Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Design Team: Today I Learned...with Amy Sheffer

Happy Thursday! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..." and this time we've got the perfect holiday project for you. Today, Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer shares how to craft fun keepsake Photo Snow Globe Ornaments! Check it out...

Amy used our Snow Globe die set to create these wonderfully memorable photo ornaments for her children. Here's a note from Amy about her project:

Every year, I like to give photo ornaments to my three children. It’s so fun to hang these special ornaments each year and look back at how much they’ve changed and grown over the years. As soon as I saw the Snow Globe die, I thought how fun it would be to make snow globes as their 2014 photo ornaments. I hope you’re inspired to make some snow globe photo ornaments as well!

Would you like to know how Amy made these perfect holiday ornaments? Well, you are in luck because Amy's tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Design Team: Hang Some Mistletoe!

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton makes her TE Blog debut with an absolutely gorgeous project that is sure to inspire you to create and share some holiday joy!

Julia's Notes: Hi there! I'm so excited to share a fun holiday card project with you today. It's one I had the most wonderful time creating and it's really two projects in one. Yes, it's a card but it's also a holiday ornament that you can hang on the tree or wherever you need a little holiday spirit.

Julia's Notes:  From the moment I saw the Lattice Cutting Plate, I knew I just had to try stitching it. Felt is one of my favorite things to work with and I love the soft dimensional look it gives. I started off by die-cutting the Aqua felt with this die and then trimmed it to approximately a 3.75" square. To get that quilted look I laid the felt over a piece of Marshmallow felt that was a little bigger and then stitched down every diagonal line. I then zig zag stitched around the edges to keep it nice and firm. Next step was to trim the marshmallow felt down around the edges with pinking shears. (Hint: To make the tag stiff, insert a 3"x3" piece of cardstock and then stitch on the berry felt layer.) Once again, I used a pair of pinking shears to trim the felt.

Julia's Notes: The tag uses a little scrap of white measuring tape to hang the ornament. I just stitched it down at the back of the design. To add some embellishment, I die cut the Twiggy Branch die from some Moss felt and adhered the pieces. They really look quite like mistletoe and by adding on some white vintage buttons, I have some sweet mistletoe "berries"!

Julia's Notes: The card base is created from Sugar Cube cardstock and measures 5" square. To hold the tag onto the card, I adhered a Velcro adhesive tab to both the card and the tag. They hold together nicely but also come part easily when needed. I'm looking forward sending out this card this holiday season!

How cool is that? We love that the card has a double function that will last as a special keepsake for years to come. Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her beautiful projects. Tune in tomorrow as Blog Design Team member Amy Sheffer shares a fun and special project (and there just might be a tutorial available to show you how she worked her magic!)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Design Team: A Mitten of Thanks

Yay! Next week is Christmas and the TE elves have been hard at work filling orders and creating joy. Today, Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess is sharing how she took our Mitten Garland die to create the perfect way to say 'thank you' to all the little elves who spread Christmas joy!

Wanda's Notes: So Christmas time is almost here, but it isn't too early to create your thank you cards! It's always nice to have a few thank you cards on hand for when someone gives you a nice gift or does something special for you. Today I've used the really cute Mitten Garland die, and made it into a fun card!

Wanda's Notes:  It's super easy to take your larger shape dies and make them into cards. Simply fold a sheet of cardstock and then position your die so that a little bit doesn't get cut. Here you see my set up on my Big Shot. Easy, right? And fun!

Wanda's Notes: Once your card shape is cut out, it's time to have fun decorating it. I chose some pretty felt and cut it with the large scallop border die. Then I added some die-cut snowflakes, too. 

Wanda's Notes: I stamped a few white snowflakes in the background for some layers. See my sentiment? That's stamped on the ornament die from the Very Merry Scallops set! I like a bright pop of lime green with all that red. So cheerful.

Wanda's Notes:  I hope you will try this idea - no limit to your creativity with embellishing this one. And THANK YOU for always coming by to see us at the TE Blog!
And thank you so much, Wanda, for always creating such stellar work! Be sure to check out Wanda's blog, A Blog Called Wanda to see more of her beautiful projects. Tune in tomorrow as Blog Design Team member Julia Stainton makes her Blog debut!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Welcome to the Baker's Dozen!

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Last week's Release was so much fun and we just loved sharing so much inspiration with you from our incredible design teams. We wanted to share some very exciting news. You will remember our November Guest Blogger, the inimitable Kim Singdahlsen, who shared her lovely projects with us to the great delight of our fans. Well, we're thrilled to announce that Kim will be joining the Baker's Dozen Design Team!

Kim, who hails from Parker, Colorado, has been a longtime fan of Taylored Expressions. We can't wait to see the eye-candy she is sure to create. So, keep an eye out for her work come January 2015! Here is another look at some of the gorgeous work she did for us as a Guest Blogger...

Our other bit of Baker's Dozen news is that our lovely and talented Shannon White will be departing the Baker's Dozen. But, we are oh so lucky because she will be joining our awesome TE Release Team! She will continue to share her wonderful coloring and creative skills with us each and every month and we are so glad to have her.