Sunday, January 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Icicle

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

I didn't have any need for true icicles (or snowflakes or anything cold) - but I thought I could use the silver and blue sparkle on a celebration card.  I didn't end up with silver and blue.

CC Celebrate

I started the card with blue stars, but I just kept thinking about the Dallas Cowboys football team.  I have nothing against the Dallas Cowboys (unless they are playing my Broncos) but "football" isn't the point of the card so I just couldn't finish it with the blue.  I pulled out gold - and am hoping that the sparkle is enough inspiration from the photo!!

Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for the challenge details and to play along with us!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

TE Release Day: Llamas and Another Big Hello

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

Is this not the cutest face you have ever seen??

TE Llama Love

The llama is from the new set Llama Love Stamp & Die Combo.  I created a little scene around him using the Postage Stamp Stacklets, the Picket Fence Border and a flower from Little Bits - Flowers & Stems.  The snow-covered mountain uses the Build a Scene-Mountain Tops.  To do the snow, I cut a mountain in white, then rotated the die to cut the drifting snow.  To coordinate with his cute scarf - I added with the Lots of Dots embossing folder.

I love his face but you know what's even better?  You can add your own face and you have four choices!  (The four faces come on one stamp - I simply cut them apart to use them.)

TE Llama Love

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


Don't forget to head over to the Taylored Expressions blog for links to all of the designers and to find out if you won a prize if you've been answer the Question of the Day!

Yesterday I used the new Hello Script die with the Let's Talk Edger 3 but I had another idea for it.  I liked the idea of saying "hello" across the miles (or across the buildings in my downtown scene.)

TE Hello Script

I used the previously released Downtown Border, Build a Scene-Rolling Hills, and Build a Scene-On the Road.  If you look closely, you'll see that I didn't adhere the top of the buildings.  I had planned to layer up three die cuts to give it a dimension but when I cut the first one and saw that it curled slightly - I figured I could more easily get that dimension by not adhering it.

TE Hello Script

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again - I LOVE THAT FONT!!  There's a growing collection of that script font in the TE Store: joy, noel, peace, loved and sweet, and I'm guessing(!) there's more to come!!

Don't forget to 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.  Then head to the TE Store because it's now open!!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TE Sneak Peek Day 3: Grumplings and A Big Hello

It's day 3 of sneak peeks for the January release from Taylored Expressions!! We have new Grumplings - YAY!!  (I always wonder if it says something about my personality that I am always excited over new Grumplings.)  There's also a new edger die that works perfectly with a new Hello die.  Everything you see in the next four days of sneak peeks will be available on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Be sure to check out each of the creative team members' blogs for all of the sneak peeks - starting with the Taylored Expressions blog.

So even if haven't related to all of the other Grumplings - there's no way you won't relate to this one - Exercise Grumpling!!  There are fabulous, and absolutely perfect sentiments, in this set - you have to be sure to check out the rest of the creative team to see them all.  I chose to use "diddly squats"!

TE Exercise Grumplings

The Grumpling in the chair? NOT in the Exercise set.  I got him out of Clocked Out Grumplings because he perfectly represents my first choice of activity - preferably with a good book and a glass of wine!

TE Exercise Grumplings

I was going for a cartoonish look for these guys.  I added some very light gray on their faces and on ears/arms/feet.  Then I picked a color from the scraps of patterned paper for just a pop of color on each of them. I picked a variety of sequins that would work from my stash - it was easy!!

Here's what's on this card - but be sure to keep reading for a chance at prizes and another sneak peek.


Before I share a peek at another new product, 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!

My next projects show off a new addition to the Edger collection - Let's Talk Edger 3.  I also hadn't used the just released set - The Birds & The Bees with their dies.  So I pulled out an itty-bitty bird to go with a great big speech bubble!

TE Let's Talk Edger 3

The "hello" is a new addition to the script words that have been coming out.  I LOVE the font that is used.  

TE Let's Talk Edger

That big speech bubble edger is going to come in handy - oversize sentiments and big word dies certainly seem to be in - and this is a fabulous way to show them off!

Be sure to head over to the TE blog for links to the rest of the creative team and to enter the question of the day contest.


Freshly Made Sketches: Silhouette Sympathy

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and it was my turn to design it!

When I put this sketch together, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  It was supposed to be a birthday card with one of the crazy cats by Tim Holtz sitting on a piece of balloon-patterned paper looking at the birthday sentiment.  I could see it perfectly in my mind's eye.  After trying multiple cats from the stamp set and multiple papers and multiple sentiments, I gave up trying to convert my mental image to paper.  

But I think the failure was meant to be.  In the midst of my attempts, one of my co-workers lost her mother and I needed a sympathy card. This card came together in minutes and I think it's just right.  

FMS 270 Sympathy

I hope you enjoy the sketch and I look forward to seeing what you create!


The patterned paper is older - I found one place to link to but it may not be there long!