Thursday, December 10, 2015

TE Release Day: Oodles of hearts

Hello everyone!

Today is release day at Taylored Expressions but before you hop over there to get a crafty fix I have several projects that I wanted to share with you.

First up I used the Heart of Hearts stamp set to make a quick card.


The flower image fits perfectly in one of the Heart Stacklets dies and the set comes with a heart die that I used to cut out a smaller heart from felt. I used my sewing machine for the first time in forever to stitch the hearts together.


A little embossing, a sentiment flag, and enamel dots finished the card.


For my second card I pulled out the new Love is an Adventure stamp set and created a simple outdoor scene. I paper pieced the balloon from various designer papers and cardstock.


I wanted a tiny sentiment so I used the “much love” from the Critter Correspondence stamp set. I finished the card with a bit of twine and a few pink enamel dots.


For my final project I used the Quick Critters stamps and dies set to make a couple of cute Valentine tags. I used the piggy and doggy yesterday so today I just had to feature the cow and owl.


The cow says “moo.”


And the owl goes “hoot.”


To make the tags I die cut various layers from cardstock/designer paper using the Build a Tag 2 die set. So easy! The hardest part was tying the bows on top.


Thanks for visiting! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers! Below you will find details on the supplies I used on the above projects.

From my Heart Card
Stamps: Heart of Hearts and coordinating dies (TE).
Dies: Heart Stacklets, Woodgrain embossing folder (TE).
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Memento Tuxedo Black. Clean Color Real Brush Pens (Zig.
Paper: Salt Water Taffy, Sugar Cube (TE).
Accessories: white embossing powder (Ranger), enamel dots, foam dimensionals, heavy duty white thread.

Love is an Adventure Card
Stamps: Love is an Adventure, Critter Correspondence (TE).
Dies: Love is an Adventure, Build a Scene Rolling Clouds, Build a Scene Rolling Hills (TE).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Tumbled Glass Distress (Ranger).
Paper: Build a Scene Paper Pack, Formula for Love paper pack, Oreo, Potato Chip, Sugar Cube (TE).
Accessories: foam tape (TE), twine (May Arts), enamel dots, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

Quick Critters Tags
Stamps: Quick Critters and coordinating Dies (TE).
Dies: Build a Tag 2 (TE).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Paper: Oreo, Earl Grey, Salt Water Taffy, Formula for Love Paper Pack (TE).
Accessories: foam tape (TE), seam binding, sequins.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

TE Sneak Peek Day: Bugs and Jars and Critters

I’m excited to share sneak peeks of not one but three new stamp sets from Taylored Expressions. First up is the new Bugs & Kisses set.
I must admit I’m not found of ‘real’ bugs but some cute paper ones are quite acceptable. The set includes three darling bugs and matching sentiments. There are also coordinating dies to make cutting out easy.
For this card I used one of the bugs and built a scene using the Build a Scene Calendar die set. I must admit… this is probably my favorite project this release. lol.
For my second card I used the Bugs & Kisses stamp set again and the new Mason Jar stamp set. The Mason Jar also has a coordinating die set that can be used to cut out the jar and it includes a die to cut an opening in the jar to make shaker cards easy.
I used Zig watercolor markers to color the image and added some glitter to make the wings sparkly.
For my third project I used the new Quick Critters and coordinating dies to make a couple of quick and easy Valentine cards. The set includes four animal face stamps and then there are matching dies to cut out animal silhouettes.
The first card features the puppy. Woof.
And the second card features the piggy. Oink.
There are also a cow and and owl. I’ll be sharing a project with them tomorrow.
Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win
Thank you for visiting! Below is a list of  ingredients used to make the above cards. Most items can be found in the Taylored Expressions store. If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!
Bugs & Kisses Card
Stamps: Bugs & Kisses (TE).
Dies: Bugs & Kisses, Build a Scene Calendar (TE).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Clean Color Real Brush Pens (Zig).
Paper: Sugar Cube, Toffee, Earl Grey, Build a Scene Paper Pack (TE).
Accessories: foam tape (TE), enamel dots, Glossy Accents and glitter (Ranger), Avocado and Butter wool felt (TE).
Bug in a Jar Card
Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Mason Jar (TE)
Dies: Mason Jar, Bugs & Kisses, Postage Stamp Stacklets (TE).
Paper: Formula for Love designer, Sugar Cube, Salt Water Taffy (TE).
Ink: Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Clean Color Real Brush Pens (Zig).
Accessories: foam tape (TE), Glossy Accents and fine glitter (Ranger).
Quick Critters Tall Cards
Stamps: Quick Critter and coordinating dies (TE).
Dies: Build a Scene Rolling Clouds (TE).
Paper: Sugar Cube, Cupcake, Toffee (TE), designer (MME).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: foam tape (TE), seam binding, enamel dots, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thinking of You Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!

I hope you are having a good weekend. I’m relaxing today after getting back from a fun trip home for Thanksgiving. There was good food, lots of chatting, and even some crafty projects. And I actually finished knitting a scarf that was supposed to be a Christmas gift two years ago. Lol.

I’m also catching up on sharing some projects that I’ve made over the last few weeks and just haven’t had time to blog. This next card uses an embossed leaf that was leftover from making this Fall card.


On this card I decided that the leaf should be front and center and to pair it with a bunch of shabby elements. Just a reminder the leaf was made using the Fall Foliage Thinlets Die Set, various colors of Distress Stain, and Gold Embossing Powder.

I embellished the leaf with a rustic wood button and some jute (May Arts). And behind the leaf is Woven/Burlap ribbon (May Arts) and some Film Strip Ribbon (Idea-ology) layered above a circle of green cardstock that was sponged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Ranger).

Next up I adhered some Gold Deco Sheets (Idea-ology) to another piece of card stock. It was a bit bright so I toned it down by adding Twisted Citron Distress Paint (Ranger) dabbed on in a zig zag pattern using the Tim Holtz Zigzag Stencil (Stampers Anonymous). I also sponged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.


I finished the card with a few enamel dots in a contrasting color and by stamping a sentiment from CMS236 Crazy Talk (Stampers Anonymous).


I must admit that I love all the texture on this card and the bit of gold peeping out here and there. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Decorations


On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would share a fun project that I made a couple weeks ago featuring small embroidery hoops and simple little Christmas scenes.


I’ve had this idea for a while and I was delighted that these little ornaments turned out exactly as I pictured. That doesn’t always happen. ;)

I picked up a bunch of Darice 3” embroidery hoops and some muslin fabric. I used circle dies to cut the muslin to size and lined the hoops before decorating them.


To decorate I cut a white circle from shimmery white cardstock using a Stitched Circle Die (MFT). I then used scissors to cut two snow banks/drifts from the circle. I adhered the snow banks to the hoops leaving the upper edge open so that the die cut houses and tree could be tucked underneath.

The houses are from the Happy New Home stamp set (Taylored Expressions) and were stamped in black and colored with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and embellished each house with Glossy Accents and glitter.


I also die cut a tree from Grass Green felt using the Evergreens die set (Taylored Expressions). It was tucked behind the tall house. I added a few clear sequins to mimic the feel of falling snow. To finish the ornaments I added some jute and a rustic button to the top.


These little ornaments would also make cute “tags” to add to a package. My plan is to use a couple this way and to hang a couple on the Christmas tree.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a delightful week.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 4

Hello! I’m back with another set of tags tonight. It has been a while size I’ve made a shaker so I got my fix by making a set of three shaker tags.


There is quite a bit of detail on these tags and it all starts with the shakers. I used two stamp sets for the main image: Flirty Frames from Lawn Fawn and Calendar Critters form Taylored Expressions. First I stamped the frames and then masked them so that I could stamp the little penguin peeking out of the frame. I used the coordinating Flirty Frames dies to cut out the frame and then trimmed the inside edge with a pair of scissors. I also used the same die to cut out a piece of acetate to line the window and to cut a piece from white cardstock to use as the back of the shaker. Between the baker and the acetate I created a wall by cutting skinny lengths from foam tape and filled the shaker with a variety of sequins.


The frames and penguins were colored with Copic markers and embellished with Glossy Accents and a bit of glitter.


I then cut a tag base from white cardstock and colored a piece of watercolor paper with Sakura Koi Watercolors using the Tim Holtz Zigzag Stencil as a guide. Once dry I cut the watercolor paper to size and adhered to the tag base.

Next I stamped a sentiment from CMS249 Scribbly Christmas on red cardstock and trimmed to size. I adhered the sentiment in place and embellished with a few different washi tapes.


I finished by adhering the shaker in place with more foam tape and embellished with a few sequins and some baker’s twine. So what do you think? I think they turned out both “merry” and “bright”.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 3

Hello! Hopefully you are in the mood for more Christmas tag goodness as I have another set to share with you. This set features the fun Little Bits - ‘Tis the Season die set from Taylored Expressions.


I love that little car and thought it would be the perfect focal point on some quick tags. I die cut the pieces from red, green, and black cardstock and glued the pieces together. I then tied some baker’s twine around the tree to mimic the look of a tree tied to the roof of a car.

For the rest of the tag I cut various tag elements out using the Build a Tag 2 dies (TE). The sentiment is from Little Bits of Christmas (TE).


After assembling the tags (lots of foam tape was used) I finished with a bit of red baker’s twine.


Thanks for stopping by. I still have a couple more tag ideas to share so check back soon for more Christmas-y goodness. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Make it Jolly Tags–Day 2

Hello! I’m back today (a day late) with another pair of Christmas tags. I continued with the red and green theme and added natural tones of wood and metal.


I started by using a tag die from the Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelits (Sizzix) to die cut tags from sheets of ahesive-backed wood paper (EK Success). Since the wood paper is quite delicate I cut additional tags from white cardstock and layered them together. I added a strip of designer paper along the bottom and added a piece of dark brown cardstock that was cut out using the Small Scalloped Border die from Taylored Expressions.

Next I embossed the numbers “2” and “5” from CMS222 Number Blocks (Stampers Anonymous) with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green embossing powder. Once cooled I trimmed each number with scissors and adhered them to the tag base.

I wasn’t done with the die cutting and for the next layer I used word dies from Tim Holtz Block Holiday Words 2 (Sizzix) to cut out a couple of words from red cardstock. After removing the letters I backed the openings with a very light grey cardstock. The words were adhered to the tag using foam tape.


At this point everything was a bit too clean so I spritzed here and there with a Ground Espresso Distress Marker. At this point the basic tag was done and I just needed some pretty embellishments. I pulled out a couple of Christmas Typed Tokens and added jute string before adhering in place using Glossy Accents. I also added a mini paper clip above the numbers and a few enamel dots.


To finish I added some really pretty green seam binding and a little clothespin that I decorated with a bit of washi tape.

These tags were a bit time consuming and I love how they turned out even though I had to rip them all apart at one point when I wasn’t happy. I originally embossed the numbers in gold on green cardstock. Which made my eyes cringe. Lol. ;)


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