September 3, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 1

Do you even know how excited I am to show you a small sliver of the new set, The Places You’ll Go, today?!!! OMGoodness, this set is just so stinkin' cute and I can see myself using it for birthdays, summer parties, graduations, babies, lunch box notes, support, scrapbook pages, congratulations, talk like a pirate day... OK, I think you are catching on - it is such a versatile set! You'll be able to purchase this set, along with the entire September release on September 5th at 8:00 AM Pacific time.

The Places You'll Go is the next set in the Taylored Expressions Giving Tree series of special stamp sets to support different charities every quarter. For the months of September, October and November when you purchase this set you'll be helping to support the Books for Kids Foundation. Their mission is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and partners with literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. For each The Places You'll Go stamp set sold during the quarter, Taylored Expressions will donate $7.00 to the Books for Kids Foundation.

As a mom of young children, I have loved the opportunity to read to them every night before bedtime. My husband really gets into it and makes all the voices and can really dress up the ABC's, let me tell you! It's that bedtime routine that helped my oldest learn to read with incredible ease in school last year. Giving every child an opportunity to learn to read is so very important and that is why I'm so excited to help promote the Books for Kids Foundation.

When I recieved the coordinating Key Ingredients to this set, I instantly fell in love with all of the elements! Let me tell you what you'll get in this incredible kit:

  • 2 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of Prism card stock in each of these fabulous colors: Intense Kiwi, Papaya Puree Dark, Desert Coral Dark, Island Mist Medium, Candleglow Medium and also 2 sheets of Choice Buttercream card stock.
  • The patterned paper is My Mind’s Eye - a combination of the Stomp and Round & Round from the new Abbey Road collection.
  • 5 yards of coordinating ribbon.
  • Matching buttons (lots of them!).
  • 1 Maya Road chipboard book.

I used these elements in my card today and I'm using the layout from MOJOMARY. I stamped the rocket ship image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored it in with Copic Markers. The ribbon tag is sewed on with Ecru embroidery floss (not included in the kit) through a button. I added Dew Drops (not included in the kit) to the corner of the card. All of the squares are cut out with Nestabilities.

The Baker's Dozen has some fabulous eye candy for you to see today, so hop on over to each blog and see more from The Places You'll Go!

Charmaine Ikach
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Donna Baker
Jackie Pedro
Jodi Collins
Karen Motz
Laura Fredrickson
Laurie Schmidlin
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist
and Taylor VanBruggen.

Thank you so much for hanging in there with my super long post today -

recipe -
stamps: the places you'll go (taylored expressions)
ink: memento rich cocoa, copic markers
paper: prism papaya puree dark, prism island mist medium, prism candleglow medium, choice buttercream card stock, patterned paper from the key ingredients listed above
accessories: buttons & ribbon from the key ingredients listed above, dew drops, embroidery thread, stampin' dimensionals


  1. Love that fun layout, Karen! It's perfect for showing off all the cute patterns in the paper! And I love your story about your bedtime routine! :)

  2. Totally FAB Karen! LOVE LOVE LOVE the layout with all the squares! The perfect card to showcase the KI! LOVE it!

  3. Awesome Karen! I love how you showcased so many of the fun papers in this Key Ingredients!!!

  4. Such a sweet card! I love it, Karen =)

  5. Omigosh - Talk Like a Pirate Day - Yes! You'll need to remind me ahead of time so I can get a card made for my hubby! LOL!

    Love how bright and fun your card is. I just LOVE that rocket ship!

  6. Oh my goodness, Karen! Your card is perfect! Love the brightly coloured rocket! That fun layout with the designer papers looks awesome!

    Reading is something we love to do at our house too! Kids learn so much from books!

  7. Oh what an AWESOME card! Love all the blocks and how they show off the fun patterns and colors in the KI papers!

  8. What a great card, Karen -- love the patchwork layout and this is one of my favorite images from the set (along with the quote)! Loved hearing about your bedtime routine!

  9. OMG...this is darling Karen! LOVE the layout!

  10. Karen (ahem! SuperWoman ;) you totally created a wonderful masterpiece with the little quilted paper design and the sweeeeet little rocket! beautiful! Love it all!!! I love your bedtime routine - ours is still a wee bit chaotic but the best part is when we are all snuggled up together and reading the books picked out for the night (although most of them I have memorized because of reading them SOOOOO many times! lol!!! The stories, the colors, the layout is all simply awesome!!!
    Big hugs to you SW (aka SuperWoman!)
    Sankari :)

  11. Karen - this is sooooo beautiful!!! I love the fun bright colors - awesome sneak peek!!! Hugs ~S~

  12. This card looks fabulous!!! The colours are awesome and that rocket ship is adorable! Such a wonderful kit for such a wonderful cause.

  13. Totally cute! Love the sketch and your bright beautiful colours!

  14. It's a boys card, It's a boys card... and it's absolutely GORGEOUS. Love it.

    xx Sarah

  15. Aaaack!! Karen, this is FABULOUS!! Your sketch is so amazing...especially with these patterned papers!! I just LOVE your card!!

  16. I love this! I cannot WAIT to buy this set and see everything else at the release!!

  17. I love this card. It is so cute and colorful.