Monday, December 30, 2013

Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit: A New You Journal

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope y'all are having a wonderful holiday!  I can tell you we have been really busy getting our house ready to sell.  It has been such a blessing to have my husband home for this last week.

Have you seen the December Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit?  It is absolutely gorgeous, and I have had the best time using up all of the goodies. One of my favorite things that I have made has been this New Year Journal.  I use journals for so many things, and I love to jazz them up.

Not only did I give my journal a make over on the outside, but I did on the inside as well.  I thought it would be fun to use the 'Bucket List' paper from the kit on the inside cover.

I also strategically placed the darling positive notes throughout the notebook for encouragement.  This journal will be wonderful for just about anything I choose to use it for.

I also used the Clip It On dies to make this great book clips for my journal.  They use a total of 4 sheets of cardstock, making them nice, thick, and durable.  The sentiments are from the Stamp of the Month called Going Places.  Aren't those fun?

My back cover uses some more of the awesome paper from the kit.  I have been so impressed with the different papers in this kit.  The only stamping I did on this project was on the clips :)

 Stamps:  Going Places SOTM
Ink:  Craft White, SU Concord Crush
Paper:  December 2013 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Clip It On die, white embossing powder, journal

You only have a couple more days to order the kit, so if you're thinking about it you better get on it!  On January 1st a new kit will be revealed, so don't miss this opportunity.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Joyful Christmas

Hey there, friends!  I'm enjoying a bit of coffee with my man before we start the day ahead, and I thought I would share a Christmas project I made while I was on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen.  It uses a Saturated Canary image called Christmas Angel and the sentiment is from MFT.  I can tell you I had the best time coloring this :)  I hope you and yours have a very joyful Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wishing You Peace

Hey there, friends!  I just wanted to share a bit more Christmas spirit!  I'll have a few more projects to share over the next couple of days before Christmas, and this is one of them.  I made it for my time on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen.  It was challenge to make a card and then make another with a bit extra.  I used Wreaths of Joy from Taylored Expressions with the matching Seasonal Wreath die.

Wishing Peace from my family to yours!

Monday, December 16, 2013


One more week until Christmas break over here!  This is the first year in a long time, that we won't be going anywhere for Christmas or after Christmas.  To be honest, we are a little excited about being home.  Because we've been here for 9 years, which is almost unheard of, the kids really wanted to make this a traditional Christmas and stay home.  This is the longest we've ever lived somewhere, and for the rest of our time in the Army, it will be the longest.  Enough about that, you came for a card.

I made this card using the December Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit along with the Stamp of the Month.  It's such a beautiful kit!  Along with those I also used a few other dies from TE:  Grass Border die and Clouds Border die.  As always the SOTM has a matching die, and this one is called Enjoy the Journey.  I made the road out of one of the beautiful pieces of ribbon that comes in the kit.  The saying is one of the many encouraging sentiments that comes in the paper pack!  This kit is filled to the brim with ideas.

 Stamps:  Going Places SOTM
Ink:  Craft White
Paper:  December 2013 TE Key Ingredients Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Enjoy the Ride die, TE Clouds Border die, TE Grass Border die, white embossing powder, foam tape

Here's a peek at the kit if you haven't seen it yet:

Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Deck the Halls with Paper Art

Hey all!  Once again, it's a busy day in our house with school, tennis, Civil Air Patrol, and more (hopefully crafting).  Before I got too far into the day, I wanted to show you a project that I made while I was on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen.  I truly had such a blast making this piece of art using the Taylored Expressions sets Peppermint Place from the Adorable Abodes collection and Banner Holidays, which coordinates with the Banner Day 1 die.

I just love how it turned out, and it's always fun to make something that you can display in your house or give away.  I think the coloring and assembling were my favorite parts of this project :)
Stamps:  Peppermint Place, Banner Holidays
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Baja Breeze, Craft White
Paper:  Choice White, light blue
Accessories:  Copics, glitter, sponges, Swiss Dots embossing folder, bakers twine, foam tape, TE Banner Days 1 die, frame

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Taylored Expressions December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for Taylored Expressions!  I hope you are getting super jazzed for the SOTM, like I always do.  The Baker's Dozen along with the Key Ingredients Team have some amazing things cooked up for you to see today.  You're sure to leave the hop feeling super inspired :)

This month's set is called Going Places and it's matching die is called Enjoy the Journey!  From the moment I laid eyes on this set, I fell in love.  Taylor always does such an amazing job of matching it all up!  The way this set and the dies go with the papers from the Key Ingredients Kit is totally swoon worthy ;)

 Stamps:  Going Places
Ink:  SU Pool Party, SU Concord Crush, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  December 2013 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, Copics, TE Enjoy the Journey die, foam tape, Purple Viva Pearl Pen

Here is what the goodies inside the Key Ingredients Kit look like:

If you are new to the idea of the kits, you really need to check out the details and all of the BENEFITS on the Kits Page.  Not only that, but Taylor has a special Gallery for each month's kit and the SOTM :D

Be sure to make your way through all of the blogs in the hop, so that you don't miss a bit of SOTM inspiration!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Trim the Tree

This is the first year in quite a while that I haven't had the time to make our Christmas cards, egads!!  I have made a few, but not near enough to send out to the masses.  With that being said, I've taken a bit more time on the ones I have made.  Like this one, for example, that I made using mostly dies and a paper kit.  Y'all know I love a good paper kit, and this one is currently on sale over at Taylored Expressions and it's called Bundled Up Project Pantry.  It's kind of hard to resist that price, isn't it?!

I had so much fun making this card :)  As I said, I obviously used mostly dies to make it.  I used the Shake it Up die from TE and the Trim the Tree die as well.  The sentiment comes from the Woodland Winter stamp set.  The blue snow was made with my airbrush, and I did quite a bit of sponging on my edges of the tree.  It turned out pretty fun I think :)

Stamps:  Woodland Winter
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, Distress Vintage Photo
Paper:  Bundled Up Project Pantry Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Shake it Up die, TE Trim the Tree die, Tags Nesties, sponge, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in today.  I ordered a couple of goodies from the new TE release.  I'm hoping those come in today, so I can play!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December TE Key Ingredients Kit

Hey crafty peeps!  I'm finally recuperating from Thanksgiving and a couple of military functions, so I am here!  I'm so anxious to get into my craft room and make some goodies, hehe.  Giddy much?!  If you follow Taylor from Taylored Expressions, you know that tomorrow is a release day.  The Baker's Dozen has been showing off such cute projects that have totally wet my appetite for some new stamps.  This release is called Petite-a-palooza, which is always a favorite time of year.  You NEED to check it out, and even join Taylored Expressions on their Facebook page tonight to get the skinny.

I'm showing you the December Key Ingredients Kit today, which is available right now!  I made some wine huggers, which is what I like to call them.  This time of year, I'm always in need of a hostess thank you gift, and these little babies are perfect!  I used the gorgeous goodies in the December Kit along with the TE stamp set called Wine a Little along with the TE dies Bottled Up, and Wine & Dine.  These will find some good homes I promise :)

Stamps:  Wine a Little
Ink:  Craft White, SU Concord Crush, SU Barely Banana
Paper:  TE December Key Ingredients Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Bottled Up die, TE Wine & Dine die, white embossing powder, foam tape

Here's a pic of what the December Key Ingredients Kit come with:
Plus, Taylor has matching stamps called the Stamp of the Month that go perfectly with the kits.  Take a look at the kit options and the mounds of kit ideas in the Gallery!