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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!

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!

Field Notes Restock Selling Fast

The Field Notes Kit from Taylored Expressions came back in stock this week, and there are just a few kits remaining! The whole idea behind these blooms was beautiful blooms that were easy to color, and large enough to stand alone on a card front! I love that stampers are loving this kit!

Last weekend, I spent some time coloring blooms to have ready for cards on demand! This peony bloom is colored with Polychromos Pencils and a little Gamsol to smooth things out. Love how these florals can take center stage for a clean and simple card with depth.

The background rectangle is brushed with the Frayed Rectangle stencil, and the sentiment is from the accompanying set, Field Notes – both included in the kit.


Here, I’ve used the Paint Flower bloom, embossed in gold, and watercolor for a peek-a-boo layer card. Gold embossing powder makes things instantly classy!


The Field Notes Kit is available while supplies last at Taylored Expressions, and includes all of the items shown here! Check it out HERE.

I hope your weekend plans bring you a lot of joy!

I’ve got lots of crafting in mind, and I can’t wait to get started!

Dare to Get Dirty 2020

It’s my favorite week of the card making year! From the Splitcoaststampers team and our fabulous design team alumna from 16 years of creative inspiration, we host Dare to Get Dirty! I’ve been a part of the Splitcoaststampers community since 2004, and the community is the reason I am still stamping today! The people have become wonderful friends.

Splitcoast is the largest single source of card making inspiration on the web with galleries organized by company name/brand, the largest tutorial library on the web with step-by-step and how-to videos,  immeasurable information on tools, style, design, industry, company  chatter, and more.  It’s basically the Library of Congress for stamping and papercraft.

Every August we host Dare to Get Dirty to celebrate the Fan Club members who support Splitcoaststampers. 99% of the Splitcoast content is free, but we roll out special content monthly for Fan Club members – with lots of challenges, chatter and prizes.  You can find information about our Fan Club and how to join HERE.

Fan Club members can join our Dare to Get Dirty challenges in our Challenge Forum.

My card for the challenge I am hosting was created with my new Sketchbook Florals and background from the Field Notes Kit (currently sold out!) from Taylored Expressions. I’ve  embossed the flowers in gold and colored with Polychromos colored pencils. The larger single blooms on these cards allow for detail, but still a clean and simple card design.

You can see all of the entries for my challenge HERE. FIFTY FIVE Beauties when I checked this morning!

This is my card for Mary’s challenge from yesterday! I watercolored a wreath with Daniel Smith Watercolors – from Lydia’s Daniel Smith Split Group (Facebook)  on Arches Cold Press. The sentiment is from a very old Stampin’ Up set in my archive bin – the ones I’ll never part with! Love seeing all of the different takes on the challenge ideas!

Let’s end my post with adorable cuteness from Waffle Flower – the Be a Unicorn die for Lori McAree’s challenge! LOVED this one! The sentiment was created with Be Bright Building Blocks Stamp and Die from Taylored Expressions. So cute. All of the samples for this challenge can be seen HERE.

Lots of inspirational ideas to be found! LOTS OF PRIZES to give away! I hope you find time to join us. Forty-one challenges are open between now and September 4th. 🙂  See you there!

Sketchbook Florals with Field Notes

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, it’s not a secret that a sketchbook with watercolor or pencils has become a hobby-on-the-go. Business trips, vacations, or close to home – it’s very relaxing to me.  And, while landscapes are fun, I always seem to circle back to flowers.

It’s also no secret that I’m a long time Taylored Expressions fan, and today those worlds collide! Eep! 

My sketchbooks are full of flowers… and today, I’m excited to share that a few of my favorite florals have made their way into a brand new set called Sketchbook Florals in the August Taylored Expressions kit called Field Notes!

When it comes to florals in card making, I love simple blooms with depth and beauty in a single stem that allow for effortless card design, and simple blooms are what you’ll find here. Each is large enough to stand alone on the card-front and easy to color.

Taylor hit all the buttons with the additions to this complete stamping kit to include a beautiful, Rough Draft Background stamp, Frayed Edge masking stencils (the masking stencils are the genius brainchild of my friend Laurie Willison!), stamped sentiments and accessories that remind you of sketchbook accents like date stamps, grids, and swatch boxes… all easy layers behind beautiful blooms, without overpowering. And, it would not be a Taylored Expressions kit without beautiful coordinating stickers and envelopes.

First I stamped the coneflower in a very light Toffee ink on watercolor paper and added no-line watercolor. One of the neat things about no-line watercolor with these images is that they will be a bit forgiving. Just follow the basic shape image! The background was created with my Blender Brushes and splatters of color off of the paintbrush.

For my next card, I used the Frayed Edge stencil on my panel in Confetti Cake ink, embossed the blooms in Gold Embossing Powder on separate cardstock and watercolored before clipping with the coordinating die. I added the perpetual calendar and ‘birthday blessings’ from the Birthday Simple Strips. I’ll just circle the date for my special friend when I get ready to send this through the mail.

For the last card that I’m going to share today, it’s another no-line watercolor bloom, the panel is layered on vellum, and then layered on the toffee card stock with the grid background stamped in toffee ink. At the end, I added a little bit of splatter to both visible layers for interest!

Field Notes is available today from Taylored Expressions. The kit includes:

  • Sketchbook Florals Stamp Set
  • Sketchbook Florals Dies
  • Field Notes Stamp Set
  • Rough Draft Background
  • Masking Stencils – Frayed Edge Rectangles
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes (Blue Corn, Lavender Glaze, Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles, Sweet Basil and Toffee)

I know the TE Design Team has been busy creating so many beautiful samples. I’m going to check out all of their inspiration by hopping over to the Taylored Expressions Blog. I hope you’ll join me!

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!

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!