Monday, January 28, 2013

You Are So Beautiful

Today I have a card using Moka Morgana from Taylored Expressions.  I haven't used this sweet ballerina in a while and my 3 year dancing all around the house in "bal-a-weena" clothes inspired me to use this stamp.  I stamped and colored Morgana on Choice Snow White cardstock and then die cut her using the Label 2 Stacklets.  I also die cut some hearts from the Hearts a Plenty Die Set and added them around Morgana. 

The background was created using the Swirls Cutting Plate.  I die cut the pink cardstock, then used a spray adhesive and added glitter to it.  The sentiment panel was die cut using the Banner Stacklets 1.   The sentiment was stamped in Frost White ink and then heat embossed in white embossing powder.  I added some bling and seam binding to finish the card.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, January 25, 2013

VLV Love

 It's Friday and time for another Viva la Verve Challenge.  This week, I'm hosting and it's CAS (Clean and Simple) week!  So, if you love CAS, this week's sketch is seriously CAS!!  :)  My interpretation of the sketch is a no-layer card.  Seriously CAS, right?  lol  I used the Heart's Desire set from Verve for my card. 

I stamped the big heart in red ink and the little hearts in gray.  I traced all of them with a glue pen and then added red glitter on the big heart and white glitter on the gray hearts.  The sentiment was stamped in Onyx Versafine ink.  To finish the card, I added some score lines along the top and bottom.

I hope you'll come play along with the challenge!  I can't wait to see your take on the sketch!!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Heart's Desire (Verve Stamps); Ink- Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- glitter (Martha Stewart), ScorPal;  Finished card measures 5.5"x3.75"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

MFT Set in Stone

I can't remember the last time I played along with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club.  I saw this week's sketch and I had to play along.  I used the Pure Innocence Prehistoric Girl set to create a sort of Valentine.  I thought the image and theme would pair well with the Sugar Chic Collection from Heidi Swapp. 

I stamped and colored the image using Copic markers.  I used the Hearts a Plenty Die-namics to create the little heart embellishment.  I punched a circle out of one of the patterned papers and attached it behind the clear button.  Finally I tied some hemp cord around the bottom of the card.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Studio Challenge



It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we  have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for January is:
Helpin' out a newbie!  It's so exciting when a friend discovers the joys of stamping. But do you remember how overwhelming it was to decide what to get when you were new to the craft?
You have a {hypothetical} friend who started stamping less than a year ago and she is loving it!  She has some Christmas money burning a hole in her pocket, and she has seen your fabulous TE creations, so  she is asking for your advice on what stamping supplies to purchase. So let's hear your sage advice!

Okay, so my friend has $50 from Christmas that she wants to spend on stamping supplies.  My friend is a scrapbooker, so she's pretty familiar with working with paper and embellishments, but using ink and stamps scares her. . .not to mention "creating a card" that would be sent to someone to see!  ;)   (Most of her scrapbook pages go right into the album and not too many people see them unless they visit and ask to see the scrapbooks!)  I've given her a few cards since meeting her and she's always asked "how do you do that?"  So now she's decided to take the plunge and try a little stamping.  She's asked me to pick out her first order!   As much as I wanted to say "oh you need this. . .and this. . .and THIS!", LOL I thought it might be overwhelming. ;)  So, I picked out some simple essentials that I thought she would get a lot of use out of without overwhelming her.  Here's the list:

I specifically chose the petite stamp sets with coordinating dies because I just LOVE the all-inclusive deal.  It's not a random die that my friend would say "what do I use it for?".  It coordinates with the stamp set!  As far as the actual stamp sets, I thought Sunny Days was cute as can be and perfect for everyday cards, and Tea-riffic is perfect as well, but a little more on the elegant side!  :)  Both sets are great for simple cards and I thought that would be important.  If my friend felt like she had to add all these layers to create a nice card, I don't think she'd last very long in stamping.  

A good, thick, white cardstock is a necessity for card bases, in my opinion.  It makes a card feel so much more substantial.  And the Project Pantry??  Well, you know how I LOVE my Key Ingredients Subscription, but I thought that was too overwhelming for my friend right now, so a Project Pantry is the next best thing!!  You get all these coordinating cardstocks, patterned papers and embellishments all in one kit!!

My projects reflect what I would teach my friend to make with her new supplies.  I made just clean and simple no-layer cards with the Sunny Days set.  The rainbows were die cut and colored with markers rather than cutting different colored cardstocks.  Super simple, but super cute!!

With the Tea-riffic set, I created a simple card set using the London Market Project Pantry.  I thought paper piecing was a great technique to show my friend so she didn't feel overwhelmed to color.  Stamping the teacups on different patterned papers, cutting them out and them gluing them on top of the plain stamped die cut image is just like putting a puzzle together!  Plus, she'll have four different combos when she's done!!  And to add that extra something, I added glitter to each teacup die cut.  Nothing like adding a little sparkle to spice up a simple card.  ;)
I hope you enjoyed being walked through what I would suggest for my newbie friend!  Now it's time to hop around and see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen chose for their friends!  ;)  Thanks for stopping by!! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mojo Embrace Life

I had some time to play along with the latest Mojo Monday Sketch.  I decided instead of using a scalloped circle die cut piece of some kind, I'd use this large scalloped flower from Dream Big.  Once I decided to use the Winter Frost Collection from WeRMemory Keepers, I chose the color for my flower.  I stamped the large flower in Island Indigo ink from Stampin' Up.  The new ink stays wet a little longer, so I quickly added clear embossing powder over top and heat embossed the flower.  Next I sprinkled glitter over the flower and re-heat it.  The glitter became embedded in the flower.  I hand cut the large flower, but the smaller flower was die cut using the Scalloped Flowers Die Set.  I layered it on top of the first and added a Prima Crystal to the center. 

I die cut leaves using the Dreamy Leaves Die Set, then stamped them with the coordinating stamp from the set.  I tucked them behind the flower to create the focal piece on the card.  I used the Flourished Trim Die twice to create a border and then stamped the sentiment going up the side of the card.  As a finishing touch, I added stitching to the card.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're having a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Dream Big (Verve Stamps); Ink- Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi (SU); Paper- Winter Frost (WeRMemory Keepers); Accessories- Scalloped Flowers Die Set, Dreamy Leaves Die Set, Flourished Trim Die (Verve Stamps), crystal (Prima);  Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Be Mine, Love

Today I have a card using one of the newest stamp sets from Taylored Expressions called Valentine Doodles.  I just love all of the bits and pieces contained in this set.  I started out with Deconstructed Sketch 84.  The papers are from the Secret Crush Collection from Pink Paislee. 

The first thing I did was choose my paper pieces according to the sketch.  Once I decided which papers went where, then I started stamping and coloring.  I stamped the little heart flowers on the pink cardstock that's tucked behind.  LOVE was stamped and colored using Copic markers.  I stamped the heart with wings, colored it with Copic markers, cut it out and adhered it to the card with foam tape.  I even added some Stardust Stickles to it.  :)  The ribbon is from the Love Letters Project Pantry.  Across the top of the card I used the Heart Border Die

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're having a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Valentine Doodles (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Sweet Blush (PTI); Paper- Secret Crush Collection (PinkPaislee); Accessories- Heart Border Die (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers, Stardust Stickles;  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Friday, January 11, 2013

Verve No Matter What Blog Hop

 Welcome to our No Matter What Hop!  Today we're releasing a lovely little set that you might have spied during Verve's Thanksgiving weekend sale. It's officially available for sale now, along with three brand new color collections of seam binding! There's a lot of eye candy today, so hop along with us for a chance to win some brand new Verve!
 I have four cards to share with you today!  Once I started creating with this set, I couldn't stop!  :)  The first one uses No Matter What along with the Jotted Heart Die, From the Heart Die Set and the Mini Classy Label Die Set along with papers and Washi Tape from the Secret Crush Collection from Pink Paislee.  

The second card uses the Classy Label Die with some of the NEW Truly, Madly, Deeply Seam Binding!  The little heart was colored and paper pieced and then the sentiment was stamped over it.  This card uses the Uncommon Collection from Authentique.

Next I have a card that I stamped the sentiment and hearts onto acetate in white StazOn.  I added a few adhesive pearls to this one along with some Truly, Madly, Deeply Seam Binding and some twine I found in the Target dollar bin. This card also uses the latest Mojo Monday Sketch.

My last card is on the Clean and Simple side.  I stamped the heart flowers in pinks and reds and stamped the heart cluster, cut it out and added a button as an embellishment.  The embossed dashed line was created using my ScorBug and ScorPal. 

As we're saying hello to a few new products today, we also say goodbye to a couple dear designers. This is our final hop with Amy and Tosh as part of the Divahood, so be sure to let them know how much their AMAZING Verve creations have inspired you.

So... want to know about the prizes? We're picking THREE mystery blogs from today's hop to select a random commenter to win No Matter What plus one of our three new collections of ribbon! So be sure to give a little shout out in the comment section as you hop around to each blog on the list. Winners will be drawn from all of the comments on the mystery blogs. Check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines.

Friday, 1/11/13
Featured Product:
No Matter What and the Truly Madly Deeply, Stormy Skies and Signature Ribbon Collections
1. Julee 7. Amy
2. Laurie 8. Andrea
3. Maureen 9. Betty
4. Teresa 10. Charmaine
5. Tosh 11. Janelle
6. Amber 12. Jen d.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Spotlights: Rose Bouquet

Welcome back for another spotlight on the latest release from Taylored Expressions!!  Today I have a project using the Rose Bouquet set.  Rose Bouquet is a beautiful petite set that's perfect for everyday cards, congratulations and, of course, love!  It coordinates with the new Designer Mini Tags Dies or the original Mini Tags

I watercolored my roses with some watercolor pencils.  After it dried, I wrapped some twine around it to attach the tag (die cut using the Designer Mini Tags Dies) and then added some glitter to the roses.  The papers are from the Love Letters Project Pantry.  I added a "banner" across the bottom using the Banner Stacklets 1.  If you notice, there's an "embossed" border on the banner.  I did that by putting the next smallest banner die onto the banner I die cut and running it through the machine with the tan embossing mat.  It gives it a little something extra without being distracting.  To finish the card, I die cut "love" from the Love Tree Die Set and adhered it to the upper right corner. 

I hope you've enjoyed all of the creations this week!  I had a lot of fun creating them and can't wait to get started on kid's Valentines!  :)  Be sure to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see what they've created today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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