Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Come Play Along With Us

It's that time of the week again when we begin our new challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and we would sure love to have you all stop by to share your art with us.  We have such amazing prizes up for grabs every single week, and this week is no exception.  We have a $15 gift certificate from Prairie Point Junction/Wool Felt Central, as well as a $20 gift certificate to Nice Crane Designs.  Now those are some great prizes, my friends!
My card for this week's Word Art Wednesday post was made with some older papers from my "stash", and they're from Paper Salon.  I also used some wool felt from our sponsor, Wool Felt Central, to create the flowers and leaves.  It's the most luscious wool felt, and it really works GREAT with die-cuts.
This second card is for an upcoming post (you'll see it again, my friends) but I didn't want to miss the chance to share it in the following challenge:
 
Verve Stamps - Retrospective Release Challenge - This challenge requires you to use any product from Verve Stamps' New Release, an I used the lovely 2 Corinthians 12:9 Plain Jane stamp.
 
I really hope to see you all share your lovely creations in our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday for the chance to win one of those amazing prizes.  Thanks for visiting me!
 
Happiness and Hugs,
Karen

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Color Challenge at TKJ

Deep purple, bright pink, green, butter yellow, and a lovely inspiration photo are all elements to inspire you to participate in this week's challenge at The Kraft Journal.  Once you see the inspiration photo, you will definitely want to play along for your chance at winning a $15 gift certificate to the amazing Kraft Outlet.
This week, we have a GORGEOUS color inspiration challenge for you, and I was excited to work with these deep, rich colors.  I started my card with a Small Buff/Ivory Note Card and covered it with patterned papers that had the same colors found in the inspiration photo.  I added a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card and a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket as my focal point, and embellished them with die-cut wool felt flowers cut from those same bright colors.  A small "Many Thanks" sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Buff/Ivory Coverweight Card Stock that's held by a Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  There's a small snippet of Tape Measure Washi Tape and a lovely bow made from "Butter Yellow" Hand-Stained Bias Tape. There are so many great products found at the Kraft Outlet that will help you to create something wonderful.  I warmly invite you to play along in this week's Color Challenge.

There's always something to inspire you on the Kraft Journal Blog, and we enjoy having you check out our Watch Us Wednesday tutorials, our Feature Me Friday segments, our Monday Challenge Inspirations, and of course our AMAZING store at the Kraft Outlet.

Thanks for visiting, and have a crafty week!
Karen

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Celebration

Summer is a busy time for our family with LOTS of Birthdays.  So that means I need to make a whole lot of Birthday cards because we really celebrate Birthdays in our family.  I try not to forget anyone's special day, so I already know who this card will be for.  I had fun making it.
I used two different October Afternoon patterned papers that I machine stitched together, three paper flowers, a white Prima leaf, green baker's twine, red and pink seam binding for my bow, a Jenni Bowlin ticket, some sequins and mini pearl stickers, and a Martha Stewart mini doily that I used to stamp my sentiment.  The sentiment is a Happy Birthday stamp from Verve Stamps.
 
These are the challenges where I'm linking up my card:
 
Verve Stamps Blog - August Diva Dare - Celebrations - Who doesn't LOVE celebrating Birthdays?
 
Verve Stamps Blog - Sequined Stunner August Diva Dare - Adding sequins is always a beautiful, sparkly accent!
 
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenges - Summer - I used flowers and summery colors to create a Birthday card for one of the many Summer Birthdays in our family

Paula Holifield Crafts Challenge Blog - ALBC "Sew What"?  Although this particular card isn't "sewing themed", it does have machine sewing/stitching on it.  Straight stitch around the edges, and zig zag stitch through the center polka dot piece.  I LOVE sewing on my cards - Great Challenge!
 
Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peel and say hello.  I hope you're having a great week!
 
Karen

Top Dog Dies August Release & Give-Away

It's Friday, and time again for my weekly Top Dog Dies blog post.  Today, I'm sharing a card that I created using one of the brand new die cuts from Top Dog Dies August Release.  This Top Dog Dies Modern Mosaic A2 Die (red background die) perfectly fits all A2 sized  cards.  Behind the Modern Mosaic die, I have a vintage dress pattern.  I also cut and used half of the Top Dog Dies Madison Doily Die from a dress pattern.  The sentiment is stamped onto one of the banners from the new Top Dog Dies Banner #1 Die Set, and I used a couple of the other banners from this same set of my flags (attached to the straws).
Here's some EXCITING NEWS!  You could be the lucky winner of Top Dog Dies' entire new August Release.  That's right, the ENTIRE RELEASE!  To enter this awesome give-away, simply follow this link:  TOP DOG DIES AUGUST RELEASE GIVE-AWAY and use the Rafflecopter Widget to enter.  Best of luck to all who enter.

I'm sharing my card here:
Die Cuttin' Divas - Challenge #178 - Favorite Color Combos - I love using primary colors - red, navy, etc. and I used lots of great die cuts on this card (five, in fact).
 
Thanks so much for visiting, and have a great week.
 
Karen

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nothing More Precious

There's nothing more precious to me than my relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It makes me sad to know that not everyone knows Him the way I do, and I continue to pray that everyone will be saved and find the truth before they die.  Please remember to pray for Christians around the world who are being persecuted, and even killed, for their beliefs.  I've suffered persecution as a Christian, but it's NOTHING in comparison to the persecution other Christians have suffered.  Many have given their lives for Christ's sake.  I beg you to remember to pray for missionaries around the world who devote their lives to spreading the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ).  We owe them a debt of gratitude and respect.  Praise God for His precious Word, and for those who devote their lives to sharing it with the world.
God's Word  is another precious gift to us, and the beautiful and encouraging support He has given us through His holy scriptures are such a beautiful comfort.  Today, I'm sharing two scripture cards.  The first is my DT card for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  The second is a matching card using a lovely scripture stamp from Verve Stamps.
These patterned papers are very old Chatterbox.  I've been trying to use up some of my stash lately, and I've been giving away a lot of it as well.  I always enjoy being able to bless someone with a BIG box of scrapbooking supplies.  I machine stitched both cards, added seam binding, jute, a stick pin, a Prima leaf, and a 3-D flower to each.  Here are the challenges where I will be sharing my card(s):
 
Verve Stamps Challenge Blog - Retrospective Release, Blog Hop and Challenge - I'm still wishing I had purchased more from Verve's gorgeous new release, and I'll know better next time.  But for now, I'm using the 2 Corinthians 12:9 Plain Jane Scripture Stamp.  It's absolutely LOVELY!

My Craft Spot By Kimberly - Challenge #148 - 3-D Flowers - I love using flowers that POP.  What a fun challenge.
 
I really appreciate your visit, and hope you're having a blessed week.

Karen

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's On Your Work Desk?

Hello, my crafty friends!  I hope you're all ready for a great week of creativity.  This week at The Kraft Journal, we have a really fun challenge for you all.  It's called "What's On Your Work Desk", and it challenges you to take whatever you find on your craft table, and make it work.  I really committed myself to using only things that I found on my craft table.  Lucky for me, my craft area is always a mess, with everything thrown about.....so I had A LOT of goodies to use.
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Outlet
For this week's "What's On Your Work Desk" Challenge, I took a look around my craft table and saw lots of great Kraft Outlet goodies I could use.  I started my project with a piece of Half-Size Blackboard Stock Paper which I simply folded in half using my Bone Folder Tool to create a card.  I then used patterned paper scraps and a Vintage Dictionary Page Scrap found on my craft table to create the background and accents to decorate the Small Glassine Bag.  I tied a few lengths of Black Baker's Twine around the Small Glassine Bag and tucked a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card inside.  The finishing touch was a Vintage Memories Wooden Clothespin which I embellished with a bow-tie that was die-cut from a scrap piece of Half-Size Blackboard Stock Paper.  I was determined to use only things found on my messy work desk to create this card, and I look forward to seeing what YOU will create using what's on YOUR work desk.  I really hope you will play along in this week's challenge.

I'm going to share this Birthday card in the following challenge:
Great Impressions Stamps Challenge Blog - August Challenge - Birthday Bash - I don't own any Great Impressions Stamps, but I still wanted to play along for the chance to win some because they are really DARLING!

Happy Crafting,
Karen

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Everything Is Going To Be Okay

Much like most of you, I have more crafting supplies than I will probably ever use.  But it sure is fun trying!  I have so many fabulous Verve Stamps, and I've never once had any trouble getting a crisp, clean perfectly stamped image on my first attempt when using them.  That says a lot, because there are some stamps out there that aren't as easy to use and that don't give you that perfectly clear image every time.  With all honesty, I can say that "I've never met a Verve Stamp I didn't absolutely LOVE".
For this card, I used more of my Crate Paper Oh Darling patterned papers.  I'm SO in love with them.  The pink polka dot patterned paper is Carta Bella's Baby Mine.  I machine stitched the papers, added some seam binding, a Prima leave and flower, a couple of lovely stick pins, half a doily, and then I stamped the Verve image onto a Martha Stewart smaller doily.  I added several sequins in Marshmallow, Mambo Melon, and Leafy Green (all from V's Sweet Ideas).  I really liked how soft and sweet this card turned out.
 
I'm sharing it in the following challenges, and I invite you to play along as well:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says...."Make It Sparkle" - I used soft sweet sequins to make my card sparkle!
 
Verve Challenge Blog - Sequined Stunner Challenge - I used lots of soft sweet sequins on my card and I really like the effect they give - SO pretty!

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

A Blog Named Hero - Challenge #49:  Die A Little (Or a Lot) - I LOVE using die-cuts, so this challenge really excited me.   I used a doily die-cut as well as a border punch, and I want to say THANKS for a super fun challenge.  I hope everyone will play along!
 
I'd  like to thank you for stopping by to say hello, and I want you to know that I'm truly grateful for your visit.  I hope you're having a fun and creative week, and I'd LOVE to stop by and see what you've made this week.  So be sure to leave me a comment so that I can visit your blog to check out your art.
 
May God bless your week!
Karen