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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Nov 20 2013

Four Takes

Published by jami under Taylored Expressions

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today I have four cards to share with you – all basically the same and yet each very different from the others.  This all started last week when I needed to make a sympathy card.  There’s a sense in which none of us really want to create sympathy cards, and yet it’s the time we most want to show that we care.  I immediately knew that I wanted to use the classic TE stamp set Discover Your Wings along with one of the new matching dies.  I went to the TE Gallery for inspiration and found a lot of great samples.  The two I was most drawn to right away were this one by Shannon and this one by Joan.

I started by creating my 4 different backgrounds.  Once I had those, I set about to choose coordinating cardstock colors and to heat emboss and die cut the wildflowers to go with each background.

The background for this card was created by brayering ink from a Kaleidacolor pad onto glossy cardstock.  The wildflower image was heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto dark brown cardstock and die cut with the matching die.  I think this has a beautiful calm autumnal look and the gold adds a bit of elegance.

The background for this one was created by brayering a Kaleidacolor pad onto shimmery white cardstock.  The images was stamped and heat embossed with white ink and powder onto teal cardstock and die cut.  I die cut a 2nd time from Not Quite Navy and put it behind and slightly off-set to create some extra depth.  This one feels fresh and cool.

For this background, I was playing with Distress Markers on TE watercolor paper.  It turned out more bold and streaky than I intended and I almost threw it away, but in the end I love how this card turned out.  Instead of embossing this image, I colored it with the same colors of distress markers.  A 2nd layer was die cut from black cardstock to create the shadow. This one is bright and happy.

This background was my 2nd attempt with the Distress Markers on watercolor paper – going for a softer look here.  I also love the way this one turned out!  This time I white embossed onto plum cardstock and die cut. This one is soft and pretty.

Isn’t it fun to see four such different looks from the same stamps and layout? One of my favorite things to do in stamping is to take one stamp set or one paper kit and make several different things with it in one sitting.  I love to just play and try different directions.  I haven’t done much of that in the last couple of years, but I need to do it a lot more.  It actually took me several days to finish all 4 of these cards and that’s ok. I loved every minute of it!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great day!

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Nov 18 2013

November Stamp Class

Happy Monday! First I want to thank everyone for the comments and e-mails after my last post.  The love and encouragement shown to me by so many has truly meant the world to me!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

It’s been over a week since I held my November Stamp Class, and I know my girls always like to have the projects posted up here on my blog for reference, so I thought I better get caught up.  This was my Christmas class and we created four projects all featuring Taylored Expressions stamps and dies.  First up is this adorable little penguin bag/box/sack made with the Sack It Die set and the Sack It Penguin add-on die set.

While this project is super simple, I have to say that I wouldn’t recommend it for a class of 10 or more people.  I’m afraid that all the die cutting of so many pieces (along with the next project I have to show you) was a bit too much for a class setting.  I always want my classes to be fun and relaxing and I think I may have stressed out some of the girls.  SORRY!

The cute little penguin is attached to the front of a simple little die cut sack that can be used for party favors or any small gift.  I think he’s DARLING!!

The next project was a Santa gift card holder.  This was created with the Santa dies that come with the Sack It Die and the addition of the medium scallop border die (with white felt).  Instead of layering the Santa pieces onto the sack, we used the Tag Pocket Die to create a gift card holder.

Everyone uses gift card holders at Christmas, right?  We also created a little tag to go inside and then the gift card slides in behind the tag.

The sentiment on the tag is Stampin’ Up!

Next up is a card I CASEd from my friend Wanda Guess.  I pretty much LOVE everything she creates and as soon as I saw her card during the October Release, I knew we had to make it in class.  It features the stamp set Christmas Doodles.

So quick and easy and so super cute!

The last project we created was a card featuring A Winter View.  Each student had a choice between two versions of the card.  The designer paper is from SU and you see the two sides of the same paper on the two cards. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the paper is shimmery.  I love all the window dies and the stamp sets to coordinate with them!  We heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder for a special holiday sparkle and watercolored over that.  Unfortunately, the photo just doesn’t do these cards justice.

Of course you can click on any of the photos above to see them larger.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Time for me to get ready for work.  It’s the “busy season” with Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching.  It seems there is never a time when the church office isn’t busy, but I think this next 5-6 weeks might just be the busiest of all!  Have a great day!!

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Nov 01 2013

A New Season

Published by jami under Announcements

I’m here today to share my heart and some personal news. I have stepped down from my position as Design Team Coordinator for Taylored Expressions.   This decision did not come easily, in fact it was a heart-wrenching struggle over some time.  I love Taylor, TE, and the Baker’s Dozen Design Team.  Being the Design Team Coordinator was a dream I had from the very earliest days of TE and I was thrilled when Taylor offered to move me into the position.  I have loved doing it.

That being said, I have more recently found myself overwhelmed, exhausted, and unhappy as I have struggled to keep up with the combination of  TE DTC and my job as the church Office Manager.  I never want to give less than my heart and soul, MY ALL, but that’s where I’ve found myself.  Both jobs require a tremendous amount of mental and emotional energy and I found myself constantly coming up short.  I finally had to admit that something had to give.

I have to take this opportunity to publically thank Taylor for allowing me to be a part of TE from the beginning.  I really can’t express how much I love being involved in the company and watching it grow!  I am beaming with pride for you and all you have accomplished with TE in 5 short years!  I know that Taylor and I will always be friends and I plan to continue to work with her behind the scenes in product development as I have always done, but in a much smaller capacity.

As of today, Stephanie Kraft is the new TE Design Team Coordinator.  Stephanie is going to be wonderful and I’m so happy for her and for the team!

I’ve never been a person to embrace change or run towards it, but throughout my life I have gotten better at accepting it and trusting the Lord through it.

Even though this is quite difficult at the moment, I know it will be a good thing in the long run.  I look forward to having more time (and hopefully finding the passion again) to stamp just for fun.  I might even renew the desire to blog on a more regular basis again.  I will continue to teach my monthly stamp classes and am hopeful that the prep will seem less stressful now.  Overall, I’m just needing a little simpler, more peaceful life. {Perhaps that is just menopause talking?  I’m not sure!  LOL} I will remain plenty busy, that’s for sure, and I look forward to this new season of my life.

Here is a devotional blog post that helped me as I struggled to make this decision: When Change is Hard.  I’d encourage you to read it.

I had planned to create a card to share today along with this post, but when it came right down to it, I was honestly just too emotionally exhausted to create anything.  Instead I am re-posting one of my all-time favorite TE creations from way back in April of ’09 featuring one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Branching Out.  Your friendship is a blessing. I love this sentiment as I have been so blessed by my friendships with so many of you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I appreciate each one of you!  With much love…

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