Thursday, December 8, 2016

How Sweet it IS to be LOVED! -- Taylored Expressions Release Day!

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! I'm here today with a couple projects that I'm so excited to share with you! Today is Release Day for Taylored Expressions and I am in LOVE because it's an all-Valentine's release! Yay! 
The card above uses an online exclusive die, the new Floating Hearts Cutting Plate. Isn't it darling? Plus, for a limited time you can earn DOUBLE Crafty Points on this beauty. Visit this blog post on the TE Blog for all the details!

To create the card, I simple die-cut a frame using the plate and then used it a few more times on some pretty patterned paper. Placing the hearts back in was so fun! Then I added the new Sweet Script, cut from pink cardstock and then I added a little Copic Marker to create an ombre effect on the letters.

My second card is a bit unusual. I call it my "ghost" surprise card -- at first glance, the lacquered hearts look blank. But, if you hold them up to a get this:

Pretty cool, huh? I stamped the hearts from the new Filled with Love Stamp & Die Combo in the new  Lavender Glaze Premium Ink and then added some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops over each one. It "hid" the sweet sayings! Here's another look:

I used the included die to cut the little windows. You can see in the background I used the new Conversation Hearts Embossing Folder. I ran it through my die cutting machine twice because I didn't want the impression to be too deep since I had a lot going on with the patterned background.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today! Be sure to visit the TE Blog for more eye candy from their amazing Creative Team! 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

You Think Santa Does This All By Himself!? -- Taylored Expressions Release Day!

It's October and I can hardly believe the year is heading toward the holiday season already! I don't mind because I absolutely love Christmas. This week, Taylored Expressions is releasing all it's holiday and Christmas goodness and I got to play along with their talented design team. Today I'm sharing a funny card I made with a few of the new products releasing TODAY!

I used the new Elf Grumblings Stamp & Die Combo on this Christmas card. I just love the darling little elf that looks a little punch drunk. I thought he went very well with the hilarious sentiment from the set.

I chose to use some non-traditional colors on this card, which I think can really make a card stand out. I surrounded my grumply elf with a slew of presents die-cut from the new All Wrapped Up die set. I love all the different gifts you can make. I simple die-cut from yardstick and then added some dots, stripes, and sparkle with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.

This fun string of lights was created by die-cutting with the new Skinny Mini Holiday Borders and then I added some cool Nuvo Crystal Drops. They are much easier to control than other dimensional drops and I love them. See that stitched oval panel? Thats from the new Stitched Oval Stacklets! You can create stitched frames, too, with this nifty die set. The background snowflakes were stamped with the new Snow Day Background -- it's cool because it covers the whole card!

I hope the elves survive Christmas this year! I colored mine with Copics and then added more subtle sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen. Be sure to visit the TE Blog for more eye-candy from the whole design team and to check out other new products. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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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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