Aug 07 2014

Taylored Expressions August Release

Published by under DTGD,Taylored Expressions

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

Published by under DTGD,Taylored Expressions

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

Published by 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 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 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 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 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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