Monday, February 6, 2017

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day 1: Spring Is In The Air

Happy Monday Taylored Expressions Fans,

I know you know what time it is! It's Taylored Expressions' February Release Week! However, before we can let all the crafty goodies out of the bag, we have several days of sneak peeks to tempt you. Today, I am showcasing the Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder and Skinny Mini Spring Borders with By The Fireside.

To create this card, I dry embossed Strathmore Mixed Media paper using the Cherry Blossom embossing folder. Using the raised side of the paper, I inked the paper with Salt Water Taffy dye ink, being careful to apply color around the blossoms. However, I did lightly ink over the image to apply color between the branches. Next, I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils to carefully apply color to the branches and petals. Once the coloring was completed, I used a fine tip watercolor brush to soften the colors. To add dimension to the piece, I die cut three butterflies using the In Flight Overlays from heavy weight vellum. A die cut border and sentiment complete this card.

The next card features the Skinny Mini Spring Borders and By The Fireside.

I do enjoy the versatility of this cute border die set. The set includes Easter bunnies, spring and flower garlands. Creating this card put me in die cutting heaven. I started by die-cutting all the pieces needed to complete the card using the: Skinny Mini Spring Border, By The Fireside, Picture Window, Door-to-Door Spring, Grass Border, Chocolate Bunny, and Little Bits Easter Basket and Easter Confetti. Once all the pieces were die cut, it was time to assemble the card. I layered from the back to the front starting with the picture window and working my way forward. I die cut the bunny garland several times from various pastel colored cardstock and then paper-pieced and glued each bunny onto a peapod base. A little liquid applique made for the perfect bunny tail. In between each bunny, I placed spring flowers using the flower border die and applied enamel shapes to the centers. The finishing touches were the Chocolate Bunny and Easter Basket.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying all the lovely creations from the Creative Team. As with every release, there is an opportunity for TE fans to win fabulous prizes from this month's release, so don't forget to visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor's Question of the Day. You will be glad you did!

Oh, one more thing before you go, this month TE has a way for you to earn DOUBLE Crafty Points!  If you're not a Crafty Points member, it's free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you're automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. For a limited time, you'll earn 120 Crafty Points on the purchase of the Enamel Shapes Bundle and 54 Crafty Points on our Exclusive Lattice Frame Cutting Plate! Offers valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via our retail site at

Happy Crafting,


Card Size: A2 (both cards)
Card Supplies: Strathmore Mixed Media (card number 1)

Join the conversation!

  1. Wow!!! Your coloring of that embossed cardstock is AMAZING and your fireplace scene is stunning! I love window die as a frame above the mantel!

  2. That first card is AMAZING!!! I love the way you created the second card with the fireplace scent. All that layering is beautiful!! Great design.

  3. Super elegant card using an embossing folder...bright, mature, stylish, modern - LOVE IT!!!