Jan 31, 2011

My 365 Project | Week 4

Good morning! Some of you have asked me some questions about photography and I'll have a little Q&A at the end of this post...

It's week 4 - 28 photos down, 337 more to go: one day at a time.

Day 22: Baby L.  I had my very first ever newborn shoot today and boy do I have lots to learn and props to buy. She was the best baby, so calm and awake and more awake - she decided not to sleep much for the shoot, so we're trying again in a few days for some sweet sleeping baby, curled up in a ball, shots. I love this picture - I think it's the baby wrinkles in her hair and she was SO tiny. Items to bring next time include a big heat lamp, haha!

Day 23: Onion Volcano.  Tonight we had a girls' night out at a Japanese steakhouse and I knew that I wanted to get a shot of the onion volcano. I won't even tell you the copious amounts of butter I consumed, but that meal sure was delish!

Day 24: Not Sleepy.  Avery chooses the most appropriate reading for her daily reading assignments - this one is always a favorite, although we never listen and make her go to bed even though she's not sleepy and will not go to bed. Lola, she's such a good influence.

Day 25: Scrumptious.  One of my faves - white chocolate & cranberry! A tasty homemade treat from my in-laws tonight. I'm so loved. OK, it might be the kids that persuaded this tasty treat to come home with us - who can say no to those precious grandchildren? :)

Day 26: Sorry!  Andrew and I played a fast and brutal game of Sorry Sliders this afternoon. It started off nicely enough and then soon became a battle of who could slide the pieces the craziest.

Day 27: Just the 2 of Us.  I stole Avery away for the evening and we went to go have a chai at a little local cafe that is amazing. I brought my camera with me and ended up liking this photo of her scraped up, well loved shoes. I love how her feet are just dangling off the edge of the big comfy chair. She's still little and not growing up too fast - just as long as her feet still hang off the end of a chair...

Day 28: All Quiet.  The house was suddenly alarmingly quiet and those mommy instincts sent me searching the house; only instead of finding someone coloring on walls, I found this sweet girl 'reading' Sleeping Beauty on her bed. My little princess, dressed as Cinderella, reading Sleeping Beauty. I found the camera and sat in front of her - she couldn't have cared less - and I took some pictures of her little piggies.

A little Q&A -

Q:  What camera do you use?
A:  I have a Nikon D5000 and it's a wonderful starter SLR camera.  The Canon equivalent is the Rebel T1i, I believe.

Q:  What lenses do you use?
A:  When I bought my camera, it came with 2 kit lenses - the 18-55mm 3.5/f and the 55-200mm 4/f.  I saved my pennies and bought my favorite lens, the 50mm 1.4/f.  It really creates those nice blurry backgrounds (bokeh) and allows me to shoot indoors without the flash.

Q:  Did you take a class? 
A:  I took Oh Shoot to learn how to shoot in full manual mode and then I also took Portraiture 101 to help with composition. 

Q:  What editing programs do you use?
A:  I mostly work with Photoshop Elements 6 (yeah, I should probably upgrade...) and have purchased some editing actions from Paint the Moon, which give photos unique looks and texture. I also have Lightroom 2, which is a super powerful editing program made more specifically for photography, but I'm still new to it, so I end up bouncing back over to PSE where I'm more comfortable. 

Q:  What tips do you have to make photos more interesting?
A:  Photos like laundry?  haha!  I am certainly not an expert at this at any level, so my advice is what works for me and I may look back at this in a year and wonder what the heck I was thinking.  But, this is my take.  When you are photographing a subject, try to capture them at different angles.  Just by simply tilting the camera slightly to the left, or getting below or above the subject can make a huge difference. 

The photo on the left is ok - you see his happy face and the pieces on the board, but tilt the camera a bit and you get the photo on the right.  It's still on the same plane as the photo on the left, but it has a completely different feel and mood.  You can still see Andrew in the background, so you know there is someone playing the game, but the focus is more on the pieces.



The photo on top is cute, you can see her dress-up clothes and princess crown, but I had wanted the focus to be on her toes.  In the bottom photo, I got down lower and closer so that the depth of field changed and all the attention in the picture is brought to her feet.  You can still see that she is reading a book, and you can still see her dress-up clothes, but the focus is where I wanted it.

Like I said, I'm not an expert by any means, but this is what works for me.  Take lots of pictures at different angles and heights and distances and you'll be amazed at the different moods your photos will take on.

See you back tomorrow for more paper goodies -
Karen

Jan 30, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 102


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of this post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), and I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog on Saturday. So, as long as your card is linked by 10 PM Friday, 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 SSSC102 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

You are not even going to believe it - these little panels in the background?  Yeah, they are different sizes, right?  So in my random measurement on my paper, I ended up cutting them all equal.  What?  I can't cut a rectangle into equal thirds when I try, so why the heck did it happen when I threw caution to the wind?  Hmm...  I'm using a couple different stamp sets today from Taylored Expressions - the flowers are from Discover Your Wings, the butterfly (and butterfly die) from New Beginnings, and the sentiment from Garden Party Blooms.  You know, a little of this, little of that.  I picked up some new Basic Grey Hopscotch paper and buttons and have been dying to use them!  I stamped the flowers in Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink and then cut the panel out with a Labels 11 Nestabilities Die.

The Sweet Sunday Stampers have amazing sketch samples to show you today, so stop on by to see:
Thanks for taking on the challenge this week! 
Karen


recipe -
stamps: discover your wings, garden party blooms, new beginnings
paper: bazzill lakeshore, bazzill aqua canvas texture, kraft cardstock, hopscotch (basic grey)
ink: dark brown, rose coral, toffee fluid chalk ink
accessories: hopscotch buttons (basic grey), chocolate grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, labels 11 nestabilities (spellbinders)

Jan 29, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello!  It's time to announce this week's sketch winner!  Random.org has chosen.....

#56 - Stephanie Mino!

I just love the springtime feel of this card and it makes me long for some color outside!  Beautiful card, Stephanie, congrats!  You can see more of Stephanie's darling cards at her blog, I'd Rather be Stampin'.

See you back soon for the next challenge.
Karen

Jan 28, 2011

Will You Be Mine?

I have a super quick and easy card for you today using The Sweet Stop's SSS92 - love this layout!  All of the papers and embellishments are from the Valentine Project Pantry Kit from Taylored Expressions and I paired the kit with a Penguin Petite set, Will You Be Mine?  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored these cuties with the Valentine Copic Kit, which match the papers perfectly!  I did add the shading with N1, N3, and 0 Copics too.  I'm totally addicted to these little penguin images, I love them! 

Ok, that's it for this afternoon, I have to skedaddle and pick up my crazy boy from preschool.  Again.  Time to put on my taxi cap.

See you back soon!
Karen

Jan 24, 2011

My 365 Project | Week 3


Here is a glimpse into my life for week 3 of my 365 Project:

Day 15: Weekend at Grandmas. The kids and my husband are having a little getaway at Grandma's this weekend and I find myself blissfully alone, in complete and total control of the remote. I had a picture in my mind of taking a photo of the kids with their backpacks on, but they would have no part of it, so I did an impromptu shoot on the stairs, haha! Bags are packed with all the comforts of home: just add some love from Grandma and the trip is complete.

Day 16: A Sunday Tradition. Sunday afternoon = Ramen noodles, a cold can of Dr. P and, of course, football. I don't know why Ramen is involved in this little tradition - it all started with my parents when I was a kid and it just feels like home. Some people have pot roast on Sunday. I have Ramen.

Day 17: It's OK Honey. Katie was playing in her room and had quite the elaborate set-up. Baby started to 'cry' and I got this sweet little moment. Look at the concern on her face, it's so cute!

Day 18: Checkmate? He loves to play games and I'm sure I'll have many more photos of him playing this year. He was moving, so the focus is all crazy, but I love the picture. He really does know how to play chess, although he doesn't have the patience to complete a game yet, but it's really amazing to watch him play against his big sis.  Oh, and this is my first cheater photo - so much for taking a good picture everyday, haha! I took this one yesterday. We were trying to get a good mid-air photo today and none of them turned out the way we wanted and then it was too dark. I'll try again tomorrow.

Day 19: Something Pretty.  Well, no luck on getting a fun picture today. I took the kids to drop Andrew off at preschool and it was sunny when we went in, and 10 minutes later, it was an all out blizzard. So weird. So that killed the sunlight and outside ideas I had and now you get a photo of my desk. I know, it's SO exciting! The illusion of organization. The one clean part of my desk at the moment. The bookmark charm caught my eye and it IS important to make those catalogs look pretty, isn't it? I think so.

Day 20: I'll Have S'more.  Ok, is it weird when your s'mores come in a mug and watch you? I'm thinking it is. Another cheater photo - I took this a couple days ago as I was putting the last of the Christmas ornaments away, and this little guy in a mug struck me funny, so I had to take a picture - you know how it goes :)

Day 21: Hey, It's Tow-Mater! This is it! Finally! Andrew and I set this poor guy up about 20 times until we got just the right shot. I've been trying to get this to work for the mid-air theme all week and today it all came together. The light wasn't quite as bright as I would have liked to get a faster shutter, but you gotta work with what you got, right? Mater's face makes me laugh - he's just the cutest.

Jan 23, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 101


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of this post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), and I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog on Saturday. So, as long as your card is linked by 10 PM Friday, 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 SSSC101 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I have a super announcement for you all today - Dana White is joing the Sweet Sunday team and I know you will all love her.  The cards she makes are always so sweet and I'm very excited to see what she whips up each week!

I'm giving my Papertrey button flowers a little love today - awww...  I paired them up with some Togetherness papers and buttons from Cosmo Cricket.  No Copics today - what is the world coming to?? 

The Sweet Sunday Stampers have amazing sketch samples to show you today, so stop on by to see:
Thanks for taking on the challenge this week! 
Karen


recipe -
stamps: blooming button bits (papertrey ink)
paper: kraft, ruby red, choice buttercream cardstock, togetherness (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento tuxedo black, garden green
accessories: oval/scallops nestabilities (spellbinders), togetherness buttons (cosmo cricket), vanilla grosgrain ribbon

Jan 22, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello!  It's time announce the 100th winner!  There were 97 entries this week - I can't believe it!  Thanks everyone!  Can we get over 100?? 

The winner is....  #56, Cindy Lawrence!!

I love how Cindy flipped the sketch on it's side and used this darling image with all of that yummy coloring - so cute, Cindy!  Stop by Cindy's blog, The Creative Closet for more yummy goodness.

See you back soon for the next sketch -
Karen

Jan 19, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop

I'm really excited to be stamping again, yay!!  Seems like it's been a loooong time, but I'm getting back into the swing of things and I've got something super cute for you today.  Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner I'm getting some cards ready for the big day and this sweet Elephants In Love a la Carte stamp was shouting out to me.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics {RV32, RV34, R37, R39, N1, N3, C1, C3, C5, 0}.  Both the cardstock and patterned paper are from the Valentine's Project Pantry Kit as well as the ribbon - and of course I needed some scallops with the Medium Scallop Border Die.  Yummy!  The sketch is a slight variation of SSSC98.

Jan 17, 2011

My 365 Project | Week 2


It's week 2 - here's what's been goin' on....

The photos in the grid aren't necessarily in order of days of the week; I had to put the photos in the boxes they fit in best.  I'm sure you can figure out which day is which from the descriptions though *wink*

Day 8: City Park.  I had a little photo shoot this morning at City Park and I arrived early, so I wandered around and took pictures of random things. This shot is one of my favorites. It was so isolated there.

Day 9: Digging Out.  We had our first big snow of the season last night and now it finally feels like winter in Colorado. I chose this photo today because it shows how spazzy my husband is when the camera is in front of him. Definitely makes me laugh!

Day 10: DS Before Bedtime.  I asked my daughter what picture I should take today and she wanted one of her playing her DS. We turned off the lights and captured the glow on her face and got this spooky effect.

Day 11: Chillin'.  Stopped at Noodles today for some lunch and crazy looks.  Also, I have to add this too because this boy makes me laugh more than anyone. When were were eating lunch, he got a little mac & cheese drooble on his shirt and I wiped it off with my finger and told him to eat it. He says to me, "But Mom, that will taste like shirt!"
Not even makin' it up.

Day 12: The Witching Hour.  It's the time of day when the complaints of hunger and boredom come pouring out and the only cure is a little computer time.

Day 13: Will It Ever End?  The gigantor pile of laundry that somehow seems to gain new life each and every week. Maybe this will be the week I actually put it all away before the evil cycle starts again? Hmm.....

Day 14: Lazy Fridays.  Today was pajama day at preschool and we just kept them on all day, fought a few bad guys and saved the world.

Jan 16, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 100


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of this post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), and I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog on Saturday. So, as long as your card is linked by 10 PM Friday, 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 SSSC100 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

100 sketches!  Can it be true?  You all are the best and I want to thank you all for keeping me going with all of your kind words and encouragement to keep going.  It's been an incredibly fun journey!

It was a pretty empty stamping week again - I'm got a new computer and I've been trying to get everything transferred over before my old one crashes.  You know, the blue screen of death?  Yep - it loves me recently and scares me!  I've been keeping up with my photos for my 365 Project though and I'll share those tomorrow.  This week will be better for stamping - I promise!  *wink*

I really like the simplicity of this card - no muss, no fuss; perfect for a little boy.  The pirate is from My Cute Stamps, Pirate Boy and I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copics.  The papers are Peachy Keen from Kaisercraft.

We're saying goodbye to a sweet stamper today too - Sketch 100 is Laura Fredrickson's last sketch on the team and I am going to miss her beautiful cards each week, but I know she'll pop in from time to time to play along in the gallery too.  Thank you, Laura, for all of your inspiration!


The Sweet Sunday Stampers have amazing sketch samples to show you today, so stop on by to see:

Thanks for taking on the challenge this week! 
Karen


Jan 15, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello!  Happy Saturday to you!  It's time to announce this week's SSSC winner - Random.org has chosen......

#22 - Jodi Collins!

 I am always so envious of Jodi's coloring skills and this card has me drooling!  I love the shades of pink and red in the hearts and that bucket - gasp!!  You can see more of Jodi's darling work at her blog, Stamping a Latte - stop by and give her some love.

See you back soon for another sketch - 100!
Karen

Jan 10, 2011

My 365 Project | Week 1

I must be crazy.  I decided it would be a good idea to do a 365 Project for 2011 and take a photo everyday, which will turn into a photo journal of the year.  You know, just a little something to add to my plate and drive my family crazy - how fun!  hahaha!  Having a daily photo journal is part of the reason I want to do this project - I have loads and loads of photos to be scrapbooked and you know, honestly, I don't know if that is ever going to happen.  So this is kind of my little compromise.  Also, I want to develop my skills as a photographer and see if I really want to pursue it as a profession when my kids are all in school - taking my camera with me everywhere has already been a challenge, but I hope it becomes more of a habit.   I found this cute digi frame set and thought it would be cool to add my photos in it and make a book at the end of the year.

If you are interested, you can see my 365 project in full size and see every picture I take for each day.

Now for the details:

Day 1: Mr. Potato Head explodes.  I thought this was hysterical!  Avery and I kept putting that poor guy back together and then she'd push the little "explode" button and I'd try to get all his bits and pieces in mid air.  This is a Toy Story potato, so he talks and throws his limbs about - he's cute.

Day 2: Winter Wreath.  This is a wreath my mom gave me years ago and I put it out each Christmas.  It hangs on our coat closet door and the light hits it just right and the clear beads just glow.  Now it is all packed away...

Day 3: Cocoa Date.  I have to admit, this a completely planned outing for the photo op, haha!  I took the kids to Starbucks for a little cocoa/frappuccino date and caught Andrew mid thought.

Day 4: Angel of Patience.  I was a single mom while my husband was on a trip and I just needed more patience on this day.  And I thought I'd practice some bokeh (blurred background) shots with the Christmas tree lights before I took it down.

Day 5: Through the Looking Glass.  Katie and I went on a little walk in our neighborhood while the other 2 were in school and she found this piece of ice and was trying to look through it.  Oh, and I think I actually told her not to eat the yellow snow.

Day 6: Color Me Copic.  I'm sure you all know what these little beautiful blue markers are *wink*.  It was a bad photo day and I needed to take a picture of something, so there you have it.  They're beautiful, aren't they??

Day 7: Brown Eyed Girl.  Katie again.  She's so sweet and she finally let me take a real picture of her in her brother's room.  I love her sweet little toothless smile.  And of course her crazy hair that I can never ever keep under control.

OK, that's it for this week's 365.  I'll post again next week and see how I do.  It's been tough to find new inspiration everyday.  We shall see!!

Karen

Jan 9, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 99



Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of this post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), and I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog on Saturday. So, as long as your card is linked by 10 PM Friday, 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 SSSC99 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

Whew, what a day!  I waited until the last minute to stamp my card and it bit me, so I apologize for not having my card ready right away.  I thought I'd copy Karen Motz and cut out my Pure Innocence Girl and pop her up over patterned paper.  So cute!  I'm making this post short and sweet because I am tired, haha!

The Sweet Sunday Stampers have amazing sketch samples to show you today, so stop on by to see:
Thanks for taking on the challenge this week! 
Karen

recipe -
stamps: make mine a double (my favorite things)
ink: memento rich cocoa
paper: aqua mist (papertrey ink), kraft, apricot appeal (stampin' up!), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, fly a kite (october afternoon)
accessories: circle nestabilites (spellbinders), medium scallop border (taylored expressions), rose satin ribbon, bow easy, subtles buttons (stampin' up!), copic markers, embroidery thread


Jan 8, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

It's time to announce this week's sketch winner and I'm so happy we had so many participants this week - 74!!  Guess you all liked it *wink*

This week's winner is......  #15 Jen Mitchell!

This is such a super sweet card and I love, LOVE those felt scallops!  Congrats Jen!  You can see more of Jen's creations at her blog, I Create, so please stop on over for some yummy treats!

See you back soon for the next sketch -
Karen

Jan 7, 2011

Taylored Expressions Release Party

Hey, hey - it's Friday!!  All of the new Taylored Expressions goodies you've seen from the Baker's Dozen this week are now available in the store and you can check all the new treat in the Fresh Out of the Oven section of the store.  The team is putting together a little round up of all the different stamp sets and extras offered this release, so please be sure to hop around this morning to see them all.

I'm back with a new card featuring Capture My Heart - I just cannot get enough of these little Penguin Petites!  I started off with a MOJO171 layout and stamped this cutie in Charcoal Fluid Chalk Ink and colored him in with a few Copic Markers.  The textured background was created with both sides of the Hearts Impression Plate and I added the ribbon from the Valentine Project Pantry Kit - and of course a Bow Easy bow.

There is a little something extra for you too!  Last year we release a Valentine's set called Love Everywhere and when you purchase the Valentine Bundle, Taylor will put Love Everywhere in your bag for free!!



Stop by the rest of the Baker's Dozen blogs for more inspiration.  You can also check out the Taylored Expressions Gallery for even more ideas!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Jan 6, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 3

I have a HUGE post for you today - so much excitement for one little blog post, I'm just bursting at the seams here! It's day 3 of Taylored Expressions peeks and you'll be able to purchase everything from this release tomorrow at 8 AM Pacific, woohoo!

Today's post is extremely special because it is my daughter, Avery's, design team debut!  Taylor has put together a Tiny Chef team to help showcase Kid At Heart and a new kit just for kids!  The Kid's Valentine Card Kit is designed with kids in mind to make their very own Valentine's Day cards for classmates.  Each kit will make 20 cards and includes pre-cut cardstock and patterned paper, ribbon, rhinestones, bubble heart stickers, and envelopes.  How fun is that?

Aren't these little Valentines just the cutest?  Avery had so much fun making these for her friends and thought of every detail.  She's claimed the turtle as her very favorite, which I think is so clever with the rhinetones in the 'o's of the sentiment.  She's so excited about her Tiny Chef debut, she told her entire class and teacher all about it and they are probably checking this out right now - Hi guys!!

This little cupcake is my favorite - I adore the little heart sticker on top as a cherry and she put the rhinstones in the sentiment on this as well.  I'm just so happy for her!  You can see the entire team of Tiny Chefs on Taylor's blog, so please hop on over there and give these little stampers some love.


First up for me today is Kid at Heart, which is the same stamp set Avery used in her project - I am in love with this set from the TE line of stamps and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it the minute you see it too!

I used Sweet Love papers from Doodlebug Design and stamped these cute little love birds on Choice Snow White cardstock and then paper pieced them over the Toffee branch.   The frame was made by stamping the hearts frame in Warm Red and then cutting it out with the Take Note Die 3 and running it through the Big Shot again with a rectangle Nestabilties die.

I tied the little love birds tag onto the bow with some red Baker's Twine.

I've also created a little Valentine's treat as a teacher gift, which now as I'm writing this, have realized that Avery's teacher may be reading this - haha!  Surprise!!

I used the pizza box template, but scaled it down to fit 3" cards and envelopes.  The bow and heart pin are from the new Valentine Project Pantry Kit and the initials were designed and cut through my Silhouette.  Some pink pearls finish off the blossom Nestabilities die cut too - yum!

I made 6 cards and they all fit in the box, along with all the envelopes.

The papers are Be Mine from Echo Park and I added some clear rhinestones to the corners of the large scallop square Nestabilities die.  These papers really add such a different look to each card, love that!

I told you this post was HUGE!!  Thank so much for staying with me through it and please hop on over to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have whipped up for you today -
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Jan 5, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 2


Welcome back to Release Week Peeks for Taylored Expressions!  My favorite little Penguins are back as Penguin Petites sets - SWAK, Capture My Heart, and Will You Be Mine along with another Petite set, Wreath of Love, which has a coordinating Taylored Die (Seasonal Wreath) as well as a Basic Bow Die

I'm featuring Capture My Heart today - isn't he sweet?  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him in with Copics and the patterned papers and ribbon are from the new Valentine Project Pantry Kit, which features Be My Valentine paper from My Mind's Eye along with coordinating textured cardstock and embellishments.  I love it when everything is coordinated for me and I can grab a kit to make a quick card! 

Each Petite set is deeply etched cling mounted rubber, just like Taylored Expressions full sized sets, which allows for crisp, clean edges when you stamp.  Also, each image is die cut, so you have no need to cut out the images before you start stamping.  Easy peasy!


There is much more to been seen today from the Bakers Dozen, so please stop by and see:

See you back tomorrow for more TE fun!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: capture my heart (taylored expressions)
paper: valentine project pantry kit
ink: memento tuxedo black, rose coral fluid chalk ink (colorbox)
accessories: ribbon (valentine project pantry kit), taylor's tiny twinkles, heart border die, circle & blossom nestabilities (spellbinders)

Jan 4, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 1

How can it be January 2011 already??  It's time to celebrate the New Year and Taylored Expressions is getting the party started with a HUGE release - yep, HUGE!  The Bakers Dozen is showcasing 2 new sets and 2 new dies today, which will be available in the TE store on Friday, January 7th - ready to get started?

First up for me this week is New Beginnings, which is a fantastic set created by Sankari and illustrated by Taylor - these girls are so uber talented!  You can use these beautiful images for graduates, promotions, new goals, or anyone who is starting a new chapter in their life journey and combine it with the sentiments from Rest and Renewal.  It's full of inspirational sentiments and images, which coordinate with our new Butterflies & Frame It Up Dies.

I stamped the frame in Toffee Fluid Chalk ink and then cut it out with the Frame It Up die and added a few Chocolate Pearls and love how elegantly it dresses up the frame.  The sentiment is stamped in Dark Brown Fluid Chalk ink.

I used the paper tole technique to make the flower pop.  The patterned papers are Fine & Dandy by My Mind's Eye.  I think this card would look really cute in a frame on my desk too :)



The Bakers Dozen have much, much more for you to peek at today, so stop on by and see:

See you back tomorrow for more sneaks!!

Karen


recipe -
stamps: new beginnings (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), prism island mist light, fine & dandy (my mind's eye)
ink: dark brown & toffee fluid chalk ink
accessories: chocolate pearls (kaisercraft), frame it up die (taylored expressions), chocolate satin ribbon (taylored expressions)

Jan 2, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 98


Good morning - It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Here is the deal: make a card with this layout and use the InLinkz button down at the very end of this post to enter your card. The links will close on Friday at 10 PM (Mountain Time), and I'll randomly select one card to feature on my blog on Saturday. So, as long as your card is linked by 10 PM Friday, 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 SSSC98 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

In my last post I had mentioned my daughter was out in the front yard playing in shorts and a light jacket - well, not so much as I'm typing this - it's a balmy 9 degrees F with fluffy snow everywhere.  All is right with the world again.

I'm so glad to be back stamping again - it was nice to have a little break, but I started to miss all the ink and paper cuts, lol!  I thought I'd go for a quick and simple card this week - yeah, right.  I bought these Marjolaine Woolies, from Basic Grey, and knew I wanted to use the tree for this sketch and I got the little owl punch for Christmas from a fabulous stamping friend, so he definitely needed to make it into the card.  That's easy - paper, felt stickers, owl.  DONE!  Nope.  This thing took me more than 4 hours to make because I kept fussing with it.

Rhinestones in the tree, rhinestones on the owl, rhinestones on the scallops, buttons in the corner, bow easy bow, sponging on the edges... and then when I was all finished, I had the brilliant idea to add the Thanks sentiment and totally screwed it up - dammmmmmit!!  After a little surgery and patch job, I finished and I have to say, I love it much more than I did before the surgery, so chalk one up to a happy little accident. 

The Sweet Sunday Stampers have amazing sketch samples to show you today, so stop on by to see:
Thanks for taking on the challenge this week! 
Karen

recipe -
stamps: make the grade (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, not quite navy, chocolate chip (stampin' up!), marjolaine (basic grey)
ink: dark brown fluid chalk ink (colorbox), memento rich cocoa
accessories: marjolaine woolies, designer buttons (stampin' up!), 2-step owl punch (stampin' up!), tiny twinkles (taylored expressions), chocolate stitched ribbon (taylored expressions), die-namics open scallop border (my favorite things), bow easy, embroidery thread


Jan 1, 2011

For you in Etsy!

I'm in the process of loading new items to my Etsy shop - just click on the images below to access the store.  I'll be adding more soon, and my new favorite - tonight's SSSC card :)