In Stamping Mode

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Jodi!!!

Hello again everyone! Today I am here (along with a few friends :) ) to celebrate the birthday of one of the sweetest girls here on the net!!! Our Long Island Stamper Extraordinnaire, JODI COLLINS is celebrating a birthday today and we just had to be a part of the fun!! And, I may have shown this card before...I don't quite remember...but either way, it's cute and fun...just what I think of when I imagine Jodi and her gorgeous smile and bubbly personality. :)

And since there are a "few" of us celebrating, please follow along to the next birthday blog hopper, Joanne with Just a Little Something, to see what she has to share about the ever lovely Jodi!!! And of course, share a little birthday raz with Jodi over on her blog. :)

Happy Birthday Jodi...I hope you are having a GREAT BIRTHDAY!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Please consider this my e-card to you...whether you are visiting for the very first time here, or if you have been a frequent visitor of my shenanigans. :) Ok, it's pretty tame here, but I try to interject some humor when I can! This past month I've been somewhat vacant around here...I'm sure that you are totally relating. Aside from the regularly scheduled days to the nth degree because of the holidays, I've managed to go on a huge trek with the family to Fort Davis, Texas for some more camping in our RV. We had such a wonderful time and I highly recommend this place for some gorgeous camping and plenty of activities to keep you busy...even in the winter!

I created this card for the Taylored Expressions Newsletter, so you may have already seen it there, and if not, you can subscribe to it at the top right of the homepage HERE! This was my last Christmas card for the season...the last hurrah of Christmas cards, if you will! I used my most adored Holiday set, Sparkle & Cheer coupled with my most faaavorite Tinsel and Twig Project Pantry kit. I stamped my tree with Colorbox Olive Pastel and Dark Brown. And of course, dressed everything else up with ribbon, glitter, and pearls. :) Wouldn't have this any other way! Now I must return back to the hustle and bustle of the household....

Hope you are enjoy a most beautiful holiday with your family and I thank you sooooo much for your visit.

Merry Christmas again!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cupcake Album Cover with Want2Scrap

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be sharing with you a new chipboard album that I discovered at the Want2Scrap booth a few months ago and have finally had the chance to play the Cupcake Chipboard album!!

Ack! I just absolutely adore this album! Now, this is just the cover of the album...I plan on finishing out the inside pages and sharing with you in upcoming posts. :) I used quite a bit of Want2Scrap products here....of course some bling...but can you notice something else chipboardy here?

Mmmm...some new assortments of Chipboard flourishes. I simply sugared it up and layered it on top of some bling flourish that I cut from this little number HERE. I think they make such a beautiful pair together and you will probably see this again! :)

And can you believe that I snagged some of this lovely crochet trim from Want2Scrap as well? They seriously do carry everything for your scrappin' needs! Now, I need to get cracking on the inner pages...I'm so excited to play more with this...and there are more little cute items to show that are included in the book!

Thanks so much for looking!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Clean and Simple Sewing

Hey everyone! My title for today's post is completely misleading...sorry about that! I DO sew, however, if I were to show you one of my projects, the word "clean" would not be in the title, LOL!

Ever since I got the petite sets from Taylored Expressions, I've been wanting to play with one of the images from Sew Happy. I've already stamped the dress form and I had a total vision of making a project using the pin cushion while also creating my own to match my card....yeah, that part didn't quite happen! My cardmaking has been occurring, I swear, in slow motion! It takes me almost 3 days to make ONE card because of all the interruptions and schtuff that just needs to be done. Ok, enough of my whining...

I used another Clean and Simple challenge from over at Splitcoast as inspiration from my card because they just have great CAS challenges. I pulled out an oldie but goodie Project Pantry kit that I just LOVE...the Garden Variety Project Pantry. It features one of my all time favorite lines from Cosmo Cricket and this kit is still available in the TE store! I fulfilled a small Copic fix and finally colored with them...I haven't done that in a while! I swear, coloring is soooo relaxing...but I digress. :) I topped my pin cushion with some Taylor Tiny Twinkle gemstones for pop. And what a wonderful sentiment to finish it all.....

Hope you are doing well in this last week of preparations for the BIG holiday. :) I'm planning on completing some more projects to post in the next upcoming week during the chaotic hub-bub so I better get cranking!

Thanks sooooo very much for your visit and I shall see you next time!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Teacher's Christmas gift

Hello everyone!! Sorry for the sparse posts as of late, but Christmas is just coming up so quickly and there are still about 239847297 and 1 things that need to be done before then! We are planning a big trip in the RV (we've already been "camping" in it 3 times) so Christmas needs to be DONE prior to the trip! Plus, it really also requires a lot of planning for RV trips! My head's spinning so fast I don't know where I am from one moment to the next. It's all fun though and definitely makes life more exciting. :)

So one of the tasks I needed to get done before next Friday is the infamous Teacher's gift. I went with this little gift card/card ensemble, and I totally CASEd the gift box from the super duper fabulous Melissa Phillips on this one...

I went with the latest CAS challenge on Splitcoast (to use bows) and cut the box with my Silhouette. I stamped both projects with the gorgeous snowflakes from Winter Wonderland in Versamark ink and then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I love the subtle look it gave.

My card is just a 4"x4" square made from Riding Hood Red and Choice Buttercream cardstock. I stamped my greeting in Rich Cocoa ink first and then stamped and embossed the snowflakes on top after. I topped with some big fat striped grosgrain ribbon that looks kind of like a faux bow and then added some Tiny Twinkles for good measure. :)

And can I just say how much I love this box??! Perfectly small enough to put together quickly and fit a gift card in the most adorable little package. Before I assembled the box, I stamped the snowflakes again all over and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I simply tied some ribbon right to the top and added a flower to the front that I dazzled up with some Stardust Stickles. The perfect little tag came from the Tag You're It set and I distressed it up a little with some of my favorite Distress inks. :) Now all I need is the gift card!

So how are you coming along with the Christmas bustle? Are you ready? :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Taylored Expressions December Release!

Hello everyone! Well, the sets and accessories that you have been seeing here and on all of the Baker's Dozen's blogs for the past few days are now available for sale in the Taylored Expressions store!! You can shop for all of the new goodies, plus new items to the store, right here at the Fresh Out of the Oven link. Now, have you enjoyed the new surprises to the store with the Crafty Petites and the new Impression plate? :) I think they are pretty cool myself!

So since all of the goodies are now available for you to purchase (and just in time for Christmas!), the team and I presenting a last round of papercrafted projects for you to see with a sampling of everything released! I will be sharing a card using the Crafty Petite, Collector's Anonymous.

I absolutely adore the sentiments and images that go along with this little set. The inside of the card says, "Crafter's Anonymous." I think we can ALL relate to that! And maybe a little bit to the hoarding too....which is another sentiment (not shown.) :)

I bought a couple reams of twill and then tea-stained them to give as a gift. And after looking at this photo...I definitely need to re-stain them! I used new paper from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 mini deck to create my card and create a little belly band on my tape with. I have the perfect use for this card too! One of my friends hasn't scrapbooked in a loooong time and I think this will be perfect for re-introducing her to the craft, yes? :)

Taylor has just announced a limited time BUNDLE SALE!!! From now 12/3/10 through Sunday 12/5/10, you may purchase the entire Crafty Petites set of stamps at a discount of over 10%!

CRAFTY PETITES BUNDLE -- Purchase all 4 Crafty Petite stamp sets in this simple one click bundle HERE and save over 10%

You may also have easy one-click bundle shopping with the Friendship Blooms stamp set, and coordinating dies by clicking HERE.

Now let's check out what the rest of the crew has in store for you, along with our talented Guest Designer, Mona!

In Stamping Mode Supplies
Stamps: Collector's Anonymous
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Distress inks
Paper: Choice Buttercream, Circa 1934, Doily
Accessories: Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Copics, Striped Grosgrain, Button

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Crafty Petites

Welcome back everyone! So glad you have stopped by for Day 2 of sneaks for the big December release of Taylored Expressions stamps tomorrow, Friday December 3! I hope you were excited about yesterday's sneaks and fully surprised of the new texture plate. Didn't see it coming, did ya!? :) Well, Taylor has yet ANOTHER new concept with this month's release and that is of new Petite Sets! Today, the Bakers Dozen, along with Taylor and our lovely Illustrator for these sets, Nancy McKinney, are going to show you FOUR variations of the Crafty Petites sets...a set focused on Sewing, Knitting, Baking, and our beloved Papercrafting. Now, I just KNOW you know SOMEONE that is into any (or all!!!) of these hobbies, and these little sets make the perfect gift for them! Great little stocking stuffers too, right? :) And with a price point of only $7.95, it will be hard to resist! And if you are new to Taylored Expressions, Taylor has created a video for you highlighting the different sized sets that she carries as well as showing that deeply etched high quality rubber! You can view it HERE.
Now you are probably itching to see some samples now, yes?

I just HAD to make something with the Sew Happy Crafty Petite set. :) A little card with coordinating dress form made with all the girlie things I just love. Yes...more Thrift Shop papers...I can't help it, I love them!

I created a little 4"x 4" card using some fun embellishments from the TE store as well as two other TE stamp sets...the border from Take Note and the faux stitching from Borderliscious. My metal flower was originally a white one, but I simply colored it with a Copic R83 marker and made it my own kind of pretty pink. :)

And finally my favorite little 3D item....created from a dress form I cut off my Silhouette. I adhered it to some chipboard to give it some sturdiness and then embellished from there. I think it's a nice little touch to go with the card...maybe even a tag to add to a bag?? And yep, more Thrift Shop paper here. :) So what do you think? Pretty cute?? Let's check out what everyone else has created with the four different petites...I know they will knock your crafty socks off!

Charmaine Ikach
Danielle Lounds
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Nancy McKinney
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Taylor VanBruggen
Tori Wild

In Stamping Mode Supplies
"Sew Happy" card
Stamps: Sew Happy, Take Note, Borderliscious
Paper: Choice Buttercream, Thrift Shop by October Afternoon
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Creamy Brown Colorbox Chalk, Blush Blossom marker, Distress inks
Accessories: Sew Cute Mini Chipboard set, Making Memories Metal Flowers White, Raspberry Soda glitter, Seam Binding, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles

"Sew Happy" Dress form
Stamps: Sew Happy
Paper: Choice Buttercream, Thrift Shop by October Afternoon
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress inks
Accessories: Prima Flower, Vintage Crochet Baby Pom Trim, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Spellbinders Tags Trio, White Tulle

See you back here tomorrow morning for the release at 8 AM PST and the final day of peeks!!!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Friendship Blooms

Greetings everyone! Can you believe that the first of December is already here?! Why does it feel like the last couple months of the year just feel like everything is in fast forward?? What a complete rush! It honestly seems like just last week we were doing sneaks for the November release, but I'm back here for a week of December sneaks now!

I am soooo excited to share with you a beautiful all-occasion set, designed for the Whimsical Wishes line by Ms. Nancy McKinney!! You are definitely going to NEED this set in your stamping arsenal! And let me tell you...when you see the coordinating dies, your socks are just going to be KNOCKED OFF! I made a couple of samples for you today so we can play, "can you spot the die?" See how many you can find!

Isn't that Leafy Branch Die fantastic?! I stamped it with Olive Colorbox ink on Kiwi cardstock and easily die cut it out....such GREAT detail and I am so in love with it! And a little hint here....there is another die on this card...see those yummy large scallops? :) Notice anything else?? Maybe a little texture on the base panel?? Yep, Taylor is introducing her very first double-sided Taylored Impression Plate! I just love it!

And how about this little lovely?? A whopping FIVE dies I used on this one...can you see them all?? :) Another little hint...more flowers, more scallops!

So what do you think?! You are definitely going to want to see what the rest of the design team has to share for you....I've caught a little peak and there are some FABULOUS samples made with this's so easy to do!

Come check them out with me...

See you back here tomorrow for Round 2 of Sneaks!!

In Stamping Mode Supplies
"Friends Are Flowers" Stamps: Friendship Blooms Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Thrift Shop by October Afternoon Ink: Olive Colorbox Chalk, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Leafy Branch die, Scallop edge die, white satin ribbon, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Taylored Impression Plate
"Thankful for You" Stamps: Friendship Blooms Paper: Choice Buttercream, Thrift Shop by October Afternoon, Old Olive, Vellum Ink: Olive Colorbox Chalk, Berryliscious Colorbox Chalk, Tuxedo Black Memento, Distress ink Accessories: Friendship Blooms Dies, Leafy Blooms Dies, Scalloped Border Dies, Glitter, Seam Binding

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