Thursday, April 4, 2019

New From Heather Nichols and Taylored Expressions

Good morning, friends! I know I've been missing in action for the past several weeks (reno madness...gurl!), but I just couldn't miss the opportunity to pop in and help introduce my good friend Heather's very first stamps with Taylored Expressions. She has a couple of different collections debuting this month and they are both totally wonderful. Her graduation collection is super handy for anyone that has several celebrations to attend in the coming months. Those banners have so many uses for birthdays and other occasions though as well.

But today, I have the pleasure of sharing Heather's Simply Stamped - Feathers collection with you! These feathers are organic and just a little bit rustic which I absolutely love. There are a few different pattern options to dress them up or you could use cool watercolor or blending techniques to give an even more loose and earthy appearance. Ok, I've yammered on plenty. Let's get on to some projects!

My first card incorporates the Feathered Stencil and some splatters behind a trio of brightly colored feathers.


I love the texture the Feathered Stencil gave my Toffee background. The black speckles tie together the card base and sentiment while the white ones bring the stitching and feathers into the fold. The greeting, from Wild & Free (a new sentiment set also coming out today), is stamped in Oreo ink.


I used the large feather from Simply Stamped - Feathers along with all of the pattern overlays for this trio. On the left in Blue Raspberry and Sprinkles is the dotted pattern. In the center with Peapod and Lime Zest is the solid overlay. And the feather on the right, stamped with the chevron stripes, is Guava and Pink Champagne.


I love how natural and funky this card feels. Coincidentally, this would also make a really nice graduation card if mortar boards and tassels aren't your thing.

My next card is a stamped background. I know, you're totally surprised. It's not like stamping a background is one of my favorite things or anything. Ha! But seriously, thanks to the many size and style options, the Simply Stamped - Feathers set is really great for creating a unique and interesting background.


I used both sizes of feathers in Oreo, Blue Raspberry, and white inks. I just randomly stamped the feathers until I was happy with the arrangement. Then, I embossed the Wild & Free sentiment using white powder.


I thought mounting that panel onto a white card base really made the greeting pop. I used just a 1/8" border, but it was plenty of border to make a big impact.


Then, I just added a sprinkling of clear rhinestones in a variety of sizes. I love using two or three sizes of stones together so there is more visual interest than using one consistent size. And these stones are so sparkly!

My last card today, I did a bonus project because I just couldn't stop!, incorporates a little bit of a rainbow. Having a stamp platform makes using multiple colors on the same stamp a breeze, but you could use markers to do the same thing in one impression.


I used Guava, Candy Corn, Pineapple, Peapod, Blue Raspberry, and Lavender Glaze for the rainbow on my chevon stripes. The smaller feather is Earl Grey and Oreo together. I thought keeping the smaller feather neutral really made the larger feather stand out and coordinate with the sentiment a bit.


I used one f the circle images from the feathers set to create a partial background on a Sea Salt card base (stamped in the matching ink). I'm a big believer in partial backgrounds. You don't need to cover the whole card base to make a statement.


I also blended a super soft, subtle layer of Sprinkles ink onto my focal panel before stamping the sentiment and adhering my feathers. It isn't much, but it adds to the atmosphere of the panel. The little twine bow is just a great way to soften up the edges a bit and give a natural feel.

Thank you so much for joining me today as we all celebrate Heather Nichols' product debut with Taylored Expressions! Heather's designs have always caught my eye and I'm absolutely positive I'm not alone.

Have a great weekend, friends! And if you want to follow along with our reno antics, feel free to check out my Instagram Stories. I have a highlight there that's full of video snippets throughout the process. Hopefully I'll be able to get back in my studio soon, but in the meantime there is plenty of fun home progress to share.

Dare To Dream Card
She Believed Card

Wild & Free Card


Debbie said...

Oh Lizzie, I was so happy to see your post today. I have missed your lovely designs. Although I have recently hopped on board the instagram route I am still more comfortable with blogs... old fashioned, I guess!! I love each of your cards but keep going back to the card with that beautiful background. I know you are busy but so, so happy to see you creating. Off to Taylored Expressions.

Dawn Y. said...

Just lovely, Lizzie! I'll bet I let so great to get inky again. You've been missed. 💕 It made my heart so happy to see dear friends gather to celebrate Heather's new release for TE. What a perfect example of the kindness and friendships that make our papercrafting community so very special! 💗

Kathy JH said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the second one!

MarthaG said...

So nice to see friends supporting each other. Your cards are lovely

jan metcalf said...

Hello again! So nice to see you designing here! Loving that turquoise feather card!!

Stephanie Clapper said...

Hi Lizzie! I can’t leave a comment without first saying, I HAVE MISSED YOU! I have missed your creations and your awesome tutorials. To see my favorite team together doesn’t get ANY better. Dreams do come true! My happy mood fits right in with Heather’s new design. I’m always amazed at how you take one product and create with so many different visions! I laughed over your background comment. :) I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUNDS! Your deep “teal” card is GORGEOUS! Congratulations to Heather and her team of beautiful friends who have helped launch her new products. You are all the BEST! P.S. Good luck with the house, I’m gonna check out your Instagram. Hope you’re having some fun with it. I remember LONG days with ours, but it was so gratifying. Many hugs, Stephanie. :)