Saturday, November 22, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Deck the Halls

A few days ago, I posted a sneak peek of a project that I did as a guest for Taylored Expressions. Hopefully, you headed over to their blog to get all of the details, but just in case you didn't, here are all of the cards!

I love the details on each Taylored Expressions stamp.  These products can stand alone on a very clean and simple card, or they can be dressed up.  I wanted to demonstrate their versatility with the Deck the Halls set (with a little help from Share the Light.)  You have to keep in mind that my style is clean, so my version of "dressed up" is still quite simple. 

The first card uses two stamp sets and five stamps, with large die cut trees, heat embossing and glitter (products linked below).   That bunny face is about the cutest expression that I have seen!!  I feel a little frazzled like that when I get my lights out and my cats are batting ornaments around the floor!!

Deck the Halls 1

Here is a close-up of his cute little face!

Deck the Halls 1 close

This card steps it down just a little bit. There are only two stamps, two dies, an embossing folder and a strip of Gingerbread Lane paper (products linked below).

Deck the Halls 2

Now a bigger step down - but I think the stamp still keeps it absolutely charming!  This one only uses two stamps and a snowflake!

Deck the Halls 3

Aren't these guys sweet?  I got stressed a week or so ago when I realized I was quite far behind in Christmas card production. (Cardmaking is supposed to be fun and relaxing, isn't it?)  Then I was a little stressed over being a guest for Taylored Expressions and wanting to do my very best work.  But I sat down and worked with these cute little faces and spent some happy time coloring, and all was right with the world! (I think we all re-live our happy kindergarten days when we color, don't we?)

Here are all of the Taylored Expressions products that I used:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pin Cushion

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pin Cushion.

The sponsor for our challenge is STAMPlorations and each of us on the design team got our pick of stamp sets.  On the day the challenge opened, I did a fall card with a mason jar.  My plan was to use paper with tiny patterns just like in the pincushions above, but I got sidetracked by a lovely fall print.  The other stamp set that I got is a Christmas stamp.  I have vivid memories of owning some Christmas patterned paper with small country prints, but I could not find them anywhere.  I did find a stripe with lots of tiny patterns in each stripe and I decided to call it good.  For both of my inspiration cards, I am definitely stretching the inspiration!
Silver Bells

The paper is a scrap. The silver cord was retired long ago by Stampin' Up.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let Us Give Thanks

I really, really do not want any Thanksgiving stuff in my NBUS stash (never-before-used-schtuff) when next week is over.  Then it sits there for an entire year and gets in the way!  (It's strange that we can make Christmas cards starting right away in January - but it just feels odd to have an autumn card up until it's actually autumn!)

This first card doesn't use any obvious Thanksgiving stash because the NBUS item on it (the "thanks" die) could be used any time.  But I only ordered the die when I saw someone else using the "thanks" die with the "Let Us Give" from another set so I'm calling it Thanksgiving NBUS!  (I have looked and looked for who to credit for this inspiration and have lost it. If it's you - thank you!)  The leaves are stamped by using various Distress inks on a craft sheet, spritzing with water and then using it to ink the stamp.  It's a great way to add a mix of fall colors!  (The leaf is from WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouette Additions which appears to have been retired.)

Let Us Give Thanks

Next I have a card that uses some small wheat stalk dies that I purchased this year.  I'm thinking this card might be a little too simple (which is saying a lot coming from me), but I wanted the full focus on the dies, then I found this very elegant sentiment buried deep in my stash. 

Autumn Blessings

The last item in my NBUS stash is this set of Autumn dies by Little B (linked below).  They have a number of fun sets - including a Halloween set that is, sadly, sitting in my Halloween NBUS stash until next year.  I think I used just about every die in the set on this card!  (I'm linking this one up to the Simon Says Thanksgiving challenge since I've purchased all of my Little B dies in their shop!)

Give Thanks

I did it!  I emptied my Thanksgiving stash!!  You will see one other autumn-themed card from me next week. My last guest post for Taylored Expressions comes just before Thanksgiving so it does have an autumn theme.  Other than that - my favorite crafting season has officially come to an end.  I would be sad, but I do have a lot of sparkly new Christmas stuff to play with!


The background is the retired Woodgrain background by Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Deck the Halls Sneak Peek

I am thrilled to be a guest over on the Taylored Expressions blog today!  Here's a little sneak peek, but you'll have to head over to their blog to see more pictures and get all of the details on this card and two others!

Deck the Halls 1 close

Freshly Made Sketches: Autumn Blessings

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  This sketch is brought to us by Cindy.

This sketch had just enough room to play with a set that's been sitting in my new stash for months - Stampin' Up's Nuts for You.  I wanted bright and cheerful paper, but I also wanted some sort of brown, so I pulled out Retro Fresh dsp which was also new and unopened, even though it's actually already retired!  If you've seen the stamp set, it has a cute little opossum that you can hang from the tree limb - which is the entire reason that I got the set.  So here I'm using it for the first time without the opossum - but the bright blue in the paper drove the decision to add a bird and the bird took the opossum's branch!

Autumn Blessings

Be sure to check out the inspiration from all of the Freshly Made designers - then play along! I love seeing the variety of creations from each sketch.

The paper is Stampin' Up Retro Fresh. It is retired; however, it is available as a digital download.