Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog Design Team: True Blue Valentine

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton shows us how to tone down the 'girlie' for a Valentine's project that uses non-traditional blue! Check things out below...



Julia's Notes: I love all the pinks and reds of Valentine's Day, but as a mom with many boys, my sons tend to get a little overwhelmed by all that pink! My solution was to create a card and garland that was still sweet and fun but toned down on the 'girlie' side of things with some cool blue.




Julia's Notes: To create this design, I embossed 2/3 of the main panel cut from Salt Water Taffy cardstock.


Julia's Notes: Many of the Taylored Expressions sequin sets can be used for more than one holiday and I've pulled out the clear, silver and pink sequins from the Gingerbread Lane bottle and used them as accents for this valentine design. The Lots of Dots Embossing Folder is perfect for adding in sequins onto some of the embossed dots. (Hint: Glossy Accents makes the perfect adhesive for this.)


Julia's Notes: I've also created a fun coordinating garland to this set for some sweet holiday decor accents. The garland is created from Salt Water Taffy; I punched 1.5" circles. Die-cut hearts, words and arrows were cut from silver foil paper and Strawberry Milkshake cardstock using the February Script and Cupid's Arrows dies.  After adhering the die-cut accents, I stitched the garland together with my sewing machine. I like to leave about 5 stitches between each circle to allow a little space. Make sure you leave a long thread tail on each end of the garland for hanging!


Thanks so much, Julia for sharing your true blue Valentine ideas! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Tune in tomorrow for pretty felt project from Lea Lawson!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Design Team: Love, Love, Love

Hi there, crafty friends! Today we've got a very pretty card from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer, who is sharing how she used our Hearts A Flutter Cutting Plate to make a quick, but lovely, card.

Plus, to help you recreate Amy's card, we're giving away the cutting plate she used! Keep reading for details on how to enter...


Amy's Notes: My heart’s a-flutter for the Hearts A Flutter cutting plate! Today I have a pretty and easy-to-make card for Valentine's Day.


Amy's Notes: After die-cutting a Sugar Cube panel with this cutting plate, I cut out just the large heart using the largest heart die from the Heart Stacklets set.


Amy's Notes:  I mounted the heart to a gray card stock heart backing to enhance the shadows created by the fluttering hearts. I colored over all the fluttering hearts with a clear Wink of Stella pen, sponged a little bit of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink along the very bottom, then curled up the edges of selected hearts.


Amy's Notes: I adhered the word “love” in three different colors, with a matching heart for each as well. The rest of the card features a minimalist, white-on-white design with pops of color.


Amy's Notes: The background is dry embossed with a woodgrain folder (hint: be on the lookout for some woodgrain in a future TE release!), and two layers of paper doilies add a little ruffle to the bottom of the heart. Last, I tied on some metallic twine and topped off the bow with two more hearts from the Hearts A Flutter cutting plate. Foam adhesive and texture are great ways to keep an all-white design from looking flat. Here, I’ve popped up the woodgrain background panel as well as the large heart with foam tape.

Would you like to try recreating Amy's card? To get you started, we're giving away a Hearts A Flutter Cutting Plate to one lucky winner!



How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the last time your heart was set a-flutter by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a Hearts A Flutter Cutting Plate! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

You can find more of Amy's wonderful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store!

Hello!

Here's the random winner of the $25 gift certificate to the TE store from last week's Comment to Win prize giveaway. If you missed Blog Team member, Lea Lawson's stunning white on white with a pop of gold creation, be sure to visit HERE to see it!

We loved to hear what you're all eyeing in the TE store! Thank you to all who shared your wish lists!

Our lucky winner is:

Meghan said...
I just love new Rolling Clouds dies! White on white with that pop of gold is just gorgeous!

Congratulations! Please email us (support@tayloredexpressions.com) to claim your prize.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Punny Love Valentine Treat Bags

Hey there, crafty friends! Every year I set a goal to complete Valentine treats anytime before the 'day before Valentine's Day' and yet every year I find myself in my studio on February 13th. Well, this year I'm proud to say my girls' Valentine treats are complete and it's not even February yet! I can't wait to share them with you in hopes that you'll be inspired to create something special for your coworkers, friends, and family!


I started with paper bags that I found at our local dollar store (Dollar Tree in case you have one near you). They came in a pack of three for a $1 and they're large enough to hold lots of treats. They came in several cute prints, but of course I couldn't leave them plain.


I was inspired by the cute scene that Kim created recently on this card and I decided to use the 3x4 Part of my Heart die to house my Little Bits scenes. I cut out several in both Strawberry Milkshake and Sugar Cube cardstock and then reversed the heart and the inner portion so each die cut was a mix of pink and white.


I hand cut the green grass using a polka dot patterned paper from the Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack. The fox was cut out using Sugar Cube and Pumpkin cardstock. I'll admit, I added the nose with a marker instead of die cutting since I was making a bunch of these. To finish it off I stamped the sentiment from Punny Love in the bottom corner.


I followed the same basic steps for the 'bee bag'. The yellow polka dot pattern of the bee's body is also from the Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack and the sentiment from Punny Love as well.


And last but not least, the pretty fawn. I cut her from Toffee Crunch cardstock. I cut the eye from Sugar Cube, adhered it to the fawn, and colored the front portion with black marker.

The bags came with some really horrible satin bows on them (that didn't match) so I ripped them off and replaced them with a die cut bow from Mix & Match Bows and a Doodlebug Sprinkle in the middle.



I must say the best part of this whole process was having Madi help me put all the treats inside each bag! She had a big smile on her face as she dropped chocolate hearts, fruit snacks, tattoos, and more inside. The only disappointment for her is that she has to wait before she can give them to her friends!

So what are you planning to do for your Valentine treats this year? I'd love to hear about it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!