Thursday, November 5, 2015

Critter Time!

It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions! I got to play along with my friends on their fab design team and I have two cards to share with you today. The first uses the really wonderful new Mini Colorblock Cutting Plate. I love all the little window frames this fun die creates.

I stamped this darling little reindeer from the new Calendar Critters stamp set. This set is so fun because you can use it to create really cute mini calendars or use them on their own like I did today. I colored in this little guy with Copics and placed him inside one of the cutting plate frames. 

The sentiment is from the new Sealed With Love stamp set. It fit perfectly! I added a snowflake sequin for a sweet detail. 

TE now has matching envelopes for some of its premium yardstick and also really cute Envelope Seals that pair perfectly with Sealed With Love.

My second card uses Calendar Critters again, this time with the new Build a Scene Calendar die set. This die set is my new favorite from this collection. It fits perfectly on the 3x4 Calendars (see this blog post for a fab example) or you can use it to create little windows of happiness like I did on this CAS card.

You may have noticed that this eyes on this little puppy are a bit different from those on the reindeer. This is because I took a gel pen to ink in the nose and eyes. So, with just a little ink, one image becomes two...super useful! I watercolored a background and added the darling fence, sun, and frame from the die set. The sentiment is also from Sealed With Love.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today! Visit the TE Blog for more inspiration. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Never Too Early for Christmas!

Hey there, crafty friends! I have a couple fun cards to share with you today. I created these for Taylored Expressions, which just released its Christmas collection, and today I'm sharing some of the fab new dies that are here in time to get started on Christmas and holiday projects. Enjoy!

My first card uses dies from my very favorite line from TE -- Build a Scene, as well as a beautiful die from the Eventful line. Plus, a new line that I am most excited about -- Picture Perfect! I created a snowy scene with these dies, along with just two colors of distress ink.

I began by sponging and blending two colors of Distress Inks (Broken China and Chipped Saphire) for my background. Next, I die-cut out Eventful - Night Before Christmas and set it aside. To get the ombre color for the darling little elements from Build a Scene Central Park, I sponged some ink onto cardstock and positioned my dies to easily get the effect without having to sponge on tiny cuts.

The Picture Perfect - Horizontal die set can be used to create beautiful photo cards, but I love how it can be used as a frame for stamped/die-cut backgrounds as well. After die-cutting it out, I sponged some of the Broken China ink on just the tips of the letters to again get an ombre effect. I assembled everything together, gluing everything together before trimming away any excess, then mounted it on a mat and to the cardbase. 

My second card makes use of Picture Perfect - Vertical and the new Build a Scene Winter Trees die sets. I also used the new Build a Scene Christmas Collection Matched Kit for my cardstock and patterned paper. I just love the pretty colors. The awesome thing about the patterned paper is that it includes ready-made backgrounds like this one with the lovely stars in the sky. 

I die-cut the tree out of TE felt, which I thought was just perfect for a Christmas tree. I wanted to set the tree outside, so I used the new Stitched Circle Stacklets to create a little snowy hill. (I am a huge fan of the stitched dies!) I added a little rhinestone above the tree to really make my star "shine."

Here's a close-up of the word that is set into the die. Talk about a time-saver -- all I need to do is stamp a sentiment on the inside and I'm all done with these two fun and festive cards.

I hope you will visit the Taylored Expressions store to see all the new Christmas products and visit the TE Blog for more inspiration from their amazing design team!

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Share Joy Challenge #1: Celebrating YOU

Happy Sunday, crafty friends! I was able to get into my craft space this weekend because there are tons of birthdays coming up for which I need to create some fun cards. I was inspired by the new Share Joy Challenge from Taylored Expressions. The sketch was just what I needed to get myself in the mood to create! I love this challenge because there is always a sketch and another element, and I can choose to do both or just one of them. The best part is that the Challenge asks that we send out the cards we create…I'm a notorious card hoarder, so it's perfect for me!

I chose to use just the sketch for both my cards. My first card uses the new Presents Cutting Plate from TE as well as the Graphic Impressions Birthday Embossing Folder. 

The Cutting Plate was originally designed to fit on an entire A2 card front, but I wanted to use the cute stack of presents for the panel element in the sketch. I simply snipped the corners of the original die-cut and then glued them together to form a smaller frame. I trimmed the extra frame pieces off and, voila!, I had a new panel in the size I was looking for.

My second card focuses instead on a stamped image, this time Wishes on a Wire Birthday. I colored it in with Copics, trimmed, and added a blue mat. I also fussy cut just the Celebrate banner and two of the balloons to pop out above the first stamped image for some depth. I used the new Take a Number Embossing Folder in the background and, instead of the flag/banner element from the sketch, I replaced it with a die-cut "you" -- the great thing about sketches is that you don't need to adhere to it exactly, but rather go with what inspires you!

I hope you'll try out the Share Joy Challenge and create and send some cards of your own!

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