Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks - Day 1 !!!

Hi Everyone!

June Release At a Glance
  • We have sneak peeks to share Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Friday, June 3rd at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the OvenDepartment in the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets on Thursday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Special Early Bird Offer on Release Day for the first 15 orders over $100.  It's TOTALLY SWEET!
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and all will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments close Thursday 6/2 at 7pm for the drawings.

Guess what?! Today the Baker's Dozen of Taylored Expressions start their sneak peeks from this month's new releases and I am so in love with all the amazing and awesome stamp sets and awesome dies and impression plates! On today's Menu: we are sneaking peeks of the full size stamp set: A Day In Paradise and will continue the Moka series with Moka Lani and two stamp sets with the sweet little penguins with the Beach Belle and Surf's Up stamp set.

 I love the new dies that Taylor is releasing - one of them that  we are sneaking peeks of today is the new Wave Border die which is perfect for summertime cards!

The stamp set A Day in Paradise is simply pure summer magic - all of the stamp sets are so nostalgic of summer at the beach house - where all one does is just lounge by the beach all day in the warmth of the summer sun. This gorgeous stamp set (full sized set with 21 stamps) is illustrated by the sweet Nancy McKinney and is perfect for retirement cards, summer cards, vintagey cards, and just because cards (and everything in between). I love this sailboat image in this stamp set and wanted to create this card for my DH who loves to sail - I embossed the sailboat image and then sponged with a gradation of yellows and oranges after cutting it out with an oval nestiies and then paired it with the papers from the Splash 6x6 pad from EP. I layered a few pieces of different shades of blue cut with the wave border die and layered that at the bottom of the image and then used the Clouds Duo die to cut some clouds out of felt that I then layered on the sailboat image.

Card Ingredients:
Paper:Splash 6x6 pad from EP, Bazzill
Stamps: A Day in Paradise from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Danube and Paris Dush
Accessories: wave borderoval spellbinders, liquid pearls, twine, tags, Clouds duo die from Taylored Expressions, dimensionals and felt.

The second card uses the new Palm Tree Die to coordinate with the palm tree stamp in the Hangin' Out by the Beach stamp set.

I love all the Hangin' Out stamp sets - and the Hangin' Out by the Beach stamp set has a wonderful palm tree that is so cute - but can be hard to cut out (and trust me, I LOVE to cut things out!) so - it is so delightful to have a die that coordinates with this stamp set and can easily cut out the inner corners of the palm trees with precision in one roll of a die cut machine! I used this stamp set with the Palm Tree die with the papers from Lime Twist from My Mind's Eye. 

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Splash, Bazzil, SnowWhite Choice cardstock and EP
StampsHangin' Out by the Beach
Taylored Dies: Palm Tree die, wave border
Accessories: clear tear drops, baker's twine, dimensionals, wonky and circle nestabilities, liquid pearls, circle punch and dimensionals.

I love making summer time cards - and it is so easy with all of these gorgeous stamps that are going to be peeked today - and the wave border die and palm tree die makes it even easier to create a fun summertime border or accent! Please hop over to see all the summertime magic that the girls have created today:

And please hop back tomorrow for more sweet fun :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Sankari :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

You Make the Difference

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited that my parents are visiting myself and the kids this week - its been just absolutely lovely and sweet and awesome - all rolled into one! I have already made a few things for my mom ad dad - but I wanted to make a special little something to show them how much I love them. Any good qualities that I might have are all there because of my parents and those values and lessons that they taught me - are all things I see myself saying and teaching my children. I am so forever grateful to my parents - for every single thing that they have done - and for everything that they do for my wee ones - and so I wanted to make a card for them that my kids could sign on the inside - with pictures of the kids and the sentiment: "You make a difference in my life" from the Bloom and Grow stamp set from Verve stamps.

I loved making this card - maybe it is because it was for my parents and that it had pictures of our children that made it so lovely to make this card :) I stamped the frame from the Sweet Treats stamp set and popped it up over the pictures of the kids. These pictures were cut out with the embossed oval die and then adhered to the DP and then I popped the frame over them with dimensionals. 

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Sweet Treats stamp set, Bloom and Grow Stamp set
Papers: MME and PTI
Inks: London Fog, Danube Blue from Memento Inks
Accessories: Embossed Oval die from Verve Stamps, ribbon, buttons and brads from MME, liquid pearls, spellbinders, dimensionals, twine

I can't wait to give this to my parents and hope the know how amazing they are. Its amazing how each of us have an ability to make difference in so many people's lives - and I am grateful that who my parents and my grandparents are can be passed down in lessons, teachings and stories to our children and their children. I am excited for the kids to sign their names inside and leave a little message for their grandparents :)

Hope you don't mind my sharing these little thoughts :)
Thank you so much for coming over to visit today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hambo Stamps - Guest Designer - Party Sheep!

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I am so excited to be a Guest Designer for Hambo Stamps - a stamp company filled with the cutest little stamps and they also have the most hilarious sentiments in their stamp collection! I love that one of their sayings on their website is: "Go ahead, laugh at us"! you gotta love that - lol!

A special thanks to my dearest friend Libby for coordinating this opportunity for me - and to Monica, the owner of Hambo Stamps to let me party with them today! I was excited to get to hoedown with my cute little party sheep animals from  Hambo Stamps- this little pyramid of sheep from the Party Sheep stamp set and I picked out the Get the Party Started sentiment (the full sentiment says: "Let's Get this Party started") 

I started out with stamping the sheepies and then cutting them out with my circle spellbinders and then sponging in some sky and then stamped the sheep a second time - this time I cut out the three bottom sheep and stacked them onto the main image panel. I colored these cute little Party Sheep  with some copics and then covered them with some liquid applique and heat embossed them to give the raised texture. I created a little matte with a large circle and adhered it to the Stella Rose DP from MME. The sentiment was stamped and then cut out with the Spellbinder tags and then popped up on the bottom of the card. I finished it off with a bow and some black and silver dew drops on the bottom:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Stellla Rose MME
Stamps:  Party Sheep stamp set the Get the Party started sentiment from Hambo stamps
Inks: RoseRed, TuxedoBlack and Ladybug Red
Accessories: Martha Stewart Grass Punch, EK success border punch, Spellbinder nesties, copics, sponger, ribbon from stash, dew drops and dimensionals. 

I totally smiled the whole time I was heat embossing these cute sheep - how cute are they?! and I can tell that these sheep have way too much fun partying down (PS - have you seen the funny claymation cartoon called Shaun the Sheep - it is hilarious for kids and kids in adult bodies ;) These sheep TOTALLY remind of the sheep in this comedic cartoon! :)

A huge thanks to dear Libby and Monica for letting me play along today - I can't wait to make more cards with these party sheep! Please check out all the stamps here on the Hambo website!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

JustRite Blog Hop: World's Best Teacher

Hi Everyone,

Today over at the JustRite blog - we are doing a special and fun blog hop with the wonderful ladies from the Stamper's Dream DT and are celebrating the newly released stamps from JustRite with some wonderful prizes! Prizes - you say?! YES!!! There are 3 Mystery Blog Candies that are hidden somewhere along this hop and for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes - all you have to do is to leave a little comment on each person's blog since we don't know which blog will have the Mystery Prize! All 21 locations on this hop are eligible for the Mystery Blog Candy! AND you are going to love checking out all 21 blogs - because this hop with the Stamper's Dream DT is simply full of amazingly talented ladies who are my constant inspiration - I can't wait to hop along!

For today's project - I used the sweet stamp set: You are the Best Stamp set- to create this card for our son's teacher. As the school year starts to end - the amount of graduation parties and graduation celebrations are stacking up - and I am so glad I have a chance to create a sweet thank you card for our son's wonderful teacher. She is just a ray of sunshine and I wanted to create a bright and cheery card for her and love that this stamp set comes with so many different stamps that you can use with the "World's Best" sentiment - including "teacher".

I paper pieced the flower and layered them up with glitter on the large one, and a button with twine in the middle of the second one. I added the sentiment "world's best" onto a button after punching it out and layered it onto the ribbon and added some tags coming out of the ribbon with the sentiment: "teacher" in the middle one:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: JustRite: You are the Best stamp set
Paper: Cosmo cricket and Bazzil
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: EK success border punches, liquid pearls, dimensionals, glitter, button from BG, twine and bling - ribbon from stash.

I loved making this card - its always so nice to create cards for the special people in our lives - especially for all the wonderful teachers out there who do so much to ensure that everyday is an inspiration in the education of our children. I am so glad to be a part of this hop today - and in this mode of celebration - please check out all 3 of the Mystery Prizes that are available today somewhere along the blog hop:

Prize #1 -You are the Best stamp set- this is the stamp set that I used today - and it coordinates with the Spellbinder's Blossom dies - you could win BOTH stamp set and coordinating die as one prize!!! awesome!

Prize #2 - you could win the Family Garden stamp set along with the Fancy Tags 3 coordinating die from Spellbinders - BOTH of them - in one prize!!! Isn't that awesome!

Prize #3 - Check out the awesome goodies in this prize - All of these crafting goodies make up a prize - can you believe all the yumminess involved?!

Talk about amazing prizes - and all you have to do is check out the designers below and leave them a little comment - and you are automatically entered to win one of these prizes (Winners will be announced on the JustRite Blog on saturday - so please leave your comments by 9am CST on Friday!) There are so many amazing designers who have created simply exquisite projects - please check them all out here:

Stephanie Kraft 
Sankari Wegman (that's me :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Sankari :)

PS - One more quick thing - JustRite stamps has also come out with THE perfect accessory for all of us crafters/stampers, scrapbookers - the Custom Designer Stamper.  This pre-inked stamp lasts for 10,000 impressions without need for re-inking and is perfect for creating your own signature (including blog) on the back of your cards and creations - please check out all the designs and details here - (and its also on SALE right now ;)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lavender Wedding Vervey Tags

HI Everyone,

One of my friends is getting married this summer and wanted some tags and signage for her wedding - so I created some tags that she can display at place settings or at the table with all the food. Her colors are light purple and cream - and so it was fun to pick out papers and embellies that had these colors.

I used the awesome stamp set from Verve: Love Story that has SO many wonderful sentiments and images that were perfect for this project! I wanted to make a whole bunch of different tags with different embellishments and layouts so that she could choose which ones she likes the best. Here is a picture of all the different tags that I made:

Here is a picture of three of the above tags. The one on the left - the heart is a piece of chipboard covered in some DP from SEI and a button ribbon tag using the sentiment: "together forever". The one in the middle has a frame from the Love Story stamp - but the sentiment is from the Love Notes stamp set. The last one is a really simple tag - with sentiment and image from the Love Story stamp set. I attached the tags with a bit of twine since her wedding theme is an outside elegant vintagey wedding.

Here is a picture of the second set of tags - I tried to mix it up a bit with have a cork background mixed in with some laced up twine around it (far right) and then sponged the lavender ink with the SEI papers to create the papers in the middle tag and went a bit crazy with sponging, punching out corners and adding some ribbon and buttons to the one on the far left. All the sentiments are from the Love Story stamp set:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Lavender papers from Bazzil, white cardstock from PTI
StampsLove Story and Love Notes stamp set from Verve Stamps
Inks: Grape Jelly and LuLu Lavender from Memento Inks
Accessories: twine, cork, heart lattice punch, heart punch, butterfly punch, heart corner punch and scalloped corner punch are from Martha Stewart, chipboard heart, dimensionals, buttons from PTI  purple vintage buttons, liquid pearls, stickles (diamond and crystal), bling-pearls and silver dots, corner punch, tag punch from CM. 

I was so amazed at how quickly these tags came together - I just adore these stamp sets - Please check out all the stamps over at the Verve Stamps site!

I always love making things for people I love - and I loved every single second of making these tags. I am so happy for my dear friend and so excited for her and her fiance as they begin this new chapter! Will post more pics after the wedding!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Blast from the Past Hop: #1 Dad

Hi Everyone!

It's time for another Blast From the Past blog hop from Taylored Expressions - where every month - there is a blog hop for all Taylored Expressions fans - where you can sign up to create something with previously released stamp sets! This month's theme is to go masculine :) And can I just tell you HOW hard it was not to put a ton of bling and ribbon and swirls and whirls on this card :)) It kept feeling like something was missing :) 
But I tried to keep it simple - and made a card for my dearest father who simply is the best of the best  - he is my best friend - and I simply have no words to express my love, admiration and deepest gratitude for him - he is truly the best dad ever! :) So I had to use that sentiment from the Boys Will be Boys stamp set - and paired it along with the papers from CC and used the sketch for this month's BFTP hop :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Salt Air from Cosmo Cricket and kraft
Stamps:  Boys Will be Boys stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento
Accessories: circle nesties, ribbon tag trio 3, brads (screws), liquid pearls, ribbon from stash and dimensionals. 

I love how this card turned out - and I can't wait to send this to my dad! I love how quick and simple and fast it was to make this card - just quick paper piecing and adding the sentiments. It felt so good to make this card to honor my dad - and can't wait to make a few more to honor my FIL and DH :)

Please check out what all the wonderful designers have created for this special hop and make sure to sign up for the next one! You can check out all the details here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sankari :)

Happy Birthday Lori!

Hi Everyone,

Today is an exciting day as a lot of different crafters have come together to celebrate the birthday of one very awesome and wonderful person: Ms. Lori Craig! Lori has such a generous heart andI feel so lucky to have hung out with this special lady who has a beautiful heart and smile! I wanted to make a fun party card for this awesome chickie - so I had to use the cute little chickie Chole from the Chicks Rule stamp set from Verve stamps with the Mojo 191 sketch (seriously love this sketch - had to use it again!) The sentiments are from the super cute Party Time set - paired with the frame from the Sweet Treats stamp set. 
I wish I could come over with balloons dear Lori - but instead I am sending this card over to you :) The sentiment is stamped and then popped up onto the Embossed Oval Die and added a circle of liquid pearls with a tag on the side: "It's Your Day". I added the balloons on the side after coloring and glazing them up a bit - and popped out sweet little Chole Chickie on the side waving hi :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Echo Park (Sweet Summertime DP) 
StampsChicks Rule , Party Time and the Sweet Treats stamp set from Verve Stamps.
Inks: Bamboo Leaves and Tuxedo Black
Accessories: dimensionals, bling from Bo Bunny, Embossed Oval Die, twine from May Arts, edger punch from Martha Stewarts, glaze, copics and liquid pearls.

And will wonders never cease - I actually mailed this card to Lori! I can't believe it - I am usually a card keeper not much of a card mailer :) PS - Lori - sorry about the huge packaging for such a little card - only way to send it to make sure you get it in time :)

Lori - I wish you a year full of daily blessings 
and that everyday is filled with sunshine and laughter! 
Wishing you a wonderful and Happy Happy Birthday dearest Lori!!!

Please by Lori's blog here and leave her some birthday love!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mojo Monday #191 - God Bless!

Hi Everyone,

I am in desperate need of mojo - really - its pretty desperate here - I actually sat in front of my craft desk all evening with not a drop of creativity... sigh... I looked through papers, card magazines... blogs... nada... everything looked beautiful - but I couldn't figure out how to make it work.... sigh... but this morning - I thought to look at the Mojo Monday blog - and sure enough- Julee has a fantastic sketch (Mojo Monday #191)  that is sure to get your mojo flowing - I LOVE this sketch - it seemed so easy to keep it clean - and simple - two things that I am not good at :).

I turned the card vertically and used the gorgeous stamp set: Hope Blooms  from Verve stamps and stamped the largest flower onto the DP from the Summertime collection from Echo Park. I love love love how this flower looks stamped, paper pieced or colored in. I cut out the edges and placed it onto the classic oval vintage die from Verve Stamps and used the beautiful sentiment: "God Bless" from the Faithful Phrases stamp set from Verve.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Hope Blooms and Faithful Phrases stamp set from Verve. 
Paper: Summertime collection from Echo Park
Ink: RoseRed and Tuxedo Black from Memento Ink
Accessories: blign and pearl from BoBunny, ribbon from stash, dimensionals, corner rounder and liquid pearls 

I love ti when mojo strikes - I woke up this morning - made this card - and then fed my kids breakfast, got them dressed and out the door for school! Hooray for a fun morning!

Hope your day is filled with fun and sunshine and beauty!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Home is Where the Heart Is - 3 card series

Hi Everyone,

I have been running like a chicken without a head - kinda - its been simply so crazy busy - but in a good way - I honestly don't know how the days are flying so fast! We just had a get together tonight for 3 very sweet families who are leaving our small town and are moving to other parts of the US. The Indian community in our town is so very sweet - and close - and so it was a bitter sweet joy to come together to celebrate this new chapter that is opening up for these families but a sad one for us as we will feel the void when these families move.

I created three cards for everyone to sign at the party - because it was for everyone to sign - I made this card a little bit bigger : 6x6 (or so :) and used the super sweet sweet Love is Everywhere from Taylored Expressions with the March Key Ingredients kit that features the awesome papers from MME Stella Rose (Gertie). You can check out more about the March Key Ingredients here - a great a way to get everything in one place (Cardstock, DP, ribbon, embellishments and bling!) I tried to keep the layout simple so that all the beautiful designs on the DP could be seen - and popped up the sentiment, trees, and image panels with dimensionals and finished it off with some liquid pearls. Here is a picture of all three cards:

I kept the layout the same -but changed up the papers a little bit along with the DP for trees and grass. Here is another picture of the set of three cards:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: MME - Stella Rose from the March Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Love is Everywhere stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Bahama Blue, Rose Red ink
Accessories: Scallop and circle punch for trees, Nesties (labels and scalloped nestie), liquid pearls, MS edger punch and ribbon from stash.

I don't usually share pictures other than cards here - but I wanted to share a special picture from our Farewell Party tonight - it was such a joy to have everyone sign it and to give it to the families who were leaving - so bittersweet .This picture was a difficult one to capture - so many families and little ones all having to stay still - but so worth it!!!

Feeling very grateful for all the different kinds of families that we have here - families by blood, by friendship, of the heart - so very sweet!

Thank you so much for stopping by today - Hope that your Monday starts off
a wonderful week of joy!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

JustRite Stamps- Introducing: Family Garden stamp set

HI Everyone,

Today over at the JustRite stamp blog - we are peeking samples from the beautiful stamp set: Family Garden! This stamp set made up of 13 cling images is part of the JustRite Cling stamps collection.

I love the beautiful vines and flowers in this stamp set and created a Happy Birthday card for my son's teacher using the happy birthday sentiment from this stamp set with the frame from the Because I Care stamp set. I cut out the sentiment with my Fancy Tags die and popped it up ontop of the card:

I stamped the vine in Bamboo green ink and embossed it with clear EP and then sponged the edges. The flowers were stamped with two different inks and I put a little bit of bling in the centers of the red flowers. I finished it off with some pleated green ribbon and a heart button ontop of the green polka dotted bow.

I can't wait to see what all the lovely ladies on the JustRite Design Team have created with this gorgeous stamp set - please hop over with me and check them out:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

JustRite Stamps- Introducing: "You're the Best" stamp set

Hi Everyone,

Today over at the JustRite Stamps blog, the Design Team is featuring the sweet new stamp set: You're the Best which coordinates with the tags from the Nested Lacy Pennants and the Blossoms 3 nesties from Spellbinders. This stamp set is part of the JustRite Cling stamp sets and comes with wonderful sentiments that can fit into the blossom shapes or on the tags  - or can be stamped separately. I stamped blossom flowers in Memento onto BG DP and then cut them out and layered them ontop of each other. 

For the leaves, I used the tags and paper pieced them onto green Dp and then added some glitter on top of tags. I attached a button with some embroidery thread in the middle popped it up on to the top of the DP arrangement.

The coolest thing about the tags, is that there is a gap or hole in one of them that allows you to pop the sentiment into it - this means that you can stamp very easily in two colors. I stamped the frame tag with some Memento black ink and then inserted the sentiment: "Congratulations" that I had already stamped with some Ladybug Red ink. 

I added a little bit of gray satin ribbons, a thin line of mesh metal and edger punch from MS and finished off some edges with a little bit of liquid pearl dots. I added some white cardstock to the inside of the card for easier writing. I can't wait to see all the gorgeous creations using the You're the Best stamp set from the JustRite Design Team = please hop along with me and check them out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

JustRite Stamps Introducing: Because I care & Just Because

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful mother's day weekend. My weekend was very simple and sweet and jam packed with activity and hustle & bustle - lots of love and fun! I loved being around all my mama friends, talking to my MIL and mother and being with my kids - very grateful all these wonderful women who nourish my heart! 


I made this card for my SIL for Mother's Day using the JustRite Stamp set: Because I Care - which is a brand new JustRite Cling set and is filled with sweet sentiments and beautiful frames into which you can directly stamp the sentiment. The JustRite stamps blog today, is featuring projects using this stamp set : Because I Care along with the stamp set Just Because which has 18 mini sentiments and coordinates beautifully with this stamp set. I wanted to create a fun and blingy card just like her - so I went with a pink theme and added a bit of lace and bling :)

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Because I Care from JustRite stamps
Paper: BG and PTI white cardstock base
Inks: RoseRed from Memento inks
Accessories: bling from want2scrap, liquid pearls, ribbon from stash, lace trim from Websters, wonky spellbinders, chunky glass glitter from MS and felt from PTi

I love all the sweet sentiments and the frames create such a lovely versatility with using the other JustRite sentiments and also coordinating it with Spellbinders nesties. I am so excited to check out what the JustRite DT have created using these two stamp sets! Please hop over with me and check them out!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
BIg hugs,
Sankari :)