Thursday, March 5, 2015

Birthday in Brights and Black

Today is Gayatri's birthday (Handmade by G3).  Happy birthday Gayatri!

Gayatri and I are both on the the Curtain Call design team - and I LOVE her work.  Very clean cards with lots of white space - but also BOLD colors mixed with black accents.  She loves patterns so she often uses chevrons and sunbursts and big stripes.  She's also very good at watercolor washes  For the card that I sent to her (which by the way was the first things that I have ever sent to Australia) - I tried to go with fun colors and black accents.  I am terrible at watercoloring so I didn't go there!

Gayatri Bday

I sponged a scrap of white paper with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Dried Marigold with the green in the middle being the mix of the two, then cut the "happy".  The "birthday" label and the border are a nod to her splashes of black.


The peach colored balloon and ink on the balloon is the retired Stampin' Up color Peach Parfait.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Bistro Lights and Sweet Dogs

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the March release from Taylored Expressions!!  Today is bright and very fun!!

All the products that I have used are linked at the bottom, but remember that new products aren't live until Thursday, March 5th, 7 a.m. PST.  Also, be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because we all were assigned different products to show off.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

The first thing that I want to show you is the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate.  Bistro lights are something I've been thinking a lot about lately.  We just finished putting a deck on our house. We have owned our home for 25 years -it has a fabulous view of the Colorado mountains from Rocky Mountain National Park down to Pike's Peak, but the patio is on the non-view side of the house.  It never made much sense - so we finally added a deck with a view (and a hot tub!!) Adding bistro lights was a point of contention for us.  One point-of-view was that we have the mountain vista in front of us and shouldn't block it with a string of lights.  Another point-of-view was that the festive lights would make it a great place to relax with friends at any time of the day or night.  View #2 lost - that was me! bistro lights, but it's hard to complain too much as I am soaking in the hot tub!

Anyway, that was a serious side-track!  Suffice to say, I didn't make a card with the focus on bistro lights as that is a sore subject for me right now, rather I used it as a birthday garland!  I put a scrap of big balloon paper behind it and used Sprinkles, Peapod and Candy Corn cardstock.  The sentiment is from the previously released In and Out Birthday.

Taylored Expressions Bistro Lights Cutting Plate

The next thing I want to show if the stamp set If Dogs Could Talk.  It is a fabulous and unique set with a dog, some fun sentiments, and a bunch of different faces and expressions for the dog!  What a great idea to have all of these looks in one set.  (There's also a cat set!)  I could not decide on a face, so I made a set of small cards that I could give as a gift to a dog-lover.

Taylored Expressions If Dogs Could Talk Set 1

Taylored Expressions If Dogs Could Talk Set 2

Can you believe that's all the same dog?  He has so many great expressions!!  There's a great sentiment that goes with the sleeping puppy - but it didn't fit on the outside of the notecard, so I decorated the inside of this one.

Taylored Expressions Dreaming (inside)

I love these guys - and you should check out the cat set too!!  The sentiment that says "I purred once. It was awful" totally fits one of my cats!  Start on the Taylored Expressions blog and you'll see the cats plus much more today!


It's Your Birthday

If Dogs Could Talk

Freshly Made Sketches: Wow! You Did It!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  We're going long and skinny!

I have a new-to-me set from Stampin' Up called Boutique Borders.  I love the fun look of each border and have been looking for a great use for it.  The long border on this card was made for it!  Then I needed a sentiment that had the same funky look so I pulled out Stampin' Up's Bravo.

Wow You Did it

I'm hoping I get to use this in a couple of weeks.  My youngest who is a freshman in high school had tryouts over the last few weeks for the high school lacrosse team.  He has played competitively for years on a team that made it to the top two or three in state year after year.  But he's been struggling in the past year because #1 he isn't growing as fast as his teammates - neither in height nor in bulk and #2 he has had knee trouble since the summer.  I thought the results of high school tryouts might be discouraging for him.  Five of his teammates from his former team made varsity as freshman.  Erik only made the C team, but the coach pulled him aside and told him he was on the bubble and, with hard work, could be promoted to JV in a couple of weeks.  Instead of being discouraged, Erik came home on fire to work hard and show the coach what he could do.  I'm a proud mama right now!

I hope to see you playing along.  A little hint - check out the rest of the design team on the FMS Blog - not everybody went skinny, so if that's stumping you - you have alternatives!