Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Color Throwdown #220!

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Hello!  We have a fabulous new color combo for you this week at the Color Throwdown hosted by the fabulous Wanda!  I think this combo is just perfect for Christmas cards/projects which I still have a ton to make!  This is what I came up with this week:

I used this adorable stocking that I found in the Silhouette Online Store ~ 4 Christmas Icons by Lori Whitlock.  I just LOVE her stuff!  I cut out 3 stockings using Jillibean Soup Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup dp.  I added a die cut star and button to each.  The background is embossed with the PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, and the sentiment comes from the PTI set In The Meadow.  

We hope you'll play along with us this week!  Just link your creations on the Color Throwdown Blog HERE, and make sure you check out the rest of the amazing DT projects while you're there!

Well, I have a 5 year old in the house today.  Yesterday was my youngest's birthday.  We took him out to dinner last night, but we're having a Batman/gymnastic party on Saturday:)  I'm trying to get some stuff made for the party so I'd better run!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Stamps:  PTI In the Meadow
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream, Jillibean Soup Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup
Ink:  SU Basic Black, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories:  4 Christmas Icons Silhouette Cut File, MFT Die-namics Stacking Stars, Buttons, Twine, PTI Woodgrain Impression Plage, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Tim Holtz Distressing Tool

Friday, November 23, 2012

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It's Black Friday and time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge and a BIG Black Friday Sale at Taylored Expressions!!!

We are releasing a brand new set of dies today~ the Labels Stacklets 3 which coordinates with the Frame It Up 1 Die!  These dies will be available today as part of the sale!

I am so excited to be participating in the Studio Challenge this month!  Here is the question:

As crafters, we often talk about a hand-crafted Christmas. How much stamping do you do for the holidays?  Do you mail hand-stamped cards, make gift packaging, tags, handmade gifts?  Or do you stamp year-round, but not so much for Christmas?  Please show us some handmade tags and share a tip or two on how to keep stamping fun for the holidays.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to make too many hand-crafted gifts for the holidays.  I try to make as many hand-stamped cards as I can for my close friends and family.  I also LOVE making gift tags.  This year I am trying to make a few sets to hand out as gifts. 

I also love to make little boxes which are perfect for gifting ornaments.  I think mixing it up with cards/tags/boxes keeps crafting fun for the holidays!  Here are some tags I made the other day using the adorable Taylored Expressions set~The Cool Crowd!

For this tag I used the smaller snowman from The Cool Crowd along with the Trim the Tree Dies, the Banner Day 1 Die, and I embossed one of the Totally Tags Dies to put behind the image. 

For this tag I used my favorite snowman along with the Banner Day 1 Die and the Totally Tags Die.  I embossed the Totally Tags Die with the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder for each tag.

Here is a close up of the final tag.  I used My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland dp on all of the tags and added a punched snowflake with a pearl center to this one:)

It wouldn’t be Black Friday without a sale! Just enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2012 on your order at the TE Store Friday through Monday to save 10-30% off your entire order! The earlier you shop, the MORE you save! Details on the TE Store homepage.

Make sure you hop over to the Baker's Dozen Blogs to see what they have in store for you today!  

I hope you have a super fun shopping day!  Thanks for stopping by! 


The Cool Crowd

Banner Day 1 Die

Totally Tags Dies (set of 3)

Trim the Tree Dies (set of 8)

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Hello!  It's time for another Fun Friday at Your Next Stamp!  Today I made another fun ornament box!  I am trying to make several of these for teachers/friends this year:)  This is the first time I've inked up this adorable Christmas Bauble Robin and I LOVE IT!!!  Such a fun image!  

I don't have a lot of time because my mom and bestie are waiting on me to hit the stores, but make sure you check out the Your Next Stamp Blog for more fabulous Fun Friday projects!  Thank you so much for stopping by and happy shopping/stamping!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello!  I hope you are having a wonderful day with your friends/family!  I wanted to pop in really quick and share the place cards I made using my PTI Friendship Jar set and dies.  The sentiment comes from the PTI set Fall Elegance.  

So what are your plans today?  Who is going shopping tonight and who is waiting until tomorrow?  My BFF (that I shop with every year), my mom, and I have decided to head out tonight because my friend really wants to go to Toys R Us.  After that we'll hit one of the malls that is opening at midnight.  I'm much more of a night owl than a morning person, so I think this schedule may work, although I still think they've really messed up Thanksgiving and Black Friday with these 8 p.m. openings.  I liked it so much better when everything opened at 6 a.m.!  Have a wonderful, relaxing, delicious Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Color Throwdown #219~PTI Tags!

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Hello!  We have a gorgeous new combo for you this week at the Color Throwdown!  Tammy is our fabulous hostess, and she has chosen this whimsical Christmas tree as our inspiration this week!  I decided to use some of my VERY neglected PTI Christmas sets and dies to make some fun tags:

From left to right I used Bells & Boughs, In the Meadow, Love Lives Here: Holiday, and Christmas Friends.  I used the PTI Tag Sale #1 Die to cut the tags.  I have several more sets begging to be inked up, so watch for more tags in the near future:)  

We hope you'll play along with us this week!  Just link your creations to the Color Throwdown Blog HERE! While you're there, make sure you check out the rest of the amazing DT creations!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow for those of you in the U.S.:)  We are hosting at our house so I'll be back to share some place cards I made for the table using more PTI goodies!  Enjoy your Wednesday!

Stamps PTI Bells & Boughs, In the Meadow, Love Lives Here: Holiday, Christmas Friends
Paper:  SU Soft Sky, PTI White
Ink:  SU Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay, Kiwi Kiss, Ruby Red, Copics
Accessories:  PTI Tag Sale #1 Die, Bells & Boughs Dies, In the Meadow Dies, Love Lives Here: Holiday Dies, Baker's Twine, PTI Simply Chartreuse Ribbon, Button, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, PTI Hawaiian Shores Button, Rhinestones, Ric Rac Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Foam Squares, PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate and Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, CB Snowflake EF

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Color Throwdown #218!

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Hello and happy hump day!  Wednesday means we have a new challenge for you at the Color Throwdown, and this week the fabulous Lynn Put is our hostess:)  I think this sweet little birdie she chose is just BEAUTIFUL!  Those colors are amazing!  I knew exactly what image I wanted to use as soon as I saw it:

This is one of the new stamps from Your Next Stamp named Holiday Joy Robin~ so sweet!  I colored this cutie the same colors as the inspiration picture and used a combo of Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup and Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup.  I stamped the image twice, cut one out with Oval Nestabilities and embossed it with the CB Snowflake embossing folder.  I cut the bird out of the second stamped image and popped it up with a foam square.  The sentiment is one of 2 that comes with the set, and the layout is The Sweet Stop Sketch #183.  

We hope you'll play along with us this week!  Just link your projects on the Color Throwdown Blog HERE, and make sure you check out the rest of the awesome DT creations while you're there!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  We have a sick household once again.  My poor daughter just gets sick so often this time of year with asthma/pneumonia type symptoms and Carson and I have a bit of a cold. I'm thinking a trip to the doctor may be on our to do list today if my daughter still has a fever this morning:(  Hope your day is better!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Holiday Joy Robin
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar and Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, Ribbon, CB Snowflake Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine, Pearls, Foam Squares

Friday, November 9, 2012

Your Next Stamp Fun Friday!

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Hello!  This month Your Next Stamp Fun Friday is all about Gifts and Giving!  I was anxious to ink up this new cutie called Sing Song Robin~so ADORABLE!  I paper pieced the gift with some My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine dp and chose the birthday sentiment that comes with this set.  There is also a Christmas sentiment for more versatility.  

Make sure you check out the Your Next Stamp Blog for more fabulous DT projects!  I hope you have a great weekend!  My daughter has a gymnastic meet tomorrow, and then I promised her and her friend a sleepover.  I've also got to clean my house!  I've had such a busy couple of weeks, that my house and laundry pile have been severely neglected:(  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Sing Song Robin
Paper:  PTI Aqua Mist, MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Circle Nestabilities, MFT Die-namics Solid Bracket Border Die, Button, Twine, Foam Squares

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Taylored Expressions November Release Day!

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Hello!  It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions which means that all of the new products are now available in the Fresh out of the Oven Department!  Also, be sure to chek the TE Current Specials Page to find out how you can get the Crafty Expressions stamp set for FREE! 


I am so excited about the set I used on my card today!  I've been wanting a gnome set for a while, and this one is just too CUTE and FUN!!!   

Adorable, right?!  This is Welcome Gnome by illustrator Doug Applegate for the Apple Doodle Ink Collection.  There are so many darling images and fun sentiments in this set~22 to be exact!  I used dp and ribbon from the October Key Ingredients Kit, and that fancy border was cut with the new Lace Chain Border Die.  I even had to decorate the inside:

Love him!  AND, I stamped th back with an image from the new Signature Style set:

I had a blast making this!  Make sure you check out the rest of the amazing Baker's Dozen creations, and have fun shopping!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day:)
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Welcome Gnome and Signature Style
Paper:  PTI Kraft, TE October Key Ingredients Kit
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Aqua Mist, SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  TE Key Ingredients Ribbon, Button, TE Burlap Twine Natural, TE Lace Chain Border Die, MFT Die-namics Solid Bracket Border Die, Circle Nestabilities, Foam Squares, Sewing Machine, PTI Tiny Tags Die

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peek Day 2 + Color Throwdown #217!

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Hello!  It's sneak peek time at Taylored Expressions, and I'm so excited to be joining the awesome Baker's Dozen this month for the new release!  All of the new products will be available on Thursday, November 8th at 8 am PST in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store:)

Onto my projects:

First up I get to introduce this cutie ~ Moka Wanda!  I just love this stamp set!  It's so perfect to make cards and gifts for all of those wonderful stamping friends in your life:)  I decided to decorate a fun little glassine bag which I filled with a fabulous Taylored Expressions stamp set, some ribbon, and buttons.  I used this week's Color Throwdown Challenge for my color combo.  This week's challenge is hosted by the super talented Denise!  I so want this outfit she chose!

Here is a close up of  Moka Wanda:

Adorable!  I think I need one of those aprons!  I also used a new TE die on my bag ~ the Lace Chain Border Die ~ LOVE IT!  It's kind of hard to see with all the polka dots, but the detail is beautiful!  The dp is from My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland.  Make sure you check out the Color Throwdown Blog to see more fabulous creations from the DT and to play along with us this week!

Next up we have an awesome new set that is perfect for stamping on the back of your cards called Signature Style!  This set contains illustrations from all of the Taylored Expressions designers, so no matter which set you use on your card, you will have a perfect coordinating image to sign your card with!  I decided to use some of the adorable images in this set to make a set of tags:

I stamped each image twice and cut out the focal image so I could pop it up on foam squares.  The tags were cut with the Totally Tags Dies.  

So do you like what you see so far?  You can join us as a fan on Facebook tonight for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a Special Facebook Giveaway beginning at approximately 6 pm PST!  

That's it for my projects today!  Make sure you visit the Baker's Dozen Blogs to see more amazing peeks! 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Your Next Stamp November Release Blog Hop!

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Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp November New Release Blog Hop! We are so excited this month because we are introducing ANOTHER new illustrator to the YNS family ~ Macy Wong! Her images are so super sweet and we know you are just going to love them! We also have some adorable new Franfou images, and Mabel Designs!  This is the start of the hop and you can see the entire hop list at the bottom of this post:)

Did someone say prizes??? We have 3 new release prizes hidden along the hop! You must leave comments on all of the DT blogs to qualify for the prize drawing. You have until Friday, November 9th at 12 midnight (EST) and the winners will be posted on the YNS Blog on Saturday, November 10th.

Onto my project:

I used one of the ADORABLE new Mabel Designs images called Winter Smiles Robin to make this fun little gift box.  I love making ornament boxes this time of year!  They make such great gifts for friends!  I used some My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland dp which I can't get enough of, and the sentiment comes with the Winter Smiles Robin set.  

Karen is also offering a fabulous Hop Special ~ 15% off your entire purchase including sale items! The code is YNSNOV2012. She also has some great bundle deals and some awesome steals in the YNS Bargain Bin!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Carole's fabulous blog, but don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go! Happy Hopping!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Winter Smiles Robin
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:   Oval Nestabilities, Sewing machine, Foam Squares, PTI Ocean Tides Ribbon, Button, Baker's Twine, Perfect Presentation Cute Carton SVG File (no longer available:()

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I'm So Excited...

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To announce that I'm the November/December guest designer for Taylored Expressions!  I was ecstatic when I found out that I had won the Last Card Standing contest.  Thank you so much to those of you who voted for me!  

I made a fun little card today using an adorable TE set called Woodland Winter.  I just think the deer with the Santa hat is the CUTEST, and I also used the fabulous Trim the Tree Dies.  The layout is this week's Deconstructed Sketch #76 and the dp is My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland.  

I'll be back with more adorable Taylored Expressions projects later this week because it's New Release Week!  We'll have sneak peeks starting on Wednesday, and the new release will be available on Friday!  You are going to love it!  Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Woodland Winter
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Ocean Tides, MME Winter Wonderland
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Circle, Square, and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, Ribbon, TE Trim the Tree Dies, Small Open Scallop Die-namics,   Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!

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Hello!  Tuesday is new release day at Your Next Stamp so we are going to be giving you some peeks of the new images over the next few days:)  I am SOOOO excited about this release because we are introducing another new illustrator~Macy Wong!  Her images are ADORABLE!!!  The images I used on my card are from Macy and this cutie is named Joy.  

Make sure you check out the Your Next Stamp Blog to see more peeks, and I'll back on Tuesday for the New Release Blog Hop!  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We are throwing my daughter a birthday party tomorrow, so I have been very busy trying to get everything ready!  The theme is The Amazing Race, so we are going to split the kids in teams and we have lots of fun tasks for them to complete before they get their next clue:)  I'll post some pictures next week~hopefully everything will go smoothly!  Enjoy your weekend!


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