Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Have you seen that the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge is back?  I have definitely missed it!  Sketches are my favorite kind of challenge.  For the current sketch, I used the Bugabee set along with the Bugabee Bugs Die Set.  The papers are from the Finally Fall Collection from Bella Blvd. 

I die cut the wings twice and layered them with the top set folded back a bit.  I used the Grass Border Die along with the Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities to create the focal panel.  I embellished with Kaisercraft Pearls and some Red Glimmer Ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in Jet Black StazOn onto a transparency. 

Come play along with the sketch!  You know you want to!  :) 

Don't forget about the SALE that's going on at Taylored Expressions!

When: Now through Wednesday, February 1st

Where: Taylored Expressions What's the Deal Department

Details: Use coupon code CHASALE2012 for an extra 10% discount on all of the already discounted merchandise in the What's the Deal department. Get over 50% off some of your favorite products!
Once these products are gone they will not be re-stocked so shop early for the best selection.

Friday, January 27, 2012


It's no secret that I LOVE clean and simple cards.  They are, by far, my favorite type of card, so when I see an embossing folder/background stamp coordinating duo like this, I just HAVE to have it!  :)  This is the Stripes and Frame Stamp & Emboss set from Sizzix for Hero Arts.  How simple is this card?  All I did was stamp the background (stripes) and line it up in the coordinating embossing folder and it gives it all this wonderful texture!  It even makes it look like the sentiment is a layered panel!  The sentiment is from the Spiral Bouquet set from Papertrey Ink.  This card took all of 10 minutes to make. . .and that's only because I couldn't decide on a ribbon treatment.  Now that the card design is decided, I could mass produce this card in no time! 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Frosty Fun

We've been having some wonderful weather here in Pittsburgh.  It's been cold and we've had the random snow/ice storm, but the snow and ice quickly melted away with the change in temperature.  Don't get me wrong. . .it's still cold, but it's more bearable than what Pittsburgh winter weather is usually like. . .at least for me!  :) 

Today I have a card that uses the Moka Kristie from Taylored Expressions.  I used papers from the Snow Day Collection from Crate Paper.  I colored Kristie with Copic markers and then added some Stardust Stickles over top to give her a nice sparkle.  I diecut the image using the Take Note Die 3 and then matted that on a piece that was die cut using the Frame It Up 1 die.  I used the Lots of Dots Impression Plate on the background and the Winter Wonderland Snowflakes Die Set for the snowflakes on the card.

There's a SALE going on at Taylored Expressions right now!!

What: CHA Clearance Sale
When: Now through Wednesday, February 1st
Where: Taylored Expressions What's the Deal Department
Details: Use coupon code CHASALE2012 for an extra 10% discount on all of the already discounted merchandise in the What's the Deal department. Get over 50% off some of your favorite products!
Once these products are gone they will not be re-stocked so shop early for the best selection.
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're enjoying your day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mojo Monday In Your Midst

This week's Mojo Monday Sketch is a bit different for me.  I had to really think about the blocked panels.  I decided a mix of patterned papers and some 3 dimensional butterflies would work.  I started with the Zephaniah 3:17 Plain Jane for the sentiment.  I stamped it in Scarlet Jewel on some patterned paper from the Paper Heart Collection from Crate Paper.  The blocks of patterned paper are from the same collection. 

I used the All Aflutter Plain Jane for the large butterfly and the Twitterpated set for the small butterfly.  Both were die cut with the All Aflutter Die Set.   Both butterflies were stamped in Frost White craft ink and embossed in white.  I added some stitching to the card as well as some heart buttons with twine and some ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you're having a great day!

Friday, January 20, 2012

VLV I Dig You

It's Friday, and that means a new Viva la Verve Sketch!  This week's sketch is brought to us by the fabulous Teresa.  I used the Twitterpated set from Verve for my card.  The papers are from the Love Struck Collection by We R Memory Keepers.  I die cut the heart using the Jotted Heart Die and then embossed it using the Candy Cane Stripe Cuttlebug folder. 

The image was stamped in Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic markers.  I added a few pearls to the image with some adhesive pearls from Want2Scrap as well as some pearls made with the Viva Magenta Pearl Pen. 

As a finishing touch, I stitched all around the card.  Come play along with the Viva la Verve Challenge!  There's always a prize involved!!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Love Lives Here

Today I have a card that focuses more on embossing than on stamping.  I used the Jumbo Heart Border Die from Taylored Expressions and embossed it across the kraft panel.  I then took some patterned paper from the Valentine Project Pantry Kit and die cut the top of it with the same die so that the paper would nest perfectly along the embossed border.   I also used one of the dies in the Hearts a Plenty Die set and embossed it on the upper part of the card.  I then die cut that same die using patterned paper and cardstock from the Valentine Project Pantry and "paper pieced" it on the embossed image.  Because it was already embossed into the cardstock, the die cut piece nestle down in so it looks like it's pressed into the cardstock rather than sitting on top.  It looks pretty neat in person.  :) 

As finishing touches I added some ribbon and used a white gel pen for some faux stitching and to fill in the dots in the border.  The sentiment is from the Love Shack set. 

There's a new Calendar Challenge going on at Taylored Expressions!  It's a great way to create a calendar for yourself or someone else AND have a chance to win a prize package!  Click on the link for all of the details!  Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sending Warm Fuzzies

I am currently taking the Clean & Simple Card Making Class and am REALLY enjoying learning how to make the most of clean and simple cards.  My favorite kind of cards to make are clean and simple cards, but sometimes I feel like they look too simple or "boring". . .especially when I see so many gorgeous cards that have lots of layers and lots of embellishments.  I love those cards, but my brain works better with the clean and simple!  LOL

For this card, I punched the tree using an EK Success punch and mounted some patterned paper on the inside of the card with foam adhesive.  I white embossed the Hero Arts sentiment onto dark brown cardstock and adhered it across the bottom of the card.  The finishing touches were score lines on the left side and top of the card, and some irridescent bling scattered around the tree.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you're having a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Everyday Sayings (Hero Arts); Ink- Frost White (Colorbox); Paper- Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Holly Jolly Christmas Collection (Echo Park), Dark Chocolate (PTI); Accessories- bling (Hero Arts), white embossing poweder, tree punch (EK Success);  Finished card measures 5.5"x 4.25"

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Verve After Party Blog Hop

Welcome to our January 2012 After Party Hop! Last night we released 3 new stamp sets, 4 Plain Janes and 4 dies! All of the new products we've been showcasing this week are available now in the Verve store! Be sure to leave a little comment love as you take a stroll through the Diva blogs. One lucky commenter from today's hop will win the ENTIRE Release! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.

Today's card uses the butterfly in the Twitterpated set along with the smaller butterfly die in the All AFlutter Die Set.  I stamped the butterflies in gray and then stamped over it again in a pale pink.  It gives them a really neat look.  Then I added Stardust Stickles on top of all of them.  I added a scored border around the card with my Scor-Pal.

January 14, 2012

1. Amy8. Tosha
2. Maureen9. Laurie
3. Sankari10. Julee
4. Andrea11. Janelle
5. Teresa12. Betty
6. Amber13. Shannan
7. Charmaine14. Jackie

Thanks for stopping by all this week!  I hope you've enjoyed the peeks!  All of these products are now available, so HAPPY SHOPPING! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Verve New Release Spotlight Hop - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's New Release Spotlight!  Today we have another new set, a Plain Jane and 2 die sets to show you!   My project features all of them.  I used the sentiment and frame from the Twitterpated set for the focal point of my card.  I die cut the patterned paper with the Hearts & Swirls Die and then stamped the coordinating frame and sentiment. 

I die cut and stamped the butterfly using the All Aflutter Plain Jane and All AFlutter Die set.  I also added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly for some sparkle.  The paper is from the Love Me Collection from My Mind's Eye.  I added some pearls and ribbon to finish off the card. 

Remember, one lucky commenter from each day's hop will win the sets and dies featured that day, so be sure and leave a little love in the Divasphere! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.

Don't forget that tonight is the Release Party!  We hope you'll join us at 9pm Eastern for lots of fun!

January 13, 2012

1. Amber7. Amy
2. Teresa8. Laurie
3. Charmaine9. Maureen
4. Andrea10. Julee
5. Tosha11. Sankari
6. Janelle

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge - January

It's a new year, so we're starting off with a NEW challenge at Taylored Expressions!  Please play along in the Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge!  What better way to create a calendar for the year. . .or even one to use as a gift for the next year!  TE Calendar products are required to play, but TE stamps are NOT required.  You can read all of the details on Taylor's blog.  What's exciting is everyone who plays in 10 or more of these monthly calendar challenges in 2012, will be entered in a random draw for a TE prize pack valued at over $150!!!  The KEYWORD for posting to SCS or other online galleries is TECALCHAL. 

For this month, I used the New Beginnings set to create my January calendar page.  The calendar products I used are the Desktop Acrylic Base and the Mini Tear-Off Calendar.  I stamped the roses from the set in white craft ink and embossed them with white embossing powder.  Then I used Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks and rubbed it all over the roses.  I cut the roses out and then sprayed them with a Maya mist and mounted them on the page with foam adhesive. 

The sentiment was stamped in white craft ink and embossed in white on black cardstock.  I die cut that piece using the Take Note Die 2.  I used the Heart Border Die as well as the Rosy Posey Dies to embellish the page. 

See what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has created for today's challenge!  I hope you'll play along!



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