TESC134 What’s Cookin’?

November 19th, 2010

Happy Friday!  This will be a super quick post to share my card for Taylor’s sketch – TESC134.  I’m actually typing this at 11:30 pm Thursday night.  The last person just left my stamp class (scroll down one post to see the main project we created.)  I’m not quite sure why I thought we needed to make a card on top of that two -sided acrylic mini accordion album, but you know me – More is More afterall!  (I’ll share the card we made another time.)  Anyway, class was an absolute BLAST!  But boy oh boy am I ever spent!!

 In the midst of prepping for it I managed to sit down and create a card for today’s sketch.  It’s a really fun sketch and I hope to play with it some more. As I took the sketch in my stamp room to start I thought “Gosh I wish my new November Key Ingredients were here!”  And then it dawned on me that I should go out and check the porch.  Sure enough there was the box!  Perfect! 

Sketch – check!

KI – check!

Stamp set – What’s Cookin’ – check!

Nestabilities – Labels 10 – check!

Copics – check!

All the ingredients for a quick card!  🙂

Let’s check out what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us today.  I know it’s the first thing I’ll do when I roll out of bed!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead!

TESC133 Merry and Bright

November 5th, 2010

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another one of Taylor’s fun sketches – it’s TESC133.  I hope you’ll play along with us!


My card today is 5.25″ square and features Sparkle & Cheer along with the Tinsel & Twig Project Pantry (cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon) both from TE.  I stamped the tree in Versamark on patterned paper and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I stamped it again on Eclipse masking tape and cut out a reverse mask to put around my embossed tree.  Then I used a sponge dauber to sponge Old Olive ink all over the tree.  Clear rhinestones colored with a red Copic were added for sparkle.  I rubbed the edge of the image panel in Versamark ink and heat embossed that with gold ep also.  The border punch is EK Success Arbor.  For the little circle embellishments I gold embossed the tiny snowflakes,  punched them out with a tiny little scallop circle punch and added rhinestones. I used a gold Zig painty Pen around the edge of the large red panel.

Let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store today:

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend!

TESC132 Trick or Treat Chicken

October 29th, 2010

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another fun Taylored Expressions Sketch – TESC132 and this week I’m even more excited than usual because I got to design the sketch.  🙂  I hope you’ll play along with us – I think it’s a pretty easy one.  You can use any shape where you see the circle.

The sketch is based on a card I made a couple of months ago seen here.  Since it’s almost Halloween and I really haven’t stamped anything for Halloween this year I decided I better get at least one card in.  I went with something a little non-traditional, but stick with me and you’ll see why.  *GRIN*

Inside is the sentiment:

Trick or Treat!

Did you know it was me?

With this photo:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Yep – it’s Tessa in her chicken Halloween costume.  If that doesn’t make you laugh, you are hopeless!  The photo is funny, but I guarantee you that it is much more hysterical in person.  I ended up rolling on the kitchen floor laughing when we took these photos!  I’m not really *into* Halloween, but it’s the one time of year that the Rocket Scientist will tolerate clothes on Tessa so I take advantage.  LOL!!  She doesn’t mind the main part of the outfit too much, but she really does not like the hat as you can probably imagine!  The look on her face here is priceless!

Card info:  Stamps are from Anna Wight’s Whipper Snapper Cling Set Crazy for Chickens.  “BOO” is from Hangin’ Out Halloween (TE). Image colored with Copics and sponged with Bashful Blue.  Designer papers are from Melissa Frances and cardstock is Real Red and Daffodil Delight (SU).  Crochet trim from TE.  Love love love that Lacey Circle nestie.  Fence border punch is Martha Stewart.

Now lets’ go see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store!

So what are your plans for the weekend?  I’m excited because our church is celebrating Reformation Day on Sunday (something new for us) with special teaching and an afternoon Faire that includes the In & Out truck for lunch.  YUM!  Whatever you have going on I hope you have a little time for stamping!  Thanks for stopping by.

TESC130 Baby Pink

October 1st, 2010

Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week and I’m looking forward to getting in a good amount of stamping time tomorrow on World Card Making Day!  To get warmed up how about playing along with us in the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge – TESC130?  We’d love to have you join us.

My sketch sample for today is a card for friend and Baker’s Dozen DT member Jodi Collins who had her second little one earlier this week.  You know I was oh-so-happy to go all pink for this sweet little card featuring the original Hangin’ Out stamp set from TE.

Today’s sketch was contributed by Sketch Crew member Rosie Hughes and I followed it pretty literally.  I loved the play of rounded corners with straight corners and the fact that there was a fairly large focal panel to play with (mine is 2.5″ x 3.5″ for reference).  I used TE Choice Snow White cardstock along with patterned paper by Echo Park – Life is Good.  I stamped the baby clothes onto the white cardstock and drew in the clothesline.  Then I sponged clouds (using a scallop oval punch as a template) with SU Blushing Bride ink and a sponge dauber.  I stamped the clothes again on various patterns of the dp and cut them out and paper pieced them.  I added texture with 2 CB folders and the finishing touch is liquid pearls.  Now I just need to get this card in the mail…I don’t why it’s always so much harder to get a card mailed than it is to get a card stamped!  LOL!

Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us today:

  • Alice Wertz
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Rosie Hughes
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Taylor VanBruggen – of course you’ll get the sketch and all the deets to play here.
  • Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great day today and get to stamp tomorrow.  So tell me, what are your plans for World Card Making Day tomorrow?  I hope you’ll stop back by here tomorrow afternoon as I have a little something fun planned that I know you’ll enjoy!


    TESC129 Happy Day

    September 24th, 2010

    Happy Friday!  Last night I taught my monthly stamping class and we created journals and notebooks!  It was so much fun!  I took some photos of the girls projects and I will share them soon.  But for now, it’s time for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  I was super excited when I saw this had a circle for the focal point because I just received the TE September Key Ingredients and I was dying to use one of the doily transparencies!  I honestly think this is one of the most beautiful KI Kits EVER!!!

    I have to ask you to bear with me on this post.  The SCS Blogs just went through a huge upgrade and everything is different – not the best time to be typing a post at midnight when I’m totally exhausted.  I’m sure I’ll be able to figure things out when I’m more alert, but at this point I’ll be happy to just get my card published for you to see!

    I have a lovely photo of the copics and inks I used, but I can’t seem to get it added into this post.  Sorry.  I’ll try to play with this some more and edit later after some sleep.

    Image and sentiment are Elzybells (the little ones sold by A Muse).  Elzybells in England (the original larger images) is having a going out of business sale and I just noticed a banner ad on SCS that says they have stamps at 70% off!

    Let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has to show us today.

  • Alice Wertz
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Rosie Hughes
  • Sherrie Siemens
  • Taylor VanBruggen – get all the details here so you can play along with us!
  • Thanks for stopping by.  Please let me know if anything looks weird.  Change is hard, but I’m sure I’ll love the upgrade once I get it figured out.

    TESC128 Adore Him

    September 17th, 2010


    Happy Friday!  Time for another sketch challenge from Taylor – TESC128.  Everyone is welcome to play along  – Taylored Expressions stamps are NOT a requirement.  This is an easy and versatile sketch, but when I first saw it all I could think of was people sitting in a theater looking at a big movie screen.  I had to resist the urge to go with the obvious and create a card with Cuppie in the theater, so I started looking around at what else I might want to work with.  I just got a big Stampin’ Up order a couple of days ago. (yes, I still buy SU stuff) and realized that this silhouette image would work well with the sketch. Also I’ve been wanting to try the bouncing brayer technique that Baker’s Dozen member Charmaine Ikach does so beautifully.  Here’s what I came up with.


    So often these Bethlehem scenes are done in blues, but I’m not much a blue person so I decided to go with purples instead. I used the Parfait SU Kaleidacolor pad (please tell me I’m not the only person with over a dozen of these K-pads – one of my original stamping obsessions – LOL!) along with Elegant Eggplant and Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The image was heat embossed (black craft ink and clear ep) on shimmer white cs and black was used for matting.  Ribbon is Rich Razzleberry satin.  The Arbor border punch with Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles finish off the design.

    Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us today –

    Go to Taylor’s blog for all the info to play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!



    TESC125 A Sweet Birthday

    August 20th, 2010

    Happy Friday!  It’s time for another fun sketch from Taylor – TESC125.  I hope you’ll play along with us this weekend.  I was in need of a birthday card for a friend of ours of the male persuasion.  I have to admit that *guy cards* are not always my favorites to make, but I got to thinking…why do guy cards so often seem so somber and serious?  This particular friend has an awesome sense of humor – often leans over to say something to make me laugh in church – so I decided to try to create a fun happy birthday card still appropriate for man.  I hope I succeeded…you can be the judge of that.  What do you think?  Too girly?  Well I hope he liked it!


    I pulled out some supplies from Taylored Expressions –  Sprinkled With Love stamp set and Summertime Project Pantry kit (cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, scallop sticker, blue candy dots) and added a retired SU sentiment set called Cheery Chat.  My images were colored with Copics and punched out with circle punches.  I added some of Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles for a special finishing touch.


    On the inside of the card I added a little image from the TE set Sweet Occasions which coordinates perfectly with the images on the front of the card. The sentiment reads:

    However you may celebrate,

    Whatever you may do – 

    hope you day is

    filled with love and

    wishes that come true!







    And now it’s time to see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store for us.  Let’s go check it out:


    Thanks for stopping by.  I am so looking forward to my class tonight.  Lots to do to get ready before then.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend!