Thursday, September 11, 2014

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Shakin' Spooks

Hey there, crafty friends! I'm back again this week with more Taylored Expressions fun. Shaker cards are all the rage right now, and I thought I'd try my own. I created this fun card for my little one, who LOVES Halloween!

I also used the sketch from the fun Sketch Selfie Share Challenge going on right now on the TE Blog. It's got a pretty sweet $250 Gift Certificate up for grabs (I'm not eligible, being affiliated with Taylored Expressions as I am, BUT that did not stop me from playing along…I even took a Selfie!)

I used the new Little Bits dies the are releasing today (Ghosts, Halloween Scene, and Haunted House) -- aren't they cute? And they were sized perfectly for my shaker. I also used the new Tangled Web Embossing Folder on the background…love the deep impression and how it's sized to cover an entire A2 card!

I also used the new Hocus Pocus patterned paper and smooth card stock from TE. Super fun and a longtime coming, so I had a lot of fun putting this all together.

And, how lucky that TE is also releasing Sequins! They were the perfect thing to fill up my Shaker card and I'm pretty sure these types of cards will become addictive for me.

And, as I said, I even took a Selfie of well, myself, with my card for the Challenge! 
Here it is:

(and there I am!)

Be sure to visit the TE Blog for a full list of other participating designers in today's Release Week fun!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 3: Love & Laughter

Hi there, crafty friends! This month, Taylored Expressions is celebrating its sixth birthday and I get to help them party! I had the chance to play with some of the soon-to-be-released products that are debuting this Thursday and I thought it would be fitting to create a birthday card with them.

I used the new In & Out Birthday stamp set, along with some cute new Little Bits Balloon dies. I die-cut them out of Taylored Felt for a little textural interest. I also got to use the ultra cool new Lots of Dots Embossing Folder, which I used on a die-cut I created with the previously-released Party Banner Cutting Plate. One of my favorite things from this release is the new TE Patterned Paper! I used the paper and the matching cardstock from the Matched Kit (took the guess work out of the whole thing for me!)

The fun thing about In & Out Birthday is that it includes sentiments that are great for stamping on both the front and the inside of a card. I went with this tried and true one for the inside and made sure to add just a bit of the same patterned paper I used on the outside.

Be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions Blog for a full list of all of today's participating designers!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spookable You

Hey there, crafty friends! It's Saturday night and I thought I'd whip up a fun card in anticipation of Halloween, which is going to be here before we know it! I pulled out the recently released Made in the Shade 2 from Taylored Expressions. I love all the little scenes in the set and how it matches perfectly with the Shade Tree Cutting Plate.

I started by die-cutting the tree in a deep purple, like a shadow, but one that would still show up against black paper. I set that aside as I stamped and embossed the little Halloween scene in white. It really pops on the black paper! I then used the Cloud Border to cut a stencil that I used with white chalk ink to sponge on some spooky clouds in my night sky.

It was easy enough to create a full moon with a circle punch and sheet of scratch paper. Then I put it all together with some orange paper for a fun, spooky card that I'll send to a fellow Halloween fan!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taylored Expressions Release Day...Enjoy!

It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I had the best time getting to play along with my old design team members on the Baker's Dozen! For my project today, I created a card using some newly released dies.

TE has a fun collection of tiny little cute dies called "Little Bits." Today I used Little Bits Kite and it is just darling. It fits right inside the previously released Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Circle Showcase and I was able to whip up this fun card. I also used the new Mini Caps Alpha & #s.

These are many more products are now available in the TE Store!
Be sure to visit the Baker's Dozen for tons of Release Day inspiration!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thanks with Perfect Paper Crafting

Hey there, crafty friends! Today I get to do something really fun, which is participate in an unusual blog hop with some friends from Perfect Paper Crafting. This company offers a lot of nifty tools and today I am showing a project I created with their Perfect Layers Mini tool. When you are done here, please be sure to visit the talented Pam Sparks from the Perfect Paper Crafting design team to check out some amazing eye candy!

For my project today, I wanted to make a panel card using one of my favorite images from Taylored Expressions from the set, Discover Your Wings. I stamped the pretty silhouette image on one panel and trimmed it into three of varying width.

This is where the Perfect Layers Mini Tool came in super handy. It's sized perfectly for cards and I was impressed by the perfect layers it created in different widths. 

 I wanted each of my panels to have a multi-layered mat, and it was a breeze to do with just the tool and a hobby knife.

For a little added texture, I used some Stickles on the dandelions, which was a nice subtle way to finish off my card!

Be sure to visit the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog for tons of inspiration and fun! 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello to a New Adventure!

Happy Monday, crafty friends! My family and I are going to be off on another adventure as we move back to Southern California! The Bay Area has been really fun and living closer to family has been really wonderful. But a new adventure awaits back in SoCal. I thought it would be appropriate to create a "just moved" card and the You Are Here set from Taylored Expressions was just what I needed!

TE just released these darling dies called Transportation. When I first got them, I intended them for scrapbooking, but they are pretty perfect for cards, too! 

I used the new Pockets & Pages Circle Showcase die to create this nifty frame to highlight the part of the U.S. in which we live. Even though I grew up in SoCal, I've come to really like the Bay Area, too, so thought I can't quite say I will be leaving my heart in San Francisco, I thought one about halfway between the two would be appropriate!

I was having so much fun creating that I decided to create a fun and simple CAS card using mostly dies. It's Summer and I can't wait to bask in the sunshine down in SoCal!

I used the new Pockets & Pages Fab Frames Summer to create a fun frame and then stamped "summer" with the new Little Bits of Summer from Taylored Expressions.

The sweet little sandcastle is also a "Little Bits" -- a die and I glittered it up and used a marker to color in the flags.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your day is wonderful and filled with Happy Beans.

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