Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Taylored Expressions and Therm O Web's Deco Foil

This week, Taylored Expressions is partnering with Therm O Web. We get to use products from both companies on our cards.  Although I have been a long-time user of Taylored Expressions' product - Deco Foil from Therm O Web is new to me - and I am LOVING it!!

The other fun thing is that there are prizes to be had!! TE will be giving away a Deco Foil prize pack and Therm O Web will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to the TE Store. Be sure to head over to the Taylored Expressions blog and to the Therm O Web blog for all of the details.

Tell me this isn't gorgeous!!

TE Melon Silhouettes

I'm not bragging on myself or my cardmaking skills.  (I'm a German/Scandinavian, Lutheran South Dakota farm girl - we don't brag!)  What I'm thrilled with is the gorgeous sheen of these flowers.  And it's incredibly easy to do.

TE Melon Silhouettes

Using Therm O Web's PeelnStick Toner Sheets, I cut the Silhouette Stems 1 and the small butterfly from In Flight Overlays.  Then I cut a piece of Pink Melon Deco Foil slightly bigger than the flowers and a piece of Champagne Deco Foil slightly bigger than the butterfly.  Putting the colored side of the foil up, I layered the foil on the die cut and put it though my laminator.

Laminators do vary. I have a bottom of the line Scotch laminator. I set it at 5 mil, a scrap of cardstock was placed under the die cut in the parchment folder and the folder was run through twice. The foiled piece was also burnished with a bone folder to adhere all of the little pieces before the excess foil was removed.  If you don't have a laminator but are thinking about it - after talking to others, I would recommend the Royal Sovereign laminator. It's the one you see on so many of the videos out there showing how to use Deco Foil. It's also the one Therm O Web sells. 

TE Melon Silhouettes

One other fun thing on this card - see the shiny diagonal stripes?  I printed the black stripes on my printer. If you have a laser printer with which you can print cardstock - you can use it to adhere foil - just like the laminating instructions above. I used Opal Deco Foil which gave it a nice sheen.

The important words are "on which you can print cardstock".  My printer technically doesn't, but I printed a diagonal stripe on regular printer paper. I cut a piece of cardstock to the smaller size I needed on my card. Adhered it to the printer paper and ran it all through again. Because it was a smaller piece, it went through just fine.

I didn't want to stop foiling - so check out how perfect it is for Christmas!

TE Trio of Snowflakes

You just HAVE to smile at shiny, colorful snowflakes.

TE Trio of Snowflakes

I did have one teeny-tiny problem - taking the pictures was extremely hard!!  I don't generally use natural light because most of the year, my crafting time is in the dark.  I have a set-up that generally works for me with a cobbled together photo box and two Ott-lites providing illumination.  My set-up failed miserably with these because the light reflected from the foil and totally freaked out my camera (or else the incompetent user had no idea how to adjust the camera to compensate.)  So I headed outside.  It was very cold, gray, nearly raining and very windy.  More than once, I had to chase these poor cards across the lawn.  But I LOVE the results.

TE Trio of Snowflakes

Don't forget to check out the Taylored Expressions blog and the Therm O Web blog for a chance at the prize package!


Taylored Expressions has a wide variety of laminating supplies and foils but, of course, I got carried away and used a few that aren't currently at TE.

Melon Silhouettes

Besides these products found at Taylored Expressions, I also used Pink Melon Deco Foil and Opal Deco Foil.

A Trio of Snowflakes

Besides these products, I also used Spring Green Deco Foil.

Freshly Made Sketches: Celebrate

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by...ME!!

I absolutely to make little groupings of stamps or dies.  It adds so much detail and interest yet keeps all of the lovely open space for a fresh, clean and simple card. I intended with this sketch that everybody would use different shapes and layers and stamps/dies - and I am so very much looking forward to seeing what everybody comes up with.  Here's mine.

FMS Celebrate

I needed a birthday card for a workmate.  I started out with a plan not to stamp, but to do a die-cut cupcake with balloons and candles behind it, but to my horror, I discovered that the only die-cut cupcake I have is itty-bitty and my balloons are much larger.  The poor little cupcake got lost.  (Do you all recognize my justification for a future purchase of more cupcakes and balloons??!!)  Luckily I have two sets by Dee's Artsy Impressions at Stamplorations that are just full of wonderful basic birthday shapes and I started layering!

I do hope to see you playing along.  It's a little nerve-wracking and very exciting all at the same time to put a sketch out there!  I look forward to being inspired by each of you!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Taylored Expressions: A Surprise in the Doorway

Taylored Expressions has a fun series of dies - the Door to Door series.  There's the door itself with all if its accessories and the front steps. There's the general decor set with wreaths and pots and topiary, and then there's spring decor and winter decor.  (And since there's a couple of seasons missing - I'm sure there must be more coming!)

Check out the beautiful cards using this series by heading to the TE Gallery and searching on "Door to Door".

Surprisingly, I hadn't played with these dies yet.  I made a brick wall and then I cut a white door - but I wanted it a bit more "cheerful".  Being truly terrible at home design, I googled - and check all of these colorful door for brick houses!

So once I decided on a cheerful yellow door, I got really carried away. What if a party monkey was peeking out!!


And what if it opened??

KimMAY2016BAS Inside WM

This was all a bit of a stretch for me - it involved "craftiness" and that is not my strong suit - but I am really happy with how it turned out.  Just a few small tips if you want to try it.
  • I did the brick simply by inking the embossing folder with white before embossing.
  • I cut the door out of the brick by using the steps as a guide. Lay the steps down in the corner of the red cardstock, place the door die and cut. (FYI - this card does not open to the inside - it just opens through the brick)
  • The door frame doesn't come with the die set.  I just cut a piece of paper slightly bigger than the door and then die cut the door right out of the middle of it - leaving the frame.
  • I used a light piece of vellum that I cut the same height as the door but about 3/8" wider.  I adhered it to the back of the door leaving the extra sticking out of the left side. Then I adhered that to the back of the brick making a hinge!
That silly party monkey makes me smile!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stampin' Up In Colors 2016 and Copic Matches

I got hold of samples of the Stampin' Up 2016-2016 In Colors - and I found Copic matches!!

Copic SU In Color 2016

The two Stampin' Up charts on my sidebar have been updated.  Just click and print or download.  The first chart is a complete set - current colors, current In Colors and all retired colors.  (The only difference from last year is that I added the new In Colors and moved the retired In Colors over to the retired list.)  If you are coloring these in each time you print them, you may not want to do the complete set because there are a lot of colors, so I also have the In Color Only chart which is the five most recent releases.  You can keep your old complete set and just add the new In Colors.

Remember - Copic markers vary by paper. I use Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80-pound.  Be sure to print your charts onto the paper that you will be using for cards to get the most accurate representation.  Also the depth of color of a Copic depends on how often you color over the same space. You can see in the picture above the R56 seems really dark next to the cardstock samples. It's actually quite a nice match to Sweet Sugarplum if you just do one coat.

I also have charts for other companies. 
  • Taylored Expressions, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp will always be up-to-date as soon as I get the new cardstock (typically I order the day of the release).
  • I match to cardstock. This is very relevant to Simon Says because lately they have released inks without coordinating cardstock so those colors are not in the chart.
  • I made the decision to not stress over keeping My Favorite Things up-to-date. They released a lot of colors last year - many I just didn't need in my collection at that time.  The chart shows that it's complete through September 2015 - but I do add colors as I decide to buy them - in fact, I just made an update this month.  So if you are trying to match MFT colors, check back. It is becoming more up-to-date, it's just happening slowly.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches: TGIF

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Linda.

Before I show you my card - I need you to know that I passionately dislike mass-producing cards. Two of the same card is too many! I typically manage to avoid it for Christmas because there are so many challenges throughout the year that force me to stay on top of my Christmas stash.  May events are a different story. My husband is a lacrosse coach at the high school - so I have multiple graduation cards for his graduates. He is also a confirmation teacher/mentor at church  - so I have multiple confirmation cards to make - compounded by the fact that the recipients are middle-school boys who are extremely difficult to craft for.  (I'm seeing a pattern here - it's all my husband's fault!)

So last Saturday I had dozens of confirmation cards to make before that evening. As is typical when I'm rushed, I totally blank - no creative ideas whatsoever.  I glanced ahead at today's sketch for FMS and realized I could something with it - a sentiment, a cross, quick and easy!


I changed the sketch slightly to a square so my smaller cross die fit (it's from Paper Smooches). My original plan was a two-color cross and, if I weren't mass-producing, I would have stuck with that. But when I cut the first card, it stuck a little in the middle and it warped a little, popping up the ends - and the rest is history!!  You can see the cross and I didn't have to cut dozens of more crosses in colors and then adhere those fine line pieces.

I made my husband pick the sentiment. It's an old, old, OLD stamp from Rubber Stampede, but I like it for the middle-schoolers.

There was one young girl in the mix - so I changed it up slightly.


I hope to see you play along!  The sketch saved me this week - and I'd love to see what you all do with it!!

(The paper is older, the stamp is ancient - so I didn't create a formal supply list because it would contain one thing - the cross. You can find it here.)