Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Birthday Cards

We have a few birthdays in our family in May, so I've been busy making some birthday cards. Today I thought I'd share a pair I made for my twin nephews using We R Memory Keeper's Cakes and Candles collection.

Since these are for my 10 year old nephews, I needed to keep them masculine without being too juvenile or too old looking.

For the card pictured above, I mixed WRMK's Cakes & Candles with a tag and rub-on sentiment from Pebbles Inc's Birthday Wishes. The two collections really compliment each other nicely.

My nephews also live far away, so my cards needed to me mailed. I kept the embellishments simple and flat (like using washi tape instead twine on my tag) and used some foam adhesive to give my layers dimension. For the card above, I trimmed the happy birthday, small present, and small party hat from images printed on paper in the 6 x 6 Cakes and Candles paper pad.

Two cards down, two to go.  I'll be sure to share the other birthday cards I've created later this month.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Using Embossing Strips to Create a Title - We R Memory Keeper's Blog Hop

Hello We R fans, and welcome to our National Scrapbook Day blog hop! 

 If you've just arrived on my blog, you can start the blog hop HERE on the We R blog and hop through all the designers' blogs.  If you arrived here from Traci's blog, you are in the right place! Today I'll be sharing a layout I created using We R's Embossing Strips to create a title.

I'm using We R Memory Keeper's Hello Darling for my layout today. I love the bright, springy colors, and they went perfectly with my bright, springy new bike photo. I wanted to make a title that would really stand out and be a little bit different, so I decided to make a custom title from a WRMK's embossing strip.

It was so easy to do, that I'll be doing it a lot more often. I just ran a white piece of paper though my evolution with the "You Make My Heart Smile" embossing strip from the Fine & Dandy set. Next I trimmed the paper down to the right size. Finally I added ink (I used both gray and navy blue) by rubbing the ink pad directly onto the paper. The embossed area will attract more ink, so the title gets darker than the surrounding area.

For NSD I get to give away a We R Memory Keeper's Sew Easy Starter Kit. I love my Sew Easy, and this kit has everything you need to get hand sewing the easy way on your cards and layouts! All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment. If you don't want to miss any of my future posts, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Be sure to visit all of the blogs listed below where you’ll find amazing project ideas, tips, and giveaways (each giveaway is different). And don’t forget to check back on Friday to see if you won. Have fun!

Samantha Taylor (you are here): http://www.taylorstamped.blogspot.com/

The giveaways will close on 11:59 pm (mountain time), Thursday, May 7th at midnight and winners will be announced on individual blogs and the We R blog on May 8. 

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Patriotic Wood Stars

Hello! Welcome to Moxxie's May blog hop. We're pretty excited to be sharing projects sharing Moxxie's 3 brand new collections. Today, I've crated some patriotic wood stars with Moxxie's All Star Baseball.

Sometimes simple is best, and I decided that this was one of those times. I started by painting the edges of all of my stars white.

Then I covered both sides of each star with patterned paper.

Finally, I added a few simple embellishments. And that's it, some cute and simple patriotic wood stars.

Now for the prize part!
You can leave a comment on each of our designers' blogs for an extra entry into our giveaway.

What's the prize you ask?
You can PICK which line you receive if you WIN!

How do I WIN you ask?
Just leave a comment on the Moxxie blog hop post. 

You get extra chances to WIN by commenting on our designers' blogs and sharing with your friends. Just let us know how you shared in a comment on the Moxxie blog.

Good luck!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fuse Shaker Tag - Teacher Gift

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (May 4 - 8), so today I have a really fun and easy to put together idea to share. I created some Fuse shaker tags to attach to a little gift.

First, here's what's inside the boxes:

It's a little manicure set: Hand lotion, nail file, and nail polish in the school's colors (our school has 2 mascots, so I got  pair of polish for each mascot). You're kid's school probably only has one set of school colors, so you could do 2 colors plus base and top coat if you'd like.

Now on to the tag: The back side of the tag has a little thank you note with a helping hand pun.

 For the front side of the pocket, I started by slipping in a 4 x 4 card cut from Doodlebug's Back to School collection into a standard layout page protector (side note: Doodlebug's Back to School is a-stinkin'-dorable). I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool to cut and seal the tag into the protector on 3 sides. Then I added a whole big handful of primary colored sequins into the tag, and used my Fuse to seal the final side of the tag. I punched a hole through one of the corners of the tag with a Crop-a-dile, and attached the tag with some bakers twine.

Just like that you have a fun tag and a cute little gift for teacher appreciation week. Do you make anything for teacher appreciation week? I'd love to see your ideas, too!

Friday, April 24, 2015

1 Sketch 2 Layouts

I'm over on the Moxxie blog today with the following sketch and 2 layouts using the sketch.

Head on over there to check it out!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Our Way to Ireland Layout

I have to apologize, I've neglected my blog a bit. My wonderful husband and I ran off to Ireland for a week, and now that I'm back, I'm struggling to play catch up. No complaints here, though. We had a wonderful time, some beautiful weather, and I got to spend a week all by myself with my favorite guy.

I took so many photos, and now I'm slowly going through them (in between getting caught up on laundry, spending time with the kids, and cleaning the house!). I really can't wait to get started scrapping, so I decided to make a quick layout today. Here's my On Our Way to Ireland layout with a few photos we took on our (long) plane flight.

A month or so ago, a friend picked up this paper and matching stickers for me when she visited a scrapbook store out of town. Friends who share your love of patterned paper really are the best!

I decided this paper from Reminisce really was the best one to start my Ireland scrapbook with. There will be no mistaking what the photos inside are all about.

Plus, the scenery in these photos isn't so pretty, so this bright fun paper isn't competing with some pretty landscape shots.

I thought I'd share one more photo from the trip. Now you can see why I'm so excited to get through the photos and spend some time scrapping them!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Science Day Mini Album

Every year when my boys have off of school for a day we have a Super Science Day. We spend all day doing science experiments and even eating science themed snack or meal. This year we had an earth and space theme. I always snap some pictures of the fun along the way. This year I scrapped my photos in a science day mini album.

My pages and embellishments are Simple Stories Say Cheese II. I really love all the colors in this collection.

To make this album simple, I made all of my pages 4x6. That way I could have some pages be full photo pages.

I bound the album with my We R Memory Keeper's Cinch. Have I mentioned how much I love that tool? It makes binding anything super easy!

I kept the embellishments simple. 

Just some journaling to tell the story of the experiments, and lots of stickers. 

Stickers are a great way to add embellishments to full page photos. 

I put the pages in the album in the order we did the experiments. It just so happens that the last one was also my favorite of the day! 

And there you have it a super simple and fun mini album (with lots of pictures!)

Thanks for stopping by!