Friday, January 12, 2018

TE You Have My Heart

Last month was the Valentine release from Taylored Expressions.  There was one set I hadn't had a chance to play with that was too charming to miss - You Have My Heart!  (Not to mention a new die set called Pierced Heart Stacklets.)  Here's how I put them together.


They have the sweetest expressions!  Be sure to look at the stamp set closely because there's a sweet bear too. The heads are separate from the bodies which allows them to be popped up - or cocked sideways - or "wobbled" with Mini Wobble Springs!


I wanted to add interest while keeping the full focus on the image so I simply "framed" them with a pierced heart from the Pierced Heart Stacklets.  There are multiple sizes of hearts in this set so I picked one that held the image and one of the sentiments.


(If you look closely, I added a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on this guy's glasses.)

These little guys are really quick and easy to use.  And I like that they add the fun of a wobbly head that any young recipient will enjoy.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches: The God of Hope

Welcome back!  After an extended holiday break, Freshly Made Sketches is back with a new sketch!  This week's sketch is brought to us by Rita.

I love crafting in the fall and in the Christmas season. I love the themes of those seasons - gratitude, hope and joy - plus the colors of those seasons are my absolute favorite color schemes.  Gratitude, hope and joy are perfect themes throughout the year, but I do like a change from the color schemes.  I pulled out spring berries and I used corals and fresh greens.  (But I kept the hope and joy!)

FMS God of Hope

I noticed in the sketch that the panel goes slightly off the edge; I love that look so I did the same with my berries.  I trimmed the main panel to be only 4" wide so that even with the bit that's off the edge, it will still fit in a standard envelope.

I hope to see you playing along with us for the first sketch of 2018!!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink (PTI) Beautiful Berries: Spring, Inspired: Hope
Dies: PTI Beautiful Berries: Spring die, Inspired: Hope die
Cardstock: PTI Melon Berry
Patterned Paper: PTI Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack (the older, retired patterns)
Ink: PTI Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet

Monday, January 8, 2018

Taylored Expressions If Cupid Could Talk...

Last month was Taylored Expression's Valentine release and I fell totally in love with a new set called If Cupid Could Talk Stamp & Die Combo.  Cupid joins an entire series of "If ___ Could Talk" stamps - they are fun and flexible to use because you can add different faces to a main image for different moods or sentiments.  Cupid particularly works for me because of some of the somewhat snarky sentiments that work perfectly for the boys and men in my life!!

As a sneak peek for the release, I designed this card.  Today, I'm totally copying myself - and adding more cards for a gift set for a friend with 3 sons and a husband.

TE If Cupid Could Talk set 2

TE If Cupid Could Talk set 1

I used a variety of faces and more of the sentiments. (FYI - there are some sweet faces too if you aren't feeling snarky and sarcastic!!)

I also added a variety of arrows from Follow Your Arrow.  Then I packaged it up in a simple gift box using the Noteworthy Belly Band and another sentiment from the Cupid stamp set.

TE Cupid Box

I grinned the entire time that I was making these cards.  I hope my friend and the men in her life get a good laugh also!


TE If Cupid Could Talk Collage

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Smells Like Carrots!!

Isn't that just an odd title for a Christmas Eve post...Smells Like Carrots?!!  I have a deep, dark secret to tell you.  I really dislike December.  Don't read too much into that.  I am passionate about Christmas.  I have Christmas music playing starting December 1st.  It's in my ear all day at work; it's in my car and in my home. I am sitting here this morning with Christmas lights on and the fireplace blazing. The highlight of my year will be tonight at church when the candles are lit and Silent Night is sung followed closely by the organ triumphantly playing Joy to the World as we are leaving. Our family "tradition" is to keep the holidays simple - so we have movies and family games planned.  Since I'm surrounded by men, probably a lot of football - but that's OK, we are together!  However, the rest of December?  Just too darn busy and crowded for my tastes.

This card was planned for a very special family but honestly, in might have been more for me as it totally tickled my funny bone during the overly busy days of December!

TE Smell the Carrots

For the background, I sponged three different blues on a plain sheet of cardstock - then covered it with that perfect winter die cut.  I love that snowman...and the really fun part??  It has a bunch of different faces that you can use.  The scrunched up face totally worked for me!

TE Smell the Carrots Close

It's finally Christmas Eve day.  I'm ready!  The boys will be up soon.  We'll watch football.  My youngest is a fabulous cook and he's making dinner.  And then church and Silent Night - it's a glorious day!

Merry Christmas!!!

TE Smell the Carrots Copics

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Naughty or Nice Little Elf??

My oldest niece is a month away from being a teenager.  That is such an interesting age.  Sometimes she is all little girl with a passion for pink and stuffed animals.  Other times she is a rebellious teen with teenage-fashion sense and a passion for whatever teenagers might be passionate about on any given day.  So I tried to combine both sides of her on her Christmas card.  Lots of pink, a sweet little elf, and a silly sentiment!!!

Naughty or Nice

The elf's body and head are separate stamps.  The idea is that the head could pop up such as with a Mini Wobble Spring.  I didn't use one because with the sheet of foam adhesive under the entire front to create the shaker, the Wobble Spring just added too much thickness. However, the separate head did allow me to tilt her head like she was thinking hard about the question!

Naughty or Nice Close

Surprisingly, I am actually 99% ready for Christmas.  I do need a few groceries.  I was going to go before dawn this morning just to avoid the crowds, but I decided it was much more fun to settle into my crafting corner with the Christmas tree and the fireplace on - and my noisy men and boys still asleep.  I have Hallmark movies on the TV and good coffee in my Christmas mug.  

We have a completely relaxed and easy Christmas in front of us.  It's just the four of us through the 25th.  We have our favorite meals planned, we'll definitely have football on during the day - and then church on Christmas Eve with my favorite Christmas moment - candles and Silent Night - and finally we'll be playing our favorite family games.  On the 26th we are celebrating with my brother's family who are vacationing in the wonderfully picturesque mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado.  

I do hope you all are able to come into these holidays prepared and relaxed and ready to celebrate!!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: Holiday Florals

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Linda.

This challenge will stay open through the holidays - it will close on Monday, January 8th.

At the point I was making this card, I was down to needing three Christmas cards. One of the three recipients is a gardener - so I wanted to make a Christmas card with floral and nature images.  I pulled out my favorite set for building bouquets and found a sentiment that fit on the tall panel.

FMS Holiday Florals

I love creating groupings of die-cut images.  I was originally envisioning just a flower and leaves centered at the bottom of the panel - but I just kept stamping and cutting out images then arranging and re-arranging them.  I ended up with the bouquet in the corner (I carefully picked up the entire arrangement with Press n Seal Kitchen Wrap to keep them all together!)  FYI - I lengthened the Stitched Rectangle by cutting half of it, sliding it down to be longer, then cutting the other half.

FMS Holiday Florals close

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the Freshly Made Sketches family!!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: 'Tis the Season

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pines.

It's a huge day for Curtain Call.  We have two guest designers:
Elizabeth StewartPaper Sweetness
Julie Gearinger, Stamping with Julie Gearinger
We also have all of our past design team members back for a big reunion. Why the big reunion?  Because after this challenge, Curtain Call will be bringing down the curtain.  We have had an amazing team of designers over the years - it's been an honor to be part of this team. A big thank you to Stacey Schafer for being our inspiration.  And thank you to all of our sponsors. 

For my card, I pulled out a large variety of dies that represented the various images in the inspiration photo - a pinecone, pine sprigs, a twig and some light blue "berries".  I also recently purchased this sentiment set - and I loved the way it fit in with my grouping of pines.

CC 'Tis the Season

I kept the background clean and white just like the inspiration.  A few of the pieces are spritzed with glimmer mist.  I added a few sequins for the look of berries.  I also added some white enamel dots (mostly because after I had everything adhered, I regretted not stenciling some glittery snowflakes in the background - so the enamel dots are my substitute.)

The thin frame was a last minute requirement.  I originally adhered the pieces directly to a white cardbase.  I got them all on and realized it was all upside down!!  Luckily that's an easy fix - just trimmed off the front of the card - which made it a bit too small - so I trimmed the sides and added a subtle frame.

I hope to see you playing along!


Dies: Concord & 9th Season of Cheer, Dee's Pinecone, Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster, Cottage Cutz Spruce Stems (the twig), Memory Box Floral Sprigs (the light blue sprig)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Garden Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Soft Sky
Other: sequins, Doodlebug white glitter dots