Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Design Team: Spooky Trees or Winter Trees?

Hey there, crafty friends! Happy Halloween! Today we have something really fun from Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess!. Today, she's showing us how to take our Spooky Trees Cutting Plate to create two completely (yet equally) fabulous seasonal projects!

Plus, to help you try your hand at creating your own cards as beautiful as Wanda's, we're giving away a Spooky Trees Cutting Plate! Keep reading for details...




Wanda's Notes:  Hi everyone! Wanda here to showcase one of my favorite new Cutting Plates, Spooky Trees! This die is so beautiful and I’m going to show you just how versatile it can be.



Wanda's Notes: I’ve made two almost identical cards, but with very different color schemes. Both of my cards are flat, too, for mass production for your holidays and for easy mailing.



Wanda's Notes: When I first saw this die, it did not immediately look spooky to me…instead, I saw a beautiful white winter forest. So I made one card in white and one in black. I used some pretty silver metallic paper underneath for some pizazz. I really had fun adding some accents and pretty sentiments.


Wanda's Notes: For the Holiday Card I used some pretty holly stamps and dies and some elegant and simple enamel dots.




Wanda's Notes: For the Halloween card I took the awesome Spider Web Border Die and cut it into little pieces to fit amongst the trees. (That makes them even spookier!)


Wanda's Notes: Happy Halloween! Now you can keep this fun Cutting Plate out and create some holiday fun!

Don't forget that next week is Release Week! New products will be hitting the TE shelves and you won't want to miss out on any of the fun. Join us back here on the Blog on Monday for sneak peeks, giveaways, and more!


How to Enter: To enter to win a Spooky Trees Cutting Plate, leave a comment below telling us about the last time you were spooked by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, November 2, 2014. We'll choose a winner at random and announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guest Blogger: Kittie Caracciolo Day 3

We have been so lucky to have the incredibly talented  Kittie Caracciolo as this month's Guest Blogger. She has been delighting us all month long with her incredible die-cut scenes. If you missed her other creations, be sure to check theme out HERE and HERE! Today is Kittie's last guest post with us and she is serving up another spectacular work of art...



Kittie used our Display Window and our Shade Tree Cutting Plate as the main elements of her card. Be sure to leave Kittie some love by telling us all what the view is outside your window!

Kittie's card reminds us not to be afraid to separate pieces of a die to suit your creative needs. Kittie created her tree by cutting the Shade Tree itself away from its frame, attaching a hand-cut "extension" of its trunk to allow for a vertical card. (Hint: cover the extension seam with some strategically placed elements as Kittie did with the birdhouse and vines.)


To create a "see-through" window, Kittie used a die-cut of the window as a template, drawing cutting lines and then using a craft knife to cut away an opening. She then die-cut two windows, attaching one window to her card base with mounting tape. Next, she attached drapes from our Window Accessories on the inside of the window opening and attached the second window over the inside opening on the inside of the card to cover the raw cut edges.


Thank you so much, Kittie, for sharing your creative joy with us! You can find more of Kittie's incredible design work on her blog, Kittie Kraft.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Winner: Birch Tree Cutting Plate!

Hello crafty friends!

Here's the random winner of the Birch Tree Cutting Plate from last week's Comment to Win prize giveaway. If you missed Guest Blogger Kittie Caracciolo's amazing fall card, be sure to visit HERE.

Thanks to all who commented and shared the stories of the last time you were in the woods! Your responses ranged from recent adventures to "it's been awhile" since you've been in the woods. We enjoyed hearing all of them!

Our lucky winner is:

Kathleen Spaeth said...
What a beautiful card! We took ourselves, and our Trailer, to a quiet State Park (abutting the Cape Cod Canal) in MA. We greatly enjoyed walking through the woods and marveling at all the changing leaves. New England is lovely in the Fall!

Congratulations! Please email us to claim your prize!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog Design Team: Thankful For You

Hey there, crafty friends! We hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week has gotten off to a great start. Fall is definitely in the air and today we have a bright, fun Fall card for you from Blog Team designer, Kay Miller!


Kay's Notes: Hello! I am back to share another colorful fall card using one of my very favorite Taylored Expressions dies, the Color Block Cutting Plate. I have to make a card with this die for every season, because it’s just so darn fun to fill all those little squares up with colorful papers and dies!


Kay's Notes: For this card, I chose a Fall theme and used tons of bright, happy colored patterned paper. I just love the designs, and I didn’t want to cover them all up with lots of dies, so I chose to just fill in the boxes with the cute patterned papers and add my sentiment and dies to just one block.


Kay's Notes: I first cut out just the outline of the die and glued that down to my card base. Next I cut out each square of the die with several of the papers from the pad. (Kay's Tip: I used my scissors to cut out a piece just a tad bit bigger than the block in the die, so as to save my paper, since I only needed one block of each design.) I glued all my papers into the frame.


Kay's Notes: Next I cut out the Curly Swirlies die and glued that down with a bit of glue. I used this die so I would have something to anchor my leaves to; I didn’t want them just floating on the card. Next, I die cut the leaves out of the bright matching colors and adhered them with foam tape.


Kay's Notes: And last but not least, I stamped the sentiment on the Label it die cut, adhered it to the card with foam tape and added a few little embellishments for fun!

Thanks so much, Kay, for this cheerful and pretty Fall card project! Visit Kay's blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her die-cut inspiration!