Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Design Team: Congratulations Are in Bloom!

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Blog Design Team member Kay Miller has got an absolutely gorgeous card to share with us today! She used some of our dies to create a bouquet of summery floral fun.

Kay's Notes: I love flower dies! They are so much fun to cut out in pretty colors and layer in different ways. I used the Bloom Where You’re Planted dies for this fun flowery card. This die set is so great because it comes with a cute little flower pot to put your flowers in. If you don’t want to use the pot, there is a stem and leaves, so they can stand alone too.

Kay's Notes: First, I cut the flower dies out of several different colors of card stock, so I would have plenty of layering options. One really fun thing about this set of dies, is that the  two largest of the flower dies fit together to create a little outline around the flower. I love that! Next, I just played with the flowers, layering them with foam tape until I had enough to make a potful.

Kay's Notes: Then I cut out the flower pot and the top rim. I cut the top rim twice, once out of the same color as the pot, and once out of a slightly darker color to layer underneath. It makes it look like it has a shadow. Next I die cut the leaves from Bloom Where You’re Planted and Branches, Banner & Bloom in two different shades of green. Then I die cut the banner in white and stamped the "Congratulations" on it.

Kay's Notes: To put the card together, I first made a little table cloth for the flower pot to sit on with the rim of the flower pot die cut in red, and glued that flat to the card. I then glued the flower pot down flat slightly overlapping the top edge. I knew this card would have lots of dimension once I had added all the flowers, so I needed the first layer to be pretty flat. Next, I glued the leaves down flat as well in various places above the pot. Next I added foam tape to the flowers and added them in a pleasing manner. Lastly I folded the banner on the scored lines and added it across the flower pot with some foam tape only in the middle.

Kay's Notes: Now you have a lovely card perfect for someone who has just bought a new home, or any event which would call for a congratulations!

Visit Kay's blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her wonderful creations. Tune in later this week for projects from her fellow teammate, Caryn Davies, and from Guest Designer Melyssa Connolly!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 5

Happy Friday, crafty friends! I hope you're all having a great week and making plans for a fun weekend... maybe even a little time with your stamps and dies!? Our talented Guest Designer, Melyssa Connolly is stopping by today with a simple project to keep you inspired!

Melyssa's Notes: Try coloring portions of your die cut image to make it pop as I did here with the butterfly from the Beauty Lies Within die set. I also added my own doodles to the butterfly wings, embellished the center with black rhinestones, and added my own thin antennae for more visual interest.

Melyssa's Notes: The word 'hi' is a sticker that was originally a different color. If your sticker isn't the color you need for your project then just color over it with marker to fit your needs!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Design Team: Shake, Shake, Shake!

Happy Thursday! Today, Blog Team designer Wanda Guess is sharing a gorgeous shaker & sequins card today and it's got just the perfect sentiment for summer. Check it out...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TE Blog Team: Glitter Me Silly!

Hey there, crafty friends! Blog Design Team member, Caryn Davies is getting happy with glitter today and has created a card that will have you reaching for your sunglasses! 

Plus, to help you get your glitter on, we're giving away the stamp set Caryn used today on her project! Keep reading for details...

Caryn's Notes: Hi there - Caryn here today with a fun project using one of my all-time favorite materials - GLITTER! I had a ball using the groovy On a Roll stamp set with coordinating dies.

Firstly the background: I created a panel using white watercolor cardstock as this is a great surface for blending the distress inks I was planning to use (a mix of Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade at the top and Picked Raspberry at the bottom).  Where the two colors meet and blend in the middle you get a gorgeous and zingy orange color.

Caryn's Notes: To add a little more interest I took the splatter image from You're My Hero and stamped it in the top right corner in a Neon Yellow ink and in the bottom left hand corner in Neon Pink.

Caryn's Notes: I then stamped the "You're On a Roll" sentiment in black across the middle of the panel and mounted it on to white card, trimming it to leave a very narrow border before adhering it to a black A2 card base with foam squares.

Caryn's Notes: Next the really fun bit!! I stamped the roller skate from the set twice in black ink - you can either die cut it at this point or after you've added the glitter. I used a small bottle of white adhesive and a fine nib nozzle (this will help with control for this technique.) Select your chosen glitter colors (I've gone for neon shades with my card but the choice is endless!). Start with your small areas first (such as the stars on the boot) and fill carefully with glue staying within your outline.  Apply the glitter to that part and then move to a non-adjacent area and repeat the process with a second color. You can allow the areas to dry in between colors if you wish but you can continue - if you're careful! Carry on until you have completely colored your image in glitter colors of your choice and then set aside to dry.

Once completely dry, I die-cut my skates and added them to the card front - popping one up on foam adhesive for some added dimension. To bring in the black from the rest of the card and tie the whole thing together I added a small dot of black enamel accents to the center of each wheel. 

Thank you, Caryn, for sharing this sparkly card with us today!

Would you like to try this fun technique? To help get you started, we're giving away an On a Roll stamp set!

Enter to Win: For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post telling us about the last time you were on a pair of roller skates (or blades!) before Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. One entry per person. We'll randomly choose a winner and announce next week here on the TE Blog!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Taylor's Expressions: Pencil Toppers & A Winner!

Good morning, crafty friends! I'm stopping by to kick off the week here on the TE Blog with Taylor's Expressions! I'm often found in my stamp room creating projects for occasions, events, and happenings in my life and this gives you a little peek into my stamp room to see what I've been up to. But first, I have a winner to announce from our latest giveaway from our new blog team member Kay Miller's first post last week! The lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate to the TE Store is:

Shari Czerwinski said...
So many die cuts on one card and it is ADORABLE!
Congratulations, Shari! Please contact us and we'll email your gift certificate to you right away! If you'd like a chance to win our next giveaway, subscribe to the TE Blog and you'll be the first to know about it!
The elementary, middle, and high school kids started back to school last week and it's hard to believe that summer has officially come and gone. And it's even harder to believe that our Madelyn starts preschool in just a couple weeks! She is so excited to go to preschool and already has her backpack and school supplies packed and sitting by the door (for several weeks now!). Every day she asks "Do I go to preschool today!?"

I love her excitement and thought it might be fun to make something for her to give to her preschool pals. Everybody loves a cute critter and these Smarty Pants characters are perfect when paired with the new Pencil Topper die:

I started by stamping the cute critters onto Choice Snow White card stock and cutting them out with the coordinating Smarty Pants dies. Then I paper pieced portions of them to match the pencil topper background and colored the rest of the image with Copics. 

Here you can see that the pencil topper die has slits cut into the top and bottom to make it easy to slip a pencil through the openings. BONUS IDEA: use the pencil topper die to create custom cupcake picks. Just slide one of those cute patterned straws through the openings and poke it into the top of your cupcakes! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day and can find some time to stamp!