Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just Because (MOJO121) & Dundee

Good Afternoon & Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. For today's card, I used Mojo Monday Sketch #121 and Verve Stamps Petals & Stems set. The cardstock and patterned paper are from the December Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. I used Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, and a teal color from Storage Units, Ink & More. It's really hard to see in the photo, but I used my Quickie Glue Pen and Starfire Glitter on parts of the flower. It's SUPER sparkly IRL.

This past weekend, my hubby and I took our girls to Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. While we were there, we had the opportunity to take a picture with a 6 month old baby kangaroo named Dundee. Isn't he adorable??? He is, by far, the SOFTEST animal I have ever petted.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Past Valentine's Day Cards

It's been a CRAZY week on the home front, so I don't have anything new to show you today. However, I am in the process of working on three (yes, three...LOL) different cards/projects and as soon as those are completed, I'll be sure to post them.

So, since I don't have anything new to show you today, I thought I would post a couple of Valentine's Day cards from last year. I guess you could go into my archives, but I thought thisd would be easier....:) Both cards use last year's Valentine Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. The image on the first card is from the Love is Sweet set. I colored the image in with Copic Markers and added some Starfire Glitter and Stardust Stickles. And, it's hard to see in the photo, but I stamped the red layer of cardstock with the three hearts stamp from the Love is Sweet set using Versamark. I also used TECC52 for my layout.

On the second card, I used the Will You Be My Valentine set by Storage Units, Ink & More. I paper pieced the girl's dress, colored the images in with Copic Markers, and added StarDust Stickles to the girl's heart and hair bow. I also used SC211 for my layout.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL weekend!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Blog Hop! As a Key Ingredients subscriber, I am thrilled to be participating in today's hop. I love receiving my Key Ingredients in the mail every month and since each month's kit is different, it's really fun anticipating its arrival. I decided to become a KI subscriber for a few different reasons. All of the coordinating supplies take the guesswork out of creating cards. All I have to do is decide what stamp set I want to use. Also, the products that Taylor uses are wonderful. The Prism cardstock has become one of my favorite cardstocks to use and I love how the embellishments vary month to month. It's also nice to be able to place an order every month (to be shipped with my Key Ingredients) that includes a 10% discount and free shipping.

Taylored Expressions also has some exciting announcements today:


~ LIMITED TIME SUBSCRIPTION SPECIAL -- Purchase (or renew) a 6 month subscription on or before January 17th and receive a FREE Key Ingredients kit upon the completion of your 6 month subscription. This kit (a $23.95 value including shipping) will be an exclusive kit that will never be available in the TE Store!

~ BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE -- Increased shipping costs on both our shipments to you and the products we receive from manufacturers have forced us to increase the cost of our subscription. Prices will increase as of January 18th, to $23.95 per month for 6 month subscriptions and $25.95 per month for 3 month subscriptions. However, if you subscribe or renew by January 17th you’ll receive the current pricing of $21.95 per month for 6 months or $22.95 per month for 3 months. You can renew your subscription no matter how many months you have remaining on your current subscription. Your renewal will simply add 3 or 6 additional months. Remember you only get the FREE EXCLUSIVE KI with the 6 month option.


Taylor's Key Ingredient's challenge this month is to incorporate food into our creations (use food images, create recipe cards, etc. etc.). When I first saw January's Key Ingredients, two of Taylor's sets immediately popped into my mind (both food related); For the Love of Cupcakes and Berries & Cherries. I created two cards for today's hop showing some of the products included in January's Key Ingredients.

For my first card, I used one of the "Happy Birthday Cupcake!" sentiment and one of the cupcakes and cupcake stands from the For the Love of Cupcakes set. I colored the images in with Copic Markers and paper pieced the cupcake liner. Then, I added a button (from January's Key Ingredients), light pink rhinestones, and Stardust Stickles. I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on the dark brown cardstock and then sponged the dots with white ink. To finish off the card, I added adhered on of the crocheted flowers and button from the Key Ingredients.

For my second card, I used the "thank you berry much" sentiment and chocolate covered strawberry image from the Berries & Cherries set. I colored image with Copic Markers and a different piece of patterned paper and ribbon from the January's Key Ingredients.

You don't want to miss all of the yummy eye candy the following talented ladies have in store for you today:

Candace Mitchell
Charmaine Ikach
Donna Baker
Jeanie Witmer
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Kathie Bailey
Lisa Hjulberg
Lynn Mercurio
Melissa Sauls
Randi Barrett
Sunghee Chon
and of course, Taylor VanBruggen

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Chipboard Birthday

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I have another card to show you today that I made a while back. All of the supplies I used for today's card (except for the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and pearls) are from the October Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. I have never used chipboard on a card nor have I ever used Maya Mist before, so this specific Key Ingredients intimidated me a little at first...LOL.

The first thing I did was spritz the birdcage and bird wing with Avocado Metallic Maya Mist, then set them aside to dry. I was so surprised at how easy the mist was to use and the metallic shimmer it has to it is awesome. I traced the bird onto the patterned paper, cut it out, and adhered it to the chipboard. After the glue was dry, I sanded the edges and sponged it with a little Certainly Celery ink. The sentiment is from the Fresh Flowers set and I added a chocolate pearl for the bird's eye and a few below the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm Alive (LOL) & SC249

Well, hello there everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year. Were any of you curious what had happened to me...LOL? No need to be worried; I'm doing great! I've been doing some stamping the past few months; I just haven't been updating my blog.

I made quite a bit of Christmas cards before the holiday, but failed to take photos of any of them before I gave them to their recipients. I do, however, have a simple card to show you today using SC249. The cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, and rhinestone (on the flower) are all from the September Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. The vase and flower images are from the Fresh Flowers set and I colored them in with Copic Markers. I stamped the flower a second time, colored it in, popped it up, and added a yellow rhinestone to the center. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but I also stamped the background with another flower stamp from the set using Versamark and sponged around the image with Pretty in Pink ink.

If you stopped by today, thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful day!