Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blog Design Team: So Glad We Bumped Into Each Other!

It's Saturday! Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is sharing the kind of card that just makes us smile. Check it out...

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

A couple of years ago, I bumped into a sorority sister of mine I hadn’t seen in at least twenty years. I live in a super small town, so it was quite unexpected to see her at the local grocery store, and to learn that she also lives in the same small town! I found myself thinking of her for weeks after that, and sure wished I’d had a card like this to pop into the mail to let her know how special it was to see her again. 

I’ve been drawn to lots of white space lately. For years and years, I’ve been a layers and embellished-to-the-nines cardmaker, so the urge to go simple is making me just shake my head and smile. Here, I've stamped the adorable pair of bumper cars and darling sentiment from Adventure Land. After using Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the cars onto a card-size panel, I colored with my Copics. I gave the cars a shiny paint job by coating them with Glossy Accents.

Next, I added a patterned paper border along the top, using patterns from Taylored Expressions' Build A Scene paper pack, along with the Reach for the Stars border die. I embellished the die-cut star border with some Studio Calico Wood Veneer Stars, too.

I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a Sugar Cube strip, notched the end, and tucked it underneath the border.

I adhered the whole card-size panel to a card base in the same size. This allowed me to hide the Copic coloring bleed-through on the back. I finished off with a length of black and white baker's twine, tied off into a bow with the tails left long and dangling.

The next time I'm lucky enough to run into an old friend, I’ll be ready with this card. 

Thank you, Amy, for sharing your story and this wonderful card! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog Design Team: Aw, Nuts.

Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team Designer Lisa Henke has created a 'grumpy' little card that will make you giggle -- it's the perfect thing to send us off into the weekend!

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

Next to thank-you cards, birthday cards are probably the most common card I create. Coming from a house that's full of boys, I am always in need of a more masculine or at least 'guy-friendly' card. One of my go-to color combos for guys is Kraft, orange, green and turquoise, or some variation of those colors. I used them on my card today.

The Grumplings line of stamps from TE just make me giggle. Gosh, they are cute! I chose the adorable squirrel from Party Grumplings; he paired up nicely with the sentiment I wanted to use. I used the warm grey Copic color family and colored him up, adding in shading with some dotted details. I accented the little candle he's holding with clear Stickles. I used the matching Party Grumplings Dies to cut him out.

I created a polka dotted frame for my main image panel with two of the dies from the Build a Tag 4 die set. I cut the large stitched tag from the Build A Scene 6x6 paper pack, and then lined up the next-smaller sized tag and ran it through my machine a second time to create the frame. I added in a piece of Candy Corn card stock that was cut with the large Build A Tag 4 die, and cut off the top two-thirds of it. I adhered it to the back of green polka dotted tag so I had a solid base on which to stamp my sentiment.

I wanted the Cookie Monster cardstock banner piece from Label It to hang over the edge of my tag panel, but the die piece was just a tad too short. I have an easy trick to fix that: Snip the Label It banner piece in half and spread the two cut pieces out. Use an embellishment to "hide" the seam. Here I simply used the Party Grumpling squirrel. It's so easy!

A few extra details I added in were some Lilly White Sprinkles, a baker's twine bow and a fun Bead Board embossed background.

Thank you for sharing this fun-filled card with us today, Lisa! You can find more of Lisa's beautiful work on her blog, My Little Creative Escape. Have a joyful day!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Special TE Announcement

At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a passion to share the art and joy of paper crafting. In keeping with this idea, we are proud to announce the Share Joy Challenge! This inspiring weekly card challenge will feature sketches designed by our very own Jen Shults.

With weekly prizes and a monthly Grand Prize, we're aiming to have tons of fun! Most important, we want you to share the joy of cardmaking by sending your creations out into the world.

Join us for the inaugural Share Joy Challenge on Thursday, September 3, 2015!
Be sure to subscribe to the Share Joy Challenge Blog for details on how to play along, news, and winner announcements by clicking the button below:

We are thrilled to welcome some incredibly talented designers to the Share Joy Challenge Creative Team.

North Canton, OHIO
Blog: Note to Self
With a style that is clean and simple, this busy mom of two turned from scrapbooking to cardmaking in 2010 for its quick, creative outlet. When not crafting or spending time with her family, Lindsay enjoys hiking, biking, camping and loves to read. She loves creating by accenting white space with pops of color.

Blog: Designs by Simone 
A longtime papercrafter, Simone began stamping in 2007 by creating invitations for her engagement. A fan of both stamping and die-cutting, her style is crisp and clean. When not creating cards, Simone enjoys creating home decor items with paper, keeping  busy with her identical twin girls, and reading.

    Seattle, WASHINGTON
    Blog: Handmade by Yuki

    Originally from Los Angeles, Yuki recently relocated to Washington where she trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, hiking, and spending time with her boyfriend. A huge fan of cute critters, her projects feature her coloring skills to really make them shine. After admiring a co-worker's handmade cards, Yuki created her own and has been hooked on cardmaking ever since.

JEN SHULTS (Team Coordinator)
Kansas City, MISSOURI
Blog: Deconstructing Jen
Married to her college sweetheart, Jen is a mother of two and a middle school art teacher. A longtime stamper and member of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team, Jen also enjoys crocheting, pencil portraiture, and watercolor painting. Her style runs the gamut, showcasing different techniques and she loves creating her own background paper.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blog Design Team: Happiness in a Teacup

Hey there, crafty friends! Today Blog Design Team member, Sharon Harnist has created a beautifully colored card featuring one of our favorite bouquet stamps! Check it out below...

Now let's hear from Sharon about her card...
Flowers are some of my very favorite things to color; I find it very soothing and relaxing, and it’s fun to make them any color combination you’d like! Imagine my delight when I discovered Taylored Expresssions' beautiful Bouquet stamp series!

For this pretty Teacup Bouquet, I choose these V and BV-series Copic combos:

I decided to make the teacup and saucer a complimentary color combo of blue-green/cyan and yellow and tied the cup’s blue-green color in with the saucer by making the dotted trim on the saucer. Shadows were placed under the saucer with Copic C0 and C1.

After coloring the image, I die cut it with the largest Tag Stacklets 2 and silver heat embossed the pretty “Thinking of you Always” sentiment from the stamp set. To tie the tag in with the colors of the floral image, I die cut a Tag Reinforcement from white cardstock and colored it with Copic V15. To finish the tag, I tied it with silver metallic twine.

The card base is Sugar Cube cardstock, with a 2-inch strip of Cookie Monster cardstock embossed with the Leafy Vine Embossing Folder. It is topped with a Rainbow Scallop Border die cut from Potato Chip cardstock.

White Summer Nights Matched Sequins scattered on the background finish this card.

Thank you, Sharon for sharing this gorgeous card with us. Please visit Sharon on her blog, PaperFections, for more of her wonderful work.