Taylored Expressions 10th Birthday Bash

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Hi, friends!

I’m super excited to be joining some lovely crafty folks today in an awesome blog hop celebrating the birthday of Taylored Expressions. There are almost 40 (!!!) awesome folks taking part. You’ll find the whole list of blog hoppers here.

First, let’s take a trip down Memory Lane. It seems like just yesterday I was attending a trade show in California, checking out TE stamps for the very first time in person. I was so excited to see the cute images in person for the very first time, plus see some amazing cards Taylor had made with them. And Taylor was so incredibly kind. I’ve never forgotten how kind she was.

Taylored Expressions just released some fun new products last night, and, for the hop, we are sharing some projects created with previously released birthday products. Because…. birthdays are always in… and card worthy!

So let me show you what I made for the hop. Drum roll, please. 😉

A stamped birthday card by Teri featuring Taylored Expressions stamps | Terisplace.wordpress.com

Ta-da!

I had so much fun making this little card. The critters, words and hat are all from the Peek-a-Boo Birthday stamp set. The critters don’t actually have the hats on them so I got all fancy-schmancy and did some masking. I stamped the hat onto each critter’s panel, masked them off (with another hat stamped on a sticky note and fussy cut out) and then stamped the critters. Easy peasy. Ok, it did take a little time, but it was easy peasy.TE-BirthdayCrittersCard2-teri-watermarked

I created the little frame for the sentiment with the stamp set, cardstock, the Mini Frame #4 die and a marker (and an ink pad). To make the words pop, I adhered them to the card with 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Alright, friends. That’s what I have for you.

One more thing, before I go,  I want to invite you to join Taylored Expressions in the Share Joy campaign. Here’s a little info from Taylor and friends about the campaign.

“At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/share-joy-birthday-2018

Oh yes, and don’t forget to stop by the Taylored Expressions blog to check out the complete list of folks taking part in today’s hop.

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Technique Tuesday New Release Countdown: Day 2

Hi, gang!

I’m back with the Technique Tuesday Design Team today in counting down to the September release of new goods.

I’ve got two cards to share with you today. Both of these cards feature the new Wendell the Whale stamp set, which will be available here with all the new goods on September 1st.

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For this first card, I paired Wendell with a fish from the Olive the Octopus stamp set. It’s always fun when you can mix and match stamps together.

The little water droplets on the card? I created those with Glossy Accents. The hardest part? Being patient while waiting for them to dry. 😉

A stamped whale card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

By the way, I wanted Wendell to be extra goofy on this card so I added a wiggle eye. I also wanted him to really pop so I cut a second whale mat from craft foam and adhered it under him. That’s why he looks like he’s more raised than the little fish.

For this second card, I created a little scene by pairing Wendell with the Waves on the Border die. I just love this die. It works well with all the underwater critters in the Animal House collection of animal stamps.

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To the make the waves stand out against the patterned paper background, I did mount them to vellum and use my scissors to fussy cut away the excess vellum. I think it just add the right “something something” to the card.

Alright! That’s it for now. I’ll be back later.

Check out the Technique Tuesday blog to see who else from the design team is sharing projects today. Also don’t forget to comment on their Countdown and/or Sneak Peek blog posts for a chance to win a $20 TT gift certificate! Someone’s got to win it. It could be you!

Sea… er… see you again soon!

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Technique Tuesday New Release Countdown: Day 1

Hi, gang!

It’s New Release time at Technique Tuesday! New products arrive on their website on Sept. 1st, and the design team is blog hopping today. We are sharing some projects made with the new goods.

I’m excited to share with you two cards I made with the new Lovely Lavender stamp set and dies.

A stamped flower card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

This is lovely stamp set, featuring some hand-drawn stems of lavender. For this first card, I stamped and die-cut the image twice, colored them in with markers and the laid them on top of each other. You’ll see I let just a little bit of the flowers from the bottom die-cut peek out, but I sure love that layered look! Love-You-Friend-Lavendar-Card-Teri-A-Technique-Tuesday

The lined “love you” phrase is included with the stamp set’s mat dies It’s a good, all-around die phrase I think that could be used with lots of different stamp sets, not just this one (although the mat with the die set is for this one). I cut it from white cardstock and then added some color with markers to match the colors I used to color in the lavender.

I used the same trick on my second card with the lined “love you” phrase. Patchwork-Love-You-Lavendar-Card-Teri-A-Technique-Tuesday

For this card, I colored the lavender in with different markers than the first. It’s kind of fun just messing with different colors markers to see how you can make an image look different from the first time you colored it in.

I felt like the stems needed something for this card so I tied a little bow from twine and added it to the bouquet. I think it looks so cute!

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Alright! That’s what I have for today. Be sure to hit the Technique Tuesday blog to see who else from the design team is hopping today. You’ll also find they’ve got a chance to win a $20 gift certificate over there for commenting on their sneak peek and countdown blog posts!

Oh yes! And be sure to hit the Technique Tuesday website to see all the new goods on September 1st.

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A Thrilling Birthday Card

Hi, everyone!

How is your day going? Hoping well.

I’m back with another stamped birthday card to share with you.

A stamped birthday card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

Created this guy the other day when I was in need of a little “creative therapy” time. All the images and words are from the Lawn Fawn’s Coaster Critters stamp set. They were cut with the coordinating diesThrillingBirthdayCard-2-teri

So I just cut a bunch of elements to color in with markers. There’s just something calming about marker coloring. 😉 If you look really, really close, you’ll see I added a few extra details with Nuvo Crystal Drops and a white gel pen to the balloons, cotton candy and large roller coaster car. I also added a few white dots to the sky too.

The sky background was created with cardstock, ink and a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things. It is one of those crafty things I would argue any scene loving stamper needs. It’s a great little tool.

The papers at the bottom? They are just scraps from my stash of papers. If you are ever wondering what my deal is for selecting patterned papers to use on my cards, here are a couple tips. I typically like to use small patterns (or ledger or graphic paper). And I like to use colors that work together. It’s like picking cardstock colors that work together. You just have to train your eye to do it with patterned paper. It becomes easier the more you do it, like everything in crafting.

Alright. That’s it for today. I’ll be back again later, friends.

Sea You Soon Card

Hi, guys!

Here today with a quick little card I put together the other day to send to a good buddy just for the fun of it.

A stamped card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

Created this guy mostly with products from Jillibean Soup.

I picked up the scallop die (from Jillibean’s Square die set) from a stamp store as it was closing awhile back. I just loved it, plus it was super affordable. Like $4. Can’t beat that. SeaYouSoonCard-2-teri

The little critters (and words and wave) were stamped with a couple sets – Octopus and Whale Done. I’m a big fan of mixing and matching stamp sets together so really enjoyed that these little sea critters could play together…. so speak.

To add the dots to my windows, I pulled out my white gel pen. And then I just added the dots… slowly and surely. It took a little patience to add so many dots, but I think the final result makes it worth it.

Alrighty! That’s what I have. Ok. Maybe I have a little more… but it’s super duper later and I’m super duper tired…. so I’ll be back again later. Thanks, as always, for stopping by. I sure appreciate it when you do.

Ps. If you are on Instagram, don’t miss this awesome giveaway Jillibean Soup has going on. You could win a lot (and I mean A LOT) of stamps from them. Seriously good stuff. Be sure to comment on their post.

A Hug from Under the Sea… in Card Form

Hi, guys!

Let me tell you a secret: I make cards all the time. You’d think the ones I send the most are for birthdays and special occasions.

Confession time. I always am late to the game when it comes to that. So truly, the cards I send most are cards to friends who I’m just thinking of.

So meet today’s card. This is one I made with a couple friends in mind, that I was just thinking of. Big-Hug-Olive-the-Octopus-Seahorse-Card-Teri-A-Technique-Tuesday

One of things I enjoy most about Technique Tuesday’s Animal House stamps is mixing and matching the different critters together. I’d been anxious to create some kind of scene with their most recent sea creatures so this card was my reason to do it!

And let’s chat for a minute about realism and cards. So there’s probably not a gigantic seahorse (stamped with the Simon & Sandy Seahorse stamps and dies) in the sea, but it’s kind of fun to imagine there is one as almost as big as Olive the Octopus. 😉 Anything can happen in the stamping world! That’s what I’m sayin’.

A stamped octopus and seahorse card by Teri | teriplace.wordpress.com

I wanted to really build on the notion of a hug so I added all the other little critters to scene. (All the other little creatures were stamped and cut with the two stamp sets, by the way.) I also added a few die-cut hearts.

I don’t often use a lot of soft colors when I color in images with markers but I decided to for this card. It was nice change.

Also I added a few “drops of water” to the underwater scene with my old friend, my trusty bottle of Glossy Accents. Always a fun addition.

Alright! That’s it for now. I’ll be back again later, gators. Thanks, as always, for stopping by. It’s a real treat when you do.

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Ps. I’m totally sending a shout-out to my friend, Dana Joy! She created an awesome card with the Olive the Octopus stamp set and Technique Tuesday’s Waves on the Border dies. She’s got a video on her blog, showing how she made the wavy scene. You should check it out.

Get Cracking on Christmas Challenge Hop

Hi, guys!

I’m here again. True Story. It was like… 100 degrees… a few days ago…. and I was sitting at my desk making a Christmas card… but for a good reason!

I’m joining some of my favorite crafty friends today in the Get Cracking on Christmas Challenge Blog Hop.

This challenge was started by my friend, Jenn Shurkus, and other friends Chari and Cherion, who wanted challenge each other on the third Thursday of the month every month to share a Christmas card! If you did it every month, you’d have 12 Christmas cards by the end of the year. I think it’s an awesome way to build up that Christmas card stash… so here I am.

Before I show you what I made, here’s a complete list of all of today’s blog hoppers:
Jenn Shurkus

Susan Opel (on Jenn’s site)

Chari Moss

Cheiron Brandon

Libby Hickson

Caryn Davies

Emily Midgett

Vera Yates

Tifany DeGough

Jana Millen

Lydia Fiedler

Lisa Cisneros

Susan Wymer

Jessie Banks

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Teri Anderson (<— you are here)

Lisa Henke (<——-NEXT STOP! Take it away, Lisa!)

So this is the card I made for the hop!

A Hedgehog stamped card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

I just had fun with this one. I created the little scene with the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and dies from My Favorite Things (plus a cloud stencil from MFT Stamps). The words are from the Winter Wonderland stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh.

My apologies that I’m not really sure where the die-cut hearts came from.  I have a little bowl on my desk with leftover stamped and die-cut pieces. I found them at the bottom of it.

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To make the hearts and the words stamp out, I added some dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops. I really, really, really enjoy the dimension they give cards. A little pop without a lot of bulk. Works for me!

Alright! That’s it for today. Thanks for hopping with me and the whole gang!  Don’t forget to stop by Lisa Henke‘s blog (the next stop)! See you again soon!