Hello, Friends! As the height of flower season approaches, I have a fun card full of texture and flowers to share with you, and it all starts with the gorgeous Rosy Posey Embossing Folder I fell in love with from last month’s Taylored Expressions release! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details!
One of my favorite things to do is color die cuts and I thought Taylored Expressions beautiful In The Garden would make a wonderful topper for my May calendar! Please join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for the full details!
Happy Saturday, crafty friends! I finally sorted through enough moving boxes to find a few supplies to make a card! I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom to find out all the details about this card. It uses products from Taylored Expressions and Essentials by Ellen, which happens to be the current Mix It Up Challenge. If you have some of those items and join along in the challenge, you could have the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson LLC store. So get your craft on this weekend, people! :)
Today I’m excited to share a masking technique easily made with stamps’ coordinating dies! As you read this, my family and I will be settling into a new home we recently purchased. So I decided to create a piece of artwork to commemorate the occasion using Taylored Expressions Happy New Home stamp set which includes the coordinating dies! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for the full tutorial!
There's nothing like the need for a specific card for a little motivation! My youngest daughter's choir teacher for the past two years and his wife just had their first baby (a girl!), so we wanted to give them a little something special. I've had my eye on Tim Holtz's blueprint series of stamps for quite some time, and this mini set of four baby stamps was just perfect for today's card! To find out how it came together, I hope you will join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom!
Hello friends -- I hope your March has been fabulous so far! Today I am getting ready for Spring weather and have my April calendar to share. Have Spring rains already hit your part of the country? This sweet Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters piggy is ready for her rainy weather! You can find all the details on how this calendar was created today over on the Taylored Expressions blog ... I hope you'll join me there!
It is Spring Break in my part of the country and the weather has definitely been beautiful, with trees and flowers budding out everywhere, and birds singing in the trees! These things were my inspiration for today’s card ... I hope you will join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how to create it!
I’m ready for March wind (and sun!), flowers and warmer weather … how about you? Hopefully this flowery little lamb March calendar will help! You can find out how it all came together over on the Taylored Expressions blog today ... I hope you'll join me there!
Are you like me and always have good intentions on mailing out birthday cards on time, but life gets in the way? Then I have the perfect card for you today and this sweet Taylored Expressions Shooting Stars stamp set has the perfect sentiments! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details!
Hello and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop … I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! And be sure to read through to the end of this post for GIVEAWAY details! Here's a peek at the entire release, which you can find in the store HERE, or click the graphic below:
I started by gold heat embossing the flowers onto watercolor paper and then simply filled a water brush with Copic Colorless Blender and used it to pick up the Various Ink Refill color from a palette to "water"color with! Did you know Various Inks are computer matched from batch to batch, to guarantee a lifetime of consistent color!
Here are the steps to color this pretty variegated hydrangea:
1. I started with my darkest green, YG23 Copic Various Ink Refill, and colored the blossoms in the background or anywhere I wanted a darker green. 2. Using lighter green YG01, I colored the petals in the foreground or near the top of the bloom or tips of the petals:
3. Moving on to my pinks, I used lighter RV52 for the lighter pinks, leaving some areas of the pink flowers still uncolored. 4. Next, I used lighter YG01 to color some parts of the pink flowers. This mixture created a pretty coral color!
5. To finish the flowers, I used RV63 Various Ink Refill to color the flower centers and deepen some of the background pink flowers:
6. Finally, I used Copic Various Ink Refill BG000 to lightly color a blue sky behind the hydrangea:
To finish the card, I stamped and gold heat embossed the beautiful "Thinking of you" sentiment that is included in this stamp set on the lower part of the card. A 1/4-inch section was cut out of the card front, above the sentiment, and colored with Copic RV55 marker to match the flower centers.
To create the background, I used the smooshing technique: Press Distress Ink pad(s) onto non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water, then dip watercolor paper into the ink; allow to dry. First I started with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry:
Then added Abandoned Coral and Wilted Violet:
Then I die cut the pretty Bed of Roses from this paper. As with any intricate die such as this, I always use a metal adaptor plate in my die cutting sandwich, to ensure good clean cuts.
Next, I die cut Bazzill Gummy Bear (purple) cardstock with a Taylored Expressions Stitched Banner Stacklet and white heat embossed the "you are" sentiment from the new Totally Awesome stamp set. Finally, the Brushstroke Wonderful die was used to die cut gold glitter paper and the word added to the banner.
There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th. ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!
You should have arrived here at my blog from Kelly Griglione’s blog, Notable Nest. The next stop on the hop is Amy Lee‘s blog, the craft bunny. If you get lost along the way, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers and blogs.
I hope you all enjoyed my January calendar … I am loving making them again, so I hope you don’t mind another? :) Keep in mind – if calendars are just not your thing, you can also use the same elements and general layout to create a Valentine’s Day or February birthday card. Or use the layout for a scrapbook page, substituting the calendar for your photo(s)! You can find all the details about this calendar today over on the Taylored Expressions blog.
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, love is in the air! I know I was definitely in love at first sight with the latest in Taylored Expressions’ Simply Stamped series – Roses, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous stamp and coordinating die set! I hope you'll join me today over on the Taylored Expressions blog for all the details on how to create this card!
And good news for you . . . Taylored Expressions is GIVING AWAY a Simply Stamped-Roses stamp set and their fabulous multi-colored pack of envelopes like I used in this project, to one lucky commenter! So head over to this blog post at the Taylored Expressions blog and leave a comment, for your chance to win!
I adore dies ... they make any papercrafting project a quick and easy process! I hope you'll join me today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for my first project of 2016 -- this sweet Valentine made entirely from die cuts, using some great tips!
A new year always reminds us of closing old and opening new chapters in our lives. I had gotten away from making my monthly calendars this past year (which had been my tradition since 2007!), but with Taylored Expressions’ introduction of these sweet new Calendar Critters last month, I thought it was time for some more calendars! Here’s January:
You can find all the details about this calendar over on the Taylored Expressions blog today . . . I hope you'll join me there!