Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Are you having a great week so far - mine is flying by! I can't believe its almost friday (I guess when you have a monday off - then the whole week seems so much shorter!
Today, I am totally psyched to participate in the Taylored Expressions Spring Spectacular Blog Hop! You have probably heard me mention Taylor's awesome kits that she puts together to make cardmaking easier and fun - well - she has done it again - Taylor has put together some really FABU Key Ingredients kits at an incredible discount! All of these kits are limited quantity at the Taylored Expressions store!!! and are slightly different from her regular Key Ingredients kits! For more information about these kits check out Taylor's blog post.
There are 4 kits that Taylor is bringing out today: the Brilliant kit, the Dazzled kit , the Delighted kit and the Enchanted kit. My cards today feature the papers and elements from the Enchanted Kit - I had soooo much fun working with this kit because of all the fun extras that come with it - from the ready to go die cuts, to the fabulous ribbon and the super cool transparencies. Here are a few cards that I made using these elements :
This card shows a fun die cut frame, die cut flower and sentiment all ready to go - a really great feature about this card was that it was so easy to assemble. I also used some buttons , some brads and some bling from the Taylored Expressions store. Here is a second card from the same kit:
This one was alot of fun to work with because of the transparent flower image. I cut two sheets of the paper included in the kit in half for the card and then used the circle die cut with the flower in the middle for the center and then i popped the flower transparency on top of the circle die cut with a dimensional and then covered the dimensional with a button. The sentiment is from the Year of Sweet Sentiments from the Taylored Expressions store.
This last card was so much fun to make! These kits are so easy to pair with all my Taylored Expression stamps! I used the frame die cut and used one of the cutest cuppies from the Year of Sweets 2 - whom I paper pieced and colored in with my prismacolor pencils.
There are seriously a TON of paper choices in this kit! There are so many more papers and ribbon that I still have left over and - its ka-ra-zy that all of this is one kit!!! These papers can be used for so many occaisions and are so versatile! And Taylor is selling all of these kits for a spectacular discount ($12.95) and there are only a limited quantity of each kit (it will not be restocked!!)- so make sure you check them out at the Taylored Expressions store. Also check out the cards and crafts from the other 3 kits that are also being offered in this Spring Spectacular celebration designed by the uber talented girls from the Baker's Dozen Design Team :)
and of course! Taylor Van Bruggen :)
Check out all of these awesome kits and everything else that is "fresh out of the oven" at the Taylored Expressions store!!!
Thanks so much for visiting my little corner :)
Hope you guys are having a spectacular day!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Good Morning Everyone,
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Good Morning Everyone,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! You might have already heard about the huge even that my good buddy and fellow PaperCraft Planet Design Team member, Jen Tapler is hosting called Stampin' Out Alzheimers! Jen's father has Alzheimer's and this event that Jen is hosting is to raise awareness and money all of the proceeds which is donated to the Alzheimer's Associateion. For just a small fee of $5.00 you can join this forum where you will find a TON of challenges, free downloads and TON of prizes. The bar to the left shows you how you can enter and join this site.
Jen has asked the stamping community to help out and huge number of stamp companies and organizations has come forward to support!
One of the companies is Taylored Expressions and I am psyched to be the host of a scrapbook challenge that if you play along can win you a $25 Gift Certificate from Taylored Expressions.
Above is the sketch and below is a sample of the sketch that I made using Taylor's stamp set called Branching Out (paper pieced together). You can find this challenge of mine HERE and All you have to do is to play along is create a sample using this sketch and upload it to the Stampin' Out Alzheimers forum - but make sure to use the tag: scrappysketchte (all one word, all lowercase) so that I can manually put it into the album. From this - one lucky person will win this gift certificate to Taylored Expressions using Random.org!
***** If you use Taylored Expression stamps - you will be entered TWICE - so come on and play along!!!
I made this sketch for one of my dearest friends whose parents are at the early stages of Alzheimers. Her parents have been childhood sweethearts and it is hard to see them starting to lose their memory. I made this page and framed it to give it to her for her birthday on Friday - and the main sentiment is "Always" - that regardless of anything - that bond is always there - no matter what.... you can't see my journaling - it is written in light gray - I chose to write down the verse from the poet ee cummings that says: "here is the deepest secret nobody knows, (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud, and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows, higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide),and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart: i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)."
Watching my friend go through this with her parents has just shown to me how precious and fleeting this thing called life is - and to treasure each other - to treasure our connections because in just a flash - things can change. The above pictures are her parents, a family shot of her family and one with her and her parents. Here is a close up of the stitching and the detailing:
Paper: Basic Grey, Martha Stewart paper pack and scrap stash
Stamps: Branching Out from Taylored Expressions
Ink: Martha Stewart brown, Adirondack Expresso
Accessories: EK success border punch, tombow adhesive, silver marker, thickers, American Crafts thickers chipboard letters, red embroidery floss and needles for stitching,
Show watched while making this: Jane Austen's Persuasion (a new fave!)
I REALLLLLLLLY hope that you will play along with me in this challenge. This is my first scrapbook page that I created the layout for and I would be soooo happy if you were to play along!!! So here is what you have to do:
1. Register at Stampin Out Alzheimer's forum: http://stampinoutalzheimers.ning.com/
2. You can find my challenge there: Taylored Expressions Scrapbook Sketch Challenge
3. Create a scrapbook page with my scrappy sketch above and upload the picture
4. USE THE TAG: scrappysketchte (all lowercase all one word) the "te" at the end is for taylored expressions
5. You have until MAY 31 to enter your entry till midnight!!!!
Can't wait to see your creations - if you have any questions - please let me know!!!
Thanks for visiting my little corner!
Sending you hugs and smiles!!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Monday Everyone!
This week over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog we had a sketch challenge from Maria for week 18 of our weekly holiday card challenge! I am still on vacation right now - but didn't want to miss out from being part of this awesome blog - so I literally scrapped together some paper - got a cute little christmas tree at the nearby craft store and borrowed my MIL's scrap tools to create this little card - luckily the craft store had some liquid pearls - so I felt set! Its hard to craft in a space that's not yours - but I had fun doing this card - sorry for the poor lighting - I took this picture sunday night and will have to take another picture when I get home :)
Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful creations over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Long blog - we would love for you to play along!
Happy Memorial Day to all! Hope you are all having or had a wonderful weekend!!
Will write more soon after getting home :)
Thanks so much for visiting my little corner :)
Sunshine smiles and Hugs,
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Good Morning Everyone,
Welcome to our 33rd Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge where this movie we are featuring the 1998 romantic fantasy movie Ever After with Drew Barrymore, Angelica Houston and Dougray Scott. The requirement for this week was to use flourishes.
For this challenge, I wanted to make something glittery and blingy - but had limited supplies (I am visiting my inlaws right now - so I wanted to make something quick too. I didn't have achance to paly with last week's 3D challenge hosted by PaperCraft Planet - and thought that it was perfect for this week's challenge to make a little Cinderella glass slipper. Today is also our 8th anniversary :) yay - so I was going to leave this little shoe on the steps with a note to where find the next clue :)
I loved watching the movie Ever After because of its playful and revised version of the fairytale. I love how learned Danielle is and her wit and repar with Prince was so refreshing. In making a card for this movie, I decided to not make a card - but to make Cinderella/Danielle's glass slipper. I tried with clear acetate - but had some problems - so I went with the glitter sheet route :) I love the shot of the glass slipper in the movie - it is such a beautiful shoe!! LOVE it - wish I had a few of those lying around !!! lol!
Making this shoe was last week's challenge at our our 3D Tuesday Challenges at Paper Craft Planet . You can check out some of the beautiful samples in the 3D Gallery at PCP for more inspriation on how to make these cute shoes!
I hope you all play along!!! This is such a great movie with so many lovely images from which to craft from!!! Thank you to our wonderful Guest designers Jaimee and Nellie who did such an amazing job with their Ever After creations!!
I hope you all have a chance to play along this week!! Please check out the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog for more details!
Sending you all hugs!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
This week, Debbie has come up with a color challenge for us using the three colors Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal and Chocolate Chip - what elegant colors all put together! I had a zillion ideas - but only time for one card (does that ever happen to you? if only there was more hours in the day to stamp for hours!)
I had so much fun making this card and the best part (aside from making the squirrel hold the cupcake) was to use up papers from my paper stash (which by the way is looking mighty full). I didn't have anything sage shadowy--- so I went with the closest green... this is a great color combo - can't wait to use it again!
Hope you have a chance to play along with us over at the Christmas Stampin All Year Round blog (its just a motivational way to inspire each other to get some cards cranked out before the holidays)!
Thanks so much for visiting my little blog corner :)
Lots of wishes for a HAPPY sunny week!!!
Ciao for now!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Kristina has her 52nd Color Inspiration Challenge up - and wow! what a cool pic to draw the inspiration from (the picture comes from her blog reader Traci). I have to say - that I was psyched to see these colors - what a great color combo - it felt so retro urban chique (is that even a term?).
This whole card is an ode to paper piecing.. holy cupcakes - that was a lot of tiny cutting and paper piecing - does this ever happen to you... you are paper piecing something tiny and all of the sudden it drops to the floor - where there are hundreds of tiny scraps! Ack! Okay - that's what happened with these paper pieced pillows... I couldn't find them after I cut them - because they dropped on the floor and were in a sea of tiny scraps (yes, I need to clean my scrap corner floor more often :) but i finally found it - yay! I love the image of this cute little cupcake sitting in bed with a thermometer in his mouth!
Paper: All of it is from my scrap stash (I have been forcing myself to use something from my scrap stash in every card - but yet my scrap stash is still heaped high - how is that possible???
Stamps: Doctor's Orders from Taylored Expressions
Ink: More Mustard
Accessories: Spellbinders Nesties (Blossom), Rhinestones blue, dimensionals, Circle cutters from Creative Memories
Technique: Paper Piecing
I had a lot of fun with these colors - they were challenging and fun! Well, I am off to get some spring cleaning done! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Thanks so much for visiting my little corner :)
Ciao for now :)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
According to WikiAnswers: in the movie Twilight: the apple stands for the forbidden fruit - Bella is the fruit and her blood is forbidden to Edward. The whole notion of love transcending different forbidden interactions (vampire/human, etc.) was something that is just immemorial. They are both the apple of each other's eye - and so even though their love is forbidden - the purity of the love transcends any social convention and allows the walls that have been built up in their hearts to crumble. So I went with the sentiment: Apple of My Eye.
I downloaded this apple image and then cut it out on black cardstock . I also downloaded a Twilight font and created the swirls and sentiment: Apple of my Eye, in Photoshop. After printing it out twice - I cut one up to match the apple shape and the other one, I cut out the swirls and adorned it with red crystal bling - along with one dot of crystal bling. I ran the red leaf through an embossing plate for texture and gave it a little black shading.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I had a lot of fun making this card! Also because I love the sentiment - have you ever felt that way? Sometimes just wearing a hot pair of heels suddenly can make you walk with a bounce of joy :) Hope you have a chance to play along with these delicious colors and with this fun sketch!!!
I finally had a moment to craft during this insane week at work - and was so happy to play along with awesome sketch#26 from Kazan and the lovely ladies at 2S4U (2 Sketches 4 You) and I was psyched to play along with the ladies at Cardvaarks - where this week's challenge was to create a card using a verse or quote. I simply love this sentiment that reads: "a hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you." This goes out to one of my bff's, whose friendship has nourished and guided me through some difficult times. It was so much fun to make this card thinking of those wonderful moments of our friendship :)
Stamps: Verve: A hundred hearts
Paper: March Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions
Ink: Adirondack Expresso, Pumpin Pie, More Mustard and So Saffron
Ribbon: I LOVE this ribbon that looks like leaves - it all comes with the Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Liquid Gold Paint for the heart and dimensionals
I am so grateful for all the dear friends in my life and all the new wonderful friends that I have met in blogland! You are all truly treasured!!!
Lots of love and hugs!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Everyone!!!!
This week, in honor of Mother's Day - we are featuring the movie: Steel Magnolias at the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. Every week, we pick a movie and create a card/LO or altered project that is inspired by the movie (either from the costumes, dialogue, characters, music, etc.). This week's movie pick not only a movie about mother-daughter relationships -but also frienships and the strength of women - who are as tough as steel but as soft and beautiful as the magnolia flower.
I remember watching this movie a long time ago - and just laughing and crying - but somehow watching it this week as I gpt ready to make my card - I appreciated this movie at a whole different level. I think it is because this is the first time I am re-watching the movie after becoming a mother... and the experience was totally different. I feel like I understood SaField's role sooo muc more - and the scene with Julia Robetrts and her baby - when her husband comes home ( - that scene just had me in tears - I can't imagine something like that - and it was hard for me to watch that - because I was thinking of my little wee ones... I adore adore Sally Field in this movie - she is such an inspiration - and her relationship with her daughter in this movie is so real, perfect and wonderful.
So it was that relationship that I wanted to honor and I used Julee's awesome sketch from this week's Mojo Monday #85 for this card - along with her beautiful stamps from Verve. The sentiment is from the Because of You stamp set and the flowers are from the Wishful Elegance set. I absolutely Adore this sentiment - and thought it really captured the mother/daughter relationship between Sally Fields and Julia Roberts.
I have to say that it wasn't until I became a mother -that the fullness of all that my mother had gone through and undergone really hit home. I have always always always adored, and admired my mother - she is my rock. And it was only when I held my first born that I truly understood that ache in a mother's heart --- it is an ache of love, of fierce protection, of letting go, of unconditional love -- a love so deep - that it can cut metal - a love so nourishing, that it can heal all wounds - a love so unbounded - that all sorrows melt into joy.
I only hope that I can be a quarter of the mother that my mom has been for me - she is truly inspirational and is the rock of my heart.
Please check out more details on our Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge and we hope that you play along!
Wishing each of you a wonderful mother's day!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I pulled out my watercolors for this card - had fun doing a little painting on the green... the flag is paper pieced and I couldn't help putting a little glitter on it --- I know its not very "masculine' perhaps to have glitter on a boy card... but a glitter makes the world sparkle - so why not?! :) The buttons are from the Father's Day Kit - the plaid button is a clear button with DP from the Father's Day Kit.
Don''t forget to check out my amazing fellow DT members from Taylor's Baker's Dozen:
Jen del Muro
and of course! Taylor VanBruggen
Don't forget to check out all the deals and steals that Taylor has in store for you over at her store: Taylored Expressions!!!
Ciao for now,
Every Tuesday, Paper Craft Planet holds a challenge called 3D Tuesday - where we try to make anything but a card - this week, our challenge is being sponsored by Kelleigh Ratzlaff from The Digi Chick! Kelleigh has generously offered a $20 gift card to her store for the best bag! In addition, the winner will also get a $5 gift card to ANYTHING on the Digi Chick store!
These templates are AWESOME and so easy! You just print the design on to your patterned paper, cut, score and glue! Presto, you look like Martha Stewart in minutes! If you want to get fancy, you can use digital papers and print it that way, then you always have an instant, printable, bag on hand!
It really is amazing how quick these are to assemble - I made this little puppy in almost 12 minutes after printing it out... Love when that happens :) The papers are from SEI and the sentiment is from the May release of Taylor's newest stamp set: Doctor's Orders from Taylored Expressions.
It's nice to have a little bag on hand to fill with something if someone isn't feeling well - I can't wait to print out a few more of these and play around some more --
So now its your turn! To take the challenge -- create a small gift bag, and upload it to Paper Craft Planet. Use the tag 3d11. You do NOT have to use one of Kelleigh's templates to win -- but they are so easy and fun, we know that you'll want one :) We'll pull it into the album and pull a winner next Tuesday. I can't wait to see what you make!Check out what the other Supernovas have made:
Ciao for now!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Jen del Muro
and of course! Taylor VanBruggen