Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TE Release Day 2: Peace and Snow

It's the second day of sneak peeks for the October release from Taylored Expressions! It's still Christmas on my blog! Today I have a quick, easy, snowy card and an elegant, detailed Nativity scene.  Everything you see in the next three days of sneak peeks will be available on Thursday, October 5th. Be sure to check out each of the creative team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

My first card is extremely detailed - but not overly difficult given that all of the die sets I have used work perfectly together!

TE Build a Scene - Nativity

The new die set on this card is Build a Scene - Nativity. It is a must-have set for any cardmaker doing Christian focused Christmas cards.  I've put it on top of By the Fireside and decorated with some accessories from By the Fireside - Holidays - but this Nativity can go SO many ways (definitely check out the rest of the creative team for a myriad of ideas).  Plus realize that I've used just a few of the pieces on my card.  There are also three wisemen, two shepherds, two sheep, a stable, and an angel along with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.

TE Build a Scene - Nativity

I was feeling very nostalgic when I got the mantelpiece decorated.  It looked just like my mom's decorations as I was growing up.  Every shelf and open space in my childhood home was covered with Christmas decorations and about a 100 candles and then greenery wound in and out.  Perhaps a little overdone - but absolutely gorgeous!  (It made me realize why I love creating little scenes and groupings on my cards - it's hereditary!)  I ended up completing my scene just as my mom would have - with groupings on the floor and a sign of "joy"!  (FYI - the joy is actually from a frame, Picture Perfect - Horizontal - I just trimmed out the words and added a frame from Sitting Pretty. )

Also notice all the shiny parts!!  Those are cut from our new Gold Foil Cardstock and Silver Foil Cardstock.

Here's the supply list for this card and be sure to keep reading for a chance at prizes and for another sneak peek.


For my second card - I went much simpler using the Snowed In Background. This would be an easy card to mass-produce.  I chose one of my favorite bold colors to give it some pop and white embossed it all!

TE Snowed In

This background could be stepped up so easily.  Add a winter scene with dies.  Cut out the circle and do a shaker.  Sponge the background. As always - be sure to check out the rest of the design team for many more ideas.

The sentiments comes from the coordinating set Snowed In Sayings.  Each saying is done in such fun fonts!  I felt like the sentiment got a bit lost on all of that Plum Punch and big snowflakes, so I plopped on some sequins - but even those got lost.  I had already put dots of Stickles in the middle of the big snowflakes so I experimented and smeared some on clear sequins.  LOVE the results - these sequins really pop.

TE Snowed In

Be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions blog because there's a chance at prizes just for leaving a comment!! Then come back and visit all of us tomorrow for more Christmas festivities!  I've done a 3D project which isn't normal for me - but I had SO MUCH fun doing it particularly with dies that make it all so easy.



Paula Hymel said...

I'm in trouble... umm hmmm ... BIG trouble!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Oh my!!! I absolutely LOVE that Snowed In Background and coordinating sentiments!! So wintery and totally gorgeous!

cm said...

You've created a gorgeous Nativity-themed mantle - and I especially love that the idea sparked from the decorating genes passed down through your mom! Joy, indeed! I'd love to make a series of Nativity cards for my mom to send to family and friends...Your snowflakes, shimmering on the purple background, are nothing short of gorgeous! Love your showcases, as always!

Lisa Elton said...

The scene you created on the first card is incredible and ever so lovely! You purple card is a fun color choice!