.
Thanks again for stopping by to visit me today.  I'm always so very grateful for your visits and comments.  I do hope you're having a great week and that you're finding time to stay creative.  And if not, perhaps you're getting some other things accomplished.  Either way, enjoy your days.  I always appreciate your visits.

Blessings,
Karen

Here's where I'm playing along:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Spring/Easter Mood Board

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says Spring/Easter - I was totally inspired by Zoey's cute bunny tag.

We Love 2 Create - Mixed Media - Anything Goes/Mixed Media - I chose to make a tag using brown tissue paper and white cardstock, etc.  I used my own design and free-handed everything. (other than the sentiment stamp).

Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Pixie's Playground Snippets Challenge #399 - In memory of Ruby - I used lots of snippets on this little mixed media tag.  Each piece, in fact, was made from white cardstock pieces that were literally laying on my scrap table.

As You Like It Challenge Blog - Favorite Critter and Why - I guess I'm going with the Easter Bunny on this one.  My reason why is because you can see his famous big floppy ears - and that's what I featured on this tag....a bunny with big floppy ears.

Creative Crafting Uncles - Challenge #15 - Easter

Monday, March 22, 2021

Warm Wishes From Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by my blog, everyone, and thanks for stopping by to say hello and to take a peek at what I've been creating.  Today I'm sharing a super sweet little project I put together using a few of the (many) wonderful products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This little thread-shaped tag/card will go on top of a gift.  I always know that, no matter what the project, Really Reasonable Ribbon will always have the perfect trims and adornments I need.
I started with a cardboard die cut thread spool shape, and I used a milky white acrylic paint for the base.  I inked the edges with some Burlap and Green Cut Grass Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.  I used some Spun Sugar Tim Holtz Oxide Ink to stencil some circles onto the background, and I dotted on a few pops of color here and there using pink and mint acrylic paints.  I did the same inking and stenciling on the miniature tag.
The spool image I stamped is Vintage Thread 2 from Inspired By Stamping, and the mini tag stamp is from PTI.  I wrapped a length of lovely Ivory Crochet Lace around the spool card.  There are many beautiful varieties of Crochet Lace in the RRR store in both ivory and white.  I used a Miniature Rusty Pear-Shaped Safety Pin from the Embellishments section to hang my tiny tag.
Finally, I added a few Miniature Double Head Stamens, some bundled Ivory Burlap String, and from our extensive Mulberry Flower category.....a White Sweetheart Blossom and two Pink Apple Blossoms.  I also used some Scor-Tape from the Adhesives section to secure the wrapped Ivory Crochet Lace.  Before I sign off, I'd also like to share this quick card with you using some fun Doodlebug patterned papers and embellishments.
I used white cardstock and inked the edges, added a few (4) different Doodlebug patterned papers that I machine stitched in light pink, and a Doodlebug acrylic ice cream cone 3-D acrylic sticker.  The sentiment is from Paper Sweeties, and was stamped onto a small die-cut doily using another patterned paper. The finishing touch to this simple card was a bow tied with Paradise Aqua Seam Binding and White Seam Binding.  Like I said, very simple.
We're so grateful that you stopped by today, and hope that you'll visit often for lots of great inspiration and so much more.  Below, you'll see the challenges where I'm sharing these projects.  Please visit again soon.

Blessings,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use 2 or More Patterned Papers" - I used FOUR fun Doodlebug patterned papers on my card (second project shown above).