Category Archives: Taylored Expressions

(air)Brushed and Blended Butterflies

Hi everyone! I’m popping in today with a card I created using my Copic airbrush/compressor, Sketch markers and Colorless Blender. Using a combination of the three, I created and background and image, using ink to only stamp the butterfly bodies and sentiment.

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I first airbrushed Y17, Y13 and YR04 onto a block of glossy card stock. I let that dry while I ran several errands. Once the ink was dry, I placed a rubber butterfly stamp (from Taylored Expressions’ Simply Stamped Butterflies) onto an acrylic block. I spritzed the stamp with Colorless Blender then carefully stamped the butterflies onto the airbrushed card stock.

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Upon contact, the Colorless Blender pushes away the ink, leaving the impression of the butterfly. Pretty cool! Once the butterflies were dry, I removed the sprayer/straw from my mini spritzer containing the Colorless Blender and flicked some drops of Colorless Blender over the butterflies. Then once that was dry, I stamped the butterfly bodies and sentiment (from Paper Smooches Many Thanks).

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On a totally different creative note…my husband built a very tall cat post with three shelves using on empty (heavy-duty) carpet roll, carpet and wood blocks for shelves. Beneath the shelves he had used bright white brackets. They stood out like a sore thumb but I used my airbrush to spray the brackets so they’d blend in a bit more with the surrounding carpet. The post isn’t the prettiest item in my house but it’s in an inconspicuous spot. I love my two cats and they like the post and shelves. (If they only loved each other…)  Anyway, the airbrush came in quite handy.

Have you used an airbrush for anything other than artwork? If so, I’d love to hear about it.  :)

At only 9.9 pounds, the air compressor is lightweight, runs quietly and is very portable. It’s perfect for airbrushing with Sketch or Classic Copic markers and takes up very little space.

On the Copic website are several airbrush options as well as airbrush supplies and more detailed information.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Loads of Love Shaker Card

Hi everyone! I seem to be on a roll with shaker cards lately. They’re just so much fun! :)

Today I’ve used Taylored ExpressionsSpin Cycle shaker die with Spin Cycle Sentiments.

Spin Cycle Shaker Card, Taylored Expressions

In the washer I placed some Little Bits Clothing Confetti along with some clear Tiny Bubbles from Queen & Company.

Spin Cycle Shaker Card, Taylored Expressions

The clothing is in (and around) a Little Bits Laundry Basket, and above the washer I added some elements from Sitting Pretty and Sitting Pretty Accessories.

I especially like the Spin Cycle Sentiments. Lots of cute laundry play-on-words phrases.  :)

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Happy Birthday Shaker (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun shaker card to share using stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions with pretty toppings from Queen & Company.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

TE’s Pitcher Vase dies are designed for easy creating of shaker cards. I simply taped the two dies together with an even border around all edges to create the vase frame. While the dies were still taped, I also cut the frame shape from an adhesive sheet to create the foam border.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

The inside of the shaker was watercolored with distress ink then Queen & Company super sparkly diamond toppings were placed inside. 

I used Mini Bloomers and Bloomers Greenery dies to create the flowers and added a sentiment from Shade Tree Sentiments.

Thanks for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions August Release Now Available

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions‘ August release previews over the last several days. All new stamps and dies are now available in the TE store. Before you head over, I have two more samples to share.

Taylored Expressions Mum's the Word

First, I used new Mum’s the Word stamp/die combo. (I ♥ this mummy.)

Taylored Expressions Mum's the Word

Copic markers – E41, E43, YG03, YG06, YG17

The left and right mummies were stamped directly onto the paper while the center one was stamped separately, die-cut and popped up on foam tape.

Lastly, I used the owl from Peek-a-Boo Halloween and new Little Bits Ornate Frame.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Halloween/Little Bits Ornate Frame After doing a bit of light sponging with Candy Corn ink, I die-cut a Chocolate Truffle branch (from On a Limb – Branches).

Taylored Expression Peek-a-Boo Halloween/Little Bits Ornate Frame

Copic markers – BG11, E31, E33, E35, E37, W4, W5, W7, W9, Y21, V15, V17, YR16, YR21, YR27

I punched two holes from the frame center then colored in eyeball shapes after adhering and tieing the frame to the branch.

To see more projects, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our designers. Also on the TE Blog today, you’ll find a list of winners from the preview posts. You might be one of them!

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions August Previews Day 3 – Pumpkins and Crypts

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a few more projects using some of Taylored Expressions‘ August 3 release products.  :)

Taylored Expressions - Simply Stamped Pumpkin Tags

First I have a trio of tags using new Simply Stamped Pumpkins with Simply Stamped Pumpkins dies.  The set includes a variety of sentiments that work with Thanksgiving or Halloween, with pumpkin faces or without.

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The pumpkins were stamped in three different steps, first in Lemon Meringue, then Candy Corn and finally Pumpkin ink. My MISTI came in very handy, allowing for easy alignment of the layers.

The small photos above can be seen in a larger format by clicking on each.

My second card uses new From the Crypt – Creepy die, Label Stacklets 11 and a sentiment from Peek-a-Boo Halloween.

Taylored Expression From the Crypt-Creepy

I used the corresponding sized die from Label Stacklets 11 to die-cut the Granny Smith background, then simply adhered an additional Oreo Creepy die-cut on the right.

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The sentiment was stamped in Sugar Cube pigment ink then white embossed.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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I’ll be back tomorrow at release time with two final samples. Thanks so much for visiting today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions August Previews Day 2 – Skulls, Candles and Cats, Oh My!

Hi everyone! I’m back today to share two more samples of Taylored Expressions‘ upcoming August 3rd release.

My first card uses new Sugar Skulls (with coordinating dies) as well as Simply Said Halloween and Skinny Mini Halloween Borders.

 

Taylored Expressions Sugar Skulls/Simply Said Halloween

These skulls crack me up. They’re kind of spooky and funny at the same time. :) Along with the set comes a swirl, flower and the heart I lightly stamped in the background.

Taylored Expressions Sugar Skulls/Simply Said Halloween

Copic markers – C1, C3, C4, C6, C7, E35, V12, V15, V17, Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR16, YR19, YR23

The skulls were colored with markers, die-cut and adhered with the center skull raised on foam tape. The sentiment is from new Simply Said Halloween, and along the left, I adhered a border of new Skinny Mini bats.

Next, I used new Little Bits Candelabra and Cat to decorate a fireplace (die-cut using By the Fireside).

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Candelabra and Cat

I added a Little Bits Spider & Web, with a sentiment from new Mum’s the Word stamp set. The tiny frame hanger was cut using an element from Sitting Pretty.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Candelabra and Cat

The patterned paper background is from Build a Scene Halloween paper pack. I thought it worked perfectly as (Halloween) wallpaper.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

 

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions August Previews – Day 1 If the Broom Fits and Everyday Blessings

Welcome to Day 1 of Taylored Expressions‘ August 3 release previews! I had so much fun with this month’s new stamps and dies. Be sure to check out the rest of the team’s previews too! You can find links on the TE blog today.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Halloween

My first sample uses super cute Peek-a-Boo Halloween with coordinating dies. Of the three images in the stamp set, I used the owl.  (She’s looking a bit intense, don’t you think? Haha.)

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Halloween (close-up)

Copic markers – BG11, BV04, BV13, C1, C2, C6, C7, C9, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR09, YR15, YR16, YR18

She was stamped in Oreo ink, colored with markers and die-cut, then placed atop a Little Bits Broom. I die-cut Oreo card stock using Starry Night Cutting Plate, leaving some of the stars in place with some removed to show the Potato Chip card stock from beneath.

Next, I used lovely new Happy Flowers Background. I paired it with a sentiment from another new set, Simply Stamped Pumpkins.

Taylored Expressions Happy Flowers Background

The sentiment was stamped and layered onto Label Stacklets 2 with foam tape tucked beneath the bottom layer for a bit of added dimension.

Taylored Expressions Happy Flowers Background

Copic markers – Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR15, YR27

After coloring with markers, I added Glossy Accents over the dots and flower centers.

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

 

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expression Retirement Sale

Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 120 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at prices up to 85% off — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Visit the SALE HERE to start shopping!

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Plus, for a limited time, you can receive additional savings on these soon-to-be collector’s items. Additional discounts expire 11:59 pm CST on July 16, 2017.

Below are a couple cards I created a while back using two of the retiring sets.

Taylored Expressions Love Make the World Go Round Stamps and Die Set

Love Make the World Go Round Stamps and Die Set

Taylored Expressions, Hello Spring Stamp Set and Spring is in the Air dies

Hello Spring Stamp Set and Spring is in the Air dies

What’s on YOUR wishlist? (Really, I’d like to know!)

Happy shopping (HERE)!

1amichele siggy

Life is Simple (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the summer weather. While it is not as hot here as in Arizona (thankfully), we make up for it in humidity. Y-U-C-K.

Today I’m sharing a card I created using a handful of Build a Scene dies from Taylored Expressions. (I wish I were in that canoe right now…)

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

I used Lakeside with Lakeside Border, Rolling Hills and clouds from Little Bits Sun & Clouds. Before adhering the hills and trees, I lightly sponged Salt Water Taffy ink to create a sky.

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

After die-cutting each piece, I sponged the edges with either the same or slightly darker ink as the card stock color. This helps to create definition as well as depth. I thought the sentiment, from Paddle Out, was perfect. There are actually a few sentiments from the set that would work here but I like this one the best. :)

Thanks so much for visiting day!

1amichele siggy

Clear Cards Made Easy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some tips on how I create clear cards. I find working with acetate to be a little tricky at times, specifically in reference to adhesive.  What is the best adhesive to use, and how can I avoid that adhesive being seen on the inside of the card?

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

X-Press It Double-sided Adhesive Sheets (available from Imagination International, Inc.) are my “go-to” adhesive for clear cards. They are perfect for mounting, laminating and basically making any surface sticky. They are acid-free, provide an excellent hold and are ideal for die-cutting. Win/win for papercrafters!

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For my card today, I used the double-sided adhesive sheets, acetate, Taylored ExpressionsLeafy Vine Cutting Plate and Label Stacklets 2Stamping Bella‘s Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil and Simon Says Stamp‘s Thanks stamp set.

Here’s how I created my card:

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1 – Cut two adhesive sheets to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” One piece will be adhered to the green card stock for die-cutting. The other will be adhered to white card stock which will serve as the “inside” portion of the card for writing a personal message.

2 – Remove one side of the release paper from the double-sided adhesive sheet and adhere each to green and white card stock. Using the side of a bone folder, apply firm pressure over both surfaces. Trim the white card stock piece to slightly smaller than 4″ x 5 1/4″.

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3 – Place the die face down onto the green card stock and die-cut. I used a shim (added in after the photo was taken) and ran the stack through my Big Shot several times to ensure a good cut.

4 – The die will likely not cut through the remaining release paper but that’s ok.

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5 – Use a sharp pin to carefully peel away the negative pieces from the die-cut.

6 – Remove release paper from the back and carefully adhere the die-cut panel to the front of the acetate card. Again, burnish over the die-cut using a bone folder to ensure all edges are firmly adhered.

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Remove release paper from the white card stock. Open card and carefully align the edges of the white card stock with the green front. Close card to adhere white card stock to inside of card. You can see in the photo that the back side does not show messy adhesive at all. :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R00, R01, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR14, YR15

If desired, die-cut a second label and adhere to the back side of the front. As well, a second image shape can be die-cut and adhered to the back of the colored image before adhering to the card. In doing so, no Copic marker coloring will show through to the inside of the card.

Once my card was complete, I adhered a handful of super sparkly Queen & Company yellow Petite Posies. (They’re so very pretty!)

Thanks so much for vistiting today!

1amichele siggy