Monday, April 13, 2015

Lucky #7

Hi there, crafty friends! It's been a while since I've had time to scrapbook and I was glad to get a chance to create a page for my little guy's seventh birthday. This simple-looking layout actually took me much longer than usual because of its simplicity! I have loved the stark, clean & simple look of layouts that I have been seeing all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd give it a try myself. After a LOT of moving things around, I settled on a strung banner and die-cut numbers.

I started with the photograph, which is my favorite of him from his special day. I printed it out twice, once in black & white and then in color. I die-cut the image using the new P&P - Stitched Essentials from Taylored Expressions. (Love the stitching!) Using a hole punch, I punched out a portion of the photograph in color and then adhered it to the black & white image with foam tape. This is a fun technique to really spotlight a portion of a photograph.

Again I turned to Stitched Essentials to create the darling little banners in my title. The alphabet fit just perfectly. The numbers came from the new Just a Number die set from TE, too. Going for a white-on-white look was just what I was going for so that I could highlight the number "7". 
I used a large-format printer for my journaling, which is printed directly on the page. A bit of baker's twine finished off the page and I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! Have a lovely day filled with happy beans.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 2: Up Up & Away!

Can you believe it's April? We had a fun Easter and now it's Spring Break! I got to get into my craft space a bit and play along this week with Taylored Expressions for Release Week. Today I decided to share a shaker card I created with the very darling soon-to-be-released Sky High dies and Sky High Sentiments stamps!

I chose my colors based on the fun patterned paper from the For Peep's Sake Patterned Paper Pack. I began by cutting and constructing my hot air balloon.

I die-cut the frame of the balloon 5 times and adhered them together to form the container for the sequins. I prefer this method over the foam tape method because it's a lot less time consuming and I think it looks neater. I added a die-cut acetate window and added the sequins just before adhering that panel to seal things up nicely. To create my fun "stitched" white panel, I used the new P&P Stitched Essentials die and ran the panel through with Build A Scene Rolling Clouds at an angle. 

Using an old favorite, Cloud Duo, I die-cut some clouds to pop up with foam tape for some dimension. I used the new Raindrops Embossing Folder on my Cookie Monster cardstock panel, which I think lent the whole scene some movement. (I angled the panel inside the folder to give a slant to the rain!)

I had a ton of fun creating this shaker card. Check out the TE Blog for a list of all the designers showing off Release Week inspiration (and you could win a prize, too!) New products will be available this Thursday! Happy beans, friends!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Bistro Thanks...

Hey there, crafty friends! I have a card that I have been meaning to post for a while and share with you. I used a recently released Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions called Bistro Lights and it's so cool that I wanted to create a striking Thank You card. The Cutting Plate is pretty fabulous because it also includes several of the little circles on their own so that you can string your 'lights' without running the entire plate through over and over. I created my red background first, and it was actually an accident.

 I was using some distress ink and couldn't find my distress ink tool, so I tried a sponge dauber. It wouldn't spread the ink out in its usual way and instead left an impression of the dauber itself. Well, I decided it was kind of a cool effect that mimicked the circles on the Cutting Plate and voila! I decided to go with it. The 'thanks' die is from a customer appreciation die that TE sent me with one of my orders. I cut it from the same textured metallic cardstock I used for my 'lights'.

I hope you enjoy today's card, friends! Don't be afraid to just go with what seems like might be a mistake. You never know what can happen!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Share Joy 2015: You're In My Thoughts

Hey there, crafty friends! Today I have a special card to share with you because it's a card I created for the Taylored Expressions Share Joy campaign. It's a terrific charitable campaign that is looking for 'Thinking of You' cards for families who have lost loved ones. It's a wonderful chance to share some joy with others in need. Visit this post on the TE Blog for all the details on how to send in your much-needed cards.

I followed the great sketch provided by TE's Jen Shults:
I used the newly released Woodgrain Embossing Folder to create a natural background for my card. I took out an older set, Posh Posies, and colored directly onto the stamp with some Distress Markers. I love the pretty, watercolor effect it had once stamped. 

I added a sentiment from the same set as well as a decorative brad I found in my stash. I set it against the smallest of Bloomin' Stacklets 2. To balance out the elements, I added two dark pearls to the front panel. I hope that you are inspired to create a card for the Share Joy campaign. Have a lovely day!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 2: The Secret Garden

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! It's Release Week at Taylored Expressions and I have the pleasure of playing along with the design team today. I created a card featuring a garden scene and it's made completely out of dies (no stamping!)

I used the soon-to-be-released (Thursday) dies Garden Arbor & Gate, Arbor Accessories, Arbor Fence, Wispy Grass Border and Frame in Frame Cutting Plate. I wanted something that was mostly white on white to have a very clean look, with just the gate accents, wisteria and grass in color to really make them pop. (The "love" sentiment is die-cut from the Hearts a Flutter Cutting Plate set.)

With the exception of the wisteria and grass, I triple cut all my other elements. Because the card is mostly white on white, I needed there to be a lot of dimension, but I didn't want a bulky card from using a lot of foam adhesive. (The only place I used foam was for the frame.) It gives each element an almost chipboard feel, which is very nice.

The wisteria vines are so lovely and I cut out the flowers from felt. I love the added and surprising bit of texture this gave the card.

How cool are the little accents on the gate? 

I die-cut the wispy grass in a slightly lighter shade of green and trimmed it so that I had some behind and in front of the fence.

This card was so special that I wanted the inside to be special, too. I used the new Floral Vine Embossing Folder to create an embossed background and the Frame In Frame CP to create a nice little space to write a note.

I love the detailing on the embossed pattern. I did use watercolor paper for some subtle change in texture, which I think worked very well.

I hope you enjoyed coming into the garden with me today! Be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions Blog for links to all the designers participating today. Have a day filled with happy beans!

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