Thursday, September 7, 2017

Taylored Expressions Release Day!!

Hello everyone!

I'm excited to say that today is the Taylored Expressions September 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 of course we have a few more projects to share with you to celebrate!

For my first project I used the new Peek-a-boo Birthday set!

I just had to ink up the cute little cat in the set! :) Couple of quick details: I inked up the background with Distress Oxide Inks and then added a bit of Texture Paste using a stencil. I finished with a dusting of glitter before the paste dried.

For my second card I used the new B is for Birthday stamp set.

I paper pieced the Letter "B" and I layered the balloons several times for extra dimension! For a finishing touch I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen and added some Nuvo Drops here and there.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Monday, September 4, 2017

September Sneak Peeks for Taylored Expressions - Birthday Fun!!

Hello everyone! I'm delighted to share a couple of projects featuring soon-to-be-released birthday stamps from Taylored Expressions!

And guess what? Today is also my mom's birthday so I will have to drop one of the new birthday cards I've made into the mail as soon as possible. I'm so bad! Speaking of, here is my first project - a shaker tag using the new Peek-a-Boo Birthday stamp set and coordinating dies.

A few details on making this tag:
1. I used the Tag Stacklets 3 dies and a circle die to create a shaker tag.
2. The background of the tag was sponged with Distress Oxide Inks using a stencil
3. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped in VersaMark on black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
4. Birthday mouse was colored with Copic markers and accented with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush pen.
5. Finished accenting the tag with Nuvo Drops here and there.

For my second project I went a bit simpler, using the B is for Birthday stamp set. At least the final result appears simple... I had some technical difficulties with my black embossing powder so there were many rejects before I switched to Gold embossing powder. If you have a favorite black powder let me know... I tried 3 different ones in my collection and they all had issues. Admittedly, they might have been very old. Ha!

A few details on this card:
1. Stamped the image in Versamark on watercolor paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
2. Masked the image and then sponged Distress Ink in two colors.
3. Spritzed the card stock with water and used a paper towel to pick up the ink. This created some nice spottiness.
4. Stamped the sentiment in white ink and then heat embossed with Crystal embossing powder.
5. Finished with some enamel dots as accents here and there.

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!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Daily Marker Challenge - Days 1 thru 3

Hello everyone!

Been a while since I've posted to my blog but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafty. If anything it has been the opposite and posting my projects here falls to the end of the list. However I do post quite a bit to my Instagram account. So if you are ever wondering what I am making or drawing on a daily basis visit me HERE. :) However I will try to post more of my projects on the blog too. Including this coming week as I have lots of sneak peeks for the next Taylored Expressions release.

So what have I been doing this weekend besides fighting off a cold? Playing along with the latest 30 Day Coloring Challenge on Instagram (#thedailymarker30day). My markers were crying for attention as were a bunch of stamp sets I illustrated for Taylored Expressions. lol.

For Day 1:
I used the Adorable Autumn stamp set from the Clearly Planned line and colored pumpkin, apple, and acorn images. I'm especially fond of the acorn.

For Day 2:
I used the Mum's the Word stamp set. Oh Halloween images, how I love thee. ;)

For Day 3:
With my cold knocking me down I needed something with a bit of attitude so I pulled out the Grouchy Grumplings 2 stamp set. Oh yeah, we are soulmates today.

You may have also noticed the colorful tags. Each day I have also been practicing with the Distress Oxide Inks and a few techniques. Love them... and may have the second set of 12 colors on order. :D

Later gators! Check back tomorrow for a sneak peek or two!