Monday, June 29, 2015

A Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal

This week at The Kraft Journal, we're having a fun Color Challenge using three GREAT colors - RED, WHITE and BLUE.  I chose to create a fun card for this color challenge, and  I used LOTS of great Kraft Outlet products to make it.  I started with a Light Brown Kraft Note Card as my base, and topped that with a coordinating piece of Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock and some patterned papers.  I hand cut a star into one of the papers and added some red, white, blue and silver sequins.  Then, I added a stamped sentiment to a piece of Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stockand finished my card by tying several lengths of lovely Black Baker's Twine around it, and into a bow. 
As some of you already know, our middle daughter is getting married in July.  I'll be on a short break this summer from designing at The Kraft Journal; but my dear friend, the talented Stephanie Wright, will be filling in for me.  You will LOVE the sweet cards she shares with you, and I really hope that you will stop by her blog, Steph's Scrap Happenings, to welcome and encourage her.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and God bless the USA!
Karen

Friday, June 26, 2015

More CropStop Goodness

Hello, friends!  Today I'm sharing a quick and very sweet card I made with one of the many fabulous stamp sets sold at CropStop.  This stamp set is called "Out On a Limb", and it's from My Favorite Things.  I used some older patterned papers and ivory card stock.  I stamped the tree trunk with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Ink, and tree leaves were stamped using the Tim Holtz Barn Door Red and also Spiced Marmalade Inks.
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I also stamped the sentiment from the My Favorite Things "Out On a Limb" Stamp Set using the Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Ink.  I tied several lengths of the May Arts Natural Burlap String around the image.  CropStop carries all kinds of wonderful inks, stamps, die-cuts, flowers, and SO many wonderful products to help you create any kind of crafty project.  Why not check out all the wonderful things available at CropStop today, and treat yourself to something new?  You deserve it!
We would also love to have you play along in our current challenge.  You can find that here, on the CropStop Blog.  You could be the lucky winner of some amazing CropStop goodies. Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy CropStop shopping!
Karen

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Freedom Ring at TKJ

It's time for another SUPER FUN challenge at The Kraft Journal, and this week we are celebrating our freedom.  We live in the most amazing country in the world, and I'm SO very grateful for all the men and women who fight, and have fought, to defend the freedoms we enjoy in America.  Our family loves to celebrate the 4th of July, and this card is all about celebrating that very special day.
As we celebrate Patriotism with our "Let Freedom Ring" Challenge this week, I wanted to create a card to celebrate thigreat country...The United States of America.  I started with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card to which I added some red, white and blue colored card stocks.  I die-cut the letters (USA) and attached some buttons with Red Baker's Twine.  The Kraft Journal has so many great products to help you create something special for this week's challenge, and we really hope that you will play along with us.

I'm sharing my card in this fun challenge:
Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party - 4th of July/Canada Day - I'm sharing this patriotic card to celebrate our Independence Day!

Have a wonderful week.
Karen

Sunday, June 21, 2015

REALLY Reasonable Ribbons

If you're anything like me, you simply can't resist putting ribbons, laces, bows and trims on all your projects.  The best place to find these ribbons and trims, at REALLY reasonable rates, is at the best little ribbon shop around......Really Reasonable Ribbon.  They carry SO many fabulous ribbons and trims, as well as flowers and embellishments to adorn your projects.  If you haven't visited lately, you'll definitely want to check out all the great new ribbons, and all the recently restocked items.  They carry ALL the popular styles, widths, and textures.  Just look at how my Really Reasonable Ribbons supplies helped me to decorate this sweet little glassine bag and matching card.
I love using glassine bags for giving homemade goodies such as cookies, brownies, or even candies.  I added a digital image (cake), half a doily, and a BINGO card.  Then, I added some sequins, Helen White Crochet Lace, 3/8" Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Rose Petal Seam Binding, Raspberry Baker's Twine, Violet Burlap String and also embellished with Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses in Pink and Open Roses in Dark Lilac.  Do you see what I mean about how these lovely products easily make projects look amazing?  It's easy when you have the right embellishments, and Really Reasonable Ribbon has it ALL!
I also created a card to match the glassine bag.  I did this so that I can put some cookies or treats in the glassine bag, and I'll have a coordinating card to give with the little gift.  It's really easy to do, and makes such a nice set.  I used all the same trims (as listed above) in creating my matching card.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope that you will join us for the current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  We love seeing your fabulous projects, and we know you'll find everything you need to help you embellish your cards and projects in our lovely shop.  Come, do some shopping and and play along.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product" - I'm using my favorite product of all.......RIBBON!
Blessings to you all,
Karen

Red, Black, Rooster!

As those who know me are aware, I run the challenge blog Word Art Wednesday.  This is a great place for everyone to share their family-friendly cards and projects; and we offer great prizes each week.  This week, one of our FABULOUS sponsors is Classy Cards 'N Such.  They are offering one lucky person a $15 gift certificate to their store.  They also have a challenge each week on their blog, and I'm inviting you to play along.  I made this card for their challenge this week.  And YOU can link up in their challenge AND the challenge at Word Art Wednesday; giving you TWO chances to win goodies from their store this week.
I used some old Daisy D patterned papers, a Cheery Lynn Designs doily die-cut, some machine stitching, a big bow made from wire-edged gingham ribbon, a yellow button and some jute in the center.  The sentiment is a rub-on that I applied to some chalkboard black paper, and inked in white chalk ink.
I'm sharing this sweet little card in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #190 - Anything Goes - I used the French Pastry Doily Die-Cut from Cheery Lynn Designs

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #90 - Red, Black and Rooster - This is such a fun challenge, and a chance to use some of your products that may be hidden in your stash.  And if you don't have just the right supplies, you're sure to find them at Classy Cards 'N Such.  Right now, they have all their Cheery Lynn Designs dies 50% off.  Check out this fabulous sale on their blog.  I used the Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Die-Cut on my card.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product" - I incorporated my favorite technique......SEWING!

3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog - June Challenge:  Anything Goes with Ribbon (I love ribbon, and put it on just about every card I make).  LOVE this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week!

Karen

Friday, June 19, 2015

Blessings

I have been having such fun watching the Summer School tutorials over on the My Favorite Things Blog.  They've been sharing some really GREAT lessons to help you make cards that are eye-pleasing and laid out in a way that causes you to really think about where you are placing your elements.  This particular card was based on their Movement/Flow Tutorial.  I will admit that I really lifted Julia's sample card; but then again, I've always been a big fan of her art.  I've now got a BIG wish list for My Favorite Things, and as soon as the wedding is over I will be treating myself to some new goodies.
I used a kraft card from The Kraft Journal, some Prima flowers, Crate Paper Journey patterned paper, May Arts Natural Burlap Jute, a JilliBean kraft journalling tag, wooden feathers from Prima, and a Cheery Lynn Designs sentiment die-cut (Blessings).

I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:

My Favorite Things Blog - Summer School Lesson/Movement and Flow by Julia Stainton - I definitely fell in love with Julia's sweet card, and took her lead on this one!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Challenge: Don't Cut/Just Paste - I didn't cut anything, but just pasted on my elements with no cutting.  The DT had amazing samples, didn't they?

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product" - I chose to use lots of great Prima products on this one (one of my most favorite products are their fabulous flowers), and Simon Says Stamp carries LOTS of them!

Cheery Lynn Designs - Challenge #189 - "Keep It Krafty" - I used a kraft note card, and a kraft journalling tag.  The Cheery Lynn Designs die-cut I used is their ADORABLE Blessings Sentiment Dies (Set of 2).

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #89 - Father's Day - I used a Cheery Lynn Designs die-cut sentiment which is sold at CCNS.  In fact, all their Cheery Lynn dies are currently 50% off.  Stock up now!

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - I love this blog, and LOVE their fabulous products.  I've been learning so much from their Summer School classes, and couldn't resist playing along.

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

Sizzlin' Summer Colors at RRR

Who's ready for a challenge?  Well, we've got a really GREAT one for you all at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and we can't wait to see your projects.  This time, our theme is  Sizzlin' Summer Colors and Ribbon.  So, if you need some new ribbons (and even if you don't, get some anyway....LOL!) Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect place to find everything you'll need to create something fabulous.  This month's Ribbon Club has the brightest, most FUN colors.  Check it out!
I used several of this month's Ribbon Club ribbons to create this sweet hair bow.  That's right, along with all the fabulous ribbons, trims and laces available at Really Reasonable Ribbon, they also carry everything you need to create WONDERFUL unique hair bows and headbands.  I created this hair bow using a French Clip Barrette (which comes in several different sizes) along with this month's sweet Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon in Turquoise, Summer Fun Diamond Print Grosgrain, 3/8" Satin With Silver Metallic Edge Grosgrain, Summer Fun Confetti Dots Grosgrain,  Hot Pink Grosgrain With Metallic Silver Edge, Medium Pink Plaid Ribbon and Grosgrain Orange Circus Dots.  I also added a soft, sweet pink feather accent.  Aren't these ribbons SO adorable?
 
We would absolutely LOVE to have you all stop by and play along in this fun new challenge.  We enjoy seeing your sweet creations, and our Design Team Members have each prepared something to inspire you.  You're welcome to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to see their creations, and then link up your entries in our fun new challenge.
 
Have a blessed week!
Karen