Friday, March 6, 2015

Flowers & Ribbons at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It's time for another AWESOME challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon; and this time our theme is Flowers & Ribbons!!  Who doesn't love BOTH flowers and ribbons?  What a beautiful combination.  We can't wait to see what you will create to share with us.  And who knows.....YOU could be the lucky winner of this challenge.  So, grab some Really Reasonable Ribbon, Flowers, and create something to link up with us.
For this card, I used a kraft card base and attached a piece of Prima (hot pink) and October Afternoon (green polka dot) patterned papers, a half of a vintage cream doily, and a journaling card that I wrapped a length of 2 1/2 Inch Cotton Blend Vintage Floral Ribbon around.  I actually cut the width of this ribbon in half to make it a tad smaller for the card.  At the top left, I created another bow made with two leaves from the Moss Green Leaves Trim, Ivory Burlap String and Natural Burlap String.  It is embellished with some of Really Reasonable Ribbon's DARLING Mulberry Flowers including their gorgeous Deep Ivory Roses.  The sentiment is a Melissa Frances rub-on that's placed on a scrap of kraft paper.  You can really find everything you need to create gorgeous cards by shopping at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Why not treat yourself today, and then come play along in our Flowers & Ribbons Challenge?  We'd LOVE to have you join us.

I'm sharing my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
 
Have a blessed week!
Karen

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wonderful Word Art Wednesday

It's Wednesday again, and time for another great challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  As always, we have two amazing sponsors for our challenge - a sponsor with a physical prize, and a digital sponsor.  Our sponsor for the physical prize is the AMAZING and adorable Shoppe 3130.  They carry all sorts of sweet items for wedding receptions, crafting projects and more.  One lucky person will win a special prize (description on Word Art Wednesday blog).  It's certainly a fabulous prize worth playing for, and it will be a real treat to whomever is lucky enough to win it.  Our digital sponsor is The Cutting Café, and this is one SUPER FUN shop as well.  They carry the sweetest SVG files and digital stamps; and SO many unique items that you don't find at your average digi shop.  It's SO unique, and well worth checking out.  Both prizes are amazing, so it's another great week to play along.  You can share any projects (up to five per week) as long as they're family friendly and meet our challenge guidelines.  We look forward to having you play along with us, and seeing your art.
I made several cards for this week's challenge because I wanted to showcase these darling Berry Baskets from Shoppe 3130.  They look like the old-fashioned berry baskets from days gone by, and they're just adorable.  This particular berry basket is a teal colored quart-sized basket, and it can be used in so many different ways.  I filled mine with a variety of hand-made cards that I tucked inside.   This first card (below) is the card I created using this week's word art/scripture file that I printed onto cream paper and cut into a tag shape, inked, and added a button, some baker's twine, seam binding, and flowers.
My next card (below) was made for a friend's daughter who is soon turning 4 years old.  It uses primarily Crate Paper Pretty Party supplies.  I also used some sweet ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I also made a card for a friend in Minnesota who just had her first grand-daughter who is named Aurora.  I added her name to a tab on the right side with rub-ons, and I know she will cherish it.  It uses a Prima flair, lace, seam binding, and rub-on sentiments.  She loves personalized items, so I know this will be a special gift for her.
And I didn't stop there.  I have even more!  I made this next card using some Carta Bella Sew Lovely papers, ribbons, a rub-on sentiment, a wooden heart with glitter, and machine stitching.  I love how the colors match the Berry Basket.   That was kind of the theme I was going for here.
And finally, last but not least, I create this last card based on the inspiration challenge at Classy Cards 'N Such.  I love using banners, the seam binding bow, a rub-on sentiment, machine stitching, and got to implement lots of fun October Afternoon patterned papers.
I hope you've enjoyed my little collection of cards that I created to fill this lovely Berry Basket, and I really hope that you will stop by to play along with us in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  I'm always SO grateful for the art you share with us, and this is a great week to play along for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
 
I'm sharing some of my cards in these challenges:
Classy Cards 'N Such Challenge #74 - Be Inspired - I was inspired by the quilt look, the banners, and I enjoyed using White Seam Binding and Blue Baker's Twine as found at Classy Cards 'N Such.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Girly/Special Lady
 
Blessings,
Karen

Monday, March 2, 2015

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party

It's time for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party, and I was honored to be invited as their Guest Designer for March.  The theme for this month is: GO GREEN!   Spring, Gardening/Botanical theme with a "upcycling" twist. Everyone is ready for a dose of springtime by this time of the year.  Have fun creating with flowers, green, growing things, garden journals or farm images in your projects this month.  Easter banners, Easter baskets, or home décor would also be great ideas!   And here’s the twist:  Use an “upcycled” item in your project: a bit of corrugated cardboard, packaging material, paper bag, twist ties, jars and bottles or anything that would normally go to the landfill.  For instance, you could create these little wire hangers (as seen below) out of old wire hangers or even craft wire.  Just get creative!

Now.....as I mentioned above, I was absolutely DELIGHTED to be invited as a Guest Designer at Crafty Secrets this month.  I really enjoy playing and creating with their sweet digital images and other products.  They are high-quality, bright, vibrant, and OH SO DARLING!  I made a little wire hanger decoration using an image from the Crafty Secrets Feathered Friends collection along with a  darling little wire hanger.  These can be found on Ebay, or on-line at different craft shops.
I printed the Feathered Friends image onto ivory linen paper, cut it, and matted it onto patterned paper.  Next, I attached the image to the wire hanger using ink-stained miniature clothespins.  Once I had my image secured, I embellished the wire hanger just a bit.  I literally used only a few simple items (paper leaves, painted berries, and a jute bow) to finish my project.  I really wanted the lovely Crafty Secrets image to be the focal point.
I've used these sweet Tiny Wooden Clothespins to secure my image/paper to the wire hanger.  While you can buy them ink-stained (for a higher price), I'd like to share with you how you can make them yourself and save money.  It's SUPER easy, and I will show you how I do it.  First of course, you need to buy your Tiny Wooden Clothespins - the Kraft Outlet sells them for $1.49 for a pkg. of 24 pieces.  I use Tsukineko Walnut Ink from Michaels (of course, using a 40-50% off coupon), and place the Tiny Wooden Clothespins on a protected surface (I use a paper towel).  I simply spray them, and then roll them over a couple of times to ensure that every part has been covered with the ink.  I let them dry on the paper towel, and.....there you have it!  Aren't they adorable?  And they look antique or aged which is really cool.  I hope this is helpful, but if you have any questions, I sure don't mind answering them.
The very first step is just to lay out the plain Clothespins onto a dry paper towel, place mat, or waxed paper a few inches apart.
Spray the Clothespins thoroughly with Walnut Ink, and then turn them over to ensure both sides are completely covered with the ink.
The final step is to simply let your inked Clothespins dry completely.  That's it!
This next card uses some fun Friends & Flowers Heartmarming Vintage Cuts that I placed on patterned paper, vintage sheet music, a kraft "best friends" ticket (from my stash), some vintage lace, a Melissa Frances resin oval with a mini pearl sticker (pink heart) in center; as well as some paper flowers and an ink-stained miniature clothespin (as shown in the tutorial above).  I just love how the Crafty Secrets images remain the focal point because of how they just POP right off the page.
Now it’s your turn to create a NEW project, featuring any Crafty Secrets goodies, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets BLOG by Sunday, March 15 at Midnight Pacific Time.  To thank you for playing along, you’ll find a  FREE gardening digital paper and printable over on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog that you can download and use in your project. Or use any Crafty Secrets goodies you might have in your stash to play along.  They also have dozens of FREE DOWNLOADS that you can use in your project.  You do NOT have to follow the theme in order to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.
 
THE PRIZE:
One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win this lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25.  Here are all the YUMMY prizes you could win: 
Digital Garden Papers: 18 sheets of designer paper including 2 collage sheets of gardening seed packets, vintage gardening text sheets, a garden maze and beautiful botanical papers.  Digital Garden Printables: 16 images, ready to print in a resizable format.  Garden Girls Digital Art Stamps: 18 digital stamps taken from vintage etchings featuring 3 sweet garden girls, images for building scenes and sentiments.  Bunny Gift Bag and Tag Set: Printable Bunny Bunny Kids Bag with Gift Tag can be re-printed to make adorable mini purses to hold greetings, money, gift cards and small gifts.  WOW!
 
We really hope you will play along!  Grab a free image, or do some shopping in the darling Crafty Secrets Store.  We can’t wait to see what you will bring to the Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets March Linky Party!  Your next stop on the Blog Hop is at Kathy Clement's Blog, and I know she will have something WONERFUL to share with you all.

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Karen

I'm linking my project here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

P.S.  Here is the entire Blog Hop List in case you get lost along the way:
Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth - You're Here!
Kathy Clement
Darlene Pavlick
Diane Hover
Elizabeth Lincoln
Ginny Nemchak
Gloria Stengel
Melody Clement
Michele Kovack
Shanti Fowler
Sheila Rumney
Vicki Chrisman

St. Patrick's Day at The Kraft Journal

For this week's St. Patrick's Day Challenge at The Kraft Journal, I used some vintage St. Patrick's Day images that I "googled" and found on the internet for free.  I printed the images onto Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock and cut them out.  I used a Small Buff Ivory Note Card for my card base, and attached patterned paper and the images, and inked them; I then placed a green glittered Tiny Wooden Clothespin on one of the images.  Next, I added a big bow made from Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Bias Tape and Green Baker's Twine.  I attached a vintage green button in the center of my bow.  Pretty simple!
I sure hope that you will grab some fun Kraft Outlet supplies, and come play along in this week's St. Patrick's Day Challenge with us.  It's fun to celebrate even if you're not Irish.  Someone you know is....and that "someone" would enjoy a card from you.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Just A Hint of Clover - I couldn't resist showing my hint of clover.  Like I said, even if you aren't Irish, someone you know is; and they'd love getting a card from you!

Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party - A Little Green - I incorporated green into my Irish card!

Have a blessed week.
Karen

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pocket Card With Really Reasonable Ribbon

SALE!!!   There is a fabulous five-day sale going on NOW at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You won't want to miss this.

Hello, friends!  I hope you're all having a great weekend.  I'm sharing a sweet little Pocket Card made with lots of great Really Reasonable Ribbon today, and it's filled with all kinds of little goodies from the store.  You will be amazed at all they carry.  Check out this sweet project!
My project for today was creating using LOTS of great projects from Really Reasonable Ribbon including the base, which is a Kraft Middy Biddy Bag With Vertical Stripes.  And please...DON'T let the term "middy biddy" make you think that they're tiny.  They're NOT!  They are good sized at 5" wide x 7.5" tall.  I took the Kraft Middy Biddy Bag With Vertical Stripes and folded the bottom of the bag half-way back up, and then machine stitched it down; leaving an opening/pocket at the top so that you can tuck in photos, a gift card, a special note, or anything else you can think of.  This "pocket" will be in addition to the "pocket" or "hole" that automatically comes with the opening of the bag itself.  I hope that makes sense.  These little "Pocket Cards" make such a cute little gift because they're more than a card, and much fancier, but still just a simple little treat you can tuck in an envelope and send through the mail with ease.  And everyone LOVES them!
To create this "Pocket Card", once the Kraft Middy Biddy Bags With Vertical Stripes was machine stitched and secured, I decorated it by adding a half of a vintage cream doily, some little tickets/scrap pieces, a Crafty Secrets digital image (birds in nest), a miniature clothespin with glitter that holds a tiny tag (stamped with "for you"), some vintage style scotch tape from Vintage Street Market, a little Jenni Bowlin button, and LOTS of great Really Reasonable ribbons and trims.  They include the sweet Arianna Naural Crochet Lace, two leaves from the Moss Green Leaf RibbonPink Aster Seam Binding, adorable Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Natural Wide Burlap With Pink/White Wired Edge, some darling little Baby Pink Open Roses, rich gorgeous Deep Ivory Rosebuds, and a wonderful White Frosted Spiral Stamen.  They all mix together so beautifully.
Thanks for stopping by to take a quick peek at my Really Reasonable Ribbon project for today.  You can find LOTS more great ribbon inspiration on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog, and you can even play along in our current challenge for a chance to win some gorgeous ribbons of your own.
And of course, Really Reasonable Ribbon is a great place to shop for ribbons, laces, trims, decorative bags, flowers, and SO much more.  Why not treat yourself today?

I'm sharing my pocket card in these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Simon Says "Anything Goes"

Crop Stop Linky Party #1 - The Crop Stop carries Mini Clothespins among hundreds of other GREAT products.  Check it out!
 
Happy crafting, everyone!
God bless you,
Karen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fun And Games Happy Birthday

Hello, my crafty and creative friends!  Today I want to share a card that I made for a couple of challenges.  I always enjoy using my October Afternoon supplies; especially along with other favorites.  This card was created with October Afternoon patterned papers, chipboard and tidbits; as well as some fun Papertrey Ink products.  I did a little bit of machine stitching, added a seam binding bow, a glittered button, a half doily, a tag, and that's about it.
I'm going to share this card in the following challenges:
 
Nichole Heady/Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday #202 - Anchoring With Borders and Banners - The Papertrey Ink products I incorporated into this project are some of their lovely die-cuts including the Hearts Border Die and their Double-Ended Banners Die Set.  I just LOVE all their sweet products!
 
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #299 - Cute Critters - I used a chipboard elephant for my "cute critter".
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add A Little Texture" - How boring would our cards be without all the great elements that give them texture?  FABULOUS challenge!
 
I'm truly grateful to have you stop by and take a peek at my little Fun and Games card.  I appreciate your visit, and look forward to stopping by your blogs to see what you've been creating this week.
 
Blessings,
Karen

Monday, February 23, 2015

CAS/One Layer at The Kraft Journal

Hello, friends!  This week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, the theme is CAS/One Layer.  And for anyone who knows me at all, you KNOW this is a real challenge for me.  I tend to layer a lot, and include several embellishments.  Yet somehow, I did it.  I used a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and added a piece of polka dot patterned paper that I inked.
Next, I added a couple of paper straws, and ran several lengths of Pink Baker's Twine around the card.  The sentiment (Celebrate) is rub-on that I applied to a scrap of Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock using my hand-dandy Bone Folder Tool.  The finishing touch was adding a few sequins.  For me, this is a simple CAS card.  At least, that's my story....and I'm sticking to it!
 
We look forward to having you stop by to play along with us in this week's CAS/One Layer Challenge at The Kraft Journal.  Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed week.

I'm going to link my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Add a Little Texture" - This was supposed to be a one layer/CAS card, but I just had to add some paper straws, sequins and twine to give it some texture!
 
Karen