Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mixin' Things Up with Faber-Castell: Day 1

Hey there, crafty friends! Welcome to Day 1 of our Blog Hop with our friends at Faber-Castell. For more than 250 years, Faber-Castell has been manufacturing high quality art tools and products. It's our pleasure to team up with such a venerable company to bring you creative inspiration. Several of our designers had a ball creating works of art that combine the best of both Taylored Expressions and Faber-Castell and over the next two days, you can hop along with us to check them out!

Here's a little glimpse at what you've got in store for you:

(samples by Keia Shipp-Smith, Sankari Wegman, and Cassie Trask)

To celebrate our partnership, we're giving away two fun prizes!

Simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST. 

To comment, simply begin by clicking on any designer name below! Good luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TE Blog Design Team: Ships Ahoy!

Last week, we had the pleasure of featuring a lovely wedding project from Blog Team Design Team member, Wanda Guess, and today we are delighted to have the chance to share something special from her teammate, Caryn Davies! Caryn has taken a fan favorite stamp set, Bon Voyage, and created three darling projects to show off how much fun this oldie but goodie can be.

Caryn's Notes: I created this card for my dear Dad who works in the shipbuilding industry - what a perfect set for him, huh? I started by creating my 4.25" x 5.5" (A2) card base from white cardstock and then cut a panel measuring 3.25" x 3.75" for the front. At this point I temporarily adhered the panel in place so that I could use a mask that I had cut using the Cloud Duo dies to create soft clouds overlapping the card base and the panel. I used a pale aqua pigment ink and a blending tool to softly ink over the masks giving a pretty, subtle cloud pattern. When the masks were removed I lifted the panel from the card base and stamped my main image, the ship, in place.  

The ship is colored with Copic Sketch Markers and the sentiment (also from the Bon Voyage stamp set) was placed above it. The waves at the bottom of the panel were created using the Wave Border die and I added some detail by blending some white pigment ink over the top of them. This was wrapped around the panel and given some dimension by placing a couple of clear foam adhesive pads just in the middle giving a slight "bulge" to the die cut.  Finally, I adhered the panel to the card base making sure to line it back up with the clouds I had masked earlier. 

Caryn's Notes: Along with the card I wanted to use the Bon Voyage set to create a little gift package containing some gold pirate chocolate coins. (Perfect for party favors!) The hardest part of this whole thing was managing to stop the children from eating the chocolate before I got the project finished! I started with a cellophane bag (one with a block or gusseted base works best) - mine measures about 2" x 2.5" at the base. I cut a card insert to place in the bottom to give it more interest and a sturdier base and stamped the anchor from the stamp set randomly over it.  

For the top enclosure part I cut a 3" x 2.5" panel from wood veneer paper and folded it in half to give a 1.5" by 2.5" flap.  I glued this in place with a tape roller and wrapped some jute string from my stash around it and tied in place. I stamped the pirate ship image from the set on some white cardstock and colored it in using Copic Sketch markers, fussy cut it out and then glued it in place on the wood veneer panel on the package. This is a pretty quick and easy little package!

Caryn's Notes: I just couldn't put this set away! So, when my 14 year old son said he needed a card for his sailing-obsessed friend, this was the perfect set to reach for again. I simply stamped and colored the sailboat image with a few chosen Copics, then fussy cut it out and mounted it onto a panel of white card. I added a little knot (my son made it for me and tells me it's a reef knot) and wrapped it around for a little extra nautical detail.  The strip of patterned paper along the edge just helps to tie the theme together. As a finishing touch, I added a little bit of shimmer to the boat.

To add some "wow" to simple cards and party favors, Caryn has these suggestions:
  • Try masking on different panels to create visual interest
  • Add little details to match your theme (like nautical knots and stamped anchors)
  • Choose materials that add texture, like wood, jute, twine, etc.
We love how Caryn used the same set to create three masculine projects without sacrificing the "cute" factor. Caryn will be sharing another project later this month, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Let's Clean up for Spring with a SALE!

As new products arrive to the TE store, we need to make room on our shelves! It's the perfect time of year for a little Spring cleaning, and so we're having a SALE! From paper pads to felt and washi tape to glitzy bling, we have over 200 items to choose from that you can take home for a song...but hurry, quantities are limited.

Shop now by clicking here: Specials Category

Monday, April 21, 2014

Taylor's Expressions: Pen Pals Card Set

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We enjoyed an Easter egg hunt on Saturday and church together on Sunday. And the Easter bunny visited us this weekend too! I just have to share a couple pics of our girls:

Charlee was especially excited about the pacifiers that the Easter bunny brought her! And watching Madi share her Easter eggs with the other kids at the egg hunt totally warmed my heart! Thanks for letting me share my 'proud mommy' pics!

Giveaway Announcement: Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun with our 'Hats Off' graduation feature last week! We had so much fun reading all of the fond memories of your school days! The winner of your choice of any graduation stamp set featured in our Hats Off post is:
Mutzy Mia said...
Wonderful samples. My favorite memory was meeting my best friend in high school whose locker was right next to mine in alphabet order.
Please contact us with your address and choice of stamp set and we'll get your prize in the mail to you!

I also had a chance to play around in my stamp room last week! The Pink Paislee Pen Pals collection recently arrived on our shelves and I've been excited to try out the 3x4 cards and puffy stickers with some TE stamps and dies. Here's the set of cards I created:

There are so many 3x4 cards available for pocket scrapbooking, and while I love creating pocket layouts, I wanted to take this product typically used for scrapbooking and create a set of cards using the 3x4 inserts paired with various TE stamps and dies.

For this card I took two of the 3x4 inserts and offset them. I stamped the red background and the bottom of the 'thinking of you' card with a border from the Certified Mail Art stamp set. The 'sending you love' sentiment is from Love Everywhere.

For this card I used portions of three different 3x4 cards. I embossed the 'hello' sentiment from Bugabee and added the envelope puffy sticker inside a punched circle. I stamped the flowers from Certified Mail Art onto the pink background with Versamark and finished it off with a few strips of white chevron washi tape.

For this last card I used a combo of the Fab Frames die and a couple more of the 3x4 cards. I die cut hearts from different patterns to match and stamped the background with a curly border stamp from Certified Mail Art. The arrow die is from Pocket & Pages - 2x2 Essentials dies.

I hope you'll take a look at your 3x4 pocket inserts with new eyes and see how you can get creative with the stamps and dies in your collection to transform them into beautiful cards!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hats Off!

Life is filled with many milestones and graduation is one that means accomplishment and achievement. We thought we would share some of our favorite graduation products along with projects from our amazing design team to inspire you to create some pomp & circumstance of your own.

To view an item in the TE Store, simply click on any product image or pink link.

Plus, to help you get into the celebratory mood, we're having a GIVEAWAY! Keep reading to find out how you can win a prize that'll have you tossin' your cap.

  A favorite of our popular Graphic Greetings series of stamps, this A la Carte stamp has all the fitting felicitations for your new grad. Try stamping with white ink on black cardstock or chalkstock for a schoolhouse look that will be sure to bring back fond memories!

sample by Baker's Dozen alum Lynette Kauffman


  Dreams come in many sizes, but they don't come much bigger than life after school! With images like numbers to personalize your grad's year, a diploma, caps, books, sentiments, and more, Dream Big will come in handy from the time your little one graduates kindergarten to when your baby is all grown up and heading off into the big, wide world!

sample by Sankari Wegman

sample by Baker's Dozen alum Regina Mangum   


Many of our Moka line of character stamps were designed to fit specific occasions, and none more so than Moka Skylar and Moka Jerome. These two cuties receive their diplomas with pride and, paired with congratulatory sentiments, they will help you create a card that shows off how proud you are, both inside and out.
sample by Kerri Michaud

sample by Kerri Michaud


It's one of those images that you will think of long after your grad has driven off to wherever life takes them. Wish them a Lifetime of Happiness with a very special gift set and personalize it with their name and class year using our alpha dies and you'll send them off with love and well wishes.
sample by Wanda Guess

For more graduation stamps, click HERE!

Giveaway Info: Are you feeling inspired to create something extra special for a graduate in your life? To help you get started, we're giving away a hats off worthy prize! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about your favorite school days memory and we will randomly choose one lucky winner. 
The Prize: Winner may choose one of any of the spotlighted products above (Graphic Greetings Graduate, Dream Big, Moka Skylar, Moka Jerome, or Lifetime of Happiness.) Comments close 8pm PST Sunday, April 20, 2014. Good luck and hats off to you!