Sunday, August 25, 2013

Birthday Treat

I was playing around with products from the newest release at Taylored Expressions and I came up with a cute idea for little birthday favors!  :)  I started with the "birthday treat" image from the Classroom Cuties set.   I stamped the image and colored it with Copic markers, then punched it out with a circle punch. 

I used papers from the Sweet Girl Collection from Echo Park.  I die cut the topper base using the Scalloped Notecard Die.  I cut the patterned paper to fit the folded notecard, tied some ribbon and then added the stamped image on top.  Next, I filled a little cello bag with some filler and little nail polishes.  I found these nail polishes that came as a four pack in the dollar bin!  As most of you know, my kids have food allergies, so I try whenever possible to use something other than food/candy as a treat.  These little nail polishes were the perfect thing!  After I filled the bag, I folded it over and stapled the top.  I put some Sticky Tape along the bottom inside edges of the notecard and closed the bag in between it.  Perfect little treat, all ready to go!!

For the little banner that is on the cake. . .I thought that would be the perfect place to write the names of the little girls they were for.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!!





Friday, August 23, 2013

Mojo Live the Life

I am a week behind in my cardmaking!  I meant to post this this past weekend, but between getting back from vacation and kid activities, I never did it!  So, here is my card using the Mojo Monday Sketch from last week!  :)

I used the Words of Wisdom set from Verve as well as the leaves from the Dream Big set.  As I'm linking to these, I see that both sets are temporarily out of stock!  :(  I am just striking out with this post, aren't I?  lol  There are LOTS of other wonderful Verve sentiments that will work in the same spot in the sketch, right?  :)  The papers I used are from the Harvest Lane Collection from Simple Stories. 

I used a piece of ribbon for the "banner" image in the sketch.  On top, I added a Prima flower with a red pearl used the Dreamy Leaves Die to die cut the leaves for the flower.  After putting the card together, I felt like it needed a little something on the right to balance the leaves.  I added a die cut yellow piece using the Flag It Die Set.  That is a GREAT set to add that "little" something here or there when you need it!  For the piece behind the sentiment panel, I used the Classy Label Die.   The circle and scallop circle were die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm hoping to get busy on THIS week's Mojo Monday Sketch now!  Wish me luck!  ;)





Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Studio Challenge

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

The question for August is:
The Sky's the Limit! There are so many ways to create sky backgrounds for our cards and projects.  Often times, our blog readers are left staring at a beautiful sky and asking "How'd she do that?"
Show us one of your favorite ways to create a pretty sky background and make sure we know how to re-create it!

One technique I use a lot to create sky backgrounds is the Bouncing Brayer Technique.  It's really very simple!  I've created a short video to show you how I've created the background for my card today:

 I used an oldie stamp set in the TE Store. . .Frightful Night.   After I brayered the sky using the Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor pad, I stamped the trees and bats from the set.  Next I stamped, colored and cut out the clouds and tombstones and mounted them on the card with foam tape.  I added the fence using the Spooky Fence Border Die and then stamped the sentiment on a piece of cardstock that was die cut using the Banner Stacklets 1.  The papers are from the Halloween Parade Collection from Doodlebug.  

I hope you enjoyed the video on how you can create your own Bouncing Brayer sky!!  Be sure to see how the rest of the Baker's Dozen created their sky!!

Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess





    Verve August Diva Dare

    The August Diva Dare is going on over at the Verve Blog!   Today is my day to share what I came up with.  You can see what ALL of the Divas are coming up with. . .there's lots of gorgeous eye candy!!  ;)

    I used the Swan Song set along with the leaves from Bloom & Grow for my card.  I can't even tell you how long ago I used Swan Song!  I paper pieced the swan using patterned paper from the Vintage Bliss Collection from Simple Stories and then colored the body of the swan with Copic markers.  

    The larger sentiment from the set was stamped on a piece of cardstock die cut with the Banner Bundle Die Set.  The leaves were die cut using the Elegant Leaves Die.  I added some seam binding from the Spring Fling Collection as well as some adhesive pearls to add some "sweetness" to the card. 

    To read all about this month's challenge and to play along for a chance to WIN. . .head on over to the Verve Blog!!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!





    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients

    Hi there!  I'm back today with another project using the August Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions!  The August Stamp of the Month is called S'more Fun and it is just that. . .FUN!!!  It has a coordinating die set that can be purchased separately called Around the Campfire

    Don't you just LOVE these fun papers?  I do!  The August Key Ingredients really pair well with the August Stamp of the Month.  I stamped and die cut three trees to create my scene.  I stamped the star and tent and hand cut those.  For the sentiment, I stamped and embossed it and then die cut it with the Fly Your Flag 2 Die.   This set and papers are perfect for the outdoor-loving people in your life. . .or even a child.  The images in the stamp set are cute and fun and the sentiments are just as adorable! 

    To read more about the subscriptions available at Taylored Expressions, you can visit HERE.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!!





    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients!!

    Hi there!  I hope you're having a great week!  Today I have a new Stamp of the Month and Key Ingredients Kit to share with you from Taylored Expressions!

    This month's Stamp of the Month is called S'more Fun and it's ADORABLE!!  :)   There is a coordinating die set called Around the Campfire that makes using this stamp set even more adorable!!  You can create your own marshmallow on a stick or even a hotdog!  ;)   Around the Campfire is available for purchase separately.  For my card, I used S'more Fun along with the August Key Ingredients.  The papers in the August Key Ingredients are PERFECT for the stamp set and what?  Adorable!!!  Yes!   I created the scene by starting with the Labels Stacklets 4.  I stamped and die cut the trees and camper using the Around the Campfire set.  I paper pieced the camper by stamping it twice. . .once on cardstock and once on patterned paper and piecing it together. 

    I just LOVE the colors in the patterned papers!  The little camper and trees are adorable, not to mention the sentiments!! 

    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 coordinating 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!





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