Monday, May 25, 2015

Welcome Back!

We are delighted to announce some new additions to our incredible design team! Joining the TE Creative Team are the very talented Michele Boyer and Melody Rupple. If one or both these ladies seem familiar to you, it's because Michele was one of our favorite Guest Designers and Melody once served on our design team. We are so thrilled to welcome them back to the TE family and to the Creative Team. They will be creating for our upcoming June Release and you are in for a treat. Please join us in welcoming back Michele and Melody!

Michele Boyer
Blog: Paper Cuts
Michele makes her home in northern Virginia with her husband and two busy teenagers. When not creating or running between school or sports events, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, gardening and watching hockey. She has always had an interest in some sort of craft, from cross stitching to knitting to drawing. Long ago, a friend invited her to a home crafting party. Once she put that first stamp to paper, she never looked back. Michele loves stamping and the many techniques that go along with it. She also loves coloring (with Copics), and she considers herself lucky that the two go hand-in-hand.

Here is a darling shadowbox card Michele created using our Green Acres stamp set. We love the fun-loving scene she created!

Melody Rupple
Blog: A Paper Melody
Melody lives in beautiful San Diego, California with her husband and their four daughters. She works in the Accounting/Management Information System field. When she is not in her craft room, she loves to travel and take photos, and take walks on the beach. Melody has been involved in something creative since her teens when she made simple scrapbooks and learned to sew. She continued to scrapbook for her girls, and once she discovered stamping, mixed media, and blogging, she was hooked! Melody considers herself fortunate to design for some fabulous companies and is very excited to be returning to Taylored Expressions!

This beautiful card Melody created using our Lavender Bouquet and Lavender Bouquet Die is just lovely.

Our June Release Week begins Monday, June 1, so come back for all our Release Week festivities!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Design Team: Let's Do a Fly By...

Happy Friday, crafty friends! This week has just flown by, and today's card from Blog Team designer Kay Miller, has got the idea of 'flying by' down pat. Check out her darling card below...

Plus, let's zoom into this weekend with a giveaway! Read on for details...

And now, let's hear from Kay about her project...

Ladybugs are one of the very few bugs that I actually think are cute! Aside from ladybugs and butterflies, all other bugs fall into the creepy category for me. This card features an adorable ladybug created with the cute Bugs & Balloons stamp and die combo set.

I started with a top folding white card and cut a piece of the blue dotted patterned paper to 4 x 5-1/4 inches and glued that down. I next cut out a white piece of card stock to 4 x 5-1/4 and, using the Rolling Clouds die, cut off the top right corner. I adhered that to the dotted paper using foam tape. This created my 'cloudy sky'.

Next, I assembled my little ladybug. I cut the body out of the pink dotted paper and then I used the same circle die to cut the wings. After cutting the light pink circle out, I moved the die over to one side of the circle and cut again, creating the wing shape. I glued these to the body and added some white dots with my gel pin. I cut the head out of Poppyseed card stock and glued that to the body. 

Next I cut out the swirly curlies, the greenery and the flowers. I stamped the sentiment from the Bugs and Balloons set onto the white cloud panel then added the ladybug and flowers with foam tape. I tucked the greenery and the light blue swirl underneath the ladybug with just a dab of glue. Last I added a few Doodlebug Sprinkles. I hope you have enjoyed learning how I created this card. (The ladybug would be really cute created in black and red too!)

Thank you so much, Kay, for sharing your beautiful ladybug card with us today! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Have a wonderful weekend, crafty friends! Be sure to check out our giveaway below!

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about your best or worst bug experience by Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a Bugs & Balloons Stamp & Die Combo! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog Design Team: Hats Off to You

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer shows off just how fun it is to peruse Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing. She's got a fantastic graduation card to share with us today. Check it out...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...

While browsing Pinterest recently, I ran across a cute graduation gift idea from the magazine Good Housekeeping: a box filled with dollar bills rolled up and tied like diplomas. I couldn’t wait to incorporate that idea into a card.
The graduation cap is die-cut with the Grad Cap die. Do you see the embossed edge around the mortarboard? I love that!
As a background for the cap and diploma, I stamped the Graphic Greetings Graduate sentiment stamp in VersaMark onto Salt Water Taffy card stock and heat embossed in white. I layered the focal point piece onto some distressed vellum, and then onto a yellow polka dot pattern paper panel. 
For embellishments, I added two different types of wood veneer stars, along with a button tied off with some linen thread. 
What’s your favorite graduation gift to give? Do you give money or prefer to give a purchased gift? Either way, you can create a card to help your graduate really celebrate!
Thank you for sharing such a cool idea picked up from Pinterest, Amy! You can check out the Taylored Expressions Pinterest boards here and you can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winners: Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder!


Here are the random winners of our Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder prize packs from Wanda Guest's post. If you missed Wanda's wonderful friendship card, visit HERE!

We loved reading all about the amazing best friends in your lives!

Our lucky winners are:

Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize packs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Design Team: A Lifetime Together

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing a lovey card that shows a simple technique for highlighting our Bistro Lights Cutting Plate. Check it out below!

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...
I just adore the beautiful Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, and I knew the minute I saw it that it would go to the very top of my wishlist. It's so pretty and perfect for any celebration.

To highlight this beautiful die, I decided to cut two panels of cardstock using the die: one from white cardstock and the other from teal. By slightly off-setting the lower die cut panel, it highlights the 'bistro lights' and is a simple way to add extra dimension. 

To adhere the two panels together, I cut off the top and bottom edges of the white die-cut layer so that it wouldn't be showing around the frame of the card. I then adhered the layers together.

I love the look of graduated color and it adds a subtle interest to the background of this card. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Dried Marigold Distress Ink were sponged on a layer of Sugar Cube cardstock with sponge daubers. At the bottom of the panel, I stamped an anniversary sentiment from the In & Out Wedding stamp set. When using the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, this is the perfect place to add a sentiment as it is an open area.

To finish off the card, I added in some embellishments and die cut hearts using the Cupid's Arrows die set. The classic heart shapes in this set are ones I love designing with and go back to again and again.
Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this lovely anniversary card! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful week!