Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Word Art Wednesday Kraft ChristmasTag

Hello to all my sweet blog friends both old and new.  I am always so grateful for each one who stops by and for each one who takes the time to leave me a thought or comment.  It just blesses my heart and makes my day even brighter.  I love to encourage others as well, so it always feels good when it comes back to bless us in return...often in completely unexpected ways.
Today starts a brand new Anything Goes/Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I really hope that you will stop by to play along.  Our sponsors are ($10 Gift Certificate) to Really Reasonable Ribbon, free images from Bugaboo Stamps, and a prize package from....yours truly.  Yup, me!  I have a bunch of brand new stamp sets (8 to be exact), and several other goodies that I'm putting together to create a special prize package for a THIRD lucky winner.  It's a great time to play along.
I used the scripture (free word art file) to create a smaller tag and printed it on kraft paper, and cut it out with a Paper Sweeties die.  Next, I used another larger Paper Sweeties tag die to cut the larger tag that I covered with some patterned papers, trims, and embellishments.  I will be be sharing my special Christmas Gift Tag in some challenges.
25 Days of Christmas Tags - This tag was inspired by Heather Hoffman's tag on Day 6 by her beautiful use of kraft paper on her tag.  I loved how she was able to keep her tag soft and light while using a more "country" paper like kraft.  This was just the inspiration I needed to make my kraft tag(s) today.

Blessings,
Karen

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Holidays from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, my sweet friends!  I'm blessed to have you visit today as I share a lovely Christmas card that I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon using some non-traditional Christmas colors.  These patterned papers and coordinating goodies are from the Bundled Up line by Crate Paper, and I really enjoy the red, pinks, and greenish colors in this line.  And.....as always, I was able to find all the trims that  match perfectly with this line.  Because Really Reasonable Ribbon carries such a wide variety of styles and colors, I can ALWAYS count on them to carry the perfect products to match any project I create. 
I secured all my patterned papers, the tag, and the sewn pieces using Scor-Tape, and then I also machine stitched the edges a bit.  Towards the bottom of my card, I ran a width of a sweet May Arts trim called Red Center Stitched Burlap.  This is one of my all-time favorite trims; both at Christmas time and always...and it comes in several awesome colors.  There's also a chipboard tag from this line that I added with a rub-on sentiment (Noel) and a White Flatback Pearl.
Towards the top of my card, there's a bow tied with Silver Seam Binding, Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Bay Leaf Seam Binding, Ivory Burlap String, and Red Burlap String, and a White Bead Berry Spray Cluster.  The snowman tag is topped with some Baby Pink Double-Head Stamens, Red Double-Head Stamens, and Aqua Green Double-Head Stamens.  They're about the sweetest things I've ever seen, and I've fallen in LOVE with them.  I think I now own them in every gorgeous color!  On top of those lovely stamen heads, there's another fun White Flatback Pearl.
I also made a matching Christmas Gift Tag to match this sweet card by using the same patterned papers and goodies.  I added bow using Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Bay Leaf Seam Binding, 3/8" Bright Pink Gingham Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String and Black Burlap String.
Thanks so much for visiting today!  Hopefully, you will stop by again soon for more inspiration and lots of great ideas for crafting with Really Reasonable Ribbon and their FABULOUS products!

Blessings,
Karen

25 Days of Christmas Tags - I'm sharing my sweet little Christmas Gift Tag that I created using lots of fabulous pastels. This tag was inspired by Tobi Crawford and Jill Dewey Hawkins on Day 19 when they each shared their lovely pink and mint/teal tags.  I just LOVE implementing these soft colors into Christmas projects, and these gals really inspired me.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Tag

I've been having so much fun with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.  With the exception of yesterday, I've entered a tag every day so far.  For me, that's a lot of entries.  And yes, there are those people who whip up oodles of quick tags so that they can link up several times per day or in a row; but that's not my style.  I prefer to put a bit more thought into each tag (or project) I make.  I think the talented artists who inspire our creativity deserve that, and our own integrity deserves it as well.  At least that's the way I see it, and we're all entitled to our own opinions, right?  I also believe that if and when I'm meant to win anything, I will.  So...I just continue to do what I love....and that's to simply create.  Win or lose, I'm having fun!
I created this little tag by cutting a tag from Paper Sweeties' cute tag die-cut called For You Sweet Cuts.  It's the PERFECT sized tag, and a must-have for everyone's crafting.  You can still get this sweet set before they're gone.  Just stop by Paper Sweeties, or click this link to get your FOR YOU SWEET CUTS.
I cut small pieces of Strawberry Paper Straws, Licorice Paper Straws, and a few others I had on hand.  For the colors of paper straws I didn't have, I rolled up patterned paper to create those "logs" (the plaid and the green polka dot).  I inked them all just a bit to give them an aged or "grunge" look, and I attached each one to my tag using pieces of Scor-Tape.  At the top of my "Christmas Tree", I added a hand-cut star that's covered in copper glitter and a smaller PTI star tag with a PTI stamped image.  The final touches were the two different ribbons I attached at the top.  One is super old Making Memories ribbon, and the other is Red Center Stitch Burlap.
Here's where I'm playing along:

25 Days of Christmas Tags - I was very inspired on Day 17 when JilliBean Soup was the featured sponsor.  I created a few tags inspired by their creative Design Team Members including Kristine Davidson who shared this sweet tag using paper straws to create a Christmas tree.  I loved that idea!

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Challenge #360 - Anything Goes Christmas/Optional Blue - I didn't use any blue, sorry!

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November Challenge - I used two patterned papers (the plaid and the green polka dot) to roll up and create "logs" for my tree because I didn't have enough different Christmas colors of paper straws.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

JilliBean Soup Christmas Gift Tag

One very sweet company whose produces I adore, JilliBean Soup, was the featured company in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags yesterday Day 17.  I was so inspired by all the fabulous shaker tags that were shared because I had recently purchased these very items and had been wanting to use them.  I especially drew inspiration from Jaclyn Rench for the way she spelled the word JOY using the heart shaker for the middle letter.  This is the idea I used to create this tag that I'm sharing today.
I used some older October Afternoon patterned paper for the background.  I filled the heart shaker with sequins and added sugar-coated Prima letters to help me spell JOY similar to how Jaclyn did her sweet tag. I also added a sentiment sticker at the bottom.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my tag.  I appreciate your comments, and I will do my best to stop by and leave you a comment as well. I've really been trying to hit most of the blogs, but I know I've missed a few.  I hope you're finding lots of great inspiration during this special event the way I have been.

Karen

25 Days of Christmas Tags - As discussed above, my tag today was inspired by Jaclyn Rench on Day 17 when she used her JilliBean Soup shaker to spell the word JOY.  Fabulous idea!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Wool Felt Christmas Gift Tags

I don't know about you, but I've sure been having a lot of fun playing along in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags this year.  I've gotten SO much wonderful inspiration from all the tags that the talented DT Members of all the sponsors have been sharing.  How fabulous was this felt ornament tag made by Lisa Stein on Day 14?  I fell in love with it the moment I saw it, and knew right away that I wanted to work with felt on some tags.  I haven't got that running stitch down quite yet, so I cheated by laying my ornament flat on my first tag.  I spent a lot of time working on that stitch, and...it still needs a little help.  LOL
25 Days of Christmas Tags - My felt tags were totally inspired by this tag made by Lisa Stein on Day 14.  Working with wool felt is beautiful and fun, and she really sparked my creativity on this one.  Thanks again for sharing that fabulous tag, Lisa.  It really gave me some fabulous inspiration.  The first tag is an ornament cut from green and gold wool felt using an ornament die-cut.
For my second tag, I used a wool mitten, added some seam binding, and hung a pear-shaped rusty pin that holds an even smaller tag that I stamped with "very merry".  This tag is going to be super cute on top of a Christmas package.
The felt was such a fabulous idea, and I really want to thank Lisa Stein and ALL the crafters who have shared their tags in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags to inspire us all.  There have been some truly amazing tags and creativity shared, and I've picked up so many fabulous ideas from this event.  Thanks again, Tracey!

25 Days of Christmas Tags - As explained in detail above, these tags were inspired by Lisa Stein on Day 14 when she used wool felt to create her ornament tag.

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties Release Rewind Day

Welcome by again today, sweet friends!  Today is the final day of the Paper Sweeties November new release, and Paper Sweeties friends and I are sharing a few more projects with you featuring these ADORABLE new sets.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the fabulous inspiration using the brand new sets.  Today I'm sharing a card and tag set I made using the brand new You Better Not Pout set, and I created a cute little embellishment by using some Strawberry Paper Straws that I wrapped with Solid Green Baker's Twine.  These adorable Paper Straws come in several sweet colors, and can be used in so many creative ways.
These sweet new stamp sets from Paper Sweeties have so many lovely sentiments in them, and you'll be able to create lots of great Christmas cards with them.  I haven't been able to put them down since I got them.  They're both just SO cute!
Well, I couldn't stop with just one card.  I had to make a matching Christmas Tag to go with it.  I used the same patterned papers, and then stamped the #hashtag sentiments from the new You Better Not Pout and Meet Me Under The Mistletoe stamp sets.  These trendy hashtag sentiments are SO much fun, and the images are adorable as well.
At the top of my tag, I placed a bow that's tied with two lengths of Mint Seam Binding.  Paper Sweeties carries several gorgeous colors of Seam Binding, and this is another lovely way to embellish your cards and projects.  I love adding contrasting colors as well as those that match perfectly.  It's fun to do both...and I encourage you to try some of these sweet colors to embellish your cards.
Aren't those Paper Straws cute?  If you've never used them in your crafting, I encourage you to pick some up and give it a try.  They can be cut into smaller pieces as accents in your bows, or used to create a frame for your sentiment.  The possibilities are endless.  Just let your creativity run wild!  Paper Sweeties has so many great products to help you create something sweet!
Here's the list of my friends at Paper Sweeties who have prepared something lovely for you today.  I hope you will stop by to see each fabulous project using these sweet new products from the November Release.  You will soon fall in love with these new sets as much as I have.  Go ahead, treat yourself!  Be sure to visit my awesome teammates from Paper Sweeties:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz, Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin, November Guest Designer
Karen Letchworth

Have a blessed week,
Karen

I'm sharing here:
25 Days of Christmas Tags - This tag I'm sharing today was inspired by Galina Flippenko on Day 11 when she used the cute striped red and white candy canes on her tag.  I decided to use the red paper straws to replicate her adorable striped candy canes.  Yummy and cute!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paper Sweeties November Release Party

Hurray!  Today is the WONDERFUL day that you can find two ADORABLE new Stamp Sets and coordinating Sweet Cuts (dies) available for sale in the Paper Sweeties Shop!  These two sweet new sets are just in time to help you get some sweet Christmas cards, tags, and projects together.  How sweet is this?
I created this sweet tag using the Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Stamp Set and coordinating Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sweet Cuts to create a wool felt holly and berries accent that I glittered a bit.  Once I had laid and machine stitched my patterned papers, I added the wool felt accent and topped it with a tiny rusty bell and some ivory burlap string.
I love the rusty metal accents with the soft sweet holly and berries found in the new Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Stamp Set.  The touches of soft and hard compliment one another, and Paper Sweeties has so many lovely stamps to help you find the just right balance of sweetness with your own edge.  No matter what your crafting style, there's always something new to be found to help you create something amazing; and Paper Sweeties wants to help you do just that!
As I know I've mentioned before (more than once...LOL), I absolutely LOVE the hashtag #sentiments you can find in many of the newer stamp sets at Paper Sweeties.  Using hashtags is very on-trend and a fun way to incorporate using Instagram in your crafting.  I'm still learning the whole #hashtag thing, but I sure do LOVE the sweet #hashtag stamps!  This one (#believe) is from the new You Better Not Pout Stamp Set.  Isn't it adorable?
My final tag photo (above) also includes the tag I created for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags on the day Paper Sweeties was participating.  But just in case you missed it, this tag uses a #hashtag stamp from the new You Better Not Pout Stamp Set, some Licorice Seam Binding, and I added Strawberry Sequins to accent both tags.
My card today uses all the same patterned papers, but also incorporates the awesome new Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Stamp Set, the holly and berries cut from patterned paper using the Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sweet Cuts,  and two of the sentiments from the You Better Not Pout Stamp Set.  There's also a sweet bow tied with Licorice Seam Binding and Frosting Seam Binding, and I accented my card with Sugar Sprinkles Sequins and Strawberry Sequins.
Oh! .....and there's even MORE goodness being shared again tomorrow during our November Release Rewind and Wrap-Up!  Be sure to stop back by.  Here's the list of my Paper Sweeties team-mates who are waiting for you to visit them today:

Debbie Marcinkiewicz, Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin, November Guest Designer
Karen Letchworth

Enjoy all the Paper Sweeties sweetness,
Karen

25 Days of Christmas Tags - This tag I'm sharing today was inspired by my own tag that I shared on Day 9 for Paper Sweeties.  I love using the plaid and holly berries.  Once I started using these fabulous products, I simply couldn't stop!

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Simon Says "It's a Stitch Up" - I enjoy stitching on almost all of my projects, so this challenge was right up my alley.  You can see all my machine stitching.  LOVE it!

Dies R Us - Challenge #85 - SNOW - I added ultra-fine white glitter to my holly and berries to make it look like it's dusted with snow.