Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TESC Laugh

I know I have been missing in action lately.  We are moving, so my posts will be a sparse until our move is finished.  In some down time between packing boxes, I decided to use one of the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge sketches to create a card.  If you haven't heard, Taylor announced the end of the TESC.  She's going out with a bang by havingt FOUR different sketches and you can use them all or just the one or two you'd like!  You can read all of the info by following the link above. 

I used the TESC159 for my card along with the Oops a Daisy set and Oops a Daisy Dies.  I turned the sketch on its side to fit the image.  The paper is from the Summer Fresh Collection from Simple Stories and I LOVE it!  I also used the Grass Border Die along with some of my favorite ribbon from the TE store! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to be posting more regularly soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mojo Birthday Wishes

I am LOVING this beautiful weather we've been having.  I love it so much, I had to pull out my Summer Days Collection from Echo Park!  :)  I love all of the bright, happy colors and patterns.  I started out using this week's Mojo Monday Sketch for my card.  I used the Making a Statement set from Verve to make a happy birthday card. 

I stamped the sentiment and then die cut some flowers using the coordinating Loopy Blooms Die Set.  I added a little stitching here and there and some bling into the centers of the flowers.  I also drew a border on the sentiment panel with a black pen and ruler.

This is the last day of school before the long weekend!  We're really looking forward to the time off.  Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy YOUR weekend!!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Making a Statement (Verve Stamps); Ink- Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise (PTI), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Summer Days Collection (Echo Park); Accessories- Loopy Blooms Die Set (Verve Stamps), Small Scalloped Border Die (Taylored Expressions), bling (Doodlebug);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Crafty Friends Challenge #4 - Anything But a Card

Happy Sunday!  Today starts a new challenge at Crafty Friends Challenges.  Heather challenged us to create Anything But a Card.  We hope you'll come play along!  Follow the link and post your creations under the challenge.

I decided to create a little basket.  I used the Favor It Box 2 Die from Papertrey Ink along with the Happy Trails stamp set and Happy Trails Die.  For the papers, I used the London Market Project Pantry from Taylored Expressions.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it into a banner.  I stamped the "trail" onto the box and mounted the sentiment over it.  I die cut the butterfly and then stamped it in Scarlet Jewel ink and covered it in glitter.  The butterfly was mounted to the card with foam tape and then pearls were added.  I added some filler to the box and it's ready to add that little gift for someone special! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Happy Trails (PTI); Ink- Scarlet Jewel (PTI), Walnut Stain Distress (Ranger); Paper- London Market Project Pantry (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- Favor It Box 2 Die, Happy Trails Die (PTI); 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mr. & Mrs.

This weekend, we are going to a wedding and I needed a card for the occasion.  I decided to start with the Royal Digs set from Taylored Expressions.  I took some Choice Snow White Cardstock and the Damask side of the Houndstooth/Damask Impression Plate and I letterpressed the cardstock.  I inked the damask side up with some cream ink, placed the white cardstock on top and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I LOVE the look it gives. . .almost like I used a material for the background. 

Next I punched a circle and stamped the Mr. & Mrs and used my ScorBug for the embossed line underneath the sentiment.  I mounted the circle on a die cut Layering Doily Die Medium with foam tape.  Then I took cream cardstock and pale pink cardstock and die cut the heart from Hearts a Plenty out of both and then pieced the opposing colors together.  I adhered the completed heart onto the white circle with foam tape.  I used a Cream Pearl Pen to add "pearls" onto each heart on the doily die cut.  I tied some White/Light Pink Swirl Organdy Ribbon around the card and added a heart stick pin in the knot.  The finishing touch was the stitching around the border of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a GREAT weekend!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Royal Digs (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), cream; Paper- Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Blushing Bride (SU); Accessories- Houndstooth/Damask Impression Plate, Hearts a Plenty Die Set, Layering Doily Die Medium, ribbon (Taylored Expressions), stick pin, Cream Pearl Pen;  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mojo Dream

It's been a few days since I've posted.  Things have been a little crazy around here, so I haven't been able to stamp.  Today, I found some time and decided to participate in the latest Mojo Monday Sketch.  I flipped the panel on my card because I liked the butterfly at the bottom rather than at the top of the circle.  I used the butterfly from the Blue Skies set along with the All AFlutter Die Set.  The sentiment is from the Believe set. 

I added some Diamond Stickles to the popped up, die cut butterfly.  The circular panel was die cut with Plain Circle Nestabilities and then sponged around the edge while still in the die.  The patterned paper is from the Colorwheel Collection from Doodlebug.  After assembling the pieces of the card, I decided to use my Scor-Buddy and Scor-Bug to create the embossing "stitching" along the top and bottom of the card. 

If you're looking for a starting point for a card, this Mojo Monday sketch is a great one!  Come play along!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Blue Skies, Believe (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Paper- Colorwheel Collection (Doodlebug); Accessories- All AFlutter Die Set (Verve Stamps), Plain Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Scor-Bug (ScorPal); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Friday, May 11, 2012

VLV Happy Mother's Day

It's Friday, so that means there's a new Viva la Verve Sketch!!  This week's sketch is hosted by sweet Amy and it's a great one! 

I used the Words of Wisdom and Happy Phrases sets for my card.  The papers are from the Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Collection from My Mind's Eye.  I die cut two piece of patterned paper using the Rounded Rectangle Die from Verve.  I stamped the sentiment on the teal piece and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I stamped the smaller sentiment in black ink and punched that piece out with a circle punch.  I used the Ribbon Banner Die for the little banner behind the panels. 

I added a few rhinestones and some stitching to finish the card.  Come play along with this week's sketch!  There's always a chance to win some Verve! 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Words of Wisdom, Happy Phrases (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Frost White (Colorbox); Paper- Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Collection (My Mind's Eye); Accessories- Ribbon Banner Die, Rounded Rectangle Die (Verve Stamps), circle punch (SU), rhinestones (Doodlebug); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge - May


It's time for another Calendar Challenge at Taylored Expressions! If you haven't played along yet, you can find all of the details on Taylor's Blog. The requirement to play is to use TE Calendar products, but TE stamps are NOT required. For everyone who plays in 10 or more of these monthly calendar challenges in 2012, there will be a random draw for a TE prize pack valued at over $150!!! 

For my calendar page this month, I decided to go with a Cinco de Mayo theme.  My kids LOVE Cinco de Mayo and really look forward to tacos and their "mock"-aritas!  :)  I used the Chillax set from Taylored Expressions along with some patterned papers from the Colorwheel Collection from Doodlebug.  I love this sentiment.   :)  I colored the image with Copic markers and used the Reach for the Stars Border Die to add to the "celebration".  I used the Desktop Acrylic Base calendar product along with the Mini Tear-Off Calendar.

If you play along, there will be a linky at the bottom of Taylor's post for you to post your link. It will remain open all year, so you have the option to go back and catch up if you start playing late. The KEYWORD for posting to SCS or other on-line galleries is TECALCHAL. We hope you'll play along! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Calendar Hop!

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  • Karen Giron
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Wanda Guess

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Thinking of You

    Today I have a card that uses the latest Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  I decided to use the Make It Amazing set for my card.  I also used the Simple Stories Fabulous Collection.  I started by cutting strips of the patterned paper for my long banner strips.  Then I die cut a circle with Plain Circle Nestabilities and stamped the leaf image on it.  Next, I stamped the leaf image onto Buttercream cardstock and die cut it using the coordinating Twiggy Branch Die

    Next I stamped the butterfly and die cut it using the Elegant Butterflies Die Set.  I added some glitter to the butterfly and attached it to the circle panel with foam tape.  As a finishing touch, I stitching around the card.  Come play along with the sketch challenge!  We'd LOVE to see what you create!

    Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Make It Amazing (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Walnut Stain Distress (Ranger), Bamboo Leaves, Rose Bud (Memento); Paper- Fabulous Collection (Simple Stories); Accessories- Elegant Butterflies Die Set, Twiggy Branch Die (Taylored Expressions), Plain Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), glitter;  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Crafty Friends Challenge #3

    Today I have a card for the Crafty Friends Challenge #3.  This week's challenge is an inspiration challenge!  You can use any or all of the colors in the photo or any of the images in the photo for your inspiration.  I used the Beautiful Blooms II set from Papertrey Ink for my card along with a sentiment from the Words of Wisdom set from Verve.  I also used the Beautiful Blooms II #2 Die Collection and Elegant Leaves Die.  The leaf image is from the Bloom & Grow set

    Come play along with the challenge!  You can find all of the details here. We'd LOVE to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Sunday!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Stamps- Beautiful Blooms II (PTI), Words of Wisdom, Bloom & Grow (Verve STamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), New Leaf, Orange Zest (PTI); Paper- Kraft, True Black (PTI); Accessories- Beautiful BLooms II #2 Die Collection (PTI), Elegant Leaves Die (Verve Stamps), corner rounder, pearls (Want2Scrap), rhinestone brad (Making Memories);  Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"


    Friday, May 4, 2012

    VLV Mother's Day Wishes

    It's Friday and time for a new Viva la Verve Sketch!  I'm hosting this week's sketch and I'd LOVE it if you'd play along!  My card uses the Joyful Blooms set along with the Joyful Blooms Die Set.  The papers are from the This & That Collection from Echo Park. 

    I die cut the flowers from the patterned papers and then stamped them with the coordinating stamps.  I added a rhinestone brad to the center for a little bling.  Various stitching finished the card off.  I hope you'll get to play along this week!  There's always a chance to win some Verve!!

    Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!  SUPPLIES USED:  Stamps- Joyful Blooms (Verve Stamps); Ink- Walnut Stain Distress (Ranger); Paper- This & That Collection (Echo Park); Accessories- Joyful Blooms Die Set (Verve Stamps), pearls (Want2Scrap), rhinestone brad (Making Memories); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Taylored Expressions RELEASE DAY!

    TE Release Day!

    • All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven Department to see everything in one place!
    • More projects from the Baker's Dozen to inspire you.  Just follow the link list below.
    • Be sure to check the TE Current Specials page for May Release Bundle options.  The new Father's Day Digi Image and inspiration sheet is available FREE with purchase of any Bundle!
    • Did you win one of the Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaways? Find the list of winners on Taylor's Blog.
    Welcome back!  You can now purchase any of the new products that you've seen this week.  I have one more project for you that uses the Lakeside Lodge set.  I stamped the image and colored it using Copic markers, then cut it out. 

    I created a scene for the lodge using the Cloud Border Die and the Wave Border Die.  The patterned papers used are from the Loyal Project Pantry.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the peeks this week!  You can visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen for more inspiration.  As always, thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SHOPPING!!

  • Jami Sibley
  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Michele Boyer - Guest Designer
  • Nancy McKinney - Illustrator
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
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  • Wanda Guess

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