Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 1 of TE Sneak Peeks for February!


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...


Thanks for stopping by...
~Nancy

14 comments:

Tori Wild said...

What wonderful inspiration to draw from Nancy! I love the set and the felt on the second card for grass is just so much FUN.

Taylor said...

These are both super cute, Nancy! It's so fun to hear the memory and see the inspiration for the adorable mushroom house! I love all the pretty felt and stitching on the bottom card too!

Sankari W. said...

Nancy, I ADORE this stamp set that you illustrated!! It is sooo perfect and whimsey in every way!! I love the memory that inspired the mushroom house and love how you did the little vine-y tree - so sweet!!!

And your second card is so soft and beautiful! I know how hard it is when a dear friend moves away (I used the same sentiment to create a card for one of my BFF"s who moved far away from me - so sad :( but I am looking forward to a road trip to see her. I know that your friend will treasure this beautiful card - love the embossed background and the grass - and all the details!!

And WOW girl, I can't believe that you made a standard size card (two of them too!!) wow! Well, whether they are square or circular or A2 - they are always stunning!!!

Beautiful job illustrating this gorgeous set Nancy! I have so loved playing with these gorgeous images!! Hope you and the family are well!!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Donna said...

what fabulous creations - wow! LOVE the inspired mushroom project! also adore the stitching under the picket fence, it's great! another FUN set from you!

Jami said...

Another really wonderful stamp set Nancy! Love seeing your inspiration photo and card to match. And of course you KNOW I love the birdhouse card - over the fence friends. :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These are GORGEOUS, Nancy! And how fun to see where the inspiration came from! It looks like such a magical place!

Laura.K said...

Your cards are so sweet. But your stamps are just magic, amazing and very very beautiful.

Laura.K said...

I just love your beautiful card. and the new dies are soooooooooooooo gorgeous.

Melodie said...

Your creations are again so wonderful.
Hugs
Melodie

Karen Giron said...

What a fabulous memory to draw inspiration from - I love it! Your cards are gorgeous!

Regina Mangum said...

I adore your cards, and I love how you drew inspiration from such a wonderful memory. You are so wonderful! XOXO

Danielle Lounds said...

WOW! Both of these cards are amazing! Love love the mushroom house on the first card and the felt and stitching on the second is niiiiccce!

Karen Motz said...

Two gorgeous, fun and completely different cards all from the same stamp set...you're brilliant my friend!!! LOVE this set!!!

MiMi said...

You're so amazing! Your cards are just so wonderfully made!