28 August 2011

The Nicest Things - a perfect card for a best friend or family!

Crafternoons everyone,

I have a lovely little card to share - and in light of our recent sad news, it reminds me of how precious a hug can be between friends. But this can also reflect a hug shared between sisters or cousins - its a sweet set.

Here is a method of making a card where you 'highlight' areas to pop out from the card in an interesting way! You merely stamp the image twice - first straight onto the main card, and again on a light-coloured cardstock which you will cut and layer parts onto the main image. Make sense - I sure hope so!  Read below how I did!....

First I stamped the design using the "main stamp" of the two sweet girls straight onto my cardstock - the colour I chose was to use Early Espresso Ink stamped onto Tangerine Tango cardstock.  It would be fine to leave it at that - but let's "highlight" some areas!!

Next, I repeat stamp using the same stamp - but onto Whisper White cardstock and using the same ink.

Now I chose a few elements to 'cut out' of the Whisper White stamped image - I used my Craft Scissors so it was not very difficult to make those tight cuts.  This can be a project for when you just want some quiet time - perfect to do those little "extra" steps!  The cut out parts to be highlighted onto the main image - can be glued using our 2-Way Glue Pen (makes a breeze out of gluing small areas!) 
Also - to make the basket really " pop " out  - I used one of our appropriately-named STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS [small hexagonal foam dots - adheres on both sides for convenience]!

As you may know, STAMPIN' UP! is well known for their co-ordinating products to achieve a polished look - so I have embellished this card with some cute swiss dot ribbon - as you can see, the colours blend perfectly!

Now I am excited to add another fav stamp - the Friends stamp from our VINTAGE VOGUE STAMP SET!  This is one of our more popular stamp sets!!!
I punched it out and layered it on to a scrap piece of paper - then ' tore ' around the edge leaving a slight border - then the "ACCENT "  is attached to the right upper corner over top of 2 lengths of ribbon. Use strong adhesive tape {see Tacky Strip tape in our catalogue - it's strong!}

So there you are....stamp - stamp - cut - layer - stamp - cut/tear - layer .......same steps over and over to yield great- looking results!

COLOURING your rubber-stamped images.
I don't profess to be a masterful colour-ist!  How I do it is fairly sloppy - LOL!  I will take a soft colour such as our SO SAFFRON MARKER and literally swish it over the inside edges of the images, using the broad end of the marker. I also use a darker/co-ordinating marker to do the same on the inside/outside edges.  In this way - I create a sense of coloring and emphasizes the folky look of this. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE TERRIBLY NEAT.                                 CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO SEE CLOSE UPS

One more thing!  Creat a  " flirty border " by simply doodling along the outside edges - adding breaks here and there in no particular fashion....this helps to create a light feeling in keeping with the sketch-y style!

Well - I like it!  Hope you do too! hugs from moi!

 If you would like to create this - contact me and I will gladly help you to acquire everything you need!  If you would rather host a party - I can also gladly DEMONSTRATE this project!!! 

 And don't forget to hug someone today!!!!   

25 August 2011

Prayer of Hope for Dear Friend

My heart goes out today and all my prayers to a sweet girl, Mallorie who we learned today had a tragic misfortune yesterday. She may have drowned at a local beach but was revived at the hospital - however we have no news as to her present condition.

This promising young lady grew up with my daughter and were often together for many good times, and it is with heavy hearts today that we go about our business and we are sending prayers her way and in my humble manner, I try to send out positive energy her direction - in the belief that it may help her.

As a child myself, I asked for 'extra angels' and I always feel I was granted that wish as many times I have narrowly avoided tragedy - and I hope with all my might that this will be the same for dear Mallorie!

If you are reading this - please send a special prayer for our little friend.

Blessed Be.

Hope and Mercy for Mallorie 

Mallorie is awake and responding well as far as we know!  That is such music to my ears - Thank the Lord! 
And thanks to any and all who took a moment to say a prayer for her. 

21 August 2011

TEAPOT A la Carte Stamps from Stampin' Up!

*Have you tried buying one of Stampin' Up!'s A la Carte stamps?
You definately should!  They are priced and sold as a single stamp - here I am featuring the Teapot!

Using my Stamp-Ma-Jig I was able to stamp one teapot into a row of three - all nicely lined up!
I added the flower and leaf from our Vintage Vogue stamp set, a marker to draw a stem -- and Voila!

Have fun today crafting!

20 August 2011

Baby Sleeping Door Hanger with Little Additions and Stampin' Up!

Hi my friend stampers!

Here is a little something I made to take to a workshop of demo's for our display board.  I grabbed some of our pretty IN COLOR cardstock, in Pool Party and thought about how I could use our new SCORE TOOL to create a quick and easy project.

So I naturally thought about a folding project!  That's why we mostly want scoring tools, righty-o? Yes, of course!  

At this point I also needed to choose a stamp set, and I want to show you a set that is NEW to STAMPIN ' UP! and its for "nursery " cards, etc. - called LITTLE ADDITIONS.  It's a darling set!   It also is versatile because it has some furniture pieces - lamp, shelf, armchair - so you could also do some 'comfy home' themes,  I am sure I will be doing that soon as well.

But - folding and a nursery stamp naturally leads to a "SSSHH! BABY SLEEPING" DOOR HANGER!

I cut a piece of cardstock in the Pool Party 6.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches long.  On the shorter side, scored at 3 and then 6 inches. This leaves the half an inch edge. Fold this half inch towards the center, and on the opposite side, bring the 3 inch scored line to line up with the 6 inch line and press all together.

Using my 1-3.4 inch CIRCLE PUNCH - I inserted it through the two layers and pressed to make a mark - then unfolded the whole piece and punched the circles individually from the indicating marks [unfortunately, we can't punch through two layers of thick cardstock] - which positions them correctly to form the door hanger opening.  It does go over the handle but I am not sure of a large knob - you may have to adjust!

I decorated my hanger after gluing it together - and there it is!  SWEET!

Hope you like!  

18 August 2011

Emboss a Beautiful Card with Stampin' Up!'s New Designer Frames and Stripes!

Good Morning on this nice Thursday!

I have something pretty to share today -  a beautiful card made by my lovely daughter!

  She is so talented when she wants to be - I always tell her that because I have to drag her away from her computer into my craft room - yeah - hard to believe, right! LOL!

So when she does pop in to craft with me - she's awesome!  She can make a card in a snap - whereas I fuss and fuss!

This time I watched her muse around my new products from Stampin' Up! and I already knew she loves the newest line of IN COLORs in particular, POOL PARTY - so it was no surprise she gravitated towards it for her cardstock.  So you can imagine her seeing the matching RIBBON!!!

Then she picked up one of two embossing folders called DESIGNER FRAMES and also our STRIPES  - and she was off!  No sooner had I inked up a greeting stamp - she was done!  [Where do the young get their speed - its like they have a pot of gold somewhere that they dip into and they are ready to go :)]

Here it is!

Isn't it darling?   

And like the greeting from our WORD PLAY set, there are lots of possibilities with this design!  Obviously I will have to drag her into my craft room more often, he he! 

your pal, Taylor :)

Refer to Catalogue Order Numbers # shown beside specific product. 
Costs range from $7.25 to $13.50

Cardstock { 8.5x11} = Whisper White # 100730, Peach Parfait # 119794, Pool Party #122924
Ink = Peach Parfait Classic Ink Pad, #119783 
Ribbon = Pool Party 3/8 inch Ruffled Ribbon, #122975 
Embossing Folders = Stripes, #123128; and Designer Frames, #123130 and Perfect Polka Dots, #117335

17 August 2011

Here is a fun video for you - you CAN relate!!!

15 August 2011



Click HERE or to the link on the side bar under PROMOTIONS to see one of STAMPIN" UP!'s fantastic offers!  You can receive a whole package of DESIGNER PAPERS - FREE! That is 1/4 of your goodies free!  

We have bea-U-tiful papers too!  All kinds of designs - something for everyone and every type of project!  I hoard my papers alot - maybe too much sometimes, so getting some for free really helps, lol!  

Have FUN choosing your selection and then CONTACT ME and I would be very happy to help place your order!
Did you know that your receive the BETTER PRICE when YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER THROUGH A DEMONSTRATOR LIKE MYSELF?  That's right! Save more money to spend on more goodies - yeah!!!

Now go and craft!  


Artisan Award Flower Pot - WOWee!

Is this not gorgeous!!!  It's a wonderful creation by Tarah Faulkner and is now part of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award in recognition of the creative talent out there in the SU! Family! 

See what YOU CAN DO and create a flowerpot too! 

Here is what you can use to get started.... 


Tiny Tags Set
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker
Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker
Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Natural Hemp Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Jewelry Tag Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Floral tape
Floral wire
Foam ball

Contact Me to Order Your Supplies - I can help you with more suggestions as well!  

Taylor :)

4 August 2011

Halloween in Summer!

I am soooo excited!   Friday I have a new shipment from SU! coming and its all spooky stuff!  That's right - moi is working on a little hocus-pocus Mini-Album and I am also preparing for Halloween!!!!

Now last two years I didn't do a thing for Halloween, which I've always been crazy about - and I worked on Christmas projects since that takes up a fair amount of time and prep.

 So basically, I am starved to death and need a blood infusion of scary or  devillish-cutesy Halloween projects!!!

Here is what I am so excited to be getting - some of you may have seen these - they first appeared in last year's Holiday Mini 2010!   But now they are in our current 2011-2012 IDEA BOOK & CATALOGUE and if YOU would like these - contact ME!  You can get started - its not that far off when you think about it, hmmm?

SPIDER WEB TEXTURE EMBOSSING PLATE for the BIG SHOT or manual die-cutting machine 
{or even a rolling pin if you have to, lol}
.....here's the MIDNIGHT MUSING JUMBO STAMPING WHEEL!  Can you see tags here!!!!

.....and look!   DARK and DREARY STAMP SET!  
Awesome - I love the gothic look to this set! 

Of course - I ordered some BASIC BLACK Cardstock!   AND I have stocked up on BASIC BLACK INK REFILL - do you know that its the 1rst time - the very first time I have had to ink up my black stamp pad!!!  

Considering that its my first pad - came with my STARTER KIT long ago, years!  That to me is awesome and testament to the lasting power of our INK PADS!   Think about how much I have had to stamp AND the class participants, demonstrations - so yes, that is a very fine amount of time I've had with this pad and its not as though it has to have a refill, I just decided it was a weee bit shy of being a deep black. 

Okey-dokey hocus-pocus!  Back to my new stampin' supplies!  

Here is some awesome-looking projects I could do .....

wow....this is great!  


Here is a fab project done by Terry Blais 
- a very talented demo herself!

And here is a project from the web,...featuring the talented MICHELLE ZINDORF!  

WOW!  Awesome colours!  She rocks for this doesn't she!  oooh Michelle! 

So this week-end , I know what I am doing - even if its 30 degrees summer outside, LOL!

xx Taylor


Create Fun Flowers with Daisy Bigz Die from Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters!
Do you LOVE the new hand-made FLOWERS being made all over the place - I do!  And STAMPIN' UP! is no newbie at flower creations - just look at this......!   It's from the cover of my Stampin' Success Magazine for July 2011!  Gorgeous!  

Now....LOOK what I made the other day!  Isn't it great?


Layered DAISY #2 Bigz Die using our 'new' IN COLOR Island Indigo cardstock and my BIG SHOT!!!

 I loved making it because it was  s i m p l e  but challenging enough to make the curly ends!  If you know what I mean!  Maybe not the best thing to do while you're talking on the phone, but certainly you could do these watching tv, and I am all about doing some things that allow you to sit and relax beside your loved ones!  Its like they have to be willing to let you disappear into your craft zone {FOR DAYS ON END, LOL} -so this way you can be beside them while doing these......just bring some glue, a ton of the layers along and get your "curly tool" - mine is the paper piercer {honestly I need to find a curly tool of just the right size - anyone knows of one please let me know!}.

OK - enough of Babbly Me!   Here is what I did....

Use DAISY FLOWER #2 BIGZ DIE - cut 3 layers of each of the three daisy sizes  for a total of 9... 
I think its pretty straightforward - stack each of the 3 sizes - you can begin front to back or back to front, but rotate each daisy clockwise slightly from the last one to fill in the gaps between petals. TIP:You can glue 1 inch circles to the back to assist in layering them.  In time, you should have one continuous layered 'circle' created from the 9. A very 'fringey' looking circle.

  Once I have the 9 daisies glue together - stacked largest on the bottom of course, then I set to make a center 'ball' which is nothing more than some scraps rolled tight, and a couple of daisy 'tips' glued around the ball.  You could totally do a "ribbon " center - I would have, but moi does not have this colour on hand yet!

Here it is looking down at it - luscious layers!

This is one of our newest IN COLORS called ISLAND INDIGO - and I love. love, love it !!!!   Its the blue-green range of which I can never grow tired of - seriously! Never!  A little known fact on here is that I do summer projects for my own private collection - seashells, little sea creatures, life on the coast....and so I love the water colours.

Well I will be making my group of flowers to create a wall decor project - I am using our photo on our INVITATIONS and our latest July issue of SUCCESS MAGAZINE for demos - to inspire me!  Wish me luck on finishing them soon!





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