Lattes and Books: A Perfect Combination

Welcome to Day 1 of the Taylored Expressions April Sneak Peeks! This month’s release products (which include 8 new stamp sets, 21 new dies, and more) are ideal for a variety of occasions including graduation (whether from preschool or college), Mother’s Day, and birthdays! The April products will be released Thursday, April 7 @ 7 AM PST!

My first project features a punny sentiment paired with a die-cut for the coffee-drinker on your card recipient list, perhaps one to whom you’ve forgotten to send a congratulations, a thanks or a birthday greeting.

Taylored Expressions April 2016 Release

I cut the Stacked Coffee Mugs twice from Sugar Cube cardstock and adhered them together. I adhered separate die-cut pieces, cut from colored cardstock, to the back. I heat-embossed the sentiment from the Some Like It Hot set and finished the card off with a dry-embossed (technically debossed) background, using the Cross Stitch embossing folder.

Taylored Expressions April 2016 Release

Supplies (items in bold will be released April 7):

My next project is a bookmark featuring a sentiment from Plot Twist.

Taylored Expressions April 2016 Release

Such a great sentiment! I stamped the sentiment onto Sugar Cube cardstock and cut it with the Build a Bookmark die. The new bookmark die is designed to work with the Mark Your Spot Bookmark die. I added elements cut with the Build a Bookmark die set (cut from cardstock onto which I’d applied Distress Inks). I added a couple of Rainbow Brights Flowers sequins as a finishing touch.

Taylored Expressions April 2016 Release

The florals included in the Build a Bookmark pair nicely with other floral Taylored Expressions die sets.

Supplies (items in bold will be released April 7):

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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Thanks for visiting! Head on over to the TE Blog to see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of our participating designers!

Taylored Expressions SJC #29

I’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #29.

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I used the sketch to create a card that could be sent for either encouragement or congratulations:

Taylored Expressions SJC #29

I couldn’t resist pairing this sentiment from the Sky High Sentiments set with the Roly Poly – Ladybug die-cut! I added the grass cut with the Fringe Border die and the cloud cut with the Cloud Duo die to play with perspective and make the lady bug appear even larger. This would be a fun card to send to a child graduating from kindergarten.

Taylored Expressions SJC #29

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #28.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I used the sketch to create a CAS card suitable for a number of celebratory situations, such as an engagement.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I stamped and heat-embossed the blooms from Happily Ever After and cut them with their corresponding Happily Ever After Dies. I watercolored the two larger blooms with several mediums, including Distress Inks and Zig markers. The greenery was cut from vellum and tucked behind the blooms. I added a center to the gold bloom which I cut from watercolored cardstock with one of the Mini Bloomers dies. The sentiment was cut from gold paper and adhered to white cardstock. I finished the card off with a dry-embossed background for additional texture.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Shake It Up – Taylored Expressions Birthday Card

Today, I’m sharing a masculine birthday shaker card featuring Taylored Expressions products.

Taylored Expressions Birthday Shaker Card

I made this card with my youngest son (not so young anymore!) in mind, as he has an upcoming birthday. His favorite colors vary, but he likes orange and gray together (and silver), so that’s what I used.

I cut the balloon shapes with the die from the Party Time set out of the orange card base. I also cut the balloon shapes from foam. I adhered an Acrylic Sheet to the back of the orange panel and then attached the foam cut-outs to the acrylic (carefully arranging them behind the panel). I filled the shapes with a combination of sequins from several sets, looking for ones that were white, clear or silver. I also wanted to make sure that I had a variety of sizes. I then backed the foam pieces with cardstock to hold in the sequins.

I adhered the numbers cut from Poppy Seed with the Chunky #’s die set to the acrylic front. To fill out the scene, I added stars and balloon strings cut from Shimmer White cardstock to the panel. I finished the card with a heat-embossed sentiment from the In & Out Birthday set, cut with a Stitched Banner Stacklets die, and a frame cut from silver cardstock (in the Premium Cardstock – Metallic Neutrals pack) with a Frame in Frame Cutting Plate die.

Taylored Expressions Birthday Shaker Card

It’s an understated use of sequins to add a little fun to the card!

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Taylored Expressions SJC #26

I’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #26.

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I used both the sketch and the inspiration photo to create an Easter card with a combination of die cuts.

TE Share Joy Challenge #26

I clustered the Little Bits – Chocolate Bunny with eggs cut with a die in the Egg Stacklets set. I dry-embossed the eggs with the Embossing Folder – On the Spot embossing folder. I heat-embossed the sentiment from the Easter Wishes set and cut it with a die in the Stitched Banner Stacklets set. To keep the leaves behind the circle subtle, I cut vellum with the Leafy Branch die.

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Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Spring: You Make Me Happy!

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” die-cut spring scene card, created with Taylored Expressions stamps and dies.

Taylored Expressions Spring Scene

The sentiment is from the just-released Let’s Talk Sentiments stamp set (it fits perfectly on the larger cloud in the Cloud Duo set). I built the CAS die-cut scene around the Garden Arbor & Gate to which I added spring-themed elements, such as the boots from Door to Door Spring Decor and the Little Bits – Umbrella. The background is textured with the Weathered embossing folder (technically debossed).

Taylored Expressions Spring SceneHope your week is off to a happy start!
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TE March Release Day: Pull Up a Chair – Let’s Chat!

Hello! Welcome to the Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release! All of the products that we have been peeking this week are now available in the TE store, HERE! Before you head off to shop, I have one more project to show you featuring the Build a Scene – Bistro die.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I’m a huge fan of the Build-a-Scene die sets, and I’ve combined parts from three sets that are included in this month’s release – Build a Scene – Bistro, Build a Scene – Nursery and Build a Scene – Window. I cut the rug from Build a Scene – Nursery in one color, (although it’s designed in a manner that would allow three different colors). I dressed the windows with patterned paper curtains. (I used previously-released TE patterned paper. I thought the scene called for some polka dots!)

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I heat-embossed a sentiment from Sit & Chat that I cut with the Stitched Banner Stacklets (cutting a banner and then cutting again to make a rectangle).

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

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TE Sneak Peeks: Let’s Go Wild! + Shake It Up

Welcome to Day 3 of the Taylored Expressions March Sneak Peeks! Today, I’m sharing a child’s birthday card and a “Welcome Baby” shaker card. The March products will be released tomorrow – Thursday, March 3 @ 7 AM PST!

For my first card, I heat-embossed a menagerie from the Hippo Birdy set on patterned paper and cut the animals with the Hippo Birdy Dies that are part of the March release.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I added a ground to the card with cardstock that I dry-embossed with the Houndstooth embossing folder. I die cut the heat-embossed sentiment with one of the Stitched Banner Stacklets dies.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release Supplies (items in bold will be released March 3):

For my second card, I created a “Welcome Baby” card with the Baby Bottle Shaker die.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

The die makes it possible to cut a bottle frame (by cutting two dies at once), as well as the full bottle piece. I cut the frame from cardstock, as well as from foam. From the front of the bottle down to the card base, I have a cardstock frame, a full bottle piece of acrylic, a foam bottle frame and a full bottle cardstock back. I used Hello Happiness sequins (I selected sequins from the collection that fit my card colors). I added the rocking horse and teddy bear, cut with two of the new Little Bits sets (using just the outline of the Little Bits without their details).

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

Supplies (items in bold will be released March 3):


Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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TE Sneak Peeks: Feeling Lucky?

Welcome to Day 2 of the Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks – I’ve got a St. Paddy’s Day card and Easter treat toppers to share! The March products will be released Thursday, March 3 @ 7 AM PST!

Feeling lucky? My first project features the Lucky Charms Stamp & Die Combo paired with the Let’s Talk Bubble 3, perfectly sized to work with the Let’s Talk Sentiments.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I paper-pieced the Leprechaun and stamped the “good luck” sentiment in the Let’s Talk Bubble 3. I added texture to the hill with the Houndstooth embossing folder.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

Supplies (items in bold will be released March 3):

My second project showcases the Tag Stacklets 3 dies – designed to work with a variety of Taylored Expressions products (sized so that the Roly Poly products can be added to the tag shape, Beauty Lies Within, Away in a Manger, and all of the Treat Topper dies). Since Easter is around the corner I used the Easter Treat Toppers.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I cut the Easter Treat Toppers from a variety of spring colors and added them to the tags. Super fast and easy!

Taylored Expressions March 2016 ReleaseSupplies (items in bold will be released March 3):

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sneaks of this release.

TE Sneak Peeks: Bridezilla is Getting Hitched

Welcome to Day 1 of the Taylored Expressions March Sneak Peeks – I’m sharing two wedding-themed projects! The March products will be released Thursday, March 3 @ 7 AM PST!

My first project features Mr. & Mrs. Grumplings – the happiest bride and groom ever (kidding!).

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I stamped and Copic-colored the bride and groom. After cutting them with their corresponding dies, I added the pair to a panel of white Woodgrain Textured cardstock. I heat-embossed the sentiment and cut it with one of the Stitched Banner Stacklets dies (I cut twice to make a rectangle, rather than a banner). I added the Mr. & Mrs. – Congrats Banners (cut from white shimmer cardstock in the Premium Cardstock – Metallic Neutrals pack). The woodgrain card panel was adhered to a panel which had been dry-embossed with the Houndstooth embossing folder.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

Supplies for Mr. & Mrs. Grumplings (items in Bold will be released March 3):

Mr. Grumpling has to have a ring for Mrs. Grumpling, right? My next card features the Little Bits – Wedding Ring die.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

I cut the ring from gold cardstock (included in the Premium Cardstock – Metallic Neutrals pack) and the stone from white shimmer cardstock, (also included in the pack). I heat-embossed a sentiment from Happily Ever After on the card base and placed the rings around the sentiment.

Taylored Expressions March 2016 Release

Supplies for Wedding Ring card (items in Bold will be released on March 3):

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sneaks of this release.