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!
Plus this product is a TE Webstore Exclusive – meaning you can’t buy it anywhere else. And TE is running a limited time promotion on it, where you can earn double points!
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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!
November 18th, 2013
Happy Monday! First I want to thank everyone for the comments and e-mails after my last post. The love and encouragement shown to me by so many has truly meant the world to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
It’s been over a week since I held my November Stamp Class, and I know my girls always like to have the projects posted up here on my blog for reference, so I thought I better get caught up. This was my Christmas class and we created four projects all featuring Taylored Expressions stamps and dies. First up is this adorable little penguin bag/box/sack made with the Sack It Die set and the Sack It Penguin add-on die set.
While this project is super simple, I have to say that I wouldn’t recommend it for a class of 10 or more people. I’m afraid that all the die cutting of so many pieces (along with the next project I have to show you) was a bit too much for a class setting. I always want my classes to be fun and relaxing and I think I may have stressed out some of the girls. SORRY!
The cute little penguin is attached to the front of a simple little die cut sack that can be used for party favors or any small gift. I think he’s DARLING!!
The next project was a Santa gift card holder. This was created with the Santa dies that come with the Sack It Die and the addition of the medium scallop border die (with white felt). Instead of layering the Santa pieces onto the sack, we used the Tag Pocket Die to create a gift card holder.
Everyone uses gift card holders at Christmas, right? We also created a little tag to go inside and then the gift card slides in behind the tag.
The sentiment on the tag is Stampin’ Up!
Next up is a card I CASEd from my friend Wanda Guess. I pretty much LOVE everything she creates and as soon as I saw her card during the October Release, I knew we had to make it in class. It features the stamp set Christmas Doodles.
So quick and easy and so super cute!
The last project we created was a card featuring A Winter View. Each student had a choice between two versions of the card. The designer paper is from SU and you see the two sides of the same paper on the two cards. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the paper is shimmery. I love all the window dies and the stamp sets to coordinate with them! We heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder for a special holiday sparkle and watercolored over that. Unfortunately, the photo just doesn’t do these cards justice.
Of course you can click on any of the photos above to see them larger. Thanks so much for stopping by! Time for me to get ready for work. It’s the “busy season” with Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching. It seems there is never a time when the church office isn’t busy, but I think this next 5-6 weeks might just be the busiest of all! Have a great day!!
October 1st, 2013
Happy Tuesday! Today marks the first day of sneak peeks for the Taylored Expressions October Release. October is always my favorite release of the year because it’s when we do Christmas! Today I’m playing along to showcase a fun new Christmas stamp set as well as a set of dies that are super duper cute! Be sure to hop around (link list below), because the Baker’s Dozen has a ton more new products to show you!
My first project is a card featuring the new stamp set Christmas Doodles illustrated by Nancy McKinney. This continues the theme from previous Doodles sets (Valentines, Easter, Halloween and the original Doodle Notes.) There are a bunch of super cute images in this set. For some reason I immediately gravitated to this long curly doodles image to use a branch for the ornaments. I kept this card super simple and just added some fun bling. Here’s the inside.
My second project is a set of tags featuring a new Taylored Dies set – Christmas Treat Toppers. After seeing all the adorable things the team did with the Birthday Treat Toppers last month, I just had to get my hands on the Christmas version. These will be perfect for all types of treats as well and as cards, and as you can see from my project – tags!
I used TE Label Stacklets 3 dies for the base of my tags and added some cute Doodlebug papers and the Christmas Treat Toppers. I used a 1 3/4″ punch for the layer right behind the tag – it’s a perfect fit. I had so much fun playing with these tags. I added a little stickles and liquid pearls to some of them for an extra special touch.
I think these would make a great early holiday gift or maybe a hostess gift. I might just need to play with some packaging ideas now. I can hardly wait to see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today. Let’s go hopping!
Pattie Goldman – Guest Designer
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Ornament Card Recipe:
Stamps: TE Doodle Christmas
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: TE Choice White, SU Gumball and Raspberry Ripple
Other: Copic Markers, Zig Painty Pen, Stickles, Queen & Co. Rhinestones and Sparklers
Dies: Christmas Treat Toppers, Pinking Circle Stacklets, Bloomin’ Stacklets 1, Label Stacklets 3
Paper: Doodlebug Home for the Holidays 6×6, red, white, green cardstock
Other: Stickles, Liquid Pearls, wide eyelets, ribbon, foam tape
December 23rd, 2012
It’s almost Christmas and I haven’t blogged FOREVER! It hasn’t been for lack of things to share, but simply lack of time and energy! It’s the end of a long, busy and very good day and while I should be heading for bed, I just felt compelled to take a few minutes to share some photos.
First up is a fun CAS card that I created awhile back using Taylor’s Poster Graphic Die set along with the Very Merry Outlines Die set. I had had this card in my head from the time I first saw that alpha die set. I love how it turned out even though it’s so different from my usual style.
We finished all of our wrapping and got all the gifts under the tree today.
Of course I had to get a pic of the pups with the tree. Tessa had her winter coat on.
Roger will sit and stay, while Tessa (the little princess) pretty much does whatever she wants. It took several tries to get this one shot of them. LOL!
Today was baking day. I actually started yesterday with these cream cheese mints.
I had pinned the recipe on Pinterest and then kind of forgotten about it until friends started talking about it on Facebook. I decided I just had to try them. They are quite yummy, but I had a heck of a time with them. Apparantly I needed to add more powdered sugar – perhaps it was the humidity – but I had a sticky gooey mess. I understand that they are not supposed to be sticky at all! I just might try them again sometime. I’d really like to dip them in chocolate. Mmmmmm. Recipe is certainly easy enough with just three ingredients – cream cheese, powdered sugar, pure peppermint extract.
Next on the list were Curt’s favorite – ginger snaps.
And then my favorites – Candy Cane Kiss Cookies. The chocolate is so deep and rich. YUM!!
In the midst of it all, we took a little break to take the pups out to get them Christmas sweaters! I had hoped for something red or green for Roger, but he looks adorable in the black and gray one we found. Both dogs seemed to like wearing the sweaters. As you can see, they were totally relaxed.
Tomorrow morning, I need to bake a cake for Christmas Eve dessert. My side of the family will be coming over for our traditional lasagna dinner. Yep, it’s almost Christmas and I should be in bed. I hope you are experiencing the joy of the season! Thanks so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas!
October 5th, 2012
All of the new products for October were released yesterday at Taylored Expressions. You can find it all in the Fresh Out of the Oven Department. Be sure to check out the Current Specials page also to find out about discounted bundles and kits. We have another day of inspiration for you today as we highlight ALL the new stamps and dies. You’ll want to be sure to hop to each and every blog so you don’t miss a thing!
I used the Holly Cutting Plate on shimmery white cardstock and layered it over patterned paper and a cardbase from the Merry & Bright Project Pantry. The holly was embellished with little dots of Thistle Stickles for the berries. The JOY stamp was heat embossed on shimmery white with black pigment ink and kaleidescope embossing powder and then watercolored. It was die cut with Labels Stacklets 1.
Next I have another card featuring the Nativity Die. I told you, I just couldn’t put this down and will have more cards to share tomorrow showcasing this die. This time I cut it out of black cardstock and sprayed it with some Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist (it looks speckled in the photo, but IRL it looks shimmery). The cardbase is a shimmery ivory cardstock and the Nativity Die cut is layered onto a River Rock panel that was embossed with a cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from the Rejoice stamp set and it was heat embossed with black pigment ink and kaleidescope embossing powder. A little row of liquid pearls finishes it off. Have I mentioned just how much I love this die? *swoon*
I plan to make the majority of our Christmas cards with this die and I’m playing with designs to see just what I want to make over and over again! There are so many possibilities!
Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today:
Jami Sibley – DT Coordinator (you are here)
Nancy McKinney – Illustrator
Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Friday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead that includes some time to stamp!
December 1st, 2011
TE Release Day!
- All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven Department to see everything in one place!
- More projects from the Baker’s Dozen to inspire you. Just follow the link list below.
- PETITE-A-PALOOZA SPECIAL: Purchase any 6 Petite Stamp Sets (new or old) through Friday December 9th and receive a Petite Storage Case absolutely FREE!
YES! It’s Release Day! I wasn’t able to play along in the peeks this week, but I do hope you followed along with all the fabulous projects by the Baker’s Dozen! I just had to squeeze in a card for today using the Snowflake Wreath because the idea for this particular wreath is actually what started the whole series! I’m so excited that this one is finally here! I wanted to do something simple and just a little bold with it. Here’s the 4.25″ square card I came up with.
I just love the combo of red and aqua, especially when paired with lots of white! The little bird is from the Birds and Branch Taylored Die Set and the little white pearls were created with the Viva Decor Ice White Pearl Pen. I just love how this turned out and it was so easy (no coloring!) that I think I might make a batch of 10 or 12 more. It’s almost time to get those Christmas cards in the mail!
Now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up. I know there will be at least one new sample from every set in the new release! Check it out!
- Charmaine Ikach
- Danielle Lounds
- Jen Shults
- Jodi Collins
- Karen Giron
- Lori Craig
- Melissa Sauls
- Melody Rupple
- Regina Mangum
- Sankari Wegman
- Taylor VanBruggen
- Tori Wild
- Wanda Guess
Enjoy some TE shopping! While you’re there, be sure to pick up a few gifts for your crafty friends as well as the artistic kids in your life. All of these Petite sets and new card kits are perfect little gifts! Can you beleive that it’s December and Christmas is just a little over 3 weeks away. Wow! Time to kick the Christmas card making and the shopping into high gear!
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