Saturday, July 26, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting and Taylored Expressions Blog Hop!

Good Morning Everyone!!

I am excited to be part of a partnership between Taylored Expressions and Perfect Papercrafting! There is something about crafting tools that I just can't resist - and I especially loved working with the tearing tools that make it super fun and easy to add layers and textures to your card. I used the Perfect Tears 3 Tool Set to tear out my layers - it comes with an amazing refillable water pen - so that the tearing is much easier and softer and gives such a nice finished textured edge. You can see below all the fun kinds of tears that you can add to your crafted project!

I made a couple projects with the tearing tools:

For my first project - I created a little scene using Welcome Home stamp set from Taylored Expressions and the  Perfect Tears 3 Tool Set. I created the mountains with the larger triangular tearing edge and the grass was created using the smaller rounded tearing edge with different patterns of paper:

You can see the awesome texture that these tools give the card - both a soft and yet defined look because of the combination of the tearing with the water pen. I love the fun dimension that these add to the card :

Here is a little peek at how I used the tools to tear out the grass layer - using the smaller rounded egdge, I lined it with water from the water pen and then tore it downwards slowly. I kept doing this for all the layers and then adhered them together to create some soft rolling hills: 

And in the same way, I also did the mountains... I worked on a Perfect Cutting Mat which was perfect for measuring, cutting and tearing:

I made this happy birthday card by tearing different patterned paper with the rounded curve tear and kept the center simple with a sentiment and a felted flower.

Here is a close up of the layers created by the tearing tool - such a great way to incorporate all your fun designer papers into a card:

I absolutely loved being able to create such a nice tear (sometimes when I used to do it by hand - it didn't always have an uniform look) - these tools allow for uniform tears that have both a defined edge and nice textured softness - perfect for layering it up for your next crafted project!!

Please check out Perfect Papercrafting for more information about their wonderful crafting tools
Please check out Taylored Expressions blog for more craft projects from this awesome partnership!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cuppie and Friends Farewell Party from Taylored Expressions

Hi Everyone!!

I have both some happy news and sad news.... The sad one being that so many of the stamps from Taylored Expressions will be soon retired and no more :( There is a whole ton of stamps that are retiring and will no longer be sold - this makes me so sad because all of these stamp sets hold a special place in my heart and I remember where I was when I first peeked them and all the fun I had in stamping and making projects with them. The Happy news of this is that Taylored Expressions is having an amazing Retirement Sale and so if you have always wanted to get your hands on some of these stamp sets - now is the time to get them at these incredible prices, while supplies last! The over 75 stamp sets that are retiring are at 40% off - you can find them all in the Retirement Category at the TE store. 

I thought I would show some of my most favorite stamp sets that are retiring - sigh...  

I love this stamp set because of its fun blocked stamp images - makes making a card so easy - just ink and stamp - boom = card!! Here is a card set that I made with this stamp set: 

You can click on these links: 
1. To get this stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Love Everywhere Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:

I still remember when this stamp set came out - I thought Moka Gwen looked so cute with her little backpack and a little like my daughter- awwww!!! I made a 3D framed project with Moka Gwen when my daughter started Kindergarten - She will never be forgotten because this project is hanging in our house :)

You can click on these links: 
1. To get the Moka Gwen stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Moka Gwen Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:
Isn't she so cute with her little backpack!? Here is the whole project with my daughter getting ready for the big world of Kindergarten! Sigh - how quickly time flies!

This cutie pie Moka was inspired by one of TE's wonderful illustrators (Nancy McKinney) who loves to knit! I had so much fun creating this project - I especially love the little set of knits stamp image - so so so cute!! This is a must have set for those knitters in your life - seriously adorable!! This card makes me want to both craft and knit at the same time!! LOL!

You can click on these links: 
1. To get the Moka Nancy stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Moka Nancy Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:

What is cuter than a cupcake stamp set???! Why a cupcake holding a baby cupcake of course!!! The Baby Cakes stamp set is so super cute - such great great sentiments to welcome every new arrival and my favorite: little Cuppies!!! Here is a card I made with Mama Cuppie holding her fresh out of the oven baby cupcake :) SO cute!! 

You can click on these links to:
1. To get the Baby Cakes stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Baby Cakes Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:

ooooooOOO!OOOOOOOOO!!!Oooooooo This is one of y favorite stamp sets!!! Okay - yes I LOVE all the TE stamp sets - yes its true! But this is one of my most favorite stamp sets!! I LOVE this house in this set - and the spooky treat is SO awesome!! I am showing three cards that I made with this stamp set because I love it so much!! You can click on them individually to enlarge them. This stamp set is not only perfect for Halloween - but absolutely perfect for any occasion! In the first stamp set, I created a thinking of you card by coloring the house blue and creating a little scene for it. In the second card, I created a more Halloween feel for the card - I love how it turned out with the sparkly green and little dash of purple! And the last card is probably one of my most favorite - where I used the house in this stamp set to create a house inspired by the movie UP! -- I had so much fun making this card and I just absolutely love this stamp set!!!

You can click on these links to:
1. To get the Frightful Night stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Frightful Night Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:


This little stamp set packs a power punch - so many possibilities - not just for Valentine's day, but perfect for anniversaries, love notes and birthdays! I made this card using this stamp set inspired by all the fun images in this stamp set - I had so much fun glossing up the quiver and using twine on the strings of the bow:

You can click on these links to:
1. To get the Cupid's Arrow stamp set from the TE store
2. To see the Cupid's Arrow Gallery for more samples from this stamp set:

There are such a TON of amazing stamps that will be retiring so soon!! If you have been waiting to get these stamp sets - please get them now while supplies last at these wonderful low prices!! Perfect for Christmas presents for your favorite crafter ;) !!!!

Please check out Taylor's blog for more details on these stamp sets that will be retiring! Speaking of retiring - I hope you are having a great summer and are getting some relaxation and rest!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ciao for now,

Sankari :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - July '14

Hi Everyone!!

Welcome to Verve's July Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our July inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

Our July challenge is Red, White and You:

Red and white are always classic, pair this gorgeous color combo with a color of YOUR choice! Make a statement or keep it muted, it's all up to you! Feel free to use the graphic as inspiration or not, we just want to see you flash a little red, white and "up to you" color on your creation! For my project today, I decided to use Red as a pop color and keep it Blue and White with the Red being some accent hearts :)

I used this stamp set: Making A Statement from Verve Stamps. I love this stamp set - it is seriously one of my favorite Verve!! There are so many possibilities for sentiments and the sweet flower is so much fun to layer up! I kept the card mostly blue and white and then used the red to pop out the hearts. 

Here is a closer picture of the flower in this awesome set and the spectacular fonts that Julee always has for all of her Verve creations!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Making a Statement stamp set from Verve Stamps
Inks: Memento Nautical Navy
Papers: Blue and white Cardstock from PTI
Accessories: bling, foam dimensionals, white gel pen

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy weekend and summer!
Sankari :)

1. Julee8. Sony
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya11. Maureen
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Karen12. Chaitali
6. Sankari13. Amber
7. Sarah14. Marisa

It's a Red, White and Blue SALE!

Everything in the Verve store is marked down 15% (or more) through Thursday, July 10!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Page Maps Sketch July : Shine Bright

Hi Everyone,
If you ever need a little pick me up when you are crafting and can't seem to figure out where to start or feel overwhelmed - there is a fun blog called: PageMaps - that is fill of sketches and maps for both the scrapbooker and the cardmaker!

Today I am sharing with you this fun sketch from Page Maps that I used to make my card using the Shine Bright stamp set from Taylored Expressions that comes with a coordinating die to cut out the chandelier.

 I love the sentiment: "Shine Bright" and so I thought I would use some brighter DPs and add some banners via the Party Banner die to follow the sketch. After stamping and die cutting the chandelier, I adhered it underneath where the two banners meet:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Shine Bright (with coordinating die) from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Rose Red Inks
Papers: MME and Choice SnowWhite cardstock
Accessories: Party Banner Border die, circle nestability, bling, stickles (waterfall), foam dimensionals, white gel pen

It was so much fun to play along with this sketch - and I loved die cutting this super cute chandelier! Please check out more of the sketches for cards Page Maps and more ways to use this stamp set in the TE Gallery for this Stamp set here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)