Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Key Ingredients - Friends!

Hello Friends! I wanted to share with you today another creation from the October Key Ingredients Kit. This card was created as an inspiration sheet for this month's kit. You can view all the inspiration sheets for each kit here. It's just another great tool TE offers to help you jump start your creativity when you receive your kit. Don't have a kit? Well it's so easy to become a subscriber. Just check out all the details here.

This KI creation was created using the wonderful patterned paper from Crate Paper's Farmhouse Collection. I used the large scale floral print paper to cut out 2 flowers as the main images surrounding the friendship sentiment from the Friendship Blooms set. Finally I added the main images/sentiment to the card base with foam tape for dimension. All the paper & embellishments used were from the October Key Ingredients Kit. Just another fun and simple card you can create using these fab kits from Taylored Expressions.

Be sure to stop by the Key Ingredients Blog to view more cards & projects created by the KI Design Team. Thanks for visiting and Have a Great Day!

Rachel Siggy

Friday, October 28, 2011

TESC149 - JOY!

Happy Friday! Are you ready for another fun Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge? This week's TESC is a special one! Taylored Expressions is a proud sponsor of the Hope You Can Cling to card drive on SCS and sketch crew member Jami is hosting a Hope You Can Cling to Challenge to create a holiday card incorporating the color pink. So we are combining both challenges for some extra fun!

We're also encouraging all of you to mail your cards to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. So if you're up for the extra challenge, then create a holiday card using the sketch that includes the color pink and send it along for the card drive. It's sure to brighten someone's day and that's what this hobby is all about, right!? You can find all of the details on Jami's challenge HERE and more about the card drive and where to send your cards HERE. Thank you so much for your support!

Today's card features the lovely Wings of Joy set. I adore all the lovely images, but this one was just perfect to use for this week's challenge. I colored the image using Copic Markers and paired up the image with some Pink Paislee - Snow Day patterned paper. Don't you just love all the PINK? I embellished the card with some red ribbon, Stardust Stickles, Christmas Red Stickles and lots of piercing.

Hope you enjoyed today's card and I know you will be thrilled to see the lovely creations from my Sketch Crew Buddies:

Thanks for visiting and Have a Wonderful Friday!
Rachel Siggy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TE Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Taylored Expressions is hosting a Holiday Hoopla today and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. You should have arrived here from the blog of the fabulous Lisa Hjulberg. If you didn't and would like to start at the beginning hop on over to Taylor's blog for the full list of participants. There are 22 designers showcasing Christmas/Winter/Holiday stamps sets from TE with samples that include all sorts of projects from cards to gifts and beyond! We want to inspire you to get your holiday crafting and card making into high gear! Be sure to stick with me all the way to the end of the post to get a coupon code for 25% off holiday stamp sets at Taylored Expressions!

The set I'm featuring is the adorable Holiday Wonder set. I love the sweet images and the wonderful sentiments. A perfect set to use for creating a gift card holder. Simply die cut 1 panel for the front of the gift card holder using a Labels 8 Die. Use the die again to cut only half a panel for the back of the gift card holder. Adhere the panels together to create the pocket to hold your gift card. Next add some twine and a button to the top of your gift card holder, so it can easily be attached to another gift or hung up on the tree. Finally decorate the front of your gift card holder with your favorite images. I chose the adorable house image and I had to add Cuppie peeking out the window. I used the Holly Jolly Christmas 6x6 paper by Echo Park for the base and to paper piece the house image. Finally I added the sentiment and embellished the front and back with snowflakes and gems. You can also easily add To: and From: to the back of the gift cardholder.


I had so much fun creating this project. It reminded me of another fun Taylored Expressions Holiday project I created using Home Sweet Home for Christmas in July.

Are you getting in the mood to start your holiday stamping? Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out Taylor 's 12 Days of A Handmade Christmas Video Series for lots of easy gift ideas.

Now, who loves a SALE ? Use Coupon Code HOOPLA2011 to get 25% off the following holiday stamp sets (released in 2009 and 2010) at Taylored Expressions now through November 2:

Christmas Blessings, Enjoy!, From the Heart, Hangin' Out - At the North Pole, Holiday Wonder, Home Sweet Home, Keeping Tabs, Merry Little Cocktail, Penguin Pals, Season's Sweetings, Sparkle & Cheer, Tag Treats , Tag You're It, Take Note - Holidays , Wings of Joy, Winter Wonderland.

The coupon code is case sensitive. Follow these instructions to apply the discount to your order:

1. Add the desired stamp sets from the above list to your shopping cart.

2. Insert the coupon code into the Promotional Code box.

3. Click the Update Cart button. Your discount should now be applied.

4. Proceed to checkout to finalize and submit your order.

Are you ready for more? Hop on over to visit the wonderful Iwona Palamountain.

Thanks for visiting and Have a Great Day!

Rachel Siggy

Monday, October 24, 2011

iCopic Weekly Challenge #53 - Orange & Black

Happy Monday! Ready to start the week off with another fun iCopic Weekly Challenge? This week's challenge is an Orange and Black Color Challenge. My card was created using the cute pumpkin image from the Harvest Season set by Lawn Fawn. I added a the little Boo! sentiment from the Heebie Jeebies set by Lawn Fawn too. I colored the pumpkin using the color combination of YR04, YR16 and YR68. I colored in the stem using a Black Spica Pen for lots of shimmer. This challenge is super fun and just perfect for getting you into that Halloween spirit. Now are you ready to play along for a chance to win a wonderful iCopic prize and to be featured on the iCopic Blog? Be sure to visit the iCopic Blog for the full challenge rules and to link your Challenge Card Entry.

We love seeing your challenge cards and I can't wait to see what you create. Have a fabulous Monday and thanks for visiting!

Rachel Siggy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Key Ingredients Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Welcome to the October Key Ingredients Blog Hop! Have you all had a chance to see this month's kit? If not, check out all the goodies below and hop on over here to get all of the details. I LOVE fall and this month's kit captures all the beauty of fall with it's gorgeous color combo. I couldn't wait to pair up the sweet pumpkins from the Gobble Gobble stamp set with the pretty patterned papers from Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection. I colored the image with Copic Markers and added a rustic feel by sponging Gathered Twigs Distress Ink all around the image. I die cut the image using a Labels 8 Die. I layered 2 different patterned papers to the card base along with some Green Apple Silk ribbon. I added a few extra touches of shimmer to match the shimmer of the ribbon using a Stardust Gelly Roll Pen on the pumpkins. It's so fun creating cards with the Key Ingredients Kit. Now that the holidays are so close, it's the perfect time to become a Subscriber.

Hop on over and visit the rest of the Key Ingredients Design Team to see all their fabulous creations:

Thanks for visiting and Have a Wonderful Day!
Rachel Siggy

Friday, October 14, 2011

TESC148 - Think Pink!

Hello Friends! I'm delighted to share with you another fabulous Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. TE is a proud sponsor of the Hope You Can Cling to card drive at SCS, so we thought we'd include an extra challenge with this week's sketch and encourage you all to mail your cards to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. So if you're up for the extra challenge, then create a card that includes the color pink and send it along for the card drive. You can read more about the card drive and where to send your cards HERE. Thank you for your support!

Today's card features the Pink Theme with a sentiment from Cuppie Love Scenes. The beautiful patterned paper is from the Uncommon Collection by Authentique. I also added some Prima roses and Stardust Stickles for a little sparkle on the patterned paper.

I hope you can play along with us and remember to Think Pink! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Sketch Crew to view their fabulous creations:
Thanks for visiting and Have a Great Day!
Rachel Siggy

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Tips & Tricks: CAS Christmas

Hello Friends! Welcome to another Tuesday Tips & Tricks! I am your hostess this week over at the iCopic Blog and I thought it would be great to show you some of my favorite tips for quick holiday card making. It's easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and get behind on your card making. It all goes by so fast and before you know it you are scrambling to make your cards. Don't worry, head on over to the iCopic Blog for some tips and tricks to making your holiday card making easy.

Rachie's Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas Melody Stamp Set (SP and Company)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Paper: Kraft & New Leaf (PTI) and Patterned Paper (Echo Park)
Accessories: Black Gems and Foam Tape
Tools: Corner Rounder

Hope you enjoyed today's card and Have a Wonderful Day!
Rachel Siggy

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stampendous October Challenge: CAS

Hello Friends! Happy World Card Making Day! What a perfect day for the Stampendous October Challenge. Our challenge to you this month is to join us in making CAS Holiday Cards. We want to spread the holiday spirit, so this month's prize is the Cling Jumbo Sparkle Joy Set to a random winner. You don't have to use a Stampendous image or products to play along, but we LOVE it when you do. You have until Thursday, November 3rd at 11:59 PM EST to add your link here and we'll draw a random winner.

My CAS Holiday Card features the adorable elf image and sentiment from the Elf Wishes Perfectly Clear Set. I colored the elf image with Copic Markers and die cut it out with a Labels 8 Die. I matted the background patterned paper panel onto Dark Chocolate Cardstock and added the image on top with foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment and tied ribbon around the card base. Finally I added the matted background panel to the card base with foam tape.

There's lots more CAS Holiday Creations to see! Be sure to hop on over the see the rest of the Stampendous Design Team creations.

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Taylor Usry

Cyndi Bundy

Krissy Fossmeyer

Jenn Dove

Wendy Jordan

Wendy Price

Lynn Mercurio

Melinda Gleissner

Piali Biswas

Suzanne Czosek

Laura Davis

Stampendous Blog

Come join the fun! Looking forward to seeing all of those gorgeous CAS creations!
Thanks for visiting and Have a Stampendous Day!
Rachel Siggy