Happy Father's Day

Hello! It's Memorial Day weekend here, a time for us to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving our country. It also signifies the end of the school year (or close to it) for many of us, and the official start to summer. It's dreary and rainy here, so it doesn't feel much like summer, but my yard work is done, so I'm going to welcome the rain on my newly planted vegetable garden.

This past week, we did a Father's Day focus in the Taylored Expressions newsletter. Here's the card that I made for my dad. I went for an artsy look by creating my watercolor background using Ken Oliver Color Burst. To be truthful, I love the look of watercolor, but I hate getting messy! The background was easy to create by randomly adding bits of the Color Burst powder on to watercolor cardstock, then spritzing with water. Once this was dry, I die cut the Ray of Sunshine Cutting Plate out of Sugar Cube cardstock, layed it over my watercolor background and stitched around.


The sentiment is from Greetings for Him. I stamped it onto Sugar Cube cardstock, die cut a cirlce then matted it with Pinking Circle Stacklets and popped it up with foam tape. I kept the embellishments to a minimum, just adding a few of my favorite wood veneer stars. Here's a detail shot:


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Greetings for Him (TE)
Paper: Sugar Cube, Pumpkin (TE), Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Pinking Circle Stacklets, Ray of Sunshine Cutting Plate (TE); Color Burst: Lemon Yellow & Orange (Ken Oliver Crafts); Wood veneer stars (Studio Calico), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.

Taylored Expressions May Release Day

Hello! Welcome to Taylored Expressions May 2015 Release! All products that we have been peeking this week are now available in the TE store, HERE! Before you head off to shop, I have a final project to show you.

I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day using the new Gridlocked stamp set and Gridlocked die. I started by stamping the image with Versamark Watermark ink onto watercolor paper, sprinkled some black embossing powder over it, then I heat set it. The trio of flowers was colored with Spectrum Aqua markers and a water brush.

The entire image was mounted onto a few layers from Build a Tag 4, creating a tag, which I added to the card front with foam tape. The "Mom" sentiment is from Greetings for Her.


You'll also notice a new embossing folder on the Sugar Cube (white layer). This one is called Corrugated. Here's a detail shot:


I managed to get this card sent off to my Mom this past weekend along with my first completed quilt! I used Moda Fleurologie fabric and modified this pattern slightly. I could not have completed this without the help of my SIL, Mary! She helped me start this at the beginning of last summer and guided me through each step. It is a labor of love, and I hope my Mom enjoys it (and uses it!). My little model Bella pretty much stomped all over it whenever I had it laid out on the floor. I think she was a little disappointed when it went into the box!


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

Supplies from the TE store:



Stamps: Gridlocked, Greetings for Her (TE)
Paper: Watercolor, Woodgrain (My Mind's Eye), Premium Cardstock: Lollipop, Sugar Cube, Toffee (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Watermark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Build a Tag 4, Gridlocked, Corrugated Embossing Folder (TE); Aqua Markers (Spectrum), Arrow Sprinkles - Silver, Heart Sprinkles - Ladybug, Twine (Doodlebug); Black embossing powder, Pearls, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.

Taylored Expressions May Sneak Peeks Day 1

Hello! Welcome to the first day of Taylored Expressions May Sneak Peeks! The Baker's Dozen is kicking off 4 days of projects (3 days of peeks and release day). All products will be released on Thursday, May 7 @ 7 AM PST.

I have a couple of cards for today. These both feature a new stamp set, Of Thee I Sing. The first one also uses a new paper pack, Summer Nights, which can be used for the 4th of July, any patriotic or even just enjoying summer. My card also uses 2 (out of 3) new cardstock colors, Blue Corn and Red Pepper.


I used one of Jen's Deconstructed Sketches (#196) as inspiration for my layout. Here's a detail shot:


Next up is the Starry Nights Cutting Plate and Little Bits - Flag. This new cutting plate has so much potential! I used another sentiment from Of Thee I Sing.


The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder. I also added 3 silver star sprinkles randomly to the sky.


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!


God Bless America | Supplies from the TE store:


Stamps: Of Thee I Sing (TE)
Paper: Summer Nights Paper Pack, Premium Cardstock: Blue Corn, Red Pepper, Sugar Cube (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Star Stacklets (TE), Standard Circle Nestabilities - Lg (Spellbinders), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.



Thank You for Your Service | Supplies from the TE store:


Stamps: Of Thee I Sing (TE)
Paper: Premium Cardstock: Blue Corn, Red Pepper, Metallics, Sugar Cube (TE)
Ink: Versamark Watermark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Little Bits - Flag, Starry Night Cutting Plate (TE); Silver embossing powder, Star Sprinkles - Red, White & Blue (Doodlebug), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.