Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 6

Happy Friday! To round out our busy week, we get to relax and enjoy a lovely creation by our very talented Guest Designer, Melyssa Connolly.

We love how Melyssa created such a fresh and lovely card with our Lattice Cutting Plate and her coloring on our Daisy Bouquet is stunning! With just a few foam tabs she turned her splendid bouquet into something truly special.

Melyssa's Coloring Tip: To color a bunch of flowers quickly, take a sheet of paper and spritz it with colorless blender (such as Copic). Be sure to make sure it is a good, even light coating, then drop refill ink directly on the paper and spritz again and you will see the color move and spread out. Add as many colors as you like. Allow to dry then stamp your image over the spritzed ink.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog Design Team: Clean & Simple with a Bow on Top

This week is just flying by, crafty friends! Blog Design Team member, Caryn Davies has created a lovely Clean & Simple card that is quick and easy to make, but oh-so-sweet!

Plus, to help you create your own CAS cards like Caryn's, we're giving away the die set Caryn used on her card! Keep reading for details...

Caryn's Notes: Hello folks! It's Caryn here with a card that embraces white space, clean lines and crisp edges.

Caryn's Notes: I started with a white card base measuring 4.25" x 5.5". I then used Banner Stacklets 1 set and cut one banner from aqua card stock and a smaller one from white to give a simple layered look. I cut the white banner shorter and stamped one of the gorgeous sentiments from Big Bold Birthday in black ink. 

Caryn's Notes: To tie in the color scheme I colored the top of the word "day" in a complimentary Copic marker. I adhered the white sentiment banner to the aqua banner leaving a 1.5" gap to the top.  Using the Mini Mix and Match Bows I die cut one of the larger bows from a coordinating patterned paper and glued this to the top of the white banner finishing with a small aqua button and some Doodlebug Sprinkles for some extra bling.

Thank you, Caryn, for sharing how simple can be sweet! Tune back in tomorrow for a fresh floral card by Guest Designer Michelle Woerner!

Would you like to create your own Clean & Simple cards like Caryn's? To help get you started, we're giving away a Mini Mix & Match Bows die set! Enter to Win: For your chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite card style by 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, August 30, 2014.  One entry per person. We'll randomly choose a winner and announce next week here on the TE Blog!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Design Team: Congratulations Are in Bloom!

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! Blog Design Team member Kay Miller has got an absolutely gorgeous card to share with us today! She used some of our dies to create a bouquet of summery floral fun.

Kay's Notes: I love flower dies! They are so much fun to cut out in pretty colors and layer in different ways. I used the Bloom Where You’re Planted dies for this fun flowery card. This die set is so great because it comes with a cute little flower pot to put your flowers in. If you don’t want to use the pot, there is a stem and leaves, so they can stand alone too.

Kay's Notes: First, I cut the flower dies out of several different colors of card stock, so I would have plenty of layering options. One really fun thing about this set of dies, is that the  two largest of the flower dies fit together to create a little outline around the flower. I love that! Next, I just played with the flowers, layering them with foam tape until I had enough to make a potful.

Kay's Notes: Then I cut out the flower pot and the top rim. I cut the top rim twice, once out of the same color as the pot, and once out of a slightly darker color to layer underneath. It makes it look like it has a shadow. Next I die cut the leaves from Bloom Where You’re Planted and Branches, Banner & Bloom in two different shades of green. Then I die cut the banner in white and stamped the "Congratulations" on it.

Kay's Notes: To put the card together, I first made a little table cloth for the flower pot to sit on with the rim of the flower pot die cut in red, and glued that flat to the card. I then glued the flower pot down flat slightly overlapping the top edge. I knew this card would have lots of dimension once I had added all the flowers, so I needed the first layer to be pretty flat. Next, I glued the leaves down flat as well in various places above the pot. Next I added foam tape to the flowers and added them in a pleasing manner. Lastly I folded the banner on the scored lines and added it across the flower pot with some foam tape only in the middle.

Kay's Notes: Now you have a lovely card perfect for someone who has just bought a new home, or any event which would call for a congratulations!

Visit Kay's blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her wonderful creations. Tune in later this week for projects from her fellow teammate, Caryn Davies, and from Guest Designer Melyssa Connolly!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guest Designer: Melyssa Connolly Day 5

Happy Friday, crafty friends! I hope you're all having a great week and making plans for a fun weekend... maybe even a little time with your stamps and dies!? Our talented Guest Designer, Melyssa Connolly is stopping by today with a simple project to keep you inspired!

Melyssa's Notes: Try coloring portions of your die cut image to make it pop as I did here with the butterfly from the Beauty Lies Within die set. I also added my own doodles to the butterfly wings, embellished the center with black rhinestones, and added my own thin antennae for more visual interest.

Melyssa's Notes: The word 'hi' is a sticker that was originally a different color. If your sticker isn't the color you need for your project then just color over it with marker to fit your needs!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Design Team: Shake, Shake, Shake!

Happy Thursday! Today, Blog Team designer Wanda Guess is sharing a gorgeous shaker & sequins card today and it's got just the perfect sentiment for summer. Check it out...

When was the last time you created a shaker card? Check out this week's TE Newsletter for a refresher course (or a first-time look!) here: Shake Things Up e-Newsletter

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