February 10, 2018

Eat Cake!

Hello everyone, How you are all having a great weekend. I have a card to share today. Yesterday I watch a video by Laurel Beard playing with distress oxide inks and distress glaze. Here is the link to her video. Loved how the distress glaze brought the vivid colours and layers of distress oxide inks on glossy paper. Its gorgeous and magical. I wanted to try it out. But I did not have glossy paper. Instead I took the smoothest white paper I had in my stash and experimented the technique. I have been hoarding the distress glaze for a year and this technique was perfect to crack it open and use it. I think it turned out good. The colours are not as vivid as Laurel showed in her video because I did not use glossy paper. I still think the result is fantastic. Here is the card I made using the background I made using the technique.

I really love the hard and soft edges of the layers. Just so pretty and fascinating. I smooshed distress oxide Candied Apple, Spice Marmalade and Picked Raspberry on to the smoothest white cardstock. I did three layers of ink smooshing drying between each layer. Because distress oxide inks oxidises, it leave a chalking finish on the top. I like the finish but being a bright colour girl, I love to see the vivid colours. In Laurel’s video, I was fascinated to see not only the vivid colours but also hard and soft edges of the colour layers. So straight after I dried my ink smooshed cardstock, I sponged distress glaze. Voila! it removed a lot of the chalky finish and I saw the layers. My eyes widened with excitement. Seriously it is so cool and magical.  Wish I had glossy paper. Maybe I will try using photo paper tomorrow. But I wanted more ink spatters and white ink spatters on the background. Duh! I had already sponged distress glaze on it. So lesson learnt here is do all the ink smooshing and spatters before sponging distress glaze. Distress glaze makes the paper water proof. Any liquid you put over it, the glaze will resist. Nevertheless, I was not going to waste the beautiful paper. So I made this birthday card using Winnie & Walter stamp set and dies.

The cupcake is from Wish Big stamp set. This set also has coordinating cutaways. I coloured the cupcake using copic markers. I added details using white gel pen. The cupcake is die cut using the coordinating cutaway and adhered on a circular vellum die cut. I die cut the vellum using one of the dies from Ring in Celebration cutaways. The sentiment is die cut using gold glitter paper and In a word: Birthday Tiles Cutaways.

Here are some closeups of the card.

Thank you Laurel for sharing the technique. I am going to experiment more of this technique using photo paper tomorrow and see how that turns out. Its fun experimenting I should say 🙂 The Wish Big stamp set is available from both Winnie & Walter Store and Simon Says Stamp Store. The Cutaways are available from Winnie & Walter Store.


Thanks for stopping by friends. Enjoy your rest of the weekend.

February 8, 2018

It is release day @ Taylored Expressions!

Hello and welcome back. Very excited to say it’s the release day at Taylored Expressions store. All the February release products I have been sharing with you over the past three days are available for purchase at the store today at 9.00am.

Today I am again sharing with you couple of new projects using the new goodies. This first one is using the new Bubble Greeting Spring stamp set and Boxed In Basics 2.

The boxed in basics are printed panel into which the sentiments from Bubble Greeting Spring fits in perfectly.

Here is how I made this card:

  1. Card base is Sugar Cube TE cardstock.
  2. I smooshed distress inks in rainbow colours to add colours and interest. I dried each layer before smooshing again. I think I repeated the process thrice.
  3. Once dry, I used to MISTI to stamp the sentiment using Oreo ink.
  4. Then to add shading, I used copic markers in the same colours but darker shades to coloured the open sentiment “Spring”. I also did the same to the border leaves.
  5. Then I added some shadow effect to the sentiment using gray copic markers.
  6. To add more colours, I die cut the flowers from older die set called Bloomers. I used Bloomers 5 and 6 to die cut using Sugar Cube cardstock and sponged distress ink in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot.
  7. I then layered and glued the flowers, added dimension by curling the petals and adhered as shown.
  8. I used Oreo enamel shapes to add flower centre and accents on the panel.
  9. The completed panel is adhered on the Sugar Cube card base.

Here are some closeup photos.

I love the rainbow colours on the card. Such an easy and simple card to make but the colours pack a punch. All the supplies using to make this card are listed below.


The second project features When it Rains die.

I have combined with two new products called  Falling Rain Cutting Plate and Rain or Shine stamp set.

This is a very straight forward card. Again the colours packs a punch to the card.

Here is how I made this card:

  1. Card base is Sugar Cube TE cardstock
  2. I trimmed another Sugar Cube panel to 4″x 5.25″ , die cut the panel using Falling Rain cutting plate and used it as stencil to sponged Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink on the card front.
  3. I also sponged the same distress ink heavily on the die cut panel as well. Then I spattered clean clear water liberally and left the panel to dry.
  4. I die cut the umbrella pieces from When It Rains die using Sugar Cube cardstock and sponged them with Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks.
  5. The handle of the umbrella is die cut using TE gold foil cardstock.
  6. I assembled the umbrella and adhered on the bottom left of the falling rain panel.
  7. Using MISTI I double stamped the sentiment from Rain or Shine stamp set using Oreo hybrid ink to get even coverage.
  8. I adhered the completed panel on the card front slightly offsetting the sponged rain on the card front. Offsetting the panel gives a little peek of white on the bottom of each rain drop. I love that effect.
  9. Finally I embellished the card front using TE sequins.

Here are some closeups

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


Hope you like all my projects for this release. Check out TE blog for more design team sneak peeks and leave them some love. Happy Shopping!

February 7, 2018

Taylored Expressions Feb Release Sneak Peek Day #3

Hey guys, Welcome back. This is my second post for today. Here is my first post.

Today is the last day of sneak peek from Taylored Expressions February release. And today is my favourite day as well because I am showcasing floral stamp set and dies. I love floral stamp set any day. All the new products I have been showcasing will be available tomorrow Thursday 8th of February 2018 at 9am CST.

The first product I am showcasing is a die. Well, TE has a series called Big Bloom. This is floral series. Each stamp set has a large flower and couple of leaves. So there are seven set in this series. Guess what? now we have dies for them all 🙂 Hooray! Dies for all the Big Blooms. I jumped with joy when I first saw the dies. Many of you wanted die for these sets and now you have them. With the dies, the possibilities are endless with these floral stamp set. I have used Big Blooms Daisy and the new coordinating die for my card below.

Here is how I made this card.

  1. Card base is Sugar Cube TE cardstock.
  2. On the smooth side of TE watercolour paper, I smooshed WIld Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feather distress Oxide inks. I did a few layers of them until I was happy with it. I also did some water spatter on them.
  3. Then I used MISTI to stamp the Big Blooms Daisy images on dried inks smooshed watercolour paper.
  4. I die cut the images using the coordinating dies.
  5. For the background, I trimmed a Sugar Cube panel to 4″ x5.25″ and sponged Wild Honey distress oxide ink on the top right hand corner. Spattered some water for texture and dabbed the excess off with a cloth.
  6. I adhered the daisy and the leaves die cut on the top right corner as shown using foam adhesive.
  7. The sentiment from Squishy Hugs stamp set is white heat embossed on Oreo cardstock piece and die cut using the Double Ended Flag die and adhered it using foam adhesives.
  8. The panel is adhered on the card base and embellished using sequins. I also added some dot details using white gel pen.

Here are some closeups.

I am so thrilled with the dies.I have another card to share but I will share with you next week. All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.


Now to the second product I am showcasing is called Floral Frenzy.This is a gorgeous hand drawn whimsical floral layering stamp set. And this set also has coordinating dies.


I just used the outline images of the flowers and leaves from the stamp set to make my card. I did some inlaid die cut technique with some added dimension.

Here is how I made the card:

  1. I again did some ink smooshing and layering on TE watercolour paper. Again I used Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey distress oxide inks. I did three to four ink layering, spattered with water and copic opaque white ink as well.
  2. Once dry, I stamped the outline images from the Floral Frenzy stamp set randomly all over the panel. Then I used the coordinating dies to die cut them all out. I also die cut another three layers of the die cuts using scrap piece of white cardstock.
  3. I stacked glued the die cuts with the stamped image on top of all of them.
  4. I adhered the negative panel on a Sugar Cube card base and inlaid the stacked dies back in into place. This added extra dimension which you can see in closeup photo below.
  5. To make the die cuts stand out, I used zig clean colour brush pens to add shading and white gel pen to add details and highlights.
  6. Since the background is vivid and bright, I just white heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set on Oreo cardstock, trimmed and adhered on top of the panel. The black cardstock ties in with the black outline of the images and brings the card together.
  7. Finally I embellished the card with sequins from  Rainbow Bright sequins collections.

Here are the closeups

I love the bright colours and added dimension of the stacked inlaid die cut. Hope you like it too. All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.


Hope you liked my sneak peek projects today. Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on our Floral Frenzy Bundle! 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 100 Crafty Points on the purchase of our Floral Frenzy stamp and coordinating die set bundle! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 11, 2018 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site: www.tayloredexpressions.com.

Check out TE blog for more design team sneak peeks and leave them some love. Tomorrow is release day. See you then with more projects. Have a lovely day.