Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fun Post Card With RRR

Hello, and thank you for stopping by my blog today as I share a simple, but very sweet card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used three fabulous RRR products on this card, and they really make my card special (in my opinion, anyway).  Really Reasonable Ribbon is the BEST place to stock up on twines, trims, ribbons, embellishments, flowers, and SO much more.  I hope today's post will encourage you to stop by and do some shopping!

I used several old Crate Paper Restorations products on this card from my cherished super stash, including patterned papers, border stickers, chipboard button card, word sticker, and brad.  I recently pulled out my January, 2012 issue of Cards Magazine; and I found (and recreated) a fabulous card originally designed by Sarah Martina Parker.  By using what I had left of this lovely Crate Paper/Restorations line, I recreated this card as best I could.  I had to improvise here and there (especially on the stamps I used), but I came up with something to substitute for each of the elements I didn't have on hand.  It's fun being inspired by others, but we also have to always give credit where it is due.
I carefully inked the edges of my ivory Bazzill card stock base and attached all my patterned papers, sticker borders, etc., and machine stitched them into place.  I did some hand stamping at the top of my card using some of my older stamp sets from JustRite Stamps (Greetings From Paris) and Paper Sweeties (retired set).  The actual ivory w/brown print post card (or perhaps stamped) at the mid/bottom of my card was a gift from my sweet blog friend, Esther.  Once I finished my stamping and had all my patterned papers glued into place (with lots of fabulous Scor-Tape ), I ran a long length of Natural Solid Baker's Twine around my card a few times; and tied it into a bow.
I added a paper flower at the top left of my card, and I tucked a snippet of Ivory Natural Crochet Lace underneath the brad I put in the center of my flower.  I also used LOTS of fabulous Scor-Tape to hold this card together.  How fabulous is that Natural Solid Baker's Twine tied around my card?  I just LOVE it!  
I love how that piece of Natural Crochet Lace looks tucked into that flower.  This is a great way to use up little scraps of lace you might have left over after making another project w/lace.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has lots of great Mulberry Flowers that you can use as accents with pieces of Ivory Natural Crochet Lace or other ribbons and trims. 

I'm playing along here:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - "We're Going Around in Circles"- I have a circle brad, three circular buttons, and some stamped circles on my lower postcard.


Thanks again for stopping by today!

Karen

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pinterest Inspiration is "Pinspiration"

Hello again, and thank you so much for stopping by.  I'm posting a cute little card I made this morning using some of much-loved, safely hoarded, obsessed-over, delightful Emma's Shoppe line by Crate Paper.  This line has always been one that I cherished, but now that it's nearly impossible to replace any of it, it has become even more precious.  I had "Pinned" this card quite some time ago, always wanted to re-create it, and finally this morning......I did!
Dawn McVey is the original designer of this card's concept.  I found her card on Pinterest, and I "scraplifted" pretty much everything, and there are only a few minor differences in our cards.  First, mine is crooked (as my cards usually are because I don't ever measure anything); Second, I added a width of Ivory Seam Binding just above the border, and the last difference is the sentiment stamp I used (and ink color for stamping it).  Dawn used a stamp I can't identify, and stamped it in teal ink.   I used a retired sentiment stamp from Paper Sweeties, and I used Black Soot Distress Ink to stamp mine.  Very minor differences, indeed.  When a design is this adorable, why change it up?   Thank you for the inspiration on this one, Dawn McVey, if you ever see this (YOU ROCK).  I absolutely LOVE Pinterest for this very reason.
I used an ivory cardstock base, added a piece of patterned paper, and then added all the border embellishments which include a piece of Ivory Seam Binding, and stickers, border stickers, and pieces of chipboard from the lovely Emma's Shoppe collection complete this sweet little card.  As I mentioned, I stamped a retired Paper Sweeties sentiment (Love You) on my journalling sticker.  It's a very simple, but super sweet card.  I'm not sure just who I'm sending this one to quite yet.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen


Allsorts Challenge #417 - Vintage Style

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #409 - I love this color combination, and how it's so subtle in my card.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Hand-Rolled Felt Flowers

Let me tell you....I was SO EXCITED when I saw that this week's Make it Monday Challenge over on the Papertrey Ink Blog is the Felt Flowers Challenge.  I was almost giddy when I saw the post.  While I adore PTI, and love playing along in their challenges; I have NEVER won this challenge.  But this time, I don't mind that one bit because the challenge is Felt Flowers, and I am smitten with making them.
When I thought about which PTI dies to use, I quickly remembered a wonderful tutorial by Ashley Cannon-Newell (follow link for instructions) teaching this technique for making these sweet rolled rose buds using Papertrey Ink's fabulous Heart Border Die.  If you don't have a lot of PTI and want to treat yourself, this die is a great choice.
I used the Heart Border Die here on this card two different ways.  I used it once, as I explained above, to make my hand-rolled felt rose buds; and a second time to make a border and lay it flat.  Using my PTI Heart Border Die, I cut it once out of Vintage Cream Wool Felt. and a second time out of vellum, and I layered them.
The card base is two patterned papers that are inked on their edges with Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, and the sentiment (Hello) is from the Papertrey Ink stamp set What The Doodle Feather.  You will also notice that I cut a small doily out of vellum and placed it under the sentiment.  That doily was created using Papertrey Ink's lovely Doily Details Trio and adds a nice layer under the sentiment.
Here are the fabulous challenges where I'm sharing my card:



#285 - Felt Flowers - I loved Lizzie's tutorial.  I used a fabulous technique I learned from an Ashley Cannon-Newell' PTI tutorial on wool felt rolled roses (explained above).  PTI products used include (used two ways) Heart Border Die, PTI leaf die, What The Doodle Feather Mini Stamp SetCream Cotton Button TwineDoily Details Die-Cut TrioBerry Sorbet Wool FeltSimply Chartreuse Wool Felt and Vintage Cream Wool Felt.

CropStop Challenge #28 - Anything Goes.  I used May Arts Ivory Burlap String, Tombow Adhesive, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke, Black Soot and Spun Sugar.

ScrapyLand Challenge Blog - Challenge #66 - Lace and/or Pearls.  I used lots of little pearl accent stickers and a pearl stick pin.  I used several PTI dies, as well as one Spellbinders die.

Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge

Thanks for visiting,
Karen

P.S.  My sweet and talented daughter, Andrea, just told me that she restocked her Etsy store with some brand new merchandise, and she's having a Memorial Day Sale.  You can get FREE SHIPPING on US orders over $10 by using coupon code MEMDAY.  You can see all her fabulous hand-made jewelry by clicking the link to her Etsy Shop, AJMDesignsByAndrea.  Thanks!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sharing With The Class

Sometimes I forget to post and share some of the cards I make.  I often times forget to post my card for the new challenge at Word Art Wednesday just because I get so busy with the post over on the challenge blog.  So.....today I've decided to share a few cards that I made but forgot to "share with the class".
This first card is one that I created for Frantic Stamper.  I had a lot of fun Guest Designing for them earlier this year.  This card uses one of their brand new dies called Large Tea Bag Die from their May release.  I cut it twice using kraft card stock, and inked them both.  I added the heart from the same die-cut set, and then stamped a "happy birthday" sentiment from Frantic Stamper's brand new Many Happy Birthdays stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment onto a flag that I cut with their sweet Flag Dies.
My second card is also one that I created for Frantic Stamper during my recent Guest Design spot with them.  This card uses their lovely new Your Cup of Tea dies and Brush Script Hello die; both from the May release.  This adorable new set has tea cups, tea bags, saucers, swirls, flowers, and it's just SO adorable.  Here's a closer look at this card.
Isn't that sweet?  OK...my final card today is the one I made for the new challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  I used paper scraps, and some Solid Lemon Baker's Twine.  It's a VERY simple card.  I really would LOVE to have you all stop by Word Art Wednesday to play along with us.  Our sponsor for this challenge is the FABULOUS Simon Says Stamp, and they're offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky person.
Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I hope you're having a great week!
Karen

Scrapy Land Dies Challenge Blog - Challenge #66 - Add Pearls and/or Lace - I chose to add several tiny little pearl accent stickers to both of my top two cards.  The die-cuts I used are Frantic Stamper (first two cards) and Spellbinders (final card).

CropStop Linky Party #28 - I used Spellbinders, Tombow adhesive, and Tim Holtz Inks

Double D Challenge Blog - Flowers Galore - Who doesn't love flowers, right?  I used floral patterned papers and little felt flowers as well.

Mod Squad Challenge - Birthday Bash - My first card (top of page) is a birthday card.

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #416 - Happy 8th Birthday, Allsorts!!  My first card is a birthday card for this challenge.

P.S.  Since I'm "SHARING WITH THE CLASS" today, I thought I'd mention the BIG MEMORIAL DAY SALE over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You might want to check it out!!!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Friendship Album With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, all  my ribbon loving friends!  Today I'm sharing a Paper Bag Album that I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used three brown paper lunch bags that I covered in patterned papers, reinforced with cream card stock to bind, and then machine stitched to secure.  Then, I got busy decorating it with several of my favorite products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  On the cover, you will see Solid Ric Rac, as well as a snippet of Burlap Center Stitch GreenTurquoise Plaid Ribbon, and Sunflower Swiss Dots Grosgrain.
On the second page (below), you will see a snippet of Turquoise Plaid Ribbon.  Each page has a large open space for photos, journalling, etc.  Paper Bag Albums are a great way to display photos and create memories.  This album was created using papers and chipboard, etc. from an older sewing-themed line called Material Girl (2010) by Cosmo Cricket.  Mini albums are also a great way to use up leftover patterned papers and embellishments.
Page Three doesn't have any trim.  However, it has a pocket that holds a photo/journal tag that is trimmed with Turquoise Plaid RibbonSunflower Swiss Dots Grosgrain, and Celery Green Plaid Ribbon.  I just love seeing those gorgeous ribbons peeking out the other side.
I also took a close-up photo of Page Three (below) so that you can get a better view of all the fabulous ribbons and trims peeking through from the tag tucked in the pocket next to this page, as well as some Ivory Burlap String, some Mulberry Paper Leaves and trims from the next page.
Page Four has a length of Ivory Grosgrain Ribbon that I ran down the middle of the page and looped at the top singed with a length of Solid Red Baker's Twine and topped with a Two-Toned Green Sweetheart Blossom.
Page Five has small tag that is tied with 3/8" Plaid Moss Green Ribbon and has some Ivory Burlap String tucked underneath it.  I'm only sharing the close-up photo of this page because there's no other trim on this page.  The rest of the page is open space for another photo or journalling.
Page Six (below) is covered with patterned papers and decorated with some Mulberry Paper LeavesIvory Burlap String, paper flowers, (and I used the darker red ones found in the Red and White Mixed Sweetheart Blossoms).
I took a closer photo so you could see all of the pretty Red and White Mixed Sweetheart BlossomsMulberry Paper LeavesIvory Burlap String and Mulberry Flowers I used on this page.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has SO many great ribbons, trims and goodies that you will always be able to find the perfect colors for ANY project you're working on,  I encourage you to check it out for yourself at  Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Page Seven has no trims, but again has a pocket that contains a tag tied with 3/8" Plaid Moss Green Ribbon.  Mini albums are SO much fun because of all the layers of pages, ribbons and trims that are packed into one small creation, and once filled with photos and journalling; they will be treasured for many years to come.
Like I've mentioned, making paper bag albums is easy and fun, and Really Reasonable Ribbon can help you find all the perfect ribbons, trims, twines, flowers and embellishments for EVERY project.  Be sure to check out the Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop, and come play along in the current challenge on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Have a crafty week!
Karen





Happy Birthday

When I saw this adorable card by Melissa Phillips over on the Emma's Paperie Blog, I knew that I wanted to recreate it.  I think the only difference is that I added some Teal Baker's Twine to the bottom of my card, and Melissa did not (sizing difference, I believe).  I used some sweet Echo Park Party Time patterned papers and stickers - I found the entire collection on EBay (papers and stickers, etc.) and was SO excited.  I watched the mail every day until it arrived, and I recreated this sweet card the day I got my new goodies!
I just love the bright colors in this collection.  Yet, there's also some black in this collection to keep it cute and edgy.  I've already used this sweet Party Time collection to create one of my cards for next month (Design Team project) because I love it so much.  OK, anyway.....I used the patterned papers (inked with Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spun Sugar), and stickers (stars, balloon, sentiment banner) from Party Time, Paper Sweeties Sugar Sprinkles Sequins, teal baker's twine, a Jenni Bowlin journalling card, and mini pearl accent stickers to create my card.
I'm playing along in these fun challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Challenge #416 - Allsorts is celebrating their 8th Birthday, and I wanted to help them celebrate by creating a card to play along.  Happy Birthday, Allsorts!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "A Bit Of Sparkle" - I added my flower-shaped sequins with pearls to give my card a sweet little kiss of sparkle.  I even took a close-up photo to catch the sparkle when the light hits these sweet sequins.

Creatalicious Challenge Blog - Challenge #115 - Anything Goes (Optional Stencils)

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Karen

Friday, May 19, 2017

Anything But a Card Challenge at RRR

Welcome back by again, sweet blog friends.  Today I'm sharing a quick little project I put together for my sweet niece, Alexa.  I bought these fun little Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored candy straws for drinking your milk, and I knew Alexa would enjoy these.  I love sending her little goodies to let her know how much I love and miss her.  Really Reasonable Ribbon helped me make it easy to bundle these straws together and tie a sweet bow to send them to her.
I tied a couple lengths of Baby Pink Seam Binding, some Lace Blue Seam Binding, a length of Ivory Burlap String. and a bow tied with Teal Baker's Twine.  I attached a pear-shaped rusty safety pin to attach a tag hanging from the Teal Baker's Twine where I hung a small tag with inked edges that bears Alexa's name.  I know she will quickly rip it open, and devour her treats.  LOL
I made this simple project to prove a point.  Anything But a Card is an easy and fun challenge.  You can decorate just about ANYTHING with ribbon.  Do some recycling, up-cycling, or just get creative.  Then, top it with some ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And there...you have the perfect entry for this fun new Anything  But a Card Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  We hope you will join us.

Have a great week,
Karen