Category Archives: Taylored Expressions

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!

 

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!

I’m a big fan of the masking stencils, and this was fun to put together with Pineapple, Guava and Candy Corn Inks and the TE Blender Brushes.


I embossed my sentiment from Handlettered Love in gold over the top.  I’m a big fan of flat cards for the mail and stopped there!

My next card features the adorable Loved Background and coordinating stencil. Not to be punny, but I do love these coordinating stencil backgrounds and stamps. They make quick work of adorable cards!

This card shares Guava ink brushed through the stencil and the stamped image in gold embossing powder. The sentiment from Mini Strips – Valentine was embossed and popped up on a simple vellum strip. Another flat card for the mailbag! Win!

All of the new Taylored Expressions is in the shop and ready to ship straight to you! And if you need more inspiration, check out these great projects from my crafty friends:

 

Finally, I love Seasons Givings and all of your fabulous responses for relaxation!  My entry time is expired, and I’ve got a few Seasons Givings prizes to give away. The winner of my Taylored Expressions gift certificate is Angie who said:

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!

Congratulations, Angie! Please email me, and I’ll get the gift code to you!  I have two more prizes that I’ll give away later today!

Thanks for checking in! I appreciate your visits and comments to my blog!

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!

If you’ve stopped here before, it’s no surprise that watercolor is one of my favorite things. So that’s driving my GIVEAWAYS this week!

Sharing one of my favorite uses of the Grid Background stamp from Taylored Expressions today.  This stamp was created to be an overlay to the large Buffalo Plain Backgrounder, but I had other plans! SWATCHING! I use white embossing powder for perfectly clean lines that hold the watercolor in place.

Something about swatching watercolor is very soothing to me. I love seeing all of the vibrant colors organized neatly, side-by-side. The practice within a confined square helps me learn control of the water and granulation of the specific colors. I honestly learn so much this way, and it’s very relaxing.

In both of these cards, I’ve used one of my two favorite watercolor mediums – Daniel Smith watercolors that I purchase in easy shared “splits” from Lydia. Lydia has curated a beautiful business concept in that she splits out tubes of beautiful color into pans and sells small collections to other artist and papercrafters. It’s a fabulous day when 1/2 pans of an entire collection show up in the mail, at a fraction the cost of purchasing tubes on my own. Search: DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLOR SPLIT GROUP on the Facebook for information and pricing. 🙂

A new-to-me medium for watercolor this year is the Karin Brushmarker Pro from Marker Universe. I’ve been working with these a lot over the holidays, just not necessarily creating cards. The fluid watercolor ink is visible in the chamber with a wonderful nib for creating thick and thin lines. The control of the nib is just fabulous!  Use them straight out of the marker, or with traditional blending techniques – palette and tip-to-tip for a burst of beautiful color! Check out this IG inspiration!

Here is a beautiful piece created by my friend, the amazing,  Jennifer Dove!? She has used the white embossing technique, as well. Love the beautiful, flowing color here. The nib control and fluid color is what I love about the Karin. Leave my friend Jen some love if you stop by her blog for a closer look or follow her on Facebook! She’s got beautiful original hand-drawn watercolor designs, as well!

And, finally, what many of you are here for. My giveaway! I have three different gift certificates to give away this year to the places I’ve mentioned in my post today. Businesses I am proud to work with and support because I appreciate  their products and their support in helping me grow as an artist!

I’ve shared some ideas that are super relaxing about crafting to me. To be entered to win my giveway, please leave me a comment and let me know, what about crafting or art do you find most relaxing? How do you use crafting to unwind… or do you? What’s the best stress reliever!? 

My giveaway will close Sunday night, January 5th, and I’ll post my winners at that time!

Please take time to visit the other participants in this hop. There is so much inspiration in this list and wonderful, wonderful prizes! Happy New Year to you and yours, and thank you for stopping by!

Lori Craig <– you are here

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:

The Falliday Six-Pack

It’s a super fun time at Splitcoaststampers with lots of great Falliday Fest challenges this week to get you into the spirit – and ahead of the curveball for holiday crafting. I’m hosting a fun challenge today. You can get all of the details HERE. I hope you’ll join us for the fun!

This is a set of tags I made in a flash with the new Speed Tagging single stamp and die from The Greetery. SWOON on stamping and cutting so much pretty at one time!

Super easy and impressive with the coordinating die that cuts and embosses sweet details into each tag with a single pass through the die-cut machine.

Love the colors that I’ll pair with white and kraft wrapping paper on December 23rd. LOL  These Pinecones from Taylored Expressions have become my holiday favorite go-to! I usually line the steps up on my MISTI and cut a slew at one time. I have about a dozen left on my desk, ready to go for my next project!

Including these so you can see all of the extra tags I have from three inks and passes with the Speed Tagging stamp and die combo. SET.

I hope you’ll join my challenge this week. I’d love to see all of your creative tag ideas! Happy Stamping this week! I’ll have more to share tomorrow!

 

Holding You in my Prayers – Square Masking Stencils

Thanks for stopping by on Day 3 of projects to showcase the new Masking Stencils from Taylored Expressions.

I must confess that several times in the last few weeks, I’ve sent store-bought-cards to people I care for. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed in any way, the thoughts are what’s important, but that has driven a little bit of my theme this week in creating cards that are easily mass-produced, or at minimum made in multiples because handstamped is always my preference to send. The Masking Stencils are awesome for that!

My first card features Wildflower Background and Sympathy Strips (which were a gift to me at Stamp Joy a few weeks ago – coming soon!) with the Simple Strips die. My background was created with the small Masking Stencil – Square and Confetti Cake ink, splattered with Sugar Cube ink and spritzed with Liquid Watercolor Shimmer. The background layer features my favorite embossing folder ever, Dotted Lattice.

Next up, I have needed several cards that speak peace and promise over a friend, and this small dove die is perfect for that. I created my background by blending Peaches ‘n Cream, Cupcake, Lavendar Glaze and Gumball inks inside the largest Masking Stencil – Square with Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and splattered with Sugar Cube ink from a paintbrush.

I also blended a second piece of cardstock that I used to emboss and die cut the sentiment at the same time! I added a few scored lines across the bottom for visual weight, and called it done. Like my Christmas card yesterday – it would be easy to crank out a half dozen of these bases in 15-30 minutes. #winning

Finally, I have a simple fall hello with my favorite Plum Punch ink blended inside theMasking Stencil – Square. I added a leaf and a sentiment from Simply Stamped Leaves. 

There is plenty of inspiration today from the TE Team… I would love to thank them for inviting me to celebrate my friend Laurie Willison and these fun, new tools this week. Be sure to visit them for more fabulous ideas:

Thanks for stopping by!

Glory to the Newborn King

Welcome to Day 2 of ideas to celebrate new Masking Stencils from Taylored Expressions! I love that Taylor was able to work with my dear friend, Laurie to bring this idea to life!  While these stencils quickly became a favorite tool for me, I’ve really been inspired by all of the projects I saw shared yesterday! Loved all of the ideas!

As the calendar shifts closer to November, of course my card-making brain starts thinking about Christmas cards – pretty but mass-produceable Christmas cards. That’s what I feel like I am sharing today.

In years past, I would never have attempted a design like this for mass-production because of the time-consuming tape off for the clean square background. So really, this year, Taylor has brought two awesome products to simplify and speed up this technique: Masking Stencils and Blender Brushes.

Glory to the Newborn King features a stenciled backdrop with the Masking Stencil Squares and a feature of Gumball, Plum Punch, Blueberry and Jelly Donut Taylored Expressions Premium Ink. I’ve brushed the background with my Blender Brushes.en I like to use Taylor’s Sugar Cube cardstock or Bristol smooth for this blending method >>> like butter.

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New Blender Stencils from Taylored Expressions

Very excited to be sharing a brand new product this morning from Taylored Expressions – in collaboration with my friend, Laurie Willison! If you do any kind of ink blending, you’ll love these stencil masks for basic shapes that allow for beautiful one-layer cards!

In collaboration with my friend Laurie Willison, Taylored Expressions is releasing 4 shapes today for blending stencil backgrounds: ovals (as show on my God of Hope card above), circles, squares and rectangles.

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Farmhouse Lantern for All Seasons


Thrilled to be sharing a few projects today featuring a new set available tomorrow from Taylored Expressions called All is Bright. I was immediately drawn to the lantern because I have several decorated lanterns here at home that I love to switch around for the seasons.

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THANKS

WOW! It seems like everyone else loved the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes as much as I did yesterday! SOLD OUT OF THE FIRST RUN in 12 hours! No one will be disappointed! Promise!

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