Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Taylored Expressions {NEW} Designer Dangles

It's always a good day when you get a chance to help Taylored Expressions with the new Designer Dangles launch and release! I've had a ball creating 7 pairs of earrings to share with you today using the three new Designer Dangles series! If you stop by regularly, then you know how much I love these! I'm beyond thrilled with these 3 new die collections! This is perfect timing for you to make earrings for Christmas gifts!
I'm pretty sure Taylor read my mind when she created these Pinch Me Designer Dangles! Back when I helped with her last launch, I desperately tried to create these trendy earrings by flipping the The Bigger the Better shape upside down and cutting the holes myself. Let's just say it didn't work and I ended up throwing in the towel! I was delighted to see that I could create these "on-trend" earrings  with these new dies!

These earrings are a bit trickier than the other ones to assemble, but let me share some tips for make it easier! For these particular earrings, I die cut the Silver faux leather from the larger of the two dies and the pink is from the new Trendy Colorful leather collection.Once I had them cut, I took a long straight pin from my pin cushion and threaded it through the holes exactly as they are pinched in this picture. Once that was done, I used my needle nose pliers to open the jump rings and thread it through the holes, exactly where the pin is. The pin holds everything in place while you are threading so you don't end up losing your "place" so to speak!

This pair is made from the same set of dies, but used the mustard color from the same collection as the first pair {linked above} and the gorgeous cork from the Craft Leather-Metallic Basics . 
Let's talk about the earring presentation for a moment, shall we? Once again, Taylor read my mind! I've been making my own backers to attach the earrings, but now....professional presentation! This new die is called Designer Dangles Earring Card and is amazing! If you are planning on gifting the earrings you create, then this is an absolute must-have!
Next up is a SUPER fun new set of dies called Designer Dangles Modern Mix and Match. This one has SO MANY possibilities; the sky is the limit! I made two pair of earrings using these dies, but honestly, I could have just kept going! If I'm really being truthful, I could have just kept going with ALL of them! They are so much fun to make and so addicting. They work up so quickly and the different combinations of leather make it so much fun!

You'll want to be thoughtful about which pieces you use where, for instance, you'll need to connect the ones with two holes, and some only have one hole, like the pink circles at the bottom. Starting out with a plan with these is definitely recommended! ha ha!

I had a ton of fun deciding which color of cardstock to use for the earring cards as well to really complement the earrings!

Here is another pair using these same dies. These use the new mustard color leather and some of that beautiful cork.

You'll notice on this pair that the triangle pieces only have one hole so they need to be thoughtfully placed. The half circles and small cirlces have two, so they can be placed in the middle of your design.
These last three pairs that I am sharing with you today use one of the easiest of the three die collections to use and they are called Designer Dangles Go Round. These worked up so fast, it was amazing! This first pair uses the new 100 % Wool Designer Felt Leopard and it is amazing! It is so lightweight, but looks so luxe paired with the gold flecked cork!

This next pair uses three sizes for added texture and color. I just love how these turned out!

This final pair uses three sizes as well and uses the grey color of the Leopard leather. I didn't get a chance to use ALL of  the new leather, so make sure to check it out;

I'll be sharing even more earrings in the coming days/weeks as I prepare Christmas gifts! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio {Bold Holiday Cards}

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing two cards over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog and here as well! I went for a bold and unexpected color combination and I love how these turned out! I've been using a lot of traditional red and green with many of my holiday designs, so it was fun to switch gears for these two cards!

I created the green tree card first and then that inspired the second design. To begin, I die cut the green tree image using the Merry Days die collection and added some ink blending around the perimeter using Olive ink. I repeated these steps on the frame as well. Once that was done, I was able to heat emboss the main image.

I cut a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches wide and then heat embossed the image. Once that was done, I was able to add the frame and the tree die cuts using foam squares.

I also heat embossed a bow from the Season's Greetings stamp set and added it as a topper to the tree. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold onto a strip of black cardstock. I added it to the card using foam squares. I used a post-it note to cover up the sentiment and then added some white paint splatter over the entire card front. The finishing touch is sprinkling of Essentials: Jewels adhered using liquid glue.

My second card is lighter, and cleaner, but just as bold in my opinion! I layered the blue frame over the top of a panel of white cardstock that is dry embossed using the Folklore Die. I had it leftover from a previous project and it adds just the right touch of detail and dimension peeking out from the frame.

I stamped the wreath in black and then colored it using Copic markers. I left the stamp in my MISTI so that I could stamp it AGAIN, but this time with Versamark ink so I could heat emboss the outline! I layered that onto the black center portion, which is a die included in the frames collection. 

I heat embossed the sentiment on a green strip of cardstock and layered that over the top of the wreath. I added the same paint splatters to this design as well,making certain to cover the sentiment. A few jewels finish off this design! Thanks for fluttering by!

Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon Day11

Welcome to day 11 of the Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon! I'm sharing two similar, yet slightly different cards with you today using some of my favorites from last month's release! I've been creating with a lot of traditional red and green as well as a lot of blue hues for snowy cards, so I decided to switch gears and make something pink! 

I started with two pieces of Bitty Big: Pale Peony pattern paper cut to 4 by 5 1/4 inches. I heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom,which is from the Inside Greetings: Blessed Beyond Measure stamp set, using Silver Embossing Powder. I attached the frames which were die cut using the Pierced Feature Frames, using Tombow adhesive. I would normally use foam squares when attaching frames like this, but because of the intricate border at the top, I needed them to be flat. This entire panel is layered onto a top folding A2 cardbase.

I die cut the white snowflake borders using the On the Border: Splendid Snowflakes twice and attached them flat side against flat side to create a larger snowflake pattern. I used the Splendid Snowflakes stamp set to heat emboss the snowflake in the middle. 

From there, I was able to add the "JOY" letters and bow which are from the Season of Joy stamp set using foam squares. I also added the "this blessed Christmas season" on both of the cards, but in different places. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I made one of each!

I added a few sparkling clear sequins here and there for some sparkle and shine.  I'm happy to be able to add these to my Christmas card stash which is growing at a steady rate! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ink to Paper Create-a-thon Day 9

Hello and welcome to Day 9 of the Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon! Today Melissa and I are showcasing the amazing Tag Creations: Modern Gift and the super cute Holly Jolly Holiday Stamp Set

To begin these gift card holders, I die cut two from Kraft cardstock and two from Rustic White cardstock. I also die cut 4 tags using the same cardstock assortment using the   Tagged and Labeled die cuts.

I stamped the sentiments in black onto the tags and then added a Holiday Mix Vintage Button Collection to the center of the "o" in HOLLY and added a red sentiment strip with the "to the" portion of the sentiment embossed in white. I also added the red bows that are die cut from the Tag Creations: Modern Gift die collection using liquid glue.

I put on a few different Christmas albums and got to work die cutting all of the berries, sprigs, and leaves in assembly line fashion! I layered the poinsettias using foam squares for added dimension between the layers and then adhered the centers using liquid glue.

The red "bow" that looks like a wrapped packaging was added to the gift card bases using liquid glue as well. Once I had all of the pieces die cut, It was time to get these put together!

I added the tags first using a foam square directly over the hole in the tag on the underside. After that, I added the poinsettia directly above the bows on the tags. From there, it was easy to just add in sprigs, berries and leaves here and there until I was satisfied with the composition.

I've mentioned before that I am 100 percent certain that this is not the way to "tuck" the tab for these gift card holders, but I just love the arced top that it gives to them. The tab is supposed to fold around the back and slide into the slit, but I like it this way. You obviously can do it however you would like. 

Once I had everything arranged and secured to my liking, I used a 2 way glue pen to add glue here and there so that I could add a sprinkling of coarse glitter. I just love doing this on my winter and Christmas projects for added sparkle and shine and to give it a snowy look.

I was tempted to add some white "splatter" to these like I did on THIS project, but decided it might look too busy with the glitter as well.

The thing I like about this particular gift card holder is that when you open it up it has the tabs so you can slide the gift card inside easily, but it also has a hole so you can use this as a tag to accent a gift if you so desire!

I had so much fun creating these 4 gift card holders and they have now been added to the ever-growing Christmas stash! With Christmas fast approaching, I keep imagining how nice it will be to have so many options of tags and cards to accent all of my gifts! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop {hello, dear friend}

Well friends, the new Reverse Confetti release is available for purchase and we're celebrating with a fun blog hop showcasing all of the new products! 

Reverse Confetti Blog

For today's card, I used The Best Days stamp set for the focal image; I stamped it in black ink and then colored it with an assortment of Copic markers. Once that was finished, I die cut it using the The Best Days Confetti Cuts. I tied a bow of jute button twine around the bouquet for some added detail and texture. 

The background was created by layering a piece of white cardstock that was die cut using the Snow Stars Cover Panel over a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch piece of Rose Cardstock using foam squares. I also added a strip of the bias gingham pattern paper from the new Winter Wonder 6 by 6 pattern paper pad near the bottom using Tombow adhesive. Once that was done, I added a Grid Stitched Tag that is die cut from the same Rose cardstock using foam squares.

This set the stage for me to begin adding in some fun die cut and stamped details, including the bouquet I'd colored earlier. I die cut the "hello" word using the Thanks & Hello Word Confetti Cut three times and glued them together with liquid glue. I also added a layer of Crystal Glaze over the top and some coarse glitter to the top part for some added detail and shine.

The sentiment, which is from The Best Days stamp set as well, is heat embossed in silver onto a black sentiment strip. I attached it to the tag using foam squares. The "hello" is adhered using foam squares and liquid glue.
I used a Wink of Stella brush to add some shine to the bouquet. A few sparkling clear sequins finish off this floral design. I layered the entire card front to a standard top folding A2 card base. Thanks for fluttering by!

25 Days of Christmas Tags {Reverse Confetti}

It's always a good day when I'm making tags for the awesome 25 Days of Christmas Tags even that the amazing Tracey McNeely puts on each year! I've been participating for the last few years and it is ALWAYS SO MUCH FUN! Reverse Confetti is today's sponsor so of course that meant I got a chance to play along! It's perfect timing, too, because I was able to use lots of the new release goodies that are available for purchase today!

These mice from the new Huggable stamp set are just the cutest thing ever; not a creature was stirring except for sweet mice! LOL!  To begin, I die cut three tags from Salsa Cardstock using the new Circle Tag. Once that was done, I used the new Stitched Bursts Cover Panel to add the extra detail. This is one of my absolute new favorites from the release and I can see myself using more than I probably should! ha ha!

I used some of the fabulous foliage from the Joys of the Season stamp set to adorn the top of each tag using foam squares. The sentiment, which is from the Joyous Holiday stamp set, is heat embossed in silver onto strips of black cardstock. I bought some black foam squares from SU! and they are game changers, I tell ya!
The sweet mice are added to the bottom as well as a few tiny hearts. I added some coarse glitter to the foliage and the top of the large heart on the single mouse. I added a length of black baker's twine to each tag so they are ready to go! I had so much fun working on these tags! Thanks for fluttering by!