Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Critters in Costume


Happy Thursday, crafty friends!  We have a sick one in the house today, so we are laying low.  I'm not sure if it was the trauma of too much dental work at the orthodontist or what, but it's knocked one of my teens down.  Of course, typical Midwest weather put us in the 40's a couple of days ago and now we are back up to the 70's, so that could very well be contributing to our ailments.  Regardless, it is really starting to feel like Fall, and that has gotten me excited for Fall festivities!

Today I'm showing you a card I made using one of the new Taylored Expressions Halloween sets called Critters in Costume.  The little critters are simply adorable all dolled up for Halloween, and I just couldn't resist this sweet image of the cat and the pumpkin.  Have you checked out the new line of products that Taylor is carrying called Matched?  Oooo, it's amazing!  Matched is the name they've given to their products that are made to match which now includes cardstock, patterned paper, and multi-colored sequin bottles.  I'm over the moon about it all. . .seriously there was squealing in this house when I got my hands on the products!

I used the Hocus Pocus Matched Kit for my project.  Just check out the vibrancy of those patterned papers. . .

You'll notice that I've been stamping a bit more on the inside of my cards.  It's just fun to decorate the whole thing inside and out!

Stamps:  Critters in Costume (TE)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (TE), SU Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Matched Kit - Hocus Pocus (TE)
Accessories:  Copics, stapler, Spica gold pen

I've been having a great time making things for this new release, and I'm truly so excited for the TEs new line of Matched products.  You just won't be disappointed!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Taylored Expressions: In & Out Birthday


Hey Peeps!  Another Monday has made it's way to us. . .Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with another day!  Our weekend was crazy, then relaxed, and just wonderful.  

As most of you know, Taylored Expressions celebrated their 6th birthday last week and released a ton of new products to include some new product lines!  They are now carrying their own cardstocks and designer papers, and they have some new embossing folders to boot!

My card uses the new set called In & Out Birthday along with the Little Bits - Cake & Stand die, the Matched Kit Double the Fun, the Banner Stacklets 2 die, and the Pennant Border die.  More specifically, the cardstock that I used from the kit were Sugar Cube, Lemon Meringue, and Jelly Donut.  As usual, Taylor has done an amazing job of coordinating it all to match, and I feel super blessed to be able to share with you how amazing the products are.  The designer paper, is so far superior to any dp I've tried before.  The colors are so rich and vibrant, and the designs are just darling!  Give them a try, because you won't be disappointed!


Thanks for stopping by!  I'll have plenty more to show you throughout the month, and I'll even be throwing in some mixed media projects the more that I dabble :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Taylored Expressions Release Day & Sack It - Bat Die Cut


It's finally here. . .Release Day for Taylored Expressions September Release!  Taylored Expressions is celebrating their 6th birthday, so there is a lot going on to celebrate!  ·      To celebrate, along with new stamps and dies, we are releasing our very own line of patterned paper and coordinating cardstock, as well as our own Embossing Folders.  Believe me when I say that these products are top notch!  All September products are being released today. Be sure to visit the TE Blog for a fun sketch challenge with a $250 prize gift certificate.

Before you head over there check out this little grouping I made using a the newly released Sack It-Bat die that coordinates with the Sack It to You die.  In case you didn't know, TE has an entire line of dies that go with this cute little sack that you can find HERE.    


I couldn't resist making some patterned wings with the new patterned papers in the Hocus Pocus paper pad.  These papers are just superior and so vibrant.  I'm in LOVE with the new patterned paper, and I'm just over the moon for the new line of Premium Cardstock to match!  I used several different colors in the kit to include Sugar CubePeapodPumpkin, and Oreo


I love the little bat's darling face. . .so cute!  The great thing about the Sack It line of dies is that work on a card just fine on their own.  I can see making a bunch of different cards using those sweet dies.


Now you know that Taylored Expressions just has to celebrate in style, so to celebrate our 6th year, we've designed a special party favor, Think Happy Thoughts. This petite stamp set includes a very "happy" coordinating die and will be FREE with orders over $50 beginning on September 11th - September 21st. One free set per customer, while supplies last.


Thanks for visiting, crafty friends! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Taylored Expressions Moka Aidan


Happy Sunday!  My kids have been at a church camp all weekend long, and I am MISSING them for sure!  A whole weekend is just too long for this momma, so it makes me wonder how I'm going to do when they start leaving for longer periods!  Enough of my sorrows ;p, I have a card to show you today because today we have a couple of birthdays in our extended families.  This image is a new set from the August release over at Taylored Expressions.  This is Moka Aidan.  They are just SO fun to color!  Aidan was colored with Copics, and the banner was airbrushed with Copics as well.  He's been popped up on TE's Label Stacklets 2 die.

Stamps:  Moka Aidan
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  yellow & green cardstock, Choice Buttercream, EP dp
Accessories:  Copics & airbrush, TE Label Stacklets 2 die, foam tape, green Spica pen

Thanks for stopping in today!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Pencil Topper die


It's football Saturday as most of you know, so I'm sure a lot of you are watching games with friends or celebrating in your own way.  We are keeping it low key, but we do like to watch the Nebraska Husker games with friends from time to time.  I made these super easy food labels for a hotdog bar we plan to have for a future game.  I used some new dies from Taylored Expressions that were released here in August:  Pencil Topper die, Little Bits Picnic Basket die, and (a previously released die) Branches, Banner, & Bloom die.  

Instead of using pencils, I used straws so that I could put these babies right in the condiments.  I think they turned out pretty simple and cute, and it certainly got my wheels turning for future parties!


Thanks for stopping in, and enjoy your Football Saturday!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Documented Life Week 34: Numbers


I told you I've been dabbling in the art of Mixed Media, and I just recently made a Art Journal/Planner that posted about the other day.  I'm sure I won't be brave enough to share all of my pages, but this is the first one I did from a Documented Life Project challenge.  We were to fill our page with numbers that related to our week.  I was actually able to go in numerical order with mine.  I didn't go too crazy with the Mixed Media bit obviously, but hey, I'm just starting out here.  I did, however, use my Distress Inks to create this fun background on my watercolor paper.  I used some stickers from my stash and doodled around just a bit.

I'm truly using this planner as a way to keep track of my week, but also as a journal, which has proven to be so fun.  I took it to church and wrote down the sermon notes.  For me, I tend to pay more attention when I'm doodling for whatever reason.  I don't get mad at my kids anymore when I see them doing it, because I know they get it from me.  I'm not the best doodler, because I suppressed it for so long. . .good students don't doodle, they pay attention.  Being a homeschool mom for going on 8 years has taught me that doing things outside of the norm is absolutely okay, especially if it gives you great results.

Ink:  Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, & Mustard Seed Distress Inks
Paper:  90 lb watercolor paper
Accessories:  Pilot pen, water mister, Kelly Purvey Alphabet stickers

Thanks for dropping in and indulging me ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School


I think that most of our friends are all back to school now, which leaves some moms with a little more quiet in the house and maybe even a little more free time.  We started school last week, and are figuring it all out and establishing a decent routine.  We are full swing now!

I have a new card to show you using a new set from Taylored Expressions called Back to School from the Mischief Maker line.  That little cutie was super fun to color with my Copic markers.  I paired her up with the Echo Park Summer Bliss paper and couple of dies from TE:  Seeing Stars die & Notepaper Border die.


She is just such a cutie!  She would be great on some teacher gifts or fun little notes for lunches.  I really enjoyed decorating the inside of the card with a couple of stars and the backpack stamp from the set.

Stamps:  Mischief Maker Back to School
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Bermuda Bay, SU Lucky Limeade, SU Crushed Curry, SU Regal Rose, SU Real Red
Paper:  Choice White, EP Summer Bliss
Accessories:  Copics, TE Seeing Stars die, TE Notepaper Border die, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Plan.Journal.Play - a Planner made for Art Journaling

Hey there!  Did you have a productive weekend?  I feel like we really did.  We were finally able to empty the last of the boxes, and my craft studio is pretty much how I want it.  It could use some better organization of some of my stash, but at least it's all out of boxes and within arms reach.  Now to find what I need when I need it ;)

I also had an opportunity to work on a project that I've been excited about for quite a while.  I've been dabbling in Mixed Media for a little bit now; building up my stash, and working with and playing with it.  It's a fun thing to do, and a thing that will take lots of time to master.  I've watched lots of videos and played quite a bit.  Lots of things I've made I hate and a few things I love.  This planner goes in the 'things I love' category.  

I love reading Patter's blog, which is where I originally learned about the planner.  I took Lorraine Bell's Plan.Journal.Play class, and am so excited by what I feel I learned.  I definitely have a lot to learn, and and certainly used a lot of her techniques, but the more I play, the more I will learn and develop my own style.


 I really love how my tabs turned out.  I used some canvas paper along with an old labeler.  The planner is a Moleskine, and I used an old stamp from one of my past favorite companies (Clear Dollar Stamps).


The back is even pretty cool.  More than anything, I had fun making it.  So much so, that I want to make more, hehe.  The inside is just as cool, and I'll show a page in the next couple of days.


Stamps:  John 3:16 (CDS)
Ink:  Stazon
Accessories:  Moleskine planner, various acrylic paints, brick stencil from TCP, dots stencil from Tim Holtz, gesso, various pens, various ink misters

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You are Pretty Amazing!

Good morning everyone!  It feels slightly like Fall out there this morning, which saddens me just a bit.  After having lived in Georgia for so long, the idea that I had to wear socks to bed last night is a bit disheartening.  Can you tell that I am really not looking forward to the super cold weather that we are going to get eventually?

I have a card to share with you this morning that I made for last week's Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  Since they are finished, I can tell you that this card was made for a 'no DP' challenge.  I used a couple of sets from Papertey Ink:  Watercolor Wonder & Simply You.  I really love how the paint strokes embossed in the various colors turned out on that black cardstock.

Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder & Simply You
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Ink
Paper:  Choice White, black cardstock
Accessories:  rouge, butter, leaf, aqua, & bubble gum embossing powders

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Book Journal for the First Day of School


Happy Monday, everyone!  It is a super windy day here in Kansas, and today marks our first official day of the new school year.  I'm the mother of an 8th and 9th grader!  Because we homeschool, I didn't wan to embarrass my kids with a first day of school picture.  My kids tend to start the day in pajamas, and to be honest. . .so do I!  They were both up early prepping for the day, and my oldest even went running with his dad at 6:30 a.m.  

Since it was our first official day, I thought it would be fitting to show off a couple of fun new projects I made with a new set from Taylored Expressions.  The set is called In Other Words - Read, and I love it!  It goes perfectly with the Mark Your Spot Bookmark Die, so I had to make a bookmark.  Not only that, I thought it would be fun to make a Book Journal.  I plan to use this book journal as a place to write about the books that I read.  This sort of thing is perfect for my forgetful self.  I end up reading a lot of books for the kids' school year, so there won't be too many books for pleasure in here.  However, I think this will be helpful in being able to recommend specific books for curriculum.  Not only that, but the bookmark will definitely be put to good use in this house ;)

The set comes with a couple of different 'read' stamps, so I took the liberty of stamping them all over my kraft paper to make my own background.  I stamped the books onto Choice Buttercream CS and colored them with Copics.  The book itself was made by folding in half about 10 sheets of graph paper, and punching holes for the twine to go through.

Stamps:  In Other Words - Read
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake, craft white
Paper:  kraft, Choice Buttercream, SU Bravo Burgundy
Accessories:  Copics, TE Mark Your Spot Bookmark, blue ribbon, twine, foam tape, graph paper

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taylored Expressions August Release Day!


Hey Crafty Peeps!  Did you know that today is Release Day for the August goodies over at Taylored Expressions?!  That's great news for you, because there are a ton of amazing products being released!  I'm showing you the new set called Every Which Way and it's matching die.  It has some darling little images and several sentiments.

I stamped my images onto Choice White cardstock and colored them with Copic markers.  I used the matching die for my arrows and fussy cut the word 'Lead' for the sentiment.  The patterned paper comes from the We R Memory - Jet Set paper pad.

Stamps:  Every Which Way
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Baja Breeze
Paper:  Choice White, blue distress cs, We R Memory - Jet Set dp
Accessories:  Copics, TE Every Which Way die, distresser, stapler, foam tape

Be sure to head to the rest of the teams pages for more inspiration and to check out the rest of the new products being released today!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More Dare to Get Dirty


Hey friends!  I had planned to have a post ready yesterday, but yesterday was pure craziness!  We visited the orthodontist for both kids and were hit with sticker shock.  It's a good thing my husband's car will be paid off in a couple of days!  Plus, we helped a neighbor pack and load a truck for a cross country move.  There was a lot going on.

I do, however, have a card to show you today for the challenge that I am hostessing on Dare to Get Dirty!  My challenge started on Saturday, but there is still PLENTY of time for you to play if you're a Fan Club member.  If you're not, you should really think about it.  While there is a ton of free stuff for everyone on Splitcoaststampers, there are some great perks to being a Fan Club member, and it's really cheap to be one!

My card uses a stamp from Taylored Expressions called Notable Blooms along with the matching die for the set.  I used watercolor paper for my background and the main images.  The background was make with Pine Green Distress Ink, and my images were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with black embossing powder.  Then they were watercolored with ink pads and an aquapainter.

Stamps:  Notable Blooms
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Pine Green Distress, SU Melon Mambo, SU Rich Razzleberry, SU Crushed Curry
Paper:  watercolor, Choice White
Accessories:  TE Notable Blooms die, black embossing powder, aquapainter, Peacock Liquid Pearls, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in today!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A New Day and a New Set of Dare to Get Dirty Challenges


Did you get a chance to stop by and check out what it takes to be a Fan Club Member over at Splitcoaststampers?  It costs next to nothing and has some amazing benefits.  One of those benefits is a week of challenges (with prizes) for Fan Club Members during Dare to Get Dirty week (DTGD).  I've been working on all 50 challenges, and I'm hopeful, but also trying to be realistic.  I've done it in the past. . .completed all of the challenges, but this year may or may not happen.

This card was made for Dina's challenge.  I used a set from Papertrey Ink called Scent-imentals.  I used an archived sketch for some mojo, and voila!
Stamps:  Scent-imentals
Ink:  SU Regal Rose, SU Lucky Limeade, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  green cs, Choice White, Carta Bella Sew Lovely dp
Accessories:  sponge, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dare to Get Dirty -- It's Time!!!


Hey there everyone!  Most of the house is completely put together, so now I've been focussing on my craft space, which has been so much fun!  Even my cat, Nik, seems to enjoy the space!


He's my bud, and while my craft place isn't glamorous, it's still bigger than any space I've had before.  I'm so excited about it!  I've been super busy working on release projects and Dare to Get Dirty projects.  If you aren't familiar with DTGD or Splitcoaststampers, then you need to get over there.  Most of the content over at Splitcoaststampers is free, but there is a ton of great stuff just for Fan Club Members.  DTGD is just one way that Splitcoaststampers says 'thanks' to the Fan Club members.  It's one of my favorite weeks of the year, and there are 50 challenges in this one week!

I'll have cards to show all week, and I'm even hosting a challenge!  This card was made for Lydia's challenge, and I really like how it turned out.

Stamps:  Absolutely Delightful (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Real Red, SU Regal Rose
Paper:  Choice White, Webster's New Year New You dp
Accessories:  doily, light blue Viva Pearl Pen, acetate sheet

Be sure to check out the Fan Club so you can join in the fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A New Home with a New Place to Put my Keys



I'm sure you've noticed that it's been a while. . .or maybe you haven't because you are just as busy if not busier than I am!  If you've followed me at all, you know we were in the process of a move.  Well, it happened, and we are finally getting settled.  It was a crazy process, and I know that's pretty typical of military moves, so I'm certainly not griping.  We got here to Kansas from Georgia on June 30th, and stayed in a hotel with the kids and 2 pets for 11 days.  Believe me when I say, that is not as bad as some people have experienced.  Needless to say, I'm super stoked that we made it into a home on the 11th of July.  We have some great friends here that had us over for dinner and lunches to give us a break from eating out during those 11 days.  Thankfully tomorrow we will be getting our household goods.  The thing I miss the most (besides the rest of my craft stuff), is my washer and dryer!  I may cry tears of joy to see those babies!

So there you have it.  This is why my posts have been lacking.  I'm in the process of getting what I have organized and put in place, and I will be reunited with the rest of it tomorrow.  There will certainly be more regular posts to come.  In the meantime, I made this little wall hanging last night.


Oh was it fun!  I used a bunch of Taylored Expressions goodies to make this, and I made it just in time!  I used this Decorative Wood Frame from the TE store, and screwed some hooks right into it.  As you can tell, I didn't use a single stamp, but I did use lots of TE dies and plenty of ink.  Here is the list of TE dies that were used:  Build a House , Build a Scene - Mountain Tops, Build a Scene - Sunshine, Grass Border, and Tall & Skinny Alpha.  I also used various distress inks, and LOTS of designer papers from my stash to scraps.  I'm overjoyed with how this turned out!


I can't wait to put this up in our new house, and there is definitely going to be more to come so keep coming back!  Thanks for stopping by!