Wish Big - Taylored Expressions

Hello and here is another card from my marathon card making session last weekend.  I've used some new stamps and dies on this one. 

I spent a lot of time faffing about with this card and I'm still not really sure if I like it or not...I love the stamps and dies but maybe the layout of them should be different?  I thought I would post it anyway!
 
The stamps are called Wish Big by Taylored Expressions.  These are red rubber stamps and stamp really clean lines.  Love them.
 
Wish Big by Taylored Expressions used to make a birthday card
 
The stamps come with 2 dies to cut a 'Happy' and 'Wish' sentiment.  I die cut the 'happy' and coloured it using Zig clean colour real brush markers on Strathmore Bristol card.  I heat embossed the 'birthday' sentiment onto a tag cut out using MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips (although you can't really see the stich lines in this photo).
 
I mounted them onto my white card base with a side panel of black and white striped card & added a cloud cut out using Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die.
 
Taylored Expressions Wish Big used to make a birthday card

The clouds are cut using Taylored Expressions Stitched Cloud Duo and I stamped over them using the balloon from the Wish Big stamp set.  The larger cloud was coloured using some Distress Ink.
 
As a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops which I made into rain drops by dragging a pointed tool through them and letting them dry.
 
Have a great weekend!
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A Tiny Hello

I have left the otters and hedgehogs behind me (....well for now at least) and have moved onto mice!  Squeak!
 
  I have used 'Let's Mingle' by The Greeting Farm to make this tiny hello card. 
 
Let's mingle by The Greeting Farm
 
To be honest, it took me a few days to make this card as I have hardly had any time lately to craft but I did finally manage to finish it.
 
I used some copic markers and some Zigs to colour in my meeeeses and cheeeeeeses.  I thought I would have a go at masking too and created the pile of cheese this way.  I've always admired people who mask as they make it look so easy...my brain has to work out which cheese will be in front and which will be behind it, so there was a lot of sticking and lifting off of masking paper before I worked it out!

Card made using Let's Mingle stamps by The Greeting Farm
 
I thought I would make the card front to look like a big wedge of cheese....the size of which is not dissimilar to what my husbean would eat if I let him!!


http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/week-236-weekly-winners.html

Very excited again to have found out that my card on Monday's blog post that you can see HERE was a winner over at CASology....YAY!!

I get to choose a stamp set from the Uniko shop....so much choice!!!!!

 
 
Toodles for now noodles,
 
 
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Llama Love

Have you noticed an animal theme going on with my cards?....I love all the cute critters that are being released by stamp companies at the moment so when  I saw a card on Instagram by Rebekah Weckerley that used this stamp set and die combo by Taylored Expressions called Llama Love, it went straight onto my wish list and then oops....it accidentally got put into my basket online!!
 
Taylored Expressions Llama Love stamp and die combo
 
Isn't that llama cute?!!  He comes with 4 different faces and I love his expression on the one I used! 
 
Rather than colouring him completely with copics, I just coloured his ears, face and legs and then used some Liquid Applique for the main body.  I don't know how many times I use Liquid Applique but I always forget to die cut first and then apply otherwise the fluffiness gets squished when it goes through my Big Shot!!
 
I wanted to create a scene for him to stand in but didn't have anything appropriate so I drew the rocks and cactus freehand and then coloured those in with copics.
 
Llama Love stamp and die combo by Taylored Expressions
 
The hot sunny background was created using Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed) onto some Bristol Smooth card....love how easily it blends on this card.
 
A few splatters of Black Soot Distress Ink and the card was finished.  Hope you like it.

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - the theme of which is Transportation.  Llamas are still used as a means of transport in Peru so I think I can scrape this one into that category!!!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8175
 
Toodles for now noodles,
 
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Squishy Hugs

I have had a lovely, relaxing crafting weekend and managed to make 4 cards!!  That must be a new record for me as I struggle to find time to make one!   
 
Less is More Challenge 'Alphabet' and CASology challenge 'Romance'
 
 I have seen cards where the die cut words have been stamped on and wanted to try it myself.  I didn't have a large 'A' so I cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo.
 
I then used some stamps from a couple of sets.  The flowers are from MFT Build-able Bouquet and the leaf sprigs are by Winnie and Walter 'So Tweet'.
 
I roughly coloured them in with copic markers and added a blog of Glossy Accents to the centre of each flower.
 
 
LIM Challenge - Alphabet and CASology challenge - Romance
 
I heat embossed the sentiment which is from Waltzing Mouse 'Gift Card It' and then die cut a frame out of grey card using my favourite MFT Cross Stitch Rectangles.
 
I am entering this card into a couple of challenges:-
 
 
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-316-alphabet.html
 
 
http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/week-236-romance.html
 
 
I also discovered that the card I entered into last week's Less is More challenge was showCASed...yay!  I tend to make a lot of cutesie animal cards and find flowery cards a struggle sometimes so it was nice to see it was one of the showcase winners.
 
You can see that HERE 
 
 
 
 
Toodles for now...
 
 
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Hedgehugs & Kisses

It's my sister and her husband's wedding anniversary this week so this is the card I have made for them.  I don't think she reads my blog but I know my niece does so I have asked her not to mention it until after their anniversary!

Clearly Besotted Let's Roll
 
I used Clearly Besotted 'Let's Roll stamps for the hedgehogs and sentiment.  The hedgehogs were coloured with Zigs.
 
I created a background using Distress Inks and cut it out using a roxstamps cross stitch circle die.  I added some stitched clouds that were die cut and then adhered all the pieces onto the die before I popped it up using some foam tape onto a card front which was then again popped up onto the card base using foam tape.

Let's Roll stamps by Clearly Besotted

Clearly Besotted is closed at the moment but I think they will be re-opening in the next couple of months but otherwise here are the links to some of the products I have used today.  All paid for by myself!

Cloud Stitch Duo by Taylored Expressions
  
  
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