Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Sweetest Little Chick

Aren't those little chicks just the cutest?!  They are from a set over at Taylored Expressions called Easter Doodles.  When I saw the set, I knew I needed it to make a birthday card for my darling little niece.  Isn't she adorable?!

When she was younger her hair reminded me so much of chick fuzz.  I adore getting to see my nieces on FaceTime, and am thankful that even though we live far away they have an idea of who I am.  I'd give anything to live closer to them.

With that, I had to make her birthday card with baby chicks on it.  It just seemed fitting :)  I used my April Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit  for all of my papers and embellishments.  The fun Lace Chain Border die was the perfect border die to use and tie it all together.

Stamps:  Easter Doodles
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  April TE KI Kit
Accessories:  rhinestones from kit, TE Lace Chain Border die, Copics, White Sharpie, foam tape, Circle Nestabilities

Thanks for stopping in.  If you would like to see more inspiration using Taylor's fabulous monthly kits, check out the GALLERY :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Cut Above: April Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients

Check out those scissors!  Are those not cool or what?!  They aren't cool because I made them, they are cool, because they were easy to make and you can do it too.  I made them using a die set that is new (and available to anyone) from Taylored Expressions called Stitched With Love.  It totally coordinates with the Stamp of the month called Made With Love.  If you aren't a subscriber, you should really think about it. . .there are some amazing benefits to being one!

Back to those scissors. . .I made them by die cutting them out and then embossing the respective parts with silver embossing powder and Zing Aqua embossing powder.  I then connected the pieces with a mini silver brad.  Easy peasy!

The papers I used all come from the TE Key Ingredients Kit, which is such a great kit!  You will have loads of stuff to create so many projects.  Taylor has three different KIT options. . .something for every papercrafter!

 Stamps:  Made with Love SOTM
Paper:  April 2014 TE KI Kit
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Silver Encore, Versamark
Accessories:  TE Stitched With Love die, rhinestones from kit, silver embossing powder, Zing Aqua embossing powder, foam tape

Here's what comes in the Key Ingredients Kit:

For more ways to use these kits, check out the GALLERY page that Taylor has all set up :)  Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For You: Sketched Blooms

Hey everyone!  How about this crazy weather everyone is getting?!  This weekend I spent all day out at the tennis courts in 80+ degree weather, and now it's rainy and cold.  It's a crazy Spring we are having!  I had a bit of time on Friday to create for fun, so I used some new goodies from Taylored Expressions to make this card for an old Retrosketches challenge.

The images are from a new set called Sketched Blooms and the vase is a new die from the Various Vases dies.  The papers are from a an older Key Ingredients Kit.  There is always so much great stuff in a kit, that you get your money's worth and more!

 Stamps:  Sketched Blooms
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle
Paper:  Choice Buttercream, Simple Stories Fabulous dp, SU Espresso cs
Accessories:  TE Various Vases die, foam tape, Copics, ribbon

Thanks for stopping in this morning.  I don't have a decent lamp so I have to rely on natural light when I'm creating, so hopefully the sun will poke out later so I can create some beautiful things :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy day, friends!  It's the Taylored Expressions April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  I hope you've come prepared to be inspired, because the TE Key Ingredients team as well as the Baker's Dozen has lots of eye candy to get you motivated to create.

This month's SOTM is called Made with Love, and as usual it coordinates so beautifully with the month's Key Ingredients papers.  There is also a lovely (available to everyone) new die set called Stitched with Love, and I have really been enjoying that :)

I used a lot of wonderful TE goodies for this card including:  Large Layering Doily Die, Label Stacklets 3 Die, Tag Stacklets 1 Die, and Tag Reinforcements Die.

Stamps:  Made with Love SOTM
Paper:  April 2014 TE KI Kit
Ink:  SU Night of Navy, Craft White
Accessories:  rhinestones from kit, white embossing powder, TE Stitched with Love die, TE Large Layering Doily Die, TE Label Stacklets 1 Die, TE Tag Stacklets 3 Die, TE Tag Reinforcements Die, pink grosgrain ribbon, white thread

If you're new the kits that Taylor offers, you'll want to check out the KITS page to see all of the benefits to being a kit member.  There is something there for every crafter!  Plus, she even has a GALLERY all set up for the Key Ingredients Kits and the SOTM.  Here's a peek at the April KI Kit:

There's more crafty goodness to be seen, so be sure and hop along with the rest of the talented artists:

Monday, April 7, 2014

I'm a Little Behind

It's official. . .we are moved out of the house and we closed on it this morning.  It was a fat check that we had to write, but I'm thankful to be moving forward.  I'm still in the process of setting up my crafting supplies in the place we are in now, but most of our stuff is already in Kansas waiting for us to arrive in July.  I only brought about half of my stuff, which really isn't that much.

On that note, I've been behind with everything it seems.  I've missed mailing birthday cards, and wishing my friends a happy day.  I'm even behind on shipping out belated cards, lol.  I made this for a friend whose birthday was last month.  So, I am just blanketing it for all of those that I've fallen behind with.  It's adding up now.  I used a Taylored Expressions set called Easter Doodles for this card.  That little bunny butt makes me giggle.

Stamps:  Easter Doodles
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Craft White
Paper:  choice white, Tim Holtz distress paper, Crate Paper Flea Market dp
Accessories:  white embossing powder, distressor, foam tape, Copics

Thanks for stopping in!  I'll have a great one for the TE Stamp of the Month Hop tomorrow!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Last Call: Taylored Expressions March KI Kit

It's the last call for the March Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit and the Stamp of the Month (SOTM)!  If you haven't seen it in action check out the GALLERY

I used the wood veneer in the kit along with the SOTM called Take a Spin, to bring you this fun clean and simple card.  The little heart is from the matching die set.  The great thing about the dies is that anyone can buy them!  It's called Spin It to Win It, and it is fabulous :)

It's a busy moving day in my house and will be until the end of the week.  After this week, I'll be able to breath for a few more months before we move again.  Thanks for hanging in there!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Taylored Expressions: #CaprturetheGoodTimes

I'm not sure I completely understand the craze with the hashtags, but I suppose they are here to stay.  It's been crazy around here with selling the house and prepping to move to a temporary place until our big move to Kansas, but we are getting by.  In the midst of the craziness, I am learning to 'capture the good times', since we will be leaving some very good friends (not to mention my mother).

I used the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit for March along with the Oh Snap stamp set from TE.  I also paired it up with a couple of great TE dies:  Oh Snap Cameras and Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Bubble In.  I think I may say it every month, but I think this kit is one of my favorites, lol.  The colors of the papers are right up my alley and the matching stamp set that you can get is amazing.  Check out the KITS page to see the March stamp set and kits that you could get.  Great stuff I tell ya!

 Stamps:  Oh Snap
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  March 2014 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  wood veneer embellishment from kit, TE Oh Snap Cameras die, TE Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Bubble In die, Copics, foam tape, crystal glaze

Here's a quick pic of the kit:

Thanks for bearing with me as I'm not posting as much as I would like.  This move thing is kicking my tail, but I will be back with more once we get settled in our temporary houseing :)  Have a super blessed day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit: Happy Birthday

Hey peeps!  I'm sorry that there seems to be a lot of lulls in between posts.  We are trying to get everything squared away before the closing of this house.  We have to have a window repaired, the AC serviced, and a few other random things that all require appointments and people coming in my house.  I've been creating, just haven't been able to take pics yet!  That's frustrating.  We did find a temporary place to live thanks to my lovely neighbor renting us out her condo.  We'll move in there in just a couple of short weeks. . .yikes!

I did, in all of this chaos, want to show you another card that I made using the Taylored Expressions Stamp of the Month along with the Key Ingredients Kit!  Isn't that a fun little birthday card?!  I have plenty I could send it to this month :)  I stamped this wheel image in yellow, and then used the Spin It to Win It die from TE for the wheel, arrow, and stars.  I took the wood veneer pieces that come in the kit and painted them with Liquid Pearls.

 Stamps:  Take a Spin SOTM
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crushed Curry
Paper:  March 2014 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  wood veneer pieces from kit, TE Spin It to Win It die, Peacock Liquid Pearls, black enamel dots, white twill ribbon, foam tape

I love all of the matchiness that comes in the kit!  (Yes, matchiness is my own word for the gloriousness in these kits).  Plus, Taylor has a gallery for each kit and SOTM set up so you never run out of ideas for your kit!  Check it out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Taylored Expressions March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday, my crafty friends!  Welcome to the Taylored Expressions March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  Every month the Key Ingredients Team joins the Baker's Dozen to inspire!  This month we are showing off the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) called Take a Spin.  So grab a cup o' joe, and 'Take a Spin' with us :D

I was so excited by all of the elements in this month's SOTM.  You have some great opportunities to make some interactive cards with this set, and Taylor has done such a great job of matching up the Key Ingredients Kit and the SOTM.  I love that the guess work is taken out of matching up papers and elements along with a stamp set.  The Deluxe Kit is perfect for me, and it offers some amazing benefits.  Check out the 3 different kit options HERE and check out the benefits to each!

I had fun making this 'thank you' card using the Take a Spin stamp set along with the matching die called Spin It to Win It.  The die is sold separately, and is amazing all on it's own!  I was super stoked to see the wood veneer embellishments in this kit too!

Stamps:  Take a Spin SOTM
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Ridinghood Red
Paper:  March 2014 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  wood veneer embellishments from kit, TE Spin It to Win It die, clear embossing powder, white paint, white enamel dot

Be sure to make your way through the hop, so you don't miss a bit of SOTM inspiration!  When you're done hopping you can even head over to the GALLERY that Taylor has set up for even more eye candy :D

Friday, March 7, 2014

Big Things

Hey friends!  I wanted to stop in, in case you were wondering about me, and let you know I'm fine ;)  We've had some exciting things happen around here.  I told you that we were having to move, which meant putting our house on the market.  It's still early stages, but praise God the house is under contract after only 3 weeks on the market!  It's had me fairly busy with little details and big details, but it's all good.  The inspection may or not may be today, so my pray is that it will all be smooth.  It's awesome to see God in action.

I made this card a few weeks ago for my Uncle Matt up in Nebraska.  We had traveled up to Nebraska in early February for my Grandfather's funeral.  It was a very sad time, obviously, but I know my Grandpa would have been happy to see us all together.  He was 92 when he passed, but even his age didn't make it easy.  My Uncle Matt housed a few of our family and generally just offered his home up as a base for all of us to come and be together.  My kids loved hanging out with the Gruncles (great uncles), as they like to all my 3 awesome uncles.

Stamps:  On the Farm
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Coffee Cake
Paper:  blue cardstock, Choice Cream, dp
Accessories:  PTI On the Farm die, distressor, TE Hearts die, notebook punch, foam tape, ribbon, corner chomper

I used the Papertrey Ink On the Farm stamp and die for this card, since we were back in the Midwest for a bit.  It was an eventful 2 day drive up and down, with our 10 year old car acting up the whole trip.  I guess he was just being temper mental having to drive in the negative temperatures and lots of snow.  We don't have that down here.  Regardless, my kids really enjoyed being up in the Midwest around all of those Husker fans :)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Last Call for the February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit & SOTM

Happy Friday my crafty friends!  Here it is the last day in February, and I feel like we are already moving through the year at a record pace.  Did you know that today is the last day for you to order the February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit or the Stamp of the Month (SOTM)?!  If you were on the fence, today is the day to jump on board :D

I'm a big HUGE fan of this month's kit.  If you're alive you're having birthdays which is a great thing!  Everyone around you is having them too ;D  You need something to make them birthday cards, and this kit has it all!  The SOTM is called Birthday Bash and the matching die (which is sold separately and available to EVERYONE) is called Party Time.  I used the Tags Stacklets 1 die with this kit along with the Tag Reinforcements die.

 Stamps:  Birthday Bash SOTM
Paper:  February 2014 TE KI Kit
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Ruby Red, SU Lucky Limeade, SU Crushed Curry
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Party Time die, TE Tags Stacklets 1 die, TE Tag Reinforcements die, white paint, foam tape

I'm kind of in love with the Deluxe Kit, because of all of the amazing benefits that come along with the kit, plus it's just pretty awesome.  That and Taylor has a whole GALLERY all set up so you never run out of ideas.

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Have a Blast: Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit

Oh Monday morning, here we are!  Another glorious week to put our proverbial stamp on. . .that's reason enough to celebrate!  As always the weekend went way too fast, but I did manage to get 3 tennis matches in, and I'm still good and sore from those :)

I've got a card here that I made using the February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit along with one of their darling stamp sets.  The set is called Far Out, and because I have nephews I'm quite fond of this set.

It's even fun to decorate the insides.  For this one I just stamped with some craft white ink, and then heat embossed some white embossing powder.

Stamps:  Far Out
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, craft white
Paper:  February 2014 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, Copics, white embossing powder, foam tape

If you're new to the kits, they are a really great way to get your creative juices flowing.  They come with pretty much everything you need.  Just add stamps and adhesive, and you're unstoppable ;)  Check out the details on the KITS page, and be sure to check out the GALLERY page for unlimited potential!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Deconstructed Sketch: Coffee

I'm about ready to get started on some Love Fest challenges, which are from Splitcoaststampers, which I'll explain later.  Before I do, I wanted to show you a card I made for a friend using the Deconstructed Sketch from this week. 

I used a stamp that I haven't inked up before (gasp) from Papertrey Ink.  It's called Warm Happiness.  I just had to have it, since it's a coffee stamp.  I don't even drink that much coffee. . .1 cup a day, but I do love all things coffee and tea.  I drink both black, because I truly do love the taste, mmmm.

Stamps:  Warm Happiness
Ink:  SU Melon Mambo, SU Crumb Cake, Memento Espresso Truffle
Paper:  green cs, Simple Stories Fabulous dp, Choice buttercream
Accessories:  PTI Warm Happiness die, TE Banner Stacklets 2, Icicle Stickles, blue satin ribbon, pink button, cream twine, orange ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit Team Members!

Did you see the announcement?  We've added a couple of new designers to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Team!  Please give a big 'ol TE welcome to Keia Shipp-Smith and Emily Lanham!  These ladies produce some amazing work, so why not head over to their blogs and give them some love!  I'm super excited to be working with them :)

With the celebration of new members I have a new card to share with you using the February Deluxe Key Ingredients Kit.  There are several kit options for every type of paper crafter, but the Deluxe Kit is such an amazing deal!

This month's Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is pretty awesome.  It's called Birthday Bash and has a matching die set (sold separately) called Party Time.  Taylored Expressions has some great dies that match already in the store, so I paired these two up with the Pennant Border die and Labels Stacklets 7 die.  I think those packages are framed up nicely, and the bold colors from the Hip Hip Hooray papers that come in the kit are perfect celebration colors :)

 Stamps:  Birthday Bash
Paper:  February 2014 TE KI Kit
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Bermuda Bay, SU Ruby Red, SU Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Party Time die, TE Pennant Border die, TE Label Stacklets 7 die, candy dots, Tags Nestabilities, foam tape

Here's a look at the Deluxe Kits:

Not only that, but Taylor even has a Gallery all set up so that you never run out of inspiration for your monthly kits!  Talk about taking care of girl :)

Also a big warm welcome to a new Baker's Dozen member, Kendra Wietstock!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mojo Monday Smiles

Happy Wednesday, friends!  My house is so clean right now that I found some time to play yesterday.  'Why is it so clean?' you ask.  Well, the house went on the market this last Saturday and we've already had 2 showings.  If you know anyone who is interested in buying check it out HERE!  Shameless plug I know ;p

You came for the card, so let me tell you about it.  I saw the Mojo Monday sketch, and was very inspired by it. . .always am.  I pulled out my new Crate Paper Flea Market paper pack along with my PTI set called Garden Variety along with the Garden Variety die.  I really love how it turned out!

Stamps:  Garden Variety
Ink:  SU Regal Rose, SU Crushed Curry, SU Soft Suede, SU Crumb Cake, SU Pool Party
Paper:  Choice Buttercream, Crate Paper Flea Market dp
Accessories:  PTI Garden Variety die, SU Crushed Curry ribbon, Cream Viva Liquid Pearls, Circle Nesties

Thanks for stopping!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to catch the reveal of the newest additions to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Team!