Good Wednesday morning. Today I’m joining forces with 40 paper crafting designers to celebrate the 10th year birth of Taylored Expressions business. You can find all the information about this fun celebration and the full list of designers on the Taylored Expressions blog post. Taylor’s September release is full of fun birthday stamp and die sets and you can find the complete release listed here.
I had lots of fun creating this tropical scene using the Build a Scene Tropical Die Set and Tropical Trio Stamp and Die Set. I loved using all the different foliage and palm tree dies to create the base of the scene. The flamingos were fun to feature in the scene along with the “Happy Bird-Day” sentiment place on the sun.
I have enjoyed using Taylor’s products for years. When I began writing my post I decided to go and check out my Taylored Expressions category and found 54 projects using her products over the years. There are way too many TE projects for me to share on my blog today so I decided to share two that I made when I was a guest designer on Taylor’s blog.
I loved creating this fun shade tree window scene for one of my guest designer posts. I created a see thru window and modified the Shade Tree cutting plate by removing the frame and trimming the leaves. I knew the window scene would not be complete without a few flower pots and a garden of flowers around the base of the tree and window.
I had a wonderful time making this fall project for another of my guest designer appearances on Taylor’s blog. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Taylor creates the most wonderful cutting plates. I have so many of them in my stash and I can’t even imagine trying to pick a favorite. This project was made using several different die sets and I love the outcome.
Share Joy Campaign
At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here: https://tayloredexpressions.com/share-joy.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Taylored Expressions project and I know you will love hopping over to the TE blog to see the complete list of designers taking place in this wonderful family reunion to celebrate Taylor and her business.
Build a Scene – Tropical Die Set -…
Tropical Trio Stamp & Die Combo Stamp…
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock, Easter…
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Worn Lipstick
Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo
PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Inky Antics Stencils, Cloud
Studio 490 Embossing Paste by Wendy…
Paper Edger Scissors-Deckle
Susan’s Garden 4pcs. all metal tool set
Large Molding Pad (6.5″ X 12″/16.5mm…
My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched…
My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser…
Be Creative Tape, 7mm (3/10″)
Be Creative Tape, 15mm (3/5″)
Be Creative Tape, 25mm (1″)
Be Creative Tape, 5mm (1/4″)
Be Creative Tape, 3mm (1/8″)
EK Tools, Precision 5 Inch Scissors…
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Glue Dots, 3/8″ (4029)
Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
Glue Dots, Micro (1/8″)
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
Ranger Accents, Mini Glossy Accents
Ranger Accents, Glossy Accents
Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Glue, 4 oz.
Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)
Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
Teflon Bone Folder
Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine…
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
Scor-Pal Glitter Clean-Up Cloth
Memory Box Dies, Metal Adaptor Plate
Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic…
Sizzix Accessory – Precision Base…
Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt…
Good Monday afternoon. I’ve had painters here all day today so I am posting late again. I recently purchased the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate and couldn’t wait to use it with a flower project. I’m mostly making Christmas cards right now so I pulled out my Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set and Holly Flourish.
I cut the frames and attached them to the card base using mounting tape. I cut all the flower sections and holly using white cardstock and colored them using Distress Inks and mini applicators. The flower was colored using Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick. The foliage was colored using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. I formed the flowers and foliage using my stylus and molding pat and attached the sections together using glossy accents.I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue to the petals, leaves and holly with my finger (it’s messy but worth it) and dipped them in the Rock Candy glitter. I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.
I attached the flower and foliage to the card base using glossy accents and then tucked the pieces of holly under the flower and attached with glossy accents. I love the white ornate frame and background and how it allows the floral arrange pop. I wish the sparkle on the flower showed better in the photo. It is wonderful in person.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great evening.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Thursday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge. The challenge today was to create a card based on inspiration found in our home. It’s easy to be inspired by my three cats and my new baby puppy. I must like black and white animals because that is the main theme in my house now. So I created a cat scene with three white cats with black spots and tails.
I have always loved cats and dogs and feel like my home would not feel like home to me without them.
Toby 9 years old and Cassie 15 years old
Sophie 9 years old
We got Cody when he was eight weeks and have had him for almost a month. I promised myself that I would get a puppy when I retired and could be home to be a good mom and train him properly. He is an absolute joy and a monster all tied up into one precious companion. He’s lots of work but I know it is worth it. And by the way…..my cats are actually tolerating him…..pretty well. LOL!
I attached the grass and tree to the back of the frame using double stick tape. I sponged on a blue sky background on the bard base and then attached the whole frame over it with thin strips of mounting tape. I used my stylus and molding pad to form the tiny flowers and attached them to the tree using glossy accents.
I colored the cats using a black Copic marker and attached them in the scene using pieces of mounting tape. The birds were attached to the tree using tiny pieces of mounting tape.
I hope you don’t mind me sharing my pet pictures since they were the inspiration for my card today. I hope you are enjoying your week and I’m sure you are looking forward to the weekend. Happily for me I don’t have to go to work any more so every day feels like a weekend day.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Sunday morning. I have a Belleek Inspired project to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals Die Set, Impression Obsession Ornament Flourish , Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Taylored Expressions Damask Embossing Folder. Check out my Belleek Inspired step by step tutorial if you would like to know more about how I made this background.
I used a brayer to apply ink to the front inside of the embossing folder, inserted the cardstock and ran through my Big Shot. This technique creates such a beautiful background and is perfect to use with s simple floral arrangement like I created today. I showed a few step by step photos on how I cut in the petals of the flower to create more dimension on my Sparkly Rustic Botanicals project this past week. I let the Ornament Flourish set play double duty today by using just the pretty flourish sections of the set to embellish the flower and leaves.
The embossed layer was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. The scalloped frame was attached using thin strips of mounting tape. The flower, leaves and flourish pieces were all attached using glossy accents. I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center. This was a very fast and easy project to make yet it looks like it was lots more involved. Shhhh! You don’t have to share that information with the card recipient.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Saturday morning. I realized this morning that I haven’t really made many poinsettia projects this holiday season. Making dimensional flowers is one of my favorite techniques and poinsettias are so pretty on Christmas cards. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. Our inspiration this week is a Ceramic Art site on Pinterest and I was inspired by a floral vase. I created the poinsettia with the Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set along with the Pine Pair, Holly Flourish, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and the Taylored Expression Holly Embossing Folder.
I used the Belleek Inspired technique to create my cream and white holly embossed background. I applied Antique Linen ink to my brayer and tolled it on the inside front of the embossing folder, inserted the white cardstock and ran through my Big Shot. I attached the embossed layer to the card base using ATG adhesive and then attached the frame using thin strips of mounting tape. I formed the poinsettia petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the flowers together using glossy accents. I cut several pieces of pine and a two sections of the holly flourish to create my floral arrangement.
I attached a few of the pine branches to the card base using glossy accents to create a base for the poinsettia. I attached the poinsettia with a good amount of glossy accents and then tucked more pine branches and the holly sprigs around to to complete the arrange and added a pearl to the center of the poinsettia to finish. I decided I wanted to add sparkle to the flower and foliage so I applied Cosmic glitter glue to all the pieces with my finger and then sprinkled generously with clear glitter. Applying glitter after the piece is finished creates a mess but it was worth it. I love how pretty and sparkly everything is. Too bad it doesn’t show that well in the photos.
I tried a special filter setting on my camera to take a couple shots of my card and really liked how it turned out so I thought I would share it on my post. I am technically challenged with my camera so always use the basic auto setting when I take my shots. Let’s just say I was surprised when I ventured out to use a different setting and came up with something so pretty and interesting. LOL!
Have you seen the big 40% off Year End Overstock Sale at Ellen Hutson. You definitely should check it out.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Sunday morning. My project today is a little out of my wheelhouse. I love seeing how others use sequins on their projects but I’ve never thought they would work well with my card making style. I thought I would throw caution to the wind and give it a try and ordered a few of the Pretty Pink Posh holiday and winter sets. I used the Holiday Shimmer Mix on my card today to embellish Julie’s Bird Shapes and Taylored Expressions Holly Embossing Folder.
I attached the embossed holly layer to the card base using strips of mounting tape. I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and glitter to the holly leaves, allowed them to dry and attached them to the neck of the dove. I attached sequins to the neck of the dove using glossy accents. I used mounting tape to attach the dove to the card base.
My plan was to have the whole card be white on white with the only color being the holly and sequins but I didn’t really like it. I decided to add just a couple of sequins to the background but ended up adding more than I really should have. I just couldn’t seem to stop myself. I think this is a pretty card but it is definitely a case where less may have been better. LOL! With that said I have to say how much I love the bird image.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.
Card size” 5.50” x 4.25”