Jul 31, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 128

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 SSSC128 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I stopped by the My Favorite Things booth at CHA last week and picked up a "few" more stamp sets and this Little Loveosaurus is the lucky one to be inked up first.  Isn't he cute?  I've been eyeballing him for a looong time and he practically jumped into my hand when I was browsing.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored him with Copics.  I kept the layout simple and didn't add any extra layers (not counting the scallops).  Just a super sweet and simple card for a super sweet boy.

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: little loveosaurus (my favorite things)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, seeing stars die (taylored expressions), square/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

Jul 30, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

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

#14 - Stef Perry!

Congrats Stef!  I love the colors and masculine feel and the touch of baker's twine is perfect.  Please hop on over to Stef's SCS gallery for more of her wonderful work.

See you back soon for the next challenge -
Karen

Jul 29, 2011

Bee Happy

Hey, it's Friday!  This week has absolutely flown by and I am SO ready for the weekend, how about you?  Today I'm using a couple of sets from Taylored Expressions that I haven't used in quite some time, but seeing them in the TE booth at CHA made me itch to get them inky!  I started by stamping the bees and beehive from Garden Party Critters in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic markers.  The circle accents is a flower from Garden Party Blooms and I stamped it in Yellow Ochre Fluid Chalk Ink.  I used both the Medium Scallop Border and Scalloped Eyelet Border dies for the scallops along the edges and added the branch from the Birds & Branch die set so my bee hive didn't look like it was just floating there.  The papers are Stella & Rose Gertie by My Mind's Eye.  I used Jen's Deconstructed Sketch 11 for the layout, which is so super cute!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: garden party blooms (taylored expressions), garden party critters (taylored expressions)
paper: pear & lakeshore canvas textured cardstock (bazzill), choice buttercream (taylored expressions), stella & rose gertie (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black, colorbox yellow ochre fluid chalk ink
accessories: copic markers, medium scallop border die (taylored expressions), scalloped eyelet border die (taylored expressions), birds & branch die (taylored expressions, foam tape

Jul 27, 2011

There She Goes Preview | Day THREE

Welcome back to day three of TSG sneaks!  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 Jessie's, then you're at the right stop.



Peacocks, and hippos and snakes, oh my! Judy Rozema was our lucky winner from this year’s Mother Of All Blog Hops and one of her prizes was the chance to work with TSG to design a stamp set in a theme of her choice. She said that she would like a fun zoo stamp set that incorporated some animals that are different than you might find in other stamp sets and we knew just who the perfect illustrator would be for this! Melyssa’s adorably whimsical zoo animals will have you going wild!

Zoo-pendous is a 6x8 set that will sell for $24.

Hee hee!!!  You are seriously going to LOVE this set - it's so cute!  There is a little something in there for everyone!  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with copics - I've never seen a snake look so cute!  I used a Wonky Rectangles Nestabilities to cut out the background.  The kraft paper is embossed with the polka dot embossing folder by Quickutz.  I used my corner rounder on the sentiment to make it look like a little tab tucked in between the cardstock layers.  I used more Lime Twist Fly a Kite paper from My Mind's Eye and the sketch is Sweet Stops's SSS116.

Would you like a chance to win the Zoo-pendous stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Zoo-pendous 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 Zoo-pendous stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: zoo-pendous (there she goes)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), ivy (bazzill) cardstock, lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, wonky rectangles nestabilities (spellbinders), leafy branch die (taylored expressions), multi-color twinkles (taylored expressions), polka dot embossing folder (quickutz), corner rounder, foam tape

Jul 26, 2011

There She Goes Preview | Day TWO

Howdy!  Welcome back to day two of sneaks!  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 Jessie's, then you're at the right stop.



Awhile back Torico had posted some of her sketches on her Facebook page and this adorable boy and his puppy got lots of attention! So many of you said that it needed to be made into a stamp and we agreed. Not only is this mini set great by itself but it can also be combined with many of Torico’s other TSG stamp sets for even more versatility!

Float My Boat is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7

This just makes me smile!  Look how cute this boy and his dog are - I love it!  I grabbed my Splash paper again and I adore those big polka dots!  I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copics and cut it out with an oval Nestabilities die.  I added some white stitched ribbon and a few nailhead stickers over the sentiment flag - so cute! 

Would you like a chance to win the Float My Boat stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Float My Boat 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 Float My Boat stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: float my boat (there she goes)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, splash (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, oval nestabilities (spellbinders), medium scallop border die (taylored expressions), black nailhead stickers, white stitched grosgrain ribbon, foam tape

Jul 25, 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 Jessie's, then you're at the right stop.

Melyssa will have you giggling at this mini set that features fabulous flip flops and sassy sentiments! These ‘thongs’ are perfect for coloring, paper piecing, creating backgrounds and so much more. This mini set will be the perfect addition to your summer stamp collection!

Get Your Thong On is a 2x6 set that includes a total of 11 stamps and will sell for $7.

I'm flippin' out over this new set!  LOVE the little flip-flops and hilarious sentiments.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers, then cut the flip-flops out and added some bling to the flowers.  The sketch is FTL148 from Clean & Simple and this card was truly quick and easy!  The papers are Lime Twist Life of the Party by My Mind's Eye.

Would you like a chance to win the Get Your Thong On stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Get Your Thong On 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 Get Your Thong On stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.

Next on the blog hop is the super fabulous Melyssa!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: get your thong on (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: copic markers, circle nestabilities (spellbinders), green satin ribbon, clear rhinestones, foam tape

Jul 24, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 127


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 SSSC127 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I'm back to stamping those darling Pure Innocence Girls again and this one is from Pucker Up - SO cute!   I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copics and then paper pieced the table with some Lime Twist Life of the Party paper, but now it kind of looks like the sign is just sort of sticking on the front of the table instead of hanging there,  oops!  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: pucker up (my favorite things)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), aqua mist (pti) cardstock, lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, aqua satin ribbon, pink rhinestones, small scallop border die (taylored expressions), foam tape

Jul 22, 2011

Flutter

Hello!  It's Friday - woot!  I have another card using the fabulous Jen's Deconstructed Sketch - this one is DS10 which works so perfectly with Bug Me Anytime from There She Goes - love these cute little bugs!  I started by stamping the butterfly in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copics.  I hand cut a tag for the sentiment and layered it over a leafy branch for a little pop.  The papers are from the Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky paper pack from My Mind's Eye.

Have a fantastic weekend! 
Karen

recipe -
stamps: bug me anytime (there she goes)
paper: ivy & leapfrog (bazzill), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist happy go lucky (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, subtles designer buttons (su!), circle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), leafy branch die (taylored expressions), linen thread, foam tape

Jul 20, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop


Good morning!  Can I just tell you how fun this month's Blast From the Past theme was?  The theme is Sending You Sunshine, I can't wait to hop around and see all of the bright and cheery, sunny projects!  Sankari rocked a new sketch for the challenge and I had a blast putting this card together. 

I changed my card to a 5x5 square to accomodate all the fun elements from Hangin' Out - At the Beach and I was able to use my new Palm Tree Die too!  I started by stamping the images in Memento Tuxedo Black on Choice Snow White cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  The palm tree is actually stamped twice and I cut the tree top out again and popped it up on foam tape to add some dimension.  I cut the surf board and flowers out by hand and added some Yellow Pearls to the centers of the flowers and up in the corner of the card. The sun was made with some Splash paper using the sun die from the Garden Party Blooms Die Set 2 and I sponged the edges with Memento Tangelo ink.



Here are the dies I used in today's card:


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen


recipe -
stamps: hangin' out at the beach (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions), simon canvas texture (bazzill) cardstock, splash (echo park)
ink: memento tuxedo black, tangelo, and canteloupe
accessories: copic markers, orange striped ribbon (su!), yellow pearls (kaisercraft), garden party blooms 2 die (taylored expressions), palm tree die (taylored expressions), circle nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

Jul 17, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 126

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 SSSC126 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I've been working on a crazy amount of cards this week - getting ready for CHA!  Anyone going?  I'll be at the Taylored Expressions booth along with Sankari, Danielle, and of course Taylor, so stop on by and say hello, make a few make & takes and take pictures - Taylor's booth is always adorable.   In the spirit of CHA, I've made a card using Life Is a Circus from TE along with some sweet Lime Twist Out of the Blue papers.  I kept this one fairly simple and didn't add a lot of layer.  I substituted the 3 brads at the bottom of the sketch for a sentiment and then added a couple of Island Lagoon rhinestones on the image panel instead.  I added a fun litle scallop border using the Small Scallop Border Die.

Here is the Taylored Die I used on today's card:


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: life is a circus (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist out of the blue (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, island lagoon rhinestones (kaisercraft), small scallop border die (taylored expressions), square nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape

Jul 16, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

Hello!  Happy Saturday! It's time to announce this week's sketch winner, woohoo!  This week, random.org has chosen... 

#11 - Mindy!


I love this color combo - the white against the dark cardstock really pops and the focus on the sentiment is beautiful!  Congrats Mindy!  Please stop on by Mindy's Splitcoaststampers Gallery to peek at more of her adorable work.

See you all back soon for the next challenge!
Karen

Jul 14, 2011

Out of this world!


The blog has been so quiet, but that doens't mean I haven't be working on crafty things - hop on over to There She Goes and see what I've made.  It's Out of This World!

Jul 12, 2011

Something Sweet

Hello!  I have a little something sweet for you over at the There She Goes blog - hop on over and say hello, I'd love to see you over there!

See you back soon!
Karen

Jul 10, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 125



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 SSSC125 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I picked up another favorite set from There She Goes called Lighten Up - the little silhouette lamps just call out to me.  They love to be inked, what can I say?  I started by inking up the little lamp in Toffee chalk ink and then stamped a stand-out lamp in Warm Red chalk ink, you know, because that's the one that makes life brighter, right?  I added a few little rhinestones in the red lamp for some pop and then added a little satin button bow to accent the toffee color.

Just a quick little rabbit trail.  I'm a proud mom today - my daughter had her first ever softball tourney and her team came in second place.  I'm so excited for her!
Here is Avery with her daddy (who helped coach) and of course Andrew, who can't be near a camera without being in the shot. 

...and moments before was getting cupcake wiped off his face.  Mmmm, dad lick. yuck.
He cleans up well, don't you think? 

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: lighten up (there she goes)
paper: real red (su!), choice snow white (taylored expressions), lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: colorbox toffee & warm red fluid chalk ink, memento tuxedo black
accessories: aqua satin ribbon, neutral buttons (su!), linen thread, small sscallop border die (taylored expressions), clear twinkles (taylored expressions), rectangle & circle nestabilities (spellbinders), foam tape


Jul 3, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 124



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 SSSC124 if you plan to post your card in an online gallery.

I still had Life is a Circus on my desk from the Taylored Expressions release week and so I inked it up again for grins and giggles - it's really difficult to resist especially when it's sitting next to a pack of Lime Twist Fly a Kite paper!  I stamped this sweet elephant in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copics and popped him up over a sheet of paper I embossed with the Stars Impression Plate.  For the thin little layers in the background, I used the new Star Border Die on both red and Choice Snow White cardstock creating the filled in star centers.  The stars in the corner were made with the Seeing Stars Die and I used a Nested Pennant Nestabilities die for the sentiment banner.

Here are the dies and impresson plate I used for my card:



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: life is a circus (taylored expressions)
paper: real red (su!), kraft, pumpkin pie (su!), intense kiwi (bazzill), choice snow white (taylored expressions), lime twist fly a kite (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: copic markers, oval/scallop & nested pennant nestabilities (spellbinders), star border die (taylored expressions), stars impression plate (taylored expressions), seeing stars die (taylored expressions), bits of bling (creative impressions), foam tape

Jul 2, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Winner

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

#37 - Kurlygirl!
I just love how Heather flipped the sketch (reminds me of someone I know...) and the image and coloring are adorable!  Congrats Heather!  You can see more of Heather's wonderful work on her blog, Kurly-Q.

See you back soon for the next sketch!
Karen

Jul 1, 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!
  • More projects from the Baker's Dozen to inspire you.  Just follow the link list below.
  • 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 July 2nd at 6 pm PST to enter to win.

It's release day and the wait is over!  The Baker's Dozen are giving you a sampling of all the sets and dies now available in the TE Store
I'm giving you another look at the new set, Birds of a Feather - which I just fell in love with!  Love the bird cages and dies!  I used more paper from the Stella & Rose collection called Hazel and started with MOJO197 for the layout.  The birdcage is stamped in Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink and I used Rose Coral for the flowers.  The branch is cut out with the Birds & Branch Die on kraft cardstock and I hung the birdcage on the branch with a little satin bow made with the Bow Easy.

Here is the Taylored Die I used on today's project:


Please stop by and see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen have made for you today - you won't be disappointed!
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen
recipe -
stamps: birds of a feather (taylored expressions)
paper: kraft, bermuda bay (su!), basic gray (su!), choice buttercream (taylored expressions) cardstock, stella & rose hazel (my mind's eye)
ink: colorbox fluid chalk ink - rose coral, dark brown
accessories: birds & branch die (taylored expressions), square/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), aqua satin ribbon, crystal twinkles (taylored expressions), foam tape