Merry Monday Summer Link-up – Die-cut Ornaments

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up with a CAS card using turquoise blue, green, and purple. This isn’t a color scheme I often use (perhaps one I have never used) and it took a bit to figure out what element I would make which color.

Merry Monday Christmas

I stamped the Candy Stripe Bold Prints background cardstock (Stampin’ Up) with VersaMark for a subtle pattern after trying the coordinating Stampin’ Up ink (which was too dark). To keep things clean, I heat-embossed the Christmas Messages sentiment on the die-cut ornament.

Merry Monday Christmas
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Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link-up

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up. I looked through all of their 2017 challenges, pulled out my holiday supplies, and started creating! I figure this way I’ll know the Christmas themes for which I might be missing products when the new holiday supplies are available for purchase (I’ve already started a wishlist)! This card also provided me the opportunity to figure out which green and red cardstock combinations work best for Christmas. I am on the hunt for an evergreen cardstock – if you have a favorite, I would love to hear it!

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I grabbed the Echo Park – I Love Winter Pines stencil and applied white pigment ink on a kraft background. I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Wreath & Bow to cut Stampin’ Up cardstock (Real Red and Garden Green) for the wreath embellishment. I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages set in Stampin’ Up Soft Suede ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and cut the sentiment strip and underlying red strip with dies in the My Favorite Things STAX Fishtail Flags set.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I created a CAS, rustic-feeling holiday card on kraft cardstock, with a wreath as an embellishment!

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Fresh Snow in the Woods

Hello. Today, I’m sharing a winter scene featuring Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.

Die-Cut Christmas Sleigh

I took some artistic license with the Reindeer Parade die-cut – I’m imagining the reindeer flying off, leaving the sleigh in the woods! The heat-embossed sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages – one of my favorite sets of the season.

Die-Cut Christmas Sleigh

May your day be Merry & Bright!

Supplies: Memory Box, Fresh Pine Trees, Memory Box Fresh Pine Curved Border, Memory Box Reindeer Parade, Poppystamps Santa’s Magic Sleigh

TE Christmas Ornaments – One Design, Two Versions

Hello! Today, I’m sharing two Christmas cards, featuring Taylored Expressions stamps and dies, of the same design but with different color schemes.

For my first version, I went for drama!

TE Ornaments

I cut the Ornament Overlays and Ornament Accessories from gold cardstock. I heat-embossed the Ornamental sentiment with gold metallic powder on Oreo cardstock. I die-cut circles that were slightly larger than the overlays from Cherry Pop cardstock. The ornaments were strung with gold metallic thread.

TE Ornaments

I went with a softer color palette for my second version.

TE Ornaments

The ornaments were cut from silver cardstock. The Ornamental sentiment was heat-embossed with silver powder on a Salt Water Taffy background. I used the Ornament Accessories to create the strings and bows.

TE Ornaments

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Snow Day

Hello! Today’s I’m sharing a CAS, winter-themed card. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve just had our first significant snowfall of the season in the mountain areas.

CAS Christmas Die-Cut Card

I rummaged through my dies to find a wreath that would work with the Small Winter Sled finding the one in the Holiday Arbor Accessories set to fit well. I heat-embossed the sentiment from Snow Day with silver embossing powder and cut the white cardstock with one of the dies in the Stitched Hillside Border set. The patterned papers are from a Lawn Fawn pad purchased several Christmases ago.

CAS Christmas Die-Cut Card

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From Witch to Girl Elf!

Hello! I’m sharing a CAS holiday card featuring a female elf (who just happened to have once been a witch!). For the August Taylored Expressions release, I created this card with the Roly Poly – Witch die set. With just a few modifications, she’s an elf for Christmas.

TE Roly Poly Elf

I die cut the pieces from the Roly Poly – Witch set and used corresponding Taylored Expressions ink colors to the die-cut pieces. In addition to that set, I used the cheeks from Roly Poly – Santa. To finish, I added a frame cut from gold cardstock with the Picture Perfect – Vertical set.

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As Buddy the Elf, the inspiration for my card, says: “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

Supplies: Background paper – Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus patterned paper

Make It Personal – Holiday Table Settings + Home Decor

Hello! It’s Day Three of the Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks. With the holidays just around the corner, this month’s release features products designed for creating handmade home decor! The November products will be released tomorrow – Thursday, November 3 @ 7 AM PST!

Today, I’m sharing several personalized items for the home featuring the Initially dies. First up, personalized napkin rings for the holidays. I created Thanksgiving and Christmas napkin rings with our family’s initials and the Napkin Ring die set.

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For my Thanksgiving table setting, I combined papers from the Playful Patterns – Harvest collection with a woodgrain paper (Woodgrain Textured Cardstock Pack) and initials cut from matching cardstock.

TE November 2016 Release

Different holiday? No problem! For my Christmas table setting, I used papers from the Playful Patterns – Holiday collection with a white woodgrain (Woodgrain Textured Cardstock Pack) for the initials.

TE November 2016 Release

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I also used the Initially dies to create a holiday home decor piece. The Initially die sets include large uppercase, small lowercase, and small uppercase letters. I used the large uppercase for this project.

TE November 2016 Release

I cut the letters four times each and adhered them for extra depth. The letters are adhered to a piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper in a shadow box frame. Super easy!

TE November 2016 Release

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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Thanks for visiting! Head on over to the TE Blog to see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

“From the Desk of”: Introducing TE Initially Dies

Hello! Welcome to Day Two of the Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks. With the holidays just around the corner, this month’s release features products designed for creating handmade gifts! The November products will be released Thursday, November 3 @ 7 AM PST!

Today, I’m sharing a personalized notecard set featuring the Garden Party Background stamp and the Initially dies.

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I put the Garden Party Background stamp on my MISTI – Precision Stamping Tool and stamped away with the TE Inks! The stamp’s circular opening is perfectly sized for the Noteworthy stamp set. (I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging plate on my MISTI to align the stamp.) I added matching die-cut monograms to the stamped circles. The Initially die sets include large uppercase, small lowercase, and small uppercase letters.

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The Noteworthy stamp set also works inside the circle of the Noteworthy Belly Band. The Noteworthy sentiments can be used to decorate the outside of a clear card box, packaging a set of monogrammed notecards (and envelopes).

TE November 2016 Release

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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Thanks for visiting! Head on over to the TE Blog to see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

Dressed for the Holidays

Hello! I’m sharing a holiday card featuring the Taylored Expressions Door to Door die series. We just painted our front door red (about which I’m ecstatic!) and decided to create a holiday card with a red door as the starting point.

TE Holiday Card

 

I used Door to DoorDoor to Door Roof, and Door to Door Molding to create the foundation and decorated with elements from Door to Door Winter Decor (bow), Door to Door Decor (wreath and plants) and Door to Door Summer Decor (planters and bird).

After die-cutting the pieces, I inked them with their corresponding ink colors. (I’ve wanted to do this for a long time because I like the depth it adds to the elements.)

TE Holiday Door

I stamped the sentiment from Ornamental on a die-cut rectangle which I adhered to the inside of the card. This card is slightly larger than A2.

TE Holiday Door Sentiment

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Holiday Die-Cut Birds

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Elizabeth Crafts Birds set for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #219.

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Holiday Die-Cut Birds

I cut the birds from Memory Box cardstock in my stash (the cardstock is vibrant and easy to cut). The birds were easy to assemble. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Christmas Messages onto blue cardstock and cut it with a Spellbinders oval die. I added the birds to the oval with foam adhesive. I used two different stitched square die sets from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut the background (patterned paper in my stash) and the card base. One of the sets includes a die that cuts a stitched square 4.25″ x 4.25″. The square cards size works great for these smaller images.

Holiday Die-Cut Birds

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