Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Taylored Expressions October Studio Challenge

Hello everyone!!! It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we have a fun, crafty question or theme so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The theme for October is: 
Never Felt Better!!
Felt is all the rage in crafting.  It's so thick and soft and gives that special warm and cozy feeling to fall and winter projects.  TE has 21 yummy colors to choose from, but do you ever just stare at all that felt and think, "Hmmmm...what should I do with it?"
Designers, show us a fun  project featuring felt.

I love working with felt...especially Taylored Expressions felt!!! It's thick, yet just right for cutting with dies...I used my Cuttlebug with the B and C plates. !!! As you can see with my projects today, I have used some pretty intricate dies and they cut the felt perfectly!! The TE felt colors I used are split pea and robin's egg

My first card features the sentiment from TE's  Big Bold Christmas was stamped on patterned paper from the 'Tis the Season Project Pantry with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. It was distressed on the sides, layered on a Label Stacklet 4 die cut and popped up on a doily with foam tape. The background paper is also from the same project pantry kit and the card base is Choice Snow White.  Two Taylored Expressions die sets were used with the felt: snowflakes from Winter Wonderland Snowflakes die set and the border is from the Lace Chain Border.  

Tombow's Mono-Multi Liquid Glue was used to glue all the papers and the felt....I love this glue because it works on most everything!!! I had to give it a little extra drying time with the felt but otherwise it works great!! The buttons and twine finish it off. 

Since I love working with the felt so much, I just had to make another Christmas card inventory is growing steadily!!! This card features the sentiment from the Big Bold Christmas set, the Color Block Cutting Plate, the Sack it to You - Santa die set, and papers and card stock from the 'Tis the Season Project Pantry kit.  The Sack it to You-Santa was cut out of the project pantry card stock and the belt buckle was embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment was embossed with white ep and the holly leaves were fussy cut from the split pea felt. 

The ornament die from the Christmas Treat Toppers dies  was used to cutout the felt ornament and the Winter Wonderland Snowflake die was used to cut the snowflakes from the split pea felt.  

The red Doodlebug Sprinkles and gold cording finish it off. 

How about a little inspiration from the Baker's Dozen Design Team...check out all the different felt colors and dies they used!!!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!!!!

Supply List:
1st card:
TE Stamps: Big Bold Christmas
Paper: 'Tis the Season Project Pantry with Echo Park 6x6 patterned paper (TE), Choice Snow White (TE), Pool Party (SU), 
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Split Pea and Robin's Egg Felt (TE), Doily (SU), Twine (The Twinery), Buttons (PTI), White Embossing Powder  (Ranger)
TE Dies: Label Stacklets 4, Winter Wonderland Snowflakes, Lace Chain Border

2nd Card
TE Stamps: Big Bold Christmas
Paper: 'Tis the Season Project Pantry with Echo Park 6x6 patterned paper and card stock (TE)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Gold and White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Doodlebug Sprinkles (TE), Gold Cording (SU), Split Pea  Felt (TE)
TE Dies: Color Block Cutting Plate, Sack it to You, Winter Wonderland Snowflake die,  Christmas Treat Toppers


Kerri said...

This are fabulous, Joan! I just love the first card with all of the cozy felt elements, and the design of your second card is so clever! Love it!!!

jimlynn said...

Both are fabulous! Love all the felt on these. That second card is so cute - getting ready for Santa now!

Doreen said...

Beautiful cards,lovely designs and

Unknown said...

Wow! These are both gorgeous, Joan! Love how your felt accents make both of these cards pop! And I love how you used the Sack it to You Santa die with the color block plate!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic cards!!!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Seriously AWESOME!!!!! Great ideas - all of them! XO

Tammy said...

Fabulous cards Joan, absolutely love Santa's buckle!

Linda Palmer said...

Both cards are beautiful Joan. I love them both. You are inspiring me to use my felt more often.

Annette Allen said...

wow these are amazing.. love how you used the felt.. so pretty

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous work Joan~I really love the felt snowflakes paired with green buttons. The Santa belt is ADORABLE!

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo!!! This first card would match my tree which is always decked out in full peacock colors!!! :))
Love this gorgeous make, Joan!! :))
I have some robin's egg here... You have inspired me!! Now I just need to see what other colors I have to go with it... :)) :))

The new color block cutting plate is awesome & I'm so glad I picked it up!! (Haven't tried it yet...)
But, you make it look so easy w/ the perfect holiday card -- & super cute Santa peeking out !! :))
Another fab creation !!

Anne Temple said...

Beautifully done. Both of these just make you want to touch them. The felt looks so soft.

Shelly said...

Love your cards, Joan, the Santa belly had me giggling...way too cute! Excellent job cutting the lace border with felt, it's gorgeous! HOpe you're having a wonderful day! Hugs! :)

Shannon White said...

OMGoodness these are both soo Cozy and Adorable!! Loving all the felty goodness on both Sweet Lady! 8-)


Maria said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards! Love all those felt snowflakes! And, santa card is so fab!

fuzzylover said...

Santa's tummy an belt are just adorable