Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal

There was a time when Color Challenges would really stress me out, and I would feel tortured to include all the colors in some intricate way on my project.  It took time, but I finally learned to enjoy color challenges by learning to take what inspires me or speaks to my own personal sense of style, and leaving the rest. The idea is to HAVE FUN!  And if it's fun you're looking for, then The Kraft Journal is the place to be.  We have a great challenge every week, and you could be the lucky winner of a $15 gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet.
For my card for this week's Color Challenge, I started with a Brown Kraft Notecard and to that I added a base cut from Light Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock and adhered that to the front of the Brown Kraft Notecard.  Once that base was set, I used a square punch to make squares from purple, yellow and green patterned paper that I inked on their edges.  I spaced them apart (somewhat) evenly, attached a Melissa Frances rub-on sentiment to a scrap of Light Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock using my Bone Folder Tool.  I added a few coordinating buttons here and there, and tied either Light Green Baker's Twine or Natural Hemp Cord to the center of each one.  I really do hope you'll play along in this week's challenge.
 
Have an awesome week!
Karen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stamping and Mixing Patterns

I had a little bit of extra time this evening, and was very happy that I was able to create another fun card for a particular challenge that; although I love, I have never won, and doubt I ever will.  It's one of my favorite companies, Papertrey Ink.  I've played along there for years, but the odds of winning are......well, let's just say not in my favor.  LOL
I created this card using some October Afternoon patterned papers and an October Afternoon stamp.  I also used SEVERAL fun Papertrey Ink products including their Limeade Ice Wool Felt and Hawaiian Shores Wool Felt, their Heart Border Die, Cream Cotton Baker's Twine and a sentiment from their Heart 2 Heart #4 Stamp Set.
 
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
 
Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday #206 - Stamping and Mixing Patterns - I love this idea, and I often combine mixed background patterns.  I used no less than five (5) Papertrey Ink products which are all listed and linked above.  Have I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE Papertrey Ink?
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog - March Challenge - Add Some Metal - I absolutely LOVE adding metal embellishments.  They make such a statement.  For this card, I attached a tiny Tim Holtz rusty paper clip to my sentiment.

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party
 
Thank you for visiting me today, and please know that I am very grateful for the comments you leave.  I will do my best to stop by and leave you some love in return.  Have fun creating, and thanks for being wonderfully you!
 
Karen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Winning Combination

It's Wednesday again, and time for another GREAT challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  This week we have an AMAZING combination of sponsors.  They really are a WINNING COMBINATION!  Our physical sponsor is the WONDERFUL Really Reasonable Ribbon, and our digital sponsor is the GORGEOUS My Artistic Adventures.  I used items from BOTH of these awesome shops on my card for this week.
First, you will notice my sentiment - this week's FREE scripture/word art file.  You can have this beautiful file for free by visiting the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog.  You are never required to use it on your card in order to play along and be eligible for our amazing prizes; but it is there for you, nonetheless.  The scripture is printed on a colored background, and was placed on a digital tag from the Romantic Victorian Vintage Tags Set from My Artistic Adventures.  Aren't they gorgeous?  You will find so many lovely images in this sweet Etsy Shop.  I hope you will take time to do some browsing.  One lucky person will win some of these sweet images to enjoy, so be sure to link up in our challenge.
I also used LOTS of great products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Aren't those bows and ribbons lovely?  I used their sweet Pink Burlap String, Pink Aster Seam Binding, the GORGEOUS Wide Natural Burlap With Parrot Green and White Striped Edge, Natural Burlap String, a Brown Paper Leaf, 20 mm Open Roses in Pink and Green Open Roses.  It's true!  Really Reasonable Ribbon not only carries the most lovely ribbons, laces and trims; but they also carry hair-bow accessories, crafty bags, flowers, and SO much more.  One very lucky entrant will win a $15 Gift Certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.
 
WOW!  That's why I say "It's a Winning Combination" -  Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog where ANYTHING GOES (family friendly) and you can share up to 5 projects per week, Really Reasonable Ribbon where you can find the sweetest ribbons and craft supplies, and My Artistic Adventures where you can get the sweetest digital images to enhance your projects.  What are you waiting for?  Hop on over to Word Art Wednesday and play along with us.  We LOVE having you share your talents with us, and YOU could be the lucky winner of one of these awesome prizes.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a blessed week.
 
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing this card in the following challenge:

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

For My Dear Mom

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for my Mom.  It's not for any Design Team assignment, but just for love of creating (with her in mind).  It's simply a card that I made for fun, and that I plan to give to my Mom to let her know I'm thinking of her.  I get to go see my Mom next month and spend a week or so with her.  I'm looking forward to those special moments in the early morning, sipping our coffee and chatting around the kitchen table; or the late nights eating ice cream and talking - just spending time together watching our favorite shows.  I can't wait!
I created this card using lots of great October Afternoon supplies.  I started with a Bazzill base (deep gold) and attached some October Afternoon patterned papers that I machine stitched together.  I added a Maya Road kraft envelope to which I machine stitching some litters letters to spell mom.  I even stamped an October Afternoon floral stamp onto it in red.  There's a bit of vintage lace at the bottom.  I die-cut several flowers from October Afternoon patterned paper using a Papertrey Ink floral die set.  I tied several lengths of Natural Burlap String around my buttons and underneath my flowers.  The buttons are also from October Afternoon.  I feel SO blessed to get to attend their annual warehouse sale, and I have more of it than I will ever use; but that's ok.  I'm not complaining at all. It's still one of most favorite companies of all time.  The inspiration for this card came from the October Afternoon Blog, and I totally lifted someone else's original idea on this one.
 
Even though this card was just for fun, I will still enter it in this fun challenge:
 
Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge Blog - Welcome to Almost Spring Challenge - Card Layout - I don't get to play along here very often (although I'd like to do so much more).  I created this card so that I could play along.  While I definitely "flipped" the sketch, I did use it to inspire me.
 


Monday, March 23, 2015

CAS/Easter at The Kraft Journal

I've always been the first to admit that I struggle with CAS cards; but I always give it my best effort.  This is a great challenge, and you really should stop by and join us for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to The Kraft Outlet.  This isn't really "CAS", but it's an effort.  LOL
For this week's CAS/Easter Challenge at The Kraft Journal, I used a Small Buff Ivory Note Card as my base.  To that, I adhered a piece of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock; and then attached a couple of different Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep) patterned papers.  I ran several lengths of Pink Baker's Twine around the patterned papers.
Next, I attached a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag, and covered that with a bunny journaling card from the Crate Paper Little Bo Peep collection, and added a piece of sweet Pink & White Striped Washi Tape to its side.  I made a bow using Butter Hand-Stained Bias Tape and Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape, and then added an "Easter Joy" sentiment by using her Bone Folder Tool to place tiny Doodlebug rub-on letters on a tiny tag cut from a scrap of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock that is secured with an ink-stained Tiny Wooden Clothespin.
 
We would really love to have you stop by and play along with us.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your visit and your comments, and I look forward to visiting your blogs as well.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says..."Spring Pinterest Inspiration Challenge" - How fun to celebrate Easter with all these great Pinterest photos!

Craftin' Desert Divas Challenge Blog - Easter Linky Party - I absolutely LOVE Crafin' Desert Diva Stamps, and would LOVE to win some.  Thanks for another fun challenge!

Blessings to you,
Karen 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

50 Shades of Gray RIBBONS

Don't let your mind go there!  I'm talking about RIBBONS, of course.  Who knew that Really Reasonable Ribbon had so many luscious ribbons in gray (or silver, charcoal, and SO much more), and they all blend together SO beautifully.  Just take a look.
I created this card with LOTS of terrific gray ribbons from the shop including their luscious Wide Gray Netting, gorgeous Seam Binding in Charcoal Gray, Delicate Stitched Satin Silver, Striped Grosgrain Gray, Baker's Twine in Oyster, and the beautiful Metallic String in Silver.  But that's not it!  There's more.
Really Reasonable Ribbon carries SO MUCH MORE than just ribbon.  While ribbon is definitely our specialty, we carry so many gorgeous accents for your cards. As you can see from these photos, there are accents PERFECT for every project.  Look at how nicely these embellishments work with the ribbons.  This can be done with any color scheme.  I used the GORGEOUS Open Roses in Black, and the Open Roses in Ivory (I used a spray to make them gray).  These beautiful flowers come in three different sizes, and I used the 10mm and 15mm sized flowers on this card.
You will also notice that I used a new FAVORITE of mine, which are our LOVELY Spiral Stamens.  I used the Wild Orchid Craft Spiral Stamens in Silver.  This particular color is VERY popular, and tends to sell out quickly.  They've been recently restocked, so now is a great time to get some for yourself.  The silver will blend with almost ANY color scheme, but just in case.....they also come in SIX other amazing and vibrant colors.  I really hope you will take time to browse through the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store today, and treat yourself to some of these GORGEOUS products.

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, and to take a peek at my card for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Don't forget that we have a FUN CHALLENGE going on right now on the RRR Blog (our theme this time is Bright Spring Colors With Ribbon/Trim).  You can find that challenge here:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge

Have a blessed week, and thanks for visiting.
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my card in this challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Pinterest Inspiration Challenge - I took my inspiration from the photo of the bird, and the photo of the bird's nest.  In the bottom right of my card, I have a sweet little Maya Road Wire Bird, and the netting trim is like a "nest".  This was a really cool challenge!

Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog - March Challenge:  Add Some Metal - I added a Maya Road METAL/WIRE Bird at the bottom right of my card.
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bright Spring Colors at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's time for another AWESOME challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and our theme this time is Bright Spring Colors.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has SO many gorgeous ribbons, trims, laces, flowers and more to help you find just the right touches for ALL your bright Spring projects.  I hope you will treat yourself to some new goodies, and come play along with us.  I have created TWO cards for this fun challenge.
For this first bright, fun card I used several gorgeous products from Really Reasonable Ribbon including their lovely Silky Crush Teal Ribbon, Pink Burlap String and Pink Aster Seam Binding.  I also incorporated several of their amazing floral products including the sweet Two-Toned Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms by Wild Orchid Crafts, a 10 mm Open Rose in Deep Ivory and a stunning Pink Spiral Stamen by Wild Orchid Crafts (which are SUCH a gorgeous touch to any card).  They have been recently restocked, and this is a great time to stock up on all the gorgeous colors while they're readily available.
For my second card, I used some bright Simple Stories papers, and more of Really Reasonable Ribbon's GOREOUS trims and flowers.  I used the Seam Binding in Mimosa Yellow (SO pretty), and Turquoise Organza.  I also tucked in a Wild Orchid Crafts Spiral Stamen in White (also recently restocked), a 10 mm Deep Ivory Open Rose and two 20 mm Open Roses in Pink.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Here's a close-up shot of the bow.
We really hope that you will join us for this fun challenge.  Really Reasonable Ribbon is SUCH a great place to get all your beautiful ribbons, floral accents, and more.  We looking forward to having YOU join us soon!
 
Have a blessed week,
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my FIRST CARD (at top) in the following challenge:
Crafty Calendar Challenge Blog - March Challenge - Add Some Metal - I added a METAL FLOWER CHARM to my first card (at the top of this post) - it's a small metal flower, and it is hanging from my bow.  This challenge helped me to remember to pull out these sweet little embellishments.