Friday, March 9, 2012

Taylored Expressions #154 * I love a Crafty Cuppie *

Hello and Good Evening Friends! Happy Friday!

So, my very dear DH is out of town for the next few weeks, which as an army wife, eh, that is no big deal. What nags at me is the fact that this is just the begining of a very busy year ahead for me. To simply sum-it-up, he is away for 3 weeks, few days home, away for 2 weeks, then 6 weeks home and then away for 9 months. In the midst of all that, we are foster parents to an 8 year old boy whom we are officially adopting at the end of April and we are being asked to take a (somewhat special needs) sweet 4 year old little girl into our home as a legal-risk foster placement. Good Gravy ..

So, Yes, I am venting, and with this card, I am reminding myself, and am asking all my friends to remind me to "DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERYDAY!" Just like good ole' Crafty Cuppy, which happens to be my very first Taylored Expressions stamp, given to me by my very best BFF, Cassie. This card inspired by Taylor's newest sketch over on Taylored Expressions' blog. 

Card Details:
Stamps: TE Crafty Cuppie
Paper: MME Dilly Dally, TE Watermelon, TE Lagoon, Buttercream cs
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Tools/Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Black self-adhesive pearls
Coordinating TE Kit ribbon

Thank you so very much for your visit and your kind words. Both are cherished so very much!

Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 144

Hello Friends! Despite having terrible headache, I was able to make two cards today! YaY! I chose two of my top favorite challenge blogs and got to work. This one is for Sweet Sketch Wednesday #144. I just love MFT's Pure Innocence collection, they are so adorable and super fun to paper piece, which happens to be my favorite technique. I went ahead and stamped the coordinating sentiment on the inside of the card this time.

Card Details:
Stamps: MFT PI Making a List
Paper: Buttercream cs, MME Lost & Found Rosy dp
TE KI kit cs - Watermelon & Pear
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, dimensional tape,
Black self adhesive pearls (KI Kit), black ribbon (KI Kit)
Technique: Paper Piecing

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 143, CIC # 47 & TPE 138

Hello Friends! Yesterday, I had the wonderful pleasure of crafting. It used to be I could find time to craft pretty much every day ... but because of some recent and wonderful changes in our family, my crafting time has become unpredictable, sporatic and cherished.

I made three cards for three different challenges yesterday, and (sigh) it was great. This one is for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. A big Thank You goes out to the gals at Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog for reverting back to the old challenge rules. Thank You! This card qualifies for Clear Dollar Stamps' Clearly Inspired Challenge #47, which is one of my fav's : Anything Goes. And also for The Pink Elephant #138, challenge "Lets see those layers" -- at least 3 layers, and at my count, this card has a whopping 7!

I am particually happy with my coloring here, it kind of suprised me how it turned out! I was trying to emulate one of the flowers on the BG Picadilly dp, and even though the colors didnt turn out as I pictured in my mind, I am happy with it all the same.

Card Details:
Stamps: CDS Dahlia
Paper: CDS Bubblegum, BG Dahlia, Buttercream CS
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Accessories: Black self-adhesive pearls

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Taylored Expressions February Key Ingredients Kit Challenge

Hello Friends! This past weekend I had a lofty goal to make three cards for a few challenges going on now. And believe it or not, I actually got it done! This card is not my favorite of the three from this weekend, and in fact, I went back and forth on whether or not to even post it. But, I wanted to put my name in the hat for the drawing over at Taylored Expressions blog, so here it is.

I took alot of liberty with the concept of casing a card and cased my BFF, Cassie's card.. I am not good at background stamping and I found her card super inspiring. I just hope my card isnt as much of a 'rip off' as I fear it might be...  As I type this, I am still hesitating on posting ... (sigh)

Ok, so the challenge is an awesome one, perfect for someone like me who can use some extra modivation. The challenge is to use our February KI Kit, which is lovely by the way, to create a project following this month's theme, which is "Take Note". I took advantage of the special sale and added the perfectly coordinated stamp set to my KI kit, which is exactly perfect for the challenge.

Card Details:
Stamps: TE Vintage Dreamer
Paper: TE Feb Ki Kit
Ink: CDS Cherry Go Round hybrid ink, Momento Rich Cocoa

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you like my card, please visit my BFF Cassie's blog to give her some love, since that is where I got the idea for my card! Thank you Cassie!  

Taylored Expressions #153 .. New Beginnings .. TPE # 138

Hello Friends! As you know from my previous post, I scavengered some craft time this weekend! WooHoo! As soon as Taylor posted her newest sketch challenge on Taylored Expressions blog, I could not wait to play along. Unfortunately, I had to wait all the way until last night, but happily, I am playing along and enjoyed every minute of this challenge. This card also qualifies for the "Lets See Those Layers" Challenge over at The Pink Elephant. The card needs to have at least 3 layers, and at my count, this one has a good 5. I do love to layer!

Card Details:
Stamps: TE New Beginnings
Paper: TE February KI Kit, Buttercream CS, MME Dilly Dally dp
Ink: CDS hybrid Fresh Papaya, CDS Cherry Go Round,
Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Self Adhesive black pearls (feb ki kit)

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