Hello Friends. I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Chloe and I had a good time binge watching Downtown Abbey -- it's so good!
Today's samples are all cute, funny and sometimes punny! I really enjoy these cards because everyone needs a good laugh from time to time. As you look through the samples remember that to order anything you see on the blog, just contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or email@example.com. I am happy to help you with anything you need!
Our first card features a cute frog die with a punny sentiment! IRL the colors are much more vibrant and the background is a cloudy blue sky. I drew the lilly pad then cut it our of white cardstock and edged it in light green ink. One die that is a must have is a frame die -- this one is Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame die which includes four different frames.
Wart’s New – Art Impressions stamp Wart’s New; Cottage Cutz die Mini Frog; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame, Cloud Border and Little Bits Sun and Clouds
New from Impression Obsession are the Patchwork Animal dies. These are very detailed dies (meaning lots of individual pieces to cut the ears, eyes, arms, etc.) and are meant to work with the new Mini Pattern stamps. You can see the dies and the stamps on our What's New page here. For these cards I stamped the Mini Pattern stamps (there are 4 sets of 3 stamps each at 2.75" square each) in colored ink on colored cardstock. I chose a rainbow of colors and stamped away so I had a wide selection of colors and patterns to choose from when I started die cutting. Even though I used 3 of the new Patchwork Animal dies for baby cards, they can be used for lots of other occasions too.
Hippo – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Hippo; Taylored Expressions dies Welcome Spring, Build-A-Scene Nursery, Love Confetti and Treat Toppers Baby; IO stamps Painted Stripes and Mini Patterns
Elephant – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Elephant; Paper Smooches die Cardbooking; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Love You More; IO stamps Mini Patterns
Sheep – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Sheep; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Love; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Typewriter Alphabet Lower Case
This die is actually a gator but to me it looks like a dinosaur. The sentiment is perfect for a "T-Rex" and adding the "brother" die cut word really personalizes your card.
Dinosaur – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Gator; Taylored Expressions stamp Punny Man; Spellbinders die Labels One; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Plain Alphabet Lower Case; Cottage Cutz die Brother; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frame Stacklets 1
TE Pocketful of Sunshine
This is a very versatile stamp and die combo set from Taylored Expression. The image stamps all fit in the pocket which is stitched to look just like a jeans pocket. The possibilities are endless with this cute little pocket and clever sayings.
Tip: See the stitching on the circle? How did I make the stitching continuous even though part of the circle is cut off? Here's the tip: First die cut a rectangle with a stitched die then die cut the stitched circle from this rectangle. Easy yet very impressive!
Orange Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Manis
Denim Pocket – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE die Build-A-Bookmark; TE die Little Bits Love Confetti; design inspired by Shannon White
Braided Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE embossing folder Braided; Memory Box die Stitched Scallop Circles; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; TE border die Zig Zag; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock
Frog Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Don't forget to use your labels or stacklet die sets for backgrounds. Here I used the Postal Stacklets set from Taylored Expressions.
Hot Pink Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE dies Hi Hey Hello and Postal Stacklets; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Add a little polka dot paper to the top of the pocket for an interesting detail.
Flowers Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
Pink Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Purple Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin
You Make Me Smile – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Impression Obsession dies Instant Photo Frame and banners and Tails; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen
Tips on Storing Dies
As we consumers demand more and more detailed dies, our wonderful vendors are more than happy to oblige. Pictured here is the new Patchwork Hippo die set with its 15 separate tiny dies! Safely storing a set like this is critical which is why I just ordered a huge roll of magnetic "paper" so I could keep all those tiny little dies secure inside the CD Keepers that I use for storing dies. The magnet is strong enough that once the dies were on it I could shake it vigorously and they didn't go flying. I am selling some of the magnetic paper in packages of 10 (cut to 4" x 4.5") for $4.99 each. Quantities are very limited so stop in soon for a free sample.
Big Summer Sale
I am out of room for new dies and the new Christmas and Fall releases will be coming out next month so I am having a huge sale starting June 1 through June 18 on selected merchandise including all Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Valentine and Easter products. Every product in these categories is marked down 40% and when you spend $100 (excluding sales tax), you will get an additional 10% off your total expenditure. There is too much sales merchandise to picture on the website so if you're looking for something specific, come in the store as soon as you can for best selection. First come, first served! Questions? Please contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help you with anything you need!
I hope to see you soon!