Saturday, October 23, 2021


Here are the Taylored Expressions Four Seasons Foil It panels that I made into cards.  I ran the panel through my laminator using a variety of foils - gold & copper.  There are 4 stencils that you place over the foiled panel and I used blending brushes to add the color - I chose Fall Taylored Expressions inks.  The sentiments I used are from Amuse Studio Turkey Day & Amuse Studio Let Us Be Thankful.  The stitched banner die is Gina K Designs Master Layouts 2.  
I took a few close up pictures so you can see the shimmer from the foiling.  It's really pretty and I have been enjoying this technique, it's so fun!

Sunday, October 17, 2021


I used these fun Dove Pumpkins for my Halloween treats.  
This is a cascading candy treat!  

More fun packaging with the Candy Corn and peanuts for a tasty treat!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


This Four Seasons stamp & stencil combo was included in the cost of the Taylored Expressions card class at Stamp Joy 2021.  The Foil It panels I purchased separately.  There are so many options with this set and as its' name says you can color in the leaves using colors to create for all Four Seasons!  
Here are the cards we made in our class.  We had four different teachers for the four cards.  This was one of my favorite things from Stamp Joy 2021.
I wanted to experiment with different colors when I got home, so I foiled several panels.  I used the coordinating stencils to add the ink colors.  This panel was a Christmas theme, I only used 3 ink colors and left one branch uncolored.
I thought this one was going to be Christmas colors but it really didn't turn out that way? What do you think?
Fall colors - it's so pretty with the shine from the foiling.  
On this panel I picked a different shade of green.  Once you get started doing this foiling with the stencils you get addicted to them and you can't stop!  I'll be adding a sentiment to these panels and making them into cards. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Mini Slim Botanical

NEW products from the weekend at Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy 2021!  These products were in our swag bag when we checked in.  They mentioned that they would be available for purchase in a few months for those that didn't attend the event.  That makes us feel special, huh?  
Susan and I did Fall colors on our cards and used the Birthday Greetings sentiment.  

Thursday, October 7, 2021


I'm so excited to be attending Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy 2021 this weekend.  I have a friend coming from out of town to go with me, so that makes it even better!!  Here's our agenda for Friday & Saturday, just in case you wanted to see all the fun we are going to enjoy!

Sunday, October 3, 2021


Playing with something new - alcohol inks.  I picked up a few alcohol inks at Michael's with a coupon in Fall colors.  I watched a video and wanted to try this technique.  This pretty leaf die is from Stamp Market called Botanical Beauty.  
I was able to use photo paper for my background paper - and I have a ton of 4x6 photo paper so this was a win-win.  I mixed fall colors of alcohol inks and came up with some pretty backgrounds.  I die cut the leaf out of shiny gold card stock and the alcohol backgrounds.  I glued down the thin gold leaf "frame" first & then inset the various leaf pieces into the design with glue.  The results were lots of shine and pretty blended colors.    

Each one turns out different - so pretty!

Saturday, September 25, 2021


This Fall card is all glitter & foil!  I started with the Striped Background hot foiled in silver on black card stock.  The oak leaf (gold glitter) is from Taylored Expressions Stitched leaves & the other frond (copper glitter) is from Studio Light Wonderful Autumn.  The Thanks die was a freebie with a Taylored Expressions order a few years ago.  

Friday, September 24, 2021


I've been wanting to make a few cards for family & friends who are becoming Grandparents!  I found a stamp set from Colorado Craft Company Congrats that included the perfect sentiment.  The congratulations stamp/die is from Honey Bee Pickup Lines.  The floral is Avery Elle Mother's Day.  
I used my trusty Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers to do the coloring on the flowers.  
The black & white accents are patterned paper on the left and washi tape on the right.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


All things Fall lately.  I added the pumpkins from Essentials by Ellen Got Candy stamp set to the Taylored Expressions Diamond Botanical with Gina K sentiment. It's nice when we all play together, right?   

Monday, September 20, 2021


This is a background stamp that I bought a while ago & never used it.  This seems to be a theme lately, pulling out stuff that I had to have and then never used!  My rule is that I can't file away anything that I haven't used so this has been in a basket for a long time!  I remember watching a video that Laura Bassen did using this background and she did color blending for a Halloween look.  It is a Simon Says Stamp Lantern Background but it certainly works as a pumpkin background too!  
I did the ink blending with the domed foam after white embossing on the Neenah Solar White 110# card stock.  I used Distress inks in Crackling Campfire,  Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed and Catherine Pooler Grape Crush.  The Spooky words are from Amuse Studio Candy Corn Kisses.  The bat & ghost dies are from Amuse Studio.  The Happy Haunting words are from Taylored Expressions Harvest sentiment strips.  

Saturday, September 18, 2021


My abstract art with a little Buckeye accent!  Hoping that Ohio State has a better outcome today!


Friday, September 17, 2021


This is a very old pack of paper from Papertrey Ink that I pulled out and finally decided to use.  Two of the pages are Christmas tags so I die cut them out and made a bunch of fun tags.
I think there may have been special kit with dies that coordinated with these tags but I just used various dies that I had in my collection.

Now to actually use them at Christmas, I'll be putting them in my tag area so we will see what happens!  

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Today's inspiration came from the new Birthday release from Taylored Expressions.  I realized I already a similar die set in my collection and I was inspired to get it out and make a few cards!  Go me!  
My die set is from Concord & 9th was a FREE gift with purchase a few years ago.  I had a few pieces & parts tucked in the envelope but I had never made them into a card.  It's high time right? 
Here's my inspiration die!  

The rainbow cake is a bit different, I didn't use the cake layer die, I made my own strips of card stock and stacked them all together.  I attached my sweet birthday cakes to all kinds of fun patterned papers.  Another thing I have a plenty of - 6x6 paper pads!  🙄 

Monday, September 13, 2021


I spent time adding a bit of ink blending to some leaves that I had already die cut a while ago.  The ink you add really brings the leaves added dimension.  I have a habit of die cutting things and then tucking them away for future use. 😉 It's good thing and bad thing.  After doing the ink blending, I decided to use some of the leaves to make a few fall cards.  Leaves from from various companies including Studio Light, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions & My Favorite Things.
I used embossing folders to add some interest to the lower part of the card.  These leaves are all so pretty and fun to make a Fall arrangement.
I used Taylored Expressions Harvest Sentiment strips for my greetings.

Saturday, September 11, 2021


I have been inspired to make Fall cards lately.  The leaf is from Taylored Expression Rustic Floral die set and the sentiments are Taylored Expressions Harvest strips.  The background rectangle is a die from Paper Rose and the scalloped rectangle is from My Favorite Things.  I decided to make 4 bar sized cards this time.  The leaves were already die cut and ready to go from a project that I did two years ago using the same pretty leaves, so these cards were quick.  Check out my 2019 cards HERE if you are so inclined.  🍁🍂