Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: So Brave

This is week #2 of our big anniversary celebration (with more to follow!)  Last week we revisited sketch #1 which was also sketch #100.  This week, we are revisiting sketch #200 which first appeared here in August of 2015.


 I kept it simple.  I wanted the full focus on the message and the beautiful flower.

FMS So Brave

Luckily, I don't have a need for this card right now but these Pinkfresh Studios sentiments just spoke to me.  The set is gorgeous with a variety of sentiments that coordinate or work alone.  The single stem from their Dainty Blossoms die set seemed like the perfect accent.

FMS So Brave

I had a lot of ideas in my head for this sketch, then I saw the current challenge at The Paper Players and immediately envisioned my card.  Thanks for the inspiration!!


Last week I showed you my entry for the first ever sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  By the 200th sketch I was actually on the design team!!  Here's the card I came up with for this same sketch (click here for details).


SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studios My Favorite Things to Say
Dies: Pinkfresh Studios Dainty Blossoms, My Favorite Things Blueprints 10
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo
Other: Doodlebug Beetle Black Glitter

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Sweet Bears and Spooktacular Sentiments

It's release day the August release from Taylored Expressions!  I'm not going to chat much today because it's time to shop but I do have a few more peeks to show you.  Be sure to check out each of the create team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

The new Simply Smitten set has the most charming bear ever along with with a variety of products to set the scene for him.  I've used the stamps with an autumn focus but there are other sentiments and stamps that can work for all seasons!

Taylored Expressions Simply Smitten

I used Blender Brushes to create his background.  I use Post-It tape where I want the split and brush on blue above it.  Then I move the tape up and brush the green below.  It's so subtle for clean and simple cards but it gives him a place to stand.

Taylored Expressions Simply Smitten

Here's a supply list for this card.  Keep reading because I have one more set of sentiment strips to show you!!

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.


As much as we have all loved the sentiment strips - there are even more.  Earlier this week, I showed you Simple Strips - Friendship and Mini Strips - Harvest.  We also have Mini Strips - Halloween!!

Taylored Expressions Mini Strips - Halloween

Look at all the extra sentiments I have for more cards!!  I love that I only have to stamp, heat emboss and cut a few times and I have all the sentiments I need!

I paired my sentiments with the previously released ghosts from Be Somebody Stamp & Die Combo for this chat between the two little ghosts.  I made the background just a bit "spookier" by brushing the edges and adding some splatters of Oreo Liquid Watercolor.

Taylored Expressions Mini Strips - Halloween

Have fun shopping!  It's all available at the TE store.

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Zombies, Spiders and Cats

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the August release from Taylored Expressions.  Today is all about Halloween!  Everything you see today will be available on Thursday, August 8th. Be sure to check out each of the create team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

There are so many fun new Halloween products. To set the scene on this card, I used a great new web border with a few spiders from Flip the Web. The sentiment is also from that set.  (The set also has a giant corner web and two other sentiments). I brushed on a bit of Plum Punch and some sprinkles of Oreo Liquid Watercolors for the spooky sky.  It's the perfect setting for this charming little zombie from a set appropriately called Zombies with his two zombie cats.

Taylored Expressions Zombies with Flip the Web

You might ask why two cats?  Because this card is intended for my son on his first year far away at college and those two cats are colored to match the family cats (which of course implies that he's the zombie, but oh well!).

Taylored Expressions Zombies with Flip the Web

The set also has a great female zombie so you can make it match your own family!!

Here's a supply list for this card.  Keep reading because I have another sneak peek and a chance to win prizes!

SUPPLY LIST'
Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.



Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE blog to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!



I'm very excited to say we have a new Gatefold Reveal die - it's Gatefold Reveal 2.  It has a bigger window that the first one so you can add full images!  I used the cat from the brand new Sweet & Spooky set.  Here's the inside of the card with the image fully revealed.  (The sentiment is from the older Boo to You set.)

Taylored Expressions Sweet & Spooky Gatefold

With all the fun on the inside, I wanted to step up the outside.  I'm a very simple crafter so I was thrilled when I figured out that the previously released Haunted Cutting Plate splits down the middle almost perfectly to easily decorate the two sides of the gatefold!!  I cut the bottom section in half - then snipped the top border leaving just a few branches to spread across the card.

Taylored Expressions Sweet & Spooky Gatefold

I gave those branches a little strength by tucking in a Double-ended Flag banner (with one of the ends cut off) using White Fine Detail embossing powder to add a sentiment from the new Handlettered Halloween.

I love that this card came together quickly and easily with all of the fabulous dies - yet is so fun and interactive.

That's it for today.  Tomorrow I have one more Halloween card and a charming little bear that you can use for Thanksgiving or all year long.  AND most importantly - everything you have seen this week will be available in the store!  Be sure to head over to the TE blog for more sneak peeks and to get in on the question of the day contest.

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.


Freshly Made Sketches: A Milestone

This is a big week for Freshly Made Sketches - in fact so big, we'll be celebrating for the entire month.  We just passed 399 challenges which kind of makes this 400 but we're doing something a little different to celebrate.  Our first challenge opened way back on September 7th, 2011.  Isn't that amazing?!  You should check it out - you'll see some familiar names!  A big thank you to all of our players.  Some of you play along week after week; some pop in when you need inspiration.  But you are always here and keep this challenge vibrant.

To celebrate the 400th sketch, we are going back to #1 (which was also #100) and using the same sketch.  Over the month, we'll revisit some of the other milestone sketches with a lot of other fun events mixed in.  Here is #1.


You can see that the sketches have always been fun and unique - yet still so fresh and clean!!  Here's my  take on it.

Feel Better Bird

As I was making this card, I didn't have any special needs to point me in a direction.  I flipped through my dies and saw my very-favorite bird set.  It made sense to use my very favorite bird on this special day for my very favorite challenge!!  I sat him on some stitched lines as wire - then added some clouds and a rainbow-colored pattern.  It seemed like such a cheerful card, it made sense to add a get well sentiment!

Feel Better Bird

I did not join the design team until September of 2014 but I did play along with that first challenge - details here.  And I'm very proud to say I was a "Perfect Princess" for the week!  It was fun to see that Jen Timko was a perfect princess that week too!  Here's what I did on this sketch the first time around - 400 sketches ago.





I hope to see you playing along this week.  It's a big one!!  And it's so much fun to browse the gallery - I think I'll even head back to the first time on this sketch and see how things have changed.

SUPPLY LIST (for the new card!)
Stamps: Simon Says Stamps Messages for Everyday
Dies: My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather, Stitched Strip
Cardstock/Paper: Taylored Expressions Confetti Cake, Candy Corn, Pineapple and Hello Sunshine Paper Pack
Other: Taylored Expressions Cloudy Days

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 2: More Strips!

It's day 2 of sneak peeks for the August release from Taylored Expressions.  Today we are showcasing Thanksgiving and we are focusing on friendship. Everything you see today will be available on Thursday, August 8th. Be sure to check out each of the create team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

I'm very excited to tell you that we are adding to the Simple Strips series with the introduction of Mini Strips - Harvest along with a new Mini Strips die!!

Taylored Expressions Elegant Harvest

I adore these sentiments!  I went very classic with this card using the previously released Simply Stamped - Leaves and creating a trio of richly colored leaves.  I carried the leaves into the background using an embossing folder.  Some watercolor sprinkles for texture and a few metallic sequins complete the look.

Taylored Expressions - Elegant Harvest

Guess what? The same mini strips set has funny sentiments too.  After I had embossed and cut the full set - I wasn't going to let them go to waste!  Gobble til you Wobble and Got Stretchy Pants led me directly to the chubby little squirrel from the previously released Fluffy Friends.

Taylored Expressions Funny Harvest

I surrounded this little guy with a variety of dies to create a big Thanksgiving meal.  I love creating detailed little scenes - and these all came together perfectly for this funny scene.  Just for fun - I used the Bead Board Embossing Folder at an angle

Taylored Expressions Funny Harvest

Here's a supply list for this card.  Keep reading because I have another sneak peek and a chance to win prizes!

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.

Gather Together


Gobble 'til You Wobble


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE blog to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!


Now for even more Simple Strips!  There's a Friendship set!

Taylored Expressions Friendship

When I saw the "smiles" sentiment, I just had to bring out the previously released Build an Emoji.  I had so much fun building these three cute little faces!

Taylored Expressions Friendship

There are so many different sentiments in this set - funny, serious, encouraging, thankful and more.  It's a must-have because it can add the finishing touch to so many different cards.

Tomorrow is Halloween!!  At least at Taylored Expressions! So be sure to check back!

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 1: Handlettered

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the August release from Taylored Expressions.  It's the start of my favorite crafting season - autumn!!  We have so much to show you this week for Halloween and Thanksgiving - but there are also additions to some of your favorite lines of stamps and dies.  We're starting with those today.  Everything you see today will be available on Thursday, August 8th. Be sure to check out each of the create team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

Already in the Handlettered series of stamps we have 4th of July, Baby, Easter and Holiday, and today we are adding the perfect basic set simply called Handlettered Sentiments which includes all those sentiments you need for everyday occasions.  We also have an addition in this release to the Layer It series of dies with Layer It - Rustic Florals.  Here's how I put the two of them together.

TE 1 flat

I kept the flowers very subtle by simply sponging the top layer with Versamark. It keeps it the same color but just slightly darker.  Then I brushed soft blue on the background and added some white sprinkles to keep the soft look.  Handlettered Sentiments has coordinating dies so I could die cut my sentiment and have it really pop.

TE 1

I love these sentiments.  It's a beautiful font and can take center stage on the card.  Keep scrolling to see a second card using another of the sentiments.

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE blog to answer Taylor's Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!


I also used Handlettered Sentiments on this card but with a totally different look.  I changed the colors - then I added just a bit of the new Shiplap Background to give it a more rustic look.

TE 2

I plopped on some butterflies in bright colors that really pop on the Toffee. Three of them fluttering around that beautiful sentiment with a bit of shiplap in the background - that's all you need!!

TE 2 flat

Be sure to come back tomorrow - I have two Thanksgiving cards and another general card full of smiles!  And there are also additions to a very popular series...hint...hint!!

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Remember that the new links won't work until Thursday.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Bees

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


Just last week, I took advantage of a Christmas in July sale at Honey Bee Stamps.  I definitely added to my Christmas stash but somehow these bees and great sayings just jumped into my cart.

FMS Bee Strong

It was actually that one little bee flying straight out of the card that sold me.  It's definitely fun to have a variety of cute bees (there are 7 different bees in the set) but that one little guy made me smile!  The sentiment set is very versatile - dozens and dozens of sentiments - it is amazing how many sentiments work with "bee"!  FYI - there are dies that say "bee" too in a couple of different fonts and including backers but I used just the stamps to layer them up.

I look forward to seeing what everybody comes up with for this sketch!

SUPPLY LIST
Sentiment: Honey Bee Stamps Bee-you-tiful Sentiments
Dies: Honey Bees Paper Piecing Honey Cuts, Simon Says Stamp Small Hexagon Cluster, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Squares
Cardstock: My Favorite Things Pineapple
Ink: My Favorite Things Pineapple

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Celebrate

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


My favorite stamp set out of the new catalog is To a Wild Rose.  I fell in love when I saw it - and have been surprised that it hasn't been given more love out there. When a new catalog comes out, it's fairly clear what the favorites are because you seem them all over blogs, etc. - not so much on the rose. Maybe I just don't follow the people who are using it - but I follow a lot of people!  I LOVE the texture from the layering.

FMS: Celebrate

On my favorites list, this stamp set is followed closely by a die set that I guarantee is going to come out over and over - Stitched Labels.  I didn't get the stamp set, just the dies, and they are fabulous.  On this card I used the background die to give a hint of pattern. I cut it twice; it overlaps under the flower but that part is hidden.

FMS: Celebrate

I needed to find a tiny sentiment and I found one that fit in an old hostess set.  This card is being used this very day for someone at work who is an avid gardener.  I think it's just right.

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Stampin' Up To a Wild Rose, Good Greetings (an older hostess set)
Dies: Stampin' Up Stitched Labels, Wild Rose
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green, Lemon-Lime Twist
Ink: Stampin' Up Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink
Other: Stampin' Up Iridescent Sequin Assortment

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Taylored Expressions: A Birthday Bear

It's my husband's birthday this weekend.  He is by far the hardest person I have to make cards for.  There can't be a hint of bling or pattern or bright colors.  I'm even a bit worried about the splatter on this card - but here's what I came up with.

Taylored Expressions

The bear comes from a Taylored Expressions die set that was released for the holidays but is absolutely perfect for a big brown bear.  I used my amazing Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and a bit of post-it tape to mask a line to brush on the ground, then moved it to brush on the sky. There are so many wonderful techniques for these brushes - but I adore them most when I need to create a hint of sky!!  I gave the bear a few trees and a few splatters - and it's just right.

Taylored Expressions

We live in a southeast suburb of Denver, Colorado, which if you didn't know - isn't in the mountains.  It's pretty darn flat where I am - but I do have a fabulous view of the mountains.  I also have wildlife that wanders down.  We moved about a year ago and this happened about a month after we moved - not our yard, but just a few blocks away! Thus the reason that the bear is perfect on my husband's card - or maybe it's because he can be a big grumpy bear!!!

The new???

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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Male Room: Christmas in July

I seem to have to make a lot of masculine Christmas cards, so I definitely did the current challenge at The Male Room: Christmas in July.

My youngest son is heading off to college in a month.  We've been teasing him about the climate at his chosen college.  We've lived outside of Denver, Colorado his entire life.  It may surprise you but the average daytime winter temperature is 50°F.  And that's misleading because when you live a mile high, the sun is intense - and the sun shines over 300 days a year.  50°F does not even require a coat when the sun is shining.  Snow storms happen but melt within a day or two.  He's moving to Rock Island, Illinois.  The average day time temperature in the winter is in the 30s and nighttime is in the teens.  There's less intense sun - and there's humidity to really make the cold biting.  The snow sticks around all winter.

He doesn't understand. He thinks he'll be wearing shorts and tennis shoes all year like he does here.  We've told him repeatedly that he doesn't know cold (in our best sarcastic voice).  I guess he'll be miserable but maybe he'll finally allow us to get him the right gear when he's back over Christmas.

So...this is the Christmas card that I'll be sending him in December while he's still at school...

TE The Male Room

I think he'll understand what cold is by December!  And he might even be wearing that expression!!

TE The Male Room flat

One of the things that I love most about cardmaking is being able to personalize cards.  His scarf and hat includes the light blue to coordinate with the background, but the dark blue and gold are his school colors!!

Thanks to The Male Room for inspiring me to sit down and get this card made for him.


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