Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday at TKJ

Welcome to my blog, everyone!  Today I'm sharing the Watch Us Wednesday segment at The Kraft Journal to share a great gift-giving idea.  The Kraft Outlet is chock-full of AMAZING products to make crafting, gift-giving, and preparing for weddings, showers, and memory-making a breeze!  One of my many favorites from the Kraft Outlet are their wonderful JOURNALS.
They come in various sizes, and are very reasonably priced.  I recently saw one in a fancy boutique that sold for $45, and I was able to make this lovely gift for well under $5.  I used the Natural Soft Smooth Kraft Journal, which sells for just $1.99.  To that, I added some strips of Decorative Washi Tapes including the sweet Tape Measure Washi Tape and Pink & White Stripe Washi Tape that I adhered to strips of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock (these packages of card stock are another great buy and they contain WONDERFUL quality paper).  I cut a piece of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock into a circle and stamped on it.  This element, along with the flags/strips were placed on a doily that wraps around the sweet Kraft Journal, and is tied with lengths of Natural Hemp Cord.  I placed a vintage looking Jenni Bowlin Flatback Icon Pin (10 cents) on top.
I haven't even told you yet the very best thing about these amazing JOURNALS.  The thing that I absolutely LOVE about them is that they are lined!!!  This means that every page in the journal is lined, which makes writing in them super easy.  They make excellent schedules/appointment books,  prayer journals, travel journals, or even a diary, etc.  What a great cost-effective way to hand-craft a gift for someone.  I know that I love journals, and I think they make a great gift for friends, sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers....you name it!  Check out these wonderful journals, and ALL the great products at The Kraft Outlet.
 
I'm sharing my kraft journal in the following:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"
 
Have a blessed week,
Karen

New Word Art Wednesday Challenge

Well, here we are again smack dab in the middle of a great new week.  And as always, that means it's time for another awesome challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Each week, we have a fun Anything Goes challenge, and everyone is welcome to play along.  You can share any family-friendly project (up to five entries per week), and let me tell you.....it's well worth playing along because we have some of the best challenge sponsors ever!  This week, you will have the chance to win one of two awesome prizes including a $25 Gift Certificate to the amazing Flying Unicorn Store (this store is filled with all the really big names in crafting) and a brand new 8-piece Baby on Board wafer-thin die-cut set (a $24 value) from Top Dog Dies.  Awesome prizes, right?  I really hope that you will stop by to share your art with us for the chance to win.
My card for this challenge was made with some older Chatterbox patterned papers from my super stash, as well as some older Making Memories flowers, some May Arts jute, Prima leaves, and machine stitching.  The scripture is a free digital file available at Word Art Wednesday.

I'm sharing my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"
 
Thanks so much for visiting me today, and please stop by again soon.  I greatly appreciate your comments and I look forward to visiting your blogs as well.
 
Karen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oh Darling - A Favorite For Sure

If you haven't noticed by now, I am absolutely IN LOVE with Crate Paper's sweet Oh Darling collection, and I've made several cards and projects using them.  They have wooden pieces, chipboard, stickers, patterned papers and SO much more.  I found the stand-outs for this collection at my Tuesday Morning for just $1.99 which is a great deal because they're about $8 in scrapbook stores and on-line.  I occasionally find Crate Paper products at Tuesday Morning, and they're always $1.99 or less (including 6x6 paper pads).  So if you have a Tuesday Morning in your area, I highly recommend scoping out the deals.
Those who know me at all are aware that when I am inspired by someone else's original idea, I always give credit to the original artist.  Such is the case with this sweet little card.  While I wish I could say it was my own fabulous creation, I cannot.  I found it on Pinterest, and to the best of my "detective work", it seems to have been originally created by a talented crafter named Nat so I wanted to give her a big shout-out for inspiring me on this one.  I didn't have everything exactly as she did, but that's what makes it uniquely your own, right?
 
I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Treats - When I "treat" myself, it's always to scrapbook supplies.  Well, once again, I bought myself some new "TREATS" this week so that I could create this card.  There is no better TREAT than that (in my opinion).
 
The Paper Girls Challenge Blog - Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
 
Be blessed,
Karen

Friday, October 24, 2014

YOU Make Me Happy

What made my dear departed Sister-in-Law, Audra, happy (more than anything else) were here husband and four beautiful children.  I spent a couple hours on the phone with her hubby, Rob, this morning.  He SO misses her touch, the smell of her hair, and the feel of her hand in his while they'd fall asleep.  I wish so desperately that I could take away their pain, but I cannot.  Only time and the all-sufficient grace of God can heal their broken and hurting hearts.  But because Audra's family made her so very happy, I will keep them close always.  I've decided that I will be sending each of the kids a card once a month with a little something tucked inside.  This card will go to Audranna.  She just learned to roller skate this summer, so I thought this card would put a smile on her sweet little face.  I want so desperately to be a good Auntie; and to be the kind of support to these precious children that would make Audra happy.  I want to honor her life, and keep her memory alive ALWAYS!
Audranna also asked me if I would buy her a pair of pink sparkly tennis shoes.  Oh boy!  I'm on the look-out for a pair of Size 5 pink sparkly tennis shoes.  And by golly, I will find them for her.  We had so much fun playing Red Light/Green Light and Hide & Go Seek outside while I visited for the funeral.  They help keep me young, and I'm so blessed to be a part of their lives.
 
I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Get Crafty and Use Kraft" -  so I used a kraft tag and a kraft base card.
 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
 
Thanks so much for visiting, and have a blessed week!
Karen

P.S.  Before I run off, let me show you this HUGE bolt of cream colored stretchy lace I got at a rummage sale for just $5.  There must be 100 yards or more on this bolt.  I'm willing to give some away.  If you live in the United States and would like a few yards, please email or message me your address and I will send you some.  I couldn't use this much lace in a lifetime.  If you live outside the continental US and would like some, I would just need to charge you a small amount to cover the shipping.  Just let me know.  I'm happy to share!
 
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pretty Kraft and Special Memories

It's never easy saying goodbye to someone who you love SO much.  My recent trip to Minnesota for my Sister-in-Law, Audra's, funeral was very difficult.  I simply don't want to deal with the thought of never seeing her again, never laughing with her again, and not having her on the other end of the phone when I need her so desperately.  But I was always taught to "look for the silver lining" in the clouds and that's just what I did on this trip.  I got to spend some much needed time with my BFF and do some crafting.  This is one of the cards we made together.
I used a Large Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card for the base of my card, and added lots of great Crate Paper Oh Darling products (the patterned papers, frame, butterfly, green plastic bow (by flower) and 100% Pure Sweetness tag).  I used a die-cut and wool felt for the flower, some tulle, sequins, vintage tape, and machine stitching.
 
I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Get Crafty and Use Kraft"" - If you read above, that's just what I did.  I used a kraft card base and got crafty with my BFF of 42+ years while on a "not-so-fun" trip and that made it a special and memorable time.

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #79 - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges - Simon Says "Anything Goes"
 
When times get rough, and they often do, I'm so grateful for the "silver lining in the clouds", and it makes me happy when I can create something with my hands and especially with my BFF, Patti Lyn.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen

My Big News Involving.......RIBBON!!

My name is Karen, and I'm a RIBBON ADDICT.  It's true!  I've had a ribbon "addiction" for many years.  Some of you have seen my "wall of ribbon" that I've shared before.  Here it is again (and this isn't even all of it my friends - this is just a shot of PART of the wall).  Pitiful, huh?

So, what Design Team could be more perfect for me than the REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON Design Team?  Well, it's true.  I applied to be part of this amazing Design Team, and they extended an offer which I quickly accepted.  After all, a girl can NEVER have too much ribbon, right?.  How exciting!  I'm really delighted about this new adventure in my life, and I'm SO looking forward to designing with their amazing ribbons.  You can see them all here in the shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
This card was made using some My Mind's Eye patterned paper, and a sticker from a My Mind's Eye package of embellishments that Teresa Kline sent me.  She's a sweetheart, and a very talented crafter.  If you've never seen her lovely blog, you can click on her name (above) and it will take you right there for a peek.  The scripture I used is a free file available at Word Art Wednesday.  We would LOVE to have you stop by and play along in our challenge this week.  We have TWO great prizes this week, and you could be one of the lucky winners.  Here is a link to the Word Art Wednesday challenge.
 
I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:
 
Party Time Tuesday Challenges - Challenge #186 - Anything Goes
 
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Challenge #125 - It's Only Words - My focal point is the scripture which contains my favorite kind of words - those from the WORD OF GOD.  "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path."  Psalm 119:105
 
Catered Crop Challenge Blog - End Zone Recipe Swap - I was inspired by the black and white stripes (which matches my background paper) and the reds in the photo
 
Thanks for stopping by to share my exciting news and to take a peek at my card.  Have a great week, and happy crafting.
 
Karen
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal

I'm really not a big fan of "all things spooky", but I do enjoy being inspired by inspiration photos.  So, for this week's Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, I took inspiration from the warm Autumn color palette in the inspiration photo.  I created my card using a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Notecard.
To that, I attached some fun October Afternoon patterned papers, an October Afternoon journaling card (jack-o-lantern), some vintage rick rack, October Afternoon mini word stickers, a few lengths and bows of Natural Hemp Cord and some machine stitching.
I held my bow together with a sweet Tiny Wooden Clothespin that I covered with a bit of Black With White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  I also stuck in a rusty Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  Some machine stitching and inking finish off my card.  I really hope that you will be inspired by this color palette, and that you'll stop by to play along with us for your chance to win the $15 monthly prize of a gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet.


I'm linking my card to the following:

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog - Challenge #105 - Anything Goes With Ribbon/Trim - I used jute and rick rack

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Color Coordinates"
 
Thanks for stopping by today to say hello!
Blessings to you,
Karen