Monday, May 1, 2017

Te Sneak Peeks: Out of this World

Hello everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend. I spent some time crafting with a friend and making a couple samples with new stamps from Taylored Expressions (release day is this Thursday). 

My first card features the cat astronaut from the Space Cadet stamp set. I was so excited for this little guy to make it into a stamp set. I drew him over a year ago when sketching this idea for the 100 Day Challenge.


I stamped the cat on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers before cutting out with the coordinating dies. I tried my hand at a galaxy background using various Distress Oxide inks, Black Soot Distress ink, and white acrylic paint. It took a few tries to get the look I wanted.


For my next card I used the new My Super Hero Stamp & Die Combo set. This little set has 3 super hero characters and a few fun sentiments. A whole lot of POW is packed into this small set. Hee hee.


Per my usual, I stamped in black ink and colored with Copic markers before die cutting. Lots of bright colors including on the background that was sponged with Distress Oxide inks and spattered with water.


That’s it for me today! For more fun samples check out what the talented design team have created :).



Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

TE Release Day: Just a dose of the grumpies!

Hello everyone!

Are you having a good week? So far I've survived all of the fun storms we have been having in my area. I was a little concerned about the power going out before I could write up my blog posts for this week. I may have waited until the last minute. ;) 

Anyways, I'm excited to say that today is the Taylored Expressions March Release Day! All of the stamps, dies, and other great goodies that we have been sharing with you this week are now on sale! It is another great release of fun new products and a few grumpy ones too. Speaking of grumpy I just had to use the new Grouchy Grumplings 2 stamp set to make a grumpy yet cheerful card. 


I was excited to see this morose little hippo make it into the set. He's one of my favorites (they are all my favorites - ha!). The set also debuts a couple of other new animals to the grumpy line: owl, goat, and hamster.

And here is a closer look at the hippo. I think his name should be Henry.


Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

TE Sneak Peeks: Matchy Match Goodness

Hello everyone -

I'm excited for today. It is Wednesday which means I'm halfway through the work week and that much closer to the weekend and crafty time. And to make it even better I get to share a couple projects using new stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions!

TE has a new fun line debuting this month. A Matchbox die and coordinating stamp sets: Matchy Matchy and Matchy Backgrounds. These were such fun sets to illustrate.


For my projects today I used the matchbox die to create a matchbox from Toffee and Cookie Monster cardstocks. I used a couple of images I illustrated from the Matchy Matchy set to decorate the box. I also used the small cloud background from Matchy Backgrounds. I made a coordinating card using a similar color scheme.


I'm particularly fond of the squirrel image (those teeth!). And you will also see some of my handwriting in this set.


I kept the card simple and sponged a background using various Distress Ink pads. I justified my Nuvo drop addiction by using a bunch of colors to complement the background. ;)



That’s it for me today! I hope you’ll head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog to check out what everyone else has created for today’s sneak peeks!


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TE Release Day: Thankful Blooms

Hello everyone! 

Today is the day! Taylored Expressions February Release Day! All of the stamps, dies, and other great goodies that we have been sharing with you this week are now on sale!

And today I am delighted to share another image I illustrated for this release: Bloomin' Background. This was a delight to draw and it is even more fun to color. 


To make my card I did the following:
  1. Stamp Bloomin' Background in Jet Black Archival Ink on watercolor paper
  2. Diecut using a die from Stitched Rectangle Stacklets
  3. Color with Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush (I scribble on an acrylic block and then pick up color with a water brush)
  4. Accent with a white gel pen
  5. Spritz with a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Peeled Paint and spritzer tool.
  6. Attach panel to card base with foam paint
  7. Stamp "thank you" from In & Out Thanks stamp set in VersaMark on Granny Smith cardstock and heat emboss with white powder.
  8. Trim panel to size and wrap left side with jute before attaching to card with more foam tape.
  9. Finish by adding a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops



Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TE February Sneak Peek: Peek-a-boo Peeps

Hello everyone -

Have you been having a good week? I am happy it is Wednesday and I can share a peek at one of the new sets I illustrated for Taylored Expressions: Peek-a-boo Easter and coordinating dies. I am especially fond of the bunny. I like big ears and I cannot lie. ;)


For my card I stamped and die cut three bunnies and hats and paper pieced with designer paper. Using the Peek-a-boo Squares die I cut out a frame for the bunnies to peek out from. And because bunnies like to run around I left them unattached.


That’s it for me today! I hope you’ll head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog to check out what everyone else has created for today’s sneak peeks!


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Llove you llots!

Hello everyone! 

Today is the day! Taylored Expressions January Release Day! All of the stamps, watercolor panels, and other great goodies that we have been sharing with you this week are now on sale! However, before you head to the store, why not stay for a few and check out a couple more cards that I have made. :D

First up, I used the sweet Llama Love Stamp & Die Combo to make a lovey dovey llama card. 



I stamped the llama, coordinating scarf, and sentiment on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the llama and scarf and then adhered them together. 
For the sentiment I used the Little Bits - Let's Chat 1 die. 


There are lots of layers on this card cut out using various dies. Stitched Circle Stacklets were used to cut out a circle from Simple Stories Winter Wonderland designer paper and vellum, which were layered together. The Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate was used to cut a scalloped rectangle frame from Toffee Cardstock and the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets were used to cut out a white panel. The white panel was also run through the Chevron Embossing Folder (love). I used a paper trimmer to cut a panel from black cardstock and an accent strip from green cardstock. Finally I used the Small Scallop Border to cut a second piece of designer paper that was then trimmed to length.

At this point I arranged all of the layers and adhered using a combination of liquid glue and foam dots. I finished up with a few dots of Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops in Glossy English Mustard.

For my second card I used one of the Inspire Watercolor Panels I colored on Monday to make a fun shaker card!


I created a shaker box using vellum, designer paper and the Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 dies. I filled with a combination of white beads and pink/white/gold sequins. It is a subtle shaker but fun. :D To accent the watercolor panel I trimmed a couple strips of paper and die cut a couple tabs using the Bitty Banners dies.


Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

TE January Sneak Peeks: Be-you-tiful

Hello everyone! 

How is your Monday? Hopefully it is a good one! I'm delighted to start the day by sharing some crafty pretties with you. It is day one of sneak peeks for the January release from Taylored Expressions and I have some delightful illustrations to share with you this month. The first is delightful set of watercolor panels for coloring: Watercolor Panels Inspire

I pulled out my Sakura Koi Watercolors and colored four of the panels (there are 4 designs and you get 3 of each design for a total of 12 panels). I may need a bit of practice with the watercolor brushes... or a smaller brush. :D


I picked my favorite panel once it was dry and made a card with it. I kept the layout simple so that the panel was not overshadowed by the other elements. I used the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate to cut out a scallop border from Cookie Monster cardstock and used the largest one. I also backed the panel with some Doodlebug Color Vibe II designer paper. For embellishments I added a bit of May Arts Natural Jute, Tonic Studios Honey Gold Glitter Nuvo Drops, and a few yellow enamel dots.



Do you like it? I'm happy with how it turned out. And here is a picture of all of the colored panels all together. Now I just need to make a few more cards.



That’s it for me today! I hope you’ll head over to the Taylored Expressions Blog to check out what everyone else has created for today’s sneak peeks!


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!