Monday, January 23, 2012

CPS Challenge 252 Sponsored by Taylored Expressions

Today I am sharing my creation for the CPS challenge #252 sponsored by Taylored Expressions!  You can enter your own creation by clicking on the words above!  I can't wait to see what everyone makes!
Since the challenged by TE I decided to use my new goodies I purchased from them....ok and also because I am addicted to them and can't quit using them!  I made several cards that all fit this challenge but this one is the one I decided to submit!  The rest will follow tomorrow.

For this challenge I used a variety of papers from my Taylored Expression January Key Ingredients Kit.  The card stock is Bazill, Patterned paper is Crate Paper - Paper Heart, I also used heart trinket pins, heart button candy dots.  For the stamps I used Moka Cherie (simply love them) and the Fly your flag 3 stamp set and coordinating die.  These dies are so much fun I got all 3 of them and this one looks great on the heart trinket pin!  I have also used toothpicks and bakers twine.  Since the papers were so busy I went light on the embellishments. If you have any questions please leave a comment or send me an email! 

This little card will go to my daughter Anna for Valentines day! She is a blond just like the little Moka here! Since she doesn't view my blog I can post it now! LOL  Sorry Taylor.... I'm not posting your card until after Valentines day! =) I know you check my blog on your iPhone!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

First Blog header complete!!! YAY

I am so excited to display the new blog header I made using Little Miss Sweet Stuff digital scrapbooking kit designed by Amanda Rockwell.  There is a link on the side of my blog that will take you to a site where you can view her designs and purchase them!  I paid $4.80 for the kit and used Photoshop Elements 9 to create it.  I learned how to work with PSE from a blog called Digital   

I have always admired other stamper's fancy blog headers and graphics... now I can make my own! So exciting!!!

Coming Soon this week...
   New creations using Taylored Expressions goodies!
   First time using digi images

Friday, January 20, 2012

Let is Snow!!!.... Make it Stop!!

Some people have lots of snow while others haven't got much... we are in an area of Michigan that hasn't got much.  Currently it is 5 degrees outside and I just want snow!  I want to be able to go outside sledding and enjoy the weather with my children!  So I am keeping the tag positioned to display Let It Snow!! I made this tag reversible so you could also say make it stop! ;) This was one of my holiday cards... since I had troubles no one got to see it on my old blog so I thought I would display it here!
I am working on perfecting my photos so hopefully they will improve soon!
Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzil, patterned paper is by Echo Park-Winter Park purchased from Taylored Expressions. Ribbon: Stampin Up, silver twine Stampin Up. Inks: Momento Ink, copics, sprica glitter pen(red), craft white ink from Stampin Up. Stamp Set: Inkadinkadoo (not 100% sure since the card was thrown away). The stamp set was purchased at Michaels for $9.99 and has 14 stamps total.  Has reindeer, ice skating polar bear, Merry Christmas, Ho Ho Ho, tree, kitten in stocking, and sledding penguin to name a few.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sending Sweet Birthday Wishes to a Friend

So today is a friend's birthday who is also a fellow crafter.... but she also loves chocolate!  So I made her some Oreo truffles, pretzel Rolo melts (my name for them) and this card!  I finally got to use my stamp set from Taylored Expressions from the Moka Collections called Betty.  I have to say I LOVE the new Moka collection because by changing the hair color and skin complexion I can really make this girl into either of my daughters or someone else!  I am forcing myself to use my Key Ingredients Kits (also by TE) I have collected over the last year.  I love the paper and "collect" it instead of using it! This kit is from April 2011 and the paper is titled The Girl's Paperie - Kitch.  I am looking forward to busting into my kit from this month that just arrived today!!! I will not collect this paper.... I will not collect this paper.... I will.... hopefully! LOL
Happy Birthday P.J.!!!!
Products used:
Taylored Expressions: Stamps: Moka collection Betty, Key Ingredients Kit April 2011
Other tools: Copic markers, glitter pen, paper piercing tool/mat from Stampin Up.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

First Post and Photoshop Elements....

Hello again.... after several hours trying my first attempt at Photoshop Elements 9 I realized I may need a guide for dummies or something! This software can do some amazing things to photos... however it's going to take some time to figure out how to use it!  I have been working on upgrading my equipment so now I have an awesome DSLR camera(my dream for many years), Photoshop and a new laptop.... not I just have to figure it all out how they work together! I was finally able to get this picture edited and add my info to the bottom but still can't get it to accept my design!  Who would have thought a watermark would be so difficult!

Here is a card I created a for my daughter's friend.  The papers are part of a paper pack by My Minds Eye called Just Dreamy. I LOVE this paper pack because it has papers for both girls and boys and very versatile... best of all its glitter paper with a high gloss clear lacquer.  I put the monkey just above the cupcake because I though he just had that look on his little face!  Not much shading going on with the copics... I colored this image when I first got my copics and wasn't quite sure what I was doing!  When I got them I stamped a bunch of my favorite images and began to practice colors.  Then I saved them for when I need to make cards quickly! It also allows my kids to choose the character they want to use! Win Win!!  I have lots more cards to post... can't wait to share them with you!

Paper: Patterned My Minds Eye Just Dreamy, Solid Stampin Up! Stamps: Itzie Inkies Stamp Set "It's my birthday" C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps Other: Copics, SU! Crystal Effects, Robins Egg Dew Drops, Prima Flowers Got Prints?.

Nicole mj

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WELCOME!!! Glad you found me!

Welcome to the home of my new blog!  I have had problems with my previous blog not posting and not sure how to get it fixed.  So over the next month or so I will be making this into my new home for posting all my creations!  I will also be updating my favorite blogs and website and products!  I am looking forward to also reviewing various stamping products... since this is how I also research products!

Getting ready for a new year, new blog and lots of fun stamping!!!!