Saturday, February 6, 2016

Merry Monday: Santa

After entering this past Christmas completely unprepared and feeling more stress than fun in my cardmaking blitz, I was so tired of Christmas stampss and colors that I took January off.  But...after entering this Christmas completely unprepared....I'm not doing that this year!!  So the current Merry Monday challenge started on February 1st and it's time for me to start this year's card.  I'm glad I took the month off, because I truly enjoyed thinking Christmas this morning.

The challenge is "Santa", and I also took inspiration from the graphic with its rustic look.

MM Santa

(I should have retaken this photo with the top of the card adhered a bit better but as soon as I sat at the computer desk to transfer photos and write this post - my cat cuddled on my lap and I'm not disturbing her.  Cat lovers can relate!)

This is an older set from Papertrey Ink that I have used and loved for years - it's called "Believe". It includes this classic Santa, plus a big tree, plus quite a variety of little images that Santa could be holding. It's fun to work with. I love die cut sentiments, so I went with Papertrey's Wet Paint series.

And that's it for cardmaking for the next few days. I'm getting ready for the Super Bowl - go Broncos!!! I've been a Denver Broncos fan for my entire life. My big theater TV has already been hauled upstairs so that we can have more party guests. Snacks are planned. Beer is chilling. This will be a fun Super Bowl to watch because I actually have no expectations that the Broncos will win.  (Terrible fan...I know.) They were there two years ago and Denver fans were absolutely crushed on the first play when we watched the snap sail right by Peyton Manning. You could see him watching it go by him and could almost read panic and defeat on his face.  So...for sanity sake...I'm going into this one with very low expectations and hoping to be surprised!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Lots of Fringe

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

I have two more peeks for you using the new Fringe Border die.  I couldn't decide how to use it so I went two different directions. My first card uses it like a neatly mown lawn.  (I actually started out in green so it was quite clear it was a lawn - but the further that I got with the card, the more I wanted to keep it ivory except for the bunny and the egg.) The egg is from the new Easter Wishes set cut with the Egg Stacklets. I embossed it with white and then used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. The chocolate bunny is new too - he's the Little Bits - Chocolate Bunny.


The fringe is actually two-sided. I cut each piece in half to create the grass.  It would be fun to keep it together - across the bottom or side of a card with a ribbon - double fringe!!  (If you've been watching the other designers, you've already seen the carrot shaped gift package with the fringe border as greenery - fabulous! If you missed it - check out Kendra's Card Company.)


My second card uses fringe as ... fringe!!  I was thinking of my niece's upcoming 11th birthday. My card for her has to be pink and girly. Last month, Taylored Expressions came out with a stitched, scalloped edge die which I thought would contrast nicely with the fringe. I grabbed a fun sentiment from And Many More to top it off.


In this case, I folded the fringe in half, slightly off-center so the bottom layer showed up a little bit below the top layer.

I hope I've enabled you appropriately!!  Have fun shopping!


Easter Blessings

Since I was watercoloring the egg, I used watercolor paper throughout so that it all matched.  The embossing powder is Wow Calypso.

Birthday Fringe

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek 3: Stained Glass and Butterflies

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the February release from Taylored Expressions!!  This release is all about spring, St. Patrick's Day and Easter. Today I am using a stunning stained glass set and a cute embossing folder.

Be sure to check out 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, February 4, 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.

Today I have some elegance and some sweetness.  I'll start with an elegant stained glass window from Light of the World. The image fits perfectly in one die from Label Stacklets 5. I also cut the next size up leaving the bottom off the edge of the cutting plate so that it didn't cut. Then I used my paper cutter to cut the sides down further to give me room for a sentiment. I made two of these and layered them so this frame stood up slightly above the stained glass. I added it all to a simple brick background so the full focus was on the stained glass. (I inked the brick embossing folder with white ink to give a little more dimension.)


It's so fun to color. I used Copics, but I colored in a swirly motion and didn't try to color multiple times for full coverage - I wanted some lighter and darker spots to mimic real stained glass. I spritzed it with shimmer spritz to add a glow (seen above, I took the picture below with the light at a different angle so you could see the coloring, not the shine.)


Then for some sweetness.  There's a new embossing folder called Butterfly Swirls. I thought those playful little butterflies would look great fluttering behind some big flowers - so I pulled out the previously release dies Tiptoe through the Tulips. I framed it all with the biggest die from the Frame in Frame Cutting Plate and added a stitched flag and a sentiment from another new set, Wildflower Bouquet.


I love the look of those butterflies swirling around my tulips.


Be sure to check out all of the other designers listed on the TE blog and remember to leave a comment while you are there for a chance to win a prize. Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks!


Links to new products will not work until the release on February 4th.

Stained Glass

I gave the stained glass a light spritz of shimmer spray. I also inked the embossing folder with white ink. It doesn't show as well as I had hoped on this light gray but it does give it a little more dimension.

Copics are available at Taylored Expressions.
Tulips and Butterflies

I used a variety of tone on tone patterns for the tulips and the banner.