Monday, January 3, 2011

Exciting New Year's News!!

Happy Monday, my friends!  I hope that your venture into 2011 has been an awesome one so far!  Josh had New Year's Day off from work {miracle} this year, so we actually went out with friends on New Year's Eve and rang in the new year.  It was a lot of fun!

Well, I have some fun news to share with you today!  I have been asked to be the January/February guest design team member for Taylored Expressions!!  I was so excited when I first got the email from Taylor, and it initially happened to be for November/December...which just didn't work due to my trip to Kenya.  Taylor was gracious enough to push my months back, and I have just been dying ever since.  I love TE stamps...they are so fun and whimsical and just right up my alley.  The announcement is up at the Taylored Expressions Blog as well, so be sure to check it out!

I did a card celebrating my announcement today with one of my favorite past Taylored Expression stamp sets.  I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #98 from Karen Giron's blog as inspiration.  It is an awesome sketch, so be sure to check it out and participate!!  It also fits the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #41 to use snowflakes or snow!  Without further ado, here is my card!
"Sparkle & Cheer...This Happy New Year!" supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) & Bazzill Basics (peach)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (So Sophie "Family Ties" consistent ledger, "Pure Bliss" true stripe, & "Birds of a Feather" reliable)
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Sparkle & Cheer set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Chalk: ice jade, rose coral) 
Letter Stickers: Making Memories
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Puff Balls: Darice Inc. 
Felt/Scalloped Die/Eyelet Lace Die: Papertrey Ink
Diecut Machines: Cricut Expression & Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook (circles) & Winter Woodland (figure skater) by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold cardstock in half to make card base.  Diecut a scalloped edge to striped paper, and adhere to the left side of a pink dotted paper block.  Adhere the entire block to the right side of the card.  Diecut an eyelet lace border from felt, and adhere over top of the seam.  Cut circles at 4.5" & 4.75" using the Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and layer them together.  Cut the figure skater and layers at 4.5" using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  Layer the cuts together, and accent with pearls and puff balls.  Adhere the figure skater to the left side of the circle cut.  Stamp the top sentiment and snowflakes to the circle, and accent with pearls.  Finish the sentiment with teeny alpha stickers in the bottom portion of the circle.  Adhere the entire circle to the right side of the card, and trim the portion that hangs off the right edge.  Accent the visible circles left in the felt border with pink pearls.  

This stamp set is so elegant and pretty, and I felt like it fit the figure skater cut just perfectly!  That cut is still one of my very favorites, and I love figuring out ways to use it {no pun intended}...tee hee!  I also loved how well the non-themed MME papers went with a wintry New Year's themed card- I just love the colors! 

Be on the look out at the end of this week, when I post a project for Taylored Expression's release day!  I am pretty certain that I will be featuring something new! ;)  Tee hee!  Also, I have some more news to share...so be sure to stop back by tomorrow!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! The colors are fabulous :)

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  2. So excited to have you Lea! Love your card today!

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  3. How exciting - congratulations! Love the card :)

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  4. Way to go Lea! I can't wait to see what you make! This is so lovely, I adore it!

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  5. Wow!!! I love your card. The colors, are beautiful and your attention to detail is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. ACK!! This is STUNNING Lea!!! So glad to be stamping alongside you with TE!!

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  7. Congratulations on your new position.
    What a fantastic card! I just love those tiny little pompoms on the skater. How perfect!
    Thanks so much for playing along at FCCB this week!

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  8. Congrats to you!! That is so exciting and I can see why they selected you. I love this card and image, especially how you finished it off with the collage sentiment!
    Have a blessed week!
    Melisa

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  9. Gorgeous card! Congrats on your DT venture. Thanks for playing with FCCB :O)

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  10. Love your card. Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB this week.

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  11. What a great card! I love the pompoms on the skater's outfit! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week!

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  12. Huge congrats Lea!! Yahooo!!! Can't wait to see what you create with Taylor's products! This card is so pretty! Love the pom pom trim and the pearls on the skates!

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  13. Your card is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week:)

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  14. this is GOREGOUS!! thanks for playing with us at FCCB :D

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  15. What a super adorable card and I am just thrilled as all get out to have you joining us!! Big huge congrats to you!!

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  16. Congratulations! Your card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at FCCB!

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  17. what a sweet card! welcome to the Baker's Dozen for the next few months, look forward to seeing what you make! Congrats on the Stamper's Dream team gig too!

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  18. I love your card, especially the way you "dolled" up the skater and use repeated circle shapes to tie it all together. Really, a very nice card!

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  19. Beautiful - love all the little pearl accents. Thanks for joining us at FCCB!

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  20. That is so cute, I love all the pearls. Great job.

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  21. This is wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!

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  22. So elegant! I love that ice skater cut and the way you embellished her! Thanks for joining us at FCCB!

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Lea