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!!

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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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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