Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So Proud of You

Welcome by today, everyone.  It's so nice to have you visit as I share this sweet little card I made for Really Reasonable Ribbon using just a few of my favorite RRR trims.  Ribbons, baker's twine and lace always give cards so much rich texture and personality, and you can ALWAYS trust that Really Reasonable Ribbon will have the exact colors you need for any project, and in any style.  From super pretty and elegant to super shabby and rustic, Really Reasonable Ribbon always has the perfect trims.
I made this card using two pieces of October Afternoon patterned papers that I inked on the edges with distress inks.  Next, I ran an October Afternoon border sticker along on the right-hand side of my card aside a length of Debra Natural Crochet Lace, Burlap Center-Stitched Navy (which is closer to a teal color actually), and Teal Baker's Twine.  I also ran a small length of the Teal Baker's Twine over the chipboard banner pieces to create a string of pendants.
The stamped sentiments are from Paper Sweeties So Proud Of You Stamp Set and were stamped directly onto some little October Afternoon journalling stickers using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  I left one spot at the bottom blank so that the date of that first solo bike ride could be documented there.  I plan to send this card to my Great Nephew, Gideon.  He has mastered the art of bike riding; which as we know, is life-changing for a young boy.  Not to mention, super exciting!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget about the fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We'd love to have you play along with us, and we hope that next time you need some ribbon or trim, you will think of Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Karen

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties March Release Rewind

I sure hope that you've been with me here for the past three days as we revealed the THREE fabulous new sets for March at Paper Sweeties.  These three new coffee-themed sets are each SO sweet.....You Warm My Heart, Tackle Life One Cup at a Time, and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee and they're sure to be among everyone's new favorites at Paper Sweeties.  With the Coffee Loving Card-Makers Spring Blog Hop coming up soon, this is a great time to pick up some adorable new coffee-themed stamp sets, and Paper Sweeties is just the place to get them.  Just look how cute they are!!
I made this card by combining the branch, teapot and tea cups from the new You Warm My Heart set, combined with the sentiment (#coffee) from the new Tackle Life One Cup At a Time, the ever-adorable Emma, and her lovely dress and flower in her hair from the At The Beach set.  There's also a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin on the tag.  I tied some extra coffee cups to the branch so that Emma can invite YOU over for a cup of coffee!
Everything at Paper Sweeties is SO super cute...each set on their own, or when combined with other Paper Sweeties sets.....you will fall in LOVE.  Don't miss out on picking up these three fabulous new coffee-themed sets before they're gone.  They're sure to bring you years of adorable coffee-themed cards and projects.  There's also a sweet coffee-themed challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog.  If our inspiration photo inspires you, come and play along for your chance to win $25 worth of Paper Sweeties goodies, and a chance to Guest Design at Paper Sweeties.
This photo (above) really shows you up close how ADORABLE these stamps are.   It didn't matter what patterned papers I chose to use....these sweet new stamps are just SO cute with EVERYTHING....as all of Paper Sweeties stamps are! OK...here's the list of the fabulous designers who want to share even more inspiration with you, and I hope you'll stop by each one to check out their creativity using these fabulous March Release sets.


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!

We really hope you've enjoyed the March Release, and we hope you'll stop by Paper Sweeties today to pick up some of these fabulous new sets as well as some sweet embellishments and goodies to go along with them.  We're here to inspire you, and we thank you for visiting Paper Sweeties.

Karen

What's a Girl To Do?

Have you ever had a nice card coming together, and then....woops!  You make a smudge somewhere on your card.  Do you throw it away and start over?  What's a girl to do?  Well, for this girl....you improvise.  I made a smudge right above the sentiment on this card and I panicked at first.  Yes, I could have restamped it; but I wanted to "make it work" (as Tim Gunn would say).  My solution was to take a very small piece of narrow wahsi tape and cover it, and it fixed the problem perfectly.  If I hadn't told you...you would have never known I made a "woops".
This card was created using some ephemera from JilliBean Soup, Cream Seam Binding, Grass Green Seam Binding, and a stamped sentiment (using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink).  It's a VERY quick and simple card, but I wanted to play along in some challenges so...this is what I created!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits here, and I wish you a blessed and creative week.  Enjoy!

Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "A Bit 'O Green"

CropStop Challenge - March Linky Party #26 - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party - Anything Goes

Color Throwdown #434 - Green, Black and Tan (see inspiration photo below)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties March Release Party

Today is the BIG DAY, and I'm so glad you're here!!  Today is the March Release at Paper Sweeties, and that means THREE fabulous new coffee-themed stamp sets and coordinating dies called You Warm My Heart, Tackle Life One Cup at a Time, and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee) that you are going to fall in love with, and want to purchase right away.  Well, the good news is that they are all available TODAY at Paper Sweeties.
Doesn't that just warm your heart?  I absolutely ADORE these sweet new stamp sets, and I'll be using them to play along in the upcoming Coffee Loving Card-Makers Spring Blog Hop.  Paper Sweeties will be one the awesome sponsors of the Spring Hop.  AND....there's also a coffee-themed challenge taking place at Paper Sweeties where you can play along.  We'd love to have you share your talents with us for the chance to win a $25 Paper Sweeties Gift Certificate.
I used the new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts on this card.  I also added a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin, and a couple Winter Mix Sequins to my card because I just LOVE the extra touch of sweetness they add.  I tied a bow using Blueberry Seam Binding and topped it with a Red and White Chenille Candy Cane.  It looks yummy enough to grab and stir up my coffee with it.  Paper Sweeties is filled with the sweetest little touches like this.
I took this last photo so that you could see (from an angle) how I stamped the "steam" twice and used foam tape to give it a three dimensional effect.  It really stands out nicely, as you can see.  And just look at that sentiment....perfectly stamped with Paper Sweeties super high-quality stamps.  Yup, I'm in love.  And I know you will also adore all the goodies you pick up at Paper Sweeties.  Here's the list of all the Paper Sweeties Designers taking place in today's Paper Sweeties March Release Party:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!

Thanks again for visiting me today.  Please be sure to stop by again tomorrow for the Paper Sweeties March Release Rewind and Wrap-Up.  I hope you're as excited as all of us at Paper Sweeties about these three adorable new sets.  We're all convinced you'll love them as much as we do.  Happy crafting!

Karen


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties March Release Sneak Peek

Welcome by today, everyone!  It's an extra fun day as I participate in the Sneak Peek for Paper Sweeties' FABULOUS new March Release.  There are.....not one, not two, but THREE absolutely ADORABLE new stamp sets and coordinating Sweet Cuts (dies) from Paper Sweeties for the Month of March.  Just wait until you see these heart-warming coffee themed sets.  Each one is divine on its own, and even yummier when combined with other Paper Sweeties stamps, dies and embellishments.  Here is a sneak peek at the set called You Warm My Heart, and it is SO sweet.  I stamped the sentiment, and the tea pot and cup from this set; and used the You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts to perfectly die-cut them and attach them to my card.
These three sweet new sets (You Warm My Heart, Tackle Life One Cup at a Time, and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee) will all be available for purchase tomorrow, March 15, in the Paper Sweeties Shop.  And....that's just in time for the Spring Coffee Loving Card-Makers Blog Hop which starts on March 24.  If you place your order right away tomorrow, you should have your stamps in plenty of time to create some fabulous cards for the big hop.  AND....you can also link your coffee-themed cards to the Paper Sweeties Challenge as well.  Yup!  You could be the lucky winner of a $25 Paper Sweeties Gift Certificate, and our next Guest Designer.
You will also see that I added some Robin Egg Seam Binding to my card,  Isn't  it lovely?  Here's the complete list of all my Paper Sweeties Team-mates taking part in today's Sneak Peek.  I know you will want to stop at each blog to see all the AMAZING inspiration using these three fabulous new March Release Paper Sweeties Stamp Sets and Sweet Cuts.

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really hope you'll be back again tomorrow for even more inspiration from Paper Sweeties March Release.  These coffee-themed sets are SO cute, and you won't want to miss a thing.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Special Girl/Lady - This sweet girly card is going to a coffee-loving girlfriend of mine, along with a Starbucks gift card.



Monday, March 13, 2017

Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's that fun time of the month again for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, and this month's Ribbon Club Assortment is absolutely GORGEOUS!!  You should have arrived here from Bonnie's Blog, but if not.....just head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to get started.  Just look at this beautiful rainbow of bright colors.  I love how fun and pretty that are, and how awesome they all look together.  Every month, the Ribbon Club Assortment allows you to have the perfect collection of ribbons to help you create lovely projects.  By signing up for this monthly collection, you can get a beautiful array of ribbons like this one delivered right to your door every month.

This month's hair bow includes all the beautiful ribbons in the assortment including the 5/8" Red Satin With Swiss Dots, 3/8" Hot Pink Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Honeycomb Print on Tangerine Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Daffodil Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Mini Hearts on Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Tropical Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Island Blue Giraffe Print Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/8" Capri Blue Diamond Satin Ribbon, and 5/8" Grape Satin Swiss Dots.  You will also noticed that I used some Rainbow Stripe Grosgrain.  The other print ribbon in the center of the bow is a Celebrate It ribbon from Michael's.
There's a French Clip attached to the back of the bow, and these fabulous clips come in several sizes to accommodate different lengths and thicknesses of hair.  Really Reasonable Ribbon also carries headbands and several other great hair products to help you create gorgeous hair accessories.  In the very center of the bow, there's a Flatback Rhinestone Embellishment.

Your next stop on today's Blog Hop is at the blog of my talented teammate Kathy, and I'm sure she has prepared something super awesome to inspire you.  Don't forget to answer the question at the end of the hop to be eligible to win this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment.  There's also a fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and we would love to have you play along.

Have an awesome week!
Karen

P.S.  I'm linking up here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Feminine - For a Special Girl or Lady"


Friday, March 10, 2017

Remembering My Little Red Wagon

Hello, ribbon-loving friends!  I'm so glad you've stopped by today as I share this special card with you all that I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Before I get started, I'm just wondering....how many of you remember having a either a Radio Flyer wagon or one like it?  I sure remember having hours and hours of fun in mine.  It brings back such happy memories!
To celebrate these happy memories, I've created a sweet nostalgic card that takes us back to a simpler time.  I used some Jillibean Soup vintage ephemera and lots of great supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make it extra awesome.  Once I had my card stock, patterned paper, October Afternoon chipboard (wagon), and ephemera pieces in place, I added a length of Cream Seam Binding; and then added a big bow with the Cream Seam Binding, and I topped it with a 14mm White Flower-Shaped Flatback Round Pearl.  I love the vintage look that Really Reasonable Ribbon's sweet Embellishments add to  my projects.
I also added a small piece of the Red Center Stitched Burlap as well as the Brown Center Stitched Burlap (LOVE LOVE LOVE this ribbon SO much).  There's also a "sale tag" I added by attaching of piece of Really Reasonable Ribbon's awesome Baker's Twine.  I used the Cherry Baker's Twine, and Solid Red Baker's Twine.
I hope you will stop by to check out all the amazing ribbons, trims, embellishments, flowers and SO much more available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And don't forget about the fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We love seeing your creativity!

Have a blessed week, and thanks again for stopping by today,
Karen

P.S.  I'm linking up here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Feminine - For a Special Girl or Lady" - This card is going to a VERY special girl....my Mom.  She's the one who pulled us around for hours in our little red wagon.

CropStop Challenge - March Challenge #26 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brick Red