Showing posts with label Whimsical Wishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Whimsical Wishes. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Discover Your Wings - SCS Color Challenge

Good morning! Well, I'm hoping it will still be 'morning' when I finish this post... where has the day gone!? But I did find some time to stamp this morning! I didn't have an agenda when I started and it was quite wonderful to sit down and play for a while. I checked out the SCS Color Challenge and I was feeling inspired. It has been ages since I participated so I thought I'd give it a go! I started by embossing the flowers from Discover Your Wings in white embossing powder. Then I trimmed the blue panel, popped up the green butterfly, and embellished the scene with Ice Blue and Split Pea rhinestones. I had a scrap of leftover patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird collection that seemed to fit the color challenge perfectly. These patterned papers are one of my all-time favorites and I'm still hoarding those last few scraps! Then I punched the open scallop border and added it along the patterned triangle piece. I finished the card with a sentiment from A Year of Sweet Sentiments and a bit of Celery Silk ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now I'm off to figure out what the rest of my day holds. I hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Showered with Love

Good morning! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was pretty nice here so we took several walks outside in between watching all the basketball games. I also finally had a chance to clean up my stamp room yesterday! It was a total disaster! I really should have taken before and after pictures, but I was a little embarrassed of the 'before'. *grin* I needed to make a baby shower card for a friend yesterday and it was so much fun stamping in a completely clean room! I wanted it to be a little bit different than the usual baby card and I thought the Elephants in Love stamp was perfect. I started by inking only one of the elephants and a portion of the hearts in Memento Rich Cocoa. I stamped the image onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and then colored it with Copics, paper pieced some of the hearts, and added the heart border along the bottom (stamped in Rose Coral chalk ink). I added glitter and glossy accents to the hearts and layered the image onto a Spellbinders Lacey Square die cut. The rest came together pretty quickly with some cute Alphabet Soup patterned paper from My Mind's Eye and one of my go-to layouts. The ribbon is Caribbean Satin and I pulled some flowers and a glitter brad from my stash.

I hope you all found some time to stamp this past weekend too! Maybe even for the Gallery Challenge we have going on over on our Splitcoast Forum!? You have until this evening to upload your creations at SCS using the keyword tayloredexpressions and we'll enter you to win one of three fabulous prizes! You can find all of the details here!

And if you're not currently a member at Splitcoast, it's easy to register and free! You'll have access to the best stamping resource on the web including picture & video tutorials, a gallery filled with card ideas, and chatting with fellow stampers! Here's how to register:

1. Go to
2. Click 'join the community' in the top right corner
3. Read the terms of use, click the check box, and select 'register'
4. Choose a username/password, fill in the remaining fields, and select 'complete registration'.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day 2

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions! We have a bunch more goodies on the menu today and everything we're sharing will be available for purchase at the TE Store Friday, December 3rd at 8am PST (that's tomorrow!). Have you heard that good things come in small packages? Well then I'm about to deliver some fabulous news! Today the Baker's Dozen and I are sneaking peeks at four stamp sets in our NEW *Petite* size. Each set is filled with rubber cuteness on a 3.5" x 5" laminated full-color stamp index that doubles as a storage panel! We're debuting our Petite collection with four crafty Petites illustrated by Nancy McKinney as part of the Whimsical Wishes collection! Each set includes 7-8 images/sentiments for just $7.95 each. This incredible value makes them a great gift or stocking stuffer for crafty friends and family or the perfect little gift for yourself! OK... I promise I'll stop chatting now and get to the good stuff! Here are the projects I created using the new crafty Petites:

I started with two sketches from the TESC sketch book along with patterned paper from the Material Girl collection by Cosmo Cricket. I stamped the images onto our Choice Buttercream cardstock and colored them in with Copics to match the patterned papers. Then I cut them out with Spellbinders Labels 1 and sponged around the inside with Colorbox Yellow Ochre chalk ink. Apparently I was in a "buttoney" mood because I added lots of buttons and a little bit of ric rac to each card! Now if you're still curious about the new Petites I've created this video to compare all four of the different sized stamp sets that we offer at Taylored Expressions:

If you haven't tried TE stamps before then the Petites are the perfect little bite to whet your appetite! We'll have all of the new products available for purchase tomorrow at 8am PST at the TE Store along with a few special deals you won't want to miss! In the meantime...

Become a Facebook Fan for a look at all the new stamps right now! Once you "like" our page you'll find the images on the Photos Tab in an album marked December Stamp Sets.

And check out what our amazing design team has created using the crafty Petites. These girls knock my socks off every release!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day 1

Hey Everybody! I can't believe it's been a week since I've checked in here! It's been a long time since that happened, but we had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, a little shopping, and some time to relax too. I hope you enjoyed your holiday as well! Today the Baker's Dozen and I are back at it with sneak peeks for our December release (yes...can you believe it's December!?).We have a lot of goodies on the menu today including a new stamp set, two coordinating die sets, three border dies, and a brand new surprise! I don't want to keep you in suspense any longer so let's get started!

I'm so excited to introduce our first Taylored Impression plate! Our impression plates are made from the same American Steel as Taylored Dies. They're double-sided which means you get two patterns (and twice the use!) from one impression plate! Our first impression plate features two fun patterns, offset scallops and scallops and circles. Both patterns are side by side in the graphic below, but each has its very own side on the impression plate. Many of us have used the impression plate on our projects
today so keep your eyes peeled for the fabulous backgrounds! I know lots of us are visual learners, so I've created a video to show you how Taylored Impressions work. We also have a useful chart for you to reference (see above) when you're ready to use your Taylored Impression plate! You can find all of the information on our new impressions plates on our About our Dies & Impressions page HERE.

In addition to our first impression plate, of course we have some new stamps to show you too! Today we're sneaking peeks at Friendship Blooms, a beautiful set of flowers and friendship sentiments designed by Nancy McKinney as part of the Whimsical Wishes collection. It has been ages since I created a one sheet wonder and this set is perfect for it! So I grabbed a piece of Kraft cardstock and used the stamp index as my color inspiration. The inks I used on my one sheet wonder are Prussian Blue, Lipstick Red, Popcorn, Lime Pastel, Tangerine, Pumpkin Spice, and Olive Pastel. Then I set out to create a set of cards using the patterned paper that I stamped. After finishing the cards I made a little purse to store them in with the rest of the patterned paper.

Can you count how many dies I used on my projects? There are so many that I can't count so I'll just start sharing them! :) First, we have three scallop border dies in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. Each border die measures 6" long. These are such a practical and useful addition to any crafter's collection!

We also have a set of dies and a separate to coordinate with the images in the Friendship Blooms stamp set! The flowers work great for layering and creating your own embellishments!

Perhaps some of you have missed seeing our dies in action so I created this video to share how they work. I also show you an alternative method for aligning your stamped image with the die for a perfect trim every time!

Thanks so much for stopping by for our first day of sneak peeks! I hope you see something you like! All of the products I've shared today will be available for purchase at the TE Store on Friday, December 3rd at 8am PST! Hope to see you here tomorrow for our second day of sneak peeks and in the meantime you'll want to check out what our talented team created using Friendship Blooms:

Charmaine Ikach
Danielle Lounds
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Karen Motz
Melissa Sauls
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Tori Wild
Nancy McKinney

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    He's making a list...

    He's checking it twice, he's gonna find out who's naughty or nice! I've been singing/humming this holiday tune since I created this card and I'm happy to pass it along to all of you! *grin* I'm on an airplane to Los Angeles right now to teach a couple classes and enjoy some warmer weather! But I created a few projects to share with you while I'm traveling and this is one of them. The Take Note Holidays set was designed to create journals and lists to help keep you organized during the busy holiday season, but the set also includes some images that are perfect for cards. I started by stamping Santa in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloring him with Copics. I added white liquid applique detailing to his hat and outfit and paper pieced the list with patterned paper. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather 6x6 pad. The sentiment is punched out with a 1 3/4" circle punch and popped up on foam tape. I added a little bow and some purple rhinestones to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Friday, October 01, 2010

    TESC130 - Give Thanks

    As much as I complain about the coming snow and the drudges of winter, I really do love the months leading up to winter! I love the season of fall... seeing the pumpkins on porches, the leaves changing color, and the crisp air filling my lungs. It's such a refreshing and beautiful time of year! So I decided to try to capture fall in my creation today with the Celebrate Life stamp set. This set is filled with versatile silhouette images and even a few that can be colored with Copics (like the pumpkin). I started by stamping the background images in Olive Pastel, Dark Brown, and Pumpkin Spice chalk inks. I added the sentiment and small chocolate pearls to each of the mod flower centers. Then I stamped the pumpkin, colored it in with Copics, and cut it out with Spellbinders. I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use the new Basic Grey Pyrus 6x6 pad that I've been hoarding and this card provided it. I matched up patterns from the paper pad (along with Suede Brown Dark and Papaya Puree Dark cardstock) in keeping with the sketch. I popped the pumpkin up on foam squares and called it good!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll play along with the sketch challenge and have a wonderful weekend!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Love is in the Air

    Whew... it has been super busy at TE these past couple days! My mother-in-law has been in town helping prepare our October Key Ingredients kits as well as the new releases we'll be introducing next week. It's always wonderful to have her here... she comes all dressed in her TE uniform (a pink-sleeved cuppie TE-shirt) and she doesn't quit until everything is finished! Love it! So while I haven't had a lot of time to create new projects (at least nothing I can show you until our sneak peeks begin on Monday!), I have this one that I've been saving for a while. I decided to pull out my Love Everywhere set and create a scene using the hot air balloon image. I started by using my air compressor to airbrush the cloudy background behind the balloons. Then I stamped the hot air balloons over the top using Colorbox Lime Pastel and Wisteria inks. I stamped each balloon twice, cut out one of the images, and popped it up over the original. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Pixie-Licious Mini Deck and the ribbon is from May Arts. I also used a Taylored Die along the bottom...the Scalloped Eyelet Border Die. To finish off the card I added a Pixie-Licious button and a heart rhinestone to each of the balloons.

    Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful day! See you back here in the morning for another Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge!

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Welcome Sweet Little One

    Yesterday a special friend (and one of our Baker's Dozen design team members), Jodi Collins, welcomed a new little girl into the world! Congratulations to the Collins family...such an exciting time! I've had this card planned in my head for what feels like an eternity. I bought a onesie this summer with the most adorable little turtles on it. The colors in the onesie inspired the colors of my card and I paired them with the Turtles in Love image. I started by paper piecing the turtle shell with polka dot patterned paper. Then I used the balloon die to cut the balloon shape from pink cardstock. I popped up the balloon on foam tape, added a little piece of Baker's Twine, and hand-drew the string down to the turtle tail. I cut out the image with Spellbinders Labels 8 and the sentiment is from the original Hangin' Out stamp set. It was a fun little challenge to use images that aren't considered "baby" to make a baby card! I finished it off by creating my own patterned paper with the Bubbles Background stamp and added a touch of polka dot patterned paper to match the turtle along with a little bit of pink scalloped ribbon.

    Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Make a Wish

    I have another Make a Wish card to share with you today! If you missed out on this new stamp set during our recent release, then perhaps you missed the announcement that for each Make a Wish stamp set sold, Taylored Expressions will be donating $7.00 to a national charity that fulfills the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. It's a great way to support a worthy cause by doing something you love... stamping! This card came together quickly using patterned paper and cardstock from the Make a Wish Project Pantry. I started by stamping the image onto Choice Snow White cardstock and coloring the letters with the Make a Wish Copic Kit. I cut out the image with Spellbinders Labels 17 and then cut off the right side of the label for a straight edge. I tucked the label underneath the candle patterned paper and cut two small pennants from the patterned paper to go over the top of the label. I added a small present popped up on foam tape and covered the letters with Glossy Accents to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    TESC128 - Wildly Wicked

    Good morning! I'm on the road to ScrapFest as you're reading exciting! But at the moment I'm typing this, I haven't packed my tote for the crop or my suitcase! It takes me forever to make packing decisions, especially for a crop! How do you pack an entire stamp room into one tote!? I better make this one quick so I can actually sleep at some point! When Jami told me that the sketch reminded her of a big screen at a movie theater I automatically envisioned curtains pulled back to reveal the stage. I stamped images from the Hangin' Out Wicked Wardrobe set in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic markers. Then I cut curtains from the patterned paper in the Fright Night Project Pantry kit, added small black gingham bows, and popped up the curtain on foam tape. I think that covers it for this card. I hope you'll play with the sketch too... I always love to see what you create!

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Thinking of You

    Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our neighbors have a tough week ahead of them so Jon and I delivered flowers and a card last night to let them know we're thinking of them. I love how simple it is to make a wonderful card using Discover Your Wings! I started by stamping the silhouette flower image in Colorbox Dark Brown ink onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. Then I spritzed the background with Orange Maya Mist. After letting that dry for a bit I stamped the butterflies in Pumpkin Spice ink and added a few orange rhinestones. I cut out the sentiment with a Labels Trio die from Spellbinders and popped it up on foam tape. I added the wide May Arts ribbon to the bottom and faux stitched around the image panel.

    I think that's about it for this card. Thanks for stopping by today! I have a big announcement tomorrow so I hope to see you back here in the morning!

    Tuesday, September 07, 2010

    'Tis Near Halloween

    I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day! The weather here in Iowa was doing its best to make our day completely 'labor free' as our power went out early yesterday morning. It's amazing what you can no longer do without electricity and there's nothing quite like showering in the dark! Although it was fun to see all the kids in our neighborhood riding bikes and shooting baskets instead of playing video games inside. Gosh, I sound like my mother (no offense Mom, but I'm sounding old!).

    We hosted a gathering last night and I was supposed to be making all the food. Well, an electric stove with no electricity isn't much help! So I lugged all my groceries over to my mom's house and she helped me cook and bake. The power finally came back on about an hour before our guests arrived so the party was saved! Jon grilled chicken and steak kebobs and we also had homemade potato salad, corn on the cob, and fresh cinnamon peach crisp for dessert.

    OK... enough chit-hatting... I'll get to the details on my card! *grin* I used images from the Hangin' Out - Wicked Wardrobe set to create my scene. I love that the images in this set can be used outside of the Hangin' Out clothesline concept too! All of the supplies I used on this card are from the Fright Night Project Pantry kit right down to the little bat and pumpkin brads and the crinkled crepe ribbon. I covered the cat with black liquid applique (which totally looks like fur!) and added Tuxedo Smooch for a little sparkle on the pole. Oooh... I can hardly wait for Halloween!!

    Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Sunday, September 05, 2010

    The party continues at Taylored Expressions!

    It's been two days since our Birthday Bash began and the party is still going on! Here's a reminder of the Birthday Bash specials we're offering:

    --- Purchase ANY 4 full-size stamp sets (valued @ $21.95 each) and receive a FREE Binder Box

    --- Purchase ANY 8 A la Carte stamps and receive a FREE set of Stamp Storage Panels

    --- 4 orders will be selected at random (one each day from Friday - Monday) to win a $25 TE gift certificate

    Friday's Winner: Stacey R. from Indiana

    Saturday's Winner: Karen R. from Maryland

    Congratulations to Stacey and Karen! Your gift certificate will be delivered to your inbox soon!

    If you weren't one of our lucky winners, there's good news for you! We still have two more $25 gift certificates to give away. One will be selected from all orders placed on Sunday and one will be selected from all orders placed on Monday, so don't wait too long to order!

    I also have another project to share with you using our Make a Wish stamp set! This card was created using the supplies from the Make a Wish project pantry and the coordinating Make a Wish Copic Kit. Having everything already coordinated helped this card come together so quickly! I started by stamping the image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and coloring it with Copics. Then I 'frosted' the top and bottom of the cake with Espresso Dimensional Pearls and added Glossy Accents to the polka dots on the bottom tier of the cake. Just an FYI... the stars on top of the cake are a separate stamp that could also be left off or replaced with a heart or another image to personalize your cake. I stamped the banner image directly onto the patterned paper also in Memento Rich Cocoa and covered it in Glossy Accents. I covered the line from the banner with chocolate Baker's Twine (from the Project Pantry kit) along with little Baker's Twine bows on the ends.

    Just one more reminder: if you purchase the Make a Wish stamp set during the months of September, October, and November, Taylored Expressions will donate $7.00 to a national children's charity with the mission of granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. We're excited to partner with another charitable organization as we attempt to make a difference in the world!

    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks Day 3

    It's our last big day of sneak peeks before all of the new stamps are available for purchase on Friday, September 3rd at 8am PST!

    Are you ready to see what's On the Menu today? We've been cookin' up some wildly wicked creations for Halloween! This holiday is one of my absolute favorites. For one thing, I LOVE candy! Primarily the chewy and fruity candies...Hot Tamales, Starburst, Skittles, Banana Laffy Taffy... you name it and I'll probably eat it! *grin* Not only do I love eating candy, but I love getting dressed up (finding costumes for our cats too!) and handing out candy to trick or treaters. Last year I had fun making special treats for the kids from our neighborhood and our little nephews. So I couldn't let Halloween pass by without designing a stamp set that represents what Halloween is about for me....the candy! Our Whimsical Wishes illustrator Nancy McKinney has also been busy with a wildly wicked wardrobe and a fabulous A la Carte stamp! Are you ready to be spooked!?

    I'm going to start with a sneak peek project using Fright Night Favors. The images are simple and the combinations are endless for creating quick and cute labels for handmade Halloween treats. While these labels will fit on numerous types of candy and other creations, I designed them to fit specifically on our new Test Tubes! I filled each tube with a different color Jelly Belly (another of my favorite candies!). The Test Tubes don't hold a ton of candy which is great because that makes them an affordable treat to hand out to our special spooks on Halloween. The Fright Night Favors stamp set also has a coordinating Favor Frame Die! If you joined us for our last release, perhaps you caught my introductory video on how to use the Taylored Dies. Today I thought I'd take you through a picture tutorial to show you just how easy they are to use!

    Here's a picture of the steel-backed die and the coordinating alignment tool. The alignment tool is made of hard, clear plastic and will help you get a perfectly trimmed image each time you use the die. If you look closely in the photograph you can see "this side up" etched onto the alignment tool along with an etch of the actual die line around the outside. These are important things to note when you're using the tool.

    I started by stamping the labels onto a sheet of sticker paper. Each of the elements you see here is a separate stamp which allows you to customize your labels any way you want! I used Tangerine, Tuxedo Black, Lime Pastel, and Sweet Plum inks.

    After stamping the images, you'll align the acetate piece over the top of your stamped image making sure there is even space all the way along the inside of the etched die line on the tool. Then take a fine tip marker and mark the small alignment circles on each side.

    Here you can see that I've removed the acetate alignment tool and the two markings remain on each side of the die.

    Then you're going to take the die with the raised die line facing the paper and line up the circular markings with the circles that are built into each side of the die. I'd recommend taping the die down with a small piece of Scotch removable tape before you send it through your die cutting machine.

    And there you have it...perfectly trimmed labels for your Halloween treats! Just peel the sticker backing off the label and attach it to your packaging. I stamped and trimmed a sheet of 20 labels in about 20 minutes... a quick and cute treat! And I'm already looking forward to exploring other candy covering possibilities!

    The rest of my projects for today use the latest addition to our Hangin' Out series called Hangin' Out Wicked Wardrobe! There are so many fun possibilities for this stamp set! I love combining images and creating scenes and this first project uses our new Halloween Shadow Box Kit. While I left room to write a message on the right side, I think I've changed my mind and will be keeping this project for home decor! *grin* Each card kit comes with the outer wardrobe piece (cut from Basic Grey Eerie patterned paper), the inner shadowbox (cut from black cardstock), three image panels, 2 orange curtains (not pictured on my sample), and mesh trim to decorate the outside. I started by stamping, coloring, and paper piecing the inside scene. I stamped the black cat in Tuxedo Black and then added black liquid applique over the top to make him furry! There are so many little details that are hard to see in the photograph, but I spent a lot of time adding the tiniest details to my Halloween scene. Here's a closeup...maybe that will help! I added Tiny Twinkles to the dress and Orange Kaisercraft Rhinestones to frame the shadow box. The green letter stickers are from our August Key Ingredients kit.

    My last card also uses the Hangin' Out - Wicked Wardrobe set. And now as I see these two cards side by side I'm recognizing that I stamped almost the exact same scene on both of them! *chuckle* Really... the possibilities are endless, but my brain seemed to have been stuck on this one! I found the perfect sketch for this card at Inspirational Card Sketches. It's a large card measuring 4" x 8.5". Not sure where I'll find an envelope to fit, but where there's a will there's a way! I paper pieced the clothes, embellished them with Black Ice glitter, and used more black liquid applique on the cat. To finish it off I added a patterned button and some decorative brads (bats & moon).

    All of the patterned paper, cardstock, and decorative brads on this card are from our new Fright Night Project Pantry featuring the Happy Halloween collection by Echo Park. For $18.95 you'll receive the following perfectly coordinated supplies:
    • 12 sheets of cardstock (10 colored, 2 Choice Snow White)
    • 20 sheets of 6x6 double-sided patterned paper from the Echo Park Happy Halloween Collection
    • 5 yards of ribbon (1 yard each of 5 different styles)
    • 3 bottle of Stickles (Orange Peel, Lime Green, & Black Diamond)
    • Assortment of Halloween buttons
    • Assortment of Halloween brads and rhinestones
    Whew...that was a packed post! The rest of the Baker's Dozen are sharing their Halloween creations too so you don't want to miss a spook! Hope to see you right back here tomorrow morning for the big release and lots of Birthday Bash specials!