Simple Taylored Expressions Dinosaur Birthday Card

Hello everyone! Todays project is a simple dinosaur birthday card featuring Taylored Expressions dies and stamps. I love Taylored Expressions designs and you will be seeing more projects with their products. Not only is the quality excellent but the designs are great! When I designed this card I had bought the Sack It Dinosaur set for different purpose. Ironically, even though this is part of the Sack It collection, I love using it for a card! I think that this card would be great as a birthday card for a little boy.

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To start making this card I used a 5.75″ white square notecard to die cut the base of the card using the largest die. When I ran the die through my Sizzix Big Kick Machine, I made sure that the notecard was folded over and that the top of die overhung the notecard folded edge a little. Next, I ran the same die through again with the green metals pebble paper which I found at Michaels. As soon as I saw that paper I knew I had to have it to make this card! For the horns and the eyes, I used smooth black and white cardstock scraps. On the inside of the card I stamped one of the greetings from the Dino-Mite stamp set in Versafine Black Ink. This is my go to ink for greetings! Also, I should note that this card does fit into a standard A2 envelope.

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Now comes the fun part of assembling the card! This is super simple because you can follow the image on packaging to figure out where to put the pieces. I started by adhering the green pebble base to the white notecard using my Scotch ATG Gun. Next, I used my Martha Stewart Gel Adhesive to adhere the horns, eyes and nostrils. You’re finished! Now you have a great card to give to a little boy. Do you have any other ideas on who else you could give this card to?! I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below with your ideas!

Mixed Media Art Featuring Julie Nutting Aurora Doll Stamp

Hi Everyone! This past weekend Mike and I went to a birthday party to celebrate our twin nieces, Quinn and Finley, second birthday. It’s so hard to believe that they are already 2! For their birthday I decided to make a mixed media art canvas with a princess theme for each of them. This is my first time doing mixed media art but I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted the end results to look like! Trust me, I watched a lot videos on mixed media art!

First I stamped out my princess image on some text card stock. For the princess stamp I used one of Julie Nutting’s Doll Stamps from Prima Marketing. I absolutely love her doll stamps! The possibilities are endless with the doll stamps! Unfortunately, I could not find an online store that has this stamp in stock. The name of the stamp is Aurora. I found mine at my local stamp store Simply Said Rubber Stamp. Also, I stamped the image again on some pattern paper, focusing on just the dress. Next, I colored in the skin and hair. I didn’t know how I was going to do the crown. Later, I decided to color the crown with my gold Signo pen and then go over it with my clear of Wink of Stella pen and Glossy Accents. For the dresses, I added some dimension by using my grey Copic markers on the folds of their dresses.

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Next, fussy cut out the dolls and the dresses. I will be first to admit that I hate fussy cutting but with this image it isn’t too bad. I have a couple of suggestions for this part. First, on both the doll and the dress cut out the space between her arm and her torso with a knife first. This will make your life a lot easier! Next, you want to cut out the dress  and adhere it on top of the stamped image on the text paper. Then, cut out the entire doll! By adhering the dress on top of the doll before cutting her out you have an edge that you can follow while cutting out the doll. After they are cut out I used my black Memento marker to go around all of the cut edges to give them a more finished look.

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After finishing the dolls I started work on the canvas. I found some tissue paper that had text, music and different designs on it that was perfect for this project. I tore up the tissue paper into smaller pieces and adhered them with Mod Podge in a random pattern but covering the entire canvas. For the canvas I decided to use 11″x14″ size because it was large enough for the dolls and a quote. Next, I used Gelatos to make some watercolors and painted it on the canvas over the tissue paper. Also, I stamped different butterflies in black StazOn Ink. I could not find the butterfly stamps that I used but I did get mine at Michaels. After everything dried, I mixed together texture paste and Gelatos to make a colored paste and applied it with a stencil to give some dimension to the project. For the quotes, I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the letters. Also, I used clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the letters and then Glossy Accents to add some dimension.

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Now comes the fun of adhering everything to the canvas! Once you decide your layout start adhering everything to the canvas. I recommend doing the quotes first. I used a ruler and drew pencil lines to make sure that I got all the letters lined up. I then erased the lines after the glue was done drying. I hope that you enjoyed todays project and make one yourself. These are lots of fun to make because you be messy and have a great looking piece of art to give someone or hang on your walls!

Announcing Craftsy’s “Create the Unexpected” Event!

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Hi everyone! I am excited to announce Craftsy“>Craftsy’s “Create the Unexpected” event. Beginning Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th you can save up to 50% off ALL their online classes! What’s even better is that you can will be able to access your classes forever. The online classes will teach you different techniques that you can use to make fabulous projects to show off. Craftsy offers a wide variety of classes so you can expand your horizons, including Photography, Drawing, Jewelry, and of course my favorite, Paper Crafting. Below is just a few of the Paper Crafting classes available.

Gorgeous Greeting Cards: Stamping & Beyond (with Nichol Magouirk)
Vibrant Stamping: Creative Color Techniques (w/Laura Contoni-Bassen)
Create Stunning Birthday Cards (a FREE mini class!) (w/ Kimberly McGray)
Creative Die Cutting With Your Cricut (w/ Cathie Rigby)

You can also sign up the kids for some classes because they offer classes kids! Click this Craftsy Kids Course Gallery“>link to see the kids courses. They also offer these fantastic classes“>these fantastic classes for free!

I hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity to sign up for Craftsy’s online classes! Don’t forget that you will have access to them forever! You will learn new techniques that you can use to create fabulous projects to showcase to your family and friends and leave them wondering how you made that! Enjoy!

First Time Using The We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board

Hi Everyone! Sorry I’ve been away for awhile. I suffer from migraines and was having them frequently one week. Then of course life got crazy the next week and I wasn’t able to get anything accomplished. I am working on catching up right now and I am happy to say that I am getting close! This week I am going to show you the We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board. Yes, I know I am late to the game but I just got mine. I won it from We R Memory Keepers on a Facebook contest! I haven’t won anything since I was a little girl and won a bag of Gummy Bears at Greater’s for being the whatever number customer I was that day. Anyway, I was very excited to win because I have had my eye on the Flower Punch Board for a while.

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The picture above shows what you get when you purchase the board in store or online. Also, I won a pack of each of the new stems that they just released. What I like about the board is that it has all the measurements right on the board to make the different size flowers. The measurements that have a pink asterisk by them means that you need 2 pieces of paper that size to make that flower. The first thing I thought when I got my board is that this would be a great way to use my scraps! As you can imagine, I have a lot of scraps! I went through my scraps and found some that coordinate with each other. I decided to stick with flowers that only require 1 piece of paper.

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For this project, I am going to make 2 of the XXS, 1 XS and 1 Small flower. Above shows the paper that I chose and the XS small flower assembled. Honestly, I made another flower before I took pictures for this post and this flower was a mistake from the first flower. The paper that I used for this project is from Doodlebug. The paper with the flowers on it has been discontinued but you can any paper that you have on hand to make your flowers. To start making your flower, you need to decide which size flower you want to make and cut your card stock to what is shown on the board. There are instructions included with the board on how to line up your card stock on the board in case this gets a little confusing. First, line up the edge of your card stock with the vertical score line and punch, then score the diagonal line. Next, you move the edge of your card stock to the line on the punch board for the size flower you are making. Punch the paper, then score both the vertical and diagonal lines. Now when you move card stock you want to line up the vertical score line with the line for your size flower, then punch and score both lines. You repeat this process until you are at the end of your paper. Below is a picture of what your paper should look like when you are done punching and scoring. You do want trim off the that last little piece at the end. If you want a more dimensional flower you can trim off one of the petals. I decided to make a flatter flower for this project.

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Now comes the fun of folding. The way to fold the flowers is like an accordion style. Start with the end that has the diagonal score line first and fold that corner backwards, then hold vertical towards you. Repeat this until all of the score lines have been folded. You will notice that the flower starts to form right away. I highly recommend using your bone folder to crease all the folds before you glue anything together. This will give you a nice clean folds and your flower will look better! After you are finished creasing you want to glue the ends together on the back side of the flower. Also, I found that glueing all of the little flaps on the back of flower gives you a better looking flower and it hold together nicely. You don’t have to do this if you are using the flower stem kit. I just like the extra security and I thought that it looked better. Another optional step is curling the flower petals using the wand that you get with the board. Just run your flowers petals along the  wand like would with curling ribbon and scissors. The tighter you curl the more curl you will have in your petal.

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Above is all the pieces I used to create my flower including 4 pieces from the stem kit. I decided to use the Natural White stem for this flower. The stem kits do include instructions for assembling the flowers in case this confusing. First, layer your flowers from smallest to largest as you want them on to the piece that has the flat head on it. Next, you add the piece that has petals on it to the under side of your flower. You should have a post sticking out from the back of your flower. Then, screw on the last small piece so that the cone part is under the last part that you put on. Last you stick the stem into the hole of the last piece. We R Memory Keepers sells enamel dots to put in the center of your flowers to cover up the plastic center. I do not have the enamel dots so I opted to use Liquid Pearl to create my center right on the center. I think it came out great!

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Hope that you enjoyed this project as much as I did! As always below is a list of supplies with links. If you have other ideas on what to do with the centers of the flowers, leave a comment below!