InStyle Stamps is Blog Hoppin’!!

I should have a super cute sample to show you today, but since I have been in the hospital I’ve gotten a bit behind! But you *have* to go to all the design team member’s blogs and check out the cuteness!! They are listed on the right sidebar under Design Divas, and I am telling you they have cooked up some cute stuff!!! Also,  go to the InStyle Stamps blog to vote for the designer who made your favorite project. While you are there, leave a comment on the post with the poll on it in order to be entered to win the customer grand prize. You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, May 30th to vote and leave a comment. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 1st when we do the month in review post.

Thanful Thursday Sketch Time!

ISS_Groovy_tbuSo here he is, Groovy Stan. He comes to us courtesy of InStyle Stamps, lol!

It’s my week to do the sketch for Thankful Thursday, and I’m still trying to learn how to use my Adobe Photoshop for stuff like this – so go easy on me, lol. But first let me tell you a little more about Stan here. I colored him using Copic Markers. All of my cutouts are using Nesties, except for the sentiment – I used the word window punch from SU for that. My dp is from American Crafts, and I got it on sale! I love it when sales happen at unexpected moments!

Ok, here is the sketch. Drumroll please……SketchforTT *what do you think of it? Is it easy to follow? I’d love constructive feedback or step by step instructions for drawing sketches, lol. Because I really wrestled with this one. But I’d do anything for those wonderful ladies at InStyle, so try and try again I did!

I hope you like the sketch, and my card. I can’t wait to see yours!TaylorSig

Pezzy’s Garden


I love love love this exclusive image from Pez-a-Doodle Designs! It is the most unique garden images I have ever come across, and I love everything about it 🙂 On this one I distressed my images using the Tim Tool for distressing. My lettering at the top is from the new series 32 from Studio G – fun font, huh?

I also used the Tim Holtz scrather tool for adding some texture to the top of the card, above the lettering. I love that tool!

Big Little Superheroes

LAD_BoySuperDad_tbuNow that we’ve gotten Mother’s Day out of the way, I can start on Father’s Day stuff! Here is one card I’ve made – the sweet little superhero with the wonderful LAD sentiment about fathers. I used Pacific Point as my card base and some fun dp my parents gave me for Christmas, paired with Riding Hood Red and Confetti White cardstock to complete this card.

I stamped my little man with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and used an aquapainter to color him, I punched the sentiment out with a key tag punch and edged it with Pacific Point. All together, pretty simple – but guys are simple, lol!! I did handstitch some thread at the top to finish the card off. What do you think?

A Birthday LPS Card

LPS_NJBday_tbuI made this card for my daighter to give to my husband’s grandfather on his 80th birthday, because, well, its tru! Even though they are actually her great-grandparents, the do always have time, patience, and most importantly to my three year od, candy.

We had a lovely party this weekend for the occasion of his 80th, and my daughter charmed them all with her stirring speech (loudly declaring her love for him to the gathered crowd of about 70 people). Way to go kiddo!

It is exceedingly simple – nesties, a corner rounder, some dp and ribbon. Nothing too special, except the feelings behind it. And that is how a handmade card should be, I think. All about the feelings behind it.

Barb is Bowling!

ISS_PolkaDotBowling_tbuThis is Barb, and she is one of the retro images from InStyle stamps. Isn’t she the most fun? I love that she is bowling! I haven’t done that in so long! I totally want to go now though – she has inspired me, lol!

I colored her using Copic markers, and made the bowling ball polka dotted just for fun. The rest of the card is pretty underwhelming – plain and simple. I do love the Primas  I used – they are from the Carribean collection, St. Martin, by Prima. I can’t remember where I bought them, but I love them!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Sketch Time at Jacksonbelle!

jbe053This week at Jacksonbelle we have a terrific sketch to work with! I decided to make a square card, and it is the last of my Mother’s Day cards. And since she reads this blog, she’ll know this one is hers, lol. I was seriously apprehensive about putting this sketch together  — for some reason it was a bit daunting to me. But that’s what sketches are all about – stretching your imagination! I think it was the different top and bottom panels that tripped me up.


Eventually I got it though! My center panel is mostly Cuttlebugged – I tried to leave the bottom portion not done to give it a “fade in” kind of look. My mom lives at the beach and loves beach themed cards, so that’s why I went with this Imaginisce stmp and the Inkadinkado shell.Actually, I boutght both of them with her in mind – good thing I have finally inked them up! I added a palm tree to make the card a bit more fun, and then left it alone. I love the bright colors and patterns – so thanks to whichever JBelle genius (Lynda) that came up with this sketch!

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!