Monday, January 31, 2011

Praying for You

Hi there! I have an encouragement card to share with you today. A friend needed a little bit of cheer, so I used the new Rest and Renewal set by Taylored Expressions to make her a card. I love all of the scriptures and sentiments in this set, and they're all done in such pretty fonts, too.

I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 101 for my card. I started by stamping the verse, Isaiah 40:31, onto Choice Snow White using Wisteria chalk ink. I cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities and layered it on the purple panel. The patterned paper is from the BasicGrey Kioshi collection...some remnants from last year's Taylored Expressions Easter Key Ingredients. I'm really good at making my TE kits go a long way! I finished my card off with a couple Tiny Twinkles, a bow, and a button.

On a personal note, here's an update on our home renovations. The flooring is almost finished. They were short five pieces and had to order more! The countertops are in production and should be ready in a week or so. All of the furniture has been picked out and ordered. We are almost finished! I am so happy and excited about our little home! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Kioshi
Stamps: Rest and Renewal by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Wisteria chalk ink
Embellishments: button, white thread, Tiny Twinkles, ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

For the Love Birds

Hey y'all! It's been awhile since I've blogged, but I am happy to say that I am finally finished with my class I've been taking...thank God for that! Now, I can focus on finishing the house and getting everything ready for the wedding. It is sneaking up on me so fast! I'm really excited, but I also feel just a bit overwhelmed with everything to do before the big day. Oh yeah, and I can also focus on making more cards and doing more crafty things now! :) Speaking of that, I can play in more challenges, too! This week's There She Goes Challenge was a sketch one, and I thought it looked like a fun sketch, so I am playing along.

This card is for a friend of mine who just celebrated her one-year anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Cyndi and Eric! :) I used this cute set by There She Goes called Love Birds. I love it because it's perfect for Valentine's, wedding, and anniversary cards! I also used my March 2010 Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. I thought the earthy colors in this patterned paper by Crate Paper reminded me of birds and nature.

I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. Then, I cut it out with Nestabilities and layered it on the scallop circle. I embossed the Kraft background with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder. My kids at school say I must love polka dots because I have so many polka dot things in my room! I'll admit it...I do love polka dots!

I punched the brown trim with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch and finished this card off with some rhinestones, two layered bows, and a leaf pin. I just love using these stick pins on my card!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Kraft
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Brook
Stamps: Love Birds by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: rhinestones (Kaisercraft), leaf pink (Maya Road), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TE Blast from the Past Blog Hop

*Note: This post is VERY late. I had it scheduled to post at the correct time, but of course, technology failed me, and I just realized it this evening. Late as it is, here is my blog hop post! I apologize for the delay and the broken link in the blog hop!

Hi y'all! Thanks so much for stopping by my little spot here on the Taylored Expressions January Blast from the Past blog hop!! You should have arrived here from Jackie Pedro's blog. She had some super adorable projects on her blog, didn't she?! If you got lost along the way, you can see the list of blog participants at the bottom of this post.

This month's theme is love. I chose to use the Cuppie Love Scenes set for my card, and I really blasted back to the past here because I also used the Valentine's Day kit from 2010! Yup, I still had a little PP and ribbon bits left over! Of course, this kit is no longer available, but there are lots of other fun kits to choose from in the store, including the Key Ingredients...just got my January kit yesterday. Love it! If that's not enough to entice you, the set I used on my card is currently ON SALE!! :)

I followed Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge 314 for my card. I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. I added some red Twinkles to the corner and finished it off with a simple bow. I also added some Stickles to the hearts. I didn't have room for a sentiment on the outside, so I stamped the coordinating sentiment, "Everything is better when it's shared with you" on the inside. Maybe this will be Andrew's Valentine's card? It's a very simple card, but I don't think he would like "frilly." :)

Now, hop on over to Sankari Wegman's blog. I know she has something beautiful to share with you! Just in case you get lost, here's the whole list of blog hop participants. Have fun hopping around! :)

See ya next month! :)




Friday, January 14, 2011

Wonderful Birthday!

Hi there! I told y'all yesterday that I've been on this pink and black kick...well, I meant it! I have another pink and black card to share today! I just can't get enough of this Echo Park Be Mine paper!

For this card, I went with the "quilted" look...love that! I cut out all of my squares, pieced them together and then stitched them. I just love how that black thread pops off of the paper! I made this one a birthday card because I never can have too many of those.

The stamped image and frame are both from the Polka Dot Greetings set by My Favorite Things. I added a white twill ribbon to finish it off.

Tomorrow I am going to get my wedding dress hemmed, working on my homework, and hopefully finding some crafty time!

Have a great weekend, y'all! Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, True Black (Papertrey Ink), white (Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury)
Patterned paper: Echo Park Be Mine collection
Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings set by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Rose Bud and Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: white ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: sewing machine, frame by My Favorite Things

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lovin' on Pink and Black

Helloooo! Is it Friday yet? Oh, that's tomorrow...thank goodness! I've been waiting for it to get here all week! LOL! :) It's a three-day weekend for me, so I'm really looking forward to that. However, mixed in with that will be all sorts of homework assignments. I will be finished with my class as of January 22, and then I am DONE for good. I have been going to school since I was umm....FIVE, so that's 20 years! I think it's time to stop. Don't you? Please say yes.

I do have another thank you card to share with you today. I'm always needing those, so I like having them on hand. This was a fun one to make! It features this cutie of a ribbon flower that I made myself! You can make them, too, by following this tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers. I think I'll be making these more often! I even made one out of some black and white houndstooth ribbon. Super cute! Maybe you'll see that one on a card someday.

I have been on a pink and black color kick, in case you haven't noticed. I've had that Echo Park Be Mine collection sitting out on my desk, and I just can't seem to put it away! I *adore* this color combo! This card was so simple to make. I stamped the sentiment from the Polka Dot Greetings stamp set by My Favorite Things onto some yummy Raspberry Fizz cardstock by Papertrey Ink. I punched the border with a Martha Stewart punch. I added a strip of patterned paper, a ribbon, and that fun ribbon flower! I even added a pearl to my flower. That finished off my card!
Thank you sooo much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, True Black (Papertrey Ink), white (Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury)
Patterned paper: Echo Park Be Mine collection
Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings set by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: pearl (Recollections); black stitched ribbon (Papertrey Ink) , black sheer (Offray)
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thank you!

Hey y'all! I hope your week is going great so far! I started off good by going to the gym after work yesterday. I had planned on going today, but of course, I went off and forgot my gym bag at home today. I could've came home and changed and THEN went back to the gym, but that would've been too much, huh? Ha! Lazy!

When I saw this week's Card Patterns Sketch 97, I knew it looked like a great one to play along with. Do you ever buy paper-crafting supplies that you forget you had? Just recently I put on Facebook that I was trying to decide if I was a paper-crafter or just an organized hoarder. LOL!! I have so much stuff, and I just wish I had the time to sit there all day and make cards! Unfortunately, I must go to work (to make money to feed my addictions...umm...I mean hobbies!).

Anyway, tonight I found this Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit from September that had gotten stuffed away on a shelf. It had never been opened! *Gasp!* I know...I'm in shame right now because my TE products are my *favorite*! However, I've been so busy, I think I just haven't had time to use it. I couldn't believe I let THIS kit sit unused so long. These Crate Paper papers are gorgeous!!! Just look at those flowers! This is definitely a new favorite!

The sentiment stamp and polka dot frame are from the Polka Dot Greetings and Dienamic set by My Favorite Things. I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa. I rounded all my corners with my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder. I added a ribbon and a brad from the kit to finish it off....love those vintage brads!!

That's it for me today. Thank you sooo much for stopping by!! :)

P.S. There are 97 days until my wedding...not that I'm counting or anything. That seems like a LONG time, but I know it will be here soon! I'm anxious!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Restoration collection by Crate Paper 
Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon, brad (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, frame die from Polka Dot Greetings and Dienamic set by My Favorite Things

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Valentine Card and Notepad Set

Hey y'all! Can you believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner? It seems like just yesterday I was cranking out Christmas cards! I have become seriously addicted to the Echo Park Be Mine collection...so much that I've made four cards and a notebook with it this week! It is SO girly. I just LOVE it!

I made this Valentine's card with Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 106. I used my latest There She Goes purchase, Buckets of Love. These buckets are so cute because you can fill 'em with all kinds of stuff! I colored my image with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud. I embossed the white panel with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder. The pink strip was punched with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I finished it off with some pink Twinkles and a ribbon. Oh, and you can't really see in the photo, but I went over the hearts with a clear Spica glitter pen for a touch of bling!

I decided to make a matching notepad to go with this card. I purchased the Cinch awhile back at Hobby Lobby (with a 40 percent off coupon...SCORE!), but I've never used it. I think I was a bit intimidated by it. I sat down with it today in front of the computer and watched Taylor Van Bruggen's video tutorial, and it was super easy! Thanks, Taylor!!

For my papers, I used lined notepads from Papertrey Ink. They were longer than I wanted my notepad to be, so I trimmed them down. Then, I took off the chipboard backs and used those for my covers. They were already cut to the perfect width of my paper, so all I had to do was dress it up.

I embossed the black background with the same Polka Dots folder I used on my card, and also used the same paper. However, I did not want to use the heart stamps again, since I wanted the recipient to feel like she could use this notepad all the time. I chose to use the Dance stamp set, also by There She Goes. I love this quote...so inspirational and perfect for a little notepad! I added some Twinkles and a ribbon to finish off my notepad.


I am entering this in the There She Goes challenge this week. The challenge is a color challenge - black, red, grey, and pink. My card counts, but not the notepad, since there's not any red in it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: white (Gina K. Pure Luxury) True Black and Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Be Mine collection
Stamps: Buckets of Love by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rose Bud, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), clear Spica glitter pen
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder


Notepad Supplies:
Cardstock: white (Gina K. Pure Luxury) True Black and Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Be Mine collection
Stamps: Dance by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Cinch binding machine

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Two for the New Year

Hi y'all! I hope your New Year has gotten off to the right start. Mine sure did because I went to Hobby Lobby today! LOL! :) I got some crafty things and some things for the house, and I even got some clearanced Christmas ornaments to add to my collection. I read online that Hobby Lobby was now carrying Echo Park paper, so I was hoping to snag some of that with their 50 percent off paper sale, but no such luck. Apparently, my Hobby Lobby doesn't keep up with the latest paper trends. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for it, though!

One of my goals this year is to create more often and send more cards, and today I created two cards for two different challenges, and I plan on mailing both of them. What a way to start off the new year, right?!

I used the same image and same papers for both of these cards, but I did one in a very layered style and one in a clean and simple style. Umm...yeah, remember my last post when I said I absolutely could not do clean and simple? Well, I tried it, and I actually like the way it turned out!

First, I'll tell you about my not-so-simple card. I followed Jen's January Sketch for You to Try, which she just posted today. I thought it looked like such an easy and fun sketch to play with, and I knew this little nurse image that I've had in mind for a few days would go perfectly on that rectangle panel.  My Aunt Belinda has been a nurse for 32 years and is retiring as of this week, so I wanted to make her a card. The cute little nurse is one of the My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls...isn't she sweet?! I colored her with Copic markers and cut her out with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities. I felt like the starkness of the white cardstock was too bright against the neutral tones in the other papers, so I did a bit of sponging to soften it up a bit. I layered the image panel on red cardstock and then again on the blue cardstock which I cut out with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities. I stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink in Memento Rich Cocoa, cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities, did some more sponging, and set it off with a few red Twinkles. These papers, which I love, are from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop collection.

I embossed the Kraft background with a new favorite...the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder! I have been wanting it for so long, and my brother got me a Hobby Lobby gift card for Christmas. So, today when I was shopping, I tossed it in the buggy to get with my gift card, but when I checked out, I FORGOT to use the gift card. Haha! I realized it when I was putting the stuff in the car. Oh well...there will definitely be another trip to use it! Lastly, I finished my card off with a cream-colored bow. Whew...that one was work, but I know my aunt will love it, and she's worth it because she's so full of love and kindness!

As I said before, I kept my second card very simple...perhaps because I was too tired from the first one? Ha! Anyway, I used Cardabilities Sketch #18 for this one. I used the same papers and colored that sweet little girl just the same as before. I used my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch for the trim and layered my image panel on some red cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. I added a ribbon, some red pearls, and stamped "Feel Better," also from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink. I *love* that set...best stamp set I ever bought because it has a sentiment for almost everything. This card is for a young lady who is battling illness right now while in the hospital. I hope it cheers her up, and I hope she feels better soon!


Happy Retirement:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Papertrey Ink Perfect Match (Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist)
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe, Copic markers
Embellishments: red Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

Feel Better:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Papertrey Ink Perfect Match (Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist)
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe, Copic markers
Embellishments: red pearls (Kaisercraft), ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch