Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Blogger: Susan Opel

We have a special treat in store for you today, with our Guest Blogger, Susan Opel. If you're lucky enough to meet Susan someday, you won't soon forget her: she's got a heart as big as her fun-loving personality! We are so lucky that Susan could take some time away from her busy duties as the Creative Editor at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine to create something as colorful and creative as she is.

Susan's Notes: To me, Easter is one of the most important days of the year, not for the bunny or the chocolate, but for the resurrection of Jesus! When making religious cards, I always do my best to make them fresh and trendy rather than heavy and serious. This age-old story is still relevant today. 

To capture the joy of Easter, I used lively spring colors and added chevrons, sequins, and gold to make it current. The simple font choice from the book of Matthew paired with the cross make the perfect focal point, thanks to the Easter Blessings stamp set from Taylored Expressions! And I love how the chevron die is pointing to the sentiment.
Supplies: Easter Blessings stamp set (Taylored Expressions); Chevron Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions); Other: cardstock, patterned paper, ink, label die, trim, ribbon, dots

About Susan: After receiving a BA in English from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI, Susan taught English to students in Illinois, Nevada, and Indiana. After sixteen years of teaching, she decided to pursue a career that involved her hobby of scrapbooking, and is now the Creative Editor at Paper Crafts & Scrapbook magazine. When away from the office, Susan enjoys card making, spending time with family, and hitting the open road. Her biggest quirk is that she organizes her closet in color order (including matching colored hangers). Crazy, yes, but REALLY pretty!

You can find Susan's handywork and crafty inspiration at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and You Tube.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Taylor's Expressions - Bunny Candy Jar

Hi there crafty friends! I've been busy in my stamp room lately and I have a cute project to share with you today! I was recently blessed by an unexpected gift from a friend and I wanted to make her a little something special to say 'thank you'. With Easter on the way I thought this bunny jar filled with candy would be the perfect 'little something':

I picked up several of these glass jars at IKEA years ago and I think I've finally found the perfect use for them! I cut out the parts from the Sack It Bunny die from white cardstock, black cardstock, and pink felt.

I adhered the parts to the jar with glue dots. I'm lucky to have a grocery store nearby that carries the dispensers of different colored M&M's so you can get only the color(s) you want.  also considered white jelly beans and marshmallows, but in the end the white M&M's were the perfect candy for my jar.

And now for my favorite little detail that you can only see from behind:

A cotton ball makes the perfect fluffy bunny tail! I'm looking forward to trying some of my other Sack It characters with these jars and other treat containers!

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop back tomorrow as we're being joined by a very special guest!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Guest Designer: Jeanne Streiff Day 1

If you joined us for our April Release then you likely saw the announcement that Jeanne Streiff is joining us for the next three months as Taylored Expressions' Guest Designer. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the designs of this talented Texas-native! Let's get to know a little more about Jeanne!

As I mentioned above, Jeanne makes her home in Texas with her husband of almost 30 years. Together they share four grown sons and two beautiful grandchildren. Jeanne's journey into papercrafting began when she found her way to Splitcoaststampers in 2005. Since then she has worked with many companies as a designer, team coordinator, and social media coordinator. You'll also find her work regularly featured in CardMaker Magazine. When Jeanne isn't in her craft room you'll find her watching movies (she loves a good campy monster movie) or hanging out with the dog or chickens.

Now that we've learned a little more about Jeanne, let's check out the beautiful inspiration she has to share:

Jeanne's Notes: I made a white card (scored and folded) with Choice Snow White cardstock and then die cut just below the fold with a Banner Stacklets 2 die. I die cut another layer with Choice Kraft cardstock  the same size as my card and layered it on my card. I cut the next layer (one size smaller) from Choice Snow White cardstock and popped it up with foam tape. 

Jeanne's Notes: I stamped the easel from When Your Heart Speaks on with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Choice Snow White cardstock twice.  I colored one of the images with markers and die cut (one size smaller than my white layer) with Banner Stacklets 2. I stamped the flower from Sketched Blooms and colored with markers. I cut the canvas shape out and layered it onto the colored easel.

I made a little tag and attached it to my card and made a little embellishment with Black/White Baker’s twine and a button. I finished up by adding a doodled border with a fine black pen.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Introducing Our Blog Design Team!

At Taylored Expressions, we take great pride in having one of the best design teams around. Our Baker's Dozen and Key Ingredients designers create works of art each and every month and we are thrilled to announce members of our newest team! Please help us welcome Wanda Guess and Caryn Davies to our TE Blog Design Team! These talented ladies will be working their craft magic to serve up some amazing eye candy exclusively for the TE Blog. From tip-filled tutorials to fresh ways to use favorite sets, we hope you'll be inspired to create your own masterpieces.
If you have followed TE for a while, Wanda will be no stranger to you. Her work on the Baker's Dozen has made her a fan favorite and we are so happy that Wanda will now be joining us on the TE Blog. She has been an avid photographer since her teenage years and has honed her craft ever since to produce stunning visual art both inside the craft room and outdoors. Always ready with a smile, Wanda may also be the biggest Cal football fan on the planet! She makes her home in northern California with her husband and huggable, well-loved cat. You can find Wanda on her blog, A Blog Called Wanda.

Here's a little sneak peek of what you have in store for you this month from Wanda:

Caryn Davies comes to us from across the pond where she is a busy mother of five. Her love of cardmaking began a decade ago and she has had several scrapbook layouts published in popular UK magazines. Originally from Scotland, this estate agent from just outside Liverpool is also a self-professed "gadget freak" with an interesting fascination with sharks, vampires, glitter, and Johnny Depp (though perhaps not all at once!). Caryn's clean style, paired with a talent for coloring, shine through all her projects and she is always looking for new stamping techniques to elevate her work. You can find Caryn on her blog, Glitter Me Silly.

Here's a wee glimpse at a project by Caryn that we'll be sharing in April:

Both Wanda and Caryn are excited to share their work with you and we can't wait to see what they cook up next!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Key Ingredients Showcase: Amy Crockett

Hey there! I hope you're feeling inspired from our blog hop yesterday using our April Stamp of the Month and coordinating Key Ingredients kit! Today we've challenged one of our Key Ingredients design team members, Amy Crockett, to show you what she created with all of her supplies from this month's kit! Get ready to have a warm, cuddly feeling when you see her inspiring projects!

Amy's Notes: I am very excited to share my projects with you this month on the Taylored Expressions blog.  I created a gift set with a card, tag, and box to give to a neighbor who recently had a baby.  The April Stamp of the Month, Made with Love, and the coordinating Key Ingredients kit helped me to make the perfect handmade packaging and card for my handcrafted gift.

Amy's Notes: I created this A2 sized card with the papers and cardstock in the April Key Ingredients kit.  I stamped the sentiment with the Made with Love stamp set and then added some buttons that I cut with the Stitched with Love coordinating dies.  I added some glossy accents to the buttons for a little more dimension and shine.  To finish off the card, I used my sewing machine to zig-zag stitch around the edges.

Amy's Notes: For the tag, I used the Stitched with Love dies to cut out the sewing machine and the sentiment is from the Made with Love stamp set.  I layered these on papers and cardstock that I cut from the Label Stacklets 3 dies.  I then added it to my package that contains a lovely little baby afghan that I crocheted for the new baby. Here's a look at the afghan that's inside:

Amy's Notes: The box below is a simple one that I created from the cardstock in the kit.  I simply cut a 7x7 inch card base and scored in on each side about 2 inches.  I then cut on two of the score lines on two sides to where the score lines meet (which makes two long sides with flaps and two shorter sides when the box is folded up).  I then folded and adhered the flaps to the insides of the shorter sides to make a box.  For the lid, I just made a smaller version from 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 inch cardstock.  I then scored in about 1 inch on each side and assembled it the way I did the box.  I also added some scalloped cardstock that I cut with the Medium Scallop die and a strip of patterned paper.  To finish off the box, I cut and assembled flowers from the Bloom Where You’re Planted dies and added rhinestones centers to them from the Key Ingredients kit. To finish it off, I tied it all up with a bit of bakers twine.

I love how you can create all kinds of projects with the Key Ingredients kits and the Stamp of the Month.  My favorite is to make cards, but I love being able to pull together something like this as a gift because it all coordinates so well together.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

April Stamp of the Month - Made with Love

Hey there, crafty friends! Today the talented Baker's Dozen and Key Ingredients teams are joining together to showcase projects using our April Stamp of the Month set, Made with Love along with the coordinating cardstock, patterned paper, and embellishments from our April Key Ingredients Kit. The stamp and die set this month are perfect for crafting cards or tags for the seamstress in your life (or maybe you're a seamstress yourself!). Here's a look at this month's set:

And here's a look at the coordinating set of dies, Stitched with Love, which will add even more possibilities for your projects:

Both the stamp and die set were designed to coordinate with the patterned paper, cardstock, and embellishments in our April Key Ingredients kit pictured below:

We’d love to have you join us as a subscriber for our Stamp of the Month or Deluxe kit club! Click here to find more information about getting your hands on these exclusive stamp sets and kits each month.

Our fabulous design team gals have knocked it out of the park again this month with the amazing inspiration they have to share. Make sure you hop along to check it out by clicking on the links below!


Friday, April 04, 2014

The T-List - April 2014

Once again our fabulous Baker's Dozen designers have outdone themselves and provided us with jaw-dropping inspiration all week long! Today I'm recapping my top three favorite projects from this release in another edition of The T-List!

project by Courtney Kelley

Taylor's Notes: Talk about a stroke of genius! This is one of those simple, clever uses of our stamps that Courtney Kelley is known for. I love that she used our new Stroke of Genius stamp set to create the backdrop for her sweet owl scene. Each stroke is perfectly placed, yet provides a seemingly random and artistic effect. 

Taylor's Notes: Shelly's use of the Sketched Blooms images is so stunning! She created the seamless feathered flowers by stamping the images in a light colored ink that is off-stamped onto scratch paper before stamping on the image panel. Such a simple technique with gorgeous results!

card by Wanda Guess

Taylor's Notes: "Look mom... no coloring!" Wanda shows us how to create a beautiful card without the need for coloring! I love to color, but sometimes I'm under a time crunch and want a quick card. I typically reach for my bold stamp images during these times, but Wanda's card has inspired me to look at my line stamps in a new way. They don't have to be colored to be beautiful!

Thanks for tuning in for our April release week! All of our new products can be found in our New Product department. I hope you're feeling inspired to share the joy of paper crafting with your friends and family!


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Taylored Expressions April 2014 New Release

Spring has sprung with our April Release! All of the new products are now available at the TE web store! I have some new things to share with you below including a video and clickable product photos for all the new goodies!

But first, thanks to everyone who joined the sneak peek party here on the blog this week! I have several lucky winners to announce!

Monday - Various Vases & Silhouette Stems 4
Sherri said...
lovely cards! I need that sympathy set!

Tuesday - Sunshiny Day
Kathy D said...
I love that you made Hovering By to coordinate with Wherever You Go!

Wednesday - A Life She Loved and Mini Canvas & Easel
Susan Gautreaux said...
Wow! The She Designs sets are awesome!!! Since so many of my friends share the same passion for card making and stamping artistry, these sets would make beautiful cards for all of them!!

Grand Prize $50 Gift Certificate
Sue D said...
wonderful new products and cute projects. Sunshiny Day makes me smile with all the cute images.

Congratulations to all of our winners! Contact us to claim your prize! If you won a product prize don't forget to include your mailing address so we can get it in the mail to you right away!

Now I have our monthly release video to share with you! And if you happen to be curious about the Mini Mix & Match Bows, make sure you check out this video because I demo how to put together the bows and you can see what they look like assembled!

And below are the clickable thumbnails for all of the new stamps and dies:

In addition to all the new goodies, the Baker's Dozen and I have more inspiration to share with you today! I decided to continue on with my monthly scrapbook of Charlee, this time using the new Spotted Cutting Plate and You Wonderful Thing doodle stamp:

I used the same Doodlebug Springtime 6x6 collection for the patterned paper. I cut a portion of the cutting plate from Snow White cardstock and pieced different colored patterns inside each circle. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. Then I added Sprinkles along the sides and doodled around the edge with a journaling pen. I also doodled around my 'insta-sized' photos and added a smaller sticker to each photo for a little something extra. I can't wait to continue Charlee's monthly scrapbook and show you all how much she has grown in her five months of life!

Make sure you hop around to check out the rest of the inspiring creations from the Baker's Dozen! And stop back tomorrow when I'll be sharing my top three favorite projects from this release!