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.

Sweet Flowers at Secret Garden Crafts

I don't know about you, but I can never get enough sweet flowers.  They're just SO elegant, and they add such a lovely touch to cards and projects.  Secret Garden Crafts has so many lovely flowers from Prima, Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts, and more.  AND....there's a FABULOUS sale taking place where you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders $20 and higher.  Now that's one worth exploring!
This card was created with some lovely patterned papers that I inked and layered.  I stamped my sentiment, ran some gray lace and seam binding across the card, and then attached some lovely flowers from Secret Garden Crafts.  The big flower at the top right is a beautiful Prima flower, and on the top left, I attached some  Peach Wild Roses and some Coral Open Roses. There's also a lovely Green and White Paper Mulberry Leave tucked in there.
I also wanted to create a Christmas Gift Tag to share with you all today just to demonstrate the fact that FLOWERS can be used on anything and everything....including Christmas projects.  This sweet and simple little tag was creating using some Crate Paper patterned papers, stickers, lace, seam binding, and FLOWERS!

Once I had everything else in place, I added some Sweetheart Blossoms, Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms, a Two-Toned Green and White Mulberry Leaf, and some GORGEOUS Light Yellow Double-Head Flower Stamens.  These sweet little Flower Stamens are beautiful.  They come in many different colors, cost just ONE DOLLAR per bundle of 100 pieces, and they can be tucked in anywhere.  Can you see them peeking out from the top of my flowers?
As far as I'm concerned, you can never add "too much".  There's just no such thing.  And this is a great time to stock up while this special offer is taking place.  There's also a fun new monthly CHALLENGE on our Facebook Page (it's called Play Creative).  We hope you will play along for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the shop.  Be sure to stop by and check out the Secret Garden Crafts Blog and all the lovely flowers available at Secret Garden Crafts.  You will LOVE what you see!

Have a blessed week,
Karen

I'm playing along here:

25 Days of Christmas Tags - This tag was inspired by Amanda Bodine's card from Day 2.  I was really drawn to her fabulous color combination, and it's really inspired me in making my tags this week.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paper Sweeties November Sneak Peek

It's that wonderful time of the month again when Paper Sweeties shares a peek at their New Release, and the November sets are absolutely ADORABLE, as always.  This card was created using one of the stamps from the new Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Stamp Set.  I stamped this sweet little Christmas tree three times; once on each of three different patterned papers.  I cut them out using the coordinating new Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sweet Cuts.  I added a rusty jingle bell to the O in HO at the top of each tree.
I also ran a width of Frosting Seam Binding across my card (under the trees), and tied a bow using the Frosting Seam Binding along with a piece of Mint Seam Binding.  I attached three more tiny rusty jingle bells using some vintage baker's twine.
I'm SO in love with the two LOVELY new sets this month at Paper Sweeties, and I have no doubt that you will love them just as much as I do.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow, November 15, when these two sweet new sets will be available for sale in the Paper Sweeties Shop.
I also created a matching Christmas Gift Tag by once again stamping the adorable tree from the new Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Stamp Set and cutting it with the Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sweet Cut.  I also attached a bow tied with Frosting Seam Binding and Watermelon Seam Binding.
The tag itself was cut using the For You Sweet Cut; and at the top of this sweet tag, you will see that I added a small snippet from a Mint Paper Straw tied with a piece of baker's twine.  Paper Straws can be used in so many different ways, and they come in a variety of sweet colors.
Here's the complete list of all the talented Paper Sweeties team-mates who have prepared something lovely to inspire you today.  I hope you will stop by their blogs to see their sweet projects using these WONDERFUL new stamp sets that will be available for sale tomorrow.  Don't miss the sweetness!

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

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Karin Akesdotter shared this fabulous tag on Day 12 using pastels, and I fell in love with it.  Her use of these soft colors on her Christmas tag inspired me to create this tag I'm sharing today.  Thanks for the inspiration, Karin.

CropStop Challenge #34 - I used Tombow Adhesive and Tim Holtz Distress Inks


Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Hop Time at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hey, friends! It's Blog Hop time at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I'm SO glad you've decided to join us.  This month's Ribbon Club Assortment is absolutely GORGEOUS with rich jewel tones for Christmas and all the way into the new year.  You will absolutely love these rich colors with the gold detailing on the edges.  They can really make your cards and projects POP with texture and beauty.
By signing up for the monthly Ribbon Club Assortment you can rest assured that you will always have the perfect ribbons for every occasion.  If you are the kind of person who wants to take the guess work out of ordering ribbon, this is the perfect answer for you.  Just look how well all of Really Reasonable Ribbon's trims work together to compliment one another.
I also made a sweet little Christmas Gift Tag by using a piece of green corrugated cardboard and adding a gold glittery snowflake and topping it with a 14mm White Flower Shaped Flatback Pearl.  At the top of my tag, I added a big beautiful bow tied with 3/8" Vanilla Satin With Gold Metallic Edge and topped with a 14mm Mixed Color Flower Shaped Flatback Rhinestone Embellishment.  I also attached a loop cut from Gold Metallic String so that the tag can be attached to a gift.
I absolutely ADORE the trims in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment, and it's a fabulous way to have on-trend ribbons delivered to your door every month so that you'll always have what you need.  These natural jewel tones will spice up any project with style.  There so many fabulous ribbons, laces, twines, trims, flowers and Embellishments at Really Reasonable Ribbon to help you create something wonderful.
Your next stop on today's hop is at the blog of my very talented friend Kathy.  She has prepared something extra special for you, as always.  I hope that you will stop by Really Reasonable Ribbon next time you need any ribbons, laces, flowers, and trims.  You will LOVE what you see!  There's always lots of fabulous inspiration on the RRR Blog and I hope you will stop by often.

Happy crafting,
Karen

25 Days of Christmas Tags - When I saw this tag from Jeanne Jachna, I fell in LOVE with the idea of cutting a snowflake in gold.  I've always seen snowflakes in silver, but I had never thought of cutting one from gold paper.  I'm so glad I was inspired because I really do LOVE the gold snowflake.  What do you think?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Silent Night Holy Night

Well, you guessed it....I'm back today with another Christmas Gift Tag.  Today's tag was inspired by Jen Carter's fabulous tag shared on Day 6 using Lil' Inker Designs products.  What really caught my eye on Jen's tag was her use of the blue/teal paper combined with the gold snowflake.  I thought it was a fabulous combination, and I really like how it turned out on  my tag as well.  Thanks for the great inspiration on this one, Jen.
My tag uses a tag from Season's Greetings by Echo Park.  I also cut a Simon Says Stamp snowflake and layered it with a sticker from the same Echo Park collection.  I also added some Gold Metallic String and some red berries.  The sentiment I used (Silent Night Holy Night) is a Melissa Frances rub-on.  It's really a pretty simple tag, but I really love this sweet color combination.
I love the holly berries printed on the patterned paper, but I wanted to give my card a bit more dimension; so I added a few holly berries of my own down at the bottom right.  I placed some more of the Gold Metallic String under them to tie in the piece at the top of my tag and the gold in the snowflake.
Here's where I'm sharing my Christmas Gift Tag:

25 Days of Christmas Tags - As explained above in more detail, my tag was inspired by a tag shared by Jen Carter on Day 6.  Don't you just LOVE that gold snowflake against the teal blue?

CropStop - Challenge #34 - Once again, I used the fabulous Towbow Adhesive and May Arts string.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Snow White" - Well, you can't have snow without a snowflake.  Right?

The Cat's Pajamas - Challenge #341 - Tag You're It - I don't have any TCP products to use, but I sure wanted to play along.  

Have a wonderfully blessed day,
Karen