Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sew Happy

This month's Stamp of the Month from Taylored Expressions has really been put to good use in this household lately!  LOL  Made With Love is the perfect set for those in your life who love to sew.  I, unfortunately, cannot sew, but I admire those who can!  :)

I used some papers from the Yours Truly Collection from Pebbles for this card.  I just LOVE the coordinating die set as well!  Stitched With Love creates adorable little "embellishments" for your card or project.  I layered two of the buttons on this card.  The dress form is another adorable die in the set that adds that something extra!! 

You can read about all of the subscriptions that are available HERE.  I honestly love both the Key Ingredients and Stamp of the Month subscriptions.  I am never disappointed!  ;)  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!



Friday, April 25, 2014

Classic Verve {revisited} Release Hop!

Welcome to our Classic Verve {revisited} Release Hop! Along with two brand new plain janes, we've got two classic Verve compilation sets, a coordinating die set and some shiny new sequins releasing today! Hop along with us to see some classic Verve made new again!  If you've come from visiting Andrea, you're in the right place!

Remember these flowers?  I just LOVE them and haven't used them in quite a while.  These are now part of the new Petals & Wings set!   Having a new coordinating die set is awesome!  I die cut the flower with the new Wings & Petals Die Set.  What's in the centers of the flowers?  Sequins from the new Shine Bright Sequin Mix!!  They are beautiful!

I have another card to share with you.  This one uses this week's Viva la Verve Sketch from Stacey!  It also uses the new Die Sidekicks set.  I've always loved these elegant butterflies.  They coordinate with the previously released All Aflutter Die Set.   

The papers are from the Family Ties Collection from Pebbles.  That big, beautiful sentiment is the Hello Friend Plain Jane.  I also added some of the Shine Bright Sequin Mix

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to the Verve store! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Next on the hop is  Christyne!!
Hop List:
1. Julee7. Jen
2. Amber8. Laurie
3. Andrea9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Janelle 12. Teresa

Friday, April 18, 2014


I've been seeing all of these cards lately where the die cuts are "nested" in the card.  I just LOVE that look!  It adds such interest to a one layer card, I think.  I decided to try this with the Windy Tree Die from Taylored Expressions.  It was a little tricky with this die because there are separate little leaves that are SO tiny, but I was able to make it work.

The first thing I did was die cut the tree out of the card.  Instead of diecutting another tree, I used the piece that I die cut and colored it using Copic markers since I wanted the leaves to be a different color than the trunk.  Once I colored the tree, I inserted it back into the die cut space.  Next I carefully colored and inserted the tiny separate leaves.  Once the tree was finished, I die cut "dream" from the front of the card.  I die cut "dream" again from black cardstock and inserted the black one in the die cut space. 

I love the way it turned out!  I'm not sure how well you can see in the pictures, but in real life, it is a very neat effect to have the tree and sentiment embedded in the card.  :)  Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter!



Friday, April 11, 2014

VLV Fabulous Birthday

It's Friday and time for another fabulous Viva la Verve Sketch!  This week's awesome sketch is brought to us by Teresa!  I used the Better Together set from Verve.  I started by stamping the background onto the white card base.  Next I embossed a piece of black cardstock with a chevron embossing folder.

The sentiment was stamped and punched with a circle punch.  The star was die cut using the Starry Die and the banners were die cut using the Banner Bundle Die Set.  The star is made out of a gold cardstock and two of the banner pieces are die cut out of silver cardstock.  I liked the look of silver, gold, black and a splash of red!  ;) 

Head on over to the Viva la Verve Blog and find out how to play along!  We love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TE April Stamp of the Month


It's time to feature this month's Stamp of the Month at Taylored Expressions!  Today I have a new Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients Kit to share with you from Taylored Expressions!  This month's set is called Made With Love!!  There is a coordinating die set available sold separately called Stitched With Love.


Made With Love is a great set to create cards for those who sew. The images in the stamp set are adorable and dies in the Stitched With Love set are great as well!  I especially LOVE the button dies!!  On my card, I used the sewing machine stamp along with the coordinating die.  I love the look of the sewing machine!  I die cut the three little heart buttons and added some twine through the holes.  I love the paper that is included in this month's Key Ingredients as well!  It's so pretty and coordinates perfectly with the images in the Made With Love!

Here's more information about all of the subscriptions available at TE:

The Key Ingredients Kit Club
 Includes a 6x6 paper pad, 12 sheets of coordinating 8.5" x 11" cardstock, and 5 yards of ribbon all packaged together in a clear storage case. The Key Ingredients is exclusive to subscribers and can be purchased for a monthly charge of $24 (U.S.), $28 (Canada), $35 (other countries), which includes shipping. 

Stamp of the Month Club
 A new stamp set shipped directly to you each month. The stamps are made from pre-trimmed, deeply etched, red rubber and come on a sturdy 4" x 6" storage panel. The Stamp of the Month is exclusive to subscribers and can be purchased for a monthly charge of $20 (U.S.), $22 (Canada), $24 (other countries), which includes shipping.

Deluxe Key Ingredients
Perhaps you've noticed that our Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients coordinate perfectly making the two a match made in heaven! As a Deluxe subscriber you'll receive both the Stamp of the Month and the Key Ingredients kit for a reduced price! This option can be purchased for a monthly charge of $39 (U.S.), $45 (Canada), $53 (other countries), which includes shipping. In addition our Deluxe subscribers will also receive an exclusive coupon code for a 10% discount in the TE Store all month long!
Just click on the coordinating pink link above or view all of the kit club options HERE
The Baker's Dozen and Key Ingredients Team have more to show you using the Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients Kit!  Be sure to visit each of them!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Verve April Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's April Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time! If you've come from Marisa's blog, you're in the right place!  This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a spring in your step! So in addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation for a chance to win another prize!

Our April challenge is Chic Chevrons:

Chevrons are the new polka-dots! Get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or zig-zag off on your own, just show us some chic chevrons!

For my card, I used the Chevron Love set from Verve.   The papers are from the Here & Now  Collection from Echo Park.  I die cut the butterfly using the All Aflutter Die Set and then stamped the butterfly.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed in white on black cardstock.

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines.  Next on today's hop is Janelle!!
1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Release Day: Various Vases

It's RELEASE DAY at Taylored Expressions!!  Everything that we've been sharing with you this week is NOW AVAILABLE in the TE Store!!  I have one more project to share with you before you head over to shop.  ;)  This card uses the NEW Sunshiny Day set along with a NEW die set called Various Vases!

To start this card, I die cut some "hills" with the Build a Scene: Rolling Hills Die.   Next I stamped the cloud image.  I stamped the tree and the potted flower, colored them with Copic markers and cut them out.  I die cut a vase from the Various Vases Die set and adhered that over the tree.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed in white on black cardstock.  To finish the card, I added some faux stitching around the edge.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog (insert link: each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see more fabulous creations!!  Thanks for stopping by all week and Happy Shopping!!




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks: Home Decor and When Your Heart Speaks

Welcome back for more sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions!  Today I have two projects to share with you.  The first is a bit of home decor.  This project uses the NEW A Life She Loved stamp set along with a Mini Canvas & Easel available in the TE Store. 

I started by stamping different brushstrokes in different colors from the NEW Stroke of Genius set.  Then I stamped the sentiment on a transparency that was cut to the same size as the canvas and attached it over top.

The box was created using the NEW Mini Mix & Match Bows.  This is such a simple project, but cute!  There are lots of home decor items to choose from in the TE Store!!

My second project today is a set of bookmarks.  I used the NEW When Your Heart Speaks set along with the Label Stacklets 8

I die cut pieces from an old book and then used a smaller die from the set to die cut kraft cardstock.  The easel from the set was stamped in black ink while the sentiment was stamped in red.

To finish them, I stapled some red ribbon and then tied some Baker's twine around the ribbon. 

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog (insert link: each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see more fabulous sneak peeks of what's being released Thursday, April 3rd!!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!


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