Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Rabbit And Her Ballloon - Pretty Pattern Sketch Challenge 16!!

Hello again.  It's time for another My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Sketch challenge!  First, let me welcome our newest Pretty Pattern DT member Tina Hale!  Be sure to stop by her blog today and give her a warm welcome to the Pretty Pattern team.  Her designs are just awesome!!  Also, today starts the My Time Made Easy sneak peeks for the July 1st release so please stop by all of the designers blogs to see what they have come up with.  Now onto my card for this week's challenge.

First, I decided I wanted to flip the sketch, and made a square card, so the image I had already colored and designer paper would work.  Once I printed out Harriet Hop-A-Long, and colored her with prismacolor markers, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the edges for the sky and then Tim Holtz antique linen ink to age her a bit.

Once all of my layering was done, I added a strip of ribbon before popping up the main image, adding some primas with a pearl center, brads, and a small gold flower clip.  For the final touch, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! regal rose ink around the edges of the entire card after using a corner rounder on one side.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget to stop by all of the MTME design teams blogs to see what each has cooked up for the sneak peeks and the July 1st release.  Have a great day.

Stamps: MTME Digital Harriet Hop-A-Long
Ink: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, Making Memories Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Gold Clip, Primas, Glue Dots, Pearl Sticker, Pop Dots, Ribbon

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teapot Tuesday Meets MFT!

Hello all.  Question?  Is it June or December?  Right now in my small corner of California, we are having rain, possible thunderstorms, snow (yes snow) in the mountains near me and a 20degree drop in the temperatures.  Now I normally wouldn't complain about the temperature, however, it's creating havoc with my migraines.  Oh my aching head!!

Ok, this week's teapot Tuesday challenge is to make a card with numbers that will be sent to another participating tea potter, just like last month.  So for my card, I decided to "get two challenges with one card" done; even with a migraine.  Ugh!  I started out by stamping MFT's Pure Innocence Book In Hand twice onto MFT Cream Perfect Panels and coloring with prismacolor markers.  I then took some Stephanie Fizer digital School Collection designer paper pack.

Now, for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge part, I took some scrap Stampin Up! riding hood red and die cut one of MFT's small Dainty Doily Duo Die-namics before adding a layer of stamped Stampin Up! pacific point and riding hood red scrap card stocks.  For that layer I used Stephanie Fizer's I Heart Books to give the layer an embossed look before adding a Tim Holtz ruler ribbon strip and some primas.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: MFT Book In Hand, I Heart Books
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Pacific Pointe, Riding Hood Red
Card Stock: MFT Cream Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Pacific Point, Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Stephanie Fizer Back To School Digital Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, Primas, Glue Dots, Making Memories Baby Brads, Die-namics, Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon, Staples

Monday, June 27, 2011

Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge #61 - Make It Sparkle!

Hello everyone.  Sorry about the intermittent posting.  I am having issues with my migraines again.

I finally got a chance to participate in another Mark's Finest Papers Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge.  I had made these cards over the weekend and I'm just getting a chance to upload thanks to the migraines.  This week's Speedy the Cat challenge is to make a project sparkle - be it bling, glitter, ice stickles, etc.  You get the point.  I decided to use the card stock I still had on stamping table from another project just so I wouldn't have to clean it up; then pull out some more card stock. 

I pulled out two of my favorite Mark's Finest Papers sets to work with.  The first set is Speedy the Cat's Friends and is on sale right now since it's about to be retired at the end of this week.  When I first saw the set, I knew I had to buy it for the sayings alone. 

After stamping my cat and mouse twice in memento tuxedo black ink on white card stock, I colored them both with prismacolor markers before cutting one set of images out to pop up later.  Then I pulled the fern stamp out of Ferns & Chickadee and stamped it in PTI landscape and new leaf inks several times to add some dimension to the "floor" of the main image panel.  For my background, I rolled a retired Stampin Up! paw prints wheel across the card base in baja breeze, before adding my layered & popped up images along with some silk flowers with a bling center to finish the card off.

The second card I made features the Ferns and Chickadee set again with an embossed background.  I stamped the images in memento tuxedo black and memento bamboo leaves inks before coloring with prismacolor markers. Once my image was colored, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around it to fill in the sky area.  After adding some Making Memories white baby brads, I added a Michael's paper rose, retired Stampin Up! velour ribbon and then ice stickles on the ferns to make them look like they have dew on them from an early morning mist.

Thanks for stopping by today.   Have a great day.

Stamps: MFP Speedy the Cat's Friends, Ferns and Chickadee, Stampin Up! Paw Prints Wheel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Landscape, New Leaf, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Barely Banana, Baja Breeze, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, Silk Flowers, Bling, Lace Ice Stickles, Glue Dots, Stipple Brushes, Making Memories Baby Brads, Cuttlebug Floral Screen Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 2011 Blast From The Past!!!!!!!

If you're looking for my My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern sketch, please scroll down one post.

Hello and welcome to the June 2011 edition of Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past blog hop.  This month's hop theme is "Old Glory" and we were to use the colors red, white and blue.  So I dug through my stash of designer paper to find something appropriate and pulled out a 12x12 piece of vintage looking Costco paper I bought a couple of years ago.  Now what to do, what to do with it?? Hmmmm...

I finally decided on my Cozy Cottages set that has not seen a whole lot of love lately and stamped the cottages twice in memento tuxedo black onto white card stock before coloring with prismacolor markers.  Once the second set of images were colored, I cut them out for popping up late then stamped the dog from In The Park, colored him and cut out to add to my little scene before popping the cottages up with pop dots.  Once this was done, I decided to try getting a little creative. 

I always remembered growing up the July 4th firework celebrations put on by the city and school district I grew up in at the local football stadium.  So, I tried to make my own fireworks over the cottages by using some flowers from Garden Party Blooms by adding some bling to the centers and then drawing some "tails" showing where the fireworks had shot off from.  Not sure if I achieved what I wanted or not, my husband sure didn't get it. *shakes head*

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to stop by all of the participants blogs today for some inspiration and eye candy.  Also, please make sure to leave some love for their hard work.

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Cozy Cottages, In The Park, Garden Party Blooms
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Night of Navy
Card Stock: White, Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Costco Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brush, Gem Stickers, Brads, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Black Marker, Stampin Up! Old Olive Marker

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All Boy! MTME Pretty Pattern Sketch Challenge 15

Welcome to another installment of My Time Made Easy's Pretty Pattern Sketch challenge.  This week's sketch is perfect for the boys, so I decided to make a masculine birthday card.

I started out by using MTME's Sk8R Boy Digital stamp set.  Once I had the images printed out twice, I colored them to match and cut out one for popping up later.   Once my designer paper was chosen, card stock layers chosen, the buttons threaded, and the punched corners made ready, assembling was easy peasy!

The sentiment (retired set) and punch are from Stampin Up! with the punch retiring this year.  The final touches were adding the photo corners with brads punched into them.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a really great day.

Stamps: MTME Digital Sk84 Boy, Stampin Up! Birthday Greetings (retired)
Card Stock: White, Artichoke Scrap, Close To Cocoa scrap, Chocolate Chip scrap
Ink: Pallet Burnt Umber, Designer Paper
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Brads, Buttons, Thread, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Markers

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Designer Dodge Ball - MMTPT151

Hello and welcome!!  This week's teapot challenge is to make a circular cards, no square card or else we had to come in the back door to the tea party.  ;)   Now I had a bit of a problem with this challenge.  It took me about 20 minutes of panic since I don't have any Spellbinders circle dies.  It was then I realized I still had my Coluzzle with a circle template.

I decided to use the cute digi provided by Leigh Grady, a PSX stamp, and a retired Stampin Up! retired watercolor flower wheel along with one of my favorite monochromatic color combos - purple!

After stamping, and coloring the main image, I rolled the wheel in orchid opulence ink before sponging lilac ink around the edges and my punched scallop circles.  Once I had the digi downloaded and colored, I started my layering before adding some buttons, thread, and ribbon.  For the final touch, I added some small Stampendous class-a-peel stickers to the centers of the hat's flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Watercolor Flowers Wheel, PSX Hat Stand, Digital Leigh Grady
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Computer, Printer, Buttons, Thread, Glue Dots, Ribbon, Stampendous Class-A-Peel Stickers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Under The Sea - MTME Digital Release!

Welcome!  I hope you're having a great week thus far, and it's about to get better!  Today is My Time Made Easy mid month digital release!  I have to say all of MTME's products are fantastic and so cute, however, this digital release is my favorite so far.  I had a blast layering images together and creating my own sayings to go with them; not to mention finally using some designer paper I've had forever, and stippling Stampin Up! bashful blue around all of the images.

First up is the cutest little octopus you've ever seen, combined with a MTME staple, Singing Silhouette stamped on the rick rack border.  After adding my own saying above the image, I printed the octopus out twice on white card stock so I could pop one image up later.  After coloring and assembling my card, I added some waterfall ice stickles to highlight the dots on the little guy with pearl stickers highlighting the bubbles.

Next up is friends until the end.  After creating this little scene digitally, I thought the saying was quite appropriate.  Once I had everything colored and layered, I pulled out some swirled designer paper to use as a background.  Again, I added pearl stickers to simulate bubbles and some googlie eyes to the crab to give him some character. 

Since I wanted some coral added to the card, I pulled out a Martha Stewart fir twig punch and punched several pieces from scrap card stock.  Once those were adhered, I added some more pearl stickers around the coral.

Finally, I have to share a card called friends come in all shapes and sizes using the same scene as the above card, just with a different saying.  Once everything was colored and layered, I added some brads, pearl stickers, ribbon, and a clip to finish the card off.

If you haven't tried any of the My Time Made Easy digital products, this is a great time to try them.  This release is just too much fun!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great week!!

Stamps: My Time Made Easy Underwater Wonder
Ink: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Bermuda Bay
Card Stock: White, Designer Paper, Stampin Up! Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pearl Stickers, Martha Stewart Punch, Googlie Eyes, Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Brads, Ice Stickles, Stipple Brush, Metal Clip, Ribbon

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's Movie and Baby Time - MTMEPPS13

Hello and welcome to another My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Sketch Challenge. This week's sketch is so versatile and I had so much fun with it.  I know I say that every week, however, this one definitely needs to be referred back to time and time again.  For my samples this week, I decided to use My Time Made Easy's new June digital release.
My first sample uses the new Night at the Movies set.  After downloading and breaking apart the set, I printed off the vintage movie reel, colored with prismacolor markers, and then stippled Tim Holtz old paper ink around, and over, the image.  After layering it, and adding some vintage brads, I layered everything over the new Movie Tickets digital paper.  After adding some primas and another vintage brad, I was ready to tackle the inside using the Just 4 You saying from the set. 
I really love the countdown numbers that have been included in the set.  Totally reminds me of going to the movies before DVD's and seeing the countdown numbers showing just before the movie started.  Ok, that really dates me now.  ;) 
My second sample uses the new About to Pop set in a totally new way combined with the Bringing Home Baby set.  I got the idea for this card after seeing the "About to Pop" phrase and thinking; how would it work with a baby shower card.  It's works perfectly! 

Once both sets were downloaded, broken apart, and the selected images printed off, I pulled out my prismacolor markers to color everything (matching the Movie Tickets digital paper to control the colors used), and then cutting out my images so I could pop a couple of them up later.

Ironically, I started assembling my card from the inside out for some reason.  After adding the layered saying, and a designer paper strip on the bottom, I added the baby carriage and lone ticket before stamping the bottle and duck in memento tuxedo black.  When I started assembling the front, instead of using ribbon for a border strip, I used the additional tickets downloaded from the About to Pop set and added the stork instead of a flower from the sketch. 

For the final touches, "baby time" was stamped to each of the tickets, faux brads (punched mini circles) were used on the main image layer, and a Martha Stewart pre-made ribbon bow was added using glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you participate in this week's challenge.  We'd love to see you there!  Have a great day.

Stamps: MTME Digital Night at the Movies, About to Pop, Bringing Home Baby, MFT It's Shower Time
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Card Stock: MTME Digital Movie Tickets Designer Paper, Stampin Up! Summer Sun, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, White
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Glue Dots, Computer, Printer, Pop Dots, Pop Up Glue Dots, Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cherish The Promise Of Spring - In Purple

Hello and Happy Sunday!!  I'm still trying to figure out if it's June yet here in the Central Valley, or is it March still?  This weekend we've had a winter like storm with rain at my house and snow (if you can believe that) in the mountains 1 1/2hrs from me.  What's up with that??

Today I'm sharing two different cards using digital images for the Stamp Something monthly digital challenge and a new digital challenge blog I just discovered - Digital Tuesday - Animals.  I just love using digi's since they're easier to store, especially on CD's, and they can be re-sized.  The first card I'm showing uses some digital's from Taylored Expressions that were freebies when Taylored Expressions became a Member Company at Splitcoaststampers.  Taylor wanted everyone on SCS to join in the first challenge she hosted in the Member Company Forum.  If you click the Member Company link to the forum, you should be able to find the thread with the free digi's.

After downloading these images, I colored the butterfly one to match some scrap designer paper I used on another project, layered, and then added ice stickles to highlight the wings.  After layering the sentiment, and popping up the main image panel, I added a couple of Recollection paper flowers from Michael's with a dew drop center. 

The second card I'm sharing, still using a purple theme, uses a free digital image from Digital Two For Tuesday.  This image was posted by Digital Two For Tuesday Mother's Day weekend and I'm in love with this hat image. 

I printed off the image twice and colored with prismacolor markers.  In order to keep with a slight vintage theme, I stippled Tim Holtz antique linen and old paper around the main image, and slightly over the popped up image too.  After adding MFT's Dainty Lace Die-Namic border, I adhered the main image panel at an angle so my primas would fit nicely next to it.  The Stampin Up! saying is punched out using Stampin Up's word window punch.

I'm pretty happy with how both of these turned out since I put them together while dealing with another freakin migraine.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Spring Card
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Digital
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Summer Sun, Orchid Opulance, Designer Paper
Ink: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue
Accessories: Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Recollections Paper Flowers, Dew Drop, Computer, Printer, Brads, Ribbon, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Ice Stickles

Cherish Card
Stamps: Digital Two For Tuesday Digital Image, Stampin Up! Wonderful Words
Ink: Stampin Up! Perfect Plum, Tim Holtz Old Paper, Antique Linen
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Perfect Plum, Mauve Mist, Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Lily Bean Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, MFT Die-Namic, Brads, Primas, Glue Dots, Stampin Up! Word Window Punch, Stipple Brushes

Friday, June 3, 2011


Hello!!  TGIF!!  The weekend is almost here!!

Today, for the Stamp Something digital challenge, I'm sharing a card I made using Whimsy Stamps Chili Chihuahua and MFT's Who's That Fiesta Girl.  After downloading the chihuahua image and printing it out onto white card stock, I started coloring with prismacolor markers.  Once my coloring was finished, I layered the image onto Stampin Up! card stock and Basic Gray Luscious designer paper.

Taking my MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic, I die cut four borders and then stamped a paisley background onto them in matching ink.  Once the borders were added over the designer paper, I adhered my main image and a prima flower using glue dots.  Then taking MFT's Who's That Fiesta Girl Hola saying, I stamped that on white card stock in memento tuxedo black ink before punching it out with a Stampin Up! small oval punch.  Then, stamping some chili's and a salsa bottle on white scraps, I colored those with some much neglected Stampin Up! markers, cut out, and adhered to the saying outside and inside.  Here's a close up of the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend!!!

Stamps: Whimsy Digital Chili Chihuahua, MFT Who's That Fiesta Girl, Stampin Up! Fresh Fillers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Sage Shadow, Riding Hood Red
Card Stock: MFT Scalloped Red Card, Staples White, Stampin Up! Sage Shadow, Riding Hood Red, Black, Basic Gray Lucious Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stampin Up! Markers, Brads, Die-Namic, Prima, Glue Dots, Stampin Up! Oval Punch,Stamp Something digital challenge

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Springtime Flowers - MTMEPPS12

Hello again!!  It's time for another My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Sketch Challenge.  This week's challenge is using a square card with the sketch.  Now square cards are not my speciality, however, this sketch was really easy to use.

I started out by downloading MTME's Harriet Hop A Long Basket digital stamp.  Once it was downloaded, I pulled out some Cosmo Cricket Pixie-licious designer paper and pulled out my prismacolor markers.  After my coloring was done, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the edges before adding some Making Memories baby brads.  I then made a border strip of wasabi card stock, and stamped MTME's Singing Silhouette stamp set using some Versamagic chalk ink.  I then sponged Stampin Up! wild wasabi ink around the edges of the entire card.  My final touches were primas on both sides of the main image, ribbon with a purple clip, and a butterfly sticker.

If you haven't joined us for a Pretty Pattern challenge, you really should.  They are a lot of fun and definitely make you think outside the box.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: MTME Digital Harriet Hop A Long Basket, Singing Silhouette
Ink: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Versamagic
Card Stock: Cosmo Cricket Pixie-licious, White, Stampin Up! Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulance
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brush, Sponge, Primas, Glue Dots, Brads, Clip, Butterfly Sticker

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

You Make Life Sweet

Hello and Happy Hump Day!!  The week is almost over so hang in there.

Today I'm sharing a card I put together a week ago featuring MFT's Pure Innocence Pucker Up set.  These little PI kids are just the cutest thing behind Flopsey and Fred Bear.  After stamping my image in memento tuxedo black onto MFT Perfect Panels, I pulled out my prismacolor markers and had a blast coloring.  Once the coloring was done, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the edges before layering.  I did the same thing with the saying as well.  Next, I took my MFT Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic and die cut two borders before lightly stippling cocoa ink around the edges.

Once all of the die cutting, coloring and stippling were done, I added some Basic Gray Nook & Pantry designer paper to the card and started assembling.  The final touch was some prima flowers and a couple of extra brads in the upper right corner.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence Pucker Up
Card Stock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Close To Cocoa, Basic Gray Nook & Pantry Designer Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Close To Cocoa
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Brads, Die-Namic, Stipple Brushes, Primas, Glue Dots