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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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Taylored Expressions Release Day: YUM!

It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions! I got the chance to play along with my buddies over at TE for this fun release, which was all about summertime fun. For my project, I used the newly released Pockets & Pages Fab Frames - Summer and some really darling new dies in a new collection called 'Little Bits' to create a fun and happy summertime card.

By pairing the Fab Frame with the previously released Pockets & Pages 3x4 Essentials die, I was able to cut out this cool frame. I just love it and know I'll be doing this for scrapbooking by placing a photo behind the frame! I used the new Little Bits Ice Cream Cone to create the yummy cone -- doesn't it just scream 'summer?!' These sweet little dies are so adorable and are affordable, too -- each set costs just $5 or $6 so I'm pretty sure I am going to want them all!

I hope you enjoyed by little card today. Be sure to check out the rest of the designers who are showing off their awesome projects today. New products are now available in the TE Store!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Love This!

One of my very favorite gifts to give to family are framed photos, especially to grandparents and, in this case, my little guy's great-grandmother! She's in her nineties and can't easily join us for holidays and so we try to go out an visit her as often as we can. She absolutely adores her only great-grandson and so we knew she'd love a cute framed photo of him.

We had a very plain wood frame that I painted blue. To spruce it up further, I added a ribbon, button and twine. Then, to really make it special, I added some stamped images from the new Journal Tabs - Day and Journal Tabs - Month from Taylored Expressions. I thought it really personalized the frame and made it one of a kind.

In just a few steps, I had a sweet gift for a sweet lady!

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