Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Design Team: J-O-Y and a Farewell

It's Monday and the countdown to Christmas is winding down! Today we are sharing the final project (sniffle!) from our wonderful Blog Team designer Caryn Davies. She has given us so much joy as a member of our team and will be dearly missed as she embarks on some new life adventures.

To send Caryn off on all her new adventures, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Keep reading for details...

Caryn's Notes: Hello there. I'm here to share more Christmas JOY with a card featuring some of my favorite Taylored Expressions products. I am in love with the Color Block Cutting Plate and have seen so many fabulous cards using it that I thought I'd try one of my own.

Caryn's Notes: Today I've paired the plate with the very fun and frolicky Deck The Halls stamp set - I adore the little penguins and cute critters in this set. I started with a Kraft card base measuring 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" and cut a white frame using the Color Block Cutting Plate.

Caryn's Notes: I cut it a second time from aqua-colored cardstock and put the frame aside for another project. Three of the boxes have a snow drift cut from white card stock using the Build a Scene - Rolling Hills dies. 

Caryn's Notes: For another of the blocks, I die cut the word "JOY" using the Tall & Skinny Alphabet set and used the negative placed over the aqua cardstock for some visual variance. The final box contains a shining star which was stamped in black and then stamped a second time on white cardstock and paper-pieced. I stamped and colored the two penguin images from Deck the Halls using Copics and then cut them out before adhering them in place on the blocks of my card front. I finished off by adding gloss and a bit of dust glitter glue for a shimmering snow effect.

Thanks so much, Caryn, for being such an incredible talent and for being such a wonderful person. Good luck on all your new life adventures! You can see more of Caryn's work on her blog, Glitter Me Silly.

Would you like to share some creative JOY like Caryn did with her fabulous card? To help get you started, we're giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about your last great life adventure by Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store and announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog! Good luck!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blog Design Team: Holiday Cheer

Happy Saturday! We hope your weekends are filled with holiday cheer! Today, Amy Kolling is sharing a fun card that is just perfect for this time of year.

Amy's Notes: It is no secret that I love snowflakes, especially glittery ones! I die-cut four snowflakes using the Make a Snowflake dies, added prisma glitter, and layered them together with glue dots.

Amy's Notes: I used the red polka dot pattern paper from the Gingerbread Lane 6x6 Patterned Paper Pack to make a card topper. It was die-cut using the Cloud Border die. Here you can see how I aligned my die onto the polka dot paper and I positioned it "just off" the edge of my cutting plate. When I started to die-cut the Cloud Border die, I only die-cut until the "edge" was die-cut. This allowed me to have a card topper larger than what the die cuts. Selective die-cutting!

Amy's Notes: This panel was adhered using foam adhesive to a top-folded white card. My sentiment from Shiny & Bright was stamped in black ink to allow for one of the layered snowflakes to be positioned to it's right. Final touch: I always like to add some sequins for just a little extra bling!

Amy's Notes: Thanks so much for sharing a part of your holiday season with me on the TE blog!

Thanks so much, Amy, for giving us such a great tip for 'selective die-cutting!' You can catch more of Amy's design work on her blog, Stamp-n-Paradise. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Blog Design Team: O Night Divine

Happy Friday! Next week is Christmas and we just can't wait! We know many of you will be doing last minute shopping this weekend, so we're pleased to help you sit back and take a moment to enjoy a bit of peace and joy. Today is the very talented Lea Lawson's first post as a part of our Blog Design Team and she is sharing a stunning watercolor project that truly captures the beauty of the season.

So, to send us off into your last shopping weekend, we are giving away the die set Lea used on today's project! Keep reading for details...

Lea's Notes: Hey there, TE friends!  I am so excited to be sharing my first project with you as a Taylored Expressions Blog Team member! Christmas is right around the corner, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, I've created a Nativity card for you today.

Lea's  Notes: Creating a galaxy background with watercolor has been a popular trend this year, and I don't think I will ever get tired of this technique! I can't take credit for it, as I learned it from watching several videos from other talented crafters, and then adapted it to the supplies and skill level I have at watercolor (which is very beginner). I used my set of basic watercolors and brushes, and blended my galaxy background using black, blue & green paints. (Lea's Tip: I did use an art paper for the background, as too much water on regular white cardstock will make it peel.) Once the watercolor dried, I misted it with white glimmer mist to give it a glimmery look. I then splattered it lightly with watered down white acrylic paint to make the stars in the sky.

Lea's Notes: The mist and paint splatters dry really quickly, so I was able to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment right away. I stamped a sentiment from the Sing of the King stamp set in embossing ink and covered it with detail white embossing powder. After shaking off the excess, I then heat set the sentiment and let it cool off. Watercolor and heat embossing can make your paper fairly warped. So I lightly misted the BACK of the paper block with water, and placed it between two flat surfaces, added a heavy object to the top of it, and set aside.

Lea's Notes: While waiting for it to flatten, I cut my A2 card from Cookie Monster cardstock.  I then die-cut the Nativity Border from Oreo cardstock. Once the background was flat and dry (should only take about 10 minutes or so as long as you don't spray it with very much water), I adhered it to the card base.  I added the nativity border along with a glittery gold strip to the bottom of the galaxy background, and then accented the sentiment with enamel star stickers to finish!

Lea's Notes:I was a little intimidated by watercolor at first, but it really is a lot of fun once you get into it!  If you are interested in trying out out the galaxy background, I suggest searching for some online videos & watching how it's done first. And then practice a little! I promise that it isn't hard, and you will figure it out in no time!

Thanks so much, Lea, for inspiring us to create take a moment away from the hectic side of the holidays to think about the beauty of the season. You can catch more of Lea's design work on her blog, Lea Lawson Creates. Have a safe and happy weekend, friends!

Are you feeling inspired to create a lovely card like Lea's? We're giving away a Nativity Border die to one lucky winner!
How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about what you are wishing for this holiday season by Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win our Nativity Border die and announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog! Good luck!

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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