The Ton – Watercolored Poinsettia Close Up

Hello! Today, I am sharing a card created with The Ton’s Poinsettia Close Up stamp. It appears that 2017 is the year of the poinsettia! I have never before seen so many stamp sets featuring this flower as I have this year.

The Ton Poinsettia

I stamped and heat-embossed the stamp with WOW Iridium embossing powder on Canson Montval watercolor paper. I watercolored the image with Colorburst powders (dissolved) and once dry, I added shading with colored pencils. The Holiday Love Poinsettia sentiment was heat-embossed on vellum. I cut the watercolored image and added it to a gold metallic card base. The vellum is wrapped around the back of the watercolored panel.

The Ton Poinsettia

I watched several watercoloring videos including one by Effie Cho and another by Janette Kausen before embarking on the watercoloring of this image.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have several garden centers who offer beautiful poinsettias this time of year. My husband and I recently visited Molbak’s to see their offerings – more than twenty varieties!

Hero Arts Watercolored Holiday Animals

Hello! Today, I am sharing a holiday card showcasing the Hero Arts’ Holiday Animals stamp set. I bought this stamp set last year (the year before?) and had never used it.

Hero Arts Watercolored Holiday Animals

I stamped and heat-embossed two of the images from the stamp set on Canson Montval watercolor paper. I colored them with a combination of Distress Inks and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.

I inked the same watercolor paper with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on which I stamped the trees (and then cut with their corresponding dies). The background was inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The patterned paper card base is from a Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 pad released several years ago.

Hero Arts Watercolored Holiday Animals

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TE Merry & Bright Holiday Die-cut Door

Hello! Today, I am sharing a CAS holiday card created with Taylored Expressions supplies using a non-traditional color scheme.

TE Merry & Bright Holiday Die-cut Door

I was going to claim this as a “no stamps” card but then remembered I used the Snow Day Background! I started by stamping the background with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers ink. Next I cut the door from Door to Door 2 from Lollipop cardstock. I backed the window with vellum and then again with Sugar Cube cardstock. The Little Bits – Ice Skates held with the bow in Ornament Accessories is the door decor. I cut snow for the top of the door with the Door to Door Winter Decor set. The sentiment is cut from Silver Foil with the Picture Perfect – Vertical die, trimmed and tucked behind the snow. The base needed some textured, so I dry-embossed Cookie Monster cardstock with the Diagonal Stripe embossing folder. And Santa has been by, so his (or hers?) sack, cut with dies in the By the Fireside – Santa set, are left at the door.

TE Merry & Bright Holiday Die-cut Door

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Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 264 – Kraft and Red

Hello! Today, I am sharing a holiday card created for this week’s Merry Monday Christmas Challenge to use Kraft and Red. This happens to be one of my favorite holiday color combinations.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #264

I created a card featuring two Memory Box poinsettia die sets – Small Blooming Poinsettia and Blooming Poinsettia. I connected the blooms with a die-cut sprig (it is cut in two underneath the large poinsettia), which was cut with the Memory Box Holiday Vine die from gold foil cardstock. I used Memory Box green paper for the leaves (no longer available) and Stampin’ Up Real Red for the poinsettias. The gold, heat-embossed sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up Embellished Ornaments set. After I had everything adhered, I took a look and felt  the card looked a little blank. If I were a braver person, I might have sprinkled on Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray in a few places! Fearing that would cause a mess, I added Neat and Tangled sequins. This particular mix includes three different sequin sizes.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #264

One of the things I particularly like about these challenges is that it provides an opportunity to revisit supplies I already own! These Memory Box dies are several years old.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #264

May the Christmas Season Bring You Peace

Hello! Today, I’m sharing another CAS holiday card created with the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings stamp set. Several weeks ago, I shared four cards created with the stamp set that you can see here.

Simon Says Stained Glass Greetings Stamp Set

On this card, I combined a die-cut dove (Penny Black’s 51-070 The Gift), cut from gold foil, with the gold, heat-embossed, upper-case PEACE sentiment. I heat-embossed the smaller sentiment white on red cardstock and cut it with a small banner die. The patterned paper background is from an American Crafts pad released last year or the year before.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #263

Hello! Today, I am sharing a holiday card inspired by the image shown for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #263.

I really like this image and would love to set up this hot cocoa bar in my home! The cards from the team are fantastic! My card was most inspired by the one shown by Kelly Lunceford.

Merry Monday Challenge #263

I went through my patterned paper and pulled out the woodgrain and the peppermint. I still have A LOT of patterned paper purchased in past years! The What’s in Your Cup? mug is from Penny Black. The candy cane is from the CottageCutz Peppermint Latte set. The sentiment – Subway Series: Holidays – is from Fresh Squeezed Stamps (now retired).

Merry Monday Challenge #263

Yesterday my husband and I went to a local nursery to see their festive holiday décor. They have an assortment of themed trees including this one featuring kitchen items, candy canes, and gingerbread men.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release Day

Hello! Welcome to the Taylored Expressions November 2017 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 two more CAS cards to show you. My first card showcases the Inside Scallop Circle Stacklets set along with the Double-Ended Flag Stacklets.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

I used the Stitched Circle Stacklets with the Inside Scallop Circle Stacklets to create three frames in which I placed the Little Bits – Balloons and Build a Cake die-cuts. The patterned paper is from the Playful Patterns – Bold package. I heat-embossed the Friendly Phrases sentiment and cut it with a die in the Double-Ended Flag Stacklets set.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

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For my second card, I used the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets with the Inside Scallop Rectangle Stacklets to create two frames in which I placed the Stacked Teacups. The patterned paper that fills the teacups and shown in the yellow and pink-striped backgrounds is from the Playful Patterns – Bold package.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Just as I did in the first card, I heat-embossed the Friendly Phrases sentiment and cut it with a die in the Double-Ended Flag Stacklets set. These sets make quick work of adding a sentiment!

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

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Thanks so much for stopping by! To see more projects with the new release and new product information, head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of the participating designers!

Bah Humbug – Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings

Hello! Welcome to Day 3 of the Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release Sneak Peeks. The November products being sneaked will be released tomorrow – Thursday, November 2 @ 7 AM PST! Today, I am sharing a holiday card (perhaps for the grump in your family?!) and three decorated envelopes.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

My CAS card features the December Calendar Grumplings and shows a new die from the Inside Scallop Rectangle Stacklets set. These work alone or together with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets to create a frame.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

The packages were cut with All Wrapped Up from patterned paper in the Playful Patterns – Bold and Playful Patterns – Savory packages. The background was created with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke – applied with a Clarity Stencil Brush.

I used Merry Mail 2 to stamp images on coordinating envelopes, which are lined with Playful Patterns – Savory patterned paper, cut with the Scalloped Envelope Liner die. I colored the images stamped in Oreo ink with colored pencils.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

Thanks for visiting! On the TE Blog you will see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Card Set

Hello! Happy Halloween! Welcome to Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release Sneak Peeks. The November products being sneaked will be released Thursday, November 2 @ 7 AM PST! Today, I am sharing a gift set of note cards which showcase the Big Blooms stamps.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

The November release introduces two new Big Blooms – Cabbage Rose and Hydrangea. I stamped and heat-embossed the Big Blooms (clockwise from top left – Sunflower, Cabbage Rose, Hydrangea, and Daisy) on watercolor paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I added heat-embossed sentiments from the Plot Twist stamp set which I cut with the Sentiment Stacker 1 die, another November release introduction.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

The set of cards and matching envelopes are ready for gift-giving with the addition of a heat-embossed sentiment from Noteworthy attached with the Noteworthy Belly Band wrapped around a clear card box. I stamped the band with the Happy Flowers Background.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

The matching envelopes were created with the Scalloped Envelope Liner die, cut from Playful Patterns – Savory patterned paper.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

Thanks for visiting! On the TE Blog you will see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

Lawn Fawn Holiday JOY

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamp set. It has been drizzling here all day and it is dark outside – a little color was in order!

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows

I have had this stamp for a couple of years and never used it (looks like it was released in 2013!). I colored the birds with Copic markers and cut the images with their corresponding dies. The branches are stamped with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo ink.

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows

I used the Stitched Woodgrain backdrop for the card base and for the circle in the center. The bokeh/snow patterned paper is from an older Lawn Fawn pad. I die-cut the sentiment with Cole’s ABCs from Taylored Expressions Watermelon cardstock. (I tried a more traditional red cardstock but it just didn’t work with the brightly-colored birds.)

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