Friday, August 01, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 3

Happy Friday! The wonderful and talented Melyssa Connolly is back with us with a pair of darling cards to get your weekend off to a creative start. Here she shows how you can take the same layout and ready-made elements to make different cards:

Melyssa's Notes: 3x4 pocket scrapbooking cards are perfect for making a quick card because there is no cutting or measuring needed. (Melyssa used our set, A Life She Loved, on both her cards.)

Melyssa's Notes: Both cards started with the same layout with slight modifications to create similar but unique cards. (Melyssa used alcohol markers such as Copics to achieve her beautiful coloring.)

Thank you, Melyssa, for inspiring us to check out our pocket scrapbooking supplies for some quick and easy elements! Melyssa will be joining us again next week for Release Week, so come back and party with us!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Design Team: Woodcutting

Hello, crafty friends! Blog Design Team member, Caryn Davies plays with wood today in this fun card using contrasting colors of wood veneer sheets! 

Caryn's Note: Hi there - Caryn here with a card that highlights JUST how amazing the Taylored Expressions steel dies are for cutting a variety of different materials perfectly.  

Caryn's Notes: I picked up some thin wood veneer a few months ago and it's been sitting in my cupboard waiting for the right moment to be put to good use.  As I had two contrasting shades I thought the Ray of Sunshine cutting plate would be the perfect die to use for this technique.  

Caryn's Notes: I ran the die through the die-cutting machine once for each shade of veneer and then chose the darker shade "frame" to use on this card.  I adhered the outline die-cut to a piece of white card stock exactly the same size and then placed the inner pieces back in to the frame in alternating colors.  I used a strong adhesive for this so that the pieces were held down in place really well.  

Caryn's Notes: Next I took some doubled sided foam adhesive sheets and die-cut the tulips and leaves from Tiptoe Through The Tulips.  I ran the dies through again this time cutting from both shades of wood veneer. 

Caryn's Notes: Carefully remove the die from the adhesive sheets so that the die-cut stays in place within the sheet for the time being.  I find doing it this way saves a LOT of fiddling later on. Using a sharp piercing tool, gently remove the adhesive protective layer JUST from the die-cut area, still keeping it in place within the foam sheet. Once the "sticky" is exposed, layer the wood veneer die-cuts over the top and press into place.  Now the veneer is adhered exactly in place over the foam adhesive and the whole assembly can be separated from the foam sheet. The resulting dimensional tulips are then placed onto the panel.  

If you don't have wood veneer sheets, you can substitute wood patterned paper to achieve the same look.

Caryn will be back again soon with another fab creation, so be sure to tune in to the TE Blog often!

Monday, July 28, 2014

WINNER: Hexagon Cutting Plate

Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on Blog Team Design member Wanda Guess' post. If you missed it, you'll want to check out her beautiful collage card here.

We're pleased to announce our randomly chosen winner of our Hexagon Cutting Plate!

Congratulations, Jean! Please email us and we'll get your plate out to you. Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 2

Hey there & Happy Friday! Our Guest Designer Melyssa Connolly is back today to kick off the weekend in style with two bright and summery cards! Perhaps she'll inspire you to get crafty this weekend (or maybe do some crafty shopping!?). Here are the fabulous projects she has to share:

Melyssa's Notes: This cute truck was just begging to be colored bright red and I thought it would be a fun touch to add the wood paneling to the back. Tip: Try layering the same die cut from the same patterned paper and use ink along the edges to separate them visually. 

Melyssa's Notes: The bed of every truck needs a couple giant cupcakes! I added some extra decoration to my cupcakes with white gel pen. 

Melyssa's Notes: I created this happy little scene using the Happy Trails stamps set and sketched in a few elements of my own (the hill lines and roadway). Tip: To create a dimensional backdrop try coloring the areas that are farther away in the background lighter than those in the foreground for a more realistic depth of field.

Melyssa's Notes: To create a more realistic evergreen tree, I dabbed my marker randomly on the trees starting with the lightest color and moving to the darkest color.

Melyssa, thanks for sharing your fantastic cards and a your fabulous tips and tricks for coloring more realistic scenes! I definitely learned a few things to try the next time I have my Copics out... probably later today! Have a great weekend everybody!


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.