Friday, February 5, 2016

Anything Goes at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's challenge time at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time it's Anything Goes!  Each member of the RRR Design Team has created a project for this challenge using several of the sweet images from Polly's Paper Studio.  The set I used is called Retro Valentines, and it has eight super sweet images.  I used only four of them.  I wanted to create a little Valentine's gift bag for my niece and newphews (Audra's kids) to let them know I'm thinking of them.  I know that Audra would have done something special for them for Valentine's Day.  This very first photo shows a little container I decorated to hold their goodies.  I decorated the front of it with Vanessa White Crochet Lace, Pink Burlap String, Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Cherry Baker's Twine, and Pink Roses With Scalloped Edge on White Grosgrain Ribbon.  There's also a 3-D embellishment in the center.
Then, I used tiny little white treat bags, and placed a pink die-cut doily on each.  Next, I placed the Retro Valentine's (four of them) on each bag.  I made a bow for each bag.....and placed them in the lower left corner.  Each bow is made from the following trims in the order which I attached them - first, a length of Lipstick Red Seam Binding, then a length of Pink Aster Seam Binding, and then a length of Red Solid Baker's Twine (perfect for Valentine's Day).  Each bow is topped with a sweet little Two-Toned Pink Sweetheart Blossom.  I also clipped a tiny wooden clothespin with a black chalkboard heart to the top of each bag.  Of course, I will stuff them with candy or a gift card before I give them to the kids.
Here's some really exciting news.   The lucky winner of this Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon will win FIVE (5) digital files of choice from Polly's Paper Studio for themselves!!  This is really a fabulous prize, and the lucky winner will be chosen by random draw, so....EVERYONE who enters has an equal chance of winning.  This sweet shop carries the most adorable images, and they are SO easy to use.
I just printed them, cut them, and pasted them on my project.  And how STINKING CUTE are they?  You will definitely want to play along for the chance to win this amazing prize.  And....we always LOVE having you play along in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenges.   Just include some sort of trim (ribbon, lace, twine, etc.) on your project, and you will be eligible to win this lovely prize.
I can't thank you enough for stopping by my blog today.  I'm always so grateful for your sweet comments, and always looks forward to visiting your blog to see what you have been creating.  And....if you're in search of some fabulous ribbons or trims (among other great embellishments), then take time to stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to do some shopping.  They're sure to have the perfect trims and flowers for your next project.

Blessings to you,
Karen

P.S.  I'm playing along in these challenges with these sweet projects:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Have a Heart" - I used several because there are several hearts that mean SO much to me.

Fun Cuts/Faith, Hope and Love - Jen's Sweet Alphabet Challenge Blog - "K is for Kisses".  I bought some Valentine Herhsey Kisses that I put in these sweet little treat bags for the kids.  I'm sending my KISSES to them all the way across the country!

Double D Challenges: Pretty Pink Hearts - I couldn't resist playing along in this super sweet challenge.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thanks

Hello, my creative peeps!  I hope you're all having a great week.  I'm looking forward to the weekend.  How about you?  We finally get a weekend where we can just stay home and relax, so that will be fun.  Well, except for the whole Super Bowl thing.  That's totally NOT my "thing".  But the rest of the family enjoys it, so I will go hide in my craft room I guess.
I stopped at Hobby Lobby this morning where I picked up My Mind's Eye On Trend 6x6 paper pad.  I immediately fell in love with these super sweet papers, but didn't quite know what to create with it.  So, I found a beautiful card on Pinterest made by a talented card-maker named Stella.  You can see her (original) version of the card (the one that inspired me) here on Stella's Blog.  I put my own twist on it, of course, but the original design is all hers.  I just might have to pick up some of the On Trend embellishments for this sweet line.

In addition to the My Mind's Eye On Trend patterned papers, I also used a white doily, a gold Sweet Dot from V's Sweet Ideas, a Sizzix leaf die-cut that I cut from vellum, and some gold sequins.  The sentiment (thanks) is from Studio Calico and was cut from gold foil paper.  I really tried to keep it simple because these papers are SO pretty.

I'm going to link my card to these challenges:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used a Sizzix Die (the leafy swag cut from vellum).

Diana M. Larson's DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #173 - Anything Valentines/Optional Thank You - I chose to share a THANK YOU card since it's optional, and after all, it's called "Thankful Thursday".

Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week.
Karen

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Enjoy This Day

Welcome back to my blog, everyone.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I just wanted to quickly share this card I made for Frantic Stamper using one of their amazing precision die-cuts.  This particular die is their Bicycle Die from their December release.  
This sweet Frantic Stamper Precision Die-Cut has all the intricate little gears found on a real bicycle, and is so life-like.  I cut the image from both black and pink cardstock, and then did some layering.  I used a kraft card for my base, added a white paper doily, some inked patterned papers, and then placed this sweet Bicycle Die-Cut in the center to give it the attention it so deserves.  I also added a patterned paper strip at the bottom where I hand stamped my sentiment.  Next to the stamped sentiment, you will notice a snippet of baker's twine and a little flower which was created using Frantic Stamper's Precision Small Layering Posies Die-Cut with a small pearl accent sticker in its center.

Frantic Stamper carries everything from your favorite patterned papers and embellsihments to die-cuts and matching stamp sets.  You're sure to find just what you're looking for.  Also, you can see from my project that these AMAZING die-cuts work perfectly in cutting paper, wool felt, and many other materials.  They're truly awesome!

I'm sharing my card here:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used two Frantic Stamper Dies on this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you're having a blessed and creative week.  I'm so grateful for you all.

Karen



Graciellie Blog Hop Continuing

Hello, all my creative friends!  I'm posting today to share a second card I made to support my fellow blog friend (and very talented artist) Gracie as she celebrates the relaunch of her adorably sweet Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  Gracie has designed some lovely new digital stamp sets designed for card-making, scrapbooking, journalling, mixed media, and even home decor.
You should arrived here from the blog of my uber talented freind, Tenia Nelson and I'm sure you LOVED her sweet card.   If you didn't come here from Tenia's blog, you can always head back to Gracie's Blog to get started.   This is the card I created using one of her sweet new stamp sets called "Believe".  
I printed the "Belive" sentiment from this lovely set onto a sheet of vellum paper.  As soon as it came off the printer, I added gold embossing powder and heated it with an embossing tool to give the sentiment some texture. Did you even know that you could emboxx digital images?  I just learned this sweet technique, and Gracie's sweet images emboss just beautifully with very little effort. I machine stitched the vellum to some patterned paper, and then added a sweet flowery seam binding and burlap string bow , some sequins, and a metal key from Prima at the bottom.   This stamp set actually comes with two sentiments (of which I ued one).  To see my first card using this stamp set, you can click here for my previous post.
This digital stamp set, along with all her other wonderful new sets, can be found in Gracie's Design Shop here.  Remember to like and follow her shop to be the first to learn of new products, and hear about specials.
And Now.....THE GIVEAWAY!   THREE of you blog hoppers will win a brand new digital stamp set from Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  To be eligible to win one of the three prizes, simply hop along to each blog and leave a comment telling us what you would love to create with one of Gracie's lovely digital stamp sets.

The next stop on the hop is at the blog of the sweet and talented Samra L, and I just know she will have prepared something delightful.  She always does!  The blog hop will run for one week, and the winners will be posted on Gracie's Blog, so be sure to stop back by her blog on February 8 to see if you're a winner!

Have a blessed week, and thanks for stopping by.
Karen

Wonderful Word Art Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and time for another great challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  Our sponsors for this challenge are Classy Cards 'n Such, offering a $15 gift certificate; and Iralamija Shop as our digital sponsor.  Both of these prizes are AWESOME, and so worth playing for.  I know I'd sure be thrilled to win either prize.  And sadly, Classy Cards 'n Such is going to be closing soon.  So....that $15 gift certificate will go even further because of the awesome discount prices.  I encourage EVERYONE to stop by Classy Cards 'n Such to support Beverly, and take advantage of the awesome discounted prices on all your favorite crafting supplies.  And if you're not familiar with Iralamija Shop, you will want to stop by Bea's Sweet Blog or Melissa's Blog to get some inspiration on how to creatively use these amazing images; and then stop by Iralamija Etsy Shop to do some shopping.  Like I said, both of these sponsors are AWESOME!
I created two cards for this challenge.  First, the one I shared on the Word Art Wednesday Blog was created with some Crate Paper products, seam binding, machine stitching and pearl accent stickers.  It's got some fantastic colors, and I used some sweet new patterned papers that I picked up in Mesa, Arizona this past weekend.  I always love hitting a little scrapbook store there called Scrapbooks Etc.  My hubby was so proud of me - I spent only $10 at the store!
My second card was created using a piece of Crate Paper Restorations patterned paper, a Frantic Stamper Precision Die called Ovals & Filagree Frame.  Once I had my patterned paper cut to size, I added the frame die-cut that was cut from black cardstock.  Then, I re-cut the hearts from the corners using a pinkish red wool felt, and added them for texture and dimension.  My sentiment was inked and placed in the center.  That's it.  Frantic Stamper has several awesome frame die-cuts that really make it easy to quickly create a lovely card.  This particular die also contains seven nesting ovals so that you can layer the sentiment if desired.  All of Frantic Stamper's dies are easy to use, beautiful. and super versatile.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I really hope that you will join us at Word Art Wednesday for this fun challenge.  We always enjoy seeing the projects you create, and we look forward to visiting your blog to see what you've made.

I'm sharing my second card here:

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog - Challenge #35 - Anything Goes - I used a Frantic Stamper frame die on this card.

Blessings,
Karen

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pretty In Pink at V's Sweet Ideas

This month at V's Sweet Ideas, the challenge theme is all about PINK.  We are hoping that you will stop by and share your pink projects with us.  If you do, you just might be the luky winner of a $10 gift certificate to V's Sweet Shoppe.  This lovely shop has stamps, dies, sequins, and SO much more.  It's a great place to pick up something fun and new.
For my card, I used a piece of music patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, and then I machine stitched on piece of pink gingham patterned paper.  Next, I added a Chic Journalling Tag (you can see it through the vellum), and on top of that I created a stitched vellum pocket that holds lots of beautiful sequins from V's Sweet Ideas.  The chipboard piece is from Crate Paper's Confetti line, the sentiment is a Melissa Frances rub-on, and I also included a seam binding bow with baker's twine, and a button in the center.
At the top of my little vellum sequin-filled pocket, I attached a sweet little butterfly paperclip from Prima.  I just thought it was super sweet, and the perfect finishing touch.  I always enjoy using pink, and one my favorite combinations with pink is the leafy green, which I used in my bow and in the sequin pack.
We really hope that you will stop by to play along in this moth's Pretty In Pink Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas.  If you need some of these super sweet sequins I used on my project, you can find them here at V's Sweet Ideas for just $1 per package, and you get a generous amount for that dollar.  V's carries ALL the sweetest colors of sequins (in addition to OODLES of other great products).  Don't forget to link up all your PINK projects here in the February Challenge at V's Sweet Ideas.

I'm sharing my card here, in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday - Something New (sequins!!!)

Have a blessed week, everyone!

Karen

Monday, February 1, 2016

Graciellie Design Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello, all my creative friends!  I'm posting today to share a special card I made to support my fellow blog friend (and very talented artist) Gracie as she celebrates the relaunch of her adorably sweet Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  Gracie has designed some lovely new digital stamp sets designed for card-making, scrapbooking, journalling, mixed media, and even home decor.
You should arrived here from the blog of my uber talented freind, Tenia Nelson and I'm sure you LOVED her sweet creation.   If you didn't come here from Tenia's blog, you can always head back to Gracie's Blog to get started.   This is the card I created using one of her sweet new stamp sets called "Believe".  
I printed the images from the Believe set onto a pink polka dot patterned paper from Making Memories (stash item), and colored it with my Copics.  I added some Prima flowers and leaves, a seam binding bow, black baker's twine, black lace, and some pearl sticker accents.  I really wanted to keep this sweet digital image the focal point of my card.  The set actually comes with two sentiments (of which I ued one).
This digital stamp set, along with all her other wonderful new sets, can be found in Gracie's Design Shop here.  Remember to like and follow her shop to be the first to learn of new products, and hear about specials.
And Now.....THE GIVEAWAY!   THREE of you blog hoppers will win a brand new digital stamp set from Graciellie's Digital Design Shop.  To be eligible to win one of the three prizes, simply hop along to each blog and leave a comment telling us what you would love to create with one of Gracie's lovely digital stamp sets.

The next stop on the hop is at the blog of the sweet and talented Samra L, and I just know she will have prepared something delightful.  She always does!  The blog hop will run for one week, and the winners will be posted on Gracie's Blog, so be sure to stop back by her blog on February 8 to see if you're a winner!

Also, I'll be sharing another Gracielle Digital Design Shop project, along with a Blog Hop reminder later this week.  Thanks for joining us, and happy hopping!

Karen

P.S.  I'm playing along in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - January/Something New - these digital images are brand new in Gracie's shop.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Anything Goes" on the Wednesday Challenge this week.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party