Cards by Kerri

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Color Throwdown #227~Love You!



Hello!  We have a beautiful new color combo for you this week at the Color Throwdown hosted by the fabulous Lynn Put!  I thought this combo would be perfect for a Valentine and this is what I came up with:


I used the fun Valentine Doodles set from Taylored Expressions along with the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies and the Lace Chain Border Die.  The dp is Doodlebug Designs Inc. Lovebirds.  Here is a close up:


I stamped the heart flowers twice, cut out the hearts and popped them up with foam squares.  I added some Stardust Stickles for some sparkle:)

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

Thank you so much for stopping by and as always, have a wonderful Wednesday!

Kerri
Recipe:  
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Valentine Doodles
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Doodlebug Designs Inc. Lovebirds dp
Ink:  SU Sahara Sand, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, Lace Chain Border Die, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop!


Hello!  Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited about the hop today because this release is HUGE!  We have had a blast playing with all of the cuteness, and we know you will too!  We are also introducing another new illustrator to the YNS family~Angie Blom!  I think we all fell in love with her new Insta Love Set which totally rocks!

The hop starts HERE on Thanh's Blog, and hopefully you arrived here from Dana's Blog.

We have 3 prizes hidden along the hop!  Just make sure you leave a comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win an amazing new release prize pack!!!  Winners will be announced On the Your Next Stamp Blog on January 28th!  Onto my projects: 



First up we have my FAVORITE new image from the release~Mandi!  EEK, isn't she adorable!!!  I just had to use her to make a Valentine for my sweet Avery:)  I also used the new Fishtail Banner Dies!!!  YAY!  Isn't it so nice when a company has everything you want. Now you can order these adorable stamps AND get some of the most popular dies on the market right now!  The sentiment comes from another new set Cute Foodies.  I just love all the sentiments in this set, and the food is pretty cute too:)  Here is a close up of Mandi:


The layout is the Deconstructed Sketch #85.  Next up I have some fun Valentine treats using the fabulous new Lollipop Cover Die!  I am super excited about this die!  So excited that I just couldn't stop making these fun treats for Avery's gymnastic team!  I still need to make some for Carson's class, but I have a different idea that I'm hoping will pan out...


These were sooooo easy to make!  I just used the new Fishtail Banner Dies, stamped a sentiment from the Cute Foodies set once again, and added a heart that I cut with the YNS Whatnots Seasons Set One!  Here's a close up:


and a peek at the inside.  These fit the Valentine heart lollipops just perfectly!


As always, we have a Blog Hop Special in the Your Next Stamp Store!  All online orders will receive 20% OFF!  Just use code YNSJAN2013.

Now it's time to hop on over to Laura's awesome blog, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go for your chance to win one of the new release prize packs!!! You can see the full hop list below:)  Happy hopping and shopping!

Kerri
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Mandi and Cute Foodies
Paper:  PTI Soft Stone, Doodlebug Design Inc. Lovebirds dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Black Licorice for sentiment
Accessories:  Your Next Stamp Fishtail Banner Dies, CB Heart Blocks Embossing Folder, Button, Twine, MFT Die-namics Solid Bracket Border Die, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles
Lollipop Cover Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Cute Foodies
Paper:  Doodlebug Design Inc. Lovebirds dp, PTI White
Ink:  Color Box Black Licorice
Accessories:  Your Next Stamp Lollipop Cover Die, Fishtail Banner Dies, and YNS Whatnots Seasons Set One Die, Ribbon, Foam Squares

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Color Throwdown #226 and a Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!



Hello!  We have a new Color Throwdown Challenge for you this week, and the amazing Denise Marzec is our fabulous hostess:)  She said that purple and green is one of her favorite color combos, and I think the inspiration picture she found is so fun!  I thought this new image (which will be available tomorrow!) from Your Next Stamp was just perfect for this combo:


This cutie is named Rosalie!  I seriously just LOVE her and I think I actually squealed when I first saw her:)  I also used a new die on my card from the Insta Love Die Set which will be released tomorrow as well.  I have been wanting a polaroid die, and this one is perfect!!! Wait until you see the whole set AND the coordinating stamp set!  Here's a close up of sweet Rosalie:


Make sure you check out the Color Throwdown Blog for more inspiration from the DT using this fun color combo and to play along!  Also, check out the Your Next Stamp Blog to see who else has peeks of all the fabulous new stamps and dies!  I'll be back tomorrow for the new release blog hop:)

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday:)

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Rosalie
Paper:  SU Perfect Plum, unknown dp, PTI White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, ColorBox Black Licorice for sentiment
Accessories:  Your Next Stamp Insta Love Die Set, CB Seeing Spots EF, Ribbon, MFT Die-namics Medium Scallop Border Die, Foam Squares

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Studio Challenge!


It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge. This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.  This month's question is:


Helpin' out a newbie! It's so exciting when a friend discovers the joys of stamping. But do you remember how overwhelming it was to decide what to get when you were new to the craft?
You have a {hypothetical} friend who started stamping less than a year ago and she is loving it! She has some Christmas money burning a hole in her pocket, and she has seen your fabulous TE creations, so she is asking for your advice on what stamping supplies to purchase. So let's hear your sage advice!

This is such a good question!  I wish someone had given me advice when I first started stamping:)  Ok, say my friend has $75 and would like to know what I would recommend buying at the Taylored Expressions Store.  I would start off by suggesting a stamp set that has a lot of versatility like Bless Your Nest!  

Bless Your Nest

This set is perfect for Birthdays, Thank Yous, New Baby, New Home, etc.!  I would also suggest some fun dies like the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies.  

Banner Stacklets 1

These are so perfect for making different layouts and also for adding your sentiments. Very versatile and so popular right now!  She would definitely need a border die because a beautiful border adds so much interest to a card.  My current favorite is the Lace Chain Border Die.  

Lace Chain Border

Finally I would recommend some patterned paper with colors that she loves like the Authentique Lively 6x6 paper pad.  

Authentique -  Lively 6x6 Bundle

I adore this dp!  When I sit down to make a card I usually start with 3 things.  The stamp set I want to use, some dp to draw my color inspiration from, and a fab sketch.  The Deconstructed Sketch by our very own Jen Shults is always my first stop when I'm looking for a good sketch:)  

So that comes to about $70.00.  Throw in a new Copic, or another paper pad and you are at $75.00 and you get FREE SHIPPING~Woohoo!

Here are a couple of samples I made using the supplies listed above:


First I made a sweet card for a couple moving into a new home (hopefully that will be us this year!)  I used Bless Your Nest along with the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, the Lace Chain Border Die, and the Authentique Lively dp!  The layout is the Deconstructed Sketch #74.  Here's a close up:


I put the sentiment on the inside.  I stamped it and then cut it out using the Banner Stacklets 1 Dies once again.  I just cut one end, and then the other:)


This next card was made for a friend of mine who is expecting twins!


It is her first pregnancy and they are so very excited:)  I'm just glad it's her and not me LOL!  The layout is the Deconstructed Sketch #77.


Make sure you check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen suggestions are!  I can't wait to see either!  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope your day is fabulous:)



Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Bless Your Nest
Paper:  PTI Kraft and Dark Chocolate, Authentique Lively
Ink:  SU Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories:  Circle, Oval, and Blossom Nestabilities, Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, Lace Chain Border Die, Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Foam Squares



Monday, January 21, 2013

I've Got A Gun...


and I'm not afraid to use it! LOL!  I just love that sentiment that comes with this darling Moka Wanda set from Taylored Expressions!  I wanted to share a gift card holder that I made for one of my crafty friends:)  I decorated the holder with some Authentique Lively dp (love these colors!) Moka Wanda, and a little tag that I cut with the new TE Designer Mini Tags:


The Enjoy sentiment comes from the TE Rose Bouquet stamp set.  The sentiment actually says Enjoy the moment, but I covered "the moment" with tape, inked up the sentiment, removed the tape, and then stamped Enjoy on my tag.  Here's a peek at the inside with that fun sentiment and beautiful Lace Chain Border.  




The gift card holder template I used is no longer available, but I think Moka Wanda would look amazing on any gift card holder!

Well, we have lots of painting to do today.  We are going to put our house on the market on March 1st.  I'm just praying that it sells!  On another note, my team made it to the SUPERBOWL!!!  Go 49ers!!!  Woot Woot!  Have a great day:)

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Moka Wanda and Rose Bouquet
Paper:  PTI Dark Chocolate, Authentique Lively dp
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, Taylored Expressions Lace Chain Border Die, Designer Mini Tags, Ribbon, Twine, Velcro Strips, Perfect Presentation My Little Bag PDF File, CB Seeing Spots Embossing Folder.





Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Color Throwdown #225~Jar of Hearts


Hello!  I am the hostess this week for the Color Throwdown, and I chose this beautiful table setting as the inspiration this week.  I just fell in LOVE with this color combo:)  As I said on the Color Throwdown Blog, there is nothing I like better than a rustic looking piece of furniture, and pink and orange is one of my all time favorite combos:)

I decided to ink up one of the new Taylored Expressions sets that I haven't had a chance to play with yet called Hugs & Kisses with coordinating die~LOVE IT!!!


Isn't that jar adorable, and it comes with the hearts that you can put inside, or some X's and O's.  So fun!  This set also comes with a coordinating die that I used to cut out the jar.  I added some twine and a darling heart lock that I cut out using the Taylored Expressions Key to My Heart Dies.  The hearts are super sparkly because I covered them with Stardust Stickles:)

The layout I used is this week's Deconstructed Sketch #84 which is a fabulous layout!  I can't wait to use it again.

We hope you'll play along with us this week.  Just link your projects to the Color Throwdown Blog and 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 Wednesday!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Hugs & Kisses
Paper:  PTI Kraft, My Mind's Eye Ooh La La and Indie Chic Saffron
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Black Licorice
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Hugs & Kisses Coordinating Die, Key to My Heart Dies, Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Twine

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Your Next Stamp Tasty Tuesday!


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Hello!  We have a new challenge at Your Next Stamp this year called Tasty Tuesday!  Every month, Karen will choose a yummy inspiration picture.  All you have to do is create a project~or several projects (you can play as many times as you want!) and link it back to the Your Next Stamp Blog

Each month, one lucky player will win a $10 YNS gift certificate~YAY!  You don't have to use YNS stamps, but if you have them we would love to see them!  For complete rules and details on how to play just check out THIS POST.   Are you ready for this month's photo?



Mmmm, those look delish!  I just love all the fun colors, so I used those for my inspiration.  Here's what I came up with:


I used some fun papers from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days paper pack, along with this adorable little chef~Ellie Loves to Bake!  I thought she would be the perfect image to kick off this new challenge:)  I just adore that little cupcake that comes with this set~so CUTE!  

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!  Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Ellie Loves to Bake, PTI Tiny Tags
Paper:  PTI Hawaiian Shores, SU Perfect Plum, Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, SU Perfect Plum
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 and Designer Mini Tags, Square Nestabilities, CB D'vine Swirls EF, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Twine, PTI Hawaiian Shores Button

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Spotlights: Cupid's Arrows


Hello!  We have one more day of spotlights to share with you today using the new January products that are available NOW in the Taylored Expressions Store!  

Today I am sharing a project I made using Cupid's Arrow!  I just love this sentiment and thought it would be perfect for a treat holder for my wonderful hubby:)  I made a pillow box, and decorated the top with some Heart Nestabilities, some dp and ribbon from the Love Letters Project Pantry Kit and this fun image and sentiment from the Cupid's Arrow stamp set.  Here is a close up:


I embossed the cream heart with the CB Seeing Spots embossing folder after I stamped the sentiment.  I popped up the image with foam squares.  I plan to fill this up with my husband's favorite candy~DOTS!  (I don't know why, but he loves them!)  

Make sure you check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen Blogs for more inspiring projects using the new release stamps and dies!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Cupid's Arrow
Paper:  Love Letters Project Pantry Kit, PTI True Black, SU Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Black Licorice for sentiment
Accessories:  Ribbon from Love Letters Project Pantry Kit, Heart Nestabilities, CB Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Foam Squares, Pillow Box from Silhouette Online Store

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Spotlights: Oh What a Holiday and Bless Your Nest!


Hello!  Today I get to share a few projects that I made with two of the new stamp sets from Taylored Expressions called Oh What a Holiday and Bless Your Nest!  I'm sure you can guess which one is up first:) 

 I had a BLAST making all these fun notecards using the new 3x3 Tuck and Close Notecard Die and this super CUTE Oh What a Holiday stamp set!!!  Here is a close up of each card:








I also made a little box to fit them all in:)  I decorated the top with some Authentique Lively dp and one of the new Designer Mini Tags stamped with a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions set Happy Trails!  The ribbon is from the Love Letters Project Pantry Kit!


I thought this would be a nice gift to have on hand:)  Next up is the darling set Bless Your Nest along with the coordinating Bless Your Nest Dies!


I just love this gorgeous tree branch that comes with the set, and the two birdies are so sweet!  There are also several nests that you can use, but I chose to use the nest die, cut it in half, and layer the two halves on top of each other.  Perfect! 

I nestled the little bird that I cut with the die inside and added one of the 5 beautiful sentiments that come with the set.  Isn't that font awesome!  Here's a close up:


The border was cut with the gorgeous Lace Chain Border Die and I added some pearls and stitching.  The layout is MFTWSC104.  

Make sure you check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen Blogs for more spotlights today!  Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday!

Kerri
Recipe for Notecards:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Oh What a Holiday, Happy Trails
Paper:  PTI Kraft, Variety of dp and cs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Black Licorice for sentiments
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions 3x3 Tuck & Close Notecard Die, Circle Nestabilities, Foam Squares, Variety of Martha Stewart Punches

Birthday Wishes Card:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Bless Your Nest
Paper:  PTI Kraft, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell
Ink:  SU Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Soft Sky
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Bless Your Nest Dies, Lace Chain Border Die, Pearls, Sewing Machine, Foam Sqauares

Color Throwdown #224!



Hello!  Are you ready for a new Color Throwdown this week?  Lori has chosen these sweet pastels which is such a nice change, isn't it?  I just love those mitten cookies she found for the inspiration pic~yummy!  


I decided to use this darling image from Your Next Stamp named Joy!  I used a bunch of different scraps of dp~not even sure where they're from, and a sentiment from the Your Next Stamp set Winter Smiles Robin.  

We hope you'll play along with us this week!  Just link your cards 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 Wednesday:)

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Joy and Winter Smiles Robin
Paper:  SU Almost Amethyst, PTI White, Variety of dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Licorice for sentiment
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Rhinestones, Ribbon, MFT Die-namics Medium Scallop Border Die, CB Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Foam Squares, Sewing Machine

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Release Day!!!


Today is the day!  All of the amazing new products are available NOW in the Taylored Expressions Store!!!  Don't worry, we still have a few days left of inspiring projects for you:) 

Today is all about the new Dies, and boy are they fabulous!  I used the new Key to My Heart Dies on my cone shaped treat holder today.  I started with some dp from the awesome Love Letters Project Pantry Kit along with some ribbon from the kit.  I die cut my lock and key and hung them from the handle.  To finish it off I added a sentiment from the new Rose Bouquet stamp set~I just think the font is so pretty!  


I had so much fun making this!  It's my first attempt at a cone shaped treat holder, and I will definitely be making more in the near future:)  

Make sure you check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen blogs for more amazing projects today using the new dies!  Thank you so much for stopping by and happy hopping and shopping!


Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Rose Bouquet
Paper:  Taylored Expressions Love Letters Project Pantry Kit
Ink:  ColorBox Licorice, SU Cameo Coral for sponging
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Key to My Heart Dies, Love Letters Project Pantry Kit Ribbon, Twine, Circle Nestabilities, 3D Scalloped Cone from Silhouette Online Store



Monday, January 7, 2013

Taylored Expressions January Sneak Peek Day 1!


Hello!  You guys are in for such a treat with this month's Taylored Expressions release! The new sets are so fun and the new dies~SWOON!!!  I have had a blast making my projects:)

Today I get to share a peek of the new super cute addition to the Apple Doodle Ink line of stamps called Stuck on You!  ACK, these little hedgehogs are adorable and the set comes with so many fun sentiments.  There are a total of 12 stamps in this set~7 image stamps and 5 sentiments.  My daughter immediately asked if she could have this card for Valentine's Day:) 

I also used a couple of the new dies on this card.  The first one is called Love Tree Dies.  I used the tree from this die set and cut it out twice~once with brown cs and once with red cs.  I then cut all the hearts off the red tree and glued them to the brown tree:)  A little time consuming but so worth it!!!  The other die I used is the new set of  fishtail banner dies called Banner Stacklets 1!  Love them!  Here is a close up of this little fellow:


I used some Bo Bunny dp from the Valentine Project Pantry Kit!  Love it!

Next up I have a Notecard using another another new die called 3x3 Tuck and Close Notecard!  How perfect are these to create fun Valentines?  I kept this one pretty simple so it would be super easy to duplicate.  

I used several other new dies including the "love" which is from the Love Tree Dies set along with the FABULOUS new Hearts Cutting Plate!  I used the Hearts Cutting Plate to cut out a piece of red cs and a darker pink cs.  Then I used the Tuck and Close Notecard to cut the red one to the shape of the notecard.  I added some scattered hearts in a random pattern:


Here's a peek at the inside using the new Graphic Greetings Valentine stamp along with a sentiment from Stuck on You.  I also used another new die to cut out my hearts from the Cupid's Arrows Dies set.  So fun!


Make sure you check out the other peeks from the Baker's Dozen along with our amazing Guest this month~ Anna Wight!

I'll be back tomorrow for more peeks!  Happy hopping!

Kerri
Recipe Card 1:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Stuck on You
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Valentine Project Pantry Kit dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Licorice for sentiment
Accessories:  TE Love Tree Dies, Banner Stacklets 1, Circle Nestabilities, PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares

Recipe Card 2:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Valentine, Stuck on You
Paper:  SU Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, PTI Pure Poppy, True Black
Ink:  SU Regal Rose, Color Box Licorice
Accessories:  TE 3x3 Tuck and Close Notecard Die, Cupid's Arrows Dies, Hearts Cutting Plate, Love Tree Dies, Oval Nestabilities, Button, Twine, Foam Squares