Oct 30, 2009

sweet sunday sketch winner

Good morning! I have this week's winner all set to announce and the lucky stamper is...............

#9 ~ Gardenia!

I love the big flower Gardenia created for her card, it is gorgeous! Please stop by her blog, A Little Less Useless
to see all of her wonderful creations.

Thanks everyone who participated again this week. It's been a crazy week and I haven't had time to comment, but I hope to soon!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Karen

Oct 25, 2009

sweet sunday sketch challenge #41


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use Simply Linked down at the end of my post to enter your card. On Thursday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog. So, as long as your card is linked in the Simply Linked box by 10 PM Thursday, your card will be in the drawing. Be sure to link directly to the blog post or gallery image which features your card. You may post a picture of the sketch on your blog, but please save the image to your computer first. Use the keyword SSSC41 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I just realized that I'm using the same stamp set and colors from last week's sketch, too funny! Today's card was inpired by this card by Lynn - I loved the way she layered the flowers and curled up the edges of the petals. I added some clear rhinestone brads to the pink flower centers and also some Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to the little flowers. Adding rhinestones really adds some dimension to a card - I just love using them!

The Sweet Sunday Stampers also have samples to show you today, so don't forget to stop on by to see:

Now it's your turn! Have fun!
Karen



recipe -
stamps: for all you do
ink: garden green, regal rose, bashful blue
paper: garden green, regal rose, bashful blue, whisper white card stock, retired spring dsp
accessories: rose satin ribbon, latte designer buttons, taylor's tiny twinkles (taylored expressions), clear rhinestone brads, circle & circle scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), white embroidery thread, stampin' dimensionals


____________ Enter your sample below ____________

Oct 23, 2009

warm welcome


Good morning! I've made a little quick and easy project for you today - a little basket for overnight guests, filled with personal essentials. I made this little basket for guests who will visit over Christmas and included a personalized Christmas card to welcome them into our home.


For the card, I'm using MOJO107 for the sketch. I inked up the dove from Christmas Blessings in Riding Hood Red ink and used Nestabilities to cut out the circles and scalloped circles. To add a little texture, I layered some Certainly Celery wide grosgrain ribbon over some 1" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon. I really love the way the stitched ribbon frames the smaller ribbon - it adds so much warmth to the card. The paper is SEI's Christmas Mint, which is the most delicious Holiday paper I've seen - it's just beautiful!

Taylored Expressions is having a big sale this weekend - don't miss out! You can see all the details below:

In honor of Halloween, we have a Fright Night Special just for YOU.

All of our Halloween stamp sets AND the Halloween Key Ingredients are ON SALE for 20% OFF Friday October 23rd through Sunday October 25th ONLY!

So don't miss out on this last minute holiday deal!
Trick or Sweet
Trick or Sweet II
Punchy Potions
Spooky Expressions
Frightful Night

Halloween Key Ingredients (final quantities)

Plus you'll want to check out the TE What's the Deal Department for some incredible deals like JustRite Stampers products at 40-50% OFF! These JustRite products will not be re-stocked, so grab them while you can!


October Copic Kit- We are happy to offer this collection of 5 Copic Sketch Markers hand selected by Taylor to coordinate with the October 20th Key Ingredients Kit. Click here to view and purchase this kit or click here to go to the TE Copics Department to select the individual Sketch markers you need to fill in your collection.


Storage Solutions Plastic Cases from Stampendous -
We all need Storage Solutions and you are going to love the versatility of these sturdy plastic cases! If you are a Subscriber to our Key Ingredients program, then you are familiar with these cases as the exclusive storage system you receive your KI in on the 20th of each month. We are now thrilled to be able to offer these cases for sale on an individual basis to all of our customers! And Subscribers - you will continue to receive your 20th KI each month in these cases as a special benefit of Membership!

With a storage area of 8.5" x 11" and a generous depth of 1" you will find a myriad of uses for the Storage Solutions Plastic Cases such as storing Key Ingredients Kits, Memento Dew Drops, Copic markers, your collection of rub-ons, projects in process, various tools, and on and on! These cases are also perfect for storing your individual wood mounted stamps and great for packing up and taking supplies to a crop or over to a friend's house for a stamping date. Two of these cases fit nicely into any standard magazine holder, or you can also hang them on your peg board wall.

Storage Solutions Plastic Cases are available for 3 days only at our Introductory Price of $2.99 each - that's 15% OFF the suggested retail price of $3.49! This special price is good through Sunday October 25th. Limit of 3 cases per order. Regular price will apply as of October 26th. Click here to shop now!
Happy shopping!
Karen
recipe -
stamps: christmas blessings (taylored expressions)
ink: riding hood red, garden green (SU!)
paper: garden green, certainly celery, whisper white card stock (SU!), christmas mint patterned paper (SEI)
accessories: circle & circle scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), silver brads, 1" chocolate chip stitched grosgrain ribbon (SU!), 5/8" certainly celery grosgrain ribbon (SU!), stampin' dimensionals (SU!)

Oct 22, 2009

sweet sunday sketch winner

Are you ready to find out this week's winner? Random.org has chosen #18, Lisa F!!


Lisa has done an amazing job with the sketch - I love the layered circles and the little images she chose are just perfect! You can see more of Lisa's adorable work on her blog, Preppy Days. Stop on by and say hello ;)

See you back soon -
Karen

a RAK from stampin' up!

When I got my mail yesterday there was an envelope in the pile from Stampin' Up! and of course I ripped it right open. Inside were 3 November Stampin' Success magazines - the issue with my article in it - and also a lovely card from Kim Jackson. Kim's card was so heartfelt and wonderful, not to mention completely adorable! Kim was the one who first contacted me about being a featured stamper and has been such a joy to talk to over the summer through email and over the phone.

I just want to say a huge thank you to Kim and Stampin' Up! for giving me an unbelievable experience over the past 5 years. It was a really fun ride and I will truly miss being a demonstrator.

Have a wonderful day -
Karen

Oct 21, 2009

christmas bling



I'm falling back to a favorite color combo for today's card {regal rose, garden green, and certainly celery} - YUM! I repeatedly stamped images from Holi-Dazzle to make the background and then to make it really stand out, I added some Taylor's Tiny Twinkles on random ornaments and also to the stars and twinkles in the sentiment panel. I am really on a clean & simple kick these days! Watch out, I may just make a 1-layer card at any moment, lol!!

Clear & Simple Stamps has 9 new sets available this month, so hop on by website or blog for more ideas and samples.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: holi-dazzle (clear & simple stamps)
ink: certainly celery, garden green, regal rose (stampin' up!)
paper: certainly celery, regal rose, whisper white card stock (stampin' up!)
accessories: taylor's tiny twinkles (taylored expressions). certainly celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, small oval & small scallop oval nestabilities (spellbinders), stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 20, 2009

Can I toot my own horn for a moment?

Hello! I have some exciting news for you today - I need to toot my own horn for just a bit. I don't get to do this too often :) Today I got the November issue of Stampin' Success {a SU demonstrator magazine} in my mail box and look who is featured this month - little ol' me!

I've been busting from the seams not to tell anyone until now. Back in June, Stampin' Up! sent me an email asking me if I would like to be their featured stamper for November and I'd be a fool to turn that down! Over the next month, I was interviewed {btw, I am not very good with words, so you might get a laugh out of what I told SU in my interview.}, I was sent a brand new stamp set - Wandering Words {hot off the press even. They didn't have the labels stickers made yet!}, I made my samples, and mailed them in and finally I have my 2-page spread, haha!

Here is the layout ~


And here are the cards I sent in to publish ~




It was so much fun, and a little bit intimidating, to work with a stamp set that hadn't been released or pictured yet. I felt just a tad bit special, LOL!

Thank you so much for letting me ramble about myself this morning. I'll get back to business tomorrow, haha!

Have a wonderful day -
Karen


recipes -
sweet thoughts card
stamps: wandering words
paper: chocolate chip, old olive, ruby red, sahara sand, very vanilla card stock, the write stuff dsp
ink: sahara sand, close to cocoa, ruby red
accessories: chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, heart to heart, horizontal slot, and scallop edge punches, stampin' dimensionals

thinking of you card
stamps: thoughts & prayers, trendy trees
paper: sahara sand card stock, merry moments, tall tales dsp
ink: close to cocoa, old olive, ruby red
accessories: stampin' dimensionals

happy christmas card
stamps: wandering words
paper: old olive, very vanilla card stock, merry moments, tall tales dsp
ink: sahara sand
accessories: elementary ribbon originals, 5/16" neutrals jumbo brads


thankful card
stamps: wandering words
paper: chocolate chip, old olive, ruby red, very vanilla card stock, merry moments dsp
ink: sahara sand, old olive, ruby red
accessories: old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, playground designer buttons, swirls scribbles sizzlits die, embroidery floss, stampin' dimensionals

stamp a sweet impression

Hey everyone - I have a {little} treat for you over at Stamp a Sweet Impression this morning. Hop on over a check it out.

Have a wonderful day!
Karen

Oct 19, 2009

catching up on birthdays


Happy Monday! It is that time of year - school has started for the kids and the birthday invitations have started to roll in. I am really trying to keep up with birthday cards for children and not wait until the day of the party to whip up a card, LOL! I grabbed an old favorite, Beary Special, along with its coordinating set, Beary Special Accessories for my card today. The layout is Mojo Monday's MOJO109 and the paper is from Party Pieces simply scrappin' kit - one of my old favorites!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen



recipe -
stamps: beary special & beary special accessories (taylored expressions)
ink: memento tuxedo black
paper: party pieces simply scrappin' kit (SU!)
accessories: olive stitched grosgrain ribbon, copic markers, rectangle & rectangle scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), stampin' dimensionals (SU!), mini glue dots

Oct 18, 2009

sweet sunday sketch challenge #40



Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use Simply Linked down at the end of my post to enter your card. On Thursday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog. So, as long as your card is linked in the Simply Linked box by 10 PM Thursday, your card will be in the drawing. Be sure to link directly to the blog post or gallery image which features your card. You may post a picture of the sketch on your blog, but please save the image to your computer first. Use the keyword SSSC40 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I FINALLY got For All You Do a little while ago and I haven't had a chance to ink it up until I made this card. And something completely shocking happened - I actually made this card, from start to finish, without starting over and redoing anything. Can you believe it? I can't - that never happens, believe me. I stamped the flowers in Regal Rose, Garden Green, and Certainly Celery ink and then cut them out by hand. You know how I am with my bling, so I added some Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to the flower centers.

Edited to add: The card is a piece of 6-1/2" cardstock folded in half.

The Sweet Sunday Stampers also have samples to show you today, so don't forget to stop on by to see:
Now it's your turn! Have fun!
Karen



recipe -
stamps: for all you do (SU!)
ink: regal rose, garden green, certainly celery (SU!)
paper: kraft, whisper white, bashful blue card stock (SU!)
accessories: taylor's tiny twinkles (taylored expressions), certainly celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (SU!), scallop edge punch (SU!), stampin' dimensionals (SU!)


Edited to add {again}: I'm sick and tired of Mr. Linky - he doesn't come to work most days and I have to make my own code for these posts. Sooooo... I found a new linking site Simply Linked and this is what I'll be using from now on. You can enter your website/gallery below.

Thanks everyone - the challenge is closed.

Oct 17, 2009

clear & simple stamps autumn release


Hello and happy Saturday! This week, Clear & Simple Stamps released nine new sets for fall and I'm so happy to bring you another sample for the new set Holi-Dazzle.


This is a larger card - 5" square. I used my square Nestabilities die to make the 4 center squares and I also cut out the sentiment with the small oval Nestabilities die. I added some Diamond Stickles to the ornaments and some bling to balance out the panel. Holi-Dazzle has been a very fun set to work with and I'll be showing another sample with this set next week. It's never too early to start thinking about making those Christmas cards, *wink*!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - be sure to stop by the Clear & Simple Stamps website and blog for more ideas and to see the rest of this month's release.

Karen



recipe -
stamps: holi-dazzle (clear & simple stamps)
ink: taken with teal (stampin' up!)
paper: ruby red, sahara sand, taken with teal, whisper white card stock (stampin' up!), holiday lounge dsp (stampin' up!)
accessories: ruby red stitched grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), clear rhinestones (kaiserkraft), diamond stickles (ranger), 5/16" brads (stampin' up!), square & small oval & oval scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), stampin' dimensionals (stampin up!)

Oct 16, 2009

Center of Attention Product Spotlight - Stencils & Maya Mist



Good morning! I have a TON of photos and fun items to share with you today. I'm so excited to be part of this month's Center of Attention Product Spotlight for Taylored Expressions and this month TE is featuring stencils and Maya Mist.

My first card features the Mini Retro Bubbles stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. I chose to use this stencil with Maya Mist from Maya Road to create a subtle and shimmery background for a very clean & simple card.

To start, I placed the stencil over my card stock. TIP: Add a little repositional tape to the underside of the stencil to keep it in place.



Then I sprayed the Maya Mist (Cherry Metallic Mist) evenly over the stencil. TIP: you can use a shallow box to place the item you are "misting" to avoid any mist spraying onto your craft space. I used large sheets of paper to cover my desk before I started here.



Carefully remove the stencil from the cardstock and then immediately wash off the stencil with warm water and mild soap. The stencil will be discolored a bit, but it won't effect any future projects.



Here is the finished card...



and here is a different angle so you can see a bit of the shimmer - the photo really disguises the shimmer the mist creates, but it really shimmers in real life.



Next, I'm using Maya Mist on chipboard, which is a super quick way to color "naked" pieces. First, lay out your chipboard on a large piece of paper (or on scrap paper placed in the bottom of a box).



Start spraying an even coat on each piece of chipboard.



Let the pieces dry for just a bit - it dries fairly quickly.



Then add all the elements to a card or scrapbook page.



I really like how quickly and easily Maya Mist covers chipboard while adding some shimmer to the pieces that regular craft ink doesn't and I'm really looking forward to using it on scrapbook pages and alterable items like frames! It really gives a project a little extra punch.

The stencils are also very versitile - along with using Maya Mist with them, you can also use them to dry emboss, or use sponges to add ink over the pattern, or even trace with a marker.

Are you ready to try it out? Taylored Expressions is offering Crafter's Workshop stencils and Maya Mist at a 15% discount for a limited time (October 16-17).

There are more fantastic projects using Maya Mist and stencils from the Baker's Dozen, so hop on by and see:



Thanks for stopping by today!
Karen



recipe -
hi card
stamps: back2basics (the stamps of life)
ink: bashful blue, real red (stampin' up!)
paper: bashful blue, whisper white (stampin' up!), prism blush red dark card stock
accessories: mini retro bubbles 6x6 template (the crafter's workshop), cherry metallic mist (maya road), 1" bashful blue grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), white embroidery thread, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

merry card
paper: prism blush red dark, choice snow white card stock, christmas mint (sei)
accessories: snowflake chipboard, on board lots of letters (stampin' up!), green satin ribbon, 5/16" brads (stampin' up!), rhonna christmas buttons, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

sweet sunday sketch winner

Oh boy, it's LATE!! Or early I guess, lol!! Are you ready for this week's winner? Random.org has chosen #28 - - - Jackie Pedro!
I was delighted to see Jackie use this sketch to mass produce Christmas cards - aren't they darling?!


Please stop on by Jackie's blog, The Scalloped Edge and see more of her amazing work.

Have a wonderful Friday -
Karen

Oct 14, 2009

October Fan Club Gallery

Hello! I've been busy, busy, busy making fun little "treats" for you in the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Gallery. Want to become a FAN? It's easy!

Oct 11, 2009

sweet sunday sketch challenge #39


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use Mr. Linky down at the end of my post to enter your card. On Thursday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog. So, as long as your card is linked in the Mr. Linky box by 10 PM Thursday, your card will be in the drawing. Be sure to link directly to the blog post or gallery image which features your card. You may post a picture of the sketch on your blog, but please save the image to your computer first. Use the keyword SSSC39 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I'm making a quick and easy card for you today - this one is straight from the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit. Since Cheep Talk is one of my absolute favorite stamp sets, I just *had* to get the matching scrappin' kit too! I love the contrasting patterns in the paper of this kit, along with its really bright color combos - so much fun to work with. The only item not from the kit is the alphabet stickers. No stamping on this one!

The Sweet Sunday Stampers also have samples to show you today, so don't forget to stop on by to see:
Now it's your turn! Have fun!
Karen



recipe -
paper: pink passion textured card stock, whisper white card stock, sunny day simply scrappin' kit (all stampin' up!)
accessories: shimmer alpha stickers (making memories), elementary ribbon originals (stampin' up!), oval/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 10, 2009

sweet sunday sketch winner

Hello! Well, as you can see I'm a bit late posting this week's winner - it's been another one of those kind of weeks. Soooo, Random.org has chosen #28.................

Janice Webb!



Don't you just love this spooky house? I love how she added color behind the silhouette of the house, very cool! Hop on over to Janice's blog, Sunny Side of Crafting and check out her fantastic cards.

See you back soon for another challenge -
Karen

Oct 7, 2009

Happy Wednesday! The week is half over already and I'm just trying to keep up, lol! I have some fun news for you today - the wonderful Nicki at Clear & Simple Stamps has asked me to be a guest designer for October! I will be showcasing the new set, Holi-Dazzle throughout the month, so stay tuned for more.


I started off by using Mercy's sketch, MTSC39. I stamped the bird twice and cut out the feathers of one image so I could layer them outside the scalloped circle. I just love having images fall out of their frame - it gives the card a whole new look. The image is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored in with Copic Markers. I put the finishing touches on the card with some Stylized Vanilla Hodgepodge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you back soon!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: holi-dazzle (clear & simple stamps)
paper: garden green, chocolate chip, very vanilla card stock (stampin' up!), merry moments dsp (stampin' up!)
ink: memento rich cocoa
accessories: stylized vanilla hodgepodge hardware (stampin' up!), real red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), 5/16" brads (stampin' up!), circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 4, 2009

sweet sunday sketch challenge #38



Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use Mr. Linky down at the end of my post to enter your card. On Thursday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog. So, as long as your card is linked in the Mr. Linky box by 10 PM Thursday, your card will be in the drawing. Be sure to link directly to the blog post or gallery image which features your card. You may post a picture of the sketch on your blog, but please save the image to your computer first. Use the keyword SSSC38 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I made a very special card for this week's sketch. Friday was my oldest daughter's 7th birthday and we made it such a fun day for her. First, she got to wear a birthday crown all day at school and she loved all the birthday wishes from her teacher and school friends. Then I ate lunch with her at school and brought my lunch in a bright pink Hello Kitty lunch tote, which made her laugh. I had to laugh at all the bartering for lunch items - "I'll trade you my GoGurt for your cookie!" kind of deal. Some things never change. For dinner, we dropped off her brother and sister at their aunt and uncle's house and took Avery to dinner at Hibachi - a Japanese steakhouse. Yumm-o! It was such a treat to have Avery all to ourselves for the evening. I love getting to chat with her about her life without the interruption of her siblings. Oh, the card! Right - sorry, big bunny trail there. One of Avery's absolute favorite stamp sets she uses to make cards is Sweet Celebration (she's got a good eye, what can I say?) and so it was important to me to make a card with one of the images. What little girl wouldn't want a cake bigger than she is? I colored the image with Copic markers and then added a little Diamond Stickles for some pizazz.

The Sweet Sunday Stampers also have samples to show you today, so don't forget to stop on by to see:

Now it's your turn! Have fun!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: sweet celebration (taylored expressions)
paper: tempting turquoise, regal rose, whisper white card stock, retired dsp (all stampin' up!)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, so saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), polka dots embossing folder (quickutz), rectangle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), diamond stickles, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 3, 2009

Taylored Expressions Release Party!

Today is the day you can get your mittens on 3 new fabulous stamp sets from Taylored Expressions - Christmas Blessings, Wings of Joy, and now today I'm showing you a small snippet of Holiday Wonder. This set is just darling - I love that Cuppie is back showing his Christmas spirit along with many other images that will make so many diverse cards for your friends and family this season.


I'm a sucker for snowmen, so it seemed only natural to grab this image first and ink him up! I added a little Christmas Red and Diamond Stickles to the scarf and hat so he looks a little more "Magical". The paper and ribbon come from the Christmas Key Ingredients and will also be available in the Very Merry Christmas Bundle - You can see a photo of all the fun items in this bundle on Taylor's blog.

Taylored Expressions is having a huge sale on the 2008 Christmas stamp sets, Season's Sweetings and Home Sweet Home- they are available for 25% off from October 3rd - October 5th! There are also several other items on sale and you can find all of them in the What's the Deal section of the TE Store.

Did you know today is World Card Making Day? The gang at Taylored Expressions hopes you've set aside some time today to make and mail out some cards in celebration of World Card Making Day! Taylored Expressions wants to help you celebrate in 4 ways -

1. Free digital download. Head over to Taylor's blog for a free
digi-stamp for the backs of all your holiday cards.

2. Free card kit with all purchases in the
TE Store today only. Orders must be received by 11 pm PST October 3rd to receive the free kit pictured below. It will not appear in your cart, but we promise it will be in your package.

3. WCMD Challenge and Prize on the
Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog! Hurry because the deadline to enter is Sunday night!

4. The Taylored Expressions Christmas Release.

Celebrate with us!


Free Kit with purchase includes pre-cut cardstocks and patterned paper. Ribbon not included. Simply add your own stamped image and ribbon for a quick and cute card. Images shown here are from Fresh Flowers - click here to see the whole set.


Thanks so much for hangin' in there for this long post - lots of fun information for you today and more sweet Christmas treats wait for you from the rest of the Baker's Dozen - stop on by and see:

Charmaine Ikach
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jodi Collins
Karen Motz
Laura Fredrickson
Laurie Schmidlin
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist
and Taylor VanBruggen


Karen



recipe -
stamps: holiday wonder (taylored expressions)
paper: classic red, classic yellow prism card stock, choice buttercream card stock, jolly by golly (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento rich cocoa, riding hood red (stampin' up!)
accessories: red twill, scallop edge punch, circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), copic markers, christmas red & diamond stickles, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 2, 2009

sweet sunday sketch winner

Hello! I apologize for taking so long to post the winner of sketch 37 - it's been one of those weeks where I can't seem to get anything finished. Anyone else rowing that boat with me???

Random.org has chosen #34 as the winner........


Christy Dillman! I love Christy's warm autumn card - makes me think of hot apple cider and the aroma of fall harvest in the air. Lovely card, Christy and congrats! Hop on over to Christy's blog for a look at more cute, cute cards!

See you back Sunday for another sketch -
Karen

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 2


Welcome back! I have a little peek at a new stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Wings of Joy and I know I say this all the time, but I am in love with this set too! Seriously cute images for Christmas and a coordinating Key Ingredients to boot! I'm a sucker for Christmas stamps since I make my own cards to send out and I'm always looking for a variety of styles.

I chose to use the little bird cage image along with Taylor's TESC84 sketch for my card. All of the paper you see today is from the Christmas Key Ingredients - the patterned paper is called Jolly by Golly from Cosmo Cricket and it fits this set perfectly! The birdcage is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic Markers. I stamped snowflakes on the piece of Island Mist Light prism card stock in Versamark ink. I added some pink grosgrain ribbon from the Christmas KI to cover the paper seam. Now, I'll admit, I was a little stumped as to where to put the sentiment on this card - I finished all the bits and pieces and couldn't find a place to add another layer. So I decided to mimic the look of the ribbon by repeating Merry Christmas on the side of the blue layer and separated the phrases with Taylor's Tiny Twinkles. I really like the way it looks, its kind of unique and I really like the non-traditional Christmas colors of this paper pack as well.

There is lots more to see - stop on by and see the rest of the Baker's Dozen!

Charmaine Ikach
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jodi Collins
Karen Motz
Laura Fredrickson
Laurie Schmidlin
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist
and Taylor VanBruggen.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: wings of joy (taylored expressions)
paper: island mist light, intense pink prism card stock, choice buttercream card stock, jolly by golly by cosmo cricket
ink: versamark, memento rich cocoa
accessories: pink stitched grosgrain ribbon, taylors tiny twinkles (taylored expressions), petite ovals large & petite scalloped ovals large nestabilities (spellbinders), copic markers, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

Oct 1, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 1

Are you ready for Christmas? I'm so excited to show you some sneak peeks for this month's Taylored Expressions release - you need to come back tomorrow and Saturday too because you do not want to miss any of these sets! Today, I'm featuring the set Christmas Blessings, which will be available for purchase on October 3rd - this is such a great set, so many beautiful images and Christmas sentiments as well. I Love this one and I know you all will too!



I love making my own Christmas cards and my first card will be really easy to make several copies of - I stamped the wise men in Memento Rich Cocoa and sponged the center with Close to Cocoa ink. I also hand-stamped the blue background paper with the olive branch image in Bashful Blue ink. The sentiment is cut out with the Large Deckled Mega Rectangle Nestabilities and I sponged the edges of that as well. I'm really digging this distressing technique! LOL!


For my next card, I'm using some SEI Christmas Mint patterned paper - isn't it yummy! This paper will be offered in the TE store this Saturday as well and it is such a diverse paper pack - it is embossed, it's flocked, and it has foil images as well. How perfect for all of those Christmas projects! I stamped the dove image twice - once in Ruby Red and again coloring the body of the dove in Ruby Red and the olive branch in Garden Green. I cut out the solid red dove and popped it up with stampin' dimensionals. Love the effect it gives on the white background too!

Don't forget to stop on by the rest of the Baker's Dozen blogs to see some more fantastic samples of Christmas Blessings:

Charmaine Ikach
Denise Marzec
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jami Sibley
Jodi Collins
Karen Motz
Laurie Schmidlin
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist
and of course, Taylor VanBruggen

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
wisemen card
stamps: christmas blessings (taylored expressions)
paper: garden green, bashful blue, kraft, whisper white (stampin' up!), merry moments dsp (stampin' up!)
ink: bashful blue (stampin' ups!), memento rich cocoa
accessories: real red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), rectangle & large deckled mega rectangles nestabilities (spellbinders), sponge daubers, stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)

peace card
stamps: christmas blessings (taylored expressions)
paper: ruby red, garden green, whisper white card stock (stampin' up!), christmas mint paper (sei)
ink: ruby red, garden green (stampin' up!)
accessories: oval/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), certainly celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (stampin' up!), stampin' dimensionals (stampin' up!)