Happy Friday! I think this is some sort of record.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I blogged 5 days in a row! Tonight I’m holding my April stamp class and I have a full house registered.  I’m excited about the projects we’ll be making and I’ll be sharing those here next week.

It’s time for a new sketch from TE and this one was designed by Sankari.  It has lots and lots of possibilities!  I decided to go with the new Fruity Friends stamp set along with MME Howdy Doody 6×6 papers.

I die cut some TE Choice Snow White cardstock with the Layering Doily Die – Large, cut off where it would meet the corner of the card, and stamped the peach on it and colored with Copics.  I added some Kaisercraft rhinestones and some white liquid pearls.  I used the Majestic Border die to dress up the sentiment a little bit.


And now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store:

  • Cassie Trask
  • Lisa Hjulberg

  • Lori Craig
  • Monika Davis
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Lynnette Kauffman,  Featured Top Chef
    Taylor VanBruggen <—- get all the details here
    I had to laugh.  As soon as I sent the photo of my card to Taylor, she sent me hers back because we made almost the same card!  We often say we share a brain.  LOL!  I hope you’ll join in the Sketch with us  over the next couple of weeks.  There are prizes up for grabs.  🙂
    Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend!

    TE Calendar Challenge April

    April 12th, 2012

    Happy Thursday! It’s time for the monthly Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge! You REALLY need to play along with us.  It’s easy and fun!  Just pick a calendar product from the TE Store.  There are several types to choose from.  Decorate the pages of the calendar any way you want to (TE stamps are NOT required.)  Show off your monthly creations on your blog or in an on-line gallery such as SCS and link it up over at Taylor’s blog.  If you play in at least 10 of 12 months in 2012, you will be entered into a drawing for a Prize Package worth over $150!  You can go back and catch up on any months you missed at any time.  TE even has 2013 products available now so you can get started on holiday gifts.

    I have a Landscape Desktop Calendar on my desk at work.  Here’s the page I created for April.

    I used 3 different TE stamps sets for this really simple design.  The main image is a little scene built from Rose Garden Estate stamps.  The Psalm is from Faith in Bloom and the butterflies are from Make it Amazing. Here’s a close up of the scene.

    I masked around the outline of the calendar and did a little sponging inside.

    I love having this calendar on my desk for a quick date reference.  And I’m thinking that when the year is over I will cut off the left hand portion which will give me a little ATC’s that I can turn into a set of greeting cards.

    Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen players have created this month:


  • Jen Shults (will post later today)
  • Jami Sibley
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Taylor VanBruggen <— get all the details to play along here!
  • Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

    Bold and Graphic

    April 11th, 2012

    Happy Hump Day! Today I want to share my favorite card from those we created in my March Class.  I was inspired by several cards in the galleries at SCS (especially this one by Mary Brown and this one by Kay Kalthoff) to pair Field Flowers with the Doily Background.  I decided to try something a little bit on the bold side.  It’s funny when I first stamped the Island Indigo flower over the Lucky Limeade doily, I said “oh no…this is NOT going to work!”  But then I looked at for awhile and started playing with layers and added a few Kaiser rhinestones and I ended up loving it.  A lesson in not reacting too quickly, I guess.

    Clean and simple for sure.  I love the bold graphic look of this.  I’d encourage you to play with colors.  Try some things you think won’t work and sit with them for a bit before you throw them out and move on.  You might be surprised.

    Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the monthly TE Calendar Challenge.

    Fresh Vintage Birthday

    April 10th, 2012

    Happy Tuesday. I’m back with a quick post to share another one of the cards we made in my March SU Class.  This card was CASEd pretty closely from this beauty by Dawn Olechefske that I have in My Favorites Gallery at SCS.  Instead of black and white I went with Crushed Concord along with Shimmery White.  And rather than a one layer card, I added a colored base.  Other than, it’s pretty much Dawn’s card.

    The Fresh Vintage stamp set was my favorite SAB product.  There were so many wonderful samples in the gallery at SCS, that I had trouble narrowing down just what I should do for class.  I just love how simple, yet impactful this card is.  I’m so appreciative of all the people who post their creations and give tips and details.  This is the type of sharing that really helped me develop my stamping and still helps me now!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    It’s Only Fitting

    April 9th, 2012

    Happy Monday.  I hope you had a beautiful and blessed Easter weekend.  I had so many ideas for Easter cards and little treat projects for friends, but just couldn’t get to them.  It’s going to take to some time to adjust to my new work schedule and in the meantime, I have to let some things go and cut myself a little slack.  We attended a solemn and refelctive Good Friday Service, focused on Jesus’ death on the cross and then yesterday we celebrated His resurrection at a bright and music-filled morning service.  He is Risen!  My family met up at Outback Steak for a yummy, albeit non-traditional, Easter lunch.

    And now a new week begins.  My monthly stamp class is coming up this Friday night.  My projects will feature TE stamp sets Fruity Friends, Make it Amazing, and Sky’s the Limit.  I currently have 2 spots open.  Let me know ASAP if you’d like to come!

    I thought I better share the projects we did at my class last month. The focus was Stampin’ Up!.  This first card was inspired by one I had pinned on Pinterest, then also found on SCS and put in my favorites there.  The creataor had been inspired by a card by Nicole Heady.  I love it when there is a chain of inspiration like that.  If you like my card, perhpas you could continue the chain, by creating your own version and linking back to all three of us!

    This card features the adorable SU set Chic Boutique. The dsp I used is retired, but the beauty of this card is that it will work with almost any collection of patterned papers.  This card is SUO with the exception of the Spellbinders die I used.  The new SU Framelits would work here just as well.

    Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.

    “It seems only fitting to wish you a happy day!”


    Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week.  I’ll be back to share the rest of my March class projects throughout the week.


    TE Release Day!

    • All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven Department to see everything in one place!
    • More projects from the Baker’s Dozen to inspire you.  Just follow the link list below.
    • FREE A la Carte Stamp – Order the London Market Project Pantry and any Full-size stamp set and you will receive the Mom A la Carte stamp absolutely FREE.  Please note that the stamp will not show up in your cart, but we will be sure to include it with your order.
    Before you head off to shop for all of the new Taylored Expressions goodies, we have some more projects to showcase the new stamps, dies and Project Pantry kit.  I have another project featuring Make It Amazing and this one is totally different from the shabby chic tag I showed you on Monday.
    My card was totally inspired by this beauty that I have in My Favorites over at SCS.  I started by scoring a vertical line down the front of the card and then I masked off the right side of the card.  I stamped the fern image with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.  Then I sponged ink over the embossed images..  So simple and I love how it turned out.  The frame and sentiment were stamped and die cut with the new Frame It Up 3 Taylored Die and popped up on foam tape.  Finishing touches are the Prima flower and the die cut ribbon slide from the new Fancy Buckles die set.  I’m just loving the versatility of Make It Amazing – from CAS to elegant to shabby chic!
    Now, let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!
  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Jen      Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melissa      Sauls
  • Melody Rupple
  • Nancy McKinney (illustrator)
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Tori Wild
  • Wanda Guess
  • Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you’re having a great week!  Have fun shopping at TE!
    Happy Tuesday! It’s time for some more TE Sneak Peeks!!!
    April Release At a Glance

    • We have sneak peeks to share Monday through Wednesday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, April 5th at 8 am PST. You’ll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
    • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
    • Mystery Baker’s Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker’s Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor’s blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments for the drawings close Wednesday 4/4 at 7pm PST.
    Today we have several things to preview including the next in the Apple Doodle Ink Adorable Abodes series, Rose Garden Estate.  For my project today, I wanted to do the May page of my Perpetual Occasions Calendar. I plan to use a different abode for each month.  I colored the cottage with copics and cut it out.  It is layered onto red cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Lacey Squares which fits perfectly on these calendar pages. I wanted to keep it super simple.
    Did you know that you can enter to win a $150 prize package from Taylored Expressions just by playing along with the monthly TE Calendar Challenge?  Yep!  $150 prize package!  The Perpetual Occasions Calendar is just one of your options.  Check out the TE Calendar Department. And you can go back and catch up, so that means you can start any time.  Might as well start now and get a calendar done for yourself or get a headstart on holiday gifts!  You don’t need to have a blog and you don’t even have to use TE stamps.
    I actually have two cards started with the Rose Garden Cottage set also, but didn’t have a chance to go back and finish them.  Hopefully I’ll get to share those with you soon as well.  It’s quite a sweet little set.  Let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up today.
    Thanks for stopping by.