Saturday, December 29, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--December!


I made it--all 12 months of the Taylor's Calendar Challenge, and all posted before the deadline of December 31st!  These were to be Christmas presents, so the recipients ended up getting a last Christmas present on either December 29th or 30th--late, but not too bad.  This was a really fun challenge to participate in, and I love the fact that I was able to make some unique Christmas presents while having fun.  And if I haven't mentioned it, should you want to make your own calendar--you can download Taylor's 6 by 6 calendar here.

So last but not least, here is December!  This is one of my favorites, I just love the little penguins and the little pom pom and sparkles!


Stamps:  Penguin Pals (TE), Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Vintage Cream Cardstock (PTI), Patterned Paper (Echo Park)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Pom pom, Red Jewels, sparkle berries

Thank you so much for checking out my calendars!  I hope to see you in 2013 with some new projects and challenges!


TE Calendar Challenge--November

Hello Everyone!

Up next in the Taylor's Calendar Challenge--November!  I tried to make the wheelbarrow look weathered and loved :).   I have to say--I just love Taylor's stamp set A Bushel and a Peck--it is so so cute!  I am hoping there is a Valentine's Day/Spring Holiday version in the works, that wheelbarrow would look really cute with hearts, eggs, etc.


Stamps:  A Bushel and a Peck (TE); Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Patterned paper, cardstock:  Stampin' Up
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Smooch (in the middle of the flowers, you can't really see it but it is there!), ribbon

Only one more month to go--thanks for stopping by!


TE Calendar Challenge--October

Hello Again!

I am back with another installment in Taylor's Calendar Challenge.  Up next is October, with fun glittery ribbon!


Stamps:  Totally Tags--Halloween (TE), Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Patterned Paper (We R Memory Keepers), Cardstock (Doodlebug)
Fun Details:  Glitter Ribbon, Brads

Thanks so much for stopping by!  November is coming next!


TE Calendar Challenge--September


I am back with another month in Taylor's Calendar Challenge.  It was very challenging to get a decent picture today!  So without further ado--here is September!


Stamps:  Free Digital Download (TE), Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Vintage Cream Cardstock (PTI), Patterned Paper from my stash
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Wood button (PTI)

Thanks for stopping by--stay tuned for October!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--August

Hello Again!

Continuing on with the TE Calendar Challenge, we have August!


Stamps:  Beach Bum (TE); Everyday Occasions & Home Sweet Home (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Summer Sunrise (PTI); Patterned Paper (Lawn Fawn)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Rhinestones

Check out my previous calendars here:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--July

Hello Everyone!

And without further ado--we have July!

Stamps:  Freedom Fireworks (TE a la carte); Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper: Stampin' Up,  My Mind's Eye
Fun Details:  Fireworks are embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder; ribbon

To see my previous calendars:

Thanks for stopping by!


TE Calendar Challenge--June


Long time no post . . . I ended up doing some teaching at the end of the year--it was a lot of fun, but didn't leave much time for blogging and card making!  So here I am trying to get the last of my calendar challenges posted before Dec. 31st!

So here is June, with a little paperpiecing!

Stamps:  Feelin' Groovy (TE); Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Spring Rain (PTI); Patterned Paper (Making Memories)
Fun Details:  Brads (Making Memories); Clip (CTMH)

To see my previous calendars:

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 26, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--May


Continuing on with the Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge, we have May:


Stamps:  Mom a la carte (TE), Everyday Occasions (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Patterned (Making Memories), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Smooch (on the heart coming out of the mug), flowers, buttons

To see the earlier calendars:


Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--April


I am back once again with more calendars from the Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge.  Not only was this a fun challenge to do, but I will end up with a nice set of Christmas presents as well!

So here is April, this is one of my favorites:


Stamps:  Favorite Peeps, Garden Party Blooms, Garden Party Critters (TE), Everyday Occasions Icons (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Patterned (American Girl), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers

If you would like to see my previous calendars:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--March

Hello Everyone,

Continuing on with the Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge, we have March!


Stamps:  Totally Tags:  Spring (TE), Every Occasions Icons (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Hello Spring patterned paper (Doodlebug), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, American Crafts Ribbon, Making Memories Butterfly, Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento)

If you would like to see my previous calendars:

Thanks so much for visiting, stop back again soon for April!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--February

Hello Everyone!

Well, now that I've gotten organized and posted January, I didn't want to wait too long to get February up!  So without further ado, here is my February page:


Stamps:  Buddy Bear (TE), Every Occasions Icons (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Cardstock, Patterned Paper (SU)
Fun Details:  Copic Markers, Smooch, Ribbon (SU)

If you'd like to see my method of displaying my calendars, please check out my January post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope to have March up soon!


Monday, October 15, 2012

TE Calendar Challenge--January

Hello Friends!

Well, I wanted to make something for Taylor's Calendar Challenge when I first saw the challenge up on her blog way back in January.  I thought they would make great Christmas presents in December!  So I started thinking, how could I make some cute calendars that my family would actually use?  My family was kind of challenging on that one.  A few months later, I had an idea--what about refrigerator calendars?  Something cute, that you could hang on the frig with a cute magnet and change out every month.  And Taylor has these great 6 X 6 calendars that you can download here that would work perfectly!  Then life got busy with the kids and their activities, and before I knew it summer was here.  I had some time and decided to start making up my calendars--they are really fun to make!  And I blinked again and all of a sudden it is now October and I haven't posted anything I've made for this challenge, even though I have made several months!  So here it finally goes:

So my idea started with the refrigerator.  My first step was to go off to the Container Store and find these cute magnets (and they do come in many colors, my gift recipients just all happen to have white refrigerators).  You can find these magnets here.

The next step was to figure out how to make a holder for the calendars.  What I did was to take a 6 X 6 page protector and cut off the holes.  I then added some ribbon and flowers, and punched new holes to add a ribbon tie.  Now I had a protector ready for my calendars.

I have three different versions, as I am making three Christmas presents.  I do have to apologize, I took these pictures with the calendars hanging on my frig, and the lighting was a challenge.  The flash kept reflecting off . . . .

With a pink flower and pink trim

With a white flower and blue trim

And with a green flower and green trim.

So this is my January page!  I have this set of little Doodlebug stamps that I have been using to add fun details to the days--there is a party hat on the 1st for New Years, a cake on the 4th on one for a birthday . . . just to be fun.

Stamps:  Holiday Wonder (TE), Every Occassion Icons (Doodlebug)
Paper:  Patterned--Pebbles, Cardstock--PTI
Fun Details:  Ribbon (American Crafts), Snowflake (Making Memories), Silver Embossing Powder (Michaels)

Please stop by soon to see February . . . .thanks for visiting!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cloud9 October Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

It is time for the October Cloud9 Blog Hop!  I recently discovered WPlus9 Design Studio and I just love their stamps!  So without further ado, here is the Inspiration Photo for this month's hop:

And here is my card:

Happy Halloween!
I didn't have a Happy Halloween sentiment, so I made one on my computer.  And of course, some scattered M n M's add to the Halloween theme!

Stamps:  Perfect Patches:  Pumpkin (WPlus9)
Ink:  Morocco, Gray Flannel, and Olive Grove (Memento)
Cardstock:  PTI and SU
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories
Ribbon:  TE
Font Used:  CK Toehead

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Make sure to visit to check out all the wonderful entries!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Sweet Stop Sketch 177

Hello Friends,

I wanted to join in on the Sweet Stop's sketch this week . . . here it is:

When I looked at this card, my first thought was to make a fun card for my son's soccer game.  I have to say, he just adores Cocoa!  He often asks me to print out some of my digital images so that he can color them.  (And yes, his team is called the Blue Jedi, and the colors are blue, gray, and yellow.)  I am also entering this into the Open Design Team Call . . . so wish me luck!  :)

Go Blue Jedi!

I had to print the image out twice, and paper piece the soccer ball--because of course soccer balls have to be white and black!

Stamps:  SNSS Cocoa Loves Soccer (Digital), Sentiment (from my computer, font is CK Evolution)
Paper:  Soft Stone (PTI), Sahara Sand (SU), White (Michaels), Yellow Chevrons (Jillibean Soup), Blue Polka Dots, Stripes, and mats (Echo Park)
Accessories:  Black/White Twine (LSS), Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

TE Last Card Standing!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to take a minute and enter a few cards into Taylor's newest competition, the Last Card Standing!

So here they are:
#1:  I Didn't Forget Your Birthday

Stamps:  TE Belated Birthday a la Carte
Paper, Ribbon:  TE Card Kit
Extras:  Rhinestone, Copic Markers, Cricut Die Cut

#2:  Happy Birthday

Stamps:  TE Garden Party Critters
Paper, Ribbon:  TE Card Kit
Extras:  Buttons (Michaels), Flowers (Prima), Copic Markers, Sizzix Die Cut

#3:  Thank You Berry Much

Stamps:  TE Berries and Cherries
Paper, Ribbon:  TE Card kit
Extras:  Glitter (Stampin Up), Copic Markers

These cards are all part of a card set I am making to say a big thanks to my Mom--she was kind enough to kitty sit for me a few weeks ago!

Thanks so much for stopping by--have a wonderful day!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party--August 2012

Happy Summer Everyone!  This month's theme for the Waltzingmouse Blog Party is Birthdays--such fun cards to make!  I had so much fun I even made a second card.

Can We Eat the Cake Now?

Stamps:  Eat Cake (WMS)
Ink:  Memento, PTI
Paper:   Both Patterned and Cardstock, SU
Accessories:  Ribbon (SU), flowers, glitter, rhinestones

Belated Birthday Wishes
Stamps:  Eat Cake (WMS)
Ink:  Memento, SU
Paper:  Both Patterned and Cardstock, SU
Accessories:  Ribbon, rhinestones

This cake set of Clare's is really a lot of fun to play with--I had a blast with it!   Hope you all are having a great summer, and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Sweet Stop Sketch 163

Hello Friends,

Just a quick post today--I saw this great sketch from The Sweet Stop and had a great idea for a Father's Day card.  Here is the sketch, and you were supposed to use a texture with your card . . . .

and here is my card!

Happy Father's Day

Stamps:  Baseball Cocoa (SNSS Digi Stamp), Cool Dude (SNSS)
Cardstock:  Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White (PTI), SU
Ink:  Midnight Muse (SU)
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
Misc:  Patterned Paper, Buttons

Hope you had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge #100

Hello Everyone,

I have always wanted to play along on one of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenges--and this week I actually did!  :)

This week was special, WMS Sketch Challenge Blog is celebrating their 100th sketch!  Here it is, I thought it was such a fun sketch to try:

So I got to try out my latest WMS stamps . . . . this is for a family friend who is celebrating her promotion from elementary school next week.  I rotated the sketch (so the balloon would fit!) and then made the sentiment on my computer.  I was trying for a fun and happy card.

Happy Promotion Day!
Stamps:  Half Pint Heroines (WMS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Teal Zeal (Memento)
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park
Cardstock:  Cool Caribbean (SU), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Misc.  Ribbon, lace, Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

TE Sketch Challenge #161

And last but not least . . . . to finish up the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge Farewell, I have sketch #161.

Just For You
Stamps:  Buddy Bear (TE)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White (PTI); Bazzill (Doodlebug colors)
Patterned Paper:  Doodlebug
Misc.  Buttons & Glitter (Doodlebug); Embroidery Floss, Ribbon

I used the buttons on the top and bottom instead of the two scalloped circles . . . just thought it suited the card more!

Thank you so much for checking out all my cards . . . I hope to post again soon!


TE Sketch Challenge #160


Continuing with the Farewell to the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge, we have sketch #160!

Happy Birthday Cupcake!
For this card, I ended up making it square (5.5 inches)!

Stamps:  Build a Treat (TE)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Cardstock:  Ocean Tides, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  PTI
Misc. Glitter Ribbon, Rhinestone

Thanks for taking a look!


TE Sketch Challenge #159


To continue with the Farewell to the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge post from earlier, we have Sketch #159!

Happy Father's Day
Stamps: Father's Day a la carte (TE)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  PTI
Misc:  Twine, Button (PTI) Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by!


TE Sketch Challenge #158

Hello Everyone,

Time sure does get away from you in the Spring!  I cannot believe tomorrow is June 1st!  Speaking of, last week Taylor posted the Farewell Challenges to the TESC.  I have always loved Taylor's sketches and felt bad when I couldn't play along.  So I really wanted to participate in this last challenge--the sketches looked like so much fun!  So without further ado . . . some cards!

For Sketch #158 . . . . 

Happy Birthday

Stamps:  Garden Party Critters (TE)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Stampin Up
Misc.  Ruffled Ribbon, Copic Markers, Felt Flower and Button

Thanks for stopping by!