Be sure to check out the rest of the design team on our challenge blog and our guest designer, Jen Shears from Jen Shears Designs.
I was inspired by the bright colors and all of the open white space - even within the pattern on the pink pillows.
I love that flower! It's actually an overlay to a card-size cutting plate that say "With Sympathy" but I think it works perfectly well on its own. The kraft cardstock was inspired by the carpet. I'm not 100% sold on the blue enamel dots - I wanted so badly to tone them down, but they are really a perfect match for the blue in the inspiration photo so I left them.
I hope to see you "hanging out" and playing along with our challenge!
Stamps: Taylored Expressions In & Out Birthday, Striped Background (in Versamark on the kraft)
Dies: Taylored Expressions Blooms Overlay
Cardstock: various - to match the inspiration photo
I have a work friend with a birthday tomorrow. She is passionate about purple! So I had no choice but to combine some purple papers and a glittery balloon!
When I got done, I felt the balloon was too high - or maybe the whole design was too high. I tried to compensate with some heavier sequins to the bottom to draw the eye down, but I don't think it was overly successful. Oh well - sometimes I just need to get over myself, don't I??!!
It's release day at Taylored Expressions!! Everything you have seen this week is now available. I'm not going to chat much because there's shopping to do. And you definitely have to head over to the Taylored Expressions blog and check out the winners of all of the birthday prizes!
This release includes the fall additions to the Sitting Pretty line of dies. It's Sitting Pretty - Fall Accessories. I've used bits and pieces of them over the last few days - but today I focused on them by placing them over By the Fireside.
To get the fall colors, I sponged Granny Smith, Dijon and Candy Corn onto a scrap piece of paper and then cut the leaf banner. I then noticed some extra portions with Dijon and Candy Corn and decided to cut the fire pieces out of them for a softer look. A little Bead Board Embossing on the walls and some Brick Embossing in the fireplace and I have the scene that I wish I were relaxing in front of right now!! (I love all things autumn!)
Here's my supply list and be sure to keep reading for one more card!
I love images that do all of the work! If you've been following the release this week, you've seen the promo for Iconic Wishes - Birthday which is a fun cupcake with the sentiment right in the frosting and cupcake! We also have Iconic Wishes - Fall Stamp & Die Combo.
I used my Mini Misti Stamping Tool to ink just the tip of the leaf in Dijon; stamped it; then inked the rest in Sweet Basil. The Leafy Branchis in Dijon - I did add a bit of sparkle to the leaves because I love the autumn contrast of rich fall colors with the frost. A few frosty sequins and a sentiment from the same stamp set - and I have a quick and easy Thanksgiving card!
This is just a quick post because it's time to head over to the TE blog for links to all of the designers and to find out if you have a party favor!! Then head over to the TE Store because it's full of new products!
It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the September release from Taylored Expressions and it's a really big day!! I have three cards to show you - all different themes - and there's three more chances at prizes and favors (read all the way to the bottom).
First, you can help Taylored Expressions celebrate nine years of sharing joy by creating a card using this fabulous sketch! Then be sure to enter for a chance to win one of nine amazing prize packs of Taylor's nine favorite crafty things each valued at over $115. Best of all, one luck winner will be chosen by Taylor to join the Creative Team as a Guest Designer for the October Release and will receive an incredible prize package of the newest TE goodies! Click here for all the details! [The sketch is due TODAY so do not wait!!]
Here's my take on the sketch using the brand new Peek-a-Boo Birthday along with a little cheese from the previously released Little Bits - Mac & Cheese.
I was going to go with Enamel Shapes down the side but for some reason, I decided some slices of cheese made sense and would be oddly cute!
I did sneak a sneak peek of Peek-a-Boo Birthday into the sketch. Here's the supply list, but keep reading for two more sneak peeks!!
One more party favor before my next peek because it wouldn't be a party without a favor! So for a limited time, when you spend $50 or more at the TE Web Store, you’ll earn this super sweet Iconic Wishes - Birthday stamp & die combo FREE!
Now I'm going to totally change directions. I have another card that I'm using for Thanksgiving. It's the new Big Blooms - Sunflower which would go in many directions but I also wanted to use the new Thanks Script.
To make the "thanks" die work for Thanksgiving I found an appropriately sized "give" in the Fall Florals set and I masked it off to just stamp the "give"!
I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to watercolor my flowers. I love how that ink works on kraft-colored paper. I just pressed some ink onto a craft sheet and then used a water brush to add the color. The white embossing repels it so it makes it so easy to just slop it on and it still looks good!!
One more sneak peek after this supply list and it's an even bigger change in direction.
My next card uses the new Sympathy Blooms Cutting Plate. This is an essential in any collection for those sympathy cards that can be so hard to make. I think this is a lovely card and it has absolutely nothing to do with my creativity or abilities. It's literally 2 colors of cardstock, the die and some enamel shapes.
There is also the option to step it up. Another new die set called Blooms Overlay work perfectly as overlays to the flowers and leaves on the cutting plate (or they can work on their own.) But those of you who follow me know that I don't step it up very often so you won't see it on my blog - be sure to check out the rest of the creative team.) Here's a close-up of the cutting plate with my simple take on it.
The big day is almost here. The full release is available tomorrow morning. I'll have two more fall cards to show you and then it will be time to shop!