CAS Christmas for CAS(E) this Sketch #186

Hello! I’m playing along with the CAS(E) this Sketch #186 Challenge. At first glance, I wasn’t going to participate with this sketch, but the sketch nagged at me to give it a try!

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I pulled out the Stampin’ Up “Lots of Joy” set, which I’d never used, for the plaid trees and let the American Crafts patterned paper (last season’s? the season before?) do the talking!

CAS(E) this Sketch #186

I added some Pretty Pink Posh star sequins to the tops of the trees as they looked decidedly unfinished without stars!

Penny Black Simplicity – Summer Blooms

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS floral card created with Penny Black stamps and dies. I’m trying to squeeze in a few more summer-themed cards before moving into the fall and winter holidays!

Jean Manis Penny Black Simplicity

I stamped and heat-embossed 40-468 Flowerets and colored the flowers with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Carved Pumpkin). I then fussy cut the flowers. I die cut 51-242 Shall We Dance twice from green cardstock and attached the fussy-cut flowers to the stems (covering the flower portion of the die cut). I arranged the flowers and stems on a background to which I’d applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.

The sentiment from 30-338 Special Thoughts was stamped onto a window panel. To embellish the card, I added a butterfly cut with one of the dies in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy set.

Late Summer Hello: TE Share Joy Challenge #49

Hello! I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #49.

TE Share Joy Challenge #49

I used the sketch and the colors to create a CAS, beach-themed card (not ready to say “good bye” to summer quite yet!):

TE Share Joy Challenge #49I trimmed the Beach Border with the one of the Stitched Square Stacklets dies after stamping the cardstock with a sentiment from Simply Succulents Stamp & Die Combo in Sugar Cube ink.

I had this card all assembled with a white strip (rather than the patterned paper) and it looked a little blah, so I flipped through my stack of patterned paper and pulled out this fun Echo Part print to add just a touch of whimsy! I also dry-embossed the background cardstock with the On the Spot embossing folder to add interest and texture. (I find that if there are multiple layers in a card design, it always helps to add some patterned paper and dry-embossing!)

TE Share Joy Challenge #49

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

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Lawn Fawn Owl Always Love You

Hello! Late August signals back-to-school, and I’ve been seeing lots of posts about first days of school and sons and daughters headed to college. Our youngest son left for college this time of year five years ago (time really doesn’t fly!). He’s finished with college now, so we don’t have any back-to-schoolers in the house. That doesn’t mean I can’t remember what those transitions felt like, and with that type of transition in mind, I created this card with Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.

 

Lawn Fawn Owl Always Love You

The Mom + Me set was released for Mother’s Day; I repurposed the owl with her owlet as a card for a son or daughter (perfect, really, for just about any time!). I kept the colors gender neutral (and sort of outdoorsy).

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Haunted Halloween – TE Share Joy Challenge #48

Hello! I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #48.

TE Share Joy Challenge #48

I used the sketch to create a CAS Halloween card:

TE Share Joy Challenge #48

I used the 13 Dead End Drive die (trimming off the bottom section) to create the haunted house and witch. I backed the windows with grey cardstock and the moon with white cardstock (I normally put yellow in for moons, but I wanted to keep the color palette quiet). I used old Halloween patterned paper for the background (I have a ton of patterned paper packs for Halloween!). I used a thin tape from my stash (never before used!) for the detail strips. I stamped the Boo to You set sentiment onto cardstock, which I cut with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Stacklets die (by cutting and then cutting again to shorten the length). The bats are from the just-released Haunted Accessories set.

TE Share Joy Challenge #48

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

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Lawn Fawn Pacific Northwest Hello

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card crafted with Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I imagined a scene in the Pacific Northwest while crafting the card.

I watched Kelly Marie’s intro video for the Dad + Me set to get ideas for Copic coloring the bears (I will now watch her coloring for every Lawn Fawn stamp, as it makes the process so much easier!). I used Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster ink for the lake.

Lawn Fawn PNW Hello

I just love that bucket hat! My husband has a similar one (although it’s not teal :-)).

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Taylored Expressions Faith-Based Projects

Hello! Today, I’m sharing two faith-based projects created with Taylored Expressions products (supplies are listed below each project).

My first project showcases the Shade Tree Cutting Plate which I crafted with fall colors.

Taylored Expressions Faith-Based Projects

I cut Woodgrain Textured Cardstock Pack with the Shade Tree Cutting Plate and embellished it with leaves cut from the TE 6×6 Paper Pack – Playful Patterns – Haunted (the polka-dot patterns in this pack are perfect for autumn) with the On a Limb – Leaves die. I added a sentiment from the Shade Tree Scripture set stamped with the TE Premium Ink – Chocolate Truffle – Full Pad ink.

Taylored Expressions Faith-Based Projects

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For my second project, I created a bookmark combining the Build a Bookmark set with a sentiment from the In the Word set.

Taylored Expressions Faith-Based Projects

I stamped the sun and sentiment from In the Word, cut the cardstock with the bookmark die and embellished with the die-cuts. I used the Mark Your Spot Bookmark die to cut another slightly larger bookmark from the Cookie Monster cardstock.

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Boo! – TE Share Joy Challenge #47

Hello! I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #47.

TE Share Joy Challenge #47

I used the sketch to create a CAS Halloween card (which is more on the cute side than the spooky):

TE Share Joy Challenge #47

I used Chalkstock for the Little Bits – Black Cat and the crow (raven?) in the Gothic Window Accessories set. It’s such a rich black color.

TE Share Joy Challenge #47

The Gothic Window assembly is lifted up with foam adhesive. I cut the window background from the TE 6×6 Paper Pack – Playful Patterns – Haunted with one of the Label Stacklets 5 dies.

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

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Penny Black Simplicity: A Sweet Wish

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card showcasing the Penny Black 30-344 Sunny Wishes stamp set. I created a “sister” version of this card (similar design but different technique) for the Penny Black Simplicity site. I hope you’ll head over and take a look.

PB Simplicity

I heat-embossed the floral image with white embossing powder twice (rotating it) and applied Distress Inks in yellow, coral and pink.

I cut the panel and attached it to a background which was dry-embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder. The sentiment from 30-358 Happy Snippets was heat-embossed on black cardstock.

Witch’s Fireside Scene + Tutorial

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions August 2016 Release! All of the products that we have been sharing this week are now available in the TE store!

Before you head off to shop, I have one more project to show you! My card showcases the By the Fireside die set. I’m a big fan of Halloween, and I’ve always liked witches, starting with the TV show “Bewitched.” This fireplace belongs in a witch’s home. She’s got her boot off (and on the mantel) and she’s got the fire blazing.

TE August 2016 Release

Today, I’m sharing tips and tricks that I use when piecing together a die-cut scene, especially one with smaller die-cuts. For many years I had glue/tape phobia! But with the right tools and adhesives I’ve overcome my fears.

To begin, I cut the fireplace mantel from Poppy Seed cardstock. The die creates an indentation to simulate the mantel’s details.

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To highlight those details, I lightly applied the Sugar Cube ink to the mantel and worked my way around.

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While that dried, I cut the brick part of the fireplace from Jelly Donut cardstock and dry-embossed it with the Brick embossing folder.

TE By the Fireside Tutorial

I cut a piece of TE Oreo cardstock, slightly larger than the brick part, to simulate the interior of the fireplace. I used double-sided tape to adhere the pieces together.

TE By the Fireside Tutorial

I taped those pieces to the back of the fireplace mantel.

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To adhere the smaller die-cut pieces, such as the fire flames, I put a dab of Ranger Multi-Matte Medium onto a piece of paper and dipped the die cut piece, which I held with the Embellie Gellie. This is my “go to” method for adhering the Little Bits die cuts. I assembled the Broom, the Cauldron and the Potion Bottles in this manner.

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To create the buttons on the Witch’s Boot, I backed the die cut with a small piece of TE Lemon Meringue cardstock and attached it with a sliver of tape.

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Finally, whenever I want to pop up a small die-cut in a scene, such as the spiders, I cut small pieces of foam adhesive. I have a pair of scissors which I only use to cut adhesives!

TE By the Fireside Tutorial

TE By the Fireside

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!

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