Friday, April 17, 2015

Fun New Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hurray!  It's time for another FUN CHALLENGE at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and this time it's a Color Challenge including Aqua and Light Coral With Ribbon.  This is SUCH a gorgeous combination, and if you need the PERFECT ribbons for this challenge, you're sure to find them at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our April Ribbon of The Month Assortment is a lovely array of Aqua and Coral, and there are also oodles and oodles of other ribbons in the Really Reasonable Ribbon store to accent these.  Today is the perfect day to treat yourself!
For my card, I decided to use up some paper scraps.  I dug through my little bits and pieces of left-over patterned papers and found these little pieces that worked with the color scheme.  Then, once I had glued the papers together, I made a bow out of the Light Coral Satin With Grosgrain Edge, which is one of the lovely ribbons in this month's Ribbon of The Month Assortment.  I also added some Burlap String in Ivory in my bow.  It's really a very simple card, and the lovely Really Reasonable Ribbon trims make it special!
We really do hope that you will sop by to play along in our fun Color Challenge.  We absolutely LOVE seeing our sweet creations.  I also hope that you will take the time to check out all the great ribbons, laces, trims and more a Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You deserve a treat, and ribbon is always a special treat to accent your cards and projects.
 
Thanks for visiting!
Karen

Monday, April 13, 2015

Under My Umbrella

As I've said so many times before (and you may have noticed from my excessive use of their products), I absolutely LOVE October Afternoon.  This card was created with lots of great October Afternoon products including two different patterned papers and two of their adorable journaling cards.  One is an Umbrella School Card, and the other is a "Remember" journaling card that I turned upside down.  Don't ask me why, I just did!
This card was created based on a sweet sketch that I saw over at Sketch Saturday.  I don't play along in sketch challenges very often because I just don't feel like I'm good at it.  But I gave it a try because we're supposed to challenge ourselves, right?  I like how it turned out.  I inked my papers, and added a length (and bow) made from Red Chevron Striped Twill.  I also added a button to one of the journaling cards and ran a bit of Oyster Baker's Twine through the button holes.  Pretty simple card, really.  This is the sketch I followed:
These are the challenges where I will be sharing this card:
 
Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge #356 - Sketch Challenge
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "April Showers and/or Spring Flowers" - I just LOVE this sweet challenge.  This card focuses more on the April Showers, and has a cute Umbrella Journaling Card.

Craft-Dee Bowz April Challenge - Anything Goes With a Handmade Bow  I've always wanted a bow maker, but for now I muddle through on my own.

Perfectly Rustics Challenge - Challenge #45 - Remember - You will see my REMEMBER journaling card (it's upside down) at the bottom of my card.  We lost my sister in October, and I send all four of her kids cards every month with simple little reminders to help them (remember Mom).

Lia Stampz - Challenge #87 - Use Ribbon
 
Thanks for visiting me today.  I always enjoy the sweet things you have to say about my cards.  I feel SO blessed, and hope you know that I'm truly grateful for each of you who visits and leaves a comment.
 
My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen
 
 
 
 
 

Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

There's no better time of the month than the 13th at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  That's because it's the day we host our FUN and INSPIRING Blog Hop, and.....we showcase our new Ribbon of The Month Assortment.  You should have arrived here from the awesome Bonnie Garby's Blog; but just in case you need to start at the beginning, simply head back to the RRR Blog to get started.  Just look at these GORGEOUS ribbons!  I love them all, but that sweet grosgrain small floral print is my favorite.  It is the SWEETEST ribbon I've ever seen, and the narrow white lace accents them all SO beautifully.
I've made SO many cards and bows with this sweet collection.  Having access to the Ribbon of The Month Club is a great way to get a lovely assortment every month; but if that's not your style and you like being more specific with your choices, Really Reasonable Ribbon has HUNDREDS of ribbons from which to choose.  You're sure to find the PERFECT laces, ribbons, trims, and more to compliment YOUR art.
This first card uses coral and black cardstock papers, 3-D sticker embellishments, some sequins, and the following ribbons from the Ribbon of The Month Club April Assortment:  Next to the jar, you will see the Diamond Satin Light Coral Ribbon, and on top of that is the DARLING Roses With Scalloped Edge Grosgrain Aqua (my favorite of this month's ribbons), and this same one is run along the left side of the card, and in the bow; along with the sweet Theresa White Crocheted Lace, the Swiss Dots Grosgrain in Coral Rose as well as some Natural Burlap String.  These colors are just SO pretty together.
Next, I have a hair bow that was also made using this month's Ribbon of The Month Club ribbons; including the Checkerboard Satin Tropic, the Roses With Scalloped Edge Grosgrain Aqua, the Light Coral Satin With Grosgrain Edge, the 3/8" Shell Print on Carol Rose Satin, and the 3/8" Honeycomb Print on Tropic Satin Ribbon.  Aren't these ribbons just beautiful together?  The hair bow is held together with a 50 mm French Clip; and Really Reasonable Ribbon carries various sizes of clips for every hair length, as well as several varieties of head bands.  How fun!

Thanks for hopping on by.  Your next stop on this Blog Hop is at the talented Heather Hudson's Blog, and I just KNOW that she will have something amazing prepared for you.  She always does.

Bless and be blessed,
Karen
 

Pick Three at The Kraft Journal

I always enjoy the "Pick Any Three" Challenges, and as usual, I picked more than just three items from this week's list.  I decided to include five items from the list including a Bow, Embossing, Lace, Chipboard and the color Blue. I started my card with a Large Buff Ivory Note Card and added a piece of blue patterned paper.
Next, I pressure embossed a piece of coordinating Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock.  I added a piece of burlap trim and a length of cream lace.  I also created a flower using Vintage Dictionary Pages that I die-cut and inked.  To the center of the flower, I attached a bow using Natural Hemp Cord and attached a Jenni Bowlin Icon Flatback.  The sentiment is a rub-on that was applied to a scrap of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock using my Bone Folder Tool that I backed with a scrap from a Vintage Dictionary Page and secured to a piece of Precut Small Chipboard to help it stand out.  Finally, I tied a piece of Natural Hemp Cord around the edge of the sentiment strip.  I hope that you will play along on this week's challenge.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by.

Karen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blog Hop Time at V's Sweet Ideas

Hello, everyone!  Welcome to our Super Mom Blog Hop for V's Sweet Ideas.  You should have arrived here from Nicole's Blog, but you can always get started at Lisa's Blog.  The purpose of this particular Blog Hop with V's Sweet Ideas is to spread awareness of the WONDERFUL shop at V's Sweet Ideas, and to help promote V's SWEET new stamp sets; particularly the fun new "Super Mom" Stamp Set.  This sweet set includes several words, sentiments, and images (cape, mask, etc.) to help make a fun card for your "Super Mom".  Many people know about the FUN monthly challenges on V's Sweet Ideas Blog, but may have never realized that there is such an ADORABLE shop connected to this site.  There are SO many great products, and I encourage you to look around and see what's new!
In addition to the new Super Mom Stamp Set, I used several other sweet products from V's Sweet Shoppe on my card including Air Mail Washi Tape, Patterned Paper, a Chic Journalling Tag and several of the Sequins in Pearl White, Blue and Crimson Red.  And......OH, MY HEART....have you SEEN the brand new CRANBERRY color yet?  They're the YUMMIEST!  I can't wait to order some.  They're just $1.00 per package, which is a terrific price for these super popular (and gorgeous) embellishments.
There will be TWO WINNERS on this Blog Hop who will each receive the Super Mom Stamp Set and a few other goodies from V's Sweet Shoppe.  Just complete the Blog Hop and leave comments along the way to be entered (there are only four stops).  You have until midnight on Friday, April 17, to complete this short Blog Hop.  Then, check V's Sweet Ideas Blog on Saturday, April 18, to see if you're a winner.

I really do hope that you will stop by to check out all the wonderful products at V's Sweet Ideas, participate in our Blog Hop, and come by to play along in this month's Anything Goes Challenge with us.  The prize this month is a $10 Gift Certificate to the store, and YOU could be the lucky winner.  This is also a great time to pick up this new stamp set, and some other supplies, so that you'll have plenty of time to make all your Mother's Day cards.
 
Your next (and final) stop is at Vanessa's Blog.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed week!
 
Karen

P.S.  I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - "A Is For"......America!  I used red, white and blue to create my All-American Super Mom card.

Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Linky Party/Anything Goes

Friday, April 10, 2015

Crafty Secrets Visits Really Reasonable Ribbon

This month at Really Reasonable Ribbon, we are partnering up with our friends over at Crafty Secrets to combine their sweet images with our delicious ribbons and trims.  The result is LOADS and LOADS of gorgeous creations from the Design Teams, and you can see it ALL on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.
I've created a few different cards for today's post.  This first one uses images from the Seasonal Images & Journal Notes (post card image) and the Crafty Secrets Love Mail Creative Scraps (floral images used to line the mini envelope).  The Really Reasonable Ribbon products used include the sweet Mulberry Flowers in Deep Vintage Ivory, Baby Pink and beautiful Baby Blue.  The RRR Trims used include their lovely 2 1/2 Inch Cottom Blend Vintage Floral Ribbon torn into thinner strips, and some bows made of Burlap String Natural Jute.
My next card is just as sweet, and it uses some of Crafty Secrets WONDERFUL digital images; including their adorable Bobbin Cards.  I absolutely LOVE the Creating With Sew Decorative CD7.  My heart be still!  This lovely CD holds over 180 images that fit the sewing, vintage, ephemera, antique loveliness category.  There are SO MANY GORGEOUS images in this lovely collection.  It was SO difficult to decide which images to use.  Where do I start.......or stop?  I'd have say that my VERY favorite image of all is this ADORABLE Vintage Sewing Receipt.  I printed it on antique linen ivory paper, and it truly looks like a page torn from an antique receipt book at a Vintage Dress Shop.  It's STUNNING!
Over the Vintage Sewing Receipt, I layered an image from one of the many 8x11 Button Card Sheets in this amazing collection.  This collection is SO sweet, and is filled with images, patterned papers, bit and bobbits of cuteness in the sewing genre.  If you love this theme, you will SQUEEL for this collection.  Crafty Secrets is waiting for you to visit!

OK......now, let's talk RIBBONS!  I'd like to tell you about all the GORGEOUS Really Reasonable Ribbons I used on this second card.  They are primarily ribbons from the April Ribbon Collection.  First, the gorgeous wider turquoise ribbon running up the right-hand side of my card is the lovely Delicate Stitched Satin Aqua with the Shell Print on Coral Rose Satin Ribbon on top of that.  Then, at the top right, the bow is made of those same two ribbons, and I attached tape measure washi tape to the Theresa Crocheted Lace to help my bow tie in with the theme.  I also added Natural Burlap String running up my card, in my bow, and wrapped around the tiny wooden spool.
For my third and final card of this post, I again used a sweet button card from the Crafty Secrets sweet Creating With Sew Decorative CD-7.  This CD has SO many sweet images on it, and I can't wait to enjoy them ALL.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  I adorned the card with some patterned papers, a doily, a rub-on sentiment, and a lovely bow made from Red Burlap String, Ivory Burlap String, Juliet Crochet Lace tied in a knot, and Red Chevron Striped Twill tied in a knot.  I just LOVE working with these sweet Crafty Secrets images and AMAZING Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbons, trims and laces.  What a great combination.

There's still time to play along in our current challenge, so be sure to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog today.  Happy shopping and happy crafting.  I hope you've enjoyed my projects.  I appreciate you stopping by, and thanks for your comments.

I'm sharing my cards here:

Party Time Tuesdays - Challenge #197 - Anything Goes

Craft Secrets Heartwarming Vintage April Linky Party - I used LOTS of great Crafty Secrets images AND lots of great Really Reasonable Ribbons.  What a great combination!

God bless you all,
Karen
 

Crop Stop & Prima Color Bloom Sprays

This is my second post for my Guest Design Spot at Crop Stop, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this amazing store.  They carry EVERYTHING a crafter could want........from those adorable little Tim Holtz rusty paper clips to big items like chalkboard slates for making wall hangings......they really have it ALL!

Crop Stop has SO MANY AWESOME products, and today I'm sharing a few more with you; along with a brief tutorial using the GORGEOUS Prima Color Bloom Sprays they carry.  This wonderful spray comes in a wide variety of colors, and can be used for all sorts of different projects.  This is just one idea for using this amazing product.  For my tutorial, I used the Soft Teal Color Bloom Spray.  But this process can be done with ANY of the many lovely colors available, and by buying several different shades; you will always have the perfect ribbon for any project.  If you'd like to see my tutorial for making your own hand-stained seam binding using Prima Color Bloom Spray, just stop by the Crop Stop Blog.
Do you see what I mean about controlling the amount of spray you use?  My ribbon matches my card PERFECTLY; and if I had needed a lighter shade of teal, I could have totally matched that as well.  As I said earlier, YOU are able to decide the shade of ribbon you need.  That's why making your own ribbon is such a cool idea.  You really will LOVE these gorgeous Prima Color Bloom Sprays, and I can't recommend them highly enough - they're just AWESOME!  Be sure to stop by the Crop Stop Blog to see the detailed instructions.
The other Crop Stop supplies I used on this card include some of their GORGEOUS Petaloo Flowers, and again, they have SO MANY from which to choose that you are SURE to find the perfect shade for your projects.  I used the Teal - Botanica Collection Sugared Minis.  I also added a small piece of Washi Tape and accented it with small dots of Cosmic Shimmer.  This lovely Cosmic Shimmer comes in seven different colors, and it's similar to Stickles (which they also carry), but it's a little bit thinner consistency.  You could easily write a name on a card with it, or get creative in different ways.  It's beautiful, and it added a really nice accent on my card.  It dries with a shimmer to it.
 
Again, I really do give Crop Stop a VERY HIGH recommendation.  They carry so many great products, and you will be able to create the sweetest projects with their wide variety of wonderful embellishments and crafting tools.  Treat yourself today, and get creative!
 
I'm sharing my card here:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - April Showers/Spring Flowers
 
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderfully creative week.
Karen