Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Blog Design Team: Uplifting & a Giveaway!

Happy humpday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton has created two beautiful cards using our new Watercolor Panels and we are just thrilled to get to share them with you!

Would you like to try out our Watercolor Panels for yourself? Well, you're in luck because we are giving away a prize pack you won't want to miss! Keep reading for details...

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

The new Taylored Expressions Uplifting Watercolor Panels are absolutely beautiful. Both the watercoloring trend and the coloring trend are huge right now and I love that these panels can be used for either. Today I'm sharing two card designs that I created with a couple of these panels. The inspirational sayings and scripture are so lovely and I love being able to share these with friends.

The panels themselves are extremely quick, easy and FUN to color. In fact, I just couldn't stop! These are VERY addictive! I'll be using one of the extra watercolored images as a bookmark and the others are just sitting waiting to be made into cards for someone special.

I used dry watercolors with these panels, but you can use any type of watercolor you wish. Just add a little water and add in your color. If you want a blended look, add water to the area first and then add in some color. If you'd like more precise coloring, be sure to dry one area well before adding paint to an adjoining area.

To create the cards, I've used cardstock bases covered by cutting plate backgrounds die cut from white cardstock. I love the white look so that it doesn't compete with the main focal points.

Some fun embellishments and sequins finish off the cards. I might leave these projects on my desk a bit before sending them off. I love seeing those beautiful verses inspiring me each day!

Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing these beautiful cards with us today! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful day!

Would you like to try your hand at coloring up these fun Panels? We're giving away a prize back of our Christmas, Uplifting, and Keep In Touch Watercolor Panels!

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite coloring medium by Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a prize back of our Christmas, Uplifting, and Keep In Touch Watercolor Panels! We'll announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blog Design Team: Warm Winter Wishes

It's Tuesday, crafty friends, and it's getting chilly! Today, Blog Design Team member Kay Miller is sending everyone warm winter wishes with this frosty fun card! 

Let's hear from Kay about her project...
Hello friends! It’s a snowman time of year! I love winter and everything about snow and Christmas! I’m here today to show you how to create this cute snowman snowglobe card with a fun technique for the background!

I started with a  piece of Salt Water Taffy cardstock and cut it down to 4 x 5-1/4 inches. I ran this through my die-cut machine with the Winter Flurry Embossing Folder.  I then took some white acrylic paint and a sponge and sponged white paint just along the tops of the snowflakes. I got a little messy and got some in the recessed areas, but I thought it looked good and added to the mixed media effect.

I let this dry and mounted it to a top-folding card base with foam tape. I then colored the little snowman and trees scene with Copic markers and cut it out with the round piece from the Shake it Up die set. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder onto Cherry Pop cardstock. I cut this out with the base part in the Shake it Up die set.

I mounted the globe and base onto my embossed snowflake panel with foam tape, then cut out a snowflake from the Make a Snowflake dies set and adhered that to the left side.

Such a fun card to brighten someone’s day during the cold months of winter!

Thank you so much, Kay, for sharing this wonderfully wintery card with us today. Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her gorgeous work. Have a joyful day!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Share: Paper Piecing

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Around here, we always love new trends and cool techniques, but sometimes we like taking a good 'ol standby, dusting it off, and get back to basics. We invited our talented Creative Team to create projects using an oldie but goodie technique: Paper Piecing! We can't wait to share what they've created.

For those of you who are new to paper-piecing, we also have a new video created in the TE Studio in which Taylor shares how to create a cute birthday card using this fun technique.

Now, grab your favorite cup of tea, coffee, cocktail(?), and check our Creative Team's fabulous paper-pieced projects! Simply click on any designer's name below for more details. Happy stamping!

Ingredients for Taylor's paper-pieced Party Monster card