Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Bouquet

This is my second post today.  My take on the new sketch at Freshly
Made Sketches if just a post away!

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Bouquet.

We have a new sponsor, Penny Black, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Bouquet!  A randomly selected participant in the Bouquet challenge will have their choice of a Penny Black gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

Penny Black was gracious enough to supply the design team with a stamp set for this challenge and I picked the Pretty Petals.  It's a lovely set of various natural-looking groups of flowers, many of them blowing in the breeze.  Of course, I had no shortage of Penny Black dies in my own stash to add to the image.

I love the colors in the challenge graphic, so I wanted to be sure to use purples, reds and some soft blues and greens.


The long word die is from Penny Black's Doodles die set which includes three different sentiments.  Besides "celebrate", there is also "hello" and "smile".  The butterfly is from one of my most used butterfly sets, Penny Black's Flights of Fancy.  There is a big solid butterfly and a number of smaller butterflies, both from the top and the side view above.  (If you get their Swirling Wings die too, there's a scrollwork butterfly that fits on top of the solid die in Flights of Fancy.)

I hope you are challenge by the inspiration photo and that you play along!  Remember, you don't have to use Penny Black products.


Freshly Made Sketches: Zinnia for Mother

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

I thought this sketch was just calling out for a tall flower only to discover that I had amazingly few tall flowers in my stamp collection.  But I did have this brand new set from Taylored Expressions - and I absolutely adore the layered look of the flower.

Zinnia for Mother

The design team at Freshly Made Sketches never fails to amaze me.  While I clearly saw this as a sketch for a tall flower - you won't believe the fun and creative ideas the team came up with.  Be sure to check it out - then I hope you play along!


The inks are a variety of brands and colors that I thought worked well for layering.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Sky High

It's here!  All of the new products from Taylored Expressions are available!  Also be sure to head over to the TE Blog for a few more sneak peeks and, if you've been leaving comments, the winners of the giveaways.

I have one more sneak peek for you.

I mentioned on Tuesday that I have lots and lots of graduation cards to make.  The cards that I showed you on that day were all fairly classic graduation-style cards.  But there's a new set of stamps and dies this month that can make gorgeous and meaningful cards in a very different style using balloons!  This card includes the Sky High Hot Air Balloons die set and the Sky High Sentiments stamp set.

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I used Peapod, Candy Corn, Salt Water Taffy, Sugar Cube and the new Lavender Glaze cardstock.  The embossing folder is the previously released Cloudy Days Embossing Folder.  The sequins are from the new Double the Joy Sequin set but I did pick out the pink sequins to coordinate better with this card.


Although I'm all about graduation this year, there are so many other uses for hot air balloons.  And even the balloon dies are all about flexibility.  The center of the big balloon is separate so you don't have to cut the little windows.  There are other details for the balloon baskets that I didn't use on this card. And there's even two more sizes that I haven't shown you.

Be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because there is just too much for one designer to show off in just a few days.

And have fun shopping!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Cloudy and Rainy

It's day 3 of the spring release from Taylored Expressions!!  I titled my post "cloudy and rainy" because I have some fabulous cloud and rain products to show you.  But don't think that it's all dark and dreary - because it's actually all about bright umbrellas and cute boots!

Be sure to check all of the other designers starting on the Taylored Expressions blog because there is just too much for one designer to show off in just a few days.

All the products that I have used are linked at the bottom, but remember that new products aren't live until Thursday, April 9th, 7 a.m. PST.

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.

One of the new products being release is the Cloud Stacklet set of dies.  It's a handy set because it has five different sizes of clouds.  My first card uses the smallest two clouds along with the new Little Bits Umbrella die.  Also check out the new Raindrops Embossing Folder.

Taylored Expressions Umbrellas, Clouds & Rain

I love this cheerful scene and the meaning behind the sentiment "pray hope trust" from the older set Faith in Bloom.

Taylored Expressions Umbrella and Clouds Close Up

The blue cardstock is Salt Water Taffy and the umbrella handle uses the silver paper from the Metallic Neutrals Cardstock Pack.  I also used paper from the new Double the Joy Paper Pack

My next card uses a slightly bigger cloud from Cloud Stacklets.  (FYI: the biggest cloud in the set covers the entire card front!).  I've also used a cute boot and sentiment from the new stamp set Bloomin' Boots and the Bloomin' Boots Coordinating Dies.  

Cute Boots on a Rainy Day

Bloomin' Boots does come with a cute little flower image, but I actually paper-pieced the boot using For Peep's Sake Paper Pack.  This paper was released last month, but I needed its cheerful flowers and soft rain papers for this card. I used Little Bits - Weather Confetti to make the shaker along with a few sequins from TE Sequins - Build a Scene, a previously released set of sequins full of blues and whites. 

Cute Boots Close Up

As I was putting things away from the previous card, the little raindrop cloud that I had cut out for the shaker was too cute to throw away - so here's an extra card!  I loved doing this because it let me who you a different style boot and one of the flower bouquets that you can use in the boot.  I also used the very biggest cloud in the Cloud Stacklet to do a cloud border.

Bloomin' Birthday with Taylored Expressions

I hope you enjoyed this cloudy and rainy day!!  Be sure to check out other stamps and dies in this release by checking out all of the other designers' blogs starting at the TE blog.  And come back tomorrow for the big release!


Sheltering Umbrella

Cute Boots

Bloomin' Birthday