Monday, March 30, 2015

New Create-A-Card Dies from Crafter's Companion

Happy Monday Friends!  Today I have a card using one of the new Die'sire Create-A-Card dies from Crafter's Companion called Moroccan Lattice.  I used the die to emboss the background by placing a rubber mat over the cardstock so it wouldn't cut the pattern.  Then I used the die again to trim the inside square and insert.



Crafter's Companion Supplies:
CAC - Moroccan Lattice
Die'Sire Essentials Dies - Squares, Scallop Squares
Embossalicious - Petite Dots
Vintage Floral Sentimentals - Greetings







Friday, March 27, 2015

Taylored Expressions ~ Share Joy Campaign



 Share Joy Campaign ~ 
Each year since 2013, Taylored Expressions does a "Share Joy" Campaign where we partner with an organization to give handmade cards for their great cause.  This year, the new Share Joy campaign is focused on Thinking of You cards to support grieving families in the community.  You can get involved by sending in your cards.  Read all about it by clicking on the photo below.




Every person who participates will be entered into a drawing to win one of three prize packs! The prize packs are identical with each pack including the following items:

Cloudy Days Embossing Folder
Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack
Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp & Die Combo
Build a Scene - Rolling Clouds set of dies

Please have your package postmarked by May 8 in order to qualify for the drawing, however, we will continue to accept donations beyond this date. Prize pack winners will be announced on May 18th. 

Share Joy Sketch & Inspiration

Design team member Jen Shults was kind enough to provide us with a fun sketch for our Share Joy campaign. Feel free to use the sketch if you're looking for a jump start, however, using the sketch is not a requirement for card donations. 



Here's a card I made using the sketch ~ supplies are listed below with links.



Taylored Expressions Supplies:


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gina K Designs ~ Inspiration Blog Hop Day #3

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, 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.

Today I have a quick and simple card using Beth's new Delicate Damask stamp set.  I love how how many ways you can use this beautiful set.  I just trimmed a quick tag and stamped the large image from the set slightly off center.  Added a sentiment and trim to the tag.  Then I added a bow, some gold pearl gems and added the tag to a cardbase... voila ~ super simple.  The patterned paper is from Crafter's Companion and matches the stamped image perfectly.


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

Beth Silaika – Illustrator of Delicate Damask


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gina K Designs ~ Inspiration Blog Hop Day #2

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to Day #2 of our 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.

Today we are featuring Theresa's new set called Elegant Florals 2.  There are so many lovely images in this set, I didn't know which one to pick up first!



To begin coloring with my Spectrum Noir Markers, I started with the stem using LG2, LG4 and LG5.  I began with the LG5 and added it just along the left edge, then added LG4 and used LG2 to blend them together.



Next, I used a grouping of coral colors in the CR color family for the flowers.  I started with the flower buds and used a CR4 marker along the base and outside edge.

Next I added CR3 marker and kept going over the bud until it blended as I liked it.


For a bit deeper color, I added just a touch of CR7 at the base and edge of each bud & then added more CR3 to soften and blend.


For the larger flowers, I selected more colors from the Coral (CR) color family.



I started with CR11 in the center of the flower.


Added CR8 working my way out from the center toward the edges of the petals.


Then I added CR7

And finally added CR7.  To pick up some of the darker corals, I used a blender pen in the middle of each petal to lighten up the look.  As you are coloring, don't be afraid to add more color and re-blend colors... sometimes it is trial and error until you get the look you like.


Here is the list of colors I used for my flowers.


I added some Stickles to the center of my flowers, but I like how the coral shades turned out.


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

Theresa MomberElegant Florals 2


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gina K Designs ~ Inspiration Blog Hop Day #1

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  blog 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 card today, I used Melanie's new set called Triple Play Frame for the frame, the flowers and the sentiment. 


I decided that for this card, I was going to focus on the 3 framed circles from the large frame stamp and trim the rest of the frame away.


I used Spectrum Noir IB2, to color the outside of the frame.


Next, I used DR3 to color the rings of the circles,


and BT3 to fill in the open spots between the circles.

The nice thing about Spectrum Noir markers, is that you can make anything match your projects.  I wanted matching ribbon, so I colored some of the white sheer ribbon with my IB2 marker.

I also wanted my rhinestones to match, so I colored the clear gems with my DR3 Spectrum Noir marker.


Here are the 3 Spectrum Noir markers I used for my project today.


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

I'll be back tomorrow with a new Spectrum Noir Coloring Tutorial!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Crafter's Companion & HSN Team Up!

The Co-Founder of Crafter's Companion, Sara Davies, is coming across the pond from the UK to share more goodies on Home Shopping Network (#HSNCrafts).  The shows will air tomorrow, March 24th, and the US designers have been hard at work making beautiful things for Sara to share.  



I made this pretty basket using Sheena Douglass Perfect Partner stamp sets & dies and colored the images with Spectrum Noir Markers.  Supply list below.



Supply List:
Construction Cardstock 12x16
The Ultimate Tool
Boxer Board
Sheena Douglass - Brambles Stamp Set; Birds of a Feather (sentiment)
Sheena Douglass Decorative Metal Die - Brambles
Spectrum Noir Markers - CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4, HB1, HB2, HB3, LV1, LV2, LV3
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - 57, 58, 59, 81

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Fling with Taylored Expressions and Tombow!

Hi everyone, if you’re following the Taylored Expressions and Tombow Spring Fling Blog Hop, then you should have arrived from Jennifer Priest's Blog.  We have partnered up for a fun, two day, blog hop!  And what’s a blog hop without a giveaway?  Take a look at the TWO prize packs down near the bottom of my post.  


But first... check out my projects!



Using the Taylored Expressions Sack-It Lamb die set along with the Sack-It To You box die and the fabulous TE Felt (links and colors listed below), I made this fun little Easter Gift Basket.


After cutting out all of the pieces & embossing the box, I used Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive and Mono Liquid Glue to attach everything together.




The Tombow Liquid Glue has a duel tip ~ one for large areas and a pen tip for small items.



For my second project today ~ I made a gate fold card with the Tombow Hook & Loop Tabs.


I used the super sweet Somebunny Loves You Stamp set and matching dies for the front of my Gate Fold card.


The inside of the card using the Tag-A-Long Easter Stamps and Dies.



The Tombow Hook & Loop Tabs for the closure.


Then I used the Tombow Foam Tape to pop up the sentiment and images.

Enter to Win: Ready to hop into Spring? We've got TWO terrific prizes for TWO lucky winners to help you get started! To enter, leave some love on our participating designer Spring Fling Blog Hop {links below} project posts by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. For each comment, you'll receive an entry to win one of two prize packs from TE and Tombow! We'll pick two winners at random. Here's what you can win:

Prize Pack #1: TE For Peep’s Sake Matched Kit, For Peep’s Sake Sequins, 
Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder

Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean



Would you like even more inspiration?  Here are the "hoppers" from yesterday!

Friday
TE Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/
Shelly Mercado: http://shellypop.com/
Beth Watson: http://bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com/
Joan Ervin: http://stampingwithapassion.blogspot.com/
Daniella Hayes-: http://www.daniellahayes.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jennie Garcia: http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/
Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/



Taylored Expressions Supplies for Project #1:



  Taylored Expressions Supplies for Project #2



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