Friday, September 7, 2018

Celebrate with a Yippee

Hello everyone - 

During Taylored Expression's 10th Birthday Bash a couple of new sets were released
that I illustrated. The first is a set of big balloons called Celebrate Big and the second is small set with a cat and dog called Yippee Critters. These sets were designed to be used together but can also be used separately. 

For my card I paired them together.

I stamped one of the big balloons in Guava ink on white cardstock and cut out with the coordinating die. Instead of stamping a balloon string I used a piece of jute. Since I'm partial to cats I stamped the cat image on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers before cutting with the coordinating die.

For the background I used the Set the Scene - Clouds Stencil Strips and sponged a cloudy sky using Distress Oxide Ink. Once dry I cut out with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I also added a couple strips of designer paper from the Rainbow Brights Paper Pack along the bottom.

I assembled the card using lots of foam tape and attaching the balloon string to the cats hand using Glossy Accents. I also added a few clear jelly rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Stamps: Celebrate Big, Yippee Critters
Dies/Stencils: Celebrate Big, Yippee Critters, Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Set the Scene - Clouds Stencil Strips
Ink/Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Broken China Distress Oxide (Ranger), Guava, white gel pen
Papers: Sugar Cube, Rainbow Brights Paper Pack
Accessories: clear jelly rhinestones, foam tape, Glossy Accents (Ranger), jute (May Arts)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It's a BIG Party!

Hello everyone!

Today is a big day! It's Taylored Expressions 10th birthday! I'm delighted to be joining a group of very talented designers to celebrate the day. You can find all of the details on the Taylored Expression's blog HERE.

And of course it wouldn't be a birthday bash without a birthday card!

I used a couple of stamp sets for this card. I used the fun Party Streamers stamp set to create a rainbow background using various colors of TE stamp pads. I then cut out the panel using the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I also cut out an accent panel from Woodgrain Textured Cardstock (white) using the Stitched Circle Stacklets.

For the main image and sentiment I pulled out one of my favorite critter stamp sets: Peek-a-boo Birthday.

I stamped the cat and party hat with black ink and colored with Copic markers. I accented the images with a white gel pen and cut out with the coordinating dies. The sentiment was stamped in black ink on vellum and attached to the card with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (itty bitty staple). I then assembled the card... lots of foam tape was used! ;)

For a final touch I added a few clear jelly rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by! I highly recommend checking out the rest of the talented artists taking part in the birthday bash. I've seen their cards and they are amazing!

And finally, congratulations to Taylored Expressions on their 10th birthday! Such an amazing accomplishment and it has been a delight to participate over the years as a designer and then as an illustrator!

Stamps: Peek-a-boo Birthday, Party Streamers
Dies: Peek-a-boo Birthday, Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Stitched Circle Stacklets
Ink/Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Jelly Donut, Cherry Pop, Guava, Pineapple, Granny Smith, Sweet Basil, Blue Raspberry, Sprinkles, Copic markers, white gel pen
Papers: Woodgrain textured cardstock, Earl Grey, Sugar Cube, vellum
Accessories: clear jelly rhinestones, foam tape, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friends to the End!

Hello Everyone -

How better to ring in Friday then with a bit of sarcasm? I've used the Sarcasti-chick Stamp and Die Combo Set and the Sarcasti-chick's Closet Stamp Set to create a shaker card. Sarcasm and shaking - sounds like the perfect match. ;)

I stamped the images in black ink on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I then die cut the images and assembled the chick.

For the shaker background I applied Ranger Alcohol Inks to a piece of Glossy White card stock. To create the shaker I die cut a circle into white card stock and layered a piece of green card stock cut using the Inside Scallop Circle Stacklets. I then added acetate and foam tape to create the shaker element. Filled the shaker with sequins and beads and attached the alcohol ink background.

Finished the card with a sentiment, jute, and a few light green Nuvo Drops (I showed restraint on this card and only used three dots!).

That's it for today. Any questions just let me know!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

So Very Thankful

Hello Everyone,

Are you all surviving the work week? Only a couple more days until the weekend. For which I am very thankful. :) The weekend is when I catch up on things - crafty projects, cooking, cleaning, and sleeping. How about you?

Speaking of crafting projects I used the new Bubble Greetings - Thankful Stamp Set to create a colorful Thanksgiving card. I know a rainbow isn't a traditional color scheme for the holiday but I couldn't resist. I had to use all the colors!

After coloring I attached the panel to a yellow card base and added a scallop frame cut out using the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate. The designer paper was a bit thin so I cut another frame from dark brown card stock and matted them together before attaching to the card base with foam tape.  To finish I accented the image with a white gel pen and Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!