Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blog Design Team: Birthday Confetti!

Happy Thursday! Today we have TE Blog Team member Wanda Guess with a fun-filled collage birthday card just perfect for celebrating a special day.

Plus, in case you are feeling inspired by Wanda's project to create a collage card of your own, we're giving away a Hexagon Cutting Plate! Keep reading for all the details on how to enter to win...

Wanda's Notes: I'm here today to share a couple of neat techniques on a happy birthday card. This card has a lot going on, and sometimes that's just the way I like it! 

Wanda's Notes: The first technique is to play with your cutting plates! Usually we tend to cut them out and use the entire thing. Here, you can see that I cut up my hexagons into a free form graphic shape to add as my bottom layer for a collage card. You could do this with any of the cutting plates. Don't be afraid to play with the designs. 

Wanda's Notes: The second fun technique you'll see is that I made a confetti pocket onto a tag. This is a cheery touch for a birthday card. I cut out a tag with some woodgrain paper and then sewed on a small square of vellum. Then I just cut out circles with my hole punch and put them inside. I sealed the top with a touch of clear glue. 

Wanda's NotesThe rest of the card came together with some banners in different papers and a touch of gingham ribbon! Have fun with your die cuts and mix and match - see what happens! 

We hope you have a wonderful, happy day! Wanda will be joining us later this month, but in the meantime, you can catch her on her blog, A Blog Called Wanda.

Giveaway Details: Would you like to win an Hexagon Cutting Plate? If the answer is 'yes!', leave a comment below telling us about your best birthday memory. We'll choose a winner at random. Comments close Sunday, July 27 at 8pm PST.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Giveaway Announcement - Perfect Papercrafting Partnership

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for the launch of our blog hop with Perfect Papercrafting! As with each of our partnerships, we have a fabulous prize to give away! I'm stopping by today to announce the winner of a $50 gift certificate to the TE Store!

The lucky gal is...........
Blogger NanW said...
I love the neon colors! The mini ruler looks like a tool every card-maker should have.

Please contact us to claim your prize so you can start your shopping spree! Thanks again for joining us! You can stay informed on all of our prize giveaways by subscribing to our blog HERE.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Design Team: Rock On with a Splash of Color!

Happy Tuesday! We have a really fun, rockin' duo of cards created by Blog Design Team member, Caryn Davies to share with you today. She shows us what a little bit of color can do to change up a pair of similar cards!

Caryn's Note: Hi there! Caryn here today with a couple of fun cards perfect for celebrating the birthday of a music-loving teen or young-at-heart rocker! The cards are very similar but I wanted to highlight how a simple addition of a splash of color can make this design ideal for girls or boys - young or old!  

Caryn's Notes: I started with a standard A2 white card base and cut a panel of black card measuring 4" x 5.25".  I stamped the funky splatter image from "You're My Hero" in Versamark ink on to the centre of the panel and then heat embossed it in white. (I have chosen a different sentiment for each card but both are heat embossed again in white.)   

Caryn's Notes: For the silver guitar, I stamped the outline guitar image and then filled in the area I wanted to be solid using a Versamark pen. The arm of the guitar was also stamped in Versamark and then both images were heat embossed in silver and then adhered together. 

Caryn's Notes: The red guitar was stamped in grey and then colored with Copic markers and finished with a layer of sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen. Finally, the guitars were placed onto the panels, which were then adhered to the fronts of the card.  For a finishing touch and an extra bit of bling (can't help myself) I chose some co-ordinating Doodlebug Sprinkles and placed them on the background.

Thank you, Caryn's for getting your rockin' craft on! Caryn will be back again soon, so be sure to tune in to the TE Blog often!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heard the News? Stamp Joy 2014

Hey there & Happy Monday! Have you heard the news? Taylored Expressions is thrilled to be hosting our first annual Stamp Joy event this fall! Gather with friends and make new ones to experience a fun-filled day and share the joy of stamping! 

Stamp Joy will feature inspiring classes and demonstrations from top designers in the industry along with shopping, Make & Takes, giveaways, and exclusive goodies! 

You can read all about our event (who will be there, what plans are in the works, and how you can join the fun) HERE

I'm stopping by today to let you know that registration for Stamp Joy is now open! Take advantage of early bird pricing through August 15th. 

View more details, class options, and registration links HERE

Hope to see you at Stamp Joy in October!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 1

Hey there and Happy Friday! Today I'm excited to introduce you to the newest Taylored Expressions Guest Designer, Melyssa Connolly! Melyssa hails from Truro, Nova Scotia with her husband of 20 years. Her son recently left for college officially making them "empty nesters". She first began her journey into papercrafting 16 years ago in a scrapbooking class. After dabbling in the world of digital scrapbooking she settled on cardmaking and she has since been featured on several design teams and published in a number of magazines. Melyssa will be providing inspiration right here on the TE Blog and on her personal blog: fantastINK for the next three months! And she's kicking it off with a pretty fabulous creation today:

Melyssa's Notes: I trimmed the card front slightly shorter than the back so I could give it a beautiful lace edge using the Floral Eyelet border. I wanted the card to have lots of layers but still look simple so I used a lot of white to tone down all the patterns and layering.

Melyssa's Notes: I didn't have any jewels on hand to add accents to my card so I used teal Stickles to create my own sparkly jewels. They take some time to dry but worth every minute!

Thanks for joining us on the TE Blog this week! We'll be back on Monday to announce the lucky winners of the giveaway from our partnership with Perfect Papercrafting earlier this week. There's still time to put your name in the prize drawing. Click here to check out the details!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

TE Blog Team: Watercolor Roses

Are you enjoying summer? This week is flying by and we've been looking forward to relaxing this weekend and maybe getting crafty, too! Today we have TE Blog Team member Wanda Guess with a gorgeous card and a water color technique that we hope will inspire you to create something beautiful, too!

Wanda's Notes: Watercolor is all the rage right now, and I thought I would make a nice watercolor card to share today! This card has a fun and 'artsy' flair to it in some bright Summer colors. 

Wanda's Notes: I started by creating some uneven stripes with some distress inks and a wet brush onto watercolor paper. This is really fun - don't try to be too perfect with it - let it flow! I'm already thinking of more ideas for some stripes! 

Wanda's Notes: The flowers are from the beautiful Rosy Posey stamp set, which has matching dies. I stamped my flowers on watercolor paper also. Then I used Distress Inks again with my wet brush to color them in. The trick with this technique is to leave lots of white space in your coloring and to not go all the way to the lines. It gives a handmade look. 

The whole card comes together with a sweet sentiment on a white label. You'll see that my flowers, leaves and sentiment are all popped off the page with foam squares. I hope you will try this and let your inner artist come out to play! 

We hope you have a wonderful, gorgeous day! Wanda will be joining us later this month, but in the meantime, you can catch her on her blog, A Blog Called Wanda.