Monday, November 25, 2013

TE: Happy Winter

It's beginning to feel a lot like winter around here. . .well, at least as far as winter goes down here in the South ;)  Next year around this time my family will be living up North, and possibly be experiencing some snow.  For my kids this will be their first real encounter with mass quantities of snow.  I grew up in the North, so a small part of me is dreading all the work that snow brings.  I've grown quite accustomed to the 50 degree days for our winter down here.

With winter here, I decided to make a winter themed card using the November Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit.  This particular card uses the Woodland Winter stamp set along with the several Taylored Expressions die: Birch Tree Border Die, This Way to Smiles Die, and the new die Patio Party.  That little owl just brings a smile to my face with his little hat :)

 StampsWoodland Winter
Paper: Nov 2013 Key Ingredients 
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Craft White
Accessories: ribbon from kit, Patio PartyBirch Tree Border die, This Way to Smiles die, Copics, sponge, white embossing powder

If you aren't familiar with Taylor's kits, you need to check out the Kits Page.  These would make great gifts for the crafter on your list.

Thanks for stopping in :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Feel Better

Hey there!  Did you get a chance to hop with CardMaker and Taylored Expressions yet?  If not, you really need to scroll down, because there is a prize to be won ;)

We've been super busy in our house.  The kids are still working on school, but my husband took the week off.  That actually took some convincing on my part.  He hates to leave others to do his work, so getting him to take vacation when no one else is, is near impossible.  I think he became convinced when he saw how completely stressed out I have been about having to get our house ready to sell.  One of the things we've gotten done, has been transitioning our closet back into a closet from my 'craft cave'.  I'll show pics later this week :)

Onto my card. . .I made this because one of my uncles back home is very sick.  I haven't been able to get back to Nebraska in several years.  I love them dearly, and it's killing me not to be there.  I used the Paper Smooches stamp set called Healthy Vibes.  I really do love their whimsical stamps.  Who wouldn't feel better after seeing that darling bandaid?!  I also used one of the new dies from Taylored Expressions called Label Stacklets 7.

My card was also made using the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, which was a color challenge.  I went a bit darker with my blue, but stayed pretty true to the rest of the colors.  If you look closely, there are some light blue hearts on one of my papers, which was the first dp I picked out.  I just couldn't resist added the darker blue after I got started.  Sometimes you just move where the card spirits take ya ;)

Stamps:  Healthy Vibes
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Echo Park dp, Neenah Solar White
Accessories:  orange twill ribbon, TE Label Stacklets 7 die, Copic multiliner, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in.  I'll get some before and after pics taken of the closet and have more stampy goodness to show you later as well :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

TE - CardMaker SOTM Hop!

Hey there crafty peeps, and welcome to the Taylored Expressions - CardMaker Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!  You should have made your way here from Michelle Woerner's Blog.  If you didn't then you'll want to make your way back to the beginning of this hop, which is the Taylored Expressions blog, so you don't miss a bit of paper crafty goodness.  When you're done here, you'll want to follow the hop to Rosemary Dennis's Blog.

We have quite the combo for you today: CardMaker and Taylored Expressions are a good mix if you ask me ;)  It's an honor for me to be hopping amongst such company!  Taylored Expressions offers three different subscription choices, making it easy for every papercrafter to find the perfect fit: SOTM Subscription, Key Ingredients Kit Subscription, and the Deluxe Subscription.  The SOTM is an exclusive Stamp set that is only available through subscription.  The Key Ingredients Kit is a beautiful combination of coordinating patterned papers, cardstock, and ribbon.  The Deluxe Subscription is the combination of both the SOTM and the Key Ingredients Kit.  You can't go wrong!

My card uses a Deluxe Kit from the month of October.  The stamp set is called Instant Love and its matching die set is called Remember When.  Those gorgeous papers that I used are all a part of the kit that was available back in October, so it's a taste of how amazing the kits match.  Taylor does an awesome job of coordinating the stamp sets to the papers that are available for that month, so you always get a perfectly coordinated group of crafting supplies.  The only extra I added was some twine and a camera charm!

Stamps:  Instant Love
Ink:  Craft White, SU Cameo Coral, SU Bermuda Bay
Paper:  October TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Remember When die, twine, camera charm, white embossing powder, foam tape

**Giveaway Alert**

Taylored Expressions is giving away one stamp set from the Stamp of the Month Archives (plus its coordinating die) to one lucky winner! To enter, leave a comment on each participating designer's blog. Winner will be chosen at random from all comments. Comments close midnight PST on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Thanks for stopping in and commenting!  Here's the Blog list in case you get lost along the way:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Taylored Expressions November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hey there my crafty little friends!  Welcome to the November Taylored Expressions Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  Every month the Key Ingredients Team and the Baker's Dozen team up to bring you a ton of inspiration using the current Stamp of the Month.  This month the set is called In the Garden, and you are going to love what the teams have cooked up for you to see :)

Each month the SOTM is specifically designed to coordinate with the papers in the Key Ingredients Kit, and I have been blown away once again by how gorgeous they all look together!  I'm a 'matchy' person, in case you haven't read that on here before, so these kits are so perfectly for someone like me.  Not only that, but each month there is a coordinating die set that matches it all perfectly as well, and this month it is called Patio Party!

My card uses all the three: In the Garden SOTM, Patio Party die, November Key Ingredients Kit.  I also used the Banner Stacklets 2 dies on this card, which goes so perfectly with most any project.

 Stamps:  In the Garden SOTM
Ink:  SU Crushed Curry, SU Ruby Red, SU Pool Party, SU Handsome Hunter, Memento Espresso Truffle
Paper:  November 2013 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, TE Patio Party die, TE Banner Stacklets 2, foam tape, Espresso Liquid Pearls

If you aren't familiar with Taylor's kits, you'll want to be sure and check out the Kits page at the store to be sure and learn all of the options.  There are some amazing benefits to being a subscriber :)

 Check out with comes in the Key Ingredients Kit:

There is a lot more crafty, SOTM goodness to see, so be sure to check out the rest of the hop:

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Taylored Expressions November Key Ingredients Kit

I'm not sure if you know this, but it is release day over at Taylored Expressions, and there is some  ah-mazing stuff that has just been released!  I'm salivating at the new stuff!  With all that going on, I wanted to show you the November Key Ingredients Kit, which is fabulous :)  The papers are beautiful, and I have had the best time using them to create all kinds of projects from fall, to everyday, to winter!

The first card I want to show you that I've made with the kit is an everyday card.  It uses the Life is a Circus stamp set.  I didn't go too crazy or fancy with this card, because the images really speak for themselves, but those papers were just screaming to be used with that set :D  I colored that darling lion, the tent, and the lion's stand with Copics.

 Stamps:  Life is a Circus
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, Craft White
Paper:  November 2013 TE KI Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, Copics, white embossing powder, foam tape

Check out what the Key Ingredients Kit comes with this month:

There are a ton of great benefits to be a subscriber to Taylor's kits and 3 different options for Kit subscription.  It's pretty much a guarantee that you won't be disappointed with any of the kits if you choose to sign up!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Tags

Hey there my crafty friends!  Check out all of those tags I made in preparation for Christmas!  That is in no way a reflection on the number of Christmas cards I have done, but I go as the spirit moves me ;)  I know it will hit me, and I crank out those Christmas cards like nobody's business.  Until then, I will create as I please.

All of these tags use products from Taylored Expressions, which just so happens to have a release going on tomorrow.  All of the papers from this tag project come from the Bundled Up Pantry Project Kit.  There is loads of paper and ribbon to complete so many Christmas cards, tags, you name it!  The images come from the Totally Tags line of stamps, and this set is called Totally Tags Holiday and uses the Totally Tags Dies.  The main body of the tags were made using the Label Stacklets 3 and Frame it Up 1 dies.  I topped it off with snowflakes made using the Make a Snowflake Die.

I really had so much fun creating and coloring these tags, and I'm excited to see how the recipients react to them.  My family sort of expects things like this from me, and I always think it's a sweet gesture when they want to keep them :)  I'm going to enter these in the Little Red Wagon Christmas Tags challenge!

Stamps:  Totally Tags Holiday
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Real Red, SU Handsome Hunter
Paper:  TE Bundled Up Project Pantry Kit
Accessories:  ribbon from kit, twine, buttons, Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, TE Label Stacklets 3 dies, TE Frame it Up 1 die, TE Totally Tags dies, TE Make a Snowflake Dies, circle punch

Thanks for stopping in today.  Be sure to come back tomorrow, because I'll be showing off the latest Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit!