Over the Rainbow! Taylored Expressions Kit!

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s been dreary here in the midwest, and the best thing about this Tuesday is the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Kit that is launching today from Taylored Expressions!

Can we talk about the RAINBOW goodness!

  • Two adorable rainbow stamp sets,
  • Super cute Over the Rainbow Die
  • Rainbow Cloud Duo Dies
  • Over the Rainbow Masking Stencils with alignment guides
  • Super fun and BIG RAINBOW sticker
  • Envelope with super cute seals and an adorable carry all pouch
  • YES, PLEASE!

For my first card, I used almost the whole kit with a pastel palette of inks to create this super soft rainbow explosion. The colors used here are:

  • pink champagne (warmer tone of the champagne pairs perfectly with the peaches and cream and pineapple rings below it!)
  • peaches and cream
  • pineapple
  • mint julep
  • confetti cake
  • lavender glaze

The awesome thing about the Masking Stencil – Rainbow is the double set with the rainbow inserts. The alignment guides (an original, creative brain genius idea of my friend Laurie Willison!)  allow you to switch back and forth with perfect line up. The included inserts help you keep sections clean as you cover and mask only on color at a time!

Tip: Be sure to clean your stencil in between colors with a cleaning cloth. 🙂 

 

 

After masking your rainbow stripes, the adorable rainbow accent stamps allow you to finish off. My stamped colors for accent between the blending were Peaches n Cream and Mint Julep. LOVING THIS COLOR COMBO! 

My clouds are spritzed with TE Liquid Watercolor Shimmer. All of the cardstock is Sugar Cube, but the shimmer makes the clouds stand out just a bit!

 

 

 

I loved crafting with this kit! Next,  I used the rainbow die-cut pieces and the negative pieces to create the 7 ring rainbow. I’ve paired it with puffy clouds. The flat bottom clouds in your Somewhere Over the Rainbow kit will be perfect to hide the ends of the negative snipped rainbow pieces when you create something similar.

My panel is cut from Petite Scallop Stacklets – put these on your wish list – and splattered with a little white paint. Rainbow set in the clouds for a wispful vision and finished off with the cute oh happy day sentiment from the kit!

My last card came together so quickly! Again I grabbed the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets with Twinkle background and simple sentiment. You’ll love who easy these cards come together with a perfectly curated kit!

The entire Somewhere Over the Rainbow kit can be found here in the Taylored Expressions store. I’d suggest you hurry because this one will be a sell out!

Be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions blog for lots of rainbow goodness and inspiration, and I recommend a fast-grab if you like these adorable rainbows. I think they’ll be around about as long as the occasional rainbow beauties in the sky!

May My Monthly Hero

So excited to share the May My Monthly Hero kit with you today.  Definitely a few things to “lift” our spirits during a crazy, crazy time. Look at all of the goodies included in this kit:

 

 

 

So much cuteness for cards and decorative envelopes! And, I’m partial to the Karin DecoBrush Metallic markers for handletterings, splatters and a few fun faux-foil techniques. This kit of adorable sweetness is AVAILABLE TODAY. If you are new to the My Monthly Hero kit, please know they tend to sell out quickly. Do not delay.

Get all the May Add-ons HERE!
Kit Contents:
6 x 8 Clear Stamp Set
7 Coordinating Frame Cut Dies
7 Envelope Art Icon Fancy Dies
3 Karin DecoBrush Metallic Markers
5 White A7 Envelopes
5 White A2 Envelopes

 

There are additional adorable products included as add-ons in the full collection focused on sending love, uplifting others, and the power of a handstamped card. You can see all of the goodness on THIS PAGE.

Hero Arts is estimating that shipping for the MMH kits will begin on May 15, and continue until all boxes have shipped. Thank you for your patience, continued support for Hero Arts, and your kind wishes during this time.

I loved the little hot air balloon image, and I paired it with the Karin Metallic Gold DecoBrush for a faux-foiled sentiment and matted layer. This is a trick I use often with heat embossing, and the markers make it a much easier step to color the edges of a matting layer for metallic pop! The sentiment was created by applying the marker color direct to the stamp instead of an inkpad.  If you have the Karin Brushmarker PRO, it’s important to know that the DecoBrush Metallic are a pigment cousin to the watercolor Brushmarker PRO. Beautiful, rich metallic colors!

There is always a rainbow at the end of every rain! To make the rain splatters, I simply scribbled the DecoBrush markers on a piece of acetate and flicked with a wet paintbrush.

I’ve colored my rainbow with Graphit Twin Alcohol Markers and given the whole cardfront some metallic splatters. It’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Love this sweet rainbow image and die. I’ll be using it over and over!

Look at this adorable airplane! Super sweet ‘hello’ and I’ll tuck a gift card “inside for happiness”!  The gold ink was perfect for metal accents.

Another favorite image… hello RAINBOW! I colored this with Polychromos pencils and added spatters a clean and simple love note.

I appreciate you stopping by for the My Monthly Hero blog hop this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration.

GIVEAWAY! Visit my friends, and be sure to comment as ee will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, May 10th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Your next stop on the hop is my good friend,Lydia Fiedler. 

You can find lots of inspiration here:

HHero Arts
Amy Kolling
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Heather Nichols
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jen Shults
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jill Hawkins
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson
Lori Craig
Lydia Fiedler
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr

Picket Fence: Beauty in Song

More Picket Fence Studios today. I loved coloring this bird from Beauty and Song. The main image is stamped here and embossed with gold embossing powder and colored with the Karin Brushmarker PRO. I use a simple waterbrush to blend the colors.

The Karin Brushmarkers blend effortlessly – directly from the pen or from a palette. Therapeutic and easy. The embossing and stark contrast gives it a bit of elegance. I finished my colored image with a thick sentiment strip and sequins for a clean and simple card that is the perfect pick-me-up to someone you love and easy to mail!

If you want to talk about simple wow cards! Stencils for the WIN! Here I’ve used the new Picket Fence Studio Flower in Heart Stencil.  I applied pink ink with a blender brush, paired it with sentiments from the new Seriously Literally sentiment set. and added a few crystal drops.

I’m getting wrapped up to leave for CreativeWorld in Frankfort, Germany on Friday. I’ve not been to Germany before, and though I don’t expect to see much outside of the tradeshow, I’m hoping I’ll have pictures to share on my Facebook page – Lori Craig Designs. Please join me there!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm, friends!

Picket Fence 2020 Creativation Release

What!? What? I’ll tell you what!I’m thrilled to be guest designing for Picket Fence Studios to celebrate their Creativation release today! So many cute things in this release, and I have several projects to share with you today! If you like to color, you will LOVE these sweet new designs!

My first two cards feature Piper and Peach Checking the Post! I’ve stamped my images in Fade Out from Ink on 3 on to Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube paper and used the no-line watercolor technique with my Karin Brushmarker PRO pens.

Here’s a close up of card number 2 with the set Piper and Peach Checking the Post and the Loads of Mail background. I had so much fun with these images! The die cuts leave the perfect white edge in my opinion, and I used green Karin markers to color the clumps of grass separate before cutting. This could be an addicting watercolor technique for me!

Two weeks ago I set aside the weekend to work on my design projects for this release, and I had invited a few friends over to stamp – girls who live in fairly close proximity to me. Imagine my surprise when Laurie Willison showed up with Jill Hawkins tucked into her car! Jill lives a plane ride away, and I will never forget how special and magical it was to have someone fly in to surprise me for a weekend. #treasure #craftyfriendsarethebestfriends. Jill sat next to me that weekend, and she couldn’t resist playing with the Loads of Mail background stamp.  The image is embossed in white and watercolored with the Karin Brushmarkers and an aqua pen. The sentiment is from the fun new set, Absolutely. Seriously. Always.

Crafty Squad – Laurie Willison, Jen Shults, me, Jill Hawkins, Nichol Spohr, and Caren Bartholomew

Here’s a picture from our impromptu stamping weekend! I’m truly grateful for the beautiful people in my life because of stamps and ink.

I’ll be back in the morning with more of my favorites from this release! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

I hope the weekend brings you time for stamping and relaxation!

This is My Happy Face

Am I right? I do get accused of a having a grumpy face sometimes, to which I say, “if I’m grumpy, you’ll know it!” LOL None-the-less, I love Big Grumpy at Taylored Expressionsand his ! So much that the new Big Grumpy Valentine sayings arrived on my doorstep this week – can’t wait to make a few loving cards with those. LOL

A week or so ago, I found a YouTube watercolor tutorial done by Jessie Banks through a mutual Facebook group. I loved the layered, dreamy look of her vibrant color, and knew I wanted to give it a try!

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Isn’t that video fun to watch? (Please leave Jessie some YouTube love and a thumbs up!) Trust me, it was even more fun to paint!!

Like Jessie, I masked my images with masking fluid. I love this Moltow Masking Fluid Pen, and unlike others I have bought and tried through the years, this one doesn’t gum up on me between uses. I didn’t cover my entire image with masking fluid – just about a 1/2″ border to keep him clean.  You can see on the left side of the sign that I got thin coverage in a few spots, but I was really pleased overall. Lifted clean after sitting on my watercolor paper for several days.

The background was painted with Daniel Smith Watercolors that I purchase from my dealer, Lydia Fiedler’s Watercolor Split Group on Facebook in convenient half-pan splits! It’s a great way to purchase beautifully curated collections of top-quality, beautifully granulating color. Above is the mixing chart created with my Janes Split from Lydia. Look at all of the color created with 15-16 colors! Gorgeous color in a tiny palette!

Big Grumpy and the sign were colored with a fairly new watercolor, the Karin Brushmarker PRO from Marker Universe. I love the vibrant color and fluid ink flow from these pens. You can use the color straight from the nib for watercolor or hand-lettering or create a palette. They blend beautifully straight from the nib with a watercolor brush, but I do prefer to paint with the grays from a palette I just scribble on a piece of plastic or acetate.

For the white gauche step, I used  Winsor Newton white gouache. love the rich, opaque look. If I’m being super lazy, I use the liquid Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus in a bottle. It’s great for quick and easy splatter.

Can’t wait to try this technique again and improve my “clouds”, but overall I love how this turned out. Let me know if you try it!

I’ve been busy prepping for a guest release spot that I’ll share on Saturday, so stop back by! Have a fabulous Thursday!

 

Seasons Givings Winners

Great ideas for relaxing in and out of the craftroom on my Seasons Givings post. Many of you find relief in tidying things up, and I have to agree there is some peace in that. I just wish I wasn’t the one who always had to do it! LOL

Thank you for stopping by and starting my new year off with calming crafty thoughts. I appreciate the community that we have, and I hope this is an amazing year for all.  The random winners of my giveaways are:

$50 Taylored Expressions Gift Certificate  – Angie – Your cards are gorgeous! Beautiful colors. What fun giveaways! Putting a card together is not relaxing for me, that is the stressful part but I get lost in the coloring. Coloring is zen to me. Any coloring medium whisks me away to a magical place except for colored pencils!

$30 Daniel Smith Split Gift Certificate – Heather Bolli – Great products! Can’t wait to learn more. My day job is very stressful and numbers based, so my favorite thing about crafting is that it’s the opposite. I always joke that it “resets” my right brain every night by using my left brain.

$30 Marker Universe Gift Certificate – Debbie Owens at Indy – Thanks for being part of this amazing hop! Your water coloring is spectacular! When I get a new stamp set, I use my Misti and stamp all the images several times. When I need to relax and unwind, I like to sit back and shade them in different combinations.

If you’ll each email me, I’ll make arrangements with you for your prize! YAY! Thinking happy and crafty thoughts to each of you in this new year! Hugs!

Love, love, love… TE Release Day

Welcome to the January Release for Taylored Expressions. Super cute stuff to LOVE today. And, if you’re here to check on my Seasons Givings Taylored Expressions gift certificate winner, stick with me to the bottom of the post!


Release Day at Taylored Expressions, and how awesome are the Hexagon Masking Stencils? I loved playing with these at an impromptu crafting day last weekend!

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Seasons Givings Year 8

Welcome to Seasons Givings Year 8

Edit 1/5/2020 – 10:00pm – Thank you for stopping by. Comments for my entry are closed. Winner will be announced Tuesday.

One of my favorite posts of the year, and thank you to my dear Latisha for inviting me to participate again. I love the season of giving, and I especially love being able to give back to our community!

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a Winter Noel and a Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes Blog Hop! Christmas crafting is among my favorite of favorite activities, and I the addition of this Layer It Cardinal die in the fall release made me smile. Like many families, the cardinal was a special sign to my grandma, and now I think of her every time I see one.

I used my blender brushes and the Taylored Expressions masking stencils to create this soft blue background with Confetti Cake and Gumball TE Premium Inks. Before I lifted the mask, I gave it a spritz with Liquid Shimmer mixed with water in spritzer – I love the Nuvo Spritzer – even, fine mist. LOVE. I’ve been using my extra to spritz my Christmas Cactus plants… time to order more! lol

Next, I cut the Layer It Cardinal die and the Pine Clippings die from watercolor cardstock and painted them with TE Liquid Watercolors. I mixed a little pink with Cherry POP for a cooler red, and these are a series of layers of color to build depth. After painting, the pine boughs are splattered with a bit of liquid white watercolor for snow. So easy!

Something fun to share today is the TE Holiday Gift Guide! So, just go ahead and hand your significant other or kids the link… For every $100 they spend, you’ll get a $20 voucher to be used in January… oh who am I kidding!? Just order what you want! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I know the rest of the hop team has lots of pretty paper goodness today, please check them out:

WHATEVER! Stamp Camp

Whatever Stamp Camp April 2020

Do you need a crafty retreat? A weekend full of crafting and fun?  Join Laurie Willison, Nichol Spohr, and Lori Craig, along with 16 new crafty friends, for Whatever  Stamp Camp in quaint Newton, Kansas at the famous Whatever Craft House!! 

Thursday evening April 2 – Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekend Details:

The weekend includes: 

  • lodging in one of the adorable Whatever Craft House bedrooms
  • all of your meals and snacks 
  • a card class and supplies with instructions each day 
  • DIY craft projects each day 
  • make and takes 
  • lots of fun surprises
  • cost is $575 per person.  (excluding airfare or travel expenses)

Payment Details

The initial deposit, due immediately to secure your spot is $100.  The initial deposit is non-refundable.

The 2nd payment of $225 is due February 1, 2020, and the final payment of $250 is due March 1, 2020.  Any cancellation within 30 days of the event are non-refundable.

Purchase your spot at Whatever Stamp Camp by clicking on the PayPal button below.

 


 

There are only 16 spots and they will go fast so grab your spot now!  First come first serve!

Once we have a full house, you will be sent a link with further instructions! Can’t wait to see you! 

 

Whatever Stamp Camp  Hosts

Nichol Spohr

Hi stampers! I’m Nichol Spohr and I’ve been paper crafting for about 19 years and have been involved in the paper crafting industry in some fashion since 2002. I started out as a scrapbooker who dabbled with stamping and over the years have evolved into a card maker who uses stamps on just about every single thing I create! I’m passionate about stamping and die cutting and getting the most out of my supplies. I enjoy sharing, inspiring, and teaching and regularly share video tutorials on my YouTube channel. You can always see what I’m up to by visiting my blog: https://nicholspohr.com/

Me!

Hi! I’m Lori! I’ve began papercrafting in 1998 by dabbling in scrapbooking because I enjoyed cropping with friends, but quickly transitioned to stamping & card-making. I call it “crafty therapy”, and my family calls it “necessary for household harmony”.

I have worked full-time in papercrafting since 2007 as the advertising manager for Splitcoaststampers.com, designer, blogger, in business development, and as a Copic Marker instructor in the US and Canada. 

As much as I love paper and ink, the many fabulous friends I’ve met on this incredible journey are (by far!!) my favorite thing about crafting, and I can’t wait to share this weekend with you in my native Kansas! 

You can find me on my blog: www.loricraig.com

and Instagram: @wheatfield_designs

Laurie Willison

My name is Laurie Willison. You can usually find me crafting away in my craft room while the kids are in school!  I am an RN and Travel Plannr. I live in Kansas with my husband and our 2 kiddos.

I have been stamping since 2007, when a sweet friend of mine introduced me to the world of ink, stamps and paper and have been blogging and crafting ever since. I have had the pleasure and honor of working on several amazing design teams over the years and have had so much fun in the process.  My favorite part of this hobby has to be the people. I have made lots of amazing friends, lots of whom I have had the chance to meet in person! We are excited to have you join us for this crafty weekend!

Find me over on my blog: https://soapboxcreations.blogspot.com 

and Instagram: @laurie_willison