Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TE Sneak Peeks: Grouchy Grumplings

Hello Crafty Friends -

I’m delighted to be back today with another sneak peek at the new release from Taylored Expressions. One of my favorite lines of stamps to illustrate is the Grumplings and I’m delighted to share that there is a new addition to the line: Grouchy Grumplings! These little dudes are especially exasperated by everyday life and are not afraid to show it. Rise and shine in the morning? Not gonna happen!

GrouchyGrumplingTagSamples_A_DanielleLounds I used two images from the set to make a couple of shaker tags. But before I get into the details on making the tags…

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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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Both tags use the dies from Build a Tag 2 and have the same layout just flipped a bit to showcase the images better. For each tag I cut two tags from Salt Water Taffy cardstock and then used the square die to cut an opening in the second tag. I then lined the opening with acetate and adhered a piece of cardstock to the front of the first tag. I then added foam tape around the opening to create a box, added sequins, and adhered the two tags together. Shake shake shake. I embellished with a bit of bakers twine and added a couple of flags cut from coordinating cardstock.

There are coordinating dies for the Grouchy Grumplings that made cutting out the images after coloring easy peasy. I used to fussy cut all of my images by hand… I’ve been so spoiled by coordinating dies. They do take a bit of the grumpling out of crafting. lol. ;)

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Recipe:
Stamps and Dies: Grouchy Grumplings stamp set and coordinating dies, Build a Tag 2 dies (TE).
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers.
Paper: Sugar Cube, Salt Water Taffy, Candy Corn, Potato Chip cardstock (TE).
Accessories: sequins, beads, acetate, foam tape, bakers twine.

Bird Crazy Flip Frame

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I’m popping in late tonight with a new insert for the Tim Holtz Flip Frame. I used the extra fluffy bird from the Bird Crazy stamp set as the main focal point. I picked up the coordinating Bird Crazy Thinlits die set which made cutting out the bird fast and easy.

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After stamping I water colored with the Sakura Koi Watercolors. I always seem to go back to this medium when I want to add a quick wash of color.

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For the background I stamped a piece of watercolor paper with the zig zag stamp from Zig Zag & Diamonds Backgrounds set in Clear Emboss It! ink and heat set with white embossing powder. I then sponged a bit several colors of Distress Ink here and there to color the non-embossed portions of the background.

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Once the pieces were finished it was just a matter of assembling everything together with lots of glue and foam tape and a few favorite embellishments: mirrored starts, jute, and a sentiment flag.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

TE Sneak Peeks: Balloon Buddies

Hello, Crafty Friends -

There is a lot of fun in store for this week and it begins with sneak peeks for the latest release from Taylored Expressions. This release has a ton of happy, lots of celebrating, and just a bit of grumpy. Today I’m kicking off the celebrating with a couple of projects using the new Balloon Buddies stamp set and coordinating dies.

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I had plenty of fun illustrating these critters and I must admit to being extra fond of the monkey. Such big ears. Lol. I used the elephant image to decorate the card.

For the card and tag I stamped and colored two of each image. The first images I cut out with the coordinating dies and from the second images I cut out portions of the image that could be layered over the first for extra dimension.

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I also used some previously released dies to cut various tag elements: Build a Tag 4 and Gridlocked. I used a 1 3/8” circle punch to cut out the sentiment. For a bit of shine I backed the Gridlocked die cuts with acetate.

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And those sequins? They are from the Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Halloween sequin mix. I also applied a bit of Glossy Accents to the monkey’s balloon. Shiny!

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So what do you think? I’d be delighted to read any comments you have.

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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.

Thanks for visiting! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our participating designers!

Recipe:
Stamps and Dies: Balloon Buddies stamp set and coordinating dies, Build a Tag 4 dies, Gridlocked Tag die (TE).
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers.
Paper: Sugar Cube, Cookie Monster, Salt Water Taffy, Plum Pudding, Lavender Glaze cardstock (TE).
Accessories:
Build a Scene Halloween sequins (TE), Glossy Accents (Ranger), foam tape, bakers twine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Four merry trees

Hello! I hope your week has been going well. I have the week off from work which means plenty of time to relax, visit family, and do a bit of crafting/artwork. The weather is a bit on the chilly side (put away the capris and break out the sweaters) so the following card is perfect for today:

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No, I am not ready for winter! But I do love the tree images in the CMS249 Scribbly Christmas set and couldn’t wait to ink them up again. This card didn’t take as long as my usual cards since there was no coloring involved but with the addition of the designer paper and the enamel dots it has enough color for me.

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Thanks for stopping by and if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card.