Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Big Hugs

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


I had a complete and total lack of mojo last week and didn't even play along with Freshly Made Sketches.  That darn mojo still hasn't found its way back to me - so I looked through my stash for something that would create the card without much help from me.  And as luck would have it - I had something!

FMS Hugs

This is a Spellbinders die set with three layers giving it fabulous dimension.  I must have played around with it sometime in the past because I even had multiple layers cut in different colors (and I don't usually pre-cut nor keep scraps.) It was definitely meant to be!  I pulled out the freshest colors and then found some subtle patterns for the edges in keeping with the big borders on the sketch. I did break with the sketch a bit in that I used a die-cut sentiment so plopped it right on the main panel.

I needed this easy card - and these cheerful colors.  I'm not going to say that my mojo is in full force again, but I definitely was in a good mood when I finished this up and am looking forward to being in my craft room the next time!

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

SUPPLY LIST
Dies: Spellbinders Layers of Flowers Etched, Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints with cardstock to match
Embellishments: Doodle Designs Bumblebee Glitter Sprinkles

Monday, June 10, 2019

Copic Marker Matches - Stampin' Up 2019 In Colors

I have finished my picks for Copic markers that match Stampin' Up 2019 In Colors!  Here they are and you can download the full chart just to the right in the sidebar.

Copic2019

A color FYI:  I listed two matches for Pretty Peacock.  I like BG18 better but the big problem is the lighter color in that family, BG15, doesn't match at all so it makes it hard to add shadows.  I also listed BG75 which is a nice match, perhaps just a little duller and maybe a greener cast - but has the advantage of the entire color family blending well with Pretty Peacock.

A chart FYI: I moved last year's in color matches down to the retired pages - but if you don't want to color in absolutely everything - just color in the new in color page but keep last year's page for reference!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Wildflowers and Waves

It's finally here!  All the products you have seen during our sneak peeks are available in the Taylored Expressions store.  It's been a summery release - and I want to show you two more.

First - what is summer without a field of flowers?!  This is the Wildflower Background.

Taylored Expressions Wildflower Background

There are so many ways to go with this.  What about a blended background?  You could go very soft and beautifully bold.  What about watercoloring it?  All would be gorgeous.  I pulled out my trust Copics.  I got the flowers colored in and then decided I wanted to keep it warm so didn't add any green in the leaves.

Taylored Expressions Wildflower Background Copics

I gave it a good sprinkling of sequins for that sun sparkle that fields of flowers have in the morning then topped it with a glittery butterfly.  I pulled out the wildly popular Simple Strips Background and Simple Strips Die to create two sentiments that coordinate.

Taylored Expressions Wildflower Background

Here's the supply list for this card - but keep reading for one more peek.

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


I understand that most people's idea of a beach vacation is bright sun and big umbrellas.  My best ocean-side vacations have been slightly off-season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  It's quiet and relatively cool.  Still warm enough to play in the water - but so incredibly peaceful.  Thtat's what I had in mind when I used Build a Background - Waves Stamp & Die Combo.

Taylored Expressions Build a Background Waves

The water and sand, plus the details on both come from the set.  I used the Here Comes the Sun Stencil to add the sky.

Taylored Expressions Build a Background Waves

I do love my scene, but there is so much more to do with this set.  It comes with a couple of extra dies to cut the waves.  I used the full wave and the splash stamps on this card.  Then there's also a die to cut a slit into the waves.  With all of that - be very sure you check out the rest of the design team's cards starting with the TE blog.  When you see the brand new mermaid tail from the Be a Mermaid die set waving out of the waves you'll know just how amazing this entire set is.

It's time - the store is open!!

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Independence Day

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the June release from Taylored Expressions.  Today is a patriotic day! Everything you see this week will be available on Thursday, June 6th. Be sure to check out each of the creative team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

A new addition to the Banner Year series by Heather Nichols is Banner Year - 4th of July Stamp & Die Combo.  These sets include a little banner die with some other cute additions and a stamp set with backgrounds, sentiments and other decorations.  The 4th of July has everything you might expect - and I went very traditional with my card.

Taylored Expressions Banner Year 4th of July

Just to give the banners something to hang from, I used the previously released Diagonal Stripes Cutting Plate.  Also, the Banner Year set has multiple sentiments but not for the long strips in the cutting plate that I used.  I pulled my sentiment from another new stamp set Home of the Brave.

Taylored Expressions Banner Year 4th of July

We moved just a little over a year ago and was thrilled to experience my new neighborhood's Independence Day parade and when I realized I could walk to my town's fireworks display.  It added a small town charm to the day that was absolutely inspiring - and I am so looking forward to this year.

Here's the 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 still patriotic with this card but decided on a unique color scheme.

Taylored Expressions Handlettered 4th

The fireworks were done with the new Light Up the Night Stencil.  I sponged on a variety of colors then I layered on Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste for the sparkle.  The sentiment is from the new Handlettered 4th of July.

Taylored Expressions Handlettered 4th

I finished it off with a variety of previously released stars (Pinhole Star Stacklets and Star Stacklets) plus the Little Bits - Firework.  FYI - the pinkish color on the stenciled background is Fruit Punch ink, but it lightened up so much with the glimmer paste that I used Guava cardstock for the star and firework.


Today my patriotism was on full display!!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team starting with the TE blog.  Tomorrow is release day!  I have a couple of other cards - a bit more "water" and a field of flowers - then it's time to shop!

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

Freshly Made Sketches: Applesolutely!

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


I've had this fun set sitting in my must-use pile for weeks.  I love the set so I didn't care what the sketch was - I was going to make it work!

FMS Apple

Then I made it work again!

FMS Ice Cream

Truth be told - in just a few months I'll have two sons in college, so I am prepping my stash of way-to-go or you-can-do-it cards.  Since there were plenty of other options in the set, while I had everything out and everything measured - I made another one. 

The sets are Everyday Punnies and Everyday Doodles by Essentials by Ellen. There are so many fun sentiments and so many cute little images - it'll work for anything.  And anything that is this cute on an exceedingly simple card stays at the top of my stash pile!

I hope to see you playing along this week!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Everyday Punnies and Everyday Doodles
Ink: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade and Lemon-Lime Twist
Paper: My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 2: Floaties and Splashes

It's day 2 of sneak peeks for the June release from Taylored Expressions.  Today we're going to splash in the water!  Everything you see this week will be available on Thursday, June 6th. Be sure to check out each of the creative team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

Floaties make me happy.  I grew up in a town with a creek through it and the best summer day was to throw an inner tube in and float through the entire town - through the golf course, the fairgrounds, by the McDonalds (it was a big deal way back then!) and the grocery store.  Of course, I had a black inner tube - nothing as cute as the floaties in the new stamp set Floaties!

Taylored Expressions Floaties

I took a few little pieces from another new set Build a Background - Waves.  Other creative team members are showing off the whole set today - I'll have more on Thursday.  Today it's just the little splashes and the die cut wave.  I painted some Shimmer Liquid Watercolor on the waves and dropped some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops on the splashes.

Taylored Expressions Floaties

There are so many other cute images and sentiments in this set - "you're the air in my floaty", "hope your day is a splash", "thanks for keeping me afloat" and more.  And the little critters in their floaties all make me smile!!

Here's the 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!



Another way to add water and splashes is with the new Make a Splash Background.

Taylored Expressions Make a Splash Background

I added the little dots with Nuvo Calming Aqua Crystal Drops. They are a great match to my all-time favorite blue - Confetti Cake!  The splashes are such a fresh background - I love it with these cool colors.

I paired the splashes with the previously released O-Fish-Ally Awesome and a tag from Tag Stacklets 1.  I added just a tiny bit of black to ground it all.

Taylored Expressions Make a Splash Background

Today we had water with a lot of splashing!  Tomorrow will be a patriotic day.  Hope to see you back!  In the meantime, check out the rest of the creative team starting with the TE blog

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 1: Gatefolds and Better Half

It's day 1 of sneak peeks for the June release from Taylored Expressions.  You'll see such an amazing variety including crafty friends, lots of water and splashing, and patriotism! Everything you see this week will be available on Thursday, June 6th. Be sure to check out each of the creative team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

I adore products that make it easy to make complicated-looking cards.  The new Gatefold Reveal die is not at the top of my favorites list!

Here's the outside.  All you have to do is cut a 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" piece of paper.  Then score both sides at 2 1/8" so that the two sides fold in.

Taylored Expressions Hey Crafty Friend

Now check out the inside!!  This is where the dies come into play.  As you open it - the center opens up to reveal the sentiment on the inside!

Taylored Expressions Hey Crafty Friend

The inside piece with the perfectly-sized window and the two little reveal pieces are the die set!

Now let's talk about those fun sentiments.  We all have crafty friends and this stamp set is called Hey, Crafty Friend.  The big sentiment is for the outside and then there's a wide variety of inside sentiments that work for multiple occasions for that special friend. I picked "you're the glitter to my glue" mostly so I could use glitter!  I particularly relate to another the sentiment - you enable me - but there's also birthday and encouragement sentiments too.  It's perfect for any occasion.

Taylored Expressions Hey Crafty Friend

For the glittery circles, I used the Polka Party Stencil and coated it with Tonic Nuvo Moonstone Glitter Paste to get those wonderfully sparkly circles.  I plopped my all-time favorite bow on it for a bit more decoration.

Here's the 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!


Keeping the first card in mind, there's another new product to coordinate with it.  It's the Better Half Cutting Plate which are half-size card front dies (5 1/2" x 2 1/8") so they fit perfectly on both sides of the gatefold card.  However - personally, I don't buy anything if it's a single use product.  So I played around with the two halves and came up with this card.

Taylored Expressions Better Half CP

I love how the two of them look on top of each other.  Almost an optical illusion - so fun!!  I'm not sure where the bee idea came from.  I actually started with blues and was thinking sky or water - but you'll see as the week goes along, we have a lot of new water products coming up.  I wanted a different summery look and remembered this previously released Little Bits - Bumble Bee which I've always thought is the most darling bee out there!  I found the sentiment in the One in a Buzzillion stamp set and added it to the Sentiment Stacker 1.

Taylored Expressions Better Half CP

Today I showed you a gatefold card with a fun reveal inside and two cutting plates that you can decorate it with or use on their own.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team for lots of other ideas for these products - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

AAA Card Challenge: Birthday Blog Hop

The AAA Card Challenge is 5 years old!!


I love the colors on their logo - and did you notice there were five colors??  5th birthday - five colors - five candles - perfect!!  (Especially since I have candles in my not-yet-used stash!)

AAA Hooray

I played around with various layouts and papers and a bit of blending in the background, but these candles are so fun - I just didn't think they needed much. I found this wonderful "hooray" in my not-yet-used stash and just laid it across the top.  It doesn't get much easier but still has so much detail in the candles and the scripty die.  I love it when good products do all the work!

Happy Birthday AAA Cards!!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Neat & Tangled Hooray
Dies: Neat & Tangled Hooray Word Technique Tuesday Many Candles
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Mango Medley and Lemon Lime Twist, Papertrey Ink Spring Rain and Aqua Mist, Taylored Expressions Lavender Glaze and Lemon Meringue
Ink: Taylored Expressions Lavender Glaze


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Llama Fun

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


I'm not sure what got into me with this one.  I had a nice, respectable circle-like element on my desk all ready to go - actually an apple die-cut but close enough.  Then I saw a Zulily ad with a llama coffee mug (I think) and a really close up llama looking at it.  I was inspired!  And my circle became a llama!!

FMS Llama Fun Up

This is such a fun die set. It's a little bit like playing with paper dolls with all of the options to dress him up!  I took my colors from the paper but avoided the pink since I think this might eventually be a birthday card for my oldest son (if I remember it when his birthday rolls around again).  He's not a huge tequila fan but he is a college student and has over-imbibed (once or twice anyway!!)  I used a sentiment for the inside from the same stamp set - "Hope your birthday is a whole llama fun".  I thought about using "Happy birthday party animal" but I didn't want to give him any ideas!!  

FMS Llama Fun 

I've loved this guy since he was released in February but haven't had a chance to use him.  The rest of Taylored Expressions design team came up with amazing examples but you have to check out this particular card by Jill Hawkins.  I fell in love with him in his sombrero.  FYI the sombrero is actually from a different set - but what a perfect fit!!

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

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Big Butterfly Birthday!

Lil' Inker Designs just released a fabulous full-size butterfly die.  I had that thing ordered the day it came out.  It had to be in my collection because it's perfect for those cards that you have to create very quickly but still need to be special.  And I've already used it.  I spontaneously decided to take a vacation day tomorrow, but late last night, I realized my vacation day is also my boss' birthday.  I haven't missed anyone's birthday in the three years I've been in this office - and I don't want to start with my boss - so out came the butterfly!


When I ordered the butterfly, I had envisioned an even quicker card with a gingham patterned paper in the background and a brightly colored butterfly.  But that wasn't the right look for my boss - the card needed to be bold and more modern.  So I spent a few extra minutes with distress oxides.  They really are quick and easy too because they blend so easily - the hardest part is picking colors! I used black acrylic ink for some splatter.  Then a simple sentiment strip and this works!!

I've had the new challenge AAA Birthday Card Challenge bookmarked to play along with. I've played along with their sister challenge AAA Cards Clean and Simple Challenges a number of times so wanted to be sure to do their first ever birthday challenge!



SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Neat and Tangled So Many Sentiments
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Cover Up Die: Butterfly
Ink: Distress Oxides in Mustard Seed, Broken China, Seedless Preserves
Other: Black Acrylic paint

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Never Alone

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


My card was entirely based on a what I got in the mail last week.  I love this die by Hero Arts.  There's so much sweet detail.  With the sketch, I put a sentiment in strips across it, but I actually got it because it would be perfect to frame a stamped sentiment.

FMS Never Alone

The stamps are from an order just before Easter.  (I tell you about my orders because somehow it justifies in my mind that I'm actually using those orders!)  It has some great sentiments for Easter and other Christian holidays - but also encouraging words for those difficult situations. It's in the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words line - this one is Faith.

I sponged on some Distress Oxides with some soft green around the edges and a couple of blues for the sky.  The leaf was so perfectly shaped for the circle I just couldn't make it point the other way to match the sketch.

I hope to see you playing along!


Supply List

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith
Dies: Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die, Taylored Expressions Bloomers Greenery, Memory Box Butterfly Delights
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Key Lime, Cookie Monster
Ink: Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Salty Ocean

Monday, May 20, 2019

Taylored Expressions: Celebrate Strips

One of my favorite things from the last Taylored Expressions release was the Simple Strips stamps and the coordinating die.  The stamp is a full-size background stamp with row after row of sentiments.  Then the die is a full-size set of strips to cut them all out at once and you have a quick and easy set of sentiments for your stash.

This card uses it all slightly differently.  I took advantage of the die and cut stacks of plain banners out of four different masculine colors.  Then I used the stamp to mask off the sentiment I wanted and created one sentiment off to the edge of the strip (they typically line up in the center).

Taylored Expressions Celebrate Strips

I lined the strips off down the edge and cut the front slightly smaller than a standard front.  (I didn't actually trim off the banners first - I adhered them as is and then used a paper trimmer to cut off the straight edge.)  I added itty-bitty stars from Little Bits - Celebration Confetti. I also used the Star Fall Background to add interest on the gray panel on the side. I thought this all gave it a great look of celebration but still very masculine.

Taylored Expressions Celebrate Strips

I love how the die works for this card! So much detail, but so easy to do!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches: Hello

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


I recently received my April Small Die of the Month Club from Spellbinders and what do you know... fun layered flowers that are perfect for this sketch!!

FMS Hello

There are a lot of layers on each flower - luckily I have enough cardstock to layer up in the same color families!  There was even one more layer in the die set - but I used enamel dots for a bit of sparkle and shine instead of the top layer.  The "hello" is also from the set.  I added the solid black strip to help it stand out more.  The leaves have another detailed layer on top but I wanted to keep the focus on the flowers so I left them at the base layer.  

I hope to see you playing along this week!

SUPPLY LIST

Dies: April 2019 Small Die of the Month (Layered Colorful Blooms)
Cardstock: Flowers are all Stampin' Up: Blush Blossom (retired), Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky (retired), Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay. Leaves are Taylored Expressions Granny Smith
Patterned Paper: My Favorite Things Black & White Stripes