Saturday, December 10, 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch: Angel Voices

I have just a handful of Christmas cards left to make!!  Early in the year, I make Christmas cards without a recipient in mind.  Then around October I sit down with those cards and figure out who they work for - Christian vs. cutesy, bright vs. elegant, etc.  Now that I'm down to a handful, I have a very focused group to work toward - two of which are my 8- and 11-year old nieces.  My brother and his wife have done an amazing job at raising their girls with a true understanding of Christmas, so I always make sure their cards are Christian but I still try to add a bit of cute.  I picked up the Verve set, Angel Voices, with them in mind.  Here's the first one!

CtS Angels 1

I was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch in terms of the centered image with sentiment below, and also by the square present.  I wanted a bit more interest and I needed some more "girly" so I put the star on the stitched and scalloped squares.

I did start with a different sentiment and I like the way all of these elements tuck together.  But as I thought about an 8-year old, I felt like the main line of the carol (like the first card) would be better than this more subtle sentiment.

CtS Angels 2

Now I need to get ready to go and head off to my nieces' Christmas piano recital!!  Last night I finished Christmas shopping (including my MIL whose gift I have struggled over for 25 years!)  Now I get to get festive and hear sweet little ones play Christmas carols.  I'm officially ready to celebrate Christmas!!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

TE Release Day: Still the One

It's release day at Taylored Expressions!  Everything you have seen this week is now available!  And here's two more peeks at this release.

If you were here yesterday, I'm sure you could tell I was a little giddy about the combination of love song stamps and music dies.'s another one!!

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Records - with Little Bits - Record!!  And heart-shaped music notes with Little Bits - Love Notes!! Plus another sentiment from All You Need is Love!

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This was a quick and easy card.  I cut a circle mask just slightly bigger than the record die.  I cut the square from Build a Tag 2 - the corners are slightly rounded and there's some nice edge detail on it. Then I used the mask to sponge around the edges.  (From a retro stamping tutorial at Lime Doodle Design.)

Here is the supply list for this card and be sure to keep reading for one more card!


Another fun new die with this release is the Little Bits - Tandem Bike.  I used another heart from Stroke of Genius - Valentine to surround the cute little bike.  Then I found the perfect sentiment in the older set Bikes & Trikes.

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It's only December 8th and I am already done with Valentines cards!!  This one is definitely for my husband.  We've ridden bikes for all of our years together - although not a tandem.  We were on a bike ride when he proposed.  In our first year, we rode a 150-miles in a weekend as a fundraiser for MS. He rode it again a few years later and was the #1 fundraiser - in an event that raises over $3 million each year in colorado alone!  He proudly wore the #1 jersey the next year. Now we take it a little easier.  Mountain bikes, cruising along old logging roads in the Colorado Rockies.  It's beautiful and it's romantic.  So this is the perfect card for my husband!

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Don't forget to the head over to the TE Blog for links to all of the designers and to find out if you won a prize if you've been answering the Question of the Day!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TE Sneak Peek Day 3: Love and Music

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the December release from Taylored Expressions!!  Today is love and music day.  Everything that you see today that you love will be available tomorrow - Thursday, December 8th at 7 a.m. PST.

There's a fabulous new stamp set called All You Need is Love - full of love song lyrics.  Remember this one?

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There are also a variety of musical dies and stamps to go along with this - you'll see more on my next card and on a card tomorrow.  But I've been looking for an excuse (as if I really need an excuse) to pick up the previously released Hearts a Flutter Cutting Plate and I thought a simple heart background to the sentiment would work well.

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This is what I used on this card - but be sure to keep reading for a chance at prizes and for another sneak peek.


I used a sparkly black embossing powder on the sentiment, a red striped enamel heart and black/white baker's twine.

Before I share a peek at another card with this set, I'm excited to tell you that 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!

I pulled out one of the new music-related dies for this next card - the Little Bits - Treble/Bass - and a sentiment from the same love song stamp set as above.

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If you know written music, I'm sure you just fell in love with that heart.  Isn't it wonderful?!!  I love the treble clef and the base clef twined together - so perfect for "keep us together".

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I used the previously release sheet music embossing folder. There's a wonderful new background stamp this time - the Musical Background.  I had it out to use it, but I decided I wanted 100% of the focus on the fun heart.

And if you were wondering, no - I din't have 45s laying around for these photos.  But I do have a used book/record/game store just a few miles away and they had piles of 45s.  My son went with me and was most amused when we picked out 45s based on the color of their label!!  Just wait until you see the one that I used for tomorrow's musical love card!

Be sure to head over to the TE Blog for links to all of the other designers and to enter the question of the day contest.


I used black/white washi tape along the edges.