Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Design Team: Rock On with a Splash of Color!

Happy Tuesday! We have a really fun, rockin' duo of cards created by Blog Design Team member, Caryn Davies to share with you today. She shows us what a little bit of color can do to change up a pair of similar cards!

Caryn's Note: Hi there! Caryn here today with a couple of fun cards perfect for celebrating the birthday of a music-loving teen or young-at-heart rocker! The cards are very similar but I wanted to highlight how a simple addition of a splash of color can make this design ideal for girls or boys - young or old!  

Caryn's Notes: I started with a standard A2 white card base and cut a panel of black card measuring 4" x 5.25".  I stamped the funky splatter image from "You're My Hero" in Versamark ink on to the centre of the panel and then heat embossed it in white. (I have chosen a different sentiment for each card but both are heat embossed again in white.)   

Caryn's Notes: For the silver guitar, I stamped the outline guitar image and then filled in the area I wanted to be solid using a Versamark pen. The arm of the guitar was also stamped in Versamark and then both images were heat embossed in silver and then adhered together. 

Caryn's Notes: The red guitar was stamped in grey and then colored with Copic markers and finished with a layer of sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen. Finally, the guitars were placed onto the panels, which were then adhered to the fronts of the card.  For a finishing touch and an extra bit of bling (can't help myself) I chose some co-ordinating Doodlebug Sprinkles and placed them on the background.

Thank you, Caryn's for getting your rockin' craft on! Caryn will be back again soon, so be sure to tune in to the TE Blog often!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heard the News? Stamp Joy 2014

Hey there & Happy Monday! Have you heard the news? Taylored Expressions is thrilled to be hosting our first annual Stamp Joy event this fall! Gather with friends and make new ones to experience a fun-filled day and share the joy of stamping! 

Stamp Joy will feature inspiring classes and demonstrations from top designers in the industry along with shopping, Make & Takes, giveaways, and exclusive goodies! 

You can read all about our event (who will be there, what plans are in the works, and how you can join the fun) HERE


I'm stopping by today to let you know that registration for Stamp Joy is now open! Take advantage of early bird pricing through August 15th. 

View more details, class options, and registration links HERE

Hope to see you at Stamp Joy in October!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 1

Hey there and Happy Friday! Today I'm excited to introduce you to the newest Taylored Expressions Guest Designer, Melyssa Connolly! Melyssa hails from Truro, Nova Scotia with her husband of 20 years. Her son recently left for college officially making them "empty nesters". She first began her journey into papercrafting 16 years ago in a scrapbooking class. After dabbling in the world of digital scrapbooking she settled on cardmaking and she has since been featured on several design teams and published in a number of magazines. Melyssa will be providing inspiration right here on the TE Blog and on her personal blog: fantastINK for the next three months! And she's kicking it off with a pretty fabulous creation today:

Melyssa's Notes: I trimmed the card front slightly shorter than the back so I could give it a beautiful lace edge using the Floral Eyelet border. I wanted the card to have lots of layers but still look simple so I used a lot of white to tone down all the patterns and layering.

Melyssa's Notes: I didn't have any jewels on hand to add accents to my card so I used teal Stickles to create my own sparkly jewels. They take some time to dry but worth every minute!

Thanks for joining us on the TE Blog this week! We'll be back on Monday to announce the lucky winners of the giveaway from our partnership with Perfect Papercrafting earlier this week. There's still time to put your name in the prize drawing. Click here to check out the details!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

TE Blog Team: Watercolor Roses

Are you enjoying summer? This week is flying by and we've been looking forward to relaxing this weekend and maybe getting crafty, too! Today we have TE Blog Team member Wanda Guess with a gorgeous card and a water color technique that we hope will inspire you to create something beautiful, too!

Wanda's Notes: Watercolor is all the rage right now, and I thought I would make a nice watercolor card to share today! This card has a fun and 'artsy' flair to it in some bright Summer colors. 

Wanda's Notes: I started by creating some uneven stripes with some distress inks and a wet brush onto watercolor paper. This is really fun - don't try to be too perfect with it - let it flow! I'm already thinking of more ideas for some stripes! 

Wanda's Notes: The flowers are from the beautiful Rosy Posey stamp set, which has matching dies. I stamped my flowers on watercolor paper also. Then I used Distress Inks again with my wet brush to color them in. The trick with this technique is to leave lots of white space in your coloring and to not go all the way to the lines. It gives a handmade look. 

The whole card comes together with a sweet sentiment on a white label. You'll see that my flowers, leaves and sentiment are all popped off the page with foam squares. I hope you will try this and let your inner artist come out to play! 

We hope you have a wonderful, gorgeous day! Wanda will be joining us later this month, but in the meantime, you can catch her on her blog, A Blog Called Wanda.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Key Ingredients Showcase: Monika Davis

Hey there, crafty friends! I hope you're all having a great week and enjoying the summer! Mini-album expert Monika Davis is here to share her latest project and inspire all of us to create small spaces to preserve those summer memories!

Monika's Notes: My album is 5-1/4" x 4". To add some interest to the album, the pages are all different sizes. I folded the 6" x 6" designer paper pieces in half. Some I cut down to 3-1/2" long. I also used a window sheet for one of the pages. To add even more interest to the pages, I punched tabs on some of the pages with the We R Memory - Envelope Punch Board


Monika's Notes: I also made a vellum envelope using the board, to hold some of the wood veneer embellishments that came with the kit, and some hand made embellishments I made. I used the July Stamp of the Month stamp: Summer Lovin', and the coordinating die set: Summer Lovin' to make these embellishments. I also used Pockets & Pages - Instasquares die set.

Monika's Notes: I decided to make a cover box for the album so it is protected. It is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and 1" deep.The album easily slides in and out of the box.
I hope I inspired you to make a fun album like this (or two!).

Thanks so much, Monika, for inspiring us with your fun album! Visit us tomorrow for a project from Blog Team designer Wanda Guess that will have you reaching for your watercolor supplies!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cuppie & Friends Farewell Winners

Hi there! Thanks to everyone who tuned in last week for our Cuppie & Friends retirement party! There are still some great deals available! You'll want to to snatch up these stamp sets because when they're gone they're gone!

Find all of the retiring stamps in the
I'm popping by today to announce the winners of our week-long giveaways! If you see your name below, please contact us to claim your prize. Don't forget to include your address so we can pop your stamp set(s) in the mail!
Monday - Cuppie Love Scenes 
Joyce Casaldi said...Sometimes my perfect date night is take out Thai and big pillows on the living room floor and just enjoying each other's company.

Tuesday - From the Heart
Cynthia Xavier said...
I love making fudge. I was watching a cooking show and made the receipe. Everyone loves it and requests it.

Wednesday - Moka Kristie & Moka Morgana
 D.Ann said...Olympic Ice Skating - Never tire of watching it!

Thursday - A Little Love
Connie G said...
I have no wishes for a specific place but it WILL be close to my children. Ahhhh... can't' wait for that day!

Friday - Spooky Tree & Frightful Night
Helen Gullett said...
I LOVE all dark chocolate candies! :D


Monday, July 14, 2014

Taylored Expressions + Perfect Papercrafting = Great Inspiration & Prizes

Good morning and Happy Monday! Today I'm excited to be kicking off another partnership with a inspirational blog hop! The Baker's Dozen and I will be sharing projects over the next month using products from Perfect Papercrafting! Have you heard about their phenomenal rulers that make creating perfect layers a breeze?

If you haven't, then you're in for a treat. Create everything from a 1/16" border to 5/8" without having to do any measuring math! You can find all of their product videos here! I've used the Perfect Layers Mini tool to layer the image panel on the card I made below.

As with every partnership, we always have a prize up for grabs! So keep reading to the end to find out what you could win!

Oh... and before you keep scrolling, now would be the time I should warn you to put on your sunglasses! I finally broke out my neon inks and I love them!

I used the Stroke of Genius stamp set and stamped the brush stroke image in six different neon inks (from top to bottom): Electric Coral, Electric Orange, Electric Yellow, Electric Green, Electric Blue, and Electric Purple. I stamped the "Leave a Little Sparkle" image over the top in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I trimmed my image panel to the desired size, mounted it on a larger black piece of cardstock, and then put my Perfect Layers tool to work:

It's super easy to use! Depending on the width of the border you want to achieve you align the lip of the ruler against your image panel and use an Xacto knife to trim the excess cardstock from around the image.  

OK... so are you ready for that prize? One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the TE Store and a $50 gift certificate to Perfect Papercrafting! Just leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win. Or if you're ready to place an order at Perfect Papercrafting today, you can use coupon code Taylored5% for a discount! Check out the Perfect Papercrafting Blog for more info and inspiration!

Comments will close on July 18th at 8pm PST and the winner will be announced on Monday, July 21st. 

Thanks for stopping by today!