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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A Brush with Destiny

Excited to share a new tool today that I think you’ll love! Several months ago, Taylor shared a new product with me: Blender Brushes specifically formulated for smooth application of stamping ink with handles that are colored in rainbow order for easy ink identification?! YES, PLEASE!

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ConGRADulations!

I am thrilled to share a few projects today celebrating the first product release of designer, Heather Nichols for Taylored Expressions! Welcome!

Heather, Taylor and I have been stamping friends for many years, meeting each other at Splitcoaststampers close to 15 years ago! I probably had a little shriek-fest when I learned Heather had  joined the TE team.

The card above features Heather’s new set, The Tassel with The Tassel die. The stars are stamped in Sugar Cube on Cherry Pop cardstock. The mortar board and “celebrate” are stamped in Cherry Pop on Sugar Cube cardstock. My favorite element is the Banner Year die in black cardstock with white Banner Year die cut numbers. A fun, clean design that is easy to customize to nearly any school color combination!

The second card I want to share with you features Heather’s new Feather stamps and sentiments. I’ve always known Heather as her Splitcoast user name, Pine Feather – or Pine for short, so it was no surprise that she’d have this beautiful collection in her inaugural release!

This card features Simply Stamped Feathers and coordinating dies in Salt Water Taffy, Peaches and Cream and Toffee. The sentiment is from the new Wild and Free, and don’t you just love the feather stenciled in the background?

My favorite element of this card is the Shade Tree cutting plate in Toffee cardstock. I cut the trunk off of the tree and turned the die cut on it’s side. Love that vine look up the left side of the card.

Today, I’m very happy  to have completed many cards in April for all of the graduations I have coming up! My daughters are a junior in high school and a freshman in college, so we have a lot of family friends graduating this year. I love that I can easily match the cards to school themes. I made this card for our friend Taylor who will be attending Missouri Valley College next year!

The above card feature Heather’s new stamps The Tassle and Star Fall Background with The Tassle die in Candy Corn and Jelly Donut. I added some silver metallic stars, but after adding the photos, I see they appear black.  oops.

Another new stamp from this release is the Grid Background stamp! I have wanted a grid stamp like this for about a year, and I was so happy to see this one in Taylor’s new release. Here I stamped the grid in clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white. I used the square to watercolor, and I love how it turned out! The sentiment is the Thanks die cut from black cardstock and Thanks background mixed media die cut from vellum.

Super fun way to do mindless watercolor and turn them into little works of heart!

One last card to share today featuring The Tassel and Star Fall Background. So fast and fun in a Pineapple and Oreo combination. This one is in honor of my Alma Mater, the Wichita State University Shockers!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog  today! I do have two more projects to share tomorrow. It’s a close call, but they may be my favorites! I hope you’ll stop back by!

Thinking of You – WINNERS

Thank you so much for the many wonderful ideas and comments you left as part of my Seasons Givings Blog Hop! I loved reading through your answers. And, thank you for your patience with me in announcing the winners today – below in  this post! .

As a thank you for all, I wanted to share this Thinking of You watercolor hydrangea image from Taylored Expressions.

I’m in love with my Daniel Smith watercolor. Artist grade watercolor is an investment, and I’ve loved learning about each of these pigments.  I’m traveling in the next few weeks, and this palette is perfect for home or away!

The small palette is available here. It’s approximately 5″ x 3″ size. The description says that it holds 12 half pans, but I’ve removed the metal grid and found holds 21 half pans. It folds up sleek and fits into a small cosmetic bag with these wonderful travel brushes from Escoda. I use a fun tack putty to hold the pans to the tins, but some people prefer to glue magnets to the bottom of each half pan.

One thing about purchasing watercolor is the quality brands are sold in tube form, and can be squirted to palette or dried and cured in a pan that is reactivated with misted or brushed water. I choose to get more bang for my buck by purchasing cured 1/2 pans from my friend Lydia. Let me know in the comments if you’d like more info for her Facebook group dedicated to collections of Daniel Smith!

This Hydrangea Big Blooms from Taylored Expressions was stamped with clear distress ink and embossed with Taylored Expressions Diamond embossing powder on Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper . There are many sizes of watercolor sheets available, and I prefer the pad with a green label.  Hydrandgea was then watercolored with Quinacridone Purple, Sap Green and Quinacridone Gold – all Daniel Smith. I love the vibrant color! Once the flower and leaves dried after watercolor, I cut with the Hydrangea Big Blooms matching dies.  The cutting plate underneath is Quilted Backdrop – a favorite from Lawn Fawn.

Now on to my winners! YAY! LOVED, LOVED all of your comments and aspirations for the new year! Make sure you are devoting time daily (if you can!) or weekly to your dreams!

Drum roll, please…. Winner of The Ton package – Heather Mills! 

Winner of the Casual Fridays and coffee sets is Neeta Rancourt!

Congratulations to both of my winners! I have emailed both of you at the email registered with your comments! Thank you so much!

Thank you again to all of you for hopping along with Seasons Givings! I love this hop, and I wish you all the best in your creative pursuits of the new year! I’m participating in a wonderful Carolyn Gavin  31-day watercolor challenge (meaning you have a prompt and work at your own speed!)  right now that I love at CreativeBug – so I hope to be back soon to share some sketches!

Happy New Year! 

 

Seasons Givings 2019

Welcome to Seasons Givings 2019 Blog Hop!  After the hustle and bustle, it’s always nice to relax, reflect and look at pretty inspiration! I’m glad you stopped by to help me ring in the New Year!

Seasons Givings is a way for artist in the papercraft community to spread new year cheer and gifts with all of you! You may have arrived via my dear friend and Splitcoast team member, Lydia Fiedler – she’s so awesome, but the hop starts HERE if you’d like to go back to the beginning!


I do have two fun giveaways after I share  a few fun cards that I finished this fall.

First up is this bright Fall Floral hello made with stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions. I love this Fall Florals set because the colors can be changed making most of the images work for any season, and the solid art makes for quick and easy stamping.

The Hello Script and Hello Script Backer die (cut from vellum!) are universal! Sure to cheer up anyone on your list! I’ve arranged and backed the florals and greetings on the Subway Tile embossed white layer. It’s like beautiful subway graffiti!

One more fall card from Taylored Expressions – this beauty was fun to color with Copic markers, and splattered with a bit of background texture. The image and sentiment are from Cutting Edge Fall. When I was grabbing links, I realized Taylor is having a Copic sale right now! Copic marker prices are increasing slightly, but Taylor’s are on sale through January 7th.

Copic colors: Y32/Y35/YR02/YR04/YR08/E33/E35/YG93/YG95

NOW HOW ABOUT A GIVE AWAY OR TWO!

I have two stamp/die collections. This first one features the cutest coffee set with dies from Sugar Pea designs, and the second stamp set is the adorable hot air balloon from Casual Fridays!

My second bundle includes a cute pumpkin spice stamp and die set from Pink & Main with this gorgeous floral – perfect for Copic Marker or watercolor from The Ton!

TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY, please leave a comment and let me know what crafty thing you would like to learn or perfect in the new year! I’ll choose two random winners and post on Monday, January 7, 2019! 

Good luck and thanks for stopping by the Season’s Givings Blog hop – your next stop on the hop is my Splitcoaststampers team member and artist extraordinaire, Dina Kowal!

The full long list of awesome hoppers can be found below –

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Primitive Nativity

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In the spirit of the season, today I’m sharing a nativity project that I have noticed on several crafting sites in the last few years, and wanted to create for myself.

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The fun thing about this full nativity project is that it can be scaled back to a few key pieces if you are short on time, and I’m sure I can think of a few new pieces to add next year. It’s the perfect gift for a friendship where small items are exchanged each season – start with Mary, Joseph and the manger. Add the angel, wisemen, shepherds, animals, etc. in future years.

I’m thankful for my friend Darcie who helped in anticipation of Christmas, and we created three full nativity sets in just 2 hours (plus a 24-hour rest for glue to cure!).  Supplies from Tommy ART, Thibra and Better Ultimate Adhesive take this project from simple to striking, and the first-rate quality of the supplies means the sets will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Directions for Creating the People

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Step 1: Cut your character pieces from the 2×2 lumber and quickly sand to smooth any rough edges, especially at cuts on each end. We used a circular saw. Please be sure to wear your safety glasses – a great idea when snipping dies, too! (Ask me how I know!) 

You have some flexibility, but these measurements seemed to work well with proportion of the 1 ½” knob heads. The measurements and colors of this set as shown this set are:

  • Joseph – Tommy ART Petroleum – 6 ¾”
  • Mary – Tommy ART Pale Blue – 6”
  • Angel – Tommy ART Metallic Pearl – 8”
  • Manger – Tommy ART Brown Black – 3”
  • Shepherd 1 – Tommy ART Dove Grey – 5”
  • Shepherd 2 – Tommy ART Wheat  – 6”
  • 3 Wiseman – Tommy ART Avocado, Plum and Navy Blue – 7” each
  • Donkey – Tommy ART Dove Grey – 2”
  • Sheep (cut 2) – Tommy ART Cashmere – 1 ½” each  
  • Cow – Milk and Dark Brown – 3”

The stable shown here is made entirely of scrap wood. My friend Darcie whipped this together for me – in 10 minutes, and I do not have a pattern or angles for the mitered cuts. The base is 6” x 20”. The sides are 7.5” tall on the left and 9.75” tall on the right. The roof pieces are 19.75” and 11.25” long. The pieces were glued with Better Ultimate Adhesive and secured with finishing tacks. The stable was painted with Dark Walnut and Honey Tommy ART Mineral Color.

Step 2: Use a natural bristle brush (these are super affordable at your local craft or discount store!) and apply thin swipes of Tommy ART neutral wax to all of the edges of each 2×2 pieces. Allow the wax to rest about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Paint each of the pieces and allow to dry.  Again, the colors shown here are:

Tip: If painting animal heads, glue heads to the animal bodies before painting. (Better Ultimate Adhesive gluing instructions in step 5)

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Merry!

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At a weekend retreat a few days ago, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Taylor… and in her bag of tricks was the brand new Taylored Expressions release that is available today. I immediately swooped up this Big Ornament stamp and die combo, started stamping and painting away!

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My image is stamped on Sugar Cube cardstock and embossed with White Embossing Powder. Then I set to watercolor all of the beautiful detail on this bulb. I worked from the top of the bulb to color, and it was surprisingly easy, just alternating colors as I worked toward the bottom.  Love the rich, watercolors.

The bulb was popped with X-Press It High Tack double-sided foam tape on a Confetti Cake cardstock layer, stamped with a new holiday background frame called Twiggy.  Plenty of versatility with this one!

The sweet MERRY sentiment is a new large die with a Merry Mixed Media Script background – that I cut from Vellum. For the vellum adhesive, I used X-Press It 2-way Glue Pen. Added bling was a gift from Studio Katia! Love the glimmer and shimmer!

So many pretty things in the Taylored Expressions release today – I’m especially looking forward to a deer head die that I saw peeking from Taylor’s stash! I know I’ll be shopping…

Hope you have a beautiful Thursday!

To the Moon and Back

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about colorful new stamping mediums, but this is the actual day! Our Splitcoaststampers Product Focus team was asked to work with a new ink line from Clearsnap called Dyestress Blendable Dye Inks.

I was a little bit nervous about working with the Dyestress Inks. Personally, I’ve never had good luck with other blendable inks — I drool over other stamper’s backgrounds and blending that I see on the internet, but no matter how hard I tried, I would always have foam or brush marks on my finished projects… I could never achieve the beautifully smooth blends.

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I could not believe how rich and smooth the colors blended for me on Bristol Smooth Cardstock to create this galaxy background. These inks stay wet long enough to dab with a papertowel or rag for texture, and they lift beautifully with drops of water that is spritzed and dripped and then picked up from the cardstock with a paper towel. When the cardstock was dry, I flicked drops of Ph Martin’s Hydrus Titanium White all over the blended inks. When that was dry, I shot the whole thing with a spritz of Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz that I borrowed from Kelly Lunceford at a retreat last weekend.

My images are from Reverse Confetti’s set Moon Men and color with Copic Markers. I do love how this turned out… I may even send this card! LOL

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The second card I made for this project was a simpler blend of color and the same water lift of drops and spritz of water to absorb the color on Bristol Smooth Cardstock.(Yes, the paper makes a difference!) The colors of blendable ink I used for the background were Moonstone, and Heather, the rainbow was created with Salmon, Citronella, Shamrock, Scuba and Pansy.

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I used the Rainbow Die from Waffle Flower (so sweet and perfect!) and a sweet sentiment, Ridiculously Happy from Honey Bee Stamps.  Sequins from Studio Katia – super bling! Love.

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One more little Dyestress Ink project to share today… The colors I used were Heather and Pansy, again on Bristol Smooth Cardstock. The same water lifting technique and when the cardstock was dry, I flicked drops of Ph Martin’s Hydrus Titanium White all over the the purple background. Adorable Pick a Pumpkin die is from Newton’s Nook. Sequins from Studio Katia.

I love these inks, and so did the Product Focus review team. Take a look at their reviews here, and an inspiring project gallery here.

I stamped a lot over the weekend, and I’ll have projects to share over the next few days! Thanks for stopping by!