CAS Mixed Media Friendship card

Today I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring an umbrella die cut against a background created with a raindrop stencil and embossing paste.

Jean Manis Life Is GoodAfter stamping the card base, I applied embossing paste, which I colored with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, through the Raindrops stencil (I selectively masked off portions of the stencil so that the umbrella would appear to be keeping the sentiment dry. Once the embossing paste dried, I adhered the umbrella die cut. The canopy of the umbrella was cut from cardstock which I had colored with a combination of Distress Inks (reds and a little yellow) for a different project.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” stamp set

Penny Black Simplicity Floral Valentine

Today, I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and dies. Valentine’s Day seems to have arrived quickly this year!

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I applied a combination of pink Distress Inks to the 40-389 Bramble stamp, stamping in both the lower-right and upper-left corners of the card base. I die-cut the 51-182 Fancy Heart from white cardstock and adhered it over a piece of vellum cut in the heart shape, to soften the stamped portion underneath it. To finish, I heat-embossed a sentiment from the 30-229 Special Wishes stamp set and added hearts cut with the 51-100 Tree of Love die.

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #21 at Taylored Expressions.TEChallenge21

I used the sketch to create a CAS Congratulations card, perfect for graduation (you could change the colors of the balloon to reflect school colors), a new job or a promotion (just to name a few reasons to send a Congratulations card)!

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

I cut the balloon with the Sky High – Hot Air Balloons die three times, inlaying the colored cardstock panels into the balloon outline (I put Scotch tape on the back of the balloon outline to hold the colored cardstock pieces).

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

I used a sentiment from the Welcome Home set which I die cut with the banner in the Build a House set. The background panel was dry-embossed with the Cloudy Days folder and a frame cut with a die in the Frame in Frame Cutting Plate set finished it off.

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

Supplies:

Taylored Expressions February Release Day

Hello! Welcome to the Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release! All of the Easter- and spring-themed products that we have been peeking this week are now available in the TE store, HERE! Before you head off to shop, I have one more project to show you featuring the Roly Poly – Duck die.

Taylored Expressions Feb 2016 Release

The base of the Roly Poly Duck is a circle cut with a die in the Stitched Circle Stacklets set. Once I pieced the duck together, I added grass, cut with the Fringe Border, to the card base, which I dry-embossed with the Cloudy Days embossing folder. I added a couple of eggs, which I dry-embossed with the On the Spot folder. I heat-embossed the sentiment from the Easter Wishes set and cut it with a die in the Stitched Banner Stacklets set. These colors make me happy!

Taylored Expressions Feb 2016 Release

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

Supplies:

Taylored Expressions February Release Sneak Peeks Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Taylored Expressions February Sneak Peeks! It’s time to get crafty with Easter- and spring-themed projects! The February products will be released tomorrow – Thursday, February 4 @ 7 AM PST!

My first card, created entirely with die cuts, features the Door to Door Spring Decor set, a coordinating set for the previous released Door to Door die set.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

I added a mail box cut with the Little Bits – Mailbox set and a Welcome banner cut with a die in the Welcome Spring Banner set. There’s just something about a red door! (Of course, there are a number of other options here – it’s just a matter of changing up the colors.)

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

My second card showcases the Simply Stamped – Tulips stamp set, with coordinating dies.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

I stamped the tulip images three times each, using Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Morocco inks for the blossoms and Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy inks for the stems and leaves. In some cases, I stamped a combination of Dandelion/Cantaloupe/Tangelo and on others Cantaloupe/Tangelo/Morocco. I wanted there to be variation in the coloring on the flowers.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

I heat-embossed one of the sentiments from the set and cut it with a die in the Stitched Banner Stacklets set. The floral scene is set against a dry-embossed background, created with the Butterfly Swirls embossing folder.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Taylored Expressions Release

Thanks for visiting! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!

Products in BOLD will be available in the TE store 2/4/16 @ 7 AM PST!

Supplies for Welcome card:

Supplies for Just a Note card:

Taylored Expressions February Release Sneak Peeks Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions February Sneak Peeks! It’s time to get crafty with Easter- and spring-themed projects! The February products will be released Thursday, February 4 @ 7 AM PST!

You’ll notice a theme with the two cards I’m showing today (both made entirely with die cuts) – sunshine and the outdoors!

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

I used the Picture Perfect – Sunny Days die to frame a scene featuring the Little Bits – Birdhouse and Little Bits – Birds dies. The teal blue bird is singing his heart out.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

I set my scene against a dry-embossed Walking on Sunshine background and added a picket fence, a cloud, and hearts for visual interest.

My second card highlights the In the Garden die. The die can be used to create either a horizontal or a vertical card. The girl gathering flowers is just adorable.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

Again, I set my scene against a dry-embossed Walking on Sunshine background and added banners cut with the Welcome Spring Banner die. A frame, cut with a die in the Frame in Frame Cutting Plate set, finished it off.

Taylored Expressions February 2016 Release

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Taylored Expressions Release

Thanks for visiting! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!

Products in BOLD will be available in the TE store 2/4/16 @ 7 AM PST!

Supplies for Sunshine card:

Supplies for Garden card:

Taylored Expressions February Release Sneak Peeks Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Taylored Expressions February Sneak Peeks! It’s time to get crafty with Easter- and spring-themed projects! The February products will be released Thursday, February 4 @ 7 AM PST!

My first card says “hello” to spring with the cute critters in the Bunny Tails & Happy Trails stamp set with coordinating dies.

Taylored Expressions February Release

I stamped the critters, colored them with Copic markers and cut them with their corresponding dies, adding them to the card front with foam adhesive. I used the Build a Scene – On the Road die set to create the roads. I heat-embossed the sentiment onto the card front.

Taylored Expressions February Release

My second card, featuring the Wishes on a Wire – St. Paddy’s Day stamp set, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!

Taylored Expressions February Release

I stamped and Copic-colored the scene – isn’t that rabbit cute?! I cut the colored scene with a rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets set. I used patterned paper from TE 6×6 Paper Pack – For Peep’s Sake for a mat behind the rectangle. I added a grass border, which I Copic-colored to get the right shade, cut with the Wispy Grass Border die. To finish, I added flowers cut with the Little Bits – Flowers & Stems set.

Taylored Expressions February Release

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win. 

Taylored Expressions Release

Thanks for visiting! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!

Products in BOLD will be available in the TE store 2/4/16 @ 7 AM PST!

Supplies for Hello Spring card:

Supplies for Lucky card:

AEI♥U Challenge #33 – Friendship

It’s time for a new AEI♥U Challenge!! This month’s theme is friendship – a perfect theme given that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!

Avery Elle Challenge 33

Here’s my take on the challenge theme:

Jean Manis Avery Elle Challenge #33

I couldn’t resist pairing the whales in the Whale Hello set. At some point, when my sons were much younger, we had several whale books, and I could identify one from another. But I’ve forgotten a lot of that stuff (along with all of the different dinosaurs)! I do know that in the PNW, there are a lot of Orca whales, which we occasionally see traveling in their pods.

I created the card background using the smooshing technique with a variety of Distress Inks. I watercolored the whales using watercolor pencils, Distress Inks, and once dry, I added more shading with colored pencils.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have until  February 24, 2016 to link up your take on the challenge!

Supplies: Avery Elle Pinked Elle-ments

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #20

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #20 at Taylored Expressions.Share Joy Challenge #20

I used the sketch and kept it Clean & Simple, creating a “Hello” card with die cut flowers and sentiment:

TE Share Joy Challenge #20

After a week of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, these bright flowers make me happy! I did a bit of pruning on the Leafy Branch, before tucking it behind the flowers.

TE Share Joy Challenge #20

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Penny Black Simplicity CAS Valentine

Today, I’m sharing a CAS Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

CAS Valentine

To begin, I cut the window using the Penny Black 51-135 ironwork window die inside a cardstock rectangle. (The side edges of the window do not get cut, providing lots of flexibility on how to use the die.) I heat-embossed a sentiment from the 30-269 so very much set on the bottom of the panel with silver embossing powder.

I backed the panel with yellow cardstock and attached hearts to the front of the window. The hearts were cut with the 51-100 tree of love die from watercolor paper, which I had colored with Ranger Barn Door Distress Spray.

To finish, I attached the frame to a dry-embossed panel.