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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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Taylored Expressions Release Week: All the World's a Stage...


Hi there, crafty peeps! Today I'm sharing some really fun new projects with you. I got to play along with my pals at Taylored Expressions for Release Week and I can't wait to share what I've been creating!


Both projects I'm sharing use a new die called In the Garden. It's a beautiful silhouette die and in my first card I've paired it with the new Center Stage Cutting Plate. I absolutely love both these dies for the striking cards they can create. I sponged a sunset with distress inks and then adhered the silhouette over that. The Center Stage plate comes with a lot of little accouterment for the stage and I used the pretty curtain ties on this card.


Next up is another card I made with In the Garden, but this time I trimmed off part of it so that I could focus on just the tree and bicycle. I love when I can get a lot out of a single die. I could just as easily used the girl and fence portion for this card.


I used Stitched Square Stacklets to frame the sponged die-cut (again with distress inks) and stamped a pretty sentiment on a Stitched Banner Stacklets banner. I am such a sucker for stitching!


I used the new iii Embossing Folder and used the debased side as I wanted a flatter card. It's such a pretty pattern and I love the little butterflies fluttering among the vines. This pretty card was very quick -- it only took about 20 minutes and that was because I couldn't decide what sentiment to use!

I hope you will visit my buddies at the Taylored Expressions Blog as they are sharing some really fantastic projects today! Release Day is this Thursday, so stay tuned!




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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Hello and Thank you!


Happy Thursday, crafty peeps! It's been absolutely pouring down rain here all week (as you can tell by my photos today), but I'm still having fun with Taylored Expressions, which is releasing new products today for Petite-a-Palooza! This is when the company releases a bevy of very cool Stamp & Die combo sets, which are my favorite kind of stamp set! Today I'm sharing two cards that I created with some of the fun new stamps and dies.


My first card uses a fun new die, Picture Perfect Smile/Hello. The fun thing here is that I also used the new Let's Talk Edger 1 conversation balloon die. I put this behind the "hello" in the frame as if the sea creatures are the ones doing the talking. I colored up the darling fish, jelly, and octopus with Copics and added some Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I added the waves by using the negative from the new Stitched Scallop Edger and added some white Wink of Stella to give them some foam.


On the inside, I stamped the sweet sentiment and added the Stitched Scallop Edger piece that I originally cut out!

For my second card, I wanted to use the Let's Talk Edger 1, which is just the thing when you want to make a statement! In this case, a fun thank you card expressing big thanks!


I kept things simple by stamping, coloring, and cutting out a darling little own from Sunshiny Day. I placed her on a hill cut using Build a Scene Rolling Hills and spelled out 'thanks' using the Tall & Skinny Alpha. This was a quick card, but so fun to make and a fun to to receive, too!


I hope you will visit the TE Blog to check out all the Release Day fun! Have a happy beany day!






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