Thursday, April 24, 2014

Taylored Expressions & Faber-Castell Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to be part of the partnership between Taylored Expressions and Faber-Castell in today's blog hop! I love all of their amazing crafty tools and was able to play with some awesome Pastel Pencils (neutrals) and some Big Stamper's Brush Pens (3 count Blue) from Faber-Castell! 

Mix & Match Pastel Pencils
Mix & Match Stamper's Big Brush (3 count  set of Blue)

For my first card I used both of the above pencils and pens to color my sentiment from the Chalkboard Elements stamp set:
I stamped the sentiment directly with the Stamper's Big Brush Pens by alternating each letter with a different color blue - I LOVE this look!

After stamping the sentiment: "wishing you" onto the banner from the set in alternating ink colors - I created some shadowing to the banner by using the Mix & Match Pastel Pencils. I also colored in the flowers with these Big Brush pens as well as the sentiment: "all the best":

I love how easily the pencils blended in with each other. I shaded in the circle shape that I cut out of the circle nestie with the same pencils and then used the white pastel pencil to create a chalkboard effect on the black cardstock:

Here is another view of the card - I added some bling to the corners and also added some faux stitching to the circle nestie around the sentiment and flowers and finished it off by rounding the corner and adding some foam dimensionals to the sentiments and circle nesties:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Chalkboard Elements and flowers from Nov. 2013 stamp of the Month: In the Garden
Papers: Black, Red and Blue cardstock
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Faber-Castell: Stamper's Big Brushes 3 ctd. Blue and Faber-Castell Pastel Pencils Neutrals
Accessories: Circle nesties, white gel pen, corner chomper, white bling, and foam dimensionals

I loved playing with these wonderful crafty pens and pencils and for my second project, I only used the three blue colors from the Stamper's Big Brush Pens (3 count, Blue) for coloring in the sentiment by alternating the colors on the letters as well as coloring in the different petals on the flowers with different colors of inks. I stamped the sentiments from the Milestone Marker stamp set from Taylored Expressions. I LOVE that you can alternate the colors so quickly and easily with the awesome big brush tips on these pens:

After alternating the letters with the inks, I stamped the sentiment and was really impressed with how it stamped - such a cool look!! Each of the flowers is stamped with these pens and then afterwards, I used some of the colors of the pens to shade in some of the colors - especially on the flowers and then I added some bling to the centers of the flowers -- & then kept adding some bling here & there (it was hard not to cover the whole card with bling :)!!
I made this card for my in-laws 50th anniversary (can you believe 50 years together -wow!) and can't wait to give it to them later this summer. Here is a close up of the card:
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Milestone Markers and In the Garden (Stamp of the Month)

Inks: Faber-Castell: Stamper's Big Brushes 3ct. Blue 
Papers: Taylored Expressions Choice Snow White and Teal cardstock
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, bling, white gel pen, foam dimensionals, turquoise grosgrain ribbon and circle punches

I had so much fun playing with these awesome products from Faber-Castell and I can't wait to check out all the wonderful creations from everyone on the hop today - please hop along with me and check them out:

Faber-Castell Blog
Sankari Wegman
Mou Shaha 
Cassie Trask
Rita Barakat
Keia Shipp-Smith
Jen Matott
Taylored Expressions Blog

GiveAway Fun Prizes!!!!

Simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST. 

Thanks so much for taking a moment to stop by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April SOTM: Cute as a Button

Hi Everyone,

This month's SOTM (April '14) is called: Made With Love and comes with coordinating dies called Stitched with Love. The  deluxe subscription to the KI kit will also come with the SOTM (with dies) along with all the ingredients in the Key Ingredients Kit! Seriously an awesome deal to get a monthly package of awesome crafty goodness!! 

For my card today, I couldn't wait to use this sweet little sentiment: "Cute as a button" - I strung along some buttons with some twine next to the sentiment and mixed and matched the sweet papers in this KI kit for base of the card:

Here is another view of the card - I  added a little banner across the side of the card and finished it with a larger red button with some twine and bling in the center:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: April 2014 KI kit from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Made with love SOTM from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Ladybug Red
Accessories: Party Banner Border, foam dimensionals, liquid pearls, twine, buttons

I love this sweet little sentiment and the mix of designer papers makes me drool --! One day I would love to spend the all 24 hours crafting and munching on popcorn and watching movies!

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taylored Expressions - April Stamp of the Month: Sew Happy!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop from Taylored Expressions! April's month's SOTM is called: Made With Love and comes with coordinating dies called Stitched with Love - and if you get the deluxe subscription to the KI kit - you will get the SOTM (with dies) along with all the ingredients in the Key Ingredients Kit! It's an amazing deal for creating cards that are perfectly coordinated!
  For my project today, I couldn't wait to use the sweet sewing machine stamp and then cut it out with created a mat with the Label Stacklets 8 dies and then attached the separate sentiments together with a circle punch and by cutting a banner:

I created a little cluster of hearts that are die cut from the papers using the sweet little heart die that has button holes in it - and then attached a little bling using one of the gems that comes with the KI kit:

I colored in the sentiment and then attached some ribbon across the card base. Here is the inside of the card - I used one of the stitched stamp sets on the bottom of the card and then attached a heart button on the bottom with some twine:
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Made with Love stamp set: April SOTM from Taylored Expressions
Paper: April Key Ingredients (TE)
Ink: Memento Paris Dusk, Bahama Blue and Teal Zeal
Taylored Dies: Stitched with Love, Stacklets 4
Accessories: twine, foam dimensionals, glue dots, sponger, circle punches, white gel pens, Gems (April Key Ingredients)

I always love the Stamp of the Month blog hop because its so much fun to see what all the DT have created with the stamp set and how they paired it with Key Ingredients Kit!!! Please hop around with me and check out these amazing ladies!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Verve Divas Inspiration Hop - April 2014

Welcome to Verve's April Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time! This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a string in your step! So in addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation for a chance to win another prize!

Our April challenge is Chic Chevrons:

Chevrons are the new polka-dots! Get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or zig-zag off on your own, just show us some chic chevrons!

I have so many chevron DP that I haven't used yet and so this was such a fun challenge! I kept my card kind of CASish and let the bold background do the talking :) The banner is from the  Remember This set and the sentiment I paired it with is from the awesome Bountiful Backgrounds stamp set.

I stamped the two pennants in the Remember This stamp set - cutting out the inner one and then crimping it and popping it over the larger pennant. I then added some butterflies and finished it off with some butterflies and white gel pen and ribbon:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Remember This set and Bountiful BackgroundS
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa and Distress Broken Glass
Papers: Kraft and scrap DP
Accessories: EK success border punch, MS butterfly punch, paper crimper, photo corner rounder, white gel pen, foam dimensionals and stickles

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines.
1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sankari :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Taylored Expressions April Release Day: A Life She Loved

Hi Everyone!!

Its Release Day at Taylored Expressions!! Woohoo!! This month's release has been fabulous and I wanted to show one of my favorite cards created by using the A Life She Designed stamp set and paired it with the Stacklets 4 dies:

Here is a close up - I stamped the doodle in Tuxedo Black and then colored it in with some color pencils and then added some gloss to the jar for a more realistic look :) I also added some gloss to the glass for a more real look! I cut out the die using the Stacklets 4 dies and then kept it kinda CAS by just adding a sentiment and sponging the edges of the stacklets:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: A Life She Loved
Papers: Kraft and Simple Stories (Homespun 6x6)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Colorbox white
Accessories: Photo corner rounder, white gel pen, buttons from stash, liquid glaze and color pencils and Stacklets 8

So fun to create this card and I can't wait to see all the awesome new stamps and dies that are going to be released this wee- so please hop along with me and check them out here:

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog  each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Release Day!!

Big hugs,
Sankari :)