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Taj Halloween 2018: TV Characters

This will the be the 5th Annual Taj Halloween Party and the theme this year is TV Characters. As I’ve stated before, I LOVE Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday and I’m super excited for this year’s theme. I started planning in August. Seriously. Save the dates went out and then I got to work on the invitations. With this year’s theme being TV Characters, I wanted to do something tv related (obviously!). After a few brainstorming sessions, I landed on designing a mock up of a TV Guide cover. I wanted to highlight the array of characters one could chose from. And while I couldn’t fit everything I wanted onto the cover, I did enjoy drawing all the images.

As usual, once I started creating, the ideas kept coming. I didn’t want to clutter the cover with all the details of the party, so I created a table of contents. This allowed me to convey the theme in more detail and provide specifics on time, etc.

While trying to figure out how to put it all together in a fun way, I had the idea to use actual TV Guides. I took to Instagram to crowd source after a few unsuccessful searches on Ebay. IG didn’t pan out either, but after a few rabbit hole trips on the internet, I found a site that then linked me back to a bunch of ebay sellers who weren’t selling collector issues. Side note: why couldn’t I find them as easily just searching on ebay the first time???? Anywho, I ended up getting the 22 copies I needed. All various years dating back the 80’s. They’re pretty great! I attached my cover over the cover of the old TV Guide, and then attached the contents page inside over the original contents. I will share photos of the actual invitation and details of the party later this month. Stay tuned.

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Muse Monday - Tiff Style

Today’s Muse Monday is dedicated to my friend Tiff.  50+ days ago, she suffered an extremely severe stroke. It was on that same day that we had just started talking about meeting up in person. Weird, right? You see, I’ve known Tiff since High School. But, we didn’t reconnect until a few years ago. We started following each other on twitter and facebook, commenting on each other’s post regularly. She is the most inspiring person I know, even if we haven’t “seen” each other since high school. She greets every day with a positive attitude, sees the good in all things, and has this great I’m going to kick ass today and nothing is going to slow me down attitude! Oh, and did I mention she loves heels, fashion and all things fabulous? A girl after my own heart.


I read her CaringBridge page everyday and continue to be amazed at the progress she has made. Even her doctors are impressed with how dedicated she is to recovering from this debilitating stroke. She has a long recovery road ahead of her, but I know she will fight all the obstacles that are in her way. I’d been waiting to make her a card as I wanted inspiration to guide me through the process. Today,inspiration struck. It’s simple and to the point, but I know she will like (I used her favorite color-pink!).  Take some time today to send positive thoughts to Tiff. She could really use them!

Card Materials:

Paper: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)

Stamps: Watercolor wonder, Mini Blooms (both Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Pink Grapefruit (VersaMagic), Pink Petunia (VersaMagic), Galaxy Gold (Brilliance), Lilac Posies (Memento), Pixie Dust (VersaMagic), Orchid (Colorbox)

Muse Monday - Mom's Birthday Card

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My mom has been my most loyal reader since day one. Whenever I post a new update, she’s one of the first to like it (she hasn’t quite figured out how to comment yet, baby steps) . She’s my biggest supporter and believer in me and it’s her birthday today- Happy Birthday Mom!! I love you and hope you have a wonderful day! XOXO

Now, onto the details. The inspiration for today’s card is one of my favorite pins to my card inspiration board. I love the color combination and the sparkle this dress has. Trying to find the same effect for a card was difficult until I stumbled upon this paper and knew it was what I was looking for. I’ve been wanting to use this inspiration for quite some time and I’m really excited by how it turned out. 

Don’t you just love how the copper embossing powder shines? It really makes the card. Reminds me of shiny, new pennies. 

Card Materials:

Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), Peacock (PaperSource), Carousel (October Afternoon)

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Sentiment Signs (PTI)

Other: Mat Stack 4 die (PTI), Copper Embossing Powder (Zing!), Glitter Ribbon (American Crafts)