Monday, April 20, 2015

Share Joy Update

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a chance to get creative this past weekend and make someone's day very special. Speaking of that, our new Share Joy campaign is off to a great start and I wanted to take a moment today to provide an update.

Since the launch of our latest Share Joy campaign on March 23, we've received over 350 beautiful handmade cards! It's our goal to donate 600+ cards so keep 'em coming! For details on our current Share Joy campaign, including the charity and guidelines for card donations, please visit the TE Share Joy page.  Here's a look at some of the wonderful donations we've received so far:


Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation! It warms my heart to see all the joy we're sharing!

Each person who donates cards will be entered into our drawing for one of three prize bundles. If you plan to donate cards but have yet to send them in, it's not too late! Please have your package post-marked by Friday, May 8, and we will enter you into our prize drawing. The winners of the drawing will be announced right here on the TE blog on Monday, May 18.

Thanks for your support and happy stamping!




Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Design Team: Eat Cake!

TGIF, crafty friends! We hope you had a swell week of fun and frolick! And if you didn't, today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is sure to cheer you up. Check it out...



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

It’s always fun to let color and pattern take center stage on a card, and what better occasion than a birthday?


Today I’ve combined some patterns from the Double the Fun paper pack to create a bright, cheery background. I accented the “seams" with some ribbons, trim, and some black and white Baker’s Twine.



For the sentiment, I pulled out the fabulous birthday set, Big Bold Birthday. To get the multi-colored sentiment, I just colored onto the stamp with markers and huffed on the stamp before stamping. Multiple colors with just one impression — gotta love that about rubber stamps! I die-cut the sentiment into a circle using a circle die, sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink (before removing the cut circle from the die), then adhered the sentiment to a tag.


The top of the tag is finished off with some green and white striped ribbon and some more black and white Baker’s Twine.


I rounded the corners of the background panel and mounted it onto a Peapod card base. Last, I adhered the tag and sentiment piece, slipping the bottom of the tag underneath the baker’s twine. Don't forget to eat cake!

Thank you for sharing such a cheerful card with us today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today I Learned: How to Create Punch Board Gift Boxes with Wanda Guess

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..." Today we have a step-by-step tutorial from Blog Team designer Wanda Guess, who shows us how to use a popular tool to create these delightful gift box packages...





A note from Wanda...
For today's tutorial, I made some pretty packages tied up in bows! This was a super fun project that is much easier than it would appear. I used the awesome Gift Box Punch Board from We-R-Memory to make adorable kraft paper boxes. Then I had tons of fun embellishing them with all kinds of wonderful TE dies and pretty patterned papers. These would make great party favors or little holiday presents for cookies and such. 

Would you like to know how Wanda created these gorgeous boxes? Well, you are in luck because her tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:


Also, to help you get started, the Gift Box Punch Board is on sale in the TE Store for 20% off!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate

Hello!

Here is the random winner of our $25 Gift Certificate giveaway from Amy Sheffer's post. If you missed Amy's happy card, visit HERE!

We loved hearing all about how you all spent your first day of Spring!

Our lucky winner is:




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

Blog Design Team: Mr. & Mrs. Shaker

Happy Tax Day! (Okay, it may not be the happiest of days, but it gives us a good excuse to take a break from crunching numbers to feature a beautiful card from our talented Blog Team!) Today the very talented Lea Lawson is sharing something so gorgeous that it will be sure to lift you from your tax time doldrums...

Plus, to help you create your own beautiful project, we're giving away some of the products Lea used to create this wonderful card. Read on for details...
 



First, here's Lea to tell us about her project...

Wedding season is almost upon us, and Taylored Expressions has recently released some items perfect for creating engagement and wedding themed cards! Today I've created a shaker card using some of these new products.


You might be thinking that a shaker card doesn't exactly scream weddings. I've created it to show you that with elegant colors and proper dies and stamps, it is actually quite appropriate. And how much fun will the bride and groom have shaking the sequins around when they open the card after their wedding day?

To start, I created an A2 card from a sheet of the gold shimmer cardstock from the "Metallics" cardstock set. Then I die-cut the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate from a block of the white shimmer cardstock from the same cardstock set. I adhered a transparent block to the back of the Bistro Lights cut, then added 1/16" foam tape along each edge.

Next, I dumped a nice quantity of the "Wedding" Sequins to the middle of the cardbase, then adhered the Bistro Lights cut to the top of it. After making sure all sides are secure, shake the sequins loose!


For the sentiment, I first stamped the ampersand in Versamark ink to a strip of vellum, covered it in gold embossing powder and heat set it. I then stamped the "Mr." and "Mrs." to each side, covered them in white embossing powder, and finished heat setting them. I adhered the vellum sentiment strip directly to the card front.



To finish the front, I embellished some of the light strands with brown jewel accents. I then stamped and heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment to the inside of the card. There are some really beautiful sentiments included in the In & Out - Wedding stamp set that can be customized for engagements, weddings, anniversaries and more! 

I hope you've enjoyed my card today, that you will try creating a shaker card for your next wedding!

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

Would you like to create your own shaker card using our Bistro Lights Cutting Plate? You're in luck because we're giving it and our Wedding Sequins away to one lucky winner!

How to Enter:  Leave a comment below telling us about your happiest wedding memory (your own or someone else's) by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a Bistro Lights Cutting Plate and Wedding Sequins! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!