Introducing Wheatfield Dreams

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m passionate about living in the Midwest. I find a raw beauty in fields that stretch to the horizon, and I’m in love with our summer and fall seasons here. I think our prairies and prairie flowers are a calming gift, and they my preferred subjects for cardmaking, painting, and sketching.

Today, I’m thrilled to share my latest illustrated stamping kit from Taylored Expressions called Wheatfield Dreams and a few samples that I’ve created! It’s even more special to be a part of Taylor’s 13th Birthday celebration month! Wheatfield Dreams follows two previous sets in my Field Notes Series, Sketchbook Florals and Sketchbook Bouquet. This limited kit includes my new stamp set of the same name with coordinating dies, a beautiful burlap background, 12 fabulous wheatfield foil panels, Copper embossing powder, envelopes and TE matching seals all served up in a fabulous zippered pouch. The kit retails for $69 and is only available from Taylored Expressions while supplies last.

In this card, I’ve used the Foil It Wheatfield panel heated with Deco Foil – champagne color. I love the richness that foil brings to a card!

I created ink blending over the foil panel with Confetti Cake Ink and added Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter from Ranger in the kernels of the wheat. The foil panel was trimmed down and adhered to a Confetti Cake cardstock base back-stamped with clear embossing ink for a watermark and splattered with white paint. I added the large Signature Thanks die cut from TE’s gold foil cardstock and a frame from my favorite accent die set, A2 Thin Frame cutting plate. This frame is a perfect complement to any card design. The thin-line frame finishes the design with no added bulk or weight. I love it!

As with all of Taylor’s kits, I love the coordinating seals and envelopes. The packaging for the card ends up being a real treat to hold in your hands.

It would not be a wheatfield inspired kit without a sunflower. Fun fact, in the midwest, wheat is harvested in the spring – early June, and our sunflowers do not usually show up until late August. No matter about that, they are hand-in-hand for me. Here, the sunflower was heat embossed on watercolor paper and painted with Taylored Expressions Liquid Watercolor colors (brand new: Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil) and Chocolate Truffle.

To help launch the kit this month, in addition to the rockstar line up of designers on Taylor’s team, I asked four designers I adore to help me celebrate. Please visit:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel a joy in our shift of seasons and find plenty of time for things that bring a smile to your face. If you need me, I’ll be stamping! Have a GREAT DAY!

PINKFRESH STUDIO JULY STAMP, DIE, STENCIL AND HOT FOIL RELEASE

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio July Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be joining the Pinkfresh Studio team as a guest designer for this beautiful release. All of the Blog Hop information is below, and I have loved creating these cards to share.

Before I tell you about my cards, I have three fun things to share that are special for YOU:

  • First, Pinkfresh Studio is offering free US shipping on all orders $50+ from July 26th to August 1st.
  • Second, there is an adorable gift with purchase die for customers who have a minimum purchase of $50. There is no code necessary. The free die will be included in qualifying orders, while supplies last.
  • Third, there are many fabulous prizes for visitors of this hop. The prize information is included at the bottom of my post. So, please be sure to check that out before you visit the next designer.

Now, on to the inspiration!

I’m starting off with the fabulous Happy Blooms Floral collection. Here, I’ve used the stencil for color, the stamp with gold embossing and the single, easy-to-line-up die. I used the Essentials Ornate Banner as a canvas for my floral swag.

The flowers in this set immediately took me back to my early-childhood home and the dining room wallpaper. I can remember being in that home with my entire family. The love is thick in that memory, and I was so happy that the set includes a “love you” sentiment.

Pinkfresh Studio does a wonderful job of putting their collections together in a way that is easy to use when it arrives in your home. The stencil, florals and dies are all on single panels. Whether you are adding color through your numbered stencils, stamping the floral images, or die-cutting, the task is easy. Your time is spent adding your own creative flair by coloring – not lining up leaves or stems or the cutting panel. The four stencils are also numbered to make it easy to apply color.

The products I used on this card are:

thinking of you

Here is a 2nd card I created with the same color combination and Happy Blooms collection. For this card, I cut the two floral swags apart and rearranged them to take center stage inside the Stitched Scalloped Rectangles frame. Both of my cards are accented with Pinkfresh Studio Glacier Jewels. You can find the products I’ve used here:

thank you for brightening my day

For my third card, I paired the Sweet Friend floral collection with the Slimline Diamond Motif Stencil. The stencil gives a soft pop of color in the background, making a perfect canvas for the pink blooms and sentiments.

Again, the stencils, stamps, and die are all single panels that include all five floral images making it super easy to line up. After stenciling the color on my flowers, I overstamped with embossing ink and white embossing powder for a crisp, striking white. I love this look.

The products I’ve used for this card are:

PRIZES! Pinkfresh Studio has generous prizes up for grabs to blog hop visitors! Up for grabs are TEN $25 gift certificates chosen from visitors who comment on blog hop participant blogs.

If you are hopping in order, you arrived from the uber-talented Lea Lawson, and your next stop is the amazing Mindy Eggen.

View the entire BLOG HOP LINK LIST

All you have to do is hop along to each visit each designer & leave a comment at each stop along the way to be entered to win! Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on August 3, 2021. You must check the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page and claim your prize within 2 weeks.

If that weren’t awesome enough, TWO WINNERS will receive the entire release. One will be chosen from the Pink Fresh Blog, and the second lucky crafter will be chosen from comments on the Pinkfresh July Release intro video. YAY!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the hop, good luck and happy crafting!

Social Butterflies

Something special to share today! It’s a fabulous, easy-to-use Butterfly Wishes kit from Taylored Expressions!

Two included stencils make the shading easy, and the extra space between “rows” of butterflies made it easy to ombre the rainbow across the card panel.

Look at this cuteness! Butterfly Wishes! The $55 kit includes:

  • Butterflies Stamp & Stencil Combo
  • Sweet Sentiments
  • Butterfly Wishes
  • Butterflies Dies
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 A2 Envelopes (Toffee)
  • Pot of Diamond Jewels
  • Custom Pouch with Sticker

This was my favorite card, and I put it together with the Butterfly Wishes stencils and stamp. The first step is to stamp the thorax/abdomen cavity of the butterflies.

Then two stencils layer seamlessly over the darker body to give forewing blending with one stencil and hindwing blending with the other. I just reviewed a butterfly project for my college daughter’s art class this weekend, so I’m well versed on butterfly anatomy right now. LOL

For the sentiment, I blended a 2nd panel of wings in the same color combos without stamping the body, stamped the sentiment from the spectacularly versatile, Just Saying and then trimmed the strip to fit. The sentiment tag blends right into the color scheme but the sentiment ink and the body ink do not have to compete with each other, giving your sentiment the attention it deserves.

I finished this card off with the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets and Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets. LOVE the stitched rectangles to frame the edge of a stamped panel!

In this example, I used only the stamps from the kit to flitter my wings across the canvas. Love the vibrant pop of color on white!

Finally, I’m sharing a tag in one of my favorite color combos – TE Peaches and Cream/Candy Corn, Pineapple/Lemonade, and Pink Champagne/Cupcake blends.  The tags are cut from Tag Stacklets 2 and the stitched cousin, Pierced Tag Stacklets 2. I love how the nested tags with the stitching on the top layer are polished off. One of my favorite looks!

Can’t wait to check out the designer samples for this kit! I know I’ll be blown away and want to get back into my stamping studio pronto!

You can find the Butterfly Wishes Kit HERE while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Sketchbook Bouquet

 

It may be bitter cold in Kansas today, but I’m dreaming of warmer weather and beautiful blooms. Today Taylored Expressions is releasing the limited edition Field Notes 2 kit with my second stamp set illustrations in the Field Notes series, Sketchbook Blooms!

I had so much fun watercoloring these stems! I paired them here with the Frame in Frame 2 cutting plates for a pretty scallop border.

The Taylored Expressions Field Notes 2 Kit includes:

  • Sketchbook Bouquet stamp set
  • Sketchbook Bouquet die and stencil
  • Splatter Background – hello!! SPLATTER!
  • Watercolor cardstock
  • Beautiful watercolor envelopes and printed seals

I love the sentiments we were able to include with this beautiful bouquet. They will work for words of encouragement or sympathy.

  • May hope fill your heart today.
  • With heartfelt sympathy.
  • I’m so sorry.
  • May many beautiful memories be a comfort.

As an extra element of fun in conjunction with this kit, Taylored Expressions is offering three curated small sets of Karin Brushmarker Pro. I had the fun to select five coordinating colors to include, and my Karin color picks are:

  • Fire Red
  • Soft Peach 1
  • Ochre
  • Pale Orange
  • Cool Aqua

There are two other color bundles available for a full field of vibrant blooms. Here, I’ve used my colors here for beautiful pop on the TE 111lb watercolor cardstock.

My favorite way to watercolor is to emboss the images and sentiments with detail gold embossing powder on the TE watercolor cardstock and color from a palette of the colors with a watercolor paintbrush.

It’s so cold outside today, so I’m thrilled with something fun to celebrate. I hope your day includes stamping, hot coffee and beautiful dreams of spring! If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see what the Taylored Expressions team has created with the new Field Notes 2 Kit.

Stay warm, and keep crafting! Thank you for stopping by!

Full of Flowers and a Fun TE Announcement

I can only take so much alone time, so I gathered some friends for a fun challenge and a fabulous announcement today!

In October I was fortunate to participate in the Taylored Expressions Virtual Stamp Joy event (this is the link to the October event that is over, but you can read all about the fun!) It was 2-days full of fun – make and take projects and classes with 900 of my stamping friends – together, but apart!

This fun collection of stamps, dies, and stencils are the free product that you received for the classes and gifts with purchase that go with the event stamp set. It’s so pretty and versatile, but it was sitting on my desk, waiting for more fun!

So, I gathered up Heather Nichols, Jill Hawkins, Jen Shults, and Caren Bartholomew for a challenge to put the Taylored Expressions Full of Flowers stamps, dies and stencils into action!  The only rule was to use the collection to create a set of 4 cards that you could use as a gift!

Then Taylor shared a secret, and we twisted her arm to blast the news! SPRING VIRTUAL STAMP JOY in March! YAAAS! Save the dates for Friday and Saturday, March 26 & 27. You’ll want to get really comfy at your stamp table and be ready for a weekend of creative learning and fun!

SIGN UP HERE FOR ALL UPDATES SO YOU DON’T MISS ANY STAMP JOY REGISTRATION INFORMATION! 

I knew that I wanted to use Full of Flowers to create a card set in the mini-slim size. It’s my new favorite size! My cards are a single layer on Sugar Cube with Spearmint and Salt Water Taffy inks.

After using the stencil with Taylored Expresssions Blender Brushes, I embossed ‘thinking of you’ from Handlettered Sentiments – handsdown favorite sentiments. I love the scripty font and the precision dies.

I am so happy to have this little gift set ready to go, that I had fun stamping with friends, and that I get to share the Spring Stamp Joy announcement! Turned into a fun project!

Let’s see what my girlfriends created – please visit:

Don’t forget to sign up for more info and updates about Spring Stamp Joy HERE.

Have a FABULOUS Wednesday!

Don’t Ever Change

I found a little time to craft last night, and I need to bolster my stash of birthday cards. I’ve had these adorable Be a Unicorn sentiments on my desk along with the Starry Background from Taylored Expressions for months.

I used the Starry Stencil and a pastel rainbow to blend out my background stars. Then I used my Scor-Pal to create a scored frame 1/4″ from each edge. After stamping my sentiment in black, I cut a big white star from Star Stacklets and sprayed with glitter.

If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change. 

I popped each layer up on foam, and finished the front with a Clear Drip Drops. Relaxed blending and a pastel rainbow. Beautiful way to end my weekend!

Have a GREAT Monday, friends!

Abundand Blooms

I have so many beautiful things to share from the Papertrey Ink/Ink to Paper release happening tonight at 10pm Eastern. This is one of my favorite sets, Abundant Blooms! I know you’ll love this set!

I love the 2-step pitcher with aged patina. I embossed the patina in white over the soft blue pitcher and added deep blush booms. The stamps and dies line up beautifully in this set, and it was super easy – which isn’t always the case for me with 2-step images.

After stamping the blooms, I added a little depth to each petal with a deeper red Sketchmarker Brush alcohol marker. Super simple step that adds a little depth.

The sentiment is from a $5 add-on set called, Feel Better (also available tonight), and it includes three beautiful thoughts. The wording is just beautiful, and appropriate for a variety of reasons, not just illness.

 

Sketchmarker Brush are fairly new to me. They are available in 389 colors from Marker Universe. The brush is a fabulous quality, and they blend beautifully. The price point (on sale for $4.50) is amazing for the quality and size of ink reservoir! Color me  happy!

 

Thanks for stopping by. I’m excited to share with you through the month. I hope your Sunday is full of beautiful moments and fresh hope for a new week!

 

Gingerbread Garland

I have an opportunity to share a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers this week for our annual Falliday Fest of tutorial ideas and challenges. I created this Gingerbread Garland from a template that you can download and accent with white doodling and stamps from various sets.

See my full tutorial with the easy template download HERE

This is a great activity to share with your kids and cousins over the holidays! Anything goes and super fun!

Sweet Blessings

 

More watercolor die cuts from Papertrey to share. This is Feathered Friends 5 die. So sweet. The sentiment is from the set Leaves in Fall.

I painted my die-cut Feathered Friend 5 with Daniel Smith watercolors – love the Quin Gold, Quin Coral, and Quin Magenta. I buy my Daniel Smith colors in split collections, curated by Lydia. It’s an economical way to get a wide range of color. Look for her Facebook group, Daniel Smith Watercolor Split Group.

For paper, I prefer the Fabriano Aquarello Cold Press paper for watercolor. The colors shift and blend so beautifully!

Wishing you many sweet blessings today. Thanks for stopping by.

Winter Gift Tags with Papertrey Ink

I make a lot of gift tags in the winter! I love the little canvas, and they seem like a nice way to say, you are special to me when offering a gift.

My tag today features Sweet Scenes Winter stamps from Ink to Paper Company. I love the purple mountains majesty, and the little deer were just too cute for me to ignore. I’ve set my scene on one of my favorite Ink to Paper/Papertrey products, the

Today, even though it’s not quite the holidays, wishing you heartfelt greetings of love and peace.

Thanks for stopping by!