07 October 2015

Christmas Snowman


Sara Davies is back on HSN today! They're having a 24 hour craft day (those are the best kind of days, aren't they?!), and she'll have several products from Crafter's Companion that you can only get on HSN.

She will also have some of the Die'sire Edge'ables dies, which are my new favorite things to use. They make creating a card quick and easy! They really dress up the borders and edges of your cards. I made a pocket card (from a premade card blank), added the fabulous snowman to  the front, and then created my insert with a fancy Edge'able die.

I colored the Nordic Christmas stamps on Ultra Smooth cardstock with Spectrum Noir markers and pencils. I'll post a full color list as soon as I locate the sticky note that has them al on there.... I swear it was here on my desk recently!

For more information about when you can see Sara on HSN today, click here.

06 October 2015

Literary Apothecary

I'm back (finally) with another post for From Left to Write, the online book club I'm part of - and this book has been on my to-read list since it was published earlier this year! Our book club focuses on sharing experiences the book makes us think of, not an actual review (I'll post one of those on Goodreads as soon as I can find a spare few minutes!)

An excerpt from the book description of The Little Paris Bookshop on Amazon.com:
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

I love this concept... a floating literary apothecary. A place of refuge from the perils of daily life, where someone will take the time to really listen to the meaning behind your words and match you with suitable literary prescriptions! Books have always been like that for me... for as long as I can remember I've been perfectly happy to hide in a corner with a good book (or ten), tuning out the world and losing myself in a whole new experience (fictional or non - I love them both). I can recall, fondly, hours on hours spent at the public library in my hometown (back when it was ok to leave your kids unattended), wandering the stacks and pulling out anything that struck my fancy to read. Books taught me to be independent, curious, empathetic, ok with solitude and quiet, and so much more.

I definitely think there are books for every occasion, every situation, every crisis, every triumph. You can find what you're looking for in all sorts of different types of books. Need a laugh? David Sedaris can help. Looking for a lesson in love and angst, with moody settings? Wuthering Heights never fails me. Good books are like old friends, like coming home - they can comfort when needed, or nudge you out into something new when you're not sure if you'r ready to go. In The Little Paris Bookshop, Monsier Perdu speak frequently of a [fictional] book that changed his life and got him through difficult times. What have you read that's changed your life? I'm trying to narrow down the list to answer the very same question!

Disclosure: This post was inspired by the novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, where Monsieur Perdu--a literary apothecary--finally searches for the woman who left him many years ago.  Join From Left to Write on October 8th as we discuss The Little Paris Bookshop. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. Links shared here are affiliate links.

18 August 2015

Crafter's Companion USA is Turning 8 (and they have prizes)!


I've taken quite a break from blogging and crafting - we had a really busy summer here at our house! But if anything could get me back in the swing of things it's a party.

Crafter's Companion USA is celebrating their 8th birthday this week and the design team is hopping with prizes!

My card above features the 'Brambles' stamp set from Sheena Douglass, along with the coordinating dies (they really do match up perfectly, I'm just kind of incapable when crafting with my kids and only sort of paying attention!).

I colored the whole thing with my Spectrum Noir markers... which happen to be on sale this week as part of the Birthday Week deals (they're in the $10 deals category).  After I colored I added more depth with my Spectrum Noir bendable pencils.

I also used the Leaf Vein embossing folder to add some texture to my kraft background, the Die'sire Scalloped & regular Ovals, a sentiment from the 'Free as a Bird' set (also Sheena Douglass.... I love her!) and Memento Luxe ink in Tuxedo Black.

Make sure you visit each of my teammates' blogs to see what gorgeous goodies they are sharing:

Taylor Usry (you are here)

What would a blog hop be without prizes?

EIGHT lucky people will win a Bebunni Birthday stamp set of their choice! For your chance to win, click this link to enter: http://a.pgtb.me/chPhRc Want another chance to win?

Crafter's Companion has put together this fantastic bundle with everything you need to create the perfect birthday invites, tags, decorations and more! EIGHT winners will receive this mega-birthday bundle, worth over $100 (each). For your chance to win, click here to enter: http://a.pgtb.me/rJNZs7

All week long they've also got FREE shipping, FREE gifts and more! Check out the website for all the details and deals!

30 June 2015

Blog Hopping for HSN!


Sara Davies is back on HSN tomorrow (Wednesday, July 1st), and I'm so excited to be hopping today with the design team members of Crafter's Companion US, as well as the Crafter's Companion International Inspiration design team, to celebrate her shows!

I made the card above for for the last show on HSN, and never did get around to blogging it (I'm just that far behind, lol!). It features a Create a Card die (different ones are one tomorrow, so be sure you're watching!) and several different shimmering cardstocks, which Sara will also be featuring tomorrow.

Blog hops are best when there are prizes, right? Everyone's giving away goodies, so be sure you visit all of the blogs and leave comments!

Taylor Usry (you are here!)

Want to win this gorgeous Create a Card Butterfly die?

Just leave me a comment below no later than tomorrow at 11:59pm EST for your chance to win! See the Crafter's Companion US blog for the full terms & conditions.

And don't forget to watch Sara on HSN tomorrow!

03 June 2015

Hydrangea Vase

Hydrangea Vase

I'm back today with another fun card I colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and blendable pencils - wow do the pencils add depth and color to images! I forgot how much I love to do this!

I started by coloring the leaves, then I did three sets of the hydrangea blooms from Stampendous. Then I did the vase (it took me a little while to decide on which vase in the set to go with!). 

Blooms: HB1, HB2, HB3 + 74, 75, 76, 77
Leaves: CR1, CR2, DG3 + 44, 45, 46
Vase: 79, 55, 70, 64, 65, 114, 34, 35

I used the coordinating dies to cut it all out.

I stenciled ink on the card base though the Hexagons stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I used Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen inks, plus a little London Fog from Tsukineko. (get them all here).

I added some wash tape and patterned paper to the base then popped the flowers and vase up on foam dimensional bits. I stamped a sentiment (from Screw Loose and Sparky) to a small die from Crafter's Companion to make it look like the card that comes in bouquets when they are delivered. 

I am more than a little in love with how this one turned out!