Friday, April 12, 2013

Authentique & Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Good morning fellow crafters & welcome to Day 2 of the Authentique & Taylored Expressions Blog Hop! If you came here from Stephanie Kraft's blog then you're on the right track.  Make sure you began today's hop with the Taylored Expressions blog & that if you see something you like along the way, please feel free to leave comments!  Comments are always more than welcome.

If you hopped along yesterday then hang in there & keep on hoppin'.  Be sure to stop by ALL the blogs today & leave unique comments as you go for a chance to win an Authentique/Taylored Expressions Prize Pack.  Don't forget that Taylored Expressions is currently offering 10% off all their dies.  Just use code: TENOFFDIES when checking out.  Please note, this code is case sensitive & not available to wholesalers. This offer is good from April 11, 2013 until 11:59pm CST on April 19, 2013

For my project, I decided to combine Taylored Expressions 'Keeping Tabs Die' & 'Layering Doily Die - Medium' with Authentique's Renew collection.

This would be my little guy Toby giving me one of his over the shoulder looks!  I was finally able to capture this infamous move of his with my camera & this was the perfect project to showcase it.  The fabulous soft turquoise, yellow & black color scheme of the Renew collection made for a 'playful' page which is the feeling I wanted this page to convey.

Here you can see both dies by Taylored Expressions layered.  I first ran through the doily die--cut the die in half and simply flipped one half of the circle die over.  I then offset the two layers just slightly so that the black would peek through from behind the white side.  Next I layered the 'Keeping Tabs Die' which I accentuated by applying a large brad through it.

I did a bit of paper rolling as seen here to give the page a bit of dimension.  Here's the 'Layering Doily Die' once again by it's own.  I just added a bit of pastel yellow acrylic paint dots to the hearts in order to dress it up a bit.

I felt that one of these rolls made for a perfect nest for this little guy!  So I adhered him right onto one of the largest rolls.

I added a large brad to the center of each one of the 'Keeping Tabs Die'.  This formed a kind of symetrical design on my page that happened purely by accident! :-)  When I finished & looked at the page from afar I noticed it.

Here are a few more close ups...

These clear Fleur-d-Lis embellishments are by Clear Scraps.  I highlighted the border with a yellow Sharpie paint pen and added a few dots of yellow acrylic paint to them.

These bright turquoise organza star flowers are from my stash.  I have many of these in several colors which I currently have up for grabs in my small Etsy shop.

The background was made with one of Clear Scraps most recent releases--a 6" Damask Mascil.  I used Mustard Seed Distress Ink and heavily applied it to my mask because I wanted the image of the mask to display brightly.  I then further decorated the background with random dots of turquoise Stickles.

Something that has become customary with my pages is storing my journaling in the form of a scroll.  So once again, here's my story in the form of a scroll.  If interested in how I make these scrolls--I have a tutorial on my blog here.

Just in case, here's todays blog hop order--your next stop is Sankari's blog.

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the hop!


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