Challenges, Craft Roulette

Craft Roulette episode 184

I just realised I forgot to upload my card from two weeks ago – I posted my World Cardmaking Card, but not my Craft Roulette one, doh! It’s definitely not my best card, but it fit the parameters – if I did it again I’d go with an ink blended partial background instead of the patterned paper, but I was under the pump to get the card done at the last minute (so what’s new?).

  • Project: Card for a teacher (thanks to anyone who’s ever taught me something, whether tangibly with crafts or with life lessons)
  • Colours: Tartan (I chose a Ferguson tartan)
  • Element: Autumn or spring scene (I went with spring flowers)
  • Random: Wrap(s) (vellum band wrapped around the card layers)

Supplies used:

  • If cows could talk stamps by Taylored Expressions
  • Ink drops paper by Craft Consortium
  • Grass border die by Gina K Designs (Master Layouts 7, I think)
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Sept 2023 – Taylored Expressions

I was really looking forward to this class with Taylored Expressions, and it didn’t disappoint. I just love this set of layering stencils and it’s so fast to make the elements for three cardfronts in any colourway you choose. The first set of cards are close to the colours chosen by Taylor in the class, then I decided to do a few more variations of my own choosing in different colourways. I must’ve had fun, because I ended up with three more versions!

Things I enjoyed:

  • How quick it is to create some cute elements for birthday cards or other celebrations where cakes could be present.
  • I love the fact the elements fit well on the front of a US A2 cardfront.
  • I always enjoy Taylor’s classes, they’re at a good pace for me and I find I can mostly keep up.
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Mar 2023 – Taylored Expressions

Taylor VanBruggen gave us another belter of a class – and the stamp and stencil combo set is going to get used a lot for future cards. I’d intended making alternative colourways at the same time but ran out of steam. I really need to remedy that soon! I forgot to add gold heat embossing on the edges of the circle die but it was too late to fix it when I realised my mistake – oops.

Things I enjoyed:

  • I really loved seeing the same colours being used on two different coloured cardstocks and the very different looks that are the result. I can’t wait to try different versions of this, including the one that Jennifer McGuire created in her ‘mash-up’ session!
  • I love the versatility of this stamp set – and it was responsible for me putting in a big order to Taylored Expressions to buy a few more of their different sets.
  • I was happy to be reminded how much I love using strip panels on cards, and how pretty this clean and simple style can be – I really love these projects.
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered, Taylored Expressions

Crop & Create Fall 2022 – Taylored Expressions

Main class #3 taught by Taylor VanBruggen was a fun one. I’m not a fan of slimline cards, either full size or mini, so this was an interesting one for me. I really love the look of the finished cards, but I’m not sure if I’ll do them again in this particular card format – I need to play with them some more to maybe use them individually to create A2 card panels instead of creating the three slimline cardfronts at the same time.

Things I enjoyed:

  • I really love the design of this stencil set, and that it has a coordinating stamp that adds some detail to the leaves by stamping the mid-rib and veins.
  • Irrespective of not being a fan of mini slimline cards, I do love the idea of these stencils to create multiple cardfronts at once – in fact I may do more in the future but use them as ‘strips’ on an A2 card.
  • I really adore the colour scheme Taylor use for these cards. Not my usual choice as we don’t really celebrate ‘fall’ in Australia, but it’s one of my favourite seasons and I personally love the autumn leaf colours – it was a really great change from my normal blues and aquas that I like to create with, and I should do more of this.

Challenges, Taylored Expressions

Hook line and sinker

I’ve been wanting to christen this stamp and stencil combo by Taylored Expressions for a while now, and finally decided to use it for the layered stencils challenge over at the Stencil Fun blog, and also for the split window card challenge by Jennifer McGuire in her Facebook group. I absolutely this colourway, it makes me so very happy!!

Supplies used:

  • Hook, Line and Sinker stamp and stencil combo by Taylored Expressions
  • Whale Done (retired) stamp set by Stampin’ Up! for the side panel images
  • Hot foil sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio
  • Inks by Gina K Designs: Turquoise Sea, Tranquil Teal, Blue Denim, In the Navy, Key Lime
  • Tranquil Teal cardstock by Gina K Designs, with a scrap of Blue Denim for the base circle for the sentiment
Gina K Designs, Layering stamps

Day 5 and holiday tags

A few things used on day 5 that I hadn’t used before – the tag die and the inks used for the background stamps, the sentiment stamp, and an Artistro gold pen. I’ve never made a batch of gift tags before, so this was a fun new challenge for me. They’ll be attached to wee bags of chocolates for my monthly craft group that’s meeting this weekend for our final catch-up before Christmas.

Supplies used:

  • Perfect Poinsettias stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Sentiment from Merriest Christmas by Taylored Expressions
  • Dye inks by Gina K Designs: Lipstick, Red Velvet, Cherry Red, Faded Brick, Chocolate Brown, and Light and Medium Spruce
  • Artistro gold pen
  • Nested Tag Shapes dies by Hero Arts
Challenges, Stencils, Taylored Expressions

A personal advent challenge

Today is day 1 of using ‘virgin’ stamps and dies from my stash … my personal version of an advent calendar/challenge.

This used a poinsettia stamp and stencil set by Taylored Expressions and a sentiment from the Joyful Season stamp set, also from TE. I accidentally had a stencil bleed from being heavy handed so I slapped on the vellum strip to hide my sins 😉

I’m entering this for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown stencil challenge as well as the Stencil Fun challenge.


Big Grumpy Cat

I decided to use this card for the ‘my favourite domestic animal’ challenge on the As you like it challenge blog. I’m torn, though, because I’ve always been a dog-lover at heart. The one cat we had as a family pet won my dog-loving heart over because he seemed to have more doggy characteristics than a cat – he loved snuggles, followed you everywhere (especially walking to the mailbox and back, flopping over onto his back every few steps for tummy rubs), he loved to play chase, and he’d sit in the driveway waiting for me to arrive home once he heard the sound of my car in the distance. Ah, Rio, I still miss you years after you left us, there’s a huge space in my heart still there for you xx

Supplies used:

  • Big Grumpy Cat stamp by Taylored Expressions
  • Winter Wonderland sentiment stamps by Gina K Designs
  • Dashing Along patterned paper by Stampin’ Up! (retired)
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Delivered – Taylored Expressions

The second class on the Sunday with was Taylored Expressions. On a high from the Concord & 9th class, I decided to keep going with the lives – this once kicked off at around 3.30am in Australia, and I managed to keep up right until 4.30am when we had to get the paper cutter out to start chopping. At that point I decided I’d better get some sleep before playing with a guillotine blade 😉 I was pretty happy I’d managed to get all the stencilling completed before bed-time, though, and really love these cards!

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Quad stencils are so much FUN! And they’re so clever – my first, but not my last!
  • The style of these cards is so versatile – just swap out the colours for amazing different looks … I can’t wait to make more!
  • I was a bit nervous about my colour choices but it turned out OK – once I started ink blending and seeing the results I realized that in fact you could pretty much use any colours and it would be stunning. It made me more confident to enjoy the process and experiment.
  • The stamp set of sentiments etc is awesome – really versatile and love the font styles 💙

The Poblano Pepper cardstock was provided by Taylored Expressions and I chose a Gina K Designs ink that was similar to it for my darkest ink colour (Christmas Pine). The Gina K inks I used were: Sea Glass, Grass Green, Blue Denim and Christmas Pine.