Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Negative Die Cutting

Hi there!  I have a card to share with you today that uses a technique I don't use often enough!  It's called Negative Die Cutting.  It basically means that instead of using the piece that the die cuts out, you use the piece that the "cut out" came from, or the negative.  I forgot how simple this technique is and how awesome the results can be!

For my card, I used the Bloomers 1 Die set and the Bloomers Greenery Die set from Taylored Expressions.  I started with a piece of Sugar Cube cardstock and lined up my dies in the desired position, then ran it through my Big Shot.  Next I stamped a sentiment from the Simply Stamped - Sunflowers set.  I decided I wanted a little more interest on that panel, so I partially embossed it using the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder and my ScorPal.  Once I finished that panel, I placed it on top of my card base and marked where I would need the different colors of cardstock to be so they would show through the die cut windows.  I used Lollipop, Granny Smith and Candy Corn, cut them and adhered them to the card base.  Finally, I added foam tape to the die cut panel and placed it on the card base so that the cardstocks lined up with the corresponding die cut window.  To give it a little sparkle, I added some Rainbow Bright Sequins to the flower centers and then some of Taylor's Tiny Twinkles on top of those.

I hope you've been inspired to give this technique a try if you haven't!  I promise you'll start to use it more!!  :)  Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

VLV With Love From Me to You

Hi there!  Have you been playing along with the Viva la Verve Challenges?  A new sketch went up yesterday and I'm hosting!  I'd love for you to play along!  I used a sentiment from the Chevron Love set from Verve for my card along with the Heart Quartet Die.

I used some fun, bright cardstock and embossed it using the Next Level Woven Embossing Folder from We R Memory Keepers.  It gives this great 3D effect.  I stamped the sentiment in white and embossed it.  To finish the card, I added some twine and some Shine Bright Sequins.

Head on over to the Viva la Verve Blog to play along!  Hope to see your creations!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Taylored Expressions RELEASE DAY!!

Good Morning!  I hope you've been enjoying the sneak peeks this week!  The wait is now over!  All of the new products you've been seeing are NOW AVAILABLE in the TE Store!!  I have one more project to share.  It uses the NEW Mermaid Kisses Stamp & Die Combo!  Yet another adorable set that I see myself using again and again!

I stamped the mermaid onto watercolor paper and watercolored her using Distress Inks.  Once I was finished, she was die cut with the coordinating die.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed in white on an Oreo piece of cardstock that was die cut with the Stitched Circle Stacklets.  The background of the card was created by inking up the inside of the NEW Splatter Embossing Folder with ink and then spritzing it with water before running it through the Big Shot.  After it dried, I tapped droplets of a white paint onto the background.

Thanks for stopping by all week!  I hope you've been inspired to create!  Have a wonderful day and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Taylored Expressions January Sneak Peeks: Sweet Tooth Tower and Postage Stamp Edger

Welcome to Day 3 of the January Sneak Peeks for Taylored Expressions!  I hope you've enjoyed the products you've been seeing so far!  I have two more projects to share today!  The first uses the NEW Sweet Tooth Tower Stamp & Die Combo.  I just love this sweet image and thought it would look good watercolored.  I stamped the tower on watercolor paper and watercolored.

I added some Hello Happiness Sequins for some sparkle.  I added the watercolored panel to the card base with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped on the card base.

The second project I have to share today uses the NEW Postage Stamp Edger along with another adorable stamp set, the NEW Oceans of Fun Stamp & Die Combo.  Look at how adorable these little ocean creatures are!!  So, so cute!!

The card is a pretty simple card.  I started by sponging Tumbled Glass Distress ink onto the card base to give a little "ocean" feel.  I stamped and colored the fish, octopus and starfish with Copic markers and then die cut them using the coordinating dies.  I also added some Wink of Stella to the fish to give them some sparkle.  To finish the card, I used the NEW Postage Stamp Edger to die cut the bottom of the card and then added a piece of Oreo cardstock behind it.

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.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Taylored Expressions January Sneak Peeks: Sign of the Times and Block Party Hello

Welcome back for Day 2 of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions!!  I hope you've been enjoying all that you've been seeing so far!  I have two more projects to share with you today!  The first uses the NEW Sign of the Times Stamp & Die Combo.

The set consists of this sign with different sentiments that can be stamped on the sign.  I decided to create a wine bottle tag using this set along with the Bottled Up Die Set.  I stamped the sign image in white onto Oreo cardstock and embossed it in white.  I used some Pearlescent Watercolors to color the image.  I love how they show up on dark cardstock.

After coloring the sign image and adding the sentiment, I die cut it using the coordinating die from the set.

The second project I have to share today uses the NEW Block Party - Hello Die.  This is the next in the Block Party Series of dies.  I love how these dies cut the word out of the front of the card.

Before diecutting the Oreo piece, I inked up the NEW Flower Power Embossing Folder with white craft ink and then embossed the Oreo cardstock to create the white impressed flowers.

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.



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