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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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Love is the Thread That Keeps Us Together: TE Release Day!

Hello there, crafty friends! Today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I got to play along again this month. It's their Valentine's Release and there is so much love going on today, I'm all a dither! Today I have two projects to share with you today. The first features a darling new die, the Embroidery Hoop, and I think it's brilliant. 

I paired the die with stamps from the new Stitch by Stitch set. I used ombre ink for some contrast throughout the whole card. In the background, I added texture with the Cable Knit Embossing Folder.

I love any die with stitching, and the new Stitched Heart Stacklets are my new favorite. I thought it needed a little bit of a frame, so I simply inked in the outside border with a Copic marker to match the green in the card. Don't you just adore that sentiment?
My second card is a fun one that is created almost entirely with dies. I used one of the new Picture Perfect Valentine dies to create a cute frame. I added the new Love, Be Mine Banner across the top of it and put the whole thing onto a white mat and adhered it to a gingham background. 

This little pig is from the new Quick Critters set and it really is QUICK. The included dies cut out the animal shape and you simply stamp the cute little faces inside!

For the inside, I again used ombre ink to stamp the sweet sentiment!

I hope you will check out all the amazing Release Day projects over on the TE Blog. Happy stamping!

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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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