Friday, April 11, 2014

VLV Fabulous Birthday

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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!





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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TE April Stamp of the Month

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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

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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

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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: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/) 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!!


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

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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: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/) 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!!
 




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks: Cherish Every Moment

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Welcome back for Day 2 of sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions!  Today I am featuring a set called Cherish Every MomentCherish Every Moment was illustrator by Danielle Lounds!  I'm sure you remember Danielle from when she was on the design team.  We're very excited that she's now illustrating for TE!


Cherish Every Moment is an a la carte set and has an adorable "doodle" feel to it.  For my card, I stamped the flower image in black ink and then used a blender pen and some Delicata Gold ink to color parts of the flowers.  Then I stamped two other flowers in the Delicata Gold ink.  The ink really catches the light beautifully.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the set in white and colored in part of that with the gold ink as well.  I die cut the sentiment panel using the NEW Label Stacklets 7




Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog (insert link: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/) 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!!





Monday, March 31, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks: Greetings For Her and Silhouette Stems 6

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It's Day 1 of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions and we have a lot of fabulous new products to share with you!!  Today I am featuring a new stamp set called Greetings For Her as well as a new die called Silhouette Stems 6!  My first project features a greeting from Greetings For Her.  As you can guess, all of the greetings in this set are for women whether they be a sister, an aunt, a mother. . .you get the picture.  :)  I used the "generic" sentiment in the set because later I can add the "sister, aunt or mother" sentiment above the "you're the best".  :) 

This card also uses two new dies.  The flowers were created using the Silhouette Stems 4, and the background was created using the Spotted Cutting Plate, which I used as an impression plate on this card using the Dry Emboss Brayering Technique.  I used the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor ink pad to get the gradient of color on the background. 

The second project I have to share today uses the Silhouette Stems 6 die as well as two other new dies!  I cut the flowers in red and green cardstock and then cut just the flowers off the red and attached them over the green die cuts to get the two-color flower.  The background on this card was created using the NEW Spotted Cutting Plate.

I LOVE the look this cutting plate gives to a card.  It adds some interest without being too much, I think.  The sentiment is from the NEW Sketched Blooms set and it is stamped onto a piece that was die cut with the NEW Band It 2!!  I know I'll be using the NEW Band It 2 Die a lot!  I love the first one and have no doubts this one will be my new favorite!  ;)



Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog (insert link: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/) 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!!





Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello

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I was playing with the latest Stamp of the Month from Taylored Expressions, called Take a Spin, and tried using it in a different way.  I tried using it as a background stamp and created a one layer card.  I decided to use black ink to create the "background" and add some red accents later. 

I thought the patterns within the stamp itself would add some interest even when stamped in one color.  The circle is kind of large for a card, so this might work best on a scrapbook page, but it turned out okay for a card.  After I stamped the large circle, I filled in with one of the little circle sentiments.  Next, I used the coordinating die set, Spin It To Win It, and die cut hearts out of the card.  I placed red cardstock behind so that the red would "peek" through the hearts.  The center heart is on foam tape so it stands up a bit.  I finished the card with some red bling and some Baker's Twine. 

This definitely a different way to use this stamp set, but I kinds like how it turned out!  :)   I hope you've been inspired to use your stamps in a non-traditional way!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!!

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