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Taylored Expressions August Previews Day 2 – Skulls, Candles and Cats, Oh My!

Hi everyone! I’m back today to share two more samples of Taylored Expressions‘ upcoming August 3rd release.

My first card uses new Sugar Skulls (with coordinating dies) as well as Simply Said Halloween and Skinny Mini Halloween Borders.

 

Taylored Expressions Sugar Skulls/Simply Said Halloween

These skulls crack me up. They’re kind of spooky and funny at the same time. :) Along with the set comes a swirl, flower and the heart I lightly stamped in the background.

Taylored Expressions Sugar Skulls/Simply Said Halloween

Copic markers – C1, C3, C4, C6, C7, E35, V12, V15, V17, Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR16, YR19, YR23

The skulls were colored with markers, die-cut and adhered with the center skull raised on foam tape. The sentiment is from new Simply Said Halloween, and along the left, I adhered a border of new Skinny Mini bats.

Next, I used new Little Bits Candelabra and Cat to decorate a fireplace (die-cut using By the Fireside).

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Candelabra and Cat

I added a Little Bits Spider & Web, with a sentiment from new Mum’s the Word stamp set. The tiny frame hanger was cut using an element from Sitting Pretty.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Candelabra and Cat

The patterned paper background is from Build a Scene Halloween paper pack. I thought it worked perfectly as (Halloween) wallpaper.

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 more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions August Previews – Day 1 If the Broom Fits and Everyday Blessings

Welcome to Day 1 of Taylored Expressions‘ August 3 release previews! I had so much fun with this month’s new stamps and dies. Be sure to check out the rest of the team’s previews too! You can find links on the TE blog today.

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Halloween

My first sample uses super cute Peek-a-Boo Halloween with coordinating dies. Of the three images in the stamp set, I used the owl.  (She’s looking a bit intense, don’t you think? Haha.)

Taylored Expressions Peek-a-Boo Halloween (close-up)

Copic markers – BG11, BV04, BV13, C1, C2, C6, C7, C9, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR09, YR15, YR16, YR18

She was stamped in Oreo ink, colored with markers and die-cut, then placed atop a Little Bits Broom. I die-cut Oreo card stock using Starry Night Cutting Plate, leaving some of the stars in place with some removed to show the Potato Chip card stock from beneath.

Next, I used lovely new Happy Flowers Background. I paired it with a sentiment from another new set, Simply Stamped Pumpkins.

Taylored Expressions Happy Flowers Background

The sentiment was stamped and layered onto Label Stacklets 2 with foam tape tucked beneath the bottom layer for a bit of added dimension.

Taylored Expressions Happy Flowers Background

Copic markers – Y21, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR15, YR27

After coloring with markers, I added Glossy Accents over the dots and flower centers.

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!

 

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expression Retirement Sale

Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 120 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at prices up to 85% off — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Visit the SALE HERE to start shopping!

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Plus, for a limited time, you can receive additional savings on these soon-to-be collector’s items. Additional discounts expire 11:59 pm CST on July 16, 2017.

Below are a couple cards I created a while back using two of the retiring sets.

Taylored Expressions Love Make the World Go Round Stamps and Die Set

Love Make the World Go Round Stamps and Die Set

Taylored Expressions, Hello Spring Stamp Set and Spring is in the Air dies

Hello Spring Stamp Set and Spring is in the Air dies

What’s on YOUR wishlist? (Really, I’d like to know!)

Happy shopping (HERE)!

1amichele siggy

Life is Simple (taylored expressions)

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the summer weather. While it is not as hot here as in Arizona (thankfully), we make up for it in humidity. Y-U-C-K.

Today I’m sharing a card I created using a handful of Build a Scene dies from Taylored Expressions. (I wish I were in that canoe right now…)

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

I used Lakeside with Lakeside Border, Rolling Hills and clouds from Little Bits Sun & Clouds. Before adhering the hills and trees, I lightly sponged Salt Water Taffy ink to create a sky.

Build a Scene Lakeside, Taylored Expressions

After die-cutting each piece, I sponged the edges with either the same or slightly darker ink as the card stock color. This helps to create definition as well as depth. I thought the sentiment, from Paddle Out, was perfect. There are actually a few sentiments from the set that would work here but I like this one the best. :)

Thanks so much for visiting day!

1amichele siggy

Clear Cards Made Easy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some tips on how I create clear cards. I find working with acetate to be a little tricky at times, specifically in reference to adhesive.  What is the best adhesive to use, and how can I avoid that adhesive being seen on the inside of the card?

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

X-Press It Double-sided Adhesive Sheets (available from Imagination International, Inc.) are my “go-to” adhesive for clear cards. They are perfect for mounting, laminating and basically making any surface sticky. They are acid-free, provide an excellent hold and are ideal for die-cutting. Win/win for papercrafters!

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For my card today, I used the double-sided adhesive sheets, acetate, Taylored ExpressionsLeafy Vine Cutting Plate and Label Stacklets 2Stamping Bella‘s Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil and Simon Says Stamp‘s Thanks stamp set.

Here’s how I created my card:

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1 – Cut two adhesive sheets to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2.” One piece will be adhered to the green card stock for die-cutting. The other will be adhered to white card stock which will serve as the “inside” portion of the card for writing a personal message.

2 – Remove one side of the release paper from the double-sided adhesive sheet and adhere each to green and white card stock. Using the side of a bone folder, apply firm pressure over both surfaces. Trim the white card stock piece to slightly smaller than 4″ x 5 1/4″.

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3 – Place the die face down onto the green card stock and die-cut. I used a shim (added in after the photo was taken) and ran the stack through my Big Shot several times to ensure a good cut.

4 – The die will likely not cut through the remaining release paper but that’s ok.

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5 – Use a sharp pin to carefully peel away the negative pieces from the die-cut.

6 – Remove release paper from the back and carefully adhere the die-cut panel to the front of the acetate card. Again, burnish over the die-cut using a bone folder to ensure all edges are firmly adhered.

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Remove release paper from the white card stock. Open card and carefully align the edges of the white card stock with the green front. Close card to adhere white card stock to inside of card. You can see in the photo that the back side does not show messy adhesive at all. :)

Stamping Bella - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E31, E35, R00, R01, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG06, YG17, YR14, YR15

If desired, die-cut a second label and adhere to the back side of the front. As well, a second image shape can be die-cut and adhered to the back of the colored image before adhering to the card. In doing so, no Copic marker coloring will show through to the inside of the card.

Once my card was complete, I adhered a handful of super sparkly Queen & Company yellow Petite Posies. (They’re so very pretty!)

Thanks so much for vistiting today!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions July Release Now Available

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions‘ June release previews over the last several days. All new stamps and dies are now available in the TE store. Before you head over, I have two more samples to share.

First, I used new Tropical Trio stamp & die combo with new Sunshine Cutting Plate.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

My Lemon Meringue sun was adhered atop a block of Potato Chip card stock with banners die-cut and stamped in Cookie Monster and Lemon Meringue ink.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – B02, B04, R83, R85, Y08, Y19, YG03, YG07, YG17

The cute bird and flowers were all colored with Copic markers with the bird die-cut using its corresponding die and the flowers cut by hand.

Next I used new Striped Background with Little Bits Sailboat and stars, again, cut using Starry Night Cutting Plate. (It’s one of my faves!)

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I stamped the stripes using Blue Corn ink, added a couple of tiny clouds from Build a Scene Calendar and framed with a Stitched Circle and Stitched Frame.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

The sentiments are from new Seas the Day stamp set, each stamped onto a Banner Stacklet die-cut.

To see more projects, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our designers. Also on the TE Blog today, you’ll find a list of winners from the preview posts. Maybe you are one of them!

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions June Previews – Day 3

Hi everyone! It’s Day 3 of Taylored Expressions‘ June 6 release previews! Today I am sharing (what I think are) my two favorite samples from this release. First up is On the Water Fishing Boat with new On the Right Track Basics, a new die set for creating interactive cards.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I love this fishing boat because it reminds me of Deadliest Catch (which is actually about crab fishing but that’s ok).  The boat was a lot of fun to assemble. I especially like the intricate parts, like the crane. (It’s so detailed and very cool.)  :)

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I used the long, straight element from On the Right Track Basics to create a horizontal slider within the Rolling Waves. On the back of the front panel, I adhered small squares of foam tape at each end of the track to keep the boat from sliding past the card edges.

My second card uses new Busy Beaver stamp & die combo, created in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday July 1st. The set is super cute with several play-on-words sentiments (including an “eh?”).  :)

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I stamped and die-cut a handful of logs, colored the beaver with Copics then added white dots to his cheeks using Copic’s Opaque White and a toothpick.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

Copic markers – E31, E33, E35, E41, E43, E44, E47, G17, G28, R20; Copic Opaque White

I colored a small patch of card stock with a red marker then die-cut a Little Bits Balloon and “tied” it to one of the logs.

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 hope you’ll stop back tomorrow when I’ll have two final samples using TE’s new stamps and dies. Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions June Preview – Day 2

Hi everyone! I’m back today with two more samples using Taylored Expressions‘ June 6 release product.

First, I created a summer scene using new Build a Scene Tropical, Sitting Pretty Nautical Accessories and Little Bits Pail & Shovel.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I used clouds from Little Bits Sun & Clouds, a Stitched Circle for the sun and Build a Scene Rolling Hills for sand and water.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

The Little Bits Adirondack Chair was placed beneath the palm tree, and I used a tiny star from Starry Night Cutting Plate to embellish the pail. The sentiment, from Paddle Out, was stamped using Sugar Cube ink then white embossed.

Next, I used new Tropical Cutting Plate along with Distress Oxide inks.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

I first blended Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Oxide ink onto a block of Sugar Cube card stock. I spritzed on some water then once dried, I adhered a Sugar Cube Tropical Blooms panel over top and added a sentiment from C’mon Get Happy.

Taylored Expressions - Michele Boyer

The flowers, from Build a Scene Tropical, were die-cut from Distress Oxide blended card stock, assembled and adhered.

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!

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions June Release Previews – Seas the Day!

Just in time for summer, Taylored Expressions‘ June 6 release is packed full of tropical and nautical themed goodness (with a few other surprises as well).

Today I used new Little Bits Helm die along with my favorite TE character, Little Bits Fox.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The fox is decked out in his new designer Little Bits Sunglasses. They’re a perfect fit and he is looking quite swanky!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used new Little Bits Life Preserver to create the port hole and Know the Ropes embossing folder for a bit of added texture.

Next, I used new On the Water Sailboat with a sentiment from Go Beep stamp set.

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

The Stitched Cloud Duo, along with a Stitched Circle and Stitched Frame are the perfect surrounding accessories!

Michele Boyer - Taylored Expressions

I used Build a Scene Rolling Hills for the water, another sentiment from Go Beep and a tiny star from Starry Night Cutting Plate. I’ve used this cutting plate quite often throughout my release samples. I love that the die creates several sizes of stars at one time. I die-cut a block of card stock, use whatever I need of that color and slip the remaining card stock/stars in the envelope with the die for future use. So handy and perfect for so many occasions!

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!

question of the day

I’ll be back tomorrow with more previews! Hope to see you then!

Thanks for visiting!

1amichele siggy

Taylored Expressions May Release Now Available

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Taylored Expressions‘ May release previews over the last several days. All new stamps and dies are now available in the TE store. Before you head over, I have two more samples to share.

First, I used My Super Hero with Twinkle Twinkle Background and Downtown Border with new Downtown Border Underlay.

Taylored Expressions My Super Hero, Twinkle Twinkle Background

I like the look of the Twinkle Twinkle Background stamped on Earl Gray card stock with Sugar Cube ink. And the Downtown Border Underlay is awesome for quickly created lit (or colored) windows.

Taylored Expressions My Super Hero, Twinkle Twinkle Background

Copic markers – BG45, BG49, E00, E11, N9, R20, R29, R39, R89, Y38

After stamping and coloring the super hero, I used the included coordinating die and then popped him up on foam squares.

My next card is very simple. I didn’t want to add a lot of “stuff” since it’s for a fun-gi. :)

New Little Bits Mushrooms coordinate perfectly with a couple sentiments in new Punny Man 2 sentiment set.

Taylored Expressions Punny Man 2, Little Bits Mushrooms

Before assembling/adhering the mushrooms, I sponged a bit of Potato Chip ink in the background.

Taylored Expressions Punny Man 2, Little Bits Mushrooms

The mushrooms were adhered over a hill with the sentiment stamped in Sugar Cube ink and white embossed. Along the bottom, I added a Skinny Mini Border.

To see more projects, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete list of our designers. Also on the TE Blog today, you’ll find a list of winners from the preview posts. Maybe you are one of them!

Thanks so much for visiting!  :)

1amichele siggy