August 4, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek Day 1

It's an exciting day over at Taylored Expressions - Why, you ask?  Well, we are launching a brand spanking new product!  If you visited the TE booth at CHA last week, then you were most likely introduced to Taylored Dies - TE's new line of die-cut templates that coordinate perfectly with a new set, Take Note as well as a past release set, Garden Party Blooms.  These dies as well as the new release sets will be available on Friday, August 6th.
Taylor challenged the team to make a notebook or journal for one of our projects this morning and I chose to make a fun little sketch book to keep track of my favorite Sweet Sundays - I picked up a dollar photo album and replaced the front and back cover images with some sweet Treehouse Collection papers with a label made from the new set Take Note as well as the coordinating Take Note Frame 2 die cut template.   Please stop by Taylor's blog to see how the die cuts work with the cling mount rubber stamps.  For the title panel, I used the coordinating frame from the set, Take Note.  This new set includes 3 frames along with different words so you can make up different journals for exercising, spirituality, travel, food, and more - plus you can create cute little books for grocery and 'to do' lists as well. 

I also made a card using Take Note Frame 1 as a background scallop and layered the stem and flower from the Garden Party Set 2 dies (a set of 3).  I started with Mercy's MTSC85 along with the Summertime Project Pantry Kit.  I just can't resist those cheery papers! I stamped the flower stem on patterned paper with Olive Pastel ColorBox fluid chalk ink and the bloom in Tangerine - then ran them through the Big Shot with the dies. You can use the Cuttlebug as well.  These dies are really amazing - they cut with clean lines and look as if you just peeled them right off of a cardstock sticker sheet.  I added the sentiment along the side in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and added a few of my favorite Yellow Pearls along the bottom.

There is much more to see!  The Baker's Dozen have created some super fun projects for you to see:
See you back tomorrow morning for another round of sneak peeks!

recipe - sketch book
stamps: take note
paper: pear bazzill cardstock, treehouse collection (pebbles)
ink: memento rich cocoa, olive pastel
accessories: taylored dies - take note frame 2, yellow pearls (kaisercraft), daisy chain punch, red ric-rac

recipe - card
stamps: garden party blooms
paper: summer project pantry kit
ink: memento rich cocoa, olive pastel & tangerine colorbox liquid chalk
accessories: taylored dies - take note frame 1, garden party set 2, yellow pearls (kaisercraft), daisy chain punch


  1. Beautiful cards. Will have to check out those new dies.

  2. I love the idea of a book for all your sketches. I need to make one. I love these kinds of projects.
    I am going to check out those dies. Your card so cute I love it.

  3. What a great idea for your sketches, Karen. Does it fit a cocktail napkin? Love how you've used the die to create a frame for your focal flower in your cheery card. Miss you...

  4. Karen I adore the fresh, clean, happy style of both of your projects! Great idea for a sketch book too!

  5. Good grief woman!!! These are gorgeous!!! I absolutely adoreeeeee the cute little photo album that you altered - sooo cute (and yes! please do make sure that it holds sketches from cocktail napkins ;) :)))) Love your cute little thank you card - how adorable LOVE the sweet flower paired with the basil green leaf paper :))) Simplly SplenDIEd! And no it wasn't midnight - it was 10pm :) and I wished you could have shared some of those M&M's!!! Sorry about this ginormous letter!!!
    Love you sweetness!
    Sankari :)

  6. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your sketch book! What an AWESOME idea and I LOVE how you decorated it! Your card ROCKS my world too!! LOVE the flower dies!!

  7. How cute is THAT!?!? Love it!! This new TE stuff is KILLIN' me!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

  8. I love the Sketch book idea with a phot album. That is so clever.

    I can not wait to get my hands on the flower dies to match my stamp set!

  9. Hi Karen! I was your stalker make and taker at CHA. See...told you I'd leave a comment for you! I already bought this stamp set at CHA and will be stealing this idea for sure. Those dies are genius! Can't wait to see what you cook up for tomorrow. Thanks!

  10. Hi Karen,

    Your sketch book and card are so adorable. I love your blog. I just ordered 2 of your watermarks. I'm so excited. :) Hugs to you. :):):)

  11.'re awesome! LOVE the sketch book idea!! Your card is DARLING using my fave TE set!!! Find the Pretzel M&M''ll love 'em!!

  12. OH I am just adoring your bright and cheery sketch book and card!! It's such a GREAT idea to include favorite the sketch book...which I TOTALLY didn't even think of to use for CARD sketches...DUH!! Have you ever wondered if I'm a natural blonde? Just don't answer that!

  13. Wow that is so cute !
    Have a great Thursday !

  14. What a fabulous way to store your favorite sketches! Sweet, simple, and inexpensive...gotta love all three of those combined! :)

    And I love your blooms card too with the perfectly die cut bloom!

  15. Such a happy book and card! What fun colors you used!

  16. Great idea to use a photo album for a sketch book! Love that darling card too!!!

  17. Holy Moly Karen! You outdid yourself on this one! Love the bright and happy colors and can see why it's one of Mercy's top picks this week! Love it! :)

  18. Oooh, this is so cute! I love the happy colors and the adorable flower! :)

  19. The sketch book idea is great...the perfect way to keep all your fun sketches and the flowers you added to the frame is just the perfect touch!

    Congrats on making Mercy's Top Pick...I couldn't agree with her more cause your card is just precious!!!