Monday, March 27, 2017

I Hope This Perks You Up

Here I thought I was doing SO well by posting one card every day of the Spring Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  But, no, I'm quite behind apparently.......there are people posting loads of "cards" all in a row each day.  Yup!  Well, I don't roll like that.  As long as I'm able to enter once a day and be happy with what I've created, I'm fine with that.  To be honest, I do wish they would make some sort of limit on entries, but....not my challenge, not my blog, not my decision.  So, onward and upward.  It's all good.
This card was created using patterned papers from one of my favorite (and most hoarded) Crate Paper lines of all time.....Emma's Shoppe.  It's precious, and you can't find it anywhere any more.  Believe me...I've looked, and when I do find it, I buy it ALL!  I even ordered some from Australia!  LOL   I also used a doily, and the tea cup and steam are Sweet Cuts from Paper Sweeties in their sweet new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee set.  The sentiment is also from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee stamp set.

I used Oatmeal Seam Binding to create my bow, and topped it with a chipboard button with some twine tied through it.  The sticker border is also from Emma's Shoppe.  I just LOVE all of the fabulous new coffee themed sets this month from Paper Sweeties.  The steam was stamped and die-cut three times from vellum and I layered them.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I'm always SO grateful to have you visit and leave a comment.  I've enjoyed hopping through the entire list of entries and plan to keep up with it.  I've seen some really amazing cards.   It's always super inspiring.

Have a blessed day!
Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee or tea themed projects

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used TWO dies from Paper Sweeties a total of FIVE times (the cup twice and the steam with three layers).



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Keep Calm and Drink Coffee

Welcome by again today, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today as I share another card I created using one of the three sweet new sets from Paper Sweeties March Release.  The set I used to create this card is called Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, and it's SUPER cute.  I just LOVE this super cool coffee cup filled with coffee-related words.  It's SO adorable that I couldn't resist taking some close-up photos to show you just how amazing it really is.
I used the coffee cup image and the steam from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set, and I also used the coordinating Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts to cut the cup and steam.  You will also see that I used some of Paper Sweeties adorable little Rusty Jingle Bells.  Paper Sweeties carries the cutest embellishments in addition to their amazing stamps and dies.
The little piece that I added right by the bells is the negative (cut piece) from inside the coffee mug handle.  I thought it looked a bit like a coffee leaf, so I added it.  I love every little last bit of this sweet new set from Paper Sweeties.  I know that YOU will love these three fabulous new coffee-themed sets.  I hope you'll stop by Paper Sweeties to check it out and treat yourself to these fabulous products.
Thanks again for stopping by today.  It's always so nice to have you stop by my blog.  I hope that you will become a new follower here, and I'll do the same for you.  I enjoy making new blog friends.  Have a blessed week!

Karen

Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Share any Spring coffee-themed card or project.  Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall...I love my coffee ANY time of the year!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

You've Got This In The Bag

We sure are a blessed bunch....the crafting community.  With the Coffee Loving Card Makers' Spring Blog Hop taking place, seeing all those generous sponsors, companies and individuals along with way with giveaways and freebies...there's just SO much to be grateful for in the crafting world.  What a generous bunch of people, and we sure are lucky!
When I stopped by the Verve Challenge Blog yesterday and saw the sweet digital sheet of coffee and tea themed images that Verve Owner, Julee Tillman, was offering up for another sweet challenge there on the Verve Blog....I couldn't resist.  I quickly printed off the images and made a few projects to share.
This is a little glassine bag that I decorated with patterned paper and machine stitched together.  I added some pink clunny lace, part of a small white doily, and then I added the sentiment and tea cup from Julee's printables.  I pieced together my tea cup because I wanted the cup to be made from patterned paper and I don't quite know what I'm doing when it comes to digital images.  It turned out fine...with a bit of work.  I added a Paper Sweeties Bubblegum Sequin to cover a small blooper, and placed a tiny blue pearl accent sticker in the center of this super sweet flower-shaped sequin.
I inked the edges of the sentiment and attached it using a small rusty paper clip.  Then, I tucked in a small wooden spoon covered with washi tape and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine, and an Earl Grey tea bag (one new and one open tea bag).  I love this sentiment, You've Got This In The Bag.  I will use this as an encouragement for someone by tucking in a coffee gift card and sending it on its way. 

I'm sharing this little glassing bag project here in these challenges:

Verve Celebrates Coffee Lovers Blog Hop With a Freebie and a Challenge - Thank you, Julee, for this adorable printable sheet.

Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Make a Spring Coffee-Themed Project

#Coffee

Yup, I'm back!!  I've been posting quite a bit lately.  But when you see these three ADORABLE new sets from Paper Sweeties (just released March 15), you will understand why I can't seem to put them down.  They're absolutely ADORABLE, and every card I make is turning out SO sweet because of them.  Why not treat yourself to either the new Tackle Life One Cup At a Time, You Warm My Heart, or Keep Calm and Drink Coffee......or, better yet...all three?
This card was created using the awesome cup and steam from the new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Set.  How super cute is that coffee cup? And that sentiment....#COFFEE - isn't that adorable?  That one is from the Tackle Life One Cup At a Time Set.  You will LOVE Paper Sweeties high-quality stamps and their adorable embellishments.  I used a sweet little Bubblegum Sequin on my card just to add a little touch of love.  They're so precious....little cup-shaped sequins in every perfect color.  YUM!
This photo (above) really shows you up close how ADORABLE this stamp is.  I stamped it twice and used 3-D foam tape to raise it up, and I did the same thing with the "steam" just above the coffee cup.  It didn't matter what patterned papers I chose to use....these sweet new stamps are just cute with EVERYTHING....as all of Paper Sweeties stamps are! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

I'm sharing my coffee-inspired card here:


Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Spring Coffee-Themed Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says, "Use More Than One Punch or Die" - I used two different die-cuts, and I used each of them twice to layer my images.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Paper Sweeties Coffee Card

Hello, everyone, and welcome back by my blog today.  I'm sharing a card today using one of the three new stamp sets from the Paper Sweeties March Release, and the set I used for this sweet card is called You Warm My Heart.  I also used the You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts to die-cut the birds, branches, and tea cup.  There are so many sweet images and sentiments in this adorable coffee-themed set.  I hope you've stopped by Paper Sweeties to check out the fabulous March Release.  And...Paper Sweeties is sponsoring the Spring Coffee-Loving Cardmakers' Blog Hop with a $25 Gift Certificate AND a Flash Prize of a Paper Sweeties stamp set and die set of winner's choice.  Woo Hoo!!
How cute are those little birds drinking coffee?  And the sweet branches and coffee cup...so adorable!  I love every single bit of each of the three fabulous new sets in the Paper Sweeties March Release, and I know you will too.  They work great on their own, and when combined with other Paper Sweeties products.  They're all just SO adorable, you simply can't go wrong.
I also used some of Paper Sweeties adorable little Cookie Dough Sequins and some of their yummy Oatmeal Seam Binding to create that lovely bow.  There are SO many great products at Paper Sweeties to help YOU create something extra sweet.  Why not treat yourself today?  With these three great new coffee-themed sets, you're sure to find something you love.
Have a blessed and creative day, everyone!
Karen

P.S. I'm linking up in the following:

Coffee-Loving Card Makers' Spring Blog Hop - I'm excited to play along using a Spring design and coffee-themed stamps.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used 5 dies (tea cup, two branches with leaves, and two birds), and 1 scalloped border punch on this card!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Layer It Up" - I used several layers of patterned papers along with layers of stickers, dies, ribbon and lace.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So Proud of You

Welcome by today, everyone.  It's so nice to have you visit as I share this sweet little card I made for Really Reasonable Ribbon using just a few of my favorite RRR trims.  Ribbons, baker's twine and lace always give cards so much rich texture and personality, and you can ALWAYS trust that Really Reasonable Ribbon will have the exact colors you need for any project, and in any style.  From super pretty and elegant to super shabby and rustic, Really Reasonable Ribbon always has the perfect trims.
I made this card using two pieces of October Afternoon patterned papers that I inked on the edges with distress inks.  Next, I ran an October Afternoon border sticker along on the right-hand side of my card aside a length of Debra Natural Crochet Lace, Burlap Center-Stitched Navy (which is closer to a teal color actually), and Teal Baker's Twine.  I also ran a small length of the Teal Baker's Twine over the chipboard banner pieces to create a string of pendants.
The stamped sentiments are from Paper Sweeties So Proud Of You Stamp Set and were stamped directly onto some little October Afternoon journalling stickers using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  I left one spot at the bottom blank so that the date of that first solo bike ride could be documented there.  I plan to send this card to my Great Nephew, Gideon.  He has mastered the art of bike riding; which as we know, is life-changing for a young boy.  Not to mention, super exciting!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget about the fun challenge taking place on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We'd love to have you play along with us, and we hope that next time you need some ribbon or trim, you will think of Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Karen

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Paper Sweeties March Release Rewind

I sure hope that you've been with me here for the past three days as we revealed the THREE fabulous new sets for March at Paper Sweeties.  These three new coffee-themed sets are each SO sweet.....You Warm My Heart, Tackle Life One Cup at a Time, and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee and they're sure to be among everyone's new favorites at Paper Sweeties.  With the Coffee Loving Card-Makers Spring Blog Hop coming up soon, this is a great time to pick up some adorable new coffee-themed stamp sets, and Paper Sweeties is just the place to get them.  Just look how cute they are!!
I made this card by combining the branch, teapot and tea cups from the new You Warm My Heart set, combined with the sentiment (#coffee) from the new Tackle Life One Cup At a Time, the ever-adorable Emma, and her lovely dress and flower in her hair from the At The Beach set.  There's also a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin on the tag.  I tied some extra coffee cups to the branch so that Emma can invite YOU over for a cup of coffee!
Everything at Paper Sweeties is SO super cute...each set on their own, or when combined with other Paper Sweeties sets.....you will fall in LOVE.  Don't miss out on picking up these three fabulous new coffee-themed sets before they're gone.  They're sure to bring you years of adorable coffee-themed cards and projects.  There's also a sweet coffee-themed challenge taking place on the Paper Sweeties Blog.  If our inspiration photo inspires you, come and play along for your chance to win $25 worth of Paper Sweeties goodies, and a chance to Guest Design at Paper Sweeties.
This photo (above) really shows you up close how ADORABLE these stamps are.   It didn't matter what patterned papers I chose to use....these sweet new stamps are just SO cute with EVERYTHING....as all of Paper Sweeties stamps are! OK...here's the list of the fabulous designers who want to share even more inspiration with you, and I hope you'll stop by each one to check out their creativity using these fabulous March Release sets.


Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jill Norwood
Karen Letchworth - That's Me!

We really hope you've enjoyed the March Release, and we hope you'll stop by Paper Sweeties today to pick up some of these fabulous new sets as well as some sweet embellishments and goodies to go along with them.  We're here to inspire you, and we thank you for visiting Paper Sweeties.

Karen