Thursday, April 15, 2010

Taylored Expressions April Key Ingredients

It's time for the April Key Ingredients subscription kit from Taylored Expressions. The monthly subscription kits are exclusive each month JUST for subscribers...you lucky ducks!!! Who wouldn't love to receive a perfectly coordinated package of crafting supplies each month?!? Seriously, the Key Ingredients kits are a fabulous value, full of fun embellishments and ribbons, and take all the guess-work out of pulling a look together.

This month Taylor challenged us to include stitching in our project. It makes sense...the patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl collection. If you follow my blog at all, you already know that I {heart} sewing on my cards...woo hooo!!! This challenge was totally made for me!!! Oh, and the second part of the challenge was to create a card other than the standard A2 size. I opted for square...and I used the Splitcoast sketch SC276 for the layout. (just between you and me...I was working on another shaped card but there's something wonky about it and I can't figure it out...but I'll persevere and maybe it'll show up in a future post)

I decided to work with Make the Grade...I think it goes nicely with the colours and embellishments in this kit. The entire school building is paper pieced using four of the five solid cardstocks in the April KI. I coated the windows with my clear Glaze pen and added a black Tiny Twinkle for the door handle. The buttercream main panel was cut out with rectangle Nestabilities and layered onto a blue piece cut out with my Big Scallop Rectangle Nesatabilities (love the big scallops!).

There are some fun sewing themed chipboard in the April KI but the scissors work well with my school themed card too. I coloured the scissors with my R29 copic marker then used the blue ric-rac from the kit to tie it onto one of the large buttons. If you look closely you'll see that I added some machine stitching on every layer.  :)

If you're already a Key Ingredients Subscriber then you already know about the benefits beyond just the monthly kit, like the store discount, the storage container, and the challenges and inspiration. Read more about all the benefits of being a Key Ingredients Subscriber on the Key Ingredients web page.

Now let's go see what the other Baker's Dozen gals cooked up with the April Key Ingredients.
Alex Maldonado
Carolina Butching
Jackie Pedro
Jeanie Witmer
Sankari Wegman
and Taylor VanBruggen

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

12 comments:

. said...

So adorable, Karen!! I love how you pulled off this paper with the Make the Grade set! And now you've got me curious... I wanna know what shape you were working on! :)

Taylor said...

OK... that was me up above (Taylor)! I've been messing with my profile lately and I'm hoping this second comment shows up better! lol

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Alex Maldonado said...

LOVE it Karen!! I can't believe how awesome the papers look with your little school house!! You are brilliant!! ":)

Joan said...

Oh my word Karen, these are marvelous. Wonderful cards!!!!!

Jackie Pedro said...

This is fantastic, Karen! I never would have thought to use Make the Grade! The shiny school windows look fab!! Love it, my friend!!

Dina said...

Karen this is just darling!! I love the colors and the school house goes perfectly! Amazing job paper piecing and the glossy windows. Cute chip board!!

Carolina said...

Such an adorable card and love how you took great care with all the details ~ the window, the buttons and scissors, and the mix of patterns and colors...all wonderful!!!

Jeanie said...

OMG!! How perfect is this! Love the embossing behind the school house and those scissors being tied to the button is SO STINKIN CUTE!

Tracy said...

This is SOOOOOO stinkin' cute Karen!! I was on the fence about this set and I think you just gave me the push I needed. My wallet thanks you! LOL!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Keep it comin'!!

Michele B said...

FABULOUS! I love those little red scissors!

Sankari W. said...

Karen - you are the Queen of sewing/stitching (and copcis and making a delicious brew in the am!) LOVE your card - I can't believe you did sewing on every layer!!! WOW!!!! And that scissor on the button with the ricrac... soooo cute! You rock it as always Karen!!!
big hugs,
S. :)