It's that time again...sneak peeks of the newest stamp sets and goodies available later this week (Friday, Feb. 4th at 8:00AM PST) at Taylored Expressions, which is always an exciting time for me especially when I've illustrated a set and coordinating dies. Today Taylor's talented team is showcasing a very special Giving Tree set, Cozy Cottages, which will benefit Habitat for Humanity when purchased during the months of February, March and April.
When I was illustrating this set, Taylor asked for a mushroom house. We had just returned from my son Henri's wish trip to Give Kids the World and Disney so I was thrilled. What a very special place founded by an truly inspiring man, Henri Landwirth. So I included a whimsical beanstalk/vine tree in the set inspired by the merry-go-round at Give Kids the World village that my Henri enjoyed so much.
...And my first card is inspired by this memory.
I stamped the mushroom house and sentiment in Momento tuxedo black ink; coloured the house with copics and prismacolors, then whitened the spots with gel pen; die cut the whimsical tree for my beanstalk and distressed it with ink; cut the clouds in white wool felt using the new TE Cloud Duo die; and cut the bottom border with the TE medium scalloped border die. Did anyone notice that I also finally made a standard size card?
My second card makes me both happy and sad. The card makes me happy. But it's gone with my neighbours who just moved back home from Canada to Connecticut and I could cry just typing this. So back to the card...I've used the birdhouse and separate bird image from Cozy Cottages coloured with copics and prismacolors for this card and created a bit of a scene with a felt hill and TE picket fence using the new picket fence die available on Friday.
Again, the clouds are die cut with the new TE Cloud Duo die and given a silver lining with a little Glamour Dust. I forced myself not to make another square card!!!
Check out and enjoy the inspiration today...
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