Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog Design Team: Have Yourself a Merry Little Weekend

Happy Friday, crafty friends! We are enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers and happy memories of another chance to get together with friends and family. Now that Turkey Day is over, we are really heading into the Christmas season! Today, Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess is sharing an absolutely adorable card to take us into the weekend.

Wanda's Notes:  When the stamp set Woodland Winter first came out I knew I was going to use it over and over again. The creatures are so adorable! And, now there are matching dies! So, this crazy and bright card was inspired by the stamp set, and also the new Snowfall Embossing Folder

Wanda's Notes: I die cut my snow globe die first, and then ran it back through my Big Shot with the embossing folder. (Wanda's Tip:  always cut first, emboss second - that way your raised embossing doesn't get flattened.)

Wanda'S Notes: I picked out some matching Copics to color my deer and owl - too fun in their purple hats! For the snow globe, I gently inked around the edge using a sponge dauber and distress ink. Then I went back and added tiny bits of glitter.

Wanda's Notes: I was inspired by the yummy patterned paper to create in non-traditional colors. Don't be afraid to put colors together that you wouldn't immediately think to pair and you might just be pleasantly surprised by the results!

Wanda's Notes:
This card was so fun to make! So happy to share it with you, and hope you are inspired to use some sparkle in your Winter crafting.

Thanks so much, Wanda, for cozying up our week! Be sure to check out Wanda's blog, A Blog Called Wanda to see more of her beautiful work. Have a joyful weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate to the TE

Hello crafty friends!

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 designer Kay Miller's gorgeous poinsettia card, be sure to visit HERE.

Thank you to all who shared your most recent joyful moment! It was so uplifting to read all of your comments!

Our lucky winner is:

cm said...
Kay, I'll second, third and fourth all the accolades your card has received! It's stunning, and the tips for adding dimension, totally 'user friendly'! My most recent 'joyful' moment was a compliment given to me by one of my teaching colleagues; she let me know that some of our 'at-risk' students consider me their 'safe person'. My heart grew 10 times bigger in hearing that!

Congratulations! Please email us to claim your prize!

Guest Blogger: Falling For You with Kim Singdahlsen

It's our final day with Guest Blogger, designer Kim Singdahlsen and we have absolutely loved having her with us this month sharing her beautiful creations. Her eye for style and wonderful photos have really inspired us (and she's really nice, too!) Today she has created a set of coordinating cards that show how to take a seasonal stamp set and make it work year round!

Plus, to thank Kim for all her amazing work, we are giving away the stamp set she used on today's projects! Keep reading for details...

Kim's Notes: My favorite time to craft is autumn. I love fall colors and themes - there is nothing better than a richly colored fall leaf and if there's an acorn, it's even better!  My crafting budget is heavily skewed toward fall stamps, but this also means that I need to use my fall sets throughout the year. 

Kim's Notes
: The set Falling for You makes this really easy. I have created a Fall card, but then I also wanted to show how the same set and the same layout can be used for a Springtime thank you and for a Teacher thank you.  

Kim's Notes: My favorite style or layout for crafting is to create small scenes.  I love clusters of images with the sentiment tucked in in some creative way. Besides the stamps and coordinating dies, I used two Taylored Expressions products to accomplish this. I love the Banner Stacklets 2 dies - they are a unique shape and really eye-catching. I also used the Hexagon Cutting Plate, but in order to focus on my little scene, I trimmed it down to fit in one corner.

Thank you so much, Kim, for showing us how to really get the most out of a stamp set and for being so delightful all month long. You can catch Kim's design work on her blog, Joyful Creations with Kim.

Are you feeling inspired to create some joyful year-long? We're giving away a Falling for You stamp set to one lucky winner!
How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the person you are most thankful for by Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win our Falling for You stamp set and announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blog Design Team: Shine Bright!

Good day to you, crafty friends! It's Thanksgiving week for us here in the U.S., so we're prepping for family and full stomachs come Thursday. Today we have our friend from across the pond, Blog Team designer Caryn Davies, who is in full Christmas mode with this sweet and pretty card!

Caryn's Notes: I just love the new Sweater Weather cutting plate released by Taylored Expressions for the holidays - I just can't seem to put it down! (If you missed Caryn's previous post about this cutting plate, you can catch it HERE.)

Caryn's Notes: Today I have a fun festive card featuring this super-versatile cutting plate and paired it with the fun Deck The Halls stamp set. I started with a white A2 card base and die-cut the cutting plate from white cardstock.  
Caryn's Tip: For a tone-on-tone look for the background that won't detract from the focal image, leave all the die-cut pieces intact.

Caryn's Notes: I stamped the image from Deck The Halls onto white card and then die cut it using the Banner Stacklets die set. I colored the design with Copics and for a bit of twinkle added some gold shimmer and glossy accents to the little fairy lights. 

Caryn's Notes: I wrapped a bit of gold thread around the top of the banner before adhering to the card from with foam tape.  

Thanks so much, Caryn, for sharing your sweet card with us. It's nice to take a moment from the rush of getting ready for a big holiday just to enjoy something pretty and inspiring! You can see more of Caryn's work on her blog, Glitter Me Silly.