Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog Design Team: Time for Tea

Happy last day of June, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton has created another lovely card today that celebrates the simple joys of a cup of tea.

Plus! We will be giving away the stamp set and paper pad Julia used in today's project to one lucky winner, so keep reading for details...

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

As time goes by it seems that I grow more and more like my mother. We are no longer blessed to have her with us, but the memories are sweet and I always picture her with a cup of tea. It was her favorite thing to drink and tea time would be every few hours of the day. I'm finding myself more and more drawn to the comforts of tea and the sweet In Other Words: Tea stamp set kept catching my eye in the Taylored Expressions store. I couldn't resist.

This set is perfect for watercoloring and as watercoloring is so popular right now, I thought I'd have a little creative fun with this technique. Recently I purchased some watercolor markers, but you can also paint this image with liquid or pan watercolors as well.
I used a whimsical color scheme of mixed and matched dishes on this image. It's stamped onto watercolor paper, then watercolored and then stitched to the card front. I love stitching any card, but in particular watercolor ones, as it really holds the heavy paper on well.
The Rainbow Brights paper pad makes a fun background for the card. The bright colors coordinate perfectly with my watercoloring. This set is full of sweet sentiments and I adore the fonts used. I used the "If life gives you lemons, put them in your tea" quote and stamped it along the bottom of the design.
Do you have sweet memories to share over a cup of tea?

Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this winsome card! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful day!

Would you like to create a version of Julia's card? You are in lucky because we're doing a giveaway to help you along the way!

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the last time you shared a cup of tea (or coffee for all you java lovers) with someone by Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a In Other Words -- Tea stamp set and a Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pack! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Blog Design Team: Just Because

Happy, happy, Friday, crafty friends! Blog Team designer Kay Miller has created a fun and fabulous card for us to get us started for the weekend and we can't wait to share it with you!

Plus, 'just because' it's Friday and we love to kick things off right, we're doing a giveaway for a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Keep reading for details...

Let's hear from Kay about her project...

Well, you know how much I love to create little scenes on my cards with dies, and Taylored Expressions has so many fun dies that work so well for this. Today I am using the new Sky High Hot Air Balloon dies, and I wanted to create what looked like a sunset sky, so here is what I did.
Using a piece of watercolor paper (4 x 5-1/4), I wet the whole piece, and then dabbed pink watercolor at the top, then orange and then yellow at the bottom. I let those blend and then I dried it with my heat tool. I cut the Rolling Clouds border at a slant, stamped the 'Just because' sentiment, and glued this flat to the top of my watercolored piece.
I cut the row of houses out of some dark purple card stock and glued them down flat to the bottom of the panel. I cut the sun out and glued it low on the horizon. It is a sunset after all, so the sun needed to be on it’s way down :)  Next, I cut out the parts and pieces to the hot air balloons and glued them all together.
I cut a heart out for the smaller balloon, because it looked a little plain. I adhered the two balloons with foam tape, slightly overlapping the smaller one. I then mounted the whole panel on an A2 top folding card. Thanks for stopping by the TE blog today!
Thank you so much, Kay, for sharing your gorgeous card with us today! Be sure to visit Kay on her blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her fabulous work. Have a joyful day!

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the last time you brightened someone's day (or had yours brightened by someone else) 'just because' by Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! We'll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blog Design Team: Quilted Beauty

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton (and resident stitching queen) has created a jaw-dropping card that will have you pulling out your dusty sewing machine in the pursuit of beauty.

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...
It's no secret that I love stitching on cards. It adds a wonderful textured look that's perfect for all kinds of styles. Often I love stitching squares but recently I've been addicted to using hexagons in my designs. I love this unique shape and the Hexagon Stacklets are the perfect way to incorporate them in your designs. Hexagons also remind me of some of my grandmother's beautiful quilts and by pairing up stitching with this hexagon die set, it's super easy to get a lovely quilt look.
To create this design, I first started out by using the largest and the middle sized dies to die cut layers of patterned paper. You can mix and match scraps you have on hand but the easy way to get a perfectly coordinated look is to mix and layer papers from the same paper collection. Adhere the hexagon die cuts onto a layer of white cardstock. Be careful with how you line them up as spacing properly will make your stitching lines better in the final design.
To add in the stitching, I followed the straight white border areas as stitching guidelines and then stitched straight across the layers . You'll find you'll cross the hexagons, each one three times before you are done. Carefully trim away any excess threads and then stitch your stitched panel to the card base.
I added in some pretty flowers and vintage buttons that I had on hand to embellish the bottom of the project. I love tucking in small sentiments into these embellishment clusters to both add in a sentiment and further embellish the cluster. The word 'hello' from the Many Minis - Occasions stamp set accents a little strip of kraft cardstock. I love this stamp set as it has an amazing TWENTY little sentiments that are perfect to cover every occasion you might need. I admit I often leave the sentiment to last when designing and the tiny size means that they easily fit into the design, even once the card is designed.
Creating with simple die cuts doesn't have to be boring. In fact some of the simplest dies are the best ones as there are so many different ways to use them. Just use your imagination!

Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this stunning card and for all the tips on how to create our own! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blog Design Team: Of Thee I Sing

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is so full of patriotic fun that it's bursting into song! We can't wait to share how she created it!

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...
I adore all of the patriotic products from the May release, and I couldn’t wait to put together a patriotic red, white, and blue number for today!

I started with two layered Downtown Border die-cuts, one in Blue Corn card stock and the other in Earl Grey card stock. To that, I added two layered Reach for the Stars border die-cuts, one in Red Pepper card stock and other other in Sugar Cube card stock.

I then adhered the layered die-cuts to a Sugar Cube panel that I dry embossed with the Sheet Music Embossing Folder. To one of the buildings, I added a darling American flag die-cut done with the Little Bits - Flag dies.

The sentiment, from Of Thee I Sing, is stamped in Navy ink onto a Sugar Cube panel. I trimmed a notch along the bottom and adhered to the Sheet Music “sky.” The whole panel is then layered onto a fireworks pattern from the TE 6x6 Paper Pack - Summer Nights.

For a final embellishment, I added some white linen thread tied off in a small bow.

Thank you for getting us into the Independence Day spirit, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!