Monday, May 1, 2017

Monica's Birthday Link Up Party

Monica is turning 50 this month and she is hosting a blog link-up party!! She has some amazing prizes and this is going to be lots of fun!!

Here is my project that I was inspired by Monica's awesome mood board!




And here is a note from Monica!


I am turning 50 this month and I decided to celebrate all month long with all my crafty friends.  

I told my husband I did not want a party...but I will throw a link up party and you are all invited.

Now I know I am supposed to get gifts for my birthday, but I thought it would be fun to GIVE some gifts as well as a thank you for all your support in my JOURNEY.

A few of my crafty friends have joined me early to help get the party started and give you some ideas for your link ups. Be sure to visit their blog and give them some love as well!

So we don't have any party fouls, here are the party rules:

1.  Look at the mood board and find something that reminds you of a JOURNEY.
  • A Journey through life
  • Your Art Journey
  • A Journey you recently took


2. Create a project. This can be a card, canvas or anything that inspires you and in any style.

3.  Follow my blog  (Taylor Made Cards 4U!)

4. Leave me a comment

I would also love it if you help me spread the word.  Create a blog post using the graphic and a link back here.  Don't forget to link your project for a chance to be entered into the drawing for my prize giveaways.

Now for the coupons:
  1. I BRAKE FOR STAMPS - 10% off using coupon code SAVE10MONICA
  2. STAMPLORATIONS - 20% off  in stamp store using coupon code STAMPGIRLBECCA

Now for the prizes:


Prize - Memory Box Sponsored by Taylormadecards4u

Prize - $15 gift certificate to I Brake for Stamps (2 people)

Prize - T.H.E. Bag - Sponsored by Simply Charming Bags

Prize - Perfectly Posh gift set - Sponsored by Aimees Posh

Prize - Stamp Set by creator of Big Grins - Becca Cruger from Big Grins (2 people)


Prize - $15 Gift Certificate to Canvas Corp Brands



Prize - Umbrella Crafts Papercrafting Favorites Kit Sponsored by Scrapbook.com

Prize - The Ton - Stamp set of your choice

Prize - Celebrate Mini Digital Sentiment kit- Sponsored by Decosses Dynamite Doodles (3 people)


Prize - Set of Vintage Printables - Sponsored by VectoriaDesigns (3 people)


Prize - 7Gypsies Stash - Sponsored by Taylormadecards4u











The Mixed Media Challenge #36 - Put a Stamp on it!

Hello Challengers!! Welcome back for this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! And SO much fun ... Put a Stamp on It!!  This month we are sponsored by the brand new awesome stamp store, TopFlight Stamps,  that brings hard to find stamps and stamps from around the world right to you!! So come and play with us!!  And one lucky random player will win an awesome prize from TopFlight Stamps!





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And here is my project!! I had the awesome chance to use Clarity Stamps Cockeral and Hen set! These stamps were super easy to use and made awesome crisp images.  The set also comes with masks that I played with! 



This project started with a piece of wood board and clear gesso.  I used matt medium to 'glue' down the scrapbook paper to the board!



I found this textured cement finish paint in the clearance section at Target. It was really awesome looking and it is a great filler between the 'wood' panels of the barn! 


I covered a brown paper bag with Crackle Paste and painted over it with Cranberry colored chalk paint!




The clarity stamps did a fantastic image on a variety of different scrapbook paper!  I fussy cut the shapes out and used matte medium to attach them to the board!


These are the masks that came with the clarity set.  They are reusable and really created a clear image!



I stamped the eggs on scrapbook paper and painted in the white!










Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Match-Up: Put a Stencil on It: Surfaces


Okay, when two of your favorite companies are doing a MatchUp ... you jump up and down and then get your hands on the goodies!! Stencil Girl and Canvas Corp Brands ... perfect together.  This month the challenge was to "Put a Stencil on it: Surfaces!! I had a blast and almost wore out the stencils playing and creating a ton of different backgrounds and project ideas for this matchup.  In the end, I chose my favorite one to share with you!






These are the supplies that I used: Stencil Girl Stencils: Travel Note, Random Lace, Small World Longitude, Sunburst, Decorative 6 Petal, Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Starter Kit, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint in Chalk, Matte Medium, Canvas Corp Burlap, Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe - Ticking Orange, Canvas Corp Ticking Fabric Navy, Canvas Corp, Canvas Corp Paper, Various blue paints and liquitex heavy body white paint. Tissue Paper

These are the tools that I used: Scissors, Brush, credit card, cosmetic sponge

In case, you want to try a project like this at home, here are the step by steps!! This is a fairly easy project and fun!!

Gesso the Canvas Corp 6x6 Canvas and then paint different colors of blue paint with a credit card.  After the blue paint dries, use heavy white body paint, a cosmetic sponge and the stencils to create the texture in the 'sky.' After the white paint is dry, use Tattered Angels Chalk Board Paint in Chalk to mist over the background to tone down the blue!



Using various papers and It's Green Glimmer Mist create the ground for under the balloon.  Use the piece of canvas from your Glimmer Mist starter kit and the travel note stencil to create a piece of textured ground! Cut the pieces to make rolling hills!  Use Matte Medium to glue them all down!




Use the Canvas Corp brand navy ticking and the Orange Ticking ribbon to create a hot air balloon.  Cut a small piece of burlap for the balloon basket.  Use small strings from the ticking fabric to create the ropes hanging off the side of the basket.



Print out the sentiment on tissue paper and glue down your pieces. Doodle a little and you are done!



Thank you all so much for visiting today!! I hope you enjoyed this matchup as much as I did!! April is going to be full of amazing projects!! I can't wait to see them all!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

TopFlight Blog Hop Winner!!

Oh my goodness!  Can I just thank you all for stopping by my blog and supporting the TopFlight Grand Opening!!  I SO loved reading all your comments and finding some new awesome blogs to visit!!  

But, drumroll, the random winner, picked from a hat:

Lagene!!!  

Lagene , thank you so much for helping support the Grand Opening!!! I have a $10 gift certificate to TopFlight for you!! 

Lagene, Shoot me an email at karenlcrossen @ gmail dot com!  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #35 Superpowers!

Welcome back Challengers!! Oh boy, this is a FUN Challenge!! What is your Superpower?  Yeah!! I love my Super Girl, Superman, WonderWoman ....but if I could have a superpower I would FLY like Butterfly! I would spend my spring days flying from flower to flower enjoying myself without a care in the world! What would yours be??



Our amazing sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous! They are an awesome place to get all your mixed media, papercraft and stamping needs!!  They have offered up a wonderful prize to give to our randomly selected winner!! So play along - you have a chance to win and you also get to play with your mixed media!!




Here is my project, if I could choose a superpower, it would be to fly like a butterfly!!











To begin, I started with a 9x12 canvas and used PaperArtsy Fresco Paints.  In order to keep the paint thin, I applied the paint with a credit card.



Then I sketched on a butterfly about where I wanted the final butterfly to be! 



Stencils were added with archival ink to add texture.  I also stamped gold onto the background with Viva Modellier-Creme.  LOVE this stuff!



 I added some gold rub-ons, more stamping and tissue paper.


Then I decided I needed a bigger butterfly than I originally had planned.  I found one of my favorite old Linnie Blooms stencils and dragged out my gelli plate!




Then I created about 2 dozen different butterflies with gold, with texture, with stencils until I found just the right one!


I took the butterflies and doodled on different patterns.


Finally, I put it all together! I added some purple Tattered Angels Stained Glass paint in Lavender to just create a the little bit of color that was missing!


Then I added some frames, just to see what it would look like! I used a light frame and then a gold frame.  Amazing how the different frames make it look!





So, now TIME TO PLAY with US!! Come and join in the challenge!!  It is so fun, our groups is super supportive and we love to see what you create!! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Top Flight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop!!



Today we have an AWESOME blog hop for the opening of a great new online store called Topflight Stamps. Topflight Stamps offers a wide variety of art stamps from countries around the world. You will be sure to find something different and fun there. They also offer free shipping on all orders over $50 with US addresses!! 

And, don’t miss the Grand Opening Special Discount - 20% off ALL orders - use code TFS-GO20 – offer good March 27 through March 31. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop (read to the bottom of this post for info) to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!

PLUS - each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their blog post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3. The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day.



 I’m sharing a project I made with The Journaling Clear Stamps Set with Masks by Claritystamp. It is a two sided wooden block! 





Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!! • 









This is the awesome Stamp and Mask/Stencil Kit from Claritystamp!! I love this company and have had a single stamp from them that I bought one time while I was in Scotland visiting my Granny. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember what the company was that made it ... but thanks to a couple papercrafting slueths ... it turned out to be Claritystamp!! What a find! And now, I can just order them strait from TopFlight!!



I started with a sketch of an angel on my wood block.


Then I added the stamps for texture with archival ink in coffee and black.


Then I had an idea ... and it went totally wrong ....


So I turned the block over and started on the other side in frustration! I used the new Architextures Paper Pad from 7Gypsies ... it has an awesome print that reminded me of old wallpaper.  A little whitewash over it and it felt even more vintage! Then after the whitewash dried, I stamped away, added some text and 7Gypsies Architexture Chicken Wire and felt so much better about this side of the block!!




 After I had the one side done, I felt brave enough to start over.  I remade the angel, and added some crackle and sanded down the paint.  I went around the edge of the cream paint with Glimmer Glaze in Satchel.  Then when I used my ClarityStamps with the archival ink in coffee, they really popped a little more!