TESC141 Friend

June 24th, 2011

Happy Friday!  It’s time for a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge (2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.)  This sketch is an easy versatile one and I hope you’ll play along.  TE stamps are NOT required!  Get all the info to play along in the TE forum on SCS.  There’s a prize up for grabs!!!


For my sample, I turned the sketch on it’s side so I could use one of the images from Sweet Occasions.

I colored the image with Prisma pencils and gamsol (haven’t done that in quite awhile!) and I added crystal stickles over the word “friend” as well as around the patterned paper (Echo Park Country Drive).  The colors I chose were all pulled from the patterned paper and they match much better IRL than it looks in the photo.  The buttons are SU were xlose but didn’t quite match so I colored them with Copics – love that option!

Did you know you can get the stamps that I used on my sketch sample for FREE?  Taylor has a great deal for new subscribers to the Key Ingredients kit club and you can read all about it below:

PLEASE NOTE: When purchasing your subscription DO NOT add the FREE stamp set to your cart. Instead, leave a comment at checkout indicating the stamp set of your choice and we’ll make sure it gets included with your first KI shipment.

These special offers are only good for new subscribers and they run through June 30th.

Now let’s see what the rest of the sketch crew has in store for today:

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  Don’t forget that sneak peeks for the TE July release start next Wednesday!  I don’t know where June went!

TESC140 Herd the News

June 10th, 2011

Hey it’s Friday!  It’s the 2nd Friday of the month, so it’s time for a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  I hope you’ll play along.  TE stamps are NOT required and there is a prize drawing offered!  This was a particularly fun sketch in that it uses a non-typical size.

This could be a long card (for a legal sized envie) or a mini-tall card (6.5″ x 3.25″).  My card is a long card and I used Green Acres.  (Are you surprised???) Click the photos to see them much larger.

I’ve been dying to use the “Hay there” sentiment.  It’s a bit of a joke with several friends – we all begin our voicemails to each other with something like “HEYYYYYY Taylor, it’s Jami…”  So I stamped the haystacks onto So Saffron cardstock and colored them with a copic to create the background.  The horse was stamped and colored with various shades of brown copic before being punched out.  The “congratulations” was stamped over a banner image from It’s a Banner Day 1 and cut with the coordinating die.  Hey – I didn’t use any patterned paper here!  What are the chances of that?

Here’s the inside of the card:

Now let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has created with this fun sketch!

  • Dawn Easton
  • Jami Sibley  <– You are here
  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Taylor VanBruggen  <– Get all the deets to play along with us here
  • Tracy Clemente
  • Guest Designers: Meredith
  • Tonight the Rocket Scientist and I are attending a French themed party.  I have a new dress and, thanks to my Mom and the Cookie Lee party I hosted last night, new jewelry to wear!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

    Hogs and Kisses

    June 7th, 2011

    Happy Tuesday!  I have another Green Acres card to share with you today.  It might even turn into a Green Acres week ’cause I don’t want to stop playing!  This card uses TESC139 which is still open for entries.  You are NOT required to use TE stamps and all you have to do it upload your card to the SCS gallery with keyword TESC139 by Thursday evening and you’ll be entered to win a gift certifcate to the TE Store!

    So here’s the little piggy from Green Acres all muddied up with liquid pearls!

    I used the wood grain side of the new Chicken Wire/Wood Grain Taylored Impression plate on the Soft Suede panel and then sponged it with Early Espresso ink for a little more depth.  The little chicks are covered with Crackle Accents (ooo I just noticed that the large bottle of Crackle Accents is on sale – that’s a great deal!).  I dyed the cream seam binding by just going over it with the broad tip of a Copic marker.  Papers are from the Lily Bee Design This & That Tiny Tablet.  I had planned to sew around the edges, but had some issues with my machine so I just grabbed my trusty piercer and went around with that instead. Love that cute little piggie!!

    You know, this is the time of year that I most miss being a Stampin’ Up! Demo.  I know lots of Demos have gotten their brand new catties already and I’m hoping to get my hands on one really soon!  I’ve seen several photos and descriptions of the new in-colors.  In case you haven’t seen them yet, check out this one by Dawn Olchefske.  She has very clear photos comparing the new colors to both existing and retire colors we are all familiar with.  Just thought I’d share.

    I’m off to work.  Hope you have a great day!

    Happy Friday!  It’s time for a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge!  New sketches are offered on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.

    This is a fun one.  I started out to create a recessed window card with a nested frame, but as I got going I realized I could go just one step further and make it a shaker!  So why not?  (BTW – the perfect foam tape for shakers is the double thick 1/8″ roll at TE.) Click on the photos to see them larger.

    I used my favorite TE Belated Birthday A la Carte – Stand Out along with MME papers from the Stella & Rose Gertie 6×6 pad.  I stamped an extra balloon so it could be outside the shaker and I covered it with stickles.  The really fun thing about the whole collection of Belated Birthday A la Cartes is the combo of inside and outside sentiments. AND you get a large image plus the 2 sentiments for just $6.95!!  This one says “I didn’t forget your birthday” on the front.  And on the inside…

    “I just wanted my card to stand out from the crowd!”  I hate that I can never seem to get birthday cards out on time, but at least this way I have a cute reason to send them late.  😉

    I hope you’ll play along with TESC139.  You have 2 weeks to play and you will be entered to win a TE Store gift certificate. TE stamps are NOT reqquired.  Get all the deets in the TE Forum on SCS.  And now lets’ see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store:

    What do you have planned for the long weekend?  We didn’t make plans since we were supposed to be on vacation last weekend. We need to think of something fun to do!  I hope you enjoy whatever you do!

    TESC138 Sweet Friend

    May 13th, 2011

    Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week – somehow turned out much busier than I expected.  Although I did do a little stamping this week, I realize now that I didn’t get a post up all week.  Today it’s time for a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge – TESC138.  New sketches are posted on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  Get all the info in the SCS TE Forum and come play along with us.  TE stamps are NOT required and you could WIN a gift certificate to the TE Store!

    Ok – I have to admit that I was a little scared when I first saw this sketch.  I’m not sure why, because I ended up really liking it.  Here’s my card feauring Treasure Life and the Apothecary Jars Taylored Die Set.

    After the jars were stamped and die cut, I colored the candy (I like to think they’re filled with some sort of yummy candy) with Copics and then covered them with Crackle Accents. I know it’s a little hard to see in the photo, but it looks so cool in person!  The jars are popped up on small foam squares for dimension.

    I want to highlight a few of the products that I used on this card that I really love:

    SU seam binding (Rose Red used here) – I love the weight of it and how nicely bows turn out.  Look Ma, no bow-easy!

    Webster’s Pages Little Whimsies (Pink Lotus used here) – I only bought one pack of these and just the single color, because although I thought they were adorable I wasn’t sure I would really use them.  I’ve already used several and I LOVE them.  I will definitley be putting more on my next TE order!  They are just the perfect little touch I think.

    Small Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives at TE – I really didn’t think I’d ever find foam dots I would like as much as SU dimensionals, but dare I say that I think I actually like these better?!  My HUGE roll of foam tape is getting low and I need to get another one, but I’m also lovin’ the squares! 

    The Banner Day Series of stamps and dies (It’s a Banner Day 3 and Banner Day 3 Die used here) –  Seriously don’t even try to pick just one of the 3 sets.  You NEED them all!  I just love how cute and how versatile they are!  With all 3 sets, you pretty much have a sentiment for any ocassion along with a darling banner to showcase it!

    Girls Paperie (Kitch used here) – This was my very favorite booth at CHA.  Just love the GP style and so so so sad that it will not be produced any more!  For reference I used SU Rose red and Bashful Blue with it on this card.

    Let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store today (please note that as I type this post Blogger has been down for quite some time and some of the girls have been unable to get a post typed.  So if a link doesn’t work, just check the TESC138 thread in our SCS Forum and all of our samples will also be there!)

    Thanks for stopping by!  I’m off to prep for my stamp class tonight where we’ll be using Taylored Expressions stamps and focusing on different ways to frame an image or sentiment on a card.  I shared one of my samples last week and I’l have the others up for you here next week.  Happy stamping and have a great weekend!

    TESC137 The Lamb of God

    April 22nd, 2011

         It’s Friday…but Sunday’s comin’!!!!








    The Lamb of God,
    who takes away the sin
    of the world.
    John 1:29


    In observance of Good Friday


    I created this card for TESC137 – the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge posted this morning.  Let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has in store today:

    A huge welcome to Dawn and Tracy joining the Sketch Crew as new members!  We are so excited to have them on board with us!

    I hope you’ll come play with us.  You have through May 12th to create something with this sketch and be entered to win a prize!  (New sketches are posted on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.)  TE stamps are NOT required to play, but there is a little bonus incentive if you choose to use them.  Get all the info to play in the TE Forum on SCS.

    Card Details:
    Stamp Set – TE Easter Joy
    Paper – MME Fine and Dandy Tickled Pink, MME Stella Rose Hazel, TE Choice White, Black
    Other – Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Want 2 Scrap Pearl Swirls, Want 2 Scrap Green Pearls, Stardust Stickles (on sheep), Crackle Accents (on cross), Fiskars border punch. Verse was stamped in black craft iink and heat embossed with clear powder. Focal image background was sponged with die still place. Focal panel is up on foam tape. Sheep was stamped twice – the 2nd image was colored and cut out and popped up on foam squares and stickles were added.  Pretty much everything used is available at Taylored Expressions.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. 

    TESC136 Cozy Cottages

    April 8th, 2011

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    Happy Friday!  It’s time for a new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge and TESC136 is a good one with inifinite possibilities!  I hope you’ll join us – you have 2 full weeks to play along and there will be a prize drawing.  TE stamps are NOT required to play!  Get all the info in the TE Forum on SCS or on Taylor’s blog.

    I turned the sketch on it’s side so I could use an image I colored while we were on vacation last week.  I’m loving how this turned out.

    This card features Cozy Cottages, which is the curent TE Giving Tree set.  That means that partial proceeds from the sales of this set are donated to Habitat for Humanity (through end of this month.)  My image was colored to coordinate with Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 paper pad.  I LOVE this paper line (TE seems to be out of stock)  – the colors and the vintage feel.  The fence was die cut out of patterned paper with the Taylored Die Picket Fence Border and I added some Liquid Pearl lines.  The birdhouse was trimmed out and popped up on foam squares.  I hand-cut the clouds because I could not for the life of me find my cloud dies.

    Let’s see what the rest of the Sketch Crew has to share today:

  • Lisa Hjulberg
  • Lori Craig
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Monika Davis
  • Rachel Sztonyk
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • I’m really excited for the announcement of the new Sketch Crew Member!  Plus Taylor will announce the winner of the drawing for TESC135.  Both announcements will be made in the TE Forum on SCS – be sure to stop by there.

    Have a great weekend!