Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: You Anchor Me

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Karren.

I had a lot of ideas for this one.  I had pretty much settle on big flowers with patterned centers - but look what came out of my craft time!!

FMS Anchor

I seriously sat down to make flowers.  I even had them picked out.  Then I saw the banner stamps and that got me to thinking about Paper Smooches and I dug through my PS stash, paused on this set and realized how fun it would be with a sailing ship above and anchor below.  I'm usually a brute force cardmaker - try this, try that, try again, photo it, photo again, etc.!!  So when inspiration strikes, I go with it!!

I hope to see you playing along (maybe some of you will do big flowers!!


The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Splash 6x6 pad.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Curtain Call: Tulip Blessings

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tulip.

Isn't this just the perfect inspiration photo for today??  Tomorrow is Easter! And, at least in my part of the world, it's a beautiful weekend!  A perfect time to bring out some tulips!

Before I move to my card, be sure to check out our guest designer for our challenge:  Anita Bowden, Neet & Crafty.

My card uses a variety of die sets with the base sets being the Sitting Pretty series which includes the frames, the ledge and the vases.  I found other sets to add tulips to the vases and to add the other Easter themed images.  I pulled the colors from the inspiration and I even used the beadboard in the background!

CC Easter Blessings

I hope to see you playing along with this spring-time challenge - there's so much inspiration in that photo!!  Check out how the other designers used the inspiration at the Curtain Call blog.

Happy Easter!!

He is Risen!!!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches: Roses and Thanks

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Brum.

I saw the curve and instantly knew that I'd be using this Thanks Scallop Border die that's been in my not-yet-used box for a very long time!!

FMS Thanks

As I was scrounging through the box to find the border die, I saw my unused Roses.  It was meant to be!  They fit perfectly above the thanks.

Not much creativity in this card. (I spent some time trying to get fancier - but I like it the way it is!)  I didn't even pick the colors!  I saw the current color challenge at The Paper Players and it immediately caught my eye.  I hadn't really embraced Mint Macaron but as I paged through their design team cards, I found that I really liked how they had used it.  

I hope to see you playing along with this sketch!!  There's so much open space and room for creativity, I'd love to see how you use it.


The sequins are from Stampin' Up's Fancy Frost Sequins.  The paper is from the earlier version of the Stampin' Ups designer paper packs.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TE Release Day: A Suitcase and Bandages

It's release day at Taylored Expressions!  Everything you have seen this week is now available! But first, I have two more peeks at this release.

Last month, we had a new die to create cute little matchboxes - here's what I did with it.  This month, we have an add-on die called Matchbox Accessories-Suitcases.  Check out what it does with the matchbox!!

Taylored Expressions: Matchbox Suitcase

It's a cute little suitcase!!  With corners and straps and a handle!!

I turned it into a graduation present. With a new graduate preparing to leave home, it's a perfect way to celebrate!!

Taylored Expressions: Matchbox Suitcase

I cut my own little piece for the inside - mostly because I wanted that sentiment from the new Wonderful World set to fit on it - but it thought it worked well to have it slightly arched so that a monetary gift could easily be tucked underneath (and easily taken out!!)

Here's the supply list for this card but be sure to keep reading for one more card!


Next I want to show you the new stamp set Listen to Your Heart along with the new Little Bits - Bandage.  I am in love with the fonts on these sentiments.  I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple so the full focus is on the sentiment.

Taylored Expressions: On the Mend

How cute are those bandages??!  I couldn't resist a trio holding the two pieces of white cardstock together - then just a pop of color with the enamel shapes.

Taylored Expressions: On the Mend

Just a quick post from me because it's time to head over to the TE Blog for links to all of the designers and to find out if you won a prize if you've been answering the Question of the Day. Then head to the TE Store because it's now full of new products!