Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Design Team: Let's Do a Fly By...

Happy Friday, crafty friends! This week has just flown by, and today's card from Blog Team designer Kay Miller, has got the idea of 'flying by' down pat. Check out her darling card below...

Plus, let's zoom into this weekend with a giveaway! Read on for details...

And now, let's hear from Kay about her project...

Ladybugs are one of the very few bugs that I actually think are cute! Aside from ladybugs and butterflies, all other bugs fall into the creepy category for me. This card features an adorable ladybug created with the cute Bugs & Balloons stamp and die combo set.

I started with a top folding white card and cut a piece of the blue dotted patterned paper to 4 x 5-1/4 inches and glued that down. I next cut out a white piece of card stock to 4 x 5-1/4 and, using the Rolling Clouds die, cut off the top right corner. I adhered that to the dotted paper using foam tape. This created my 'cloudy sky'.

Next, I assembled my little ladybug. I cut the body out of the pink dotted paper and then I used the same circle die to cut the wings. After cutting the light pink circle out, I moved the die over to one side of the circle and cut again, creating the wing shape. I glued these to the body and added some white dots with my gel pin. I cut the head out of Poppyseed card stock and glued that to the body. 

Next I cut out the swirly curlies, the greenery and the flowers. I stamped the sentiment from the Bugs and Balloons set onto the white cloud panel then added the ladybug and flowers with foam tape. I tucked the greenery and the light blue swirl underneath the ladybug with just a dab of glue. Last I added a few Doodlebug Sprinkles. I hope you have enjoyed learning how I created this card. (The ladybug would be really cute created in black and red too!)

Thank you so much, Kay, for sharing your beautiful ladybug card with us today! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Have a wonderful weekend, crafty friends! Be sure to check out our giveaway below!

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about your best or worst bug experience by Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a Bugs & Balloons Stamp & Die Combo! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog Design Team: Hats Off to You

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer shows off just how fun it is to peruse Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing. She's got a fantastic graduation card to share with us today. Check it out...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...

While browsing Pinterest recently, I ran across a cute graduation gift idea from the magazine Good Housekeeping: a box filled with dollar bills rolled up and tied like diplomas. I couldn’t wait to incorporate that idea into a card.
The graduation cap is die-cut with the Grad Cap die. Do you see the embossed edge around the mortarboard? I love that!
As a background for the cap and diploma, I stamped the Graphic Greetings Graduate sentiment stamp in VersaMark onto Salt Water Taffy card stock and heat embossed in white. I layered the focal point piece onto some distressed vellum, and then onto a yellow polka dot pattern paper panel. 
For embellishments, I added two different types of wood veneer stars, along with a button tied off with some linen thread. 
What’s your favorite graduation gift to give? Do you give money or prefer to give a purchased gift? Either way, you can create a card to help your graduate really celebrate!
Thank you for sharing such a cool idea picked up from Pinterest, Amy! You can check out the Taylored Expressions Pinterest boards here and you can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winners: Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder!


Here are the random winners of our Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder prize packs from Wanda Guest's post. If you missed Wanda's wonderful friendship card, visit HERE!

We loved reading all about the amazing best friends in your lives!

Our lucky winners are:

Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize packs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Design Team: A Lifetime Together

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing a lovey card that shows a simple technique for highlighting our Bistro Lights Cutting Plate. Check it out below!

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...
I just adore the beautiful Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, and I knew the minute I saw it that it would go to the very top of my wishlist. It's so pretty and perfect for any celebration.

To highlight this beautiful die, I decided to cut two panels of cardstock using the die: one from white cardstock and the other from teal. By slightly off-setting the lower die cut panel, it highlights the 'bistro lights' and is a simple way to add extra dimension. 

To adhere the two panels together, I cut off the top and bottom edges of the white die-cut layer so that it wouldn't be showing around the frame of the card. I then adhered the layers together.

I love the look of graduated color and it adds a subtle interest to the background of this card. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Dried Marigold Distress Ink were sponged on a layer of Sugar Cube cardstock with sponge daubers. At the bottom of the panel, I stamped an anniversary sentiment from the In & Out Wedding stamp set. When using the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, this is the perfect place to add a sentiment as it is an open area.

To finish off the card, I added in some embellishments and die cut hearts using the Cupid's Arrows die set. The classic heart shapes in this set are ones I love designing with and go back to again and again.
Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this lovely anniversary card! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful week!

Monday, May 18, 2015

How much joy did you share?

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

In March we launched a new Share Joy campaign dedicated to providing our local hospital with Thinking of You cards for their bereavement ministry. Our goal was to provide them with 600 cards that would be sent to grieving families. After 4 weeks we had received less than 400 cards and we were a little anxious that we might not reach our goal. So on April 20th we sent out another call to help reach our Share Joy campaign goal, and, WOW, did you ever respond!

Over the final 3 weeks of the campaign, you not only helped us reach our goal of 600 cards, you more than tripled the goal! Altogether, 1944 cards were donated by caring, crafty people all over the world! That is so amazing!

A huge thank you goes out to each person who made a card donation to our Share Joy - Thinking of You campaign. Over the next several months, hundreds of families will receive an encouraging, handmade card as a result of your caring creativity and generosity. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many people!

On top of celebrating the impact your cards will have, we are giving away bundles of TE items to three lucky people who donated to our Share Joy campaign. Each donation postmarked by May 8th was entered into our drawing, and the three names have just been drawn. The winners of our Share Joy prize bundles are:

Tracy G. - Oregon
Dee P. - Alberta, Canada
Patricia C. - Illinois

Congratulations to the winners! Your prize bundles will be mailed to you shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Share Joy campaign. We look forward to partnering with you again in the future as we continue to share joy together!