Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge - July

Hi Everyone,

Today I am excited to be part of a new challenge from Taylored Expressions called the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge!!! This will be an opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more. The question for July is:

You are stranded on a desert island. The good news is that you find a fabulous stamping hut well-stocked with papers, inks and other stamping supplies, however you only have the 5 stamp sets you brought with you in the luggage you managed to salvage. So tell us, what stamps sets did you bring and why?

Well, first of all - what a great way to be stranded on a desert island: with my crafting goodies! I love that my hut is well stocked with all kinds of goodies - but its hard to only choose 5 of my favorite Taylored Expressions stamp set!! So in choosing a set, I thought back to what set is the most fun one to stamp with for me - and that set for me is Hangin' Out - I just love this stamp set because it works for both baby themed cards, friendship cards, congratulations cards, anniversary/lovey cards and has so many options with all the ways it can be used! One of my favorite stamps in this set is the dress - it is open so that you can color it or you can paper piece it - I paper pieced it with papers from the MME - Lost and Found (Rosy) collection that I used on the rest of the card. I had so much fun creating this card using the Hangin' Out stamp set for my Studio challenge today: there is something about this dress gently billowing in the wind that makes me so happy :)

 I rounded the bottom corners and created a little scallop frame to the top and added a little sun to the top left corner and adhered a little button from my stash to the middle. The hills were handcut out (alternating the stripes into vertical and horizontal patterns) and then I added a little grass to the edges of the hills. The clouds were made using the Cloud Border die and then sponging with ink and I finished it off with a wee bit of liquid pearls and some bling on the clothesline:

I also used the Small Scallops die, sponged the clouds using the Cloud Border die and made the sun using the Garden Party Blooms Die Set 2  from Taylored Expressions for the top portion of the card. Here are the dies I used:


You can also check out all the cards created from this stamp set in the TE gallery

that the DT have created since the Hangin' Out stamp set was released!! Also you can check out all of the other Hangin' Out sets from Taylored Expressions HERE!

So what are the other four that I picked? Well, let me tell you it was hard because I love every stamp set - seriously - they are all so perfect and so much fun - it really was hard to choose and narrow it down to only 5! So here are 4 more of my favorite stamp sets that i would love to have with me on a desert island in no particular order :) 
I still remember when this stamp set came out - I was so excited at the ease in which you could create really simple and quick cards because all of the images stamp solid - so all you have to do is ink it and stamp - adda sentiment and boom - instant card and all the sentiments were so cute and beauti-font-iful! here is a look at this stamp set and one of my favorite cards from this set (check out all the creations from the Tweethearts stamp set in the TE gallery from the DT here:

You can't be on a desert island without have some desserts right?? LOL! The other favorite stamp set is all about cupcakes and is called Build a Treat Stamp set and like its name, I love that there are countless possibilities in how you build your own cupcake! Here are one of my favorite cards using this set and you can check out all the creations using the Build a Treat stamp set in the TE Gallery right here!

One of my most favorite stamp sets to be releasers was the Branching Out set (which has a Petite coordinate) but works so well with every single stamp set! I love these stamps because of how they look - so much fun whimsy!! I love that you can create a card with just the branches or paper piece the tree like I did in this card or color it in - or use another different tree! So many options! Check out all the creations using the Branches Out stamp set in the TE gallery!

This is one of my favorite cards that I made using one of my favorite stamp sets: The Places You'll Go (Based on the awesome Dr.Seuss's wonderful book!) that promotes the joy of reading! I LOVED making this card, which was inspired by the movie UP (where the house flies assisted by a zillion balloons!). I especially love this sentiment from this set and used stamp images from 4 other TE sets to create this card: 

It is so much fun to create cards by mixing and matching the different sentiments and images together and I love how all of Taylor's stamp sets do exactly that!!!

Please check out with me how the rest of the Baker's Dozen DT answered the July Studio challenge and I can't wait to see what their favorite 5 stamp sets are!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Big hugs,
Sankari :) 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Be Happy!

Hi Everyone,

Is it just me or is the summer flying by so fast! I can't even believe how quickly time is flying by! One of my goals for the summer was just to be with family - once the kids are in school, I feel like I am chauffeuring everyone from school to soccer to gymnastics, etc etc... and so over the summer its been so nice to take a break from everything and just be with the kids and try to have an adventure everyday with them! 

I made this quick card using the Sky's the Limit Petite stamp set from Taylored Expressions which has the cutest little hot air balloon and I love the sentiment: Be Happy - cause that is what life is all about - just the enjoying and being happy with the simple pleasures of life! 
Card Ingredients:
Paper: scraps of DP, kraft card stock, Choice, Buttercream cardstock from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Sky's the Limit stamp set (petite from Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Rose Red and Tuxedo black from Memento Inks
Accessories: liquid pearls, grass edge punch from MS, dimensionals, glue dots, ribbon from stash, small circle punch, sponger and corner chomped

I had some scrap pieces of paper and created a little scene for the hot air balloon and used some scraps to paper piece it and create a little banner on the corner. I stamped the sentiment and then rounded out the corners and added some liquid pearls to the center of the sun. I cut out some wavy hills out of different shades of green card stock and added some grass edging and liquid pearls to the hilltops :)

I absolutely loved making this card it was so much fun - and it is a reminder to always be happy - everyday!

Wishing you all a happy day!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Taylored Expressions Calendar Challenge - July

Hi Everyone,

Its the monthly calendar challenge over at Taylored Expressions where the Baker's Dozen DT are showing all the different ways that you can use all the awesome calendar products in the Taylored Expressions store! You can also win a HUGE prize by playing along with us (please check Taylor's blog for all of the details!!) For my project this month - I used the Perpetual Occasions Calendar with the 4th of July wreath with the coordinating Seasonal Wreath die

I also used the flag from the Yankee Doodle Homestead stamp set that I cut out and colored and adhered at the bottom of the page. I stamped some gold stars on the page and added a little bit of bling to the wreath. I love how this page turned out and I love making a page for each month - such a great way to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries!!! 

Please check out all the amazing creations using the Calendar Products at the Taylored Expressions store and we hope you will play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July Diva Inspirations HOP

HI Everyone!!
Today is our Monthly Verve Diva Hop where we all create a project using some of our Favorite previously released Verve Stamps!!! If you are coming from the amazingly talented and super sweet Julee - then you are in the right place! One of my favorite Verve stamp sets is Beautiful You (okay - you are right, they are all my favorite!!) But this set has so many beautiful sentiments, I especially love the sentiment: "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." So beautiful!
I wanted to create a simple happy card with this sentiment - so I tried to keep it CAS and  used one of Julee's beautiful previous Mojo Monday sketches (MojoMonday Sketch # 244)  for my card. I embossed the back and used some scrap pieces of MME paper and added a little bling and a line of liquid pearls to finish it off.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: DP from stash (MME) and gold paper from PTI
Stamps: Beautiful You stamp set from Verve Stamps
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa mixed with Tuxedo Black
Accessories: embossing folder (TH), bling, ribbon from American crafts, circle nesties, dimensionals and liquid pearls.

I loved making this card - it was so nice to keep it simple and such a beautiful sentiment to use - please check out all the gorgeous sentiments from the Beautiful You stamp set! Also while you are there please check out the huge SALE that is happening at Verve Stamps!!!

There is also a hidden prize on today's blog hop - so leave a little love as you hop along!! Next on the hop is the sweet and amazingly creative SONY!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)