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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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Best in the WORLD: Taylored Expressions Release Day!

Hey there, crafty friends! This week is Release Week at Taylored Expressions and I had a chance to create something to help celebrate! Today I'm using some really fun new products that are coming out just in time for Father's Day and I can't wait to share the cool spinner card I made for my hubby.

In the pic above, you can see how if you turn the earth, it spins around to reveal a photo! I'll explain a bit how I created it below:

One of the new dies released this month is called Whole Wide World. Now, this very cool die includes all the pieces to create an actual globe, complete with stand and the darling heart-shaped die you see in the picture above. For this card, I used just the earth portion so that I could make my spinner. I started by creating some very cool background paper using some TE Watercolor Yardstick and some Colorburst. (Now that was super fun and messy!)

I printed out a cute picture of my husband and our little rugrat and die-cut it with the included circle die from the set. I die-cut again with some dark blue cardstock. The trick to making the globe 'spin' is to simply lay a piece of string between the two circles before adhering them together. Then, I simply suspended it within a sandwich of cardstock that I trimmed to size and die-cut a window from using a larger circle die. I hope you can see that I also used the new Lots of Stars Embossing Folder, which I used and then ran through my Big Shot again to flatten out the stars just a little as I wanted it to be very subtle.

I finished off the card with a simple panel of green yardstick and stamped with the perfect sentiment from the new Best in the World stamp set and a few enamel dots!

Be sure to visit the TE Blog today and check out more projects from their fabulous Creative Team!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Get Lost in a Good Book!

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today is Release Day for Taylored Expressions and I got to play along with my friends there to create something fun for Mother's Day!

My mother-in-law is a really big reader and a great lover of books. We tried to get her to read on an e-reader, but she couldn't get over the feel of having a real book in her hands. So I was really excited to see the new Build a Bookmark set of dies in this month's release! It coordinates perfectly with the previously-released Mark Your Spot Bookmark die to give it a really nice and pretty border. 

Because this is a bookmark, I wanted to keep things as flat as possible, but I also wanted a bit of dimension. The Build a Bookmark die set comes with a ton of little embellishments, but I wanted to do some stamping on this project, so I used the new Simply Stamped - Peonies. Are they just so pretty? I love the dimension you can get with just ink! I used a Misti to do my stamping, but I  know many people get wonderful results with a Stamp-a-ma-Jig, too. The coordinating dies made cutting out the images a dream.

I wanted to really highlight the beauty of the stamped flowers, so I kept things simple with the pretty Happy Mother's Day sentiment that comes with the set. I know that I'll be creating many more bookmarks (for myself and as gifts!) 

I hope you will check out all the new release items over in the TE Store and also visit the TE Blog for tons of amazing eye candy from the Creative Team!
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Taylored Expressions: There's an Elephant in the Room...

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I have a sweet little card to share with you today. I got to play with some new dies (which I LOVE) and I can't wait to tell you how I made it.

This month, TE is releasing dies to go along with one of my favorite stamp sets, Hippo Birdy. When I saw the elephant, it just made me think of a pink elephant and I stamped this little (big!) guy onto some patterned paper from the Hello Happiness 6x6" Paper Pack. The dies made cutting him out super easy. I created a little 'room' with more of the paper and added the new Build a Scene Window as seen below. (I used the Bead Board Embossing Folder to make my wallpapered wall.) The little conversation bubble is the new Let's Talk Bubble and the simple sentiment is from the new Let's Talk Sentiments

Here is a close-up of the window. Isn't it fun? I used some silver metallic twine as ties. The curtains would look cute in patterned papers, but I didn't want it to look too busy with my pretty 'wallpaper' in the background.

I hope you will stop by the TE Blog and check out all the fun eye candy created by TE's amazing creative team! 

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