Wednesday, August 26, 2015

God is faithful

We've all learned by now that people will continually let us down.  Some people don't keep their promises, some don't show enough compassion for our troubles, and others just don't have the time to worry about the things that matter to us.  But God is FOREVER faithful, and will NEVER let us down.  He was there for His people in generations past, and His promises are still true today.  He is the ONLY one who will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  I praise God for His faithfulness to ALL generations; and I'm so grateful to know (without ANY doubt) that I can always count on Him to follow through on His promises.  What a blessing!

I've been a little bit discouraged in my crafting lately.  I just feel like I'm in a bit of a "schlump" that I can't shake.  I need to wrap my head around the reasons why I create.......like my love for crafting, and my love for giving hand-made gifts.  I need to regain that joy in crafting that I once had.  I'm really hoping that the next few weeks will bring about some of the joy I'm missing.  Please don't misunderstand.  I'm not depressed by any means.  I am SO incredibly blessed.  I just need to regain my "mojo" and my joy for crafting, and I'm praying that the events of the next few weeks will do just that for me.  There are some exciting things happening, and I'm really hoping that will bring back the joy I've been missing.
This is a card that I made for this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.  I used some older patterned papers and flowers on this card, which felt really good to use up older supplies.  I need to do more of that.  I've just been struggling with some decisions about letting go of some of my Design Team responsibilities to help me regain the joy in crafting that I've been missing.  I trust that God will help me to make the correct decisions,

I'm sharing this card in the following challenges:


Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Linky Party


Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today.  It's always a blessing to have you stop by to say hello.  Have a great week, and happy crafting my friends.

Karen

Monday, August 24, 2015

welcome little angel

There's nothing quite as sweet as a newborn baby.  Personally, my days of having babies are over, but I sure am excited for the day that I have a grandchild of my own.  I know for sure that I will never want to let go once I hold that precious little bundle of love, sent from God.  I do, however, enjoy when friends and family have the opportunity to welcome a new little one into their family.  I made this card for just such an occasion.
I made my card using some sweet Crate Paper patterned papers, embellishments and 3-D stickers, some vintage scotch tape, a gold foil heart from American Crafts, and a pearl sticker.  The sentiment was made using an Inspired By Stamping sentiment stamp.  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the edges and for my sentiment.

I will be sharing my card in the following challenges:

Inspired By Stamping - Challenge #97 - I was inspired by TWO of the categories:  The Polka Dots AND the Color Challenge.  I kind of combined the two inspirations to create this cards, and I enjoyed using an Inspired By Stamping sentiment stamp from their sweet Big Notes III Stamp Set.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Simon Says:  "Ticket, Please" - I used a ticket from the Crate Paper Craft Market collection as an accent on my card.

I am so grateful to have you visit my blog today, and I thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week and please visit me again soon.

Blessings,
Karen


Friday, August 21, 2015

CropStop Sympathy Card

Let's face it....NOBODY likes having to make or send a sympathy card.  But when we do, it's nice to know that CropStop can help make the process easy.  I had the misfortune of needing to make and send a sympathy card this week.  I just grabbed a few of my favorite CropStop supplies, and got right to work.
First, I grabbed my Tim Holtz Frame Die and placed a stamped sentiment in the center.  This lovely sentiment was stamped using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (I used Black Soot for the sentiment and Cracked Pistachio for the accents).  Then, I placed several lovely Petaloo Flowers around the frame to accent it.  I embellished the flowers with several lovely ribbons and trims including the Seam Binding I made with the Prima Spray Blooms (in Vintage Coal), Light Blue Burlap String, and Turquoise Organdy Swirl Ribbon.  They all work together so nicely.
The lovely Petaloo Flowers I used come in so many sweet colors.  You're sure to find just the right color for your next card.  That's one thing I really love about CropStop is their selection.  By stocking up on a few basics (inks, flowers and trims, etc.) you will always have just what you need to whip up a card when the occasion calls for it.   It's a blessing to be prepared.  Don't forget to check out this week's SALES.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I would LOVE to have you play along in our current challenge on the CropStop Blog.  You could be the lucky winner of this month's prize of some CropStop goodies.

I'm sharing my card in this fun challenge at IBS:
Inspired By Stamping - Challenge #97 - I chose to use the inspiration of Polka Dots

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!
Karen

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Put On Your Birthday Hat

Well, my 50th Birthday has come and gone.  What's in a number anyway?  Our family has so many summer birthdays, and that gave me LOTS of great opportunities to use these yummy new Crate Paper Confetti supplies I purchased while I was on vacation this summer.  I've been having SO much fun with them.  If you want some for yourself, they carry a lot of this over at Paper Issues.  They also have some really great inspiration to get you started.
Paper Issues - A New Issue:  Pocket Book - After reading the inspiration ideas, I chose to create a card using some great Crate Paper supplies carried at Paper Issues.  I added a "pocket" which is a glassine bag that holds a gift card for birthday gift-giving.  Thanks for this great idea, Paper Issues!

Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  I hope that you're having a great week and finding plenty of time to spend creating.  I appreciate your comments, and I look forward to visiting your blog.

Karen



Celebrating FRIENDS With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Well, most of you who know me already know how much I LOVE Really Reasonable Ribbon and all their AWESOME ribbons, laces, trims and more.  For this particular card, I wanted to create a card for a special friend, and I knew that Really Reasonable Ribbon would make my card super special.  I started with a piece of floral patterned paper that I touched the edges of with paint, and then machine stitched.  Next, I added a cute "Guest Check" card and ticket from Basic Grey, and topped that with a FABULOUS bow created with several lovely ribbons from.......you guessed it - Really Reasonable Ribbon!
The pretty bow I added includes the super sweet Roses With Scalloped Edge Grosgrain in Aqua (the pretty floral print), 3/8" Shell Print on Coral Rose Satin RibbonSatin With Grosgrain Edge Light CoralDiamond Satin Light CoralSwiss Dot Grosgrain in Coral Rose (a Really Reasonable Ribbon exclusive), 3/8" Shell Print on Turquoise Satin Ribbon, and finally the beautiful Double-Faced Satin in Turquoise.  It's just small pieces of each, and then they secured (or cinched) in the middle to create a bow.  Then I placed a little pink gem in the center of the bow.
This second photo gives you a closer look at the bow and all the ribbons used in it.  They all have such great textures and lovely background prints, making them all unique, and yet they all work together SO well.  That's one of the really great things about Really Reasonable Ribbon; they make it SO easy to combine ribbons together beautifully.  You really can't go wrong.
Finally, I want to mention the jar in my photos.  I decorated it by taking a canning jar and spray painting it, and then I adorned the lid with more of Really Reasonable Ribbon's GREAT trims including their sweet Helen White Crochet LaceCream Seam BindingRose Petal Seam Binding and the luscious Bay Leaf Seam Binding (my personal favorite).  But again, they ALL work together SO beautifully, and make your projects look fabulous!  Why not treat yourself to some today?  You deserve it, and you will absolutely LOVE everything you purchase.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I always appreciate your sweet comments when you stop by to visit, and I want you to know how very grateful I am to have you here.  I look forward to visiting your blog as well, and really hope that you will play along in Really Reasonable Ribbons FUN CHALLENGE going on now.

I'm sharing my card here, in this fun challenge:
3 Girl Jam - August Challenge - Anything Goes - I love playing along at this fun challenge, and would be so delighted to win some of their GORGEOUS crinkle ribbon/seam binding.

Blessings to you,
Karen


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back To School

The term "Back-To-School" doesn't mean to me quite what it used to.  Years ago, it meant backpacks, uniforms, and sending my precious babies off to their first day of school at our church/school.  At this point in my life, it still means school will be starting soon; but for us it starts at home now.  I only have one "baby" left at home, and he is in the 11th grade this year.  We homeschool, and that starts next week.  I will absolutely CHERISH these last two years with him - being his Mom and his teacher.  Precious!  The time we spend together will pass by much too quickly, so I truly cherish it.
I had a friend (someone who still has those precious little ones who attend our church/school), and she asked me to create some back-to-school cards for her kids' teachers.  I was happy to make them for her, and I thought that I would share one here on my blog.

I created this card with red Bazzill cardstock, some very old Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, some crayons, baker's twine, a grungy prim tag, an apple sticker, and a snippet of Tim Holtz ruler ribbon.  I'm sharing my card in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Back To School"

Thanks for visiting, and I wish you all a very safe and happy Back-To-School.
Karen






Spring Wonder

Being that it's Wednesday, it's time again for a brand new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  We have two AWESOME sponsors with us this week, which means two more chances for YOU to win more great prizes.  We have Stamp & Create offering a $25 Gift Certificate to their amazing on-line store, and we also have Moonlight & Co. offering our digital prize.  I actually used a sweet digital image from Moonlighting & Co. on my card for this week's challenge,  It's called Spring Wonder and it's an adorable Maud Humphrey image.  I printed this week's scripture/word art file on the inside of my card, and everything coordinates.  It was a really sweet image to work with, and I really like how it turned out.
I would absolutely LOVE to have you all stop by and share your cards and projects with us this week for your chance to win one of these lovely prizes.  We're also getting closer to our 200th challenge, and that week we are having LOTS of fun prizes.  So, don't forget to stop by and check out all that's happening at Word Art Wednesday.
I'm sharing my card in a few challenges this week.  Here they are:

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Stamp & Create - August:  One For The Girls

Have a blessed week!
Karen