Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 1 of TE Sneak Peeks for July!

Today is the first day of July sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions and I'm sharing two cards using In the Clouds, which I illustrated for the Whimsical Wishes line. In the Clouds is a fun set of festive blimps, baskets, banners and happy sentiments for every occasion. Taylor and her team will also be showing coordinating dies and cloud impression plates, but I'm still waiting for the mail to clear after the Canada Post strike. Postal strikes seem so long when you're waiting for stamping goodies to arrive!!

First, I stamped 8 of the images in the set in the 'air' and coloured and popped up my focal blimp and sentiment "flying by to say hi!" Thought I'd try a little dry brushing around the edges with white acrylic paint to create an 'in the cloud' look. I used the Cloud Duo die to cut felt clouds and stitched them together for a border.



When I'm illustrating a set I often find ways to use the images that aren't really their original purpose. For my next card, I rotated one of the smaller blimps to create a submarine and paired it with 'Happy Birthday.' 




I spotted this clean & simple sketch when Jodi used it this week and I've also seen a lot of black cards lately. Love the look! I've coloured my sub with copics and prismacolors with gamsol and created bubbles with half pearls. I also used crystal effects on the submarine windows but the picture doesn't really show the detail. 

Can't wait to see what these talented gals have dreamed up 'in the clouds'...

Thanks for stopping by...
~Nancy

27 comments:

Taylor said...

Super fun, Nancy! You did such a great job designing this set... I love it! And I'm so glad you showed the blimp as a submarine...cute, cute, cute!

Cassie said...

Ooo I love that you used that one blimp as a sub! Genius, Nancy :D

Karen Giron said...

You are simply amazing Nancy! I love that you turned the blimp into a sub - or did you turn the sub into a blimp? Chicken or the egg? haha! LOVE the felt clouds and the stitching too! So fabulous, girl!

Rachel said...

Very cute! Like the blimp turned sub...awesome! Love how you sewed the clouds on the top card!

Jillisgram said...

You're a clever girl --- cute cards!

Jami said...

Nancy this set is so super cute! Love the way you used it with that mapstyle paper and the stitched cloud border! And I'm so happy you showed it as a sub...I've been dying to do that. I just love the versatility of the blimps also as subs and rockets! You are so clever!

Steph Herbert said...

Fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing! :)

Susan said...

Love your use of the blimp for a sub, very clever!!!

Kathy said...

Absolutely cute cards! Love the submarine and the colors:)

Melody said...

Just love all the possibilities with your new stamp set. Love the submarine idea!

Natalie said...

What a blessing to be so creative!! Your first card is fabulous, love the cloud border and the paper that looks like a map! AND your "submarine" in the embossed swirls is adorable!!

harrahx2 said...

Very innovative and I love the clouds and bubbles and all!

margie c said...

What a wonderful set! I love how versatile it is! The whole scene on your first card is perfect! and how cute are those bubbles!
TFS! hugs, margie

Regina Mangum said...

Hey Nancy! Another wonderful set of gorgeous stamps from you. Thanks for making my crafting time so much more fun! Your card is absolutely lovely. XOXO

Sharon in Arizona said...

Very cute cards Nancy!!!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Love these cards esp the clouds on the first one!

JessicaK said...

Awesome! Those "bubbles" on the sub - so cool.

dclouser said...

Love this cloud die and the way you used it. Great cards!

Imke said...

Great way to use the clouds. Love the scene on this card !

Sankari W. said...

WOWOWOW!!! Nancy these are amazing girl! I adore the sub card - sooo cute - and love the way you did the bubbles and the blimp card with the stitching was awesome! You are so brilliant and I have so loved stamping your gorgeous illustrations!!!
Sending you big hugs beautiful Nancy!
lotsa love
Sankari :)

Jules said...

loved both cards, as well as your showcasing the versatility you have with the same image. Very cool!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such cute cards Nancy. Love the images and the colors... the felt clouds are awesome. :o)

AShu93 said...

I love how you've designed the blimps/submarines. These are some of my favorite motifs

Debbie Carriere said...

So creative!! Love your paper choices in the first and the submarine is too cute!!

stephanie said...

I love what you did with the blimp! Into a submarine! Yay!! I also love the felt clouds :D Very cute cards!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

ACK! I would NEVER have thought of a submarine!!! WOW!

Danielle Lounds said...

Both of your cards are fabulous... the blimp as a submarine??? you are amazing!