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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Color Throwdown Challenge #288



Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge!!!! Melody is our hostess and she has picked such pretty colors...lots of possibilities with this combo!!!


I dug through a bunch of seldom used stamp sets and picked out three for this card. The A Muse set called Seasonal Branch was used for the branch which was stamped with basic gray, the leaves were stamped with gumball green, and the flowers were stamped with melon mambo.  The little owl from the Stampin Up! set called Aviary was stamped with melon mambo, and the sentiment is from PTI's Birthday basics set. The pearls and ribbon finish it off.  Pretty simple but a a perfect birthday card for mailing!! 

Remember, you don't have to use the exact colors.....use what you have as long as they are close to the challenge colors and be sure to add CTD288 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations!!

You can find out all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog. 

Now, do you want to see some beautiful inspiration?? Check out what the Color Throwdown Designers have created for you this week!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion - that's me!!
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Vickie Zimmer - Smitten With All Things Stamping
Melody Ripple - A Paper Melody
Monika Davis - M.A.D Stamper
Jeanne Jachna - April Guest Designer - A Kept Life
Guest Star Stamper - Sandy Mathis - Stamp with Sandy

Thanks for visiting....I hope you have a super wonderful day!!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Windy Tree




Hello everyone!! OMG!! Life sure does get crazy!!!! My cousin and his wife were here visiting for a few days so we ate out for lunch and supper everyday...I feel myself growing by the minute!!! I guess I better eat rabbit food for a few days (maybe weeks) so I can get back into my clothes. It's amazing how the weight just sneaks up on me so all of a sudden I'm carrying around 10 extra pounds...couldn't be all that chocolate I eat....nope...can't be that!!!! Anyway.....

I made a card with the cute little Taylored Expressions Windy Tree die and sentiment...I just love this little tree!! I cut one out of chocolate chip card stock and one out of garden green. The leaves on the brown tree were cut off and it was adhered over the green tree so just the green leaves showed. 



 The background papers were from Simple Stories A Charmed Life 6x6 paper pad and the background layers were cut with the Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 8 dies. The corners were cut on the same angle as the diecut and the sewing, sequins, and twine finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by today....have a wonderful day!!!!


Supply List:
Taylored Expressions Dies: Windy Tree, Label Stacklets 8
Paper: Choice Snow White (TE), Night of Navy, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip (SU), Simple stories A Charmed Life 6x6 paper pad
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Doodlebug Sequins (TE), Twine (TE)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Throwdown #287


Hello everyone!!! It's Wednesday and that means we have another  Color Throwdown Challenge for you!! Lori is our hostess this week and she has picked such a soft and pretty color combo...it just screams Spring!!!!!! 


I have several birthdays coming up so I decided to pull out my Reverse Confetti Celebrate Cake set, the Reverse Confetti Banner Dies, and the Reverse Confetti Lots To Say set for the sentiment. The sweet little cupcakes were stamped with Soft Sky and Barely Banana...they were cutout and popped up on the banner. The sentiment was stamped with Soft Sky and cutout with the RC banner die. The sewing, enamel dots, and the hemp cording finishes it off. 

Remember, you don't have to use the exact colors.....use what you have as long as they are close to the challenge colors and be sure to add CTD287 to the keywords section when you upload your cards to an online gallery so we can find your creations!!

You can find out all the challenge details on the Color Throwdown Blog. 

Now, do you want to see some beautiful inspiration?? Check out what the Color Throwdown Designers have created for you this week!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin - Stamping With a Passion - that's me!!
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler - Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Vickie Zimmer - Smitten With All Things Stamping
Melody Ripple - A Paper Melody
Monika Davis - M.A.D Stamper
Jeanne Jachna - April Guest Designer - A Kept Life


Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful and crafty day!!!!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taylored Expressions Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


Hello everyone and welcome to the Taylored Expressions April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!! The Baker's Dozen DT is teaming up with the Key Ingredients DT to showcase the April SOTM called Made With Love, the coordinating dies called Stitched With Love, and the April Key Ingredients Kit which contains patterned papers from Carta Bella's Sew Lovely collection and  coordinating card stock. 

The Stamp of the Month and the Key Ingredients Kit are monthly subscriptions with three options. You can read all about it here in the Kit Department of the Taylored Expressions Store.  

Here are the April  SOTM called Made With Love,  the Key Ingredients  kit, and the coordinating dies called Stitched with Love which are sold separately. 





My card featured the sewing machine stamp and the sentiment from the Made with Love stamp set and the coordinating sewing machine, dress form, and button dies from the Stitched With Love die set. 
The KI kit patterned paper was adhered to the background layer and sewing was done along the top edge. The sentiment was stamped and the bling was added to the word Love. The buttons were cut out of the KI patterned paper as was the dress form and they were popped up with foam tape.



The sewing machine was stamped with pink pirouette, cut out with the coordinating die, and adhered to another die cut sewing machine cut out of the navy card stock.....the twine is the finishing touch.

Now, how about a little inspiration from the Baker's Dozen DT and the Key Ingredients DT...they have created some awesome projects to share with you today!!!


Thanks for stopping by....have a great day!!!!



Supply List:
Taylored Expressions Stamps: Made with Love (April SOTM)
Papers: Card Stock and Pattern Papers from the April Key Ingredients Kit (TE)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (SU), Memento Danube Blue (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Baker's Twine (The Twinery)
Taylored Expressions Dies: Stitched with Love



Sunday, April 6, 2014

TLC476 - Embedded Diecut


Hello everyone!!!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!! We had a wonderful spring rain today....hope it helps the May flowers!!!!! I have lots of weeding to do and plants to plant so I hope it drys out tomorrow.  BTW...my Mother's 94th birthday is tomorrow!! We had our family party yesterday and she really enjoyed it...George got her a princess balloon and a tiara....she felt special all weekend!!! Anyway...

It's my turn to host the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast and I have a real fun and easy one for ya!!

I have been seeing a lot of this technique in blogland and on Pinterest so I had to give it a try!!! I think it makes a project look more finished than just adhering the diecut to the top of the background. I have named it *Embedded Diecut*. Here are the deets:

1. Use a die to cut out a piece of card stock....the negative piece will be your background so pick the color and size you want for this layer.
2. Use the same die to cut out an image in patterned paper or different colored cardstock
3. Add the patterned paper diecut pieces to the negative of the cardstock and glue in place.
4. This is pretty easy, especially if you use a simple die!! If you use a more intricate die, you will be gluing the tiny pieces down for a while....embellish as desired.


For my card, I used the new Silhouette Stems 6 flower die from Taylored Expressions. It was used to cut out the flower and the vase was cut out with one of the new TE Various Vases dies. Then the dies were used to cutout diecuts from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa 6x6 paper pad. The patterned paper pieces were adhered in the negative of the Choice Snow White cardstock layer. The scallops were created with the TE Medium Scallop Border and the sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions Sunflower Bouquet set. The enamel dots and the hemp finish it off. 

Now it's your turn....scroll on over to Splitcoast and join my challenge...I would love to see what you create!!! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!


Supply List:
Taylored Expressions Stamps: Sunflower Bouquet
Paper: Choice Snow white (TE), Soft Sky (SU), 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Doodlebug), Hemp Cording (Hemptique)
Taylored Expressions Dies: Silhouette Stems 6, Various Vases, Medium Scallop Border



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Release Day: Wherever You Go


Hello everyone...today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions... Whoohoo!!! All the new stamp sets, dies, and embellies are available in the New Products section of the Taylored Expressions Store!!! This is such a fabulous release...I just know you won't be able to live without some of the new goodies!! 




Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog  each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 



My card today features the hummer from the Wherever You Go set, the Hovering By coordinating die set, the Spotted Cutting Plate, the Floral Eyelet Border (from a previous release) and the Band It 2 die

First, the Choice Snow White card stock layer was embossed with the Spotted Cutting Plate (instead of using the C cutting plate on the Cuttlebug, I used the B plate with the embossing mat...it embossed perfectly!!) and adhered to the baja breeze card base. The strip of striped paper is from the A Charmed Life 6x6 paper pad...the not quite navy layer was embossed and the Floral Eyelet Border was adhered to the top. 


The Band It 2 die was used to cut out baja breeze and the white sentiment layer. Two additional sentiment layers were cut from not quite navy, and adhered behind the white layer as a mat. The sentiment is from the Wherever You Go set and the button and twine finish it off. 

Now, how about some awesome inspiration from the Baker's Dozen Design Team...they have created some fabulous projects for you today!!!!!!!


Thanks for joining me this week for the Taylored Expressions April Release Week....I hope you found a little inspiration along the way!!!!




Supply List:
Taylored Expressions Stamps: Wherever You Go
Paper: Choice Snow White (SU), Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy (SU), A Charmed Life 6x6 paper pad (Simple Stories)
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko),
Accessories: Baker’s Twine (The Twinery), Button (PTI),
Taylored Expressions Dies: Hovering By, Spotted Cutting Plate, Band It 2, Floral Eyelet Border