Fourth of July “Just Because”

Today, I’m sharing a CAS “just because” card crafted with Taylored Expressions die cuts in Fourth of July colors.


I created the houses with the Build A House die set and stamped a Stampin’ Up sentiment in pigment ink on the heavyweight white cardstock base. Red, white and blue is my favorite summer color combination!


Tropical Thank You

Today, I’m sharing a Thank You card created with tropical-color die cuts. (It’s my way of dealing with the winter!)


I cut the Taylored Expressions Beach Border (the palm background) for the portrait orientation; it is wide enough for a card in the landscape orientation.

Hope you’re having a great day!

Taylored Expressions Holiday Neighborhood

Today I’m sharing a holiday card featuring the Taylored Expressions Neighborhood Border die.

I decided to keep the colors simple, as if the neighborhood had recently been carpeted with snow (and from the looks of the dry embossed background, it’s still snowing!). I backed the neighborhood border die cuts and the evergreen die cuts with a soft yellow cardstock. I almost always include a sentiment on the card front, but decided to leave it off this time to preserve the tranquility!

Hope your first week of December has been humming along – I can’t believe how fast this fall is flying by!

I’m linking up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – the theme this week is Holidays and Christmas.


Let It Snow

I’ve had these penguins and snow banks on my work table for several months! We’ve had a particularly chilly couple of days, so I thought it was time to put this card together.

I had been playing around with different backgrounds, and the Taylored Expressions embossing folder gives just the right scale snowfall for the rest of the scene. I dry embossed the cardstock with my Big Shot  extended multipurpose platform on Tab 1. This gave just a bit more depth to the embossing. I cut the penguins twice and adhered them together for extra depth. The front two penguins and front two snowbanks are attached with dimensional adhesive as well.

Supplies: Memory Box Playful Penguins; Papertrey Ink die cut and sentiment

colourQ challenge #263

I’m playing along with colourQ challenge #263 this week with a Halloween-themed card.

The Taylored Expressions Neighborhood reminds me of a nearby neighborhood to which I like to walk. It’s not far away from a park in which there’s a “Fright Night” held each year, and tonight is their opening night.


After heat embossing the SU sentiment, I backed the windows with orange and yellow strips. I added a strip of polka-dot patterned paper at the bottom for a bit of visual contrast.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Stampin’ Up Ghoulish Greetings

ColourQ Challenge #260

Today I’m sharing a card created for colourQ challenge #260.

This is such a delightful color combination for the fall. I grew up in Denver; the Broncos football team colors are orange and blue. I had at least one school outfit that was pumpkin and navy!

ColourQ260The branches, from a Taylored Expressions die set, were cut from a woodgrain textured cardstock. I double cut the birds, (from the same TE set), adhered them together and put them onto the branches with dimensional adhesive. The navy background was cut with a Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle die. The sentiment, from a Taylored Expressions stamp set, was heat embossed.


Housewarming Party

I’m joining the Housewarming Party in celebration of Catherine Pooler’s new site! Suitably, the party theme is HOME.

To join along, simply make a card based on the theme HOME and link it up on Catherine’s blog. Yes, there are prizes! You can’t have a party without prizes! Check it out!  A one-year subscription to StampNation, plus prizes totaling over $300 from the sponsors: Some Odd Girl: $20 gift card; Ellen Hutson: $50 gallery; CAS-ual Fridays: $25 gift card; Winnie & Walter: home-themed stamp set; Penny Black: Shades Creative Die; Pretty Pink Posh: $50 gift card; Clearly Besotted: £30 gift certificate; Hero Arts – $30 gift card!

For my HOME-themed card – a neighborhood scene set in the fall – I combined die cuts from several Taylored Expressions sets (Neighborhood Border and Build A House) with a sentiment from the TE Welcome Home stamp set.


Before you go – I’ve got a one-month subscription to StampNation to give away. Just leave a comment on this post!

Be sure to head on over to Catherine Pooler’s new site to hear about the party and to find out how to enter the link up for a fabulous set of prizes!

End of Summer – Relax!

Today I’m sharing a card celebrating summer – the idea of taking a break and relaxing, possibly traveling someplace with palm trees! – featuring new Impression Obsession dies, as well as other dies in my collection.


I cut the Woody multiple times with a variety of cardstocks including woodgrain, birch and vellum, to provide texture and color. The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions’ Hangin’ Out – At the Beach stamp set.


The Cutting Edge Challenge #8

It’s time for the another Cutting Edge Challenge! Our inspiration this week is an amazing card created by Design Team member Kay Miller.

Here’s my take on her card:


I was drawn the colors in Kay’s card, as well as the idea of foliage providing structure to the design. I used small birds in lieu of the flowers. I also substituted a white card panel on a blue base for her blue panel on a white base.

We’d love to have you play along! Head on over to The Cutting Edge Challenge blog where you’ll find inspiration from other members of the team, the rules and regulations, and the InLinkz tool for you to link up your project!

Supplies: Taylored Expressions die, Hero Arts sentiment