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Wheatfield Dreams with Taylored Expressions

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I have a real treat for you today!! I was lucky enough to get to use the new Wheatfield Dreams Kit designed by the amazing Lori Craig for Taylored Expressions. And what a dream these products are!

I started by stamping the sunflower in Momento Tuxedo Black and then just got to enjoy coloring with my Copic Markers. In full disclosure, Lori was my first instructor on Copic so I REALLY wanted to live up to the beauty of her design. After I was done, the coordinating dies in the kit make short work of cutting the flower out.

I thought that kraft would be the perfect background for this flower and I love a tone on tone look. The Burlap Background stamp is also a part of the kit and it gives such amazing texture. I added the Frame in Frame 2 scalloped rectangle as a way to focus on the wonderful sentiment from the set and then added a few gold pearls to finish.

The Wheatfield Dreams kit includes the following:

  • Wheatfield Dreams Stamp Set + Coordinating Dies
  • Burlap Background
  • Foil It – Wheatfield (12 panels for heat foiling)
  • Mini Embossing Powder – Copper
  • As always, this kit will be packaged in a zippered pouch with an exclusive kit pouch sticker, envelopes, and envelope seals to match. 

If you love this as much as I do, I’d appreciate you shopping with me via my affiliate links (at no additional cost to you): Taylored Expressions Shopping

Thank you for stopping in today! See you tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.

Freshly Made Sketches #503

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My second post of the day and a quick interruption of the SugarPea Designs Sweet Peeks. I am so happy to show you the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. The amazing Cécile is our designer this week and she has brought her flair to the sketch.

This weekend I got the chance to participate in a crafty retreat and it allowed me to play with some new to me products. For today’s card, I am using Taylored Expressions items and they are gorgeous to use. It started with the Sketchbook Florals stamp set and dies. This was designed by the talented Lori Craig and it is HER set I used. Lucky me!! I also tried out Karin Markers on this and suffice it to say that I’m a believer. Some will arrive here shortly. I stamped the flower in Versafine Clair ink and then colored with the markers. The way the ink moved with water is really fun.

Once the flower was dry, I cut it out with a coordinating die and got to work on the sketch. The little squares are the insets from the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and I love how their shape added just a bit of embellishment. For the perfect splatters, I used the Splatter Background stamp. Love the detail without the risk of a messy splatter.

I hope you enjoy this card and our sketch this week. Come over to join us for the fun! See you again tomorrow with more from SugarPea Designs.

Freshly Made Sketches #420

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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m the sketch designer over at Freshly Made Sketches and I hope you will like my choice. I love square cards so I went with a square design (you can make it a rectangle, of course). I planted a big old circle in the middle which pretty much means you can put about anything there.

I opted for a big flower…the Big Blooms Daisy from Taylored Expressions to be specific. I started coloring this flower quite a while ago and it sat unfinished on my desk all through the holidays. Well, this was the week to finish it! I wanted to play with the idea of creating a white flower that had some depth and shading. I chose the Y and YR families to add the shadows and I’m pretty happy with the result. I added an orange center to give it a bolder look and then found it popped perfectly off a colored base. I chose Coastal Cabana (left from last week’s card) and added a bit of Distress Oxide ink with the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes to give it more depth. The sentiment is from Picket Fence Studios and I added some sequins from my stash.

I’m off on a crafty adventure as of today and hopefully I’ll come back with some cards and new to me product to share. I hope you’ll join us with this sketch too. Make sure you go see all the amazing work from the DT. Until next time, have a great week!

Freshly Made Sketches #413

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**** Make sure to check out my Holiday Sales post pinned to the top. I’ll update it all weekend. ****

Hi everyone! So happy to be here today with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer today is the wonderful Cécile Ribon and her sketch is simply delightful! Her whimsical ‘squiggle’ lends itself to all kinds of creative ideas.

As soon as I saw it, I saw word die. And then shaker with a word die. Clearly I forgot the sentiment off to the side in this but I’m hoping that the pretty sequins distract from my sketch departure. I inked up a panel with Distress Ink and my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush (isn’t it PRETTY!!). I love the white bristles that show how much ink you have loaded. I used an old Stampin’ Up die (Wonderful Wreath) for the Joy and then splattered on some Smooch Moonlight and some water. For simplicity, I used the new to me Waffle Flower A2 Layer Dies to make sure my die cut was perfectly centered on the panel (I seem to miss when using my paper cutter) and used the same dies to cut my acetate behind the sentiment.

The sequins are from 29 Lilac Lane and it is the Aqua Dreams Sequin/Bead Mix. I wanted the base to have a little more dimension but still be white so I chose the Simon Says Stamp Glimmery White Card Stock. It has shimmer and texture and is oh so pretty!

For those of you in the United States, I wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. I know the traveling has been precarious and I hope that none of you have been impacted by it. I’m home with my boys and will be cooking up a storm starting later today! Blessings to you all and thank you for being a part of my life.

Holiday Sales!

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It is that time of year and I want to share with you some sales by companies I love. If you are looking for it, I suspect you will find it at one of these wonderful sites! I’ll keep updating this post throughout the weekend so come back to see more. I have included affiliate links and appreciate you shopping with me at no additional cost to you.

Ellen Hutson: Nov 27 – Dec 2

Taylored Expressions: Nov 28 (9p CST) – Dec 2 (9a CST) + Cyber Monday Specials too

Concord & 9th: Nov 29 – Dec 3

Simon Says Stamp: Nov 29 Only

Picket Fence Studios: Nov 25 – Dec 2

My Sweet Petunia: Nov 25 – Dec 3 (Midnight CST)

Altenew: Nov 29 Only

Honey Bee Stamps: Nov 28 – Nov 29

The Stamp Market: Nov 29

Labor Day Sales!

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In case you didn’t see them, some of my favorite companies are having Labor Day sales!

If you liked the Mondo Holly by Ellen Hutson from my Wednesday post, now is the perfect time to shop!!

And let’s face it, Concord & 9th is a favorite for a reason! Come celebrate their birthday with a sale.

Taylored Expressions is getting us ready for fall cards. Beautiful products in this category!

Honey Bee Stamps is having a huge sale! Such fun!

If you are going to be shopping, I’d appreciate you using my affiliate links by clicking the photos or the links in the text! They help me keep creating and sharing with you! Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Freshly Made Sketches #398

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A quick Wednesday post for you. Lots of flying this week! If you are out and about (especially at O’Hare), look for me! Our sketch hostess for this week at Freshly Made Sketches is the lovely Cécile Ribon. Her sketch is super fun and just awesome to use.

I finally got half a second to play with my new Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions (worry not, they are coming back to stock soon). No better way to play than to pair them with the Stacked Coffee Mug Dies also from TE. Aren’t they cute?! You see, I was waiting to order the brushes on launch day so naturally I added a few more things to my cart. These mugs will get heavy rotation! They have additional pieces that I inked with the colored brushes (they are color coded so you can just keep going without worrying about mixing colors). I used some Catherine Pooler ink from the Carnivale set. The dots behind the cups come from an old SU set I had and I just randomly inked it to create the background in the right size and orientation for the sketch.

I can’t wait to see the gallery this week. I foresee amazing things! And I know this because the team has already created some beauties to inspire! I hope your week goes well. Thanks so much for stopping in. See you soon!


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I am sharing a card today that was almost a month in the making.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my progress on coloring Taylored Expressions’ gorgeous Big Bloom – Sunflower image over the course of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge in February.  I did a little at a time and tried to just enjoy the coloring process where it fit in.  You see, a year ago I had just attended the amazing Stamping Away retreat and the lovely Jen Shults had stamped a few extra images for me from her incredible Taylored Expressions stash.  Yes, it took me a year to finally decide to tackle this flower (and yes, there is actually another one for another time).  I am so grateful still for that retreat time and for all the inspiration I received.

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringAfter all the coloring, I finally had time to finish the fussy cutting and figured out what I was going to do with the image.  I thought that a basic kraft card stock was perfect under the earthy tones of the sunflower and I chose a simple sentiment by Right At Home from the His Love set.  It was really nice to make a card just because.  No deadline, no particular purpose (although I think I have a place for this to go now), just for me to have fun coloring.  I am committing to do that a little more where it fits in because it makes me happy!

Sunflower by Jen Timko | Big Blooms - Sunflower Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, His Love Stamp Set by Right At Home, Copic ColoringNow there are a ton of Copic Markers that were used to create this.  I have linked a few below in my Link Deli but I will also just simply list them for you for simplicity.  I don’t think I have ever used this many markers on anything but it was worth the complexity, I think.

I’m out on a trip and more flying next week but in between, I will be getting some projects done for Picket Fence Studios and the March release.  I hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you soon!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Flower:  Y11, Y35, Y38, YR24, E37, Y06, Y17   Center:  Y11, Y35, G20, G24, G99, YG97, YR24, YG67, E59, E57, E37, E35, E33   Leaves:  YG00, G20, G21, G24, G28, YG67

Freshly Made Sketches #335

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FMS335 by Jen Timko | Julie's Roses Stamp Set by Winnie and Walter, Sketchy Thoughts Stamp Set by Winnie and Walter, Lattice Frame Cutting Plate by Taylored ExpressionsI am so happy to be the sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches!  It always makes me a little nervous since we always want you to love our sketches and today I went with a bit of a classic look.  I love a big oval as a place to show off images and dies.  But I’m sure you will find ways to interpret this that I didn’t even consider.  That always makes me happy!

I used this pretty little flower from Julie’s Roses by Winnie and Walter.  I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and then colored with  Zig Clean Color Markers.  After coloring the flower and the leaves, I fussy cut them out.  I thought this amazing Lattice Frame Cutting Die by Taylored Expressions was the perfect way to show off the flower.  So much detail but not enough to distract from the focal image.  Love it!  The sentiment is also from Winnie and Walter in a set called Sketchy Thoughts.  I used a base of Doll Pink by Simon Says Stamp to complete the look.

Now I get to share some fun news!  For the month of May, my friend Jill Hawkins will be joining us as a Guest Designer at Freshly Made Sketches.  If you don’t know Jill, you should!  She has the BEST sense of humor and oh by the way makes insanely great cards!  We are thrilled to have her joining our happy band for the month.

Well, I hope you like the sketch and that you will have a few minutes to play along.  We are full up in soccer season here at my house (JV High School for the oldest, Middle School for the youngest and club ball all around).  The good news….I get to see the boys doing what they love.  The bad news, less stamping.  It is a worthwhile tradeoff though.  Hoping to hit the stamp room later today to make some stuff to share soon.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Julie’s Roses (Winnie and Walter), Sketchy Thoughts (Winnie and Walter); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110; Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Lattice Frame Cutting Die (Taylored Expressions)

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Freshly Made Sketches #329

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FMS329 by Jen Timko | Free Spirit Stamp Set by Taylored Expressions, Mandala Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Tim Holtz Distress InkI’m busy, busy showing you projects this week and I have been waiting to show you this one.  I made this while I was at Stamping Away and just love it!!  It seems perfect that the wonderful Kim Singdahlsen is the sketch hostess this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I love what she creates with Taylored Expressions products so it seems fitting that I was able to use some of those for her sketch.

I started with the Mandala Cutting Plate and what a wow it is!  I cut it out of some Bristol Smooth paper so that I could watercolor it.  I smooshed some Distress Ink onto a clear block and added some water, then used that to color the mandala.  I saved the large cut out section on the right side so that I could color it too.  So bold and super simple to do!  Another of the TE design team members, Jen Shults, brought this die (and many of its friends) to Stamping Away and she also brought a ton of TE stamps.  I was like a kid in a candy store!!  Took me a while but I finally narrowed down to the perfect sentiment from the Free Spirit stamp set.  I cut out a banner with the Double Ended Flag Stacklet and then stamped on the sentiment using my Misti.

This may be my favorite card that I have made in a while and I was clearly inspired by all the rainbows and creativity while I was at the Whatever Craft House!  I hope you enjoy this sketch as well…so many beautiful projects from our design team!!  Thanks so much for stopping in.  I’ll see you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamp: Free Spirit (Taylored Expressions); Paper:  Neenah Solar White #110, Strathmore Bristol Smooth; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron); Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Mandala Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions), Double Ended Flag Stacklet (Taylored Expressions

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