Monday, January 9, 2023

Post-Christmas Card Share - Taylored Expressions

Hello, friends, and Happy New Year!

The Christmas holidays flew by, but I was happy to be able to make a few cards with the gifts I received.  I bought myself a mini Minc machine last fall, so this Christmas I received a bunch of Foil It card bases by Taylored Expressions. I also received several difficent colors/styles of Deco Foil...so I made a bunch of cards!

First up...a set of holiday thank you cards featuring the Foil It - Beautiful Blizzards paired with the Foil It - On Occasion sentiments and dies. The Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets add some interest around the borders, and the embossed (not die cut) stitched circles helped provide a way to add some dimension using Masking Stencils - Circles and darker inks to set off the sentiments. The card bases were inked using Tim Holtz distress inks (Tumbled Glass and Broken China).

This first set features the snowflakes and far right sentiment foiled with Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil, one of the sentiments (center) foiled with Silver Shattered Glass Deco Foil, and one sentiment (left) is regular Silver Deco Foil.


The next set features the snowflakes foiled with Silver, while two of the sentiments (center and right) are Silver Shattered Glass.



My next set of cards were mini slim Christmas cards featuring the Foil It - Seasonal Sprig card bases along with the stamp setlayering stencil, and cutting plate.  Both sprigs are foiled with Gold Deco Foil.



  

I made other cards using Foil It panels and Deco Foil that I will share soon.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and Happy New year!
Judy






Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Taylored Expressions - A Thrill of Hope

Hello! I can't believe that we are days away from Christmas...it is sneaking up on me this year!  At some point during the craziness, I did get a chance to play with a Taylored Expressions stamp set called "A Thrill of Hope." (It was gifted to me by a generous TE online friend and I am so grateful!)

For my first card, I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Pop ink and the branches in Cilantro ink on kraft card stock. I added some extra dimension by die cutting some "Pine Clippings" as well as some glitter stars using the "Little Bits - Stars" die. The base image was die cut using the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets and after adding white splatters I adhered it to a dark red card. 


The next two cards I made using the same inks (as well as some other green inks for shading and interest) but these were stamped directly onto the card base for a one-layer card.



Here they are all together:



Thanks, as always, for stopping by the blog. I appreciate your visit!
Tahe good care,
Judy

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Paper Players #620: A Santa Card!

Hello, friends! I'm here today with a card I'm entering in the current challenge at The Paper Players -- a theme challenge by LeAnne to feature Santa on a card.


Full discosure -- this card is new and has never been shared before, but I actually made it after Christmas last year (after I got the goodies to play with to make the card), and then I put it away to use this season. Does anyone else do that...make Christmas cards after Chritsmas and stash them away for the next year?


This card departs from my typical clean and simple style, but it was a ton of fun to make! It features a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection stamp and stencil set called "Vintage Holidays."  I think I used almost every bit of this set on one card!

I can't wait to see the other Santa card submissions for this challenge...the design team knocked it out of the park!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
Take good care,
Judy

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Taylored Expressions - Happy Birthday (Times Two!)

Hello, friends! Just stopping in quickly to share two cards I made using some pretty Taylored Expressions supplies. 

I have had this "Birds and Blooms" stencil in my stash and figured it was a good time to ink it up! I made two backrounds, one with a white background and another with tone-on-tone inking. I honestly like them both!


For both cards, I stamped, embossed, die cut, and layered the birthday sentiment (from the "On Occasion" stamp set) atop a purple vellum die-cut oval. Once done stenciling the background, I die cut the panels using a stitched rectangle die, added some glitter Stickles on some of the dots, and mounted them onto black card bases.


Thank you for stopping by...I always appreciate your visits!

Judy

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Taylored Expressions - Foil It Cards

Hello, friends! I'm stopping by today to share several sets of cards I recently made using Taylored Expressions Foil-It card panels. (I use a Scotch laminator to foil and it works just fine!)

My first set of mini slim cards features the Foil It - Mini Slim Doodle Flowers cards paired with a birthday sentiment from the Signature Sentiments set.  I colored the images with Copics and added some gems for a final touch.


I embossed the silver sentiment (on right) to compliment the silver foil on the card.




My second set of mini slim cards used the same Foil It - Mini Slim Doodle Flowers cards paired with a birthday sentiment from the On Occasion set.  This time I added splatters of ink in the background.




My final set of standard A2 cards used the Foil It - Diamond Botanical cards paired with sentiments from the Signature Sentiments set. I masked over the main image and stamped woodgrain background using Sea Salt ink. The images were colored with Copics.





I'm glad I had the chance to replenish my card stash, especially birthday cards, for the upcoming fall months...we have a bunch of family birthdays in October and I'll be glad to have these on hand!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
Judy

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Taylored Expressions - Graduation Cards Round 1

Hello, friends! 'Tis the season for graduations, and this spring we have had lots of graduations in our family! My two oldest children both graduated from college, along with one of my nephews. SO...I have been making a bunch of cards for my family as well as some of their friends. (I thought I'd share them here before I begin round two of graduation cards for the students I work with that will be graduating from high school next month!)

Every spring, Taylored Expressions releases graduation stamps as well as pre-printed "Foil It" cards for the year that can be foiled with a Minc or laminator.  This year, TE also came out with a Create-In-Quads graduation celebration stencil set. Paired together, these supplies all make graduation card mass production simple and fun. In addition, these supplies allow you to personalize your cards using the school colors...I love that!

The first graduation card of the spring is for my nephew who graduated from Emory University. I used the school colors and gold foil on the sentiment to pull it all together.

 


Next up...cards for my oldest son and his friends who all graduated from Loyola University Maryland. The school colors are green and grey, as you can see featured in each of the different card styles. 








Finally, a card for my daughter who graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The school colors are crimson and grey. "The Hawk will never die!"



Here are all of the Taylored Expressions products used to make these cards:

    Create-In-Quads Hooray Layering Stencil

    Foil It - Grad

    Little Bits - Grad Cap


Thank you for stopping by!

Judy



Monday, April 11, 2022

Taylored Expressions - Easter Cards

Hello, friends! Holy Week is upon us, and I am preparing to send out Easter cards to my family and friends. I was happy to get a chance to play with two different sets of Easter stamps from Taylored Expressions. Let's get right to it!

My first two cards feature the "Spring Wreath" Layering Stencil and coordinating dies (for one version). The sentiment on the outside of the card is from the "Handlettered Easter" set, stamped in black ink and then embossed with diamond embossing powder for some sparkle. The Bits and Pieces Drip Drops were the perfect finishing touch. 


The wooden plank background is an Impression Obsession image stamped using Hero Arts Soft Wheat ink. All other inks used in these projects are from Taylored Expressions.


The next version of this card is the same as the first, except this time I die cut the wreath and popped it up on black foam for dimension.



Inside the cards, I added a sentiment from the "The Inside Scoop - Easter Blessings" set. 
How versatile! I love this stamp set so much!


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For my second trio of cards, I used the same sentiment sets noted above, but this time I designed the card base around the "Third Day Border" die and "Here Comes the Sun" stencil. Using a variety of TE inks and some masking, stenciling, and in some cases paper-piecing, I came up with three different versions of a similar card design. I can't decide which I like best!







On this version, I used a glitter pen to add glitter to the sun rays...a very subtle effect.


All of these cards have this sentiment on the inside...

I hope those of you who celebrate it have a very blessed Holy Week and a glorious Easter. 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Judy