Friday, September 19, 2014

Inspirations Past Part II

Well, ever since I finished my fun October Afternoon card and got it posted on my blog yesterday, I've been "itching" to make a matching tag to use as a gift card holder for this extra special card.  I used pretty much all the same supplies as on my original card.  Here it all is again for you (just in case you didn't see yesterday's post).  See just below this photo.
I used lots of October Afternoon (both 5 and Dime, Sidewalks and bits of others) on this card along with some Wagon Red Bazzill cardstock, 5 and Dime blackboard Wagon Square, Tim Holtz Barn Door Red ink, Tim Holtz Charcoal Ink, ), some mini tags cut from die-cuts held in place with a sweet rusty pear-shaped safety pin, toothpick and flag from October Afternoon, Mini Kraft Mertchandise Bag (to hold a gift card), and a Hobby Lobby rub-on for the Happy Birthday sentiment.
Thanks for taking a peek at my tag.  If you happened to miss my post from yesterday explaining the origin and inspiration for this card, please check my post to read about the original artist who inspired this card Kristi Lockhart.  I still prefer her sweet card over my own.  It's just too sweet!

I'm sharing this tag in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "TAG IT" - I made this sweet matching tag with mini kraft merchandise bag (to hold a gift card) and this tag (posted above) matches a card I made and posted yesterday.  I now have the complete gift set for this sweet and special project!

Have a blessed week, my crafty friends!
Karen

Recreating From Inspiraton Past

There was a card that I saw several years ago made by a talented crafter named Kristi Lockart.  I fell it love with it immediately, and have looked at it (in awe) many times since then.  Each time I look at it, I think to myself, "I really want to re-create this adorable card, but I don't have the correct supplies.  You see, Kristi is part of the Design Team at Pink Persimmon Stamps.  The little girl and wagon that she put on her card are sweet Persimmon Stamps.  I thought over the years that eventually I'd buy this stamp set and finally recreate the card, but I never did.  I looked at it again this week, and just decided to make it work.  Instead of the Pink Persimmon girl and wagon, I used more pieces from October Afternoon (various lines).  I added a little girl from the Sidewalks line, and pretty much everything else is from October Afternoon's darling 5 and Dime collection.  It's definitely different from Kristi's card, but the basic idea was hers.  I always love to give credit where credit is due.  Kristi really motivated me on this, so I had to mention her.  You can check out her lovely blog here:  Sincerely Yours by Kristi LockartThe original card that inspired me can be found here:  On Pinterest (as well as Kristi's original June 1, 2011 post)
I've always been a big fan of October Afternoon.  I own more of it than I do of any other company, and that's say A LOT.  One reason why I own SO much of it (well, besides the fact that I LOVE IT and I can't stop collecting it) is because I get to attend the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale every year in Apple Valley, Minnesota so I get amazingly low prices on it.  I've been waiting to hear when it will be held this year (it's almost always in October), and I will fly to my BFF's house to visit and attend the sale along with lots of creating, antiquing and fun.  It's my "happy trip" of the year, and I'm so thankful and blessed that my husband sends me on this trip every year.
 
Don't you just love this sweet 5 and Dime line?  I used lots of it on this card along with some Wagon Red Bazzill cardstock, Tim Holtz Barn Door Red ink, luscious Caribbean Blue crinkled seam binding, red baker's twine, a vintage gem, ruler ribbon and vintage cream lace (both at bottom), some mini tags cut from die-cuts and held in place with a sweet rusty pear-shaped safety pin.  The finished card has a Happy Birthday sentiment stamped inside.
 
I'm sharing this card in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - "Simon Says Tag It" - The TAGS I used are two mini hang tags that I die-cut and added mini sentiments to them (they're both rub-ons - FRIENDS and carefree).   I hope that my mini tags meet the "TAG IT" requirements.
 
My Craft Spot by Kimberly Challenge Blog - Challenge #151 - "Chalkboard Art" - I used the adorable chalkboard patterned papers from October Afternoon in my background and I inked them on the edges with white chalk ink.  I also made a chalkboard mini tag that I die-cut from chalkboard paper, added a white rub-on and inked the edges of that with white chalk ink.  I LOVE the chalk art effect.
 
Thanks so much for visiting me today and for listening to my long story about this card.  I'm so grateful to have you stop by and I look forward to visiting you all this week!
 
Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coffee and Friends....The Perfect Blend

As many of you know, my dear Sister-in-Law, Audra, is fighting cancer (and really fighting for her life).  We recently had a fund-raiser auction to help raise money for her medical bills.  One of the many things donated for the auction was a gift certificate to Stampin' Up.  Well, this was right up my alley so I knew that I would bid on it regardless of how much I had to pay.  We had already decided how much we were going to donate for the fund-raiser, so it was really fun bidding on this gift.  Most people didn't want to bid too much over the retail value, but that didn't stop me!  Needless to say....I WON!!  One of the things I purchased with my gift certificate was a coffee stamp set.  This is the first card I've made using this sweet new stamp set.
I actually ended doing more to this card after I photographed it.  I added a big fluffy seam binding bow to the upper left, and on the inside, I added a mini kraft polka dot merchandise bag into which I tucked a Starbucks gift card, and I added a Starbucks coffee sleeve over the bag, and I added a sentiment (I'll miss you a latte'.  My daughter is using it as a gift tomorrow for a co-worker who is leaving.  Obviously, I was too lazy to re-photograph it once I put the finished touches on it.  Sorry!
 
I based this card on this week's sweet sketch over at Sketch Saturday.  Here's where I'm sharing it:
Sketch Saturday - Week #327 - This is SUCH a cute sketch.  I hope you will all join the fun!
 
Have a super blessed week, my bloggy and crafty friends!
Karen


Day Dreaming

I'm Day Dreaming again......hurray!  I don't always have time to get on the computer and play with my sweet Daydream Designs images, but I sure do enjoy myself when I do.  This card was made with the super sweet new Preserving Sweetness Set.  I used the Strawberry Preserves and the coordinating Strawberry Sweetness Plaid Patterned Paper.  I also threw in a few chipboard elements from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection because they matched so nicely.
I added some green jute which I tied around the jar, and I also placed some tiny gem stickers in the centers of the chipboard flowers.  There are a couple different snippets of ribbon stapled to the side, and of course I machine stitched the card (as I most always do).
 
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
 
Sketch Saturday - Week #327 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp
 
Our Daily Bread Designs - Challenge #213 - Stitch It - This is my third entry and doesn't use any ODBD products, but my other two entries do use their products.  I always LOVE stitching on my cards!
 
Have a blessed day, and thanks so much for stopping by to say hello.
 
Karen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tag, You're It!! at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we have a really fun challenge for everyone called "Tag, You're It".  You can translate this challenge however you wish. If it inspires you to create a tag, or to add a tag on your card or scrapbook layout, those are all great ideas.  You simply need to use any product(s) sold at The Kraft Outlet OR any kraft product (i.e. paper bag, kraft paper, cardboard, etc.)  We look forward to seeing how this week's "Tag, You're It" Challenge will inspire YOU!
For me, I chose to create a fun Christmas tag.  I started with a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock and then, using my handy dandy Bone Folder Tool I added a Bo-Bunny Christmas rub-on.  I always use my Bone Folder Tool when applying rub-ons because it distributes the weight evenly, and gets even those "difficult" rub-ons to glide on with ease.  FYI, it's also great for making crisp folds in your paper.  I also inked all the edges of my paper with my Tim Holtz Barn Red Ink.  Once I had my tag cut and the rub-on applied, I added a big fluffy bow made of Christmas Red and Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape.  To the bow, I added some sweet rusty bells from Factory Direct (really the best quality rusty bells you can find), and tied them with a length of Natural Hemp Cord.  The finishing touch to my tag was the sentiment.  Again, I used my Bone Folder Tool to add the Bo-Bunny rub-on Merry Christmas sentiment to a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock, and it is held in place with a Tim Holtz Memo Pin. 
 
I am so grateful that you have stopped by to take a peek at my little Christmas tag, and I'd sure love to have each of you stop by to share your art in our challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  It's always more fun when everyone is able to play along.
 
I'm going to share my tag in these challenges this week:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Create Your Own Background" - This is the perfect project for this challenge.  The "background" is the project - simply a piece of kraft paper with a rub-on, that's it!

Blessings Ink - Amusing Challenge - Tags - This is my sweet little Christmas tag
 
So all I have to say now is......TAG, YOU'RE IT!!
This second card was created specifically for a fun sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday that I wanted to enter this week.  It's made with a mish mash of papers, a Crate Paper 3-D embellishment (flower), a Spellbinders die-cut, a Verve scripture stamp, wool felt cut into a scallop border, and baker's twine.  Here is the challenge I made it for:

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Sketch #327

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, and have a great week!
Karen 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Blessings

I had a lot of fun creating this card because I was able to combine several fun challenge requirements into one card.  My crafting time this week has been super therapeutic for me, and has helped me to focus on what's really important.  SO many fun products and techniques were combined, and I absolutely LOVE it!  There's machine stitching, die-cuts, stamping, mini pearl stickers, lace, and flowers just to name a few things.  It helps keep my mind off the things going on with my precious sister-in-law, Audra.  Your prayers for her are greatly appreciated!
Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #149 - All About Texture - I used a dry embossing background that I touched with color to create this fun texturized background, and then added the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die-Cut as the backdrop, and also the word Blessings from the Blessings Set of 2 Set.  Lots of flowers, pearls and layers of texture.
 
Our Daily Bread Stitch It Challenge - I always enjoy machine stitching on my cards.  For this card, I added a dry embossed background, and then added the Our Daily Bread Three Butterflies stamp in the corner of the doily, as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment from the ODBD Happy Birthday Set.
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background - I created my background using a dry embossing technique dusted with color, and then added my embellishments to that.
 
Charisma Cardz Challenge Blog - Challenge #20 - Lace and Pearls - I used tiny pearl stickers and lace across the bottom of my card as well as a lace tab at the top left.

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes/Optional Wiper Card Option - I am happy to say that now I know what a wiper card is, and I am going to give it a try.  Thanks for a great challenge.
 
What a blessing to have you stop by my blog to visit and say hello.  I'm really grateful and I hope that you are having a wonderful week.  Here's a tidbid of advice....never pass up an opportunity to tell someone you love them.  You never know when that opportunity will no longer be an option.
 
Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scripture, Stitching and Spiritual Uplifting

Many of you are aware of the struggles our family is facing right now as we pray to the Lord and ask for a miracle in my sister, Audra's life.  We have complete faith that God is able to do a miracle, and we give Him ALL the praise for the many ways He continues to bless us and answer our prayers.  Life has been incredibly busy to say the least.  But having the opportunity to create cards using scripture is such a blessing and a comfort at this difficult time.  God blesses and comforts my heart as I create cards using His precious Word.  So when I saw this challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs, I knew it was right up my alley, and that I would enjoy playing along.
Our Daily Bread Designs - Challenge #213 - Stitch It - Machine stitching is my most favorite accent on cards and projects,  and I really had fun with this one.  I used the ODBD Seed Packet Stamp Set to create this card.  I purchased it quite some time ago, and just never used it until now.  I stamped it in Black Soot Tom Holtz Ink, and used a kraft card background and added a Chatterbox patterned paper background that I machine stitched to the paper.  I colored the ODBD seed packet stamp with my Copic markers, and then machine stitched it all down.  I added a baker's twine bow with a button center.  I absolutely LOVE Our Daily Bread Stamps and dies, and it was SO therapeutic for me to create using the scripture and these beautiful stamps.

Faith, Hope and Love Scripture Challenge - Scripture and Celebration -  I am celebrating the fact that our AWESOME GOD is able to heal my sister.  We're waiting for a miracle, an we will praise His name in ANY circumstance.

Divas By Design Challenge Blog - Anything Goes - I was super excited to play along in this fun challenge, and I hope to make the rounds and meet their DT and make some new blog friends!

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes - I haven't ever made a wiper card, but I'm certainly looking into it!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Make Your Own Background - I enjoyed making this background.  I used a stamp from ODBD and colored it with Copics.  Then I machine stitched it to a piece of kraft paper to create my background.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and take a peek at my card.  I would really appreciate your prayers for my sister, Audra, as she fights for her life.  It's been one week today since they told her she had two weeks to live, and she's still strong (both physically and in her faith).  We serve an AWESOME GOD!
 
God bless you all,
Karen