Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Sheena Stencils: Burst

Hi Friends!  The Crafter's Companion designers are excited today because there is a new release!  The new Sheena Douglass stencils are coming out later today & they are loads of fun!

On my card, I used the Burst stencil and sponged Memento Tangelo ink on it.  Then I moved the stencil and sponged it again.  After that, I used my Clouds Embossalicious Folder and ran the sunny yellow cardstock through my embossing machine.  The sentiment is from the Sentimentals set called Vintage Floral Phrases.



Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

you & me...

Today, I have a fun Valentine to share using some great Crafter's Companion products!  I used a the Sentimentals set called Imagine for the "You & Me" sentiment and inked them with Memento Inks in Angel Pink and Rose Bud.  Then trimmed the circles using the Die'sire Essentials Circle Dies.   I backed the sentiment on the beautiful Die'sire Decorative Dies Circle Doilies and added a little bling.




Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TE: Forever & Always Pinterest Inspired

Lots of love around the blog lately huh?  Well... Valentine's Day is one of my very favorite holidays to make cards and treats.  I simply {love, love, love} everything about the day ~ the colors, the hearts, the bling, the treats... LOVE IT!  So for my Taylored Expressions Pinterest card this month, I just HAD to pick a Valentine's Day card to inspire me & decided to do a blinged out shaker card!



As the front of my shaker card, I used the 3x4 Pockets & Pages Part of My Heart die and added sentiments from the P&P February Script die set.  The sequins, patterned paper, and cardstock are all from the Formula for Love Matched Kit.



My Pinterest inspired card was from this great shaker card by Jen Shults.   Make sure you check out the Taylored Expressions Pinterest Boards for lots of great inspiration!



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Monday, January 26, 2015

i love you...

Hi Friends... welcome to a new week!  Hope it is starting off well and it will be a week of fresh new opportunities!

Today, I have a fun Valentine to share using some great Crafter's Companion products!  I used a the Sentimentals set called Imagine for the "i Love You" sentiment and then trimmed the heart using the Die'sire Essentials Heart Dies.  I embossed it using the Decorative Heart Embossalicious Folder and then used Memento Luxe - Wedding Dress White ink to make the pattern stand out.  For the cardbase, I used Kraft Cardstock and then my Spectrum Noir DR4 pen to make the splatter.



Supplies from Crafter's Companion:
Kraft Cardstock
Spectrum Noir - DR4
Die'sire Essentials Dies: Circles, Hearts
Sentimentals Set: Imagine
Embossalicious Folder: Decorative Heart
Ink: Memento Luxe - Wedding Dress; Memento - Love Letter


Friday, January 23, 2015

Crafter's Companion Stencils from Sheena Douglass

Happy Friday Peeps!  Today I'm sharing a super clean & simple look using a new Sheena Douglass stencil that is coming soon from Crafter's Companion!  Super pretty huh?  This stencil is called Wildflowers.    



For the vibrant color, I used Memento Luxe inks in Danube Blue, Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, and Pistachio.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TE: Die Focus Snowflake Border used 3 Different Ways

Hey there friends!  As much as I'm ready to have it be spring on the calendar, it is still January and snowflakes are all around us.  So today, I am featuring the Snowflake Border as my Taylored Expression Die Focus and I used it several different ways ~ I embossed it, trimmed a border and made an embellishment.



I used the embossing mat set and embossed the Snowflake Border on my Toffee card panel 3 times diagonally.  Then I trimmed the same border again in Salt Water Taffy cardstock and attached it to the open spots on the card panel.   For an embellishment, I used the Snowflake Border again and trimmed a snowflake from TE Marshmellow Felt, added a button on top and secured it to my ribbon with Natural Linen Twine.  The final touch is a sentiment from the Winter Wonderland stamp set and trimmed with the Label It Die set.





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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gina K Blog Hop Day #2: Birthday Essentials Stamp TV Kit!

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you back to Day #2 of the fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas again today! As you hop through the blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

So for my project today, I used one of the sets from the Birthday Essentials Stamp TV Kit & it is called Birthday Blessings.  I also used the matching dies ~ wooohooo for matching dies & YES, they are in the kit also!

Step 1:  This time, I actually started with my cardbase in Kraft & then added layers of cardstock in Tomato Soup and peach & drew my inspiration from those lovely colors.   



Step 2: Stamp the flower image on watercolor cardstock in gold ink and embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  (Note: Also stamp the leaves 2 times and trim with dies)

TIP: Since this image has a scallop edge all the way around, I marked one spot on the back of the stamp as the TOP.  I just used a permanent marker on the back of the stamp (not the stamping surface) and made a small mark for reference.  You can mark any spot, I just found an indentation that was easy to spot.


Step 3: After the image is embossed, line up the metal die (I made a small mark on the die in the exact same spot as the stamp so it could be easily lined up when using it again).  Next, trim the image using the die cut machine.


Step 4: Using the cardbase colors, select colors for the flower.  I selected CR3, CR1, and GB2.  Add CR3 randomly to portions of each petal.  Note: CR2 is listed on my card, but I didn't end up using it.


Step 5: Next add CR1 randomly to other portions of the petals.

NOTE: Since this flower has a good deal of detail, no need to worry about getting the petals perfect.  Just randomly add some color.



Step 6: Add GB2 to the entire flower.  The gold mutes the peachy/coral colors just a bit but blends them beautifully.



the finished flower...


Splatter Background with Spectrum Noir Markers!  My friend Jenn Cochran from the Spectrum Noir Team taught me this fun trick!

Step 1: Cut the card panel to the appropriate size, select the marker color (CR1), and find an empty box.


Step 2: Using the Chisel Tip side of the marker, shake the marker downward toward the cardstock.


Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until you get the desired effect.


Here is a close up of the image on the finished card with the pretty sentiment and gold cord.  I love this color combination & will be using it again!



Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!

Theresa MomberIllustrator of Northwoods 2
Lee MurphyMelanie Muenchinger
Sean Fetterman
Tricia Traxler

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gina K Blog Hop Day #1: Stately Flowers!

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

For my project today, I am using the beautiful new set from Melanie Muenchinger called Stately Flowers 9.  Below is a tutorial on how I colored my pretty Black-eyed Susan flowers.


Step 1: Stamp the image on the Kraft cardbase and then again on white cardstock.   Color the stems of the flowers with Spectrum Noir Marker DG2.



Step 2: For some variation of color to the stem, add Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils (058, 059).



Step 3: For the dark brown centers of the flowers, start with EB3 and color the entire area.  Next, add EB5 on the top and side of each.

** Notice the tips of my pens ~ one is the bullet tip and the other I replaced the chisel tip for a brush nib ~ both tips are great ways to color, but I think it is a personal preference.  If you are used to coloring with brush tips, then you may want to switch some of them out on the colors you use the most.  I tend to like using the bullet tips better, but I have changed out a few here and there.



Step 4: Add a bit of TN8 (which is very dark brown) on the very top of each flower center.



Step 5: Working on one flower at a time, use GB7 and add color working from the center of the flower outward.



Step 6: Next, add GB4 overlapping the GB7 so they start to blend.



Step 7: Add GB1 over the entire flower to blend the colors.


Step 8: Add GB6 from the center outward, so there is a bit more contrast.


Here are both flowers finished.



And the Spectrum Noir Colors I used.


Step 9: Trim the colored flowers with detail cutting scissors.


Step 10: Using GB4 marker and color the flowers on the Kraft cardstock.   



Step 11: Attach the flowers with foam dots.  TIP: I like to color the flowers underneath because when I attach the flowers with foam dots, you can see the stamped petals under it.



The view up close...



Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!

Melanie MuenchingerIllustrator of Stately Flowers 9
Debbie CorbariIllustrator of Knit Wit Diva
Tricia Traxler
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