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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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Happy Happy Easter!

Happy, happy day to you, crafty friends! Today it feels like spring (at least for lucky me in SoCal -- I'm feeling for my friends buried in snow.) It's Release Day for Taylored Expressions and I got to play along and create two fun projects.

My first project uses the newly released Tag a Long Easter stamp set. How sweet is that little bunny? I've nestled this pink cutie among some eggs from Little Bits - Easter Confetti and inside the new Little Bits - Easter Basket.

I put the whole thing on a tag I created with the new Build a Tag 3 and Dotted Lace Embossing Folder. This month, TE is also releasing some darling new patterned paper, For Peep's Sake, just perfect for Easter!

My second card is a pretty springtime card that features the new You've Been Framed - Spring. 

I used stamps from Tag a Long Easter to create a stamped background and for my perfect sentiment.

I LOVE the new Leafy Vine Embossing Folder. It makes for such a lovely bit of texture. Below is a close-up of the die I used. I die-cut it 3-4 times and layered the cuts together to create an almost chipboard effect. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects today! Be sure to visit the TE Blog to get connected to the TE Design Teams for more inspiration!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day…Petite-a-Palooza LOVE!

Happy 2015! I hope you have all been celebrating the new year in style! I got to kick the year off by playing along with the designers for Taylored Expressions for Petite-a-Palooza, which was really fun. Today, I'm sharing two cards I created with some newly-released products, beginning with a card I made for my little guy for Valentine's Day.

I used the new Vroom Vroom Stamp & Die Combo Petite set -- how cute is this little race car and the sentiment? I paired the race car with Build-a-Scene Rolling Hills and the new Build-a-Scene Rolling Clouds and Build-a-Scene On the Road. The best part is that TE has released a new coordinating Paper Pack to match Build-a-Scene! I used Curly Border to create some exhaust smoke from the car and the heart from Build-A-Tag 2 (which made for the perfect 'driver!')

I think my little guy will love his V-Day card. He adores race cars and he makes me run around so much that my heart really does race!

Next up is another V-Day card, this time created with the new Hello Baby Petite Stamp & Die Combo. Even though the set can be used for baby cards, I thought I'd create a bright, happy V-Day card, which features the new patterned paper and card stock from the Rainbow Brights Matched Kit. L-O-V-E!

The stamp set comes with awesome dies that cut out the cloud perfectly and little happy shapes that can 'rain' from the cloud. I've also used the new Cloudy Days Embossing Folder which is one of my new favorite tools!

I finished off with a bit of Wink of Stella glitter pen just to give the cloud a little pizazz. I hope you can see it in the photo above.

Happy Release Day, Taylored Expressions! You can find more projects over on the TE Blog and all products are now available in the Store!

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Monday, December 22, 2014


Happy Monday, crafty friends! I know that this is the week of Christmas, but I thought I'd take a little break from all the holiday fun to create something for the next happy holiday -- Valentine's Day! I got to play with the new Hearts a Plenty Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions and the new Build a Tag 2 die set and I thought I'd go colorful!

This new cutting plate is so cool! It is similar in concept to one of my other favorite cutting plates, the In-Flight Cutting Plate in that it has hearts that don't cut completely, but rather allow for some dimension. There are also matching dies to cut out the different sized hearts, which I used to make my rainbow of love. I also used the new Little Bits Love Confetti dies to create my sentiment…sweet!

Next up I created a coordinating tag using the new Build a Tag 2 die set. It's so darling and I just used it to die-cut all the different colored card stock and fit it all back together. Super fast and so perfect for a V-Day treat! Just a bit of glitter glue for the blue heart to finish it off!

I used the "love" portion from the Hearts a Flutter Cutting Plate to complete my tag.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! 
Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year!

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