Taylored Expressions Class

I had the opportunity last night to take a class at my local stamp store from Taylor VanBruggen, owner of Taylored Expressions (here’s a link to her blog, too). Her parents live in southern California, so she was able to combine business and pleasure on her trip out from Iowa. She gets to see her family and teach some classes at local shops, too.

Taylored Expressions ClassI’ve taken a few classes at my local store, but this was my first time taking a class from Taylor. She was an excellent teacher! She was very patient which was a good thing given the size of the class. By the time the two hour class concluded, we all walked away with four beautiful cards.

Here’s a look at the cards made. As always, you can click on any of the images for a larger view. Also, unless specified otherwise, all stamping was doing using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Get Well Soup-er Soon

Get Well Soup-er Soon | Mel's Card CornerThe first card we made utilized her Color Block Cutting Plate die and her Souper Soon stamp and coordinating die set. This card is just so adorable! We colored in the soup can using Copic markers. The tissue box was paper pieced with a cute polka dot paper from her Rainbow Brights paper collection.  They are both standing on some pretty green grass created using her Grass Border die. The two patterned paper blocks were also cut using chevron papers from the Rainbow Bright paper collection.

Get Well Soup-er Soon | Mel's Card CornerSince I always love a little extra bling and/or shimmer on my cards, I did make one slight change to my card after I got it home. I added some shimmer on the soup can using my red Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Isn’t he just adorable?!

Oh Hoppy Day

Oh Hoppy Day | Mel's Card CornerThe next card we made was this adorable frog card peeking up out of a pocket. He’s part of the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp and coordinating die set. Once again, the cute patterned papers are part of the Rainbow Bright paper collection. The white tag on which the frog was stamped was cut using the Tag Stacklets 2 die set. The green scalloped band was made using one of the clouds from the Rolling Clouds die set. The yellow background cardstock was embossed using her Lots of Dots embossing folder. The little circle that the sentiment is stamped on was made using a 1.25″ scalloped circle punch. I went around the edges of it with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker to set it off a bit from the white tag background. It wasn’t part of the class instruction and I really wasn’t that pleased with how it turned out, so I probably wouldn’t use the marker like that again. It might be fun to hit the edges with a little bit of some Distress Ink using my Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Oh Hoppy Day | Mel's Card CornerOf course, just as with the first card, I decided to bling out this card a little when I got home as well. For this one, I covered the little frog, except for his tongue, with a clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I also added a couple of 5mm goggly eyes on him, too.  I just LOVE how he turned out!

 Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day | Mel's Card CornerThe third card we made was this beautiful balloon card which was cut using Taylor’s Up, Up, & Away Cutting Plate. Addition balloons were cut using more of the Rainbow Bright paper collection which were then used to paper piece the balloons on the card. The word “happy” in the sentiment was cut three times using the Think Happy Thoughts stamp and die set. The three words were then glued and stacked together when gave a really nice dimensional effect. Once adhered to the card, the words “oh” and “day” from the same stamp/die set were added to complete the sentiment.

Oh Happy Day | Mel's Card CornerAs always, I wanted to bling it up a bit. After I got home, I topped the happy die cut stack with some clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. In my opinion, happy just got happier. 🙂

Coffee Love

Coffee Love | Mel's Card CornerThis was the final card we made for the evening, and possibly my favorite. I think that’s probably due mostly to my insane love of coffee. I even have a vanity license plate on my vehicle profession my love of the glorious brown beverage. LOL

Back to the card, I have to say, it went together incredibly fast. The dotted circle pattern paper in the background is once again from the Rainbow Bright paper collection. Since this card was coffee themed, all of the stamping was done in Memento Rich Cocoa ink instead of the Tuxedo Black. All of the stamped items on this card are from the Joe to Go stamp and die set. Once I had the cups stamped, I added a bit of Copic coloring using the cool gray tones on the lid and to ground the cups. We then did a bit more paper piecing using papers from the Rainbow Bright collection to create the sleeves on each cup.

Coffee Love | Mel's Card CornerAs always, I just couldn’t leave it alone. Once I got home, I added some of the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on each of the die cut hearts in the sleeves. I also distressed the edges of the sleeves just a tiny bit using an eraser to mimic how the sleeves on my coffee cups always seem to be a little banged up.

That was it for the class. As you can tell, we did a LOT in only two hours. There was loads of die cutting to be done, so that definitely took up quite a bit of class time as it was such a large class and there were only two die cutting machines set up. One of my local friends (Darla) was also taking the class, so we took turns going up to die cut the pieces we needed for our cards. All in all, it was a really fun evening and I absolutely love the cards I walked away with at the end of the night.

I’ve got another class lined up for next weekend at my local stamp store as well. That class will be taught by one of the resident teachers rather than a guest teacher like we had for Taylor’s class. In the next one, we’ll be making three cards using products from Dare2B Artzy. There will be lots of coloring opportunity in that class, so I’m really looking forward to it.

I may end up taking a mixed media on canvas class on April 18 taught by one of the other resident teachers that will be using La-La Land stamps. I’ve never done anything like that, so it would definitely be a learning experience, that’s for sure!


I’ll leave you with one final card making photo. Since I’m back in the groove with my card making now that I’m done with school, I finally bought a container from ArtBin to hold my stockpile of cards that I’ve been creating.

Card StorageI have to say, it’s really nice having a ready supply of cards for various occasions. I still have a couple of areas I need to work on (mostly get well and sympathy cards), but I’m feeling pretty good right now about the supply I’ve got going. Once I get those rounded out, I’ll probably get started on my holiday cards for later this year.

Until next time …


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