Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog Design Team: Shine Bright!

Good day to you, crafty friends! It's Thanksgiving week for us here in the U.S., so we're prepping for family and full stomachs come Thursday. Today we have our friend from across the pond, Blog Team designer Caryn Davies, who is in full Christmas mode with this sweet and pretty card!

Caryn's Notes: I just love the new Sweater Weather cutting plate released by Taylored Expressions for the holidays - I just can't seem to put it down! (If you missed Caryn's previous post about this cutting plate, you can catch it HERE.)

Caryn's Notes: Today I have a fun festive card featuring this super-versatile cutting plate and paired it with the fun Deck The Halls stamp set. I started with a white A2 card base and die-cut the cutting plate from white cardstock.  
Caryn's Tip: For a tone-on-tone look for the background that won't detract from the focal image, leave all the die-cut pieces intact.

Caryn's Notes: I stamped the image from Deck The Halls onto white card and then die cut it using the Banner Stacklets die set. I colored the design with Copics and for a bit of twinkle added some gold shimmer and glossy accents to the little fairy lights. 

Caryn's Notes: I wrapped a bit of gold thread around the top of the banner before adhering to the card from with foam tape.  

Thanks so much, Caryn, for sharing your sweet card with us. It's nice to take a moment from the rush of getting ready for a big holiday just to enjoy something pretty and inspiring! You can see more of Caryn's work on her blog, Glitter Me Silly.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Taylor's Expressions: A Baby Memory

Good morning, crafty friends! As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday later this week, I hope we're all keeping in mind what truly matters (although very yummy, it's not the perfectly browned turkey!). While we're home for the holidays we'll be celebrating the newest addition to our extended family at a baby shower for Bethany Joy.

I put together a gift basket including a few of my favorite 'new mommy' items like a Wubba Nub, monthly onesie stickers, and aromatherapy bedtime bath wash (smells so good!). And what little gal can do without her very own handmade monogrammed onesie with matching baby legs and headband!? I picked this up from a local vendor fair and it's definitely a must-have! *wink*

I sat down in my studio over the weekend as I needed a card to go along with the gift. As I perused my baby themed stamp sets I came across the Bringing Home Baby stamp set and decided to created a little scene.

I wasn't expecting the memories to come flooding back as I used this stamp set. This set was a concept that was released while I was pregnant with our first daughter, Madelyn. As I designed her nursery I envisioned a stamp set that would allow me to design a nursery on paper. And that's how Bringing Home Baby was born (yes... pun intended!).

It's the little touches that truly make a special baby card. I paper pieced the polka dot patterned sheets and cut the small scalloped crib skirt from one of the scalloped rectangles in the Color Block Cutting Plate. The monogrammed frame on the "wall" over the crib was the final personal touch.

On another note, do we have any Black Friday shoppers out there? Just wanted to let you in on a little something. Our holiday elves are busy stocking shelves here at the TE warehouse in preparation for our biggest sale of the year later this week! If you'd like to be among the first to know about our Black Friday Sale details, make sure you sign up for our newsletter by clicking the subscribe button below:



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blog Design Team: Joyful Colors of the Season

Happy, joyful Thursday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team designer, Kay Miller joins us with some snappy tips on adding depth to stamped images and shares how she created this stunning Christmas card!

As it is the season of giving, we want to celebrate by giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Read on for details...

Kay's Notes: Hi there! Today I’m going to show you how you can quickly add depth and dimension to your stamped floral images with Copic (or alcohol-based) markers.

Kay's Notes: First stamp your images and cut them out if you’d like. For my card, I used TE's Peaceful Poinsettias  and coordinating Poinsettias die set. Next, you’ll want to find a Copic marker color that is just a shade or two darker than the ink you used to stamp with. (Hint: You might want to stamp a practice image to use for testing which marker looks the best.)

Kay's Notes: Then you just shade a small amount near the inner or center parts of the leaves (or blooms). I used a quick flick of the brush marker on mine. This doesn’t have to be super neat as you can see by my examples and will in fact give it a more natural appearance. Just be careful to not go all the way to the outside edge. If it doesn’t look dark enough when it dries, you can go back over it just a bit with the same marker and it will darken it some more.

Kay's Notes: After I finished coloring and shading my die cut pieces I put them together to make a lovely Christmas card. I used Label Stacklets 3 and cut the next-to-the-largest one out of a white panel, then cut a smaller one out of Sugar Cube card stock and popped them both up with foam tape on a green panel. I layered my poinsettia and leaves with foam tape and adhered it to the top of the smaller inside white stacklet. I next cut the Joy circle from the Treat Topper dies and glued it to the inside white stacklet shape, too.

Kay's Notes: For a final touch, I cut a swirl from the Curly Swirlies dies, cut it in half and glued each piece just under the poinsettia leaves.

Are you ready to try out this pretty and quick coloring technique? Well, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner to get you started! The lucky winner might want to invest in some Copic Markers, stamps, dies...anything that inspires to create and share joy!

How to Enter: For your chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling us about your most recent joyful moment by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, November 23, 2014. We will choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Good luck and we will announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week!

Thanks so much, Kay, for showing us these easy tips on adding depth to stamped floral images! Visit Kay's blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her die-cut inspiration!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winner: Hi Hey Hello die set & The Little Things stamp set!

Hello crafty friends!

Here's the random winner of the Hi Hey Hello die set and The Little Things stamp set from last week's Comment to Win prize giveaway. If you missed Guest Blogger, Kim Singdahlsen's inspiring card using both of these TE products, be sure to visit HERE.

Thanks to all who commented and shared about the last person you called just to say hello! It seems that many of us are so busy in our day to day lives that it's nice to hear your stories!

Our lucky winner is:
TracyM #6773 said...
CONGRATULATIONS on being Guest Designer Kim!!!
Your card is DELIGHTFUL - LOVE how you have used the paint strokes to create a CUTE grassy hill for the flower cluster, I didn't realise how much I needed them until now :)
LOVE how you have layered the cheery greetings too, the sparkling hello "window" with the FUN hi & hey add an extra touch of cheeriness!!!
PS - the last person I called was my Father ... I knew that my Mother was going to be out today, so it was nice for us to have a little chat together :)

Congratulations, TracyM #6773! Please email us to claim your prize!

We also wanted to thank all of you who helped spread the word about our "Like TE, Love TE" Facebook Giveaway. You helped us reach over 8,000 Likes on Facebook and we'd like to welcome all our fans, both old and new. To celebrate, we gave away a stamp or die set of choice to one randomly selected fan and we'll do that again when we reach our next milestone of 9,000. Plus, when we reach 10,000, we will party with one lucky fan winning an entire Release!

Guest Blogger: Deck the Halls with Kim Singdahlsen

Hey there, crafty friends! It's Day 2 with Guest Blogger, designer Kim Singdahlsen! She is having so much fun designing with us that she created three darling Christmas cards for us today using our Deck the Halls stamp set. Check them out below...

Kim's Notes: I love the details on each Taylored Expressions stamp. One of my favorite things to do with a versatile stamp set is to create different types of cards, from clean and simple to "dressed up." Today I am using Deck the Halls with a little help from Share the Light.

You have to keep in mind that my style is clean, so my version of "dressed up" is still quite simple!  The bunny in the forest card uses 2 stamp sets and 5 stamps, with large die cut trees, heat embossing and glitter.

A "dressed down" step from my first card is the deer sharing the light which only uses 2 stamps, 2 dies, an embossing folder and a strip of Gingerbread Lane patterned paper. 

Kim's Notes: The "cleanest" card is the spirited penguin. I think it is as charming as the first card yet it only uses two stamps and a snowflake!

Thank you so much, Kim, for showing us how to take a stamp set from simple to dressy! Kim will be joining us again next week, but in the meantime, you can find more of Kim's design work on her blog, Joyful Creations with Kim.