Wednesday, January 4, 2012

TE Sneak Peeks Day 3: Whales in Love and Treat Boxes



Hello everyone!  Welcome to Day 3 of sneak peeks for Taylored Expressions.  Today we have peeks of 2 new full size sets plus 3 new A la Carte stamps. I have two projects to share today and a ton of pictures so I hope you’re ready! :)


Last year TE introduced Animals in Love A la Cartes with the Elephants, Fish, Flamingos, Owls, Scotties, Snakes, Turtles, and Whales along with the full size set Animal Love Sentiments.  These lovey dovey critters were such a hit that we’ve added 3 more this year: Dachshunds in Love, Giraffes in Love and Pandas in Love.  All of the new critters were illustrated by Nancy McKinney for the Whimsical Wishes line of stamps

For my first project I’m using the previously released Whales in Love A la Carte and the new Valentine Basic Recipe Project Pantry Kit.  Would you like to have this A la Carte stamp for FREE? Find out how on Taylor’s blog today.

I stamped the Whales in Memento Tuxedo Black on some of the Buttercream cardstock included in the kit.  I colored the image using Copic markers and then accented with Smooch – Illuminate for the hearts and Frosted Aqua for the waves.  Once dry I applied a coating of Glossy Accents to the hearts (love how this turned out!).


The Valentine Basic Recipe Project Pantry Kit includes:
20 sheets of double sided patterned paper (American Crafts With Love Collection)
12 sheets of 8.5 x 11 solid cardstock
6 yards of ribbon (2 yards each of 3 different styles)

*Plus lots of optional Spice It Up Ingredients to add in to create a truly personalized kit.  Perhaps you might like to add on some Petal Pink Liquid Pearls or the new Heart Button Candy from Pebbles.

For the sentiment I created a flag banner using Fly Your Flag 2 stamp/die set, You’re My Type – Lowercase alphabet and Ladybug Doodle Twine.


For my second project I used the new Totally Tags Valentine stamp set and the Heart Favor Box die to make some Valentine treats.

Totally Tags Valentine was illustrated by Emily Burger for the Amazing Grace line of stamps.  This set coordinates with the previously released Totally Tags Taylored Dies.  This full sized set includes 9 large tag images and is perfect for all sorts of cards and treats for Valentine’s Day and beyond!


I made four of these cute little heart boxes.  The die is pretty big and I used it in the Grand Calibur from Spellbinders but it looks like it would also fit in the Big Shot.

The box stays closed on its own but since I like ribbon I just had to add some.  The one end of the ribbon is adhered in place under the tag topper.  It then loops around the box and back under the tag topper before being held in place by the little rectangle of cardstock/designer paper I attached to the side of the box.

I filled the one box with some Hershey Kisses but the rest of them are empty at the moment. ;)


For the tag topper I used one of the scalloped circle images for the set and the matching scallop circle die from the Totally Tags die set.  For each tag I stamped the image three times, twice on Love Me designer paper and once on Kraft.  I then paper pieced the Kraft Circle and the hearts.  Once finished adhering the pieces together I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the hearts.  One final note – the tag toppers were adhered to the boxes with foam dimensional tape leaving an opening in the middle so the ribbon could be threaded under the tag.


Once cut and assembled you can open the box and store it flat so it takes up less room.  Perfect if you are planning on making a bunch of boxes and need to start on them early!  Oh, and these boxes are almost 2” square… so a nice decent size (to hold lots of Hershey Kisses)! :D


I hope you have enjoyed my projects today! ;)

January Release At a Glance

  • We have sneak peeks to share Monday through Wednesday. All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, January 5th 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.
  • Mystery Baker's Dozen Blog Giveaway: Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate. Winners will be chosen from a different Baker's Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor's blog on Release Day! Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please. Comments close Wednesday 1/4 at 7pm PST for the drawings.

For more sneak peek samples check out the following talented designers:

Whales in Love Recipe:
Stamps: Whales in Love A la Carte, Fly Your Flag 2, You’re My Type – Lowercase (TE).
Paper: Valentine Basic Recipe Project Pantry Kit (TE).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Lipstick Red Fluid Chalk Ink (ColorBox).
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents (Ranger), Illuminate and Frosted Aqua Smooch (Clearsnap), Ladybug Doodle Twine (Doodlebug), gold brads, foam dimensionals, Labels Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Fly Your Flag 2 stamp/die set and Small Scallop Border die (TE).

FlyYourFlag2Coorddie   smallscallopborder

Valentine Treat Boxes Recipe:
Stamps: Buddy Bear (TE).
Paper: Scarlet Jewel and Kraft (PTI), Love Me designer (My Mind’s Eye), acetate.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger), ribbon (May Arts), pink brads, Heart Favor Box and Totally Tags dies(TE).

heartfavorboxpkg  TotallyTags


  1. I'm in love with those whales!! Such a cute card! Thanks for sharing the ribbon idea for the heart boxes!

  2. Great projects! I just love the whale card, so cute, love the little pearls and the blue water and shiny hearts. Just too cute!

  3. I have the flags...I just need the cute little box!! Wonderful projects today. I like the ribbon/closure!

  4. Very cute card and gift boxes! Val from IL.

  5. the whales, the banner, the treat boxes, OMG! I love them all

  6. The Love banner is so cute! The smooch illuminate is such a nice touch... totally casing this one!

  7. beautiful card, love all the details!! adorable boxes as well!!

  8. Great projects!! Love those whales! Such a cute card!!!

  9. You whales in love card is really adorable & I love all the added detail you incorporated.

  10. These are AMAZING Danielle! LOVE these whales and the boxes are gorgeous!~

  11. These projects are amazing! The whales are so cute! Love the detail with the pink pearl drops! The ribbon idea with the boxes is genius!

  12. All projects are soooo cute!

  13. What an adorable treat box Danielle! I really like the look of that metallic pink pen and the glossy sparkly accents you added to the whales also.

  14. All your projects today are so adorable. Love them all. The whale card is so cute and love your little pearl dots. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  15. Loving the box die for treats, what a great way to package up a little bit of love.

  16. So inlove with those whales!!

  17. Perfect amount of bling! CUTE.

  18. Super duper cute! LOVE the 'love' banner on the whale card!

  19. This is GORGEOUS Danielle! JUST WOW!!! Love both those boxes and your card!

  20. wow! looove those sweet little boxes. your deatils on the card are awesome!

  21. Oh I just love the banner on the whale card!!

  22. So, so cute, Danielle! I LOVE the treat boxes too!


Thanks for your sweet comments! I love hearing from you. :)