Monday, March 18, 2019

Joy Clair Stamps Are Wonderful Fun

Thanks for stopping by today, everyone.  I'm sharing two cards today that I created for Joy Clair Stamps by combining several of their wonderful stamps sets.  It's always helpful when you're able to mix and match different stamp sets to compliment one another, and Joy Clair's wonderfully versatile stamps make it easy; and help us to make the most of our stamp purchases.  I'm excited to share these cards with you all today.
My first card uses some Carta Bella patterned papers along with the boot and flowers image found in the ADORABLE new Spring Stroll Stamp Set.  I colored the boot and flowers using my Copics, and placed it in a frame to showcase it.  The sentiment on this first card is also from the Spring Stroll Stamp Set.  I added a few sequins up in the corner to nicely accent this sweet image.  The sentiment on this card (Happy Birthday) is from the Lucky Charm Stamp Set.  Isn't that font gorgeous?
My second card was a first for me.  I've been wanting to give this shaker element a try for quite some time now, and I finally gave it my first attempt.  I added some sequins inside the shaker element as well as on the card itself.  The sentiment on this second card (Thinking of You) can be found in the Spring Stroll Stamp Set.  All the other elements including the weeds, the adorable jelly fish and shells are found in the Whale Hello There Stamp Set.
There is so much inspiration for you every day on the Joy Clair Blog, and a monthly challenge as well.  You won't want to miss a thing, so be sure to stop by often.  And, be sure to keep your eyes open for our upcoming New Release, special promotions, and SO much more.  There are SO many amazing stamp sets available at Joy Clair Stamps.  I hope you'll take some time to look around.  These stamps are a whole lot of fun.
If you have any questions about the stamps or products I used, please let me know.  I'm always more than happy to answer questions.  It's a lot of fun learning new techniques, and there's always so much fabulous inspiration on the Joy Clair Blog - you won't want to miss a thing.  Thanks again for stopping by.

Blessings,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Whatever the Weather - My first card has rain boots to signify rainy weather, and my second card is an underwater scene, so that's a very WET climate...LOL.  What a fun challenge!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Release Rewind Day at Paper Sweeties

Hello again, and thanks for stopping by today as my teammates and I wrap up this month's FABULOUS new release at Paper Sweeties.  We've been showcasing lots of fun projects featuring this month's awesome new Get Well Stamp Set and coordinating Get Well Sweet Cuts.  I've sure had fun playing with this new set, and I know that you will love it as well.
I used some Crate Paper Farmhouse patterned papers and journalling card, and machine stitched them onto a cream cardstock base.  I stamped the sentiments (Sorry you're sick and feel better soon) from the new Get Well Stamp Set.  These fabulous sentiments make it SO easy to create a sweet get well card to cheer someone who's feeling down.  Getting a handmade card always to helps make people feel a bit better.  The cute tissue box is also found in this fabulous new set (both the stamp and the cuts).
I cut some hearts using a cut found in the Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts, and placed them across the card just in between the lines of stamped sentiments.  So cute!  I did one in a maroon, one in peacock, and one in lemon out of wool felt.  These amazing cuts can be used on paper, wool felt, and all sorts of different things.  Just use a metal shim if you're cutting through something thicker than paper or wool felt.  They're amazing!  Oh yes, and I topped one of the wool hearts with a Cookie Dough Sequin just for an extra kiss of cuteness.
Here's the list of all my talented teammates who have prepared something for you today.  You won't want to miss out on picking up this darling new Get Well Stamp Set, or the coordinating Get Well Sweet Cut Dies.  There's all sorts of creativity just waiting for you at Paper Sweeties.
Blessings,
Karen 



Friday, March 15, 2019

It's Release Day at Paper Sweeties

Hurray!  Today is the big Release Day at Paper Sweeties, and that means you are now able to purchase the DARLING new Get Well Stamp Set and Get Well Sweet Cuts from Paper Sweeties.  If you haven't seen this awesome new set filled with well-wishes and remedies of cuteness to cheer those you know who are going through a rough time (physically, emotionally, etc.) you will want to check out this lovely new set.  It's filled with wonderful sentiments and some cute images as well.  Here's a look at the new set:

For this card, I used a sweet gingham patterned paper for  my base, and wrapped it with a long luscious piece of Bubblegum Seam Binding...finishing with a fluffy bow of the lovely Seam Binding.  I stamped Madison in Coal Ink and colored her with  my Copics.  I cut her out using the coordinating Madison Sweet Cut.  Please note that Madison is missing the lower half of her body because I "tucked" her into the Seam Binding; showing her from the waist up since she's not feeling well.  I also gave her the cute little box of tissues so she can wipe her runny nose.  I'm sure we ALL know someone who can relate to this condition; and wouldn't they just LOVE to get a card in the mail from you?  This set will really help you reach out to your loved ones in a thoughtful way that's sure to lift and encourage many hurting hearts.
I used the Oval Scalloped Frames to cut the oval on my card where I placed the word GET, and then a lace doily below where I placed the word WELL.  These words can be stamped using the Get Well Stamp Set, or they can be cut using the Get Well Sweet Cuts (as I did)...or, they can be stamped and cut.  Very versatile, as always.  The smaller word (soon stamped in Coal Ink) is also from the Get Well Stamp Set along with about 14 other words you can alternate to create the perfect sentiment.  I personally know that when I had my shoulder surgery in October, I was SO blessed and encouraged by the hand-made cards I received in the mail.  This set will be a great investment into encouraging others for years to come.
I also added some Robin Egg Sequins and some Grapefruit Sequins here and there.  Then I stamped the ADORABLE little Kleenex box found in this set.  It's just the most darling little thing.  I was trying to think of a way to place some tissues in Madison's hand.  I'll just bet one of my crafty teammates have done something like this.  They're SO clever!  Here are the links to their blogs so that you see all the fabulous inspiration they've prepared for you.  And on the first stop (Debbie's Blog), you will also be at the Paper Sweeties store so that you can pop this fabulous new set into your Basket and treat yourself today.  And just think of how many others you'll be blessing by purchasing this set.  The possibilities of how far your love and creativity can reach is truly endless.  OK...here are those fun links:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties Shop
Karen Letchworth - You're Here

See you again tomorrow!
Karen

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sneak Peek With Paper Sweeties

Hello friends and Paper Sweeties fans!  I'm so glad you've stopped by today because it's time for my Paper Sweeties teammates and I to share our "sneak peeks" at the awesome new Get Well Stamp Set and Get Well Sweet Cuts (coordinating die-cuts) that will be released tomorrow.  We all need to have get well stamps on hand, and this amazing new set has so many heartfelt sentiments to help lift the spirits of anyone you're thinking about - and for several different situations.
I created this sweet card using some random patterned papers and cream cardstock.  I cut the frames using the Rectangle Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts, and inside the smaller frame I created a little shaker element filled with the darling Sequins from Paper Sweeties including some Robin Egg Sequins, Raspberry Sequins and Marshmallow Sequins.  I also attached several Sweetheart Blossoms (flowers) around the frames.  I apologize for my messy shaker element...I'm still learning.
The lovely sentiment (Sending Prayers) can be found in the new Get Well Stamp Set.  I stamped this onto cream cardstock and cut it with the adorable banner found in the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts.  There are so many amazing little sentiments in this new set, along with cute little images, and a larger sentiment that says Get Well, and has a matching die - the Get Well Sweet Cuts.  As I mentioned, this perfect new stamp set will be available for purchase starting tomorrow at Paper Sweeties.  But in the meantime, I hope you will stop by my teammates' blogs to get some fabulous inspiration using this new set.

Thanks again for visiting,
Karen

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It's Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Time

Hello everyone!  Welcome by today as we celebrate RIBBONS 🎀with the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here by way of Cheryl's Sweet Blog; but if you didn't, it's easy to get caught up and hop along with us.  You'll love all the inspiration using the March Ribbon Club Assortment in different ways.  In fact, I'm sharing two cards today using these fabulous trims, and both of my cards have completely different color themes.  I did this to show you how incredibly versatile these ribbons are, and how many different ways they can be used.  The Ribbon Club Assortment is a great way to receive a wide variety of trims each month to ensure that you'll always have the perfect ribbons to match every project.  Just look at this month's gorgeous assortment.
My first card uses the reds and greys found in this lovely collection.  I attached my patterned papers together using strips of Scor-Tape, as well as some border stickers.  Next, I added a piece of the 3/8" Red Satin Mini Swiss Dot Ribbon next to the border stickers.  I also wanted a bow on my card, so I tied a length of the 5/8" Charcoal Checkerboard, and incorporated a piece of White Crochet Lace, and some 3/8" Red Satin Mini Swiss Dot to the bow.  The finishing touches include some gorgeous Red Open Roses, Grey Open Roses, and Miniature Double-Head Stamens in grey and red, a touch of machine stitching and a mini paper clip.
My second cards incorporates more of the grey and salmon tones in this sweet collection.  And while, of course, I could have combined all the colors together; I really wanted to separate them out for you to show their incredible versatility.  I cut strips of patterned papers as well as pieces of the gorgeous 3/8" Shell Print on Coral Rose Satin, 5/8" Charcoal Checkerboard, 5/8" Coral Rose Taffeta and the 3/8" Mixed Grey/Red Chevron Grosgrain Ribbon to my card to create the banners.  I kept this very simple, and stamped a sentiment from the Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts stamp set from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps that I attached with a few 3-D Foam Tabs to give it dimension.
Your next stop on the hop is at Kathy's Blog; and like she does every month, I know she has something lovely to inspire you all.  Simply leave a comment on each designer's blog, and then answer the question at the end of the hop to be entered to win this lovely Ribbon Club Assortment for your very own.  There's always lots of great inspiration on the RRR Blog, and SO many great products in the RRR Shop.  We love your visits!

Have a blessed week,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Challenge: Layered Look - So both cards are layered, but I'm entering my second card for the layering the combination of patterned papers and ribbons I used to create the banners I mini-stapled onto the card.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Feminine/Girly - To be honest, most all my cards are very feminine (because I struggle with masculine cards); but I'm entering the top card (above) because of all the soft, romantic flowers and ribbons and the black/red combination.

My Sweet Girls

Hello, dear friends!  I don't have a card to share with you all today.  I totally planned on making a card for the new challenge that started today at Word Art Wednesday, but when I went to work on my cart, I quickly learned that our printer was out of black ink, and I wasn't able to get one created.  I went out and bought the new ribbon this morning, but I need my son to put it in for me (I'm so lost when it comes to those things).  So, to make my long story short, I don't have a card.  But there's lots of great inspiration over on the Word Art Wednesday blog and YOU can play along for your chance to win a 15 pound prize to Heffy Doodle.  How cute is there stuff?  LOVE💗
What I would like to share with you today is LOTS of exciting news!  First, I'm sharing two photos of my sweet granddaughter, Taylee.  She was just introduced to Gerber 1st Foods.  Above, you can see her getting her first taste of bananas.  Most babies LOVE the bananas and fruits.  But Taylee's favorite?   It's a bit more unexpected.
Green Beans!!  She LOVES them.  In fact, as you can see in the photo above, she grabbed the spoon right out of Mama's hand and held if for herself.  She was smacking her chops, and couldn't get enough of those good....GREEN BEANS?  Hey, I'm glad she has a healthy palette.  Personally, I'd prefer the bananas, but...we're all entitled to our own opinions.  Well, as a new Mom my sweet Andrea is doing an amazing job.  But as you can imagine, diapers, formula, food, medications, etc. all start weighing on the young couple.  We've ALL been there!  So...Andrea is having a BIG SALE in her sweet Etsy Shop hoping to make some sales to keep her going.  Here's the link to AJM Designs by Andrea.  No coupon is needed...EVERYTHING is 25% OFF!  There's lots of great hand-made jewelry including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more.  It might be a great time to pick up a Birthday, Christmas gift, etc. or even something for yourself.  Andrea (and I, of course) would certainly appreciate it.

Also, if you're playing along at Word Art Wednesday, you may have seen the comment I left telling how how to win some vintage laces, trims, embellishments and goodies from me.  Just visit our sponsor, Heffy Doodle, and then leave me a comment telling me the name of your favorite Heffy Doodle product.  You'll automatically be entered to win this FUN prize package.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Karen
(And Andrea and Taylee)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cards Need Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello to all of you paper-crafty, ribbon and flower loving friends!  Welcome by today as I share a series of cards I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon using a sweet line called Spring Market by Carta Bella.  I made several cards using this line, and as always....the cards are much sweeter when I've added some of the lovely touches from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I won't repeat the patterned papers, stickers, ephemera, chipboard, etc. for each card because every single one in this post uses that same Carta Bella Spring Market line.  I'll just let y'all know which RRR products I used on each card.  And I'll tell you this...Really Reasonable Ribbon ALWAYS has the perfect ribbons, trims, Mulberry Flowers and Embellishments to match everything we make.
Like all of my cards, this first card (above) was put together using strips of Scor-Tape; a fabulous Adhesive to help hold together your cards and projects for many years to come.  This first card also includes a length of the lovely Moss Green Seam Binding.
My second card includes some Mulberry Flowers including the Miniature Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms as well as Mixed Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  I also bundled up some Ivory Burlap String and placed it underneath each flower cluster.  Did you know that we carry nearly 20 colors of Burlap String?  It's another fabulous trim that costs just ten cents per yard, and is the perfect touch for SO many products. 
Card number three includes Cream Seam Binding, some Moss Green Seam Binding, Open RosesMiniature Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms and Miniature Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  I also tucked in a few Double-Head Stamens.  I love them SO much!
My fourth card includes some White Seam Binding, Vivid Pink Seam Binding, and to perfectly match the colors in my sweet patterned papers, I used lots of GORGEOUS Sweetheart Blossoms including lots of flowers from the Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms in Mixed Purples/Lilacs a WOC Green Mulberry Leaf, as well as Ivory Burlap String and (once again) lots of wonderful Double-Head Stamens.

The fifth card I'm sharing today incorporates my bow using a length of Cream Seam Binding, and just one lonely little Mixed Pink Sweetheart Blossom.  It doesn't matter if you use a little bit of embellishing or a whole lot.  Each card has some little touch of goodness from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

My sixth and final card for today uses just one extra touch.....and that would be the sweet little pieces of Solid Cream Baker's Twine tied from my three tags.  This AMAZING trim comes in over 30 gorgeous colors and costs just ten cents ($0.10) per yard.  There's a perfect color for every project and it's got so many fabulous uses.  You'd be surprised just how REASONABLE the products at Really Reasonable Ribbon really are.  Not only do they carry an awesome selection, but prices are low and shipping is very reasonable.  Today is a great day to treat yourself!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I sure hope you'll join us in two short days from now for the monthly Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  YOU could be the lucky winner of the gorgeous Ribbon Club Assortment this month.  I hope to see you there.  There's always something FUN happening at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Karen

I'm sharing my cards (well, one anyway) in the following:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Challenge: Green, Green Everywhere - My cards (numbers 1 and 3 above) both have lots of green; but I entered the first card (at top of page).