Wednesday, November 30, 2011

TE Sneak Peeks Day 2: Sky’s the Limit

December2011ReleasePostBannerteal December Release At a Glance

  • It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.
  • Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!
  • Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.

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I’m back today with a card I made using the new Sky’s the Limit petite stamp set and the MME Happier card kit.  Sky’s the Limit is the newest addition to the Embracing Grace stamp line illustrated by Emily Burger.  This set contains 9 rubber images and 3 dies.  It is uplifting and super cute. New for TE, the dies and stamps come together as one set!  Like all TE sets this one is made from rubber and comes already trimmed and mounted on cling cushion.

The new MME Happier card kit is one of four new card kits!  Each kit includes: 10 solid colored cardstock card bases,10 neutral cardstock image panels, envelopes, patterned paper, ribbon, KaiserCraft rhinestones or pearls.  All of these supplies are packaged in one of the new Petite Storage Cases. Kits are $14.95 each. These kits and one of the new petite stamp sets would make a great gift! 

I used the kit and the stamp set to create a delightful hello card.  The only things I needed in addition to the kit and set was a Rose Paper Pen, a couple of Copic markers, a black ink pad, Scallop Oval and Oval Nestabilities dies, my sewing machine and a few dimensionals.  I also used a white card base but that was from habit… I almost always use a neutral and it is a hard habit to break but there is plenty of cardstock included in the kit that can be used instead. ;)

HelloHotAirBalloon_DLounds_Closeup I stamped the swirly hot air balloon from the set on a piece of the designer paper and on Choice Snow White cardstock.  I die cut the white piece and then paper pieced the balloon portion from the designer paper.  I then did just a bit of coloring using green and light brown Copic markers.  There are also a couple of tiny cloud dies included and I cut those from white cardstock too.

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I wanted to share a picture of one of the Petite Storage Cases.  Each case will hold 6 Petite stamps sets so they are great for storing all of your mini sets from Taylored Expressions.  However I discovered over Thanksgiving that they are GREAT for transporting bits and pieces for crafty projects. :)  I had cut all my pieces for the tags I was making for last Friday’s TE Tag Hop but needed something to carry them in while traveling and decided to give the storage cases a try… and they were perfect!  I also used a second case to hold the 17 different Copic markers I was using on the tags… AWESOME.  So, not only will I need to buy some of these for my petite stamp sets I’m going to have to order a few more to keep my work-in-progress card projects organized. :)

Ready to see more sweet projects featuring the new card kits? Then visit these talented ladies:

Recipe:
Stamps: Sky’s the Limit (TE).
Paper: cardstock and designer paper from MME Happier Card Kit (TE).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: ribbon from MME Happier Card Kit (TE), Rose Decor Paper Pen (Viva), Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TE Sneak Peeks Day 1: Perpetually Fun!

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December Release At a Glance

  • It's Petite-a-Palooza as we introduce A DOZEN new Petite stamp sets, plus one new A la Carte, from every stamp collection available at Taylored Expressions.
  • Tuesday is Calendar Day as we showcase FOUR new TE calendar products - all perfect for gift giving!
  • Wednesday is Card Kit Day as we introduce FOUR new Taylored Card Kits available just in time for the holidays!
  • All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 1st at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.

For today’s sneak peek I am featuring one of the new Perpetual Occasions Calendars and two new petite stamps sets: Apple Wreath and Snowflake Wreath!  We are also featuring Strawberry Wreath, Moka Kristie, Moka Nora and the Happy New Year a la Carte today and you can see samples using these sets on the other designers’ blogs. :)

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With the Perpetual Occasions Calendar you can go simple or wildly embellished, cute or elegant, keep it for yourself or give it as a gift - it's all up to you. And the best part is that you'll keep this creation for years to come as it tracks birthdays, anniversaries and other re-occurring special occasions.  The calendar is a wallet friendly $6.95. The calendar has full length pages for each month and then a page (again, for each month) that is shorter and acts as a calendar topper that you can decorate for each month.  There are also front and back covers which I decorated using some yummy October Afternoon designer paper, a bit of ribbon and one of the new Viva Decor Pearl pens.  The “Celebrate” sentiment is from the Snowflake Wreath set. :)

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I haven’t finished all of the pages in my calendar but I do have two of them to share. I used the new Snowflake Wreath for January and the new Apple Wreath for September.  Both sets are petite sized and were illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line of stamps: Apple Wreath is a set of 5 for $7.95 and is perfect for apple picking time, back to school and to celebrate Fall.  Snowflake Wreath is a set of 7 for $7.95 and is perfect throughout the Winter months as well as another great option for Christmas cards and decorations.

I decorated each of the toppers with more of the October Afternoon designer paper and vellum that was embossed using the Scallops & Circles Impression Plate.  For January I stamped the Winter Wreath in Deep Lagoon, die cut with the coordinating Seasonal Wreath die and finished by embellishing with Crystal Twinkles.

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And get this, Taylored Expressions has a wreath set perfect for each month of the year.  If you too would like to make a wreath calendar, here is a helpful list of suggested stamps for each month:

For September, here is the Apple Wreath which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black before die cutting and coloring with Copic markers.  I did the ribbon treatment a bit differently on this one.  I tried to keep my layering to a minimum so my calendar wouldn’t be too bulky… lol.  We’ll see if I succeeded with that when I finish the other 10 pages.

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Ready to see more awesome calendars?  Then visit these talented ladies:

Recipe:
Stamps: Apple Wreath and Snowflake Wreath (TE).
Paper: Vellum, Early Espresso and Real Red (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Sidewalks designer (October Afternoon).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Deep Lagoon Fluid Chalk (ColorBox), Copic markers.
Accessories: Perpetual Calendar and Tiny Twinkles (TE), crocheted trim (May Arts), ribbon, Light Blue Pearl Pen (Viva), Scallops & Circles Impression Plate (TE), Seasonal Wreath die (TE), foam dimensionals, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, brad.

Some links for the products from the TE Store that I used to decorate my calendar:

Here are the dies that I used from Taylored Expressions:

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Friday, November 25, 2011

TE Tag Hop: Happy Winter!

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Welcome to the Taylored Expressions Black Friday Tag Hop!!! We're celebrating the biggest shopping day of the year with a Tag Hop and a HUGE SALE!

  • Hop around for tons of inspiration for your holiday tag making. Link list below.
  • One lucky customer will win a set of 10 tags (one each of the tags featured in today's hop.) Everyone who places an order at Taylored Expressions Friday - Monday (11/25 - 11/28) and writes "I want those tags!" in the comments section of the order form will be entered to win. The winner will be announced on Taylor's blog on Tuesday 11/29.
  • Introducing Tags & Tag-a-longs so you can quickly and easily create your own tags inspired by today's samples.
  • Black Friday Sale - enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2011 on any order Friday through Monday to save 10-30% off your entire order! HURRY! The earlier you shop, the MORE you SAVE! Details on the TE Store homepage.

For my set of holiday tags I used the Woodland Winter stamp set and coordinating die set to make a rustic winter tag!  I created a mini scene using the owl and branch from the set.  I stamped each image on Choice Buttercream cardstock, colored with Copic markers and cut out.  I added Glossy accents to the eyes and hat and a bit of glitter to the hat too.

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I used one of the new Viva Pearl Pens to add dots of light blue behind the owl/branch scene.  These pens are delightful and I love the colors (there are plenty to choose from). What is neat is that there are both pearl finishes and a more opaque matte finish (the paper pens).  They go on smooth and are as easy to use as the Liquid Pearls and the pens are big… so you can make lots and lots of dots! :)

Behind the main scene is a tree that I diecut from green felt using the Trim the Trees die set.  I matted Lost and Found Breeze designer paper on cardstock (Kraft on some and dark brown on others) and stitched the edges with heavy duty white thread.  I then added a piece of fabric tape – I used some brown gingham.  You can see similar fabric tapes in the store HERE.  I was really in the mood for gingham when I made these tags! ;)

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The base tag is a one of the fabulous die cut tags you can order from the store and I added Cool Metal Eyelets.  Through the eyelet I added a length of brown gingham ribbon and tied it in place using Bubble Blue Doodle Twine.  I attached a “Happy Winter” sentiment to the tag by using a small jump ring looped through the twine.

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Taylor is now carrying the jumbo eyelets!!! She even made up kits of the Tags and embellishments called Tags & Tag-a-longs. The kits hold everything you need to make your own fabulous tags! :)

Tagalongsall Ready for more fun holiday inspiration?  Then check out the rest of these talented tag makers:

Recipe:
Stamps: Winter Wonderland (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Kraft, Dark Brown, Choice Buttercream, Lost & Found – Breeze designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Cool Metal jumbo eyelets, Corner Chomper, Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers), green felt, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, jump ring, foam dimensional tape, Glossy Accents (Ranger), glitter, fabric tape, brown gingham ribbon (May Arts), Bubble Blue Doodle Twine (Doodlebug), Light Blue Pearl Pen (Viva), Trim the Tree dies (Taylored Expressions).

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous day and for those in the USA that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!  May the mashed potatoes be extra tasty (my favorite)!

I’m sure you are wondering how a knitting themed card ties into Thanksgiving? Well, today I’ll be having dinner with the family at my brother and sister-in-law’s place and my sister-in-law likes to knit!  Ha – see how that works? ;)

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The cute image is from the Knit Happens a la mode stamp set by My Favorite Thinks.  I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out.  I placed it over a second stamped image using foam dimensionals. I used various pieces of Vanity Fair designer paper matted on Aqua Mist cardstock as a background.  I added stitching to all of the matted panels and finished embellishing the card with a few pink rhinestones and some luscious vintage seam binding (I love this color).

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You may have noticed from this post and previous posts that I like vintage seam binding a lot. ;)  I just love how easy it is to tie it into bows… and the colors run the gamut from bright and bold to subtle and elegant.  Simply delightful!  So, I thought I would share a Ribbon Carousel special that will be running from Thursday (today) thru Monday.  Use coupon code “Holiday20” for 20% off at the Ribbon Carousel store.  It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on some vintage seam binding.  LOL… I just had to share!

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Recipe:
Stamps: Knit Happens a la mode (MFT).
Paper: Naturals Ivory (SU!), Aqua Mist (PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Vanity Fair designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Scattered Straw Distress Ink (Ranger), Copic markers.
Accessories: heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Elegant Peacock vintage seam binding (Ribbon Carousel), rhinestones (Doodlebug), foam dimensional tape (TE).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An Owl, a Tree and a Birthday!

Hi all – I’m checking in with a birthday card I made using the Love Grows Here stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  It is chock full of fun tree images that are so much fun to color. :)

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I stamped the image on Choice Buttercream cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  I added a touch of Glossy Accents and glitter to the little owl.  I cut the scene out using a Wonky Rectangles die, sponged the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and then added Buttercream Liquid Pearls.  I kept the layout simple and just added a length of shimmery yellow ribbon, a few rhinestones and a little resin flower.  Nicey Nice!

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Recipe:
Stamps: Love Grows Here (TE).
Paper: Kraft (PTI), Naturals Ivory (SU!), Choice Buttercream (TE), Sidewalks designer (October Afternoon).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Scattered Straw Distress Ink (Ranger), Copic markers.
Accessories: Glossy Accents and Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), glitter (MS), ribbon (TE), flower (Webster Pages), rhinestones (KaiserCraft), foam tape (TE).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RCC30: Holiday Hoopla

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m popping in today with a card for this week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge – RCC30 Holiday Hoopla!

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With the holidays upon us, Lindsay is challenging us to make a creation celebrating a holiday! Any holiday will do, Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or even New Year’s if you’re that far ahead!  And this week we are being sponsored by Jenny Suchin Designs!

Jenny SuchinTo participate in this week’s challenge all you need to do is create something celebrating a Holiday and post it to the Ribbon Carousel blog. Oh and your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items paper crafts or paintings! You just need to be sure to include ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace and/or thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). For full details on the challenge, plenty of eye candy provided by the design team and more info on this week’s prize head over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog!

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For my card this week I went with a Christmas theme and used the sweet dear image from the Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set from PTI and paired it with some fun black ruffled organdy ribbon and Season’s Greetings designer paper.  I stamped the dear on both Soft Sky and white cardstock.  I colored the white dear with Copic markers and cut out (omitting the antlers).  After cutting out an oval from the Soft Sky cardstock I stamped the sentiment, added Liquid Pearls and then affixed the colored dear over the first one using foam dimensionals.  I then colored the heart and star with Copic Spica pens and coated with Glossy Accents.

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The background is pretty simple – just a couple of strips of designer paper adhered to the main piece and then matted/stitched onto black cardstock.  I tied the ribbon in a bow around the panel and added a Maya Road trinket stick pin and a couple of adhesive rhinestones.  This was actually a really quick card and I love how it turned out! :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Tremendous Treats: Christmas (PTI).
Paper: Black (PTI), Soft Sky and Naturals Ivory (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Season’s Greetings designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pens.
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger), Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), stick pen (Maya Road), adhesive rhinestones (Doodlebug), black ruffled organdy ribbon (May Arts – available at Ribbon Carousel Store).