TSG Release Party!!

It's release day over at TSG so be sure to stop by for the party on the TSG Forum!
Holly and I will be co-hosting the event so be sure to drop by and say hello!  Who knows, you might win the ENTIRE release!

FTR17-Sunny Smiles!

***My blog candy post can be found HERE!***

Hey there!  This gonna be a quick post, cuz the sun is shining!  Well, that's pretty rare here so I gotta get me some rays when I can.  Plus, Riley and I are sans young'uns....so we're gonna go for a motorcycle ride and have a GREAT day!
But first, I'm sharing the card I whipped up for the Follow The Recipe17 Challenge using the July Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit!
These kits are AMAZING!  I used 3 of the patterned papers (MME: Lime Twist Life is a Party) and 3 Bazill cardstocks to create the card. I stamped the Butterflies and Summer Wreath from the Summer Wreath stamp set on TE Choice Snow White CS and colored with Copics. With the Seasonal Wreath Die, it was so easy to make the wreath! LOVE dies that match a stamp! Tied up the bow and VOILA!

Here's the recipe for FTR17: (I used in my card)
  • Colors – red, white, green, blue, gray, kraft
  • Stamps and Stickers – strawberries, sentiment, aliens/monsters, scientists or science subjects
  • Patternscircles, checked/gingham, scallops
  • Color Mediumsmarkers (ProMarker, Copics, White Signo Pen)
  • Embellishments – clear gloss, glitter, charms, brads, ribbon
  • Tools corner rounder punch, border punch, die cut shapes
  • Techniques – faux stitching, doodling/drawing, make an easel card
  • Theme – birthday, just hello/because
Be sure to join us this week at Linda's Linky Party! 

Our sponsor is Lil Inker!  You have until Thursday, August 4, 8:00 PM EST!

Have a great day!!

Zoo-pendous Blog Hop Challenge

Hey there! It's the last day of this month's TSG blog hops, but we've saved a good one for ya!! If you arrived from Christine's gorgeous blog, you're on the right track.  If not, you can begin the hop over on the TSG blog.
 Peacocks, and hippos and snakes, oh my! Judy Rozema was our lucky winner from this year’s Mother Of All Blog Hops and one of her prizes was the chance to work with TSG to design a stamp set in a theme of her choice.
 She said that she would like a fun zoo stamp set that incorporated some animals that are different than you might find in other stamp sets and we knew just who the perfect illustrator would be for this! Melyssa’s adorably whimsical zoo animals will have you going wild!  Zoo-pendous is a 6x8 set that will sell for $24.
Oh this is the cutest dang stamp set evah!! I created a scene and paper pieced the tree and bushes.  The mane of the giraffe is Lemon Divine Twine from RibbonCarousel.com.  So adorable!!I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch for this week too!

Would you like a chance to win the Zoo-pendous stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Zoo-pendous Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Zoo-pendous stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.

Now off you go to Danielle's amazing blog!  See you at the Release Party Saturday night!

 4.24 x 5.5" Zoo-pendous card:
Stamps: TSG Zoo-pendous
Ink: Copics Pictured
Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite; Taylored Expressions Snow White Cardstock; PTI CS
Accessories: May Arts Teal Ribbon, Divine Twine Lemon, Orange; CTMH Wooden Buttons
Tools: Spellbinders Rectangle Die 

Float My Boat Blog Hop Challenge

Hey everyone! Did you come from Christine's amazing blog?  I hope so, but if not, feel free to head on over to the TSG blog to start the hop!!  Awhile back Torico had posted some of her sketches on her Facebook page and this adorable boy and his puppy got lots of attention!
 So many of you said that it needed to be made into a stamp and we agreed. Not only is this mini set great by itself but it can also be combined with many of Torico’s other TSG stamp sets for even more versatility!
Float My Boat is a 3x4 set that includes a
total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7
I had such fun creating this card, but didn't have tons 'o luck with the hair.  Not sure what my problem was....i was waffling on the color and over colored.  Well, it is still an adorable image with the cutest sentiments!  I used the TSG117 challenge sketch this week! 

Would you like a chance to win the Float My Boat stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Float My Boat Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Float My Boat stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.  Now head on over to Danielle's Fantabulous Blog for more peeks!

Float My Boat Card Recipe:
Stamp: TSG Float My Boat
Paper: PTI cardstock; CTMH Fanfare Level 2 Paper Pack
Accessories: CTMH Red Buttons ,Blue Buttons; May Arts Ribbon, Divine Twine
Copics: pictured

Get Your Thong On Blog Hop Challenge

 Hey everyone!  It has been a busy summer, hasn't it?!  With every new summer comes a new pair of "Thongs"!  Where I come from, we call 'em flip flops, but I'll go with "thongs" cuz it's a bit more cheeky, isn't it?! :D Hopefully you've arrived from Christine's gorgeous blog.  If not, you can start the hop at the TSG Blog.

 Melyssa will have you giggling at this mini set that features fabulous flip flops and sassy sentiments! These ‘thongs’ are perfect for coloring, paper piecing, creating backgrounds and so much more. This mini set will be the perfect addition to your summer stamp collection!
 Get Your Thong On is a 2x6 set that includes a total of 11 stamps and will sell for $7.

I love this stamp set!! It is adorable and cheeky and fabulously reasonable at $7!!!  This really is such summer fun.  I used the fab Lauderdale paper from Basic Grey. Buttons from PTI and CTMH. Bling from CTMH. Twine from RibbonCarousel.com. I'm using this card for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week too.

Would you like a chance to win the Get Your Thong On stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Get Your Thong On Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Get Your Thong On stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.
Now hurry, you don't want to miss anything, so hop on over to my fabby friend Danielle's!

July TE Key Ingredients and Blast from the Past Blog Hop!

Hey everyone!  I'm BACK! I'll get to my little absence later in the week, but lets get to the hop, shall we! Each month, the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients team will be sponsoring a hop using the great items included in that month's TE Key Ingredients Kit.

This month, we're hopping with the Blast from the Past Hop for lots of TE goodness!!  The BFTP theme this month is "Summertime".  I LOVE playing in my garden in the summer, harvesting all those earlier planted goodies.
 I created this card using almost all of the gorgeous chipboard shapes included in the July kit.  I just LOVE all of them!  I painted them white or cream first, and then airbrushed them with Copics to match the gorgeous MME Lime Twist "Life of the Party" paper collection included in the kit.
 The sentiment from Friendship Blooms was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
 I stitched the sides or center of each square, and added Rhinestones and some clear twinkles with Embellie Gellie and some Best Glue Ever!
 A button from my stash was tied on using the MME twine from the kit too.  A little Crystal Stickles on the cloud, cuz I love me some sparkly, and we're finished!

This was such a fun card to make using all the fabulous products from the July Key Ingredients Kit.  Are you a subscriber? Wanna be? Click HERE for FAQ's and HERE to subscribe. (And don't worry, all links on this blog open in another window or tab so you won't miss out on the next blog on the hop!)

July TE Key Ingredients Gift Box with Magnets Peek!

Hey everyone! It's my first post for Taylored Expressions July Key Ingredients Kit.  I was so excited to get the Kit in the mail!! It is packaged perfectly and has surprises throughout!

I am a HUGE fan of ribbon and twine, and this month's kit is chock full of both!! My best friend's birthday is next month, so I thought I'd make her a fabulous gift of Refrigerator Magnets in a cute Tin, and get it in the mail early.(I know *gasp* at the whole early concept, right?!)

Head on over to the TE KI Blog for step by step instructions on how to make these adorable magnets!

The twine came in the kit too! Oh yeah, this kit is full of goodies!! 

Want more inspiration? Be sure to visit the KI Inspiration Blog.  You can find July's Inspiration cards by the KI DT with step by step instructions along with projects and cards from past months too.

If you're not yet a subscriber, I hope you'll consider joining us! Take a peek around here at the Key Ingredients blog and you'll find all the information you need to know about our kit club! Click here to learn more about subscribing or click here for our FAQ page!

Thanks so much for sharing my first Key Ingredients DT post with me, and be sure to stop over at the Key Ingredients Blog when Lea will have more goodness to inspire!

RCC11 No One Like You

Edited below!

Hey everyone! It's been a really, really busy week! Hope your's is going well! I decided to play along with the Carousel Crew this week.  Laurel Seabrook has a gorgeous picture to inspire us for RCC11
Here's my take on the photo:
I LOVED the inspiration picture and couldn't wait to make this card. I used the PTI YOTF: Roses stamp set and Copics to color.  I drew the border with a Copic Mulitliner.  I mounted to focal cardstock to Silver Cardstock to mimic the metal. I had a great time coloring it and sooooo.....decided to do another a bit more red and darker.

  EDITED TO ADD: I forgot ribbon on my card! I own this company and challenge for goodness sakes....HOW could I forget the ribbon?!  Thank you Ashley! You're an Angel for catching this for me.....

We'd love for you to join us. Be sure to stop on over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog and link up YOUR creation!  I'll be back tomorrow with a peek at my first creations for the Taylored Expression Key Ingredients Blog!! I'm so excited!!

I'm on the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Design Team!

Click HERE if you're looking for my Blog Candy Post! 

Oh wow is it ever hard for me to keep a secret!  I mean thank goodness I had Jessica D to talk to, cuz I was OVER THE MOON when Taylor sent me an email invitation to join her Key Ingredients Design Team!

Introducing the NEW Key Ingredients Design Team
The Creator and Owner
Taylor is an amazing woman with a fantastic eye for what's new, what's hip and what us stampers and crafters are craving!  She's probably got some cravings of her own right now, sportin' the ol' baby bump and all, yes she is!  I must say I was surprised and really thrilled to be invited to join her Key Ingredients Team.  I <3 Taylored Expressions and have been a customer for quite some time. 
Taylor Van Bruggen: Taylored Expressions
The Veterans
Stephanie is an amazing crafter that makes OODLES of amazing projects!  Jessica, my dear friend, is not only a fellow KI DT member, but is also on my Ribbon Carousel Challenge Crew.  LOVE her work and bubbly personality!

Stephanie Kraft: Hand Krafted by Stephanie
Jessica Diedrich: Whimsical Butterfly

The Newbies

I've loved Lea's creations and am so excited to get a chance to work with her.

Known for her amazing Cuppie creations, it is truly an honor to work alongside Rachel.
Rachel Sztonyk: The Gingerbread Gallery

And ME!! Your humble Copic and Java Junkie!  I am thrilled to be joining Taylor and the rest of the team!

And we have one more opening on the Key Ingredients Design Team! Could it be your name and headshot filling the blank spot above? Well, you never know unless you submit your application! Taylor is having her first ever design team call!  Here are all the details to apply:

Submit 3 cards and 1 3D item

  1. Your projects don't have to be new creations, just things you consider to be some of your best work and that you think would be representative of projects you would create as part of the Key Ingredients Design Team
  2. Email photographs of your projects to tayloredexpressions@gmail.com with the subject: Key Ingredients Design Team Call
  3. You will receive a return email confirming that we received your application

Include your name, mailing address, and a link to your blog along with answers to the following questions:
  1. How long have you been stamping?
  2. What is your favorite kind of project to make (scrapbook layouts, cards, 3D items, altered art)?
  3. What is your favorite coloring medium (watercolor, Copics, Prismacolor pencils, other)?
  4. Have you ever been a Key Ingredients subscriber?
Requirements & Benefits
  1. You must live in the United States. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept submissions from our International friends due to the time it takes for the postal service to deliver international packages.
  2. You must have a blog where you can post your Key Ingredients projects.
  3. In order to be considered, we must receive your application by Saturday, July 16th at 10pm PST. The new design team member will be selected and notified on Sunday evening and the announcement made public on Monday, July 18th.
  4. Your term as a Key Ingredients design team member would go from August - December. You would be required to provide 3 projects per month using supplies from the Key Ingredients kit along with TE Stamps. (specific project details will be provided if/when a contract is offered)
  5. Benefits include a free Key Ingredients kit and your choice of one TE Stamp set per month as well as personalized watermarks, a design team badge, and your name/headshot/and link to your personal blog displayed on our company blogs. 
So what are you waiting for?! Get your projects loaded up and send 'em on over to Taylor!  I'd love for one of you to join me and the rest of team!  Have a great day!!

Blog Candy Time!!

Hey everyone! I'm FINALLY getting married! I know....it's pretty crazy, but hey, you only live once and I LOVE my man, so I'll do crazy! :D The big date is August 5th, SOOOOO I thought I'd do a big 'ol Blog Candy giveaway!  Y'all have been so kind to me, leaving amazingly sweet comments and lovin' my creations (or at least pretending really well!).  Soooo, here it is....a Ribbon Carousel for one lucky winner!  I'm sorry, the ribbon isn't included...BUT you can fill 'er up with your own gorgeous collection!
 All ya gotta do is link up below.  I'll chose one lucky winner when we hit 200 followers.  Be sure to tell your friends by putting the Blog Candy Pic on your sidebar!  And thanks again everyone!! I am awfully honored to have y'alls support and friendship! (International entries are welcome, but I'll be asking for you to help with the shipping.)

Happy 4th of July!

Hey everyone!  Here's wishing you and yours a wonderfully fun 4th of July!!  We'll be setting off fireworks and hanging with friends.  And just for you, I made this 4th of July card.....
 I used Taylor's TE Sketch 141 and the Papercrafts Connection Color Inspiration Challenge for this week and the Friday Mashup13-Patriotic (coolest new challenge site).
This TE 4th of July Wreath Stamp Set along with CTMH Fanfare DP worked perfectly for this challenge card. Ain't it cute?  Pretty simple with a ton of white space.....you know, for me that is....lol!  I used lots of Taylor's Tiny Twinkles too. (he he I love me a little Onomatopoeia)
Well, that's it for me.  Everyone be safe and enjoy your family and friends today. :D

FTR15 ~ Chillin' With My Gnomies!

Hey everyone!!  It's time for the Catered Crop's Follow The Recipe 15 Quickfire Challenge!
 The Top Chefs and I are whipping up some goodness with this challenges' Recipe.  Now over at Pals Paper Arts, they are celebrating their 100th Challenge this week! toot toot  So I am using my favorite techniques, Copic Coloring and then Fussy Cutting my images.

I used a lot of the recipe elements this time.....sometimes I do......sometimes I don't......that's why I LOVE this particular challenge! Anywho, here's the recipe (things I used are in blue):
  • Colors – red, orange, yellow, green (bring out those fun, bright summer colors)
  • Stamps and Stickers – shrooms! (fungi, garden or just anything that grows in the ground) TSG My Little Friend
  • Patterns – hearts, (polka dots: DP~I know....it's a stretch....lol)  MME Fine and Dandy
  • Color Mediums – Prisma pencils
  • Embellishments – CMTH buttons, waxy floss, ribboncarousel.com vintage seam binding (that matches CTMH Cocoa)
  • Tools – digital stamps, dimensional adhesives
  • Theme – love and friendship

 Here are the Copics I used in concert with The Play Date Cafe color challenge this week.(I just don't have enough colored pencils to make a pretty pitchure.) 

Well, that's all she wrote!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone! 
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