Taylored Expressions – 2018 Display Easel Calendars

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of the Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release Sneak Peeks. The November products being sneaked will be released Thursday, November 2 @ 7 AM PST!

Today the focus is on calendar gifts and the introduction of a new Display Easel die set.

I have created calendar displays for January, February, March, and April 2018. I have shown four different colors for the Display Easel. (In reality, you would probably only use one easel and tear off the calendar each month.) The Easel die includes a ledge die on which each month’s scenes rest.

Let’s start with a look at January!

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

I stamped and colored the Calendar Critters image and added him to a scene created with Build a Scene – Calendar – 5 x 7 and the Little Bits – Snowflake Confetti. The Build a Scene Christmas patterned paper was cut with the rectangle die in the Display Easel set, as was the scalloped frame. These dies make creating the scene a breeze.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

From month-to-month, I changed up the colors and patterned papers to coordinate with the season. For all of the scenes, I added die-cuts for texture and visual interest. These calendar scenes came together quickly following the formula – Copic-colored critter, background patterned paper, die-cut scene pieces.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

I followed the same formula for February. I used Build a Scene patterned paper, a die-cut grassy hill, and a tree cut with the Build a Scene – Trees set.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

For March I used Build a Scene – Calendar – 5 x 7,  Build a Scene patterned paper,  Build a Scene – Trees set, and Build a Scene – Calendar 2.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

For the dark April skies, I used patterned paper from a new set being released Thursday – Playful Patterns – Savory. I added pieces from the Build a Scene – Calendar – 5 x 7 set and the Picket Fence Border.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release

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For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS on the Display Easel die! If you’re not a Crafty Points member, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. You’ll earn 74 Crafty Points on the purchase of our Display Easel die! Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 9am CST on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, November 12, 2017 and only while supplies last. Crafty Points are only available on purchases made via the TE retail site: www.tayloredexpressions.com.

Taylored Expressions November 2017 Release Promotion

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

Thanks for visiting! On the TE Blog you will see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

Lawn Fawn Holiday JOY

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows stamp set. It has been drizzling here all day and it is dark outside – a little color was in order!

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows

I have had this stamp for a couple of years and never used it (looks like it was released in 2013!). I colored the birds with Copic markers and cut the images with their corresponding dies. The branches are stamped with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo ink.

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows

I used the Stitched Woodgrain backdrop for the card base and for the circle in the center. The bokeh/snow patterned paper is from an older Lawn Fawn pad. I die-cut the sentiment with Cole’s ABCs from Taylored Expressions Watermelon cardstock. (I tried a more traditional red cardstock but it just didn’t work with the brightly-colored birds.)

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From the North Pole – Taylored Expressions Tags

Hello! Today, I am sharing two bold Christmas tags featuring the Taylored Expressions From the North Pole stamp set and Flap Stacks – Half Circle.

From the North Pole - TE Tags

I stamped the front of tag with one of the From the North Pole sentiments. I created the tag with the Tag Stacklets 3 cut with a Flap Stacks – Half Circle. I decorated the tag front with die-cuts using the Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories set, Little Bits – Snowflake Confetti, and Little Bits – Mittens.

From the North Pole - TE Tags

Inside, the tag is stamped with another of the set’s sentiments!

I created a similar tag using a smaller Tag Stacklets 3 shape and the other Flap Stacks – Half Circle along with two other From the North Pole sentiments.

From the North Pole - TE Tags

From the North Pole - TE Tags

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From the North Pole
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Tag Stacklets 3
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Flap Stacks – Half Circle
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Stitched Circle Stacklets
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Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories
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Little Bits – Snowflake Confetti
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Little Bits – Mittens
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TE Premium Cardstock – Cookie Monster
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TE Premium Cardstock – Granny Smith
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TE Premium Cardstock – Watermelon
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TE Premium Cardstock – Oreo
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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TE Premium Ink – Oreo – Full Pad
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Die-Cut Reindeer Parade

Hello! Today, I am sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Memory Box Reindeer Parade die.

Reindeer Parade

I played around with this design for awhile, and in the end, I partially embossed the Tim Holtz trees stencil (included in the Mini Stencils Set 32). Other ideas included stenciling a die-cut circle or rectangle, but I wanted the trees to be more organic. To simplify the construction of the card, I separately heat-embossed the Christmas Messages sentiment on a die-cut rectangle.

Reindeer Parade
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Lawn Fawn Die-Cut Holiday Mailbox

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Lawn Fawn Happy Mail mailbox decorated with the Mini Wreath.

Lawn Fawn Die-Cut Holiday Mailbox

Back in July, I created a warm-weather version with the mailbox and couldn’t resist dressing it for the holidays! I was delighted to find that the Mini Wreath fit.

Lawn Fawn Die-Cut Holiday Mailbox

I used Memory Box paper for the envelope/bow, the solid blue background, and the mailbox, along with patterned paper from an older Lawn Fawn pad for the card base and the wreath. I stamped the die-cut envelope with an image in the Love Letters set.

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Taylored Expressions – Talk Turkey

Hello! Today, I am sharing a card showcasing Taylored Expressions products including the Little Bits – Turkey. I just couldn’t resist featuring him on a Thanksgiving card!

Taylored Expressions - Talk Turkey

To begin, I created the tone-on-tone background with the Autumn Leaves Background stamp. Next, I die-cut and assembled the Little Bits – Turkey. I stamped the Thanksgiving Blessings sentiment on a Sugar Cube cardstock panel on to which I had added the Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink with a Clarity Stencil Brush. I added the die-cut Arbor Fence and Little Bits – Leaves for texture and color.

Taylored Expressions - Talk Turkey

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Merry Monday Challenge – CAS Ornament

Hello! Today, I am sharing a CAS holiday card featuring two Impression Obsession dies and a heat-embossed sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Holly Jolly stamp set for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #261 – Use an Ornament.

CAS Impression Obsession Ornament

I heat-embossed the Holly Jolly sentiment on Stampin’ Up Real Red cardstock and cut it with the Impression Obsession Round Ornament die. I cut the branch with the Impression Obsession Pine Branch die from green cardstock and the additional ornament pieces from silver foil.

I assembled the pieces on a background cut from Stampin’ Up patterned paper (no longer available), which provides a neutral, holiday-themed base.

CAS Impression Obsession Ornament

Supplies: Impression Obsession Pine Branch die

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

Hello! Today I’m delighted to be sharing four CAS holiday cards created with the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings stamp set as part of their Holiday release!

Let’s start with a card on which I combined several of the Stained Glass Greetings sentiments with a panel created with the Tim Holtz Mini Plaid stencil.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

I heat-embossed “Christmas” and “Joy” and added them to the panel on which I had stenciled the plaid twice with Distress Oxide Black Soot ink.

For my second card, I heat-embossed the “Peace” sentiment with gold powder and stamped the smaller sentiment in Pine Needles ink. I die-cut the Memory Box Deco Trees from the stamped panel and backed the opening with dark green cardstock. I adhered the panel to a Schoolhouse Red cardstock base.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

In a similar manner to the plaid card, I combined the “Christmas” and “Joy” sentiments with a panel created with the Tim Holtz Pines stencil and Distress Oxide Lucky Clover ink.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

For my final card, I heat-embossed the set’s “Merry” sentiment with Red Geranium embossed powder on white cardstock, which I cut with the Memory Box Horse Sleigh Landscape die. The background was dry-embossed with the Tim Holtz Simple Snowflakes folder.

Simon Says Stamp Holiday Release

TE Ghost Town Border – Christmas Edition

Hello! Today, I am showing how to use the Taylored Expressions Ghost Town Border on a Christmas card!

The spookiest building in the border is on the right-hand side – you can see it on this Halloween card. To eliminate that building from my card, I created a vertical card and simply cut it out of the picture!

Taylored Expressions Ghost Town Border Christmas Card

I cut the Ghost Town Border out of Sugar Cube cardstock and backed the windows with Cherry Pop and Lemon Meringue cardstock. I heat-embossed the sentiment from the Ornamental set on Blue Corn cardstock. I used the Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? die to create the scene in the foreground of the girls making a snowman. I also added a hill cut with a die in the Build a Scene – Rolling Hills set and snowflakes cut with the Little Bits – Snowflake Confetti set to reinforce the winter/Christmas theme.

Taylored Expressions Ghost Town Border Christmas Card

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Vintage Style Halloween

Hello! Today I’m sharing two “vintage” CAS Halloween cards crafted with supplies from several different manufacturers.

For the first card, I used the emboss-resist method on patterned paper in my stash.

Halloween Vintage Style

I clear heat-embossed the Hero Arts Leaf and Floral background and then applied Distress Oxide Black Soot to the paper. The areas covered by the clear embossing were not colored. It is a great way to change the look of patterned paper.

I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts Ghostly Greetings on to another piece of patterned paper, which I cut with a circle die and added die-cut bats (from a now retired Memory Box set).

The second card uses a Memory Box wood stamp sentiment with the die-cut Memory Box Meadow Bird and older patterned paper.

Halloween Vintage Style

While vintage isn’t my “usual” cardmaking style, it’s fun to dabble in it every now and again.