October 6th, 2016
Happy Thursday! It’s release day at Taylored Expressions, so all the incredible holiday goodies are now available! I have one more quick card to share that was created with the beautiful new stamp set O Holy Night! This set includes two gorgeous stained glass windows and several sentiments.
I heat embossed the window image with Versamark and gold embossing powder onto watercolor cardstock. Then I watercolored using Zig Real Color markers. The TE Brick Embossing Folder (which was inked with white ink before embossing the Toffee cs) gives some simple texture. The sentiment was heat embossed with white ink and white powder. I used gold ink and white ink to edge the panels and then decided to keep the card design very simple without embellishment.
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October 4th, 2016
Hey everybody! I’m excited (as always) to play along with the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks this weeks. The Christmas release is always my favorite, and while there are a myriad of awesome new products, I got totally stuck on just one! The first thing I started to play with right out of the box was the new Wreath Cutting Plate and I seriously could not put it down. Seriously. As in…I have EIGHT cards to show you today! And it was really only a lack of time that stopped me from having even more! There are just so many things you can do with this cutting plate as you can go from super quick and simple to as fussy and detailed as you might like!
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Now, let’s get to the cards! The very first thing I wanted to do was to play with some watercolor smoosh backgrounds, so I created these:
I used Tim Holtz watercolor panels and starting by spritzing them with a generous amount of water. Then I smooshed the Distress ink colors pictured on a large acrylic block and smooshed them onto the paper. I added more ink as needed and used a waterbrush to move and mix colors. On the darker panel I also sprayed a Sparkle Shimmer spray. I took those two panels and combined them to create these two cards:
I inlaid the leaves cut from one panel into the other and visa versa. The “joy” is a new die – Joy Script. I added some stickles and some red sequins. Piecing in the leaves is a little fussy, but I actually enjoyed doing it.
Next, I wanted to turn the wreath onto a horizontal card. I love that this wreath works in all four directions. Here I went with a soft pink for a sympathy card. The sentiment from Care & Comfort II was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
Here’s a trio of Christmas cards and these showcase a much simpler method.
For this card, I cut the plate from the striped patterned paper and simply attached it to a panel of the green polka dot paper. No need to piece in the leaves – they just show through the holes. Then I cut the plate from black cardstock and just adhered the two pieces you see here over the green polka dots. The whole thing was then adhered to a white card base. Sentiment is from the previously released In & Out Christmas. Easy peasy!
For this one, the plate was first cut from white cardstock. I was careful to keep the leaves in and adhered the whole thing to a red cardfront. I then colored the leaves with Copic markers. Sentiment is from another new stamp set, Ornamental.
The third card in this group uses the striped pieces left over from the card above. The plate was cut from black cardstock and adhered over a green panel. Then those striped pieces, which I already had, were added. And actually, the black here and the black pieces in the card above are all from the same pass through with the die. Once you start with these, it’s kind of self-perpetuating! Ha! Again I have another new script die – Noel Script. Super super easy!
For this pair of cards, I wanted to play with the new Woodgrain background stamp.
First a simple Christmas card using the Seasons’ Greetings Banner. Again, once the plate was cut from a piece of cs that had been stamped with the Woodgrain, the die cut piece was adhered directly to a cardfront.
This rustic card features a sentiment from the stamp set In the Word. I actually did inlay the leaves on this one. The two greens pair up with the springtime card below. Told you…self perpetuating!
And finally this springtime card featuring a sentiment from Happy Heart might be my favorite!
All supplies used – cardstock. patterned paper, ink, embellishments, etc are found at Taylored Expressions.
There were so many cards to show that I didn’t want to get too detailed with my descriptions. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments. I hope you’ve seen the fun and versatility of this year-round cutting plate! Which card is your favorite?
Be sure to head over to the TE Blog for a list of designers with sneak peeks today as well as a chance to comment to win a prize! Thanks so much for stopping by!
June 9th, 2016
It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions, so that means everything that has been peeked this week is now available! There were so many things I wanted to play with to show you today, but the thing I absolutely couldn’t resist was the new Fresh Florals stamp set along with the new TE inks!
When I was in the throws of purging from my stamp room last week, one of the things I found myself having trouble letting go of was floral stamp sets. So, naturally I took to Facebook to ask my stamping friends if I should let them go. These are people who had told me to purge practically every other item I had asked about all week. However, when it came to floral sets, the response I got from pretty much all of them was “You can’t have too many flowers!” That seems to be pretty universal among stampers. So you can understand my excitement over this new set!
I paired the stamp set with the coordinating dies and the coordinating Garden Party embossing folder. I inked the inside of the folder with lemon Meringue ink and ran the same color cardstock through. The ink just makes the design “pop” more. The frame is from the new Frame in Frame 2 cutting plate. You know I can never get enough of the bright yellow and pink color combo!
For the sentiment I turned again the Care & Comfort – Pets. From the very beginning of this stamp set, I pictured this particular sentiment for lots more than sympathy cards.
I stamped the sentiment with Oreo ink on to the white cardstock and then I covered the whole little panel with Versamark and heat embossed it with kaleidoscope embossing powered. It’s so super sparkly and just gives the whole card such a special feel. This sentiment reminds us to love freely and deeply and to let go when we need to.
Head over to the TE Blog for links to tons of inspiration from the creative team! Thanks so much for stopping by today!
June 8th, 2016
Happy Wednesday! I’m excited to be playing along with the the Taylored Expressions June Release Sneak Peeks today. For all the info on the new products that will be available tomorrow morning (June 9th) and to enter to win a prize by answering the question of the day, you’ll want to hop over to the TE Blog.
I have been in the midst of a massive re-do of my stamp room, including paint, carpet, and a full-on purge! I took the week off work last week and hoped to be finished before returning to work this Monday. I got about 80% of the way there. So close and yet so far! LOL! That being said, it was a little bit of a challenge to get a card made for today. But I couldn’t miss previewing this sweet little stamp set, Care and Comfort – Pets. If you’ve been around my blog for long, you know how much we love our dogs! Over the past couple of years I have had several friends lose their beloved companions and it always breaks my heart. I want to send a card, but never feel like I have just the right thing. That’s where this little set comes in.
Care & Comfort – Pets has three beautiful sentiments to express how much you care. These all pair beautifully with the 4th sentiment which I stamped inside this card “So sorry for the loss of your beloved friend“. For this card I paired the stamp set with a new die set, Dog House Accessories. The card base was embossed with the TE Honeycomb embossing folder. I added a few Doodlebug dots for a finishing touch. I always prefer sympathy cards to have a simple and quiet feel to them.
Sympathy cards are never fun, but I think they are often the most appreciated when received. It’s important to have good stamps and dies at the ready in your arsenal to be able to make and send a card to show how much you care. And I think it’s important that those products make it as easy as possible to create something special. For that reason, I’m very excited about this super sweet little set!
Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out what the rest of the TE creative team has in store! Links for the entire hop are on the TE Blog.
May 5th, 2016
Happy May 5th! It’s Cinco de Mayo, National Day of Prayer, my niece’s birthday, AND it’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions! I’m excited to play along with the TE Creative Team today in showing off all the new products available today in the TE Webstore!
If you’ve visited my blog much in the past, you know that we have a 5th wheel trailer that we LOVE! So, I was especially enamored with the idea of this adorable little trailer die – On the Road Camper, along with the coordinating petite stamp set RV We There Yet?
Friends gave us these little salt and pepper shakers that usually sit on my kitchen table. I used them for the color inspiration for my die cut trailer here. Patterned paper is Echo Park Petticoats and Pinstripes. Usually when I plan to use patterned paper, I start there to choose what colors to use, but in this case it was just serendipity that this new paper pad happened to have a sheet that went perfectly with the trailer I had already put together!
I mentioned that today is my niece’s birthday. She has gone on a camping trip to the Grand Canyon to celebrate, so I thought this card would be the perfect birthday card for her! And isn’t that sentiment so true?
I have to point out that I made a couple of “mistakes” when putting my little trailer together. Do they matter? Nope, I don’t think so. The only reason I point them out, is to show that despite any little
foibles, it’s all good! Can you find my two mistakes? Well the main one was that there are 4 little stripes that go on the awning and I started by adhering them at one end. I later realized that they were designed to go in the opposite spots. Oh well. The other thing I did – I noticed several other designers did as well – I put the curtains on the outside of the window frame. Oops! Haha! Live and learn!
Mistakes aside, I think this little trailer is DARNED CUTE! I’m anxious to play with it in lots of different color combos. Wouldn’t it be great on the cover of a travel journal?
All the new TE products for May are now available. Before you head over to shop, be sure to hop to the TE blog to get lots of inspiration from the creative team!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
March 1st, 2016
Happy March! Wow – it’s March already? I’m happy to get to play along today with the Taylored Expressions sneak peeks this month! I have a couple of cards to share today. They were both cards I needed to get right into the mail, so I snapped quick pics.
This first card features two new stamp sets: Sit & Chat and Let’s Talk Sentiments. Plus the coordinating dies for Sit & Chat.
Super simple card that I made for a friend who house-sits/dog-sits/bird-sits for us when we go away. With all that sitting, I thought the chair image would be perfect! Images were watercolored with Zig markers. Background is the TE Paisley Embossing Folder on Oreo cardstock. Then I sponged some white ink over it. The look is a little more subtle in person. I’ve loved the Sit & Chat set from the moment I first saw the initial illustrations. I can’t wait to play with it a lot more!
My second card features a totally different type of chair. This is the new Build-a-Scene Bistro die set (it comes with the cups and vase and flowers!) Once again I used the Paisley embossing folder for background. This time I used watercolor paper and before embossing, I used the smoosh technique with some distress inks. The sentiment is again from the new Let’s Talk Sentiments stamp set. It was stamped on the Band It die. The Let’s Talk Sentiments were designed to go with the three new Bubble dies, but honestly it’s just a great little set that covers practically everything and along with the Bubbles it works well with both of the Band It dies as well as lots of other smaller tag and frame dies! It’s just right when you need a smaller sized sentiment!
This card was created for a friend who I so wish was close enough for a lunch date, but for the moment we’ll share coffee across the miles with this scene.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to head over to the TE Blog to follow the hop today and see what the Creative Team has cooked up! You’ll also want to answer Taylor’s question of the day to be entered into today’s prize drawing!
November 4th, 2015
Buckle your seat belt – I have a lot of stuff to share today as part of the Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks! You know that I’m always excited about TE releases, but I am over the moon about this particular suite of products:
Calendar Critters stamp set
Calendar Critters Coordinating Dies
Critter Correspondence stamp set
Build a Scene Calendar dies
Have you seen the cute 3×4″ pre-printed calendars that TE has had in the store the past couple of years? I have tried/wanted/hoped/wished to decorate these for gifts, but have never accomplished the task. While there are many possibilities for stamps and dies to work with those calendars, I wished for a cute, contained set that would simply cover all 12 months and fit just right. Well… here you go! Danielle illustrated these little critters and she hit it out of the park! Are you ready to see some samples? Grab a cuppa and here we go…. (click on any photo to see it larger.)
The Calendar Critter stamp set includes 12 adorable critters along with a word or short phrase for each month of the year. Let’s see some close-ups.
Of course there is a coordinating die set, so each little critter can be cut out. I popped all mine up on foam tape.
Plus, we have this perfect little die set called Build a Scene – Calendar. It includes a stitched frame, a mini rolling hill, mini grass, fence and sky stuff (cloud, sun, moon). ACK! Cute or what??
So, with the one stamp set and two die sets, there are almost endless possibilities for ways to put together calendar pages!
Seriously, how can you resist this! But, wait! There’s more! The Critter Correspondence stamp set supplies you with 12 sentiments to make each critter the focal point of a card! Creating card sets has always been one of my very favorite stamping projects. I had so many ideas for these sets, that instead of creating one set of 12, I decided to make 3 sets of 4 to show some different possibilities.
In this set, I’ve used the largest of the Frame in Frame dies along with the Band It 2 dies on the bottom 2 cards. On the top two cards I used the Circle Showcase die. I have to tell you something really funny. When we were developing the concept for this set, I actually dreamed of the pig image. I saw a pig in a tutu holding an umbrella and walking a tightrope. When I woke up, I immediately e-mailed the idea to Taylor. I thought for sure she would just laugh and think I was crazy, but she actually asked Danielle to draw it! I love it so much!
Here’s a really simple set that allowed me to dig into my washi stash. It would be awesome to make all 12 of these and give them as a gift! Another plus – the coloring is quick and simple.
This cow holding a popsicle is another one of my favorite images!
For my 3rd and final set, I had the idea of creating a watercolor wash background for each image. I had some small pieces of Tim Holtz Ranger watercolor cs leftover from a previous project. I used my new Zig watercolor markers to scribble onto an acrylic block and smooshed that on to to little panels. Once that was dry I spritzed them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle. So so pretty in person! For a little extra interest I used the two new TE embossing folders Lots of Dots and Braided. This time I used the stitched frame die from the Build a Scene – Calendar set.
So, you can see that there are tons and tons of possibilities for these super cute little critters! I have a couple of really quick tips for using these stamps ans dies.
First of all – don’t stamp the critters individually. They would fit on 2 large blocks, or as I have done here on one large block, one medium and one smaller block. If you are going to make multiple sets, go ahead and stamp several pages while you have them out. You can get two full sets on piece of 8.5×11″ cardstock. Just be sure to keep a little space between them to make it easy to die cut.
When you are ready to die cut, tape all your dies on with Scotch removable tape and cut them into 2 panels that will fit through your die cut machine. Easy Peasy! Afterwards you can keep the dies taped to the left over cardstock to make it easy to find the ones you need. And if you’ve stamped multiple sheets of images from the same block arrangement, the dies will be in the correct order for you too!
I’m sure you know someone who would appreciate a calendar set or a very simple set of notecards. I’m dying to know what you think of these stamps and dies!? Do you love them as much as I do? I’ve even planned my next class around them!
You’ll want to be sure to head over to the TE Blog for the full list of designers in the hop today! These products will be available in the TE webstore on Thursday morning, November 5th. Thanks for stopping by and for getting through my really long post today!