Monday, October 15, 2018

Autumn Leaves Thanks

Hello friends! As I type this post, I keep reminding myself that it is October 15, which means that we are in the fall season, right?! I'm saying this now because yesterday, we got about 4 inches of very unexpected AND unwelcome snow. Never mind that it already has started to melt and the rest of this week is supposed to warm up. SNOW is just not welcome now!

I made this fall themed card a few weeks ago and thought I'd better get it photographed and posted before fall leaves us for good. I started by stamping the Taylored Expressions Autumn Leaves Background with Versamark and heat embossing my background onto a sheet of Bristol paper. Next, I randomly added drops of TE liquid watercolor onto a craft mat. I used the colors Lemon Meringue, Candy Corn, Guava and a tiny bit of Peapod. I then took my paper and did some smooshing over the embossed leaves. I also splattered some water and Perfect Pearls over my background.

I added Oreo cardstock as a mat for the leaves background and behind the sentiment. I used the Thanks Script die for my sentiment. The entire panel is popped up on a Buttercream cardstock with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Taylored Expressions October 2018 Release

Hello Crafty Friends! Today is the BIG day... it is release day for the Taylored Expressions October release! Before you head over to the TE store to shop, I have a few more projects featuring some of the new products.

My first two cards feature Pink Christmas stamp & die combo as well as an image (palm tree) from Sea, Sand, Santa. I've also used the Build a Scene - Snow Drifts on my sandy beach.

I started by stamping the flamingos and palm trees a few times onto Sugar Cube cardstock using Oreo ink. I colored these with Copic markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Once I was finished, I set these images aside and created backgrounds for both of my cards. Using a few different colors of Distress Oxide inks, I did some light ink blending to create the sky. I did the same for the sand and used Build a Scene - Snow Drifts to die cut some sandy hills.

I added my sentiment to a cloud shaped talk bubble using Let's Talk - Edger 2. Once I assembled all of my pieces on my A2 card front, I adhered the pieces with liquid glue, then I popped up a couple of the flamingos for some interest.

Pink Christmas Supplies:

The second card is also A2 sized and a vertical beach scene. For this one, I used the second sentiment from Pink Christmas, stamped and die cut with Stitched Banner Stacklets. The flamingos are popped up with foam tape and the black musical note between them is from Little Bits - Love Notes.

Here's a detail shot:

Fla la la...mingos Supplies:

For my final project, I made a set of 4 A2 notecards using Woodland Silhouettes 1 and 2. These dies allow you to create beautiful silhouttes which can be used to create elegant cards very quickly. 

The first two cards feature Woodland Silhouettes 1, which contains a stag bust and reindeer. I started by using the new Nordic Flake Stencil and Sugar Cube pigment ink on the new Blueberry cardstock. Oh, I just love how that turned out! I did set it aside to dry before assembling my cards.

I used Petite Scallop Oval Stacklets to die cut a portion of my card front, then I added it back with foam adhesive to create a seamless front, yet some added dimension. Here's the stag bust:

And the reindeer:

Woodland Silhouettes 1 Card Supplies:

Woodland Silhouettes 2 features a bear and a moose silhouette. For these, I used the new Snow Flurry Stencil to create a snowy background on Blueberry cardstock. I added a snow hill using Build a Scene - Snow Drifts and a moon (die cut out of a 7/8" circle punch). The sentiments are from Simply Said - Christmas. First up is the moose:

And the bear (this one makes me think of California!):

Woodland Silhouettes 2 Supplies:

Here's a collage of the woodland silhouettes card set:

For a limited time, you can earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on the Big Background Bundle! Just create an account at the TE webstore and you're automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You'll receive 120 Crafty Points when you purchase our Holiday Big Background bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CDT on Thursday, October 4, 2018 and 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made at Taylored Expressions.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have enjoyed my previews of the new products over the past week. It was so fun creating my projects! I didn't get to play with all of the new products, so I'm hoping to create more. I will be sure to share when I do! Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend (3-day weekend for us...)!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks: Tags & More!

Hello and welcome back for another day of sneak peeks from the Taylored Expressions October release! New products will be officially released tomorrow!

My projects today feature Flip the Script - Trees and Pine Bough Background stamp plus Pine Bough Background Edger die.

I made a set of four tags with Flip the Script - Trees, which is a petite stamp & die combo. The tags have 3 layers joined by either hemp cord or gold twine. The top layer is the stamped with the tree and the script sentiment. For the middle layer, I used alcohol inks plus gold foil on yupo paper to create my own alcohol ink background, then die cut with the included tree die. The final layer includes a tiny sentiment (from previously released Many Minis - Holidays and die cuts from the new Little Bits - Holiday Bloomers. Not pictured is the back of the final layer which is stamped To: From: from Small Packages.

The two tags below were created with Sugar Cube cardstock. When you stamp the tree, the sentiment is white and can be left alone or you can stamp over it with the included script stamp. I used my Misti stamping tool to line up the sentiment, stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, then sprinkled on Diamond embossing powder and heat set. I used the coordinating die to die cut the tree. Also included is a star die, which I die cut using gold foil cardstock and adding to the top of my tree. The tag layers were tied together with gold metallic twine. 

The final two tags were created out of Toffee cardstock. Once again, I stamped the sentiment over the tree, but I did not emboss it, keeping these a little more rustic looking. These layers were tied together with hemp cord.

Flip the Script - Tags Supplies:
My next two cards were created with the Pine Bough Background stamp and Pine Bough Background Edger die. The stamp creates a beautiful pine bough background to frame any type of scene (not just Christmas!). For my first card, I stamped the background stamp onto Sugar Cube cardstock with Cilantro ink. I then used the edger to die cut the boughs.

Before adding the pine boughs to my card, I created my background scene. I added a sky with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide. Snowy hills were added with the new Build a Scene - Snow Drifts. The silhouette scene was created from the previously released Eventful - Night Before Christmas, which was die cut out of Oreo cardstock. The windows were backed with Potato Chip cardstock to create a soft glow from the lights inside. Finally, I added the Pine Bough Background to complete my scene looking into the city from a forest of trees.

I added a sentiment from The Inside Scoop - Christmas Blessings by stamping with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossing with Diamond embossing powder.

Merry Christmas Script Supplies:

My next card came about after many trials as I really wanted to stamp the Pine Bough Background on vellum cardstock. I started by stamping with Cilantro ink. Even though it is a dye based ink, vellum is a slicker surface than regular cardstock, so the ink remained wet for awhile. My first few tries resulted in smudgy pine boughs, so I had to be very careful to press down once with the stamp and not move the block around. When I discovered that the ink was wet, I decided to sprinkle some Diamond embossing powder on top and heat set it. You can see the embossing detail on the vellum below.

Before adding the pine boughs, I created another background scene. Instead of a snowy scene, I started by using Distress Oxide inks to create a sky (Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky), then grass (with Twisted Citron). I splattered some water on top and dabbed with at paper towel to create some interest in the background. Once again, I used Eventful - Night Before Christmas to create a white silhouette of the city scene, but this time I trimmed it. Once I added the vellum over the scene, it still didn't look quite right to me, so I added a frame using the largest frame from the Frame in Frame Cutting Plate.

I was able to stamp my sentiment (from The Inside Scoop - Christmas Blessings) directly onto the frame.

Merry Christmas Supplies:

I hope you will visit the TE blog for inspiration and links to designers participating in today's sneak peeks. You'll also want to to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win new product from the release BEFORE you can buy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow is release day, and I will be back with more projects using new product!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks: Celebrate the Season!

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back with more Taylored Expressions October sneak peeks! New products will be released on Thursday, October 4.

Today's projects feature Peace, Love, & Cocktails and the Scandinavian Christmas Background.

My first card is a non-standard size (finished product is 7.5" x 4.5") using Peace, Love & Cocktails. This set has 6 festive beverage images that are really fun to color. First I was going to to some pattern stamping to create my own patterned paper, then I decided instead to line up all of the images across my card front. This is the reason for the odd size of the card.

I started by lining up all of the images inside of my Misti stamping tool. This allowed me to make sure they were straight and also figure out the placement of my sentiment as I decided not to cover up any of the images. Once the images were stamped in Oreo ink, I colored them with Copic markers. There is also a coordinating die set for these images, but I did not use it on this card.

The sentiment Celebrate the Season is one of four sentiments included along with the images. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and heat set with white embossing powder. The strip was then cut and popped up with some foam tape.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. I colored an additional image of the wine bottle and instead of using the coordinating dies, I fussy cut it out as I didn't want any white showing around the sides of the bottle. I also added one of the sentiments.

Celebrate the Season Supplies:

Many of us like to send handmade cards out at Christmas, but it is also a time we send out many cards, so it's nice to be able to quickly create cards or mass produce sets of cards. My next project is a set of cards using the Scandinavian Christmas Background stamp. This stamp was so fun to emboss and instantly create a fun and beautiful background that can stand on its own. 

Here's a collage of all four cards that I made. My cards aren't identical, though they are very similar. I used new cardstock in the colors of Blueberry (top left), Sea Salt (top right) and Cilantro (bottom right). The fourth card (bottom left) uses our white cardstock, Sugar Cube. For each card, I stamped the background stamp using Versamark ink and heat set using the new Diamond embossing powder. They are all sparkly in real life, though it's hard to see the detail in the photos, especially on the lighter cardstock.

For the Blueberry version, I paired it with silver. I die cut the Merry Script out of silver foil cardstock and the Merry Script Backer uses the shimmery Sugar Coated wool designer felt. Christmas was stamped using Blueberry ink and Make it Merry. Make it Merry is a petite stamp set that coordinates with both the Merry Script dies.

The card below is the same as the one above except that it uses Cilantro cardstock and ink.

The final two cards feature Sea Salt cardstock and a red and gold color scheme. I used Gold foil cardstock to matte the embossed background and also to die cut the Merry Script. The Merry Script Backer was die cut out of A Cherry on Top designer felt. Though I did not use it in my project, we are also releasing Sea Salt ink, which will stamp a perfect light image for no-line coloring techniques.

The version above uses Sea Salt cardstock and the one below is in Sugar Cube. You can see a subtle difference between the two. "Make it" is also from Make it Merry and was embossed with white embossing powder onto Cherry Pop cardstock and popped up with foam tape.

I also wanted to show the inside of one of the cards, which includes the new Gift Card Pop Up die. I'm often giving gift cards, so I'm always looking for creative ways to include one on or inside a card. This one fits inside the card and when you open it, you can see the gift card as it "pops up". I added a strip of gold foil cardstock on the top of the pop up to tie in with all the gold on the outside of the card as well as a sentiment from Simply Said - Christmas.

Merry Card Set Supplies:

For a limited time, you can earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on the Big Background Bundle! Just create an account at the TE webstore and you're automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You'll receive 120 Crafty Points when you purchase our Holiday Big Background bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CDT on Thursday, October 4, 2018 and 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made at Taylored Expressions.

I hope you will visit the TE blog for inspiration and links to designers participating in today's sneak peeks. You'll also want to to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win new product from the release BEFORE you can buy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks from the October release!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks: Gingerbread Fun!

Hello everyone! It's time for Taylored Expressions October sneak peeks! This is by far my favorite release of the year as it's all about Christmas! For the next few days, the TE Creative team will be peeking the new products (60 in all!) which will be released on Thursday, October 4.

Today I'm sharing projects featuring Build a Gingerbread, Gingerbread Attire and Let Us Adore Him. This is a very long post, so let's get to it!

Using the new Build a Gingerbread and Gingerbread Attire dies, I made a pair of felt gingerbread ornaments. You can use Build a Gingerbread on its own to create a boy and a girl, but it's also fun to add some festive clothing to both of them. For both I used TE 100% wool felt and bits of designer felt to add some sparkle. Since I wanted to make sure these lasted more than a few Christmas seasons, I doubled the bodies, stuffed the inside with a little quilt batting and added some hand stitching around with perle cotton thread. The dies cut through the felt quite easily. They do not add the piercing around, but it was very easy to add the hand stitching on my own.

Their bodies were made out of Latte felt. The boy's attire uses Red Hot, Marshmallow, Oreo and Cherry Blossom felt. I also added some sparkle to his hat with Sugar Coated designer felt. It's hard to see in the photograph, but the trim and pom pom at the end of his hat are sparkly white. All of the small pieces were added with liquid glue and placed under a heavy book to make sure that nothing is coming apart. The hand stitching around the body helps ensure some of the pieces are extra secure. I added a loop of gold twine at the top so they can be hung on a tree or wreath.

The girl's body is the same as the boy's, but her attire was made out of A Cherry on Top designer felt. Her dress and matching bow are super sparkly. I had the option of adding her bow to the center of her head or offset it. I chose the side so that she wears it like Hello Kitty does. :)

Gingerbread Ornament Supplies:

My second project is an A2 sized card featuring the Let Us Adore Him stamp. The stamp featured layers that you add separately to create the finished image. I used the Misti stamping tool and a piece of transparency paper to ensure that each layer lined up. I started by stamping the tree outline using the new Cilantro ink onto Buttercream Frosting cardstock. It's a perfect grassy green. The tree stand was stamped in Chocolate Truffle ink and the heart using Cherry Pop. To add the text, I started by stamping in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on the new Diamond Embossing Powder and heat set it. Since I was going for a somewhat clean and simple look, I added the scallop frame (using the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate) over the image using more Buttercream Frosting cardstock.

The entire card front is popped up with a foam adhesive sheet to add some dimension yet allow for ease of mailing. Here's a detail shot of the embossing. You can see how the Diamond embossing powder adds some sparkle and shine.

Finally, here's a look at the inside of the card, which I finished by simply stamping a sentiment from the new Inside Scoop - Christmas Blessings stamp set.

Let Us Adore Him Supplies:

I hope you will visit the TE blog for inspiration and links to designers participating in today's sneak peeks. You'll also want to to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win new product from the release BEFORE you can buy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks from this amazing October release!

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!