Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Design Team: Goody Goody Gumballs!

Happy Friday! Today the very talented Lea Lawson is treating us to a fun shaker card that will send you off to the weekend with a smile on your face. Read on for all the details...



Lea's Notes: I'm a self proclaimed "non-colorer" when it comes to stamping. I haven't invested in alcohol markers, though I really admire the amazing things I've seen other designers do with them! Since I've been introduced to watercolor, I've felt better about purchasing stamp sets that would normally require some coloring. I've got a watercolor set that was extremely affordable, and allows me to easily add some color to any stamp that I feel needs it!


Lea's Notes: Watercolor is how I colored the cute gumball machine from the Goody Goody Gumballs stamp set for my card today! I stamped it in onyx black Versafine ink and let it set for a couple minutes. Then I just added watercolor to it in reds & greys.  I die-cut the gumball machine, then covered the peekaboo hole with some acetate.


Lea's Notes: After layering papers to the top of an A2 card trimmed from Cherry Pop cardstock, I poured a small group of sequins to the middle of the top layer.  After adding foam dots and strips to the back of the die-cut gumball machine, I adhered it over the top of the sequins. I made sure the adhesive was fully stuck to the paper, and then shook the sequins loose so they would look like gumballs in the machine!



Lea's Notes: I cut two banner strips from patterned paper, and stamped the sentiment to the neutral one. I then layered them to the bottom of the card, popping the sentiment strip with foam adhesive. I embellished the card with some additional sequins to finish it!



Lea's Notes: I hope you will try your hand at watercolor! Just be sure to use a brush that has a small and thin amount of bristles to it. And don't worry if it doesn't look perfect, or if some paint seeps over the stamped lines...creating homemade cards is all about embracing imperfections. I hope that you enjoyed my fun and colorful card today!


Thanks for sharing such a fun project with us today, Lea! You can catch more of Lea's design work on her blog, Lea Lawson Creates.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Design Team: Just a Note

Hey there, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton has created a beautiful card using lots of gorgeous layers. Check things out below...



Julia's Notes: I love creating layers of paper and embellishments on a card design. One of my favorite ways to do that is with a pocket, and the beautiful Library Pocket die is a great addition to a card layout. I love this classic die as the possibilities are endless. Fill it with notes, with embellishments, with journaling, or even a gift card.


Julia's Notes: Today's project holds patterned paper and a die-cut tag with lots of room for embellishments on the front. I've had fun mixing and matching die sets to create these fun felt flower embellishments. They are cut from felt and layered with a button die-cut on top of the flower. You can adhere the layers together, or hand stitch them, but I've zig-zag stitched them together on the sewing machine for a quick finish.


Julia's Notes: To create the tag note that slides inside the pocket, I used a double-sided patterned paper. It's easy to get a two-colored tag by folding over the top of the patterned paper before die cutting it. (Tip: Make sure you have the folded edge just inside the top of the tag die or it will cut the edge.) To finish it off, I added a stamped sentiment and some stitching.


Julia's Notes: I love adding texture to my designs and it's easy to create a more dimensional branch by using the Sizzix Flower Tool Kit on the Leafy Branch die. Simply burnish each leaf with the rounded tool on top of the foam mat. By adding gentle, firm, circular pressure, it will curl up the edges of each leaf.


Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing how much fun it is to create a multi-layered card. What a wonderful way to add a pocket, too! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winner: In Other Words - Read

Hello!

Here's the random winner of the In Other Words - Read stamp set from last week's Comment to Win prize giveaway. If you missed Blog Team member Amy Sheffer's whimsical book card, be sure to visit HERE to see it!

We loved hearing that so many of you are avid book readers. From thrillers to romance, from classics to scripture, your tastes and loves show that TE fans know the value of reading!

Our lucky winner is:



Congratulations! Please email us (support@tayloredexpressions.com) to claim your prize.

Blog Design Team: Lucky You!

St. Paddy's Day is just around the corner and today, Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess has created a simple St. Patrick's Day card that is just perfect for beginning and seasoned stampers alike!

Plus, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! Read on for details on how to enter...


Wanda's Notes: Sometimes it can be intimidating to start making cards if it isn't something you've ever tried before. There are a ton of products out there and you may ask yourself, 'what should I buy?' or 'how do I use this?' If you are just starting out, I recommend beginning with some versatile stamp sets.


Wanda's Notes: Today I'm using the fun and fabulous Oh What A Holiday stamp set which has lots of stamps and sentiments that you can mix and match. I really recommend this set and the Oh What A Day set is another that is very versatile. There are stamps and sentiments for any and all occasions!


Wanda's Notes: Today I made a bright and green creation for St. Patrick's Day. I colored the rainbow using some Copic markers and then added a few touches of glitter. The layout of this card is straightforward and simple, and I dressed it up with some fun patterned paper and a bit of twine.


Wanda's Notes: This is a quick and easy card for beginning stampers and experts both! Top o' the day to you! 

Thanks so much, Wanda, for reminding us that it can be hard to begin stamping and your advice is terrific! Visit Wanda at A Blog Called Wanda to see more of her fabulous work.

Are you a beginning stamper? A seasoned pro? Either way, we're glad you are creating and sharing joy through stamping and we're giving away a prize that will help you along the way.



How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us how you started stamping by Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Design Team: You're So Foxy!

Hi there, crafty friends! It's Tuesday and today we've got designer Amy Kolling with some tips on how to create a die-cut mini-scene that is oh-so-foxy!



Amy's Notes: When the Little Bits - Fox came out, I couldn't wait to use it! I created a simple little die-cut scene for my foxy using a die from the Pockets & Pages line. The P&P 3/4 Circle Showcase card panel die is perfect for a mini scene!


Amy's Notes: After die-cutting the card panel from white cardstock, I used a standard circle die that was just a bit bigger than the circle on the card panel die to die-cut the sky and the grass from Saltwater Taffy and Peapod Cardstock. This was layered over the existing circle on the card panel. 


Amy's Notes: See the cloud? It was made using the flower from this die set too! My card panel was backed with a slightly smaller piece of striped paper from my stash.


Amy's Notes: The sentiment is from the fun stamp set, Punny Love. Now comes the cute fox! The fox was diecut and pieced together with just a touch of Copic YR18 to the ears and glossy accents to the eyes and nose. The fox was added with foam tape to complete my scene.

Thanks so much, Amy, for sharing such a sweet mini scene! You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise.