Saturday, August 1, 2015

Anything Goes at V's Sweet Ideas

It's a brand new month, and time for another fun challenge at V's Sweet Ideas.  One of the newer items in V's Sweet Shoppe are these great treat bags.  I've used the Gold Bag to create this little pocket.  I also tucked in a Chic journalling tag that's on top of the smaller Bitty Bag.  V's Sweet Shop has several adorable new bags that are great for gift-giving.  I will use this one to tuck a small gift and card inside.
I added some of V's Sweet Dots and trims including May Arts Crinkle RibbonMay Arts Fuscia 5/8" Lightweight Ribbon, and some Gold Baker's Twine tied into my tag.  I also included an adorable little Chic Tags Love Notes Mini tag and some Gold and Pink Sweet Dots.
I like taking close-up photos so that you see all the great textures and sweet touches you can add to your projects with V's Sweet Ideas great products.  Isn't that ribbon just super sweet?  There are so many great products at V's Sweet Ideas.
I really hope that you will stop by V's Sweet Ideas to do some shopping in her sweet store, and then come by to play along in this months Anything Goes FUN CHALLENGE on V's Sweet Ideas Blog.  We love having you join us, and YOU could be the lucky winner of a gift certificate to the sweetest little shop around!

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

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Show It Off Linky Party

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Always Say Thank You

Life certainly has its ups and downs, and we all go through difficult times.  It's so important to remember, though, that everyone goes through these rough times.  We often get so focused on our own troubles that we forget to notice that others are struggling as well.  One thing I try to do when I'm having a bad day (physically or emotionally) is to pray for someone else.  It takes my focus off my own worries, and helps me to be grateful for all my blessings, and remember that others are hurting (sometimes much worse than I am).  We ALL need the love of others.  I made this card to say THANK YOU to someone who, despite her own struggles, always takes time to pray for me (and for others).  It's important to say THANK YOU to people for the things they do.  That's one of the many things I LOVE about Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Their sweet ribbons, laces, trims, flowers and embellishments make it so easy to create a sweet card to thank someone.
 I created this card using some old Making Memories patterned paper, a doily, a grungy prim tag, and several great products from Really Reasonable Ribbon including their sweet Helen White Crochet Lace, Pink Aster Seam Binding, Teal Seam Binding, Raspberry Seam Binding, Pink Burlap String, Moss Green Jumbo Leaves Trim, Cream Seam Binding, as well as some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's GORGEOUS mulberry flowers including their Open Roses in Pink and Open Roses in Baby Blue.  I also included a lovely Wild Orchid Crafts Spiral Stamen in White, and these are such lovely accents that come in several colors and add a really lovely touch to your cards.  They've been recently restocked, so now is a good time to purchase some in every brilliant color they carry.  All of Really Reasonable Ribbon's awesome products work together to help create the most lovely cards, and you will never be disappointed with your choices.

You may also notice, on the left of the card, that I decorated a Mason Jar by spray painting it and decorating it.  I added some of the lovely Helen White Crochet Lace, and a sweet bow made with Pink Aster Seam Binding and Bay Leaf Seam Binding.  Again, Really Reasonable Ribbon's many wonderful trims make it another easy project, and they look SO sweet.  You can fill them with candies, or just use them for decoration.

We'd also love to have you play along in our challenge.  Please stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon to see all the fabulous ribbons, trims, laces, flowers and more; and treat yourself to something fun.  There's sure to be something PERFECT for your next project.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - This week, Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Diana M. Larson's DL Art July Linky Party - Anything Goes and Design Team Call

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week.
Karen

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crate Paper Confetti

For those who know me and my crafting style, you're probably well aware of my deep love for Crate Paper.  The last line I fell in love with was Oh Darling, and there have been others in between as well. But Crate Paper has two newer lines that simply made me SWOON..... They are Craft Market and this one - Confetti.  They are both SO sweet; and while I was in Minnesota, I bought both of these fabulous lines.  And when I say "lines", I mean that I literally bought every piece of these fabulous new lines - from the patterned papers to the stickers, chipboard and ephemera.  GORGEOUS!  I know I will be having a lot of fun with these new goodies.
I decided to use some of these deliciously sweet products on my project for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  I decorated a gift bag with lots of the sweet little tags, flags, bits and bobbits from the line including these darling little flags and hearts.  I also added some baker's twine, a miniature clothes pin that I dipped in gold glitter, and a bow that I cut using a die-cut.  I wrapped the center of the bow with gold foil paper.  My scripture is attached to the bottom row of flags on the right bottom side of bag.
The gift bag itself is from the Kraft Outlet, as are the baker's twine and miniature clothes pin that I covered (on one side) with glue, and dipped into gold glitter.  I also added a couple pieces of vintage scotch tape from Vintage Street Market.  I was SO sad to hear that Vintage Street Market went out of business, and that you can't order this fabulous tape any more.  I guess I had better start hoarding what I have left.  LOL

I would really love to have you stop by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.  We have two AMAZING sponsors with us this week including The Kraft Outlet ($15 Gift Certificate) and All Dressed Up Stamps (2 images of choice).  We'd really love having you share your art in our Anything Goes challenges.

These are the challenges where I'm sharing my project:

Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday Linky Party

Classy Cards 'N Such - Challenge #95 - Colors and Patterns - I used LOTS of great colors and patterns on this project including polka dots, stripes, paisley, and a wide variety of great colors.  Nothing really "goes together", but it sure is fun.  I used baker's twine and gold glitter (both of which are sold at CCNS).

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

Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week.
Karen  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Using Retro Rubber

I absolutely LOVE the idea behind "Retro Rubber" Challenge Blog.  They encourage you to pull out those long-neglected (but much loved) stamps that you haven't been giving the appropriate amount of attention they deserve.  I pulled out a couple of oldies but goodies for this card.
First of all, let me just say that I absolutely ADORE this color combination.  Blue, cream and red are just SO sweet together.  I used several different October Afternoon patterned papers on this card, a Chic journalling tag, some Hero Arts gem stones, sequins, mini paper clip, May Arts ribbon, a Melissa Frances rub-on (Best Wishes), and some machine stitching.  The two stamps I used are from Hero Arts (zip zag stamp) and Hobby Lobby (Happy Birthday).

These are the challenges where I am linking my card.  As I mentioned in my other blog post today, it's my 50th Birthday today.  Guess what I get to do.  I'm going to the doctor, and then grocery shopping.  Fun, huh?  LOL  All kidding aside, I'm VERY blessed, and so happy to be sharing this day with my family.

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 - Inspire Me With Color - I absolutely LOVE this color combination.  I used two retro rubber stamps on this card.

A Blog Named Hero - I used a Hero Arts stamp (zig zag) and some Hero Arts gems on this card.  I've always loved this sweet Hero Arts stamp, and this challenge just reminded again me why I love Hero Arts SO much!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine - I used some gems and sequins on my card

Have a good one,
Karen

It's All In The Sentiment

The favorite part of every card I make is the sentiment I choose to put on it.  I was DELIGHTED when I heard about the current challenge over at "A Blog Named Hero" for two reasons.  First, it's a blog that is all about HERO ARTS, which one of my favorite stamp companies.  And second, because the challenge they have going right now is about "Making The Sentiment The Star" of your card.  What a fabulous combination.  I got to use one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps, which is called It's A Parade.  I love this sweet little stamp so much, and I've used it over and over again.
All I did to create this card was cut a piece of patterned paper, and then cut a slightly smaller piece of vellum.  I added the sentiment, which is a My Sentiments Exactly rub-on.  Then, I added the It's A Parade stamp at the bottom.  I attached the vellum to the patterned paper by punching a hole and running baker's twine through and tying a bow.  Then, the final touch was to add some sequins and gems to give it a little sparkle.

I am linking my card in the following fun challenges, and I hope you will come play along as well.

A Blog Named Hero - I used a Hero Arts Stamp (It's A Parade) and also added some Hero Arts Gem Stones.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle and Shine" - I added some sequins and gem stones to give my card a little "sparkle".

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Challenge:  Hemp and Twine Will Be Fine - I used baker's twine

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  It's always a tremendous blessing to me when I read the sweet comments you leave.  By the way, I'm celebrating my 50th Birthday today.  Woo Hoo!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Karen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chip Off The Old Block

I love that saying, "you're a chip off the old block".  I hear it all the time in reference to my (taking after my Mom), in reference to my husband (taking after his Dad), and even in reference to our son (taking after his Dad).  But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Why wouldn't we tend to be "a chip off the old block" since our parents have such a profound impact on our lives, and shape who we become.  I am like my Mom in many ways; some good and some not so good.  But it still makes me who I am as a person.  I will focus on the good, and keep working on the flaws.  LOL  I am definitely a work in progress.
I found these sweet Maya Road boxes on clearance at a scrapbook store in Minnesota.  In fact, it was more than just a scrapbook store.  They have a full retreat center that you can attend with friends, and stay in really nice rooms with a full kitchen, and have full access to their store.  So, if you're ever in the market for a Scrapbook Retreat, I strongly encourage you to check out the Pine City Scrapbook Center in Pine City, Minnesota.  These sweet blocks were in their clearance section, and they have little coasters inside that you can decorate.
I used lots of great Crate Paper, Oh Darling patterned papers and embellishments to decorate this block.  I thought it would be a really sweet gift to give my niece, Alexa, for her Birthday.  The top of the box flips up, so she can put it in her room and tuck little things inside.  I sure wish I could have stayed in Minnesota for her Birthday.  She's also a "chip off the old block" in that she takes after her Auntie Karen in SO many ways.  She plays the piano (like I do), she's a singer (like I am), and she has a SERIOUS sense of humor and love for ice cream, just like me!
I found a couple of challenges where this sweet little project could be shared, so I'm sharing in these challenges:

Paper Issues Challenge - New Issue:  Chip Off The Old Block - How fun to create a BLOCK project for this fun challenge.  And by the way, if you haven't ever checked out Paper Issues, you will definitely want to visit this AMAZING store and fun blog.  They offer LOTS of great inspiration, and they sell the products you need to create the fun projects they share.

Stamp & Create Challenge - Patterns - I always LOVE using patterned papers

I'm SO glad that you've stopped by today, and I thank you for the visit.  I look forward to visiting your blog as well; so if you leave me a comment, I'll be sure to stop by.

Blessings to you,
Karen

Button Cards and Vintage Sweetness

One of my favorite stamp sets (and one I often forget to use) is my Button Boutique Stamp Set from the lovely Papertrey Ink.  It's just so super sweet, and I always love the cards I make using it.  I whipped up two cards using this sweet stamps set, and I'm hoping that you all enjoy them.
This first card uses the Button Boutique Stamp Set, some Crate Paper (floral) and October Afternoon (chalkboard) patterned papers, seam binding, baker's twine, and buttons.  In the background, you will see a sweet decorated Mason Jar.  I bought dozens of antique Mason Jars for my daughter's wedding; so I will be making several crafts with them for gift-giving.
My second card uses the same Button Boutique Stamps Set, a doily,  two October Afternoon patterned papers, buttons, seam binding, baker's twine, vintage music, and machine stitching.  These cards (along with a couple dozen more) are going to my dear friend, Noni.  She helped out SO MUCH with Alicia's wedding, and I wanted to do something special for her.  She's been asking to buy some of my cards; so I decided to just send her a bunch.  These two will be tucked inside this lovely little bag I made for her:
This sweet little kraft bag is from the dollar bins at Target.  I added a doily, stamped some sentiments from the Button Boutique set, added some seam binding and trims, a doily, a wooden Kaiser Crafts dress form, a rusty hook safety pin, a thread card from October Afternoon, and a little of this and that.  Here's a close-up:
There are just so many sweet touches on here.  I love how it turned out.  As I said, I tucked in the button cards and a note thanking her for all her help.  It could never be enough for all she did to help make the day SO special.  Not to mention, she and her five daughters drove all the way to Minnesota from Tennessee JUST for the wedding.  I'm SO blessed to have such amazing friends.

I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:

Paper Issues Challenge - Chip Off The Old Block - I truly am a "chip off the old block".  In particular, I am a little piece of my dear mother.  My Dad always used that term "chip off the old block" for me in reference to my Mom.  She LOVES to sew, and by using these vintage button cards, I am also showing MY love for sewing, and that I truly am a "chip off the old block".  I also used a "BLOCK" die on the second card, in which I placed my buttons.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Sparkle and Shine" - I used glittery letters (SEW) on the bag that sparkle and shine!

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and take a peek at my cards.  I am just settling back in at home.  We pulled in last night, and I'm still unpacking boxes of wedding supplies, purchases, suitcases, etc.  I hope to feel "back to normal" soon.  Alicia and Nathan get here soon from their honeymoon, and we will be helping to move them to their new home in California this weekend.

Don't forget to stop by and play along in our Anything Goes challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday.  We have two fabulous prizes, and we would be so grateful to have you share your talents with us.  I hope to see you there!

Blessings to you,
Karen