Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past October Blog Hop 2011

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions October Blog Hop!  This month's theme is "Trick or Sweet" and I kind of went with a combination of the two :).  I did not use Sankari's sketch this time, but rather played around with some fun Halloween-themed paper.

Cupcakes Make Life Sweet!

I thought that Halloween cupcakes might be kind of fun and festive, especially with some sparkly glitter!

Stamps:  For the Love of Cupcakes (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Cantaloupe (Memento)
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White, Orange  Zest (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park, Making Memories
Accessories:  Cricut, glitter, chunky glitter, sparkly twill

Now go on to check out Taylor's fabulous blog hop:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop September 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 Taylored Expressions Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Birthday/Birth day, and I want to start off by offering my congratulations to Taylor and Jon!  Madelyn Grace is just adorable, and I am glad to hear that everyone is doing so well.  Enjoy these precious moments, kids grow up so fast!

I have two cards for you today--the first one is a Birthday theme, and I based it on Sankari's sketch:

I ended up not using some of the pieces, they just didn't seem to fit the card.  I did have way too much fun playing with my Embellie Jellie though, adding those rhinestones to the pennant!

Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Sweet Celebrations, Pennant a la carte (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, RoseBud (Memento)
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Accessories:  Taylor's Tiny Twinkles (TE), Ribbon (PTI)

Card # 2 doesn't follow the sketch, I needed to make a card for a baby shower:

Welcome Baby
Stamps:  Beary Special, It's a Banner Day 3 (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Pink Pirouette (SU)
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette (SU), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  CTMH
Accessories:  Baker's Twine, Button

Now don't forget to go see everyone's wonderful creations!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Taylor & Jon, Congratulations again!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop August 2011

Happy Summer Everyone, and Welcome to the Taylored Expressions August Blast from the Past Blog Hop!  This month's theme was Collector's Anonymous, to use up something we've been hoarding in our cupboard.  So I pulled out this great Doodlebug paper and embellishments I had, all from the cooking line.  I wanted to make some "thanks for dinner" cards--we were invited to a Block Party last month, and I discovered that a thanks for dinner card would have been great to have in my stash!

So I made a trio of thank you cards, used up some of my Doodlebug paper, but I still couldn't find a spot for those cute little embellishments, they just didn't seem to fit the card.  Maybe next time . . . .

I used Sankari's great sketch:

And here are my cards:
"Thanks for Dinner"

"Thank You to the Hostess with the Mostess! "

"With Friends Like You . . . . "

"Thanks for Dinner"

Stamps:  What's Cookin' (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Stamper's Select White (PTI); Core'dinations, Baja Breeze (SU)
Patterned Paper:  Doodlebug , Web download
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Glitter, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Buttons

My daughters also had time to enter one last blog hop before school starts:

K's Card:  Sending You Sunshine
Her "Collector's Anonymous" was to pull out this paper she'd been saving . . . .
Stamps:  Garden Party Blooms (TE)
Ink:  Memento
Cardstock:  SU
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories

J's Card:  Celebrate
J's "Collector's Anonymous" was to raid the scrap box . . . . 

Stamps:  Sweet Occasions (TE)
Ink:  Memento
Cardstock:  Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss , Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories:  Buttons, Copic Markers

Now don't forget to check out what everyone else has been saving up:

Thanks so much for visiting, I can't wait to see everyone's creations!  Happy Wednesday!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for Papertrey Ink's Monthly Blog Hop!  I am so excited that I was able to get my card made in time!

This month's challenge was to design a card based on this inspirational photo:
I was inspired by the beautiful colors here, it reminded me of Ocean Tides . . . . so here is my card!

Sending Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Patterned Paper:  Stampin Up
Cardstock:  Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White (PTI); Pumpkin Spice (Gina K Designs)
Accessories:  Ribbon, Ocean Tides and Melon Berry Ribbon (PTI); Orange Button (Michaels), Rhinestones (Imaginisce)

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!  Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Card Camp--Week 4

Hello Everyone,

I was able to finish my card for the last week of camp just under the deadline!

And here is my card:

Oh Hoppy Day!
This card was really fun to make--it was my first time successfully adding polka dots with the Copic Colorless Blender, and the sky was make with blue ink and a distress sponge.
Stamps:  Boy Basics:  Frog Hop (PTI); Pond Pals (SNSS)
Ink:  Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky (Memento)
Cardstock:  Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories:  Cricut (Elegant Edges), Buttons (PTI), twine, googly eyes

Thanks for stopping by!  


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop July 2011

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop!  The last two months I was unable to hop, out of town at just the right time each month, so I am happy to be back hopping again.  This month's theme is "Sending you Sunshine," so here is my attempt at what I think of in summer sunshine!

Sankari provided us with a great sketch:

I based my card on this sketch, but ended up tweaking it a little to work better for my card.

Sending You Sunshine
I just love ice cream in the summer (actually all year long, but we're supposed to be thinking about summer today!) :).

Stamps:  Sprinkled with Love, It's a Banner Day 2 (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Cardstock:  Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Bitty Dots (PTI), Summer Days (Echo Park)
Accessories:  Chunky glitter (Doodlebug), Cricut, Copic Markers

My girls are off for the summer and played along as well:

Here is my daughter K's card:
Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Sweet Treats (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Plum Pudding, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Bitty Dots (PTI), American Girl
Accessories:  Copic Markers

And my daughter J's card:
Life is Good!
She got this set for Christmas and just loves it!
Stamps:  Cuppie Beach Bum (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories:  Prima flowers, buttons (PTI), Copic Markers

Now, here are the rest of the hoppers:

Have a great time checking out everyone's wonderful creations! Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a "Sunshine-y" Day! :)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Card Camp-Kid's Gallery (Week 3)

Hi Everyone,

My daughter Kelli made this card over the weekend for the Summer Card Camp Week 3 colors and I am just now getting a chance to post it on the blog . . . .

Here is her card,

You're Beary Special

and here is the inside!

Stamps:  Beary Special (TE)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (PTI), and some Bazzill
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Embossing

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps July Blog Waltz

Hello Everyone!

July 17th is Blog Waltz time with Waltzingmouse Stamps!  I have not been able to participate for the last few months, so I am very excited to be back!

This month's theme is Birthday Party!  Since my little nephew is having a birthday in September, I made my card with him in mind:

Driving by saying Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Half Pint Heroes (WMS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White (PTI); all others (my scrapbox :) )
Accessories:  Flocking (on the smoke, Doodlebug), Copic Markers, Cricut

My daughers wanted to play along as well . . .

My daughter Kelli's card:

Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Half Pint Heroes (WMS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Aqua Mist (PTI)
Cardstock:  Ocean Tides, Kraft, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories:  Copic Markers

Can you tell we'll be really excited when Claire release Half Pint Heroines???

My younger daughter, Julie, decided to do two challenges at once and made her blog waltz card in the same colors as the Summer Card Camp:

Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Bountiful Basket Additions (WMS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Fine Linen, Vintage Cream (PTI); misc.
Accessories:  Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by,  I personally can't wait to see all the wonderful cards on the waltz!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer Card Camp--Week 3

Hi Everyone,

I had a chance to play with this week's color combo for the Summer Card Camp, shown below:

I played with my border punch a bit, using a tiny bit of fluid chalk to bring out the embossed stitches. I ended up needing two extra colors to finish out Cocoa the mouse and his apple, but otherwise, here is my card!

First Day of School
Stamps:  Autumn Lovin' Cocoa (SNSS); First Day (SU)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (PTI); Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  PTI
Accessories:  Brads (MM), Copic Markers, Buttons & Twine (PTI), Border Punch, Cricut

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Card Camp--Week 2

Hi Everyone,

I couldn't let my kids have all the fun making cards, now could I?  So here is my card using this week's colors:

Hello There
I had a lot of fun with this card playing with the two different color inks for the stems of the flowers!

Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes, Tag-its #1 (PTI)
Ink:  Summer Sunrise (PTI), Tangelo, Ladybug, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories:  Embossing (Cuttlebug), Misc. ribbon, rhinestones (Taylor's Tiny Twinkles), Chalking

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by next week to see Week 3's color combination!


Summer Card Camp--Kid's Gallery Part 3

Hi Everyone,

Kelli has one more card to share with you this week for Summer Card Camp!  From this week's extra color combos, she chose the one with yellow, red, black, grey, and light grey.
Here is her card:
Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Boy Basics:  Rock On (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, London Fog (Memento); Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up)
Cardstock:  Lemon Tart (PTI)
Accessories:  Ribbon (Stampin Up); Red Glitter (Michaels)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Summer Card Camp--Kid's Gallery Part 2

Hi Everyone!

My daughter Kelli also wanted to participate in the Summer Card Camp this week!  Her first card uses this week's colors as well:

And here is her card!

Stamps:  Birthday Tags 2011 (PTI)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, New Leaf, Stamper's Select White (PTI); Co'ordinations for the red
Misc.:  Balloon die (Sizzix), Nestabilities, Limitless Labels (PTI), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Copic Markers

Thanks for visiting!


Summer Card Camp--Kid's Gallery

Hello Everyone!

It feels like it has been such a long time since I've been able to post--our schedules were just so busy at the end of the school year!  But it is summer time now and we are all ready to craft!

First up is a card by my daughter Julie.  We are participating in the Online Summer Card Camp 2011 and having so much fun!  My girls were so excited when Jennifer posted that there would be a Kid's Gallery.   Julie used the color combo for week 2:

Here is Julie's card:


Stamps:  Moka Lani (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  Memento, Colorbox Fluid Chalk
Cardstock:  Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White, True Black, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Accessories:  Buttons, Prima Flowers, Cricut Paper Dolls Cartridge

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop April 2011

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop! This month's theme was "Clean & Simple."  We had a great sketch to use from Sankari--

The first thing I had to do was to go and look up the definition of CAS at Splitcoast Stampers, which said that clean and simple cards were all about the design, were uncluttered, had lots of white space, and one main focal point. I thought I remembered reading that they were also easy to mass produce, but I can't seem to find that part of the definition now! Uggh! Anyway, here is my attempt at a Clean and Simple Card:

Happy Mother's Day

And to prove it can be easily mass produced, I decided to make cards not only for my Mom, but my Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law as well:

Stamps:  Garden Party Blooms, Garden Party Critters, Fresh Flowers (TE)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red (SU), Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky (Memento)
Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red (SU), Summer Sunrise, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  CTMH
Accessories:  Button (Doodlebug), Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Ribbon (SU)

My daughters wanted to play along this month as well.

My daughter J's card, Peace, Love, and Happiness
Stamps:  Feelin' Groovy (TE)
Ink:  Memento
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Accessories:  Copic Markers

My daughter K's card, Sending you Sunshine
Stamps:  Garden Party Blooms (TE)
Ink: Memento
Cardstock:  PTI

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and checking out our creations!  I can't wait to go blog hopping myself and check out everyone's creativity!  The blog hop participants are listed below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweet n Sassy Stamps Customer Blog Hop

This morning I managed to sneak in some craft time to join in on the Sweet n Sassy Stamps Customer Blog Hop.  This month's theme was Birthdays, and since I've been wanting to use this Cocoa mouse image .  . . I figured what better time!  So here is my card . . . .

Happy Birthday!

My son loves Cocoa, and since his birthday is coming up, I may have a card for him!
Stamps:  A Cocoa Kind of Birthday (SNSS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Buttons (Michaels)

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Birthday to Dan & Korin, the owners of SNSS!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop March 2011

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blog Hop!  This month's theme was Spring (sure wishing it looked "Springy" here!) and Taylor's set For Peeps was the first thing that popped into my head.  Sankari provided us with a fun sketch as well:

I chose to make my side pieces like little banners, and then I replaced the circle on the bottom with a bow for my ribbon (the circle just didn't seem to work for me!).

Egg Hunt

Stamps:  For Peeps (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  New Leaf, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold (PTI), Blue (I'm not sure which, SU)
Accessories:  Misc. Patterned Paper, Copic Markers, Smooch, Glitter (MM), and New Leaf Ribbon (PTI)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I can't wait to check out everyone's wonderful creations.  The Blog Hop Participants are listed below:

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!