October 5, 2017

Its the release day!

Finally, it is the day you are waiting for! Today is the release day for Taylored Expressions October Release. All the new release Christmas products are now available for purchase from Taylored Expressions Store.

Today I am showcasing two new products. The first one is called Winter White stamp set. I used the  snowflakes images in the stamp set to white heat emboss on watercolour paper and did some watercolouring on the background.

I used Distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean to watercolour the background. Then I also used Distress Oxide in the same colours to layer. Finally I sponged Faded Jean Distress Oxide ink on the edges of the panel and also coloured the insides of the snowflakes using the same colour. The snowflakes also needed some shimmer for which I used Gansai Tambi Starry Night Champagne colour. The sentiment is from Snowed in Saying stamp set which I white het embossed on Oreo cardstock, trimmed and adhered using foam adhesive. For a bit more dimension and bling, I added some sequins from Snow Flurries sequins collection and White Blizzard crystal drop from Nuvo.

 All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.

The second products I am showcasing today is a die set. This is an accessory die set called Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories. This die set goes with By the Fireside die to create holiday themed mantle decoration over the fireplace. I love the Sitting Pretty series. Absolutely awesome series to create gorgeous mantle decor scene. I decided to use the die set on its own to create a Christmas card.

I masked and sponged a background on my card front. The inks I used are TE dye inks – Lemon Meringue, Cookie Monster and Blue Corn. Then I die cut the Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories using Oreo cardstock. I stacked and glued three of the sleigh, snowman and deer die cuts and brush clear shimmer over it. The trees are single die cuts adhered flush. The snow mound is die cut using white glitter paper. The stacked glued elements give dimension to the scene. The sentiment is from Santa and Friends stamp set. I also added some details like stars using white and glitter pens as well as sequins and Nuvo white blizzard crystal drops.

All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.

Hope you liked all my projects for this release. All the new release products are now available for purchase at Taylored Expressions Store. Visit the TE Blog for more design team inspirations.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Shopping!

October 4, 2017

Day #3 of Taylored Expressions October Release

Welcome back everyone,

This is my second post for today. Here is my first post.

Day #3 of Taylored Expressions October Release. Woohoo! One more day to go till you can purchase all the new goodies. Today I am doing Advent Calendar! Its going to be 12 days instead of 24 days. If you want to to 24 days then it is up to you. But you get an idea/inspiration to do advent calendar. I am going to use the Matchbox die to make mine along with the new Matchy Backgrounds – Holiday stamp set.

Here is my thought process for making my advent calendar boxes. Everyone does luxe decor now a days and mixing metals is the trend in interior decorating at the moment.  And advent calendar is something you display as part of your Christmas decor. So why not do a luxe advent calendar. My colour combination is gold, silver, white with pop of blush and mint. If you want to make this version of advent calendar, you keep the gold, silver and white but change the pop of colours according to your liking. Red and green will give a great mix of luxe and traditional. Anyway, I went for non traditional colours of blush and mint because it suits my decor at my home.

I have tried my best to take pictures of the advent calendar boxes. It was hard to picture them all in one frame with the props. So here it is.

I used TE’s gold and silver foil cardstocks to die cut the frame of the matchbox and Sugar Cube cardstock for the sliding box. Then gold and silver embossed a few Matchy Backgrounds – Holiday. I trimmed them all so they layer on the matchbox leaving half a centimetre of the gold and silver showing around them. I adhered the gold backgrounds on the silver matchboxes and silver backgrounds on the gold boxes. I used the May Arts gold and silver twine to wrap around the matchboxes and tie into a bow. Finally, I stamped the numbers from Candy Cane Numbers stamp set using Pink Champagne and Mint Julep TE dye inks and die cut them using the coordinating dies. The Candy Cane numbers are adhered on top of the matchboxes using foam adhesives. I used Pink Champagne dye ink for even numbers and Mint Julep dye ink for odd number. You can fill inside the boxes whatever you want. If can be gifts or vouchers or bible verses or Christmas messages…. Add a bit of glitter or sequins inside. I put some of them into a apothecary jar I already had in my decor and spilled some around it. Gives it a nice relaxed feel. One can go looking for day 5 box, open to find what is inside. Well, what do your think? Nice n’ easy to make, adds to your home decor and gives a relaxed look. More photos for you.

Hope you like it. All the supplies used to make these are listed below.

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Merry Mail 1 andMerry Mail 2 stamp sets! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 34 Crafty Points EACH on the purchase of our Merry Mail 1 and Merry Mail 2 stamp sets! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, October 5, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, October 8, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site: www.tayloredexpressions.com.

 Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog for more details on how to enter a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Tomorrow is release day! See you then 🙂

October 4, 2017

Simon Says Christmas!

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.This week the challenge is


If you haven’t started on your Christmas cards yet then maybe now is the time to start! It does help to get you into the Christmas spirit if you pop some carols on your music system and maybe pour yourself a thimbleful of sherry!

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week! You don’t have to use them to join in with the challenge but if you have some we would love to see them used!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

I used Penny Black Snowy Grove cling stamp set to create my background for the card.
I sponged a white panel with distress inks in blue shades. I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch. I also dried the panel with heat gun after blending the inks. Then I used MISTI to stamp the Snowy Grove image. I used Mama Elephant’s Hazel, Tutti Fruiti and Plumberry inks to stamp the image on the sponged background. MISTI is awesome tool for stamping especially in this instance because there are more than one ink involved to get gradient colours on the image and also to get even coverage. I moved the image so slightly to get a shadow effect. This adds to the depth of the image. I left the panel to dry. Once dry, I added white dots using Sakura white gel pen and a few with Nuvo White Blizzard crystal drops.
I trimmed the panel and added snow mounds using Simon Says Stamp Drifting Stitches die. The sentiment is from Penny Black Joyous Wishes die set die cut using white glitter sheet.
The background packs a punch in this card. Love it.

So now it’s YOUR turn to take out your Christmas supplies and get crafty!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out.

Simon Says Stamp

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

New creations only, please don’t link projects published before the start of the challenge, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw.

All the items used to make this card are listed below.

If you like to pin my card on your Pinterest Board, here is the pin for you.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon with another post.