Nov 05 2014

Taylored Expressions November Peeks: Take Your Place Die

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Hello friends!  How can it possibly be November already?  As we were working in the church office yesterday, one of the girls commented that there are only 8 Sundays left in the year!  WHAT?  Wow!  Well, today I’m happy to play along with the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks for the November release.  All the new products will be available tomorrow morning, November 6th, at Taylored Expressions. 

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a baby shower for my niece who is expecting her first baby.  Her nursery will be decorated with woodland animals, so that’s the theme I used for the shower.  Everything was soooo cute!  I’ll be back in the next day or two with lots of photos, but for today I’m going to focus on the food labels I created with the new Take Your Place and Napkin Ring Dies.  These two coordinating dies hold a plethora of possibilities!  That being said, I created my labels the night before the shower, in exhaustion mode, so I kept them super simple. I lterally created 16 of these in about half an hour!   I absolutely love tools that help me create special touches in very little time!

PlacecardsJami Nov 2014 (Medium)

See that cute frame shape at the top?  That is integrated in to the die, so you just die cut and fold and that pretty shape pops out!  Cool, huh?  The smaller layered shape is a piece from the Napkin Ring Die.  I used Doodlebug Happy Camper 6×6 and Carta Bella A Perfect Autumn 6×6 patterned papers along with dark brown and kraft cardstock to create this cute little labels for the buffet table.  The glittery leaves are stickers I had picked up when gathering decorations for the shower and some of them were scattered on the table as well.

The Take Your Place Die and Napkin Ring Die work equally well to create place cards, escort cards, buffet labels or even cello bag toppers and napkin rings. I’m sure you’ll come up with even more projects.  There’s also a new stamp set called Set the Season that coordinates and allows you to stamp an image along the bottom.  There are a ton of great things in the release tomorrow and this was one of my absolute must-have’s!  I know I’m going to be using these dies for years to come!

placecards2Jami Nov 2014 (Medium)

TE Circle Logo Party Hat 1Taylored 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. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!  I know I always want to see what the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up!


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Oct 02 2014

Taylored Expressions October Release

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Happy Thursday and Happy Release Day!  The Christmas Release is always my favorite TE release of the year and there is soooo much to love all available today at Taylored Expressions!  I’m happy to get to play along with design team today and have 2 super simple cards to share.


First up features the new stamp set Shiny & Bright along with coordinating dies.  It just doesn’t get simpler than this.

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Ornaments were stamped with SU inks (Gumball Green and Real Red) and die cut.  Then I covered them with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.  They were popped up on foam tape.  The little garland they are hanging from is a stamp image from the new set Share the Light.  I just sparkled it up with some rhinestones.  The paper is from the new TE Gingerbread Lane 6×6 Paper Pack.

Recipe for Simple Ornaments -

Stamps: Share the Light, Shiny and Bright
Paper: TE Gingerbread Lane
Other – Shiny & Bright Dies, Kaisercraft rhinestones, corner chomper

This card was so quick and simple that I wanted to make another with the same layout, only vertical.  This time I chose an image from Deck the Halls.  I’ve always had a soft spot for penguins!

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Once again I used the the Gingerbread Lane 6×6 Paper Pack and the string of lights is from Share the Light.  I added some glossy accents to the bulbs after I colored them with Copics.  I seriously adore this paper collection – such fun bright colors and Taylor made sure the patterns mix and match so perfectly!

Recipe for Shine Bright -

Stamps: Deck the Halls. Share the Light

Paper: TE Gingerbread Lane, plus black cardstock

Other: Spellbinder circle dies, copics, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Glossy Accents, corner chomper


There are so many awesome new  stamps and dies, not to mention this yummy new paper!  I wish I had more time to play.  I hope you are able to treat yourself to something special from TE today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!  I know there’s lots and lots of eye candy!


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Sep 11 2014

Taylored Expressions September Release Day and 6th Birthday Bash!

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It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions and it’s our 6th Birthday too!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the celebration this week.  There’s still time to play in the Challenge and of course, now it’s time to shop!  Remember that there is a FREE stamp set with matching die {Think Happy Thoughts} that will come with your purchase of $50 or more.

Today I have several samples to show you featuring the Spooky Tree Cutting Plate.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not really into Halloween, so my first response when Taylored showed me this cutting plate was “Meh, it’s ok.”  (Now, I will say that all the samples the team has made makes me see the spooky fun in the original idea!)  But as I thought more about this plate, I began to think about my most favorite and beloved Shade Tree Cutting Plate and I thought of all the possibilities a simple tree image presents.  I knew I needed this cutting plate!  And here’s why:

spookytreesgreen2Jami (Medium)

Green trees with a summer sunset.  I spritzed the trees with a pearly spray that looks super cool in person (but of course does not show in a photo!) and sponged the background with several colors of ink.  I used the Build a Scene Rolling Hill dies to create the rosy red hill.  Sentiment is from Many Minis – Occasions die cut with Designer Mini Tags.

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Kraft trees for fall.  This time I brayered the background with a K-pad and added a sun, birdhouse and sign (Birchtree Accessories), along with grass from the grass border die.  On this card I spritzed the pearl spray over the sponged background.  Just no way to show it in a picture!

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White trees for winter with a blue sponged background and some red birds ( Birds and Branch, Birch Tree Accessories ).  Once again I used the Designer Mini Tag dies and this time Many Minis – Holidays for the sentiment.  Seriously if you don’t have those two Many Minis sentiment sets, you really need them!

spookytreeswhite2Jami (Medium)

More white trees, but this time for spring.  This card was totally inspired by a card created and given to me by my sweet friend Cindy Lawrence.  For this look, after using the cutting plate on white cardstock, I die cut just a portion of it with a Spellbinders circle die.  Then I created a separate frame piece with that same circle die plus another slightly smaller circle die.  You might notice a slight brown shadow.  That’s because I first tried this with brown cardstock, but didn’t care for it.  I already had my pieces glued together including the background paper from the Double the Fun Paper Pack.  I was not about waste that paper, so I just glued the white right over the op of the brown and I did it just slightly off so that the brown would look like a shadow. Then I adhered a bunch of Doodlebug Sprinkles for a touch of fun. The background was created with the Zig Zag Embossing Folder.  The die cut “happy” was created with the die from the new FREE set Think Happy Thoughts.  I decided not to finish off the inside for now, because there are just so many possibilities with this cute little set.  I’ll just wait till I actually need the card!

I hope my samples today have given you just a little taste of the many many things you can create with the Spooky Trees Cutting Plate.  And don’t get hung up on that name – it doesn’t need to be spooky at all!

The Baker’s Dozen has cooked up tons of awesome samples today.  To get the blog roll and get hoppin’ head on over to the TE Blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sep 10 2014

Taylored Expressions 6th Birthday Bash

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This week Taylored Expressions turns 6!  Wow – time really does FLY!  I am thrilled to be able to jump in to the on-going celebration this week.  There are a ton of super cute new products coming out tomorrow (Thursday September 10th) and I have a few peeks for you today and will be back with more tomorrow.  Plus there are ways for you to play along…more about that at the end of the post.

The first thing I have to show you today was created with two new die sets: Test Tube Caddy Die and testtubehalloweenJami (Small)You’ve Been Framed – Halloween.  As you know, Taylor is a huge fan of Halloween, but me…not so much.  That being said, I just couldn’t resist these dies and the treats possibilities they hold.  (Plus there just might be more Framed dies in the future…just maybe….but you didn’t hear that from me!

I used the Hocus Pocus Matched Kit (new from TE) along with the dies to create this cute and spooky little treat.  TE also has the Test Tubes and I filled them with pumpkin flavored M&M’s.  Yes, pumpkin flavored.  The jury is still out on them at this point, but the colors were just perfect and for a crafty girl, that’s really all that matters, right?

My next project features the Double the Fun Matched Kit and a really fun new cutting plate called Up, Up & Away.

I’m truly so excited about TE’s new patterned paper packs and I know you’re going to love them along with the matching smooth, solid cardstocks!  The patterned paper comes loose in a pack rather than gummed together, so you never have tearing issues and it’s a nice substantial heavy weight.

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The Up, Up & Away Cutting Plate comes with separate extra balloon dies making it so easy to customize your balloons any color or pattern you like.  The stamp set I used for the sentiment is the new In & Out Birthday.  I’m super excited about this go-to birthday sentiment set.  It features paired sentiments in several different font styles.  You’ll want to keep this set close at hand to finish off cards made with just about any stamp set!  Here’s the inside of my card.

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And I have one more card to share.  This one is for the Triple S Challenge on the TE Blog where you can play along and win a $250 Gift Card to the TE Store.  Nope, that is not a typo…I said $250!

bdayinandoutJamiThursdaySKETCH (Small)

This card also features papers from the Double the Fun Matched Kit and sentiments from In & Out Birthday.  And look at that adorable little cake.  That a new die set – Little Bits – Cake & Stand!  And here’s the inside of this card.

bdayinandoutJamiThursINSIDE (Custom)


Part of the Challenge this week includes taking a selfie holding your sketch card.  Oh my – my selfie turned out pretty bad, but here goes anyway.  Got to play along!

selfie sept 2014 Jami for TE (Custom)

Here’s what happening this week at Taylored Expressions:


For your chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate to the Taylored Expressions Store, you must complete ALL of the following:

1. Create a card using the sketch pictured. While we love to see them used, TE products are not required for participation.
2. Take a photo of you holding your card (or have a friend take it for you.)
3. Add your photo to the TE Blog using the InLinkz link-up on this post. If you would prefer to email us your photo, send it to with the Subject: Triple S Challenge
4. Share some joy by giving or sending your card to someone! Leave a comment below telling us the name of the lucky recipient.
5. Complete all steps by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, September 14, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Limit one entry per person.

Free with $50 Purchase:

To celebrate our 6th year, we’ve designed a special party favor, Think Happy Thoughts. This petite stamp set includes a very “happy” coordinating die and will be FREE with orders over $50 beginning on September 11th – September 21st. One free set per customer, while supplies last.

To take the blog hop today and see all the fabulous samples from the Baker’s Dozen, head over to the TE Blog for the Blog Roll.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my projects!  I’ll be back tomorrow with several cards made from one new die.  I hope you’ll stop back by.

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Aug 07 2014

Taylored Expressions August Release

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Happy Release Day! All the new August products are now available in the TE Store.  Plus DTDG is still going on over at SCS.  Before you head off to shop, Taylor’s team has a ton more inspiration to share.  I have a card using two really fun new stamp sets:  Smarty Pants and Talk Nerdy to Me.  Being married to a Rocket Scientist, I adore the combination of these two sets!

Happy Birthday to my favorite nerd! ;)  The books image has 4 books, so I just used my stamp-a-majig and stamped them several times to create the top and bottom borders.  The smart little canine was stamped and colored with copics and cut out with the matching die set, then popped up on foam tape.  I colored his glasses with a clear glaze pen.

Here’s the inside.

You may be a nerd, but your MY NERD!

Fun, huh?

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


Thanks so much for stopping by today!



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Aug 06 2014

Taylored Expression Sneak Peeks and SCS DTGD

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Talk about serendipity!  This week is both the Taylored Expressions August Release (products available Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. PST) AND it’s Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers.  In order to play DTDG, you just need to be a Fan Club member at SCS.  It’s easy to join and the week full of challenges is a ton of fun!  I can’t say much about specific challenges, but both of my TE preview cards today were also created for DTDG Challenges.

If you’ve been around my blog much, you know how much I love the TE Shade Tree Cutting Plate so it’s no surprise that I’ve been hankering for even more stamped scenes to use with the plate.  Taylor and Emily did a wonderful job on Made in the Shade 2!  I have a couple of samples to share today.

This autumn card is for Lori’s challenge and it was inspired by a card created by Michelle Zindorf.  If you’re a Fan Club Member, you can see her card here. The background was brayered and sponged.  The Shade Tree Cutting Plate was used with rust colored cardstock, then I used a brown copic marker to color over the trunk and branches.  The little scene was colored with copics too.

My next card is a spring/summer picnic scene.

I sponged the sky with two colors of blue ink over a die cut made with the TE Cloud Border. The Cutting Plate was used twice – once with kraft cardstock and once with green.  In this case, I cut all the leaves off the kraft version and layered it over the green one.  This is one of my favorite ways to use this Cutting Plate.  The blossoms on the tree were created with the Flower Box Sprigs & Flowers die set. I used a stylus on each one over a piercing mat to give them dimension, then added red Liquid Pearls to the centers.  Isn’t that little puppy picnic scene so sweet?

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 the Baker’s Dozen has cooked up for today:

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the hop and have a great day!

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Jun 05 2014

Taylored Expressions June Release

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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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