Taylored Expressions – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Class


Hi everyone!  Getting back in the blogging groove again. This class was Saturday morning the 22nd and we did have fun! yay! Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA is a fabulous store!  Classes all the time and new inventory all the time! I’m sure they do mail order too!

Here’s some pictures of the cards individually too.


Most of the dies I used are from the TE October Release…


I just love this sleigh and I thought using the sentiment for the chimney smoke was a brilliant idea! lol   I know Scrapmania has several of the dies in stock!


I couldn’t love this die more… ‘so you wanna build a snowman’…so cute!

I made too many class kits so if you’re interested in one…I have 4.  Shoot me an email and I’ll get you the particulars!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I wish there was a way for me to see what you’re all making these days!  I love Christmas.  Send me pictures or a link to where I can see them!


Products I used to make these cards…


Memory Box Purrfect Holidays and MFT Jungle Friends Birthday…


Hi card makers! I can’t believe a week has gone by without me posting again! Yikes!  I have two cards today though.

Tonight and tomorrow I’ll be at Stamp Joy in Ankeny for Taylored Expressions.  I’ll post the cards I’m teaching there next week or so.

Then the 22nd I’ll be teaching two classes in Cedar Rapids at Scrapmania!  I’d love to see you either place!  Be sure to introduce yourself to me if you are there!

Back to my festive kitties!  This is a super cute set from poppystamps called Purrfect Holidays. Matching dies too!  I love it!  The mittens on the cat! and the hat! Purrfect is right.  So many cute elements to make scenes with.


Just colored with Copics… the gray the both is the T series.  The blue green is BG11, 70, 75, 78.  The reds are R02, E07,08. Nuvo White Crystal Drops on the Santa hat fur.  Nuvo Winter Blizzard Drops on the tree star, ornament and here and there.

The patterned paper is from an older Lawn Fawn 6×6 pad.

Linking to…

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 



Christmas Card Challenges – Decorations

Next is a birthday card for one of our 4 year old grandsons, Gilbert.  I hope he loves it! I do! lol


The gator slides in the groove over to the giraffe and then….



Guess he was hungry! yikes!  Anyway, I had fun making this cute card! Elements are all from the MFT Jungle Friends kit except for the number 4.  It’s from Taylored Expressions.

Linking to ….

Seize the Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes, Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Thanks for shopping through my links too!  Happy stamping/creating weekend to you!

Shopping links…

Memory Box Christmas Botanicals card and Nuvo!!!


How are you? The sun is shining here and I was able to get a nice bright picture that even shows off the Nuvo sparkles here!  YAY!

I used the Memory Box Christmas Botanicals stamp set and coordinating die set for my card.  It was fun to stamp the backgrounds with a tone on tone look using just the stamps from the set!  I love how complete the Memory Box and poppystamps sets are and that you get dies for everything in the set! yippee!  You all know I love to die cut! hehe

I did snip some little branches off this new die…poppystamps Pine TwigI don’t know about you but I always feel like I need to own every pine stamp and die that comes out!  HELP!


I stamped on watercolor paper, die cut and colored with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.  Added Nuvo crystal drops, I used Winter Blizzard, Clear, Gloss White  and eek! There are Nuvo Embossing powders now… HERE!  Happy stamper! lol

A few Pretty Pink Posh 3 mm clear sparkle sequins here and there.

I LOVE Memory Box notecards…they are now available at Birch Press Designs. I used Cranberry and Meadow for my card today.  The card base is Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster card-stock.

I cut the MB notecards in half and die cut them with the Rectangle Layers diesI am getting so much mileage out of that set!

Linking up to…

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers – embossing (heat or dry)  My sentiment is embossed


Sweet Stampin’ Christmas Challenge – Christmas die cuts

Virginia’s View Challenge – Focal Point

Thanks for looking at my ’tis the season’ card today!  Thank you so much for all your comments!  The encouragement this week has meant more than I know how to put into words! I appreciate your thoughtfulness and love it when you leave links to your cards when you comment so I can come visit you too!

Be back soon!

Taylored Expressions October Release Day…


Hello everyone! Are you loving the release this month?  Some beautiful designs for the holidays. Everything is now available in the Taylored Expressions Webstore.

Today I’m featuring the NEW Merry Christmas Cutting Plate die. I started my card by die cutting it twice from watercolor card-stock, carefully inking and  embossing the words with gold embossing powder and then coloring the botanicals with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and a waterbrush.


I used ⅛th inch scor-tape around the frame, poured embossing powder on it and embossed it also.

I sandwiched/glued the card-base between the two Merry Christmas die cuts, so I would have a see through card strong enough to stand. One side of the card-base is only an ⅛th inch, just enough to glue to.


A pretty, just a touch rustic, vintage looking card.

Check out the TE blog for all the release info and the list of designers that are sharing their ‘makes’ today!

Linking to…

Scrapyland Challenge – Anything Goes 

Virginia’s View Challenge – Focal Point

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments so much! See you again soon!

Shopping links to the TE webstore…

Festive Holiday Florals…Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek…


Welcome to Tuesday’s sneak peek for the Taylored Expressions October Release Week! My favorite time of the year to be making cards!

I’m featuring the NEW, lovely and festive Holiday Florals stamp and die sets. I also used the NEW Woodgrain Background stamp and NEW Plaid Embossing Folder. YAY! I love woodgrain! hehe


Using the Mini MISTI, I stamped the images from the Florals set with TE Premium Ink Pads and then added color to some with Zig Watercolor Brush Paint markers and some with Copic Sketch markers. That little extra…

Then I die cut them with the coordinating Floral die set.

The sentiment is from the In and Out Christmas stamp set. I embossed it with Gold embossing powder on a die cut vellum Stitched Banner Stacklets and added a sentiment on the inside from the same set.

I stamped the NEW Woodgrain Background Stamp in the regular size MISTI  with Toffee and Chocolate Truffle ink.  I inked the edges with Toffee ink, then die cut the woodgrain panel with Stitched Rectangle Stacklets dies to form a frame.

The Cherry Pop red card-stock is embossed with the NEW Plaid Embossing Folder. 

I layered everything on to Buttercream Frosting card-stock and then a Sweet Basil card-stock A-2 size top folding card-base.  Gold sequins for the Poinsettia centers.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!


While you’re there, check out all the info about the awesome new products, release day is Thursday (be ready to shop ’til you drop) and click through the list of participating designers today.  Be inspired and get those Holiday cards planned! 

Linking up…

NEW Challenge blog!  The Flower Challenge – #1 Anything Goes with Florals


Virginia’s View Challenge – Focal Point

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Shopping links to the TE webstore…

Memory Box Poinsettia Band and We Wish You Elegant Script…


Hi everyone! I wish you a merry Monday! haha  Really, it’s not so bad!  I had a lot of fun getting out the copics and clear embossing powder for this die cut!  Just cut in white and color it up!  Smoosh it with some Versamark ink and pour on the clear embossing powder.  I used regular for this, not detail/super fine.

Then the decision of what to do with it!  Sometimes I get stuck! Ended up pretty festive though and I really like it!


Now to keep using up all the embossing powder from the last 22 years! HELP! lol

Linking to…

Christmas Card Challenge Blog – Christmas card

CAS on Sunday Challenge Blog – Heat Embossing

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers October Christmas Challenge – Embossing
hls-christmas-challenge-october-2016The next card is my once (or twice) a year black glossy card with Silver and Gold metallic cardstock too and yes, so far it’s been a poinsettia card.  HERE and HERE are some previous ones. Oh this one has red instead of silver…HERE.  It’s sure hard to find cards going back on a blog.  There are a lot of cards here! lol


This is the new Poinsettia Band die. There’s those Rectangle Layers dies again. Easy card but really pretty IRL.


A few Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins and gold cord and it was done.

Linking to…

Sweet Stampin’ Christmas Challenge – Christmas Die cuts

Virginia’s View Challenge – Focal Point

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be posting for Taylored Expressions Tues. and Thurs. this week.  Time for the October Release! yay!

Shopping links to see the products I used on these cards…

Reverse Confetti Birthday Cards…


I have two birthday cards to share today.  This little monkey is so cute and worked up so well for our grandson Cedryk’s 4th birthday.  I colored him with Copic Sketch Markers, the E40s and the background is Distress Ink blended on to the card-stock with ink blending tools.

Memory Box Rectangle Layers die for the panel, the number 4 is from TE and the ‘th’ is from Avery Elle.



The next one was for our grandson Henry’s 10th birthday…


The sentiment…so fun! I think I’ll stay away from those chompers!

Copic colored again…same Distress ink pad colors for the floor and the hb2u balloon. Some Doodlebug Enamel Dots.

I stamped and hand cut the zero for the ten. eek. It was hard to find the right size but it worked.  hehe


It was fun doing some kid cards!  I need to make some more! lol September family birthday party coming up soon!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope I made you smile!

Products I used to make these cards…