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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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Happy Happy Happy: Taylored Expressions Release Day!

It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions and it's a really extra special one because TE is turning seven! I've been involved with TE for a long time now, and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of such a wonderful company. Today I am showing off three cards I created to help celebrate and I'm so excited to share them with you!

First up is, appropriately, a birthday card! This one uses the newly released Stamp & Die Combo, Party Pals. This set is so darling and I just love the happy little pals. I used the Summer Nights Matched kit for my paper and card stock -- I liked that this card could be used for either a boy or a girl.

How cute are these little guys? I colored them with Copics to match the paper. I added a little bit of Wink of Stella clear, which is much more visible in person. The best part is that I didn't have to fussy cut because the set comes with dies!

I used the new Block Party - Happy die which is really cool because you can place it wherever you want on your project and cut. I placed some card stock behind it to really make it pop, but I've seen some pretty cool cards made that just lets the word sit open like a window. I also added a new Happy Birthday Banner die. I thought it was fun how it looked like the little pals were holding it up.

I was having so much fun, I decided to make a coordinating Thank You card, but this time featuring Block Party - Thanks. Isn't it cool? 

Here's a close up. I also used the new Skinny Mini Party Borders. For a little texture on the card, I did some selective embossing with the Bead Board Embossing Folder.

My third card is special because it uses the very fabulous One & Only You Stamp & Die Combo. This set is only available free with purchase for a limited time (see below for details). I think it's very fabulous because it was my idea! 

For my card I wanted to really illustrate the "One & Only You" sentiment. The new Build a Scene Trees was perfect and I was able to quickly die-cut three trees that were identical and then one pink one to stand out. And it even has a little heart!

Here's another view of my card. The set comes with a "you" die, which I die-cut from the same color as the tree. Cute, yes?

I hope you will join the TE celebration on the TE Blog! New products are now available in the TE Store. Have a happy beany sort of day!

This Stamp & Die Combo set includes a coordinating 'you' die to pair with the various sentiments included in the stamp set. This set will be FREE with orders of $50 or more from September 3rd - September 13th. One free set per customer, while supplies last. Note: once your order meets the qualifying amount the free stamp set will be added to your cart. 

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