Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest Blogger: Kittie Caracciolo Day 2

Today is our second day with this month's Guest Blogger, designer Kittie Caracciolo, who has given us another gorgeous work of art with this beauty of a card created with our Birch Tree Cutting Plate. We are so sure you will be inspired by her project that we are doing a giveaway! Read on for details...

Kittie used our Birch Tree Cutting Plate and Birch Tree Accessories to create this stunning woodland scene. Kittie shares some tips on how to create realism with ink, distress inks and texture with tools:

For fall foliage: Apply Peeled Paint distress ink to the stems of the foliage and to a few spots on the leaves with a mini applicator. Apply Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks to the remaining spots on the leaves to cover them completely with color. Use Wild Honey ink to cover, smooth and blend all the spots of color together on the leaves. (Hint: an eye-shadow applicator makes a great mini applicator for applying ink.)

To bring out de-bossed detailing: Apply Pumice Stone ink on the edges and die cut markings on the birch trees with a mini applicator.

For shading on animals: Apply Vintage Photo ink to the deer with a mini applicator.

To add quick texture, use a crimper: Cut the rolling hill sections, crimp and attach to the back of the frame.

Thank you so much, Kittie, for taking time out of your busy schedule to create something beautiful for us! You can find more of Kittie's incredible design work on her blog, Kittie Kraft.

Would you like to create a lovely woodland scene? To help get you started, we're giving away our Birch Tree Cutting Plate to one lucky winner! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about the last time you were out in the woods by 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, October 26, 2014. We'll choose a winner at random and announce the lucky winner here on the TE Blog next week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store!

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 Wanda Guess' gorgeous vintage birthday card, be sure to visit HERE.

Our lucky winner is:

Kristie W. said...
Beautiful card!!

I have maybe tried once or twice to do a vintage looking project. It's not something I am good at. I love Wanda's tips and will have to give vintage/shabby chic a try.

Congratulations! Please email us to claim your prize!

Check It Out: Taylor Featured on Paper Crafter's Library!

Happy Wednesday! Our friends at Paper Crafter's Library are featuring Taylored Expressions on their fun blog. Taylor created a happy, sunshiny card for the occasion, which you can see in its entirety over on the PCL blog!

Plus, there is a terrific prize pack to be won! Simply head over to Paper Crafter's Library to enter to win the fab products below. Have a joyful day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Design Team: It's Never Too Early to Eat, Drink & Be MERRY!

It's been a busy few weeks, crafty friends! Christmas seems to everywhere already, even before Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone. (We secretly don't mind at all because Christmas is such a happy, joyous time of year!) Blog Team designer Caryn Davies has got a fun and merry card to get you thinking about all the holiday festivities that will be here before we know it.

Caryn's Notes: Caryn here with a bright and funky festive card celebrating my MOST favorite time of year - CHRISTMAS!

Caryn's Notes: I started with a white A2 tent fold card blank and covered the front with a panel of 'spotty' paper taken from the Taylored Expressions Double The Fun paper pack.

 Caryn's Notes: I then cut a panel of white card measuring 4" x 5.25" and stamped the dots from the Very Merry stamp set randomly in pink, red, green and aqua inks.  The sentiment was stamped in aqua ink and the panel mounted on foam dots to the card front.

Caryn's Notes: This stamp set comes with a companion 'MERRY' die so I cut this from red cardstock and stamped the ornaments from the set in aqua, green and pink and then die cut each one. I used a punch to make holes in the top of the ornaments and threaded twine in matching colors through each one, securing with foam tape at the back.

Caryn's Notes: I adhered the other end of the twine to the back of the Merry die-cut and then popped everything onto foam and mounted it to the front of the card.  A few strategically placed sequins for bling (because, after all, it's CHRISTMAS) and it's done!

Thanks so much, Caryn, for so nicely reminding us that it's never too early to eat, drink, and be MERRY! To catch more of Caryn's amazing work, visit her blog, Glitter Me Silly. Stay tuned late this week for more inspiration from this month's Guest Blogger, Kittie Caracciolo!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Design Team: A Vintage Birthday

Hey there, crafty friends! Today we have TE Blog Team member Wanda Guess  some simple tips on how to give a card project a 'vintage' feel. Plus, to help you try your hand at creating a card as beautiful as Wanda's, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Keep reading for details...

Wanda's Notes:  My card today features the beautiful stamp set Notable Blooms, and the matching dies. I wanted to create a birthday card with a subtle shabby chic and vintage feel.

Wanda's Notes: Some of my easy tips and tricks for making a card ‘vintage’ are
  • use brown ink instead of black to stamp your images
  • distress the edges of everything using a dauber and some Antique Linen Distress Ink (or a similar color)
  • use cream paper instead of white paper
These three things can totally change the entire look of your card.

Wanda's Notes: I chose some pretty patterned papers and then matched my Copic markers to the paper. This pulls the entire project together with cohesive colors.

Wanda's Notes: This stamp set is just so pretty. I love the font and the saying makes a very nice focal piece for the blooms. Best wishes for a great day – and happy crafting!

Thanks so much, Wanda, for sharing such terrific tips! For more of Wanda's wonderful work, visit her at her blog, A Blog Called Wanda. Are you feeling inspired to create a lovely card like Wanda's? To help get you started, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store!

How to Enter: To enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store, leave a comment below telling us if you've ever tried a vintage or shabby chic project by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, October 19, 2014. We'll choose a winner at random and announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Winner: The Witch is In!

Hello crafty friends!

Here's the random winner of the The Witch is In die set from last week's Comment to Win prize giveaway. If you missed Blog Team designer Caryn Davies' spooktacular treat bags, be sure to visit HERE.

Our lucky winner is:

Karen McAlpine said...
Great projects! Very inspiring! My fav costume- I was Huckleberry hound and my brother was Yogi Bear. We were 4 and 6 years old. Fun times!

Congratulations! Please email us to claim your prize!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Design Team: Spook Up Some Fun!

Hey there, crafty friends! In just a couple weeks, we'll be trick or treating for Halloween. (Who could say no to costumes and candy?) We are so excited to share some spooky fun cards from Blog Team designer, Kay Miller!

Kay's Notes: Today I am going to show you some fun ways to use some of TE's cute new Halloween products! My first project was to create a couple of cards. For my first card I first used some of the new Sugar Cube white card stock for making my A2 bases for my cards. Next I cut a panel of green just an eighth of an inch smaller and mounted that on my card with foam tape.

Kay's Notes: Then, using the Pockets & Pages Circle Showcase die set, I cut the frame out in black. I also cut two more of the frames out of two different patterned papers from The Hocus Pocus 6 x 6 Halloween paper pack. I then inserted the cut out patterned papers and placed them into the negative sections of the frame.

Kay's Notes: Next I cut out one of the layering doilies in green and layered the Halloween Treat Toppers onto a yellow circle cut from the circle die that comes with the Pocket & Pages Circle Showcase die and assembled the whole piece. I then adhered the whole thing to my green panel on the card.

Kay's Notes: My second card was created just as the first. This time, I flipped the Pocket & Pages die cut so that the larger portion was at the top, so I could add my banner and die cut sentiment over the cute, spooky cat Treat Topper.

Since I had so much fun cutting out the cute little treat toppers, I used a few of them to create some little ornaments for my Halloween tree. I just created a rosette with my score board and glued the same pieces I used for the cards onto that!

Thanks so much, Kay, for getting us into the Halloween spirit! Visit Kay's blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her die-cut inspiration!