Monday, August 31, 2009

TESC #80!


Here is my version of Taylor's Sketch Challenge, #80! This is for my nephew's first birthday-- the invitation was all cupcakes, so of course the card needed a cupcake too!

To make the cupcake circle, I tried a variation of an idea I saw on Heather Nichols' blog here. I just stamped my cupcake, colored it, etc. and then inked the whole front with Versamark. Then I covered it with iridescent ice embossing powder from Stampin Up to get the sparkly effect.

Stamps: Wagonful of Fun (SU), For the Love of Cupcakes (TE), Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening, True Black, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening (PTI), misc. patterned paper
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), rickrack (CTMH)

Thanks for visiting!

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash

Hello Everyone,

Taylor over at Taylored Expressions is getting ready to celebrate the anniversary of their very first stamp sets! If you haven't visited her blog or her store, definitely head on over there--Taylor's products are super cute and her customer service is top notch! There will be previews and all sorts of fun challenges and contests--to play, be sure to visit the Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog!

Thanks for stopping by--sending Birthday Bash wishes to all the wonderful people over at Taylored Expressions!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

TESC #79

Hello Everyone,

Better late than never, I suppose--I finally got my card finished for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #79! I used Taylor's new Berries and Cherries set for the first time, it is just so cute!

Stamps: Berries & Cherries (TE)
Ink: Basic Brown (SU); assorted markers (SU)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Accessories: Liquid Pearls, Lemon Tart Ribbon (PTI)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop!

Here we are for another round of the PTI Blog Hop! Last month was so much fun, and everyone left such sweet comments--thank you so much! This month's challenge was to celebrate Autumn and to create something inspired by Fall--whether it be Fall colors, Fall holidays, etc. The challenge also wanted us to step outside our comfort zone and use fabrics, stitching, or things we don't normally use. My daughters and I all played along this month (have to get in that last crafting before school starts), here is what we created:

EDITED TO ADD: Today is my Mom's Birthday, so I just wanted to say a big Happy Birthday Mom!

Chris's Card

I tried to incorporate some stitching using a CTMH stitch stamp set, and this is the first time I have ever stamped on twill!

Stamps: Mailbox Greetings (PTI), In Stitches (CTMH)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel (PTI)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Rustic White, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Accessories: Summer Sunrise Twill (PTI), Glitter (CTMH, MM)

J's Card

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Mailbox Greetings (PTI)
Ink: New Leaf, Plum Pudding, Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Kraft, Rustic White, Scarlet Jewel (PTI)
Accessories: Buttons (PTI, MM)

K's Card

Stamps: 2009 Halloween Tags (PTI)
Ink: Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Summer Sunrise (PTI)
Accessories: Silver Cord (SU), Glitter (CTMH)

Thanks so much for visiting our blog!

Back from Vacation with Some New PJs

Hello Everyone! I just saw that we haven't posted since Aug. 4th--wow! We went on vacation, then it took us a week to recover from vacation!

Well, today we are back with lots of stuff to share. My girls both have and love their American girl dolls, and have been wanting some summer pajamas. So with the summer almost over I sat down to see if I could put something together for them. Here is my attempt!

Julie and Mia, modeling their new PJs.

Thanks for stopping by--tonight we'll be participating in the PTI Blog Hop!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Hello Everyone! Just wanted to take a minute and upload my card this week for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. This week's sketch was really fun--I have seen Dawn McVey talk in her blog about using the clear embossing powder with polka dots (here's an example) and I wanted to try it. I have to say I think it looks kinda cool! Thanks for looking, and have fun with next week's challenge--I won't be able to play along, will be off having fun with the kids!

Stamps: Doctor's Orders (TE), Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Ink: True Black (PTI)
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel, Soft Stone, and Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Accessories: Ribbon (PTI), Embossing Powder (SU)

EDITED TO ADD: My daughters had a chance to play along, and wanted me to include their cards as well!

First up is J's card, she had fun using Taylor's Sweet Celebration set!

Next up is K's card, and she used Taylor's Beary Special set (both my girls really like Taylor's stamps :) ).

Thanks for stopping by!