Monday, February 29, 2016

Taylored Expressions March Release: Happily Ever After and Mr. & Mrs. Congrats Banner

Hi Everyone!!

Happy Leap Day!! Its our extra day in February and what a great way to celebrate by starting sneak peeks for the Taylored Expressions release for October! YAY! To start off the release - I created a project with the Happily Ever After Dies that coordinate with the previously released stamp set: Happily Ever After. The flowers and leaves in this stamp set can now be easily cut out with these dies and for my project, I created a framed piece that can be given as a gift for an anniversary or a wedding. I love this sentiment; "May happiness be yours, today and always." I stamped the flowers in this stamp set with different colors and then die cut them out, along with the leaves stamp set that was also die cut. The center panel was sponged and then embossed with the Lots of Dots embossing folder. I added some leaves from the Leafy Branch die to fill up the foliage and then added some bling to the center of the flowers (on the glass of the frame). 

Here is another view of the side of the frame - I just love how this turned out and absolutely love the dies for this set that makes it so easy to cut out these stamps!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Happily Ever After stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Taylored Dies: Happily Ever After dies, Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
Inks: Morocco, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, Bamboo Leaves
Cardstock: Granny Smith, Sugar Cube, Plum Punch
Accessories: White Frame, Sponge Daubers, Best Glue Ever, Bling, Irresistible Pico Embellisher – Wedding Cake

 For my second project, I used the same stamp set with the new die: Mr. & Mrs. Congrats Banner. I went with a gold toned color combo and embossed the flowers and leaves in gold  and added the die to the center of card:

Here is a close up of the card with the all the gold of the flowers, leaves and banner die: I just love how glittery this card is in person!

Card Ingredients:
Taylored Dies: Mr. & Mrs. Congrats Banner, Stitched Circle Stacklets, Happily Ever After dies, Butterfly Swirls Embossing Folder
Stamps: Happily Ever After stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Buttercream Frosting, Sugar Cube, Metallic Neutrals
Accessories: Gold Embossing powder, Liquid Pearls, Foam Dimensionals, Best Glue Ever, Bling

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 can't wait to see what everyone has created for this release - please hop over to Taylor's Blog for more details! Thanks for coming over today! Please hop on by tomorrow for more release sneak peeks!


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Emboss Resist Technique with Taylored Expressions

Hi Everyone!

Today I made a card using a technique that I have seen many times before, but have never tried! I was so excited to try the Emboss Resist Technique and was amazed at how easy it was to create a card that has such a unique feel to it. I started by using the Wherever You Go stamp set - beautiful images of hummingbirds and flowers and stamped a scene in the middle and then embossed it with clear powder and then sponged colors around it - brighter reds in the middle and a mixture of blues on the edges. I just absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!!! Check it out here: 

After stamping in Versamark, using the heat gun and then inking the images with various colors, I die cut the image with the Stitched Square Stacklets and then layered it onto Granny Smith Cardstock and the Cookie Monster cardstock. I added some white Pico embellisher dots (Wedding Cake) and some clear dots (Shimmer) to the image panel, as well as some dots lining the card. I just love how this turned out! 

I loved learning this technique and hope you enjoyed this card - let me know if you try it - would love to see your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - Feb2016 - Within Your Heart...

Hi Everyone,

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have until March 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

The pop of color in this industrial style loft speaks of the hope of spring in the midst of winter. Kind of like February... it's still cold and wintry, but new life is on the horizon. 

I love the above inspiration pic - so many options! I decided to use the Blue Skies stamp set for my card today (to be honest, I not only love this stamp set, but it was still on my desk from my last card and I just had to use it again because I absolutely love each of these inspiring sentiments! For this card I used: "Within your heart keep one still secret place where Dreams may go." - Louise Driscol  - so inspiring! I also added a little banner using the Award Banner Die and used a heart element using the Jotted Heart die. I finished it with this beautiful butterfly stamp and added a little gloss to it and then some bling to the banners - Just absolutely love this stamp set:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Blue Skies stamp set from Verve Stamps
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Rose Bud and Distress Ink Broken China and Copics
Paper:Potato Chip, Cupcake, Earl Grey, Sugar Cube from Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Liquid pearls, Circle Nestabilities, Paper Crimper, Award Banner Trim die (Verve Stamps), Jotted Heart Die (Verve Stamps), Best Glue Ever, Foam Dimensional Tape

Feel free to take your inspiration from the photo or the color combo, whatever suits your fancy! We can't wait to see what you create.
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Saturday, March 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge!

 It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop! 

1. Julee8. Marisa
2. Amber9. Maureen
3. Amy10. Sankari
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Charmaine12. Susan
6. Christyne13. Teresa
7. Laurie

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sankari :)