Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy Birthday to YOU! Taylored Expressions Release Day

Happy first of September, crafty friends! Today is an extra special day because it marks the 8th birthday of Taylored Expressions, a company I've had the pleasure of working with for several years now. It's been amazing seeing this tiny company grow and I've loved being a part of it. I created two cards with new products releasing today and I can't wait to share them with you!
The first uses a fab new cutting plate, the Happy Birthday Cutting Plate. This beautiful cutting plate is so detailed and I just love it. 

I used the cutting plate on several different colors of TE's premium cardstock. To get the different panels of color, including the bits of light blue in the balloons below, I replaced the negative pieces with the color of my choice. When I was done, I used an extra die-cut Sugar Cube and adhered it over the top -- it reminds me of fondant on a cake! I finished off with one single little piece of bling over the "i".

For my second card, I used a new stamp that I'm so happy about! It's called Word Search Background. Check it out!

I started by stamping the big background stamp on Sugar Cube cardstock with Earl Gray ink. If you look closely, there are lots of party words that you can circle or highlight. I stamped again on Salt Water Taffy cardstock and trimmed and adhered "Make a Wish" -- cute, yes?

For my focal point, I used the exclusive FREE with purchase stamp & die combo set, Wish Big. This cute set is available for a limited time with $50 or more purchase. Check out the TE Blog for all the details on how to get your hands on it. I used the balloon and stamped on a white panel, along with the word "birthday." I stamped the word "happy" on some Hello Happiness patterned paper and die-cut it with the included die. Lastly, I stamped the little peeking cat from the recently released Clearly Planned Sneak a Peek set. 

I hope you enjoyed my two fun cards today! All new products are available in the TE Store. Have a happy day!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Just Say 'Boo!' -- Taylored Expressions Release Day!

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! I am so excited to share a card I created because today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I used fun new goodies from this spooky release! My card uses one of my very favorite new dies, By the Fireside, and I can envision so many different uses for this versatile die! I die-cut all the elements from thick, white cardstock. The 'wallpaper' behind the fireplace is from the new patterned paper pack, Playful Patterns - Haunted.

I used the new Little Bits Cauldron and colored it with some glitter pens and placed it inside the fireplace. I embossed with the Brick Embossing folder for the back of the fireplace, which added some awesome texture.

How cute is this little bat? He's from the new Gone Batty Stamp and Die combo set and you can personalize the little batty's face. I wanted to try out the new Sugar Cube Matched Hybrid Ink from TE and I love love love the clean, crisp lines I got  when stamping on black cardstock -- without heat embossing! I placed the "Boo" sentiment inside a stitched frame and 'hung' it above the mantle. Above the fireplace I added a die-cut Little Bits Spider and Web.

Hope you enjoyed my card today! Check out the TE Blog today for more spooky fun!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fresh Floral Thank You

Happy day, crafty friends! I have a really fun card to share with you today using new products from Taylored Expressions. TE just released new, gorgeous premium dye ink and I got to play along with my friends there for Release Week! My card uses the new Fresh Florals stamp set which is just perfect to show off how awesome these new inks are.

After stamping on plain white cardstock in Salt Water Taffy, Candy Corn, and Granny Smith, I used the coordinating Fresh Florals Dies to die-cut my pieces. Just before I did that, I used matching Copic markers to add a bit of visual dimension to each of the pieces and I love how it turned out. I also added some clear Wink of Stella for a subtle, pretty glow.

I used the Candy Corn ink to watercolor a soft background on watercolor cardstock before die-cutting using the new Banner Stacklets 4. I die-cut the next largest size banner in Salt Water Taffy to mat the banner and assembled my die-cut florals on top. I stamped my sentiment in Chocolate Truffle directly on more watercolor cardstock and I had a pretty, fresh thank you card!

I hope you will visit the TE Blog for more inspiration! 

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Celebrate with FOIL!

I love foiling -- it's such a quick way to add a lot of 'wow' to a card!
Today, I'm sharing a fun foiled project I created for Taylored Expressions and their week-long partnership with Therm O Web!  
To create my celebration card, I used three different colors of fabulous Deco Foil Transfer Sheets: Magenta, Aqua, and Stars. I began by cutting them from Deco Foil Foam Adhesive. This gave me a very subtle bit of dimension (great for mailing) and I didn't need a laminator.
Once I die-cut the hexagons from Hexagon Stacklets, all I had to do was peel off the backing on one side and adhere it to the back (non-shiny) side of the foil transfer sheet. Then I simply lifted and there it was! I laid down the hexagons on a trimmed panel (which I had prepped with some pre-foiled washi tape for a bit of added visual interest.)
I die-cut from Oreo cardstock the Picture Perfect - Celebrate frame and adhered it over the panel and added to my cardbase. I just love how shiny and cool the foil looks!

Be sure to visit the TE Blog for some more awesome foiled projects from their fab Creative Team! 

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