Saturday, November 30, 2013

Enjoy Your New Home

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was very simple affair filled with a ton of food and subsequent food comas! I am so grateful for all the little things and all of the big things - there is so much to give thanks for - even when the skies are gray. 

We just got back from a Thanksgiving weekend yesterday and I was able to create a little card for a housewarming using the Treasure Life stamp set, with the coordinating Apothecary Jars stamp set and the Apothecary Shelf. I have loved these three items for so long and was so happy to get them out to create a little indoor scene also using the Picture Window die and coordinating it with the From My Window. I used some blue DP for the wallpaper and then used some wood DP for the flooring and some vellum over the picture window to try to copy the feel of the glass - I love how it turned out: 

After I finished the card, I added some gloss over the Apothecary Shelf and the jars on the shelf for a bit of texture and sheen :)

Here is a shelf by the window - I colored the scene of the tree with the swing which is From My Window stamp set and then placed the die cut window from the Picture Window die set from TE.  I finished it off with a little banner using the Party Banner border die hung in the corner with a bit of bling in the center and some twine on one side: 
Card Ingredients:
StampsTreasure Life stamp set, Apothecary Shelf and the From My Window stamp set.
Inks: Memento Ladybug Red, Tuxedo Black and copics
Papers: Choice Snow White card stock from TE and vellum
Accessories: foam tape, bling, May Arts Twine,  yellow stickles, Gloss, Apothecary Jars dies, Picture Window die and Party Banner die

I loved making this card so so so much - it was so nice to have some crafty time to myself and it was so nice to watch a movie while I made this card - such a lovely luxury to relax and craft after a busy week :)

Hope your weekend is going well and that you have a beautiful start to your December!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Stamp of the Month - Hanging Out is Fun!

Hi Everyone,
Last week, we introduces the new Stamp of the Month from Taylored Expressions! The stamp of month this month is called: "In the Garden" and it also coordinates perfectly with the November's Key Ingredients kit and comes with a coordinating die. I love the stamped image of the little paper lanterns in the stamp set - it reminds me of going to a outside picnic party where there is so much yummy food and as the sun starts to set the paper lanterns come to life and shine softly! I created this card with that image in mind by making some soft rolling hills with the Build a Scene - Rolling Hills die with the Grass Green Felt:

Here is a close up of the scene - the clouds were from the Cloud Border die and then I cut out the lanterns and hung them up with some dimensionals and a added a little bit of sparkle with some stickles:

Card Ingredients:

Stamps: In the Garden from Taylored Expressions (November 2013 Stamp of the Month)
Inks: Memento Danube Blue, Teal Zeal, Tuxedo Black and copics
Paper: November 2013 Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions (featuring Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky)
Accessories: Build a Scene (Rolling Hills), Cloud Border Die, twine, stickles, foam dimensionals, corner rounder, white inkessentials gel pen

Making this card was so much fun - I love garden parties and after making this card, I totally want to have one - except that it is really really freezing outside! That's okay - just thinking about a garden party in my mind makes me so happy :)

Stay warm wherever you are - hope you have a wonderful day!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Ciao for now,
Sankari :)


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Stamp of the Month: In the Garden!

Hi Everyone,

Its time for a new Stamp of the Month from Taylored Expressions! The stamp of month this month is called: "In the Garden" and it also coordinates perfectly with the November's Key Ingredients kit and comes with a coordinating die :
This set is perfect paired with the November Key Ingredients Kit: -  and you can get both by checking out the Taylored Expressions Deluxe Subscription Kit here for more details. 
This stamp set is so Festive & Fun! I love the lanterns - and I love the flowers and the dies that come with them. I decided to make two cards for my project today. I wanted to create a simple design (kind of CAS-ish) and then take it one more step with some more additions in the second card - so kind of a simple one and then a little bit more is more on the second one :) Here is the set that I created with the KI kit and the stamp of the month for Nov:

I love how they turned out - and I always need birthday cards on hand - so it was fun to create some bday cards that I could make on a larger scale with the same layout. I die cut the flower into the cardstock and then popped the red flower out of the "die cut window" so that you could see the DP in the background: here is the simple one all by itself:
And here is the "more is more" card - I added a darker mat around the square DP and embossed a blue cardstock with some swiss dots and also added a smaller flower in the middle of the larger flower:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: In The Garden from Taylored Expressions(November 2013 Stamp of the Month)
Ink: Memento Inks: Ladybug Red, and Tuxedo Black
Paper: November 2013 Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions (featuring Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky)
Accessories: foam dimensionals, twine, white gel pen, corner rounder, Swiss dots embossing folder, copics, bling

This set is SO much fun and these papers in the KI kit are simple awesome - makes it so much fun to create when everything coordinates for you! Check out this amazing crew of designers that created projects with the kit and the stamp set:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Taylored Expressions November Release Day: Wine Charms and Pockets & Pages

Hi Everyone

Today is RELEASE day over at Taylored Expressions!!! Woohoo!!! There are so many super awesome amazing dies and stamps that will be released in the TE store today! 

For my projects today, I am starting off with a card that I made using the super cute Witty Wine Quotes stamp set with a pennant of wine charms created using the Wine Charms dies from Taylored Expressions :) I love this sentiment: "Nothing is better than a glass of wine... except maybe two!" haha! I have so many friends who are lovers of some fine wine and I can already see the smile on their faces in seeing this card :)

I die cut it with some blue and red card stock and then strung it up with some twine. I love all these sweet wine charm dies - especially that cute cute corkscrew die! How adorable! Here is a close up of the Wine Pennant:

Card Ingredients:
Stamp Set:
Witty WIne Quotes from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Ladybug Red
Paper: Simple Stories
Accessories: Wine Charms dies from Taylored Expressions, Label 7 Stacklets fromTE, sponger, twine, foam

For my second project, I started a scrapbook page for my son using some of the Pockets & Pages Essentials - my new favorite line of essential craft booking (yes! that's my new word of creation! haha!) I started one for my daughter and also wanted to start of for my little man (who will always be my wee baby). I took these pictures of him a few weeks ago on the way to the car - can I just say that a 1 minute walk from the house to the car usually takes 7 minutes because he is always finding caterpillars, grass hoppers, crickets, rollypollies, frogs - as well as other disgusting interesting creepy crawlies to put into his pocket. I am constantly asking him to please put the "caterpillargrasshopperscricketsrollypolliesfrogs" down and please come inside the car. But on this day, I just had to take a moment to enjoy his enjoyment of holding this caterpillar he found (he wanted to name him Henry). He was so gentle with this little caterpillar... err Henry... and I had a little heart melty moment watching his happiness. Here is my little page layout of these moments:

I used the papers from Echo Park: All About A Boy for my layout - I used the Large Scallop Border dies to create a border above and below the layout (6x8 page). I used the tab die from the Pages and Pockets - Essentials 4x6  and I cut the pictures and black mat using the Pages and Pockets - Essentials 3x4. Here is a close up of the tab and journaling:

I also used the Bars of the Year to die cut the month October to put on one of the tabs and used the Bottled Up die to create a little banner on side. I created the little pocket using the pocket die from the Pages and Pockets - Essentials 4x4 - you can put anything in that pocket, but I chose to just had a heart to the front:

Here is another view of the layout without the notebook:

Taylored Dies: Pockets & Pages - Essentials 3 x 4 ,Pockets & Pages - Essentials 4 x 4, Pockets & Pages - Essentials 4 x 6, Bottled Up Die, Large Scallop Border die
Paper: Echo Park: All About A Boy, Bazzil and Choice Snowhite card stock 
Accessories: Corner Rounder