Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Challenge of the Year

Can you believe 2011 is about to come to a close??? Does anyone else think we skipped a few months this year?  Like June - where did that go?  In any event, it's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  To close out the year and take us into the next, Toni has challenged us to Bead It! Use those beads... I'm woman enough to admit that I completely FORGOT I had these beads until Toni posted the challenge.  I'm liking these...
I cut the card and heart frame with my FABULOUS Silhouette, of course!  I took packing tape and lined the heart cut-outs, then dunked it in micro beads.  I poured Crystal Effects over the top to keep them in place.  The card is cut from The Paper Studio Everyday Kraft collection.  Of COURSE I had to have that!  I chalked the edges with VersaMagic ink, and added that yummy giant black crystal swirl.  The Crystal Effects takes a minute to dry, but the rest of the card was a snap!  The card measures 4" x 5.75"... something a little different.
Not sure exactly that I'm doing with this card just yet, perhaps a Valentine?  That seems to obvious... hmmm... In any event, I hope you'll play along this week!
Don't forget - I'm hiring!  Check out the Design Team call HERE on SCS for my new store.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Catching Up

Are the holidays taking every last free minute for you, or is that just me???
Here are some Christmas card I've made that I don't think I've posted for you yet.  The first is from my VSN challenge to use something from your spare room wardrobe as inspiration.
 Of course the bow was cut with my fabulous Silhouette; it was even the free image of the week.  The background is notebook paper that is faux letterpress'ed.

The next card was for a winter wonderland scene.
 I used coredinates paper with the embossing folder and then sanded.  The sanded image is outlined with Smooch to make it pop a little more.

This next card was for blue Christmas.  I love those little Doodle Pops!
Every time I think I'm done for the holidays, something else crops up that I need something for... does that happen to you too???  IN any event, I hope you're doing well keeping your head above water during these hectic times!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Prepping for Christmas

I am just about finished with the Christmas gift, cards, and all, but that has taken SO much time... Here is a gift card holder that I made for Tami's VSN challenge.
This was cut with my Silhouette... I am LOVING this thing (have I mentioned that before???)!!!!  The flower die is from MFT, the brad is an oldie from SU, Liquid Pearls, and then some twine... SUPER easy, all courtesy of the FABULOUS Silhouette.
On the inside is a Chicago Starbucks gift card that I squirreled away this summer.  They have been sold out of these bad boys for quite some time.
Speaking of Chicago, here's another VSN card (again) using the Silhouette to cut the Chicago skyline.  This was for Lee's VSN challenge, and my husband's favorite card I made.  This card is crazy easy to mass-produce, and I did :)
The sentiment and star were mounted on my Fiskars stamp press, so I didn't even have to think about it for the other cards I made.  The skyline was covered in VersaMark then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder from SU. {Lee's challenge called for glitter, but a few months back, I packed up all my loose glitter and shipped it off to Lee. :)}  Add a gem and call it done!
Check back tomorrow for a new WTUI challenge hosted by yours truly!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's VSN Time & NEWS!

It begins!!!!! Tonight begins our Winter Wonderland VSN.  Lydia kicks us off with warm fuzzies.  Oh yes, I'm a fan!  Of course, the one thing that gives me more warm fuzzies than anything else in the world is my little Latte pug.
This little takeout box was cut with my FABULOUS Silhouette... seriously, WHERE have I been to not have been using this thing forever?!!?!  The felt and the dies behind Latte are from MFT.  But Latte herself is sporting her dog tag with my NEW STORE!  Oh yes!  On January 1st, I'll be opening an online store with a group of AMAZING artists.  Keep stalking the Design Team Calls on SCS to be a part of my Design Team.  In the meantime, go ahead and grab Latte to play with...
Click on her to get the full-size image, and then right-click to "save as".  The store isn't quite ready yet, but I'm going to start loading products this weekend as the artists send them to me.  I've been holding this news FOREVER, and I'm just bursting at the seams to begin!!!!
And now back to our regularly-scheduled programing.... VSN is ON!

Stencil Time

How did I miss that yesterday was Thursday??!!! Oh my! My internal calendar is BUSTED!!!!  In any event, since it WAS Thursday, we have a new WTUI challenge.  This week, Toni has challenged us to break out those stencils.  OK!
I decided to take a break from the Christmas cards, although this could work for a Christmas card in a pinch.  I airbrushed with my Copics over the stencil and added some gems... easy peasy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Miss You @ Christmas

Happy Wednesday, everyone! VSN is almost here... are you getting excited??!!  If you are planning to play, the Shopping List has been posted, so check that out. Today's card is for jmasse's challenge, which will debut on Saturday afternoon.  This was a purpose-built card for a friend of mine, whose husband will be deployed for Christmas.
The inside says - we know your heart is this Christmas, and so does he.  The tree was cut with my Silhouette... oh how I am LOVING that thing!  I used spray adhesive to get it to stick and not peel up in the mail.  I added some gold and red Stickles, stuck the boots and star on, and called it done!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joyful Greetings

Welcome to T-4 before Winter Wonderland VSN.  This card is for candylou's challenge, which will debut Friday night.
This card would be SO easy to mass-produce.  The layout is from the Jennifer McGuire Holiday boot camp class, and I love it!  Please note there is a sentiment on the front of my card.  That's a RARE sighting! I hope you'll play along this weekend with us.

Friday, December 2, 2011

We Got Snow

I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow outside.  This is GOOD snow, though, because it only stuck to the grass.  I'm completely ok with snow who knows where it belongs.  In any event, in honor of the first snow of the year, I thought I'd share a card I made for Rebecca's VSN challenge.  The main VSN begins one week from today, so I hope you'll play along.  The hostesses for this VSN have knocked it out of the park with their creativity.  I'll be peaking a few cards for upcoming challenges in the coming week, just so you're good and ready to play come VSN time :)
My Aunt's birthday is Dec 26, so I think I'm going to use this for her birthday card, since I'm sure she's DONE with the red/green by then.  You can check out the details for VSN here -
In honor of the snow, I've gone Christmas will my blog.  The background is a FABULOUS paper by Carina Gardner.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Salted Bells

Here's a card I made for Hannah's Baby It's Cold Outside WTUI challenge, and the Get the Salt Out mini VSN challenge.  I was in the Caribbean for both of those challenges, so I'm posting now.
The salt is sprayed with pearlized water (darn you, Jennifer McGuire!), and it's quite shimmery in person.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Joy to the World

Here's a card I made for the last mini VSN that I was unable to participate "real time", since I was tragically in the Caribbean instead.  Let me tell you I was suffering! ;)
This is my take on the Archiver's make and take.  I think I may need to purchase that foil pen... the gold edging is a foil pen, not a mat.  I love how it makes it look like a layer, but doesn't add the bulk.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!  I know I've been MIA, but I've been ALL OVER the place traveling for business and pleasure, and it's sure nice to be home!!!! It's also Thursday, and it's my turn to host the Ways to Use It challenge today.  For my challenge, I'm asking you to get fancy with your ribbon.  My sample isn't over the top nuts, but it's not a bow and not just a strip of ribbon.
This layout is from the Jennifer McGuire Christmas card class that I "took" while I was away and am just now getting to play with.  This card is going into the box with my cousins' presents to hold the gift receipts just in case... ;)
Here's the inside pocket...

I hope you all have a safe and HAPPY holiday season, and I promise to post some things I did make.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes

Don't forget, Hope You Can Cling To is still going on over at SCS.  Here's a card I created for Judy's challenge and totally forgot to post here.  The cupcake is a wooley sticker.
Hope you'll find sometime to play along and support HYCCT!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Passing the Torch

Today, I pass the ORANGE torch to Debra Miller.  You are going to be BLOWN AWAY by her amazing creations!  Good luck, Debra, and enjoy the ride! I know you will, and I can't wait to see what you create!!  A word of warning, Debra - don't blink!  The month will fly right by!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wrap Up

Today is my final AmberInk post... oh, where did the month go?! Seriously, did we HAVE 4 weeks in this month????  Check in tomorrow to see who will be carrying the Orange torch!
Here's a recap of my AmberInk projects... OH how I LOVE those iPapers!
It's Thursday, so that ALSO means there's a NEW WTUI challenge!  I wasn't able to play last week because I was playing the good daughter visiting my father after emergency surgery.  I still need to try that technique!
Today, Hannah has challenged us to use Leaves.  I couldn't decide which leaves I was going to use, so I used them ALL! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Pink

Over on SCS, we are still making cards for UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Have you made your cards yet?  Just one card is enough.  Today's card is for Jessica's pink ribbon challenge.  I used MORE iPapers, as well as a sentiment, from AmberInk.
Hope you'll have a chance to make a few cards to bring smiles to those who could use them!  I used the FABULOUS FTL163 layout for this one.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Use Your Happy Place

Today is my turn to hostess for Hope You Can Cling To on SCS.  In the wise words of the movie, Happy Gilmore, I'm asking you to use your Happy Place as inspiration for your creation.
Here is my happy place:
This was taken on the beach at Turks & Caicos.  I have this hanging at my desk at work, so whenever those clients get me, I can escape to my island oasis. :)
And here's what I was inspired to create with it:
The Medallion is stamped in paint, then left to dry for a LOONG time.  I left it for 2 days, but I'm pretty sure it was ready sooner than that.  I just colored over it with distress inks, buffed the image with a baby wipe, and added some pearls.  SUPER EASY, but I think the results are pretty stunning.  I hope you will be able to play along with the challenges and support the worthy cause.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick or Treat?

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop!!  I'm hop # 22, so you are cruising right along.  I won't keep you with too much yapping today.
I used the Trick or Sweet II set... this was the VERY first Cuppie set I ever bought, and I've used it a TON!  This little froggie is my favorite.  Unfortunately, I realized I'm out of googlie eyes.  Guess I need to do some shopping... oh darn! :)  This card is 4"x4", and will be part of a set I make for my little cousins for Halloween... think I'm going to make Cuppie orange in the others, but who knows :)
Your next stop on the hop is another coffee lover - the UBER-talented Jodi Collins.
Here's today's full hop for your viewing pleasure... HAVE FUN!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Make it P.I.N.K.

This weekend, Patricia told us to think P.I.N.K., which means to use items that began with those letters.  Well, here you go...
Here are my "lettered" objects:
P = pug puppy (my Latte, of course, which I drew :D), pink pearls, pink paper
I = icing on the cake, indigo ribbon
N = notebook paper (that one was HARD!)
K = kraft card stock (of course!)

The pink paper is another iPaper from AmberInk.  How fun is that paper?!  I think my little Latte is just perfect for this paper.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Feelin' Scrappy

So, I'm feelin' a little scrappy today.  Maybe it's because Pixels by Jen has a NEW fabulous kit today that's part of the DSA Fix and Enabler Magazine.  It won't be available until November at Ginger Scraps, but here's a little peak for ya... 

This photo is my sewing area of my revitalized stamp room.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Butterflies

Welcome to a butterfly day!  It's Thursday, so you know what that means - of course, a NEW Ways to Use It Challenge.  In honor of the month-long Hope You Can Cling To challenge, Toni has challenged us to use that pink.  As we check into the HYCCT challenge forum, Wendy is challenging us to use Butterflies.  Um, OK!  I printed some iPaper from Amber's Think Pink Collection on kraft card stock. I love how subtle the kraft makes it! I cut the butterflies with Die-Namics (duh!) from MFT.
I colored some sticky-back canvas with Distress Stains, spritzed them with Pearlized Water, added a rosette, some Smooch for good luck (right, Lydia?), and call it DONE!
Hopefully, you'll get to play along with challenges this month to make some cards for this fabulous cause!

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Were Found

Today, in the US, we are celebrating Columbus Day, which marks the wonderful discovery of our great nation.  I'm SO glad that Christopher Columbus found America, and our Founding Fathers fought to keep it free.  During the month of October, across the country we bring notice to another form of oppression - cancer.  I hope you will take a few minutes to make a card to send to some hospital to bring a smile to those who may not have something to smile about every day.  Over on SCS, there challenges to get your creative juice flowing.  Today's challenge is about girl friends.
Here is my simple card made with iPapers and a digi sentiment from AmberInk.

It doesn't have to be anything fussy to bring a smile, just something heart-felt, like this sentiment.


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