Monday, January 19, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Lefty

Happy Monday, peeps!  Monday has now become our busiest day of the week.  For the introvert in me, I almost dread the day, but I know it's good for me.  It certainly stretches me, and that is okay from time to time.  Thankfully, Tuesdays are pretty much a rest/catch up day since Monday is so full.  Thank you, Lord, for Tuesday.  

I want to show you a card I made for the January release of Taylored Expressions.  This is Lefty, and he is a Petite Stamp and Die combo.  That sentiment is probably not for all households, but I believe it probably rings true for ours.  That and a cat. . .our house wouldn't be a home without a cat, lol.  We must need both ;)

I used the Grass Border die and the Instant Photo Frame die, both from TE.  The papers are all from the newly released Build a Scene Matched papers.

I better get on with my crazy day. . .piano, school, Civil Air Patrol, volleyball practice. . .whew!  Thanks for stopping in!

Here are the links to the products in the TE store:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Guest Designing for Color Throwdown #325

Hey everyone, and happy Wednesday!  I'm super excited because I get to guest design for the Color Throwdown this morning and the colors are fabulous (as always)!  The colors this week are aqua, pale yellow, tangerine, and gray, so I flipped through my stash of designer papers to make a completely paper pieced scene.  Oh my gosh, I'm in love with my card. . .can I say that? should I say that?  I think I just love these colors and the stamps and dies I paired them up with.

I used a set from Taylored Expressions called Ships Ahoy Petite Stamp & Die combo along with the various designer papers from different places.  I also used the Build a Scene - Mountain Tops dies as well as the Build a Scene - Swirly Clouds dies.  The caps of the waves were made with white craft ink and some white embossing powder.

Head on over the Color Throwdown blog to play along!  You could end up being a guest designer for them just by playing!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Goody Gumballs

Happy Monday, crafty friends!  Have you been checking out all of the pics that the various companies at CHA are posting all over the web?  I've been eating it up, getting excited for new products, and checking out all of the crafty celebs hanging out together.  Someday, my husband assures me that I'll get there ;)

I have a fun card to show you today using a new release from Taylored Expressions called Goody Goody Gumballs Petite Stamp & Die combo.  I was paper pieced using the new Matched papers called Build a Scene, and I paired it up with some new sequins and the Skinny Mini Borders dies.

Thanks for stopping in today!  Be sure to check out all of the new goodies from TE in the store, and here are the links to the products I used:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Taylored Expressions Release Day: Perfect Pairs -- Burgers & Fries

Happy Release Day to all of the Taylored Expressions fans out there!!!  It's a big day, my friends!  As always, Taylor has lots being released today, and you won't want to miss an ounce of it!  I'm showing off the new set called Perfect Pairs -- Burgers & Fries.  This set was so fun to color.

I paired it up with a few other TE items to include:  Diagonal Stripes Embossing Folder, Tags Stacklets 2 dies, and Label It dies.  I also couldn't stand it, their so cute so I stamped them on the inside of the card as well, hehe.

Be sure to head over to the TE Blog to see the list of blogs you'll want to visit.

Here are the links to all of the products in the TE store:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Gelli Plate 'Thanks'

Happy Monday, friends!  Christmas break is over (boooo), and it's back to a regular schedule in this house, but we are going to make the most of it and embrace it the best we can.  I think I was made for retirement, haha, and not even a lavish one ;)  For Christmas this year, I received a gift from my awesome father-in-law.  He picked my name in the family drawing, and he went above and beyond.  I had made up a 'wish list' on Amazon for my husband, but my FIL had peaked in on it.  He took an idea and ran with it!  I was so excited and proud of him for what he got me!  I ended up getting a couple different sizes of Gelli plates along with an idea book and a brayer!

As a 'thank you' to him I made this card using the Gelli plates, acrylic paints, a couple of stencils, and a paint brush.  Oh goodness, this is so fun, and I can see making so many great and unique backgrounds!  The die I used came from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for checking in and having a look!  I hope you are finding new to challenge your art :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Documented Life 2015: January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your year is off to a great start!  We are fighting some sort of sinus bug in our house after traveling to California, but thankfully we are mostly on the mend. 

With a new year comes newness all around.  I'm going to be more intentional about sharing my mixed media projects, in the hopes that it will make me more accountable.  I started the Documented Life Project 2014 in the middle of the year, because that's just when I happened to find it.  I love trying new art mediums, but like with all things there have been some growing pains.  Most of my stuff is just 'unsharable' in my opinion, however, I love the process and like all things it will hopefully get better with time.  Once again, I am doing the Documented Life Project 2015 with the lovely ladies from Art to the 5th.  It's a great way to art journal your way through the year, and I encourage you to check it out!

Our first challenge was book paper and the January theme is the blank page and how to tackle it.  The journal prompt was 'Your own goal Keeper', and since I'm usually pretty private about that, I chose to hide mine under a black tag that I decorated.  

My main mediums were acrylic paints, although I did use some perfect pearls and water, which as you can see can make ink smear.  I don't care, because I like the look of it here.

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Taylored Expressions: Tag-a-Long Valentine

Happy Monday!  We are on the way home from a wonderful trip to CA to visit my in-laws, but I wanted to make sure a schedule this fun card to show you.  It uses some great new products from Taylored Expressions:  Tag-a-Long Valentine with the matching die and the Twirls & Swirls embossing folder.  I stayed fairly simply with this card so I could focus your attention on the great new products.

Thanks for stopping in today!  Check out all of the new products I used in the TE Store: