Thursday, April 6, 2017

Butterflies & Blooms!

Happy April, crafty friends! Today I get to share two pretty projects that I created for the April Release at Taylored Expressions. I'm excited to share them with you because they were so fun to create. The first project is this elegant card I made using the new Simply Stamped - Butterflies.

I tried out the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink on Oreo card stock and I thought the results were very nice -- inking on dark card stock is a challenge and these were fun to use. I added sparkle and shimmer with some Wink of Stella and Wink of Luna pens before die-cutting the butterflies out with the handy dies that coordinate. 

I carefully outlined using the pens. The shimmer is really lovely. 

I used the Ornate Frame Cutting Plate to frame up my card. I don't usually make black cards, so this was a little outside the comfort zone for me. I added some color by sponging more distress ink using one of the included frames in the Cutting Plate as a mask on vellum. I love how it looks on the Heavyweight Vellum!

Next is a Mother's Day card I made with the new Block Party Mom die. It's a cool die because you can move it anywhere you want on your card. Here, I also used the new Quatrefoil Embossing Folder to add some pretty texture.

I used some TE Wool Felt in new heather colors, which I thought was brought out by the Earl Gray strips of card stock I added to the top and bottom of the "Mom". These were cut out using the new Mini Bloomers 2 die set. I topped each off with an Enamel Shape in Sugar Cube. Super sweet!

And for the inside, I used the new sentiment set, Simply Said Mom. It was the perfect, simple way to finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!  Be sure to visit the TE Blog today for more projects from their amazing design team! 




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Home is Where the Heart Is...


Happy Thursday! I'm so excited because today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I am so in love with all the new products released this month. I actually have three projects to share today (one was created by my little rugrat!) and so let's get right to it!

My first project features the new Sitting Pretty die set. It's such a great idea that was inspired by Taylor's art wall in her house. This card is for my husband, who travels and lot. I always try to include a little note when he goes away to remind him of all the love that is waiting for him at home. 
 I die-cut out four of the darling frames included in the set from more muted colors. I used the Mini Caps Alpha and #s die set to spell out three of the four letters in "HOME". For the "O," I printed out a tiny pic of my husband with our little guy and placed it inside the frame. 

For my background, I used the new Subway Tiles Embossing Folder -- it's such a clean, crisp design, which I love. I added the included shelf to represent a mantle and added a sweet little Enamel Shape heart along with the rest of my sentiment.

 For my send project, I used the new Matchbox die set. It is so much fun! You can fill the little box with just about anything and makes such a sweet gift or greeting for someone. I wanted to create a little Easter shadow box for my little guy's Easter basket. I was inspired by the idea of those darling viewing eggs to create this fun little scene.

The little Matchbook is just the right size for a sweet little scene and I love how it came with extra frame dies. I simply left the scalloped rectangle frame in place and die-cut it to create the little window. A few well-placed Nuvo drops were easy embellishments!

I used the bunny from one of my favorite Clearly Planned sets and created this scene with the fun Matchy Backgrounds stamp set -- love those clouds! The hill is a Stitched Circle Stacklet and the Wispy Grass Border was just perfect for my bunny. The "eggs" in the grass are Enamel Shapes!

My last project to share was actually made by my little guy! (He's the one pictured with my husband in the card.) He wanted to make a little car for a hand-drawn character he created and when he saw me working with the Matchbox die, he asked if he could make it into a car!

It was a really fun project to create together. He had a great time and so did I. 
Hope you will drop by the TE Blog for eye candy from their awesome Creative team of designers! Thanks for stopping by!







Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blooming Birthdays and Best Papas: TE Release Day!


Hello there, crafty friends! Today is Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I am so excited to share two fun projects I created with fab new products from TE. The first is a birthday card that I created with the new online exclusive cutting plate, the Lattice Frame.

I love the intricate frame that it creates and I reached for Bloomers Greenery to add some creeping vines. I cut out a few of the blooms from the pretty Notable Blooms Background stamp that I had colored with watercolor and posed a few of those out for some dimension.


I stamped this perfect sentiment from In & Out birthday onto vellum and silver embossed it before I adhered it across the oval frame created by the cutting plate. Isn't it lovely? (AND for a limited time, you can earn DOUBLE Crafty Points with the purchase of the Lattice Frame Cutting Plate. Visit the TE Blog for details!

Next up, I wanted to create a card from my little guy's grandfather, whom he calls Papa. I just love that the set Best in the World includes that name! I created the background with some Color Burst powders before adding the Stitched Banner Stacklets banner stamped with the sentiment.

I used the Whole Wide World die set to create the Earth die and added the sweet little included heart. Love!
I hope you will visit the TE Blog for more projects from the amazing Creative Team at Taylored Expressions!