Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Much Appreciated

Hello! Well, fall is officially 3 days away. However, our weather here in South Dakota has been pretty unpredictable. After a weekend in the 90s, we are now experiencing rain, thunderstorms and possible flooding. While I love the cooler temps (preferably with lower humidity and no mosquitoes), my favorite part of fall is the changing of the leaves. I'm all about the FALL COLOR! It's too early for fall color here, so I had to make my own. LOL

Here's a card that I made with some Taylored Expressions supplies. I started with a sheet of smooth Bristol paper, onto which I smooshed a few different colors of TE liquid watercolors (Candy Corn, Cherry Pop, Guava and Lemon Meringue). Once dry, I die cut leaves using the Mini Leaves dies.

I've had these die cut leaves sitting on my craft table for several days now and decided that it was time to put them on a card. I was inspired to arrange them to create a fall wreath. I die cut a circle to put my leaves around and decided to create a shaker card, adding various sequins in fall colors. I then added the leaves around the circle, first adhering the base with liquid glue, then popping up some leaves on top with foam tape.

The sentiment is from Love Grows Here.

That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Remembering Zoe

Hello! Hope you're week is going well! Today I'm sharing a framed item that I created for Bella's (our pup) groomer. Bella isn't particularly high maintenance, but she does require grooming every couple of months. Shannon always takes such wonderful care of her, giving the best haircuts and pampering, even though Bella absolutely hates going to her bimonthly appointments.

Recently, Shannon had to say goodbye to her sweet dog, Zoe, who I know was a big part of her life and there for so many big life events. My heart breaks for anyone who has to say goodbye to a fur baby, as they are such an important member of a family unit. I made this framed gift for Shannon to remember the joy that Zoe brought to her family.

I started with a We R Memory Keepers frame that I had in my stash, and made the insert. I started with a 5x7 piece of Strathmore Bristol paper and smooshed a few colors of Distress Oxide inks to make a messy sky/grass background. Once this was dry, I added the doghouse scene using Taylored Expressions Build a Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories.

The sentiment was stamped using Care & Comfort - Pets. I left the space above the sentiment empty in case she wants to add a photo.

Here's a closer look at the doghouse scene. All of the elements were die cut out of cardstock, except the tennis ball, which was die cut out of felt. I added her name using Mini Caps Alpha & #'s, stitching it on to the sign.

To see her remarkable transformation, here's a before/after grooming photo of Bella!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Music Therapists Rock!

Hello! How was your weekend? I spent more time in my happy place (aka my craft room) and made this card for Brina's music therapist. We doubled up on music therapy sessions over the summer, and it turned out to be a really good thing. In addition to singing and playing a variety of fun instruments, she is also learning to play guitar.

I played around with some Ranger Distress Oxide inks (Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean) to try a technique using my Gel Press plate and Bristol paper. I ended up making a mess and not really liking the end result, so when the ink was still wet, I used a wet paintbrush to move the color around more. I will try the technique again some time when I have more time (and don't mind getting messy!).

Once the background was dry, I stamped the Taylored Expressions Musical Background stamp with Versamark ink, sprinkled on some sparkly embossing powder and heat set it. In real life it is really sparkly. I love how you can see the musical notes, yet it is still subtle.

I die cut the panel using Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and added it to my card base with foam tape. It was my first time using Bristol paper, and I liked that it held up after using the Oxide inks, water and heat embossing with minimal warping.

The sentiment is from Small Packages and was stamped and die cut with Stitched Banner Stacklets. I wanted to keep the overall card simple, so I just wrapped some hemp cord and attached it under the banner.

I hope you have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Beautiful Inside & Out

Hello! Happy Friday! I am in the midst of cleaning and organizing my craft room, but I took a break this week to do some scrapbooking. I have a layout to share today.

I used the new Beautiful Butterflies stamp and coordinating Beautiful Butterflies dies from WPlus9. When I saw this set, I knew that I wanted to make a layout with it. These sentiments are perfect for describing my Sabrina, and she loves butterflies, so it was perfect match!

I started with a 12x12 sheet of watercolor cardstock. Since her favorite color is pink, I added a little pink watercolor wash background with some Peerless watercolors. Once the first layer was dry, I splattered on some water and let it dry again.

Once I figured out where I wanted to add my photo, I used my Memory Misti tool to stamp both sentiments.

For the sentiment above, I stamped it a second time onto scrap piece of watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, sprinkled some clear embossing powder over it and heat set it. I used the coordinating die to cut out the letters and popped them up on my layout with tiny pieces of foam tape. I love how the embossing powder adds shine to the letters!

There are 2 gorgeous butterfly images included in the set. I stamped these in the same Onyx Black ink and heat embossed clear embossing powder before coloring them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I know that pink butterflies aren't realistic, but I wanted to continue with the pink theme here. I die cut the butterflies and popped them up with foam tape.

To finish the layout, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear jewels and also some random drops of clear Tonic Nuvo crystal drops.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Taylored Expressions: Celebrating 10 Years!

Hello, friends! Things have been quiet on this blog for 2+ years now, but I'm here today with a special post. Taylored Expressions is celebrating 10 years!! woot woot!

I have been blessed to be along for part of this amazing journey that Taylor started out of her house over a decade ago. Over the years, I've been fortunate to be a part of the TE team as both a designer and team coordinator. Today I'm joining nearly 40 designers who have been a part of TE at one time or another over the past 10 years. The hop officially begins at Taylor's blog, HERE.

In celebration of 10 years, Taylor released some new products last night! Be sure to check them out HERE. If you are unfamiliar with TE, I urge you to check out the blog for inspiration and the store for innovative products... you will not be disappointed! Before you hop over to Taylor's blog and the TE store, I hope you will scroll down and take a look at the birthday cards that I made to celebrate this momentous event!

I made some cards using the previously released Balloon Buddies stamps and Balloon Buddies dies. These are two of my favorite birthday products!

I framed the two cards above using Poppy Seed cardstock, to go along with the elephant and rabbit, who were both colored with Copic markers. To create the background for both, I used the Set the Scene - Clouds stencil strips to create clouds and the Here Comes the Sun stencil for the sunburst.

For the elephant card, I used Broken China Distress Ink for the clouds and Mustard Seed Distress Ink for the sun. Before the inks were dry, I added clear embossing powder and heat set the inks. You can see some of the detail above.

For the rabbit card, I only heat embossed the sunburst. To finish both cards off, I added some random sequins and clear Tonic Nuvo drops in the sky. The sentiments were stamped onto the background using Oreo ink. The balloon buddies were die cut with the matching dies and popped up with foam tape.

The next two cards were framed in Toffee cardstock. Once again, the monkey and dog were colored with Copic markers, die cut with coordinating dies and popped up with foam tape.

I used the same stencils to create the sky, but I didn't heat emboss. This time I used TE premium inks - Confetti Cake (clouds) and Pineapple (sun). I added random clear Tonic Nuvo drops to the skies and stamped the sentiments on the background with Oreo ink.

I'm happy to say that my birthday card stash has been replenished as I was running low! Here's a look at all four cards together.

Share Joy Campaign

At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions blog for links to all of the participating designers and don't forget to check out the new products in the TE store!

Card Supplies:

Stamps: Balloon Buddies (TE)
Paper: TE Premium Cardstock: Poppy Seed, Sugar Cube, Toffee
Ink: TE Premium Ink: Confetti Cake, Pineapple, Oreo; Distress Ink: Broken China, Mustard Seed
Accessories: Copic markers, Sequins, Tonic Nuvo drops, Clear embossing powder, Foam tape.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Does This Floaty Make Me Look Fat? + more!

Hello! Welcome to Taylored Expressions June 2016 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 two final projects to show you.

I couldn't resist making a couple of cards with Summer Grumplings and the coordinating dies. First up is the penguin, which I couldn't resist because I love penguins! The grumplings were stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut with the coordinating dies.

Detail shot:

The next card has a similar layout, but it features the lion. Personally, I relate to him because my hair does not do well with humidity!

Detail shot:

Grumplings supplies used:

Next I have a couple of super quick cards using the Garden Party Embossing Folder and a sentiment from Fresh Florals. I started with some different Brusho Crystals onto Premium Watercolor Cardstock, spritzing with water, letting dry, then dry embossing. The sentiments were heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Here's the pink/orange version:

And the blue/purple version:

Detail shot:

Watercolor supplies used:

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!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hay There!

Hello! Welcome to the final day of Taylored Expressions June Sneak Peeks! All products will be released tomorrow, Thursday, June 9 @ 7 AM PDT.

Today's theme is farm & pets. My first card uses Build a Scene - Farm Fence plus four new Little Bits (from left to right: Little Bits - Windmill, Little Bits - Tractor, Little Bits - Barn, Little Bits - Silo). My sentiment is from Green Acres.

Here's a detail shot:

Supplies used:

My next card uses Care & Comfort - Pets (quote) and Doghouse Accessories. The dog bed and bone were created out of cardstock. The tennis ball was die cut out of Pear felt. The paw prints are from the Max Stamp & Die Combo.

Detail shot:

Supplies used:

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

Note: Products in BOLD will be available in the TE store tomorrow, Thursday, 6/9/16 @ 7 AM PDT!

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!