Bridal Shower Gift Set

September 13th, 2010

Happy Monday!  I’m pretty happy about it because I’ve lost 13.1 pounds in these last 9 weeks and I *just might* fit into the dress kira-shower-tin-custom.jpgI’m hoping to wear to our niece’s wedding in a little less than a month PLUS I’m over 25% of the way to my overall weight loss goal!  Curt has lost 18 pounds and he’s back to bike riding again after being totally sidelined with his illness.  I’m super proud of both of us!

Speaking of the wedding…I attended a bridal shower for Kira on Saturday.  I was totally bummed that the gift I ordered from her registry didn’t arrive in time (it’s out for delivery with Mr. Brown TODAY, wouldn’t you know it!), but I had a little extra gift planned so I did have something to take with me.  For many years now I’ve made it a practice to include a set of handmade thank you notes with any bridal or baby shower gift I give.  After a shower there are always lots of thank you notes to write, so I know it is a gift that will be used and appreciated.  Kira loves dragonflies so I knew I wanted to use the TE set Discover Your Wings for her card set.  I found this adorable tin at Tuesday Morning for just $3.99.  Isn’t that wood handle sooooo cute?  It’s not quite the right height for standard sized cards, but I was able to fit a set of 12 with envelopes by having them lean back slightly. I might go back this week and see if they have any more because I think this would make a wonderful recipe tin!

Here’s a photo of 3 of the 12 the tent topper cards that are inside the tin. I made 4 of each color – Taken with Teal, Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant.


Cardbase is 4.25″ square made of kraft cardstock.  I stamped the floral silhouette image from the set in SU Crumb Cake ink (why kira-shower-ty-note-custom.jpgoh why did they feel the need to change the name of kraft???) along the bottom of each cardbase.  Then I used craft ink (eggplant, burgundy, teal) to ink the edges of the cardbase.  The dragonflies were stamped in the same craft ink on TE Choice Buttercream cardstock and heat embossed with clear ep.  The images were cut with a circle nestie, edges were sponged with Crumb Cake,  and then matted on a Blossom nestie.  (Curt used my Big Shot to cut out the blossoms for me because I wasn’t feeling well when I made these and I was running out of time.  Isn’t that so sweet??? )

Sentiments (“grateful” and “thank you”) are from SU sets and were stamped in Brilliance chocolate ink.  Some vanilla taffeta ribbon finishes these off. {Tip: When putting ribbon toward the bottom of a card like this use a small piece of TE Sticky Tape under the ribbon on the inside of the card, so the ribbon doesn’t slip off.)


Here’s a photo of the card I made to coordinate with the tin.  I wanted to do something CAS with lots of white space.  I love this style, but it’s not particularly easy for me.  I was super happy with how this turned out!





Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!  I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a very productive week – not a lot of commitments, so hopefully some time to catch up on some things I’ve been wanting/needing to accomplish for awhile that I just never seem to have time for.


Thanks Treat Bag

September 9th, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Looking forward to taking Tessa for a walk at the park this afternoon.  She has a *play date* with Molly and Auntie Lisa.  *GRIN*  It’s been really fun getting her socialized to other dogs.  She’s doing so much better now!  When we got her last year it seemed as though she had never been around other dogs and had no idea what to do.  She would just bark.  Now she knows how to say *hello* (according to Cesar Millan that’s the butt-sniff – LOL) and she sometimes even wants to play a bit.

Today I have a fun little project to share with you.  Recently there was a publication call for Paper Crafts Stamp It! Magazine that involved choosing one of six techniques.  Getting something published in Paper Crafts is on my bucket list, but I had never submitted before.  This call seemed like the perfect time to begin trying, so I created three projects and submitted them.  None of them got picked up, but I was proud of myself for finally submitting and have decided I will continue to try.  This was my favorite of the 3 things I sent in and it was for the paper-piecing category.


This is a little treat bag featuring the Sweet Occasions stamp set by Taylored Expressions and October Afternoon Fly a Kite papers.  I started with a small kraft sack from Michael’s (cut the top off) and panels of kraft cardstock.  I covered the panels with patterned paper and rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper. and adhered them to the front and back of the bag with the ends of the handle in between.   The handle was created by gluing to pieces of patterned paper together back to back and punching it on both sides with the SU scallop border punch.  I thought that was such a cool effect and not even what I had expected.

Next I cut kraft cardstock with the Spellbinders Big Scallop Rectangle die and inked the edges and attached it.  The image was stamped on TE Choice Buttercream cardstock and again on 3 different patterned papers so I could paper piece the border, the cupcake liner and the frosting.  The word “thanks” was colored with a copic marker and then covered in Fruit Punch Stickles. The cherry was covered in Red Liquid Pearls.

The tag was created with a circle punch and a Blossom Nestabilities and tied onto the handle with some hemp twine.  There’s a tiny red KaiserCraft rhinestone on the cherry of the little cupcake.

The paper piecing on this took some time, but the general idea of this would make really cute and easy favors or little thank you gifts if you simply watercolored or colored the images with copics. This stamp set also has similar images that say “congrats”, “friend” and “celebrate, so you could make these for almost any occasion!

Thanks for stopping by.  Not only do I have Tessa’s play date scheduled for this afternoon, but I get to have dinner with a dear friend tonight so this should be a really good day!  Hope your day is terrific as well!


Happy Wednesday!  It’s been a productive day of purging around here so far today.  I’m never quite sure how I accumulate so many catalogs, magazines, stacks of coupons and ads, etc. but they do become overwhelming from time to time.  What started out as sorting one pile of stuff so I could pay bills turned into a sorting and purging frenzy…which is a good thing because I really don’t get in that mood very often.  I think the two episodes of Hoarders that I watched the other night might have something to do with my motivation today.  LOL!  How about you?  Do you accumulate stuff, hoard stuff, or throw stuff away immediately?  I’d love to hear from you!

The project I want to share with you today is a sample for my upcoming Journals Class.  I really LOVE the way it turned out!  In class each person will create two journals or notebooks.  The first one will be something like this sample.


Everyone will get different patterns of paper from a K & Co. by Brenda Walton pad.  All of the designs in this collection are gorgeous and I’m anxious to see how each journal will turn out.  We’ll be using the Cinch machine and some naked chipboard covers for this one along with the Taylored Expressions stamp set Take Note.  With this stamp set everyone will have tons of options for how to title their creations.

The second journal will begin with a composition notebook and I will show you how to cover it and transform it into whatever type of notebook you might like. I’ll be sharing that sample another time.

Class is Thursday September 23rd at 7:00pm and the registration fee is $20.  I only have a few spots open, so if you are local (So Cal) and interested in attending please e-mail me through the button on my sidebar and I will get the detailed info to you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Stamping Serendipity

July 17th, 2010

Happy Saturday!  Yesterday I experienced a little bit of stamping serendipity and I wanted to share.  I was catching up on my Google Reader and saw this post by Laurie Schmidlin (LOVE everything she does!) I took special note of how to used nesties to make tag shapes.  I thought it was brilliant and and knew I wanted to try it sometime soon.  bottle-tag-by-jami-july-10-custom-2.jpgAbout 10 minutes later, the Rocket Scientist told me that he planned to leave a little early for his guitar lesson so he could stop and pick up a bottle of wine as gift for his guitar teacher.  I asked why he didn’t tell me sooner so I could make a card to go with it…or at least a tag or something…afterall that’s what I do!  He said he could run get the wine and come back if I really wanted to make something – I would have about 45 minutes.  AND IT HIT ME…this was the perfect opportunity to make a tag using Laurie’s tip!  And not only that, but I have the perfect stamp set for a thank you to a guitar teacher – You’re my Hero by TE!  So I took the challenge and went to work!

I used Wild Wasabi and Bermuda Bay ink along with Brilliance Pealescent Chocolate ink on Kraft cardstock.   I had been given the directive to not go overboard since this was a *guy to guy no-big-deal* thank you gift, so I tried to keep it really simple. The bottom corners were rounded with my Corner Chomper and I distressed all the edges with a distressing tool and some of the chocolate ink.  The guitar was stamped on Kraft, cut out and popped up on foam tape.

Here’s a closer view.


You can’t really tell in the photo, but the pearlescent chocolate ink gives just a little special touch of shimmer.

And here’s how I created the top shape following Laurie’s tip.


 I looked through all my Nesties and chose to use Labels One.  I slipped my cardstock through the top and taped it down with Scotch removable tape before running it through my Big Shot.  I did end up with a faint embossed impression of the bottom of the die on my tag, so in the future I think I would insert a scrap of cardstock there to avoid that.








bottle-tag-plain-custom.jpgHere’s how it looked after being die cut.  I used a circle punch to create an opening for the neck of the bottle and I scored a fold with my Scor-Pal.  Then I stamped before cutting to the length that worked well with my images.  Super simple and super quick.

I’m so happy to pass on this tip!  I hope it helps one of you as much as it helped me.  Thanks Laurie for sharing the easy how-to!  I look forward to making more tags in the future!


Dare to Get Dirty got started this morning over at SCS.  If you’re a Fan Club member you’ll have 4 or 5 challenges to choose from each day for a week.  If you choose to do them ALL  you’ll be in a drawing for a prize package.  It’s not quite as hard as it sounds since you can combine challenges as much as you’d like.  Check out the DTGD Challenge Forum here.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sample for one of the challenges.

I’m off to finish up the ice cream pies I’m putting together for a BBQ we’re going to tonight.  I had intended to bake a dessert, but it’s just too darned HOT to bake!  Thanks for stopping by.


Happy Thursday and Happy TE Release Day!!!  Yep – all the new stuff for July is now available for purchase at the Taylored Expressions Store!  3 stamp sets, 1 Big Background, 4 A La Carte Cuppie stamps, 2 different Project Pantry Kits plus a bunch of stuff in the Fresh Out of the Oven Department!  WOW!

 Before you run off to shop, I have a sample of the new Weigh to Go! stamp set to share with you.  I have so many friends who are trying to lose weight and get healthy through a combination of diet and exercise (and that’s a bandwagon I seriously need to be jumping on!)  I’ve been so proud of their hard work and accomplishments and I’m excited to have a stamp set that allows me to create cards of encouragement, motivation and congratulations along the way!


Today I want to show you a motivational frig magnet I created using a 4×4 coaster as my base.  I’m super happy with how this turned out and I might just have to keep it for myself.  Paper is October Afternoon Thrift Shop. Red satin ribbon, cream scrunchy trim, and Jenni Bowlin stick pin are all from TE.  The prima flowers were a gift from a sweet friend.  The dress was paper pieced and die cut with Nesties Curved Rectangles.  The sentiment at the bottom is one of my favorite motivational sayings for sticking with an eating plan!  The sentiment at the top was punched with SU oval punches and then it was covered with Versamark and clear ep and heat embossed for a shiny finish.

OH! And do you see that wonky black zig zag stitching???? YES!  I have finally sewn on a project for the very first time with the Janome Sew Mini that the wonderful Rocket Scientist got me for Christmas!  Ok – so I need lost more practice, but the point is….I sewed on something!!!  A big shout out to my sister-in-law Lill who showed me how to use my machine over the weekend.  Heck – she didn’t even need directions.  Thanks Lill!

And now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has in store for us today – lots of yummy eye candy to be sure!

  • Alex Maldonado
  • Carolina Buchting
  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Donna Baker
  • Jackie Pedro
  • Jeanie Witmer
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Karen Motz
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Stacey Schafer – Guest Designer
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Oh and just a note to my regular blog readers – I’ve been told by a couple of people that they weren’t able to see my most recent post unless they went there from Google Reader.  I was told that I should advise all readers to clear your cache (Um don’t ask me how to do that), but if you’re having trouble seeing my most recent posts please shoot me an e-mail to let me know, so I can be aware how widespread the problem is.  Apparantly there is nothing I can do about it on my end, but I understand there are some system upgrades in the pipeline that should help soon.  In the meantime – clear you cache please.  🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun shopping at TE!


    Clippies from Class

    July 6th, 2010

    Happy Tuesday!  Just a quick post before I’m off to work.  I wanted to share the third project we made in my class last week – jumbo clips.  This is a fun easy project – something you can make multiples of for little party favors or to go along with the gift of a book or calendar or bookstore giftcard.


    The jumbo clips are silver and I got them at Walmart awhile back.  I’ve also seen similar ones at office supply stores like Staples.  I put together packets with several different types of designer papers and everyone chose a packet as they arrived.  We used the white chipboard that comes in packs of SU designer paper, but you can also use cereal boxes for this project.  Cover the chipboard with designer paper using glue stick and then die cut into the desired shape.  This time we used 2 Big Shot dies from SU, but in the past I have used Cuttlebug dies.  We punched a hole in the middle with a Crop-a-dile and placed a jumbo brad in each die cut flower.  E-6000 adhesive was used to glue the 2 sides to the clip.  (note: E-6000 needs really good ventilation and takes quite awhile to set and dry!)

    class-clip-single-july-10-jami-custom.jpg There’s just a little irony in this post today as I learned to make these clips a few years back from my friend Val when several of us got together at my house.  Val’s stamping has been a huge inspiration to so many over the years and just before I came over to type this post I saw her blog post for today talking about why she needs to take a little break.  HUGS to you friend!

    Beyond the simple and fun hobby this started to out to be a number of years ago, many many of my stamping friends have become part of the *industry* in some way – working for stamp companies, owning stamp companies, being on design teams and on and on.  It’s a wonderful industry, but we do have to be so careful not to let the pressures (many of them self-imposed) drain away our creative joy!  Sometimes I find myself forcing myself to stamp something just because I haven’t blogged enough lately. Like I need to keep up with those amazing women who blog every day!  How silly is that? Anyway – I could write an entire editorial on this subject, but I do need to get to work.  So I just want to say to all my stamping friends out there – be sure to take some time to stamp for the pure of joy of it – no agenda – no assignment – no pressure to get the perfect photos of it – just stamp because it’s fun and then share it in a gallery or on your blog only if you truly feel like doing so!

    Thanks so much for stopping by.  I already have several things stamped and ready to share with you throughout the rest of the week.  And I DID have fun making them…maybe not photographing them so much – LOL! – but the stamping was FUN!


    Weekend Re-Cap

    May 17th, 2010

    Happy Monday!  It’s weird – even though I don’t go to an office job 4 or 5 days a week any more, Monday is still my least favorite day of the week.  It seems to be the day I have the hardest time getting things accomplished and thus the day that I tend to feel the most overwhelmed by my to-do list, when I feel that it should be one of my most productive days.  Maybe I was just programmed for too many years to dislike Mondays…I dunno.

    I had a wonderful weekend though!  My class on Friday night was so much fun!  I wanted to share another one of the projects we made. class-may-10-tea-tins-jami-custom.jpg Everyone decorated a Tea Tin.  We used TE Miniature Motifs and CreativiTEA along with Spellbinders Labels 9 (which coordinates with the frame image in the stamp set) and everyone chose either Brocade Blue or Pink Pirouette.  These tins were inspired by the beautiful black and white one created by Charmaine Ikach.  As soon as I saw hers I knew I needed to make this a class project.  These tins can hold lots of different things – gift cards, candy, tea bags (duh!), jewelry, ATC cards, etc.

    On Saturday I had the pleasure of going to Tea with PACT (Prayer Always Changes Things) – this is the ladies prayer group that I’ve been in for six years. We started out with 8 women and now have 5.  Once a year we go to Tea to celebrate all of our birthdays.  We each draw a name ahead of time and buy one birthday gift for the person we drew.  We try to go to a different tea room each year.  This year we went to the beautiful Paris in a Cup in Old Towne Orange.  Everything was super super yummy and I would highly recommend this tea room.  It is on the higher end price-wise of the places we have been, but I felt it was worth it.  There are lots of menu choices. bday-tea-2010-desserts-custom.jpg I had a tea that  included a scrumptious scone, 3 yummy tea sandwiches and 3 delicious petit fours…plus of course the tea of your choice.  It doesn’t sound or look like a lot of food, but I was very very full when we left.

    If you live in SoCal or if you come for a visit, Old Town Orange is a wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon walking around.  There are many antique stores and boutiques as well as lots of restaurants.









    Maggie, Kathy, Nancy, Darla and me.

    Thanks for stopping by.  I better get back to the Monday of it all.  I’ll see you tomorrow for the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop!