Monthly Archives: April 2012

Taylored Expressions Previews, Day 1!

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of Taylored Expressions May Sneak Peeks! I’m so excited to have been invited to play along with the Baker’s Dozen for May and June!  It’s an absolute honor to stamp along with such an incredibly talented group of ladies!  :)

May Release At a Glance

  • We have sneak peeks to share Monday through Wednesday.  All of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, May 3rd at 8 am PST. You’ll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.
  • Join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.
  • Mystery Baker’s Dozen Blog Giveaway:  Each day, one lucky blog commenter will be chosen by random draw to win a $10 TE Gift Certificate.  Winners will be chosen from a different Baker’s Dozen blog each day and will be announced on Taylor’s blog on Release Day!  Be sure to hop around to see all the sneak peeks and leave comments on each and every blog for more chances to win. Limit one comment per blog per day, please.  Comments for the drawings close Wednesday 5/2 at 7pm PST.

My card for today uses All Aboard illustrated by Doug Applegate for the Apple Doodle Ink line at Taylored Expressions.

This set is absolutely adorable!   With 20 images and a wide variety of sentiments, there are so many fun scene-building possibilities to fit many different occasions!


After stamping and coloring my image with Copics, I adhered strips of Train Track Border beneath the train and sentiment.  I added brads in the train wheels and popped up my little engineer on foam tape.

Papers are from this month’s new Project Pantry Kit which features the Loyal collection from Authentique.  Love these!  How convenient to have patterned papers along with matching cardstock and more all in one collection!  (Spice it Up coordinating products will be available as well.  So easy!)  :)

I quickly finished the inside of my card using a second image and sentiment from the set as well as another strip of Train Track Border.


Be sure to check out what the Baker’s Dozen have created today!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another TE preview!  (So excited!  *squeal*)  :)

Stamps:  TE “All Aboard” (Apple Doodle Ink)   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  All from the Project Pantry Kit   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, BV00, B93, B95, YG91, YG93, YG95, E84, E87, E89, E50, W00, W1, W3, Y000), TE Train Track Border, Michaels brads, Copic 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

MFT Previews, Day 6 – Pure Innocence

We’re moving on to Day 5 of previews with My Favorite Things!  Today is Pure Innocence Day and we have five adorable new sets as well as a PI All Occasion Sentiment set which consists of many of the basic sentiments we use so often…in the PI font, of course.  :)

My first sample today uses Goldfish Girl.    I pieced her pants and shirt, coloring the rest with Copics.  I used Oval STAX for the main image, Scallop Edge beneath the plaid panel and Pretty Posies Die-namics for the flower.

On the inside, I used a second sentiment from the set and the Scallop Edge again at the base of the plaid panel.

Here I’ve used Baseball Boy, Oval STAX, Fishtail Flag STAX and Simply Scallops Die-namics.  I colored with Copics, dirtying the baseball boy’s knees.  I used a 0.25 black Copic multi-liner to doodle the border around the oval.  It just seemed like a lot of white space and the border helped to fill/add definition.

I stamped a second sentiment from the set on the inside as well as a partial silhouette of the image.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!

Swimming in Circles card —  Stamps:  MFT “Goldfish Girl” (Pure Innocence)   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Prims Razzleberry Medium, X-Press It Blending Card, First Edition Paper Family Ties (6×6)  Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV00, R20, Y21, YR23, E31, E33, E35, YR15, YR27, BG70, B0000, C00, C1), 0.25 black Copic Multi-liner, MFT Oval STAX, Scallop Edge and Pretty Posies Die-namics, button, string, Copic 1/4″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Batter Up card — Stamps:  “Baseball Boy” (Pure Innocence)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy, X-Press It Blending Card, First Edition Paper Family Ties (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E50, E51, E53, E31, E33, E35, B21, B23, B24, C1, C3, Y21, YR23, B0000), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Oval STAX, Fishtail Flag STAX and Simply Scallops Die-namics, Michaels brads, 0.25 black Copic Multi-liner.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT Previews, Day 5 — à la modes!

It’s à la modes preview day with My Favorite Things…one of my favorites!

Here I’ve used I’ve Got UR Back.  **squeal**  I LOVE this set!  I pieced the letters, cutting out the inside of the R with a kraft knife.  The flowers were created using Flower and Leaf Trio.  The “fabulous” tab was die-cut using Mini-Tabs Foursome Die-namics.

On the inside, I stamped the girl, omitting the letters.  Instead, I used a Copic multi-liner (o.25) and a straight edge to create a shelf of sorts.  On the shelf, I used i and u from By the Letters and a heart from Hearts a Plenty Die-namics.  (I may never part with this card.)   :)

This card is a bit more CAS.  Here I’ve used Light Bulb Moment.  SO cute (the set, not necessarily my card).  😉  I also used our new Squiggle Border and Fishtail Flags STAX.  (The layout was hugely inspired by a card I LOVE of Megan‘s.)

On the inside I used a sentiment from Who’s That Girl Let’s Chat.

Here are the Die-namics I used on both cards.  (Clicking on each will take you right to that item in the store, except for the Squiggle Border which is not yet available.)


Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

I’ll be back tomorrow!   Thanks for stopping by!

UR Fabulous card —  Stamps:  “I’ve Got UR Back” (à la modes)  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Paper: The Paper Cut Sweet Tooth, X-Press It Blending Card, Lily Bee Design Buttercup (6×6)  Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, E13, E15, E18, YR21, YR23, YR27, BG53, BG57, C1, C00, BG70), 0.25 black Copic Multi-liner, Prismacolor pencils, MFT Flower & Leaf Trio, Mini-Tabs Foursome, Hearts a Plenty, By the Letters Die-namics, brads.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

Bright Idea card — Stamps:  “Light Bulb Moment” (à la modes) and WTG “Let’s Chat”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow, X-Press It Blending Card, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu (6×6)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, E13, E15, E18, YR21, YR23, Y000, YR27, B93, C1, C3, BG90), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Squiggle Border and Fishtail Flags Die-namics, corner rounder punch, brads.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Happy New Home

This week with Kraftin Kimmie Amanda has challenged us to create a Spring themed card!


I chose to use this sweet image from Cheryl Alger’s Springtime Lulu set.

I used pretty, new Buttercup paper by Lily Bee Designs, using Copics to color my image to match.

You can check out the challenge details and more samples HERE on the Krafty Blog.  If you’d like to play along, be sure to post a link to your creation there on the Krafty Blog for your chance to win a free Rose stamp as used today by Amanda!

Also, Kimmie’s big moving sale is still going on!  You can check that out HERE.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “Springtime Lulu” (Cheryl Alger)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Prism Papaya Medium, X-Press It Blending Card, Lily Bee Design “Buttercup” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, E31, E33, E35, YR31, YR23, E40, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, C00, C1), My Favorite Things Circle and Fishtail Flags STAX and Pretty Posies Die-namics, Webster’s Pages lace, Melissa Frances crochet trim, pearl stickers, buttons, string.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

MFT Previews, Day 4

Hi everyone!  I’m back today for Day 4 of May previews with My Favorite Things!  Today the team is sharing samples using Vertical Greetings II and Girly Graphic Tee Stamp and Die-namics set.  They’re both so much fun, I have a sample of each.  :)

Here is the new Girly Graphic Tee set.  SO much fun!  I die-cut the shirt from pink “patterned” paper and layered it atop a tee die-cut from tablet backing. I stamped the sentiment then adhered the shirt using foam tape.  Along the bottom I placed a strip of Simply Scallops, then added lots of sparkly bling.  (I hate that sparkly things don’t always show so well in photos.)  Cardstock is Black Licorice.

On the inside I used a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments.  (This card is already on its way…I think you can guess where.)  😉

My second sample uses Vertical Greetings II.   I die-cut one piece for the sentiment from Whip Cream cardstock, then die-cut a second piece from tablet backing.  I cut the tablet backing in half, using each half to create a border at the top and bottom edges of the sentiment piece.  I also used new Mini Royal Roses, Leafy Flourish and Simply Scallops Die-namics.  I used Kraft cardstock for the card base, flourish and scallops.

I left lots of room for a personal note on the inside, stamping only a couple of flourishes from Sassy & Sweet along the sides.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

I’ll be back tomorrow!   Thanks for stopping by!

I ♥ MFT card —  Stamps: MFT “Graphic Girl Tee” Stamp and Die-namics set, “More Essential Sentiments”  Ink:  Palette Noir  Paper: The Paper Cut Black Licorice, Whip Cream, Echo Park Yours Truly (6×6)  Accessories:  MFT Simply Scallops Die-namics, Recollections rhinestone flourish, Me & My Big Ideas icon stickers, Copic 1/2″ foam tape.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

We Close Our Eyes card — Stamps:  MFT “Vertical Greetings II” Die-namics and stamp set, “Sweet & Sassy”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand  Paper: The Paper Cut Kraft, Whip Cream, First Edition Paper “Boho Chic” (6×6)  Accessories:  MFT Mini Royal Roses, Leafy Flourish and Simply Scallops Die-namics, pearl stickers, Copic 1/2″ foam tape.  Finished size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT Previews, Day 3 — Someone to Annoy

Moving on!  It’s Day 3 of May previews with My Favorite Things and today we’re sharing samples using Clearly Sentimental about Anniversaries and Clearly Sentimental about Art.  As much as I love art, I couldn’t pass up using this sentiment from the anniversary set.  After reading it, I didn’t even look at the rest.  *snort*  (I have since, and it’s a very nice set.)

I already made my husband’s anniversary card this year, but now I’m torn.  I might have to switch out with this one.    I’m not the mushy, romantic sort so he would expect something like this from me.  :)

For the sentiment, I used our new Rectangle STAX.  I love that with both sets (1 and 2), there is the perfect amount of matting when layering.  I used our new Large Royal Rose, rolling two die-cuts of the flower at once.  I also used Royal Leaves as well as our fab new Squiggle Border Die-namics.

On the inside, I used a second, more traditional, sentiment from the set.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
  • Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

I’ll be back tomorrow!   Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Clearly Sentimental about Anniversaries”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  Prism Mystic Medium, The Paper Cut Whip Cream, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu (6×6)   Accessories:  My Favorite Things Large Royal Rose, Royal Leaves, Squiggle Border and Rectangle STAX Die-namics, brads.  Finished size  5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

MFT Previews, Day 2 — What’s the scoop?

Welcome back!  It’s Day 2 of May previews with My Favorite Things!

Teaser prizes continue so be sure to leave comments as you look! You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE. Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

Today we’re previewing Inspired by Trees and Two Scoops for Flopsey.

Here I’ve used Two Scoops for Flopsey, our new Designer Label 1 STAX, Fishtail Flag STAX (because I LOVE them) and Dog Tag Die-namics.

After coloring Flopsey with Copics, I used a clear 3-d glaze pen to add shine to his ice cream and eyes.

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Flopsey’s Flowers and used two of the tiniest of the Fishtail Flags.

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 3 of previews!   Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Two Scoops for Flopsey” and “Flopsey’s Flowers” Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and VersaMagic Jumbo Java    Paper:  Bazzill, X-Press Blending Card, Echo Park This & That (6×6)  Accessories:  Copic markers (E40, E41, E43, R20, R22, E50, E51), clear Sakura 3-d glaze pen, MFT Designer Label 1 STAX, Fishtail Flag STAX, Dog Tag Die-namis, A-Muse adhesive pearls, cream jute, ½” Copic foam tape.  Finished size  5″ x 5″.

You make the world a better place

It’s time for another sketch with My Favorite Things‘ Wednesday Stamp Club!

This week I’ve used Vertical Greetings Stamp and Die-namics set, Botanical Beauty and Leafy Flourish Die-namics.  The sentiment panel is layered atop die-cut tablet backing for added stability (and thickness…because I like thickness.)  :)

Since there wasn’t room for the bigger layers of the flower, I tucked the first two layers beneath the sentiment panel, placing a foam booster between layers.

On the inside, I placed two more layers of flowers (again, with a booster between layers), and added a Hot Fudge punched circle as the center.  The sentiment is from Big Greetings.

You can find direct links to DT samples HERE on the MFT blog.  The info is also posted in the MFT Forum in SCS.  (Look for the most recent WSC thread numbered 69.)   And remember, if you upload your card to the SCS gallery using the keyword shown on the sketch, you will have the chance to win up to $20 in MFT money!  One winner is chosen at random each week.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Vertical Greetings” and “Big Greetings”   Ink: Adirondack Espresso   Paper:  The Paper Cut Hot Fudge, Simple Stories Fab{u}lous (6×6)   Accessories:  MFT Vertical Greetings, Botanical Beauty and Leafy Flourish Die-namics, button, jute, tablet backing, foam boosters.   Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

MFT Previews, Day 1 – Wishing You a Purrfect Birthday

Welcome to Day 1 of My Favorite Things‘ May release previews!  Seriously? It’s almost May?  I just can’t believe it.   Regardless…away we go!  :)

Teaser PRIZES begin today so be sure to leave comments as you look.  You can find direct links to all participating DT HERE.  Each day, two prize vouchers are held by two members of our design team.  You’ll have all week to comment on each of the posts and all winners will be posted on Kim’s blog on Tuesday, May 1st around 7:30pm.

Today we’re previewing Who’s That Girl Plays Golf and Claire Keay’s You A-Mews Me.

As you can see, I’ve used You A-Mews Me.  Love the little kitty suit.  :)

I colored my tiger kitty with Copic markers, adding in the stripes by feathering in toward the center from the outside edges of the suit.

Along the left side I placed a die-cut strip of our new Squiggle Border and used MFT’s Pet Charms Die-namics to create a little cat-themed charm.

On the inside, I stamped my sentiment, a silhouette and used the little fish bones from the charm on the front.  (Waste not, want not!)

Here are the details about the upcoming release:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on May 1st from 8-10 PM EST here in the MFT forum where you can enjoy fun, games and PRIZES!
  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, will take place May 1st at 10 p.m. EST. You’ll find all the newest products here at release time.
  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 2 of previews!   Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Claire Keay “You A-Mews Me”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand, Ranger Antique Linen Distress      Paper:  Prism Island Mist Medium, X-Press Blending Card, Crate Paper “Pretty Party” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, R20, R22, E40, E41, E43, W00, W1, W3, BG70), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Squiggle Border and Pet Charms Die-namics, brads, jute string, foam boosters.  Finished size  4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

KKS April Release — If I only had a brain!

Welcome to Kraftin Kimmie Stamps‘ April release! There are lots of fun new images yet again this month!   Cheryl has created another super-cute set, Playtime Lulu.  We have two fun Bug Buddies sets by Emilie Goulet and  six *really* fun Wizard of Oz images by Annie Rodrigue.  There is also a coordinating Wizard of Oz Sentiments set.

You’ll see most of the new images throughout the hop.  If you’ve come from Pam, you’re right on track.  But if you just popped in to my blog, you may want to start at the beginning HERE. Otherwise you will have missed more than half of the hop!

Be sure to leave comments as you look because two winners will each receive a package of assorted stamps from the release!

This is my favorite of my samples from this month’s release.  I just adore Scarecrow.  And the sentiment…hee, hee.   I ♥ it!  So fun and silly.

I colored with Copics, added grass/ground with pencils and roughened the edges a bit before adding the stitching.

You can find all of this month’s new release images here.  Gimme Kimmies Kits are here (grouped together by artist and available at a discount).  Also, Kimmie’s moving sale is still on so be sure to check out the sale items here for 30-75% savings!

Your next stop along the hop is with TAYLOR.  I’m sure she has something super-fun to share!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy hopping…and shopping!

Stamps:  Kraftin Kimmie Stamps “Scarecrow” (Moonlight Whispers) and “Wizard of Oz” sentiments”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  The Paper Cut Hot Fudge, X-Press It Blending Card, Pink Paislee “Prairie Hill” (6×6)  Accessories: Copic markers (E40, E41, E43, R20, BG10, BG11, BG13, W1, W3, YR31, YR23, E31, E33, YR18, YR27, E08, BG70), Prismacolor pencils, My Favorite Things Simply Scallops, Mini Doily Circle and Circle STAX Die-namics, Michaels mini brads, edge distresser.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.