Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Design Team: Eat Cake!

TGIF, crafty friends! We hope you had a swell week of fun and frolick! And if you didn't, today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is sure to cheer you up. Check it out...

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

It’s always fun to let color and pattern take center stage on a card, and what better occasion than a birthday?

Today I’ve combined some patterns from the Double the Fun paper pack to create a bright, cheery background. I accented the “seams" with some ribbons, trim, and some black and white Baker’s Twine.

For the sentiment, I pulled out the fabulous birthday set, Big Bold Birthday. To get the multi-colored sentiment, I just colored onto the stamp with markers and huffed on the stamp before stamping. Multiple colors with just one impression — gotta love that about rubber stamps! I die-cut the sentiment into a circle using a circle die, sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink (before removing the cut circle from the die), then adhered the sentiment to a tag.

The top of the tag is finished off with some green and white striped ribbon and some more black and white Baker’s Twine.

I rounded the corners of the background panel and mounted it onto a Peapod card base. Last, I adhered the tag and sentiment piece, slipping the bottom of the tag underneath the baker’s twine. Don't forget to eat cake!

Thank you for sharing such a cheerful card with us today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today I Learned: How to Create Punch Board Gift Boxes with Wanda Guess

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..." Today we have a step-by-step tutorial from Blog Team designer Wanda Guess, who shows us how to use a popular tool to create these delightful gift box packages...

A note from Wanda...
For today's tutorial, I made some pretty packages tied up in bows! This was a super fun project that is much easier than it would appear. I used the awesome Gift Box Punch Board from We-R-Memory to make adorable kraft paper boxes. Then I had tons of fun embellishing them with all kinds of wonderful TE dies and pretty patterned papers. These would make great party favors or little holiday presents for cookies and such. 

Would you like to know how Wanda created these gorgeous boxes? Well, you are in luck because her tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:

Also, to help you get started, the Gift Box Punch Board is on sale in the TE Store for 20% off!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate


Here is the random winner of our $25 Gift Certificate giveaway from Amy Sheffer's post. If you missed Amy's happy card, visit HERE!

We loved hearing all about how you all spent your first day of Spring!

Our lucky winner is:

Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize.

Blog Design Team: Mr. & Mrs. Shaker

Happy Tax Day! (Okay, it may not be the happiest of days, but it gives us a good excuse to take a break from crunching numbers to feature a beautiful card from our talented Blog Team!) Today the very talented Lea Lawson is sharing something so gorgeous that it will be sure to lift you from your tax time doldrums...

Plus, to help you create your own beautiful project, we're giving away some of the products Lea used to create this wonderful card. Read on for details...

First, here's Lea to tell us about her project...

Wedding season is almost upon us, and Taylored Expressions has recently released some items perfect for creating engagement and wedding themed cards! Today I've created a shaker card using some of these new products.

You might be thinking that a shaker card doesn't exactly scream weddings. I've created it to show you that with elegant colors and proper dies and stamps, it is actually quite appropriate. And how much fun will the bride and groom have shaking the sequins around when they open the card after their wedding day?

To start, I created an A2 card from a sheet of the gold shimmer cardstock from the "Metallics" cardstock set. Then I die-cut the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate from a block of the white shimmer cardstock from the same cardstock set. I adhered a transparent block to the back of the Bistro Lights cut, then added 1/16" foam tape along each edge.

Next, I dumped a nice quantity of the "Wedding" Sequins to the middle of the cardbase, then adhered the Bistro Lights cut to the top of it. After making sure all sides are secure, shake the sequins loose!

For the sentiment, I first stamped the ampersand in Versamark ink to a strip of vellum, covered it in gold embossing powder and heat set it. I then stamped the "Mr." and "Mrs." to each side, covered them in white embossing powder, and finished heat setting them. I adhered the vellum sentiment strip directly to the card front.

To finish the front, I embellished some of the light strands with brown jewel accents. I then stamped and heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment to the inside of the card. There are some really beautiful sentiments included in the In & Out - Wedding stamp set that can be customized for engagements, weddings, anniversaries and more! 

I hope you've enjoyed my card today, that you will try creating a shaker card for your next wedding!

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful card with us today, Lea! You can catch more of Lea's design work on her blog, Lea Lawson Creates.

Would you like to create your own shaker card using our Bistro Lights Cutting Plate? You're in luck because we're giving it and our Wedding Sequins away to one lucky winner!

How to Enter:  Leave a comment below telling us about your happiest wedding memory (your own or someone else's) by Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a Bistro Lights Cutting Plate and Wedding Sequins! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blog Design Team: All You Need is a Red Balloon

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! If you enjoyed our blog post with designer Kay Miller over the weekend featuring one of our favorite pups, well, today we've got another cute critter as Blog Design Team member Amy Kolling shares a darling card using If Cats Could Talk.

Now, let's hear from Amy about her project...

My family just got a kitten for Christmas so I see lots of kitty cards in my future! I thought I'd kick off Spring with a fun and cheery card featuring a kitty critter and bright blue skies.
I started by die-cutting a Cloud Border to use as a stencil to sponge some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over a white notecard. I just shifted my border down the length of my card and sponged as I went until I achieved the look I wanted. What was left was a beautiful cloud sky! 
My hills were hand cut and layered using Peapod cardstock and a piece of chevron pattern paper from the Double the Fun Paper Pack.  After curving the stamp from In and Out Birthday on an acrylic stamping block, I stamped the sentiment over one of the hills. 
I colored my kitty with Copics and adhered it to the hills. The fun thing about this kitty is that you can customize it using 1 of 8 different faces that are included in the set!  
Lastly, I added a die-cut balloon from the Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate in Cherry Pop cardstock and added it to my scene with some foam adhesive and crochet thread for the string. I hope you are enjoying the spring weather and some of this blue sky wherever you live!

Thanks so much, Amy, for sharing a fun project featuring this happy kitty! You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise.