Saturday, June 24, 2017

Make n' Take

Here is a card from the Taylored Expressions Studio party that I went to last week.  I didn't have time to do the make n' take but Taylor had all the parts cut and ready to go.  All I had to do was stamp & die cut the cupcake and assemble.  I was able to find pretty good ink matches because I don't have all of the TE inks.  Thanks Taylor - cute card!

Friday, June 23, 2017


I used another one of the cards from the bargain set that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Doreen sent me these Stampin' Up adirondack die cuts in the mail.  Aren't they cute?  They are perfect for a quick anniversary card.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things called Together Forever.  It is one of my favorite sentiment sets and has lots of great words for Anniversary, Wedding and Engagement.  The little heart is Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy Enamel Dot.  
Another cute anniversary card with colorful chairs - I found a striped paper in my stash that I thought was a good match.  
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Good Find!

I was cruising thru Hobby Lobby yesterday and found this set of 12 cards and 12 envelopes in the clearance section.   Pretty good deal for $2.87.  They are decent quality and I really like the lined envelopes.  I won't ever use the feather cards so I tossed those but the rest of them are quite nice.  
Here is the first set of cards that I made using these cards that I found at Hobby Lobby.  The stamp set is Hero Arts called Prayers.  The little stickers were from Michael's in the $1.00 bin.  Super simple cards ready to go!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Here are a couple of cards that I made a while back.  I watched a Jennifer McGuire video and tried to follow her technique.  The flower stamp is from WPlus9.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Birthday - Bliss style!

This version of the Simon Says Blissful card kit has a more Fall-ish look.  I stamped on regular white card stock with Onyx Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  I used the Daniel Smith water color paints included in the kit to color the floral spray.  I didn't over saturate the paper and I did let it dry for several hours before layering the card.  I added a stripe of patterned paper and attached the layer to a rust colored card stock that I had in my stash.  I added the Happy Birthday sentiment and that completes the card.  Oh I forgot to mention that I searched high and low for the perfect stitched rectangle that would give me about a ¼" border on the front of an A2 card.  This die from Simon Says measures 5.25" x 4" - the die set is called Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  It's perfect and I'm happy!   

Monday, June 19, 2017

Open House

I was able to attend the Open House for Taylored Expressions 2nd Anniversary at their Studio in Ankeny last Friday.  What a sweet surprise to get a FREE Stamp and Die combo just for stopping by. Taylor and her Team really know how to throw a party!  I had just a few minutes to enjoy the party because my husband was waiting in the car for me so I picked up a few things on my wish list and will certainly enjoy this new cupcake set! 
Thanks Taylor & Happy Studio Anniversary!  
It's one of the happiest places on earth for sure!  I'm lucky to be local and have the opportunity to visit here often!  
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!  I made this card for my Dad using the Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Dad.  I found some patterned pattern and simply stamped the image with Onyx Versafine ink.  I added the Ebony Nuvo Drops for a little dimension and an edge of black on the panel.  I attached the panel with fun foam onto the card base.  I found the brown leather looking paper in my stash and I thought it was just right for the look I was going for!  
Happy Father's Day Dad!   
Saturday, June 17, 2017

More Bliss

This design was inspired by videos that I watched on You Tube called 10 Cards 1 Kit for the Simon Says June Blissful Card Kit.  This card was so fun to create.  I learned a few things from watching the videos like adding a few more leaves to the floral sprig by cutting a slit with my exacto knife right above the roses to slip in those extras leaves.  What a great idea!  I used the Daniel Smith watercolor paints to color the floral and then I fussy cut it out.  The theme of the card kit is wedding but I decided to make this card for an anniversary since I have more need for anniversary cards than I do for wedding.  The polka dot paper was included in the kit.  I added a few Nuvo drops (because I love them) to this card and unfortunately the small dots inside the flowers were a little hard to do and I have a couple that are more blobs than dots.  

Friday, June 16, 2017


Two more cards using the Simon Says Blissful card kit.  The floral image is a beauty!  On the first card I gold embossed on black card stock & it is stunning!  I added patterned paper from the kit and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things called Together Forever.  The card on the right was a super fast card - I stamped the floral image with Onyx Versafine ink on the patterned paper, along with the sentiment.  I added Ebony Nuvo Drops and Onyx Organdy ribbon - layering more patterned paper.  It is simple, but elegant.  Love both of these cards!

Thursday, June 15, 2017


I had a chance to play with the Simon Says Blissful Card kit.  There is a nice idea sheet included with the kit so I started with these two.  The first card I used the Distress Oxide Ink and did paper smooching with Worn Lipstick.  I flicked some water droplets over the background and then stamped the pretty floral image with Onyx Versafine ink.  I added pink Nuvo drops and the sentiment banner.  

The second card I stamped the image and then used the four Daniel Smith watercolor paints that were included with the kit to color.  I was a little doubtful that I would like them, but I was shocked at how nice they were to work with and I really like how they turned out.  I was even successful at blending some colors together!  I stamped the Congratulations sentiment from the kit and the Happy For You Both is from My Favorite Things Together Forever.   

The card kit is sold out but you can still purchase the stamp set separately.  I don't normally buy card kits but this one really caught my eye and I bought two kits and gave one to a friend for her birthday.  I hope she is enjoying the kit as much as I am!  More to come...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fun Birthday Card

I saw this idea when I was at Taylored Expressions Studio a while back.  I love the look with the candles in the background.  I have been wanting to try this design and decided that I didn't have to have the candle dies to make it work for me.  I have a Silhouette Cameo and I knew I had candle files that would work.  I sized the candles in the Silhouette so that they the size would fit in the background of the birthday sentiment.  I cut the candles with the Cameo using the removable label tape below.  I start with a piece of White card stock.  I arranged the post it candles on the white paper where I wanted them.  The candles worked as a mask while I inked the background with Oxide Inks. I removed the mask/tape and then stamped the birthday graphic greeting with Onyx Versafine ink.  

Products Used:  

Card stock:  Pretty blue in my stash for the card base, Amuse Studio Sugar, Black scraps
Ink:  Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber), Onyx Versafine
Other:  Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die (cut part of it for a border), Amuse Studio Onyx Twine, Amuse Studio Clear & Mermaid Sequins, Removable Labels or other type of masking paper, Silhouette, Birthday Candles Design #94442
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another day of Sketched Blooms!

I can't get enough of this Sketched Blooms by My Favorite Things.  This time I stamped it with Onyx Versafine ink and colored in only one flower with my Peerless watercolors.  I added the Happy Birthday sentiment and a couple of tiny hearts that were laying on my desk.  The card base is Amuse Studio Onyx Polka Dot.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Watercolored Blooms!

Another fun card using the My Favorite Things Sketched Blooms stamp set.  I stamped the images with MFT Black Licorice ink.  I used the Zig markers with a water brush for easy blending on the flowers and leaves.  Inspiration from HERE.  

Products Used:  

Card stock:  Papertrey Ink True Black Card base, Canson XL Watercolor 140#
Ink:  My Favorite Things Black Licorice, Onyx Versafine (for sentiment)
Other:  Zig Clear Color Real Brush Markers Bright Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red (flowers) Pale Green & Light Green (leaves), Waterbrush, Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die Set

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hello Lovely!

My friend, Dona used this floral image on my birthday card and I just had to have it.  It is just beautiful.  Here I stamped in black ink and then used the solid stamps to fill in the background and part of the flower.  I added Nuvo Drops in Buttercream and also a Silver Shimmer.  Sorry the pictures don't show the Nuvo drops very well.  The Flower stamp set is by Concord & 9th called Hello Lovely.  Inspiration came from this VIDEO.  
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sketched Blooms

A pretty floral set from My Favorite Things called Sketched Blooms.  I stamped with Onyx Versafine ink and let it dry a little bit and then used Amuse Studio pigment inks for the color layer.  I used Nuvo Drops on one card and sequins on the other.  Both are very pretty and add a bit of dimension.

Products Used:  

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Sketched Blooms, Amuse Studio Label Maker, Mama Elephant Labeled Messages
Card stock:  Amuse Studio Sugar & Saffron, Misc Black, Misc Pink 
Ink:  Onyx Versafine, Amuse Studio Inks (Melon, Berry, Margarita, Orange, Violeta)
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella, Nuvo Drops Morning Dew, Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die Set, Amuse Studio Tag Bundle Die Set, Clear Sequins, Copic Markers for the stems YG01 YG03