Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Frosty Littles

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


I went a little bit crazy with all of the online Labor Day stamp sales.  Most of my orders showed up right away, but one order from Hello Bluebird showed as "delivered" but it wasn't delivered to me!!  I left a note for my mail lady who left a long note of apology back saying she'd check with all the other 12587 addresses in the neighborhood.  Wow. Having the same numbers in a neighborhood would make delivery hard, wouldn't it?!   She knocked on doors, she left notes.  Other than delivering it wrong to begin with, she was amazing!  I don't know where she found it, but it showed up a week later with another note apologizing that it was late.  AND it showed up when I was preparing for this week's sketch - and it's just right!!

FMS: Frosty Littles

I love the little snowmen in Hello Bluebird's Frosty Littles.  The set has nine different little snowmen - along with mountains and trees and houses and a number of mini additions.  It's not new - but it's been on my wishlist long enough that it clearly needed a home in my stash.  There are not sentiments in the set, but I had already their Typed Christmas and one of them fit perfectly on the top strip.

I hope to see you play along with us this week!!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Hello Bluebird Frosty Littles, Typewriter Christmas
Paper: Glitter silver, Stampin' Up Balmy Blue, Doodlebug Designs Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Snowflake Mix

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Taylored Expressions: Birthday Celebration Day 3


It's the last day of Taylored Expressions' 11th birthday celebration!!  There's a variety of brand new birthday related products available in the new products section of the TE store. And there have been presents....for you!.... check out the Taylored Expressions blog for details.

My first card today includes a wonderful coordinating group of products - Gifted Background, Gifted Cutting Plate and the Gifted StencilI have used all of them on my card.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

I created my card by stamping and embossing the background. Then I used the stencil to brush on color.  Finally I used the cutting plate to create a dimensional layer to "frame" each little present!  And of course, Simple Strips - Birthday for the sentiment!

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

As I've seen all the cards from the rest of the creative team, I've been amazed at the multitude of uses for this group of products.  I've seen the presents popped; I've seen the presents in black/white with the die cut background in multiple colors; I've seen the presents cut out and just a few used (then you keep the rest with your leftover sentiments from the Simple Strips for your next quick and easy card).  It's a very useful set - be sure to check out the rest of the creative team!

Here's the supply list for this card; keep reading for one more card.

SUPPLY LIST


Before I get to the next card, here's how you can jump in on the celebration!
  1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
  2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
  3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 
Offers valid 9/10 - 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You'll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise's story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!


And here's another birthday card using the new Big Cake and Big Cake dies

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

Isn't that a gorgeous cake??  I thought it had the look of the previously released Mandala Cutting Plate. Then with all of the detail in the cake and the background, I left it very neutral to keep it CAS.  A little gray and a pop of  Guava is an elegant look.  But here's a picture of my card along with the packaging to show you how fabulous this cake could colored.  Also check out the rest of the creative team because those amazing crafters have some mad coloring skills!

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

Happy 11th Birthday Taylored Expressions!!  And thank you for the presents to all of us - it's an amazing release and what an amazing celebration!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Taylored Expressions: Birthday Celebration Day 2


It's day 2 of Taylored Expressions 11th birthday party!!  We are celebrating with lots of new birthday products and with presents...for you!!  I have two more cards to show you today and two tomorrow.  Check out the Taylored Expressions blog for more inspiration. Everything is already available in the new products section of the TE store.  (As a side note, be sure to be watching your emails and the TE blog for information on the next supply of blender brushes starting this week.)

I love, love, LOVE all of the Grumplings sets that Taylored Expressions already has in the store and now I'm thrilled to say we have a giant-sized Grumpling with the new Big Grumpy Stamp & Die Combo.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

Big Grumpy himself comes with multiple general (but wonderfully sarcastic) sentiments.  I particularly like "It's too peopley outside"!!  But we also have the Big Grumpy - Birthday and the coordinating dies to add appropriately grumpy birthday sentiments and a variety of party supplies -balloons, hats, presents, etc.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

I used Blender Brushes and the brand new Confetti Toss Stencil to add a rainbow of color - then coated it with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste.  Grumpy may be grumpy and he's lost his balloon and he's calling you old - but at least the background is bright and sparkly!!!

Here's the supply list for this card; keep reading for one more card.

SUPPLY LIST


Before I get to the next card, here's how you can jump in on the celebration!
  1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
  2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
  3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 
Offers valid 9/10 - 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

You'll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise's story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!


Here's another birthday card with the Party Pennants Background and a rainbow of colors along with the new Simple Strips - Birthday.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

After I got the background done, I didn't want to hide any of it so I cut a heart right out of it - then added a soft vellum panel.  Of course, I had to use the birthday sentiments - check out all of them to the side that I have already made for the next card!

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

Everything you've seen is already available in the new products section of the TE store,  Check out the TE blog for more inspiration.  And come back tomorrow - when the creative team will have even more cards!

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Freshly Made Sketches: Celebrate Dragonflies

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


As seems to be the norm for me, this card was planned to go in an entirely different direction.  I pulled out a variety of seasonal stamps out of my stash to play with - autumn leaves, snowflakes, little Christmas trees, a pair of snowmen.   But somehow I accidentally pulled a dragonfly set and look what ended up getting used!!

Celebrate Dragonfly

The images in the set weren't quite big enough to fill a regular card front - so I cut the card down to 3 1/2".  Then the sentiments in the set were too big for my narrow card front so I went digging for a tiny little sentiment that fit.  I think I should have stuck with the falling leaves or the Christmas trees - but I am always happy to have another birthday card in my stash!

I hope to see you playing along with us this week.

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: My Favorite Things Fluttering Friends, Mama Elephant Birthday Messages
Dies: My Favorite Things Fluttering Friends, Memory Box Tessatina, Neat & Tangled Skinny Strips die
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Jewels

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Taylored Expressions: Birthday Celebration Day 1

Taylored Expressions is celebrating their 11th birthday!!  Happy Birthday!!  Eleven years of amazing products and they just keep coming.


We are celebrating with lots of new birthday products and with presents...for you!!  First the new products.  Starting today through Thursday the entire creative team will be showing off the new products - so be sure to jump over to the Taylored Expressions blog. And you'll be excited to know that everything is already available in the new products section of the TE store.  (As a side note, be sure to be watching your emails and the TE blog for information on the next supply of blender brushes starting this week.)

My first card is going to be for one of the men in my life.  At 19, 21 and the-husband-whose-age-won't-be-mentioned, cutesy just doesn't work for them.  Nor does bling, bright colors or fun patterned paper.  What can I say - they are a bit picky.  I fell in love with the Birthday Basics set for them.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

It really is just a basic set - and it definitely doesn't have to be masculine.  You'll love it even more when you check out the inspiration by the rest of the team.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

I used very masculine colors.  Two of the colors were new in the last release - the Honey and the Avocado - along with Blue Corn.  Even though they are deep, rich colors, the card stays very celebratory with the fun images and even the little sparkle-looking accents!

Here's the supply list for this card; keep reading for one more card.

SUPPLY LIST



Before I get to the next card, here's how you can jump in on the celebration!
  1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every purchase of new release products (while supplies last)
  2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
  3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 - 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.


You'll also want to check out the TE Blog this week as we share the stories of TE friends and fans who are sharing joy through their handmade cards! During our birthday celebration, Taylored Expressions will donate 5% of new release product sales to support one customer’s mission to provide a backpack filled with love and hope to children being placed in foster care. Read Louise's story on the TE Blog and continue to follow along as we tell Share Joy stories throughout our birthday month!



My next card uses quite a variety of new products.  An addition to the Backstory line of stamps with Backstory - Birthday Backgrounds, a new Caps Lock die - Caps Lock - Yay, and more Simple Strips - Simple Strips - Birthday.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

I used my Misti to stamp white on the Toffee.  I also stamped the image on a scrap paper.  Then I was able to line up the letters where I wanted them to fit on the background - stamp and emboss - and then use my Blender Brushes to add color.

Taylored Expressions 11th Birthday Party!

As a final touch, I added a few sentiment strips (with lots of leftovers that I kept for future cards)

Be sure to come back tomorrow for two more cards from this release.  And definitely head over to the TE blog to see the rest of the release.  Remember - it's all available right now!

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes: Soft to Bold

I was a huge fan of the wonderful (and very colorful) Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes when they first came out and my love for them continues to grow.  They are one of the few things that are always out on my desk - I reach for them over and over.

The two things that I love most about them are my ability to add color without getting a hard edge like I always get with sponges - and that color can be added at any intensity that you like.  I love brushing just a hint of blue sky behind my scenes - almost too little to see it, but just enough to make my stamped images and die-cuts pop.

This card isn't quite that subtle - but check out the softly colored striped panel.

Taylored Expressions Blender Rainbows

I cut a narrow panel and very lightly brushed on that rainbow of color.  I did trim the edge off before I adhered - the edge always gets just a big darker as your brush goes on and off the paper and I didn't want that on this card.  

Taylored Expressions Blender Rainbows

I thought the look was just perfect for a sweet sentiment.

Now for the amazing part.

Believe it or now, this next card uses exactly the same ink colors for the rainbow!!

Taylored Expressions Blender Rainbows

I have so much control with these brushes, I can achieve totally different looks!!

Taylored Expressions Blender Rainbows

The style of this Rain or Shine sentiment set is at the top of my favorite list, so I am always looking for a chance to use it. A rainbow of color seemed like the perfect chance.  Then I just added a simple, colorful umbrella and a few raindrops.

Here they are together - the same colors!!  I LOVE it!!

Taylored Expressions Blender Rainbows

Luckily, if you missed them the first time - pre-orders are coming next week!  Watch the TE blog or your email if you signed up) for more information.

SUPPLY LIST

SOFT COLORS


BOLD COLORS

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Two Challenges: Hogs & Kisses

I had two challenges pop out at me this week.  I saw them. I saw the card in my head.  You have to understand that I might be the slowest card maker ever.  The simplest card you see me from me is easily two hours beginning to end, often more. Luckily, I love the process - trying different stamps, different colors, different dies, then there's the choice of a sentiment!  I'm not a visualizer so everything comes out to try.  Those of you who hoard cardstock which cringe at my methods because at the end of every card, I just sweep the waste off of my desk into a trash can.

BUT - - I saw these two challenges, I mentally saw the card, and here it is!!

CtS TPP Hogs & Kisses

There's nothing fancy or new and unique on this card but I adore the images in the Tim Holtz Funny Farm set - they are quirky and wonderful.  I thought the stamp set would be perfect for cards to send off to my two college students when they (or I) are lonely or need encouragement.  I just took my last child off to college last week so I'm definitely focused on cards for my kids right now in all of the quiet time around the house!

Thanks to CAS(E) this Sketch!




SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz) Funny Farm
Dies: Lil Inkers Stitched Mat Circles, Taylored Expressions Heart Charm (a freebie with purchase)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Sage Shadow (do you remember back that far?!), My Favorite Things In the Buff
Patterned Paper: KaiserCraft Base Coat Paper Pad