Sunday, May 21, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Frosting

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Frosting.

I have two sons - now ages 17 and 21.  For reasons I can't begin to explain - they don't do frosting. (One of them never did pudding or jello either!)  But I do do frosting!  When they were young and wanted grocery store theme cakes for their birthday - I still ordered the sugared frosting.  They had no idea there was a whipped cream type alternative. Then I always took the corner piece with the piles of frosting - and even then, ate the frosting that they scraped off their pieces!

CC Frosting

As soon as I saw the "Frosting" theme - I had a set of stamps calling my name!!  I love the dimension you can get from layered stamp sets.  This is Simply Stamped - Cupcakes from Taylored Expressions.

CC Frosting CloseUp

I used Cupcake Ink for the solid base layer.  Then the middle layer is Pink Champagne stamped off once.  The top layer is full strength Pink Champagne.  The set also comes with a layered set for the cupcake base - but I wanted a hint of pattern so I die cut the base and then dug out my old crimper to add the dimension.

The "frame" is actually a label die.  I was digging through my stash and came up with Label Stacklets 7 as a nice cupcake-shaped label for a sentiment (I was going to use the smaller one).  Then I saw that the big one went all the way across the card front and thought it would frame the cupcake quite nicely!!  Finally, I embossed with Bead Board and sprinkled with a few sequins.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: Give Me Coffee!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Mitchell.

As I was looking through my unused stamps, this stamp set caught my attention and made me giggle.  I don't know why I haven't used it before.  The images are all cute and the sentiments are so funny!!  There's nothing fancy or creative about my card - it's all about this image!!

FMS Coffee

I LOVE coffee.  I'll drink it black and I'll drink it loaded with sugary flavors - as long as it's coffee! There are definitely mornings when I feel like someone might get hurt if I don't get my coffee.  I'm leaving this stamp set on my desk because there are definitely other images and sentiments I need to use!

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team at the FMS Blog!  Then be sure to play along - we love to see what you create!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Taylored Expressions Clearly Planned: Faith Hope Love

It's the second day of sneak peeks for the May release of new Clearly Planned stamps from Taylored Expressions.  All of the new products will be available on Thursday, May 18th!

The Clearly Planned line of stamps is focused on planners - but there's no rule that says they can't be used for cards!!

Taylored Expressions Faith Hope Love

This release includes a number of Christian stamps.  (Check out the TE Blog to see sneak peeks of all of them.) I love them all but the set that I used on this card is a must-have!  There are so many sentiment combinations with each component being separate so you can do different colors on the sentiment - or put a word on a banner!!  (BTW - I did that banner by using Banner Stacklets 1, cutting half way, then rotating the die and cutting the other half.)

Taylored Expressions Faith Hope Love<

There's a special deal on the Christian sets (and on the Super Sweet set). For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Clearly Planned Super Sweet Stamp and Coordinating Dies Bundle and on ANY of our spiritual Clearly Planned stamp sets! If you're not a Crafty Points member, it's free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you're automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. 

You'll earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on the purchase of one or more of these Clearly Planned products:  74 Crafty Points on our Super Sweet Stamp and Coordinating Dies Bundle30 Crafty Points on our Faith Hope Love stamp set; and 16 Crafty Points EACH on our Yahweh, Faith Fulland I Am stamp sets! 

Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, May 18, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, May 21, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site: 
Taylored Expressions.

There's another great deal too.  Just head over to the TE Blog to answer the question of the day for a chance at a prize!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Taylored Expressions Clearly Planned: Hinged Insta-Frames

Taylored Expressions has a fabulous line of stamps for planners called Clearly Planned.  I am most definitely a planner gal. My lists make me feel good because once something is written down, I don't have to stress over remembering it - my planner will!!  I do stamp in it - although usually just one or two stamps a week - simply to make me smile when I need it or to give me encouragement.  So I have an extensive collection of the Clearly Planned stamps!!

Here's the best part - they work perfectly on a card too!

There's an exciting new release coming this Thursday, May 18th!  Today I want to give you a sneak peek of a new die set - Clearly Planned Hinged Insta-Frames.  I saw the largest frame and decided it would work perfectly with any Grumpling in my collection!

TE Hinged Insta-Frames

Isn't this pretty from the outside?

But look at what happens when you open the little window!!  (I love surprises!)

TE Hinged Insta-Frames

There are so many stamps that will fit in these frames.  My favorite Clearly Planned set for my planner is Clearly Planned Sneak-a-Peek.  How fun will these little animals be peeking out of a frame?  (And there's more cuteness in this release that will fit too.)

Be sure to check out the Taylored Expressions blog for all of the details and to answer the question of the day for a chance at a prize!!!  I'm back tomorrow with a fabulous Christian set for planning and for cards!