Tuesday, August 27, 2013

S'more Fun - Taylored Expressions August SOTM! 8-)

Hi All! And a Very Happy Tuesday to you! 8-)  Today I am back with a Quick post to share my latest creation made with TE's August Deluxe Stamp of the Month Club Kit ! I Just LOVE that the Deluxe subscription combines both the Key Ingredients Kit and the Stamp of the Month for a reduced price! Yay! 8-) & I am Really Loving that  each stamp of the month set coordinates just Perfectly with the Key Ingredient  patterned papers too! What can I say, Smart Clever things like that just  Make my day! ;-)
For my project today, I thought I'd make a Sweet Summer Fun type card! It's always good to have a few on hand  to brighten a loved one's day with an uplifting handmade creation!... 8-)  And you know I love how quick and easy this Fun set made it to put it all together too! ;-)
I created my Fluffy Cloud BG with TE's Choice Snow White CS & a template I created with TE's Cloud Border Die, Tumbled Glass Distress ink and my small stippling brush. It made just the perfect BG for my fun twig skewer of toasting marshmallows don't ya think?!.. ;-) My fun sentiment & twig skewer of marshmallows were created with the help of the Around the Campfire Dies (***sold separately) & the S'more Fun stamp set, Memento Rich Cocoa & a touch of shading with Vintage Photo Distress inkAll my Mats & BG layers were created with Choice Kraft CS & TE's August KI Kit (included with the Deluxe Subscription). And to finish if all up, I popped up my woodgrain dp' panel with a bit of foam tape, and added a fun wooden button all tied up with hemp 
twine. The Fun Sketch is SC440 again.. (Just Love that Awesome sketch!) ;-)

Here are the items I used for my project today...
Hope you all have a Fantastic day & Thanks so much for dropping in! 8-) Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Studio Challenge! 8-)

Hi All & a Very Happy Tuesday to you! 8-) It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we  have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for August is:
The Sky's the Limit! There are so many ways to create sky backgrounds for our cards and projects.  Often times, our blog readers are left staring at a beautiful sky and asking "How'd she do that?"
Show us one of your favorite ways to create a pretty sky background and make sure we know how to re-create it!

Wow!! What a Super subject for our Studio Challenge Today!! 8-) I've actually been asked quite a lot by various crafty folks in the past, how I do my Fluffy cloud BG's on some of my cards, HERE for example.. lol, my post from Yesterday, lol. So I was super psyched for our challenge today. Yay!... ;-)
For today's project, I thought I'd create my first Fall card of the year Featuring TE's Darling A Bushel & a Peck Stamp set... And my first attempt at masking with my Newly acquired Stamp-a-ma-jig! Which I MUST share made it Super Easy Peasy to create my fun basket filled with pumpkins & fall leaves! Whoo Hoo! Just Love it! 8-) 
I don't know why, but I've been itching for it to be Fall already! lol...;-) I've never been a huge fan of the Super hot temps we get here in So-Cal During the summer and I actually miss the pretty Fall color I used to see when I lived in Northern CA... Anyway, so I thought I'd share how I added the fluffy cloud BG to my Sweet Autumn basket image... I actually use a small stippling brush instead of a sponge cause it's just easier for me to control how much ink & where it goes...;-)
Well I started off with my fun masked A Bushel & a Peck images all colored up with my trusty Copics, paper pieced, shaded & ready to go... I created my Cloud border template with TE's Cloud Border Die, and have my small stippling brush and Tumbled Glass Distress ink all ready to go as well..
First off I place my template over the area I wish to place my clouds, swirl my stippling brush around on my ink pad, and very lightly starting in the V's of the cloud template, as you want the V's to be the darkest parts when creating your clouds. I apply the ink in little circular motions shading lighter as I pull the color out away from the V's with my brush. (***Remember to shade lightly, less is more here, as you can always add more to darken here and there, but once the ink is down, it's down & you really can't, very easily lighten it up, lol ) I also make, sure to keep my template firmly in place at all times...
Once I have all the shading done for my first layer of clouds, I just pull my template down for the next layer, making sure to use a different portion of my template each time, so each layer of clouds looks a little different..  And you just keep repeating the process till you get near to the bottom... ;-)
Once I get near to the bottom, I shade free hand with my brush from the ground up... And I usually add a little Copic BG0000 shading around the image  itself too, especially if I feel I can't get away with shading safely with just my brush alone without messing up my image, lol 

So there you have it! That's how I create my fluffy cloud BG's... 8-) Hope it all made sense and you liked the pics my Sweet Hubby took..;-) Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need more clarification on anything...8-)  All the items I used for my project today are listed at the bottom of my post & the fun sketch I chose to finish up my card is SC449....8-)

Be sure to stop by and check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has 
whipped up for you today..

Here are the items I used for my project today...
  Hope you all have a Fantastic Day & Thanks So Much for stopping in! 8-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fluttering By to Say Hi! - Taylored Expressions

Hi all! And a Very Happy Monday to you!! Hope you've all had a Super weekend! Well, today Im back with a quick post, to share my latest Taylored Expressions creation inspired by TE's Sweet Butterfly Parade stamp set & Coordinating Butterfly in the Sky Die set too! Just Love both these Awesome uplifting sets! So Perfect for Fun, Inspiring and Happy cards for all types of occasions!...8-)
I created my fun fluffy cloud BG Oval panel with my TE Cloud Border DieTumbled Glass Distress ink and a small stippling brush, TE's Choice Snow White CS & SB's Classic Ovals Nesties set that I popped up with a bit of Foam tape... I added my Cute Buterfly Parade trails & topped it off with some Fun layered Butterfly in the sky Die Cuts and sweet adhesive pearls...
My mats and BG layers were created with TE's Choice Buttercream CS,Bazzil Rain CS and Simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6x6 Collection. And to finish it all up I added my Sweet Butterfly Parade Sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black onto a hand cut banner tag too...8-)

Here are the items I used for my project today...

Hope you all have a Super day & Thanks so much for dropping by! 8-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 8-)

Hi All! And a Very Happy Tuesday to you! Today I'm back to share Taylored Expressions Brand New August Deluxe Stamp of The Month Set/KI Kit Subscription! Whoo Hoo! IMHO this subscription is the Best one to choose! You Definitely receive the Best Value!! 8-) In the Deluxe Subscription Kit  you will receive both the KI Kit and The SOTM for a reduced price and as a Deluxe subscriber, you'd also get additional perks like a 10% discount in the TE Store all month long. *(Discount period no longer applies and the discount is only 
available to Deluxe subscribers.) Sounds Pretty Cool to me!! Sign me up!! :-D
OMGosh such a Darling Deluxe Kit for August too!! Love the Darling Camping dp's and Autumnal colors of CS and the Sweet Stamp set too!! So without further delay, here's my first make from this Awesome kit!! 8-)
Can I just tell you, I had so much Fun creating my Darling under the Stars Camping scene!! It was nice to just roll up my sleeves & get inky with some old fashioned stamping! Lol...8-) I Love how this turned out ! And it really came together pretty quickly too! Yay!... 8-)  I stamped My S'more Fun Trees and Tents with a combinations of Memento Rich Cocoa, Colorbox Ochre, Amber and Olive Pastel inks onto TE's Choice Snow White CS & added a touch of shading with my trusty Copics. I fussy cut out my Sweet little tents and cut the trees out with the help of the Coordinating Around the Campfire Dies (***sold separately). 
I added my soft Rolling hills with TE's Newly released Build A Scene Rolling Hills Dies and put it all together with bit's of foam tape for some fun dimension.. All my Mats & BG layers were created with TE's August KI Kit (included with the Deluxe Subscription). And to finish it all up I just Stamped my S'more Fun Sentiment directly onto my front rolling hill die cut with Memento Rich Cocoa. Pretty easy peasy, huh?... 8-)

We have lots more Amazing Goodies in store for you this morning, so hop on over and see... 8-)

Shannon White (That's me!)

Here are the items I used for my project today...

Hope you all have a Super day & Thanks so much for hopping by! 8-)
Thanks for stopping by!