Happy March!  Wow – it’s March already?  I’m happy to get to play along today with the Taylored Expressions sneak peeks this month!  I have a couple of cards to share today.  They were both cards I needed to get right into the mail, so I snapped quick pics.

 

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This first card features two new stamp sets: Sit & Chat and Let’s Talk Sentiments.  Plus the coordinating dies for Sit & Chat.

Super simple card that I made for a friend who house-sits/dog-sits/bird-sits for us when we go away.  With all that sitting, I thought the chair image would be perfect!  Images were watercolored with Zig markers.  Background is the TE Paisley Embossing Folder on Oreo cardstock.  Then I sponged some white ink over it.  The look is a little more subtle in person.  I’ve loved the Sit & Chat set from the moment I first saw the initial illustrations.  I can’t wait to play with it a lot more!

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My second card features a totally different type of chair. This is the new Build-a-Scene Bistro die set (it comes with the cups and vase and flowers!)  Once again I used the Paisley embossing folder for background.  This time I used watercolor paper and before embossing, I used the smoosh technique with some distress inks.  The sentiment is again from the new Let’s Talk Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped on the Band It die.  The Let’s Talk Sentiments were designed to go with the three new Bubble dies, but honestly it’s just a great little set that covers practically everything and along with the Bubbles it works well with both of the Band It dies as well as lots of other smaller tag and frame dies!  It’s just right when you need a smaller sized sentiment!

This card was created for a friend who I so wish was close enough for a lunch date, but for the moment we’ll share coffee across the miles with this scene.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to head over to the TE Blog to follow the hop today and see what the Creative Team has cooked up!  You’ll also want to answer Taylor’s question of the day to be entered into today’s prize drawing!

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Buckle your seat belt – I have a lot of stuff to share today as part of the Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks!  You know that I’m always excited about TE releases, but I am over the moon about this particular suite of products:

Calendar Critters stamp set

Calendar Critters Coordinating Dies

Critter Correspondence stamp set

Build a Scene Calendar dies

Have you seen the cute 3×4″ pre-printed calendars that TE has had in the store the past couple of years?  I have tried/wanted/hoped/wished to decorate these for gifts, but have never accomplished the task.  While there are many possibilities for stamps and dies to work with those calendars, I wished for a cute, contained set that would simply cover all 12 months and fit just right.  Well… here you go!  Danielle illustrated these little critters and she hit it out of the park!  Are you ready to see some samples?  Grab a cuppa and here we go…. (click on any photo to see it larger.)

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The Calendar Critter stamp set includes 12 adorable critters along with a word or short phrase for each month of the year. Let’s see some close-ups.

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Of course there is a coordinating die set, so each little critter can be cut out.  I popped all mine up on foam tape.

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Plus, we have this perfect little die set called Build a Scene – Calendar.  It includes a stitched frame, a mini rolling hill, mini grass, fence and sky stuff (cloud, sun, moon).  ACK!  Cute or what??

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So, with the one stamp set and two die sets, there are almost endless possibilities for ways to put together calendar pages!

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Seriously, how can you resist this!  But, wait!  There’s more!  The Critter Correspondence stamp set supplies you with 12 sentiments to make each critter the focal point of a card!  Creating card sets has always been one of my very favorite stamping projects.  I had so many ideas for these sets, that instead of creating one set of 12, I decided to make 3 sets of 4 to show some different possibilities.

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In this set, I’ve used the largest of the Frame in Frame dies along with the Band It 2 dies on the bottom 2 cards.  On the top two cards I used the Circle Showcase die.  I have to tell you something really funny.  When we were developing the concept for this set, I actually dreamed of the pig image.  I saw a pig in a tutu holding an umbrella and walking a tightrope.  When I woke up, I immediately e-mailed the idea to Taylor.  I thought for sure she would just laugh and think I was crazy, but she actually asked Danielle to draw it!  I love it so much!

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Here’s a really simple set that allowed me to dig into my washi stash.  It would be awesome to make all 12 of these and give them as a gift!  Another plus – the coloring is quick and simple.

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This cow holding a  popsicle is another one of my favorite images!

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For my 3rd and final set, I had the idea of creating a watercolor wash background for each image.  I had some small pieces of Tim Holtz Ranger watercolor cs leftover from a previous project.  I used my new Zig watercolor markers to scribble onto an acrylic block and smooshed that on to to little panels.  Once that was dry I spritzed them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle.  So so pretty in person!  For a little extra interest I used the two new TE embossing folders Lots of Dots and Braided.  This time I used the stitched frame die from the Build a Scene – Calendar set.

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So, you can see that there are tons and tons of possibilities for these super cute little critters!  I have a couple of really quick tips for using these stamps ans dies.

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First of all – don’t stamp the critters individually.  They would fit on 2 large blocks, or as I have done here on one large block, one medium and one smaller block.  If you are going to make multiple sets, go ahead and stamp several pages while you have them out.  You can get two full sets on piece of 8.5×11″ cardstock.  Just be sure to keep a little space between them to make it easy to die cut.

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When you are ready to die cut, tape all your dies on with Scotch removable tape and cut them into 2 panels that will fit through your die cut machine.  Easy Peasy!  Afterwards you can keep the dies taped to the left over cardstock to make it easy to find the ones you need.  And if you’ve stamped multiple sheets of images from the same block arrangement, the dies will be in the correct order for you too!

 I’m sure you know someone who would appreciate a calendar set or a very simple set of notecards.  I’m dying to know what you think of these stamps and dies!? Do you love them as much as I do?  I’ve even planned my next class around them!

You’ll want to be sure to head over to the TE Blog for the full list of designers in the hop today!  These products will be available in the TE webstore on Thursday morning, November 5th.  Thanks for stopping by and for getting through my really long post today!

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This is Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions November Sneak Peeks.  Everything being shown this week will be available in the TE webstore on Thursday morning, November 5th.  Today I have a couple of samples of the new Watercolor Panels – Uplifting.  These pre-printed panels are so much fun to play with!  I recently got some of the Zig Real Brush Watercolor Pens and these panels were the perfect way to try them out!

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Not only are they fun to color, but there are tons of ways you can use them.  Here, I put one in my planner.  I just used some washi tape to hinge it in.  The other one is in a 3.5×5″ acrylic frame that can sit on my desk.

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This pack of panels is loaded with wonderful reminders to point us to our Savior in all things!  There are also several panels with just border artwork so you can add your own journaling or stamped sentiment.  These panels would work well on card fronts, as tags, in Bible journaling, as framed art, in pocket scrapbooking, to decorate prayer journals and other notebooks, and more.  What would you use them for?

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You’ll want to head over to the TE Blog to get the link list and see what the Creative Team has cooked up today as well as to find out how you can enter to win prizes this week!

Be sure to come back tomorrow.  I have a bunch of samples to share!

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Taylored Expressions Release Day

September 3rd, 2015

Happy Thursday!  It’s Release Day at Taylored Expressions!  All the products that have been peeked this week are now available in the TE Webstore!  I have quite a variety of samples to share with you today. As I mentioned on Monday, once I got started playing with this stuff, I just couldn’t stop.  And really, I’ve only touched the tip of the ice berg with this incredibly fun release!  I hope you’ll head over to the TE Blog (once you’ve finished my post, of course!) and see all the new products and go on the hop with the whole Creative Team!  SO.MUCH.TO.SEE!!!

 

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My first sample above is a simple sympathy card featuring the new On the Prairie Embossing Folder.  I used some Prismacolor pencils to do just a little bit of coloring and then the whole panel was spritzed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle.  Of course, you can’t see it in the photo, but it gives the card a beautiful subtle shimmer.

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Next up is a pair of little art pieces I made for the girls who work with me in the church office.  These are 3.5″ x 5″ acrylic stand up frames – perfect for little desk decor.  Of course I used colors to match our office.  I used watercolor paper for both of them and embossed these awesome new A la Carte sentiments – He is God and Daughter of the King with black pigment ink and clear powder.

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For the first one above, I went for subtle color by painting on the Distress inks with a waterbrush onto very wet watercolor paper.  The one below is more bold.  I used the smoosh technique.  I rubbed the ink from the little Distress cubes onto a large acrylic block and then smooshed that onto the damp watercolor paper.

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Nothing is ever quite perfect.  Oops – I realized after this was all put together that I forgot to punch the hole out at the top of the tag.  LOL!  Oh well!  My last sample for the week is below and it’s one of my favorites!  I love this adorable Petite set, Pixie Dust, with the princess illustrated by Danielle Lounds.   I used two of the new Little Bits dies with the previously released Color Block Cutting Plate.  This was such a fun card to create!

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  I haven’t blogged this much in a week in a very long time!  I do hope you’ll take some time to check out the whole hop today – click over to the TE Blog for the hop list –  and maybe treat yourself to some shopping at Taylored Expressions!  If you have a minute, please let me know what your favorite product is from this new release!

Supplies

Sympathy

On the Prairie Embossing Folder, Care & Comfort II Stamp Set, Prismacolor Pencils, Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle

Royal Treatment

Stamps: Pixie Dust

Dies:Color Block Cutting Plate, Little Bits – Carriage and Crown

paper: Hellow Happiness Matched Kit

Other: Wink of Stella Gold Brush Pen, Copics, foam tape

Desk Sign – Daughter

Stamps: Daughter of the King

Dies: Tag Stacklets 2, Tag Reinforcements

Embossing Folder – Harlequin

Tag Background created with Distress inks smooshed onto watercolor paper.  Sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  Tag was spritzed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle

Desk Sign – Princess

Stamps: He Is God

Dies: Tag Stacklets 1

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Tag Background created with Distress inks watercolor with a water bruch onto watercolor paper.  Sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  Tag was spritzed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle

Happy Wednesday and welcome to day 3 of the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks for September.  Today I have two more cards to show you featuring the new stamp set C’mon Get Happy along with some adorable new dies, Mini Bloomers and Bloomers Greenery.

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For my first card, I tried embossing the sentiment in white (white ink and white powder) on to Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  The result was cool, but a little hard to read.  So, in the sample below, I used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder and I switched to the smooth side of the watercolor paper.  In both samples, I used Twinkling H2O’s  to paint over the embossed sentiment. (Click on them to see them larger.)

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For this card, I cut the blooms from watercolor paper and painted them with the same Twinkling H2O’s used over the sentiment.  The photo just doesn’t capture the pearly, sparkly happiness of this card!

Supplies

Happy Bloomers

Stamps: C’mon Get Happy

Dies: Mini Bloomers, Bloomers Greenery

Other:  Twinkling H2O’s,  Enamel Dots, Clear Embossing Powder over black pigment ink, Foam tape

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.

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.

Happy Greenery

Stamps: C’mon Get Happy

Dies: Bloomers Greenery

Other:  Twinkling H2O’s, Pico Embellisher, White Embossing Powder over white pigment ink, Foam tape

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  There are a ton of new products being introduced today, so I know you’ll want to hop over to the TE Blog to get all the new product info and to get links to the Creative Team playing in the hop today!

 

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions September Sneak Peeks.  TE has a new stamp set coming out that I am particularly excited about it.  It’s called C’mon Get Happy.  I don’t know about you, but I love making cards just for the fun of doing it.  I especially love scene building.  But often, when I am almost done, I struggle to find the right sentiment.  I often want something generic, like “thinking of you” or “just because”, or “sending you smiles” and that’s where this set comes in.  It’s a bunch of simple, happy sentiments both large and small to finish off just about any card!

Today I have two similar cards to share with you.  I’ll tell you why they are so similar, after you take a look.  First is the card I set out to make.

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This card features the new Build-a-Scene Trees.  As soon as I got these dies, I knew I wanted to create some pink trees!  Happy, right?  Hard to see in the photo, but the sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with kaleidoscope embossing powder for a softer sparkly look.

Here’s my second sample.

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This time I paired the sentiment with the new Little Bits – Ice Cream Sundae die and added one of the banners from Skinny Mini Party Borders die set.

So why are these cards so similar?  Well, I started off to execute my vision for the first card, but before I got the trees adhered I somehow managed to smudge black ink along that bottom white portion of the main panel.  Have you ever done that?  I was so sad, but I started over.  When I was done with the tree card, I decided there had to be a way to save my first attempt.  I sliced that bottom portion off and away I went!  The lesson here:  don’t be too quick to give up and throw something in the trash!

Supplies

C’mon Get Happy Trees – 

Stamps: C’mon Get Happy

Dies: Build-a-Scene Trees

Paper: Hello Happiness Matched Kit

Other:  Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles – Lily White, Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder over black pigment ink

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.

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.

Happy Sundae – 

Stamps: C’mon Get Happy

Dies: Skinny Mini Party Borders, Little Bits – Ice Cream Sundae

Paper: Hello Happiness Matched Kit

Other:  Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen, Doodlebug Sequins, Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder over black pigment ink

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  There are a ton of new products being introduced today, so I know you’ll want to hop over to the TE Blog to get all the new product info and to get links to the Creative Team playing in the hop today!

 

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Today marks the first day of sneak peeks for the Taylored Expressions September 2015 release, but more than that…this week we celebrate TE’s 7th birthday!  That’s crazy!  It seems like just yesterday that Taylor was telling me about her vision for her first stamp sets!  TE has come a long way, baby!  This release is all the evidence you’l need.  I got started stamping and I couldn’t stop!  I’ll have samples to share all week.  I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun stamping!

Today, my card features a fun new cutting plate and the newest Matched Kit (patterned paper and solid cardstock.)

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The Presents Cutting Plate gives you the stack of gifts inside the border.  It also comes with the pieces to put behind each gift so you can make them any color you want.  The Happy Birthday Banner comes separately and I know I’ll be using it a A LOT!  So many possibilities to make quick and fun birthday (AND Christmas) cards with this.  Just change up the colors and it works for gals, guys, kids, anyone really!

 

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.

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.

 

Supplies:

Dies: Presents Cutting Plate, Happy Birthday Banner

Paper: Hello Happiness Matched Collection

Embellishments:Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles – Lily White

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  There are a ton of new products being introduced today, so I know you’ll want to hop over to the TE Blog to get all the new product info and to get links to the Creative Team playing in the hop today!

 

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