Jun 05 2014

Taylored Expressions June Release

Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions!!!  Everything that has been previewed this week is now available.  Today I’ve got a bright and happy birthday card to share.  The Petite Bouquet collection at TE continues to be a customer favorite and certainly a personal favorite of mine, so when Taylor started talking about adding dies for some of the bouquets I was all for it!  This month she’s added dies for the Zinnias and the Daisy Bouquet.  I was super excited to color up those happy zinnias and die cut them out so I could pop them up on double thick (1/8″ instead of standard 1/16″) foam tape!



Stamps:  Zinnia Bouquet PLUS NEW coordinating Taylored Die

Dies: Tag Stacklets 2, Designer Mini Tags, Tag Reinforcement dies

Paper – Echo Park Splendid Sunshine 6×6

Copic Markers, Stickles,  1/8″ foam tape


Before you head off to shop, let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today!


Happy hopping and Happy shopping!


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Jun 04 2014

Taylored Expressions June Sneak Peeks

Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

I’m back with some more peeks of the new Taylored Expressions products that will be available tomorrow morning, June 4th, at 7:00 a.m.PST.  I’m showcasing two stamp sets today.  First up is Notable Blooms. It was so exciting to watch this stamp set come into being – I could hardly wait to get my hands on it!  It’s so pretty!  For some reason, when we were working on it with BreAnne, I just kept picturing a set of flat panel note cards, so that’s what I made first.

I created this set of 6 cards, which will make a great gift I think.  ). The images and sentiments were stamped with black pigment ink and heat embossed with iridescent powder, then watercolored with Twinkling H2O’s.  Super sparkly in person!

It’s simply a confetti white panel, layered onto black and then onto either pink, or olive or razzleberry cardstock.  I rounded a couple of edges on each.  That’s it.  Really easy peasy!

My next card features the new stamp set Wash.Dry.Repeat. This adorable set was something Taylor cooked up and Emily illustrated.  I was anxious to get this set specifically to make this card.

I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 221 for my layout along with papers from  the Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane 6×6 pad.  Here’s the inside:

It says “Congratulations on your bun in the oven!”  Cute, huh?

This is for our niece, who very recently let us know that she is expecting her first baby!!  We are so excited for her and her husband.  (And I might be just a little excited about being a great-aunt, too!)


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

Let’s see what peeks the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today:



Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’ll be back tomorrow with one more card to celebrate Release Day!

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Jun 02 2014

Taylored Expressions June Sneak Peeks: Big Kahuna

Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

Sneak Peeks begin today for the Taylored Expressions June Release which will take place Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. PST.  I’m excited to play along.  It had been so long since I had stamped anything, I honestly wasn’t sure I could.  I had lots of ideas, but felt intimidated to get started.  Like…maybe I had lost it altogether or something?  What a relief, so get going and find that I couldn’t stop!  I actually made more projects than I had planned/hoped!  Oh yea!  I do love to stamp!  How did I forget that?


My job with TE behind the scenes means I get to be involved in the development of a lot of the new stamp sets and dies. So, I often have lots of ideas long before I have any actual products. This month there were several sets that I just had to make the time to play with.  One of those sets is Big Kahuna which is all about surfing and the beach.  My other boss, the Senior Pastor, happens to be a surfer and we often refer to him as the Big Kahuna, so there’s a lot of things about this set that I love!  Today I have two cards to show off Big Kahuna.

The first card shows off the cool surf wagon and coordinating die. I used TE Label Stacklets 6 to create a window in my stamped panel (after I created my own background pattern with the surfboard image).  The road is Trendy Tape. The surf wagon is popped up on foam tape.

“Your wave is waiting!”

And here’s the inside:

My next card features Big Kahuna along with another new stamp set, Big Bold Summer. All the images are from Big Kahuna and the big sentiment is from Big Bold Summer which will be great for scrapbooking as well as cardmaking.

This one just makes me smile.  I used the coordinating die for the palm trees to pop up a pair onto foam tape.  After coloring with copics I added stickles to the palm fronds and tons of Doodlebug sequins along with glass glitter to the beach. I’ve already concocted a story about the couple who owns these beach chairs.  How about you?  What’s your story?

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.

Let’s see what peeks the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today:


      I’m so blessed to live so close to the ocean.  I’m not much of a beach-goer as far as sand and waves go, but I do love to sit in a restaurant over looking the ocean – there’s something so soothing about that!  These cards are making me want to go right now!

      Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back Wednesday and Thursday with more samples.   :)

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      Apr 03 2014

      Taylored Expressions April Release!

      Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

      Hey!  It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I have several projects to share.  I was actually planning to play along yesterday when the Baker’s Dozen showed off some fabulous home decor, but my computer had other ideas!  So today, I’m here to share a couple of cards featuring brand new products along with my home decor project.  I’m having to type up this post away from home (as my computer is still not quite ready to make up with me), so I apologize for not having all the detailed info I would usually have.

      Here’s my home decor project.  I had planned to have several close-up photos, but we’ll just have to make do with this one for today.

      This is a KasierCraft Beyond the Page Photo Display frame with Webster’s Pages New Year New Year 6×6 papers. If you haven’t tried Webster’s Pages, I highly recommend them – so pretty!! I used 3 new stamp sets – A Life She Loved, When Your Heart Speaks and Sunshiny Day.  I absolutely adore all of these new sets and couldn’t wait to play with them!  I’m just sorry I wasn’t able to get a better photo. Oh and I also used a set released last month – Shade Tree Scriptures.

      My next project is a card featuring the new Sketched Blooms. Oh my word!  Did you see all the darling samples the team showed the other day.  This set is just sooo versatile!

      I had so much fun with this card and I know I’m going to enjoy playing with this set lots more!  I embossed the bloom on TE Watercolor paper and watercolored it with inks and an aquapainter.The Circles Cutting Plate made the perfect background!  Labels Stacklets 3 framed out my flower.

      My third project is a sympathy card featuring Care & Comfort II.  I worked with Taylor to come up with just the right combination of sentiments and verses to combine on both the outside and inside of cards, because it can be so hard to find the right words when you need a sympathy card.  I hope you’ll check out this stamp set.  Taylor did a beautiful job with the fonts and formatting of these sentiments.

      I used the new Stroke of Genius stamp set to create the background on watercolor paper. The bouquet was created with new Taylored dies: Various Vases and Silhouette Stems 4. Here’s a look at the inside.  I like to have the option to put a Bible verse on the inside left and a sentiment on the inside right as I’ve done here:

      All of the products featured can be found in the New Department in the TE Store!

      Before you head out to shop, let’s check out what the Baker’s Dozen has come up with today:

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Mar 17 2014

      My March Class

      Published by jami under Classes,Strictly Stampin' Up!

      I held my “monthly” stamp class on Friday night.  I hadn’t had one since November, so it was great to see everyone and to get stamping!  This class featured Stampin’ Up products since one of my regular students is a Stampin’ Up! Demo and SAB is going on.  I like to give my girls the chance to order during SAB.  At the end of the evening I discovered that one of the stamp sets we used (Charming) is actually retired.  D’oh!  I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to SU these days.


      Anyway – I wanted to share the three projects we made in class.

      First up is a card featuring that retired set.  I’m not sure how long I’ve had it, but I had never inked it up before and it’s quite pretty.

      The sentiment is Taylored Expressions – Many Mini Occasions and the little tag die is also TE.  The paper is all SU.

      The next card features the new So Very Grateful stamp set along with the new Hardwood Background stamp on SU notecards.

      The image was embossed with black craft ink and iridescent embossing powder.  It was them water colored with ink from classic pads and an aquapainter.  The background was stamped with Coastal Cabana ink.

      Our third project was created with the Petite Purse die.  So stinkin’ cute!  And thank you to Dawn Olchekske for her great video with all the tips on how best to assemble this little purse.

      Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fantastic week!

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      Mar 06 2014

      Taylored Expressions March Release Day!

      Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

      It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions and I have a set of cards to share with you today!  I’m so happy to be playing along once again today!


      Click on the photo above to see it larger.  My card set today features some beautiful new TE products:  The Shade Tree Sentiments stamp set and the Beauty Lies Within Dies, along with the previously released stamp set Make It Amazing.  For each card, I used 3 colors of SU ink and sponged them onto a panel of TE Choice White cardstock that had been masked off.  Then over the sponged band of color, with the masks still in place I stamped various images from Make It Amazing.  Here are individual photos of the cards.





      The sentiments were heat embossed with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  These cards were so simple to make and it was so fun to play with the various color combos!  And you know me – I always love to add a touch of black any time I can!

      Aren’t those dies just gorgeous?  They coordinate with (but don’t match, as they are sized differently) Embrace Beauty which is one of my favorite TE sets!

      Let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today!

      Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check the New Department at TE to see all the March stamps and dies along with lots of other new goodies!


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      Mar 03 2014

      Taylored Expressions March Sneak Peeks: Shade Trees

      Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

      I am very excited to be playing along in the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks for March. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged!   I haven’t had much stamping mojo until last week when I started playing with some of the NEW TE stuff…and boy oh boy…I might have gotten a little carried away!

      Ever since the Shade Tree Cutting Plate was released, I’ve been bugging asking Taylor if we could PLEASE have some sentiments and Bible verses formatted to fit just right with the plate.  FINALLY, today we are showcasing Shade Tree Scriptures and Shade Tree Sentiments, two medium sized sets in fonts I know you are going to LOVE!  Are you ready for some samples?  I have several!  *grin*

      My first card features Psalm 1:3 (click on the photo to see it larger) and it’s a retirement card for a wonderful man at our church who just retired from being the custodian for many years.

      TIP:  Cut the Shade Tree from kraft or other brown or neutral cardstock.  Cut it again from a green cardstock (either solid or a patterned paper as I have used here.)  Snip all the little leaves off the kraft/brown piece and layer it OVER the green one.  This is much easier and quicker than cutting off all the green leaves and attaching them individually.

      Here’s the inside of the card.


      My next card features Hebrews 10:23.


      This time I cut the shade tree from a self-adhesive cork sheet and colored the leaves with a copic marker.  I added several TE scenery dies to the patterned paper background sky.

      Next up is Psalm 118:1.  Didn’t Taylor do  BEAUTIFUL work with these verses?  I adore the font combos!


      I wanted a different, more dreamy look for this one.  I used two colors of pink ink to sponge over the Cloud Border die to create a pretty sky in glossy cardstock. The shade tree and the Grass Border Die were cut from eggplant cardstock and purposely positioned askew on the card front.  The flowers were die cut from the Flower Box Sprigs and Flowers and embellished with KaiserCraft rhinestones.

      Here’s a sunny one!

      It doesn’t get much more simple than this one.  A classic black silhouette layered over a piece of patterned paper (Echo Park).  The sentiment is embossed with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  Embellishments are Doodlebug Sprinkles.  I am planning to include this card in a “sunshine box” I’m putting together for a college student friend who’s feeling a little homesick.

      My final sample features Psalm 121:5.


      This time I used the Shades of Thanks die (rather than the Shade Tree Cutting Plate) along with the Picket Fence Border Die.  The background was created with a Caribbean Kaleidacolor pad.  The ink was brayered over glossy cardstock.  It’s old-school, but I still love the effect!

      All dies available at Taylored Expressions.  Stamp sets Shade Tree Sentiments and Shade Tree Scriptures will be available Thursday.

      Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog each Sneak Peek Day this week for details on how you can enter to win.




      And now let’s see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!

      ·  Wanda Guess



      Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m so happy to be stamping and even more happy to share it with all of you!


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