Tuesday, January 18, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Easy Strips Three Ways

Taylored Expressions has an incredible new release of exclusives, including products which were previously gifts with purchase or available to Stamp Joy Event participants only. Today, I'm sharing a video using the Easy Strips Dies and Easy Strips Stack.

In this video, I share three cards using all three sizes of the Easy Strips Dies: 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2". I use different combinations of colours and widths on these cards and they're just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you can do with these strips.

This first Hello card features all three 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" Easy Strips Dies cut from Guava, Pineapple, Granny Smith and Blue Raspberry, as well as Oreo, Sea Salt and Sugar Cube cardstock.

After assembling the strip pattern on a piece of copy paper with liquid glue, I die cut it using the largest of the Stitched Circle Stacklets. Then I trimmed a piece of 2" x 4" Sea Salt cardstock and attached all three layers to the card base.

Next, I cut the Gathered Stars Die from silver glitter cardstock and attached it to the striped circle with liquid glue.

To finish, I pulled a sentiment from the Mini Strips--Fun & Funny stamp set, which was previously stamped and stored in one of my Simple Storage for Simple Strips containers.

My second Birthday card features the 1/4" and 1/2" Easy Strips Dies cut from Confetti CakeBlue RaspberryBlueberry and Eggplant, as well as Sea Salt and Sugar Cube cardstock.

I arranged the strips on the 4" x 5.25" Sugar Cube cardstock panel, making sure the vertical strips of each colour were adhered before the horizontal ones to create a pattern. Then I attached the panel to a Sea Salt card base.

I popped both parts of the sentiment on to the card with foam tape and the card is finished! This design is so simple, it would be fun to make a gift set with different colour variations.

For this third Love card, I did some basic paper weaving, something I hadn't thought about since I was in elementary school. I used Fruit Punch, Guava, Pineapple and Granny Smith.

It was hard to keep the horizontal strips right next to each other because of the 1/8" strips, the high quality 100lb cardstock and not having enough space between vertical strips.

I attached the paper-weaved strip down the centre of a panel die cut from the Stitched With Love Cutting Plate which is attached flat to the card base. I popped up the Frame in Frame 2 border in Sea Salt on  foam tape.

I stamped the On the Block--Love in Fruit Punch ink on Sugar Cube cardstock, adding a silver glitter shadow behind it. I popped that up on foam tape, along with a pre-stamped sentiment from Building Blocks--Love Additions from my Simple Storage for Building Blocks container.

For a limited time, the purchase of all three Easy Strips Dies will earn the Easy Strips Stack FREE, and a total purchase of $75+ will also earn 10 Valentine-coloured mini slim envelopes. This offer is valid from January 18-23, 2022. Head to the Taylored Expressions Store HERE or click on the banner below to shop the new release!

If you missed my previous videos featuring Gathered Stars and Subtle Sprigs, you can find more inspiration on their uses here:

Thanks so much for watching!


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Catherine Pooler | Surprise Birthday Hop on IG!

It's Catherine's Birthday! I've worked with Catherine for over five years now, ever since she asked me to guest in 2016 for the Lovely Notes Stamp of Approval Collection. I've watched her business grow in so many ways and it's been a pleasure designing for her full-time these last two years, previously as a Club Ambassador and now a Brand Ambassador.

Several of Catherine's team members have gotten together today to throw a virtual InstaHop in her honour! We hope you have the best day ever!! You deserve all of your favourite things and more and I know that those who are near and dear to you will spoil you today.

My card for today's hop features the Layered Greetings stamp set. I stamped the big happy with Party Dress, Sparkling Berry and Do-Si-Do. Then I stamped the scripted birthday word across the third happy in Merlot.

I used seven snowflakes, three from the Bunny Slopes stamp set and four from the Cuddle Weather Sentiments stamp set, and heat embossed them with Halo embossing glitter all around the panel for maximum sparkle. I used blending brushes and alternated the pink inks around the edges. To finish, I added tiny star sequins from the Aspen Sequin Mix.

If you'd like to hop along and see all the birthday card inspiration, here's the full hop list:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, January 15, 2022

VIDEO | Ellen Hutson | Gel Printing with Catherine Pooler Refreshed Inks + Art Supplies Sale!

I've wanted to make this video for a while and with the launch of Catherine Pooler's Refreshed Inks this week, it was the perfect time. If you've never tried gel printing, you'll definitely want to give it a try, especially since the gel press is currently 20% off during Ellen Hutson's Art Supplies Sale, now through January 17th!

Gel printing is so easy since you really only need a gel printing plate and a brayer. Brayers come in different sizes and with different handles but they all work in the same way. It's really a matter of personal preference as to what style you like.

I used all three of the new refreshed inks - Minted, Oh Boy! and Sixteen Candles - to create the two backgrounds, one in the vertical/portrait format and the other in the horizontal/landscape format.

After the prints were completed, I added thickness to the panels before die cutting them. The first card uses the Essentials by Ellen Abstract Mountain Cover Plate

I added five cranes from the Origami Cheers stamp set and coordinating dies, stamping the sentiment directly on the gel printed panel. Some of the cranes are popped up with foam tape and others with glue dots.

The background panel was texturized using the Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines Dies. I love the subtle texture on white linen card base. To finish, I added a few Super Shine Silver Star Sequins in the sky portion.

On the second gel printed panel, I stamped the Fan Dance Background in the same colours using MintedOh Boy! and Sixteen Candles for a tone-on-tone look.

I cut the panel using the Scallops & Dots Dies, leaving the middle section at its original 80lb weight and stacking the scalloped frame with 110lb cardstock.

I die cut the scripted hi from the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hello Dies from black cardstock. I stamped an origami butterfly from the Origami Cheers stamp set, attached the dot from the letter i and popped it up with foam tape.

Be sure to check out all the great deals happening now during Ellen Hutson's Art Supplies Sale, now through January 17th!

Thanks so much for watching!