Friday, February 23, 2018

Creating A Background

Hello, sweet blog friends!  Welcome by today as I share a quick card I made last night.  I've been trying to truly "challenge" myself lately by doing things a bit more outside my comfort zone.  So...when I saw the new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog asking us to "Create A Background", I decided to give it a try.  I used a Paper Sweeties stamp set called Hugs & Kisses to stamp the background (bicycles), and the sentiment.
Once I stamped my background of bicycles, I added a Simple Stories chipboard frame, a die-cut bicycle, and added some ribbon snippets, a piece of "5 cent" flair, and a few sequins.  I also inked the edges of my card with Spun Sugar and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks, but overall I kept it pretty simple because I wanted the background to catch your eye, and I hope it did.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  It's always a treat to have you visit me and say hello.  I'm getting back in the swing of things.....slowly but surely.  I hope you are having a blessed week!

Hugs,
Karen

Here's where I'm playing along:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Create Your Own Background"- I used a bicycle stamp to create mine.

CropStop Challenge Blog - February Linky Party #37 - I used Tombow, Tim Holtz Spun Sugar, Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties February Favorites

Welcome by again today, everyone!  Thanks for stopping in to take a peek at this sweet card I created for Paper Sweeties using some more of my favorites.  There are so many amazing stamp sets, sweet cuts and goodies; and we just know you will LOVE these wonderful products.  Here's what I created for today's post.
I used some cream card stock and patterned papers to create my base, and I ran a length of Frosting Seam Binding along the seam of the two papers on my card, and used the Frosting Seam Binding with a piece of Strawberry Seam Binding to create a bow.
Next, I cut the largest size in the Rectangle Scalloped Frames Sweet Cuts and I stamped the adorable bicycle from the Hugs & Kisses Stamp Set.  I also added a sentiment that is found in the Hugs & Kisses Stamp Set.  To make it stand out nicely, it is stamped onto the banner found in the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts; which is another set I use a lot.  It's awesome!
The finishing touches were some Green Apple Sequins and Pink Grapefruit Sequins.  These sweet little cup-shaped sequins are adorable, unique, and add SO much sparkle and fun to your cards.  Here are the names and  links to all the blogs of my talented team-mates at Paper Sweeties.  each of these talented ladies have prepared a special project to inspire you today.  i hope you will stop by to say hello, and then head over to Paper Sweeties for some shopping fun!

Have a great day,
Karen

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Add A Die Cut - I used Paper Sweeties Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts (dies) to cut my sentiment banner, and used Paper Sweeties Scalloped Frames die-cut around my bicycle as well.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fabulous Favorites With Paper Sweeties

Welcome back today, friends!  Today I'm sharing another sweet card I created using some more of my Paper Sweeties favorites.  While it's always fun seeing a new release, it's also a whole lot of fun revisiting all the FABULOUS stamps, dies and embellishments that you can find every day in the Paper Sweeties Shop.  They have so many sweet stamp sets with matching sweet cuts (die-cut sets), gorgeous shades of vintage-style Crinkled Seam Binding, Paper Straws, Flower-Shaped Sequins, and SO much more.  Here's what I created today using some more of my favorites.
I started with some patterned papers and chipboard.  I ran a length of Blueberry Seam Binding up my card, and used the Blueberry Seam Binding, Frosting Seam Binding and Raspberry Seam Binding to tie a big fluffy bow.  There's also a snippet of a Paper Straw sticking out of my bow.   I stamped the adorable floral basket from the Thank You VIP Set, and used this set again to stamp the sentiment (thank you).   The sentiment is stamped onto the banner from the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts, and I also added some hearts that were cut from another die found in the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts.   On top of the pink hearts, I added some ADORABLE Robin Egg Sequins.  There are just SO many sweet products to help you create something extra sweet.
Here are the names and links to all my talented Paper Sweeties team-mates who have prepared something special for you today using a few of their person Paper Sweeties favorites.  You won't want to miss out on any of the fabulous inspiration, or this opportunity to stock up on some extra sweet products from Paper Sweeties.

Have a blessed day,
Karen

I'm playing along here:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Add a Die - I used a Paper Sweeties die cut (a sweet cut set called Thank You) on the flower basket as well as a Paper Sweeties die-cut set called Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts for the heart border and sentiment banner.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February Favorites With Paper Sweeties

Hello!  Madison and I would like to welcome you today as I share a sweet card I made for Paper Sweeties by dressing Madison in a cute little sun dress from the At The Beach Stamp Set.  I stamped her dress on pink patterned paper and cut it out.  I also stamped Madison and I colored her with my Copics.  Once I had her dressed, I cut some flowers from wool felt and patterned paper using some flower dies found in the Basket Add Ons: Hoppy Easter Stamp Set to adorn Madison's hair, clothes and such.  The stamped sentiment is from the Hugs & Kisses Stamp Set.
I layered some patterned papers to create my base, and machine stitched the edges.  I ran the kraft paper through my Sizzix with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder to create a texturized backdrop for sweet Madison.  I ran a width of Bubble Gum Seam Binding across my card and also tied a double bow with it, and topped the bow with some Solid Mint Baker's Twine and a wool felt flower that was cut using the flower cuts found in the Basket Add Ons: Hoppy Easter Sweet Cuts.  Cute, cute, cute...that's what you'll find at Paper Sweeties.
There are so many FABULOUS stamps, sweet cuts (dies), and embellishments available at Paper Sweeties, and they all work so well together.  I love to add Paper Sweeties ADORABLE flower-shaped Sequins to my cards; and on this card, you will see a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin.  They're unique, sweet, affordable, and they come in several pretty colors.  They're just OH, so sweet!
All of my friends at Paper Sweeties have prepared something special for you today.  Here's the list of their names with links to their projects.  Just click on their name, and you will be taken directly to each of these sweet blogs to see these designers' amazing Paper Sweeties projects today.  We sure hope you're inspired to purchase something new from Paper Sweeties; and we know you will LOVE your new goodies!


Enjoy your day, and create something beautiful!  Paper Sweeties can help.

Blessings,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Add A Die Cut" so I used my Paper Sweeties dies on this card (Madison Sweet Cut details above).

CropStop Challenge Blog - February Challenge #37 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tombow Adhesive, and Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

New Challenge at Word Art Wednesday

Hi there, friends!  Well, as some of you may already know....I'm currently recovering from surgery right now; so this post was pre-scheduled.  Since I haven't done it lately, I just wanted to take this opportunity to invite EVERYONE to come by Word Art Wednesday to play along in our challenges.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamp Simply Clear Stamps, and they are offering one lucky person either TWO stamp sets of their choice, or one stamp set AND one die-cut set of choice.  That's an AWESOME prize.  I chose a couple of really sweet stamp sets from this amazing store, and I'm looking forward to using them A LOT.  For this project, I used the sweet Words of Encouragement Stamp Set on my tag.  For my card, I used the free word art scripture from Word Art Wednesday.
For my card (and tag) I used a wood-grain ruler paper from October Afternoon and I inked it with Tim Holtz Corduroy Distress Ink.  I machine stitched the card, and I cut two layered die-cut hearts that I hand-stitched with brown DMC floss.  I also added a width of ivory tulle gathered trim and a few pretty sequins.  The scripture is printed on pink patterned paper, is inked, and is die-cut using a flag banner die from Frantic Stamper.
I've always enjoyed making a matching tag to tuck inside the cards I send because they can be saved by the recipient, and used as a book mark.  So....for this tag, I added the same ivory tulle gathered trim, a few soft sequins, the smaller hand-stitched heart, and the sentiment flag with the "You Are a Blessing" stamp.
I thought the sentiments looked so sweet stamped in brown ink against the pink paper.  And then, with the dark background, it really POPPED!  I really had fun creating with the Words of Encouragement Stamp Stamp from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps, and I can't thank them enough for sponsoring us at Word Art Wednesday.
I sure do thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I'm probably sipping a vanilla latte and popping tylenol.  I hope to do some chicken "plucking" on my computer - even if it is with just my left hand.  Doc said I'd be in a sling for quite some time, and I really want to be a good patient so that I don't pop any stitches, and my shoulder heals properly.  I'm too old to go through this again....LOL   Oh, and don't forget to play along with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Have a blessed week,
Karen

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary - Day 10 Stripes Challenge - My "stripes" are in the patterned paper from the ruler background.  I used the PTI Stitched Hearts Dies.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Add A Die-Cut" - I used PTI layered heart dies on this card.

CropStop Challenge Blog - February Challenge #37 - Anything Goes - I used Tombow Adhesive, Tim Holtz Corduroy Distress Ink, and Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.

Double D Challenges - Sequins Challenge - I always enjoy adding sequins.  If  you've created a card or project with sequins, come by and play along!

Words 2 Craft By - Challenge #50 - A Blizzard of Kisses - I used layered hearts and kisses of sequins to spread a blizzard of love!
Grab Our Blinky!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Welcome by my blog today, everyone!  If you're a ribbon lover like me, then you're in the right place for our February Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should have arrived here from Bonnie's Blog; but if you didn't, just hop on over and get started.  This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is a lovely collection of purples and greens to help you get a jump on Easter, St. Patrick's Day, St. Urho's Day and all the upcoming events that make us crafters "need" more ribbon.   And the Ribbon Club Assortment is a great way to have gorgeous ribbons delivered to your door every month for one low price.  One lucky blog hopper will win this month's amazing collection:
As I most often like to do, for this month's Blog Hop I am sharing a sweet hair bow that incorporates ALL the amazing ribbons found in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment and shows you how well all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims work together so nicely.  This clip is secured on its back with a French Clip which comes in several sizes to accommodate all hair types.  There are also LOTS of other great barrettes and Hair Accessories to help you create something amazing.  By the way....have you ever seen Bonnie's Headband Tutorial?  WOW!!!!
My bow includes a length of each trim found in the February Ribbon Club Assortment including a length of the 5/8" Bud Green Gauze Print Satin, some 3/8" Light Orchid Diamond Satin, the 3/8" Apple Green Crosshatch Satin Ribbon, 5/8" Hyacinth Satin With Grosgrain Edge, 3/8" Purple/Green Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Bud Green Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" RRR Light Orchid Select Swiss Dot Grosgrain, as well as the 3/8" Apple Green Bold Satin With Grosgrain Edge, and of course the 5/8" Hyacinth Satin Swirl Ribbon.  These are all amazing trims that would be very useful at this, or any time of the year.  The bow is secured in the back with a French Clip.  It also has some Flowers and a Rhinestone center.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and for hopping along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Your next stop will be at Kathy's Blog.  I really hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  Don't forget to answer the "question" at the end of the hop for your chance to win!

Karen

Monday, February 12, 2018

Baby Congratulations for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by my blog today, everyone!  I'm excited to share this sweet little Baby Congratulations card I created using some AMAZING products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I got a little bit creative with the use of one of my favorite wide ribbons.   More about that in a moment, but here's my card:
These patterned papers and sticker (hot air balloon) I used on this card are OLD!!!  They're from a Simple Stories line called Baby Steps, and they were pulled from my stash because I still have quite a bit of this line left.  I pieced them together with Scor-Tape to create my card base.  Then, I ran a width of  Moss Green Seam Binding across the top of my card to create a border there.  I used several White Flatback Pearls from our Embellishments Section to accent my hot air balloon.
I added half of a vintage cream doily at the bottom of my card, and stamped my sentiment (Congratulations) onto that.  I knew that I wanted to create another border where the two bottom patterned papers meet, but I wanted something different from the Moss Green Seam Binding at the top section.  This is where I got super creative!  I've always LOVED all the awesome wider Cotton Blend and Natural Burlap Ribbons carried at Really Reasonable Ribbon, but the one I wanted to use was just a bit too wide for this particular spot.  SO.......I cut a length of the Natural Burlap Green Wire Edge Ribbon and ran it through my die-cutting machine with a scalloped border to create what you see there.  Just above that, I wrapped a long length of knotted Brown Sugar Baker's Twine.
I took a close-up picture of that scallop edge die-cut Natural Burlap Green Wire Edge Ribbon so that you can see how cool it is.  I LOVE that you can die-cut just about anything....including RIBBON!  I also can't even begin to tell you how much Scor-Tape I use on my cards.  There's some holding down my border trims, and under the balloon sticker.  It's an AWESOME long-lasting Adhesive.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has so many wonderful products.  Go ahead, and treat yourself today! 

Blessings to you,
Karen

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #83 Anything Goes - I used the Pink & Main Scallop Borders Die to create my ribbon border (as explained above).  

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #141 Layers of Love - Hey, who doesn't LOVE a new baby, right?  I would have a baby every day if I could....seriously!  I just LOVE newborns.  I can't wait to be a Grandma!  I also used several layers on my card....lots of patterned paper and layers of doily, ribbon, etc.  The die-cut I used is the scalloped border die...explained above.

Happy Little Stampers - February Challenge/Anything Goes - I stamped the sentiment, and I die-cut the scalloped border (explained in detail above) for this fun challenge.  I love using stamps and dies, so this was right up my alley.