Jun 30, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 2

July Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, July 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY, on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 7/30 at 7pm PST for the drawings.
Did you enjoy yesterday's peeks?  Be sure to hop around and comment to enter your name into a drawing for a TE gift certificate - woohoo free stuff! 

First up today is an amazing set called Birds of a Feather, illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line.  I just adore her images!  This set has 17 images and sentiments that can take on very different looks, from Shabby Chic to Clean & Simple.
For my card I used Jen's Sketch For You to Try for June and used the Birds & Branch Dies to create the little strip along the bottom.  The Birds & Branch Die set was specifically designed to coordinate with Birds of a Feather and I love the different looks you can achieve with the different bird images.  I chose to use a more silhouetted feel for the birds, but added a little rhinstone for their eyes.  The ornate birdcage is stamped in Dark Brown Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink and I colored the heart in with a Copic (RV32).  The flowers are stamped in Deep Lagoon Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink and I cut them out and added a little rhinestone center.  The bow was made with the Bow Easy and glued on the top of the cage with a glue dot.  The Stella & Rose collection of papers goes really well with this set - I used the Gertie paper pack for my card.

Here is the inside - I stamped it simply and added another cut out flower on the branch.



Next up is a new petite set illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Moka Collection.  Meet Moka Justin!
I am loving this new Moka!  He's just perfect for tween boy birthdays.   I stamped this card simply and kept the layout free of ribbon and bling - you know boys.  I did add some stitching tho *wink*.  The layout is Taylors TESC141, which looks like it was made for a Moka!  I stamped Moka Justin in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copic markers.  The Seeing Stars Die set and the Star Border Die go so well with Moka Justin too!  I used the Seeing Stars Die to add the layered stars out of Lime Twist Fly a Kite paper and the 3 little stars at the bottom are from the inside of the Star Border Die.  I can't even tell you how excited I have to have stars dies!! 

Here's a peek at the inside - just super simple and added the star frame from the Seeing Stars Die


Here are the Taylored Dies I used with today's projects:

The rest of the Baker's Dozen have lots more to show you!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of winning a TE gift card!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen


recipes
anniversary birds card
stamps: birds of a feather (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, chocolate chip (su!), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, stella & rose gertie (my mind's eye)
ink: colorbox fluid chalk ink - dark brown, deep lagoon
accessories: copic markers, aqua satin ribbon, bow easy, crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), birds & branch dies (taylored expressions), circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

birthday star card
stamps: moka justin (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), not quite navy (su!) cardstock, lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, star border die (taylored expressions), seeing stars dies (taylored expressions), large corner rounder, foam tape

Jun 29, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 1

July Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, July 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY, on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 7/30 at 7pm PST for the drawings.
Are you ready for another super cute release from Taylored Expressions?!!?  The Baker's Dozen is showcasing two new stamp sets: In the Clouds and Life is a Circus along with, get this - 4 new Taylored Dies and a new Impression Plate! 

If you are not familiar with Taylored Expressions stamps, they are made of deeply etched cling-mount rubber that you can place on an acrylic block.  All of the full size and petite stamps come on a full color image panel, which is 3-hole punched so the stamps can be stored easily in a TE Mini Binder Box.  Each Mini Binder Box fits up to 4 full-sized stamp sets.

First up for me is this darling set of 25 stamps called In the Clouds, illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line. 

In the Clouds has a coordinating set of Taylored Dies called Blimps & Banners, which make cutting out these images a snap!  And you can get super creative and turn the blimps into submarines and rocket ships - isn't that clever?!!?  In my card I have used one of the blimp and banner dies for my main image and sentiment.  So super cute, don't you think?  I started by stamping the blimp in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic Markers.  The banner is also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Did you notice the blue background?  All of those embossed clouds were made with TE's new Clouds Impression Plate, which is double sided to allow for the clouds to be arrange for both a horizontal card and a vertical card - it's 2 impression images for the price of one!  I used the vertical side of the impression plate for my background.  Another fun Taylored Die that goes perfectly with In the Clouds is the new Cloud Border Die - it's long enough to run the entire length of a standard A2 card and you can cut out multiple die cuts and layer them up!  I chose to use the Cloud Border Die as a standard border and just added it underneath my cardstock layer.  I added the Medium Scallop Border Die at the bottom, which really continues that puffy cloud look. You may recognize the little clouds on the image panel too - they are made with the Cloud Duo Die.  I added some Baker's Twine around the center of the card for a little extra punch and the layout is MOJO195.

In the Clouds is a perfect companion set to the It's a Banner Day 1 & It's a Banner Day 3 sets as well as the Cloudy Days background stamp.  Imagine the possiblities!


Up next is a new delightful set of 17 images illustrated by Doug Applegate for the Apple Doodle Ink line. 
Life is a Circus is packed full of cute circus images and witty sentiments and this set is designed to create cards and projects with a single image or build up layers and create a fun circus scene!  I can see myself using this set for everyone - boys, girls, young, old - I just love it!!  For my card, I used 2 images - the clown and the juggling balls.  I stamped the clown in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copic Markers and I stamped the juggling balls in Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks: Warm Red, Yellow Ochre, Lime Pastel, and Pumpkin Spice.  Life is a Circus also has a coording Stars Die set that you can layer and arrange in endless ways!  I added more Baker's Twine and Crystal Twinkles for accent and the layout is Deconstructed Sketch 7.

Here are the Taylored Dies I used on today's projects:



The rest of the Baker's Dozen have more to show you today, so don't miss out - their projects are AMAZING! 
Thanks for stopping by and see you back tomorrow for another fun day of TE peeks!
Karen


recipes
fly away with me card
stamps: in the clouds (taylored expressions)
paper: real red (su!), aqua mist (pti), kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist out of the blue (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, baker's twine (taylored expressions), clouds impression plate (taylored expressions), cloud border die (taylored expressions), cloud duo die (taylored expressions), medium scallop border die (taylored expressions), circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

happy birthday card
stamps: life is a circus (taylored expressions)
paper: real red (su!), not quite navy (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist out of the blue (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black, colorbox fluid chalk inks - yellow ochre, warm red, pumpkin spice, lime pastel
accessories: copic markers, seeing stars dies (taylored expressions), circle/rectangle/rectangle scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), large corner rounder, baker's twine, foam tape

Jun 28, 2011

You Make My Heart Spin

Good morning!  I've had some major mojo going on the last couple days and I'm totally taking advantage of it.  I have a fun little card using Freeze the Moment from There She Goes for you this morning - I love this adorable set because the images can give you so many different looks.  I started with The Deconstructed Sketch 4 from Deconstructing Jen (she's got some MAD Copic skills - love her!).  I started by stamping this sweet girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copics.  I masked her and stamped the pinwheel over her hand and then stamped another pinwheel to pop up over the original.  Just a few rhinestones for some bling and it's done!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: freeze the moment (there she goes)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: island lagoon rhinestones (kaisercraft), oval nestabilities (spellbinders), small scallop border die (taylored expressions), copic markers

Jun 27, 2011

Sweet Sunday Monday

Hi gang!  I'm finally here with my Sweet Sunday card for this week's sketch.  Woot!  If you'd like to play along, the challenge is in the post below, or you can click here for a new window.

My card is kind of sweet and simple today - I was itching to use this little tree from In the Park from Taylored Expressions and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I kept my Copic coloring simple and just used 3 colors - YG03, YG 17, and E47.  I cut out the tree and added some pink rhinestones in the branches for fruit or blossoms - or maybe it's a bling tree.  I could use one of those!  I can't remember the name of the papers, so if you know, please help me out, lol!  The cute little picket fence is the Picket Fence Border Die.

Have a wonderful Monday!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: in the park (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, patterned paper unknown
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: pink rhinestones, copic markers, picket fence border die (taylored expressions)

Jun 26, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 123

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 SSSC123 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

Please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me.  I'm a complete slacker and don't have a card ready for you today.  I will have a card for you all on Monday, so I do hope you'll come back to see it and forgive my slackerness.

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


Jun 25, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Good afternoon!  It's time to announce this week's winner and random.org has chosen....

#27 - Dacia Smith!!

How gorgeous are those giant blossoms and I am in love with the layers scallops - I must remember that cute little look!  Congrats Dacia!!  You can see more of Dacia's wonderful work on her blog, My Creative Days.

See you back soon for the next challenge -
Karen

Jun 22, 2011

There She Goes Preview | Day THREE

Welcome to the last day for the little sneaky peeks for the upcoming There She Goes release!  We're celebrating with a blog hop challenge for you and there is chance to win some goodies, so be sure to read along to the end of my post to find out how.  The hop started off at the There She Goes blog, but if you came to my blog from Julie's, then you're at the right stop.

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Make A Splash Blog Hop Challenge

One of the best things about the summer is being able to go for a refreshing swim. Whether you prefer a lake, ocean or pool- you will love this new stamp set illustrated by Torico! Make A Splash will have you saying "Mermaids, seahorse and fish ohmy!".

Make A Splash set that includes a total of 21 stamps and will sell for $18



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I paired this adorable mermaid with the Hibiscus set from yesterday’s preview and I absolutely loved coloring this image.  She’s just the cutest!  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic Markers.  After I cut the mermaid image with an Oval Nestabilities die, I traced the inside of the die to create the frame and then added a few clear rhinestones.  The papers are from the Splash collection by Echo Park, which are darling with this set!

Would you like a chance to win the Make A Splash stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Make A Splash Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Once Upon a Time stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (June 25th) during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: make a splash (there she goes), hibiscus (there she goes)
paper: blossom textured (bazzill), flamingo textured (bazzill), choice snow white (taylored expressions), cardstock, splash (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, oval nestabilities (spellbinders), clear twinkles (taylored expressions)

Jun 21, 2011

There She Goes Preview | Day TWO

Welcome back to day 2 for the little sneaky peeks for the upcoming There She Goes release!  We're celebrating with a blog hop challenge for you and there is chance to win some goodies, so be sure to read along to the end of my post to find out how.  The hop started off at the There She Goes blog, but if you came to my blog from Julie's, then you're at the right stop.





This adorable car illustrated by Melyssa is great to make a fun, every day card for family and friends! The larger car featured in this mini set was sized so that it could also be used with Leah (who can be seen in the Freeze The Moment stamp set).

Vroom is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 6 stamps and will sell for $7.

Love, love, LOVE this little convertible - isn't it darling??  I stamped the car in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers and then cut it out and popped it up over some fabulous Lime Twist Fly a Kite paper.  I made the bow with my Bow Easy and then added a few Island Lagoon rhinestones in the corner. 





These gorgeous tropical flowers were illustrated by Torico and will quickly become a favorite from your summer stamping collection! Use them to create beautiful custom designer paper, color in the line art images to use as a focal point for your project or pair them with a TSG sentiment stamp set for a card that can be given for any occasion.

Hibiscus is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7 

These flowers are absolulely stunning and I wanted to make a clean and simple card that shows them off.  I used a sheet of Splash paper from Echo Park and just popped up the flowers over the swirly flourish on the paper.  Super fun and easy to make!  I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers.  The sentiment is from another TSG set called Garden of Life and I cut it out to make a little flag banner.  Just a few yellow pearls for some accent and it's done.  So cute!

Would you like a chance to win the Vroom / Hibiscus stamp sets  Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Vroom / Hibiscus Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Forever stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (June 25th) during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipes-
vroom card
stamps: vroom (there she goes)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), aqua satin ribbon, island lagoon rhinestones (kaisercraft)

hibiscus card
stamps: hibiscus (there she goes), garden of life (there she goes)
paper: aqua mist (pti), pumpkin pie (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, splash (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: yellow pearls (kaisercraft), copic markers

Jun 20, 2011

There She Goes Preview | Day ONE

Hello!  It's an exciting week here for There She Goes and the Trendsetters have a fun little blog hop to kick off the new release - PLUS you have a chance to win some goodies, so keep reading and find out the details.  The hop started off at There She Goes, but if you came to my blog from Julie's, then you're at the right stop.



Last month Di was enchanting us with her adorable prince and princess stamp set and this month she is bringing us a magical fairies. These fun and whimsical images were sized so that they can work together with the Once Upon A Time stamp set for you to create even more scenes!


The Fairy Best is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 13 stamps and will sell for $18.
Isn't this little fairy just darling?  This is actually 2 images - I masked off the fairy and stamped the mushroom so she looks like she's sitting on it.  I love all the possiblilities you can stamp with this set!  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them with Copic markers.  All of the papers are from Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky by My Mind's Eye and I added two little mini roses with pearl centers. 

Would you like a chance to win The Fairy Best stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their The Fairy Best Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Freeze the Moment stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (June 25th) during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: the fairy best (there she goes)
paper: jetstream (bazzill), razzleberry (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist happy go lucky (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: mini rolled roses die-namics (my favorite things), hot pink pearls (kaisercraft), rectangle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), copic markers

Jun 19, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 122

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 SSSC122 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I inked up one of my favorite There She Goes sets, My Little Friend again for my card today - sweet and simple little couple, haha!  I stamped the gnomes in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic markers.  The papers are Lime Twist Life of the Party by My Mind's Eye. 

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: my little friend (there she goes)
paper: aqua mist (pti), real red (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), brights buttons (su!), copic markers

Jun 18, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello and happy Saturday!  It's time to announce this week's SSSC winner and random.org has chosen...

#28 - Lori K!
How adorable is this card?!  I love the baseball and the images layered over each other.  Such a super cute card - congrats Lori!  You can see more of Lori's amazing work at her blog, Afternoon's Delight

See you back soon for the next challenge!
Karen

Jun 12, 2011

Birthday Party Across the Miles

This is my second post today - please scroll down or click here for my Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.


Good morning!  Today some of Taylor VanBruggen's friends are hosting a little birthday blog hop for her since we all can't be together to celebrate this gorgeous girl - but wouldn't that just be the best party ever, all of us stamping all night?  oooh!  Fab! 

You should have come here from Lori Craig's blog, but if you didn't you might want to start this Fantasy Birthday Tour at the beginning on Jami Sibley's blog

We're giving Taylor virtual birthday gifts today and if money were not an object, I would give Taylor a relaxing time away at a spa, to be redeemed at any time.  Oooh, how fantastic!  With all the hard work Taylor puts into her wonderful company, she deserves to be pampered and doted on, right? 

Happy birthday Taylor - I am so incredibly lucky to know you and you have such a beautiful spirit and are going to be the very best mom too!  Have a very blessed birthday and I'm wishing those blessings to grow through the year!

The card I sent Taylor is my Sweet Sunday card from a few hours ago, and since Taylor knows I'm a GIANT procrastinator, she should be getting it in her mailbox on Tuesday.  Sorry T!  I put some extra birthday wishes in there for you  :)


Next up is the fabulous Jodi Collins.

Please stop on over to Taylor's blog and wish her a very happy birthday - I know she would love all the birthday wishes.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 121


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 SSSC121 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I just cannot get enough of these adorable cows from Green Acres!  All the little farm animals in this set are just too cute for words and they just yell at me to get them inky, haha!  I started by stamping the cows in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in with Copic Markers.  After cutting the image out with a Labels 8 Nestabilities, I left the paper in the die and then sponged around the edges with Memento Summer Sky

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: green acres (taylored expressions)
paper: jetstream, lakeshore & watermellon (bazzill), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, garden variety (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento tuxedo black, summer sky
accessories: labels 8 & circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), yellow pearls (kaisercraft), copic markers, grass border punch (martha stewart)


Jun 11, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello and happy Saturday!!  It's been a lazy Saturday for me and I love it! It's time to announce the next SSSC winner and this week, random.org has chosen....

#22 - Jodi Collins!
I always LOVE what Jodi creates and this card is so darling!  I love the added button flower and the amazing patterns and colors.  Congrats Jodi!  You can see more of Jodi's work on her blog Stamping A Latte.

I'll be back later with a new sketch -
Karen

Jun 5, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 120


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 SSSC120 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I did something I NEVER do with my card today - I put it all together before I even thought of what image I was going to use.  I just picked some papers I liked and went from there and ended up choosing this cute little alien from Out of This World.  I think it might just work!  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: out of this world (there she goes)
paper: kraft, lakeshore (bazzill), choice snow white (taylored expressions), lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), medium scallop border die (taylored expressions), brights buttons (su!), copic markers


Jun 4, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Happy Weekend!!  It's time to announce the next SSSC winner and this week, random.org has chosen...

#20 - Karen!!
I just love the combination of patterns Karen used and the touch of linen thread is fantastic!  AND I wish I had beautiful flowers like this to take pictures in - how amazing!  Congrats Karen!  You can find more of Karen's beautiful work at her blog, Little Scrap Pieces - please stop on over and say hey.

See you back soon for the next challenge -
Karen

New Cards @ Etsy

Hey everyone!  I just added a bunch of cards to my Etsy store.  My box-o-cards is overflowing and I need to make room :)



Thanks so much!
Karen

Jun 3, 2011

Taylored Expressions Release Party

Release Day!
  • All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven category and Taylor's Blog for all the deets!
  • Did you win one of the Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaways? Find the list of winners on Taylor's Blog
  • Another chance to win... head on over to our forum and tell us your favorite stamp set from this release. We'll be choosing one person to win their favorite set FREE!  You have until Saturday June 4th at 6 pm PST to enter to win.
Today the Baker's Dozen is mixing it up, giving you a look at some of their favorite cards and sets.  I decided to make another card using Green Acres from the Apple Doodle Ink line - It's just so super cute and I plan on using it for little kiddos and grown-ups too!  For my card, I used 2 images, the cow and hay stack and the matching sentiment.  The images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copic markers and I sponged around them with Memento Summer Sky and New Sprout inks.  I still had my pack of Garden Variety papers on my desk, so I grabbled the floral paper for my background and wrapped some olive satin ribbon around it and used the extra to make a bow with my Bow Easy.

Don't forget to hop on over to the Splitcoaststampers Taylored Expressions Forum for an opportunity to win your favorite stamp set from the June release!

The Baker's Dozen have more waiting for you, so swing on by and see:
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: green acres (taylored expressions)
paper: lakeshore (bazzill), ivy (bazzill), ruby red (su!), kraft, choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, garden variety (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento summer sky, new sprout, and tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, circle/large scallop nestabilitites (spellbinders), garden variety buttons (cosmo cricket), olive satin ribbon, bow easy, linen thread, large corner rounder

Jun 2, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek | Day 3

June Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, June 3rd at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department in the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Special Early Bird Offer on Release Day for the first 15 orders over $100.  It's TOTALLY SWEET!
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and all will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 6/2 at 7pm for the drawings.
Today's theme is American Heartland and I'm so thrilled to show you these new sets!  First up is a set from the Apple Doodle Ink line called Green Acres, a set of 24 stamps that are sure to get you chuckling!  This set is perfect for those masculine cards as well as some friendly humor.

I see a lot of John Deere tractors in my neck of the woods, so I was instantly drawn to this little image.  I wanted to place it in a field, so I added 3 layers of cardstock I punched out with the Grass Border Punch and I sponged the blades of grass with some Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The tractor is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics.  I added little accents with the Cloud Duo and Scalloped Eyelet Border dies.

Did you happen to notice the embossed background?  It is made with the new Chicken Wire/Wood Grain Impression Plate.  These impression plates are double sided, so you get 2 choices of impressions for one price!  The plate is big enough to emboss a standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" sheet of cardstock and works fabulously with the Embossing Pad Kit.  I used my Big Shot and sandwiched my paper like this: bottom tab (not tab 1 or 2), cutting plate, Impressions Plate, cardstock, embossing pad kit, cutting plate.  Works like a dream!

The patterned papers are part of the Garden Variety collection by Cosmo Cricket and the layout is MOJO184.




Up next is another Apple Doodle Ink petite set, Uncle Sam - a set of 5 stamps featuring our favorite penguin.

My card is a take on Sweet Stop's SSS110 and I started by stamping the penguin in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copics.  I love his little sparkler and I don't remember the last time we used sparklers - I miss them!  I love 4th of July here - we always hang out at the park all day, playing games and grilling and then watch the city fireworks, crossing our fingers the kids don't cry. haha! 


My darling daughter jumped in this month with a cute little project she made for her little sister.  It's a book about the farm with all the farm animals and the farmer. 

Taylor has put together a Kids Summer Fun Pack, which is packed full of fun items, all for just $9.95!
  • 5 sheets of 8.5" x 11" cardstock
  • 10 sheets of patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Berrylicious collection
  • 10 Choice Snow White image panels
  • 10 white envelopes
  • 1 ring-bound chipboard book (5 pages)
  • 3 yards of ribbon 
  • 1 sheet of alphabet and border stickers
  • Assorted round & apple brads
  • Assorted flat fruit slice embellishments


Avery did everything herself, I'm so proud of her!  She designed the pages and glued the paper onto the chipboard and even colored with my precious Copics!  She did such a fabulous job.  We had a funny moment as we were stamping together.  She was finishing up her farmer page and accidentally stamped the OH Crop sentiment upside down.  We both looked at each other and said, "OH Crop!!" at the same time.  LOVE her! 

So she patched him up and now he's good as new!

Here are the dies I used on today's cards:



Stop on by to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have whipped up for you today, and don't forget to comment in order to enter into the TE prize drawing!
Thanks for stopping by -
Karen

recipe -
oh crop card
stamps: green acres (taylored expressions)
paper: ivy (bazzill), pear (bazzill), glow (bazzill), jetstream (bazzill), choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, garden variety (cosmo cricket)
ink: memento rich cocoa, memento tuxedo black
accessories: chicken wire/wood grain impressions plate (taylored expressions), copic markers, cloud duo & scalloped eyelet border dies (taylored expressions), yellow ric rac, felt chicken, circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), grass border punch (martha stewart)

celebrate card
stamps: uncle sam (taylored expressions)
paper: brilliant blue (su!), real red (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions), kraft cardstock
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), rectangle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders)