Monday, December 22, 2014

Red, Robin's Egg Blue and Gingham

One of my many favorite color combinations is red and robin's egg blue.  I also love seeing the gingham in this mix.  So when I saw the Color Challenge over at Inspired By Stamping, I knew that I would be entering more than once.  I already have a painted jar project in the works, and I will definitely be using this sweet color combination once again.  Here is the inspiration photo I used (and love)!
I started my card with a patterned paper from October Afternoon's 5 & Dime Collection, and added a piece of red gingham.  All my papers were inked, and machine stitched together.  Next, I added a square of gingham patterned paper and then created a flag/tag out of washi tapes.  The sentiment is a rub-on, and I also added a bow made from Baker's Twines and a button is placed in the center.  It's a fairly simple card, and I enjoyed having a sketch and color inspiration to follow.
I'm sharing my card here:
 
Inspired By Stamping - Challenge #89 - I took inspiration from BOTH the Sketch and the Color Challenges.
 
Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful week!
Karen

Subtle Hints For Hubby

Christmas is approaching quickly, and if your husband is anything like mine, he doesn't have a clue what you REALLY want.  MANY years ago, I informed my hubby that vacuum cleaners, etc. don't qualify as Christmas gifts.  If you'd like to receive something that you really want this year, I highly suggest either treating yourself to some FABULOUS new ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon and just telling him to "consider it a Christmas gift"; OR.....leave him a little "wish list" letting him know you'd like to get the Monthly Ribbon Club subscription.  Trust me, he will be happy to know you're getting something you really want, and you will be happy not to receive a new toaster or a pair of fluffy elephant slippers, but instead...a year of lovely ribbons.  LOL
For this little project, which I placed on my mantel for the Christmas season, I took a vintage wooden thread spool and wrapped it in a length of Wire-Edged Natural Burlap Trim w/Red-White Stitching.  Next, I painted and stamped a wooden snowflake and topped it with a die-cut and stamped angel that I outlined in gold Stickles.  To really make my project stand out, I added a lovely bow made from Lipstick Red and Moss Green Seam Binding.  I added a jingle bell tied with a length of White Jute String.  There's also a small piece of Moss Green Leaf Trim worked into my bow and cascading down.  I tied a miniature tag with a (Praying For You) sentiment on the length of White Jute String.
For my second project (above), I used a sweet Middy Bitty Bag (With Vertical Stripes) and folded it halfway up.  Then I machine stitched the Middy Bitty Bag With Vertical Stripes to create a pocket.  I tucked in a Starbucks gift card, and also added a length of the adorable 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Holiday Snowflake Ribbon.  I used the same 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Holiday Snowflake Ribbon, Red Burlap String, White Jute StringPlaid Christmas Ribbon and White Crochet Lace to create a (removable) hair bow to the gift bag as well.  I used a Medium French Hair Clip to create my hair bow.
All the FAULOUS ribbons, laces and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon work together beautifully to create the most lovely projects, and really compliment one another.  You're sure to find something WONDERFUL in the Really Reasonable Shop, and I encourage you to take some time browsing, filling your cart, and then.....leaving that subtle little "hint" for your hubby.  Most husbands are grateful to have some ideas and suggestions for what you truly want; and let's be honest here......who doesn't want new ribbon?  I know that I sure LOVE mine!  These Really Reasonable ribbons, trims and laces are all such high-quality products, and they look amazing on your cards and projects.  Go ahead, treat yourself!
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and I really hope you will visit us again soon.  We look forward to seeing what YOU will do with YOUR new ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I'm sharing my art in the following:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Winter Inspiration
 
Happy crafting and have a blessed week,
Karen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enjoying God's Word

It's time for a great new challenge at Word Art Wednesday; and unlike most weeks, this challenge will last for TWO WEEKS!  This means that you all have two weeks to link up to a total of five (5) projects with us to help increase your odds of winning one of our THREE (3) great prizes up for grabs!  We have a $25 Gift Certificate to the Flying Unicorn Store which is an AMAZING on-line scrapbooking store carrying ALL your favorite big-name brands.  We also have Deedee's Digis as our sweet digital sponsor, as well as an October Afternoon stamp set and washi tape.  Three really awesome prizes, and all you have to do to be entered to win is to stop by and link up you family-friendly creations.  We really hope you will join us.
I made my card using some Daisy Bucket patterned papers from my SUPER DUPER STASH!  I mean, this stuff is OLD, baby! 
 
I'm going to enter my card for today's Word Art Wednesday in the following challenges:
 
Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party
 
Clear It Out Challenge Blog - Use Your Stash/Anything Goes - These patterned papers from Daisy Bucket Designs are SO OLD that this amazing company no longer even exists!  Their paper is SO cool.  It's very high-quality texturized paper.  If you click my photo and look at the paper up close, you'll see how amazing it is.  I was bummed when this company closed.  Their papers are awesome, but I still have some left to use up in my SUPER STASH!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes - I used VERY old patterned papers for this card, as well as lots of inking, machine stitching, and layering.  It's simple and has lots of texture. These OLD Daisy Bucket papers are SO nice with their bumpy texturized style.  Oldies but goodies.  Thanks for another fun challenge!
 
Have a blessed week, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Colorful Challege at The Kraft Journal

I admittedly struggle with color challenges, but then again - it's fun to truly CHALLENGE yourself.  So, I started my card with a Large Buff/Ivory Note Card and then added strips of card stock representing each of the colors shown in the beautiful inspiration photo.  Next, I stamped a Christmas scripture sentiment from My Craft Spot's Joy To The World Stamp Set onto a piece of coordinating Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock and layered it onto the same colored card stocks from the inspiration photo.  Next I added a Crinkled Seam Binding bow topped with a button that has Red Baker's Twine tied through it.
I also inked the edges of my card and added some coordinating colored sequins for some extra sparkle and pizzazz!  It's really quite simple, and the Kraft Outlet makes it easy to create cards from simple to very detailed - all depending on your style or mood.  I really hope you will treat yourself to some new Christmas goodies from the Kraft Outlet, and then come play along in our Color Challenge this week.  You aren't required to use ALL the colors from the inspiration photo, it's just a starting point to give you ideas.  To be eligible for the monthly prize of a $15 gift certificate, you simply need to use either a kraft item or something sold at the Kraft Outlet.  That's easy enough!

I'm sharing this card in the following:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Bling It On" - I just LOVE how sequins give that BLING to your cards!

I really hope you will join us.  Have a super awesome week!
 
Karen

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

It's that time of month again for our FUN and INSPIRATIONAL Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and we've got some really amazing projects to share with you all.  You should have arrived here from the very talented Bonnie Garby's Blog, but if you just happened to find the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop by chance, you can go back to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to get started.  Just look at this month's GORGEOUS Ribbon Club Assortment.  If you sign up for the monthly Ribbon Club this month, you will get THIS collection, and a new collection of beautiful ribbons each month.
We have prizes, lots of great ribbon projects, and a whole lot of fun for everyone!  For my project, I had the help of a VERY talented bow-making friend who helped me create some LOVELY hair bows using the GORGEOUS December Ribbon Club Assortment.
I used the Grey Plaid Ribbon, the Delicate Satin Stitched Grey, the Silver Metalic Grosgrain and the lovely Priscilla White Crochet Lace as well as Light Wide Grosgrain Ribbon.  There are some sweet little bow accents on the sides, and a gem in the center.  The bow is attached with a French Clip Hair Barrette which we carry in several different sizes for creating bows of all sizes.
Your next stop on the Blog Hop is at the lovely Heather Hudson's Blog and I've had a peek at her amazing project.  You will all LOVE it.  Have lots of fun, and thanks so much for joining us.
 
Blessings to you,
Karen

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge at May Arts Ribbons

I was absolutely DEIGHTED and humbled when I was chosen as one of the lucky twelve contestants in this year's May Arts Ribbons Christmas Card Challenge.  Each of the twelve chosen contestants were given ten yards (one yard of ten different colors) of May Arts' lovely May Arts Solid 1/2" Wrinkle Ribbon.  Today is the day our cards will be posted on the May Arts Ribbon Blog for the contest.  I didn't realize that I NEED HELP TO WIN!!  Here is a link where you can vote for me:  CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR ME, PLEASE!!!!!
I made three different cards for the challenge.  In fact, I still have ribbon left over and I've also made several other cards using this beautiful Wrinkle Ribbon in addition to these three.  What a blessing to even be chosen for the challenge.  So, even if I don't win, I already consider myself VERY lucky indeed and I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Bethney and May Arts Ribbon for having me.
This card (above) was created with some super old patterned papers from my stash.  I used the Wrinkle Ribbon and gathered it across the card in two rows.  I loved how these colors matched the card so perfectly.  I also tied some May Arts White Jute through the button I attached.  It's a fairly simple card, but with all my cards for this challenge I wanted to really keep the lovely May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon as the focal point.
My second card was inspired by a card originally created by Melissa Phillips and published in last year's Christmas edition of CARDS magazine.  I used a piece of background patterned paper that I machine stitched along the edges and inked a bit.  Next, I took a kraft colored polka dot paper straw, and simply tied the lovely May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon and May Art trims around the straw.  I added some buttons and a small tag with a stamped PTI sentiment hung from a rusty pear-shaped safety pin.  Again, I really wanted to keep the May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon the focal point of my card.  These trims are SO lovely.  You really should treat yourself!  And did you know that May Arts Ribbons has a new on-line store?  You can read about it here on the May Arts Blog, and visit the store here at Ribbon Resource.  They're even having a fabulous give-away to celebrate the opening of the store.
My third card is SUPER simple, but here I just really wanted to make one of my typical Wrinkle Ribbon bows.  It really shows you how INCREDIBLY LOVELY these ribbons really are.  They tie up into the sweetest bows, and are just perfect on cards, scrapbook pages, hair bows, packages and more!  They're are SO pretty, and they come in a rainbow of beautiful colors.
This last picture is just a close-up of the bow from my last card.  I tied some hand-painted and glittered jingle bells that are tied on with some May Arts White Burlap String.  May Arts has this jute/burlap ribbon in lots of great colors, and it's a wonderful accent trim for your projects.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR ME!!
 
I would like to say thank you once again to Mary Arts Ribbons for inviting me to participate in this challenge.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE May Arts Ribbons and enjoy creating with them.  I really do hope you will check out their new on-line shop The Ribbon Resource, and don't forget to check out all the great inspiration on the May Arts Ribbon Blog as well.
 
Thanks for visiting!
Karen

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Decorative Bags at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, ribbon lovers!  I'm here today to share some fun little gift bags I created for Christmas gift-giving using my Really Reasonable Ribbons.  In addition to all the gorgeous ribbons and trims available at Really Reasonable Ribbon, you can also find lots of great Decorative Bags at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The bags I used are the Diagonal Striped Bitty Bags (turquoise).
The bag on the left (above) is just laying flat and is stuffed with caramel apple suckers.  Yum!  There's also a small vellum bag on top of it with a gift card tucked inside.  You'll find LOTS of great mini bags in the Decorative Bags section that are the perfect size for gift cards!
This bag was covered with Christmas Crate Paper patterned papers and chipboard, and then adorned with several lovely ribbons and trims including some Arianna Natural Crochet Lace, a short length of Red Chevron Striped Twill to which I cut the edges on an angle.  I topped that with a sweet bow made from Sun Rose Seam Binding, Lipstick Red Seam Binding, and May Arts Natural Burlap String/Jute.
My second decorative bag is decorated with the same exact products as listed above.  The difference with this bag is that I folded it halfway up, and then machine stitched it down creating a second pocket.  I've tucked a gift card in this bag as well, along with some peppermint candy sticks.  By folding the bag up like this, you can create a quick and cute little pocket for gift-giving.  Here's a close-up photo of the luscious bow made with my beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbons.
I would love to see you all grab some sweet Decorative Bags and your favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon trims, and then stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog to link up your Christmas and Holiday Ribbon projects with us.  We love seeing your creative talents at work, and I really hope you will play along.  Have a great week of crafting.

I'm sharing my fun little projects here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Bling It On" - I didn't use a LOT of sparkle and bling, but I did use some.  I used ultra-fine glitter on my berries to make them BLING!

Color Throwdown Challenge Blog - Challenge #322 - I LOVED this color combination the second I saw it.  Can you tell?

Red Carpet Studio Challenges - Challenge #84 - Inspired By "Elf" - Christmas Holiday Theme

Craftin' Desert Divas - Linky Party #45 - Craft It Up and Link It Up
 
Blessings to you and yours,
Karen