Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Hello, and welcome by!  I really do believe that "The Kitchen is the ๐Ÿ’“of the Home" because most of us gather in the kitchen....for talking, sharing, cooking, and SO much more.  And while our meals are later taken into either the formal dining room, the kitchen table area, or even to the couch in some cases...it all begins in the Kitchen.
When I first learned of the new challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog/Dar & Diane's Challenge Blog, this specific Bo Bunny "Kiss The Cook" line immediately came to my mind.  I made a cute little Kitchy Card yesterday using these adorable goodies, and it quickly reminded me that I had also started a mini album/cook book this past Summer while crafting with my BFF in Stillwater, MN.  You will see an antique milk cap on the cover page that is actually from Stillwater, MN.  (See photo below)  We found those for ten cents each at an antique store and swooped up oodles of them.  I put the finishing touches on this mini album today, and I'm sharing it now for the first time.
The second page of this book is covered in black gingham patterned paper, and has some cute lace and border on the left with a wool felt flower cut from a die-cut, and a little tag from the Bo Bunny collection.  This page is a photo page.  How fun will it be to place pictures inside this sweet book to capture memories of meals, cooking, and family.
On the right-hand side of the book (Page 3 of the album), I used yellow polka dot patterned paper, a border sticker with a "Recipe" tab, and a row of die-cut wool felt red hearts with machine stitching through them. At the bottom right of Page 3, I put a decorative little flower with some Natural Burlap string.  Because this book is made out of paper bags, there are built-in pockets; and this is the first page where you can see some of the recipe cards peeking out of the pocket.  There's also a photo spot on this page.
Next, you flip the book to Page 4 where, on the left-hand side, you will see red gingham patterned paper with a strip of the black gingham paper surrounded by a blue border, some lace, a sticker tab (a day to remember), and the soup can - which is from a sheet of patterned paper.  I dressed that up with some cute October Afternoon buttons with Ivory Burlap String tied through them.
On Page 5, the right-hand side of the book, I used a darling strawberry patterned paper with more of the kitchy blue hues.  I ran a deep red border along the edge, and then used this perfect yellow polka dot rolled rose ribbon that we found to match the album so perfectly.  This page is another photo page.  And again, I just LOVE that each page has built-in pockets where you can tuck in notes, additional photos, etc. for capturing memories.
OK.....let's flip the book to Page 6.  Here we have the red gingham, the kitchy blue photo mat, some of the strawberry patterned paper, a cute sticker tab, and then I placed the chipboard cooking utensils on the left. I told you this Bo Bunny "Kiss the Cook Line" is cute!
Here is a closer look at Page 6 (left side of book) and that adorable chipboard piece.  It is glittered and oh, so sweet!  And that little journalling sticker tab is the perfect place to write the year that the photo was taken.  Paper bag albums are such a great way to capture memories!
There's lots of machine stitching in this mini album, lots of room for journalling, and of course...LOTS of great pockets for the recipe cards where I'm sharing favorite family recipes.  I also inked the edges of my pages which is something I like to do. Every little touch just adds more joy!
Finally, on the right hand side you find Page 7 which has more machine stitching on the adorable papers, and a black photo mat with a little sticker (Be Grateful).  I can't stand it when I think about how ADORABLE this book is going to be with all the fabulous family photo glued to the pages.  SO SWEET!
The last photo (above) is just a look at the back cover of the mini album.  Even though it's the back of book, I wanted it to look cute.  I also figured that it would be a good place for some journalling, or the family name.  This sweet little album was bound using my Zutter tool with black binding rings, and is tied with several ribbon scraps.  I hope you've enjoyed my little album.  Here's where I am sharing it:

Double D Challenges:  Dar & Diane's Challenge Blog - The Kitchen Is The Heart of The Home
Scrapy Land Challenge Challenge Blog - Challenge #82 - Anything Goes - I used several die-cuts including the book itself which is Spellbinders, as well as the flowers on the cover and Page 2 which are Impression Obsession rolled flowers, Spellbinders scallop border, and a few others.

Mini Album Maker's Blog - January Challenge - This mini album was SO much fun to make, and great way to capture memories.

Have a blessed day!
Karen

Friday, January 19, 2018

Getting Kitchy

Hello!  I'm so glad you're here.  Today I'm sharing a card I made using a Bo Bunny line called Kiss The Cook.  I purchased this line last Summer while I was crafting with my BFF, and I ended up ordering even more of it because we made a darling little recipe album and I wanted the adorable recipe cards that came with this line.  I found them (and I'm not kidding, probably the last known set available anywhere) on Etsy and swooped them up right away.  I still haven't posted that ADORABLE album.  If I can get it finished this weekend, I will post and share it.  It's so sweet!  Anyway.....
This card was inspired  by the FUN challenge taking place now over at Double D Challenge Blog.  I used a cream card stock base and attached the red gingham patterned paper from the Kiss The Cook collection.  I machine stitched it for that homespun "kitchy" look and then added a length of crinkled seam binding and tied a bow with that.  I attached a small chipboard tag from the set on top of the bow.  For the background, I used the silhouette image of the cook (that's actually me...LOL).  Then, I used the chipboard sentiment banner (Making Memories) by lifting it with 3-D tape.  What a fun card!
I really am grateful for your visit to my blog.  If you are a person of prayer, I'd greatly appreciate your prayers one week from today when I undergo a right rotator cuff repair (shoulder surgery) to six a three year old tear in my shoulder that I can no longer ignore.  I'm sad that I won't be able to craft for a while; but SO grateful that Blogger allows us to schedule ahead.

Here's where I'm sharing my card:

Double D Challenges - The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home - This is SO true!  
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Add A Sentiment - My sentiment (Making Memories) is a chipboard banner.

Three Amigos Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January Challenge - I used Bo Bunny

Have a blessed day,
Karen


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties Love Ya Bunches

Hey there, everyone!  I welcome you by today as I share another fun "Blast From The Past - Winter Edition" post for Paper Sweeties.  For today's card, I pulled out some of my favorite Valentine themed products from Paper Sweeties so that you could all become a bit more familiar with some of the ADORABLE Valentine's Day products available at Paper Sweeties to help you make something sweet for those you love this Valentine's Day - the Winter Holiday of LOVE.
My card was created using some pretty patterned papers that I machine stitched and inked with some sweet Ballerina Pink Ink.  I cut a heart using the AWESOME With Love Sweet Cuts Heart, and the sentiment I stamped on the tag (Love Ya Bunches) is from the For You Stamp Set.    I also added two Bubblegum Sequins and one Marshmallow Sequin to the bottom right of my card just to add an extra touch of sweetness.  

On the left of the With Love Sweet Cuts Heart, I added a lovely bow tied with Watermelon Seam Binding and Frosting Seam Binding in  my bow.    I used the Sweet Cuts Stitched Tags #1 to cut the smaller heart tag that's hanging from my pretty Seam Binding bow.   I also tucked in a piece of a Paper Straw (super cute accents!). There are SO many gorgeous products at Paper Sweeties and I hope you will stop by to do some shopping.  Here are links to the blogs of all my talented team-mates who have prepared something sweet to share with you:

Have a blessed day,
Karen

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Wednesday Blog - Use Patterned Papers

Monday, January 15, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon Button Card

Hello, and welcome!  It's so nice to have you visit me today.  I'm sharing a sweet card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon using some older patterned papers from my stash.  They are October Afternoon's 5 & Dime collection.  Well, actually it's just one piece of patterned paper from this collection, but I used both sides of it.  Once I had the patterned paper in place, I added half of a vintage cream doily on the bottom of my card, and then I ran a width of Forsythia Seam Binding across my card to create a border.
Next, I cut a button card and stamped it with a button-themed stamp set.  I attached the button card using two small strips of Scor-Tape (a fabulous long-lasting Adhesive).  I attached four buttons to the button card, and ran some Lemonwood Striped Baker's Twine through the center of the white button, and a bit of Olive Burlap String through the holes in the red button.  On the left of the button card, I attached a sweet bow cluster that includes a few White Double-Head Stamens, Baby Pink Double-Head Stamens, and Red Double-Head Stamens, a piece of the Forsythia Seam Binding, a length of Dusty Olive Seam Binding and some knotted Cherry Baker's Twine, and is topped with a pretty White Flatback Pearl.
Did you know that almost every single day, you can find a lovely new project on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to inspire you?  It's true...LOTS of great inspiration and all kinds of fabulous ideas for using all of the wonderful products found at Really Reasonable Ribbon, take part in our monthly Blog Hops, and it's also the best way to learn about special sales and promotions taking place on the RRR Shop.  We hope you will visit often.  Thanks again for stopping by to visit me today.

Have a great week!
Karen

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Use Pattern Paper - I an older patterned paper from October Afternoon's 5 & Dime Collection

Paper Sweeties - You're Snow Special

Welcome back by again today, everyone!  I hope you're having a great week and that you have been enjoying all the fabulous Paper Sweeties projects being shared.  There sure are A LOT of awesome products available at Paper Sweeties, and I hope you will take some time to explore ALL there is to offer.  Here's another project I've created using some of my favorites.

I started this little project with a small white paper bag that I folded over and covered with some sweet inked patterned papers.  To the front, I added vines and flowers cut from wool felt using the Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts.  I stamped the sentiment (You're Snow Special) using the Let It Snow Stamp Set.  I stamped Abigail onto white card stock, colored her using my Copics, and cut her out using the Abigail Sweet Cut.  Then, I dressed her in her favorite winter coat, hat, mittens and boots by stamping onto patterned papers using the ADORABLE Let It Snow Stamp Set.  I topped Abigail's hat with a Grapefruit Sequin.
For the next page of this little book (the inside left - photo below), I used another inked patterned paper and then lined the left-hand side of the page with more wool felt flowers using the lovely Pretty Posies Sweet Cuts.  I used the rectangle tag found in the Stitched Tags #1 Sweet Cuts and stamped "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" in Coal Ink using the Let It Snow Stamp Set.  I also topped the tag with a bow tied with Bubblegum Seam Binding.
Finally, on the right-hand side of the booklet, I simply covered the page with patterned paper, and added a scalloped border using the Sweet Borders Sweet Cut, and left a spot for a photo so that when this book is given as a gift, a photo (or two) of some fun Winter activities can be stored in this place.  And because this is a paper bag album and comes with a built-in pocket, I added a tag for additional photos or journalling, and I added some Green Apple Seam Binding and Watermelon Seam Binding to it.
My talented team-mates have each prepared something special to share with you today, and I hope that you will take some time to stop by their blogs to take a look at how they used some of their favorite Paper Sweeties favorites to inspire you with their "Blast From The Past".  Here are the links to their blogs:

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld

Thanks again for stopping by, and don't forget to stop by Paper Sweeties to find your favorite "Blast From The Past" products to help YOU create something extra sweet.  We just know that you will LOVE what you find there.

Karen

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge Blog - Use Patterned Papers

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - Challenge #437 - Winter

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past

Welcome to my blog today as I share a super sweet card I created using some of my favorite products from Paper Sweeties.  There isn't a "new release" this month, and that's because all of us at Paper Sweeties really just wanted to remind everyone (including ourselves) how much we LOVE all the sweet products that are already available in the Paper Sweeties Shoppe and revisit them.  So...for this card, I chose to make a card that uses several such items.
I started with some sweet patterned papers that I inked.  I cut a Large Oval Scalloped Frame from a wood-grain paper and used it to frame the ADORABLE Emma.   I stamped Emma in black ink onto a piece of white card stock and colored her with my Copics, and I then cut her out using the coordinating Emma Sweet Cut.  She needed a cute outfit to keep her warm, so I stamped her coat, mittens and boots onto different patterned papers using the Let It Snow Stamp Set.  Once she was all clothed in her adorable outfit, I added a sentiment (Let It Snow) from the Let It Snow Stamp Set.   That is also on a smaller oval from the Oval Scalloped Frames Sweet Cuts.  I also added some burlap strings (brown and red) with some berries and then I accented them with some sweet holly leaves cut from oatmeal wool felt using the lovely Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sweet Cuts.  And finally, the bottom of my card is framed with a scalloped border from the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts and lined with Strawberry Sequins, Green Apple Sequins and Marshmallow Sequins.
As you can see, I was able to incorporate several Paper Sweeties products, and that just goes to show you how well ALL of these sweet products work together to compliment one another.  I hope you will stop by the blogs of all my talented Paper Sweeties team-mates who are sharing projects today. Here are those links:
Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld


Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope that you will visit again tomorrow when I share another super sweet Paper Sweeties project with you all.  Have a blessed week!


Karen

Here's where I'm playing along:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #437 - Winter Theme
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Use patterned Papers" - I almost always do.  These patterned papers are from Crate Paper's Peppermint Collection.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Welcome by today, everyone!  Today is the SUPER FUN and super inspiring January Blog Hop with my friends at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should have arrived here from Bonnie's Blog; but if not, you can get started on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  We're all showcasing projects made with this month's gorgeous ribbons from the January Ribbon Club Assortment.  Just look at these beautiful trims!
Ordering the Ribbon Club Assortment can be done now and then (when you see a collection you can't live without), or it can be purchased so that you get a new assortment of ribbons delivered to your door EVERY month.  Either way, it's a great way to get the most lovely trims for every time of the year.
I normally share a hair bow attached to a French Clip but instead, this month I'm sharing a bow that's attached to a stretchy pink head band.  I just love seeing them on little baby girls - how they almost swallow their whole head and make them look SO stinking adorable.  There are lots of great Clips and Headbands in the RRR shop. I used ALL the lovely ribbons in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment including the 5/8" Delicate Stitched Satin Pearl Pink, 3/8" Mixed Pink Diamond Print Grosgrain, 5/8" Checkerboard Satin Hot Pink, 3/8" Candy Hearts on Pearl Pink Grosgrain, White Crochet Lace, 3/8" Mixed Pink Hearts on Hot Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8" Pearl Pink Taffeta Ribbon, 3/8" Random Mixed Pink Stars on White Grosgrain, and the 5/8" Hot Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Like all of the trims found at Really Reasonable Ribbon, they all work beautifully together.  Additionally, there's some pink vintage Lace, mesh, Rhinestone Embellishments and Cream Rose Buds tucked into this sweet head piece.
Your next stop is at Kathy's Blog, and I know she will have something extra wonderful to share with you.  Don't forget to answer the question at the end of the hop, and don't miss out on checking the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog each day to be inspired and learn about special offers; and of course, shopping for all the fabulous products just waiting for you at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Happy ribbony shopping and crafting, everyone!

Blessings,
Karen