August 6, 2019

Hello Sweet Friend! TE August Release Sneak Peek Day #2

Welcome to day #2 sneak peek from Taylored Expressions. Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s day #1 projects. Today I have two more projects using more new release products. These projects are fall themed. I love fall themed projects because of the fall colours. Here is my first project.


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I used the new Simply Smitten stamp set to stamp and colour using copic markers. Then I used the coordinating dies to die cut all the elements out. For the background, I sponged TE dye inks in Candy Cord, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Pie, Potato Chip and Lime Zest. I used the Blender Brushes to sponge the inks on Sugar Cube panel. I then die cut the panel using the largest of the Petite Scallop Rectangle die and dry embossed the second largest stitched rectangle die on the panel. This adds details to the panel. I also added white spatter using Copic White.

I adhered the die cut elements from Simply Smitten stamp set on the middle of the sponged panel using foam adhesives for dimension. I adhered the panel to the Sugar Cube panel using foam adhesive to finish off the card. I used Hello Sweet Friend sentiment from the Simply Smitten stamp set. There are other sentiments in the set that will fit inside the banner as well as sentiment that can be stamped on its own without the banner.

I love the ink blended background and the coloured elements just pop against it.


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GayatriTUEScard#1 closeup


For the second project, I used the new Floral Fields background stamp and Flip the Script Pumpkin Tag stamp and die combo.




I stamped the Floral Fields background stamp in Toffee ink on Buttercream Frosting card panel. Then using green copic marker, I coloured just the leaves to add pop of colour. Then using the scissors I roughed the edges of the panel before adhered to Pumpkin card base.

I stamped the Flip the Script Pumpkin tag using Pumpkin and Candy Corn TE dye ink and the stem with Cilantro TE dye ink. Love the sentiment on this stamp. Using the die, I die cut the pumpkin and stem and glued the stem over the pumpkin. I brushed some shimmer over the pumpkin.

I layered this pumpkin over a Petite scallop circle die cut using Toffee cardstock and sponged Toffee dye ink to add depth. This layered circle element is adhered on the centre of the Floral Fields background panel using foam adhesives. I added few Orange Nuvo crystal drops to tie in the orange pumpkin focal point and the orange card base. This finishes the card. I also made some Pumpkin tags using Flip the Script Pumpkin Tag stamp and die combo.





Now head over to Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspirations from Taylor and designers. There is also the question of the day and giveaway. Make sure you leave some love to all the designers and get inspired by their projects.

That is it from me today. I will see you tomorrow day #3 with more projects. Until then have a wonderful day!

August 5, 2019

Freshly Picked Florals! TE August Sneak Peek Day #1

It is August!!! Can you believe, we are past half way through the year! I cannot believe it is August already. This year is going fast for me. Anyway, hope you are all having a lovely day! From today till Thursday, I am sharing with you sneak peeks of Taylored Expressions release for the month of August. So get ready with your wishlist and pen.

Hello and Welcome, I am Gayatri. Today I have couple of floral cards to share using few new products from Taylored Expressions

For the first card, I have used the new Freshly Picked Floral stamp set and coordinating dies along with the new Shiplap background stamp.


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I used the Shiplap background stamp for the background. I stamped the image using versamark and clear embossed the background using TE Clear detailed embossing powder on Sea Salt cardstock panel. I love love shiplap. I mean who doesn’t? After watching endless episodes of Fixer Upper and Joanna Gaines using shiplap on all her house reno, I am like come to mamma when I saw Shiplap background stamp. Lol! This background stamp is one of my favourite from the release.

The flower and leaves clusters are made using the new Freshly Picked Florals stamp set. This is a clear stamp set. Yes! TE is bringing out more clear stamp sets. I am so happy about it. I love the quality of rubber stamped images but there is something about clear stamp sets. I think it is the versatility. Anyway, this set is a layering stamp set (yay!) and the best part is that there is coordinating dies for the set too. I have used I have used yellow, dusty pinks with green and muted blue green inks to stamp the images and die cut them to make the clusters.

The sentiment is from the new Handlettered Sentiment stamp set. Nice big and bold sentiments. What I love about this stamp set is that there is coordinating dies for the set. I black heat embossed the sentiment and die cut using the coordinating die. Using the foam strips, I adhered the sentiment die cut. A few Nuvo white crystal drops to finish off the card.





The second card is also a floral card. On this card, I used the new Foliage background stamp along with the new Layer it Rustic Floral dies.


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I used the Foliage Background stamp for the background. I used a few green inks from Distress Inks to stamp and mist to get the watercolour effect, depth and variation. Turned out so pretty. Love the watercolour texture. I used TE watercolour paper to stamp.

For the floral die cuts, I used the ink smooshing technique using distress inks on watercolour paper. When dry, I used Layer It Rustic Floral dies to die cut. I layered and glue the layers and made two clusters. I adhered the bigger cluster on the top of the circle on the background panel using foam adhesive. The smaller cluster on the bottom of the circle on the background panel framing the circle.

The sentiment is from Handlettered Sentiment stamp set. I used the same stamp set on my first project. I black heat embossed the sentiment and die cut using coordinating die. I adhered on the centre of the circle using foam adhesive. I adhered this panel to Toffee card base. A few white Nuvo crystal drops to finish off the card.





I love these new products from the new release. The Freshly Picked Floral stamp set and dies are beautiful. Background stamps are versatile and so is the Layer It Rustic Floral stamp set. Handlettered Sentiment stamp set is nice and bold and love that they have coordinating dies. Which ones are going in your wish list?

Head over the Taylored Expressions Blog for details on the question of the day and giveaway details. There will also be more projects by Taylor and links to all of the designers. Hop along and enjoy the inspirational projects.

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog and have a lovely day! I will see you tomorrow.

August 2, 2019

A Masculine Birthday Card!

Hope you are all doing well. I had a power cut this morning. Very unusual to have a power cut here. This is probably the first time such a thing has happened in 17 years I have been in Australia. There were scheduled power cuts for maintenance but not an outage. I realised I cannot do pretty much 90% of the tasks at home. So I tided up the house a little and painted my nails. Lol! When the power came back after three hours, it was a relief. But that was short lived ๐Ÿ™ The internet was not working. I had to upload a video and make this blog post which I could not do. Frustrated, I decided to venture out and do some shopping. My latest craze is indoor plants. Yes, I am collecting houseplants. I have a few but I want to add to the collection. I wanted to get the Monstera Deliciosa otherwise known as the Swiss cheese plant. My local Bunnings had run out of it and so I drove a bit further to another store to see if they had it. To my delight, they did and they also had a few other plants I have been wanting. I came home with five plants and pots. Plants make my happy. I bought Monstera Deliciosa, Bird of Paradise, ZZ plant, Peace Lily and Maidenhair Fern. By this time, internet was back on. So I uploaded my video and prepared for the blogpost.

Hi and welcome, I am Gayatri. Apart from my love for plants and interior designing, I am also a papercrafter. Making cards is my first passion. Today I have a masculine card to share. This project is the first project for Altenew’s ACEP Level 2 challenge.

Who said masculine cards needs to be dull and boring? I love them colourful and cheerful. I also love masculine cards to have layers and texture. My card today has all of these. Without further adieu, here is my card.

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Here is the video tutorial of how I made this card.

So the techniques I used to make this card are:

  1. Fun, Colourful yet masculine colour combination.
  2. Ombre Ink Blending over stencil.
  3. Add embossing paste over the stencil for texture.
  4. Ombre Ink blending on sentiment die cut for colour and depth.
  5. Layering using die cuts.
  6. Adding details using spatters.
  7. Adding dimension using layering.

Here are some closeups of the card.

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Very happy with how this card turned out. Hope you like it too. I have listed all the supplies I used to make this card below.


Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog today. Enjoy your weekend.