Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Treats with Taylor: Will You Be Mine?

Hey there, crafty friends! It's Taylor here today with a mid-week treat! Valentine's Day is one my favorite occasions for creating cute and crafty treat packaging! Our oldest daughter, Madi, is at the age where she wants to be involved in any kind of crafty project, so it was lots of fun to create this year's Valentine treats with her help (and also a great lesson in growing patience and accepting that good enough for her is good enough for me!). We decided to make a separate set of Valentine's for both her preschool classmates and her daycare buddies so I have two different Valentine treats to share with you!

When I have a large amount of treat packaging to create, I will often search a store (usually Target!) for pre-made packaging where I can add my own handmade flair. This year I happened upon these cute little sacks with a polka dot heart printed on them from the Target $1 Spot. I started by stamping the sacks with a Be Mine sentiment from the Little Bits of Love stamp set:

I wanted to dress up the pre-printed heart with a handmade embellishment so I die cut two layers of felt using the Heart Stacklets die and hand-stitched them together with embroidery floss to create an embellishment to adhere over the top of the large heart. 

After stitching and adhering all of the hearts, Madi stepped in and filled the bags with candy and taped them closed with a bit of washi tape!

With Madi in preschool I thought it would be cute to use the "I'm so glad we swim in the same school" sentiment for her school friends. We started out by die cutting all the pieces (Madi poked the eyes out of each die cut fish which she thought was hilarious). 

We built the fish tank using the Stitched Circle Stacklets and the Roly Poly - Fish dies. After die cutting everything, they were super easy to put together. 

I don't quite trust her with the glue bottle yet so after I assembled the tags, she wrote her name on the back. 

We tied the tags to a bag of Swedish Fish (or try Goldfish Crackers if you want to stay away from the candy!). So there you have it for our Valentine treats this year! What did you make for your family, friends, or classroom treats this year? 


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Blog Design Team: Magic Could Be ANYWHERE!

Is there magic in the air, crafty friends? Around here, we are always on the lookout for fairy dust. Lucky for us, Blog Design Team member Isha Gupta has created a card that's just full of it! Check it out...

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

When you were a little girl, did you dream of Magic, Fairies, and Fairyland? Well I did and they still fascinate me! So when I saw this Under the Flower stamp and die set, I was drawn towards it and the little girl in me started playing with it.

I love this sentiment in particular, which gave me the idea of a peek-a-boo card.
I sponged some distress inks onto my cardbase. I love the soft and dreamy feel of it. I cut a plain mat layer and then die-cut 3 windows from it.

I then stamped the images, colored them with my Copic markers, and die-cut them. I positioned the images and then stamped the sentiments. Then I adhered the mat layer using 3D foam.

Once everything was in place, I sponged the lower right corner to balance the card front. Finally, it was time to adhere some pretty stars and sequins from the Sweetheart Mix.

 Now, how can a fairy theme card be complete without some shine? I applied Clear wink of Stella to the images and the flower. Then I applied it to the whole mat layer and it looks really pretty in real life.

Hope the little girl in you is inspired! Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for sharing this sweet and magical card with us today, Isha! You can find more of Isha's fabulous work on her blog, New Ideas. Have a joyful day!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Creative Team: Peeking In & a Giveaway!

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Thank you so much for making last week's February Release so much fun. Today we are sharing an absolutely darling card from Creative Team member, Courtney Kelley. If you are in need of a cuteness injection, this is the card for you!

Plus! We are giving away some products to help you create this card! Keep reading for details...

Courtney used our Peeking In Stamp & Die Combo and paired it with our Arched Window die to create this clean and simple card. Check out the step-by-step instructions for how to create this fun card.

Step 1: Cut card base from Sugar Cube Cardstock and fold in half.
Step 2: Emboss a Sugar Cube panel with the Corrugated Embossing Folder. Trim to the height of the card and 1/2” less than the width of the card. Adhere to card base.
Step 3: Stamp the cat onto various patterned papers and Earl Grey Cardstock. Fussy cut the cat, his nose, the bird and the heart from the patterned papers (set aside the cardstock-stamped images until next step).
Step 4: Die cut the following pieces:
  • Arched Window from wood grain and yellow stripes patterned paper
  • Window Accessories curtains from flower patterned paper
  • Peeking In cat that was stamped onto Earl Grey cardstock from the previous step
  • Build a Scene 3 banner from Peapod cardstock
Step 5: For the background of the window scene, adhere the yellow die-cut window, including the four inside window pieces, to the card about 3/4” from the top of the card.
Step 6: Adhere the curtain die-cuts and the cat die-cut. Paper-piece the fussy-cut cat pieces atop the gray cat die-cut (this will give you the gray outline for the cat.)
Step 7: To finish the scene, adhere the wood grain window die-cut with foam tape.
Stamp the sentiment onto the banner die-cut and adhere along the bottom of the window. 
Step 8: Embellish with a few blue enamel dots.

We hope you will be inspired to create this card! Thanks so much to Courtney for sharing it with us. To see more of her fabulous work, visit her blog, Back to the Drawing Board.

For one lucky reader, we are giving away some of the products Courtney used. Simply answer the questions below and you could win a prize pack of our Peeking In Stamp & Die Combo and Arched Window Die

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us what we might see if we were to take a peek in your window (keep it PG, friends, LOL!) by Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win a prize pack of our Peeking In Stamp & Die Combo and Arched Window Die! We'll announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

February 2016 Release: It's All About Spring!

It's Release Day at Taylored Expressions! I hope you've enjoyed all of the springtime sneak peeks this week! We are adding to some of our most popular product lines, including Simply Stamped, Wishes on a Wire, and the If Critters Could Talk collection, plus new Roly Poly, Block Party, and Picture Perfect dies! All of the new products are now available for purchase in the New Products category at the TE web store, but before you head over to the shop or scroll down for more inspiration, you'll want to check if you're one of our lucky winners!

But wait, you're all winners when you place an order from the TE Store! *wink* Every order that ships out of our warehouse, whether it's $2 or $200 receives two special gifts! Each month we produce a unique die that's only offered as a freebie with orders from the TE Store. In addition, we've recently started sending these fun recipe cards that include a project idea, supply list, and step-by-step instructions! We love to Share Joy with you and hope that you'll use these gifts to Share Joy with others!

And now for our Release Week winner announcement! If you're one of our lucky winners, please contact us. If you've won an item (not the gift certificate), make sure you include your mailing address so we can get your prize in the mail!

1. Monday - If Bunnies Could Talk Stamp & Die Combo

2. Tuesday - In the Garden Die

3. Wednesday - Easter Wishes Stamp Set

4. Grand Prize Winner - $50 Gift Certificate

And now for quick links to all of our new products:

I've been loving all of the inspiration our creative team has shared this week and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you! Each of the beautiful faces you see below has even more inspiration to share today so make sure you hope on over their blogs to check it out!