Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blog Design Team: Hats Off to You

Today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer shows off just how fun it is to peruse Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing. She's got a fantastic graduation card to share with us today. Check it out...

And now, here's Amy to tell us all about her project...

While browsing Pinterest recently, I ran across a cute graduation gift idea from the magazine Good Housekeeping: a box filled with dollar bills rolled up and tied like diplomas. I couldn’t wait to incorporate that idea into a card.
The graduation cap is die-cut with the Grad Cap die. Do you see the embossed edge around the mortarboard? I love that!
As a background for the cap and diploma, I stamped the Graphic Greetings Graduate sentiment stamp in VersaMark onto Salt Water Taffy card stock and heat embossed in white. I layered the focal point piece onto some distressed vellum, and then onto a yellow polka dot pattern paper panel. 
For embellishments, I added two different types of wood veneer stars, along with a button tied off with some linen thread. 
What’s your favorite graduation gift to give? Do you give money or prefer to give a purchased gift? Either way, you can create a card to help your graduate really celebrate!
Thank you for sharing such a cool idea picked up from Pinterest, Amy! You can check out the Taylored Expressions Pinterest boards here and you can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winners: Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder!


Here are the random winners of our Little Bits - Umbrella & Raindrops Embossing Folder prize packs from Wanda Guest's post. If you missed Wanda's wonderful friendship card, visit HERE!

We loved reading all about the amazing best friends in your lives!

Our lucky winners are:

Congratulations! Please email us ( to claim your prize packs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Design Team: A Lifetime Together

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing a lovey card that shows a simple technique for highlighting our Bistro Lights Cutting Plate. Check it out below!

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...
I just adore the beautiful Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, and I knew the minute I saw it that it would go to the very top of my wishlist. It's so pretty and perfect for any celebration.

To highlight this beautiful die, I decided to cut two panels of cardstock using the die: one from white cardstock and the other from teal. By slightly off-setting the lower die cut panel, it highlights the 'bistro lights' and is a simple way to add extra dimension. 

To adhere the two panels together, I cut off the top and bottom edges of the white die-cut layer so that it wouldn't be showing around the frame of the card. I then adhered the layers together.

I love the look of graduated color and it adds a subtle interest to the background of this card. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Dried Marigold Distress Ink were sponged on a layer of Sugar Cube cardstock with sponge daubers. At the bottom of the panel, I stamped an anniversary sentiment from the In & Out Wedding stamp set. When using the Bistro Lights Cutting Plate, this is the perfect place to add a sentiment as it is an open area.

To finish off the card, I added in some embellishments and die cut hearts using the Cupid's Arrows die set. The classic heart shapes in this set are ones I love designing with and go back to again and again.
Thanks so much, Julia, for sharing this lovely anniversary card! Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful week!

Monday, May 18, 2015

How much joy did you share?

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

In March we launched a new Share Joy campaign dedicated to providing our local hospital with Thinking of You cards for their bereavement ministry. Our goal was to provide them with 600 cards that would be sent to grieving families. After 4 weeks we had received less than 400 cards and we were a little anxious that we might not reach our goal. So on April 20th we sent out another call to help reach our Share Joy campaign goal, and, WOW, did you ever respond!

Over the final 3 weeks of the campaign, you not only helped us reach our goal of 600 cards, you more than tripled the goal! Altogether, 1944 cards were donated by caring, crafty people all over the world! That is so amazing!

A huge thank you goes out to each person who made a card donation to our Share Joy - Thinking of You campaign. Over the next several months, hundreds of families will receive an encouraging, handmade card as a result of your caring creativity and generosity. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many people!

On top of celebrating the impact your cards will have, we are giving away bundles of TE items to three lucky people who donated to our Share Joy campaign. Each donation postmarked by May 8th was entered into our drawing, and the three names have just been drawn. The winners of our Share Joy prize bundles are:

Tracy G. - Oregon
Dee P. - Alberta, Canada
Patricia C. - Illinois

Congratulations to the winners! Your prize bundles will be mailed to you shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Share Joy campaign. We look forward to partnering with you again in the future as we continue to share joy together!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Design Team: Singing in the Rain

It is Friday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Wanda Guess has created a sweeter than sweet friendship card that will have you singing in the rain.

Plus, to kick off the weekend, we're doing a giveaway! Keep reading for details...

Now, here's Wanda to tell you all about her happy project:

Hi everyone! Wanda here with a sunny card sure to lift someone's spirits. I love umbrellas because they just seem so cheerful - and I love rain! The Little Bits - Umbrella die is the perfect size for a card front, and the Raindrops Embossing Folder is the perfect compliment.
I first cut out a circle with cream cardstock. Then I ran the circle back through my Big Shot to emboss it with the raindrops. (Tip: If you emboss it first, when you cut your circle, the embossed parts will be flattened in the machine.)
I had fun paper piecing the umbrella with pretty cardstock to match the patterned paper. A sweet sentiment in crisp black finishes off the card.

Thanks so much, Wanda, for sharing such a cheerful, happy card with us today! Visit Wanda at A Blog Called Wanda to see more of her gorgeous work.

Would you like to send some cheer to a friend? To help you get crafty, we're giving away a Little Bits - Umbrella and Raindrops Embossing Folder to TWO lucky winners! See below for how to enter:

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about your very best friend by Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose TWO lucky winners at random to win a Little Bits - Umbrella and Raindrops Embossing Folder prize pack each! We'll announce the winners here on the TE Blog next week. Good luck!