Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blog Design Team: Tiny Quilted Love

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Today, we have got a treat for you! Blog Team Designer Julia Stainton is sharing a gorgeous project with a keen idea on how to use tiny dies!

And now, let's hear from Julia about her project...

I love tiny stamps and dies. They are so sweet but sometimes they can be a challenge to design with. An easy solution to this problem is to divide up your project into smaller areas. A grid always works and makes a simple design element. You can leave the squares of the grid as they are, but I'm always looking for an excuse to pull out my sewing machine and stitch away. A little stitching turns a simple grid into a quilt detail and adds a little extra texture.
Each square was cut to 1.5" square. This makes a 4.5" panel and it's matted in Sugar Cube then adhered to a Toffee cardstock 5" square card base. I love the look of a square card to change things up from the usual rectangular card.
Mini tags are adorable and I die-cut them from two colors of felt and Toffee cardstock.  A couple of the cardstock tags were stamped on with sentiments from the Lavender Bouquet stamp set and adhered with 3D foam squares. The rest of the tags, both cardstock and felt, were adhered in the same manner and then embellished with random tiny bits and pieces that I had on hand such as twine, mini flowers, and vintage buttons.
I love how I have lots of little tags left over for other projects just ready to be used. They are stored in a little glass jar on my desk for future use. (Julia's Tip: If you have a favorite die set that you use over and over, die cut extra while you have the die out to make future crafting quick and easy.) 
Thanks so much, Julia, for all your terrific tips on stamping on vellum. Be sure to check out Julia's blog, Belle Papier to see more of her lovely projects. Have a joyful weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Share Joy Update

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a chance to get creative this past weekend and make someone's day very special. Speaking of that, our new Share Joy campaign is off to a great start and I wanted to take a moment today to provide an update.

Since the launch of our latest Share Joy campaign on March 23, we've received over 350 beautiful handmade cards! It's our goal to donate 600+ cards so keep 'em coming! For details on our current Share Joy campaign, including the charity and guidelines for card donations, please visit the TE Share Joy page.  Here's a look at some of the wonderful donations we've received so far:

Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation! It warms my heart to see all the joy we're sharing!

Each person who donates cards will be entered into our drawing for one of three prize bundles. If you plan to donate cards but have yet to send them in, it's not too late! Please have your package post-marked by Friday, May 8, and we will enter you into our prize drawing. The winners of the drawing will be announced right here on the TE blog on Monday, May 18.

Thanks for your support and happy stamping!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Design Team: Eat Cake!

TGIF, crafty friends! We hope you had a swell week of fun and frolick! And if you didn't, today's project from Blog Team Member Amy Sheffer is sure to cheer you up. Check it out...

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

It’s always fun to let color and pattern take center stage on a card, and what better occasion than a birthday?

Today I’ve combined some patterns from the Double the Fun paper pack to create a bright, cheery background. I accented the “seams" with some ribbons, trim, and some black and white Baker’s Twine.

For the sentiment, I pulled out the fabulous birthday set, Big Bold Birthday. To get the multi-colored sentiment, I just colored onto the stamp with markers and huffed on the stamp before stamping. Multiple colors with just one impression — gotta love that about rubber stamps! I die-cut the sentiment into a circle using a circle die, sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink (before removing the cut circle from the die), then adhered the sentiment to a tag.

The top of the tag is finished off with some green and white striped ribbon and some more black and white Baker’s Twine.

I rounded the corners of the background panel and mounted it onto a Peapod card base. Last, I adhered the tag and sentiment piece, slipping the bottom of the tag underneath the baker’s twine. Don't forget to eat cake!

Thank you for sharing such a cheerful card with us today, Amy! You can find more of Amy's beautiful work on her blog, Pickled Paper Designs. Have a joyful day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Today I Learned: How to Create Punch Board Gift Boxes with Wanda Guess

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..." Today we have a step-by-step tutorial from Blog Team designer Wanda Guess, who shows us how to use a popular tool to create these delightful gift box packages...

A note from Wanda...
For today's tutorial, I made some pretty packages tied up in bows! This was a super fun project that is much easier than it would appear. I used the awesome Gift Box Punch Board from We-R-Memory to make adorable kraft paper boxes. Then I had tons of fun embellishing them with all kinds of wonderful TE dies and pretty patterned papers. These would make great party favors or little holiday presents for cookies and such. 

Would you like to know how Wanda created these gorgeous boxes? Well, you are in luck because her tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:

Also, to help you get started, the Gift Box Punch Board is on sale in the TE Store for 20% off!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Winner: $25 Gift Certificate


Here is the random winner of our $25 Gift Certificate giveaway from Amy Sheffer's post. If you missed Amy's happy card, visit HERE!

We loved hearing all about how you all spent your first day of Spring!

Our lucky winner is:

Congratulations! Please email us (support@tayloredexpressions.com) to claim your prize.